Candace West

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    November 13, 2014

    Ten Best Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

    It sure seems like we've been doing a lot of bacon and beef worshiping lately. And for a state where you can find a farmers' market every day of the week, year-round, with local farms delivering seasonal organic produce each month, it often feels like finding a perfectly prepared vegetarian (or vega ... More >>

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    November 11, 2014

    A Perfect Partnership: The Cook & The Cork Delivers Creative Comfort Fare in Coral Springs

    Boy meets girl. They fall in love. They live happily ever after. At the Cook & the Cork in Coral Springs, the tale goes a little differently. Chef meets event planner. They build a successful catering empire. They open a restaurant. Parkland Catering owners Keith Blauschild and Dena Lowell are now ... More >>

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    November 4, 2014

    Perfect Balancing Act: Thai and Sushi at Tamarind in Deerfield Beach

    From Chiang Mai special noodle soup to spice-packed curries, Thai food is anything but simple. It's a complicated choreography of ingredients like fish sauce, dried shrimp paste, and lemongrass combined with seemingly incongruous spices such as coriander, basil, garlic, ginger, cumin, cardamom, and ... More >>

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    October 28, 2014

    Madras Café Is Short on Service but Delivers Where It Counts: On Your Plate

    A country of vast cultural dimension, tradition, and ethnic diversity -- and the fact that its people speak up to 17 languages and close to 1,000 dialects -- India is living proof variety is the spice of life. In no facet of Indian life is this more true that in its gastronomy, which offers a wide ... More >>

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    October 23, 2014

    Ten Best Pizza Restaurants in Palm Beach County

    Looking for good pizza is never an easy task. With so many styles to choose from, and personal preferences to consider, it's hard to find a favorite that meets all the basic requirements: perfect crust, just the right amount of cheese, a tasty sauce, and all the right toppings. More than any oth ... More >>

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    October 16, 2014

    Ten Best New South Florida Restaurants in 2014, So Far

    Like your significant other, a bad cold, and that last five pounds you're always battling -- restaurants come and go. In South Florida, where the summer slump after tourist season can often be a kiss of death for many establishments, this is especially true. Each year, we wave goodbye to those that ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014

    Ten Best Happy Hours in Fort Lauderdale

    There's a reason it's called happy hour. Sure, you could hit the gym, run some errands, or hey, even make yourself a nice home-cooked meal, but let's be honest, you don't actually want to do any of that. Everyone knows, post-work drinks are the best way to wind down from the workday. The only pro ... More >>

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    July 2, 2014

    11 Ways to Be a Cheapskate in Fort Lauderdale

    It's officially summertime. Which means it's time to get out and about and, you know, do stuff. But, hey, you're broke (or cheap). So what's a penniless schlub to do in the city known for its yachts? You get out there anyway. Because, believe it or not, there's a ton of stuff to do in Fort Lauderda ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    Ten Best Chinese Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach County

    During the Chinese Diaspora (starting in the 19th century and lasting until 1949), Chinese people traveled across the world, bring with them their culture and flavorful fare. Throughout its travels, the cuisine adapted to several variations and forms. Different versions of traditional versions can ... More >>

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    February 13, 2014

    Ten Best French Restaurants in Palm Beach and Broward Counties

    Few countries have culinary traditions as rigorous as the French. While the cuisine was influenced by the Italians during the Renaissance, during the 17th century chefs like François Pierre La Varenne and Marie-Antoine Carême took the basics and pioneered movements that would create a unique nati ... More >>

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    January 31, 2014

    Ten Best Romantic Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

    Love: it's supposed to be in the air right now. Soon enough, it will be time to pull out the red, the pink, and the heart shapes to celebrate the international holiday of adoration. Whether you're ready for it or not, it's supposed to be the day you demonstrate your deep sentimental feelings. Sur ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    Ten Best Bars for Cocktails in Broward County

    Broward County has a long alcohol-fueled history. From Prohibition rum-runners to shots-guzzling spring breakers to current craft beer geeks, Fort Liquordale and its surrounding suburbs have definitely earned their reputation for copious consumption of booze in the past century. Even with all the ... More >>

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    January 9, 2014

    Ten Best Seafood Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

    Right after Alaska, Florida has the most coastline of any state in the union. With 1,350 miles of ocean coastline and 8,436 miles of tidal coastline, which includes tidal estuaries, bays, and other bodies of water affected by pull of the moon, our fare peninsular has twice as much shoreline as any ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014

    Ten Best New Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties in 2013

    While it had its ups and downs, 2013 was a pretty good year overall. South Florida's economy picked up with rises in real estate and drops in unemployment, and, more importantly, we got plenty of new places to eat. While some were here and gone in a minute, others seem to have firmly rooted themsel ... More >>

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    December 27, 2013

    Ten Best Waterfront Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

    South Florida is known for ample sunshine, beautiful people, heavy drinking, mile upon mile of beautiful beaches, and one of the most extensive systems of inland canals in the world. There's a reason so many of our residents rarely wear clothes. As much as most of us like to spend our free time dr ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    Ten Best Restaurants for New Year's Eve Dinner in Broward County

    New Year's Eve is one of those days you either love or hate with a passion. You may not want to deal with the traffic; you may hate the crowds; you might not have anyone to kiss; midnight could be well past your granny bedtime; or you may just think the whole holiday encourages amateurs to get drun ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    100 Things to Do in Broward County Before You Die (#60-41)

    Don't ever say you're bored again! We're still counting down the best things to do in Broward County. From horses to soul food, our third installment of the ultimate BroCo bucket list continues with numbers 60-41: See also: 100 Things to Do in Broward County Before You Die (# 80-61), and 100 Things ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013

    100 Things to Do in Broward County Before You Die (# 81-100)

    Florida tends to remain on the receiving end of many a cruel joke, due to its comically unfortunate shape, its geographic positioning, the subtropical heat, and its weirdo populace. (Us!) Those of us who live here know how to take it. Heck, we're laughing the loudest -- when we're not coming up wi ... More >>

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    November 7, 2013

    Ten Best Brunches in Broward County

    We all love going out to eat. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch -- doesn't matter. We're ecstatic when we can grab any meal away from the confines of our home kitchen. Though we don't discriminate in terms of meals or times, each one has its purpose. Breakfast is a great way to start what will beco ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    Ten Best Places to Drink in Palm Beach County

    Floridians are known for many things, but one of our greatest accolades: we're good at getting plastered. The Sunshine State has truly mastered the art of drinking -- drinking in all conditions, any day of the week, any time and place. With so many bars, restaurants with great bars, backyard bars, p ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    Ten Best Coffee Shops in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

    It used to be that a cup of coffee was just that: a paper cup of liquid caffeine. Nothing special, it tasted relatively the same from your local greasy spoon, to your favorite diner. Heck, you'd even suffer through 12 ounces of gas-station sludge if it meant getting your morning pick-me-up. Today, ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    Ten Best Breakfast Places in Fort Lauderdale

    Talk to any dietician, or mom, and you'll hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It may sound counterintuitive, but consuming calories in the morning -- healthy calories, that is -- helps individuals maintain a healthy weight says a number of scientific studies. While that the ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013

    The Ten Best Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale

    Fort Lauderdale isn't as flashy as Miami nor as food-driven as Delray. And it's not as wealthy as Palm Beach. We have no trendy fried chicken joints like South Beach's Yardbird Southern Table & Bar nor recently nominated James Beard semifinalists like Clay Conley chef/partner of "the island's" Bucc ... More >>

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    July 26, 2013

    Ten Best Italian Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

    Whether you're of Italian descent or not, there's something soothing about simply prepared plates of pasta. Maybe there's a stress-relieving physiological response to gluten; maybe it's a carb hangover -- either way, it works. There once was a time in which Italian cuisine was symbolized by littl ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013

    Ten Best Restaurants in Delray Beach

    It wasn't all that long ago that Delray Beach was just like any other South Florida beach town -- minus, of course, Palm Beach proper. Oh, how times have changed. In 1985, the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (C.R.A.), began its plans to revitalize the city by cleaning up the slums, pres ... More >>

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    June 18, 2013

    All-Vegan Green Bar & Kitchen Can Convert Even Carnivores

    If there's someone in your life who refuses to touch "vegetarian" foods, Green Bar & Kitchen has a secret weapon.

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    October 5, 2012

    Snowbird Dining Guide: Ten South Florida Restaurants to Hit Up

    My local friends, we're only weeks away from the snowbirds flocking to South Florida to clog our roads, retail stores, and restaurants. You'll start to fill your bumper-to-bumper mornings by counting the Quebec license plates and wondering if you can teach our French-Canadian guests enough English s ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012
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    August 6, 2011

    BurgerFi Opens in Delray Beach

    Candace WestBurgerFi opens a second location in Delray Beach.​BurgerFi, restaurateur David Manero's fast-casual burger and concrete concept, opened its second location in Delray Beach. The restaurant, located directly on Ocean Boulevard, has the same concept as the first BurgerFi restaurant in Lau ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Chef Chuck Gittleman's Sudden Departure from Deck 84

    Photo by Candace West ​Since it's debut in November 2010, Deck 84 has been full steam ahead with Chef Chuck Gittleman at the helm. Clean Plate Charlie has learned that as of Tuesday the Delray Beach, waterfront jewel in Burt Rapoport's crown is without Chef Chuck. As a 15 year vet in t ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Five Fun Ways To Celebrate National Hamburger Day

    Photo by Candace WestGet a load of this hunk o' meat from Le Tub Saloon.​Shouldn't every day be national hamburger day? There's a National Baked Beans Month (July)! Surely, the quintessentially American hamburger should have its own year.In fact, we have a whole slideshow dedicated to "Burgers Acr ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 15 -- Antipasti Plate From Caruso Ristorante

    Candace West​As a countdown to the Best of Broward Palm Beach 2011, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to 15: Antipasti Plate at Caruso RistoranteI don't know ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    Foie Gras and Truffles Are OK -- and Other Ways to Win Tonight's Burger Contest

    Candace WestRok: Brgr, maker of this fine burger, is one of 15 restaurants competing in the Riverwalk Trust Burger Battle.​The Kansas City Barbeque Society -- the United Nations of barbecue contests -- has just three simple categories for its judges: taste, appearance, and tenderness/texture. Even ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    100 Favorite Dishes: No 19. -- Hearts of Palm Cake From Darbster

    Candace West​As a countdown to the Best of Broward Palm Beach 2011, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to 11: Hearts of Palm Cake From DarbsterThe problem with ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 41 -- Tamari Scallop from SAIA

    As a countdown to the Best of Broward Palm Beach 2011, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to No. 41: Tamari Scallop from SAIACandace West​

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    April 20, 2011

    Order Up: Calypso Restaurant & Raw Bar

    View a slideshow of Calypso Restaurant & Raw Bar here.Candace WestShrimp Bruschetta​This week's review in Dish, we revisit the 21 year-old Pompano staple, Calypso Restaurant & Raw Bar located inside an unremarkable strip mall off Cypress Rd. Husband and wife owners Chuck and Lora Ternosky, ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011

    Order Up: SAIA

    Candace WestTamari scallops: Rich, premium, soy-moistened scallops and crabmeat wrapped in tuna.​ This week's review in Dish, we check out Asian fusion restaurant SAIA at the newly refurbished B Ocean Fort Lauderdale Hotel. The new eatery located just off the beach on the corner of A1A and Sun ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 54 -- Lobster Corn Dogs From Rok: Brgr

    As a countdown to the Best of Broward Palm Beach 2011, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to No. 54: Lobster Corn Dogs from Rok: BrgrCandace West​

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    April 1, 2011

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 61 -- Fried Jumbo Shrimp from Betty's Soul Food

    As a countdown to the Best of Broward Palm Beach 2011, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to No. 61 Fried Jumbo Shrimp from Betty's Soul FoodCandace WestFried jumbo sh ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Order Up: Dos Caminos

    Candace WestCazuela De Queso Fundido: served with grilled chorizo and fingerling potatoes ​ This week's review in Dish, we check out the Mexican mini-chain, Dos Caminos at the newly refurbished Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel. Is the new restaurant in the old Yankee Clipper on A1A? Yep, it ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 75 -- Brussels Sprouts From Cafe La Buca

    As a countdown to the Best of Broward Palm Beach 2011, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to No. 75 Brussels Sprouts from Cafe La BucaPhoto by Candace West​

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    February 18, 2011

    Deal of the Day: $15 for $30 Worth of Food & Drink at BlueJay's Cafe in Fort Lauderdale

    Candace West​​Bluejay's Cafe. It's where you want to go for brunch, lunch, dinner -- well, any meal, really.This Fort Lauderdale restaurant, just steps from the downtown Riverwalk, like burgers, salads and sandwiches as well as beautifully prepared and unique entress.And, for today only, yo ... More >>