Tour the Mediterranean at Hilton WPB, Create Dessert-for-Breakfast at Home

Photo courtesy Hilton West Palm Beach

Hilton WPB hosts tour of the Mediterranean wine dinner

When the Valentine’s Day hubbub dies down, go back to wine dinners for great combos of food and drinks, with a little knowledge thrown in as an extra treat. Here’s a Mediterranean wine dinner on Feb. 21 at the Hilton West Palm Beach (next to the PBC Convention Center) with a four-course pairing menu from Executive Chef Miguel Santiago.

Wines featured include Arnaud Baillot, Cave de Hunawihr, Chateau Labastide Orliac and Chateau Fargueirol. Dishes include wild mushroom bisque, lobster Thermidor, beef filet and more. Reception starts at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.; cost is $125 per person, excluding tax/gratuity; reservations required. You can call or buy tickets here.

Hilton West Palm Beach, 600 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561/231-6091


Photo courtesy Metro Diner
Photo courtesy Metro Diner

Butter up your Valentine’s sweetie with pancakes

Yes, there are Valentine’s Day dinners, but how about some special pancakes? It could be breakfast-for-dinner or dessert-for-breakfast, but it’s definitely something special you can whip up for your sweetie.

The Metro Diner, with a venue in Coral Springs, has this popular cinnamon roll pancake on the menu, and they gave us the recipe.

Metro Diner, 2864 N. University Dr., Coral Springs; 754/229-3875.


Try it out here:

Cinnamon butter ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter 
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ cup maple syrup 

Directions: Melt 1 cup of butter, add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and ¼ cup of maple syrup. Mix to combine and chill. Best made in advance.

Cinnamon roll pancake filling ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of cinnamon 

Directions: Melt 1 cup of butter and stir in 1 cup of brown sugar.  Then add 1 to 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, depending on how much cinnamon flavor you would like in the filling. Set aside.

Icing ingredients: 

  • ¾ cup cream cheese
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • Dash of vanilla extract

Directions: Soften 6 ounces of cream cheese. Melt 1 cup of butter and then combine in a mixer. Once smooth, add 1 pound of powdered sugar (slowly, or you will get a big cloud of sugar!) and a dash of vanilla extract. 

To Serve:

Transfer both the filling and icing to squirt bottles; cut the tips of each bottle to approximately ¼ inch diameter.

Prepare your favorite pancake recipe. Pour your desired amount of batter (depending on how large you like your pancakes) onto a hot skillet. Let pancake cook for approximately one minute and then, starting at the center, squeeze filling into pancake spiraling from the center to the outer edge. Flip once set.

Once your pancakes are cooked, top with one scoop of cinnamon butter. Then add the icing in a zig-zag pattern, or any pattern you wish! Add toasted or candied pecans if desired.

(Hilton West Palm Beach pictured above. Courtesy Hilton West Palm Beach)

Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls. She lives in West Palm Beach with her husband, writer and author Scott Eyman.


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