food

  • The old adage goes “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”

  • Here are SFGN's "Best of 2017" winners in the food category in Broward County.

  • It’s an oft-quoted line; “Cooking is art and baking is science.” Alton Brown proves that it’s all about the science! The Food Network host and resident food nerd brings his one-man show, “Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science” to the Broward Center on Apr. 19. With a perfect blend of science, food and music in two hours of pure entertainment, James Beard Award-winner Brown dishes out exciting experiments, sizzling puns and delicious delicacies, combined with interactive fun that gets audiences members involved. Tickets range from $45 to $125.

  • Raise a glass and toast in the new year while enjoying a delicious meal at some of these favorite dining spots.

  • Italy — the country of great cuisine, amazingly delicious and little-known wine varietals, olive oil, art and opera and cheese. It is estimated that there are over 450 different types of cheese made in Italy. Of these, 34 have been granted a protected status by the European Commission. Some of Italy’s most famous cheeses, such as Pecorino, are believed to have roots dating back over 2,000 years. While tracing any cheese’s exact history can be difficult, of one thing there is no doubt: Italy has a passion for cheese and an ability to create world-class cheeses that are loved and eaten around the world.

  • Although Food Network’s and Cooking Channel’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SoBeWFF) isn’t until Feb., tickets go on sale soon (if they haven’t already by the time you read this) and are snatched up quickly. With more than 90 events taking place from Feb. 22 through 26, it is widely recognized as one of America’s most prestigious food and dining festivals.

  • Ask any foodie and they’ll tell you that cooking is far from a chore. For most it is relaxing and therapeutic. (Cleaning up on the other hand…) That’s true not just for the home cook, but in hospitals, businesses and schools as well. Cooking is increasingly being used in a variety of institutional settings for everything from job training to recovery.

  • With so many bars on the drive either serving food, or changing up their menus, not to mention the newcomers joining the party, we felt it was time to take a look at the fare that’s available. We have focused only on those places that are primarily known as bars or clubs, so Tropics and Rosie’s, both primarily restaurants are not included.

  • The Food and Drug Administration is banning imports of some fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico, after a government investigation found human feces and toilet paper in growing fields there.

  • South Florida is a foodie’s paradise. So why do you keep going to the same restaurants time and time again? While we all have our favorites, you owe it to yourself to break up the routine and try something new. I suggest you start with these five places, each extraordinary in its own way. I’ve included places throughout the Dade-Broward-Palm Beach areas because a good meal is often worth the trip.

  • Whether you’re serving an eight-course plated dinner or putting together a casual buffet, it’s the little things that make the difference between a gorgeous table that people will admire and a tacky spread that people will talk about behind your back. By following a few simple rules, you can easily put together a beautiful table. Of course, rules were made to be broken, so I’ve given you a few options for that, as well.

  • I was excited to see that the movie R-rated film called “Sausage Party” with some of my favorite make stars, opened a few weeks ago. Imagine my disappointment to find out that not only was it an animated film, it starred actual sausages!

  • The nice thing about shopping for foodies is that there’s always a gadget they don’t have. There are so many options at so many price points, that you’re certain to find something that is not only an apropos gift, but that also fits into your budget. Here are some of my favorites this year. Most are available directly from the company listed or from Amazon.

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    Now that all that “Black Friday,” “Small Business Saturday” and “Cyber Monday” hype has died down, it’s time to go shopping without the crazies. Of course, the easiest and most convenient way to shop is in your underwear – or naked (by that I mean online, I have to specify, because in this town, you never know).

  • Let’s face it, our community will turn anything into a celebration and a reason to go out to wine and dine. You got a new job? Let’s go out for dinner! You quit your job? Let’s go out for dinner! While cocktails may be in the forecast later in the evening, celebrating any special occasion seems to call for getting together for dinner at a fancy (read expensive) restaurant. Here are a few places that, while they will run you a few bucks (more than $25 a person, for dinner and a drink) are perfect for celebrating that special event.

  • The kitchen is not unlike the bedroom, you can’t get good results unless you’ve got the proper equipment. And while Mother Nature and genetics are responsible for the equipment you need in the bedroom, what’s necessary to make you into a kitchen magician is easily attainable at any home goods store. Below is a baker’s dozen of essential tools that every chef needs, followed by a few gadgets that will make your life easier (hey, maybe it isn’t that different than the bedroom after all!)

  • Mother, Mom, Mommy, Mama, Madre…whatever you call her and whether she’s your best friend or a royal pain in the ass, if she’s living nearby, you’ll probably be seeing her on Sunday, May 8, Mother’s Day and, if you’re like most people, you’ll be taking her out to eat. Whether it’s dinner or brunch, there is no shortage of options, as most restaurants pull out all the stops for this holiday.

  • Like most resorts along South Florida’s beaches, the Forbes Five-Star Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa offers all the usual amenities upscale travelers expect—fine dining, exotic spa services, luxurious rooms designed by Jonathan Adler. But, for the serious foodie, Eau Palm Beach offers this customized experience:

  • As a kid, I used to watch old movies on television. I especially loved the scenes when Nick and Nora Charles would go to a supper club. They’d be having a wonderful meal and watching a singer or floor show when a waiter would come by and Nick would order, “Two martinis, please.” Myrna Loy, as his lovely wife Nora, would then look up at the waiter and say, “That sounds delightful, I’ll have the same.”

  • Many Americans, especially men and teenage boys, eat too much red meat, poultry and eggs, and should reduce their consumption, according to new federal dietary guidelines jointly released on January 7 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services. Reducing Americans' meat consumption will not only help improve public health, but reduce climate and water pollution from the meat industry.

  • A capacity crowd squeezed into a restaurant in Wilton Manors, Sept. 1, to see City Commissioner Julie Carson recognized by Equality Florida. Carson, a lesbian, received the civil rights organization’s Community Partner for Equality Award.

  • Penny’s at the Duke will hold its Third Annual Chili Cook-Off Sunday, Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. at 902 N Dixie Highway in Lantana. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Compass Youth Program.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • It’s that time of year when the party invites start coming and you don’t want to arrive at the celebration empty-handed. Non-foodies will show up with a bottle of wine or some store-bought pastries. The truly lazy stop on the way and buy a bag of chips and some dip (unless they’re cheap, then they just buy the chips). You want to do more than that, don’t you? Here are some great dishes to bring to holiday parties that are easy to prepare and travel easily.

  • Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but brunch is the most fabulous! The problem is that it is too easy to get the day off to an unhealthy start. When dining out, opt for a fresh fruit plate, poached eggs and dry toast, oatmeal with fruit or a salad. If you’re cooking at home there are so many healthy brunch recipes you have no reason to feel deprived. Here are a few of my favorites.

  • 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.

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