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Thank you, Lynn Conservatory of Music for 20 years of talent and inspiration. Join us as we celebrate two decades of inspirational music with a special season of performances by our talented Lynn University student musicians and world-renowned faculty. Faculty Concert Nov. 17 at 4 p.m.

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VOL. 40, ISSUE 1


The Ultimate Florida Culinary Road Trip

We take a bite—or two, or 50—out of the Sunshine State by eating our way through the best, funkiest and most unique restaurants from the Keys to the Panhandle. By BELINDA HULIN AND MARIE SPEED


A Word in the Dark

Why is teen suicide on the rise? Our awardwinning investigative reporter visits local families impacted by this epidemic—and explores their efforts to prevent future tragedies. By CHRISTIANA LILLY


What Happened to Midtown?

A formidable builder had a vision for a “transformational village”in Boca Raton— until city politics reduced the plan to the dustbin of development history. By RANDY SCHULTZ


Savor the Avenue

South Palm Beach’s favorite foodie event is just around the corner: Here are the restaurants serving elaborate multicourse dinners on a sprawling table down the middle of Atlantic Avenue in March. Sustainable seafood from Indigeneous, Sarasota

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131 26 Editor’s Letter

73 The Biz

131 Backstage Pass

This issue’s culinary journey through Florida inspires flavorful reveries from the editor’s gastronomic past.

How one investment banker finally participated—and won—Boca’s Ballroom Battle. Plus, the heartening backstory behind one of Boca’s most romantic restaurants, and a a woman who helps bring entrepreneurs’ concepts to fruition.

Best-selling author, journalist and activist Maria Shriver headlines Mindful Boca. Plus, our extensive calendar returns with nearly 40 A&E events in January.


29 The Local A world-renowned shark expert bolsters Jaws’ sorry P.R., and an ex-convict shares what it’s like to be a free man again. Plus, glamping in a trickedout teepee, the best 2020 bucket-list adventures and much more.


81 Feel Good


A new fitness facility has 20-20-20 vision for a balanced hour-long workout, a local dermatologist explains why men are embracing skin care treatments, and a wellness coach offers tips to retain that New Year’s resolution.



44 The Look

89 Home

2020 style is all about the shine, a little comfort and some natural inspiration.

Celebrate the most temperate weather of the year with the season’s hottest patio décor, garden tools—even the crackle of a luxury fireplace.


Photography by AARON BRISTOL

67 #LoveBoca Boca magazine highlights its brand and partners with a series of fun events—including a Lilly Pulitzer charity fete, the grand opening of an“Alluring”Delray spa, and a glamorous soiree full of familiar “Faces.” By JAMES BIAGIOTTI

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94 The Boca Interview


151 Dining Guide Our review-driven guide to the finest dining in South Florida; plus, dine out at the Palm Beaches’ most picturesque al fresco restaurants. By LYNN KALBER

183 Social Boca Raton personalities hoofed it for charity at the Boca Ballroom Battle and other notable events. By JOHN THOMASON

192 My Turn The author recalls his formative journeys hitchhiking through the Midwest. By JOHN SHUFF

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw aims to become the longest-tenured sheriff in Palm Beach County history. By JOHN THOMASON


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

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NEED A BIGGER BOAT We learned more about the migration of blacktip sharks from Dr. Stephen Kajiura (page 56) than we could fit onto one page. Visit for the full story and for more amazing aerial shots of the sharks just off our coast.

SEEING BLUE Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw sounds off on a wide range of topics in this issue’s Boca Interview (page 94). For more of the law enforcement official’s insights, including on red flag laws and presidential visits to the county, visit


City Watch

Our annual blacktip migration from the air

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Boca Raton is anything but sleepy, and Randy Schultz is the go-to for all the city politics, development and business news you need to now. For updates delivered straight to your email every Tuesday and Thursday, visit the City Watch tab on our website.

Best Bites Think our dining guide is long? You haven’t seen anything until you’ve visited our digital version. We’ve got critic-reviewed restaurants from Jupiter to Miami on the web. Visit the food tab to view the guide.

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The Great Florida Food Tour

Tuck in that napkin and revel in Florida’s bold taste-making Written by MARIE SPEED

n this issue we bring you a foodie road trip of Florida—while stating outright that this, by definition, is impossible. We’re too big, we’re too dynamic and it would take someone five years to eat his or her way from the Panhandle to Key West; Miami alone would take a month. So we decided to do a kind of Cliff’s Notes tour: Hit on the places that have withstood the test of time and are a Peoples’ Choice— and throw in some inventive favorites along the way. We noticed a few recurring themes on our culinary road trip: seafood, fish, more seafood—fried, baked, boiled or shucked, it’s our state food and we love it. We also love fried chicken, sweet tea, Latin food and good steaks. We love it all. I love it all. I get nostalgic over food. I miss cold Sunday afternoons on Vilano Beach with Apalachicola oysters steaming on an open flame grill from a big wet burlap sack we hauled home from the fish market. The oysters have largely disappeared from Apalach now (thanks to a misdirected overharvesting policy in anticipation of the BP oil spill as well as regional water wars), but I still miss that briny smoke coming up from a seaside deck. I also miss Brunswick stew, Mayport shrimp, Cinotti’s cheese bread and Homestead fried chicken. But I left the South a long time ago, and then I was here, where worlds collided and the real food education began. The early “California” cuisine with its wood-burning ovens, the Mango Gang of talented chefs who invented Floribbean fusion cuisine, the slow food movement, farm-to-table and on and on. Drinking red wine out of a juice glass with my piccadillo at Puerto Sagua in Miami Beach, ordering stone crabs to go in Everglades City, falling in love with scorched conch at Calypso in Pompano. Learning what New York pizza is supposed to taste like, trying Marg Shuff’s Cincinnati chili, discovering creamsicles still live at Rickey’s Proper Ice Cream. There are pigeon peas and rice, Emil’s homemade sausage, pumpkin swordfish from Captain Frank’s, conch chowder and more. It’s been a new world of food here, one I am still exploring after all these years. And despite our road map, I doubt anyone knows what the next stops are on Florida’s culinary tour. All I know is that I am not asking for directions, and happily, I do not see an ending in sight.

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Say Hello to a New Decade As we enter the 2020s, we look at Boca’s notable numbers. Written by CHRISTIANA LILLY


Our area code, which

was created in 1996. Previously our phone numbers started with 407.



Degrees—the lowest temperature in Boca Raton’s recorded history! The chilly day was on Feb. 9, 1995.


How many years old Boca Raton will be this May— the city was incorporated in 1925.

2001 The year the FAU Owls played their first football game. Hoot, hoot!

The number of people who sit on the Boca Raton City Council.


100 The number of residents of Boca Raton, at the time an unincorporated farming town, in



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The square mileage of our city— Boca Raton is deceivingly large!

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Not everyone wants to join a gym. If you’d rather get your workout in the great outdoors, our fitness pros say it’s easy. A few ideas: BY LAND: Patch Reef Park has a parcourse in the woods; you can bring a kettlebell and walk around the big park on Spanish River by the library that goes around the lakes; there is a parcourse on A1A at Spanish River Park. BY SEA: Kayaking works muscles in your core—your back, shoulders, arms, hands, abdomen, chest and especially the heart. So try the 8.5-mile wild and scenic kayak trip from Riverbend Park (9060 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter) to Jonathan Dickinson State Park. If that sounds too ambitious, you can perfect your paddle first at Lake Wyman Park here in Boca. BY WHEELS: By all accounts you can’t beat A1A for the bike ride that works best. One of our intrepid bikers says you can maintain a good pace without having to stop at too many traffic lights. There’s a great view and you never get bored. There’s also the rim canal ride around Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Refuge and the El Rio bike path.

Locals sound off on issues affecting our community.

“What is on your bucket list for this year?” “To learn to fly. Lynn University offers a discovery flight lesson with a Cessna.”


“Before 2020 ends, I would love to dust off my ballet slippers and leotard and return to the barre with Boca Ballet Theatre’s adult night classes. Salsa lessons with my boyfriend is on the list as well!”


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“In my free time I love to free dive and fish. On my bucket list for 2020 is to become more proficient in spearfishing (I’m currently taking classes) and to plan some new free diving travel destinations including Honduras, Tenerife and Bali.”


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What’s In, What’s Out IN



glam barrettes



good eyebrows

fake eyelashes


Crocs (in a new ironic way)

dad sneakers


anything outdoors

cycle studios


Bento boxes

poke bowls


ax throwing

Netflix & chill





air pods

Beats over-ear headphones


Google maps



Bahamas relief

bogus GoFundMe pages




2020 was a sci-fi year in the annals of futurists; here are a few predictions about life this year, as imagined by our forbears.

“By the year 2020 it may be possible to breed intelligent species of animals, such as apes, that will be capable of performing manual labor. During the 21st century, those houses that don’t have a robot in the broom closet could have a live-in ape to do the cleaning and gardening chores.” —RAND Corporation study, 1997

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” —Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977

“[By 2020], there will be no C, X, or Q in our everyday alphabet. They will be abandoned because unnecessary.” —Engineer John Elfreth Watkins Jr., Ladies


Home Journal, 1900

New Year Must-Dos You know you want to go to the fair this year; who doesn’t secretly want to see a bunch of racing pigs? This year’s SOUTH FLORIDA FAIR, with all its tribute bands, parades, flashing midway lights and impossibly decadent food is Jan. 17 through Feb. 2. ART PALM BEACH celebrates its 21st edition this year with emerging as well as famous artists in a variety of mediums, from

“[By 2020] the man of the next century will revolt against shaving and wear a beautiful beard. His hat will be an antenna, snatching radio out of the ether. His socks disposable, his suit minus tie, collar, and buttons.” —Furniture and industrial designer Gilbert Rohde, Vogue, 1939

paint to photography to sculpture. It’s manageable, fresh and exciting, and you can find it Jan. 30 to Feb. 2 at 650 Okeechobee Blvd. from noon to 7 p.m.

“Every family in 2020 will have at least one helicopter in their garage.”

FOTOFUSION is five days of photography exhibits, workshops and parties featuring about 70 well-known photographers/instructors. This year it’s Jan. 21 to 25, and is at 415 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Visit for a full schedule.

By 2020, “the machines will be producing so much that everyone in the U.S. will, in effect, be independently wealthy,” Time magazine, 1966

—Popular Mechanics, 1951


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Catherine Zeta-Jones Demetri Martin: Wandering Mind Tour WHERE: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale WHEN: 7:30 p.m. COST: $32.50$37.50 CONTACT: 954/462-0222, This Greek-American comedian from New York has built up a hip cultural pedigree: For years, he was the “Senior Youth Correspondent” on “The Daily Show;” he cameoed on musical jokesters The Flight of the Conchords’ TV series; he appeared in movies directed by Ang Lee and Steven Soderbergh. He has achieved all of this bankable success through his consistently unique standup act, an unpredictable mélange of cerebral observations, non-sequiturs and malapropisms inspired by the no-frills deadpanning of Steven Wright and the ingenious left turns of Emo Phillips, in which you might not get the punch line until an hour after it’s told. He’s also been evolving of late, deconstructing musical comedy by playing a guitar—but not performing any actual songs—while telling his jokes.

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There was no learning curve for Catherine Zeta-Jones: In her very first screen appearance, in 1990, she played the lead, Scheherazade, in a loopy French send-up of“1,001 Nights.”A few years later she starred as the title character in a biopic of Catherine the Great, solidifying her capacity to carry a picture on her elegant shoulders. But it wasn’t until she broke out in Hollywood that the Welsh actress became one of world cinema’s indomitable beauties, burnishing her striking image in iconic projects from“The Mask of Zorro”to“Chicago”to“Traffic.”Now 50, Zeta-Jones has become more selective of her projects, most of which have critical cachet; she’s portrayed Olivia de Havilland in FX’s catty anthology series“Feud,” and she’s currently starring in“Queen America,”a darkly comic“Pygmalion”riff about a beauty pageant coach forced to transform a bedraggled competitor. Zeta-Jones, who is known for her candor in interviews, will kick off Society of the Four Arts’ 2020 Speaker Series.

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“Bella Gaia” Live WHERE : Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach WHEN : Jan. 17-18 COST: $39 CONTACT: 561/832-7459, “Bella Gaia”translates to“Beautiful Earth,” and if the creators of this immersive multimedia project have their way, you’ll leave it with a renewed respect for our little blue dot. A NASA-powered production, it combines music, dance, cutting-edge technology and satellite imagery from our space agency in order to catapult audiences into the interstellar perspective of an astronaut drinking in our planet from space—which the late Palm Beach County astronaut Edgar Mitchell called “a glimpse of divinity.”“Bella Gaia”is both stunning and, in its delivery of sometimes-uncomfortable data, confrontational: Its imagery includes extraordinary visualizations of global ship traffic, oil consumption and CO2 emissions, among other man-made effects.

A leading light of outlaw country for pretty much his entire adult life, singer-songwriter Jason Isbell’s career has only continued to spike since he made his Grand Ole Opry debut at age 16. The native of Green Hill, Ala., established his industry bona fides as a member of the Drive-By Truckers, a hard-driving country-rock band from Georgia. But his most reflective, and, at times, politically charged work has emerged from his solo career and as the bandleader of his current outfit, the 400 Unit. Whether rocking out to a tale of working-class desperation (“Cumberland Gap”) or considering the mortality of his marriage (“If We Were Vampires”), Isbell’s songs strike the head and heart simultaneously.

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Center of Attention A treasure in Boca Raton, the Rehabilitation Center gives a forgotten population a place to learn and grow Written by CHRISTIANA LILLY


HabCenter’s Manufacturing Services won the title of 2019 South Florida Manufacturer of the Year by the South Florida Manufacturers Association, competing against thousands of for-profit companies for the honor. It also won the coveted 2019 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Award.

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very two weeks, staff and clients get their checks, a reward for their hard work. Despite their physical, mental and developmental disabilities, they’ve found a place where they’re valued for their contributions—where people take them seriously. “They’re all excited every other Friday,”says Bob DiRocco, the executive director at the HabCenter. As he walks the hallways, he receives hellos, handshakes and life updates. One man proudly announces that he has a girlfriend. Since 1978, the HabCenter has served what DiRocco calls a “forgotten population.”When they were children, living with drug addicts, abused or thrown into institutions, they had the public’s sympathy. Now as adults, not so much.

The organization’s 150 clients look forward to being dropped off at the center, where they can see their friends, attend group sessions, learn life skills or put in a day’s work. For those working at the center, two opportunities are available. The first is working in the Manufacturing Services program, where they learn to build products for a litany of clients, from heart rate monitors for OrangeTheory to light beacons for airplanes. For those who prefer to be outdoors, there’s the Plant Nursery, spread over the campus’s 12 acres. Municipalities and private clubs purchase the plants, and they’re also used in the center as a means of teaching proper nutrition. Countless clients go on to work at grocery stores, restaurants, hardware stores and

other businesses with the skills they’ve garnered here. For those not ready for the workplace, there’s P.E.A.R. (Program in Education, Arts and Recreation), which provides a wide range of life skills training. There’s men’s groups, women’s groups, couple’s counseling, internships, cooking programs and more. “It’s all about inclusion and getting people out,” DiRocco says. “We have some people who were institutionalized years ago, and it’s hard to get away from that feeling that they’re second-class citizens. We are all one and the same here. “I really take pride in giving these people a fun place where they can learn, they can grow, they can develop job skills and life skills so they can survive and be happy in the community.”

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The Bamboo Breakthrough

For a pair of enterprising teens, great ideas do grow on trees Written by CHRISTIANA LILLY

Bamboo isn’t just for pandas! Companies are discovering the benefits of using the plants in everything from flooring to clothing. • Bamboo can grow up to 3 feet in a day, making it a popular material for companies wanting sustainable and renewable resources. • The plant is naturally antibacterial, meaning it doesn’t need pesticides. It’s also a huge plus when using it in its raw form—like a straw! • Bamboo releases 30 to 35 percent more oxygen than other hardwood trees its size, making it an ideal plant for the home.

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ove Alford was playing in her Jupiter backyard when she discovered a way to help make the world a little greener. “I noticed we have an insane amount of bamboo in our yard,” the 13-year-old says.“It was pretty thin at the top, and I remembered my dad telling me it was hollow in the middle, and then I thought, that would be cool to use it as a drinking straw.” Watching individuals and businesses around her looking for replacements for plastic straws, Cove partnered up with

her friend, Lauren Boulanger, to look into her idea for making bamboo straws. With the ember of a business glowing, the girls started looked into the environmental impacts of straws and other plastics—they were particularly moved by how sea turtles right off the Florida shore were ingesting plastic. The two also researched bamboo and whether it was a safe material to use (see our sidebar on bamboo!). Soon, Cove and Lauren were using clippers and hedge trimmers to cut the tops off the bamboo trees

to create three sizes of straws. With their samples in hand, they gave them to teachers and students at Jupiter Middle School. “We wanted to make sure that people would like them,”Lauren says. “They told us they’re very good straws, but the edges had been bothering them. After that, we were really dedicated to making sure the straws are very smooth, so we actually use three different types of sanders.” After clipping the straws, the edges are sanded down with coarse and fine sandpaper, then the finishing touches are

sanded by hand. With their product perfected, Cove and Lauren started selling their straws at school. They’re also available for purchase at One World Zero Waste in Tequesta and Inside Out Pilates in Jupiter. “Most vendors are really surprised that we came up with an idea at such a young age,” Lauren says.“They love how much energy we’ve taken into trying to make the environment better... ”Plastic straws go on forever,” Cove says.“It would be amazing if we could get more people involved ...”



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The Acorn That Put Boca On The Map An IBM veteran remembers the glory days of Don Estridge and the invention of the PC

We made a very big gamble that said we’re going to flip the industry over. We were going to drive it with our volumes, and then all of a sudden the technology became affordable, then expandable.” —Pete Martinez

The early years of IBM in Boca Raton

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he IBM story in Boca Raton began in the late ‘60s when then-Chairman of the Board of IBM, Thomas Watson, announced the company would open a manufacturing facility here to produce its 550 Model 20 Midsize computer. That site, now the Boca Raton Innovation Campus, was designed by renowned architects Marcel Breuer and Robert Gatje, and at its peak covered 3.6 million square feet in more than 40 buildings. It would be big for Boca. But no one knew how big. The transformative product of that IBM campus was code-named “Acorn”and ultimately became the first personal computer. Pete Martinez (right), now 65 and chairman and CEO of the SIVOTEC family of companies, remembers those days; he was part of the team that developed the new product, and calls its mastermind, Don Estridge, his“mentor.” Martinez worked at IBM from 1975 to 2007, when he retired as Vice President, Global Services and Senior Executive for South Florida. “Don Estridge is known as the father of the IBM PC Division...We were doing worldwide manufacturing from here—from Boca—so we took the IBM population from 2,000 employees to close to 12,000 within a period of three years. All because of the PC,” Martinez says. At the time, he says they all thought they were working on an“experiment” designed to get a“better understanding of the industry.” For the first time IBM was not going after traditional big Fortune 500 customers; it was targeting individual consumers.

“Think of it,”he says.“One of the retail outlets for us was Sears. Imagine an IBM product being sold in Sears...It was incredibly secretive. We knew that it was going to be different from anything IBM had done previously, but the expectations from the company were in the hundreds of thousands of product sales. We missed by a little bit.” In fact, the company had predicted maybe 250,000 sales of its PC; in the first 18 months of rollout, sales more than doubled that forecast. In 1983 Time named the computer“Machine of the Year,”the first time ever that an object won the award. That’s when Martinez realized“we were in a different world.” “Think of what is around us now—we all have computers...The internet would have never happened had it not been for the personal computer—[without it], what would you connect? Because of the volumes that we drove on, related technologies such as memory sticks arose… If it were not for the volume of personal computers we would still be looking at tube TVs. We made a very big gamble that said we’re going to flip the industry over. We were going to drive it with our volumes, and then all of a sudden the technology became affordable, then expandable.” Martinez can rattle off all the ways that little product in Boca Raton changed the world: speech recognition, ATMs, the gas pump, airline reservations, the smartphone. He calls it“a fundamental shift in the history of mankind.”And it all started here, in Boca Raton. This spring the Boca Raton Historical Society will open an exhibition on the invention of the PC—and the role of IBM—in Boca Raton.


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Free Man

Rosario Liotta talks about what it feels like to walk out of prison after 10 years Written by MARIE SPEED


n 2003, Rosario Liotta killed a Gambino mob associate named John Gurino (later suspected to be the trigger man in Miami Subs founder/Sun Cruz Casino owner Gus Boulis’s murder) during an altercation at what was then Boca’s Corner Deli on Beracasa Way in West Boca. Although he has always maintained it was self-defense, he was charged with manslaughter to a sentence of 12 years in prison. Released after 10 years in 2015, this is how he describes how it feels to re-enter the world.

mouth I was grossed out. To this day, if I eat a steak it has to be well done. In prison it’s all soy, nothing is real, they took real stuff out years ago.

• When you go into prison you get booked; that’s it…You start to get caged in. And once you get there, you’re done. You get your number and then you are part of the state. They strip you, they take away everything that you have of yourself…

• You know what I didn’t want? Because I was locked up for so long I didn’t want to be locked into anything. I wanted to be outside. When you come out, you don’t want to be closed in no more. Even to this day I can’t stay in one spot; if I can’t move around I can’t stay there.

• After 10 years I walked out a free man. When I walked out, my family came and picked me up… I couldn’t believe I didn’t have to go back there. The first thing I did—because I’m always on top of things—was go to [the Department of] Motor Vehicles. They reinstated my license, and it was the first time I drove. It was weird. I’m a car person, I love cars. But I’d only seen [the new cars] in magazines. They’d changed so much. No more antennas on cars ...

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• I just wanted to drive around and see stuff. I wanted to go have ribs. I love Chinese food, and I wanted to have Chinese food. Everything was like “wow.”In prison I didn’t really like the food, so I lived on ramen soup and peanuts. • I don’t eat a lot of meat any more. The first time I had a steak I couldn’t eat it, because I never had meat [in prison]. Once the blood was in my

• I had a little flip phone back in the day, and in court [when he was called in for a hearing] I saw a bailiff with a flat thing on her face, and she’s talking and I’m like,“What is that thing?” I’m handcuffed to the seats for the trial—and all of a sudden she goes,“It’s the new phone,” and I said,“No way,” so she showed it to me, and I’m like, Damn.

• In prison, the thing I missed the most was my privacy. I’m around 70 guys every day; in the room where I slept there were three guys. You are never by yourself. You always gotta answer to somebody. When I sleep now, I am peaceful; when you’re in prison you are never peaceful. You always gotta be on alert. Every second, you could get into a fight. • So many people in prison are on medication, in the“pill line.” They try to kill themselves—the things that they do in there, they don’t talk about it. They’re all on psych meds, seeing shrinks, slitting throats, cutting wrists, and you look at them and say, man, it’s sad…I worked out. I ran. I talked to my family all the time. I’m very positive. I felt like a lot of things were unfair, but what was I gonna do? If I would have dwelled on that, I would have ended up in the pill line.

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Jaws’ Best Friend FAU shark researcher Stephen Kajiura hopes to reduce locals’ fear factors Written by JAMES BIAGIOTTI

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them, because they’re so skittish,”he says of potential human interaction with the blacktips. “Down here, I can’t say we get no bites, but we get relatively few bites, because when the people are in the water, the sharks see that we aren’t baitfish and they skedaddle.” The prevailing theory among Kajiura and his team is that the sharks migrate to wherever their ideal water temperature is, and the waters off of Palm Beach County happen to be just right between January and March. This is because they are heated by the Gulf Stream, which “comes closer to land here in Boca Raton than it does anywhere else on the planet.” Soon enough, our waters may actually be too warm for the sharks. Kajiura is concerned that rising sea temperatures could shift the entire migration of blacktips north, potentially reducing the number of sharks that trek down to South Florida all the way to zero. When the sharks return this month, the researchers will have a better idea of whether that trend is taking effect. Though he cherishes the imposing creatures, Kajiura acknowledges that the general perception of sharks is that they are to be feared—and that sensationalist entertainment is largely to blame. “It’s not just fiction, it’s also some of the so-called documentary programming that’s not as good as it should be,” he says of programming like Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.“A lot of what they show is isolating people and perpetuating that fear [of sharks].” Kajiura believes that the key to diminishing fear of sharks lies in educating people about them.“Knowledge dispels fear. The more you know, the less afraid you become. You retain a respect, but you certainly are not fearful.” AARON BRISTOL


r. Stephen Kajiura doesn’t think you should be afraid of sharks. Of course, that’s to be expected from one of the preeminent shark researchers in the world. Kajiura has come a long way since his days watching Jacques Cousteau specials in landlocked Southern Ontario as a child. After stints in Hawaii and California, he’s now a professor and resident shark expert at Florida Atlantic University. “I’m just living the dream,” he says of his role at FAU. “This is what I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid, and I actually got to do it, which is incredible.” About 10 years ago, Kajiura started getting calls from local news agencies inquiring about large groups of sharks amassing close to the shore. He quickly realized there was no previous research into the masses of blacktip sharks that migrated to the waters just off of Palm Beach County each winter, and wasted no time in getting to work. For the last decade, he and his students have been researching the annual migration by tagging sharks with trackers and performing aerial surveys. Kajiura, who had just earned his pilot’s license when he learned of the blacktip migration, serves as the pilot for his team’s aerial surveys. To his knowledge, he’s one of only two airborne shark biologists in the world—the other being a colleague in the Pacific Northwest.“They’re here literally by the tens of thousands,”he says of the blacktips. Kajiura knows that locals may not be thrilled to learn that so many sharks are visiting us annually, but he insists there’s no reason to be concerned.“As residents down here, we should be delighted when we see the sharks, because it’s really indicative that we have a healthy ecosystem. It should be viewed as something we’re proud of.” If that’s not enough to dissuade the concerns of selachophobes (those afraid of sharks), Kajiura has good news: Not only do these sharks not want to attack you, they don’t even want to get near you. “It’s often really difficult to get up close to

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oe Weiss came to Miami in 1913 from New York because of his health (he had asthma) and opened a lunch stand at Smith’s Bathing Casino on Miami Beach. Not long after, he and his wife Jennie bought a bungalow on Biscayne Boulevard, moved into the back, put eight tables on the

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Put Down the Phone Research shows excess use of electronic devices may have a lasting impact on childhood development Written by JENNIFER BISHOP, LMHC

I TIPS TO DECREASE SCREEN TIME • No screen time during meals • No screen time in bedrooms • No screen time before bed • Adults must model good electronic device behavior

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n 2019, our children are growing up in a society dominated by iPads, iPhones, TVs, computer screens and other electronic devices. Research suggests that all of this screen time is affecting their brain structures. A landmark research study being conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking to find what effect screen time has on the development of children’s brains. No concrete data has yet to be published, but preliminary patterns have been shared. Researchers from the NIH have found that children who spend more than two hours of screen time per day get lower scores on thinking and language tests. In addition to brain development, there are also concerns regarding behavior and mental health. In a study completed by Preventive Medicine, researchers at San Diego State University found that children who are exposed to more than one hour of screen time per day are at risk of psychological concerns, such as sleep disturbances, anxiety and depression, addiction, lack of focus and impulse control, and social influences. Here’s the breakdown:

SLEEP: Using electronic devices before bed delays your child’s internal clock (circadian rhythm), which then suppresses the release of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, and makes it more difficult to sleep. Additionally, this delays the onset of REM sleep and compromises alertness the next morning. ANXIETY/DEPRESSION: The National Institutes of Health estimates that kids are spending an average of five to seven hours a day on recreational screen time— which results in increased anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions compared to previous generations. Electronic devices distract kids from homework, physical activity, family interactions and face-to-face time with peers. Without these fundamental social interactions, kids are growing up unprepared and unable to cope, sometimes creating unhealthy environments for their mental health. ADDICTION: Screen time is much like sugar when it hits a child’s brain. They both flood the brain with dopamine, the same feelgood chemical released when someone does cocaine or when we see that someone liked our Instagram post. Dopamine feedback loops are self-perpetuating circuits fueled by the way the neurotransmitter works with the brain’s reward system. Dopamine drives and reinforces habits—and habits matter, especially for kids.

LACK OF FOCUS AND IMPULSE CONTROL: Dopamine uptake from increased screen time is weakening children’s impulse control and increasing the demand for instant gratification. Doreen Dodgen-Magee, author of Deviced! Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital World, says that“this intensified state makes it harder for kids to retain information, achieve in school, socially interact with other peers, self-soothe and regulate their emotions.” SOCIAL INFLUENCES: On one hand, social media, texting and gaming can provide opportunities for positive experiences, increasing development, positive reinforcement, communication and social interaction. However, the digital world also presents possibilities for social rejection, isolation, unhealthy social comparisons, cyber-bullying, fear of missing out, and exposure to inappropriate content. So what do we do? Simply turning off the TV or putting down the electronic device may not be enough. As a licensed mental health counselor in Boca Raton, I stress to parents that kids benefit from being physically active, especially when there is time spent in nature. Being active outdoors helps children build strong cognitive and social/mental development, improve sensory skills, increase attention span and increase positive peer/social interactions. They call it the great outdoors for a reason.

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These Boots Were Made for Glamping Transport yourself to a vast, luxurious west world just hours from Boca Written By PORTIA SMITH


o, you want to channel your inner cowboy/cowgirl, but you’d rather not rough it in the wild? Westgate River Ranch & Resort awaits. This dude (or dudette) ranch is on 1,700 lush acres in River Ranch, approximately 90 miles south of Orlando and 80 miles east of Tampa. Built on one of the old trails where Florida cowboys herded cattle and moved them into market, Westgate offers visitors a piece of the state’s cowboy history and is a unique experience that can be shared with the whole family or with your friends (it’s a great destination for a girls’ glamping-in-style weekend.) As you arrive, you are greeted by the concierge, with your itinerary and a smile, and you soon realize you’re not in [enter big city name here] anymore! In fact, you are asked to order your breakfast for

your upcoming stay, so they pretty much had me at hello. But, speaking of your itinerary, be advised to schedule your activities in advance before your trip to ensure a spot (especially on the weekends). Activities that require a reservation include trap shooting, airboat rides, horseback riding and the swamp buggy. Although you and your family can be as active as you like, the overall vibe here on this expansive ranch is tranquil, with a soundtrack of chirping birds worlds away from the bustle of city life.You are surrounded by rustic wooden buildings and cabins—a time warp of the Old West, when life was a lot simpler. Cows, horses, donkeys and buffalo roam—and there’s even a mechanical bull. In fact, being in the great outdoors was more than just peaceful; it actually became somewhat miraculous as we watched our kids

give their streaming services a rest for the weekend. When it comes to accommodations, Westgate provides everything from cabins, glamping tents and cottages to comfortable campgrounds. However, if you are looking for the ultimate glamping experience, our family (and my inner diva) opted for a Luxe Teepee, a luxurious tricked-out teepee which includes a personal concierge, access to all resort activities,VIP rodeo tickets and seating at the Saturday night rodeo, golf cart transportation, morning coffee service and pastry delivery, and a nightly campfire prepared for your indulgence. Accommodating up to four guests, the teepees are uniquely themed in Native American style with such comforts as a double-sided stone rock hearth fireplace, a screened private patio deck, microwave, mini

The wild Florida west, from where the buffalo roam, to a rodeo and sitting around the campfire; right, a cattle drive is always an option.

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refrigerator, leather chairs, king bed and full sleeper sofa. Worried about air conditioning and heating? They have both. My favorite perk was the heated seat bidet with a drying feature. Before you ask why, just think of it as solace, an instant escape from your kids’ thousands of question—with a five-star upgrade. My fellow moms can appreciate this hidden treasure and will thank me later. Each teepee comes with a personal golf cart, and though this vehicle is not your noble steed, it will take you where you need to go throughout the property. For kicks and giggles, we continued to call our golf-cart “noble steed”throughout

our stay. After you are all settled in, you’re filled with the feeling of wanting to do absolutely nothing—to be engulfed by this tranquil bliss—AND totally do EVERYTHING to awaken your childhood cowboy and cowgirl. This big-city girl, who hasn’t been camping since childhood, all of a sudden had a hankering for a 10-gallon hat and boots of her own. When a seaside resort with little umbrella drinks no longer fits the bill, when you are yearning for some old-fashioned family time in the spirit of wide open spaces, you may want to Go West. Between the tranquility, adventure and southern hospitality,

Westgate River Ranch & Resort is a must-see destination and Florida treasure.

Camping never had it so good; and horseback riding is a favorite activity.

MUST DO ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES FOR A FAMILY/KIDS TRIP: • Zipline and rock climb at the adventure park; ride the mechanical bull • Ride a horse. • There’s nothing like biking with the wind blowing through your hair, and the peace of mind that you’re not going to get run off the road. • Archery: Get your “Hunger Games” fix as you aim for a bull’s-eye.

• Arts and crafts projects at the “Kids Corner” • The Saturday Rodeo features trick riding, barrel racing and bull riding. Little cowpokes can participate in a “calf scramble” where boys and girls try to remove a ribbon from a calf’s tail. The first one to get the ribbon receives a prize! • Saturday Street Party: Where kids of all ages can sing, dance and compete in

games while the energetic DJ entertains the crowd with lively tunes. FOR A GLAMPING GIRLS’ TRIP: • Relax: Lounge around in the hammocks of the Takoda Village (only if you are staying in the Luxe Teepees). • Grab your girls and your yoga mats and bike over to the East Corral. It’s the best

place to meditate. • Order a bottle of wine from your luxe concierge, and head over to the nightly bonfire for the ultimate sister circle. • Get out your frustrations by blasting something to smithereens in trap or skeet shooting. • Those boots are made for line dancing! Stop by the saloon for a cocktail (or two), grab that belt buckle and get down to the Street Party on Saturday night.

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What: Boca magazine partnered with Lilly Pulitzer for a party to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Chris Evert Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic. The event featured catering by I Heart Mac & Cheese, sweet treats from Rickey’s Proper Ice Cream, and an incredible cake by JesS Art Gâteaux. Guests celebrated the occasion with a tennis-themed photo shoot and took home a copy of Boca magazine. Where: Lilly Pulitzer at Town Center mall 4

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Alluring Image What: Alluring Image Medspa & Wellness partnered with Boca magazine to celebrate the grand opening of a new Delray Beach location with an event that featured plenty of flowers, drinks, food and fun. Guests were treated to libations from the No. 9 Vintage Mobile Bar, live art, a flower bar and a sneak peek at Alluring Image’s beautiful new location. Where: Alluring Image Medspa & Wellness Delray Beach



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561 Faces What: Boca magazine threw an exclusive party celebrating the 561 Faces advertising section recenty published in the magazine. The soiree took place at a private home in Mizner Lake Estates, where South Florida business leaders came together to enjoy food and drinks from Harvest Seasonal, The Winemaker’s Table, Setteanime, Potions in Motion and Chocolates by Cristino.

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The Ballroom Fighter Helping kids with a dance-off helped Eddie Ventrice remember his own struggle

I can relate to those kids (receiving scholarship funds), because I lived the same life these kids were living now. I had kind of put that behind me now, but I had it tough, and this was a reminder of that..”

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ddie Ventrice has five kids between him and his wife Elyse. And none of them can believe the stories he tells about his childhood. “I tell them about it, and I just don’t think they believe me,”Ventrice says. It’s perhaps because Ventrice, for many years, put behind him those cycles of growing up poor, of struggling through college. Now the managing director at an investment firm in Boca Raton, Ventrice was reminded of his origins recently when he helped raise money for a scholarship fund that helps kids afford college; suddenly, those years when he was struggling himself came back. Those memories are what pushed Ventrice in his efforts to raise money for the George Snow Scholarship Fund during his appearance at Boca’s Ballroom Battle. Ventrice raised more money than any other performer at the 2019 event, topping $250,000. For Ventrice, thinking about the kids helped by the scholarship brought him back to his childhood in Deerfield Beach. He had moved from the Bronx at age 10 with his mom after his parents divorced. Not long after, he made friends with a kid from school who came from a stable home, one of five children whose parents encouraged and nurtured them in a way Ventrice hadn’t seen. “I didn’t know any better. I didn’t know a family could work like that,”Ventrice says. “I kind of saw how their family lived, and I wanted that for myself.” He got a job in high school flipping burgers, and he dove into the work, finding that he thrived in putting in a little bit more than what was asked of him. At University of Florida, he needed that kind of work ethic to survive going to school while also working 30 hours a week at a Volvo dealership to afford it. For his final three months in school, he crashed on the couch of a friend’s apartment when his money ran out. He graduated with an accounting degree but switched not long after to the investment field. He’s a founding member of the BV Group and now its managing director of wealth management. Thirteen people now report to him, and the company manages $2.5 billion in assets. ››

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›› He’s volunteered for several nonprofit boards and fundraising efforts over the years but always turned down offers to participate in the Ballroom Battle, invariably responding: “No, no, no, no. I’m a horrible dancer. Maybe after five drinks I’d get on the dance floor previously.” When a friend finally convinced him, he immersed himself in it. He took dance lessons three times a week for

five months, concentrating and practicing the routine nearly every day. He picked the George Snow Scholarship Fund because, he says, it helps students like him. It has provided more than $12 million since its founding in 1982. In raising money for the event, Ventrice says he tapped into the relationships he has built up over the years. He asked business partners, friends

and clients to chip in a thousand dollars. Many of them gave 10 or 15 grand. “I went deep into those relationships I’ve built and asked everybody for money,” he says. “I can relate to those kids [receiving scholarship funds], because I lived the same life these kids are living now,” he adds. “I had kind of put all that behind me now, but I had it tough, and this was a reminder of that.”

The Restaurant Romance Rosaria never pictured a life in kitchens, until a chance meeting with Vincenzo Written by ERIC BARTON

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osaria was too young, totally uninterested in marriage, and had absolutely other plans when she met Vincenzo Gismondi at her uncle’s beach house in Italy. Vincenzo was smitten. This was in 1978, and Vincenzo was working at his father’s restaurant in New York City. He had returned to his hometown on vacation, and when he met Rosaria, he came back home to Italy as much as he could. “He kept coming every three months until I said yes,”she remembers.“That went on for two years.” From the first days of their marriage, Rosaria and Vincenzo Gismondi were together nearly every moment. And somehow, it felt right from the start. “Either you love the restaurant business, or you don’t do it,”she says. Her father-in-law passed the restaurant to his sons in 1979. Rosaria and Vincenzo decided two years later to open a second Arturo’s in Boca Raton, a place for special occasions, with jackets required for men—a rule they maintained for 20 years.“It was a battle toward the end,”Rosaria recalls. After decades, Arturo’s welcomes second and third generations of its regulars, and is adding a fourth generation to the restaurant staff. Two of their five daughters work there, and one of their nine grandkids says she’s going to be pastry chef someday, like her aunt. They’re probably never going to retire, but Rosaria says they are slowing down a bit, spending more time back in Italy. The problem is that they miss the restaurant too much.“It helps,”she says,“to have something that you love.”

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The Entrepreneur’s Helper Jessica Beaver’s childhood in Boca Raton set her up to be a startup’s best friend South Florida is (so) different than when I grew up and people would move away after school. More companies and younger people are staying here, and the younger generation now has grown up believing they can do anything.”

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hen Jessica Beaver was growing up in Boca Raton, there was a moment when things in her home chilled out a bit. She was maybe 12 or 13, and, finally, her father’s business was taking off. Beaver was about 4 years old when her father, a lawyer, started the first distance-learning program for paralegals. It was, it turned out, a fantastic idea. But like many businesses, it took years to perfect and finally turn into a success.“It was a struggle, for a long time, but he finally figured out how to make it,”Beaver recalls.“It’s the reason I look up to him.” It’s also her daily inspiration— thinking back to the sacrifices her father made to make his business successful. Now, Beaver works with entrepreneurs like her father, helping bring promising ideas to the market and making them successful with quicker turnarounds, so they also don’t have to suffer through lean years. Beaver is the assistant director and longest-tenured employee of Florida Atlantic University’s Tech Runway, an incubator and accelerator for local startups. It began five years ago and has had marked successes, helping to grow 93 companies that have created 587 new jobs and attracted $109 million in capital. Beaver’s road to this job took some unexpected turns. Not long after college, she worked for the NBA in New York in the player development department. Her job was to work with young players to make sure they had the life skills to handle the pressure of pro ball

plus newfound wealth. After three years at the NBA, she moved to The Related Group’s sales department before deciding to move back home to Boca in 2015. She landed the job at Tech Runway and says she’s been amazed with the spirit of locals these days. “South Florida [is] so different than when I grew up and people would move away after school,” Beaver says.“More companies and younger people are staying here, and the younger generation now has grown up believing they can do anything. It really empowers them to pursue their good ideas.” She says Tech Runway can help entrepreneurs skip those lean years with access to technology, mentors and the guidance they need to find success more quickly. In November, the Tech Runway celebrated its five-year anniversary. It will open up applications in January for its next round of new businesses that will receive help, which includes $15,000 in seed money and a team of MITtrained mentors. Many of the entrepreneurs Tech Runway helps will become fixated with their ideas, staying until 2 a.m. many nights and forgetting to take a day off, she says. It often reminds her of the sacrifice her parents endured to make sure her father’s company made it. “I can remember the moment when they were finally able to take a deep breath,” she says. “I could see my parents relax for the first time, like, oh, we’re going to be OK.”

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Cardio, Strength, Flexibility—Oh My! A new gym offers the best of three fitness worlds Written by LISETTE HILTON

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tive one at offering a challenging workout that focused on cardio, strength and flexibility—and all with relatively low-impact exercises that people could comfortably do multiple times per week.” The SPENGA facility has a high-end spa feel. Members do the circuit workout to high-energy tunes and invigorating aromatherapy scents. Exercisers jump right in with spinning to blast the lower-body, according to O’Rourke.“Next, there will be a quick transition to the strength area, where people will tone and build muscle through HIIT. The HIIT exercises will keep the heart rate elevated and will consist of movements that use equipment such as TRX, dumbbells, kettlebells, bosu and step,”he says.“Lastly, each session will finish with 20 minutes of yoga to invigorate and restore the body and mind and will then transition into stretching, finishing

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oca Raton is home to a new type of workout—one that combines 20 minutes of cycling-fueled cardio, 20 minutes of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to build strength, and 20 minutes focused on the flexibility gains from yoga. SPENGA opened its doors in the Polo Club Shoppes earlier this year with a goal of putting equal emphasis on the three pillars of fitness in an efficient hour-long class, according to Boca Raton SPENGA owner and Delray Beach resident Brian O’Rourke. “I believe that since Boca residents live a very active lifestyle, SPENGA will be a fantastic addition to the fitness options they currently have to choose from,” says O’Rourke, who moved to Palm Beach County in 2001.“When I started searching for a fitness concept to bring to South Florida, SPENGA was the most effec-

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Skin Care: It’s Not Just for Women The skinny on the best way for men to retain a healthy complexion Written by LISETTE HILTON


ust like women, men want nicer skin, according to Delray Beach dermatologist Dr. Sasha Chediak. “It’s definitely a new trend for men—especially younger men who want Botox or a filler or to have hydrated skin, which they didn’t care so much about before. The younger generations now are definitely more inclined to seek guidance on what to do for their skin,”Chediak says. BOTOX, PLEASE Men are asking more about neurotoxin injections like Botox for wrinkles around the eyes and the forehead or for the furrow between the eyebrows. Men typically say they’re hoping for a treatment that will make those lines less obvious, Chediak says. Cosmetic neurotoxin injections are the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure among men, according to 2018 statistics by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Chediak says the injections don’t freeze the face. Rather, they soften men’s wrinkles. The skin’s texture also tends to improve with treatment, she says.

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LESS HAIR FOR SMOOTHER SKIN Men get ingrown hairs on their face or body from trimming and shaving.“Laser hair removal is a great option to help and prevent ingrown hairs from happening. We do it on the face. We do it on the trunk. We do it in the groin area. That’s something that more men have been doing to make their routine easier—so they don’t have to shave or worry about the ingrown hairs,” she says. BARNACLES BE GONE One of the most common complaints Chediak gets from male patients is that they’re getting unwanted growths on their skin, like skin tags or something called seborrheic keratosis, which can be an especially ugly benign intruder. Dermatologists, Chediak says, can freeze or burn those off. Sometimes they use lasers or other options. The message is that these so-called “barnacles” usually are easily and quickly removed in the dermatologist’s office. SKIN CARE MADE EASY When it comes to skin care routines, men really don’t know how to ask, where to start or where to go, Chediak says. The first thing she recommends for men is to use a gentle face wash morning and night, then apply a moisturizer with added sunscreen (combo treatments are easier) every morning.

“One that I like is called EltaMD, UV Clear, which has an SPF of 46. It also has some other ingredients like niacinamide, which are gentle for the skin and hydrating,” she says. Finally, Chediak recommends applying a moisturizer nightly.“A lot of times men are concerned about the fine lines, wrinkles and texture of their skin,” she says. Using a topical retinoid or retinol can help with skin turnover, remove skin imperfections and diminish acne and wrinkles. “So it’s kind of a onestop-shop medication that is available either over-thecounter or by prescription,” Chediak says.

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USE PROTECTION It might sound like a no-brainer, but men need to use sun protection, including clothing, hats and sunscreen. “There are clothes now that have UPF [ultraviolet protection factor], which is like an SPF for clothing. Cover your skin as much as you can and then wear sunscreen on the areas that are exposed. I do always recommend physical blockers, which means they’re metal-based, so zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, as opposed to chemical blockers, which are chemicals that absorb the UVA or UVB rays. [Physical blockers] reflect those rays,” Chediak says.

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You Say You Want a Resolution…

A wellness coach explains how to make our New Year’s goals stick Written by LISETTE HILTON


t’s that time of year, when the holiday parties have ended, leaving many with a few extra pounds and a little less ambition to work out. New Year’s resolutions to get leaner or healthier could be the perfect remedy—but only if they stick. The sad truth is 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions don’t make it past mid-February, according to a study detailed in U.S. News & World Report. So what’s going to make 2020’s resolutions different? Celebrity wellness coach Holly Rilinger (right) created the LIFTED approach aimed at improving mindset, movement, meditation, nutrition, rest and recovery, and Rilinger travels to the Boca Raton Resort & Club from her home in New York City a few times a year to teach a LIFTED class. A former professional basketball player, Nike Master Trainer and best-selling author, Rilinger offers these five tips: PRIORITIZE RECOVERY. “You gain the most when you rest. Life itself is a stressor. Get a massage. Meditate. Sit in a sauna. Take a yoga class. Make recovery as important an ingredient as nutrition and exercise.”

CONCEPTUALIZE “DIET” IN A DIFFERENT WAY. “Develop a healthy relationship with your diet. Try to avoid punishing or rewarding yourself with food. Instead, find a reason you want to eat a certain way and build your eating habits from those reasons. For example, having more energy is a great reason to eat specific foods.” LOOK FOR HELP FROM A PROFESSIONAL. “Seek the advice of a professional. Book a session with a dietician. Hire a personal trainer. Find a life coach. Take the guesswork out of the equation and let a pro take the lead.” BUILD YOUR SQUAD. “If you want to live a healthy life, set yourself up with a support system. If you hang out with heavy drinkers, guess what: You’ll likely drink every time you get together. Find a group, friend and/or partner that shares your vision of wellness.” BECOME YOUR BIGGEST CHEERLEADER AND AN OBJECTIVE CRITIC. “Take a look at yourself as if you are a friend of yours. Take time to note all the things that make you incredible, and pat yourself on the back for being awesome. From there, objectively and lovingly get real about the things you need to change. No need to beat yourself up. Just be honest.”

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Start 2020 with an in-home workout, and a few artful touches for even more inspiration Written by ROBIN HODES


Though he amassed his fortune in the investment banking world, photography is Gerald Sprayregen’s true passion. At the ripe young age of 85, the Miami resident is now diving headfirst into his art career, introducing a new series that bloomed from the moment he tossed a few flowers into a swimming pool, just to see what would happen. Liking the result, Sprayregen began snapping away. The experiment led to thousands of pictures—floating blossoms in countless colors, varieties and degrees of submersion. Whether you’re drawn to realism or surrealism (where Sprayregen’s distinctive “blurred”technique transforms the bouquet into an eye-catching Technicolor abstract without any digital manipulation), there’s a perfect image for every floral enthusiast.

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Internationally renowned designer Kelly Hoppen, MBE (acronym for the ultra-prestigious Member of the Order of the British Empire), has made it her mission to reignite the love for the fireplace. In collaboration with Chesneys, a leading supplier of luxury fireplaces, Hoppen created a collection tailored to modern living. Our favorite, the Butler, comprises interlocking solid limestone blocks, and when paired with the polished bronze Hoppen Eva Urn, it truly fans the flames of our attraction. Price on request;

GET THE BLUES Blue agate, a favorite of interior designers, is showing up more and more in stone slabs used for bar tops and backsplashes, often backlit for dramatic effect. Its hypnotic circular pattern possesses the same healing and calming properties of the crystal itself. Roric Tobin, a made-to-order furniture line, has incorporated the look into home accents such as the Agata Rug, crafted from the highest quality dyed cowhide, and Solitaire Table, which uses natural agate for its top, and includes a wood base finished to your specifications. Both items are “Price upon request”;

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Whether or not there’s rain in Spain, temperate January days in Boca where the sun shines bright call for poolside relaxation. The Beach House outdoor collection from RH has enlisted noteworthy designers to create gorgeous groupings inspired by some of the world’s most coveted destinations from Sydney to St. Bart’s … and yes, Barcelona, Spain. Our top pick: the Paloma chaise by Spanish designer Mario Ruiz. Its angular lines, linear teak frame and luxe Perennials performance textured linen weave cushion have us longing to lounge for hours on end.

Garden Variety For many, gardening is a form of therapy, and there’s nothing more gratifying than seeing what comes up. We dug up a range of gardening tools inspired by collections at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A). William Morris, a designer from the Arts & Crafts movement, is the namesake for these potting gloves featuring his “Bower”wallpaper design. William Kilburn, one of the 18th century’s most eminent calico printers, inspired the garden set by Wild and Wolf with a pretty flower print on a royal blue background, packaged in a matching patterned box. The Kilburn Coral Pruners, also by Wild and Wolf, have a nonstick coated blade with safety catch.

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The voice of law enforcement in Palm Beach County seeks to make history Written by JOHN THOMASON f Ric Bradshaw is re-elected this year to his fifth term as sheriff of Palm Beach County, it will be a historic decision. It will put the 71-year-old official on track to become the longest-serving sheriff in county history, a distinction he would hold come 2023, when he would break Sheriff Richard Willie’s record of 18 consecutive years. A report last April indicated he had already raised more than $77,725 in his re-election bid—before he even formally announced his decision to run. A married father of three and a devout dog lover, Bradshaw has enjoyed a 50-year career in law enforcement that has included chief of police of West Palm Beach. He was sworn in as sheriff of Palm Beach County in 2005, overseeing a department that now employs 4,200, along with 5,000 volunteers across six departments. Bradshaw is an especially vocal and busy sheriff, speaking at functions and panels, recording bulletins and safety tips for YouTube, appearing at the scenes of crimes for media interviews. He keeps a drum-tight schedule—I had exactly 30 minutes carved out for this conversation, booked several weeks in advance. He speaks eloquently on most topics, though he demurs on matters of gun violence and access to assault weapons:“How these laws come about is not up to me,”he says.“I enforce them; I don’t make them.”



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If that sounds like a calculated answer—a dodge, perhaps—Bradshaw has earned the right to feel wary about how he comes off in the press. In his estimation, his office has been burned too many times by inaccurate reporting.“[The media takes] a story, and they enflame it, and they don’t necessarily get the facts straight,”he says.“Sometimes it’s because everybody wants to be first, rather than get it right. And then when they try to backtrack it … you see two lines of correction. We’ve seen it several times. We don’t mind giving the news out, and being part of the news; we just ask people to get it right, and don’t try to make it sensationalized. There’s enough sensation just on the facts themselves.” When it comes to law enforcement in Palm Beach County, the buck invariably stops with Bradshaw, who has been criticized for everything from his handling of Jeffrey Epstein’s work release to his aggressive pursuit of gangs such as MS-13. He’ll have more reasons than ever this year to defend his record. Because of a recent decision by the Florida Supreme Court, the formerly nonpartisan sheriff’s election will now run on partisan lines, and he’ll have to win both a primary and a general election. At least three candidates have announced challenges, but in terms of both fundraising and name recognition, Bradshaw is the distant front-runner, and he endeavors to be above the fray.



“I don’t make decisions based on politics at all,”he says.“Regardless of what the election system is, my decision-making process and how I do business won’t change.”

change. When I got here, they were working with 1970s technology. Right now, we’re probably the most technologically advanced sheriff’s office in the southeast.

How does the size of Palm Beach County increase your responsibilities—to police a region from Juno Beach all the way to Boca? It doesn’t really increase the responsibilities; it just increases the size of your budget, because you have a large expanse to cover. We’ve got 2,500 vehicles, but because you’re traveling a great distance, you use millions of gallons of gas every year. Not to mention the fact you have to tailor your response to the segment of people you’re policing. We have the richest people, probably on the face of the earth, that live in Palm Beach. And you have some of the poorest people that live in the Glades.

What are some of those advancements? Computers, in-car cameras, in-car printers, the Fusion Center that we run, because we’re in charge of homeland security from Martin County to Key West, how we gather our intelligence information. We just started a Real Time Crime Center modeled after NYPD, where we tie into cameras, license plate readers—the technology is as good as you can get to provide the deputies with the best decision-making process.

How has law enforcement changed during your tenure here? No. 1, the amount of territories we cover as far as cities. We’ve merged with almost 12 cities since I’ve been sheriff—Royal Palm Beach, all of the police departments in the Glades, Lake Worth. We just merged two more departments. That has considerably changed in terms of being able to go into those cities and make an impact. Technology is probably the biggest



Do you have specific success stories from any of these programs? We tied into a camera in Lake Worth where we watched a guy break into a house, take the items, put them out the window on the ground. When he got outside, he put them into a bag, and while he was walking down the street, we were able to come in there and arrest him, because we knew right where he was, and directed the units there. That’s how technology can put you into the Real Time Crime Center situation, rather than reactive. Have any cases had a significant impact on you? There’s a lot of them. The most

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97 recent one was Christmas Eve [2018], when a couple of gang guys coming out of the Wellington Mall tried to shoot one of our officers that were going to arrest them on murder charges, and he killed one of our police dogs. The dog gave his life to save the deputy. That was tragic in itself, and No. 2, it’s Christmas Eve. That was not a good night. When you deal with grisly cases, are you able to disconnect when you’re off the clock? You never disconnect. You’re always thinking about it in one form or fashion; you just don’t try to dwell on it for too long, and get on to something else. It just comes with doing the job for 50 years. You learn how to separate yourself after a while. How often do officers have to fire their weapons? Very far and few between. I don’t know how many officer-involved shootings we’ve had this past year, but it’s far less than we’ve had in years past. There was one year we had 14. One year we had four in one month. But you never know what the situation is.You never know how many times somebody’s going to try and shoot you, or try to stab you. Sometimes it comes in bunches; hopefully it doesn’t happen for the Bradshaw with friend

whole year. The last thing we want to do is shoot anybody. The last one we had, we were arresting some people who were in a gang, MS-13, who were involved in narcotics activity, and he shot our deputy in the face. Other than the military, this is the only profession

threat in the county right now? Where are your resources being spent the most? It’s all about gang activity. Gangs are responsible for stealing cars, robbing banks, identity theft, robberies, narcotics dealing. They’re the

“The deputies are going to make a mistake, and some of them are going to be involved in misconduct, and when they are, we take action. … But don’t paint the whole system with the same brush. Don’t say because a deputy made a mistake that all the deputies are bad.” — Ric Bradshaw

in the world where, when you leave in the morning and kiss your wife goodbye, you don’t know if you’re coming home. Can it be a traumatizing thing for an officer to fire his or her weapon? There’s no doubt. That’s why part of the system, when an officer fires his gun, is he’s placed on administrative leave, which means we’re giving him a chance to get his thoughts together, and then he goes and sees the psychologist before he comes back so they can have a talk and make sure that if he needs some more time off to process this, and get his mind right, then we allow that opportunity. What poses the biggest

ones that drive the violent crime, and crime in general, down here. For most people who live in nice communities in, say, Boca Raton, it might never occur to them that there’s this other world out there. And you’ve got people in Palm Beach that live a somewhat sheltered life. But that doesn’t mean they can’t get touched by it. The gangs do identity theft, and anybody can be a victim of identity theft. And you don’t always live in the little cocoon of your neighborhood.You’ve got to go to shopping centers and drive out here on the streets. Nobody’s really immune from the gang situation no matter where you live. That’s why it’s one of our top priorities. What part of county law enforcement is underfunded, and needs to expand? We need more personnel. We’re probably in the neighborhood of 75 to 100 deputies short of where we should be. I got five deputies in the budget last year. We need to ramp up the number of deputies, because we’re handling probably 600,000 more calls now than we did in 2006, with not a significant increase in the number of deputies able to respond to the calls for service. Do you love this job? Absolutely.

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WHERE IT IS: Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel, 4401 Floridian Way, Orlando, 407/939-3862 WHY YOU HAVE TO GO: Because in your life, this is the closest you’re going to get to being treated like Cinderella. This AAA Five-Diamond Award-winning restaurant has 14 tables and only one seating per evening. The 10-course degustation menu offers creative American fare, but there’s no locavore pretense. Ingredients like Iberian ham, Texas wild boar, Italian truffles and a United Nations of caviar could be part of your prix fixe. VIBE: Formal but friendly, with a discreet harpist in the background. SIGNATURE DISH/EXPERIENCE: Dinner at Victoria & Albert’s is a three-hour tour de force in a classic Victorian setting. The menu of edible art changes daily. Still, the multiple desserts, bonbons and vacuum-brewed coffee at the end of the evening feel like a rousing celebration.

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WHERE IT IS: 3224 N.E. Maple Ave., Jensen Beach, 772/334-7714 WHY YOU HAVE TO GO: This longtime culinary icon, improbably located in tiny Jensen Beach, follows its own beat when it comes to cuisine. You can forgo all the what’s-in-vogue offerings in favor of these rare and interesting menu ideas—like pan-fried Caicos conch or sautéed Maine spotted skate. Maple’s reputation hasn’t wavered in 20 years as a steady gourmet beacon in the fickle world of South Florida restaurants. VIBE: In a cozy historic house, 11 Maple Street eschews flash for comfort, and exudes European charm mixed with plain, Old Florida simplicity. The kind of place where you can sit back and savor some of the best food in South Florida. SIGNATURE DISH/EXPERIENCE: You cannot go wrong, as they say, but the char-grilled duck breast and New Zealand elk tenderloin have spawned sonnets among diners.

ROY’S RESTAURANT WHERE IT IS: 100 First. Ave. S., Steinhatchee, 352/498-5000 WHY YOU HAVE TO GO: This is Old Florida at its best, a rambling wood fish house built over the Steinhatchee River, with breathtaking sunset views over the salt marsh and out to the Gulf of Mexico. Order yourself a mess o’ seafood (or bring your own catch in for the kitchen to cook) and kick back. VIBE: Flip-flops and shorts are the common denominator among locals and visitors alike. SIGNATURE DISH/EXPERIENCE: Sweet, succulent fried bay scallops are the popcorn of the gods. Start with a cup of slightly spicy crab and corn chowder, and do not miss the feathery hush puppies with guava jelly for dipping.


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WHERE IT IS: 15001 Captiva Drive, Captiva Island, 239/472-5558 WHY YOU HAVE TO GO: Opened in 1979, this Willy Wonka meets Disney meets Santa meets Old Hollywood is a brightly painted ramble of a restaurant that was once a private home—filled with vintage toys, a Christmas-saturated “Elf Room,” walls covered with crookedly hanging celebrity photos, you name it. VIBE: This is a sheer novelty experience, with so much sensory overload you may not notice that the food is surprisingly good. SIGNATURE DISH/EXPERIENCE: The cheesy broiled Italian Bubble Bread from the onsite bakery has a cult following, with civilians online mounting valiant attempts to duplicate the recipe; the prime rib is also noteworthy. But save room for a gargantuan and extravagantly decadent dessert like the Orange Crunch Cake or the French chocolate torte.

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WHERE IT IS: 1177 Third St. S., Naples, 239/435-1166 WHY YOU HAVE TO GO: The rustic, nuova-Tuscan cucina is tucked into the historic Mercantile Building, which conjures an Italian villa, with a lushly landscaped and umbrella-shaded dining patio. Splurge on one of the “limited opportunity” wines from the extensive collection, sample a carbonara wood-fired pizza or a burrata caprese salad, and watch the bustle of the Third Street South shopping district. VIBE: Modern continental chic, a place to see and be seen in your Lilly while attentive, sophisticated servers seamlessly guide you through an ultra dining experience. SIGNATURE DISH/EXPERIENCE: Order the snapper piccata or the balsamic-glazed short ribs, and save room for the cannoli cheesecake.

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Jacksonville, 904/3810909) is classic French in a Southern neighborhood—with native chef Michael McKinney and his Slow Food First Coast Snail of Approval award. Don’t mess around: Get the raw bar grand plateau with assorted oysters, poached shrimp and lobster, P.E.I. mussels and all the saucy trimmings.


MATTHEW’S RESTAURANT (2107 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, 904/3969922) is the granddaddy of Jacksonville’s fine-dining evolution. Restaurant owner Matt Medure is a legend in town for romantic haute cuisine. Order the sixcourse Chef’s Adventure Tasting Menu, with expertly paired wines.

SAFE HARBOR SEAFOOD MARKET & RESTAURANT (4378 Ocean St., No. 3, Mayport, 904/246-4911) This is seafood right off the boats (home plate for Mayport shrimp), on the water, a plastic-baskets- andcold-beer kind of place. This is why we love North Florida.

O’STEEN’S (205 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 904/829-6974) This legendary place has been dishing out succulent fried shrimp on St. Augustine’s main drag for more than 50 years. Is it good? Don’t take our word— just look at the line that always stretches out the door and down the street.

THE FLORIDIAN (72 Spanish St., St. Augustine, 904/829-0655) This is the next generation of what really good restaurants in college towns used to be like in the ‘70s—earnest post-grad cooks, local artisan food, downhome and hip at the same time. Order the pickled pepper shrimp the second you are seated. Followed by the fried green tomatoes.

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WHERE IT IS: 2236 E. County Road, 30-A, Seaside, 850/231-5900 WHY YOU HAVE TO GO: The oldest restaurant in idyllic Seaside—named after the town founder’s dachshund (Bud) and the restaurant founder’s cat (Alley)—pioneered farmto-table and boat-to-table dining in the lower Panhandle. Regulars rave about the delicate crab cakes, the snappy pimento cheese and other small plates. VIBE: On the dune side of 30-A, this place is Havaianas-chic, with a beach bar-meets-supper club oeuvre. During the season (which is summer here) the place is packed with locals, wannabe locals and tourists. SIGNATURE DISH/EXPERIENCE: Go for the daily sunset celebration at the Roof Deck Bar. Listen to the bartender ring the circa-1888 cast iron bell, order the sublime smoked tuna dip and sip a blood orange margarita. Bud & Alley’s Captain Anderson’s bay shrimp


WHERE IT IS: 5551 N. Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach, 850/234-2225 WHY YOU HAVE TO GO: Fat, crabmeat-stuffed broiled shrimp, char-grilled fresh fish, rich she-crab soup and Parmesan baked oysters. Never mind the “Anderson” moniker: This place was founded 50-plus years ago by a couple of Greek brothers named Petronis, and it’s still a family business. Open March-Oct. VIBE: Mid-century modern Sunday dinner—a little kitschy, with great views of the bay. Just you and 700 of your closest friends. SIGNATURE DISH/EXPERIENCE: Get there late afternoon to watch the fishing boats haul in their catch while you tuck into Johnny’s Special Greek Salad layered with shrimp and crabmeat. Also, get there early to avoid the crowds. No reservations.


Bourbon from Sage Sage


WHERE IT IS: 3534 MacLay Blvd. S., Tallahassee, 850/270-9396 WHY YOU HAVE TO GO: This seamless marriage between classic French cooking (think escargot, onion soup) and locally sourced Southern delicacies (Gulf blue crab cake, pimento cheese tea sandwiches) is a consistent winner in Tally, from Sunday brunch to nightly dinners. VIBE: Upscale French bistro, white linen, Edison bulbs. Trendy datenight style with a solid gold menu. SIGNATURE DISH/EXPERIENCE: Sage is consistent all the way down the menu, but the quiche is famous, as is the steak and pommes frites—and the libations are stellar. Try a shot of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon for a cool $40.

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Mussels from The Mill

WHERE IT IS: 200 Central Ave., No. 100, St. Petersburg, 727/317-3930 WHY YOU HAVE TO GO: A “rustic Americana with a southern touch/ Creole spin” menu by Chef Ted Dorsey focuses on innovative but sound dishes that are creative, but not too precious. This is farm-to-table at its best, in a distinctively local setting. VIBE: This place has it all—except the attitude. With an elaborate steampunk-but-rustic design by local artist Istram Torok of Torok Studios, this award-winning spot in the middle of Central Avenue is a casual culinary wonder—but with none of the smugness often found with these locavore restaurants. It’s real. It’s good. It’s easy. SIGNATURE DISH/EXPERIENCE: People rave about the cider-braised mussels. The roast duck with cauliflower fried rice and citrus-grilled baby bok choy is great, and the porter-glazed quail is another winner. I mean, who has quail on hand?


WHERE IT IS: 239 Links Ave., Sarasota, 941/706-4740 WHY YOU HAVE TO GO: This is your politically correct choice for a 2019 top restaurant, but one cannot live on moral fiber alone; this place also boasts a two-time James Beard Award finalist chef who knows what he’s doing. Chef Steve Phelps is a nationally connected food activist with a passion for sustainable seafood. (He also does things like forage locally for seasonal native foods). And then he whips all this into unforgettable dishes. The world has noticed—and is beating a path to his door. VIBE: It feels easy and natural here—but chic—in this renovated downtown historic building, with lots of wicker and wood, a convivial porch, understated tropical ambience. SIGNATURE DISH/EXPERIENCE: Seafood should be your first choice at Indigenous, but don’t kick those Parmesan beignets out of bed.

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WHERE IT IS: 350 S. County Road, Palm Beach, 561/833-3450 WHY YOU HAVE TO GO: Its owner, Chef Clay Conley, is easily one of the top chefs in the Southeast, and has been nominated for a Best Chef James Beard Award five times now. His Palm Beach restaurant has been the hot ticket in town since it opened in 2011, and has the best food this side of Miami, hands down. The American menu, largely small plates, is inventive but eminently grounded in sound compositions, big flavors, the best ingredients. VIBE: Understated upscale chic. If Gwyneth Paltrow were a restaurant, she would be this one. SIGNATURE DISH/EXPERIENCE: The menu is divided into categories like “chilled”, “handheld”, “flour and water” or “simple,” but there are dinner plates, too, elegant in their simplicity—rock shrimp, snapper, scallops, chicken with mashed potatoes. But do not miss the hot dog panini.

JOE’S STONE CRAB (11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305/673-0365) is world-famous for stone crabs, which they essentially invented 100 years ago. This vestige of Old Miami, with its Mexican and Cuban tiles and pressed tin ceiling, may run you a fat check, but it’s worth it. Order Jumbo stone crabs with mustard sauce, Lyonnaise potatoes and coleslaw. VERSAILLES (3555 S.W. Eighth St., Miami, 305/444-0240) This crazy place with its unlikely fauxFrench décor (it used to be a French restaurant) is the unofficial “town square” for Miami’s Cuban exiles since 1971, and the place people danced in the street when Castro died. Don’t miss the walkup window (La Ventanita) that is a shrine to the Café Cubano. LOUIE’S BACKYARD (700 Waddell Ave., Key West, 305/294-106) This is the end of the world, or at least the road, and it’s been the great last best stop in the Keys for decades—oceanfront dining on the back porch of a storied Victorian house in Key West, watching the waves at twilight while channeling your inner Jimmy Buffett.

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BERN’S STEAK HOUSE (1208 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, 813/2512421) Bern’s is a bucket list redmeat double-dare that carries you back to mid-century American glamour and self-indulgence. With a 200-page wine list and 20 different caviars, it’s Florida’s ultimate steakhouse. COLUMBIA RESTAURANT (2117 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa, 813/2484961) The self-proclaimed oldest restaurant in Florida was founded in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., and is today run by his progeny. Great Cuban food, flamenco dancers, a legacy destination.


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• BEACH ROAD FISH HOUSE & CHICKEN DINNERS, 4132 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville. For 80 years, the perfectly fried chicken and creamed peas have made Jacksonville happy. • B.O.’S FISH WAGON, 801 Caroline St., Key West. Still the best fried grouper sandwich in the Keys. • DIXIE CROSSROADS, 1475 Garden St., Titusville. This cavernous seafood den attracts anyone heading to or from South Florida with deep-sea rock shrimp, and sugar-spangled corn fritters on the side. • CAP’S PLACE, dock at 2765 N.E. 28th Court, Lighthouse Point. Take a little launch over to this 85-yearold seafood icon; do not miss the hearts of palm salad. • INDIAN PASS RAW BAR, 8391 C-30A, Port St. Joe. Oysters, cold beer and music in a revered bend in the road. • KEYS FISHERIES, 3502 Gulfview Ave., Marathon. Your halfway stop to Key West for a cold beer and a lobster Reuben. • PEPE’S CAFÉ, 806 Caroline St., Key West. Key West’s oldest restaurant is a must-do for breakfast. • PHILLIPPI CREEK OYSTER BAR, 5353 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Your oldtimey best pick for fresh oysters and fish in fancyland. • TED PETERS FAMOUS SMOKED FISH, 1350 Pasadena Ave., St. Petersburg. Its open-air fish smokers and cold beer have been around since 1951.


WHERE IT IS: 130 N.E. 40th St., Miami, 305/573-5550 WHY YOU HAVE TO GO: It’s only fitting to pay homage to the James Beard award-winning chef who helped launch the renaissance of Miami’s Design District in 2007 and elevated food in the Magic City to whole new levels. Michael’s has an innovative farm-to-table Florida menu and flavor-packed plates that range from small to extra-large. VIBE: Michael’s is easy, hospitable and warm, with a raw bar, a wood-fired oven and a daily-changing menu that begs to be sampled. SIGNATURE DISH/EXPERIENCE: The sides are always fun here (wood-roasted okra with Meyer lemon vinaigrette, anyone?), but the house-made bucatini with wild boar sugo or the duck confit sound pretty enticing. Just throw a dart.

• SEMINOLE INN, 15885 S.W. Warfield Blvd., Indiantown. Go for an old-fashioned Sunday brunch—fried chicken and sweet tea. • THE YEARLING, 14531 E. County Road 325, Hawthorne. On Cross Creek, the homey inn channels Old Florida with victuals that can be hunted, fished or gathered in the area.

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Teen suicide is a growing epidemic here and across the country Written by CHRISTIANA LILLY

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a hot Tuesday morning this past September, and Cindy Nadelbach has set out a spread of doughnut holes, coffee, and yellow ribbons and bracelets. It’s National Suicide Prevention Day, and she’s at Jaycee Park in Boynton Beach to unveil a brand-new park bench.

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After words from the mayor, Nadelbach stands with Victor Perez, her son’s best friend since fourth grade, ready to lift the veil over the bench. The crowd counts down, and in a flurry of fabric, a bright yellow bench is revealed to applause. On it is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number and her son’s name: Josh Nadelbach. That day marked the 15th bench that was installed by Josh’s Benches, a new nonprofit founded less than two years after Josh died by suicide. He was only 21 years old when a friend called Cindy

in the middle of the night, saying her son had left a cryptic message on his Facebook page and that something wasn’t right. Later that day, they found Josh dead in his car. “I said to myself, I didn’t want my son to just be a statistic. That was almost one of the first things I thought about,” Nadelbach says.“You can’t miss a bright yellow bench. I knew whatever I was going to do with it, I wanted it to be noticed.” Noticed, and talked about. While that day was one to recognize suicide prevention, there weren’t news stories and social media posts calling attention to it the same way our world is painted pink during October. Why do we ignore it? “Suicide is a word that stays in the dark,” Nadelbach says.“Suicide is something that nobody wants to talk about.”


According to, one out of every 15 high school students attempts suicide every year, and one out of every 53 will injure themselves and need medical treatment. Even more alarming is that these numbers are rising. A study by Harvard Medical School found that from 2000 to 2017, the suicide rate of teens 15 to 19 rose 47 percent, and 36 percent among those 20 to 24 years old. The study also found that 80 percent of the more than 6,200 suicides of 15to 24-year-olds in 2017 were boys and men. However, girls and women were more likely to try suicide. “It’s quite disturbing,”says Dr. Amanda Weiss, SID, the child and family programs manager at the Faulk Center in Boca Raton. She is also a clinical supervisor and licensed psychologist. While the reasons that suicide has increased are up for debate, there are a number of possibilities. There’s the overwhelming pressure to excel in school


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113 WARNING SIGNS THAT YOUR TEEN MAY BE TROUBLED • Noticeable changes in eating or sleeping habits • Unexplained or unusually violent or rebellious behavior • Withdrawal from family or friends • Sexual promiscuity, truancy and vandalism • Drastic personality change and extracurriculars, have a bevy of friends, and be attractive to top it off—then throw in the prevalence of social media and the race for the most“likes” and comments. And when it comes to bullying, teens can no longer find refuge when they get home, thanks to a world more connected than ever. Every stroke on a keyboard or double tap on a cell phone can mean a new provocation, and a new trauma. At the Faulk Center, the teen coping group had to be expanded when younger and younger children



• Agitation, restlessness, distress or panicky behavior • Talking or writing about committing suicide, even jokingly • Giving away prized possessions • Doing worse in school —



According to, out of every high school students attempts suicide out of every will injure themselves and need medical treatment. every year, and were coming in with anxiety and depression. But even with the staggering numbers, society feels the need to bury the topic of suicide. For one, there is a persistent myth that the mere mention of it will lead to suicide or put the idea in someone’s head, but that’s not the case, Weiss says. “Somebody who is not already experiencing immense psychological distress is not going to, in a split second, out of nowhere, decide to take their own life,” she says.“In fact, when we say these things out loud, [when] we talk about these scary thoughts that we’re having, that actually takes the power away.” That is not to discount especially graphic discussions and details surrounding suicide; how it’s talked about matters. When the teen drama “13 Reasons Why” aired on Netflix in March 2017, it was believed that the series led to a spike in suicides among young people. The show, based on a book of the same name, tells the story of Hannah, who dies by suicide, and Clay, who finds recordings made by her that describes the 13 reasons she killed herself. In the show, there is a scene of her cutting her wrists. While the idea that the show held that much power

is still debated, it certainly has led to conversations about suicide. This, in turn, might be another theory as to why the numbers might be higher: As the stigma surrounding mental health slowly disintegrates, people might be more willing to seek help or report suicides. “I think our youth is more comfortable talking about it, and that’s where, as adults, it’s a call to us to step up and be more comfortable hearing about it and having that difficult discussion,”Weiss says.“It’s uncomfortable, and being able to be uncomfortable can save a life.”

“The Knock on the Door”

When discussing her son Josh, Cindy Nadelbach gushes about how gifted he was. He got his GED at 16, and he was studying computer science at Palm Beach State College. While school was easy for him, in his teens he dealt with anxiety and depression. The Nadelbachs immediately took him to doctors and therapists, and by 17 it seemed he “outgrew it.”Josh was going to school, working two jobs to save up for a car, and had plans to see the Jets play up in New England with his father.

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to Orlando to visit his friends, Nadelbach room to eat, which was typical. He said good

At 4 that morning, she got a phone call from a friend of Josh’s—he saw a strange post on Josh’s Facebook page. Nadelbach jumped out of bed. Josh wasn’t in his room. Outside, his car was missing. She called the police. Hours later, at 1 p.m., Nadelbach says they got “the knock on the door nobody wants to get.” “They said they found Josh behind the Kohl’s parking lot in his car. Gone. And that’s where it ends.” After his passing, she found out “so many good things about my son.” “He was always a good kid; he never gave us an ounce of problems. But I found out time after time, [when] his friends were reaching out to me, [that] there were times Josh would ask them if they were OK. He talked people out of suicide. Here he is helping others. He was able to detect this in others before they even spoke about it.” Just a few years earlier, Pamela Leal experienced a nightmare of her own when her daughter, Bailey, killed herself. It was May 21, 2013, and she had just finished her morning run in her Parkland neighborhood. She made a cup of coffee and knocked on her daughter’s door to get her up to go to school nearby at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. When she didn’t answer, she tried to turn the knob. It was locked. “I woke up my ex-husband and said, ‘Bailey is probably asleep or snuck out; you’re going to have to pick the door,’”Leal remembers.“So he opened it, and I walked back in the kitchen, and I heard the most—all I can say is an animalistic scream that came from the guts, the soul. And I called 911.” At 7:10 a.m., their daughter was pronounced dead. Six hours earlier, she had tweeted,“I see why everyone hates me, I hate myself too.” On the outside, Bailey was someone to be envied. She was beautiful, dating, had lots of friends, and known for being an incredible soccer player. And she was smart; she aced her ACTs and had received a full ride to Dartmouth. She dreamed of being a pediatrician. The third of four girls, she was especially close with her

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115 HOW TO HELP younger sister, who she“basically raised,”Leal says. The Christmas before she died, she left gifts on her friends’ doorsteps, knocked on the door and ran off. She had a special place in her heart for children with special needs and was frequently rescuing animals. Three months before she died, she cared for a baby possum she named Hope and took to a wildlife refuge. But looks can be deceiving, and Leal says that underneath the success, her daughter was struggling. She fought with her parents, was anxious about her friendships, and was stressed about preparing for college. “She was awesome and everyone loved her—but she struggled inside. And she couldn’t talk about it. She couldn’t. She didn’t want to burden anyone,”Leal says.

• Offer help and listen. Don’t ignore the problem. What you’ve noticed may be the teen’s way of crying out for help. Offer support, understanding and compassion. You don’t need to solve the problem or give advice. Sometimes just caring and listening, and being nonjudgmental, gives all the understanding necessary. • Take talk of suicide seriously, and use the word “suicide.” Talking about suicide doesn’t cause suicide—but avoiding what’s on the teen’s mind may make that teen feel truly alone and uncared for. Ask if your child has a plan for suicide. If he or she does, then seek professional help immediately.

She learned about self-harm from a friend...She started with small scratches... Weiss, from the Faulk Center, says there are almost always warning signs of suicide, but it can be difficult to discern from the normal changes and mood swings that teens and young adults experience: sadness, irritability, anger, crankiness, and change in appetite and sleep. Other signs include obsessing about death, giving away possessions, withdrawing socially and not caring about things they used to enjoy. “There’s not going to be any one symptom or warning sign,”she says.“The thing that’s important to look out for is how frequent it’s happening, how long it’s going on for, and when in doubt—parents, teachers, friends and kids—reach out and ask.”

• Remove lethal weapons from your home, such as guns. Lock up pills, and be aware of the location of kitchen utensils, as well as ropes, which can be used as means to commit suicide. • Get professional help. A teen at risk of suicide needs professional help. • Don’t be afraid to take your child to a hospital emergency room if it is clear that he or she is planning suicide. You may not be able to handle the situation on your own. —


Shannon Moyel, 19, is a student at Florida Atlantic University with the goal to be a dialectical behavioral therapist. It’s a mouthful, but she believes in this form of therapy because it has worked for her. “I remember when I was basically at rock bottom, and I met my therapist,” she says.“She was the first therapist to really get me, to kind of understand what I was going through, how to help me.” Her struggles started as a child. She would panic when her mother went to another aisle at the store, afraid she had been left behind. At 11, she had dramatic mood swings, including fits of rage that seemed

to come out of nowhere. She had a hard time making friends. Every day she woke up more tired than the next, until one day she asked,“Why am I here?” She learned about self-harm from a friend, and when she was hurting badly enough, Moyel wondered if it would make her feel better. She started with small scratches with safety pins, then her cutting sent her to the hospital. She was terrified to ask for help—she worried about going to the hospital and missing class when her grades were already suffering.

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worried about being a burden to her parents. She worried about how they would pay for therapy. Her mother switched her to a charter school in eighth grade, hoping the change would help. That year, Moyel tried to kill herself. “As soon as I started it...I realized instantly that I wanted to live,”she remembers.“No matter how bad I felt, there’s always that thought in my brain that everybody’s life is worth it somehow, and yeah, you’re going through stuff right now, but it can get better. [But] it was suppressed so far back in my brain that I didn’t know where else to go.” She was hospitalized for a week; in the meantime, her parents looked for answers and found a doctor in Okeechobee, who for an hour quizzed her about mood swings, abandonment issues, difficulty maintaining relationships, self-harm and more. She fit the bill for borderline personality disorder. Although it was frightening, Moyel was relieved that there was a name for her condition. “Ninety percent of suicides usually have an undiagnosed or untreated mental illness,” Weiss says. “It’s so important for [people] to know that there are people out there that care, that there are resources available to help them navigate it. ... There isn’t a class on this—on what happens if your teenager starts experiencing depression and has thoughts about killing themselves.” Moyel has been seeing a psychiatrist and a therapist for five years now, where she has learned interpersonal skills, positive coping mechanisms and self-worth. She joined her high school’s Health Occupation Students of America club and has spoken



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for the National Alliance on Mental Illness four times. Now, she has a job at FAU, has junior credits toward a degree in social work, and wants to get a master’s degree.“I hope to treat the younger adolescents who are trying to just figure out who they are, especially when they’re first diagnosed or if they’re going through a tough time,” she says.“When I was at rock bottom, I was like, ‘Man, I’m not going to make it past 18…’ but now I see a future.”


For the Nadelbachs and Leal, part of the grieving process was making a change in their communities. They wanted to break the silence and talk about suicide. “People deal with suicide and death of a child in many, many different ways. I don’t know why or how I grieved the way I did,”Leal says.“I talk about [her] in my classes often. When I promote my events I have to talk about it. Usually it’s harder for people to hear than for me to speak, because I feel like the more I can speak it, the more I heal.” The day of Bailey’s suicide, Leal was filled with shock. But on day two, when a detective handed her a letter from her daughter, the pieces started to come together. Bailey didn’t do this to us, she realized, and Leal knew she was going to live the rest of her life in her daughter’s memory. She founded Yoga4B, hosting yoga fundraisers and donating the proceeds to agencies like the Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention and the Faulk Center. She also partnered with Waves of Hope, a nonprofit for parents whose children died, to host a weeklong retreat to Costa Rica. Over the seven days, parents from all over the country share their stories of losing their children, and work toward healing. Today, Yoga4B has made it its mission to work with schools to provide time for students to have just

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10 minutes a day to unplug and“learn to be still,” Leal says. She founded a yoga program at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and after the 2018 shooting, she led another yoga session for students. “I love her so much, and she’s with me every day,” she says. “I’m like, ‘All right B, I got this,’ and I do it for her.” The Nadelbachs founded Josh’s Benches, and their goal is to put up yellow benches—the color representing finding light in the dark—in parks and schools to not only provide a place to rest, but to let

people know about the suicide prevention lifeline. The first bench was erected at Pierson Park, where Josh played as a kid with his sister and then attended summer camp. “The essence of the story is just because you have a smile on your face, just because you’re functioning and you’re going out and you’re doing everything like any other person would be doing, doesn’t mean that you’re not struggling,”Nadelbach says. “His name is going to be out there. ... His name will live on.”

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Boca’s most ambitious redevelopment idea since Mizner Park was derailed by city politics. Written by RANDY SCHULTZ

t will go down as Boca Raton’s biggest missed opportunity. In late 2015, major landowners in Midtown were prepared to invest $1 billion over 10 years and create what Crocker Partners Managing Partner Angelo Bianco called a “transformational village” in a dated part of the city. Midtown is the area from Town Center mall to Boca Center, stretching from Glades Road on the north to the Paradise Palms community on the south. Crocker owns Boca Center and three nearby properties, which the company bought in late 2014 for roughly $350 million. Boca Center was a repurchase. Tom Crocker built it in the late 1980s.

Bianco had assembled a coalition that also included Simon Property Group (Town Center mall), Trademark (Glades Plaza) and Cypress Realty of Florida (Strikes@Boca and the building that was home to Nipper’s Bar). Along with investments in their properties, they were ready to spend about $30 million on public streets and sidewalks—money that otherwise might come from taxpayers—for this new neighborhood. Midtown also would get Boca Raton’s second Tri-Rail station. After The Park at Broken Sound—which the Yamato Road station serves and is Tri-Rail’s busiest— Midtown is the city’s largest employment cluster. Crocker would donate land for the station. The landowners would pay for a shuttle at the station to serve employees and anyone who wanted to visit Midtown. Bianco called the combination of potential, timing and landowner cooperation“a stroke of luck.”

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120 All Boca Raton had to do was approve reasonable rules for redevelopment—rules that the city already had committed to approving. For more than two years, on behalf of the landowners, Bianco asked, begged, demanded and cajoled city council members to do so. In January 2018, howev-

er, the council refused. Instead, council members asked for a “small area plan” for Midtown. No such term existed. The move was clearly the latest in a series of delaying tactics, but this time the landowners wouldn’t wait any longer. These days, there is no talk Angelo Bianco and Tom Crocker

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of a vibrant new Midtown that would be a neighborhood and a destination. There is talk only of lawsuits. Bad politics cost Boca Raton this opportunity and could cost the city much more. “It’s so wasteful,” Bianco said in September. His company has filed three Midtown-related lawsuits against the city. One seeks $137 million in what Crocker claims are lost profits. “We don’t generally go to the courthouse. The city forced us to do so.”The city denies Crocker’s allegations in all the lawsuits. Understanding how we got here means going back about two decades. Until 2003, Midtown was part of Palm Beach County. The city annexed it in 2003, but the county’s planning rules still applied. Those rules prohibited residential development. In 2010, however, Boca Raton gave Midtown a Planned Mobility Development designation. The Park at Broken Sound—formerly the Arvida Park of Commerce— has the same designation. Development within such areas offers mass transit and other options to reduce traffic. Having given Midtown that designation, the landowners believed, Boca Raton obligated itself to set development rules that would allow residential development. Most notably, the city had to decide how many units to allow and how high buildings could be. In late 2015, Bianco recalled, “it wasn’t controversial.” Enter Boca Raton’s anti-growth politics. The BocaWatch website, which at the time was loudly anti-development, gave voice to critics who all but accused the city of conspiring with the landowners to rush the project through city approvals.

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121 A few residents of Paradise Palms complained about increased traffic on Military Trail and charged that Bianco had failed to hold enough meetings with neighbors. That started the bad politics. Then came some bad luck: Charles Siemon had a stroke. Siemon is the land-use attorney who basically wrote the rules that led to the redevelopment of downtown Boca Raton and Mizner Park. He brokered the deal between developer Tom Crocker and the community redevelopment agency and helped to write the contract. Then he was part of the effort to pass the Mizner Park referendum. No one in the city has more credibility on planning. Crocker had hired Siemon to explain—in his persistent, professorial way—the Midtown proposal to members of the planning and zoning board and then to members of the city council. Siemon would have been the counterweight to the critics. After the stroke, though,

Siemon couldn’t play that role. “On a personal note,” Bianco said, “that’s the saddest part of this. Charlie acts as a shepherd. It was a real issue with Midtown and a big loss.” In 2012, the city had allowed 2,500 residential units in the Park at Broken Sound. That number became the starting point for Midtown, though Bianco at one point said 1,300 units “is most likely.” Critics, however, used the higher figure to claim that Midtown wanted to create a “mini-city” that would sap city services and flood schools. The landowners responded that the target market for the rental units would be childless couples, the demographic least likely to require lots of services. Critics demanded specific plans, not “pretty pictures.” The landowners responded that they could offer only conceptual drawings—not specific projects—until the city approved the rules. Meanwhile, factional anti-growth politics were rising across the city.


Some nearby residents opposed a restaurant on the Wildflower property, even though the city council had bought the site for that purpose. When negotiations between Hillstone Restaurant Group and the city slowed in early 2016, one of those residents organized a petition drive for an ordinance that would block the restaurant. The campaign for the ordinance was deceptive. Backers falsely claimed the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce wanted to sell off waterfront parks. But the deception worked. Voters approved the ordinance in November 2016. By now, the restaurant could be paying rent to the city. Design and financing of the planned Wildflower Park for that property hadn’t even been approved as of this writing, in late 2019—three years later. Under Publisher Al Zucaro, BocaWatch continued to foment that anti-growth sentiment after the waterfront ordinance passed. BocaWatch








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Here’s some of what Midtown might have had, according to Angelo Bianco of Crocker Partners, which owns Boca Center and other properties: New, shaded streets, with decorative pavers New “entertainment retail,” such as a bowling complex to replace Strikes@Boca Rental apartments for people who work in Midtown and want to avoid long commutes A made-over Boca Center, focused on food and dining A high-end retail row “similar to Worth Avenue” in Palm Beach On-demand ride service with golf carts A luxury spa and fitness center “A live, work and play environment that doesn’t exist anywhere in Boca Raton.”










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122 Zucaro called the [Tri-Rail] Station part of a “billion-dollar gift” to Midtown landowners. The station, he claimed, was “justification” to allow housing. would champion the March 2017 council campaign of Andrea O’Rourke, who herself had championed the waterfront ordinance and had served as BocaWatch’s editor for a year. Zucaro ran for mayor in 2017 and 2018 on an anti-development platform, losing both times. Once on the council, O’Rourke became the voice of Midtown’s critics. In late summer, she attended a meeting at which Tri-Rail officials laid out the schedule for construction of the Midtown station. O’Rourke wanted to address the “perception” that the city had sought out the Tri-Rail station to promote Midtown development. The only such “perception,” however, had come from BocaWatch. Zucaro called the station part of a “billion-dollar gift” to Midtown landowners. The station, he claimed, was “justification” to allow housing. In fact, as the Tri-Rail contingent explained, the agency had approached the city. Tri-Rail did so in 2009, even before Boca Raton had given Midtown that Planned Mobility Development designation. Those questions also sounded contradictory coming from O’Rourke. She had run for office criticizing the council for


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creating too much traffic. Mass transit—like Tri-Rail—gets cars off roads. Now she was opposing it. Coincidentally or not, two months after that Tri-Rail meeting city planners released draft ordinances to govern Midtown development. The staff recommended that landowners not get city approval for any residential development until the Tri-Rail station opened. Under Tri-Rail’s schedule, that would have been another five years. The maximum number of units would have been 600. Residential was key for the landowners, Bianco explained recently, because they needed profits from that investment to drive the other investment.“Retail is dicey,”Bianco said, stating the obvious. There was“no demand for new office space”in a neighborhood with lots of it. Crocker wanted to transform Boca Center, Bianco said in 2015, into a “foodies’ paradise.” It will happen—but in Delray Beach, with Delray City Market. The collective investment, Bianco said, would create a “24/7 environment.”At the time, Keith O’Donnell, one of this area’s most successful real estate brokers, said of Crocker, “They are the best at doing what they’re doing, so I’m very

excited about it.” On Jan. 23, 2018, the city council had one last chance to save that ambitious Midtown concept. The ordinances were on the agenda. Six months earlier, Councilman Robert Weinroth had told Bianco during a workshop meeting that he and the city were near agreement. Not hardly. The meeting started badly and deteriorated from there. O’Rourke dismissed Bianco’s argument that Midtown needed reinvestment. Yet he kept pressing. “Just tell us (the landowners) the rules,” Bianco said. With any individual project, the council “can say no. The public will be involved. We just need to know the rules.” Instead, O’Rourke proposed that the council ask the staff to create that “small area plan” for Midtown. That term did not exist in planning lexicon. “Just because it hasn’t been done,” O’Rourke said, didn’t mean that the council couldn’t do it. When Development Services Director Brandon Schaad and others expressed confusion about the term, O’Rourke advised the curious to “Google it.” Then-Mayor Susan Haynie protested.“We don’t even know what it is,” she said of “small area plan.” Councilman Jeremy Rodgers said,“It seems

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like we’re making up things as we go along.” Yet Rodgers, Weinroth and Scott Singer joined O’Rourke in voting for the“small area plan.” They had support from City Attorney Diana Frieser, who said the majority was on solid legal ground. Only Haynie voted to postpone a vote for two months and try to work out something with the landowners. Before the “small area plan” was done, the lawsuits came. Crocker filed its first of three in April 2018. One seeks $137 million in lost profits under the Bert Harris Act. If property owners can prove that

were proceeding. In November 2018, Bianco said, he sent a proposal to the city that would settle all of Crocker’s litigation. Almost a year later, he said, Frieser’s office hadn’t even responded. A city spokeswoman confirmed only that the council had met in a private executive session to discuss the offer. One can reasonably assume that no consensus emerged from that meeting to offer a counterproposal. Even if the city prevails in court, however, that momentum toward a new Midtown is gone. Trademark and Simon

its own challenges and had many critics. Today, no one can imagine Boca Raton without it. Bianco wanted to use the lessons of Mizner Park —the parking garages should not have faced Federal Highway— when planning Midtown. Creative ideas were out there. Example: Extend Butts Road south of Town Center Road to Military Trail, which could divert traffic from the section of Military Trail that runs through Midtown. A happy outcome, however, would have depended on the council collectively telling city administrators and Frieser to

O’Rourke proposed that the council ask the staff to create a “small area plan” for Midtown. The term did not exist in planning lexicon. government illegally lowered the value of their land, they can seek damages. Another lawsuit seeks to compel the city to write rules for Midtown. The third alleges that some of the city’s elected officials violated the state’s open-meetings law to promote the idea of the“small area plan.” Cypress Realty’s Nader Salour also sued. He alleges the city had refused even to consider his site plan. As of October, a judge had dismissed Crocker’s Bert Harris claim and ruled against Salour. Each case is on appeal. Crocker’s two other lawsuits

are going their own way on plans for their properties. Crocker is proposing only a “Restaurant Row” near one of its Midtown office buildings. The Tri-Rail station is likely dead. Crocker’s offer of land depended on acquiring those development rights, and the agency doesn’t have money to buy land for the station. Admittedly, Midtown came with challenges because the concept was so ambitious. The biggest were dealing with traffic on Military Trail and reshaping the area into a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. But Mizner Park posed

make negotiations with the landowners a priority. The council never did. In late 2018, the city did complete that “small area plan” for Midtown. It recommends an emphasis on mobility, “complete streets” for walking and not just driving, and notes, “revitalization is needed.” In other words, the plan calls for all the changes that the landowners recommended. Now, however, there is no private capital for that investment. All Boca Raton has for Midtown is a useless plan. “Politics prevailed,” Bianco said, “and everybody lost.”

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t’s time to start planning for South Florida’s most innovative culinary event—Savor the Avenue—when Delray restaurants take center stage down the middle of Atlantic Avenue for five glorious blocks. Tables are lavishly decorated, candlelight shimmers, there is music and laughter and the sound of ice tinkling in glasses. The magic of twilight dining outdoors, of meeting new people, of sharing fine artisanal food has made this event a regional favorite for a decade now, and a signature event for Boca and Delray magazines and the Downtown Development Authority of Delray Beach. Even if you are not dining at one of the Savor tables, it’s still fun to stroll the Avenue and take in the spectacle of lavishly decorated tables, people toasting each other and Delray all decked out for dinner. This year’s Savor the Avenue will be March 23, and proceeds will benefit Delray’s Community Greening. Contact savortheave for further information.

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126 L’Acqua

110 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/563-7492 This is an upmarket Italian restaurant, complete with white tablecloths, excellent service and the oh-so-civilized habit of serving drinks and antipasti before giving you a menu. In fact, it’s as close to slow food dining as you will get locally and has some great menu options you don’t see at many Italian places, like the bresaola al mascarpone appetizer, or the four types of risotto. The ambience is relaxing and adult, and Italian songs play sweetly in the background. Feel like a refuge from the craziness of Atlantic Avenue? A civilized fine dining alternative without the stuffiness? This is your place. And don’t miss the tartufo dessert with zabaione sauce.

50 Ocean

50 S. Ocean Blvd., 561/278-3364 Imagination becomes reality at 50 Ocean, the only second-floor restaurant and bar on Delray’s beachfront, where meals are served overlooking the Atlantic. Before taking a seat, stop by the Hemingway Lounge, where the American author’s story lives on through vintage pictures mounted on the walls. As the name suggests, 50 Ocean has plenty of seafood options to please any palate, organized under offbeat menu categories such as“This and That,”“Why Not”and“Maybe.”The mussels, octopus or lobster bisque is a good place to start. Follow up with a wedge salad or anchovytopped Caesar, then decide on an entrée. The swordfish, salmon and filet mignon are all winners.   DEBRA SOMERVILLE

Cabana El Rey

Savor the Avenue is a sensory delight, from over-the-top table decor to fine dining

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105 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/274-9090 Cabana El Rey is authentic Cuban food at its finest, with Zagat praising its“305 flavors without the drive.”Choose from crispy plantains, jerk chicken wings, fried shrimp and more to

begin a meal. Or jump into the extensive menu with originals such as the Coco Cabana, which combines yucca, yautia and vegetables with a signature coconut milk and habanero curry reduction seasoned to perfection. Cabana is lauded for its authentic cocktails, too, especially the sangrias and mojitos. With its spicy Latin ambience and friendly atmosphere, it encourages patrons to relax and have a good time.

Caffé Luna Rosa

34 S. Ocean Blvd., 561/274-9404 Directly across from the Atlantic Ocean, Caffé Luna Rosa is undeniably a local favorite—all day long. Chef Ernie DiBlasi and his staff prepare each dish with precision and prestige, and guests are treated with utmost respect and care. Mornings at Caffé Luna Rosa are notorious for crowds because, yes, the brunch options really are that amazing, from a breakfast pizza topped with sunny-side-up eggs to coconut-crusted French toast. Dinner is noticeably different— the extensive menu covers veal, chicken, fish and vegetarian plates. The wine list exceeds 200 options, and the staff is trained in wine presentation and service. No matter when the craving for a homemade, generously portioned Italian meal strikes, Caffé Luna Rosa will be ready and waiting.  


900 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/562-5200 The name of this Argentinean steakhouse has little to do with the Marxist revolutionary favored by college hipsters. Rather,“Che!!!” translates colloquially to “friend” in Argentina, and you’ll feel like one when you visit the flagship U.S. location of this venerable Spanish restaurant chain. Opening in 2016 in the former Hudson at Waterway East site, Che!!! boasts a

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primo waterfront location and abundant outdoor seating ideal for sunset gazing. The voluminous menu straddles Spain, Argentina and even the Southern U.S., from chicken ‘n’ waffles and a farm-fresh salad to Galician-style octopus, Buenos Aries-style chorizo, and Argentinean veal Parmigiana, which is served with ham. A tapas bar and“12 for 10”lunch menu will satisfy the budgetconscious, helping this inaugural Savor participant earn its exclamation marks.

City Oyster & Sushi Bar

213 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/272-0220 City Oyster is a local see-andbe-seen hangout, and if there’s room at the bar, find a spot near one of the bartenders, who are practically as famous as Sam Malone. They’re happy to serve up their best Old Fashioned or the perfect Rob Roy alongside excellent service and conversation. City Oyster is an ideal spot for a

power lunch or dinner, too, with a menu that is creative and diverse. For example, you can start with items ranging from soppressata flatbread to rock shrimp and blood orange ceviche to a frutti de mare or steaks and chops. City Oyster has sushi to soup and everything in between.

seafood (can you say oysters Rockefeller?) and favorites such as Mom’s meatball and a mac ‘n’ cheese people swear by. This has all the attributes of a fine steakhouse with a much hipper spin. And do not forget the vino—Cut 432 has more than 300 options.

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116 N.E. Sixth Ave., 561/808-8814 In the historic Falcon House, Death or Glory offers handcrafted cocktails and seasonal fare using the freshest local ingredients—but always has a whimsical twist or two. This is a local fave and it rises to the occasion on holidays with a pop up theme for both Halloween and Christmas. A favorite aspect is its canopied outside tiki hut, but there’s not a bad seat in the house and the drinks are hand-crafted and original. In addition to drinks, the menu features appetizers and entrées, such as a charcuterie board, chicken schnitzel, house-made

432 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/272-9898 Brian Albe, Brandon Belluscio and Anthony Pizzo are part of Delray’s infamous restaurant owner troika. Together, they own and operate three cherished eateries, the oldest of which is Cut 432 (Park Tavern and El Camino are the others). Cut 432 is a brilliant steakhouse with arguably the best happy hour in town, maybe even along A1A. The happy hour menu includes affordable snack and cocktail selections, house spirits and house wines, all available at the long white modern bar. Delve a little deeper for a selection of dry-aged steaks, classic

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pappardelle and a vegan burger. Don’t miss the Frito-dusted chick peas.


32 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/560-6699 This new incarnation of the iconic 32 East space is both highly fashionable and functional—there is a real upstairs porch now and a private dining room adjacent to the upstairs area. The bar is big and inviting now, and the ambience is rustic and elegant at the same time. The attention to quality and detail in the restaurant design is echoed in a substantial menu with excellent food—and top-notch service. In short, if 32 East had to go, its “replacement” has more than earned its address. The menu offers both “long” and “short” pasta, as well as salumi, proscuitto, cheeses, fish, steak, chops and chicken. And a wood-burning grill. We went for the funghi misto mascarpone ravioli—but it’s all stellar.

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128 Farmhouse Kitchen

204 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/266-3642 Owned and operated by South Florida restaurateur Gary Rack, Farmhouse Kitchen offers diners a cozy, rustic vibe—with a healthy menu. The indooroutdoor bar provides a great view of the Ave, and focuses on the“clean”eating trend that eschews culinary staples like fat, butter or cream in favor of ancient grains, vegan alternatives and plant-based proteins. But that’s not to say it doesn’t serve up a lot of flavor and popular signature dishes like the Buffalo cauliflower and a battery of delish flatbreads. Farmhouse Kitchen relies on seasonally fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Look for twists on classics, such as sweet pea and avocado guacamole and bison meatloaf, and standard favorites including seared scallops and skirt steak.

Lemongrass Asian Bistro

420 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/278-5050 We love Lemongrass, as it’s one of the only places in Delray that can offer a wide variety of Asian cuisine under the same roof. Lemongrass is a modern, contemporary bistro where Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese influences flourish. It’s popular with locals and visitors alike, and the menu spans sushi wraps to curries, small plates to nigiri. Seating options include indoor and outdoor tables presided by a friendly, reliable staff. Stop by for appetizers and sake or stay for the evening.

Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar DEBRA SOMERVILLE

110 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/808-1100  Start off with guacamole prepared tableside and warm tortilla chips. It’s a necessary staple alongside a refreshing margarita or mojito (there’s 425 tequila options) or an ice-cold

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cerveza. Find a chair at one of the tables under the neon sign and red awnings, or dine indoors. The casual, relaxed atmosphere is great for groups big and small. Rocco’s Tacos prepares all orders from scratch, including the addictive chips. Try a few tacos or enchiladas and add a side of queso—the menu is affordable. If it’s after midnight, stop by for the late-night menu, which offers $2 tacos, $3 beers and $5 specialty drinks until 3 a.m.   

Rose’s Daughter

169 N.E. 2nd Ave., 561/271-9423 Chef Suzanne Perrotto (who also owns the popular Brulé restaurant across the street) opened Rose’s Daughter as homage to her mother who was a chef in the family’s Italian trattoria in New York. The menu is full of authentic family recipes, and the feeling is intended to emulate Sunday dinners at home, complete with pastas, house-made ricotta cheese, homemade breads, sweets and plenty of red wine. Menu hits include“mom’s manicotti,” mushroom Strozzapreti, short rib pappardelle and more. But the real kick is that this offthe-Avenue gem feels genuine, neighborhood-y and welcoming. Rose would be proud.

The Wine Room

411 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/243-9463 This sumptuous makeover of what has been a series of restaurants in the old Arcade Tap Room building may have hit the jackpot with this one, which is now the second location of the 13-year-old Wine Room in Winter Park. It has two bars (one of which is the lovingly renovated Arcade Tap Room bar, reminiscent of a speakeasy) and groups of cozy table pods, lots of rich wood, and a wall of Enomatic machines dispensing more than 200 different wines, from affordable to very rare.

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This feels like a neighborhood hit and a hot spot, with great happy hours, a convivial bar crowd and excellent food—think great flatbreads, charcuterie and a selection of more than 80 cheeses (complete with a real cheesemonger to assist you). A retail section offers artisan meats, cheeses and 600 to 700 wines to buy.

Salt 7

32 S.E. Second Ave., 561/274-7258  “Brunch”and “Salt7”are famous for being inseparable—mention one, mention both, and for good reason. After 2 p.m., Salt7 turns into a nightclub, with blackout curtains, DJs and performers. As beloved as brunch is, there’s also a dinner menu that deserves notice. The tuna poke appetizer is on trend, and the raw bar selections are plentiful. But steak is what Salt7 does so confidently and

deliciously. Try the 22-ounce bone-in cowboy rib-eye, the filet mignon or New York strip. Accessorize with Salt7’s signature steak sauce or savor every delicious unadulterated bite. The sides are endless: creamed spinach, duck fat fries and marinated beets. With its sleek atmosphere and menu offerings, Salt7 is on the cutting edge of culinary innovation.

Vic & Angelo’s

290 E. Atlantic Ave., 844/842-2632  Classic Italian meets American cuisine at Vic & Angelo’s corner location near Delray’s railroad tracks. Surrounded by exposed brick, colorful accents and an aroma of baked bread, guests will feel like they’re lost in Italy. Using San Marzano tomatoes and the freshest ingredients, traditional favorites like V&A’s lasagna, rigatoni Bolognese and fettuccini Alfredo are absolutely delicious.

Don’t forget to try the coal-fired pizza—we recommend the original or the margherita. Stop by for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

beers. Check out the late-night menu, which runs daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Even Dwight K. Schrute would approve.

201 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/276-3600  The Office, with its sleek sidewalk bar, is a great hangout spot after work or on the weekend. The outdoor bar and seating area is perfect for casual conversation with friends or family. When the menu arrives, take note of its whimsy: angry cauliflower, chipotle deviled eggs and bacon, charred Spanish octopus. Arguably, The Office has the best burgers in Delray—splurge on a veggie burger, CEO burger or turkey burger. No meal is complete without a beverage, and The Office’s drink menu won’t disappoint. Try one of its handcrafted cocktails or draft

5 S.E. Second Ave., 561/450-6718 One of Gary Rack’s well-known establishments, Rack’s Fish House + Oyster Bar is a staple on the Ave. Besides its $1 oysters during happy hour, Rack’s is known for its delicious raw bar selections, signature seafood entrees and nouveau-nautical decor. Start with a shellfish platter, then dive into the Skuna Bay salmon, stuffed shrimp or seared scallops. The day boat platter is good for those who want a little bit of everything: cod, shrimp, scallops and crab. Try a Prohibition-esque cocktail or stick to a draft beer. No matter what you order, you’ll be reeling in a great catch.

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The Great DuBois, performing Jan. 19 at Crest Theatre

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Maria Shriver A tireless advocate for women and peace hopes for a more mindful 2020 Written by JOHN THOMASON


ong before women’s empowerment became a hashtag movement, Maria Shriver made it part of her life’s work. Shriver, 64, was born into a leading political family—her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, was a sister of President John F. Kennedy—and in 1986, she married into a future one: Her then-spouse, Arnold Schwarzenegger, would become governor of California in 2003. Also a news correspondent and author, she has used her influence to effect change for as long as she’s been in the public eye.

“We live in a time of a lot of noise and a lot of division, but if we can calm the chatter, get in touch with ourselves and find our calm, then we’ll be one step closer to making peace with those that live in our homes, in our communities, in our country and in the world at large.” —Maria Shriver


WHAT: Mindful Boca 2020: An Evening with Maria Shriver WHEN: Jan. 28, 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton COST: $100$125 CONTACT: 561/955-7227, pmpl.eventbrite. com

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Just during her tenure as First Lady of the country’s most populous state, she spearheaded The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything, a groundbreaking survey of the impact of women in the workforce. And she began leading the nonprofit Women’s Conference, a global gathering of important women and their supporters, which drew figures as diverse as Oprah Winfrey, Billie Jean King and the Dalai Lama to the California confab. And her Emmy-winning HBO documentary series “The Alzheimer’s Project”premiered, exploring an illness that disproportionately affects women, and that has become a passion project for Shriver. This month, she becomes the latest powerful woman to keynote Mindful Boca, an annual New Year’s lecture from Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life initiative. She’s likely to discuss her own wellness practice as outlined in her best-selling 2018 essay collection I’ve Been Thinking … Reflections, Prayers and Meditations for a Meaningful Life. “We knew going into 2020, an election year, that our community was going to need someone extra special to inspire, motivate, and leave us feeling hopeful for what is to come,”says Barb Schmidt, co-founder of Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life.“With her own personal life experience, her professional scope and her inspiring content, I knew [Maria] would be the perfect fit for Mindful Boca 2020.”

How does the Peaceful Mind/ Peaceful Life programming here in Boca gel with your interests and motivations as a writer and thinker? I talk a lot about the importance of mindfulness and slowing down—both of which are important to the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life group. I believe that we could all afford to slow down our lives and make more time for what really matters. The New Age/selfdevelopment section in most bookstores is a large one. How do you believe I’ve Been Thinking … stands apart from the rest? I’ve Been Thinking… was my most personal book to date. It was my most reflective and my most spiritual. It’s the best example of how my views on life have grown and evolved over time. I don’t need to compare my book to others or talk about how it stands out, but I will say that I think it resonated because I allowed myself to be real and vulnerable. So many of the issues I write about in the book are issues we all face in our families, faith, careers and life as a whole. How do you recommend people

read the book to get the most out of it? The nice thing about I’ve Been Thinking… is that the book can be read however you see fit. I intentionally structured the book to include short essays, reflections and meditations so that a person could grab it whenever they need a pick-me-up and find at least one message that most speaks to them in that moment. The book can be read in order or out of order, all at once or in bits and pieces. I still write new I’ve Been Thinking… essays weekly in my Sunday Paper digital newsletter. Are we making any progress in the prevention or cure for Alzheimer’s? Yes, I do believe that we are. Alzheimer’s is the only major disease without a treatment or a cure, and I find that to be completely unacceptable. That said, there are many smart scientists and researchers out there who are just as upset by this fact as I am, and who are working tirelessly to break ground and find answers. My nonprofit The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement raises money for critical gender-based research so we can help advance the study of women’s brains in particular and help uncover why wom-

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133 en are disproportionately impacted by this disease. You mention in the postscript of your book that “both parties contribute to the divisiveness in this country.” What led you to believe that your former party, the Democrats, were part of the problem as well? It wasn’t that I felt the Democratic Party was part of the problem necessarily. It’s that I came to realize that neither political party had all the answers, and that neither was entirely right or wrong about every issue. I registered as an Independent shortly after serving as a Democratic First Lady in a Republican administration. [That] required me to reach across the aisle. It made me realize that we’re all facing similar issues, that we all have good ideas, and that most of us want what’s best for one another, even if we have different ways of getting there. One of the only ways we’re going to come together and get anything done is if we pause, take a deep breath, put aside our“R”and“D”labels, and start having meaningful conversations about what unites us and what we have in common. Trust me, it’s a lot more than we often think.

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Carol Prusa: “Dark Light” at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; $10-$12 admission; 561/392-2500, Based in South Florida but shown internationally, metalpoint artist Prusa utilizes unexpected materials from resin and fiberglass to metal leaf and LED lights to create light-speckled domes, glowing orbs and drawings that explore aspects of cosmology and deep space.

Clifford Ross: “Waves” at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; $10-$12 admission; 561/3922500, This intrepid photographer spent 12 seasons wading directly into the surf during Atlantic coast hurricanes. “Waves” focuses on the ferocious yet beautiful images he shot from the beach, while also featuring some of Ross’ newest work—a site-specific installation of wood panels depicting wave-like abstractions.

Maren Hassinger: “Tree of Knowledge” at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; $10-$12 admission; 561/392-2500, Acclaimed New York artist Hassinger, who works regularly with found materials, created this homage to Boca Raton’s own Tree of Knowledge, the historic landmark of the nearby African-American enclave of Pearl City. The aerial “roots” of her version of the banyan tree are comprised of rolled-up newspapers donated and shaped by volunteers.

“Anime Architecture” at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach; $11-$15 museum admission; 561/495-0233, This exhibition celebrates the animators responsible for the iconic cityscapes in features like “Akira” and “Ghost in the Shell.” Curator Stefan Riekeles spent years compiling the more than 100 works comprising the show, which include location photographs, concept sketches and full-color animation cells.


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Jackie Fabulous at Boca Black Box, 8221 Glades Road, Suite 10, Boca Raton; 8 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday; $35$45; 561/483-9036, This comedian advanced to the semifinals of Season 14 of “America’s Got Talent” on the strength of her likable persona and confessional material on topics ranging from online dating to weight issues. A keynote conference speaker as well as a comic, Jackie hopes her material empowers women to “Find the Funny in Their Flaws.”

Lori Arbel: “Connections” at Pompano Beach Cultural Center, 50 W. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach; free; 954/545-7800, Eschewing an easel, South Florida-based abstract expressionist Arbel lays her works directly on tabletops, working from every side and every angle in mediums ranging from ink to paint and other markings until the piece strikes a psychological chord.

Classic Albums Live: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Damn the Torpedoes at Pavilion at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $20-$75; 561/243-7922, Honoring the album era, the tribute project Classic Albums Live plays classic LPs live—note for note, cut for cut. This time, they’ll take on Damn the Torpedoes, Petty’s third album with the Heartbreakers, with fan favorites like “Refugee” and “Don’t Do Me Like That.”

“Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook” at Mizner Park Cultural Center, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; $35-$45; 844/6722849, Tribute artist Suzanne O. Davis re-creates the music and atmosphere of a 1970s Carole King concert, performing King’s landmark album Tapestry along with selections from the prolific Goffin & King Songbook, which included hits for the Beatles, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin and more.

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“Art Couture: The Intersection of Fashion and Art” at Cornell Art Museum, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; $5-$8; 561/243-7922, The Cornell’s winter/spring exhibition explores the inextricable link between contemporary art and fashion design, considering the way each practice influences the other. It includes illustrations and clothing from revered fashion designers, including Delray Beach’s own Amanda Perna.

David Osborne: “Pianist to Presidents” at Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 7:30 p.m.; Admission TBA; 561/2379000, Osborne, who has brought has dazzling skill on the ivories to White House performances for Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Obama, will perform spirited takes on classics from the American Songbook.

Jessica Yellin at Levis JCC Sandler Center, 21050 95th Ave. S., Boca Raton; 2:30 p.m.; $20$25; 561/558-2520, Former CNN White House correspondent Yellin’s new novel is set in the cutthroat cable-news business, where her gritty protagonist is forced into a ratings war with a brash frat boy-turned-anchor, while a U.S. diplomatic crisis tests both of their mettles. Yellin will discuss and sign copies; coffee, fruit and pastries will be served.

“A Bronx Tale” at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; various show times; $44-$94; 561/8327469, Actor Chazz Palminteri conceived “A Bronx Tale” as a one-man autobiographical play in 1989, then as a 1993 movie. His latest iteration, “A Bronx Tale: The Musical,” retains the coming-ofage plot from his original concept: A boy is torn between the values and ideals of his hardworking New York father and the appeals and temptations of a local mafioso.

Marc Broussard at Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton; 8 p.m. Thursday, 9 p.m. Saturday; $40$70; 561/395-2929, This top-charting progenitor of “Bayou Soul” blends a philanthropic spirit with a powerful baritone and a swampy musicality that marries funk, blues, R&B, rock and pop. His latest release is 2017’s appropriately titled Easy to Love.

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Oshogatsu Celebration at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach; $10-$15; 561/4950233, Entering its 42nd year, this Japanese New Year’s celebration features a daylong slate of activities including taiko drumming, rice pounding, the making of mochi rice cakes and a sado tea ceremony. Relax with a high-end sake selection, and leave with a plant or craft from a local vendor.

The Righteous Brothers at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs; 7 p.m.; $48.15$80.25; 954/344-5990, Founding Righteous Brother Bill Medley lost his performing “kin,” Bobby Hatfield, in 2003. Today, Bucky Heard joins Medley to perform the duo’s legendary hits, including blue-eyed soul classics “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” and “Unchained Melody.”

“With Eyes Closed” play reading at Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 7:30 p.m.; $10; 561/237-9000, lynn. edu. Ideological differences are at the heart of this world-premiere staged reading of a play by Martha Patterson, about a 20-something left-wing crank who falls for a mathematically inclined cab driver, only to find that their opposing political views cause friction in their new relationship.

Jordan Peterson at Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach; 3 p.m.; $35; 561/655-7226, A provocative thought leader with a cult following, Canadian clinical psychologist Peterson has penned two influential nonfiction books straddling sociology and self-help, and his strongly argued opinions on political correctness and religion have found purchase in contrarian circles on both the right and left.

“Chicago” at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter; various show times; starting at $62; 561/575-2223, Bob Fosse and Kander & Ebb’s sizzling jazz musical, about rival vaudevillian murderesses who enlist the services of a sleazy lawyer to turn their crimes of passion into a media circus, is sure to receive a top-flight production from the Maltz.

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Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 7:30 p.m.; $59 and up; 561/832-7469, kravis. org. Innovative, Russian-born illusionist Vitaly, who managed to “fool” Penn & Teller on the magic legends’ TV show, specializes in tricks that bend matter, from erasing people from their own drivers’ licenses to bringing 2D drawings to 3D life.

“The Secret Comedy of Women” at Mizner Park Cultural Center, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; various show times; $45$55; 844/672-2849, This two-woman variety show from writers/actors Linda Klein and Barbara Gehrig combines comedy, songs, dances and stories while exploring the traits the fairer sex has in common—from highschool crushes to bras to menopause—with frankness and intelligence.

“Evita” at The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; various show times; $75-$95; 561/9952333, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s enduring musical about the life, loves and tragic demise of Argentine political leader Eva Perón won seven Tony Awards upon its 1980 Broadway debut, and remains a powerhouse title role for any actress lucky enough to snag it.

“Nut/Cracked” at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday; $22; 561/297-6124, Edgy New York-based contemporary dance company The Bang Group joins forces with FAU’s Repertory Dance Theatre Ensemble to produce this witty remix of “The Nutcracker,” in which Tchaikovsky’s original score meshes with music from Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and others.

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“Boyz N the Hood” at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 7 p.m.; $12; 561/832-7469, kravis. org. Director John Singleton’s 1991 movie about a good kid from South Central Los Angeles who is torn between his father’s hard-nosed values and the allure of the gang culture surrounding him is both culturally specific and thematically universal. Part of the Kravis’ annual African-American Film Festival.

Delray String Quartet “In the Round” at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 188 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 7:30 p.m.; $40-$50; maspconcerts. org. Playing “in the round,” with audience seating on all sides, the Quartet will perform an intimate program titled “Anything You Can Do We Can Do Better.” It includes works by Mendelssohn, Rebecca Clarke, Elfrida Andree and Amy Beach.

Screening of “Kusama: Infinity” at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach; 7 p.m.; $7-$10; 561/495-0233, This 2018 documentary about nonagenarian Japanese Pop artist Yayoi Katsuma explores her challenging ascent to becoming the top-selling living female artist in the world, a path paved with racism, sexism and mental illness. Director Heather Lenz will introduce the film.

Charles Calello & his Big Band at Boca Black Box, 8221 Glades Road, Suite 10, Boca Raton; 7 p.m.; $65-$75; 561/4839036, bocablackbox. com. Eighty-one years young and with 15 Grammy nominations to his credit, former Four Seasons singer Calello will perform hits popularized by his Frankie Valli-led vocal group along with iconic favorites from Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond and more, backed by a 17-piece orchestra.

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David Bromberg Quintet at Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton; 8 p.m.; $40-$60; 561/395-2929, This Americana string virtuoso cut his teeth in the Greenwich Village folk scene in the 1960s and became a dependable sideman for Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr and others. After a stint away from the limelight, Bromberg formed a band in 2007 and has been a prolific recording artist ever since, most recently on 2016’s The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues.

GENTRI: The Gentlemen Trio at Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday; $50-$70; 561/237-9000, lynn. edu. Comprised of three dynamic tenors, the vocal group GENTRI specializes in what it calls “Cinematic Pop”—a blend of lushly orchestrated three-part harmonies that re-imagine audience favorites from the Beatles, Billy Joel and others.

The Great DuBois at Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 7 p.m.; $55-$65; 561/243-7922, Entertainers Viktoria Grimmy and Michael DuBois have performed with the world’s top circuses, and both appeared in the 2017 film “The Greatest Showman.” Now, they pool their talents for this fast-paced variety show replete with juggling, hula hoops, unicycles, contortionism, magic, aerial stunts and more.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; $35-$100; 561/832-7469, kravis. org. Aided by guest pianist Khatia Buniatishvili, the venerable London orchestra will perform Walton’s “Portsmouth Point” Overture, Liszt’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major,” and Rachmaninoff’s “Symphony No. 2 in E minor.”

Branford Marsalis Quartet at Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach; 3 p.m.; $30; 561/655-7226, An icon of the jazz saxophone and the former bandleader on “The Tonight Show,” Marsalis will lead his quartet through original compositions and jazz standards, plus a new take on Beethoven themes—part of the Four Arts’ season-long celebration of Beethoven’s vast influence.


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Branford Marsalis Quartet

“That Golden Girls Show!”

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Niall Ferguson at Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach; 3 p.m.; $35; 561/655-7226, fourarts. org. An expert on history and economics and a self-described “member of the neo-imperialist gang,” Ferguson correctly predicted the 2008 financial collapse. A New York Times best-selling author, he will discuss his latest book The Square & the Tower: Making Sense of a Networked World.

“Hamilton” at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; various show times; admission TBA; 561/8327469, If you missed Lin-Manuel Miranda’s cross-cultural phenomenon during its touring debut at the Broward Center in 2018, Kravis on Broadway is presenting the box office-shattering rap musical about Alexander Hamilton’s personal foibles and his invaluable contributions to the founding of our republic.

Congresswoman Pat Schroeder at Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 12 p.m.; $15; 561/237-9000, lynn. edu. A lawyer, 24-year Congressmember and presidential candidate, Schroeder is among the most influential women in politics. In this talk, hosted by historian Robert Watson, the Colorado Democrat will discuss the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Rita Rudner at Boca Black Box, 8221 Glades Road, Suite 10, Boca Raton; 8 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday; $60$75; 561/483-9036, The diminutive comic with an easygoing delivery and epigrammatic joke construction takes a break from performing the longest-running solo comedy show in Las Vegas history, bringing her wry material off the Strip and into the suburbs.

“That Golden Girls Show!” at Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 7 p.m.; $55$65; 561/243-7922, Combining “Avenue Q”style marionettes with trademark moments from one of America’s most beloved sitcoms, this imaginative puppet tribute to “The Golden Girls” is a loving send-up of Sophia, Rose, Blanche and Dorothy—their personalities intact underneath the felt and string.

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The Faces of Dining


ating is undoubtedly one of life’s greatest pleasures. Discover some of the faces behind the culinary creations that make

our mouths water before the first bite, and learn how the chefs’ passion for food inspired their illustrious

careers and our appetites. Expand your horizons with some delectable new destinations to take guests, host a fabulous dinner party or celebration and feast on food to dine for! From ethnic fair to traditional classics, you are sure to have your friends and family begging to join you on your next gastronomic journey of delight!

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The Face of Legendary Classic Italian Cuisine Arturo’s Restaurant

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he aura of Italian tradition and the love of family, three generations strong, emulate the moment you step into Arturo’s Restaurant. “We give our clients what we love to eat—dishes passed down from our parents,” says Arturo Gismondi’s son, Vincenzo, who together with his wife Rosaria and daughters Elisa, with her husband Enzo, and Giulia carry on the patriarch’s legacy at Boca Raton’s oldest Italian restaurant. “We are always bringing the latest recipes back from Italy 2-3 times a year to stay current with the trends,” explains Rosaria. “We believe in the finest service and Italian cuisine in a sophisticated environment,” adds Vincent. “Recently, a customer from Chicago in the food business called me to his table after dining on our king size prawns with clams and mussels. He offered an impromptu review with a score of 20 on a scale from 1-10,” Vincenzo relayed.

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The appetizer cart is as much of an attraction as a temptation, featuring a divine assortment of grilled and marinated vegetables, seafood salad, imported buffalo mozzarella and the show-stopping rainbow layered Torta Primavera. Tableside prepared classic Caesar salad, homemade pasta and Ossobuco alla Milanese are house favorites. Eldest of their five daughters, Pastry Chef Elisa, Culinary Institute of America trained, prepares tiramisu, strawberry shortcake, cheesecake and custom made desserts that wow with artistic presentation. An extensive fine wine selection, spectacular party venues for 16-180 people, (complete with decorations and linens,) and live music nightly all make dining at Arturo’s a “20” every time. 6750 N. Federal Highway n Boca Raton, FL 33487



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The Face of Extraordinary Private Country Club Dining Boca West Country Club

Grand Central

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Grand Central Sports Bar keeps fans cheering with 42 wall-mounted TV screens and two enormous video walls. The 3-D street scene, authentically created with two-story brownstones and fire escapes welcomes guests to indulge in piled-high Katz-style sandwiches, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs and Krinkle Cut Fries, Josie’s Pizzeria and The Market featuring fresh salads and wraps. MyPi in the Sports Center features an open pizza kitchen and the Country Club is where you will find Panache, home to their famous salad bar, prime rib and seafood buffets and the very popular Sunday Brunch. Two outdoor casual restaurants, Mr. D’s on the driving range and Splash at the pool round out the dining options throughout Boca West, where a healthy living lifestyle is a key philosophy with creating all of the sumptuous, irresistible menus. 20583 Boca West Drive

Boca Raton, FL 33434




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hen members of the nation’s #1 private residential country club go out for their favorite dining experience, they stay right where they live. “I am constantly approached by members who rave about our dining experience here at Boca West. Their guests continuously looking to be invited back for the amazing quality, variety and superb selections we provide,” says Matthew Linderman, the man who oversees it all. Prime Cut, Boca West’s signature steakhouse boasts a stunning bar, lounge and restaurant all in one venue where every seat is considered the best in the house. With a spectacular 1,800 bottle wine cellar, an elaborate handcrafted cocktail menu; USDA Heritage prime steaks and sensational fresh seafood including Wild Dover Sole flown in daily, every meal is a masterpiece of the finest ingredients. Shareable sides like signature Lyonnaise potatoes and charred Brussel sprouts; decadent classic Baked Alaska or sinfully fluffy Soufflés further add to diners’ sensory overload. From savoring Wagyu Burgers at the bar to live performances nightly in the Lounge, Prime Cut is revered as the ultimate world-class steakhouse experience.

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The Face of Fine Asian Cuisine Yellowtail Modern Asian Cuisine and Sushi

Tuna Poppers


Chef Andrew Marc

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Omakasa creations Chef prepares will be your passport around the world of underwater treasures adorned with fresh flowers, perhaps consisting of Aji “Horse Mackerel” from the coast of Japan; Arctic Char from the glacial waters of Canada; Bluefin and Toro from Spain; Salmon and Salmon Belly from Faro Island off the coast of Scotland; Saba “Spanish Mackerel” off the coast of Florida; Ahi Tuna from the Galapagos Islands; and Unagi “Fresh Water Eel” from Japan. Whether ordering from the menu, or embracing the Chef’s award-winning culinary imagination, pick up your chopsticks and prepare to be blown away. 7959 W. Atlantic Avenue

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ellowtail Modern Asian Cuisine and Sushi restaurant offers something for every palate with presentations that garner applause from a dedicated following who have steadily packed this hot spot since its opening in January 2018. Each masterfully prepared dish on the eclectic menu exudes succulent freshness and explosive Japanese, Thai and Chinese flavors, prepared with French technique. “We are proud to feature exciting new menu additions like the Alaskan King Crab Roll in Soy Paper with Kombu Scented Butter and Crispy Shrimp Wontons with “On Fire” sweet chili dipping sauce. The menu will also be highlighting numerous vegan offerings like our signature Crispy Brussel Sprouts and Baby Bok Choy Miso-Yaki, as well as Cauliflower Popcorn with a sweet and spicy shallot sauce,” shares Chef Andrew. Another of the many enticing menu selections is the Omakasa, which means “trust the Chef to prepare an experience representing their finest skills and products.” The

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The Face of Premier Oceanfront Dining Oceans 234

Main Bar

Skirt Steak “Lomo Saltado”

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signature dinner with award-winning wine on the beach surrounded by lantern lights, an impressive business meeting or the flip flop crowd gathering for the happiest of happy hours Monday through Saturday from 3-7pm, Oceans 234 has it all. “Our goal is to provide every single one of our guests with a memorable experience,” explains Marketing Director Shanine Dorta. “Whether celebrating 50 years of marriage with 100 of their closest friends, a baby shower, post wedding brunch or just a phenomenal family day in paradise, we want Oceans 234 to be the destination for everyone, from every walk of life.” 234 No. Ocean Drive


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ceans 234, Deerfield Beach’s contemporary chic oceanfront restaurant operates under the philosophy that “Everything Matters.” Its undeniable stellar view leaves even locals in awe, and tourists in love at first sight. Every seat is the best in the house where guests can eat, drink and be mesmerized by the endless surf, anglers on the pier, ships on the horizon and sunsets to die for. A parade of patrons provide the utmost in people watching, strolling by the patio to snap a selfie, enjoy lunch, dinner or simply the splendor of it all. As enticing as the visuals are, the seafood-centric menu delights with a plethora of tempting selections from the cheesiest mac topped with a lobster tail; fresh catch Reuben; lollipop chicken wings and skirt steak “Lomo Saltado” with yucca fries and chimichurri. For beachgoers on a lunch break, lovers savoring the romantic Valentine’s Day

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The Face of Fine Contemporary American Cuisine

Rack of Lamb

twentytwenty Grille

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Chef Ron Weisheit

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Culinary Olympics in Germany. Rhonda graduated from Portland Maine Culinary School and was Executive Pastry Chef for 25 years. Their fascinating menu changes every eight weeks but house favorites Duck Duck Tacos and New Zealand Lamb Rack remain constant. Their innovative butters like Banana Foster butter and fried chicken butter have melted hearts and inspired them to create their own line, Butter Believe It. Their sorbet assortment is playfully presented in a “Guess the Ingredients” game patrons love to play; one of the many reasons they covet their interactive dining experience at twentytwenty Grille. “We do little things to make people feel special,” says Rhonda. Mission accomplished, everyone agrees. 141 Via Naranjas, Ste 45 n Boca Raton, FL 33432



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ake one look at the stunning epicurean photos, countless rave reviews and the loving portrait of twentytwenty Grille’s husband and wife team Chef Ron and Rhonda Weisheit on their website and you know something extraordinary awaits. One step inside the garden boutique restaurant in Royal Palm Place, with 20 seats inside, 20 outside, (hence the name) and guests are smitten with the unique artfilled ambiance and sophisticated menu. One taste of the cuisine and wine selections and they are blown away. “When we first opened our doors in January 2014, we were quickly recognized by the media as the hidden gem. We are still thankful for those articles as they made diners curious. The articles brought them here and we keep them coming back with our innovative dishes and our warm services,” explains Rhonda. Open Table, Yelp and Trip Advisor have recognized Chef Ron’s creations to be among the best for six years in a row. It’s no surprise, as Chef Ron has over 25 years of experience as an internationally acclaimed chef awarded three gold medals at the

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The Face of Sustainable Coastal Cuisine Lionfish

Andy Masi and Chef JoJo Ruiz

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this prestigious distinction with the March opening of Lionfish Delray. Guests at Lionfish can create their own experience, enjoying hand-crafted cocktails from high-end mixologists at the lively bar; sharing plates like the butter poached king crab legs or the spicy octopus salad; raw bar selections of the freshest locally sourced and sustainable crudos; sushi and hand rolls and delicious oysters begging to be slurped out loud. “We are looking forward to presenting a memorable new dining experience tailored to Delray Beach seafood enthusiasts. We’re aiming to resonate not only for quality, seato-table sustainable dining, but with our ultimate mission of helping to conserve delicate coral reefs in our ecosystem,” says Masi. 307 E Atlantic Avenue


Delray Beach, FL 33483


(561) 865-7066

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ionfish and the Delray Beach community it now calls home have a lot in common. They both embrace a vibrant lifestyle and unique vibe while actively focusing on their passion for protecting our environment. Lionfish is yet another design-driven restaurant hotspot conceived by Andy Masi, founder of Clique Hospitality, an elite group of the country’s most distinguished food and beverage professionals. Andy Masi and Chef JoJo Ruiz teamed up in 2015 and immediately gained notoriety as leaders in preserving our eco-systems with Lionfish while providing an exciting and memorable dining experience. Chef JoJo began his illustrious culinary career at the age of 16, spending years honing his craft throughout the country in roles as sous chef, sushi chef, Chef de Cuisine, executive chef and the right hand of a Michelin-starred Chef. At Lionfish San Diego, Chef JoJo was recognized as a Smart Catch Leader by the James Beard Foundation, an honor bestowed upon restaurants recognized for their commitment to sustainable seafood and menu diversity. The dynamic duo aim to garner

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The Face of Coco’s Italian Dining Sorrisi Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

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orrisi at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek is approachably elegant Italian with menus built on tradition. Offerings such as Lasagna Bolognese and milk-fed Veal Chop Parmigiana are just a few of the many highlights on the menu, each prepared with the finest ingredients for a true Italian-American experience. All pasta is bronze die extruded and made with only imported “double zero” semolina flour. An all-Italian wine and beverage program is featured at the bar with classic and new twists on Spritzes and Negronis. Sorrisi also offers a list of Italian craft beers and boasts the most extensive Grappa and Amari selection in South Florida. Every detail, right down to dessert is considered. No dinner is complete without a Lavazza (Turin, Piedmont) cappuccino or espresso and house-made desserts like Tiramisu and Sicilian Cannoli. Whether out on a date, or meeting friends at the bar for cicchetti (snacks) and pizza at Aperitivo Hour, General Manager Jonathan Chabat and his team has created a

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restaurant that makes the experience exceptional. Mr. Chabat oversees the daily operations including 30 employees and thousands of hungry diners each week. A native of Marseille, France, Chabat has almost two decades of restaurant experience. His passion for serving fine food and wine, providing impeccable service and making people happy began early on. “At 18-years-old, I started traveling around France, Spain and Switzerland, among other places, and I enjoyed discovering multiple cultures and different cuisines,” he said. “At 22, I traveled to South Florida, fell in love with it and truly feel as if it is my second home. My love of the diversity and the hospitality industry became well rounded here and I have never looked back,” he says. 5550 NW 40th Street


Coconut Creek, FL 33073


(954) 585-5379

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The Face of Fine Mediterranean Cuisine

Seafood Paella

Galini Greek Restaurant

Lamb Chops

Filet Mignon

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homemade decadent cream filled pastries like Ekmek, to end the meal on a sweet note. The sparkling clean pristine white and blue dining room is reminiscent of Greece’s tranquil beauty, the meaning and inspiration behind the restaurant’s name, Galini. Open for lunch and dinner and the perfect venue for festive celebrations of all types, guests will never forget the family friendly atmosphere and unparalleled quality Mediterranean cuisine. Janis and his wife Mirela and their children consider Galini to be their home and warmly welcome friends old and new to have a seat at their table 7 days a week. 7491 N. Federal Highway n Boca Raton, FL 33487



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xperience the flavors of the Mediterranean at Galini Greek restaurant in Boca Raton where Chef Janis Mucollari brings his Greek heritage and passion for fine food and flavors to every dish. “I’m so happy when I’m preparing the food in the kitchen that I sing at the top of my lungs,” he laughs. With over 30 years of culinary experience garnered in Manhattan, New York including Santorini, Milos and Avra restaurants, to his role as chef at Rafina on 18th Street, Chef Janis decided he wanted a restaurant of his own. It didn’t take long for his devoted following to find him in his tucked away treasure in the Boca Hidden Valley center. It is there that the spirit of Greece and the aroma of spices fill the air as he artistically prepares and presents fan favorites including gyros, kebobs and moussaka; chargrilled octopus marinated in olive oil and red wine; bone-in lamb shoulder cooked to tender perfection in a clay pot; whole Bronzini Lavraki and

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The Face of the Mobile Catering Emporium Potions In Motion

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hat started as a mobile bartending and liquor catering company 16 years ago has become a South Florida fixture at every social event imaginable from intimate dinner parties, mitzvahs and milestones to corporate gatherings and charity events up to 1600 people. When handcrafted gourmet food and flowing libations are on the menu, Potions in Motion is in the house. And now, those lucky residents who call GL Homes’ country club communities home can enjoy the brand in six distinctive restaurants: Prime7 Steakhouse and Sushi Bar inside of the Seven Bridges development; the Bridges Café inside of the original Bridges development; a grill in Polo Trace opening in March 2020 and three more exciting and different venues planned inside Boca Bridges, Lotus and Valencia Sound due to open by 2021. “I couldn’t experience this phenomenal growth without the direction and expertise of Justin SEXZCHEF Desimone who is in charge of all of our culinary operations.

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Together, we like to serve out of the box and make an experience people will long remember,” explains Jason Savino, the man behind the brand, in perpetual motion with over 140 full-time employees and 10 dedicated teams. And as if his plate isn’t quite full enough, Jason has expanded the P.I.M. divisions to include full scale décor and floral, a large printing company, ( and a production shop to build custom backdrops, bars and topiary walls. From incredible gourmet cuisine and outrageous flair bartenders, exquisite décor and country club dining to stay home for, Potions in Motion continues to make their mark everywhere they go. 532 NW 77th Street

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Chef Justin SEXZCHEF Desimone

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The Face of Sushi and Hibachi Saiko-i Sushi Lounge & Hibachi in Boca Raton

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like their signature lobster pad Thai; and memorable main plates, such as Peking duck and ginger sea bass. They also offer dinner and a “show” at their hibachi tables, where gifted chefs combine knife skills with cooking finesse, to create scrumptious dishes with lobster, Kobe A5 steak, duck breast, filet mignon, chicken . . . and more. It’s not surprising that Zheng and Wang recently opened their third eatery—Koi Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Lounge—in Fort Lauderdale. They will add hibachi dining this spring. 5970 S.W. 18th Street


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hef Jason Zheng and Tina Wang have succeeded, in the extremely competitive restaurant field in Boca Raton, by creating warm and welcoming eateries that offer truly delectable food along with friendly, attentive service. These talented Boca residents—and husband-and-wife team—are also dedicated to using fresh, high-quality ingredients, and serving a wide range of delicious dishes that taste as good as they look. Even their fresh fish is delivered daily, Monday through Saturday, and diners can savor the difference in every bite. After experiencing success with their first Boca eatery, Yakitori Sake House, they opened Saiko-i in 2018. Situated in the former Gatsby’s space, the 7000-square-foot Saiko-i packs a powerful culinary punch. Their extensive menu features melt-in-your-mouth sushi, sashimi, and specialty rolls; inventive salads, soups, and starters; nifty noodle dishes

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Written by LYNN KALBER


et’s get right to the main question: Since the same group owns both, is Elisabetta’s just like Louie Bossi’s? Yes, and no. How’s that for definitive? The usual Big Time Restaurant Group trademarks are present in this Delray Beach venue. It’s a comfortable, beautifully furnished and outfitted restaurant. The food is, for the most part, solidly above average. Even though details here are ornate Italian, it still feels generic. There’s a mix of booths and standalone tables. Elaborate light fixtures, neon signs, mosaics, decorative paintings, framed photos and dark wood fill two floors. The top floor offers outdoor seating along with a view overlooking Atlantic Avenue. The Ave now has a solid westend, high-quality restaurant. It’s named after Big City’s partner and corporate culinary director, Chef Lisabet Summa, who was thank-

fully diligent overseeing details of both décor and dishes. The menu looks like Louie Bossi’s, but has about a dozen dishes unique to Elisabetta’s. That list includes shrimp spiedini, burrata de prosciutto bruschetta, costoletta di vitello (veal), a guanciale pizza, cacio e pepe pasta, mafaldine amatriciana and gemelli puttanesca and more. We tried the beautifully plated, wood-grilled spiedini of shrimp ($16) antipasti, on a skewer with a slightly spicy salsa rosa. The pretty, ruffled-edge mafaldine amatriciana ($21) arrived with housecured guanciale soaked in San Marzano sauce, chilis and pecorino romano. Gemelli puttanesca ($24) wasn’t as spicy as expected, but the sauce with white anchovies, olives, capers, raisins, pine nuts and pistachios was caught up in the gemelli and delivered a light, memorable punch to the heavier pasta. The classic Caesar ($11) was enough for a table of four

to share—but without anchovies, alas. They are available on request, we were told—too late. Prosciutto e melone ($11) was a light antipasti mixing the sweet and savory with thin slices of meat and two different melons dressed simply in olive oil, mint and sea salt. The carpaccio ($18) platter and the spaghetti carbonara ($21) were classically prepared, meaning the carbonara didn’t sport peas or other fussy things—just pancetta, eggs and Parmigiano Reggiano, letting all the tastes combine the way they should. Prices reflect the size of the dishes, which are large enough to take home or share. The desserts are the same way, but you won’t want to share the gelato ($6). Our visit’s daily gelato special was pistachio gelato with folds of dark chocolate and cherries, which we garnished with a honeycomb and thyme sauce guaranteed to lead to sweet dreams.


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Celebrating 20 Years

John Hutchinson, Chef and Owner of J&J Seafood Bar and Grill in Delray Beach, celebrates 20 years in business on Atlantic Avenue. Here’s to many more years of serving our community! Whether it’s a Friday night at the bar, a birthday celebration, or just a gathering of family and friends, J&J Seafood looks forward to continuing the great tradition and service our customers are accustomed to. THANK YOU for your continued patronage and support.

With Appreciation, John and Tina Hutchinson

J&J Seafood Bar & Grill 634 EAST ATLANTIC AVENUE - DELRAY BEACH, FL 33483 • (561) 272-3390 • WWW.JJSEAFOODDELRAY.COM

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Trophy Room

12300 South Shore Blvd., Wellington, 561/793-2110 Written by LYNN KALBER

Trophy Room is a first-place winner for Wellington

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ut West, when penned horses see a wild stallion galloping past, they itch to join the exhilarating run. A similar response awaits at the Trophy Room, as Executive Chef James Strine (inset) leads the way in Wellington with exceptional food served without sky-high prices. Carrera marble dining tables, blue velvet seating, and chrome and gold accents are the setting for Strine’s long-admired talent at the table: wild mushroom gnocchi, steak tartare appetizer, roasted beet salad, French onion soup, bucatini carbonara, smoked short ribs, Colorado lamb racks, swordfish and a whole lot more. Chef Strine worked at Café Boulud, Buccan and Grato, and opened Palm Beach’s Hai House.

The coast’s loss is west county’s gain. His roasted beet salad ($15) had feta that acted like burrata— moist and full of flavor. The steak tartare ($16) brought back memories of his stunning steak tartare crostini at Grato. Here, the meat is mixed with capers and a light aioli, with a hard-boiled egg on top and a small tomato-onion-arugula salad that made it enough for a meal. The mix of tender steak and the bite of capers pulled together satisfying comfort foods. The pasta can be served half or full orders. The gnocchi with oyster mushrooms, Parmesan and brown butter included the gnocchi slightly seared for a smoky flavor (the half portion had six large gnocchi for a filling $12). The filet mignon ($37), with bordelaise sauce and Parmesan

fries, was cooked precisely to order. An unexpected taste with the French onion soup ($10) was a dash of cayenne pepper with the gruyere and baguette slices, spiking the onions with a slight heat—a typical Strine surprise that added value to the dish. Our only miss was a bread basket, which we weren’t offered. It’s by request only, so be forewarned. Equestrian photos surround diners inside, while a tall, impressive bar is a happy hour hot spot. There is outside dining, too. Wellington needs Trophy Room and Strine’s locally driven, seasonal menu. We’re hoping this pair will saddle up for a long, wellearned run together.

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Time of the Season Harvest Seasonal’s worldly new chef continues to expand Palm Beachers’ palates Written by LYNN KALBER

My favorite dish is a paneer—a house-made cheese—with a lot of applications from savory to sweet. [My mom] does it better than anyone else, including myself.” — Amit Jain

HARVEST SEASONAL GRILL & WINE BAR 1841 S. Federal Highway Delray Beach 561/266-3239

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mit Jain had finished an accounting degree at Florida Atlantic University, but things refused to add up in his career path. A friend opening a restaurant in Wellington asked him to help out. “And here we are,” he says, “10 years later.” Here is the most recent success in his life, as executive chef of Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar in Delray Beach. He was born in the Bahamas, raised in Wellington (“My parents still have the house they’ve had for the last 40 years”), and spent lots of time in kitchens including West Palm Beach’s Table 26 (as sous chef and executive chef) and Todd’s. He’s cooked for presidents and entertainers, sports and business celebs, and he finds his center in his passion for food. “I’m the first generation out of India. … Every day, mom cooks for her friends in her semi-retirement. A chef who knew my mom told me, ‘You have a leg up on a lot of other people, because you’ve had a chance to work with a lot of spices that others haven’t.’ A spice cabinet in India is pretty expensive—and extensive. “My favorite dish is paneer—a house-made cheese—with a lot of applications from savory to sweet. [My mom] does it better than anyone else, including myself.” At the end of his long days in the kitchen, Jain goes home to a farm, where he starts a different job with his wife and two young children.“I like doing my yard work and working on my farm— fixing fences, cutting down trees.” But he knows his day job and his home life aren’t for everyone. “You can have all the training you want, but even now when we see young folks with culinary back-

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grounds, (they don’t know) how much time and effort is involved in becoming a chef. It’s always good to … work a line in your off-time and see if it’s something you truly enjoy. It’s demanding, high-paced and other things that tend to scare people off. It’s not exactly what you see on TV. “I would suggest to any home cook that the best idea is to find

a great cookbook. If that doesn’t work, go to the next one. You’ll develop a cooking style and be able to execute what you had in mind. Don’t be afraid to experiment with the food. You’ll have some failures, you’ll have some successes.” Local foodies are glad Chef Amit Jain experimented here; his successes are on our plates.

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DINING GUIDE Palm Beach County BOCA RATON Abe & Louie’s—2200 Glades Road. Steakhouse. 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

Bone-in aged Prime rib-eye from Abe & Louie’s

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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 the veal shank served on a bed of risotto. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/997-7373. $$$

Bluefin Sushi and Thai—861 N.W. 51st St., Suite 1. Sushi/Thai. Arrive early for a table at this Asian hot spot—it’s popular with no reservations for parties fewer than six. Don’t skip the tempura lobster bomb, big in both size and taste. The ginger snapper will impress both Instagram and your stomach. Try the chicken satay and pad Thai. Bluefin offers a variety of dishes from multiple cultures, all well done. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/981-8986. $$

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. Heavy on small plates, the menu features tuna crudo, fried calamari and a killer cheese and charcuterie board. Probably the best dish, though, is

the charred filet mignon with a red wine bone marrow reduction, with wickedly luscious house-made hazelnut gelato coming in a very close second. • Dinner nightly. 561/226-3022. $$$

Burtons Grill & Bar —5580 N. Military Trail. New American. Known for its reliable food as well as its non-gluten, Paleo and “B Choosy” kids menu, the first Florida location for this restaurant is deservedly crowded, so make reservations. Don’t miss the General Tso’s cauliflower, the pan-seared salmon (Paleo), the crab cakes or the Key lime pie. Popular half-portions are available, too. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/465-2036. $$

Butcher Block Grill—7000 W. Camino Real. Steakhouse/Contemporary American. This casual steakhouse with a Mediterranean twist, an all-kosher menu, and a local, seasonal, sustainable ethos gives the stuffy old-fashioned meatery a swift kick in the sirloin. Beef here is all-natural and grass-fed, delivering big, rich, earthy flavor. Seafood, whether raw (tuna tartare) or simply grilled (wild-caught salmon), is palate-pleasing as well. • 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 the pan-fried calamari to the restaurant’s signature spin on the Cobb 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. $$$ Casa D’Angelo —171 E. Palmetto Park Road. Italian. Angelo Elia’s impeccable Italian restaurant is a delight, from the stylish room to the suave service to the expansive wine list, not to mention food that’s by turn elegant, hearty, bold, subtle and always delicious. Dishes off the regular menu make excellent choices, like chargrilled jumbo prawns with artichoke, arugula, lemon and olive oil. But pay attention to specials like pan-seared snapper and scallops in a spicy, garlicky cherry tomato sauce. • Dinner nightly. 561/996-1234. $$$

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Casimir French Bistro —416 Via De Palmas, Suite 81. French. Take a trip overseas without leaving the city and enjoy excellently prepared traditional French dishes, such as duck l’orange or beef bourguignon, or go with Cajun chicken and veal Milanese. The comfortable dining room is a Parisian experience, as is the apple tarte tatin. This is a local favorite, and may we add they have what is as close to real French bread as anyplace in Boca? • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/9556001. $$$


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Chez Marie French Bistro—5030 Champion Blvd. French. Marie will greet you at the door of this nicely decorated, intimate, classic French restaurant tucked in the corner of a strip shopping area. This feels like an intimate neighborhood bistro and is a welcome discovery. From escargot encased in garlic butter, parsley and breadcrumbs to a tender duck a l’orange to an unforgettable crepe Suzette, you’ll be in Paris all evening. Voila! Also on the menu: panseared foie gras, tasty onion soup, seabass Bouillabaisse, coq au vin, rack of lamb, salads and more desserts. • Dinner nightly. 561/997-0027. $$ Chops Lobster Bar —101 Plaza Real S., Royal Palm Place. Steak, seafood. At this upscale downtown restaurant, steaks are aged USDA Prime—tender, flavorful and perfectly cooked under a 1,700-degree broiler. There’s all manner of fish and shellfish, but you’re here for the lobster, whether giant Nova Scotian tails flash-fried and served with drawn butter or sizable Maine specimens stuffed with lobster. Let’s face it: Trendy menus come and go, but a great steakhouse is a win-win on all occasions. • Dinner nightly. 561/395-2675. $$$$

Cuban Café—3350 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd., Suite B-30. Cuban. One thing Boca needs more of is coffee windows—and real Cuban restaurants. Which is undoubtedly why 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. $

Domus Italian Restaurant—187 S.E. Mizner Blvd. Italian. The “Best Spaghetti & Meatballs Ever” dish is pretty darn close to being just that. Who says we have too many Italian restaurants? The burrata with tomato carpaccio, melt-in-your-mouth Dover sole almondine, orecchiette con sausage and linguine vongole are part of a very good menu. From Sicilian fish salad to veal piccata, a light calamari fritti to chicken Parmesan, you can find something for all appetites. Save room for the tartufo. • Dinner nightly. 561/419-8787. $$$

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

In Italy all roads lead to Rome… In Boca Raton all roads lead to Cosa Duci! Come discover a hidden gem filled with pastries, cookies, espresso, gelato, cappuccino, daily lunch menu, wine and an authentic Italian family!

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141 NW 20th Street B-21 Boca Raton • 561.393.1201 Baking for a good cause: A portion of our proceeds will benefit research for Multiple Sclerosis.

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Get Out

Dining is a breeze at the Palm Beaches’ best al fresco restaurants Written by LYNN KALBER


ur prime outdoor dining weather has arrived, and to celebrate that, we give you four excellent options for great ambience, fantastic food and a memorable experience. Go forth and enjoy!


You’ll feel as if you’re dining at the edge of the Everglades, except in a lovely farm with great food, drinks and music. If you take the kids (suggested during the day meals), they will see chickens, pigs and maybe some other wildlife. They’ll be able to run, run, run (exercise!) and will have a great time, too. Jodi and Darrin Swank host unique and delicious dinners under their enormous, 8,500-square-foot pole barn. Guest chefs, both local and from across the U.S., bring their talents to work with local foods. The results are unforgettable. The dinners run through April, and these are on the calendar this month: Jan. 11 – Master Chef New Orleans Jan. 18 – Master Chef Raleigh & Durham Jan. 26 – Chefs for Sustainable Seafood Visit Swank’s website for the entire schedule. ADDRESS: 14311 North Road, Loxahatchee PHONE: 561/202-5648 WEBSITE:

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This is the best outside dining on Worth Avenue that you’ve never heard about. Tucked down Via Amore is a small Italian restaurant operating since 2011. It claims a“secret garden”atmosphere, and rightly so. While the white linens say“upscale,” the tropical plantings ensure that you know you’re in SoFla. Will you see a celeb hiding out there? Maybe. You’ll definitely eat well, and sip some terrific wines. ADDRESS: 240 Worth Ave., Palm Beach PHONE: 561/514-4959 HOURS: Noon to 10 p.m. daily. WEBSITE:


If you want to eat on the beachfront in an upscale atmosphere with good food, this is your best bet. Latitudes is part of the Delray Sands Resort, and sits on a ridge overlooking the Atlantic. Yes, you can walk on the sand if you choose. Enjoy the sunset—even facing east, the sunset is reflected on the waves—and then dig in to the seafood-driven blue-and-white dining room. Sunday brunch is special here, too. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. ADDRESS: 2809 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach PHONE: 561/278-2008 HOURS: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. WEBSITE:


Dine next to Lake Boca and the Intracoastal in this casual eatery that specializes in local cuisines and high-end rums. You could always sit inside at the Boca Landing restaurant, which has seafood, steaks and more. But if you opt for the Rum Bar & Grill, you’ll feel the ocean breeze and can wave to boaters passing by. ADDRESS: 999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton PHONE: 561/368-9500 HOURS: 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. WEBSITE:



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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. Amer-


ican. 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 Choice short rib and the popular Buddha Bowl, with veggies, udon noodles and shrimp. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/417-5836. $$

Frank & Dino’s —39 S.E. First Ave. Italian. The Rat Pack is alive and well here in both décor and soundtrack. So, too, are traditional Italian dishes such as Dentice oreganata, capellini Pomodoro and tiramisu. But you may want to get there early for one of the longest happy hours around (11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays) for Damiano meatballs, filet mignon sliders or antipasto misto between lunch and dinner. • Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner nightly. 561/218-4636. $$$

318 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton 561.338.0081

Gary Rack’s Farmhouse Kitchen—399 S.E. Mizner Blvd. American. Natural, seasonal, sustainable. You’ll enjoy the varied menu, and won’t believe it’s made without butters or creams. Try the too-good-to-be-true buffalo-style cauliflower appetizer, the seared salmon or buffalo burger, and have apple skillet for dessert. Healthy never tasted so good. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/826-2625. $$

Grand Lux Cafe —6000 Glades Road, inside Town Center at Boca Raton. American. The Cheesecake Factory’s sister brand is an upscale take on the original formula, with an atmosphere 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; brunch on Saturday and Sunday. 561/392-2141. $$

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“Before you and your staff from Boca Nursing Services started taking care of Helen and I, we existed; now we are living again! Thank you, Rose.” -Dr. K.D.

Rose Glamoclija, R.N. Founder and Administrator

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. $$

It’s The Personal Touch That Makes The Difference

Contemporary American. Convenient location, stylish ambience and impeccable service are 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 Cajun trout, 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 defines Jimmy Mills’ Boca restaurant, an easygoing, affordable bistro in the old Darbster space that really does offer fries, caviar and more. Four

Offering Quality Private Duty Nursing Care and Care Management Services Since 1993 Available 24 Hours a Day • • • • •

Registered Nurses Licensed Practical Nurses Certified Nursing Assistants Home Health Aides Physical Therapy

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Serving Broward, Palm Beach, Martin & St. Lucie Counties 342 E. Palmetto Park Rd., Suites 1 & 2 Boca Raton, FL 33432

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Houston’s—1900 N.W. Executive Center Circle.

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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.Try the seasonal soups as well. • Dinner Tues.-Sun. 561/617-5965. $$

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. $$ Kapow! Noodle Bar—431 Plaza Real. PanAsian. This Asian-inspired gastropub delivers an inventive punch to the taste buds. Among the hardest hitters is its angry shrimp dumplings and the char sui pork belly bao bun. The Saigon duck pho is yet one more reason to go. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/347-7322. $$

Kathy’s Gazebo Café —4199 N. Federal Highway. Traditional French. Elegance, civility and very good food meet here for dinners that last at least two hours, and it’s worth it. Try the Dover sole (pricey, but it won’t disappoint), the escargot, coq au vin if it’s a nightly special, gazpacho, duck, veal, lobster and more. Don’t forget the rich, well-crafted desserts. Classical dining at a longtime standard; jackets recommended. • Lunch Mon.-Fri. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 561/395-6033. $$$


Ke’e Grill—17940 N. Military Trail, Suite 700.

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Culinary Harmony

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Loch Bar—346 Plaza Real. Seafood. This sister restaurant to Ouzo Bay includes fried oysters, moules frites and Maryland crab cakes. The bar offers literally hundreds of whiskeys, a noisy happy hour crowd and live music most nights. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/939-6600. $$

Louie Bossi’s—100 E. Palmetto Park Road. Italian. This jumping joint serves terrific Neapolitan pizza (thin crust), but don’t miss the other entrées. Start with a charcuterie/cheese plate and grab the amazing breadsticks. All breads and pastas are made on the premises. Other faves include the carbonara and the calamari, and save room for house-made gelato. Unusual features: Try the bocce ball court included with the retro Italian décor. • Lunch and dinner daily, weekend brunch. 561/336-6699. $$$

Luff’s Fish House —390 E. Palmetto Park

La Nouvelle Maison—455 E. Palmetto Park

Madison’s —2006 N.W. Executive Center Circle. American. This location is something of a Bermuda Triangle for restaurants, with at least four restaurants 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, and service that is as professional as it is personable. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/9940808. $$$

Blvd. French. Elegant, sophisticated French cuisine, white-glove service and a trio of stylish dining rooms make Arturo Gismondi’s homage to 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. 561/3383003. $$$

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Le Rivage —450 N.E. 20th St., Suite 103. 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. $$

Traditional American. In this busy dining scene for more than 30 years, you will find a lot of seafood (fried calamari, blue crab cakes, yellowtail snapper Francaise and lots more), a few steak, chicken, lamb and pork options, and a quality house-made apple crisp. Your traditional choices are baked, fried, breaded, grilled, broiled, sauteed. With Provencal, Francaise, maple mustard glaze, toasted macadamia nut pesto and piccata twists. A consistent crowd for a consistent menu. • Dinner nightly. 561/995-5044. $$$

La Villetta —4351 N. Federal Highway. Italian.

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. $$$

Road. Seafood. A renovated 1920s bungalow houses this shipshape restaurant, in addition to two large, outdoor deck and patio areas. It’s known for familiar dish names with new tweaks: smoked fish-hummus dip, falafel fish fritters, crab guacamole, mussels in coconut curry broth, plus the paella on Sundays only. Don’t leave without the enormous slice of the Key lime pie, topped with meringue on a graham cracker crust. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/609-2660. $$

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, a salad, two pastas, two entrées 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, Suite 210. Italian. This popular spot is swanky, but the rustic Italian 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. 561/2397000. $$

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Matteo’s—233 S. Federal Highway, Suite 108. 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, This modern American bistro is a true local classic. The food and decor are both timeless and up to date, and 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 the applewood bacon-wrapped meatloaf to the wickedly indulgent crème brûlèe pie. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Brunch Sat–Sun. Dinner nightly. 561/368-0080. $$

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Morton’s The Steakhouse —5050 Town Center Circle, Suite 219. 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 one of the decadent desserts.• Dinner nightly. 561/392-7724. $$$$ New York Prime —2350 N.W. Executive Center Drive. Steakhouse. This wildly popular Boca meatery Monday, Monday packs them in with swift, professional service, classy supper club ambience and an extensive wine list. And, of course, the beef—all USDA Prime, cooked to tender and juicy lusciousness over ferocious heat. The bone-in rib-eye is especially succulent, but don’t neglect the New York strip or steak-house classics like oysters Rockefeller, garlicky spinach and crusty hash browns. • Dinner nightly. 561/998-3881. $$$$ Prezzo —5560 N. Military Trail. Italian. A reincarnation of a popular 1990s Boca venue, this version has updated the dining room, kept the yummy oven-baked focaccia bread slices, and added a 21st-century taste to the menu. Don’t miss the tender bone-in pork chop, thin-crust pizza and seafood specials. Vegetarian and gluten-free choices are on the menu, too. • Lunch Mon.-Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/314-6840. $$

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Looking for something different to serve at your next dinner party? Visit one of these international markets and start experimenting. Written by LYNN KALBER

Below, Boca Oriental Market

THE GROVE, 22191 Powerline Road, Boca Raton; 561/620-7999; HOURS: Sun., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Mon.-Tues., 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wed., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thurs., 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Saturday. With bakery goods, fresh produce, dairy/eggs, cereal/ breakfast, grocery, deli and meals, frozen foods, meat/poultry/eggs, wines/sodas, snacks and more, The Grove has all the kosher items you need. Plus health and beauty, laundry, cleaning, baby, housewares and specialty dietary needs. Need dishes or Judaica for the High Holiday season? You’ll find it here. It’s a one-stop-shop, a large, well-organized store. Plus, you can order items online with The Grove’s digital app for pickup in the store or delivery from Palm Beach to Miami. Catering is also available. The Grove in Boca claims the most extensive kosher wine and Champagne selection in SoFla, and from the

looks of the wine room, it can back up that boast. There are more than 500 different wines, from Napa to France to Israel, including the popular names as well as rare wines, with prices to meet any budget.

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BRITISH DEPOT, 2402 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth; 561/5856222; HOURS: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun., 12 to 4 p.m. Granted, the British product section in Publix groceries has expanded a great deal in the past few years, and even Branston’s pickle relish is carried regularly. But for real crisps (potato chips to you Americans), McVitie’s Digestives, Scott’s Porage Oats, Duerr’s Ginger Chunky Preserves or Kipper Fillets in Brine, you need to stock up at British Depot. Thanks to the Depot’s two locations, in Lake Worth and Sunrise, the local British ex-pat community has been able to find favorite foods in bags, bottles and frozen (think Irish bangers and pork pies) for the past 20 years. Brilliant! BOCA ORIENTAL MARKET,

2431 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 561/361-3130

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HOURS: Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Need some rose tea? How about some shumai (shrimp dumplings), shrimp roll cakes, mochi ice cream, dumpling wrappers, banana leaves, lemongrass, steamed buns with pork and teriyaki sauce, or a package of mixed, steamed dim sum to serve at an impromptu dinner party? Grab some lucky bamboo while you’re at the well-stocked Boca Oriental Market, because you’ll be lucky with whatever you find at this popular store. While there isn’t any prepared food to go, there are still lots of options when you stop in on your way home from work. It’s a small space, but stocked to the rafters, and easy to navigate, with a helpful staff. There are several different kinds of ramen, all the sauces (fish, soy, sesame oil, etc.), along with kitchen utensils, pots and pans. Products are from Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and others.

SULTAN’S BOCA, 151 S.E. First Ave., Boca Raton; 561/419-8828 HOURS: Mon.-Wed., 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thurs., 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri., 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. If you’ve never tried the famous Turkish delight (lokum) sweet, this is where you will find it. Buy a box to give away to everyone, and buy a box for yourself. Sultan’s Boca also has rich Turkish coffee, halloumi and traditional yufka bread, as well as lots of other Turkish and Mediterranean groceries and gifts. This store is popular with folks who are familiar with Turkish food and those who want to try something new. The staff is eager to explain what things are and how to cook or serve them.

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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., Suite 100. Steakhouse. Not only does this steakhouse favorite emphasize its New Orleans roots, it also distinguishes itself from 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. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 651 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561/514-3544; 661 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach, 561/863-0660.) $$$$

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.) $$

Six Tables a Restaurant—112 N.E. Second St., Boca Raton. American. Chef/owner Jonathan Fyhrie has a unique, elegant, one-seating, prix-fixe dinner and only six tables. The decor reflects the food, which is innovative in unexpected but attractive ways. Open since 2004, this restaurant’s staying power proves the pull of a beautiful space, amazing food and special attention from a talented staff. The velvety lobster bisque is a signature dish. The night’s options can include rack of lamb, filet au poivre, wild Scottish king salmon, crispy duck and more, all done beautifully. Plan on a two-to-three-hour dinner. It’s worth it. • Dinner nightly. 561/347-6260. $$$$

Sushi Ray —5250 Town Center Circle, Suite 111. Japanese/Sushi. Impeccably fresh and exactingly



Everyday Favorites For an affordable bite at any time, consider these durable chains and homegrown Boca favorites—where the attire is understated and reservations are rarely necessary. 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 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. $$ Bonefish Grill—21065 Powerline Road. Seafood. Market-fresh seafood is the cornerstone, like Chilean sea bass prepared over a wood-burning grill and served with sweet Rhea’s topping (crabmeat, sautéed spinach and a signature lime, tomato and garlic sauce.) • Dinner nightly. Lunch on Saturdays. Brunch on Sundays. 561/483-4949. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 1880 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, 561/732-1310; 9897 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, 561/965-2663; 11658 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach, 561/799-2965) $$ 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. $$ The Cheesecake Factory—5530 Glades Road. American. Oh, the choices! The chain has a Sunday brunch menu in addition to its main menu, which includes Chinese chicken salad and Cajun jambalaya. Don’t forget about the cheesecakes, from white chocolate and raspberry truffle offerings. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/393-0344. (Other Palm Beach County locations: CityPlace, West Palm Beach, 561/802-3838; Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/776-3711). $$

Nick’s New Haven-Style Pizzeria—2240 N.W. 19th St., Suite 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. $$

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) $$

Steve’s Wood Fired Pizza—9180 Glades Road. Italian. With an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients and rigorous preparation—the hand-rolled dough rises for three days before use—this reliable purveyor offers varieties of ‘za that are both familiar and novel, from BBQ chicken and veggie primavera to Mom’s White Roasted Garlic and the Mupsa (mushroom, pepperoni and sausage) . • Lunch and dinner Tues.Sat., dinner Sun. 561/483-5665. $$ Tap 42—5050 Town Center Circle, Suite 247. Gastropub. This hugely popular nouveau-Industrial gastropub is not for the faint of eardrums when packed, but don’t let that discourage you. The kitchen here executes the hell out of a short, simple all-day menu. Grilled salmon chopped salad with tomatillo ranch dressing is delightful, as is guacamole studded with fat chunks of bacon and charred corn. Same goes for decadent shrimp mac-n-cheese. The wicked-good chocolate bread pudding with salted caramel sauce would be the envy of any Big Easy eatery. • Lunch Mon.-Fri. Brunch Sat.-Sun. Dinner nightly. 561/235-5819. $ True—147 S.E. First Ave. American. True is the only place in South Florida to eat authentic Baltimore crab cakes. This small, unpretentious venue reminds us of a Key West food shack. The food is fabulous. Try anything with crab (crab dip, crab soup, crab sliders), but don’t miss the bacon-wrapped dates, beef brisket sliders and Fetacomply salad.• Dinner Tues.-Sun. 561/417-5100. $$ January 2020

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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 $22. • Lunch Mon.–Fri., dinner nightly. 561/394-9506. $$

Tanjore Indian—500 Via de Palmas. Indian. Six different kinds of naan bread let you know this isn’t your usual Indian menu, and the naan itself is a light bite of heaven. House-roasted and ground spices help make the seafood, chicken, lamb and vegetarian dishes memorable. Try the Angarey tandoori chicken and the side dish of aromatic white rice with cumin seeds. Smooth rice pudding with candied almonds and raisins let you end the meal with a sweet light bite. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/288-5800. $$


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. The scarletta pepper steak and bone-in pork chops are excellent, as are the braised Angus beef short ribs with toasted pearl barley and collard greens. For dessert, try the red velvet bread pudding and your choice of a trio of sorbets. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/922-6699. $$

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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 (slow-cooked in a tomato sauce and served on a bed of orzo), massive stuffed peppers or kebobs. • Lunch Mon.-Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/994-2828. $$ Trattoria Romana—499 E. Palmetto Park

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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 restaurants. Pay attention to the daily specials, especially if they include impeccably done langostini oreganata and the restaurant’s signature jumbo shrimp saltimbocca. • Dinner nightly. 561/393-6715. $$$

Twenty Twenty Grille —141 Via Naranjas, Suite 45. 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. $$$

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. $$ Vino —114 N.E. Second St. Wine Bar/Italian. An impressive wine list of some 200 bottles (all available by the glass) offers a multitude of choices, especially among Italian and California reds. The menu of “Italian tapas” includes roasted red peppers with Provolone, as well as ricotta gnocchi with San Marzano tomatoes. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/869-0030. $$

WEST BOCA Boon’s Asian Bistro —19605 N. State Road 7. Japanese/Thai. This is one of two Boon’s (the other is in Delray Beach), and it’s where the rush to eat excellent sushi started. The fast-moving staff is choreographed to deliver dishes such as shrimp pad Thai that’s light, delicate and happily filled with shrimp. The Thai fried rice is unusually delicate too, with lots of egg, and is some of the best around. The sushi rolls are as fresh and inventive (try the Daimyo roll) as they are beautifully presented. Go early or call for a reservation. • Lunch Mon.-Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/883-0202. $$

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. $$

Ditmas Kitchen—21077 Powerline Road. Contemporary kosher. This west Boca restaurant is named after a Brooklyn avenue in a district known for its food. Here you’ll find very good casual food, and no dairy products are used. Try the Hibachi salmon, all-kale Caesar salad, the shnitzel sandwich. • Dinner Sun.-Thurs. 561/826-8875. $$$

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 the foie gras terrine and proceed to lamb rack or pan-seared salmon with braised baby artichokes. C’est délicieux. • Dinner nightly. 561/654-6600. $$$ Oliv Pit Athenian Grille—6006 S.W. 18th St. Modern Greek. The owners’ goal of bringing together the

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he newest Boca town center—as opposed to the Town Center mall—will soon open retail and housing spots in west Boca. Uptown Boca is being built at Glades Road and 95th Avenue South, or just east of State Road 7. In addition to a lot of“luxury rental apartments,”the space will give diners more options: a Lynora’s Osteria, an Olive U Mediterranean Grill, a Lazy Dog restaurant, Bolay and BurgerFi. Lynora’s now has three locations— restaurants in Jupiter and West Palm Beach, as well as a Lynora’s Market in WPB. Another restaurant will open soon in Jupiter’s Alton area. Olive U Mediterranean Grill is a fast-casual venue with a Palm Beach Gardens location. There are dozens of Lazy Dog restaurants in the U.S., and the Boca restaurant looks as if it would be the first Florida location. It’s nice to know our Boca environs are attracting new-to-the-area restaurants! —Lynn Kalber



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best of Greek cooking under one roof, much like the melting pot that is Athens, is covered here in an extensive menu. The best way to enjoy the food is to share it: the Pikilia trio with tzatziki, spicy feta and eggplant spread is a starting place. Try the mix grill platter and the hearty red Greek wine. End the night with a unique, velvety frappe cappuccino. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/409-2049. $$

Tempura House —9858 Clint Moore Road, #C112. 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. $$

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. $$

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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. 561/853-0090. $


Driftwood —2005 S. Federal Highway. Modern American. Take food combos that sound unusual (popcorn sauce, avocado chocolate ice cream) but that taste wonderful and you’ve got Chef Jimmy Everett’s ideas on the table. They don’t last long, because they taste terrific. Try the smoked swordfish, the lobster with pickled okra, ricotta dumplings, the burger with gouda, the grilled octopus and pastrami’d chicken breast with roasted cabbage. • Brunch Sun. Dinner Tues.-Sun. 561/733-4782. $$

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Josie’s Italian Ristorante—1602 S. Federal Highway. Italian. Famed chef and South Florida culinary godfather Mark Militello is back at Josie’s after a brief stint at Boca’s Prezzo, and his magic in the kitchen of this cozy, old-school Italian restaurant is duly noted. His influence is evident in the daily specials, but old favorites like beefy short rib meatballs, an upmarket version of the classic San Francisco cioppino, and Josie’s signature veal Bersaglieri (veal medallions with artichokes, olives and roasted peppers in lemon-white wine sauce) don’t fail to satisfy either. • Lunch Mon.Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/364-9601. $$ Prime Catch —700 E. Woolbright Road. Seafood. Waterfront restaurants are few and far between in our neck of the woods, and those with good food are even more rare. Prime Catch, at the foot of the Woolbright bridge on the Intracoastal, is a best-kept secret. The simple pleasures here soar—a perfectly grilled piece of mahi or bouillabaisse overflowing with tender fish. Don’t miss one of the best Key lime pies around. • Lunch and dinner daily, Sunday brunch. 561/737-8822. $$ Sushi Simon —1628 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. $$ The Venu —8794 Boynton Beach Blvd. Modern European/American. A comfortable supper club vibe with better-than-average food. Live entertainment supplements large portions, with dishes such as braised wild boar pappardelle, grilled salmon and arancini.

Happy hour portions are large, too; desserts are decadent. Worth a trip to west Boynton Beach. • Dinner Mon.-Sat. 561/200-0222. $$

DELRAY BEACH 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. $$

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. $$ Angelo Elia Pizza • Bar • Tapas— 16950 Jog Road. Italian. Nothing on the menu of Angelo Elia’s modern, small plates-oriented osteria disappoints, but particularly notable are the meaty fried baby artichokes stuffed with breadcrumbs and speck, delicate chicken-turkey meatballs in Parmesan-enhanced broth, and Cremona pizza with a sweet-salty-earthy-pungent mélange of pears, pancetta, Gorgonzola, sun-dried figs and mozzarella. • Lunch Tues.-Sun. Dinner nightly. 561/381-0037. $ Apeiro Kitchen & Bar —14917 Lyons Road. Mediterranean. West Delray diners have another reason to stay in their neighborhood with this stylish, contemporary Mediterranean eatery. Apeiro’s menu spans the entire Mediterranean, with dishes like Moroccan-spiced lamb ribs, 14-ounce double-cut pork chops, and fluffy meatballs adorned with tomato sauce, ricotta and pesto. The apple crostata, baked in a wood-burning oven, is one of the best desserts in town. • Dinner nightly. 561/501-4443. $$ 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. $$ The Banyan—189 N.E. Second Ave. American. Snuggled under its namesake banyan tree in Pineapple Grove, this modern restaurant boasts a bright pink neon bar

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Batch Gastropub —14813 Lyons Road. Gastropub. Definitely try the homemade batches of cocktails on tap, which give this west Delray gastropub its name. The artisanal mixes boast ingredients such as H.M. Tonic No. 22—the crisp, tangy part of a very good gin and tonic. The heirloom tomato and feta salad is a highlight with Champagne vinaigrette dressing. Also popular are the brisket and short rib burgers, the avocado toast and the chicken Caesar. But the drinks are what you’ll remember. • Brunch Sat.-Sun. Dinner nightly. 561/877-0000. $$

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Beg for More Izakaya —19 S.E. Fifth Ave. Japanese Small Plates. The large sake, whisky and beer menu here pairs beautifully with the small plates full of everything except sushi. No sushi. And that’s fine. Try the takoyaki (octopus balls), the crispy salmon tacos and anything with the addictive kimchi, such as the kimchi fried rice. There are pasta, teriyaki and simmered duck with bok choy dishes—or 16 varieties of yakitori (food on skewers). You’ll be back to beg for more. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/563-8849. $$ Brulé Bistro —200 N.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. The regular menu of this Pineapple Grove favorite always has satisfying dishes. Its specialties include crab tortellini with black truffles, chicken meatballs with coconut broth and cashews, plus signature dessert pistachio crème brùlée. Spirits and house cocktails steeped in speakeast style are paired with an ever-changing menu. Outside tables offer the best option for conversation. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/274-2046. $$

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. This bastion of contemporary comfort food in west Delray is approaching local landmark status, forging its own menu while borrowing a few dishes from Max’s Grille, 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. $$

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restaurant has sparkling service, comfort food taken to a higher level, and a setting just steps from the Atlantic. Open since 1993, and a success since then, they dish up big flavors in a tiny space, so call for reservations. Try the calamari fritto misto, then the rigatoni pomodoro and leave room for dessert. Or come back for breakfast. • Open daily from breakfast through dinner. 561-274-9404. $$

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 a jumbo crab cake. This is the place to see and be seen in Delray, and the food lives up to its profile. • Lunch Mon.– Sun. Dinner nightly. Outdoor dining. 561/272-0220. $$ Cut 432—432 E. Atlantic Ave. Steakhouse. Hipper decor, a more casual vibe and an inventive take on steakhouse favorites make this sleek restaurant just different enough to be interesting. Starters such as ceviche (prepared Peruvian style) and ultrarich oysters Rockefeller are first-rate, while the wet-aged beef is appropriately tender and tasty. • Dinner nightly. 561/272-9898. $$$


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ican. 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. $$

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. $

An appetizer of octopus with olive oil, crushed potato aioli and lemon is outstanding. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/266-3750. $$

Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar— 1841 S. Federal Highway. American. You don’t have to worry about calories (most dishes are under 500), you don’t have to worry about finding something you haven’t tried before (new items are added every three months) and freshness is the silent ingredient throughout. Try the pesto Caprese flatbread, the supergrain salad and the steak or salmon or chicken. Desserts offer big tastes in small jars. • Lunch and dinner daily; brunch on weekends. 561/266-3239. $$ Henry’s—16850 Jog Road. American. This casual, unpretentious restaurant in the west part of town never fails to delight diners. Expect attentive service and crisp execution of everything—from meat loaf, burgers and fried chicken to flatbreads and hefty composed salads. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/638-1949. $$

Il Girasole—2275 S. Federal Highway. Northern Italian. If you want Northern Italian in a low-key atmosphere, and nobody rushing you out the door, this is your spot. Start with something from the very good wine list. Try the yellowtail snapper, the penne Caprese and the capellini Gamberi, and leave room for the desserts. Reservations recommended. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/272-3566. $$

J&J Seafood Bar & Grill—634 E. Atlantic 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. $$

Jimmy’s Bistro—9 S. Swinton Ave. Contemporary American. This small gem off noisy Atlantic Avenue is big on taste and ambience, and has been busy since 2009. You can travel the world with dumplings, conch fritters, pork schnitzel, rigatoni Bolognese, étouffée and more. Reservations are recommended at this laid-back, comfortable venue. • Dinner nightly. 561/865-5774. $$

El Camino —15 N.E. Second Ave. Mexican. This

Joseph’s Wine Bar —200 N.E. Second Ave.

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 fish tacos clad in delicate fried skin, set off by tart pineapple salsa. Cinnamon and sugar-dusted churros are the perfect dessert. And check out the margaritas, especially the smoky blend of mezcal and blanco tequila. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/865-5350. $$

Mediterranean-American. Joseph’s is an elegant, comfortable, intimate nook in Delray’s Pineapple Grove, and an ideal place for a lazy evening. This family affair—owner Joseph Boueri, wife Margaret in the kitchen, and son Elie and daughter Romy working the front of the house—has all tastes covered. Try the special cheese platter, the duck a l’orange or the rack of lamb. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/272-6100. $$

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L’Acqua —110 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. You’ll get

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what you pay for here: very good Italian food in an upscale, modern, cool gray and white restaurant that is a refreshing change from busy Atlantic Avenue. The antipasti (bread, balsamic/honey dipping sauce, Parmesan

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chunks, bruschetta) are so good, they could be dinner. But save room for the pollo Parmigiana, the scallopine piccate al limone, the four kinds of risotto, and dessert. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/563-7492. $$$

La Cigale —253 S.E. Fifth Ave. Mediterranean. Popular venue since 2001, with Greek and Italian dishes and more. Highlights are seafood paella, roasted half duck and grilled jumbo artichoke appetizer. Lots of favorites on the menu: calf’s liver, veal osso buco, branzino, seafood crepes. Nice outdoor seating if weather permits. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/265-0600. $$

Latitudes —2809 S. Ocean Blvd. Modern American. You should come for both the sunset and the food. This oceanfront restaurant is a gem tucked inside the Delray Sands resort. From the airy, bubbly interior to the raw bar, the décor is soothing and fun. Try the lobster and crab stuffed shrimp, the miso-glazed Skuna Bay salmon, the branzino or the veal Bolognese. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/278-6241. $$$

Lemongrass Bistro—420 E. Atlantic Ave. Pan-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). $

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. $$


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eaded to a show at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts or the Parker Playhouse, and want to eat something before or after? It’s not always easy to find a spot if you’re unfamiliar with the area, but here’s a list that will make things easier. Plus, you’ll save some bucks. If you see a show at either of these popular venues, you get discounts or specials at affiliated restaurants. These are same-day deals, so show your tickets! It’s a new program, called Preferred Restaurant Partners, and new discounts will be added to the list throughout the season at can use an e-ticket, confirmed reservation or ticket stub at the following: • 15th Street Fisheries, 1900 S.E. 15th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954/763-2777; offers 20 percent off check, not including tax and gratuities. • Burlock Coast, 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954/302-6460; offers a complimentary appetizer with an entrée purchase. • The Chimney House Grill and Café, 701 W. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954/900-5352; offers pre-theater prix fixe menu with three courses for $29. • Good Spirits Fifth & Fed, 476 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954/523-2580; offers a free bottle of Chalk Hill Wine with the purchase of two entrees. • Shooters Waterfront, 3033 N.E. 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954/566-2855; offers 10 percent off food and beverage with ticket stub, not including tax and gratuities. • The Royal Pig Pub, 350 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954/617-7447; offers 20 percent off check, not including tax and gratuities. • Timpano Chophouse, 450 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954/462-9119; offers a complimentary appetizer with an entrée purchase. • Township FTL, 219 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954/338-4070; offers a complimentary appetizer with the purchase of an entrée. • Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille, 620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954/467-2555; offers complimentary valet parking and 10 percent off check, not including tax and gratuities. • YOLO – You Only Live Once, 333 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954/523-1000; offers a complimentary dessert with the purchase of an entrée. —Lynn Kalber

Park Tavern—32 S.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. Check out the high-top seating or bar stools during an excellent happy hour menu that includes deviled eggs, pork sliders, chicken wings and a happy crowd. Entrees are generous and well executed. Try the fish and chips, one of six burgers, fish tacos and more. • Dinner nightly. Brunch Sat.-Sun. 561/265-5093. $$

Prime—29 S.E Second Ave. Steak/Seafood. Prime is aptly named for its heart of the action location, neo-supper club decor, extensive wine list and roster of designer steaks. Starters and desserts fare better than entrées, especially the Maryland-style crab cakes and luscious chocolate bread pudding. Service is strong so with a bit of work this restaurant will fully live up to its name. • Dinner nightly. 561/865-5845. $$$ 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


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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. $$$

down and take a breath. Then take up a fork and try the linguine with white clam sauce or the ravioli Sazio or grilled skirt steak or pretty much anything on the menu. Prices are reasonable; leftovers are popular. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/272-5540. $$

Salt7—32 S.E. Second Ave. Modern American. All the pieces needed to create a top-notch restaurant are here: talented chef, great food, excellent service. From the pea risotto to the crab cake to the signature steaks and a lot more, this is a venue worth the money. Thanks goes to Executive Chef Paul Niedermann, who won TV’s notorious “Hell’s Kitchen” show, and his talent is displayed here on the plate. • Dinner Mon.-Sat. Brunch Sunday. 561/274-7258. $$$

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Sazio —131 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. This long-lived venue on crowded Atlantic Avenue is a reason to sit

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.

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Dynamic and caring estate professionals from varied fields recently came together for a cocktail reception and membership drive at Lakeside Terrace to launch a new season for the Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation. Working with their clients to make planned gifts to the Jewish community, PAC members develop permanent financial resources to ensure the continuity of Jewish life, programs and services. The PAC invites everyone to their 2020 Mitzvah Society Reception to honor Marjorie Horwin of MBAF on February 19. To learn more, contact Stacey Lipton at 561.852.6027 or email






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Terra Fiamma—9169 W. Atlantic Ave. Italian. The pleasures of simple, well-prepared Italian-American cuisine are front and center here. Enjoy the 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. $$ Tramonti—119 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. In a world

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where restaurants chase trends with the relentlessness of Casanova in full Viagra heat, Tramonti stands out as a classic outpost of authentic Italian cookery. Not trendy hardly means stodgy, however, as evidenced by expertly crafted, robustly flavorful dishes like the signature spiedini di mozzarella Romana, spaghetti al cartoccio and braciole Napoletana. Torta della nonna is a triumph of the highly refined simplicity that lies at the heart of true Italian cuisine. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/272-1944. $$$

Veg Eats Food—334 E. Linton Blvd. Creative Vegan. This is comfort food for everyone; the dishes will impress carnivores, too. Smell the fresh coconut vegetable curry soup, which tastes as good as it sounds. Try the grilled brawt sausage, the Ranch chixn, the banh mi and a Ruben—all from plant-based ingredients that will fool your taste buds. You’ll want to take home some of the prepared meals after you’ve visited, too. • Lunch daily. 561/562-6673. $

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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. $$$ Buccan—350 S. County Road. Contemporary American. Casual elegance of Palm Beach meets modern culinary sensibilities of Miami at the first independent restaurant by chef Clay Conley. The design offers both intimate and energetic dining areas, while the menu is by turn familiar (wood-grilled burgers) and more adventurous (truffled steak tartare with crispy egg yolk, squid ink orrechiette). • Dinner nightly. 561/833-3450. $$$

Café Boulud—The Brazilian Court, 301 Australian Ave. French with American flair. This hotel restaurant gives Palm Beach a taste of Daniel Boulud’s world-class cuisine inspired by his four muses. The chef oversees a menu encompassing classics, simple fare, seasonal offerings and dishes from around the world. Dining is in the courtyard, 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. $$$ Chez Jean-Pierre—132 N. County Road. French. Sumptuous cuisine, attentive servers and a see-and-be-seen crowd are hallmarks of one of the island’s premier restaurants. Indulgences include scrambled eggs with caviar and the Dover sole meunière filleted tableside. Sau oui to profiterolles au chocolat or hazelnut soufflé. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/8331171. $$$ Echo—230A Sunrise Ave. Asian. The cuisine 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. $$$

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-contem-

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

Meat Market—191 Bradley Place. Steakhouse. “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. 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. $$$$

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Renato’s —87 Via Mizner. Italian with continental 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. $$$

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Ta-boo—2221 Worth Ave. American. This self-described “American bistro” is less typical “American” restaurant or classical French “bistro” than it is posh-casual refuge for the see-and-be-seen crowd in and around Palm Beach. The eclectic menu offers everything from roasted duck with orange blossom honey-ginger sauce to dry-aged steaks and an assortment of pizzas. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/835-3500. $$

Trevini Ristorante —290 Sunset Ave. Italian. Expect a warm experience, complemented by a stately but comfortable room and excellent food. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/833-3883. $$$


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WEST PALM BEACH Banko Cantina —114 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Northern Mexican. Start with the Adelita cocktail and don’t look back. The bacon-wrapped shrimp, the Al Carbon steak tacos and the house guacamole add up to a full-flavor dinner. The west-facing rooftop bar is a nice sunset option, and the Pan de Elote (homemade sweet cornbread with vanilla ice cream and berries) is a delightful end to the evening. • Dinner daily. 561/355-1399. $$ Café Centro —2409 N. Dixie Highway. Modern American. A cornerstone in the Northwood neighborhood, this venue draws because of a complete package: food, drinks and great nightlife and music. Take some char-grilled oysters, add shrimp pesto capellini or a marinated pork chop with polenta, plus local singing fave Tessie Porter, and you have a fun and delicious night out. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/514-4070. $$ French Corner Bistro & Rotissorie —4595 Okeechobee Blvd. Classic French. It’s France in a tiny venue, with big-taste dishes that include all the faves: beef bourguignon, rack of lamb, duck à l’orange, frog legs Provencale, veal kidneys, tender branzino and simple desserts to end the meal. Reservations are mandatory for dinner. • Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 561/689-1700. $$

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. 561/659-7373. $$

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Winner Eddie Ventrice with Dr. Nathan Nachlas

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BOCA’S BALLROOM BATTLE WHAT: In one of the most highly anticipated fundraisers in Boca Raton, eight dancers took to the stage with their coaches and dance partners to compete in Boca’s Ballroom Battle. Keeping with the theme of Spy vs. Spy, the performers practiced and raised a record $640,000 for months. More than 840 guests attended, watching Eddie Ventrice take first place in fundraising for men and Fran Nachlas win first place for women. The proceeds benefited the George Snow Scholarship Fund. WHERE: Boca Raton Resort & Club ukaityte

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Guests enjoyed libations and Mexican cuisine at Rocco’s Tacos.

MARGARITA MONDAY WHAT: KidSafe Foundation hosted its seventh-annual Margarita Monday, drawing more than 300 guests, supporters and nonprofit partners to the event. The benefit raised $10,000, which will fund the Empower Me KidSafe! Program, which teaches personal safety to children and adults. WHERE: Rocco’s Tacos

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MAYORS’ BALL KICKOFF PARTY WHAT: The Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton hosted a reception in anticipation of the Mayors’ Ball. The evening was filled with bubbly, wine, hors d’oeuvres and performances by dancers from Dance With Me, as well as a fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue showcasing the latest in eveningwear. WHERE: Saks Fifth Avenue Connie Siskowski, Lewis Fogel, Mary Csar and Frank Csar, Jr.

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Logan Cruz with his siblings Ethan, Ryan and Alexa and their parents

Logan Cruz throws the ceremonial first pitch accompanied by Bluegreen Vacations President and CEO Shawn B. Pearson.

A DREAM COME TRUE AT MARLINS PARK WHAT: Bluegreen Vacations, based in Boca Raton, partnered with nonprofit Deliver the Dream to make a young boy’s dream a reality. In honor of Childhood Cancer Month, the groups were able to make Logan Cruz a member of the Miami Marlins baseball team for a day, which included signing a “contract,” getting his jersey and throwing the first pitch during a game. Deliver the Dream is a nonprofit that hosts families dealing with chronic illnesses for retreats and days where they can enjoy one another. WHERE: Marlins Park

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DOGGIE & KITTIE BALL WHAT: The Boca West Country Club was transformed into an old-time casino and saloon to benefit the dogs and cats of Tri-County Animal Rescue. During the evening, the more than 500 guests in cow-folk attire were treated to gaming tables, dinner, a silent and live auction, and entertainment from the Steve Chase Band, Dawn Marie and Alexandra Lewis. Ten Boca Raton firefighters marched in a parade with adoptable dogs, three of which were adopted on the spot. During the event, it was announced that longtime supporter Lois Pope was donating $2 million to help build the nonprofit’s new animal hospital. The ball was chaired by Sharon DiPietro, and Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg and Sergio DoRosario served as honorary chairs. Longtime Tri-County supporter Jeri Caprio was the recipient of the Jeanette Christos award. WHERE: Boca West Country Club Pamela Higer Polani

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Lessons from the road

From McDonald’s to marketing, one hitchhiker’s guide to going home Written by JOHN SHUFF


’m a loner, a daydreamer. My report cards in grade school confirmed this, as all my teachers said, “It seems John’s mind wanders off into another world, a world of imagination. He needs to concentrate, to participate more with the class.”

Maybe that’s why I didn’t mind hitchhiking. It was the 50s and we lived in a rural area of Cincinnati, so when I got off the school bus I walked the two miles or hitchhiked home. In the spring, walking was a pick-me-up in the exhilarating spring air, my shirt off, soaking up the warm sun that had finally emerged after a long winter. It was a time to dream, to be alone and when the 40-minute walk ended I was back in the real world of home, the smell of dinner cooking, the sounds of my mom in the kitchen. Other times, like in the dead of winter when it was dark by 4:30 p.m., I’d hitchhike home from the bus stop, hoping for someone to stop and save me from the Midwest chill burning my face. Today“thumbing” is not in vogue. In fact, you almost never see hitchhikers anymore; it’s outlawed in many states. And in my eight years of doing it I only had one uncomfortable situation. A couple stopped and asked me to sit in the front seat between them. I didn’t think about it but thought it was odd. In minutes, man tried to put his hand on my crotch. I grabbed the steering wheel and angrily shouted that if he didn’t stop I would drive the car off the road. When I exited I elbowed the creep in the ribs and pushed his wife out the door. In those days, nothing compared to what I think of as my marathon of hitchhiking: those cold winter nights that found me on the road from Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana to Cincinnati. The 275-mile trip in the sleet and snow, in freezing temperatures, was grueling. I hit the road after my last class, a scarf wrapped around my face, two sweaters under my jacket and those wonderful insulated gloves that my Mom had bought for me. I “thumbed” to save the cost of a $35 bus ride. In 1958 I earned $46 a week working in a factory and taking the bus was not the best economic decision. Besides, I enjoyed meeting the people who picked me up. On a few occasions a few jerks stopped and when I got to their car pulled away—laughing and giving me the

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finger; one even mooned me. However, most were friendly and wanted the company and really enjoyed talking about Irish football. After a few tries at the various routes (there were no Interstates in those days) I decided to go through Indianapolis. There wasn’t much difference in the countryside in the winter but in the spring the Indiana farmland reminded me of an Andrew Wyeth painting. But there was another reason for heading to Indianapolis: By-pass 100, a shortcut around the city, and the first place I had ever seen a pair of golden arches, rising like a mirage in the desert. I’d never seen a hamburger drive-in except Frisch’s Big Boy on Reading Road in Cincinnati. This place was called McDonald’s which was new to my vocabulary but the sign on the arches said “over 100 million hamburgers sold” I was starved after more than four hours on the road so I ordered a two cheeseburgers and those delicious thin-cut French fries. In four-years I never missed stopping at this McDonald’s on By-pass 100. My mouth watered when my odyssey began knowing that McDonald’s was only hours away. Years later I still visit their locations at least once a week. Who would ever guess I stopped at what has become an American icon 61 years later. Aside from an early lesson in fast food, hitchhiking taught me something even more important and that was how to market myself. Through trial and error on the road (and interminable waits), I learned to wear a coat and tie. I also made a sign that neatly said,“Notre Dame to Cincinnati.” And what a difference it made. People stopped right away. Most of them wanted to talk about Notre Dame football. Another time I got lucky when a friend of my dad’s picked me up in Indianapolis and drove me all the way home. I learned right away that the sign and my appearance spoke to what prospective rides could expect when they picked me up. Today, that’s what we should expect from everyone we deal with. And yes, I am still a dreamer. My hitchhiking days are long gone but I have not given up the pleasure of a good daydream. As Oscar Wilde so beautifully said, “A dreamer is the only one who can find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”

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The Florida Chefs & Food edition!

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The Florida Chefs & Food edition!