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23 W E S T O N I T E Jewelry Box 23 Lighten up for a sizzling summer with feminine, delicate pieces. Hot Sheet 24 Bulgari’s trunk show at Weston Jewelers; Pritikin Longevity Center’s 35th anniversary. Local Color 26 Bernheim & Dolinsky; Jeannette Romeu Function & Style 30 Seek out sleek shapes to add sophistication and style to your home. 58



Her Amazing Adventure

The Last Wordy 38 Maria Tettamanti’s lusts, musts and ones to watch.


S3 offers up ocean views, topnotch nibbles and creative cocktails.

Maria Menounos takes on reality TV and releases her second self-help book on fitness just in time for summer.


Kings of Cool

90 S O C I A LS T u D I E S

With Father’s Day on the horizon, it’s a fitting time to honor these four fantastic dads.


The Mix 32 Real estate market news; Just Air salon will have you blowing in and out in a flash; Midtown Athletic Club; and more.


A Wedding Primer


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The mad, mad days of May.

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Pop Stars

10 Father’s Day gifts you’ll be excited to give—and that he’ll love to receive.


In Living Color

Brighten up with colors, shapes and textures that define the season’s most perfect looks.



She wants it all— and she’s getting it Dads That Rule

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

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ThaT TiTle could describe a loT of Things right now—most notably the weather. and because the weather is warming up, it’s time to lighten up. in this issue of inWeston, we not only go light, but also bright: with fashion that heralds the arrival of the season, beautifully captured by photographer gio alma. and you can get it all in your own backyard—hooray! Then, having honored moms that rock in our last issue, with father’s day coming up next month we were excited to do the same for four devoted dads. each of our “Kings of cool” has his own special rituals with his kids that not only keep the bond between them tight, but also are helping create a lifetime of lasting memories; you can read all about ‘em beginning on page 50. and on the topic of dads, we’ve put together our annual father’s day gift guide, starting on page 66, with ideas for every kind of dad, from the fashion lover to the tech geek. and because this is the time of year that is traditionally the most popular for weddings—although that isn’t necessarily true here in south florida—we’ve included a wedding primer guide with advice and tips to begin the planning if you’ve got a ceremony in your future. last but not least, our cover girl, Maria Menounos, seems to always be juggling a number of projects, but her latest, The everygirl’s guide to diet and fitness, is right on time for summer. in the book, which will be available June 3rd, Menounos shares the diet and lifestyle tips that helped her lose 40 pounds, along with recipes and workouts meant for real people with real lives—not just celebrities. because when it comes to spending summer in south florida, no one wants to be hot ‘n heavy. head to page 78 for the interview. enjoy the issue.



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Jesse Bernheim


Ground By Jennifer Leslie Kramer

Jesse Bernheim and his partner Robert Dolinsky work tirelessly to help clients across the country win big.


When Jesse Bernheim, founding partner at Plantation’s Bernheim & dolinsky LLC, first began law school, he wasn’t sure exactly what kind of law he wanted to pursue. “i knew i wanted to study the law, and i also knew i wanted to be on the consumer side,” he recollects. “i thought it was important to help even the playing field between consumers and insurance companies and large corporations.” And that’s exactly what Bernheim, along with his partner, robert dolinsky—whom he met while attending law school at university of miami—has been doing at the firm they jointly opened 10 years ago. While the firm handles a number of different legal cases, from civil litigation matters such as car accidents and slip-and-falls to insurance litigation and legal malpractice, most recently it has focused on pharmaceutical and medical product liability, often leading to mass tort litigation. “i began my career representing people who were injured in car accidents and slip-and-falls, and while we still take on quite a few of those cases, we currently represent many clients who are dealing with the repercussions of

defective pharmaceutical products,” remarks Bernheim. “We were very successful in obtaining our first settlement, which was a large mass tort, and it has continued to grow from there.” for example, the firm is currently handling litigation for those patients who have been affected by the stryker hip replacement recall, and Bernheim has been tapped as lead counsel in the south florida stryker Litigation in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. “We were the first firm to file lawsuits in the state of florida,” he notes. “There were a handful of south florida doctors that put in around 1,000 of these hips. The failure rate is as high as 80 percent, and some doctors have said that 100 percent of them will eventually corrode.” By helping to bring attention to this serious matter and handling hundred of cases nationwide, Bernheim received the distinct honor of a special appointment by u.s. district Court Judge donovan frank in minnesota as state Court Liaison to the stryker hip mdL. Bernheim knows how fortunate he is to be so busy, and he acknowledges that the firm hit the ground running. “We had a large amount of clients that came with us when we opened, and we began resolving cases right away,” he shares. “our staff and office space have grown at a great pace, and we’re really enjoying the work.” evidence of such growth is witnessed in the firm’s three other offices around the country—two in Kentucky, one each in Boston and the d.C. area—which helps represent clients on a national level. But thanks to technology, Bernheim doesn’t have to travel too much, something he considers a real luxury. “i’m a family man. i like to be home with my wife and kids enjoying the south florida lifestyle,” he says. “We like to be outdoors on the water, playing sports, etc.” Bernheim’s wife grew up in Weston, and they both know, “There’s simply no better place to raise kids in south florida.” despite the adversarial nature of his work, he enjoys it tremendously. “every day brings a new experience, a new challenge. i love what i do, and feeling the satisfaction of being able to help people and make a difference in their lives gives me a tremendous amount of motivation each day to get up and do it all again.” Bernheim & dolinsky, LLC is located at 8151 Peters rd., #3200, in Plantation and can be reached at 954.962.4224 or visit

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Jeannette Romeu

A Study in

Contrasts By Jennifer Leslie Kramer

Whether playing classical concertos, jazz standards or performing as her alter ego Galaxy Girl, Jeannette Romeu continues to reinvent herself time and time again.


Jeannette Claudine Romeu has been playing the piano since she was three years old, and it shows. Watch any of her performances, be it at Birdland, the decades-old iconic jazz club in new York City, or closer to home at the Weston hills Country Club, and it is quickly apparent that the piano is a natural extension of Romeu. she plays effortlessly, with grace and passion. “i’ve been playing since i was a little girl,” she says. “i’m one in a long line of musicians, conductors and composers that dates back five generations.” to wit, both her father and great uncle have amassed myriad musical credits, including a number of nat King Cole albums like the Classic singles and en español, and her family has also been linked to the havana symphony orchestra, the Grammy-award-winning Cuban latin Jazz band, irakere, and the iconic Cuban cabaret and club, tropicana. “music has always been a part of my life. even when i was studying medicine and science in college, it was always there,” she recollects. Romeu soon figured out that those subjects weren’t for her

and quickly changed course to earn a bachelor’s degree from university of miami’s Frost school of music. and next year she’s returning to school to earn her master’s from the Julliard school. “i love the process of educating myself and it’s something that my entire family has always taken very seriously.” Romeu’s love of learning extends beyond the classroom as well. Branching out from her classically trained roots, she is also involved in the electronic music scene—or edm, as those in the know call it. there, Jeannette Romeu is replaced by her alter ego, Galaxy Girl. “i moved into electronica when i saw it becoming wildly popular,” she remarks. “i noticed the younger generation became very attracted to it; they would lose themselves in it and experience pure joy and happiness while listening to the beats and dancing along. i wanted to help them find that joy and forget about their daily problems for just a moment. Plus, it’s important to keep evolving,” she adds. “even though i studied classical music for many years, then moved on to jazz, i knew there was something else i needed to learn, so i began exploring the role i could play in the electronica scene. now, i deejay and produce dance music, often improvising on the spot and adding my voice or other instruments over the tracks.” she has performed around the world as Galaxy Girl, including many shows at miami’s ultra music Festival. Romeu also performs via avatar on, a website that allows her to deejay live for fans around the world by using a 3d animation program. While it seems her latest endeavors may have taken Romeu far from her roots, that couldn’t be further from the truth. she has recently been tapped to become a steinway artist, an honor she greatly appreciates. “to be invited to become part of the steinway family as a jazz concert pianist is incredible, and i’m so fortunate to be able to count myself among them.” as she continues to hone her craft and share her talent around the world, Romeu couldn’t be happier. “music has become my life,” she admits, “and i wouldn’t have it any other way.” For more information on Jeannette Romeu, visit or

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The Thea Kuta pendant lamp by designer Rosita Missoni for Missoni Home has a structure of painted steel and is covered in woolen woven threads. $4,520, at Addison House, Aventura, and Nest Casa, Miami.


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Learn It, List It, Love It MAke those reAl estAte dreAMs A reAlity.

It’s been a long road back from the real estate bust of 2008, but Kitty Hamilton, a realtor with Keller Williams, says the market is on the upswing. “We’re experiencing historically low interest rates, and it’s definitely a seller’s market,” she says. Still, she acknowledges, people aren’t quick to forget the past. “Buyers and sellers are not putting themselves over budget; they’re definitely proceeding with caution.” But that’s just the locals. The same cannot be said for investors and international buyers, who are scooping up South Florida properties—and paying in cash—at impressive rates. “Between the low inventory and cash buyers who don’t depend on bank loans, it’s a tight market,” she says. All the more reason that now is a perfect time to put your home on the market. “There’s an influx of buyers who short-sold their homes after the bubble who can now qualify for a mortgage. Plus, there are still incentives available to first-time homebuyers. All of this creates more buyers than we have homes.” So what’s a buyer to do? Call an experienced realtor. To contact Hamilton, call 954.358.6000, or visit her current listings at

Tame That Just Air blow dry sAlon opens in weston.


Summer is here, and every woman knows what that means. Along with getting bodies bikini-ready, it’s time to figure out a way to tame the mane (read: battle the humidity). To the rescue: Just Air. Following the success of their first location in Fort Lauderdale, owners Nicole Carner and Brooke Gettler decided to head west. As with most blow dry bars, the salon specializes in straightforward 45-minute styling sessions—you can be in and out in the course of a lunch break. With a flick of their talented wrists, stylists will tame your tresses into one of the salon’s signature styles, like Just Straight, Just Waves, Floating on Air, or Just Curls. Basic blowouts cost just $35, and a variety of upgrades—updos, scalp massages, braids, Moroccan oil treatments and hair extensions—are available for an additional cost. Other fun options: bulk buys in groups of four, eight and 12 and monthly memberships, ranging from four to 12 Air Passes a month to a VIP yearly membership that includes 48 blowouts. Just Air is located in the Country Isle shopping center, at 1370 Weston Rd., Weston. To make an appointment, call 954.999.5675. 32


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It’s not just your wardrobe that needs refreshing as the heat intensifies. Overhaul your vanity tray with fragrances that are perfect this time of year and feel fresh rather than heavy. Certain scents are go-tos for this very purpose—like those reminiscent of flowers, beaches and fruity cocktails, according to Patti Kapla, VP of business development for—so check them out and see which one (or ones) is right for you.

Weston’s MidtoWn Athletic club offers one-of-A-kind fitness trAining.

Small group training is the name of the game these days, and Weston’s Midtown Athletic Club is leading the way. A recent study showed that 43 percent of American health club members prefer working out in a trainer-led group setting. Midtown general manager Massimo Policastro knows why, pointing toward the social impact created when working out in a team environment. “In addition to being less expensive [than oneon-one training], group training offers several opportunities throughout the week to take a class,” he added. Thanks to the club’s alliance with the Italian company Technogym, it’s become the first health club in Florida to use the Omnia Training System, a circular jungle-gym type apparatus that welcomes up to eight participants of varying fitness levels for a simultaneous yet personalized workout. Omnia-certified coaches—including John Sinclair, the club’s director of fitness and one of Life Fitness’ “Top 10 Personal Trainers to Watch”— lead small groups through a wide array of exercises focused on increasing strength, endurance, stability, flexibility, coordination and speed for a total body workout. Midtown Athletic Club is located at 2300 Royal Palm Blvd, Weston; call 954.384.2582 or visit for more information. 34

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Adventure Adding to her already full and frenzied career in TV, film, magazines, and even the WWE, Maria Menounos takes on reality TV and releases her second self-help book on fitness just in time for summer. By Linda Marx

For the daughter oF greek immigrants who didn’t speak english until the third grade, then later worked as a janitor cleaning Boston nightclubs, maria menounos has the midas touch. she is a reality star on the oxygen network’s tuesday night docu-series, Chasing maria menounos, the upbeat co-host with mario Lopez of extra, an actress, author, journalist, entrepreneur, former contestant on dancing with the stars, and sometime pro wrestler for world wrestling entertainment, inc. (wwe). in addition, the Los angeles-based fireball is now promoting her new book, the everygirl’s guide to diet and Fitness (random house), the second self-help topic in her everygirl series. this time she lays out a nine-step plan for losing weight quickly, tips and tricks for getting fit, and a lifelong plan for good health and well-being. “i have so many women approach me and ask how i lost 40 pounds and kept it off, or how i stay fit in general,” says menounos. “i figured a book was the best way to help them.” 44

she’s also working on afterbuzz tV, an online broadcast news network she founded last year. it was conceived from her longtime hobby of breaking down episodes of a series or post-game wraps. the network is dedicated to producing live and recorded after-show webcast and podcast content for all types of tV programs. menounos says afterbuzz tV now receives more than 20 million weekly downloads from 75 countries; its success spawned her digital media network, Black entertainment Live!, which is totally devoted to africanamerican news. there’s more: she’s also the host and executive producer of the digital series Conversations with maria menounos, featuring in-depth one-on-one chats with stars and well-known personalities. For this series, she partners with telepictures Productions. and soon, menounos will likely begin a new project to replace her co-host role on extra. her contract ends this year, and according to new reports, she won’t be returning. although she declines to discuss specifics about what transpired at extra, menounos is looking forward to new opportunities. 45

“We like to go to Chili’s down the street, drink some beer and have nachos,” Menounos says of her evenings after work. discussing her favorite TV shows—and seem like your average American girl, she is wildly different from the average homemaker. Remember when she hosted Extra in a teeny-weeny bikini after losing a bet on the New England Patriots when they played second fiddle to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI? (The set was outdoors on New York’s Times Square and the temperature was in the 40s.) Or New Year’s 2012 when she caused widespread buzz over a bikini malfunction while playing football with Undergaro in Miami Beach? Crowd-pleasing antics like these do nothing but put her name in lights—which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. TV hosts are made and broken by ratings. And these days, emotionally charged reality shows do the same. “Maria is ambitious, unconventional and incredibly funny,” says Rod Aissa, senior vice president of original programming and development for Oxygen Media. “She’s a modern woman at a crossroads in her life and trying to decide what’s next.” To dig deeper, Oxygen TV viewers will see that she is fearless and confident, leading a life she designed for herself. This includes confronting obstacles head on in several segments. For example, her upcoming June 8 birthday is very significant. What begins as a party evolves to reveal some of the realities of getting older. It also leads her to rethink the manner in which she lives her life, and gives viewers a chance to see how she handles emotional and difficult issues. Born in Medford, Mass., the girl with the great smile, big personality and winning stage presence grew up attending church, working at Dunkin’ Donuts and competing in teen beauty contests. In 1996, she got a taste of showbiz glamour by winning the title of Miss Massachusetts Teen USA. She then competed for Miss Teen USA, placing in the top 15. In 2000, the year she graduated from Emerson College, Menounos was the first runner up for Miss Massachusetts USA. 46

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Such a schedule would arguably cause the most ambitious among us to collapse, but the heavy load gives Menounos the incentive to achieve more and do it well. “A normal day for me is to get up, squeeze in a workout, and review interviews and news while in hair and makeup,” says Menounos, who will turn 36 in June. “Then I hit Extra, where Mario and I do our interviews and standups. Later, I am on the phone doing research and bookings. By evening, I’m working from my laptop. I usually end the night watching all of my favorite shows with Kev and the dogs and fall asleep by midnight.” Yes, Menounos can also be a down-home, giggly girl who hangs with her guy and cuddles with her dogs. She has been dating her producer-director-writer boyfriend, Keven Undergaro, for 16 years, but has no plans in the works for marriage. In fact, the subject is a bone of contention on her Oxygen reality show, which is an “authentic” inside look at Menounos, Undergaro and her retired parents, Costas and Litsa. They all live together with four dogs: Apollo, a white German shepherd; Baby and Benny, adorable bichons; and Winnie, a mini poodle. On the show, Maria’s parents press her to please get married and have children like a “normal” Greek girl. But while Menounos may enjoy many normal activities—sports, movies, playing with pets, drinking beer and

After her junior year, Menounos, who was studying broadcast journalism and film, was hired as a reporter for Channel One News. She traveled around the world covering major events and serious stories. Her experience reporting on the AIDS virus in South Africa inspired her to start the non-profit Take Action Hollywood, whose mission is to utilize the power of the entertainment industry to educate, empower and raise social awareness. She also reported on the 2001 earthquake in El Salvador the same year she moved to Los Angeles. But Hollywood quickly captured her interest. In 2002, Entertainment Tonight hired her as a correspondent, a role that saw her covering movies, music and fashion. The gig led to co-hosting for ET on MTV and VH1, giving her more show biz exposure. In 2005, Menounos left most of her hosting to concentrate on a career in acting. She had filmed a few TV shows, like Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, and several segments of One Tree Hill (2004-2005), but she wanted to do more. She made her screen debut as a sexy nurse in the sci-fi action film Fantastic Four. But her love for TV came back into play the following year when she joined ET’s rival show Access Hollywood as a special correspondent. At NBC, Menounos was able to mix her hard news experience with Hollywood as a correspondent for Nightly News, the Today Show and Dateline. All of these jobs have given her the chance to interview fascinating people, increase her understanding of pop culture and travel to new places. By 2011, when Menounos joined Extra, the energetic host was a household name, having hosted and worked in so many arenas, including some of her hilarious fling-in-the-ring antics at WWE. Through it all, she has discovered that there is little she can’t do, including finding time to chill. Her visits to Miami have been educational and fun because she loves immersing in the diverse culture. “I love the

Menounos with her longtime love, Keven Undergaro.


healthy energy Miami seems to convey,” says Menounos of the melting pot mentality. “Between the sun and the beaches, I always want to be active when I’m there. The nightlife is fun, too, and that never hurts.” After her busy days, Menounos looks forward to evening cuddles in front of the TV with her boyfriend and the dogs, or hanging out in neighborhood restaurants. “We like to go to Chili’s down the street from us, drink some beer and have nachos,” she says of a typical date night. “Or sometimes we like sushi with beer. We usually save movies until weekend mornings to beat the crowds.” She still loves to travel, opting for warm and beautiful locales when she has a choice. “I like anywhere that is sunny, or where I can relax and not think,” she laughs. “I need a safe place that has no computers, phones or Internet. That works for me. I rarely get to vacation, but when I do, this is the best.” Just don’t expect this workaholic woman to change that much. If she does take a few days break, it is only to rest up for her next big gig. And for that announcement, stay tuned.



These South Florida dads juggle busy careers and full family lives, but continue to put their kids first. By Jennifer Leslie Kramer


Partner at Gladstone & Weissman, P.A. Dad to Jaron, 21, Blayke, 20, and Lexi 13 “Parenting has taught me everything—that is truly imPortant—there is to know. the day i became a parent was the happiest day of my life. there’s a love you don’t know exists until you feel it through your children.” QUALITY TIME: “my kids are actually old enough now [where i can] enjoy them as people. rather than finding ways to entertain them, we can enjoy each other’s company. two of my kids are in college now, and in fact i just returned from Wisconsin visiting my older daughter, with my younger daughter in tow. they are really good company, and we had a great time. We went shopping and explored the local farmer’s market. We enjoy good food together, so we have some nice meals out as well.” ALL IN THE FAMILY: “i see myself—both the lighter side and the more serious side—in all of my children. all three are very sensitive, which can be both a blessing and a curse. it’s a blessing because you want them to have compassion for others and be empathic, but you don’t want them to completely sacrifice their own feelings, needs and wants in their relationships. my kids see me working hard for my clients, but the fact that i know when to take time for myself and nurture my own relationships is incredibly important, and i hope that is something i am imparting to them through my actions.” OVERCOMING OBSTACLES: “i am constantly trying to find the fine line between friend, confidante and parent, while maintaining that parent-child relationship. it’s an important piece of the puzzle as you transition from having young children to adult children. i try to find the balance between letting them know they’re being disciplined, but also not pulling rank and just imposing my will. i want them to listen to me because we have a mutual respect for one another. i’ve found i can guide them much more effectively with a gentle touch than an iron fist.” THE BIG PICTURE: “i hope my children will achieve the ultimate goal—happiness—and find a purpose in life that they are truly passionate about, no matter what that may be.”

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Managing Partner/President of Brustman Carrino Public Relations Dad to Benjamin Lawrence, 2 “With a job like mine—which requires a full day and lots of nights—learning how to balance my time is my biggest challenge. The best way I have figured out to tackle this problem is to limit my own behaviors, including living on my phone or emails and embracing the reality that unless something requires my attention, my ‘off time’ has to be mine and my family’s.” QUALITY TIME: “Benjamin loves to run around and be outside and has an overabundance of energy, so we try to avoid being in the house or sitting around. He loves the park and is learning how to maneuver the jungle gyms. I look forward to when he’s a little older and I can take him out for real meals and movies. I sing to him all the time, do voices and read to him constantly.” ALL IN THE FAMILY: “I think he’s so much more my wife than me right now, but if there’s anything that’s totally me it would be his love for volume—crying out, making noise, etc. I don’t have a mute button and I’m not sure he does either!” OVERCOMING OBSTACLES: “I’m learning how to be more patient and trying to be a loving but mindful disciplinarian. I want to raise a ‘good boy’ and know that discipline will play a major part of that. I also need to always push myself to stay engaged, even when I’m tired from work and could use just 10 minutes of silence.” LESSONS LEARNED: “Before having Benjamin, what I thought it meant to be a parent was just the tip of the iceberg, but it’s infinitely more challenging and more beautiful than I thought it would be.” THE BIG PICTURE: “I want Benjamin to be happy with who he is. I hope people describe him as loving, intelligent, compassionate and sensitive. Careers and such are secondary for me. I want him to have a healthy self-esteem and be comfortable in his own skin with his own quirks. This so informs and influences your life as a young adult and beyond, especially the decisions you make and those you let into your life.”


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Business Consultant Dad to Melissa, 14, and Rebecca, 8 “My children are the centerpieces of my life. Unfortunately, since Rebecca is a severely medically complex child—she has genetic disorder called 1p36 Deletion Syndrome—she requires 24/7 care. After growing my business for over seven years, I had to make the difficult decision to put all of my efforts and energy toward Becca’s health and well-being. Since I couldn’t do both effectively, I chose to be my daughter’s advocate over pursuing further business success. Becoming the best advocate for Rebecca and other children with disabilities has empowered me to search for new ways to work toward helping the voices that can’t be heard and the families experiencing the same issues we face daily.” QUALITY TIME: “Becca is the best cuddler; holding and hugging her creates a very special bonding moment and I feel her love for me even though she can’t express it with words. She also loves being pushed in her swing and relaxing in the pool. Melissa and I love to cook together; she’s got a real knack for it. We also love to watch movies together and our favorite TV show, Shark Tank.” OVERCOMING OBSTACLES: “My family has been working to assist in the passing of the first legislation that would legalize a non-euphoric low-THC marijuana in Florida. It cannot get you high and has high levels of the compound Cannabidiol (CBD), which has been shown to control seizures.” THE BIG PICTURE: “I need to be hopeful, yet realistic. I hope Becca will be seizure-free, healthy and start to live a life of progressing instead of regressing. But at the same time, I know that Becca will be with my wife and me her whole life, and I hope we can provide her the best possible care and cherish every moment together. Melissa has played such an important role in the care of Becca over the years, and her willingness to treat her like a typical sister has enabled her to have so much compassion and understanding for individuals with disabilities. I know she is so proud to see her dad fighting for the best care and rights for her little sister. I hope she continues to learn that in order for any kind of change to happen in our world, you must be vocal, have a clear and concise plan of action and do things professionally so you can truly make a difference.”



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Ah, the rings: perhAps the element of the whole wedding planning whirlwind that women think most about and men stress most about. the array of settings, colors and shapes of stones (even when it comes to diamonds, which in the past have always been traditionally white) available can set off a tailspin of confusion for both the bride and the groom. tracey Dikes, co-owner of Weston Jewelers in Weston, gives the following update on what’s hot now: “the halo setting is still very strong this year, as it enhances the ring sparkle and makes the center stone appear larger by circling the diamond with smaller diamonds,” she says. “What’s popular now is to set the smaller stones horizontally so that the brilliance is visible from all sides. modern cushion-cut diamonds are a hybrid of old european and mine cuts; the soft, rounded edges have a romantic shape.” One popular setting right now is a split shank ring where the diamond is set between two V’s on each side and the sides are diamond pavé set. stones from

Forevermark, a brand from the 125-yearold De Beers group, are also still a popular choice; they are hand selected for beauty and rarity, responsibly sourced, and each stone is inscribed with a number that can trace the stone in case it is ever stolen. For a nontraditional ring, Dikes says, “setting your engagement ring with a sapphire in the center is a stunning alternative to a diamond for someone who wants to stand out in the crowd.” she adds, “the fact that Kate middleton is wearing it definitely contributed to its popularity.” When working with a couple, it’s usually the woman who has an idea of the design she’s looking for. many times they know they want a particular shaped stone and sometimes a style they have seen in a magazine or on a friend who is already engaged. “many times the couple will look at rings in our case and find something they love,” Dikes says. “For customers looking for something unique, our sales associates are able to design rings based upon individual desires. We have a look book of rings we’ve designed to provide ideas for those who want something different and an amazing jeweler who creates works of art every day.” With the help of a CAD upstairs, that jeweler is able to create the wax from the drawings the customer liked and then cast the ring in gold or platinum. “While traditionally

platinum was long the most popular way to go, trending now is for the rings to be set in either yellow or rose gold for a more modern feel,” says Dikes. When a man comes in alone, he usually has an idea of what he’s looking for. From researching the internet, a lot of men are familiar with the 4 C’s (color, clarity, cut and carat weight). they also usually have an idea of what style they want, thanks to Facebook. Often times their significant other will hint about shape and style to help them by posting pictures of rings on Facebook with statements like “isn’t this gorgeous?” or “i love this!” “most men have a number in mind that they would be comfortable spending, and we are always respectful of that when selling them rings,” Dikes says. Wedding bands no longer have to match engagement rings, nor are they always worn on the same finger, although the metal color is usually the same. “men’s and women’s rings don’t usually match, either,” says Dikes. Another advantage of doing your engagement and wedding ring shopping here, besides the obvious: you can find fabulous bridal party gifts at the same time, like montblanc pens or Chopard cufflinks for the groomsmen, or roberto Coin tiny initial necklaces or a fabulous silver bracelet from hera or nanis for your bridesmaids.


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Brides are opting for colors other than white. Shown: Dress by Chrissy Wai-Ching.

Her store is famous for a reason: after nearly 30 years in business, Zola Keller is the go-to for formal occasions of every kind—even beauty pageants—but especially for brides (and mothers of the bride, and wedding parties) who truly want their style to sparkle on their wedding day—literally. And while you’ll find an immense selection when you walk into the store, the best part is you can custom-design your dress down to the last detail, whether it’s taking a dress that’s already available and adding or taking away a strap, a belt, sleeves or other details. In fact, many of the dresses at Zola Keller are customdesigned to what the bride wants. “They might have certain elements they want in a dress, such as a strapless, and then others that they don’t want. They tell us specifically, and we tailor it to their dreams.” Keller says that lately she’s been getting quite a few requests for colored bridal dresses as opposed to the traditional white or ivory. She also points out that the mother of the bride is no longer dressing in the conservative mode that was once traditional. “Not my mothers of the bride!” she says, with a laugh. “The mother of the bride is the third-most important person at that wedding,” after the bride and groom. “We do beautiful beaded dresses for all body types—I just did one in a size 24. We can do sleeves and keep it classy, yet sexy. I make everybody look good!”

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The Tux Mario Argiro’s namesake boutique, Moda Mario, has spent over 30 years as the go-to shop for guys who settle for nothing less than high style, meticulous fit and personalized service when it comes to their wardrobe, and that means everything from suits to shirts to shoes. Argiro travels to Europe to handpick the inventory for his store, so he can say with certainty that his customers won’t find what he carries anywhere else in South Florida. When it comes to weddings, he says, “I’ve done a lot of them, from the father of the groom or bride to the groom and all the groomsmen.” Customers can choose from a cabinet full of 20,000-plus color swatches, which set the tone for custom ties, vests and pocket squares, suspenders, shoes, ties, socks, shirts with pearl buttons, and more, all hand-selected by Argiro himself, including basic foundational pieces. He also sells his own designs, as well as womenswear for those wives, girlfriends and brides-to-be who are seeking clothing and accessories for not just weddings but also honeymoons and special events. Recently, he’s moved the boutique to a new location just down the street from its original home, from 820 Las Olas Boulevard to 1200 E. Las Olas. The current space is 937 square feet of exclusivity and elegance. “The selection remains the same; I just have an improved selection because I need to be wise when I choose everything for this smaller space,” Argiro says. “I still have my antiques here and I’ll still make you an espresso if you like. All that is the same.” A “Design Your Own” soft opening will be taking place May 7-10th from 11 am to 5 pm, where customers can do just that. “You dictate it and I’ll make it possible,” Argiro says. “For example, if you want a dinner jacket but without satin on it, or a tux without any silk band, or you’d like a crazy lining.” The four-day event will take place in conjunction with the very cool new restaurant Bao right next door, where Moda Mario clients can wait with a drink or enjoy lunch at 20 percent off while waiting for their turn in the atelier.

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Planning the Event Weston Hills Country Club is a favorite venue for weddings in the area, and it’s not hard to see why: the patio setting with its backdrop of golf course, lakes and fountains sells itself. Averaging between 25 to 40 weddings per year, they know their stuff. And director of events Michelle Young has been at the helm of those events for 19 years. “More often than not, it’s a couple’s first time getting married,” says Young, who works closely with her valued team on each and every event. “We paint a picture for them and offer them some sage advice. We also work with many vendors, so we’ll give them a list of those vendors with contact information for each. They don’t have to use them, but they’re vendors we have relationships with, so we know and trust them.” In addition, Young says, she and her team work to create floor plans, coordinate timing, oversee dietary needs with regard to menus, and advise the bride and groom about what’s trending now, what’s “hip and happening” now and how to personalize the experience. “We take something that’s unique to each bride and their family and offer ways to make it a part of their wedding,” she explains. “We once built an entire engagement party around a very elegant camp theme complete with centerpieces made from bark, wild flowers and berries, and an upscale barbecue that ended with the most fun s’mores station to celebrate the fact that the couple met at sleep-away camp as kids.” While June may be a popular month for weddings traditionally, Young says that’s not the case in Florida. “June is our quiet time; the season runs from October right after Halloween until May, when the weather is perfect.” For Ornatus Events & Décor in Weston, the peak season takes place between September and December, but they’re busy year-round because, as owner Alejandro Figueira says, “South Florida is a wedding destination, for locals but also people from other states, 64

especially colder ones, who want to be married on the beach.” Figueira, along with his wife Gabby Santiago, who is the accounts manager for the company but “by his side” throughout their events, says that in South Florida, what he finds is that “Everything here is a show. Nowadays, brides and grooms even want their centerpieces to have a ‘wow’ effect on their guests.” To oblige them, he says that for each successive event he has to come up with something different, something no one else has seen, whether it’s through the use of coordinated lighting, different textures or even the furniture. That includes the venues—they are planning a July wedding, he says, that will take place at the Old Davie School Historical Museum. And even if a client presents an idea that Figueira might not initially have considered, he finds a way to make it work with elegance and grace using special details. “Even if it might not sound like the ideal concept at first,” says Gabby, “he manages to see it in a way that makes it beautiful.” The Weston branch of Ornatus opened three years ago as an extension of the family business in Figueira’s native Venezuela, which is still operating—so he practically grew up in the business. “We have the most efficient commercial network, using the best wedding destinations, wedding planners, invitation designers, lighting companies, luxury linens, rental, draping companies, photographers, videographers, entertainers, chefs and caterers, cake designers, ice sculptures, tent rental companies, furniture rental, both here and abroad.” Ornatus also designs and manufactures the floral concepts in addition to the theme of each event. “Being that Venezuela is a multicultural country, we are experienced in different types of events using the different customs and tastes,” Figueira points out. “Whether it’s European, Arab or Hispanic, we fulfill our clients’ needs.”

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Weston Hills Country Club customizes weddings to its couples’ wishes; Ornatus develops all aspects of the wedding, including the floral concepts.

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Ocean views, topnotch nibbles and creative cocktails welcome diners to S3. By Jennifer Leslie Kramer


SITTING PRACTICALLY ON THe SANdS OF FORT LAudeRdALe BeACH, S3 couldn’t be a more fitting name for the latest dining addition to the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort: The S’s stand for sun, surf and sand, and patrons dining on the outside patio can take full advantage of the Atlantic. Once seated, the lyrical lapping of the waves, salty sea air and refreshing ocean breezes are complimentary, and add an air of authenticity to the resort chic vibe noticeable throughout the eatery. If you’re one who’d rather not deal directly with the elements, don’t fret; the restaurant has considered you, too. The interiors have been cleverly designed so that every seat comes with an expansive ocean view. In addition to sun, surf, and sand, the name also reflects S3’s penchant for a few other things, namely steak, seafood and sushi, which appear prominently on a menu made for sharing. Categories like Snacks, Raw, Sushi, Specialty Rolls, Small Plates and Wood Fired encourage diners to order tapas-style and nosh from a wide array of selections. We suggest starting off with the crisp baby artichokes. Served with a lemon caper aioli, the dish personifies spring, even if Mother Nature seems to think it’s already summer. The goat cheese croquettes are another good bet, and offer a unique twist on a South Florida fave. With approximately half of the menu devoted to raw selections, in both sushi and sashimi style, you definitely don’t want to miss out, especially considering many diners come to S3 for the sushi program alone. Sushi nachos, with tuna, spicy salmon, guacamole and tobiko combine the best of both worlds—fresh-from-the-sea fish and a modern Mexican twist. And then there are the rolls. You’ll find the heavy hitters—Spicy Tuna and Shrimp Tempura rolls are a must-have on any menu—but skip those for a taste of something more creative like the Crab n’ Shrimp with sweet shrimp, crab, Asian pear and crisp noodles, or the Thai Tuna, a taste of the tropics with avocado, coconut, macadamia nuts and jalapeño wrapped in soy paper. The other two S’s—steak and seafood—shine in cooked dishes like coffee-rubbed skirt steak, which emerges from the wood-fired oven bedecked in a mango chimichurri with a 78

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side of yucca; an oak-grilled rib eye steak matched up with a luxe truffle cauliflower gratin; and savory short ribs made even better with a black pepper spaetzle. OK, so that last dish isn’t steak, but bears mention nonetheless. Shortribs and spaetzle in one dish? Consider it your duty, and since it’s a small plate, there’s really no excuse. If you’re looking for something lighter, S3’s fish preparation is the way to go, and diners can choose between grilled octopus; shrimp toast; chard-wrapped Scottish salmon served with Applewood bacon and lentils, or 7 Spice Seared Scallops atop an Asian risotto with a Yuzu truffle vinaigrette. And on those nights when you’d rather drink your dinner, S3 has a solid cocktail program—much like their sister restaurant, YOLO, both of which are owned by The Restaurant People. Specialty drinks run the gamut from Asian-inspired sips like the Saki Sunset, which mixes Grey Goose with plum sake, cranberry and pineapple juices, and the Thai Coconut Crush, a combination of vanilla-infused Bacardi, basil, mint, cilantro and coconut milk, to tamer selections like a frozen banana colada that includes a shot of chocolate and a berry mojito with fresh blueberries and strawberries. To enhance the experience, do it all under a full moon at the restaurant’s monthly Full Moon Parties, where you can get bottle service at fire pit tables and complimentary sushi while being entertained by Maori fire dancers. S3 really has thought of everything. S3 at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is open Mon.-Thurs. from 11:30 am to 11 pm; Fri. and Sat. from 11:30 am to 12 am; and Sun. from 10 am to 10 pm. 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.523.7873;

Dining Drink, eat and repeat: There are plenty of places to choose from.


FORK & KNIFE When you’re craving classics with a twist, head to Fork & Knife, where you’ll find “the future of old school.” What does that mean, exactly? The menu focuses on modern takes on classic comfort food, and the same dishes that made you smile as a child have been reimagined for your adult palate, using fresh seasonal ingredients and housemade accoutrements. Think Turkey Meatloaf Cupcakes “frosted” with smashed Yukon potatoes, or a Chicken & Waffle Sandwich, which puts a twist on the Southern fave with maple syrup and sriracha. The kitchen has made it into the beverage program as well, with homemade purées and infusions taking center stage in drinks like the Huckleberry Berry Lemonade and the Cucumber Gin Gimlet. These are tempting offers, as is Fork & Knife’s Happy Happy Hour, which runs Monday through Saturday from 3 pm-8 pm. And then there’s brunch, where difficult decisions will inevitably ensue. Brisket Mashed Hash or Cap’n Crunch French Toast? Only you can decide, but we suggest gathering the troops. This way, you’ll get a bite of everything. After all, an informed decision is the best kind. 99 SE Mizner Blvd., #110, Boca Raton, 561.405.6542;

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

bacon-wrapped peaches on a wood-fire grill and a hot dog Panini. HOUSTON’S — 2821 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, 954.783.9499; Popular spot with the professional crowd for lunch and happy hour, and with families for dinner. Spinach dip, delicious burgers, and roast chicken are among the stars. HOwIE’S TOp dOG — 5021 S. State Road 7, Suite 209, Davie, 954.792.8686; howiestopdog. com. Casual Chicago-style eatery serving up classic Chicago fare that explodes with flavor. Indulge in the famous Chicago Dog and Italian beef sandwich, gyros, salads, burgers, sausages and more, but the hot dogs are the star here. IRELANd’S STEAKHOUSE — 250 Racquet Club Rd. in the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure, Weston, 954-249-5656, Steakhouse

serving fresh beef with all your favorite trimmings, such as lobster mac ‘n cheese, potatoes au gratin, and seafood risotto. J. ALExANdER’S — 8550 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 954.916.8837; A popular gathering place for locals who love to lunch here, socialize over cocktails at the bar, or come out on weekends for a really good dinner. Don’t miss the grilled artichoke appetizer or the pan seared scallops with couscous. Wines by the glass and the bottle are available. LA BROCHETTE BISTRO — 2635 N. Hiatus Road, Cooper City, 954.435.9090; A shoebox-sized restaurant that’s been a favorite of locals for many years, this charming bistro is perfect for dinner with friends or a romantic tetea-tete, and the food is out of this world—to wit: scallops with pork belly, cipollini onions and white balsamic syrup. And, appropriately for the season, 81


they recently offered up pumpkin spice cheesecake. Call for reservations. LoLa’s on Harrison — 2032 Harrison St., Hollywood, 954.927.9851; The culinary delights at this unassuming little storefront restaurant off the main drag in Hollywood include ricotta gnocchi with pesto cream sauce, diced mozzarella and cherry tomatoes, Coca Cola BBQ beef ribs, grilled Scottish salmon with warm lentil salad and flatiron steak frites with roasted garlic-herb butter, red wine jus and shoestring potatoes. LUCiLLE’s aMEriCan CaFÉ — 2250 Weston Road, Weston, 954.384.9007; An upscale 1940s-style diner that has a luncheonette feel but serves up decidedly fancier fare, such as Maryland-style crab cakes, Blackened Chicken and Brie on a Kaiser Roll, and all sorts of salads and entrees, from the Key West Shrimp Scatter to homemade meatloaf. MaX’s GriLLE — 404 Plaza Real, Mizner Park, Boca Raton, 561-368-0080, Popular American bistro that’s been around for 20 years, serving an Asian- and Latin-influenced contemporary menu, along with wine and cocktails. MiCHaEL Mina 74 — 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.674.4636; mina_74. The latest dining concept from Michael Mina wows locals and tourists alike with an impressive shellfish cart that grandly parades through the restaurant, along with dishes like Grilled Quail & Foie Gras, Lobster Pot Pie and Truffle Donuts. MUstard sEEd Bistro — 256 S. University Drive, Plantation, 954.533.9326; Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served here, each with a nice selection of options, from Vanilla Custard French Toast for breakfast to a refreshing BBQ Salmon Salad with chipotle vinaigrette for lunch to a dinner menu that includes crispy duck with cherry gastrique. But definitely don’t miss the Cupcake Menu (try the Maple Bacon Butter Pecan). PaLM BEaCH GriLL — 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach, 561-835-1077, Everything from ribs to cedar plank salmon to hot dogs make this a local hotspot that’s worth the often lengthy wait in line to get a table. 82

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BEaUtY & tHE FEast Society 8 Hospitality Group, the masterminds behind both the Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach locations of SoLita, has taken the food and beverage reins at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa. A globally inspired menu composed of small plates, entrées and family-style feast plates will lure diners, and once inside, impressive ocean views will make them linger. Start the evening off with a few small shareables like spicy mussels, Jerk pork spring rolls or roasted sunchokes. Short rib quesadillas, “Old School” meatballs and Fin & Claw angel hair pasta, which includes shrimp and crab in a spicy tomato sauce, are also sure bets, as is the Southern stone oven pizza, topped with pulled pork, sweet mustard slaw and house-made barbecue potato chips. Entrées include a ginger honey-glazed wild salmon and braised short ribs in a Cabernet gravy. If you’re looking to go big, check out the Feast Plates—oversized plates like chicken and chorizo paella or the catch of the day, grilled whole. For a night to remember, call ahead for a whole or half roasted pig feast, carved and served tableside with all the fixings. The restaurant is also open for brunch and lunch, where standout entrees include the restaurant’s signature bison burger, an unforgettable Bananas Foster French Toast and Crispy Fried Chicken & Sweet Potato Waffles. Located on the lobby level of The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.567.8070;



Can’t Wait JoVé KiTChen & Bar It’s no secret that reserving a room at any Four Seasons Hotel provides not just a bed for your head, but also a completely luxe experience. Most exciting among them is undoubtedly the properties’ restaurants, and the Palm Beach location follows suit with Jové Kitchen & Bar, an upscale-casual Italian restaurant, helmed by Italian native Chef Mauro Zanusso. The name, which references the Italian God of the Sky, completes the land-ocean-sky triumvirate of restaurants at the property—guests and locals alike can also dine at the Atlantic Bar & Grill and Graze. At a glance, it’s easy to see just how heavenly Jové’s menu really is. Appetizers include warm burrata with marinated tomatoes, prosciutto broth and basil and branzino crudo accompanied by arugula, pine nuts, black currants and preserved Meyer lemon. There’s also an olive oil tasting available, along with properly Italian cheese and charcuterie options. While it’s tempting to fill up on such delicacies, you’d be remiss to skip the pasta and risotto options, ranging from pumpkin raviolo with short rib, Amaretto, garlic pesto to gnocchi with figs and Gorgonzola. A variety of seafood—including raw bar selections and a full caviar service—prime meats, stone-fired pizzettes and plenty of authentic dolci complete the menu. Located in the Four Seasons Palm Beach, 2800 South Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, 561.582.2800;

Prime 112 — 112 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305.532.8112; Myles Chefetz’s famed steakhouse has been around for eight years, a lifetime for any South Beach restaurant, and it’s still always packed. Locals, tourists and celebrities alike come for the famed chopped salad, truffled lobster mac ‘n cheese, rum-baked sweet plantains and even the chopped salad. But beef is the star here, from an 8-oz. filet mignon to a 48-oz. Porterhouse, served with savory sauces and butters to drive up the crazy-good meter a notch. Sugar reef grill — 600 N. Surf Road, Hollywood, 954.922.1119; sugarreefgrill. The location of this restaurant alone is enticing, as it is oceanside on the Hollywood Broadwalk, but the food only enhances the experience. Elegant but simple recipes such as mussels in green curry, pork loin Jamaican with mashed potatoes, whole yellow snapper with Creole salsa and refreshing endive and beet salad 84

with mustard vinaigrette are but a small sampling of the temptations. TeXaS De BraZil — In The Village at Gulfstream Park, 800 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach; 954-843-7600, A Brazilian churrascaria where skewers of beef, sausages and chicken are brought to your table and carved onto your plate until you put up your little stop sign. The le TuB Saloon — 1100 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954.921.9425; The burgers served up here have made this endearingly dumpy little spot on the water famous—in fact, GQ magazine voted them best hamburgers in 2006. There are no signs, so it may take time to find, but it’ll be worth the journey. Vienna Café & Wine Bar — 9100 W State Road 84, Davie, 954.423.1962; viennawinebar. com. Located in the center of Fort Lauderdale,

this little “house” serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, including Viennese-inspired dishes like Frikadeller (Danish meatballs) and Duck & Port Wine Paté. Cocktails, after dinner cordials and wine are all available. Village TaVern — SW 2nd St., Pembroke Pines, 954.874. 1001; The diverse menu here includes a lengthy list of starters from nachos to crab cakes and a half dozen salads, sandwiches, pizzas, pasta dishes, steaks and prime rib, grilled mahi, chicken or fish tacos, shrimp and grits, grilled meatloaf, short ribs and much, much more. iii forKS — 501 Silks Run, Suite 1130, The Village at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, 954-457-3920; Beef, chops and seafood are the foundation of the menu, which also offers burgers and salads for lunch.

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diningguide Asian COCO ASIAN BISTRO & BAR — 1841 Cordova Rd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-3541, cocoasianbistro. com. Asian fusion cuisine is served in an upscale setting, plus sushi rolls and weekly specials. hAkkASAN — 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786.276.1388; hakassan. While rooted in Chinese flavors and traditions, the menu at Hakkasan is decidely modern, complemented by a signature cocktail program created by the restaurant’s master mixologist. In addition to cocktails and dinner, stop by for Dim Sum lunch on Saturdays and Sundays. EChO — 230A Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach, 866-918-1719, A cultural experience that celebrates the cuisine of China, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam, such as sushi, dim sum, Thai curry chicken and sweet and sour halibut. There’s also a lively bar scene and creative cocktail menu. MOON ThAI & JAPANESE — 2828 Weston Rd., Weston, 954.384.7275. A stylish eatery serving up Thai favorites along with Japanese specialties such as sushi, rolls and Bento boxes, plus a full bar with remarkable cocktails. MYUNG GA TOFU & BARBECUE — 1944 Weston Road, Weston, 954.349.7337. Little family-run Korean spot with a truly unique menu in this area, serving everything from ribs to tofu to vegetable and noodle dishes. PARC 28 — 1382 Weston Road, Weston, 954.389.7029; A full traditional Chinese menu with delicious soups and appetizers as well as Cantonese and Malaysian entrees. Try the Buah Mango: shrimp or chicken sautéed with shredded mango and pepper in a spicy house sauce served in a mango shell. POC AMERICAN FUSION BUFFET & SUShI — 1651 Bonaventure Blvd., Weston, 954.389.5188; A buffet experience like no other, blending culinary traditions from Asia and Europe with modern American influences. Over 100 items to choose from. TA-BOO — 221 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, 561-835-3500, Since 1941, this has been a favorite with presidents, royals 86

and celebrities who love the Asian-influenced ambience and consistently good, classic food. ThAI GARLIC & SUShI — 116 Weston Road, Sunrise, 954.384.8840; Pick either from the Thai menu or satisfy your dual cravings for Massaman Curry, and tuna roll, because this place offers both Thai and Japanese all on one menu. TOA TOA ChINESE RESTAURANT— 4145 N. Pine Island Road, Sunrise, 954.746.8833; Hong Kong-born owner and Chef Wong opened this spot 25 years ago, but he began mastering the art of dim sum at age 15—and it shows at this Zagat-rated spot. Get it for breakfast, lunch or dinner—the possibilities really are endless. TSUkURO — 225 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.523.1407; The Asian-inspired eatery features traditional influences from Japan, China and Korea, with a full sushi and raw bar, small plates like noodles and rice bowls, and composed plates, including Korean-style short ribs. There’s also a full bar with signature cocktails, hot and cold sake, sake floats and more than 50 selections of wine.

Deli & Bagel BAGELMANIA — 15842 W. SR 84, Sunrise, 954.384.8090; This longtime shop selling New York-style bagels has been around for decades and is still a favorite. EINSTEIN BROS BAGELS — 1356 Weston Road, Weston, 954.384.6479; Tasty bagels and sweets like cookies and cinnamon twists, Panini and sandwiches, sandwiches, and of course delicious coffee and coffee drinks for breakfast and lunch. OFFERDAhL’S CAFÉ GRILL — 2274 Weston Road, Weston, 954.384.1043; Grab a full breakfast, a sandwich or salad for lunch, or dinners like Curry Chicken with rice and Pacific Rim salmon with ginger slaw and teriyaki sesame sauce. MY ORGANIC CORNER — 127 Weston Road, Weston, 954.888.4700; Fresh offerings free of preservatives and hormones including sandwiches, soups, wraps, salads, juices and smoothies, and organic coffee and teas.

Italian ACQUOLINA — 2320 Weston Rd., Weston, 954.389.1880; Dine in casual elegance indoors or on the water and enjoy family-style specialties from veal chops to gnocchi to pasta dishes and the house specialty, Pollo Scarpariello “Acquolina,” a half chicken with garlic, lemon, herbs, sausage, broccoli, peppers, onions and roasted potatoes. ANThONY’S COAL FIRED PIZZA OF WESTON — 4527 Weston Rd., Weston, 954.358.2625; He’s got lots of locations, but each one serves up the same mouthwatering well-done pizzas, chicken wings topped with fried onions, homemade meatballs with a side of ricotta and the famous Anthony’s House Salad with gorgonzola and lemon vinaigrette. CAFE MAXX — 2601 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, 954.782.0606; A casual, cozy ambience is the perfect backdrop for innovative food at this longtime favorite. Try the grilled and stuffed figs in prosciutto and Phyllo to start, Cashew and Macadamia Crusted Red Snapper, and the Duck & Smoked Mozzarella Ravioli in brown butter, basil, sundried tomato and Parmigiano Reggiano. D’ANGELO’S PIZZA WINE BAR & TAPAS — 1370 Weston Rd., Weston, 954.306.0037; Chef Angelo Elia’s Weston outpost for artisan pizzas, charcuterie, tapas like zucchini flowers stuffed with mozzarella and Angelo’s fries tossed in basil, Panini, ceviche and carpacci, and of course, plenty of wines and desserts. LIRIO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT — 189 Weston Road, Weston, 954.217.1910; Italian specialties for lunch and dinner here include pastas, salads, risotto, and veal, chicken, beef and seafood dishes. There’s also a kids’ menu. MALLARDI’S TUSCAN GRILL — 2282 Weston Road, Weston, 954.385.5883; mallardituscangrill. com. A casually elegant spot, this is the place for tucking into traditional Italian favorites, from pastas like Fettuccine Alfredo to risotto to steaks, chicken dishes such as Pollo Cacciatore, seafood and veal. MAROLA’S TRATTORIA — 5822 S. Flamingo Road, Cooper City, 954.434.3420; This unassuming little corner spot in a strip center in Cooper City has been a longtime favorite for

diningguide decades of nearby residents who crave the lasagna, chicken Francese (in wine, butter and lemon sauce), zuppa di pesce and New York strip topped with onions, brandy, peppercorns and gorgonzola, served over hash browns.

same name, this cozy spot with handpainted tiles all over the tables and walls offers up fresh baked bread, homemade pasta, brick oven gourmet pizza and a combination of traditional and modern Italian specialties.

Prime italian — 101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.695.8484; Just across the street from its sister resto and hipster scene Prime 112, this represents the elegant dining experience at its best, with pastas, seafood, and its famous softball-sized Kobe meatballs stuffed with sausage and ricotta. As it should be in a place such as this, Sinatra serenades in the background and the martini list is as extensive as Old Blue Eyes’ appeal.

Vita italian reStaurant — 10014 Griffin Road, Cooper City, 954.434.8422; The proof is in the staying power when it comes to this 47-year-old family-operated spot, where simple Italian staples like antipasti, baked and traditional pastas, pizzas, calzones and chicken, veal and seafood entrées never disappoint. Eat in or take out a big salami and cheese sub for lunch.

SOlita — 1032 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-357-2616; Serving Italian specialties such as antipasti, pizzas, pastas, chops, beef and seafood in an elegant setting at the heart of Las Olas. tarantella riStOrante & PiZZeria — 1755 Bell Tower Lane, Weston, 954-349-3004; Named after the Sicilian dance of the


ScarPetta — 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.674.4660; scarpetta. With recent Top Chef runner-up, Nina Compton, at the helm, Scarpetta is at the top of its game, serving classic Italian dishes featuring homemade pasta and “the best Pomodoro this side of Naples,” according to Travel & Lesisure. ViGnetOS italian Grill — 1342 SW 160th Ave., Weston, 954.660.0470; The

weekday lunch menu features create-your-ownpizzas, while the dinner offerings include baked pastas such as lasagna and penne Romano, classic pasta like spaghetti, and veal, chicken, beef and seafood dishes with authentic Italian flavors.

International Bar Zen — 250 Racquet Club Road, Weston, 954.389.3300; bonaventureresort and Inside the Bonaventure Resort and Spa, Bar Zen servies up snacky foods like rock shrimp salsa cocktail, chicken tenders, burgers and salad. la cOte — 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.674.4710; la_cote. Inspired by the Cote d’Azur, this open-air seaside resto offers flavors of the French Riviera using Florida’s fresh local ingredients. maZZa mediterranean cuiSine — 15749 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, 954.436.9997; This little space inside a strip center belies the dining experience to be had here, from the pita triangles with

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Mexican GOURMET MARiAChi — 2210 Weston Rd., Weston, 954.384.4473; Tableside guacamole is just the beginning of a great night, thanks to this restaurant, one of four in a chain that has been family owned and operated for 17 years. Combining the best of Mexican and Spanish cuisine, choose from classics like enchiladas con mole, lechon asado, ropa vieja, paella and much more. MERCADiTO — 3252 NE 1st Ave., Miami, 786.369.0430; This gourmet Mexican joint in Midtown doesn’t disappoint with their creative twist on typical Mexican dishes. With nearly a dozen taco varieties, four kinds of guac, and three ceviche options, there’s something for everyone. Their hand-crafted cocktails and lengthy list of tequilas are a can’t-miss.

Seafood Billy’S STONE CRAB — 400 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954.923.2300; The parking situation is a drag, but that doesn’t stop locals and visitors alike from waiting in their cars to get their “in” at this longtime old-school favorite, which is packed every weekend night. Fresh seafood is the main draw, but there are also steaks and other options; a comprehensive wine list, and a lively atmosphere indoors as well as tables right on the edge of the water, where boats pull up filled with hungry diners who get to avoid the parking issue. BONEFiSh GRill — 4545 Weston Rd., Weston, 954.389.9273; More than just a seafood restaurant, this is a favorite gathering place


for locals who enjoy the lively bar and happy hour, snacks like Bing Bang shrimp, and even Sunday brunch from 11 am-2 pm every weekend. ChOPS lOBSTER BAR — 101 Plaza Real South, Boca Raton, 561-395-2675, USDA prime aged steaks and fresh seafood are served in a clubby atmosphere, another favorite of A-listers and professional athletes. FlANiGAN’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRill — 2460 Weston Road, Weston, 954.385.8080; Famous for their ribs, this neighborhood hangout also offers up a delicious grilled salmon burger, a selection of salads (try the pasta Caesar), 10-oz. hamburgers and hearty sandwiches like the Blackened Tuna Hoagie and the Philadelphia Cheese Steak. lA PERlA SEAFOOD BAR & GRillE — 1396 SW 160th Ave., Weston, 954.385.1102; This place started as a family restaurant in Peru and came to Southwest Florida, bringing with it traditional specialties such as ceviche, lomo salteada, jalea, tiradito and more. Check out their weekday lunch specials as well as their full bar, especially the signature Pisco Sour. TRUlUCk’S — 2584A E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.396.5656; This outpost of the well-known chain in the Galleria Mall is all at once elegant and comfortable, with topnotch service and even better food. During stone crab season, enjoy their all-you-can-eat deal on Monday nights, or go anytime to enjoy the year-round offerings that change with the seasons and according to what’s fresh.

WilD SEA OySTER BAR & GRillE — 620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.467.0671; Organic and sustainable ingredients, fresh seafood and steaks, and of course, a raw bar with East and West Coast oysters plus Royal Red Shrimp Ceviche.

Spanish ENTRETAPAS — 74 Indian Trace, Weston, 954.385.3262; Offering over 50 dishes served as tapas, samplers, entrees and more, all showcasing the flavors of Spain. Try the paella with a glass of sangria, or one of the Entretapas, a one-dish meal topped with eggs that’s delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner. PADRiNO’S CUBAN CUiSiNE — 801 S. University Dr., Plantation, 954.476.5777; padrinos. com. Authentic Cuban specialties have been the attraction here for many years, including their signature mariquitas (fried plantain strips), paella, and roast pork with mojo and onions. The lunch buffet is a local favorite, as are the mojitos.

Specialty ThE ChEESE COURSE — 1679 Market St., Weston, 954.384.8183; European-style cheese shop and quick-service bistro where cheese—what else?—is the star, with over 150 kinds of cheeses imported from dairy farms all over the world. Sandwiches and salads are offered on the bistro menu, or pick up a baguette and take home your goodies.

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