Yonutz: Gourmet Maple Bacon and Tres Leches Donuts Come to Sunrise

All photos by Laine Doss
Yonutz: Yo, gourmet donuts in Sunrise.
A few days back I made a rather stressful trip to Ikea to return a few items and purchase some more. After waiting in the Motor-Vehicles-type line to exchange some extra items, I then had to wait in another queue to buy the things that I should have purchased in the first place. Driving out two hours later, I noticed a sign with the following equation:

Yonuts = gourmet donuts + gelato & soft serve treats.

This was math I could get into. Plus, after a trip to big-box retail hell, I deserved a treat.

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Inspiration/Vita Bakes Bakery Launching Healthy Snacks This Week: Looking to Expand Into Cannabis Baked Goods

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Baked goods are one of the most beloved snacks in the world.

Think about it: Who doesn't love a brownie, blondie, or cookie on a stressful day? (There's a reason emotional eating is a real thing.)

As good as these little babies may be, few food objects are worse for your body -- aside from maybe a super-sized Big Mac with fries and a soft drink.

Steven Gara of Inspiration/Vita Bakes is trying to change that. This week he's launching a new line of healthier baked goods and he's working on a line of cannabis edibles (just in case we get some good news in November).

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Kronuts in Pembroke Pines at Kosher Master Cake Bakery

All photos by Sara Ventiera
Combining two popular foods is nothing new: ice cream cake, corn dogs, even Hot Pockets.

However, on May 10 of this year, the newest combo food fad took the bakery industry by storm. Created by Dominique Ansel at his namesake bakery in New York, the Cronut is a half-croissant, half-donut, obviously, thrown in a deep-fryer.

This fried treat of buttery, sugary deliciousness became so popular that lines formed around the block of the Dominique Ansel Bakery just to score the chance of picking one up.

Since then, bakeries and pastry chefs all across the world have spawned off their own versions of the hybrid dessert. And we just happened to find them hiding out in Pembroke Pines' newly opened kosher Master Cake Bakery.

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13 American Table: New American Food, Craft Beer, and Cocktails in Boca

Sara Ventiera
Josper Grilled Octopus ($15)
Americans have always been known for being a casual, down-to-earth nation of people. Our president once served hotdogs to the King and Queen of England.

Over the years, things have gotten even more laid back.

There once was a day when it was considered poor manners to wear a pair of jeans in a high-end restaurant -- that was probably when only the very wealthy went out to eat regularly.

These days, most of us want to eat great food while wearing a T-shirt and a pair of jorts.

Boca Raton has just received its newest epicurean yet homey eatery, 13 American Table. Executive Chef Anthony Fiorini, an alumnus of 32 East, serves up classic American fare with a strong multicultural influence.

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Stresa in West Palm Beach Serves Up Italian Cuisine That's Both Unique and Authentic

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Richie Deoreo
Stresa's signature Grilled Calamari

Stresa Italian Restaurant is an 18 year old, West Palm Beach landmark. But it's not on Palm Beach Island and it's a distance away from the party scene of Clematis Street. Oddly located among the big box stores along Okeechobee Boulevard, with their inconspicuous exterior, reinforced by their lack of online presence, this is an "in the know" kind of place. But, make no mistake, this restaurant is also packed on any given night.

Stresa is a true culinary oasis, that just happens to be located across the street from a Denny's in the middle of whole lot of nothing.

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

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All photos by Laine Doss
Shawn Neifeld displays his wares at Mojo Donuts.
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 show on Food Network's roster, Homer Simpson's favorite treat is riding a wave of popularity. So where are the hand-made gourmet doughnuts in south Florida?

For now, they're all in a little strip mall shop in Pembroke Pines and these doughnuts contain enough mojo for the entire state.More »

Taco Bell Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos Are Available: We Try Them

All photos by Laine Doss
This is real...and it's available now.
When Taco Bell launched the Doritos Locos taco, with a shell made from nacho cheese Doritos tortilla chips, stoners everywhere said a little prayer of gratitude.

The product also translated into an out-of-the-ballpark hit for the fast food giant. USA Today reports that in less than one year, over 350 million Doritos Locos tacos were sold, making it the company's most successful item ever.

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Haifa to Hallandale: Falafel Benny's Got the Best Balls

All photos by Zachary Fagenson
Falafel Benny.
Through Falafel Benny's narrow, squat entrance was a room of mostly men yelling at each other in thick Israeli accents.

"How is the falafel?" owner Benny Regev gregariously bellowed at customers halfway through their lunch. He tried to buy some of his regulars' meals. Some accepted, and others slammed a few bills down on the counter and walked out.

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First Look: Green Bar & Kitchen in Fort Lauderdale

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All photos by Falyn Freyman
Avocado Toast
In 2011, when nutritionist and holistic health coach Elena Pezzo, owner of Green Bar & Kitchen, learned of her brother Anthony's stroke and subsequent coma, she was devastated. Only a few years earlier, the 33-year-old New York native had lost both of her parents and had battled poor health and depression herself as a result.

Despite recommendations from numerous doctors that Anthony's family pull the plug, insisting he would remain a vegetable, Elena did not give up, and instead turned to spirituality and her holistic health food background to help bring back her brother.

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Russia House Restaurant in Boca Raton: Authentic Food and 86 Kinds of Vodka

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Regina Kaza

The decor is contemporary and overpoweringly red: red leather booths, cherry wood walls, red curtains, and giant flat screen TVs playing Russian pop music videos. The menu, though, is full of classics. So the three-month old Russia House restaurant has it all: the feel of modern-day St. Petersburg and the warmth you'd find in your babushka's kitchen. People chatter in both Russian and English at the full-length bar -- which serves 86 kinds of vodka.

David and Sofia Shifrin formerly owned  Lula Kebab in Sunny Isles, which served Georgian and Mediterranean food. The couple is from Belarus, but has been living in the U.S. for 30 years and working in the restaurant business for 13.

"Boca and this whole zip code have no Russian restaurants," says David. He saw opportunity: Boca Raton has the fourth-largest Russian population in South Florida.

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