2015 said farewell to some of the restaurants we came to love. Was yours on the list?
Today is Bacon Day! And what’s better than just bacon? How about chocolate covered bacon on a stick! Our writer, Carlos Frías braved the funky foods at the South Florida Fair last year and had this to say about the yummy treat:
Chocolate-covered bacon on a stick
The sign outside Bubba’s Bacon reads, “Bacon makes everything better.”
You could say the same about chocolate.
The bacon is oven-baked, chilled, then chocolate-coated and kept refrigerated until some lucky fairgoer stumbles upon it.
The result is something like a meaty Heath bar or a bacon brittle, the sweet and savory hitting all the parts of your palate (except the umami part, I reckon, but this is America so let’s move on).
By the time you’re done grappling with the swirl of flavors, you’re down to the bottom of the stick.
Jeff Dunham would be proud.
Watch Carlos Frías try chocolate-covered bacon on a stick:
As Tiger Woods turns 40 today, we take a look back at Liz Balmaseda’s review of his new restaurant The Woods, which opened in the fall at Harbourside Place in Jupiter:
Palm Beach County is brewing too much good beer.
By that I mean it’s almost impossible to have tasted every variety of every beer brewed at each of the county’s nine breweries — and that’s a good problem to have.
These Beers of the Year — and my choice for Brewery of the Year, which is Copperpoint Brewery in Boynton Beach — are a nod to the best locally brewed craft beer I sipped this year. Cheers!
There are many great burgers in Palm Beach County, but we do have our favorites. Here are Food & Dining Editor Liz Balmaseda’s 15 favorite burgers in the county:
As you prepare to ring in the New Year, do it with a touch of retro. Holiday cocktails are embracing the old-fashioned for Auld Lang Syne.
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.
Here are some favorite spots to tie up for a sunset sip or an afternoon burger:
Nothing works up an appetite like a few hours of holiday shopping!
And nothing is more of a shopping buzzkill than bad mall food. A holiday dining guide might help in avoiding the dismal bites. Here’s one to clip and consult:
Better for the 2015 Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival to go out in a blaze of glorious grilling.
The four-day festival capped its final event, the Grand Tasting at The Gardens Mall — outgrowing the island for the first time in its 9-year history — with an ultimate chefs battle.
Chefs from Cafe Boulud, EmKo Palm Beach and Buccan tested their skills with Creekstone Farms organic Angus beef and Duroc pork in 30 minutes. And they knew they were cooking for discerning palates, with judges that included celebrity chefs Marc Murphy and Robert Irvine.
In the end, EmKo’s Nick Martinkovic won the crown and $10,000 for his charity, No Kid Hungry, with his grilled skirt steak, pork jowel, broccoli stem and cured egg yolk. He edged out Café Boulud’s Jimmy Strine and Buccan’s Taylor Balderson.
The battle, which took over a side lot of the Four Seasons Resort on the festival’s third day, pitted chefs representing New York City against those cooking for Palm Beach.
Lipman, chef/owner of the popular Coolinary Cafe in Palm Beach Gardens, created a trio of croquetas (Miami-inspired street fare), a shrimp and andouille sausage, an edamame falafel ball, and a lamb-accented ball.
The evening’s celebrity chef judges — food TV’s Robert Irvine, Christina Tosi, Hugh Acheson, Jeff Mauro, among others — chose New York chef Elizabeth Falkner as their winner. The pastry-chef-turned-savory-master created a delicately grilled striped bass with a creamy Meyer lemon yogurt sauce, topped with micro greens.
Tied for runner-up were West Palm Beach chef Lindsay Autry, who served a flavorful Brunswick stew over rice grits, and New York-Boston chef Ken Oringer, who gave the foodie crowd a giant paella pan filled with Spanish-inspired fideos (noodles), tossed with seafood.
The four-day festival continues today (Sunday) with a Daniel Boulud-hosted brunch at Cafe Boulud, and wraps up tonight with the 9th Annual Grand Tasting at The Gardens Mall. Tickets are still available for tonight’s event ($75) at the festival’s website, PBFoodWineFest.com.
To view a gallery of festival events, visit PalmBeachPost.com.