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May is National Burger Month: Where’s Your Beef?

 

At TooJay’s, Hangover, avocado and BBQ Burgers debut

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With the weekend here, a lot of the snowbirds gone and the sun heating things up nicely, you’re forgiven for going out and having a fun-in-the-sun party. But there’s always the next morning regret, and that’s where TooJay’s new Hangover burger (pictured) comes in. For a hearty remedy, this burger has caramelized onions, American cheese, bacon and remoulade sauce topped with a fried egg. That will take care of your headache and any feelings of hunger, too. For National Burger Month, TooJay’s has also created the avocado burger (with Swiss cheese, arugula and lemon garlic aioli along with the avocado), and the BBQ burger.

Available at all locations.

Oceans 234 entertains tastebuds with burger contest

Which will sell better? Oceans 234 is featuring a special Steve’s Ultimate Patty Melt May 1 through May 10 (with bacon-crusted patty, pepper jack cheese, smoky jalapeno aioli, avocado, arugula, red onions and pickled sweet and spicy peppers on toasted marble rye), and Joe’s Mushroom with a View Burger May 11 through May 21 (wild mushrooms, Swiss, crispy onions, arugula, lemon truffle aioli on brioche bun). Whichever burger sells the most will be featured the last two weeks of National Burger Month. Sit next to the ocean, eat and vote!

234 N. Ocean Dr., Deerfield Beach; 954/428-2539

Guest chefs highlight burgers at Pizza & Burger

Each week during May, special guest chefs will create their own specialty burgers for a week at Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina, in the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel. Starting May 1, the husband/wife team of Shannon and Ray Allen (of two-time NBA championship fame) will bring their own burger to customers. They own Grown, a USDA Organic Certified restaurant in South Miami, and their Grown’s Signature Salmon Burger will be on the menu.

4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305/674-4636


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Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.
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Upcoming: A Pop-up Event and a Brunch Deal with Free Champagne in West Palm

Noche Latina goes pop-up at Bistro 1001

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Bistro 1001 Chef Christian Quiñones

For a $10 cover, you can join Bistro Ten Zero One’s pop-up event on April 27, starting at 6:30 p.m. There are a la carte items for purchase (seafood paella, $10; shrimp and chorizo, $8; sliced grilled flank steak/goat cheese/roasted red pepper,$9; plus more) and dessert (churro doughnuts stuffed with Nutella, $6). The cover cost includes one featured cocktail, an amuse bouche and live music. Buy tickets here.

1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561/833-1234

Banko Cantina brunch brings out the bubbly

You don’t see many brunch specials offering a free bottle of champagne. But that’s exactly what Banko Cantina, the Northern Mexican restaurant, is doing starting April 30. That’s for tables with a minimum of six diners, but for brunches, that’s nothin’—ask your besties to join you for the brunch buffet at $25 per person and you’ve got that bottle! The bottomless mimosas are $15, and if you don’t have six people, then add the buffet to the mimosas for a $30 price. Plus live music. Ole!

114 S. Olive Ave.,West Palm Beach; 561/355-1399


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Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.
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West Palm Dinner Specials at PB Catch, Santucci and Table 26

PB Catch serving a Catch & Cook special

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If you’ve landed the big one and it’s still wiggling on your hook, consider bringing it to PB Catch Seafood & Raw Bar, where Chef Aaron Black will prepare and cook it to order for $18. And that includes two sides. That’s a deal anywhere, but at PB Catch, it’s a steal for diners. Open daily for dinner at 5:30 p.m.

PB Catch, 251 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach; 561/655-5558

Santucci wine dinner features Torre dei Beati wines

Ristorante Santucci may be off the beaten path of Clematis—it’s at the far west end by the post office—but it’s first on many lists for top-quality Italian food. This clean, small, modern, friendly venue is having a wine dinner on May 8, which is something to note because they don’t have many, and they aren’t usually promoted because they sell out quickly. So here’s your heads-up!

The four-course dinner will feature Montepulciano di Abruzzo wines from the Torre dei Beati winery in Italy’s Pescara province. Cost is $75 per person (excluding tax/gratuity), and the dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. Having attended many dinners there, including a wine dinner, I can vouch for the service, the food and the wine list, which is extensive and excellent. Reservations required.

610 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561/337-2532

Summer is here: Table 26 starts 50 percent off deals

It’s official: Summer arrives when Table 26 starts its 50 percent off entrée deals. At least, that’s what I’ve decreed. This amazing special starts today (April 24), so bring out the swimsuits. But first try the great food at Table 26, especially when it’s half-off between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Eat at 5 p.m. to catch this early bird special because reservations will fly out the door for these.

1700 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561/855-2660


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Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.
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Taste of the Nation Dazzles at Kravis Center

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Chef co-chairs Lindsay Autry, Clay Conley, Zach Bell and Tim Lipman. Photo by LibbyVision.com

It’s easy to stay in the Delray-Boca orbit, especially when it comes to after-hours events. My first Taste of the Nation at the Kravis Center in West Palm was an eye-opener. West Palm Beach and North County are buzzing with celebrity chefs and  up-and-comers who are making great innovative food. James Beard award finalist and tri-restaurant owner Clay Conley, past  “Top Chef” contender and owner of The Regional Kitchen Lindsay Autry, and Rick Mace of Café Boulud, had booths beside Little Moir’s, Cholo Soy Cantina, Avocado Grill, Max’s Harvest and everything in between.

Boiled peanut hummus with spring veggies and deviled ham by The Regional Kitchen & Public House

Boiled peanut hummus with spring veggies and deviled ham by The Regional Kitchen

More than 40 restaurants, chefs and bartenders represented their names at the organized event and included prominent signage that showcased each chef and venue. A VIP Lounge in the center was a comfortable respite with plenty of high-tops for easy tasting. A live saxophonist and DJ kept the mood light. I can’t list everything I tasted, but Jardin’s crispy deviled eggs were stellar, as was the venison summer sausage from Coolinary Café. Chef Autry’s boiled peanut hummus with local spring veggies and deviled ham was another hit.

Wine, beer and spirits flowed. Participants slowly circled the room trying various libations. Saltwater Brewery, Funky Buddha Brewery, Twisted Trunk Brewing and Tequesta Brewing Co. brought beers. Virginia Philip Wine Shop and Academy chose wines. My new favorite wine is a wonderfully light, dry rosé—perfect for pairing with fish, chicken or salad. Patrons had the opportunity to win a wine cellar by purchasing the correct key to unlock it.

Taste of the Nation, hosted by No Kid Hungry is dedicated to raising funds for Florida Impact, Feeding South Florida and FLIPANY (Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth). The underlying cause? One in four children in Florida struggles with hunger. Last year, Taste of the Nation in Palm Beach raised enough money to help give more than 760,000 meals to children in need. That’s a good reason to go next year; the more self-serving reason is to experience the county’s most exciting restaurants.

I know I’ll be there.

Allison Lewis is the associate editor at Boca Raton Magazine and a native St. Louisan. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. In her spare time, Allison enjoys cooking, playing Ultimate frisbee, reading, traveling and watching sports.
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Broward and Miami-Dade April Food Events: Earth Day, Wine and More

Go delicious green for Earth Day at Seaspice, Villa Azur, RUST Wynwood

Villa Azur Go Green Margarita

It’s Earth Day on April 22, so that means you should eat green, but it should be an appetizing green! That’s where Seaspice (422 NW North River Drive, Miami; 305/440-4200) comes in with the Plant Bowl that looks like an appetizing piece of a garden: red quinoa, black kale, figs, mango, beets, watermelon radish and flax seed cracker with maple tahini dressing. Or try a Go Green Margarita at Villa Azur (pictured; 309 23rd St., Miami Beach; 305/763-8688) with Don Julio Blanco, Cointreau, cucumber, cantaloupe, lime juice, mint, agave nectar and black salt. Looks almost (!) too good to drink. Meanwhile, RUST Wynwood (2621 NW 2nd Ave., Miami; 305/576-6811) has a red quinoa salad with local ingredients, along with the quinoa, field greens, mango, cherry tomatoes, green onions, piquillo peppers marinade, kale sprouts and sunflower seeds.

Wine dinner features Banfi at Angelo Elia’s

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Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar & Tapas is hosting a four-course wine dinner April 25, starting at 6:30 p.m. The wines will be from Banfi, and Chef Angelo Elia’s menu will include seafood salad, crispy artichoke flower, spinach fettucine, herb-crusted lamb and petite filet and assorted desserts. Cost is $100 per person (inclusive), and reservations are required. (4215 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954/561-7300)

Miami Taste of the Nation returns to Wynwood

On May 12, you can eat and drink to help benefit No Kid Hungry, at Miami’s Taste of the Nation, Soho Studios (2136 NW 1st Ave., Miami). This tasting event features top chefs, sommeliers and mixologists and goes from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., with a VIP ticket after-party available from 10 p.m. to midnight. There will be a silent auction and six mixologists at a speakeasy featuring specialty cocktails for the event. General admission tickets are $125, VIP tickets are $175, and VIP Plus tickets are $200 per person. Find the tickets here.

Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour lands at Fontainebleau

Join a Grand Tour and never leave South Florida when Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour comes to Miami May 12, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Fontainbleau Hotel. There will be more than 240 wines featured, all rated more than 90 by the editors. The winemakers will be there, and lots of good food, too. Tickets are discounted at $225 for early customers and $295 for regular price tickets. Get tickets here.

Fontainebleau Hotel, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305/538-2000

‘Cruise ship’ prix-fixe dishes at Mignonette Uptown

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Now that cruise ships are becoming known (in some lines) for their food as well as their ports, it’s not a surprise to find a land-chef with a cruising state of mind. That would be Mignonette Uptown’s Chef/Owner Daniel Serfer, who has a Cruise Ship Special (pictured), a four-course prix-fixe dinner for $39. That includes a shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad, fish or meat course and butterscotch Heath Bar bread pudding. Open for lunch and dinner daily, but the special is available only for Sunday-Thursday dinner.

Mignonette Uptown, 13951 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach; 305/705-2159

New Exec Chef Luciano Sautto at Quattro unveils dishes

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Executive Chef Luciano Sautto joined the Quattro Gastonomia Italiana staff in January and has made some memorable changes to the menu. Sautto is back in Miami again, most recently from Salute at Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas, and his new antipasti includes Arancini, crispy rice balls stuffed with Fontina cheese and Bolognese sauce. Yes, please. Also offered is handmade pasta prepared daily for dishes such as Tagliolini All’astice (with Maine lobster and cherry tomatoes) or Penetta Alle Zucchine E Gamberetti (penne with zucchini and shrimp). Sautto was one of the featured SOBEWFF chefs this year. Open for lunch and dinner.

Quattro Gastonomia Italiana, 1014 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; 305/531-4833


Hungry for more food news? Visit our food page, and subscribe to the magazine for the most delicious coverage of Boca and beyond. 

Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.
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How To Not Drink the New Unicorn Frappuccino at Starbucks

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I am often asked for advice on eating on-the-go and especially on what to order at Starbucks. Just a few days ago, the coffee chain launched a limited release Unicorn Frappuccino that boasts a whopping 76 grams of sugar in a venti size! That equals nearly three Snickers bars!

If you would rather save calories and want better-for-you alternatives, then here is a little cheat-sheet with my top recommendations as well as my personal strategies on what I eat at this popular coffee shop.

Also, check out our local cafes that have great alternatives as well. Choosing to purchase coffee drinks at these local shops is not only good for your body but also the local economy.

My Recommendations:

COFFEE DRINK: Decaf Americano with Almond Milk

If you drink coffee, then the least offensive drink to get at Starbucks would be one with almond milk. Unlike conventional cow’s milk, almond milk doesn’t have any hormones or antibiotics and is also lower in calories. Another alternative is coconut milk, however I personally prefer the ingredients and flavor profile of the almond one.

If you don’t mind splurging on calories and want something rich, go ahead and get a decaf latte with almond milk for a satisfying drink.

Z-Tip: Since I don’t drink coffee, I like to order a hot water with a splash of almond milk, then add my own Dandy Blend. It is caffeine-free and liver-friendly!

TEA-BASED BEVERAGE: Passion Iced Tea

If you are looking for a caffeine-free, refreshing beverage, then I suggest Unsweetened Passion Iced Tea. I like to add a little stevia to mine, which yes, I carry with me! I usually get it in a venti cup and sip on this drink for a while. It really helps keeps ice cream cravings away on a hot Florida day!

PASTRY: Croissant

While I absolutely love bananas, one item that I would suggest you avoid in the pastry case at Starbucks is the banana but bread. Here is why: Not only does it have a whopping 420 calories, it also has 30 grams of sugar and 22 grams of fat. It may not sound as bad, but compare it to the Snickers bar which has 250 calories, 27 grams of sugar and 12 grams of fat and suddenly banana bread doesn’t look too appealing. If you are craving a pastry, better go for the butter croissant (please note that it contains gluten), which has 240 calories, 12 grams of fat and 5 grams of sugar and get a real banana as a snack for later.

EASY SNACKS: That’s It Bars, Fresh Bananas and Veggie Chips

I love Starbucks’ selection of snacks when I need a quick pick-me-up. That’s It Bars are usually made of one or two ingredients, making them one of the cleanest snacks on the market. If your local Starbucks has kale chips, do try those. They are rich in blood-cleansing chlorophyll! And last, but not least, I love good ol’ bananas for an easy on-the-go snack. They make a perfect fast food when I need a boost of energy.

MY 2 FAVORITE LOCAL CAFES TO CHECK OUT:

Seed Coffee

Try their delicious cold-brew coffee that is less acidic and therefore better for the body.

theseedboca.com

199 W. Palmetto Park Rd, Suite #E Boca Raton 33432

Apura Juicery

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Check out the Apurachino (pictured) that has banana, cold brew coffee, maca, lucuma, cashews, homemade almond milk topped with agave & coconut flakes.

www.apurajuicery.com

22191 Powerline Rd #20B, Boca Raton, FL 33433

Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.
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Blues at Boston’s Tonight, Publix Cooking Classes This Month

Boston’s hosts “Blue Tuesdays” with food, music

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Tonight (April 18) kicks off Boston’s On The Beach’s Blue Tuesdays, with singers and bands and the blues. And food like garlic-braised short rib penne or marinated steak tips. And brews like Boston’s A1A IPA. Or a Nucklebuster Smash Cocktail. The first performer is Annika Chambers, nominated for 2015’s Best New Artist Album at the Blues Music Awards, as well as others. Stage performances are from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach; 561/278-3364

Put your apron on and engage your cooking skills

At Boca Raton’s Publix Apron School, 5050 Champion Blvd.; 561/994-4883.

  • April 22, 6:30 p.m. – Springtime, So Divine! As we bounce into spring (or maybe summer!), you’ll learn to make carrot fritters with buttermilk cumin dipping sauce, zucchini gratin, Herbs de Provence roasted chicken with chickpea mash, and lavender blueberry ice cream. Cost is $45. Register online here.
  • Alert! This is a great six-part series! Starting April 24 at 10 a.m., then May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29th is The Basics of Culinary: For the beginner or the experienced cook, these classes cover everything from tacos to steamed dumplings, to pork shoulders, crab cakes and much, much more. Cost is $300. Register online here.

Hungry for more food news? Visit our food page, and subscribe to the magazine for the most delicious coverage of Boca and beyond. 

Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.
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West Palm Dining Events: Food Truck Safari, Specials at Pistache

Pistache’s warmer weather specials start with Moules Mondays

PISTACHE - Moules Monday

Get your mussels on today with classic French bistro Pistache’s Moules Mondays, where it’s all-you-can-eat mussels with the purchase of any dinner entrée after 5:30 p.m. I’m a huge fan of their mussels and frites. That’s a great way to end a Monday!

The Mondays will be followed by Saturday’s Unlimited Rose. On Saturdays, brunch is from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Magnum bottles will be served Riviera-style. Then, there’s Sunday’s Jazz Brunch band, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with ordering from the a la carte menu.

Gather your favorite French frock and saunter to 101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561/833-5090.

Finding the ‘beast’ at Food Truck Safari

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The first Food Truck Safari of the year at Palm Beach Zoo is on for April 22 from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. with at least eight of the best gourmet food trucks in the county. Try the grub at Churrasco Grill, Que Rico and Sweet Cravings, among others. Tickets for non-zoo-members are $10, members $9. Kids are $7 (non-members) and $6. This is a chance to eat well, as well as explore this large, amazing zoo. There will be live music and a Saltwater Brewery tap-takeover.

1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561/547-9453


Hungry for more food news? Visit our food page, and subscribe to the magazine for the most delicious coverage of Boca and beyond. 

Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.
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Taste of the Nation and Wine Gala Benefit Charities

Palm Beach Taste of the Nation returns to Kravis

Chef co-chairs Lindsay Autry, Clay Conley, Zach Bell and Tim Lipman. Photo by LibbyVision.com

Co-chef chairs Lindsay Autry, Clay Conley, Zach Bell and Tim Lipman. Photo by LibbyVision.com

One of Palm Beach County’s largest food charity events of the year is Taste of the Nation, which benefits No Kid Hungry—and 100 percent of the profits here go to the charity, which is unusual. It’s April 20 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $125 per person, and VIP tickets are $200, which include early entry at 6 p.m., access to a private lounge area with tastings and select bubbly and wine.

Co-chef chairs are Lindsay Autry, Clay Conley, Zach Bell and Tip Lipman, and that means this will be a terrific event. There will be more than 50 food/drink participants from Palm Beach and Martin counties, including artisan beer and craft cocktails. Wine will be curated by Master Sommelier Virginia Philip. In addition to the eating and drinking, a live auction brings culinary prizes (like a Grand BBQ for up to 50 people at your house) and an “Instant Wine Cellar,” where you can buy a key that could open the door to more than 100 wines from $15-$50 each. Buy tickets at nokidhungry.org.

Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach

American Charity Wine Gala discount

For 10 years the American Fine Wine competition, which focuses only on wines produced in the U.S., has been judged in South Florida. The Invitational & Gala on April 29 is the celebration of the competition, and from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. features a huge dinner, accompanied by the wines that won the competition this year. The charity benefiting is the Dolphins Cancer Challenge. Tickets are $300 per person (use code WineClubMember at checkout for $50 off!), and the gala is at the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA), 1855 Griffin Road, Dania Beach.

Buy tickets at eventbrite.com


Hungry for more food news? Visit our food page, and subscribe to the magazine for the most delicious coverage of Boca and beyond.

Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.