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Even For These Six Great Catches, Dating Is No Walk On The Beach

SO HAPPY TOGETHER Longtime Couples Share The Secrets To Connubial Bliss

LOVE STORIES Meet Five Romance Novelists Heating Up The South Florida Landscape

AISLE OF STYLE A Unique Wedding Combines Boca Raton Grandeur With South Beach Panache

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OF TWO CITIES WITH A LITTLE CREATIVITY AND A LOT OF LOVE, CELEBRITY COUPLE GIULIANA AND BILL RANCIC MAKE THEIR LONGDISTANCE MARRIAGE WORK

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We couldn’t think of better cover subjects than adorable celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic. These two not only co-author books about relationships and star in an E! reality TV show, but truly adore each other. In an exclusive interview with The Boca Raton Observer, they open up about how they met, their long-distance marriage, the challenges of trying to have a child and much more. Get to know the Rancics in “A Tale of Two Cities� (page 54). Speaking of great couples, for this issue we approached some of our town’s most happily married and long-lasting pairs and asked: What is the secret to your success? What they say may surprise you, and will definitely educate you. Learn their marital tips in “So Happy Together� (page 66). And while we’re on the subject of marriage, you’ll want to check out a stunning South Florida wedding created by Boca Raton event planning firm Xquisite Events. Not only is the affair unique and vibrant, but manages to combine the elegance of Boca Raton with the

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Last we spoke with New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer, one of our favorite local literary success stories, the South Florida husband and father of three had just released his first nonfiction book, “Heroes for my Son,” about 52 people who helped change the world. Now he’s got a new book, “The Inner Circle,” a hot political thriller. Not only is this guy extremely affable, but prolific: The 42-year-old law school grad wrote the critically acclaimed comic books “Identity Crisis” and “Justice League of America,” and currently hosts “Brad Meltzer’s Decoded” on the History Channel. Oh, and his string of novels has been translated into more than 25 languages. The baby-faced Meltzer recently made an appearance at the tony Promenade condominium in downtown Boynton Beach to sign autographs, and took time out to chat with The Boca Raton Observer. So tell us about “The Inner Circle” and how you came up with its premise.

“I was talking to a former president about how hard it is to keep a secret in the White House. And looking back through history, I found that George Washington had his own personal spy ring. I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if that still existed today – and who’s to say it doesn’t? In the story, a young archivist finds out the spy ring does exist – the greatest secret of the presidency.” We hear you’re not a fan of flying. Why? And have you done a lot of it to promote your new book?

“Anyone who writes a thriller is paranoid at heart – the hazards of an active imagination. Yes, I’m in Michigan now and I was in Atlanta yesterday. I travel to a city a day.”

You’re such a success story, but there were many rejections along the way. To what do you attribute your perseverance?

“Stubbornness – it’s how my mother and father were, and that’s what they taught me. There were only 20 publishers at the time I wrote my manuscript and I got 24 rejections – I think they were really trying to get their point across. But if you love something you have to fight for it. It’s the only way to find your dream.” You attended law school. Why decide to write instead of practice law?

“I love the law, but I just think you have to follow your passion and my passion is to write. I like to talk to my imaginary friends.” Do you read your reviews?

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wrong – but there are constructive reviews out there. It’s important to find ones that help you grow as a writer.” You live a relatively low-key life in South Florida. With all your success, how do you remain grounded?

“Just because someone buys your books doesn’t mean you’re any better, smarter or nicer – anyone who thinks otherwise is insane.” What’s your favorite local restaurant?

“I love Uncle Julio’s. It’s my favorite from Washington, D.C., and finally they’re here in South Florida.”

Do you get recognized on the street?

“I never did from the novels but now that the TV show is out I do and it’s funny. The first time I got recognized was in the bathroom – the perfect place to be recognized.” What books are currently on your nightstand?

“‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy (by Suzanne Collins), and I’m rereading ‘Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing’ by Judy Blume.” What’s next for you?

“I’m working on a new thriller, and ‘Heroes for My Daughter.’ She wants to know where her book is.” –Amber Knittel

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CANDID CUPID TV Matchmaker Siggy Flicker Takes Guessing Out Of The Dating Game S

Often, he’s merely being confronted with varnish-free truth – a rare commodity among the rich and powerful.

Flicker says she’s grown accustomed to these “unrealistic expectations.� As head matchmaker for Model Quality Introductions, she has a roster of 150 clients, all in either New York City or Boca Raton, where she spent a decade raising her kids. “I love Boca,� says Flicker, 43, who still visits about every six weeks, sometimes staying with her former in-laws, the grandparents of her children, 8 and 11.

“So you’re 55 years old and you want to be matched with a 25-yearold supermodel?� says Flicker pointedly. “That’s not going to happen, Bob (not his real name). I want to know what kind of mirrors you have in your house.�

That her own first marriage didn’t work doesn’t daunt Flicker, who remains best friends with her ex-husband. She was first approached to try a matchmaking agency after getting divorced and moving to New York City. “I was reluctant at first,� she admits.

iggy Flicker, TV personality and successful matchmaker, considers herself more life coach than cupid, and her astute prescience about a client’s dating profile can verge on clairvoyance to a well-shod CEO accustomed to traipsing uncriticized through the insular halls of power.

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“I wasn’t sure whether it was trustworthy.� But after some pondering and research, she acquiesced and tried a few dates. Now she runs one of the industry’s most thriving outfits. Her success is due partly to her knack for cutting through the irrelevant and superficial to focus on what keeps well-educated, expensively appointed, highly paid professionals from understanding their most basic needs in a partner. Hence, she’s a “life coach.� Clients in need of such coaching pay up to $20,000 for the service. Flicker has become so renowned that soon her matchmaking exploits will be documented on “First Love, Second Chance,� a new show for the TV Land

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PASSIONATE PICTURES 10 Films To Set The Mood (Or Not) For Valentine’s Day

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omantic films constitute one of the four basic movie genres (comedy, adventure and mystery being the other three) and thousands have been made. Still, there are special pictures that resonate in one’s mind and linger like a still recognizable scent in an old perfume flacon. The following selection represents romance in all its wildly diverse (and sometimes tortuous) forms. Some will leave you smiling; others will have you reaching for your hankies. All will touch your heart. And all are available to rent.

“THE AFRICAN QUEEN� (1951,

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NR) starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. An adventure love story set in World War I German East Africa, showcasing two of the greatest film stars at the height of their professional powers. Middle-age chemistry is, nonetheless, chemistry, and here it is magic. It earned Bogart his only Oscar.

(1957, NR) starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. Leo McCarey directed this memorable weeper and it shows his penchant for, and skill with, sentimental story lines (“Going My Way,� The Bells of St. Mary’s�). It has all the slick trademark MGM production values and the stars are ample testimony to the taste and quality gener-

“ANNIE HALL� (1977, PG) starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. Writer/director/star Allen transformed the traditional notion of romantic movies in this seminal film, whose protagonists are irritating, insecure neurotics absorbed in what one might term “anti-chemisFEBRUARY 2011

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“The Princess Bride�

“Brief Encounter�

“Gone With The Wind� “Moonstruck�

“When Harry Met Sally� “Wuthering Heights�

“Casablanca�

try.� Keaton garnered a Best Actress Oscar for her role; the film also earned Oscars for Allen as Best Director, Best Co-writer (with Marshall Brickman) and Best Picture.

“BRIEF ENCOUNTER� (1945, NR) starring Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson. This simple story of two people who meet by chance in a suburban railway station is one of Noel Coward’s finest works, dealing with infatuation, infidelity,

personal morality and responsibility. Sixty-six years later, it’s still presciently relevant to our society and its hang-ups.

tions and aborted love affairs. Like several of the other films on this list, “Casablanca� provided a memorable movie line that is deathless – “Play it, Sam.� This classic garnered three Oscars including Best Picture.

nary and lonely people with gaping voids in their lives. It’s also about realistic compromise in love and companionship. Beautiful acting by two pros; Cher is especially superb, winning a Best Actress Oscar.

“GONE WITH THE WIND� (1939, NR) starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. What more need one say? The title and the opening music theme are still enough to produce instant goosebumps. It’s a

“THE PRINCESS BRIDE� (1987, PG) starring Cary Elwes and Mandy Patinkin. This is a charming spoof of some Hollywood action costume dramas. Elwes is ingenuous and sufficiently befuddled as the wayward

landmark picture, never dull, never out of style, and includes several of the greatest performances ever put on film. Deservedly, it won 10 Oscars, including Best Picture.

suitor for princess Robin Wright, while Patinkin, as a Latin swordsman is hilarious. No Oscars here, but good fun, good romance, an allstar cast and a happy ending.

“MOONSTRUCK� (1989, PG)

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Crystal and Ryan, two whining, OCD candidates, is wonderful, as is the wry, humorous screenplay by Nora Ephron. The path of true love is hardly straight, here, further complicated (but enhanced) by the ditzy and busybody comic contributions of Carrie Fisher in a role seemingly written just for her.

“WUTHERING HEIGHTS� (1939, NR) starring Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon. This potboiler

(from Emily Bronte’s only novel) about a stable hand and the lady of the manor seethes with sexual innuendo and class discrimination. Olivier was fairly new to films at this point in his career, but Oberon and David Niven accommodated his still-theatrical style, to create a romantic drama for the ages. O

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“Relationships take work,� is the conventional wisdom you never got the chance to test before inevitable disagreements made you and your partner call the whole thing off. But wait: Isn’t the definition of “irreconcilable differences� dependent on a

certain unwillingness to compromise? Can anything really break up a marriage or relationship that doesn’t want to be broken up? These inspiring books will illuminate your path to eternal, more or less, relationship bliss.

Connect To Love: The Keys To Transforming Your Relationship

book features women’s personal anecdotes, as well as advice for couples regarding how to build a stronger bond by understanding what women need from a romantic relationship.

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Secrets of Great Marriages: Real Truth From Real Couples About Lasting Love By Charlie and Linda Bloom

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For many people relationships are a delicate balancing act between the closeness yearned for and the space needed. As its title implies, ‘Breathing Room: Creating Space To Be A Couple’ recognizes such inner conflict and instructs that solitude can be achieved by companionable understanding of the source of space issues.

thusiasm and confidence, is as much a celebration of marriage as it is a “how-to” manual. The couples featured overcame a gamut of challenges, including difficulties with children, infidelity and financial ruin. In each case, honest dialogue, open hearts and a willingness to remain a unified front helped them prevail. Consequently, each relationship was able to heal and grow stronger. The Blooms distill realworld wisdom into practical, positive advice for strengthening your own relationship.

Secrets Of Happy Couples: Loving Yourself, Your Partner And Your Life By Kim Olver The ability to love another or accept love is not always a natural talent, and can be virtually impossible without first loving oneself. Such is the premise of professional counselor Kim Olver’s book, which states that, for a relationship to thrive and be happy, self-love is a key ingredient. In her book, Olver not only surveys couples and prominent relationship experts for feedback and suggestions, but analyzes the Relationship Cycle, which moves from the Alone Stage,

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to the Getting Together Stage, to the Compatibility Stage, to the Maintenance Stage, and then, ultimately, back to the Alone Stage (according to Olver, at least 50 percent of us will find ourselves alone again due to death, divorce or personal decision). Also inside, you’ll find advice for surviving affairs, tolerating differences and more.

Breathing Room: Creating Space To Be A Couple By Elayne Savage, Ph.D. For many people relationships are a delicate balancing act between the closeness yearned for and the space needed. As its title implies, this book recognizes such inner conflict and instructs that solitude can be achieved by companionable understanding of the source of space issues, be they cultural, generational or gender-based. Psychotherapist Elayne Savage’s book also explores the clash between partners’ expectations, how to deal with disappointments and how to recognize hidden agendas, and seeks to help couples find ways to balance space, caring and connection. She asks, “Are you tired of hurt feelings and misunderstandings that lead to anger and re-

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For Better: The Science Of A Good Marriage By Tara Parker-Pope Author Tara Parker-Pope presents her book as “the definitive guide to the most profound relationship of our lives.” Well, it is hard to argue with science. Inside, Parker-Pope examines the components of a successful marriage, including monogamy, love, sex, children, money and housework with input from biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists and sociologists. Along the way, she takes readers to some unusual places, at one point observing the likelihood of whether monogamy comes naturally to our species, based on comparisons with others in the animal kingdom (she concludes it’s certainly possible). She also observes the crucial role that regular sex plays in a marriage and examines the most productive way to handle conflict. Parker-Pope doesn’t so much instruct as she does present data and allow readers to draw their own conclusions. O

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ABBA CADABRA The Ultimate Cover Band Performs At Kravis Center F

ans of the iconic Swedish group ABBA will get an earful when one of the world’s most authentic tribute bands, Waterloo, performs “Abba The Concert� at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on February 12th at 8 p.m.

club as “the best ABBA tribute band in the world� – is named for the band’s breakthrough 1973 hit of the same name. It was formed in 1996 by teenage friends Camilla Hedren and Katja Nord, who sought and gained permis-

ABBA (named for each member’s first initial) was a ’70s band driven by its own romantic involvements, creating a unique library of haunting and unforgettable hits, and ultimately perishing when the romance within its ranks died. But for that brief, glittering time span, the band’s music planted roots in our collective discobattered psyches. And while the band is gone, the music lives on. Waterloo – named by the ABBA fan

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sion from Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (ABBA’s two Bs). The band performs all the ABBA hits, including “Dancing Queen,� “Fernando,� “Mamma Mia,� “Take

A Chance On Me� and “Knowing Me, Knowing You.� It’s been described as possessing “note-perfect vocals,� and was further bolstered by a win in a Swedish TV lookalike competition, eventually making it to the finals of “Stars in Euro Eyes.� Its success led to the development of its full-blown show, which began touring in 2001. By the time Waterloo celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2006, many original ABBA backup musicians helped mark the occasion. The band continues to tour worldwide, selling out the Hollywood Bowl, Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Arena. Perhaps the Kravis Center will be next. By the way, if you can’t make the show on the 12th, there’s another one at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater on February 11th. O For more information, call 561-832-7469 or visit kravis.org.

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Ozzy Osbourne Rocks BankAtlantic Center

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By Bill Bowen ohn Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne, whose early fame with the heavy metal-pioneering band Black Sabbath was the first of several successful public incarnations, has reason to have a warm spot for South Florida. It was in 1997 in West Palm Beach that Ozzy launched his hugely popular Ozzfest tours. Now he returns February 20th, when he’ll perform a 7:30 p.m. show at the BankAtlantic Center.

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eorge Lopez has long since transcended his ironic Chicano standup shtick to become an American entertainment icon and talk show host – but he can still fill a stage, winging his street-smart Mexican-American wisdom like Fernando Valenzuela pitching in a World Series game. Lopez, who brings his comedy to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Hard Rock Live at 8 p.m. on February 25th, has garnered a wealth of source material from his many roles as an A-list celebrity. In addition to being a standup comedian, his rÊsumÊ includes being host of

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“Lopez Tonight,� dramatic film roles, twice the emcee of the Latin Grammy Awards, the 2004 Artist of the Year designation by Harvard University, performer at President Obama’s Inauguration Party, HBO sports analyst for “Inside the NFL,� and one of Time magazine’s 25 Most Influential Hispanics In America.

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Lopez, who first made a name for himself in the late ’90s as a morning radio personality in Los Angeles, was the co-creator, writer, producer and star of the TV sitcom “George Lopez,� in which he became one of the few Latinos to star in a situation comedy. His humor is often based on his ethnic roots, mining jokes

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hirley MacLaine entered show business with weak ankles, first when her own prompted her mother to enlist her in ballet classes and later when, as an understudy on Broadway, an ankle injury to actress Carol Haney landed MacLaine onstage as the lead in “The Pajama Game.�

MacLaine, who conducts “An Evening With Shirley MacLaine� at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on February 8th at 8 p.m., probably won’t tell that story – she might not even spend much time talking about the 50 films she’s made, the countless awards she’s won or the experience of working under Alfred Hitchcock in her first film role in 1955’s “The Trouble With Harry.� Her brilliant Academy Award-winning performance as Aurora Greenway in “Terms Of Endearment� might garner a passing reference. Rather than discuss what makes her famous, MacLaine will talk about, well, whatever she feels like discussing. Things like her passions and beliefs, as unusual as some may find them. They include: astrology, numerology, spiritual life, aging, health, sacred sites, dreams and prophecy. Oh yes, and UFOs and phenomena, the environment, reincarnation and pets. Indeed, her interests are diverse, and she’s written books on various subjects, including which U.S. presidents believed in UFOs. On her Web site (shirleymaclaine.com), one can access an archive of 300 radio shows from Independent Expression Radio or view her “terrific collection of UFO videos.� Or watch her tap-dance with Lucy Ricardo. “I think we all choose the paths of our lives. I knew I wanted to be a ‘communicator’ from the very beginning,� she writes on her site. “For me the search for Truth is paramount... The truth of a character I’m playing, the truth of the subject matter I write about or the truth of why we are alive and how it relates to our destiny.� Truth is, Shirley MacLaine has a lot to talk about. O For more information, call 561-832-7469 or visit kravis.org.

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hen Dr. Maureen Whelihan starts running behind schedule, her nurses pretty much know why. She’s in that exam room with the door shut, again, talking about sex with a patient. “It’s not really a discussion you can have in 15 minutes,� Dr. Whelihan says. Our sex lives, especially as we get older, might be one of those social taboos we’re uncomfortable broaching, even with our closest girlfriends. Who wants to debate where to rub the Estrace cream when you can chat about the sale at Nordstrom? Besides, what if she’s having more sex than you? But for years, Dr. Whelihan, 49 – a former nurse who now runs a private Ob/Gyn practice in West Palm Beach, along with the Center of Sexual Health & Education in West Palm Beach, Wellington and Charlotte, N.C. – has been the doctor out there talking about sexual habits, from toys to technique to desire. When she gives a speech – whether it’s to a gang of medical doctors at a convention or to a Hadassah group at their monthly Boca Raton meeting – she throws out all the terms, right down the middle.

Dr. Whelihan has been known to “I’ve always had the ability to address make her male colleagues blush. sexual complaints in my Ob/Gyn patients without embarrassment or reser“I’m frank,� she admits. vation,� says Dr. Whelihan, who realizes other physicians may not have this But what she’s found through the knack. “No one’s ever taught physicians years is that no matter the audience, how to discuss sexual pleasures, orfrank sexual discussion is fairly rare gasms, sexual behaviors, alternative in this society of ours, especially be- practices,� she says. “(In medical school) tween doctors and patients. She we had one guy who came in and did a thinks it stems from religious and lunch lecture and he talked to us about cultural beliefs – along with the fact sex. The problem was, he talked to us that they simply don’t teach sexual about unconventional sex – pedophilia, health in most medical schools. fetishes (and) state laws.�

After years of discussing sex with women of all ages, she knows what her patients – especially the older ones – want to talk about. And it’s not state laws. The two biggest complaints in female patients ages 40 to 60 are vaginal dryness and a partner’s erectile dysfunction, and Dr. Whelihan says those are buoyed along with a host of other conditions: arthritis, high blood pressure, relationship issues, medications‌ FEBRUARY 2011

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that’s life relations “It’s interesting,� she says. “Patients always start the conversation with, ‘I love my husband, but... there are problems.’� She adds, “Patients are saddened by the loss of a good erection in their partner. He might not even want to cuddle, because he knows he can’t perform.� These issues of sex, cuddling and alternatives to intercourse aren’t unique, of course, and Lori Sarvis sees them frequently in her Deerfield Beach practice. Sarvis is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in sex therapy. In the last few years, she’s seen more and more male patients come to her for help, many of them propelled into her office from the stress of a job loss, a stock market loss, or both.

have sex, but you still have the intimacy.�

Doctors and therapists caution safe sex, no matter what the age.

en out there having great sex. (Of course, Dr. Whelihan knew that.)

Karyn Rosenberg, a licensed clinical social worker who practices in Boca Raton, says she often finds that older men and women are enjoying some of the most exciting sex they’ve had in a while, especially if a former longtime partner was unwilling or inconsiderate.

At Dr. Whelihan’s office, she felt as though there was so little research about sexual health that she enlisted the help of willing patients starting in March of 2009. Using a six-question survey that honed in on what drives women’s sexual desires, she collected data from 1,300 patients, ending her research in June of 2010. She and former newspaper reporter Anne Rodgers – who for years wrote about

Women – and we’re talking older women, here – watch pornography to get aroused. They discuss having had multiple partners in the past.

year-old marriage and now they’re single again,� she says. “It’s scary, but it can also be a happy time. Some feel like teenagers again.�

women 45 and older for The Palm Beach Post – have corroborated to turn the collection of anonymous – thus honest – responses into a book.

partnerships – there are plenty of women having sex several times a week.

There is one problem with seniors having an active sex life, and that’s sexually transmitted diseases. “Men don’t wear a condom because getting someone pregnant isn’t an issue,� Sarvis says. “And some of these guys are seeing Ethel in the morning and Beatrice that night.�

They don’t have a title or a publisher, but they think the subject matter will propel them forward.

“For a woman who’s been widowed, maybe they were in a 50-

They smoke pot. “One woman said that it makes her horny,� Dr. Whelihan explains. And with those in more customary relationships – that is, male-female

“The men today keep themselves in good shape,� Sarvis says. “They want to live longer, and a lot of times they’ll come to me and say, ‘I want to have a good sex life.’�

“MEN DON’T WEAR A CONDOM BECAUSE GETTING SOMEONE PREGNANT ISN’T AN ISSUE. AND SOME OF THESE

GUYS ARE SEEING ETHEL IN THE MORNING AND BEATRICE THAT NIGHT.� – Lori Sarvis, licensed clinical social worker

Of course, there are many health conditions that can affect a man’s sexual function. Diabetes. Heart disease. Obesity. Alcoholism. Sarvis says each partner has to be realistic about what’s possible and what’s not. An older man won’t have the staying power he did 25 years ago, yet at this stage he might want to cuddle and neck more. And other health needs – be it an oxygen tank, colostomy bag or an arthritic knee – might mean additional creativity in the bedroom. You take the good with the bad, Sarvis says. “You just have to re-arrange it,� she says. “You might change your positions and the length of time you 44

The result? In the past 10 years, STDs have doubled in the over-45 age group, according to the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.

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“What we’re finding out is the nature of sexual desire is just as ephemeral as we thought,� Rodgers says. “But what we’re trying to do is discern the differences between the decades and how it changes through a woman’s lifetime.� And the one thing they’ve found is that there are plenty of over-50 wom-

Still, the frank Sex Talk is not a doctor-patient conversation that goes on everywhere. Dr. Whelihan still runs into colleagues who resist prescribing something as simple as hormone cream to treat the No. 1 complaint among her older patients: a dry vagina, which can make sex painful. “There’s no reason why any woman should be out there with a dry vagina,� she says. We told you she was frank. O

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hen Barbara Hami’s teenage son acquired his first girlfriend this past summer, she found out the same way everyone else did: he changed his Facebook status from “single� to “in a relationship.� Hami, who had avoided friending her children on Facebook in order to preserve their privacy, couldn’t help snooping when her daughter told her the news. “Since he had named the girl,� she says, “we immediately checked out her Facebook page and found she had done the same thing.� While Hami was happy that the computer had told her what her son didn’t, she also feels that such a se-

needed to know simply by answering the kitchen phone and eavesdropping on our conversations. These days, even as our kids are texting, IM-ing and Facebook-chatting right under our noses, we often know little about who they’re talking to. Carolyn Kelley North, a marriage and family therapist in Boca Raton, says it’s not uncommon for parents to be unaware that their teens are in a relationship. “There is so much more access today in ways parents have no control over,� she says. “Teens can be more covert with Facebook and all the new media outlets, which makes it easy for them to plan to meet out somewhere and not have formal dates.�

“REMEMBER THAT IF YOU FREAK OUT WHEN THEY TELL YOU THINGS – WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT SEX OR DRUGS OR WHATEVER – YOU’RE NOT

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that’s life parents My friend Paul, for example, was surprised to learn that his son had a girlfriend since the pair had been communicating mostly via text and online. “The phone part of the cell phone was rarely used, so there was little audible conversation,� says Paul, who eventually gleaned information by sneaking glances at his son’s computer.

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CONSIDER THEMSELVES DATING ONLINE. THAT CAN BE SAFER IN A WAY, BUT IT ALSO DISCOUNTS BEING TOGETHER PERSON-TO-PERSON.� – Dr. Wendy Fader, psychologist

“He left his Facebook page open enough times to see photos of them together and some of their comments – not that we were spying or anything,� he says. “But I remember it being a big first step when he graduated from hiding her from family to introducing her to everyone at an outdoor party.� Dr. Wendy Fader, a Boca Raton psychologist, says many teen relationships never even make it past the texting and chatting stage. For some kids, that’s as much interaction as they’re ready to handle. “Dating now for teens is very different compared to when their parents dated,� she explains. “Kids actually consider themselves dating online. That can be safer in a way, but it also discounts being together person-to-person.� Fader says parents who learn their teens are “in a relationship� shouldn’t hesitate to ask what that means to them. “This sounds ridiculously basic, but what is the definition to your child about what a boyfriend or girlfriend is?� she asks. “They may say, ‘I have a boyfriend’ just because they talk to a boy in the hallway.� That was the case for my friend 48

Bobbi, whose son started to “ask out� girls in the fifth grade. “It wasn’t really dating,� she says. “He hardly ever saw the girls outside of school and just texted with them.� Now that her son is in high school, though, Bobbi thinks all that electronic socializing has taught him a lot about communicating with the opposite sex. “He has a ton of (platonic) friends who are girls, and he seems to be very comfortable and close with them,� she says. Yet his long-distance romance with a girlfriend from summer camp is one subject that remains offlimits to his parents. “He is pretty secretive about the whole thing,� she says. “I hope he will share more with us when he is ready.� My friend Meredith, who met her own husband at summer camp 25 years ago, sometimes wonders whether their long-distance romance would

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have blossomed the same way in today’s electronic world. “There’s no question that we would have done a lot more e-mail and a lot less phone calls and letters,� she says. “It would have cost us a lot less to stay in touch with each other. But I think there’s a certain privacy and intimacy to a letter that doesn’t exist in e-mail. I liked his handwriting, and the fact that he took the time to write down his feelings. Saying ‘I love you’ in an e-mail just doesn’t feel quite as strong as writing it in a card.� Of course, Meredith and her husband are an unusual case; these days, not too many people end up marrying their high school sweethearts. Which is why North says parents should warn their kids that any “private� e-mails, texts and photos they send are unlikely to remain that way forever. “These teenage relationships are shortlived, and sometimes the girl ends up forwarding the boy (an intimate) pic-

ture or something they did not intend for anyone else to see,� she says. “Eventually that couple is going to break up. And when that happens, the whole school is going to see that image.� Although conversations like that may be uncomfortable for both you and your child, North says that shouldn’t stop you from having them. “Remember that if you freak out when they tell you things – when they talk about sex or drugs or whatever – you’re not going to get that information anymore,� she says. “Just take a breath and return to the issue when you can talk about it calmly. “They may pretend that they don’t care what you think, they may seem like they are looking away and not participating in the conversation,� she adds. “But in actuality, they really are listening. I think parents really underestimate the amount of power they have in influencing their kids.� O

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This environmentally friendly property is smoke-free, and there’s neither a slot machine nor gaming table to be found. Rather, this exclusive boutique space is designed to provide chic respite after a long night (and day) of gambling and otherwise whooping it up elsewhere. Not that there isn’t plenty to do: Vdara Hotel & Spa is located at CityCenter, a fabulous 67-acre retail and residential complex that opened last December with elite hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, stores and more. The property’s centerpiece is Crystals, a mammoth three-level entertainment district with great signature res50

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With A Little Creativity And A Lot Of Love, Celebrity Couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic Make Their Long-Distance Marriage Work It didn’t take gregarious

Giuliana Rancic long to land the man she had lusted for on the small screen. In 2004, the longlegged E! News correspondent had watched Bill Rancic on the first season of NBC-TV’s “The Apprentice.” She was so smitten with the tall, dark and handsome contestant that she never missed an episode. Week after week, she longed to meet the guy she called “hot, glib and smart.” So she was beyond thrilled when Bill was selected by Donald Trump as the show’s winner, becoming the first candidate hired by the Trump Organization in 2005, and she was assigned to interview him. “I was totally in love with Bill from just watching him on TV,” recalls Giuliana, 36,

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now an E! News anchor, managing editor and member of its irreverent Fashion Police panel. “I jumped on it. I used my job to find a husband!” Turned out, it was love at first sight for them both. Bill says he was taken with Giuliana’s vivaciousness from that very first day, when she peppered him with questions about the show and what it was like working for Trump. “I had dated a lot of girls before I met Giuliana,” admits Bill, 39, who asked her to go running on their first date. “But from that day on, I was so fascinated by her that I dated no one else. She was so smart, beautiful and interesting.” And so marked the beginning of a beautiful long-distance relationship.

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Clearly, Bill and Giuliana were crazy about each other. But Bill, a real estate developer, TV producer, motivational speaker and host of the new syndicated news magazine, “America Now,” lived in Chicago. Giuliana, thriving at E!, had an apartment in Los Angeles. The couple didn’t let a little thing like geography stand in the way. The pair enjoyed a whirlwind courtship, flying to see each other on weekends, and in 2006, got engaged. In September 2007, they married on the romantic island of Capri, Italy.

I had dated a lot of girls before I met Giuliana. But from that day on, I was so fascinated by her that I dated no one else. She was so smart, beautiful and interesting. – Bill Rancic

By 2009, their commuter love lives became an open book. It was then that they launched their true life series, “Giuliana & Bill,” on The Style Network (E!’s sister station). The reality show offers viewers an intimate peek into their busy and demanding careers and follows the private, emotional and sometimes mercurial moments of their long-distance marriage. The show has chronicled everything from the couple’s unsuccessful efforts with In Vitro Fertilization (Giuliana got pregnant, but miscarried) to buying and selling homes. (The couple just finished shooting its third season, and at press time, was deciding whether to shoot a fourth.) To get a taste of what life is like for these two, consider a typical week for the Rancics: After the Golden Globe Awards this past January, Giuliana spent the weekend in Beverly Hills interviewing A-List celebrities, then made an appearance for the nonprofit charity Dress for Success at South Florida’s Aventura Mall. Meanwhile, Bill was in Las Vegas for a business trip, and then off giving lectures throughout the Midwest. They even fill in for each other on business when needed. When last month, Giuliana was too busy in Los Angeles to interview Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, who were in Chicago promoting their film, “The Dilemma,” Bill stepped in. “I was in Chicago anyway and had a great time interviewing them,” he says. When both of them are free, they either hook up on the road, or at one of their homes in Los Angeles or Chicago. “Older people say we’re genius in our way of staying married,” Giuliana laughs. “Younger people are confused yet intrigued. We are just focused on what we do, and it works for us.” In addition to their reality TV show, the two self-professed workaholics do occasionally work together. They co-hosted the New 56

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Year’s Day Citrus Bowl parade in Orlando, and often give speeches as a couple. And they’ve spent the past year touring the country to promote their co-authored book, “I Do, Now What? Secrets, Stories, and Advice from a Madly-in-Love Couple.” “Bill and I are perfect examples of a modern marriage. He’s like my boyfriend,” Giuliana laughs. “We have no routine. We know our schedules change so we make our best effort.” Adds Bill: “The commuting makes the relationship an adventure, it keeps the excitement alive.”

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Bill and Giuliana come from different backgrounds, but there are some parallels: Both were ambitious from a young age, grew up vacationing in Miami Beach, have written nonfiction books and are family-oriented, with several siblings each. Giuliana DePandi was born in Naples, Italy, to a master tailor father and doting mother. When she was 7 years old, her parents moved her, her brother and sister to Washington, D.C. Unable to afford a tutor in those days, she learned English by watching TV, which is how she first became excited about the medium. She recalls the occasional vacation to Miami Beach, when the family would visit Tragara, her uncle’s (now-defunct) Italian restaurant in Bal Harbor. After high school, Giuliana earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C., both in journalism. While studying, she worked for a Capitol Hill news bureau covering the Pentagon, Supreme Court, White House and State Department, but soon discovered politics wasn’t her thing. So, in 1998, she followed her heart to Hollywood. “I loved pop culture and old stars like Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe,” she says. “That is what I wanted to do.” It was a tough transition: She worked in mailrooms, restaurants, retail stores… anything to survive as Hollywood’s rejection letters piled up. “I sent my resume 10 times to E!, and in 2002 was finally hired as a news correspondent,” she says. “I love it there and love what I do. I made the right decision to move to Los Angeles and my patience paid off.” These days her E! duties include anchoring, interviewing, executive producing, fashion criticism and writing shows. Her recent special, “Nicole Richie: Her Simple Life,” won a Prism Commendation Award. She also writes books, including the 2006 release, “Think Like A Guy: How to Get a Guy By Thinking Like One.” Clearly, it worked.

He left Chicago to attend Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., majoring in criminal justice while working as a security guard at FAO Schwarz, and intending to continue with law school. However, because his late father was a professor at Loyola University Chicago, he received free tuition there. He graduated cum laude in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in science. Bill started a boat detailing business before starting Cigars Around the World, a chain of fine cigar shops, from his 400-square-foot Chicago studio apartment. Today, it’s a multimillion-dollar operation owned by Synergy Brands, and Bill is on the board of directors. He went on to win “The Apprentice,” and for several years worked for the Trump Organization, developing Trump Towers in Chicago and in White Plains, N.Y. He’s also filled in as a judge on the show when regular judges were unavailable. “I spent a lot of time with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, spoke at his events, went dancing, enjoyed the nightlife,” says Bill of the past few years. In addition to his business ventures, lecture gigs and syndicated TV show, he produces and stars in “We Mean Business,” the A&E TV series, and is executive producer of “Repo Man” on the Discovery Channel. He also regularly appears as a pundit about business and motivation on CNBC and other programs.

Older people say we’re genius in our way of staying married. Younger people are confused yet intrigued. We are just focused on what we do, and it works for us.

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And like Giuliana, he’s written books. “Beyond The Lemonade Stand” was designed to educate and motivate young people on the value of money, and he donated the proceeds to charity. He’s also written the New York Times best-seller, “You’re Hired: How to Succeed In Business and Life From The Winner Of The Apprentice.” He says he and Giuliana may write another book together, this one geared toward single people and how they can meet the right person. Fast-forward to 2011, and Bill and Giuliana are hoping to buy a nice home in Los Angeles to upgrade from their current California apartment. They saw one next door to actress Lindsay Lohan but decided against it because they “don’t want paparazzi camped out in their neighborhood.” As for children, since they’ve had no luck, they may choose the hard-working-careerists-without-kids path. They recently had a fun vacation in Mexico where they drank, partied, ate what they wanted and had no worries about getting pregnant.

Enter, Bill. Bill Rancic, who is Croatian and Irish, was born in Chicago and grew up with three sisters in the suburb-village of Orland Park, home to lots of hiking and biking trails and outdoor sports. He attended St. Michael’s School before graduating from Carl Sandburg High School.

“We will embrace what the big man wants,” says Bill. “You can’t really focus on what you don’t have. We are happy with our lives.” “If we have kids, OK, if not, OK,” agrees Giuliana, adding, “I hit the jackpot with Bill. We have a wonderful life.” O february 2011

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Singled out: (From Left) Stephanie Slater, Cary Roman, Marla Kastel, Michael Freeling, Katie Jaramillo and Matthew Smith.

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Boca Raton may be a tropical paradise, with its swaying palms and perennial sunshine. ¶ But finding true romance is no walk on the beach. ¶ After all, South Florida as a whole is transient (people disappear quicker than you can say “check please”), spread out (making many people geographically undesirable) and can at times breed a certain, shall we say, shallowness (or so we’ve heard). ¶ To get a sense of what single life is really like, we gathered six successful and eligible 30- and 40somethings (all considered great “catches”), plied them with cocktails and engaged them in a candid conversation about the local dating scene. Some of what we learned: Eligible singles like to hang out at The Dubliner in Boca Raton, and Vic & Angelo’s, City Oyster and The Atlantic Grill in Delray Beach; that online dating is a necessary evil and that, even in 2011, the guy still better pay for the first date, if he wants a second. ¶ And that’s just for starters. ¶ We invite you to get to know these likeable singles. The discussion is now in progress…

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About Even For These Six Great Catches, Dating Is No Walk On The Beach So let’s get right to it. What’s the dating experience like for you? Katie: “It’s horrible. The ratio of men to women is six to one, and then you have to weed them out. Do they have hair? Where do they work – are they a pool boy? I don’t want the pool boy.” Cary: “It’s a learning experience. I went through the whole ‘people who present themselves as looking for a relationship but are really just looking for a dinner,’ so now I do cocktails, with an option for dinner. You learn to read between the lines, whether it’s through online dating or people you meet through Facebook.” Written By Dian Vujovich Photography by Michael Price Additional reporting by Amber Knittel Shot on location at Japango, Parkland

Stephanie: “I’d say it’s difficult. There are women in Boca who are tall, blond and skinny, and they have no opinions. So when a man meets a woman who does have an opinion and a career that can be a little intimidating. I’ve met lots of great people – just not great for me yet.”

“I think it’s important to see if you can actually be friends with this person – forget being intimate. Can we hang out? Can we go lie out on the beach and not talk to each other for an hour and it’s not awkward?”

that is my type of person. Good people beget other good people.”

Do you believe in love at first sight? Stephanie: “No.”

Stephanie Slater, 32, public information officer for the Boynton Beach Police Department Ever married? No. Where she’s from: Rockland

County, N.Y.; she’s lived in Boca Raton for 10 years. Geographically desirable dating distance: About 50 miles. What she’s like: Her friends

describe her as loyal, honest and genuine. All traits, no doubt, her 4-year-old rescued Wheaten Terrier, Roxy, would agree with. What she’s looking for: Someone who is quick-witted, neat, likes Scrabble, is family oriented, and who already has a social life and active lifestyle. Plus, someone who understands that friendship is an important ingredient in any romantic relationship. An ideal first date:  Something casual. “If I can’t get through drinks with someone first, I certainly won’t make it through dinner.” Some of her favorite things: Howard Stern, the Dave Matthews Band and dancing; Patrón Silver with grapefruit juice, a splash of club soda and a lime.

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Marla: “No way.” Katie: “No – maybe when you’re 16.” Matthew: “It’s been interesting and fun. But it’s also been difficult – starting a business puts time constraints on you. You’re not out and about every night, because you’re just tired.” Marla: “There’s not much availability of eligible, professional men. Coming from New York I was used to meeting professionals who you knew were either a lawyer or an investment banker. Down here everyone either has a company or is in real estate and it’s just a little sketchy.” Michael: “I would definitely say it’s challenging. I am a networker – I go to a lot of charity events and am involved with a lot of professional groups. But since time is limited, I try and kill two birds with one stone. So I’m out planting a seed – maybe somebody out there will know somebody

Michael: “You have to get to know the person.” Cary: “I kind of do. I have an idea that it’s going to work.”

How about lust at first sight? Stephanie: “I think you can usually tell within your first drink with someone whether you have chemistry and whether or not you’d want to hang out with them, or just go home and leave it at that.” Marla: “I believe in chemistry at first meeting – that’s not love, but it can be lust.” Cary: “Totally.”

How long before you consider sleeping with someone? Matthew: “I think it goes back to the chemistry; it doesn’t have to be the first night. But if it happens it happens. There’s an animal attraction.” Cary: “We’re humans. We have our feelings and our needs and it happens.” Katie: “We all know not to do it on the first date.” Cary: “I wouldn’t put any rules to that, if it happens it happens.” Marla: “OK, I’ve heard from guys that double standards still exist. So women, just an FYI: Even though we’re modern and we like to experience certain things, guys still think a certain way about women who have sex too soon.” Cary: “I wouldn’t judge someone if it happens. We’re all adults and it takes two.” Michael: (to Cary) “Have you ever gotten into a serious relationship with someone you slept with on the first date?” Cary: “I haven’t been in a serious relationship in a while.”

What’s your opinion about online dating? Matthew: “I had a frightening experience. The girl was an over-drinker and it got a little crazy so I had to shimmy out the door. I had my friends there to help me. It was brutal. I stopped with the online thing after that. I go out and about to meet people.” Michael: “I think if you meet someone in person, that’s so much better. It’s really personal contact that’s important.”

can get away real quick. But I’m over it now – I’ve had too much coffee.” Cary: “Sometimes I see people logged on to Facebook, Match.com and Jdate.com all at the same time.”

What are you looking for in a guy/girl? Michael: “You hear of the ‘checklist’ scenario. What I’ve learned over the years is to throw out the checklist, because it doesn’t measure what their values are, their warmth, if there’s chemistry. You can have all the checks, but still not click with that person.” Marla: “Someone nice who is comfortable in his own skin and doesn’t take himself too seriously.” Stephanie: “A good sense of humor. I love to laugh. And I think it’s important to see if you can actually be friends with this person – forget being intimate. Can we hang out? Can we go lie out on the beach and not talk to each other for an hour and it’s not awkward? Honesty is also very important.”

Cary Roman, 46, owner of LivingFLA.com & The GourmetClub.com Ever married? No. Where he’s from: New Jersey; he’s lived in Delray Beach for 25 years. What he’s like: An entrepreneur immersed in a business he loves, which centers around the finer things in life. What he’s looking for: A woman who enjoys going out and being wined and dined. Someone who is smart, sexy and reliable. Cat lovers can forget Cary – he’s allergic, though dog lovers are OK. He’s the owner of a Mini Bull Terrier named Basil. An ideal first date: “Cocktails with the option of dinner if she manages not to self-destruct.” Most unfortunate dating memory: A woman who had pet monkeys. He said her house smelled like a zoo. Some of his favorite things: Sushi, dark chocolate, pizza, chilled sake, mojitos and Cabernet. “I love to go to charity events and wine tastings.”  

Cary: “I like smart, reliable, attractive, funny – that’s it. Actually, I have other things… I have to think about my checklist. You have to like wine, preferably red, be a food lover…

“I went through the whole ‘people who present themselves as looking for a relationship but are really just looking for a dinner,’ so now I do cocktails, with an option for dinner.”

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Katie Jaramillo, 42, sales representative Ever married? Yes, and has one child. Where she’s from: Alpharetta, Ga.; she’s

been living in Palm Beach Gardens for seven years. What she’s like: She and her friends go out often; they describe her as the life of the party, as someone with no ulterior motives and who speaks her mind. What she’s looking for: Someone educated, sophisticated, welltraveled and cultured. She loves foreign men and, because her job includes international travel, it’s not uncommon for her to meet in Europe for a date. An ideal first date: Dinner at a small, hip restaurant, then a cool documentary or foreign film, topped off with a decadent dessert and coffee. Some of her favorite things: The bands U2, Coldplay, R.E.M. and Green Day; chocolate chip cookies.

I like dogs, but no cats. I’m allergic to cats, but I’m also allergic to crazy-cat women.”

Who pays for the first date?

Katie: “He has to be cute and nice, but the most important thing for me is education. I like sophistication and normally go out with foreign guys because they’ve been places, they understand culture. I’ve been to 39 countries so I’m an avid traveler. Also, hair on the head is nice. Before I even talk to someone I usually look at education and hair.”

Michael: “The guy always pays, but I’ve gone out on a lot of dates and some people just take things for granted. It’s nice when a girl that you take out actually says thank you.”

Marla: “Hair is not an issue with me.” Stephanie: “I like bald men. I just think it’s hot – even just a close shave. There’s just something about a man that can pull it off that’s very sexy.”

Guys, how do you feel about a woman’s hair? Michael: “There’s a lot of different looks that can be attractive. Short, long, it doesn’t matter.” Matthew: “I absolutely agree.” Cary: “I love dark bobbed hair – a little bob hair cut. No extensions.”

Marla: “One thing that I’ve noticed in South Florida is that women don’t appreciate things. Men get jaded and feel like they’re being used all the time – I’m hypersensitive to that. So of course I say thank you, but I never do ‘the reach’ (for my wallet). I’m either going to offer or I’m not; that whole ‘reach’ thing is so cheesy.” Cary: “I’ll never let a woman pay but I like when she at least offers.” Stephanie: “I always offer.” Matthew: “I pay for dinner most of the time; I do like her to offer.” Katie: “I always offer but I’m very offended if they take me up on it.”

Should men still open the door for a lady? Matthew: “Yes, all the time.” Michael: “Yeah!” Cary: “Of course.” Marla: “It’s so wonderful when guys do that.”

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Katie: “They say if a guy hasn’t called, texted or e-mailed within 48 hours of a date he’s not interested.” Michael: “I agree that if a guy is really interested within 48 to 72 hours he should call.” Cary: “Texting is the new calling.” Stephanie: “I think texting takes the pressure off.” Michael: (to Stephanie) “Wouldn’t you appreciate a phone call though?” Stephanie: “Not necessarily, I think

“It’s been interesting and fun. But it’s also been difficult – starting a business puts time constraints on you. You’re not out and about every night, because you’re just tired.”

texting can be perfect.” Marla: “I would prefer a phone call.” Matthew: “I would call. But a little text back the next day, like ‘I had a good time’ is nice.” Michael: “I like that, too.”

Has anyone here ever given out a fake phone number? Michael: “No.” Cary: “No, I can’t hide.” Stephanie: “There actually is a phone number, but I’ve never given it out. It’s the ‘reject line.’”

What’s romantic for you? Stephanie: “Romance to me is when we can cook dinner and have a bottle of wine and just talk and get to know each other better. That to me is more romantic than reading poetry or something.” Cary: “Going to the market and shopping, and coming home and cooking, with candles and wine. Though I’ve only done that twice.”

Matthew Smith, 33, Matthew: “A trip to Whole Foods, a couple bottles of wine, and then you just lie around and talk or hang out on the balcony and it’s very simple and romantic.” Marla: “If I’m into someone anything can be romantic. Even the most ridiculous, stupid things.” Michael: “I think surprising someone is romantic. Like knowing a really good concert the person I’m dating likes is in town, and surprising her with tickets and a limo to the show.”

Would you date somebody with children? Michael: “Yes. But I can say that probably 5 years ago I wouldn’t have.”

co-owner of Lents Pilates and MODERATIONS clothing line Ever married: No. Where he’s from: Originally from Southampton, N.Y., he’s been living in Delray Beach for the past three years. What he’s like: His friends describe him as funny, loyal and with having the ability to make everyone around him feel immediately comfortable. He’s also generous – some proceeds from his clothing line will go to charity. What he’s looking for: First, chemistry and then someone with a great smile and personality who is able to laugh. He looks forward to having kids one day. An ideal first date: He prefers to keep it simple. A nice restaurant that’s quiet enough for good conversation. Some of his favorite things: tequila or vodka with soda, dive bars and places off the beaten path; on weekends, hanging out at the beach or Delray’s Atlantic Avenue.

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How do you know when things are getting serious? Katie: “When the guy brings you around his friends and/or family.” Stephanie: “I would agree, especially with friends. I know how important my friends are to me and their opinions matter. When it comes to men, those are their boys and they talk about us to them – so for them to bring me around their friends is a big step.” Michael: “I would definitely say when they introduce you to their friends and family. I would also say just basic communication. When somebody communicates to you that they want to take the next step.”

Cary: “I just break up with them when it gets serious. That’s the only way to do it.” Marla: “I don’t remember what (getting serious) feels like – I haven’t been serious in a long time.”

Marla Kastel, 40, Case Assistant with FINRA Ever married? No. Where’s she’s from: New Jersey, then New York; she moved to Boca Raton five years ago. Geographically desirable dating distance: She’s open to dating a man as far south as Miami-Dade County, and would consider someone out of state. What she’s like: She enjoys going to the beach in the late afternoon, early evening or very early in the morning. Her friends describe her as cute, funny and smart. She’s soft-spoken and makes it a point to enjoy whatever she’s doing. What she’s looking for: Timing and chemistry. An ideal first date: “A dark restaurant, a bottle of red, great food, great conversation, and we feel like playing footsies under the table.” Her favorite things: Carrot cake and dancing; she especially enjoys dancing to hiphop, and says if she lived closer to South Beach she’d probably hit the clubs more than she does now.

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“Coming from New York I was used to meeting professionals who you knew were either a lawyer or an investment banker. Down here everyone either has a company or is in real estate and it’s just a little sketchy.” Marla: “A majority of guys I date are divorced and most have children. It’s an instant family, but you have to be careful because you don’t want to meet the kids too quickly. I’ve had situations where I’ve dated guys with kids and you fall madly in love with the kids and when it doesn’t work out it’s devastating.” Matthew: “I have dated someone with children and it’s not a problem at all.”

Describe the weirdest date you’ve ever been on. Katie: “I met up with this guy and we were having a great time and great conversation – we got coffee and talked for two hours, so he asked me if I wanted to get dinner and we did. We had a bunch of drinks and I said, ‘Your hair is amazing – can I touch it?’ And he said, ‘Well, every three months

I get it replaced, let me show you and he started lifting it up. It grossed me out, and that was the end of that.”

Are you OK with being single? (unanimous response) “Yes.”

Matthew: “Once I had this girl tell me how I was going to meet her family and that we were going to have beautiful babies – and this was the first 20 minutes into having dinner. So that was a little nerve-wracking. She ended up in the bathroom throwing up for the rest of the evening.” Marla: “I had a guy bring me a box of dirt once. It was an Internet date in New York City, and I remember using the expression that someone was ‘dumber than a box of dirt’ during our conversation. Apparently he thought it was really funny, so he decided to bring me an icecream box filled with dirt.” Michael: (to Marla) “Good thing you didn’t use the expression, “the sharpest knife in the drawer.”

Have you ever broken up with someone, or been broken up with, via technology? Michael: “No, I always talk to the person. I don’t get the whole breaking up by text or any of that stuff. You have to communicate.” Cary: “I like to fax them.”

What’s some dating advice you’d like to share? Matthew: “Just have fun with it.” Marla: “Keep an open mind. There were a lot of people in my life that I missed out on because I didn’t, and you don’t want to wake up and be however old and have missed out on some wonderful opportunities.”

Stephanie: “People sometimes ask,‘Why are you single?’ and for them it has a negative connotation. For me, it doesn’t. I’m single because I haven’t met him yet and that’s fine because I’m having the time of my life dating and getting to know people and making amazing friends. When I do meet him, it will be that much more special.” Cary: “I look at it the same way. I mean, at my age a lot of my contemporaries are getting divorced, or they stay married for the kids. I just want to do it once with the right person. My parents have been married over 50 years.”

Michael Freeling, 42, attorney specializing in real estate and business Ever married? No. Where he’s from: Rochester, N.Y. He’s been living in Boca Raton for 12 years. What he’s like: A great networker whose friends describe him as loyal and genuine and with a unique ability to connect good people with other good people. What he’s looking for: Someone warm and smart who can have fun anywhere. Most importantly, a woman who doesn’t take the little things in life for granted. An ideal first date: He says connecting with the person is more important than the place of the date. “That being said, a Miami Heat game and Lincoln Road is fun.” Some of his favorite things: Dancing and all types of music, including rap (in school he earned the nickname, “Mikey Rock”). The band U2; attending all Miami Dolphins football games.

Michael: “You don’t want to get married for the wrong reasons. It used to bother me when somebody asked about being single, but if you’re comfortable with yourself and you have your own self-worth then it doesn’t really matter what anybody else thinks.” Cary: “I mean, I’m having fun! I need someone to add to my fun.” Marla: “Exactly!” O

“It used to bother me when somebody asked about being single, but if you’re comfortable with yourself and you have your own self-worth then it doesn’t really matter what anybody else thinks.”

Cary: “I would say to go with your gut instinct.” Stephanie: “Be yourself. And be sure to use Google! One guy told me he played minor league baseball, and when he went to the bathroom I Googled him. Yeah, he didn’t play minor league baseball. So that ended that.” february 2011

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So Happy Together Longtime Couples Share The Secrets To Connubial Bliss ı By Lori Lawrence Almost like changing your relationship status on Facebook, dissolving a marriage has become a rather simple process. Sure, the traditional vows often remain part of the wedding – “till death us do part” – but they’ve become more ritual than written in stone. For proof, just look at the myriad celebrity marriages falling apart so often that no one so much as gasps when the news hits the tabloids. ¶ But the couples in this article, all hitched for more than 15 years (and some for more than 40), have not only stuck with their marriages – they’ve thrived. And they’re actually happy. ¶ We presented them with some questions to get an insight into the secrets of their marital success.

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a concept. Our guidelines are

was in kindergarten and he was in first grade at School #1 in Lin-

simple: respect each other, be willing to

den, N.J. They finally “met” while on the high school yearbook

compromise daily, and of course, love each other

staff, and got engaged during his senior year at Rutgers (she was

deeply.”

attending the University of Hartford). They were married the same day as Woodstock and, the couple says, “A few friends and rela-

What did you learn from your parents’ marriage that helped make

tives came stoned to the wedding. They know who they are!”

yours successful?

S: “Both sets of parents had long-term marriages. We learned the Describe something you discovered about marriage that you

good and bad of parenting, valuable tools when we had our own

hadn’t thought would be true.

children.”

Michael: “We never made any marriage discoveries because we were so young when we married – 21 – that we never thought it

Why do you think the divorce rate is so much higher than it used to be?

Susan: “We actually grew up together and in the process, devel-

M: “Divorce is socially acceptable today. It’s no longer a stigma.” S: “A good, long-term marriage is now the exception, not the rule. We

oped identical values. We discovered that marriage is a process,

try to surround ourselves with happy couples (and) happy people.”

through.”

and that if you do it right, it keeps getting better.” Who’s the boss in the house? What’s the most difficult aspect of adjusting to married life?

S: “Adjustment to marriage was more difficult in ’69 than today

M: “We both think we are, and we work hard at letting the other think he/she is.”

because people didn’t live together first. Our most difficult adjustment was dealing with family pressure from up north.”

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ment or always be right. And don’t hold a grudge!”   What did you learn from your parents’ marriage that helped make yours successful? 

M: “Spend quality time together; family comes first and

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it’s very important to make time for each other.”

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and Scott is CEO of King Jewelers.

Children: Sons David and Jonathan (“Jono”) Married: 38 years this March Their story: Scott’s best friend was Maxine’s brother’s room-

Do you think marriage is more difficult to enter into now or

mate at the University of Miami. One holiday break, Scott

back when you got married? 

went to New Jersey where Maxine’s family lived and the two

S: “Marriage is definitely more difficult in today’s society. When

hit it off. A few years later, the two reconnected in South Flori-

we got married, you got married for the long haul; none of our

da. Says Maxine, “He proposed to me on Miami Beach, and

friends are divorced and much like us, they all continue to

we’ve been together ever since.”

work on their marriages.”

other laugh, and you can’t take life so seriously.”  

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Why do you think the divorce rate is so much higher now than

hadn’t thought would be true.

it used to be? 

Maxine: “It’s constant work; in order for it to be successful you

M: “Today it seems like people think that if a marriage doesn’t

have to continue to work hard at it, which we do.”

work they can just walk away from it. You have to work on your marriage to stay together.”

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S: “It’s very easy to do your own thing and not do things to-

married life?

gether. You have to remember you are a we, not a me.”

M: “The fact that we came from such different

 

backgrounds. I was raised in New Jersey, and Scott was raised in Miami Beach. It was definitely a culture shock, but also nice to learn from one another’s differences.”

Who is the boss in the house? 

M: “We take turns. It depends on the issue and who has a stronger opinion regarding the matter. But most of the time, you can count on it being me!”  

What has been your philosophy for a peaceful, happy marriage? 

Scott: “Learn to be supportive, patient and fair. No one can win every argu-

Any final advice?

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Love Stories Meet Five Romance Novelists Heating Up The South Florida Landscape By Dianna Smith

ver wonder what inspires romance novelists? How do

vary, they have one thing in common: the knowledge that the

they come up with their juicy, passionate love scenes?

life of a romance novelist isn’t always one big fairy tale. It’s about

What’s the impetus behind the feisty young heroines

dedication, rejection and never quitting. Because if you keep

who fall madly for the seemingly endless supply of

chasing your dream – as these women have – you’re likely to

obscenely handsome, benevolent (though still slightly flawed)

find your happy ending.

knights in shining armor? ¶ There must be something in the South Florida water, because many of these published authors find their muses right here. There’s even a thriving Florida Romance Writers group, an affiliate of Romance Writers of America, a nonprofit organization that helps authors establish careers. Of the estimated 10,000 members nationwide, more than 60 are from our sunny region. ¶ You’re about to meet five successful writers, whose books are sold in stores and online sites like Amazon.com. Some of them incorporate comedy or the paranormal; others delve into science-fiction, taking readers on journeys to mysterious planets. ¶ And while their writing styles 72

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LINDA SANKPILL, AKA, LINDA CONRAD •

Linda Sankpill likely wouldn’t be where she is today if it weren’t for her mother. Years ago, Sankpill was a stockbroker in Texas, trading, researching and hoping to find new clients with assets to invest. This was her career – until mom intervened.

“Before she passed away, she mentioned I should go back to writing stories the way I had in high school,” Sankpill recalls. “I decided life was too short not to try.” She eventually turned the living

“I have to remind (people) that I’ve written both sex scenes and murders. And no, I’ve never personally murdered anyone. I just have a terrific imagination.” – Linda Sankpill, aka, Linda Conrad

room of her Homestead home into an office and filled it with printers, two computers and tons and tons of books. To her fans, she’s known as Linda Conrad, the longtime, best-selling author for Harlequin-Silhouette books. Twenty seven of her novels have been published and two more are expected to be released early this year, pushing that total number to a whopping 29. They’re sold around the world and have been translated into more than 15 languages. Most of her books are different types of series and center on large families or groups of men who work together. One of her more popular series for Silhouette Romantic Suspense was called “Night Guardian” – six books about young Navajo medicine men who save others and find true love. Sankpill found true love years ago. “I’m grateful to have romance in my life for good,” she says. When asked how long she’s been married, she answers, “Some days it seems I have been married forever. Other days the years fade away and I feel like a newlywed.” She chose not to reveal her age. For inspiration, she keeps files of “real life” stories and once an idea begins to take form, the writing process begins. And that process, of course, includes sex scenes. People ask about those scenes often because, well, some are so steamy you wonder if they mirror her own life. But Sankpill says, “I have to remind them that I’ve written both sex scenes and murders. And no, I’ve never personally murdered anyone. I just have a terrific imagination.”

TRACI HALL •

raci Hall’s books are about love, lust and magic – that perfect combination that takes her largely female readership to places they long to go. Is her life nearly as dreamy?

“Right now I’m dressed in a T-shirt, sweatpants and I have a pen in my ponytail,” laughs Hall, 43,

– Traci Hall

who lives in your average three-bedroom, twobathroom house in Jupiter. “But,” she adds, “I have a very rich fantasy life.”

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Her first book, she jokes, was “terrible.” She wrote it in 1999 and it was about a mountain man. Not a good idea for romance, she giggles. But it did lead her to various writing groups and one day, Hall sold a book. It was called “Love’s

“Right now I’m dressed in a T-shirt, sweatpants and I have a pen in my ponytail. But I have a very rich fantasy life.”

Hall writes medieval paranormal romances where feisty heroines serve as main characters. She chose to incorporate magic into her books because it’s something you can’t explain, she says – kind of like being in love. She attributes her wild imagination to her many “time outs” as a child and the scary stories she’d make up during sleepovers.

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kids, she worked various jobs and owned a daycare center. Now she works part-time as a Starbucks barista for extra cash and health insurance.

Magic,” about a woman with magical healing ability forced to marry a man she doesn’t love. She sold it to Medallion Press, a small publishing company in Illinois. Hall would not release how much she sold it for, but laughs at the idea that she’s making tons of money. These days, between selling lattes, she travels monthly for writers’ conferences where she does everything from teach writing to give talks about sex. For inspiration, she walks the beach and hunts for sand dollars. When she finds one, she believes she’ll get published.

Hall’s currently working on a new series due out next year called “The Queen’s Garden,” for Medallion Press. Its characters are female spies who are indebted to Eleanor of Aquitaine and willing to die before giving up the queen’s secrets. She came up with the idea while researching the high Middle Ages on the Internet. And, as always, her imagination took it from there.

KAREN KENDALL •

n the desk in Karen Kendall’s Weston home is a bronze figurine, multicolored, clothed and about a foot high, holding a wand and shield and touting just one curly piece of hair on the top of its tiny head. This is Kendall’s creativity goddess and the successful romance novelist says it helps her break out of the occasional writing rut. Apparently, it works, since she’s published 19 books. Her first four were published by Avon Books, a subsidiary of Harper Collins. The rest have been published by Blaze, an affiliate of Harlequin, and by Signet, a division of Penguin.

“My natural inclination is to give (my characters) their privacy... However, my readers want to see the couple falling in love and sex is part of that process.”  – Karen Kendall

She says her writing doesn’t always pay as well as she’d like, but her sexy romantic comedies have allowed her to afford a home by the water, decorated with art and contemporary American crafts. Before writing, Kendall studied art history and worked in museums, and thought she’d eventually develop art materials for children. But after reading countless romance novels and every “how-to” book out there, she decided to write her own romantic comedy instead. Most of her stories are based in her hometown of South Florida. Her most recent series published by Signet – which includes “Take Me If You Can,” “Take Me Two Times,” and “Take Me For A Ride” – is set in an art recovery agency in Miami, the perfect location, she says, because the area is beautiful, the people are diverse and everyone and everything is sexy. Speaking of sex, she admits her love scenes are usually

the most difficult to write. She says she sometimes finds herself wanting to grant her characters some alone time. (Her husband jokes that her characters are her “imaginary friends.”) “It’s great to see them kiss. That’s sweet,” says the 43year-old. “But my natural inclination is to give them their privacy after that. However, my readers want to see the couple falling in love and sex is part of that process.”  Kendall loves romance writing but warns it’s not for the thin-skinned. “Be prepared for constant rejection, constant revision and constant reinvention,” she says. “Don’t listen to how bad the odds are of getting published because they’re a lot worse if you don’t write your book!” february 2011

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LISA MANUEL, AKA, ALLISON CHASE •

isa Manuel started writing about romance in the first grade. Her imagination was as big then as it is now. Her stories always included fairy talelike settings and not a day passed when she didn’t write in her diary or pen a letter to a friend. Manuel had the writing bug and it forever stuck. She lives in Coral Springs and her fans know her as Allison Chase. She started writing after talking with a co-worker who had just written her first romance novel. The conversations lured Manuel to write her first book and she contin-

ued to write five more before publishing her first novel called, “Mostly Married,” published in 2004 by Kensington Publishing Company. It’s about a man who lost his memory in a boating accident and began living life as a farmer when he was really an English aristocrat. “It’s scary when they come out because then it’s real and you worry about reviews and if it sells,” she says.

Now, eight books later, she’s giddy about her success. And though she’s thrilled to have fans and books that sell, she admits she doesn’t make enough money to support her husband and two daughters. But perhaps one day she will, she says. Manuel’s books are set in England and all have historical settings because Manuel has a love for all things history. She collects outfits from different time periods and looks forward to wearing

“My heroes are always the type that once they commit there’s nothing they wouldn’t do for their heroine.” – Lisa Manuel, aka, Allison Chase

her favorite ones at local Renaissance festivals and on Halloween. Her current series, called “Her Majesty’s Secret Servants,” is set in Victorian England. While doing research for the series, she learned that Queen Victoria had a lonely childhood so she invented some friends for her. Because Manuel finds inspiration everywhere, she keeps notebooks nearby to jot down ideas. She’s known to scribble notes on the back of grocery receipts when in a rush. And where does her inspiration for her heroes come from? Well, from her husband of course. “My heroes are always the type that once they commit there’s nothing they wouldn’t do for their heroine,” she says. “They’re all loving, sensitive guys. I think I get that from him.”

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NANCY J. COHEN ancy J. Cohen, who specializes in science-fiction romance, likes to include “Florida issues” in her books. “Perish by Pedicure” touches on melanoma, and includes signs to look for if you think you might have it. In “Killer Knots,” the setting is a cruise ship inspired by the 20-plus cruises she’s taken from South Florida ports. When not sailing the high seas, Cohen is in front of a computer, finding a sort of peaceful respite in her stories. And the romantic ones always have a happy ending. “There’s enough bad news out there,” says Cohen. “I like a book that will make me feel good.” Cohen lives in Plantation with her husband of

34 years. A nurse for a decade, she spent her spare time penning short stories after becoming inspired by a book that taught her how to write a novel. So she quit her nursing job after her first child was born and began writing during nap times, continuing to do so after her second child came along. (Both are now in college.)

“There’s enough bad news out there. I like a book that will make me feel good.” – Nancy J. Cohen

She wrote six books before selling her first novel, “Circle of Light,” which she published under the pen name Nancy Cane. It was a futuristic romance book released by Dorchester Publish-

ing that centered on an attorney kidnapped from Earth and forced to marry a stuffy politician on another planet. The book won her the HOLT Medallion Award, a national contest sponsored by Virginia Romance Writers. Her résumé now includes five futuristic romance novels and two paranormal romance books, as well as a mystery series called “Bad Hair Day,” featuring a South Florida hair stylist who solves crimes. All her mystery novels take place in the fictional town of Palm Haven (which is really Plantation). Great ideas are everywhere, Cohen says. The problem: Finding the hours to write all of the stories. “You have to start somewhere and you have to make the time for it,” she says. “As soon as you put words onto paper, consider yourself a writer.” O february 2011

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A Unique Wedding Combines Boca Raton Grandeur and South Beach Panache Romantic, elegant, distinctive and the perfect infusion of rich color. That’s what Alicia Kay, 27, and Scot Fishman, 36, requested for their dream wedding at The RitzCarlton, South Beach, and that’s what Event Design Specialist Jennifer Cohen of Xquisite Events in Boca Raton gave them.

by Linda Haase

“We wanted a traditional ceremony, but not a typical reception,” says Alicia, a lawyer who grew up in Boca Raton and is the daughter of Dr. William and Lynn Kay. february 2011

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The requests were exhilarating for Cohen, who added splashes of color and other unique touches to every facet of the overthe-top affair. The stunning ceremony was a vision of white and fuchsia, melding modern and classic accents. Vows were exchanged in a Dupioni silk tent, for which Cohen created an 8-foot-tall bridal archway draped with exotic flowers and flanked by white fabric window boxes topped with hydrangea, roses, cymbidium orchids and amaranthus, and an 8-foot, custom acrylic chuppah with white hydrangea, roses and orchids. “It was like walking into heaven,” recalls Alicia. “It was breathtaking.”

• AN ELEGANT SETTING

Cohen implemented rich colors, nontraditional decor and literally thousands of flowers for the reception. Place settings varied according to each table’s shape and design. Here, a navy-blue taffeta napkin accented with a white phalaenopsis orchid complemented a rectangular dining table.

➤ WALK THIS WAY The bride made her grand entrance through an 8-foot floral archway draped in hundreds of fragrant fuchsia hydrangea, roses, cymbidium

orchids

and

amaranthus,

then

walked down a 50-foot white Bengaline silk aisle runner bearing the couple’s initials.

White cymbidium and dendrobium orchids and floating candles illuminated the aisle.

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“We wanted it to be memorable and a very special time for us, but also for our friends and family,” added Scot, vice president of property development at Hannah Realty and the son of New York City resident Mel Fishman.

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The bride’s reaction to the whole extravaganza: “I was floored. It was beyond anything I could have imagined. And I have quite an imagination.” O

• CHIC RESPITE

Guests seeking relaxation between trips to the dance floor could retreat to a fashionable lounge area featuring white patentleather baroque-style seating paired with black-velvet ottomans and offset by pillows in silver, fuchsia and navy blue sequin-mesh fabric. For sore feet, guests were presented with custom-designed black-and-white flip flops. CENTER OF ATTENTION

Five different table centerpieces each included a black pedestal and black urn, brimming with white, fuchsia and purple roses; blue delphinium; purple mokara orchids; fuchsia, white and purple phalaenopsis and dendrobium orchids. Eight smaller, flower-filled vases complemented the centerpiece, along with a floating candle. All table settings included black glass sparkle chargers, black onyx water goblets and custom-printed menus.

COCKTAIL CENTRAL

The couple requested two separate bars so guests could avoid long waits for libations. Cohen used this 8-foot baroque-patterned, lucite-and-mirror bar featuring fuchsia underlighting. The second (not in photo) featured a

12-foot illuminated ice bar with the couple’s initials carved in the center.

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Photos by Munoz Photography

For the reception, Cohen used a diverse color scheme of cobalt and navy blue, fuchsia, silver, black and white. To create an even more striking milieu, she implemented five different centerpieces, plus a combination of rectangular, square and round tables covered in rich materials such as taffeta, silk and sequins. Here, 200 guests dined on Squash and Duck Confit Ravioli, Glazed Beef Filet, Chilean Sea Bass, an array of exotic side dishes, desserts and more. Other memorable touches included a 12-foot illuminated ice bar carved with the couple’s initials, and an instant photo booth, which provided great fun for spontaneous snapshots.

LIGHTING THE NIGHT The couple’s sweetheart table was stunning, blanketed in white and fuchsia roses, orchids and blue delphinium. The adjacent dance floor was illuminated by four handmade chandeliers each covered with 500 strands of white rose petals and clear crystals. Soft perimeter lighting subtly changed color every 20 minutes, providing the perfect ambiance for a night of celebration.

Seventy-five stems of white, fuchsia and lavender phalaenopsis orchids cascaded down the front of the sweetheart table, creating an elegant heart shape.

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Pilates of Boca Studio is located in the Reserve Shopping Center at Clint Moore & 441, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-483-4160, e-mail info@pilatesboca.com or visit pilatesboca.com.

Male Call

Pilates Of Boca studio Offers free Classes For Men in february

include weight-lifting and rigorous sports

straps, performing exercises like rows,

activities. The recent surge in popularity for

squats, planks and pikes. Similar to men’s

Core Strengthening exercises, most nota-

gymnastics rings, the core is engaged in

bly TRX, allows men to develop strength

order to stabilize the two straps. TRX works

for everyday activities and sports. Indeed

the abdominals, back, shoulders, arms

many professional golf, tennis, basketball,

and lower body. Ellis says, “Similar to Pi-

baseball and football athletes have incor-

lates, TRX is a total body workout!”

porated TRX into their daily workouts. The similarities between TRX and Pilates

“Men

need

Core

TRX Suspension Training is sweeping the

are many: both focus on exercises that

Strengthening

nation. Created for training military per-

challenge the whole body, both rely

exercises now!” states Stefanie Ellis, owner

sonnel in the field, it serves people of any

upon stability and balance, and both

of Pilates of Boca Studio, located in the Re-

develop core strength and mind/body

441. The studio has recently expanded to

“Men need Core Strengthening exercises now!”

offer new Core Cardio classes, incorporat-

age or fitness level, requires little space

ing the use of treadmills, Indo-rowing ma-

and delivers a workout unlike any other.

All new clients – men, women and teens

chines, TRX, weights, bosus, kettlebells and

When it comes to core strengthening

– are encouraged to try a free Core Car-

medicine balls. These classes will increase

workouts, TRX is supreme.

dio class at Pilates of Boca. Men are in-

serve Shopping Center at Clint Moore and

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awareness. TRX is a perfect complement to any Pilates workout.

vited to join for a free month of unlimited TRX utilizes two straps hanging from the

classes in February! This includes Core

ceiling. The person holds their own body

Cardio (TRX), Spinning, and specific

weight against the movement of the

“Men’s Pilates classes.”

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Bliss Salon|Spa is located at 17940 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-988-8989 or visit blisssalon-spa.com.

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At Your Service Bliss Salon|Spa dedicated To The Body And Soul

Bliss Salon|Spa is dedicated to pampering both the body and soul, from uniquely tailored facials and massage treatments to all-natural makeup and hair care products. “Whether you feel the need for relaxation or a therapeutic deep-tissue massage, we will customize our services and treatments specifically for you,” says Michal Dildine, spa director. Open since 2008, the Boca Raton salon and spa offers hair, nails, facials, massages, waxing and many other beauty extras.

“Whether you feel the need for relaxation or a therapeutic deep-tissue massage, we will customize our services and treatments specifically for you.” massages and facials, but are reluctant

can unwind for a few minutes or talk with

to spend money on themselves. Giving

the spa’s professionals about the differ-

a rejuvenating experience can be a

ent types of treatments. In addition, Bliss

perfect gift.”

provides “a motivating, positive workplace for its staff as part of its passion for

Bliss owner Sharon Overton recently

customer service,” says Dildine.

launched her own makeup line called “Every month we have a new feature,

Debris, with no paraffins, sulfates, oils or

Open Tuesday through Saturday, includ-

such as chocolate cherry facials and

gluten components. To introduce Debris,

ing evenings twice a week, Bliss caters to

pedicures for February,” says Dildine.

Bliss is offering a complimentary make-

women, men and children. “We believe

“We have an extensive menu of services

over to patrons who want to spruce up

that everyone wants to look good and

for men and women and encourage a

after a spa visit.

feel good,” Dildine says. “You can come

“come as you are” atmosphere. In ad-

in, take advantage of our pampering ser-

dition, we have gift cards for all those

One of Bliss’ special features is a wel-

vices and let go of all those worries and

special occasions. So many people love

coming relaxation area, where patrons

stresses. It’s a wonderful experience.”

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Bella Reina Spa is located at 815 George Bush Blvd., Delray Beach. For more information, call 561-404-7670 or visit bellareinaspa.com.

Nancy Reagan The spa has Swarovski Crystal treatment rooms, a three-station manicure bar and pedicure stations. All treatment instruments are sanitized to hospital standards, and ozone generator stainless-steel pedicure stations destroy all pathogenic bacteria.   Bella Reina’s clinical signature facial includes double-cleansing, double-masking, massage, extractions, enhanced boosters, eye and lip repair. Skin services can be extended to neck and décolleté, plus arms and feet.

“Our master estheticians provide powerful antiaging treatments and incredible customer service. We are passionate about creating treatments with amazing results.” “We are also certified as a Transition Lifestyle spa,” adds Reagan. “We teach a 12week course in healthy, low-glycemic nutrition that includes exercise, body modifica-

Royal Treatments Bella Reina Spa Delivers Beautiful Results

tion and lifestyle changes. We get fantastic life-changing results, including weight loss, a new way of eating and a reduction in body fat for both men and women.” Bella Reina offers natural, environmentally sensitive products from Environ Skin Care and Image Skin Care that promote healthy

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With a deep commitment to effective

Bella Reina’s popular spa services include

functioning of the skin at the cellular level,

medical-grade products and services, 

the Ageless Esthetics Ultra for nonsurgi-

which results in healthy, vibrant-looking

Bella Reina Spa delivers beautiful results

cal facelifts, therapeutic massage, de-

skin. The spa idolizes Jane Iredale makeup

for its clients. “Our master estheticians pro-

toxifying body wraps and penetrating

and Motives Custom Blend makeup, both

vide powerful anti-aging treatments and

skin treatments that combine ultrasonic

which provide incredible quality and flaw-

incredible customer service,” says Nancy

microdermabrasion with high-dose vi-

less coverage.  Clients can also enjoy the

Reagan, co-owner of the Delray Beach

tamins.  Other leading services include

spa’s revolutionary SHELLAC hybrid nail

spa. “We are passionate about creating

body peels, facials, acne treatments,

color.  Applied like polish, it wears flawlessly

treatments with amazing results.”

waxing and special makeup sessions.

for 14 days of high gloss shine.

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Beauty Patrol

Studio Z is located at 2200 Glades Road, Glades Plaza, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-368-4244.

Philipe Sze

When Philipe Sze opened Studio Z in Boca Raton in 2002, he brought with him many years of experience as a stylist from Vidal Sassoon in Los Angeles. His clients there included Suzanne Somers, Priscilla Presley and Connie Sellecca. Sze, who was born in Asia, immediately noticed the diverse culture and different racial backgrounds when he moved to the United States at age 15. “During high school, I befriended the manager

From Los Angeles, With Love Studio Z Brings Big City Experience To Boca Raton

of John Dellaria, who influenced me

At Studio Z, clients can choose from a unique blend of seasoned stylists with different backgrounds and much experience under their belts – clients can rest assured they will always receive the best haircut and color. Eight years and thousands of satisfied clients later, Studio Z is home to some of Boca Raton’s best and most accomplished stylists which have earned Sze and his salon a very recommendable reputation. With a completely new look,

to become a hair stylist,” Sze explains.

Studio Z is ready for a new year and

“After, I moved to New York City and

his Asian heritage. The famous Vidal Sas-

dated a stylist who later became the

soon was Sze’s idol and fortunately for

Artistic Director of R.U.S.K. International.

him, after graduating, he was hired as

hopefully the great success it will bring. Sze’s words of wisdom: “Let the haircut

That confirmed that this would be the profession I wanted to be in.” Sze later moved to Los Angeles and attended cosmetology school at Yomato

At Studio Z, clients can choose from a unique blend of seasoned stylists with different backgrounds and much experience under their belts.

International and had the opportunity

an apprentice at one of Vidal Sassoon’s

do the talking, don’t become a legend in

of working with some of the best Asian

salons and later went on to become one

your own mind, and always be humble.”

hairstylists, making him more in-tune with

of Vidal Sassoon’s top stylists.

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GBS has two store and salon locations in Boca Raton at 21306 St. Andrews Blvd., 561-394-6123 and The Shops At Boca Greens, 29635 S. SR 7, 561-451-8785. For more information, visit gbsbeauty.com.

“From anti-aging to managing adult acne and sunscreens that block both UVA and UVB rays, customers have a wide assortment of trusted brands to choose from.”

Owner Ken Bern and public relations principal Dana Rhoden

Each GBS location is staffed by beauty professionals who take pride in continued education as well as knowing each customer’s name and product preference. “From makeup and skin care to hair-styling, we help people look and feel better. This level of individual customer appreciation is one of the ways GBS For decades, South Florida families have relied on GBS, The Beauty Store, for brand-name products, expert consultations, professional skin care and affordable salon services. “We carry all your personal grooming needs from head to toe,” says Meredith Foster, director of marketing for GBS, whose six South Florida locations include beauty boutiques and salons in

Looking Fabulous

stands out from the crowd.” GBS also

GBS, The Beauty Store Offers Head to Toe Beauty – and Beyond

beautiful shade of lipstick, can make you

Boca Raton and West Boca. “With shelves

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day extras” campaign that rewards customers with free merchandise and deep discounts every time they shop.

“We

know that even small purchases, like a feel better and add value to your life,” says Foster. When it comes to hair care, GBS’ profes-

stacked high with a plethora of products, GBS is like a candy store for grown-ups.”

gives back to customers with an “every-

sional in-store salons feature innovative Roth, Dermalogica, Murad, Nuxe and

cutting techniques, award-winning color

more. “From anti-aging to managing

and affordable services for the whole

As a popular destination for professional

adult acne and sunscreens that block

family.

skin care products, GBS is committed

both UVA and UVB rays, customers have

professional facial rooms, brow shap-

to carrying only high-quality, result-

a wide assortment of trusted brands to

ing, state-of-the-art nail treatments and

oriented brands such as Peter Thomas

choose from,” says Foster.

makeup application.  

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Anarkali Salon is located at 2240 N.W. 19th Street, Suite 911, Boca Raton. For more information, call Nibeela Sohail at 954-531-8369 or visit anarkalisalon.com.

Tania Sohail

“At Anarkali Salon, we do not use preshaped stencils but create a beautiful customized eyebrow shape that complements our client’s facial structure and features.”

Nibeela Sohail

Framing The Face

Touted for its safety by dermatologists,

Anarkali Salon Creates Exquisite Eyebrows With Threading Technique

other skin-thinning medications as it does

epilation of hair by threading is safe and recommended by users of Retin-A and not strip off the skin as wax does. “At Anarkali Salon, we do not use pre-

Mother and daughter team Nibeela

This technique creates laser precise lines

shaped stencils but create a beautiful

and Tania Sohail have dedicated

and a clean defined shape, which cre-

customized eyebrow shape that com-

many years to the art of eyebrow shap-

ates symmetry and balances the facial

plements our client’s facial structure and

ing by thread. By utilizing her methods

features. The hair is removed in its entire-

features,” says Nibeela.  “Every individual

and expertise, Nibeela Sohail has cre-

ty from the follicle resulting in no break-

deserves to have beautiful eyebrows.

ated the ultimate shaping by threading

age and a finer regrowth.  There are no

technique.

chemicals, no risk of infection or being

Open seven days a week, Anarkali Salon

burnt from recycled hot wax.  A fresh

also offers facials and waxing services.

piece of thread is used for each client.

All employees are professionals licensed

Threading, an ancient hair removal method, dates back to Egypt’s Queen

by the Department of Professional Reg-

Cleopatra, who was known to thread

Anarkali Salon has received a five-star

ulations Board of Cosmetology.

her entire body. “The benefits of thread-

beauty designation from the prestigious

salon also offers organic skincare, and

ing exceed all other methods of eye-

New Beauty magazine network, at the

its products are certified by the USDA,

brow shaping,” says Nibeela.

recommendation of Dr. Andrea Trowers.

CCOF, OASIS and NSF.

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The Seagate Spa is located at 1000 East Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. For more information or to make treatment reservations, call 561-665-4950 or visit theseagatespa.com.

Always In Season The Seagate Spa Provides OceanInspired Beauty Treatments

Among the many inviting features of The Seagate Hotel, located on Atlantic Avenue, is the 8,000-square-foot Seagate Spa, which welcomes guests and walk-in clients alike to a soothing South Florida spa experience. Guests are welcomed by soft hues and natural

textures

reminiscent

of

the

oceanside atmosphere. A beach rock wall with cascading water and bamboo floors leads to seven treatment spaces,

The Seagate Spa menu is a collection of locally inspired treatments featuring the Elemis skincare line.

with a complimentary seasonal cocktail to be enjoyed along with the pampering. In addition, any guest booking an 80-

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each arrayed with distinctive natural

The Seagate Spa is also offering an

minute facial through February will

elements like limestone and pebble

exclusive menu of seasonally inspired

receive a complimentary Elemis Gentle

floors and organic rice paper walls

manicures and pedicures this winter. In

Rose Exfoliator (a $38 value).

embossed with a subtle wave pattern.

February, warm your fingers and toes with the new Chocolate Rose Manicure

In March, The Seagate Hotel & Spa will

The Seagate Spa menu is a collection of

& Pedicure ($100), an antioxidant-rich

host an Educational Elemis Luncheon

locally inspired treatments featuring the

experience employing hydrating Camellia

focused on the theme “Food for Your Skin

Elemis skincare line. New massage treat-

and Rose Essential oils for an exfoliating

– AND You.” Guests will have the opportunity

ments recently introduced include the

scrub, moisture mask and massage. In

to hear an Elemis specialist explain the

dual-therapist Deep Sea Journey massage

March, the Milk & Honey Manicure &

benefits of each product and enjoy a 15-

and the soothing Contouring Body Massage,

Pedicure ($100) features a warm milk

minute mini-facial customized to his or her

while new facials include the Ultimate

bath, honey and sugarcane scrub, and

skincare concerns. A $25 reservation fee

Renewal Facial, the Microdermabrasion

soothing oat cream massage. Each

will be applied to an Elemis purchase

Facial and the Teen Facial.

seasonal treatment comes complete

during the event.

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Silkening Technologies is located at 6560 W. Rogers Circle, Suite 15, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-327-7729 or visit silkeningtechnologies.com.

Biage Bucario

“This is the hottest thing on the market. My treatment will give you silky, smooth, sexy, shiny, straight hair.” Biage is an internationally renowned educator and stylist who created the buzzword “Brazilian” for Keratin Treatments. He was the founder and director of education for Keratin Complex Hair Therapy by Coppola. But Biage is now out on his own, offering clients treatments and follow-up products that he created himself. “The collagen plumps up the hair and makes it fat,” he explains. “This makes

Every once in a while, there is an amazing talent who breezes into the beauty industry, and that’s why South Florida is so lucky to have Biage Bucario. Biage can take unruly, curly hair and turn it luscious and straight. He can take your baby fine hair and make it look and feel thick. “This is the hottest thing on the market,” enthuses the product creator

Smooth Operator Silkening Technologies Creates Healthy, Smooth, Shiny Hair

and New York native cosmetologist.

the hair incredibly strong and healthy. And it makes hair grow. And the maintenance is unbelievable. You blow the hair out and it stays all week.” Biage also loves that it’s so safe. “This is the best of all worlds because I’ve created a gel that doesn’t affect hair color,” he says. And guess what? We’ve saved the best for last.

maintain the body of the hair and aroThe Pro-Collagen Rx Keratin Treatment

gan oil prolongs the Pro-Collagen Rx

This February, Biage is offering this treat-

by Biage is keratin treatment “that just

Keratin Treatment, allowing clients to

ment at a reduced price at The Hair

got better.” The treatment – you only

go longer between treatments at an af-

Academy at Silkening Techologies. Go

need it about once every five months.

fordable price.

online to his Web site and take a peek at the before and after pictures. You will

Biage also offers the newest blow-out

“My treatment will give you silky, smooth,

cream called Smooth Moves, that can

sexy, shiny, straight hair – it takes out the

be used as a mini treatment and gives a

frizz and puts back the protein,” he says.

Or your hair, once you’ve been to Biage.

fabulous blow-out. This blow-out cream

And Biage Bucario doesn’t make prom-

Call and ask your stylist about his new

has the keratin protein, collagen to

ises he can’t keep.

Formaldehyde free Keratin treament.

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Palate Pleasures Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival Celebrates A Decade Of Indulgence t’s hard to believe the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival has been showcasing its mouthwatering treats, mind-blowing cocktails and celebrity chef presentations for more than a decade, but it’s true. In honor of its 10th anniversary, this year’s festival, which is scheduled February 24th through February 27th, will present its most gastronomically impressive lineup to date.

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Planned especially for this year, Chef Emeril Lagasse and Martha Stewart will host the event’s featured 10th anniversary soiree, “Let Them Eat Cake,” where pastry chefs and renowned confectioners – including Margaret Braun, Jacques Torres and Food Network’s Duff Goldman – will present decadent delicacies to complement cocktails and Moët & Chandon Champagne (which, of course, will flow all night long). Also planned in honor of the festival’s anniversary is a tribute dinner for world-renowned Chef Alain Ducasse. The evening will feature a veritable “Who’s Who” from the culinary world, all there to honor Chef Ducasse, winner of more Michelin Stars than all of his contemporaries.

What else is on tap: A South Beach spin on the popular Food Network show, “The Best Thing I Ever Ate!” hosted by Goldman, alongside Anne Burrell, Sunny Anderson, Chuck Hughes, Scott Conant, Geoffrey Zakarian and others, all of whom will divulge favorite dishes from beachside restaurants; Kohl’s Fun and Fit as a Family featuring Kellogg’s Kidz Kitchen, an event featuring Chef Jamie Oliver, Giada De Laurentiis, Tyler Florence, Rachael Ray and others. Patrons can also expect a plethora of dinners, brunches and parties hosted by Food Network’s most popular chefs. How does a Paula Deen’s Down Home Cookin’ Sunday Gospel Brunch sound? Or an Amstel Light Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray? Or a Perrier-Jouët BubbleQ event hosted by Bobby Flay? The weekend will also feature a Wine Spectator Wine Seminar series, a Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village and much more, with proceeds benefitting Florida International University's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. We suggest you start dieting now. O For more information, call 877-7623933 or visit sobewineandfoodfest.com. February 2 0 1 1

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If loving rich, decadent chocolate is wrong, we don’t want to be right. Even those of us without romantic partners this Valentine’s Day can use the holiday as an excuse to indulge in the sweet stuff (lots of it… or maybe that’s just us). The follow-

Ingredients

ing sinful desserts (and one cocktail

25 large strawberries 1 (12 oz.) bag dark chocolate chips 1 tbsp. vegetable oil

thrown in for good measure) are guaranteed to get your heart racing.

Miniature Mint Brownie Sundae Stacks

This is a great dessert to share, or serve to a crowd. Want to make it healthier? Use cholesterol-free egg product in the brownie batter and sugar-free ice cream and chocolate sauce. Ingredients Nonstick cooking spray, as needed 1 (family-size box) fudge brownie mix, batter prepared according to package directions 1 (9 oz.) bag 3 MUSKETEERS® Brand Mint with Dark Chocolate Minis 24 (½ oz.) scoops low-fat mint chip ice cream ¾ cup DOVE® Dark Chocolate Topping, warm Fresh mint sprigs, optional Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 9-inch x 9-inch baking pan lightly with nonstick cooking spray; line with baking paper or foil. Spread 1/2 brownie batter in pan; top evenly with 3 MUSKETEERS® Brand Mint with Dark Chocolate Minis. Spread remaining 2/3 batter evenly over top. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in brownies comes out clean. Cool completely. Cut brownies into 12 even portions; slice each portion in quarters. For each sundae, portion 2 (1/2 oz.) scoops ice cream and 4 brownie quarters in bowl; top with 1 tablespoon warm DOVE® Dark Chocolate topping. Garnish each with fresh mint sprig, if desired. Serve immediately. 96

Preparation

Chocolate Bouchons with Fresh Raspberries

Day dinner and calls for only four simple ingredients.

This indulgent bite-sized dessert features rich, moist cork-shaped chocolate cakes filled with luscious bits of melted chocolate and topped with fresh raspberries and a drizzle of raspberry syrup.

2 cups heavy cream 10 oz. Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips ½ cup granulated sugar 4 large egg yolks, room temperature

Ingredients

Preparation Ingredients

1 box chocolate cake mix 2 cups mini chocolate chips 1 pint fresh raspberries 1 jar raspberry jam Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray muffin pan or bouchon baking mold with cooking spray. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Add 2 cups mini chocolate chips to batter. Portion batter 2/3 full into a 2” x 1”- deep muffin pan or bouchon baking molds. Bake for 20-25 minutes. An inserted toothpick should come out clean but not dry. Transfer mini bouchon chocolate cakes to cooling rack. After cooling a few minutes, invert bouchon pan and cool some more. Meanwhile, place 1 cup raspberry jam in saucepan and warm. Arrange mini bouchon chocolate cakes on plates and drizzle one teaspoon warm raspberry jam over each; garnish with red raspberries.

Ghiradelli Pots de Creme Imagine pure chocolate heaven in your own little pot! This elegant dessert makes a fine finishing touch for a Valentine’s

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combination of fresh produce with rich, luxurious dark chocolate. Try it with different chocolates, or roll strawberries in nuts or toasted coconut after dipping for a delicious twist.

Preheat oven to 300°F. Bring 4 cups of water to a simmer over medium heat. Arrange 6 (6-oz.) ramekins ½-inch apart in large baking dish; set aside. Place cream in small saucepan and bring to simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat, add chocolate, stir until melted and set aside. Whisk sugar and yolks in large bowl until thickened and pale in color. Slowly whisk in 1/3 chocolate mixture, add remainder while stirring. Place a fine mesh strainer over a large measuring cup or bowl with a spout and pour in custard base. Remove strainer; evenly divide custard base among ramekins. Tap ramekins a few times to break air bubbles. Place baking dish in oven; carefully add simmering water to reach 1-inch up the sides of ramekins. Cover dish with aluminum foil; poke several holes in foil so steam can escape. Bake 25 minutes (centers will still be slightly jiggly.) Remove ramekins; cool to room temperature, for about an hour. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to 4 days.

ChocolateDipped Strawberries This recipe features the elegant

Clean and dry strawberries, leaving stems and leaves intact. In double boiler, melt chocolate and oil over low heat; stir to combine. Lay waxed paper on flat surface. Individually dip strawberries into chocolate mixture, allowing extra chocolate to drip off; place on waxed paper to set. Note: If your kitchen is warm, strawberries may be refrigerated for 10 minutes to set chocolate.

White Chocolate Martini Delicious, rich, velvety white chocolate concocted into a sinful drink. Need we say more? This drink’s simple syrup can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for use as needed. Ingredients

½ cup half and half cream 4 oz. white chocolate, roughly chopped 2 oz. vodka 2 oz. simple syrup Preparation

Heat half and half cream in a small saucepan; slowly add white chocolate, whisk continually until chocolate is melted. Cool to room temperature. Add vodka and simple syrup (see below) to white chocolate mixture; stir to blend. Pour into a pair of martini glasses; serve. To Make Simple Syrup

Combine 1 cup sugar and 2 cups water in saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat; cool. O

Recipes and photos courtesy of The Food Channel. For more dishes and ideas, visit foodchannel.com.

from top: Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries; Chocolate Bouchons With Fresh Raspberries; White Chocolate Martini; Mini Mint Brownie Sundae Stack; Ghiradelli Pots de Creme

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Managing Partner Ed Tanner and Chef David Nelson; the restaurant's elegant dining room; Miso Seabass; Crab Claws.

Original Kings Of Crab

Truluck’s Offers A Fresh Take On Unique Favorites By Linda Haase

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riginality, often lacking in our cookie-cutter world, is a Truluck’s trademark. This popular Boca Raton restaurant, known for its delectable crab entrees, fully sustainable fish and antibiotic-and-hormone-free beef, takes unique dining a step beyond: everything from the crab-shaped lights to the colossal glass vases with spectacular orchids to the Asian-style Salt and Pepper Calamari is distinctive. The company even operates its own fleet of boats that catch and deliver fresh Florida stone crabs daily.

Of course, if your palate craves simple, expertly seasoned and prepared fish (including Sushi Grade Hawaiian Tuna and Florida Black Grouper) or tender, juicy steak (perhaps a prime hand-cut Rib-eye), it’s available here. But top it off with one of Truluck’s unique sauces (such as Island Zest, a luscious mingling of chilled papaya, fennel, honey-crisp apples and cilantro in a light and spicy vinaigrette; Au Poivre, pepper-crusted with a cognac pan sauce; or Oscar Style, an extraordinary mix of blue crab, asparagus and rich béarnaise sauce) and it’s even more impressive. We suggest starting with the Knife and Fork Caesar Salad, with large slices of romaine lettuce, shaved 98

cheese and imported white anchovies dressed with a nicely balanced and seasoned dressing that should set the barometer for all Caesar dressings. Another Truluck’s salad innovation: a grilled slice of crostini rubbed with garlic replaces tiresome croutons. Entrees are impressive, here: A few of our favorites are the large, succulent Dutch Harbor Red King Crab; Trout Amandine, clear springs rainbow trout in an almond crust with a rich lemon-caper butter sauce; and Roasted Chicken, a moist half-chicken perfectly seasoned with rosemary and a hint of orange. Side dishes include a variety of vegetables and if the daily veggie special is the grilled brussel sprouts, cauliflower, mushroom and walnut combo on the night you dine – don’t pass it up. Wine aficionados should stroll by the glass-enclosed cellar, where many of the 100-plus offerings await. The selections include Cool & Groovy Reds, Lush & Fruity Whites and Around The World Flights (four samples of compatible whites, reds or Champagnes). “We encourage you to be adventurous,” the wine menu urges. That’s easy to do here. O

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where Truluck’s is located at 351 Plaza Real (Mizner Park), Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-3910755 or visit trulucks.com.

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The Cove Marina & Restaurant41645 S.E. 3rd Ct. x

DUFFY's SPORTS BAR & GRILL4401 N. Federal Hwy. x

Abe & Louie’s4Glades Plaza

Deerfield Beach x 954.421.9272 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Deerfield Beach x 954.429.8820 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Dinner nightly, Sunday Brunch.

Cugini Steakhouse and Martini Bar4270 E. Atlantic

Absinthe4Shops at Boca Center x 5150 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.620.3754 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.274.6244 x Dinner nightly, Lunch weekends.

Falcon House4116 N.E. Sixth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.243.9499 x Dinner nightly.

x 2200 W. Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.447.0024 x Lunch Monday-Friday,

Andrew’s Modern American Bistro499 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x 561-391-7939 x Boca

Raton x Dinner

daily. Atlantic Grille4Seagate Hotel & Spa x 1000 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.665.4900 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday.

Cut 4324432 E. Atlantic Ave. x

Delray Beach x 561.272.9898 x Dinner nightly. Dada452 North Swinton Ave. x

Delray Beach x 561.330.3232 x Dinner nightly.

Fifth Avenue Grill4821 S.E.

Fifth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.265.0122 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Grand Lux Cafe4Town

Center x 6000 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.2141 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

The Grille on Congress 4

5101 Congress Ave. x Boca Raton x 561.912.9800 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. Henry’s4The Shoppes at Addison Place x 16850 Jog Rd. x Delray Beach x 561.638.1949 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Hooters 4Glades Plaza x 2240 N.W. 19th St. x Boca Raton x 561.391.8903 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Houston’s41900 N.W. Executive Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.998.0550 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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Cinemark Palace 20 x 3200 Airport Rd. x 561.544.3044 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Bonefish Grill4Boca Grove Shopping Center x 21065 Powerline Rd. x 561.483.4949 x Dinner daily. Brewzzi4Glades Plaza x 2222 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.2739 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Brooks Restaurant4500 South Federal Hwy. x Deerfield Beach x 954.427.9302 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday in season, offseason Friday-Sunday. The Capital Grille46000

Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

561.368.1077

Carmen’s4Boca Raton Bridge Resort x 999 Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.9500 x Dinner Wednesday-Friday, Brunch Sunday. Chops Lobster Bar4101

Plaza Real South x Boca Raton x 561.395.2675 x Dinner nightly. Copper Canyon Grill42006 N.W. Executive Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.893.8838 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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Revel In Romance The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach Serves Up A Sweet Surprise   Want to romance a chocoholic this Valentine’s Day? Here’s how: The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach on February 12th through February 14th will offer a lavish Valentine’s Chocolate and Red Wine Bar. The decadent event, which takes place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., will offer fine wines and libations served with luscious chocolates, creative amuse bouche and sinful savories by Executive Chef Ryan Artim. Expect a ridiculously delicious menu of Raspberry White Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Fondue accompanied by fruits, madeleines, marshmallows, Angel Food Cake, Rice Krispy Treats and meringues for dipping. Other sweets will include peanut brittle, Pop Rock Lollipops, Red Velvet and Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes, Cappuccino Whoopie Pies, Chocolate Pot de Crème, Caramel Macadamia Nut Fudge, Chocolate Raspberry Tarts and Fudgy Cheesecake Bites. 

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Knowing which wines to pair with which sweets can be tricky, so here’s a quick cheat sheet: Zinfandel brings out chocolate’s spicy nuances. Fortified fruity wines like Banyuls and Ruby Port are classic companions to chocolate. And because of the intensity of flavors, bittersweet and dark chocolates should be paired with stronger red wines with concentrated fruit notes – Syrah, Shiraz, Cabernet, Malbec, Grenache, Merlot, Tawny Port and Ruby Port, for example.  Or if you prefer, simply sip Hot Chocolate or Champagne. To make your evening even more romantic, enjoy all this chocolaty goodness by a fire pit overlooking the ocean. If you don’t get lucky after this date, well, we can’t help you.

For more information, call 561-533-6000 visit ritzcarlton.com/resorts/palm_beach.

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wThe Dish on Food, Wine & Restaurants J. Alexander’s41400 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.347.9875 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Kathy’s Gazebo Cafe44199 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.395.6033 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. Kee Grill417940 N. Military

Tr. x Boca Raton x 561.995.5044 x Dinner nightly. Lucille’s Bad to the Bone BBQ4Regency Court x 3011 Yamato

Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.997.9557 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Mariposa4Neiman Marcus at

Town Center x 5860 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.544.2320 x Lunch daily.

Racks Downtown eatery & Tavern 4Mizner Park x 402

Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.395.1662 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Rare Las Olas4401 E. Las

Olas Blvd x Fort Lauderdale x 954.527.3365 x Dinner nightly. Ruth’s Chris Steak House

4225 N.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.6746 x Dinner nightly. Seasons 5242300 N.W. Executive Center Dr. x Boca Raton x 561.998.9952 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Six Tables4112 N.E. Second

Max’s Grille4Mizner Park x

St. x Boca Raton x 561.347.6260 x

404 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.0080 x Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday.

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4Shoppes at Blue Lake x 1200 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.988.9142 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Miller’s Boca West Ale House4Boca Lyons Plaza x 9244

W. Glades Road x Boca Raton x 561.487.2989 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Morton’s, The Steakhouse4

Shops at Boca Center x 5050 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.392.7724 x Dinner nightly. New York Prime42350 N.W.

Executive Center Dr. x Boca Raton x x Dinner nightly.

561.998.3881

Oceans 2344234 N. Ocean Blvd. x Deerfield Beach x 954.428.2539 x Lunch and Dinner daily. The Office4201 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.276.3600 x Lunch and Dinner daily. The Pavilion Grille4301 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.912.0000 x Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Porterhouse Bar & Grill

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Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Smokehouse Grille & Wingery42257 N. Federal Hwy. x

Vinny’s All Day Cafe4Regency Court x 3013 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.988.9883 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

Boca Raton x 561.391.9110 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Watercolors Cafe4Boca

Temple Orange4The Ritz-

Carlton, Palm Beach x 100 S. Ocean Blvd. x Manalapan x 561.533.6000 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. The Sundy House4106 S.

Swinton Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.5678 x Lunch TuesdaySaturday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday, Brunch Sunday. III Forks Prime Steakhouse4

200 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.416.2185 x Dinner nightly.

Sip Tip Former Temptations Vocalist Performs At Fourth Annual American Fine Wine Competition Gala Dinner

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n addition to amazing food and drink, guests of the Fourth Annual American Fine Wine Competition (AFWC) Gala Dinner, which takes place February 12th at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, will be treated to a live performance by former Temptations vocalist Richard Street and his new “Temptations” band. Street is known for hits such as “Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are),” “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” “Masterpiece,” and his featured solo, “Hey Girl (I Like Your Style).” The evening will also include additional entertainment, an auction and a five-course dinner prepared by the chefs at Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Resort & Spa, with wines served tableside. The event is presented by Patriot National Insurance Group (PNIG) and Patriot Risk Management, Inc. (PRMI), with proceeds benefitting the Diabetes Research Institute and the Sun-Sentinel Children’s Fund.

For more information, call 561-504-8463, e-mail shari@americanfinewinecompetition.com or visit americanfinewinecompetition.com.

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Raton Bridge Hotel x 999 E. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.9500 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner nightly. Wild Olives by Todd English 4The Shops at Boca

Center x 5050 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.544.8000 x Lunch and Dinner daily, Lunch Monday-Friday.

asian/sushi 5 Spice Asian Street Market4

Shoppes of Blue Lake x Suite A1 x 1200 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.989.1688 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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Blu Bambu Boca Breakfast Club Caruso Ristorante Casimir French Bistro Chops Lobster Bar Club 303 Cote France Bakery & Café Daimatsu Sushi Giovanni's Pizza Holloway's Irish Pub Jake's Stone Crab Lemongrass Asian Bistro Maxies Meze Raffaele Italian Restaurant Ristorante Sapori Rosario’s Ristorante Rustic Cellar Saquella Caffe Table 42 Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar Tropical Smoothie Café The Wishing Well Irish Pub

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Benne Men's Wear Bennington Tobacconist Boca Unique Boutique Deborah James D'Vara Jewelers Fiat Custom Design Framing Floral & Hearty Harris Comfort Shoes Hot Wheels of Boca J. Mark Jewelers & Accessories Karen Lynne Gallery Lifestyles of Lynne Gi Store Linda White Gallery Lucx Boutique Lululemon Athletica Roni’s Bras & Specialties Runway International Design Sunglass Italia Swimland Swimwear The Heart Painter TiTiGirl Boutique Uniq Fashionista & Shoes Verdi Fine Jewelers Vicki Soble Couture VoguElements Yaacov Heller Gallery 22

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Back Bay Salon Boca Nails Brazelia Med Spa Dr Steven Cantor, Chiropractor Elegance Salon & Hair Studio Green Wave Body Waxing Keyanah Day Spa by Jasmine La Mirage Hair Salon Nubia Rose International Salon Oasis Barber Shop Oxygen Salon Pure Barre Rod Squad Royal Palm Nails & Spa Salon 300 Tipsy Salon, Spa & Lounge

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Acker-Morris, PL Boca Quality Dry Cleaners Cloud 9 Adventures Edward Jones Investments Fred Astaire Dance Studio Gervis Design Studio John M Sortino, MD Leon F Gerard, DDS Mummaw & Associates Royal Palm Academy Royal Palm Hearing Aid Showtime Performing Arts Theatre Siberian Floors The Place for Kitchens Tobi’s Grooming TravelGroup International

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Fried Lobster Tails

Asia Sushi/Wok/Grill4

7600 Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.544.8100 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly except Friday and Saturday. Bangkok in Boca4Royal Palm

Place x 500 Via de Palmas x Boca Raton x 561.394.6912 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Bluefin Sushi Thai Grill4

861 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.981.8986 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

Long Boned Lamb Chops

Cay Da Vietnamese47400 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.998.0278 x Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Daimatsu Sushi441 Royal Palm

Place x Boca Raton x 561.361.7557 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Edo Sushi-Upscale Japanese Sushi & Pan-Asian Buffet4

Ice Cream Sliders

Waterway Shoppes of Parkland x 7609 N. State Road 7 x Parkland x 954.755.3191 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Fah Asian Bistro4Boca Valley

Shopping Plaza x 7461 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.241.0400 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Gary Woo Asian Bistro4

Rare Find New Fort Lauderdale Restaurant A Steak Lover’s Paradise

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he principals of New York Prime in Boca Raton have opened a new restaurant, Rare Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale. The contemporary, upscale steakhouse emits a South Beach vibe while serving the same USDA Prime steaks and other mouthwatering dishes for which its sister location is known. Menu items include a 24 oz. Bone-in Porterhouse and a 30 oz. Strip for Two, as well as Sushi Grade Black & Blue Tuna, Lobster Wellington and Veal Milanese. There’s also an impressive bar, outdoor seating and an upstairs Late Night Lounge serving premium liquors, wines and cordials.

For more information, call 954-527-3365 or visit rarelasolas.com.

3400 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.368.8803 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. Closed Tuesdays. House of Siam425 N.E.

Second Ave., #116 x Delray Beach x x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. 561.330.9191

Japango4Riverstone Shoppes

of Parkland x 7367 N. State Road 7 x Parkland x 954.345.4268 x Regency Court x 3011 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.999.1263 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Kansai47140 Beracasa Way x

Boca Raton x 561.395.8862 x Dinner nightly. Kyojin Buffet4Shops at Boca

Grove x 21073 Powerline Rd. x Boca 104

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Raton x 561.218.1708 x Lunch and Dinner daily. La Tre4249 E. Palmetto Park

Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.4568 x Dinner nightly. LemonGrass Asian Bistro4

420 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.5050 x Lunch and Dinner daily. 4101 Plaza Real South E. x Boca Raton x 561.544.8181 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Mai Hibachi44801 Linton Blvd. x Delray Beach x 561.499.2766 x Lunch and Dinner daily. PEI WEI41914 N.E. Fifth Ave. x Boca Raton x 561. 226.0290 x Lunch and Dinner daily. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro4

1400 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.393.3722 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Phuket Thai4Palms Plaza x 22191 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.447.8863 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. Saito’s Japanese Steakhouse 48316 Jog Rd. x Boynton

Beach x 561.369.1788 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. 4CityPlace x 700 S. Rosemary Ave., #208 x 561.296.8881 x Lunch and Dinner daily. 4Palm Beach Gardens x 4675 PGA Blvd. x 561.202.6888 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Soba Sushi Caviar Lounge4Mizner Park x 415 Plaza

Real x Boca Raton x 561.620.0606 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Stir Crazy fresh asian grillTown Center x 6000 Glades

Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.338.7500 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Sushi Ray4Shops at Boca Center x 5250 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.394.9506 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. SUSHI THAI4100 N.E. Second St. x Boca Raton 561.750.4448 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

FLORIDA’S LARGEST AND BEST SELECTION SINCE 1983 KITCHENS ❙ BATHROOMS ❙ CUSTOM CABINETS ❙ CABINET REFACING CARPET ❙ TILE ❙ MARBLE ❙ GRANITE ❙ WOOD 561.393.0021 ❙ 5TH AVENUE SHOPS ❙ BOCA RATON ❙ CLOSED SUNDAY

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Tempura House4The Reserve x

9858 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x x Lunch and Dinner daily.

561.883.6088

Uncle Tai’s4Shops at Boca Center x

5250 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. 561.368.8806

Yokohama49168 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.451.1707 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

CONTINENTAL Boheme Bistro41118 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.4899 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. Cielo4Boca Raton Resort & Club x 501 E.

CHEF FRANK ROSANO Exclusively at Villa Rosano

CATERING FOR ALL OCCASIONS

Monday-Saturday Lunch 11:30-2:30

Dinner Every Evening 5-10

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Camino Real x 561.447.3222 x Dinner TuesdaySaturday. Greenfield’s on Atlantic45199 W. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.498.5010 x Dinner nightly. La Cigale4253 S.E. Fifth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.265.0600 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. Le Pavillon414812 S.E. Military Tr. x

Delray Beach x 561.499.9882 x Dinner nightly. Le Rivage4450 N.E. 20th St. x Boca

Raton x 561.620.0033 x Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner nightly. Lola Restaurant and UltraLounge4The Shoppes at Addison

Place x 16950 Jog Rd. x Delray Beach x 561.496.5652 x Lunch Monday-Friday,

Dinner daily, Sunday brunch.

4170 W. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.7910 x Dinner nightly.

Tiramisu

Olio Bistro442 S.E. Second Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.6633 x Dinner Thursday-Saturday. St. Tropez47860 Glades Rd. Suite 130 x

Boca Raton x 561.368.8580 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Tea-Licious Tearoom & Gifts4

4997-B W. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.638.5155 x Breakfast and Lunch, Monday-Saturday. ZED4514201 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.393.3451 x Dinner nightly, Lounge nightly, Brunch Sunday.

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Fondue The Melting Pot45455 N. Federal

Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.997.7472 x Dinner nightly.

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Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza4Shops

at Boca Grove x 21065 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.218.66004115 N.E. Sixth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.7911 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Arturo’s Ristorante46750 N.

Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.997.7373 x Lunch Monday- Friday, Dinner nightly. Caffe Luna Rosa434 S. Ocean Blvd. x

Delray Beach x 561.274.9404 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. California Pizza Kitchen4Town Center x 6000 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.268.2805 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Capri Ristorante Italiano439 S.E. First Ave. x Boca Raton x 561.391.8044 x Dinner nightly.

Offering the nest classic & contemporary Italian cuisine. Executive Chef � Tony Taliercio � Formerly of La Stella Join Us At The Bar & Patio Lounge For Happy Hour 5 - 7 � Tuesday - Friday And Ladies’ Night � Thursdays Now Open Sundays Serving Dinner 5 - 9 � LIVE MUSIC & DANCING CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH US - COMPLIMENTARY ROSE FOR THE LADIES VALENTINE’S DAY & WEEKEND

BOCA PLAZA 3360 N. Federal Highway � Boca Raton � For Reservations: 561•368•5520 www.swankysvesuvio.com facebook: swankysvesuvio

Carrabba’s Italian Grill4Wharfside Plaza x 6909 S.W. 18th St. x Boca Raton x 561.544.8838 x Lunch and Dinner daily 4335 E. Linton Blvd. x Delray Beach x 561.266.9393 x Lunch Sunday, Dinner nightly. Caruso Ristorante4Royal Palm Place x 187 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.367.7488 x Lunch and Dinner, Monday-Saturday. Casa D’Angelo4171 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.338.1703 x Dinner nightly. Cucina Mio4Shoppes at Addison Place x 16950 Jog Rd. x Delray Beach x 561.499.9419 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Ferraro’s48208 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.477.2750 x Dinner nightly. Giovanni’s Coal Fire Pizza4Water-

way Shoppes at Parkland x 7625 N. State Road 7 x Parkland x 954.345.9282 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Il Bacio429 S.E. Second Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.865.7783 x Dinner WednesdaySunday.

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Il Girasole4Tropic Square x 1911 S.

Federal Hwy. x Delray Beach x 561.272.3566 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Josephine’s Italian Restaurant4

5751 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.988.0668 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. La Stella's Restaurant and Catering 4159 E. Palmetto Park

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Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.544.2081 x Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. La Luna Bistro4The Polo Shoppes x 5030 Champion Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.997.1165 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. La Villetta Restaurant & Lounge4 4351 N. Federal Hwy.

x Boca Raton x 561.362.8403 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

5101 CONGRESS AVENUE • BOCA RATON, FL 33487 • 561-912-9800 RESERVATIONS SUGGESTED Monday-Friday 11:30 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. • Saturday 5:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.

LILLY’S4451 East Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.362.0208 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily. Maggiano’s421090 St. Andrews Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.361.8244 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Matteo’s Restaurant4233 S. Federal

Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.392.0773 x Dinner nightly. Positano44400 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.544.2920 x Dinner nightly. Renzo’s of Boca45999 N. Federal

Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.994.3495 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Ristorante Sapori4Royal Palm Place

x 99 Royal Palm Place x Boca Raton x x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. 561.367.9779

Rosario’s Ristorante4Royal Palm Place x 145 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.393.0758 x Dinner nightly. Saporissimo4366 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.750.2333 x Dinner nightly. Speranza wood-fired Pizza & Italian Restaurant441 E. Palmetto

Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.245.7598 x Lunch and Dinner nightly.

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Royal Palm Place x 399 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.826.2625 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Tramonti4119 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.1944 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Trattoria Romana4499 E. Palmetto

Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.393.6715 x Dinner nightly. VIC AND ANGELO’S 4290 E. Atlantic

Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.9570 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Villagio Italian Eatery 4Mizner Park x 344 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.447.2257 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Villa Rosano4The Reserve x 9858 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.470.0112 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Vino Wine Bar and Italian Tapas4

114 N.E. Second St. x Boca Raton x 561.869.0030 x Dinner Monday-Saturday. Vivo Partenza41450 N. Federal Hwy.

x Boca Raton x 561.750.2120 x Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday.

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Boca Raton Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.750.8860 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly (closed Sunday, June-November). Cabana El Rey4105 E. Atlantic Ave. x

Delray Beach x 561.274.9090 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Gol, Taste of Brazil4411 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.6565 x Dinner nightly.

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44631 N. State Road 7 x Ste. 26 x Coral Springs x 954.755.0941 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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Old Calypso4900 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.279.2300 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Brunch Saturday and Sunday.

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Padrino’s4Mission Bay Plaza x 20455 State Road 7 x Boca Raton x 561.451.1070 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

mexican Baja Cafe Uno4201 N.W. First Ave. x Boca Raton x 561.394.5449 x41310 S. Federal Hwy. x Deerfield Beach x 954.596.1305 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

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Rocco’s Tacos And Tequila Bar4Boca Center Shopping Plaza x

5250 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.416.2131 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Señor Burrito4513 N.E. 20th St. x Boca Raton x 561.347.6600 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Uncle Julio’s4Mizner Park x 449 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.300.3530 x Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday.

Organic The Green Gourmet4The Shoppes at Addison Place x 16950 Jog Rd. x Delray Beach x 561.455.2466 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.482.3699 x Lunch and Dinner Sunday-Thursday, Closed Friday-Saturday.

814 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.276.0013 x Breakfast and Lunch daily. Toojay’s Gourmet Deli 4Polo Shops x 5030 Champion Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.241.590342240 N.W. 19th St., #700 x Boca Raton x 561.392.4181 4Regency Court x 3013 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.997.9911 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

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CITY FISH MARKET47940 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.487.1600 x Lunch daily, Dinner Saturday-Sunday. City Oyster4213 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.0220 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Deck 844840 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray

Beach x 561.665.8484 x Lunch and Dinner daily; Brunch Saturday and Sunday. Harpoon Louie’s42096 N.W. Second

St. x Deerfield Beach x 954.437.7888 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. JB's On The Beach4300 N. Ocean

Blvd. x Deerfield Beach x 954.571.5220 x Lunch and Dinner daily. J & J Seafood Bar & Grill4

634 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.3390 x Lunch Tuesday-Saturday, Dinner Sunday only. Jake’s Stone Crab4Royal Palm Plaza x 514 Via de Palmas x Boca Raton x 561.347.1055 x Lunch Friday-Sunday, Dinner nightly.

World Glass Imports, Inc. 955 So. Congress Ave., Suite #109 Delray Beach, Florida 33445 561.279.9601 Mon. - Sat. 10AM - 5PM

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6000 W. Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x x Lunch and Dinner daily.

561.447.2112

Linda Bean's4 200 East Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.276.2502 x Lunch and Dinner daily. McCormick & Schmick’s4

University Commons x 1400 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.394.2428 x Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Sunday. 32 East432 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray

Beach x 561.276.7868 x Dinner nightly. Truluck’s4Mizner Park x 351 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.391.0755 x Dinner nightly. The Whale Raw Bar & Fish House47619 State Road 7 x Parkland x 954.345.9190

x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Turkish/Mediterranean Anatolia Mediterranean Cuisine4212 S. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.361.4000

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At RACKS’ always-buzzing bar scene, locals share indoor bench seating and relax in the outdoor lounge area while enjoying half-priced cocktails and appetizers. The addictive “Buffalo” Style Calamari, tender Wood Oven Artichoke and flavorful Tuna Tacos tempt guests daily from 4 to 7 p.m. Table 42 Italian Kitchen + Wine Bar, located just down the street in quaint Royal Palm Place, treats guests to an intimate boutique Italian experience with an emphasis on fresh flavors and affordability. Table 42 features a wide selection of Starters, Salads and Paninis, also touting award-winning Coal Oven Pizzas and classic Italian lunch and dinner entrees created with organic vegetables and local meats. Named after Rack’s own VIP table, Table 42 opened in December 2009 to immediate success, featuring a warm and edgy ambiance, unmatched energy and irresistible nightly specials. At $5 Burger Night Wednesdays, one of many popular promotional nights, guests can custom-create organic burgers with a gourmet variety of fresh toppings and sauces for $5.

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mire thought-provoking interiors, inRACKS Downtown Eatery + Tavern, cluding an eccentric fork-and-knife newly opened in Boca Raton’s Mizner chandelier and etched mirrors, ExecuPark, encourages guests to share food tive Culinary Director Matthew Dana-

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Sparkling Soiree Boca Raton Museum Of Art Holds Diamond Anniversary Celebration ne of the social season’s most anticipated events, the Boca Raton Museum of Art’s Annual Gala, will take place February 5th at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. A Diamond Anniversary theme will commemorate the museum’s 10th year in Mizner Park and its 60th birthday.

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“The Boca Raton Museum of Art has continually strived and succeeded over the past six decades to present brilliant world-class exhibitions, at the same time serving the community with programs to educate and enrich everyone who participates,” said Terry Adelman, co-chair of the event,

along with her husband, Sheldon. “The overwhelming sponsorship response by the community thus far has demonstrated this institution

The black-tie evening will include recognition of honorary chairs Marilyn and Richard Davimos, who are longtime museum supporters. Also

“The overwhelming sponsorship response by the community thus far has demonstrated this institution is a priority for our community. I am anticipating a wonderfully celebratory evening reflecting the pride we have in the Boca Raton Museum of Art.” – Terry Adelman

is a priority for our community. I am anticipating a wonderfully celebratory evening reflecting the pride we have in the Boca Raton Museum of Art.” Diana Krall

on tap is a cocktail reception, dinner, entertainment, music, dancing and a silent auction offering luxury lifestyle packages and unique experiences. Tickets are $350 per person.

The Boca Raton Museum of Art is one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida, presenting dynamic traveling exhibitions from acclaimed and emerging artists, and amassing an outstanding permanent collection. Some of the museum’s programs include art films, artist lectures, family programs, the Annual Art Festival and more than 100 classes a week at its studio Art School. Museum Auxiliaries include the Artists’ Guild, Friends Auxiliary and Collectors’ Forum. O

i For more information, call 561-392-2500, ext. 208 or visit bocamuseum.org.

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Hear Them Roar Lion Of Judah Luncheon Celebrates Women’s Philanthropy

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he Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County will celebrate the power and passion of philanthropy during the annual Lion of Judah Luncheon on February 17th at The Polo Club of Boca Raton, where the guest speaker will be Nancy Lublin, founder of Dress for Success and CEO of Do Something, a nonprofit youth organization that inspires young people to make positive changes in the world. Lublin founded Dress for Success with a $5,000 inheritance from her great-grandfather, a peddler who came to America with nothing. To honor his memory and help others blaze new beginnings, she built it into a worldwide phenomenon. She then used her passion for young people to turn Do Something from a financial failure into one of America’s largest youth organizations.

Co-chairs Judi Schuman and Dale Pratt

“In 1979, our new Federation’s women heeded the call of a burgeoning Jewish community in urgent need of multiple services. It is our pride to celebrate Della, as it is our privilege to follow her legacy.” – Judi Schuman

“We know Nancy will connect powerfully with our Lions, who range from younger women like her to bubbes and great-bubbes,” said Judi Schuman, luncheon co-chair along with Dale Pratt. “Having combined her honor of tradition, profound caring for others and forward-thinking business savvy for the benefit of so many, Nancy’s story can’t help but resonate and inspire.” The luncheon will be dedicated to the memory of Della Rosenberg, a Federation pioneer, whose visionary leadership helped build Women’s Philanthropy into a powerful force. Rosenberg, who served as president of the Federation’s Women’s Division from 1995 to 1998, passed away this year. “In 1979, our new Federation’s women heeded the call of a burgeoning Jewish community in urgent need of multiple services,” said Schuman. “It is our pride to celebrate Della, as it is our privilege to follow her legacy.”

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his year’s Donna Klein Jewish Academy (DKJA) 27th Gala and Auction is scheduled to take place March 12th at The Polo Club of Boca Raton. The theme: “Anchors Aweigh: An Evening of Nautical Adventure.” The annual event is DKJA’s largest fundraiser, and guests can anticipate dining, dancing and the chance to bid on live and silent auction items. The nautical-themed affair will also include a cruise-style casino, sponsored by the DKJA Eagles Athletics Booster Club, featuring poker, blackjack, a roulette wheel, craps and amazing prizes. Honorary chairperson for the gala is Linda R. Kaminow. Gala chair and event sponsor is Lynne Goldberg and Boca Entertainment. ExMarble Care.qxd 11/10/10 clusive media sponsor is The Boca

Raton Observer. Auction chairs are Dana and Scott Ball. The cost to attend is $250 per person. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the school’s academic and athletic programs, and provide need-based financial assistance. Each year, DKJA provides approximately $2.5 million in financial aid to 40 percent of its students annually. The school is currently in its third decade of educating students through Jewish living, learning and academic achievement. During the event, the DKJA faculty will receive the Linda R. Kaminow Visionary Leadership Award. O

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Seeing Red Fashionable Fundraiser To Benefit Boca Raton Regional Hospital

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tyle savvy locals will appreciate the Red Stiletto Strut and “The Heart Truth” Red Dress Tour, two fashionably fun events scheduled for February 25th and February 26th. The events, which are being held to raise awareness about women and heart disease, and to benefit the Christine E. Lynn Heart & Vascular Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital (BRRH), will take place at Town Center at Boca Raton. The Red Stiletto Strut is an outrageous shoe competition, in which South Florida fashion celebrities will award prizes to contestants in the categories of “hottest,” “highest,” “most radiant” and “best Men’s red heels” (yes, we said “Men’s”). Participants get to flaunt their footwear on a red carpet complete with a visual step-and-repeat backdrop, and souvenir photos will be sold for $5 to benefit charity.  

Iconic dresses on display will include a Badgley Mischka creation worn by Jennie Garth, a Carmen Marc Valvo dress worn by Jenna Fischer and a Betsey Johnson dress worn by Nelly Furtado. During a reception, attendees will be treated to hors d’ oeuvres and cocktails from mall restaurants while getting the chance to preview celebrity dress selections from “The Heart Truth” Red Dress Tour, which will run through February 26th. Iconic dresses on display will include a Badgley Mischka creation worn by Jennie Garth, a Carmen Marc Valvo dress worn by Jenna Fischer and a Betsey Johnson dress worn by Nelly Furtado. Also featured during the two-day event will be ruby-hued gowns designed by students at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, a red shoe fashion showcase, a shoe bar featuring Town Center retailers, a silent auction, raffle prizes and more. Informative brochures about heart health and disease prevention, and signature red dress pins will be available to remind women of the primary message driving “The Heart Truth” campaign: “Heart Disease Doesn’t Care What You Wear – It’s the #1 Killer of Women.” O

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Texas Hold’em-style poker tournament, “All in 4 Education,” is scheduled to take place March 22nd at the BankAtlantic Center, with the winner receiving a $10,000 entry ticket to the annual World Series of Poker’s Main Event in Las Vegas.  The event is a joint project between The “No Jewish Child Left Behind” (NJCLB) Committee (The Jewish Educational Scholarship Fund) and The David Bensmihen Foundation. It was created as a fundraiser to assist families no longer able to provide their children with a Jewish day school education due to the economy. NCJLB has provided scholarships to students attending Hillel Day School of Boca Raton, Torah Academy of Boca Raton and Weinbaum Yeshiva High School. 

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the beneficiary of this generous gift. Without their support, agencies like The Milagro Center that enrich children’s lives daily through the arts, and by teaching values such as respect, honesty, humility and compassion, would not exist.” She added, “There is no other place like the Milagro Center that improves the lifelong outcomes of atrisk youth. The center is an oasis of creative cultural celebration, engaging education and inspiration that dissolves societal barriers.” The grant presentation was attended by The Milagro Center board members and directors. The children of the center were also on hand to personally

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thank the JCS Community Fund. “The JCS Community Fund is a unique model for corporate America where we target organizations where our employees work and live,” said Rocki Rockingham, JCS vice president of community relations and communications. “We dedicate our support to those communities in Palm Beach County where we can help make a difference.”

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02.11 February 14th We can’t think of a more romantic Valentine’s Day outing than a concert by sexy Italian opera star Andrea Bocelli. Blind since age 12, Bocelli found solace in music, but he didn’t begin his singing career until the late ’80s, when, after a talent scout heard him sing at a party he was offered a recording contract. His career quickly skyrocketed, with hits including “Vivo Per Lei” (“I Live For Her”) and “Con Te Partirò” (“Time To Say Goodbye”), a duet with Sarah Brightman. He’s also recorded duets with Celine Dion (“The Prayer”), Christina Aguilera (“Somos Novios,” which translates to “We Are A Couple”) and others. Whether the multilingual star sings in Italian, French, Spanish, German or English, he always sounds sweet. Catch his 7:30 p.m. show at the BankAtlantic Center.

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February 1 THROUGH March 13 “Now WHAT?” Exhibit Features works by 21 artists from large and small galleries around the world. Takes place at The Norton Museum in West Palm Beach. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 561-832-5196 or visit norton.org. February 3 THROUGH April Gallery And Home Furnishings Walk Tour galleries and design studios, and enjoy fine wine. Takes place the first Thursday of every month at Royal Palm Place in Boca Raton. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-392-8920 or visit royalpalmplace.com. February 4-6 “Acoustically Yours” Concert Sol Children’s award-winning vocalists return to the stage with acoustic favorites. Takes place at Sol Children Theatre in Boca Raton. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-4478829 or visit solchildren.org. February 5 Chillounge Night For one night only, the great outdoors will be transformed into an upscale nightclub and lounge with a cash bar, food vendors, fireworks, live music and more. Benefits the Nat King Cole Generation Hope Foundation. Takes place on The Great Lawn at Old School Square in downtown Delray Beach. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-702-7471. February 5 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s “Gem Of An Evening” Features an auction, music, dinner and

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02.11 Show Sunday at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County. For more information, call 954-563-2822 or visit bocaratonconcours.com. February 26 29th Annual Boca Raton Heart Ball Features dining, live and silent auctions, entertainment and dancing. Takes place at St. Andrew’s Country Club in Boca Raton. Benefits the American Heart Association. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-697-6621 or visit heart.org. February 26 6th Annual Caron Renaissance Gala Disco queen Gloria Gaynor will headline this ’70s-themed event. Takes place at The Mar-ALago Club in Palm Beach. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-655-7770 or visit caronrenaissance.org.

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February 26 Annual B’nai Torah Congregation Dinner Dance: An Evening With The Englanders The gala honors Rabbi David and Stephanie Englander. Takes place at B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-392-8566 or visit bnai-torah.org. February 27 3rd Annual Cantorial Concert Featuring Cantor Michael Smolash and renowned pianist and composer Jon Simon, with performances by Lori Shapiro and Stephanie Shore. Takes place at Temple Beth El of Boca Raton. Starts at 3 p.m. For more information, call 561-391-8900 or visit tbeboca.org. February 27 1st Annual “Emb(race) Our Differences” Run/Walk Presented by Stand Among Friends, race participants can run, walk, stroll, roll, or use a wheelchair or hand-cycle. Takes place at the Disability Center at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Starts at 7 a.m. For more information, call 561-297-4400 or visit standamongfriends.org. February 28 21st Annual Crohns And Colitis Foundation “Book Of Hope” Luncheon Featuring a silent auction and guest speaker. Takes place at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Starts at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 561-218-2929 or visit ccfa.org. O

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SUBDIVISION

ADDRESS

BUYER

SALE

PRIOR

PRIOR

PRICE

SALE PRICE

SALE DATE

$650,000

$650,000

19-JUN-09

SELLER

ADDISON RESERVE

16112 VIA MONTEVERDE

FOLEY MARK

OSINOFF CLIFFORD

ADDISON RESERVE

7856 LAQUILA WAY

CLARK EILEEN

SILVERBERG MURRAY INDIV TRUSTEE

AZURA

6390 MONTESITO ST

TODD RICHARD

KAPLAN HAROLD INDIV TRUSTEE

BOCA EAST ESTATES

1755 SW 4TH AVE

EVANS JOY LINN TRUSTEE

REALMUTO PETER J

$700,000

$281,600

01-APR-95

BOCA FALLS

12221 KENTON WAY

FINKELMEIER JEFFREY R

TRUSSELL STEVEN A

$620,000

$722,000

02-APR-08

BOCA FALLS

21675 FALL RIVER DR

LAXER RANDY

TAMACCIO ANTHONY

$665,000

$357,900

01-JUL-96

BOCA FALLS

21803 MARIGOT DR

KAZIMIROV OKSANA

MINOR MAURICIO

$440,000

$440,000

30-AUG-10

BOCA FALLS

12411 CLEARFALLS DR

ROSEN EDITH

ROSEN EDITH

$100,000

BOCA FALLS

12329 ANTILLE DR

MITTONE HUGO F

BLANCHARD ROBERT M

$400,000

$739,625

11-JAN-07

$1,700,000

13-SEP-07

02-SEP-10 $431,500

31-JUL-09

BOCA HARBOUR

804 NE 70TH ST

EGELHOFF THOMAS A

BROWN MARSHALL L JR

$480,000

$302,500

01-NOV-97

BOCA ISLES NORTH

19231 CLOISTER LAKE LN

PMC HOMES LLC

FEINSTEIN DAVID

$300,000

$280,000

01-AUG-96

BOCA ISLES NORTH

10522 MAPLE CHASE DR

GONZALEZ LIZBET

PAIS IRMA

$385,000

BOCA ISLES SOUTH

10864 KING BAY DR

LPG FANTASTIC LLC

FISCHTEIN HARRY

$555,000

22-JUN-04 $390,000

01-SEP-00

BOCA LAKES

2624 NW 38TH ST

PASSERO ROBERT J

LAUFER CORY S

$432,000

$372,000

25-APR-03

BOCA MARINA YACHT CLUB

5278 BOCA MARINA CIR S

GRUDMAN ADELE R

SILVERMAN ALEXANDER MICHAEL

$620,000

$650,000

10-JUL-09

BOCA POINTE CC - CAPTIVA

22355 GUADELOUPE ST

BENSIMON LIAT

ZEEV SUSAN

$318,180

01-FEB-97

BOCA POINTE CC - ESPLANADA

22652 ESPLANADA CIR W

WALKER DAVID

TORRE FRANK

$365,000

17-OCT-07

BOCA POINTE CC - VILLA FLORA

6430 VIA ROSA

ROTHENBERG WINONA D

HELFT BETTINA

$280,000

$347,500

28-FEB-02

BOCA POINTE CC - LA CORNICHE

7763 LA CORNICHE CIR

CAGEN MEREDITH

LUSSKIN JOANNE R

$475,000

$425,000

09-DEC-99

BOCA POINTE CC - VILLA FLORA

6463 VIA ROSA

HAYMES GEORGENE

BASS RUTH

$350,000

$214,900

01-NOV-91

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SALE DATE

BOCA WEST CC - FAIRWAY OAKS

7162 MELBOURNE LN

KRAFT KERANA

SEAMAN LINDA

$345,000

BROKEN SOUND CC - BANYANS

2456 NW 67TH ST

TITLEBAUM EARL

NEEDLE EDWARD

$307,500

$365,000

11-SEP-03

BROKEN SOUND CC - BRIDGEPOINTE

2542 COCO PLUM BLVD 803

RUBIN BURTON

NEUSTEIN JACLYN

$415,000

$590,000

30-MAY-06

BROKEN SOUND CC - BRIDGEPOINTE

2536 COCO PLUM BLVD 903

DANZANSKY RICHARD

SHAPIRO RICHARD J

$399,000

$285,000

01-APR-93

COLONNADE AT GLEN OAKS

4635 NW 26TH AVE

AHERN DIANE

HAGEN WILLIAM

$590,000

$564,000

07-JUN-10

GOLDEN HARBOUR

590 PHILLIPS DR

LEGRANGE KATHLEEN

HILTON KENNETH A

$700,000

$150,000

23-NOV-09

ISLAND LAKES AT LOGGERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S RUN

11885 ISLAND LAKES LN

POULSEN VIENA WALESKA

DROEGKAMP DAN A

$330,000

$235,000

01-APR-99

LA JOYA

23042 L ERMITAGE CIR

LEHMAN ERROL

DUBIN MARILYN E TRUSTEE

$420,000

LAKE ROGERS ISLE

3750 NE 6TH DR

TAMACCIO ANTHONY

RASTO ANDRE A

$600,000

$370,000

01-NOV-94

LAKE ROGERS ISLE

721 NE 38TH ST

RENDON MARTA

$1,750,000

$3,150,000

12-APR-07

LEXINGTON ESTATES

10192 LEXINGTON ESTATES BLVD JOANNE GIDDENS FAMILY TRUST

MISLE JUAN

$360,000

$370,000

09-JAN-04

LEXINGTON ESTATES

22329 RUSHMORE PL

DALL 1 LLC

LLOYD DAVID

$308,160

$322,000

13-MAY-08

LONG LAKE ESTATES

8104 TWIN LAKE DR

CHAVEZ EFRAIN

ROBERTS JOHN C

$811,000

LONG LAKE ESTATES

8600 TWIN LAKE DR

LOVEU LLC

BURKART MARIE LOUISE

MIZNER COUNTRY CLUB

16049 BRIER CREEK DR

SACKOWITZ STUART L

ICKOVICS HAROLD M

MIZNER COUNTRY CLUB

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giving back7charity never goes out of style Left to Right: Jacob Schner, Joe Dawson, Jackie Westerfield, Anthony Gelin and Ismaila Dauda.

Jacob’s Ladder

A Young Boy Makes A Big Difference For The Bone Marrow Foundation

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he idea began to fester in Jacob Schner’s pre-Bar Mitzvah brain right after he met a kid who had survived cancer. It was at a golf fundraiser for one of his basketball coach’s pet charities and Schner had never really met a boy who had so literally escaped death. That was the stuff of movies and TV shows. Boys his age took Hebrew classes and studied math and fought with their little sisters. But surviving cancer by the tender age of 12? That hadn’t really occurred to him. However, once it did, Schner knew what he wanted to do. He wanted to help. The seventh-grader at Boca Raton’s Don Estridge Middle School wanted to organize a round-robin

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basketball tournament in a venue large enough to hold several hundred people. He wanted to charge a nominal admittance fee. He wanted his mother and 9-year-old sister to bake homemade goodies for the bake sale.  And he wanted the proceeds – every single penny – to go to The Bone Marrow Foundation, his basketball coach Bob Fishman’s beloved charity, the one that helps boys like Jason Bolton, the kid Schner now realizes he was probably destined to meet. “I thought it was amazing how this boy had survived cancer,” says Schner, who turned 13 on January 17th. We go through life, a lot of us, never helping those who suffer before us. But for Schner, this opportunity of his

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was not wasted. Fishman, his coach and a major producer and director for CBS Sports, was himself a cancer survivor who had received a successful bone marrow transplant back in 1990. “When I found out about Bob Fishman, I had no idea,” Jacob says now. The Bone Marrow Foundation that Fishman helped start is one of those charities with practically no paid employees, meaning virtually all the money goes to help families. “We are totally unique in the fact that we give people money,” Fishman explains.  And so, on November 18th, as part of the goodwill a Jewish boy is expected to extend before his Bar Mitzvah, there were 700 people at the Lynn University basketball auditorium. The event was a success.

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“It ended up raising like $6,000,” Fishman says. “But, more importantly, we had a tent where people were swabbed to be potential bone marrow donors.” Says Jacob, whose Bar Mitzvah is scheduled for February 5th: “One of those donors might actually end up saving some kid’s life.” Want to help? The best ways are through cash donations, which are taxdeductible, or by undergoing a simple test to become a bone marrow donor. The Bone Marrow Foundation, which helps people nationwide, including South Florida, is located at 30 East End Avenue, Suite 1F, New York, NY 10028. For information, call 212-838-3029, or visit bonemarrow.org. O

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