Four free beers for leap year: This brewery is giving them away

Matt Cox of Copperpoint Brewing Company is giving away four free beers today to leap-year babies. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Copperpoint Brewing owner and head brewer Matt Cox is giving away four free beers today to leap-year babies. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

You know what rhymes with leap year? Free beer.

Copperpoint Brewing is helping those born on Feb. 29 make up for lost time by offering them four free beers today in their taproom. Leap-year babies need only show valid identification for the promotion, according to Copperpoint’s Instagram page.

There are plenty of beers to chose from at the brewery the Palm Beach Post named its 2015 Brewery of the Year in December. Regularly on tap is the B. Rabbit Stout, a lighter, more porter-like dark beer brewed with specially roasted local Rabbit Coffee beans. Their blood-orange wheat beer was a Post Beer of the Week last year.

IF YOU GO

Copperpoint Brewing Co.

151 Commerce Drive, Boynton Beach

561-510-1253

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Honda Classic 2016: Top restaurants in Palm Beach Gardens

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Chicken satay prepared at Talay Thai in Palm Beach Gardens. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)
A golf fan can work up quite an appetite watching the action on the greens at Honda Classic, the challenging first stop on the PGA Tour’s Florida swing. And the PGA National Resort and Spa, home of the Classic, is not a bad place for a hungry fan.
Not only does the resort offer a solid trio of dining and sipping options, it sits at the western edge of an entire boulevard of eating and drinking possibilities.
Here are some of our favorite restaurants along PGA Boulevard:

 

 

Honda Classic 2016: Our favorite restaurants in The Gardens Mall

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The Counter offers a daunting range of burger options, including this bacon barbecue burger, shown here with crispy shoestring fries. (Contributed)

Looking for a place to eat after or before the Honda Classic? Check out our favorite offerings at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens.

An excerpt from our PGA Dining Guide:

The Gardens Mall:

Yes, there’s a food court and a couple of Starbucks at this upmarket mall, but the dining options don’t end there. Eateries include Figs by Todd English (inside Macy’s), The Bistro at Nordstrom and PF Chang’s China Bistro.

Our picks: the buzzy Brio Tuscan Grille for Italian bites and wines, and The Counter Custom Built Burgers for design-your-own burgers, shoestring fries and grown-up shakes (entrance between Bloomingdale’s and Sears).

If you go: The Gardens Mall, 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-622-2115

What we love about Krave restaurant in Tequesta

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View of a peanut encrusted Ahi Tuna, and soba noodle salad, with bok choy, daikon radish, snow peas, peppers, ginger, onions, thai peanut sauce at Krave restaurant. (Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post)

Krave is a small, luxe restaurant that’s tucked into a Tequesta strip mall, where you’re in the capable hands of Mike Rolchigo, an accomplished and talented chef. The restaurant offers modern American dishes, from duck egg roll starters to an entree of peanut-encrusted ahi tuna, fashioned with fresh, eclectic ingredients. This fancy fare is artistically presented on the plate (Rolchigo is a grad of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in both culinary and pastry arts).

But here’s the big reveal: as fancy as it is, the food is accessible and delicious. Rolchigo is not one to do pretty for pretty’s sake. He delivers sumptuous dishes, but it is food you’d return for again and again.

If you go: Krave Restaurant & Wine Bar, 626 U.S. 1, Tequesta; 561-575-9222

2014 review rating: FOOD: A; SERVICE: A

Related: Full dining review of Krave – Small Tequesta eatery serves big, imaginative dishes

 

South Florida doughnut shop voted one of the best in America

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Everyone loves a good doughnut, right? Well, you don’t have to travel far to enjoy one of the best ‘donuts’ in the country. The Salty Donut, in Miami, was just listed on Thrillist’s ’33 Best Donut Shops in America’.

According to Thrillist, this popular shop, which still operates out of a trailer in the Wynwood Arts District in Miami, was one of the first gourmet donut places in Miami-Dade County when they opened in Dec. And according to The Salty Donut’s website, their pop-up shop is open every Fri.-Sun. until their store opens sometime this year.

If you go: The Salty Donut, 29 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-925-8126.

 

South Florida doughnut shop voted one of the best in America

donut-1000

Everyone loves a good doughnut, right? Well, you don’t have to travel far to enjoy one of the best ‘donuts’ in the country. The Salty Donut, in Miami, was just listed on Thrillist’s ’33 Best Donut Shops in America’.

According to Thrillist, this popular shop, which still operates out of a trailer in the Wynwood Arts District in Miami, was one of the first gourmet donut places in Miami-Dade County when they opened in Dec. And according to The Salty Donut’s website, their pop-up shop is open every Fri.-Sun. until their store opens sometime this year.

If you go: The Salty Donut, 29 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-925-8126.

 

National Clam Chowder Day: The best chowder in Palm Beach County

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New England-style clam chowder is served at Chowder Heads in Jupiter. (Photo by Liz Balmaseda)

Today is National Clam Chowder Day! It’s perfect timing with the cold wave that’s here to warm up with a creamy bowl! Which restaurant has the yummiest, best chowder in Palm Beach County? We take an excerpt from our 2015 Critic’s Choice pick:

Best Clam Chowder in Palm Beach County: Chowder Heads, Jupiter

This is the chowder that won our hearts and bellies at local green markets. Nothing fancy about this traditional, creamy chowder, but I find it downright addictive.

But don’t assume it must be the creamy white option. Sure, the New England-style chowder is quite good, rich and swimming with clams and potatoes. But the red Manhattan chowder is delicious as well, its broth flavorful and almost meaty.

Chowder Heads: 2123 U.S. 1, Jupiter; 561-203-2903.

Related: Our full list of the 2015’s best restaurants, food in Palm Beach County

Which PB County restaurant offers the best free food?

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Squares of freshly baked marble pound cake are offered as welcome bites at Flakowitz of Wellington deli. (Photo by Liz Balmaseda)

An excerpt from our Food Editor’s 2015 Critic’s Choice Awards:

Best Restaurant Freebie: Flakowitz Marble Cake

It arrived moments after I settled in at my table, ordered coffee and started perusing the menu at Flakowitz of Wellington deli: a generous wedge of marble cake. How did they know about my weakness for marble pound cake? They didn’t, but no matter: The freebee is offered at this location as well as at Flakowitz of Boynton. Smitten with it? You can buy more to take home.

Flakowitz of Wellington: 2803-300 State Road 7, Wellington; 561-847-4346;FlakowitzofWellington.com

Related: Our full list of 2015’s best restaurants, food in Palm Beach County

Burger King’s new hot dog: We try it in the name of journalism

Palm Beach Post reporter Carlos Frias tries out the new Bugrer King Hot Dog, February 23, 2016. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post)
Palm Beach Post reporter Carlos Frias tries out the new Bugrer King Grilled Hot Dog, February 23, 2016. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post)

I’m eyeing the new Burger King grilled hot dogs on the ad behind her when the girl at the register gives me a little push.

“They’re good. Go ahead and try one. You’ll be back,” she told me.

It was inevitable.

As the newsroom Mikey, they ask me to eat every crazy thing around here in the name of food journalism: Burger King’s doomed bacon sundae, Taco Bell’s waffle taco, and, unblinkingly, BK’s grilled hot dogs, which debuted on its menu today.

Why a Burger King hot dog?

I was wondering just that as I waited for my takeout order when another man ordered one. Check that: He ordered a second one and took it back to his seat inside a surprisingly chic Burger King (brownstone brick, stainless steel, modern booths). So I asked him: Why come to Burger King for a hot dog?

“Well… I’ve never had one before,” he said.

Seemed like a good enough reason to me.

Back at the office, I unleashed it for our photographer Greg Lovett who did not immediately recoil.

Because this does, actually, look like a hot dog you would find at a backyard barbecue: squiggles of Heinz ketchup and mustard, relish and slivered onions atop an Oscar Mayer-made wiener. It’s even split down the middle and has the requisite chargrill marks.

And it tastes just like a homemade dog. A nice snap to the ol’ tube steak and a meaty flavor from the all-beef dog. And since you have a name-brand hot dog and condiments (Burger King’s parent company owns Heinz and Oscar Mayer), you get the flavor your expect from a hot dog.

There’s even a chili-cheese version, if that’s your thing, that tastes no worse than what you’d find at Dairy Queen or Sonic.

The classic hot dog will run you $1.99, and $2.29 gets you the bells-and-whistles chili cheese version. They’ll also set you back 310 and 330 calories, but you’re at Burger King, so who’s counting?

I’m not sure the problem Burger King was trying to solve by adding a hot dog to its menu. But if you have a hankering, here’s echoing a little push: Go ahead and try one. They’re good.

 

 

Martha Stewart: I had a big, fun weekend in West Palm Beach

Cafe con leche in hand, Martha Stewart tours West Palm's GreenMarket. (Contributed photo)
Cafe con leche in hand, Martha Stewart tours West Palm’s GreenMarket. (Contributed photo)

Martha Stewart came to West Palm Beach and, in true Martha style, she flew away with something more stylish than a lousy souvenir t-shirt.

The businesswoman and lifestyle guru posted dozens of photos from her antiquing, thrifting and green market-shopping adventures on her “Martha Blog.” She also took the time to answer a few of our questions by email.

Read the full story here.

Stewart heads south this weekend to Miami Beach, where she is headlining the South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s sold-out rosé brunch with Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. We took the occasion to ask her some brunch-centric questions:

We must ask: Is rosé your go-to brunch drink?

“Ever since my first trip to St. Barths, rosé has been my wine choice for brunch.  Year round, I think it accompanies most food perfectly.”

Martha shares her poached eggs secret below. (Photo: Andrew Purcell)
Martha shares her poached eggs secret. (Photo: Andrew Purcell)

What are the keys to creating and serving the perfect Sunday brunch?

“Do as much prep ahead of time as possible.  I have a secret way to make eggs Benedict. Poach the eggs the day before, then store them overnight in the refrigerator in ice water.  The next day, reheat them for a few seconds in simmering water right before you assemble them.  Perfect eggs Benedict every time.”