Oceans 234's "Culinary Cult" is a Foodie's Paradise with Caribbean Flavor


There's nothing wrong with a little ambition in the kitchen. Since launching back in March, Oceans 234's culinary series for foodies, "Culinary Cult" has been able to adequately showcase executive Chef Victor Franco's range in the popular seafood restaurant's kitchen. Events of this nature usually take northern rides with dollar amounts but for a very reasonable $60 a head, this can be a rewarding once-a-month experience for adventurous diners on a budget.

This month's cult meeting, finalizes the summer of 2014 with one last kick of tangy beach vacay flavor with "Passport to Paradise: A Caribbean Affair" and it being the fourth in the series, it will be heavy with expectation as the chef and his kitchen can no longer rely on rookie/sophomore mistakes. It might not break the bank, but the series does pride itself in exclusivity and exclusivity demands perfection -- all the hallmarks of the better cults.

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Cajun-Inspired VooDoo BBQ Opens New Location in Boca Raton

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Everyone has an opinion on BBQ in the United States. Why even engage in the argument? One common thread regardless of taste bud affiliation is the fact that there is something familiar and comforting about BBQ that is satisfying to all those who consume it regularly. With numerous regional variations, you'd think there wouldn't be room for one more but the New Orleans-based eatery VooDoo BBQ would you to know otherwise.

Already a contender in South Florida with four stores operating in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, their version of American BBQ inspired by the fiery Cajun flavors of swampy Louisiana has now made a move into Palm Beach County with a restaurant on 5030 Champion Blvd., near the corner of North Military Trail and Clint Moore Road in the Polo Shoppes.

See also: VooDoo BBQ & Grill Opens in Pembroke Pines: Free BBQ For a Year For First 99 Customers

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Greening Is Killing Florida Citrus -- Now's the Time to Support Your Local Growers

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Healthy, happy Florida oranges.
While Florida's top crop might be tourists slathered in sunscreen, agriculture ranks right up there, too. According to the state, Florida produces about 67% of oranges in the U.S. and accounts for about 40% of the world's OJ supply.

The industry has a $9 Billion impact and supports 76,000 jobs.

Orange you grateful we've got good fruit? Unfortunately for growers, greening has become the scourge of the citrus industry. The disease is endemic to the state, affecting all 32 commercial citrus growing counties. And it's killing our juicy fruits.

We got the skinny on this unpleasant illness from the folks at Florida Citrus Mutual, plus some tips on how you can support our state's fruitful efforts.

See also: Florida's Citrus Groves Might Be Wiped Out by Bug First Detected in Broward

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Restore Coffee Roasters: a Coffee Shop in a Church, in a Mall

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Restore Coffee Shop is part of Christ Fellowship Church at the Boynton Beach Mall.
Last April, the Christ Fellowship Church opened inside the Boynton Beach mall, a new permanent location for the nationwide worship center now located in the shopping center's old Dillard's department store space.

Today, members actually go to the mall for services, with access from the department store's old exterior and interior entrances. Despite the seemingly odd location, once inside it looks -- and feels -- like a free-standing church.

What makes it different from any other church, however, is its specialty coffee shop and lounge, Restore Coffee Roasters.

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Louie Bossi Aims to Redefine Italian Cuisine in South Florida

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Louie Bossi's Ristorante, Bar & Pizzeria partners Lisbet Summa and Louie Bossi.
South Florida chef Louie Bossi will tell you that everything he makes is from scratch. His first memory of cooking: dabbling in the family's kitchen at the gas stove, heating corn kernels over an open flame.

That do-it-yourself mentality is what has helped propel the Big Time Restaurant executive chef into his own establishment, where handmade, homemade, and traditional are the key ingredients. And that's exactly what you can expect from his Italian restaurant, the eponymous Louie Bossi's Ristorante, Bar & Pizzeria set to open later this year in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

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Filet Mignon Sliders and Stuffed Chicken Wings From Sauced Up Food Truck

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South Florida, the food truck loves you: warm weather all year long, a melting pot of culture and cuisine from Broward to Palm Beach, and hungry people eager to stand in line for whatever can be procured from a giant kitchen on wheels.

Since the food-truck trend started several year ago, the meals on wheels have appeared in packs, overtaking neighborhoods, unleashing feeding frenzies in parking lots as far north as Jupiter and Wellington and all the way south to Miami.

Each year, still more hit the streets for the first time, hoping to win the crowds with special takes and fusions with the familiar favorites. So it comes as no surprise that one such food truck, Sauced Up, has taken the slider and chicken wing and upped the ante.

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Candela in Wilton Manors Mixes Mediterranean and More

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In Spain, food has a different meaning. It's both fuel and fun, consumed and enjoyed in a series of small, snack-like bites throughout the day. This all begins with a family meal, meat from a whole pig's leg sliced onto bread for a portable breakfast.

As the workday rolls to a halt, you quiet a growling belly with a quick stop at the local tasca, the working man's tavern, where tiny pintxos, tapas, and montaditos are washed down with wine and beer.

Later, you'll stroll home to enjoy the final meal of the day, a late-night feast and a few bottles of wine shared with friends and family that can stretch long past midnight.

In South Florida, where the recent small-plate obsession has tainted our palates (and pockets) with pricey, upmarket concept foods, we have no understanding of the Spanish art of celebrating food and drink.

See also: Closer Look: Candela in Wilton Manors (Slideshow)

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Sbarro, Food Court in Galleria Mall Temporarily Closed Due to Roach, Rodent Activity

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Sbarro has long been the "go-to" place for a quick slice and a Coke at shopping malls and airports, maintaining its business by being the "safer" alternative to a fast snack than, say, a hot dog or a pulled pork sandwich at the food court. Until now.

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Third Annual FondueRaiser Supporting Lynn Cancer Institute's League of Ribbons Initiative

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Three for three is the breakdown of times and years that the Greater Boca Raton's Chamber of Commerce Boca Festival Days, the Alliance Association Bank and Boca Raton Regional Hospital have partnered up to promote the Lynn Cancer Institute's League of Ribbons initiative.

The League of Ribbons strives to support patients at the Institute in need of financial assistance during their treatments as well as for wellness education, wellness programs and secondary support areas; which are all worthy peripheral endeavors.

The Melting Pot, the restaurant of sizzling oils and cheese/chocolate pots has not shied away from getting involved in the endeavors of these organizations in the past and the Boca Raton locale will host this year's "FondueRaiser."

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Beyond Meat's New Beast Burger 'Sizzles, Sweats, Satiates' Says CEO Ethan Brown

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The Beast Burger, being beasty.

Meat is delicious. Nobody said it wasn't (well, almost nobody). But it's also wreaking havoc on earth's environment, screwing with human health, and leading to the violent deaths of billions of animals a year. Raising meat for food is problematic, at best.

Lucky for everyone, there are innovative companies working to make even better versions of the real thing, so carnivores can have their cows and eat them too.

Leading the charge is Beyond Meat (you may have seem them on The Today Show? Ellen? Good Morning America?). We spoke to CEO Ethan Brown on the company's new Beast Burger, how plants make better meat than, well, meat, and MLB players eating plants.

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