Ten Restaurants You Need to Visit in Northwood Village

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Nicole Danna
Northwood Village is located just a few miles north of downtown West Palm Beach.
Let's face it: West Palm Beach has never been known for its food scene. No one ever raves about his fabulous dinner out on Clematis Street; you won't see people making destination dining trips to CityPlace; and while nearby Palm Beach "island" glitters with swank restaurants, hip lunch spots, and prissy breakfast nooks, the city over the bridge remains a tough spot to find your new favorite restaurant.

But all that could be changing thanks to the emerging neighborhood enclave known as Northwood Village, what is shaping up to be a diverse restaurant row offering an astonishing variety of cuisine.

See also: Five Best Restaurants on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach

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Five Etsy Kitchen Finds For Closet "Nesters"

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Contrary to popular belief, getting older is pretty fantastic. By now you've moved into a nice crib, have a decent job, and maybe you've even found a life partner to go half on awesome stuff with with whom to settle down. Alternatively, you may have amassed a gaggle of cats and scored a sorbet-colored Smeg fridge that you can finally afford to keep stocked with the finest Chardonnay. (Hey, being grown up means something different to everyone.)

Either way, life is good and whether you care to admit or not, you're entering the next phase of your life -- the nesting phase. Don't fight it; embrace your intensified love for roasting whole chickens, being in bed by ten, and buying furniture that doesn't require a three-day weekend and a Swedish paperclip to assemble.

Just because your inner-Martha is surfacing faster than an Anthony Weiner nudie on Twitter doesn't mean that nesting can't be cool. Take a deep breath, take down that godawful "Live-Laugh-Love" sign from your "kitchen nook" and head to Etsy for some sweet kitchen scores.

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Five Legit Gluten-Free Beer Options for Discerning Beer Snobs

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In social settings, having celiac disease is kind of like being Edward Snowden -- your options are limited (not to mention crappy), and no one knows what the hell to do with you. Telling your host at a party or your coworkers during happy hour that you can't drink beer usually elicits two things -- confusion followed by steady stream of pity in the form of multiple rounds of hard cider and half-priced well drinks.

It's not the worst problem to have, but let's face it: You're not getting any younger, and those hangovers aren't getting any shorter or less punishing.

In the past, there were only a few gluten-free beer options available, some of which were decent and some, whose name rhymes with Red Bridge, tastes like the urine sample of a capacious man who has eaten his weight in asparagus. Today, thanks to a few inventive brewers, there are several new gluten-free and gluten-removed beer options to get you back into the game.

Read also:
- Top Ten Craft Beer Selections in Broward and Palm Beach Counties


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Eight Cozy Pubs to Keep Warm in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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It could happen. Don't kill our dreams!

Temperatures are dipping below 70 Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Some nights, they'll even get below 60! By Floridian standards, that's damn near freezing. Luckily, it's rare enough (and not actually freezing enough) that most people enjoy the chance to pull a barely worn sweater out of the closet and snuggle up somewhere

There is no better place to enjoy pretending it's really cold outside than a humble pub. The men and women of the United Kingdom have had centuries to research the best ways to get warm. It doesn't get much better than cozy padded bench, a stiff drink, and some good friends.
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Ten Recipes for Pumpkin Leftovers: Make Pumpkin Flan and Pumpkin Milkshakes, Anything But Pumpkin Pie

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TidyMom
It's 2012, and that means you don't need to make pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving because Pinterest exists. And because of Pinterest, you can MacGyver your pumpkin pie into basically anything that isn't pie.

While this Thanksgiving I'll be sticking to my pumpkin bread because I'm borrringgggg, that shouldn't stop you from stepping up your game. I found 10 sweet things to make pumpkin with that doesn't include a pie. Leave that grueling task to Publix.

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Snowbird Dining Guide: Ten South Florida Restaurants to Hit Up

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Spoiler alert: Jaxson's is on this list.
My local friends, we're only weeks away from the snowbirds flocking to South Florida to clog our roads, retail stores, and restaurants. You'll start to fill your bumper-to-bumper mornings by counting the Quebec license plates and wondering if you can teach our French-Canadian guests enough English so they understand what "you can drive faster than 45 miles per hour on I-95" means.

But we really do love our northern neighbors. As a former waitress, I counted on snowbirds to help me stock up on cash in the winter so I wouldn't starve in the dead of summer. We really hate you only when you forget to tip or hold us up on our way to work.

If you're an out-of-towner trying to blend in, we've got you covered. In no particular order, here are ten places where the locals are eating. Cautionary driving tips available upon request.

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Candy Corn Oreo Debuts on Monday: Five Other Oreo Flavors They Should Consider

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What hell hath Halloween wrought?

Candy corn, adored only by compulsive sugar junkies and dentists looking to finance a new boat, has been cross-bred with everyone's favorite sugar-drenched cookie; the Oreo. Nabisco will debut the limited edition Candy Corn Oreo on Monday, selling it exclusively in Target stores for the 2012 fall season.

Foodbeast got ahold of a package on Friday, solving the riddle of what the cookie tastes like. (Clean Plate Charlie's guess? "Future cavities.") The Foodbeast assessment? Tastes "like frosting." While you give the food-colored-laced cookie a whirl this coming week, contemplate these other flavors that Oreo should consider for a future limited-edition run.


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Lunch Ladies' Hit List : The Top Five Offenders

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It's official -- your days of waking up late and still managing to cruise into work on time have ground to a halt. School is back in session and the streets are filled with cheerful parents who had spent the past ten weeks dreaming of the day that their beloved offspring return to the classroom. One week in to the new school year, teachers who had been pleading to the gods for just one more day of summer have begun to embrace their new students, secretly praying for no whammies. 

Lunch ladies and other school staff also hope that there will be fewer hooligans running amok, leaving a trail of hot sauce and grape jelly in their wake. But inevitably, by the end of the first week, the usual suspects have started to rear their ugly heads.





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Fourth of July in South Florida: Where to Grill Out if You Don't Have a Backyard

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Show your love for America by cooking some meat in the great outdoors. 
Just as New Year's Eve can make one feel like a loser for not attending the most amazing party ever, Fourth of July has a way of making one feel like a slouch should a backyard barbecue fail to factor into holiday plans. But you needn't write off your Fourth just because you don't have a backyard and a grill to call your own. With some careful planning and a willingness to rise and shine early on Wednesday, July 4, you may be able to snag a space at one of the many grills available for public use throughout Broward and Palm Beach counties.

To help you narrow your choices for your Fourth of July 'cue, Clean Plate Charlie has assembled a select list of parks with grilling facilities available to the general public. Some can be reserved ahead of time with a deposit, while others are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Wherever you wind up, find some useful grilling tips here and here, plus a list of five easy recipes here. And in case the whole grilling thing doesn't materialize, here's a list of restaurants, bars, and festivals where you can spend the holiday in South Florida.


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Ten Worst Foodie Gifts for Father's Day

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After a hot day in South Florida, Dad will not appreciate this air freshener. 
Ties, mugs, socks, and talking fish. Dad gets some crappy gifts.

Father's Day is less than a week away, and the gift procurement clock is ticking. Did you already have a gift in mind? Make sure it's not on this list of the ten worst foodie gifts that you can give to Dad, because you're most likely going to disappoint.

10. Jenny Craig Membership
Your dad's New Year's resolution? Lose 15 pounds. It's June, and he has gained 15 pounds. A Jenny Craig membership will only add insult to injury. Plus, who wants to take weight-loss advice from Jason Alexander?

9. Giant Cupcake Pan
Maybe your dad is on the cupcake bandwagon. He's checked out every cupcake spot in town and even bakes a batch now and then. But mainly, he wants
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