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Christmas Junkie?

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Chinese And A Movie The Perfect Yuletide Pairing

Escape The Chaos

Where To Find A Small Town Christmas

Gifts Of Gab

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contents THE HOLIDAY ISSUE

74 CHRISTMAS JUNKIE? Here Are Eight Great Ways To Get Your Festive Fix

80 CHINESE AND A MOVIE For Folks Who Don’t Celebrate Christmas, It’s The Perfect Yuletide Pairing

84 ESCAPE THE CHAOS Where To Enjoy An Old-Fashioned Small Town Christmas

OF GAB 88 GIFTS Clever Holiday Presents Will Have Everyone Talking

By George! HE PLAYED EVERYONE’S FAVORITE SCHLUB ON “SEINFELD”—YET THE REAL JASON ALEXANDER IS ANYTHING BUT

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29 observed HOT STUFF & THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN 29The Buzz 34Trends 36La Vida Boca

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41 media blitz THE QUINTESSENTIAL ARTS REPORT 41On Screen 42In Print 46On Scene

57 that’s life A GUIDE TO PERSONAL GROWTH 57Relations 60Parents 64Destinations

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103 taste THE DISH ON FOOD, WINE & RESTAURANTS 103Bites 104Recipes 112Review 114Listings

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THE ESSENTIAL SOCIAL DIGEST 129Around Town 145Calendar 160Flash

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172 fyi LOCAL NOTABLES & REAL DEALS 172At Home

176 giving back CHARITY NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE

CHRISTMAS JUNKIE? Eight Great Ways To Get Your Festive Fix

CHINESE AND A MOVIE The Perfect Yuletide Pairing

ESCAPE THE CHAOS Where To Find A Small Town Christmas

GIFTS OF GAB Holiday Presents To Get Everyone Talking

Byy George!

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s a kid I was always enamored by glittering Christmas lights and colorful decorations, and every year begged my parents—to no avail—for a tree. They finally gave in, sort of. They bought a branch that made Charlie Brown’s tree look downright lavish, and hung it from a doorknob. No matter. I was thrilled (admittedly, I was a strange kid), and spent hours painstakingly festooning it with tiny ornaments and candy canes. I felt so lucky to have my little branch. Because I’m Jewish. There, I said it. I’m a Jew who celebrates Christmas. In the commercial sense, anyway—the music, the merriment, even the cheesy TV specials. I mean no disrespect to anyone’s religion. Growing up as a somewhat secular Jew solemnly lighting the Hanukkah menorah, I was envious of my gentile friends and their festive, over-the-top holiday traditions. I wanted to be a part of all that. Before you judge, you should know that I’m not alone. According to a Pew Research study from the Religion & Public Life Project, about a third of Jews surveyed reported having a Christmas tree last year, and that trees were even more common among Jews married to non-Jews, accounting for 71 percent. Jews have also contributed to the holiday’s pop culture. Composer Irving Berlin wrote “White

Christmas,” and the film “Elf” was penned by fellow tribesman David Berenbaum. And as reported by Time.com, even the Rockettes have a Jewish connection. The dancers were initially named the Roxyettes, after their founder, Samuel “Roxy” Rothafel. My boyfriend and I live together and every year we put up a tree. Even though he’s Catholic, I’m the one with the Christmas spirit. For me it’s about enjoying a time of year when the air is crisper and people seem to be kinder to one another. And you can hang hundreds of sparkling lights without anyone questioning your sanity. Of course I still celebrate Hanukkah. I was in a department store the other day looking for decorations and when I finally found them— hidden behind a forest of fake Christmas trees— it was just as I’d expected: A single aisle with some cardboard Jewish stars, dreidels, candles and a few menorahs. So once again this year, we’ll set up the tree next to the menorah, and put out the candy canes next to the gelt. And we’ll celebrate in our own special way. Have a happy holiday—no matter how you celebrate!


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Musician Mick Fleetwood wants to set the record straight. “When people hear I am a photographer, they think this crazy old rock ’n’ roller is taking pictures of people hanging off chandeliers,” says Fleetwood, 67, drummer and founding member of the iconic Grammy Award-winning rock band Fleetwood Mac. Not true, he says emphatically, describing his images as “very calm, dreamy and thought-provoking.” Fans can judge for themselves by checking out “Reflections, The Mick Fleetwood Collection,” on exhibit through December 21 at Wentworth Gallery in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale. Many of his works, which retail for $1,950-$5,750, were taken at his estate in Maui. “I am blessed living in Hawaii where the light is fantastic,” says Fleetwood, who will sign purchased photos during a private reception on December 18 from 7-9 p.m. “The world of nature is something I have always been passionate about and it has been a huge inspiration for my photographs. The camera lens is like a magic window that transports me into a secret world.” Fleetwood was motivated to pursue photography by his father, the original shutterbug. “He took

pictures all the time and annoyed everybody,” says Fleetwood, who’s practiced the craft for about 20 years. “Now I’m that annoying person taking photos everywhere.” He admits he isn’t the world’s best photographer, but his wish is that his work will inspire others to chase their dreams. “I hope that sharing something that means so much to me and having the confidence to do that will get others to do the same about the things they are passionate about,” says Fleetwood. His exhibit coincides with Fleetwood Mac’s “On with the Show” tour, which will stop at the BB&T Center on December 19. When he’s not making music or snapping photos, he enjoys playing drums at Fleetwood’s on Front St., his Maui restaurant. “We have entertainment every night and I get to sit in and jam with the bands. It’s one of the perks of owning a restaurant.” Overall, life is good, he says. “The tour is unbelievable, fantastic and magical. We’re playing to packed crowds. I’m pretty busy and pretty happy.” For more information about his exhibit, call 954- 468- 0685 or visit wentworthgalleries.com.

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No.1 IF YOU’RE WONDERING WHAT TO BUY the person who has everything, consider a hot tub. Apparently, we Floridians love ’em. A study by Zumper.com, an apartment rental app and website, found Florida to be the “top tub state,” with four cities—West Palm Beach, Plantation, Aventura and Kissimmee—boasting the most Jacuzzis. The findings are based on data from nearly a half-million rental properties with listings on Zumper.com. Gov. Rick Scott must be so proud.

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If you’re fortunate enough to be in Key

West on December 31, we suggest you enjoy some holiday wieners. About 200 bouncy, stubby-legged canines and their humans are expected to attend the 10th Annual Key West Dachshund Walk, a pre-New Year’s Eve tradition that always delights thousands of onlookers. The pooch procession, which starts at noon on the corner of downtown’s Whitehead and Fleming streets, spans just a few blocks, being sensitive to the diminutive dogs’ short limbs. Expect to see the breed in all forms— miniature, standard, shorthaired, wirehaired

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and longhaired—either trotting briskly or hitching stroller rides. Most will be in costume. Lastt year’s standouts included a “cocktaill wiener” in a pseudo martini glass, a pirate and, of course, the requisite te hot dog in a bun. The parade also attracts Dachshund imposters, but no matter—all breeds are welcome. While the event is free, donations of dog and cat food are requested to benefit St. Mary Star of the Sea Outreach Mission’s community pet food pantry. For more information, visit fla-keys.com.

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– Wellington resident Emily Teck, who’s married to Jason Teck. When the two diehard Vanilla Ice fans learned they were expecting their first child, they invited the local rapper/home-improvement star (aka Robert Van Winkle) to appear in their baby announcement. He obliged—and the thing went viral. It features Jason holding a cup of ice, the singer pointing to himself and Emily with her hands on her belly (“Ice Ice Baby”), and has been featured everywhere from NBC’s “Today” show to BuzzFeed.com.

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➥ “Think twice before re-gifting a family heirloom or something handmade.” If giving away a gift would hurt someone’s feelings, just keep it and tuck it away somewhere. – L.H.


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JOY OF SOY: Steve Young

BURN BABY BURN Radio disc jockey Steve Young

knows what it’s like to burn the candle at both ends. When not spinning classics for Magic 102.7, Young makes soy wax candles infused with essential oils. He began his hobby-turned-business a decade ago after receiving a soy candle as a gift. When the maker refused to share the recipe, Young

started experimenting and selling his products to friends and neighbors. Today his company Twilight Naturals receives worldwide business, including orders from Natures Symphony Aromatherapy in Boca Raton, Mandarin Oriental Miami and The Spa at Lago Mar in Fort Lauderdale. Last year, designer Tory Burch purchased 50 candles to put in

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dles a day. Soon, he plans to start a lavender farm in New Hampshire. While Young embraces both careers, one is certainly more relaxing. “When I make the lavender candles, after four to five hours I’m yawning,” he says. “I’m pouring all of these essential oils and breathing in all these fumes—talk about mellow.”

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BOCA RATON’S RANKing in a national study of “America’s 50 Best Cities to Live.” The study was conducted by 24/7 Wall Street, a financial news and opinion company, which rated cities of populations exceeding 65,000. Boca was the only city in Palm Beach County to make the list. Source: 24/7wallstreet.com

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STAMPS OF APPROVAL Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his merry band of outcasts are once again going down in history. This time the iconic characters from TV’s longest-running Christmas special have been memorialized on 500 million Limited-Edition Forever Stamps which will be delivered to 153 million addresses, according to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. If you’re looking to add a nostalgic touch to this year’s cards and packages, mail them with Rudolph, Hermey, Santa and Bumble. Tell them The Boca Raton Observer sent you.


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Bits And Baubles Make The Season BrightBY TARYN HAM 1. LACQUER POKER CHIP SET makes players feel Rat Pack cool. Signature clay chips are packaged in a sporty lacquer box that can be used for serious play or chic display. Available at jonathanalder.com 2. JOY TO THE WORLD JUDAICA BALL ORNAMENT provides an elegant addition to a Hanukkah bush or table setting with its embellished glass and festive design. Available at saksfifthavenue.com 3. FIVE-PIECE CHOCOLATE BAR GIFT SET will thrill sweets lovers. This certified kosher set includes decadent Toffee Brittle, Milk Chocolate, Malted Milkshake, More S’mores and Peanut Butter Cup. Available at crateandbarrel.com

7. EDDIE BORGO SMALL TASSEL EARRINGS add trendy glam to any outfit, with shimmering silk tassels that hang from silver cones with studded accents. Available at saksfifthavenue.com 8. PUTTY CREATURES are google-eyed rubber blobs that can be molded into all sorts of quirky critters. The reusable putty made from silicone never dries out and comes with a tin case for safe keeping. Available at uncommongoods.com 9. COACH HOUSE OF POPPY DELUXE MINI COFFRET includes a four-piece collection of the designer brand’s most popular scents, all packaged in miniature bottles that fit discreetly in a handbag. Available at macys.com

4. SWIRL TREE BOTTLE STOPPER provides a whimsical way to keep favorite vintages from spoiling. Handcrafted of pulled glass, it makes a festive addition to any holiday table. Available at pier1.com

10. ZOOM LENS AND TRIPOD FOR IPHONE creates a mini portable studio for taking photos like a pro. The set includes a tripod stand, mounting bracket, telescopic lens and drawstring carrying case, and accommodates iPhones 4, 4S and 5. Available at restorationhardware.com

5. ZAPI CHARACTER TOOTHBRUSH SANITIZERS make a mundane task fun. The little gadgets rock and wobble, and with the touch of a button destroy almost 99.9 percent of toothbrush germs. Available at brookstone.com

11. URBAN DECAY NAKED PALETTE FAMILY lets users customize sets of 12 long-lasting eye shadows in neutral shades. Colors range from Gritty Gunmetal to Delicate Champagne, and come packaged in a sleek carrying case. Available at macys.com

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GLAMOUR GIRL: Tinsley Mortimer

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POP AND CIRCUMSTANCE Palm Beach Socialite Tinsley Mortimer Launches Vibrant Line Of Dinner Party EssentialsBY EMILY J. MINOR insley Mortimer will be spending the holidays in Palm Beach, which she’s pretty much been doing for the past 20-something years. “Palm Beach has become my second home,” says this New York City fashion wonk, interior designer and emerging businesswoman. “It’s so beautiful. Every piece of grass is put in its right place,” she says. “Everything is so tailored and colorful and pretty.” And Mortimer loves pretty things. The daughter of real estate investor George Riley Mercer Jr., a guy with enough unnerving flash to regularly make the New York Post’s Page Six, and interior designer Dale Mercer, Mortimer was born into her grandfather’s rug-cleaning fortune. Indeed, they’ve been calling her a socialite since she was a kid.

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returned to very chagrined parents who quickly had the marriage annulled. (The couple married again in 2002, but are now divorced and share custody of their dog.) She attended the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, then transferred and graduated from Columbia University with a degree in art history. Before she was even 20, she was part of a Vogue magazine photo shoot that landed her a job as assistant to the beauty editor. “My whole world shifted right then,” says Mortimer, who always knew design would be her mainstay.

Palm Beach has become my second home. It’s so beautiful. Every piece of grass is put in its right place.

“I don’t think they knew what else to call me,” says Tinsley, 39, talking to The Boca Raton Observer from her family’s oceanfront condo to promote her new line of housewares, which she calls “fun and vibrant and great for the holidays.” And the socialite moniker? “I’ve come to terms with it,” she says. “The thing is, I know that I define myself. I work hard.” Still, it’s never fun growing up under gossip columnists’ microscope. When Mortimer was just 18 she ran off with her boyfriend, TopCAPTION: Siggy Flicker per Mortimer, married him, and 36

And the Palm Beach condo, which her mother kept when her parents eventually divorced? Mortimer has long considered this place with the water views her design inspiration. “It looks like something from New York,” she says, enthusiastically describing the fabrics and colors and Asian touches. Mortimer loves Asian culture and works with two Japanese companies, designing handbags for Samantha Thavasa and clothing for Riccimie. Truth is, the pretty girl born at least holding a silver spoon doesn’t shy away from a design challenge.

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Take her new housewares collection, now available at popcultureliving.com. (They’re looking for retailers, she says.) The dinner plates, cocktail glasses, serving platters and accompanying doodads—everything from a very cool Lucite ice bucket with neon touches to a dessert plate with gold flecks and a Koi fish image in the center—are all her creations, many influenced by her mother and her beloved Palm Beach. “I’m traditional,” she says, “but I love those pops of fun color.” O


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SOLITARY MAN Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater” Recounts Ordeal In Iranian PrisonBY BILL BOWEN his holiday season, be grateful for what you have—and that you don’t live in Iran. As first-time filmmaker Jon Stewart’s docu-drama “Rosewater” makes clear, the totalitarian regime there doesn’t take kindly to the free exchange of information. The story is based on the book by Maziar Barahi, “Then They Came For Me,” about his experiences covering Iran’s presidential election for Newsweek in 2009 and his arrest and torture prompted by, among other things, a farcical interview on Stewart’s “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central. Stewart’s involvement in the project is understandable given his show’s role in the unfortunate sequence of events. But he might also have been attracted by the dark humor of Barahi’s book, which describes protracted interrogations centered on assumptions by captors that he was outed as a spy by the show’s interview.

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Gael Garcia Bernal does a masterful job portraying Bahari, whose emotions run the gamut from incredulity to despair during 118 days of solitary confinement. He survives by “engaging” his deceased father Baba Akbar (Haluk Bilginer), who was imprisoned by an earlier Iranian regime, in lengthy conversations and strategy sessions.

Bahari’s interrogator, Javadi (Kim Bodnia), under pressure by his boss Haj Agha (Nasser Faris) to secure a confession employs methods ranging from cajolery to beatings, but eventually falls victim to Bahari’s strategy of

hypnotizing him with his tales. Stewart, who took three months off from his show to shoot the film, mostly in Jordan, couldn’t have resisted this story. As Bahari, an Iranian with Canadian citizenship, endures the relentless and often inane grilling by Javadi (whose nickname, Rosewater, is never made clear), Bahari’s wife, Paola (Claire Foy), works behind the scenes in London for his release. Before his arrest Bahari hires a driver, Davood (Dimitri Leonidas) and the two become friends as Bahari learns of the groundswell of support for the opposition candidate, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, whose main appeal is that he isn’t incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Stewart’s depiction of election day leaves much room for doubt that the

process was carried out legitimately, and makes the widespread uproar when Ahmadinejad declared himself a landslide winner understandable. Bahari’s arrest in the aftermath was one of hundreds that occurred during the ensuing revolt. Stewart uses some interesting cinematic devices in his first outing, including superimposed illuminations over a cityscape to illustrate the pervasiveness, even in Iran, of mobile phones and social media. He cleverly shows that a repressive government can no longer succeed in stifling the flow of information in the technology age. O RATED R: Contains language including some crude references, and violent content. TIME: 1 hour, 43 minutes.

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SEASON’S EATINGS Festive Books That Really CookBY LINDA HAASE Holiday traditions vary, but they share a common thread: Great food. Be it cookies for an exchange or side dishes for the office potluck, ’tis the season for indulging. The following books offer mouthwatering recipes ranging from turkey dinners to dessert truffles. They also make great gifts for your favorite epicurean.

Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings: Easy PlantBased Recipes For Your Healthiest Celebrations And Special Occasions By Lindsay S. Nixon Not everyone wants turkey or ham during the holidays. No one knows 42

this better than Lindsay S. Nixon, author of this 304-page vegan cookbook filled with more than 130 easy, tasty plant-based recipes. Featured are detailed menus for 12 occasions, such as winter holiday dinners (West African Peanut Stew, Swedish Meatless Meatballs and Cowboy Caviar) and New Year’s

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Day brunches (Creamed Tomatoes, Southern Caviar and Deviled Potato Salad). For sweets lovers, the Hot Chocolate Muffins and Dark Chocolate Truffles sound delish. Nixon, who was featured on “The Dr. Oz Show,” uses only whole, unprocessed, plant-based foods with no added oils or fats in her recipes. Her book pro-

vides step-by-step directions and symbols reflect whether a dish is quick, gluten-free, soy-free, portable and can be made in advance. Nixon promises: “Together we will make your next holiday or gathering a special one.”


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bonus, editors include handy entertaining tips and tricks so you can enjoy your party as much as your guests. We’ll drink to that.

The book also includes a useful kosher baking dictionary that details tools, tips for baking cookies, cakes, tarts, mousses and pastries, as well as plating desserts.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays—140 StepBy-Step Recipes For Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations By Ree Drummond

Cocktails For The Holidays: Festive Drinks To Celebrate The Season By the Editors of Imbibe Magazine, with photographs by Lara Ferroni Clinking glasses, corks popping, ciders simmering… talk about holiday spirits. This 120-page book conjures all the sights, smells and tastes of the season with 50 creative cocktail recipes, ranging from contemporary to classic. Culled from bartenders by the editors of Imbibe Magazine, libations include unique concoctions like the Ebenezer Scrooge (Cynar, ginger liqueur, brown sugar, lemon juice, sparkling wine, a dash of Angostura bitters and a nutmeg garnish); Brandied Apple (Cognac, apple cider, lemon juice and simple syrup topped with ground cinnamon) and Dutch Cocoa (hot chocolate, genever, green Chartreuse, triple sec, whipped cream and chocolate curls garnish). Each recipe includes instructions for what tools, glassware and garnishes to use, and many are complemented by vibrant full-page photos. As a nice

The Holiday Kosher Baker: Traditional & Contemporary Holiday Desserts By Paula Shoyer “It’s a new era for Jewish home bakers,” writes cookbook author Paula Shoyer. The former attorney and graduate of the Ritz Escoffier pastry program in Paris is thrilled about the shift in kosher food toward more gourmet offerings. “The book includes contemporary twists on traditional desserts to remind people of their grandmothers, yet it brings the desserts they love completely up to date.” Now a pastry chef, Shoyer provides recipes for every Jewish holiday and occasion, including 45 tailored just for Passover. Hanukkah treats include Apple Latkes, Olive Oil Challah, Gingerbread Cookies, Churros—even Funnel Cake. With a nod toward the many diets out there, Shoyer includes recipes for low-sugar, gluten-free, vegan and nut-free dishes.

Ree Drummond is a force to be reckoned with: When the wife and mother is not raising her four children on an Oklahoma cattle ranch, taking photographs for her popular website or starring in her Food Network hit, “The Pioneer Woman,” she’s developing cookbook recipes.

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New York Times best-selling author Ree Drummond is a force to be reckoned with: When the wife and mother is not raising her four children on an Oklahoma cattle ranch, taking photographs for her popular website or starring in her Food Network hit, “The Pioneer Woman,” she’s busy developing recipes. Her latest cookbook tackles the holidays with vibrant images and meticulous instructions. Included are suggestions for treetrimming party treats (Brandy Snaps, Marshmallow Pops and Mulled Apple Cider); Christmas Eve dinner (Prime Rib, Rosemary-Garlic Roasted Potatoes and Boozy Bread Pudding) and Christmas Day brunch (Fried Quail, Drop Biscuits and Caramel Apple Sweet Rolls). For New Year’s Eve, Drummond includes 10 recipes such as Champagne Cocktails, Salted Pita Wedges, Grilled Chicken Skewers and Cheesecake Shooters. “Holidays are really just one enormous excuse to eat,” Drummond writes. We couldn’t agree more.

The Dead Celebrity Cookbook Presents Christmas In Tinseltown: Celebrity Recipes And Hollywood Memories From Six Feet Under The Mistletoe By Frank DeCaro It may be quirky, but this compilation of recipes from dearly departed celebs is also quite fascinating. Rather than being generated from today’s TV celebrity chefs, these recipes come from iconic singers and actors who also happened to be good in the kitchen (and who now happen to be dead). The 230page book includes more than 60 recipes for starters, entrees, sides and desserts. They include James Stewart’s Spareribs with Barbecue Sauce, Janet Leigh’s Individual Cheese Souffle, Lucille Ball’s Brazil Nut Stuffing, Rock Hudson’s Cannoli, Bing Crosby’s Sugar Cookies and John Lennon’s Hot Chocolate. This latest installment in author Frank DeCaro’s Dead Celebrity Cookbook series features behindthe-scenes photos and plenty of hot gossip (who knew Robert Mitchum did time on a chain gang or that Barbara Stanwyck was a former Ziegfeld dancing girl?) Perhaps that’s why Marie Claire magazine called it “dead tasty.” O


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RANT KING Lewis Black Brings Schtick To Kravis CenterBY LINDA HAASE nown as the “King of the Rant,” Lewis Black is among the most recognized comedians in the business—and one of the angriest. And beware, because he uses his trademark yelling and finger-pointing to spear anything or anyone he finds annoying. Black’s topics run the gamut, from current events and social media to politics and celebrities. Not much is off limits: He even castigated the “Today” show’s Al Roker for an erroneous weather forecast. His message, which is delivered in a trademark gravelly voice, resonates, and he usually performs for

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packed houses. No doubt the seats will be full for his December 13 show at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, when the curtain opens at 8 p.m. Warning: This show is for mature audiences. The Grammy-winning comedian enjoys “making people laugh at the absurdities of life, often exposing the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world,” his website explains. And that temper? “Colicky

as a baby, it seems he was destined to be angry and easily irritated.” Black’s career took off in the late 1990s, when he was a guest commentator on “The Daily Show.” Other gigs followed, including the stand-up specials “Black on Broadway” and “Red, White, and Screwed,” and the Comedy Central show, “Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil.” He’s also made the late-night talk show circuit, appearing as a guest on “Larry King

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Live,”“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and the “Late Show with David Letterman.” Black is also a best-selling author (his books include “Nothing’s Sacred,”“Me of Little Faith” and “I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas”), has written more than 40 plays, and even has a beer named after him—Lewis Black Imperial Stout—which can be consumed at the Top of The Hill Restaurant & Brewery in Chapel Hill, N.C. Despite all his so-called rage, Black is a nice guy with a kind heart. He supports numerous charities including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Autism Speaks, and was honored by The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence for his commitment to the cause. In 2012, he was honored by the ACLU of Georgia with their National Civil Liberties Award. O For more information, call 561-8327469 or visit kravis.org.


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SUCH A SCANDAL “The Book of Mormon” Incites Laughs At Adrienne Arsht CenterBY LINDA HAASE

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ntertainment Weekly calls it “the most scandalous show on Broadway.” “The Book of Mormon” might be outrageous—and even offensive to some—but the popular, hilarious musical has won nine Tony Awards and continues to pack theaters.

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se. We want to give you room to feel what the show is saying to you.” There are many musical numbers during the two-and-a-half-hour performance, including “Hello” and “I Am Here For You.” There’s also quite a bit of explicit language. “In terms of risky content, ‘The

Haven’t seen it? You’ll get your chance when the provocative show comes to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of MiamiDade County from December 1-14. The show, which is produced by the creators of the irreverent “South Park,” follows two young missionaries sent to Uganda to try and convert citizens to the Mormon religion. But their enthusiasm for the effort is thwarted by the conditions they find: AIDS, poverty and violence. Musical numbers abound— along with jabs at religion, sexuality, poverty and race. “There’s a catharsis in being able to really laugh at some of the goofier ideas of religion without necessarily laughing at the people practicing them,” explains co-creator Matt Stone on Adrienne Arsht’s website. “We never like to make a point, per

Book of Mormon’ makes the Monty Python boys look like they were writing the Acts of the Apostles. Yet it has a sweetness that few other satirical dramatic works have achieved,” notes the Chicago Tribune. That’s the point, claims cocreator Bobby Lopez. “I want the musical to show people the nadir of human experience. For this musical, it’s about faith. It’s about religious feeling. And I think we show a character that loses his faith, and we give his faith back to him in a better way at the end,” he says on Adrienne Arsht’s website. “And I hope that the experience of the audience mirrors that, whether it’s a religious experience or just feeling entertained.” O For more information, call 305-9496722 or visit arshtcenter.org.


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ROCKIN’ NEW YEAR Phish Hooks Fans At AmericanAirlines ArenaBY LINDA HAASE he rock band best-known for being able to mix genres, perform on the fly and boast having some of the country’s most diehard fans is coming to the AmericanAirlines Arena from December 31-January 3. Their New Year’s Eve show kicks off at 8 p.m. It’s the third time the guys will help South Florida ring in the holiday, having performed in 2003 and 2009. “Phish showed off its versatility early—and all night, really. Fans loved every second of the show,” the Sun Sentinel wrote after the 2009 performance. The band, which includes Trey Anastasio on guitar and vocals, Jon Fishman on drums and vocals; Mike Gordon on bass and vocals and Page McConnell on keyboard and vocals, recently released its newest

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album, Fuego. It was an instant hit, making the Billboard Top 10 and named by Rolling Stone readers as one of the “10 Best Albums of 2014 So Far.” Entertainment Weekly wrote, “[Fuego] feels bigger, brighter than anything else they’ve ever done.” This is high praise for Phish, which was formed in 1983 after Anastasio, a University of Vermont freshman, posted flyers around campus seeking musicians to form a band. Fishman and Gordon are original members, while McConnell joined in 1985. The band’s music blends elements of many genres, including incarnations of rock, plus jazz, funk, folk, blues and bluegrass. And while Phish has received little radio airplay through the years, the band developed a tremendous following via social media and college

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fought and we’ve had fun, and now there’s just this new plateau that we’ve reached that I couldn’t have anticipated. When you get up there onstage, it’s just the intimacy. I know those guys so well and it’s a real blessing.” For more information, call 786-7771000 or visit aarena.com.


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MISFIT REUNION “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” Rings Nostalgic At Kravis CenterBY LINDA HAASE

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udolph with his nose so bright just might be the most-recognized holiday character of all time (besides the big guy in the red suit). It’s been 50 years since this animated television classic came to life, charming viewers of all ages with its captivating story and message that being different can be a good thing.

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Village, where Kris Kringle faces an unprecedented predicament: The weather is so stormy he fears he’ll have to cancel his flight to deliver toys. Then he realizes that Rudolph—snubbed by others because of his unique red nose—can save Christmas by guiding the sleigh with his glowing snout. In the end, the kids not only receive their gifts, but villagers learn a les-

Now the beloved tale’s stage version, “Rudolph The RedNosed Reindeer: The Musical,” is coming to the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on December 23 for shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. “The stage musical re-creates the TV classic with glee,” writes the Chicago Sun Times. “This is a show that will go down in history as a smashing hit,” notes the Dallas Examiner. The family-friendly show includes all the TV special’s loveable regulars, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the elf and aspiring dentist, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, the Misfit Toys and, of course, Rudolph. The show begins in North Pole

son about friendship, respect and why what makes us different can be what makes us special. We suspect there will be an audience sing-a-long, especially when characters perform “Jingle, Jingle, Jingle” and “Holly Jolly Christmas.” And with shows just two days before Christmas, what better way to inspire the holiday spirit? “Don’t miss this wonderful new holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us,” says the show’s website. Oh, and be sure to bring your kids to see Santa Claus in the lobby prior to the show. O

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SURVIVING THE HOLIDAZE Compromise Is Key For Families With Conflicting TraditionsBY EMILY J. MINOR endy Abrams dreads the holidays. Every year, no matter how much thought (and angst) she puts into them, her household falls victim to a major identity crisis. Abrams’ husband is Jewish; he grew up in a kosher house, marking all the major holidays. She grew up Episcopalian; she went to church most Sundays and certainly on Christmas Eve. “I love Christmas,” says Abrams, who enjoys crafting and decorating and pretty lights—all of which put her husband in a very foul mood. But instead of deciding to celebrate Hanukkah one year and Christmas the next—or a little of both each year—the Abrams and their two kids have bumbled through the holidays for eight years now, each time confused and unfulfilled. “Every year I always say, ‘I’m going to get my tree,’” says Abrams, not her real name because her mother-in-law lives in South Florida, and plays a role in the family’s holiday dilemma. “And every year I give in.” Abrams isn’t the only one in holiday turmoil. Local therapist Lisa Zucker expects to see a fair amount of this sort of conflict. Maybe the wife’s a Christmas nut and he’s a grinch. Or maybe he loves the lights and

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she likes to keep the holiday small and simple. Zucker sees that, too. “Anytime one person feels one way and the other person feels another—and those feelings are strong— you really have to have a balance,” says Zucker, a licensed clinical social worker in Hollywood. “You have to respect your partner’s beliefs.” Truth is, family traditions can run deep, following us well into adulthood and defining the very holiday

Anytime one person feels one way and the other person feels another way—and those feelings are strong—you really have to have a balance. You have to respect your partner’s beliefs.

– Lisa Zucker, licensed clinical social worker and grief counselor, Hollywood

itself. Laura Kreiger, a licensed clinical social worker in Boca Raton, says it’s important to talk about your childhood memories and traditions. They explain who you are today. Maybe you opened gifts on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas morning, and that sends your husband, who is a Christmas-morning purist, right over the edge. Maybe your mother bought big, expensive Hanukkah presents—or only trinkets. Maybe you hate ChristDECEMBER 2014

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mas because as the only Jewish kid in school, you felt it was crammed down your throat. “The first step is to really share,” she says. Even taking a moment to share a recipe or story behind a treasured memento can help partners understand each other, Kreiger says. Discussing these experiences and conflicts—perhaps again, and again, and again—can help families decide on comfortable traditions, she says. And those traditions help children pay the holidays forward in a meaningful way. “I would say that the most important thing for both partners is to really listen to each other and hear why they feel the way they do,” Kreiger says. And be fair: Don’t expect your 58

partner to abandon his or her traditions completely. If decorating makes you happy, do it—just don’t be angry when your partner doesn’t sing carols with you as you put up the tree. Instead, invite someone over who will hum along with you. With the Abrams family—who are actually planning to put up a tree this Christmas—our experts say compromise and conversation is especially crucial. Religious traditions are tricky, so it’s important to discuss plans before the holidays begin. Of course, holiday celebrations aren’t just marred by different customs and religions. Grief and loss can

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I would say that the most important thing for both partners is to really listen to each other and hear why they feel the way they do.

– Laura Kreiger, licensed clinical social worker, Boca Raton

be big roadblocks, says Zucker, who’s also a certified grief counselor. If a spouse or family member is in mourning, the key to helping them get through the holidays is to be present for whatever brings them comfort. For example, Zucker says, if pulling out all the decorations and going through the motions is

too difficult, it may be time to start a few new traditions. “You have to find a tradition that’s going to work for everybody,” she points out. Parents experiencing a loss may want to buy presents just like always and then donate them to needy kids. Others might want to skip a year of holiday gatherings because the memories are just too painful. The important thing, Zucker says—whether it’s grief, different traditions or different religions disrupting your holiday happiness—is to create customs that feel like your own. You can even take turns deciding. “Perhaps one year you stay home and the next year you go on a cruise and get away from it,” Zucker says. “Ultimately, it’s all about compromise.” And, oh, how we hate that word. O


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New Rituals Help Single Parents Navigate The Holidays BY DIANNA SMITH he month of December isn’t always the most wonderful time of the year, especially for parents dealing with separation and divorce. For them, it can be a sad, lonely time of resentment as they grieve over happy holidays they thought they’d experience with their kids and spouses. When marriages break up, dreams get broken, too. And single parents are left picking up the pieces. An estimated 40-50 percent of married couples in the United

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I don’t want them to ever think that the reason we aren’t together is because we couldn’t see eye to eye or respect each other’s religions. – “Melanie,” a divorced single mother

States divorce, according to the American Psychological Association. And it’s probably safe to say that many ex-spouses don’t get

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along. Now add kids to the mix, and things become much more difficult because there’s no clean-cut break. On the contrary, children keep them connected for life. Sound familiar? There are things single parents can do to navigate Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations—and even enjoy them. All that’s required is patience, clarity and the realization that the kids’ needs should always come first. And above all: Work together so the children don’t suffer. This means present-

ing—not matter how difficult—a united front. “The number one thing is, don’t talk badly about the other parent in front of the child no matter what,” says Ann McNeil, a licensed clinical social worker in Boca Raton. “Even though it’s really, really hard and you have your own ‘stuff,’ do your best not to put your stuff on the child.” And develop a parenting plan, so mom and dad are in agreement over who gets to see the kids and when. Having this mapped out in


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advance can help avoid conflict, McNeil says, and it lets the children know what to expect. If parents live in the same area, let the kids spend time with each on the actual holidays, such as Christmas Eve or the first day of Hanukkah. Perhaps they can spend Christmas morning with mom and the day with dad. Or if parents are fortunate enough to be amicable, the kids can spend the holidays with both. The key to a successful holiday is to remain calm. Because the more anxious a parent, the harder it will be on the child. “Children on a subconscious level pick up anxiety from either parent,” McNeil says. “We don’t want that for the child. We want to make sure that this is a fun time, so there are smiles and happiness and no garbage.” Single mom Melanie, who lives in Palm Beach County, does her best to keep a positive attitude during the holidays for her kids’ sake, but admits it can get tricky, especially because her ex-husband is Jewish and she is Christian. Melanie, who asked to remain anonymous, has two little girls. Her ex-husband celebrates Hanukkah and they spend the first night of the holiday with their father. And even though Melanie is Christian, she continues the tradition when they’re home. She has a menorah, recites the blessings in Hebrew and buys dreidels so the girls know that she respects Hanukkah. “I don’t want them to ever think that the reason we aren’t together is because we couldn’t see eye to eye or respect each other’s religions,” Melanie explains. She admits the holidays are difficult because she grew up celebrating Christmas with a large extended family, but now divorced and living in South Florida, she no longer has many people with whom to celebrate. Though there is a bright side. Because her ex-husband is Jewish, 62

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she gets her girls every Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. That’s a blessing that came from the divorce two years ago, she says, because when she was married her then-husband didn’t like it when she celebrated anything that had to do with the holiday. Now she can have a Christmas tree as tall as the ceiling and sing carols at the top of her lungs. She’s start-

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ed new traditions with her daughters and she’s thankful she did. “They got something good out of it instead of something bad,” Melanie says of the divorce. Starting post-divorce traditions can help parents and their kids cope during the holidays, McNeil points out. Try replacing an old tradition with a beach visit to watch the sunset, making a collage with the holiday cards, roasting marshmallows or watching a special holiday movie. Though if the child prefers to stick with previous rituals, go with it. “You take the child’s lead and be alert and listen,” she says. And no matter what, McNeil stresses, try to disguise your own

heartache. “It’s very hard for the parent who is grieving his or her own loss,” she says. “It’s a new reality to adjust to, but the parent has to hide that sadness until later.” Even if your kids are not physically present for the holidays, you can still be part of their day. Try Skype or Facetime and read them a bedtime story via computer or smartphone. If you’re sad that the children aren’t around, that’s OK too. That’s your time to grieve. Look through old pictures. Cry if you want. And know that you’re working toward a new life. It might not have been the life you planned for. But it can still be pretty wonderful. O


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GO WEST Santa Monica’s Hotel Casa Del Mar Rich In History And RevelryBY LINDA HAASE ocated just steps from the famed Santa Monica Pier and picturesque Palisades Park, Hotel Casa del Mar looks like a scene from a movie. Indeed, you’ll feel like a star at this charming getaway. When it was built in 1926 and dubbed Club Casa, it was a favorite among the rich and famous, who loved to see and be seen. A lot of the 129-room hotel’s charm still resonates with its unique history. The notable spot after World War II became a military hotel and in 1959 was reincarnated again—this time as the headquarters for Synanon, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. About 20 years later it

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When it comes to dining, options are plentiful. The property’s newest restaurant is Terrazza, with interior design by White House decorator Michael S. Smith, and culinary creations by Chef Sven Mede. Smith designed the space with Mother Nature as his muse: The oceanfront eatery features colorful, Spanish ceramic tile, floor-to-ceiling windows, works by French photographer Christian Chaize, and blue glass sconces from Murano, Italy. Chef Mede’s menu was just as carefully crafted, featuring a fusion of California and Italy using fresh local ingredients. “Less is More is our philosophy when it comes to

Guests quickly learn to expect the unexpected at Hotel Casa del Mar—no eclectic touch is spared, from the complimentary shoe shines, to the wellstocked library, to the repurposed barn wood used in the eco-friendly Sea Wellness Spa. became the Pritikin Longevity Center. And in 1999, E.T. Whitehall Seascape Partners purchased the building for $50 million and restored it to its landmark style, reopening it as Hotel Casa del Mar. Today the original sculpted angels, cupids and other Renaissance figures are prevalent throughout the eight-story hotel. Despite its heritage, there’s a modern edge that’s apparent the moment you step into the entryway, with its massive custom chandelier covered in hand-blown glass beading. The vibe continues in the lobby, with antique oak floors and welcoming leather club chairs. The space is intimate enough to feel exclusive, yet delivers big on luxurious amenities. 64

bringing our coastal flavors to the plate,” he says. “It requires just a few of the best raw ingredients carefully and simply prepared to create an unforgettable experience.” Other restaurant options include Catch, a Modern-American seafood restaurant that serves dinner, and The Lounge at Casa, where small plates and sushi are offered along with evening live music. For alfresco dining, check out the Palm Terrace for poolside food and beverages, or grab drinks at the glam Beach Club (try the signature Amethyst Lavender Cocktail). Guests quickly learn to expect the unexpected at Hotel Casa del Mar— no eclectic touch is spared, from the complimentary shoe shines, to the

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and offer views of either the Pacific Ocean or Santa Monica cityscape (either is lovely to take in from your walnut four-poster bed). For a special experience, book one of the spacious two-story Penthouse Suites, designed to resemble Italian seaside villas, where fireplaces provide the perfect ambiance for cool holiday evenings. And speaking of holidays, there are events and celebrations galore during the winter season. ICE at the Santa Monica Outdoor Rink offers ice-skating on

contact Hotel Casa del Mar is located at 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, California. For more information, call 310-581-5533 or visit hotelcasadelmar.com.

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Or perhaps you prefer to stick closer to the hotel, which offers a wide range of things to do, from surf lessons and yoga on the sand, to enjoying live music and sunbathing by the pool. The Concierge will help you create a personalized itinerary, or just check out the Beach Activities Center. Whatever you choose to do, Hotel Casa del Mar will inspire your inner reveler. O


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He Played Everyone’s Favorite Schlub On “Seinfeld”—Yet The Real Jason Alexander Is Anything But

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CTOR JASON ALEXANDER HATES TO PLAY HIMSELF. Rather, this talented singer, comedian and director enjoys portraying characters. Challenging ones. The kind viewers love to hate, like the serial killer he played on “Criminal Minds” and the insensitive attorney in “Pretty Woman.” Or roles that allow him to stretch his vocal chords, like when he had the lead in “Jerome Robbins Broadway,” for which he won a Tony Award.

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Though his vast résumé is filled with television, film and stage appearances, Alexander’s the first to admit his most notable role remains that of neurotic George Costanza from “Seinfeld,” the iconic sitcom famous for being “about nothing.” His performances at times literally brought viewers to tears because he’s that funny. Which is why it’s so surprising to discover that, in reality, Alexander is a quiet, serious man who’d

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rather talk about achieving peace in the Middle East than the highs and lows of Hollywood. “The truth is I am almost nothing like what most people think they get,” Alexander admits. “The worst words in the world for me in show business are, ‘Ladies and gentleman, here’s Jason Alexander.’ I went into this to be able to hide behind characters.” Though as a testament to his acting

skills—he fakes it well. Just ask audiences who’ve packed theaters this past year to see his traveling one-man comedic variety show, “An Evening with Jason Alexander and his Hair.”

Master Of His Domain These days, Alexander is sitting in the director’s chair for the comedy musical, “When You’re In Love,


The Whole World Is Jewish,” which comes to Boca’s Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center from December 11-January 11. The show is based on several groundbreaking comedy albums from the mid-1960s that feature classic Jewish humor, and it’s expected to be a big hit in South Florida. Alexander started working on the material more than a year ago and says he always knew he’d bring

the show to Boca Raton, one of the United States’ largest Jewish communities. “We are coming to the land of our peeps,” says Alexander, 55. He adds, “These jokes are so old that more often than not the audience does the punchline with us. It’s the journey to the punchline that we think they’re enjoying so much. It’s like hearing an old favorite song that you haven’t heard in decades.

We thought it may not work because of that, but we have found it may be working exactly because of that.” Born Jay Scott Greenspan, Alexander is no stranger to South Florida: While he grew up in New Jersey, his mother Ruth, 94, resides in Coconut Creek (his father Alexander is deceased). Ruth lives by herself with the help of an aide during the day, and Alexander visits from his home in Los Angeles about four times a

year. He was also in town last month for the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival’s opening night premiere of “Lucky Stiffs,” in which he stars. Alexander plays a British shoe salesman who stands to inherit $6 million if he can fulfill the last wish of his late American uncle—to take his corpse on a weeklong trip to Monte Carlo. Whenever Alexander performs, Ruth does her best to check out the DECEMBER 2014

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show. She plans to be in the audience for his new play when, her son says with a chuckle, she’ll be sitting with “500 of her closest friends.” Did we mention that she’s a proud mother with bragging rights? “There was a time when ‘Seinfeld’ was on the air and she used to wear a photo button of me as

The truth is I am almost nothing like what most people think they get. The worst words in the world for me in show business are, ‘Ladies and gentleman, here’s Jason Alexander.’ I went into this to be able to hide behind characters.

George so people would say, ‘Why do you have that?’” Alexander recalls. “And she would launch into how George is her son.” Who could blame her? Alexander has always been a gifted performer. He knew as a young boy he wanted to sing and dance, and persuaded his parents to sign him up for voice lessons so he could perform at his bar mitzvah. He appeared in school plays and by age 15 decided to take on the stage name Jason Alexander. “I was really heavy as a kid and Jay was too small a name for my size,” he says. “Not using Greenspan had nothing to do with Juda72

ism; it was an easy name to make fun of on the playground. Green ‘fill-in-the-blank.’ I had a lot of friends who liked to torture me.” Since his pals called him Jason anyway, he figured his professional name could be Jason Scott. But when it came time to register the name, it was already taken. He quickly scrambled for a new last name and came up with Alexander, after his father. “There I was,” he says. “I was born.” Alexander was already a successful Broadway actor when he was discovered by director and producer Rob Reiner, who was in the

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audience at one of his shows. It was Reiner who recommended him to “Seinfeld” producers, suggesting he’d be a good fit for the character of George Costanza. Actors Danny DeVito and Nathan Lane were already being considered for the part, but Alexander auditioned anyway, assuming he wouldn’t get it. Shocked he’d landed the role, Alexander was suddenly part of the eclectic group that included Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards), Elaine Benes (Julia Louise-Dreyfus) and Jerry Seinfeld (star and co-creator). The role propelled Alexander into stardom. “Seinfeld” gained a cult-like following and dominated airwaves for nine years before reality television became the norm. The show entertained viewers with mundane-albeithilarious storylines about puffy shirts, Junior Mints, getting lost in parking

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Alexander receiving the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award; the “Seinfeld” cast; Alexander directing on the set of “When You’re In Love, The Whole World is Jewish”

garages… yada, yada, yada (not that there’s anything wrong with that). It won 10 Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes, and 16 years after the show has stopped taping, “Seinfeld” remains popular in syndication. Because its characters—especially George—are hard to forget. Alexander’s role has been called one of television’s most memorable, and he acknowledges that he’ll forever be known as the actor who played the balding, stocky guy who lives with his parents, can’t hold down a job and has the nickname Lord of the Idiots. “These were things I did 20 years ago,” says Alexander, who admits he didn’t watch the show much back then—and still doesn’t. His wife, artist and actress Daena E. Title, is his fan, of course. But their sons Gabe, 23, and Noah, 18, have seen maybe seven or eight episodes. Should they


He had huge ideals and dreams and ambitions and was completely underwhelming. He was aware of that, but it didn’t diminish his ego. Those are an endearing combination of traits.”

Serenity Now Because Alexander portrayed George so convincingly, people forget that was a television character. The actor is also a magician, activist, avid poker player and family man. In 2006, he debuted as a professional magician at The Magic Castle in Los Angeles with an act based on human behavioral patterns, and jokes that he would’ve made magic a career if he was good enough at it. His love for poker led him to compete in World Series of Poker main events.

During his first tournament he was eliminated on the second day, but eventually finished in the Top 30 percent. He’s also participated in several televised poker fundraisers. Charity work is also a passion for Alexander, who’s the leader of “One Voice,” an organization whose mission is to propose peace talks between Israel and Palestine. He’s also involved with the ASPCA

These jokes are so old that more often than not the audience does the punchline with us. It’s the journey to the punchline that we think they’re enjoying so much.

ever decide to binge-watch their dad’s hit show, they’ll have 180 episodes from which to choose—each with its one madcap antics. Alexander says he adores them all, but for him one episode stands out: The Marine Biologist. During the episode, Jerry sets up George with an old college friend, telling her George is a marine biologist (George is annoyed—not because Jerry lied, but because he preferred to be called an architect). Typical Seinfeld-esque shenanigans ensue, and the show culminates with George on the beach, where a beached whale appears (of course), and the pseudo marine biologist saves the day by removing a golf ball from the whale’s blowhole (which landed there as a result of Kramer hitting golf balls into the ocean). The show ends with George’s epic monologue, where he recounts the dramatic rescue and pulls the ball from his pocket to show onlookers—much to Kramer’s chagrin. It would become one of the show’s most iconic episodes. But what viewers don’t know, Alexander reveals, is that the monologue was a last-minute addition. Show co-creator Larry David didn’t like the script’s original ending and added the golf ball bit. “Larry came over and said, ‘How quickly can you memorize a monologue?’ He wrote it out and we only had five minutes… the performance that you see is the only one we ever did,” Alexander explains. “When I pulled the golf ball out of my pocket that was one of the longest sustained laughs we had in front of the audience.” The George character has been described as David’s alter ego, though Alexander says that it also includes a healthy dose of Woody Allen, plus some of his own ideas. He calls it “a Frankenstein monster of a whole bunch of people.” So what is it about George that makes people love him? He’s relatable, Alexander says. “Everybody says to me, ‘I know someone just like George’ or ‘I am George,’” he says. “He was the guy whose eyes were bigger than his stomach, as my mother would always say.

(American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), Autism Speaks and Aid for AIDS. When home with his family in Los Angeles, Alexander says he does his best to lead a “normal” life. His son Gabe is following in his footsteps as an actor and improvisational comic, while Noah relates more to his father’s shy, understated side. Alexander, Daena and the kids plan to spend the holidays relaxing together. “My younger son started college this year, so we’ll love having him home,” Alexander says. “I’m going to put him in a room and look at him for weeks.” There are no plans for big fancy holiday parties or nights out on the town. And no New Year’s resolutions, Alexander insists. “I just turned 55,” he says. “I have no resolutions.” O

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HERE ARE EIGHT GREAT WAYS TO GET YOUR FESTIVE FIX

We love the holidays and all they entail: The cooler weather, cheerful parties and spiked eggnog. But we all know that person whose love for Christmas borders on the obsessive: The friend or family member with the 9-foot tree, 100 tacky sweaters and a home so lit up it can be seen from the space shuttle. Christmas junkies, this story’s for you. The following events are sure to satisfy your zeal for revelry: From exclusive river rides and colorful boat parades, to culinary extravaganzas and holiday home tours, we’ve found the most festive events around. You may even see some snow…

DOWNTOWN DELRAY TREE LIGHTING AND HOLIDAY SWEATER WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT WANT TO HELP DELRAY BEACH MAKE HISTORY?

Put on your favorite (gaudy) holiday sweater and head downtown on December 4 at 7:30 p.m. The challenge: Amass a huge crowd—everyone in their wooly best—on the Great Lawn at Old School Square to break the record currently held by 639 people who last November gathered at the Freeze Festival in London. No matter if your sweater is stunning, ugly, rhinestone-encrusted or tattered, as long as it prominently depicts a traditional Christmas character, item or theme. Sorry: Plain red or green sweaters will not count. Oh, and it must have long sleeves (let’s hope for a cold front). “I plan on participating by wearing a sweater I can find from a local thrift shop. The tackier the better,” says Jarrod White, special events manager for the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative, who came up with the idea. “I think people will see both the fun in coming together as a community to break a World Record and humor in the type of contest.”

Be sure to arrive early. Santa is due to land at 7 p.m. via a CBS-TV helicopter (because sleighs and reindeer are so 2013) and shortly after, the 100-foot Christmas tree—featuring animated scenes, and bedecked with 15,500 lights and 39,500 ornaments—will be lit.

“I plan on participating by wearing a sweater I can find from a local thrift shop. The tackier the better.” – Jarrod White, special events manager, Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative

Plan to make a family night of it: The festivities start at 5 p.m. and include entertainment and an old-fashioned carousel. There’s also a menorah lighting scheduled for December 16 at 6 p.m., as well as a parade, ice-skating rink and other events scheduled throughout the month. For more information, call 561-279-1380 or visit 100ftChristmasTree.com.

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HISTORIC STRANAHAN HOUSE MUSEUM HOLIDAY RIVER TOUR SOONER OR LATER, WE ALL NEED A BREAK

from the Christmas frenzy. We suggest you ditch your to-do list and head to the Historic Stranahan House Museum in Fort Lauderdale for its unique Holiday River Tour, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. from December 14-18 and December 20-23. This Victorian-themed event showcases the two-story waterfront house, which was built in 1901, and formerly owned by Fort Lauderdale founders Ivy and Frank Stranahan.

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century are simply magical. Flagler Museum Holiday Evening Tours offer trips back in time, where you can experience Christmas splendor the way it was celebrated at the turn of the century. During season, Flagler’s first floor is decorated to the hilt, with the focal point being a 16-foot Christmas tree in the Grand Hall. “Visitors will have the rare opportunity to see Whitehall by the glow of its original 1902 lighting,” explains David Carson, the museum’s public affairs director. “This is quite a rare occasion as the museum only opens for these Holiday Evening Tours a few evenings per year.”

“Visitors will have the rare opportunity to see Whitehall by the glow of its original 1902 lighting. This is quite a rare occasion as the museum only opens for these Holiday Evening Tours a few evenings per year.” – David Carson, public affairs director, Flagler Museum

This year’s tours, which will take place December 18-23, will last 45 minutes and showcase Gilded Age American Christmas traditions. During the docent-led tour, participants will receive old-style Christmas Crackers, so popular back in the day. “A traditional Christmas Cracker is a small party favor decorated with festive paper,” Carson explains. “It’s a paper tube with hidden trin76

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kets inside. When pulled apart, it makes a cracking or popping sound and the gifts are exposed.” He adds, “Following the guided tours, visitors are invited to listen to Christmas carols in the West Room, along with enjoying refreshments, and the Museum Store will be open for holiday shopping.” Now a public National Historic Landmark, the museum was once Harry Flagler’s home and has quite a rich past. When it was built in 1902, The New York Herald called it “more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world.” Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children under 18, and must be purchased in advance. For more information, call 561-655-2833 or visit flaglermuseum.us.

“It’s a magical time of year and this event is good for all ages. It’s an educational and traditional experience and very different. Nobody does anything like this.” – Melanie Cross, education coordinator, Stranahan House Museum

The tour begins on the home’s lavishly decorated first floor, where docents dressed in period attire describe what Victorian Christmases were like. Expect to hear how various traditions began, such as hanging Christmas stockings, setting up groaning boards (buffets so bountiful the tables “groan”), why we have peppermint pigs and the all-important pickle ornaments. The home’s second floor features displays of how pioneers celebrated back in the day. “Their trees were decorated with pinecones, shells covered the grounds and gifts were homemade,” explains Melanie Claros, the museum’s education coordinator. After perusing the museum comes a true treat: A half-hour boat ride down the Intracoastal, replete with holiday music, Christmas cookies and panoramic views of extraordinary waterfront mansions and their magnificent light displays. Stranahan House Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and while it’s open year-round, it’s especially enchanting during the holiday season. “It’s in its original spot and hasn’t changed. The city has grown up around it,” Claros says. “It’s a magical time of year and this event is good for all ages. It’s an educational and traditional experience and very different. Nobody does anything like this.” Tours are $30 and reservations are required. For more information, call 954-524-4736 or visit stranahanhouse.org.

Photos courtesy of Flagler Museum

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OLD NORTHWOOD 27TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT HOME TOUR HOLIDAY VOYEURS REJOICE: IT ISN’T EVERY

day strangers open their doors and let you explore their homes, but in the historic neighborhood of Northwood Village in West Palm Beach, it’s been the norm for 26 years. And on December 27, residents will once again put out the welcome mats for the Holiday Candlelight Home Tour. “We have the longest-running home tour,” explains event co-chair Kyle Lidinsky. “The owners really enjoy showcasing the indoors as well as their gardens.” And there’s plenty to see in the four-hour tour of 12 homes. This quaint area was established in the boom era of the 1920s and many homes reflect Mediterranean-Revival or Spanish-Mission styles. It’s also a trendsetting neighborhood and the first historic district in the city of West Palm Beach. The homeowners always enjoy entertaining guests and will offer wine, Champagne and ap-

“It’s not easy to get 12 houses to open their doors to over 1,000 people. To do this for 27 years in a row is a testament to the type of people who live here.” – Kyle Lidinsky, event co-chair

petizers provided by local restaurants. “In the past we’ve had everything from sushi to mini quiches to chicken wings to Pad Thai,” Lidinsky says. “It’s always a delicious mixture.” The event starts at 5 p.m., when participants check in and get maps describing the homes along the nine-block route. From there, you can walk the route or take a trolley. “It’s not easy to get 12 houses to open their doors to over 1,000 people,” Lidinsky says. “To

do this for 27 years in a row is a testament to the type of people who live here.” Why do they do it? In addition to the pure joy, proceeds from this holiday tradition put cash in Old Northwood’s Christmas stocking— the event benefits the eclectic neighborhood’s landscaping and other projects. Tickets are $30. For more information, call 561-818-9448 or visit oldnorthwood.com.

SNOW DAYS AT SUGAR SAND PARK AND BOCA RATON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM WANT TO SHOW YOUR SOUTH FLORIDA KIDS

what snow looks like? Mark your calendars for December 13, when the Polar Extreme Obstacle Course opens at 8:30 a.m. at Boca Raton Children’s Museum. The 45-foot inflatable slide, designed for kids 7 and under, winds its way through a North Pole milieu with penguins, seals and other fun figurines. The best part? A snowblower blankets the slide with the white stuff. And that’s not all, notes Sandy Manning, the museum’s marketing coordinator. The event, which runs until noon, will also feature a pancake breakfast, train rides, crafts, music, face painting and more. “Kids will also have the chance to sit on Santa’s lap and get their pictures taken, and receive goodie bags with fun surprises,” Manning says. “This is a Boca tradition.” So is Sugar Sand Park Community Center’s Fourth Annual Piles of Smiles event, which takes place on December 20 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Here, the park pulls out all the stops for kids ages 3-12, with 25 tons of real snow, bumper cars, costumed characters, a deejay, activities, arts and crafts, a

handmade gifts market, food and beverages, and the Panther Patrol, the Florida Panthers’ tricked-out interactive party mobile, which will feature music, NHL video games, a street hockey rink and the chance to win game tickets. Piles of Smiles kicks off a host of kid-friendly events that take place through January 5, includ-

“Kids will also have the chance to sit on Santa’s lap and get their picture taken, and receive goodie bags with fun surprises. This is a Boca tradition.” – Sandy Manning, marketing coordinator, Boca Raton Children’s Museum

ing a Tail Waggers Dog Circus Show, gingerbread d house-making class, ceramic painting sessions, a magic workshop, a film screening and more. Boca Raton Children's Museum event tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate; free for kids under 1. For more information, call 561-368-6875 or visit cmboca. org. For Sugar Sand Park ticket and registration information, call 561-347-3900 or visit sugarsandpark.org.

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SANTA’S ENCHANTED FOREST WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT ONE OF

the world’s largest Christmas theme parks would be in sultry Miami? But it is. Located at Tropical Park, Santa’s Enchanted Forest is festive on steroids. Expect more than 3 million holiday lights—they can be seen from the highway—plus a high-octane carnival with 100 rides for all ages. Little tykes will enjoy the

“Some may find it hard to get into the Christmas spirit in a subtropical place like Miami, but Santa’s Enchanted Forest helps. So what if everyone’s dressed in T-shirts and shorts. It’s still a Christmas festival.” – Travelchannel.com

Christmas Train, Merry-Go-Round and Pirate Ship Funhouse, while older kids will appreciate the Himalaya, Haunted Mansion and Bumper Cars. There are also five roller-coasters and plenty of rides for daring adults.

Patrons can also enjoy bungee jumping, themed displays, live animal shows, aerial performances, an inflatable playground, petting zoo—even a mechanical bull ride. And there’s plenty of festival food ranging from candy ap-

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food and drink. Lori Durante, founder of the year-round Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County, knows this well, and has tailored her December itineraries accordingly. “Christmastime is a holiday season celebrated with food and remembering the good times of the past, which makes Taste History Culinary Tours an ideal experience,” Durante says. Her four-hour epicurean tours, offered in Northwood Village/West Palm Beach, Lake Worth/Lantana and Delray Beach/Boynton Beach, include some walking and traveling by 78

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ples, funnel cakes and buttered popcorn, to nachos, burgers and fries. For more laid-back fun, stroll along Santa Claus Lane. Lovers who want “a moment” can escape to Mistletoe Lane. Old St. Nicholas will be there too, so don your finest for those holiday photos. There’s also a special mailbox for kids to mail their letters to the jolly guy. And this year for the first time, the park’s 100-foot Christmas tree will feature lights choreographed to music, with nightly performances. Now in its 32nd year, the park was acknowledged on TV’s Travel Channel. “Some may find it hard to get into the Christmas spirit in a subtropical place like Miami, but Santa’s Enchanted Forest helps,” says Travelchannel.com. “So what if everyone’s dressed in T-shirts and shorts. It’s still a Christmas festival.” The park is open from 5 p.m.-midnight through January 4, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Prices range from $19-$52, depending on the type of pass. For more information, call 305-559-9689 or visit santasenchantedforest.com.

days’ past (for example, it was in 1903 that early German-Lutheran settlers celebrated their first Christmas in Delray Beach) while savoring Peppermint White Mochas, Cinnamon Eggnog Lattes and other holiday beverages at The Cafe Bleu in Delray Beach (located in the historic 1924 building). Other indulgences will include Cassata Cake (a candied sponge cake filled with ricotta cheese) at Palermo’s Bakery in Boynton Beach; Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea, scones and Christmas cookies at the Sabal Palm House Bed & Breakfast Inn in Lake Worth (built in 1936), and Pavlova Pie (a meringue-based pie named for Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova) at Brogues Down Under in Lake Worth. Durante’s nonprofit tours were recently named one of Florida’s Best Food Events by The

“Christmastime is a holiday season celebrated with food and remembering the good times of the past, which makes Taste History Culinary Tours an ideal experience.” – Lori Durante, founder, Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County

bus through historic neighborhoods, stopping at cultural centers, galleries and locally and family-owned eateries for tasty treats. They’re designed to introduce guests to new foods, restaurateurs, chefs and artists, served with a helping of nostalgia. Add the holiday element and they’re over the top. Participants will hear stories of local holi-

Culture Trip, a global news agency. Attend one and you’ll see why. All tours depart from the Boynton Beach Mall at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. Word to the wise: Arrive really hungry. Prices are $40; children under 18 free. For more information, call 561-243-2662 or 561-638-8277, or visit tastehistoryculinarytours.blogspot.com.


WINTERFEST AND CITY OF BOCA RATON BOAT PARADES WE MAY NOT GET SNOW, BUT WE’VE GOT

crystal-blue water for miles—and the Winterfest Boat Parade and City of Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade take full advantage of these stunning vistas. “This event is special to South Florida because there are many places that wish they could have a boat parade,” says Becky Self, Boca Raton community events coordinator. “We are fortunate that we can.”

This year’s theme: TV’s Greatest Hits. “It could be something on television today, a holiday favorite or a cartoon that was part of their childhood,” explains Kathy Keleher, the marketing and parade director. The event always features a celebrity Grand Marshal (past celebs have included Kelly Ripa, Tracy Morgan and Kim Kardashian). This

“There are shapes that look like dolphins, snowflakes, palm trees and there’s even been an Elvis. The imagination of our boaters is incredible.” – Becky Self, community events coordinator, City of Boca Raton

The City of Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade is slated for December 6 at 6:30 p.m., when about 40 boats will sail the 6.5-mile route, beginning at the C-15 canal and traveling south to the Hillsboro Bridge. Expect lots of captivating lights and creative decorations, Self says. “There are shapes that look like dolphins, snowflakes, palm trees and there’s even been an Elvis. The imagination of our boaters is incredible.” Presented by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the Winterfest Boat Parade—billed “The Greatest Show on H20”—sets sail on December 13 at 6:30 p.m. with about 100 deckedout boats, ranging from kayaks to luxury liners.

year’s parade will feature hip hop artist Flo Rida. The 12-mile route starts in downtown Fort Lauderdale, travels east on the New River and north on the Intracoastal to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. There are plenty of great viewing spots, including Birch State Park, with grandstand reserved seating area. Rather avoid crowds? Watch on WSVN-Channel 7 or eyeonsouthflorida.com, which will offer live streaming. O For more information on the Winterfest Boat Parade, call 954-767-0686 or visit winterfestparade.com. For more information on the City of Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade, call 561-393-7995 or visit ci.boca-raton.fl.us.

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FOR FOLKS WHO DON’T CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS, IT’S THE PERFECT YULETIDE PAIRING

BY JANET CHARATAN

For many a South Floridian, Christmas dining doesn’t mean roast turkey, goose or ham; it means feasting on Peking duck, wonton soup and fortune cookies. Going out for Chinese food on December 25 is an annual holiday tradition among Jews and other non-Christians, and when followed by a movie, it’s the ultimate yuletide pairing. Here’s a lucky eight roundup of Chinese restaurants open and ready for crowds on Christmas Day.

Run by an extended Chinese immigrant clan for more than 20 years, this dependable locale is always busy, especially on weekends, but if you have four or more people you can call and get a reservation. Familyfriendly and informal, Mr. Shen’s sits in the Boca Lyons Plaza with a modest, easy-to-overlook decor awash with Chinese murals and artwork, accented by touches of turquoise. Pop music fills the air in this establishment that’s modeled after a New York City-style Chinese restaurant, with freshly made noodles—from skinny lo mein to thick, chewy chow fun noodles—just like in the Big Apple. The menu is extensive and heavy on Chinese classics, including chicken chop suey, moo shu pork, pepper steak and chow mein, but you’ll also find a few faux meat dishes for vegetarian diners, such as Cashew Soy Chicken, the “chicken” cleverly made from a tofu product.

Other meatless options include Tofu with Fresh Mushrooms, Buddha’s Delight or dry-sautéed Szechwan Green Beans. If you’re into meat, order the Peking Sesame Beef, lightly breaded chunks of beef in a sweet sesame sauce, or Beef with Orange Flavor, with just the right amount of spicy heat. For seafood lovers, there’s Fresh Scallops with Garlic Sauce, Tilapia with Ginger and Scallion Sauce, and Spicy Crispy Shrimp, featuring a dozen fat shrimp. Large portions, reasonable prices and reliable, tasty homestyle cooking will have you coming back for more. Mr. Shen’s Peking Chinese Restaurant is located at 9228 Glades Road, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561482-1086 or visit mrshenspeking.com.

This friendly restaurant, located in the Catalina Centre in Boynton Beach, is known for first-rate

dim sum produced in an open-air glassed-in kitchen, where you can watch the chefs in action. Guests are welcomed into the warmly appointed dining room with elegant dark wood chairs, dragons etched on the front doors and attractive Chinese screens here and there. Beyond the dim sum, the kitchen serves up a wide variety of favorites, such as chow fun, chop suey, six kinds of egg foo young and assorted Asian casseroles, plus ample poultry, meat and seafood choices. Because some of the main dishes are made from scratch, patience may be required. For an all-out experience, start with the Dim Sum Basket, featuring the restaurant’s three most popular dishes—three steamed Crystal Shrimp Dumplings, three Sui Mai stuffed with pork, shrimp and mushrooms, and three Fried Shrimp and Chive Dumplings. Other dim sum delights include the house dumplings of seasoned ground pork and cabbage, available steamed or pan-fried; deep-fried

Stuffed Crab Claws with a savory shrimp filling; Steamed BBQ Buns; and Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaves filled with Chinese sausage. These delectable morsels set the stage for the entree course, which might be Grand Marnier Prawns, Polynesian Duck, a hot and spicy Curry Beef, Crispy Whole Snapper or an intriguing spicy Sliced Chicken and Eggplant cooked in a clay pot casserole. If you want, have more dim sum for dessert, such as sweet paste-filled dumplings sprinkled with sesame seeds. After you’ve eaten your share on Christmas Day, return for the weekend Chinatown dim sum, served 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, in which rolling carts navigate the dining room, stopping to drop off your favorite bits and bites. Reservations are accepted for parties of five or more. China Dumpling is located at 1899/5 North Congress Avenue, Boynton Beach. For more information, call 561737-2782 or visit chinadumplings.com.

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Rainbow Palace is not only one of Fort Lauderdale’s top Chinese restaurants, but it’s also one of its most unusual. A formal establishment as refined as the most elegant French restaurant, it’s the kind of place where every surface seems to be made of marble, flower arrangements are individualized and tuxedoed waiters bone and cut fancy entrees tableside. The menu offers all the staples of Hong Kong cuisine with a creative twist. Hand-molded Shrimp and Lobster Dumplings, steamed and properly pan-fried on one side only, are a perfect way to begin the meal. Or indulge in the Hunan Popcorn Squid, crispy little bites of tempura-battered

squid with a hint of peppery flavor. The Country Roast Duck scented with Chinese spices is also on hand to whet your appetite. From there, the house specialties are a sure bet. Don’t miss the Crispy Steak—tender mouthfuls of strip steak lightly dusted with chestnut flour before being stir-fried and served with sautéed peppers and onions in a rich wine sauce, or a splendid version of Orange Beef enhanced with Grand Marnier. The chef has a way with jumbo sea scallops as well, with particularly tasty versions in curry 82

sauce or hot pepper sauce. Patrons also appreciate the complex dish called Gwin Jin—shrimp, salmon or chicken swiftly grilled, then sautéed in rice wine and mushroom soy sauce for a unique, smoky flavor. The wine list is exceptional, another refinement. Be warned that this high-concept Chinese dining experience has high prices to match. Rainbow Palace is located at 2787 East Oakland Park Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call 954565-5652 or visit rainbowpalace.com.

If you’re craving authentic Cantonese food, head to this big, bright,

bustling strip-mall restaurant. Fans say the fare is even better than New York City’s Chinatown, and indeed many of the regular customers are Asian. The dining room is decorated with eye-catching maroon walls, dragons and layered pink tablecloths, and a gorgeous, massive Chinese mural dominates one end of the restaurant. The menu is extensive, and it’s hard to know where to begin among the many tempting Hong-Kong-style dishes with subtle spices and savory sauces. Diners often start with the

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Superior Bean Curd Soup, which is served in an oversized tureen big enough for three or more (there are no individual soups, except for Shark’s Fin, if you’re so inclined), or Treasure Winter Melon Soup laden with shrimp, scallops, diced pork and chicken. Seafood is well represented here and you know it’s fresh; a wall of tanks features lively lobsters and crabs. Popular choices include Clams in Black Bean Sauce, Crab with Ginger and Scallions, and Lobster with Chili and Spiced Salt. You can also opt for something more unusual in the way of abalone or sea cucumber. Apart from seafood, there’s a fragrant Hong Kong Squab and a handful of duck dishes, several tasty tofu and vegetarian

options and some irresistible noodle dishes, from Beef Chow Fun in a rich black bean sauce to Shredded Pork Pan-Fried Noodles. There are two menus: one in Chinese and one in English. If you’re daring, ask for recommendations from the authentic menu. You can expect long waits (reservations accepted for six or more) and a reasonable level of noise. Still, the delicious bargains are many and it’s worth the drive. Silver Pond is located at 4285 North State Road 7, Lauderdale Lakes. For more information, call 954-486-8885.

With its stately varnished wood columns, bold oversized wall art and smartly attired waiters, this large, oldschool restaurant has a sophisticated vibe that complements some of Boca’s most refined Hunan-style Chinese food. Uncle Tai’s has won heaps of dining awards and honors, including being called the “Best in the Land” by The New York Times. It has been in business for more than 30 years, and is still a family operation. To start, you won’t find anything as pedestrian as Chinese noodles on the table. Instead, begin with Steamed Mussels with Black Bean Sauce, Szechwan Dumplings, Hacked Chicken with Spicy Sesame Sauce or the impossibly addictive Crispy Walnuts. For those who can’t decide, the Assorted Hot Appetizers is a mix of chicken, shrimp toast and spring rolls for two. Diners encounter a dizzying array of entrees on the menu, from the familiar to the exotic, including chicken, duck, meat, noodles and seafood. Sliced Lamb with Garlic Sauce, Uncle Tai’s Crispy Beef, Shredded Chicken with Young Ginger Roots, and Jumbo Shrimp Chang Sha-Style, lightly breaded and tossed in a peppery brown sauce, all go down well. There’s also a dramatically presented Crispy Whole Fish, HunanStyle, available with a choice of sauces, which the waiters skillfully debone at your table. Want something different? Sliced Venison with Garlic Sauce is a dish you won’t see at most Chinese restaurants. Nor is a tipple from the cognac menu, which will provide an intoxicating end to your meal. Uncle Tai’s is located at 5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-368-8806 or visit uncletais.com.

This no-frills shopping center eatery with a half-dozen booths and a couple of tables is a firm favorite among Delray Beach residents. Hunan Wok offers all the usual Chinese comfortfood classics, plus some healthier steamed selections and a few vegetar-


ian options. It’s not gourmet, but ingredients are really fresh and portions large. If you’re keeping it casual you can dine in, but most people go for the takeout option, and delivery is available. You order at the counter, so whether you pick up or eat in, the service is quick and the food piping hot. Among the starters, try the egg roll, shrimp roll or spring roll—all flavorful, crisp and remarkably nongreasy—or a much better-thanaverage hot and sour soup. From there, you can opt for familiar entrees such as lo mein, chow mein, egg foo young, hot and spicy Szechwan beef, chicken or shrimp, or a delectable version of Lemon Chicken, coated in a delicate batter. Club Seafood comes loaded with jumbo shrimp, scallops and crabmeat and a big variety of Chinese vegetables. The House Fried Rice, available by the pint or quart, is also a winner, with its ample mix of chicken, shrimp and pork. Other standouts include General Tso’s Chicken, which is light on broccoli and generous with meat, Mongolian Beef and a fine Moo Shu Pork (also available with chicken, beef or shrimp). Entrees all come with a brown rice option. This Hunan Wok is part of a chain, one of many in South Florida, with reasonable prices and deliciously reliable food. Hunan Wok is located at 1530 South Federal Highway, Delray Beach. For more information, call 561-921-0988 or visit hunanwokdelray.com.

Don’t be fooled by the exterior of this plain-looking restaurant in a strip shopping plaza. Within, you’ll find a stylish setting, including a trendy bar, where diners enjoy a selection of Asian fusion fare catering to every taste. Besides the usual Chinese-American offerings, there are expert sushi and sashimi, and several Thai dishes. Lettuce Wraps get the meal off to a good start; these are an aromatic mix of sweet, salty and crunchy chicken with water chestnuts and crispy rice noodles in a lettuce leaf. You can also opt for steamed Peking Dumplings

any of 15 cocktails, including a killer Blueberry Martini.

From an enchanting musical for the entire family, to a crazy comedy, to an important piece of American history—there’s something for everyone opening in theaters on December 25. “INTO THE WOODS” Disney’s family-friendly musical revolves around a childless baker and his wife, who attempt to start a family by finding the witch (Meryl Streep) who put a spell on them, encountering the Big Bad Wolf (Johnny Depp) and a host of other fairy-tale characters along the way. Rated PG.

“UNBROKEN” Angelina Jolie directs this epic true story about World War II hero Louis Zamperini, who after a near-fatal plane crash in the Pacific survived 47 days drifting in a raft, only to be captured by the Japanese Navy and sent to endure further torments in a prisoner of war camp. Rated PG-13.

“THE INTERVIEW” An action-comedy in which two celebrity journalists (Seth Rogen and James Franco) land a once-in-a-lifetime interview with North Korean despot Kim Jong-un—but upon preparing to travel to Pyongyang, they’re recruited by the CIA to assassinate him. Unrated at press time.

“SELMA” Oprah Winfrey plays an activist in this film about Dr. Martin Luther King and his historic struggle to secure voting rights for the black community, a dangerous campaign that centered in the town of Selma, Ala. Unrated at press time.

“AMERICAN SNIPER” Clint Eastwood’s harrowing tale of Texas native Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), the navy marksman who recorded the highest number of sniper kills in U.S. military history. Rated R.

“BIG EYES” Director Tim Burton’s biopic stars Amy Adams as Margaret Keane, the artist behind the wildly popular portraits of doe-eyed children in the 1950s and ’60s, and her fraud of a husband (Christoph Waltz), who claimed credit for all her work. Rated PG.

filled with juicy pork and paired with a slightly sweet soy sauce, or Fried Soft Shell Crab with a citrusy dipping sauce. There are plenty of soups and salads to whet your palate, too, from Seafood Tofu Soup to Spicy Conch Salad to Mandarin Chicken Salad with a honey wasabi dressing. Diehard fans appreciate the General’s Chicken—perfectly battered and crunchy without being overdone; the Orange Peel Beef with a potent citrus flavor;

or the Whole Fish of the Day, fried crisp and served with a sweet and spicy sauce. If you want Thai, try the Coconut Curry Duck; if it’s sushi you crave, there’s everything from wahoo to red snapper, or go all out with the Red Ginger Boat. A tangy pickled salad of cucumber, carrots, scallion and daikon radish is served with all entrees. To finish, order a slice of Tempura Cheesecake. You can wash everything down with sake—five to choose from—or

Red Ginger Asian Bistro is located at 9710 West Sample Road, Coral Springs. For more information, call 954-7521850 or visit redgingerrestaurant.com.

Hidden away in the plaza of the Hilton Boca Raton Suites in West Boca, this attractive restaurant overlooking a lake inhabited by swans gets high marks from diners both for food and ambiance. Shanghai City offers classic Chinese with the usual Orange Beef, Sweet and Sour Chicken and Scallion Pancakes, along with some unique signature dishes, including a nicely spiced rack of lamb. Immediately after being seated by a smiling hostess, complimentary table-fried noodles and sweet and sour cabbage salad arrive. From there, you can settle on starters like Fried Stuffed Bean Curd filled with minced shrimp, Salt and Pepper Fried Calamari or excellent pork dumplings. To taste a variety of appetizers, try the Pupu Platter comprised of teriyaki beef skewers, spring rolls, steamed dumplings, crab rangoon and spareribs. The restaurant excels in seafood. Among the dozen or so shrimp choices, Candied Walnut Shrimp never disappoints. Seafood fans also go for the Szechwan Scallops; Sizzling Stuffed Eggplant, filled with shrimp and deep fried; and Seafood Hot Pot, a chef’s specialty combining shrimp, scallops, fish fillet and lobster. If you prefer Thai food, don’t miss the Shrimp Pad Thai or the Red, Green or Penang Curry in a fragrant coconut sauce, available with meat, chicken, shrimp, vegetables or tofu. While you’re ordering, pick Singapore Noodles, deliciously studded with shrimp, chicken and roast pork, from the list of noodle dishes. This is also a restaurant where a succulent whole Peking duck is always on the menu. Reservations are accepted for five or more. O Shanghai City is located at 7860 Glades Road, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-482-1291 or visit shanghaicityboca.com

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Escape The Chaos WHERE TO CELEBRATE AN OLD-FASHIONED SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS BY DIANNA SMITH

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rinding traffic, screaming kids, long lines… When the holiday season’s ugly side outweighs the joy, consider leaving town for calmer surroundings. Think small—as in, small town charm. We found five great spots where you can unwind and enjoy a low-key holiday, each with its own unique charm. ¶ From a mountain hideaway in Georgia and a winter wonderland in Michigan, to a beach escape in California and a nostalgic getaway in Pennsylvania, there are plenty of cozy options. Or if you prefer to remain closer to home, try Central Florida’s Mount Dora, an enchanting little city with street parades and holiday bazaars that the American Planning Association recently named the best small town to visit in Florida. ¶ Don’t get us wrong. We love Boca. But getting away once in a while makes us appreciate it that much more. Who knows? A December escape might just become your family’s new holiday tradition.

EMBRACE HISTORY Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

“It’s got the look and the feel of a magical holiday moment.” — LoriAnn Wukitsch, Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center

Nightly bus tours are available for glimpsing the famous star atop South Mountain, an important symbol for Bethlehem that can be seen from 20 miles away. Bethlehem residents are proud of their town’s historic significance. The town was christened on Christmas Eve in 1741 in a stable where Moravians (the oldest Protestant denomination) were said to sing a hymn that included the verse, “Not Jerusalem, Lowly Bethlehem,” which is how the city got its name. Located less than two hours west

of New York City, Bethlehem is a city where you can relax in a bed and breakfast or venture onto beautiful walking trails that might be covered with a dust of winter snow. “It’s got the look and the feel of a magical holiday moment,” says LoriAnn Wukitsch of the Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center. “There’s something about having crisp cool air, hot chocolate and pine trees at Christmas.” For more information, call the Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center at 610-6916055 or visit historicbethlehem.org.

Photo courtesy of The Bethlehem Historic Welcome Center

If you’re looking for a town that emanates holiday spirit, book a trip to the town known as Christmas City USA. While there are other cities named after the holiday (including Christmas, Fla.), few have as much to offer as Bethlehem, named one of Money magazine’s Top 100 Places To Live. There are more than 50 holiday events to explore through January

4—from Christmas-themed walking tours, to wintry carriage rides, to a display of trees decorated in everything from pearls and white feathers to apples and animal figurines. Visitors are encouraged to stroll downtown, enjoy the decorations and chat with guides dressed in Victorian attire.

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Santa Cruz, California If you’re looking for a change of pace, but not in warm weather, try the coastal town of Santa Cruz. The sun shines here 300 days a year and this lovely, romantic locale is where couples relax on the

won’t find are a lot of chain stores, and any billboards because officials had them banned. That’s a nice change for South Floridians. Winter is when the city experiences its finest weather, with crisp daytime temperatures in the low 60s and evenings dipping into the 40s. It’s idyllic climate for enjoySanta Cruz Surfing Museum at Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse

which adds to its unique charm. “We sit up on a hill that overlooks the lake and our sunsets are absolutely magnificent,” says Patty Wightman of the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce. Travel pundits agree. In November, the American Planning Association voted Mount Dora Florida’s top city, earning it the Great Place Award. And just a few months ago, the Smithsonian Institute named it one of the Top

“We sit up on a hill that overlooks the lake and our sunsets are absolutely magnificent.” Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Natural Bridges State Beach

“We are very low-key, laid-back and unique.” — Christina Glynn, communications director, Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council

rooftops of eclectic hotels and watch surfers riding the Pacific Ocean’s waves. “We are the quintessential California beach town,” says Christina Glynn, communications director for the Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council. “We are very low-key, laid-back and unique.” Santa Cruz is the birthplace of mainland surfing in the United States and there’s even a museum dedicated to the sport located inside the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse. Also nearby is the family-friendly Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the state’s oldest oceanfront amusement park. For more simple pleasures, the town is surrounded by 14 state parks that make for superb hiking, and lots of quaint mom and pop restaurants and shops. What you 86

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ing the town’s holiday festivities, such as riding a train bedecked in twinkling lights through a forest of 1,000-year-old Redwood trees, or watching a surfing Santa Claus glide onto the beach in a wet suit to greet children. It’s also one of the country’s oldest wine-growing regions, and winter is the best time for visiting and attending tastings at family-owned vineyards. No wonder Travel + Leisure called Santa Cruz one of its “10 Great Places to Spend Christmas.” For more information, call the Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council at 800-833-3494 or visit santacruz.org.

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Hilltop Holiday Mount Dora, Florida You’ll find lots of hidden gems in Florida, especially if you head north toward Orlando—and keep going past Disney World. The destination: Mount Dora. Located around three hours from Boca Raton, the quaint town is about 30 miles north of Orlando and its friendly locals, warm hospitality and superb antiquing have lured tourists for years. The Central Florida community is elevated 184 feet above sea level,

– Patty Wightman, Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce

20 Best Small Towns to Visit in the United States. It’s been compared to a New England enclave, with its shops, restaurants, art galleries and festivals. In the evenings, live music usually entertains passersby downtown, which locals dub the city’s crown jewel. Mount Dora is also home to the Lakeside Inn, Florida’s longest-running hotel. During the holidays the lobby twinkles with lights and a decorated tree, and guests enjoy drinks and relax in rockers on the sprawling front porch. People visit from all over during Christmas, and you’ll likely see an abundance of tacky holiday sweaters. There are train rides for the kids, complete with Santa and his elves, and the 55th Annual Christmas Parade will be held downtown on December 6 at 10 a.m. The city is charming at night, when you can shop or just take in the scenery. Don’t miss the self-guided holiday home tour, certain to put you in the festive spirit. For more information, call the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce at 352-383-2165 or visit mountdora.com.

Surfing Museum photo courtesy of Santa Cruz County CVC/Erminio Frattali; Natural Bridges State Beach courtesy of Santa Cruz County CVC/Paul Schraub; Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk photo courtesy of Santa Cruz County CVC; Surfing Santa ohoto courtesy of Santa Cruz County CVC/Covello Covello

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Winter Wonderland Mackinac Island, Michigan You won’t find smog or heavy traffic in the resort town of Mackinac Island. Why? Cars are banned. In fact, not a single automobile has been driven on the four-square-mile isle since 1898. Located in the middle of Lake Huron, it can only be reached by boat or plane, and residents and visitors get around by horse or bicycle.

“We have taxis, but they’re horsedrawn taxis.”

Photos courtesy of Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber & Visitors Bureau

– Alison Abraham, assistant director of tourism, Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau

“It’s part of the charm; that’s what people like about it,” says Alison Abraham, assistant director of tourism at the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau. “We have taxis, but they’re horse-drawn taxis.” Though the island is best-known as a spring and summer destination, it’s also a great getaway for enjoying cold, snowy weather and all the comforts of a bed and breakfast. During December, Mackinac Island offers a Christmas bazaar with caroling, hay rides and a treelighting ceremony. There’s also an annual rummage sale for shopping and indulging in hot chocolate and cookies, with all proceeds benefitting the local hospital. Abraham describes the island

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this time of year as a “winter wonderland” with fresh blankets of snow providing an ideal surface for cross-country skiing or snowmobiling (the only type of vehicle allowed on the island). Last year, it was so cold the Great Lakes froze over and formed an ice bridge. Abraham says residents lined the bridge with Christmas trees to create a festive pathway for visitors choosing to pop over for some holiday fun. Stick around for New Year’s Eve and you can join the locals downtown to watch the island’s Great Turtle Drop—literally a ceramic turtle that’s the town’s equivalent of Times Square’s ball drop in New York City. Minus the ball. And the crowds. For information, call the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau at 906-8473783 or visit mackinacisland.org.

Town of Dahlonega

Sparkle Plenty Dahlonega, Georgia There’s a reason Dahlonega, Ga. is nicknamed Pure Gold. This small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains is located directly on top of the largest gold deposits found east of the Mississippi River—and yes you can pan for the precious met-

“It reminds me of Mayberry.” —Stefani Logsdon, vice president of operations, Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber & Visitors Bureau

al at the local Crisson Gold Mine. Others visit Dahlonega for its small town charm and peaceful ambiance. Still another draw is the Chattahoochee-Oconee National

Forest, which offers hiking, camping, waterfall exploration and secluded riverfront cabin rentals. The town, which is located about an hour outside Atlanta, is filled with interesting antique stores, cafes that serve country-style downhome meals and a downtown district that’s on the National Register of Historic Places. During the holiday season, downtown sparkles with Christmas lights and the Main Square tree is breathtaking, says Stefani Logsdon, vice president of operations for the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber & Visitors Bureau. It’s all part of the month-long OldFashioned Christmas Celebration, which runs through December 21 and includes a parade, caroling, entertainment and wine samplings. Be sure to check out Irving Berlin’s classic musical, “White Christmas,” at the historic Holly Theater, which was built in 1946. While it doesn’t always snow there in December, snow-capped mountains keep things cool enough for nights by the fire and sipping hot chocolate. “It reminds me of Mayberry,” Logsdon says. “It’s authentic and everybody knows each other. It’s a small town, but we have a lot of stuff to do. You get the best of both worlds.” O For more information, call the DahlonegaLumpkin County Visitors Bureau at 706864-3513 or visit dahlonega.org.

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The holiday season can quickly suck the festive spirit out of you when shopping becomes exhausting and the list grows to Duggar-like proportions. Getting creative for the extensive list of recipients you’re buying for can become a real nightmare before Christmas. This year, leave the heavy thinking to us. We’ve carefully assembled the ultimate holiday gift guide for everyone on your list. From your favorite co-worker and cousin whose Instagram feed rivals National Geographic’s, to your fashionable bestie and the sweet, crazy cat lady next door—we’ve got you covered.


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“Gluten-free Holiday” is written by Hannah Miles, with photography by William Reavell. It’s published by Ryland Peters and Small and retails for $16.95. Find it at rylandpeters.com or wherever books are sold.

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and even worse, bitter. What’s a hostess to do? Go ahead and whip up classic little pastries, cakes and treats, says cookbook author Hannah Miles, whose “Gluten-free Holiday” uses culinary tricks and ingredient alternatives to create delicious, decadent desserts. Miles promises: These recipes are “tasty enough to serve not only to those who can’t eat wheat and gluten, but to all your

crunchy pecans and a buttery lemon pastry make them irresistible. Make them small enough to be just a single bite. (Makes 24) INGREDIENTS FOR THE PASTRY 3 tbsp. butter 1½ cups gluten-free plain flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting 4 tbsp. superfine sugar 1 egg yolk Grated zest of 1 lemon 3 tbsp. cream cheese

guests without anyone knowing the difference.”

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These pretty Christmas cookies take the shape of whole walnut shells, which requires investing in a mold that can be found online or in culinary shops. It’s worth the effort: These treats will surely impress your guests. (Makes 18)

DER: Place the superfine sugar in a saucepan and melt over gentle heat. Cook until it starts to turn a light golden brown and has melted. Spread the walnuts out on the silicone mat and pour over the sugar. Allow to cool, then blitz to very fine crumbs in a blender or food processor to make the powder. Preheat the oven to 350°F. FOR THE COOKIES: In a large mixing bowl, rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Using your hands, add mascarpone cheese, cinnamon, sugar and 1 tablespoon of the walnut praline powder to create a soft dough. Press small pieces of dough into each walnut mold, just filling each hole. Bake 10-15 minutes, until cookies are lightly golden. Allow to cool in the mold for a few minutes and turn cookies out on to a wire rack. Clean and re-grease the molds, then repeat with the remaining dough until you have 36 walnut cookie halves. FOR THE FILLING: Place butter, remaining walnut praline

INGREDIENTS FOR THE WALNUT PRALINE POWDER ½ cup superfine sugar 1 cup walnuts INGREDIENTS FOR THE COOKIES 3 tbsp. butter, chilled 1½ cups gluten-free plain flour, sifted 2 tbsp. mascarpone cheese 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tbsp. confectioners sugar, for dusting INGREDIENTS/TOOLS FOR THE FILLING 3 tbsp. butter, softened ¾ cup heavy cream Silicone mat Blender or food processor Walnut-shaped cookie molds, greased

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powder and cream in a mixing bowl and whisk to a stiff mixture. Place a spoonful of the walnut cream on the flat side of a cookie and sandwich together with another. Repeat with remaining cookie halves. Serve dusted with confectioners sugar. The unfilled cookies can be stored for 2 days in an airtight container.

INGREDIENTS/TOOLS FOR THE FILLING ²/³ cup pecans, plus extra to decorate ¹/³ cup superfine sugar ¹/³ cup soft dark brown sugar 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 3 tbsp. butter 3 tbsp. golden/light corn syrup 1 egg, plus 1 egg yolk, beaten 2¼-inch snowflake cookie cutter 24-hole mini muffin pan, greased

MINI PECAN PIES

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These tiny pies can be served warm or cold and a tasty vanilla and cinnamon caramel sauce,

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Cut butter into small cubes and rub it into the flour with your fingertips. Add the sugar, egg

yolk, lemon zest and cream cheese, and mix to create a soft dough. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour in the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350°F. FOR THE FILLING: Blitz 2/3 cup of pecans in a food processor. Heat the superfine sugar, soft dark brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, butter and syrup in a saucepan over low heat, until the sugars and butter have melted. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and beat in the egg and egg yolk. On a flour-dusted surface, roll out the pastry to a 16-inch thickness and stamp out 24 rounds using the cookie cutter. Press one into each hole of the muffin pan. If the pastry cracks, patch it with trimmings. Fill each pie with chopped pecans. Set aside 1/3 of the syrup mixture, then use the larger portion to fill the pastry liners. Decorate each pie with a pecan piece. Bake the pies in the preheated oven for 1215 minutes, until the filling is set. Remove pies from pan while still warm. Transfer pies to a wire rack. Heat the reserved syrup gently and brush over the pies to glaze. Allow to cool before serving.

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CHRISTMAS FANCIES Fondant fancies are squares of sponge cake covered with buttercream and topped with a glossy icing. These are truly festive with hints of brandy and cinnamon. Decorate with Christmas sugar decorations, making sure they are gluten-free. (Makes 8) INGREDIENTS/TOOLS FOR THE SPONGE CAKE 7 tbsp. butter, softened ½ cup superfine sugar 2 eggs, beaten ²/³ cup gluten-free selfrising flour, sifted 1 tsp. baking powder ²/³ cup ground almonds 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 generous tbsp. buttermilk 8-inch square pan, greased and lined with parchment paper Cupcake liners

INGREDIENTS FOR THE BUTTERCREAM 5 tbsp. butter, softened 2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tbsp. buttermilk 1-2 tbsp. brandy INGREDIENTS FOR THE ICING 4 cups confectioners sugar, sifted Food coloring of choice Sugar decorations

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Whisk butter and sugar, until light and creamy. Add the eggs and whisk again. Fold in the flour, baking powder, ground almonds, cinnamon and buttermilk using a spatula or large spoon. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 20-30 minutes, until cake is golden brown and springs back to your touch. Turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely. FOR THE BUTTERCREAM: Mix butter, sugar, cinnamon and buttermilk for several minutes, until you have a smooth, whipped icing. Using a sharp knife, slice cake into two equal-sized rectangles. Drizzle brandy over one of the cake halves and cover with a thin layer of buttercream. Place the second cake half on top and cover the whole cake in the buttercream. Place the cake in the refrigerator for 2 hours to set. FOR THE ICING: Place the confectioners sugar in a saucepan with 3 tablespoons of water and a few drops of food coloring, and heat gently. Cut the cake into 8 squares and place on a wire rack with a sheet of parchment paper underneath. Spoon the warm icing over each cake. Place a sugar decoration in the center of each cake and leave to set. When icing has set completely, cut cakes away from the rack by sliding a sharp knife under each cake and place them in cupcake liners to serve. Cakes will keep for up to 5 days if stored in an airtight container. FOR THE SPONGE CAKE:

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CANNOLI When celebrating the holidays, add these traditional Italian pastries to your dessert table. Cannoli—which means “little tubes”—are made with crispy shells and a thick, rich ricotta cheese filling. (Makes 18) INGREDIENTS FOR THE TUBES ¾ cups shelled pistachios, ground in a food processor, plus extra to decorate 2 cups gluten-free plain flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting 3 tbsp. superfine sugar A pinch of salt 3 tbsp. butter, softened 1 lemon

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2 eggs, plus 2 egg whites Vegetable oil, for frying 1½ oz. plain/semisweet chocolate, melted INGREDIENTS/TOOLS FOR FILLING 1 cup ricotta cheese 1¼ cups heavy cream 2 tbsp. confectioners sugar, sifted 1 tbsp. cinnamon sugar 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract ½ cup candied fruits, finely chopped Food processor 2¼-inch round cookie cutter Cannoli tubes, greased Sugar thermometer Piping bag fitted with large open-star tip

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE TUBES: Pass the ground pistachios through a strainer. Reblitz any pieces left in the food processor. Place pistachios, flour, superfine sugar, salt and butter in a mixing bowl. Grate in the zest of the lemon and add 2 teaspoons of the juice. Beat the two whole eggs, and add to the mixture. Whisk to form a soft dough. On a flour-dusted surface, roll out some of the dough and cut out a 2 1/4-inch circle using the cookie cutter. Dust with flour and roll into an oval shape, just shorter than the length of the cannoli tube. Using a knife to lift the dough, wrap it around the

tube, pressing it tightly together where it joins. Repeat for the number of cannoli tubes you have. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes. Cover the rest of the dough with plastic wrap until ready to reuse the tubes. Place enough vegetable oil in a saucepan so cannoli tubes can float. Heat oil to 350°F. Remove tubes from freezer. Whisk egg whites until frothy and, using a pastry brush, coat dough around each tube with a thin layer of egg white to prevent cracking. Place tubes in the hot oil in batches, and fry until golden. When cooked, remove tubes from pan and drain on paper

towels. Allow to cool, then carefully slide out the cannoli tubes and wipe off any excess oil. Repeat with the remaining dough. FOR THE FILLING: Place ricotta, cream, confectioners sugar, cinnamon sugar and vanilla in a bowl, and whisk until the cream just holds a peak. Stir in the candied fruits. Spoon the cream into the piping bag and pipe into the tubes. To decorate, finely chop the extra pistachios. Dip each end of the cannoli in melted chocolate and into the pistachios. Leave to set. The unfilled pastry tubes can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


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Vic & Angelo’s serves up delectable, rustic Italian cuisine, including soul-satisfying house-made pastas, crispy, thin-crust pizzas, refreshing salads, fresh fish and seafood, and enticing veal and chicken dishes, in a warm and welcoming setting. • Lunch & Dinner Served Daily • Early & Late Happy Hour at Indoor & Outdoor Bars • Brunch Served Saturday & Sunday • Indoor and Outdoor Dining 201 E. Atlantic Ave. • Delray Beach • 561-276-3600 theofficedelray.com


SNOWCAP COOKIES The powdered-sugar crusts on these cookies resemble snow-capped mountains when they’re baked, and they burst with mouthwatering chocolate. No one will ever miss the gluten. (Makes 18) INGREDIENTS/TOOLS 3½ oz. plain/semisweet chocolate,

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Place the chocolate, flour, ground almonds, baking powder, salt, superfine sugar, egg and butter in a large mixing bowl, and whisk into a creamy dough. Wrap dough in parchment paper and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Preheat oven to 350°F. Divide the dough into 18 pieces

and roll into small balls. Next, roll each ball in confectioners sugar until well-coated and place on the prepared cookie sheet, pressing down slightly with your fingers. Sift more confectioners sugar over tops of the cookies. Bake for 10-15 minutes until cookies are just firm; leave to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack using a spatula. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. O


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DIG IN: Grilled Pork Chop served with broccoli rabe, catalina beans and hot cherry peppers; Shrimp Scampi sautéed in white wine and garlic served over yellow rice (BELOW) the rustic, taverna-style bar

THE REAL DEAL Matteo’s Family Style Trattoria Serves Italian Fare At Its FinestBY LESLIE KRAFT BURKE e South Floridians who aren’t transplanted New Yorkers often roll our eyes when those who are extol the virtues of restaurants up north, lamenting that nothing homegrown here could ever be as good. In the case of Matteo’s Family Style Trattoria, I must defer to the New Yorkers. I’ve eaten way too much Italian food over the years, and nothing has come close to what’s served at this

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Long Island-based restaurant, which has locations in Boca Raton and Hallandale. Clearly I’m not alone. General Manager Peter Kramer regularly greets hordes of enthusiastic patrons like family during the course of an evening. The bar area and dining room are typically filled with customers savoring great company and fine food in an elegant, warm environment where they’re never rushed. Mat-

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teo’s has famous fans, too, including Howard Stern, Tony Bennett, Maury Povich, former New York Yankee right fielder Paul O’Neill, FAU basketball coach Mike Jarvis and tennis player Andy Roddick. It’s easy to see why. Beyond delicious are the Baked Clams Oreganata— one of the many items for which the restaurant is known. Too often, clam lovers are disappointed in this dish, but here you’ll find plump, flavorful, fresh New York clams baked with the perfect spices. The Shrimp Oreganata is tender and bursting with flavor. Matteo’s Chopped Salad is a magically marinated concoction of iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, onions, peppers, black and green olives, and salami and cheese. Chef Giuseppe DeRubertis’

gnocchi are full-bodied, yet light and succulent, served in a rich tomato sauce that perfectly complements this masterpiece of Italian pasta unlike any I’ve ever seen. The chef explains why: “Anytime you see round, uniform gnocchi they are not made in-house,” he says. “They are processed. There is no processed food here. Our gnocchi is rolled by hand like pastry.” Matteo’s Chicken Francese is a thinly sliced chicken breast that’s lightly breaded with a wonderful lemony butter taste; this divine dish hits the spot for those who prefer lighter Italian fare. The Veal Chop Valdostana—made with prosciutto, melted mozzarella, mushrooms and marsala wine—is a must-have for the sophisticated palate.

The Burnt Vegetables are an excellent choice to pair with any entree, as is the Sautéed Broccoli Rabe. All portions are huge, and it’s rare to see anyone leave without a togo bag. Dessert options are plentiful here, too. Favorites include the Ultimate One-Pound Chocolate Cake Wedge and the best Napoleon ever made in the history of Napoleans (in my humble opinion). I can’t wait for second helpings of everything made at Matteo’s. O

where Matteo’s Family Style Trattoria is located at 233 South Federal Highway, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-392-0773 or visit matteosristorante.com.


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Outdoor lounge

C’MON GET HAPPY AMERICAN/STEAKHOUSES

DaVinci’s Of Boca Offers Fresh Incentive To Hit The Bar

ABE & LOUIE’SGlades Plaza

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

Dinner nightly, Sunday Brunch. Spa ❘ 100 South Ocean Boulevard ❘ Manalapan ❘ 561.540.4850 ❘ Dinner Wednesday-Sunday. Closed Saturday.

Wagyu Beef Carpaccio

ATLANTIC GRILLESeagate Hotel & Spa ❘ 1000 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.665.4900 ❘ Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday. BISTRO NNordstrom at Town Center at Boca Raton ❘ Second Floor ❘ 5820 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.620.3286 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Monday-Sunday. BISTRO 241241 N.E. Second

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.330.4080 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. Brunch Friday-Sunday.

Wild Berry Mojito

Polipo Grigliato al Salmoriglio

BOGART’S BAR & GRILLE

Cinemark Palace 20 ❘ 3200 Airport Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.3044 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. BONEFISH GRILLShoppes at

Boca Grove ❘ 21065 Powerline Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.483.4949 ❘ Lunch Saturday-Sunday, Dinner nightly. BREWZZIGlades Plaza ❘ 2222 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2739 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. BURT & MAX’SDelray Marketplace

❘ 9089 W. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.638.6380 ❘ Brunch Saturday-Sunday, Dinner daily. BUTCHER BLOCK GRILL

Fountains Center ❘ 7000 West Camino Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.409.3035 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner daily. THE CAPITAL GRILLETown

Center ❘ 6000 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.1077 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. CHOPS LOBSTER BAR101 Plaza Real South ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.2675 ❘ Dinner nightly. TWO GEORGES AT THE COVE MARINA1754 S.E. Third Ct. ❘

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aVinci’s of Boca has introduced an alfresco happy hour sure to please foodies and cocktail connoisseurs alike. The new Italian restaurant at Town Center, under the expertise of Chefs Francesco Carvelli and Chris DeGenova, has added a diverse, reasonably priced bar menu of 13 dishes that includes everything from Burrata Caprese (prosciutto, baby arugula, bacon tomato jam, teardrop tomatoes and aged balsamic) and Wagyu Beef Carpaccio (baby arugula, reggiano, shaved black truffle and lemon vinaigrette) to Polipo Grigliato al Salmoriglio (chilled octopus, lemon, olive oil, parsley, fingerling potatoes, pepper and arugula) and Ravioli (porcini, butternut squash and citrus beurre blanc). Guests can enjoy their tasty bites at the eatery’s outdoor lounge and 60-foot-long indoor/outdoor custom wood bar. Also served are red and white wines from the restaurant’s 3,000-bottle cellar, a selection of domestic and craft beers, and specialty drinks such as the MP Margarita with Grand Marnier Foam and Wild Berry Mojito. There will also be live music on certain evenings (call in advance). Happy hour takes place daily from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (because why wait until evening?) and then resumes from 9 p.m. to closing time. DaVinci’s of Boca is located at 6000 Glades Road at Town Center at Boca Raton beside Nordstrom. For more information, call 561-362-8466 or visit davinciofboca.com.

CUT 432432 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray

HENRY’SThe Shoppes at

MAX’S HARVEST169 N.E.

Beach ❘ 561.272.9898 ❘ Dinner nightly.

Addison Place ❘ 16850 Jog Rd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.638.1949 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

Second Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ ❘ Dinner nightly, Brunch Saturday-Sunday.

HOUSTON’S1900 N.W.

M.E.A.T. EATERY & TAPROOM

Executive Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.0550 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

Cendyn Spaces ❘ 980 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Suite 115 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.419.2600 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Monday-Friday, Lunch and Dinner Saturday and Sunday.

DADA52 North Swinton Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.330.3232 ❘ Dinner nightly. FARMER’S TABLE1901

North Military Trail ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.417.5836 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily; Brunch Saturday and Sunday. FIFTH AVENUE GRILL821

J. ALEXANDER’SUniversity Commons ❘ 1400 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.9875 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

South Federal Hwy. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.265.0122 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily; Brunch Saturday and Sunday.

MADISONS NEW YORK GRILL & BAR2006 N.W. Executive Center

GRAND LUX CAFETown

Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.994.0808 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

Center ❘ 6000 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2141 ❘ Breakfast Saturday-Sunday. Lunch and Dinner daily. THE GRILLE ON CONGRESS

5101 Congress Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.912.9800 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner Monday-Saturday.

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561.381.9970

MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE

The Shops at Boca Center ❘ 5050 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.7724 ❘ Dinner nightly. NEW YORK PRIME2350 N.W.

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

561.998.3881

MARIPOSANeiman Marcus at Town Center ❘ 5860 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.2320 ❘ Lunch daily. MAX’S GRILLEMizner Park ❘ 404 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.0080 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday.

OCEANS 234234 N. Ocean Blvd. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.428.2539 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Sunday. THE OFFICE201 E. Atlantic

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.276.3600 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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taste  listings PARK TAVERN32 S.E. Second

BLUEFIN SUSHI THAI GRILL

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.265.5093 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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

THE PAVILION GRILLE301 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.912.0000 ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. RACKS DOWNTOWN EATERY & TAVERN Mizner Park ❘ 402

Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.1662 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. Brunch Saturday-Sunday. REBEL HOUSE297 E. Palmetto

Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.353.5888 ❘ Dinner nightly. RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE

Mizner Park ❘ 225 N.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.6746 ❘ Dinner nightly. SALT SEVEN32 S.E. Second

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.274.7258 ❘ Dinner nightly. SEASONS 522300 N.W. Executive

Center Dr. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.9952 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SIX TABLES112 N.E. Second St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.6260 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Saturday by reservation. SUNDY HOUSE106 S. Swinton Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.5678 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Saturday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday, Brunch Sunday. TEMPLE ORANGEEau Palm

Beach Resort & Spa ❘ 100 South Ocean Blvd. ❘ Manalapan ❘ 561.540.4924 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. 13 AMERICAN TABLE451 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.409.2061 ❘ Dinner MondaySaturday.

CAY DA VIETNAMESE7400

N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.0278 ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. EURO FUSION RESTAURANT AND BAR (KOSHER)Wharfside

❘ 6877 S.W. 18th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.1109 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily. Closed Friday night. FAH ASIAN BISTROBoca

Valley Plaza ❘ 7461 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.241.0400 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. HOUSE OF SIAM25 N.E.

PEI WEIFifth Avenue Shops ❘ 1914 N.E. Fifth Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561. 226.02907152 Beracasa Way ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.322.1001 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

TEMPURA HOUSEThe Reserve ❘

P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO

Delray Beach ❘ 561.270.3569 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday, Dinner Sunday. UNCLE TAI’SThe Shops at Boca

PINE GARDEN CHINESE RESTAURANT1668 N.

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

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.7534 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

YAKITORI SAKE HOUSE271 S.E.

Mizner Blvd., #41 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561. 544.0087 ❘ Lunch and Dinner nightly.

RISE MODERN ASIAN CUISINE AND SUSHI6060

YAMA JAPANESE RESTAURANT

S.W. 18th St., #108 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.8808 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

200 N.E. Second Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.266.9929 ❘ Lunch Monday-Thursday, Dinner daily.

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

JAPANGORegency Court ❘

3011 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ Shoppes of Parkland ❘ 7367 N. State Road 7 ❘ Parkland ❘ 954.345.4268 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Delray Marketplace ❘ 14811 Lyons Rd. ❘ #106 ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.638.9996 ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Friday-Saturday. 561.999.1263Riverstone

JIDAI KAITEN SUSHI & SAKE BARShoppes at Boca Grove ❘

21073 Powerline Road #41 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.852.5770 ❘ Lunch and dinner daily. KAO TONG217 E. Palmetto

Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2999 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. KAPOW! NOODLE BARMizner

Park ❘ 431 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.7322 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. LA TRE249 E. Palmetto Park

Sushi from Saito's Japanese Steakhouse

SAITO’S JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE8841 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca

Raton ❘ 561.218.8788 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SHINJU BUFFET7875 Glades Rd.

❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.488.4040 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. STIR CRAZY FRESH ASIAN GRILL

Town Center ❘ 6000 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.7500 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

ASIA SUSHI/WOK/GRILL (KOSHER)The Fountains ❘

LEMONGRASS ASIAN BISTRO

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.7888 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Thursday-Sunday.

7600 Camino Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8100 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly except Friday and Saturday.

420 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.5050 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday Dinner nightly.101 Plaza Real South ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8181 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

SUSHI RAYShops at Boca Center ❘ 5250 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.9506 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

BUDDHA SKY BAR217 E.

MAI HIBACHI4801 Linton Blvd.

SUSHI THAI100 N.E. Second St.

❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.499.2766 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

❘ Boca Raton 561.750.4448 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

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YOKOHAMA9168 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.451.1707 60 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.9328 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

BARBECUE LUCILLE’S BAD TO THE BONE BBQ Regency Court ❘ 3011 Yamato

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.9557 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MISSISSIPPI SWEETS BBQ CO.

SUSHIGO477 N. Federal

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THE SEA SOUTH EAST ASIAN KITCHEN16950 Jog Road #1015 ❘

University Commons ❘ 1400 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.3722 ❘ Lunch MondaySaturday, Dinner nightly.

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.4568 ❘ Dinner nightly.

Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.450.7557 ❘ Dinner nightly.

9858 Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.883.6088 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

2399 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.6779 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday, Dinner Sunday. PA BBQ GRILL1198 N. Dixie Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.416.7427 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SHORTY’S BAR-B-QThe Reserve ❘ 9858 Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.0024 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.


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CARIBBEAN GRILL1332 N.W.

BISTRO PROVENCE2399 N.

ESTIA TAVERNA & BARRoyal Palm Place ❘ 507 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.245.8885 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

Second Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.0161 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

Federal Hwy., #4 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.2340 ❘ Dinner nightly. CARPE DIEM110 E. Atlantic

ROCKSTEADY JAMAICAN BISTRO2399 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.465.3167 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily1179 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.910.1562 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

CONTINENTAL BOHEME BISTRO1118 E.

Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.4899 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. DORSIA RESTAURANT5837 N.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.961.4156 ❘ Dinner daily. FLEMING’S BISTRO6060

S.W. 18th St., #103 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.1117 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

MILOS TAVERNA1600 N. Federal

Ave., #120 ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.455.2140 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Sunday.

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.6720 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

CASIMIR BISTRORoyal

TAVERNA KYMA6298 N.

Palm Place ❘ 416 Via De Palmas, #81 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.955.6001 ❘ Lunch and Dinner MondaySaturday. Closed Sunday.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.994.2828 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

KATHY’S GAZEBO CAFÉ

Spanish River Center ❘ 4199 North Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.6033 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday. Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. LA FERME9101 Lakeridge Blvd. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.654.6600 ❘ Dinner nightly. Closed Tuesday.

TAVERNA OPA270 E. Atlantic

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.303.3602 ❘ Dinner nightly.

INDIAN SAPPHIRE INDIAN CUISINE

Royal Palm Place ❘ 500 Via de Palma ❘ Suite 79 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.2299 ❘ Dinner nightly, Lunch Tuesday-Sunday.

CAFFE LUNA ROSA34 S. Ocean Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.274.9404 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. CAFE MED BY BICE2096 N.E.

Second Ave. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ ❘ Lunch WednesdaySunday, Dinner daily, Brunch Sunday. 954.596.5840

CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN

Town Center ❘ 6000 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.2805 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. CARRABBA’S ITALIAN GRILL

Wharfside Plaza ❘ 6909 S.W. 18th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8838 ❘ Lunch Saturday-Sunday, Dinner nightly. CASA D’ANGELO171 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.996.1234 ❘ Dinner nightly. D’ANGELO PIZZA, WINE BAR AND TAPASAddison Place ❘

16950 Jog Rd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner Saturday-Sunday 561.381.0037

Shrimp Dish from La Cigale

DAVITO’S19635 State Road 7 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.482.2323 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

JOSEF’S TABLEPolo Shops ❘

5030 Champion Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.353.2700 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

DOMINICS8177 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.3186Westwinds of Boca ❘ 9834 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.6325 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

LA CIGALE253 S.E. Fifth Ave. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.265.0600 ❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday. LE RIVAGE450 N.E. 20th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.620.0033 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

FRANK & DINO’S718 S.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. 954.427.4909

OLIO BISTRO42 S.E. Second Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.6633 ❘ Dinner Thursday-Saturday.

IL GIRASOLE RESTAURANT1911 S. Federal Highway ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.3566 ❘ Dinner nightly

ST. TROPEZ7860 Glades

Rd. Suite 130 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. 561.368.4119

TEA-LICIOUS TEAROOM & GIFTS

4997-B W. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.638.5155 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch, Monday-Saturday. THE BOCA BEACH HOUSE887 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.826.8850 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch daily. Closed Monday.

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Champion Blvd, #D3 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

Shops at Boca Grove ❘ 21065 Powerline Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.218.6600 115 N.E. Sixth Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.7911 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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BIERGARTENRoyal Palm Place ❘ 309 Via De Palmas #90 ❘ 561.395.7462 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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BRIO TUSCAN GRILLEThe Shops

at Boca Center ❘ 5050 Town Center Circle #239 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.3777 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

IL BACIO29 S.E. Second Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.865.7785 ❘ Dinner nightly. JOSEPHINE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT5751 N. Federal

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.988.0668 ❘ Dinner Wednesday-Monday. LA STELLA'S RESTAURANT

159 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561. 544.2081 ❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday. LA LUNA BISTROThe Polo Shoppes ❘ 5030 Champion Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.1165 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.


taste  listings LA VILLETTA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE4351 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.8403 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. MAGGIANO’S21090 St. Andrews Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.8244 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MARIO’S OSTERIA1400 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.239.7000 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MATTEO’S RESTAURANT233 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.0773 ❘ Dinner nightly. MEATBALL ROOMRegency Court ❘ 3011 Yamato Road, Suite A19 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561-4094111 ❘ Dinner daily. NICK’S NEW HAVEN-STYLE PIZZERIA & BAR2240 N.W. 19th St., Suite 904 ❘ Boca

Raton ❘ 561.368.2900 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. NINO'SFifth Avenue Shops ❘ 1930 N.E. Fifth Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.8990 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. PASTA FEVER4251 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.0012 ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner nightly. Closed Monday. PELLEGRINO'S RISTORANTE 3360 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.5520 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. PICCOLINO RESTAURANT78 S. Federal

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.8858 ❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday. POSITANO4400 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.2920 ❘ Dinner nightly. RENZO’S OF BOCA5999 N. Federal

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.994.3495 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. RISTORANTE SAPORIRoyal Palm Place ❘ 99

Royal Palm Place ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.367.9779 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. TABLE 42 KITCHEN & WINE BARRoyal

Palm Place ❘ 399 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.826.2625 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. TANZYiPic Theaters at Mizner Park ❘ 301

Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.922.6699 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. TERRA FIAMMADelray Marketplace ❘ 9169

West Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.495.5570 ❘ Sunday-Saturday Lunch and Dinner, Monday Dinner only. TRAMONTI119 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.1944 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. TRATTORIA ROMANA499 E. Palmetto

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TUCCI'S FIRE N COAL PIZZA 50 N.E.

First Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.620.2930 ❘ Lunch Tuesday- Saturday, Dinner nightly. VIC & ANGELO’S 290 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.9570 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday.

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VILLAGIO ITALIAN EATERY Mizner Park ❘ 344 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.447.2257 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. VILLA ROSANOThe Reserve ❘ 9858 Clint

Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.470.0112 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. VINO WINE BAR AND ITALIAN TAPAS

114 N.E. Second St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.869.0030 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.

LATIN AZUCAR CUBAN CAFEBoca/Ray Plaza ❘ 4900 Linton Blvd. Suite 14 ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.495.4427 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

CATERING FOR ALL OCCASIONS ~ NOW ACCEPTING CALL AHEAD SEATING $10 Lunch Special Inc. Bev. Monday-Saturday Lunch 11:30-2:30 Dinner Every Evening 5-10 VISIT US ON THE WEB AT WWW.VILLAROSANO.COM

THE CUBAN CAFEPlumtree Centre ❘

3350 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Closed Sunday. 561.750.8860

CABANA RESTAURANT105 E. Atlantic

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.274.9090 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. PADRINO’SMission Bay Plaza ❘ 20455 State Road 7 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.451.1070 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

MEDITERRANEAN/TURKISH BOCA SKEWERSMizner Plaza ❘130

N.E. Second St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.9961 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. MOZART CAFE (KOSHER)The Fountains ❘ 7300 W. Camino Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.367.3412 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily.

MEXICAN BAJA CAFE DOS1310 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.596.1304 ❘ Lunch MondaySaturday, Dinner nightly. ROCCO’S TACOS AND TEQUILA BAR

The Shops at Boca Center ❘ 5250 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.416.2131 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SEÑOR BURRITO513 N.E. 20th St. ❘ Boca

Raton ❘ 561.347.6600 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.300.3530 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday.

ORGANIC APROPO KAFE147 S.E. First Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.1223 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. 4TH GENERATION ORGANIC MARKET

75 S.E. Third St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.9920 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

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PUBS/SPORTS BARS BRICK YARD MICRO BREWERYThe Garden

Shops ❘ 7050 W. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch Saturday, Dinner nightly.

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Just off of Yamato Road and west of Lyons Road

DUFFY’S SPORTS GRILL21212 St. Andrews Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.869.0552 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

LaFerme.Kitchen 561.654.6600

THE ENGLISH TAP & BEER GARDEN

5050 Town Center Circle, #247 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8000 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Sunday. GLUTTONOUS GOAT99 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.923.9457 ❘ Dinner nightly. HOLLOWAY'S PUBRoyal Palm Place ❘ 504 Via De Palmas ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.8445 ❘ Dinner nightly. HOOTERS Boca Commons ❘ 2240 N.W. 19th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.8903 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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GRILL TIME (KOSHER)8177 Glades Rd. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.482.3699 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Sunday-Thursday. PITA ’N GO (KOSHER)22767 State Road 7 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.477.0633 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Sunday-Thursday, Lunch Friday. SHULA BURGERDelray Marketplace ❘ 14917 Lyons Rd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561. 404.1347. ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. TOOJAY’S GOURMET DELI Polo Shops ❘

5030 Champion Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.241.5903

Boca Commons ❘ 2240 N.W. 19th St., #700 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.4181 Regency Court ❘ 3013 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.9911 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

SEAFOOD BOSTON’S ON THE BEACH40 S. Ocean Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.3364 ❘ Breakfast Saturday-Sunday, Lunch and Dinner daily. CITY FISH MARKET7940 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.1600 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner daily. CITY OYSTER213 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.0220 ❘ Lunch daily, Dinner nightly. DECK 84840 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray

Beach ❘ 561.665.8484 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday. 50 OCEAN40 S. Ocean Blvd. ❘ Delray

Beach ❘ 561.278.3364 ❘ Brunch Sunday, Lunch and Dinner daily. JB'S ON THE BEACH300 N.E. 21st. Ave. ❘

Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.571.5220 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Breakfast Saturday and Sunday. J & J SEAFOOD BAR & GRILL634 E.

Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.3390 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. KEE GRILL17940 N. Military Trail ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.995.5044 ❘ Dinner nightly. RACKS FISH HOUSE + OYSTER BARFive S.E. Second Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.450.6718 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday. 32 EAST32 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.276.7868

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THE ESSENTIAL SOCIAL DIGEST

LEFT: Joe Paskoski, Randy Scheid, Peter Ellwell, Nicolette Christie and Bernadette Macy BELOW: The Visiting Nurse Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Big Blue Bus

PITCHING IN

Quantum Foundation Awards $150,000 Grant To Healthcare For The Homeless Project hanks to another $150,000 grant from Quantum Foundation, Catholic Charitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Healthcare for the Homeless project will continue to provide personnel and supplies to address health services for Palm Beach Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estimated 1,500 homeless people. The grant will be made throughout the next three years, according to Randy Scheid, Quantum Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s senior program officer. Catholic Charitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Healthcare for the Homeless was created in 2013 with a $50,000 startup grant from Quantum Foundation. The project provided direct medical services, navigation of the healthcare system and referral services to more than 500 people in its first year. Since the first year was so successful, Quantum Foundation

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recently renewed the grant for an additional $150,000. The Foundation is the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest health funder with 100 percent of funding dollars allocated for the local community. It seeks bold and innovative projects in pursuit of its mission, which is for all county residents to have better lives through quality health. Catholic Charities works with numerous partners to provide a safety net specifically for the homeless. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When one of Palm Beach Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest social concerns is homelessness, we love to see this kind of connectivity in the health system,â&#x20AC;? said Scheid. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the ways weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve identified that can make a real impact on community health. Catholic Charities is a great grantee that has managed to coordinate and work with many groups,

regardless of their denomination, all in the service of helping some of the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neediest people.â&#x20AC;? Bernadette Macy, program administrator for the Interfaith Health

young man here who has never been to a dentist in his life,â&#x20AC;? she said. Dentists, dental hygienists, nurses or other medical professionals willing to see patients pro bono or

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When one of Palm Beach Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest social concerns is homelessness, we love to see this kind of connectivity in the health system. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the ways weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve identified that can make a real impact on community health.

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and Wellness Program at Catholic Charities, said the homeless community is especially overwhelmed by the need for dental services, including cleanings, fillings and reconstructive care for young patients. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know a

donate dental supplies or equipment should contact Macy at 561345-2000, ext. 256. O For more information, call 561-8327497 or visit quantumfnd.org.

 Around Town includes news about community and social events, parties, charities, fundraisers, special recognitions and more. Have something youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like us to include? For consideration, please email no less than 500 words about the event, along with photos that include caption information, a phone number and a website address to editor@bocaratonobserver.com. Please write â&#x20AC;&#x153;Around Townâ&#x20AC;? in the subject line, and note that submissions will be edited for clarity and length. Photos become the property of The Boca Raton Observer. DECEMBER 2014

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GALA TIME T O O J A Y ’ S

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Annual BRRH Ball To Benefit Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute’s New Pavilion

Daringly Traditional. T Holiday Catering TooJay’s Signature Sandwich Platter Enjoy any combination of the Triple J, J&J, Italiano, Shrimp Salad, Turkey BLT, Roast Beef, Breast of Turkey or Turkey Avocado. Served with potato salad, Cole slaw and pickles.

Since 1981 TooJay’s has been delighting diners and catering to our communities with an exciting and eclectic menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. So whether you are planning a holiday party, family get together, or office celebration, TooJay’s is the perfect partner. With over 30 years experience as restaurant and catering professionals, we bring a lot to the table.

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he 53rd Annual Boca Raton Regional Hospital Ball is not only a signature event for BRRH, but is historically one of the original fundraisers held to raise money to build the hospital 53 years ago. This year’s black-tie gala, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. on January 17 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, will celebrate construction of the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute’s new Debbie-Rand Memorial Service League Pavilion, which is expected to open in the summer of 2015. The Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute is dedicated to advancing care for women through centralized and integrated services, with programs created to meet the needs of women throughout their lifetimes. Its approach is holistic, taking into account womens’ physical, mental and emotional well-being.

The Shirelles

The evening will celebrate construction of the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute’s new Debbie-Rand Memorial Service League Pavilion, which is expected to open in the summer of 2015. The Institute was named in 2010 with a generous gift from Lynn, given in honor of hospital founder Gloria Drummond. Its new pavilion will house its advanced technology and internationally renowned clinicians. The evening, which will honor Lynn, will include a performance by the legendary Shirelles, the first female super group to have a hit single. The Shirelles are known for classic melodies such as “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” “Dedicated to the One I Love,” “Tonight’s the Night,” “Mama Said” and “Soldier Boy.” The black-tie event will also honor outstanding physicians who exemplify the best in women’s healthcare. They include: Karrie L. Bataskov, M.D., Joseph A. Colletta, M.D., Louise Morrell, M.D., Jane E. Rudolph, M.D., Kathy Schilling, M.D., Jane D. Skelton, M.D. and Geoffrey J. Zann, M.D. A highlight of the evening will be the live auction of an exquisite one-ofa-kind ring, designed exclusively for Neiman Marcus by Nini Collection. The stunning piece, which has a retail value of $21,200, is crafted with an extremely rare Tanzanite gemstone, surrounded by 323 diamonds embedded in white gold. The Boca Raton Observer is the event’s exclusive media sponsor. O For more information, call 561-955-4142, email kread@brrh.com or visit brrh.com.


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Reggae Star Shaggy To Perform At Food For The Poor’s Building Hope Gala ward-winning reggae artist Shaggy will perform at Food For The Poor’s 20th Annual Building Hope Gala on February 6 at Boca West Country Club. Event proceeds will go toward building critically needed homes in Pon Batay, Haiti. “Shaggy is a true friend of Food For The Poor,” said Robin Mahfood, the Coconut Creek-based nonprofit’s president and CEO. “Thanks to Shaggy, the determination of Building Hope Gala committee members and the South Florida community, Food For The Poor is positioned to build even more homes to commemorate the gala’s 20th anniversary.”

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Known for hit singles including “It Wasn’t Me” and “Intoxication,” Shaggy has sold more than 20 million albums and has had numerous No. 1 albums and singles. A longtime supporter of Food For The Poor, his philanthropic giving is based on the premise that “to whom much is given, much is required.” “The gift of a safe, secure home is a tremendous blessing for a family who lives in a crumbling one-room shack and does not know where their next meal will come from,” said Mahfood. “A home offers more than shelter to a destitute family—it offers hope.” Since its inception, Food For The Poor has built more than 91,000 housing units for people desperately in need of adequate shelter. A gift of $3,200 will move a destitute family from their dirt-floor makeshift shack in Pon Batay into a permanent home. The community’s dire living conditions are compounded by the lack of clean drinking water in the area, with residents having to walk miles to the nearest community to fetch water from a well. During the event, guests will have the chance to bid on silent auction prizes, such as electronics, jewelry, vacations, and golf and dining packages at Boca West Country Club. The evening’s theme: Old Hollywood Glamour. Gala sponsors include Dennis Charley & Associates, Gregory’s Fine Jewelry, Leslie L. Alexander Foundation, McFFe Group, Oceans 234, Seaboard Marine, TD Bank, Trinity Direct and The Boca Raton Observer. O


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Daniel Silva And Jamie Gangel To Headline Sandler Family Major Gifts Event n elegant evening is in store when the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County hosts this year’s Sandler Family Major Gifts Event for its largest donors. The event, which will feature Daniel Silva, a New York Times best-selling author of Israeli spy novels, and his wife Jamie Gangel, an NBC award-winning journalist, is scheduled to take place on January 8 at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton. The theme will be “An Evening of Insight and Intrigue” and will include a cocktail reception, dinner with an inspiring program. “We’re proud and excited to be celebrating our guests’ dedication with three prominent, engrossing speakers,” said Ivan Gefen, who is co-chairing the event with his wife Linda. Additional co-chairs include Debra and Larry Halperin; and Cliff Seresky, whose late wife Phyllis was also a co-chair. “We’re featuring a dynamic conversation between Daniel Silva and his wife, Jamie Gangel—committed Jews and passionate Zionists, as well as celebrated public figures.” Gefen said. “We’ll also have a special Middle East briefing with Soner Cagaptay, Ph.D., renowned expert on Turkey at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.”

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For 35 years, our Federation has been feeding the hungry, caring for our elderly and disabled, educating the next generation, providing comfort and brightening lives among neighbors in Israel and around the world. – Cliff Seresky, event co-chair

Cliff Seresky said the Federation’s mission would be impossible to continue without its major donors. “For 35 years, our Federation has been feeding the hungry, caring for our elderly and disabled, educating the next generation, providing comfort and brightening lives among neighbors in Israel and around the world,” Seresky said. “This prestigious annual fundraising event once again pays highest tribute to these champions of our community,” added Debra Halperin. “On proud display will be our esteemed Ketubah Society Hall of Fame, whose members have contributed a cumulative 1 million dollars or more to our Federation’s Annual Campaigns throughout its history.” The Federation’s Major Gifts Program is sponsored by Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC; Proskauer; and Steinberg Global Asset Management, Ltd. The Boca Raton Observer is the event’s Exclusive Magazine Sponsor. O For more information, call 561-852-3342, email idan@bocafed.org or visit jewishboca.org. 136

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BIG TOP BASH Center For Creative Education Announces Second Annual Circus At The Center

he Center for Creative Education in West Palm Beach will kick off its 20th anniversary year in style with its Second Annual Circus at the Center event on December 6. Event Ringmaster Bruce Helander is teaming up with co-chairs Cheryl Gowdy and Vicki Halmos to host the popular benefit. The casual party is being billed as the greatest little party on earth. Guests are encouraged to dress “circus chic” and are promised a night of great food, live music and dancing. The Center’s Northwood Village location will be transformed through the inspiration of designer Bruce Sutka. The featured musical will be “Tuck Everlasting,” adapted from the award-winning 1975 novel by Natalie Babbitt. During the party, guests will get an exclusive sneak peek at the show, which will open at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta, Ga. next February. “Last year’s inaugural Circus at the Center was a huge success,” Helander said. “Guests were raving about the exciting entertainment, including circus-themed performers and an amazing cabaret-style performance by the cast of a Broadway-bound musical. We know this year will be equally thrilling, especially with so much to celebrate—20 years of helping children in our local community.” The three co-chairs, along with honorary co-chairs, mother-daughter duo Donna Long and Wendy Fritz, are leading a host committee which includes Maribel Alvarez, Carl Bartel, Gigi and Harry Benson, Jackie and Beau Breckenridge, Peter Burrus, Susie Dwinell, Camila Helander, Claudia Helander, Vicki and Chris Kellogg, Margaret Luce, Pamela Miller, Morgan O’Connor, Pamela O’Connor, Jim Pappas, Pam Paton, Jillian Percella, Lisa Rowan, Tyler Sargent, Linda Soper, Carol Anne and John Stiglmeier, Bruce Sutka, Butch and Melinda Trucks, Michele Vogel, Lynne Wise Smith and Ae Yung. “We are grateful to all our chairs, along with their incredible committee, for planning such an amazing fundraiser,” said CEO Robert Hamon. “Our work to educate local children through the arts is so important and we’re thrilled with the opportunity to spotlight it with this fun event.” O

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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Announces Palm Beach Man & Woman Of The Year Campaign he Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in West Palm Beach recently announced its 2015 Palm Beach Man & Woman of the Year campaign. This annual competition involves select individuals in the community who raise funds to vie for the titles. Candidates compete in honor of the Boy & Girl of the Year, who are local young blood cancer survivors and sources of inspiration. By accepting the nomination, candidates have 10 weeks to accumulate the most “votes” (every dollar raised counts as one vote). The winners will be named Palm Beach Man & Woman of the Year at the campaign’s Grand Finale party. Last year’s Palm Beach Man & Woman of the Year winners were Nicholas Mastroianni, III of Allied Capital & Development of South

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The Man & Woman of the Year campaign is a great way for candidates to network with other influential people in their communities while also providing assistance and hope to blood cancer patients and their families.

– Pam Payne, executive director, Palm Beach Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The 2015 Palm Beach Man & Woman of the Year Leadership Committee, led by co-chairs Nicholas Mastroianni III and Erin Devlin, is now recruiting candidates. “The Man & Woman of the Year campaign is a great way for candidates to network with other influential

people in their communities while also providing assistance and hope to blood cancer patients and their families,” said Pam Payne, executive director of the Palm Beach Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “Candidates showcase their fundraising and community outreach skills as well as their

commitment to the cause.” The campaign launches on February 12 at The Gardens Mall Grand Court in Palm Beach Gardens and will culminate at the Grand Finale on April 24 at Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place. All proceeds will benefit LLS’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. O For more information, call 561-616-8682, email nancy.klein@lls.org or visit lls.org/pb.

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DECEMBER 13 Like a lot of today’s hottest young performers, Usher owes his big break to reality television. He was just 12 when choir boy Usher Terry Raymond IV moved with his mother and brother from Chattanooga, Tenn. to Atlanta, Ga. so he could pursue a singing career. Several years later, at 15, he performed on “Star Search” and while he didn’t win, he landed a recording contract for his first self-titled album. Fast-forward two decades and Usher has earned multiple Grammy Awards and sold more than 60 million albums, making him one of the most successful recording artists in American history. Check out his signature dance moves and soulful sound when “Usher: The UR Experience” stops at AmericanAirlines Arena for an 8 p.m. show.

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Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org DECEMBER 1-14 “The Book of Mormon” Show times vary. DECEMBER 11 “The Colors of Christmas” featuring Ruben Studdard, Taylor Dayne, Jennifer Holiday and Peabo Bryson Show begins at 8 p.m.

HOLIDAY MUSIC: Singers Ruben Studdard (THIS PHOTO) and Peabo Bryson (BELOW LEFT) perform on December 11 during “The Colors of Christmas,” which begins at 8 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County BELOW RIGHT: “The Book of Mormon” comes to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County for a series of shows from December 1-14 (times vary)

DECEMBER 18-24 Miami City Ballet presents George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” Show times vary.

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DECEMBER 30-31 Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Show times vary.

AmericanAirlines Arena 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-777-1000; aaarena.com DECEMBER 13 “Usher: The UR Experience” Show begins at 8 p.m. DECEMBER 31 THROUGH JANUARY 3 Phish Show times vary. DECEMBER 3, 14, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29 Miami Heat Basketball Game times vary.


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AutoNation IMAX Theater Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-4676637; mods.org DECEMBER 17 THROUGH JANUARY 15 “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”— An IMAX 3D Experience Show times vary.

BB&T Center One Panther Parkway, Sunrise, 954-835-7469;

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STRINGS ATTACHED: Blues singer and guitarist Joe Bonamassa performs at 8 p.m. on December 18 at Hard Rock Live

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Bicentennial Park 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-358-7550; bayfrontparkmiami.com DECEMBER 31 Bayfront Park New Year’s Eve Party (Bayfront Park) Show begins at 8 p.m. HOLIDAY JOY: (ABOVE) “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” comes to Kravis Center for the Performing Arts for a 7 p.m. show on December 23 (BELOW) “The Perfect Gift: Christmas with The Tenors” starts at 8 p.m. on December 12 at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

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Hard Rock Live Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, One Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-797-5555; hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com

DECEMBER 7 Smokey Joe’s Cafe starring The Coasters Show begins at 6:30 p.m.

DECEMBER 18 Joe Bonamassa Show begins at 8 p.m.

DECEMBER 13-14 “The Nutcracker” Show begins at 2 p.m.

DECEMBER 27 Gente de Zona Show begins at 8 p.m.

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DECEMBER 9-10 David Benoit Show times vary.

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DECEMBER 16-17 Ben Vereen Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

DECEMBER 20 “One Night Stand” featuring Ginuwine, Case, Lyfe Jennings, Jon B. and Jamison Show begins at 7 p.m.

DECEMBER 23 Jon Secada Christmas Show begins at 7 p.m.

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DECEMBER 12 “The Perfect Gift: Christmas with The Tenors” Show begins at 8 p.m.

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DECEMBER 13 Lewis Black Show begins at 8 p.m. DECEMBER 23 “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” Shows begin at 2 p.m and 7 p.m.

CREATIVE MUSCLE: “Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna” performs from December 11-17 at Sun Life Stadium

Parker Playhouse 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222; parkerplayhouse.com DECEMBER 5 Classic Albums Live: “A Very Lennon Christmas” Show begins at 8 p.m. DECEMBER 11 An Evening with Kenny G Show begins at 8 p.m. DECEMBER 28 The State Ballet of Russia presents “Tchaikovsky Spectacular” Show begins at 3 p.m.

Sun Life Stadium 2269 N.W. 199th St., Miami Gardens, 305-943-8000;

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happenings  calendar DECEMBER 18-19 “Sarge: The Chanukah Chutzpah Tour” Show times vary. DECEMBER 19 Handel’s “Messiah” Show begins at 8 p.m.

The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300;

fillmoremb.com DECEMBER 6 Little Dreams Foundation Gala’s “Dreaming on the Beach Charity Concert” featuring Phil Collins, Laura Pausini and Alejandra Guzman Show begins at 8 p.m. DECEMBER 7 Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida presents Vladimir Issaev’s “The Nutcracker” Show begins at 8 p.m.

events DECEMBER 1 THROUGH JANUARY 4 Santa’s Enchanted Forest Visit the world’s largest Christmas theme park and carnival with more than 100 rides, shows, games and attractions. Takes place at Tropical Park in Miami. Show times vary. For more information, call 305-5599689 or visit santasenchantedforest.com. DECEMBER 1-3 Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County’s Holiday Trunk Show Peruse wares from more than 30 vendors selling gifts from around the world for all ages. Takes place at The Seagate Hotel & Spa in Delray Beach. Show times 154

vary. For more information, call 561-683-3287 or visit bgcpbc.org. DECEMBER 1-6 The Eighth Annual Holiday House at Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens Shop for holiday gifts and treasures to help raise funds for the historic venue’s educational programs. Takes place at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 561-8325328 or visit ansg.org. DECEMBER 1-19 Food for Fines Holiday Project Donate canned or packaged food to the library and your overdue book fines will be waived. Takes place at the Delray Beach Public Library in Delray Beach. For more information, call 561-2669490 or visit delraylibrary.org. DECEMBER 2 The 52nd Annual Christmas on Las Olas Fort Lauderdale’s main shopping boulevard pulls out all the stops for holiday caroling, entertainment and light shows. Takes place on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Starts at 5 p.m. For more information, call 954-258-8382 or visit lasolasboulevard.com. DECEMBER 2-3 Piranesi Jewelry Trunk Show Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton presents the impeccable designs of Piranesi. The trunk show will be held in the store’s fine jewelry department on Level One. Takes place at Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 561-620-1320. DECEMBER 3 Rescuers Who Rescue Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton Men’s Collection pres-

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ents a special event to launch the book, “Rescuers Who Rescue.” The event will include light bites, cocktails and entertainment. Benefits the Tri-County Animal Rescue and Boca Raton Firefighter & Benevolent Fund. Takes place at Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-482-8110 or visit tricountyanimalrescue.com/ rescuerswhorescue. DECEMBER 4 Delray Beach 100-Foot Christmas Tree Lighting This is one of Palm Beach County’s largest and most celebrated holiday events. Takes place at Old School Square Park in Delray Beach. Starts at 5 p.m. For more information, call 561278-0424 or visit 100ftchristmastree.com. DECEMBER 4 Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Leadership Gifts Event This evening honoring donors will feature keynote speaker Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the United States. Takes place at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-8523342 or visit jewishboca.org. DECEMBER 4 Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures Gala Pre-Event Reception Join gala committee members for refreshments and hors d’oeuvres and shop from a dazzling jewelry selection. Takes place at Kaufmann de Suisse in Palm Beach. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 888-404-4248 or visit foodforthepoor.org. DECEMBER 5 Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens’ Eighth Annual

Festival of Trees Gala Get into the holiday spirit while enjoying wines, drinks and hors d’oeuvres by Palm Beach chefs, and stroll through gardens featuring more than 25 spectacularly decorated trees. Takes place at Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561832-5328 or visit ansg.org. DECEMBER 5 Florence Fuller Child Development Centers’ Wee Dream Ball This glamorous evening will feature dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, and more. Takes place at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-391-7274 or visit ffcdc.org. DECEMBER 5-6 Katy Briscoe Jewelry Trunk Show Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton presents the exquisite designs of Katy Briscoe. The trunk show will be held in the store’s fine jewelry department on Level One. Takes place at Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 561-620-1320. DECEMBER 6 2014 Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Gala This festive event with cocktails, dinner and a silent auction will honor Dr. Daniel Kantor for his devotion to the MS community. Takes place at Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale. RSVP required. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 954-9388707 or visit msfocus.org. DECEMBER 6 Center for Creative Education’s “Circus at the Center” Event The venue will be trans-

formed into a circus with a live band, dancing, cocktails, food, entertainment and a sneak peek at an upcoming Broadway musical. Takes place at the Center for Creative Education in West Palm Beach. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-8059927 or visit cceflorida.org. DECEMBER 6 The Lois Pope Life Foundation and LIFE’s 21st Annual Lady in Red Gala Enjoy an evening with comedian Martin Short, plus cocktails, dinner and dancing. Benefits the Lois Pope Life Foundation’s partnership with the American Humane Association. Takes place at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-582-8083 or visit life-edu.org. DECEMBER 6 JAFCO Heroes Gala This black-tie evening will include a seated dinner, live band, dancing and silent auctions. Benefits JAFCO programs. Takes place at the Polo Club of Boca Raton. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 954315-8696 or visit jafco.org. DECEMBER 7 Flagler Museum Christmas Tree Lighting Festivities will include a 16-foot Grand Hall Christmas Tree Lighting and holiday music played on Whitehall’s original 1,249pipe Odell organ. Takes place at Flagler Museum in Palm Beach. Starts at 3 p.m. For more information, call 561-655-2833 or visit flaglermuseum.us. DECEMBER 7 Wild for Wildlife Inaugural Benefit Event Enjoy oceanfront festivities, vegan hors d’oeuvres, craft cocktails, live music, a si-


happenings  calendar lent auction and wildlife photography taken by Aaron Ansarov. Benefits South Florida Wildlife Center programs. Takes place at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 954524-4302 or visit southfloridawildlifecenter.org. DECEMBER 7 Gingerbread Holiday Concert Delight in a show for all ages with traditional holiday music performed by the Lynn University Philharmonia Orchestra. Takes place at Lynn University’s Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center in Boca Raton. Starts at 3 p.m. For more information, call 561-2377000 or visit lynn.edu. DECEMBER 10 Historical Society of Palm Beach County Presents Richard Rene Silvin Hear author Richard Rene Silvin speak about “The Life and Work of Addison Mizner.” Takes place at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum in West Palm Beach. Reservations suggested. Starts at 6:15 p.m. For more information, call 561-832-4164. DECEMBER 11 Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League’s 43rd Annual Christmas Ball Help neglected and injured dogs and cats through this festive holiday event, which will feature adorable animals, music and shopping at the Shaggy Shoppe boutique. Takes place at the Sailfish Club in Palm Beach. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-4728845 or visit peggyadams.org. DECEMBER 11 Tamara Mellon Spring 2015 Trunk Show 156

Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton will showcase the Tamara Mellon Spring 2015 Collection and a style expert will be on hand. Will be held in the store’s Designer Collections on Level 2. Takes place at Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 561-620-1243. DECEMBER 11 Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services’ Annual Gala Inspired by Art Experience “The ART of…,” an enchanted evening with creative entertainment. Takes place at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton. RSVP required. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-852-5013 or visit ruthralesjfs.org. DECEMBER 13 Annual Delray Beach Holiday Parade This movie-themed event will feature more than 70 parade entries and Santa Claus riding a Delray Beach fire truck. Takes place on Atlantic Avenue at the Intracoastal Bridge in Downtown Delray Beach. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-243-7277 or visit mydelraybeach.com. DECEMBER 13 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Winterfest Boat Parade Take in this iconic annual light show featuring illuminated boats that sail down the New River and up the Intracoastal Waterway. Begins on the New River in Fort Lauderdale. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 954-767-0686 or visit winterfestparade.com. DECEMBER 13-14 The Harid Conservatory Winter Performances This traditional holiday show will include “The

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Nutcracker, Act: II,” plus other ballets, and modern and character dances. Takes place at the Countess de Hoernle Theater at Spanish River Community High School in Boca Raton. Starts at 3 p.m. For more information, call 561-9988038 or visit harid.edu. DECEMBER 14 Second Annual Festival of Trees Children’s Gala Treat the kids to a night of refreshments and merriment with special performances, music and childfriendly surprises around every turn. Takes place at Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach. Starts at 5 p.m. For more information, call 561832-5328 or visit ansg.org. DECEMBER 14 The Palm Beach Pops Holiday Concert Enjoy a special performance with award-winning music director and conductor Lee Musiker, with guests The Manhattan Transfer. Takes place at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-832-7469 or visit kravis.org. DECEMBER 17 Savor Downtown Boca Learn more about Downtown Boca Raton during this afternoon featuring restaurant tastings and engaging history narratives. Starts at 5:30 p.m. Takes place at various locations. For more information, call 800-979-3370 or visit savorourcity.com. DECEMBER 18-23 Holiday Evening Tours at Flagler Museum Celebrate the holidays by the glow of original 1902 light fixtures and enjoy carols sung by a choral

group. Takes place at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach. Times vary. For more information, call 561-655-2833 or visit flaglermuseum.us. DECEMBER 19 Chanukah Under The Stars Celebrate alfresco during this joyous holiday event. Takes place at Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton. Starts at 5 p.m. For more information, call 561-391-8900 or visit tbeboca.org. DECEMBER 20 Fourth Annual Piles of Smiles “Snow Day” Embrace the chill during this kid-friendly winter event when 25 tons of real snow will provide a joyful backdrop for cool winter activities. Takes place at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 561347-3900 or visit sugarsandpark.org. DECEMBER 20 2014 Step Forward for Kids 5K Walk Walk for a great cause and get a goody bag, free T-shirt and chance to win big prizes. Benefits Family Central Inc. programs. Takes place at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek. Starts at 7 a.m. For more information, call 954-724-4070 or visit familycentral.org. DECEMBER 21 The Symphonia Boca Raton Concert Series This day of classical music will include three famous orchestral works from the late Baroque era. Takes place at the Roberts Theater at Saint Andrews School in Boca Raton. Starts at 3 p.m. For more information, call 866-687-4201 or visit thesymphonia.org.

DECEMBER 24 27th Annual Matzo Ball This popular annual party will feature a night of highenergy networking and matchmaking for singles ages 21-49. Takes place at Il Bacio in Delray Beach. Starts at 9 p.m. For more information, call 561-3004222 or visit matzoball.org. DECEMBER 26 The American Red Cross South Florida Region Beach Bash Sponsored by Lilly Pulitzer, this high-society event attracts socialites from Palm Beach, Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago and Miami. Benefits the American Red Cross. Takes place at The Beach Club in Palm Beach. Starts at 8 p.m. For more information, call 561650-9133 or visit redcross.org. DECEMBER 27-28 Eighth Annual Downtown Delray Beach New Year’s Weekend Craft Festival Shop items created by more than 100 of the leading crafters in the United States. Takes place at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Fourth Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 561-746-6615 or visit artfestival.com. DECEMBER 31 Rock the Block Second Annual New Year’s Eve Party This ultimate New Year’s Eve party will feature deejays and performances by Tone Loc, Chic and sirenXX, plus family-friendly buffets, a carnival, open bar, fireworks and more. Open only to club members and hotel guests. Starts at 7 p.m. Takes place at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. For more information, call 561-447-3000 or visit bocaresort.com. O


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WALK LIKE MADD AND MADD DASH 5K More than 1,500 participants gathered at Huizenga Plaza in downtown Fort Lauderdale for this annual event that included live music and VIP lectures. More than $138,000 was raised to benefit MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), a nonprofit that works to protect victims and their families.

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GBS, The Beauty Store Opens Its Seventh Store After serving 35 years as South Florida’s hair-to-toe problem-solving beauty destination for marquee cosmetics, haircare, skincare and nailcare brands from across the globe, GBS The Beauty Store is excited to announce the launch of its seventh store (and second in Fort Lauderdale) in the Union Planters Plaza. Shoppers can revamp their looks for fall with Fashion Week-inspired hair and makeup replicated by GBS’ in-house team of professional stylists and artists. GBS, The Beauty Store, 21306 St. Andrews Boulevard, Boca Raton, 561-394-6123 or 19635 South State Road 7, Boca Raton, 561-451-8785; gbsbeauty.com.

Family Matters Nannies, Inc. Launches In South Florida Family Matters Caregivers, Inc., a leading international nanny and caregiver placement agency, is pleased to announce the launch of its newest subsidiary, Family Matters Nannies, Inc. Based in Boca Raton, Family Matters Nannies will provide highly qualified, experienced full-time or part-time nannies. They will offer South Florida families an in-depth personalized and consultative approach to finding highly trained childcare specialists for their children and their homes. “We are very excited to be able to offer South Florida families an agency that is committed to providing successful nanny and caregiver matches,” says Tova Rich, founder and president of Family Matters Caregivers, Inc. Family Matters Nannies, Mizner Park, 433 Plaza Real, Suite 275, Boca Raton, 561-706-7161; familymattersnannies.com.

Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton Unveils Limited-Edition “Bond Loves Boca” Unisex Fragrance Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton was pleased to welcome Laurice Rahmé, founder and owner of Bond No. 9, to launch the limited-edition “Bond Loves Boca” fragrance. Rahmé has visited Boca Raton so frequently she felt it necessary to dedicate a scent to the city. The unisex fragrance features scents of Orange Flower and Musk, with notes of Lychee and Tonka Beans, and is balanced with hints of Freesia, Rose and Lily of the Valley. The bottle has an exquisite hue of Deep Violet tinged with Cerulean and is adorned with Swarovski crystals. Saks Fifth Avenue, Town Center at Boca Raton, 5800 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-393-9100; saksfifthavenue.com.

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SUBDIVISION

ADDRESS

BUYER

SALE PRICE

PRIOR SALE PRICE

PRIOR SALE DATE

$1,680,000

$1,150,100

14-APR-14

$745,000

26-JUL-06

SELLER

ADDISON RESERVE

7363 SEDONA WAY

SALVIOLA PERIAN

NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC

ADDISON RESERVE

7849 PALENCIA WAY

LISSER FRANCES ROBIN

GOLDFARB SUSAN

$775,000

ADDISON RESERVE

7788 MONTECITO PL

IGIEL SUSAN

SCHERR BARBARA

$505,000

BOCA FALLS

21702 MARIGOT DR

FINKEL BEN G

LIBBY ANN E INDIV TRUSTEE

$525,000

BOCA ISLES NORTH

19286 CLOISTER LAKE LN

YOUSSEF PATRICK

CLOISTER LAKE HOLDINGS LLC

$565,000

$435,100

27-JAN-14

BOCA ISLES NORTH

10689 MAPLE CHASE DR

NAHOUM ELISA

LEWKOWICZ DAVID

$490,000

$400,000

15-AUG-03

BOCA ISLES NORTH

19458 BLACK OLIVE LN

VILLAMIZAR JOHN

CHIN LISA WAI-LING

$405,000

$145,500

01-NOV-96 31-MAR-98

14-FEB-07

20-AUG-13

BOCA LAKES

2555 NW 40TH ST

ATHAN EVELYNN

PANTORI MICHAEL M

$540,000

$281,000

BOCA POINTE CC - CAPTIVA

7593 MARTINIQUE BLVD

SCHLOSS JOSHUA T

HOUBEN ALLAN G

$358,750

$86,667

BOCA POINTE CC - VALENCIA

23268 MIRABELLA CIR N

DEGABRIELLE CATHERINE S

RUSSO MITCHELL INDIV TRUSTEE

$327,500

07-JUN-13

BOCA POINTE CC - VILLA FLORA

6405 VIA ROSA

MUSKAT JACLYN G

SOMMERS GEOFFREY

$550,000

04-DEC-13

BOCA RATON RIVIERA

232 NE WAVECREST WAY

LAM DUNG

CORDOVA LEROY

$297,500

BOCA RATON RIVIERA

461 NE SPANISH CT

MARKEL TODD S

GRIFFIN GEORGE JR

$550,000

01-JAN-78

BOCA RATON RIVIERA

595 NE WAVECREST CT

BROWN RALPH GILBERT

NESSAR DIANE M INDIV TRUSTEE

$475,000

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BROKEN SOUND CC - LAUREL POINTE

2629 NW 53RD DR

LEWIS JOELLE M

MARIA INTERNATIONAL COMPANY

$250,000

15-MAY-08

MISSION BAY - THE ISLES

10888 AVENIDA SANTA ANA

GREER DOUGLAS E

GREER STEPHEN

$214,300

$299,500

MIZNER COUNTRY CLUB

15967 LAUREL CREEK DR

FABIANO DAWN

LAUREL DEL RAY LLC

$775,000

$675,000

27-MAY-10

MIZNER GRAND CONDOMINIUM

500 SE 5TH AVE 901S

RAPPAPORT RITA

KLEIN JUDITH A

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NEWPORT BAY CLUB

6726 NEWPORT LAKE CIR

COHEN SHIRLEY

GARROWAY PHILIP

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$540,000

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NEWPORT BAY CLUB

17117 NEWPORT CLUB DR

LEONMATT LLC

DAVIDSON RICHARD M

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$409,500

16-JUL-13

$345,000

17-MAY-09

14-DEC-12

05-JUN-03

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BUYER

SELLER

SALE PRICE

PRIOR SALE PRICE

$465,000

SANTA BARBARA

2318 NW 25TH WAY

BROCHU THOMAS R

ROWLANDS ROBERT M

$445,000

SATURNIA

19543 ESTUARY DR

DOW RANDY

GOLDBERG JUDITH FADEM INDIV TRUSTEE

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SATURNIA

11797 BAYFIELD DR

SOTO ISRAEL

MONTELEONE LEONARD C

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SATURNIA

19285 NATURES VIEW CT

PATEL MANISHABEN

MAGUIRE KATHRYN INDIV TRUSTEE

SATURNIA

11713 PRESERVATION LN

HERRERA MARIO EFRAIN LA HOZ

PELLIGRINELLI JACK M

SATURNIA

11565 BIG SKY CT

WAHLER JILL

SATURNIA ISLES

15963 MATARO BAY CT

LODGE JENNIFER

SATURNIA ISLES

9875 SAVONA WINDS DR

SEASONS OF BOCA RATON

6485 NW 31ST WAY

SEASONS OF BOCA RATON ST. ANDREWS COUNTRY CLUB

PRIOR SALE DATE

30-SEP-03 01-OCT-09

$615,200

01-JUN-99

$665,000

$449,093

12-JAN-00

GOLDMAN DAVID B

$463,000

$270,137

29-JUN-00

TOULABI JOSEPH R

$655,000

$931,050

30-NOV-04

GOLDSTEIN HEATHER

ROVENTINI GREGORY

$550,000

$535,473

16-OCT-03

ROMANO DANIEL

SHABO GABRIEL

$610,000

$720,000

01-JUN-94

6442 NW 31ST TER

SOLOMON AARON

COOPER ROZELLE INDIV TRUSTEE

7118 MELROSE CASTLE LN

COOPERMAN LEON

SILVERMAN GEORGIA

ST. ANDREWS COUNTRY CLUB

6837 QUEENFERRY CIR

KLEPPER ARLENE

BROUS BARBARA

$800,000

$340,000

ST. ANDREWS COUNTRY CLUB

6996 QUEENFERRY CIR

HOFFMAN MELISSA

DAUVERGNE EDOUARD LOUIS DE LA TOUR

$1,100,000

$967,500

27-JUL-12

ST. ANDREWS COUNTRY CLUB

17627 LAKE ESTATES DR

GOLDMAN MINDY

ADOMAITIS DENNIS

$1,700,000

$1,600,000

03-MAR-11

STONEBRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB

10241 SHIREOAKS LN

LONDON JUDY

HEFFERING APRYLL INDIV TRUSTEE

STONEBRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB

10126 SPYGLASS WAY

SOUZA REJANE

ROESSLEIN MIKE E

$195,000

$335,000

17-JUN-04

THE OAKS AT BOCA RATON

9524 GRAND ESTATES WAY

BROWN TOBY

NEWMAN MICHAEL D

$1,350,000

$1,250,000

18-MAR-13

THE OAKS AT BOCA RATON

9604 BRIDGEBROOK DR

BETHEA AMBER D

NESBITT DREW

$1,150,000

$1,050,000

22-JUN-12

WOODFIELD CC - HAMPTONS

5831 HAMILTON WAY

MACKLER ILENE G

THALER JOSEPH

$820,000

$800,000

13-SEP-12

WOODFIELD CC - MAYFAIR

4293 NW 62ND RD

NEWMAN RHONA

BERNSTEIN BARRY

$357,000

$370,800

28-JAN-98

$1,050,000

28-FEB-13

$725,018

26-APR-07

$1,650,000

01-JUL-91

$525,000

01-APR-91

27-FEB-06

Source: Palm Beach County Property Appraiser

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THEY ARE FAMILY SOS Children’s Villages Florida Helps Foster Kids Enjoy A Happy HolidayBY EMILY J. MINOR nce you hear about SOS Children’s Villages Florida, it makes so much sense. Why not take in some of the state’s foster children and put them in one neighborhood, where they can walk to school and do homework together and ride their bikes on weekends? “We give them back a place to grow up,” says Vickie Walter, the Florida community relations director for the international nonprofit called SOS Children’s Villages. Started in 1993 after a South Florida judge saw the same foster children coming through her courtroom again and again, SOS Children’s Villages Florida was built on eight acres in Coconut Creek’s Winston Park neighborhood. It’s a street like all the others in the development, except these kids were pulled from their own homes under grim conditions: Alcoholic fathers. Missing moms. Parents with mental illness and drug addictions and a tendency to abuse. Each year, about a half-million kids in America are put in court-ordered foster care, according to U.S. Census statistics. In South Florida, the foster care number hovers right around 10,000. The SOS

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program is small but effective, according to Walter. “We give them back family,” she says. At the Florida Village, SOS runs 15 homes on the same street; 12 are residences and three are administration offices. (By the way, they’re about to start a big renovation project, so get out the checkbook.) Foster children—about 75 at any given time—live here full time, usually for about two years. There are house parents for each home on site 24-7. The children’s ages range from 3 to 18. The arrangement is especially helpful with keeping siblings together. “We have one house that was built in the ’90s for a family of seven brothers who grew up here together,” Walter says. In addition, the children have access to mentoring, tutoring, therapy and other life-skill services.

Modeled after a program started in Austria in the 1940s, SOS Villages currently operates 554 campuses worldwide. Only two are in the United States; the Broward location and another campus outside of Chicago. Broward Circuit Court Judge Estella Moriarty is credited for gathering momentum in the late 1980s for the Winston Park complex, and getting it built. Of course, having all these kids means help is always appreciated. SOS Children’s Villages Florida has a $3.5 million annual budget—half of which comes from grants and community support. Want to help? SOS has a holiday wish list, where you can “adopt” a child and purchase gifts on his or her behalf. They also need bikes. “We never have enough,” Walter says. “And our street is great for riding bikes.” O For more information about SOS Children’s Villages Florida, call 954-420-5030 or visit sosflorida.com. Their mailing address is 3681 N.W. 59th Place, Coconut Creek, FL 33073. Want to help over the holidays? Call the main number and ask for Vickie Walter.


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