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features 58 The Art of Reinvention Meet 7 South Floridians who have mastered it, veering off a familiar path, taking a leap of faith, and finding happiness as a result.

72 He’s a Scream

Diego Boneta is making a name for himself with Hispanic and American audiences as both a singer and an actor.

76 Upside, Downsize Whether your family is expanding or you’re ready for less square footage (and upkeep), the options available in South Florida’s real estate market are plentiful.

84 How to Keep Your Sanity: Holiday Edition 8 suggestions for how to actually enjoy what is universally referred to as “the most wonderful time of the year.”

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everything else 28 From the Editor 32 Around Weston Openings, events, and basically everything else you need to have on your radar.

40 Trending Now Gift sets are the way to go for the beautiful people you love; check out Wynwood Walls’ plans for Art Basel week.

44 What You Should Know About… Broward Center for the Performing Arts; BB of Flowers.

50 All Well & Good How to shine from the inside out this holiday season, plus three fab fitness gift suggestions.

92 Matters of Style Great-looking things you gotta have for yourself and your home.

94 Meet Me at BARÚ The cool Miami bar and its attached restaurant Garzon open in Weston just in time for the celebratory season.

98 Table Hopping 3030 Ocean is back with a hot new chef and a very cool vibe.

104 Wheel Life Review these Porsche rides to discover which is right for you.

114 Out & About A look at who’s celebrating, fundraising and socializing in and around town.

124 Lunch With... Wendi Sugarman Bieber has a heart to heart with Frank Diaz of United All We Can (UWAC).

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‘Tis the season to get out and enjoy a live performance, whether it’s with your loved one or a bunch of out-of-town guests you want to show a good time. Hard Rock Live’s got a lot on the agenda this winter, but we’re here to give you a look ahead at three highlights you won’t want to miss, whether you’re up for a little nostalgic rock or a good belly laugh or two. For additional show information, tickets, and more, visit www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com.

Michael McDonald: This Christmas— An Evening of Holiday & Hits Thursday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m.

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons Friday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $75, $60, $50 and $40, with dinner packages available for $125; all seats are available at www.myhrl.com, www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Tickets cost $49, $39 & $29. All seats are reserved and available at www.ticketmaster. com or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

➻ Kevin Hart: “What Now?” Tour Saturday, Dec. 26, at 8 p.m. The actor/comedian, who will be seen in the upcoming film Ride Along 2, Central Intelligence, and PETS, is known for being one of the most hilarious stage comics of all time, which is why his live shows are always major hits. Tickets cost $150, $130, $105 and $70; All seats are reserved and available at www.myhrl.com, www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone by calling 1-800-745-3000. (Oh, and P.S.: This one is not for the kids!)

A Tradition Takes the Stage

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical comes to Broward Center for the holidays. You may find your heart growing a few sizes along with the Grinch’s when you experience the magic of this legendary and beloved tale live on stage, which features the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” (written by Albert Hague and Dr. Seuss), from the original animated TV special. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the loveable Whos. The show runs December 15-27 and tickets run $35 and up. At Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954.462.0222; www.browardcenter.org.

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Weston Jewelers continues to expand its offerings as they celebrated their 15th anniversary. Ed and Tracey Dikes embarked on their journey together as independent jewelers 15 years ago, opening their first Weston Jewelers location in the Weston Town Center. Four years later, they moved their current space at 1728 Main Street, and they have since built a reputation and a designation as the go-to jeweler for not just celebrities and star athletes but for every discriminating South Floridian who expects the most from his or her jewelry-buying experience. And as their business has grown, so has their space: they’ve undergone a 2,800-square-foot expansion, which brings the store to nearly 5,000 square feet including the addition of a Rolex Corner, a glass wall behind the new bridal counter that allows customers to watch jewelers craft their masterpieces in the Custom Design Studio, and a champagne bar where guests can enjoy a sip and a nosh while they peruse the store’s 20-plus brands— the perfect place to raise a glass in honor of their anniversary. Weston Jewelers, 1728 Main St., Weston Town Center, 954-389-7990; www.westonjewelers.com.

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Ed and Tracey Dikes; the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 40. FROM TOP:

Ever The Botaniko Weston Town Center Food & Wine Festival is back.

After a three-year hiatus, The Botaniko Weston Town Center Food & Wine Festival (formerly The Weston Food & Wine Festival) is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever before. “The event was around for many years up until 2012,” says Angie Paulson. “After a three-year break, the WTC is proud to relaunch the event in 2016. Every year the event has gotten better, and [for this one] they anticipate a high-energy, new and improved version of the event, as for the first time it will not only be held but hosted by the Weston Town Center.” Paulson says this year they’re expecting 700 participants, and in addition to food and wine tastings attendees will get to enjoy live music, a fashion show and a children’s area. “The event was created for the sole purpose of integrating the community together in a fun environment,” says Paulson. All proceeds will benefit the HOPE (Helping Other People Everyday) charity. The event takes place from 1 pm-6 pm on Sunday, January 31 at the Weston Town Center. Tickets are available online at www.circlesoffun.com/ ticketevents/wtcfoodandwinefestival or by calling 954-349-5900.


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Rick Case adds a touch of European flair to Auto Row with the addition of his new Maserati dealership. Hear that rumble? It’s the unmistakable sound of the exhaust that can only come from a Maserati. And it’s coming from the new Rick Case Maserati dealership, the first in West Broward and West Miami-Dade to offer the luxury brand. Grand opening deals will include savings throughout December to year’s end on both 2015 and 2016 Maseratis—the ultimate Christmas present (for a loved one, or for yourself ). Check it out at 3500 Weston Road in the I-75 Auto Row, or visit www.rickcase.com.

a bigDAYfor aGOODcause The Multiple Sclerosis Society’s annual fundraising luncheon returns. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, South Florida Chapter will host its 33rd Annual MS Gala Luncheon on Friday, January 22, at the Broward County Convention Center. Money raised from the event—one of the largest and most prestigious of its kind in South Florida, drawing over 1,200 guests from around South Florida every year—will fund cutting-edge research and provide programs and services for more than 7,500 South Floridians living with multiple sclerosis. This year, the Society will present the MS Hope Award—the National MS Society’s highest volunteer award—to Miami Marlins president David P. Samson, along with a fashion

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show featuring the designs of renowned Miami designer and longtime NMSS supporter Mayda Cisneros, a cocktail reception, silent auction, raffle prices and the opportunity to engage with business leaders and major donors throughout South Florida. Since its inception in 1984, the MS Gala Luncheon has raised $6.7 million to help the National MS Society fund cutting-edge research, drive change through advocacy, facilitate professional education and provide programs and services designed for people with MS and their families. For more information or to buy tickets, call Monica Whiting at 954-731-4224, ext. 3925, or visit www.nationalmssociety.org.


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Named by Zagat as one of its Top 10 Restaurants to Try Now and by New T i m e s B r o w a r d - Pa l m B e a c h a s B e s t N e w R e s t a u ra n t i n B r o w a r d County (2015), Kuro has made its mark at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood with its new-style Japanese cuisine.

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Experience Kuro’s luxe, light and interactive space with its open, theater-style dining room, bar and lounge, chef ’s table, sushi bar, private dining rooms and floorto-ceiling windows that give the indoordining space an al-fresco feel.

Make dining a social event with Kuro’s family-style kaiseki menu, a traditional Japanese multi-course dinner that is designed with sharing in mind and moves from lighter fare to bolder, richer dishes.

Pair your dishes with handcrafted cocktails, Old and New World wines, premium sakes, Japanese-imported and local craft beers, Japanese whiskeys and shōchū. Designed around the five Japanese taste profiles of sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami, Kuro’s cocktail menu offers the perfect pairing for each course.

the chef & cuisine Executive Chef Alex Becker has more than two decades of culinary experience, with a background in both Italian culinary arts and traditional and new-style Japanese cooking techniques. At Kuro, Becker has teamed up with Executive Sushi Chef Shuji Hiyakawa, who presides over the restaurant’s sushi offerings. Kuro’s menu is designed with sharing in mind and features locally sourced ingredients from Florida, as well as specialty items imported direct from Japan.

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1. YSL Lip & Nail Set; available at www.moroccanoil.com. 2. Dior Backstage Brushes Collection; available at Macy’s stores and www.macys.com. 3. Philosophy Pink Marshmallow Butter Cream Set; available at Ulta, Pembroke Pines, and www.ulta.com. 4. Tom Ford Private Blend Collection Mini Decanter Set; available at Neiman Marcus, Fort Lauderdale, and www.neimanmarcus.com.

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5. Kiehl’s Nourishing Essentials Limited Edition Peter Max; available at Kiehl’s, Aventura, and www.kiehls.com. 6. Charlotte Tilbury Mini Lipstick Charm Set; available at Nordstrom stores and www.nordstrom.com. 7. Moroccanoil Holiday Revive Set; available at www.moroccanoil.com 8. Sonoma Lavender French Cream Spa Mask, Neck Pillow and Leopard Footies; available at Nordstrom stores and www.nordstrom.com.

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Art Basel Miami inspires creativity not just at fairs and in galleries, but everywhere across South Florida, especially the Wynwood Arts District.

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ynwood Walls, the epicenter of the Wynwood Arts District launched in 2009 by the late, legendary Tony Goldman as a “Museum of the Streets,” draws hundreds of thousands of visitors year round. But it’s early December every year that Wynwood’s star shines brightest for artists, collectors, and celebrities, who converge on Miami during Miami Art Week and Art Basel Miami Beach. Curated by Goldman Properties’ CEO Jessica Goldman Srebnick since 2012, this year’s program, “Walls of Change”, will include 14 new largescale murals and installations by globally acclaimed street artists as well as a program of events within the art park that will be free and open to the public. Goldman Properties will also debut The Wynwood Walls Garden this year, a new art space adjacent to the Wynwood Doors, which the company recently purchased to

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augment its artistic imprint in the neighborhood. Walls of Change will showcase the work of a varied mix of outstanding artists—some household names in the street art world, others up and coming—include Casing (Germany), Crash (USA), Cryptik (USA), el Seed (France), Ernest Zacharevic (Singapore), Fafi (France), Hueman (USA), INTI (Chile), The London Police (UK), Logan Hicks (USA) and Ryan McGinness (USA). Spanish artist duo Pichi & Avo will create their mural on stacked shipping containers in the newly minted Wynwood Walls Garden, while Magnus Sodamin (USA) will paint the floors and walls of the new gallery/events space along with Alexis Diaz (Puerto Rico) creating a one-ofa-kind sculpture. For more information about the programs and Wynwood Walls in general, visit www.thewynwoodwalls.com.

FROM TOP: Welcome to Wynwood Walls; a wall painted by Miss Van in 2013; artists Shepard Fairey and Cleon Peterson in front of their mural Power & Glory.


what you should know about…

&a celebration holiday cheer

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BCPA vice president of external affairs Jan Goodheart.

he Broward Center for the Performing Arts, never content to rest on its illustrious laurels, is ending 2015 in sensational fashion—and then celebrating its 25th anniversary with a magnificent event in February. In between are hot-ticket concerts and Broadway shows. The holiday season kicks off December 4-5 with performances of It’s a Wonderful Life, followed on December 5-6 by another beloved seasonal classic, A Christmas Carol. December 11-12, Miami City Ballet will perform George Balanchine’s immortal production of The Nutcracker. On December 18, the acclaimed male string quartet Well Strung will perform A Well Strung Christmas. From December 15-27,

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Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas comes to town as part of the Broadway in Fort Lauderdale Series. On December 23, An Irish Christmas will be performed, and on December 28, The Ten Tenors: Home for the Holidays will end the calendar of seasonal events. January will bring performances by legendary folk singer John Sebastian on January 9, Paul Anka on January 13, Kristen Chenoweth on January 14, Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage on January 19, and Broadway mega-hit The Book of Mormon from January 26 through February 7. In February, the Zuckerman Trio and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra will perform. Then, on February 26, Broward Center will host an elaborate and much-anticipated 25th anniversary celebration gala with an evening that begins with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. in the complex’s courtyard, followed by a dinner in the Amaturo Theater and a performance by superstar vocalist Josh Groban—a perennial South Florida favorite. A post-concert party will be hosted on the outdoor pavilion. Individual and corporate sponsorship opportunities are available. “There are many ways to get involved through sponsorships and the purchase of gala tickets,” says vice president of external affairs Jan Goodheart. All proceeds will benefit education enrichment programs at the complex. The holiday schedule and celebration reinforce the fact that the “Broward Center has a history of presenting superstars on our big stage and of serving our community through a wide range of performances in all of our venues,” Goodheart says, adding that a $58 million capital expansion and renovation project completed last year made an already world-class facility even better. “As one example,” she notes, “for many of our performances, you can now enjoy a number of onsite dining options, from light fare to a sit-down dinner.” Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located at 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222; www.browardcenter.org.

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Broward Center for the Performing Arts is preparing to celebrate its 25th anniversary after a $58 million renovation and the announcement of a spectacular lineup of holiday season entertainment. By John Buchanan


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BB of Flowers co-owner Carlos Oropeza.

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verybody has a secret passion. The question, of course, is whether they pursue it and transform it into a genuine avocation. Carlos Oropeza did just that after five years of employment in other South Florida flower shops. In August, in partnership with his uncle and aunt, Luis Delgado and Bibiana Perez, Oropeza debuted BB of Flowers—the “BB” stands for “beautiful business.” Oropeza provides the floral expertise and aesthetic vision, while Delgado handles business administration, and Perez manages marketing and advertising. The trio’s shared goal: Create more than just another flower shop. “I don’t think of us as a flower shop,” Oropeza says. “I think of us as a floral boutique. We can provide customers with anything and everything they need for any and all occasions.” In addition to being a retailer of top-quality fresh flowers and plants, BB of Flowers services weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and corporate events. But no matter the occasion or the individual retail customer, Oropeza strives to offer the finest and most exotic selection of flowers, imported from countries around the world, including Holland, Colombia and Ecuador. “We do a lot of research to find the

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best flowers available,” he says. “The other things that set us apart are the designs and arrangements we do. They are almost completely different from what most people are used to finding in a flower shop. We have a very specific design sense that makes us unique.” One example: Clever custom creations Oropeza has dubbed “florimals,” which are animal-like figures crafted from flowers. “They can be anything the customer can imagine,” he says. Recent examples include Angry Bird, Big Bear, and Butterfly, with prices ranging from $75 to $129. Another key to Oropeza’s immediate success is the fact that BB of Flowers quickly developed a reputation for focusing on superb customer service as much as it did on being a purveyor of the world’s best flowers. “We also offer full-service event planning,” Oropeza says, “from execution of the overall concept to creation of the floral arrangements and other decorations. We take care of everything, from beginning to end. That’s another thing that make us unique. But everything we do is based around beautiful flowers.” BB of Flowers, 2386 Weston Road, Weston, 954-389-9086; www.bbofflowers.com.

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business a beautiful

Newly opened BB of Flowers in Weston has quickly become known for the most creative fresh flower designs anywhere. By John Buchanan


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shine on holiday season

GET YOUR

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And start by doing it from the inside out.

By Katina Taylor

FITNESS FUN IN THE SUN It’s a gift to live right here in a vacation destination, so why not take advantage of the (finally!) cooler temperatures and get your flex on at the beach? The morning hours are primetime for the beach to feel like it’s all yours. I’ve always joked that if you can’t tone it, tan it. Well, this workout is a 2-in-1 win-win. This full-body toner and tanner is sure to give you a glow, even if it is just sweat!

20-MINUTE BEACH BODY BURN ❱❱ 20 Forward Lunges ❱❱ 20 Switch Leg Jumps ❱❱ 20 One-legged Reaches ❱❱ 20 Plank Up-and-Downs ❱❱ 20 Plank Shoulder Raises ❱❱ 20 Mountain Climbers ❱❱ 20 Crunches Repeat 2-3 sets

Confidence is key to looking and feeling good. Put those shoulders back and believe in yourself. Focus on your strengths and be proud of them. Maybe your body hasn’t taken the shape you want it to yet, but inner beauty outshines outer beauty any day of the week. Here are a few tips for celebrating the season—and your life in general—with confidence:

This workout conditions your entire body without any equipment. Not only will the beautiful ocean view help boost your mood; your muscles will be challenged stabilizing you in the sand. Note: It’s important to increase hydration when working out in the heat. If this regimen seems too advanced, modify it to suit your level, go for a walk in the sand, or get moving in the water. *All you need is a towel, sunscreen and water.

➸ Maintain good posture and keep eye contact. comparing yourself to others and ➸ Stop embrace your individuality. Go with the flow and don’t ➸ Relax. sweat the small stuff. positive and look for the good in ➸ Beevery situation.

➸ Smile. It draws others in. ➸ Exercise for extra energy. (SEE EXERCISES DEMONSTRATED ON @KATINAT2’S INSTAGRAM)

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• SALMON- Fish that are high

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nutrients like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which help the body retain moisture, helping your skin stay smooth and plump. Walnuts have Vitamin E, which helps protect your hair from sun damage and keeps it lustrous and shiny. Get your daily dose by eating a handful raw or throwing some chopped walnuts in your salad, pasta or dessert.


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These 7 inspiring South Floridians have mastered it, taking a leap of faith in order to find greater happiness—and all believe they’ve made the best decision of their lives.

Photographs by Ricardo Mejia

Todd Paton WESTON

OCCUPATION (OLD): OCCUPATION (NEW):

Mortgage and Real Estate Internet Marketing

Where he started: My first “real” job was as a mortgage underwriter at a bank. I worked there for two years, until my boss called me in to tell me they were closing their doors and that I would get a severance package. With no college degree but a good understanding of the mortgage industry, I decided to start Mortgage Approval Group and Florida New Construction Realty in 1999. For eight years, I built a business that employed over 100 people with three offices in Tampa and two offices in Fort Lauderdale. In 2007, when the real estate market crashed, I was hit hard. Just one year later, I was bankrupt. 

His a-ha moment: My a-ha moment was when I was at a Digital Marketing Seminar listening to the world’s top internet marketing experts. I was blown away by what they were saying about Search Engine Marketing. How was the transition? Tough the first year because I was not a techie, so I spent a lot of time just “learning” this industry. I was fortunate to have kept my real estate broker license active and during that first year I did rentals on the side as I built my new business. What’s the best aspect of having made the change? Lifestyle. When I was in the real estate industry, I had to work long hours and rarely took vacations. Now I have two daughters (and number three on the way) and I’m able to spend a lot of time with my family. 


Beth Sobol PLANTATION

OCCUPATION (OLD): International fashion model; founder and executive producer of Miami Fashion Week OCCUPATION (NEW): Founder & director of the Council of International Fashion Designers, producer of Cruise Fashion Week, mini fashion week-style events on cruise ships worldwide; radio show host on fashion, beauty and wellness for women over 50

Where she started: In 1996 I started Sobol Fashion Productions, a full-service fashion show and special event production company. Within a few months, I was hired to produce a two-day fashion event in Guayaquil, Ecuador, for live television. The organizers of that event had 21 of the biggest designers from 12 Latin American countries participating in the shows. They all wanted to come to Miami. Two years, I launched the first Miami Fashion Week and brought them all here. Her a-ha moment: From 1999 to 2010, I ran Miami Fashion Week alone…from my house! In 2010, I was joined by my first business partner, Aaron Perry, who worked on the strategic development and global expansion of the company. In 2013, he brought in a group of European investors to help continue this growth; the 2014 event was live-streamed to an audience of over 600,000 people. In 2015, the new partners asked Aaron and me to buy the entire event, with plans to turn it into a television production. Her advice to those with a fear of change: The “unknown” is the most exciting challenge! This is where you really get to be creative, industrious and become the “mad scientist” in your chosen industry to develop new ideas and plans for growth. That has been my philosophy since high school and I have never looked back or regretted a single day in my life or the choices I have made both personally and professionally.


Jarett Levan HOLLYWOOD

OCCUPATION (OLD):

President & CEO of

BankAtlantic OCCUPATION (NEW): President of BBX Capital and CEO of BBX Sweet Holdings

Where he started: I started working at BankAtlantic in the mailroom when I was eleven. After graduating from University of Miami School of Law, I worked in various roles at BankAtlantic, including president and CEO from 2007 until we sold the bank to BB&T in 2012. His a-ha moment: Since then, we have transitioned BankAtlantic Bancorp to BBX Capital Corporation. Hoffman’s Chocolates was a customer at BankAtlantic and I always enjoyed visiting the factory. When we sold the bank, one of our new businesses became BBX Sweet Holdings, and we entered into the candy industry with the acquisition of Hoffman’s Chocolates in January 2013. What’s the best aspect of having made the change? Unquestionably, it’s getting to eat and try chocolates and other confections from all over the world! While Hoffman’s Chocolates is an established Palm Beach company and brand, we have really enjoyed expanding its reach into Broward County. We are thrilled to open our fourth Broward store at the Weston Town Center later this year and look forward to celebrating the sweet life with the community of Weston.

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Michael Kuang FORT LAUDERDALE

OCCUPATION (OLD): Accounts Payables OCCUPATION (NEW):

Personal Trainer/Yoga Teacher

Where he started: I worked in the accounts payables department for two companies in the span of 10 years. The job was something to do, but didn’t give me any type of purpose or fulfill a passion. It was a sense of job security and at the time thought it was what I needed to be “successful” in life. His a-ha moment: I was pretty miserable and was on anti-depressant medication. I knew there had to be something better. I realized that if I could put effort into a job I hated, why not direct that energy toward something I was passionate about. How was the transition? It was tough. Not only did I quit my job to start my business; I also moved from my hometown of Dallas and came to South Florida. I had the experience of training people for about three years before I made the leap, but that still didn’t prepare me for truly doing everything on my own. On a small budget, I had to learn to do everything from marketing and branding myself, keeping my own books, and networking within the community. What’s the best aspect of having made the change? I love the freedom and flexibility that self-employment brings. Also I really enjoy what I do now. I get to teach people how to be healthy. I’ve also become a big nerd when it comes to learning about the human body. All the different conditions I come across makes my job interesting. It’s actually lead me to want to focus on Yoga Therapy as well, which I am taking a course in starting in January. His advice to those with a fear of change: I always say find something you enjoy doing, because there will be days you want to give up. On those days, you have to dig deep and remember why you chose the route. Also, remember that fear will only keep you from realizing your full potential. If you are always scared, you’ll never step forward. It’s not easy to step out on your own, I applaud anyone who’s found their own path. It really is the greatest journey I’ve taken.

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Shari Coltune COOPER CITY

OCCUPATION (OLD):

Inside sales and stay-at-home mom

Integrative Break Through Shadow Life Coach, Heal Your Heart Coach, Intuitive Reader and Healer, Integrative Energy Practitioner Where she started: I was working as an inside sales representative for an alarm company. I was a single mom working to support myself and my young daughter. I didn’t finish college, and I used that as a way to beat myself up. I blamed myself for being a loser. A few years later, I moved to Florida and married my husband, who had two children from a previous relationship. We both agreed that it would be best for me to stay home and take care of all the kids. Stepping into full-time motherhood in my new step-family presented many challenges. As rewarding as it was, my soul still yearned for something. OCCUPATION (NEW):

Her a-ha moment: I turned on the TV and saw the coming attractions for Debbie Ford’s movie The Shadow Effect. Immediately, I knew it was a message for me to watch it. After seeing the movie, I knew right away that I had to meet Debbie Ford. I grabbed my computer and registered for the upcoming Shadow Process two months later. In the meantime, knowing something inside of me had shifted, I applied to a well-known university to complete my degree in social work. I was surprised to learn that I had received a full scholarship to my school of choice. My life has shifted in so many ways. I have a thriving coaching practice. I am also certified in another module called Heal Your Heart, in which I learned how past relationships are re-created until they are healed. Now, I travel the country with The Ford Institute as an assistant for the participants at The Shadow Process weekend. I am a mentor for a small group of students that are going through the certification to become an integrative coach. My dream of helping people has truly come true. What’s the best aspect of having made the change? The biggest change that I have made is definitely the trust I have instilled in myself. I’m able to set and maintain boundaries because I honor myself and love the woman I have become. I am open to new possibilities that I would not have experienced had I continued giving up on myself. I have made amazing connections along my path. As a result, my heart is so much more loving and compassionate.

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Dean Sklar WESTON

OCCUPATION (OLD):

PGA Head Golf Professional

OCCUPATION (NEW): President, Rose & Dean Sklar Real

Estate Group (Current) Where he started: My original career was touring pro right after graduating from the University of Tampa. I was recruited to become an Assistant Professional at my club in North Jersey, then switched clubs to work under a former PGA Tour Professional at one of the most prestigious country clubs, where my career skyrocketed to its highest level at the age of 22. His a-ha moment: When our second child was born we discovered that he had severe anaphylaxis food allegories, and my wife, Rose needed a lot of help. It was at that time I felt I needed to make a career change to be by my wife›s side and to put my family first. How was the transition? The transition was not only a career change but also a relocation  to South Florida. We would visit Arvida’s Weston as snowbirds every January and February from 1989 to 1995; we both decided that would be our future new hometown to raise our two children, who were 4 and 7 at the time. It was in New Jersey that we decided that we would become a great team together joining forces in residential real estate (Rose was selling real estate in New Jersey since the late ‘80s), with our interpersonal skills and great work ethic.  How has it affected other areas of your life? It’s the best of both worlds being able to work alongside your partner in life and build such an amazing career in real estate. I have always been a goal setter and that I have been fortunate to reach the highest level of achievement in both careers says everything. The most challenging of having made the change? Going from 100 employees to no employees (just me in the beginning). That was tough, because I enjoyed motivating my team and after starting Paton Marketing, I found that I was giving myself pep talks. What piece of advice would you give someone who has spent years cultivating a career but wanting to make a change, only he or she fears the unknown?  Don’t make your decision based on money. If you’re doing something you love, the money will come. 

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Cynthia Demos PALMETTO BAY

CBS4 news anchor/reporter CEO Cynthia Demos Communications (Video and Media Training) and managing partner at The Dana Agency) OCCUPATION (OLD):

OCCUPATION (NEW):

Where she started: I was in TV news for 23 years. My latest stint was as an anchor/reporter for CBS4 for 8 years. Ever since I was 13 growing up in my native South Florida, all I ever wanted to do was end up as an anchor and reporter here, where I would be near my family and friends and live in the area I love the most. Mission accomplished! Her a-ha moment: During my last three years at CBS4 I created a company doing online marketing videos for companies. I was offered so many other opportunities, like shooting commercials or doing media training for companies, but it was a conflict of interest with my job. I was negotiating another contract with CBS4 when my dear friend Dana Rhoden, who owns a phenomenal PR and event agency, called and said she wanted me to come on board. I would be able to work with her and run my own company. The stars had aligned, and I made my departure from TV news.    How was the transition? It’s amazing! After I anchored my last show just there weeks ago, I walked in the house and my husband had hung up a banner that said, “Welcome Home.” For the first time in our marriage I was going to have a normal schedule and better balance.    Her advice to those with a fear of change: Fear is natural and it’s a good thing, but change is also good.  Put your toe in the water of that next career you want to try. Feel it out on your own time and really see what kind of work is out there for you and if you would enjoy it. Then, when the timing is right, jump—and don’t look back!

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he talented Diego Boneta, now appearing in the hit Fox-TV horror satire Scream Queens, got his start at age 8 in Acapulco when he asked a DJ for the microphone and began belting out tunes. “It was a ‘wow’ moment at the beach with my friends and lots of models around me,” remembers Boneta, now 25 and living in Los Angeles. “My parents looked at me and were amazed!” From there, Boneta, who was born in Mexico City to a Mexican father and American mother, began taking singing lessons. He loved them, excelling, and began his performing career at age 12 when he participated in Codigo Fama, a children’s reality series in Mexico. After finishing in the top five on the show, he landed his first television role starring as Ricardo in Alegrijes y Rebujos, which had a cool musical group attached to the series. His involvement with the group earned him a nomination for the Best Children’s Group at the Latin Grammys in 2004; he was nominated for his second Latin Grammy in 2005 for the soundtrack of the Mexican soap Mision S.O.S. Boneta took his own path to Hollywood by starting out in a Spanishlanguage TV series, then working his way to the American market with recurring roles on Beverly Hills 90210, Pretty Little Liars and the made-forTV movie Mean Girls 2. His breakthrough role, however, was in 2012’s feature film Rock of Ages, made in Miami. He played opposite Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Julianne Hough, Malin Akerman and Paul Giamatti, earning Cinemacon’s Rising Star of the Year Award

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and an Alma Award for best actor. “I absolutely love 1980s music.” Boneta grew up listening to The Police, U2 and other groups his parents liked, “so Rock of Ages was perfect,” he says. “Those early influences are still a big part of my life.” Boneta got the part in Rock of Ages and, more recently, in Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens because of a tape he made for Murphy’s Glee while trying out for the Fox TV show. “I tested for Glee but didn’t make it,” he says. “But that tape got me Rock of Ages.” And more recently, he got the role of Pete Martinez, the editor of the school paper in Scream Queens. The show sounded unique and different to him, a dark comedy that was kind of twisted—so he jumped on it. “This was a great opportunity, and I have had a blast shooting it,” says Boneta. Today he’s got many projects on his plate. Summer Camp, a horror movie by Lionsgate, is coming out soon; a couple of action flicks in which he’ll act alongside big-name co-stars are on the horizon, and he has already launched two albums. A third album, The Hurt, for which he wrote the tracks, was just released Oct. 30. “I am real excited about this album,” says Boneta, who recently signed with Sony Music Latin. “It will have six singles—one released per month, with a music video in each. Four songs are in English and two are in Spanish. I love singing!” With his crossover talents and dual passions for making music and movies, Boneta’s career is set to totally rock.


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OUNG COUPLES GROWING THEIR FAMILIES, AND OLDER, EMPTY NESTERS whose children have gone off to college and careers, are fueling the booming Broward County residential market. Whether buyers are seeking larger homes to accommodate their kids, or downsizing because couples or single parents now need to live on their own, lifestyle changes directly affect the real estate market. Trends in this area are specific and especially relevant in the luxury corridor, where developers are building beachfront towers with less density and bigger units offering stellar amenities. For example, if a family decision-maker decides to sell the large suburban house in western Broward County because the children are grown and living elsewhere, and the parents have no use for such a large space, they are looking for something new because they have the means to do it. “Their motivation to downsize is not financial and not necessarily defined by age,” says Bradley Deckelbaum, principal of Premier Developers, the company creating Riva, a contemporary waterfront condo in Fort Lauderdale across from the Galleria and close to the beach and Las Olas Blvd. “Rather, it’s about wanting a lifestyle upgrade. These buyers want to come east and live on the water and be close to downtown restaurants and cultural activities.” They also want the most modern new design, with large rooms, bright and open floor plans, and large terraces for outdoor living. They don’t want to spend their time and money commuting and taking care of a large home. (Been there, done that.) Rather than the goal of downsizing just for a smaller space, it’s more about discovering a new quality of life. And usually, this involves living on the water. “There are many luxury products being built on the ocean now,” says Mark Behar, real estate investor, broker, bodyguard and private concierge to the rich and famous. “Beachfront properties are in highest demand in Broward County, with prices going above the listing—especially units with

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“There are many luxury products being built on the ocean now. Beachfront properties are in highest demand in Broward County, with prices going above the listing—especially units with deeded boat slips.” —Mark Behar OPPOSITE: Riva on the water is attracting buyers who are not downsizing for financial reasons, but to live the South Florida dream. ABOVE: A state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen at Aqua Vita. BELOW: Paramount Fort Lauderdale Beach is a lure for those ready to trade suburbia for a beachfront lifestyle.

deeded boat slips.” These new Fort Lauderdale condo projects are addressing the needs of empty nesters who have the money to spend on the good life. Peggy Fucci, CEO of OneWorld Properties and exclusive broker for Paramount Fort Lauderdale Beach, a development-in-progress, has seen an influx of West Broward buyers who are trading the suburbs for a beachfront lifestyle. They’re seeking a carefree existence where they have the flexibility to do more now that they have become empty-nesters. “They stress the walkability of a high-rise tower like Paramount and its location, where they have access to the beach and to the area’s dining options and entertainment scene,” says Fucci. Ocean Land Investments, a developer revitalizing waterfront properties in East Fort Lauderdale with luxury boutique condos in the Las Olas Isles and along the Intracoastal Waterway, is also seeing a great deal of interest from empty-nesters. Aqua Vita, a 22-residence building sold out within eight months of launching sales, according to its developers. Numerous buyers moved from expansive estates in South Florida, including five from Weston. The company has three other projects, AquaLuna, AquaMar and AquaBlu, with residences ranging from 2,136-5,717 square feet and selling from $1.4 million to more than $3.75 million. Amenities at these buildings include boat slips, heated saltwater swimming pools and state-of-the-art fitness centers. The individual units have 10-foot ceilings, gourmet kitchens and large terraces.

“Our Aqua-branded condominiums have attracted empty-nesters who want to eliminate the upkeep of their large homes without sacrificing space or amenities,” says Jean Francois Roy, president of Ocean Land Investments, whose buildings are mostly smoke-free. “Baby Boomers want to continue enjoying an active lifestyle, going out on their boats or to the beach, entertaining family and friends, and indulging everything else Fort Lauderdale has to offer.” Another haven for empty nesters is Auberge Beach Residences & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. This luxury project is being constructed on the 4.6acre site of the former Ireland’s Inn Beach Resort, an iconic hotel where many locals and visitors loved to stay and play. The Related Group and Fortune International Group of Miami have partnered with Fairwinds Group, the third generation owners of Ireland’s Inn. Together, the developers are creating an unusual, luxury-on-the-sand residential property. Overseeing every aspect of living will be Auberge Resorts Collection, the Mill Valley, CA-based luxury hotel operator known for creating intimate and understated elegant destinations on the U.S. West Coast. This development will offer private swimming pools highlighting select terraces overlooking the ocean. Kitchens are being designed with Italian cabinets, stone countertops, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, and an integrated espresso/cappuccino maker. Master bathrooms will feature deep soaking tubs. All residences have 9’ 6” ceiling heights and floor-to-ceiling windows with ocean, Intracoastal and city views. inWESTON MAGAZINE

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“Auberge is ideal for empty-nesters who want to embrace the sophisticated yet understated lifestyle while still remaining connected to the vibrancy of the city of Fort Lauderdale,” says Carlos Rosso, president of the Condo Division of the Related Group. “For those looking to downsize, location and space are still key when you have children. Auberge has become the go-to luxury destination for those who desire the comfort and perks of resort living in a beachfront setting, and still have ample space and a vibrant atmosphere for when the family comes to visit.” This approach is proving to be very much within specific demands of the Broward County market. Still, the other side of this market is also buzzing with activity and impacting sales. The upsizing segment is attracting domestic buyers as well as those from outside the U.S., like South America, Chile, Colombia and Venezuela. These buyers are looking for a safe and sophisticated haven where they can live and raise their families, which continue to grow. In addition to having their own children, other family members, for a variety of reasons, often move in. Foreign buyers, who like to pay cash, have propelled the South Florida real estate market for several years. But they are being joined by domestic buyers who want to live more lavishly in larger spaces. “People are actually asking for space over location,” says Patricia Lake, who works with luxury homes at Karma Realty in Fort Lauderdale. “With three or four kids, they want to be relaxed and comfortable. These buyers are moving west because nothing east is big enough, and prices are crazy.” Small houses don’t work for these kinds of buyers. They want a movie theater in the home so they don’t have to go out to the public complexes and expose their children to danger that could be lurking in the aisles. They want to host big house parties, and they want the space to do it with style. “I showed one man a big house that he liked but when he discovered there was no home movie theater he said no,” says Lake. She believes Weston is a hot market in Broward County. Buyers like the family feeling of the commu-

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Aquazul and AquaBlu condominiums in Fort Lauderdale; many buyers looking to go larger ask specifically to see residences with home theaters.

nity and the abundance of fine schools and restaurants. They want to live in a sun-filled town where they can use the swimming pool and tennis courts on a regular basis. “These buyers also want enough space to be able to build a basketball court at their own house,” says Lake, who also sees people that request lakefront views. “Younger couples want big homes for their growing families. They want to celebrate New Year’s with everyone of all ages in their family at their own homes.” To find a comparable-sized house with a movie theater and other high-end truffles on the east side of Broward County, a buyer eager to upsize would likely pay the same price for a three-bedroom house as for a larger home in the western areas. “A buyer looking for a new and modern five-bedroom home in Miami-Dade or other areas on the water are looking at $10-$20 million for the same size/quality as they could get in Weston for a five- to seven-bedroom mansion,” says Olga Pyrinvova, in-house sales executive at Botaniko Weston. “Out here, they get bigger and better values for their money.” That’s because cities like Weston hold their property values, even in a down economy. “As a real estate investment, it makes a lot of sense to target a new city like Weston,” says Pyrinvova. “But I am not seeing a lot of pure investors in Weston. It’s mostly big families with two or more kids and the in-laws. They are buying for themselves.” They want an active and fulfilling family life with enough space to make everyone comfortable.

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Imbibe in a Boozy Brunch at Zuma “A Sunday well-spent, brings week of content.” And what could yield more contentment than bottomless bottles of Champagne and unlimited top-shelf signature cocktails? Bottomless bottles and unlimited top-shelf cocktails at Zuma in Downtown Miami’s Epic hotel, that’s what. In addition to the aforementioned buzz-fest, Zuma’s brunch (more of an all-you-can-eat decadent dinner than a typical brunch) includes three overflowing, artfully prepared buffets with Asian-inspired Robata grill delights and a sushi bar overlooking the bustling open kitchen. Think of it as “brunch and a show.” Through it all, the attentive wait staff will guide you through the buffet items and keep you hydrated with the aforementioned bubbly or signature cocktails. Brunch costs $95 per person and is available from 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Zuma is located at 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, in Miami; to reserve, call 305.577.0277. inWESTON MAGAZINE

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Set a Course for Adventure at Oleta River State Park Located right on Biscayne Bay, Florida’s largest urban park, Oleta River State Park, is the ultimate natural setting in which to totally unwind, whether your idea of doing so involves relaxation or adventure. The park is best known for miles of off-road bicycling trails, from novice level to challenging, which have been recognized as some of the best in the nation. Along the Oleta River, at the north end of the park, a large stand of beautiful mangrove forest preserves native South Florida plants and wildlife. Canoeists, kayakers and stand-up paddle boarders can paddle the river and even explore small islands in the bay. Swim off the 1,200-foot sandy beach and or saltwater fish. Picnic tables and grills are available. (The White Ibis picnic pavilion even has electricity.) If you don’t have your own gear, you can rent kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and bicycles from the park concessionaire, BG Oleta River. And if you can’t pull yourself away after a day of fun, the park has rustic, air-conditioned cabins you can book through Reserve America or on a walk-in basis. 3400 NE 163 Street, North Miami Beach.

Spend the Day at Bal Harbour Shops There’s no therapy like retail therapy. Even if you don’t buy one thing, Bal Harbour is more of a luxurious retail museum than a shopping mall, in a beautiful, open-air setting, with chic restaurants (Makoto and the brand-new Hillstone are our favorites) and the highest of high-end stores that provides the perfect place for people watching and/or finding the right gift for those on your list who have just about everything. Chances are you’ve been there before, but once—or a dozen times—is never enough. Bal Harbour Shops is located at 9700 Collins Avenue. For more information, visit www. balharbourshops.com.

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Spa Atlantic puts the “aaaaah” in spa. The sea-and-citrus-inspired day spa on the 5thfloor oceanfront terrace at stylish Atlantic Hotel & Spa on Fort Lauderdale Beach uses only natural products, integrating the nourishing elements of nature with modern luxury. A soul-stirring oasis, Spa Atlantic offers a variety of treatments including customizable massages, facials, body treatments, waxing services, nail and hair services, plus make-up and special-event packages. They’re open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. A full spa menu and more information on additional signature spa treatments is available by visiting www.atlantichotelfl. com. Spa Atlantic is located at 601 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard.


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Catch The Grinch at Broward Center for the Performing Arts Spend the afternoon or evening watching everyone’s favorite holiday villain and sing along with the Whos of Whoville and the rest of the gang. Your heart will surely grow along with the Grinch’s as you marvel in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. It’s no surprise that the musical was lauded as “An Extraordinary Performance!” by The New York Times. Like the Whos, you too will be bursting with holiday spirit. The show runs from December 15–27. Tickets start at $35. Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located at 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. For tickets, visit browardcenter.org or call 954.462.0222. Visit browardcenter.org for up-to-date information, details and performances.

Do Happy Hour Oceanside at Beauty and the Feast Bar | Kitchen Start your pre-holiday merriment here. In addition to boasting a warmly lit atmosphere, spectacular ocean views, an enticing cocktail area and one of the best names ever, Beauty and the Feast restaurant serves a flavorful array of small plates, entrées, and family-style feast plates. Round up a group, a friend or a significant other for the lively happy hour, which takes place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Grab some signature craft cocktails for just $6 each, martinis for $8 and beers from $3-$4. Be sure to try some scrumptious bites at the bar or stay for dinner; they also serve brunch daily from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Beauty & the Feast Bar|Kitchen is located at 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. For reservations or for more information, call 954-567-8070 or visit www.society8.com.

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Do Yoga on the Beach with Copperbeech Yoga & Fitness Don your Downward Facing Dog, strike a Child’s Pose, do the Lotus and the Warrior 1, all right on the beach behind Ocean Manor. A proven stress reliever and self-esteem booster, yoga heals the body, mind and spirit—especially when it takes place right on the sand with the ocean as your backdrop. Factor in some quality yoga time throughout your holiday shopping to maximize the joy of the season. Classes cost only $10 and are held every day at 9:30 a.m. Ocean Manor is located at 4040 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit www. copperbeechyoga.com.


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SWEET TRIBUTE Hoffman’s Chocolates has just debuted a limited-edition Art Bars Collection of bars with packaging that features the work of six famous South Florida artists: Guy Harvey, Federice Uribe, Lori Pratico, Clyde Butcher, DJ Irie and David “LEBO” Lebatard, each in a different flavor. The bars are only available at Hoffman’s stores, which are located at 3341 Sheridan Street in Hollywood, on Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale and at the Shops at Boca Center in Boca Raton.


THE GUY’S GUIDE The Gentleman’s Guide to Cocktails solves all your drink-making dilemmas, such as: to shake or stir? Muddle or mix? Alfred Tong provides more than 150 cocktail recipes from classics like the Bloody Mary and the Moscow Mule to fogmatics and fizzes. 144 pages, leather bound, and foil stamped; $472, at Miami-based www.libastyle.com.

BUCKET LIST Nothing is more on trend for winter than this suede leather carryall tiered with fringe in sumptuous Cabernet by one of our favorite designers, Vince Camuto. $228, at Vince Camuto, Aventura Mall, and www.lordandtaylor.com.

PUTTIN’ ON THE SPRITZ Old-fashioned glamour is back in the form of the Esmeralda Parfum diamond-textured crystal perfume diffuser, $1,668, at Visionnaire, 2063 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, or visit www.visionnaire-home.com.

SILVER BELLS New for Winter 2016, the MOOD by Christofle flatware capsule, hand-cut Uni Vases and hand-cut crystal barware are befitting of the Parisian luxury brand’s opulence, yet feel modern at the same time—just in time for your holiday soirees. At Christofle, Bal Harbour Shops, or visit www.christofle.com.

STAND TALL Spruce up your bathroom with a sleek storage solution, such as this étagère of solid poplar frames with cherry veneers and tempered glass shelves from Restoration Hardware; $945, at Restoration Hardware, Aventura, or visit www.restorationhardware.com. inWESTON MAGAZINE

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FROM TOP: The cool vibe and signature cocktails (inset) are two of the attractions at BARÚ; CEO Hector Nuñez and Garzón Chef Gabriela Medici are excited to bring the concept to Weston.


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hen it comes to a popular travel destination like Fort Lauderdale—one saturated with countless raved-about hotels and resorts, a dazzling downtown and a sparkling shoreline —there’s something to be said for a restaurant that makes a name for itself all on its own. Located inside the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, the seaside 3030 Ocean, open nightly from 6 pm, has become one of Broward County’s most adored buried treasures. And now, after an extensive two-month renovation, it’s back stronger than ever, with a new look, a new menu and the newly appointed, award-winning Adrienne Grenier at the helm. Returning to the place where her career first began, executive chef Grenier, who earned her stripes as 2012 champion of Food Network’s Chopped, adds a little something special to the 3030 Ocean experience. Known for her inventive twist on farm-to-table cuisine, the young prodigy has created a menu of indulgent delights just in time for fall, using none other than South Florida’s best, locally sourced catches


CLOCKWISE: Crispy whole roasted snapper; the refreshing Coconut Rye Dye Cooler; local tropical fruit tart.

and produce. And complementing her new menu is the 216-seat restaurant’s more intimate, sophisticated redesign. Inspired by the waters of the deep blue Atlantic right outside its window, this locale, which now includes an expanded bar and lounge area and purposely relaxed vibes, is adorned in organic, ocean-inspired textures, colors and accoutrements, all meant to put you in a vacation state of mind from the moment you walk in. Backed by such an enchanting setting and talented team, the only trouble foodies will have at 3030 Ocean is deciding what not to order. While you try to narrow down your favorites (trust us, there will be many), indulge in a Peter Pumpkin Eater Martini—a tantalizing combination of American Honey Bourbon, pumpkin purée and cream—or hit the raw bar. As a 3030 mainstay, it’s home to a smorgasbord of East and West Coast oysters, Gulf shrimp, snapper crudo with fennel, crushed olives, lemon, chile and mint; Florida

clams with bacon, baby potato, fresh herbs and créme fraîche; spiny lobster ceviche with coconut, lime, papaya and chile; and more. And as any local knows, just because we live in sunny South Florida doesn’t mean we don’t relish the warm flavors of fall. Reopening in the heart of the season, 3030 Ocean has whipped up a bevy of hearty dishes

steeped in autumnal comfort, like farm-fresh raw Swank Farms squash with hazelnut-mint pesto, lemonette and queso fresco; or roasted pumpkin soup with toasted seeds and crème fraiche. For the meat lovers among us, the pulled-pork pasta with hand-cut noodles, smoked tomatoes, aged goat cheese and house ricotta won’t disappoint, while the Grenier fan favorite, sautéed Florida flounder with cauliflower purée, almonds, golden raisins, capers and brown butter, keeps loyal diners coming back for more. Of course, no dinner is complete without the perfect sweet ending, and because she understands the magic of food, Chef Grenier has come up with decadent desserts that just might do the trick. If it’s light and fresh you’re craving, pick the local tropical fruit tart with crispy vanilla bean meringue, mandarin curd, fresh fruits and guava sorbet. Otherwise, go big or go home with a throwback to your teenage years: the Snickers tart, a layered hodgepodge of dark chocolate ganache, Caramelo, peanuts and salted caramel ice cream. It promises to bring out the kid in you. Whatever you choose, one thing’s for sure: it won’t be anything less than spectacular. How do we know this? Because the new edition of 3030 Ocean has Adrienne Grenier leading the way—and as this young executive chef already knows, when it comes to a food spot you can’t live without, the only way you should go home is smiling. 3030 Ocean (in the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa), 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale; www.3030ocean.com. inWESTON MAGAZINE

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love it or hate it, the car looks sleek and fast, certainly compared to its stodgier luxury brand competitors. Another way the Panamera differs from it competitors involves its low-slung cabin—so low, in fact, that many of the buttons usually found on the dashboard are arranged in a herringbone design along the tall transmission tunnel. That same tunnel remains relatively high in back, actually bisecting the Panamera’s rear seat into two separate (and pretty special-feeling) thrones. And Porsche being Porsche, the rear chairs are supportive sport bucket seats, just like the ones up front. Executive models boast cross-at-your-knees legroom; indeed, if a limo mated with a Carrera, it’d feel something like this inside. Under the hood is an assortment of available engines ranging from a 310-hp V-6 to a prodigiously powerful 570-hp twin-turbo V-8, with my favorite being the viscerally sport-flavored GTS. And if your partner happens to be a Tesla-phile, a plug-in hybrid model can travel about 20 miles or so on electricity alone before the gas engine enters to help you go the full distance, however far that may be. Regardless of engine, all Panameras tackle curves like a racecar, with pan-flat body control and gloriously talkative steering. And the Turbo/Turbo S models in particular are supercar-quick.


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: The Cayenne is tough enough to take you over any terrain, which in Florida means potholes and puddles; the roomier interior better suits families; the Panamera is reminiscent of the sexy sportscar feel that other Porsches, such as the Carrera, are famous for.

Something to note: the Panamera was introduced in 2009 as a 2010 model, and a completely redesigned model is expected to appear by the end of 2016—something to bear in mind (or use as leverage for a possible discount) when the time comes to sign on the dotted line. Porsche Cayenne (Base price range: $59,295 to $158,295) If your partner is set on an SUV, and/or you already have a Carrera and want something different, then you might want something higherprofile—literally—than the Panamera, and the Cayenne fits that bill perfectly. The Cayenne attempts to transcribe Porsche’s time-hewn sports car form vocabulary to SUV proportions, and does so arguably successfully. Being an SUV, it has a more conventional tall-wagon profile and exhibits a few macho conceits in the form of egg-crate grilles up front, black lower body and fender trim, and bevels in places where the Carrera and Panamera stay radiused. That said, it is certainly sleek. The Cayenne’s interior décor closely mimics that of the Panamera, albeit with more upright seats, a lower floor and a far more commanding view of one’s surroundings through the relatively upright windows. With a three-person back seat and large cargo area, the Cayenne is definitely the better family car between the two. And trust us, no kid will be embarrassed being dropped off at school when you pull up in a Porsche. Like the Panamera, the Cayenne is offered with a similar array of

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V-6 and V-8 powertrains, ranging from 300 horsepower to 570 hp, as well as the same plug-in hybrid with 15–20 miles of electric range. Higher and heavier than the Panamera, the Cayenne is not quite as sporty from behind the wheel—no surprise there—yet the standard all-wheel drive system tenaciously claws the pavement, and the firm suspension does a stunning job keeping it flat in corners. The Cayenne’s biggest trump card, however, is how it Advantage remains unfazed by deep pools in the Panamera: road, or if the road is replaced altogether by muddy ruts or a peppering • Sportscar performance of rocks. There are many places you • Fuel efficiency can go in a Cayenne you would never • Sense of occasion attempt in a Panamera. While the Cayenne has also been with us for a few years, this second-generation model is fresher than the Panamera by a year—a little over Advantage halfway through its life cycle, while the Cayenne: Panamera is at the end of its own. And • Passenger and cargo the Cayenne, for what it’s worth, starts space out much cheaper than the Panam• Off-road capability era—some $20K–$45K less. That’s not • Lower price nothing.

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United Way Broward County & 211 Broward United Way of Broward County celebrated the grand opening of the new Jean and David Colker Center in November with more than 150 guests, receiving more than $150,000 in donations to benefit MISSION UNITED. Later in the month, 211 Broward hosted a Club 211 held a “Thank You” reception to recognize donors and sponsors who contributed to October’s 14th Annual Signature Grand Ghoul.

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You and I were brought together by a very special occasion, which was my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah. It was a very excessive event we planned, and we wanted to give back to the community. Unfortunately, the government rules

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