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Gail Shepherd

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    April 17, 2009

    The Friday Smorgasbord Weekly Wrap-Up

    A smorgasbord is a Swedish buffet. Life is the same. Hit the table hard, eat like you mean it, then get up and do it again. We at Short Order are here to help you take advantage of as many culinary opportunities as we can. Whether you're an opportunist, utilitarian, voyeur, or a gossip, we've got yo ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009

    No Blues for Ouzo Blue

    Photo from ouzoblue.comThey're dancing on the tables in Palm Beach Gardens -- literally -- with the debut of Palm Beach County's second Ouzo Blue. The first Blue set up in Lake Worth in January, bringing Greek faves from dolmades and spanakopita to moussaka and lamb kebabs, plus lots of table dancin ... More >>

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    January 7, 2009

    Put a Burka on that Gin Bottle!

    Here's one for my "Oh for fuck's sake!" files:Legislators in Utah are pushing to restrict restaurants that make mixed drinks in full view of minors, arguing that all those pretty, glittering bottles and delicious-looking garnishes behind the bar constitute a sore temptation, one that could lead you ... More >>

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    January 6, 2009

    Are You a Leg Man?

    Just a reminder to mark your calendars: The Fellsmere Frog Legs Festival kicks off on January 15th and runs through the weekend to a grand finale at the Sunday Croaker Run. For my money Saturday the 17th looks like the best day to show if you're feeling competitive: three contests include Leap Fr ... More >>

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    January 5, 2009

    I Got Crabs in Everglades City

    Wow, I am so ashamed of myself. I've lived in South Florida for 15 years, and until last weekend I'd never been to Everglades City, stone crab capital of the universe. This little one-horse town is a seafood-lover's wet dream, and it's barely two hours drive from the door of my Lake Worth shack to t ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    Post Holiday Depression Diet

    If you're like me after the holidays, a person who routinely has trouble pushing herself away from the table**, you're feeling fat and broke. So I looked up some traditional Depression Era recipes, hearkening back to the days when everybody was skinny because they ate so much cabbage, noodles, beans ... More >>

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    December 21, 2008

    Bakin' & Boozin': Karen's Cranberry Loaf, etc.

    One of my favorite holiday breads comes from my friend Karen Horan in Key West -- handed down from her grandmother. She finally took pity on me and gave me the recipe last year; I guess she got sick of having to bake me a loaf every time I came to visit. This bread is insanely addictive because of t ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    2009: Food Network Says the Year is Greener

    I Predict:You will recycle many BaggiesThis time of year we're all clairvoyant: Everybody is summing up the past and predicting the foodie future, including moi (look for my column next Wednesday here). My inbox is full of this kind of hocus pocus and mumbo jumbo, most recently the Food Network's ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    Slow Food Cocktails at Forte, Dec. 21

    Bessie had one too many pea-shoot gimletsIf the prices of local slow food events has been a bit rich for you, or you haven't quite had your fill of wacky holiday cocktails yet, hie yourself over to Forte di Asprinio in West Palm Beach this Sunday for "The Farmer and the Mixologist," an event that pr ... More >>

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    December 15, 2008

    Return of the Ball Jar: Middle Class Anxiety Files

    The Ball jar: Preserving our Illusions.The New York Times reported last week that sales of Ball jars are up 92 percent from the same month last year. That's because the upper middle class is getting jittery about the economy, and when we get jittery, you know what we do? Just to take myself as ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008

    Recession Era Chow: Ultimate Vegetarian Chili

    I'll put up my vegetarian chili against any meat-based recipe  -- this one is insanely flavor- and color-full, and it's so spicy it'll make you weep. It's ideal post-Thanksgiving eats, since it's cheap, criminally healthy from all the folic acid, B vitamins and lycopene, and loaded with fiber if yo ... More >>

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    November 24, 2008

    Fast Food Fiascos!

    The fast food news is as hot and heavy this Monday morning as a Big Mac with a side of fries. In England, the Sunday Sun reports an exploding rat population (there are currently more rats than people living in the Queen's Realm) explained by fast food trash thrown in the street. Rats are becoming no ... More >>

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    November 19, 2008

    Dine Out Lauderdale Extended

    You haven't quite missed the bargains this year: Dine Out Fort Lauderdale has been extended until December 14th for 22 of the restaurants originally participating. Among them, Cero (they have a new chef, Toby Joseph has left to go to Bova Prime); Four Rivers, and 3030 Ocean; Lola's on Harrison in Ho ... More >>

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    November 13, 2008

    Thanksgiving Is for the Birds

    John Currin, Thanksgiving, 2003 I've volunteered to do Thanksgiving again this year, complete with Heritage bird, and though there's a part of me that really gets off on shoving my butter-coated fist into a turkey cavity this isn't a job I'd really wish on anybody. It's just too messy, too expensiv ... More >>

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    October 29, 2008

    Event: Cooking with Les Dames d'Escoffier

    There's nothing like a dame, particularly if the dame cooks good. And no dame cooks as good as Les Dames d'Escoffier, an international group devoted to supporting and mentoring women in the culinary professions. The new cookbook Les Dames have just published was almost enough to make me get off my l ... More >>

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    October 20, 2008

    Fair Food, Latin Style

    Fruit and veg, for display only The pretty display of fruits and veg courtesy of La Reina supermarkets was the only healthy food you were gonna get a look at Saturday at Lake Worth's Hispanic Fest. Otherwise the groove was decidedly meat-centric.

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    October 17, 2008

    And Britain's Worst Fast Food Nightmare

    Rat: It's What's For Dinner From today forward, whenever I'm worrying about the questionable sanitation practices of my local restaurants and fast food chains, I'll only have to remember today's breaking story of the Wolverhampton Pappu Sweet Center. The owner was discovered by police broiling up s ... More >>

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    October 16, 2008

    Palm Beach County Greenmarkets Open

    The illusion of plenitude, at least We've got a breeze. Hurricane season's almost over. And the Greenmarkets are opening again. It's everybody's favorite time of year, and starting this Saturday we'll be getting used to the quaint sight of folks tottling along our streets with a loaf of bread under ... More >>

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    October 15, 2008

    Slow Food Navajo Churro Lamb Dinner

    "Baaa...the chef will prepare me four ways." The Slow Food event of the season is coming up at the Miami Standard Hotel's Lido restaurant on October 22nd, when Lido chef Mark Zeitouni wows locavores with a menu focused on Navajo Churro lamb courtesy of the Navajo Churro Sheep Association.

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    September 24, 2008

    How To Become A Food Critic

    You could be he. I figure I'm getting too fat, drunk, and impossibly snotty to hold this job much longer, so I hereby give readers a heads up. If you're planning to try to oust me from my oystershell- and hamhock-encrusted throne as Food Critic at Broward-Palm Beach New Times, there's a handy wiki ... More >>

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    September 19, 2008

    Screw the Corkscrew

    Baby, we're through. Yeah, so, there's Wall Street. There's Sarah Palin. Hurricane Ike. The potential collapse of WaMu, the bank that controls my entire, very meager life savings. But then there are those little things that just make my wretched human existence feel soooooo worthwhile. I'm talking ... More >>

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    September 18, 2008

    Lobsters Walking!

    Your next free meal is crawling your way. The Florida Spiny Lobster is walking, thanks to the recent hurricanes that passed through the Keys. Our Keys lobsters are taking a mass holiday and sauntering up the coast close to shore -- they're expected to reach Miami today and Palm Beach tomorrow. Intr ... More >>

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    September 18, 2008

    Russian Candy and a Shot of Vodka

    A friend of mine brought me a bagful of Russian candy from Brighton Beach, and after tasting it I've decided I'm going to save it for the Halloween trick or treaters. I never have candy to give away on Halloween, and I find myself more often than not cowering in a darkened bedroom as the knocks on m ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    3 Food Headlines to Ruin Your Day

    Ethiopia, Fast food, MacDonald's, Florida grouper, Asian catfish, Sysco

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    September 2, 2008
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    August 29, 2008

    10 Wines You Can Afford to Love

    Above: And ten reasons to love Publix Yes, you too can be a wine connoisseur on your minimalist 30K a year salary. I've just finished reading The Wine Trials by Robin Goldstein, a scrappy little tome about the 6,000 wines he arranged to have blind tasted over the course of a year. Want to guess w ... More >>

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    August 27, 2008
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    August 21, 2008

    Gold Medal Wine Tour Ends Hunger

    [Picasso, Blind Man's Dinner] And if you're feeling flush as ever, or pretending you are... You can help end childhood hunger and satisfy your own in one shot. The "Gold Medal Wine Tour" will be making its way around some of the best South Florida restaurants this fall, pairing wines that won the ... More >>

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    August 20, 2008

    Those Fresh Oysters are Frozen

    Carl Gussow, "Oyster Girl" John Linn and I noticed something fishy about the "oysters on the half shell" we ordered from Jackson's Steakhouse the other night. Our waitress told us they were Gulf oysters, which you know can't be safe to eat raw in August. The water warms up and makes those suckers ... More >>

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    August 18, 2008

    How to Make a Hurricane

    above: Hurricane preparedness kit I've pretty much come to the conclusion that there are two types of Floridians. The first has stockpiled enough bottled water, canned chili con carne, sterno, matches stored in waterproof bags, and flashlight batteries to survive a nuclear holocaust followed by an ... More >>

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    August 15, 2008
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    August 13, 2008

    New Times Iron Fork at the Miami Science Museum

    Amazing what you'll find out reading Miami New Times. Apparently we're putting on a terribly cool culinary event on September 10th: Iron Fork, in which "Top Chefs Battle Head to Head for the Prestigious Golden Fork Award." Who knew? Celeb judges include Susser, Dean James Max, Clay Conley, Zach Bel ... More >>

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    August 12, 2008
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    August 11, 2008

    Reusable Chopsticks: Save A Rainforest

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    August 8, 2008
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    August 5, 2008

    Mini Lobsters Kill 4

    A skeleton walks into a bar and says, "Can I get a beer and a mop?" No seriously, mini lobster sport season in Florida opened last week (regular season starts tomorrow) and four divers have already ended up dead, crushed within the deadly claws of murderous mini-lobsters staging a well-organized un ... More >>

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    July 31, 2008

    Week's Top Food-Related Headlines

    Mystery as man vanishes on tour of Michelin restaurants Telegraph.co.uk Man vanishes into thin air after dining at El Bulli! Weirdest story ever. Maybe Adria's kitchen had him vaporized? FDA recalls green beans on botulism concern WBIR.com The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not t ... More >>

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    July 29, 2008

    Creolina's Bites Dust

    The Gumbo Be Gone According to South Florida Menupages, Lauderdale's oldest and best beloved Cajun restaurant, Creolina's has closed. It was at this Himmarshee landmark that we sampled our first gator tail nugget, met the city's happiest waitress, and wooed our loving spouse into etoffee-splattered ... More >>

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    July 22, 2008
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    July 16, 2008

    Tipico! An Authentic Guatemalan Restaurant

    Thanks to local advice and a couple of friendly posters on chowhound, I've found my Guatemalan restaurant -- and practically right in my own back yard. El Chapin in Palm Springs has fabulous tamales, homemade tortillas, and meat-heavy breakfasts. Review next week. --Gail Shepherd

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    July 16, 2008
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    July 15, 2008

    Recycled Finger Food

    At one Palm Beach restaurant, that dirty martini might be REALLY dirty I'm about to lose one of my best sources for insider restaurant dish -- a friend of mine is retiring, at least temporarily, from her job as a server to get married. But she's stored up enough tales of woe to keep me busy whi ... More >>

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