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2008 Stories by Gail Shepherd

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  • Give Bessie a Break

    published June 5, 2008

    I just got back from a trip to Santa Monica, California, a place so foreign to my experience and sensibilities that I felt like Marco Polo... More >>

  • This Is Not a Pancake

    published May 29, 2008

    There's only one country in the world that could take something so crude, a list of ingredients any bumpkin ought to have within reach —... More >>

  • They Might Be Giants

    published May 22, 2008

    Del Vecchio's Italian Fishery appears to be run by a mythic race of men who are just, well, larger than the rest of us. They're the guys... More >>

  • Jump Cut

    published May 15, 2008

    Hip, sexy, and sophisticated is how I would describe local restaurateurs Brandon Belluscio and Brian Albe... er, no, actually, I wouldn't. I... More >>

  • Cool Blue

    published May 8, 2008

    Ask an American what he thinks of the Turkish people or Turkish food and, if all goes well, you'll get a blank stare. What we don't know about... More >>

  • Immovable Feast

    published May 1, 2008

    It's a recent Monday night on Clematis Street, and the only restaurants doing much business after 9 are Cabana, Pizza Girls, and Pistache... More >>

  • Very Like a Whale

    published April 24, 2008

    There's a little amusement you can indulge in at the Whale Raw Bar and Fish House in Parkland while you're waiting for your basket o'... More >>

  • Cold Sake, Warm Heart

    published April 17, 2008

    We've evolved to protect ourselves from dangerous food. We have a genetic predisposition to find spoiled vittles repellent, and we must... More >>

  • Marriage is Like Mushrooms

    published April 10, 2008

    If you're like Amy Winehouse, Rod Stewart, and Tony Bennett, you got married for the first or third time in May or June. That means your... More >>

  • Chopsticks Say: Ka-ching!

    published April 3, 2008

    Here's a restaurant with volume set to "max," 14,000 square feet of surround-sound at the Fort Lauderdale Grande's new China Grill. From design... More >>

  • Yes, We Have Guacamole

    published March 27, 2008

    Read anything about Mexican mole (pronounced MOLE-ay), a sauce so contrarian few have been able to define it, and you'll probably run... More >>

  • Your Questions Answered

    published March 20, 2008

    What's your favorite food? Whatever I'm eating at the moment. Whatever I just ate. Whatever I might eat tomorrow. Right now,... More >>

  • Clematis Lays Golden Egg

    published March 20, 2008

    The week they opened in downtown West Palm Beach, the staff at Forté di Asprinio (225 Clematis St., West Palm Beach;... More >>

  • Not Your Average Jo

    published March 13, 2008

    I don't want to go all maudlin here, but what the hell happened to diners? Maybe they do exist still, like endangered pachyderms retreating... More >>

  • Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

    published March 6, 2008

    One of the focal points of the elegant room at Ke'e Grill in Boca Raton is a pair of blue marlin mounted on a bamboo wall. The other is a sheet... More >>

  • Havana Is Open

    published February 28, 2008

    Castro resigns! I'm not old enough to remember a Cuba without El Caballo in the presidential compound, but in solidarity with those who... More >>

  • Thinking Outside the Noodle Box

    published February 21, 2008

    People don't want to cross the bridge to get here," says Peter Wong. He's talking about the little concrete blip that arches over the... More >>

  • Tet à Tet

    published February 7, 2008

    I got to know Japanese food intimately at Yoko, a long, thin strip of a restaurant lined with pleather-covered booths, smoked mirrors, and a... More >>

  • Love to Love Ya, Baby

    published January 31, 2008

    The last time I'd stepped through the door at 2671 E. Oakland Park Blvd., I'd skirted under a neon martini glass and around an ashen-haired... More >>

  • Omakase Me

    published January 24, 2008

    They say we eventually come to look like what we truly are. Our inner selves transform the outer ones little by little, nudging our whole being... More >>

  • Steaking a Claim

    published January 17, 2008

    I met Mark Ortell, owner of Amazonia Brazilian Churrascaria, over a Cuban sandwich last year. We were sitting at the bar at Crazy Cuban in... More >>

  • Whine Tasting

    published January 10, 2008

    Question, readers: How long are you willing to wait for your next glass of wine? In my family, it's all about timing. If you're a pro,... More >>

  • The Gator People!

    published January 10, 2008

    In the 1959 movie Alligator People, set in an unnamed Southern wetland that will look familiar to South Floridians, Mrs. Webster, a... More >>

  • Angle of Descent

    published January 3, 2008

    When they wheeled the machine out on its cart, eight feet tall at least, an antique gewgaw of brass nozzles and gauges, pumps and spouts, like... More >>

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