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Bobby Blair Publisher Mark Haines Founder of Mark’s List Kevin Hopper Executive Editor Editorial Alex Vaughn Editor-in-Chief Stephen R. Lang Managing Editor Bob Young Proof Editor Contributors Troy Maillis, AJ Cross, Bob Kecskemety, Tom Bonanti, Tim Slivinski, Paul Rubio, Eric Christian, Brad Casey, Charlie Rocafort & Max Jiminez Production Mangia Media Group Creative Director Dennis Dean Editorial Photographer Stephen R. Lang Mad Paparazzi Chief Toby Blades Mad Paparazzi Assistant Administrative Jamie Forsythe General Manager Chris Hamel Administrator Sales & Marketing Cliff Dunn Director of Sales - 407-744-1456 Brad Casey Director of Sales - 954-554-4912 Keith Chamlee Classifieds Manager - 954-465-1563 - 954-903-4781 ext. 507 Internet Sales Keith Norris - 727-743-7581 Alex Monge - 954-232-7672 National Sales Rivendell Media National Ad Representatives 212-242-6863 Display Advertising 954-903-4771 Display Ads Placement Ad Deadline: Thursday, 5 p.m. Camera Ready Artwork Deadline: Fridays, Noon Classifieds Ads Text Ad Deadline: Thursday, 5 p.m. Placement Ad Deadline: Thursday, 5 p.m. Camera Ready Artwork Deadline: Fridays, Noon Main Office 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 Phone 954-903-4771 Fax 954-607-5712,,

contents 18 Ben Cohen Q&A 20 Mad Paparazzi 30 Cross-eyed 32 Mark’s List 33 Bar Guide

37 Fashion & Style 39 Dining 50 Scoop 52 Travel 56 Fitness 66 Classifieds

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A Field of Dreams

By Troy Maillis

Rugby Champion Ben Cohen Talks About His Anti-Bullying Campaign

Strength. Passion. Determination. What comes to mind when hearing these words? For World Cup Rugby champion Ben Cohen, these words not only represent his achievements in sport, but also his desire to make a difference off the field. Cohen, who recently retired from the Sale Sharks in England, has launched the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation to combat bullying worldwide. Due to recent high-profile attacks on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, Cohen, a straight athlete, has chosen to focus much of the Foundation’s attention on homophobia. In September, Cohen will take his StandUp Foundation’s anti-bullying campaign and Acceptance Tour on Source Event’s Gay Rome to Venice Cruise aboard the Wind Surf, the world’s largest sailing yacht. Ben Cohen recently caught up with Mark Magazine to talk about his participation on the cruise, his StandUp Foundation and fighting homophobia as a straight, male athlete.


You’re taking your StandUp Foundation’s antibullying campaign and Acceptance Tour on Source Event’s Gay Rome to Venice Cruise in September. What will be your role during the cruise? I am there to meet people and, hopefully, enhance their holiday. At the same time, I will be able to chat about why I have set up this foundation and also what we hope to achieve through its creation. It’s a great opportunity to be able to do this in an informal environment where people will have the chance to ask me and my team questions about how things are progressing and what our aims are. Have you ever been on a gay cruise before or interacted with a lot of gay men? Do you have a lot of gay friends? I have never been on a gay cruise before. My holidays are normally centered around my family — we have 3-year-old twins, so having plenty for them to do is number one on the list. Rob and Will are some of our very close gay friends. Rob has a horse at our stable and they both help around the farm and house, so we quite often end up sharing meals and a laugh. They are a great couple, and Abby and I really enjoy spending time with them. Is there a specific event that triggered you to launch the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation? Not a specific event, as such. My manager Jill and I have been running my social networking and

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website for some time now and we have noticed how the majority of e-mails and posts come from gay men. Through that we have learned so many stories of bullying and harassment that it really made us think. As a straight sportsman who has been successful in my career, I have a voice. There is no doubt that sportsmen and women are often looked up to as role models; with that comes a sense of responsibility. I felt that I had to do something and I was excited to be in a position where I could make a difference. That was really how it started and it has grown in importance in my life since then. We are now fully committed to being heard and we intend to change attitudes and save lives. As a straight athlete, why have you decided to focus much of your philanthropic efforts on the LGBT community? Like I said earlier, having received a lot of communication from my LGBT friends, I felt I wanted to give something back. Also, when things weren’t going so well for me in my career, my gay supporters stuck by me. I see names of people who were supporting me seven or eight years ago. They are still there writing in and posting on my Facebook page. In fact, I have been able to meet quite a few of them now and that has been amazing. Were you worried your public or teammates would think you were gay for being outspoken about anti-bullying in the LGBT community, or is that one of the walls you are hoping to break down? It does not worry me in the least. Yes, lots of people ask me when I am going to come out of the closet. To be honest, it just makes me smile. I don’t really care what they say; I am doing something that makes me feel worthy on a daily basis, so they can say what they like. The main thing about the StandUp Foundation is that it is headed by a straight athlete — that’s what makes it so powerful. I know who I am, and I am comfortable with that. Everyone should be able to feel that for themselves too. Have you witnessed homophobia within the rugby community and/or locker room humiliation? No. I can honestly say that I haven’t. I am sure it must go on, but I haven’t witnessed it.

Have any of your teammates or other athletes come out to you? What was or what would be your advice to closeted athletes who are thinking about coming out? No, they haven’t. My advice? Well, it is such a personal thing to each individual that I would not give my advice — just that it has to be right for them. There are so many circumstances that would affect a decision like that. I would not be qualified to suggest the right course of action. What I could say is that they would have my whole hearted support. What is your ultimate goal for the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation and what are some of the future projects we can look forward to? My personal goal for the foundation is to change lives and attitudes; to bring awareness to bullying and the emotional damage it causes people and their families and loved ones. I am planning trips to schools and colleges to get involved in all sorts of ways to bring awareness to young people and to give support to those who are suffering at the hands of the bullies. My message to youngsters would be that it is not cool to bully, but it is cool to stand up against the bullies with me. I am incredibly proud to be that kind of role model. It is an absolute privilege. Visit for more information on the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation. For more information or to make a reservation for Source Events 10th Anniversary Cruise - Rome to Venice, go to www., or call Source Events at 1-888-SOURCE8 (888-768-7238) or 305-672-9779 to speak with one of their travel professionals.

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The Kinsey Sicks Oy Vey in a Manger 12/3/2011 • Broward Center Everyone's favorite dragapella beauty shop quartet, The Kinsey Sicks, regales audiences with their twisted version of a holiday musical comedy.

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cross-eyed By AJ Cross

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(The following is the 3rd of a 4 part series which will run for 4 consecutive weeks) I was so happy he said that and I left my shirt on the floor and asked him to keep talking to me about horses and the work he did. He sat back down next to me and I took every opportunity I had to look right into his eyes and at his lips as he spoke with that deep, clear voice. He told me he was twenty-nine years old and had been riding and caring for horses his entire life. I took a small risk and asked him why his body looked the way it did and, like every other time he seemed flattered, he smiled and then told me that he was always like that. He played high school football and the work on his family farm was better than any gym he could ever work out at. He told me he was tired and offered me the use of his shower. He walked me to the bathroom and told me to use any of the towels, as they were all clean and that he would set up the couch with blankets and a pillow. As you can imagine, the couch was the last place I wanted to sleep unless he was sleeping there as well, but that would have been asking too much. I took off the rest of my clothes, folded them up, placed them on the lid of the toilet and entered the small shower. The water was so hot and it felt amazing. I just stood underneath the powerful stream of water with my hands up against the shower wall. I closed my eyes and, as the water ran over my face, I began to envision Luke and an image of his face and body became clear in my head. I was in awe of him. I could see his subtle smile and beautiful eyes looking at me. When I opened my eyes and looked down, I realized that simply thinking of him had aroused me and I was completely erect. Just as I realized that, the door to the bathroom opened up and I almost fell in the shower cowering out of sight. Luke entered the bathroom and told me that the hot water would not last long so he wanted to jump in. I did not even respond to him. He told me that it was not much different than showering in the locker room with his high school teammates. He dropped the towel around his waist onto the bathroom


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floor and came into the shower with me. There was no way for me to hide what was happening below my waist, so I turned away from him hoping he did not catch a glimpse. I kept on washing my body and, when he asked for the soap, I handed the green bar of soap I was using. Within moments, I felt the same rough hands I had shaken earlier on my shoulder and then on my back. His hands glided over me and the pressure he placed on my neck as he put soap on me was incredible. His hands moved along the sides of my body and around my waist and finally he stood pressed up against me. I closed my eyes for a moment and I could feel him long and hard and throbbing against my butt and lower back. I did not have to see it to know that he was very well endowed. I just stood there, almost terrified to turn around. As his hands came around my body, touching my chest, stomach and finally moving lower, he grabbed me. I could hardly stay composed. He turned me around and held my face in his hands and smiled slightly as he leaned in and pressed his lips to mine. His kiss was so soft and so gentle; surprisingly so. He held me so tight and we kissed even after the water began to run cold. The warmth of his touch and embrace was so intense that I didn’t even care that the water was coming out cold. He reached behind me and turned the knob on the shower until the water turned off. He did not stop touching me; even as we stepped out of the shower he held onto one of my hands. He stood there naked and wet and so gorgeous. He placed a towel over my head and started to dry my hair and then the rest of my body. I stood there like a child being dried by his father. He then began to dry himself with the same towel and I didn’t move at all. He grabbed my hand and walked me over to the fireplace, which was burning bright. I sat on the same small carpet and he gently pushed me down until I was lying flat. He started kissing my forehead, then my mouth and moved down kissing my neck and chest and he continued this massage with his mouth all the way down. To be continued‌

mark’s list MIAMI SPICE BEGINS Miami Spice 2011 is a mouth-watering restaurant promotion showcasing the very best of Miami cuisine. During August and September, Miami’s top restaurants offer three-course meals (Lunch $22, Dinner $35) featuring signature dishes created by worldrenowned chefs. Discover the tropical fusion of ingredients that makes Miami dining so wonderfully out of the ordinary. An epicure’s paradise awaits you in Greater Miami and the Beaches! For more information visit ROAST OF POMPANO BILL Boardwalk plays host to the star studded roast of Pompano Bill. The event will be hilarious, incredibly fun and a charity benefit starting at 8pm on August 1st. Boardwalk is at 1721 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale.

Erotic Art Museum, 1205 Washington Avenue on Miami Beach. This is a presentation of the Naomi Wilzig African Art Collection range from objects used across the continent of Africa for fertility and divination practices. Artifacts highlighted within the exhibition illustrate the characteristics of fertility worship within the home and community and continue to play dynamic roles in the lives of many societies. All objects were collected for their display of genitalia and specific utilitarian functions of the objects regarding fertility practice by the cultures. Ranging in age from hundreds of years old to only several decades, they represent how various objects have functioned as powerful symbols, connecting spiritual values and social roles. This exhibition explores the significance, aesthetics and purpose of African material objects as well as their social contexts. For more information, visit:

BITTER SWEET THURSDAYS Grand opening of Bitter Sweet Thursdays starting Thursday, July 28 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at The Manor Entertainment Complex, 2345 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. An evening for women who love women and their friends with live burlesque shows all night pushing the limit of sex with cuttingedge burlesque shows intermingled with the best in Indie, ‘80s and Top 40 music. Staring the Reckless Dames. Drink specials. VIP bottle service available, please contact (954) 626-0082.

“Mommie Queerest” Comes to Fort Lauderdale The L.A. Weekly Theater Award-winning comedy “Mommie Queerest” is coming to Ft. Lauderdale’s Empire Stage as its fourth stop on national tour. Everyone knows Christina Crawford’s tell-all about her tumultuous relationship with her famous mother, Joan Crawford. First there was a book, then the 1981 movie that became an instant cult classic. It’s been thirty years since Faye Dunaway donned the famous arched eyebrows and big shoulder pads. For the last seven years, “SORDID CONFESSIONS” Jamie Morris’ twisted version, “Mommie Friday, August 12, 2011 from 7 to 10 Queerest,” has had sold-out audiences p.m. at The Manor Entertainment Complex, asking the simple question: “What if Joan 2345 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Del had really been a man all those years?” Shores, creator of the cult favorite TV series Told by an all-male cast of four, “Sordid Lives” (starring Olivia Newton“Mommie Queerest” entertains the notion John, Rue McClanahan, Leslie Jordan and that Crawford was actually a man in drag, Caroline Rhea) is touring his hilarious new a fact she hid from her fans, her children, standup show, “Sordid Confessions.” and the world. Even when Christina finds Whether he’s recalling details of his “slut” out, takes revenge, and writes “Daddy years or calling out the assholes and bitches Dearest,” it’s Joan who still has the last he’s worked with, no subject is off-limits laugh. in Del Shores: “Sordid Confessions”. “Mommie Queerest” will play Empire Warning, very raunchy, not PC and very Stage (1140 N. Flagler) from Thursday gay. Tickets available at http://delshores.tix. August 11 through Sunday, August 28. com. The play runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. for a total AFRICAN TREASURES; SELECTION FROM of twelve shows. Tickets are $25 and may THE NAOMI WILZIG COLLECTION be purchased online at Now through August 31 at the World 32 |

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bar guide Fort Lauderdale / Wilton Manors


1721 North Andrews Avenue Fort Lauderdale Over 100 of the sexiest men from all over the world. Go-go dancers, cages, billiards, 2-4-1 Happy Hours. Drag emcees and did we mention the Boys?


1915 N. Andrews Ave. Wilton Manors Friendly atmosphere, unpretentious clientele and staff. Next to Island City Pizza (so you can get your drink AND your slice on).


823 N. Federal Hwy. Fort Lauderdale Butch bar and grill with a rockin’ daytime crowd (and a fun nighttime one, too). Fifty cent pool, 2-for-1 drinks all day every day, video games, hot movies on HDTV and DirecTV. Thursdays it’s Bare Bear Chest Night, and every Friday and Saturday the fur flies with Hot Bears on Poles (where their Grizzlies Grind)!

1116 W. Broward Blvd. Fort Lauderdale Club, bar, lounge. Male dancers and the men who love (to ogle) them. Sunday amateur strip contest (and karaoke!).


1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd. Oakland Park The Ultimate in Drag Dining. Dinner and shows six nights a week. Sunday Gospel Brunch with the Sisters of Sequins.


300 S.W. 1st Ave. Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale Arts & Entertainment District meets South Beach. Friday nights they’re here, they’re queer, and they drink free from 10:30(ish) to Midnight. Only House Music club in town with its own Classical (and classicallychiseled) violinist.

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2209 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors Videos, pool tables, dart boards, dance floor, happy hour, live shows, Tuesday and Thursday karaoke – and great burgers, to boot. Fun and friendly truck-stopthemed bar, great staff.

3270 N.E. 33rd St. Fort Lauderdale Men dancing for men. Hot go-go boys in an upscale atmosphere, piano lounge for more quiet interludes. Steamy shower shows.





2232 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors The bar with two names features a dance club and Gayborhood bar. Drag Bingo on Mondays, karaoke Mondays and Tuesdays, dance music Fridays and Saturdays, and (indoor) Sunday T-Dance.

2935 N. Federal Hwy. Fort Lauderdale Adjacent to the America’s Best Inn and Suites. Pool open daily - No Cover or Day Pass. Great food, daily happy hour, Sunday afternoon T-Dance Poolside. Karaoke and live music. Open daily at 11:30 a.m.

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2266 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors Gayborhood tradition since 1997. Comfortable, inviting atmosphere with indoor video bars, outdoor drinking and dining. Drink specials all week, with mammoth 22-ounce Long Island Iced Teas for $3 on Thursdays


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2345 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors WeHo vibe (think: LA’s The Abbey) in the heart of the Gayborhood. Dine, drink, dance, play, mingle. Theme rooms (salsa and meringue every weekend in the Latin Quarter!). Live dancing and dining.

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bar guide o Fort Lauderdale / Wilton Manors MATTY’S ON THE DRIVE

2426 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors Drink specials, billiards, and a chill gay- borhood vibe. 75 Cent drinks on Wednesdays. No Drama, No Smoking.


2740 N. Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale Cozy neighborhood bar. Karaoke, drags shows, Patio Bar – and open at 9 a.m. daily.


502 E. Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale Cocktail Lounge in the heart of Searstown. Fun customers, fun bar- tenders and fun proprietor (the Leg- endary Jerry). Outside patio. Wednesday karaoke, Thursday Speed- ball Tournament.


2039 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors Relaxing, friendly, hip, unique- the alternative gathering place on Wilton Drive. Wine tastings and events. Tuesday and Wednesday Late Night In the Biz.


924 N. Flagler Drive Fort Lauderdale Interracial Private Social Club. Bottle club memberships. Get your groove back on Wednesday nights with $2 drinks.


1508 N.E. 4th Ave. Fort Lauderdale Voted World’s Favorite Leather Bar. Pig Dance first Saturday of the month – South Florida’s Busiest, Craziest Monthly Party (with caged hunks at Midnight on Saturdays – is there a downside to this?).


2829 W. Broward Blvd. Fort Lauderdale Nexus of the A-Gay List. Be Seen in the Scene (without making one). Food, folks, libations, and a killer Sunday Funday.


3073 NE 6th Avenue Wilton Manors A line-dancin’, tight blue jeans-wearin’ good time. Country and western music,

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two-steppin’, three-steppin’, pool tables, and themed events year ‘round. Cowboys and Indians was never this much fun, Pilgrim.


2031 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors Where Sports come first. Nationally known destination sports bar with TVs streaming NFL, MLB, NBA and college games. Pool tables, dart boards and large indoor (and now smoke-free) facility. Outdoor patio features area for smokers. Mixed crowd of gay men and women (who would have thought?). Featured in Bloomberg Businessweek and recommended by LOGO.


321 W. Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale Private Men’s Club. Pay cover, then uncover. Monday In the Biz, Thursday Leather Nights. They bring the party (and the mattresses), you bring the booze.


2400 E. Oakland Park Blvd. Fort Lauderdale Cozy neighborhood bar with daily happy hour, and regular patrons. Show night Thursdays at 9 p.m. Karaoke Friday and Saturday nights, and with matinee on Sunday afternoon.


205 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Levis-and-leather neighborhood bar, where the Bears line dance and the cowboys are VERY friendly.


2829 W Broward Blvd. Fort Lauderdale Dance, shoot pool, drink til 4 a.m., 7 nights a week. Doors open at Midnight; dance til Dawn.


401 N. Fort Laud. Beach Blvd. Fort Lauderdale In the W Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach, downstairs it’s the elegant Whiskey Blue, up- stairs the luxe Living Room: hot dance and social settings in a distinctive atmosphere with signature cocktails and upscale patrons. Indoor and outdoor lounges.

bar guide o Miami / Miami Beach BAR 721

721 N. Lincoln Lane Miami Beach Plush, lush and flush, a luxe, sexy décor that includes soft carpeting, comfy couches and a Grown Up Playroom equipped with a flat screen TV for video games, pool table, ceiling-mounted speakers. Enjoy 5 to 10 p.m. happy hours including $6 premium drinks.


777 NE 79 St. Miami With an urban vibe on the weekends, a diverse crowd and a diverse musical format, including Hip Hop, R&B, House, Reggae, Soca, Latin and Old School. Gogo bois and drink specials.


2301 S.W. 32nd Ave. Miami Gay Latin scene, with Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Hip Hop and House music always playing.

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950 NE 2nd Ave. Miami Hot music, hot scene, hot bartenders, and hot patrons in the hot heart of Downtown Miami.


1625 Michigan Ave. Miami Beach On Miami Beach’s famed Lincoln Road, never a cover. Drink specials all week long, live DJs, high energy music and a fun crowd getting their dance on til late.


1200 Ocean Drive Miami Beach This bar and restaurant in the heart of South Beach’s Art Deco District. Mouthwatering burgers, boys (and girls!). Weekend cabaret shows Thursday through Sunday.


727 Lincoln Rd. Miami Beach Dance, drink, party all night on Miami

Beach’s Lincoln Road. Tons of events throughout the year, including fundraisers for Winter Party, White Party, and Miami Beach Gay Pride.


34 NE 11th St. Miami Mingle and mix with gays and str8s in the heart of Downtown Miami. Indoor dance floors and outdoor rooftop bar, spectacular light show.


1057 Washington Ave. Miami Beach Great music, friendly staff, hot tourists and locals. Never a cover, always a groove. Bungalow Bar = Hot Men. In SoBe’s Art Deco District.


3215 NE 2nd Ave. Miami Urban, sophisticated and chic in Midtown Miami with a bar that ices over. New York pedigree meets Miami attitude. Nightly DJs, never a cover.

fashion&style Making a Bold Statement This Season’s Eye Catching Accessories for Men By Eric Christian When one wants to create a bold look, it’s all about the accessories. You can be wearing a simple t-shirt and a pair of jeans, but the accessory, whether it’s a watch, sunglasses, a bracelet or a ring, never goes unnoticed. You are not Eddie Borgo pave cone bracelet $1000 considered totally dressed and readyto-go unless you are wearing at least one accessory of your choice. Many consider it a “naked” feeling. Many designers this season are using the “accessory” as the focal point of their runway shows. For John Galliano’s Men Spring 2011 collection, it was all about the beaded and feathered necklaces and rosaries. For Ann Eddie Borgo cone bracelet gunmetal $600 Demeulemeester’s Spring 2011 Men’s collection, it was all about the cuff bracelets and ribbon lapels. Many of you may not be aware, but in the Pamela Love small crow fashion world, hair and make-up are skull $875 very well considered an accessory, as well. This season there are a slew of designers creating eye-catching pieces, but it’s the designs of Eddie Borgo and Pamela Love that have everybody talking. Eddie Borgo’s designs are a mix of traditional American costume jewelry, rock-n-roll and the streets of the city that never sleeps, New York! His designs bring new energy and modern point-of-view to these themes, fusing high-end and street in his collections. His designs can be found at www. Eddie Borgo seven station pave cone and Jeffrey’s New necklace gold $425 York. Pamela Love draws her inspiration from many of her favorite artists, including Joseph Cornell, Lee Bontecou, Pamela Love medium tribal Hieronymous Bosch, Alejandro spike necklace $700 Jodorowsky and Francesco Clemente. Her creativity is further fueled by her Pamela Love passion for nature and science, as well triangle ring Pamela Love as astronomy, astrology, religion, magic $150 bone resin and folk jewelry. Her deep connection tribal spike to the American Southwest also cuff $195 continues to be a driving inspiration behind her artistry and craft. Her For fashion, styling, shopping tours and personal shopping, designs can be found at www. and The Webster contact style expert, Eric Christian at eric@styleconciergemiami. com and and Alchemist, Miami Beach.


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By Tim Slivinski

Hi-Life Café:

Becoming Reacquainted with an Old Friend I will confess: I have a long history with the Hi-Life Café. On a sentimental note, it was the very first restaurant where my partner and I had an intimate dinner out on our very first trip to Fort Lauderdale, many moons ago. It became our tradition that we would book reservations for dinner at the Hi-Life on our very first evening here whenever we returned for another vacation. Eventually, we settled here permanently, and while so much has changed since those first visits and so many places have come and gone, the Hi-Life Café continues going strong, serving its loyal clients dinner in a subdued, intimate setting. The ambiance of the Hi-Life is integral to its vichyssoise, the classic leek and potato soup, offered consistent appeal. It is not flashy or trendy, but instead either warm or cold, while the other selected a feature offers calming, soothing colors, linen tablecloths, fresh soup: a creamy brie and mushroom soup. Both flowers and the soft and appealing glow of candles. emptied their bowls and pronounced them delicious. Just walking in immediately puts you at ease as you As the chit chat continued around the table and look forward to a relaxing dining experience. Chances we grew ever more comfortable, it was time to decide are good that you will be greeted by host Aude Weis, on entrees. Always a fan of grouper, I chose the owner of the Hi-Life, as she shows you to your table. pan-seared grouper served on risotto from the feature The first dining room offers the option of eating at menu. It arrived perfectly moist and tender, with a the bar or at one of the tables along the side or in wonderful caper sauce that added just a bit of zest to front near the windows. The second dining room, the grouper. It was light and flavorful, a great summer through an archway to the right, offers several tables dinner. My partner and another friend were feeling of various sizes to accommodate an intimate dinner like something a bit heartier, so they decided upon the for two or a night out with friends. southwestern Bolognese. It is a spicy mix of ground On a recent visit, my partner and I invited two filet and New York strip served over angel hair pasta friends we had not seen in some time to join us and finished with nutty Parmesan for dinner so we could chat and cheese. It was delightfully spicy Hi-Life Café get caught up. Aude showed us without being too over the top. The 3000 North Federal Hwy. to a round table — perfect for empty pasta bowls in front of both Fort Lauderdale, FL conversation — and we all decided of them said it all. Our other dining 954-563-1395 to begin our evening with a round of companion chose a Hi-Life classic: kir royales, a wonderful summertime Chef Carlos’ signature salmon. A salmon filet is pan Champagne cocktail, light and refreshing. As the seared and then baked; it is then topped with a light conversation flowed and the laughs erupted, we Dijon sauce that plays well with the freshness of the turned our attention to the dinner menu. A board of salmon. Sautéed spinach and roasted potatoes finish features was presented, as was the daily dinner menu. the plate. He pronounced it “summer on a plate”. Hi-Life, taking a cue from current dining trends, now Our dining experience at the Hi-Life was just as offers many of its salads, appetizers and entrees in enjoyable on our recent visit as it had been so many two sizes: either a half or full portion, a great idea that years ago when we first dined there. It is a superb more restaurants need to consider. date place, as well as a great place to leisurely We all decided on different starters. I chose the dine and get caught up with old friends. Don’t be half portion of the herbed goat cheese salad, an surprised if Chef Carlos himself stops by your table to all-time favorite of mine at the Hi-Life. It offers an inquire about your menu selections and your dining herb crusted, crispy, creamy triangle of goat cheese experience. If you have not been to the Hi-Life Café in on top of fresh spring greens and chopped tomatoes, some time, then perhaps, like a good friend you can dressed in a very light vinaigrette. Delicious as always! count on, it is time to become re-acquainted. My partner chose his favorite, the smaller portion of the Belgian endive salad. The endive leaves are topped View more food reviews: with bleu cheese, tomatoes and pecans, all dressed in a light Champagne vinaigrette. One friend chose the | 39


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the scoop Philanthropist Celebrates a Birthday and Anniversary! o By Brad ‘Scoop’ Casey

One of South Florida’s most philanthropic businessmen is celebrating a birthday on Sunday, July 31. Jerry Schultz, owner of Mona’s bar on East Sunrise Boulevard, by the tracks, is celebrating his 64th birthday and at the same time celebrating the bar’s 14th anniversary. Mona’s is probably South Florida’s most eclectic bar with the decor of the bar made up of church pews and other unusual odds and ends collected by Jerry at yard and garage sales. A visit to Mona’s is a trip. Jerry Schultz has a BIG heart. Over 14 years Jerry estimates the bar and its customers have raised at least $200,000 for local charities. Recently a retirement party for the late John ‘Mary’ Lyons raised $9,500.00. On July 4th weekend over $7,500 was raised for the Pet Project and an American Red Cross South Florida Disaster benefit collected $2,000. When Jerry and Mona’s get behind a benefit it raises money. Mona’s customers are most generous. On Sunday, beginning at Noon, Jerry and Mona’s celebrate birthdays together. There will be T-shirt giveaways and hundreds of $14 gift certificates that will entitle the bearer to a $14 bar tab on his or her birthday. But more importantly it will be a celebration of the life of a kind, gentle and generous man. Happy birthday, Jerry and to Mona’s bar.

Joseph Green Joins Sidelines

Sidelines Sports Bar announces that Joseph Green has joined its staff and they could not have chosen a better person. Joe is a good friend. We worked together at the former 411 Magazine and Express Gay News. Joe is savvy and smart and knowledgeable of the club business. Sidelines will definitely benefit from this appointment. Congrats Joe and I’ll see you soon.

We Roast Pompano Bill

We get a chance to see Pompano Bill walk on hot coals on Monday, August 1 at the Boardwalk as we gather to roast the old fart! Lol … I will be

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one of the roasters and I have 20 years of stories to tell. It will be a loving moment as we gather to show our love for a good man. The roast will begin at around 8PM.

Debate in Key West

A heated debate is going on between Key West business people and residents on whether to pursue widening its main shipping channels to accommodate new and bigger cruise ships. Many residents feel Key West has lost its charm to the cruise ships that drop off tourist who buy a t shirt, tour the island, and then return to the ship for drinking, eating and sleeping thus leaving no dollars to the local community. The city does get a port tax, however.

Thanks for picking us up and remember: To have a friend, you must first be a friend. The SCOOP can be reached via e-mail at


By Nick Moss & Paul Rubio

Shark Feeding on Osprey Reef, Australia

As the sun rises over the Pacific Ocean, we gather on the dive deck and peer down into the clear blue waters. Beneath the boat, large dark shapes swim ominously back and forth in anticipation. We had travelled from the U.S. for three nights to one of the most pristine and isolated sea mounts of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Osprey reef sits 200 miles from Cairns in the Coral Sea and is separated from the mainland by 12 hours of rough seas. Our boat, the Taka Liveaboard, makes this 5day/4night trip weekly from Cairns (, although the unpredictable weather in this part of the world can sometimes delay the trip for days, even weeks. In fact, it had been 6 weeks since the crew had been out to Osprey. Osprey Reef, the most northerly of all the Coral Sea reefs, is known for its exceptional wall diving. The reef covers an area of 50 square miles and its perimeter drops vertically into a half mile of clear Coral Sea water. Exciting dive sites include South Horne, Admiralty Anchor Bommies, Pelagic Gully and Flashlight Ravine, which is most spectacular at night when the flashlight fish are feeding. The most requested site at Osprey Reef is the North Horne, where we had come to today. The North Horne is a reef shelf in depths from 60-125 feet, which drops into deep water. The shelf is covered with numerous hard and soft corals, and deeper still grow large, spiky soft coral ‘trees’ and gorgonians. This shelf attracts many reef fish; however, the North Horne is most famous for its sharks and is a popular shark-feeding location. Just beneath the boat, and at the base of the dive line, the reef forms a natural amphitheatre, the rock formation allowing divers to sit in a semi circle. Positioned in the middle is a large rock, to which a chain with a float has been attached. From here, bins of frozen tuna heads from our boat can be pulled down to attract the sharks. As we perch on the walls of the amphitheatre, we peer into the distance, where sharks are beginning to congregate. Usually calm and eerie, the deep water is alive. Above us, the small dive dinghy powers over and drops the refuse bin, which is then pulled down to the amphitheatre by the dive master. She fiddles clumsily with the lock and opens the lid. The tuna heads spring out and bob in the water, attached to the bin by a chain. The serenity of the moment lasts a second, as the water erupts in a vicious frenzy. The sharks swim in quickly, ripping the heads 52 |


apart and swim away gorging on their mouthful. They bite into the heads and writhe back and forth, forcing the meat off the bone. The number of sharks in the water seems to have quadrupled. An initial head count is in vain, as more and more sharks emerge from the deep blue to share in this bounty. The majority of them are large grey reef sharks, a common species in these waters. We are all no more than 40 feet away from this spectacular event. Any initial fears or trepidation evaporates as we realize that they are not interested in us and instead are concentrated wholly on their next bite. Small black and white tip reef sharks dart into the amphitheatre quickly, pushing aside their bigger competitors and audaciously taking small bites before hurrying away. As the initial excitement subsides and the heads start to become skeletons, the sharks begin to drift off. But the feeding is not quite over. Out of the deep blue, a rather large and mysterious silhouette begins to take shape. All of a sudden a large oceanic silver tip is in the amphitheatre. Almost double the size of the grey reef sharks, it feeds with such power and ferocity that the water around it becomes cloudy. The other sharks disperse in fear. It takes a few minutes over the last of the heads, leaving it in tatters, bobbing pathetically in the water. This signals the end of the feeding and the sharks are soon replaced by smaller, less voracious scavengers. The dive master checks that everyone is alright and has all their limbs intact. Thankfully, we all give a big okay sign, and signal our intention to return to the surface. Everyone in the group starts to climb the dive line, looking back frequently, haunted by the image of the past hour. Back on deck, the atmosphere is one of intense excitement. We are all aware that we have just been witness to something spectacular and conscious of the incredible controlled aggression of the sharks. The dive team woops and cheers and describes the shark feeding as one of the best that they have been on. We finish the day on the top deck, looking out over Osprey Reef and watch as the waves curl serenely over the top of the reef. As the boat moves away, a humpback whale joins us, breaching the surface as it swims to keep up with the boat. View more travel tips:

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fitness By Tom Bonanti

Get Out Of Your Rut! You’ve probably been there before, or maybe you’re there now: you just can’t get into your workouts. The exercises seem boring, the weights are too heavy and you feel like you’d rather be anywhere else but in the gym. You are experiencing a performance slump – a frustrating, seemingly inexplicable drop in performance which typically lasts for an extended period of time. In nearly every case, though, a source can be found. Slumps are often traced to a lack of recovery time from stressful situations, insufficient sleep, overtraining – or just a general feeling of malaise over life in general. The good news is that no matter what the hell the problem is about – job stress, a breakup with your boyfriend, a let down after vacation, or overtraining itself – there are mechanisms of recovery that can have you back in the gym doing battle with the weights in no time. A number of these tips come from Jim Loehr, a sports psychologist, in his book, Stress for Success. First of all, you’ve got to rest. And by that, I don’t mean lying on the couch watching episodes of the “The Biggest Loser”. Active rest refers to recovery methods that involve movement. For example, walking, stretching, yoga and golfing are all types of active rest that can help you recharge your batteries. If you simply can’t stay out of the gym, incorporate a wide variety of low weight, high rep weight training exercises for each of the various muscle groups. You’ll be amazed how you’ll grow once you resume more intense training habits. Passive rest is also essential and it can help rejuvenate your soul as well as your body. Examples of passive rest include meditation, napping, sitting in the park, or catching up with an old friend for some conversation. (Note: passive rest does not include sitting on a bar stool drinking for six hours.) Understanding your nutrition and how it affects your body is crucial, not only to successful 56 |


training, but also to your recovery process. During a slump, a lot of guys either eat like birds and lose size or they binge out and get as big as cows. Whatever you’re going through, you’ve got to eat! Eat your meals at consistent times throughout the day. Eat light and often. Consuming smaller meals every 2-3 hours raises your metabolic rate and stabilizes blood sugar and energy levels. Never skip a healthy breakfast and stay away from quick, sugary, fatty comfort foods that will ultimately leave you feeling worse than ever. The dedication necessary to succeed at body building is substantial, and it requires focus and intensity. When you’re in a slump, you’re often frustrated and negative about your drop in performance. Look for opportunities to lighten up and laugh. Avoid negative people who drag you down. Listen to music that can calm and soothe as well as energize and rejuvenate you. Psychological changes associated with positive emotions occur that directly oppose the chemicals that accompany negativity and frustration. Finally, a good night’s rest is by far the most natural and essential recovery activity. Depriving yourself of sleep is like depriving yourself of food. A sleep debt of as little as three hours has been shown to significantly reduce physical strength in weightlifters. Lack of good, quality, uninterrupted REM (rapid eye movement) sleep can cause paranoia, migraines and violent mood swings, as well as unwanted weight gain. Busting out of your slump doesn’t happen automatically – it takes planning and effort. Remember, recovery in your training and everyday life is just as important as the hard work you put into them. Tom Bonanti is a certified personal trainer and owner of Punp’n Inc Gym at 1271 NE 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale. For more tips on how to fire up your workouts this summer contact!

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Mark Magazine #88  

Florida Gay Entertainment and Events Weekly Publication. July 28, 2011

Mark Magazine #88  

Florida Gay Entertainment and Events Weekly Publication. July 28, 2011