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Remember Their Names

Dreyfoos High School Seniors Take A Step Closer To Fame

All-Around Champion

“GMA” Star Sam Champion Finds Success In Manhattan And Love In South Florida

Revenge Is Sweet

“Devil Wears Prada” Author Lauren Weisberger Has A Hot New Sequel

Lights, Camera, Travel!

EntertainmentThemed Trips Take Center Stage

The Great Wall Meet Actor Jordan Wall of A&E's “The Glades”

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Ziva’s

No Diva “NCIS” Star Cote de Pablo Chats About Her Feisty TV Character, Growing Up In Miami And Chasing The American Dream


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contents THE ENTERTAINMENT ISSUE

54 ALL-AROUND CHAMPION “Good Morning America” Star And “Sea Rescue” Host Sam Champion Finds Success In Manhattan And Love In South Florida

58 REMEMBER THEIR NAMES Five Dreyfoos School Of The Arts Seniors Take One Step Closer To Fame

68 REVENGE IS SWEET “Devil Wears Prada” Author Lauren Weisberger Returns With A Hot Sequel—And A New Appreciation For Mommy Shoes

CAMERA, 70 LIGHTS, TRAVEL! From “Downton Abbey” Escapes To “Hunger Games” Retreats, Entertainment-Themed Trips Place Guests Center Stage

GREAT 74 THE WALL Jordan Wall Plays A Nerd On “The Glades,” But The Actor With The Big Heart (And Ripped Abs) Is Anything But

48 Ziva’s NO DIVA “NCIS” Star Cote de Pablo Chats About Her Feisty TV Character, Growing Up In Miami And Chasing The American Dream

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19 observed HOT STUFF & THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN 19The Buzz 24Trends 26La Vida Boca

29 media blitz THE QUINTESSENTIAL ARTS REPORT 29On Screen 30In Print 34On Scene

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39 that’s life A GUIDE TO PERSONAL GROWTH 39Relations 42Parents 46Destinations

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77 taste THE DISH ON FOOD, WINE & RESTAURANTS 77Bites 78Recipes 80Review 82Listings

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109 happenings THE ESSENTIAL SOCIAL DIGEST 109Around Town 115Calendar 120Flash

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LOCAL NOTABLES & REAL DEALS 124Now & Noteworthy 126At Home

128 giving back CHARITY NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE

REMEMBER THEIR NAMES

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DREYFOOS HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS TAKE A STEP CLOSER TO FAME

ALL-AROUND CHAMPION

“GMA” STAR SAM CHAMPION FINDS SUCCESS IN MANHATTAN AND LOVE IN SOUTH FLORIDA

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REVENGE IS SWEET

“DEVIL WEARS PRADA” AUTHOR LAUREN WEISBERGER HAS A HOT NEW SEQUEL

LIGHTS, CAMERA, TRAVEL!

ENTERTAINMENTTHEMED TRIPS TAKE CENTER STAGE

THE GREAT WALL MEET ACTOR JORDAN WALL OF A&E'S “THE GLADES”

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NO DIVA “NCIS” Star Cote de Pablo Chats About Her Feisty TV Character, Growing Up In Miami And Chasing The American Dream

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he lazy days of summer are finally here. It’s the perfect season to spend time with your family and enjoy all that the entertainment world has to offer, whether it’s vacationing, watching films or reading a good book. It’s also the perfect time for our annual June/ July Entertainment Issue, filled with celebrities who have ties to South Florida! First, we go one-on-one with cover girl and former Miami resident Cote de Pablo, star of TV’s longest-running series, “NCIS.” De Pablo is multitalented, ambitious and refreshingly down-to-earth, as you’ll find in “Ziva’s No Diva” (page 48). Next we feature “Good Morning America” weatherman Sam Champion, a key player in the highest-rated morning program’s success. Champion has lots going on, from “GMA” to his “Sea Rescue” show to his recent wedding to Miami artist Rubem Robierb. Meet him in “All-Around Champion (page 54). Inside, we also profile actor and part-time Hollywood, Fla. resident Jordan Wall from “The Glades,” which is filmed in South Florida (page 74), as well as Lauren Weisberger, author of the best-selling “Devil Wears Prada” novel, in the story “Revenge Is Sweet” (page 68). Weisberger, whose parents live in Boca Raton, this month will release her sequel, “Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns.” Next up, we introduce you to some homegrown stars in the making. You won’t want to miss “Remember Their Names” (page 58), featuring talented graduates of The Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. And finally, we present you with four entertainment-themed vacations—from a “Hunger Games” family getaway to a “Downton Abbey” tour. All you need to do is make reservations. Stay cool and enjoy your summer. We will see you back in August with our annual Family Issue.

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’ll never forget the weirdest moment of my worst summer vacation ever. It was in Manhattan, and Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock were there. My girlfriends and I had been excited to visit New York City, so when I sprained my ankle right before the trip, I wasn’t going to let a little thing like crutches stop me (for that decision alone, I sort of had it coming). One Saturday during the wee hours, on a dark and quiet street corner, we got lost. Huddled close, we clutched our handbags tightly, looking for a cab or at least someone to provide directions. Having watched one too many episodes of “Law & Order: SVU” we wondered: Would we get mugged? Or worse? That’s when we saw Seinfeld and Rock across the street. It’s amazing how quickly paranoia turned to pandemonium. “Oh. My. God. Is that who I think it is?!” my friend squealed, pointing. “I think so,” yelled my other friend, as the comedians grew smaller in the distance. “They’re getting away!” And then, in a paparazzi flash—they bolted. Not only was I frustrated that I couldn’t go with them, but they’d left me alone holding their bags (literally) on a creepy corner in a strange city not known for its friendly cul-de-sacs. What was I going to do, fend off attackers with my crutches? I watched with a mixture of fear and envy, as my friends caught up to the comedians (who were walking home from a gig). The group talked. They laughed. A tiny Seinfeld waved from blocks away. I waved back. Some friends. Most of us have experienced the occasional celebrity curiosity. Maybe you checked out TMZ.com to see Anne Hathaway’s Oscar dress, or watched “Access Hollywood” to see

who Bradley Cooper is dating, or picked up People magazine to ogle at David Beckham in a swimsuit (guilty). But what is it about celebrity worship that makes otherwise intelligent people (i.e., my traveling companions) act like blathering idiots? Is it the glamour, the wealth, the fame that leaves us speechless? Or maybe it’s that famous folks are living our dreams, and that somehow we experience the fantasy vicariously through them? It’s something writer Emily J. Minor analyzes in this month’s Relations column. Time magazine also tackled the subject. According to Time, a three-part study by University of Buffalo psychologist Shira Gabriel found that celebrity worship—even though based on onesided “relationships”—is not only “common,” but may actually boost self-esteem. The study, which included 348 college students, a fifth of whom professed to celebrity crushes, had each student answer a self-esteem questionnaire, then write a short essay about their beloved star, then re-answer the same questionnaire. Turned out, students who initially scored low on self-esteem scored much higher after writing about their star crushes. “Because people form bonds in their mind with their favorite celebrities, they are able to assimilate the celebrity’s characteristics in themselves and feel better about themselves when they think about that celebrity,” Gabriel told Time. “And that is something these individuals can’t do in real relationships because their fear of rejection keeps them from getting close to people.” Hey, it’s worth a shot. Now, where’s my “Magic Mike” DVD?

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VENUS RISING Venus Williams: iconic athlete. Successful entrepreneur. Best-selling author. Is there anything she can’t do? The Palm Beach Gardens resident, part owner of the Miami Dolphins and recent focus of a documentary with her sister Serena is also a fashion designer, earning a degree from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale before creating EleVen, her ready-to-wear collection of fresh, chic athletic wear for women who want to look good on and off the court. The leggy stunner will have fashionistas buzzing during the French Open 2013, when she wears her ‘Geo 2.0’ dress. She plans to reveal her ‘Perfect Mesh’ design at this month’s Wimbledon, and will debut another new creation at the US Open in August (“stay tuned,” she teases). You may never hit a ball like Williams—but you can dress like her. EleVen is now carried in stores throughout South Florida, including Tennis Anyone? in Boca Raton, Mizner Country Club in Delray Beach, The PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens and other local retailers. You can also check out elevenbyvenus.com. Williams recently took time out of her busy schedule to chat with The Boca Raton Observer about her new collection, tennis game—and favorite guilty pleasure.

What inspired your newest collection?

What designers inspire you?

“This season’s collection draws from the richness of the past and the intrigue of the future. The bold floral designs remind you of the beautiful painted images reminiscent of the impressionist period, while the python is our fashion interpretation of classic animal skin introduced in a feminine color.”

“Depending on the occasion: Diane Von Furstenberg, Matthew Williamson, Ralph Lauren, Dolce & Gabbana, Helmut Lang.”

How hands-on are you in the design process?

Who is your toughest competitor on the court?

“I am very hands-on in most every aspect of the business. EleVen has to truly reflect my aesthetic and who I am.”

“You always have to beat yourself. We all have models, mentors and goals, sure. But my job is to be the best Venus.”

You’re so busy—how do you find time to create your designs?

Do you plan to play in the next Olympics?

“As with anything else, you make the time to do the things you love.”

Describe your personal style.

“What best describes my essential style characteristics would be sexy, fun and hip.”

“Definitely!” Since this is our Entertainment Issue—what do you enjoy doing on your rare time off?

Tell us about the ‘Geo 2.0’ dress you’ll wear at the French Open.

“I always enjoy spending time with my family.”

“It captures the four F’s that are most important to me; it’s feminine, fun, fashionable and functional.”

Favorite TV show?

“I love ‘The Golden Girls.’” Favorite band?

OUT OF THIS WORLD: Venus Williams

Tell us about the ‘Perfect Mesh’ dress you’ll be wearing at Wimbledon.

“Everyone who knows me knows how much I love 311.”

“This one is more along the lines of the traditional tennis whites but with a bit of a Venus spin, which is the mesh back.”

Favorite guilty pleasure?

“Does karaoke count?”

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THE PEANUTS GALLERY Parents can share with their kids the simple joys of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang this summer at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, where the “Charles M. Schulz: Pop Culture in Peanuts” exhibit will showcase the largest collection of drawings and memorabilia outside the cartoon creator’s namesake Santa Rosa, Calif. museum. The exhibit kicks off June 8 with a Snoopy Jazz Party, with Peanuts-themed music, cartooning workshops, photos with Snoopy, and the famous beagle’s favorite snack, chocolate chip cookies and root beer. Coinciding with the exhibit, which runs through September 1, will be the statewide Florida Comic Strip Challenge, an amateur cartoonist competition. For more information, call 954-921-3274 or visit ArtandCultureCenter.org.

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THE VALUE OF THE MANSION SHOCK JOCK Howard Stern and wife Beth Ostrosky are reportedly seeking to purchase on the Island of Palm Beach, according to Jose Lambiet’s Gossip Extra website. Should the sale come to fruition, Stern will be neighbors with another controversial radio personality—Rush Limbaugh. Source: gossipextra.com.

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SMOOTH OPERATOR Contemporary jazz singer Jessi Campo lives in Fort Lauderdale—but she’s huge in Guam, Indonesia and Hong Kong. “Performing in those countries for about five years, I gained tons of fans and it’s wonderful…” says Campo, who croons tunes from the golden era in English and Spanish, and whose sultry voice has been compared to Billie Holiday, Etta James and Natalie Cole. She’s pretty big in the United States, too, having opened nationally for Cyndi Lauper, The Beach Boys, Neil Sedaka and Michael McDonald. Locally, she performs at venues including Boca Raton’s Pellegrino’s Ristorante and Prime Cigar & Wine Bar. Next for Campo: a U.S. tour to promote her latest album, At Last, which beautifully—and bilingually—demonstrates her love for the glam ’30s and ’40s. Check out her music at jessicampomusic.com.

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Last June The Boca Raton Observer profiled Miami resident and thenMTV “Teen Mom” Farrah Abraham, who bared her soul to our writer, sharing dreams of opening a restaurant and setting a good example for her daughter. But plans change. Fast-forward a year and she’s baring a lot more than her feelings. Abraham has released a 70-minute porn video so popular it knocked out the reigning Kim Kardashian sex tape for the most highly viewed in the genre— and crashed the carrier’s server for nine minutes. According to TMZ.com, she received nearly $1 million for her, um, performance. Reality star, indeed.

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LIFE’S A SOAP OPERA “General Hospital” Star Sean Kanan Talks Family, Boca Raton And The Craziness Of Daytime TVBY EMILY J. MINOR n the ABC daytime soap opera “General Hospital,” Sean Kanan’s character A. J. Quartermaine might be a handsome guy who turned up alive when everyone thought he was dead. But in real life, Kanan is the renaissance man of all renaissance men, doing everything from writing and producing to performing stand-up comedy, starring in an Internet radio show with his wife, Michele, and serving as the proud patriarch of their blended family. “Michele and I have a great life together and people are always saying, ‘How do you do it?’ They want

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to know how we have this fun life and still have five kids and live in this fishbowl of Hollywood,” says Kanan,

Once you’ve achieved success, it certainly makes it easier for an actor on one soap opera to jump to another. The caveat is, there’s a stigma that goes with it.

who’s also had starring roles in “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.” So he and the missus launched

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their own radio show, where they talk about relationships, careers, current events, raising a big family and—of course—soap operas. The hour-long show airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on the online Universal Broadcasting Network. For Kanan, 46, who lives in Southern California but spent many of his growing years with his grandparents in Boca Raton, the new show is an opportunity to remind fans of his diverse talents. “The world of daytime (TV) is a bit of a double-edged sword,” says Kanan, who got his first big break in “Karate Kid, Part III” in 1989. “Once you’ve achieved success, it certainly makes it easier for an actor on one soap opera to jump to another. The caveat is, there’s a stigma that goes with it,” says Kanan, who avoids being pigeonholed via myriad side projects, most recently his new book, “The

Modern Gentleman. Cooking and Entertaining with Sean Kanan.” And while he makes a good living on daytime TV, it can also be “pretty unforgiving,” says the actor, who usually learns his lines while in the sauna or working out on the StairMaster. Take one recent Friday on the set of “General Hospital,” which at 50 years old, is TV’s longest-running soap. “We did 75 scenes today,” he says, talking to us on his cellphone while driving to pick up his kids. “I wasn’t in all of them, of course. But it can be pretty crazy.” And speaking of crazy, the Ohio native recalls hearing some interesting stories while visiting his grandparents’ Boca Raton home. “When I was little, I always loved hearing about when alligators would crawl up on to people’s patios,” he says. Hmmm. Sounds like a soap opera storyline to us. O


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JAZZY REMAKE Leonardo DiCaprio Presides Over Opulent “The Great Gatsby” t’s a tricky business, this idea of remaking a film, but director Baz Luhrmann’s version of the Jazz Age classic, “The Great Gatsby,” is accomplished in grand style and with advantages that weren’t around at the time of the 1974 version. Leonardo DiCaprio, who graced Luhrmann’s 1996 “Romeo + Juliet,” is as compelling a Jay Gatsby as Robert Redford was, and Carey Mulligan matches Mia Farrow’s pampered and irresolute Daisy Buchanan. In the film, Luhrmann creates a visually stunning (if computer-generated) version of New York City and the moneyed enclaves of Long Island at the height of the Roaring Twenties, and sprinkles it with subtitled passages from American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that give it a literary anchor amid the raucous excesses of the age. Fitzgerald’s classic portrayal of the stark contrasts between decadent bluebloods of New York high society and the grimy misery of the impoverished working class is narrated by Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), the naive young stockbroker enthralled by the mysterious millionaire Gatsby, who lives in a Long Island Sound mansion and throws lavish parties where the city’s upper crust rubs shoulders with its wild fringes and the revelry lasts into the night. Mulligan is well cast as Daisy, Carraway’s married cousin and the ob-

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ject of Gatsby’s obsession, as she goes about her life on the other side of the bay from his ostentatious mansion. She’s torn between the memories of her past love of Gatsby and loyalty to her philandering husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton), who unearths some unseemly facts about the enigmatic Gatsby and the source of his millions, and utters the line that defines the bigotry and class-consciousness of the age: “You are not one of us.” Fitzgerald’s voice is never far from the surface as Luhrmann regularly employs an interesting device of typed words onscreen that convey the novelist’s poignant passages, and uses a flash-forward to show Carraway typing the story as it unfolds.

In the end, of course, it is a tale of class division and the easy breakdown of moral resolve among the rich and powerful, and scenes of the frantic greed of Wall Street are a reminder of our own recent experiences with that segment of the workforce. The decadence of the age is emphasized by big flashy cars, huge water-

front manses and Gatsby’s constant wild soirees. With a soundtrack that ranges from George Gershwin to Jay-Z (one of the executive producers), the film maintains a somewhat ambiguous period authenticity, smacking of computer imaging but breathtaking nonetheless, enhanced by cinematic touches such as ascending aerial views, fog and fireworks, and lone saxophone players on fire escapes, that elevate the emotional moments with a dreamlike quality. O

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Five Fictional Books By Famous Folks Acting On Instinct There are famous writers, and then there are famous folks who write—it just depends on what came first, the book or the celebrity. The artistic impulse that drives one to become an actor often takes other directions, like say, penning fiction. Here are five performers whose paths have diverged to the form of storytelling that requires, not a stage, but a publishing deal.

Montaro Caine: The Novel By Sidney Poitier

then became a film director and a force for social change. Now the Presiden-

Sidney Poitier, who first performed on Broadway 64 years ago, became an Academy Award-winning film star in the 1950s and beyond, despite an impoverished upbringing in the Bahamas and Miami and a miserable reception in New York City, where he worked menial jobs and slept in a bus station restroom. He 30

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tial Freedom Medal winner and author of three distinguished biographical works presents his first novel at age 86, a prescient and sometimes mystical ride from New York to Europe to the Caribbean and beyond. Poitier’s novel offers his heartfelt message about the potential each of us has within ourselves, and about being open to the possibility of mysteries around us far greater than we can imagine. An enthralling journey

into the magic of existence, this book is a radiant debut from an American legend.

Mirror Image By Ice-T and Jorge Hinojosa Actor Ice-T—a high school nickname that stuck with Tracy Marrow—rose above humble and sometimes despicable beginnings running with the Crips gang in Los Angeles to become famous performing rap songs about

the bad deeds of his youth. Unlike many gangbangers, he didn’t wind up in prison


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but escaped that life by joining the Army. Besides fronting his own band as a rapper, Ice-T rose in the entertainment industry, appearing in films and on television, today best-known for his role on NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” and the E! reality show “Ice Loves Coco.” In the second installment of his gritty crime novel series (he’s also written two nonfiction books), IceT applies his knowledge of the streets via protagonist Marcus “Crush” Casey, a newly released ex-con in a New York City on the edge of social economic collapse. Casey runs the streets in this urban thriller, but when a new contender threatens to overcome his throne, things get downright dangerous.

The Star Attraction By Alison Sweeney Alison Sweeney, host of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and a 20-year veteran soap star of “Days of our Lives,” has been around long

enough to know how the Hollywood game works, and has honed her writing skills with a previous book, “The Mommy Diet.” But it’s her longtime role on the soap opera that helped most with her novel, which has plotlines similar to the scripts she’s been learning for two decades as Sami Brady on the angst-ridden serial tear-jerker. Her wellreceived debut novel follows the adventures of L.A.-based star publicist Sophie Atwater, who lets her love life get in the way of her work. Sweeney uses her insider knowledge to stage Hollywood situations and relationship woes that you just know are based more on recollection than imagination. Atwater’s reactions in certain situations propel the laugh-out-loud tale of working and romancing in Tinseltown and add an enjoyable element of unpredictability.

Something to Remember You By: A Perilous Romance By Gene Wilder A leading Broadway role alongside Anne Bancroft led to a career boost for Gene Wilder, who’s used that stage name since deciding Jerome Silberman wasn’t a convincing name for a Shakespearean actor. Bancroft introduced Wilder to

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Mel Brooks and the rest is comedic film history with hits including “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein.” If Wilder’s thoughtful nature wasn’t completely evident from his movie roles, it became apparent from his first book, “Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Art and Love,” in which he wrote in revealing terms about his life. His first novel, “My French Whore,” is an adventure set in World War I Europe. “Something To Remember You By” is another wartime romance: Set in 1944 London, the dramatic tale focuses on Corporal Tom Cole, a young soldier who falls in love with a mysterious Danish woman, and the relationship that ultimately puts his life in peril.

Someday, Someday Maybe By Lauren Graham The seemingly perennial television parent, Lauren

Graham’s starring roles have ranged from a seven-year stint as Lorelai Gilmore on the former “Gilmore Girls” to her current role as Sarah Braverman in NBC’s “Parenthood,” which was renewed this spring for a fifth season. Having acquired an English Lit degree at Barnard College, along with a nostalgic fondness for the wannabe struggles of her mid-twenties in New York City, she set about writing her debut novel, which is a highly fictionalized tale based on her experiences. The story is set in January 1995 and protagonist Franny Banks has just a half-dozen months left of a self-imposed three-year deadline to make it big on Broadway (so far, her success has been limited to a one-time gig modeling ugly Christmas sweaters). This witty story follows Banks and her supportive roommates, her nice-enough boyfriend, the flirty guy in her acting class—and, ultimately, her journey of self-exploration. O


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STILL BELIEVIN’ Journey Performs Hits At Hard Rock Live hen the name Journey was suggested by a roadie during a San Francisco radio station name-that-band contest, no one realized the prophetic quality of it. Why? While the band’s heyday took place from 1979 to 1987, when it became one of the greatest American bands of all time with 17 Top 40 hits, this success was followed by personnel issues and a very public search for a lead singer. The long journey to find this singer culminated in YouTube discovery Arnel Pineda, front man of the band that will perform on June 28-29 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Hard Rock Live at 8 p.m. But we digress. Journey formed in 1973, but it wasn’t until 1977 that lead singer Steve Perry joined the band. And in the 1980s, it was Perry’s soaring tenor that gave the band its distinctive sound. This led to its successful album, Departure, which reached No. 8 on the charts,

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It was in 1988 that original members Neal Schon (lead guitar, vocals) and Ross Valory (bass, vocals) realized they needed a new lead singer after Perry injured his hip and refused to have surgery. They hired Steve Augeri, who sang with the band for the next eight years, until throat problems forced him out and Jeff Scott Soto filled in for several months. In 2007 they discovered Pineda, whose voice is strikingly reminiscent of Perry’s, and he’s been the front man ever since. O For more information, call 954-797-5555 or visit hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com.

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TOSH. UH-OH Comedian Daniel Tosh Plays The Fillmore And Kravis Center unny guy Daniel Tosh, host of the successful Comedy Central show, “Tosh. O,” delivers humor with punch lines described as “pushing the envelope.” And that’s what fans appreciate about the acerbic comedian, who’s scheduled to perform at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater on June 29 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on June 30 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The shows are part of his “June Gloom Tour.” Tosh has compared a comedian’s life on the road to the Bill Murray classic film, “Groundhog Day,” and on his website posts a countdown clock that states: “When Daniel’s Groundhog Day ends.” Tosh is referring to his 38th birthday, when he says his career will end because he’ll either “commit suicide or retire to the beach.” It’s hard to imagine Tosh quitting his career at this point. His Comedy Central show is a hit and his 2011 comedy special, “Happy Thoughts,” had 3.25 million viewers and is out on DVD. Tosh was born in Germany, but his family moved to Titusville, Fla., where he grew up the son of a preacher and attended TitusvilleAstronaut High School, and then the University of Central Florida, where he graduated in 1996. He then moved to Los Angeles and began working the comedy club circuit. In 1998 he appeared on

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and Happy Thoughts. His Comedy Central show has been going strong since 2009 and he’s been touring annually since 2010. Tosh’s humor knows few bounds. Politically incorrect, foul language, racist, sexist and homophobic remarks… no one is immune. He’s explained: “I’m not a misogynistic and racist person, but I do find those jokes funny so I say them.” O

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ROCK ON Iconic Fleetwood Mac Brings Nostalgia To BB&T Center t’s curious that Fleetwood Mac, the iconic band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, was founded by musician Peter Green, a man whose name is least associated with it. But it’s par for the course for the band—so named by combining the surnames of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie—whose story reads like a soap opera filled with torrid romances, breakups, infighting and a revolving lineup of guitarists. No matter its incarnation, this band knows how to rock a house, as will be evidenced during its 8 p.m. show on June 8 at the BB&T Center. The current lineup includes Mick Fleetwood and John McVie—both original members since 1967, and Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, who joined the band in 1975, the year the band released its first commercially successful album, Fleetwood Mac. But it was two years later that the domestic strife of the group’s inner-breakups became fuel

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for the music, leading to one of the greatest rock albums of all time, Rumours, which documented the emotional trauma of failed romance in songs written by all the members. Rumours won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year with four Top 10 hits, including Nicks’ “Dreams,” Christine McVie’s “Don’t Stop” and “You Make Lovin’ Fun,” and Buckingham’s “Go Your Own Way.” The album, which sold more than 50 million copies worldwide, also included the hits “Gold Dust Woman,” “Second Hand News” and “The Chain.” Follow-up albums included Tusk, with hits

including “Sara” and Tusk,” plus studio albums Mirage and Tango in the Night. The band has had 17 Top 40 hits, including “Hold Me,” “Little Lies,” “Big Love,” “Rhiannon” and “Gypsy.” Several of the members, especially Nicks, have enjoyed successful solo careers. Expect to hear an extensive list of greatest hits during the band’s “Extended Play Tour,” along with three new songs, “Sad Angel,” “It Takes Time” and “Miss Fantasy” written by Buckingham. O For more information, call 954-835-7000 or visit thebbtcenter.com.


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TWEEN SCENE One Direction Performs At AmericanAirlines Arena ne Direction, the pop-singing quintet from across the pond, is one of the latest groups to help resuscitate the “boy band” concept. The band, which has captured tweens’ hearts with a slew of pop hits some critics argue are more notable for photogenic and well-choreographed videos than for meaningful messages, will perform at AmericanAirlines Arena on June 14 at 7:30 p.m. The boy band was formed via the British version of the reality TV show “The X Factor,” where the members were each solo contestants thrust together on a judge’s whim to help them qualify for the “group” category (they ultimately placed third on the show).

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Harry Styles, the youngest member, is said to have come up with the group’s name. Styles was born in 1994 and shares with two other members, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson, an affinity for the ubiquitous English soccer league team Manchester United, though the three grew up in different regions of Northern England. A fourth member, Liam Payne is from the West Midlands, while blond heartthrob Niall Horan, the only Irish member, rounds out the impromptu boy band. Payne was the only member to compete previously on the TV show; in 2008 at age 15 he made it through the first round before being told by judge and creator Simon Cowell that he was too young and to “come back in two years.” Taking that advice proved fortuitous, as Cowell signed the group. In 2010, One Direction was the third most successful act in his record company. The boys have become pop music sensations, first under the guidance of Cowell and then Columbia Records. It’s been speculated that One Direction filled a boy-band void in the United States, capitalizing on the success of Justin Bieber, who established there was a market for clean-cut pop singers. Some have even called it a “second British invasion.” Indeed. One Direction has sold more than 8 million copies of albums, Up All Night and Take Me Home, and 14 million singles, including “What Makes You Beautiful,” “Live While We’re Young,” “Gotta Be You” and “One Thing.” O

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STAR STRUCK When Celebrity Watching Goes From Fun To Obsessive, Things Get ScaryBY EMILY J. MINOR or $3, we can buy an awful lot of fantasy—and we’re not talking about the kind that’s inappropriate for reading at the condo pool. We’re talking about some good ol’ wholesome star-obsessing—like studying Jennifer Aniston’s alleged baby bump or reading about Bethenny Frankel’s brutal divorce or ogling the gown Sarah Jessica Parker wore to the Costume Institute Gala at the Met. (Trust us on this. It was weird.) Looking at beautiful people is an American pastime, right? And so is reading about them. We want to know what lipsticks they buy, where their kids go to school, how they keep those bodies so lean and firm.

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line, taking it all in—from “It Girl” Ireland Basinger Baldwin talking about her famous parents to Bradley Cooper walking the streets of Paris with model Suki Waterhouse. (He’s 38 years old and she’s 20, BTW.)

And there’s another reason, she says. It’s fun. “If we’re a little bit bored and empty with our own lives, it’s entertainment,” she says. “I don’t mean that in a derogatory sense but—truly—

My first thought is we’re all kind of voyeurs. We like to compare ourselves to the way other people are living.

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Is it starvation, Atkins or daily Pilates? But why do we do this? Why do we stand in the grocery store checkout

“My first thought is we’re all kind of voyeurs,” says Miami psychologist Kristen A. Tolbert, who also sees patients in Boca Raton. “We like to compare ourselves to the way other people are living.”

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They’ve all had to go to the police because of a stalker. These days, there’s a study for everything—and there’s a study for this. There’s even a name: Celebrity Worship Syndrome, a phrase coined in 2002 when a team of doctors studied 262 people in Central Florida and determined their levels of celebrity interest. A later companion study of 3,000 additional people produced specific numbers: 1 percent of respondents had an unhealthy obsession; 10 percent displayed intense interest (to the point of getting moody or neurotic if something happened to “their star”); 14 percent said they make a special effort to read about a celebrity they like; and 75 percent said they had no interest whatsoever. No interest in Halle Berry’s nasty child-custody case? Really? Maesk says for people struggling with certain kinds of mental health issues, today’s reality TV shows can make it even more difficult to keep their own lives in a healthy perspective. “It’s everywhere and you can make it your life, 24-7,” he says.

People are looking at an idolized version of themselves. They’re aspiring for something they don’t have. The problem is when the psychological need becomes an obsession and interferes with reality. – Doug Maesk, licensed mental health counselor, Fort Lauderdale

licensed mental health counselor, agrees that it’s perfectly normal to peek into other people’s lives. We do it with our friends and family, and we certainly do it with all the reality TV shows around us. “I think a large part of it is people, in general, aspire to be their better selves,” Maesk says. “They’re looking for something to help them on that path, something they don’t have in their everyday life. The idea of celebrity gives that to them.” Still, on a bad day it can be daunting to stare at Jennifer Garner’s perfect skin, which she supposedly gets from using Neutrogena. After all, we’re comparing ourselves with people who 40

have entire staffs taking care of their hair, their food, their clothing and their makeup. Often, a publicist is even telling them what to say. “I think there’s a balance,” Tolbert says. “I think it’s about being comfortable and content in our own bodies, but also being interested in fashion and beautiful things. There’s nothing wrong with that.” Perspective and a brown leather satchel can both be beautiful things. Maesk agrees that it can be fun to follow the life of a film star, musician or gregarious public servant. “People are looking at an idolized version of themselves,” he says. “They’re aspiring for something they don’t have.

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The problem is when the psychological need becomes an obsession and interferes with reality.” Letting the tea kettle whistle while we check out Madonna’s black hair (with bangs) is one thing. But when interest in a famous performer extends past the casual level (how does Cameron Diaz always look so chic and adorable?) there’s trouble, especially if the obsession is fueled by mental illness. Kirsten Dunst. David Letterman. Jodie Foster. Paris Hilton. Alec Baldwin, Selena Gomez. Uma Thurman. Kim Kardashian.

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“You can sit in front of the screen and you can fantasize about this version of your life, constantly.” But obsessing for an hour (or so) about Denise Richards caring for Charlie Sheen’s kids—and admiring her long wavy hair in that messy chignon? That’s entertainment. “There’s a simple answer to all this and the simple answer is it makes people feel good,” Maesk says. “It might be as simple as inspiring people to dress better and look nicer.” Just don’t get your heart set on Mrs. Ben Affleck’s perfect complexion. O


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WORDS MATTER When Superstars Speak Out Against Bullying, Kids Listen hen Demi Lovato opens her mouth, kids listen. They listen to her songs on the radio. They The listen to her advice for aspiring singers on “The “T X Factor.” They listen te to her beauty tips. So when Lovato says she was bullied as a teen—and talks about how much it hurt— h plenty of kids are listening. pl Lovato, a 20-year-old L Disney Channel darlingturned-pop star, is one of the t d most outspoken celebrities to take on bullying prevention as a personal cause. But she’s hardly the only one. With the increased focus on this issue in recent years—due

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in part to some highly publicized teen suicides, as well as last year’s acclaimed documentary “Bully”— many young performers are getting involved in anti-bullying campaigns and talking about their own traumatic experiences. And while nothing can take the place of supportive families and knowledgeable counselors, experts say kids who have been bullied may find it comforting to learn that a favorite actor or singer has been there too. “We love working with celebrities who have been bullied, because kids identify with them,” says Ross Ellis, founder and CEO of New York-based STOMP Out Bullying (stompoutbullying.org). “It really helps kids to know that they’re not

the only ones, and it shows them that there is hope.” Ellis’ organization runs a hotline for bullied kids and produces antibullying public service announcements that run on youth-oriented TV shows. Some of the celebs who have recorded PSAs for the organization also have starred in bullyingrelated programming: “Mean Girls 2” actress Meaghan Martin, for example, and “Cyberbully” star (and former “Hannah Montana” regular) Emily Osment. Nickelodeon actress/singer Victoria Justice also joined the antibullying bandwagon last year in a campaign tied to the movie “Bully” and sponsored by the teen political action group Do Something (do-


life  parents something.org). And the Cartoon Network has recruited numerous stars for its “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” campaign, including tennis champion Serena Williams, “Modern Family” actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and the cast of “Level Up.” Meline Kevorkian, a bullying expert who also serves as assistant provost at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, says one of the most influential antibullying crusaders in recent years has been pop star Lady Gaga. The singer/songwriter known for her outlandish fashion sense, who created her Born This Way Founda-

I didn’t.’ And we’ll say, ‘Well, look at their lives now. They decided to keep going on and make something of their lives. And who’s laughing now? Them or the bully?’” STOMP Out Bullying also is looking to get more sports figures involved with its mission, including a new partnership with FOX Sports that brought in anchors Michael Strahan and Howie Long among others. While stars like Lovato are great for troubled girls, “We’ve seen spikes in our website and are getting lots of emails” from boys who respond to people from the world of sports, Ellis says. We love working with Even if you’re reasonably cercelebrities who have been bullied, tain that your kids are not being because kids identify with them. It bullied—and that they aren’t bulreally helps kids to know that they’re lying anyone else—just taking a not the only ones, and it shows moment to watch one of these them that there is hope. PSAs with your children can spark a worthwhile conversation. – Ross Ellis, founder and CEO, STOMP Out Bullying Start by Googling “celebrity antibullying campaigns,” and look “We get feedback like, ‘I love for a star whose opinions your Demi, I’m so glad she’s helping, she kids will want to hear. really makes a difference,’” Ellis “I think the most important says. “They always, always menmessage here is to start the diation how much they love her.” logue,” Kevorkian says. “Talk to Another star whose mesyour kids about the way to treat sage has been particularly their friends, and the way not to important is former ‘N Sync treat them. I always relate this to singer Lance Bass, who not teaching your child to brush their only admits to having been teeth. A parent has to tell them bullied himself, but also every day, ‘Brush your teeth, brush to having laughed when your teeth,’ until finally they know others made homophobic what they’re supposed to do and jokes in order to hide his what they’re not supposed to do.” own sexual orientation. Still, it can’t hurt to get a little reSo when a teen calls inforcement from outside sources. the STOMP Out Bully“When they see these messages ing hotline to talk about on TV, when a celebrity talks on a suicide, Ellis says, countalk show about bullying and how selors will sometimes use it’s not OK and their experiences, Lovato as an example for then it’s a great opportunity for girls or Bass for gay boys. parents and grandparents to start “We’ll ask, ‘Do you the conversation,” Kevorkian says. know that Demi Lovato was “Because too often, that conversabullied?’ or ‘Do you know tion doesn’t start until something that Lance Bass was bullied?’” has already happened.” O Ellis says. “And they’ll say, ‘No,

tion to promote tolerance, has spoken publicly about her humiliation at being thrown in a trash can in high school. “Whether kids are being bullied face-to-face or online, they very often feel that they’re responsible for it,” Kevorkian says. “They tend to think they’re not cool enough, not pretty enough, too fat, whatever it may be. So when they see someone who is idolized (and admits to having been bullied), then it helps them realize, ‘It’s not me.’”

But when it comes to famous people speaking out on this issue, “The younger the better,” Kevorkian says. “If it’s not someone that teens recognize as important or cool, it’s not going to be as effective. They have to see it as their fellow peer.” In the case of Demi Lovato, for example, Ellis says the anti-bullying message has particularly resonated with teens because the actress/ singer has been so open in general about her struggles with eating disorders, cutting and bipolar disorder. Her honesty about topics that so many teen celebs cover up has inspired great affection from fans who feel they can relate to her.

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PUTTING ON THE RITZ The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami Makes A Quick, Luxurious GetawayBY LINDA HAASE parkling blue waters beckon. Twelve acres of lush gardens promise a secluded respite. A 20,000-square-foot spa exudes relaxation. The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami promises this splendor—and much more. The 13-story resort is just six miles from bustling downtown Miami, yet a world away from your troubles. Even the drive along the picturesque Rickenbacker Causeway that connects Key Biscayne to the mainland is soothing. Of course, a Ritz-Carlton welcome is like no other. And it extends beyond the friendly front desk, all the way to two oceanfront pools where concierges stand ready with Evian water mists, sunglasscleaning devices, chilled sunscreen, frozen fruit treats and cold scented hand towels (they’ll even find you a best-selling novel to read or make your dinner reservations).

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The sun is known to increase the appetite (that’s our excuse, anyway) and RitzCarlton has plenty of options that nourish the body while feeding the soul, including Cioppino (the resort’s signature restaurant), Cantina Beach, Dune Oceanfront Burger Lounge, RUMBAR, Scoop Ice Cream Parlor and the Lobby Lounge. Cioppino, named “One of America’s Best New Restaurants” by Esquire magazine, offers mouthwatering feasts of Tuscan food and a complementary am-

The 13-story resort is just six miles from bustling downtown Miami, yet a world away from your troubles. Even the drive along the picturesque Rickenbacker Causeway that connects Key Biscayne to the mainland is soothing.

biance. Authenticity is infused into every corner, including the kitchen, which stocks creamy burrata mozzarella and other fresh cheeses flown in twice a week from Italy, as well as olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars. Menu highlights created by Chef de Cuisine Ezio Gamba include the restaurant’s signature dish, Cioppino, a delectable mixture of branzino, mussels, calamari, shrimp and clams in a light tomato broth (classical Italian wines are available for pairing). Cantina Beach’s menu includes pork carnitas, fresh ceviches and daily specialty items from culinary regions of Mexico, served under a thatched-roof palapa (similar to a tiki hut) built by the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians. Plush lounge chairs, fire pits and a bar overlooking the ocean add to the tropical ambiance. Oh,


life  destinations can indulge in more than 60 treatments. Kids haven’t been forgotten here: A Ritz Kids program features programs for ages 5 to 12 including tennis, basketball, fishing, treasure and scavenger hunts, pool and beach games, and arts and crafts (full-day and half-day programs are available). And while the resort property is stunning, it’s worth taking time to explore Key Biscayne with a catamaran cruise, deep-sea fishing tour, sailing, windsurfing, biking or golfing on the Crandon Golf Course, which has received kudos from Golf Digest. Key Biscayne is also the site of the 500-acre Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, where visitors can tour the Cape Florida Lighthouse (the oldest one in South Florida). The 109-step climb to the top is worth

and did we mention that the guacamole is prepared tableside and the country’s only tequilier (a tequila specialist trained in the Tequila region of Mexico) offers pairing suggestions from 108 tequilas? For a super casual venue, head for the Dune Oceanfront Burger Lounge, where it’s all about burgers and beyond: the menu includes Kobe Beef Sliders, an Ahi Tuna Burger, and the Oregonzola Burger, along with a hefty selection of Champagnes and wines (there’s a live deejay on Sundays). Rum aficionados will enjoy RUMBAR, where they’ll have their pick of 54 rums, cachaças (distilled liquor made from sugarcane) and piscos (grape brandy) from 18 countries including Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, Anguilla, Antigua, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Nicaragua. The Hemingway/Havana-inspired gathering spot has comfy leather furniture for those extended conversations (guests visiting Thursday through Saturday are treated to the sounds of the four-piece Latin band Grupo Nostalgia). Searching for sushi? You’ll find it in the Lobby Lounge, along with panoramic

views of fountains, gardens and the Atlantic Ocean (it’s also a great spot to enjoy tea, exotic coffees, modern martinis and light fare). When you’re ready to work off some of that delicious food, head for the 11-court tennis center for a workout (it’s the largest tennis facility of any Ritz-Carlton in the world and has been ranked one of “The 50 Greatest U.S. Tennis Resorts” by Tennis magazine). The resort’s fitness center also offers spinning, Pilates, yoga and Tai Chi, available in private studios or on an outdoor terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. There’s also “Pool-ates,” a form of Pilates in the pool (developed specifically for the resort) and a guided walk to the historic Cape Florida Lighthouse. Or perhaps a spa visit is more to your liking, where guests

contact The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is located at 415 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, Fla. For more information, call 305-365-4500 or visit ritzcarlton.com.

the effort—it’s the ultimate for unmatched views from Coral Gables to South Beach. When it’s time to call it a night, the resort’s newly renovated guestrooms and suites beckon with a palette of warm sunset colors and decor reflective of the ocean. For the ultimate in pampering, reserve one of the 64 rooms or suites on the RitzCarlton Club Level. Here, guests have exclusive access to a private lounge with dedicated concierge service, and five daily complimentary culinary and beverage presentations. The Club Level also offers a private lounge area in the oceanfront gazebo (with yet more food served). Get ready to put on The Ritz. O J U N E / J U LY 2 0 1 3

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LIFE LESSONS Being famous and all the thrills that come with it wasn’t what de Pablo pined for when she moved to New York in her twenties to pursue her dream career. She just wanted to act, because acting is her first love. “From the time I was 15, I knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” says de Pablo, 33, who now lives in Los Angeles. “I went for it and I didn’t stop.”

her hair sloppily scrunched in a bun wearing comfy clothes, hoping the paparazzi doesn’t figure out who she is. Though there’s one place she can go where people won’t see her as “Ziva” or de Pablo the actress. That’s her childhood home of Santiago, Chile. There, she’s seen simply as Maria Jose de Pablo, her traditional, Roman Catholic birth name. (She asked people to call her “Cote”—the nickname for Maria Jose—after coming to South Florida because people were mispronouncing her name. Maria Jose, “became something that stayed behind in my country,” she says.) Born and raised in Chile until she was about 10 years

takers,” decided to uproot the family of five (Cote has a younger brother and sister) and move to South Florida. De Pablo recalls feeling taken aback not only by America’s culture, but by Miami’s lack

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“I was an immigrant just trying to pursue her dreams,” she says. “I was given everything I needed.” That “everything” included unconditional love from her parents and a quality education. In Miami, she didn’t attend some fancy, expensive private school. Instead she attended public school and excelled so much that she received a partial scholarship to study music theatre at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. This, she says, is what “got me in tune with the artist in me.”

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dent is more than just an actress. She sings too, has had stints in the theater and is gorgeous to boot. (The darkhaired 5’ 7” beauty has been compared to Salma Hayek.) But the glitz and glamour of Hollywood hasn’t changed this Chilean-born actress too much and she doubts it ever will. De Pab48

The fame, she says, was just a result. “I feel uncomfortable when people recognize me too much. I like knowing that I can go out and I can be normal,” she says. De Pablo is not one of those starlets you’ll see dressed to the nines while grocery shopping. She’s the one with

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old, de Pablo lived a prestigious life. She went to the best school, lived in a beautiful house, was cared for by a nanny and had lots of family support. But when her mother got a job with the Miami-based Spanishlanguage television network Telemundo, her parents, whom she describes as “risk

She’s a good example of someone who made a name for herself in Hollywood without pulling any strings. No relatives in the business. No affairs with directors. Nothing that would cause her picture to appear on celebrity gossip sites like TMZ.com. She’s also an inspiration

What de Pablo eventually came to realize is that her move to America allowed her to reinvent herself. “The immigrant reality was hard but incredibly liberating,” she says. “In South America, I had a last name to live up to. As an immigrant you don’t feel like you have to live up to a social code.”


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FINDING HER VOICE For de Pablo, her beloved acting was also a mode of preservation. “I got into it for kind of funny reasons,” she admits. “I went to the States and somewhere along the line I had to learn to take care of myself, and the language was also a big thing for me. It became a way of expressing myself at a time that was confusing. It was a way of pushing out of myself and becoming more outspoken.”

So after graduating from Carnegie Mellon, the newly outspoken de Pablo decided to move to a place where she’d fit right in—New York. Early on, while discussing her move north with a friend, de Pablo was told, “put your parachute on and fall … it’s amazing and scary.” Her friend was right. De Pablo moved to a Brooklyn apartment and as many acting hopefuls do, started waiting tables to make a few bucks between auditions. She spent her days waitressing at Indian and Italian restaurants. She had free lunches, worked with friends she loved and learned that waitressing is one of the hardest jobs there is.

“Even now when I sit down in a restaurant, I know what a waitress goes through,” she says. “I used to always think, ‘I would be the best waitress I could be.’”

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Within a year, de Pablo began appearing in New York City Public Theater productions and national

commercials, and then made a move to television shows. She landed small parts on “All My Children” and the ABC series, “The Education of Max Bickford,” acting alongside Richard Dreyfuss, and in 2004 starred in the short-lived FOX series, “The Jury.” And then in 2005, she nailed what would become the most important audition of her career for “NCIS,” which focuses on a team of special agents in the Naval Criminal Investigative Service that solves spellbinding cases involving Navy and Marine personnel. De Pablo quickly became surrounded by talented actors including Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly

and Rocky Carroll. She got the role playing feisty field agent Ziva David, a former Israeli Mossad officer who is also a skilled fighter. She never imagined she’d still be a part of the gifted cast eight years later. Often during the show, de Pablo opted to do her own stunts. She says she liked the challenge of learning how to fight and enjoyed the adrenaline rush. But doing your own stunts means that sometimes, you just might get hurt. And de Pablo did. She bruised and battered many parts of her body, but it was when she hurt her neck that she decided it was time to call it quits and let someone else fight her scenes for her.

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seems to have stayed true to herself even after all these years on a hit television show.” Just like when she was a waitress, de Pablo pours everything she has into her work. And it’s paid off with a legion of fans, awards and high ratings. In 2006, de Pablo won the Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress and in 2008, she was nominated for two more awards: the Alma Award for Outstanding Actress in a drama television series and another Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress. “NCIS” was voted the No. 1 television show in 2011 and it’s had a successful run for 10 years now— definitely not the norm for a television series. And de Pablo knows that fame won’t last forever. “It does feel like it’s some sort of miracle,” she says. “One is a lonely number. There’s only one way to go from there.” She believes the show could continue for some time if the actors remain committed to their characters, but at press time de Pablo was the only actor to not yet announce she would be returning next season. “I’m OK, I’m at peace,” she says. “I’ve given eight years and have poured my heart and soul into this and I’m content no matter what.” Meanwhile, de Pablo has three months off this summer, and says she plans to use that time wisely. She won’t be seen on the cover of some celebrity magazine in a string bikini (if she can help it) nor will she be spotted decked out in glamorous outfits clubbing with friends until the sun comes up. Remember, de Pablo likes to be as “normal” as possible. So she will cook (she’s a fan of “clean” eating), practice her yoga, travel to Chile and spend time with her gorgeous boyfriend, actor Diego Serrano. And perhaps (fingers crossed) we will see her on our television screens this fall, playing Ziva David once again. Says de Pablo: “We’ll see where it goes.” O

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“My neck was completely out of place for a while,” she says. “Now I’m just allowing the pros to do what they do best.” Ziva is strong-willed, smart and fearless, touting her knowledge of five languages, but comically messing up American slang. Her character has faced tough obstacles over the years, but perhaps one of the biggest challenges that blindsided fans this year was the murder of her father, Eli David, played by actor Michael Nouri. Her father’s death has also heated up her storyline with Tony, played by Weatherly, and fans wonder if their innocent, flirtatious relationship will turn into something more. “I don’t know what’s going to happen,” she says. “That’s always a tricky question. The only thing I can say is it’ll be what it is and whatever it is we will play the crap out of it.” De Pablo says she shares some qualities with Ziva, such as her strength, but that while Ziva is guarded, she is not. “Certainly a little bit of Ziva has bled into Cote but I try to stay in check,” she says. Her character struck a chord with the “NCIS” audience, so much so that fan Crystal Moen, who works in E-commerce in Wisconsin, decided to create a website dedicated to de Pablo. The Cote de Pablo Network (cotede-pablo.com) updates readers on de Pablo herself and on the show’s most current episodes. Maintaining a website that doesn’t pay the bills is a lot of work, but Moen says she enjoys every minute of it because de Pablo is an inspiration. “It was the innate strength of the character as well as the vulnerabilities that made me sit up and say, ‘Wow!’ I believe it takes a lot of talent to balance the two and not tilt too far either way,” says Moen, who would like to someday meet de Pablo. “And whenever I read or watch any interview that Cote does, I’m always amazed at how passionate she is for her work and life in general, not to mention she


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“Good Morning America” Star And “Sea Rescue” Host Sam Champion Finds Success In Manhattan And Love In South Florida

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t’s great being No. 1. Just ask Sam Champion, the popular weather guy on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” who looks comfortable doing everything from sending out serious instructions before Hurricane Sandy to giggling with his BFF colleagues on their morning set. Like the time the winner of the Sam Champion Look-Alike Contest walked out on live TV—and he looked just like Sam Champion. Twenty years ago! “That was so weird,” says Champion, with unusual brevity. Champion, 51, never set out to be the most adorable television weatherman. After all, doesn’t Al Roker have that job? But through the years, as Champion kept climbing through the intense New York City television market, he’s become so successful, comfortable and reliable as the “GMA” morning weather forecaster (he’s also weather editor for ABC News) and go-to anchor that it might be time for him to relax and enjoy life. Just a little. So every Friday morning, Champion flies to his “other” home in Miami, 54

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It all works. In the spring of 2012, “GMA” (finally) beat “Today” for the No.1 viewer rating, breaking the NBC morning show’s 16-year streak in that spot. (Yes, 16 years.) And “GMA” has held tight ever since, slipping only

“Rubem is all about nature and land and water and that roots me.”

where he and his new husband, artist Rubem Robierb, enjoy the treasures of South Florida living—everything from paddle boarding to sunbathing to a gallery opening on Palm Beach. “Rubem is all about nature and land and water and that roots me,” Champion confesses. Come Sunday night? It’s back to work in Manhattan—a trek that doesn’t hurt nearly as much when your show’s at the top of the heap. Morning TV is brutal. We know this, right? Remember at NBC’s “Today” show when Deborah Norville replaced Jane Pauley, then Katie Couric replaced Norville? And how about a teary Ann Curry saying goodbye on live television? But while all that tabloid stuff was happening at NBC, the ABC morning crew—long the homely stepsister in the morning ratings—was steadily amassing a team with just the right karma and connectivity. Champion. George Stephanopoulos. Lara Spencer. Robin Roberts. Josh Elliott. They laugh. They kid. They use 56

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Champion’s Manhattan apartment as a crash pad. “Sometimes, it’s like a fraternity house,” he says, talking about when colleagues stay over for the show because a few live in Connecticut. And all the “GMA” in-crowd knows about Champion and Elliott’s ongoing “bromance”—which is always good for a punch line, or three. Then—when the world changes, as it so often does—they can get serious in the flash of a breaking news story.

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when NBC broadcast the 2012 Summer Olympics. “People can watch anything they want and the fact that they choose to watch us—it’s huge,” says Champion, who has a degree in broadcast news, not meteorology. “We’re very proud at being No. 1 and we work very hard to stay there.” Their secret? “It just comes naturally,” Champion says. “It would cost a fortune for the comedy writers to write this stuff.”

LIFE IS GOOD America’s favorite meteorologist was born Sam Champion in Paducah, Ky., a “military brat who grew up all over.” No matter where they were, his mother lugged him and his sister to church every Sunday. “My parents would have chosen for me to be Baptist, but we grew up all over the world and my mom just made sure we were in a church,” he says. His dad, a retired Lt. Col. in the Marines who served in Vietnam, died two years ago. His mom lives near his sister and her family, outside Springfield, Va. Champion visits whenever he can, and loves his role as doting uncle. (There was a recent college graduation, with plenty of pictures.) Despite his world travels as a kid, Champion has always considered Paducah, population 25,000, his hometown. So it made sense that he chose Eastern Kentucky University, graduating with a degree in broadcast news. Slim, tan and good-looking, Champion was an immediate on-air draw. In 1988, just a few years after college, New York’s WABC-TV snatched him up for their weather. It didn’t take long for the decision-makers in that market to take notice. In 2006, Champion took charge of the weather at “GMA.” But while the industry is famous for its intensity, Champion promises viewers there is a softer side. We’re “real people,” he says. “My opinion is, the morning shows are not as cutthroat as they’ve been made out to be,” says Champion, talking to us one recent morning after “GMA” aired for the day. (A multitasker, he was tweeting and Facebooking as we spoke.) “Al (Roker) is a very good friend of mine,” he says. “But what makes a show special is not any of that. It’s the chemistry.” These days, chemistry just might be Champion’s favorite topic. As he was enjoying his perch—he reportedly makes $1.5 million a year—something else really, really nice happened. He met and fell in love with Robierb in January of 2010. A year later, they were engaged. A year after that they were married in Champion’s New


“We knew there would be a certain amount of press about it,” says Champion, who talked about his marriage quite a bit on air. “But once we got past that initial discussion, it kind of just took off on its own.” Robierb is more of a private guy, not used to fans approaching them

“GMA” stars Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott at the couple’s wedding ceremony

York City apartment, the one he tried to sell years before but could never get a nibble on. “I took it off the market,” he says, “and I’m glad I did.” The small civil ceremony—attended by his “GMA” buddies—kicked off a streaming gay-marriage story line in the social media. Indeed, when you Google Sam Champion, you get article after article about their marriage, with a few TV bloopers here and there. You’ll also find scoop about another TV project Champion calls his “real love.”

Well, besides Rubem. Champion hosts “Sea Rescue,” the award-winning weekly TV series on ABC that follows the rescue and rehabilitation of marine animals, and then films their release into the wild. The show debuted in 2012, and is mostly shot in Florida. In May, Champion was among those on the “Sea Rescue” team who won a Telly Award for Outstanding Programming and Production. Season 2 is just around the bend. “It’s another thing that keeps me

“People can watch anything they want and the fact that they choose to watch us—it’s huge. We’re very proud at being No. 1 and we work very hard to stay there.” connected and driven,” says Champion, about the show. “It also led to the ‘slimming of Sam,’ since I’m always on TV in a wet suit.” Back on the “GMA” set, Champion still fiddles with his gold wedding band. “People are always telling me I do that,” he says. “It’s only been there for a short while, so I guess I’m still getting used to it.” But he’s already used to married life, calling Robierb “the best person I know.”

morning, noon and night, but he’s adapting to the glare, Champion says. Meanwhile, Robierb, his photography work and his love for nature keep Sam Champion grounded. “It’s easy in these crazy times to kind of live in a world of headlines and not in a world of spirituality,” Champion says. “He helps me get back to what I think is important in this world.” Like the sky and the sea. And those Friday morning flights to Miami. O J U N E / J U LY 2 0 1 3 57


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Students may not have a football team to cheer for, but there’s no denying the school spirit that fills the halls of The Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. This is where arts-centered education (think “Fame”) is combined with strong academics—and where future stars are born. ¶ You hear the spirit when Georgia Sackler belts out a number from “South Pacific,” when Joseph Dardano performs an original song on his guitar, and when Rafael Riera sits at the piano and plays a concerto in C major. You feel it in the movements of Jenna Francis’ contemporary dances, and in Toree Alexandre’s voice when she reads one of Shakespeare’s sonnets. ¶ All are gifted artists who say they owe everything to the school where everyone is unique, creative and there because they worked so hard to be. ¶ “I probably wouldn’t have spread my wings at a normal high school,” says Dardano, a musical theater major. “Whatever happens in my life, I owe it to Dreyfoos.” ¶ Ranked among the best high schools in Florida in 2013 by U.S. News & World Report, Dreyfoos is a fully accredited public high school created in the 1980s by a group of teachers who saw the need for a school of the arts. Admission is based on a highly competitive audition process. ¶ “I don’t think people realize how hard we work to balance academics and our arts classes,” says Sackler, a vocal performance major. “My time at Dreyfoos is what I’m most proud of in my life thus far.” ¶ Meet five graduating seniors you’ll likely see again—with their names in lights. 58

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A Real Character Joseph Dardano, 18, Boynton Beach, musical theater CAREER GOAL: “To be a successful actor, writer, stand-up comedian and musician.” ROLE MODELS: “Louis C.K., Ed Sheeran, Robert Downey Jr.” TELL US ABOUT YOUR AUDITION FOR DREYFOOS: “I was scared because it decided my next four years. I sang a song from the musical ‘Honk,’ did a monologue from Charlie Brown and then an interview where they asked what I wanted to get out of going to Dreyfoos.” WHAT DID YOU SAY? “I said I wanted to learn everything to make me the best actor, writer, comedian and musician I could be.” IN RETROSPECT, WAS THE EXPERIENCE WHAT YOU’D HOPED FOR? “Yes! I don’t believe I’m the best I could be, but I’ve become greater than I was when I first came in, especially with my acting.” WHAT’S YOUR DREAM JOB? “A one-man variety show where I write stories, do stand-up comedy, play original music and perform theater.” DO YOU PERFORM NOW? “I do stand-up at the Improv in West Palm Beach. I started when I was 15 at a coffee shop in Lake Worth. I was adequate.


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The second time, I bombed and was so scared that I didn’t do it again for two years. Last year, I went big and performed at the Improv. I haven’t stopped since. I also write my own music and play guitar at local open mics.” WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS THIS SUMMER? “I’ve been accepted to study for 10 weeks at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City. At night, I’ll be performing stand-up comedy and original music at various open mic nights.” HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE AT DREYFOOS? “My personality is an acquired taste. I’m boisterous and rambunctious. I never stop. I probably wouldn’t have spread my wings at a normal high school. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it weren’t for Dreyfoos.” WHAT IS YOUR BEST ONE-LINER? “Playing with a yo-yo has its ups and downs.”

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Drama Queen Toree Alexandre,17, Boynton Beach, theater/acting CAREER GOAL: “To become an actress onstage and in film.” CAREER ROLE MODEL: “Anthony Hopkins.” WHY DO YOU LOVE TO ACT? “I love the feeling of being onstage and performing. I love Shakespeare.” WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SHAKESPEAREAN PLAY? “‘Macbeth,’ because of the sheer evil of Lady Macbeth. I portrayed her when I competed in the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition my junior year. I was a semi-finalist and performed at Lincoln Center in New York City.” WHAT ROLES HAVE YOU PLAYED IN SHOWS AT DREYFOOS? “I was in the ensemble of ‘Hairspray’; played Queen Titania in our musical version of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’; was Mama in ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ and a Hot Box Girl in ‘Guys and Dolls.’” WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS THIS SUMMER? “Taking dance classes, auditioning in New York and getting ready for college. I’ve applied to several schools, including Rutgers University, the Liverpool Institute

for Performing Arts (and) the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.” WHAT WILL YOU REMEMBER MOST ABOUT DREYFOOS? “My time spent learning from Garry Q. Lewis. He choreographed all the musicals and he’s like a father figure to me. Also, my acting teachers taught me everything I know. I learned my first sonnet from Wade Handy, and Beverly Blanchette coached me on my Shakespeare.” WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? “The main reason I’m able to get up in the morning and get on Tri-Rail to get to school is the thought that I could be acting that day. I feel empty when I’m not in a show or doing something related to acting.” WHO DO YOU LOOK UP TO? “My mother, Susan Pryce. She’s strong, independent, supportive and an allaround brilliant woman. I admire and aspire to be everything like her.” IMAGINE WALKING THE RED CARPET FOR YOUR FIRST FILM PREMIERE. WHO ARE YOU WEARING? “A gown by Bernard Ofori. He went to Dreyfoos and is now studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.” J U N E / J U LY 2 0 1 3 61


feeling you could have. Nothing is better than being onstage performing and giving all you have to the audience.” WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN YEARS TO COME? “In 10 years, my dream job would be a company member in Hubbard Street Dance Chicago or Complexions Contemporary Ballet. In 25 years, my dream is to be executive director of a major contemporary dance company.” WHAT’S YOUR BEST DREYFOOS MEMORY? “Attending the Kravis Center Gala with three of my classmates. We sat at the Rising Stars table and were responsible for getting guests on the dance floor. We spent hours jamming to music from the ’80s and today, and getting all the donors to join us.” IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SUPERPOWER, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU CHOOSE? “Teleportation! I’d love to travel and explore new places in the blink of an eye.”

All The Right Moves Jenna Francis, 18, Delray Beach, contemporary dance

CAREER GOAL: “To dance in a company as long as possible, then work in the business side of the dance world.” ROLE MODEL: “My dad, Bart. He’s spent his entire career in the business world. He’s happy and successful and that’s what I want for my life.” YOU RECENTLY HAD TO CHOOSE BETWEEN STUDYING DANCE AT FORDHAM UNIVERSITY OR ECONOMICS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA—WHAT DID YOU DECIDE? “To continue my dance training by attending the Ailey School at Fordham University… If I were to attend USC, I would be doing it for others. I’m willing to take the risk of an uncertain career so that I can pursue what matters most to me. So few people have the opportunity to attend such a prestigious program and pursue their dream.” WHEN DID YOU START DANCING? “When I was 12, because my best friends were dancing. They all quit after a year or two but I kept going because I loved it.” WHY DO YOU LOVE IT? “It’s going to sound cliché, but the way you feel when you move is the best 62

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Rafael Riera, 18, Boca Raton, piano CAREER GOAL: “Piano performance and studying alternative energies.” ROLE MODELS: “My piano teacher Harold Brown and my brother Luis, an engineer.” WHEN DID YOU START PLAYING THE PIANO? “I started taking lessons when I was 9 at the suggestion of my parents. I love it. I dedicate four to six hours a day practicing. My passion is classical music. Chopin is my favorite composer. His music is what strikes my heart the most.” WHAT’S BEEN YOUR BIGGEST MUSICAL ACCOMPLISHMENT? “Playing ‘Mozart Concerto’ No. 21 in C major with the Viennese Residence Orchestra at Auersperg Palace in Vienna. I went in the summer of 2011. We stayed in a monastery for two weeks, completely isolated from society, and we spent all of our time practicing with fellow musicians. It ended with our performance in one of the biggest concert halls in Europe. It was amazing.” IF YOU COULD PLAY A CONCERT FOR ANYONE, WHO WOULD YOU PLAY FOR? “I would love to

play for both of my grandfathers, who are no longer with me. One of them would do nothing but brag about my performances. My other grandfather never heard me play. I’d have the concert in my house, and I would play their favorite piece, ‘Chopin Polonaise’ in A-flat major.” WHERE WILL YOU BE ATTENDING COLLEGE IN THE FALL? “The University of Florida. I’m going to double major in music performance and material science and engineering.” WHAT SPURRED YOUR INTEREST IN ENGINEERING? “All my life, I’ve been inspired by my brother. He’s a mechanical engineer and I always admired when he worked on his car. I decided to take my own path with it. I became very interested in solar engineering after going on a business trip to China with my father.” WHAT WORD BEST DESCRIBES YOU? “Perseverance. My personality and all of my accomplishments are the result of hard work and refusing to stop working to achieve what I want.”

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Georgia Sackler, 18, Boca Raton, vocal performance CAREER GOAL: “To perform on Broadway.” ROLE MODEL: “Kelli O’Hara.” WHERE WILL YOU BE ATTENDING COLLEGE THIS FALL? “I’ll be going to Southern Methodist University in Dallas. It has an outstanding arts program within a comprehensive university so I plan to devote most of my time to voice study, but also take classes and try to double major in vocal performance and child psychology, with a minor in musical theater.” WHAT DO YOU THINK IS SPECIAL ABOUT DREYFOOS? “That even though we don’t have a football team, we have a ton of school spirit. We’re united by our arts and we understand each other as artists.” WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT THUS FAR? “My time at Dreyfoos… I don’t think people realize how hard we have to work to balance academic classes (I’ve been in AP classes every year) and music classes and then extracurricular activities and choir outside of school… It’s a testament to my teachers for making it such an

incredible process. It wasn’t easy, but it was worthwhile.” WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BROADWAY SHOW? “‘South Pacific.’ Kelli O’Hara just starred in a revival and I fell in love with it. It was recorded at Lincoln Center and there was a period when I watched it religiously on YouTube. ‘South Pacific’ was produced more than 50 years ago and yet is still so popular today.” WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS? “Music like that just transcends generations and time. I was in a showcase this past summer and got to play the role of Nellie. I called my grandmother to tell her and she was over the moon because ‘South Pacific’ was the first musical she saw as a child.” WHO ARE THE TOP FIVE ARTISTS CURRENTLY ON YOUR IPOD PLAYLIST? “Judy Garland, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Doors, Gustav Mahler and Justin Timberlake.” WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUR YOUNGER PEERS AT DREYFOOS? “Spend your time doing what you love and it will never seem like work.” O

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“I am definitely a writer who aspires to be more disciplined. It’s really when people are getting angry or frustrated that I spring into action.”

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ou would think she’d wear heels, right? Maybe a shiny pair of patent-leather Christian Louboutins. Or dangerous-looking stilettos, like the ones pictured on four of her five book covers? But Lauren Weisberger—the country girl who graduated from Cornell University, got a job in Manhattan, then wrote a fictional tale that we’ve all figured out was pretty much based on her year as an assistant to fashion icon Anna Wintour at Vogue maga-

released this June and in it, Hathaway’s character is married with a great new job. “We dip back into that world a little bit, but Andy has really changed,” Weisberger says. “We don’t pick up with her the minute the last book ends.” And that’s good, since it’s been a decade (in real time) since Weisberger’s breakout novel, written after she’d spent a year as the go-to girl for Wintour, the tough-as-nails Condé Nast editor played by Meryl Streep in the movie. When Weisberger took the job at Vogue—a year or so out of col-

out in a crowd. Since the debut novel, Weisberger has written three other fun “beach reads,” mostly to tepid reviews. But she only knows that through the grapevine. After starting with such far-flung success, she says she stopped reading book reviews of her subsequent novels. It wasn’t helpful. “To me, the most important thing is actually getting out there on the book tour,” she says. “Some (readers) are not shy, but that—to me—feels much more authentic than a professional book reviewer.” On June 11 she’ll be at the Aven-

can’t imagine working in free form, with nobody expecting anything. It’s really when people are getting angry or frustrated that I spring into action.” She’s developed some tricks. To write, she makes plans to meet a writing buddy in a quiet place so she’ll be forced to actually show up. “I am easily distracted,” she explains. Once there, she also has to dismantle her Internet access. “I use an app called ‘Freedom’ which actually shuts down your Internet,” she says. “I need that. Otherwise I’ll go to some baby-name website and I’m off and running, never to return. I can lose hours that way.” Clearly, she’s doing something right. After the first “Prada” book, she reportedly got a $1 million advance for her second novel. Doubleday published the first book, but she’s been with Simon & Schuster

lege and eagerly finding her way a la Andy Sachs—her 12 months there were fascinating, enlightening and infuriating. When she left for another job, she knew the experience was great fodder for a novel, she says. So she wrote it—taking all the liberties she cared to take. After all, it was fiction. Really. “It was not based on one specific character or one specific incident, but it was definitely formed from my experiences working at Vogue,” says Weisberger, talking to us one morning during some time without her kids. “In a lot of ways, it was my story.” She says now that if she’d known it would make such a splash, she would have been paralyzed with writer’s block. And Wintour? Weisberger says she hasn’t seen her since she left the magazine; she also claims Wintour couldn’t pick her

tura Mall, if you want to tell her what you think about “Everyone Worth Knowing,” “Chasing Harry Winston” and “Last Night at Chateau Marmont.” She wants to know. Honest.

for the others. Sometimes it’s not easy, not with the kids and the husband and the dogs and the extended family, most of who live in South Florida. (She says she loves coming down here whenever she can.) Besides her father and stepmom, who’ve lived in Boca Raton for years, her mom’s mom now lives here too, after having “lived in Miami for a hundred years.” Her sister and her family live in Coconut Grove. And her other grandparents used to live in Boynton Beach. “We’ve been coming to Florida, literally, since before I was born,” she says. And whatever reaction from the crowd this book tour brings, the woman who brought us Andy Sachs and Miranda Priestly is just happy to be writing at all. “I feel incredibly lucky to be able to do this as a career—to actually be able to make a living as a writer,” she says. And it sure beats fetching coffee in high heels. O

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“Devil Wears Prada” Author Lauren Weisberger Returns With A Hot Sequel —And A New Appreciation For Mommy Shoes zine—prefers flats. Cute, comfortable mommy shoes. “I’ve been here 15 years, but I’ll never feel like a native,” says Weisberger, the successful novelist who lives in Manhattan’s Chelsea District with her husband, two small children, two dogs and a nanny, and whose father and stepmother live in Boca Raton. “I wasn’t born here. I wasn’t raised here.”

STILL IN VOGUE But oh, the nuts she’s cracked—especially in the world of high fashion. Weisberger, 36, the author of “The Devil Wears Prada,” has written a sequel. That means her famous character, Andy Sachs, is back. And that means... Well, let’s just say that Weisberger has been known to tweet about how much she loves Anne Hathaway, the actress who played Andy in the movie. So perhaps we’ll see another collaboration? But first things first. The new book, “Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns,” was

SASS AND CLASS In so many ways, Weisberger is the opposite of her characters, although she certainly knows enough inside baseball to bring her highmaintenance women to life. Weisberger is pretty and soft, approachable, with just the right touch of fashion and class. She loves jeans, but she also loves Chanel sunglasses. A writer at heart, she says her ability to work under intense deadline is both her blessing and her curse. “I am definitely a writer who aspires to be more disciplined,” she says. “I

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Lights, Camera, FROM “DOWNTON ABBEY” ESCAPES TO “HUNGER GAMES” RETREATS, ENTERTAINMENT-THEMED TRIPS PLACE GUESTS CENTER STAGE

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EMEMBER THE 1970’S TV SHOW “FANTASY ISLAND,”

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CRATIC CRAWLEY FAMILY IN YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND.

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“HUNGER GAMES” SCENARIO, OR LEARNING TO TRIP THE

OF SHOWS—NOT TO MENTION BOOKS AND MOVIES—THAT

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THE STARS” (ON A LUXURY CRUISE, NO LESS).

CATIONS NOW ARE BEING CREATED AROUND THEM.

SOUND ENTERTAINING? WE THOUGHT SO.

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TO IMMERSE YOURSELF IN YOUR FAVORITE PRODUCTION,

ON THE COUCH AND WATCH EVERY “TWILIGHT” FILM OR

SIMPLY READ ON—AND THEN START PLANNING YOUR NEXT

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“THE HUNGER GAMES” ADVENTURE WEEKEND BREVARD, N.C. AND ATLANTA, GA. If a vacation in the woods fighting to the death is your kind of thing, then you’re either a tad warped— or a fan of “The Hunger Games” films, based on the sci-fi books by Suzanne Collins. With many of the original movie’s scenes shot in North Carolina’s Dupont State Recreational Forest, where better to have the real-life experience? That’s where Leigh Trapp and Tammy Hopkins offer their Hunger Games™ Unofficial Fan Tours. Visitors from more than 40 states and three countries have come for the experience since March 2012. The three-day family-friendly adventure begins at the Earthshine Discovery Center in Brevard, N.C. Guests check into a suite—which has been “abandoned by a family” that left behind special clues designed to help them survive the weekend. Upon arrival, names are

drawn from a bowl to determine who will be on each team. That evening there’s a welcome banquet featuring favorite foods of popular characters, followed by a daring zip-line tour of the forest canopy by moonlight (so you can see the treetops the way the film’s characters see them)—which, depending on your perspective might be either exciting or frightening. On Saturday, grab your hiking boots and prepare to hoof it through the woods, where your guide will point out locations where movie scenes were shot. Guests also receive survival training, learning how to camouflage themselves like Peeta Mellark, shoot a bow and arrow like Katniss Everdeen and use a slingshot like Rue. (Blowguns, land mines and tridents not included.) That night, prepare for an elaborate gala “Hunger Games”-style banquet. On Sunday you’ll convene for the Game Simulation when guests use their newfound skills—along with clues deciphered over the weekend— to survive (aka, win the game). Adventure weekends are offered June 21-23, July 12-14 and August 2-4. Trips are recommended for adults and kids 10 and older. The

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Prepare to hoof it through the woods, where your guide will point out locations where movie scenes were shot. Guests also receive survival training, learning how to camouflage themselves like Peeta Mellark, shoot a bow and arrow like Katniss Everdeen and use a slingshot like Rue. cost: $449 per person. Trapp says a second Adventure Weekend, based on the next movie to be released, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” will begin in November in Atlanta, Ga., and include a tour of locations and adventure activities based on the film. For more information, call Leigh Trapp at 949-610-5570 or Tammy Hopkins at 828-553-7117 or visit hungergamesunofficialfantours.com.

“TWILIGHT” VACATION FORKS, WASH. Before 2008, Forks, Wash. was a sleepy little town with a yearly visitor count of about 6,300. But in 2008 all that changed thanks to Stephenie Meyer and her cast of voracious vampires. The author of the “Twilight” series of books set her story in the Pacific Northwest town that, until “Twilight” came along, was known as the logging capital of the world—certainly far removed from its newfound reputation as a haven for blood-sucking characters. Recognizing the potential, the town’s Discover Forks Washington Chamber of Commerce and residents have capitalized on the books and movies by creating a number of “Twilight”-related adventures which have become so popular that by 2010 more than 73,000 people came to Forks. Mind you the entire town’s population is 3,500 and there’s just one stoplight and one chain restaurant, a Subway, according to Lissy Andros, the chamber’s executive director. Meyer said when researching her book she was looking for a place that was “ridiculously rainy” and she found it in Forks, which gets more than 10 feet (yes feet) of the wet stuff a year. But, “summers are spectacular” and the best time to visit, considering the sun rises at around 6 a.m. and doesn’t set until around 10 p.m., says Andros. For “Twilight” fans there are selfguided tours to many of the sites referenced in the movie. Included on the tour are the Miller Tree Inn, a bed-andbreakfast, which looks a lot like the “Cullen House”—home to the Cullen family—and the Three Rivers Resort, which its proprietors say is located in the “Twilight Zone” on the “Treaty Line.” There’s even a film-themed menu where you can order a Werewolf Burger or a Bella Banana Split. Guests also can stay at the Twilight Eclipse Cabin, an adorable rustic two-bedroom abode that sleeps five; the Shadynook Cottage J U N E / J U LY 2 0 1 3

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FROM THE TOP, CLOCKWISE: “Twilight” film locations include First Beach at La Push (spot of the Quileute Reservation); Forks Community Hospital (where Dr. Cullen works); Miller Tree Inn (the Cullen house); The Swan House (home to Charlie Swan). BELOW, COUNTERCLOCKWISE: “Dancing with the Stars” pros and celebrity competitors; pro Mark Ballas; celebrity competitor Sabrina Bryan; the pros perform

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Whether you’re a fan of the hit ABC TV show “Dancing with the Stars” or simply enjoy kicking up your heels, now’s the time to get your sea legs and join Holland America Line for its series of show-stopping cruises. The cruise line created six themed voyages (one of which sailed earlier this year) featuring “DWTS” pros and celebrity competitors. Each trip includes special events, dance lessons, Q&A sessions and live performances. “It’s definitely a cruise to experience if you enjoy dancing, but it also offers exciting entertainment if you are more of a spectator,” says Holland America Line’s spokesman Jake Edwards. The five remaining themed seven-day cruises include: A Canada and New England trip on June 22 aboard the ms Veendam, featuring “DWTS” pros Chelsie Hightower and Mark Ballas, with celebrity competitor Shawn Johnson; Alaska trips on June 30 and July 7 aboard the ms Oosterdam, featuring pros Kym Johnson and Tristan MacManus, with celebrity competitors Carson Kressley, Shawn Johnson and Sabrina Bryan; and an Eastern Caribbean trip on January 5, 2014 and a Western Caribbean trip on January 12, 2014 aboard the ms Nieuw Amsterdam, with pros and celebrities to be announced. In addition to the themed cruises, Holland America has launched a “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” pro-

“DWTS” photos courtesy of Holland America Line

For more information, call Discover Forks Washington at 800-443-6757 or visit forkswa.com/twilight/.

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Guest House, home to the Bella, Edward and Jacob cottages; or the Pacific Inn Motel where you can find “Twilight”-themed rooms. If going it alone isn’t your thing, check out Twilight Tours by Team Forks, with prices ranging from $30 to $55.


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Tours include a stop at Highclere Castle, known to fans as the home of the Earl of Grantham and his aristocratic family. Here, you’ll get the opportunity to rub elbows with real-life royalty during an exclusive Champagne reception with the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. gram on all 15 ships in its fleet. The program features a dance competition where you can bring a little more motion to the ocean. Here, passengers get the chance to compete in a dance-off of sorts that ends with 15 guests—one representing each ship in the Holland America Line fleet—receiving a free cruise and a chance to compete for a Mirror Ball Trophy on the “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Champions Cruise on the ms Nieuw Amsterdam, which sets sail on January 12, 2014. Don’t look for TV judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli to be doing the scoring; instead senior ship officers, professional dancers and other members of the cruise staff, as well as fellow passengers, will decide who stays and who gets the boot. Prices for the “DWTS”-themed cruises start at $649 for an interior stateroom and go up to $3,899 for a Neptune Suite. For more information, call Holland America Line at 877-932-4259 or visit hollandamerica.com.

“DOWNTON ABBEY” TOUR LONDON, ENGLAND Americans are obsessed with all things British, from the royal family to “Downton Abbey,” the huge hit TV drama series (which airs in more than 100 countries, including on PBS and BBC America in the United States). As the show continues to build a cult following around the globe, businesses from clothing designers to airline executives are looking to capitalize on all things Brit-related. And you can count Virgin Vacations among them. Earlier this year, the company launched a special seven-day “Down-

ton Abbey” vacation package, which quickly sold out. But don’t get your bloomers in a knot. Virgin Vacations just as quickly put together two additional fully escorted “London with Downton Abbey” independent vacation packages, according to Linda Kundell, a company spokeswoman. They are scheduled for September 16 and October 31, 2013. The tours include a stop at Highclere Castle, known to fans as the home of the Earl of Grantham and his aristocratic family. Here, you’ll get the opportunity to rub elbows with real-life royalty during an exclusive two-and-a-half hour benefit Champagne reception with the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. The castle has been in the Carnarvon family since 1679 and word has it that Julian Fellowes, who created “Downton Abbey,” is friends with the countess and had her castle in mind when he wrote the script. Visitors also tour the Victorian castle’s public rooms, including the main hall, library, sitting rooms and 1,000 acres of spectacular gardens, all of which appear in the TV series. The weeklong trip also includes a full-day tour of Stonehenge, as well as a vintage Harrods Open-Top Bus Tour and Tower of London excursion. You’ll also get to see Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column, Hyde Park, the Houses of Parliament, Oxford, Christ Church and the Royal Albert Hall, and more. You might even get to see the changing of the guard. For anglophiles, this trip may be as close to experiencing the royal treatment as it gets. Prices from Miami start at $2,415.

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arly parental unease led to Jordan Wall’s career path, when he was sent to an acting camp during the summer of his fifth year. “I think they thought I was too shy,” he says of his folks, with a little laugh. “When I look back, I wonder how social they expected me to be at age 5.” But when Dr. David and Batia Wall of Clearwater enrolled their kindergartener, it must have been instinct. “From the very first, something just clicked,” says Wall, one of the stars of the popular Florida-based one-hour TV crime drama ‘The Glades,’ which this June enters its fourth season. “I remember being onstage in what was probably a 10-minute sketch, and I may or may not have been wearing butterfly wings at the time. But I can still recall the energy of being in front

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of that audience.” On the A&E show, Wall plays the brilliant, nerdy lab tech Daniel Green, who uses his scientific acumen to decipher murder-solving clues for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement branch in fictional Palm Glade, Fla.—all before the commercial break. “It’s an incredible feeling,” he says. “I never could have predicted I would be part of a show going into its fourth season in the comfort of the state I grew up in, that’s so close to my heart.” Wall, 28, continued those summer drama camps throughout his childhood and studied theater in high school and at the University of Florida, where he graduated in 2007 with a communications degree. He paid his dues to satisfy the thespian lust by studying in a Tampa-area acting workshop, where he

and his fellow actors would carpool to a community theater in Shreveport, La. for bit parts. “We would drive 16 hours for the tiniest of roles… like, five lines,” he says, recalling countless auditions until, after three years, one that seemed perfect. “It was a guest star role for a pilot called ‘Sugarloaf,’” says Wall, of the crime series now called “The Glades.” “They were looking for an Asian guy, but I knew the casting director from Atlanta and when I got in there, even though I wasn’t Asian and had no credits, I felt right at home with them and had the audition of my life. It didn’t even feel like an audition,” he recalls. “The director and the producer were laughing and it felt like a party.” Two weeks later, Wall got the call. In the search for a one-episode ac-


AT WALL tor to play Asian Daniel Kim, executive producer Gary Randall says Wall’s performance changed their plans. “We were in Tampa having trouble finding local talent for the role of Daniel,” Randall has said, “and this boy walks into the room and just blew us away. As soon as we saw him on camera, we said that we had to lock him up and make him a series regular.” Thus was born the quirky internturned-lab tech Daniel Green, who works in the medical examiner’s office and whose scientific powers of deduction are surpassed only by his fascination with police work as he helps detective Jim Longworth (Matt Passmore) solve cases. “The Glades” is filmed largely in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, with interior scenes done in a Pembroke Park warehouse. Wall spends

half the year in Los Angeles and the other in Hollywood Beach, where he does his thrice-weekly runs up and down the seashore to keep in shape for his participation in Team Challenge, a group that raises money for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) by holding half-marathons and fundraisers.

the endurance manager of CCFA’s Team Challenge, and then, the next week, learned a close associate had been battling the disease. “It’s not a well-known disease and it’s not a popular disease,” says Wall. “If I can help alter anyone’s life for the better, in the slightest, that’s all I care about.”

“I never could have predicted I would be part of a show going into its fourth season in the comfort of the state I grew up in, that’s so close to my heart.” “I was never a runner before,” says Wall. “I mean, I was on the track team in high school but I wasn’t what you would call a runner. Actually, I was a sprinter who wasn’t fast.” The reality of the digestive disorder Crohn’s disease hit home for Wall when he bumped into a college friend, Rachel Kramer, who is

Wall will appear at a fundraiser on June 20 with former Miami Dolphins All-Pro safety Sam Madison at Cafe Iguana Pines in Pembroke Pines. The event, which will also serve as a kickoff party for the show’s fourth season premiere, will include other show cast members, and feature raffle prizes that include a walk-on role as

an extra on an upcoming segment. “We did this last year and the winner sent her daughter to appear in an episode and she was in a scene where they put the (hand) cuffs on her,” says Wall, with that little laugh. “Who doesn’t want to be shown in cuffs?” There’s nothing at all nerdy about the good-looking actor with the ripped abs, so his character, Daniel Green, is a bit of a reach. But the part he would really enjoy, he says, would stretch his acting chops even further. “A role I would aspire to? I would have to say a charismatic villain,” Wall says. “I realize I come across as the opposite of that. I would enjoy a dark and devious role that would challenge me to go deep and find that personal stuff, and push me to my limits. I work on that kind of stuff every day.” O J U N E / J U LY 2 0 1 3 75


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THE DISH ON FOOD, WINE & RESTAURANTS

CHIC EATS Mancini Modern Italian Serves Fresh Cuisine Amid A Contemporary Scene very so often we venture beyond the Palm Beach County limits to check out new restaurants. Such was the case with Mancini Modern Italian, located on the west end of Las Olas Boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The latest venture by seasoned restaurateur Jack Mancini, the eatery is promoted as “a contemporary Italian restaurant featuring made-to-order pastas, fresh ingredients, locally sourced meats, fish and produce, and homemade desserts.” It’s refreshing when a restaurant lives up to its own hype. We dined early Friday evening, when nine-to-fivers were gathering at the indoor/outdoor bar, and about half the dining room’s tables and banquettes were occupied. The contemporary space is tastefully decorated with custom stonework, modern art and subtle lighting accents, and while intimate, it feels roomy with a soaring wood-beamed ceiling, 150-bottle wine wall, brick pizza oven area and semi-private tables facing an open kitchen. Even the smallish restrooms are chic, with crystal chandeliers and huge baroque-style mirrors. The diverse menu is reflective of Executive Chef Claudio Sandri’s 30 years of culinary experience working in Italy, Central America and the United States. Prior to joining Mancini, Chef Sandri worked alongside celebrity Chef Roberto Donna, with whom he defeated Chef Masaharu Morimoto on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America.” After digging into a basket of hot,

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SENSORY FEAST: (Clockwise from Top) the sleek dining room; Pan-Roasted Salmon; the restaurant’s outside bar; Wood Oven-Roasted Branzino

crusty ciabatta bread served with whipped garlic butter, we ordered the hand-pulled mozzarella. Prepared and served tableside, it’s super-fresh, creamy and comes with homemade pesto and pomodoro fresco. This is a true sensory treat. Then we ordered an array of dishes, including a perfectly seasoned Beef Carpaccio (marinated beef tenderloin with tarragon, mostarda, olives, capers and basil oil) and two homemade pastas: Agnolotti (served with spice-roasted butternut squash, braised lamb shoulder, wilted arugula and amaretti crumb) and Pappardelle (served with rabbit sugo and truffle espuma). The Osso Buco was butter-soft, served with creamy Saffron Risotto Milanese with au jus for dipping. For dessert, my partner raved about the Bomboloni (Italian beignets with sweet espresso panna cotta). My inner chocoholic rejoiced over the Chocolata Ganache (made with semi-sweet chocolate layered on a graham cracker crust with dates and fire-roasted walnuts, sprinkled with black lava salt). As we left the restaurant, Chef Sandri explained that he was planning to unveil a new menu with yet more surprises. Just one more reason we’ll return to Mancini Modern Italian. – Felicia S. Levine

Mancini Modern Italian serves lunch and dinner Monday-Friday, and dinner on Saturday. It’s located at 401 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call 754-2008602 or visit mancinilasolas.com.

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‘21’ CLUB MINT JULEP

1 maraschino cherry 1 tsp. sugar Few drops of Angostura bitters Splash of soda water to muddle ingredients 2½ oz. rye or bourbon

(Courtesy of the ‘21’ Club New York, N.Y.) Roger Sterling served these classic cocktails at his Kentucky Derby-themed garden party (Season 3, Episode 3—“My Old Kentucky Home”). The drink evokes the gentility of the South and hot, humid summer days spent on the porch of an elegant plantation-style abode. (Yields 1 drink) INGREDIENTS Fresh mint leaves ½ oz. fresh lemon juice 1 oz. Mint Simple Syrup (see recipe below) 2 oz. bourbon INGREDIENTS FOR MINT SIMPLE SYRUP Bunch of fresh mint leaves About 2 cups sugar Boiling water INSTRUCTIONS

In a Collins glass, muddle mint leaves in fresh lemon juice and Mint Simple Syrup. Fill glass with crushed ice and add bourbon. Stir. Garnish with a bruised mint leaf.

INSTRUCTIONS

In a mixing glass, muddle orange slice, cherry, sugar, bitters and a little soda water; push around and break up cherry and orange until flavor is released. Add soda water so cherry is wet and sugar melted. Add rye or bourbon and serve over rocks, if desired.

SERVE UP A “MAD MEN”-STYLE COCKTAIL PARTY There are countless reasons to appreciate AMC’s “Mad Men”—from the swanky Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce offices and cast’s archetypical fashion ensembles, to the enviable three-hour liquid lunches and steak tartare dinners at Manhattan’s finest haunts. Such is the inspiration for “The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook” by Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin, filled with the show’s popular favorites.

TO PREPARE MINT SIMPLE SYRUP:

Crush mint leaves in a quart-sized container. Fill halfway with sugar, then fill with boiling water. Stir well to dissolve sugar. Let mint steep while syrup cools. Strain. Let syrup cool to room temperature and spoon into a jar. Seal tight and store in refrigerator for up to three weeks.

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“The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men” by Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin is published by Smart Pop, (2011). It's available wherever books are sold. For more information, visit unofficialmadmencookbook.com.

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STERLING COOPER BLINI AND CAVIAR

(Adapted from “The Best of Russian Cooking” by Alexandra Kropotkin)

(Courtesy of Grand Central Oyster Bar, New York, N.Y.)

Russian blini, or thin pancakes, are typically eaten with fish (smoked, pickled or salted)—at the Sterling Cooper conference table (as in Season 1, Episode 6—“Babylon”) complemented by the ultimate symbol of culinary luxury, caviar. (Yields about 16-20 blini)

This is the very first food or beverage mentioned on “Mad Men” (Season 1, Episode 1—“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”) and this popular cocktail makes many appearances in the series. It’s Don Draper’s drink of choice and still served at the legendary Grand Central Oyster Bar. (Yields 1 drink)

INGREDIENTS ½ cup sifted all-purpose flour ½ tsp. baking powder ¾ cup milk ½ tsp. sugar 3 tbsp. sour cream, plus additional for topping 1 egg Butter for frying Caviar for topping

INGREDIENTS 1 orange slice

INSTRUCTIONS

DON’S OLD FASHIONED

In a large bowl, sift the flour and bak-


ing powder together. Add the milk, sugar and sour cream. Beat the egg until frothy, add to batter and stir well. Let batter stand for 20 minutes. Melt butter on a griddle or large skillet. Fry small (2-3 inch) pancakes in very hot butter. Drain on paper towels. Top each blini with additional sour cream and caviar before serving.

GRAND CENTRAL OYSTER BAR’S OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER

(Adapted from “The Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant Seafood Cookbook”) “Look at you, I had no idea you were such a fan of the mollusk,” Roger Sterling said to Don Draper as they enjoyed drinks and oysters at an eatery near their office (Season 1, Episode 7—“Red in the Face”). “I’m acquiring a taste,” Don replied. “It’s like eating a mermaid.” (Yields 24 oysters) INGREDIENTS Rock salt 2 dozen large (or 3-4 dozen small) oysters, opened and on the half shell 4 medium shallots (about ¼ cup), minced 1 small stalk celery, minced

¼ cup fresh parsley, minced ¾ cup butter, softened and divided 2 cups fresh spinach, coarsely chopped ¹/³ cup soft bread crumbs 1-2 drops Worcestershire sauce ½ tsp. salt Sprinkling of freshly ground black pepper Pinch of cayenne pepper 2 tbsp. Pernod or Anisette INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 450 F. Fill 4 pie or cake tins (or a baking dish large enough to hold oysters) with rock salt, (just enough salt to keep oysters from rocking back and forth). Place tins in oven briefly to warm. TO PREPARE TOPPING: Sauté shallots, celery and parsley in 4 tablespoons of butter in a heavy skillet for approximately 5-7 minutes. Add spinach to skillet and allow to wilt for a minute. Pour spinach mixture into a blender. Add remaining butter, bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, salt, peppers and Pernod or Anisette. Blend for a minute at medium speed. Top each oyster with about 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of the mixture, depending on oyster size. Remove tins from the oven and embed oysters firmly in hot salt. Return pans to oven and bake for about 4

minutes, or until butter is melted and spinach is lightly browned on top. Serve oysters right in the tin.

JACKIE KENNEDY’S AVOCADO AND CRABMEAT MIMOSA

(Adapted from “In the Kennedy Style: Magical Evenings in the Kennedy White House” by Letitia Baldrige; menus and recipes by White House Chef René Verdon.) Inspired by a state dinner planned by Jackie Kennedy that left Betty Draper in awe (Season 2, Episode 1—“For Those Who Think Young”) this sophisticated starter dish is as refreshing as it is delicious. It’s not as it sounds—in French cooking, mimosa indicates egg garnish. INGREDIENTS 2 ripe avocados 1 scallion, minced 2 tsp. lemon juice, divided ¼ tsp. salt, plus additional to taste Dash of hot pepper sauce 3 tbsp. mayonnaise 2 tbsp. chili sauce 1 tbsp. prepared horseradish ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce Ground white pepper

8 oz. cooked fresh crabmeat 2 cups watercress 2 hard-cooked egg yolks 1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley INSTRUCTIONS

Peel half of one avocado. In a small bowl, mash avocado half. Add scallion, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and hot pepper sauce. Stir until well-combined. Reserve. In separate bowl, stir mayonnaise, chili sauce, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce and remaining teaspoon of lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and white pepper. Reserve. Peel remaining 11/2 avocados, cut into half-inch cubes and

Jackie Kennedy's Avocado and Crabmeat Mimosa

Grand Central Oyster Bar's Oysters Rockefeller

place in large bowl. Squeeze excess moisture from crabmeat. Add to cubed avocado and gently combine. Fold in mayonnaise mixture until crab and avocado are evenly coated. Line bottoms of 6 chilled open Champagne glasses or small glass serving dishes with watercress. Divide crab mixture evenly among glasses. Top each with a dollop of mashed avocado mixture. Press egg yolks through a fine mesh sieve; combine with parsley in a small bowl. Sprinkle yolk/parsley mixture evenly over each portion. Mimosas can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 hours. O J U N E / J U LY 2 0 1 3

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EDIBLE ART New Delray Beach Japango’s Asian Delights Look As Good As They TasteBY EMILY J. MINOR here’s a lot to catch your eye at the newest Japango restaurant, which opened this spring in the Delray Marketplace shopping plaza in western Delray Beach.

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Thinking it was an appetizer, we ordered the Three Way Tuna Sampler, which really could have served as our meal. Beautifully prepared, this sashimi platter consisted of three popular variations:

SEA OF LOVE:

The lighting is modern. The artwork screams pop culture. The long, sleek bar seems to glow in the dark. The minute you walk in, you’re a bit mesmerized by all this hipness. And then comes the food. We dined here around 6 p.m. on a Tuesday night, presumably not the busiest hour for a relatively new restaurant. But presumptions can be so wrong. By the time we left an hour and a half later, the place was packed. Retirees. Families with young children. Working professionals on their way home from the office. If their meals were anything like ours, they left happily stuffed, with plenty of leftovers. 80

The Toro Tasting Platter includes premium bluefin tuna prepared four ways; inside the hip dining room; the restaurant’s exterior

tataki, tuna cucumber wrap, and spicy tuna tartare. (Can we just say Mmmmm?) The tuna was so fresh, it was unreal, and the flavors were predictable, yet magically different. Served with wasabi, fresh ginger, and masago and tobiko—two brightly colored fish eggs—the dish also had a fun addition: light, crisp tortilla chips that seemed to be made from scratch. On the way home, we dropped off these leftovers at a sushiloving friend’s home, and she later confessed to gobbling it up in 10 minutes. Fresh and wonderful. What came to the table next was a spoil of riches:

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Calamari, deep fried in a wonderfully light tempura batter, with a sweet dipping sauce. Steamed pork dumplings, and beef satay—tender and flavor-

where Japango serves lunch and dinner and is located in the Delray Marketplace, 14811 Lyons Road, at the northwest corner of Atlantic Boulevard and Lyons Road. For more information, call 561-638-9996 or visit japangomenu.com.

ful, served on a stick, with peanut sauce that had the slightest taste of curry. My friend said the seaweed salad was the best she’d ever had—fresh and crunchy. And they also sent a special treat for us to enjoy, which was a flatbread topped with avocado, tuna, cilantro and grape tomatoes. Of course, we felt compelled to order at least one entree, so we chose Garlic Lobster, which was two lobster tails soaked in what seemed like a sweet combination of garlic and soy. The vegetables were

fresh and tasty—baby corn, snow peas, mushrooms, carrots—and the Jasmine rice was perfect. And the lobster tails were huge. This is the third Japango restaurant in South Florida. The other two are in Parkland and Boca Raton. All three are the work of executive chef and owner Kevin Lee, who was trained in Hawaiian cuisine and has a special flair with Japanese dishes. The new restaurant seats 125 people, and they have a full liquor license. We skipped the saki, but next time? Count us in. O


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AMERICAN/STEAKHOUSES ABE & LOUIE’SGlades Plaza

❘ 2200 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘

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

VERY CHERRY

561.447.0024 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday,

Dinner nightly, Sunday Brunch. ATLANTIC GRILLESeagate Hotel

& Spa ❘ 1000 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.665.4900 ❘ Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday. BISTRO NNordstrom at Town

Center at Boca Raton ❘ Second Floor ❘ 5820 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.620.3286 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday, Breakfast and Lunch Sunday-Saturday. BISTRO 241241 N.E. Second

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.330.4080 ❘ Lunch and dinner daily.

Graeter’s New Ice Cream Flavor Worth Breaking Diet For

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prah Winfrey, George Clooney and Sarah Jessica Parker all have professed their love for Graeter’s, the 143-year-old Cincinnati brand known for its Old School frozen treats, confections and baked goods. Still, we weren’t sure whether to cheer or panic (the calories!) after receiving samples of Graeter’s newest ice cream flavor, Black Cherry Chocolate Chip.

BOGART’S BAR & GRILLE

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

Grove ❘ 21065 Powerline Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.483.4949 ❘ Dinner daily. BREWZZIGlades Plaza ❘ 2222 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2739 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

The company wants to spread the word about its first new flavor in three years, and that it’s available in Boca Raton’s Publix and The Fresh Market stores. We decided to take one for the team (how big of us—pun intended) and dug in. Let’s just say this stuff is like summer in a pint container. The allnatural dessert is made with heavy cream and pure cane sugar, which is churned in a French pot two gallons at a time before being loaded with fresh black cherries and the brand’s signature dark-chocolate chunks. “The balance of flavors was perfect,” said our resident Black Cherry lover. “The Black Cherry was dominant, while the chocolate was a great partner.” Still not convinced it’s worth a try? On a scale of one to 10, we gave it an 11.

BURT & MAX’SDelray

Marketplace ❘ 9089 West Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.638.6380 ❘ Lunch and Brunch Saturday-Sunday, Dinner daily.

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

THE CAPITAL GRILLETown

GRAND LUX CAFETown

FIFTH AVENUE GRILL821 S.E.

Center ❘ 6000 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.1077 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

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

CHOPS LOBSTER BAR101

THE GRILLE ON CONGRESS

Plaza Real South ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Dinner nightly.

561.395.2675

TWO GEORGES AT THE COVE MARINA1754 S.E. Third Ct. ❘

Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.421.9272 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. CUT 432432 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.9898 ❘ Dinner nightly. DADA52 North Swinton Ave. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.330.3232 ❘ Dinner nightly.

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J. ALEXANDER’SUniversity

Commons ❘ 1400 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.9875 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. KARMA SUSHI STEAKBAR

Mizner Park ❘ 346 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.3999 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday.

MAX’S HARVEST169 N.E.

Second Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ ❘ Dinner nightly, Brunch Sunday. 561.381.9970

MIA'S GRILLE2399 N. Federal

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.6388 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Friday, Sunday. Closed Saturday. MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE

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

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

561.998.3881

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

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.276.3600 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. PARK TAVERN32 S.E. Second

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.265.5093 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. THE PAVILION GRILLE301 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.912.0000 ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. RACKS DOWNTOWN EATERY & TAVERN Mizner Park ❘ 402

Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.1662 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. REBEL HOUSE 297 E. Palmetto

KATHY’S GAZEBO CAFE

Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.353.5888 ❘ Dinner nightly.

HENRY’SThe Shoppes at

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

RED, THE STEAKHOUSEWyndham Hotel ❘ 1901 N. Military Trail ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.353.9139 ❘ Dinner nightly.

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

KEE GRILL17940 N. Military Trail ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.995.5044 ❘ Dinner nightly.

HOUSTON’S1900 N.W.

MARIPOSANeiman

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

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

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Marcus at Town Center ❘ 5860 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.2320 ❘ Lunch daily.

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE

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

❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.274.7258 ❘ Dinner nightly.


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HOUSE OF SIAM25 N.E.

SEASONS 522300 N.W. Executive Center Dr. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.9952 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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

75 MAIN DELRAY270 E. Atlantic

JAPANGORegency Court ❘

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.243.7975 ❘ Brunch and Dinner daily.

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

SIX TABLES112 N.E. Second St.

❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.6260 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Saturday by reservation. THE SUNDY HOUSE106 S.

Swinton Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.5678 ❘ Lunch FridaySaturday, Dinner TuesdaySunday, Brunch Sunday.

561.999.1263Riverstone

KAO TONG217 E.

ASIAN/SUSHI

Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2999 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

ASIA SUSHI/WOK/GRILL

KAPOW! NOODLE BARMizner

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

Park ❘ 431 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Dinner nightly. Closed Sundays.

BUDDHA SKY BAR217 E.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.8777 ❘ Lunch MondaySaturday, Dinner nightly.

Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.450.7557 ❘ Dinner nightly. BLUEFIN SUSHI THAI GRILL

861 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.981.8986 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. CAY DA VIETNAMESE7400 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.0278 ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. EURO FUSION RESTAURANT AND BAR (KOSHER)Wharfside

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

FAH ASIAN BISTROBoca Valley

Plaza ❘ 7461 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.241.0400 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. FUSIONARIE JAPANESE SIGNATURERoyal Palm Place ❘

561.347.7322

KIN NOODLE BAR200 S.

PINE GARDEN CHINESE RESTAURANT1668 N.

BARBECUE

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.7534 ❘ Lunch MondaySaturday, Dinner nightly.

LUCILLE’S BAD TO THE BONE BBQRegency Court ❘ 3011

RISE MODERN ASIAN CUISINE AND SUSHI6060

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

8841 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.218.8788 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SHINJU BUFFET7875 Glades

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.488.4040 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SPICY GINGER6020 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.3388 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Friday, Dinner Saturday-Sunday.

LA TRE249 E. Palmetto Park

SUSHIGO477 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.4568 ❘ Dinner nightly. LEMONGRASS ASIAN BISTRO

420 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.5050 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. 101 Plaza Real South ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8181 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. MAI HIBACHI4801 Linton Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.499.2766 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

GARY WOO ASIAN BISTRO

P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO

University Commons ❘ 1400 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.3722 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

T H E B O C A R AT O N O B S E R V E R

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

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.7500 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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

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

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

500 Via de Palmas, #79 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.367.3283 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Saturday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday, Brunch Sunday. 3400 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.8803 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. Closed Tuesdays.

PHUKET THAIPalms Plaza ❘ 22191 Powerline Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.447.8863 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily except Monday.

STIR CRAZY FRESH ASIAN GRILLTown Center ❘ 6000 Glades

Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.7888 ❘ Lunch-Monday-Friday, Dinner Thursday-Sunday. SUSHI RAYShops at Boca Center ❘ 5250 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.9506 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. SUSHI THAI100 N.E. Second St. ❘ Boca Raton 561.750.4448 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

MISSISSIPPI SWEETS BBQ CO.

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

CARIBBEAN CARIBBEAN GRILL1332

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

OLD CALYPSO900 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.279.2300 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Brunch Saturday-Sunday. ROCKSTEADY JAMAICAN BISTRO2399 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

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

CONTINENTAL TEMPURA HOUSEThe Reserve ❘

9858 Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.883.6088 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. UNCLE TAI’SThe Shops at Boca

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

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

FLEMING’S BISTRO6060 S.W. 18th St., #103 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.1117 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

YAKITORI SAKE HOUSE271 S.E. Mizner Blvd., #41 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.0087 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

JOSEF’S TABLEPolo Shops ❘

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


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LA CIGALE253 S.E. Fifth Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.265.0600 ❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday.

FRENCH

LE PAVILLON14812 S.E.

561.368.2340

Military Trail ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.499.9882 ❘ Dinner nightly. Closed Mondays. LE RIVAGE450 N.E. 20th St. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.620.0033 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner nightly. RUSSIA HOUSE RESTAURANT AND VODKA BAR 99 S.E.

Mizner Blvd ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.8170 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday. OLIO BISTRO42 S.E. Second

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.6633 ❘ Dinner Thursday-Saturday. ST. TROPEZ7860 Glades Rd.

Suite 130 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.8580 ❘ Dinner nightly. TEA-LICIOUS TEAROOM & GIFTS4997-B W. Atlantic Ave. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.638.5155 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch, MondaySaturday. THE BOCA BEACH HOUSE887

E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.826.8850 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday.

FONDUE THE MELTING POT5455 N.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.7472 ❘ Dinner nightly.

Bananas Foster at The Melting Pot

BISTRO PROVENCE2399 N.

Federal Hwy., #4 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Dinner nightly.

CAFE DE FRANCE110 E. Atlantic Ave., #120 ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.455.2140 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Sunday. CASIMIR BISTRORoyal Palm Place ❘ 416 Via De Palmas, #81 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.955.6001 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. MIMOSAPolo Shops ❘ 5030

Champion Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Dinner TuesdaySunday.

ARTURO’S6750 N. Federal Hwy.

BRIO TUSCAN GRILLEThe Shops

LA STELLA'S RESTAURANT159 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.2081 ❘ Dinner MondaySaturday.

at Boca Center ❘ 5050 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.3777 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. CAFFE LUNA ROSA34 S. Ocean Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.274.9404 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

STÉPHANE'SBoca Raton ❘ 2006

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

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

GREEK ESTIA TAVERNA & BARRoyal

Palm Place ❘ 507 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.245.8885 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. IT’S ALL GREEKThe Reserve ❘

9704 Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.883.6337 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MILOS TAVERNA1600 N.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.6720 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. TAVERNA KYMA6298 N.

INDIAN CURRIES & MORE217 E.

954.596.5840

CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN-

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

Wharfside Plaza ❘ 6909 S.W. 18th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8838 ❘ Lunch Sunday, Dinner nightly. CASA D’ANGELO171 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.1703 ❘ Dinner nightly. DAMIANORegency Court at Woodfield ❘ 3011 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.613.6460 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. DAVITO’S19635 State Road 7 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.482.2323 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. DOMINICS8177 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.3186Westwinds of Boca ❘ 9834 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.6325 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. DORSIA RESTAURANT5837 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.961.4156 ❘ Dinner daily.

Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2999 ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday.

Boca Raton ❘ 561.477.2750 ❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday.

ITALIAN

FRANK & DINO’S718 S.

ANTHONY’S COAL FIRED PIZZAShops at Boca Grove ❘

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

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JOSEPHINE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT5751 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.988.0668 ❘ Dinner Wednesday-Monday.

CAFE MED BY BICE2096 N.E.

N.W. Executive Circle ❘ 561.893.8838 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday and Sunday.

IL BACIO29 S.E. Second Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.865.7785 ❘ Dinner Thursday-Saturday.

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

561.997.0027

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

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21065 Powerline Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.218.6600115 N.E. Sixth Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.7911 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

FERRARO’S8208 Glades Rd. ❘

LA LUNA BISTROThe Polo Shoppes ❘ 5030 Champion Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.1165 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. LA VILLETTA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE4351 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.8403 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. MAGGIANO’S21090 St. Andrews Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.8244 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MARIO’S OSTERIA1400 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.239.7000 ❘ Dinner nightly. MARIO’S RISTORANTE & WINE BAR 6370 N. State Rd 7 ❘

Coconut Creek ❘ 954.420.3100 ❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday. MATTEO’S RESTAURANT233 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.0773 ��� Dinner nightly. NICK’S NEW HAVEN-STYLE PIZZERIA & BAR2240 N.W.

19th St., Suite 904 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. 561.368.2900

NINO'SFifth Avenue Shops ❘ 1930 N.E. Fifth Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.9075 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. OVENELLA499 S. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.1455 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. PASTA FEVER4251 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.0012 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. PELLEGRINO'S RISTORANTE3360 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca

Raton ❘ 561.368.5520 ❘ Dinner Wednesday-Sunday.


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PICCOLINO RESTAURANT78 S. Federal

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.8858 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. POSITANO4400 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.2920 ❘ Dinner nightly. RAFFAELE RISTORANTERoyal Palm Place ❘

508 Via De Palmas ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.1110 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. RENZO’S OF BOCA5999 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.994.3495 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. RISTORANTE SAPORIRoyal Palm Place ❘ 99

Royal Palm Place ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.367.9779 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. ROSARIO’S RISTORANTERoyal Palm Place ❘ 145 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.0758 ❘ Dinner nightly. Closed Monday. ROSSO, ITALIAWyndham Hotel ❘ 1901 N.

Military Trail ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.353.9819 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. SAPORISSIMO366 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.2333 ❘ Dinner nightly. Closed Monday. TABLE 42 KITCHEN & WINE BARRoyal Palm

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

561.826.2625

TANZYiPic Theaters at Mizner Park ❘ 301 Plaza

Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.922.6699 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. TERRA FIAMMA RISTORANTEDelray Marketplace ❘ 9169 West Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.495.5570 ❘ Sunday-Saturday Lunch and Dinner, Monday Dinner only. TRAMONTI119 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.1944 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. TRATTORIA ROMANA499 E. Palmetto Park

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.6715 ❘ Dinner nightly. TUCCI'S FIRE N COAL PIZZA 50 N.E. First

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

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

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Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.9570 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday. VILLAGIO ITALIAN EATERY Mizner Park ❘ 344 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.447.2257 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.


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taste  listings

VILLA ROSANOThe Reserve ❘ 9858 Clint

Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.470.0112 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

Genuine Cuisine From The Homeland The Boca Raton Observer

Best Of Boca And Beyond 2009 Boca Raton Magazine

One Of Those Fabulous Finds Palm Beach Post-2010

★★★1/2 Sun Sentinel-2010

VINO WINE BAR AND ITALIAN TAPAS114 N.E. Second St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.869.0030 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.

LATIN AZUCAR CUBAN CAFEBoca/Ray Plaza ❘ 4900 Linton Blvd. Suite 14 ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.495.4427 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. CUBAN CAFE RESTAURANT3350 N.W.

Boca Raton Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.8860 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Closed Sunday. CABANA RESTAURANT105 E. Atlantic

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.274.9090 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

CATERING FOR ALL OCCASIONS ~ NOW ACCEPTING CALL AHEAD SEATING Monday-Saturday Lunch 11:30-2:30

Dinner Every Evening 5-10

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

GOL, TASTE OF BRAZIL411 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.6565 ❘ Dinner nightly. PADRINO’SMission Bay Plaza ❘ 20455 State Road 7 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.451.1070 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. THE SPANIARD TAPAS BAR & CAFE99

S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.7000 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. ❘ Closed Monday.

MEDITERRANEAN/TURKISH ANATOLIA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE

212 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.4000 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. BOCA SKEWERSMizner Plaza ❘130 N.E.

Second St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.9961 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. MOZART CAFE (KOSHER)The Fountains ❘ 7300 W. Camino Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.367.3412 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner Saturday-Thursday. SINE212 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.4000

❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

MEXICAN BAJA CAFE UNO201 N.W. First Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.5449 ❘1310 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.596.1305 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. THE MEXICANRoyal Palm Place ❘ 133 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ 561.300.5280 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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taste  listings ROCCO’S TACOS AND TEQUILA BAR

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

Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.6600 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. UNCLE JULIO’SMizner Park ❘ 449 Plaza

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

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

75 S.E. Third St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.9920 ❘ Lunch Monday-Sunday, Dinner MondaySaturday.

PUB/SPORTS BARS BRICK YARD MICRO BREWERYThe Garden

Shops ❘ 7050 W. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

561.544.0001

DUFFY’S SPORTS GRILL21212 St. Andrews Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.869.0552 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. THE ENGLISH TAP & BEER GARDEN5050

Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8000 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. HOLLOWAY'S PUBRoyal Palm Place ❘ 504 Via De Palmas ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.8445 ❘ Lunch Thursday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. HOOTERS Boca Commons ❘ 2240 N.W. 19th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.8903 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. HURRICANE GRILL & WINGSMission Bay ❘ 10125 Glades Rd. ❘ 561.218.8848 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MILLER’S ALE HOUSEShoppes at Blue Lake ❘ 1200 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.988.9142 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.Boca Lyons Plaza ❘ 9244 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.2989 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. THE WISHING WELL IRISH PUBRoyal

Palm Place ❘ 111 S.E. Mizner Blvd., #9 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.5208 ❘ Dinner nightly. YARD HOUSEMizner Park ❘ 201 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.417.6124 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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SANDWICHES/DELI BEN’S NY KOSHER DELIThe Reserve ❘ 9942 Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.470.9963 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. CORNER BAKERY CAFEBoca Commons ❘ 2240 N.W. 19th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.417.6060 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. GRILL TIME (KOSHER)8177 Glades Rd. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.482.3699 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Sunday-Thursday.

Polo Shops ❘ 5030 Champion Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.241.5903 Boca Commons ❘ 2240 N.W. 19th St., #700 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.4181 Regency Court ❘ 3013 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.9911 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

DECK 84840 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray

HUCKLEBERRYY POMEG OMEGRANATE RANA ANATE

LEMON MANGO PASSION & MINT T

CITY OYSTER213 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.0220 ❘ Lunch daily, Dinner nightly.

AZELNUT L NUT T E SPRESSO SWISS HAZEL

CITY FISH MARKET7940 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.1600 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily.

GREEN T EA LEMONGRASS - Sugar Free

Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.3364 ❘ Breakfast Saturday-Sunday, Lunch and Dinner daily.

L EMON W ATERMELON

BOSTON’S ON THE BEACH40 S. Ocean

HIBISCUS STRAWBERRY RY - Unswee Unsweetened ten ned ed

SEAFOOD

HIBISCUS POMEGRANATE ARONIA

TOOJAY’S GOURMET DELI

Beach ❘ 561.665.8484 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday.

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JB'S ON THE BEACH300 N.E. 21st.

When the truly great chefs of the world combine palate ingredients, theyy lay out an intricate p alatte of o tastes that expand upon upoon each other tto o sha shape h pe p a culinary chefs-d’oeuvre. On Onli nli™ Beverages are ccreated reatted in the same way wi with ith h a mi m mission isssiioon to to ttransform ransfo form fo form m a drink drink from mere acco accompaniment ompan niim ment to t a featu featured ure red tta taste ast se sensation. Eac acch of of our our great tasting tasti t ng beverage bev everag agg age Each m ma sterpieces are are re lightly carbonated car a bonaate t d be eccaaus au e, masterpieces because, at the end nd d of of the tth he day, life is meant to sparkle.

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

Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.3390 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Saturday, Dinner TuesdaySaturday. JAKE’S STONE CRABRoyal Palm Plaza ❘ 514 Via de Palmas ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.1055 ❘ Dinner Wednesday-Sunday, Dinner nightly. LEGAL SEA FOODSTown Center ❘ 6000 W.

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easy and enjoyable (and brings smiles to their faces),” Rabbi Eisenberg says. “As a result, parents tell us that their children wake up Sunday morning excited to attend.” Simultaneous adult classes are

also offered for the Hebrew School parents—and are also well-attended, points out Rabbi Eisenberg. “Our families will tell you that as a result of everyone coming to Hebrew School, Judaism has become a much stronger focal point in their lives.” Camp Nageela Boca is an affordable eight-week summer camp program for Jewish boys and girls ages 5-13 that provides a safe and fun environment to enjoy sports, swimming, arts and crafts, trips, and many other special activities that incorporate Jewish values and traditions into daily camp life. “Our counselors are all accomplished ‘mature’ girls who volunteer their summer vacation after a year of study in Israel post-high school,” says Rabbi Eisenberg. “They bring with them a warmth, genuine care and dedication and are excited to share their love for Judaism with the campers.”

The JEC of South Florida was established eight years ago with the goal of reuniting unaffiliated Jews with their heritage, and helping to ensure the future vitality and vibrancy of Boca Raton’s wonderful Jewish community, says Rabbi Eisenberg. “We do so by teaching Torah and Jewish culture in a way that is exciting, meaningful and relevant for every Jew.” Because it’s an outreach center and not a synagogue, the JEC of South Florida has no building funds or membership fees. “Our motto is, ‘No Jew left behind,’” says Rabbi Eisenberg. “Our main goal is to have children grow up loving Judaism and continuing to connect with the Jewish community for years to come. “We anticipate that with this approach, we will produce some of the best Jewish leaders for many generations.” O

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Cross South Florida Region. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The men and women who are returning to South Florida, some after several tours of duty overseas, are facing extraordinary challenges,â&#x20AC;? said Cannon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are eager to connect them with a wide array of services to make the transition easier and help them get their lives back. We cannot thank them enough for all they have done for us.â&#x20AC;? Florida has the third largest military veteran population in the United States. Since September 11, 2001,

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United Way Of Broward County And American Red Cross Launch Mission United To Aid Troops nited Way of Broward County and American Red Cross South Florida Region have joined forces to launch Mission United, a new program supporting U.S. military service members, veterans and their families by helping them to acclimate to civilian life. The programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s key focus areas include employment, education, healthcare, legal assistance, emergency financial aid and housing. The launch of Mission United was announced during a breakfast reception attended by more than 200 of South Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business

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Way of Broward County, and Sam Tidwell, CEO of American Red Cross South Florida Region, introduced the new initiative. Both spoke passionately about the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Family Enterprises Inc., pledged a commitment of $300,000 over the course of three years to United Way of Broward County, and an additional $300,000 to American Red

approximately 2.2 million men and women have served in the armed forces supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn. In the next three to four years, 1 million men and women will return home to reintegrate into our communities. Through Mission United, United Way of Broward County and American Red Cross align existing services and create solutions where there are gaps in support. O For more information, call 954-4-UNITED or visit Mission.United.org.

 Around Town includes news about community and social events, parties, charities, fundraisers, special recognitions and more. Have something youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like us to include? For consideration, please email no less than 500 words about the event, along with photos that include caption information, a phone number and a website address to editor@bocaratonobserver.com. Please write â&#x20AC;&#x153;Around Townâ&#x20AC;? in the subject line, and note that submissions will be edited for clarity and length. Photos become the property of The Boca Raton Observer. J U N E / J U LY 2 0 1 3

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WOMAN OF VALOR BRRH’s Christine E. Lynn Selected As Ellis Island Medal Of Honor Recipient hristine E. Lynn, noted philanthropist and board chair at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, has been selected by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) as one of its 2013 “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” awardees. The honor is bestowed each year to approximately 100 individuals who’ve distinguished themselves within their own ethnic group while exemplifying the values of the American way of life. Past medalists include six U.S. presidents, Nobel Prize winners and leaders of industry, education, the arts and sports, and everyday Americans who, according to NECO “have made freedom, liberty and compassion a part of their life’s work.” Notable awardees have included George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Lee Iacocca, Muhammad Ali, Joe DiMaggio and Martin Scorsese. A native of Norway, Lynn was trained as a registered and surgical nurse in Oslo. She married insurance magnate Eugene Lynn in 1980 and became a longtime resident of Boca Raton. The Lynn name appears on buildings and institutions throughout the region, including BRRH’s Christine E. Lynn Heart and Vascular Institute, Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute, and the Eugene M. and Christine E. Christine Lynn Lynn Cancer Institute.

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Christine has devoted a significant part of her life to supporting those in need and advancing vitally important initiatives in such areas as healthcare, education and the arts. – Jerry Fedele, BRRH president and CEO

“This honor is especially significant to me,” said Lynn. “Not only am I humbled to be included in such a prestigious list of awardees, but as a young Norwegian woman, I sailed past Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and felt the profound effect and meaning those sites have for all Americans, regardless of race, creed or ethnicity.” Lynn was nominated for the award by Boca Raton resident Ron Assaf, a former BRRH board member and past recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. “Christine has devoted a significant part of her life to supporting those in need and advancing vitally important initiatives in such areas as healthcare, education and the arts,” said Jerry Fedele, BRRH president and CEO. O For more information, call 561-955-4142 or visit brrh.com. 110

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HELPING HAND Impact 100 Palm Beach County Awards Grants To Five Nonprofit Groups ive local nonprofit organizations are better-suited to carry out their missions thanks to grants provided by Impact 100 Palm Beach County, a group that unites philanthropic women who through $1,000 donations each make a singular impact. More than 200 women gathered at the group’s second annual Grand Awards Celebration at the Delray Beach Marriott to award $220,000 in grants to five nonprofit organizations. After hearing presentations from the five nonprofit finalists, Impact 100 PBC members cast their votes and awarded $100,000 each to Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida and Women of Tomorrow. The three remaining finalist nonprofit organizations,

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Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square, Coastal Conservation Association of Florida and Children’s Home Society, were each awarded $6,667. Women of Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization that pairs professional women with at-risk high school girls for monthly schoolbased mentoring sessions, presented their Mentor and Scholarship Program. The Women of Tomorrow program exposes at-risk girls to opportunities otherwise unavailable to them and teaches vital personal and professional skills necessary for life success. “We are so thrilled to receive this generous grant,” commented Jennifer Valoppi, president and founder of Women of Tomorrow. “It will directly and significantly impact

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This is really a humbling experience because there are so many other organizations doing great things. We are truly honored to have been selected. – Mandy DeBord, executive director, Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida

the lives of 250-300 at-risk girls in southern Palm Beach County.” Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida, a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding and equineassisted therapies for children and adults with physical, mental and emotional difficulties, presented their Equine Therapy for Single Parents of Special-Needs Children program. The organization helps riders improve their self-es-

teem, physical health and interaction with the world around them through horseback riding. “This is really a humbling experience because there are so many other organizations doing great things. We are truly honored to have been selected,” said Mandy DeBord, executive director of Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida. O For more information, visit impact100pbc.com.


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A BIG DEAL More Than $70,000 Raised For FAU’s Louis And Anne Green Memory And Wellness Center Expansion uests and sponsors helped raise more than $70,000 at “Fifty Shades of Green,” an annual event hosted by the Caring Hearts Auxiliary of Florida Atlantic University’s Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. Held at a private Boca Raton home on the Intracoastal, guests were treated to great food, cocktails and a live auction. Funds raised will benefit the center’s expansion. Bobby Campbell was the grand sponsor, Louis and Anne Green were the honorary chairs and Patricia Thomas and Terry Fedele were the event co-chairs. “We are fortunate to have so many generous friends of the Caring Hearts Auxiliary,” said Thomas, Caring Hearts Auxiliary president. Construction soon will begin on a 5,000-square-foot building connected to the center via a covered walkway. The new building will house a large multipurpose room for activities and community education, as well as a

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– Kathleen Valentine, R.N., Ph.D., director, Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center

kitchen, art studio, nurse practitioner and case manager offices and treatment rooms. There will be no interruption in service during construction and applications for enrollment are open. The building is expected to be completed late this year. “We are so grateful for the time and treasure shared by the Caring Hearts Auxiliary,” said Kathleen Valentine, R.N., Ph.D., director of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center. “From individuals suffering from memory loss and their caregivers to students and faculty researchers, their support goes a long way toward improving the lives of those surrounded by memory loss.” Located on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, the center offers a wide range of services and programs to individuals with mild to moderate memory disorders. The adult day center provides an active and secure place for families to bring spouses or parents who are experiencing memory loss, and the caregiver support programs have a positive impact on life at home. O For more information, call 561-297-0502 or visit fau.edu/memorywellnesscenter. J U N E / J U LY 2 0 1 3

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Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org JUNE 6-30 Summer Shorts 2013 Show times vary. JUNE 15-30 “The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful (and her Dog)” Show times vary.

AmericanAirlines Arena 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-777-1000; aaarena.com JUNE 14 One Direction Show begins at 7:30 p.m. JULY 10 “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” starring Beyoncé Show begins at 8 p.m. JULY 13 Carlos Vives Show begins at 8 p.m.

JULY 9-10 Perhaps no artist is more on top of her game right now than Beyoncé. Born Beyoncé Giselle Knowles, the singer/actress/ entrepreneur/new mother and wife of Jay-Z was born in Houston, Texas, competing in (and winning) myriad local talent shows before breaking into the entertainment business as the eye-catching lead singer of the R&B trio Destiny’s Child. While still in the band, in 2001 she began exploring solo opportunities, appearing in films such as the Austin Powers comedy “Goldmember,” and releasing her first album, Dangerously In Love. When Destiny’s Child disbanded in 2005 Beyoncé’s solo career skyrocketed. The 32-year-old superstar has appeared in numerous films, including the critically acclaimed “Dreamgirls,” won 16 Grammy Awards and was named on Forbes magazine’s Top 10 List of the entertainment industry’s highest-earning women. As if all that weren’t enough, at press time rumor had it she and Jay-Z were expecting a second child. Check out “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour,” when she performs on July 9 at the BB&T Center and July 10 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

AutoNation® IMAX® Theater Museum of Discovery & Science, 401 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-467-6637; mods.org JUNE 1 THROUGH JULY 31 “Flight of the Butterflies 3D” Show times vary. JUNE 14 THROUGH JULY 31 “Man of Steel: An IMAX 3D Experience” Show times vary.

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

JUNE 7 WWE Live Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

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happenings  calendar JUNE 8 Fleetwood Mac Show begins at 8 p.m. JUNE 22 “The Package Tour” with New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men Show begins at 7:30 p.m. JULY 9 “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” starring Beyoncé Show begins at 8 p.m.

JUNE 28 “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” Show begins at 6:30 p.m.

JULY 5 “Summer Break Tour” with Big Time Rush and Victoria Justice Show begins at 7 p.m.

JULY 26 “Toy Story: the Musical” Show begins at 6:30 p.m.

JULY 14 America’s Most Wanted Festival 2013 starring Lil’ Wayne Show begins at 8 p.m.

Cruzan Amphitheatre 601-7 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach; 561795-8883; livenation.com

JULY 19-20 Dave Matthews Band Show begins at 7 p.m.

JULY 11 Kathy Griffin Show begins at 8 p.m.

5550 N.W. 40th St., Coconut Creek,

James L. Knight International Center 400 S.E. Second Ave., Miami, 305-416-5970; jlkc.com JULY 4 TGT: Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank Show begins at 8 p.m. JULY 20 Chaka Khan Show begins at 8 p.m.

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561-832-7469; kravis.org JUNE 30 “The June Gloom Tour” with Daniel Tosh Shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Bicentennial Park 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-358-7550; bayfrontparkmiami.com JULY 4 America’s Birthday Bash (Bayfront Park) Show begins at 3 p.m.

Coral Springs Center for the Arts 2855 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs, 954-344-5999;

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JUNE 8 Rascal Flatts with The Band Perry Show begins at 6 p.m.

ROCK AND SOUL: The Dave Matthews Band performs 7 p.m. shows on July 19-20 at the Cruzan Amphitheatre

JUNE 17 “The Heartbreaker Tour” starring Heart and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience Show begins at 7:30 p.m. JUNE 21 “Beat this Summer Tour” with Brad Paisley Show begins at 7 p.m. JUNE 26 Americanarama Festival of Music with Feat., Bob Dylan and his Band, and more Show begins at 5:30 p.m.

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JULY 31 Black Sabbath Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Hard Rock Live Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, One Seminole Way, Hollywood,

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Miami Marlins Park 501 Marlins Way, Miami, 305-480-1300; marlins.com JUNE 1-2, 10-12, 1416, 25-26, 28-30 Miami Marlins Baseball Game times vary. JULY 1, 8-10, 12-14, 26-31 Miami Marlins Baseball Game times vary.

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JUNE 12 Dwight Yoakam Show begins at 8 p.m.

707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222; parkerplayhouse.com

JUNE 28-29 Journey Show begins at 8 p.m.

MAY 6 “My Heart in a Suitcase” Show begins at 10 a.m.

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

browardcenter.org JUNE 15-16 “Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries” Show times vary. JULY 11-13 “Disney’s the Little Mermaid” Show times vary.

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

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ebrate the new and expanded South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (formerly the South Florida Science Museum). Takes place at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 561-8321988 or visit sfsm.org.

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JUNE 12-13 Jon Secada Enjoy a concert by South Florida’s homegrown singer. Takes place at Jazziz Nightlife in Boca Raton. Show times vary. For more information, call 561-300-0732 or visit jazziznightlife.com.

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Delray Beach Two-Day Independence Day Extravaganza Check out live entertainment, an art show, food, drinks, fireworks and more. Takes place at Atlantic Avenue and A1A in Delray Beach. Times vary. For more information, call 561-279-1380.

July 4 2013 Fourth of July Celebration Expect a live performance by Soul Asylum, food, family activities and fireworks. Show begins at 5 p.m. Takes place at BB&T Center in Sunrise. For more information, call 954-835-7469 or visit thebbtcenter.com.

Boca Raton Fabulous Fourth Celebration Enjoy a comedy show, family activities, fireworks and more. Takes place at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Times vary. For more information, call 561-393-7827.

July 4 JUNE 15 Nature Craft for Father’s Day Kids can design and decorate a card and gift bag for Father’s Day using natural objects found at the Nature Center. Takes place at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton. Starts at 11 a.m. For more information, call 561-544-8615 or visit gumbolimbo.org. JUNE 15-16 Father’s Day Weekend In honor of Father’s Day, Butterfly World will offer free admission to all Dads. Takes place at Butterfly World in Coconut Creek. Show times vary. For more information, call 954-9774434 or visit butterflyworld.com. JUNE 21 THROUGH JULY 28 FAU Festival Repertory Theatre This expanded festival will include three plays, a big band concert and a piano gala extravaganza. Takes place at the University Theatre and Studio One Theatre at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

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Coral Springs Fourth of July Celebration This neighborhood party will feature food, games, bounce houses and fireworks. Takes place at Mullins Park in Coral Springs. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 954-345-2200.

July 4 Deerfield Beach All-American Fourth of July Celebration Enjoy beach fun and fireworks. Takes place at Hillsboro Boulevard and Ocean Way in Deerfield Beach. Starts at 1 p.m. For more information, call 954-480-4429.

July 4 Pompano Beach July 4th Event Check out fireworks beachside at the Pompano Beach Pier in Pompano Beach. Starts at 9 p.m. For more information, call 954-786-4600.

July 4 Fort Lauderdale Beach Fourth of July Spectacular Start the holiday early with sunbathing, a free show and then evening fireworks. Takes place at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Starts at 1 p.m. For more information, call 954-828-5363.

July 4 West Palm Beach Fourth on Flagler Enjoy free music, family fun and more at this festive waterfront event. Takes place at the Meyer Amphitheater in West Palm Beach. Starts at 5 p.m. For more information, call 561-822-2222.

July 4 Boynton Beach Salute to Independence Check out live music, great food and a spectacular fireworks display. Takes place at Intracoastal Park in Boynton Beach. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-737-3256.

July 4 City of Lake Worth Fourth of July Celebration This fun-filled celebration will include a raft race, live music, arts and crafts vendors, food, drink and a big fireworks finale. Takes place at Bryant Park in Lake Worth. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 561-533-7395 or visit lakeworth.org.

Show times vary. For more information, call 800-5649539 or visit fauevents.com. JUNE 21 Fight Time Promotions MMA: Fight Time 15 Live mixed martial arts, featuring world-class MMA professional cage fights. Takes place at War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, call 786-543-1177 or visit fighttimepromotions.com. JULY 5 Sushi and Stroll Enjoy the sound of taiko drums while strolling through tranquil gardens at sunset. Takes place at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach. Starts at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-4950233 or visit morikami.org. JULY 12-13 2013 NPC Southern States Fitness, Figure, Bikini, Physique and Bodybuilding Championships Men and women compete in various categories to determine the best bodies. Takes place at War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 954-763-2718 or visit npcsouthernstates.com. JULY 18 Rock Purple for the Cause Charity Event Meikle’s Creative Catering and RAD Event Production, Inc. present “A Purple Affair” dinner for Lupus awareness. Benefits the Lupus Foundation Southeast Florida Chapter. Takes place at West Palm Beach Event Hall in West Palm Beach. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561921-7060 or visit mccrad4lupus.ticketleap.com. O


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MEN WITH CARING HEARTS AWARDS LUNCHEON More than 450 guests attended this sold-out annual event, where local nonprofit organizations honor male volunteers who improve the lives of others in Palm Beach County. The luncheon, which was held at Boca West Country Club, included a delicious meal and an awards ceremony. Proceeds benefitted Florence Fuller Child Development Centers.

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SAKS FIFTH AVENUE SEND YOUR LOVE TO CHARITY EVENT More than 150 fashion-conscious supporters attended Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Ratonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Etro Runway Fashion Show. The glamorous event benefitted Florence Fuller Child Development Centers and the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, with each nonprofit organization receiving $15,000.

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now&noteworthy California Closets Boca Raton Now Open For Business Fans of California Closets’ organizational solutions will be pleased to know that the popular franchise has opened a showroom in Boca Raton. Lori Hoyt, and siblings Scott and Patti Schiff, owners of California Closets Fort Lauderdale, have brought their 26 years of franchise ownership experience to this latest Palm Beach County venture. The luxurious new space features exactly what California Closets is famous for: elegant and functional organizational solutions for every room in the home. There is no space too large or too small for the expert design team at California Closets Boca Raton. California Closets Boca Raton, 302 South Federal Hwy., Boca Raton, 561-405-0092; californiaclosets.com.

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Tireless in their commitment to positively impact the lives of others, Boca Raton attorneys C. Glen Ged and Ronda Ellis have taken that mission to another level. This year their law firm of Ellis, Ged & Bodden opened new offices in New Jersey and New York to help the victims of Superstorm Sandy through the disaster recovery process. If you or someone you know owns property damaged by Sandy, call 855-21-SANDY or visit JusticeAfterSandy.com. They are there for you. Ellis, Ged & Bodden, P.A., 7171 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-995-1966; ellisandged.com.

Edward Beiner Now Carries The Persol Sunglass Frame 649 Expressing the relationship that exists between fashion, design and technology, Persol sunglass frame 649 was originally displayed at the exhibition “Fra Moda e Design, Linea infinita” at the Milan Terminal. Persols’ handcrafted sunglasses combine style, quality and comfort in one sleek package. Since 1917, Persol has created unique glasses from the highest-caliber materials and continues to blur the line of fashion and functionality. Edward Beiner, Town Center At Boca Raton, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-391-0011; edwardbeiner.com.

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BUYER

SELLER

SALE PRICE

PRIOR SALE PRICE

PRIOR SALE DATE

BEL MARRA

701 BERKELEY ST

SCARALIA KATHRYN

BENOIT GAYNELL R

$310,000

BOCA HARBOUR

871 APPLEBY ST

DAVIS LAWRENCE S

RENZULLI EDWARD M

$750,000

$198,000

01-JUN-94

01-JAN-67

CARIBBEAN KEYS

828 HAVANA DR

BRICKNELL JILL R

KRIETE THOMAS C

$670,000

$305,000

01-NOV-97

COLONNADE AT GLEN OAKS

2676 NW 49TH ST

LASORDA GAETANNA

WILLIAMS RALPH J INDIV TRUSTEE

$520,000

ENCANTADA

23414 SAVONA CT

BAPTISTA ANA

DOVE PALM HOLDINGS LLC

$623,000

$430,000

21-SEP-12

GRANDE ORCHID

6605 GRANDE ORCHID WAY

ROSENBAUM SHARI B

MONAHAN KEVIN

$695,000

$504,000

01-APR-99

$1,165,200

27-DEC-11

22-MAY-12

HARBOR EAST

741 NE HARBOUR DR

MIDWALL JONATHAN

SD SEAPORT THREE LP

$1,350,000

LE LAC

6020 LE LAC RD

KAUFMAN RENEE M

LUHRS GRACE B

$3,100,000

LES JARDINS

2340 NW 45TH ST

FISHMAN MARGARET R

GILBERT MARK

$1,622,000

$549,500

01-NOV-90

LEXINGTON ESTATES

22323 RUSHMORE PL

RUSSELL WILLIAM A IV

U S BANK NATIONAL ASSOC TRUSTEE

$366,500

$298,200

31-DEC-12

MISSION BAY - THE ISLES

10872 AVENIDA SANTA ANA

SCHREIER STEPHEN J

GOLOB GARY

$425,000

$294,500

01-MAY-02

NEWPORT BAY CLUB

17112 NEWPORT CLUB DR

OSBORNE WALTER JOSEPH

SCHNEIDERMAN BRETT

$345,000

$410,000

07-JUN-11

$415,000

27-APR-05

OLD FLORESTA

398 NW 9TH TER

LONGO REBECCA CLAIRE

KOPPEN HENRI T

$700,000

PALM BEACH FARMS

2198 ISABEL OESTE RD

PAGEREY MITCHELL ROGER

CURY WILLIAM E

$1,275,000

PRESIDENTIAL PLACE CONDOMINUM

800 S OCEAN BLVD 304

KETOVER RICHARD

WEICHOLZ STEPHEN TRUSTEE

$3,265,500

$2,200,000

01-MAY-95

SUN & SURF CLUB

1168 MARBLE WAY

TURGEON GAYLE

GULLO DORIS

$2,125,000

$2,240,000

30-MAY-06

TROPIC ISLE

904 HYACINTH DR

MARINO MARJORIE

LUNTZ DEAN INDIV TRUSTEE

$1,044,000

WOODFIELD CC - HAMPTONS

3289 ST ANNES DR

GEVINSON TERI

BANKUNITED

$1,025,000

$1,032,100

15-JAN-13

WOODFIELD CC - REGENTS SQUARE

5791 NW 38TH TER

TUROW STUART A

GOLOVANOV DENIS YURYEVICH

$650,000

WOODFIELD CC - STRATFORD GREEN

3322 NW 53RD CIR

REIFINGER LEONARD

KEVITCH ROBERT

$275,000

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05-SEP-07

16-AUG-10 $325,000

11-JUN-04

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DOGS’ BEST FRIENDS Danny And Ron’s Rescue Saves Canines And Finds Them Loving HomesBY EMILY J. MINOR on Danta and Danny Robertsha have been saving unwanted dogs most of their adult lives—a stray here, 10 strays there—but their mission really took off after Hurricane Katrina. “After Katrina, we ended up with about 600 dogs—and we were not a 501(c)(3),” says Danta, who also trains and shows horses with Robertsha. “After that, we had an attorney contact us and tell us he wanted to help us (become a charity) so we could start accepting donations.” So now Danny and Ron’s Rescue accepts hurt, homeless dogs—and money. It’s a stark world out there for people like Danta and Robertsha, who very often witness firsthand just how horribly dogs can be treated. Abandoned. Abused by hateful owners. Used as training bait for pitbulls. This only fuels their work. “We both have a great passion for animals,” says Danta, who runs the charity with Robertsha out of their Wellington home during winters and from farms in South Carolina during season. In addition to placing the dogs in loving homes, they also occasionally finance crucial medical care for owners who can’t afford it themselves. “We just treated two (Fort Lauderdale) dogs with parvo,” says Danta, talking about the infectious virus that’s often fatal. “We didn’t

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know (the owner) from Adam, but we spent $3,000 saving her dogs.” Through the years, the two have made some great fundraising connections. In March, Glen Senk—the former CEO of Urban Outfitters who is now CEO of David Yurman jewelry—held the charity’s annual gala at the Wellington home he shares with Keith Johnson, the artisan and antique buyer for Anthropologie.

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“When Keith and I heard about the extraordinary work that Danny and Ron do with these dogs, we were truly moved,” says Senk. “This is not just a rescue. These two amazing people think nothing of opening up their home to personally care for these animals.” And while medical rehab is always a top priority, adoption is really the bottom line. Through the years,

they’ve placed 6,000 dogs with new owners, Danta says. All the animals are in top medical condition—with everything from heart and flea treatment to dental work—which means Danta and Robertsha are quite picky about placement. “We do not have an adoption fee,” he says. But they do make new “parents” sign a contract that specifies a $5,000 penalty if the dog is ever placed in another home without permission. “We’re very strict,” he says. “In 10 years, if you don’t want the dog, you call us and we’ll come get it.” Want to help? Danta says they need two things: Money and publicity. “Word of mouth is the best thing anyone could do for us,” Danta says. So start talking. O For information about Danny and Ron’s Rescue, call 803-900-9800 or visit dannyandronsrescue.com. Their mailing address is 12745 Guilford Circle, Wellington, FL 33414.


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