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South Florida’s Christmas Spectacular

Rock Around The Clock Unforgettable Trips To Ring In The New Year

December 2011

Life is

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VOLUME VIII ; NUMBER 11

features KRINGLE ALL THE WAY

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THE “CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE” CRAZE

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ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK

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EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS

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Four Santas (And A Mrs. Claus) Are Comin’ To Town

A Nice Jewish Boy From Long Island Creates A National Christmas Spectacular In South Florida

Six Unforgettable Trips To Ring In The New Year Put On Your Yarmulke, It’s Time For Hanukkah

52 Life is SWEET CANDY QUEEN DYLAN LAUREN CHATS ABOUT FASHION, FAMILY AND HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING


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OBSERVED HOT STUFF & THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN 21 The Buzz 26 Trends 28 La Vida Boca MEDIA BLITZ THE QUINTESSENTIAL ARTS REPORT 31 On Screen 32 In Print 36 On Scene THAT’S LIFE A GUIDE TO PERSONAL GROWTH 41 Relations 44 Parents 48 Destinations TASTE THE DISH ON FOOD, WINE & RESTAURANTS 79 Bites 80 Recipes 82 Review 84 Listings

80 115 139

HAPPENINGS THE ESSENTIAL SOCIAL DIGEST 105 Around Town 115 Calendar 130 Flash FYI COOL CARS, LOCAL NOTABLES & REAL DEALS 139 Hot Wheels 140 Now & Noteworthy 142 At Home GIVING BACK CHARITY NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE 144

BEST OVERALL 2011

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KRINGLE ALL THE WAY

HOLIDAY ISSUE

FOUR SANTAS (AND A MRS. CLAUS) ARE COMIN’ TO TOWN

ON THE COVER: DYLAN LAUREN

EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS

PUT ON YOUR YARMULKE, IT’S TIME FOR HANUKKAH

THE CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE CRAZE

SOUTH FLORIDA’S CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR

ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK UNFORGETTABLE TRIPS TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR

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SWEET CANDY QUEEN DYLAN LAUREN CHATS ABOUT FASHION, FAMILY AND HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING

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12.11 8from the publisher

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t’s December and the holidays are in full swing! It’s also the time we bring you our holiday-themed issue, packed with fun stories to get you in the festive spirit.

Cover girl Dylan Lauren, known for her chain of whimsical Dylan’s Candy Bar stores, has a colorful approach toward entertaining, incorporating decadent candy and other visual elements to add pizzazz to any party. Lauren, who is the daughter of fashion icon Ralph Lauren, plans to open a store in South Florida next year and spoke with The Boca Raton Observer about holiday entertaining, family and her love for combining art, fashion and treats. Get to know her in “Life Is Sweet” (page 52).

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Also in this issue we introduce you to four professional Santas (and a Mrs. Claus) in South Florida, to learn what it takes to work as the big jolly guy. It’s not all candy canes and sugar cookies! Meet them in “Kringle All The Way” (page 56). We also take you behind the scenes of the new hit show, “Cirque Dreams Holidaze,” created by Pompano Beach entrepreneur Neil Goldberg. Get your exclusive tour in “The ‘Cirque Dreams Holidaze’ Craze” (page 62). For Hanukkah, we present some fabulous ideas for a delicious holiday dinner party, complete with decor and music ideas. You won’t want to miss “Eight Crazy Nights” (page 72). And finally, if you’re looking for some exciting and unusual ways to ring in the New Year, look no further: “Rock Around The Clock” (page 66) provides over-thetop travel suggestions. How does a trip on The Orient-Express sound? Or perhaps you prefer an African safari? The holidays are all about family and I am fortunate to have a few different ones in addition to my own. To my family at The Boca Raton Observer, thank you very much for your commitment and passion in creating a fabulous publication every month. I feel blessed to have surrounded myself with such a talented team. To our family of advertisers, we offer our continued gratitude and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year. You are the ones that make The Boca Raton Observer happen; thank you for choosing our publication. To our amazing family of readers, we appreciate your valuable feedback. It means so much to us to know that you are enjoying our publication. And finally, we at The Boca Raton Observer wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season and a wonderful New Year filled with success and happiness. See you in 2012!

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12.11 8from the editor

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ver dinner the other night a friend of mine remarked that 2011 had flown by and I had to agree. Seems like just yesterday Charlie Sheen was “winning,” Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries were enjoying 72 days of wedded bliss and (former) Rep. Anthony Weiner was tweeting his namesake appendage to half the North American female population.

has some merit. When I was in high school and college, for example, the semesters seemed to drag, especially around final exams. Summers were filled with lazy days at the mall or the pool that seemed to last forever. These days, the only thing moving slowly is me—and my metabolism.

Ah, memories.

As people age, “they just have this sense, this feeling that time is going faster than they are,” Warren Meck, a psychology professor at Duke University, told Psychology Today.

Apparently, I am not alone.

felicia@bocaratonobserver.com

But seriously… Wasn’t it just the other day that we made—and broke—our 2011 New Year’s resolutions? Days pass especially quickly when you work in publishing, and particularly at a magazine where issues are planned and worked on months in advance. It can be discombobulating. You see, while you’re enjoying July barbecues, we’re tracking down the hottest Halloween costumes for October and Thanksgiving side dishes for November. And while your kids were trick-ortreating, we were scouring South Florida in search of professional Santas for this issue (not as easy as one might think). And while it’s only November as of press time, we’ve already finalized our January editorial lineup. I’m already feeling guilty about the 2012 New Year’s resolutions I’m destined to break. See what I mean? Discombobulating. Then there’s that whole “time flies when you’re getting old” theory, which is starting to feel like it

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No one seems to know the reason. And does it really matter? I suppose the lesson here is to live in the moment and appreciate each day as it comes. As the holidays roll around, hug a family member. Pretend you adore your Aunt Loretta’s Christmas sweater. Eat way too many cookies and drink way too much Champagne. Have way too much fun. And us? We’ll keep on planning and working ahead. Because, as our Production Director Candi Montaperto always enjoys pointing out, “We only have an 18-day window to complete an entire magazine.” We’re working on our February issue now. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Just like cookies, sparkly lights and awkward family photos, the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade has become a South Florida holiday tradition. Now in its 40th year, the nautical 12-mile parade, which attracts more than 1 million spectators from Fort Lauderdale’s New River to the Intracoastal to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach, takes place December 10th at 6:30 p.m. The theme: “Rockin’ Boats and Holiday Floats.” Fitting for this year’s “rockin” premise, the Grand Marshal is singer and songwriter Barry Gibb,

South Florida resident and eldest member of the Bee Gees, the musical trio that reigned in the disco ’70s, selling more than 100 million records worldwide with hits like “Night Fever,” “Staying Alive” and “You Should Be Dancing” (Gibb is the music industry’s No. 2 songwriter of all time, second only to Paul McCartney). Gibb will lead the nautical trail of eye-catching kayaks, sailboats, barges, motorboats and mega yachts, which will include a FOX WSVNTV “X-Factor”/“American Idol” Showboat, an Evian Fireworks Barge

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and the Galleria Mall Reindeer, whose nose will light the way for the final Baptist Health Santa Showboat. Though Saint Nick will be pretty bright on his own, with a suit sporting 1,500 LED lights (there’s also a special Santa app to track the

Barry Gibb

big guy, should one feel so inclined). Enter your boat for $35 and enjoy the party by water, stake a spot along the route and watch by land or rent a hotel room and take it all in from the comfort of your own private space. You can also reserve a seat at the revamped Winterfest Grandstand Viewing Area, where there will be entertainment, a family fun zone, festival foods, a Florida Marlins Prize Wheel and more. Perhaps you’ll even wind up famous—Comcast and WSVN-TV will broadcast the event. For more information, call 954-7670686 or visit winterfestparade.com.

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Steve Martorano and Dennis Farina

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HAD A (MEAT) BALL Actor Dennis Farina and celebrity chef Steve Martorano were the featured guests at a private dinner for VIPs hosted by Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale. During the evening, Martorano created an Italian feast (including his signature meatballs). Farina was in town for the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

HOLIDAY

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GEORGE WHO?

Italian TV personality Elisabetta Canalis recently joined “Sopranos” star Tony Sirico for the opening of Vic & Angelo’s on South Beach, the eatery owned by restaurateur David Manero and partner John Rosatti. The Italian-born former girlfriend of actor George Clooney and this season’s “Dancing with the Stars” contestant says she had a blast in South Florida, eating pasta with Sirico, posing for pictures and talking with fans. “I’ve been in Los Angeles doing commercials and auditioning for films,” says Canalis, 33, also a brand ambassador for PETA and designer Roberto Cavalli. Although she won’t talk about her breakup with Clooney, 50 (in past interviews she’s described the relationship as more like “father-daughter”) her current guy is Mehcad Brooks, 31, an actor in USA-TV’s drama, “Necessary Roughness.” Says Canalis: “I am superstitious so I cannot talk about my relationship. All I can say is I am happy and working hard.” – Emily Hall

OVERHEARD

I get a lot of people who come by and yell, ‘Hey, at least it’s a job!

Homeless South Floridian Robbie Murdoch, 52, a former country club beverage director who, after losing his job to a poor economy, now earns minimum wage standing on a traffic medium waving promotional signs for a pawn shop.

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Source: Sun Sentinel

HOST FROM CHRISTMAS PAST

Longing for the holiday elegance of yesteryear? The Gilded Age will come alive this Christmas at Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, where a series of afterhours Holiday Evening Tours will be offered from December 17-23. During the tours, you’ll get to explore Whitehall, the former estate of Henry Morrison Flagler, and experience a rare look at the space in the glow of its original 1902 fixtures. You’ll also be treated to traditional Christmas crackers, holiday refreshments, performances by carolers, a chance to shop in the museum store and a close-up look at the spectacular 16-foot tree located in the Grand Hall, decorated with colored electrical lights and traditional ornaments. And, being in a museum, you’ll also receive a history lesson of sorts. “The carols we sang, the cards we sent, the way we decorated the tree, how Santa dressed and the stories we read are traditions that began during America’s Gilded Age,” explains Public Affairs Director David Carson. “The Holiday Evening Tours are a great way for the whole family to learn about the origins of our Christmas traditions.” For more information, call 561-655-2833 or visit flaglermuseum.us. – Emily Hall


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CARTOON CHARACTER

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Superstar actor Burt Reynolds is an animated guy. Really. Starting in January, the award-winning Jupiter-based actor will lend his voice to FX-TV’s hit animated series, “Archer,” a half-hour comedy that revolves around International Secret Intelligence Service, a spy agency with staffers who undermine each other for personal gain while fighting espionage and other global crises. In the show, Agent Sterling Archer idolizes Burt Reynolds, star of films including “Deliverance,” “Smokey and the Bandit” and “Boogie Nights.” But then Reynolds starts dating his mother and boss—much to Sterling’s dismay. Reynolds, 75, will play himself in an episode titled, “The Man from Jupiter,” a nod to his South Florida roots. “I think the only person on the planet who is a bigger fan of Burt Reynolds than me is Sterling Archer,” show creator Adam Reed told a reporter. “Archer constantly tries to imitate Burt and always raves about Burt’s movies and allaround awesomeness. To have Burt recording voice-overs for the show was just amazing.” This won’t be Reynolds’ first trip to the cartoon rodeo—he’s also been in “American Dad!” and “King of the Hill.” SPOTTED

THREE AMIGOS Prior to his guest performance with The Beach Boys at Spin Ultra Lounge in Boca Raton, actor John Stamos stopped by Philippe Boca Raton for a meet and greet in the restaurant’s private room. Stamos is seen here with Marc Bell (left), a partner at Spin Ultra Lounge and Stratis Morfogen, CEO of Philippe Boca Raton.

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You can say I’m now head of the heads.

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Ron Besser, president of Celebrity Heads Inc. in Coral Springs, who rents out his collection of 60 gargantuan noggins, which bear the likenesses of Cher, Bill Clinton, Dolly Parton and other famous faces, for parties, costumes and anyone else requiring a colossal cranium. Source: Sun Sentinel

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ita Von Teese, the burlesque queen, fashion siren and International Ambassador for Cointreau, the French triple sec, was in South Florida recently touting a seductive holiday gift for the person who truly has everything else: a glamorous portable bar packaged in a hat boxinspired coffret that pays homage to the days when travel was a glamorous enterprise. “I travel extensively and love to make cocktails that remind me of the places I have visited, like a Cosmopolitan in New York, Margarita in Miami or Sidecar in Paris,” says Von Teese, 39, the 1940sstyle pinup once married to Boca Raton-born musician, Marilyn Manson. “But I also wanted to be able to make these cocktails wherever I happen to be. My new bar ensemble provides everything you need to make a

cocktail in style and it’s also a glamorous box to store beautiful hats or other treasures.” Part of her My Cointreau Travel Essentials line (available for $399 at The Webster Miami and Mondrian South Beach Hotel), Von Teese designed her girly travel-bar with the idea of entertaining friends at a moment’s notice. The design for the grain leather-finished coffret was influenced by her love of fashionable hats, as well as her 28

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admiration of the stylish round hat boxes seen on the arms of elegant women at the turn of the century. Von Teese believes South Florida is a perfect place to market her signature vintage style. “I actually came to Miami to do my fetish parties years ago, and it remains at the top of my list of favorite cities,” says Von Teese, who was born Heather Sweet in West Branch, Mich., and who now lives in Los Angeles. “Miami is not Paris or New York, but it has its own sexy vibe.” The iconoclastic dancer, who started performance art at age 18 and turned to burlesque in 1992, is the modern day Gypsy Rose Lee, credited with bringing the art form back into the spotlight with a new sense of glam sophistication. Taking audiences from London to Los Angeles and from Sydney to Sao Paulo into a journey of fantasy and spectacle with ornate sets and dazzling Swarovski

crystal-adorned costumes, she’s best known for her cocktail glass show, where she performs a classic-style striptease which ends with her bathing in a martini glass. (She recently performed her striptease on CBS-TV’s “CSI,” in an episode entitled, “Too Hot to Handle.”) “I like to break the rules,” she says with a laugh. “And my future wish is to be more eccentric.” After Christmas and New Year’s Eve—Von Teese hopes to spend the holidays in Europe—she’ll introduce new product lines that complement her barware and desire to be different. In addition to launching a fragrance, lingerie, vintage dress collection (including plus sizes) and cosmetics, she’ll author a guide to quirky glamour. “I want to change people’s minds about striptease,” she says. “I intend to do my best in the design of my products and performances to make it respectable as an art form.” O


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HI-TECH HOLIDAY “Arthur Christmas” An Animated Romp For Young And Old T

he Santa Claus story has always been a hard sell—all-night deliveries on a flying sleigh, nonunion elves working crazy hours, a jolly fat man squeezing down chimneys and consuming 800,000 oatmeal cookies in a single night... And except for a brief period during the 1960s, who could explain flying reindeer? No wonder by the age of, say, 7, people grow skeptical. At last! Sony Pictures Animation has released “Arthur Christmas,” a fast-paced adventure that will appeal to both children and adults and explains in vivid 3-D detail the high-tech way Santa, or more accurately, his braintrust, pulls it off. Opening with dazzling operational sequences of the precision-timed, night-before-Christmas gift distri-

bution process, complete with ninja elves and interfaced satellite communications, the film soon reveals its plot, a sort of soap opera featuring the competing ambitions of the dysfunctional Claus family.

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Santa’s youngest son, Arthur (voiced by James McAvoy), seems to be the family’s only male who retains the spirit of Christmas. Santa (Jim Broadbent) has become a self-aggrandizing figurehead and his older son, Steve (Hugh Laurie) is a Type-A techno wizard obsessed with running an efficient North Pole operation (we should have had Steve looking for Bin Laden).

When Arthur discovers the need for an emergency mission, a battle of wills ensues that’s circumvented by the ancient 136-year-old Grandpa Claus (Bill Nighy), the original Santa who detests the new hip-hop version of his workshop. He still has his old sleigh in mothballs and a stable housing the fifth-generation descendents of Prancer, Dancer and the others, whose names he can’t remember. He shames his youngest grandson into joining him, along with his decrepit reindeer companion, on one last grand adventure to deliver an emergency Christmas gift.

All the main characters have British accents, including Arthur, who’s been pigeonholed in the “letters department” by strong-willed brother Steve, where his sentimentality will

The mission has the moral support only of Mrs. Claus (Imelda Staunton), and is aided greatly by stowaway gift-wrapping elf Bryony (Ashley Jensen), who is a forthright

and resourceful reflection of Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” This scheme might strike the viewer as hare-brained, but the clever juxtaposition of traditional and modern, and hilarious sight gags that maintain the frantic comedic pace will have you laughing too regularly to embrace the futility of guiding flying reindeer 7,000 miles in just an hour and 36 minutes. The film draws on landmark movie moments, like the giant spaceship in “Star Wars” and the poignant floating animals in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and includes notable participation by Monty Python original Michael Palin, Laura Linney, Joan Cusack, Eva Longoria and Robbie Coltrane, a veteran of Harry Potter and James Bond films, who provides comic relief. As if this film needed any. O RATED PG: contains some mild rude humor.

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YULETIDE YUKS Catch The Holiday Dispirit? Laugh It Off ! Have the hustle and bustle and social obligations of the holidays—not to mention the financial drain—turned the season into something less than jolly? Perhaps it’s time to lighten up. The following books will help—or at least, provide a chuckle or two.

I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas

life has been naughty (nearly everyone), to the saga of his annual visits to friends and their families every Christmas Day, Black reveals harrowing and hilarious holiday moments that will keep you amused through even the most grueling airport lines.

By Lewis Black Standup comedian Lewis Black is known for his ironic social satire and razor-sharp punchlines—and that’s just what comes across in his book. You can practically hear the growling delivery as you read his words (and if you’re going to have a voice in your head, better it should be a funny one). Black sidesteps the whole “peace and goodwill” spirit to bash Christmas, saying humbug to carols, holiday dinners and those annoying boughs of holly. Typical of his ap32

The Kvetch Who Stole Hanukkah By Bill Berlin and Susan Isakoff Berlin

proach to comedy, he pretty much lets loose on everything yule. In determining at Christmas who in his

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A Jewish twist on “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,” this book is written with appropriate playfulness by Bill Berlin and his wife Susan, two

Brooklynites who came up with the idea at a family gathering and turned it into a full-length poem over dinner (with a bottle of wine). The Kvetch lives on a hill overlooking


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media blitz 8 in print Oyville—a town aglow with blazing menorahs and bustling with Hanukkah spirit—and expresses his distaste for the holiday thusly: “The latkes smell bad, the dreidels make me dizzy, and to hear children laugh puts me in a tizzy.” When he can take no more, he steals the holiday. When the children wake the next morning to find their menorahs missing, they explain that the celebration is not just about bright lights and gifts, but joy, justice and charity.

Santa Arrested... Story at 10: Coal-Worthy Holiday Behavior from the News By Caroline Tiger Vigilant for yuletide mischief mentioned in headlines, author Caroline Tiger has compiled 150 real holiday misdemeanors that demonstrate how not everyone is swept up in the Christmas spirit during late December. Examples of holiday dispirit include a man filling his trunk with “toys for tots” and attempting to flee the scene, an account of the ultimate neighborhood Grinch and other horrendous anecdotes that will have you viewing your own holidays with a brightened perspective. And c’mon: the cover of ‘Santa’ being booked at a police station is priceless. This is Tiger’s 13th book; her other diverse titles include “The Newlywed’s Instruction Manual,” “The Wizard’s Handbook: A Field Guide to Magic,” and “UFO Hunt-

er’s Handbook: A Field Guide to the Paranormal.” She also writes a design column for the Philadelphia Inquirer in addition to a design and lifestyle blog.

Holidays in Heck: A Former War Correspondent Experiences Frightening Vacation Fun By P.J. O’Rourke The logical cycle-of-life sequel to celebrated political humorist P.J. O’Rourke’s classic war zone travelogue, “Holidays In Hell,” this adventure is a compilation of his travels as a husband and father, with family in tow, to a series of more sedate seasonal destinations, such as Washington, D.C., and to the Aspen of the Midwest—Ohio. During his skiing excursion in the Buckeye State, he writes about a moment of clarity in which he realizes the highest point of elevation at the ski lodge is the 6-foot ski instructor his wife thinks is cute. O’Rourke’s inimitable impressions, like his being struck by the design of the National Mall in the nation’s capital, with its “Greatest Generation” aesthetic and uncanny architectural similarity to the furniture arrangement in his parents’ living room, will keep you amused.

Holidays on Ice By David Sedaris When the darkly humorous David

The Onion sends its crack team of ‘investigative journalists’ to explore the dark underbelly of the Christmas season. The result: more than 100 tales of shopping mall mayhem, dysfunctional family dinners and more.

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Sedaris turns his wry observational skills on his Christmas experiences, only a delicious combination of insight and hilarity can result. Sedaris compiles six stories ranging from poignant to preposterous, his unique perspective infusing each with belly laughs that will enliven your wait in department store lines. “Front Row Center with Thaddeus Bristol” is a vicious theatrical review of children’s Christmas pageants. In “Dinah, the Christmas Whore,” a young Sedaris learns to see his family in a new light. The hilarious “SantaLand Diaries” recounts his time working as an elf at Macy’s, including the preliminary group lectures (“You’re an elf and you’re going to wear panties like an elf ”) and the dangers of inter-elf romance.

The Onion Presents Christmas Exposed: Holiday Coverage from America’s Finest News Staff By The Onion Staff The Onion since 1988 has made a name for itself as a reporting outlet that combines real and fictional news with such panache it becomes increasingly unclear whether the blurred line is the result of tortured truth or teary laughter. Now the “news” organization sends its crack team of “investigative journalists” to explore the dark underbelly of the Christmas season. The result: more than 100 tales of shopping mall mayhem, dysfunctional family dinners and more. Hard-hitting articles include “Coal Now Too Expensive to Put in Christmas Stockings” and “Vatican Employees Unable to Relax at Holiday Party with Pope Around.” The Onion, which in 2009 won a Peabody Award for its satire, today misinforms around 9 million readers each month in print and online. Its astute editors have also branched out into broadcast, radio and mobile outlets. O


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GUITAR MAN Icon Paul Simon Performs At Hard Rock Live L

egendary singer, songwriter and guitarist Paul Simon has had an iconic career on two fronts: As a solo artist he had six Top 10 hits, including the No.1 “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” in 1976, and helped shape pop culture with his luscious fingerstyle guitar playing and cerebral, New York-centric lyrics. As half of renowned Simon & Garfunkel for five years, he amassed three Top Five hits and in 2001 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now Simon brings hits from both his musical worlds to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Hard Rock Live on December 6th at 8 p.m.

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Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, who actually began singing together in elementary school, had their first No. 1 hit, “The Sound of Silence,” in December of 1965. They’d continue to rule acoustic pop for the next five years on the strength of Simon’s poetic songwriting and Garfunkel’s haunting soprano-like harmonies. One of their hits, “Mrs. Robinson,” was the featured soundtrack of the Oscar-winning film “The Graduate.” During this time, Simon wrote so many songs about New York City that the duo was more closely associated with the city than perhaps any other pop group. Geographical references in “Bleecker Street,” “At The Zoo,” “59th Street Bridge Song” and others established such a bond with

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the Big Apple that the pair’s 1981 reunion concert in Central Park drew as many people as Woodstock— more than half a million. After their split in 1971, Simon released a slate of Top 10 solo hits including “Mother and Child Reunion,” “Kodachrome,” “Loves Me

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SWEET SATIRE Wanda Sykes Raises The Roof At Kravis Center

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anda Sykes was an Emmy-winning comedy writer before getting the chance to prove she could make people laugh not just behind the keyboard, but on stage, too. Of course Sykes, who performs at The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on December 11th at 8 p.m., had already known that for some time. The daughter of an Army colonel assigned to the Pentagon, Sykes had taken the unusual route (for a comedian) of working behind a desk for five years at the National Security Agency. But the white collar pace couldn’t hold her for long and she began moonlighting at open mics around Washington, D.C. When she decided in 1992 to chase her dream and move to New York, she landed a gig opening for Chris Rock at Caroline’s Comedy Club. Rock offered her a writing job on his TV show and in 1999 she earned an Emmy Award.

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aryl Hall and John Oates, aka, Hall & Oates, were omnipresent for nine years when they charted Top 40 records annually, from 1976 to 1985, including six that rose to No. 1. During this time the musical pair, which performs at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Hard Rock Live on December 5th at 8 p.m., fused a unique style derived from soul and R&B that made them kings of the pop hill. The popular pair scored their first No. 1 hit in 1977 with “Rich Girl” and in 1981 landed three No. 1 hits: “Kiss On My List,” “Private Eyes” and “I Can’t Do That (No Can Do),” with the latter two nearly back-toback that fall, separated only by a 10-week run by Olivia Newton John’s “Physical.” Hall & Oates would end up with 29 Top 40 hits, including the No. 1 hit “Out Of Touch” in 1984. Hall & Oates got an unusual start, even by pop music standards: both grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania and led somewhat parallel lives leading up to a chance 1967 meeting in a freight elevator during a gang altercation in a Philadelphia hotel. They were both students at Temple University, both had bands, and both decided that night that the better part of valor involved a hasty escape. This meeting led to one of the most dominant forces in pop music and a lifelong association that’s still blissfully evident on a YouTube series of funky and informal musical jam sessions recorded at Hall’s sprawling farmhouse. The series, called simply, “Live From Daryl’s House,” features a bunch of musicians strumming and banging on things in his back yard. Hall & Oates still performs, most recently appearing on “American Idol” and “Dancing with the Stars.” For their current tour, they’ll have a wealth of original material from which to choose, and also can dabble with the catalog of soul and R&B standards by their friends, the O’Jays, and many others. O For more information, call 954-797-5555 or visit hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com.

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ALL THAT JAZZ Woody Allen Brings Clarinet To The Fillmore

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oody Allen has a show business résumé that defies dimensional limits: He was a teenage TV writer, has won four Academy Awards, was voted the third-best standup act of all time by fellow comedians, has authored, performed in and directed plays on and off Broadway… He’s won the O. Henry Award for a short story, received lifetime achievement awards from the Cannes Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival and Directors Guild of America… and more. But Allen is also a jazz man, and he’ll bring his clarinet and his New Orleans Jazz Band to The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater on December 20th at 9 p.m. Jazz has been a lifelong avocation for Allen, who

took his name from jazz great Woody Herman and has played New Orleans-style clarinet in small clubs around Manhattan. His hobby includes a stint with the New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band for the soundtrack of his movie, “Sleeper.” He also played once on “The Dick Cavett Show” in 1971. Allen and his band for years have been performing every Monday night at a Manhattan hotel, specializing in early 20th century jazz from The Big Easy. The band’s 1996 European tour was featured in “Wild Man

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By Emily J. Minor

veryone sets personal goals and resolutions this time of year, right? Lose 10 pounds. Give up smoking. Walk two miles every day.

work. Who knows? This year might be your happiest year—ever.

But when’s the last time you and your hubby tried to make some changes in the way you treat each other?

When your partner does something really annoying, you basically have two choices. At least, that’s the way Lipshutz sees it. You can assume they’re deliberately trying to push your buttons, or you can force yourself to remember the love you share and treat the annoyance as a misunderstanding. “If you assume things, this can lead to more hurt and negativity,” she says. “You don’t have to come out, guns blazing.” In other words, sometimes a cooling-off period is just what the therapist ordered.

Give each other the benefit of the doubt:

With the help of Linda Lipshutz, a licensed clinical social worker in Palm Beach Gardens who specializes in marriage and family counseling, we present this helpful list of 10 relationship resolutions every couple could benefit from. So go ahead: Post ’em on the fridge and get to

Turn off the technology: This might seem like a no-brainer, but Lipshutz sees plenty of couples who come home from work, head to their separate computers and then text all through dinner. “We get lazy and sloppy and we’re not paying attention to our relationships,” she says. “We’re not mindful.” This year, make a commitment to turn off the electronics. It might be difficult, especially at first, but focusing on something else—even if it’s just sharing a quiet room together while reading—can help couples re-connect. Spell things out: Your hubby’s not a mind

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that’s life8 relations perception. So many of us say, ‘If my partner loved me, he would know,’” Lipshutz points out. But even in marriages that are getting on in years, couples have to remind each other of their needs and wants—over and over again. Some communication pointers: Use

to happen. But couples need to talk about the bills, and how much money is left for fun. Sit together so that each spouse can “fairly and maturely” decide how much cash there is for extraneous purchases, says Lipshutz. And no. We don’t think a bottle of red is extraneous, either.

you like and don’t like.” Sometimes communication is overrated. Talk over tea: A 20-minute one-onone talk every night between you and your partner can make all the difference, Lipshutz says. “It doesn’t have to be a heavy conversation. You might

to make a commitment to lighten up,” Lipshutz says. Watch funny movies. Listen to a stand-up comedian. It might take some effort, she explains, but lots of couples would benefit from a good loosening. “We have a choice on whether we can be negative and nasty, or choose to let something go,” she says. Choose wisely. Address pet peeves: This is a twoway street. If you know something bugs the heck out of your spouse—

“TAKE TIME EVERY MORNING

TO REACH OVER AND HUG YOUR SPOUSE.”

-- Linda Lipshutz, licensed clinical social worker

like maybe how you don’t snap the toothpaste cap all the way shut—then try to snap the toothpaste cap shut. Little things like this mean a lot in long-term relationships. When you snap that toothpaste tube, it means you’re listening. And who knows? Your hubby just might remember that Thursday is trash night. Maybe. Share fun activities: Make this the

year the two of you go exploring. For example, “I’ve met some couples who volunteer for really worthwhile charities,” Lipshutz says. This takes an open mind. “This is tricky, because obviously both parties have to have a spirit of cooperation,” she adds. So sign up for the salsa lessons now, while there’s sports on TV and he’s feeling generous. You can thank us later.

“I” statements. I like it when you bring in the paper. I love it when you clean up (instead of “You never bring in the paper” and “You never clean up”). Try to avoid accusations. They just put people on the defensive. Nobody likes that. Be honest about money: Maybe you bought some expensive makeup and fibbed about the price. Or your husband paid double what he told you for his golf lessons. That’s going 42

Stop the nagging: “Spending

time wishing your partner wasn’t the way he or she is isn’t productive,” Lipshutz says. Instead, set some good examples and see if he or she will follow along. Want your spouse to lose 10 pounds? Invite him on a walk. Wish your wife would remember to slide back the car seat? Leave her a love note. “When you nag, it creates conflict and drives you apart,” she says. “Your partner knows very well what

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talk about planning a vacation or how you’re going to work out the mortgage payments. It can be a heart-to-heart, or something you’re still mad about from the day before.” Just talk. Take those 20 minutes away from the rest of the family and make it your special time of day. (Wink. Wink.) Have a laugh: Some people laugh

easier than others, that’s a given, but why walk around with a sour puss on your face? “Some people really need

Give lots of hugs: Count to 10. That’s how long it should take to give your partner a good hug. Or a nice kiss. “Physical contact has been shown to have such a powerful impact on one’s well-being,” Lipshutz says. “Take time every morning to reach over and hug your spouse.” She says this kind of everyday affection often leads to... Well, you know. “This can really set into motion a climate that enhances sexuality,” she says. In other words, 2012 just might be your lucky year. O


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What To Buy Your Kids

This Holiday Season By Cheryl Kane Heimlich

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ow would your kids like a five-foot shark ‘swimming’ around their living room ceiling this holiday season? What about a pair of giant inflatable boxing gloves? Or perhaps a Barbie doll whose hairstyle can be changed with the touch of a “print” button? These are just some of the toys to be found at area retailers this month as parents try to figure out what their kids want most—and toy stores try to coax them into opening their wallets just a little wider. For Toys “R” Us, the New Jersey-based retailer with more than a dozen South Florida locations, the 2011 toy season is all about mixing the virtual world with the real one. “One of the overall trends we’ve seen this year is to bring stuff out of the digital domain and into the physical world, or ‘reverse technology,’” explains Toys “R” Us spokesman Bob Friedland. Perhaps the best example of this trend is the Angry Birds franchise, which began as a popular cell phone app and has since branched into card games, plush toys and now the Mattel board game, Angry Birds Knock on Wood ($13 and up). The game mimics its online version with bird and pig figurines, towers to be built, and a slingshot-style launcher to knock them down.

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that’s life8 parents Other offerings include a buildable model Porsche from Mega Bloks that’s based on the Need for Speed video games ($59.99) and K’NEX car track sets inspired by the Wii game Mario Kart ($19.99 and up). “Kids don’t want to be limited to experiencing and interacting with things only one way,” Friedland says. “If they can find a way to play with a game both (electronically) and in the real world, there’s a lot of fun to that.” If you already received an iPad for the holidays last year—or you’re planning to buy one this season—toy stores are brimming with gadgets designed to turn that sleek flat screen into something else entirely. For example, Disney-Pixar is offering little toy autos from the movie “Cars 2” that speed along virtual raceways when placed atop an iPad screen ($40 and up). Crayola has introduced a digital stylus that turns the iPad into a coloring book with crayon, marker and paint effects ($29.99). The iCade Arcade Cabinet ($79.99 and up) fits a joystick and buttons around the iPad, turning it into a retrostyle video game for playing vintage favorites like Asteroids and Battlezone. (OK, maybe that one is really for dad.) Mark Monroe, owner of five Learning Express stores in Broward and Palm Beach counties, says his stores carry some electronics but try to focus on toys that have nothing to do with keyboards and touch screens. “We really try to challenge the kids from just sitting behind the computer all day pushing buttons,” Monroe says. “We want to get them out of the house.” To that end, one of Monroe’s top picks for this season is the Spooner Board ($40 and up), a spinning and wob46

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bling balance board that lets kids practice their skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding skills. He also expects strong sales for Fotorama’s Wamazo boxing game, a set of enormous inflatable boxing gloves for two ($24.99); and the Nano Blocks sets from Ohio Art ($16.99 and up), which lets kids build tiny 3-D models that fit in the palms of their hands. Tiny is also the game plan for several popular lines of collectible figurines. The Moshi Monster Moshlings, a set of electronic “pets” that kids take care of online, are now being sold in stores as miniature real-life figurines. Kids are also collecting figures from the SqwishLand series, which similarly links an interactive Web site with tiny squishable toys. And Lego is seeing strong sales of its “Minifigures,” the characters who populate all those Lego towns, which are collected by adults as well as kids. Many of these sets feature “blind” or

bracelet craze appears to have run its course, Learning Express anticipates a big year for kids’ jewelry. In fact, some of this year’s hottest wrist decorations are made from the same elastic rubber bands and metal brackets that can be found inside a teenager’s mouth. “Braced-Lets,” selling for about $5 apiece, are popular even though “they look like they come from your orthodontist,” Monroe says. Also expected to do well in Learning Express stores this season: bracelets made from soda cans, and a make-your-own jewelry kit composed of colored duct tape. In the doll realm, Barbie is still going strong at Toys “R” Us with a new line of printable hair extensions that can be rolled out of your inkjet and clipped onto her mane ($34.99). Uglydoll plush figures, with faces only a kid could love, continue to be strong sellers at $19.99 and up. And last year’s Lalaloopsy rag dolls, another series designed for collecting, are back in a new version with bendable hair for easy styling ($29.99).

“ONE OF THE OVERALL TRENDS WE’VE SEEN THIS YEAR IS TO BRING STUFF OUT OF THE DIGITAL DOMAIN AND INTO THE PHYSICAL WORLD,

OR ‘REVERSE TECHNOLOGY.’” –Bob Friedland, Toys “R” Us spokesman

“mystery” figurines, which means the buyer doesn’t know which character is inside until the box is opened. This of course spurs the desire for further purchases, both to fill any gaps in the collection and to increase the chances of hitting on a “rare” character. “Lego people get really crazy with those blind figurines,” Monroe says. “They get kind of fanatical. If there’s a collection or a series, they want to complete it. They just really want that surfer guy.” And even though the Silly Bandz

Lastly, both Learning Express and Toys “R” Us are betting on Air Swimmers—giant flying clownfish and sharks that you inflate with helium and then “swim” around your house via remote control ($32 and up). A recent promotional YouTube video, which shows the shark taking people by surprise as it swims through office buildings and subways, has helped fuel demand for the five-foot-long toys. “I don’t think there’s any one silver bullet this year,” Monroe says, “but I do think these are going to be big.” O


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It’s A Wonderful Life At Manhattan’s Loews Regency Hotel By Linda Haase

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aw-dropping window displays, awe-inspiring holiday lights, steaming hot chocolate and ice skating at Rockefeller Center… when the holiday season rolls around, there’s no place quite like New York City. And there’s no place quite like the Loews Regency Hotel, which pulls out all the stops this time of year. Its location in the heart of the city is perfect for exploring the Big Apple’s seasonal festivities, while its comfortable, luxurious amenities also provide an elegant respite for guests. From the complimentary Starbucks coffee and tea to the vibrant nightlife, the hotel indulges all the senses. Here, singles, couples and families are welcomed warmly. Even pets are pampered, with a gourmet room-service menu for cats and dogs featuring dishes prepared by an award-winning chef, as well as a selection of rawhide bones, catnip, scratch poles and a dog walking service.

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Kids and teens receive special treatment, too: The hotel offers a variety of unique programs and services, including game libraries, children’s menus, Fisher-Price welcome gifts, supervised recreational programs and camps. But it’s the adult guests who appreciate the iconic 353-room Midtown Manhattan hotel’s Feinstein’s at the

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Regency, famous for its cabaret shows (Betty Buckley, Tony Danza, Jane Krakowski and Cyndi Lauper are just a few of the celebs to appear here; proprietor Michael Feinstein, a renowned vocalist and songwriter, performs during the holiday season) and fine dining in an intimate, relaxed space. The venue, a throwback to the grand days when a popular hotel was best-known for its


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Its location in the heart of the city is perfect for exploring the Big Apple’s seasonal festivities, while its comfortable, luxurious amenities also provide an elegant respite for guests.

swanky club, is quickly becoming established as a leader in the next generation of supper clubs. Indeed. The New York Post called it “an invaluable New York institution.” Loews Regency Hotel is also a hot spot for influential New Yorkers, who often greet the day with a power breakfast at the landmark 540 Park, perhaps nibbling Green Market Frittata Egg Whites with farm-grown vegetables while enjoying top-of-theline service and exquisite surroundings. Items on the innovative menu feature locally grown products and farm-fresh ingredients designed for a healthy start to the day. After a satisfying breakfast you’ll have plenty of energy to explore Manhattan and the hotel is just blocks from the 50

city’s holiday action. There’s the mesmerizing “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” featuring the Rockettes; the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden, with model trains and more than 140 replicas of New York City landmarks; over-the-top store holiday window displays along Fifth Avenue and so much more. Just strolling the streets here is an event. After sightseeing, we recommend returning to the hotel for some rest, relaxation and sustenance at The Library, a cozy restaurant/ lounge. The diverse menu (the famous homemade chicken soup is a must-have during winter) and wine list, comfy banquettes, shelves of fascinating books, flat-screen TVs and great people-watching impart a stay-for-awhile vibe.

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For true relaxation, check out Brownings at Loews Regency, the hotel’s spa, an oasis of calm with flowing water, soft music, invigorating aromas and a variety of services (try the hot stone massage). There’s also a state-of-theart fitness center with personal trainers and Pilates instructors, and a hair salon open daily. When it’s time to turn in for the night, the Loews Regency Hotel provides over-the-top services. The plush, styl-

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Candy entrepreneur Dylan Lauren’s sweet life began with a viewing of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” ¶ When she was just 6 years old, her father, fashion designer Ralph Lauren, threw her a birthday bash that included a screening of the 1971 classic film. She recalls watching in awe as the main character, a young boy named Charlie, toured and tasted his way through the most fascinating and eccentric candy factory imaginable. ¶ She still remembers seeing the lollipops, candy-cane trees, gumball statues, red mushrooms filled with whipped butter and giant gummy bears dangling from multi-colored tree branches. ¶ “I loved the vivid colors and the set design,” says Lauren, now 37, who admits to watching the film 40 times. “All of those oversized images were amazing to me as a little girl.” ¶ So the New York City woman with the designer genes and obsession for sweets did what came naturally: She opened a candy store—which led to four more. And these are no mere stores—these are pop art-inspired funhouses that mix vibrant fashion with more than 7,000 types of candy amid a space that’s part art gallery and part Disney World—with touches of Dr. Seuss, FAO Schwarz and The Wizard of Oz thrown in for added color and quirk. With a fan base that includes Madonna, Janet Jackson and first lady Michelle Obama, the nationally known “Candy Queen,” who has a slate of

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new stores planned—including one in South Florida—admits that right now, life is sweet.

BY EMILY HALL

SWEET CANDY QUEEN DYLAN LAUREN CHATS ABOUT FASHION, F FAMILY AND HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING PASSION PLAY As CEO and founder of Dylan’s Candy Bar, Lauren opened her first store in Manhattan in 2001.The three-story flagship shop looks more like an ice cream-colored gallery than a retail establishment: transparent stairs are embedded with candies, stools resemble red and white Starlight Mints and windows are decked out with holiday dazzle, featuring everything from the store’s logoed T-shirts and pajamas to mouthwatering treats of all shapes and flavors. Inside, songs like “Sugar Sugar” blast through the sound system.

South Florida will finally get its turn next year, when she’ll debut a 3,000square-foot fantasy confection shop on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road. The space will feature a mezzanine and outdoor seating, and sell everything from liquor and ice cream to cupcakes, with an emphasis on Latin American brands for the Hispanic market. Lauren says she visits South Florida as often as possible, and that “the trips always end too soon.” Next, Lauren will open stores in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas and Hawaii. “I’m looking at opening new stores constantly in busy cities with lots of walk-in traffic,” she says.

Since she opened the store, Lauren has opened two more in New York, A savvy businesswoman, Lauren says plus stores in Houston and Orlando. she most enjoys the creative side of

her candy company. And while she seeks advice from her successful father, in the end she follows her heart. “My dad once suggested I put the fashions upstairs instead of in the middle of the candy sections, but I

“Selling candy was not my first idea. I was more into the art aspect.”

together in one giant room.” Besides carrying candy and clothing, her inventory includes sweets-inspired accessories, jewelry, stationery, candles, pillows and more. She also has her own private label, Chocalot, which includes gift boxes, high-end candies (including two-pound chocolate bars), gumball machines and more. All her merchandise is fancifully packaged, making it as sweet to look at as it is to eat.

-- Dylan Lauren

didn’t take his advice,” she admits with a laugh, adding that her father has been supportive since the beginning. “I wanted this store to be a destination, a holiday for people who want a sweet lifestyle. Everything has to be mixed and matched

She loves incorporating candy into everyday life—especially around the holidays. She decorates gifts using red, green, pink, yellow and orange candies, wrapping the selections with chocolate foil lights. Her other decorating tips: For Christmas, decorate a wreath with candy DECEMBER 2011

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instead of ornaments and give candy topiary trees as hostess gifts; for Hanukkah, fill blue, white and silver vases and bowls with matching flowers and candies; for New Year’s Eve, sprinkle tabletops with silverand gold-foiled star candies. Lauren has received numerous nods for her creativity: She won a Rising Star Award for retail design by Fashion Group International, was named one of Crain’s New York Business’ “40 under Forty” rising stars and even has a Barbie doll created in her image, which comes adorned with a Dylan’s Candy Bar signature Rainbow Pop and candy necklace accessories. Oprah Winfrey proclaimed that Dylan’s Candy Bar is “quickly becoming an American icon.” Martha Stewart invited Lauren on her show to dish about sweet treats. Lauren also has appeared on NBC-TV’s “Today” show, The Food Network, Style Network and E!, and has been the subject of articles in Town & Country, Vogue, Elle and The New York Times. The film “Arthur” starring actor Russell Brand shot several scenes in her Manhattan store.

CANDY LAND: (From Top) Interiors of Dylan’s Candy Bar; Dylan Lauren

SUGAR BABY Lauren seemed destined to be in a creative field. Besides her father’s red-hot fashion empire, Polo/Ralph Lauren, her mother Ricky is a photographer and lifestyle author, her brother David is in advertising and her brother Andrew is a filmmaker. Indeed, she credits her family for inspiring her interest in art, fashion and design—all of which have helped her greatly in creating and marketing her company. “My background (has) served me well for merchandising candy and creating vignettes for in-home use or in my stores,” she says. Her love for all things sweets-related, on the other hand, is visceral. While growing up, she’d collect candy and related accessories from around the world while traveling with her family. There were chocolate sculptures from Italy and candy wrappers from Japan. She always was

“I love seeing what’s coming next because she’s taken candy to another level— from the sticky notes, rain boots and pajamas with candy illustrations, to the candy-themed party rooms in her stores. She’s amazing.” -- Darcy Miller, Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Weddings

“Dylan has always had a passion for candy, so when she launched Dylan’s Candy Bar I thought it was a perfect fit,” says Darcy Miller, Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Weddings. “I love seeing what’s coming next because she’s taken candy to another level—from the sticky notes, rain boots and pajamas with candy illustrations, to the candy-themed party rooms in her stores. She’s amazing.” Lauren says she feels lucky to be able to make people happy with her products. “I believe color has the ability to alter our moods and take us back to the nostalgic days of our childhood,” she says. “Mix that with so many variations of candy and you have a special place.” 54

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thrilled at being able to add another piece of “art” to her growing collection, with pieces obtained at supermarkets, retail stores and private parties. She also found inspiration in her father’s fashion lines. “Besides collecting candy, (I remember) visiting my dad’s stores and falling in love with the cotton-candy colors of polo shirts and cabled sweaters,” Lauren says. “I also craved pop art. As I grew older, I really appreciated the work of Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg, who worked with candy wrappers and packaging. Studying their pieces is how I started doing my own candy artwork.” As an art history major at Duke University in North Carolina, Lauren made mosaics out of gumballs and used candy wrappers to create colors for chairs and tabletops. She loved the look and felt she could build a gallery space to showcase candy while also displaying her art

and the work of other pop artists. “That evolved into the idea of selling candy in an art venue decorated to look like a whimsical candy land,” she recalls. “Selling candy was not my first idea. I was more into the art aspect.” After graduating from college, her first jobs included event planning and setting up an art gallery-cafe. But in the end, it always came back to candy. It was during a charity event she’d planned for a client in New York, where she used silver and white candy as decorative elements, that she had an epiphany. “I said, ‘forget the gallery-cafe, let me open a candy cafe,’” she recalls with a laugh. EYE CANDY: (From Top) Table settings from Lauren’s book; her book, “Dylan’s Candy Bar: Unwrap Your Sweet Life”

What followed were endless trade shows and meetings with candy manufacturers, food vendors, designers, architects and retail representatives, all of whom offered ideas and suggestions. She listened and learned, and built the empire she continues to expand today. One question that pops up often is: How does someone who works with

candy for a living stay so thin? For one thing, Lauren is a health nut. She’s constantly hiking, biking, running and playing tennis. “And candy is better for you than baked goods,” she says. “As long as you don’t overindulge.” What’s next for the Candy Queen? She plans to enjoy time with her new husband, Paul Arrouet, founder of Marblegate Asset Management, a distressed-debt hedge fund in Greenwich, Conn. She also hopes to write more candy-related lifestyle books (her coffee-table book, “Dylan’s Candy Bar: Unwrap Your Sweet Life,” has some great holiday entertaining tips) and is in the process of expanding her brand to include furniture and more stationery products. “I really do cater to the fashionable high-end customer and want to give them the sweetest lifestyle they could ever imagine,” she says. “I’m like a kid in a candy store!” O DECEMBER 2011

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He’s always the center of attention around the holidays, this outlandish white-bearded character with the booming voice and crimson marching band uniform replete with cool stocking cap. He seems to have a magical quality about him, and the kids agree, convinced he’ll fulfill the wishes of 7 billion folks in the wee hours as they sleep off their Christmas Eve cookies and eggnog. But who is this guy impersonating the jolly elf boss, really? He’s good—he’s very good—but how did he end up playing the big sleigh-riding Kahuna? And what does he do the rest of the year? We spoke with an excop, a musician, a software specialist, a dancer/entertainer and a businesswoman—aka, four Santas and a Mrs. Claus—who explain what it’s like to don the red suit and always be the most popular person at the holiday party. And away we ho-ho-ho!

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demand exceeded supply for overweight guys in red suits. “But they were short-handed and Darci asked if I would mind dressing up like Santa Claus and passing out some toys to kids.” ¶ Yes, this is how it begins. And once you’ve worn the fur-lined woolens and delivered the manic ho-ho-ho’s, there’s no turning back. ¶ Acuff, 34, engages in his secret life as a Santa for events that don’t interfere with his nine-to-five job as a bank software specialist. When necessary, he quickly changes into his red suit and appears next to a tinseled tree, prepared to deliver brightly wrapped gifts and belly laughs. “(At first) I didn’t know what to expect,” recalls Acuff, also an avid guitar player. “But then I realized how much fun it was, and how it made everyone happy—not just the kids, but it makes adults happy to see Santa, too.” ¶ He’s even had the chance to play Santa to Davis’ Mrs. Claus. “It seemed only natural that Preston would play Santa,” says Davis, 40, who also has played an elf, a polar bear and a reindeer. “We don’t get a lot of calls for Mrs. Claus,” she says, “but when we do, we’re ready.” ¶ Santa appears at an event for $250, joined by Mrs. Claus for another $200. ¶ Davis’ company (vippartyproductions.com) juggles as many as 30 parties a weekend during high season, providing deejays, puppet shows, face painters, mobile bars and more. But in December, it’s mostly about the guy in the red suit. 58

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MALL SHOPPER LANDS SAINT NICK GIG IN THE BARGAIN When Lance White, a keyboard player and veteran entertainer, moved to Stuart from Illinois, he had no intention of changing his act to include Kris Kringle, especially considering his new home’s sultry Decembers. ¶ But while walking through a local shopping center with his naturally white hair and newly grown full beard, a mall manager asked him to step into his office. The result of that meeting raised the population of the North Pole by one big-band-hits-crooner. ¶ “I hadn’t even thought about being Santa, but he said I had the right look and he was providing the suit,” says White, 72. “I thought, ‘Yes, I could do that.’ And I was there for two years. Well, two Decembers.” ¶ Fast-forward 22 years, and White owns four Santa suits, makes “house calls,” and performs at fundraisers, house parties and any event that could benefit from the presence of a round red mound of boisterous good cheer. He has a “ho-hoho” that would rank at the top on a one-to-10 scale (check him out at lancewhite.net). ¶ He’s even a member of several national Santa organizations, including a Floridabased organization called the Palm Tree Santas, which meets three times a year. Membership requirements include having a real beard. He says his fellow members report similar experiences leading up to their Santa careers. “You start in a mall, but you get a lot of offers to do private parties,” he explains. “And pretty soon, the offers sound better than spending all that time in the mall.” ¶ Meanwhile, the former graphic arts sales manager still maintains his music career, explaining, “I need to feed the reindeer the other 11 months of the year.” ¶ White, whose real name is Lance Willock, says his Santa gig is fun but challenging, requires consummate acting skills—and has a melancholy side. ¶ “What you tend to remember most are the sad moments,” says White. “Like when a little girl asks Santa to help her father return from the hospital in time for Christmas,” he recalls. “(And) down here there’s a lot of National Guard and many children are without a parent, worried and hopeful that he’ll be back soon. Santa is supposed to be jolly and happy, but it’s not always easy.”

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Doug Peters was propelled by his love for children into a second career as a professional Santa Claus, which started as a lark when he donned the fur-lined red woolens of the jolly Arctic toymaker and passed out candy to kids in his Davie neighborhood. ¶ He was a Dania cop at the time, and when an offer to supplement his salary by appearing as Santa at a private party materialized, he thought, “Why not?” ¶ That was 27 years ago. He’s learned some things since then, all while building the enterprise that has him making from 11 to 15 paid appearances each December. “It’s not really about the money,” says the disabled Vietnam veteran and grandfather of six, who earns $125 per hour as Santa. “I do it because I enjoy the kids, and it’s fun for me.” ¶ Peters, 67, was dragged into the 21st century by his son, Jason, who created a Facebook page for his father (search: South Florida Santa) and posted his yuletide avocation on craigslist. This ad immediately increased Peters’ December gigs to roughly one every other day and even attracted some national publicity; a writer exploring the effect of the economy on the Santa Claus industry saw it and wrote about Peters in a story picked up by the New York Times and syndicated into newspapers across the country. ¶ It takes a lot of work to be a convincing Santa, Peters explains. First, you need to remain educated. “I keep up on the latest toys and how much they cost,” he says. “And I’ve gotten good at looking at the parents and getting an idea of what I think they can afford. If children want something extravagant, I’ll try and convince them that could wait until they’re a little older.” ¶ He says the toughest requests are when Santa is asked to bring “a little brother or sister.” Instead, he’ll gently suggest something else, like a toy. ¶ And since he chooses to impersonate the rosy-cheeked impresario of yuletide jocularity, he does it right. For example, he orders new trim annually for his $1,000 suit, which he has specially cleaned. And while his Santa forays began with a fake beard, since retiring in 2006 from the police force he’s grown and maintained the real thing—all so he can look authentic when the Christmas season rolls around.


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1 walk home from school without rummaging through trash cans to find holiday decorations and tinsel. “At age 10, I started collecting ornaments that were discarded anywhere and everywhere because I was fascinated by looking at them,” recalls Goldberg, who now divides his time among homes in Fort Lauderdale, Naples and New York. “Over the years, I’ve amassed a large collection from Africa, Asia, Cuba, Latin America or anywhere I go on business or pleasure.” The holiday seasons are not religious for Goldberg, he says. Rather, he considers the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day to be a celebration of secular delights, when the imagination can come alive in magical vignettes. “I think of ornaments as art,” Goldberg explains of his passion. “In ‘Holidaze,’ I bring them to life with an original musical score and seasonal favorites… It’s a wonderland of spectacle.” In addition to “Holidaze,” Goldberg hosts an assortment of shows throughout the year, including “Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy,” which will go 3D in 2012 , “Cirque Dreams Illumination,” “Cirque Dreams and Dinner” for cruise ships, and “Pop Goes the Rock,” a new collaboration with Sony Music featuring songs from artists ranging from Madonna to Frank Sinatra. Goldberg says he can’t imagine doing anything different with his life. “I remember my parents taking me to the Westbury Dinner Theatre (now called Westbury Theatre) in New York and from then on I wanted to do my own shows with creative choreography. I love what I do.” For tickets to Cirque Dreams Holidaze, call 954-462-0222 or visit browardcenter.org. o

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New Year’s Eve rarely lives up to expectations. Excitement builds for the big night, which generally ends with the anticlimactic countdown in Times Square on TV, a perfunctory glass of Champagne and yawn… onto bed. But what if—and this is strictly hypothetical— your new year was influenced by the way you welcomed it? If you had a fabulous over-thetop celebration, would it help bring a fabulous over-the-top year? Would a wild adventure in the hours around midnight jump-start 2012, that mysterious blank slate so full of promise and potential? With that possibility in mind, here are six incredible New Year’s Eve trips that are sure to raise the bar for the days to come. How about waltzing with aristocrats in a European palace? Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on safari? A midnight ride on the famed Orient-Express? Renting a private island owned by David Copperfield in the Bahamas? Or starring in your own documentary on a helicopter tour in Africa? And, OK, watching the ball drop at Times Square—but in person and with room service and a bathroom, and with Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber performing live. And see how the year unfolds.

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1 Reach For The Clouds At Mount Kilimanjaro You want to reach new heights in 2012? Perhaps you should start the year with a climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at 19,340 feet, rising dramatically out of the flat plains in Tanzania near the border of Kenya. The mountain’s iconic ice cap is disappearing, but still visible, a sight that never fails to steal the breath. International Mountain Guides’ trip includes a seven-day climb to the summit (December 19-January 2), which allows for more fun and less chance of altitude sickness, and a four-day safari tour in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro game parks with stays in luxurious safari lodges and deluxe tented camps. “There is more to a Kilimanjaro climb than simply standing on the roof of Africa,” says Adam Angel, a veteran Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest expedition guide. “No doubt the mountain is impressive, but there is also a vibrant and organic quality to the whole experience. This includes the hardworking porters and guides that accompany our climb. These great friends carry our gear, set up tents,

cook for us and provide boundless inspiration. They are a huge part of the experience, and one of the reasons that we like to go back again and again.” The climb starts in pastures and grasslands, then winds through the rainforest past orchids and giant heathers that grow up to 30 feet tall. Buffalo, elephants and big cats have been seen, and birdlife is especially abundant on the Shira Plateau. Only lichens (plants consisting of fungus and alga) survive on the upper mountain. The guides and porters are local people from the Chagga tribe who live at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. “It’s so rewarding to start the climb in a lush rainforest and climb into the Arctic conditions on the summit,” says Angel. “Every day is a new experience and dramatic contrast from the day before.” And picture it: On the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, you’ll be in a luxurious lodge on the rim of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. For more information about International Mountain Guides’ Mount Kilimanjaro trip, 360-569-2609 or visit mountainguides.com. DECEMBER 2011

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Have A Ball (Drop) In Times Square If you insist on watching the ball drop in New York City’s Times Square, at least do it right. Book a room with a view of Times Square at the Marriott Marquis and watch the event from the comfort of your own fashionable suite with access to room service and a bathroom. Turn on the TV so you have a soundtrack of the events and concerts. Then dress up and go to the hotel’s premier New Year’s Eve party for food, music and an open bar. Or, check into the hotel the day before so you can line up outside along with

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People start to gather in the afternoon in the middle of Times Square and stay there all the way through midnight. All the live performances that are produced by the TV networks are free to the public; no tickets are required, just patience and a willingness to stand outside for a long time to get a great spot. Just hope the weather is decent. After midnight, you can duck back into the hotel for warmth and food. If you want to stay in the hotel for New Year’s Eve, don’t miss the Ultimate

New Year’s Eve Party in Times Square in the hotel’s Broadway Lounge, with live music, open bar, a buffet and party favors. Wear a mask for this masquerade theme party. Or dine at the hotel’s The View, New York’s only revolving rooftop restaurant located 48 stories above Times Square (the revolving floor makes a 360-degree turn every hour). At this downtown location, you’re in a great position to enjoy Manhattan during the first days of 2012. Not a bad way to start the New Year. For information about New Year’s Eve at the Marriott Marquis or to make party reservations, call 212-704-8747; for room reservations, call 800-843-4898 or visit nymarriottmarquis.com.

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How’s this for a great New Year’s Eve: You and 20 or so friends ensconced in five beachfront villas with the run of 11 tiny Bahamian islands to call your own. You are there for five days—swimming, snorkeling, fishing, working out in the resort’s own private gym, with massages, yoga, tennis and scuba diving on the agenda. Or you can hang out under a palm tree on a pristine beach with no one in sight. Musha Cay, and its five villas, and another 10 uninhabited islands in the Exumas are owned by magician David Copperfield. Other guests before you have included Penelope Cruz and Bill Gates. “When I acquired these islands, I made a personal commitment to transform this already perfect place into the most magical vacation destination in the world,” says Copperfield in his welcome letter to

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guests on his island. Many of his own treasures are on the island; you can even play on Houdini’s championship billiards table. The villas have a total of 12 bedrooms and each house has a private beach, living and dining areas, flat-screen satellite TV and butler service. The largest villa is the 10,000-square-foot Highview, a dramatic hilltop building with a soaring living pavilion, two grand master bedroom suites, a loft and 360-degree views of the island. The smallest house is the romantic onebedroom Beach House, a thatched-roof open-air cottage facing a private beach. Something for everyone. Dining can be a candlelight dinner on the main dock or at The Landings with windows on four sides. Or you can dine at the Musha Cay Balinese

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Beach Pavilion with billowing white fabrics, teak beams and lights from hundreds of candles. Following dinner, you can relax in the games area or the karaoke theater, or take a midnight stroll on one of the white-sand beaches. Or go for a midnight dip in the pool. Or watch a movie on the big outdoor screen. Your stay is sure to be magical.

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Waltz The Year Away At Vienna’s Imperial Ball It’s New Year’s Eve and look at you, gorgeous in your Cinderella gown waltzing under the crystal chandeliers with your princely mate in Vienna’s magnificent Hofburg Palace. The orchestra plays Johann Strauss’ The Blue Danube and the bell of St. Stephans Cathedral rings at the stroke of midnight. The Imperial Ball (Kaiserball) is the official start of Vienna, Austria’s social season. More than 2,500 guests from 30 nations walk through the palace gates for one of the most anticipated events of the European winter calendar.

“For me, the most exciting moment is when guests are arriving at the Hofburg and you see their glittering eyes when they are entering the palace, being overwhelmed by the historic ambiance of the Hofburg,” says Regina Macho, Imperial Ball organizer. The Hofburg Palace, the former home of the Habsburg dynasty and now the official residence of the President of Austria Heinz Fischer, is one of the largest secular buildings in the world. The state rooms, open for guests, offer a rare chance to stroll through history—the

oldest wing of the palace was built in the 13th century. Guests are greeted by footmen dressed in livery who give the ladies small gifts. The historic changing of the guard is performed by the Imperial Guard in the palace’s entrance hall, and cocktails are served to the strains of the Hofball Orchestra. The Viennese Operetta Gala, which takes place shortly after midnight, features singers and dancers from the Vienna State Opera and the Volksopera. After midnight, everyone is invited to join in the

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popular public quadrille, a dance performed by four couples in a square formation, to the strains of Strauss’ Fledermaus-Overture. You can attend the four-course dinner, where waiters in livery serve a sumptuous dinner that ends with Viennese Dandies from the Court Bakery. For more information and tickets to the Vienna Imperial Ball, call 011 43 1 5873666 or visit hofburg.com (click on Kaiserball). Allegro Holidays offers Imperial Ball/hotel packages; call 800-8386860 or visit allegroholidays.com.

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Ride Back To The Future Aboard The Orient-Express All aboard at Victoria Station in London to depart for a midnight ride on the famed Venice Simplon Orient-Express. You will celebrate the New Year with a festive dinner, Champagne and fine wines aboard the British Pullman’s ornate carriages. Shortly before midnight, the train will make a stop at a station, where you will disembark and welcome the New Year with a traditional Scottish piper. After all, Auld Lang Syne is a poem by Scottish poet Robert Burns. Seated in vintage carriages that once ran on legendary 1920s services such as the Brighton Belle and Golden

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Arrow, you will be served a fivecourse gourmet feast with music and entertainment by a musician. But a tour through the historic carriages, some used extensively by the British royal family, is entertainment enough. Each has its own story to tell. The Audrey carriage, for example, was damaged by an air raid in 1940, but repaired and carried the Queen, Queen Mother and H.R.H. Prince Philip to review the Fleet in 1953. Two cars were part of Winston Churchill’s funeral train. All of the cars have been restored to their 1920s splendor. Unfortunately, the train doesn’t continue onward to Istanbul, but this

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six-hour special event that departs from and returns to Victoria Station gives you a wonderful taste of one of the most glamorous train trips in the world. Elegant evening attire is a must. Other Orient-Express New Year’s Eve events: A six-hour round-trip journey on the Northern Belle, leaving out of Liverpool, also with dinner, Champagne, fine wine and entertainment. The six dining carriages display marquetry, fabrics and brass fittings specifically commissioned from British craftsmen. You can go farther afield on the three-night Eastern & Oriental Express’ New Year’s Eve journey

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from Bangkok to Singapore. You will travel across Thailand to the River Kwai and onwards to Malaysia, colonial Georgetown and Fort Cornwallis before crossing the causeway over the Straits of Johor to Singapore. For more information about Orient-Express and its New Year’s Eve events, call 800-524-2420 or visit orient-express.com.


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Star In Your Own African Wildlife Documentary Appear in your own East African wildlife documentary, shot and produced by Academy Awardnominee Alan Root while traveling for 14 days in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania by helicopter. Besides spotting the Big Five (lion, African elephant, cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros) on travelers’ wildlife-most-desired-to-photograph list, you will track some of the rarest creatures on Earth including mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. You will go behind the scenes with a leading elephant conservationist, accompanying him on a collaring and de-tusking mission, and meet other world-famous scientists.

The Eurocopter pilot flies BBC documentary crews around Africa, so you are in good hands. Root, who grew up in Kenya, has won some 60 awards (including Emmys) for his wildlife films. He has walked the Serengeti with Robert Redford and showed Dian Fossey her first gorilla. And on your trip, he films you on your African journey. Whether or not the film is submitted to Sundance Film Festival is up to you. On the first day, you’ll circle Mount Kenya before landing in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. If you have the energy, you can go with Root and your pilot to the slopes of Mount Kenya and fly-fish for huge rainbow trout.

While in Kenya, you’ll take a majestic sunset flight over Lake Bogoria and see thousands of pink flamingos, and stay at the romantic Desert Rose on Mount Nyiru. With a little luck, you will catch up with Richard Leakey’s daughter Louise as she continues her father’s paleontological research. The bad roads in Uganda make travel difficult, but by helicopter seeing the country’s glacier-topped mountains and remote villages is a breeze. You can take a walking safari with Root to photograph lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, zebras and more. You also will visit the Kibale Forest National

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Hanukkah, also known as the eight-day Festival of Lights, is a celebratory time for family and friends to gather over a delicious meal in honor of the holiday season. To get you started, the following party primer includes great recipes, decor ideas and songs guaranteed to inspire a good time. All you need to do is eat, drink and be menschy.

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Honey-Braised Brisket ❙ Herb-Roasted Chicken Roasted Carrot Soup ❙ Potato Latkes Fried Risotto Balls ❙ Pear and Cranberry Tart Honey-Almond Bundt Cake

RECIPES HONEY-BRAISED BEEF BRISKET 1 flat-cut beef brisket, 4 ½ to 5 lb. Kosher salt, to taste, plus 2 tsp. Freshly ground pepper, to taste, plus ¼ tsp. 2 tbsp. vegetable oil 2 lb. cipollini onions, peeled 1 tbsp. minced garlic 1 tbsp. tomato paste 2 tbsp. Hungarian paprika 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tbsp. beef demi-glace 1 bay leaf 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme 1 cup red wine 2 cups beef stock ¼ cup honey 12 oz. carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks

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and brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer to baking sheet. Warm remaining tbsp. of oil in insert or roasting pan; add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 6 minutes. Transfer to bowl. Reduce heat to medium; add garlic, tomato paste, paprika, cinnamon, demi-glace, bay leaf and thyme; cook, stirring constantly, for a minute. Increase heat to medium-high; add wine and boil 5 minutes. Add stock, honey, 2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper and bring to simmer. If using insert, return brisket, fat side up, to insert and nestle onions and carrots around and on top. Transfer insert to slow-cooker base. If using roasting pan, transfer brisket, fat side up, to slow cooker and add contents of pan; nestle onions and carrots around and on top. Cover and cook on high until brisket is fork-tender, about 8 hours. Skim fat off sauce, remove and discard bay leaf. Add salt and pepper to taste. Transfer carrots and onions to large serving bowl. Transfer brisket to cutting board and cut across grain into slices. Transfer to bowl with vegetables; drizzle some sauce over meat. Pour remaining sauce into another bowl for passing at the table. (Recipe from Williams-Sonoma)

} } BUBBY-LICIOUS BOUNTY: (From Top) Honey-Braised Beef Brisket; Herb-Roasted Chicken (Opposite Page, From Top) Potato Latkes; Roasted Carrot Soup

HERB-ROASTED CHICKEN 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tsp. minced fresh thyme 2 tsp. minced fresh rosemary 1 tbsp. minced fresh parsley 1 tsp. kosher salt ½ tsp. black pepper 1 tbsp. fresh lemon zest ¼ cup olive oil 1 (3 to 4 lb.) whole chicken, rinsed and patted dry 1 lemon, cut in half crosswise 1 sprig fresh rosemary 4 sprigs fresh thyme

Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine garlic, thyme, rosemary, parsley, salt, pepper, lemon zest and olive oil in bowl; mix to paste-like consistency; rub evenly over chicken. Stuff lemon halves, rosemary sprigs and thyme sprigs inside cavity. Tie legs together with kitchen twine (optional); arrange chicken in oiled roasting pan. Roast 45 to 60 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the thigh registers 160°F and juices run clear. (Recipe from The Food Channel)

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ROASTED CARROT SOUP 2 ½ lb. carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces 3 tbsp. olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste 1 ½ cups thinly sliced shallots 1 tsp. minced garlic ½ cup white wine 1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme 7 cups chicken stock

Preheat oven to 400ºF. In bowl, stir together carrots, 1 tbsp. olive oil, salt and pepper. Transfer to baking sheet and roast, stirring once halfway through, until carrots are tender and golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes. Set aside. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, warm remaining 2 tbsp. olive oil. Add shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and translucent, about 6 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for 30 seconds. Add wine and cook, stirring occasionally, until almost evaporated, about 2 minutes. Add carrots, thyme and stock; bring to a sim-

mer. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes. Using a blender, puree soup in batches until smooth, transferring each batch to a large bowl. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper. Transfer soup to a tureen for serving. (Recipe from Williams-Sonoma)

POTATO LATKES 2 small yellow onions 1 large bag russet baking potatoes (approx. 2 ½ lbs.) 2 eggs 2 tbsp. matzo ball mix 1 tsp. salt ¼ tsp. baking powder

Trim blossom end (opposite from stem) of onions. Peel onions; place trimmed sides down on large shredding plate of food processor. Shred down to stems; discard stems. Reserve shredded onions in their juice. Peel, cut and shred potatoes on same shredder. Drain off some liquid from potatoes and quickly mix with onions. Heat heavy skillet with a half-inch of vegetable oil over mediumto-high heat to approximately 350˚F. Beat eggs, add matzo ball mix, salt and baking powder. Blend well. Drain excess liquid from potato and onion mixture. Add egg mixture to potato mixture and blend well. With a 1/4 cup, form a small potato patty; flatten to half-inch thickness with approximately a 3-inch diameter. Gently lay patty in oil. Fry for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove from fat with slotted spoon or spatula; drain on paper towels or wire rack. Serve hot with sour cream and apple sauce.

YOU SPIN ME RIGHT ROUND Most people know about Spin the Dreidel— but have you ever actually played it? This quick and friendly game of chance uses a dreidel (a pointy four-sided top), and contestants compete for chocolate gelt (coins). How it works: Each player takes a turn at spinning, and each side of the dreidel has a Hebrew letter that determines their fate: N (nun) means you get nothing, G (gimel) means you get the whole stash, H (hay) means you get half the loot and S (shin) means you must put half your coins into the pot. The winner is the one who winds up with the most gelt at the end.

(Recipe from The Food Channel)

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FRIED RISOTTO BALLS

PARTY PRESENTATION NO BASH IS COMPLETE WITHOUT A FESTIVE AMBIANCE. FROM VIBRANT TABLE TOPPERS AND HOLIDAY DECOR TO FUN FAVORS AND SWEET TREATS, THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SURE TO IMPRESS GUESTS.

TOVAH MENORAH features classic lines, a sophisticated design, handmade aluminum and a polished nickel finish.

DREIDEL PLATTER in crisp white porcelain and decorated with tonal blue dreidels provides a fun, family-friendly presentation for serving holiday goodies.

GLASS STAR ORNAMENTS sold in sets of four are crafted of handmade glass, decorated in paint and glitter and make a vibrant addition to any Hanukkah display.

8 cups vegetable oil, for frying 6 cups risotto, cooked, spread on baking sheet, chilled ¼ pound mozzarella, cut into ½ cubes 2 cups flour 4 eggs, beaten 2 cups breadcrumbs, fine

Dip fingers in water and shape 2 rounded tbsp. chilled risotto into a 1 1/2-inch ball around a cube of mozzarella. Roll in palm of hands to make a smooth ball. Place ball on waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Repeat until you have 32 balls. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate until ready to fry. In large pot or Dutch Oven, heat oil to around 360˚F to 370˚F. Use a deepfat or candy thermometer to gauge temperature. Put flour, eggs and breadcrumbs in separate bowls. For each ball, roll in flour, shake off excess, dip in egg and let excess drip off, roll in breadcrumbs and transfer to waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Using metal slotted spoon or skimmer, lower 6 balls into oil. Fry until golden brown, approximately 3 to 3 1/2 minutes per batch. Transfer to paper towel to drain. Repeat until all balls are fried. They’re best if served immediately. (Recipe from The Food Channel)

PEAR AND CRANBERRY TART THREE-PIECE HANUKKAH COOKIE-CUTTER SET creates festive holiday treats, with traditional Star of David, menorah and dreidel shapes.

HANUKKAH GELT features certified kosher individually wrapped goldfoil coins of milk chocolate packaged in a charming blue felt bag.

CLASSIC DREIDELS crafted of wood are sold in sets of three and feature bright blue and silver palettes, Hebrew lettering and elaborately painted detail.

SEA SALT CARAMELS include 32 bite-sized certified kosher sweets handmade with fine ingredients, dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt, all served in a snappy reusable tin. *All items courtesy of Crate and Barrel and available at crateandbarrel.com. All photography by Crate and Barrel.

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1 cup dried cranberries ¼ cup rum 1 refrigerated pie dough disk 1 ½ pounds of large pears, such as Anjou, Bosc or Bartlett (approximately 3), cored and sliced ¼ cup all-purpose flour ¼ cup granulated or superfine sugar ¼ tsp. kosher salt ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon ¼ tsp. grated orange zest ¹/8 tsp. ground nutmeg 1 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, diced 1 egg 2 tbsp. water 2 tbsp. sanding sugar

Preheat oven to 450˚F. Soak cranberries in rum for about 1/2 hour. Place sliced pears and soaked cranberries into pie crust, leaving about a 1 1/2-inch border. Combine flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, orange zest and nutmeg in bowl; stir to

blend. Using two knives, cut in the butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle mixture evenly on pears and cranberries. Gently fold border over pears and cranberries, pleating to make a circle. Whisk together egg and water. Brush crust with egg mixture; sprinkle with sanding sugar. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the crust is golden and pears are tender. (Recipe from The Food Channel)

HONEY-ALMOND BUNDT CAKE (Cake) 4 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla extract ¾ tsp. almond extract 2 ¾ cups cake flour, plus more for dusting 1 ¼ tsp. baking powder ¼ tsp. salt 1 cup shortening, plus more for greasing ½ cup packed light brown sugar ½ cup granulated sugar ½ cup honey ¹/3 cup vegetable oil ¾ cup water ¾ cup finely ground sliced almonds


THE SOUND OF SOIREES From witty to heartwarming, the following holiday songs will have your guests tapping their feet and singing along. “THE CHANUKAH SONG”

} } FEAST YOUR EYES: (Clockwise From Top) Fried Risotto Balls; Honey-Almond Bundt Cake; Pear and Cranberry Tart

(Honey Glaze) 3 tbsp. packed light brown sugar 2 tbsp. water ¹/3 cup honey ½ tsp. vanilla extract Pinch of salt 1 tbsp. toasted sliced almonds

Position rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 325°F. Grease and flour Star of David bundt cake pan; tap out excess flour. To make cake, in a small bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla and almond extracts until blended. In medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In bowl of an electric mix-

er fitted with the flat beater, beat shortening on medium-high speed until light and creamy, about a minute. Reduce speed to medium-low, add brown sugar, granulated sugar, honey and oil; beat until just combined. Increase speed to medium-high; beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to medium, add egg mixture and beat until well combined, about a minute. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with water and beginning and ending with flour. Beat each addition until just incorporated, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides of bowl. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in ground al-

monds. Transfer batter to prepared pan and smooth top with spatula. Tap pan against a countertop to release air bubbles. Bake until top of cake is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack; let cake cool in pan for 15 minutes. Using a serrated knife, gently cut off portion of cake above edge of pan to create an even base. To make honey glaze: In small saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, water, honey, vanilla and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved and mixture is syrupy, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and keep warm. Invert cake onto rack and lift off pan. Place rack over parchment-lined baking sheet. Using pastry brush, brush tops and sides of cake with warm glaze. Sprinkle with sliced almonds. Let cake cool completely before serving. (Recipe and Star of David

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“THE CHANUKAH SONG, PART II” “THE CHANUKAH SONG PART III” by Adam Sandler

“CANDLELIGHT”

by The Maccabeats

“MIRACLE” by Matisyahu

“HANUKKAH HEY YA”

by Eric Schwartz

“LIGHT ONE CANDLE”

by Peter Yarrow

“THE LATKE SONG”

by Debbie Friedman

“MAOZ TZUR” CHANUKAH SONG by PS22 Chorus

“OH HANUKKAH” by Meshugga Beach Party

“HANUKKAH BLESSINGS”

by Barenaked Ladies

“HAPPY CHANUKAH”

by 2 Live Jews

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GONNA NEED MORE CREAM CHEESE The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. Plans To Open Three New Restaurants

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he Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co., famous both for using purified water in its products and landing spokesperson Larry King, has announced plans to open three new locations in Boca Raton, Lake Worth and Jupiter.

The Boca Raton-based restaurant company already has five locations, including the one King launched in Beverly Hills, Calif., plus 11 more in various stages of development to be opened around the country. Its most recent venue opened in Boynton Beach back in September. To what does the company attribute its success— especially in this hungry economy? “We’ve had an overwhelming response to our authentic Brooklyn products that give many Northerners a real feeling of being back home,” says Steven M. Fassberg, founder, chairman and chief executive officer. “While it’s only natural to grow more rapidly in the area where we first started, our restaurant and food have been popular in locations that we have opened throughout the country—from South Florida to California.” The company opened its flagship Delray Beach restaurant in 2009 and the following year Michael

DOESN'T FEAR THE SCHMEAR: Michael D'Angelo, county development agent

D’Angelo, a former Brooklyn firefighter, opened the first franchise in Palm Beach Gardens. “We started in Palm Beach County, opened our new headquarters here and continue having amazing growth,” says D’Angelo, who serves as the restaurant's county development agent. “We’re already a

great homegrown success with tremendous potential for much more in the near future.” The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co.’s flagship restaurant is located at 14451 South Military Trail, Delray Beach. For more information, call 877-BAGEL-80 or visit brooklynwaterbagels.com. DECEMBER 2011

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CONFECTION } }Perfection FEAST YOUR EYES ON INCREDIBLE EDIBLE SWEETS

Tantalizing treats are omnipresent during the holiday season. Why not take them a step further and create desserts that appear as amazing as they taste? Whether it’s for a dazzling buffet centerpiece or a decadent gift for friends and family, the following recipes are guaranteed to please.

LEMON SNOWBALL COOKIES Packaged in their own snow globe, these classic cookies are reminiscent of a white winter. Rolling them at least three times in powdered sugar gives them the appearance of real snowballs. (Snow globes can be found in craft stores.) INGREDIENTS 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

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2 cups confectioners’ sugar 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour 1 ½ tbsp. grated lemon zest ½ tsp. salt PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a mixing bowl, beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy, gradually adding 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Add flour, lemon zest and salt,

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beating until combined. Cover and chill dough for 30 minutes. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden on the bottom but pale on top. Transfer to wire rack; cool for 5 minutes. Place 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar in a bowl; roll warm cookies in sugar, coating well. Let cookies cool completely and roll in the confectioners’ sugar two more times.

CARAMEL CROQUEMBOUCHE HOLIDAY TREE This classic French dessert display makes a dazzling buffet centerpiece. Make your own mini cream puffs or use the prepared kind (available at

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


CRANBERRY SUGAR COOKIES This simple butter cookie loaded with dried cranberries makes a great gift baked, or in dough form wrapped in parchment paper and tied with ribbons. The dough can be frozen for up to a month; cookies can be stored for up to two weeks. INGREDIENTS 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour ½ tsp. salt ½ cup chopped dried cranberries

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 325ºF. In a medium bowl, cream butter, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla with a large spoon until smooth. Add flour and salt; stir until combined. Stir in dried cranberries. Divide dough into quarters. On parchment, shape each portion into a 1½-inch x 4-inch log. Wrap tightly in plastic. Chill 30 minutes or up to one day. With a sharp knife, slice dough into ¼-inch-thick rounds. Rotate as you cut to keep it from flattening. Place rounds on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool sheets on wire racks. making them crunchy and bursting with flavor. Try serving them with a mouthwatering Brandied Cherry Sauce.

most grocery stores). Have a stainless-steel bowl of ice and water ready prior to cooking the sugar syrup. INGREDIENTS 70 mini cream puffs, frozen, prepared 2 ½ cups sugar 1 tbsp. sea salt 2 /3 cup water 1 4x12 (approximately) foam cone, covered in gold foil PREPARATION

For the sugar syrup: In a 3-quart saucepan combine sugar and salt. Add 2/3 cup water to moisten sugar. Cover and boil for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove lid and cook, stirring occasionally until caramel is a light golden color. Immediately put the bottom of the pot in the bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Re-

move pot from water. Take each individual cream puff and dip the top in the sugar syrup and set on parchment paper to cool slightly; dip the same cream puff a second time on the bottom and immediately place cream puffs, side by side, on the platter surrounding the cone to form a ring. Add another layer to begin stacking cream puffs so they hug the tree-shaped cone. Once cream puffs are placed, drizzle remaining sugar syrup, starting at the tree top all the way to the bottom. Serve immediately.

BROWN SUGAR BARK WITH BRANDIED CHERRY SAUCE These crispy cookies feature timeless holiday ingredients like ginger and brown sugar,

(BARK) INGREDIENTS 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. ground cloves 1 tsp. ground ginger ¾ tsp. salt 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) 1 ¼ cups firmly packed light brown sugar ¹/3 cup maple syrup 2 tbsp. coarse sugar crystals PREPARATION

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and a second in the upper third. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Sift together flour, baking soda, cloves, ginger and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until smooth. Slowly pour in maple syrup and beat until combined. Add flour mixture a half cup at a time. Continue beating until mixture becomes a dough. Transfer dough to lightly floured work surface, divide in half and form each half into 6-inch disks. Wrap each disk in plastic; refrig-

erate for one hour. On lightly floured work surface, roll out one disk into an oval about a 1/2-inch thick. Transfer dough to prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper and continue to roll until 1/8-inch thick. Sprinkle one tbsp. of coarse sugar evenly over surface. Repeat with second dough disk. Bake until firm and brittle, for about 20 minutes, alternating pans between the two racks after the first 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Break cookies into large pieces (about 12 per pan) and top with Brandied Cherry Sauce. (BRANDIED CHERRY SAUCE) INGREDIENTS 2 pounds sweet cherries, pitted 1 cup brandy 1 cup granulated sugar 4 tsp. cornstarch ½ tsp. almond extract 1 cup sweet orange marmalade PREPARATION

In a saucepan, combine first four ingredients. Over medium heat, cook, stirring constantly until mixture is thickened and boils; remove from heat. Stir in almond extract and marmalade. Serve immediately with Brown Sugar Bark or cover and refrigerate. O DECEMBER 2011

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Matteo’s Serves Hearty Portions Of Tasty Italian Favorites

By Linda Haase

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inner at Matteo’s is like the ultimate pasta sauce: full of rich flavor imbued with zest. Everything at this Boca Raton landmark—from the service to the signature dishes—is robust, just the way it should be in a bustling Italian ristorante. The wait staff is attentive and

knowledgeable, but never smothering, while the diverse menu features favorite classic dishes and unique twists for more adventuresome diners. Meals are served family style in the 265-seat restaurant and hearty portions ensure that everyone from famished teenagers to dieters leave satisfied (and usually toting signature take-home bags). The diverse menu includes a variety of pastas—linguini, capellini, rigatoni, fettuccine, penne and whole wheat—which can be paired with more than 15 enticing sauces. Our favorite dish: Alla Marechiara, laden with clams and shrimp in a delicate white wine and tomato sauce. 82

There are eight chicken dishes (including the splendid Chicken Sorrentino, a moist breast topped with eggplant, prosciutto and covered with melted fresh mozzarella cheese), nine veal offerings and even a selection of low-carb selections. A good place to start is with an order of the Baked Clams appetizer, served fresh (they’re flown in from New York several times a week) and topped with breadcrumbs and a broth so flavorful that it’s best to have bread nearby to sop up every bit. Next, try the Veal Chop Valdostana, 16 ounces of butterflied veal, per-

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CHEERS TO GREAT FOOD:

(From Left) the Antipasto Platter; Lobster Ravioli; Broiled Salmon

fectly breaded and pan-fried, and layered with heaping portions of prosciutto and melted mozzarella cheese, then topped with mushrooms and Marsala sauce. Heavenly! The burnt vegetables (yes, they are deliberately cooked this way) are an unusual choice, and definitely worth a try. There’s also a finely balanced wine and cocktail list to accompany any menu selection. With nine locations (Salvatore Sor-

rentino and his sons, Andrew and Matthew, opened their first location in New York a quarter of a century ago) the restaurant has a large and loyal following. Most will tell you to save room for the delectable desserts, including cannoli, tiramisu and Napoleon (a light pastry filled with just enough rich cream). A sweet ending to a savory meal. O

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


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The main dining room at Tea-Licious

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ABE & LOUIE’S4Glades Plaza

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

Dinner nightly, Sunday Brunch. ABSINTHE4Shops at Boca Center x 5150 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.620.3754 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. ATLANTIC GRILLE4Seagate Hotel & Spa x 1000 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.665.4900 x Closed for lunch through Sept. 30, Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday. BOGART’S BAR & GRILLE4Cin-

HAVE BLANKET, WILL TRAVEL

561.544.3044 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach Offers Evening Picnics In The Park

BONEFISH GRILL4Boca Grove Shopping Center x 21065 Powerline Rd. x 561.483.4949 x Dinner daily.

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BREWZZI4Glades Plaza x 2222 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.2739 x Lunch and Dinner daily. BROOKS RESTAURANT4500 South Federal Hwy. x Deerfield Beach x 954.427.9302 x Dinner Wednesday-Sunday in season, offseason Friday-Sunday. THE CAPITAL GRILLE46000

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

561.368.1077

CARMEN’S4Boca Raton Bridge Resort x 999 Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.9500 x Dinner Thursday-Saturday, Brunch Sunday. CHOPS LOBSTER BAR4101

Plaza Real South x Boca Raton x x Dinner nightly.

561.395.2675

TWO GEORGES AT THE COVE MARINA41754 S.E. Third Ct. x

Deerfield Beach x 954.421.9272 x Lunch and Dinner daily. CUT 4324432 E. Atlantic Ave. x

Delray Beach x 561.272.9898 x Dinner nightly. DADA452 North Swinton Ave. x

Delray Beach x 561.330.3232 x Dinner nightly. 84

f you enjoy culture, great food and Miami getaways, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach has whipped up a Wednesday night treat for guests that’s hard to beat: A gourmet picnic basket and a personal hotel escort to New World Center Park, where guests can enjoy their culinary bounty under the stars while watching either a film or symphony concert on a soaring 7,000-square-foot projection wall. From now through December 28th, choose from two picnics, each which include meals for two: The AllAmerican Basket includes apples and pears, Terra chips and pretzels, made-to-order sandwiches, choice of salad with balsamic vinaigrette and either cookies, brownies or French pastries for dessert. The French Country Basket includes apples and pears, a selection

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

Deerfield Beach x 954.429.8820 x Lunch and Dinner daily. THE ENGLISH TAP & BEER GARDEN4The Shops at Boca

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

of artisanal cheeses, homemade chutney, Saucisson and country-style pate, assorted pickles, a choice of breads and either chocolate-dipped strawberries or cookies for dessert. Both baskets include Voss water and Lorina lemonade, tucked into a custom backpack with cozy blanket, custom antique brass accents, thermal shield insulation, wine pouch and place settings for two, plus a hardwood cutting board, cheese knife, stainless-steel corkscrew and spill-proof wood salt and pepper shakers. The cost for either picnic experience: $150.

The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach is located at One Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. For more information, call 800241-3333 or visit ritzcarlton.com.

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5101 Congress Ave. x Boca Raton x 561.912.9800 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. HENRY’S4The Shoppes at Addison Place x 16850 Jog Rd. x Delray Beach x 561.638.1949 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

FIFTH AVENUE GRILL4821 S.E.

HOOTERS 4Glades Plaza x 2240 N.W. 19th St. x Boca Raton x 561.391.8903 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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

HOUSTON’S41900 N.W.

GRAND LUX CAFE4Town

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

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Executive Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.998.0550 x Lunch and Dinner daily. J. ALEXANDER’S41400 Glades

Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.347.9875 x Lunch and Dinner daily. KATHY’S GAZEBO CAFE44199 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.395.6033 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. KEE GRILL417940 N. Military Tr. x Boca Raton x 561.995.5044 x Dinner nightly. LUCILLE’S BAD TO THE BONE BBQ4Regency Court x 3011 Yamato

Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.997.9557 x Lunch and Dinner daily. MARIPOSA4Neiman Marcus at

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


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Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.338.6388 x Lunch and Dinner Monday-Friday, Sunday. Closed Saturday. MILLER’S EAST BOCA ALE HOUSE4Shoppes at Blue Lake x

1200 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.988.9142 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

MILLER’S WEST BOCA ALE HOUSE4Boca Lyons Plaza x 9244

W. Glades Road x Boca Raton x 561.487.2989 x Lunch and Dinner

THE OFFICE4201 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.276.3600 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

daily.

THE PAVILION GRILLE4301

MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE4

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

The Shops at Boca Center x 5050 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.392.7724 x Dinner nightly. NEW YORK PRIME42350 N.W.

Executive Center Dr. x Boca Raton x 561.998.3881 x Dinner nightly. OCEANS 2344234 N. Ocean

Blvd. x Deerfield Beach x 954.428.2539 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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RACKS DOWNTOWN EATERY & TAVERN 4Mizner Park x 402 Plaza

Real x Boca Raton x 561.395.1662 x Lunch and Dinner daily. RARE LAS OLAS4401 E. Las Olas

Blvd x Fort Lauderdale x 954.527.3365 x Dinner nightly. RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE

4225 N.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.6746 x Dinner nightly. SEASONS 5242300 N.W. Executive Center Dr. x Boca Raton x 561.998.9952 x Lunch and Dinner daily. SIX TABLES4112 N.E. Second St. x

Boca Raton x 561.347.6260 x Dinner Tuesday-Saturday by reservation.

A STEIN OF THE TIMES Authentic Biergarten On Tap At Royal Palm Place

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aise your glass! Restaurateur Arturo Gismondi has opened an authentic biergarten in Boca Raton’s Royal Palm Place that serves GermanAmerican cuisine and more than 50 beers from around the world (poured in traditional steins). Executive Chef Jason Shipman’s unique menu changes with the seasons (as does the beer), with offerings such as imported pretzels, schnitzels, ‘wursts,’ Godfried’s Fondue and the eatery’s trademark “biergarten” burger. The 5,000-square-foot Bavarian-style space is decorated with lots of whimsical touches: Antler chandeliers and sconces dot walls and a cornucopia of ivy and vines hang from the ceiling. There’s an expansive bar and an energetic outdoor dining area with tree stump barstools, festive lighting, TVs and an entertainment stage. Located on the second level, Godfried’s Place offers VIP bottle-service, embossed leather sofas, primetime sportscasts and great views of the action below. Prost!

Biergarten is located at 309 Via De Palmas #90, Royal Palm Place, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-395-7462 or visit biergartenboca.com.

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SMOKEHOUSE GRILLE & WINGERY42257 N. Federal Hwy. x

Boca Raton x 561.391.9110 x Lunch and Dinner daily. TEMPLE ORANGE4The Ritz-

ASIAN/SUSHI 5 SPICE ASIAN STREET MARKET4

Shoppes of Blue Lake x 1200 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.989.1688 x Lunch and Dinner daily. ASIA SUSHI/WOK/GRILL4

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

BLUEFIN SUSHI THAI GRILL4

861 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.981.8986 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. CAY DA VIETNAMESE47400 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.998.0278 x Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. EDO SUSHI-UPSCALE JAPANESE SUSHI & PAN-ASIAN BUFFET4

Waterway Shoppes of Parkland x 7609 N. State Road 7 x Parkland x 954.755.3191 x Lunch and Dinner daily. FAH ASIAN BISTRO4Boca Valley Shopping Plaza x 7461 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.241.0400 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. GARY WOO ASIAN BISTRO43400 N. Federal Hwy. x

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

Boca Raton x 561.368.8803 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Closed Tuesdays.

THE SUNDY HOUSE4106 S. Swinton

HOUSE OF SIAM425 N.E.

Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.5678 x Lunch Tuesday-Saturday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday, Brunch Sunday.

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

TRIPLE EIGHT LOUNGE AT THE FALCON HOUSE4116 N.E. Sixth

JAPANGO4Riverstone Shoppes

Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.243.9499 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. VINNY’S ALL DAY CAFE4Regen-

cy Court x 3013 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.988.9883 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. WATERCOLORS CAFE4Boca

Raton Bridge Hotel x 999 E. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.9500 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

561.330.9191

of Parkland x 7367 N. State Road 7 x Parkland x 954.345.4268 x Regency Court x 3011 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.999.1263 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. KANSAI47140 Beracasa Way x

Boca Raton x 561.395.8862 x Dinner nightly. KYOJIN BUFFET4Shops at Boca Grove x 21073 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.218.1708 x Lunch and Dinner daily.


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wTHE DISH ON FOOD, WINE & RESTAURANTS LA TRE4249 E. Palmetto Park

Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.4568 x Dinner nightly. LEMONGRASS ASIAN BISTRO4

420 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.5050 x Lunch and Dinner daily. 4101 Plaza Real South x Boca Raton x 561.544.8181 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner daily. MAI HIBACHI44801 Linton Blvd. x Delray Beach x 561.499.2766 x Lunch and Dinner daily. PEI WEI41914 N.E. Fifth Ave. x Boca Raton x 561. 226.0290 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

RISE MODERN ASIAN CUISINE AND SUSHI46060 S.W. 18th St.,

#108 x Boca Raton x 561.392.8808 x Lunch Monday- Friday, Dinner daily. SAITO’S JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE

48316 Jog Rd. x Boynton Beach x 561.369.1788 x Lunch Monday-Friday,

Dinner nightly. 4CityPlace x 700 S. Rosemary Ave., #208 x 561.296.8881 x Lunch and Dinner daily. 4Palm Beach Gardens x 4675 PGA Blvd. x 561.202.6888 x Lunch and Dinner daily. SHINJU BUFFET47875 Glades

Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.488.4040 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Sea Bass at Chops Lobster Bar

UNCLE TAI’S4The Shops at Boca

Center x 5250 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.368.8806 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. YAKITORI SAKE HOUSE4271

PHILIPPE BOCA RATON4Boca Raton x 200 East Palmetto Park Rd. x 561.393.4666 x Dinner nightly. PHUKET THAI4Palms Plaza x

22191 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.447.8863 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

STIR CRAZY FRESH ASIAN GRILL4Town Center x 6000 Glades

Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.338.7500 x Lunch and Dinner daily. SUSHI RAY4Shops at Boca

Center x 5250 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.394.9506 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. SUSHI THAI4100 N.E. Second

St. x Boca Raton 561.750.4448 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

PINE GARDEN CHINESE RESTAURANT41668 N. Federal

TEMPURA HOUSE4The Reserve x

Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.395.7534 x Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

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

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Suite 130 x Boca Raton x x Dinner nightly.

561.368.8580

YOKOHAMA49168 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.451.1707 x Lunch daily, Dinner nightly.460 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.392.9328 x Lunch daily, Dinner nightly.

Delray Beach x 561.638.5155 x Breakfast and Lunch, Monday-Saturday.

BARBECUE MISSISSIPPI SWEETS BBQ CO.42399 N. Federal Hwy. x

Boca Raton x 561.394.6779 x Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday, Dinner Sunday.

ANDREW'S499 S.E. Mizner Blvd.,

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

ST. TROPEZ47860 Glades Rd.

S.E. Mizner Blvd., #41 x Boca Raton x 561.544.0087 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

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P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO4

OLIO BISTRO442 S.E. Second Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.6633 x Dinner Thursday-Saturday.

TEA-LICIOUS TEAROOM & GIFTS4 4997-B W. Atlantic Ave. x

THE BOCA BEACH HOUSE4887 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.826.8850 x Breakfast and Lunch Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday. TIN MUFFIN CAFE4364 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.9446 x Breakfast and Lunch Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

FONDUE THE MELTING POT45455 N.

Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x x Dinner nightly.

#1 x Boca Raton x 561.391.7939 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Brunch Sunday.

561.997.7472

BOHEME BISTRO41118 E.

BISTRO PROVENCE42399 N.

Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.4899 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

561.368.2340 x Dinner Tuesday-

FRENCH Federal Hwy., #4 x Boca Raton x Sunday. Closed Monday.

CIELO4The Boca Raton Resort & Club x 501 E. Camino Real x 561.447.3222 x Dinner TuesdaySaturday.

CAFE DE FRANCE4110 E.

FLEMING’S BISTRO46060 S.W.

Place x 416 Via De Palmas, #81 x Boca Raton x 561.955.6001 x Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

18th St., #103 x Boca Raton x 561.347.1117 x Dinner TuesdaySunday. LA CIGALE4253 S.E. Fifth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.265.0600 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. LE PAVILLON414812 S.E. Military Tr. x Delray Beach x 561.499.9882 x Dinner nightly. Closed Mondays.

Atlantic Ave., #120 x Delray Beach x 561.455.2140 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

CASIMIR BISTRO4Royal Palm

COTE FRANCE CAFE4Royal Palm

Place x 101 Plaza Real S., Ste. K & L x Boca Raton x 561.955.6021 x Breakfast and Lunch MondaySaturday, Brunch Sunday.

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LE RIVAGE4450 N.E. 20th St. x

BIERGARTEN4Royal Palm Place x 309 Via De Palmas #90 x 561.395.7462 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Boca Raton x 561.620.0033 x Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

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4170 W. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.7910 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

MILOS TAVERNA41600 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.750.6720 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

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INDIAN CURRIES & MORE4217 E. Palmetto Park

Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.2999 x Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

ITALIAN ANTHONY’S COAL FIRED PIZZA4Shops at

Boca Grove x 21065 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.218.66004115 N.E. Sixth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.7911 x Lunch and Dinner daily. ARTURO’S RISTORANTE46750 N.

Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.997.7373 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. CAFFE LUNA ROSA434 S. Ocean Blvd. x

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

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233 S. Federal Highway | 561.392.0773 www.matteosrestaurants.com

CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN4Town Center x 6000 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.268.2805 x Lunch and Dinner daily. CAPRI RISTORANTE ITALIANO439 S.E.

First Ave. x Boca Raton x 561.391.8044 x Dinner nightly. CARRABBA’S ITALIAN GRILL4Wharfside Plaza x 6909 S.W. 18th St. x Boca Raton x 561.544.8838 x Lunch Sunday, Dinner daily 4335 E. Linton Blvd. x Delray Beach x 561.266.9393 x Lunch Sunday, Dinner nightly. CARUSO RISTORANTE4Royal Palm

Place x 187 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.367.7488 x Lunch and Dinner, Monday-

Saturday. CASA D’ANGELO4171 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.338.1703 x Dinner nightly. DAVITO’S419635 State Road 7 x Boca Raton

x 561.482.2323 x Lunch and Dinner daily. DOMINICS I48177 W. Glades Rd. x Boca

Raton x 561.487.3186 x Lunch and dinner daily. DOMINICS II4Westwinds of Boca x 9834

W. Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.487.6325 x Lunch and Dinner daily. FERRARO’S48208 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.477.2750 x Dinner Wednesday-Sunday. GIOVANNI’S COAL FIRE PIZZA4

Waterway Shoppes at Parkland x 7625 N. State Road 7 x Parkland x 954.345.9282 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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IL BACIO429 S.E. Second Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.865.7783 x Dinner ThursdaySaturday. IL GIRASOLE4Tropic Square x 1911 S.

Federal Hwy. x Delray Beach x 561.272.3566 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. JONATHAN'S CORNER4134 N.E. Second St. x Boca Raton x 561.826.7123 x Lunch and Dinner daily. JOSEPHINE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT4

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5751 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.988.0668 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. LA STELLA'S RESTAURANT AND CATERING 4159 E. Palmetto Park

Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.544.2081 x Dinner Monday-Saturday. LA LUNA BISTRO4The Polo Shoppes x 5030 Champion Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.997.1165 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

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LA VILLETTA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE44351 N. Federal Hwy.

x Boca Raton x 561.362.8403 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. LILLY’S4451 East Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.362.0208 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily. MAGGIANO’S421090 St. Andrews Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.361.8244 x Lunch and Dinner daily. MATTEO’S RESTAURANT4233 S. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.392.0773 x Dinner nightly.

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NINO'S OF BOCA41930 N.E. Fifth Ave.

x Boca Raton x 561.362.8990 x Lunch and Dinner daily. OVENELLA4499 S. Federal Hwy. x Boca

Raton x 561.395.1455 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. PICCOLINO RESTAURANT478 S.

Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.395.8858 x Lunch and Dinner daily. POSITANO44400 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.544.2920 x Dinner nightly. RAFFAELE RISTORANTE4Royal Palm

Place x 508 Via De Palmas x Boca Raton x x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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Monday-Saturday Lunch 11:30-2:30

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RENZO’S OF BOCA45999 N. Federal

Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.994.3495 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.


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RISTORANTE SAPORI4Royal Palm Place

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

ROSARIO’S RISTORANTE4Royal Palm Place x 145 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.393.0758 x Dinner nightly. SAPORISSIMO4366 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.750.2333 x Dinner nightly. SWANKY'S VESUVIO RISTORANTE & PATIO BAR43360 N. Federal Hwy. x

Boca Raton x 561.368.5520 x Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. TABLE 42 KITCHEN & WINE BAR4

Royal Palm Place x 399 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.826.2625 x Lunch and Dinner daily. TRAMONTI4119 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.1944 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. TRATTORIA ROMANA4499 E. Palmetto

Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.393.6715 x Dinner nightly. TUCCI'S FIRE N COAL PIZZA450 N.E.

First Ave. x Boca Raton x 561.620.2930 x Lunch and Dinner daily. VIC AND ANGELO’S 4290 E. Atlantic

Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.9570 x Lunch and Dinner daily. VILLAGIO ITALIAN EATERY 4Mizner Park x 344 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.447.2257 x Lunch and Dinner daily. VILLA ROSANO4The Reserve x 9858 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.470.0112 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. VINO WINE BAR AND ITALIAN TAPAS4

114 N.E. Second St. x Boca Raton x Monday-Saturday.

561.869.0030 x Dinner

VIVO PARTENZA41450 N. Federal Hwy.

x Boca Raton x 561.750.2120 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

LATIN/CARIBBEAN CARIBBEAN GRILL41332 N.W. Second

Ave. x Boca Raton x 561.362.0161 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. CUBAN CAFE RESTAURANT43350 N.W.

Boca Raton Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.750.8860 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Closed Sunday.

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CABANA EL REY4105 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.274.9090 x Lunch and Dinner daily. GOL, TASTE OF BRAZIL4411 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.6565 x Dinner nightly.

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

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OLD CALYPSO4900 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.279.2300 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Brunch Saturday and Sunday. PADRINO’S4Mission Bay Plaza x 20455 State Road 7 x Boca Raton x 561.451.1070 x Lunch and Dinner daily. ROCKSTEADY JAMAICAN JERK CAFE41179 S. Federal Hwy. x Boca

Cafemeddeerfield.com 2096 N.E. 2nd Street, Deerfield Beach | 954-596-5840

Located Right At The Beach With Valet Parking

Featured on FOOD NETWORK’S “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” - November 2010

Rosarios From The Original Owner of “La Viola Restaurant”

MEXICAN BAJA CAFE UNO4201 N.W. First Ave. x Boca Raton x 561.394.5449 x41310 S. Federal Hwy. x Deerfield Beach x 954.596.1305 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. MOQUILA4 99 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca

Raton x 561-245-7569 x Dinner TuesdaySunday. ROCCO’S TACOS AND TEQUILA BAR4The Shops at Boca Center x

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Raton x 561.910.1562 x Lunch MondaySaturday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

5250 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.416.2131 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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SEÑOR BURRITO4513 N.E. 20th St. x Boca Raton x 561.347.6600 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

–Sun-Sentinel 11/6/09

UNCLE JULIO’S4Mizner Park x 449 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.300.3530 x Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday.

ORGANIC 4TH GENERATION ORGANIC MARKET4

561-393-0758 145 SE Mizner Blvd. Royal Palm Place Boca Raton, FL 33432

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75 S.E. Third St. x Boca Raton x 561.338.9920 x Lunch Monday-Sunday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. APROPO KAFE4147 S.E. First Ave. x Boca Raton x 561.393.1223 x Breakfast and Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner Wednesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.


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give a gift that lights up the world MAKE A TRIBUTE IN HONOR OF SOMEONE YOU LOVE EO

Spreading light and hope to those in need is what the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is all about. And during the festival of lights this year, you can spread the love even further by making a tribute gift in honor of a child, family member or anyone special in your life. Your gift recipient will receive a card in the mail informing him or her of your generosity on their behalf. What better way to celebrate the true miracle of Chanukah?

Find out more about the good work of our Federation, and make your tribute online at jewishboca.org/chanukah


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Nominated Best Italian Restaurant In Boca 2011 —Sun Sentinel

DIG45199 W. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach

Vito Raneri Executive Chef/ Owner

David Acker Owner

x 561.638.0500 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. THE GREEN GOURMET4The Shoppes at Addison Place x 16950 Jog Rd. x Delray Beach x 561.455.2466 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

PUB THE ENGLISH TAP & BEER GARDEN45050 Town Center Circle x Boca

Raton x 561.544.8000 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. HOLLOWAY'S PUB4Royal Palm Place x

BOCA GREENS PLAZA (left of OUTBACK) 19635 State Rd. 7 Boca Raton

504 Via De Palmas x Boca Raton x 561.3618445 x Lunch Saturday, Dinner MondaySunday. THE WISHING WELL IRISH PUB4Royal

561-482-2323

Palm Place x 175 S.E. Mizner Blvd., #9 x Boca Raton x 561.750.5208 x Dinner nightly.

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CATERING FOR ALL OCCASIONS Open 7 days a week

BEN’S NY KOSHER DELI4The Reserve x 9942

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Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.470.9963 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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634 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.3390 x Lunch Tuesday-Saturday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. JAKE’S STONE CRAB4Royal Palm Plaza x 514 Via de Palmas x Boca Raton x 561.347.1055 x Lunch Friday-Sunday, Dinner nightly. LEGAL SEA FOODS4Town Center x

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MAN OF VALOR Food For The Poor Gala To Honor The Late Robert G. Gordon F

ood For The Poor’s ninth annual Palm Beach Gala, “Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures,” will take place January 29th at The Breakers Palm Beach. The event is being chaired by Arlette Gordon, Elizabeth Bowden and Paul Marino and will honor the life of the late Robert G. Gordon, remembered for his passion for culinary achievement and charitable giving. “Robert and I considered it an honor to be part of Food For The Poor’s Palm Beach Gala,” said Arlette Gor-

don, who chaired the event for five years with husband Robert. “(He) prided himself on recognizing good company, wine, food and efficient philanthropic giving.”

“Robert and I considered it an honor to be part of Food For The Poor’s Palm Beach Gala.” – Arlette Gordon

This year’s gala proceeds will be used to build a critically needed school in his honor to benefit approximately 100 disadvantaged

children near Gordon’s Village in Bluefields, Jamaica. In developing countries, classes are sometimes held under a tree or in a dilapidated building. Both of these scenarios make it difficult for students to concentrate on their studies. “We believe education is the foundation for a successful future,” said Gordon. “Robert would be touched by the generosity of his friends to know that so many had gathered together to build a school in his honor to extend his legacy.”

Food For The Poor is the nation’s largest international relief and development organization, feeding millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. The interdenominational Christian ministry also provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and more. O

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THE BEAT GOES ON Boca Raton Regional Hospital Raises Funds For The American Heart Association

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Nancy Perez, Laurie Leon, Melissa Durbin, Cinde Logan and Allison Trowbridge

early 15,000 supporters attended the annual Heart Walk and 5K Run of the Palm Beaches, held to benefit the American Heart Association. The event, which was presented locally by Boca Raton Regional Hospital and nationally by Subway, was held recently at the Meyer Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach.

ment at the South Florida Water Management District, was the 2011 event chairperson and NBC-TV’s “Today” show anchor Natalie Morales served as Grand Marshal. The day included kids’ activities, Zumba, refreshments, a presentation emceed by Rick Shockley of SUNNY 104.3 and a survivor ceremony.

Participants raised critical funds for heart and stroke research, education and community programs while simultaneously increasing awareness about the devastating diseases and provoking a call to action through walking and running. Dorothy Bradshaw, Deputy Director of Procure-

In addition to serving as the local presenting sponsor, Boca Raton Regional Hospital had the largest fundraising team on site with 698 registered walkers. Representing the hospital were Jerry Fedele, Chief Executive Officer; Dr. James Morris, Medical Director of the Lynn Heart & Vascular Insti-

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HOT HAVANA Ruth Rales JFS Gala And Auction To Honor Humanitarian Larry Phillips

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ore than 300 guests are anticipated to enjoy a “journey” to mid-century Havana at Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service’s “Havana Nights” Annual Gala and Auction, which will take place on December 8th at 6:30 pm at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton. “From the spirited cocktail reception and dinner to our lively entertainment, auctions and dancing, our guests are in for a ‘Havana Night’ to remember,” said co-chair Vicki Weinstein. “They’ll also be bidding away on a dazzling array of luxury items including exquisite jewelry and fashions, sports memorabilia and travel and sports packages.” “With requests for food and finan-

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cial assistance, senior services, counseling and mental health care continuing to rise, JFS must rely on the community’s compassion and generosity more than ever,” added cochair Lisa Goodman. “This past year alone brought a 70 percent increase in Holocaust survivor assistance clients and a 20 percent rise in food pantry recipients. As our major yearly fundraiser, the gala is critical to JFS continuing to meet the needs of South Palm Beach County families and individuals.” During the evening, local philanthropist Larry Phillips will receive the 2011 Ruth and Norman Rales Humanitarian Award. “We are proud to recognize the

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Co-chairs Vicki Weinstein and Lisa Goodman

profound difference Larry Phillips has made in so many areas through his leadership, inspiration and generosity,” said Laurence I. Blair, JFS chairman. Honorary co-chairs are Isabelle and Arnie Friedman, Judi and Craig Donoff, and Wendy and Wayne Legum. Supporters include: Leadership Sponsors Meryl and Ron Galla-

tin; Guardian Sponsors Shirley and Barton Weisman, Isabelle and Arnie Friedman, Madeline and Eugene Pargh and Michele and Larry Blair; Benefactor Greenspoon Marder and Exclusive Magazine Sponsor The Boca Raton Observer. O

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Men are again invited to enjoy the most exclusive local golf experience while helping to meet vital community needs, as the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County proudly presents the Fourth Annual Invitational Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golf Classic at Boca Rio Golf Club.

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Welcome to BIG FINISH Anniversary Gala Raises More Our Universe FAU Than $500,000 For Scholarship Fund A

s part of its 50th anniversary celebration, Florida Atlantic University recently hosted “50 on the 50,” a gala event, with proceeds benefitting the President’s Scholarship Challenge. The black-tie gala, held in the Martin F. & Jane Greenberg Foundation Tower at FAU’s new on-campus football stadium in Boca Raton, raised more than $500,000. “The ‘50 on the 50’ gala was a tremendous success, with more than 800 FAU friends in attendance,” said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. “I’m pleased we’ve raised more than $500,000, thanks to the hard work of our gala committee and sponsors, as well as our many volunteers and guests.” The event spanned three levels of the tower, with each featuring a unique theme, including the “Copacabana” Club on the Delray Hyundai Priority Level, the jazz-themed Delray Acura Premier Club and the American Bistro on the Suite Level. Alumna Chloe Dolandis and FAU’s Jazz Ensemble provided live entertainment on the Premier Club level, and faculty and students from the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters School of Music performed on the Suite Level.

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“I’m pleased we’ve raised more than $500,000, thanks to the hard work of our gala committee and sponsors, as well as our many volunteers and guests.” – Mary Jane Saunders, FAU president

Highlights of the evening included a “half-time” show, featuring performances by Dolandis and the FAU marching band, FAU’s 50th Anniversary Book brought to life through a video presentation, and a spectacular fireworks display. A silent auction featured rounds of golf, tickets to premier events and local attractions, computers, gift cards, works of art, jewelry and more.

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Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

The gift-matching challenge was established by President Saunders and members of the FAU Foundation Board of Directors in 2010. Recognizing the challenges our students face in furthering their education, President Saunders kick-started the fund with a personal pledge of $50,000. Annual gifts designated to FAU student scholarships are matched dollar for dollar through this program. O

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PLAY BALL Men’s Night To Benefit Jewish Federation Of South Palm Beach County

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en passionate about sports and helping the community are invited to experience both at the annual Men’s Sports Night Out event on February 9th at the Premier Club Lounge at Florida Atlantic University’s brand-new stadium in Boca Raton. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature keynote speaker Desmond Howard, Heisman Trophy winner, Super Bowl MVP and current ESPN college football analyst. Miami Dolphins Hall of Famer Dwight Stephenson will also be in attendance. Event proceeds will benefit the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. “We’re thrilled to offer a chance to experience the Premier Club Lounge at Florida Atlantic University’s brand-new stadium in Boca Raton,” said event co-chair Craig Donoff, a notable sports memorabilia collector. “Along with great game day food and drinks, a terrific speaker and more, the score is adding up to the best of nights for men of all ages.”

Co-chairs Craig Donoff and Glenn Schwartzman

“This is a great opportunity to enjoy a great evening of sports with friends and make new contacts, while helping support vital community services,” added co-chair and sports agent Glenn Schwartzman. “We know we’ll be getting some real insider stories and analysis from Desmond Howard, joined by Miami Dolphins Hall of Famer Dwight Stephenson.” Keynote speaker Desmond Howard began his 11-year pro football career with the Washington Redskins as fourth overall pick of the 1992 NFL draft. His career highlights include scoring the first game-winning touchdown in Jacksonville Jaguars’ history and becoming the first special teams player to be named Super Bowl MVP with the Green Bay Packers. His 870 punt return yards in a single season and 99-yard kickoff return in a Super Bowl remain NFL records. Howard was elected to the Pro Bowl in 2000, and to the 2010 College Football Hall of Fame. He joined ESPN in 2005 as a college football analyst, beginning a highly successful second career. Men’s Sports Night Out is sponsored by The Sandelman Foundation and The Boca Raton Observer is the Exclusive Media Sponsor. O

i For more information, call 561-852-3160, e-mail melissac@bocafed.org or visit jewishboca.org/mensnightout.

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12.11 December 5 Janet Jackson, 45, wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t born rich, but she was born into a wealth of talent. The iconic recording artist and actress grew up in a low-income section of Gary, Ind. the youngest of 10 siblingsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;five of whom became the phenomenon known as The Jackson 5. After living in her brothersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shadows (and at the insistence of her father Joe Jackson, a notorious stage parent and her former manager), in the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s she began appearing on The Jackson 5â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s variety TV show, and eventually landed acting roles in series such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Timesâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fame.â&#x20AC;? After several unsuccessful albums, in 1986 she released Control, which sold more than 14 million copies worldwide and was certified five times platinum. Since then her life has read like a soap opera, with a superstar career (Forbes ranked her one of the richest women in entertainment), a tumultuous romantic life and a family drama played out in the press, most recently with the loss of her brother, Michael Jackson. But the show must go on: Catch her tour at The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater on December 5th, where she performs at 9 p.m.

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12.11 NO SILENT NIGHT: Pitbull and Kelly Clarkson will perform at the Jingle Ball 2011 on December 10th at BankAtlantic Center

venues Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org DECEMBER 6-11 “Shrek the Musical” Show times vary. DECEMBER 15-18 Miami City Ballet Presents “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” Show times vary.

AmericanAirlines Arena 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-777-1000; aaarena.com DECEMBER 2 Jesus Adrian Romero Show begins at 7:30 p.m. DECEMBER 9 Trans-Siberian Orchestra Show begins at 8 p.m.

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DECEMBER 31 Paul Anka Show begins at 10:30 p.m.

One Panther Parkway, Sunrise, 954-835-7469; bankatlanticcenter.com DECEMBER 5, 13, 16, 18, 20, 27, 30, 31 Panthers Hockey Game times vary. DECEMBER 10 Jingle Ball 2011 with Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, The Script, Pitbull and more Show begins at 7 p.m. DECEMBER 17 MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic Game begins at noon.

Bayfront Park

301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-358-7550; bayfrontparkmiami.com DECEMBER 1 Judas Priest Epitaph Tour with Black Label Society and Thin Lizzy (Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park) Show begins at 6 p.m.

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Parker Playhouse

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Hard Rock Live

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DECEMBER 1 Margaret Cho Live In Concert Show begins at 9 p.m.

DECEMBER 1 Smokey Robinson Show begins at 8 p.m.

DECEMBER 10 Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour Show times vary.

DECEMBER 5 Hall & Oates Show begins at 8 p.m.

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DECEMBER 6 Paul Simon Show begins at 8 p.m.

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DECEMBER 15 Alice Cooper Show begins at 8 p.m.

DECEMBER 4, 11 Miami Dolphins Football Game begins at 1 p.m.


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12.11 The Broward Center for the Performing Arts 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222; browardcenter.org

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DECEMBER 9-11 “A Christmas Carol” (Au-Rene Theater) Show times vary.

DECEMBER 5 Janet Jackson’s Number Ones Up Close and Personal World Tour Show begins at 9 p.m.

DECEMBER 17 “Miracle on 34th Street” (Au-Rene Theater) Show begins at 8 p.m.

DECEMBER 20 Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band Show begins at 9 p.m.

DECEMBER 21-24 Miami City Ballet Presents George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” (Au-Rene Theater) Show times vary.

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DECEMBER 3 “My Fair Lady” Show begins at 8 p.m. DECEMBER 7 “Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration” Show begins at 8 p.m. DECEMBER 11 Wanda Sykes Show begins at 8 p.m. DECEMBER 21-24 Moscow Classical Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” Show times vary. DECEMBER 29 An Acoustic Evening with Matisyahu Show begins at 8 p.m. DECEMBER 30 THROUGH JANUARY 1, 2012 The Second City Improv All-Stars Show times vary. JOY TO THE WORLD: “Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration” takes place December 7th at The Raymond F. Kravitz Center for the Performing Arts

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events DECEMBER 1 Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Metro Division’s Wandering Happy Hour An evening of cocktails and mingling for young professionals. Takes place at Rocco’s Tacos in Boca Raton. Starts at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 561852-6058 or visit jewishboca.org. DECEMBER 1 The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Major Gifts Event Enjoy a cocktail reception and dinner with former CBS-TV news anchor Dan Rather. Takes place at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-852-3160 or visit jewishboca.org.


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12.11 DECEMBER 1-23 2011 Tree and Menorah of Remembrance Hospice by the Sea invites locals to display a commemorative ornament during the holiday season. Takes place at Town Center at Boca Raton. Start times vary. For more information, call 561-416-5132 or visit hbts.org. DECEMBER 1-29 National League of American Pen Women’s Juried Art Exhibition This event promotes the development of creative women in the arts. Takes place at the Delray Beach Library, the Parkland Library and the Delray Beach Gallery. Show times vary. For more information, call 954-969-0727.

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DECEMBER 1 Designer Nicky Hilton at Alene Too Meet designer Nicky Hilton and preview her exclusive jewelry collection “Nicholai” at Alene Too Regency Court. Starts at 4 p.m. For more information, call 561-394-0899 or visit alenetoo.com. DECEMBER 2 25th Annual Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic Players will receive PGA Tour Superstore goodie bags containing $100 worth of gift cards, plus 45-minute practice sessions at the new Delray Beach location. Takes place at the Delray Beach Golf Club in Delray Beach. Starts at 7 a.m. For more information, call 561-278-0424 or visit delraybeach.com. DECEMBER 3 Fire Leaping, Mud Crawling, 5K Race and Festival This fitness festival includes 12 intense obstacles over 3.1 miles of extreme terrain, plus food and live music. Takes place at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. Starts at 9 a.m. For more information, call 773-687-4595 or visit warriordash.com. DECEMBER 3 Carla Is “Simply Streisand” A tribute to the artistry of singer Barbra Streisand. Takes place at Florida Atlantic University’s Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium in Boca Raton. Starts at 8 p.m. For more information, call 561-278-7677 or visit sunsetet.com.


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12.11 DECEMBER 3 JAFCO’s “An Enchanted Evening” Gala A black-tie evening dedicated to raising funds for abused and neglected children. Takes place at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-372-0103 or visit jafco.org.

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DECEMBER 4 “Handel’s Messiah” Takes place at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-297-3853 or visit fauevents.com.

DECEMBER 6 Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Women’s Philanthropy’s “Fabulous Furs and Dazzling Diamonds” Event A fashionable event for Lion of Judah members who winter in Palm Beach County, as well as potential new members. Takes place at Neiman Marcus at Town Center at Boca Raton. Starts at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 561852-3142 or visit jewishboca.org. DECEMBER 7 Great American Songbook Concert Series An evening in honor of Pearl Harbor, featuring Dick Cully and his 15-piece Big Band. Takes place at Olympic Heights Community High School in Boca Raton. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-852-6900 or visit helpusrebootamerica.com. DECEMBER 7 Joy of Life Series Presents Chuck Sheik B’nai Torah Congregation’s award-winning senior group Hazak invites residents to a program featuring Sheik, a singer, dancer and comic. Takes place at B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton. Starts at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-392-8566 or visit bnai-torah.org.


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DECEMBER 7 B’nai Torah Congregation’s Annual Holiday Boutique Grab your shopping list: this annual event features a variety of holiday gifts for all ages. Benefits the Ruth and Edward Taubman Early Childhood Center. Takes place at B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton. Starts at 8:45 a.m. For more information, call 561-392-8566 or visit bnai-torah.org.

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DECEMBER 7-9 Hanley Center Presents Comedian Mark Lundholm Standup comedian Mark Lundholm will perform to benefit the Hanley Center. Shows take place at The Improv clubs in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Show times vary. For more information, call 561841-1212 or visit hanleycenter.org. DECEMBER 8 2011 Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service’s Annual “Havana Nights” Gala Enjoy an evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions. Takes place at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-852-5044 or visit ruthralesjfs.org. DECEMBER 9 Florence Fuller Child Development Centers’ Wee Dream Ball Enjoy the “Ultimate ’70s Birthday Party” with dancing, dining and entertainment. Takes place at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-391-7274 or visit ffcdc.org. DECEMBER 9-18 “Ruthless! The Musical” This fast-paced show pokes fun at overbearing stage mothers and their Broadway brats. Takes place at Showtime Dance and Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton. Show times vary. Reservations required. For more information, call 561-394-2626 or visit showtimeboca.com. DECEMBER 10 Madrigal Dinner Florida Atlantic University presents an evening of music and dining in honor of the Christmas season. Takes place at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Boca Raton. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-297-2337 or visit fauevents.com.


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DECEMBER 10 MorseLife Dinner Dance Eat, dance, be merry and help support MorseLife’s mission to enhance the lives of seniors in Palm Beach County. Takes place at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-242-4661 or visit www.morselife.org. DECEMBER 11 A Tribute to Our Armed Forces Enjoy a concert by the Florida Sunshine Pops Orchestra, featuring Daniel Rodriguez and Marla Kavanaugh. Takes place at Florida Atlantic University’s Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium in Boca Raton. Starts at 8 p.m. For more information, call 561-2787677 or visit sunsetet.com. DECEMBER 11 Tour of Boca Rides Take a 14-mile bike tour of Boca Raton complete with police escort. Begins at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton. Starts at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-391-6109 or visit bocaratonbicycleclub.com. DECEMBER 13 THROUGH MARCH 18, 2012 “American Treasures: Masterworks from The Butler Institute of American Art” An exhibit featuring significant American artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. Takes place at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Boca Raton. Show times vary. For more information, call 561-392-2500 or visit bocamuseum.org. DECEMBER 16 The Delray Beach Holiday Bus Loop Enjoy a free trolley ride with drinks and appetizers along the way at local venues. Takes place at the Delray Beach Public Library in Delray Beach. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-266-0775 or visit delraylibrary.org. DECEMBER 17 “Tuba Christmas” An outdoor concert by Florida Atlantic University’s tuba and euphonium players. Blankets recommended. Takes place at Mizner Square in Boca Raton. Starts at 5 p.m. For more information, call 561-2973853 or visit fauevents.com.

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HOTWHEELS 2013 ASTON MARTIN V12 ZAGATO

After winning the award for Design in the Concepts and Prototypes class at the prestigious Villa D’ Este Concours and proving its durability with the successful completion of the grueling 39th ADAC Nürburgring 24 Hour race, Aston Martin reports an overwhelming interest from customers to confirm production of the V12 Zagato. Based on the acclaimed V12 Vantage and sporting a beautifully handcrafted aluminumand-carbon fiber body, the V12 Zagato will be produced in very limited numbers for a discerning clientele. Orders are now being taken on a strictly firstcome-first-served basis and production is expected to commence this summer.

AT A GLANCE: BASE PRICE: $540,000 (plus tax)

Aston Martin is located at 915 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach. For more information, call 561-659-6206 or visit palmbeachmotorcars.com.

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now&noteworthy THE BOCA RATON OBSERVER’S

DU20 Holistic Oasis Grand Opening Event November 30th Head to DU20 Holistic Oasis on November 30th at 5 p.m. and learn simple ways to improve your health and life. Guests will hear about traditional Chinese diagnosis, tour the facility and explore the benefits of floatation, tai chi and qigong. Enjoy discounts and giveaways. DU20 Holistic Oasis, 103 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561-455-2147; du20.com. Deborah Dolchin, Elisa Jones, Paula Valad, Dr. Nick Masi and Lotsy Dotsy, the hospital’s resident clown

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Love Jen Fund Receives $25,000 Grant From 1000+ Club To Benefit Cancer Patients The Love Jen Fund of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation received a $25,000 grant from the 1000+ Club to Benefit Cancer during its kick-off celebration for the 2012 Women of the Year. “We are so pleased that the 1000+ Club to Benefit Cancer has chosen to support the Love Jen Fund, which we established in 1991 through Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation,” said Dr. Nick Masi, Director of Family Centered Care at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and co-founder of the Love Jen Fund. “Understanding the tremendous emotional and financial burden placed upon families of gravely ill children, we hoped to provide therapeutic, educational, recreational and emergency financial assistance to families of oncology patients. During the next year, many families will benefit from this generosity.” The Love Jen Cancer Fund, established by Drs. Nick and Wendy Masi, is a living legacy to their daughter Jennifer, who lost her 11-year battle with cancer. Families of diagnosed children receive invitations to special events and patients are engaged in daily activities that distract them from issues related to their disease. Jennifer Masi was only 3 years old when she was diagnosed with cancer. Through years of treatment, she found ways to make the daily reality of living with cancer easier for her and for other patients at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. She and her friends spent weekends volunteering, hosting holiday parties and sharing their love and laughter with children and their families. Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation, 1005 Joe DiMaggio Dr., Hollywood, 954-265-3454; jdchfoundation.org.

Learning To Have Fun In The Kitchen At The Delray Beach Public Library The Delray Beach Public Library has announced a new collaboration with Resident Chef Wes Bonner of Publix Apron’s Cooking School. ‘Travel’ with Chef Bonner through six continents in six months and learn about different cuisines from Chef Bonner each continent. Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-2669490; delraylibrary.org.

Xeomin® (New Botox®) Arrives Early In Dr. Jacob D. Steiger’s Office The hottest new product to treat frown lines, Xeomin®, is about to hit the market and Dr. Jacob D. Steiger, a Delray Beach boardcertified facial plastic surgeon, is making it available to his patients well ahead of its 2012 formal release date. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of severe frown lines between the eyebrows, Xeomin® is an excellent alternative to Botox® and Dysport®. Dr. Steiger is a double board-certified, Ivy League-trained, award-winning plastic surgeon and one of only a handful of South Florida physicians to dedicate his practice solely to plastic surgery of the face and nose. Steiger Facial Plastic Surgery, 4800 Linton Blvd., Delray Beach, 561-499-9339; drsteiger.com.

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Call Me For All Of Your Insurance Needs KEVIN J. RADER 561-807-0900 krader@advancedins.com




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the local real estate report

SUBDIVISION

ADDRESS

BUYER

SELLER

SALE

PRIOR

PRIOR

PRICE

SALE PRICE

SALE DATE

ARAGON CONDOMINIUM

2494 S OCEAN BLVD C9

HALPERIN BARRY S

HARDY MARGARET INDIV TRUSTEE

$2,550,000

$3,200,000

12-JAN-04

BOCA GROVE PLANTATION

7373 MANDARIN DR

SHAPIRO MICHAEL B

MILGRAM EUGENE

$500,000

$900,000

30-MAY-06

BOCA HARBOUR

821 NE 69TH ST

MANTASHI IDA

BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON TRUSTEE

$550,000

$425,100

21-OCT-10

BOCA ISLES SOUTH

10826 BAL HARBOR DR

FORTUNATO MARIA CLAUDIA

DRUCKER RONALD J

$425,000

$475,000

18-JUL-03 01-MAY-85

BOCA POINTE CC - ESPLANADA

22655 ESPLANADA CIR W

RUBIN RICHARD DAVID

ROTH STEVEN

$385,000

$330,000

BROKEN SOUND CC - BANYANS

6670 NW 25TH AVE

TAUBMAN ADAM

JULIEN PATRICIA

$225,000

$435,000

07-JUL-05

COLONNADE AT GLEN OAKS

2686 NW 49TH ST

ONEILL CAROLINE

BLOUNT GREGORY JAMES

$365,000

$634,250

30-JUN-05

FOX LANDING

19141 FOX LANDING DR

ALTSCHULER GEFFEN G

ZIPPER JOY A

$625,000

MIZNER COUNTRY CLUB

15951 LAUREL CREEK DR

WEINBERG CAREN

CITIBANK NA TRUSTEE

$670,000

$475,100

13-APR-11

MIZNERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PRESERVE

6032 VIA VENETIA N

RUSSO ROBERT M

MORE DIANE B INDIV TRUSTEE

$550,000

$525,680

12-DEC-00

NEW FLORESTA

2875 NW 29TH DR

GALICZA ROBERT

LATIN & HELLAS REALTY LLC

$493,500

$400,789

PALM BEACH FARMS

1381 SW 21ST ST

HENRY MICHELLE

BOYLSTON BARBARA INDIV TRUSTEE

$375,000

POLO CLUB - BLUE CORAL COVE

17281 CORAL COVE WAY

LEVY JAY K

DECIDERS LIMITED

ROYAL PALM YACHT & COUNTRY CLUB

2310 E SILVER PALM RD

GROSKIN ALICIA

LINDSTROM DEBORAH A

THE OAKS - FOX HILL ESTATES

17638 CIRCLE POND CT

HECHT NICOLE A

HAMMOND LEONA L

THE OAKS AT BOCA RATON

9341 GRAND ESTATES WAY

RUBENSTEIN ALLAN

JPMORGAN CHASE NATL ASSOC

TIERRA DEL RAY SOUTH ESTATES

10916 EL CABALLO CT

LARKIN AMBER RENEE

HSBC BANK USA NA TRUSTEE

$902,699

$700,100

25-MAR-11

TUNISON PALMS

701 AURELIA ST

WHITNEY NICOLE

BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON TRUSTEE

$415,000

$305,500

25-JAN-11

WOODFIELD CC - HAMPTONS

3256 ST ANNES DR

KLEIN GILLIAN D

BERNSTEIN WILLIAM S

$710,000

$610,000

17-JUL-03

WOODFIELD HUNT CLUB

3240 EQUESTRIAN DR

VASSALLO SAMANTHA

PRUDENTIAL RELOCATION INC

$650,000

$677,500

27-JUN-11

$950,000

26-SEP-02

$1,199,000

23-MAY-05

$630,000

21-DEC-10

$1,937,500 $675,000

15-SEP-10 27-JAN-10

22-APR-05

$1,250,000

19-JAN-11

Source: Palm Beach County Property Appraiser

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giving backcharity never goes out of style

Some of the people we visit, they don’t have any friends or neighbors or relatives. They clutch these teddy bears as if they’re the last thing they have left in this world.

– Rob Gordon, president and CEO of the American Health Association

ELF CONFIDENCE

The American Health Association Offers School For Santa’s Little Helpers

S

even years ago, Rob Gordon was in a real pickle.

asked myself, ‘What can I do with all this excess amount?’”

a song-and-dance floor show, along with stuffed-animal keepsakes.

After national media latched onto his idea to send stuffed toys overseas to the American soldiers in Iraq—they would keep them in their pockets to make friends with the Iraqi children—he was inundated with Beanie Babies and teddy bears and cute little plush animals.

And that’s how the Elf Campaign was born—from an overflow of kindness.

But first, there’s a little matter Gordon calls Elf School, where the volunteers—some years, there are more than 100 of them—learn the specific songs and dances that make the visits what they are.

Boxes and boxes of the things, jamming up his Boca Raton warehouse. “It was unbelievable,” says Gordon, president and CEO of the American Health Association, a 501(c) charity that provides preventative health services. “We were getting thousands of them a day and I 144

So, since 2004—a year after Gordon started the overseas program that today mails almost a half-million stuffed toys to 37 countries—he’s also been spreading good cheer locally every holiday season. Indeed, Gordon trains elves, if you will. After all, not everybody can get hired at the North Pole with this economy. Each December, the elves skip off into nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living facilities to spread love, giving patients and residents

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This year, he’s planning to visit 49 nursing homes and assisted living centers and four hospitals. Of course, that means he’ll need help. The stuffed animals are still coming in, but this time of year they can always use more. And some of them need a little TLC. “You know, they might have an eye missing or need

By Emily J. Minor

a little sewing job,” he says. Year-round, they also need volunteers to box the toys for overseas care packages. And, of course, they always need talent for the December floor shows. Gordon figures they’ll hand out more than 30,000 stuffed animals this holiday season, and the whole operation is run by volunteers. “Some of the people we visit, they don’t have any friends or neighbors or relatives,” Gordon says. “They clutch these teddy bears as if they’re the last thing they have left in this world.” For more information about Elf School and how to volunteer, call 561-3619091 or mail donations to1181 S. Rogers Circle, Boca Raton, FL. 33487. O



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