Liz Balmaseda

Liz Balmaseda covers food and dining for The Post.

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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...

Posted: 17 hours ago

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...
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...

Posted: 4 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 10 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 11 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 11 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 14 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 17 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 18 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 19 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 19 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 20 days ago

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...