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A Miniature Bite Of Bliss

A Miniature Bite Of Bliss

Today’s fare is as individual and diverse as the couple getting married. The traditional three-tiered wedding cake, while still very popular, is no longer de rigueur. In fact, ever since Carrie and Miranda munched on them in an episode of “Sex and the City” in 2000, cupcakes have been showing up at weddings in dramatic displays either alongside the traditional cake or in its place. Popular programs like the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” have served to further the yearning for a soupçon of sweet indulgence in a gazillion flavors.

June 2015
Fare Fit For The Queen

Fare Fit For The Queen

Fans of the British period drama “Downton Abbey” may remember when veteran actress Shirley MacLaine joined the cast for a traditional English picnic on the lawns of the Crawley estate. Along with footmen in full livery, servants hovering obsequiously in the background and hampers fairly loaded to groaning with sandwiches, pies, pickles and cakes, the picnic of Edwardian times was a grand affair. The men donned white linen suits and boaters while women’s attire mandated corseted moiré gowns, elaborately feathered hats and parasols.

May 2015
Food For Thought

Food For Thought

Chef Joe Faria readily admits he comes from humble origins and knows what it’s like to struggle and go hungry. Today, as the executive chef of Quail Valley Golf and River Club, he’s an accomplished chef and mentor who, when reflecting on his past, says, “I know what hunger is. I have experienced that. Hard bread soaked in warm milk for breakfast – that was my experience.”

April 2015
Buy Fresh, Buy Local, Support Sustainability

Buy Fresh, Buy Local, Support Sustainability

The terms "hand-crafted,” “freshly-harvested,” “farm to table,” “grass-fed” and “artisanal” are all buzz words rapidly becoming an ever-louder drum beat over the last few years. So it’s no surprise that many chefs have turned their focus to searching for fresh, local foods to serve in their restaurants. Chris Sozio, the newly hired executive chef at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club is no different. He and his team wholly subscribe to the philosophy: Buy fresh, buy local and support sustainability.

March 2015
Good Taste

Good Taste

A recent study conducted by Sasaki Associates, a Massachusetts design and planning firm, found that Americans rank a city’s culinary offerings high on a list of priorities when choosing a place to live. According to the study, restaurants were voted the number one reason to visit another part of the city with traffic being the least desirable component.

February 2015
At The Top Of Their Game

At The Top Of Their Game

It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since Chef Leanne Kelleher first opened her beachside restaurant, The Tides, on Cardinal Drive and that it’s still wildly popular for its outstanding yet deceptively simple preparations, first-class service and consistently good food. Much lauded by locals and visitors alike, this fine dining establishment has been showcasing Chef Kelleher’s mastery of textures and tastes since opening its doors in 2000. Named one of the Exceptional Restaurants of Florida by Gourmet Magazine, winner of the Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence six years in a row, and First Place honoree in The Homeless Family Center’s Top Chef Challenge in 2012, The Tides appears to be at the top of its game.

January 2015
A Bit Of Decadence

A Bit Of Decadence

Why this history lesson in purses in the “Local Flavor” section this month? Well, as it turns out, one of the most tantalizing and versatile gastronomical creations was inspired by that 14th century drawstring purse and became a popular feature on a menu right here in Vero Beach. But first another bit of history.

December 2014
Hiding In Plain Sight

Hiding In Plain Sight

Nick’s Family Restaurant at 1453 20th Street in the heart of downtown Vero Beach. Located in an unassuming strip of shops on the south side of west-bound State Road 60, you might miss it completely if you didn’t know it was there. Since the only parking is in the rear and the traffic is normally traveling at a fast clip, you might just drive right by this little gem of a place.

October 2014
Joey's Seafood Shack

Joey's Seafood Shack

Naima Rauam painted watercolors of it in her make-shift smokehouse studio; Joseph Mitchell crafted his 1940s' novel Old Mr. Flood around it and Vero Beach fishmonger and restaurateur Joey Fenyak remembers it as the first place he sold his freshly dug clams. New York’s Fulton Fish Market, the largest wholesale fish market in the United States was where Joey began his 30-plus-year career in the seafood business.

September 2014
Cooking From the Heart

Cooking From the Heart

One of the things I have missed the most since moving here from England is fast access to a good Indian meal. Colonization and the resulting Indian diaspora led to an abundance of fine Indian stores and restaurants popping up in almost every town and village throughout the British Isles. A good masala or tasty samosa was never very hard to find.

August 2014