Monday, April 23, 2018

Bars & Spirits

Enjoy a slice of sunshine with Tangerine, Ginger and Chocolate Tart

Enjoy a slice of sunshine with Tangerine, Ginger and Chocolate Tart

There are chocolate people, and there are vanilla people. I am a lemon person.Show me a dessert menu, and Iíll choose whatever is flavored with puckery lemon or any of her citrus sisters ó lime, tangerine, kumquat, yuzu. Even as a kid, I went for lem...
Published: 04/17/18
Six hard seltzers (a.k.a. alcoholic sparkling water) you should try

Six hard seltzers (a.k.a. alcoholic sparkling water) you should try

First, there was Zima. Then came Mikeís Hard Lemonade, followed by hard iced tea from Mikeís and then Twisted Tea. By the time hard root beer blew up and alcoholic Mountain Dew knockoffs started to hit the shelves, malt beverages were at peak velocit...
Published: 04/17/18
Recipe for 30-Minute Spaghetti and Meatballs

Recipe for 30-Minute Spaghetti and Meatballs

As the name suggests, 30-Minute Spaghetti and Meatballs is no substitute for the kind of meatballs simmered for hours in your nonnaís Sunday gravy. Strangely enough, the recipe doesnít even include oregano or basil or a dry Chianti. And yet I think t...
Published: 04/17/18
Re-create that fancy spa water at home

Re-create that fancy spa water at home

It was lunchtime in the middle of the workday, so although I sat at the bar at downtown St. Petersburgís Asie Pan-Asian, I opted for a water. The bartender poured a glass and I took an unknowing sip.Cucumber. It was definitely cucumber. Iím not the b...
Published: 04/17/18
Taste test: citrus-flavored sparkling water

Taste test: citrus-flavored sparkling water

Many years ago, I took a trip to Rome and learned enough Italian to find directions and order dinner from menus. I learned very quickly that if I didnít make it clear, I would get sparkling water rather than still water at every restaurant. My husban...
Published: 04/16/18
Bar review: Brewburgers Taphouse in Kenneth City

Bar review: Brewburgers Taphouse in Kenneth City

If the tap handle for 3 Daughters IPA is labeled 30MPH IPA, you know youíre in Kenneth City. You also know youíre at Brewburgers Taphouse, because Brewburgers is the only game in town when it comes to craft beer. After all, Kenneth City, a small town...
Published: 04/15/18
Food events this weekend: Blueberry Festival, Whiskey Obsession, Taste of Carrollwood and more

Food events this weekend: Blueberry Festival, Whiskey Obsession, Taste of Carrollwood and more

WORTH THE DRIVE: Ocala Culinary FestivalThe Ocala Culinary Festival runs through Sunday with dozens of food and educational events throughout Ocala and Marion County. The list is impressive, tickets for events priced individually. Here is a sampler: ...
Published: 04/12/18
Local craft beer of the week: Whiskey Barrel-Aged Dubbel, Crooked Thumb Brewery

Local craft beer of the week: Whiskey Barrel-Aged Dubbel, Crooked Thumb Brewery

The Abbey of the South series of limited-run beers from Safety Harborís Crooked Thumb Brewery is in some ways a throwback to the Belgian-style brews that defined quality beer decades before "craft" was coined. In other ways, itís an exercise in looki...
Published: 04/12/18
Hereís how to make shakshuka, the egg dish with the awesome name

Hereís how to make shakshuka, the egg dish with the awesome name

By Rick NelsonSuddenly, it seems like shakshuka is everywhere.Restaurant menus. Food Network how-to shows. YouTube videos. And on breakfast, lunch and dinner tables in homes across the country.Maybe the dishís ascendancy can be traced to cookbook aut...
Updated one month ago
Cooking Challenge: Making a bowl of fancy bacon-and-egg ramen at home

Cooking Challenge: Making a bowl of fancy bacon-and-egg ramen at home

My boyfriend, Ben, screws a nail into the cork of our Bread and Butter wine bottle. Iíve recently moved into my own apartment ó the first step in a fully adult life ó but apparently, Adult Me doesnít own a bottle opener. Tonight, Iím cooking my first...
Updated one month ago