food

  • Pied Piper Cruise #2: Island Hopping

    In my last column I wrote about my first cruise with an LGBT tour group, the Pied Piper Post-Thanksgiving cruise. To my delight, it was not all about pretty boys in skimpy swimsuits (but there were plenty of those available). After a day at sea we reached our first port of call, and from then on, the pattern was; explore a port, board the ship and party while we sailed to the next island. Now let’s focus on the all the fun shipboard and at the Caribbean ports of call.

  • Put the Boy in Boynton Beach

    Boynton Beach may not have the LGBT presence that Wilton Manors has, but then again where else does? Located midway between Lake Worth and Delray, Boynton Beach is coming into its own. You can see signs of it everywhere, from the multimillion dollar homes popping up next to trailer parks, to the renovations taking place downtown.

  • Regional Favorites: Deep dish pizza, Italian beef and Garrett's popcorn

    Since South Florida is so full of people who have relocated from other parts of the country, you will invariably hear people from a region bemoaning the foods that they miss. Philadelphians miss authentic cheesesteaks, New Englanders yearn for authentic lobster rolls, and Californians crave In-N-Out burgers. However, it seems that those who moan and complain the loudest are Chicagoans.

  • Rick's Recipes: An Anniversary Feast

    Happy 7th anniversary SFGN! I am so proud to be a part of the SFGN family. I’ve been writing for the LGBT media for 30 plus years and SFGN is the most professionally run publication for which I’ve had the pleasure of working.

  • Rick's Recipes: Hurricane Cuisine

    OK, I just survived my first hurricane. Not realizing that everything would be closed for days after the hurricane, I was ill-prepared. I thought, “If we’re without power, we’ll just dine out.” It never occurred to me that everyplace else would be without power, too. Hey, before this hair turned white, I used to be a blond!

  • Rick's Recipes: Taste the Rainbow

    While “Taste the Rainbow” may be the catchphrase for Skittles commercials, this time of year you may want to co-opt it for your next Pride celebration. As I motor up to D.C. for the Equality March for Unity and Pride, here are a few of my favorite recipes for rainbow-themed dishes.

  • Rick's Recipes: Taste the Rainbow: Pride Brunch Recipes

    Skittles may use the phrase “Taste the Rainbow” to promote its candy, but it really should be used for LGBT Pride treats, and I ain’t talking about the boys in the underwear riding the floats!

  • Rick's Recipes: You’re Pulling My Rib! (That is my rib, right?)

    This past Memorial Day I was reminded of when I was a kid and we lived up north. Memorial Day meant my father would drag out the old Weber Grill for the first barbecue of the summer. Never mind that in Chicago, snow is still a possibility until June!

  • Rick's Review: Doin’ A Backflip for Summer

    Plunge Beach Hotel recently opened at the north end of El Mar Dr. in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and the Backflip Beach Bar & Kitchen is already becoming a favorite among locals. It is perhaps the ultimate laid-back beach bar, serving local brews and rum-fueled cocktails that would make Hemingway smile. Its fresh juice-infused drinks have just the right amount of kick (many of which can also be ordered sans alcohol). Check out the Sharkbait; vodka with raspberry puree and ginger beer, the Tweet Me Ishmael with coconut rum and mango puree or an Aperol Fizz.

  • Rick's Reviews: A is for...

    A is for acclaimed. A is for affable. A is for accomplished. Finally, A is for Angelo, as in Angelo Elia, the Italian-born chef/restaurateur, whose impressive roster of dining establishments includes three Casa D’Angelo restaurants (Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Paradise Island/Bahamas), as well as a growing chain of wildly-popular casual-chic Italian eateries – Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar, Tapas (Fort Lauderdale, Weston, Delray Beach and Coral Springs) and the Angelo Elia Bakery Bar.

  • Rick's Reviews: Batter up!

    It’s spring and that means the beginning of baseball season and I’ve visited two new restaurants. One hit it out of the park and the other struck out. And that’s about as far as I can go with baseball metaphors, so let’s focus on the restaurants.

  • Rick's Reviews: Best of the Best

    So much about the restaurant industry is hype that you can’t really take it seriously when you read a “Best of…” list. A restaurant experience is ephemeral; servers and chefs have bad days, but, when a place is named to the city’s “Top 10” or “Best” lists time and time again, you can bet the odds of a terrific dining experience are in your favor.

  • Rick's Reviews: Burgers, Booze, Beer & Brunch

    As Barbie said, “Math is hard!” I couldn’t remember the math term for the equation that comes after squared (a number times itself) and cubed (a number times itself, then times itself again). It’s quartic and that’s the end of today’s math lesson, except for this equation 4 x B =? The answer is delicious; if B equals burgers, booze, beer and brunch, as it does at the two places we focus on today.

  • Rick's Reviews: Cuba Libre

    For quite some time, Cuba was a tropical playground for Americans looking for a quick getaway. Then came Castro’s Communist regime, followed by an American embargo and suddenly, Cuba was cut off from most of its suppliers. With little in the way of raw materials, the Cuban people made the best with what they had. Old American autos were kept running for years beyond their life expectancy. With limited agricultural resources the, Cuban people were equally resourceful.

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  • Rick's Reviews: Dining Naked

    No, I’m not suggesting you join me au natural (believe me, no one wants to see me naked), I’m referring to chef Ralph Pagano’s latest venture, The Naked Crab, which recently opened in the B Ocean Resort. Pagano has also opened Naked Taco in Miami and Wynwood’s Naked Lunch.

  • Rick's Reviews: Do You Peru?

    The cuisine of Peru, like many South American countries, reflects influences from the indigenous population, including the Incas, as well as cuisines brought in with immigrants from Europe (Spain and to a lesser extent, Italy and Germany). 

  • Rick's Reviews: Down on the Farm

    Regina's Farm gets lots of press about providing a unique Brazilian dining experience. Brazilian natives Regina Rodrigues and her husband Elizeu Silva are effusive hosts who produce an elaborate picnic buffet about three Saturdays a month. Each event draws about 150 people and there is a month-long waiting list for the three-course family style buffet meal.

  • Rick's Reviews: East Meets West

    Two new restaurants opened in the area within a few days of each other, representing two distinctly different cuisines; Wok on South Federal in Fort Lauderdale, bills itself as “A new breed of Pan-Asian street food,” while Ethos Bistro, in Wilton Manors offers modern Greek fare. Both are from successful restaurateurs; Ethos is a new outpost of an established Coconut Creek favorite, while Wok comes from Randy Wilcox, owner of New River Grill and Pizza, located right across the street from Wok.  One would expect that Wilcox’s venture would be more polished, given his many years in the business, but Ethos opened with polish and finesse, while Wok’s staff was floundering in the weeds on a recent visit.

  • Rick's Reviews: Eat Like A Pig

    Don’t tell my husband, but I’m in love with award-winning pit-master Bryan Tyrell, co-owner of the latest Boynton Beach dining destination, Pig Sty. It began as a little gastonomical flirtation when he opened Smoke in Delray Beach, but the food at Pig Sty has me smitten. His way around a rack of ribs and a brisket just makes my heart flutter.