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CONTENTS JANUARY 2017

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Features

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The Boca Interview

A longtime Boca girl and international tennis icon, Chris Evert starts a new chapter designing fashionable tennis wear for women. by NILA DO SIMON

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Cheap Eats

Our annual roundup of how real people love to eat— great food at great prices. by LYNN KALBER

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2017: The Year Ahead

A group of unlikely visionaries—from a psychic to our beloved weatherman—give us their forecasts for what will happen in the upcoming year. by THOMAS YAIR

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Key West for Adults

Enjoy the best of both worlds at Florida’s southernmost frontier, from the Duval Crawl to the tropical luxury of Sunset Key Cottages. by MARIE SPEED

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The Boca Raton Regional Hospital started as a community effort and has become a world-class medical institution. by JASON CLARY

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The Miracle on Meadows Road Turns 50

Month 2000

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Departments 44 Editor’s Letter

Throw those resolutions out the window, pick up a fork and dive into South Florida’s rich culinary scene. by MARIE SPEED

85 Feel Good

Break the boredom in your New Year’s exercise regimen and start paddling one of Florida’s many scenic waterways. by LISETTE HILTON

47 The Local

Here’s what you need to know NOW: a chat with a wheels expert, a few locals’ New Year’s wishes, a gold standard hospital volunteer and much, much more. 54: Dress Code: Get ready to run with a few high-fashion spins on tennis shoes and a workout wardrobe that you can just as easily wear to lunch or out shopping. 72: City Watch: Hurricane Matthew was yet another ominous wake-up call that prices aren’t the only thing that’s rising in South Florida. By JASON CLARY, ALLISON LEWIS, RANDY SCHULTZ, MARIE SPEED and THOMAS YAIR

77 Biz

Meet the woman beneath the wings at the Boca Airport, the revered American Heritage School award-winning team (it’s a family affair) and the kids who are keeping the flame alive at a very special diner. by GARY GREENBERG

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131 Backstage Pass

We Take 5 with the director of the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival who hopes her movies are building bridges, among other things. Our January calendar has something for everyone, from dirty dancing to silent disco—even Golden Dragon acrobats. by THOMAS YAIR

145 Dining Guide

Our comprehensive guide to the best restaurants in South Florida includes new reviews of Domus and Chez Marie and a profile with the chef who put the Sybarite Pig on the foodie’s short list for great finds in Boca. reviews by LYNN KALBER

187 Out & About

It’s the time of year we’re seeing you everywhere and tracking the best go-to parties and charity affairs of the season. by JASON CLARY

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208 My Turn

The author recalls those moments of rejection—some close to home—and the lessons that emerged. by JOHN SHUFF

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Web Extras

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Don’t miss Boca on everything from FACEBOOK (facebook.com/bocamag) to INSTAGRAM (instagram.com/bocamag) and TWITTER (@bocamag) for community news, retail trends, foodie updates— and much more.

SYBARITE PIG: Daniel Naumko, owner and chef at Sybarite Pig, sits down with us to talk about life and his love of food, beer and cats. Go to page 154 to learn more about Naumko and his spectacular restaurant. For extra coverage, bocamag. com has the rest of his interview.

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THE BOCA INTERVIEW: In the Boca Interview, tennis legend and local Chris Evert shares the inspiration for her new tennis clothing line and why her “retirement”is different than most. Check out the Boca website for clips of Evert that showcase her tennis skills and help you interact with the former No. 1 player in the world. DECONSTRUCTING THE DISH: John Hutchinson, chef and owner at J&J Seafood Bar and Grill, gives step-by-step details of preparing a grilled black grouper feast. Find the full recipe at Bocamag.com under the“Food”section.

FRONT ROW SEAT: Talk about having a cool job…Ron Elkman has taken photos at dozens of concerts in South Florida this year. Most recently he’s photographed Andy Grammer, Carrie Underwood and Marc Anthony. In 2017, Ron will photograph the likes of Kenny Rogers, Julio Iglesias, Jay Leno and more. You can find our concert galleries under the“Arts & Entertainment”tab at bocamag.com.

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New year, new restaurants Throw out that silly resolution and hand me a menu By MARIE SPEED

o one talks about food this month—it's not allowed. Instead, we talk about working out, eating Paleo, pledging allegiance to our Fitbits and not acknowledging the pint of leftover eggnog talking to us from the refrigerator door. I, however, maintain that just because it’s the New Year does not mean we need to deny ourselves the pleasure of dining well. South Florida is at the epicenter of excellent dining, as Boca magazine routinely points out. In this issue, we bring you our annual installment of Cheap Eats (page 96), a variation on this theme (dining well without breaking the bank) that celebrates mom-and-pop restaurants and a few chains that get it right. This list got me thinking about my personal greatest local dining hits, some which are no longer with us, but many that are. From the day I started at Boca magazine, John and Margaret Shuff were hell bent on sharing their culinary wealth with me, as my extra 30 pounds attests. Then I ran with it. Back in those days, I recall forays to Gracie’s Subs, Flakowitz and The Pickle Barrel (John has a thing for deli food), dinners at Renzo’s and Arturo’s (John’s other obsession: Italian) and about one gazillion other great dinners. Those were the days of Lucille & Ottley’s mile-high pie, breakfast at Ken & Hazel’s, Tomberg’s roast chicken and latkes. On my own, I managed to cut a wide swath through South Florida, working through a culinary bucket list with near-Olympic determination. I drove to Joe’s Stone Crab, discovered rock shrimp at the Whale’s Rib, had scorched conch at Calypso and ate steaks and baked potatoes the size of small children at Morton’s, Ruth’s Chris, New York Prime and Chops. I had pâté and caviar, sushi and noodle bowls. There was an obsessive search for the best fish tacos. I went to media dinners, tastings, even five-course farm dinners out in Loxahatchee. It’s a quest that never really ends, and that’s fine with me. Now and then I run into people who tell me odd things, like they“forgot to eat dinner” (how is this even possible?) or they are“not really hungry.”I look at them curiously, because I know they are from another planet, the one with things like shelf paper and tidy underwear drawers and shoe trees. Then there are the women who don’t eat, the size 00s who play with their salads and nibble on edamame when they want to live dangerously. These women may look great but I wonder if it's worth an entire lifetime without cheese sticks. I think food is one of life’s great pleasures, and I intend to enjoy it for as long as I’m vertical. I come by it naturally, I know, with a mother who was an adventurous cook (I still remember the endless fondue phase) and several friends in my life who are great chefs. It is something to be relished and celebrated and talked about and written about—it is never to be regretted. In the immortal words of the late Nora Ephron: “I have made a lot of mistakes falling in love, and regretted most of them, but never the potatoes that went with them.”

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“We work toward providing the best advice and strategies for clients is not just about experience,” he says. “It’s also about knowlegde. We continually strive and prepare to be ahead of the curve within this industry.” Today, Heller maintains offices in Manhattan as well as in Boca Raton and his list of clients includes several he has worked with for nearly two decades.

“We believe in a strong client focus, with honesty and integrity.” retirement plans, companies, professionals, and high net worth families, Heller has honed his experience while continuing to provide his clients with a high level of customized service. “Our clients know that we’re always there for them,” he says. “We focus on whatever needs they may have and we have the resources available to meet those needs.” Prior to joining Wells Fargo Advisors, Heller started his career in wealth management at Merrill Lynch in the company’s world headquarters, NYC. He later moved his business and clients to Morgan Stanley, opening offices both in New York and Boca Raton.

“We have very long-standing relationships with our clients,” he says. “Some have been with us since the beginning 20 years ago.” It is a proactive approach – anticipating needs and addressing them – tempered by a philosophy focused on moderation, that keeps his clients coming back and that attracts new ones. “It is our mission to offer the ultimate client experience,” he says. “We believe in a strong client focus, with honesty and integrity.” Services provided by the Heller Financial Group include: Retirement planning, institutional money management, private

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New Year by the Numbers We hope your January starts off with a bang. Although these numbers tell some of the story, most of 2017 has yet to be written.

1,220,640

The total attendance of The Capital One Orange Bowl since 2000. The Orange Bowl is the championship game for the Atlantic Coast Conference and is held in Miami. The last Florida team to win The Orange Bowl was in 2013 when No. 13 Florida State defeated No. 16 Northern Illinois, 31-10.

1,748 Number of balls the International Polo Club Palm Beach

used last season. During play, some balls are lost in the canal that neighbors the fields. The 2017 season starts January 1.

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The average high temperature in January in Boca Raton. The average low is 58 degrees. January is the coolest month of the year on average. It’s also the second-driest month and averages only 2.8 inches of precipitation.

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1,280 ounces The weight of the largest Gag Grouper caught in Florida. January 1 marks the start of the Atlantic off-season for most grouper (Gag, Black, Red, Scamp, Yellowfin and Yellowmouth). That means these fish can’t be harvested until the season opens again May 1. Fun fact: Most Grouper are born as females and many will transform to males later in life.

The number of new gym memberships for Boca Raton’s “Fitness Now” gym in December and January last year. Who’s ready for their New Year’s resolutions?

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The Ultimate Shoe Shopping and Art Exhibition TOP 10 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS 1. Lose weight 2. Get organized 3. Spend less, save more 4. Enjoy life to the fullest 5. Stay fit and healthy 6. Learn something exciting

Israeli shoe designer KOBI LEVI makes his U.S. debut in Boca at the Levis JCC Sandler Center to show 30 pairs of over-the-top hand-made custom shoes—on exhibit and for sale. Sale. Yes, you can buy a pair. EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION & ARTIST’S TALK Sunday, January 8, 1:00-4:00 p.m. ART TALK: THE ART OF CRAFTING THE SHOE Monday, January 9, 2:00-3:30 p.m. WORKSHOP: CONCEPT TO EXECUTION Tuesday, January 10, 7:00-9:30 p.m.

AN EVENING WITH KOBI LEVI– A SPECIAL EVENT FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS Thursday, January 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Exhibit on display January 8-March 3 Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery Levis JCC Sandler Center 9801 Donna Klein Blvd. Boca Raton For more information, call Sue Harrington, 561/558-2504 or email sueh@levisjcc.org

7. Quit smoking 8. Help others follow their dreams 9. Fall in love 10. Spend more time with family —Statisticbrain.com

Locals sound off on issues affecting our community.

Q: What is on your wish list for 2017? “THAT THE NEXT UNITED STATES PRESIDENT WILL REPRESENT US WELL AND WILL MAKE CHANGES THAT ARE IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF OUR COUNTRY. ON A PERSONAL LEVEL, I WANT TO CONTINUE IMPROVING MY INVOLVEMENT WITHIN THE BOCA RATON COMMUNITY.” —MOHAMED ABDALLA, MBA, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE AND ILYNN ADMISSION, LYNN UNIVERSITY

“Within the last three years, my husband Charley and I were blessed with six beautiful grandchildren, three of whom were totally unexpected triplets! My wish for next year is that most of my time will be on an airplane going back and forth from Boca Raton to Seattle, and from Boca Raton to Alexandria spending lots and lots of time with all of these munchkins making very special memories!”

“AS A SELF-DESCRIBED FOOD NERD, I THINK I WANT A COOKBOOK FOR 2017, MAYBE THE BOOK OF MATCHA BY LOUISE CHEADLE AND NICK KILBY, OWNERS OF TEAPIGS. I’LL LEARN ALL ABOUT MATCHA AND START THE YEAR OFF HEALTHY AND ABNORMALLY ENERGIZED.” —SHAYNA TANEN, RECENT GRADUATE, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

—CAROLE PUTMAN, COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

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51 January Deals Get over that holiday shopping hangover and score some great deals. Here’s what you should be buying now: • DISCOUNTED SPORTS AND FITNESS EQUIPMENT. After-Christmas markdowns can be 25 to 50 percent, if past years are any indication. • WINTER COATS AND SWEATERS are generally good buys now (but make sure you have a need for them—like a second home in the mountains?) Last year’s sales went as high as 70 percent off selected items. • OLDER HIGH-RESOLUTION 4K TVS (but still newer than your newest) should go on sale after the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES) early this month. Our sources tell us it’s best to stick with TVs in the 40”to 55”range during January. Mid-sized sets have plateaued in discounts, so they’re usually available for a decent price. Look for deals that will drop 40”sets to $250, or 55”sets to $480. • If you can stand looking at one more cute resin ornament, then scoop up heavily slashed CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AND WRAPPING PAPER for next year. You’ll be glad you did. We promise. • START SHOPPING FOR VALENTINE’S DAY early. You are likely to score some post-Christmas jewelry markdowns.

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This contemporary art show (sculpture, emerging art, works on paper) has a reputation for freshness and accessibility, and it will give you a good reading on what’s new and exciting in the art world—without any of the stuffiness of a museum or the intimidating vastness of Basel. It’s right up the road, it’s manageable and you can zip over to Palm Beach afterwards for a nip at Ta-Boo. We’re always thinking. January 19-22 Palm Beach County Convention Center 650 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach

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The amount each player on the winning team gets

Sundays are for Polo From now until April, polo is on at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. It has garnered a whole new following the past few years, with all kinds of beautiful people from Boca, Delray and the Palm Beaches gathering at the classic polo club. Think Champagne, glamorous hats, designer dresses and men in boots. Whether you opt for the luxe brunch or plan to tailgate, this is truly your Sunday best. Ticket prices start at $30 for stadium seating, and the Pavilion reception passes begin at $55. New this year: The Lilly Pulitzer Patio at The Pavilion with Champagne Sunday brunch and polo; the Funky Buddha Beerstream Garden,

serving craft beer and charcuterie for guests and filling growlers for tailgaters; and the Coco Polo Lounge, a renovated 1964 double-decker bus includes brunch, drink tickets, valet parking, and a swag bag.

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Pink Martini

WHEN: Jan. 14 WHERE: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee

Blvd., West Palm Beach ABOUT: Storm Large and China Forbes sound like the names of a pulp detective and his femme fatale, respectively, but these versatile vocalists are a lot more hip and high brow than such pursuits. They share microphone duties for Pink Martini, the self-described “little orchestra” founded in Oregon in 1994 to provide inclusive soundtracks for civic and political fundraisers. Ten albums later, Pink Martini is far more than background music for big givers: The 13-piece symphony performs music in 22 languages and traverses pop, jazz, lounge music, Latin and classical. COST: $25-$100 CONTACT: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

Miami City Ballet

WHEN: Jan. 20-22 WHERE: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach ABOUT: MCB’s Program II will feature three company premieres: Peter Martins’ combative debut ballet “Calcium Night Light;” Jerome Robbins’ tribute to the emerging electronic age, “Glass Pieces;” and Kenneth MacMillan’s Pas de Deux from the 1994 revival of “Carousel.” COST: $20-$99 CONTACT: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

Sunshine Music Festival WHEN: Jan. 15 WHERE: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton ABOUT: Headlined as always by Tedeschi Trucks Band, this eclectic annu-

al festival boasts its most eminent undercard yet, with legends in genres ranging from classic and psychedelic rock to R&B, Americana and bluegrass on the docket. Dave Mason, the mercurial Traffic guitarist and accomplished solo performer; Mavis Staples, the influential soul/gospel goddess from the Staple Singers musical family; Bruce Hornsby, the hard-touring frontman of The Range; and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, a Grateful Dead tribute supergroup are among the bands taking the stage in this live jukebox of sonic dexterity. COST: $59.95 CONTACT: 561/393-7984, sunshinemusicfestival.com

“See Rock City and Other Destinations”

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WHEN: Jan. 12-29 WHERE: Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton ABOUT: Rock City is a roadside attraction in Georgia but in this pop-rock musical, it’s a place of the mind, one of few tourist attractions—from the Alamo to Niagara Falls—where wanderers make, and miss, connections. COST: $25 adults, $10 students CONTACT: 561/447-8829, eveningstarproductions.org

N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach ABOUT: If the poetry world has rock stars, Charles Simic is one of them. An elder statesmen of the form with a laureate title, a Pulitzer Prize and 36 collections on his résumé, the 78-year-old Serbian-American is proof that brevity is the soul of wit and much more: His vivid, introspective, surrealistic poems often consist of single paragraphs on subjects ranging

from personal ads to his war-torn childhood in Yugoslavia. He’ll join nine more acclaimed poets at this 13th annual festival, which features workshops, readings, panel discussions, social events and more. Be sure to stay up for the 9:30 p.m. slam at the Fieldhouse Jan. 21, featuring the fast-paced Mayhem performance poets. COST: $12-$18 for individual events, $495-$895 for workshops CONTACT: 561/868-2063, palmbeachpoetryfestival.org

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Temple St. Clair 18-karat Evil Eye Pendant in diamond, $3,250; chain sold separately, $3,700-$6,500. Available at Altier Jewelers (701 S. Federal Highway, 561/ 395-3462).

Update any jewelry box with these sleek designs Written by ALLISON LEWIS

Roberto Coin Princess Flower Diamond Ring and Bracelet in 18-karat yellow gold, $3,250 ring, $8,900 bracelet Available at Mayors (6000 Glades Road, 561/368-6022).

Supernova Stud Earrings with diamonds in 18-karat gold, $4,200 Available at David Yurman (Town Center, 6000 Glades Road, 561/955-1848).

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Petal Power Four fragrances that will bloom all year long Written by ALLISON LEWIS

Knot Eau de Parfum, Bottega

Veneta, 1.7 ounces, $125 Escape to the Italian coast with mandarin, orange flower, lavender, neroli and limette. Available at major department stores.

Flowerbomb Addict Set, Viktor & Rolf, $140 Find sambac jasmine, centifolia rose and ballerina freesia in a shower gel, body lotion and two fragrance bottles. Available at Sephora Town Center (6000 Glades Road, 561/391-1221).

N°5 L’eau Eau de Toilette Spray, 1.2

ounces, Chanel, $76 The new N°5 L’eau fragrance has May rose and jasmine alongside notes of lemon, orange and hints of clean cotton musk. Available at Sephora Town Center (6000 Glades Road, 561/391-1221).

Arlésienne Eau de Toilette, 2.5 ounces, L’Occitane, $68 White musk, sandalwood, violet and bergamot elicit an elegant floral aroma. Available at L’Occitane en Provence Town Center (6000 Glades Road, 561/362-7427).

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Best Face Forward Start off the New Year with five essentials Written by ALLISON LEWIS

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BIG SEXY EYE KIT, Benefit Cosmetics, $36 Contoured eyes are easier and bigger than ever—simply dip applicator in one of three eye shadow duos and sweep across

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Sparkle and shine like never before on New Year’s Eve. This collection of blushes, bronzer and powder perfectly highlights, contours and brightens all skin tones. Available at Sephora.

NAKED ILLUMINATED TRIO, Urban Decay, $36

Give your face extra glow with shimmering powders for body and face. Three pink and brown shades contain light-reflecting particles that emphasize your natural appearance. Available at Sephora and Ulta Beauty.

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Step Up Crush fitness goals in style with a winning pair of new tennis shoes Written by ALLISON LEWIS

Tourney Active Sneaker in Brown Leopard, Vionic, $129.95 Features Advanced Motion System Technology in a wildly fashionable print. Available at Nordstrom Town Center (6000 Glades Road, 561/620-5555).

APPS THAT COUNT

Complement those new tennis shoes with an app that tracks your steps—some even give back to charity. Here’s our top three picks: Charity Miles, Map My Walk and Strava.

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LunarGlide 8 Shield, Nike, $135 This shoe is designed for the avid runner—rain, shine, snow or sand. Available at nike.com

Pride, Vaneli, $150 Sleek nubuk and a contoured footbed provide comfort and versatility. Available in red and blue at Marmi Town Center (6000 Glades Road, 561/362-8580).

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Pistachio Crusted Grouper SAYS WHO: Cindy Wilson WHERE TO FIND IT: Max’s Grille

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WHY IT’S HER FAVORITE: “The combination of all the ingredients is just amazing,”says Wilson. “It’s been a favorite of mine for years.” The grouper is served with a sweet potato mash over sautéed spinach with vanilla rum butter drizzle, she adds. However, there’s a small catch: the dish is only served on Mondays.

ABOUT CINDY: Cindy Wilson is an interior designer at Cindy Wilson Inc. in Boca Raton. The business focuses on commercial interior design services, with more than 20 years of experience. Cindy is extremely passionate about her work, as well as cooking and helping animals.

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Tech Finds

We sized up the New Year’s hottest gadgets Written By: JASON CLARY

APPLE WATCH SERIES 2 With a built-in GPS and water resistance up to 50 meters, the Apple Watch Series 2 is more than just aesthetics— it’s a high-powered tool. It’s like having a second iPhone, but on your wrist—and it’s impervious to most regular wear and tear. It also houses an array of services to track and improve fitness. Price: $370 and up Where to buy: Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, apple.com AMAZON ECHO The “Echo” is the smart speaker that responds to the name “Alexa.” It’s connected to Wi-Fi and pulls information from a variety of services, like AccuWeather, ESPN and Wikipedia. The "Echo" is like a personal assistant, although sadly, it won’t valet your car or refill your margarita. Price: $180 and up Where to buy: Most major tech retailers, amazon.com THE CLOUD Think of a thunderstorm, but without the rain or the risk of getting struck by lightning. The Cloud is an interactive lamp and speaker system that mimics a thundercloud. It has a reactive mode which illuminates based on the beat of the music. Motion sensors also illuminate the cloud dictated by user movement. Each cloud is hand-made by Richard Clarkson Studio. Price: $3,360 Where to buy: richardclarkson. com/shop

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Gearing Up Three bike trends are gaining extra traction this year. Written by ALLISON LEWIS

T For me, trends are exciting only in the sense that they're promoting cycling for other people that may not have enjoyed it before.''

une Cycles is keen on keeping up with the cycling Joneses, so to speak. The modest bike shop in Boca Raton has quite the following among avid and recreational cyclists, and for good reason. “We focus on custom,” says Ethan Bell, co-owner of the shop. “We do a lot with custom steel and custom titanium [frames]. We build them as nice or as basic as you want.” Bell and his team are adept at spotting the latest trends, too. They do their best to help local cyclists incorporate these trends into the 1,500 to 2,000

bikes they service annually. “It’s an interesting landscape that’s changing rapidly right now,” Bell says of cycling. “All of the major manufacturers are doing the same things: Trek, Giant, Cannondale, Scott. All of them are providing a tremendous amount of growth and really rapid changes in the product.” Going into 2017, there’s been a shift in the bike world. Bell says there are three big trends to watch. Look for wider tires, all-road bikes with disc brakes and electronic shifting. Consider incorporating these styles into your next ride.

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“For years, we didn’t have anything more than the real skinny tires that you traditionally see,”Bell says. “Road bikes, tri bikes, everything was skinny, and everything was tight and all aerodynamics.” But tire trends are shifting to a larger, heavier wheel, according to Bell.“They just get a little bit wider and taller, but that allows you low pressure and to get a more comfortable ride,”Bell says.“And you get more traction because you have more contact with the ground.” At Tune Cycles, Bell has seen tires grow “astronomically”from the norm. Riders are asking for tires larger than 25mm wide, which is a huge jump by industry standards. “Five or 10 years ago, none of these manufacturers thought we were going to be putting 28mm and 30mm [tires] on there,”Bell says. He transitioned from 23mm to 25mm tires in the last year and says the demand for 28mm and 30mm tires has increased quickly. Granted, not all bikes can withstand the wider, trendier tire. Bell says that his employees are paying attention to what’s happening online and measuring tire sizes to push limits where they can.

ALL-ROAD BIKES WITH DISC BRAKES

More and more, cyclists are looking for a bike that can fluctuate from paved roads to trails to gravel to terrain. “One of my guys really loves that idea of having one bike he can ride anywhere: sidewalks, grass, paths, dirt. It’s really going that way,”Bell says. Additionally, some manufacturers are creating all-road bikes with disc brakes. These brakes have a metal disc rotor secured to the wheel hub, which is regulated by calipers on the bike fork and rear wheel dropout. Disc brakes are hydraulically or mechanically activated. Bell says disc brakes are a big deal in other parts of the country, but are lost a bit in Boca, since there isn't much elevation. However, disc brakes are trending on all-road bikes this year.

ELECTRONIC SHIFTING

“Adding electronic shifting, that’s a really big trend going on now,”Bell says.“Probably half the bikes that we sell … are electronic in some way, shape or form.” Unlike mechanical gear shifting, which is cable-driven, electronic shifting relies on an electric motor, usually operated by a battery pack, to move gears on a bicycle. “Electronic shifting is a little tricky,”Bell says.“With a cable bike, you pull it, it clicks, and the derailleur moves a very specific amount and that’s it. With electronics, they’re able to program it to when you push the button, it moves too far on purpose, to force the shift … then it can automatically trim itself back a little bit to where it’s supposed to be.” Electronic shifting comes in a wired design by Shimano, and a "wireless" design by SRAM, Bell says. It saves a cyclist from unnecessary chain wear and offers more finite gear changes. Don’t forget to keep the battery charged.

BIKE WATCH: THE DIFFERENT KINDS ROAD: Identified by skinny tires, a lightweight frame and drop handlebars, road bikes are ubiquitous in Boca. They’re typically used on paved roads because gravel and other surfaces can be uncomfortable for the rider.

TRIATHLON/TIME TRIAL: Specifically designed for triathlon and timed trial races, “tri” bikes are built to enhance the aerodynamic characteristics of the bike itself and limit wind resistance to the rider.

CYCLOCROSS: This bike is perfect for individuals who want to ride on many surfaces. They have wider tires than a road bike and a brake system that wards off mud that might try to accrue in the frame.

FIXED GEAR OR “FIXIES”: Fixies have been called the “hipster” bike. They’re simpler in design, which makes upkeep easy. These bikes have one gear setting, so the wheels move when your feet do.

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MOUNTAIN: These bikes have wider, thicker tires, a heavier frame, front or full suspension and flat handlebars. They do better on hills, trails and terrain thanks to lower gear settings.

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A Selfless Spirit One volunteer's outstanding service gets some much-deserved recognition Written By ALLISON LEWIS

For more than 50 years, the Debbie-Rand Memorial Service League has been raising funds and coordinating volunteers for Boca Raton Regional—longer than the hospital itself has been around. Volunteers can lend their dedication and compassion to more than 60 areas inside and outside BRRH, from hosting bingo and working in the Debbie-Rand Thrift Shoppe to assisting in Radiation Oncology, Home Health, Medical Imaging and many more departments. For information, call 561/955-4098 or visit brrh.com/volunteer.

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hristy McDonald stands outside Boca Raton Regional Hospital, dressed in a white collared shirt, royal blue jacket and white pants. Quickly, she makes her way through the hospital, weaving through a maze of turns, in a beeline for the volunteer office. She knows this hospital like a surgeon knows her scalpel. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, McDonald moved to Boca Raton in 1992 with her parents, Ian and Dorothy, and her younger sister, Linda. At 17, McDonald began volunteering at Boca Raton Regional Hospital through her school, Spanish River High. After graduation, she continued to volunteer in the Food and Nutrition Department. Now 36, McDonald has logged 15,500 hours of service at the hospital. A shiny gold pin on the left side of her jacket serves as a reminder. “They [volunteers] get new pins to mark the number of hours volunteered,”her mom, Dorothy McDonald, says. McDonald works four days a week, usually in increments of four-to five-hour shifts, folding silverware into napkins for the lunch rush. When season hits, the hospital gets busy. “It’s packed,”says McDonald, who doesn’t let the craziness of season dampen her spirit of giving. Sometimes, other employees help her out.

This past April, McDonald accepted the annual Debbie-Rand Memorial Service League Volunteer of the Year Award. It is the highest award given to one volunteer who has shown outstanding service. McDonald got dressed up for the luncheon and attended with her family—but she didn’t realize she’d be receiving the award. “It was a huge surprise,”Dorothy says.“They had 12 volunteers on stage, one for each Volunteer of the Month, and then they called her.”

Christy McDonald

It was a huge surprise. They had 12 volunteers on stage, one for each Volunteer of the Month, and then they called her."

“I like to help, and I like working with people,”Christy says. When she isn’t volunteering, McDonald spends her time shopping, attending Florida Panthers games with her father. She also takes yearly trips to Scotland, where she is spoiled by aunts and uncles and her grandfather. However, McDonald doesn’t like to be away from the hospital for long.“She hates missing days,” Dorothy says.“Even for vacation.”

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urricane Matthew gave this area a scare in October. We should not let that scare go to waste. For all the danger from hurricane-force winds, the dangers from water—rain and surge—are becoming more apparent. South Florida has witnessed the trend for nearly two decades. In 1999, Tropical Storm Irene tracked up the center of the state. It was a borderline hurricane, and the heaviest rains were on the east side. The drenching was so bad in Boynton Beach that the city raised stormwater fees and began upgrading the drainage system. In 2005, before it created a disaster in Louisiana and Mississippi, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Pompano Beach and crossed to the Gulf of Mexico. As with Irene, wind damage was minimal, but Katrina flooded portions of southern Broward County and Miami-Dade County. In 2012, Tropical Storm Isaac never made a Florida landfall. Isaac dumped so much rain, however, that residents in rural areas of west-central Palm Beach County were cut off. If the South Florida Water Management District had not been able to divert water to a new reservoir built for Everglades restoration, the flooding might have been catastrophic. Similarly, Hurricane Sandy never came ashore here in 2012.

The storm surge, however, washed away four blocks of State Road A1A on the Fort Lauderdale beachfront and tore up beaches throughout South Florida. Complete rebuilding in Fort Lauderdale took three years. When Sandy made landfall in New Jersey, the winds were a comparatively low 80 miles per hour. Yet according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s post-Sandy report, the barometric pressure was more like that of a Category 3 hurricane, with winds of at least 111 miles per hour. The moon was full, so the tide was very high. Primarily because of the surge in New Jersey and New York, damage from Sandy totaled $50 billion. Obviously, flooding and surge are not new issues with tropical storms. With climate change and rising seas, however, they are newly urgent issues. Coincidentally, the eighth annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Summit had been scheduled for the Palm Beach County Convention Center the weekend when Matthew seemed like such a threat. The meeting was rescheduled. With higher seas, the potential damage from storm surge and flooding increases. A report by

the group Climate Central said the risk is highest to property that is within four feet of the local high tide line. According to the report, 2.4 million people and 1.3 million homes in Florida are in that category. It’s half the risk nationwide. “Sea level rise,” the report said, “is more than doubling the risk of a storm surge at this level in South Florida by 2030.” Which is just 13 years away. A quirk of nature may give some areas of Palm Beach County more time. The land begins rising in Deerfield Beach. Miami’s average elevation about sea level is six feet and Fort Lauderdale’s is nine feet. In Boca Raton, however, the average elevation is closer to 13 feet. In Delray Beach, though, the elevation is more like nine feet. That’s why the city, especially in the last four years, has made adapting to sea level rise a priority. High tides regularly cause flooding in the city’s Marina District and near Veterans Park. The city has a sustainability office within the Environmental Services CONTINUED ON PAGE 206

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lara Bennett loves everything about aviation. And that’s a good thing, since she’s the executive director of the Boca Raton Airport Authority. Bennett’s fascination with flying began when she was a child, making trips with her family from their home in New York City to their native land, the Dominican Republic. “I loved the whole experience of flying and always wanted to be a pilot,”says Bennett, who can’t resist craning her neck to watch a small jet roar down the runway and soar into the sky.“It’s still a thrill to feel the power of an aircraft as it takes off.” Although she has a private pilot’s license, Bennett’s focus is on the business side of flying. Her responsibilities include project planning, construction, business development, community outreach and making sure all federal and state regulations are met. “We’re a public facility that’s run like a business,”she says of the state-owned airport, which sees some 60,000 takeoffs and landings a year.“We need to be entrepreneurial in creating a stable environment for our tenants to prosper while also managing the needs of the community, including emergency relief and special events.” The airport makes money by leasing land on the 214-acre property to both aviation and non-aviation tenants—such as the Cinemark Palace 20 movie theater, City Furniture, Boca Aircraft Maintenance and Reliable Jets—as well as fuel fees. It also receives funding from the government. “This year, we have $18 million for our capital improvement program,”says Bennett, 48.“It’s a whirlwind, but I love challenges.”

Current projects include a customs facility to service international flights, airfield enhancements, upgrades to the control tower and a fail-safe installation to stop planes from overshooting the runway. “Safety is the biggest concern,” says Bennett, a married mom of two. She seems to most enjoy her role as a liaison to the academic community. Along with aviation career programs for local high school and college students, the airport hosts the Warbirds every January, featuring World War II aircraft and the veterans who flew them. “They’re like flying museums,” Bennett says.“The students get to interact with the aircraft and, more importantly, with the veterans. It’s a very special event.”

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golf pro’s son, a bright kid but he couldn’t read.” Laurie, who had conquered his own disability through endless reading, adds,“I have great empathy for that kind of child. But you should see Jimmy today. He’s very successful.” That tutoring experience sent Bill on a path toward founding

four schools for kids with mild learning disabilities and then the American Heritage School (AHS), a college preparatory academy with campuses in Delray Beach and Plantation. Now, AHS is a family business. Two of Bill’s five children, Doug Laurie and Leslie Wood, help him run it. Doug, 47, specializes in curriculum ››

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›› development while Leslie, 56, focuses on administration and admissions. All three do a bit of everything, from giving tours for prospective students to teacher recruitment to attending sporting events, school plays and other activities. “I have no plans to retire,”says Bill, who’s a little hard of hearing but still sports a boyish twinkle in his eye.“I love it too much. Every day is a real experience.” Leslie and Doug feel the same way.“I’m having a fabulous time,” says Leslie, who once taught remedial reading like her dad. “I really enjoy working with my father and brother as well as being around educators who are so passionate about their profession.”

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Adds Doug,“There are new challenges every day. The three of us are always brainstorming on how to make the school better.” They can pretty much do what they want. Because AHS is privately owned and accepts no donations, there are no board members or benefactors to please. Whatever the Lauries are doing, it seems to be working. AHS now has about 4,000 students, and the larger Plantation campus boasts more National Merit Scholars than any other private school in the nation. The class of 2015 at both campuses combined was offered a whopping $85 million in college scholarships. “We have 300 different course offerings,”Doug says.“That’s more

than some small colleges.” The cost is comparable, too. Tuition ranges from $21,000 to $25,000 per year, but some scholarships are awarded, and the children of AHS employees get a free ride. In 1999, AHS expanded to Palm Beach County with a campus near the Boca Raton/Delray Beach line. Bill, Doug and Leslie spend time on both campuses, and they don’t seem to have much of a life outside of school. “We go to a lot of school events, from math and robotics competitions to mock trials to sports,” Doug says.“There’s always something going on.” “It’s a lot of fun and fulfillment,” Leslie adds.“It’s a happy business.”

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he Olympia Flame Diner is still burning brightly after a quarter of a century. Founded in 1991 by Greek immigrants Tom and Gina Katsenos, the Deerfield Beach restaurant is now run by their kids, George Katsenos and Patty Miranda. And the same things that worked for their customers work for them. “We owe our longevity to discipline, work ethic and sticking to our mission statement to always put the customers’ best interests first and make them feel a part of our family,” says Miranda, 48.“We make people feel good through their stomachs. We feed the souls.” Still, competition is tough these days as more and more people forsake sit-down meals for fast food, takeout and prepared dishes from supermarkets. “We live in a fast-casual society where people would rather go through lines than sit down and dine,” Miranda says.“That’s our biggest challenge.” The Olympia Flame gets by with a little help from its friends. About half the business is made up of regular customers—familiar faces whom George and Patty greet by name. And they got a break when the diner appeared on a 2009 segment of Oprah Winfrey’s talk show. “Business went up by 20 percent,” Miranda says.

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“That’s the power of Oprah.” But even Oprah’s star power fades in time, leaving the Olympia Flame to survive on its bread and butter— hearty made-to-order meals served in a family setting. “We’re a diner,”says George Katsenos, 47.“People feel comfortable here, and they get good portions at a decent price. It’s like home cooking, except you don’t have to do any of the work.”

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South Floridians are a short drive from scenic rivers best explored by canoe or kayak in the wilds of Florida

B These are a few of the things you’re likely to encounter on a Loxahatchee River paddling adventure: Abundant wildlife, from threatened species such as the sandhill crane and peregrine falcon to endangered wood storks and manatees, common blue herons, egrets, ospreys and ibises. Plants along the river include mighty cypress trees, mangroves, ferns, seagrapes and gumbo-limbo trees. Fish in the natural habitat range from snook and snapper to bass, tarpon, redfish and jacks. Source: loxahatcheeriver.org

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enji Studt, a nature photographer who works for Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management, says Palm Beach County is home to a paddlers’ paradise, the Loxahatchee River, one of only two rivers in the state federally designated as Wild and Scenic. Rich in history, the land surrounding the Loxahatchee was once home to the Seminole Indians. It was the site of military forts and Indian wars, including the Battle of the Loxahatchee. Today’s 260-square-mile ecosystem includes the nine-mile river, which meanders through freshwater creeks down into a brackish estuary and empties through the Jupiter Inlet into the Atlantic Ocean. Paddlers can opt for half-day or full-day trips on the river. The Wild and Scenic portion of the Loxahatchee is about eight miles. It starts just north of Indiantown Road and winds north through Jonathan Dickinson State Park.“The easiest way to get started is at Palm Beach County’s Riverbend Park,”Studt says. Bring your own canoe or kayak, or rent equipment from an outfitter. Canoe Outfitters is on site at Riverbend Park (561/746-7053, canoeoutfit-

tersofflorida.com). Studt recommends arriving early if you’re renting canoes or kayaks because they tend to run out pretty quickly, especially on weekends. Once you get on the water, paddle downriver in an out-and-back adventure to the second of two dams, then back to Riverbend Park. Canoe Outfitters offers a shuttle option where you can launch your boat at Riverbend and paddle eight miles to Jonathan Dickinson State Park. They’ll shuttle you and your vessel back. That’s a full-day trip and a fairly technical paddle, Studt says. But it’s worth it. The Wild and Scenic portion of the river is just incredible. “You’re going through a canopy of old-growth cypress—huge cypress trees,”he says.“Cypress trees line the main channel of the river. The vegetation is lush, and you’re paddling next to alligators, manatees and river otters,” he says.“If you have your own boat, one of my favorite things to do is go in the afternoon, start out about mid-afternoon on a weekday when, chances are, you’ll be out on the river when everybody in rented boats is coming back. You pretty much have the river to yourself. That’s absolutely an escape.”

What is the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act? Congress enacted this legislation in 1968 with the intention to protect specific rivers so that future families and individuals would have the opportunity to appreciate their natural beauty and recreational functions.

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Paddling Upstream Break out the oars: More Palm Beach options beckon.

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outh Florida’s flat land makes our state rich with vast wetlands. The Pine Glades Natural Area in the Jupiter Farms area covers 6,651 acres and is an easy, open paddle opportunity. “You can fish—catch and release,”Studt says.“The Pine Glades Natural Area does close after sunset, but you can go for the last few hours of the day and see wading birds flying in over these huge expanses of marshy wetlands. It’s not nearly as busy as the Loxahatchee River.” The canoe and kayak launch is right on the Pine Glades parking lot at 14122 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Winding Waters, a 548-acre natural area, is a little closer, at 6161 Haverhill Road N., West Palm Beach. It’s inland and unique, according to Studt. “We just did a big wetlands restoration project, so we have a four-mile paddling trail there. It’s a great natural area to see all different kinds of birdlife. We often see bald eagles,”he says. Still a bit closer to Boca Raton is the Snook Islands Natural Area. This 100-acre restoration project in the Lake Worth Lagoon offers a kayak launch in downtown Lake Worth. Sunrise or sunset are the best times for paddling. You’ll avoid the midday’s bright sun and heat and have a better chance to see wildlife, including birds. “Snook Island is a great place to look for a really colorful shorebird called the American Oyster Catcher. It has a dramatic orange bill,” Studt says.

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Kayak Lake Worth is a vendor in the Snook Islands area that offers not only rentals and delivery of kayaks, but also full-moon guided paddles at Snook Island (561/225-8250, kayaklakeworth.com). In the North County, there’s Blueline Surf and Paddle, which rents equipment and offers tours (997 N. A1A, Jupiter, 561/744-7474, bluelinesurf.com). You can rent canoes, kayaks and more, plus get in on a guided paddle, at the Loxahatchee River District’s outreach center at Burt Reynolds Park (805 N. U.S. Highway 1, Jupiter, 561/743-7123)

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The Adventure Awaits program, through Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management, offers the public free opportunities to learn about natural areas in South Florida. Among the programs are guided paddle tours. You don’t have to rent anything or pay for a tour. Just sign up. For more about when these paddles will occur in 2017, visit pbc.gov/erm.

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Sidestep Exercise Boredom If exercising involves the same routine, boredom will set in and physical activity will decline. Eliminate exercise monotony with these tips from Boca Raton personal trainer and yoga instructor, Roudy Derisse. Walk-run with friends and family. Recruit people you enjoy to walkrun with you. Having company while exercising adds an element of fun to the experience and give you more incentive to show up and push harder. If losing weight is a goal, then walking, by itself, generally won’t help you shed pounds, according to Coach Roudy.

between 20-second and 10-second workouts for eight rounds, which equals four minutes. Twenty seconds are high-intensity exercises such as jumping jacks, jogging, burpees and jump squats; 10 seconds are spent resting, only to repeat the high-intensity movements right after.

Get your musical groove on. Download a few new songs to keep you entertained during your workout. “Good music gets you in the mood to push a little harder—go a little further!” Coach Roudy says.

Use social media for inspiration and to learn something new. Coach Roudy is among the local personal trainers who post exercises on their social media pages (facebook.com/coachroudyd). Follow your favorite trainers to get ideas on how to integrate new exercises.

Got four minutes? Let’s Tabata! “This exercise method can be done anywhere and with no equipment. Dr. Tabata’s [four-minute] workout is as good if not better—some would argue—than an hour-long workout,” Coach Roudy says. The Tabata method: Alternate

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Boca’s Chris Evert is hoping for a win with her new tennis line Written by NILA DO SIMON

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erage club player had little to choose from that made her feel both comfortable and fashion-forward. “Women like to look flattering,” Evert says.“The outfit has got to flatter your figure. A lot of women and moms, they’ve had kids, some of them are naturally 10, 15, 20 pounds over what they were when they were younger, and that’s completely normal and something to be proud of, but they still want to look good in [their] clothes.” So Evert set out to design and direct a clothing line that the women in the school’s pick-up line and beyond could feel confident wearing while playing tennis. In 2014, she debuted her apparel brand, Chrissie by Tail. Geared toward fashionable women who didn’t necessarily look like Maria Sharapova, the line epitomizes everything the sport of tennis should be: hard working and fun with some attitude.

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In collaboration with Tail Activewear, whose 40-plus-years in the active apparel industry attracted Evert, she added fashion designer to her already lengthy resume, which include tennis champion, television commentator and mother of three. “I wanted to incorporate me and my ideas into the brand, and for the designs to have a little more detail and a little more edge to them,” Evert says. “I wanted to include ruffles, pleats, mesh and cutouts. And Tail afforded me that design freedom.” But the creation of her pieces didn’t come as easy as one may suspect. Despite her nearly two decades on the women’s circuit, wearing countless tennis outfits and seemingly an expert in that segment through osmosis, Evert admits she had a steep learning curve when it came to designing and manufacturing clothes. “I learned that I didn’t know much about the clothing business,” she says.“Just because I can come up with good ideas about fashion, it doesn’t mean that clothes are going to sell. There are just so many components, from marketing to the actual manufacturing process that I really had to learn and get up to speed with.” And up to speed she got. Evert approached the fashion line as she would a tennis match: with focus and dedication. As Tail Activewear CEO Jerry Edward says, “Chris pushed our team to elevate design and performance and helped us stay positive and focused on achieving new heights. We shall work obsessively to make Chrissie by Tail a new standard for innovation in fashion and performance.”

Model Citizen Technically speaking, Evert is a Renaissance woman. A professional athlete from the age of 18, Evert retired from the sport at 35 years old, quickly mor-

phing into a philanthropist, mother and television commentator. She even managed to find time to cultivate the future of tennis by forming the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton. And now with her foray into the design business, Evert admits it’s fun to add another tool to her toolbox. At 61 years old, when most are contemplating retirement, she says her business career is just getting ramped up. “The last four to five years my manager and I were making a bucket list of what to do,” she says. “I’ve always loved fashion, and I always was aware of fashion. I’ve been approached in the past to collaborate on a design, but the time wasn’t right. So recently, I said, ‘Why don’t we come up with a line that’s attractive and edgy, and fits better for women over 30?’ That’s how Chrissie by Tail was born.” The South Florida woman wasn’t far from Evert’s mind when she was creating Chrissie by Tail.“Since you’re out there running and sweating, the most important thing is quality,” she says. “It has to be a good material, and it has to be comfortable and functional. The fabrics are great, they are cool and have the mesh and a lot of breathing in the fabrics.” Though designed for women living in all regions, the universal styles especially complement the South Florida norm of incorporating bright, bold colors and prints. For example, the Spring 2017 Antigua Collection (set to release in January) features a fun quartz print and sophisticated, stylish fabric details, including striped mesh pleating and flirty rhinestone detailing. In March, Chrissie by Tail plans to release one of Evert’s favorite collections to date, the Peony Collection, which features a Dahlia floral print and pops of persimmon color. Future plans for the brand include adding more athleisurewear pieces, such as leggings. Despite her travels around the world, she still calls South Florida her home. Born in Fort Lauderdale, Evert’s storied tennis career began on the courts of Holiday Park, where her father, Jimmy, was a teaching pro. As a young amateur

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CHRIS EVERT’S FAVORITE THINGS Shopping destination: Town Center at Boca Raton Yoga studio: Hot Yoga of Delray Restaurants: 13 American Table and Farmer’s Table Non-conventional workout: Rock climbing at Coral Cliffs

Evert models her new line, from the Peony Collectiion (opposite and top left) and the Antigua collection

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who donned ribbons in her hair, she was competing and winning against the world’s top female players, including a clay-court win over then-No. 1 player Margaret Court, when Evert was only 15 years old. Her on-court successes continued throughout her entire career and tallied up 157 singles titles and 32 doubles titles. For today’s generation of tennis hopefuls, perhaps Evert’s name is associated more with her on-screen appearances as a Grand Slam commentator and philanthropist than it is with her playing career. In 1989, one month removed from her final professional match, Evert held the first-ever Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic fundraiser in Boca Raton. That year’s event raised more than $350,000 to benefit Chris Evert Charities, which, through a partnership with The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, provides needed donations to proactively prevent family and social problems, such as substance abuse by pregnant women. The annual fundraiser, which now hosts its pro-am games at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, has added a gala component, held at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Last year, the multi-day event raised $600,000 and to date it has contributed more than $22.5 million to Florida programs. Evert even has a 50-bed hospital unit named after her. The Chris Evert Children’s Hospital at Broward Health is one of only two Level 1 trauma centers in Broward County that specializes in pediatric care. For Chris Evert, who retired 27 years ago from the sport she loved,“retirement” is a misleading word. Because if this is what retirement looks like, then her golf game is going to take a big hit.

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Assortment of sushi and sashimi from Ziree Thai & Sushi

Incognito nights: When you want to slip away

and settle in for something different, tasty and that won’t require breaking into your 401K.

ZIREE THAI & SUSHI, 401 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/276-6549 Why we love it: It’s at the not-insanely-busy west end of Atlantic Avenue, and has both tasty Thai and yummy sushi, so whatever world you’re in will be fed. If you ask for it“Crazy Hot,”be ready for it! Signature dish or deal: Good for fast lunches (try Thai & Japanese Lunch Box deals, $11.95), and the curry dishes get a big thumbs-up. Pad Thai, too.

is more than enough. You can order online. Did we mention it delivers?

CANNOLI KITCHEN, 2001 N. Federal

5058 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/496-6440 Why we love it: Furin serves both Japanese and Thai dishes, for in-house dining or takeout. Fresh sushi at low prices makes folks happy. Lunch specials are worth the trip. The huge sushi boats (made for parties) definitely means your ship has come in.

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Patio Tapas and Beer, 205 S.E. First Ave., Boca Raton, 561/419-7329 If you want a colorful, intimate restaurant that’s a fun place to eat, you’ve found it. That, and the pork belly crostini tapas or the duck press with fig marmalade crostini, would be enough. But add the sangria and the dance music, and a night on the Patio is ideal. Try the Pulpo salad ($13) with seared octopus, cherry tomatoes, arugula and lemon vinaigrette—a gorgeous dish, and delicious, too. Pulpo salad at Patio Tapas

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Highway, Boca Raton, 561/338-2929 Why we love it: It delivers. The cannoli gets raves. It has pizza takeoffs of Italian dishes (baked ziti pizza, eggplant Parm pizza!) and gluten-free pizza. The pizzas are available by the slice. The prices get raves, too. A family bundle (large pie, 10 chicken wings for $19.95)

EATHAI, 1832 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach, 561/877-3839 Signature dish: Try the rolled ice cream ($6). Kind of hard to explain, but it’s made tableside, and you can choose one flavor or combine them. And it’s ice cream. What’s not to like? (The Thai tea flavor ice cream roll gets raves!)

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Living large on small change: You’re feeling like a million bucks, but you’re short more than a few. Here’s where to get big bang for that buck. RACK’S, 402 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/395-1662 Why we love it: The happy hour prices are terrific, as is the value. And the raw bar is one of the classiest we’ve seen, with a lighted onyx bar top. You’ll eat yummy oysters and feel extremely pampered at the same time. Score! Signature deal: The happy hour menu boasts $1 oysters (can you say dinner?), a special bar menu and half-priced drinks from 4 to 7 p.m., every day of the week. Every day. JIMMY’S BISTRO, 9 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, 561/865-5774 Signature dishes: If po-boys are your thing, Jimmy’s is your place. They have grilled chicken po-boy, fried fish poboy, grilled steak po-boy, fried shrimp

po-boy, vegetarian po-boy, and we’re beginning to feel like Forrest Gump. This small bistro just serves dinner, and has lobster ravioli, Asian dumplings and entrées such as paella, seared Chilean sea bass and a menu that’s all over the place. But clearly they do it well, because we recommend you make a reservation.

FRIES TO CAVIAR, 6299 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561/617-5965 Why we love it: Its name explains the menu features, and it’s no joke. The happy hour has food and drink specials and special specials. From 3:30 to 6 p.m., the bites are $7-$10. Try the pork lettuce wraps, dumplings, lobster bisque, Caprese salad and more. Wines and well drinks are $4 and beer is $3.

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CHEAP COCKTAILS AND OTHER LIBATIONS SMOKE BBQ, 8 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/330-4236 Signature deals: Two-for-one well drinks and draft beers during happy hour, which is 5 to 7 p.m.

Hand outs: No dishes required for these sammies— just an appetite, and maybe a touch of adventure. Mix up your usual toppings! CHARM CITY BURGER COMPANY, 1136 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield

Beach, 954/531-0300 Why we love it: It’s gimmicky, and it tastes good. Try the steak burgers (Good Ole, Cowboy style, Volcano style, Big Sloppy, Southern Belle), or The Gobbler (turkey), The Mobster (Italian sausage), the Hippie (veggie) and, well, you get the idea. Plus chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, salads and desserts.

V&S DELI, 2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561/395-5206 Why we love it: This classic, bustling deli smells delicious just inside the door, and the tall racks of cooling, homemade Italian bread are the culprits. There’s a friendly staff and a generous selection of everything from prepared foods (baked ziti, lasagna and more) to sandwiches and subs. The chefs make their own meatballs and sausage. Signature sub: For cold subs, folks grab the Italian combo; for hot subs, it’s the chicken Parmesan.

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RUSSO’S, 1477 S. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, 561/964-1014 Signature sub: “Gimme a full Russo’s with the works” means you’ll get a wrapped sub (already packaged) with ham, salami, provolone, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles on a Russo roll for $6.99. That’s a 12-inch sub. The small (9 inches) is $5.99, so skip that, buy the big one and share with someone. Now with two locations (the other is in Lake Park), this business has a fanatical following. With good reason. LASPADA’S ORIGINAL HOAGIES,

2240 N.W. 19th St., Boca Raton, 561/393-1434 Why we love it: Winner of a few“Best Of”awards, including positive Zagat reviews, LaSpada’s makes hoagies and makes them good. Signature sub: Since 1974, this family-owned, South Florida chain (there are six locations, the rest in Broward and Miami-Dade) offers every hoagie you can think of, including a no-carb version without a bun. Genius! It also sells salads and deli sandwiches, but someone else is eating those. We go for the hoagies.

PARK TAVERN, 32 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561/265-5093 Signature deals: Happy hour (5-7 p.m. daily) has bottled beer ($3), draft beer ($4) glasses of wine ($3), house spirits ($5), cocktails ($5) and food ($5). APEIRO, 14917 Lyons Road, Delray Beach, 561/501-4443 Signature deals: Happy hour is from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily with half-priced drinks, including beer ($2-$3) and wine ($4.50-$9). CHEDDAR’S SCRATCH KITCHEN, 925 S. State Road 7, Wellington, 561/345-2880 Signature deals: Texas Margarita ($3.99), Passion Punch ($4.79), Spicy Mango Mojito ($5.99). Also serves beer and wine. HURRICANE ALLEY RAW BAR AND RESTAURANT, 529 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach, 561/364-4008 Signature deals: Make any drink into a Storm Bucket (32 ounces!) for $4 more. During happy hour (3-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.), try well drinks for $3 and premium beverages for $6. Beers start at $2.50 per bottle, and most are $3. Ahoy, matey!

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EL CAMINO, 15 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561/865-5350 Signature deals: Open every day with specials like $2 Taco Tuesdays, $2 late night (midnight-2 a.m.) tacos and $3 Margarita Mondays, this popular restaurant makes it all in-house—tortillas, sauces, the works.

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TACOS AL CARBON, 4420 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, 561/4328474 Why we love it: People travel from Miami to eat at one of the many Tacos al Carbon locations (three in Lake Worth, one in Greenacres). Voted by multiple contests as the best tacos in Palm Beach County, the prices are great, the tacos outstanding. There’s a brick-andmortar building at the main Lake Worth location, and there’s a truck at all of them, so sit outside and order 24 hours a day. Really. Signature dish(es): We say try the steak tacos, the spicy pork tacos, the roasted corn, the micheladas (OK, so that’s not a taco, but it’s delicious) … and they deliver. They have $1 tacos on Wednesdays.

El Camino Cherry and rhubarb pies at Ellie’s Diner

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Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, 561/619-7018. Why we love it: The newest bad boy in the Dixie Antiques ‘hood, this is “Cutthroat Kitchen” TV star and chef/owner Clayton Carnes’ take on Andean street food. His tacos fly out the door, and you can squeeze into his tiny restaurant, eat at the picnic tables out back or take ‘em home. His chancho tacos are $7, his cacheton tacos are $6, and pollo tacos are $6. He makes a mean michelada, too ($6).

Ellie’s 50s Diner, 2410 N. Federal Highway, Delray Beach, 561/276-7716 With a big pink building, black-and-white tiles, glass blocks, polished metal accents and ‘50s music (of course), Ellie’s is a vintage getaway to another era. You expect to see the Fonz come around the corner. Save room for the pie tower, which displays both pies and cakes. Fruit pies are all made in-house, and ask for a scoop of ice cream, too. The cream pies are from Upper Crust, and other vendors help out, too. Go rockin’ around the clock with some cherry and rhubarb pie.

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Good for you and your wallet: Just in case you want to eat healthy and have some calories left over for an (oh-so-healthy!) dessert.

3 NATIVES, 1200 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, 561/717-8121 Known for its line of organic, coldpressed juices and bowls of acai/granola/fruit, the Natives also carry sandwiches, wraps, salads and gluten-free dishes at four locations in Palm Beach County (others are Jupiter, Tequesta and Juno). It all tends to be addictive. RAW JUCE, 197 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561/609-2871 At any of the three Palm Beach County locations (also 2200 Glades Road, Boca; and 2616 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens), you can embark on a cleanse with three levels of juices available: Basic, Jucier and Ultimate. Or just go with their Juces (yes, they spell it that way), shots, Smooth-E-Lixers, solid choices (oatmeal dishes, crunch bowls, salads, wraps, raw desserts) or acai bowls. FIRST WATCH, 21170 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton, 561/544-8875)

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With four other locations in the county (another in Boca, also West Palm Beach, Wellington and Jupiter), this breakfast/brunch chain that started nationally in 1983 has attracted a loyal following. Everything is made to order, with “fresh”the word of each day.

BOLAY, 5030 Champion Blvd., Boca Raton. Why we love it: This fast-casual chain from Outback Steakhouse co-founder Tim Gannon isn’t a quiet little place in which to contemplate your life. It’s a happening, smiling, let’s-see-what-I-can-dream-up restaurant that offers almost too many alternatives. We’re pretty sure most combos you could dream up would taste good. Plus the Berry Gold coldpressed juice is soooo yummy. And everything is gluten-free. Yes, all of it. And Paleo. Signature dish: It’s all your own design, or for the decision-challenged, you could go with one of

Bolay’s prebuilt combos. You choose a base (cilantro noodles, quinoa, kale/ currant salad?) a protein (tuna, steak, chicken, tofu?), a vegetable (Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, butternut squash?) and a sauce, plus optional add-ons. The large bowls are $9.95, small bowls are $7.95 and kids’ bowls are $5. They are packed tightly with ingredients and come in handy containers that sweep leftovers home in a flash, if needed.

OFFERDAHL’S CAFÉ GRILL, 17940 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, 561/9957355 Created by John Offerdahl, the former Miami Dolphin linebacker, and his wife, Lynn, this fast-casual South Florida restaurant chain has everything from fresh, no-preservative bagels to quinoa, chicken, steak and seafood. A nutritionist helped design the menu, but don’t think it’s bland. The pastries alone should lure you in.

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errands, take a few minutes to stop here and fill up, so to speak.

BLAZE PIZZA, 2146 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561/923-9353 Why we love it: The thin-crust crowd heads here for crispy, crunchy pies topped with everything from artichokes to barbecue chicken. With made-from-scratch dough, the fast-but-quality food has a loyal following. And the slam-dunk chain has top-name investors, starting with LeBron James. PAPA’S TAPAS, 259 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561/266-0599 Why we love it: Tucked into a strip shopping center, Papa’s Tapas produces a lot of flavor in small plates.

Signature dishes: Pure tapas. These Spanish dishes include croquetas, champiñones, calamari, almejas, queso manchego and lots more, plus salads, sandwiches and full entrees for lunch and dinner.

CORNER BAKERY, 2240 N.W. 19th St., Boca Raton, 561/417-6060 A national chain with 194 locations, this shop still stands out with its great bread and pastries, and it’s added sandwiches, soups, salads, pastas, panini and more. Hint: Order online for pickup!

The thin-crust crowd heads to Blaze Pizza for crispy, crunchy pies topped with everything from artichokes to barbecued chicken.

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Chief meteorologist wptv.com/weather

We’re guaranteed to have the best weather in the country. I think we’ll be sunny and 75 most of the winter. But it’s guaranteed to be very hot and humid in the summer.”

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“Is this article supposed to be goofy?”asks Steve Weagle less than a minute into our conversation. Considering that our CBS affiliate’s chief meteorologist has just been asked in the 10th month of 2016 to predict an entire year’s worth of weather conditions, the answer is a definitive yes. This is not a normal request, considering that Doppler’s prophesy is limited to the traditional seven-day forecast, which grows less reliable by the day. “When you get out to day seven, it’s pretty much 50/50,” Weagle says. But Weagle, with his nearly 20 years’ experience forecasting in Palm Beach County, has gamely ventured a few bold pronouncements, based on a scientific calculation of meteorological expertise and wild conjecture. On Florida’s winter: “It’s going to be a little cooler than in the summer. I predict a lot of people will be down here this winter, because it will be pretty tough up north.” On positive weather news: “We’re guaranteed to have the best weather in the country. I think we’ll be sunny and 75 most of the winter. But it’s guaranteed to be very hot and humid in the summer.” On the likelihood of extreme weather: “There won’t be as many as last winter. Last year was El Niño and that makes for some pretty wild storm fronts and thunderstorms. This year, I think it’ll be a little less active. I think we’ll still get some big fronts come in, but not the severe weather threats we had last winter.” On the number of named storms in 2017, after much careful deliberations: “We’re going to get to L.” (That would be Lee.) Since traffic and weather are so often reported together, we asked Weagle to prognosticate on our roadways, too, resulting in this risky assessment: “Traffic is going to be very chaotic right up until Easter, and then it’ll taper off and be back to normal by June.” You heard it here first.

Shelley Anne Hughes Tarot card reader

shelleytarotcardmaster.com Shelley Anne Hughes handles her deck of Voyager tarot cards like the sanctified objects many believe they are. From her stool at the bar at Delray’s Coffee District one recent afternoon, the West Palm Beach-based tarot master removes the 78-card deck first from its cedar “altar box” and then from its doubly protective silk covering. The modified wood cigar box is covered with stickers depicting roses, hearts and cartoon witches, along with the word “Beware” spelled out in Scrabble tiles. Indeed, her cards can just as easily contain frightful omens as they can sunny palliatives. But as she prepares to “read” South Florida for 2017, she’s fairly certain of one thing: Change is in the air.

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107 “In numerology, if you add up the numbers in 2017, it adds up to a 1,” she says. “So the year itself is a year of new beginnings, of new shiftings that we were unable to accomplish in the past. This is the year to make those shifts happen.” But what kind of a shift, exactly? The cards tell us the rest. With the experienced swiftness of a blackjack dealer, Hughes shuffles the deck and lays out a Celtic block formation: five cards in the shape of a cross with a central card placed horizontally over the center, plus four more in an adjacent vertical column. The cards for “Harvest,” “Reward” and “Passion” join seemingly more negative cards like “The Hanged Man” and “Fear,” both of which can be reversed, Hughes says. But it’s the card in the center of the cross—“Strength”—that most catches her eye. “It suggests an important cycle, a progressive cycle,” she says. “And that lends itself to the year in numerology, with new beginnings. It’s the strength required for all the shifting in South Florida. It also suggests inner strength and the energy of thinking before doing—in other words, having the

heart of South Florida in mind, not just building, building, building, like we’ve been doing. There has to be some consideration for conservation. “‘The Hanged Man’ is a gentle card,” she continues. “He’s just ‘hanging out.’ It’s in the direction of taking action, moving, things are happening. It’s already in motion. Moving forward, the Reward for people that are living in Florida is monetary. If we’re owning homes, we’re going to make more money, and there’s going to be more job opportunities. So it’s South Florida’s Reward.” Overall, she sees a year of economic boom and environmental advances for South Florida, not to mention good old-fashioned appreciation of the state. “There are a lot of ‘Cups’ cards in this formation, which is wonderful, because ‘Cups’ is love. It’s love of the state, of caring about what happens. But there’s always dark and light. There’s also an energy of some that will say, ‘It’s not going to work out.’ But love is stronger than fear.”

... The year itself is a year of new beginnings, of shiftings that we were unable to accomplish in the past.”

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Jack McCabe

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I would say the weakness of the foreign investor market is playing a big part in Miami’s transition from a seller’s market to a buyer’s market.”

Above, Jack McCabe plays the market; right, Hattie Parker does a little bit of stargazing

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We hope Hughes’ tarot readings for a year of regional prosperity are correct, but Deerfield Beach-based housing consultant Jack McCabe forecasts a different shift for the region’s volatile real estate market. With 33 years’ experience analyzing research and data—and with appearances on Fox Business and CNBC to show for it—McCabe has a reputation for telling it, and predicting it, like it is. Like the guys in “The Big Short,” McCabe foresaw the subprime mortgage crisis years before the recession, so when he speaks of a down cycle in our near future, we might want to listen. Before jumping into the future, how would you encapsulate 2016 in terms of the real estate market? We’ve gone from a complete seller’s market with double-digit appreciation rates and very low inventory to a change in the foreign investment marketplace. As the foreign investors have quit buying, the luxury condominium sales have absolutely died. Over the past 10 months, we’ve seen continuing declines in sales; now we’re seeing declines in sales prices. I would say the weakness of

Why is there much less foreign investment? The feeder markets for buyers here in South Florida have predominantly been Latin American countries like Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and others, followed by Canadians and Western Europeans. We’re in the midst of a global recession right now that hasn’t thrown the U.S. into recession yet, but it will in 2017. In Miami over the past three or four years, 70 percent of the sales have been to foreign investors. About 20 percent have been to Canadian buyers, and the other 10 percent have been to local buyers. So if we were dependent only on local buyers, we would not have any kind of real estate market at all. During the Great Recession, everything went down. This time around, we’re going to see some downturns, but it’s not going to be every property and location like in the last decade. This time we’re going to see some double-digit price declines in luxury condos, but when it comes to the lower end and the middle price ranges, especially single-family homes, we haven’t had any new construction. So I think the lower and middle price ranges are going to continue to go up in price while the luxury condominium sector declines. So would you use the term “crash” for 2017? I’d use the term crash for the upper-end condos. But it’s going to affect different areas around the country differently. Certain geographic locations will be hit. In others, certain product segments will be hit. It is [not] going to be as severe or long-lasting as the Great Recession. But we are entering a down cycle that will probably last from 2017 until 2020. Do you recommend South Floridians buy now? If you’re buying a single-family home, and you have plans on staying in it for three years or longer, then I would say it’s going to be a relatively good time to buy. If you’re looking at selling it in less than three years, I would recommend against it. Or if you’re buying a luxury condo, it’d be better to wait...and take advantage of what might be some dramatic price drops.

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hattieparker.com Delray Beach-based Hattie Parker has studied astrology for more than 25 years, and through her business Cosmic Direction, she helps clients apply planetary configurations for self-empowerment. Parker anthropomorphizes heavenly bodies like they’re colleagues she’s known all her life—“Pluto doesn’t like to be squished. …Uranus just wants to change things” with the calming aura of a small-town librarian. But that doesn’t mean her harbingers for 2017 are as soothing as her delivery. Looking at the birth chart of the nation she sees a globally tumultuous year ahead. “On Jan. 1, Pluto, the sometimes sinister ‘Lord of the Underworld’ planet, is caught between Jupiter and Uranus,” she says. “Uranus is about revolution; Jupiter, expansion.” This, she suggests, holds an enormous potential for worldwide violence. Things improve slightly by Jan. 20, inauguration day, and the chart suggests meaningful negotiations can happen under the surface and out of the public eye, with negotiators acting to contain violence. “The nation’s half-year chart sees expansive Jupiter, the planet influencing luck, caught in middle of a challenging formation,” she continues. “So by July, people will be saying, ‘The economy is lackluster and I’m not making as much money as I want, but at the same time extreme violence on the world stage seems to have been contained.’” She thinks if we make it to July without being in World War III, we’ve dodged a bullet. But what can astrology tell us about how Donald Trump will lead? According to his chart, “he was born when the moon was one degree away from being full,” Parker says. “This means the two most important influences in this chart, the sun and the moon, are literally opposite each other. The sun exerts the most masculine influence on his personality, and the moon the most feminine... and thus trigger an inner tugof-war. “From an astrological perspective, he was born destined to resolve issues related to deeply held opposing masculine and feminine perceptions about life. I predict... gender issues will continue to be prominent during his presidency.”

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Kathy Williams Psychic medium devaenergy.com

In the latter part of 2017 there is a huge upswing financially. Everything starts to fall in place in the overall economy.”

Kathy Williams calls her Boca Raton home a “sacred space,” and she means it. On my late-October visit, her capacious, be-crystaled living room smelled of sage, which Williams had been smudging in the house since 6:30 that morning. I was soon greeted by Lana, her jovial yellow lab, whose smooth coat had its own New Age provenance: Williams washes her with ocean water and essential oils. Across from an atmospheric painting of Guanyin, Buddhism’s goddess of compassion, a cluster of quartz rests on her dining table, “charging” the crystal pendulum she dangles for guidance (she makes pendulums, among other jewelry items, herself, under her Deva Energy line). A pinwheel-shaped multicolored “channeling kit” and tarot cards sit next to it, but these tools merely supplement her ephemeral homegrown talent for receiving psychic information—a skill she’s been honing professionally since 2000, when she saw her first full-body apparition. When we asked her to channel predictions for 2017, Williams’ soothsaying of a Donald Trump electoral win was confident and unequivocal—intuited at a time when the polls and the mainstream press had all but called the election for Hillary Clinton. Here are a few more events, from Florida to the nation and even the world, that Williams forecasts for the New Year: A huge sex scandal will revolve around Donald Trump, but it’s not coming from him—it’ll come from one of the women in his life. It’s already occurring but has not leaked yet, because it hasn’t been discovered. There’s an ‘F’ initial around it: This could have something to do with the man the scandal is involved around.

Normally, I don’t look at fashion in life, but one of the things I kept picking up heavily was the death of a major designer. I can’t say for sure who it is, but it’s something to do with Karl Lagerfeld. Spirit took me into TV, to a major male actor who has a very popular TV show out. There is a suicide that will take place before the year is over. People won’t see it coming. I see a huge earthquake in South America that will take the death toll into the thousands, going into fall. It broke my heart when I channeled it. In the latter part of 2017, there is a huge upswing financially. Everything starts to fall into place in the overall economy. There will be some greed in local politics, and it trickles down to the police as well. I’m getting a ‘G’ initial of a male that will be involved in this. I feel we’ll be free of hurricanes next year as well.

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The cottages at Sunset Key offer a luxurious complement to our beloved Crazytown Written by MARIE SPEED

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Machu Picchu sits just below the clouds with wide views of the surrounding Andes.

hose of us who grew up in Florida can track the different passages in our lives by how we have visited Key West over the years. For example, when I was in college, we crashed at our friends’ house on Margaret Street. I remember riding the elevator at the old (ca. 1926) La Concha Hotel on Duval Street up to a sightseeing deck where you could watch the sunset—all of Old Town sprawled out seven stories beneath you—the metal rooftops and church spires crushed close against palms and Royal Poincianas and Banyan trees. We‘d eat cheap Cuban food at El Seboney or La Lechonera and go to Mallory Square where a bunch of hippies had just started this whole watching-the-sunset ritual a few years before. I remember The Cookie Lady back then, and a man with trained housecats performing circus tricks. Back then we’d ride bikes through the cemetery and walk the shady back streets. We saw an up-and-coming guitarist named Jimmy Buffet play a song or two at Captain Tony’s, and my friend Jane Harvey hung out with Tennessee Williams and his gang one weekend at his house on Duncan Street. Later on, we’d stay at cheap motels and rent bikes, and later still, six of us flew down for a weekend at The Pier House, (the beach there was still topless.) In the last few

years, we’ve driven down from here, crossing bridge after bridge over violet-blue water, stopping at Island Fisheries in Marathon for a fish sandwich and landing at a historic cottage on Whitehead Street our friend kept for getaway weekends. Through the decades Key West went from artsy and boho to gay and flamboyant and then wildly expensive, then crowded and commercialized. These days, mega cruise ships regularly block out the horizon off the Mallory docks, and Sloppy Joe’s is full of tourists and bachelorette parties. Still, there is something of the Key West magic left, and if you’ve been going there for years, you can tap right back into it. It reminds me of how you feel when you have lunch with an old boyfriend: The feelings have mellowed, but they are still there, as undeniable as they ever were. So, I still love Key West; I always will. And my new favorite way to go there is either the affordable nostalgia route when I opt for the Eden House, the oldest hotel in Key West, or the treat-yourself-like-a-VIP route, which is the delicious Sunset Key option. The advantages of the Sunset Key option are as obvious as they are compelling. First of all, it is its own private island—a colony of luxury beach cottages, complete with

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OUR FAVORITE KEY WEST SPOTS THE MEL FISHER MARITIME HERITAGE MUSEUM

200 Green St. 305/294-2633 Treasure hunter Mel Fisher’s museum features an exhibit of the 1622 fleet of Spanish galleons discovered by Fisher and exhibits highlighting the transatlantic slave trade and Key West's role in it.

THE CONCH TRAIN

303 Front St., 305/294-5161 These classic (since 1958!) 90-minute tours of Old Town and the island rattle past historic sights, highlight architectural details and give a serviceable overview of Key West both new and old.

THE HEMINGWAY HOME AND MUSEUM

907 Whitehead St. 305/294-1136 Dedicated Hemingway fans

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will love this estate—the place Papa lived and wrote during his rollicking Key West period.

BARHOPPING AND SHOPPING ON DUVAL STREET

Old Town’s main drag offers all kinds of great bars and restaurants, including the famous Sloppy Joe’s (and nearby, off Duval, Captain Tony’s, which was the original Hemingway bar.) Start walking.

MALLORY SQUARE AT SUNSET

400 Wall St., 305/809-3700 What started in the 1960s as a hippie artsy sunset gathering has turned into a nightly attraction full of buskers and artists, snacks and characters. Watch for the green flash.

The warm Gorgonzola steak salad at Latitudes; below, a cottage interior

beach, bars and gourmet dining. There's a spiffy launch that ferries you to and from the Mother Ship—downtown Key West—to the Wyndham Hotel dock near Mallory Square on Front Street. The whole Sunset Key motif screams upscale but understated—privacy, flawless service, quality and fine detail every barefoot step of the way. You are greeted at the Key dock by an “ambassador” who escorts you to your cottage, which, at least in my case, was way nicer than the house I live in. It has a fully equipped modern kitchen, en suite bedrooms, porches with rocking chairs and a view that makes you go all dreamy inside: Blue. Water. For. Days. This cottage feels like home, if home were a designer-furnished house on a tropical island, and it gets even better every morning when a basket of warm breads and muffins and other goodies is delivered to your door. Or when the ice cream man comes by in the afternoons—of course he does—one more example of yesthey-really-have-thought-of–everything. Sunset Key has its own private beach—a rarity in the Keys—but the sand is coarse crushed shell so it’s best to pack some rubber beach shoes. The island itself is worth a leisurely stroll, the pool and pool bar, the quiet walks, the spa. In short, staying at Sunset Key may dull your enthusiasm for actually leaving the island to go into Key West—and a spa visit will finish you off. The spa has it all, from Swedish massages to all manner of facials and reflexology. You can even get your lips “plumped” and your eyes “lifted” (but this is Key West, after all, and we think you are fine just the way you are.) One of the most popular attributes of Sunset Key—and it’s known the island over—is its fine restaurant, Latitudes. Latitudes is best experienced al fresco with a stunning view of the water from the patio. The menu is simple

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DON’T-MISS KEY WEST EVENTS

January 12-15:

For all the literary lovers, the 35th annual Key West Literary Seminar topic is “Revealing Power: The Literature of Politics.” Speakers will include Robert Caro, Joyce Carol Oates, George Saunders and more. The seminar is a literary exploration of power and what it reveals about the human condition. For more information, call 888/293-9292 or visit kwls.org

January 13-14:

The Old Island Restoration Foundation will hold its annual Key West house tours, which feature unique homes and gardens, gorgeous restorations and renovations, and interiors full of art, antiques and more. Call 305/294-9501, email tickets@oirf.org or visit oirf. org/page.php?p=tours

January 14-15:

Fill your stomach and senses for just $5 at the family friendly 12th annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival, which offers

seafood galore, live music, local craft vendors and activities for the kids. Contact Caitlin Hemphill, seafood festival coordinator at 813/362-9555 or email Caitlin.Hemphill@ gmail.com.

January 15-20:

Enjoy the 30th annual Quantum Key West Race Week, where more than 100 racing yachts compete for class championships, while lounging on a catamaran or historic boat, or from landbound restaurants, resorts and beaches. To reserve a seat, email info@keywestraceweek. com. For more information, visit keywestraceweek.com

January 25-29:

Get a taste and a sip of the island at the Key West Food & Wine Festival, which features 30 events including waterfront tastings, winemaker and chef collaborations and VIP exclusives. For more information, call 800/474-4319.

Clockwise from top left: couples massage, the beach at Sunset Key, the pool, cottage porch

yet ambitious, heavy on local seafood, and beautifully presented. When I was there, we had tuna tartare and lobster bisque to start followed by grilled Florida lobster tail (there is not enough lobster on this planet for my family), wagyu beef skirt steak, saffron crushed black grouper, pan-roasted lamb sirloin. Ok, I know we all mostly opt for margaritas, fish sandwiches and the occasional cheeseburger in paradise when we’re in Key West, but every now and then you have to go for the gold. This is where you should do that. Sunset Key has long been a favorite among savvy travelers with an eye toward luxury, but both the service and the facilities have been ramped up since my last visit, with the new ambassador program, more luxurious cottages, the overall attention to providing first-class service. The thing that has not changed is its position as the grown-up alternative to Duval Street. These days when I visit Key West—unlike years past—I find I have less tolerance for crazy. Oh I definitely need some crazy—we all do—but a little barhopping on Duval Street goes a long way now. I have done all that. I have done Sunset a gazillion times, have Kino’s Sandals in every color and still can’t look at the naked Cowboy straight on. And although I love to do it all again now and then, I also love the idea that just a seven minute boat ride away is my own private island in the stream. A respite, a place of blue water and white sand, lazy days and designer rum. That’s what Sunset Key is. That’s my Key West these days.

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n 2007, after losing $120 million during the recession, Boca Raton Regional Hospital was searching for answers. Another year of losses and the hospital would have risked being sold, possibly putting thousands of people out of work. Enter Jerry Fedele, a noted turnaround specialist from the suburbs of Pittsburgh. Fedele was hired in 2008 as the CEO to do just that—bring the hospital out of debt and rejuvenate it. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the hospital. From humble beginnings, Boca Regional has evolved from a community hospital with 100 beds to a regional campus with hundreds of thousands of patients a year, with much help from Fedele and his amazing team. What made Fedele the man for the job? Much of it

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has to do with his unwavering work ethic. As the son of a mailman and the youngest of 11, Fedele grew up in a blue-collar family in a region of Pennsylvania that prides itself on hard work. With more than 50 cousins, he was one of only three people in his family to go to college. That background helped mold Fedele into the highly engaged leader he is today. “When I look at the different levels of staff in the hospital, every one of those people I can look at and see my aunts, uncles and cousins,”Fedele says.“When I started my career, I’d so often say ‘why does the CEO do this or that?’ When I became a CEO for the first time 15 years ago (at West Penn Allegheny), I made sure I would stay engaged and transparent. Because of my background, I feel I can relate to anyone.” Rather than managing from afar, Fedele takes almost daily walks around the hospital, and visits with

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different departments and patients. He gets about 20 letters per week from people who have stayed at the hospital, and they’re mostly positive. Fedele not only responds to the negative letters with a letter of his own, but also frequently calls the writers to make sure their concerns are addressed. Perhaps the biggest change since Fedele became CEO is the familiarity he has with employees. When he receives a positive letter from a patient, he’ll find the employee who helped that patient and give them a gift card. “The thing I like that shows we’ve made progress is when I walk down the hall people call me by my first name,” Fedele says.“I think there’s a real connection with the people here. “When I first got here, if I’d go up to a unit, when the elevator doors opened I would have the nurse manager and assistant manager run up and ask me what’s wrong. It was strange for them to see the CEO there. I think they know now that I’m interested in patient care, and I’m just another colleague.” Fedele mimics some aspects of the hit show“Undercover Boss,”where he’ll perform a different job for a day to interact with and get to know employees. The only catch is that he’s not undercover. It gives employees a chance to look at him as more of a peer than a supervisor. Each year, Fedele has several employees ask him to join their team during the annual softball tournament—not because he’s good at softball, he joked, but because they’re genuinely interested in having him on their team. Fedele’s engagement has also given employees motivation. Four years ago, a manager asked Fedele if he could create a yearly event to honor Veterans Day. Now, he says, it’s “one of the coolest things we do.”

To make it even more impressive, another manager got involved with the event, and after many phone calls with the Pentagon, arranged a jet flyover for the event. “And this year we’re having it again,”says Fedele, with an ear-to-ear grin.

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Community impact The biggest claim to fame for Boca Raton Regional Hospital isn’t the number of patients it has or the various high-profile facilities it has built. The hospital is a not-for-profit, meaning every dollar of profit it makes goes straight back into the hospital. “For-profit hospitals have shareholders, and the No. 1 priority is to produce as much profit as they can for those shareholders,”Fedele says.“My No. 1 priority isn’t to produce as much profit; it’s to produce the highest quality care with the highest quality satisfaction.” That sense of giving goes all the way back to 1962. After the tragic poisoning of late Boca residents Gloria and Robert Drummond’s children, the closest hospital was in Boynton Beach. The children died because there wasn’t a hospital closer to home. After five years of community events—bake sales, a yearly black-tie ball and other fundrasiers—the hospital was born. Since then, Boca Regional has been community-driven, from the people who work there to the generous donors who help fund it. Mindy Raymond, the hospital’s vice president of Human Resources, just celebrated her 40th anniversary at the hospital. Not only is it where she started her career, it’s the only place she’s worked since graduating from college. “When I worked here during college I never envi-

There's no place in the country that has this kind of community support and ownership, and that makes it special." —Fedele

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sioned a healthcare career or being with one organization for this many years,”Raymond says.“I’ve probably had seven different positions over the years.” Raymond was at the hospital before it expanded from six to nine floors. She also recalls when it snowed, just shortly after she started her career. “The year it snowed in Boca was way back in my early years here,”she says.“Everyone ran outside to catch snowflakes before they melted on the ground.” Since then, the hospital has evolved into something almost unrecognizable. “This was built as just a hospital, and now we’re a health care system with satellite locations and outpatient facilities,”says Mark Larkin, president of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation. The Foundation was started in 1984 primarily to assist the already established Debbie-Rand Memorial Service League. The Service League is the main contributor and organizer of volunteers, while the Foundation focuses on philanthropy to help support the hospital. Without charitable donations from the community, the hospital would not be able to operate.

“There are a lot of people here who have decided this is an important component of our community,” Larkin says. In the last five years, the Foundation has raised $150 million to improve all aspects of the hospital.

Steady growth “Urban legend says to make a hospital look like a hotel, because if it fails, at least you have a backup plan,” Larkin says. That legend almost became a reality after the hospital’s monumental losses in 2007. But since then, it has flourished. Ironically, Larkin added, a man once strolled up to the hospital with suitcases in hand thinking he was at the resort. The completion of projects like the Lynn Cancer Institute and the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute has turned the hospital into more than a community resource. In 2010, what was then known as Boca Raton Community Hospital became Boca Raton Regional Hospital, further emphasizing its role as a destination hospital.

HISTORY OF A MIRACLE APRIL 21, 1962:

The tragic deaths of Debra Ann and James Randall Drummond, children of Boca Raton residents Gloria and Robert Drummond, prompted Gloria to start a fundraising campaign to establish a hospital in the rapidly growing city. The Debbie-Rand Foundation, Inc. is formed with the purpose of raising the funds for what would eventually become Boca Raton Community Hospital.

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AUGUST 30, 1962:

Inspired by the need for a hospital,18 civic-minded women meet at Gloria Drummond’s home to form an organization whose main purpose would be to raise funds for the Debbie-Rand Foundation, Inc. The new name chosen is the Debbie-Rand Memorial Service League.

JANUARY 17, 1965: A 25.6-acre site

on Meadows Road is chosen for the new hospital and approved by the city council.

NOVEMBER 28, 1965: Groundbreaking

takes place for the first phase of the new 104-bed hospital.

JULY 17, 1967: After five years of planning and fundraising, Boca Raton Community Hospital opens its doors and its first patient is admitted. MARCH 1971:

JUNE 1977: Phase III of the hospital’s expansion includes the completion of the sixth, seventh and eighth floors. The capacity of the hospital increases to 394 beds.

Phase II of the hospital’s construction is completed and the number of beds expands to 250. Four additional floors are added.

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“My first year here, we had a town hall meeting with a few hundred people—a question-and-answer session,” Fedele recalls.“One of the participants stood up and said ‘you know where you go when you get really sick, don’t you? The Fort Lauderdale airport.’ It was a cutting comment.” Since Florida attracts winter residents from places like New York and Baltimore, it was long believed that the best health care for those winter residents was up north. The last decade proves that patients don’t see a drop-off in care while at Boca Regional Hospital. In a national patient satisfaction survey, the hospital’s emergency department ranked in the top 2 percent nationally. The obstetrics and cardiac departments were in the top 10 percent. The new buildings, such as the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute, feature architecture that not only pleases the eye but provides a clinical benefit as well.“We had the hypothesis that women are tense when they come in, because having a mammogram is stressful,”Larkin says.“We created an atmosphere that made women more relaxed. We got better images and detected cancer earlier because we were

JUNE 25, 1984: The Debbie-Rand Memorial Service League acquires a 25,000 square-foot facility and opens the Debbie-Rand Memorial Pavilion. NOVEMBER 1990:

The Women’s Center in the Debbie-Rand Pavilion opens and is accredited by the American College of Radiology.

SEPTEMBER 26, 1992: The Lynn Regional Cancer Center opens.

SEPTEMBER 4, 1993: The hospital’s

new maternity wing, One Family Place, opens.

able to put women at ease. When they tensed up, their tissue tightened, and it was harder for radiologists to find cancer at its earliest stages.” The traditional suites were turned into “sensory suites” that have calming aromas and low lights. It’s much more than the stereotypical bright white room. The hospital’s Women’s Institute is also the international showcase for GE imaging equipment. People from around the world are brought to the facility to see its state-of-the-art technology. Improving the hospital is a task that never ends. In January, the second phase of the Gloria Drummond Rehab Institute is scheduled to be finished. Soon a fourphase project will begin to add parking, a seven-story bed tower with private rooms, new and expanded operating room suites and a new power plan. Despite all that’s happening for the hospital, its success still comes down to one key ingredient: the community. “I’ve seen a lot of hospitals across the United States,” Fedele says.“There’s no place in the country that has this kind of community support and ownership, and that makes it special.”

MARCH 1999:

OCTOBER 2007:

Davis Therapy Centers, the rehabilitation arm of the hospital, opens.

Boca Regional’s maternity unit is renamed Toppel Family Place.

SEPTEMBER 2006: The Christine E.

NOVEMBER 17, 2008: The Eugene M. &

Lynn Heart Institute opens at Boca Regional, making it the first open-heart program started in Palm Beach County in more than 22 years.

Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute at the Harvey & Phyllis Sandler Pavilion opens.

From left: Lynn Cancer Institute, LHI Hybrid operating room, Lynn Cancer Institute Wall of Hope, LCI Cyber Knife, women's sensory suite, Lynn Cancer Institute stair

AUGUST 20, 2010:

The hospital’s name changes to “Boca Raton Regional Hospital” to more aptly convey its transition from a capable community hospital into a tertiary academic medical center.

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Take 5: Ellen Wedner The director of a niche Palm Beach County film festival reaches beyond the diaspora. Written by JOHN THOMASON

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llen Wedner doesn’t rest much. The director of the Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival has been screening titles for the 2017 festival since March 2016. A month after its closing date, she’ll start canvassing titles for 2018 and distributing them among her 20-member screening committee. And during the festival, she can usually be found in the audience, enjoying the films anew alongside audiences of hundreds. “I’m in the theater for every screening,” says Wedner, who joined the festival’s leadership in 2013 after a decade at the helm of the Miami Jewish Film Festival. “I see how my audiences respond. I think about that when booking for the next year. As a film festival director, being here all year and getting to know my constituents is not just my job. It’s my love, it’s my passion.” This year’s PBJFF (Jan. 19-Feb. 12 at five county theaters, including Cinemark Palace) will be its 27th annual edition. Wedner also has introduced year-round film series at venues such as the Mandel JCC in Boynton Beach, screening specialty titles that appeal to the county’s significant Jewish population and beyond.

“I watch films every night of the week and every weekend. Other people go home from work and have a life; I watch films. There’s no other way to do it, because so much comes in.”

Why has a niche festival enjoyed such a long life? Our goal each year is to create a festival that appeals to a broad spectrum of Palm Beach County residents. We try to build bridges with our festival. We’re not keeping anyone out; we’re inviting everyone in. The other thing

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we try to do is move away from the stereotypical thought that a Jewish film festival only has to be about the terrors of history— the Holocaust or the wars in Israel. We try to bring to life the tradition, the history, the lifestyle, the arts—all the things that make for a rich and varied festival. Beyond the tried and true, we try

to make sure there are intellectually stimulating and emotionally gratifying films for everybody.

How many titles do you screen each year? The screening committee meets in March and goes until the end of August, and then I continue, because we’re never done. I think it’s somewhere around 150 or 200. Sometimes, with heartbreak, I have to leave something out that I love, because we chose something that’s too similar in nature.

What are some of the major themes in Jewish cinema today? Often it’s the struggle we have with our history. Younger filmmakers in Israel have never grown up with anything but war. So their take on the world is often very different than ours here in America. For European filmmakers, something we as Americans dealt with a generation ago is the Holocaust and its aftermath—living with parents who are survivors or uncovering the family stories they

never knew. Because in Europe, people felt guilty for surviving and were ashamed to talk about it. But I think the celebration of Jewish life is always there.

How far do people travel to attend this festival? We get people from Broward and Martin counties. I just got an email request from someone in Montreal. My biggest compliment is always, “You’re as good as the Toronto Jewish Film Festival.”

Have films you’ve premiered at this festival gone on to win awards or become successes? Last year’s “Dough,” played in South Florida for 10 weeks. “Aftermath” [from 2014] also opened in theaters. At one point we were in a theater doing a “Best of the Fest,” and we realized we were surrounded with all of our old films now playing theatrically. Many of the distributors have realized that opening in this festival allows them to go on to a theatrical release. For a film festival director, that’s really gratifying.

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Look out for these five titles to screen at this year’s festival. “Keep Quiet”: In this documentary, a far-right, Holocaust-denying politician in Hungary undergoes an identity crisis after he discovers his maternal grandparents were Jewish. “Abulele”: While grieving over his brother’s death, a 10-year-old boy befriends a mythic, misunderstood bearlike creature in this family-friendly fantasy from Israel. “Fanny’s Journey”: The title character leads a group of fellow Jewish orphans to safety in Switzerland in this fact-based World War II drama. “Midnight Orchestra”: Lively music highlights this Moroccan-Jewish import about the connection between a former virtuoso and his estranged son. “On the Map”: The festival’s opening-night film is an inspirational documentary about the scrappy Tel Aviv basketball team that overcame the odds at the 1977 European Championships.

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“WIESENTHAL” at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; $35-$45; 561/832-7469; kravis.org. In this one-man

“DIRTY DANCING—THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE” at Kravis Center,

play, writer and actor Tom Dugan embodies Holocaust survivor and preeminent Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, whose heroic efforts brought more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice.

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701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; $27$79; 561/832-7469; kravis.org. A humdrum vacation

at the Catskills evolves into a movement-filled exploration of raunch and romance for a 17-year-old teenager in this hit Broadway musical based on the iconic 1987 film.

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Jan. 5 “SEXUAL HEALING: AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION WITH DR. RUTH WESTHEIMER” at Kravis

Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 11:30 a.m.; $89; 561/8327469; kravis.org. From

Holocaust survivor to Sorbonne-trained psychologist to influential television personality, Westheimer helped usher an era of frank discussion about sexual behavior. She’ll discuss her biography, ideas and legacy in a Kravis Center conversation with Steven Caras.

Jan. 5 MARCIA BALL at Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton; 8 p.m.; $25-$40; 561/395-2929, funkybiscuit.com. A piano

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Jan. 7-8 JOHNNY DEE & THE STARLIGHTS at Willow Theatre,

300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton; $25; 561/3473948, willowtheatre.org.

Johnny Dee and his tribute band cover the music of Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley and many more greats of ‘50s and ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll, pop and country.

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SULTANS OF STRING at Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach; 7 p.m.; $30-$45; 561/4506357, artsgarage.org. This

“TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS” at Crest

at Colony Hotel, 525 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 4 p.m.; $35; 561/213-4138, delraystringquartet.com. The quartet’s third program features guest violist Brenton Caldwell performing Brahms and Boccherini.

Canadian quartet’s largely instrumental oeuvre has been acclaimed for its boundary-less world music, successfully marrying Arabic folk and rumba-flamenco rhythms in one song, jazz licks and Cuban percussion in the next one.

Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 9 p.m.; $15; 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org.

Singer-pianist Peter Smith’s illuminating tribute to Nat King Cole weaves tidbits and anecdotes from Cole’s life with his indelible music.

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Jan. 12

PRAGUE PHILHARMONIA at Kravis Center,

DOVER QUARTET at Flagler Museum, 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach; 7:30 p.m.; $70; 561/6552833, flaglermuseum. us. Founded in 2008 at the

“THE PRODUCERS” at

GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS at Kravis

SHIRLEY JONES at Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 2 p.m.; $32-$47; 561/2437922, oldschoolsquare. org. In a tour titled

701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; admission TBA; 561/832-7469; kravis. org. Conductor Emmanuel

Villaume will celebrate Debussy’s centennial with his “Printemps,” along with compositions by Dvorak, Wagner and Beethoven, with solos from internationally acclaimed violinist Sarah Chang.

revered Curtis Institute of Music, this young group has already excelled as the quartet-in-residence at Rice and Northwestern universities.

Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter; $70-$91; 561/575-2223, jupitertheatre.org. Based

effortlessly on the hit 1968 film, Mel Brooks’ Tony-winning musical—about a scheming impresario and his squirrely accountant, whose plan to finance the worst musical ever fails when the show becomes an unexpected hit—is filled with theater in-jokes and pungent satire.

Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; $29; 561/832-7469; kravis. org. Traditional Chinese

acrobats receive a modern tune-up and a techno pulse thanks to these lavishly costumed and looselimbed cirque performers, who have been entertaining global audiences for more than 30 years.

“Confessions,” Academy Award-winning actress Jones will dish on a career that has spanned more than 60 years, from Broadway to major motion pictures to TV’s “The Partridge Family.”

Shirley Jones

Golden Dragon Acrobats

Michael Bolton

Livingston Taylor

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Jan. 12-Feb. 26

LIVINGSTON TAYLOR

“WHAT’S GOING ON: THE MARVIN GAYE EXPERIENCE” at Kravis Center,

“DARK VICTORY” at Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 7:30 p.m.; $57-$77; 561/2437922, oldschoolsquare. org. WLRN Radio Theatre

at The Wick, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; $75-$80; 561/995-2333, thewick. org. It’s Shakespeare

at Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $57$77; 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org.

Singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor, brother to the legendary James, has accrued a formidable musical legacy in his own right that spans 40 years, an eclectic palette of genres and a number of Top 40 hits, including “I Will Be in Love With You” and “I’ll Come Running.”

701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; $15-$85; 561/832-7469; kravis.org. Singer Brian

Owens’ solo tribute to the Motown legend honors both his social activism and his sensual songcraft, through hits like “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” “Let’s Get it On” and “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.”

presents a fresh, live radio adaptation of this play-turned-film about the short-lived romance between a doctor and a tumor-suffering socialite. Bring a hanky.

“WEST SIDE STORY”

taken to the streets, in the epic musical that gave us “Maria,” “America” and “Somewhere.” Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ ageless musical continues to change minds and pierce hearts.

Jan. 13 MICHAEL BOLTON

at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; $26$116; 561/832-7469; kravis.org. With more than 75 million records sold, two Billboard chart-toppers and a pair of Grammy Awards, Bolton is one of the most successful pop-rock balladeers of his generation.

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Jan. 17

SOUTH FLORIDA FAIR

“DANNY KAYE & SYLVIA”

PHOEBE LEGERE at Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $30-$45; 561/450-6357, artsgarage.org. Armed with

JAY LENO at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; $29-$135; 561/832-7469; kravis.org. An affable

ADAM GOPNIK at Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach; 3 p.m.; $35; 561/655-7226, fourarts.org. Through his

at South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach; $9-$40; 561/793-0333, southfloridafair.com. A

Mardi Gras theme transports fairgoers to New Orleans. Additional entertainment includes national and local bands, a Cajun Comedy Cooking Show, a Miss South Florida Scholarship Pageant, ice skating performers and more.

at Willow Theatre, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton; $30; 561/347-3948, willowtheatre.org. This bio-

play charts the professional and personal relationship between fleet-footed actor-comedian Danny Kaminsky and aspiring songwriter Sylvia Fine in 1930s Hollywood.

a four-octave vocal range, Legere is a composer, artist, filmmaker, arranger and songwriter who performs in French and English—and who has earned comparisons to Edith Piaf and Maria Callas.

automotive enthusiast and two-decade host of NBC’s “Tonight Show,” Leno’s comedy bona fides are long established, and he’s become a more fervent stand-up road warrior since his retirement from latenight TV.

30 years contributing dynamite essays and profiles in The New Yorker, Gopnik has penned illuminating pieces on countless topics. He will speak about “A Retrospective Look at America in the 1980s.”

Compagnie Herve Koubi

Kenny Rogers

“Blues in the Night”

Jan. 17-18

Jan. 18

Jan. 18

Jan. 21-Feb. 19

Jan. 22

COMPAGNIE HERVE KOUBI at Kravis Center,

KENNY ROGERS at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; $30-$115; 561/8327469; kravis.org. Subtitled

“TIME FLIES” STARRING KAREN AKERS at Lynn

“BLUES IN THE NIGHT”

“THE COMPANY MEN: A NIGHT OF HITS” at

701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 7:30 p.m.; $32; 561/832-7469; kravis.org. Distinctive choreographer Koubi and his troupe of 12 French-Algerian and West African male dancers make their Florida debuts with “What the Day Owes the Night,” a work of acrobatic modern dance that looks back at Orientalist art and Islamic architecture.

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“The Gambler’s Last Deal,” this nationwide jaunt marks the final world tour of this incomparable country star, whose accolades include 120 million albums sold.

University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 7:30 p.m.; $50; 561/2379000, lynn.edu. One of

New York City’s leading cabaret artists will perform a set of eclectic English and French songs, sampling favorite composers from Cole Porter and Maury Yeston to Amanda McBroom and Stephen Sondheim.

at Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach; 7 p.m.; $30-$40; 561/4506357, artsgarage.org. This

jukebox musical is set in a rundown Chicago hotel and focuses on the relationship between three women and the same slithery man. Songs by Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer and more help tell the story.

Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton; $50-$70; 561/237-9000, lynn.edu. Four Broadway

performers, backed by national touring companies of “The Lion King” and “Camelot,” will combine reimagined musical-theater classics with modern medleys of Meghan Trainor, Adele, Sam Smith and more.

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Jan. 22 SOUTH FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at Florida Atlantic

University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; $30$60; 800/745-3000, fauevents.com. This pro-

gram features the world premiere of Tom Hormel’s Middle Eastern-inspired ballet “The Legend of Bird Mountain,” and includes Korngold’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” and Strauss’ “Also sprach Zarathustra.”

Jan. 23-24 SIERRA BOGGESS at Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $57$72; 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org.

From her 2007 Broadway debut in “The Little Mermaid,” Boggess’ star has risen thanks to standout performances in “Les Miserables” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Sierra Boggess

Jan. 24-Apr. 16

Jan. 24

“HAREM: UNVEILING THE MYSTERY OF ORIENTALIST ART”

TELEGRAPH QUARTET

at Flagler Museum, 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach; $18; 561/6552833, flaglermuseum.us. This exhibition explores the myths and realities of the harem—the realm of wives, children and concubines in Muslim households—which captivated western artists during the Gilded Age.

at Flagler Museum, 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach; 7:30 p.m.; $70; 561/655-2833, flaglermuseum.us. This

award-winning San Francisco quartet formed in 2013 and has excelled in performing both classic string-quartet repertoire and contemporary and nontraditional works.

PROGRAM TWO

Featuring George Balanchine’s Serenade and company premieres of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Carousel Pas de Deux, Peter Martins’ Calcium Light Night and Jerome Robbins’ Glass Pieces. West Palm Beach, Jan. 20 - 22 Ft. Lauderdale, Feb. 4 - 5 Tickets available from $20

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Jan. 27-29

ADAM TRENT: “FUTURIST” at Crest Theatre

AL STEWART at Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $57-$77; 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org. This

“AGATHA CHRISTIE’S MURDER ON THE NILE”

“MADAMA BUTTERFLY”

at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $42-$52; 561/2437922, oldschoolsquare. org. Described as “David

Copperfield meets Justin Timberlake,” this star of Broadway’s “The Illusionists” combines magic and comedy in a charismatic concert experience.

Glasgow-born singer-songwriter specializes in historical folk rock, penning clever melodies around subjects like World War I pilots, Henry VIII, the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat and more.

at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 7:30 p.m.; $39; 561/832-7469; kravis.org. In its 25th

anniversary season, Aquila Theatre Company produces this vintage whodunit by the undisputed master of the genre, set on a paddle steamer in 1940s Egypt.

at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; $20-$140; 561/832-7469; kravis.org.

Puccini’s devastating love story between an American naval officer and the young geisha he abandons comes to lavish life once again courtesy of Palm Beach Opera.

Jan. 28-29 “MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING” at Kravis

Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; $39; 561/832-7469; kravis.org. Aquila Theatre

continues its anniversary run at the Kravis with one of William Shakespeare’s most mature comedies, a battle of the sexes fought with subterfuge, spying, slander and manipulation.

Al Stewart

“Much Ado About Nothing”

Adam Trent: “Futurist” “Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile”

“Glasstress”

Jan. 28-Feb. 4

Jan. 28-Feb. 12

Jan. 31-July 2

Jan. 31-July 2

Jan. 31-July 2

“EUGENE ONEGIN”at Ar-

“MOTHERLAND” at Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; $35; 800/745-3000, fauevents.com. This world

“MEDITERRANEA: AMERICAN ART FROM THE GRAHAM D. WILLIFORD COLLECTION” at Boca

“SALVATORE MEO AND THE POETICS OF ASSEMBLAGE” at Boca

“GLASSTRESS” at Boca

sht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; $16-$189 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org. Based on a novel

by Alexander Pushkin, and with music by Tchaikovsky, “Eugene Onegin” is a powerhouse of Russian opera. The simple story of a narcissistic dandy who rejects a country girl, only to desire her attentions later in life, yields an emotionally rich meditation on the vagaries of attraction and the poignancy of regret.

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premiere play by Allison Gregory is a modern spin on Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children,” about a food truck entrepreneur trying to raise her kids in a morally corroded world.

Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; $10-$12; 561/392-2500; bocamuseum.org. With

pre-Civil War tourism expanding beyond Western European destinations, American artists began to visit locales such as the Middle East and North Africa. This historical survey captures the rich diversity of their interpretations of these vibrant regions.

Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; $10-$12; 561/392-2500; bocamuseum.org. A showcase of the under-recognized American artist Meo, whose found-object assemblages—consisting of such discarded materials as doll heads, shoe heels and rusted wire—inspired artists ranging from Robert Rauschenberg to Cy Twombly.

Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; $10-$12; 561/392-2500; bocamuseum.org. Artists

from around the world will challenge the notion that glass art is merely a beautiful craft in this stunning showcase of 25-30 glass installations incorporating performance, video, interactive media, photography, video games and more.

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DRINK Fort Lauderdale: Cocktail Time Machine Experience

Point Royal Clambake hosted by Valerie Bertinelli, Gabriele Corcos, Debi Mazar and Geoffrey Zakarian

Bloody Mary Brunch hosted by David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris

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HOURS: Tues.-Sun. 5-10 p.m., additionally Thurs-Sat. 11 p.m.-2 a.m. PRICES: Entrees: $18-$55 WEBSITE: domus39.com

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hen you proclaim a dish the “Best Spaghetti & Meatballs Ever,” it’s a taunt. The challenger was Domus, which opened in early 2015. Opened by a Montenegro family that also owns other touristy properties, it looks like a South Beach Art Deco place. The servers are old pros, and this taunt was well-founded. As an appetizer, the“Best Ever”dish was probably, indeed, the best restaurant version we’d ever eaten. The spaghetti was beautifully cooked, and two enormous moist, flavorful meatballs balanced the taste. One of the day’s specials, a creamy, light burrata with tomato carpaccio, boasted the kind of tomatoes that are not easy to find

unless you grow them yourself. We had the calamari fritti, which came with seasoned breading and tender calamari. Main entrees included the Dover sole almondine special. Pricey at $48, its sticker shock was salvaged by the fact that it was an enormous, exceptionally tasty fish, boned expertly at the table. The traditional Puglia dish orecchiette con sausage, featuring Broccolini and crumbled sausage in garlic and olive oil, formed a stellar mélange of flavor. The sausage wasn’t overpowering, which let the tender pasta shine through. We also tried the excellent linguine vongole, with littleneck clams in white wine and garlic. (Some of the pasta is made in-house, but most is procured from local sources, and

Domus has good taste in this area.) The only downside overshadowed the meal. A member of our party ordered the Domus sacchettini filled with cheese, and was told they were out of that pasta, and that ravioli would be served instead. The understanding was the ravioli would be filled with cheese, too, but turned up with short rib filling—an unfortunate surprise for our vegetarian diner. A dish of penne alla vodka was served as a second alternative, but the damage was done—it seemed to be a kitchen mistake. Dinner finished with the tartufo, and lemoncello sorbet served in a Champagne glass. The verdict: We’d return, especially for the best-ever plate.

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M From top: Sea bass Bouillabaisse, veal sausage, duck a l’Orange

HOURS: Lunch Tues.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 5-9 p.m. PRICES: Entrees $19-$34 WEBSITE: chezmariefrenchbistro. com

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arie of Chez Marie greets diners at the door of this small, classic French restaurant that she and her and husband, Chef Stéphane Gattacieca, opened in 2014, after five years with La Cuisine French Restaurant in Ocala. A salmon-colored wall, an Eiffel Tower and chandelier graphics add a pop to this trendy-but-still-traditional dining room, where booths and tables offer discreet tête-àtêtes. There’s outside dining in nice weather for lunch and dinner service, a full bar and a hefty, quality list of wines. Charles Aznavour may be singing“A Day In the Life of a Fool”on the restaurant’s playlist, but you’re not foolish to start your meal with the gratinée onion soup. The flavorful broth—slightly sweet from the caramelized onions—and

baguette cubes don’t overtake the dish. Topped with a generous amount of Swiss cheese (next best thing to Gruyere), it’s a scrumptious beginning. The escargot appetizer contains six snails seasoned with garlic butter, parsley and bread crumbs. The night’s only sour note was one sandy snail in the bunch. The duck a l’orange is perfectly ducky: Two braised leg/thigh pieces rest tenderly on the light orange Cointreau sauce, with potatoes au gratin minus the cheese (Stéphane’s home region in France doesn’t use cheese in the recipe) and haricots verts (aka green beans). It’s cooked to such perfection that you won’t miss the dairy. The restaurant’s very French calf’s liver dish is topped with caramelized onions. A large piece is delicate and tender, not gamey, cooked medium and pan-seared.

The sides include some of the smoothest, velvety mashed potatoes we’ve ever had, and more of the perfect haricots verts. As the chanson Francaise soundtrack continues with“La Vie En Rose,”we continue with desserts. The traditional crème brûlée has a not-quite-smooth vanilla custard base that tastes a bit bland and could have been richer with a caramelized sugar topping. The crepe Suzette, on the other hand, is over the top in flavor: Served with orange supremes and orange juice reduction, flambéed with Cointreau and sprinkled with powdered sugar, this is a delicious collusion of tastes. The oranges add a touch of acid but don’t overwhelm the dish. Tres bien! Ocala’s loss is Boca Raton’s gain. Chez Marie does classic well.

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W E D O N ’ T J U S T S AY F R E S H .

W E O W N I T. B O C A R AT O N ’ S F R E S H E S T F L O R I D A S T O N E C R A B, F R O M O U R T R A P S T O Y O U R TA B L E .

For 12 years, Truluck’s has been proud to offer Boca Raton the freshest Florida Stone Crab claws, direct from our own fisheries at the Isle of Capri. For the steak lover, we serve nothing but Prime cuts cooked to tantalizing perfection. And our fresh-catch seafood menu is your passport to a world of unexpected flavors. There’s a name for Stone Crab this fresh in Boca Raton:

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Nori Thai 217 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, 561/392-2999 Written by LYNN KALBER

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here will be days like this.”When Van Morrison sings these mournful, mindful lyrics, I am putting the second of my six-piece sashimi wrap in my mouth, and smiling at the same time. The Nori Thai chef catches sight of me doing that. I nod to him, and he nods back at me. We both know it’s a perfect bite: fresh, firm tuna, salmon, yellowtail, kani, masago and asparagus all wrapped with seaweed, and served on a small stream of shoyu wasabi sauce. It looks like a large Venetian millefiori glass bead, with the colors of the fish and the crisp, bright green asparagus in the middle. The tender, high-quality fish, tangy sauce and the crunch of asparagus makes me wish I had doubled the order.

I’m glad there are days like this, when a seat at the bite-sized Nori Thai is a soothing stop off bustling Palmetto Park Road: It’s all dark wood, good tunes and lucky bamboo lining the small sushi counter. It’s comfort food, serving Thai and Japanese and specializing in noodles and ramen. Fanatics of the latter are extremely particular, and the ones I know are fans of Nori Thai. The Shoyu Ramen dish is a soy sauce-based broth with chashu pork, bok choy, bean sprouts, corn, kikurage mushrooms, a seasoned broiled egg, sesame and scallions. It’s a full meal, with the flavors melding together to create a taste that makes you suck it up, until you look down and it’s gone. I saved the egg for the end, and it

contained enough soft texture to mop up the last of the slightly salty broth. The steamed pork dumplings with shiitake, served with spicy sweet soy sauce, were the first course. I tried to eat them with chopsticks. Although the filling was solid and full of lightly seasoned pork, with the shiitake pieces providing a soft bite, the outer dumpling cover wouldn’t stay on any of the four pieces. I had to resort to a fork. There will be days like this.

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13 American Table —451 E. Palmetto Park Road. Contemporary American. This cozy, artfully rustic spot is one of the few restaurants in the U.S. that has a Josper oven, a pricey, charcoal-fired grill-oven hybrid that cooks foods quickly at high heat to retain maximum flavor and texture. It works like a charm on chicken, resulting in remarkably crisp skin and tender meat, as well as on fist-sized shrimp you can customize with one of several sauces. Don’t miss feather-light profiteroles filled with caramel and pumpkin mousse. • Dinner nightly. 561/409-2061. $$

Boca Landing—999 E. Camino Real. Contemporary American. The Waterstone Resort & Marina’s signature restaurant, Boca Landing, offers the city’s only waterside dining and shows off its prime location and views. The mostly small-plates menu features Asian-inflected tuna tartare, green curry mussels and fried calamari. Probably the best dish, though, is the thoroughly continental filet mignon with crab and béarnaise, with wickedly luscious house-made hazelnut gelato coming in a very close second. • Dinner nightly. 561/368-9500. $$

Abe & Louie’s—2200 Glades Road. Steak-

Seafood. Market-fresh seafood is the cornerstone, like Chilean sea bass prepared over a wood-burning grill and served with sweet Rhea’s topping (crabmeat, sautéed spinach and a signature lime, tomato and garlic sauce.) • Dinner nightly. Lunch on Saturdays. 561/483-4949. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 1880 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, 561/732-9142; 9897 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, 561/965-2663; 11658 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach, 561/799-2965) $$

house. All Americans are endowed with certain inalienable rights, among them the right to a thick, juicy, perfectly cooked steak. At this posh, comfortable (and expensive) meatery, the USDA Prime steaks are indeed thick, juicy and perfectly cooked, also massively flavorful and served in enormous portions. Don’t miss the New York sirloin or prime rib, paired in classic steakhouse fashion with buttery hash browns and uber-creamy creamed spinach. Chased with an ice-cold martini or glass of red wine from the truly impressive list, it’s happiness pursued and captured. • Lunch/brunch Sun.-Fri., dinner nightly. 561/447-0024 $$$

Arturo’s Ristorante —6750 N. Federal Highway. Italian. Arturo’s quiet, comfortable dining room, slightly formal, rigorously professional service and carefully crafted Italian dishes never go out of style. You’ll be tempted to make a meal of the array of delectable antipasti from the antipasti cart, but try to leave room for main courses like fresh jumbo shrimp grilled in hot marinara sauce. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/997-7373. $$$ Biergarten—309 Via De Palmas, #90. German/ Pub. Part vaguely German beer garden, part all-American sports bar, this rustic eatery offers menus that channel

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both, as well as an excellent selection of two-dozen beers on tap and the same number by the bottle. The food is basic and designed to go well with suds, like the giant pretzel with a trio of dipping sauces and the popular “Biergarten burger.” • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/395-7462. $

Bonefish Grill—21069 Powerline Road.

Brio Tuscan Grille —5050 Town Center Circle, #239. Italian. The Boca outpost of this national chain does what it set out to do—dish up big portions of well-made, easily accessible Italian-esque fare at a reasonable price. If you’re looking for bruschetta piled with fresh cheeses and vegetables or house-made fettuccine with tender shrimp and lobster in a spicy lobster butter sauce, you’ll be one happy diner. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/392-3777. (Other Palm Beach County locations: The Gardens Mall, 3101 PGA Blvd., 561/622-0491; CityPlace, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., 561/835-1511) $$

Butcher Block Grill—7000 W. Camino Real, #100. Steakhouse/Contemporary American. This casual steakhouse with a Mediterranean twist and a local, seasonal, sustainable ethos gives the stuffy old-fashioned

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ou first notice the name—Sybarite Pig—because it makes you reach for Wikipedia. Lo and behold, a sybarite is someone who is self-indulgent and pleasure-seeking. And since 2012, Sybarite Pig’s Daniel Naumko has been attracting those seeking foodie pleasure. He makes his food from scratch (including sausage, chicken burgers, tacos and bourbon barbecue pulled pork), and then there are the beers. And ales. He’s into wild ales and is in the midst of opening his newest venture, Odd Breed Wild Ales, with partner Matt Manthe, in Pompano Beach. Will you be working with food at Odd Breed Wild Ales? We don’t have a kitchen or prep area for food, [so] we’re not getting a license to prepare and manufacture food onsite. We will be having others prepare food for us—prepackaged and sealed, so people can grab them, eat and dispose of the wrappings. What’s your favorite pig-out food that you don’t cook? I’m known for pigging out sometimes. Lately, I would say it’s a restaurant in Coral Springs, Arun’s Indian Kitchen, that has lamb vindaloo. It’s great.

Daniel Naumko, owner/operator, Sybarite Pig 20642 N. State Road 7, Boca Raton 561/883-3200

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If you opened a second restaurant with a different theme, what would you call it? I have a name but am not going to divulge that. It’s a personal name. It would be an improvisational menu restaurant serving the best ingredients we can find locally, but not only local ingredients. Very Spanish in style, all cooked over an open flame. [My] end goal is to eventually be on a farm somewhere in Florida and then have our own restaurant onsite. More of a weekend, open fire, family style [restaurant] with awesome, delicious things cooked. It will happen, but a few years down the road.

THE MORE techniques you have under your belt, the more ability you will have to create flavors that differentiate you from everyone else.”

What’s a comparison in your dishes that would be similar to crafting wild ales, with the blending emphasis? There’s definitely the same thought process.You have to think about the quality of ingredients. No. 1, if you don’t have high-quality ingredients, you can make a good beer but not a high-quality beer. It’s the same thing we follow at the restaurant: The more techniques you have under your belt, the more ability you’ll have to create a flavor that differentiates you from everyone else. Matt Manthe is a microbiologist—I was a fan of his beers before we became business partners. —LYNN KALBER

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meatery a swift kick in the sirloin. Beef here is all-natural and grass-fed, delivering big, rich, earthy flavor; the New York strip is 12 ounces of carnivorous pleasure. Seafood, whether raw (tuna crudo) or simply grilled (wild-caught salmon), is palate-pleasing as well. Don’t miss the fresh mozzarella, made and assembled into a salad at your table. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/409-3035. $$$

The Capital Grille—6000 Glades Road. Steaks. This is one of more than three dozen restaurants in a national chain, but the Boca Grille treats you like a regular at your neighborhood restaurant. Steaks, dry-aged if not Prime, are flavorful and cooked with precision, while starters from Wagyu beef carpaccio to a lighter version of the hardy chopped salad are nicely done too. Parmesan truffle fries are crispy sticks of potato heaven; chocolate-espresso cake a study in shameless, and luscious, decadence. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/368-1077. $$$

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Casa D’Angelo —171 E. Palmetto Park Road. Italian. Angelo Elia’s impeccable Italian restaurant is a delight, from the stylish room to the suave service to the expansive wine list, not to mention food that’s by turn elegant, hearty, bold, subtle and always delicious. Dishes off the regular menu make excellent choices, like chargrilled jumbo prawns with artichoke, arugula, lemon and olive oil. But pay attention to specials like pan-seared snapper and scallops in a spicy, garlicky cherry tomato sauce. • Dinner nightly. 561/338-1703. $$$ The Cheesecake Factory —5530 Glades Road. American. Oh, the choices! The chain has a Sunday brunch menu in addition to its main menu, which includes Chinese chicken salad and Cajun jambalaya. Don’t forget about the cheesecakes, from white chocolate and raspberry truffle offerings. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/393-0344. (Other Palm Beach County locations: CityPlace, West Palm Beach, 561/802-3838; Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/776-3711) $$

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Royal Palm Place. Steak, seafood. Steaks are aged USDA Prime—tender, flavorful and perfectly cooked under a 1,700-degree broiler. There’s all manner of fish and shellfish, but you’re here for the lobster, whether giant Australian tails flash-fried and served with drawn butter or sizable Maine specimens stuffed with lobster. • Dinner nightly. 561/395-2675. $$$$

Cuban Café —3350 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd. Cuban. Diners pack this traditional Cuban restaurant for lunch specials that start at $7.95, including slow-roasted pork served with white rice and black beans. Other highlights include the Cuban sandwich and (on the dinner menu only) lechón asado. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/750-8860. $

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Buzz Bites I Imagine That The stylish, ready-for-anything event center at Boca Raton’s Wyndham Hotel enjoyed a “re-imagining” in mid-2016. The space has been decked out in warm wood tones and clean lines, in a two-story venue with two ballrooms, plus multiple customizable areas. But the food in the hotel’s roomy restaurant, Farmer’s Table (1901 N. Military Trail, 561/417-5836) hasn’t needed much re-imagining. It’s fresh and largely vegan, with lots of gluten-free dishes, all which are prepared sugar-free, preservative-free, cage-free, sustainable and healthful. Plus, it tastes great. Apps include gluten-free chicken meatballs in pomodoro sauce, and avocado and cucumber tartare. For drinks, try the popular cucumber cooler (non-alcoholic, but quite good) and plenty of excellent cocktails. The desserts will make you forget sugar in a scrumptious way.

ous. The former will like crisp, greaseless fried calamari and hearty lasagna made with fresh pasta. The latter will enjoy creamy burrata with prosciutto, tomato jam and arugula and a branzino served with spinach, clams and shrimp. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/362-8466. $$

Dorsia—5837 N. Federal Highway. Continental. The simple pleasures of the table—good food, personable service, comfortable ambience—are what this modestly stylish restaurant is all about. The menu has a strong Italian bent, evidenced by dishes like a trio of fried zucchini blossoms stuffed with an airy three-cheese mousse, and a cookbook-perfect rendition of veal scaloppine lavished with artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes and a tangy lemon-white wine sauce. • Dinner nightly. 561/961-4156. $$

Farmer’s Table —1901 N. Military Trail. American. Fresh, natural, sustainable, organic and local is the mantra at this both tasty and health-conscious offering from Mitchell Robbins and Joey Giannuzzi. Menu highlights include flatbreads, slow-braised USDA Prime short rib and the popular Buddha Bowl, with veggies, udon noodles and shrimp. • Breakfast Mon.– Fri. Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/417-5836. $

Grand Lux Cafe —Town Center at Boca Raton. American. The Cheesecake Factory’s sister brand is an upscale take on the original formula, with an atmo-

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ood grits are to breakfast like waves are to sand, or pink buildings are to Boca—not just a decoration but an accompaniment. Florida is in the Grits Belt that stretches from Texas to Virginia and lives just south of the state (Georgia) that declared grits its official prepared food in 2012. They are usually a savory side, though there are some who mix sugar in their grits. (No, thanks.) These small, broken corn grains are ground into a meal and boiled and were first eaten by Native Americans. Although trendy tastes try to mix shrimp, lobster, jalapeño or cheesecake (really?) with grits, we prefer tradition: Just serve them with some butter, salt and pepper, please. And cream, which is what kicks Benny’s On The Beach’s grits to the top of our breakfast list.

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THE DISH: These grits are supreme, made with butter and cream before they reach the table. Rich, whipped white, thick and so melt-in-yourmouth that some think they are mashed potato-like, these puppies are top-of-the-grits bowl terrific.

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THE DISH: The coarse ground grits at this comfort-food chain are homemade and thick enough to be eaten with a fork. They arrive unadorned, but butter and salt work wonders. The only drawback is too much liquid, making them sloppy and a bit too thinned out.

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THE DISH: This chain makes everything from scratch, and grits are available as a side. Made from Quaker’s Quick Grits, they come with a small scoop of butter on top, and are pale yellow. The grits are thick and creamy, and if I’d never enjoyed Benny’s variety, these would be tops.

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sphere inspired by the great cafes of Europe. The menu offers a range of international flavors, and the specialty baked-to-order desserts are always a big hit. • Lunch and dinner daily; breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. 561/392-2141. $$

The Grille On Congress —5101 Congress Ave. American. Dishes at this longtime favorite range from tasty chicken entrees and main-plate salads to seafood options like Asian-glazed salmon or pan-seared yellowtail snapper. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/912-9800. $$

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Contemporary American. Convenient location, stylish ambience and impeccable service are all hallmarks of this local outpost of the Hillstone restaurant chain. There are plenty of reasons why this is one of the most popular business lunch spots in all of Boca, including menu items like crab cakes, the mammoth salad offerings and the tasty baby back ribs. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/998-0550. $$$

Jimmy’s Fries to Caviar —6299 N. Federal Highway. Contemporary American. Going one better than soup to nuts is Jimmy Mills’ latest endeavor, an easygoing, affordable bistro in the old Darbster space that really does offer fries, caviar and more. Four varieties of fish eggs are shown off nicely crowning a quartet of deviled eggs, while the thick-cut fries complement a massively flavorful, almost fork-tender hanger steak in the classic steak frites. Lobster bisque is indecently rich and luxurious, ditto the Grand Marnier-infused chocolate mousse. Dinner Tues-Sun. 561/617-5965 $$ Josef’s Table —5030 Champion Blvd. Continental. Though the kitchen does have a timid hand with sauces and seasonings, there’s no quibbling about the execution, whether a light, refreshing “tower” of lump crabmeat with mango, cucumber and tomato; rosy-rare double-cut lamb chops with port wine-mint sauce; panseared hogfish with orange beurre blanc; or the richly decadent half-moon chocolate tart. • Dinner nightly. Lunch Mon.–Fri. 561/353-2700. $$$ Josephine’s —5751 N. Federal Highway. Italian. Tradition trumps trendy, and comfort outweighs chic at this Boca favorite. The ambience is quiet and stately but not stuffy, and the menu is full of hearty dishes to soothe the savage appetite, like three-cheese eggplant rollatini and chicken scarpariello. • Dinner nightly. 561/988-0668. $$

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Asian. This wickedly stylish Asian-inspired gastropub delivers a delicious and inventive punch to the taste buds. Among the hardest hitters is tuna poke with sesame citrus soy-marinated ahi tuna, crispy wontons and habanero cucumber cream—not to mention cheesecake springrolls with a banana caramel dipping sauce. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/347-7322. $

Kathy’s Gazebo Café —4199 N. Federal Highway. Continental. This local stalwart smoothly rolls along with its signature blend of French and Continental dishes. The ornate, formal dining room and equally formal service are anomalies these days but are comforting nonetheless. Classic dishes like creamy lobster bisque, house-made duck paté, broiled salmon with sauce béarnaise and dreamy chocolate mousse are as satisfying as ever. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/395-6033. $$$

Ke’e Grill—17940 N. Military Trail. American. The attraction here is carefully prepared food that is satisfying, flavorful and reasonably priced. The fist-sized crab cake is a good place to start, followed by sea bass with a soy-ginger-sesame glaze. • Dinner nightly. 561/995-5044. $$$ La Ferme—9101 Lakeridge Blvd. French/Mediterranean. Classic style and classically oriented French cuisine come together at this elegant yet comfortable restaurant in a west Boca shopping mall. Though there are a few Asian and Italian-inflected dishes on the menu, at its heart Le Ferme (“the farm”) is as French as the Eiffel Tower. Start with gougères, cheesy pastry puffs filled with béchamel; don’t miss the unconscionably savory

Buzz Bites II Garden Variety

The farm-to-table trend really started with the first restaurant ever, because where else did the food come from? But at some venues, it’s a little more in your face. If chef Joseph Bonavita Jr. of Delray Beach’s 50 Ocean (50 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, 561/278-3364) needs a garnish for a plate, he’s able to stroll over to an aeroponic or hydroponic tower and pick one. Yes, high-tech hydroponic farming has come to 50 Ocean in the form of the Tower Garden System, developed by Tim Blank. Blank created a method of growing plants in towers that can be assembled in a half-hour, without the expensive equipment normally used commercially. And Chef Bonavita thinks that’s just great. With each tower supporting 44 plants, 50 Ocean supplies herbs, fruit and microgreens for cocktails, specials and garnishes. The plants grow faster than they would in soil, and that’s good news for diners. All of that, and good food served in a wonderful setting, with ocean views. Here’s to water everywhere!

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Grilled Grouper with Fruit Salsa Courtesy of John Hutchinson, chef/owner, J&J Seafood Bar and Grill

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hat is it about cooking fish that scares even the best home cooks? Maybe with the whole fish, it’s the eyes staring at you, daring you to not to overcook it for one minute. Which is more than enough time to end up with something that tastes like dry towels instead of moist, tender fishy goodness. If you’re getting the bread out of the oven, stirring the rice or veggies, stepping over the kids and dog, and pouring yourself a glass of wine (because you’ve earned it!), that quick extra, damaging minute can happen, and you just want to kick yourself. We asked John Hutchinson of J&J Seafood Bar and Grill (634 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/272-3390) for some tips—and for one of his favorite, easy fish recipes. This Culinary Institute of America graduate thought grilling would be perfect for his black grouper with fruit salsa recipe. At J&J (open since 1998), it’s served with a scalloped potato. Grilling will get you out of the kitchen, which is always a good thing with nicer weather, and you can sneak a bite of the grilled pineapple, too. Hey, it’s the chef’s prerogative.

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Make sure the grill is hot—the hotter the better. All grills have hot spots and cool spots, so home grillers should know where the hot spots

are. Start the fish there. Give it a nice mark—you can do the diamond mark if you want to be fancy. If it’s a heavy piece of fish, you can mark the fish, then finish it in the oven.

Give the pineapple a mark on the grill before cutting it up. Take it off and put the salsa together on the side. It’s better to make the salsa first and have it ready, then do the fish. When the fish is hot, put the salsa on it.

The gold pineapples are always perfect. Almost all pineapple farms have a gold variety. When choosing the fish, I use black grouper; it’s a larger fish. A Mexican red grouper is awesome. [Use] whatever looks

best in the market. There are probably a dozen different types of grouper. The black and red are the most widely used.

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cassoulet; and finish with a tux-n-tails version of pineapple upside-down cake that takes a classic one better. • Dinner nightly. 561/654-6600. $$$

La Nouvelle Maison —455 E. Palmetto Park Blvd. French. Elegant, sophisticated French cuisine, white-glove service and a trio of (differently) stylish dining rooms make Arturo Gismondi’s homage to the Boca’s storied La Vieille Maison the home away from home to anyone who appreciates the finer points of elegant dining. The cuisine showcases both first-rate ingredients and precise execution, whether a generous slab of silken foie gras with plum gastrique, posh lobster salad, cookbook-perfect rendition of steak frites and an assortment of desserts that range from homey apple tart to bananas Foster with chocolate and Grand Marnier. • Dinner nightly. 561/338-3003. $$$ La Rosa Nautica—515 N.E. 20th St. Peruvian. Expect no ambience, no pretensions, low prices and food that satisfies on a very high level. Good starters include antichuchos, chunks of grilled beef heart, and causa, a terrine-like layering of mashed potatoes and chicken salad. Ceviche and the lomo saltado are among the best in South Florida. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/296-1413. $$

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La Tre —249 E. Palmetto Park Road. Vietnamese. For almost two decades, this elegant little spot has been celebrating the delicate, sophisticated flavors and textures of traditional and contemporary Vietnamese cuisine. A house signature, shrimp tossed with coriander curry pesto, is an inspired riff on Vietnamese classics. Service and wines match the refinement of the cuisine. • Dinner nightly. 561/392-4568. $$ La Villetta—4351 N. Federal Highway. Italian. This is a well-edited version of a traditional Italian menu, complete with homemade pastas and other classic dishes. Try the signature whole yellowtail snapper encrusted in sea salt; it’s de-boned right at tableside. Shrimp diavolo is perfectly scrumptious. • Dinner nightly. (closed Mon. during summer). 561/362-8403. $$

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Beloved Le Rivage chef Paul Collange (dazzling us since 1984) even sells his own vinaigrette dressing.

Le Rivage —450 N.E. 20th St. French. Don’t overlook this small, unassuming bastion of traditional French cookery. That would be a mistake, because the dishes that virtually scream “creativity” can’t compare to the quiet pleasures served here—like cool, soothing vichyssoise, delicate fillet of sole with nutty brown butter sauce or perfectly executed crème brûlee. Good food presented without artifice at a fair price never goes out of fashion. • Dinner nightly. 561/620-0033. $$ The Little Chalet—485 S. Federal Hightway. Continental/Steakhouse. This clubby faux chalet touts both its pricy pedigreed beef and that once-hip culinary staple of the 1950s and ’60s, fondue. The latter offers a unique taste experience, especially if you go for the

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All-around consummate host, actor and funny guy Neil Patrick Harris will host a Bloody Mary Brunch with David Burtka as part of the annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival running Feb. 22-26. The brunch is at noon Feb. 26 (Academy Awards day), at Fort Lauderdale’s Ritz-Carlton. It’s part of the Taste Fort Lauderdale series that started in 2016 when Robert Irvine kicked it off and proved there was a large audience north of SoBe that wanted fun in its backyard, too. Fest folks listened and increased the series to seven events planned between Feb. 22, when chef Anne Burrell kicks off the Fort Lauderdale series at the Bonnet House ($135 per person), and the fun-in-the-sun with host-with-themost Harris. In total, more than 90 events are planned between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, featuring all kinds of chefs, such as Robyn Almodovar, Miguel Aguilar, John Amato, Michael Beltran, Michelle Bernstein, Valerie Bertinelli, Daniel Boulud, Anthony Bourdain, Joanne Chang, Robert Irvine, Nobu Matsuhisa, Masahaur Morimoto, Seamus Mullen, Rachael Ray, JeanClaude Rouzaud, Zak the Baker, Trisha Yearwood and many, many more. See sobefest.com for the complete list. And yes, there are tickets to some events that cost less than $100.

three-course prix fixe fondue dinner for two. It starts off with a choice of cheese fondues; we suggest trying the Parmesan, cherry tomato and fresh basil. Entrée fondues feature beef, chicken and shrimp cooked in a burbling consommé, to be dabbed with any of seven different sauces. Dessert fondues are all about the chocolate; try the decadent chocolate-peanut butter. • Dinner nightly. 561/325-8000. $$$

Madison’s—2006 N.W. Executive Center Circle. American. This location is something of a Bermuda Triangle for restaurants, with at least four eateries preceding this local outpost of a Canadian chain that styles itself a “New York grill and bar.” What Madison’s has going for it is an exceedingly handsome and capacious space, as well as service that is as professional as it is personable. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/994-0808. $$

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Maggiano’s—21090 St. Andrews Blvd. Italian. Do as the Italians do and order family-style, sit back and watch the endless amounts of gorgeous foods grace your table. In this manner, you receive two appetizers, two salads, two pastas, two entrées, two vegetables and two desserts. The menu also includes lighter takes on staples like chicken parm, fettuccine alfredo and chicken piccata. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/361-8244. $$

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Mario’s Osteria—1400 Glades Road. Italian. This popular spot is swanky in its reincarnation, but the rustic Italian and Italian-American fare keeps with an osteria’s humbler pretensions. Signature dishes like the garlic rolls, lasagna and eggplant “pancakes” are on the new menu, as are butternut squash ravioli and thick, juicy rib-eye served “arrabiata” style. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/239-7000. $$

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Matteo’s —233 S. Federal Highway. Italian. Hearty Italian and Italian-American food, served in giant “family style” portions, needs no reinventing. Though there is no shortage of local restaurants cooking in that genre, it’s the details of preparation and service that make Matteo’s stand out. Baked clams are a good place to start, as is the reliable chopped salad. Linguini frutti di mare is one of the best in town. • Dinner nightly. 561/392-0773. $$

Max’s Grille —404 Plaza Real. Contemporary American. After 24 years in Mizner Park, Dennis Max’s modern American bistro is a true local classic. The food and decor are both timeless and up to date, the ambience is that of a smooth-running big city bistro. Service is personable and proficient. The menu is composed of dishes you really want to eat, from grilled artichokes with rémoulade to wild Alaskan salmon with citrus beurre blanc to the wickedly indulgent crème brûlèe pie. It’s a classic. Just like Max’s Grille. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Brunch Sat–Sun. Dinner nightly. 561/368-0080. $$

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Morton’s The Steakhouse —5050 Town Center Circle. Steakhouse. There’s seemingly no end to diners’ love of huge slabs of high-quality aged beef, nor to the carnivores who pack the clubby-swanky dining room of this meatery. While the star of the beef show is the giant bone-in filet mignon, seasonally featured is the American Wagyu New York strip. Finish off your meal with the blueberry white chocolate bread pudding. • Dinner nightly. 561/392-7724. $$$

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New York Prime —2350 N.W. Executive Center Drive. Steakhouse. This wildly popular Boca meatery packs them in with swift, professional service, classy supper club ambience and an extensive wine list. And, of course, the beef—all USDA Prime, cooked to tender and juicy lusciousness over ferocious heat. The bone-in rib-eye is especially succulent, but don’t neglect the New York strip or steak-house classics like oysters Rockefeller, garlicky spinach and crusty hash browns. • Dinner nightly. 561/998-3881. $$$$

—2240 N.W. 19th St., #904. Italian. Cross Naples (thin, blistered crust, judicious toppings) with Connecticut (fresh clams and no tomato sauce), and you’ve got a pretty good idea of the pies coming out of Nick Laudano’s custom-made ovens. The “white clam” pizza with garlic and bacon is killer-good; Caesar salad and tiramisu are much better than the usual pizzeria fare. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/368-2900. $

metto Park Road. Japanese/sushi. “Whatever floats your boat” isn’t just a saying at this hipster sushi bar. Your sushi really does float on a boat, one of many bouncing along a channel cut into the top of the restaurant’s large, square sushi bar. High notes are the Mexican roll with tempura shrimp and avocado, and the sneakily fiery jalapeño-laced tuna tartare. If sushi doesn’t float your boat, gingery gyoza and crispy fried shrimp with a drizzle of spicy mayo probably will. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/361-8688. $$

Pellegrino’s—3360 N. Federal Highway. Italian. The bold, brash flavors of New York-style Italian-American cuisine are as in your face as a Manhattan cabbie at this low-key favorite of chef-owner Bobby Pellegrino, nephew to the clan that owns the legendary Rao’s in East Harlem. Pungent smells of garlic, anchovies, tomatoes and peppers fill the air; dishes like the rarely seen spiedini alla Romana, chicken Scarpariello and seafood spaghetti in Fra Diavolo sauce fill your belly. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/368-5520. $$$

P.F. Chang’s—1400 Glades Road. Chinese. There may have been no revolution if Mao had simply eaten at the Boca outpost of P.F. Chang’s—the portions are large enough to feed the masses—and the exquisite tastes in each dish could soothe any tyrant. We particularly like the steamed fish of the day, as well as the Szechuan-style asparagus. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/393-3722. (Other Palm Beach County location: 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/691-1610) $$ Piñon Grill—6000 Glades Road. Contemporary American. The menu seemingly lists every recent trendy dish to come out of modern American restaurant kitchens, but Piñon succeeds with spot-on execution, mammoth portions and reasonable prices. Try the lobster and crab ceviche, the chicken paillard or the chocolate and “cherried” waffle with ice cream, which is the irresistible definition of lusciousness. • Lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/391-7770. $$ Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern— 402 Plaza Real. Contemporary American. Though the menu generally falls under the heading of modern American comfort food, that can mean anything from elegant presentations like the jaw-dropping lobster cobb salad to homier offerings like burgers and pizza, fiery Buffalo-style calamari, succulent chicken roasted in the wood-fired oven and an uptown version of everyone’s campfire favorite, s’mores. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/395-1662. $$

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Rafina—6877 S.W. 18th St. Greek. If you find the ambience of most Greek restaurants to be like a frat party with flaming cheese and ouzo, this contemporary, casually elegant spot will be welcome relief. Food and decor favor refinement over rusticity, even in such hearty and ubiquitous dishes as pastitsio and spanakopita. Standout dishes include the moussaka, the creamy and mildly citrusy avgolemono soup and the precisely grilled, simply adorned (with olive oil, lemon and capers) branzino. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/409-3673. $$ Ristorante Sapori—301 Via de Palmas, Royal Palm Place. Italian. Sapori features fresh fish, veal and chicken dishes imbued with subtle flavors. The grilled Italian branzino, the veal chop Milanese and the zuppa di pesce served over linguine are especially tasty, and the pasta (all 17 kinds!) is available in full and half orders, with your choice of 15 zesty sauces. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/367-9779. $$

Ruth’s Chris—225 N.E. Mizner Blvd. Steakhouse. Not only does this steakhouse favorite emphasize its New Orleans roots, it also distinguishes itself from many of its competitors by just serving better food. The signature chopped salad has a list of ingredients as long as a hose but they all work together. And how can you not like a salad topped with crispy fried onion strings. Steaks are USDA Prime and immensely flavorful, like a perfectly seared New York strip. The white chocolate bread pudding is simply wicked. • Dinner nightly. 561/392-6746. $$$$ Sapphire Indian Cuisine —500 Via de Palmas. Indian. Raju Brahmbhatt’s modern, sophisticated restaurant will smash any negative stereotypes of Indian cuisine or the restaurants that serve it. It’s sleek and stylish, with a well-chosen wine list and a staff that’s eager to please. The food is elegant and refined and alive with the complex blend of spices that makes Indian cuisine so intriguing. Try Bagarey Baigan, plush-textured, thumb-sized baby eggplants in a lush coconut-curry sauce. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/362-2299. $$

Seasons 52—2300 Executive Center Drive. Contemporary American. The food—seasonal ingredients, simply and healthfully prepared, accompanied by interesting wines—is first-rate, from salmon roasted on a cedar plank to desserts served in oversized shot glasses. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/998-9952. (Other Palm Beach County location: 11611 Ellison Wilson Road, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/625-5852) $$ Sushi Ray —5250 Town Center Circle. Japanese/ Sushi. Impeccably fresh and exactingly prepared sushi and other Japanese specialties are on display. The Nobu-esque miso sea bass gives a taste of this modern classic at a fraction of the price of the original, while the chef’s sushi assortment offers a generous arrangement of nigiri and maki for a reasonable $20. • Lunch Mon.– Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/394-9506. $$ bolay_brm0117.indd 1

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Tanzy —301 Plaza Real. Italian. Part of the swanky iPic Theater complex (though it does not service the theater), this handsome spot relies on quality ingredients and careful preparation instead of culinary special effects and car chases. The Parma Bar, a sort of sushi bar for meat and cheese fanatics, also does terrific quattro formaggio fiocchi and spiced pear. Savory grilled skirt steak and massive bone-in veal chops are excellent, as are the braised Angus beef short ribs with toasted pearl barley and collard greens. For dessert, try the Almond Basket, which includes fresh berries and your choice of a trio of sorbets. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/9226699. $$$ Tap 42 —5050 Town Center Circle. Gastropub. This hugely popular nouveau-Industrial gastropub is not for the faint of eardrums when packed, but don’t let that discourage you. The kitchen here executes the hell out of a short, simple all-day menu. Grilled salmon chopped salad with tomatillo ranch dressing is delightful, as is guacamole studded with fat chunks of bacon and charred corn. Same goes for decadent shrimp mac-n-cheese. The wicked-good chocolate bread pudding with salted caramel sauce would be the envy of any Big Easy eatery. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Brunch Sat.–Sun. Dinner nightly. 561/235-5819. $

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Taverna Kyma—6298 N. Federal Highway. Greek/Mediterranean. Few present Greek cuisine better. Expertly prepared dishes cover the spectrum of Mediterranean cuisine, from cold appetizers (dolmades—grape leaves stuffed with rice and herbs) to hot starters (spanakopita, baked phyllo with spinach and feta cheese) to mouthwatering entrées like lamb shank (slowcooked in a tomato sauce and served on a bed of orzo), massive stuffed peppers or kebobs. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/994-2828. $$

Trattoria Romana—499 E. Palmetto Park Road. Italian. This local mainstay does Italian classics and its own lengthy list of ambitious specials with unusual skill and aplomb. The service is at a level not always seen in local eateries. Pay attention to the daily specials, especially if it includes impeccably done langostini oreganata and the restaurant’s signature jumbo shrimp saltimbocca. • Dinner nightly. 561/393-6715. $$$ Truluck’s—351 Plaza Real. Seafood. This stylish and sophisticated Mizner Park restaurant applies the steak house formula of classy, clubby ambience, formal service and an extensive wine list to seafood from across the nation, with great and consistent success. Crab is the specialty here and there are myriad versions—stone, Dungeness, Alaskan, soft-shell and more. Crispy soft-

shells stuffed with crab and andouille are very good, if served without a drizzle of ketchup-y sauce on top. • Dinner nightly. 561/391-0755. $$$

Twenty Twenty Grille —141 Via Naranjas. Contemporary American. You’ve probably licked postage stamps that are larger than Ron and Rhonda Weisheit’s tiny jewel box of a restaurant, but what it lacks in space it more than makes up for in charm, sophistication and imaginative, expertly crafted food. Virtually everything is made in-house, from the trio of breads that first grace your table to the pasta in a suave dish of tagliatelle with duck and chicken confit. Don’t miss the jerk pork belly and grilled veal strip loin. • Dinner nightly. 561/990-7969. $$ Uncle Julio’s—449 Plaza Real, Mizner Park. Mexican. Taking Tex-Mex cuisine gently upscale with better-quality ingredients and more skillful preparation, this colorful restaurant offers more than the usual suspects. You can get honey chipotle chicken fajitas, as well as beef fajitas, and one of the only palatable tamales around. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/300-3530. $ Uncle Tai’s—5250 Town Center Circle. Chinese. In an area with more cookie-cutter Chinese restaurants than cookies, Uncle Tai’s stands out for the elegance of

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169 its decor, the professionalism of its service and its careful preparation of familiar and less-familiar dishes. The “specialties” section of the menu has exciting dishes, like the Hunan vegetable pie, finely minced veggies sandwiched between sheets of crispy bean curd skin, and Hunan-style lamb, whose seared and succulent meat shows off the kitchen’s skill in the use of wok qi. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/368-8806. $$$

WEST BOCA City Fish Market—7940 Glades Road. Seafood. A multimillion-dollar remodel of the old Pete’s has turned it into an elegant seafood house with a lengthy seafood-friendly wine list, impeccably fresh fish and shellfish cooked with care and little artifice. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/487-1600. $$

Villagio Italian Eatery —344 Plaza Real. Italian. The classic Italian comfort food at this Mizner Park establishment is served with flair and great attention to detail. The reasonably priced menu—with generous portions—includes all your favorites (veal Parmesan, Caesar salad) and some outstanding seafood dishes (Maine lobster with shrimp, mussels and clams on linguine). There is a full wine list and ample people-watching given the prime outdoor seating. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561-447-2257. $$

porary American. A labor of love, pork and beer, everything at the Pig but the coarse-grain mustard is made in-house, from the bread for sandwiches to the eclectic sauces to the variety of terrific sausages. Roasted bone marrow and wagyu duck fat burgers, along with subtly spicy “Hellswine,” are among the standouts. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. Brunch Sun. 561/8833200. $

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impressive wine list of some 200 bottles (all available by the glass) offers a multitude of choices, especially among Italian and California reds. The menu of “Italian tapas” includes roasted red peppers with Provolone, as well as ricotta gnocchi with San Marzano tomatoes. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/869-0030. $

112. Japanese/Asian. Dark wood, rice paper and tiles fill the space. An appetizer portion of Age Natsu, fried eggplant, is a consummate Japanese delicacy. Don’t miss the ITET roll with shrimp tempura and avocado, topped with spicy mayo, tempura flakes and eel sauce. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/883-6088. $$

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Villa Rosano—9858 Clint Moore Road. Italian. You can be forgiven for imagining yourself in some rustic Italian hill town as the smells of garlic and tomato sauce waft through the air. Start by sopping up the house olive oil with slices of crusty bread, then move on to a stellar version of clams Guazzetto and delicate fillets of sole done a la Francese. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/470-0112. $$

BOYNTON BEACH Bar Louie —1500 Gateway Blvd., #100. Eclectic. Attempting to split the difference between happening bar and American café, Bar Louie in the sprawling Renaissance Commons complex mostly succeeds, offering burgers, pizzas, fish tacos and a variety of salads, all at moderate prices and in truly daunting portions. In South Florida’s world of trendy and expensive bistros, this is a welcome relief. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/8530090. $ Josies’s—1602 S. Federal Highway. Italian. Famed chef and South Florida culinary godfather Mark Militello has been working his mouthwatering magic in the kitchen of this cozy, old-school Italian restaurant. His influence is mostly felt in the lengthy roster of daily specials, but old favorites like beefy short rib meatballs, an upmar-

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Prime Catch —700 E. Woolbright Road. Seafood. Waterfront restaurants are few and far between in our neck of the woods, and those with good food are even more rare. Prime Catch, at the foot of the Woolbright bridge on the Intracoastal, is a best-kept secret. The simple pleasures here soar—a perfectly grilled piece of mahi or bouillabaisse overflowing with tender fish. Don’t miss one of the best Key lime pies around. • Lunch and dinner daily, Sunday brunch. 561/737-8822. $$

Sushi Simon—1614 S. Federal Highway. Japanese. It’s been called “Nobu North” by some aficionados, and for good reason. Local sushi-philes jam the narrow dining room for such impeccable nigirizushi as hamachi and uni (Thursdays), as well as more elaborate dishes like snapper Morimoto and tuna tartare. Creative, elaborate rolls are a specialty. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/731-1819. $$

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3rd and 3rd—301 N.E. Third Ave. Gastropub. This quirky, individualistic, obscurely located little place is one of the most important restaurants in Delray. The menu changes frequently, but hope the evening’s fare includes plump scallops with caramelized mango sauce, stunning delicious roasted cauliflower with Parmesan mousse and bacon, and wicked-good espresso panna cotta on it at your visit. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/303-1939. $$

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American. There are trendier, flashier, more celebrated restaurants than this beacon of vibrant modern American cuisine in downtown Delray, but there are no better restaurants anywhere in South Florida. The menu changes daily, but still look for items like the sublime black truffle-Gruyère pizza and the venison-wild boar sausage duo, which is the stuff of carnivorous fantasies. For dessert, the chocolate-peanut butter semifreddo is truly wicked in its unabashed lusciousness. • Dinner daily. 561/276-7868. $$$

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50 Ocean —50 S. Ocean Blvd. Seafood. The former Upper Deck at Boston’s on the Beach is now the more upscale, seafood-oriented spot. The menu ranges from familiar to slightly more inventive, from a classic lobster bisque and crisp-tender fried clam bellies to rock shrimp pot pie and baked grouper topped with blue crab. The cinnamon-dusted beignets are puffs of amazingly delicate deep-fried air and should not under any circumstances be missed. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. Brunch Sun. 561/278-3364. $$

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Angelo Elia Pizza • Bar • Tapas— 16950 Jog Road. Italian. Nothing on the menu of Angelo Elia’s modern, small plates-oriented osteria disappoints, but particularly notable are the meaty fried baby artichokes stuffed with breadcrumbs and speck, delicate chicken-turkey meatballs in Parmesan-enhanced broth, and Cremona pizza with a sweet-salty-earthy-pungent mélange of pears, pancetta, Gorgonzola, sun-dried figs and mozzarella. • Lunch Tues.–Sun. Dinner nightly. 561/381-0037. $

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Apeiro Kitchen & Bar —14917 Lyons Road. Mediterranean. West Delray diners have another reason to stay in their neighborhood with this stylish, contemporary Mediterranean eatery. Apeiro’s menu spans the entire Mediterranean, with dishes like Moroccan-spiced lamb ribs, 14-ounce double-cut pork chops, and fluffy meatballs adorned with tomato sauce, ricotta and pesto. The apple crostata, baked in a wood-burning oven, is one of the best desserts in town. • Dinner nightly. 561/501-4443. $$ Atlantic Grille —1000 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood/ Contemporary American. This posh restaurant in the luxurious Seagate Hotel & Spa is home to a 450-gallon aquarium of tranquil moon jellyfish and a 2,500-gallon shark tank. Savor inventive cuisine that takes the contemporary to the extraordinary. Bold flavors, inspired techniques and the freshest ingredients make every meal a culinary adventure. • Lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/665-4900. $$ Buddha Sky Bar —217 E. Atlantic Ave. #3. Pan Asian. Don’t miss a meal at this stylish Asia-meets-industrial chic spot with a view of the Delray skyline. Chinese-influenced dim sum is inspired, while rock shrimp tempura and Tokyo beef skewers with twin chimichurri sauces touch the heart and the taste buds. Veggie fried rice is exemplary thanks to the kitchen’s application of wok chi. • Dinner nightly. 561/450-7557. $$

Burt & Max’s —9089 W. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. Burt Rapoport and Dennis Max have struck gold with their first collaboration in years, bringing an accessible and affordable brand of contemporary comfort food to west Delray. A few dishes from Max’s other eatery, Max’s Grille, have made the trek, like the hearty chopped salad and bacon-wrapped meatloaf. Other dishes are variations on the comfort food theme, including a stellar truffle-scented wild mushroom pizza. • Dinner nightly. Sunday brunch. 561/638-6380. $$$ Cabana El Rey —105 E. Atlantic Ave. Cuban tropical. Little Havana is alive and well in Delray. The menu is a palette-pleasing travelogue, including starters like mariquitas (fried banana chips) and main courses such as seafood paella (think mussels, shrimp, clams, conch, scallops and octopus). • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/274-9090. $$

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Cabo Flats—Delray Marketplace, 14851 Lyons Road. Mexican. Mexican cuisine often has more personas than Madonna. This highly stylized cantina adds another—that of California’s Chicano culture. All your favorite Mexican dishes are there, as well as enormous margaritas, but also niftier items like the crispy tuna tacos. Try the restaurant’s famous avocado fries with garlic and cilantro, and finish off with Captain Crunch deep-fried ice cream. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/499-0378. $ Caffé Luna Rosa—34 S. Ocean Blvd. Italian. This favorite is always lively, and alfresco dining is the preferred mode. Entrée choices are enticing, but we went with the housemade pasta with pancetta, tomato and basil. Also delicious was the costoletta di vitello, a center-cut 14-ounce veal chop lightly breaded and served with San Marzano tomato sauce. For breakfast, indulge in a crab meat benedict, and for dessert, you can’t go wrong with the cheesecake imported from the Carnegie Deli. • Dinner nightly. Brunch Sunday. 561/274-9404. $$

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Cena—9 S.E. Seventh Ave. Italian. Like death and taxes, heat and humidity, Italian restaurants are a certainty in these parts. Most prize comfort and satisfaction over feats of culinary derring-do, as does this small but stylish restaurant in a space once occupied by one of Angelo Elia’s stable of eateries. Tender artichoke bottoms bathed in garlicky olive oil are a worthy starter, as is a salad of peppery arugula with figs and mild, creamy goat cheese. Sun-dried tomato-crusted halibut with Chianti sauce is a break from the familiar. Tiramisu, though as familiar as apple pie, is exceptionally well-done. • Dinner Tues.-Sat. 561/330-1237 $$ City Oyster —213 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. This stylish mainstay of Big Time Restaurant Group serves up reasonably priced seafood that never disappoints, such as shrimp and grits with jumbo crab cake and jalapeño cheddar grits. • Lunch Mon.–Sun. Dinner nightly. Outdoor dining. 561/272-0220. $$

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Dada—52 N. Swinton Ave. Contemporary American. The same provocative, whimsical creativity that spawned Dada the art movement infuses Dada the restaurant, giving it a quirky charm all its own. The comfort food with a moustache menu has its quirky charms too, like shake-n-bake pork chops with sweet-savory butterscotch onions, and a brownie-vanilla ice cream sundae with strips of five-spice powdered bacon. The wittily decorated 1920s-vintage house-turned-restaurant is, as they say, a trip. • Dinner nightly. 561/330-3232 $$

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Cut 432—432 E. Atlantic Ave. Steakhouse. Hipper decor, a more casual vibe and an inventive take on steakhouse favorites make this sleek restaurant just different enough to be interesting. Starters such as ceviche (prepared Peruvian style) and ultrarich oysters Rockefeller are first-rate, while the wet-aged beef is appropriately tender and tasty. • Dinner nightly. 561/272-9898. $$$

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Deck 84—840 E. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. Burt Rapoport’s ode to laid-back tropical dining is like a day at the beach without getting sand between your toes. Though the restaurant is casual, the kitchen takes its food seriously, whether the stellar flatbreads, the thick and juicy 10-ounce special blend burger or homey seasonal cobbler. And the waterfront location just seems to make everything taste better. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Brunch Sat.–Sun. Dinner nightly. 561/665-8484. $

El Camino —15 N.E. Second Ave. Mexican. This sexy, bustling downtown spot is from the trio behind nearby Cut 432 and Park Tavern. Fresh, quality ingredients go into everything from the tangy tomatillo salsas to the world-class tacos of fish clad in crisp, delicate fried skin and set off by tart pineapple salsa. Cinnamon and sugar-dusted churros are the perfect dessert. And do check out the margaritas, especially the half-and-half blend of smoky mezcal and blanco tequila. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/865-5350. $$

Fifth Avenue Grill—821 S. Federal Highway. American. Since 1989, this upscale tavern has been a Delray favorite. The straightforward menu focuses on entrées like lamb osso buco and tenderloin brochette teriyaki. Add a lobster tail for good measure. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/265-0122. $$

The Grove —187 N.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. Chef-partner Michael Haycook and chef Meghan O’Neal change their menu biweekly, turning out dishes exhilarating in their freshness, creativity and elegant simplicity. An appetizer of octopus with olive oil, crushed potato aioli and lemon is outstanding. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/266-3750. $$ Henry’s—16850 Jog Road. American. This casual, unpretentious restaurant from Burt Rapoport in the west part of town never fails to delight diners. Expect attentive service and crisp execution of everything— from meat loaf, burgers and fried chicken to flatbreads and hefty composed salads. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/638-1949. $$

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House of Siam —25 N.E. Second Ave., #116. Thai. The normally riotous flavors of Thai cuisine are muted at this family-friendly downtown spot, but that seems to suit diners just fine. Dishes, well-prepared and generously portioned, include steamed chicken and shrimp dumplings with sweet soy dipping sauce and crisp-fried duck breast in a very mild red curry sauce. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/330-9191. $$

Il Girasole —1911 S. Federal Highway. Northern Italian. This South Florida classic is not trendy, but it offers a level of comfort and consistency that has been bringing people back for more than three decades. The food is fine hearty Italian, with excellent service. Try the veal Kristy or the calves brains. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/272-3566. $$

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Ave. Seafood. This local favorite on Atlantic Avenue— owned by John Hutchinson (who is also the chef) and wife Tina—serves up everything from burgers and wraps to a menu brimming with seafood options. Don’t forget to inquire about the stunning array of 10 specials—every night. • Lunch and dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/272-3390. $$

Asian. Casually hip ambience, friendly service, moderate prices and a blend of sushi and nouveau pan-Asian fare make this a popular destination. The quality of its seafood and care in its preparation are what gives Lemongrass its edge. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/278-5050. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 101 Plaza Real S., Boca Raton, 561/544-8181; 1880 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, 561/733-1344). $

Jimmy’s Bistro —9 S. Swinton Ave. Eclectic.

La Cigale —253 S.E. Fifth Ave. Mediterranean.

Max’s Harvest—169 N.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. Dennis Max, instrumental in bringing the chef and ingredient-driven ethos of California cuisine to South Florida in the 1980s, is again at the forefront of the fresh, local, seasonal culinary movement. Max’s Harvest soars with dishes like savory bourbon-maple glazed pork belly. • Dinner nightly. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/381-9970. $$

True culinary professionals turn out gently updated and classically oriented dishes notable for the quality of their ingredients and careful preparation. Sweetbreads in chanterelle cream sauce are glorious; a barely grilled artichoke with mustardy remoulade is gloriously simple. Watching your server skillfully debone an impeccably fresh Dover sole is almost as satisfying as eating it. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/2650600. $$

The Office —201 E. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. Your office is nothing like this eclectic gastropub, unless your office sports more than two dozen craft beers on tap and a menu that flits from burgers and fries to mussels. Don’t miss the restaurant’s winning take on the thick, juicy Prime beef burger and simply wicked maple-frosted donuts with bacon bits and two dipping sauces. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/276-3600. $$

Best bets are a lovely salad of ripe tomatoes and fresh, milky house-made mozzarella; a rich, elegant version of lusty Cajun etouffee; and caramelized bananas in puff pastry with silken vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. • Dinner nightly. 561/865-5774. $$

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Prime—29 S.E Second Ave. Steak/Seafood. Prime is aptly named for its heart of the action location, classy neo-supper club decor, extensive wine list and roster of designer steaks. Starters and desserts fare better than entrées, especially plump, crabby Maryland-style crab cakes and inde-

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Out of Denmark—2275 S. Federal Highway. Danish/Continental. Reprising the restaurant he closed in 2006 to care for his ill wife, chef-owner Jorgen Moller is back with his signature brand of Danish-inflected and continental dishes. The look, feel and menu remain very old school, the way his loyal patrons like it. The restaurant is perhaps best known for its Danish koldt bord, an array of small bites served on a three-tiered stand. Entrées are more familiar; both rack of lamb and Wiener Schnitzel are well-prepared and flavorful. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/276-2242. $$$

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Racks Fish House + Oyster Bar—5 S.E. Second Ave. Seafood. Gary Rack, who also has scored with his spot in Mizner Park, certainly seems to have the restaurant Midas touch, as evidenced by this updated throwback to classic fish houses. Design, ambience and service hit all the right notes. Oysters are terrific any way you get them; grilled fish and daily specials are excellent. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/450-6718. $$$

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Smoke —8 E. Atlantic Ave. Barbecue. With famed pit master Bryan Tyrell manning the smoker, this joint smokes every other barbecue spot in South Florida. Pretty much everything that comes out of Tyrell’s threewood smoker is good, but his competition-style ribs are porky-smoky-spicy heaven, the Sistine Chapel of rib-dom. Crisp-greaseless house-made potato chips, meaty baked beans and plush-textured banana-coconut pudding are also excellent. The ambience is an inviting blend of Southern hospitality, urban chic and sports bar. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/330-4236. $$

Sundy House —106 S. Swinton Ave. Contemporary American. It’s fine dining served in arguably the most beautiful restaurant and gardens in Delray. Menus are seasonal and imaginative. Try any of the fresh local fish dishes. • Lunch Tues.–Sat. Brunch Sun. Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/272-5678. $$

Taverna Opa—270 E. Atlantic Ave. Greek. Yes, you can order a side of belly dancing and napkin tossing with your moussaka and baklava at this chain. But the moussaka and baklava are very good; so is the rest of the food at the downtown Delray outpost. Also worth your while (and appetite) are appetizers like melitzanosalata, whipped eggplant with orange zest and roasted red pepper, and tarama, a creamy emulsion of bread, olive oil and salmon roe. Whole grilled bronzino is finished with lemon and orange juices for a citrusy flavor boost, while tongue-tying galaktoboureko goes baklava one better by adding vanilla-scented custard to golden, flaky phyllo. • Dinner nightly. 561/303-3602. $$

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Terra Fiamma—9169 W. Atlantic Ave. Italian. The pleasures of simple, hearty, well-prepared Italian-American cuisine are front and center at Wendy Rosano’s latest venture. Among the pleasures you should enjoy are delicate, pillow-y veal meatballs in Marsala sauce; lusty chicken Allessandro with mushrooms, spinach and artichoke hearts; and a finely crafted tiramisu that’s as satisfying as it is familiar. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/495-5570. $$

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Tryst—4 E. Atlantic Ave. Eclectic. It’s tough to beat this hotspot with the lovely outdoor patio, well-chosen selection of artisan beers and not-the-usual-suspect wines, and an eclectic “gastropub” menu of small and large plates. Try the fried green tomato caprese. • Dinner nightly. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/921-0201. $$ Vic & Angelo’s—290 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. Giving old-school Italian eateries a modest jolt of more contemporary cuisine and more youthful ambience has proved a winning formula for V&A. Best bets include succulent little baked clams, lusty and hugely portioned rigatoni with “Sunday gravy,” and lemon and caper-scented chicken cooked under a brick. Tiramisu is delicious, as is the Italian version of doughnut holes, zeppole. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Brunch Sat.–Sun. Dinner nightly. 844/842-2632. $$

LAKE WORTH Couco Pazzo—915-917 Lake Ave. Italian. Despite the name, there’s nothing crazy about the cooking at this homey eatery. It’s the hearty, soul-satisfying Italian cuisine we’ve all come to know and love. Spaghetti Bolognese is a fine version of a Northern Italian classic. • Dinner nightly. (Tues.–Sun. during summer). 561/585-0320. $$ Paradiso Ristorante —625 Lucerne Ave. Italian. A Tomasz Rut mural dominates the main dining room, and there is also a pasticceria and bar for gelato and espresso. Chef Angelo Romano offers a modern Italian menu. The Mediterranean salt-crusted branzino is definitely a must-try. Plus, the wine list is a veritable tome. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/547-2500. $$$

Safire Asian Fusion—817 Lake Ave. PanAsian. This stylish little restaurant offers food that gently marries East and West, plus a roster of more traditional Thai dishes and inventive sushi rolls. Menu standouts include tempura-fried rock shrimp or calamari cloaked with a lush-fiery “spicy cream sauce.” Among the newer items are panang curry and duck noodle soup. Expect neighborly service and reasonable prices. • Lunch Tues.–Fri. Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/588-7768. $

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PALM BEACH Bice —313 Worth Ave. Italian. Bice continues to hold the title of favorite spot on the island. The venerable restaurant offers a marvelous array of risottos and fresh pastas and classic dishes like veal chop Milanese, pounded chicken breast and roasted rack of lamb. The wine list features great vintages. • Lunch and dinner daily. Outdoor dining. 561/835-1600. $$$ Buccan —350 S. County Road. Contemporary American. Casual elegance of Palm Beach meets modern culinary sensibilities of Miami at the first independent restaurant by chef Clay Conley. The design offers both intimate and energetic dining areas, while the menu is by turn familiar (wood-grilled burgers) and more adventurous (truffled steak tartare with crispy egg yolk, squid ink orrechiette). • Dinner nightly. 561/833-3450. $$

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a menu encompassing classics, simple fare, seasonal offerings and dishes from around the world. Dining is in the courtyard (not available during summer), the elegant lounge or the sophisticated dining room. • Dinner nightly. 561/655-6060. $$$

Café L’europe —331 S. County Road. Current international. A Palm Beach standard, the café has long been known for its peerless beauty, the piano player, the chilled martinis and the delicious Champagne and caviar bar. Try one of its sophisticated classics like Wiener schnitzel with herbed spaetzle, grilled veal chop and flavorful pastas. • Lunch Tues.–Fri. Dinner nightly (closed Mon. during summer). 561/655-4020. $$$

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Chez Jean-Pierre —132 N. County Road. French. Sumptuous cuisine, attentive servers and a seeand-be-seen crowd are hallmarks of one of the island’s premier restaurants. Indulgences include scrambled eggs with caviar and the Dover sole meunière filleted tableside. When your waiter suggests profiterolles au chocolat or hazelnut soufflé, say, mais oui! • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/833-1171. $$$

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reverberates with the tastes of China, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam. The Chinese hot and sour soup is unlike any other, and the sake list is tops. This offsite property of The Breakers is managed with the same flawlessness as the resort. • Dinner nightly (during season). 561/802-4222. $$$

Contemporary Italian. Jové is named for the Italian god of the sky, and when the folks at the tony Four Seasons decided to remake their premier restaurant, they reached high to offer the kind of food, service and ambience that would appeal to both their affluent older clientele and a younger, hipper, foodie-oriented crowd. Mission accomplished with dishes like the inventive take on octopus marinated and grilled with baby fennel, red pepper sauce, artichoke and olives. Desserts sparkle too. • Dinner nightly. 561/533-3750. $$

HMF—1 S. County Road. Contemporary American. Beneath the staid, elegant setting of The Breakers, HMF is the Clark Kent of restaurants, dishing an extensive array of exciting, inventive, oh-so-contemporary small plates. Don’t depart without sampling the dreamy warm onion-Parmesan dip with house-made fingerling potato chips, the sexy wild boar empanaditas, chicken albondigas tacos and Korean-style short ribs. The wine list is encyclopedic. • Dinner nightly. 561/290-0104. $$ Imoto —350 S. County Road. Asian Fusion/Tapas. Clay Conley’s “little sister” (the translation of Imoto from Japanese) is next to his always-bustling Buccan. Imoto turns out Japanese-inspired small plates with big-city sophistication, like witty Peking duck tacos and decadent tuna and foie gras sliders. Sushi selection is limited but immaculately fresh. • Dinner nightly. 561/833-5522. $$

Leopard Lounge and Restaurant—The Chesterfield Palm Beach, 363 Cocoanut Row. American. The restaurant offers excellent food in a glamorous and intimate club-like atmosphere. In fact, it’s advisable to make early reservations if a quiet dinner is the objective; the place becomes a late-night cocktail spot after 9. The menu is equally decadent. • Breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner daily. 561/659-5800. $$

Whole roasted cauliflower is an intriguing starter, while a meaty Niman Ranch short rib atop lobster risotto takes surf-n-turf to a new level. Cast your diet to the winds and order the dessert sampler. • Dinner nightly. 561/3549800. $$$$

Nick & Johnnie’s —207 Royal Poinciana Way. Contemporary American. Expect flavorful, moderately priced California-esque cuisine in a casual setting with affordable wines and young, energetic servers. Keep your wallet happy with five-dollar dessert specials. • Lunch and dinner Mon.–Sat. Breakfast Sun. 561/655-3319. $$ Renato’s —87 Via Mizner. Italian with conti-

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nental flair. This most romantic hideaway is buzzing in season and quietly charming all year long with Italian classics and a Floridian twist—like the sautéed black grouper in a fresh tomato and pernod broth with fennel and black olives and the wildflower-honey-glazed salmon fillet with crab and corn flan. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/655-9752. $$$

“Meat Market” may be an inelegant name for a very elegant and inventive steakhouse but there’s no dissonance in its food, service or ambience. Multiple cuts of designer beef from multiple sources can be gilded with a surprising array of sauces, butters and upscale add-ons.

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PALM BEACH GARDENS Café Chardonnay—4533 PGA Blvd. Contemporary American. This longtime stalwart never rests on its laurels. Instead, it continues to dish finely crafted American/Continental fare with enough inventiveness to keep things interesting. The popular herb-and-Dijon-mustard rack of lamb, regular menu items like duck with Grand Marnier sauce, and always superlative specials reveal a kitchen with solid grounding in culinary fundamentals. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/627-2662. $$ BEFORE

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Grato —1901 S. Dixie Highway. Italian. “Grato” is Italian for “grateful,” and there is much to be grateful for about Clay Conley’s sophisticated yet unpretentious take on Italian cookery. Anyone would be grateful to find such delicate, crispy and greaseless fritto misto as Grato’s, ditto for lusty beef tartare piled onto a quartet of crostini. Spinach gnocchi in porcini mushroom sauce are a revelation, so light and airy they make other versions taste like green library paste. Don’t miss the porchetta either, or the silken panna cotta with coffee ice cream and crunchy hazelnut tuille. • Dinner nightly, Sunday brunch. 561/404-1334. $$ Leila —120 S. Dixie Highway. Mediterranean. Flowing drapes and industrial lighting complete the exotic decor in this Middle Eastern hit. Sensational hummus is a must-try. Lamb kebab with parsley, onion and spices makes up the delicious Lebanese lamb kefta. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sun. 561/6597373. $$

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Rhythm Café —3800 S. Dixie Highway. Casual American. Once a diner, the interior is eclectic with plenty of kitsch. The crab cakes are famous here, and the tapas are equally delightful. Homemade ice cream and the chocolate chip cookies defy comparison. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/833-3406. $$

Rocco’s Tacos—224 Clematis St. Mexican. Big Time Restaurant Group has crafted a handsome spot that dishes Mexican favorites, as well as upscale variations on the theme and more than 200 tequilas. Tacos feature house-made tortillas and a variety of proteins. Madeto-order guacamole is a good place to start. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/650-1001. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, 561/416-2131; 110 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/808-1100; 5090 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/623-0127) $

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WILD PANTS PARTY WHAT: On October 21, the Arc of Palm Beach County held its Wild Pants Party at the Gardens Mall, where 30 male models walked the runway in their wackiest and wildest pants, shirts and accessories. It raised more than $100,000 for The Arc, whose goal is to improve the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities in Palm Beach County. WHERE: Palm Beach Gardens Mall

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ERIN DEVLIN, KIMBERLY MCCARTEN, MICHELE JACOBS

"His [Wyatt's] amazing spirit and dedication to The Arc made him an unbeatable competitor for the top prize." — Kimberly McCarten, CEO of The Arc

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OSCAR FLORES, ADRIA WORTHINGTON, PETE MORRELS (PALMETTO PROMENADE)

WHAT: The #LoveBoca party, which brought readers, advertisers and longtime magazine friends together, celebrated the launch of Boca magazine's new redesign. The much-beloved Boca magazine is in its 36th year of publication and recently won Best Overall Magazine at the 2016 Florida Magazine Association Awards. WHERE: Waterstone Resort and Marina

"Our redesign showcases Boca's ongoing evolution as the premier publication in Boca Raton for more than 36 years." —Boca publisher Margaret Shuff

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BOCA RATON MAYORS BALL

20TH ANNIVERSARY OF ARTHUR’S JAM

WHAT: The Downtown Boca Raton Rotary Club rolled out the red carpet for the 2016 Mayors Ball on October 20. The roaring ‘20s themed gala, with more than 400 attendees, was full of dancing and a performance by the Steve Chase Band. It celebrated the city's mayors who have elevated the community through their service.

WHAT: The Palm Beach Cystic Fibrosis 20th anniversary of Arthur’s Jam was an ‘80s themed celebration of the lives of Arthur Weiss and his wife Mary, the founder of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Palm Beach chapter who passed away in 2016. The October 15 evening included a live auction, dancing, photo booth, and a break dancing and hula hoop performance.

WHERE: Broken Sound Club

WHERE: VIP Lounge at the International Polo Club in Wellington

CHANDA FULLER, KAT FOX, ELLAND BOLAND, PAUL TORREY

TONY AND IANA FONTS, KIMBERLY AND JASON SUNDOOK

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"Guests enjoyed ... a magical evening presented by Neiman Marcus Boca Raton." — Cindy Krebsbach, Impact 100 Palm Beach County co-founder

WINE AND LITE BITES RECEPTION WHAT: Women in the community interested in joining Impact 100 Palm Beach County were invited to a private reception on October 13. Impact 100 is a women’s charitable organization that funds local nonprofits. Nearly 30 women joined the organization during the reception. WHERE: Neiman Marcus, Town Center Boca Raton

LISA MORGAN, JANET LITTLE, SUSAN DUANE

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COMMUNITY SALUTE WHAT: Community members enjoyed a day of red-carpet treatment at the Community Salute, a day-long event to thank them for their support and to kickoff the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts 25th anniversary season. A special reception in honor of the Kravis Center’s Annual Friends Members also took place at the Community Salute, held on October 1. WHERE: Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

"Time flies when you're having fun!"

JEANNE MORRIS AND PETER RAINS

FROM LEFT: BARRY THALER, SARAH THALER, STEPHANIE GOLDBERG, LINDA AND JOEL SOMMER

— Judith Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer of the Kravis Center, on its 25th anniversary

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WITH THE LIBRARY 11th Chapter FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017

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Emerging Jewish Philanthropists (EJP) members and guests explored the 2011 “Arab Spring” and its ramifications at their outreach event with Egyptian politics expert, Professor Eric Trager, at the home of Gayle and Chuck Lichtman. Chaired by Michele and Larry Blair, EJP is an exciting and inspiring community of younger major donors to the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. They enjoy coming together at many exclusive programs and events from in-depth briefings to rock concerts. Together, they express their Jewish values and help strengthen the community with an increasing sense of mission and purpose. For more information, contact Felice Naide at 561.852.6084 or felicen@bocafed.org.

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Department. In January 2014, Mayor Cary Glickstein pledged the city’s commitment to incorporating the regional climate change into policy decisions “where and when appropriate and financially feasible.” A 2010 report by the Florida Oceans and Coastal Council said, “Across the coastlines of the state, our infrastructure has extended as far out and as far down as we have been able to engineer. We live literally at the edge of the ocean. Over the course of recent decades, the slowly rising sea level has affected structures such as roads, drains, seawalls and buildings that were originally built with some margin of safety from the water’s edge. “The rate of sea level rise has increased from the 19th century to the 20th, and for the past 20 years the rate of global sea level rise has been about 80 percent faster than the best estimate of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Assessment Report released only a few years ago. This

discrepancy is attributed to previously unreckonable contributions of water from melting ice reservoirs.” That rate has increased in the last seven years. Sea level rise, the report noted, has consequences beyond overflowing seawalls and the higher threat from storm surges. “Nearly all of the state’s coastal ecosystems and infrastructure will be challenged as never before.” That includes everything from prized beaches in Boca Raton and Delray Beach to inland aquifers that supply drinking water. It might also include state politics. Philip Levine is the mayor of Miami Beach— elevation four feet. His city is spending $400 million on a response to sea level rise, and Levine might use climate change as a campaign theme if he runs for governor next year. Levine clashed last year with Gov. Rick Scott over Zika. Climate change will increase the potential threat from the disease. Delray Beach has been ahead of Boca Raton on sea level rise—in Boca, staff members “meet and discuss these issues,” a spokeswoman said—but both cities need

help from the state and federal governments in the form of a wider response and cleaner energy. The presidential campaign was frustrating in many ways, one of which was the near lack of discussion about two issues vital to this area—opioid abuse and climate change. For coastal cities, however, sea level rise is not just an environmental issue; it’s an economic issue. That thought should be scary enough.

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Odd Man Out

Learning how to weather rejection is a lifelong job Written by JOHN SHUFF

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’ll never forget my freshman year of high school when I was told that I was not chosen by any of my high school’s fraternities. There were four of us. Four miserable rejects, slumped in our chairs, staring at the floor of Mr. Schurr’s deserted classroom, the teacher in charge of the school’s social affairs who had the unenviable job of giving us the bad news. I remember feeling a wave of shame wash over me. Somewhere inside, there were tears trying to fight their way to the surface but I managed to hold them back. What I had suspected all along had been verified: no one wanted me. I was pudgy, I was useless and at 15, my life was over.

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I dreaded telling my parents the news but I noted with some surprise that they didn’t exactly hold a funeral when I told them. In fact, they skipped right past my aching self-pity, knowing that feeling sorry for myself wasn’t going to teach me anything. They realized rejection happens every day. Someone turns you down for a date, a client says no when you ask for the order, you tell a joke and nobody laughs. We’ve all had our share of it over the years.

pany. She had done well, and I was counting on her. However, the more we talked, the more I understood she did not love the publishing business as much as we did. I saw clearly that it was our passion—not hers. In retrospect, I realized she had decided to live her own dream. So maybe it wasn’t rejection after all—maybe it was a series of sound lessons: You can’t orchestrate your child’s life.

“Happy New Year to all. May your resolutions for 2017 include letting go of your children by nurturing their decision-making process. “ By my senior year I’d shot up six inches, played basketball and captained our golf team. I was headed for Notre Dame, and I had realized that there was far more to life than pledging a fraternity. I thought those days of fear and self-loathing were over. Fast forward a few decades, and there it was again: rejection. I ran into it again—this time from a member of my family. My daughter, Molly, called me on a business trip to tell me in her soft voice that she was resigning from our company. “Are you pregnant?” I asked. “No,” she said. “I’ve accepted a position at St. Andrews School teaching first graders.” For a moment I was numb. She’d been with us for three years in different roles in our com-

You must love your child unconditionally. There will be bumps in the road but things generally work out for the best. Forget about yourself and focus on your child’s emotional growth and stability. Celebrate the child who breaks away from the parental yoke and finds true independence. As I learned 60 years ago, what looks and feels like rejection is just a blip on the radar. It may in fact be an opportunity—the old idea that when one door closes, another opens. In Molly’s case, her career decision had nothing to do with my aspirations for her. That’s the way it ought to be if we’re going to give society a generation of independent thinkers.

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