Brown's New York Deli, which opened in Maitland in July of 2013, closed on Friday. A post on the deli's Facebook page touted the last four pounds of pickled tongue to the first comers. Sorry to see an attempt to bring an authentic New York style delicatessen to the area fail. Even sorrier that at least one of the business's advertising bills went unpaid. So, no more half sours, coleslaw or pastrami on rye from here.

Brown's was located at the corner of U.S. Highway 17-92 and Lake Avenue.


Frittata Divas

Quick and easy frittatas, made with convenient, pourable egg whites, aren’t just for breakfast anymore. You can purchase the organic variety of egg whites sans preservatives or additives, and the calorie load is practically nonexistent, with only 250 calories in two full cups.

Like a blank canvas, the frittata reflects your culinary penchants. A small amount of feta, goat, or Romano packs more punch than a mild Cheddar or Monterey Jack. Go nuts, be seedy, and scour the pantry for forgotten gourmet goodies: tapenade, pesto and jars of roasted peppers and eggplant.

Or keep it simple with a sauté of sweet, blistered grape tomatoes, fresh spinach and zucchini. Topped with a few crumbles of pungent goat cheese and fresh basil, and you'll wonder how you've lived this long without such guiltless bliss.


Jack in the ParkIt’s not until next Saturday, Oct. 24, but I wanted to give you a heads up that if you haven’t gotten your tickets to Jack in the Park yet you’d better hurry on over and secure your spots for this fun event benefitting Special Olympics Florida.

I’m pleased to serve as honorary chair of this year’s event and to be on hand as the emcee of the evening.

The Jack in the event’s name refers to blackjack. You were thinking it had to do with Jack Daniel’s, weren’t you? But no, a 21 card tournament is a big focus of the festivities. But there will be so much more, including a silent auction, raffles, entertainment, and, best of all, food from some really terrific restaurants.

Some of the restaurants that are scheduled to be serving include Flog favorite Tap Room at Dubsdread, Carmel Kitchen Wine Bar, Portobello, the Osprey Tavern, blu on the avenue, White Wolf Cafe, Scratch, BB King’s Blues Club, newcomers Lafayette’s and Itta Bena, and a bunch more.

There will also be an open bar, and looky here: it will feature Jack Daniel’s, so you got your wish after all.

There will also be a silent auction with some pretty nifty items up for grabs.

The purpose of Jack in the Park is to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Florida, which provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, at no cost to the athlete or their caregiver, as a means to achieve physical fitness, self-esteem, socialization skills, and the life skills necessary to be a productive, respected and contributing members of their communities.

Tickets for the event are $125, which includes the blackjack tournament, food and open bar. All proceeds go to benefit Special Olympics. For ticket information, visit the official Jack in the Park website.


Sunnys melt

I’ve seen sushi show up in some unusual places, but I think this might be the strangest: Sunny’s Egg Cafe and Sushi Bar.

I’ve evolved over the years from my view that sushi was something that should be served only from Japanese restaurants. I gave way to the thinking that it was a good way to introduce fresh fish selections onto other menus. Though it started with Thai and other Asian restaurants, sushi as a staple merged onto more mainstream menus. This is the first diner with a sushi bar that I’ve seen.


tip jar

Back in August we discussed that there was another movement afoot to dismantle the largely American practice of tipping in restaurants. We noted at the time that this isn't a new thing -- people have been talking about it for decades -- but that with calls for paying higher wages to people in hospitality the time might finally be here.

Now Danny Meyer, one of the most successful restaurateurs in the country, has announced that he will do away with the practice of tipping servers at all 13 of his Union Square Hospitality Group properties. They include such celebrated restaurants as Union Square Cafe and Gramercy Tavern. As the New York Times reported Wednesday, the Modern, the well-regarded Michelin-starred restaurant inside the Museum of Art, will be the first to make the change. Instead of adding a mandatory service fee to the bill, as some restaurants with no-tipping policies have done, Meyer's restaurants will raise menu prices. 

A person who answered the phone at the Modern Wednesday said that he did not know when the new policy would go into effect and that the staff members were having a meeting in the afternoon to learn more about it. He said there were a lot of mixed feelings among the servers. According to the Times, the other 12 restaurants would follow by the end of 2016.

Danny Meyer is also the man behind the popular Shake Shack chain, which will not be part of the new policy, so feel free to leave your change behind when you pay for your burger.