Culinary Contentment

DONNA LEWIS Apr 2014 Also on Digital Edition

Life is short, so enjoy your wine, your food and your view!

Culinary Contentment

To celebrate daylight saving time (my favorite time of year) we took our boat to a local outdoor restaurant and had dinner overlooking the water on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. With calamari, a crunchy tuna roll, a chilled glass of chardonnay and water views splayed in front of me, all of my senses were captivated and contented. So, while we may have lost an hour that beautiful weekend, we gained an hour of daylight, and what better way to spend it than dining al fresco. I indicated last month in our Home Issue that we take our outdoor living seriously. Well, we South Floridians take our outdoor dining just as seriously.

We are blessed to have our waterways lined with beautiful waterfront venues, from old Florida-style tiki bars to fine dining establishments, where succulent food and stunning views collide, attracting residents and tourists alike. Check out “Down by the Water” for a tour of local waterfront restaurants to delight your eyes as well as your taste buds. Our Intracoastal will soon have more waterfront dining choices with the new Harbourside Place – Jupiter’s latest development that will include 36,500 square feet of restaurant space, including Deep Blu, Wyndham Grand’s acclaimed seafood restaurant.

We are also blessed with the freshest farmers markets and specialty markets, spanning from Wellington to Tequesta, including the new Trader Joe’s coming to Palm Beach Gardens and the new Fresh Market coming to Jupiter, providing us with a bounty of fresh ingredients to experiment with each season. Check out Karla Carreiro’s fun guide to cooking this year’s trendiest gourmet ingredients. While I have an open palate and love to try new foods, I have limited cooking skills and consider myself culinary-challenged. But, I have to admit, while proofing “Good Eats,” I rushed to the grocery store to buy several ingredients mentioned in the featured recipes in an attempt to bring out the gourmet chef in me!

With all this talk of gourmet food, we would be remiss if we didn’t include a guide to wine accompaniments. So, we consulted local experts, including Master Sommelier Virginia Philip, the 11th woman in the world to receive this accreditation, to educate us on the characteristics of wine, the right way to taste it, the new food pairing rules, and how region and climate affect it… all in the ultimate quest to find just the right bottle for you!

Life is short, so enjoy your wine, your food and your view! And enjoy Jupiter Magazine and The Palm Beacher in a variety of customized formats – in print, iPad, Android, Kindle, iPhone, and online via any computer or mobile device, and check out our new user-friendly websites at jupitermag.com and palmbeachermagazine.com for additional content, including expanded dining guides and more.