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place where the shopping is sublime, the fashions

exquisite, and the attitude pure Fort Lauderdale. Among our three world-class department stores, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and Dillard’s you’ll find an

expansive array of the most sought after names. Over one-hundred luxurious stores are available for your shopping pleasure that include Apple, Coach, Williams-Sonoma, and J.Crew, to name a few. Sophisticated, in every sense. The moment you enter our Palm Court you know you’re about to experience exceptional cuisine. Dine Florida style at an inviting array of enticing restaurants including The Capital Grille, Truluck’s, Seasons 52, PF Chang’s and Blue Martini. Enjoy!

Located just steps from the beach on Sunrise Boulevard.

2414 East Sunrise Boulevard | Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304 | 954.564.1015 | www.galleriamall-fl.com Monday-Saturday | 10 am to 9 pm | Sunday | Noon to 6 pm


Shop at the largest outlet and value retail center in the U.S., Sawgrass Mills! With your favorite namebrands like: Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Cole Haan Outlet, Banana Republic Factory Store, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Elie Tahari Outlet, Theory, and Electronics Superstore BrandsMart USA, finding the perfect something for less will be a breeze. So now you can relax in style.

Visit your hotel concierge for information on the Sawgrass Mills Shuttle and your FREE Coupon Book worth hundreds of dollars in savings!

OFF 595 W AT FLAMINGO RD. AND SUNRISE BLVD. 15 MINUTES FROM FT. LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND 30 MINUTES FROM MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. 954-846-2350


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Publishing and Editorial

DEAR HARBOR BEACH GUESTS,

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t is truly a pleasure to welcome you to Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale’s premier oceanfront resort. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you.

The Resort features breathtaking views from our guest rooms and suites, award-winning culinary and banquet teams, and an expansive Spa and fitness center. Take in the unobstructed views of our beautiful private beach from our Oceanview Terrace and our 10,000-square-foot Ocean Ballroom overlooking the Atlantic – the only one of its kind in South Florida. We have been welcoming guests from around the globe since we opened our doors over 28 years ago, October 22, 1984. Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa offers a unique experience for anyone traveling on business or pleasure, visiting for the day, or just stopping by to savor one of our three unique restaurants: 3030 Ocean Restaurant and Raw Bar, Sea Level Restaurant and Ocean Bar, and Riva Restaurant. Our location is ideal for both relaxing, with 16 acres of private beachfront property, and getting adventurous with our fabulous water sports; we encourage you to make time to explore the local area. Also known as the Venice of America, Fort Lauderdale offers more than 300 miles of navigable waterways, many of which are alongside the Resort. Other local favorites are the charming shops, boutiques, galleries, fine dining and cafés on Las Olas Boulevard, all located just minutes from the Resort. Our Associates welcome you with a Spirit to Serve! They are dedicated to exceed your expectations and showcase our service, hospitality and professionalism. Thank you for choosing Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Enjoy your stay,

Mark Gauert Editor & Publisher Lori Jacoby Associate Publisher Anderson Greene Art Director/ Designer Elyse Ranart Fashion and Style Director Advertising Valerie Feder Carol Lamadrid Account Executives Kelly Baker Production Assistant Production Slade Wentworth Production Manager Christine Palermo Print Production Manager Shawn T. Lee Senior Prepress Operations Manager Anna Pizzoferrato Creative Designer Barry Monroe Operations Manager

Magazine HARBOR BEACH MAGAZINE IS A PUBLICATION OF CITY & SHORE MAGAZINE City & Shore is published monthly by the Sun Sentinel Co., 500 E. Broward Blvd., 9th floor, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394. Harbor Beach Magazine is available in a digital form at www.cityandshore.com Copyright © 2013 by the Sun Sentinel Co. Material may not be reproduced without written permission.

CONTRIBUTORS

Rebecca Cahilly wrote all the stories in Harbor Beach Magazine. Mateo Garcia photographed the fashion story, beginning on page 46.

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AN ICONIC RESORT, AN IDYLLIC SETTING

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estled within 16 tropical acres are countless amenities, activities and facilities designed to exceed your expectations. From the region’s largest private beach to the tropical lagoon pool, three outstanding dining options and world-class spa and fitness center, to 100,000 square feet of indoor/ outdoor function and meeting space, Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa offers excellence, inside and out. And, with over 700 professional and friendly staff ready to cater to your every need, you are sure to make memories that will last a lifetime.

STAY IN TOUCH

Keep up to date with the latest news and special events and discounts with Harbor Beach’s social network and online presence. Page 11

DINING

With three stellar dining experiences from which to select, you will not have to leave the resort to find both casual and fine dining during your stay. Page 18

SPORTS & RECREATION

From the Surf Club and its countless activities designed for children aged 5-12 to the numerous activities and water sports for adults, you will never be bored during your visit. Page 28

EVENTS

Whether you are looking for the best destination for your dream wedding or for a facility that will cater to the diverse tastes of your employees, the amenities offered at Harbor Beach are unrivalled. Page 34

SPA & FITNESS

Whether you are in the mood for an invigorating workout or a relaxing spa treatment, the Spa & Fitness center will be your preferred retreat. Page 38 8

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CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Why not come back on a regular basis? As a member of Harbor Beach’s private membership club, you will enjoy full access to the area’s best private beach and worldclass fitness center, spa and other amenities. Page 42

OUR STAFF

Friendly, professional and dedicated to customer service are but a few

of the great qualities embodied by our staff. Meet a few of them here. Page 43

OUT & ABOUT

If your plans include getting out and about, we offer some suggestions of the best in South Florida shopping, area attractions, sporting events and dining. Page 56


ENJOY A TASTE OF ITALY TONIGHT Come to Carrabba’s tonight for one of our signature dishes, Chicken Bryan. Enjoy delicious wood-grilled chicken with caprino cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, topped with our basil lemon butter sauce. One taste of this entrée, and you’ll know why it’s so beloved. Try it tonight!

Joe Kettinger

Proprietor Ft. Lauderdale

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CONTACTS AT A GLANCE

3030 Ocean 954-765-3030 (internal extension 3030) Aloha Watersports (for watercraft rentals) 954-462-7245 Business Center 954-766-6190 (internal extension 6190) The Club at Harbor Beach 954-765-3022 (internal extension 3022) Concierge Desk 954-766-6184 (internal extension 51) Corporate Events 954-766-6133 (internal extension 6133) Dining Reservations Concierge desk, (internal extension 51) Fitness Center 954-525-4000 (internal extension 6520) In-Room Dining (Internal extension 53) Recreation Department (pool and beachside activities) 954-765-3029 (internal extension 6735) Recreation/Group Activities 954-765-3141 Riva 954-765-3100 (internal extension 3100) Sea Level Restaurant & Ocean Bar 954-765-3041 (internal extension 3041) The Spa at Harbor Beach 954-765-3032 (internal extension 6528) Sullo Salon 954-766-6102 (internal extension 6102) Starbucks 954-765-3040 (internal extension 3040) The Surf Club 954-765-3029 (internal extension 6735) Tennis Instruction 561-350-4047 Weddings 954-766-6128 (internal extension 6128) 10

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STAY IN TOUCH

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST NEWS AND SPECIAL EVENTS AND DISCOUNTS WITH HARBOR BEACH MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA’S SOCIAL NETWORK AND ONLINE PRESENCE a Visit www.marriottharborbeach.com for special offers and package deals a Become a fan of the resort on Facebook – www.facebook.com/harborbeachmarriott - to be the first to know about great deals. Learn about our history, submit and review photos and even book a room, right through Facebook a Follow us on Twitter, @HBMarriottFL, for immediate updates and information a Enroll in the Marriott Rewards program to accrue points for great discounts and free stays. www.marriottrewards.com a Download the free Marriott Mobile App for the ultimate in convenient booking, browsing or managing your Rewards membership – right from your smartphone

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“From the moment you step onto the property through your final farewell, our staff is committed to exceeding your expectations — every time”

OUR PHILOSOPHY. OUR COMMITMENT. OUR SERVICE. YOUR ENJOYMENT.

WELCOME TO HARBOR BEACH MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA

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elcome to Harbor Beach, where South Florida’s largest private beach, exquisite dining options and a world-class spa and amenities invite you to enjoy, indulge and relax. Lounge on the Oceanview Terrace and let the cool breeze and soothing sounds of ocean waves leave you refreshed. Dip your toes into the soft sand of the expansive beach, splash in the tropical lagoon pool, sink into the luxurious bedding in your guest room or watch the moon rise from the balcony of your private oceanfront suite. At Harbor Beach, relaxation and rejuvenation are at every turn. For 28 years, this iconic resort has remained a preferred destination for guests from around the world. From families whose children have grown up playing on the private beach to brides and grooms who choose this setting for their most important event to groups and businesses that return year after year for annual meetings and retreats, guests who visit the resort experience service that is unparalleled. From the moment you step onto the property through your final farewell, our staff is committed to exceeding your expectations – every time.

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OUR ETHOS

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In the past year, GCA has opened its own orphanage, school and church and is constructing a pharmacy and clinic for the locals. “It is so gratifying to see how the local community of Mirebalais has benefited by this commitment,” Lisa says. Each year we bring associates and managers from various resort departments to help GCA with menu ideas, food sanitation, room cleanliness, engineering projects and general facilities maintenance of the Guest House. “We also have the opportunity to interact with the children at the orphanage,” Lisa says. “This year we made a Harbor Beach coloring book for fun and to start basic conversations about the types of jobs that we do at Harbor Beach, with the hope of planting the seed for these 4- to 8-year-old children about what role they will play in the future of Haiti.” Just one week of volunteering per year leaves these associates with a lifetime of inspiration, they say. “From our philosophy to our service, we at the Harbor

he corporate philosophy extends to each member of the staff at Harbor Beach. Marriott International is committed to forward thinking progress, such as environmental sustainability. Recycling is a regular part of our routine, and our staff work diligently on green initiatives such as monitoring and protecting the endangered sea turtle nesting grounds on our private beach. One effort that is especially close to our hearts involves volunteering in Haiti. With approximately 250 associates of Haitian descent at Harbor Beach, we work closely with the Great Commission Alliance (GCA), an organization that has been active in Haiti for more than 10 years. “Each year we take a team of eight to volunteer for a week in Haiti,” says Lisa Larison, Harbor Beach’s director of human resources. “We just returned from Beach Marriott Resort & Spa are committed to our resort our third annual volunteer trip to Mirebalais.” and our community at large.”

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“One effort that is especially close to our hearts involves volunteering in Haiti”


“Award-winning restaurants, award-winning chefs”

DINING FIRST CLASS

FRESH SEAFOOD, MODERN TROPICAL AND AMERICAN CLASSIC CUISINE COMPRISE HARBOR BEACH'S DIVERSE FINE-DINING OPTIONS

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hat makes a vacation, a business conference or a special event outstanding? The food, the service, the atmosphere – and the food. Harbor Beach excels in these areas and offers three dining experiences that will delight all tastes and preferences day and night.

3030 OCEAN For the past 12 years, while Harbor Beach has enjoyed a stellar reputation for its amenities and service, its signature restaurant, 3030 Ocean, has set the benchmark for culinary excellence in South Florida. The man behind the cuisine is Executive Chef Dean James Max, a three-time James Beard Best Chef South finalist and winner of the 2010 Great American Seafood Cook-Off. Max was among the pioneers of the farm-totable concepts in South Florida with his emphasis on fresh ingredients and local seafood. 18

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3030 Ocean's Key West shrimp salad

Max grew up on a small farm near the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia and spent summers fishing and cooking with his grandfather along the Jersey Shore. This foundation still inspires his culinary creations. “Growing up in an organic environment gave me an early insight about what freshness really is and how foods work together,” Max says. Seafood and Modern American cuisine are the heart and soul of 3030 Ocean’s menu, which draws foodies from around the world to the restaurant’s setting on the Atlantic. From the raw bar to the ever-changing menu that blends traditional favorites such as chilled Maine lobster and Florida snapper with more exotic items such as seasonal Florida stone crabs or Kusshi oysters, 3030 Ocean is, simply, seafood exquisitely prepared. “Modern cuisine embraces a dedication to simplicity, freshness and intensity of flavor,” Max says. “Sourcing is the key. My cuisine relies more on balancing flavors than on heavy spicing, so finding the best ingredients available is a must.” Several farms from around the region supply 3030 Ocean, with Swank Farms of Loxahatchee providing much of the produce. The chef and his team, which includes Chef de Cuisine Jeremy Ford, are

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vigilant in monitoring their sources and work with suppliers who are socially conscious. 3030 Ocean is open nightly for dinner from 6-10 p.m. Reservations are recommended. 954-765-3030, www.3030ocean.com. THE 3030 SEA BAR With a welcoming lounge area located just off the hotel’s bustling lobby, 3030 Ocean’s bar provides a great setting for a pre- or postdinner drink or a light bite from the Riva menu. Enjoy live music and the freshest raw bar in town from your perch at the long bar or while nestled in one of the cozy bar chairs. The 3030 Sea Bar serves until 1 a.m. RIVA Inspired by the Italian mahogany sports-boat manufacturer of the same name, Riva the restaurant exudes a nautical charm paired with a value-priced menu of modern American Classic cuisine. Local and classic favorites from the bacon cheeseburger to conch chowder


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and Key lime pie with hand-whipped cream will delight your taste buds any time of day. A recent $1.2 million renovation transformed Riva into a lovely setting with two private dining rooms with meeting capabilities and a new buffet and omelet station. In the morning, choose between the breakfast buffet or a selection of a la carte menu items from within the restaurant or at an alfresco table on the Oceanview Terrace where you can enjoy the fresh sea breeze with your cappuccino. Executive Chef John Leslie and Senior Executive Sous Chef Patrick Moody prepare memorable dishes from quick bites, sandwiches, burgers, salads and a terrific selection of casual plates throughout the day. Riva is open daily from 6:30 a.m. through lunch. Dinner is seasonal. Sunday brunch is served from noon-3 p.m. 954-765-3100. SEA LEVEL RESTAURANT & OCEAN BAR When you’re staying at the beach you want to be as close to the beach as possible, and the Sea Level Restaurant & Ocean Bar allows

for just that. With a delightful deck perched out over the sands that affords an ocean view, Sea Level provides the ambience that entices you to relax and unwind. Executive Chef John Leslie and Sous Chef Sean Fortune are focused on providing Modern Tropical cuisine paired with vibrant cocktails. Tasty nibbles include house-made potato chips, rock shrimp and avocado cocktails, traditional buffalo or mango chili wings, burgers, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads and grilled fish, chicken or steak. Whether it’s for a snack, lunch or dinner, you might just find that you’re perfectly content to not leave your perch for a very long time. A blackboard wall inside the restaurant lists the innovative specials that change by the week. The seafood at Sea Level is all fresh and sustainable and is prepared grilled with olive oil and lemon. We would be remiss to not mention the delightful classic and signature cocktails prepared by the friendly bar staff at the alfresco Sea Level Ocean Bar. From the classic Sea Level Mango Colada, margaritas and rum runners to a fantastic offering of non-alcoholic concoctions, craft, domestic and imported beers and a great selection of fine wines, the Sea Level bar will never disappoint. Feel Sea Level Restaurant

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like giving back? Try the signature Harbor Beach Tipsy Turtle, from which $1 of every sale benefits a sea turtle conservation fund. Sea Level Restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and serves lunch and dinner. The Ocean Bar opens at 11 a.m. 954-7653041, www.sealevelharborbeach.com. IN-ROOM DINING

STARBUCKS If you’re a latte junkie, your addiction will be well maintained during your stay thanks to the Starbucks coffee shop located on the lobby level. Starbucks will ensure you are well caffeinated and never hungry. Open daily 6 a.m.-9 p.m. 954-765-3040.

Of course, when you can enjoy a view of the moonlit ocean from your private balcony, a cozy guest room and sumptuous bedding, the temptation to snuggle up in your hotel bathrobe and enjoy in- BEACH BAR room dining can be overpowering. Indulge in the tropical experience Luckily for you, the option to dine “chez you” is available 24 by kicking off your shoes and hours a day from an in-room dining menu that features everything sipping on something frosty and from breakfast to pizza to gourmet entrée and dessert. Don’t see fruity at the Beach Bar. Hours what you want on the menu? Just ask and the staff will be happy to vary by season; check with the accommodate your needs. Concierge Desk. Extension 53.

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EXECUTIVE SOUS CHEF PATRICK MOODY

KEEPING IT SIMPLE

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hen the decision was made to renovate Riva restaurant within Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Executive Sous Chef Patrick Moody was intent on creating a dining concept that would set Riva apart from the resort’s other dining options. It had to provide value in a casual, chic setting but would also need to fit in well with South Florida’s lifestyle. The result was a mission to provide “modern American classic cuisine using light and fresh ingredients.” “It is a simple concept,” Chef Moody says. “Simple items done right, consistently.” Chef Moody was born and raised in Charlotte, N.C. Inspired by the pace and action of a kitchen, he studied at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, S.C., receiving an A.A.S. in Culinary Arts and graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Food Service Management. He joined the Marriott group at the Marco Island resort in 2004 and transferred to Harbor Beach in 2010 as senior banquet chef. In 2011 he was promoted to the resort’s executive sous chef. Chef Moody finds his culinary inspiration by always trying to learn something new. “I love going out to different types of restaurants – from burger joints to fine dining – to see the trends and ideas that are happening in the culinary world,” he says. His approach to food is to keep it simple and always use the freshest seasonal items found locally. In South Florida, seafood is an obvious staple. “I enjoy cooking seafood,” he says. “There are so many varieties and flavors. There is always something new to play with. It is also very light and refreshing, which fits in with the heat of South Florida.” One of Chef Moody’s favorite dishes at Riva is the coconut shrimp appetizer, comprised of Florida rock shrimp with a mango ketchup sauce. Simple, really. Of his role at Harbor Beach, Chef Moody says that what he loves most is taking care of the guests. “Giving them a great experience is very gratifying,” he says. “The other thing I love about my job are the relationships built among our team. They pretty much become your family away from home.”

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“One of our best-selling dishes, this plate represents fresh seafood, housemade pasta and a simple broth that speaks to the quality and chef-crafted ingredients that are featured at 3030.”

RECIPES

PROVIDED BY EXECUTIVE CHEF JOHN LESLIE SEAFOOD PASTA

(as served at 3030 Ocean) Ingredients

9 pieces of fresh Pappardelle pasta 1 cup local fish pieces 3 mussels 3 clams ½ cup halved grape tomatoes 1 teaspoon chopped garlic 3 ounces white wine 6 ounces white fish stock 2 Gulf shrimp 2 teaspoons pecorino cheese 3 ounces butter 7 basil leaves, roughly chopped Extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Lemon juice to taste 24

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Procedure In medium sauté pan add extra virgin olive oil, mussels, clams, tomatoes and garlic. Sauté and deglaze with white wine. Add fish stock, fish pieces and shrimp. Cover until shellfish open – do not serve shellfish that are unopened. In the meantime, cook pasta in salted boiling water until al dente. Ensure that pasta is not overcooked. Once shellfish have opened, add in cooked pasta, butter, cheese. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste. Finish with the chopped basil and serve in a large glass bowl.


CHICKEN PAILLARD

(As served at Riva) Ingredients

8 ounces skinless, boneless chicken, pounded to an even ¼-inch thickness 1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/8 teaspoon chopped parsley, fresh 2 ounces cucumber, seeded, thinly sliced 2 ounces tomato wedges, vine-ripe heirloom 1 ounce rinsed cannellini beans 1 ounce baby arugula 1 ounce red wine vinaigrette 1 crispy flatbread tortilla

Procedure Season chicken with salt and pepper. Grill chicken until it is cooked through and has nice grill marks on both sides. Sprinkle with lemon juice and parsley and place on center of plate. In a mixing bowl, toss together cucumber, tomato, cannellini beans, arugula and vinaigrette. Mound salad on top of chicken in the center and serve atop a crispy flatbread tortilla.

“This dish represents simplicity and the fresh ingredients offered in a restaurant that gives our guests a dining option that is not only healthy and light but is lower in price as well.”

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Beachside Bellini (created by and served at Riva restaurant) Ingredients 3 fresh strawberries 1 ounce Bacardi Dragon Fruit rum ½ ounce fresh orange juice 3 ounces Prosecco sparkling wine Procedure Still here since 1979 serving all fresh, homemade Mexican food as well as American specialties. Our Margaritas are made with fresh squeezed limes and lemons. Come join us and sample some of our great food and drink in our friendly relaxed atmosphere.

1302 SE 17th St., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316

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www.carlosandpepes.com Friday - Saturday 5 -11 PM Sunday - Thursday 5 - 10 PM

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Add orange juice and strawberries to a shaker glass. Muddle strawberries with juice. Add rum and ice. Cap and shake well. Strain into wine glass. Top with Prosecco and crushed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.


“South Florida’s largest private beach is only part of the 16-acre resort’s wonderful amenities”

WHAT A BEACH!

OFFERING THE QUINTESSENTIAL BEACH EXPERIENCE, AND MORE

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f we were asked to list only one element that makes Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale stand out from any other hotel (besides the phenomenal spa and fine dining), the answer would be a resounding: “THE BEACH!!” Whether it’s parasailing, kayaking, surfing, snorkeling or simply a need to while away the hours with a bucket and shovel or snuggle up with a great book in a shady cabinette, Harbor Beach provides all that and then some. The resort is situated on 16 subtropical acres, including a quarter-mile-long stretch of sand. Not only is the beach long, it’s 75 feet deep, which gives it the status of South Florida’s largest private beach. Regardless of how many times you’ve seen it, once you walk out onto the Oceanview Terrace and take that first step onto the crosswalk to the sand, the impression is the same: breathtaking. Harbor Beach prides itself on offering fun and safe beach activities for the whole family. Join the kids on a bouncy banana boat ride or let them jump and flip on the ocean trampolines. Book an AAA-insured parasailing adventure or rent a variety of equipment including WaveRunners, Hobie Cats, boogie boards and snorkeling gear to explore the swimming area or ocean and spectacular offshore reefs. Or simply spread a towel 28

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or curl up under a beach umbrella or in a cabinette, dip your toes in the sand, and let the world melt away with the sound of the waves. For reservations and information on rentals, call Aloha Water Sports at 954-462-SAIL (7245) or visit www.alohawatersports.com.

large groups such as Beach Olympics or Survivor.” Smaller groups will love the resort’s “Build a Boat” activity, wherein competing groups are given random supplies: inner tubes, plastic barrels, zip ties, ropes, PVC cloth, etc., and they have to design and build a boat. Points are awarded for teamwork, communication and how much the end result resembles the design. The event doesn’t Customize Your Play end here, however. After constructing a vessel the teams must test Group activities that will make this a their boat – yes, in the water – by paddling around a buoy marker vacation or event to remember while transporting an egg. Points are awarded for race time, staying afloat and keeping the egg intact. If there is fun to be had during your stay at Harbor Beach, chances Independent leisure activities for groups can also be arranged. are Director of Recreation Steven Woytko will be involved. “A These are ideal for down time between conferences or for big part of my job is working with groups and our events team,” company retreats. “We love to entertain people for the afternoon,” he says. Not only are there a variety of daily activities for guests Woytko says. Whether it is a big barbecue on the beach with live of all ages, if you want to arrange for a private, structured event, entertainment, an evening bonfire, volleyball and beach games or Woytko is your guy. “I can arrange for everything from day- any other team-building exercise, Harbor Beach provides a big at-the-beach leisure-style set-ups to fully structured events for playground for all of the above. 30

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Mind the Turtle Eggs

It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere

If you visit South Florida between March and October, you will likely see colored caution tape marking squared-off areas on the beach. These are endangered sea turtle nesting areas, which are protected by the Department of Environmental Protection, the city of Fort Lauderdale and Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. As the most loyal guests of Harbor Beach, the female loggerhead sea turtles make their way to the beach each summer, as they have for centuries. Digging a hole with her back flippers, the turtle lays about 100 eggs and covers them with sand before returning to the ocean. In two-months’ time, the eggs will hatch. The hatchlings will wait for the cooler nighttime temperature and make their way to the sea. Sea turtles are disoriented by artificial light, so the resort’s lighting meets Department of Environmental Protection standards, which is why covers block out the beach side of street lamps along A1A.

What is a beachside vacation without a tropical beverage sipped under the thatched roof of a tiki hut? The Beach Bar at Harbor Beach is the only tiki bar in Fort Lauderdale located right on the beach. Belly up to the bar for some shade, a little music, a cool beverage and tasty nibbles from the adjacent grill that serves up hot items, wraps and salads (hours vary by season). If you prefer to keep your toes firmly planted in the sand, raise the flag on your beach chair for food and beverage service delivered to you.

The Lagoon Pool What is a fabulous resort without a fabulous pool? The pool at Harbor Beach is surrounded by lush foliage and towering palm trees. The 8,000-square-foot lagoon pool is perfect for a quick dip, a few laps or a rollicking game of “Marco Polo” with the kids. A cascading waterfall adds to the ambience, while plenty of lounge chairs ensure HARBOR BEACH Magazine

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you’ll find the perfect spot any time of day. Two hot tubs round out the area for ultimate relaxation. For a VIP experience, reserve a private pool bed or cabana and enjoy personal food, beverage and towel service. Yet another hot tub is situated in the private cabana area. All guests of the pool area are cared for by Andre Reynolds, the recreation attendant who delights in ensuring that everyone has a fabulous time. (Read more about Andre on page 44)

Kidding Around

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mind that the children are out of the water and being happily entertained? Hello Surf Club! The Surf Club offers a variety of games and activities for children ages 5 to 12. A big draw is the Hawaiian Surf Simulator where kids can Hang 10 while being chased by monster waves from the huge video screen. The clubhouse features plenty of games, supplies for arts-and-craft sessions, four Mac computers, two Xbox 360s with Kinect, two televisions and a theater room with stadium seating. The fully supervised Surf Club offers a variety of activities on any given day, from nature hikes and turtle talks to theme days, games and art experiences. Children of all ages will delight in the Surf Club’s exterior Splash Pad, which features a jumping water fountain and bucket-of-water pull.


Tennis Anyone? Whether it’s a competitive set of doubles on the clay tennis courts or adventuring off site to enjoy the myriad sports and activities that South Florida offers year-round, the recreation staff at Harbor Beach and its partner Hello Florida can arrange for you, your family and/or your team to be entertained during your entire stay. “We have a wonderful range of daily activities for kids that they don’t need to be registered for,” says Director of Recreation Steven Woytko. From different arts & crafts, competitions and

sports activities, to basketball free-throw competitions, tug-owar, pool raft races, relay races and sand sculpting on the beach, there is something for guests of every age and Steven can help you arrange for it. “My favorite part of my job is being around the pool and the beach every day,” he says. “You really can’t beat it. It’s a beautiful resort and a wonderful place to work. If things get hectic, all I have to do is look out at the ocean and I’m back in my zen moment.”

“Let us arrange for everything from dayat-the-beach leisurestyle setups to fully structured events for large groups, such as Beach Olympics or Survivor.”

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“Perfection, whether it’s an intimate gathering for 20 or a convention for 2,000”

DOWN TO BUSINESS

FROM CORPORATE EVENTS TO INTIMATE REUNIONS, HARBOR BEACH SPECIALIZES IN EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS

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arbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa provides the perfect balance of unique setting, luxurious amenities and state-of-the-art facilities for any business gathering, whether it’s an executive retreat for 20 or a trade show for 2,000. The resort boasts the largest private beach in South Florida that affords guests the opportunity to enjoy signature events right on the sand, such as bonfires, picnics and team-building activities. The resort is centrally located, just 10 minutes from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and within a short drive to any of the area’s famous attractions, with plenty of walking opportunities on and off the 16-acre property. With 100,000 square feet of combined indoor/outdoor meeting space, including 32 separate function areas and a host of certified event planners, the staff at Harbor Beach can arrange for a distinctive event for your group. The 10,000-square-foot Ocean Ballroom, with its 18-foot-tall window overlooking the Atlantic, makes for a memorable backdrop for any event; while the adjacent Oceanview Terrace extends the gathering space, allowing guests to break off into intimate work groups in the comfortable seating areas or simply relax and enjoy the sea breeze. Consistently recognized as one of Marriott’s top resorts for meeting-planner satisfaction, Harbor Beach provides the latest in audio-visual technology, including a full line

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of projection, lighting, staging and audio equipment and all other meeting essentials necessary to achieve your objective. Our on-site destination management company, Hello Florida, can create customized experiences for your attendees. This corporate concierge service will greet your guests at the airport, provide transportation to Harbor Beach, plan dine-arounds for restaurants in the Fort Lauderdale area and arrange tours or other activities. During leisure time, the resort’s amenities will keep your guests entertained, from the 8,000-square-foot lagoon pool to water sports adventures to fitness and spa

treatments to lounging on the Oceanview Terrace and reading a great book. When it comes to meals, your guests will be more than satisfied. Thanks to our Senior Banquet Chef Joshua Murray and his incredible team, you will enjoy culinary experiences that will round out a complete and memorable stay at Harbor Beach. For corporate event information call 954-7666133.


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“We average 85 weddings a year”

WEDDING DAY DREAMING

FACILITATING PERFECT WEDDINGS ALL YEAR LONG

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or the most important day of your life, only the best will do. The setting must be perfect, the food must be exquisite, and each detail must be executed with fine precision. Rated highly by brides and grooms from around the world and one of The Knot magazine’s Best of Weddings picks, Harbor Beach is the ideal location to fulfill your every wish. Whether you envision an intimate ceremony on our private beach or a grand reception on our expansive outdoor terrace, our Certified Wedding Planners and professional event staff will take care of every detail. “We average 85 weddings a year,” says Deborah Colip, senior catering sales executive. “Our couples love that we are the only resort in the area with a private beach for a truly intimate ceremony.” Gourmet cuisine and top-flight service only serve to enhance the private beach backdrop. And with a gala reception in our oceanfront ballroom, with its floor-toceiling windows that create a panoramic backdrop of the Atlantic, we will create an experience that you and your guests will remember forever. From luxurious guest rooms and suites to our three outstanding restaurants, world-class spa and fitness center and endless beach and pool activities, our 16acre resort affords everything you need the days before, during and after your wedding. Our award-winning banquet department, wedding planners and events team will handle the details so that you can relax and cherish this special time. www.weddings.harborbeachmarriott.com, 954-766-6128. HARBOR BEACH Magazine

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“2012 Top 100 Resort Spa by Condé Nast Traveler”

OUR SECRET GARDEN

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re you at Harbor Beach for a weekend getaway with the girls? Need to break the ice with your new mother-in-law? Have a huge business presentation tomorrow? Or do you simply need to kick off the relaxation that a vacation is intended to achieve? If so, you must visit The Spa. Consistently ranked among the Top 100 Resort Spas by Condé Nast Traveler, The Spa will be one of the highlights of your stay. If you haven’t booked your services in advance, take the opportunity to visit the facility shortly after check-in. The chance to experience high-quality services in such a beautiful and luxurious atmosphere should not be missed. From the moment you enter The Spa’s private lobby, the invigorating scents and cascading walls of water confirm that rejuvenation and total relaxation are right around the corner. You will be greeted by a guest-service representative who will guide you in selecting the package 38

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ou can’t miss the state-of-the-art Fitness Center during your visit to Harbor Beach. Located just off of the reception desk next to main doors to the pool and beach, the Fitness Center will impress the most serious of workout enthusiasts, while inspiring those whose fitness routines have been sidelined by work, kids and busy lives. Designed to take full advantage of the resort’s beautiful grounds, the Fitness Center offers panoramic views through floor-to-ceiling windows of the Atlantic, the beach and the bustling pool area. An array of Life Fitness equipment, plenty of elliptical machines and treadmills (featuring personal headsets and individual TV screens) and an entire area of free weights, medicine balls and accessories means that your routine will never be compromised, no matter how busy the center is. The Movement Studio offers a range of classes from yoga to Pilates, spinning and kickboxing to the wildly popular P90X classes guaranteed to get your blood pumping. Also new for 2013 is the Aqua Zumba fitness class held in the spa pool. The Fitness Center offers personal training, body composition analyses and computerized fitness assessments.

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that best suits your needs, regardless of whether you have only a half hour or the freedom of a full day. The 22,000-square-foot facility offers 17 treatment rooms and the option of massage alfresco. (Booking in advance is recommended if you’d like a massage on the beach.) Catering to every taste, The Spa offers a variety of services, from simple manicures/pedicures to beauty and salon services. The menu of massages here ranges from the traditional Swedish or deep-tissue massages for individuals or couples to the resort’s own Signature Tropical Tiki Bliss featuring heated bamboo to warm-stone therapy, pregnancy massages, Reiki, reflexology and healing work. Beauty treatments at The Spa are sought after by locals and visitors alike and include a variety of nail, facial and body-wrap services that can be customized for men or women. 40

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“Yoga, spinning, AquaZumba, P90X Fitness”

New for 2013 is the Salt of the Sea Scrub Bar. Upon arrival, select the base of your scrub – either sugar or salt – and The Spa’s staff will mix with it add-ins of your choosing. Select from Dead Sea salt, marine algae salt and Himalaya salt, among others, and add herbs such as green tea leaves, lavender, orange peel and hibiscus flower. You can also target a specific ailment with organic coffee – said to treat cellulite – or alfalfa seeds, which are high in antioxidants. Guests can use their personalized scrub in the spa showers or incorporate it into one of their services. (All spa gift certificates include a complimentary scrub that can be customized for the recipient.) One of the most fabulous features of The Spa is its private pool. With the purchase of any service, or for a $30 fee without a service, guests can use this adults-only pool (cell-phone free) nestled among palms and overlooking the resort’s main pool and expansive beach.


Meditate on your pool bed while drinking a cool beverage or lose track of time floating in the saline-purified pool that pipes soothing music through the underwater speakers. Exterior and interior hot tubs assist in relaxing the muscles after yesterday’s invigorating tennis match. Services at The Spa do not end there. After a refreshing shower in the spacious locker rooms, take advantage of the hair and beauty treatments offered by the Spa Salon, featuring Sullo, to ensure that you look as fabulous as you feel when you join your date for dinner or make an entrance at that special event. Offering an array of services that draw inspiration from Europe to the Far East, this is a spa that integrates its offerings with nature.

“Our spa is truly a place to retreat, collect yourself and take care of yourself before going back to your normal day-to-day,” says Spa Manager Deborah Pollman. “Here you can get away from it all and be completely at peace, even if just for a few hours. You know you will be taken care of.”

Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale The Spa: open daily from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (Hours may vary by season) Reservations recommended; minimum age: 16

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njoy the scents, scrubs and soothing potions of a Harbor Beach experience long after your visit has ended. Offering a variety of high-end items, including the Spa’s line of signature products and skincare lines from Eminence, MD Skincare, Decléor and Kerstin Florian, the Tranquility Boutique emphasizes products that incorporate environmentally sensible techniques and sustainable ingredients. “We also have a variety of gift items that are spa-oriented such as soaps, bubble baths, scents, diffusers and candles for the aroma and atmosphere of spa life,” says boutique manager Donna Cognato. The boutique carries a line of soy-wax candles that are available in the Spa’s signature Sage Pine scent. New lines of clothing for women are available too, including T-shirts from Life is Good, the workout line by Calvin Klein, and the exclusive Christine Alexander line. Wrap Up by VP supplies plush robes along with the opportunity to custom order robes printed or embedded with Swarovski crystals. These are perfect gifts for the bride, groom or mother of the bride or to celebrate any other special event. Extending that extra-special service that Harbor Beach is known for, the Tranquility Boutique also offers professional custom gift-basket presentations. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 954-525-4000, ext. 6529 HARBOR BEACH Magazine

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YOUR OWN PRIVATE OASIS, ALL YEAR LONG

EXPERIENCE LUXURY ON A NEW LEVEL WITH THE CLUB AT HARBOR BEACH, FORT LAUDERDALE’S PREMIER BEACH AND SPA PRIVATE MEMBERSHIP CLUB

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magine being able to enjoy all the amenities that Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa offers, any day, all year long. The Club at Harbor Beach is the ideal escape into a world of luxury, offering its members South Florida’s largest private beach, water sports, state-of-the-art fitness, tennis, worldclass spa and social events for the entire family. Members of the Club receive VIP treatment that makes Harbor Beach so special along with a nearly endless list of privileges, discounts and special events. Children ages 5-12 get their own privileges through Surf Club, with its daily activities and special events, while adults can indulge in the expert services and serene beachfront surroundings offered by the full-service, European-style Spa. “We plan exclusive events for our members, and this year we plan to offer even more,” says Pam Cook, director of membership sales. One of the best benefits of becoming a Club member is the 24-hour access to the state-of-the-art Fitness Center, which is fully equipped with the latest in cardiovascular equipment, weight machines, free weights and a movement studio providing a variety of classes throughout the day. Personal trainers and personal instruction is available, all in a sparkling environment with panoramic views of the private beach and ocean. From discounted rates on the award-winning, fine-dining restaurants to preferred rates on water-sports rentals, Club members have many reasons to use Harbor Beach Resort as their own private setting to enjoy with family or to entertain clients and friends. Reciprocal membership and discounted pricing at five distinguished resort clubs in Florida and Arizona will give members the freedom to roam, knowing that they are guaranteed the same VIP treatment for which Harbor Beach is renowned. New for 2013 is the private member website, www.theclubatharborbeach. com, where members can check for upcoming events and specials, make reservations and enjoy a host of other opportunities. For more information on the Club at Harbor Beach, call 954-765-3022, or visit www.theclubatharborbeach.com

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Club Member Benefits Access to the 1/4-mile-long private beach with complimentary cabinettes, umbrellas and chaise lounges Preferred access to The Spa at Harbor Beach including discounts on treatments and salon services 24-hour access to the Fitness Center with cardio and weight room; movement studio with daily fitness classes such as Zumba, pilates, spinning, yoga, P90X and water aerobics Access to the 8,000-square-foot heated tropical lagoon swimming pool and the adults-only spa pool Activities and programs for the entire family including dive-in movies, arts and crafts, basketball, ping-pong and beach volleyball Preferred member rates on private cabanas equipped with cable TV, shower and lounge facilities Complimentary racquet club privileges with preferred court reservations seven days in advance (space-available basis) Complimentary Surf Club for kids Member preferred pricing on all food and beverage Member preferred pricing in all resort retail shops Special events and resort events at member preferred pricing Special member rates for catered/private parties Complimentary valet and self-parking and members-only parking lot Personal fitness trainers Complimentary lockers Member concierge services Preferred Harbor Beach room rates and upgrades Preferred member rates at select Marriott Hotels and Resorts Reciprocal membership privileges at other high-end resorts Members earn Marriott Rewards Points for spending at 10 points per dollar


AT YOUR SERVICE

YOU’RE LIKELY TO ENCOUNTER AT LEAST ONE OF THESE INDIVIDUALS DURING YOUR STAY. HERE ARE FOUR MEMBERS OF THE HARBOR BEACH FAMILY WHO LOVE WHAT THEY DO, AND IT SHOWS.

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PHOTOS: ROSIE HERNANDEZ

JOSHUA MURRAY

ANDRE REYNOLDS

“I never thought I riginally from Jamaica, Andre Reynolds would be first experienced South Florida and the in the hotel hotel industry through a university work-and-travel program. After completing industry, his degree in language communication and but I have society, he emigrated to Fort Lauderdale and joined the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & fallen in Spa as recreation attendant. love with “What I studied at school wasn’t what I really loved,” he says. “I fell in love with the hotel it. Making industry and with making people happy.” people It is possible that Reynolds has one of the best jobs in the entire resort. As the pool happy host, his main responsibility is to take care brings a of the pool guests and to assist in ensuring that their stay is a great experience overall. “I smile to set up the cabanas, get the guests water, extra my face.”

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hef Joshua Murray believes that banquet food should be as beautifully presented and as satisfying as that served in a gourmet restaurant. “Culinary is such an entertainment for most people now,” he says, “so I like to capture the vision of what the event is supposed to be and have the food become part of the entertainment, part of the décor.” With a culinary career that included national and international competitions and work in high-end restaurants, Murray joined the Harbor Beach staff in February 2010 as the Senior Banquet Chef. Soon thereafter, Murray helped to implement changes that led to the resort being ranked No. 5 in the Marriott company overall for quality of food and banquets. Murray is quick to point out that he can’t do this alone. Along with his Assistant Sous Chef Hamide Suuctugu – better known as Chef Ilkay – Murray works with a team of 35 associates. “It’s a pleasure to work with the staff and have them be part of my extended family as well,” he says. Murray and his team handle events from one end of the spectrum to the other. Whether it’s the 400- to 500-person Marriott Masters event, a 250-person Iron Chef event, a wedding or the intimate and exclusive Chairman’s Circle gala dinner, Murray loves the challenge of creating something unique for the guests each time. “I like to push the boundaries with these kinds of formats,” he says. “Instead of the typical carving station, I like to incorporate high-end culinary stations. They are not only fun but also an attention getter, like our salt block seared wahoo station with mango chili foam.” In his down time, Murray enjoys the best that South Florida has to offer: golfing and fishing. He also spends quality time with his wife, Brennan, who also works at the hotel; and Hannah, their 100-pound Rottweiler mix. “The beautiful part about being in South Florida is that it’s a melting pot of cultures,” he says. “The sky is the limit in what we can do.”

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umbrellas, you name it,” he says. “Sometimes it gets pretty hectic, but I try to stay calm and make everyone happy.” One busy day, Reynolds noticed that one of his bungalow guests was upset, so he went out of his way to alleviate the situation. “I paid her a lot of attention, checking in on her frequently,” he says. The guest was visiting for her birthday, which occurred a few days later, on Reynolds’ day off; but he came in anyway to deliver her a gift and a card. The result was a happy guest and a new friendship. “To this day we stay in touch,” Reynolds says. “She has been back to the resort since and says that I am one of the main people that she looks forward to seeing when she visits. All of her family know me now.” Reynolds has another love besides hotel work: soccer. “I sometimes play soccer with the guests on the beach.” After his shift at the hotel, he rushes off to coach at a Fort Lauderdale high school. “Soccer,” he says, “is my second life.” Reynolds is passionate about his role and loves working at Harbor Beach. “I’m always smiling,” he says, “and if I can do that to make someone’s day I’m really happy.”


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s part of a team that oversees the event planning department, Mike Johnston manages all of the weddings, conventions and social events at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. This is no small task, as Johnston and his team take these events from start to finish, from managing room blocks to billing, operations, down to the small details of the event itself. “We interact with every department in the hotel,” he says, “and communication is critical. We rely on one another to ensure each event is exceptional.” Johnston, who has worked in the event services department for the Marriott hotel group for 30 years, says that dealing with unique groups and people is the most rewarding aspect of his job. “I’ve worked with Super Bowl teams, celebrities and presidents,” he says. “I met George W. Bush and worked with the White House staff during his stay here.” Managing events is not all about celebrities and presidents. “We work very hard on all events,” Johnston says. “Sometimes you end up spending more time with your colleagues than you do at home. So first you have to have a good home base that understands your job and people around you who become family as well. My kids grew up here. My daughter would come in on the weekends with me and sit in my office and draw, play and get to know the staff.” When he does have down time, Johnston enjoys a therapeutic game of golf and spending time with his wife of 24 years, Maria; and their children Lauren, 23, Michael, 21, and Lizzy, 14. Twice nominated for the Marriott Chairman’s Awards of Excellence, Johnston is proud that Harbor Beach has an above-average longevity for business, with about 40 percent of its group business being repeat. He credits the hard work, dedication and cohesion of his team. “The people who work here love the hotel and want to make it show well,” he says. “That’s what inspires our guests to return.”

“Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa was my fifth hotel in eight years – but then I stayed for 22 years.”

“Everyone calls me BANQUET SERVER Grandpa! fter 11 years, Philip Chen says his morning cheeriness has earned him Who is a nickname. “They call me Grandpa,” Grandpa? he laughs, “because I’m an early bird. I wake up early and I go to bed early. But that helps It’s me!”

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me work well with business people.” As a banquet server, Chen works with all of the groups and events that are visiting the resort. “I do everything from the bottom to the top,” he says. “I make sure the groups have everything they need. If a client has a special request, we go the extra mile.” Like most of the Harbor Beach staff, Chen has forged personal relationships with many clients and groups. When the Cleveland Clinic group returns each year, they request Chen’s service. “It’s like a family reunion when we get together,” he says. “That is the sort of reward I enjoy.” Chen also has a quest for learning and a love for travel. Born in Taiwan, his adoptive parents are French and Cajun, which Chen says has given him a broad appreciation for cultures. “To make the clients happy is the most important part of our jobs,” says Chen, referring to the work he does here with his “family” of nearly 50 service associates. “When I see a guest who is stressed, I try to make him feel more relaxed. I know he is far from home, he is concentrated on business, he is missing his child’s soccer game or birthday. If the server also has a long face the guest will not enjoy the experience, but if you have a nice face and are smiling and laughing, the guest will become more relaxed, won’t think about the long meeting or the business and will enjoy his stay.” When Chen isn’t brightening his guests’ day, he enjoys reading, traveling – he’s been on 64 cruises – and rescuing animals. Oh, and eating chocolate. “Life is to be enjoyed,” he says. “Don’t be sad. Enjoy your life. Enjoy your friendships.”

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Lavender silk halter gown with waterfall-ruffle front by Mark Heister, $1,485, from Zola Keller, Fort Lauderdale; navy blazer by Armani Collezioni, $1,545, and linen shirt by Vilebrequin, $200, both from Neiman Marcus, Boca Raton; and linen trousers by POLO Ralph Lauren, $98, from Bloomingdale’s, Boca Raton.

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Kimono-sleeve silk blouse by Roberto Cavalli, $745, and crop pant by Piazza Sempione, $385, both from Neiman Marcus, Fort Lauderdale; V-neck tee by Calvin Klein, $34, and pin-striped short by Travis Mathew, $80, both from Bloomingdale’s, Boca Raton. 48

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Shirred-front dress by Dolce & Gabbana, $2,295, from Neiman Marcus, Boca Raton; linen shirt by POLO Ralph Lauren, $125, from Bloomingdale’s, Boca Raton; and flat-front trouser by Theory, $225, from Neiman Marcus, Fort Lauderdale.

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HAIR & MAKEUP: STEVEN HOEPPINER, ASSISTANT STYLIST: NINA VERKLAS, MODELS: ELENA & MAX FROM FRONT MANAGEMENT

Caftan gold-beaded dress by Aidan Mattox, $295, and embroidered shirt by Robert Graham, $228, from Neiman Marcus, Fort Lauderdale; linen trousers by POLO Ralph Lauren, $98, from Bloomingdale’s, Boca Raton.

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Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, named after chimarrao – a traditional drink of Brazil that symbolized hospitality & friendship - certainly lives up to its name! Chima combines traditional Brazilian rodizio and excellent service with an elegant dining setting. Gauchos (meat chefs) roam the dining room continuously offering over 15 rotisserie meats, the he salad bar also offers Brazilian and American favorites from salads, seafood, cheeses, cold cuts, hot dishes and soup. Chima is a place for friends & family to enjoy joy great food and share a one-of-a-kind experience! ence!

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For over 70 years Maus & Hoffman has offered classic sportswearr for men and women with Floridian flair, comfortable, colorful and of the asual attire, finest quality. With a variety of unique business& casual M&H provides the finest in clothing, sportswear, shoes and accessories ccessories from Brioni, Solemare, Zanella, Hickey-Freeman & more. You’ll always find a dedication to quality clothing andd service. There’s lots new for women at Maus & Hoffman. Come in andd see our collections from Basler, Craig Taylor and Piazza Sempione to name ame a few. Along with our classic cashmeres, Liberty blouses and more.

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Classic French & Continental Cuisine Under the same owner since 1962, Le Café de Paris offers superb French and continental cuisine at affordable prices. Providing a standard of excellence and popularity that has become world famous, Le Café de Paris is one of the oldest and most deliciously authentic French restaurants in South Florida

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SoLita Italian Restaurant & The Parlor Lounge offer delectable Italian specialties, exotic culinary cocktails and a sizzling late night atmosphere. From happy hour to late-night, SoLita is the perfect placeto have a great date, dine with friends or host a fabulous dinner party.

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Zola Keller is internationally known for her fabulous gowns for mother of, brides and social attendees. Whether from stock, or custom made, you are guaranteed to look and feel fantastic. Zola’s impressive list of Brides and “Red Carpet” attendees includes nominees and winners of Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. Priced $400 - $7,000

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here is much more to South Florida than perfect temperatures and fabulous beaches. Comprised of three counties – Broward, Palm Beach and MiamiDade – South Florida is also the home to and playground of the rich and famous. Stroll down idyllic pedestrian streets and shop until you drop at the world’s most exclusive retailers, be entertained with the arts, gaming or sporting events, or become one with nature on the sea or in the Everglades. The choice is yours, and the options are limitless – and everything is within a short drive from Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Ready to go? Let the Concierge Desk (954766-6184) assist you with recommendations and reservations. Here are a few suggestions. Please note listing information is subject to change. Call in advance of your visit. SHOPPING, SIPPING AND STROLLING

Aventura Mall 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-935-1110, www.aventuramall.com. Aventura Mall offers more than 300 fine retailers and is home to some of the most desirable names in fashion and a variety of culinary delights. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Bal Harbour Shops 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-866-0311, www. balharbourshops.com. Upscale, open-air shopping mall known internationally for its collection of luxury retailers and exquisite collection of designer boutiques and restaurants. Bal Harbour Shops

The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-564-1015, www.galleriamall-fl.com. A destination for fabulous restaurants, sophisticated stores and world-class service, The Galleria is anchored by Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and Dillard’s. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday; noon to 6 p.m., Sunday. Downtown Hollywood Hollywood Boulevard between Young Circle/Arts Park and Dixie Highway. 954-924-2980, www. downtownhollywood.com. On the brick-lined walks of downtown Hollywood, you’ll find an eclectic collection of art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, bars and sidewalk cafes. It’s a great place to find out-ofthe-ordinary artwork, gifts and clothing, or to just stroll and then grab a bite to eat. 56

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Las Olas Boulevard www.lasolasboulevard.com. Fort Lauderdale’s stylish boulevard offers fashionable boutiques, eclectic galleries and a diverse selection of restaurants and outdoor cafes. Visit the website to learn more about special events such as art walks, outdoor movies, a farmer’s market and “Christmas on Las Olas.” Lincoln Road www.lincolnroadmall.com. Envisioned as Miami’s version of New York’s Fifth Avenue, Lincoln Road is home to a collection of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and galleries. Mizner Park 327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. 561-3620606, www.miznerpark.com. An outdoor shopping plaza with boutiques, sumptuous eateries, energizing music and inspiring art and the world-class iPic movie theater. Sawgrass Mills 12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise. 954846-2300, www.sawgrassmills.com. Florida’s largest outlet destination, with more than 350 stores plus great dining and entertainment options. The Oasis at Sawgrass Mills and The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills enhance the mall’s popularity with outdoor dining, entertainment and shopping. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. The Village at Gulfstream Park 501 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach. 954-378-0900, www. thevillageatgulfstreampark.com. One of South Florida’s most exciting and

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picturesque attractions, combining more than 17 signature restaurants and outdoor cafes, extraordinary fashion boutiques and top-of-the-line home stores. Adjacent to the Gulfstream Park horse racing and entertainment complex. Worth Avenue 561-659-6909, www.worth-avenue. com. One of the best-known shopping venues in the world, Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue features legendary international boutiques and specialty stores found only on the Avenue. BROWARD COUNTY ATTRACTIONS Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum Located on Big Cypress Reservation, 17 miles north of Interstate 75 (Alligator Alley), exit 49, Clewiston. 877-902-1113, www.ahtahthiki. com. Learn about the history and culture of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and visit a living Indian village. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (call for holiday hours). $9, adults; $6, students and seniors. Anne Kolb Nature Center/ West Lake Park 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood. 954-357-5161, www.broward.org/parks. This 1,500-acre coastal mangrove wetland is home to a variety of plants and animals. Boat trails offer access to the area for sightseeing and fishing. Tour the Exhibit Hall, rent a canoe or kayak, take the elevator or stairs to the top of the 68-foot Observation Tower, fish or hike a scenic trail. Open 7 days a week from 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (6 p.m. during the winter months) Billie Swamp Safari Located on Big Cypress Reservation, 17 miles north of Interstate 75 (Alligator Alley), exit 49, Clewiston. 800-949-6101, www.billieswamp.com. Explore 2,200 acres of untamed Florida Everglades preserved by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Take an airboat or swamp buggy tour, attend an educational alligator or snake show and enjoy authentic Seminole food at the Swamp Water Café. Open every day except Christmas from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Prices vary based on activity. Bonnet House Museum & Gardens 900 N. Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale. 954-5635393, www.bonnethouse.org. Experience a slice of Old Florida at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, set on a verdant 35-acre tract that

Hugh Taylor Birch gave to his daughter, Helen, and her husband, artist Frederic Bartlett, as a wedding gift in 1919. Take a guided tour of the home and tropical gardens – and keep your eyes open for a view of the swans or wild monkeys. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $20, adults; $18, seniors, $16, children 6-12; 6 and under, free. Broward Center for the Performing Arts 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-462-0222, www.browardcenter.org. Year-round theater, dance and musical performances at a state-of-the-art facility. Butterfly World Located in Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. 954-9774400, www.butterflyworld.com. The largest butterfly park in the world, with three acres of lush tropical gardens, thousands of live butterflies, hummingbirds and an insectarium. Open daily. $24.95, adults; $19.95, children 3-11; 2 and under, free. Carrie B Cruises 440 N. River Drive East, Fort Lauderdale. 954-768-9920, www.carriebcruises.com. Enjoy a 90-minute sightseeing cruise on the New River and Intracoastal Waterway. Cruises depart at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily. $22.95, adults; $12.95, children 3-12; kids under 3, free. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays in summer. Charter One Yacht Charters 3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood. 954771-0102, www.charter1now.com. Luxury charter yacht cruises, including the Floridian Princess mega-yacht. Everglades Holiday Park 21940 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale. 954434-8111, www.evergladesholidaypark.com. See the Florida Everglades from an airboat, camp out, fish or rent a boat to explore on your own. Flamingo Gardens 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. 954-4732955, www.flamingogardens.org. Enjoy a touch of Florida history on 60 acres of gardens showcasing rare, exotic and native plants, or explore native wildlife in the aviary and wildlife sanctuary. Open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Mondays during the summer; closed Christmas and Thanksgiving. $18, adults; $15, seniors; $10, kids 4-11; 3 and under, free.


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Fort Lauderdale History Center 219 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954463-4431, www.fortlauderdalehistorycenter. org. Historic buildings, the museum’s permanent collection and changing exhibits depict the development of Fort Lauderdale from 1870 to 1930. The center includes the 1905 New River Inn Museum of History, 1905 Philemon Nathaniel Bryan House and 1907 King-Cromartie House. Open Tuesday through Sunday, noon-4 p.m. $10, adults; $5, students (through age 22). Fort Lauderdale Sun Trolley Fort Lauderdale. 954-761-3543, www. suntrolley.com. It’s not an attraction, per se, but the Sun Trolley is a terrific way to see the sights in Fort Lauderdale. Connecting Las Olas Boulevard, Galt Mile, downtown and the beaches. Las Olas and Beach links: Friday through Monday 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. $.50 per ride / $2 day pass. Gondolas West Located in the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 754444-8687, www.gondolaswest.com. Take a

private cruise in style and harmony with nature in this classy electric boat. Glide silently through the waterways, observing the beautiful homes and wildlife while sipping a beverage and nibbling an appetizer. Two-hour boat tours and sunset tours daily. Private tours available. $30, adults; $25, children under 8.

and Christmas. $10, adults; $5, seniors and children 3-16; free for kids under 3.

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park 3109 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954-564-4521, www.floridastateparks.org/ hughtaylorbirch. This park is an oasis of tropical hammocks nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Rent a canoe and paddle along a freshwater lagoon, or fish from the seawall. You can also hike, picnic or enjoy the beach. Open daily 8 a.m.-sundown. $6 per vehicle, $2 pedestrians, bicyclists.

International Swimming Hall of Fame 1 Hall of Fame Drive, Fort Lauderdale. 954462-6536, www.ishof.org. The Museum, Library and Archive contain the world’s largest collection of aquatic memorabilia and the single largest source of aquatic books, manuscripts and literature. View Johnny Weissmuller’s Olympic medals, Mark Spitz’s starting block and tributes to American presidents who were swimmers, or request a showing of Million Dollar Mermaid with Esther Williams or Tarzan the Ape Man with Weissmuller. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. $8, adults; $6, seniors; $4, students; free for children under 6.

IFGA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach. 954-9224212, www.igfa.org. The museum includes five galleries, an outdoor marina, a theater and indoor/outdoor demonstration areas. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday; noon-6 p.m., Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving

Jungle Queen Riverboat Located in the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, at 801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954-462-5596, www.junglequeen.com. Enjoy a barbecue rib, chicken and shrimp dinner, and entertainment as this 550-passenger riverboat cruises past HARBOR BEACH Magazine

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Museum of Discovery and Science & AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. 954467-6637, www.mods.org. Visitors can ride the Everglades Airboat Adventure, experience hurricane-force winds, dig for fossils alongside a giant prehistoric LuxuryDayCharters.com megalodon, enjoy the playful antics of river 813-484-5663, www.luxurydaycharters.com. otters, meet an alligator and be charmed For the ultimate in luxury, charter a private, by a 6-foot-long snake. Take a ride to crewed yacht for the day and tour South Mars or soar through the skies in an FAFlorida’s waterways in style. World-class 18 cockpit simulator. Family fun for all yachts from 40 to 122 feet are available for ages. Open daily, including Thanksgiving day, weekend or week. Pricing varies. and Christmas. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Museum of Art/ AutoNation IMAX has extended hours most Nova Southeastern University evenings. Call for pricing and times. One E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954-525-5500, www.moafl.org. One of the Shark Valley area’s leading cultural attractions, with US Highway 41, 25 miles west of major traveling exhibits and a permanent Florida’s Turnpike, 305-221-8455, www. collection of more than 6,000 works sharkvalleytramtours.com. Get up close and reflecting the cultures of South Florida personal with alligators and other Everglades and the Caribbean. The collection includes wildlife in this 15-mile loop that stretches significant works by the American painter 7½ miles out into the Everglades. Rent a bike William Glackens, by the artists of the for an invigorating ride or take the two-hour northern European CoBrA movement, and guided tram to the observation tower. Open by contemporary Cuban artists. Open 10 9 a.m.-6 p.m. with tours ending at 4 p.m. $10 a.m.-5 p.m. with extended hours until 7 p.m. vehicle park entrance fee, $8/hour bike rentals. on Thursdays. Open noon-5 p.m. Sundays, Tram tour rates: $20, adults; $19, seniors; closed Mondays. $10, adults; $7, seniors and $12.75 children 3-12. military; $5 children 6-17; children 5 and under and college students, free.

Stranahan House 335 SE Sixth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-5244736, www.stranahanhouse.org. Built in 1901 by Frank Stranahan, Fort Lauderdale’s first postmaster, and his wife Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, the area’s first teacher, Stranahan House is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County. Tours given at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. daily. $12, adults; $11, seniors; $7 children. River Ghost Tours every Sunday at 7:30 p.m., $25 with advance reservations required. Water Taxi Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood. 954-467-6677, www.watertaxi.com. Enjoy a leisurely cruise along Fort Lauderdale’s beautiful waterways and explore “The Venice of America.” Routes run along the Intracoastal Waterway from Oakland Park Boulevard to Southeast 17th Street and west along the New River into downtown Fort Lauderdale. There is also continuing service to Hollywood. Fare: $13$20 for an all-day pass; free for children 4 and under. PALM BEACH COUNTY ATTRACTIONS Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. 561-495-0233, www.morikami.org. A center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida,

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interesting sites and beautiful homes. Departs daily at 6 p.m. $42.95, adults; $22.95, children. Narrated sightseeing cruises also available and depart at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $19.95, adults; $12.95, children.


with rotating exhibitions in its galleries, tea ceremonies performed monthly in its Seishin-an tea house and Japanese traditional festivals celebrated several times a year. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Mondays and major national holidays. $13, adults; $12, seniors; $8, children and students. Palm Beach Zoo 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. 561-547-9453, www.palmbeachzoo. org. Visit 1,400 animals within 23 acres of habitat at this non-profit zoological organization. The zoo features a children’s carousel and water-play area, full-service restaurant and daily programs. Open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. except Thanksgiving and Christmas. $18.95, adults; $16.95, seniors; $12.95, children 3 to 12; free, children under 3. MIAMI-DADE COUNTY ATTRACTIONS Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. 305-9496722, www.arshtcenter.org. World-class performances for the entire family. From jazz concerts and cabaret to comedians, theater shows, contemporary dance, experimental multimedia shows and beloved classics. Art Deco District Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. 305-672-2014, www. mdpl.org. Learn about some of the region’s most interesting architecture. Art Deco District walking tours are conducted seven days a week. $20, adults; $15, seniors, veterans and students. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. 305667-1651, www.fairchildgarden.org. One of the world’s leading botanical gardens, this 83-acre oasis features extensive collections of rare tropical plants, including palms, cycads, flowering trees and vines. 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed Christmas. $25, adults; $18, seniors: $12, children 6-17; children 5 and under, free.

weekdays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., weekends. $34.95, adults; $32.95, seniors; $26.95, children 3-10; children 2 and under, free. Zoo Miami 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami. 305-251-0400, www.zoomiami.org. Enjoy more than 100 exhibits at this 740-acre park, with more than 2,000 animals representing some 500 species (including 40 endangered species). Open daily, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $15.95, adults; $11.95, children 3-12; children 2 and under, free. Miami Science Museum 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami. 305-646-4200, www.miamisci.org. Featuring awardwinning educational programs, family focused exhibits, a historic planetarium and a rehabilitative wildlife center and clinic. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. $14.95, adults; $10.95, seniors, students and children 3-12; children 2 and under, free. Miami Seaquarium 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne. 305-361-5705, www. miamiseaquarium.com. Located on 38 acres with spectacular skyline views. Enjoy dolphin, killer whale and sea lion shows, or swim with the dolphins. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. $39.95, adults; $29.95, children 3-9. Vizcaya 3251 South Miami Ave., Miami. 305250-9133, www.vizcayamuscum.org. This National Historic Landmark is a stunningly beautiful retreat built in 1916 with 10 acres of formal gardens and a rockland hammock (native forest). 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays, Christmas Day and Thanksgiving. $15, adults; $10, seniors and students, $6, children 6-12; children 5 and under, free. PROFESSIONAL SPORTS Baseball: Florida Marlins – Watch the Marlins play in their world-class baseball stadium located two miles from downtown Miami. The ballpark has a retractable roof and 37,000 seats. 877-MARLINS, www.miami.marlins.mlb.com.

Jungle Island 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami. 305-400-7000, Basketball: Miami Heat – www.jungleisland.com. Jungle Island is home AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne to more than 500 species of plants and 3,000 Blvd., Miami. 786-777-1250, animals. Check out the bird show, flamingo www.miamiheat.com. lake and everglades habitat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,

Football: Miami Dolphins – Sun Life Stadium, 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens. 305-943-8000, www.miamidolphins.com. Hockey: Florida Panthers – BB&T Center, One Panther Parkway, Sunrise. 954-835-7825, www.panthers.nhl.com. Jai-Alai: Dania Jai-Alai – 301 E. Dania Beach Blvd., Dania Beach. 954-9201511, www.betdania.com. Jai-alai, poker, cocktail bars and sports bar, along with simulcast betting. Polo – International Polo Club – 3667 120th Ave., South, Wellington. 561-282-5290, www. internationalpoloclub.com. RACING AND GAMING Gulfstream Park 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, www.gulfstreampark.com. Year-round casino action, with more than 850 Vegas-style slot machines, poker, seasonal thoroughbred horse racing, simulcast wagering and a bustling nightlife. Mardi Gras Racetrack & Gaming Center 831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach. 954-924-3200, www.playmardigras. com. A casino and gaming destination that features greyhound racing, slots, poker, entertainment, dining and an outdoor flea market on weekends. Palm Beach Kennel Club 1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach. 561-683-2222, www.pbkennelclub.com. Year-round greyhound racing and simulcast action, as well as poker and dining. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino/Hard Rock Live 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. 954-7975531, www.seminolehardrockhollywood. com. This spectacular complex features more than 90 gaming tables and 2,500 slots, as well as 17 restaurants and lounges, 22 boutique shops, 12 nightclubs, the 400-seat Paradise Live theater and the 5,500-seat Hard Rock Live concert arena.

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Bistro Mezzaluna 1821 SE 10th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954522-9191. Despite its name, this is a solid American restaurant with just a few Italian touches. Come for steaks, seafood and pasta. Expensive-very expensive. Lunch, dinner. ++Carrabba’s Fort Lauderdale 1430 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-7604281. Carrabba’s in Fort Lauderdale offers flavorful, handmade Italian dishes prepared

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to order in a lively exhibition kitchen. Guests enjoy Carrabba family recipes handed down for generations, including crispy calamari, homemade lasagna and a variety of fresh fish, seafood and meats cooked over our wood-fire grill. Eduardo De San Angel 2822 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-772-4731. A jewel box of a restaurant

offering a chance at sophisticated Mexicaninfused international cuisine. Discover grilled cactus paddle paired with achiotemarinated loin of pork and guajillo chili sauce and the wonders of epazote-infused in pasilla chili-flavored chicken broth. Homemade desserts excel. Excellent wine list. Caring service. Expensive. Dinner.

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++15Th Street Fisheries & Dockside Café 1900 SE 15th St. at Lauderdale Marina, Fort Lauderdale, 954-763-2777, www.15streetfisheries.com. Visit 15th Street Fisheries for an unforgettable waterfront dining experience in an authentic marina. The Fisheries, at Lauderdale Marina, provides fantastic food and fun along the Intracoastal Waterway near Port Everglades. Dine in a relaxing old-time Florida seafood house. Step out onto the docks to feed the tarpon!

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The Fisheries was voted “Best Waterfront Restaurant in South Florida” in a 2011 Sun Sentinel readers’ poll. Only five minutes from the Marriott Harbor Beach; call for easy directions. Open Monday -Thursday 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sundays 11:30 a.m-9 p.m. ++Jungle Queen Riverboat Bahia Mar Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale, 801 Seabreeze Blvd., Route A1A. World Famous “All You Wish to Eat” BBQ Ribs & Shrimp Dinner Cruise & Variety Review. Departs nightly at 6 p.m. Also, three-hour fully narrated Sightseeing

Cruises up the historic New River past plush waterfront homes and downtown Fort Lauderdale with a stop-off at our tropical isle to see rare birds, monkeys and an alligator exhibition. The only true way to see Fort Lauderdale! Sightseeing Cruises depart daily at 9:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. For reservations and pricing, please call 954-462-5596.

Serafina Waterside Bistro 926 NE 20th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954463-2566. This romantically positioned waterfront bistro is on the canal running through downtown Fort Lauderdale. Seating is either inside or outside, but both are intimate. New owners from Italy aspire to provide outstanding service, traditional Italian dishes and a picture-perfect setting.

++Mario’s Catalina Restaurant 1611 N. Federal Highway Fort Lauderdale, 954-563-4141, www.catalinarestaurant.net Simple elegance. Old-world charm. Creative cooking. Step into Mario’s Catalina Restaurant and you instantly feel the hustle of the city fade. Soothing colors, soft lighting, crisp linens and fragrant aromas all conspire to transport you to a more tranquil setting. While Catalina’s ambience is undeniably appealing, dining out really is all about the food! That’s why co-owner and chef Mario Flores went to great lengths to create a menu of Spanish and Cuban dishes that complement each other. The result: authentic Latin food masterfully prepared. Add to that attentive service and a chilled glass of simply the best Sangria in town, and you’re well on your way to a memorable experience!

Tap 42 1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-463-4900. Known for its craft beer, Tap 42 also serves some of the best tavern food in Fort Lauderdale. Lunch, dinner, brunch on weekends.

Market 17 1850 SE 17th St. Causeway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-835-5507.Chef-driven, farm-to-table restaurant. Florida shrimp fritters and pan-basted Florida red snapper among highlights. Expensive. Dinner.

++Tropical Acres 2500 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, 954989-2500 or 954-761-1744. This classic, down-to-earth American restaurant has been serving locals and visitors some of the finest fare going on 60 years. This landmark maintains its much-envied hold on consistency, moderate prices and a wellschooled wait staff. Whether it be a dinner of the sensational seafood or the worldrenowned western beef, you can’t go wrong at Tropical Acres, “A reputation worth tasting.’’ Open 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. MondaySaturday, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday; piano Tuesday-Sunday. Reservations honored. ELSEWHERE IN BROWARD COUNTY Seasons 52 2428 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954537-1052. A beautiful spot with seasonally

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inspired cooking, nutritionally balanced meals and each menu item under 475 calories. The menu changes quarterly with full satisfying flavors. Have one (or more) “miniindulgences” for dessert - three or four mouthfuls packed into tall square shot glasses. Great wine list. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Rainbow Palace 2787 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-565-5652. Sophisticated Chinese dining in pretty surroundings complete with marble pillars and jade. The wait staff is tuxedoed, but best of all, they’ve mastered the fine art of invisibility while being attentive. Start with portobello mushroom and Chinese eggplant, then have anything with big meaty shrimp, especially the ones glazed with Grand Marnier. Expensive. Dinner. Sunfish Grill 2775 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-564-6464. Excellent blue marlin dip, onion-crusted salmon, sea scallops and steak. Housemade desserts are a must. Moderateexpensive. Dinner.

SHOPPING DIRECTORY Where to find clothes and accessories featured in our fashion story, pgs. 46-52 Neiman Marcus Town Center at Boca Raton, 5840 Glades Road, Boca Raton; and The Galleria, Fort Lauderdale, 2442 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-566-6666, 800-2740094, www.neimanmarcus.com. Sara Mique 4800 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Suite B6, Westcreek Plaza between Lyons Road and State Road 7, Coconut Creek, 954-5316800, www.saramique.com. Bloomingdale’s Town Center at Boca Raton, 5840 Glades Road, 561-394-2000, www.Bloomingdales.com. Zola Keller 818 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-3222, www.zolakeller.com.

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