Category: Food

TGIF Cheers! Thyme Lemonade a Perfect Summertime Cooler, Spiked or Not

The path to this refreshing cooler starts with a trip through the herb garden, and ends in a Tom Collins glass. It can easily be made without the vodka; it’s sensational either way. Chef/owner Laurent Godbout of Chez L’Epicier in Palm Beach shared this easy recipe with Florida Food & Farm readers. Vodka thyme lemonade Granulated sugar, for rimming glass 3 lemon wedges 2 oz. thyme syrup (recipe follows) 2 oz. Tito’s Vodka Club soda Thyme sprig, for garnish In a Collins glass, rim the glass with the granulated sugar. Muddle 2 of the lemon wedges. Add thyme syrup, Tito’s vodka and ice. Top with soda and lemon wedge. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs. Thyme syrup 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup water Handful of thyme leaves Make simple syrup: Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and add the thyme. Allow the thyme to steep at least 4 hours at room temperature; strain before using. Makes approximately 2/3 cup. Keep in sealed container in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Tip: Try the thyme syrup in a real Tom Collins, too — thyme marries great with gin. And for leftover herbs – freeze ice cubes with leftover herbs, coarsely chopped, to use in your next round of drinks....

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Saltwater Brewery’s Edible Six-Pack Ring Aims to Save – and Feed – Turtles

  Chris Gove didn’t expect his brewery’s latest idea, an eco-friendly, edible six-pack ring, to go viral. “It’s awesome how the community has been so positive,” said Gove, president and co-founder of the 2-1/2-year-old Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach. A week ago, the brewery staff posted a video on Facebook explaining the degradable ring, a sturdy, sustainable can-holder. It would replace the plastic rings typically used to bind a six-pack of canned beer or sodas delivered to markets. The video took off, and even Time magazine picked it up for its website. “We’ve only had them for a couple...

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Cravings: Seared Escolar from Palmeiras Beach Club

Out with the old and in with the new. That’s what’s happening at Grove Isle. This iconic landmark — known for offering pristine views of the bay and being the most well-known place in Miami to pop the question — has transformed itself from Grove Isle Hotel and Spa into Palmeiras Beach Club with Palmeiras Restaurant opening up last December. Responsible for the changes on this private island are visionaries Sami Kohen and Jacques Wulffaert, who have teamed up with Grove Isle developers. Together they’ve revamped the venue, giving it a contemporary makeover — and added in a Perrier-Jouët...

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Ritz’s Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits Newest Farm-to-Fork Restaurant in Broward

Like many new restaurants, Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits in The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, has a menu crafted around farm-fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Such menus have become almost de rigueur with the food crowd. But Burlock’s chef de cuisine Gavin Pera has taken his Florida fare one step further. “On any given day 85 to 90 percent of our menu is locally sourced,” says Pera. “We not only connected with area farmers but also researched who was doing other cool stuff in the area.” So after bringing in spicy arugula from Paradise Farms in Homestead, fresh pork bellies from...

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