Liz Balmaseda

Liz Balmaseda covers food and dining for The Post.

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New Steam Horse Brewing throws a block party this weekend in West Palm
 Like the frothy head on a pint of European lager, Steam Horse Brewing adds a crowning touch to West Palm Beach’s burgeoning Warehouse District. The urban dining and lifestyle complex that includes Grandview Public Market welcomes the craft beer brewery and bar Wednesday, Aug. 15.  And thanks to the brewery&rsquo...

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Like the frothy head on a pint of European lager, Steam Horse Brewing adds a crowning touch to West Palm Beach’s burgeoning Warehouse District. The urban dining and lifestyle complex that includes Grandview Public Market welcomes the craft beer brewery and bar Wednesday, Aug. 15.  And thanks to the brewery&rsquo...
Steam Horse Brewing: Best food near new brewery in West Palm’s Warehouse District
 Listen up craft beer fans. Steam Horse Brewing Company opens today in West Palm’s Warehouse District. The newest brewery sits a half-block down the train tracks from Grandview Public Market, the county’s first food hall. Fun fact: Steam Horse’s name was inspired by the abandoned railroad spur that runs between the buildings...

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Listen up craft beer fans. Steam Horse Brewing Company opens today in West Palm’s Warehouse District. The newest brewery sits a half-block down the train tracks from Grandview Public Market, the county’s first food hall. Fun fact: Steam Horse’s name was inspired by the abandoned railroad spur that runs between the buildings...
A taste of Cuba: Make classic picadillo and caramelized yuca flan
 More often than not, we’ve viewed Cuba from this side of the Florida Straits, where native dishes have been transplanted and sometimes translated, tweaked and, gasp, even “curated.” The glossier cookbooks tend to emanate from this side of the abstract Cuban nation. So when “Cuba: The Cookbook” (Phaidon, $49.95)...

Posted: 4 days ago

More often than not, we’ve viewed Cuba from this side of the Florida Straits, where native dishes have been transplanted and sometimes translated, tweaked and, gasp, even “curated.” The glossier cookbooks tend to emanate from this side of the abstract Cuban nation. So when “Cuba: The Cookbook” (Phaidon, $49.95)...
My lucky 13: the year’s most memorable bites (so far)
 I remember a particularly delicious almond croissant. There it was, fresh from the oven at Loic Autret bakery in West Palm Beach. Sure, our table was laden with a mixed batch of breakfast elements – smoked salmon, capers, baguette, fruit salad and quiche Lorraine – but after one buttery and flaky bite, this croissant was...

Posted: 6 days ago

I remember a particularly delicious almond croissant. There it was, fresh from the oven at Loic Autret bakery in West Palm Beach. Sure, our table was laden with a mixed batch of breakfast elements – smoked salmon, capers, baguette, fruit salad and quiche Lorraine – but after one buttery and flaky bite, this croissant was...
New Mediterranean restaurant offers diverse regional menu   
 Stepped into a random strip plaza on Military Trail, just south of Belvedere Road, and found an unexpected delight: a new Mediterranean spot cooking up some yummy, Turkish-leaning fare. Locanta Local Eatery debuted this spring in a transformed former Subway space. The kitchen is in the hands of chef Alper Songul, formerly of Agora Mediterranean...

Posted: 7 days ago

Stepped into a random strip plaza on Military Trail, just south of Belvedere Road, and found an unexpected delight: a new Mediterranean spot cooking up some yummy, Turkish-leaning fare. Locanta Local Eatery debuted this spring in a transformed former Subway space. The kitchen is in the hands of chef Alper Songul, formerly of Agora Mediterranean...
Smoky collab: Smokin’ Gator BBQ pops up at The Regional  
 They’re lawyers by profession, town council members by civic duty and barbecue pit masters by passion. Together, Bob and Paul Shalhoub have built Smokin’ Gator BBQ, a Memphis-style ‘cue business with a local cult following. But because the Lake Clarke Shores father-and-son team have demanding day jobs, their prized brisket...

Posted: 14 days ago

They’re lawyers by profession, town council members by civic duty and barbecue pit masters by passion. Together, Bob and Paul Shalhoub have built Smokin’ Gator BBQ, a Memphis-style ‘cue business with a local cult following. But because the Lake Clarke Shores father-and-son team have demanding day jobs, their prized brisket...
Coming soon to Wellington: Horse manager to open Trophy Room restaurant and bar
 Back when The Grille Fashion Cuisine was up and running in Wellington – partying into the wee hours – local businessman and horse manager Rob Gray was a big fan of the place. Now, weeks after the restaurant closed, he has the keys and a new plan for the space. His new restaurant, expected to debut in October, will have an appropriately...

Posted: 15 days ago

Back when The Grille Fashion Cuisine was up and running in Wellington – partying into the wee hours – local businessman and horse manager Rob Gray was a big fan of the place. Now, weeks after the restaurant closed, he has the keys and a new plan for the space. His new restaurant, expected to debut in October, will have an appropriately...
Here’s a restaurant for your mac-and-cheese-loving heart
 If you heart all manners of macaroni and cheese, forks up: The restaurant chain whose name is a declaration of love for the comfort-food classic just opened a location in Jupiter. I Heart Mac and Cheese, a Boca Raton-based company, debuted the new restaurant at Jupiter’s Sims Creek Plaza on Indiantown Road earlier this week. The concept...

Posted: 20 days ago

If you heart all manners of macaroni and cheese, forks up: The restaurant chain whose name is a declaration of love for the comfort-food classic just opened a location in Jupiter. I Heart Mac and Cheese, a Boca Raton-based company, debuted the new restaurant at Jupiter’s Sims Creek Plaza on Indiantown Road earlier this week. The concept...
New Orleans-style restaurant planned for Palm Beach Gardens
 Is Downtown at the Gardens ready for a flavorful shot of New Orleans? The owners of a popular Jupiter restaurant believe so.  The locally based team behind Calaveras Cantina plan to open Voodoo Bayou, a Southern Cajun-inspired restaurant and bar, in the sprawling corner space where Cabo Flats once operated in Palm Beach...

Posted: 24 days ago

Is Downtown at the Gardens ready for a flavorful shot of New Orleans? The owners of a popular Jupiter restaurant believe so.  The locally based team behind Calaveras Cantina plan to open Voodoo Bayou, a Southern Cajun-inspired restaurant and bar, in the sprawling corner space where Cabo Flats once operated in Palm Beach...
Visiting food star: New South tastes like the world
 The South is what happens when Louisiana Cajun shrimp meet Vietnamese flavors from Texas. In a single bite, the region comes to focus in ways that defy tidy labels and outsider clichés.  Sure, there are biscuits and grits, fried okra and sweet tea to be relished. But if there is one thing Southern author and chef Virginia...

Posted: 25 days ago

The South is what happens when Louisiana Cajun shrimp meet Vietnamese flavors from Texas. In a single bite, the region comes to focus in ways that defy tidy labels and outsider clichés.  Sure, there are biscuits and grits, fried okra and sweet tea to be relished. But if there is one thing Southern author and chef Virginia...
Uncle Tai’s Chinese restaurant bids farewell to Boca after 32 years
  Uncle Tai’s Hunan-style restaurant might as well have been the bustling dining room in a relative’s home. This was especially true around the Jewish holidays, when the Boca Raton institution served as a gathering place for visiting relatives.  There was always on-point hot and sour soup, crispy spring rolls, scallion...

Posted: 27 days ago

 Uncle Tai’s Hunan-style restaurant might as well have been the bustling dining room in a relative’s home. This was especially true around the Jewish holidays, when the Boca Raton institution served as a gathering place for visiting relatives.  There was always on-point hot and sour soup, crispy spring rolls, scallion...