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married. When they returned and announced their elopement it caused a big brouha between the families; each accusing the Laura and Tom had so much in common. other of creating problems because of trying They were both complainers. Only trouble to avoid the expense of a marriage. The famwas that they didn’t know each other. Thus ilies complained bitterly about the other family and each side complained they both lost friends and never that the others were the cause of could figure out why, after all all these complaints. how much complaining do you The end result was that Laura get to listen to before just disappearing from the scene? and Tom decided to move far Finally the best of things away from both families, they occurred. Someone who knew also decided that after all these them actually set them up on a complaints between the families blind date. Turned out to be one they would be better away from DAN PALMER made from above because, from them, and there would be nothing the minute they met they began complain- to complain about. Look all the headaches ing to each other. After all they had a life they were now avoiding by putting distance of them to compare. between them and the battling families. The troubles began when they decided to Life could only be nice and pleasant get married. This brought them in contact away from all those complainers. As for the families, now that Laura and with the families, and that in itself was a cause of complaints by their families, who Tom are far away, they meet at least twice didn’t like each other and weren’t happy a month for dinner. They like to compare with the choice of their lovely child. The how nice it is that Laura and Tom are far far potential newlyweds then decided that they away. And they now don’t have to hear didn’t need all this bickering from these complaints... complaints by the happily families and decided to slip off and just get distanced Laura and Tom.

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Around Town in Aventura Aventura Marketing Council Student Connection visits US Coast Guard Students from Aventura Marketing Council’s (AMC) ten Dade County partner schools recently visited the U. S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami and the U. S. Coast Guard Station at John U. Lloyd State Park in Dania Beach. With the help of Lt. Amy Pomeroy and Bill Dunbar from Air Station Miami and Lt. Meg Naughton from the Dania Beach

Coast Guard Station, the students learned how the Coastguard performs their search and rescue operations, how they handle oil sheen / oil spills, how to tie rope knots and how to carry injured people on Stoke litters. One of the most fascinating parts of the trip for the students was learning about the many great career opportunities that are offered through

the Coast Guard. The Student Connection is an awardwinning program of the AMC’s Education Committee chaired by Maira Diaz-Giusti, Senior Vice President of Coconut Grove Bank ~Aventura. To contact the Aventura Marketing Council, call 305.932.5334 or visit aventuramarketingcouncil.com

Technology Committee spotlights SMX Services & Consulting Glenis Henriquez, MetLife; Alejandro Noa, Bank United; Sydney Faye-Davis, Terrabella Realty; Steven Greenhouse, Mosaic Business Solutions; Steve Goitia, IT Doctors; Eileen Glastein; Julia Costin, SMX Services & Consulting; Max Fleischer, Send Out Cards; Eric Beck, IT Doctors; Leslie Lowenthal, Lowenthal PR; Lesya Pelyushko, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management; Larry Goldenberg, Allstate- Desjardins Agency

Each month, the Aventura Marketing Council’s Technology Committee meets at IT Doctors, office of Tech Committee Chair Eric Beck, and each month, members leave saying “The most valuable meeting I’ve been to!” As part of the AMC member benefits, free computer information, updates, help and support is offered monthly, and recently, Julia Costin of SMX Services & Consulting brought her expertise to the table. For more information, call the Aventura Marketing Council at 305.932.5334.

AT&T YOUNG STARS SHOWCASE singer Nicole Bequer appears in Great Opera Moments at Aventura Arts & Cultural Center Seventeen year-old Nicole Bequer, one of the “young stars” from the Aventura Marketing Council’s 2010 and 2011 performances, will be one of the artists performing in the April 15 Great Opera Moments, 3 p.m., at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Nicole will be reenacting a scene from the opera Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo O m i o b a b b i n o c a ro” Puccini called “O (“Oh My Beloved Father”). This soprano aria tells the story of singlehearted love in the atmosphere of hypocrisy, jealousy, double-dealing and feuding in medieval Florence.

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Grief can be a Surprise

Patricia C. Frank FRANKLY SPEAKING Grief is a feeling. It is an emotional reaction to a thought or event. It is an instinct that is normal, natural and inevitable. Most people would prefer not to feel the sadness that is the result of a loss. They treat the emotion as a weakness or character flaw. They believe that they have to be strong and carry on as if nothing monumental has happened. This is especially true when death is a release. The survivor may feel a sense of relief initially but is surprised when they find themselves mourning the loss. They did not expect to grieve. After all, the deceased seems better off now because the pain and suffering are over. The truth is you will grieve. You will grieve for the deceased and all the sweet things in life that they will no longer experience and for the things that they didn’t get

to do. You may feel sorry for them for many things and for the fact that they had to go before they wanted to go. You will grieve not only for the deceased but for yourself as well. You will grieve for the loss of their companionship. Some of the symptoms of grief may surprise you. You may be caught off guard by the lack of concentration, the changes in eating, drinking or sexual habits and the fatigue. For a while your emotional responses may become muted or non-existent. You may experience physical symptoms or be irritable and anxious. The best way to handle your grief is to recognize the symptoms and be gentle with yourself. Take time out from your usual routine. Don’t expect to carry on as if nothing has happened. Rest. See friends. Do things that you enjoy. Do all of the things that comfort you. Indulge yourself. Honor them. You will gradually come to accept the loss, tolerate it and incorporate it into your being. Your grief will pass but you may still miss them. Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305-788-4864, 212-308-0309.

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Table Top Networking Extravaganza TABLE TOP, from page 1 ––––– Beach Chamber and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. Eighty-three exhibitors filled the Newport’s Atlantis Ballroom and huge Mezzanine with display tables chock full of valuable information and special offers. From hospitals to banks to air conditioning contractors to computer services... there was an air of excitement and congeniality as hundreds of business guests started pouring in to enjoy the gracious hospitality of Robert Festinger , COO of The Newport Group, and his team. From the initial planning stages through to the last box being packed up at the end of the evening, the Newport’s team was there: Food and Beverage Manager Michael O’Malley, Banquet Manager who oversaw the logistics and food service; Marketing Director Lance DeTotto who seemed to be everywhere helping exhibitors and guests alike; and Catering Sales Manager Tammy Malamud, who was handling two positions at the time...and did it with a smile! Executive Chef Chris Wong surprised everyone with his new menu of delicious hors d’oeuvres including meatballs, spinach pies and chicken pot stickers “The AMC Expo was a huge success,” said Festinger. It was great to see so many familiar faces, and it was a perfect avenue to expose local and surrounding businesses to our hotel and its amenities. Here at the Newport, we are strong advocates of just that. We are very proud of our sponsorship

and participation in this event!” And then, of course, there was the networking... the amazing one-on-one opportunities to meet hundreds of business people. The true test was the response of the exhibitors... “We met so many valuable contacts!” Joanna Carbone, Community Relations, Soprema; “Great people, great exposure, great time!” Ben Launerts, President, Parksman Parking; “Amazing community spirit... love Aventura Marketing Council!” Maxine Lopez, Vice President, Airstron; “One of the most successful events Mardi Gras Casino has taken part in!” Marcia Slow Sandler, Dir. of Community Relations/Group Sales, Mardi Gras Casino. Each exhibitor provided a door prize, so there were 83 people who were door prize winners that evening, including a beautiful orchid plant from Miami Gardens Florist. There was enormous interest in the $750 HD laptop door prize offered by the Greater North Miami Beach Chamber, courtesy of Anthony DeFillipo of Precision Computers. The lucky winner was Ashley Thomas from Take Stock in Children. Expo Co-Chairmen Andrew Waxman, Mercantil Commercebank, and Michael Shear, Wells Fargo Advisors, were circulating throughout the evening...welcoming exhibitors and assisting with any lastminute questions and requests, while Krop Sr. High students Dani Kozavchinsky and Handel Henri greeted exhibitors at the hotel entrance to help carry in boxes. In the lobby, Ran Oz, CEO of CooLAM Dance Studio Productions, provided entertainment with “Fivish”... a high-

Janette Chandler and Peter Caspari, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve; North Miami Beach Councilwoman Barbara Kramer, Cartridge World; North Miami Beach Mayor George Vallejo; Ashley Thomas, Take Stock in Children; Anthony DeFillipo; Yona Lunger, Greater North Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce; Chris Colona, Greater North Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce / Legal Shield; Oscar Llorente, Greater North Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce / Mount Sinai Medical Center; Evan Piper, Greater North Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce / Piper Enterprises

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energy dance show that appeared to consist of five people, yet there was only one performer. The Fivish also performed in the Atlantis Ballroom to rave reviews, and Parksman Parking president Ben Launerts accepted Ran’s invitation to play the bongo drums to accompany Fivish – and Ben was pretty darn good! Upstairs, brothers Damian and Mark Pratt of ImageSound Americas did some entertaining themselves, by providing in-house music for the night. And to end the perfect evening, the Newport’s door prizes were given out: a two-night, three-day stay at the Newport

Beachside; a $50 gift certificate to their gorgeous Seven Seas Spa & Salon; and a $50 gift certificate to their Kitchen 305, home of the famous lobsters and crab dinner specials.

For information about the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort, call 305949-1300 or visit newportbeachside.com. For information about the Aventura Marketing Council, call 305-932-5334 or visit aventuramarketingcouncil.com (SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 12)


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‘Aventura TV’

Bari Auerbach LIFE IN THE CITY Why watch TV when right here in Aventura there are hit shows like these: Aventura Idol: Singing the praises of Aventura, residents compete to see who can lead the most idolized lifestyle while a panel of judges critiques their talents to play golf all day, work on tans, go on shopping sprees at the mall and generally defy all economic downturns.

pleasures!” Aventura Law & Order: In this drama you won’t see any high speed chases – just a lot of people getting pulled over for rolling through stop signs or wearing clothes that summon the “fashion police.” Desperate Aventura Housewives: This reality show highlights why women all around the country are desperate to live in Aventura, where virtually every shopping plaza has preferred parking for moms with strollers; the mall keeps getting bigger; and it’s easy to find “hands-on” personal trainers who make house calls!

Aventura Gossip Girl: Set in any ladies locker room around town, tune in to hear gossip even juicier than all the Juicy Couture outfits!

Aventura Hillbillies: This is the classic show featuring the famous family that loads up their truck and assimilates perfectly in Aventura…Jethro and Elly May become trainers at Bally’s; Granny opens Granny Feelgoods; and Jed bails out banks on every block!

CSI Aventura: Thrilling “Country Club Scene Investigation” combined with some forensic accounting reveals prosperity is alive and well in Aventura…and you don’t have to be a detective to deduce everyone’s a suspect when it comes to enjoying “guilty

Lost in Aventura: After a plane crashes on Williams Island, survivors decide they never want to be rescued from a luxurious lifestyle in a city where all the natives know SOS stands for “Super Opulent & Sensational!”

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2011 Frist Humanitarian Award Nominees announced at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center Aventura Hospital and Medical Center has announced its nominees for the annual HCA Frist Humanitarian Awards. Established in 1971, the awards honor outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. In recognition of the caring spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA, The Frist Humanitarian Awards carry on his legacy by honoring those who follow the same life mission. Physicians, employees and volunteers who demonstrate commitment and dedication to humanitarianism through their chosen field of healthcare are nominated by hospitals around the country. Honorees are recognized at the local level. Winners are chosen and announced at the national level in May. “At its core, healthcare is a selfless profession in which we put the benefit and wellbeing of our community at the forefront,” said Heather Rohan, CEO of Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. “We are so proud of the dedicated and committed care that our team provides on a daily basis. The 2011 Frist nominees are extraordinary individuals that have gone above and beyond in their compassionate concern and actions for their fellow man. Representing Aventura Hospital and

Medical Center in this year’s HCA Frist Humanitarian Awards are: Physician Nominee Frank Cirisano, MD Employee Nominee Patricia Stover Volunteer Nominee Myrna Dichter In 2008, Physician Nominee Frank Cirisano, MD launched Women’s Cancer Fund, a non-profit foundation dedicated to educating women about the risks, prevention, early detection and treatment of gynecologic cancer through community, national and international educational outreach programs in order to improve the cure rates for patients. His passion for philanthropy began during his college years at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons where he received a grant from the school to participate in a medical outreach program to Madras, Southern India, but it is through his foundation that Dr. Cirisano shines, providing gynecologic aide to impoverished areas throughout the globe including Cambodia and the Philippines. He has served as an active and dedicated member of the Medical Staff of Aventura Hospital since 2004. Director of Risk Management Patricia Stover is dedicated not only to the environment of care at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center but also the environment in

program in which volunteers her community, which is why visit with patients to provide she is the Employee Nominee comfort and company in the for the 2011 Frist Humanitarian hopes of bettering the Award. Known as Patty to her patient’s experience. She peers, she is often described as a begins each day by greeting compassionate and caring team patients with a warm smile member with a positive philosoand a willingness to go out phy for life. She constantly of her way to make their lends a helping hand and a carexperience better and ing ear to staff and patients brighter. For her efforts, she alike, attributing her ‘open arms was named the 2011 First policy’ to her thirty eight-year Quarter Volunteer of the career as an empathetic nurse. Year. As a volunteer at Calvary In the words of Dr. Thomas Presbyterian Church in Coconut Frank Cirisano, MD Frist, Sr., “There is so much Creek for over ten years, Patty –––––––––––––––––––– good to do in the world and so had devoted hundreds of hours to its women’s Bible study, holiday programs many different ways to do it.” Each nominee and health awareness events. In November from Aventura Hospital and Medical Center 2010, she traveled to Lebanon and Syria on a represents the mission of this powerful quote mission trip in partnership with the Outreach through their unwavering dedication to the community. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center Foundation. Voll unteer Nominee Myrna Dichter has and its team of physicians, nurses, staff and volbeen a valued member of Volunteer Services unteers proudly congratulate Dr. Frank Cirisano, at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center Patty Stover and Myrna Dichter on their nomisince 2004, contributing more than 1,400 nations for the HCA Frist Humanitarian Awards. hours of service to the hospital. For eight For more information, call 305-682-7000 years, Myrna has focused her positive energy towards the Patient Comfort Program, a or visit AventuraHospital.com


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Manifesting Your Destiny: Does it Work? Julia Yarbough SEASON OF CHANGE How often have you questioned the random events which take place in your life? I have always believed those chance occurances are not chance at all but rather, The Universe working in perfect order to help all us to change, grow and expand our awareness of the world around us. Lately, it seems most everything happening to and/or around me has an interconnective quality guiding me to the next phase. The most recent incident would be almost spooky, except I fully believe everything happens for a reason. Here’s how it went down... So the other night I met up with a girlfriend who I haven’t seen in several years. It’s truly quite pathetic that we haven’t visited, given we live about 10 minutes apart. But like so many working professionals, we let the demands of life get in the way of personal connections. My friend is single, no children, well-educated, fit and attractive and she says most weeks, dateless. We came together to catch up - NOT to discuss relationships, but somehow the conversation turned that direction. She was lamenting her dateless status and not meeting men she considered eligible, attractive and still physically fit in her age range; late 40’s to early 50’s. “Maybe I should take a ski trip and go to Montanta,” she sighed. “I hear there are plenty of eligible single men in that state and it’s beautiful! I would like to go skiing there again.” With a huge grin I replied, “OMG - I

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Mount Sinai Medical Center first hospital in Miami to offer patients implantable Neurostimulation System BY JOANNA PALMER New system uses motion sensor technology for the management of chronic pain At Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Lisa Gonzalez was the first patient in Miami to receive the AdaptiveStim with RestoreSensor neurostimulator. Dr. Jonathan Hyde, orthopedic spine surgeon at Mount Sinai, successfully implanted the neurostimulator, the first and only chronic pain treatment that leverages motion sensor technology found in many consumer electronics, such as smart phones and computer gaming systems. This new technology provides effective pain relief and convenience to patients suffering from chronic back and/or leg pain. After enduring four spine surgeries, 41-year old Gonzalez thought nothing would ever relieve her debilitating back pain caused by degenerative disc disease. Routine cortisone injections, often used to decrease inflammation, would cause her left leg to drag. Unable to stand for long periods of time, Gonzalez has spent the better part

of the last six years lying in bed. “I had lost my will to do anything anymore like go to birthday parties. I couldn’t even remember to do everyday things because I was too concentrated on the pain,” said Gonzalez. “Living with this pain has cost me my job, being able to attend my sons’ school functions, my ability to drive or even just standing up for more than five minutes to cook a meal for my family.” Gonzalez sought out Dr. Hyde at Mount Sinai Medical Center after her spine surgeries and treatments provided no longterm relief. Hyde recommended the neurostimulator to Gonzalez and the device was implanted in early February. AdaptiveStim with RestoreSensor helps treat the symptoms of chronic back

and/or leg pain by automatically recognizing and remembering the correlation between a change in body position and the level of stimulation needed. It also records and stores the frequency of posture changes, providing feedback to clinicians to

help them understand how a patient’s individual stimulation requirements are changing over time. Neurostimulation systems consist of an implantable medical device similar to a pacemaker that is used with a handheld patient programmer to interrupt pain signals from reaching the brain. The treatment has become a mainstay of chronic pain management. AdaptiveStim with Restore- Sensor provides a solution by recognizing and automatically adjusting stimulation as a patient continuously changes position, providing effective pain relief and convenience. “For many patients with chronic pain, convenient is hardly a word that often comes to mind,” said Dr. Hyde of Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, one of the first medical centers in the nation to offer the new therapy. “This new offering gives these chronic pain patients an important new option to help manage their pain symptoms and enable the return to their normal activities.” An estimated 116 million American adults are affected by chronic pain, a debilitating and often disabling condition that can have a significant impact on day-to-day functioning. “I think I found the answer I had been seeking for years,” said Gonzalez. “I can stand for long periods of time now which allows me to do groceries for my family. I can go up and down the stairs of my house and I can even sleep on my stomach, which may not sound like a big deal, but it was something I had not been able to do for the past six years.” For more information on the AdaptiveStim with RestoreSensor neurostimulator or Dr. Jonathan Hyde at Mount Sinai Medical Center, call 305-674CARE (2273) or visit www.msmc.com.

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A Paris vacation needn’t break the bank BY KOFOED Hotel rates in Paris are sky high, but there is a better, less expensive alternative rent an apartment. A friend suggested I check out a New Jersey-based company, Vacation in Paris, where we found a centrally located one bedroom, one bath apartment for about $170 a night. It was only about five blocks from Les Invalides, where the Army Museum and Napoleon’s Tomb are located. Don’t miss either. The Eiffel Tower is only about ten blocks away. The real appeal of our apartment at 70 Rue St. Dominique was living among Parisians, grocery shopping in stores in a three-block radius, and visiting Rue Cler, a pedestrian-only street about five blocks away which is chock-full of restaurants, a huge cheese-only shop, and others selling pastries, pate, fruits and vegetables, and of course the iconic fish market. The company (www.vacationin paris.com) has a wide range of apartments ranging from studios to luxury two bedroom, two bath units. Want to take a really comprehensive tour of Paris? Then take the Hop On, Hop Off bus which operates every 30 minutes in low season and every 10 minutes in high. The system divides Paris into four zones, each one taking about two hours if you stay on for the full circle, which we did to take note of where and when we wanted to stop. Cost is 29 Euros (about $43) for one day and 32 Euros (about $48) for two, and to see all four zones while stopping would take a minimum of two days. We spent four days and really didn’t cover all of the stops we wanted to make.

Yes, the buses stop at such well-known places as the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Champs d’Elysee and many more. There are also options for cruises on the River Seine and of course a variety of tours ranging from Versailles to Monet’s home in Giverney.The company is L’Open Tour, a Gray Line affiliate. www.parislopen tour.com While we ate in two restaurants close to our apartment, we found that the best bargains were in the Latin Quarter near Notre Dame Cathedral. Many restaurants are hidden away in a warren of alleyways and pedestrian streets. Three-course prix fixe lunches range from 15 to 18 Euros (without wine) - about $22 to $27. Typical are salmon, mussels (prepared in many different ways) and the traditional creme brulee. Of course, as in any city, you’ll find restaurants offering hamburgers, salads and other less expensive food. Charles deGaulle Airport is huge, and a real nightmare. When flying back to Miami, plan to be at the airport at least three hours ahead of time and prepare to walk at least a mile and a half. A good option going to and coming from the airport is Paris Shuttle, which charges $38 Euros (about $57) for two. It’s faster and more convenient than using the train. Taxis are much more expensive. parishuttle.reservations@gmail.com Most travelers to Europe are well aware of the currency exchange, but checking it in your local newspaper is somewhat misleading. When we departed, the rate was 1.32, but that is the interbank rate. It really is close to 1.50. The best place to exchange money is at the post office.

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The keys to shopping at Sarah’s Tent BY LEVI MEYER

If you haven’t tasted the prepared foods at Sarah’s Tent in The Shoppes at the Waterways, I have two words for you: “Moroccan Fish.” Well, truth be told, I could never sum up the delicious foods offered at Sarah’s Tent Kosher Gourmet Food Market in two words. I could possibly use a series of words like “fresh, pull-apart whole wheat challah” or “savory sweet and sour chicken” or “sweet, bakery-fresh Rugelach” or “scrumptious stuffed grape leaves” or “terrific Thai pasta” to describe just a few of the delicious prepared foods offered. I’ve worked in kitchens my whole life, from my mother’s kitchen to summer camp kitchens and even the kitchen on my base in the Israeli Defense Force. I love to cook, but I must sadly admit that the only cooking I’ve done since I started shopping at Sarah’s Tent is preheat the oven. I can’t help myself and you won’t be able to either. It’s really that good. To shop at Sarah’s Tent, there are some secrets to be shared. The place is full on Thursday night and Friday when the

The greatly known Sarah’s platter for every event.

kitchen seems to go into hyper drive to accommodate for the Shabbat rush of shoppers. So, here’s a little check list to get you started: A wise shopper always starts the shopping experience by visiting your “amigo” at the pizza shop to order a large veggie pizza so it’s hot and ready when it’s time to check out. A wise shopper will preorder a deli or cheese platter for their next Miami Heat Playoff game or any other such event. A wise shopper will stock up to get through the week and be ready to refill the fridge on the following Thursday. A wise shopper will never neglect the bakery section, full of fresh rolls and pita. Finally, a wise shopper should flag down one of the store’s wine experts to learn about the best kosher wines on special that week. The grocery aisles are packed with tons of your favorite kosher and Israeli foods. The refrigerators are stocked full with cheeses and sweets like Emek Edam or Milkys (a personal favorite). Since Sarah’s Tent is a complete grocery store, I was even able to find all the necessary ingredients for home made sushi, including frozen imitation crab meat, seaweed sheets

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and ginger. Though the store’s snack isles are full of Israeli and kosher treats like Bamba, Bissli and Pesek Zman, you will also find regular grocery store items on the shelves, such as Arizona Tea, Honest Tea and Terra chips. They even have hookah and hookah products available at the front of the store, near the checkout counters. Sarah’s Tent is not just another place for kosher eaters; it’s a must for everyone who loves Middle Eastern food. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful and the store hours more convenient than most kosher grocery stores. Living in a large city, we are fortunate to have many kosher restaurants and grocery stores. I’ve been to many of them, and each one has its own charm and advantages. Many come and go, but year in and year out, Sarah’s Tent consistently proves itself to be among the best of the best in kosher

variety, quality and service – not just in Aventura, but in all of South Florida. If you have never been or haven’t visited in a while, I recommend putting Sarah’s Tent on your list of weekly shopping stops. If you’re a regular, then you’re probably nodding your head and smiling, because you know this is all true. •• • • • • • • • Sarah’s Tent Kosher Gourmet Food Market is located at 3565 NE 207 Street in The Shoppes at the Waterways in Aventura. The phone number is 305-933-2888. For more information, visit <www.sarahstentkoshermarket.com.> Levi Meyer is a resident of Sunny Isles Beach and a member of the local Jewish community. He can be reached by e-mail at meyerlevi@gmail.com.


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