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Taste The Dish On Food, Wine & Restaurants 109 Bites 112 Listings 114 Review Happenings The Essential Social Digest 131 Around Town 145 Calendar 157 Flash AT HOME 166 The Local Real Estate Report A LOOK BACK 168 Our Colorful History


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appy Valentine’s Day! This is one of my favorite times of year – season is in full swing, life is bustling and love is in the air. And of course, there are all the flowers, jewelry and chocolate! This month’s “Love & Romance” issue pays homage to all things sweet. Our cover story, Full House (page 66) tells the tale of Candace Cameron Bure and Valeri Bure, an adorable couple that lives in Plantation. Actress Cameron is best-known for her role on Full House, while Bure was a successful Florida Panthers hockey player. Today the couple spends time living the Florida lifestyle, raising three beautiful children and running a winery. Another famous South Florida couple, super-private tennis player Andy Roddick and his Sports Illustrated model/girlfriend Brooklyn Decker, also recently spoke exclusively with The Boca Raton Observer about living and loving in the media’s glare. Check out their story, Love Match (page 90). Speaking of couples, our story When Harry Met Sally (page 72) highlights local pairs who’ve met and stayed together – against all odds. In order to serve all South Florida’s happy couples, our 52 Great Dates piece (page 80) provides suggestions for fun and romantic outings – one for every weekend of the year (so no excuses for staying home in front of the TV)! And when the romance leads to matrimony, you’ll want to check out The Wedding Planners (page 94), which features event tips and entertaining tales from the trenches. Also in this issue, we provide fabulous Valentine’s Day gift suggestions for men and women in our extensive jewelry guide, Shine On (page 100), and our popular department, Trend Report (page 26). Finally, if you prefer to spend the holiday in an intimate setting (aka, home) but don’t want to cook, our No Reservations feature (page 110) maps out the best caterers and food services that deliver upscale, restaurant-quality


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meals to your front door. Just pick up the phone, and they’ll do the rest. Anyone who knows me personally knows that Valentine’s Day is my absolute favorite holiday. I’m a big fan of hearts, the color red and anything chocolate. But one of my greatest passions in life is love. It’s the most special emotion there is – especially in today’s world. Whether it’s love for your partner, family, children, friends or pets, it’s something no one should ever take for granted. Finally, there are some wonderful charity events this month that celebrate love: There’s the Tennis Love Affair gala to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on February 7th; the Love & Hope Ball to benefit Diabetes Research Institute on February 14th; the Boca Raton Heart Ball on February 21st; and the Boca Museum of Art Ball and American Heart Association’s Shades of Red event on February 28th. But luckily, since timing is so important, the “Love & Romance” issue came at the right time for me personally and hopefully, for all of those readers who in the craziness of today’s world may have forgotten how love and life are truly all that really matter. All of us at The Boca Raton Observer hope you enjoy and savor every page of this issue, because a lot of love went into planning and producing it. Enjoy – and celebrate love in whatever form you choose. Whether it’s love for your community, your family, your country or that special someone in your life who makes your heart beat faster, just do it. Life is complicated and short, so be sure to fill your days with lots of love and laughter. I know that after reading this issue from cover to cover, I will do my best to make February 2009 a month to remember.

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ou might say model and designer Camila Alves, 24, specializes in arm candy: Not only does the Brazilian bombshell call hunky actor Matthew McConaughey her beau (and the father of their son, Levi) but her sexy handbags have become all the rage among Hollywood’s fashionista set. Her tribalinspired line, MUXO (which means “Goddess of the Water” in African), includes distressed leather clutches and travel, messenger and hobo bags embellished with fringes, tassels, iron accents, emblazoned logos and other details. What makes the line truly unique is that each piece is handcrafted by Alves and her fashion-designer mother, Multo Abrigado. No machines, no assembly lines – just some über-talented fingers. The bags take about

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eight hours to create, and cost from $450 to about $1,500. This is not your grandmother’s pocketbook. “The girl who buys MUXO is looking for a piece of art,” says Debbie Weisman, co-owner of Alene Too, an upscale boutique in Boca Raton that carries the line exclusively in South Florida. “It’s not like purchasing Prada or Louis Vuitton – each bag is special and she will be the only one to have it.”Alves is scheduled to make a personal appearance at the store on March 20th.“She’s the nicest person, and so down to earth,” Weisman says. “She’s very hands-on with her company – she wants everything perfect. When she calls from her cell in Brazil, she usually has a baby in her arms. She is a mom after all.” For more info, visit or

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Pancakes If there ever was an excuse to pile on the syrup, this is it: IHOP restaurants will serve free short-stacks of buttermilk pancakes on February 24th to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Networks. The premise: Patrons will eat free pancakes, then donate the money they would have paid for breakfast to the charity via restaurant collection boxes. As part of last year’s fund-raiser, IHOP served 1.5 million pancakes (the equivalent of a 12-mile-high stack) and generated $750,000. This year’s goal: $1 million. There are 10 IHOPs in Boca; to find the one nearest you, visit

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Swoon. The Junior League of Boca Raton on February 5th will turn The Shops at Boca Center into a literal candyland with its much-anticipated Chocolate Decadence Festival, a culinary showcase where Boca’s finest restaurateurs, chocolatiers, pastry chefs and caterers tout all things yummy (aka, fattening). From appetizers and cocktails to coffee and truffles, this evening will be worth every moment you’ll spend on the treadmill the next day. Call 561-6204778, ext. 2 or visit

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Guys, prepare to be humbled: Little rodents called Jirds are capable of having sex every 15 seconds for a straight hour. You’ll learn this and other wild tidbits at Miami Metrozoo’s critically acclaimed lecture, Sex & the Animals, scheduled for February 14th at the zoo’s amphitheatre. The entertaining, adult-only program, a Valentine’s Day tradition, is hosted by Metrozoo Zoologist Ron Magill, who combines fascinating facts with graphic images to illustrate courtship and breeding behaviors in the animal kingdom. Dealing with everything from frogs to elephants, Magill draws parallels to human sexuality while using humor to keep the audience loose and uninhibited. He started the program 22 years ago, when his director asked him to devise a way to attract crowds to the zoo. “I said I could come up with something, but that I didn’t know how the board of directors would feel about it,” he recalls. “Sex sells,” says Magill, whose annual lecture attracts more than 400 attendees. “No matter how conservative, religious or prude people may be, they’re fascinated by it.” The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception and tickets are $30 per person; $70 includes a buffet dinner, champagne and roses for the ladies. For more information, call 305244-5551 or visit


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Ring Of Truth Just when you thought good old-fashioned honesty was but a nostalgic memory, along comes someone like Delray Beach resident Maria del Carmen Servin. When Servin, a sales clerk at Loehmann’s in Boca Raton, discovered a sparkling diamond ring peeking from a Cole Haan pump, she did what most people wouldn’t: She turned it in. “I taught my students ethics,” Servin, a former teacher, told a Sun-Sentinel reporter. “I taught them not to do to others what you don’t want done to you.” The ring, a family heirloom worth several thousand dollars, was soon claimed by its owner. For Servin’s honesty, the store awarded her $10, a gift card and a mention in the company newsletter.

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confessions Meet Style Superstar Tamara Mellon: President and Founder of Jimmy Choo and Honorary Chair of The Lupus Foundation’s Butterfly Ball, which takes place at Mar-a-Lago on February 7th.

The Heel Deal: Tamara Mellon

Where do you live most of the time?

I have homes in London and on New York’s Upper East Side. Are you married? Have children?

I’m divorced with one daughter. Do you consider your sensibilities more American or European?

I’m lucky enough to have grown up in both the UK and the United States. Thus, I believe my character has elements of both. Given your critical awareness of fashion, what new trends do you see in women’s style?

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invite friends over for dinner. I am also a strong supporter of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

What similarities do you find in women from Palm Beach to Hong Kong to Dubai relative to their interest in shoes and accessories?

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Women love accessories no matter where they live or where they are from. The Jimmy Choo woman is universal.

Now that your company is known on every continent, are you focusing on other vistas?

Presuming you have free time – what do you do with it?

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I spend my free time with my daughter. I love to exercise and have a personal trainer who I work out with. I also love to spend time at home and

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Given that you travel extensively, where do you like to go for a relaxing holiday?

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Architect Derek Vander Ploeg Wants His Creations To Impact Generations To Come By Steve Dorfman


rom Derek Vander Ploeg’s earliest memories, he never had any doubt what he would do with his life: “I was born to be an architect,” he says. The only son of Dutch immigrants who fled Holland just ahead of Nazi occupation and settled in Chicago, Vander Ploeg, 60, believes that the adult influences in his early life (“Mom and Dad were both accomplished artists, my uncle was an architect and my grandfather was a banker who foresaw the post-WWII housing boom,” he says) and being raised in the Windy City (“The birthplace of architecture,” he calls it) naturally led him into the field. 32

Even the Lincoln Logs that Vander Ploeg played with endlessly as a young boy were the brainchild of perhaps the world’s most influential architect: Frank Lloyd Wright originally created them as toys for his own son. Vander Ploeg’s family eventually relocated to Fort Lauderdale. Since studying architecture at the University of Miami (where he was also a wide receiver/defensive back on the football team) and later earning a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Pittsburgh, Vander Ploeg has plied his trade domestically and internationally – always keeping in mind his self-di-

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Prime Property: Vander Ploeg recently completed the mixed-use development, 200 East, located at 200 E. Palmetto Palm Road.

rected “moral obligation” to have his projects both complement and enhance their surroundings. “We’ve designed buildings all over the world – Europe, Japan, Greece, the Middle East – and always partner with local, like-minded architects,” he says. Likewise, his Boca Raton firm of some nearly two dozen employees (Vander Ploeg & Associates) helps guide out-of-town architects on their South Florida projects. While balancing the art and science of being an architect – “the classic left-brain, right-brain tug,” he calls

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it – the twice-married Vander Ploeg Animal: (who has an adultPolitical daughter from his Professor Robert first marriage andWatson a teenage son with lecturing at Lynn University second wife of more than 20 years) has created an impressive breadth of work. His dozens of local projects run the gamut from eye-popping creations such as the iconic Mizner Park and The Excelsior, to more modest edifices that he coined his “jewel-box series,” to pro-bono work for local nonprofit organizations. In every case, Vander Ploeg takes “an Old World approach – which means maintaining my social, fiduciary and intrinsic values as they relate to the community and having buildings remain on a human scale so they can be part of a fabric for current and future generations.” With the massive, ongoing mixeduse developments he’s designing for both downtown Boca Raton and Lauderhill, it’s a safe bet that South Floridians’ grandchildren – and their grandchildren’s grandchildren – will someday benefit from Vander Ploeg’s unique architectural vision. O

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Battle For The Bouquet

Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway play scheming bridezillas in this quirky chick flick.

By Steve Kates

Bride Wars Appeals To Fans of Bitch Kitsch


ears ago, George S. Kaufman wrote a short one-act play (subsequently made into a film in 1929) titled, If Men Played Cards As Women Do. Kaufman viscerally knew that, since Eve, female instincts and methodologies haven’t changed; his playlet was a devastating satire on female competitive gamesmanship, made all the more humorous and illuminating with an all-male cast! Bride Wars is a chick flick that deals with female competitive wedding planning, made somewhat pedestrian by virtue of casting women in the lead roles. Not that the film is all bad – it has two lovely stars and some nice wedding gowns. The premise is simple – two best friends since childhood, through a scheduling glitch by the wedding planner’s assistant, are to be married the same day at the same venue (though in different spaces). This could have constituted a promising plot, wor-

thy of past screwball comedy stars like Jean Arthur, Carole Lombard and Irene Dunne. After all, most of those classic movies were predicated on commensurate misunderstandings and innumerable monkey wrenches. But, alas, we have neither the writers nor the actresses to carry off such sophisticated baubles, and thus we have imposed on us a purported comedy rooted in meanspiritedness and bitchiness. Never, outside of a kindergarten for disturbed children, have I seen such nasty behavior from two presumably adult women. Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson are buddies who become feral enemies. Normally gifted actresses, their performances are formulaic and the gimmick wears thin pretty quickly; we are left with a series of predictable and infantile acts which pall rapidly. February 2009


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Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson and Steve Howey

One of the major flaws in this illconceived production is the TV sitcom orientation of its producing principals – director Gary Winick and scenarists Greg DePaul and Casey Wilson are all grounded in TV, and the difference between TV and movies is painfully clear. There is little in the way of character development, plot exposition or emotional nuance. One thing that Bride

Wars makes painfully clear is the absolute superfluity of grooms in wedding plans, who are mere window dressing to the overwhelming female objective. Credit must, particularly, be given to the two grooms-to-be, Chris Pratt and Steve Howey, who inhabit their thankless roles with manly charm and Ivy League good grace. Bryan Greenberg, cast as Kate Hudson’s brother, is delightful and commanding in his rather pivotal role – he, too,

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pursuit of their various nefarious goals. There is also the seemingly impossible execution of some pranks that probably would have a one-ina-million chance of success. And (referencing one of the mean tricks) how a brilliant attorney who has fought weight all of her life simply accepts without question (and devours) boxes of candy and cookies that arrive at her office each day, thinking they are from her fiancé, without ever discussing it with him, much less thanking him. The one real movie pro involved in the production is cinematographer Frederick Elmes, who filmed Synechdoche, New York and The Namesake; his stylish and expert eye is happily in evidence. Do not expect Academy Award nominations for Bride Wars, but prospective brides and teenage fashionistas will undoubtedly love this movie. O

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Romantic Adaptation Novels That Inspire Cinematic Expression

Richard Gere and Diane Lane in Nights in Rodanthe

By Kathleen Everingham

With February here and love – or at least, lust – in the air, it’s the perfect time to cozy up with a romance novel and indulge your imagination. The following modern marvels and classic tomes, all enchanting enough to have inspired films, will make you laugh, cry and dream.

P.S. I Love You

Gone With The Wind

By Cecelia Ahern

By Margaret Mitchell

When young, beautiful Holly Kennedy loses Gerry, her dashing Irish husband and soulmate to a brain tumor, the devastated widow discovers he’s left her one last gift: a series of letters she’s to open the first of every month, from March through New Year’s Eve. The letters send her on adventures designed to help her navigate the loss and again embrace life. Inspired by these letters, Holly enters a karaoke contest, takes a beach vacation and eventually travels to Ireland with friends,

Published in 1936, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gone with the Wind is the quintessential love story. Set in northern Georgia during the Civil War and Reconstruction years, it tells the tale of spoiled Southern belle Scarlet O’Hara and her relationships with Rhett Butler, and Ashley and Melanie Wilkes. The epic novel addresses themes such as romantic love and societal gender and class. Wrote The New York Times, “This is beyond a doubt one of the most remarkable first


where she engages in a journey of self-discovery and learns to love again. In 2007, author Cecelia Ahern’s novel was made into a movie starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler.

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novels produced by an American writer. It’s also one of the best.” Author Margaret Mitchell’s book was adopted as a film in 1939, starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. It won 10 Academy Awards.

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Author Ian McEwan’s book engages readers on all levels, making it a literary masterpiece. In 2007, the book was made into a film starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.

Keira Knightley and James McAvoy star in Atonement.

The Bridges of Madison County

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Nights In Rodanthe


By Robert James Waller

By Elizabeth Young

By Nicholas Sparks

By Ian McEwan

Author Robert James Waller’s classic love story, which is set in a small Iowa town, describes the passionate fourday affair between Francesca Johnson, a mother and farmer’s wife, and Robert Kincaid, a National Geographic photographer. While in town to photograph old bridges, Robert stops at Francesca’s farmhouse for directions. She’s the only one home; her family is away at the state fair. It becomes love at first sight for the two. When Robert leaves, he wants Jessica to go with him. She makes the painful decision to stay with her family, but follows his life and career through the press. This bittersweet tale was turned into a movie in 1995 starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood.

This silly, light-hearted novel details what happens when the best of intentions spiral out of control – and eventually work out for the best. It’s the story of Sophy, a 30-something singleton, who, after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend hires a handsome, charming male escort to accompany her to her younger sister’s wedding in England (mostly to placate her fretting mother, who fears Sophy will die a spinster). Sophy passes “Dominic” off as her boyfriend and as the plot unfolds, the two fall in love. Elizabeth Young’s novel – her first – was made into the film The Wedding Date in 2005, starring Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney.

Author Nicholas Sparks, the master of poignant romance novels, penned this tale of Adrienne Willis, a woman deciding whether to remain in her unhappy marriage, and Paul Flanner, who is traveling to meet his estranged son. The story takes place in the small coastal North Carolina town of Rodanthe, where Adrienne is tending a friend’s inn for the weekend and Paul is the inn’s only guest. As a big storm hits, the two turn to one another for comfort, and a romance blossoms that will resonate for the rest of their lives. In 2008, the book was made into a film starring Diane Lane and Richard Gere.

Author Ian McEwan’s epic novel of love and war is full of dramatic twists and turns: The story, which is set in England, features Briony Tallis, a hyper-imaginative 13-year-old who falsely accuses her sister’s boyfriend Robbie, their neighbor, of assaulting her young cousin; her testimony sends him to jail. Robbie is released after five years and joins the army during the early days of WWII. Fast-forward, and Briony comes to terms with her mistaken accusation, and offers to make amends to Robbie and Cecilia, who are now lovers. McEwan’s book engages readers on all levels, making it a literary masterpiece. In 2007, the book was made into a film starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. O


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Smucker’s Stars on Ice Comes To BankAtlantic Center


t may be warm in South Florida, but expect a cool afternoon when Smucker’s Stars On Ice brings its 40-city tour to BankAtlantic Center on February 27th at 7:30 p.m. The tour’s theme, “On the Edge,” is part of a 23-year tradition and features some of ice-skating’s hottest performers. This year, expect skaters to take their skills to new heights, challenging themselves and daring to be different. And they’ll do it all on the edges of steel blades no thicker than a pane of glass. Headlining America’s premier figure-skating production for the second year is Olympic silver medallist Sasha Cohen. Cohen will be joined by an outstanding cast of skaters including World champion and six-time U.S. champion Todd Eldredge, two-time World bronze medallist and threetime U.S. champion Michael Weiss, 1998 Olympic gold medallist Ilia Kulik of Russia, World champion and two-time Japanese Ladies’ champion Yuka Sato, World bronze medallist and three-time U.S. Pair champion John Zimmerman, six-time Canadian Ladies’ champion Jennifer Robinson, two-time Olympic medallists and three-time World Pair champions Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao of China, and two-time World silver medallists and five-time Canadian Dance champions Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon, plus more special guests.

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The cast of Footloose

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ased on the 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon, Footloose comes to Parker Playhouse February 20th and February 21st.

The show tells the tale of Ren McCormack, a rebellious teen from the metropolitan city of Chicago who’s forced to move with his mother to a small, puritanical town in the West where dancing and rock’n’roll are actually illegal. The streetwise Ren experiences quite the culture shock as he tries to fit in. He eventually meets Ariel, a beautiful, albeit troubled girl with a possessive boyfriend and a bible-thumping minister for a father; Ren is smitten. As prom approaches, the pair garners support from fellow students and fights the ordinance. Consequently, it’s Ren who shows the courage and tenacity to fight the repressed system at a town council meeting. In the end, the minister reports to his congregation that he will allow the teenagers to hold the dance (he even attends), and he and Ariel make peace. And of course, boy gets girl. The fast-paced drama is a classic tale of David vs. Goliath – with a whole lot of dance choreography and upbeat music thrown in. Hits from the production include Let’s Hear it for the Boy, Almost Paradise and Footloose. The tour this year celebrates its 10th anniversary; don’t miss the show! O i For more information, call 954-462-0222 or visit


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nown for its unique sound, the band Gipsy Kings brings its internationally acclaimed act to the AmericanAirlines Arena on February 12th. The band is known for introducing a worldwide audience to flamenco rumba, a style that lends a pop slant to traditional flamenco music. The music has been described as where “Spanish flamenco and Romani rhapsody meet salsa funk”. The group’s multicultural style derives from its members’ varied backgrounds: Although all eight


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ou don’t have to be a fan of the sport to appreciate the Harlem Globetrotters, an exhibition basketball team that tours the world demonstrating its entertaining mix of skill and comedy. The iconic show, now in its 83rd year of touring, comes to the BankAtlantic Center on February 28th. The team is the brainchild of Abe Saperstein of Chicago, IL, who created the concept in 1926. Since its inception, the team has played more than 20,000 exhibition games in 118 countries. Originally a competitive team, players would clown around on court once they gained a significant lead. However, they gradually started working comic routines into their act and began to become known more for entertainment than athleticism. In fact, their act features unbelievable coordination, clever handling of one or more basketballs, balancing or spinning balls on their fingertips and making difficult shots. Throughout the years the team has entertained everyone from presidents to popes, with famous alumni including Wilt Chamberlain, Curl Neil, Meadowlark Lemon and Reece Tatum. The team’s popularity naturally lends itself to media culture, and players throughout the years have appeared in many movies and TV shows, such as The Simpsons, All in the Family, Saturday Night Live, Scooby Doo and 30 Rock. There was even a film made about the team, entitled The Harlem Globetrotters in 1951.


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Unfaithfully Yours

Picking Up The Pieces

After A Spouse’s Affair By Linda Haase


andy was ecstatic when her husband came home unexpectedly with a dozen perfect roses. “Just because,” he whispered passionately. Things had been rocky between them, so the gesture seemed especially sweet and thoughtful. But her euphoria wilted before the first flower fully opened. “Later that afternoon, I was getting something from his car and I came upon a receipt from a florist. I was curious … how much had the roses cost him/us? Then I noticed he

bought two dozen roses,” she recalls. “I never asked who got the other dozen and he never volunteered it. But I do remember telling him that I never wanted flowers from him again.” A few years later, deja vu. “He brought me a single perfect rose. Against my better judgment, I accepted it. But this time I went straight to his glove compartment and sure enough, there was a receipt for two single roses.” The thorny marriage eventually ended. Unfortunately, husband

number 2 also had a cheatin’ heart, but this time Sandy confronted his paramour, who confessed. After a few transitional relationships and lots of therapy, she married again. “I’m on my third marriage with a wonderful and very honest man who is also loaded with character, and I know it was worth all the tears.” As she – and countless lovelorn have learned – the voyage from discovery to recovery is never easy. That’s why it’s important for those

betrayed to realize – and accept – the stages they’ll go through, including anger, depression and denial, says therapist Michele Kabat. Getting over the hurt takes time, but it’s also important to try to get on with your life. Join a support group, meet other singles, reconnect with old friends – even take up a new hobby, says Kabat, a Miami Beach licensed clinical social worker. It’s especially important not to take it personally, she says. “It’s your partner’s issue, not yours,“ she stresses. february 2009


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Cindy Sterne, a Plantation licensed clinical social worker, agrees. “Many people blame themselves. They say, ‘if only I wasn’t so fat, my teeth are crooked, I’m not pretty enough…,” she says. “But it’s important that people understand it (infidelity) happens because there was a problem, an issue in the relationship. There is something going on that they need to look at,” she adds. “Somebody’s needs were not being met, but that doesn’t mean that someone is to blame.”

“Many people blame themselves. They say, ‘if only I wasn’t so fat, my teeth are crooked, I’m not pretty enough… But it’s important that

-- Cindy Sterne, Plantation licensed clinical social worker

people understand it (infidelity) happens because there was a problem, an issue in the relationship.”

Sandy learned that the hard way. “Ongoing infidelity is always a result of something missing in the relationship. It’s not just due to an overwhelming attraction to someone else, there has to be willingness to betray your partner due to lack of respect, retaliation and anger,” she says. And the trauma that betrayal causes can be overwhelming. “It’s a tremendous loss. You think you have a commitment with someone who is reliable and dependable, someone you can count on,” says Sterne. “It cuts to a person’s core. You aren’t sure how to deal with it.” Recovery often depends on the level of emotional health a person has to begin with, she says. “That can determine how they will react, how quickly they will get over it and how they will approach what happens.” 52

Like a wound that has been stitched, there is a recovery period, “You need a salve,” Sterne says. “But getting involved right away in another relationship is not the salve you need.” One solution: Find a supportive confidante. A therapist also helps. “Don’t keep it a secret, don’t be ashamed,“ Sterne advises. That’s what Mary did after her husband cheated on her. “Moving on occurred after a year of weeping/ being mad/getting even/telling bad stories to any friend who would listen,” she says. Each month, thousands of bereft

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turn to for advice. They also share their stories – some laced with anger, others tinged with sorrow. Wrote one forlorn soul: “I have been with a man for four years who is a long-distance truck driver. While he was away, he had an affair. The woman got pregnant and had twins. It wouldn’t hurt so bad if I hadn’t been pregnant with twins before and lost them.” And this tale from another: “Not only did he break my heart, but he also infected me with an STD.” No matter what the circumstances, learning to trust again takes time.

“Surviving the pain and seeing the light at the end of tunnel can be really wonderful. Have the trust and faith that you can do that,” Sterne says. “When you know you can take care of yourself, when you are confident and don’t blame yourself, you can move forward and take the risk and live life to the fullest.” It took a decade for Mary to trust again and she’s now happily married. However, she quips, “I told him there is only one way out of our marriage and it begins with “d” – and it’s not divorce.” O *Names have been changed to protect the betrayed.

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Critic’s Choices of

North Broward Preparatory School

Congratulations to our winners of District 3 Junior Thespian’s highest award, Critic’s Choice, for their play “Crow & Weasel.� These students also received the following awards: From L to R (top row)

Heather Blum

Brooke Hendricks Devon Horn

(Stage Manager) Critic’s ChoiceSuperior-Small & Ensemble Acting Large Group Music

Evan Haubner

Noelle Filippone Lauren Zemel Layne Kula

Critic’s ChoiceSuperior-Large Critic’s ChoiceCostume Design; Group Music; Monologue Superior-Ensemble Excellent-Solo Music Acting & Monologue

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Estefania Nichols Michele Shaked Lauren Skuta Jessica Tanner Superior-Duet Music Superior-Large & Small Group Group Music; Music Excellent-Duet Acting

Excellent-Duet (Weasel) Best Actress; Acting All Star Cast; SuperiorEnsemble Acting & Monologue

Max Shooster Morghan Lobban Nicole Kessler (Crow) Best Superior-Duet Actor; All Star Music & Large Cast; SuperiorGroup Music Ensemble Acting Excellent-Monologue

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lthough virtually all parents needing to tell their children they’re divorcing dread the conversation, it’s the way they handle the actual separation, divorce and its aftermath that’s even more important to their kids’ well-being.

“Even if the child has to deal with the demise of happily ever after, chances are

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good they are still mon knowledge better off than hearing that during the constant conflict.” initial conversa-- Dr. Joseph Rabinovitz, Boca Raton psychologist

tion, divorcing parents should emphasize to children they’re still part of a family and very much loved. But what follows often presents the challenge. Namely, how to make sure to place their children’s needs first.

How To Help Your Child Survive Divorce By Leslie Kraft Burke

“The damage a child may experience because of a divorce happens mostly due to the way parents handle the divorce rather than the divorce situation itself,” explains Dr. Joseph Rabinovitz, a Boca Raton-based psychologist whose clients include families grappling with divorce issues. “The key to making the situation as successful as can be is for parents to keep the adult issues as separate as possible from the children.” For example – and this may seem obvious – don’t let your children read divorce decrees and custody agreements.

their new family arrangements, Rabinovitz admits it can get difficult.

While many parents manage to successfully navigate the complexities of

To avoid this trap, divorcing parents should view raising their chil-

“Most of the problems arise when the decision to divorce is not mutual,” he says. “The partner who wants to keep the living situation is experiencing anger, fear, anxiety, grief and perhaps concerns about money. These are the cases when I most frequently see children being pulled into the mix of adult issues. Divorcing parents have to keep in mind the difference between meeting their own needs and doing what’s best for their children.”

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dren as they would a business relationship, says Dr. Judith B. Marquit, a Pembroke Pines psychologist with clients throughout Florida and abroad. “You don’t have to love or even like a business colleague,” she notes. “But if your goals are the same – in this case, raising healthy, happy children – you should be able to put these first, instead of your own needs.”


While many parents choose to take their children to a therapist when divorce is in the picture, Rabinovitz cautions this may send the wrong message. Changes in a child’s behavior – such as sleeping, eating, time with friends, academic performance and extracurricular interests – may be indicators that he or she needs help, he says. However, he adds, “A premature visit to a psychologist

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At the same time, an underreaction to a divorce situation can be equally harmful. “We now live in a world where as many as 50 to 60 percent of all marriages fail, so it seems very common,” Rabinovitz explains. “The media shows it all the time and it’s probably the case that many children attend school and are friends with children who have experienced their parents’ divorce. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a big deal for a child who’s experiencing it for himself.” The changes children experience are indeed frightening, possibly involving a move from where they live, economic issues and certainly less contact with one parent. If children are being raised in an environment in which they experience violence, abuse and/or excessive arguing, they

may feel some relief that the situation is ending, but there still is pain associated with the family’s breakup. If a child indicates he or she is feeling badly about the divorce, it’s important to validate those feelings, rather than just saying everything is OK – because it’s obviously not feeling OK to the child. Nevertheless, gone are the days when the parental excuse of staying together for the kids is acceptable, experts maintain. A steady diet of anger in a household can have the same affects as a divorce handled badly. “If two parents who are angry at each other most of the time stay together, how can they provide a healthy environment for their kids?” Rabinovitz says. “Even if the child has to deal with the demise of happily ever after, chances are good they are still better off than hearing constant conflict.”

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Tips For easing the transition Prior to the divorce, work out a parenting plan to prepare yourselves and your children for what to expect. Align as a parental team so children can’t manipulate the way they’re raised – particularly from a discipline standpoint. Keep children out of legal and financial disclosures. Don’t place children in the role of messengers between parents; parents should communicate.

Don’t criticize the other parent in front of the children. Be supportive of each other: If one parent is ill, the other should help with the children’s care. Participate together in school parental conferences, medical appointments and recitals or social functions. Source:

Conflict can arise even when divorced parents feel they’re managing their situation well. It’s important to remember that, during occasions such as graduations, recitals and children’s sports games, they should attend simultaneously only if they can behave well together. Sitting apart at such events is not necessarily a bad idea, depending on the parents’ relationship. However, not attending such events can be detrimental to children, Rabinovitz and Marquit agree. Celebrating holidays and vacationing together – especially if the parents get along well – also can be problematic because, under certain circumstances, it may encourage a child’s fantasy that the parents may get back together. In general, younger children have an easier time coping with their parents’ divorce than older ones, experts agree, but it’s age combined with how the

“The damage a child may experience because of a divorce happens mostly due to the way parents handle the divorce rather than the divorce situation itself.” -- Dr. Judith B. Marquit, Pembroke Pines psychologist

divorce is handled that are key indicators of whether children will experience any emotional damage. “Divorce in and of itself doesn’t have to be the end of a good life for a child or family,” Rabinovitz notes. “If the parents are happier as a result of it, their children can see that. And happier parents make for happier children.” O

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with a kiss on the footbridge, which was nicknamed Kissing Bridge, Sweetheart Bridge and Lover’s Bridge, setting the stage for a romantic destination. Soon we turned down a long driveway leading to the Inn at Perry Cabin, an erstwhile manor house built circa 1815. The combination lobby, library and parlor area of this renovated historic resort looks like Laura Ashley meets Andrew Wyeth, with a nod from Norman Rockwell. The Inn is a combination of seaside enchantment and grace, exuding

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peaceful, elegant living on the Chesapeake Bay. Located on a peninsula with superior views of yachts, low-key mansions and lighthouses, The Inn at Perry Cabin, now owned by Orient Express Hotels, went from a private home to a working farm, then a riding academy in 1852. In 1980, the Meyeroff family of Baltimore (owners of the Kentucky Derby winner Spectacular Bid) changed it to a six-room hotel with a restaurant, and then a lodge. Nine years later, industrialist Bernard Ashley bought the property, added Laura

Ashley fabrics to the interiors and made other renovations, turning it into a 41-room luxury hotel. A decade ago, when Orient Express bought the property, they added a larger dining room, the quaint, woodlined Purser’s Pub, a swimming pool with yellow upholstered lounges, new banquet, meeting and guest rooms and the 6,000-square-foot, Colonialstyle Linden Spa, which focuses on botanical healing powers from local plants and herbs. All guest rooms are decorated with English and American antiques. We

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Purser’s Pub

A couple’s treatment at Linden Spa

A master suite

A charming clawfoot tub

Sherwood’s Landing

The Inn is a combination of seaside enchantment and grace, exuding peaceful, elegant living on the Chesapeake Bay. stayed in the ground-floor Ariel master suite, which is a large, onebedroom apartment resembling a traditional suite in an elegant home. Perfect for a weekend of romance and relaxation, it had two bathrooms, wood floors, a cozy fireplace with painted historic tiles that match the wallpaper and floor-toceiling windows/doors with expansive water views. Living room furniture included a writing desk equipped with highspeed Internet access, a mixture of

brown-and-white-striped upholstered couches and brown and tan leather chairs surrounding a mahogany coffee table. Nautical throw pillows and wall art picked up the outdoor charm made more enjoyable by the verandah with table and chairs facing the sky blue Bay and beautiful gardens. The comfortable bedroom featured a king-sized bed with white linens and an elegant brown throw; a brown seafarer’s chest at the foot of the bed showcased a TV set and marble-topped mahogany side

tables flanked the bed holding white-shaded hourglass lamps. The bathroom was spectacular, with marble floors and a spacious shower. Mahogany cabinets added another layer of richness. There was a separate soaking tub, and the enclosed water closet featured wall art of knots, ropes and anchors continuing the seafaring theme. Casual by day and old-world romantic at night, one of the joys of our stay was walking our little

resources The Inn at Perry Cabin offers a three-night “Love is Inn the Air” Valentine’s Day package that includes dinner for two at Sherwoods’ Landing, followed by candlelight turndown service, a rejuvenating lovers’ spa treatment and yoga class, and on the final day a room service breakfast for two replete with a romantic movie delivered on your tray. The Inn at Perry Cabin is located at 308 Watkins Lane, St. Michaels, MD 21663; for more information, call 410-745-2200 or visit 64

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Inside is Sherwood’s Landing, the Inn’s award-winning restaurant overlooking the Miles River, with a lighthouse cupola replica of the lighthouse at the neighboring Maritime Museum. We entered through the wine cellar with large wicker lights, a grand piano and a trio of table-and-chair vignettes done in soft Nantucket colors. Sherwood’s Landing is divided into two rooms: one side has paddles above the walls as decoration; the other is dominated by a fireplace. Tables feature fresh flowers and candles, making winter meals on darkstained wood seem special with water views and a hushed ambience. Wander into St. Michaels where there are no traffic lights for 11 miles, and no fast-food outlets for 12. Couples can rent bikes to transport themselves downtown, or walk a block to shop, visit museums and galleries or just admire the historic homes, some dating back to the 1600s. We loved the romantic, laid-back aura, and our little dogs, normally highpowered and hyperactive, were as calm as the waters flowing in the bay. O

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Left: Candace Cameron Bure and husband Valeri. Below: Children Maksim, Natasha and Lev

Full House For Superstars Candace Cameron Bure and Valeri Bure, Life Is A Family Affair

• By Linda Marx

After 13 years of marriage, three children, moving around the United States and Canada nine times and retirement from two high-profile careers in show business and sports, Candace Helaine Cameron and Valeri Vladimirovich Bure are more in love now than they were after meeting at a Los Angeles hockey event in 1994. “Val is my best friend,” says actress Cameron, 32, who starred as D.J. Tanner on TV’s popular Full House. “I love him so much, and I think the main reason is that he encourages me to go for my goals. He pursues what he wants and doesn’t let fear get in the way. That inspires me.” Says former National Hockey League (NHL) right winger Bure, 34, of his blond and bubbly wife: “I love her heart and continue to see how full of love and passion she is. I learn from her every day.”

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The Bures, with their three children Natasha, 10, Lev, 9, and Maksim, 7, have lived in Plantation, FL since 2001, when Bure, nicknamed The Pocket Rocket, signed with the Florida Panthers. (His older brother, Pavel Bure, aka, The Russian Rocket, was also a star NHL hockey player.) Even though Russian-born Bure was traded several times after, then came back to the Panthers in 2003 before leaving briefly again, the couple decided to settle in South Florida because they loved their life in the sun.

Just The Boys

From left: Lev, Valeri and Maksim Bure

Cameron is still seeking out appropriate acting parts – she recently did the Hallmark Channel film, Moonlight & Mistletoe, and Bure, who had to leave hockey in 2006 after a series of injuries, owns a Napa Valley winery called Bure Family Wines. But their main vocation is child-rearing, which includes spending a great deal of time with the kids, as well as taking care of things at home. A typical day for the fivemember Bure clan starts when they arise around 6:30 a.m. Cameron gets the kids ready for school, then her husband drives them there.

Since it helps maintain a childhood problem of weight gain, she exercises religiously and has been slim for more than 15 years. Bure usually cooks a healthy dinner on the grill using olive oil (no butter) and lots of fresh vegetables, encouraging his family to eat right yet enjoy the wonders of good food. “He is a great cook,” says Cameron with a laugh, who, beyond the Us Weekly article, makes no secret that she loves to eat. “I’m lucky that he likes to cook!”

“Our roots are here in Plantation,” says Cameron. “We have our church, great weather for outdoor activity like walking and swimming which we love, and the kids are happy in their school.”

“At that time, I start to work out and do my bible study,” says Cameron. “And when Val gets home from taking the kids to school, he does his wine work and other business. At 2:30 p.m., I pick up the kids at school.”

They all love desserts and don’t deprive themselves of having them. But they will eat one or two scoops of ice cream and one cookie, not 15 cookies or mounds of ice cream at a time. Bure has been a good influence on encouraging his wife and kids to eat healthy and in moderation, and to gets lots of daily exercise.

The high-profile couple – Cameron was recently on the cover of celebrity magazine Us Weekly, discussing how she lost 22 pounds without surgery or a trainer when she was 18 years old – have not completely retired from the spotlight.

For the remainder of the afternoon, she takes them to play tennis and work on their fitness programs, followed by doing homework and tending to projects around the house. She also engages her own fitness programs like Pilates, kickboxing, bike riding and rollerblading.

Not long after dinner, the kids go to bed, followed by mom and dad, who have put in a full day. “We like to go to bed early,” says Bure. “I don’t think I’ve ever stayed up past 9 p.m. I believe when you feel tired, it is time to go to bed no matter how early it may be.” Since both Bures were successful in their careers, it’s easy to understand why their strict regimen works now. Dedicated professionals must stick to a schedule to get things done, making their priorities stack up against a sustainable lifestyle. They hope their discipline will rub off on the kids.

the public eye Cameron was a respected actress on Full House, one of TV’s longest-running programs, which lasted for eight years – a lifetime in Hollywood-speak. (The Olsen twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley, played sister Michelle.) The youngest of four children – her older brother Kirk Cameron, starred for seven seasons on TV’s Growing Pains – the actress was born in Panorama City, CA.


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At age 5, she started acting because her mom had a friend whose kids were on TV, and the subject would come up on social occasions. But putting her daughter under the lights wasn’t something her stay-athome mom was pushing. “Mom refused at first to get me involved in show business,” recalls Cameron, “but then we met with an agent and signed up.” Cameron started off doing commercials, then got guest-starring roles in shows like Punky Brewster and Who’s The Boss? (1984) and St. Elsewhere (1982). In 1986, she was cast in Full House. Later, she appeared in films like Punchline, playing Sally Field’s daughter, Some Kind of Wonderful, as Eric Stoltz’s sister and others. On the other side of the world, Bure was born in Moscow. His dad Vladimir was a three-time Olympic swimming champion in 1968, 1972 and 1976. His family had made precious watches for the czars from 1815 through 1917. The dynasty’s founder, Eduard Bure, was said to have been the first to attach a tiny strap to a watch so it could be worn on the wrist. Young Bure started playing hockey at age 4 with his older brother Pavel and knew nothing but hockey for much of his life. “Athletics just runs in our family,” says Bure, who learned English from radio and TV after moving to America at age 17 to play with the Spokane Chiefs. “Dad was our strength and conditioning coach and later coached the New Jersey Devils to win two Stanley Cups.” In 1992, Bure was drafted by the NHL Montreal Canadiens but suffered many injuries. early in the 1996-97 season. He had two concussions and his kidneys were damaged, and there was talk about his career sliding on thin ice. But that summer, as a limited free agent, he got a new contract with Montreal and did a lot better under new coach Alain Vigneault. He was traded mid-season (1997-98) to the Calgary Flames, which turned around his career.

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“We were raised the same way and felt we were part of each other from the moment we met.” - Valeri Bure

About the same time, the Bure brothers won the silver medal for Russia at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. Japan, and the bronze medal for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT. He continued to play well amid constant injuries and trades to Dallas, St. Louis and Los Angeles. But that introduction to Cameron through her Full House cast member Dave Coulier (Uncle Joey), at a charity hockey match in Los Angeles totally changed the personal side of his life. (He and Pavel had watched the hit TV show for years so he knew who Cameron was before they met.) “I enjoyed Candace’s company right away and took her to lunch the next day,” Bure remembers. “We were raised the same way and felt we were part of each other from the moment we met.” Cameron agrees and says she thought he was cute. They courted by phone for three months before seeing each other again after the initial chat-filled lunch. “I fell in love with Valeri over the phone after hearing stories about his life,” she says. “We were engaged for a year.” They were married before 130 people on June 22, 1996, at a church in Van Nuys with a reception at the Sherwood Country Club. “It was the wedding of my dreams,” she muses. Retorts Bure: “It was weird because I only knew 20 people there, and I would go up to the others and say, ‘Who are you?!’ But once I got used to that difference in Russian and U.S. customs, I realized it was a great event!”

Another high point in the hockey player’s life was the summer of 2001 when he was traded to the Florida Panthers and was allowed to play alongside his superstar brother. But the continuing injuries made him realize his life was meant to be a father, husband and businessman. Risks of further injuries were too great. In 2007, the couple opened a Pembroke Pines restaurant called the Milk and Honey Cafe, named from a verse in the Old Testament’s Exodus. They designed it to look European chic with cream-colored walls, clean lines, espresso-colored wood, black and white photos of the family and some hockey memorabilia in the background. It eventually went out of business, and Bure got more involved with the winery. He had been interested in wine for more than 15 years and has traveled to many countries learning about winemaking and the history of blends. “I go to harvest and learn various blends,” he explains. “We released our first vintage last June.” Bure Family Wines offers a Majesty Blend, which is a dense and rich Cabernet Sauvignon, and a classic Bordeaux Blanc Nuit Blanche. They are now available in 15 Los Angeles restaurants and in hotels and restaurants on the Las Vegas strip. Bure is working on increasing distribution to Florida and New York, where gourmet retailer Dean & DeLuca already carries it. Meanwhile, his wife has a film, To The Wall, co-starring Stephen Baldwin coming out in the fall. And she is open to more projects as long as they have high

ethical standards. “I am happy being a mom and have turned down many scripts because they don’t meet my moral code,” she says. “And anything I do would have to be part-time because of the kids.”

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Valeri Bure, who played for the Florida Panthers and other NHL teams, was nicknamed The Pocket Rocket.

In the future, the couple might buy a second place in Napa Valley to be near the vineyards but don’t intend to give up their Florida digs. They have no problem moving around since they got used to constant uprooting with Bure’s hockey trades. For now, travel takes up much of the summer. They love taking the kids to Switzerland, Russia, Italy, France, New York and California. “In the next 10 years we’ll do what we want, and what God has planned for us,” says Bure. Or, as Cameron so aptly put it: “We will blow with the wind.” O February 2009


Pam and J.C. Perrin


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Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned love story, whether it’s the scene where Richard Gere carries Debra Winger out of the factory in An Officer and a Gentleman or when Renee Zellweger tells Tom Cruise, “You had me at hello” in Jerry Maguire?

Harry Met Sally...

And who could forget the deli scene in When Harry Met Sally, when Meg Ryan feigns orgasm and a nearby patron says, “I’ll have what she’s having” (not the most romantic scene, but a classic nonetheless). With Valentine’s Day on the calendar, we felt inspired to seek out some local love stories. And we certainly found them. Whether they met on a running track, in a shoe store, in a hair salon or on the Internet, these couples seem to have won the love lottery.

Sometimes Love Is Where You Least Expect It

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f you’ve ever used the same hairdresser for a long time, you know the kind of intimate relationship that develops. It’s like therapy: sitting in that hairdresser’s chair, no subject seems off limits. And so it was that Pam, 49 and J.C. Perrin, 49, shared a hairdresser who wished to see them together. She got her wish: They’ve been married for 17 years. A divorced, single mom, Pam moved to Palm Beach Gardens in 1989 to live closer to her

parents. Naturally, she went to her mother’s hairdresser, Georgia. J.C. lived in Jupiter, but continued to make the drive to see Georgia, who’d been cutting his hair since he moved to Florida in 1985. Each time Pam, a scholarship coordinator, went for a haircut, the spirited stylist would insist she had the guy for her, but Pam wasn’t biting. Georgia also mentioned it to J.C., a banker, but his dance card was full. One evening on the way home from work, Pam stopped to have her nails done and discovered – much to her chagrin – that J.C. was sitting in Georgia’s chair. The employees were all abuzz. The two half-heartedly waved at each other. Once she had them in the same place, Georgia sprang into action, persuading them to go out for a drink. Not wanting the evening to be more

awkward than it already was, each phoned a friend to join them. “Georgia was definitely going to make this happen,” J.C. recalls. “It was my first blind date.” The salon crew made sure Pam’s hair and makeup were perfect, and off they went. But one drink turned into a long evening, and they were hooked. The couple dated for a year and was married in 1991. “June 22nd,” Perrin offers. Pam’s son, Richie, along with her parents, helped seal the deal for J.C. He could see the family bond was strong and warm – it represented the close family he wanted. Today they share a beautiful home in west Boca Raton with their three children, and constantly remind themselves how blessed they are. And they’ll always have Georgia on their minds. February 2009




Candi Met Robert...

andi and Robert Montaperto’s story is one built on faith. It was June 2007 when Candi’s daughter, Danielle, then 18, considered leaving town for college. Despite Candi’s strength and independence, Danielle didn’t want her mother to be alone. Candi, 51, a magazine production director, was content living solo, but Danielle desperately wanted her to meet a mate. She insisted she try, and mom reluctantly signed up for a six-month membership. Her profile read simply: “Happy, well-adjusted person looking for someone similar to hang out with.” Says Candi, “I was amazed at the number of responses.” It was Robert’s photo – and that he was from her hometown of Brooklyn – that caught Candi’s eye, so she sent him an e-mail and then her phone number. Robert, 54, a controller, immediately called. They spoke for five hours and planned to meet. They had their first date on a Sunday, followed by a second and a third that same week. It was during their second meeting that they shared personal information – both previously married, they wanted everything out in the open. Robert con-


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fided that he was ill and on the liver transplant list. “I didn’t see this as an obstacle,” Candi explains. “To me, it was just one more piece of a person you take into consideration.” That perspective would be tested when, the next week Robert called saying he was en route to Jackson Memorial Hospital for a transplant. “I’ll give you a call when the surgery is all over,” he said. It was then that Candi’s inner voice told her, “This is the moment you’ve got to step up.” She called Robert to ask if she could be with him, and then drove to Jackson where for five days she never left his side. She spent the next three months commuting from her Margate home to his in Fort Lauderdale. For a while, the transplant experience took over their relationship. “She helped me live,” says Robert. “And we really got to know each other.” Candi and Robert married last June, a year after they met. Love and their faith in God remain the cornerstones of their relationship. Candi sends Robert love letters when the spirit moves her. “Anytime I get one,” says Robert, “it just makes me feel blessed to have Candi as my wife.”

Candi and Robert Montaperto

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he ran into my life,” is Ray McNally’s answer to the question: “How did you meet Darci?” A dozen years ago, each was part of the North Miami singles’ scene and had “seen each other around.” They were also both runners who regularly used the neighborhood’s three-mile track. Each noticed the other, but that was about it. “I knew I had to make something happen,” says Darci, 42, a social worker, who describes herself as a “very driven, Type-A personality.” She didn’t want to leave it to fate or her mother, who was getting panicky about having a 30-year-old unmarried daughter. Finally, one day she ran past Ray, turned around, ran back and asked if she could run with him. Ray, a 41-year-old real estate appraiser, says he was caught totally off-guard, but trusted fate. “Here was this really attractive girl who wanted to run with me,” he says. It was the only time he’d ever done a third lap on the track. But the pebble in the sneaker was that Ray thought Darci was dating someone he knew. So when they parted he didn’t ask for her number. “That was great. We’ll have to do it again sometime,” they agreed. In the fast-paced dating scene that translates into “Have a nice life.” It was Ray’s ex-girlfriend who eventually pushed him into finding Darci again. “I looked for her at the track every day,” he says. When he finally found her, he invited her to join him in an organized run. Such is Darci and Ray’s idea of a great first date.

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They met in July and were engaged by December. Ray proposed on the track: While running, he stopped in the spot they’d originally met and said, “This is where you ran into my life and I want you to spend the rest of your life with me.” He recalls, “We called her mom at 10 a.m. and by 4 p.m. she had a place booked for the wedding.” Eleven years, two kids and a move to Boca later, everything is still running smoothly for Darci and Ray. Says Darci: “I’m more in love today than the day I married him.”

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ou never know what small incident will make or break a budding relationship. For Marlene and Richard Oliner, it may have been the time – oh so long ago – when she had to make a midnight drive to the Boston airport to pick up the man she’d been dating at the time. Richard had insisted on following to make sure she arrived safely.


Or, more than likely, it was his persistence.

Richard Met Marlene... It all began in 1974, when Richard waited on Marlene and her mom in a Massachusetts shoe store. He wanted to ask her out, but by the time he got around to

it, she’d paid and left the store. Not to be defeated by such a small detail, Richard got her phone number from the back of her check and called. Marlene turned him down.

“I thought she was cute and had a really nice personality,” says Richard, 62, a teacher and public


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speaker. Counters Marlene, 57, a wellness coach, “I liked his sense of humor, but he was definitely fashion-challenged. And I figured he asked out all the girls he waited on in the store.” Still not one to run from an obstacle, Richard waited a while and called again. Same answer. By the third time, Marlene gave in and agreed to a first date. The key? Her mom liked Richard and encouraged her to go out with him. One date led to two, and so on. As they got to know each other, Richard and Marlene realized how well they meshed. He played the piano. She played the guitar. He was willing to dance because he knew it pleased her. “You also had a really cute tush,” he says. Neither drank nor smoked. “I was more shy and reserved,” says Marlene. “He was funny, outgoing and into sports.” Everything worked. They dated for a year, were engaged for a year and married in 1977. They’ve been in sync ever since. A true Cinderella story. Oh, and by the way, says Richard. “The style number of the shoes she bought, which were a black, open-toed style, was 98078.” O

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SPIN AROUND Sugar Sand Park (300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton, 561-347-3900; offers a unique mix of nostalgia, nature and culture. For an afternoon date to remember, grab hands and hop the park’s carousel, replete with music, flashing lights and 30 painted horses (rides are just $1). Afterward, hike through two wilderness trails; once you’ve worked up an appetite, stop at playground benches and enjoy a bring-your-own gourmet picnic. If you’re so inclined, stick around for the afternoon matinee at The Willow Theatre (561-347-3948;, where A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs February 26th through March 1st.

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So it’s Saturday night and you’re

browsing through the TV listings while your spouse microwaves some popcorn. Maybe later, for a real thrill, you’ll break out the Ben & Jerry’s.

Isn’t it time to end the dating doldrums? After all, there are so many great things to do! From comedy clubs and elegant brunches to art classes and

sporting events, finding fun is as simple as opening

your eyes. Whether you’re single and dating, in a brand-new relationship or in a longterm union, the following romantic agenda offers 52 date ideas for everybody – one for every week of the year.

By Margie Kaye





For Every Week

Of The Year February 2009




Want to impress your date? Not only are stone crabs a South Florida favorite, but they offer a great excuse to get messy and eat with your hands. Trulucks in Mizner Park (351 Real Plaza, Boca Raton, 561-391-0755; on Monday nights offers all-you-can-eat stone crabs. Indulge to your heart’s content – don’t forget the scrumptious side dishes meant for sharing, followed by perhaps the planet’s best carrot cake (the warm caramel sauce is a sensuously decadent topper). Afterward, take a leisurely stroll up and down the plaza.



So your blind date has the sense of humor of a turnip – you can still enjoy a few chuckles. The New York Comedy Club (8221 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-470-6887; in Boca Raton features nationally acclaimed comics performing their uncensored best. The casual club offers tasty eats ranging from light munchies to full dinners, and there’s a two-drink minimum. Catch the 7:15 p.m. show or join the party crowd for late-night shows, which tend to be a bit grittier. Should you crave a post-show latte, there are two Starbucks locations within a mile of the club in either direction.



Sip into something comfortable at Total Wine & More (5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, 561-391-1281; totalwine. com) where on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons guests can sample and learn about wines from six regions, with tastes and bouquets ranging from full-bodied to hints of oak. Buy your favorite, or explore the aisles, which boast more than 8,000 wines, 2,000 spirits and 1,000 beers. Next, test your newfound knowledge next door with dinner at Morton’s Steakhouse (5050 Town Center Circle, 561-392-7724;, which offers an award-winning wine list (we recommend the full-bodied Greg Norman Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon with the signature primeaged NY Strip).



Six Tables (112 N.E. Second St., Boca Raton, 561-347-6260; offers a setting perfectly suited for romance – and a mind-blowing first date. As the name implies, there are just six tables in this elegant establishment, and you’ll feel like you own the place with attentive service and a sophisticated milieu that transcends typical fine dining. Each guest is greeted with a glass of champagne, hors d`oeuvres and an introduction to the restaurant’s unique 82

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history. Next, enjoy a six-course dinner featuring filet, lamb, duck or fresh seafood du jour, complemented by fine wine, candlelight, twinkling lights and sensuous jazz.



Whatever floats your boat can be found at Quiet Waters Park (401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach, 954-360-1315; a 431.4-acre property featuring a children’s interactive water playground, cable water-skiing and canoe, kayak, jet-ski, paddleboat, boat and other watercraft rentals. The park offers myriad scenic areas for picnicking and hiking, plus a skate park and mountain bike trails. Check out the Renaissance Festival (954776-1642;, which takes place February7th through March 8th; the event features a crafts village, hearty foods and a pub, plus performers such as sword fighters, magicians and minstrels.



Who doesn’t love flowers? Budding artists will appreciate an afternoon at Petal Designs (21090 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton, 561-3915394;, where Petal Harvill conducts flower-arranging seminars in her intimate boutique. Enjoy soft music, tea and gourmet cookies as you learn the art of assembling your own floral creations (which you get to take home). Afterward, enjoy a romantic Italian dinner at nearby Maggiano’s Little Italy (21090 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton, 561-361-8244;, where large portions are perfect for sharing (try the Chicken Parmesan). Don’t skip dessert: the homemade Apple Crostada, served in a puff pastry and topped with vanilla-bean ice cream and caramel sauce is to dine for!









Imagine strolling hand-inhand through tropical gardens laden with more than 10,000 butterflies, some of which land gently on your shoulder. Butterfly World, located in Tradewinds Park (3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek, 954-977-4400; butterflyworld. com) offers a wonderful way to spend the day (not to mention plenty of Kodak moments). Hike through rose gardens and bird aviaries, take in the stunning scenery and enjoy lunch at one of the snack shops, or make the short drive up the road to Bru’s Room Sports Grill (5460 W. Hillsboro Blvd., 954-571-6999; for a casual lunch, a few beers, a game of pool or the chance to cheer on your favorite sports team on the big screen.

If you enjoy an elegant ambiance with your Oriental food, check out Uncle Tai’s, (5250 Town Center Circle, #143, Boca Raton, 561-368-8806; The restaurant offers some of Boca Raton’s best Asian food, as well as an intimate environment conducive for romantic dining (think classical music and jacketed servers). Gourmet favorites include a crispy, whole fish prepared Hunan-style and perfect for sharing; Jumbo Shrimp, Hot and Spicy Crispy Beef and Sliced Lamb are other favorites (as is the Fried Bananas, served with ice cream for dessert).



How about a sunny afternoon on a drift-fishing boat – just the two of you, the great wide open, a private crew and millions of sea creatures. Whether you’re experienced anglers or landlubbers, you’ll have a great time on the 72-foot Sea Mist III, a charter boat docked in Boynton Beach (700 Casa Loma Blvd., 561-7329974; from which more than 20 fish species (including snapper, grouper and king mackerel) are caught regularly. Pack some sandwiches and a cooler; the crew will supply the bait, rods and instruction. After an invigorating day in the sunshine, take your catch home and prepare a delicious dinner. We suggest Key Lime pie for dessert.



Animals lovers will appreciate spending a day at Lion Country Safari (2003 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee, 561-793-1084;, where visitors get up-close-and-personal with creatures big and small. Arrive early – when lions, rhinos and other residents are feeding – and drive leisurely through pathways winding through the unrestrictive natural habitat. By the way, you can actually feed the friendly giraffes, whose foot-long tongues swoop treats right from your hand. Afterward, cool off with a paddleboat ride for two, or at the Safari Splash Water Park. Stop for lunch at the park’s restaurant, then play miniature golf or enjoy a Ferris wheel ride. For just the cost of admission, you’ll have the whole day to enjoy.

It doesn’t get more exciting than Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, (One Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-327-7625;, where a full-blown, Vegas-style casino includes more than 2,500 games ranging from slots and Black Jack to Roulette and poker. After some gambling, head to the entertainment area for myriad nightclubs, restaurants and retail shops (the people-watching alone is a show). For a laid-back vibe, Jazziz Bistro (5751 Seminole Way, 954-5838335; offers a cool mix of food, mood and music. Relax in sultry comfort while top-notch artists perform and dine on New Orleans-style Shrimp and Chicken Gumbo. Martini lovers will appreciate the club’s signature Jazzmopolitan.

If it’s great Greek food and an energetic atmosphere you seek, look no further than Mykonos Greek Restaurant (6897 S.W. 18th St., Boca Raton; 561-338-3646) where belly dancers perform, authentic music blasts and guests dance on tables and smash plates to the cheers of “Opa!” The family platters are perfectly suited for sharing, with indulgent selections of lamb chops, lobster, shrimp and a variety of scrumptious side dishes. If your date has a sweet tooth, make sure to order the dessert platter, with homemade baklava, Greek-style tiramisu and chocolate cheesecake. The waterfront outdoor patio is especially nice for snuggling on cool evenings.




Chocolate-dipped strawberries are a romantic standard on Valentine’s Day – but how about picking them together, and then preparing a fondue dessert later that evening? Capella’s Triple C Groves ECO Friendly U-PICK (9024 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561499-8970; features sweet strawberries and fresh vegetables yours for the picking. Capella’s also makes its own ice cream, fudge, pies and more. When finished collecting your fruit and veggies, go home and prepare a romantic dinner. It could turn out to be a berry interesting evening.


Learning something with your partner can be stimulating (intellectually, we mean). The Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens (4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, 561-495-0233; morikami. org) offers a taste of the exotic Far East. Explore the museum’s Japanese artifacts, collections and exhibits, then stroll through gardens where Koi swirl about in lakes and bonsais flourish. Should you crave Asian fare, grab a light bite at Morikami’s Cornell Café or make the short drive to Blue Fin Sushi & Thai Grill (861 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, 561-981-8986;, where the menu boasts a variety of Japanese and Thai specialties such as the succulent Miso Sea Bass appetizer and Lobster Bomb sushi roll.

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There’s nothing like pure adrenaline to get the love endorphins flowing… How about plunging from an airplane at 12,000 feet? Miami Sky Diving Center (14005 S.W. 127th St., Miami, 305-235-3483; offers a 20-minute instructional session followed by a half-hour scenic trip over downtown Miami and Key Biscayne that culminates in a tandem jump (you’re attached to an instructor). Once your parachute opens, prepare for nine minutes of heaven as you float through clouds (request a video of the experience the two of you can watch later). Afterward, head to Keg South of Kendall (12805 S.W.136th Ave.; 305-253-2043), a neighborhood institution featuring the best burgers in town.


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If you and your date are dog lovers, head to Mizner Bark – The Boca Raton Dog Park (751 Banyan Trail, Boca Raton, 561-393-7821; for a puppy playdate. Start the morning with lattes at Starbucks (some locations offer doggie lattes – cups of sugar-free whipped cream), and then head to the park for an afternoon of Frisbees, balls and assorted toys. You’ll have a blast watching your four-legged friends frolic the day away as the two of you take time to get more acquainted. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and a picnic lunch.

Sky diving image courtesy of Miami Skydiving Center


Bowling your passion? Check out extreme bowling at Strikes @ Boca (21046 Commercial Trail, Boca Raton; 561-368-2177), where flashing lights, pulsating music, giant TVs and smoke machines make for quite the scene. Date night just got a bit more affordable too – once you pay for your first game, the next one is just $5. With a full bar, snack stand, deejay that takes requests until 2 a.m., pool tables and an arcade, expect a fun night – all while wearing comfortable shoes.


Pamper your precious with a glamorous limo ride through trendy South Beach. Jet Set Rides’ Limousine Service (800-939-2155; offers four-hour cruises down Ocean Drive in a slick limo equipped with a full bar and flat-screen TV. Enjoy free champagne (you’ve got a designated driver), grab dinner at Lincoln Road’s Van Dyke Café (846 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; 305-534-3600) and then enjoy live jazz at its upstairs club. Afterward, check out the trendy shops and nearby Art Center of South Florida Gallery (924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-538-7887;, which stays open until 11 p.m. Cap off the night with some of the world’s best people-watching from the privacy of your luxe limo.

Stunning views, great food… what more can you want in a date? Delray Yacht Cruises (801 East Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-243-0686; incorporates two favorite Florida pastimes into their Sunday Brunch Cruise. Depart at

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Talk about romantic: Sundy House, a quaint Victorian inn located in historic downtown Delray Beach (106 S. Swinton Ave., 561-272-5678; offers a delectable Sunday brunch amid gardens and a freshwater swimming pond. Its seasonally inspired menu features cross-cultural dishes with a nod to Florida cuisine. Its brunch buffet includes a Mediterranean table, seafood selections, a carving station, made-to-order omelettes, exotic fruits grown on premises, unlimited Mimosas and Bloody Marys and more. After your meal, walk off some calories and explore the tropical gardens, home to more than 500 species of exotic plants. Trendy Atlantic Avenue is just steps away, should you feel like doing a little shopping.

Sundy House images courtesy of Sundy House / The Kessler Collection

Delray Yacht Cruises’ Lady Atlantic

10:30 a.m. on the three-level Lady Atlantic and spend two hours sailing from Delray to Manalapan Island, all while enjoying a sumptuous buffet that includes frittatas, pancakes, meatballs marinara, stuffed chicken breast and more. Real-estate voyeurs should stick around for the 1:30 p.m. cruise, which features a two-hour narrated sightseeing tour of stunning waterfront mansions. We recommend taking in the view from the expansive, third-floor sundeck.



Expand your creative horizons at the Boca Raton Museum of Art (501 Plaza Real, 561-392-2500; for an afternoon of paintings, photos, sculpture and more. The museum’s current exhibit, Shock of the Real: Photorealism Revisited features 71 works by 29 acclaimed artists who offer unique perspectives on everyday objects. Also housed at the museum are vast collections of modern and contemporary art, European paintings and sculpture and more than 4,000 works on permanent display. Make sure to visit the outdoor sculpture garden, and buy a memento at the museum’s store. Next, head across the street to Max’s Grille (404 Plaza Real, Boca Raton 561-368-0080; for a casual dinner outdoors (the Asian-Spiced Duck Tacos with Mango Sauce are fabulous).


If you’ve got issues with road rage (or with your date) bumper boats provide an excellent outlet. Boomers! (3100 Airport Road, Boca Raton; 561-347-1888; offers fun on the water, where you’re actually encouraged to bump the boat in front of you. If you prefer dry land, there’s a Go Kart track where you can speed to your heart’s content. The entertainment center also offers laser tag, miniature golf and a game room with the latest high-tech amusements. When hunger strikes, nearby J. Alexander’s (1400 Glades Road, 561-347-9875; offers a diverse menu (we like the mile-high Thai Kai salad, and the Very Best Chocolate Cake, which is large enough to share).



GO Explore

You won’t be able to hear each other speak with the engine’s loud noise, but sight is all you’ll need while touring the majestic Florida Everglades during an invigorating airboat ride through its grasslands. The only way to see the Everglades’ indigenous birds, turtles, snakes, gators and other wildlife in their natural habitat is via airboat, an environmentally friendly craft with stadium-style seating for optimal viewing. We suggest the 55-minute Eco-Awareness Tour, available through Loxahatchee Everglades Tours (15490 Loxahatchee Road, Parkland, 1-800-683-5873; The eight-mile tour provides an informative journey through South Florida’s treasured wetlands for a date to remember.


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Enjoy the show

There’s nothing ordinary about dinner and a movie at the JM Lexus Premier Level at Muvico Palace 21 (3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton, 561544-3044; Start the evening with dinner at Bogart’s Bar &

Grille, where menu offerings include Classic French Onion Soup, PecanCrusted Goat Cheese Salad and Maple Ginger-Glazed Salmon. If you run out of time before the film starts, no worries – bring it in the theater, which features stadium seating, plush couches and convenient side tables (you can even bring your cocktail). It’s the next best thing to your own private screening.





Arrive hungry to Edo Sushi Buffet in Parkland (7609 N. State Road 7, 954-755-3191; where sushi, rolls and dozens of Asian dishes will have your mouth watering. Choose from crab legs, shrimp, ribs, soup, noodles, dumplings, oysters, and a dessert bar – all for just $20 per person. Take your time and browse row after enticing row of hot and cold offerings. In between buffet visits, enjoy your favorite TV shows on overhead screens. Afterward, work off some calories with a stroll through the picturesque shopping plaza.

Dating a basketball fan? Treat him or her to a Miami Heat game for an action-packed night. Show up early at AmericanAirlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-7771000; and check out the players’ warm-up (you may even nab an autograph). Not only is the game exciting, the half-time show rocks (check out the Heat dancers, acrobats and other entertainment). The snack stands offer a varied assortment of eats, ranging from empanadas and pizza to nachos and Lo Mein. Perhaps you and your sweetie will get captured on the Date Cam, which features kissing couples on the scoreboard for all the crowd to see.



Impress your date with an upscale steak dinner at New York Prime (2350 N.W. Executive Center, Boca Raton, 561-998-3881;, one of South Florida’s hottest restaurants. Enjoy an upscale setting, where offerings include Filet Mignon, Porterhouse steaks, live Maine lobster, Double-Rib Veal Chops, Triple-Cut Lamb Chops and much more. After a decadent meal, head to the Martini Bar for fine cigars, post-meal cocktails and live entertainment.

Loxahatchee Everglades Tours

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Food from MoQuila Restaurant & Tequila Bar

Explore a different side of Boca Raton at Red Reef Park (1400 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton, 561-393-7974; Located just 10 feet offshore from the beach between lifeguard towers 8 and 9, residents can safely snorkel and view the vibrantly colored tropical fish, graceful stingrays, sea turtles and marine life that call six manmade reefs home. After your undersea adventure, enjoy an evening picnic under the stars (the beach stays open until 10 p.m.). Make sure to pack a blanket.

Skewered steak at Gol! The Taste of Brazil

Carnivores will appreciate GOL! The Taste of Brazil (411 E. Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach, 561-272-6565; on Valentine’s Day, when dates are treated to a free glass of bubbly and live saxophone music. The restaurant is a protein lover’s nirvana, with its endless parade of skewered grilled meats and seafood served tableside by traditionally garbed Gauchos. There’s also a 40-item salad bar, a full-service bar (try the Caipirinha Passion Fruit cocktail), and an extensive wine cellar with offerings from Spain, Portugal, Argentina and Chile’s Carmenere region. For dessert, the homemade Passion Fruit Mousse will put you in the mood for love.


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Linger over a delicious Mexican dinner at upscale MoQuila Restaurant & Tequila Bar (99 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton, 561-3949990; Settle into a cozy booth and start the meal with hot, homemade tortilla chips served with spicy salsa, mole and chunky cilantro. Next, try the Mexican Cheese Fondue appetizer, perfect for sharing. Entrees are plentiful, with offerings such as the Camarones Borrachos (Drunken Shrimp) doused in Don Julio Silver tequila, roasted peppers, onions and chili butter Sauce. For dessert, try the Chocolate Tres Leche with Dulce de Leche icing. Should the spirit move you, try one of Moquila’s 260 tequilas, or opt for one of its El Grande signature margaritas.


Photo by Chris Kohlhagen

A Florida Panthers hockey game provides the perfect excuse to snuggle up for warmth, as the BankAtlantic Center (One Panther Parkway, Sunrise, 954-835-7000; gets chilly when the pucks fly. We recommend the Suite Level for a pre-game bite, or the BankAtlantic Chairman’s Club for an elegant buffet dinner while watching the game on big screens; there’s also the AvMed All-Star Café on the Club Level, where you’ll find fresh-baked pizza, carving stations, pasta stations, gourmet sandwiches, burgers and desserts. If you’re still in playful moods after the game, head to nearby GameWorks (2608 Sawgrass Mills Circle, Sunrise, 954-8458740;, where snacks and hands-on fun await.

Don a swimsuit and enjoy the tropics in your own back yard with water sports complements of Ride-A-Wave, which rents equipment at the Boca Raton Bridge Hotel (99 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 561-368-9500; Rent a wave runner, fishing boat and more for the day and enjoy the atmosphere. After working up an appetite, head to the hotel’s Watercolors Restaurant & Bar, which offers cool cocktails (try the Voodoo Juice, made with rum, coconut and fruit juice), seafood dishes (popular items include the Crispy Calamari and Ahi Tuna Salad) and a stunning view of the water and its ongoing caravan of boats and yachts.

Where shopping is a pleasure, so is learning to cook. Publix Supermarkets in the Polo Club Shoppes (5050 Champion Blvd., Boca Raton, 561-994-8350; now offers classes at its Aprons Cooking School. A varied itinerary includes Couples Cooking, Soups For The Soul, Pairing Topics and Celebrity Chefs. Take the class as a couple, then shop for the ingredients and try to recreate the meal at home. If nothing else, you’ll have fun trying. And if all else fails, there’s always take-out.

Broadway is alive and well in Boca: The Carbonell Award-winning Caldwell Theatre (7901 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton, 561-241-7432; allows patrons to dress up and enjoy musicals, dramas and more in an elegant, 333-seat venue. Don’t miss South Florida-based playwright Michael McKeever’s Dangerous, which premieres February 22nd. Keever’s adult-only drama is being touted as his “sexiest play to date”, and features male and female nudity. After the show, enjoy an Italian dinner at Bova Ristorante (1450 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton, 561-362-7407; known for its tasty fare and colorful crowd.


For a seriously impressive date, go to Europe – Café L’Europe in Palm, Beach, that is (331 S. County Road, Palm Beach, 561-655- 4020; Enjoy a romantic dinner for two in this classically indulgent restaurant, where delicacies include an extensive caviar selection, NY Prime and Spaghetti Bolognese. Make sure to order a bottle of wine from the eatery’s impressive wine list, said to be one of the world’s best. After dinner, head to The Breakers’ Seafood Bar (One S. County Road, Palm Beach, 888-273-2537; for cocktails and dessert; we recommend the Key Lime pie for two (a 100-yearold tradition) and signature cocktails such as the Flirtini or Infused Martini. The breathtaking panoramic ocean view and romantic ambiance just may entice you to book a room.


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Sometimes you just want to chill out on a date. Start by getting creative at Coldstone Creamery (2200 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-3916966;, where you can craft your own concoctions (gummy bears and birthday cake, anyone?). Next, venture up the road to Barnes & Noble at University Commons (1400 Glades Road, 561-7502134; and browse through the latest bestsellers. Take your time and relax. Life’s simple pleasures are meant to be shared.



It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing. Improve your golf game with couples’ lessons at Don Law Golf Center at Boca Dunes Country Club (1400 Country Club Drive, Boca Raton, 561-451-1128; The club offers one-hour private lessons for two on Saturday nights, plus one hour of unlimited balls on a lighted driving range and two sodas for $100. Not only is this a great way to spend time together, it provides a great reason to plan future dates (after all, you’ll need to practice).



It is easy being green – especially on Saturday mornings at The Boca Raton Green Market (located at S. Federal Hwy. and S. Mizner Blvd. in the parking lot at Royal Palm Place; 561-239-1536) through May, where earthy types can enjoy a continental breakfast followed by outdoor market offerings such as locally grown fruits, herbs and vegetables, freshly squeezed juices, baked goods, organic and hydroponic foods, and an assortment of crafts and plants. Stick around for shopping and live music, and then head to the beach for a day of sun and surf.



Lunching on the water is one of South Florida’s indigenous pleasures, and Boston’s On The Beach (40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, 561-2783364; offers breathtaking Atlantic Ocean views and delicious, New England-inspired seafood. Enjoy the salt air and the sound of seagulls as you choose from Ipswich steamers, Live Maine lobster, Jumbo Lump crab cakes and more. After lunch, check out a sporting event on one of 40 TVs; stay into the evening, when the upper deck offers tropical drinks and live music. Just another day in paradise.

white table linens and impeccable service. Try the Bice Martini, infused with tropical fruit juices.







There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but we did find a free movie. Old School Square (51 N. Swinton Ave., 561-243-7922; oldschool. org) in Delray Beach offers a Movies Under the Stars series at its entertainment pavilion. Shows start at 7:30 p.m.; bring your own chairs, or rent them for $2 a piece. Pack a picnic dinner, or purchase food from concession stands that offer sandwiches, chips and sodas. After the show, head to Atlantic Avenue for another free show – prime people-watching. Everything old is new again at the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival (South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach, 941-697-7475; where every first weekend of the month through June hundreds of dealers showcase their wares. Explore treasure-laden booths indoors and out – whether you’re collectors or just enjoy browsing, you’ll have a great time perusing items from the past. When hunger strikes, multiple concession stands offer everything from hot dogs and pizza to freshly made crepes and cotton candy. Enjoy dinner and a show at Saitos Japanese Steakhouse (4675 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561-202-6888;, where for more than 30 minutes a chef slices, dices and exhibits his knife skills at the Hibatchi (ask about the fire-erupting volcano, made from onions). The meal itself features both unique and traditional choices such as Kobe Beef, Chilean Sea Bass and calamari. For dessert, we highly recommend the Tempura Cheesecake with vanilla ice cream. This is an ideal evening to share with other couples whose company you enjoy.




Head to Worth Avenue and play voyeur to the rich and famous – and indulge yourselves along the way. Meander across courtyards designed by Addison Mizner and explore 250 elegant shops spread across three blocks. Expect to encounter the crème de la crème of upscale offerings, from exquisite jewels and artistic furnishings to designer apparel and chi-chi accessories. For the quintessential Palm Beach experience, lunch at Bice (313 1/2 Worth Avenue, A1, Palm Beach, 561835-1600;, an Italian eatery featuring French doors, 88

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JUST DANCE It takes two to Tango – or Salsa, Hustle or Foxtrot. Grab your partner and learn this sexy dance at Boca Raton Ballroom (6359 N. Federal Hwy., 561-241-2300; where instructor Scott Swad will have you dancing like the stars (or at least able to keep a beat) in just a few short lessons. Take private lessons or join a group from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. When you’re ready, practice your moves at Paladium Nightclub in Pompano Beach (5688 W. Sample Road, 954-9777752;, where Swad’s students often go to let loose on the dance floor.





For a night of quality food and drink amid a happening social scene, Gatsby’s of Boca (5970 S.W. 18th St., Boca Raton, 561-393-3900; gatsbysfl. com) is the ultimate high-class, lowkey neighborhood hangout. Get cozy in the softly lit back room, relax on a low leather couch and enjoy cigars and brandy while checking out the crowd (or getting better acquainted). Order dinner (we like the Cajun Chicken Eggrolls), followed by a Godiva White Chocolate Martini for dessert, and then take in a game of billiards. There’s live music on Friday and Saturday nights, when the place stays open until 5 a.m. Watching your weight? Seasons 52 (2300 N.W. Executive Center Drive, Boca Raton, 561-998-9952; serves cuisine that tastes more decadent than it is – each dish is just 475 calories! Start the evening with a nightcap at the elegant bar, then head to the softly lit dining room and soak up the ambiance. For an



In the mood for a road trip? Head south to Homestead and check out Coral Castle (28655 S. Dixie Hwy., Homestead, 305-248-6345;, one broken-hearted man’s tribute to the love of his life. Legend has it that Edward Leedskalnin, 26, was engaged to Agnes Scuffs, who cancelled the wedding a day before the ceremony. Deeply saddened, he spent his life building the Coral Castle by hand, carving and sculpting more than 1,100 tons of coral rock, some of which was 4,000 feet thick. Talk about love on the rocks. On the drive back, stop at Knaus Berry Farm (15980 S.W. 248th St., Homestead, 305-247-0668;, where the Amish community sells its famous strawberry milkshakes and home-baked cinnamon buns.

appetizer, we suggest one of the tasty flatbreads (the Chicken Reuben is delicious); choose from entrees including the mouthwatering Char Crust Filet Mignon, served with garlic-mashed potatoes and vegetables in a tamarind barbecue sauce and Tiger Shrimp Penne Pasta, sautéed with market vegetables in a light lemon-basil sauce. Desserts – ranging from Red Velvet Cake to Fresh Fruit Cheescake – are served in shot glasses, providing the perfect petite ending to a guilt-free meal.

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If you share an affinity for all things fitness-related, Lifetime Athletic Club (1499 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, 561-208-5900; is a 72,000-square-foot health resort. While the club is private, some amenities are open to the public. Begin your date with a lunch at the Life Café (the Kobe beef burger and Boca Wraps are popular), which also offers a full bar (how does a Metro-Sexual or Happy Ending Martini sound?). Afterward, head to the Life Spa for a couples’ massage in a private poolside cabana (women receive the Relax and Rebalance massage; men get the Thai Massage). Finish the day soaking up the sun at the club’s beautiful pool. You’ll feel like you’re on vacation.

This is not a date for the meek, but if singing in public doesn’t make you wince, you’ll have a great time at FunKey Nutz Dueling Piano Bar (303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton, 561-544-0858;, a rowdy, high-energy club where the “Nutz” Brothers entertain the audience with popular songs and their own special brand of raunchy humor. They encourage audience members to sing along; if you don’t, the Brothers will point you out with their roaming flashlights. A casual menu includes burgers, conch fritters and a host of cocktails (we like the FunKey Espresso Martini). Whether you’re 21 or 51, this club caters to all ages and brands of funny. As the club promo says, “This ain’t your grandfather’s piano bar.”



You and your date will go ga-ga over Dada (52 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 561-330-DADA). This two-story vintage houseturned-restaurant is the funkiest find in town with four themed bedrooms that serve as dining rooms (we bet you’ve never had dinner in a red bordello before). Dada attracts poets, musicians, artists and other Bohemian types who appreciate the fondue, Zen Mojitos and other favorites. Have dinner, then dance until 2 a.m.

De-stress from the nine-to-five at Caffe Luna Rosa (34 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, 561-274-9404; which offers an elaborate weekend brunch that includes palate-pleasing treats such as Banana-Berry Waffles, Cinnamon-Raisin French Toast, Bruschetta-Mozzarella Salad and fish sandwiches featuring the day’s fresh catch. Dine alfresco, and enjoy the ocean breeze, mimosas in hand. After brunch, head to the ultra-chic Eleven Spa (1440 N. Federal Hwy., Delray Beach, 561278-1100; for some much-deserved pampering: The spa offers a host of signature massages, cleansing facials and more (for Valentine’s Day, ask about the Romeo and Juliet package). Relax and enjoy! O February 2009


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eartthrob tennis star Andy Roddick admits he began chasing stunning swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker in early 2007 after hearing her talk about football and being impressed by her sports acumen.

“I stalked Brooklyn,” Roddick, 26, admits candidly. “I enjoyed her football predictions and determined that someone this pretty and knowledgeable about sports would be a girl I would like to meet.” It took Roddick about five months to score the match point. In July, they had their first date. Jittery and fidgety, like his life was about to begin or end during that night, he still had a good feeling about meeting this new girl. “We went to my favorite Italian restaurant in New York,” recalls Roddick. “I was so nervous I could not believe it, but the evening turned out delightful, and we have been a couple ever since!” February 2009


Roddick and Decker with friends Alex and Carlin Smith at the 8th Annual Andy Roddick Charity Weekend in Boca Raton

Decker cheers Roddick on from the stands

“Our attraction is common interests. We have respect for each other and strong values instilled by our families.”

-- Andy Roddick

Decker, 21, an international model and Sports Illustrated (SI) swimsuit star known for her perfect breasts, agrees: “Andy is different from other guys for his total vision on life and his honesty.”

Beach. “He and Brooklyn had just gotten engaged, and she was coming in the next day. He seemed elated and was getting a lot of congrats and pats on the back from fellow tennis players.”

Indeed, the couple clicked instantly and was soon seen together at tennis tournaments, business functions, charity fund-raisers – which they both believe in – and promotions around the United States. Holding hands or walking close, they always look happy and sated with each other.

Roddick, who had a very public relationship with Orlando-raised actress Mandy Moore and a rumored romance with fashionista tennis star Maria Sharapova, found a kindred spirit in Decker, a Midwestern-born girl with good family values and great common sense.

They got engaged last year and plan to be married April 16th in a small family ceremony away from the glare of publicity which both must endure for their high-profile careers.

Preferably low-key in his own personal life, Roddick was happy to find someone else who was not seeking the limelight – despite being blessed with smoldering hot looks and a thriving career.

“I saw Andy last March at Opium Gardens for the Sony Ericsson Players Party,” says Vanessa Menkes, vice president of communications for the Opium Group in Miami 92

“Our attraction is common interests,” insists Roddick, who divides his time with Decker between an apartment they own in New York

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and a home on Lake Austin in Austin, TX. “We have respect for each other and strong values instilled by our families. My mom asked why I wanted a second date with Brooklyn, and my answer was her intelligence. We are a great couple with a super future ahead of us.” And an interesting past that seems to beguile tennis fans, gossip mongers and normal people around the world.


orn in Omaha, Roddick, his two older brothers and parents moved to the Boca Raton/Delray Beach area when he was young. The family had moved to South Florida from Austin because of brother John Roddick’s tennis career. His mother Blanche said that at age 4, her youngest son played fictitious tennis matches in his garage with Ivan Lendl and Boris Becker. So things got off to a positive start during Roddick’s early years.

South Florida was a good move for him because he was able to utilize the year-round good weather and meet dozens of professional players which helped develop his interest and proficiency for the sport of tennis. “My brother John was a cool role model for me,” Roddick says. “He was great, he was amazing, and knew I was good too. That made it easy.” At age 17, while Roddick was a junior in high school, he decided to go pro, forsaking college for his passion. It was a positive play for the jock. He faired well in the juniors’ division. In 1999, he won juniors, other tournaments and the prestigious Grand Slam. “I went for it and made the right decision,” says Roddick, who graduated from Boca Prep in 2000 with a 3.4 average, then bought his own 3,136-square-foot home a year later. “I love it. I have been able to see the world.”

Charity weekend photo by Bill Kallenberg; Photo of Roddick and Decker at the Australian Open by Afp Photo / Greg Wood

Roddick at the Australian Open

Decker, now represented by the Marilyn Agency, has also been fortunate to travel internationally in her modeling career. Born in Kettering, OH to parents in the medical field, she moved to Middletown, then Charlotte, NC, where she was discovered as a teenager in a shopping mall. In 2000, while Roddick was finishing high school and playing championship tennis, a teacher suggested that Decker take modeling classes. The sexy teen signed with Evolution Models and Talent in Charlotte, and two years later began modeling as the face of Mauri Simone, a prom dress company. Through her agency, Decker entered beauty pageants and other contests around the area. In 2003, she won the Model of the Year Award at the Connections Model and Talent Convention. Not long after, her angelic face graced covers of prom magazines, and the kids at school saw that she was on her way to the big time. “It was cool because everybody at school had a copy,” she has said.

she has been featured every year since which gave her the kind of exposure most Midwestern models only dream of. (Roddick first spotted her in SI, and then plotted his way to find her after learning about her sports fixation.) Decker appeared in a made-for-TV comedy pilot for NBC called, Lipshitz Saves the World, worked in Australia and Alaska, and joined the cast of Sports New York to talk about NCAA basketball. Early last year, she told SI the sexiest thing she’s ever done for a man is to give an ex-boyfriend floor seats to the University North Carolina-Duke game. She said at the time: “He goes to UNC and is a huge fan and so am I. That was definitely the coolest thing I have done, which makes it sexy.” It’s certainly the kind of talk Roddick finds sexy. And what Decker finds sexy about her husband-to-be is more than his handsome face and tennis talent. She believes her wonder boy is an unusual mix of characteristics important in a permanent relationship.

Roddick and Decker in New York City

insists Roddick. “We play a mean game of Scrabble against each other and also play cards with our friends. Brooklyn is very competitive which fits in with my personality.” In New York, they love to go to the theater, even seeing Jersey Boys three times. In summer, they boat on Lake Austin. “We both get into the serenity of the lake and find it peaceful and relaxing,” he says. A triple helix for Decker is that she believes strongly in charity. She told SI that if she had $1 million, she would give it to charity because “you don’t have a heart if you don’t give to charity.” Pretty cool attitude for a young woman not yet 25. This bodes well with Roddick and his family, who have made millions for South Florida and national charities through the Andy Roddick Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 2001. Based in Boca Raton, the volunteer concern hosts annual fund-raisers and sends checks to help sick and needy

This past year a young man spoke at Roddick’s Boca Raton gala about life in the foster care system. Thanks to help from Roddick, he will graduate from college this year. “He is an inspiration to all,” says Roddick. “Need I say more?” No, but his mom will. Blanche Roddick hopes the children he and Decker plan to have someday will be just like her youngest son. Both Roddick and Decker do want children but are not yet ready for that commitment. They want to finish their careers in a satisfactory manner. Each is happy to give the extra inch for the other’s career goals.  Decker still models, and Roddick has hired a new coach, Larry Stefanki, to get him beyond his myriad injuries during the past couple of years and move him ahead in the rankings. A former player who has coached John McEnroe, Marcelo Rios and others, Stefanki most recently coached 2007 Australian Open runner-up Fernando Gonzalez. 

“Andy is exceptional for his values, honesty, motivation to be his best and his sense of humor. With these qualities, I have a super future husband.” -- Brooklyn Decker

After moving to New York in 2005, she was photographed by top lensmen for A-list publications like Teen Vogue, FHM, Glamour and Cosmopolitan. She also appeared in videos for Palm Beach-based singer Jimmy Buffett and the Mississippi-formed rock band, 3 Doors Down. With those kinds of high-profile gigs, it didn’t take long for Decker to be discovered by SI, the magazine known for making able-bodied babes’ modeling careers soar. Her first appearance was in 2006, and

“Andy is exceptional for his values, honesty, motivation to be his best and his sense of humor,” Decker explains. “With these qualities, I have a super future husband.”


s a couple, they really do share t the same interests. They both love sports, music, laughing, playing games at home and reading. They know they can go to Los Angeles and be snapped at all the right clubs, but they opt to stay out of the media glare. “We are stay-at-home buddies,”

children in the areas of medicine, education, eradicating abuse and more. For someone this young to be giving that kind of money to charity says a lot about Roddick as a human being. “I do believe in giving back,” he says. “I really like helping people and I have an easy time talking to new people. The Roddick charity has been an amazing chapter in my life. I appreciate the challenges that underserved children have every day, and if we can help in a small way, this is electrifying to me.”

Roddick, who was recently coached by Jimmy Connors and various others, including his brother, is very excited about the new partnership. “We are hoping to improve on where I finished in 2008 and keep me healthy after last year’s injuries,” he says. “Our goal is to win another Grand Slam.” True to form, Decker will be in the stands to cheer him on. “Andy supports me in everything I do,” she says. “And I am there for him.” A true love match. O February 2009


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Planners By Andrea G. Rollin

The Matrimonial Biz Is Not For The Meek

Hysterical brides and apathetic grooms. Critical in-laws and fussy bridesmaids. Sixty-five-hour workweeks and no time off… It’s all just part of the day in the life of a wedding planner. defines a wedding planner as, “A person employed by a bride and groom to assist them in planning, designing and coordinating their wedding day.”

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-- Breeze Taylor, Dream Concierge Event Planning

Breeze Taylor, president of Dream Concierge Event Planning

Photos courtesy of Gregory Paul Photography

“I’ve had a bride have her ex-hubby walk her down the aisle, and the groom arrive for the ceremony in skis at a beach ceremony. I’ve also had guests arrive for a Christmas party that was really a wedding.”

in Boca Raton, knows from firsthand experience that the responsibilities of a wedding planner are all that – and so much more. Still, she’s always up to the challenge. “My job is to make dreams a reality,” says Taylor, a 10-year veteran of the wedding-planning business who works about 65 hours per week planning dozens of events, and rarely takes a day off from November through May. “There really haven’t been any challenges that were too big.” Taylor says that most of the challenges she encounters relate to families of the bride and groom. “They can’t agree on budget, colors, what they want to serve for dinner and so forth, and I get stuck as the mediator,” she says. “The rule of thumb in formal etiquette is ‘those who pay have say,’ so, it’s hard to please all parties when so many people are contributing to weddings these days.”

For example, Taylor may spend hours or even days looking for the perfect color blue ribbon. “That’s why they hire me,” she explains. “The details are important to them, but they don’t have the time to dedicate to the search.” They also hire her for her ingenuity. The average minimum her clients spend on a wedding is $100,000, and for that kind of money, a client expects a dream wedding. And not all dreams are traditional. “I’ve had a bride have her ex-hubby walk her down the aisle, and the groom arrive for the ceremony on skis at a beach ceremony.” she recounts. “I’ve also had guests arrive for a Christmas party that was really a wedding.”

Breeze Taylor of Dream Concierge Event Planning


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Xquisite Events Partners: Edward Gilbert, Nancy Gilbert, Rose McArthur and Jon Buick

This Photo, Right: Wedding at Casa Casuarina by Xquisite Events

Photo courtesy of David Warren Photography

Indeed, Taylor and her team wear many hats – from psychologist to caterer to honeymoon travel agent. “I love what I do,” says Taylor, who spent 19 years in the hospitality industry before starting her company. “It’s the details that are so time-consuming.”

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Jon Buick, who with three partners owns Xquisite Events in Boca Raton, agrees that drama is part of a wedding professional’s job. And sometimes that drama transcends party planning.

“A wedding has a life of its own – and evolves as you go,” Buick says. “There’s always drama when it comes to a wedding – divorced parents, drunken guests and overbearing mothers. All of our brides are really cool – only a few get really crazy, but I have learned to let them vent. And once they are married, they’re fine – and calm down.” Buick says Xquisite Events prides itself on personalized service and creating fantasies. His company planned Ivana Trump’s wedding last April. “She was a trip!” he says. Last November the company coordinated an über-extravagant wedding at Casa Casuarina in Miami Beach, replete with crystal trees on the tables and a Lucite chuppa. During dessert, actors dressed as Oompa-Loompas from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory entertained guests. And then there was the case of the naked lady: The bride, a Penthouse centerfold model, chose to have photos taken from her hotel balcony in the nude – except for a veil and bouquet. Says Buick: “The groom’s mother almost passed out from the shock and her friends were in awe!”

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Photo courtesy of Villota & Simpson Photography

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Photo courtesy of Villota & Simpson Photography

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Wedding at Casa Casuarina by Xquisite Events

“There’s always drama when it comes to a wedding – divorced parents, drunken guests and overbearing mothers. All of our brides are really cool – only a few get really crazy, but I have learned to let them vent.” -- Jon Buick, Xquisite Events, Boca Raton

Myrna Swire, owner and operator of It’s Your Party Events in Boca Raton since

1998, says the profession keeps her on her toes: From pregnant brides dealing with mood swings and brides experiencing trauma over pre-nuptial agreements to creating seating arrangements when the couple’s families despise each other – Swire has seen it all.

Who To Call

Her experience has taught her there’s no one rule of thumb for a wedding. “It’s very personal and each individual sees the process differently and according to their situation,” she says.

Dream Concierge Event Planning: 561-997-0182, It’s Your Party Events: 561-852-0222, Xquisite Events: 561-988-9798,


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Myrna Swire of It’s Your Party Events

Swire says that, as a wedding planner, it’s important to master multitasking. “I do multiple events at one time,” she says. “Sometimes you have a year to plan a wedding; sometimes you have three months. In any event, I love what I do – help each individual realize his or her dreams.” O

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no Reservations For The Best Table In The House, Dine At Home This Valentine’s Day By DL Lunsford It’s an annual love dilemma. Spend Valentine’s Day in or risk going out. After all, you can plan to have the perfect dinnerfor-two at a restaurant only to come home disappointed and hundreds of dollars poorer. It plays out something like this: You make reservations, but still wait an hour in a loud, crowded bar. You quickly learn intimate bistro is code for too many tables. And when your dinner finally arrives, the steak is overcooked, the chicken is undercooked and you just paid $8 a la carte for a baked potato. The experience could spoil even Cupid’s mood. But there are ways to have a romantic dinner at home without spending hours in the kitchen or settling for take-out pizza or Chinese. A growing number of gourmet food services are catering to South Floridians’ zest for fine food without the hassle of eating out.

Palm Beach Prime Palm Beach Prime in Wellington specializes in shipping steak-house quality meals to your front door. All you have to do is cook to your liking and serve. President Dave Smith says the 17-year-old company has prepared a special menu for lovebirds who want to stay in the nest this Valentine’s Day. “We cater to people that like fine dining, but at home,” Smith explains. And you won’t leave the table hungry. There’s a hearty, 24-ounce Chateaubriand for two, which also includes a pound of giant Shrimp Cocktail, a pair of Chocolate Turtle Cheesecakes plus a bottle of wine, all for $139.95. Or maybe your heart sings out for surf and turf with two Angus, 6-ounce, triple-trimmed Filet Mignons, a pound of Shrimp Cocktail, two Maine Lobster Tails, two desserts and a bottle of wine for $129.95. And for hungry hearts and exotic appetites, $149.95 buys two 8-ounce Filet Mignons, Shrimp Cocktail, two African Coldwater Lobster Tails, dessert and wine. Your meal arrives in a cooler with complete cooking instructions. Not in the mood to cook? Palm Beach Prime will send over a personal chef for an additional fee. “Why go out and wait for an hour and then pay more because it’s Valentine’s Day?” says Smith.

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That same philosophy has business booming at another gourmet food service about 1,300 miles to the north. Biddeford, Mainebased Lobster Gram ships lobsters caught in chilly waters along the Maine coast; in 2007, the firm shipped out 120,000 packages. Treating your sweetie to a Valentine’s Day lobster dinner is a growing trend, according to Dan Zawacki, Lobster Gram founder. He says a rocky economy is driving more people to order comfort food from premium food services.

“I think everybody wants to eat like a king and queen,” notes Zawacki, who refers to himself as “Dan, the Lobster Man.” For Valentine’s Day, he offers a Cupid’s Combo, which includes sweet Tristan Lobster Tails and crab cakes. The final touch: a heart-shaped chocolate cake filled with mousse and topped with ganache. The meal, which costs $106.95, arrives complete with lobster bibs and a cooking guide. Ordering should be done a few days in advance, Zawacki explains, but cooking should be done the day the lobsters arrive.

Clockwise: Home Bistro’s Main Lobster; desserts from Palm Beach Prime; table setting by The Silver Spoon

Home Bistro If you’re looking to cut back on price but not taste, check out Home Bistro. The chef-prepared meals also arrive at your doorstep ready to cook. “A lot of people just want to be at home, but they want something special,” says Steve Jones, CEO of the Plattsburgh, New York-based food service. Lobster Ravioli in a rich champagne sauce is a top Valentine’s Day seller, he says. And it’s partly due to the presentation: The ravioli is lobster red and heart-shaped. “We sold out last year really quick,” he says. “It requires no explanation. People say, ‘Oh, I get it, it is Valentine’s Day.’” Each individual meal comes with asparagus spears and costs $14.95. Roasted Rack of Lamb and Maine Lobster are other romantic favorites, Jones says. Meals are cooked “low and slow” and then flashfrozen for ultimate flavor and freshness.

The Silver Spoon Three’s a crowd on Valentine’s Day – unless that third someone is a personal chef. Chef Moira Douglas and her cooking team at The Silver Spoon in Lake Worth are ready to transform your dining room into a cozy restaurant for two. “As a personal chef service, one of my goals is to create a unique and special event for each client,” says Douglas, a former food and beverage manager at the posh Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach. “A dinner for two (or more) always seeks to encompass dishes that are the client’s favorites or perhaps something that they have been just dying to try.”

Douglas says creating the perfect romantic interlude at home starts with a pre-dinner meeting or phone call with the chef to select the menu, discuss table setting and service style. “From the moment a client calls us to set up an event we pride ourselves on a totally personalized experience.” Personal chef service ranges from $325 up to $500 depending on the menu and service requirements. The best part: You can eat in your pajamas or a ball gown with black-tie service. While menus are personalized, Douglas does have a few entree specials that are sure to feed your every culinary desire. Douglas suggests trying the seared Scallops on a Vilellotte Puree drizzled with truffle oil or the Petite Filet napped with a vanilla béarnaise Maine Lobster Tail. The entrees, cooked in your own kitchen, come with gourmet salads and dessert for $500. Explains Douglas, “We serve the desserts, clean the kitchen and then slip out the back door so not to interrupt the romantic evening. O

culinary contacts Palm Beach Prime: 877-783-2571;

Lobster Gram: 800-live-lob;

Home Bistro: 800-628-5588;

“Why go out and wait for an hour and then pay more because it’s Valentine’s Day?”

The Silver Spoon:; 561-358-0367

— Dave Smith, president, Palm Beach Prime

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american/STEAKHOUSES Abe & Louie’s4Glades Plaza x 2300 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.

Eddy and Tina Breese

Cary Roman and Cecilia Overton

Addison Steakhouse4 The Shoppes at Addison Place x 16950 Jog Rd. x Delray Beach x 561.381.0200 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. Banyan Bar & Grille at the Addison 42 E. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.395.9335 x Dinner nightly. Big City Tavern 4Shops at Boca Center x 5250 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.361.4551 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Bogart’s Bar & Grille4 Muvico Palace 20 x 3200 Airport Rd. x 561.544.3044 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Bonefish Grill4Boca Grove Shopping Center x 21065 Powerline Rd. x 561.479.0411 x Dinner daily. Brewzzi4Glades Plaza x 2222 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.2739 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Brooks Restaurant4 500 South Federal Hwy. x Deerfield Beach x 954.427.9302 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday in season, off-season Wednesday-Sunday.

Christina Adrini and Assil Hadi

Blair Spence and Kerry McAuley


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oca’s beautiful people recently gathered to slake their thirsts and celebrate the opening of Blue Martini, an upscale restaurant/lounge at Town Center Boca Raton that’s sure to kick up the city’s nightlife cache by a few dozen notches. Blue Martini is known for attracting chi-chi crowds in West Palm Beach, Miami, Tampa and Orlando with its premium liquors (including 25 specialty martinis), full menu, live music and cool vibe. Boca is no exception: Crowds packed the opening, where guests mingled at the outdoor bar, the indoor lounge and the coveted VIP section.

Carmen’s4Boca Raton Bridge Resort x 999 Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.9500 x Dinner Wednesday- Saturday, Brunch Sunday.

Dada452 North Swinton Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.330.3232 x Dinner nightly.

Chops Lobster Bar4 101 Plaza Real South x Boca Raton x 561.395.2675 x Dinner nightly.

Falcon House4 116 N.E. Sixth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.243.9499 x Dinner nightly.

Cugini Steakhouse and Martini Bar4270 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.274.6244 x Dinner nightly.

Fifth Avenue Grill4821 S.E. Fifth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.265.0122 x Lunch and Dinner daily.


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The hoopla’s still happening: Happy hour begins daily at 4 p.m. with half-priced cocktails including a mouthwatering Candied Apple Martini, as well as an array of tasty appetizers. For dinner-goers, a varied menu runs the gamut from caprese salads and shrimp martinis to lobster tacos and lamb chops, plus a variety of flatbreads. The party continues into the night with live bands starting at 8 p.m., followed by a deejay until 3 a.m. Co-owners Mark Vasu and Steve Day devised the Blue Martini concept after surmising that South Florida’s social scene needed more upscale options. The team recently opened a location in Las Vegas. The next stop: Phoenix. For more information, call 561-910-BLUE or visit

Gaucho Rodizio44060 N. Federal Hwy. x Lighthouse Point x 954.784.7667 x Dinner daily. Closed Mondays. Grand Lux Café4Town Center x 6000 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.2141 x Lunch and Dinner daily. The Grille on Congress 45101 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-Friday, Dinner nightly. Houston’s41900 N.W. Executive Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.998.0550 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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Right On Chic Angle Restaurant Offers Distinctive Cuisine With A Dramatic Flair By Kenny Spahn


estled within newly renovated The RitzCarlton, Palm Beach, Angle Restaurant raises the bar for romantic (and delicious) dining. Warm earth tones, diaphanous silk-covered walls, a magnificent communal table, a flowing wine wall and the warm glow of a fireplace set an exquisite stage. Dinner becomes a truly memorable experience, as every nuance is attended to seamlessly under the steady guidance of Manager Nicolas Vogels. But there’s more to Angle than just a pretty face. Chef Garrett Gooch weaves distinctive, local and unexpected elements into a smooth tapestry of innovative cuisine. His relatively limited menu exemplifies a commitment to perfection over mass appeal. For starters, try the heartwarming Celeriac Soup, which tastes rich and creamy, despite just a whisper of cream. Also good is the signature Truffle Gnocchi – melt-in-your-mouth puffs infused with earthy truffles, brought to a crescendo with Peekytoe crab and diminutive clamshell mushrooms. And don’t miss the amazing Barbeque Frog Legs, served under an inverted wine goblet; the goblet is lifted, thus releasing an ethereal bouquet of hickory smoke. Roasted Beet Salad proves a refreshing intermezzo, leading to entrees where Chef Garrett brings new dimensions to familiar favorites. Chilean Sea Bass is oven-roasted to a precise, firm-yet-moist consistency with Portobellos and sautéed spinach, all majestically set atop a cloud of parsnip puree. I soundly recommend the 114

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slow-braised Five-Spice Short Ribs, presented in a beautifully symmetrical cube with truffle potato gratin. Other winners include Colorado Lamb Chops with baby artichokes, poached pear, hazelnut and pea tendrils; Florida Pompano with grapefruit, hearts of palm, Brussels Sprouts' leaves and red wine fumé; Dry-Aged Beef Tenderloin; and Wild Striped Bass. Angle’s 900-label wine list matches its distinctive cuisine quite admirably. Finish with an irresistible Mango Soufflé, Strawberry Kit-Kat or playful Tic-Tac-Toe Crème Puffs, and discover a new angle on dining adventure! O

where Angle Restaurant is located at The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan. The restaurant serves dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Call 561-540-4924 or visit

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ϝ SLICE OF HEAVEN: Chef/Owner Nizio Eduardo in his expanded domain.


DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE Times Square Pizzeria –

o paraphrase an old Certs mint commercial, “It’s two – two – two restaurants in one.” Hence the dual name, Times Square Pizzeria – The Italian Grill Restaurant. Chef/Owner Nizio Eduardo’s recently expanded pizzeria now shares a new kitchen with its full-service Italian sister. So whether you’re in the mood for a quick slice or an entire dinner, Nizio has got you covered.

The pizzeria still offers its signature New York City-style pizza, featuring homemade, hand-tossed dough and first-rate toppings, while the adjacent Italian Grill Restaurant offers an extensive menu. As the name implies, the grill plays a major role here, especially with the fresh salmon, chicken, and NY Strip. An unexpected treat is found in the Brazilian-inspired Picanha (rump steak), paying homage to Nizio’s Brazilian heritage. Chicken Florentine garners much praise, with tender breasts, By Kenny Spahn fresh spinach and artichoke hearts gently sautéed in a luscious white wine sauce, then crowned with mozzarella. We also love the fresh Snapper, sautéed Francese-style (with lemon-white wine) to beautifully enhance the delicate filet. Fresh Atlantic Salmon receives a puttanesca treatment, with olives, capers and tomatoes. Other classics include Stuffed Eggplant, Mussels Marinara, Veal Parmesan and Chicken Marsala.

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Of course, you’ll find an assortment of stuffed pasta here, including manicotti, tortellini and fresh ravioli filled with lobster, wild mushrooms, spinach, chicken or beef. We also suggest you try the homemade Linguini de la Casa, served with grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach in a garlic-wine sauce. The full-service restaurant also offers Nizio’s handtossed pies, with house specialties such as the Capriciosa (ricotta, tomatoes, basil, garlic and feta), Triple Mushroom and Grilled Vegetable. Meal-worthy salads such as the “Nizio” (with grilled chicken, olives and feta) are perfect for lunch or a light dinner. Portions are quite generous, and with most entrees ranging from $11 to $18 (including sides and those addictive garlic rolls), The Italian Grill Restaurant is a luxury you can afford. O

where TIMES SQUARE PIZZERIA — THE ITALIAN GRILL RESTAURANT is located at the Shoppes at Village Pointe, 6006 S.W. 18th St., Boca Raton. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, and take-out and catering services are available. Call 561-3936757 or visit

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J. Alexander’s41400 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.347.9875 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Kathy’s Gazebo Café4 4199 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. Linda B.’s441 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.367.0200 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.

CHEF FRANK ROSANO Exclusively at Villa Rosano V I S I T U S O N T H E W E B AT W W W. V I L L A R O S A N O. C O M

Mariposa4Neiman Marcus at Town Center x 5860 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.544.2320 x Lunch daily, Dinner Friday and Saturday. Max’s Grille4Mizner Park x 404 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.0080 x Lunch and Dinner daily, Saturday-Sunday Brunch only. The Melting Pot45455 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.997.7472 x Dinner nightly. Miller’s Boca Ale House4 Shoppes at Blue Lake x 1200 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.988.9142 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Morton’s, The Steakhouse4 Shops at Boca Center x 5050 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.392.7724 x Dinner nightly. New York Prime42350 N.W. Executive Center Dr. x Boca Raton x 561.998.3881 x Dinner nightly.


Opus 54Shops at Boca Center x 5050 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.544.8000 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. The Pavilion Grille4 301 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.912.0000 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Porterhouse Bar & Grill4 7050 W. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.391.6601 x Dinner daily.

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


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Regency Grill4Regency Court x 3011 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.998.3336 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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asian/sushi 5 Spice Asian Street Market4Shoppes at Blue Lake x 1200 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.989.1688 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Bangkok in Boca4Royal Palm Place x 500 Via de Palmas x Boca Raton x 561.394.6912 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Bluefin Sushi Thai Grill4 861 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.981.8986 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. The Blue Fish4110 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.330.FISH (3474) x Lunch Wednesday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Cay Da Vietnamese4 7400 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.998.0278 x Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Daimatsu Sushi441 Royal Palm Place x Boca Raton x 561.361.7557 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

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Fah Asian Bistro4Boca Valley Shopping Plaza x 7461 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.241.0400 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Fuji4Palms Plaza x 22191 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.8778 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Gary Woo Asian Bistro4 3400 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.368.8803 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. House of Siam425 N.E. Second Ave., #116 x Delray Beach x 561.330.9191 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Ichiban4Somerset Shoppes x 8841 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.451.2429 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Japango4Riverstone Shoppes of Parkland x 7367 N. State Road 7 x Parkland x 954.345.4268 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Kyoto Sushi Sake425 N.E. Second Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.330.2275 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Kyojin Buffet4Shops at Boca Grove x 21073 Powerline Rd. x 561.218.1708 x Lunch and Dinner daily. La Tre4249 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.4568 x Dinner nightly. LemonGrass Asian Bistro4 420 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.5050 x Lunch and Dinner daily. 4101 Plaza Real South E. Boca Raton x 561.544.8181 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Mai Hibachi44801 Linton Blvd. x Delray Beach x 561.499.2766 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Masamune Japanese Restaurant4Regency Court x 3011 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.241.8400 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Oriental CafÊ4The Reserve x 9858 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.883.6088 x Lunch and Dinner daily. PEI WEI47152 Beracasa Way Delmar Village x Boca Raton x 561.322.1001 x Lunch and Dinner daily41914 N.E. Fifth Ave. x Boca Raton x 561. 226.0290 x Lunch and Dinner daily. P.F. Chang’s41400 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.393.3722 x Lunch and Dinner daily.


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Phuket Thai Restaurant4 Palms Plaza x 22191 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.447.8863 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Saba4499 S. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.353.4600 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Saito’s Japanese Steakhouse 4 8316 Jog Rd. x Boynton Beach x 561.369.1788 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.4CityPlace x 700 S. Rosemary Ave., #205 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. Siam Sea47860 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561. 483.3440 x Lunch and Dinner Monday-Friday. Soba Sushi4Mizner Park x 415 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.620.0606 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Stir Crazy Café4Town Center Mall x 6000 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.338.7500 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Sushi Masa47140 Beracasa Way x Boca Raton x 561.395.8862 x Dinner nightly. Sushi Ray4Shops at Boca Center x 5250 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.394.9506 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. SUSHI TAI4100 N.E. Second St. x Boca Raton 561.750.4448 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Sushi Zen422191 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.8778 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Taisho420423 State Road 7 x Boca Raton x 561.479.0041 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Tempura House4The Reserve x 9858 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.883.6088 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Uncle Tai’s4Shops at Boca Center x 5250 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.368.8806 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Yama444 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.266.9929 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Yokohama49168 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.451.1707 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

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CONTINENTAL Bistro Provence42399 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.368.2340 x Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday, (Lunch and Dinner Monday in season). Boheme Bistro and Grill4 1118 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.4899 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Café Joley4187 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.361.4224 x Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch weekends. La Cigale4253 S.E. Fifth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.265.0600 x Dinner nightly. Le French Bistro4 Parkland Town Center x 6676 Parkside Drive x 954.755.0708 x Lunch TuesdaySaturday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Le Pavillon414812 S.E. Military Tr. x Delray Beach x 561.499.9882 x Dinner nightly.

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Le Rivage4450 N.E. 20th St. x Boca Raton x 561.620.0033 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. Le Vieux Paris4 170 W. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.7910 x Dinner nightly. Olio Bistro442 S.E. Second Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.6633 x Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Spontané4432 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.276.8848 x Lunch Tuesday-Sunday, Dinner Wednesday-Sunday. St. Tropez47000 W. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.8580 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. ZED 4514451 Mizner Park 201 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.393.3451 x Dinner Nightly, Lounge Nightly, Lunch Monday-Saturday, Brunch Sunday.


Authentic New York Style Pizza Fresh Pasta � Italian Subs Signature Salads � Prime Steaks Fresh Fish On The Grill & More!

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Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza4 Shops at Boca Grove x 21065 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.218.6600 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Arturo’s Ristorante4 6750 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.997.7373 x Lunch Monday- Friday, Dinner nightly. Basil Garden45837 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.994.2554 x Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.



Bistro 524100 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.274.7077 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Bova Cucina41901 N. Military Tr. x Boca Raton x 561.392.5595 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Café Bellino4180 S. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.393.2844 x Dinner nightly. Caffé Luna Rosa4 34 S. Ocean Blvd. x Delray Beach x 561.274.9404 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. California Pizza Kitchen4 Town Center Boca Raton x 6000 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.268.2805 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Campagnolo Family-Style Italian Restaurant4Regency Court x 3013 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.989.1990 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Carrabba’s Italian Grill4 Wharfside Plaza x 6909 S.W. 18th St. x Boca Raton x 561.544.8838 4335 E. Linton Blvd. x Delray Beach x 561.266.9393 x Dinner nightly. Casa D’Angelo4171 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.338.1703 x Dinner daily.

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Coal Mine Pizza4Royal Palm Place x 399 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.826.2625 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Cucina D’Angelo4Shops at Boca Center x Boca Raton x 561.750.2344 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Cucina Mio4Shoppes at Addison Place x 16950 Jog Rd. x Delray Beach x 561.499.9419 x Dinner nightly. Giovanni’s Coal Fire Pizza4 Waterway Shoppes at Parkland x 7625 N. State Road 7 x 954.345.9282 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Il Girasole4Tropic Square x 1911 S. Federal Hwy. x Delray Beach x 561.272.3566 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Josephine’s45751 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.988.0668 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. 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 Villetta44351 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.362.8403 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

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Royal Palm Plaza 507 SE Mizner Blvd. Boca Raton, Fl 33432 561-393-9969 Zagat Rated Open Daily For Lunch And Dinner Belly Dancing Full Bar - Catering - Private Parties

La Viola4Royal Palm Place x 145 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.0304 x Dinner nightly. LILLY’S4451 East Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.362.0208 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily. Louie Louie Too4201 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.276.3600 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Maggiano’s421090 St. Andrews Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.361.8244 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Matteo’s Restaurant4 233 S. Federal Hwy x 561.392.0773 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily. Paradiso4183 W. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.361.3034 x Lunch and Dinner Wednesday-Sunday. Peace A Pizza4Shoppes at Blue Lake x 1200 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.998.BEST (2378) x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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Piazza de Roma415280 Jog Rd. x Delray Beach x 561.865.3366 x Dinner daily. Positano44400 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.544.2920 x Dinner nightly.


Pranzo4Mizner Park x 402 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.750.7442 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Renzo’s of Boca45999 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.994.3495 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Rino Vesuvio43360 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.368.5520 x Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Ristorante Bova41450 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.362.7407 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

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Ristorante Sapori4Royal Palm Place x 99 Royal Palm Plaza x Boca Raton x 561.367.9779 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. Saporissimo4366 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.750.2333 x Dinner nightly.



Times Square Pizzeria – The Italian Grill Restaurant4 Shoppes at Village Pointe x 6006 S.W. 18th St. x Boca Raton x 561.393.6757 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Tiramisu4170 W. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.338.9692 x Lunch in season, Dinner nightly. Tramonti4119 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.1944 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Trattoria Romana4 499 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.393.6715 x Dinner nightly. VIC AND ANGELO’S 4 290 East Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.9570 x Lunch and Dinner Wednesday-Sunday.

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Villa Rosano4The Reserve x 9858 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.470.0112 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Vittorio Ristorante425 S.E. Sixth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.5525 x Dinner nightly.

LATIN/CARIBBEAN Caribbean Grill41332 N.W. Second Ave. x Boca Raton x 561.362.0161 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. Cuban Café43350 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.750.8860 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly (closed Sunday June-November). Cabana El Rey4105 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.274.9090 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Gol, Taste of Brazil4411 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.6565 x Dinner nightly. INCA GRILL447 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.395.3553 x Lunch Friday-Sunday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. La Rosa Nautica4515 N.E. 20th St. x Boca Raton x 561.361.7205 x Breakfast Saturday and Sunday, Lunch and Dinner daily. Old Calypso4900 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.279.2300 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Brunch weekends.

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Padrino’s4Mission Bay Plaza x 20455 State Road 7 x Boca Raton x 561.451.1070 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Pineapple Grille4Palm Trail Plaza x 800 Palm Tr. x Delray Beach x 561.265.1368 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly, Brunch Sunday.

mexican Baja Café Uno488 Plaza Real South x Boca Raton x 561.394.5449 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Cantina Cabo4The Reserve x 9858 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.477.1899 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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MoQuila499 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.394.9990 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Señor Burrito4513 N.E. 20th St. x Boca Raton x 561.347.6600 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

MIDDLE EASTERN Mediterranean Grill4The Reserve x 9704 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.477.6969 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Turquoise4Royal Palm Place x 507 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.393.9969 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

sandwiches/DELI Ben’s Deli (kosher) 4 The Reserve x 9942 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.470.9963 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. Boca Dolce Bakery & Café4 Lakeside Centre x 8202 Glades Rd. x 561.479.4011 x Breakfast and Lunch daily. Eilat Café (kosher)4Wharfside Plaza x 6853 S.W. 18th St. x Boca Raton x 561.368.6880 x Lunch and Dinner Sunday-Thursday. Closed Friday-Sunday. Grill Time (kosher)48177 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.482.3699 x Lunch and Dinner Sunday-Thursday, Lunch only Friday. Kosher Marketplace4 22191 Powerline Rd., #5A x Boca Raton x 561.391.3318 x Call for hours. Old School Bakery & Café4 814 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.243.8059 x Breakfast daily.


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



SEAFOOD ATLANTIC FISH GRILL 14820 Military Tr. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.638.8338 ❘ Dinner nightly. BOSTON’S ON THE BEACH 40 S. Ocean Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.3364 ❘ Breakfast SaturdaySunday, Lunch and Dinner daily. BUSCH’S SEAFOOD840 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.7600 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. CITY FISH MARKET7940 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.1600 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. CITY OYSTER213 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.0220 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. J & J RAW BAR634 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.3390 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Saturday, Dinner Sunday only.

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LEGAL SEA FOODSTown Center ❘ 6000 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.447.2112 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S University Commons ❘ 1400 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.2428 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Brunch Sunday. 32 EAST32 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.276.7868 ❘ Dinner nightly. TRULUCK’SMizner Park ❘ 351 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.0755 ❘ Dinner nightly. THE WHALE RAW BAR & FISH HOUSE7619 State Road 7 ❘ Parkland ❘ 954.345.9190 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. O

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Proceeds of more than $1.75 million have been raised from this event throughout the years, significantly benefiting Hospice of Palm Beach County’s patient-care programs.

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In appreciation for the support given to his father and family, Lauer has spent the last 11 years supporting Hospice of Palm Beach County, doing all he can to increase awareness of the benefits of hospice care. Proceeds of more than $1.75 million have been raised from this event throughout the years, significantly

The two-day event included a golf tournament where 200 players participated at The Breakers Ocean Golf Course. First place went to foursome Dan Wolansky, Bob Killian, Craig Russey and John Tolan. On Saturday night guests of the Ermenegildo Zegna Evening enjoyed a reception and silent auction, followed by dinner and dancing to Wes Cox and Encore. A highlight of the evening was the presentation to Matt Lauer of a portrait of his father, drawn by twotime Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Paul Szep. During the auc-

BC Today show co-anchor Matt Lauer recently celebrated the eleventh anniversary of the Jay Robert Lauer Golf Tournament and Ermenegildo Zegna Evening at The Breakers Palm Beach, along with 600 supporters that included Bryant Gumbel, Michelle McGann, Paul Szep and Steve Walsh.

tion, Debbie Rosamelia won a twoyear lease on a BMW 128i Coupe donated by Braman Motorcars, Palm Beach. Vicki Rautbord served as the event’s chairwoman. Sponsors included AT&T, Dignity Memorial, Humana, Patricia E. Thorne, Ermenegildo Zegna, The Breakers Palm Beach, Braman Motorcars, A. Marek Fine Jewelry, Agents Marketing Group, Sapoznik Insurance & Associates, Inc., JFK Medical Center Foundation, Steven and Cathy Moore, Dan E. and Valerie Young. O For more information, please call 888-8485200 or visit



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nternational tennis sensation Jana Novotna recently lent her support at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Tennis Love Affair kick-off tennis tournament at The Oaks at Boca Raton. During the tournament, participants had the opportunity to meet, play points and take pictures with Novotna. Attendees included honorary chairpersons Lewis Farsedakis of Blinc and his wife Suma, chairman Peter Hodge of Virsona and myriad tennis professionals from the South Florida area. After the tournament, the fundraiser’s festivities continued with a Celebrity Bar event at Big City Tavern in Boca Raton; the event featured fun-filled, bar-related activities, along with special guests including the reigning Ms. Florida and a host of professional athletes.

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The Tennis Love Affair will culminate in a black-tie optional gala on February 7th at the exclusive Boca Raton Resort & Club. In addition to a sit-down dinner, entertainment planned for the evening includes a live band, flamenco dancers, Spanish guitarists, a comedian, dancing and a large silent auction.

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LIVE IT UP Donna Klein Jewish Academy’s 25th Gala And Auction Date Set “Celebrating Life with Family and Friends,” or Pura Vida, is the theme of Donna Klein Jewish Academy’s 25th Gala and Auction. Scheduled to take place March 7th at 8 p.m. at the Polo Club of Boca Raton, the event’s proceeds will benefit the school’s academic programs and provide needbased financial assistance.

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DKJA provides approximately $2 million in need-based financial assistance to 33 percent of its students annually. Last year’s gala generated more than $600,000. The gala’s theme is in keeping with the school’s philosophy of being “more than a school…a family,” and promises to exude all the accoutrements of Pura Vida. Jill and Yori Galel are the chairpersons, along with presenting sponsor Rosenberg Diamonds & Co. and exclusive media sponsor The Boca Raton Observer. This year marks the gala’s silver anniversary, and guests can expect dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions. Also during the evening, Donna Klein Jewish Academy (DKJA) will bestow upon Harold Jacobsohn the Linda R. Kaminow Visionary Leadership Award. Jacobsohn is secretary of the DKJA Board of Trustees, a DKJA grandparent and a man whose vision, generosity, compassion and commitment to the school’s mission exemplifies the ideals and values that students are taught. Established in 1979, DKJA, an independent, college preparatory Jewish day school for grades K-12 located in Boca Raton, is proud to provide approximately $2 million in need-based financial assistance to 33 percent of its students annually. Last year’s gala generated more than $600,000. O

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v They are. Harold and Mary Perper of Boca Raton, passionate about students and education, are ardent supporters of Lynn University. Their most recent gift of $1.5 million includes naming the orchestra and mezzanine seating in the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center, currently under construction, and $500,000 directed to the athletics program. Perper Plaza, built through another generous gift in 2007, has become a favorite gathering spot for students and the site of campus-wide events. With their gifts, the Perpers have touched every aspect of student life at Lynn—the arts, athletics, scholarships, and gathering and study space. Residents of South Florida since the 1950s, the Perpers both worked as stockbrokers and then owned and operated hotels together. They retired and moved to Boca Raton in 1978, and have been generous philanthropists in the Boca Raton area, supporting numerous organizations including the Boca Raton Community Hospital, Hospice By The Sea, the Boca Raton Museum of Art and the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers. At Lynn, the Perpers also have funded the Harold and Mary Perper Teleconference Center in the Green Center and the Perper Study Lounge in the Lynn Library. They have received Lynn’s annual Boca Raton Award and are recognized in the E.M. Lynn Society for their philanthropy. Encouraging to students. Committed to quality. That’s Harold and Mary Perper, and that is Lynn University.


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DRUMMING FOR DOLLARS The Jewish Federation Hosts Ben Gurion Society Event


elebrity drummer Max Weinberg will join a long list of movers and shakers at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Ben Gurion Society Event, scheduled for March 19th at 7:30 p.m. at the Zinman Hall on the Federation campus.

The so called “experts” have been wrong all these years. The length of a cardio workout depends on the level of oxygen consumption during the activity. Walking consumes only 7 milliliters of oxygen per kg of bodyweight per minute (7 ml oxygen consumption / kg / min) and therefore must be done at least for 85 minutes to get an adequate cardio workout. Jogging produces 14 ml / kg / min and therefore only requires 35 minutes. Running at 6.5 miles per hour requires only 12 minutes and running at 4 minute mile speed requires only 3 minutes. Our ROM machine is so designed that it will give anyone from age 10 to 100 an excellent cardio workout in only 4 minutes. The next complaint from people is usually the $14,615 price. It turns out that the ROM is the least expensive exercise by a wide margin. Find out for yourself at We have sold over 4800 ROM machines factory direct from our 82,000 sq. ft. factory in North Hollywood, CA. Over 90% of our machines go to private homes, the rest to commercial uses such as gyms, doctor offices, military installations, and offices for the

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“If I’m not on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, there’s no place I’d rather be than the Ben Gurion Society event for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County,” said Weinberg, renowned O’Brien house band leader and longtime drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. Weinberg will speak and perform at the upbeat wine and dessert reception. Weinberg will help bring the Federation’s Metro season to an electrifying peak as it celebrates its vibrant new generation of Jewish community leaders and contributors, said Glen Golish, the event’s co-chair, along with wife Rosa.

Wendy and Les Schlesinger, David and Randi Winter and Rosa and Glen Golish

“Max has played with and interviewed some of contemporary music’s biggest names,” said Randi Winter, co-chair with husband David. “We’re eager to hear his drumming and insider tales, as well as his journeys in music and giving back to the community.” Event attendees will wear their “rock ’n’ roll jeans” and have great fun, but their purpose could not be more serious, according to Wendy Schlesinger, co-chair with husband Les. “We’re strengthening our Jewish community to address its vital needs – now and in the future,” she said. The evening is being sponsored by Gateway Insurance, Kaufman Lynn and TD Bank; The Boca Raton Observer is the exclusive media sponsor. Couvert for the Federation’s Ben Gurion Society event is $60 per person, with a minimum $1,000 family contribution to the 2009 UJC/JFSPBC annual campaign. O

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PAWS APPLAUSE Garcia Stromberg Supports Tri-County Humane Society A

ward-winning architectural firm Garcia Stromberg will help create a new building for the Tri-County Humane Society, a no-kill animal shelter located 21287 Boca Rio Road in Boca Raton. The firm will offer assistance in master-planning for the shelter, review of zoning and consistency with adjacent land uses, and technical and administrative oversight for future expansions, including an on-site veterinary clinic.

BRITISH IMPORT Each year, Tri-County Humane Society rescues thousands of homeless dogs, cats, puppies and kittens who are abused, abandoned and on death row ready to be euthanized at other shelters.

“Economic constraints have hit Florida as well as the rest of the country, and the plight of the animals is a visible result,” said Isaac Campos, a project manager with Garcia Stromberg. “We are pleased to extend our professional assistance to Tri-County for providing such a tremendous service to the people and pets of Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.” According to Sasha Muzzarelli, the shelter’s development director, TriCounty Humane Society is receiving 25 to 50 calls per day from people needing to surrender their pets due to job loss or home foreclosure. At times, shelter employees arriving to work are finding animals abandoned on their doorstep or tied to the fence.

Tri-County Humane Society founder Jeannette Christos and Isaac Campos

The shelter’s eventual goal is a 3,000-square-foot, on-site veterinary clinic that will allow it to treat and save many more animals. Currently, staff veterinary technicians perform basic medical treatment in a small on-site treatment room, but for veterinary medical care Tri-County Humane Society must rely on shuttling animals back and forth to three vets in the Boca Raton area. O

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early 500 individual and corporate contributions to the 2008 Jim Moran Classic have fully funded the program’s annual operating budget for another year. More than 40 celebrities volunteered their time during the tournament, including sports legends Dan Marino, Joe Montana, Earl Morrall, Mike Schmidt and Jason Taylor. Nearly 400 golfers joined professionals and supporters Chi Chi Rodriguez and Mark Pfeil for the golf clinic and tournament, while more than 40 tennis players traded tips and volleys with Wendy Turnbull, Hana Mandlikova, Lori McNeil and Duby Petrovich during the tennis clinic and tournament.

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100% of all your contributions to the ALR goes directly to support lupus research programs.

“When you come from the streets like I did and you try to make a change in your life, there’s a lot of peer pressure and it’s tough. Now I have a beautiful daughter, a career and a wonderful fiancée.”

-- Frandy Robert, YATC graduate

The event’s proceeds will benefit the Youth Automotive Training Center (YATC), established by Jim Moran in 1984. Its mission is to train and educate at-risk youth in basic automotive repair skills, academic remediation, job readiness and life-management skills. The program’s goal is to prepare disadvantaged young adults to become self-sufficient, productive, law-abiding citizens. Students are referred to YATC in a variety of ways, including through the Departments of Juvenile Justice and Children and Families, as well as YATC graduates, local clergy and word of mouth. Frandy Robert, along with YATC graduate Bernard Jones personally thanked the more than 1,000 Jim Moran Classic sponsors and guests for making the program possible. “When you come from the streets like I did and you try to make a change in your life, there’s a lot of peer pressure and it’s tough,” Robert said. “But now I have a beautiful daughter, a career and a wonderful fiancée.” O

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itting will take on a whole new meaning on February 20th as Florida Panthers serve as dealers at the Fourth Annual Florida Panthers Ice & Dice Casino Night. The Florida Panthers Foundation anticipates a large crowd for an over-the-top, Las Vegas-style, five-star evening. The Foundation’s signature fund-raiser will feature the entire Florida Panthers team, including players, coaches and broadcasters, serving as dealers throughout the evening when the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa will be transformed into an authentic casino. Guests can expect blackjack, roulette, craps tables as well as Texas Hold ’Em poker.

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Individual tickets are available to the public at $250 apiece, with each guest receiving $250 in gaming chips as well as one $100 gift certificate for an Innovative Beauty treatment and four Lexus Club Level tickets to an upcoming Florida Panthers home game. The event also will feature dancing, gourmet dinner stations, prizes and a silent auction. The auction’s highlight will be the players’ baskets, for which each player’s wife or girlfriend creates a basket of their favorite things. In the past, these baskets have included signed memorabilia, video games, iPods, Nintendo Wiis and other great items. The evening also will include a live auction, replete with auctioneer, and items such as tickets to the Masters golf tournament, an F-16 Fighter Jet Flight Experience, chauffeur-driven private Napa Valley wine tours, Colorado ski vacations and more. “The Ice & Dice Casino Night will be the highlight of our fund-raising initiatives this year and promises to be a night to remember for those in attendance,” said Florida Panthers Foundation Chairman Stu Siegel.



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DOYENNE DELIVERS Inaugural Palm Beach Style Luncheon 2008 Honors Iris Apfel


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bout 200 South Florida dignitaries attended the Inaugural Palm Beach Style Luncheon at the Colony Hotel Palm Beach. The event kicked off the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History’s capital campaign fund-raiser for its proposed permanent building. The initial goal is to raise $5 million for the first phase of the building. The sold-out luncheon included guests from Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Highland Beach, Manalapan, Hillsboro Beach, Parkland, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Bal Harbour. All were delighted with live music, beautiful décor and delectable food. Lynda Levitsky and Susan Wexler of Highland Beach were the event’s cochairs. Kara Kostanich, reporter and weekend news anchor for CBS-12 TV News for Palm Beach County served as the mistress of ceremonies.

Honoree for the luncheon was style doyenne Iris Apfel of Palm Beach, who was presented with a collage designed by artist Bruce Helander. Apfel was recognized for her sense of style, contributions to fashion education and renowned interior design career at the company she co-founded with husband Carl. A permanent gallery dedicated to the style, fashion, interior designs and furnishings of Iris Apfel is now included in the plans for the building of the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History.

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Guest speaker at the luncheon was Ira Neimark, former CEO of Bergdorf Goodman. During his lecture, Neimark discussed his book, Crossing Fifth Avenue to Bergdorf Goodman, in which he shares his experiences and lessons learned at the upscale store. Luncheon attendees received autographed copies of the book. The Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History is a nonprofit organization established in 1999. O

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FEBRUARY 1-28 The Dark Knight The follow-up to the action hit Batman Begins, The Dark Knight reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/ Bruce Wayne in his continuing war on crime. Show times vary.

The Day The Earth Stood Still The film, which is a remake of the 1951 classic sci-fi film about an alien visitor and his giant robot counterpart who visit Earth, stars Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, John Cleese and Jaden Smith. Show times vary.

BankAtlantic Center One Panther Parkway, Sunrise, 954-835-7825; FEBRUARY 10, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21 Panthers Hockey Game times vary. FEBRUARY 20 Gaither Homecoming Lovin’ Life Tour 2008 Gospel music concert. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Show begins at 7 p.m. FEBRUARY 27 Smucker’s Stars On Ice The all-new On the Edge production features Olympic silver medallist Sasha Cohen. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. SEEING RED: Singer Bernadette Peters performs at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts on February 11th.



FEBRUARY 28 Harlem Globetrotters 2009 World Tour Basketball wizardry and hilarious antics with Big Easy Lofton, Flight Time Lang, Hi-Rise Brown and

201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222; FEBRUARY 11 Bernadette Peters (Au-Rene Theater) Show begins at 8 p.m. FEBRUARY 10 Florida Sunshine POPS Pavarotti Tribute (Amaturo Theater) Featuring the Florida Sunshine POPS Orchestra with conductor Richard Hayman. Show begins at 8 p.m.

Hard Rock Live Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010; FEBRUARY 6, 8 Billy Joel Doors open at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m. FEBRUARY 11-12 Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Doors open at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m. FEBRUARY 19 Jerry Lewis Doors open at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m.

Parker Playhouse 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222; FEBRUARY 10-15 A Bronx Tale An original one-man play directed by Tony winner Jerry Zaks. Show times vary.

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The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; FEBRUARY 7 The B-52’s Doors open at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m. FEBRUARY 15 Labelle Doors open at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m. FEBRUARY 28 Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami Doors open at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m.

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02.09 and a slate of inspiring hits. Tickets are $40 for matinees; $42 for evening shows. Takes place at Old School Square. For more information, call 561-243-7922 or visit FEBRUARY 7 Annual Butterfly Ball This black-and-white-themed disco ball benefits The Lupus Foundation of America, Southeast Florida Chapter. Takes place at Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by a silent auction, dinner and dancing at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-279-8606 or visit FEBRUARY 7 Mae Volen Senior Center’s Ninth Annual A Love Affair Presented by The Dancer’s Alchemy and Southern Dance Theatre, this evening of song and dance takes place at 7 p.m. at Spanish River High School. For more information, call 561-395-8920 or visit

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FEBRUARY 20 Sister Hazel Rock band performs at Revolution in Fort Lauderdale. Show begins at 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit FEBRUARY 20 Daryl Hall & John Oates Takes place at the Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park Amphitheater. Show begins at 8 p.m. For more information, call 877-598-8497 or visit FEBRUARY 20-21 Boca Raton Pavo Real Gallery Presents “The Frogman” Celebrity artist Tim Cotterill will meet and greet fans, sign autographs and debut Plum Dandy, the latest limited-edition frog. Event proceeds will benefit R.O.C.K. Camp, a program that sends cancer-afflicted children to summer camp. For more information, call 561-998-1995. FEBRUARY 24-28 AND MARCH 3-7 Jack Jones The singer performs in The Colony Hotel’s Royal Room in Palm Beach. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for dinner; show begins at 8 p.m. For more information, call 561-659-8100. FEBRUARY 25 The Factor Foundation Of America’s Celebrity Bartending Event This fun-filled evening benefits research for bleeding disorders. Takes place at Amici’s Ristorante and Bar in Palm Beach. For more information, call 561-981-8814. FEBRUARY 26 The Delray Beach International Tennis Championships’ Sixth Annual Chamber Bash This networking event for the Greater Boca Raton and Delray Beach Chambers of Commerce will feature top-ranked men’s players. Takes place at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships’ Clubhouse Patio. For more information, call 561-330-6000.



02.09 February 27 through March 1 Boca Bacchanal Winefest & Auction The Boca Raton Historical Society presents Boca Bacchanal, its seventh annual winefest and auction to benefit the Heritage Education program. For more information, call 202-478-6528. February 26 Robb & Stucky’s Design Seminar: How To Wake Up Your Home In A Slumbering Housing Market Design consultant Ron Hammond and Nita Summers, district sales manager of Keyes Realty explain how to prep your home for a faster sale. Takes place at 2 p.m. at the Boca Raton store in Mizner Park. For more information, call 561-862-5597. February 27 through March 1 63rd Miami International Orchid Show One of the country’s largest and most prestigious orchid shows and sales takes place at the Doubletree Miami Mart/ Airport Hotel and Exhibition Center. For more information, call 305-255-3656 or visit February 28 The Boca Raton Museum Of Art’s Annual Gala This black-tie gala, held at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, helps the museum support its permanent collection, stellar exhibitions and educational and family programs. Takes place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $300. For more information, call 561-742-4229 or visit February 28 Midnight At The Oasis – JAFCO’s Night To Remember 2009 This enchanted evening takes place at the Polo Club of Boca Raton and will benefit JAFCO (Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options), a group that helps abused and neglected children. For more information, call 954-749-7230. O

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After 25 Years Of Success, Levinson Jewelers Opens Its Doors On Las Olas After 25 years of immeasurable success and unprecedented commitment to the community, Mark and Robin Levinson, co-owners of Levinson Jewelers, have expanded their business and generosity to the Fort Lauderdale area. “This new location is a major testament to the true value of customer loyalty. We feel we owe it to our current and future customers and friends to expand the Levinson brand,” says Mark Levinson. The luxurious store features marble floors with inlay of stone and fine custom-made wood cabinets; the 6,000-square-foot expansive showroom is designed to complement the vast and exquisite collection of only the finest jewels and timepieces from around the world. Levinson Jewelers, 888 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-473-9700;

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3rd Annual wee dream ball More than 300 guests gathered at Woodfield Country Club to raise $434,000 for Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, which runs programs that aid disadvantaged children in Boca Raton. 1/ Paul & Kathy Adkins and Denise & Jordan Zimmerman 2/ Karen & Jay Foreman 3/ Mike & Amy Kazma 4/ Jill Viner and Shelly Marshall 5/ Hiromi & Rob Printz 6/ Lynn Hover, Tom Ehrbar, Cyndi Humphrey and Teri Hardin 7/ Ralph & Linda Behmoiras, Peggy Henry, Adriana Quijano and Corey Saban








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flash BNY MELLON WEALTH MANAGEMENT EVENING OF GLAMOUR AND ELEGANCE More than 200 friends and supporters of Boca Raton Community Hospital attended a beautiful cocktail reception at Neiman Marcus Boca Raton to kick off the 47th Annual Boca Raton Hospital Ball.




1/ Karina Modrin and Robert Weinstein 2/ Vicki Soble, Marlon Corvera and Patti Carpenter 3/ Lynn Hover, Terry & Jerry Fedele and Amy Millman 4/ Sue & Dr. George Miceli 5/ Ralph Behmoiras, Jim Franskousky and Amy Millman 6/ Elyssa Kupferberg, Larry Burker, Jean Blechman and Ruth Merns 7/ Raemali King, Joan Wargo, Gloria Drummond, Pat Thomas and Christine Lynn






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Boca Grove Plantation

7810 Afton Villa Ct

Bronson Steven N & Kimberly A

Solomon Lawrence & Karen

Boca Isles South

20076 Ocean Key Dr

Banet Rafael M R

Thompson Robert I & Elizabeth A

Boca Marina Yacht Club

656 Boca Marina Ct

Esplyack Co LTD

Cartus Corp




Boca Raton Por La Mar

740 W Palm Ave

Plotka Robert A & Candyce

Ross David R & Valerie H




Boca Raton Racquet & Sailing

1920 SW 7th St

Seiderman Steven

Allegra Robert V & Lisa M




Boca West CC - Chapel Creek

19236 Chapel Creek Dr

Ls Residence Trust

Caparelli Marsha A




Bristol Pointe

16186 Bristol Pointe Dr

Smukler Avram & Joanne

Mineau Marc & Diane B




Broken Sound CC - Grand Oaks

2514 NW 64th Blvd

Rosen Michael

Harrison Barry





6776 Entrada Pl

Ciaccio Michael J & Rachel K

Hoersch Nicole B




Grande Orchid

6606 Grande Orchid Way

Berry Stuart & Ruth

Kleiman Jeffrey W & Vivianna




Le Lac

6032 Le Lac Rd

Hodari Daniel & Lisa S

Pacana Richard & Carla




Mizner Country Club

16208 Mira Vista Ln

Small Geoffrey G & Helen E

Cohen Alan & Rosalie




New Floresta

2628 NW 27th Ter

Roach Brian L & Stacie

Nordin Jason R & Janene H




Polo Club - Royal Palm Cove

17157 Royal Cove Way

Hochman Barbara M

Frank Gerald & Rochelle




Polo Club - Royal Palm Cove

17189 Royal Cove Way

Steinhardt Roger & Judith

Rapaport Stephen A & Joyce C




Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club

377 E Coconut Palm Rd

Ripps Andrew S

Smith David D




Saturnia Isles

15782 Viana Winds Pt

Bland Giancarlo & Sarah

Gold Ronald S





6398 NW 32nd Ter

Sanchioni Richard E Jr Trust

Magen Theodore




St Andrews Country Club

17698 Foxborough Ln

Rudes Kenneth

Rosen Lee S & Julia




Woodfield CC - Victoria Isles

5700 NW 42nd Ct

Scher Mark & Beth

Fineman Norman R & Elaine




Woodfield Hunt Club

3210 Saint Charles Pl

Lupfer James R

Alter Steven G & Marina D





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a look back7our colorful history Children show their appreciation on Valentine’s Day.

Watching the teachers interact with the students brought back memories of my time in grade school and the teachers who helped me grow and learn.

Photos courtesy of the Boca Historical Society

Learning About Love

Great Teachers Leave Lasting Impressions

By Patricia Eddinger Jakubek


n songs and books there is so much said about love! Love is a wonderful gift – and a sacrifice. Many times love involves hard work – caring for children and spouses and elderly parents. When I think of people who loved me when I was growing up, of course I think of my parents. But, immediately after them come my teachers. Recently, Boca Raton Elementary School celebrated its 100th year anniversary. I attended the celebration and was proud to have been a student there many years ago. Watching the teachers interact with the students brought back memories of my time in grade school and the teachers who helped me grow and learn. In 1948 I entered school; my teacher was Mrs. Giganti. There

were nine of us in the first grade – eight boys and me. We shared the classroom with six second-graders and were kept very busy learning reading, writing and arithmetic. When we went on to third and fourth grades, Mrs. Clementine Brown was our teacher, and at least a few times a week we sang Oh My Darling, Clementine to her. The work was more difficult, but we had spelling bees and a special Florida history workbook that was very interesting. Mrs. Brown taught us how to square dance in the gym on rainy days. During fifth and sixth grades, Mr. Trafford was our first male teacher and we were his first students. He was very tall, very nice and very cute. Strict but fair, he was great at improving our sports skills as well

as our lessons. Mr. Trafford later became the principal of the Boca Raton School. By seventh and eighth grades, Mr. Hager was our homeroom teacher and also taught us history. We started changing classes and having a different teacher for each subject in preparation for high school. In 1955 and 1956, Mr. Hager started a junior varsity (J.V.) football team for the boys and they played teams in Delray and Boynton. So we needed a school mascot: A number of names were suggested, we voted and our mascot became the bobcat. We were the Boca Bobcats! Now these teachers didn’t leave school every day at 2 p.m. like we students did. They always had plenty of work to do in their classrooms preparing

for the next day – or week. Still, they volunteered for more! Mrs. Gigante started a Brownie troop for girls; this had such a good response that she began a Girl Scout troop as well. In the summer she would fill her car with children and take us to the Cabana Club or Bible Town for Red Cross swimming lessons. Mrs. Brown started a Cub Scout troop and also made costumes for various theatrical presentations. Mr. Hager and Mr. Trafford worked with the boys for their J.V. teams. These teachers loved us and we loved them. Our town was so small that we knew them very well and they knew us – and our parents. Of course, as children we didn’t really know how much they guided us, or all they did for us. But as adults, we do now. O

To learn more about the history of Boca Raton, visit Old Town Hall at 71 North Federal Highway, call 561-395-6766 or visit


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Begin an enduring love affair.

Annual Calendar Ref. 4936 J, Calatrava rings.

Boca Raton Observer FEB 2009  
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Boca Raton Lifestyle Magazine