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Boca's Most Pampered Pooches



Casey and Timolin Cole on Family Triumph, Holiday Traditions And Their Unforgettable Father, Nat King Cole

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features � Hot Dogs!

Meet Boca Raton’s Most Pampered Pooches (Plus 15 Ways To Spoil Yours)

Going To Extremes Bold Winter Escapes Provide Thrills And Chills

Season’s Meetings 12 Great Gathering Spots For The Holidays

Designing Outside The Box Holiday Gifts Too Pretty To Open

The Bite Stuff

Cookies Make The Holidays Complete

Sister Act Boca’s Timolin and Casey Cole Discuss Family Triumph, Holiday Traditions And Their Unforgettable Father, Nat King Cole


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Foodies pay attention: Now’s your

chance to dine with TV’s most likeable chef, Emeril Lagasse. Lagasse, known for his campy Creole creations and boisterous personality, will help cap off the Celebrity Chef Series at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County on January 9th with an evening of intimate interviews, cooking demonstrations and audience question-and-answer sessions. The 50-year-old restaurateur developed a taste for cooking as a kid, while working at a Portuguese bakery in Fall River, Mass. After high school Lagasse, also a talented percussionist, bypassed a scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music, instead choosing to pursue a culinary degree from Johnson & Wales in Rhode Island. After working in fine eateries nationally and overseas, he landed a chef ’s position in New Orleans, and in 1990 opened his first restaurant, Emeril’s. He later opened his second restaurant, NOLA, wrote a cookbook and landed Essence of Emeril on the Food Network (Time Magazine called it one of the 10 best programs on TV). Numerous shows, appearances, cookbooks and catchphrases (“Kick it up a notch!”) later, Lagasse has become a culinary pop icon. He’s no stranger to South Florida: His Emeril’s Miami Beach restaurant has become a favorite South Beach haunt, known for its large expo kitchen and eclectic menu. But you need not visit the restaurant to get the true essence of Emeril – meet him live when he appears at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall. For more information, call 305-949-6722 or visit

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The Buzz by Felicia S. Levine


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being on stage with Michael is any artist’s dream. I was the first guy picked by Michael.”


What was he like?

“He would give hugs and we would pray. He was very, very kind and something about him was really peaceful all the time.”

If you’ve seen the recent Michael

How did you get involved with the first Community Charity Ball?

Jackson documentary, This Is It, or attended Beyoncé Knowles’ I Am… Sasha Fierce tour, you’ve seen 21year-old Chris “Kriyss” Grant, a dancer, choreographer, singer, altruist and rising star from West Palm Beach. Grant’s next gig: Performing December 12th at the first annual Community Charity Ball at West Palm’s 33480 Bar & Grill. Grant recently took time out to speak with The Boca Raton Observer.

“My team was approached by restaurateur Richard Day. I believe in giving back. That’s one of the reasons I’m becoming an artist. It has to be about more than money. I’m [also] performing for Children’s Medical Services on December 21st in West Palm Beach.” There are so many dancing reality TV shows – why do you think dance has become so popular?

“Because it helps people to express themselves. Some people start dancing and discover things about themselves they never knew.”

Did you grow up in West Palm Beach?

“I was born in the Bronx and moved to West Palm Beach when I was around 9.”

Describe your dancing style.

When did you start dancing?

“Very much like Michael’s. I dance with my whole body. I just let go.”

“I started learning Michael [Jackson] moves when I was 2 and doing Michael impersonations when I was around 14. Ironically, I started by doing Thriller, even though when I was a kid I would look away because it [the video] scared me.”

How did you end up touring with Michael Jackson?

“I was working with Beyoncé and we heard about the audition. She encouraged me to go because


“I’m working on an album. I have a single out now called Give U What U Want. I’m also focusing on being of assistance to charities. I want kids to understand they can do anything they set their minds to.”

-- Jessica Gross


Promises, Promises 45 to 49 percent: The number

of adults who each year make at least one New Year’s resolution

75 percent: The number of resolutions kept past the first week they’re made

71 percent:

The number of resolutions kept past the second week they’re made

64 percent: The number of resolutions kept past the first month they’re made

46 percent: The number of resolutions kept past the first six months they’re made

And so on… We think you see where this is going. Source: Proactive Change Counseling/Coaching


You’re so young and already have accomplished so much. What’s next?

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Zac Rich (right) with American Idol finalist Jason Castro


Family Entertainment At first glance, Zac Rich seems like a typical college kid, studying at FAU, listening to his iPod. But look closer, and you’ll see he’s probably writing, producing, interviewing, directing or editing – all while studying for the LSAT. The young media mogul wants to be an entertainment lawyer. Actually, his whole family’s got the show biz bug: What started as a hobby 10 years ago is now Swept Away Media, a Boca Raton-based company that includes a TV show and two Web sites that feature celebrity interviews and videos. Rich runs the company with his sisters Jaime, Amanda and Brittany, and his mom, Nancy. The company’s latest venture, the book Off The Bus And On The Record – 22 Candid Rock Interviews By The Teen Journalists Of The Rock Star Stories, features star photos and interviews conducted by the Rich family and friends. Included are interviews with musician Gavin DeGraw, and band members of The Donnas and Maroon 5. Guess you don’t have to watch MTV or read Rolling Stone to find good band profiles. “Because we’re fans they talk to us as if we’re friends. They want to tell fans everything. It’s great to be able to give that back to other fans.” Find the book on or in bookstores. -- Marissa Hicken


I believe the world’s big enough to start over.

– Anthony Caravella, 41, who after 26 years was released from prison due to new DNA analysis. Caravella was convicted of raping and murdering a Miramar woman in 1983. Source: Sun-Sentinel

You may not know Laurice Rahme, but in the fragrance world, she’s a superstar. The Parisian-born Rahme appeared at Saks Fith Avenue Boca Raton recently touting Bond No. 9 Perfume, the newest scent from her Bond No. 9 collection. “It’s like having a new baby around,” she says. “You are very excited to spend time with it.” Rahme nosed her way into the beauty world as a young girl, and by 21 was hired as Lancome’s international training director, heading the mega-company’s Middle Eastern expansion. Drawn to the fragrance sector, she later moved to New York and worked with several major labels before launching her upscale fragrance line. It’s inspired by New York, and each fragrance is named after a neighborhood. “The perfume is all about making New York smell good again,” says Rahme, whose 41 fragrances are sold in her four Manhattan stores and locally at Saks Fifth Avenue. Apparently, Boca needs a scent makeover as well. She’s created two fragrances exclusively for our fair city, aptly named, Saks Boca and Saks Boca 2. -- Jessica Gross snapshot

There’s The Beef! Actor Matthew Broderick and his son James chowed down at Broward’s Chima Brazilian Steakhouse during a post-screening party for Wonderful World, which debuted at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. oddball

Just Plane Stupid Here’s another reason to dread air travel: After receiving nearly 20 complaints from pilots and air traffic controllers at Palm Beach International Airport about laser beam misuse, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office released a warning reminding locals that intentionally pointing blinding lasers at moving vehicles such as airplanes was indeed a criminal offense (a third-degree felony, actually). Should someone get harmed as a result, that felony gets ratcheted up a degree. Should a plane crash, it becomes a third-degree felony. Most recently, police received a report after someone for two minutes aimed a laser beam into the cockpit of a JetBlue plane about to land. Some people have way too much time on their hands. O -- Marissa Hicken Source: Sun-Sentinel


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arett S. Levan’s interest in banking surfaced at an early age.

“I worked in the mailroom as a summer job when I was 7,” says the president and CEO of BankAtlantic, one of Florida’s oldest and largest community banks with 100 locations, including four in Boca Raton. “Banking is a great business and always has been,” says Levan, who by age 15 landed a job as a teller. “Bankers are responsible for helping customers and the community grow.” His passion for the business is understandable – it’s in his blood. His dad, Alan B. Levan, was BankAtlantic’s president and CEO before him, and remains chairman. With a law degree from the University of Miami and a BBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, Levan steered the bank during the launch of its Internet banking, 24/7 customer service center, the introduction of BankAtlantic’s “Florida’s Most Convenient Bank Initiative” and seven-day banking.

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Counting On The Future Meet Jarett S. Levan, Family Man, Arts Patron And President/CEO Of BankAtlantic By Mary Thurwachter

“I’ve worked in every department,” he recalls. “I particularly liked marketing. It’s using your right brain every day and being creative.” He and his wife Dara, parents of two young children, believe it’s important to be exposed to the arts. They remain active in their support of institutions like the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Junior Achievement of Palm Beach County and the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens.

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His interest in the arts “is really about children. We know how important art is to kids,” says Levan,

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who was born in Miami and lives in west Broward. “It helps their development. We help to provide funds so kids can participate in programs at these places.”     For the holidays, his family and employees will be adopting families to help as part of CBS 4’s Neighbor’s 4 Neighbors charity.  BankAtlantic is the program’s official underwriter.     “We believe it’s our duty to serve and support the communities we live and work in and strive to improve the lives of families and individuals living within our neighborhoods,” Levan says.

This businessman not only works hard – he plays hard, too. One of his fondest memories outside of work is of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. “It was incredibly rewarding, climbing to 19,000 feet and watching the sun set.” Despite today’s uncertain economy, Levan remains optimistic about the future. “The South Florida economy is resilient and always has been,” he says. “We always have the sunshine and the beaches which attracts people to move here.” O

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Seeing Is (Not) Believing By Steve Kates

2012–A Mindless Feast For The Senses


n advance of the Mayan calendar’s prediction of the world’s end in 2012, co-writer and director Roland Emmerich has jumped the gun by producing 2012, a technically superb, mindless film. Never, in my experience, has an apocalypse been so graphically and imaginatively presented (but then we have had so many apocalypses that one may become jaded). If special effects were all that mattered, 2012 might be the greatest

movie ever made. Indeed, Emmerich has claimed it is “the mother of all disasters” and he may have an inadvertent point. Clearly, this picture was designed to showcase technological prowess (as were Emmerich’s previous works – The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day). The main plot (as distinct from several back stories) focuses on a geophysicist in India observing that the earth’s core is overheating due to some extraordi-

nary and inexplicable solar explosions, generating dangerous levels of neutrinos. Naturally, no one heeds his predictions of cataclysmic earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and titanic tsunamis that will destroy the earth, but it’s certainly fair warning of some staggering special effects to come. There are helicopters transporting giraffes and elephants to mammoth arks the Chinese have presciently constructed to save humanity and animal life; we see Queen Elizabeth II casually embark with two of her Corgis (but not Prince Philip); Los Angeles literally implodes, block by block, into a bottomless abyss, and the U.S. Capitol building actually collapses on its side in a monster tidal wave. The only thing missing

is Charlton Heston brandishing the Ten Commandments! The cast, (including John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson) while serviceable, is superfluous. The real stars of the picture are the special effects team (more than 200 people), editors David Brenner and Peter S. Elliot and veteran cinematographer Dean Semler. Oscars are probably assured in these categories. An inane story, with even dumber sub-plots, pulls down this technotriumph into the realm of kitsch scifi, but it’s a lot of fun to watch. O Rated PG-13: Parental guidance suggested if under 13 years of age

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Party People Books That Inspire Fabulous Fêtes

By Bill Bowen

Reading enriches our lives, but in the realm of holiday gratification, let’s face it – a breathtakingly wise passage of literature can’t compare with perfectly made eggnog. And we’re all about holiday gratification. Here’s a selection of books that we hope will enrich your holiday celebrations.

InStyle Parties – The Complete Guide To Easy, Elegant Entertaining By the editors of InStyle magazine If you worship at the Church of What’s Happenin’ Now, why throw 34

a party that’s so last week. Editors at InStyle, the magazine whose purview is What’s Hot At This Exact Moment, have combined their varied expertise in all things trendy to compile an authoritative compendium on the best possible party, which could only be accomplished by those cutting-edge folks hanging ten in the pipeline of the cultural monster wave. From fashion to fraternizing to finding fun, these gurus of hip know what’s in, what’s out and what never even came close. With elegant illustrations, vibrant images of celebrity events, colorful drinks, luscious foods and sophisticated decor, InStyle Parties shows readers how to think like a movie star while organizing like a caterer.

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Art Of Celebration South Florida – The Making Of A Gala Published by Panache Partners There’s no better way to mark a celebration than by throwing a big bash. If you want to do it right – South Florida-style – this 276-page

book, compiled by professional designers, caterers, lighting experts, musical entertainers, venue proprietors and other specialists, covers every party-planning facet, replete with more than 250 vibrant photographs of these experts’ best event creations. Intended for a global audience, the book invites readers to catch a glimpse of some of Miami’s hottest and Palm Beach’s most exclusive and talked-about galas – from birthday bashes, holiday gatherings and chi-chi weddings to product launches, film premieres and fashion shows – through splashy photos, quick tips and words of inspiration. This lavish collection leaves no doubt about what it takes to present an event with panache.




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The Savvy Host’s party-throwing philosophy is simple: “Bring people together to share stories, ideas and laughter – offering good food and drink – in enjoyable surroundings.

The Gilded Fork: Entertaining At Home – A Year of Dinner Parties

The Savvy Host – 8 Entertaining Essentials

By Jennifer Iannolo and Chef Mark Tafoya

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The Gilded Fork, for four years a gourmet guide in cyberspace with articles, recipes, podcasts and videos, makes the leap to something you can actually hold in your hand with its new cookbook, which contains 13 dinner party menus ranging from casual summer fare to an elegant meal for two. The book’s authors, who encourage you to throw open your doors to friends and loved ones and offer them a seat at your table, compile menu suggestions with an eye for colors and textures, as well as flavors. Also included are beverage suggestions and lots of helpful tips to help take your cooking to the next level. And don’t be afraid to ask your guests to help – that can be half the fun!

Party Like A Rock Star – A Celebrity Party Planner’s Tips And Tricks For Throwing An Unforgettable Bash By Jes Gordon with Jessica Baumgardner After 20 years of throwing parties for the likes of Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Nicolas Cage, Jennifer Lopez and many ordinary mortals, Jes Gordon has the savvy and the stories to make this step-by-step guide for throwing a fabulous bash both informative and entertaining. She eschews the ordinary tradition of party planning and provides a timeline of party elements from start (concept and budget) to finish (menus and hostess etiquette). She includes insider secrets from chefs, tips on being a flawless host and insights on how to budget for any size gathering. Her infectious enthusiasm may transform the casual reader into an impromptu party planner as she provides a wealth of ideas and case studies, backed by practical and detailed instructions.

The Savvy Host’s party-throwing philosophy is simple: “Bring people together to share stories, ideas and laughter – offering good food and drink – in enjoyable surroundings.” Sounds obvious enough. But the book goes further, breaking down the act of entertaining into what it considers to be the eight essential elements to any successful event – then sets about the task of helping you address them. These merrymaking musts run the gamut from invitation essentials and menu planning to stylish tabletops and creating ambiance. The book will inspire oodles of party ideas, be they for intimate dinners, big bashes or restaurant affairs, publishers insist. You’ll also find party checklists, a resource guide and more to help planning go from stressful – to stress-free.

Easy Entertaining For Beginners – You Can Throw A Fabulous Party, From A Holiday Fiesta To A Romantic Evening For Two By Patricia Mendez Debunking the idea that you must be either a gourmet chef or a nervous wreck to host a dinner party, Patricia Mendez draws on nearly 20 years of experience teaching the basics of home entertaining to present this infopacked book filled with 14 complete menus, recipes, tips and more. A helpful “getting started” section lays out the foundation for planning, preparation and presentation. “I believe that anyone can learn to host fantastic parties and get-togethers, all you need is some instruction, a little patience and some practice.” All chapters include handy suggestions for decorating, music and drinks and end with optional shortcuts. How to get started? What to serve? The next time you entertain the idea of throwing a party, don’t stress out. Just read this book. O — Additional reporting by Marissa Hicken


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Radio City Rockettes Dazzle At BankAtlantic Center By Bill Bowen


he spectacle of a Radio City Music Hall holiday show used to be the private domain of those who lived in or around New York City or could afford to go there for an end-ofyear vacation. Most of the rest of us only saw the Rockettes on Thursday morning, while watching The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV. And they were pretty amazing, and very leggy. And what about those straight-down shots from the ceiling? In recent years, the holiday show, now in its 77th year, has been brought


to viewers all across the country and South Florida gets its chance on December 29th and 30th when the production, replete with glittering Rockettes and all kinds of family fun, comes to BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, one of 31 cities on its tour. Here’s how the promotional material, in this case not wholly hyperbole, describes it: “Every performance of the Spectacular is a glitter-

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ing present full of fun and surprises for the whole family! Parents enjoy the flawless precision of the Rockettes in numbers such as the legendary Parade of the Wooden Soldiers. Children thrill as Santa takes them on a magical ride to his workshop at the North Pole, where playful rag dolls come to life! And everyone marvels at the stunning reenactment of the very first Christmas in the ‘Living Nativity.’”

It continues: “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular creates family memories that will last a lifetime!” We know, you can almost hear the inflections of a carnival barker in that spiel, but in this particular instance, you know it’s true. You do, don’t you? Especially if you recall seeing the show as a child. O i For more information, call 954-835-7469 or visit

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Jingle Ball Shakira And The Fray Dance The Night Away At BankAtlantic Center By Bill Bowen


atin hottie Shakira and the Grammy-nominated piano rock band The Fray provide high-voltage star power to an eclectic mix of performers at the annual Y-100 Jingle Ball at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise on December 12th. American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, whose stint on the show inspired a legion of “sparkheads,” adds a healthy element of pop to a lineup spiced with a familiar flavor in the return engagement of Carol City rapper Flo Rida, who in 2007 had the entire BankAtlantic Center throng on its feet dancing in front of their seats.

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Rent Raisers Original Stars Bring Broadway To The Fillmore Miami Beach

By Bill Bowen


he touring version of the Broadway smash Rent got a huge boost when actors Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp signed on to play the roles they helped create in the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning rock opera’s nearly dozen-year run on Broadway and in the 2005 movie. The edgy production, which won four Tony Awards and influenced a generation’s thinking about musical theater, will run at the Fillmore Miami Beach’s Jackie Gleason Theater December 8th through December 13th, the sixth stop on a tour that began on November 3rd in Wisconsin. Pascal and Rapp, along with the rest of the original cast, were struggling actors at the New York Theater Workshop when Rent was created by late composer Jonathan Larson, whose death at 35 on the eve of the final dress rehearsal added a tragic note to the show’s back story, which seemed even more so when it became an immediate hit. Rent debuted at the Workshop’s 150-seat theater in February 1996 and by April was in Broadway’s Nederlander Theater, which was transformed from the brink of closure to the center of the hot ticket universe. The sometimes gritty rock opera exploded on the scene: Tony Awards rolled in, the Pulitzer, a cast cover photo on Newsweek, Rentheads lined up for $20 day-of-show tickets to see it for the millionth time ... The show’s themes will be controversial to some. Pascal and Rapp play musician Roger Davis and filmmaker Mark Cohen, roommates in New York City in danger of losing their home until they’re given a chance to live rent-free by helping a developer squelch a planned protest. Friends who pop in and out of their lives include drug addicts, a drag queen with AIDS and people whose lives are marked by crushing poverty and flawed spirits. Still, the message is an uplifting one of hope, fortitude and fidelity. “Adam and Anthony are to Rent what Joel Grey was to Cabaret,” says producer Jeffrey Seller. “What Zero Mostel was to Fiddler on the Roof.” O

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ARTISTIC INTERPRETATION Lady GaGa Takes Over James L. Knight Center By Bill Bowen


t’s been coming for some time, this erotic music approach called Burlesque Pop, but who better to give it a name than an artist named Lady GaGa? When her show, high on energy and low on clothing, visits the James L. Knight Center on December 12th, it’s doubtful there will be anyone in the audience who doesn’t have an inkling of what’s coming. Lady GaGa? Not a ticket you buy by mistake. Her genre has been called disco-electronica, offered in an atmosphere of pulsating lights and images, sexually explicit dance moves and glimmer-

ing spangly outfits that cover a lot less territory than her lyrics. But unlike some pop culture divas, with no discernable talent to support their fame, Lady GaGa actually has fine musical skills and a voice that can belt out a song and hit the notes. The artist, born Stefani Germanotta, a Yonkers teen with impressive piano technique and good pipes, was making a name for herself, developing her musical chops in East Village bistros with her rock band when record producer Rob Fusari, instead, made her name. He likened her persona to the band Queen’s hit: “You are so-o-o Radio

Ga Ga,” he said one day as they listened to the song in the studio. Lady GaGa was born. She added the bleached white hair, large sunglasses, 6-inch stiletto heels, red leopard-print tights, four pounds of fake eyelashes ... et voila! Among her fashion props are many decorated bras, including one with a mosaic of tiny mirrors attached. “It’s supposed to look like my boobs are

disco balls,” she once explained. Her debut album, The Fame, included Grammy-nominated Just Dance (for Best Dance Recording), Poker Face, LoveGame and Paparazzi. At the MTV Video Awards this year she won for Best New Artist and Paparazzi won two awards.O For more information, call 305-416-5970 or visit For tickets, call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

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Differences Can Bring Couples Closer – Or Drive Them Apart


here are several ways you can suddenly realize the person sitting across the bottle-laden hightop from you is an advance scout from the planet Boron. Say you’re kibitzing on a lazy Sunday about anything and everything as the wobbly table's limey skyline takes on the dimensions of an overdeveloped beachfront, and your talkative potential soul/life/whatever-mate utters

words that crash like a dummy-driven subcompact against the fabric of your belief system. Something racist, chauvinist, mean-spirited, something boorish, something blue ... an insult to something you hold sacrosanct. And for an uncomfortable moment, the deal-breaker question flashes in your brain: How can I be with this (insert suitable pejorative adjective here) person?

It happens. Internet hookups – those feverish typewritten romances in which you learn only the good things and substitute dreamy impossible stuff for the rest – are one way. And if there’s a robust physical attraction, you can rapidly advance through several sweaty relationship stages to the househunting one without ever addressing political affiliations, cultural mores and the like. DECEMBER 2009


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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Kennedy cousin Maria Shriver, planted political signs on either side of their driveway in 2008, one for McCain, one for Obama. “It is being interested enough to stretch oneself to enter the other’s world out of love and respect,” says Israch. “But it does require flexibility, open-mindedness and perhaps a dash of maturity.” Hilary Israch –

and licensed “Many times couples try to therapist clinical social worker change the other to fit into their world but that seldom works

in the long run and is not respectful of the other.”

Our hypothetical Ricky grew disenchanted with the commercial aspects of the season and his disenchantment grew into an attitude. Case in point: a couple we'll call Ricky and Lucy, who disagree about the significance of holiday gift giving. To Lucy, a gift is a symbol, a highly personal message of the state of her relationship with the giver and an indicator of his hopes and dreams with regard to her. Ricky, however, abhors the rampant commercialism of the holidays and considers the frenzied exchange of mostly unwanted merchandise a sign of the Apocalypse. The otherwise compatible Ricky and Lucy have diametrically opposed views of holiday gift giving that could be their dealbreaker issue. Is it possible that this couple will have a merry December? Some Boca Raton relationship counselors assert that it’s not only possible but, in fact, the very essence of what a relationship is all about – namely, accepting and celebrating the differences that will inevitably exist between two people. 44

Marriage and Family Therapist Naomi Berger says: “Yes, it is possible if this couple uses this experience as an opportunity to learn to recognize and validate and cherish their differences rather than hold on to the notion that ‘we are one and I am it’.” That one killer, egocentric issue can be lurking between partners who otherwise hit it off splendidly. Sometimes the subject is avoided or glossed over. Christians marry Jews, liberals marry neo-cons, University of Florida fans marry Florida State fans… well, not so much. Therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Hilary Israch says acceptance is key. Thinking you’re going to change your partner is misguided. “Many times couples try to change the other to fit into their world but that seldom works in the long run and is not respectful of the other,” says Israch, who is trained in a discipline called Imago, in which the at-

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tributes of the mate one searches for are stamped on the subconscious brain, put there by experiences in childhood that need to be dealt with.

But if he insists on bringing his views to bear on the holiday season, at the expense of Lucy’s happiness, he’ll have some ‘splainin’ to do.

“Part of the theory of Imago is to understand that a couple obviously comes from different upbringings, experiences and interests,” she says. “If one wants to get the most out of a relationship there has to be some compromise and part of that is a willingness, openness and curiosity into understanding and an acceptance of ‘the other’.”

“He does not have to change his values or try to change hers, but if he truly wants an equal relationship and friendship he might need to stretch himself,” says Israch. “Not into buying an extravagant gift, but a thoughtful and imaginative gift because that is her love language and will make her feel special and loved.”

The foundation upon which love can grow would seem to be shared traits, things in common, areas in which the personalities mesh. It's a progression – comfort, relaxation, trust, love. The sequence is disrupted by fundamental disagreements.

She adds, “It is also important for her to enter his world and not go overboard with gifts for him as that would not be what he appreciates.” Israch suggests simple gestures, such as a movie gift card or a homecooked meal.

But is it? Should it be? Isn't “uncon- The bottom line: If, in your mind, there is a “deal-breaker” issue, perditional love” redundant? haps what needs to change is not Cherish the differences, says Berger. the issue, but you. O

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here are a lot of Midwesterners living in South Florida, and I’m one of them. Oh, I’ve been here for 25 years – since I took a newspaper job in Martin County back in 1984. So I rather smugly consider myself a bit of a native. But I didn’t grow up down here, listening to all the different languages, sampling international foods at little festivals along the waterfront, taking on a new best friend with skin the color of cafe con leche. Our son did though, and I’m glad. When patching together a favorite group of friends back in high school, he never thought to mention that one was Asian or AfricanAmerican or Hispanic. It wasn’t odd to him. It was normal. Every day. Ho-hum. I wish I’d been that lucky. I wish a lot of us had been that lucky. There was one African-American family and one Jewish family in my Ohio hometown of 5,000 people. (Columbiana, near Youngstown.) And that was that. Once, while riding in the car with my dad doing errands, I remember saying what a nice town this was. The perfect place to grow up, I proclaimed. “Yeah,” he said. “If you’re white and Republican.” Hmmm? Another world existed? Another world does exist – I’d say


it’s the real world – and we should take great care this time of year to notice. Hanukkah. Kwanzaa. Christmas. Al Hijra, the Muslim New Year. It’s all on the radar. This, of course, complicates matters for some of us, Christians who once

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be unkind, they can be very easily re-directed. ‘Is that kind? Is that nice?’”

teaching our kids tolerance at the holidays. And something dawned on me. Don’t our kids teach us? I think they do. I think we could learn from them. For nearly 30 years, Shirley Deisch taught elementary school, all but three of those years in Florida, and she never tired of watching the love and generosity of small children. When kids are little – say, 4, 5, 6, 7 – they don’t know intolerance. “They grow up being accepting of everyone,” she says. For Deisch, the daughter of a Midwestern minister, watching this in the classroom day after day, year after year, was an inspiration and perhaps a big part of what kept her teaching 50

until she retired at age 67 just this year. “I didn’t experience it myself,” she says, about growing up with other cultures. “The only tolerance was between the Protestants and the Catholics in our little town.” My how times have changed, and Deisch watched it through the years. When she first started at South Olive Elementary School 20 years ago, her students were mostly white. And then, over time, those little faces staring back at her became a beautiful kaleidoscope of our world. She taught more Hispanic children. More and more couples began adopting from overseas. Gay parents joined the PTA. “Now kids grow up seeing all this,” she says. “It’s not unusual or unique like it used to be.”

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Like Deisch, who began each school year with a lesson on acceptance -“We all have two eyes, one mouth, one nose...” – longtime teacher Marge Keller, 47, knows in her gut that kids didn’t invent intolerance. They learned it. Keller, who’s been teaching for 25 years, has been stationed at some rough schools with older students. So she’s seen the down side of intolerance. But this year, as a media specialist at a new grade school in Palm Beach County, she started a little program for the pre-K students. And she noticed something.

dren’s raw attitudes just between Pre-K and fifth grade. “By the time kids get to the fifth grade, they’ve learned how not to be tolerant,” she says. “And I think a lot of that source is in the home.” We do it without thinking, you know. We mention that a new neighbor is Asian. We comment on a lesbian mother who’s raising a daughter alone. We don’t step in when they poke fun of a new kid in the classroom with a lisp. After all, he does sound kind of funny, that cute little boy.

Something refreshing. “Those little pre-K kids are so much more tolerant of each other,” she says. “And if they start to be unkind, they can be very easily re-directed. ‘Is that kind? Is that nice?’”

And, slowly, all that innocence – all that black-and-white common sense of what is right and wrong – goes gray. They see us living in shades of gray. “Their eyes are open,” Deisch says. “Their ears are open. They’re always observing and they learn by example.”

Keller notices a difference in chil-

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o matter that it was 30 degrees the evening we arrived at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Ga. Most holiday travelers seeking a southern lakefront setting would hope for warmer weather in mid-December, but for those of us who love the holiday hoopla, the gust of cold was a warm welcome. Especially at this magnificent low-key destination, known nationwide for its lavish holiday decorations and celebrations.


The family-oriented, pet-friendly golf resort is best known for the Lighting of the Lodge event, which recently won the 2009 Stars of the Industry Award from the American Hotel & Lodging Association. To prepare for this annual holiday extravaganza, a crew of 10 work four months straight – eight hours, six days a week – hanging 1.5 million white lights throughout the lodge’s well-landscaped grounds and surrounding buildings. The result is an

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electrifying sight for both hotel guests and local residents. Located 75 miles east of Atlanta on Lake Oconee, this 10,000-acre lake retreat truly goes all out for the holidays. The fun officially begins November 26th, when it takes 26 people to throw switches that launch the annual tree-lighting ceremony. The ceremony is part of an open-air festival with live music, a petting zoo, holiday food, charity auctions, celebrities (last year NASCAR’s Richard Petty drove a classic cruiser into the event) and the “Largest Gingerbread House in the South”, created with 200 pounds of honey, 150 pounds of flour and a bucket of spices. Set up in the hotel lobby, the edible masterpiece – which stands 14 feet high and 10 feet wide – includes massive amounts of batter, 1,500 gingerbread cookies, 400 pounds of icing and 200 pounds of candy canes, jelly beans,

lollipops and other candies. There’s even a lighted mailbox for kids to scribble notes to Santa. And that’s just for starters: Walking through the hotel during season is like stepping into a winter wonderland: There’s round-the-clock holiday music in the massive wood-beamed lobby, where a one-story working stone fireplace overlooks a lively bar with a flat-screen TV. For kids, touring the lodge is awe-inspiring, with its festive decor and creatively decorated trees filling every nook and cranny. And let’s not forget the frequent visits from Santa Claus, who in past years has arrived by hang glider, hot-air balloon and a seven-ton U.S. Marine Corps Truck (sleigh with colorfully wrapped toys in tow). There’s also a weekly Saturday morning Breakfast With Santa, featuring a buffet with mini pancakes, muffins, waffles and other kid-friendly foods.

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that’s life8 destinations After breakfast, kids receive gifts and souvenir photos with the Big Guy. The Lodge also hosts holiday concerts, craft workshops and cooking classes, where guests learn to make chocolate fountains, nutmeg goodies and holiday cookies. This 251-room destination was once a retreat for the family of Mercer Reynolds, Sr., inventor of the process to solidify cottonseed oil, who named it Linger Longer. Today, it’s a year-round sports and recreation destination that’s particularly magical in winter, with mild temperatures perfect for story-telling by the campfire, cane-pole fishing contests, horseback riding, golf on one of five championship courses, skeet shooting and boating from three marinas. It’s mesmerizing to behold this time of year: In addition to its festive holiday decorations, the resort is awash in natural splendor. The rustically elegant lodge is crafted of fieldstone and cedarshake shingles, and is immersed in beds of decorated ivy and pines, blooming with winter pansies, snap dragons and ornamental kale. The five-story main building sits on the shores of the lake, and six lakeside cabins and a Presidential House with four master suites overlook the 18th green of the Oconee Club Golf Course. 

contact Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation is located at 1 Lake Oconee Trail in Greensboro, Ga. For more information, call 800-241-3333 or 706-467-0600, or visit


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Our room featured a private terrace with lake views and custom-designed cherry furniture, Oriental lamps and featherbeds with goosedown pillows and Egyptian cotton sheets. High-speed Internet access, several telephone lines and flatscreen TVs made in-room coziness convenient as well. The granite and marble bathroom was large with a separate tub and shower, offering Bvlgari bath products and luxurious robes which reminded us that the Lodge has a 26,000-square-foot spa outpost offering water-themed therapies, saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools, a fitness center and an indoor lap pool.

The resort’s food lives up to its ambiance, with satiating restaurants scattered about the property. The Linger Longer Steakhouse, named for the Reynolds family’s original retreat, features an open kitchen and large stone terrace, designed to encourage guests to yes, linger longer. My companion had a delicious Black Angus Ribeye Steak with seasoning and mushrooms, while I enjoyed a piece of fresh swordfish with lemon and thyme. For dessert, we shared homemade vanilla ice cream and a Godiva chocolate soufflé. Another eatery, Georgia’s Bistro, specializes in fresh regional cuisine such as Low Country Crab Cakes with mango-vanilla aioli, Bistro Shrimp with grits and homemade cheddar onion bread. We loved our Atlantic salmon and yummy organic salads. Gaby’s by the Lake is a casual waterfront bistro with a double-sided fireplace and heated floors. Designed to take advantage of the breathtaking views, it combines American Craftsman and Shingle styles, using balance and scale rather than symmetry. There we enjoyed a bread basket of stone wheat and sourdough with poppy seeds. My friend had the ThreeHour Smoked BBQ Ribs with pulled pork biscuit, while I savored the Smoked Chicken Breast. For an intimate dining experience, pull up a pair of Adirondack chairs and try the lakefront Chiminea Dining in front of a romantic bonfire. Start with chilled champagne, truffles and chocolate-covered strawberries, then dine on entrees custom-ordered earlier in the day. End with the resort’s vision of s’mores: shortbread cookies, chocolate chip wafers, pink and white marshmallows, white chocolate with pistachios and dark chocolate with fireroasted almonds.   If you’re looking for a festive holiday getaway with true Southern charm, look no further than the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation.  O

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Photo by Patty Daniels The Glamorous Life: Twin Sisters Timolin (left) and Casey Cole


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Sister Act By Kate Townsend

Boca’s Timolin And Casey Cole On Family Triumph, Holiday Traditions And Their Unforgettable Father, Nat King Cole


he holiday season is always bittersweet for Boca Raton identical twins Timolin and Casey Cole, the youngest daughters of the late, great crooner, Nat King Cole, one of the most successful recording artists in American history. Putting aside their busy lives with the Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc., their new nonprofit organization that funds children’s music education, they spend a few cherished days each year doting on their families and remembering their father, his music and holiday traditions. “The Christmas holidays are nothing until I hear, Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire (aka, Nat King Cole’s famous The Christmas Song),” says Timolin. “It happens when I walk into a store all alone. I get both excited and sad. Mom said the holiday season was the happiest time of the year because it guaranteed that Dad would be home with us.”

Adds Casey: “Dad and Mom always made Christmas a big deal for us with a big fat tree, wonderful music and food, and the whole family together.” This year will be the first without their older sister, Carole “Cookie” Cole, an actress and music producer, who on May 19th died of lung cancer at age 64. It was an incredibly trying time for the family: Carole’s passing occurred at the same time their other sister, Grammy Award-winning singer Natalie Cole, was undergoing a kidney transplant. Much to the sisters’ relief, it was successful. “It was devastating to lose Carole, who will be missed terribly this Christmas,” says Timolin. “But it helps that Natalie is back on tour and doing great.” Casey compares Natalie to a “cat who keeps coming back. She is something else – she even performed with the Dalai Lama! We love her so much.”

The twins are deeply devoted to one another as well: The 48-year-old sisters not only live down the street from one another, but each have kids, husbands and pets that hang out constantly. They even work together, running Nat King Cole Generation Hope, the organization they founded in memory of their father, who at 45 in 1965 died of lung cancer (the girls were just 3 ½ years old at the time). Their organization honors their father as a musical legend and trailblazing pioneer: He is credited with paving the way for minority artists and entertainers by becoming the first African American to host a network TV show. For years they’d mulled over the idea of starting the organization, and when last year they learned of budget cuts in music education, they decided to act. The group, for which Timolin is president and Casey is vice president, provides resources to schools and religious facilities throughout Palm Beach, December 2009


Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Little Girl: Timolin with father Nat King Cole


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Casey Cole holds a photo of her father with the late Frank Sinatra

Broward, Miami-Dade and Martin counties for musical instruments, instruction, composition and more. The nonprofit group keeps them busy running operations and planning its fund-raising gala, “A Stardust Affair”, which is scheduled for January 23rd at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. The sisters also run King Cole Productions, the family-owned business once run by their late sister, Carole. The business oversees the management and usage of their father’s image and likeness. “My mind is always racing,” Timolin admits. “I really want to make a difference with Dad’s legacy. So I push and push, doing everything I can in a day.” Adds Casey, “It is up to Timolin and me to keep Dad’s legacy alive, and

his music available for all to hear. I know he would be proud to see that we are doing just that.”



he sisters take after their beloved father in many ways. They’re charming, intelligent, successful – and lots of fun to be around. Timolin and Casey were born in Los Angeles, Calif. and at age 11 moved to the Berkshires in Massachusetts with their mom, Maria, and brother Nat Kelly Cole (who died in 1995). The twins loved living in that beautiful and creative part of the country and remember seeing snow for the first time. “It was awesome to see a coast of beautiful white snow and enjoy the

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whole winter environment,” Timolin recalls. In 1983, their mom sold the house and moved into the Ritz-Carlton, Boston hotel, the same year Timolin graduated from Amherst College with a bachelor’s degree in English and Casey graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in French and International Relations. The girls stayed with their mom at the Ritz until going their separate ways.

“Dad and Mom always made Christmas a big deal for us with a big fat tree, wonderful music and food, and the whole family together.” – Casey Cole

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and the pair moved to Boca Raton. She continued with her firm, Cole Public Relations. Casey, on the other hand, after graduation headed to the west coast. A good friend of the late John F. Kennedy, Jr. (they met at Brown University), she moved to Los Angeles and worked as a French translator for the 1984 summer Olympics. She

Julian Cole with Treble

“To say we pamper our pets is an understatement!” – Timolin Cole King and Treble


Timolin left to earn her master’s degree in journalism at the University of Texas, and earned 30 credits before relocating to New York to work as a production assistant for NBC News. “I was running around with Tom Brokaw, Brian Williams and Deborah Norville at 3 a.m.,” she recalls with a laugh. “While I was there someone suggested that I had the personality to go into public relations. So for a few years, I handled Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, restaurants, the World Music Video Awards, and the launch of my sister Natalie’s album, Unforgettable.” In 1991, the PR executive married Gary Augustus, an R&B artist, 60

then went to BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), where she managed and calculated music royalties for songwriters and publishers. In 1989, she executive produced a children’s album called Nursery Raps With Mother Goose for MCA Records. She remained in L.A. until seven years ago, when her sister persuaded her to move south, join her PR firm and raise their kids together. Three years ago, Casey married former Dallas Cowboys tight-end Julian Hooker. Eventually, both decided to slow down and focus on family. They say they love their lives in Boca Raton, where they’re active in local charities including the Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park, Wayside House and Children’s Place At Home Safe. They raise their kids as one big, happy family. Timolin and Gary have Justin, 11, and Julian, 13. Casey and Julian have Wyatt, 13, whose late father was Casey’s first husband, Kevin Ray. And let’s not

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forget the fur-children: Both Casey and Timolin own 3-year-old Labrador Retrievers. Timolin has Treble; Casey has King. Both Labs are valued family members who enjoy frequent visits to Mizner Bark Dog Park. “Treble does laps in our pool and he really enjoys eating doggie ice cream,” Timolin says with a chuckle. “He sleeps on my side of the bed yet often wanders downstairs to the couch. We can tell where he went because of the dog hair!” Casey loves King as though he were her own child. “He looks like a polar bear at 118 pounds, and he does like to eat!” she says. “We walk to the park, travel to Jupiter Beach and try to play. But he hates the water, unlike Treble who loves it. Plus, King really loves Julian and goads him into getting scraps from the table because he has a gourmet palate.” Says Timolin: “To say we pamper our pets is an understatement!”



abs in tow, the twins become animated when discussing the holidays and getting their kids excited about the annual festivities. Food, gifts, family events and Nat King Cole music (including Deck The Halls, O Come All Ye Faithful and, of course, The Christmas Song) are all on the itinerary. “I still have the memory of our huge Christmas tree when Casey and I were 2 years old,” recalls Timolin, who wants her kids to grow up with the same warm, fuzzy feelings. “It stood all the way upstairs from our California foyer. On Christmas morning, we would put our fat little legs in the banister and peer down to see Mom and Dad walking around the tree. Dad was humming a tune, and Mom was rearranging the boxes and ornaments. They were so happy.”

This year’s holiday plans include bringing gifts to the children at the Delray Beach Full-Service Center School before finishing their family’s holiday shopping. One of the highlights will be searching for dog gifts at Boca Raton’s Fins Furs N Feathers. “We pick out toys and Christmas collars,” explains Timolin, who also hides the gifts, lest her mischievous pooch find – and eat – them, as he has in holidays’ past. “Last year it was a jingle bells theme,” she says. “This year will be quieter to reflect the mood in the air.” The Coles’ Christmas Eve will be spent attending a church service, followed by holiday dinner at a family friend’s Boca Raton home. On Christmas Day, mom Maria will arrive from northern Florida, and the afternoon will be spent divided between the sisters’ homes. “We try and keep Christmas Day lowkey and always invite another family with kids to join us,” says Timolin. “We do the presents and prayers in the morning, then listen to Dad’s and other artists’ music and just share and enjoy the day. Natalie always brings or sends rich monkey bread.” Christmas Day dinner will be served at Casey’s this year, with a menu of ham, turkey, tons of side dishes and mince and pumpkin pies. “Julian loves to cook Southern-style, even for Christmas,” says Casey. “So he adds collard greens, sausage dressing for the turkey and Cajun-style fried turkey to the mix. I do the dishes!” By day’s end, the dogs will be well fed and walked numerous times and the kids will be off enjoying their new toys. And the sisters will finally get the chance to relax before gearing up for more foundation work, family business and the children’s normal daily activities. During these precious moments, it will be all about loved ones, holiday traditions and songs of chestnuts roasting on an open fire. O

Timolin, Maria and Casey

Timolin and Casey Cole

A family affair

Gary Augustus, Casey Cole, Maria Cole, Julian Hooker and Timolin Cole

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Class of 2009

Top Row: Annie, Bella, Coco, Honey, Dreaddy Second Row: Jackie “O”, Zeke, Lily, Maddy, Maho Third Row: Marley, Mia, Oliver, Phoebe, Tia Fourth Row: Courtney, Roxie, Myla, Kona Bear, Ryu Fifth Row: Sir Charles, Honey, Louie, Brutus, Remi Last Row: Gianna, Fiona, Dior, Mocha Latte, Aston


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ure, we know times are tough, with an uncertain economy and the holidays further eating away at our bank accounts. ¶ But that’s even more reason to celebrate something that remains consistent: the love of a dog. Whether we’re crabby, lazy, leave socks on the floor or (you fill in the blank) – they still think we’re the most amazing things since the invention of the squeaky toy. Apparently, the feeling is mutual: No matter how much belt-tightening occurs, people continue to spoil their pets. Especially in Boca Raton. ¶ It’s in this spirit that we present our first annual Pampered Pooch contest. We asked that you submit photos and stories describing how your precious is pampered, and you heeded the call. There was talk of silver bowls, designer leashes, seasonal wardrobes, mall outings, beach runs and holistic foods… There were Cinderella stories of rescued pups enjoying the good life, show dogs with grooming routines rivaling Madonna’s and teeny lap dogs whose pampered paws rarely touch the ground. We fell in love with all the entries – naturally – but in the end, there could only be one winner. We’ll introduce you to Brutus the Yorkie – as well as our honorary mentions and the entire Class of 2009. We’ll also provide some great, quirky ways to pamper your own pooch. ¶ Happy tales! By Emily J. Minor

HotDogs! Meet Boca Raton’s Most Pampered Pooches (Plus 15 Ways To Spoil Yours)

Pet Airways Want some TLC for your favorite pawsenger? Delray Beach-based Pet Airways provides flights for your pets in the main cabin – not in the stuffy underbelly of an airplane. Owners fly separately, but from the moment pets are dropped off at the company’s Pet Lounge, they’re under the care of special vet-trained assistants. Attendants are always present – better than a mainstream commercial flight, for sure – and business must be good. The company opened in July and has already added a sixth city, now serving Fort Lauderdale, Baltimore, Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. For more information, call 888-738-2479 or visit

Animal Communicator Lisa Shaw can help your relationship with your dog. She’s been a licensed spiritual counselor since 1988, specializing in telepathic animal communication since 1992. She can help solve behavior mysteries, advise about end-of-life decisions and help you “simply get to know” your dog at a deeper level. This is for real, we swear, and there are plenty of testimonials. Lisa is even a hypnotherapist, specializing in relaxation and is trained in the Japanese treatment of Reiki. For more information, call 954680-5759 or visit

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Photo by Sy Salter for Town & Country Studios

King of the castle: Brutus Spartus Huynh

And the Winner Is….

Brutus Spartus Huynh

Boca Raton’s Most Pampered Pooch Designer outfits, satin sheets, closets of toys, home-cooked meals … it’s all just a day in a dog’s life for Brutus Spartus Huynh, a 2-year-old Yorkie who, at just under four pounds, weighs less than a bowling pin. “He gets love and attention all the time,” says owner Hoai Huynh, 26, who five days a week takes Brutus to work at Ultimate Nail Spa in Boca Raton. “He’s like my son, he means everything to me.” When not being fawned over by salon patrons and employees, Brutus spends time at home, where he lives with his stepsister Maggie, a miniature Maltese. The dogs each have bedrooms with TVs (Brutus especially likes action shows), radios and beds sporting 1,000-thread-count sheets (for when they don’t sleep with Hoai, who has only 600thread-count sheets). Brutus’ coat stays shiny with baths every four days and monthly grooming. He loves an invigorating car ride, and when the weather is fair, he’ll don his Burberry collar and one of his 60 outfits (which include a jacket with Swarovski crystals and a Tampa Bay Buccaneers football jersey). For special occasions, Brutus and Maggie wear complementary outfits; for a wedding they attended, Brutus wore a tuxedo, Maggie a gown. For Christmas, Brutus will wear an elf costume, Maggie a red dress with white faux-fur lining. Birthdays are particularly fun, with special cupcakes and candles, birthday hats, presents and a big family celebration. “I have everyone over,” Hoai says sheepishly, “It’s crazy.” When dining, Brutus enjoys holistic dog-food breakfasts. For dinner, it’s nightly homemade three-course dinners served on designer dishes. “I love cooking for my dogs,” says Hoai, who prepares food with proper nutrition in mind. “They prefer human food – it tastes better.” Brutus may be pampered, but he gives love back in spades. “No matter if it’s a good day or bad, he will always give you unconditional love,” Hoai says. “We named him Brutus because he’s a little dog with a very big heart.” -- Felicia S. Levine

Very Important Paws

Pud & Boo

The good folks at Very Important Paws (VIP) have been helping owners with their pets for 17 years, and they’ve got a pretty convincing motto: A bored dog is a destructive dog. At VIP, there’s a daycare service, a hotel, a boutique (for beauty treatments) and training sessions on some Saturdays. But, best of all, these people not only know dogs – they know your dog. When a pooch stays here, they’ll record habits, friends and exercise needs. It’s all customized. VIP has locations in West Palm Beach and Wellington. For more information, call 561-366-9000 or visit

Not everyone’s pooch deserves haute couture, but we think yours probably does. At Pud & Boo in Palm Beach, designers will create a special look for your dog and even provide for special demands of his or her figure. Long and lean? Short and stocky? They can help. The business promises to work individually with clients. They’ll even make you a matching T-shirt. For more information, call 561-762-0428 or visit

The Daily Woof Tired of CNN and MSNBC? Glenn Beck got you down? Try a news source where dog poetry rules and the stories are about your canine pals. “Dedicated to our four-legged friends, stop by our water dish to get daily digs on canine news,” boasts the welcoming banner. This is a paradise for dog lovers, featuring links to good animal Web sites, blogs about favorite animals, breaking animal news and, of course, cute dog pictures. And we’re not kidding about the poetry. For more information, visit

Jupiter Dog Beach

Tina Valant-Siebelts and JackPot

Pets On Film

Now here’s a place where the beachgoers have good manners (at least, that’s what we’re told). At Jupiter Dog Beach, dogs are allowed on nonguarded beaches from Jupiter to Juno Beach. Because it’s one of the last of its kind in the state, everyone’s vigilant about the rules and regulations. Dogs must be on a leash or within voicecommand distance, and you have to clean up after them. And you have to have a good time – that’s an order. For more information, call 561741-2400 or visit

Been meaning to capture your pooch in a

Hollywood Animals’ Animal Actor Agency

Friend Of The Year) she works as a pho-

nice portrait? Have we got the person for you. Boca Raton’s Tina Valant-Siebelts has loved animals since she was young girl – she rescued fallen birds, lost kittens… Her life still revolves around them. When she’s not organizing fund-raisers, fostering dogs, handling rescues or being honored for her charity and advocacy work (she recently was named Palm Beach County Animals’ tographer – and her pet portraits are fabulous. Valant-Siebelts says she’s there to

If you think your Fido can act, this is the place for the both of you. For more than 30 years, these agents have been placing animals in acting roles both big and small. The Web site is the, um, breeding ground for a growing database of talented pets. They’ll even take your cat, bird or snake. If interested, you can watch clips from recent screen debuts and read testimonials from other owners who have gone this route. For more information, call 323-665-9500 or visit

capture the bond between you and your dog. “I call it relationship photography.” She calls herself “an animal nut,” but we know there’s nothing nutty about her. “Our pets share our lives with us,” she says. Indeed. A pet portrait could be the perfect holiday gift to give – to yourself. For more information, call 561-945-6363 or visit

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Hotel Ocean There are times when the whole family has to get away – and we do mean the whole family. “If you believe pets are people too, then you’ve come to the right spot,” they promise us. For $55 a night, your pet can stay right on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach. If your pet fits in the elevator, he or she is welcome here, though all pets must be leashed when not inside your room. Other than that, you’re good to go. For more information, call 305-672-2579 or visit

Healthy Pet Perfume Pet perfume is rather customary these days, but the Pepper & Tanky line claims to freshen animals with less alcohol in the compound (which is nicer on the skin). Perfumes are ordinarily used after exercising, traveling or getting caught in the rain. Scents include Peaches ‘n Cream, Vanilla Woof, Big Dawg and Puppy Love. For application, makers recommend putting perfume on a rag or on your hands and rubbing down the dog. A bonus: The scents’ natural oils are good for the coat. For more information, call 310-8600108 or visit

PETicure Mobile Pet Grooming

information about Dr. John M. Pacy, call 561909-7953 or visit

We know humans aren’t the only ones to get stressed. Pets feel the pressure of daily life, too. That’s why there’s PETicure Mobile Pet Grooming, where all appointments include nails, ears, feet, bath and blow-dry, your choice of a fancy bandana and lots of love. At least that’s the promise. And the service is all brought to you, so there’s no nervous drive to the vet or beauty parlor – these guys have their very own grooming van. Don’t you wish there was one for humans? For more information, call 561-684-9455.

Dog Car Seats

House Calls Your doctor may not make house calls, but pet owners are finding more veterinarians who will. You see, vets have caught on that trips to their offices are too stressful for pets. Several local vets, including Dr. John M. Pacy in Palm Beach County, offers these services, many of them in vans equipped for everything from teeth and coat care to gentle euthanasia. Micro-chipping, minor injuries, allergies and itching are also common reasons for an appointment. For more

Screen Time For months, folk historian Charlie Carlson toured the state for a documentary called Weird Florida: Roads Less Trav-

eled. His companion and co-star? Miss Scarlet, a boxer rescued seven years ago. The documentary, which in November debuted on PBS-TV’s WLRN and is available on DVD, features Carlson and Miss Scarlet visiting offbeat destinations Charlie Carlson and Miss Scarlet

throughout Florida. And there are some wild places out there – WLRN producers aren’t kidding when they say it’s a journey “you won’t want to miss.” Miss Scarlet – aptly named for her unusual reddish coat – spent the first year of her life chained to a tree in Sumter County, Fla., until she was rescued by two animal lovers and found her way into Carlson’s heart. Today she’s a full-fledged star,

dahling. For more information, call 305995-1717 or visit


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Canines need special care when riding in the car. At this Web site, there are seats for dogs of all sizes and most of them strap in like a baby car seat. Looking for a gold brocade seat for the Cadillac? This is the place to go. Shipping is often free and there are all kinds of styles and fabrics from which to choose. They’ll even personalize your dog’s perch – which is an oh-so-nice holiday gift for the pooch that has everything. For more information, call 888-883-3113 or visit

Dog Recipes While some of us can’t even get dinner on the table for two-legged members of the family, if you’ve got that down, here’s where to go next: A link for healthy dog food and treats. One brave baker does warn about the smell in the house when you make the chicken liver snacks. But you have to give to receive, if you know what we mean. From bacon biscuit yummies to big heart biscuits to peanut butter treats, this is the place to visit if you want to branch out in the kitchen. No bones about it. For more information, visit

Dog Parks We love dog parks. So do dogs, who get to run and play and tussle about. Our area has a ton of good locations for this sort of thing: Mizner Bark: The Boca Raton Dog Park, Lake Ida Dog Park in Delray Beach, Pooch Pines at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach. But before you go, keep in mind: there are rules to follow. Animal experts suggest the following: Know the difference between playing and fighting. Exercise your dog a bit before you go. If you take a child, keep close tabs. Clean up after your dog. And no treats. Who wants a food fight at a dog park? For more information on dog park etiquette, visit

Pet Bedding We know most dogs prefer the lap. Your lap. But there are some pretty awesome beds out there for your favorite furbabies. There are beds that help with hip dysplasia, heated beds that help with arthritis, beds that keep your dog cool and beds with supportive memory foam. But remember: After you’re done ordering one of these, go get yourself a decent mattress. For more information, call 719591-7977 or visit O


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Provide Thrills And Chills For some people, vacationing is a big yawn unless they’re living on the heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping edge. Forget lazy days relaxing in a hammock. For these thrill seekers, “just doing nothing” is a colossal waste of time. Lucky for them, winter snow paves the way to a world of extreme getaways. From crashing at an ice hotel and blasting down a bobsled track at 60 mph to snowboarding down a mammoth mountain and heliskiing at drops of 4,000 feet – the following trips are sure to satisfy the most discriminating of daredevils. Ready to go for it?

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Cold & Bold The chillier, the better. That’s when a heli-ski jaunt – part helicopter ride, part ski trip – is at its pinnacle, says Dave Betts of North Cascade Heli, a Mazama, Wash.-based heliski company. “The snow is lighter, drier and fluffier.”

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axe and climb as high as 100 feet up the Uncompahgre Gorge.

There’s something about conquering a vertical pillar of ice that makes most other vacations seem tame. The hot (or should we say, way cool) sport of ice climbing is so popular that Ouray, Colorado hosts an annual Ice Climbing Festival January 7th through January 10th, luring professional climbers from around the world (as if scaling ice wasn’t thrilling enough, the festival also includes an axe-throwing contest and tight-rope walk across the gorge).

Can’t make it to the festival? You can still take an ice-climbing course at Ouray Ice Park, a rock-walled gorge with hundreds of frozen waterfall climbs cascading from its rim. The two-day basic course starts on lowangle terrain where participants learn proper footwork and boot spike usage. Things get more challenging as novices learn and practice techniques for steep ice climbing. The class, limited to four participants, also includes a primer on safety precautions. Instruction, which lasts six to eight hours each day, is offered on weekends from December through March. The cost: $320. The feeling you get after scaling a 100 feet on a frozen waterfall? Priceless.

During the festival, ice-climbing voyeurs can watch daredevils engage in the death-defying act from a safe distance. Not edgy enough for you? Take one of the 150-minute or six-hour ice climbing clinics offered during the event. About 70 clinics (beginner, intermediate and advanced) will be taught by pro ice climbers, including Steve House, Heidi Wirtz and Fabrizio Zangrilli, focusing on everything from Easy Ice Climbing (as if…) to Self-Rescue 101 (now this makes sense). Learn what it feels like to don a helmet, get strapped into a harness, clamp spikes to your boots, grab an 70

The Box Canyon Lodge is located two blocks from the ice park and offers a variety of rooms, as well as hot springs for leisurely soaks. For more information on Box Canyon Lodge, call 800-327-5080 or visit For more information about the festival, call 970325-4925 or visit or

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Mazama’s location – near the east side of the North Cascades (dubbed the “American Alps”) – offers the most glaciated peaks in the continental United States. And the company, founded in 1988, has access to 300,000 acres in OkanoganWenatchee National Forest, giving it entrée to mountainous elevations ranging from 4,500 to 8,500 feet. In other words, this is a heli-skiing paradise. “It’s the ski experience of a lifetime,” says Betts. “Between flying around the mountains in a copter and skiing down, it’s hard for some people to decide which is more of a thrill.” How it works: Groups of four, along with an experienced guide, whoosh down at least seven runs with vertical drops ranging from 1,500 to 4,000 feet. And the terrain? Picture a potpourri of open bowls and steep glades surrounded by enormous

granite cliffs and spires. For skiers, it’s a chance to savor untouched slopes and challenging landscapes in incredible places most people only get to see in photos. Safety is paramount. Guests receive a pre-ride, hour-long briefing, which includes a primer on beacon and probe usage in case of an avalanche. And Pilot Seamus O’Daimhin, who’s logged more than 14,000 hours since 1968, is regarded as one of heli-skiing’s best. This sport is not for amateurs. But if you’ve skied at an advanced intermediate level (or better), are comfortable riding blue to black runs in all conditions, can side-step, traverse, kick-turn and control your speed at all times, you’re ready to heli-ski. One- to three-day programs are offered January 8th through March 21st, and cost from $850 to $2,400 (discounts available from early January through late March). A lodging/heliski package is available at the nearby Freestone Inn; nestled in a pine-tree forest at the edge of North Cascades Park, accommodations include rooms, condos, cabins and lodges. For more information on Freestone Inn, call 800639-3809 or visit For more information on heli-skiing, call 800-494-HELI or visit Photo by Alex O’Brien

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Slip & Slide Bobsledding In New York “If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to be a comet, this is the place to start,” bobsled organizers say. With an invite like that, it’s no wonder Lake Placid’s Olympic Sports Complex in upstate New York lures thousands of thrill seekers. As the venue of the 1932 and 1980 Olympics (in 1980 the underdog U.S. men’s ice-hockey team beat the favored Soviet Union), it reverberates with that Miracle on Ice ambiance. Here, anything is possible. Adrenaline junkies will revel as they snap on helmets and hurtle into bobsleds for the journeys of a lifetime. Rides, starting at the halfmile point on the same track used by Olympic racers, reach speeds of 60 mph, all the while twisting and spiraling through renowned turns.

dition to the rush of a lifetime, $75 gets you a bobsled lapel pin, commemorative team photo, T-shirt, Lake Placid Bobsled Experience sticker, membership in the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation and 20 percent off another bobsled ride. Prefer not to feel like the spin cycle on a washing machine? Try the somewhat tamer $50 skeleton ride, which organizers describe as “your childhood sled on overdrive.” You can also take part in a biathlon, an Olympic favorite that juxtaposes cross-country skiing and target shooting ($33 includes an hourlong freestyle ski lesson and a chance to aim at targets faced by the world’s best biathletes).

“It’s the champagne of thrill rides, the ultimate rush,” promises Jon Lundin, spokesperson for the Olympic Regional Development Authority. “You start off a little slow, but by the time you hit the first curve you are just about parallel to the ground.” The five-seater sleds hold three passengers, a professional driver and brakeman (sorry – gotta leave the driving to them). And while the ride lasts only about a minute, the buzz lingers for days, insists Lundin. In ad-

“It’s the champagne of thrill rides, the ultimate rush. You start off a little slow, but by the time you hit the first curve you are just about parallel to the ground.” 72

Among the places to stay, check out the AAA 4-Diamond Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa. Located just a block from the village’s Main Street, this cozy lakefront destination features polished walnut floors, ample antiques and stone fireplaces. For more information on Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa, call 518-5232544 or visit For more information on the Olympic Sports Complex, call 518-523-1655 or visit

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On The Rocks Braving The Ice Hotel In Canada If you’re the type of person that comes alive in sub-zero weather, check out the Hôtel de Glace, where “on the rocks” takes on a special significance. Its bar is made of ice. So is the furniture. And the art work and candelabras that hang from 18-foot ceilings. Even the beds rest on ice blocks. Temperatures at this novel Canadian hotel hover between -5 to -7 Celsius. That’s not surprising, considering the 32,000-square-foot hotel is constructed with 15,000 tons of snow and 500 tons of ice. Ironically, the hotel has an outdoor hot tub and sauna – and yes, there’s a heated bathroom. Other than that, everything guests encounter is as cold as ice, including the walls, which are made of snow. The 36-room hotel, open January 4th through April 4th, is rebuilt during a five-week period each year, giving designers a chance to amp up the surreal experience. For this year’s 10th anniversary, the Ice Bar has been designed with a gothic theme, and guests can whoosh down the Domaine Pinnacle Grand slide, which starts in the grand hall, crosses through a wall past the Ice Café and comes to an abrupt halt near the ice chandelier. Talk about a cool entrance. Before retiring for the evening, guests attend a “how to keep warm” briefing and receive arctic sleeping bags (designed to stay warm in temperatures as low as -30°C). By the way, you don’t sleep on actual beds of ice – the ice base is topped with wood and a real mattress (though thermal underwear is the suggested bed-time attire). And if vacationing in a hotel crafted of ice isn’t adventurous enough for you, the hotel also arranges dog sledding and snowmobile excursions.

The Hôtel de Glace is located on the shores of Lac St-Joseph, 30 minutes from Québec City. Prices start at $206 per person and include a cocktail, hotel tour and hot breakfast. For more information, call 877-505-0423 or visit

Wild Exploration Snowmobiling And Dog Sledding In Maine Think of it as a Lewis & Clark expedition – via snowmobile. What better way to explore Maine’s scenic mountain vistas, moose crossings and craggy cliffs than from the seat of a ready-to-rev snow buggy? With hundreds of miles of trails, it’s an adventurer’s dream. We suggest the Moosehead Lake Region, located in Maine’s great north woods, the spot Henry David Thoreau explored in the mid-1800s. Here, the experiences range from taking in awe-inspiring views of Mother Nature’s finest to the site where the B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber hit Elephant Mountain in 1963 during a training flight (portions of the airplane are still visible). Stay at The Cozy Moose in Greenville, and they’ll arrange your snowmobiling excursion, which includes tours and expert instruction. Remember: There are no GPS devices here. You’ll get a map and a compass, and trails are clearly marked, down to the next place to stop to eat, shop or get gas. Although Maine boasts more than 13,500 miles of snowmobile trails, there are forbidden places including cemeteries and within 200 feet of any dwelling. Warning: it’s going December 2009


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Powder Tough to be cold. A mask and helmet are mandatory, along with the warmest clothes you can find. For an added thrill, visit February 6th for a front-row seat at the annual 100-mile Wilderness Sled Dog Race, which zips right past The Cozy Moose’s cabins. “It’s an awesome thing to see,” says Heather Davis, who owns/operates The Cozy Moose with her son and husband. And if you’d like to try dog sledding, which

Remember: There are no GPS devices here. You’ll get a map and a compass, and trails are clearly marked. Davis calls “a great winter sport,” she’ll be happy to arrange an outing. The Cozy Moose’s Sled and Bed Getaway includes three nights in a cabin suite and two days of snowmobile rentals, with prices starting at $1,500. For more information on The Cozy Moose, call 207-695-0242 or visit 76

Snowboarding in California Photographer Ansel Adams was so captivated by Mammoth Lakes he showcased its peaks, valleys and glorious vistas worldwide. But Adams’ work, breathtaking as it is, doesn’t replicate the true spirit of Mammoth Mountain, California’s tallest ski resort. For that, you need a snowboard. The resort area features 90 acres of snowboard terrain, maintains three fastidiously groomed parks and is the only resort in North America to offer three different-sized half pipes (mini, super and the 500-foot-long, 22-foot-tall super duper), guaranteeing plenty of heart-pumping action on the 1,053foot mountain. Add to that about 400 inches of annual snowfall (which often lasts into June), clear blue skis (300 days of sunshine a year) and steep runs with spectacular views, and it’s understandable that this is a favorite destination of the U.S. Snowboarding Team. The team will actually convene here January 7th through January 10th during its 2010 Grand Prix tour.

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Located in the stunning Inyo National Forest, visitors can catch glimpses of the John Muir and Ansel Adams wildernesses, the eastern side of Tioga Pass and Yosemite National Park, Owens River Valley, the White Mountains on the California/Nevada border and the spires and bowls of June Mountain, also a snowboarders’ haven. The charming town of Mammoth Lakes, which rests at an elevation of 7,800 feet at the foot of Mammoth Mountain, is 325 miles north of Los Angeles and light years away from its hustle and bustle. It’s “a small, but lively spot of only four square miles, filled with a special brand of people who have chosen to leave behind their urban lifestyles and experience nature at its finest,” according to the city’s Chamber of Commerce Web site. Visitors here will find small-town charm and impressive terrain for novices and experts. What they won’t find: cities, highways, major airfields or industrial smokestacks interfering with the natural splendor. For more information on Mammoth Mountain, call 888-466-2666 or visit O

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Seas n’s Meetings 12 Great Gathering Spots For The Holidays

It’s easy to let the holidays come and go without trying something new. And we understand. But traditions are one thing – a rut is another. The same eggnog. The same ornaments on the tree. The same recipe for fruit-noodle kugel. So we’d like you to mix it up this December. You know, try something new! South Florida is a magical world this time of year. And we’ve already done the research for you. By Emily J. Minor 78

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Flamingo Park Holiday Home Tour West Palm Beach If you’re one of those people who need nostalgia to get in a festive mood, you’ll appreciate the December 6th holiday home tour in the historic Flamingo Park neighborhood of West Palm Beach. This charming neighborhood is south of CityPlace in downtown West Palm Beach and was built along the coastal ridge in the 1920s. Many homes are the Spanish Mission and Mediterranean-Revival style, and pride here runs deep. The neighborhood association even has a lighting contest the night of the home tour – just to make things extra sparkly. These homeowners do it up right. A special addition to this year’s tour features HGTV Design Star finalist Nathan Galui, who will greet visitors in one of the homes and answer interior design questions while showcasing his furniture designs. The local high school choir will be there, singing at 8:15 p.m., and there will be snacks and wine at each home. But the devil is in the details of these historic homes: the molding and stucco and arches… It’s enough to make you want to go through the

Great Depression again, if homes then were built this beautifully. Well, that might be a bit radical. But you get our point. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the night of the event. Adults only, please, and organizers ask that women not wear high-heel shoes (they’re tough on the hardwoods). The events runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and takes place at the 700 block of Claremore Road, West Palm Beach. For more information, call 561-820-1383 or visit

Winterfest Boat Parade Fort Lauderdale There’s holiday fun – and then there’s the Winterfest Boat Parade. We know you’ve seen boat parades before. A sailboat with some twinkling lights on the mast. A fishing boat with a lit fir tree. But Winterfest is one of those things you have to see to believe. We’re talking 100 boats, tens of thousands of lights and all sorts of restaurant specials, vendors and camaraderie with other South Floridians vying for the holiday spirit. Scheduled for December 12th, this year’s December 2009


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Holiday Fantasy Of Lights At Tradewinds Park Coconut Creek There are lots of places in South Florida that twinkle during the holidays, but few compare to Tradewinds Park. And you never even have to leave your car to enjoy the show. “It’s definitely a cool thing,” says Darlene Lopez, with Brandano Displays, the company that bedecks and beautifies the park, through which about 30,000 cars pass a year. “You drive and you see all the lights and it kind of gets you in the holiday spirit” (which, in South Florida, can be tricky). The Holiday Fantasy of Lights is a private venture, bankrolled by Brandano, a national team specializing in holiday lighting and decor. Each year the team puts up about three miles of splendor, much of it mechanized. Santa moves. Teddy bears bounce. There’s a candy cane forest and a train station and, of course, plenty of snowflakes. But the event’s beauty is in the marketing partnerships, which benefit charity. Businesses buy the rights to each display and receive a banner saying, “Happy Holidays from...”. The money goes to Alzheimer’s Family Center, Inc., in Margate. Brandano makes its money from gate receipts. And while Brandano has been doing this for a while, Lopez says they keep it fresh. “It’s different every year. They don’t want people to say ‘Oh, I’ve already done that.’” The cost is $12 per car, and the display is open nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. through January 2nd.

Grand Marshals are Alonzo Mourning and Kim Kardashian (really) and Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler is a judge. The parade starts at 6 p.m. And while getting the perfect perch is no easy feat, this may help: The parade route is 12 miles long – running from downtown Fort Lauderdale on the New River, north to the Intracoastal Waterway to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. There’s plenty of seawall space and some pretty swell locations along the drawbridges (bridges are up for the entire parade). Tickets in advance run $21 for adults and $16 for kids, plus tax, and will get you seats at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. You can also take the $4 shuttle from Holiday Park (1000 E. Sunrise Boulevard) to the state park, which opens at 3:30 p.m. Don’t want to buy a ticket? Simply nose around for a good spot. But bring a chair. And your Rudolph nose, if you want. The parade can be viewed from various points along the 12-mile route. For more information, call 954767-0686 or visit


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Tradewinds Park is located at 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. For more information, call 954-6236556 or visit

Lion Country Safari Christmas With The Chimps Loxahatchee For 20 years, the folks at Lion Country Safari have had a holiday tradition: Load up the presents, fire up the boat, explore where the primates live and watch Santa toss gifts to the chimps. And in return, for 20 years, the primates at Chimp Island have put on a great show. Lion Country Safari is Florida’s only drive-through safari and animal park and, on most days, you can’t get out of your vehicle (unless you want to end up on an Internet video that goes viral). But on this special day, you can turn off the car, get out and watch as the 20 or so chimps that live there open gifts and enjoy the loot. What do you give a chimp that has everything? Park spokesperson Jennifer Berthume says they love shirts, stuffed animals, blankets and water

bottles. Um. Do these critters actually wear what they get from Santa? “I’ve never seen one have a shirt fully on,” says Berthume. “But they do try to put their limbs through.” The fun takes place December 18th and you must arrive by 9:45 a.m. (Santa arrives at 10:30 a.m.). The price of admission is $25.50 for adults; $18.50 for kids, plus tax. Lion Country Safari is located at 2003 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee. For more information, call 561-793-1084 or visit

Santa’s Enchanted Forest Miami Sure, you’ve been to Disney World and Epcot Center and perhaps you’ve even ridden all the roller coasters at Busch Gardens. But you haven’t really lived – at least, not in the winter holiday sense – until you’ve been to the “world’s largest Christmas theme park.” Yes, south of the Miami airport and east of Florida’s Turnpike there is a special place – a place with more than 100 rides, shows and attractions that has a main street called Santa Claus Lane. Each year, more than 1 million people are drawn to this nutty place where “Extreme Santa” gets inside a giant sphere, also known as the “death defying motorcycle cage.” Lovers congregate on Mistletoe Lane to “have a moment,” and there’s a 92-foot Christmas tree, petting zoo, pony rides and, of course, visits with Santa himself. In the Enchanted Forest, there’s even a post office that will deliver your letters to the man in red. Of course, this kind of fun requires a lot of illumination – which is why they put up 3 million lights each year (you can see it from the highway!) The cost for a one-time visit: $23.36 for adults and $16.36 for seniors and children 9 and under. For diehard Santa fans, there’s a $39.26 season pass for adults and $28.97 for kids 9 and under. After all, Santa’s Enchanted Forest is the “most thrilling and sprawling” Christmas theme park in the nation. And that’s saying something. We think. The park is open through January 3rd nightly from 5 p.m. to midnight. Santa’s Enchanted Forest is located at 7900 S.W. 40th St., Miami. For more information, call 305-5599689 or visit

Hoffman’s Chocolates West Palm Beach Fred Meltzer is president and CEO of Hoffman’s Chocolates in Greenacres and we’d just like to stress there will be no jokes about his name. (Meltzer. Chocolate melts. Get it?) But we will allow him to tell us about the fantasy his company has been creat-

ing in western Palm Beach County for the past 18 years. Each holiday season, the folks at this candymaking emporium transform the few acres behind the factory and shops into a magical land of lights and celebration. “At one point, we had half a million lights,” Meltzer says. “But that was before (Hurricane) Wilma.” They lost about 60 nice mature trees that year. Still, this is something to write home about. Company founder Paul Hoffman began the holiday display after the National Enquirer closed its famous South Florida attraction in 1984. “He felt it would be a big loss to the community,” Meltzer explains. And so, for free – yes, free! – you can park and walk the grounds, adorned with lit trees and a pond and all kinds of special displays, most of which move in a magical tempo. There are musical groups making the rounds, adding to the holiday spirit, and a charity is usually there collecting money for a cause. “Whether you celebrate Hanukkah or Christmas or just want to get into the season regardless of your beliefs, (Paul Hoffman) wanted something special,” Meltzer says. Indeed, it’s almost as special as his fudge. Open nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., except December 24th and 25th.

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Hoffman’s Chocolates is located at 5190 Lake Worth Road, Greenacres. For more information, call 888281-8800 or visit

Christmas Etc. West Palm Beach Some people are just born with the holiday spirit. Take Bill Laughlin, whose mother, Helen Laughlin, when Bill was a child would paint little ceramic mouse ornaments for Disney World. (Not Mickey, we’re told. There was a licensing issue with that.) Fast-forward years later, and Bill is running a giant Christmas superstore. The business got its start in Boca Raton in 1989 when Helen would teach ceramics out of their 1,500-square-foot rental space. A few more moves through the years and now they’re in nearly 7,000 square feet of Christmas (in)sanity. “I love Christmas,” says Bill. “It’s fun.” He says Christmas Etc. is the largest store of its kind left in the country, adding that, “I have people who fly in from out of state.” It’s understandable: thousands upon thousands of ornaments and other holiday finery fill the space, hanging in color-coded clutter. And maybe you didn’t know this, but there’s a company called Department 56 that manufactures ceramic holiday villages and Laughlin has them all, he claims, even the cords and lighting systems and the little pieces. His priciest item is The Village Mill, part of the Dickens collection. (It sells for about $4,500, so save up.) Christmas Etc. is open year-round but Laughlin suggests you call first during the off-season. “I’m playing golf if it’s summer,” he says. The store is

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open daily until Christmas from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christmas Etc. is located at 1201 Allendale Road, West Palm Beach. For more information, call 561805-7000 or visit

The Nutcracker Fort Lauderdale And West Palm Beach It’s time to enjoy The Nutcracker ballet again – something that’s practically mandatory in middle-class mainstream America, even in frugal times. The performance is based on the story The Nutcracker and the King of Mice, written by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Between 1891-92, Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote a rendition of the story into a ballet and The Nutcracker Suite debuted in 1892. (BTW, Tchaikovsky also wrote Sleeping Beauty and it’s said he was far less satisfied with Nutcracker than Sleeping. Go figure.) The party scene opens at the home of siblings Clara and Fritz Stahlbaum’s house on Christmas Eve and the whole story revolves around gifts they receive. The children’s godfather, Council Drosselmeyer, is an amazing toy and clock maker and arrives with presents. Clara’s gift – the nutcracker – is the hit of the party but Fritz breaks it in a fit of spunky boy rage. Drosselmeyer whips out a magical cloth and makes the repairs. The guests leave and everyone goes to bed and Clara sneaks back down to the glittering tree to sit with her treasured nutcracker. The girl, of course, falls asleep and what follows is the magic of the Tchaikovsky ballet. The Land of Snow. The Land of Sweets. The Mouse King. It’s all there, for your enjoyment, at two of South Florida’s most magical performing arts centers. Shows take place December 24th through December 26th at The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. For more information, call 561-832-7469 or visit Show takes place starting December 11th (additional dates vary) at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S. W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call 954-462-0222 or visit

Norman Rockwell Exhibit Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale The holidays mean family. The kids come home from college. Little ones are out of school. The inlaws are down from New York. And this can also mean – dare we say it – a nervous stomach? A case of hives, perhaps? Therefore, we thought it might be nice to suggest an artistic outing sure to inspire not just the holiday spirit, but a bonding experience for the whole family. American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell is an afternoon of bliss. At least, that’s what we believe. For more than four decades, the painter illustrated everyday scenarios for the

cover of The Saturday Evening Post magazine. Most of us are familiar with his iconic, touchy-feely stuff – Christmas Homecoming, Girl at Mirror, The Discovery – but Rockwell was also politically savvy, portraying some consciousness-raising images for Look magazine in the 1960s that documented desegregation in the South. This exhibit is spectacular and chronicles the evolution of Rockwell’s art and iconography through his career. Tickets cost $8 to $15 and, for this, your family will leave feeling very, very happy. Trust us on this. The exhibit runs through February 7th. The Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale is located at One E. Las Olas Blvd. For more information, call 954525-5500 or visit

Community-Wide Hanukkah Celebration Miami Hanukkah starts December 11th this year and, on the third day, the Jewish community in South Florida will have something special at Jungle Island in Miami. Arts. Crafts. Gift bags. Jelly donuts. Latkes. “Don’t come if you’re on a diet,” jokes Jay Roth, executive director of the Miami Beach Jewish Community Center (JCC). They were still working out the price point when we called, but for a flat fee you’ll get into the celebration that draws together South Florida’s heavily involved Jewish population. And you’ll get to roam around Jungle Island. “It’s a time to come together as a community and to celebrate a holiday that has so much significance in Jewish life,” Roth says. The Miami Beach JCC has been holding these annual events for 13 years – last year, it was snow; this year it’s all about the animals – and Roth thinks this one will be spectacular as well. Children’s author Eric A. Kimmel will make an appearance (he wrote Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins). And there will be performances by children’s choirs from the local academies. The evening will be capped off with a candlelight ceremony with the rabbis from South Florida’s Jewish institutions. “It’s a special commemoration of Hanukkah as a symbol of freedom and independence,” Roth says. And we believe him. The fun takes place on Sunday December 13th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jungle Island is located at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami. For more information, call 305-534-3206 or visit

Holiday Concerts Broward And Palm Beach Counties Truth be told, music is the best way to get into the holiday spirit. And believe us: You’ll be humming these songs long after you leave the parking garage. The following is a sampling of concerts scheduled in Palm Beach and Broward counties through De-

cember. Make sure to check the Web sites below for times, dates and prices. And now, ladies and gents, your holiday lineup (and it’s a doozy): In Broward County: Check out Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, especially adapted for families. Handel’s Messiah is being performed by the Master Choir of South Florida. Broward’s Singing Sons will get everyone in the holiday mood and Spyro Gyra will be at Parker Playhouse in a show called A Night Before Christmas. Don’t miss Santa’s Holiday Revue, a wonderful jubilee celebrating the true spirit of cultural diversity. At the Kravis, Mannheim Steamroller kicks off their Christmas tour December 12th, and there’s a special presentation by the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra Chorus and Soloists of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 - which is Ode to Joy. But you knew that? Right? For more information, call The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts at 561-832-7469 or visit; call The Broward Center for the Performing Arts at 954-4620222 or visit; call Parker Playhouse at 954-763-2444 or visit

Worth Avenue Palm Beach May we suggest Palm Beach, princess? Seriously. Worth Avenue during the holidays? What could be glitzier? “Just the Tiffany’s windows alone I think are worth the trip,” says Laurel Baker, executive director of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce. Word on the street – we mean, avenue – is you shouldn’t skip the Louis Vuitton holiday window display, either. “It’s really edgy,” Baker says. “It’s out there.” The holiday spirit is evident in the island’s giant lighted Christmas tree, located at Hibiscus and Worth Avenues, which sets the stage for what Baker calls the “magical experience” of walking famous Worth Avenue. “There are so many little wonderful spots to eat,” she says. And many of the stores will stay open late on Thursday nights through December: Chanel, Gucci, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Visit on December 10th for the Gallery Walk, when gallery owners will stay open late and hand out walking maps of the area. And don’t be too intimidated to hobnob with this crowd. “There are just as many buyers as lookers,” Baker says. With 31 jewelry stores along the corridor, the tree isn’t the only thing sparkling this time of year (diamonds and rubies and pearls, oh my!) So get your shopping list ready and prepare to rub elbows with the beautiful people. O Worth Avenue is located on the island of Palm Beach. For more information, call 561-659-6909 or visit

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Holiday Gifts Too Pretty To Open

When we approached Town Center at Boca Raton’s most upscale department stores, provided each a theme and asked that they each wrap a holiday gift box – on deadline, no less – they certainly rose to the challenge! As seen on the following pages, we ended up with a visually stunning trifecta of packages too beautiful to open (yet too beautiful not to showcase). We hope you enjoy the following works of art by Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom as much as we do. Consider this our holiday gift to you.

{Nordstrom } The Theme: Animal The designers: The visual team, including Carmen Herl, manager; Samantha Elman, modern stylist; Lindy Porudominsky, traditional stylist and Jose Aponte, men’s stylist. The design philosophy: The box is called “Enchanted Winter Wonderland”. The inspiration was animals in a holiday setting and gifts within gifts. We wanted something classic since our holiday trim in the store has to do with winter outdoor scenes with animals playing. How long did it take to create? One full day. What about the box says “animal”? Ice-skating penguins, reindeers pulling the sleigh and birds delivering gifts. What are you most proud of about the design? How all the elements play together in a whimsical fashion. Nordstrom’s holiday message: However you choose to celebrate, we have everything you need for a simply magical holiday – under one roof.

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{Neiman Marcus } The Theme: Edible The designers: Mari Lavergne, visual planning and presentation manager, with help from her visual team, Trish, Andrea, John and Sharon. The design philosophy: The box is called “Butterfly Dreams and Candy Wishes”. We wanted to bring out the whimsy and playfulness that comes out of us all during the holiday season. We also wanted to follow Stanley Marcus’ vision of extravagance, attention to detail and larger-than-life approach to everything! Describe the “edible” elements: 750 jellybeans and 120 licorice strands cover the box. From inside, and flying over a bed of cotton candy and sparkling pink sugar, are ginger cookies, gumdrops, butterfly gummies and sugar-coated pineapple slices. We also utilized the board and pieces from the game Candyland. How long did it take to create? About seven hours. What’s your favorite element? The big smiles that automatically burst out of everyone that sees it. Yummy!


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{Bloomingdale’s } The Theme: Retro The designers: Lee Perna, home visual stylist and Francis Yap, gift-wrap specialist The design philosophy: To garnish our gift – this is a great way to dress up a present and give someone an add-on gift. We incorporated Christmas tree ornaments and holiday decor as a gift topper. We took a modern approach on retro with a fun, whimsical twist. How did you choose the color scheme? We borrowed elements of color and design from a new collection in Holiday Home offered at Bloomingdale’s. Describe the “retro” elements: The bright colors and animated design give off a very nostalgic 1950s feeling. What are you most proud of about the design? It was great working as a team and creating this special present. Bloomingdale’s holiday message: To ensure that our Bloomingdale’s customers have a Happy Merry Peace Love Holiday! O December 2009


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oing organic is a pretty big commitment – one Joey Giannuzzi, chef/owner at The Green Gourmet in Delray Beach, takes very seriously. In fact, 98 percent of all ingredients used in his market/cafe are organic, all natural, or biodynamic, and most of the produce is grown locally in Clewiston or LaBelle, Fla. And that’s not all: The restaurant not only recycles, but offers a community recycling program, where customers bring in old batteries, light bulbs and other plastic, aluminum and glass products. Giannuzzi also outfitted the restaurant’s kitchen with energy-saving appliances, such as a “smart” hood (considered the most environmentally friendly on the market). It’s not easy being green, but Giannuzzi says it’s worth it. “I’ve worked in restaurants where it’s not cost-effective to go organic, but I noticed the

met, which offers a tantalizing selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts (we highly recommend the homemade apple pie) and specialty dishes (the signature chicken meatballs, made from organically raised chickens, are a popular favorite). Besides food, the cafe serves a variety of smoothies, juices and all-natural sodas, as well as 16 types of wines and six beers (all organic, naturally).

quality and the health benefits of the natural food and I got excited – and the flavor is so much better,” he explains. Of course, you need not be an environmentalist or health food fanatic to appreciate The Green Gour-

While Giannuzzi’s place is largely a take-out establishment, there’s also a cute little cafe for indoor and outdoor dining. Believe us: going green never tasted so good. The Green Gourmet is located in The Shoppes at Addison Place at 16950 Jog Road in Delray Beach. For more information, call 561455-2466 or visit O – Jessica Gross december 2009


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tep inside The Grille on Congress and you’ll see why it’s remained so popular since the day Peter and Suzie Donovan opened their modestly named dinnerhouse a decade ago. One senses a comfortable familiarity within the clubby, casually elegant setting, and Peter and Suzie make everyone feel special – as though you’re in a private club where everyone’s a member. The upscale American eatery is not pretentious or trendy – just good, consistent and genuine. That means warm, friendly service and made-

Genuine Goodness

The Grille On Congress Serves Familiar Favorites In A Friendly Setting By Kenny Spahn

from-scratch soups, sauces and dressings. The menu has evolved over the years, but the signature favorites have stood the test of time – especially those irresistible drop-style biscuits, fresh and hot from the oven. For starters, White Bean Turkey Chili is more like turkey soup, with sizeable chunks of real turkey and just a subtle hint of spices. Our absolute favorite is the Bacon-Wrapped Scallops, their buttery taste and sultry texture brilliantly counterbalanced by the sweetsmoky-salty crunch of the applewood smoked bacon. Sesame-Crusted Seared Tuna, Crab & Cheese Dip and flashfried Calamari are other favorite starters, while the Santa Fe Steak Salad and Sesame Cashew Salad make perfect light meals. 92

True to its namesake, the oak grill takes center stage, imbuing its earthy, smoky magic upon all visitors. Most notably, the delicious Apple Maple Pork Chops and the aptly named Big Ass T-Bone (a prodigious 32-ounce paradigm of steak perfection). Other grilled favorites include the Asian-Glazed Salmon (served atop stir-fry vegetables and rice), Signature BBQ Ribs and (for lunch) Boca’s Best Burger.

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New to the menu is a spectacular Herb-Crusted Prime Rib, joining other perennial favorites like PistachioCrusted Snapper, Honey-Ginger Glazed Duck, Cashew-Crusted Tilapia and Rosemary-Roasted Chicken. Completing your dining experience is an array of scrumptious desserts, a full bar and a newly expanded wine list. We have a feeling that once you’ve tried The Grille, you’ll be back for seconds (and thirds, and fourths...). O

where The Grille on Congress is located at 5101 Congress Avenue (at Yamato Road), Boca Raton. The restaurant serves lunch weekdays and dinner Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 561-912-9800 or visit


When you think of Hanukkah, chances are menorahs, dreidels and latkes come to mind. But what about jelly doughnuts? Sure, they may not share the same holiday limelight as potato latkes, but they’re every bit a part of the tradition of Hanukkah. So we thought it was time they got their due. Known in Israel as sufganiyah, the ball-shaped doughnut is fried in oil until golden brown, infused with jelly or custard and then sprinkled with a fine powdered sugar. They’re quite delicious, as are all of our freshly baked goods at Kosher Marketplace.

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If it’s traditional Hanukkah food you fancy then you’ll enjoy all the classics that we’re cooking up in our kitchen for the holiday. From our homemade potato and vegetable latkes to our world-famous fried chicken to our delicious kasha varnishkas, we’ve got everything covered from dinner to dessert. So let’s celebrate the miracle of the oil, which as we know lasted eight days. As well as the sufganiyah, which as you’ll find out will probably last about eight minutes once you put them out on your dinner table.

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Hammi’s passion for the unusual. Like his Lobster Corn Dog, a tempurabattered succulent half lobster tail, served with pineapple fried rice and lime chili sauce. Another intriguing item: the filet, tuna or salmon that diners cook tableside on a sizzling block of Himalayan salt.

World-class wine, martinis and other spirits are bountiful here: After 9:30 p.m. from Wednesday through Saturday, Chow’s upstairs lounge reflects the cool vibe of a late-night club, where a deejay spins tunes in the intimate space, decorated with leather couches and low tables.

Tastefully Chic

High Style And Unexpected Dishes Make Chow A Winner By Linda Haase


olor experts extol red as the color for dining rooms, asserting it stimulates the appetite. It certainly works at Chow, the chic new Boca Raton restaurant that has quickly perfected the intricate combo of sumptuous meals and a flawless dining experience. From the instant diners arrive, everything flows like Zen: the staff ’s friendliness and knowledge, the attention to minute details, the dazzling food presentation. A black and red color scheme, low lights and flickering candles provide the perfect backdrop for exquisite dining. The


space is divided into three ingenious zones – bar, dining area, upstairs lounge – yet manages to feel open, and al fresco meals are available at the outside bar. Executive Chef Youssef Hammi’s Continental/Asian menu showcases innovative, simple creations. He favors local, fresh ingredients, enhancing their flavor creatively, without jeopardizing their integrity. That’s evident in the grilled, melt-inyour-mouth Lamb Chops, cooked to perfection and accompanied with divine mint basil pesto, sweet and sour

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eggplant (even eggplant haters will enjoy this version) and roasted red bliss potatoes – the ideal mix of flavors and textures. Expect the unexpected here, including the signature Butternut Squash Purses appetizer, exquisitely seasoned with cinnamon and brown sugar and tucked inside wonton wrappers and nestled atop shiitake mushrooms. Ditto for the 6-ounce Three Meats Meatball (pork, veal and beef), topped with tomato sauce and a dollop of delectable ricotta cheese and fresh basil. Indeed, the melding of ingredients used in surprising ways demonstrates

Dining at Chow is like savoring a fine meal at a friend’s house where you’re the guest of honor. Luckily, at Chow you don’t have to wait for a return invitation. O

where Chow is located at Royal Palm Plaza, 400 S.E. Federal Highway in Boca Raton, The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; an extensive appetizer-only menu is available from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. For more information, call 561-392-3499 or visit


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4199 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.6033 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner MondaySaturday.

Glades Plaza ❘ 2300 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.447.0024 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Sunday Brunch. ABE & LOUIE’S

17940 N. Military Tr. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.995.5044 ❘ Dinner nightly. KEE GRILL

Shops at Boca Center ❘ 5150 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.620.3754 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. ABSINTHE

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

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.9557 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.


Raton ❘ 561.395.9335 ❘ Dinner nightly.


Cinemark Palace 20 ❘ 3200 Airport Rd. ❘ 561.544.3044 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. Boca Grove Shopping Center ❘ 21065 Powerline Rd. ❘ 561.479.0411 ❘ Dinner daily. BONEFISH GRILL

BREWZZI Glades Plaza ❘ 2222 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2739 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

500 South Federal Hwy. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.427.9302 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday in season, offseason Wednesday-Sunday. BROOKS RESTAURANT

6000 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.1077 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. THE CAPITAL GRILLE

CARMEN’S Boca Raton Bridge Resort ❘ 999 Camino Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.9500 ❘ Dinner Wednesday- Saturday, Brunch Sunday.

101 Plaza Real South ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.2675 ❘ Dinner nightly.

FRESH APPEAL RA Sushi Updates Menu


fter three years with the same menu, RA Sushi in Palm Beach Gardens has made some changes. Maintaining its tradition of fusing conventional Japanese cuisine with various cultural influences, new dishes include the RA Lollipop (a sushi roll with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, spicy tuna mix, lettuce, asparagus and cucumber, wrapped in Asian radish and served on a skewer); RA Tapas (a selection of raw sashimi); RA Chips & Salsa (spicy tuna tartare, cucumber, avocado and fresh salsa) and Kaisen Ceviche (cooked shrimp, scallops and squid that’s chilled and mixed with tomato, avocado and salsa). Tempted? The restaurant is located at 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Avenue. For more information, call 561-340-2112 or visit – J.G.

2006 N.W. Executive Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.893.8838 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. THE COVE MARINA & RESTAURANT 1754 S.E. 3rd Ct. ❘

432 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.9898 ❘ Dinner nightly. CUT 432

52 North Swinton Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.330.3232 ❘ Dinner nightly. DUFFY'S SPORTS BAR & GRILL 401 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.429.8820 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

116 N.E. Sixth Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.243.9499 ❘ Dinner nightly. FALCON HOUSE


Shoppes at Blue Lake ❘ 1200 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.988.9142 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MILLER’S BOCA WEST ALE HOUSE

Boca Lyons Plaza ❘ 9244 W. Glades Road ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.2989 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.


5101 Congress Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.912.9800 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. The Shoppes at Addison Place ❘ 16850 Jog Rd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.638.1949 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

Shops at Boca Center ❘ 5050 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.7724 ❘ Dinner nightly. NEW YORK PRIME 2350 N.W. Executive Center Dr. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.3881 ❘ Dinner nightly. THE PAVILION GRILLE

301 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.912.0000 ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.



7050 W. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.6601 ❘ Dinner daily. RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE


821 S.E.

Fifth Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.265.0122 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.




Town Center ❘ 6000 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2141 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. GRAND LUX CAFÉ


Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.421.9272 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.274.6244 ❘ Dinner nightly.

Mizner Park ❘ 404 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.0080 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Saturday-Sunday Brunch only. MAX’S GRILLE




MARIPOSA Neiman Marcus at Town Center ❘ 5860 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.2320 ❘ Lunch daily, Dinner Friday and Saturday.

4060 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Lighthouse Point ❘ 954.784.7667 ❘ Dinner daily. Closed Mondays.


1900 N.W. Executive Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.0550 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. HOUSTON’S

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

225 N.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.6746 ❘ Dinner nightly. SEASONS 52 2300 N.W. Executive Center Dr. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.9952 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SIROCO CAFÉ

15096 Jog Rd. ❘



THE DISH ON FOOD, WINE & RESTAURANTS ❘ Delray Beach ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. 561.367.0200


112 N.E. Second St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.6260 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. SIX TABLES

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

Boca Valley Shopping Plaza ❘ 7401 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.241.0400 ❘ Lunch MondaySaturday, Dinner nightly. FAH ASIAN BISTRO

Palms Plaza ❘ 22191 Powerline Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.8778 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. FUJI


640 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.243.8581 ❘ Dinner MondaySaturday.

BANGKOK IN BOCA Royal Palm Place ❘ 500 Via de Palmas ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.6912 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

GARY WOO ASIAN BISTRO TEMPLE ORANGE The Ritz Carlton, Palm Beach ❘ 100 S. Ocean Blvd. ❘ Manalapan ❘ 561.533.6000 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.


106 S. Swinton Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.5678 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Saturday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday, Brunch Sunday.

110 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.330.FISH (3474) ❘ Lunch Wednesday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.


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



ime to blow your diet: The Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival arrives on Worth Avenue December 10th. The popular event will offer more than 30 tasting stations from renowned Palm Beach restaurants, and showcase celebrity chefs, wines and spirits. More than 500 people are expected to attend the event, and 50 percent of ticket sales will benefit Feeding South Florida, a not-for-profit group that supplies groceries to the hungry, as well as other local not-for-profit organizations. Last year, the group provided more than 18 million pounds of food to 800 organizations in MiamiDade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties. It all happens at 150 Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. For more information, call 561-366-1226 or visit – J.G.

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

CAY DA VIETNAMESE 7400 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.0278 ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.


Regency Court ❘ 3013 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.988.9883 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. Boca Raton Bridge Hotel ❘ 999 E. Camino Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.9500 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner nightly.

CHOW Royal Palm Place ❘ 309 Via De Palmas ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.3499 ❘ Dinner MondaySaturday.



The Shops at Boca Center ❘ 5050 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8000 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. 98

25 N.E. Second Ave., #116 ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.330.9191 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. HOUSE OF SIAM

Somerset Shoppes ❘ 8841 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.451.2429 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. ICHIBAN

Riverstone Shoppes of Parkland ❘ 7367 N. State Road 7 ❘ Parkland ❘ 954.345.4268 ❘ Regency Court ❘ 3011 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.999.1263 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. JAPANGO

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival


3400 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.8803 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

41 Royal Palm Place ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.7557 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. DAIMATSU SUSHI


Waterway Shoppes of Parkland ❘ 7609 N. State Road 7 ❘ Parkland ❘ 954.755.3191 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.


25 N.E. Second Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.330.2275 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. KYOTO SUSHI SAKE

Shops at Boca Grove ❘ 21073 Powerline Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.218.1708 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.


249 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.4568 ❘ Dinner nightly. LA TRE


420 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.5050 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. 101 Plaza Real South E. Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8181 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. 4801 Linton Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.499.2766 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MAI HIBACHI

1914 N.E. Fifth Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561. 226.0290 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. PEI WEI


1400 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.3722 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

Palms Plaza ❘ 22191 Powerline Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.447.8863 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. PHUKET THAI

499 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.353.4600 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. SABA


8316 Jog Rd. ❘ Boynton Beach ❘

561.369.1788 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday,

Dinner nightly. CityPlace ❘ 700 S. Rosemary Ave., #208 ❘ 561.296.8881 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. Palm Beach Gardens ❘ 4675 PGA Blvd. ❘ 561.202.6888 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SOBA SUSHI CAVIAR LOUNGE

Mizner Park ❘ 415 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.620.0606 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. STIR CRAZY FRESH ASIAN GRILL Town Center Mall ❘

6000 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.7500 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SUSHI MASA 7140 Beracasa Way ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.8862 ❘ Dinner nightly. SUSHI RAY Shops at Boca Center ❘ 5250 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.9506 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. SUSHI THAI 100 N.E. Second St. ❘ Boca Raton 561.750.4448 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SUSHI ZEN 22191 Powerline Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.8778 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

20423 State Road 7 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.479.0041 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. TAISHO

The Reserve ❘ 9858 Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.883.6088 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. TEMPURA HOUSE

UNCLE TAI’S Shops at Boca Center ❘ 5250 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.8806 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.



YAMA200 N.E. Second Ave., #110 ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.266.9929 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Saturday and Sunday. YOKOHAMA9168 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca

Raton ❘ 561.451.1707 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.


❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.2340 ❘ Dinner nightly.

BOHEME BISTRO1118 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.4899 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. CIELO BY ANGELA HARTNETTBoca

Raton Resort & Club ❘ 501 E. Camino Real ❘ 561.447.3222 ❘ Dinner Wednesday-Sunday. GREENFIELD’S ON ATLANTIC5199 W. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.498.5010 ❘ Dinner nightly. LA CIGALE253 S.E. Fifth Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.265.0600 ❘ Dinner nightly. LE FRENCH BISTROParkland Town

Center ❘ 6676 Parkside Drive ❘ Parkland ❘ ❘ Dinner nightly.


LE PAVILLON14812 S.E. Military Tr. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.499.9882 ❘ Dinner nightly. LE RIVAGE450 N.E. 20th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.620.0033 ❘ Lunch WednesdayFriday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. TIRAMISU 170 W. Camino Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.7910 ❘ Dinner nightly. OLIO BISTRO42 S.E. Second Ave. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.6633 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. ST. TROPEZ7000 W. Camino Real ❘ Boca

Raton ❘ 561.368.8580 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

TEA-LICIOUS TEAROOM & GIFTS4997-B W. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.638.5155 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch, Monday-Saturday ZED451201 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘

561.393.3451 ❘ Dinner nightly, Lounge nightly,

Brunch Sunday.

FONDUE THE MELTING POT5455 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.7472 ❘ Dinner nightly.



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PEMBROKE PINES-FOUNTAIN SQUARE 15980 Pines Blvd. • (954) 437-5557

BOCA RATON-BOCA CENTER 5050 Town Center Circle • (561) 391-1281

FT. LAUDERDALE-THE HARBOR SHOPS 1906 Cordova Rd. • (954) 828-9463

N. MIAMI BEACH-THE ARENA SHOPS 14750 Biscayne Blvd. • (305) 354-3270

BOYNTON BEACH-BOYNTON TOWN CENTER 850 N. Congress Ave. • (561) 731-5411

PALM BEACH GARDENS-LEGACY PLACE 11221 Legacy Ave. • (561) 622-7340


The Original Owner of “La Viola Restaurant” from 1993 to Feb. 2008 now open as...



ITALIAN ANTHONY’S COAL FIRED PIZZAShops at Boca Grove ❘ 21065 Powerline Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.218.6600115 N.E. Sixth Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.273.9898 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.




“Unpretentious hospitality, outstanding Italian classics…”


Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.7373 ❘ Lunch Monday- Friday, Dinner nightly.

–Sun-Sentinel 11/6/09

BASIL GARDEN5837 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.994.2554 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Rosario is back at the same Royal Palm Place location serving fresh, homemade Italian classics in family style and individual portions.


Open Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day

BOVA CUCINA1901 N. Military Tr. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.5595 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. BOVA PRIME401 E. Las Olas Blvd. ❘

Fort Lauderdale ❘ 954.767.6555 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

CAFE BELLINO180 S. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.2844 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

CAFFE LUNA ROSA34 S. Ocean Blvd. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.274.9404 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.


Holiday Catering, TooJay’s Style.

Center Boca Raton ❘ 6000 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.268.2805 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.


Plaza ❘ 6909 S.W. 18th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘

561.544.8838 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily 335 E. Linton Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.266.9393 ❘

Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

Sumptuous Party Platters Delicious Hot Entrees Lavish Desserts Home or Office Delivery & Set Up

CASA D’ANGELO171 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.1703 ❘ Dinner nightly. COAL MINE PIZZARoyal Palm Place ❘

399 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.826.2625 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

CUCINA MIOShoppes at Addison Place

❘ 16950 Jog Rd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.499.9419 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. BOCA RATON Regency Court Plaza 561 997-9911 Polo Shops 561 241-5903 Glades Plaza 561 392-4181 Locations also in: 0LANTATIONs#ORAL3PRINGSs,AKE7ORTH "OYNTON"EACHs7ELLINGTONs0ALM"EACH 0ALM"EACH'ARDENSs*UPITERs3TUARTs6ERO"EACH






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Waterway Shoppes at Parkland ❘ 7625 N. State Road 7 ❘ Parkland ❘ 954.345.9282 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. IL BACIO29 S.E. Second Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.865.7783 ❘ Dinner WednesdaySunday.

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IL GIRASOLE Tropic Square ❘ 1911 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.3566 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. JOSEPHINE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

5751 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.988.0668 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. LASTELLAS RESTAURANT AND CATERING

159 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Saturday


The Polo Shoppes ❘ 5030 Champion Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.1165 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. LA LUNA BISTRO


4351 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.8403 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. 451 East Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.0208 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily. LILLY’S

CHEF FRANK ROSANO Exclusively at Villa Rosano


MAGGIANO’S 21090 St. Andrews Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.8244 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MATTEO’S RESTAURANT 233 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.0773 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily.

Shoppes at Blue Lake ❘ 1200 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998. BEST (2378) ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. PEACE A PIZZA

4400 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.2920 ❘ Dinner nightly. POSITANO

Mizner Park ❘ 402 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.7442 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. PRANZO

5999 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.994.3495 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.


3360 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.5520 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. RINO VESUVIO

Royal Palm Place ❘ 99 Royal Palm Place ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.367.9779 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. RISTORANTE SAPORI


Royal Palm Place ❘ 145 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.0758 ❘ Dinner nightly. ROSARIO’S RISTORANTE

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



366 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.2333 ❘ Dinner nightly. SAPORISSIMO




If at first you do succeed, let it fly, fly again. After a tremendously successful inaugural event in 2009, the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Men’s Invitational Golf Classic, to be held at the exclusive Boca Rio Golf Club on January 25, 2010. By participating, you can take advantage of an unprecedented opportunity to enjoy a one-of-a-kind golf experience while helping to meet the vital needs of the community. Join us for this very special event. This event is generously sponsored by: Presenting Sponsor: Ronald A. and Evie Krancer

Towel Sponsor:

Monday, January 25, 2010 Registration, practice and lunch:11:00 AM Shotgun:12:30 PM Followed by: Cocktails, Award Presentations, Dinner Buffet Couvert: $400 per person Minimum men’s gift of $2500 to the to the 2010 UJA/Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Annual Campaign for Jewish needs is required to participate. Dietary laws will be observed. Limited space available.

For more information, visit

Media Sponsor: Steve Bedowitz Memorial Cup:

Boca Rio Golf Club 22041 Boca Rio Road, Boca Raton

or call Jennifer Koenig at 561-852-3129 or e-mail

Meryl & Ron Gallatin




Pointe ❘ 6006 S.W. 18th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.6757 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. 119 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.1944 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. TRAMONTI

TRATTORIA ROMANA 499 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.6715 ❘ Dinner nightly. VIC AND ANGELO’S 290 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.9570 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Wednesday-Sunday.

Mizner Park ❘ 344 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.447.2257 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. VILLAGIO ITALIAN EATERY

The Reserve ❘ 9858 Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.470.0112 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.



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

LATIN/CARIBBEAN CARIBBEAN GRILL 1332 N.W. Second Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.0161 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. CUBAN CAFE RESTAURANT 3350 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.8860 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly (closed Sunday June-November).

105 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.274.9090 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. CABANA EL REY

GOL, TASTE OF BRAZIL 411 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.6565 ❘ Dinner nightly.

47 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.3553 ❘ Lunch Saturday-Sunday, Dinner Tuesday-Friday. INCA GRILL

OLD CALYPSO 900 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.279.2300 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Brunch Saturday and Sunday.

Mission Bay Plaza ❘ 20455 State Road 7 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.451.1070 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. PADRINO’S

Palm Trail Plaza ❘ 800 Palm Tr. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.265.1368 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner TuesdaySunday, Brunch Sunday. PINEAPPLE GRILLE





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Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.5449 ❘1310 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.596.1305 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. CANTINA CABOThe Reserve ❘ 9858 Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.477.1899 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MOQUILA MEXICAN RESTAURANT & TEQUILA BAR99 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.9990 ❘ Dinner nightly. SEÑOR BURRITO513 N.E. 20th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.6600 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. UNCLE JULIO’SMizner Park ❘ 449 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.300.3530 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday and Sunday.


at Addison Place ❘ 16950 Jog Rd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.455.2466 ❘ Dinner nightly.


Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.470.9963 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

BOCA DOLCE BAKERY & CAFÉLakeside Centre ❘ 8202 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.479.4011 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch daily. THE GELATO SHOP PERINI (KOSHER)

8177 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘

561.716.0389 ❘ Lunch Sunday-Friday, Dinner Saturday and Sunday.


Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.482.3699 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Sunday-Thursday, Closed Friday-Saturday. KOSHER MARKETPLACE22191 Powerline Rd., #5A ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.3318 ❘ Sunday-Friday, Closed Saturday. OLD SCHOOL BAKERY & CAFE

814 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.276.0013 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch daily.

Polo Shops ❘ 5030 Champion Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.241.59032200 Glades Rd., #700 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.4181 Regency Court ❘ 3013 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.9911 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. TOOJAY’S GOURMET DELI






14820 Military Tr. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.638.8338 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. BOSTON’S ON THE BEACH

40 S. Ocean Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.3364 ❘ Breakfast SaturdaySunday, Lunch and Dinner daily. BUSCH’S SEAFOOD840 E. Atlantic

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.7600 ❘ Lunch Saturday-Sunday, Dinner nightly. CITY FISH MARKET7940 Glades Rd. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.1600 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. CITY OYSTER213 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.0220 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

FINZ RAW BAR & GRILL710 Linton Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.1960 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. HARPOON LOUIE’S2096 N.W. Second

St. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.437.7888 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.


Blvd. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.571.5220 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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634 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.3390 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Saturday, Dinner Sunday only. JAKE’S STONE CRABRoyal Palm Plaza ❘ 514 Via de Palmas ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.1055 ❘ Lunch Friday-Sunday, Dinner nightly. LEGAL SEA FOODSTown Center ❘

6000 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.447.2112 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S

University Commons ❘ 1400 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.2428 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Sunday. 32 EAST32 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray

Beach ❘ 561.276.7868 ❘ Dinner nightly.

TRULUCK’SMizner Park ❘ 351 Plaza Real ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.0755 ❘ Dinner nightly.

THE WHALE RAW BAR & FISH HOUSE7619 State Road 7 ❘ Parkland ❘ 954.345.9190



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SPEND A DAY. CHANGE A LIFE. SOUTH PALM BEACH COUNTY Join hundreds of your neighbors across South Palm Beach County and answer the National Call to Volunteer on Monday, January 18 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) You know you have been meaning to volunteer. It’s the right thing to do — and in this economy your neighbors need you more than ever. That’s why 35 not-for-profit, non-sectarian organizations have come together to give our community a great big jumpstart on volunteering. Be part of this historic event by dedicating this January 18th to the service of others.

VIP Kick-off Reception Sunday, January 17 on the Campus of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, featuring our area’s elected officials, community leaders and nationally recognized speakers.

National Day of Service, Monday, January 18 You are invited to participate in a variety of hands-on activities throughout our community.

Denise & Jordan Zimmerman Honorary Chairs

Find out more and choose your volunteer position at For more information, please contact Mara Bernstein at 561-852-5054 or email

Those interested in sponsoring this event can call Sonni Simon at (561) 852-6080.

Organized and hosted by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, this is a non-sectarian initiative open to people of all faiths and backgrounds.

Join Us at the


48th Annual Ball

Saturday, February 6, 2010 7:00pm until Midnight Boca Raton Resort & Club

Honoring the Nursing Professionals at Boca Raton Community Hospital Proceeds benefit the Ron & Kathy Assaf Center for Excellence in Nursing Grand Marshals

Kathy & Ron Assaf

Honorary Chairs

Dr. Anne Boykin & Steven Staudenmeyer Freyda & Ed Burns Marilyn & Robert Dragin Robin & Robert Muir Marleen Forkas Rose & Pat Petrone Pamela & Tom Kaplan Stephanie & Steve Prince Dr. Beth King & Bill Hager Holli Rockwell Christine E. Lynn Joan & Donald Wargo, M.D. Caren & Michael Weinberg Patti & Scott Yablon

For more information, please call the Boca Raton Community Hospital Foundation at 561.955.4142

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Janet Sherr and Jill Deutch

funds in the current financial climate. Our Dorothy Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy raises half the dollars allocated by our Federation, and our help is needed more than ever.” Added co-chair Janet Sherr, “We are thrilled to feature Dee Dee Myers. A national political commentator, she authored the best seller Why Women Should Rule the World and consulted on NBC’s The West Wing. Her example and keynote address will even further strengthen our power to make a profound difference in so many lives – as individuals and as part of the Lion of Judah international sisterhood of 16,000 women, nearly 800 strong in South Palm Beach County.”

Women Rule Former White House Press Secretary

Dee Dee Myers to Address Lion of Judah Luncheon


he Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s season is packed with fund-raisers and activities to promote Jewish women’s philanthropy. One of its most highly anticipated events is scheduled for February 11, 2010, when Dee Dee Myers will be the keynote speaker at the Lion of Judah Luncheon at The Polo Club of Boca Raton. Myers was the first female

“It is always extremely powerful when 500 women who care and do so much to support our local and worldwide Jewish community come together for this annual Lions’ ingathering.” -- Jill Deutch

and the youngest person to serve as White House Press Secretary to former President Bill Clinton.

“It is always extremely powerful when 500 women who care and do so much to support our local and worldwide Jewish community come together for this annual Lions’ ingathering,” said Luncheon co-chair Jill Deutch. “We express our passion for philanthropy and our belief in one another, and we know we will leave invigorated to meet the challenge of raising awareness and

The event’s sponsors include Marta I. Rendon, MD/The Dermatology & Aesthetic Center, the Sandelman Foundation and Ivan & Co. Fine Jewelry. The Boca Raton Observer is the exclusive media sponsor. The Dorothy Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy is sponsored by Boca Raton Community Hospital and Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. The luncheon couvert is $65, with a minimum Lion-level gift of $5,000 to the 2010 UJA/Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach Annual Campaign required to attend. O

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ennis star Andy Murray is confirmed to appear at the 9th Annual Andy Roddick Foundation Charity Weekend, which includes a December 12th gala at The Polo Club at Boca Raton. The weekend also includes charity tennis matches, a Kids’ Zone and autograph sessions on December 13th at Boca Pointe Country Club. The weekend will be hosted by Roddick and his wife, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker. Murray, currently the world’s No. 4 player, will participate in a tennis exhibition fund-raiser along with Roddick, Justin Gimelstob, Shahar Peer, Brenda Schultz-McCarthy and Boyd Tinsley of the Dave Matthews Band. Serena and Venus Williams also have participated in the event almost yearly since its inception.


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he Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s largest and most prestigious fund-raising event, Major Gifts Evening of Valor, is scheduled for January 10, 2010 at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton. The night’s headliners will be Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

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etra Levin for the fifth year will chair the 2010 Caron Renaissance Gala, the prestigious event that benefits the Lifesaver Scholarship Fund at Caron Renaissance, which provides financial assistance to qualified families for treatment at the nonprofit drug and alcohol treatment facility. In honor of Levin’s fifth-year milestone, Grammy Award-winning vocalist Jon Secada will headline a concert during the event, scheduled for February 26, 2010 at The Mara-Lago Club in Palm Beach. “Mrs. Levin has been both a dynamic leader and hard-working supporter of Caron Renaissance, and we are indeed honored she agreed to serve as our gala chair once again,” said Sid


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lorida Atlantic University’s (FAU) College of Business recently hosted a 2009 Business Leader of the Year awards breakfast at the Boca Raton Resort & Club to honor award recipient Keith Koenig, president and owner of City Furniture. “We are thrilled to honor Keith Koenig as the Business Leader of the Year,” said Dr. Dennis J. Coates, dean of FAU’s College of Business. “His contributions to the community are immeasurable and his story of success and leadership is inspirational.” City Furniture, which evolved from its predecessor Waterbed City in 1994, was co-founded by Koenig and his brother, Kevin, who opened the first Waterbed City in 1971. Under

their management team’s leadership, City Furniture has since evolved into a $200 million enterprise with 16 showrooms in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, Collier and Lee counties. The company also owns and operates eight Ashley Furniture HomeStores in the same geo-

ministration and an M.B.A. from the University of Florida. He was inducted into Nova Southeastern University’s Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2001, and also was recognized in 2001-2002 with the Furniture Today “Retailer of the Year” award and Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year”

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graphic area, as well as Kevin Charles Fine Upholstery, a wholly owned subsidiary of City Furniture, and a 900,000-square-foot headquarters and distribution facility in Tamarac. Koenig holds a B.A. in business ad-

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Warrington College of Business Administration and the Archdiocese of Miami. Since 1991, FAU’s College of Business has presented the Business Leader of the Year award ceremony, honoring the work of outstanding contributors to the overall business climate of the southeast region of Florida and the state. Koenig joins other highly honored recipients, including Mark B. Templeton, Ronald Assaf, Alexander Dreyfoos, Jim Moran, Wayne Huizenga, Carl DeSantis, Bud Paxson, Jerry Levin, Pat Moran, former Gov. Jeb Bush, Alan Levan, Steve Odland and others. O

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THE BEAT GOES ON Christine Lynn Heart Institute Recruits Endovascular Specialist


oca Raton Community Hospital (BRCH) announced today the addition of Alexander Kulik, M.D., M.P.H., F.R.C.S.C., cardiovascular surgeon and endovascular specialist to its medical staff. Endovascular surgery addresses conditions affecting arteries and veins by approaching the lesion from within the blood vessel itself. Utilizing devices such as catheters, balloons and stents, endovascular procedures are a less invasive form of surgery than standard operative techniques.

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GREAT JOB Jarden Consumer Solutions Employees Donate $15,000 To Charity


he employees of Jarden Consumer Solutions (JCS) opened their hearts and wallets recently, donating $15,000 to the Achievement Centers for Children & Families in Delray Beach. The grant was provided by the Jarden Consumer Solutions Community Fund, the company’s employeefunded charitable giving entity, and will be used to help supply hot meals for 400 students at the Beacon Center, located at Village Academy School. During a recent visit to the Beacon Center, JCS employees got to see firsthand the impact of their generous grant. While hundreds of students enjoyed hot meals, JCS was introduced and acknowledged by Beacon Center Director Johnny Bennett for their contributions.

The hot meals are a favorite among students who expressed their gratitude to JCS with cheers and applause. “The generosity of JCS’ grant allows us to provide our students two weekly hot meals – on Mondays and Fridays – two crucial days going into and out of the weekend,” said Johnny Bennett, Beacon Center director. “The need continues to be at its greatest as our families deal with increased food insecurity from rising prices and job loss. We are truly grateful for Jarden’s continued support.” Said Rocki Rockingham, JCS’ vice president for community relations and communications, “The employees of Jarden Consumer Solutions realize that it is in times of economic uncertainty

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that those who have the least are affected the most. Whether it is hot meals for the hungry, educational opportunities for at-risk children or access to health care for low-income families, JCS employees are making possible a number of important programs, such as the Achievement Centers, continually stepping up to help those in need.” The Achievement Centers for Children & Families is a nonprofit social services agency that provides comprehensive services to educate, train and

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ltruist Simon C. Fireman for the second consecutive year has donated $100,000 to LIFE’s 16th annual Lady In Red Gala so that more than 100 disabled veterans could attend. The gala was held at The Mara-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Chaired by Lois Pope and Dick Robinson, it featured cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner, dancing and entertainment by impersonator Rich Little. “Simon Fireman is truly my angel, and a guardian angel for disabled veterans,” said Pope, founder and president of LIFE and the Lois Pope Life Foundation. “Without his unwavering support, it would not be possible

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12.09 December 9 - 13 Perennial funnyman Billy Crystal, 54, has been making people laugh for more than 30 years, performing standup at 16 and by 1977 landing the role of gay character Jodie Dallas on the quirky ABC sitcom Soap. The Long Island native later became a regular on Saturday Night Live, breaking out to appear in film hits such as When Harry Met Sally, Analyze This, City Slickers and the animated Monsters Inc. (he plays the character Mike Wazowski). When Crystal debuted his two-act biographical play 700 Sundays in 2005, it became an instant smash, becoming the highest-grossing nonmusical in Broadway history. In it, Crystal plays a variety of characters that have influenced the man he is today. The show is personal, funny touching â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and you can see it at the Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.

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December 12 Y100 Jingle Ball Doors open at 6 p.m. Show begins at 7 p.m.

December 23 Through January 17 Phantom Of The Opera (Au-Rene Theater) Show times vary.

December 11 Sean Paul And Shaggy Doors open at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m.

December 29-30 The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes Show times vary.

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December 5-19 Mizner Park Lights Up The Holiday Season Mizner Park in Boca Raton celebrates the season with holiday lights, music, magic, Santa’s Miami Dolphin Cheerleader Elves and more. For more information, call 561-362-0606 or visit December 5 THROUGH January 3 Sandoway’s Holiday House Celebration Visit Sandoway Nature Center in Delray Beach and enjoy festive decor created by the Poinciana Garden Club. For more information, call 561-274-7263 or visit

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December 6 Boca Raton Museum Of Art’s Annual Auction Takes place at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Mizner Park. Starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, call 561-392-2500 or visit

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December 6 The Miss Heart Of America Pageant Enjoy a free Christmas pageant at Boca Raton’s Royal Palm Place. The fun begins at 2 p.m. at the monument piazza. Register for free at For more information, call 561-392-8920 or visit December 7 7th Annual Boca Greens Holiday Gala A fun day of holiday shopping followed by a luncheon and fashion show by Evelyn & Arthur. Takes place at Boca Green Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 10 a.m. Tickets are $60. For more information, call 561-451-0057. December 8 Very Hollywood Charity Event Enjoy dinner and a couture fashion show presented by Bloomingdale’s Boca Raton. Takes place at the Delray Beach Club. Starts at 6 p.m. All proceeds benefit Touchdowns 4 Life and Lynn University. For more information, call 954-838-8900. December 9 Lion Of Judah Outreach The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County presents author and producer Sadia Shepard. Takes place at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-852-6090 or visit December 10-11 Alene Too Trunk Show Event Featuring Jennifer Miller Jewelry. Takes place at Alene Too at the Shoppes At Village Pointe in Boca Raton. Starts at 11 a.m. For more information, call 561-394-0899. December 11 And December 13 Symphony No. 9 By Ludwig Van Beethoven Performed by the Palm Beach Opera in West Palm Beach. Show times vary. For more information, call 561-835-7566 or visit

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12.09 DECEMBER 11-15 Bethlehem Revisited Step back in time and walk through this living interactive exhibit of the town of Bethlehem as it appeared 2000 years ago. Takes place behind First United Methodist Church of Coral Springs. For more information, call 954-752-0333 or visit DECEMBER 12 Ride & Remember Trolley Tour Sponsored by the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum and the Delray Beach Historical Society, the trolley tours five historic districts. Starts at 10 a.m. Tickets are $15 per person; $12 for members. For more information, call 561-279-8883 or visit DECEMBER 12 9th Annual Andy Roddick Charity Weekend Dinner-Dance Gala Takes place at The Polo Club of Boca Raton. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $250. For more information, call 561-620-9449 or visit DECEMBER 13 9th Annual Andy Roddick Charity Weekend Tennis Exhibition Takes place at Boca Point Country Club. Starts at 1 p.m. Kids’ Zone starts at 11:30 a.m. Ticket prices vary. For more information, call 561-620-9449 or visit DECEMBER 13 Gingerbread Holiday Concert Lynn University’s Conservatory of Music will host the concert in the Great Hall of the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Starts at 3 p.m. All proceeds benefit student scholarships. For more information, call 561-237-7967 or visit

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Santa Claus traded in his reindeer for a shiny new red convertible thanks to Mercedes Benz of Delray Beach, this year’s sponsor of the mall’s Santa Village and holiday happenings. “This is a great way for us to be part of this community and we are proud to partner with Town Center at Boca Raton as the area’s leading shopping destination,” said Ralph Mesa, general manager of Mercedes Benz of Delray dealership. Town Center At Boca Raton, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-368-6000;

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Levinson Jewelers Hosts “Breakfast At Robin’s” Event Robin Levinson, co-owner of Levinson Jewelers, hosted the breakfast to raise awareness for the Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center at Holy Cross HealthPlex. Guests enjoyed brunch and learned about the exciting plans that Holy Cross Hospital has for the world-class facility, being designed by women as a one-stop location where women’s health-care issues can be addressed. Levinson Jewelers, 888 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-8880;

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NEW YORK PRIME HOSTS WEE DREAM BALL KICK-OFF RECEPTION New York Prime in Boca Raton hosted a VIP pre-event reception to recognize sponsors and committee members of the Wee Dream Ball, a community favorite that will raise funds for the food and wellness programs at Florence Fuller Child Development Centers. The evening featured food, cocktails and the chance to purchase Ultimate Sports Raffle tickets. 1/ Linda Behmoiras, Judy Levis Markhoff, and Kathy Adkins 2/ Mike & Amy Kazma, Robin Deyo and Renee Feder 3/ Paul Markhoff, Judy Levis Markhoff and Matt Baker 4/ Kathy Adkins, Teri Hardin, Lynn Hover and Linda Behmoiras 5/ Al Travasos, Lisa King, Bernie Finkelstein and Tom Ehrbar 6/ Dr. Rafael & Lori Cabrera and Zaicha & Dr. Craig Spodak



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The author at Christmastime, circa 1953.

TIMELESS MEMORIES Reflecting On Holidays Past By Patricia Eddinger Jakubek


n the early 1900s, land in Boca Raton was being cleared and homes were being built by new settlers for their families. The pioneers spent long hours raising produce for the table and the market. They fished the canals as well as the Atlantic Ocean, set traps and hunted wild game in order to keep food on the table. There was hardly time to get the plowing, planting and stump pulling done, let alone fixings for the holidays. Frank and Nettie Chesebro, with their three children, arrived from Michigan by train in late December 1903, and immediately began work on the family’s land. For most of his life, Frank kept a diary of his daily work and his

family's and friends' comings and goings. But he didn't write much about entertainment and fun. It took months for the Chesebro family's clothing, organ, desk, mattresses and other household items to arrive by rail. Meanwhile, having arrived to their new home, there was much work to do and little time for holiday fun. Many times throughout the years, though, is a mention of a beloved phonograph. It brought much enjoyment to family and friends in the evenings when their work for the day was done. Diane Gates Benedetto arrived in Boca Raton with her parents in 1914. She loved the holidays – the food, decorating the tree and joining the

whole town at the school's Christmas program. Each year her family would go out in the woods to cut a Florida pine for their tree, decorating it with homemade ornaments. Candles, pinecones and sprays of Florida Holly popping with bright red berries were used to bring holiday spirit into the home. She remembers the table laden with food that her father shot or caught – and vegetables grown at their Palmetto Park Plantation by the East Coast Canal. There were also fresh pumpkin and mango pies, as well as tropical jellies to slather on homemade bread. In the late 1940s, my own mother used pine branches for Christmas decorations – into a water-filled con-

tainer she would arrange twigs from the pine, standing a candle upright in the center. Then with her handheld eggbeater, she whipped up a fluffy concoction of soapsuds for icing the pine needles, dusting on some iridescent snowflakes before the suds dried. The centerpieces were beautiful and sparkled when the candle was lit or when a little ray of sunshine peeked through a window. No matter where one is raised, there’s a holiday spirit in keeping with the area that’s treasured deep within our hearts. As a child who grew up in South Florida and never saw snow, the centerpieces were my vision of what snow looked like. And they still are. O

To learn more about the history of Boca Raton, visit The Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum at Town Hall at 71 N. Federal Highway, call 561-395-6766 or visit



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