Vegan Chef Seth Kirschbaum Returns to Darbster in Boca Raton

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Seth Kirschbaum will be returning to Darbster as executive chef of the Boca Raton location.
It's no surprise that South Florida hasn't always been the best place for meat-free eating. From Key West to Jupiter, the area has never had much to offer in terms of healthy, cruelty-free fare, with only a handful of places in Broward and Palm Beach serving the cuisine.

But this month, the local vegetarian and vegan crowd has much to rejoice about: Chef Seth Kirshbaum has announced he'll be returning to one of Palm Beach County's favorite vegan restaurants, Darbster, as executive chef for the Boca Raton location.

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2015 Good Food Awards Include Florida Finalists

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Panther Coffee
Miami-based Panther Coffee is a finalist for the 2015 Good Food Awards.
These days, it's no secret that more and more Americans are in search of healthy, local, and responsibly sourced and produced foods. Luckily, we also have a growing movement of people who want to create those foods.

To honor those working to create a better food supply chain, the Good Food Awards -- a project created by the California-based nonprofit Seedling Projects -- was organized to grant awards to outstanding American food producers and the farmers who provide their ingredients.

In its fifth year, the Good Food Awards will be naming its selections for winners in 11 categories, including beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, pickles, preserves, spirits, oil and our newest category, honey. Awards are given to producers and their food communities from each of five regions of the country, and of the 206 finalists for 2015 hailing from 46 states, several are from right here in Florida.

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Farmers' Market Season: What's Open in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Courtesy of West Palm Beach Green Market
Fall is in full swing in South Florida, which can mean only one thing: farmers' markets. And lots of them.

The greenmarkets are back in business starting this month, and this year brings a few expansions and improvements to the outdoor market places we know and love. That includes everything from an unlimited Sunday-morning mimosa bar in West Palm Beach to dozens of new and specialty vendors at markets including Wellington and Royal Palm Beach.

If you're looking for the dates, times, addresses, and details on South Florida's most popular farmers' markets in Broward and Palm Beach counties, look no further.

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Inaugural Tequila Festival Added to Day of the Dead Festivities

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Photo courtesy of South Florida Tequila Festival
The inaugural South Florida Tequila Festival will take place November 1 during the Day of the Dead Celebration in Fort Lauderdale.
The fourth-annual South Florida Day of the Dead Celebration will be raising more than just a few dead spirits this year as part of its festivities.

Welcome the inaugural South Florida Tequila Festival, set to take place on Saturday, November 1. A newcomer to the weekend-long Day of the Dead celebration, 3J Hospitality will transform Fort Lauderdale's Stache 1920's Drinking Den into a tequila-tasting extravaganza for the evening.

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Florida Stone Crab Season Starts Today: Catch Your Own, or Get Crabby at One of These Restaurants

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Wednesday, October 15, marks the start of Florida's stone crab harvesting season.

More important -- and for stone crab lovers across the state -- it's also the day Joe's Stone Crab reopens after its summer hiatus to celebrate its 101st year in Miami Beach. For the next seven months, it will be one of the go-to spots for stone crabs in South Florida.

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Thug Kitchen's Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck! (Explicit)

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In that past few years, the culinary world has become a bit of a congested mess, with chefs turning into household names and Hollywood-caliber personalities bursting from the kitchen into the limelight. Fledgling epicurean operations have resorted to gimmickry and "shticks" in order to stand out in this oft-confusing sea. To what degree these entities reach success is debatable and, quite frankly, a bit early to understand with any degree of clarity.

But one recipe-dispensing, healthy-living website that has managed to stand out in this fracas is the acerbic, witty, and downright lexically violent entity known as Thug Kitchen.

In a balanced use of crisp photography, meme-styled text-wrapping, an affinity for gangsta rap, and a devil-may-care, we-don't-give-a-fuck attitude, Thug Kitchen has turned the droll exercise of internet recipe-reading into a chuckle-inducing visual feast.

It also helps that early on, the site caught Gwyneth Paltrow's eye, and she simply couldn't shut the fuck up about it.

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Dine Out Lauderdale Kicks Off Wednesday; Three Restaurants to Try

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Dine Out Lauderdale starts this Wednesday.
Everyone likes to get in on a good deal, whether it's an end-of-season sale, half-off steal, BOGO bash -- or even a discounted meal. It just sounds (and tastes) better when you know you're saving some cash.

Starting Wednesday, October 1, and running through November 7, the 8th annual Dine Out Lauderdale is back to help you save money while dining out around town. The five-week celebration gives patrons a chance to experience some phenomenal deals from Broward County's top restaurants and chefs as select Fort Lauderdale restaurants offer specially crafted, multicourse menus for $35 per person.

To help you conserve time and funds, here's a list of this year's three must-try places while Dine Out is in full force.

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Sneak Peek: The New Trader Joe's Delray Beach Opens Friday, September 5 (Photos)

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All photos by Nicole Danna
Trader Joe's, the California-based specialty grocery chain with a fanatical following, will open the doors to its second Palm Beach County store on Friday, September 5, in Delray Beach. If you can't make it to the grand opening party, store captain Jeff Schall provided a special sneak peak at the new store so you can at least feel like you're a part of the festivities.

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Killer Pastrami Sandwiches at Blue Willy's Barbecue, But Only on Thursdays

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The brisket pastrami sandwich from Blue Willy's Barbecue in Pompano Beach.
Most Texans will tell you the secret to blue-ribbon brisket is hours and hours of slow, smoky, moist heat. It's what helps transform the meat's connective tissue (all that collagen) to a gelatinous, tender state. Most barbecue places take a hunk of flat cut beef to undergo the process; rarely do you see a place that takes the navel plate end of the brisket to make pastrami.

Lucky for us, Blue Willy's in Pompano Beach is one of them.

It's not every day you get to sample something so decadently delicious. Which is probably why owner Will Banks doesn't serve it every day.

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Starbucks Releases Pumpkin Spice Latte August 25, if You Have the Passcode

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Here in the land of endless summer, we need all the help we can get remembering that -- at least everywhere else in the country -- cold weather is on its way. For Floridians, there's no better harbinger for the change of seasons than the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, lovingly referred to as the PSL.

If you're equally fanatical about all things festive and fall, this time of year can't come soon enough. Luckily, the nationwide coffeehouse has bumped up the seasonal flavor's official release date -- along with the salted caramel mocha -- for customers wielding a special code on August 25.

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