Hoffman's Chocolates Opens Three More Holiday Pop-Up Kiosks

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The Las Olas store.

Almost 40 years ago, Paul Hoffman Sr. had a simple dream fueled by the purchase of a small chocolate shop in Lake Worth: He wanted to have a place for his family to work. As noble a goal as that sounds, Hoffman was also a bit of an experimenter in the kitchen and soon used this platform to invent confections like the "Pecan Caramel Jitterbugs" and the "Snoodle." Spring forward to 2014 and the Hoffman's Chocolates empire has risen to several retail operations throughout South Florida with a factory and headquarters in Greenacres that has become a popular stop for tourists in Palm Beach.

But it is during holiday season that Hoffman's really gets its chocolatier guns out. Known for elaborate displays and award-winning gift baskets, Hoffman's Chocolates will be a holiday fixture for some time, and by embracing the trendy concept of the pop-up this coming season, it'll surely be within the reach of shoppers all the way through to Valentine's Day.

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Hoffman's Chocolates Now Open on Las Olas; More Locations on the Docket

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When it comes to desserts, there's one item that tends to elicit the strongest reactions.

Most people love it, few stay away from it, but it's not very common to hear someone is so-so about chocolate.

Fort Lauderdale chocolate lovers have a new reason to get excited: Palm Beach County's legendary confectioner Hoffman's Chocolates is now open on Las Olas Boulevard.

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Fred and Susan Kim Open Gabose Pocha: Korean Bar Concept in Lauderhill

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Broward County's Koreantown (around University and Commercial Blvds. in Lauderhill) has its latest addition. Fred and Susan Kim, owners of critically acclaimed Gabose, this year's pick for New Times "Best Restaurant - Broward County," have opened the doors to an authentic Korean pub, Gabose Pocha (or Gabocha).

See Also: Gabose: Enjoy Top Korean Cuisine in Lauderhill

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Temple Street Eatery Offers Fast-Casual Modern Asian, Craft Beer, and More

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Bibimbap rice bowl $10
Fort Lauderdale has come a long way in its dining scene over the past few years, but the city has been lagging behind in the Asian department all along.

Sure, there have been Chinese restaurants, a Vietnamese spot, a million Thai-sushi joints, and a recently opened modern Asian concept on Las Olas (Bao Las Olas); however, for those who crave the full-flavored fare found across the continent, there has been much to be desired.

Until now.

The brand new Temple Street Eatery is now offering fast-casual modern Asian fare, craft beer, interesting sake, and wines at prices even the most budget-conscious can afford.

See Also: Bao Las Olas Seeks to Expand South Florida's Taste for Asian Cuisine

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Sun Life Stadium Taps Broward Restaurants For New Food Lineup UPDATED

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It looks like we're in for a winning football season at Sun Life Stadium -- for dining.

The home of the Miami Dolphins has made a distinct change to its roster of food options for the 2014 season, with the promise of delivering high quality food and good prices.

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A Chihuahuan Touch in Hallandale at Chapultepec Mexican Bar & Restaurant

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The #2 combo option, enchilada de mole, taco de carne asada and sope.
Ciudad Juárez in the state of Chihuahua in Mexico might get a dubious reputation for its many years of crimes concerning the safety of working class women and the ongoing war on drugs. That's unfortunate because the state boasts some of the best Mexican cuisine and it is a real treat to find some of it in our neighborhood without too much of a Tex-Mex influence ruining the attention to grains and proteins Chihuahuan chefs bring to the table. Chapultepec Mexican Restaurant, a stone-throw north of Hallandale Beach Boulevard has maintained a quiet, almost sleepy existence for the last decade.

Unfortunately, the only ones who were really asleep were us.

Owned by Silvia Ayala and her children, Karla Nuñez and Juan Carlos Marín, with Silvia's voice being the defining authority in the kitchen, the restaurant opened ten years ago as a means to provide for the family. It has now become a cornerstone of a thriving Mexican and Central American community in Hallandale.

The kitschy décor lends itself more to a dance bar, which is in essence what the restaurant transforms into on Friday and Saturday nights from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., but the continuous buzz of patrons stopping in for a bite or picking up orders is proof positive of what's happening in the kitchen.

See also: Chapultepec Mexican Restaurant in Hallandale: Cheap Beer and Slow-Roasted Meats

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M.E.A.T. Eatery & Tap Room Redefines Handcrafted in Boca Raton

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M.E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom's duck and pickled blueberry sausage with an apricot, jalapeño, and shallot relish.
If it seems like the word "craft" gets thrown around way too much, you aren't alone in wondering when this craze will blow over. We get it: Pretty much every menu in South Florida is offering specially crafted this and that.

But what makes something truly craft? Take a seat at newly opened M.E.A.T. Eatery & Tap Room in Boca Raton and you'll get a better understanding; here, the idea of doing everything in-house goes one step further.

Like its sister establishment in Islamorada, the Boca restaurant smokes and grinds its own meats onsite, cuts and cures its own bacon, and offers house-made sausage and chorizo. Even the condiments -- including a mango chipotle ketchup and caraway and beer mustard -- are made fresh, and from scratch.

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Suri Tapas Bar Offers Traditional and New Age Dishes in Downtown Lake Worth

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The Desayuno de Campeon or "breakfast of champions" combines blueberry pancakes and pork belly with a house made tomato jam.
A new restaurant has opened off Lucerne Ave. in downtown Lake Worth, taking the space formerly known as Fiorentina, an Italian restaurant that vacated the space over a year ago.

Suri -- which means "pickpocket" in Japanese -- will offer diners what co-owners John Pata and Matthew Barger term alternative American cuisine. Barger has worked as the general manager for Cucina Dell'Arte in Palm Beach and, most recently, The Coach House, formerly the Player's Club in Wellington.

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Yudy Bakery and Restaurant, Offers a Taste of Colombia in Hallandale Beach

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This past World Cup was a revelation of sorts. Without getting into the politicking of Brazil spending millions of dollars in order to look good on international TV while half of their favelas starve daily, there were some really good fútbol moments on the pitch. One of the biggest showings, regardless of how their campaign ended, was the Colombian squad who made it through to the quarter finals and, let's be honest, that game belonged to them.

Twenty-three-year-old former AS Monaco and current Real Madrid attacking midfielder, James Rodríguez was the most exciting player to watch this past cup. Apologies to my German and Argentine friends, this man was so good that ever since they bowed out from the action, this lowly scribe has been craving nothing but arequipe and salty sobrebarriga. Thankfully, these are not cravings that will go unfulfilled while cruising on the Hallandale Beach Boulevard corridor.

Yudy Bakery and Colombian Restaurant on the 300 block of the boulevard's got you covered on every end, from the sweet to the savory, served with that smiling drawl only your best parceros will offer. Will it be enough to hold you over until the next Cup? Probably not, but it is good to know that these nostalgic options are available without breaking your wallet.

See also: El Bohio Offers a Mix of Cuban and American Cuisine in Lantana

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Barolo Ristorante: Authentic Italian Cuisine and Serious Wine in North Palm Beach

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We love food around here.

Whether it's flavorful Vietnamese, seafood-centric Japanese, bold Peruvian, or classic French fare, we'll try just about anything -- and enjoy it as long as it's done properly.

That being said, some cuisines stand out. And it just so happens that Italian is one of our favorites. Full of flavor and completely unpretentious, Europe's boot offers a wide range of styles and ingredients, all of which we're more than happy to shove down our gullets. (No matter our current diet.)

North Palm Beach was recently received it's newest Italian resident. Barolo Ristorante offers a wide range of authentic Italian fare with a huge selection of wines to match.

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