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Awesome farmers market in Boynton Beach!!!

ARE YOU KIDDING ME SMARTIE? Corn/4 for a dollar --- jumbo red bell peppers/.99 a pound --- fresh from the field zucchini/.99 a pound, etc., etc.

I've been shopping the farm stands (and so-called farm stands) in Broward and Palm Beach counties for 40 years now and have never run into prices as fair and competitive as those at Bedner's. This goes for the U-Pick farms that once existed in Broward County.

Risotto problem

Thanks for your reply Jfood ----- I think the above responders answered my question ----- stock nit hot enough!

Apr 30, 2010
cucuzza in Home Cooking

Risotto problem

I've attempted a fairly standard wild mushroom risotto recipe a few times now, and although the flavor is good, I hven't been able to achieve that wonderful creamy texture that I've had in restaurants. I use the aborio rice, my own homemade chicken stock, white wine, and parmigiano-reggiano. The rice comes out very firm (more than al dente) and and doesn't seem to have fluffed up.

Am I not toasting the rice long enough, cooking over too low a temperature, etc., etc. Any help or advice will certainly be appeciated.

Apr 25, 2010
cucuzza in Home Cooking

Ribbizz - Barbecue BBQ in Boca Raton

A well thought out and informative review -- thank you!

And by the way, I agree with you completely on your views of the small, independent business owner and the perils he faces.

Ribbizz - Barbecue BBQ in Boca Raton

CF, do you know if they cook over wood?


Moving north from Fort Lauderdale very soon. I will be searching for any GOOD Italian Deli's north from Daytona, up to and including Jacksonville? Am looking for something similar to Mimi's Ravioli in Hollywood or Lorenzo's in North Miami. In other words, NO Boars Head stuff from Publix.

Will be thankful for any leads.

Italian Deli
247 N Collier Blvd Ste 104, Marco Island, FL 34145

Apr 06, 2010
cucuzza in Florida

South Florida's Historical Foodie Institutions

I understand the original owners are long gone, but the point I am trying to make is, in my mind, an "institution" is personified by a place that has been run by the same family or family members for generations (i.e. Joe's Stone Crab. And if this definition makes for a short list, so be it.

South Florida's Historical Foodie Institutions

This post is poses an interesting subject. However, I believe it should possibly be narrowed down as to places under the same ownership over the years versus simply the same name existing over the years. For instance, The Floridian, The Egg and You, and Ernies in Fort Lauderdale have all had multiple owners throught their history whereas a place like Tropical Acres, although I'm not positive, has been operated by the same ownership over the years.

Best Lasagna in Broward?

Although I have dined at Casa Angelo man times, I have never ordered the lasagna there. I have also dined at Cafe Vico since they opened (1990/91?) and rarely order anything other than the lasagna. I'm stuck on there lasagna simply because it is the best I've had outside of Italy. It's the real deal --- a true Bolognese sauce, bechamel sauce, and the pasta --- NO Italian-American riccota-laden preparation.

Cafe Vico
1125 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Vietnamese/Ft. Lauderdale

218 East Commercial Blvd

Vietnamese/Ft. Lauderdale

Thanks for your offer, I appreciated it, but the folowing poster answered my query.

Vietnamese/Ft. Lauderdale

Thanks for the review ---- looks like I'll be sticking with Saigon Cuisine.

High-line salumi in Ft. Lauderdale area?

Does anyone know of a retail outlet for Fra' Mani or Salumeria Biellese products in the Broward/Dade County area? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

Vietnamese/Ft. Lauderdale

Has anyone tried out the new Vietnamese place on Commercial Blvd. in Lauerdale-By-The-Sea. If so, I would be inerested in opinions. Thanks in advance.

Best BBQ in Fort Lauderdale area?

Agree 100% with your opinion about atmosphere in BBQ joints, but are you forgetting about the Georgia Pig on 441 when talking about the best?


Thank You! Thank You!

My "grandpa" reputation will be intact!

Aug 06, 2009
cucuzza in Home Cooking


My grandchildren recently received an old-fashioned ice-cream maker (the wooden type with a canister in the center that uses ice and rock salt) as a gift.

I'll b visiting them over Labor Day and would like to make them the same type of lemonade (frozen) that my father made for our family many years ago. My memory is not serving me well as I have forgotten the recipe for the lemonade itself and the actual procedure it making it.

I've done a bit of research on line and am slightly confused ----- corn syup, egg whites, etc. I'm not after Italian Ice, but rather the smooth, semi-frozen, stuff similar to what Mario's in Chicago produces all summer long.
Have had Italian ICE in other parts of the country, but nothing quite as good as that made by my father or that sold at Mario's.
(Mario's became the go-to guy after my father passed away)

SOOOOOO ... ANY help would be GREATLY appreciated. Gotta keep those grandkids thinking that I'm the best grandfather in Florida!!!!!

Aug 05, 2009
cucuzza in Home Cooking

Best Burger in Ft. Lauderdale?

"they can't do a medium rare burger, then the meat is not top shelf" I'm wondering about the basis of your statement. There could be more than a few reasons, why they choose not to cook a rare or medium rare burger. I enjoy my burgers cooked medium rare also but find it harder and harder to find places to to accomodate me and I don't think it has anything to do with the quality of the meat.

Lobster Roll in Delray

Thanks to both of you for your replies --- now I won't make an unnecessary ride up from Fort Lauderdale.

Lobster Roll in Delray

A few months ago I read that a restaurant would be opening sometime in June on Atlantic Ave. in Delray and would be featuring New England style lobster rolls. Has this come about, and if so, the name of the place and comments from anyone who may have been there.

Thanks in advance for any information.

North Florida/Georgia "Real" Barbecue

Not sure about "all the love", but they cook over wood, they chop the pork fresh when a sandwich is ordered, and the price is reasonable. What more do you want? Let's face it, BBQ is not rocket science -- light a fire (WOOD ONLY), throw some flesh on it, with or without a dry rub, get it nice and charred, slather with some sauce, and serve it up. These BBQ shows and cook-offs on TV have created an image of hi-line cuisine; which it s not.

By the way, I've eaten "Q" in Kansas City, Memphis, all over Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and both of the Carolinas. Only Q I haven't sampled is that from the Lone Star State.

Jul 03, 2009
cucuzza in Florida

North Florida/Georgia "Real" Barbecue

Greg, you beat me to it by a few minutes!

I just logged on to ask the same question about possibilities in the Daytona/St. Augustine area - what a coincidence!

You worded it much better than I could have. I hope you get some decent replys.

I've stopped many times on my way north at the Georgia Pig in Brunswick, Ga. Opinions seem to be varied on this board but they meet all the criteria you've outlined. I've enjoyed it quite a bit over the years although I should qualify this by adding that I'm hooked on their chopped pork sandwich and rarely order anything else.

Jun 26, 2009
cucuzza in Florida

Best Chinese restaurant in Fort Lauderdale?

Although not an expert on Chinese food, I've lived in Fort Lauderdale for over 40 years now and have traveled Broward County (with more than a few forays into Dade County) from one end to the other eating at Chinse restaurants.

I've come to the conclusion there is ONE huge commisary/kitchen located UNDERNEATH Holiday Park that cooks and distributes food to 95% of the Chinese restaurants in the area. They begin cooking at nine o'clock at night and continue until about two in the morning. Then, while we sleep, the food is distributed throughout the county via refrigerated mini vans.

This being said, my two favorites are the above mentioned Hong Kong City and Silver Pond; both located on 441 in Lauderdale Lakes. I prefer Silver Pond because of their many, many different and interesting menu choices. I've been going here for quite a while now and never fail to come away completely satisfied.

They have 6 or 8 tables that seat 10 people and always seem to be filled with Chinese familys dining home style, another testament to the popularity of this restaurant.

Only one problem - they are often quite busy and unless you go at off times there is usually a wait with the waiting area and waiting system somewhat chaotic.


How long will dried mushrooms keep in the pantry and wiil the type of mushroom influence the storage time?

Apr 01, 2009
cucuzza in General Topics

Breakfast in Boca/Ft. Lauderdale

These are midway between Delray and the Ft. Lauderdale airport?

Good (Sea)food around Titusville/Cocoa Beach, FL?

Another vote for Dixie Crossroads --- I don't know much about their seafood entries, but their shrimp can't be beat. Fresh off the boats, cooked perfectly, a choice of different types of shrimp, and reasonably priced! I stop once a month on my trips fro Lauderdale to Flagler Beach - sometimess on both the way up and the return trip.

Feb 09, 2009
cucuzza in Florida

Bern's in tampa

"overpriced, mediocre quality, and an affront to fine dining" obviously didn't "affront" you from dining there "4 or 5" times.

Jan 30, 2009
cucuzza in Florida

Looking for Sazerac Rye in Orlando\Tampa Area

Try the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky for info and leads on local retail outlets. At one time you were able to order (by the case) the 19-year stuff directly from them.

Jan 19, 2009
cucuzza in Florida

fishmonger in fort lauderdale

The "Fish Peddler" on east Commercial Blvd. (one block west of Bayview). Always 7 or 8 varieties of fresh fish along with great mussels and tiny "spaghetti" clams not often found in our markets. Also a good selection of frozen seafood items including both Manhattan and New England clam chowders and fish stock, again not often found in our local markets. These along with the usual shrimp, stone crab claws, lobsters, and prepared crab cakes and stuffed clams make for a much better than average fish store.

Jan 18, 2007
cucuzza in Florida

U-pick farms in Broward or Palm Beach county?

I am aware of the u-pick strawberry farm (Batten's) in Davie but am wondering if there are any u-pick vegetable farms left in Broward or Palm Beach counties. Used to pick tomatoes, eggplant, green peppers, etc. out on McNab Road in Tamarac (?) but they've been gone for a number of years now.

Any leads will be appreciated.

Jan 11, 2007
cucuzza in Florida