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64 Doggone Fabulous No need to endure separation anxiety from your pet when you visit one of these welcoming South Florida resorts.

74 Wrap Stars 10 topnotch Valentine’s Day gift ideas for all the loved ones on your list.

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around Weston

What’s going on in town & its surrounds…

ALSO COMING UP THIS MONTH:

The Weston Food and Wine Festival.

The Dallas Brass comes to Weston

The Dallas Brass returns to Weston with “American Portraits,” a performance featuring traditional brass, drums and other percussion, on Saturday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Cypress Bay Theater at Cypress Bay High, 18600 Vista Park Blvd., Weston. Tickets can be purchased at Weston Community Center; at Mia of London Jewelers, 4529 Weston Road, Weston; and at Glamopolitan Beauty Lounge, 1660 Market St., Weston. For more information, visit westonphilharmonic.org.

Local Flavors Eat and drink your fill of them at the third annual Weston Food and Wine Festival.

It’s that time of year again: The Weston Food and Wine Festival is back on February 18. Come out and taste a variety of wines and liquors along with dishes from more than 30 local restaurants; while you sip and sample, take in live music from bands that will be playing all day on one stage while mixology demos take place on a second stage. And P.S.: this is a family-friendly outing, with a kids’ zone for the little ones to enjoy. Proceeds from the event go to benefit H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everyday), which helps people in the community who are having trouble making ends meet due to job loss, disability health crises or other such unexpected circumstances. The Food and Wine Festival takes place 2 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Weston Town Center; tickets range from $20-$40 and can be purchased online at westontowncenterfoodandwine.com. The Dallas Brass

SWEET NEWS

CREAM’s third South Florida location is now open in Pembroke Pines.

Ice cream is just about everybody’s favorite sweet, so it’s no surprise locals were mobbing the premises as the celebrated ice cream sandwich franchise CREAM opened the doors to its brand-new Pembroke Pines location in December. The sweet shop quickly gained major momentum when it landed on the scene in South Florida two years ago, drawing crowds who clamored for their ice cream sandwiches made with warm, freshly baked cookies, brownies, waffles and do’sants. CREAM Pembroke Pines is the third of its kind to open in Florida, with all three locations owned and operated by the Martinez family and partners. The idea to bring the booming West Coast ice cream business to South Florida initially began as a DECA high school project for then-sophomore Armando Martinez Jr. With the help of his mother and father, Corina and Armando Sr., and younger brother, Tomas, as well as their partners the dream of opening a CREAM franchise became a reality when they opened their first CREAM store in Aventura in 2016 and a second location in Weston the following year. CREAM Pembroke Pines is located at 306 SW 145th Ave., Suite 118, Pembroke Pines; visit creamnation.com.

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Check In & Check It Out The cool new CIRC Hotel in Hollywood ups the hip factor for both locals and out-oftowners.

South Beach is definitely one of our favorite staycation spots, but its cool vibe is fast spreading northward. Proof: CIRC Hotel, the new, 111-room modern boutique hotel on Young Circle in Downtown Hollywood. Inspired by the area’s burgeoning arts scene, the contemporary hotel houses the Italian eatery Olivia by well-known South Florida restaurateur Piero Filpi (Carpaccio at Bal Harbour Shops, Mezzanotte) and Marcello Sindoni (Il Toscano); Muse, a chic rooftop bar and lounge on the 12th floor pool deck; Presto Market & Coffee Bar; a state-of-the-art fitness center; and 3,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. And then there is the location: it’s smack in the heart of Downtown Hollywood, within walking distance of restaurants, bars, cafés and boutiques, and directly across from The

PARTNERS IN ART The Diplomat Beach Resort and NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale join forces to celebrate a 60-year milestone.

Off the heels of a recent $100 million makeover and in honor of its 60th anniversary, the Diplomat Beach Resort has forged a partnership with NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. Like the Diplomat, the Museum was founded in 1958 and is the hub of the South Florida Art Coast. To kick off the partnership, The Diplomat is offering the “Art of Travel” package July 8, 2018; it includes two complimentary tickets to “Frank Stella: Experiment and Change,” a major exhibition spanning legendary artist Frank Stella’s 60-year career from the late 1950s to the present that comprises approximately 300 paintings, relief sculptures and drawings. Upcoming at the Museum from February 4 to October 18, 2018 is the exhibition “Midnight in Paris

ArtsPark at Young Circle, which hosts weekly food and arts events and has a Visual Arts Pavilion that offers glass blowing, jewelry making and painting classes. In fact, the CIRC recently launched an arts contest, encouraging South Florida artists to submit pieces that will be displayed in the hotel’s lobby and meeting space and available for sale to the public (artists will receive all proceeds from the sale). “CIRC Hotel was designed to reflect Downtown Hollywood’s unique, culture-centric personality,” says CIRC GM Kara Lundgren. “It will be the ultimate haven for business professionals, vacationers and social groups to indulge, relax and unwind.” Located at 1780 Polk St. between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, minutes from Hollywood Beach and the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk; visit circhotel.com.

and New York: Scenes from the Fin-de Siecle,” which explores a fascinating and influential period through paintings, prints, drawings, architectural designs, and the decorative arts. “As Hollywood begins to boom, so does the art and culture scene, and we wanted to offer that component to our guests,” says The Diplomat Beach Resort GM Ed Walls. “We plan to hold several special events on site with the Museum, host intimate dinners at our signature restaurants, and offer our guests enticing art-related hotel packages.” Room rates begin at $249 and are based on availability at time of booking; visit diplomatresort.com.

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FertileFebruary HOW TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF EXPANDING YOUR FAMILY.

Valentine’s Day celebrates romance, and, well, romance often leads to baby-making. But for many couples, getting pregnant can be difficult and stressful. Farrar Duro, reproductive acupuncturist and owner of Florida Complete Wellness in Davie, wrote The Smart Couples Guide to Getting Pregnant, An Integrated Approach in 2015—and recently re-published it in order to offer couples the latest research on what really works. “The book is compiled from 15 years of working with infertility, both naturally and in assisting couples undergoing IVF,” says Duro. See her top tips for increasing your fertility below. KNOW YOUR BODY EARLY ON. If you’ve had a history of irregular or painful cycles, don’t mask or ignore the symptoms with medications such as birth control pills or OTC pain relievers. Instead, try to chart your cycles to find out what your hormones are really up to for a few months. GO FOR A HORMONE CHECKUP. This should include your reproductive hormones, along with measuring your thyroid, vitamin D3 levels and stress hormones. We use a combination of blood and saliva sampling for the most accurate picture of which hormones are truly circulating in the body at different times throughout the day.

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It’s the pain-free way to make your workout even hotter. If you’re having trouble keeping those healthconscious New Year’s resolutions, here’s some sexy inspiration to exercise. Janet Jones, the mastermind behind the popular Vixen workout—an empowering, women-only hip-hop dance class—has launched her own athletic line fittingly called VXN. The first capsule collection, “Stay Hungry Live Fierce,” features mesh leggings, sports bras, comfy joggers and velour jackets, and new looks with different themes will launch each season. Prices range from $29.99$89.99. vixenworkout.com

Lady ın Red HOW TO DRINK ALL THE WINE YOU WANT AND STILL LIGHT UP THE ROOM WITH YOUR SMILE.

You probably can’t wait to sip plenty of red wine at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival this February, but all that burgundy vino can leave behind unwanted stains on your teeth. Dr. April Patterson, owner of Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique and Spa in Fort Lauderdale, has some tricks to make sure your pearly whites stay that way. “Throughout the day or evening that you’re drinking red wine, eat textured foods like apples, cheese or celery, which will naturally clean your teeth,” advises Patterson. “Another trick is to chew Trident gum with xylitol. It creates saliva in your mouth, which helps clean your teeth. Or you can take a cue from celebrities who are rinsing with coconut oil to protect your teeth.” The dentist also suggests using an electric toothbrush to get a thorough cleaning—her favorite is the Philips Sonicare FlexCare, which connects to an app via your bluetooth and lets you know if you’re brushing correctly. Brilliant! 646 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, 954.573.2524; drpattydental.com

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Time marches on—but not across your face, thanks to Glow Drops.

Gee Beauty never fails us when it comes to looking good, and now the South Florida beauty boutique is offering exclusive local access to internationally renowned skincare specialist Dr. Barbara Sturm’s newest product, Glow Drops ($145). And they’re simple to use: just dispense a few drops in your hand and pat on your face for an instant glow. While the brightening product contains hyaluronic acid, nutrient-rich oils and light-reflecting pigments, the magic ingredient is Purslane, which is supposed to stimulate the skin’s own antioxidant system to combat harmful free radicals, while activating telomerase, the “fountain of youth” enzyme proven to slow the aging process. Gee Beauty, 1845 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, 305.868.3533; geebeauty.com

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They’re forces in their industries and in the community—

and these power pairs also ooze the cool factor.

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She’s an event guru known for creating weddings for high-profile clientele such as Miami Heat player Chris Bosh.He’s a fire captain who hails from a long line of first responders.

You’ve known each other since high school. How do you keep the spark alive? We’re never bored, as we always have a hot topic to debate and that brings a zesty element to our relationship. We’re constantly surprising each other—recently, for his 40th birthday, I surprised him with a Cuban-themed bash at Nautilus South Beach that I spent months designing. Since I travel a lot for work and Russell works 24-hour cycles, we like to FaceTime or text sweet messages throughout the day to keep each other excited about our next face-to-face. How have your multicultural backgrounds shaped your family? I was born in Haiti and raised in Paris until the age of 9, at which time I moved to the U.S. with my family, while Russell is a native Miamian of Cuban, Italian, Spanish and Scottish descent. Our varied cultures have created a household for our two children where a melting pot of traditions thrive. Our backgrounds have allowed our children to be more accepting of and open to others. What do you like to do as a couple for fun in Broward? We love to eat at restaurants like Brimstone Woodfire Grill, and when we feel like being adventurous, we’ll go to places like iFLY, which provides indoor sky-diving experiences. We are big nesters and love to do home renovation together, which we find very rewarding and fun.

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Samantha Steven

BALANOVICH COOPER CITY

She’s a rock-star photographer. He’s a national account manager in healthcare who has never let Multiple Sclerosis slow him down.

Although you’d never know it from looking at him, Steven has MS. How do you face each day as a couple? Steven: We’re grateful that I still have great mobility, and being active is important to us, so we exercise together five days a week at CrossFit Ripped in Weston. We also support many charities that are important to us on a personal level, from running in marathons to benefit the MS Society to Samantha donating her services to local schools and charities to capture amazing photos of children.

Describe the biggest lesson that you’ve learned as a couple. Samantha: Life is full of highs and lows, and you must ride both together. When Steven was diagnosed with MS, I was pregnant with our first child. Together we went through a very traumatic period, but we remained strong for one another. There is no perfect marriage; you just have to communicate and work through things. What does romance look like in your relationship? A nice dinner out, without our two children, where there aren’t any spills or fights at the table. We’re creatures of habit, so we often go to our local favorite places like Village Tavern, but we also enjoy going to Komodo in Miami or the new Rooftop in Fort Lauderdale. Each year, we take one vacation alone, just the two of us, so we can keep that spark alive.

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Paula DaSILVA Carissa OFFHAUS COCONUT CREEK

DaSilva is the queen of the cuisine at Burlock Coast in Fort Lauderdale, while Offhaus lives the sweet life as a pastry cook at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

How does your love of food bring you together? And who cooks at home? Paula: We both share a passion for food, and because it consumes a big part of our professional lives, if we ever get stumped on what to do, it’s usually, “Let’s try a new restaurant!” When both of us are home, we share cooking responsibilities; one chops while the other starts to cook, and we both love to grill. Carissa is the grill master. You have two children, ages 6 and 10. How do you balance kids, demanding jobs and your relationship? Paula: It’s a juggling act. At times we divide and conquer, but we prefer to do things as a team. I’m a huge planner, so each week we discuss what everyone has going on from our work to the kids’ school activities. Somewhere in between all the craziness we always find time for ourselves, even if it’s just having morning coffee or getting pedicures together.

What does free time look like in your relationship? Weeknights we try to stay home as much as we can, cook with the kids and make sure that we’re involved with their school work and activities. We also love to travel. Any extra days that we have, we pack our bags and go somewhere. One of our favorite date places is always somewhere we can sit outside and overlook the water.

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Vicki Richard DELUCA WESTON

She’s a model with a big heart for animals. He’s a financial advisor to pro athletes with a past life as a sports agent in the NFL. You’ve been married 20 years. What’s your secret? Vicki: Being married isn’t easy, it works because we put in the work. We make time to talk and to make sure that we’re really “hearing” each other.  The world is so stressful right now, and if we don’t touch base with each other every day, we’re lost. Richard also has a crazy sense of humor and always keeps me laughing.

With three teenage girls, how do you handle the parenting? It’s a game of good-cop, bad-cop. Richard is the nice one who is sweet to our “little girls” and I’m the bad one who enforces all the rules. The results are three amazing young ladies that are very strong-willed and confident. What’s a typical date night in Weston? We appreciate good food and we enjoy eating at Ceviche Arigato for dinner, or sometimes we go to Acquolina or Angelo’s for appetizers and drinks. Richard has been a wonderful support of my animal rescue organization, BulliesNBeyond, and he helps at adoption events, which makes me happy that we can do that together. We also love taking our three rescue dogs for a walk.

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Rachel George PERZ SUNRISE

She’s the general manager at BRIO Tuscan Grille, Plantation. He’s an adventurous sales manager at Morris 4x4 Center.

Tell us your love story. We met when I took my Jeep in for service and George was at the service counter. I had a book with me—Wicked by Gregory Maguire—and George asked me about it, totally catching me off guard and piquing my interest. I learned that George has a passion for Jeeps, which was made even more apparent when we went offroading together for the first time. I was incredibly impressed with his knowledge and skill.

You’re both heavily involved in the community. Why is philanthropy important to your relationship? We chose to establish our home in Broward County because there is so much culture and diversity here. We both learned from our parents the importance of contributing to our community, and the time we spend together volunteering for MADD and ARC Broward helps reinforce those values and reminds us of our families. What’s your favorite way to spend time together? We enjoy experiencing new things and new places, whether it’s trying a restaurant we haven’t been to, going to a show or a lecture (usually at the Broward Center), or a new activity. We recently attempted archery! Usually, one of us introduces the idea to the other, but we make sure to give every new activity 100 percent.

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DOGGONE FABULOUS If you and your dog are inseparable, you don’t have to leave him behind on vacation (or sacrifice the finer

things). Pack your pup: high-end resorts in South Florida are greeting canine companions with open paws.

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Loews Miami Beach 1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 305.604.1601 • loewshotels.com

Pet perks: With a motto like “Loews Loves Pets,” you know yours will receive first-class treatment at this mega-resort. Don’t worry about packing your dog or cat’s essentials; the Loews takes care of everything, from loaner pet beds and litter boxes to scratching pads and other accessories like bowls and a mat. Upon arrival, pets receive a goodie bag packed with treats and a toy, and they’ll eat just as well as their owners with a special in-room dining menu that offers gourmet dishes. The hotel can recommend walking routes (there’s a lengthy walking path along the beach), and pups run free at the on-property doggie park. If you want to get out and enjoy the nightlife while staying on South Beach, the resort can also offer recs on pet sitting services. Fee is $50 per pet, two pets-per-room limit, and proof of vaccinations is required. People perks: Boasting a $50 million renovation, the Loews offers the

chance to float in its epic pool with a frosé in hand while a DJ pumps out music; take a barre class followed by an indulgent massage at Exhale Spa; savor oysters at seafood-focused Lure Fishbar; and sip creative cocktails by master mixologist Julio Cabrera at the new Bar Collins. Guests are within walking distance of Lincoln Road, which is basically a parade route for snazzily dressed dogs.

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Marriott Stanton South Beach 161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach 305.536.7700 • stantonsobe.com

Pet perks: If “Must love dogs” is your motto, you will

instantly feel the puppy love in the Stanton’s lobby, where a painting of a French bulldog is front-and-center in the hotel’s eclectic art collection. Upon check-in, dogs are presented with treats and a ball for playtime, and well-behaved pooches can join their owners for lunch or dinner at Mexican joint Lolo’s Surf Cantina. The hotel is situated next to bustling South Pointe Park, which offers a small dog park for mixing and mingling, and is perfect for picturesque strolls with ocean and city skyline views. Note: There’s a $150 non-refundable sanitation fee per week. Dogs must be 25 lbs. or under.

People perks: As one of the only hotels on Ocean

Drive with direct beach access, you can splash about in the ocean, enjoy long beach walks, or take a spin on a complimentary beach cruiser. The recently renovated hotel, reimagined by famed UK interior designer Martin Brudnizki, offers many rooms with ocean-facing balconies and a shiny new fitness center and spa with a menu of relaxing treatments such as the Hot Sea Shell Massage or the Signature Stanton South Beach Ritual, where they’ll buff your body with a vanilla-scented scrub and follow it with a Lomi-Lomi rhythmic massage. When it comes to dining, hang out in local-favorite Lolo’s Surf Cantina or snag a covetable table at the new Azabu Miami Beach, which serves up authentic Japanese food.

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Mandarin Oriental Miami 500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami 305.913.8288 • mandarinoriental.com

Pet perks: If all dogs go to heaven, then heaven is this Brickell Key oasis. Upon arrival, they’re gifted a doggy bag that includes a toy and treats made by the MO pastry team, a keepsake Mandarin Oriental collar tag (to alert the hotel that your pet is a special guest), pee pads, a dog bed, and bowls for food and water. Want to sleep in? Someone from the hotel will walk your dog around the island’s three-mile exercise loop. Dogs are allowed throughout the hotel except inside the restaurants, the pool and the gym. Note: There’s a $250 deposit per pet ($100 is returned if there are no room damages). People perks: Since this luxe Forbes Five-Star hotel is located on the

tranquil oasis of Brickell Key, you’re far from the mania of mainland Miami, but just a quick jaunt over the bridge to the new Brickell City Centre. Lounge by the pool overlooking sparkling Biscayne Bay (there’s even a convenient button to push for drink or food service at your lounge chair), indulge in a Peruvian feast at Lar Mar by Gaston Acurio, sip cocktails at the chic MO Bar + Lounge, or simply soak up the tranquility of the spa, which spans three floors.

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FORT LAUDERDALE

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W Fort Lauderdale 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale 954.414.8200 • wfortlauderdalehotel.com

Pet perks: This trendy hotel rolls out the red carpet for people and pets with a VIP Pet Suite package that can be added to any room category. The customized suite is fitted with a plush doggie bed and a Tinkle Turf Pad (and pick-up bags) on the expansive balcony. Your dog’s tail will wag when the staff drops off a Pooch Perks gift box filled with toys and treats, along with a W bandana for your pup to wear around the property. There’s also a tasty pet menu offering pups the chance to chow down on dishes like a hamburger patty with diced pineapple, salmon fillet with steamed asparagus, and a kosher beef hot dog with broccoli and steamed edamame. The Pet Suite package waives the daily clean-up fee and a deposit is not required. People perks: Fresh off a $55 million renovation, this beachfront stunner

offers a massive rooftop pool deck, WET East, perfect for sunning and swimming while soaking up gorgeous ocean views. Dine at Stephen Starr’s lauded steakhouse Steak 954 or the new Sushi Bar with a menu created by Chef Shuji Hiyakawa. Spend a few hours relaxing at Bliss Spa or roaming the North Beach neighborhood dotted with beachy boutiques. If you’re looking for a rowdy Sunday Funday, their Sunday pool party is the place to see and be seen.

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The Brazilian Court Hotel 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach 561.655.7740 • thebraziliancourt.com

Pet perks: Palm Beach is a place where dogs are dressed just as stylishly as their owners, and they’re always strutting down the streets of the ritzy island. With many rooms equipped with side doors that lead directly to tree-lined streets, taking your pet for a walk or a potty break is easy—and you’re sure to run into new furry friends. Upon arrival, pets are given treats and a ball (food/water bowls and loaner doggie beds available upon request). If you really want to pamper your pooch (and price is no object), splurge on the “Bark Butler” package ($9,300) which includes a designer dog bed, daily walking services, spa services like a blueberry facial and milk thistle paw soak, a one-hour photo session for owner and pooch provided by Capehart Photography, and much more. Note: Regular fee is $100 per pet. People perks: The historic, 80-room hotel tucked off stylish Worth

Avenue feels like an opulent Palm Beach home. During the day, chill on a designer sunbed by the palm-lined pool (don’t miss a photo opp next to the oversized wooden mirror), escape to tropical courtyards sprinkled with cozy nooks and day beds, or go for some pampering at the Frederic Fekkai salon. If you want to explore nearby Worth Avenue or the beach, rent one of the resort’s Lilly Pulitzer-designed bikes. It’s hard to beat dinner at celebrated Café Boulud, where you’ll sip a beautiful White Cosmo that features an orchid centerpiece.

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The Perry Hotel Key West at Stock Island Marina 7001 Shrimp Road, Key West 305.296.1717 • perrykeywest.com

Pet perks: If you’re looking for a mix of relaxation and salt-life adventure, this new boutique hotel offers guests and their canine companions the best of both worlds. The hotel partners with Lazy Dog Adventures for kayak and SUP excursions where guests can paddle through towering mangroves and pristine waters with their pups in tow. Dogs can also sunbathe with their owners on the property’s posh pool deck or run free at two on-site dog parks. Note: Pet fee is $150 per stay. People perks: Retreat to guestrooms and suites with spacious private balconies and waterfront views, spend the day sunning on the pool deck that overlooks the waterfront, and devour as much seafood as you can handle at two boat-to-table restaurants. If you’re a boater, the resort sits on the largest deep-water marina in the Florida Keys. The property also offers complimentary shuttle service to/ from downtown, perfect for those nights when you’ve imbibed too much. If the downtown scene is too much, wander the Stock Island Marina Village, which is dotted with more restaurants (don’t miss the famous hogfish sandwich at Hogfish Bar and Grill), eclectic shops, art studios and a soon-to-open distillery.

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The Gates Hotel Key West 3824 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West 305.320.0930 • gateshotelkeywest.com

Pet perks: This island hotel with an eco-chic vibe offers

shared fun for you and your pet (two dogs up to 50 lbs. are allowed). Upon arrival, pups receive a gift box filled with treats and toys, along with food/water bowls. Dogs can join their owners for a chill Happy Hour at the hotel’s Rum Row, and there’s a monthly Yappy Hour that benefits the local SPCA. The hotel is a 15-minute drive from Higgs Beach Dog Park, and dog-walking services can be arranged for those days when you’re busy relaxing by the pool or partying on Duval Street. Note: Fee is $25 per pet.

People perks: Located at the entry point of Key West, the

hotel is a literal gateway to all the Conch Republic offers. Rent an on-property bike and cruise the island, take a free shuttle to Duval Street to watch the sunset celebration with your pup, or pool-hop between The Gates and its next-door sister property, 24 North. In true Key West style, Happy Hour launches at one property from noon to 4 p.m., and picks up from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at the other property, so you never miss a drink special. Rum Row is always a good idea for tapas, creative rum-inspired cocktails and live music in the evenings, or keep it super-casual by grabbing a meal from the on-property food truck. inWESTON MAGAZINE

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FOR THE SPIRITED FRIEND

7 Deadly Sins Double Old-Fashioned Set in opaque white glass with gold lettering; $49.95, at Z Gallerie, Shops at Pembroke Gardens, Pembroke Pines, and at zgallerie.com.

FOR THE TRAVELER

Prada’s leather passport holder made from crosshatched leather; $430, at Nordstrom stores and nordstrom.com.

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FOR YOUR COLORFUL FRIEND Edie Parker’s striped silicone iPhone case; $50, at Saks Fifth Avenue stores and saks.com.

Valentine’s Day chocolates and flowers are nice, but if you really want to show—and get—some love, up the ante with something ultra-special.

FOR THE PLANNER

Smythson’s 2018 Soho Agenda in silver printed calf leather (runs to January 2019); $365, at smythson.com.

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Ingersoll Regent Automatic Open Heart leather-strap watch; $625, at nordstrom.com.

FOR THE LUXE LOVER

Printed 100-percent silk robe by Meng Zhang; $1,075, at net-a-porter.com.

FOR THE ROSEGOLD FANATIC

Tiffany & Co.’s Love Lock Bracelet in 18K rose gold; $4,800, at Tiffany & Co., Miami Design District and Bal Harbour, or visit tiffany.com.

FOR THE STYLISH TRAVELER

Delsey Luggage Helium Aero Carry-on Spinner Trolley in Peony (also available in Cobalt, Plum, Red and Titanium); $124.99, at amazon.com.

FOR YOUR BFF

Amigas Clutch in neoprene with gold-toned hardware and a neoprene tassel; $420, at Silvia Tcherassi, Shops at Merrick Park, Coral Gables, and silviatcherassi.com. inWESTON MAGAZINE

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Jumpsuit available at lulus.com. Jennifer Fisher Jewelry necklace; available at net-a-porter.com. Gabriel & Co. earrings; available at gabrielny.com. Qupid shoes; available at qupid.com. Bag available at lulus.com.

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McQ Alexander McQueen top and pants; available at Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour. Earrings and ring available at lulus.com.Â

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Shoshanna dress; available at shopbop.com. Shoes from Rainbow Shops; available at rainbowshops.com. Shashi earrings; available at shopshashi.com.

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Keepsake dress; available at revolve. com. Miranda Frye earrings; available at mirandafrye.com.

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Chris Gramer trenchcoat; available at chrisgramer.com. Rainbow Shops sweater dress; available at rainbowshops.com. Dream Control clutch; available at shoplikedreams.com. Gabriel & Co. earrings and rings; available at gabrielny.com. Shoes available at lulus.com.

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Alpha Industries jacket; available at shopbop.com. Anine Bing camisole; available at net-a-porter.com. RD Style pants; available at Nordstrom, Coral Gables. Earrings available at lulus.com.

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The Fifth Label sweatshirt; available at revolve.com. [BLANKNYC] skirt; available at blanknyc.com. KAANAS shoes; available at kaanas.com. Handbag at lulus.com.

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Triple Threat FORT LAUDERDALE ATTORNEY JESSE BERNHEIM FOCUSES ON PERSONAL INJURY LAW, HOMEOWNER INSURANCE DISPUTES, AND PHARMACEUTICAL/MEDICAL DEVICE LITIGATION. By John Buchanan

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esse Bernheim is a highly experienced attorney who focuses on personal injury cases, homeowners insurance claims, and pharmaceutical/medical device litigation. Born and raised in New Jersey, he attended the University of Massachusetts and received a degree in business administration with a focus in finance. Following graduation, he moved to Miami and attended the University of Miami School of Law, where he graduated cum laude in 2001. Bernheim Dolinsky Kelley is located at 1936 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call 954.894.5900 or visit duejustice.com.

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What types of homeowner insurance cases do you handle? “A large focus of our firm is representing homeowners against their insurance companies for any type of water damage, tile damage, fire, and hurricane or other storm damage. We walk clients

through the claims process. In the past few years, homeowner insurance carriers have become very difficult to deal with. Our experience helps level the playing field and maximize the recovery so that the homeowner can make the necessary repairs to their homes.” What is your track record in pharmaceutical/medical device cases? “I have represented thousands of clients in litigation against pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers. Some of the things I have represented clients for are defective prosthetic hips, and dangerous drugs with inadequate warnings, such as Actos, Xarelto, and Pradaxa. I’ve also represented hundreds of women and men due to, respectively, transvaginal and hernia mesh failures.”

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What sets you apart from other personal injury attorneys? “There are a lot of personal injury lawyers in South Florida to choose from. But you don’t see my firm on TV or billboards, because we offer a boutique, personalized experience that has resulted in great success for our clients. I have represented victims of car, motorcycle and boating accidents; slip-and-fall incidents, and other kinds of injuries for 16 years. So I have built a large referral network by word of mouth, due to our track record. That’s what brings us most of our new clients.”

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Experience Counts FOR MORE THAN A QUARTER-CENTURY, WESTON ATTORNEY LEE GLASSMAN HAS BUILT A FORMIDABLE REPUTATION AS A PASSIONATE ADVOCATE FOR HIS CLIENTS. By John Buchanan

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ee Glassman, whose focus includes real estate law and insurance disputes, has been practicing law for 26 years. Born in Miami, he attended the University of Michigan, where he earned a B.A. in political science. He earned his law degree in 1991 from Emory University. He is peer-rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell and was named as the top real estate boutique law firm in Florida in 2017 by the Legal Elite Awards. The Glassman Legal Group is located at 2200 North Commerce Parkway, Suite 105, Weston. For more information, call 954.915.8800 or visit glassmanlegalgroup.com.

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What kinds of legal issues come up between home buyers and sellers? “There are so many issues, especially since the real estate crash 10 years

ago. Those issues involve necessary repairs, or homes with liens or code violations that have never properly been resolved. And issues with liens or code violations also affect title to the property. Then there are the disputes between buyers and sellers before a closing. Today, in almost every closing we do, there is some kind of issue that needs to be dealt with.” What kinds of insurance-related cases do you focus on? “We handle insurance litigation, meaning that we sue insurance companies who do not pay claims, or who don’t pay enough. Those cases include homeowner, car, health and life insurance companies. Nine times out of ten, those cases settle before they get to court.”

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What do you primarily focus on? “We are real estate attorneys and we do everything in that field. We represent people who are buying and selling homes or buying investment properties. We represent banks in commercial transactions. We represent people involved in foreclosures. We also handle family matters, like when someone inherits a property and they want to sell it, but there are certain orders that must be obtained through the courts in the estate process.”

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Leveling the Playing Field FORT LAUDERDALE ATTORNEY MICHAEL J. COHEN HELPS BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUAL CLIENTS USE THE LEGAL SYSTEM TO WIN JUSTICE IN PERSONAL INJURY AND INSURANCE DISPUTE CASES. By John Buchanan

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ichael J. Cohen is a veteran attorney with more than two decades of experience. He focuses on litigation related to personal injuries, disputes with insurance companies, and medical malpractice. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1998. After serving as a managing member of two prior firms, he founded the Weston-based Cohen Legal Group in 2012. Cohen Legal Group is located at 2883 Executive Park Drive, Suite 200, Weston. For more information, call 954.617.6500 or visit accidentalinjurycounsel.com.

Q&A with Michael J. Cohen, founder and principal of Cohen Legal Group

What kinds of personal injury cases do you handle? “With regard to personal injury cases, I represent people injured in auto accidents, commercial accidents, slip-and-fall incidents, and medical malpractice cases. We’re able, as a result of our expertise and experience, to help clients get compensated for their losses when they’re injured

because of the fault or wrongdoing of others. And we also take those cases on a contingency basis, meaning that the client owes us nothing if we do not win the case.” What kinds of insurance disputes do you handle? “I represent clients who have any kind of dispute with an insurance company. I represent medical providers who are not paid by insurance companies. I also represent homeowners who have disputes with their insurance companies as a result of property damage issues. Unfortunately, claims against insurance companies are very common. The fact is, they make their profits by collecting premiums and then delaying or denying claims. We help level that playing field.”

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What types of litigation do you focus on? “As far as litigation is concerned, I help small businesses and individuals with any sort of legal dispute involving monetary issues. I help them use the legal system to resolve those issues successfully, either through negotiation or trial. I offer a free consultation with prospective new clients. I’ve litigated cases ranging from their early stages all the way through to trial.”

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Josper-roasted young root vegetables from local farmers with olive oil, Maldon salt and cracked pepper. RIGHT: Charcuterie and cheese board with American farmstead cheeses and artisanally cured meats.

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out pretense that attracts visitors and a cross-section of the local population every night (and Sundays for a delectable brunch. Try the Spanish Inquisition, or if you have a sweet tooth, the Belgium “Liege” waffles). No one would ever guess that this restaurant could conceivably be broken down and removed in a matter of days. In fact, the massive containers are so subtle, they blend into the background and are overtaken by the ambience, lively open kitchen and uplifting surroundings. If you’re looking for a “happy” place to dine, this is it, and it’s full of surprises. Order a martini and it arrives in an etched crystal coupe glass, the kind you’d see Cary Grant gesturing with in a vintage film. It’s an unexpected elegant detail, of which CHARCOAL prides itself with what it calls an “analog” approach to its menu. It’s an unusual term, but it means “back to basics,” according to Lyon, and it starts and ends with charcoal cooking over enclosed Spanish Josper grills that were initially born in Barcelona, Spain, to combat wind coming off the coast. The entire menu at CHARCOAL comes from two Jospers housed in an 8x20' container kitchen that’s run by an equally small army of chefs whose scarred arms are a testament to the massive power and 700-degree heat emanating from charcoal grills. There are no fryers or sauté pans here; every delectable dish, including the not-to-miss desserts of bread pudding and Bananas Josper (a take on the classic Bananas Foster), is created in these grills.

“It’s not digital, not high-tech,” says Lyon. “There’s something primeval about cooking over charcoal versus a modern digital kitchen,” he says. Primeval and flavorful. Main menu highlights include octopus, which is slow-simmered until tender, sliced and Josper-roasted, then tossed with sorrel, oregano, thyme, lemon and olive oil. Branzino, served in a style Lyon observed in Barcelona, is cooked whole and then divided into steaks. Then there’s Choucroute Garni, roasted pork belly, praised pork shoulder, grilled Proper Sausage, beer-braised house-cured sauerkraut, tiny potatoes and grainy Dijon mustard. New to the menu is a farm-raised Hudson Valley duck breast, which is sliced and served medium rare, “as it would be done in France,” says Lyon. Chicken, pork and beef are all sourced in Central Florida, breads come from Lyon pals Zak the Baker and Sullivan Street Bakery, charcoal-grilled vegetables and must-have macaroni and cheese are all served “en casserole” in piping hot, cast-iron skillets, and nearly every dish is garnished with herbs from CHARCOAL’S garden. With 30 tub-like containers, Lyon lays claim to the largest edible organic garden in the country. The menu, says Lyon “has an American sensibility with a Spanish, French and Italian style. We’re letting the food speak for itself with simple cooking, good ingredients and great flavors.” And of course, charcoal. CHARCOAL Garden Bar + Grill is located at 82 NW 29th Street, Miami, and is open for dinner from 5 p.m. every night but Monday. Sunday Brunch is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit charcoalmiami.com or call 786.646.2998.

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The Levante is to Maserati what the Cayenne was to Porsche back in 2003: a first-time effort to reproduce a storied brand’s sporting mojo in mid-size SUV form. But unlike Porsche’s awkward-looking first-generation Cayenne, which proved that the Porsche 911’s iconic styling elements might not, in fact, work so well in tall SUV proportions, the Levante SUV looks damn fine in Maserati’s Italian couture.

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Indeed, while the Levante’s furrowed brow, hexagonal grille, curvalicious contours, and distinct side window shapes were curated over many years on lowslung Maserati sedans, they look equally natural on its taller body. Like every Maserati, the Levante has a disproportionately large lower body compared to its upper body, contributing to its decidedly athletic look that’s made even sportier with the GranSport’s red brake calipers, rear spoiler, black wheels and darkened trim. Lest anyone liken it to your neighbor’s Grand Cherokee, the Levante’s exquisite door handles, exhaust pipes, fender portholes and glistening Trident logos assert its eminence. Details matter, especially in chrome.

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• Nice new infotainment system • Conspicuously cheap interior bits

Like the Cayenne, the Levante takes performance seriously, though it doesn’t cohere as masterfully as with the Porsche. The standard 345-horsepower turbocharged V-6 is plenty powerful, and the Levante S’s Ferrari-built (!) V-6 corrals 424 ponies under the Levante’s long hood, yet even the S occasionally exhibits annoying turbo lag. It brakes with authority and steers with acuity, and the air suspension’s firmest setting lets it corner confidently up to about 9/10 of its limits. Beyond that, it becomes a nose-heavy handful. Certainly, few Levantes will be driven that hard by their owners, and around town, the Levante does everything a lux-u-vee ought to sans complaint, making delightful sounds all the while. Still, if you’re a true Maseratisto, you might expect that plus Porsche-baiting performance, especially from a Levante S GranSport with every performance option—and a $104K sticker. At least the clean, businesslike cabin brought the spoils, including buttery black leather, red stitching, terrific GranSport-exclusive sport seats, sparklingly clear Bowers & Wilkins speakers and more, without resorting to frippery. The GranLusso has an even higher luxe quotient, trading the racier look for warmer décor, especially with its available Ermenegildo —Zegna silk upholstery. Like the Ghibli, however, every Levante uses Chryslersourced switches, stalks, and buttons—which is like finding Velveeta in your billionaire friend’s kitchen. The cheap stuff is more discreetly integrated in the Levante than the Ghibli—the Velveeta’s still there, only it’s stashed in the refrigerator versus left on the counter—and hence, takes little away from its uniquely Italian-feeling driving experience.

Maserati Ghibli

2018 MASERATI GHIBLI (BASE PRICE RANGE: $74,300—$88,000)

With its four doors, trunk and ground-hugging suspension, the Ghibli may technically be a sedan, but ever since the junior Maserati first appeared in 2014 looking for all the pasta in Italy like a Quattroporte left in the dryer too long, I’ve proffered that the Ghibli is effectively a coupe. Its evocative and curvaceous body, with its frameless windows and low roof, are all in line with sporty, high-end coupe design. And its back seat is rather snug by sedan standards, but it’s darn generous among coupes. A new-for-2018 grille design doesn’t make it look any more coupe-like, but it does add some sex appeal, a coupe specialty if ever there was one. Looking back a few years, the last time Maserati offered a Ghibli was 1973, and it was—you guessed it— a coupe. As a Maserati, the Ghibli must perform well, and indeed, performance is the Ghibli’s best quality. The Ghibli’s turbocharged V-6 engines produce 350 and 430 horsepower in base and “S” models, respectively, a few ponies greater than in commensurate Levantes. Being both lower and lighter, the Ghibli puts on a more satisfying hustle whilst making the same great sounds, even in nonS form, as was my test car. Also like the Levante, the Ghibli is offered in base form, or one can upgrade to the more decadent GranLusso or zestier GranSport models. All feature Maserati’s excellent new touchscreen infotainment system with dual knurled concentric control dials. My GranLusso tester featured open-pore wood and

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acres of dizzyingly aromatic leather. Unfortunately, the 2018 updates didn’t effectively remedy the Ghibli’s most glaring and longstanding source of criticism: inconsistent material quality, with some pieces epitomizing Italian craftsmanship and other bits unworthy of a Fisher Price toy. Even worse, some of the most egregious cheapness is found in very conspicuous places—the awful defroster vents in the front corner of the driver and passenger side windows come to mind—and it’s the sort of stuff that borders on appalling in the higher trim levels. Whether or not that is tolerable may hinge upon on how emotional one gets about sexy styling, performance, and character, all of which the Ghibli—and every Maserati I’ve ever driven— delivers in spades. To test drive one of the models reviewed here, visit Rick Case Maserati • Alfa Romeo, 3500 Weston Rd., Davie, 855.286.9728; visit rickcasemaserati.com.

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