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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Cravings: Mushroom Paté from EatWith

From mushroom fricassee served over polenta to a comforting bowl of mushroom risotto, mushrooms seem to find a way to my plate. So when I attended my first EatWith dinner last weekend with hosts Tom and McKenzie in Miami and was served a mushroom paté, my palate was dancing in delight. The earthy flavors and the woodsy aroma brought back some wonderful food memories and one bite certainly was not enough. Creating food memories with new friends is one of my favorite things to do, so I was thrilled to learn about this new site (at least to Florida) called EatWith. Through this site,...

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Funky Buddha Brewery’s Craft Beer Bread

If you’re a craft beer enthusiast (and we know that you are), you’re going to be thrilled to hear about Funky Buddha’s latest venture. No, it’s not about their in-house restaurant — Craft Food Counter & Kitchen — scheduled to open up in November (okay, we’re excited about that too). But rather, it’s about their new partnership with Whole Foods Market, and the release of the Floridian Spent Grain Sourdough Bread. The idea of the bread came from David McAndrew, Whole Foods Market’s Bakehouse Facility Team Leader, who wanted to partner up with a local brewery to add an innovative bread...

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Wynwood Brewery Becomes Miami’s First Production Craft Brewer

This month, Wynwood Brewing Co. founder Luis G. Brignoni marks the second anniversary of his craft production brewery, Miami’s first. He’s celebrating “excellent success, and a lot of growth,” which is accelerating since he and his staff began bottling two house beers in late August. His dad, Luis C. Brignoni, now 63, came out of retirement to help his avid home-brewer son open the business and taproom close to the heart of the Wynwood Arts District. His preferred beer, naturally, is Pop’s Porter, a rich, roasty brew named for him. The other one being sold in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles at Total Wine, Whole Foods and Milo’s Markets locations in Broward and Miami-Dade counties is La Rubia Blonde. Crowds come to the Wynwood taproom to sample their golden and pale ales, porters, barrel-aged strong ales and a large line of seasonal and specialty brews. On tap are about a dozen beers including Barnacle Belgian Pale Ale, Brown Nitro, Rickenbacker Pils, a Wynweizen, IPA and Original Sin Apple Cider. A half-dozen are available in 32- and 64-ounce growlers. This time of year, some different brews are produced. “We have two Oktoberfest beers coming out now. We have a nontraditional Imperial Märzen, which we dry hop with Citra hops, and then we have a traditional Oktoberfest style Märzen that’s coming out in about a month. They’re lagers,” said Luis G. Brignoni,...

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