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WATCH: Two iguanas tussle at Boca Starbucks 

A woman stopped by a Starbucks in Boca Raton Saturday and captured an unexpected battle between two iguanas.  Shannon Moskoff was driving behind a Starbucks around 10 a.m. when she thought she saw a large tree branch -- and that’s when it moved. She rushed to grab her iPhone and started filming.  The video shows two large iguanas going toe-to-toe in the parking lot.  <iframe...
The man who turned underdog grapes into Virginia's star wines

The man who turned underdog grapes into Virginia's star wines

Virginia's wine community is celebrating the life and achievements of one of its giants, Dennis Horton, the maverick vintner who defied conventional wisdom by planting grapes few people had heard of and in so doing convinced many skeptical oenophiles that Virginia could make great wine. Horton died June 19 at his home in Madison, Virginia. He had been in declining health for several years but enjoyed...
The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate

The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate

I used to have a sociological hamburger theory. Growing up in Philly and Michigan, I thought a hamburger was big and fat, the type my mom made, the kind (amped up in size and quality) made famous at the 21 Club in New York. My wife thought a hamburger was thin and crusty, the sort she ate at the Diamond Inn, a homey cafe in the small Central Texas town of Taylor, where she grew up. My theory was this...
A pie maker creates art for the upper crust

A pie maker creates art for the upper crust

In Germany, a country known more for kuchen than pie, one baker has become a sensation for her design-savvy, American-style pastries.  Karin Pfeiff-Boschek makes three pies each week, posts pictures of them on Instagram and then gives most of them away to friends and charities. Her online pastry portfolio routinely garners thousands of "like" clicks and fan comments. That's no surprise...
7UP's new digital bartender turns you into a master mixologist

7UP's new digital bartender turns you into a master mixologist

Calling all cocktail and  mocktail enthusiasts: Serve this summer's most buzzworthy drinks using  the 7UP Digital Bartender, a new mobile website from the versatile  soft drink. The ultimate drink-crafting tool makes it easy to pour  beverages worthy of a cocktail connoisseur from the comfort of your  own home. Or tap the 7UP Digital Bartender to impress at your next ...
Is a pesky pothole making a mess of your takeout dinner? How a pizza chain could help

Is a pesky pothole making a mess of your takeout dinner? How a pizza chain could help

Have you ever had to peel cheese off the top of the box before enjoying your takeout pizza because of the bumpy ride home? You may want to pay attention to a new initiative from Domino’s. The Michigan-based restaurant chain announced last week that people can nominate their city in hopes the company will contribute funds to fix local potholes. Those interested in nominating their city can visit...
Easy pancakes make any morning special

Easy pancakes make any morning special

When my mother made pancakes, you knew it was a special occasion. She would pull out the heavy-duty stand mixer, separate the eggs and beat the whites until they were cloudlike, then fold them into a batter creamy with cottage cheese. The pancakes would puff when she fried them, each one a tiny, golden soufflé ready to be coated in maple syrup. They were delectable, but as rare as double rainbows...
Play it cool

Play it cool

Cucumbers are capable of much more than crunching up salads and soothing puffy eyes. They can help balance blood sugar and strengthen bones — and at 95% water, they’re hydrating, too. Work the crisp, mild fruit into these recipes, and reap the benefits any time of day. Active/Total Time: 35 minutes Serves: 4 With their vitamin K, cukes will help keep your bones strong, while protein in...
New Lonely Planet book lists peak coffee experiences around the world

New Lonely Planet book lists peak coffee experiences around the world

It’s easy enough to find a dining guide for almost any place on the planet. Tracking down sublime cups of coffee, however, can be trickier. Lonely Planet has lovers of java in mind with their recent release, “Lonely Planet’s Global Coffee Tour: A Taster’s Guide to the World’s Best Coffee Experiences” (Lonely Planet Food, $19.99). This handsome, 272-page book romps...
The bride's dress was OK, but the dinner was dazzling

The bride's dress was OK, but the dinner was dazzling

All the tasting-menu options that Susan Shek and Noah Sexton have sampled for their August wedding are delicious, but they want food that makes a visual statement.  They are leaning toward caviar on a buckwheat blini that bears no resemblance to a blini; it is a squat little tower made of reconfigured blini ingredients. The caterer has also suggested the steak frites, a slender rectangle of beef...
Coming to Clematis: Peruvian food with a Miami accent 

Coming to Clematis: Peruvian food with a Miami accent 

One of Miami’s best-loved Peruvian restaurants is soon to debut in downtown West Palm Beach. Dr. Limón, a Kendall sensation that’s been busy since opening in 2012, is expected to land on Clematis Street as early as mid-July, according to a restaurant rep. The place aims to be upscale, with a ceviche-strong menu, pizzazz-y plates and cocktails served with a touch of dry-ice drama...
A Mo. family made a special connection with Anthony Bourdain

A Mo. family made a special connection with Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain wanted the Piña-White family of Eureka, Mo., to enjoy the best food they could as they cruised through Europe on a Make-A-Wish Foundation trip. The celebrity chef and author knew the foundation didn’t provide for the food the family would eat off the ship, so he quietly wrote them a check with recommendations of restaurants to visit and what to enjoy. Mary White doesn&rsquo...
In debate over butter vs. brown butter, brown butter wins in this lemon bar recipe

In debate over butter vs. brown butter, brown butter wins in this lemon bar recipe

Deep thinkers debate good versus evil, while baked goods, which have goodness baked right in, debate good versus better, which is to say butter versus brown butter. Butter set over steady heat separates; left to sizzle, the milk solids toast in the milk fat, turning sweet, creamy butter into rich, nutty brown butter. If brown butter is better than butter, imagine how good a baked good is when baked...
Can I drink alcohol while taking antibiotics?

Can I drink alcohol while taking antibiotics?

A: With some antibiotics, the answer is a definite no. With most, however, the answer may be a cautious yes. Concerns about alcohol and antibiotics may have their roots in the rubber industry of the 1880s. Around this time, manufacturers began using a chemical known as disulfiram to accelerate the vulcanization of rubber. Soon, rubber workers began experiencing a strange reaction: They became violently...

Does substituting browned butter for regular mean rewriting a recipe?

Writer Emily Horton and pastry chef Alex Levin recently joined The Washington Post Food staff to answer questions about all things edible. Here are edited excerpts from that chat. A: A good rule is to look at butter as 80 percent fat to 20 percent liquid. When you brown butter, the liquid boils off and the remaining milk solids turn brown, so you're left with 80 percent of the original amount. If...
Real Simple launches Real Simple Cooking School

Real Simple launches Real Simple Cooking School

Meredith Corporation's REAL  SIMPLE today announced that it has launched REAL SIMPLE Cooking  School, a new multiplatform cooking series that teaches viewers the  basics of cooking and shares smart kitchen tips and inspiration for  meals. REAL SIMPLE Cooking School is now available on  REALSIMPLE.com/CookingSchool.  The series builds on the success of REAL SIMPLE's Facebook...
I tried one of IHOP's new Steakburgers, and something's missing

I tried one of IHOP's new Steakburgers, and something's missing

The problem arose as soon as I asked the IHOP server if I could order my burger medium-rare. He shifted in place for a second before telling me that he has repeatedly asked the kitchen to do exactly that and the cooks always reject the request. Then he looked up at the ceiling, as if he couldn't even meet my eyes as he delivered the bad news. I sort of assumed the request was beyond the pale. Right...
Jon Bon Jovi gets into the rosé business

Jon Bon Jovi gets into the rosé business

In real life, Jon Bon Jovi’s hair is as lush, buoyant and poofed into rock-star messiness as you would hope it to be. This was revealed on a recent afternoon as his stylist jujjed his gray locks into perfect disorder at his $18 million Greenwich Village apartment. Bon Jovi’s office is sparsely decorated except for what might be considered rocker tchotchkes: a spine-worn copy of Johnny...
Goodbye Grub: Junior’s Restaurant closes at Boca Raton’s Mizner Park

Goodbye Grub: Junior’s Restaurant closes at Boca Raton’s Mizner Park

Mizner Park in Boca Raton has lost another restaurant. The owner of Junior’s Restaurant and Cheesecake announced Wednesday the deli-loving establishment has closed.  “We expected the volume to be greater than we saw at this location,” owner Alan Rosen told The Post by email Wednesday night. “We enjoyed being a part of the Boca Raton community and thank all of our...
Meet Ray Chang, the supper club star shaking up north county

Meet Ray Chang, the supper club star shaking up north county

The Ray Chang Room is like a giant disco ball that reflects and multiplies every flash move of its namesake: the bar-top leaps and lunges, the microphone thrusts into the crowd, the Vegas winks.  For 90 minutes on three nights a week, the frenzy that fills this room is like that of no other place in north county during season. Snowbirds shaking a groove thing. Ladies of a certain age mouthing ...
Five essential pans to use for baking and so much more

Five essential pans to use for baking and so much more

I have devoted an entire cabinet in my kitchen to baking pans. And then some. It's a little embarrassing. Square pans in multiple sizes. Round pans in multiple sizes. The new loaf pans. The old, maybe-I-can-still-use-them loaf pans. I could go on. I have surely gone overboard, but my hoarding notwithstanding, having a few different baking pans and dishes is smart and it's a worthwhile investment....
Goodwill and butterflies

Goodwill and butterflies

To loosely paraphrase Tennessee Williams’ Blanche Dubois: When you travel with a family, that’s when you really depend on the kindness of strangers. The thought occurred to me, any number of times, during a three-day weekend late in April that I spent in Montreal with my husband, Howie; our son and daughter-in-law; and three young grandchildren. I was struck not only by how much planning...

How weekend choices undermine our kids' healthy eating habits

Weekdays can be exhausting for parents. You get your kids out of bed, take them where they need to go and help with homework. You make sure they have the proper food to fuel their brains and bodies. By the time the weekend comes, everyone is exhausted and ready for fun. Out comes the frozen pizza for dinner, the soda and popcorn with a movie and the Jujubes for dessert, because it feels like it's...
Cooking steak indoors? Embrace the reverse sear

Cooking steak indoors? Embrace the reverse sear

Cooking steak outside? That’s easy. Get the grill as hot as possible, toss the meat on and cook until done. But attempt that same stunt indoors, and you’ll smoke out your family and any immediate neighbors. Sure, you could turn the heat down, though then you risk either ending up with a sad, gray piece of meat devoid of an evenly browned crust or a steak that is horribly overdone. As a...
Best Bites: Snyder’s Filled Pieces

Best Bites: Snyder’s Filled Pieces

Pretzel nuggets filled with peanut butter have been around for at least 20 years or so, but it’s news when Snyder’s of Hanover gets into the act. Like others before them, Snyder’s has hollowed out little pretzelettes and filled the crisp, salty shell with lightly sweet peanut butter. These are among the world’s best snacks, the perfect combination of flavors and textures, and...
At Black Ivy in Edinburgh, little luxuries and a big breakfast

At Black Ivy in Edinburgh, little luxuries and a big breakfast

Black Ivy, 4 Alvanley Terrace; weareblackivy.com Rates From about 80 pounds (about $113). If Black Ivy feels like a stylish gastro pub with lodgings attached to it, that may be because it’s the brainchild of Billy Lowe, an Edinburgh entrepreneur who created and ran dozens of bars in the city before his companyopened the 22-room hotel last November. Black Ivy, in three adjoining Victorian townhouses...
So — how are the burgers at #IHOb, anyway?

So — how are the burgers at #IHOb, anyway?

As you probably know by now — especially because it was all over Twitter last week — IHOP changed its name this week to “IHOb,” aka International House of Burgers. The reaction was, well, snarky. Whataburger and Wendy’s got off some pretty good tweets. Burger King went as far as to change its Twitter handle to @PancakeKing although, lest too many people become confused...
Black bean burgers and tater tots are the main buzz at Dontee’s

Black bean burgers and tater tots are the main buzz at Dontee’s

MENU The diner offers both breakfast and lunch menus with plenty of options. The usual breakfast meals such as omelet, pancakes, French toast and waffles are on the menu with old fashioned oatmeal and a vegetable omelet for those who are counting calories. The lunch menu offers everything from fresh deli sandwiches, melted sandwiches, salads, burgers, wraps and even Greek specialties like Gyro sandwiches...
Unassuming spot for Thai, sushi will keep us coming back

Unassuming spot for Thai, sushi will keep us coming back

MENU As the name indicates, Thai cuisine and sushi are on the menu. An extensive list of appetizers features Thai and Japanese items, such as spring rolls, curry puffs, tuna tataki and tofu. There are several soups and salads offered, and numerous Thai entrees and sushi choices. For the lunch bunch, there are specials Monday through Friday. ATMOSPHERE We snagged the last available table on a busy...
Delray Beach bar nominated for ‘Best New American Cocktail Bar’

Delray Beach bar nominated for ‘Best New American Cocktail Bar’

The Spirited Awards have been crowning the best in the service industry since 2007, and for 2018, Delray Beach’s own Death Or Glory has been nominated as one of the Top 10 Best New American Cocktail Bars. The local watering hole has a rum-focused menu and pays homage to the rum runners of 1920s Florida.  “The Spirited Awards are the equivalent of the Oscars for the bar world...
Dining Review: Café Centro, West Palm Beach

Dining Review: Café Centro, West Palm Beach

Let me tell you about the pork chop of my dreams. It’s the one I wish I had ordered at the newly jazzed up Café Centro. My dining companion ordered it instead, but I snagged a couple of ample slices. Juicy and tender beneath a gorgeous sear, the thick chop is simply presented on the bone with a wedge of grilled polenta, all atop a bed of sweet corn puree ($25).  It’s a...

Elicio’s Rose makes for good summer sipping

I found the perfect patio sipper. I was lured in by the beautiful salmon color of Elicio’s Rose of grenache and syrah from France. Market District Wine Steward Jessica Goldbourn saw me reach for the bottle and started singing its praises. “One of my favorites!” Screw top, baby! Amazing value. So I took a bottle home and fell in love with the exhilarating aromas of Granny Smith apple...
At a nostalgic Paris restaurant, food takes a back seat to fun 

At a nostalgic Paris restaurant, food takes a back seat to fun 

The scene is a familiar one in Paris: an expansive, brightly lit dining room and servers decked head-to-toe in black and white, darting between tables with a balancing act of dishes in one hand and carafes of wine in another. Diners sit elbow-to-elbow in rows of ruby red leather banquettes or wooden bistro chairs, chatting over generous portions of beef Bourguignon and escargots dressed in parsley...
Your barista is a robot. Should it be friendly?

Your barista is a robot. Should it be friendly?

The cold, steely arm of Fernando the Barista swirled the foam of my matcha latte, set it down gently, and waved goodbye from inside a glass case. San Francisco, 2018. Where you can get robot pizza and robot salad, and now, a robot matcha. With oat milk, but no latte art. Yet. There were humans inside the small coffee shop on Market Street, but only some of them ordered drinks. Some of them came in...
So many reasons to love asparagus

So many reasons to love asparagus

Don’t you just love asparagus? Those lovely green spears have been hard to pass up at local farm markets and grocery stories. I haven’t had a bad bunch yet. Asparagus that’s not hand-harvested typically have a tougher end. And that tougher end can turn out stringy or woody when cooked. To check its tender point, those that aren’t hand-harvested, you bend the stalk near the...
Chicken milanese has its moment

Chicken milanese has its moment

It’s an excellent moment for cutlets Milanese. Made from veal, chicken or pork coated in fine breadcrumbs or flaky panko, they seem to be showing up everywhere, in variations satisfying and classic, thrilling and new. I’ve sampled the chuletas (breaded and fried pork tenderloin) at Mita’s in Cincinnati, where I dunked slices in guacamole as if they were the meatiest of chips. In...
A salad that goes with the grain

A salad that goes with the grain

When you hear the word “salad,” a bowl of dressed lettuce or other greens may come to mind. On the other hand, chicken salad, tuna salad and potato salad don’t necessarily imply anything green and leafy. And a juicy tomato salad is usually mostly tomatoes, with garlic and herbs added. There’s really no salad I dislike, but lately it’s grain salads I desire. Give me quinoa...
12 Cotes du Rhone wines that offer a range of styles and values

12 Cotes du Rhone wines that offer a range of styles and values

Cotes du Rhone wines do not have the prestige of the Rhone Valley’s storied wines, but these bottles have a lot to offer. These are not the wines of Cote-Rotie, Saint-Joseph, Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage or Condrieu in the northern Rhone. And although the vast majority of Cotes du Rhone wines hail from southern Rhone, home to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Tavel, Cotes du Rhone...
Obvious, and not so obvious, ways to use all four sides of your box grater

Obvious, and not so obvious, ways to use all four sides of your box grater

If you own the most typical type of box graters, it has four sides. You probably routinely use only one of them - or maybe two. You might almost exclusively use it to shred cheese. There's no shame in that. I'm pretty much the same way. Still, there are at least a few more things you can do to get the most out of your box grater. It's time to start giving all four sides a workout. - The largest shredding...

This one ingredient could upgrade your summer eats

“The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by 28 Varietals and Blends” is a slim, single-subject volume that is just as compelling as any deep-dive cookbook. You will get to know those 28 varietals, some of which might seem precious, as they are not found on grocery store shelves. Pure, good honey comes at a price, and it is an unfortunate fact of life that...
Two tastes meet, and both are better for it

Two tastes meet, and both are better for it

When asparagus first comes into season, it’s criminal not to make it the star of the meal. Roasted with a little shaved Parmesan and lemon; seared and piled on crostini; steamed and swiped through a mound of rich, lemony hollandaise — all are simple, satisfying preparations that show off the stalks’ charms. Add some wine and crusty bread, and dinner is done. As the season progresses...
Sweet Japanese kabobs make a quick meal

Sweet Japanese kabobs make a quick meal

Little work is needed to make these Japanese kabobs. Known in Japan as yakitori, they’re made with a sweet Japanese barbecue sauce. Serve the chicken over sesame-flavored rice to complete this 20-minute dinner. In Japan, clouds of aromatic smoke waft off the grill at yakitori stands, making these chicken kabobs a popular stopping off place for an after-work snack. I’ve added vegetables...
Duck subs for pork in easy carnitas tacos recipe

Duck subs for pork in easy carnitas tacos recipe

Musical chairs strikes the over-5 set with nostalgia. Ah, kindergarten. But for those in the musical-chairs cohort, it’s pure terror. Stumble along to some treacly tune; lunge for safety. It schools its students: Greed is good. Grab the first option. Resources are scarce, and shrinking. Worse yet: duck duck goose. The slow-building dread of Duck, Duck, Duck; the fast-paced panic of Goose! This...
15 zinfandels to drink with whatever meat you’re grilling

15 zinfandels to drink with whatever meat you’re grilling

If you like to refer to zinfandel as the American wine, as you rightly could, now might be a good time to start tasting through some bottles to find a few of your favorites in time for that quintessentially American holiday, the Fourth of July. Plenty of tasting time ahead. Plenty of re-tasting time ahead too. You’ll want to make sure that your preferences are dialed in when you pull out this...
9 great things to do with boring old parsley

9 great things to do with boring old parsley

Poor parsley. Its songmates sage, rosemary and thyme are all so much more evocative — each one brings a scent, even a feeling, to mind, while the ear just elides parsley. And who doesn’t love basil? Even cilantro inspires fear and loathing, at least. Parsley’s barely thought of as an herb at all. In American cooking, parsley’s most frequent role is as an absolutely expendable...
Really? Only two local restaurants make OpenTable’s list for ‘100 Best Outdoor in America’

Really? Only two local restaurants make OpenTable’s list for ‘100 Best Outdoor in America’

When I think of dining outdoors in South Florida, I imagine sitting waterfront in a beautifully landscaped restaurant or perhaps relaxing in an intimate candlelit courtyard. Many spots in Palm Beach County come to mind. OpenTable diners must think differently. Only two local eateries made the online restaurant reservation service’s list for ‘100 Best Al Fresco Restaurants in...
On-the-fly experiment results in fish dish worth remembering

On-the-fly experiment results in fish dish worth remembering

Both of us — my wife Kaisari and I — love fish. I adore steak, too, but one problem with steak and other kinds of meats like goat or lamb (as Muslims we don’t eat pork) is that they have to be good quality to be eaten and enjoyed. Even mediocre fish, on the other hand, can be enjoyed, to a reasonable degree. For a person my age, chewing through tough, stringy meat is murder to the...
Pea greens with garlic flowers

Pea greens with garlic flowers

Garlic with pea shoots is a combination worth exploring. It’s hardly a secret, especially in Asia where pea greens are widely consumed. In many regions, peas are sown throughout the summer specifically for their greens, every week or so like like American farmers plant lettuce. A simple, heaping pile of pea greens in brown sauce is one of my favorite Chinese foods. The culinary deconstructionists...
Warm cheese meets fresh herbs in a happy marriage

Warm cheese meets fresh herbs in a happy marriage

Warm cheese. Fresh herbs. I scan menus for the combination and order it every time — in salads, with vegetables, over pasta, on grilled breads. Burrata on grilled toast with kale pesto and cherry tomatoes set the mood at a recent ladies lunch. Wood-oven-fired pizza topped with fresh basil and buffalo mozzarella started our night out with the couples group. Recent springtime travels in Spain...
Sip your way through summer with a batch of homemade iced tea

Sip your way through summer with a batch of homemade iced tea

If you’re tuned in to what’s trendy these days, it may seem your options for what to drink this summer have been whittled down to two: cold-brew coffee or rosé. But if you want something in between the caffeine jolt of the former and the celebratory nature of the latter, you need look no further than a classic. Iced tea. Sure, there are plenty of bottled and canned options vying...
Rhubarb: How to cook, store, freeze the perfect pie plant

Rhubarb: How to cook, store, freeze the perfect pie plant

As we are smack dab in the middle of rhubarb season, it’s time to get creative and enjoy this wonderful tart fruit. We combed our archives for rhubarb recipes and know-how. You can find stalks of field-grown or hothouse-grown rhubarb in stores and at farmers markets now. Rhubarb is one of the first fruits of spring, though botanically speaking, it’s a vegetable). Hothouse rhubarb is light...
Meet ‘the million-dollar palate’ behind a flood of new foods

Meet ‘the million-dollar palate’ behind a flood of new foods

Most makers of fancy food like to supply a romantic story behind the birth of their triple-berry jam or new ice cream flavor. Maybe it was Grandma’s recipe, or a life-changing trip to Vietnam.  Here in Oregon, there is a fair chance that the inspiration was Sarah Masoni, a university laboratory manager with a title that is less than lyrical: director of the product development and process...
A Thai chef heads home for a challenge

A Thai chef heads home for a challenge

It was close to 2 a.m., and Pim Techamuanvivit couldn’t sleep. So, like a tenacious detective, she taped huge sheets of white paper to her hotel room wall and covered them in color-coded sticky notes, charting out her clues. The case at hand: Devising a new menu for Nahm, the internationally acclaimed Thai fine-dining restaurant. She shuffled dish names into clusters, aiming for a variety of...
Saute, roast, grill shishito peppers. (Don’t worry about seeds)

Saute, roast, grill shishito peppers. (Don’t worry about seeds)

A: It’s not necessary. While the seeds of chili peppers may contain some heat, it’s the inner ribs of peppers that contain the fiery spice. The beauty of shishito peppers, which seem to be gaining popularity in recent years, is they are relatively mild. Raw shishito peppers have a hint of sweetness, and a crisp texture that similar to a green bell pepper. They are native to Japan, where...
Five getaways with local food festivals that are worth the trip

Five getaways with local food festivals that are worth the trip

Some hotels try to create buzz by opening restaurants with high-profile chefs. Lately, however, a growing number of properties want to offer more and are throwing entire food festivals instead. Michael Heflin, senior vice president for the hotel division of Travel Leaders Group, thinks that hotels are getting into the festival business because they want to offer guests, as well as the local community...
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