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Contents Spring Fever z February–March 2014




21 W E S T O N I T E Jewelry Box 21 A little sparkle goes a long way, but a lot of sparkle goes even further. Hot Sheet 22 Wine, Women & Shoes benefits United Way Broward; jeweler Marco Bicego holds a trunk show. Local Color 26 Levinson Jewelers; Fabio Andrade; Chris Powers of the Residence Inn Weston.



Kicking It Up a Notch

David Beckham is working his star power to put a soccer team together in South Florida.


True Matches

These mergers prove there’s power in numbers, even when the number is just two.


Love Tokens

15 glorious gifts guaranteed to win your sweetie’s heart.


United They Stand


Function & Style 32 Home décor reaches an entirely new level with these sleek, sophisticated offerings. The Mix 34 Get your fill from 25 new restaurants at the airport; Comcast comes to Weston; set your sights on Natural Eyes of Weston; and more. The Last Wordy 40 Maria Tettamanti’s Valentine’s Day picks.


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The crazy holidays of February.

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An Early Spring

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EDITORIAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Lori Capullo MANAGING EDITOR Jennifer Leslie Kramer CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jen Karetnick Linda Marx Maria Tettamanti Cyn. Zarco CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Eric Hason Aaron Lurie



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I know a lot of people turn their noses up at Valentine’s Day, but for me, it never gets old. In the chaos that daily life has become in modern times, I like the fact that there is one day that we are basically forced to acknowledge our relationship, celebrate it, show love and affection that often—despite the fact that we know it’s there—takes a backseat to things like work, taking care of children, work, technology, work…you get my point. That’s why, among the other good stuff we’ve put together for you, you’ll find quite a bit of love- and romance-related editorial in this double issue. Not only did we put together a gift guide full of original ideas, but our resident style guru, fashion blogger Maria Tettamanti, has weighed in as well, to give you even more excellent options. We’ve also spotlighted four local power couples, dynamic duos who have all managed to strike a harmonious balance between work and their personal lives, which, if you’re in a relationship, you know firsthand is quite a feat. One celebrity power couple that seems to have done the same is David and Victoria Beckham. It’s not that often that we see married stars who are both gorgeous and successful and manage to stay together despite the pressures of fame and fortune, but these two have. And while Victoria has been flying under the radar of late, quietly winning raves in her new incarnation as fashion designer, David has been in the news right here in our midst, as he scouts around for investors in a Miami-based Major League Soccer team. And once the word got out that one of those potential investors was LeBron James, the anticipation level among sports fans—and even those who aren’t really major sports fans—skyrocketed. Soccer—known pretty much everywhere else in the world as football—is one of the most beloved sports around the globe and boasts legions of passionate fans, so it only makes sense that the United States get in on the game (no pun intended). And particularly this year, with the World Cup coming up in June, everyone’s super excited. If you’re curious about the whole potential deal, read “Kicking It Up a Notch,” on page 44. In the meantime, enjoy the issue.

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Miami HEAT star Mario Chalmers and Dolphins great Jason Taylor unite for the Dream Big Fundraiser. These guys are always doing something to help those less fortunate—and here they go again. Miami HEAT Point Guard Mario Chalmers and former Miami Dolphins superstar Jason Taylor will join forces for an exclusive cocktail party featuring music, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres courtesy of the hot new restaurant Beauty & The Feast Bar|Kitchen and a live auction benefiting the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation and the Jason Taylor Foundation on Friday, February 21, where DJ 1Tre (Michael Marino) will spin tunes and live paintings by local artists. In keeping with the sporting spirit, CBS4 sports anchor Jim Berry will be the event’s emcee. It all happens from 7 pm–9 pm at Specialty Automotive Treatments (SAT), 700 West Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $125 per person; for more information, call 954.SAT.1234. Mario Chalmers

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It doesn’t happen very often that celebrated Italian jewelry designer, Marco Bicego, comes to town and showcases his latest designs for all to see—but this February 21 from noon to 3 pm, he’ll be doing just that. Bicego’s one-time-only special appearance via a trunk show held at Weston Jewelers and hosted by the store’s owners, Ed and Tracy Dikes, will go on throughout the day. Every piece of Bicego’s jewelry purchased will be hand-engraved with his signature and accompanied by a Marco Bicego gift. In addition, there will be raffle for a Marco Bicego piece, for which you must be present to win. Weston Jewelers is located at Weston Town Center, 1728 Main Street, Weston, 954.389.7990; visit 22

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Greg Melvin and Paolo Ambu opened the first Babalu retail location (and now flagship store) on Lincoln Road in August 2010. Three years later, there are three locations including the recently opened Babalu Palm Beach on Via Mizner, Worth Avenue—just in time for Valentine’s Day. Buy your loved one (or yourself) a gift from their collection of the world’s most exclusive fragrances (they’re known for their Perfume Bar, which stocks scents from some of the most exclusive perfumers in the world—literally) to fashion jewelry and accessories to resort wear from established and upcoming designers. It’s the only neighborhood boutique open into the late evenings. And forget any preconceived notions based on the chi-chi address—price points range from $2 to $8,000. Babalu Palm Beach is open Monday through Saturday, 11 am-9 pm and Sunday noon-7 pm; visit 24

If you love Blue Moon Fish Co. and wish they delivered to Weston, take note: you can now learn to cook like the eatery’s chefs. The restaurant is offering a new Cooking Class Series, presented by executive chefs Baron Skorish and Bryce Statham, throughout February and March. The two chefs will demonstrate how to prepare a number of savory four-course meals and pair them with wines and cocktails. The best part: you get to eat your projects. Classes take place from 3:30 pm-6 pm on the second Saturday of each month. The February 8 class will feature Valentine’s-inspired dishes paired with Ferrari Carrano, and the last class, on March 8, will feature a menu with fresh spring ingredients paired with Rodney Strong. The cost is $65 per person, including wine and cocktails. Space is limited. For reservations or more information, call 954.267.9888. Blue Moon Fish Co. is located at 4405 West Tradewinds Ave. in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea; visit

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Expanding their empire while remaining true to their roots, Mark and Robin Levinson set a platinum example of business acumen at its finest.


Few local jewelers have enough clout to get them to the red carpet, let alone actually provide pieces to the A-listers. But Mark and Robin Levinson, who have grown their small, family business into an impressive empire, can add that to the been-there-done-that column. From one small booth in a Plantation jewelry exchange to their current 10,000-square-foot-plus location on Las Olas Boulevard, Mark realizes much of his success is thanks to word of mouth. “It’s absolutely everything,” he says. “Our following has stayed with us all these years later. In fact, we are still working with our first client whom we met at the jewelry exchange in 1983. Now his kids, grandkids, the whole family, they all come to us.” Like Mark and his first client, many of the company’s customers have become friends with their Levinson jeweler. “Our customers truly bond with our employees,” shares Mark. “There’s no pressure when they walk in the door. It’s a client-based culture, and everything is focused on serving them.” As such, the staff at Levinson is not commission-based, something almost unheard of in the jewelry business. Instead, they work with closely with customers to discover just what they’re

looking for, listening to their preferences and price points, of course, and in turn, suggesting additional options that may be a good fit or even something they hadn’t yet considered. “Robin is especially talented at that,” notes Mark. “She has a great understanding of knowing what the right design is for a particular person. She can look at the shape of your face or the color of a dress you might be wearing to a party and tell you what type of earring is best suited for it.” Thanks to Robin’s eye for design, and the couple’s extraordinary partnership—30 years and counting—Mark can focus on what he does best: buying and selling diamonds and jewels. “My father and grandfather were both diamond dealers, so it’s fitting I follow in their footsteps,” he says. But it wasn’t always a sure bet. In fact, if you can believe it, Mark began his career in the cookie business. “At the time, Robin had obtained her graduate gemological degree and was working in the fine jewelry department at Neiman Marcus, but she was interested in branching out on her own. When she heard that a booth had become available at the jewelry exchange in Plantation, she approached me about starting a business together. We’ve been partners in business—and life—since then.” While Levinson certainly has red-carpet-worthy pieces, including brands such as Hermès, Jacob & Co., Dior, Bvlgari, Piaget, Gucci and more, Mark makes it clear that the company can work with every budget. “We embrace the whole marketplace, and while we always offer high-end quality, there’s plenty of options for customers who don’t have a high-end budget,” asserts Mark. “Our items aren’t only for a select group of people. We want everyone to be able to enjoy our jewelry.” To that end, if customers can’t find exactly what they are looking for, Levinson will customdesign an item so it suits their taste perfectly. According to Mark, the majority of Levinson’s business is custom. “We have talented artists and craftspeople here to help our clients create something they will love forever that is 100 percent unique,” he notes. “It’s a great partnership when our customers work hand in hand with our employees in the design process.” As a native of South Florida, Mark has found a number of ways to “embrace the marketplace,” one of which is through community service. Whether it’s various special events that benefit one of their favorite charities, or designing one-of-akind jewelry pieces to be auctioned off, the Levinsons have made their mark on Fort Lauderdale. “We hope to always be involved in the community,” says Mark. “We enjoy it, and it’s so important to give back. The fact is, it always comes full circle.” Levinson Jewelers, 888 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.462.8880;


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Helping The Next Generation By Jennifer Leslie Kramer

The Americas Community Center founder and CEO, Fabio Andrade, pays it forward by helping immigrants settle into their new community and pursue the American dream.


If you’re in Weston long enough, chances are you’ll hear his name. Whether it’s via a local businessperson who has benefited from networking seminars, a high school student who has become active in the community, or a freshly minted citizen who has established her footing in the city, it’s likely all of them will tell you that along the way they received a helping hand from Fabio Andrade and The Americas Community Center (ACC). Andrade, a Colombian who has lived in the United States since 1967, has been making his presence known in Weston for some time. In 1999, he founded AAC, a non-profit organization that provides an umbrella of outreach programs to Hispanic immigrants in Broward County. Its services run the gamut from assisting new residents with job placement and providing networking opportunities to directing locals to immigration lawyers and aiding in the transfer of degrees earned in various countries, along with whatever else they might need to make a home for themselves in their new community. “I started ACC when I noticed the huge

numbers of Colombian immigrants settling in Weston,” recollects Andrade. It was around 1998 and 1999 that many wealthy professionals began leaving Colombia due to safety issues. It was a dangerous place for them, and they came here looking to re-establish themselves and their businesses in South Florida.” But picking up your life, along with your business, and relocating to a different country is never easy, and that’s where ACC plays a key role. “When these businesspeople arrived here, they needed guidance on how to transfer their business, medical and law degrees,” Andrade says. “We also offered regular networking seminars to assist in establishing their businesses.” While the seminars are no longer offered—Andrade believes the weekly networking breakfasts on Wednesdays and Thursdays, in Weston and Doral, respectively, are more appropriate for what’s currently needed in the community—at their height, they were attracting up to 200 guests regularly. As the types of immigrants have shifted, along with the needs of the community, so, too, do the activities of ACC. “Now we are focused on helping these business grow and remain a strong presence in the community. We have seven lawyers on staff to assist in business, immigration and labor law, along with whatever other types of services the community may need,” states Andrade. “Many times we offer these services free of charge, and if we don’t have someone on staff that can be of help, we will certainly point people in the right direction.” In addition to providing helpful business advice, Andrade stresses the importance of community service. “We want new residents of Weston to know that there’s more to life than just developing a thriving business; it’s not just about the money. It’s equally as important to give back.” He’s confident the community is taking this all in, and points to a rising number of Hispanics joining organizations like the YMCA and Rotary Club. “Not only are Hispanics beginning to understand the importance of volunteering, but they are getting involved younger and younger,” says Andrade. The ACC works closely with a number of high school students, starting them on a path of service early in life, and connecting them with other worthy organizations. Andrade himself is an active player in the city of Weston and has been celebrated with a variety of awards and recognition for his service, including an official Appreciation Day in Broward County. This year, the ACC plans on continuing its service to South America by providing financial assistance to children’s organizations in Columbia and Venezuela. Lest you think Andrade spends all of his time overseeing ACC, take note: his day job as the senior executive director of Interflight Global Corp., his wife of 33 years and their two children keep him quite occupied as well. ACC is how he gives back—a fine example of top-down business ethics at their best. The Americas Community Center, 2813 Executive Park Dr., Ste. 109, Weston, 954.323.9526;

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One of the first things people assume about the nature of the hospitality industry is that it’s a transient one, and according to Chris Powers, area general manager at the Residence Inn Weston & Towne Place Suites, unfortunately they aren’t far from the truth. “To be honest, that is one characteristic of the business that I wish were a little different,” he says. “I like relationships; I like building that rapport with someone, and I get the chance to do exactly that where I am now— not only with our employees, but also with many of our guests.” Although Powers has yet to see a full calendar year at the Residence Inn—he transferred from a sister property in Dania Beach, and prior to that he was in Plantation—he’s certain he has finally found the right fit, thanks mostly to the staff and guests at the Weston location. While typical hotels host visitors that come and go on a weekly, even daily, basis, the Weston’s Residence Inn breaks the mold, and the hotel itself is designed to cater to an extended-stay guest. All of the property’s suites include a full kitchen, separate living and sleeping areas, and complimentary Wi-Fi, a must for anyone traveling for an extended period

of time. While the staff, including Powers, is happy to welcome families visiting for a weekend or business people traveling for a conference, they also have a different type of clientele: the patients, families, doctors and staff of the Cleveland Clinic, located just down the road. Nationally recognized for its cutting-edge research and patient dedication, Cleveland Clinic’s state-of-the-art Weston campus has more than 200 physicians, and includes comprehensive diagnostic centers, outpatient surgery and a 24-hour emergency department. Due to the hotel’s proximity to the hospital, which is less than a mile away, it’s no surprise that the majority of the Residence Inn’s business is connected to the hospital in some way, whether that means they are the family of a patient, doctors participating in a fellowship program, or other types of nurses or training professionals. “Because we have such a specific type of guest, our team goes beyond acting as simply members of a hotel operation,” shares Powers. “We are our guests’ friends, their therapists, and a shoulder to cry on. We’re there to celebrate when surgeries are successful, and also on those harder days, too. It may sound strange at first, but when our guests are far from home for weeks at a time, they are lacking their traditional support system, so we step up to the plate.” Not only do hotel employees often become friends with guests, but the guests themselves become kindred spirits, forging bonds by sharing stories and lending one another a sympathetic ear. Powers points out, “After a long day at the hospital, guests often don’t feel inclined to socialize, so we help them do that, perhaps making it slightly easier to make that human connection.” Thanks to the breakfast buffet, which offers all guests a hot breakfast free of charge, along with evening socials organized by the hotel three nights a week, there’s ample opportunity to find a friend and strike up a conversation. Powers knows all of this wouldn’t be possible without his employees, who run the gamut from college age to retirees. “Our staff is nothing short of incredible,” he says proudly. “It’s amazing just how inclined they are to help our guests.” For example, the hotel recently purchased a shuttle to provide transportation services for their guests back and forth from the Cleveland Clinic. “We haven’t hired a dedicated driver,” admits Powers. “There’s no need. As soon as our employees heard we were thinking about doing this, they all began volunteering to take shifts. That’s just how things work around here. Everyone pitches in, including myself, to help our guests in any way we can,” he says matter-of-factly. “We don’t see it as another item on the ‘to-do list.’ Rather, it’s another opportunity to make a connection.” Residence Inn Weston & Towne Place Suites Weston, 2605 Weston Road Weston, 954.659.8585;

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TAP Global Beer Collection is the newest spot for tasting brews from around the world, with 72 beer taps; more than 400 bottle brands; tapas and appetizers. Pop Culture Vault offers quality art and memorabilia for every buyer, from the casual fan to serious collectors —they specialize in rock-and-roll and pop culture-themed art—from affordable gifts to cool one-of-a-kind pieces. Take a shopping break at My Day Spa for treatments from massages, facials, body scrubs and wraps to pedicures, manicures, even lash tinting (and pick up some skin-care items while you’re there, from lines like Eminence and Environ). And channel your inner Martha Stewart at Mondana Kitchen, a new retail store specializing in tableware, kitchenware and barware that also carries small kitchen appliances, table linens, and gourmet goods. These spots join an already long list of restaurants and retail shops—Apricot Lane Boutique, Charming Charlie, Crave Kids & Tweens Boutique, Francesca’s Collections, Republic of Couture and White House | Black Market, among others. So program 14851 Lyons Road into your GPS and check it out, or for more information visit the website at


from the Art The Art Institute of Weston

Since the Art Institute of Weston opened its doors eleven years ago in Weston, it’s been teaching those who want to learn the classic style of the European artist—and more. Adult students are personally taught under the supervision of the master artist Conchita Firgau, a Venezuelan native who is one of her country’s most respected artists—she’s created artwork for companies from Coca-Cola to the Karls Benz Foundation— who guides them through each step of the program. From drawing in charcoal and pastels to painting in acrylics and oils to ceramics and even guitar and piano lessons, this place has everything the aspiring artist of any age wants. And this March and Summer, the annual All Art Camp is on, where those who register can spend their days doing ceramics, arts and crafts and painting, and learning music. For more information about the Art Institute, Art Camp and classes in general, call 954.659.9050 or visit 34


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They’re kicking up your home entertainment way more than just a notch. For the first time ever, Weston residents will have access to the X1 Platform from Comcast, a cloud-based platform that transforms your television into an interactive experience, integrating a huge collection of video with social media features, interactive apps, web content and more—basically, it’s a search engine for your TV. An X1 Remote App lets you use motions, gestures and voice commands to control your TV with an Apple handheld device. How amazing is it that you just have to shake your iPhone to pause Xfinity On Demand? As if all that isn’t cool enough, you can watch from any room, and even start watching a recording in one room and finish it in another—just like in those cool commercials where the ninjas jump out of the screen. To get more details, visit



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Dr. Nathan Schramm links nutrition with eye health, even for common myopia. Plenty of us deal with myopia—what we commonly refer to as “nearsightedness”—as we age, but it impacts almost 42 million kids in the United States, too. And once it starts in children between 8 and 13, it worsens rapidly on a yearly basis, not only inconveniencing those kids (wearing glasses that early in life is no fun) but also requiring parents to update their prescriptions on a continuous basis. But there is something that can be done to slow myopia. “Orthokeratology lenses, also known as ortho-k, CRT, or GVSS, are very small retainers custom fit to your eyes, worn only for sleep and when removed in the morning,” says Dr. Nathan Schramm, O.D., C.N.S, an optometric physician and ocular nutrition specialist with Natural Eyes of Weston. When you wake the next day, he says, “You have clear vision throughout the day. This works well for those who play sports that don’t allow glasses, and contact lenses can get water or dirt on them, such as water polo, volleyball, cheerleading, football, baseball, and soccer.” Dr. Schramm, whose practice emphasize that optimum eye health is related to patients’ nutrition, also points out that while genes and environment play a critical role in myopia, sugar may also affect it. He recommends minimizing the amount of processed sugar in the diet, keeping the limit at fewer than eight teaspoons a day (the average American child consumes a whopping 22 teaspoons per day), and that includes high fructose corn syrup, agave nectar, dextrose, glucose and sucrose, to name a few. For those concerned about myopic progression but aren’t candidates for ortho-k, a highly diluted dilating drop may be prescribed, or, in some cases, reading, bifocal or progressive glasses, multifocal contact lenses or even eye exercises. To find out more or to schedule a consultation, call 954.217.2992 or visit


Global restaurateur HMSHost has just signed an agreement with Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) to open 25 new dining offerings in Terminals 1 and 2 over two phases, during which restaurants will start opening this spring and continue opening through 2017. Travelers will no doubt be happy to see several familiar names, all of which are local and national favorites. “We are very much looking forward to partnering with HMSHost to transition our Terminals 1 and 2 in ways that will wow our travelers,” says Kent George, Director of Aviation at FLL. “We have great development plans here at the airport, and HMSHost’s dining program will be a significant part of that.” By the time it’s complete, there will be a Starbucks, a Shula Burger, Offerdahl’s Café Grill, and an outpost of Air Margaritaville—a joint effort of HMSHost and Jimmy Buffett. More local favorites will come in the form of Tarpon Bend Food & Tackle, serving fresh local fish; Sergio’s Cuban eatery; Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza; Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar and BurgerFi. “When proposing the new restaurants we’ll be opening at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, we really wanted to offer travelers an exciting mix of diverse choices, from well-known popular national brands, to local hot spots and themed restaurants, to convenient grab-n-go venues,” said HMSHost vice president of business development Renee Tedesco. And that they did.

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Kicking It Up a Notch David Beckham has star power to burn. Lucky for Miamians, he’s using some of it to put together a Major League Soccer team right here in our city. You don’t have to follow soccer to know who David Beckham is. On the contrary—you may recognize his finely etched, expressive, handsome face from any number of places other than an English football field: magazine covers, underwear ads, his fragrance campaign, seductively styled portraits of him with his equally sexy wife, Victoria, the über-successful fashion designer formerly known as Posh, of the über-successful girl band the Spice Girls. Or, lately, you may have seen him in the local news, because the former superstar footballer has chosen Miami for a new U.S. Major League Soccer expansion team. After retiring last year from the sport following a period playing for the L.A. Galaxy, Beckham—whose MLS soccer player contract included an option to create a new team for $25 million—chose the Magic City and has been assembling a team of investors and according to various news reports, his representatives are checking out sites for a purpose-built socceronly stadium.


It wasn’t made public when Beckham came to the U.S. from Britain to play Major League Soccer seven years ago that the provision to buy a MLS franchise for $25 million was part of his deal, but there are plenty of Miamians who were excited to hear it. His marquee name and celebrity status could mean great things for fans of the sport who have not only high hopes a team will actually materialize, but that it will be a high-profile one with star power and lots of flash (unlike the only professional soccer team currently in South Florida, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, which is a tier-2 team; the future of the Orlando franchise, which will begin playing in 2015, is yet to be seen). After all, Beckham hangs with the likes of Tom Cruise, fellow Brit Chef Gordon Ramsay, whom he told Esquire magazine, “There is a good chance of Gordon being around cooking a beef Wellington,” at his and Victoria’s home. He recently commissioned a painting as a gift for his daughter, Harper, by “a friend,” who turned out to be the artist Damien Hirst. Then there is his association with current sports royalty, LeBron James, who in November admitted to the press that he is helping Beckham find a home in Miami for the future MLS franchise. He says he’s attracted to the passion the sport’s fans have for soccer. “I think the passion is the number-one thing,” James, who three years ago also invested in the Liverpool soccer team (which was valued last April at $651 million), told the “The passion that the fans have about the game of soccer; it’s pretty intense. It’s pretty awesome. I had an opportunity to go to a game in England and it was an unbelievable experience. It’s a world-renowned sport.” And one at which Beckham is firmly at the center of, having enjoyed a stellar career. From his beginnings at Manchester United to his years with the LA Galaxy through his final year on the turf with AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, he has been a star attraction. While he has admitted in interviews that he misses “the buzz” since retiring last year, he doesn’t regret the choice because it allows him to spend time with his family. “I feel this pang of regret whenever I watch the sport; this sense that I will never play a big match again,” he told The Times. “I guess those feelings are inevitable when you have just retired from sports. You miss the buzz. Nothing will replace it. But I don’t regret the decision to retire. My body was losing its edge. I was taking longer to recover from injuries. You have to get out at some point.”


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You miss the buzz. Nothing will replace it. But I don’t regret the decision to retire. You have to get out at some point. Beckham and his wife Victoria with three of their children, Romeo, Cruz and Brooklyn. But before he did, Beckham enjoyed a storied career. With United, Beckham won six Premier League titles and two FA Cups. He played 115 times for England—more than any other outfield player—and captained his country 59 times, reaching the quarter-finals of the 2002 and 2006 World Cups. Then in 2007, Beckham signed a five-year deal worth $32.5 million to join the LA Galaxy. He and Victoria and their three children landed on U.S. soil to much fanfare. Instantly, they melded into the fabric of celebrity society and became fodder for the tabloids and the paparazzi. In the meantime, Beckham not only continued on as a soccer star; Forbes reports that last year he earned $42 million in commercial endorsements alone from brands like Adidas, H&M, Samsung, Breitling and Coty, even launching his own fragrances. He also became the first male ever to be featured on the cover of Elle with nary an objection from its female readership. And he’s represented by the same publicist as Bruce Willis, John Travolta and Sylvester Stallone. But by all accounts, Beckham is at heart just a 38-year-old English gentleman who embodies the concept of “what you see is what you get.” When asked by a reporter for Esquire if there’s any disconnect between his image and who he really is, Beckham said no. “What you see,” he said, “that’s me. And that won’t change. I don’t try and hide anything. There’s nothing to hide.” 48

He is also a devoted husband and father and is often photographed out with his and Victoria’s three sons, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, along with their 2-year-old daughter, Harper Seven, with whom he is completely smitten. As for Victoria, whom he’s been with for 17 years and married to for nearly 15, he’s described her in an interview as “charming,” “funny,” “immensely talented” and “very committed”—the admiration comes through loud and clear—and, most impressively to Beckham, “an amazing mum. That’s her strongest quality for me. Being her husband and the father of her children, there’s nothing better than seeing a woman who is amazing with her children.” He added, “At the end of the day, I’m very lucky to have what I have and do what I do, but I don’t see myself as any different from anyone else who works hard and is a dad and a husband.” And arguably the best soccer player of the past decade. So it’s only fitting—and extremely exciting for Miamians, particularly with the buzz taking place leading up to the World Cup in June 2014—that he is collaborating with the best player in the NBA to bring his sport to our city. But no matter how famous he is, or how much he accomplishes, Beckham’s priorities have nothing to do with fame and fortune. When asked how he would like to be remembered last year, he replied, “Just as a hard-working footballer. I want to be remembered firstly as a good and successful footballer because that’s what I’ve done for many years. And then who knows after that?”

True Matches Two heads—and sometimes two companies— are better than one, or so it’s been said. These mergers prove that there is indeed power in numbers, even when that number is just two.

Rogers & Cowan CEO Tom Tardio and senior VP Valerie Zucker.

Mike Maroone has been in the auto industry his entire life. His father, Al, started the Maroone empire of dealerships nearly 60 years ago with one Ford dealership in New York and expanded the chain into South Florida in 1977. His son followed suit, and was at the helm when Maroone Automotive Group was acquired by AutoNation in 1997. Now president and COO of AutoNation, the largest auto retailer in the country, a position he’s held since August 1999 after serving as president for two years, Mike Maroone has led AutoNation to stunning success by helping build it into a national brand with a reputation for actually caring about customer service, the importance of which, Mike told the Sun-Sentinel last year, he learned from his father, saying that Al taught him to keep “customers for life.” But the journey hasn’t been without its pitfalls; when the entire auto industry took a hit in the mid-2000s, AutoNation wasn’t immune, and they had to close several retail locations and reorganize. As the market recovered, however, in 2011 they opened 10 new stores and placed their focus squarely on luxury brands. When questioned at the time about that new direction, Maroone appeared on CNBC’s Bloomberg and pointed out that the industry was up 20 percent while Autonation was up 26 percent, and with the market getting progressively stronger, he thought it was a wise direction in which to be moving. As always, he was on the money. In August of 2013, Maroone renewed his employment contract with AutoNation for three more years, through December 2016.

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IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay, left, with AutoNation executives Mike Jackson, center, and Mike Maroone.


Take one of the top public relations firms in South Florida with a client base comprising luxury brands and pair it with one of the oldest and most successful entertainment branding firms in the country, and what do you get? A match made in heaven, both for the principals and the clients they represent. And that just about sums up the merger of Zucker Public Relations with the Los Angelesbased Rogers & Cowan. Valerie Zucker, a veteran of more than 20 years in the PR, marketing and advertising industries, launched her own namesake firm 13 years ago and has since developed strategic media campaigns for a roster of prestigious clients that includes Borghese Professional Hair Care, Bloomingdale’s, Ferrari-Maserati, Harley-Davidson, the Laila Ali Lifestyle Brand, Macy’s, Malibu by Pamela Anderson, Morton’s Steakhouse and the Orange Bowl Committee. A calculated method of integrating brand marketing and promotions with mediasavvy public relations has helped Zucker PR become a recognized agency throughout the United States. Meanwhile, Rogers & Cowan, one of the world’s leading entertainment public relations and marketing agencies, designs

and implements campaigns for just about every aspect of the entertainment industry: film production and distribution companies, cable and network TV programming, record labels, recording artists, celebrities, athletes, videogame publishers and distributors, and social media companies. Rogers & Cowan also creates integrated marketing solutions for consumer, fashion, beauty, lifestyle and technology brands seeking to build a connection with consumers through entertainment and sports influences. Last year, after meeting with a number of national firms she considered potentially viable partners, Zucker made a deal with Rogers & Cowan in Los Angeles, and now she, along with her six-member staff, are a part of the powerhouse agency’s team. As senior vice president, she now reports directly to Rogers & Cowan CEO Tom Tardio, who’s said he chose to work with her for a number of reasons, not the least of which were her “tremendous entrepreneurial spirit” and her understanding the business and practice of PR. “She ran her firm parallel to the way we run our business,” Tardio told the Sun-Sentinel in December. “And it was something we could relate to. You’ve got to be willing to put in the time and show the passion.” For her part, Zucker is right where she wants—and always expected—to be. “Becoming a part of the esteemed Rogers & Cowan agency has been a longtime vision of our firm,” she says. And now that that vision has come to fruition, it’ll be exciting to see what comes next.



Since retiring from the Miami Dolphins in 1999, Dan Marino has been associated with or invested his hardearned dollars in a number of companies—NutriSystem, Maroone, and Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza among them. One of the latest to make the list is Corporate Resource Services, Inc., a diversified technology, staffing, recruiting and consulting services firm in which he became a shareholder last June. He is also, according to Mark Levine, COO of CRS, going to be developing strategies to “take them to the next level,” assisting in their brand recognition campaign and consulting with their executive team to help them elevate their business development program. Doesn’t

Google & YouTube


As with all flukish Internet-related ideas that seem to be invented by college kids or a couple of guys playing around in their garage, YouTube—founded by Chad Hurley and Steve Chen—is more than just a sensation; it’s a phenomenon. So when Larry Page, co-founder, and Eric Schmidt, CEO, of its fellow Internet phenomenon, Google, sat down with Hurley and Chen to discuss snapping them up in an acquisition deal seven years ago, it truly was a meeting of the minds like no other. Google ended up buying YouTube for $1.65 billion, combining forces to allow people like you and me to not only find any video content we could possibly search for, from how to seed a pomegranate to clips from movies to vlogs from everywhere in the world, but also to upload our own content and share it with the world. 52

sound like your typical ex-football player gig, but then again Dan’s got that nailed in his role on The NFL Today on CBS during the regular football season. And while skeptics might come away with the notion that this is purely an investment for Marino, he already has been actively involved with CRS, as they have with him: in September, when the company up-listed to the NASDAQ, Marino joined CRS’s executive management team at the NASDAQ Opening Bell Ceremony in New York; prior to that, CRS hosted the First Annual Charity Golf Event to benefit The Dan Marino Foundation, helping raise more than $40,000 to benefit those with autism and other developmental disabilities.

powercouples Here are a few other matchups that illustrate how teamwork is the wave of the future.

Nike & LeBron James: Nike Zoom Soldier 7 “The Power Couple”

LeBron James & David Beckham (we hope)

As a tribute to King James and his new wife, who married last fall, Nike released the Nike Zoom Soldier 7 Power Couple, the design and coloration of which take their inspiration from the Art Deco district of South Beach: there’s a translucent mint green sole, a speckled midsole and an iridescent sheen to the upper, along with a colorful pattern of Deco shapes on the swoosh. The price: $125, which actually isn’t too bad considering the prices you’ll find on the average Nike offerings.

Seeing the names of these two brilliant athletes together might make sense on one hand, but on the other, they are from two different worlds, and that goes for their sports as well. But in case you haven’t been paying attention, Beckham’s been confabbing with James about investing in a Major League Soccer team here in Miami, which would double the star power behind the franchise, and pretty much blow it out of the stratosphere. Here’s hoping.

Nike Zoom Soldier 7 Power Couple


ABOVE: Anthony Bruno. BELOW: Paul & Young Ron

Every December, Anthony Bruno—namesake of Anthony’s Runway 84 in Fort Lauderdale, as well as the omnipresent Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza outposts all over the tri-county area—teams up with his fellow Italian-American and food fan, radio personality Paul Castronovo of the Paul & Young Ron Show on 105.9 PM, to collaborate on Meatballs & Martinis. And we’re not talking about the meatballs you can order at Anthony’s Coal Fired with a side of ricotta. Meatballs & Martinis is part of Paul & Young Ron’s Annual Holiday Food Drive. It benefits Feeding South Florida, part of the Feeding America Network, which consists of 202 food banks; Feeding South Florida is the largest of nine Feeding America banks in the state. The most recent event drew a mix of more than 200 guests comprising sports and media personalities, celebrities, and friends of the guys throwing the party. Paul & Young Ron have been spearheading the Holiday Food Drive for 17 years, and to date have raised enough money to purchase more than 15 million pounds of food and distribute to hungry citizens throughout South Florida. Arguably, there is no better example of people using their famous names to do good deeds for those less fortunate.


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Cute as a Button

Val Colbert repurposes antique buttons into jewelry with sterling silver clasps, like this triple-strand bracelet with an 1890s-era button set finished with freshwater pearls; $500, at

Neat Little Bows

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Love Calls

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Smell Like a Winner

Created by Jay Z with legendary Firmenich perfumer Ilias Ermenidis, the gilded cap of GOLD JAY Z is etched with “Power,” “Pride,” “Confidence,” “Strength,” “Success,” and “Courage,”; $39 for 1 oz. and $70 for 3 oz., at Nordstrom and Sephora stores.

Sweet & Sinful

Hugo & Victor’s Webster Notebook is a special edition collection of caramel-filled dark and milk chocolate-coated spheres infused with citrus flavors. A dozen pieces in five flavors come in each notebook; $32, at The Webster Miami, Miami Beach.


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Feel The Burn

These limited edition “Number” Italiano plates by Arizona-based designer Christopher Jagmin add style to even the simplest snack. Set of four, in both odd and even numbers, $110, at

French-made Lamp Berger gives off a beautiful fragrance by burning oil through a catalytic burner and comes in an array of gorgeous designs. Shown: The Cristal Coral; $78.95, at

A Glass Act

The ultra-sleek Revolution Wine and Water glasses are made of hand-blown glass. Turn one way and you have a water glass, turn the other and you have a wine glass; together, the contents appear to float. Set of 2, $84; at

Perfect the Pout

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Utter Fastenation

Class up his cuffs with a pair of Montblanc cufflinks in red gold with an onyx inlay; $2,285, at Weston Jewelers, Weston, or visit


Good Clean Fun

Special Valentine’s Day offerings from bath bombs to body wash make for bathtime fun for two; check them all out at LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Aventura Mall and

On the Marc

Show your laptop some love by slipping it into this cool Marc by Marc Jacobs In a Bind Neoprene Croc Embossed Case in Hot Pink (13”); $92; at

The Color of Love

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United THEY STAND These 4 couples have each figured out their own formula for professional and marital success. By Linda Marx


Dan & Nayibe Young Working together works for them.

Although they operate a business together, Dan and Nayibe Young believe in being client-focused and working separately to do the best possible job. Jamaican-bred Dan, 55, is president and CEO of Young Consulting Group, a boutique accounting firm that helps South Florida entrepreneurs grow their small businesses. Nayibe, 50, who grew up in Bogota, Colombia, and speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese, is vice president of the firm and does general accounting for clients. “We work well together because I say yes to a lot of things,” jokes Dan. The couple, who have been married for 18 years and live in Weston, met at Nortel Networks, where working together led them to develop a relationship. It was clear they had a lot in common, including being active in community service, and although Nayibe is an extrovert while Dan is more reserved, they greatly complement each other. “We have tolerance,

give and take, and really respect each other,” says Nayibe. “We have the same expectations and future goals to grow the business, schedule vacations and enjoy our lives.” Both are also active in the Weston and Broward communities: Dan is on the board of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, past chairman of the Weston Business Council, a member of the Rotary for District 6990 and part of the Membership Committee for Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale. Nayibe works for the chamber part time and has worked with Kids In Distress and other charities. But they definitely balance out their business and community interests with a full personal life as well. Nayibe does yoga five days a week, and she paints as a hobby; specifically, flowers and figures in oils and acrylics. Dan jogs, plays golf and works out six days a week. Together, they ride bikes, go boating via a shared ownership in a boat club, and socialize at Weston Hills Country Club and the Tower Club in Fort Lauderdale. At home, Nayibe does most of the cooking, and Dan schedules their vacations to England, Italy, France and New York City. “My husband is polite and well educated with a lot of patience,” says Nayibe. “Everyone loves him.”


Bruce & Jane Levy Sharing time and interests keeps them going strong.

Bruce and Jane Levy celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary in December. Each believes their marriage is strong because they spend a great deal of time together sharing mutual interests. “We are a perfect balance,” says Jane, a lawyer and past president and a long-time volunteer for Jewish Family Services of Broward County. “We both love to help others, travel and relax at our vacation home in Key Largo.” For three years, Bruce, a financial adviser in Weston, was Broward County Chairman of the America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a lobby organization designed to strengthen U.S.-Israeli relations. Now he is a member of the group’s Washington, D.C.-based national council. Since he was born and raised in Tel Aviv, holds a dual citizenship and spent four and a half years in the Israeli Air Force, he’s a natural for the cause. “I am in Washington a lot, but I’m not political,” 62

insists Bruce, who often brings Jane along with him when he travels there. “Our work helps strengthen the [country’s] relationship with Israel. That’s important to me.” Jane, now in her late 50s, met Bruce while she was a student at Washington University in St. Louis. Around that time, Bruce, now in his early 60s, was an engineering student there and wanted to return home to Israel, but couldn’t afford to go. Thanks to the local branch of Jewish Family Services, which loaned him $200, he was able to make the trip. He later repaid the money and never forgot the act of kindness. “There is a spark there,” says Bruce. “Jewish Family Services paid for half of my plane ticket in the 1970s. I’m glad we are able to continue our support.” The couple lived in St. Louis for a few years before moving to North Miami Beach in 1980. Thirteen years later, they discovered the charms of Weston, built a house and settled in comfortably. “Weston is convenient and not touristy,” says Jane. “We love it.” Today, the Levys enjoy boating, music, and food and wine trips to Tuscany and other areas of Europe, as well as visiting their two grown sons, who live in New York. Bruce and Jane agree that their life is happy and fulfilling. “Years ago, I asked Jane to grow old with me,” laughs Bruce. “She took me seriously. The best is yet to come.”

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Jason & Kira Turchin Hectic lives don’t stop them from making time to help others. After meeting at a party in South Beach, Jason and Kira Turchin had their first date a week before 9/11 and their second one on 9/11. But facing challenges together has always been a hallmark of their unselfish partnership. When their daughter, Shaina, now 4, was six months old, she battled a neurological condition. It was so consuming that Kira missed seeing her now 7-year-old son Josh’s first step. Once Shaina had recovered, Kira and Jason wanted to do something to help others cope with extreme stress. So they created Betty Cares, Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps caregivers learn to take time for themselves. They named it after Kira’s late mother, Betty, who died young in part because she spent too much time caring for others and neglected herself. “Our marriage works because we have the same goals,” says Kira, 38, a biomedical engineer and PhD candidate. “I run Betty Cares and Jason is a lawyer who donates money to disabled children. We have a wonderful partnership.” Jason, 37, is a Fort Lauderdale victims’ rights attorney and legal consultant who has successfully negotiated and settled 5,000 cases totaling more than $35 million in gross settlements. (Kira helps out part-time in his office.) A former consultant to famed Miami criminal lawyer Roy Black, Jason is also a radio and TV talking head. Together, Jason and Kira are part of a dynamic team who do important things for others. “Besides being best friends, sharing our two children, and making each other laugh, we both have a passion for giving back,” says Jason. Even though their kids come first, the Turchins keep their marriage strong by going out to lunch together and scheduling a date night once a week, which usually consists of an early dinner and a movie. They also compete by engaging in sports to keep fit— she runs, and he loves basketball—although, to please Kira, Jason joins her at the gym. The Turchins love Weston, and are now gearing up for their fourth Betty Cares fundraiser. Called Cars, Cocktails and Cuisine, it is scheduled for March 1st at the Dauer Museum of Classic Cars in nearby Sunrise. The night includes entertainment by Broadway performers and is generally a wonderful evening for others who support the Betty Cares Fund at Miami Children’s Hospital. “Even our kids understand how to help others,” says Kira proudly. “This is a way of life for us.” 64

Fred & Autumn Karlinsky

Striking a balance is what it’s all about for this family.


Three years after meeting 18 years ago at a volleyball tournament in Pensacola, Fred and Autumn Karlinsky got married. Today, the busy parents of two say their secret to a successful union has a lot to do with being able to laugh a lot and knowing when to take things seriously. “Sexy women throw themselves at me, but I say no,” quips Fred, 47. When they do encounter a challenge, it usually has to do with logistics, because Fred travels a great deal for his two jobs—he’s a shareholder in Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb, a law firm that represents insurers and reinsurers throughout the U.S. and internationally in a variety of business and government areas, as well as an adjunct Professor of Law at Florida State University College of Law. His work offices are in Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee, and his professional life keeps him on a plane much of the time. Autumn, 40, a trained dental assistant and hygienist since 1993, runs the house, minds the kids, and is a Weston and Broward County volunteer and philanthropist. In 2011, Florida Governor Rick Scott saluted her efforts by appointing her to Volunteer Florida, his Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. Some of her favorite causes are Temple Dor Dorim, TAG USA Gymnastic Foundation and Imagine Charter School at Weston. “We both believe in public service and giving back,” says Autumn. “We are fortunate and not selfish. We expose our kids to doing the right thing.” When they can, especially in the summer, the Karlinsky family travels to Europe; closer to home, New York and Boston are top choices because of the culture offered in such interesting and diverse cities. “We believe educational travel is a great way for our children to enjoy life and learn about other people and places,” says Autumn. For shorter family treks, they hop in the car to visit Sea Island, GA; Naples; Disney World and the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo. Fred and Autumn work hard at keeping their life sane and settled. And they know it involves a lot of give and take. Nothing comes easy with such a busy lifestyle. “There is a great deal of compromise, but we both love giving back and do many projects together,” says Autumn. “In the future, we want to grow our philanthropy commitment. We love what we do.”

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When it comes to a honeymoon destination—first, second or otherwise—these far-flung spots top our must-visit list. By Jen Karetnick Choosing a honeymoon destination can give even the most harmonious spousesto-be a Goldilocks and the Three Bears kind of complex. This resort is too relaxing. That one has too much to do. Here, it’s hurricane season; there, you risk a blizzard. This locale has all the amenities, but it isn’t exotic enough. And that one? Well, rustic doesn’t necessarily mean romance. After all, there’s something to be said for high-end toiletries in the bathrooms, and fixtures such as rainfall showers and infinity bathtubs. Fortunately for impending honeymooners, we’ve road-tested a few New World spots—one in the Caribbean, another in Central America and a third in South America—that are the equivalent of Baby Bear’s porridge: just right. So whether or not your actual wedding was a storybook fairytale come to life, you can be sure your first vacation as a married couple will be.

“Lounging poolside or indulging in spa treatments, Palacio del Inka specializes in spoiling their guests.”

South America Newly joined history, design or architecture buffs can’t help but appreciate Peru, where the Incas held forth. And there’s no better place to stay than the Palacio del Inka, built around the Casona de los Cuatro Bustos (Mansion of the Four Busts), a historic stone house that was itself constructed over Incan walls. The Casona is said to be the residence—by rumor but also substantiated to some degree—of conquistador Marquis Salas Valdez. A Luxury Collection Hotel in Cusco, Peru, Palacio del Inka was refurbished for the first time in nearly 40 years to the tune of $15 million and overlooks an important Incan site, Qoricancha, or the Temple of the Sun. The entire hotel, one of the most beautiful in the country, was constructed in typical wonder-of-the-world Peruvian fashion; i.e., with stone but without mortar holding it altogether. If that doesn’t seal the deal, the vaulted ceiling in the lobby, translucent and spilling light, and the richly hued textiles, from carpets with Damascus figures to aged leather panels in the headboards, just might. With its color scheme of gold, maroon and burgundy, coupled with the hand-carved, dark wood, vintage furniture, Palacio del Inka is more reminiscent of a Spanish pazo than a hotel.

Palacio del Inka is run by Libertador Hotels, Resorts & Spas, and the service and amenities reflect the visionary group’s philosophy of pure elegance and relaxation. Neo-Andean cuisine restaurant Inti Raymi— showcasing dishes that are modern interpretations of the first cultivated flora and fauna, such as quinoa, potatoes and guinea pig as well as lamb and trout—and Rumi Bar are designed in churrigueresque (Spanish Baroque) mode, with silk and velvet curtains, draped chandeliers, pedestals with candelabra and plenty of majestic columns. Both bathrooms and The Spa at Palacio del Inka boast Travertine Angelica marble throughout, and the latter is where couples can enjoy the 150-minute Inti and Killa Romance Package (inspired by the Inca’s worshipped sun and moon), which includes not only signature therapies with essential oils, but also champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. (Fair warning: The bubbly and berries may themselves inspire worship.) The exterior of Palacio del Inka—basically, the wonderfully romantic, cobblestoned city of Incan capital Cusco—may beckon. After all, the main square, replete with shops, museums and eateries, is only five minutes away. But don’t worry. This may have been the home of warriors, but no one will force you to leave.


The Caribbean

The adults-only pleasures at Barbados’ The House include fine dining and a four-handed massage.


Barbados is the birthplace of the three R’s: Rihanna, rum and romance. Rihanna needs no introduction, but many don’t know that rum is said to have been invented on the island; it’s here that the first brand, Mount Gay, launched in 1703. And while taking a sanctioned tour of the dedicated rum shacks—some 1,500 of them—in a safari-style Jeep going off-road and up mountains can be more earthy than elegant, a visit to Nicholas Abbey, a restored plantation house and boutique rum producer, for a tasting puts the “ohhhhh” back in romance. A rum tour (in an air-conditioned, chauffer-driven van) to Mount Gay headquarters, Nicholas Abbey and various other sites is just one of the activities that The House, a contemporary boutique retreat, can arrange. An Elegant Hotels property (there are five in total, including the just-renovated Colony Club) and perhaps the loviest-doviest venue on the so-called platinum West Coast of the island, The House caters to adults only. That means when you finally do venture out from one of the 34 suites decorated with wooden Colonial furniture and original Bajan artwork, your sunbathing at the pool or on the beach will be interrupted only by the 24-7 “Ambassadors” offering you a splash of something rather than little buggers splashing you.

In addition to its select aura and British butler vibe, The House features daily champagne breakfast, afternoon tea, sunset canapés and torch-lit dining on the beach for two. Sumptuous supper fare is ferried over from the excellent Italian restaurant Daphne’s next door and served at a table on the sand, just feet away from the waves. When or if you get tired of seclusion, or simply long for action, neighboring sister property Tamarind provides a variety of watersports, including snorkeling, sailing, boogie boards, kayaking, windsurfing, stand-up paddling, banana boating and waterskiing. Then honeymooners can have resulting soreness massaged from their muscles with the “Four Hands Suga Suga Lomi Lomi Massage,” during which two therapists massage, knead and relax couples—in room, in luxury beach cabanas or at the Tamarind Spa itself—with specialized techniques featuring exotic cowrie shells and synchronized movements. Don’t worry about booking any of this yourself, either. Just inform your suite’s Ambassador—more personal assistant than concierge—and he or she will do it all for you. Except for providing the love, of course. That’s on you.

Central America

The JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort brings luxury to a lush locale.

Exclusive. Upscale. Secluded. If those descriptors are exactly what you’re looking for in a retreat, search no further south than the JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort. A popular spot for destination weddings, the JW Marriott Panama is located in Buenaventura, a resort community on the west coast of the country where the Pacific Ocean laps at golden beaches, about an hour and a half from Panama City. Growing in popularity but still a bit off the beaten path, Panama is striving to make a name for itself in the highend tourist market. The JW Marriott Panama is one of the first resorts to truly fulfill that goal. Ocean-view rooms and suites—118 in total—are traditional Spanish Colonial style, with beamed ceilings, private balconies and tropical touches throughout. For couples still shy with each other (or at least private about their attire), room amenities include two separate his-and-hers closets, as well as a completely stocked minibar for those nights when civilization can wait. With five restaurants, including marquee establishment Tamarindo, featuring Panamanian cusisine; a sustainable

farming program that involves the local community; and a clasically trained chef who sources equally from organic farms, the handy ocean and global luxury purveyors, JW Marriott Panama takes its fare seriously. Think fresh, local sea bass with papa panadera—sautéed rounds of golden potatoes—red curry and coconut cream, or black risotto with baby calamari and Parmesan “air.” But don’t worry about losing those hard-earned wedding figures that cut such a rug at your initial affair. Access to both the resort’s stable of Peruvian Paso Fino horses and riding trails along with the prized 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course enables plenty of calorie burning. To ease aching muscles, 60- or 90-minute couples treatments at the awardwinning Corotú Spa, ranging from the Relaxation Ritual to the Energetic Stone Massage, borrow from indigenous elements, materials and philosophies. Finally, retire to the lovely on-site Ermita Chapel to thank your lucky stars for each other. After all, it’s too soon to renew your vows—at least formally.




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Havana’s Cuban Cuisine offers traditional dishes and attention to detail that go unmatched on South Florida’s restaurant scene. By Jennifer Leslie Kramer When the craving for a medianoche hits hard, head directly to Havana’s Cuban Cuisine. Beyond the medianoche sandwich, which is offered at lunch, there’s an array of other reasonably priced, classic Cuban and Argentine dishes to try. This second location, which opened in Sunrise just 18 months after the restaurant’s first outpost in Cooper City, won’t lead you astray. Co-owners Michael Mellion and Edwin Scheer heard their customers’ cries about wanting a second location closer to their homes so they could pop in for a meal with their family more frequently. And who can blame them? Whether it’s date night, family dinner, or a big birthday party—there’s a VIP party room that can seat up to 60—Havana’s is the place to hit when you’re looking for authentic Cuban cuisine. Simply walk into Havana’s and you’ll wonder why you ever bothered crouching around a window ordering food, only to chow down standing up. (Sure, the food was just like abuelita’s, but the ambiance, was, well, nil.) Instead, gather the family and head out for a relaxing evening at Havana’s, where you’ll find the service is as great as the food. The design of the restaurant, which has a modern rustic flair, recalls old Havana, with corrugated metal paneling, raw-wood-framed mirrors, old Cuban artwork and plenty of dark wood. A large outside patio accommodates guests who want to take advantage of the South Florida weather, and plenty of largescreen televisions cater to sports fanatics who just can’t bear to miss a play. Not only does the menu include traditional Cuban and Argentine favorites like ropa vieja, lechón asado (pulled pork with onion, garlic and Mojo sauce) and churrasco with homemade chimichurri; there are also more unique spins on classic dishes, such as filete Florentine 80

(the catch of the day served on a bed of sautéed spinach), tostones rellenos de camarón (green plantains stuffed with shrimp served in a Creole sauce) and filete de pescado en salsa verde (a fresh fish fillet topped with fat, perfectly cooked shrimp and a parsley cream sauce). The secret to all these delicious dishes rests not only in the fact that everything is made from scratch using only topnotch ingredients— the reason the churrasco is so tender is because Havana’s uses only Certified Angus beef—but also because many of the recipes are family legacies that have been handed down from generation to generation. Case in point: The coconut flan, an 80-year-old family gem passed down by Scheer’s grandmother, who started using the recipe in Cuba when she was 16. Little did she know it would be pleasing residents of Broward County so many years later, and rightly so—it’s like nothing you’ve ever tasted. Havana’s has taken great strides to ensure their guests have an excellent experience, and has found success not only because of its excellent dishes, but also because it knows the devil’s in the details. Sangria is muddled tableside, with fresh-cut fruit and a bit of gin and triple-sec for good measure; squid is hand-cut for the fried calamari appetizer and bathed in buttermilk until it’s tender; authentic, freshly pressed tostadas with a bit of butter and garlic replace staid dinner rolls. There’s only one more detailed decision left to make, and it may be the most difficult of all: where to start? Havana’s Cuban Cuisine is open for lunch and dinner Sun.-Thurs. from 11 am to 10 pm and Fri. and Sat. from 11 am to 11 pm. 10035 Sunset Strip, Sunrise, 954.741.9696;

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ATLANTIC SURF CLUB With wall-length windows that overlook the ocean, modern décor and a laid-back vibe, Atlantic Surf Club looks like a place you would go to hang out and enjoy the ambience even if the food was typical middle-of-the-road beachside fare. But it’s not. It’s gourmet food masquerading as casual eats: you can start off with small bites like Lobster Mac & Cheese and Lamp Chop Lollipops. Then move on to a burger—fashioned from a blend of angus beef short rib and brisket—or a souped-up Panini, like the Argentine, made with spicy sausage, shredded lettuce, garlic mayonnaise, chimichurri and lime vinaigrette. Standouts among the main courses include the Grilled Branzino, served over marinated open-flamed eggplant, roasted peppers and a celery leaf mélange; Ahi Tuna Steak, shiitake mushroom and Napa cabbage fried rice, topped with miso mayo and scallions; and Chicken Kabob, bell peppers, pearl onions, cherry tomatoes and chive sauce served on cilantro rice. But don’t get so carried away that you won’t be able to fit dessert, because they are truly off the chain here—from the “Build Your Ultimate Milkshake Experience” to the zeppoli and hot fudge for dipping to Cheesecake in a Jar and Churros & Caramel. Fortunately, there’s a very long stretch of beach just downstairs perfect for walking off the damage. 17 S. Fort Lauderdale Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, at Beach Place, 954.256.SURF (7873);

American & Continental BIG CITY TAVERN — 609 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.727.0307, Located in the middle of Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Big City Tavern serves up brunch, lunch and dinner, plus a late-night happy hour and snacks menu. Bin 595 — 1230 Pine Island Road, Plantation, 954.308.4595, This restaurant inside the Renaissance Plantation Hotel offers up favorite sandwiches like the Plantation Cuban Sandwich, entrée salads, and pasta specialties like grilled vegetable penne. BUCCAN — 350 South County Road, Palm Beach, 561-833-3450, Hot new high-end bistro, bar and lounge serving up small plates created by the inventive Chef Clay Conley, like meatball spring rolls, bacon-wrapped peaches on a wood-fire grill and a hot dog Panini.

HOUSTON’S — 2821 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, 954.783.9499; Popular spot with the professional crowd for lunch and happy hour, and with families for dinner. Spinach dip, delicious burgers, and roast chicken are among the stars. IRELAND’S STEAKHOUSE — 250 Racquet Club Rd. in the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure, Weston, 954-249-5656, Steakhouse serving fresh beef with all your favorite trimmings, such as lobster mac ‘n cheese, potatoes au gratin, and seafood risotto. J. Alexander’s — 8550 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 954.916.8837; A popular gathering place for locals who love to lunch here, socialize over cocktails at the bar, or come out on weekends for a really good dinner. Don’t miss the grilled artichoke appetizer or the pan seared scallops with couscous. Wines by the glass and the bottle are available.

La Brochette Bistro — 2635 N. Hiatus Road, Cooper City, 954.435.9090; A shoebox-sized restaurant that’s been a favorite of locals for many years, this charming bistro is perfect for dinner with friends or a romantic tete-a-tete, and the food is out of this world—to wit: scallops with pork belly, cipollini onions and white balsamic syrup. And, appropriately for the season, they recently offered up pumpkin spice cheesecake. Call for reservations. Lola’s on Harrison — 2032 Harrison St., Hollywood, 954.927.9851; The culinary delights at this unassuming little storefront restaurant off the main drag in Hollywood include ricotta gnocchi with pesto cream sauce, diced mozzarella and cherry tomatoes, Coca Cola BBQ beef ribs, grilled Scottish salmon with warm lentil salad and flatiron steak frites with roasted garlicherb butter, red wine jus and shoestring potatoes. 83

diningguide LUCILLE’S AMERICAN CAFÉ — 2250 Weston Road, Weston, 954.384.9007; An upscale 1940s-style diner that has a luncheonette feel but serves up decidedly fancier fare, such as Maryland-style crab cakes, Blackened Chicken and Brie on a Kaiser Roll, and all sorts of salads and entrees, from the Key West Shrimp Scatter to homemade meatloaf. MAX’S GRILLE — 404 Plaza Real, Mizner Park, Boca Raton, 561368-0080, Popular American bistro that’s been around for 20 years, serving an Asian- and Latin-influenced contemporary menu, along with wine and cocktails. Mustard Seed Bistro — 256 S. University Drive, Plantation, 954.533.9326; Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served here, each with a nice selection of options, from Vanilla Custard French Toast for breakfast to a refreshing BBQ Salmon Salad with chipotle vinaigrette for lunch to a dinner menu that includes crispy duck with cherry gastrique. But definitely don’t miss the Cupcake Menu (try the Maple Bacon Butter Pecan). PALM BEACH GRILL — 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach, 561-835-1077, Everything from ribs to cedar plank salmon to hot dogs make this a local hotspot that’s worth the often lengthy wait in line to get a table. Prime 112 — 112 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305.532.8112; Myles Chefetz’s famed steakhouse has been around for eight years, a lifetime for any South Beach restaurant, and it’s still always packed. Locals, tourists and celebrities alike come for the famed chopped salad, truffled lobster mac ‘n cheese, rum-baked sweet plantains and even the chopped salad. But beef is the star here, from an 8-oz. filet mignon to a 48-oz. Porterhouse, served with savory sauces and butters to drive up the crazy-good meter a notch. Sugar Reef Grill — 600 N. Surf Road, Hollywood, 954.922.1119; sugarreefgrill. The location of this restaurant alone is enticing, as it is oceanside on the Hollywood Broadwalk, but the food only enhances the experience. Elegant but simple recipes such as mussels in green curry, pork loin Jamaican with mashed potatoes, whole yellow snapper with Creole salsa and refreshing endive and beet salad with mustard vinaigrette are but a small sampling of the temptations. TEXAS DE BRAZIL — In The Village at Gulfstream Park, 800 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach; 954-843-7600, www.texasdebrazil. com. A Brazilian churrascaria where skewers of beef, sausages and chicken are brought to your table and carved onto your plate until you put up your little stop sign. The Le Tub Saloon — 1100 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954.921.9425; The burgers served up here have made this endearingly dumpy little spot on the water famous— 84



GRILLE 401 Owned and operated by the company behind Brimstone Grill, Grille 401’s passions lie in sourcing a premier selection of fresh ingredients, creating dishes with distinctive flavors and presenting them up with style, from freshly grilled seafood and steaks to handmade pastas, salads and homemade desserts. Mouth-watering starters, which include Grilled Artichokes, Crispy Crab Fritters, Tuna Tartar and American Kobe Cheeseburger Sliders, can be easily shared or enjoyed alone. Standout entrées include Cedar Plank Salmon, Seared Scallops and White Beans, and NOLA’s BBQ Shrimp and Hawaiian Skirt Steak, to name a few. Wash them down with a selection from the lengthy wine list, a culinary cocktail or craft beer. Or just stop by after work to enjoy Happy Hour with 2-for-1 cocktails and half off all appetizers at the bar from 4 pm-7 pm Monday-Friday. 401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.767.0222;




MADISONS NEW YORK GRILL & BAR Canadian-based Madisons New York Grill & Bar is now in South Florida, and with two brand-new locations—Boca Raton and Pompano Beach. The restaurant is known for its homemade American classic dishes—prime steaks, fresh seafood, and fabulous entrée salads—and tantalizing appetizers like jumbo lump crab cakes and shrimp cocktail; artichoke and Reggiano cheese dip, and crisp fried calamari topped with a house blend of hot peppers. Entrées perfect for sharing include the fall-off-the-bone Baby Back Ribs; Seared Tuna Salad pan-seared served on Madisons’ mix of greens, ginger lime dressing and garnished with mango salsa; juicy Prime Rib; Grilled Salmon; and Soho Chicken topped with grilled zucchini and red peppers, goat cheese and Jardinière sauce. Made-to-order desserts include light offerings like assorted Seasonal Berries with Greek Yogurt topped with quince honey preserve and walnuts and more substantial sweets such as the decadent Chocolate Brownie. Add to that the specialty drinks and more than 90 wines offered up at the full-service bar, and you’ve got all you need for a totally satisfying dine out. 2006 Executive Center Circle, Boca Raton, 561.994.0808 and 460 S. Cypress Rd., Pompano Beach;

in fact, GQ magazine voted them best hamburgers in 2006. There are no signs, so it may take time to find, but it’ll be worth the journey. Vienna Café & Wine Bar — 9100 W State Road 84, Davie, 954.423.1962; viennawinebar. com. Located in the center of Fort Lauderdale, this little “house” serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, including Viennese-inspired dishes like Frikadeller (Danish meatballs) and Duck & Port Wine Paté. Cocktails, after dinner cordials and wine are all available. Village Tavern — SW 2nd St., Pembroke Pines, 954.874. 1001; The diverse menu here includes a lengthy list of starters from nachos to crab cakes and a half dozen salads, sandwiches, pizzas, pasta dishes, steaks and prime rib, grilled mahi, chicken or fish tacos, shrimp and grits, grilled meatloaf, short ribs and much, much more. III FORKS — 501 Silks Run, Suite 1130, The Village at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, 954-457-3920; Beef, chops and seafood are the foundation of the menu, which also offers burgers and salads for lunch.

Asian COCO ASIAN BISTRO & BAR — 1841 Cordova Rd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-3541, cocoasianbistro. com. Asian fusion cuisine is served in an upscale setting, plus sushi rolls and weekly specials. ECHO — 230A Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach, 866918-1719, A cultural experience that celebrates the cuisine of China, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam, such as sushi, dim sum, Thai curry chicken and sweet and sour halibut. There’s also a lively bar scene and creative cocktail menu.

PARC 28 — 1382 Weston Road, Weston, 954.389.7029; A full traditional Chinese menu with delicious soups and appetizers as well as Cantonese and Malaysian entrees. Try the Buah Mango: shrimp or chicken sautéed with shredded mango and pepper in a spicy house sauce served in a mango shell. POC American Fusion Buffet & Sushi — 1651 Bonaventure Blvd., Weston, 954.389.5188; A buffet experience like no other, blending culinary traditions from Asia and Europe with modern American influences. Over 100 items to choose from.

MOON THAI & JAPANESE — 2828 Weston Rd., Weston, 954.384.7275. A stylish eatery serving up Thai favorites along with Japanese specialties such as sushi, rolls and Bento boxes, plus a full bar with remarkable cocktails.

TA-BOO — 221 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, 561835-3500, Since 1941, this has been a favorite with presidents, royals and celebrities who love the Asian-influenced ambience and consistently good, classic food.

MYUNG GA TOFU & BARBECUE — 1944 Weston Road, Weston, 954.349.7337. Little familyrun Korean spot with a truly unique menu in this area, serving everything from ribs to tofu to vegetable and noodle dishes.

THAI GARLIC & SUSHI — 116 Weston Road, Sunrise, 954.384.8840; Pick either from the Thai menu or satisfy your dual cravings for Massaman Curry, and tuna roll, because this place offers both Thai and Japanese all on one menu. 85

diningguide Toa Toa Chinese Restaurant— 4145 N. Pine Island Road, Sunrise, 954.746.8833; Hong Kong-born owner and Chef Wong opened this spot 25 years ago, but he began mastering the art of dim sum at age 15—and it shows at this Zagat-rated spot. Get it for breakfast, lunch or dinner—the possibilities really are endless. Tsukuro — 225 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.523.1407; The Asian-inspired eatery features traditional influences from Japan, China and Korea, with a full sushi and raw bar, small plates like noodles and rice bowls, and composed plates, including Korean-style short ribs. There’s also a full bar with signature cocktails, hot and cold sake, sake floats and more than 50 selections of wine.

EINSTEIN BROS BAGELS — 1356 Weston Road, Weston, 954.384.6479; Tasty bagels and sweets like cookies and cinnamon twists, Panini and sandwiches, sandwiches, and of course delicious coffee and coffee drinks for breakfast and lunch. OFFERDAHL’S CAFÉ GRILL — 2274 Weston Road, Weston, 954.384.1043; Grab a full breakfast, a sandwich or salad for lunch, or dinners like Curry Chicken with rice and Pacific Rim salmon with ginger slaw and teriyaki sesame sauce. MY ORGANIC CORNER — 127 Weston Road, Weston, 954.888.4700; Fresh offerings free of preservatives and hormones including sandwiches, soups, wraps, salads, juices and smoothies, and organic coffee and teas.


Deli & Bagel BAGELMANIA — 15842 W. SR 84, Sunrise, 954.384.8090; This longtime shop selling New York-style bagels has been around for decades and is still a favorite.

ACQUOLINA — 2320 Weston Rd., Weston, 954.389.1880; Dine in casual elegance indoors or on the water and enjoy family-style specialties from veal chops to gnocchi to pasta dishes and the house specialty, Pollo

Scarpariello “Acquolina,” a half chicken with garlic, lemon, herbs, sausage, broccoli, peppers, onions and roasted potatoes. ANTHONY’S COAL FIRED PIZZA OF WESTON — 4527 Weston Rd., Weston, 954.358.2625; He’s got lots of locations, but each one serves up the same mouthwatering well-done pizzas, chicken wings topped with fried onions, homemade meatballs with a side of ricotta and the famous Anthony’s House Salad with gorgonzola and lemon vinaigrette. CAFE MAXX — 2601 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, 954.782.0606; A casual, cozy ambience is the perfect backdrop for innovative food at this longtime favorite. Try the grilled and stuffed figs in prosciutto and Phyllo to start, Cashew and Macadamia Crusted Red Snapper, and the Duck & Smoked Mozzarella Ravioli in brown butter, basil, sundried tomato and Parmigiano Reggiano. D’ANGELO’S PIZZA WINE BAR & TAPAS — 1370 Weston Rd., Weston, 954.306.0037; Chef Angelo Elia’s Weston outpost for artisan pizzas, charcuterie, tapas like

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diningguide zucchini flowers stuffed with mozzarella and Angelo’s fries tossed in basil, Panini, ceviche and carpacci, and of course, plenty of wines and desserts. DELVECCHIO’S PIZZERIA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT — 1795 Bell Tower Lane, Weston, 954.888.9494; With halfa-dozen locations and counting, this Italian pizza and pasta chain is definitely doing something right! Whether you want a traditional pie, a calzone stuffed to the max, or one of the many baked pasta dishes, you’ll find something for everyone at this family-friendly spot. LIRIO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT — 189 Weston Road, Weston, 954.217.1910; Italian specialties for lunch and dinner here include pastas, salads, risotto, and veal, chicken, beef and seafood dishes. There’s also a kids’ menu. Malladri’s Tuscan Grill — 2282 Weston Road, Weston, 954.385.5883; mallardituscangrill. com. A casually elegant spot, this is the place for tucking into traditional Italian favorites, from pastas like Fettuccine Alfredo to risotto to steaks, chicken dishes such as Pollo Cacciatore, seafood and veal.


Marola’s Trattoria — 5822 S. Flamingo Road, Cooper City, 954.434.3420; This unassuming little corner spot in a strip center in Cooper City has been a longtime favorite for decades of nearby residents who crave the lasagna, chicken Francese (in wine, butter and lemon sauce), zuppa di pesce and New York strip topped with onions, brandy, peppercorns and gorgonzola, served over hash browns. Prime Italian — 101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.695.8484; Just across the street from its sister resto and hipster scene Prime 112, this represents the elegant dining experience at its best, with pastas, seafood, and its famous softball-sized Kobe meatballs stuffed with sausage and ricotta. As it should be in a place such as this, Sinatra serenades in the background and the martini list is as extensive as Old Blue Eyes’ appeal. SOLITA — 1032 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-357-2616; Serving Italian specialties such as antipasti, pizzas, pastas, chops, beef and seafood in an elegant setting at the heart of Las Olas.

TARANTELLA RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA — 1755 Bell Tower Lane, Weston, 954-349-3004; tarantellas. net. Named after the Sicilian dance of the same name, this cozy spot with handpainted tiles all over the tables and walls offers up fresh baked bread, homemade pasta, brick oven gourmet pizza and a combination of traditional and modern Italian specialties. Vita Italian Restaurant — 10014 Griffin Road, Cooper City, 954.434.8422; The proof is in the staying power when it comes to this 47-year-old family-operated spot, where simple Italian staples like antipasti, baked and traditional pastas, pizzas, calzones and chicken, veal and seafood entrées never disappoint. Eat in or take out a big salami and cheese sub for lunch. VIGNETOS ITALIAN GRILL — 1342 SW 160th Ave., Weston, 954.660.0470; The weekday lunch menu features create-your-ownpizzas, while the dinner offerings include baked pastas such as lasagna and penne Romano, classic pasta like spaghetti, and veal, chicken, beef and seafood dishes with authentic Italian flavors.

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diningguide International BAR ZEN — 250 Racquet Club Road, Weston, 954.389.3300; bonaventureresort and Inside the Bonaventure Resort and Spa, Bar Zen servies up snacky foods like rock shrimp salsa cocktail, chicken tenders, burgers and salad. SUGARCANE — 3250 N.E. 1st Ave., Miami, 786.369.0353; Executive Chef and partner, Timon Balloo, was recently nominated by Food & Wine as “The People’s Best New Chef,” while the restaurant itself was tapped as a semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant by the James Beard Foundation. If that’s not reason enough to check it out, we don’t know what is!

Mexican MERCADITO — 3252 NE 1st Ave., Miami, 786.369.0430; This gourmet Mexican joint in Midtown doesn’t disappoint with their creative twist on typical Mexican dishes. With nearly a dozen taco varieties, four kinds of guac, and three ceviche options, there’s something for everyone. Their hand-crafted cocktails and lengthy list of tequilas are a can’t-miss.

Seafood Billy’s Stone Crab — 400 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954.923.2300; The parking situation is a drag, but that doesn’t stop locals and visitors alike from waiting in their cars to get their “in” at this longtime old-school favorite, which is packed every weekend night. Fresh seafood is the main draw, but there are also steaks and other options; a comprehensive wine list, and a lively atmosphere indoors as well as tables right on the edge of the water, where boats pull up filled with hungry diners who get to avoid the parking issue. BONEFISH GRILL — 4545 Weston Rd., Weston, 954.389.9273; More than just a seafood restaurant, this is a favorite gathering place for locals who enjoy the lively bar and happy hour, snacks like Bing Bang shrimp, and even Sunday brunch from 11 am-2 pm every weekend. CHOPS LOBSTER BAR — 101 Plaza Real South, Boca Raton, 561-395-2675, www. USDA prime aged 88

steaks and fresh seafood are served in a clubby atmosphere, another favorite of A-listers and professional athletes. FLANIGAN’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILL — 2460 Weston Road, Weston, 954.385.8080; Famous for their ribs, this neighborhood hangout also offers up a delicious grilled salmon burger, a selection of salads (try the pasta Caesar), 10-oz. hamburgers and hearty sandwiches like the Blackened Tuna Hoagie and the Philadelphia Cheese Steak. LA PERLA SEAFOOD BAR & GRILLE — 1396 SW 160th Ave., Weston, 954.385.1102; This place started as a family restaurant in Peru and came to Southwest Florida, bringing with it traditional specialties such as ceviche, lomo salteada, jalea, tiradito and more. Check out their weekday lunch specials as well as their full bar, especially the signature Pisco Sour. Truluck’s — 2584A E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.396.5656; This outpost of the well-known chain in the Galleria Mall is all at once elegant and comfortable, with topnotch service and even better food. During stone crab season, enjoy their all-you-can-eat deal on Monday nights, or go anytime to enjoy the year-round offerings that change with the seasons and according to what’s fresh.

Spanish ENTRETAPAS — 74 Indian Trace, Weston, 954.385.3262; Offering over 50 dishes served as tapas, samplers, entrees and more, all showcasing the flavors of Spain. Try the paella with a glass of sangria, or one of the Entretapas, a one-dish meal topped with eggs that’s delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Laura’s Cuban Restaurant — 2723 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 954.921.9990; Nothing fancy here, but que rico! Dig into a sweet plantain omelet, a plate of classic ropa vieja (shredded beef with cooked onions and mojo), chicharrones de pollo (breaded chicken chunks) or lechon asado (roast pork), cooked up by Laura, and until his passing this past summer, served up by her smiling partner and husband, Ariel Tamargo, whom loyal patrons dearly miss.

Padrino’s Cuban Cuisine — 801 S. University Dr., Plantation, 954.476.5777; padrinos. com. Authentic Cuban specialties have been the attraction here for many years, including their signature mariquitas (fried plantain strips), paella, and roast pork with mojo and onions. The lunch buffet is a local favorite, as are the mojitos.

Specialty THE CHEESE COURSE — 1679 Market St., Weston, 954.384.8183; European-style cheese shop and quick-service bistro where cheese—what else?—is the star, with over 150 kinds of cheeses imported from dairy farms all over the world. Sandwiches and salads are offered on the bistro menu, or pick up a baguette and take home your goodies. LAS OLAS WINE CAFE— 922 East Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, 954.760.1882; Date night:? Girls night out? Late lunch? Whatever the occassion, you’ll want to find an excuse to pop into this cozy restaurant. With myriad wines available by the glass, an array of small plates, tapas, and cheese from around the world, you’ll be hardpressed picking just a few to try. If you simply can’t choose, let the knowledgeable staff point you in the direction of a perfect pairing. UDDERSWEETS— 1727 Main St., Weston, 954.385.9033; Whether it’s you or your kids with the sweet tooth, you’ll find everything to calm those cravings at this local candy store. From ice cream and chocolate-covered strawberries to gummies, jelly beans and more, you’ll surely think you’ve landed in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory upon entering this bright, colorful, candy-filled mecca. .Take it to next level by having them cater your next event!

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County’s 26th Annual ShowBoats International Rendezvous was a three-day weekend of festivities that kicked off with a “Dine Around the Docks” Yacht Hop, followed by a Hot Havana Nights party with dinner, dancing and live entertainment by the band Caliente and ending with a blacktie-optional gala featuring an exciting live auction, gourmet dinner and special entertainment by comedian Dennis Miller and Kool & The Gang. The evening concluded with The Mariano Foundation matching all new Admiral Club Members donations. A. Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County’s 26th Annual ShowBoats International Rendezvous. B. Javonta Swinton, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, Savannah Ashton and BGC President Brian Quail. C. Kool & The Gang perform. D. Chip Bamond, Perry Christie, Prime Minister of The Common Wealth of The Bahamas; Rick Case and Brian Quail, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. E. Rick Case and Mike Busacca. F. Actor Dennis Miller. G. Steven M. Mariano, Brian Quail and Roy Black.

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