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Shishito peppers

Trader Joe's in Boca stocks them regularly (at least so far).

Is Chowhound dead?

Thank you Greygarious! The longer threads are all but unreadable without the "collapse previously read" function. I almost gave up on CH.

Jan 05, 2015
RickL in Site Talk

Kimchi & banchan fans - how do you eat yours ?

I really enjoy Kimchi stew (kimchi jjigae). I order it for lunch or dinner at Korean restaurants and Karen will make it for dinner whenever we have some older, very ripe kimchi in the refrigerator. Here’s one recipe we enjoy ( Be sure to watch the video, it’s fun and informative. You’ll find a variety of different versions if you just search “kimchi stew” including meatless recipes.

Oct 25, 2013
RickL in General Topics

Korean Market where did it go? the market that made fresh kimchi. MIA - Ft Lauderdale

Kim & Lee Oriental Market
4850 N University Dr
Lauderhill, FL 33351

It's south of Commercial on University. If you're familiar with Gaboose Korean Restaurant (4850 N University Dr Lauderhill), it's a little south of there on the east side of University.

May 04, 2013
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Korean Market where did it go? the market that made fresh kimchi. MIA - Ft Lauderdale

The place Icantread mentioned is also called Kim & Lee Oriental Market (954-747-7740). They have a case full of different types of kimchee in big and medium sized jars that do not have labels or company names. When you finish a jar, wash it out and return it and they give you money off the next jar.

May 04, 2013
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Pummarola Pastificio Pizzeria in Boca Raton

Karen and I went for a late lunch Saturday at Pummarola. It seemed a bit weird to go to the mall specifically for a meal but I’ve got to say it was a worth wile trip. The food court was busy so finding a seat at a clean table took some effort.

After staring at the menu board we decided on sharing a Prosciutto and Arugula and a Margherita pie. The sauce on both pizzas was very tasty. It’s light with a good tomato flavor. Karen’s Prosciutto and Arugula was blanketed with prosciutto and the arugula and shaved parmesan made a nice contrast. The crust was nice and thin (although I’m surer it’s not NY thin) and tasty.

My experience with the Margherita pie was similar to Mrs. CFB’s Caprese. It tasted great but the end of each slice was a little wet when it first came out of the oven. Strangely as the pie cooled the crust firmed up. I’ve had this same wet crust experience at other wood-fired pizza places like Tucci’s and the late lamented Red Rock.

It’s good to have another place for quality pizza. I hope they keep it up.

Apr 21, 2013
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Rebel House Open for Easter Sunday Brunch

So I’m a little late but here’s our report from Sunday Brunch. In fairness, Karen and I really enjoy this place so this is definitely not an unbiased review. That said things got off to a rocky start as there was no popcorn with brunch. I’m conditioned to chowing down on their popcorn while figuring out what to order for dinner so I wasn’t sure I could navigate the brunch menu without that salty sweet treat.

Once I got over that, we decided to start with the Berkshire Pork & Green Chive Dumplings and the Local Heirloom Tomatoes in an effort to eat something healthy. The dumplings were very tasty with the sweet soy and Madeira sauce. Four dumplings were just enough for the two of us. The tomatoes were wedges of an heirloom yellow tomato with a homemade peppercorn ranch drizzle and charred onions. The dish was sprinkled with flash fried kale, candied bacon, and blue cheese. This dish was light and fresh and well balanced.

From the moment we saw the menu on line, Karen and I pretty much zeroed in on what we wanted for the main event. Karen loves a good Eggs Benedict so she had the Rebel House version with pork belly on a very good biscuit with a spicy but not too hot chipotle hollandaise sauce and more of the kale (this time braised with bacon). The eggs were poached just right and she thought this was an excellent Benedict.

While I usually stay away from too much sweet stuff, the Banana Brulee French Toast sounded too good to turn down. The bananas are sliced the long way and sprinkled lightly with brown sugar before grilling. The maple syrup was good but I didn’t get any sense of the aging in a bourbon barrel. What I really enjoyed were the pickled blueberries. Very unusual but not sour. They went well with the French toast and bananas. While this dish as a whole wasn’t nearly as sweet as I expected, I highly recommend ordering the side of Low & Slow Pork Belly. The salty, fatty pork cuts the sweet of the bananas very nicely and it’s a good excuse to indulge in more pig.

As I understand it, the Rebel House will be open for brunch 11am to 3pm on Sundays from now on and will open for brunch on Saturdays beginning April 13th.

Apr 05, 2013
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Rebel House Open for Easter Sunday Brunch

The Rebel House is open Easter Sunday for brunch from 11am-3pm (Saturday too). You can find more information here:

Karen and I made our reservations this afternoon. The menu looks great (see attached) with selections like Pork Belly Benedict and Fried Chicken with Cheddar-Jalapeño biscuits. Not sure what to order but the Banana Brulee French Toast with pickled blueberries sounds good at the moment.

Mar 28, 2013
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Good Polish deli in Palm Beach or Broward County

Karen and I haven't been there for a while but I'll second the recommendation for Pyza Polish Deli (

The reason we haven't been back recently is that we discovered Euro Deli (1879 W Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 954-425-0200) which is much closer for us. They have a number of different polish sausages including a tasty hunter's sausage and double-smoked kielbasa. This is the place for all things Polish in the Deerfield-Boca area.

Feb 13, 2013
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Dirt cheap (yet quality) lunch/dinner in Fort Lauderdale?

One of my favorite places for good inexpensive southern cooking in the FTL area is Catfish Deweys (4003 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309, 954-566-5333). Check the menu on their website and look for their daily stone crab update ( Open for lunch and dinner every day.

Jan 29, 2013
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Pierogies in Delray, Boynton area.

Two suggestions:

Euro Deli (1879 W Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 954-425-0200). They have a variety of pierogies and while they’re not homemade they’re very good. This is the place for all things Polish in the area.

Emil’s European Sausage Kitchen (124 North Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach Florida 33441 954-422-5565). Walter makes these pierogies himself but they’re usually frozen. This is a great place for fresh-made German style sausages, cold cuts, and other delicacies. If you bake or cook using lard, Walter renders his own and it’s so much better that what you find in tubs and cans.

Jan 13, 2013
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

The Rebel House - Boca Raton

Oct 19, 2012
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Shake Shack PP&J custard every Tuesday this month

Good idea Charlie but I'm still a Charm City burger guy.

Sep 08, 2012
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Shake Shack PP&J custard every Tuesday this month

Charlie - there's been a sign up for land available at the far east end of the parking lot past PF Chang's for quite some time. It's just a guess but Shake Shack will probably go there.

Sep 06, 2012
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Hatch Chilies 2012

Fresh Market on Rt.441 in Boca has fresh Hatch chilies for $1.49/lb.

Aug 25, 2012
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale


Falafel can be made from chickpeas or fava beans. That might account for the difference in color.

Dec 06, 2011
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Barbecue Competition at Bedners

Bedners ( is holding a Battle of the Badges BBQ cookoff today (11/5). See their web site for details. We just walked through and it smells great. There's around 10 different groups competing.

Next Sunday (11/13) they're hosting a food truck gathering with 21 trucks.

Nov 05, 2011
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Boca Raton Mizner park area rec needed

I like Charlie’s suggestion. Karen and I have been going to Rocksteady for lunch a couple of times a month for some time now and have been to dinner there as well. We really like this place. It’s a little hole-in-the-wall kind of restaurant where the food is very good and reasonably priced and the chief-owners are really passionate about what they serve. If you and your friend like Jamaican food then this is a good solid choice. Their new web site needs a little work ( and you might want to call to see if they are serving from their new dinner menu yet. Also, if you want to order the Ackee & Salt Fish you need to call ahead.

Here are a couple of other suggestions in the area:

La Rosa Nautica is about as far north of Mizner Park as Rocksteady is south. I know you’ve been there for lunch ( but you might want to give it a try for dinner too.

There’s a new Japanese restaurant in Royal Palm Place where Diamutsu was located before they closed. Karen and I had lunch once just after it opened and the food was good. We shared a couple of small skewers of yakitori (pork belly and beef) as appetizers then I had the Miso Ramen and Karen had a couple of their rolls. It made for a nice lunch and we plan to go back for dinner some night. If you and your friend like sake, they have good sized list to choose from. (

Nov 01, 2011
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Mikey's Hot Dogs....Boca Raton

Dick - It's good to see you back on the board.

Karen and I have been to Mikey's for lunch 6-8 times since they opened. We really like the Chicago dogs and the chili-cheese dogs are good as well. The service is quick and the people are very nice. This is a good neighborhood spot.

Oct 19, 2011
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Best deli in Boca/Delray/Boynton

It's the old Pastrami Queen (7132 Beracasa Way, Boca Raton, FL 33433, in the Winn-Dixie Plaza at Palmetto and Powerline). Same owner, same very good pastrami and they're open for breakfast too.

Oct 08, 2011
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Boston Pork Butt

I thought I clicked on the CNBC link by mistake.

As for your original question, you might try Western Beef. There's one in West Boca (23072 Sandalfoot Plaza Dr, Boca Raton,FL 33428 Mon - Sun 7am-10pm (561) 470-1157) and one in Pembrook Pines (8030 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024 Mon - Sun 7am-10pm (954) 437-8330).

Sep 12, 2011
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

East Coast BBQ in Pompano Beach

It's not a rumor Charlie. Karen and I drove down for lunch last Saturday and when we got there we couldn't tell if they were open. So I went inside and ended up speaking with the owner who said he had closed up the previous day. Apparently his business has been way off since January when they started construction on a bank branch by tearing up the parking lot in front of the restaurant. The spot he was in wasn't great to begin with and this certainly didn't help. He tried to make some sort of accommodation with his landlord but when that didn't happen he decided to close before getting in too deep.

He did say he planned to reopen and would be looking for a location a little further north but who knows. Maybe he'd be interested in the empty Smokehouse location on Federal in Boca.

Aug 06, 2011
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Marumi Sushi or Yakko San?

Karen and I enjoyed both, making the drive down from Boca but we've been semi-regular customers at Marumi for years. We went to Yakko San once in their old location and thought it was good (then again, clams in sake and tempura oysters aren't things we'd probably order). The place was packed but after a wait we got seats at the bar and enjoyed the food and watching the chefs prepare the different dishes. That said, we've haven't been back to Yakko San.

We really like Marumi and usually order off of the Specials board. We love the sashimi and the cooked items too. For a while we used to order the whole fish and asked the chefs to prepare it however they felt best. Our first night there we picked a good-sized hog snapper and enjoyed it prepared eight or nine different ways. On other nights we had a scorpion fish and a shovel nosed lobster. Both were a real treat prepared several different ways. All the whole fish are caught by a local diver and delivered nightly.

On other nights we've enjoyed abalone, scallop, giant clam prepared two ways, jumbo oyster, seafood stuffed eggplant with miso cheese, and a pork intestine stew that was a revelation (but probably not for pescatarians).

The chef-owners (Teruhiko Iwasaki and Tetsu Hayakawa) are great to talk to if you can sit at the bar and catch them in a quiet moment. Their staff is friendly and efficient and were very helpful when we were newcomers.

For us, this is an easy decision - it's Marumi every time. Well worth the 50 mile round-trip drive from Boca.

Jul 15, 2011
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

bamboo fire--delray

I'm okay but Karen and I are really disappointed that we missed the dinner. Sorry we had to drop out at the last-minute. From your pictures, the food looks great. What did you all like best?

Karen and I are probably going to go for dinner on Saturday night but it won't be the same without the Chowhound group.

Jul 15, 2011
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

bamboo fire--delray

Sorry due to emergency Rick & I will not be
able to join you tonight

Jul 13, 2011
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Chef Allen's or Timo?

Chef Allen's closed Easter Sunday

Chef Allen's
19088 NE 29th Ave., Aventura, FL 33180

Apr 28, 2011
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Delray Beach - Coming Soon, New Openings This Fall!

Thanks. We'll try to check it out this weekend if things aren't too crazy with the Garlic Fest.

Feb 09, 2011
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

What are the best dishes at Bamboo Fire Grill?

Just three words - Curry Grouper Cheeks!

Karen and I went for dinner Friday night and they had grouper cheeks on the Specials board (who knew they had a Specials board?) along with frogs legs, and some other items. I asked if I could have them in a curry and the results were outstanding along with the okra fried rice and the callaloo. Karen had the grilled conch in a butter and caper sauce that's one of her favorites.

Feb 09, 2011
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Delray Beach - Coming Soon, New Openings This Fall!

CFB - Karen and I love good Middle Eastern food. Is Sefi on NW 2nd Ave? Not sure where the old Taste was.

Feb 09, 2011
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Looking for Authentic Peruvian Food in Broward like Chalan on the Beach in Miami.

I’m not familiar with Chalan, but if you’re willing to venture across the Broward border into Boca Raton, there’s an excellent Peruvian restaurant on Federal Highway – La Rosa Nautica. They offer a fine selection of Peruvian steak and seafood dishes including the Tacu Tacu you desire. You’ll also find a variety of different ceviche dishes and they have one of our favorites - Anticuchos (grilled chunks of beef heart) as an appetizer.

There’s a discussion of La Rosa Nautica on this thread:

And here’s the recent New Times review:

Karen and I go for lunch or dinner several times a month and have never been disappointed. You can find the menu here:

La Rosa Nautica, 515 NE 20th Street, Boca Raton, FL 33431, (561) 296-1413

(Please ignore the auto-links below. It's a Chowhound feature that doesn't really work)

Feb 08, 2011
RickL in Miami - Fort Lauderdale