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Top Shelf: Ease ‘surprise dessert’ panic

Top Shelf: by  Chef Timothy MacDonald As a sole chef in the 50-60m category, it’s hard scrabble. It’s harder scrabble floating around Cuba with the …

Chocolate recipe to remember Lewis Burke

Lewis Burke was a deckhand on our yacht, M/Y Elixir, part of a special “golden crew” this time last year. I was saddened to hear of his recent death. Lewis …

Top Shelf: Bing Lee cooks quintessential Thai street food

You will not find a Thermomix, sous vide cooker nor flash foam maker here. No powders, espumas, crumb nor slow-cooked food in a plastic bag. You will not find …

Top Shelf: Kermit’s àpres sorbet show

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim McDonald Often overlooked by charter chefs is the “easy money” period post main course. More often than not, overstuffed punters …

Top Shelf: Chop’s Trifle Show

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim McDonald No crewmate previously encountered in my 10 years of floating around has been more dramatic, theatrical and over-the-top than …

Top Shelf: Smoke-and-mirrors performance never fails to impress

Top Shelf: by Chef Timothy MacDonald Nothing more than a disassembled pot noodle snack, this Porega (remember that “poor man’s Porsche” of …

Top Shelf: Mod Oz cuisine, à la Andrew Blake

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim MacDonald The single greatest influence on my career was undoubtedly Andrew Blake. It goes far beyond the pressed salad. Back in the …

Top Shelf: Out of the Box

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim MacDonald 4:30 p.m. … middle of nowhere … Tortola … late December … I am on my fifth coffee and trying to hack …

Top Shelf: The Birth of Aki-Maki

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim MacDonald Many years ago on Huntress, I was taught about the theory of “POP”’ on a yacht. The owner insisted that at least once a …

Top Shelf: Big Alvin’s Antiguan Mahi Ceviche

Top Shelf: by Chef Timothy MacDonald With our yacht about to cross to the Caribbean, visions of hot sauce, barbecue ribs, jerked chicken, mac ‘n cheese and …

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National Marine Suppliers poker run 2018 rides for charity

National Marine Suppliers poker run 2018 rides for charity

More than 100 motorcyclists and car enthusiasts rode through the Florida Everglades for National Marine Suppliers' 11th annual Poker Run on …

Secure at Sea: Yachts tempt thieves, especially in South Florida

Secure at Sea: Yachts tempt thieves, especially in South Florida

Secure@Sea: by Corey Ranslem “I can’t believe that happened!” That’s usually the response you get when you hear about the …

Multi-yacht owner Paul Allen dies

Multi-yacht owner Paul Allen dies

Co-founder of Microsoft and large yacht owner Paul Allen died yesterday from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was well-known …

New plans emerge for old Summerfield yard

New plans emerge for old Summerfield yard

By Dorie Cox The Hix Snedeker Companies of Daphne, Alabama, is scheduled to meet with Fort Lauderdale city officials in November to …