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    November 4, 2014

    Adult Beer Floats and Spiked Milk Shakes in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

    This time of year, nothing says cooler temps for beer and cocktail lovers better than a rich porter, heavy stout or tasty nightcap, even in South Florida, where our idea of chilly means dipping below 75 degrees. So who cares if adult beer floats and spiked milk shakes are typically a summertime tr ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    Swank Farms Announces Swank Table Dinner Series Lineup

    Summer's nearly over and it's time for growing season again in South Florida. Jodi Swank of Swank Specialty Produce, is gearing up for the fall. CSA and greemarket customers can expect to see the first yields in about two weeks. Jodi Swank, who owns the farm with her husband Darrin, says, "we're ab ... More >>

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    September 22, 2014

    Five Must-Try Vegan Desserts at Trader Joe's

    Dessert might be the most daunting of gauntlets for vegans. So many mouthwatering baked goods -- almost all chock full of eggs, milk and other animal by-products. Temptation is everywhere, so what's an herbivore to do? Trader Joe's to the rescue. The foodie paradise stocks plenty of vegan-friendly ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    Mangez! A Pop-Up Crêperie Serves Dinner and Dessert at Bar Stache

    Typically, a pop-up bar or restaurant is the sort of thing you hear about through a friend, or someone always in-the-know when it comes to all things edible in the local area. Temporary eateries are intriguing places, whispers of some high-profile chef collaborating with a local venue to offer patro ... More >>

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    August 19, 2014

    Beauty & the Feast Hopes to Lure Locals Back to the Beach

    Reclaimed wood and brick, Edison bulbs, tufted leather booths, small plates, and an emphasis on "craft" seem to be the main ingredients for a trendy restaurant these days. Beauty & the Feast Bar | Kitchen on Fort Lauderdale Beach has all of the above. Set in the base of the boutique Atlantic Re ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    M.E.A.T. Eatery & Tap Room Redefines Handcrafted in Boca Raton

    If it seems like the word "craft" gets thrown around way too much, you aren't alone in wondering when this craze will blow over. We get it: Pretty much every menu in South Florida is offering specially crafted this and that. But what makes something truly craft? Take a seat at newly opened M.E.A.T ... More >>

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    July 9, 2014

    Tapas Bar 100 Montaditos Now Open at City Place in West Palm Beach

    Tapas, the art of dishing out small plates, has become a popular concept in the U.S., with bars and restaurants springing up in cities across the nation dishing out their own version of a sharing menu. However, most Americans don't know the history of tapas -- exactly how, and why, the tiny dishes o ... More >>

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    June 10, 2014

    Rhino Doughnuts Is Revitalizing an American Breakfast Staple

    Warning: This is not your daddy's doughnut shop. Chunks of crisp caramelized applewood bacon crown a glazed round of dense yet fluffy dough. Hidden from the eye is a filling of handmade maple custard boiled down nightly from fresh vanilla beans and real maple syrup. Rainbow-colored M&M's and smoot ... More >>

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    June 6, 2014

    Today is National Doughnut Day: Five Fun Flavors to Try

    The saying goes, "Every dog has his day." And in this country, every food items has its national holiday too. Today, the food item favored by cops and Homer Simpson is getting the recognition it deserves. That's right, it's national doughnut day. Rather than keep going for a plain old fashioned, ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    A Weekend Full of Culinary Beers At Funky Buddha Brewery and Lounge

    This weekend starting May 30th and continuing to May 31st, The Funky Buddha Brewery will be hosting a grand birthday party for their Oakland Park production brewery. Before the big festival day on Saturday the 31st, denizens of Palm Beach County, and those looking to make the drive, will have a ch ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    Himmarshee Public House Starting Sunday Brunch Party This Week

    Sunday is supposed to be all about continuing the party from Saturday night -- if you're not, like, 80, anyway. Really the only thing you should be thinking about when you wake up on the first day of the week is a) Where's the ibuprofen and b) Where to go get your drink on for the day (alright, two ... More >>

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    February 27, 2014

    Ten Best Breakfast Places in Palm Beach County

    Mom was right. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Sure it gets your metabolism going and supposedly people who eat breakfast eat fewer calories over the course of the day. Blah, blah, lose weight, blah, blah, be healthier, live longer - whatever. Point being: breakfast is good for ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014

    12 DIY Valentine's Sweets for Your Sweetie From Pinterest

    Psst, Valentine's Day is just around the corner. For the procrastinators, CVS and Target quickly run out of sought after velvet heart boxes of treats, leaving nothing but bags of candy that scream I-love-you-but-I-just-don't-prepare. Butter up your sweetie pie with some homemade goodies from Pinte ... More >>

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    February 4, 2014

    Blue Moon Fish Co. Now Serving Brunch on Saturdays

    Few things are better than kicking back on a weekend with a mimosa or bloody mary in hand while watching the world pass by. In fact, about the only thing that could improve it is a waterfront view to watch it pass by on. For 17 years, Blue Moon Fish Co. has been serving one of the best Sunday brun ... More >>

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    January 14, 2014

    Patrick Lézé Palm Beach: Master Patisserie is Back and Better Than Ever After Battling Cancer

    When it comes to pastries nobody does it better than the French. Sure, we have cronuts; but who do you think invented the namesake croissant and doughnut anyway (actually, they call them beignets, but whatev)? Since the days of Marie Antoine Carême (1784 - 1833), the world's first celebrity chef, ... More >>

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    January 13, 2014

    Steak 954 Offers House-Made Nutella Bourbon Pop-Tarts at Brunch

    Admit it. You have a thing for Pop-Tarts. We do too. There's something about those toaster cakes that make us swoon, even as the molten strawberry filling scorches our tongues. There's not much better than a frosted Pop-Tart. Except maybe a fresh, house-made toaster pastry. Made with bourbon. And ... More >>

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    October 14, 2013

    National Dessert Day: Five Places to Pick Up Something Sweet

    Different people crave different things; some love salty junk food; others love stuffing their face with meat; hey, there are some people who actually hunger for veggies -- it's OK, we hate them too. The worst of the hankerings, however, is the desire for sweets. Even though most of us already know ... More >>

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    October 4, 2013

    The Grind Brings Coffee Back to Downtown Fort Lauderdale

    While the news of Brew Urban Cafe closing its Himmarshee location last week has simmered down, a new caffeine spot, the Grind, has popped up on the scene. Dry those tears, coffee friends: The Grind is here. Currently, this new coffee shop is serving as a mobile caffeine service on the patio of Sta ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    Ten Best Doughnuts in Broward and Palm Beach

    On any given day, the shops that peddle coffee and donuts -- that All-American, blue-collar breakfast -- have lines so long you'd swear they were giving their goods away. And, well, they are. For less than $2 apiece, a good doughnut is worth its weight in gold, especially when layered under a veil o ... More >>

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    September 23, 2013

    Rice Paradise: New Gluten-Free Rice Pudding and Cake Shop Opens in Hallandale Beach

    Gluten and desserts have always seemed to go hand in hand, leaving the gluten-intolerant and those battling Celiac disease with little to combat sugar cravings. Twenty-four year old Szandra Szeghalmi has found a gluten-free loophole: rice pudding and cakes. Using her Hungarian grandmother's recipes, ... More >>

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    August 20, 2013

    Nugtella: Creamy Hazelnut and Pot Treat is Real

    We all have our favorite "stoner food". Some love a Taco Bell run, others can go through a dozen donuts. And then there's Nutella. Straight from the jar, the chocolate-and-hazelnut combination satisfies like nothing else when we're jonesing for a little somethin' somethin'. Now, what if we told yo ... More >>

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    July 31, 2013

    This Week in Beer News: Beer Milk Shakes, Cigar City Collaborates With New Belgium, and Weed Is Better Than Beer

    With the double-digit growth of craft beer, there is bound to be no shortage of beer news, at least not in the near future. Last week, we saw a Spanish man die from chugging too much beer and Seattle brewers make a pact to drink 100-year-old brew. Although the whack factor has toned down a little ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Jodi Swank of Swank Farms Would Vote Nutella Off the Island

    Things are growing in Loxahatchee. That's where Jodi and Darrin Swank of Swank Specialty Produce grow some of the most beautiful and desired vegetables and herbs on their hydroponic farm. Though farming isn't easy in South Florida, the work pays off. The produce from the farm, which includes 200 v ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    SweetTooth Soiree: A Bad Sugar High at Gulfstream

    It was a surprise to see Susan Arboleda of SusyPops' cake pops selling her wares at Gulfstream Park's SweetTooth Soiree Friday night. People paid anywhere from $40 and $80 and were promised all the sugary treats they could handle. However, we couldn't blame her. The amateur confectioner who aspires ... More >>

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    April 8, 2013

    Nutella Theft: What Would You Do With Five Metric Tons?

    In perhaps the single greatest outrage since the Canadian Maple Syrup Thefts of 2012 (let us all pause for a moment of silence over our dry pancakes) the Associated Press is reporting that in Germany thieves have made off with about five metric tons of Nutella. Yes, they have now come for your bac ... More >>

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    March 29, 2013

    Mojo Donuts in Pembroke Pines: We Eat a Dozen in About a Minute (Pictures)

    Until now, south Florida has been a little behind in the hand crafted doughnut craze that's sweeping the nation. From New York City, where hipsters stand in line for an hour for a Meyer lemon doughnut from Doughnut Plant to Portland, Oregon, where Voodoo Doughnuts has been featured on nearly every s ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    South Florida's Best Cupcakes

    The cupcake craze has peaked, but that doesn't mean a sugar bomb topped with a thick layer of fat-laden frosting doesn't occasionally hit the spot. In anticipation of the New Times' annual Best Of issue premiering in June, Clean Plate Charlie has put together a list of some of the best cupcakes in B ... More >>

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    May 6, 2012

    Mother's Day Brunch in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Broward County

    Mother's Day is Sunday, May 13, and now is the time to make reservations for the meal  synonymous with the holiday: Brunch. If you want to treat mom to buffet lines filled with stacks of pillowy pancakes and pitchers of mimosas be sure to place a call sooner, rather than later, for a reservatio ... More >>

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    April 7, 2012

    South Florida's Best French Treats

    Perhaps it's because it's been nearly two weeks since the Mad Men season opener and we still can't get that damned "Zou Bisou Bisou" song out of our heads. Or maybe it's the anticipation of sweet treats for Easter feasting. Whatever the cause, macaron, croissant, and all manner of flaky pastry are o ... More >>

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    March 30, 2012

    Donuts Are The Cause of America's Problems

    ​It is true that America is home to the Luther Burger. It is true that America invented greasy fast food, and continues to love its Burgerdonalds and McKings with heart-stirring (and -stopping) patriotic ardor. It is true that our prolonged prosperity in the 20th century, our early adoption of ref ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    100 Best Dishes: No. 43 -- Gelato Cup from Sonny's Gelato Café

    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. 43: Gelato Cup from Sonny's Gelato CaféTyler KromeFrom left to right: ... More >>

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    February 27, 2011

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 94 -- Asparagus and Swiss Omelette From La Bonne Crepe on Las Olas

    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

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    February 26, 2011

    100 Favorite Dishes: Pad Thai from Sukhothai

    photobucket by. suttida_photo Pad Thai 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. 95: Pad Thai from Sukhothai

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    February 7, 2011

    Fitness and Nutrition Tips from a Super Hot Guy (Mike Fitch, Finalist in Wilhelmina Models "Hottest Bodies in America" Contest)

    courtesy Mike Fitch​I must confess, in another life, I used to be a fitness-person bigot. They all seemed to be these Disney-cheery, spandex-wrapped people who lived on alien-looking, blue-green smoothies and who felt like a bunch of jiggly rocks when they, usually for no good reason, hugged me ... More >>