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Celebrate the state’s 500th birthday by visiting some of the destinations that, through the decades, have helped to put Florida on the map.

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26 Mail

Readers comment on articles in recent issues of Boca Raton.

28 Editor’s lEttEr

Iconic destinations throughout Florida never cease to stir the senses. by kevin kaminski

31CurrEnts

Boca Raton keeps you connected to South Florida with the latest trends, tips and news in five categories. 31 shop: Stay on top of the latest trends in cosmetics. 37 Body: Local fitness gurus and health specialists weigh in on back pain. 43 hoME: Spring colors enrich decor. 49 travEl: Check out the latest specials. 63 a&E: Ode to local poets; the Hot List; the Bamboo Room rocks.

71 Florida taBlE

Savory, seafood-based stew— Spanish-style—takes center stage, experience the power of pisco, and see which fish tacos make the grade in the Boca Challenge.

44 94 thE Boca intErviEw

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Don’t leave home without it—our comprehensive guide to the best restaurants in South Florida, including new reviews of Rosso Italia in Boca, The Grove in Delray and NYY Steak in Coconut Creek, as well as the lowdown on top salad spots, Buzz Bites and much more.

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Spend time with the local people and organizations that make our community so special—including an advocate for children with hearing loss, a restaurateur adding to his local empire and a high-school inventor on a mission. Plus, check out this edition of Boca Bargains and Boca by the Numbers.

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Angela, I watched you on [Bravo’s] “Millionaire Matchmaker” show, and I thought all three choices for you were just awful. I’m thinking about paying for a local matchmaking service. How can I get the most out of my money for this service? —Match Made in Boca Dear Match: I agree, none of the men chosen for me were a love connection. I opted to go on the date with Jeff, the docile attorney, because the aggressive and offensive Gage and the lackluster massage therapist were worse options. I learned that I am attracted to a very specific type of man; Patti’s advice helped me zero in on the kind of partner and relationship I want versus taking the buckshot approach and hoping something sticks. I do think a matchmaker can be beneficial for singles, but be willing and committed to do the work. It’s not enough to hire someone to parade a bevy of candidates in front of you. Any reputable matchmaker will spend time getting to know you and delve into your vision of a relationship. And I do mean relationship.

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The Power of Love The reason for this e-mail is the remarkably written and heartwarming article [by John Shuff, “My Turn,” February 2013]. Ben and I will be celebrating our 55th wedding anniversary [this spring], and your article really hit home. We all have many blessings, and we have our deep faith that is always with us. [The story] about your good friends Rick and Carmen Rogers was so enlightening and touching. None of us has it easy ... we just do the best we can and move forward to keep our marriage always uplifting, knowing we have a bond that is loving and true to our commitment. ... Thank you for the article about your dear friends. “Love does have many twists and turns!” We thank our Lord for his gift of life. Rosemary Krieger e-mail

for whaT IT’s worTh I have just been sent the winter issue of Worth Avenue [one of several annual publications produced by JES Publishing], for which I was very grateful. On page 94, there is a segment on my father, Maurice Fatio [part of a feature on legendary Palm Beach architects]. While enjoying the wonderful photographs, I must make two corrections. He didn’t arrive in “America via Ellis Island as an immigrant,” and he didn’t build a “private home for William Randolph Hearst.” Mr. Hearst bought the Harold Vanderbilt house in Manalapan, pictured in your article. My father designed the Society of the Four Arts library, not the “original edifice,” which was designed by Mizner. Thank you for [tending] to these matters. Alexandra Fatio Geneva, Switzerland

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Breathe It In F

lorida, for me, always will be in the wind. My brother and I were half-asleep in the backseat of my parents’ Dodge Charger on the final leg of a summer trek from Dayton, Ohio to St. Pete Beach; I must have been 10 at the time. For the better part of three states, the car had been ripe with the vomit-inducing stench of spoiled milk thanks to my father, who had left a thermos filled with coffee and cream to decompose in the trunk. But then, about 10 miles from our hotel (the sincebulldozed Normandy Inn), Dad rolled down the windows. Suddenly and miraculously, the curdled molecules yielded to something I had never before inhaled—a tropical mix of saltwater, palm trees and orange blossom. It was nothing short of intoxicating. The Ohio of my youth smelled like a 9-to-5 shift; it was industrial and filled with hardworking people who perspired through their shirts, even in the dead of winter. But this Florida—this exotic paradise with crazy lizards and miles of white sand and drinks with tiny umbrellas and girls who didn’t wear Catholic school uniforms— well, this place was different. It smelled like an adventure. And, sure enough, it was. Our family would vacation in Florida a handful of times before that fateful day during my sophomore year of high school when, following a crushing winter storm that buried the front of our house under a snow drift, my parents made the call to leave Ohio for good. By then, I already had explored some of Florida’s more iconic destinations, as well as some of its kitschiest. I remember watching a Seminole Indian “wrestle” an alligator that looked like it had been shot multiple times with a tranquilizer gun. Is it really wrestling when you’re tossing around a lifeless reptile like a throw pillow? I also remember a spider monkey leaping out of a tree and onto my father’s head at Sunken Gardens in St. Pete, which, on the karma meter, may have been payback for that whole thermos fiasco. I’ll never forget my first time waiting two hours in line for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, back when

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such a Disney ride required an “E” ticket. Or, on our first trip to Fort Lauderdale, the kiss on the cheek I received from one of the bikini-clad Polynesian dancers at the MaiKai—to this day, one of the most fulfilling relationships I’ve ever had. Perhaps more than any state in the land, Florida deals in making these kinds of memories. With that in mind, and with the state turning 500, we decided to celebrate a few of the many destinations that make our corner of the country an original (page 100)—from our internationally renowned theme parks and outdoor landmarks to our airboats, golf courses and sunsets. In addition, we introduce you to five local ladies who, if we had our way, would be starring in their own reality show (page 124). Plus, we check out the latest in swimwear and resort fashion (page 114) with a little background assist from the Boca Beach Club. As introductions go, few moments in my life have made a stronger or more lasting impression than the first time I breathed in the Sunshine State. But as our May/June edition proves, there is plenty else about Boca and beyond to stir all the senses. Enjoy the issue.

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Boca Raton pays more than just lip service to cosmetic care for the face. Our experts weigh in on everything from eye shadows and liners to makeup removers and lipstick trends.

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Photographer: Michel Marcel Hair/makeup: Stephanie Mitchell Model: Marla Weaver Art director: Kathleen Ross

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feAst youR eyes Check out the hottest trends in eye products—all available locally—from some of the major players in the cosmetics world.

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1. Clinique high-impact extreme volume mascara, $19.50, Saks Fifth Avenue, Town Center at Boca Raton 2. Eye shadow duo “Morada,” $4.50, Prestige Cosmetics, prestigecosmetics.com 3. Dior Artist Palette, $110, Saks Fifth Avenue, Town Center 4. Nars soft touch shadow pencil, $24, Neiman Marcus, Town Center 5. Classic liquid eyeliner in “Big Teal,” $5.75, Prestige Cosmetics, prestigecosmetics.com 6. Trish McEvoy Finish Line, $24, Neiman Marcus, Town Center 7. Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill intense eye shadow, $33, Saks Fifth Avenue, Town Center 8. Simmering Trios Mineral eye shadow “Emerald,” $10.75, Prestige Cosmetics, prestigecosmetics.com

CosmetiCs: What’s hot HIGH-BROW: “Graphic brows are in; I found a couple of tricks that make it very natural looking. ... Use an eye shadow, like a dark brown, [to fill in your brows]; MAC Cosmetics has an awesome eye shadow called ‘Espresso.’ Take a short, angled brush and fill in your natural brow line. It’s the easiest way to get full-looking brows without the hassle. “What I like about shadows, rather than a cream or marker, is that you can feather out the

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color. For everyday [wear], I recommend a color that’s light and close to your natural brow color. For a night look, choose something in dark coffee [shades]. This will help make your brows look a little more dramatic.” KEEP CALM AND BALM: “Beauty balm creams are trending in the fashion world. They help nourish your skin and reduce redness. ... Laura Mercier, MAC, Bobby Brown

and Smashbox [all have them]. ... You won’t get the strongest coverage, but it is a substitute for a heavy foundation.” PRIME TIME: “The point of a primer is to bring out the eye shadow colors. It also holds [eye shadow in place]; you’re not going to have to worry about colors flaking, or crusty [build up]. “There are two eye primer products that I really love. One is the Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion, which is light and

affordable. I also love the MAC Paint Pots. They come in a variety of colors; I tend to lean toward fairer colors. They really bring out the intensity of the eyes. It gives such a beautiful, clean look to the face.” TAKE IT OFF: “Neutrogena makes a great line of [makeup remover wipes]. They are very soft, so they don’t give you that burning sensation when you are taking off makeup.”

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South Florida freelance makeup artist Angel Rosario dishes on the biggest trends.


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Rose hip and jojoba lip tint, $9.25, Lush Cosmetics

Are your lips better off red? They will be with a little help from the following products.

Laura Mercier satin lip color, $24, Saks Fifth Avenue, Town Center at Boca Raton

Dolce & Gabbana Charm liner pencil, $33, Saks Fifth Avenue

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Stephanie Mitchell, a freelance makeup artist in South Florida, advises how to keep lips super smooth and what colors work best. WHat are SOme great WayS tO exfOliate tHe liPS? Bliss Cosmetics’ Fabulips has always been my go-to lip scrub. This product gently buffs away dry skin while nourishing and smoothing lips. It’s made with fine grains of sweet sugar and the shells of almonds and walnuts to retexture skin; it also has cocoa butter and vitamin E to condition and make lips feel soft and supple.

Dior creates Serum de Rouge, $34, Bloomingdale’s, Town Center

Tom Ford lip color in “Wild Ginger,” $48, Bloomingdale’s, Town Center

WHen cHOOSing a red liPStick, WHat SHOuld yOu keeP in mind in termS Of Skin tOne? For fair to medium skin tones, I recommend a shade with an orange or gold undertone; a deep matte coral would also work for this skin shade. For skin that has more of a cool tone, try a blue or violet-based shade, such as a deep berry or magenta. HOW dO yOu keeP yOur liPStick frOm “bleeding?” Before applying any lip product, I like to use a colorless lip liner. It helps prevent bleeding and smudging, and works with any shade. For a quick fix, try everyday under-eye concealer blotted on the lips.

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Liquid lipstick in “Ambition,” $18.95, Lush Cosmetics, Town Center

WHat are SOme Of tHe liPStick trendS in 2013? Red tones in every shade hit the runways with a bang at New York Fashion Week. Models wore creamy scarlet hues that generated major buzz. Also, combine fuchsia and orange for a tropical summer twist, but make sure to keep it matte.

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CORTISONE INJECTIONS: Risk vs. Reward

By Dr. Hessam Khatami, D.C., A.R.T

All of us have experienced joint pain at one time or another; whether it started after an acute injury or as the result of some sort of repetitive stress. Shoulders, knees, elbows, and hips are the most common sites for joint pain and discomfort. But what do most people do when they begin feeling the pain? They probably start by taking Tylenol or Advil for a few days to get rid of the pain. Only if and when the pain medications don’t work do most people seek the advice of their doctors. In most cases, this doctor is an Orthopedist who will determine that the cause of their joint pain is due to inflammation (swelling) that developed due to some sort of injury. The doctor will then suggest an apparently quick and effective treatment that will take the pain away and have you back on the golf course or tennis courts the next day. What is this miracle treatment? The cortisone shot. But is this possible pain relief worth the complications that can occur as the result of the cortisone? There are several risks to consider when determining if cortisone injections are the best course of treatment. The first, and most important, is the effect of the cortisone on the lining of our joints. Our joints are lined with a smooth and resilient type of cartilage known as hyaline cartilage. It provides almost friction-less movement between the two bones that make up any joint. In addition, this hyaline cartilage provides cushioning to our weight bearing joints; such as the joints in our hips, knees, and ankles. Cortisone injections can result in the degradation and ultimately, the destruction, of this carti-

lage. This, all of a sudden, seems counterintuitive; why would a doctor prescribe a treatment that could ultimately aggravate the initial injury? Another risk factor is the possibility of nerve damage as a result of the injection. This risk is more common when the injection is taking place in the spine, but can occur anywhere in the body. If the cortisone makes direct contact with a nerve, scarring and adhesions can occur within and around the nerve itself leading to chronic pain. Corticosteroid injections also dissolve the fat in the immediate vicinity or the injection site. As the fat dissolves, it leaves behind empty space which is often replaced with scar tissue. This scar tissue complicates existing injuries and creates chronic conditions in which people have reinjury after re-injury to the same area. This is why people who have one Cortisone injection have to go back for a series of injections to maintain the pain relief. All they are doing is creating more scar tissue with every injection. All of these joint injuries can be effectively treated through a variety of soft tissue techniques such as Active Release

Technique and Graston Technique, among others. These therapies are designed to treat the cause of the initial injury and inflammation. When the source of the injury is treated, the symptoms resolve on their own.

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Dr. Hessam Khatami is certified in various soft-tissue techniques and is working toward his Chiropractic Sports Physician Certification. He provides certified treatments in the areas of sports injuries, difficult cases of spine pain with numbness and tingling, migraines, and more. Atlantic Grove in Delray Beach, FL • (561) 455-4850 • drkhatami@atlanticgrovechiro • atlanticgrovechiro.com AdvertoriAl


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body Back in the Game

When it comes to daily aches, back pain is something to which most Americans can relate. The American Spinal Decompression Association estimates that 80 percent of the population will experience such pain at some point in their lives. Find out how to strengthen the back—and prevent complications—with tips from our local experts.

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Personal trainers at gyms in Boca and Delray have our backs these days, using new approaches and equipment specifically for that problem area. When your pain is under control (see page 40), consider working on back prevention. Here’s how.

The MedX Lumbar Extension machine at Synergy Personal Training in Delray

GOING OLD SCHOOL WHERE: Michael’s Body Scenes (5994 S.W. 18th St., Boca Raton); Fotis Papamichael, co-owner

THE WoRkouT: Papamichael believes in a combination of classic exercises and equipment to help build strong, less injury-prone backs. He points to his backextension and lat pulldown machines, along with rowing and cable equipment. Sound advicE: “I also recommend an old-school exercise, [like] the pull-up,” he says. “We like to perform functional exercises that help strengthen the back but mimic everyday life activities.” conTacT: 561/750-7945; bodyscenes.com

the picture). The machine tests strength every three degrees of a client’s range of motion, allowing trainers to identify and strengthen areas of weakness to build a more stable, less vulnerable back and neck. Sound advicE: “The Lumbar Extension machine has proven successful in providing relief in 86 percent of people suffering from back pain,” Guarniere says. conTacT: 561/278-7515; synergysystemsdelray.com

THE MEDX DIFFERENCE

WHERE: Institute of Human Performance (1950 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton); Juan Carlos Santana, owner THE WoRkouT: IHP is known worldwide for lowback rehabilitation and back conditioning; the institute has rehabilitated UFC fighters and Navy Seals after crippling injuries. As a testing ground for exercise equipment manufacturers, IHP offers new technology in addition to traditional back-strengthening devices.

WHERE: Synergy Personal Training (325 N.E. Second Ave., #103, Delray Beach); Skip Guarniere, owner THE WoRkouT: The personal training studio at Synergy features technologically advanced MedX fitness, sports and rehabilitation equipment—including the MedX Lumbar Extension machine, a device that isolates spine muscles (keeping the pelvic area, including gluteus and hamstring muscles, out of 38

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Sound advicE: “Overstretching a bad back is the worst thing you can do, [but it’s a] common mistake,” he says. “Functional strength is what is needed—not more stretching. Developing core stiffness, not core flexibility, is the first order of business in rehabbing a bad back or keeping a healthy back healthy.” conTacT: 561/620-9556; ihpfit.com

POWER TOOL WHERE: Life Time Athletic Boca Raton (1499 Yamato Road) THE WoRkouT: Among the equipment personal trainer Fernando Morales uses for clients with back pain is the Power Plate, a machine that incorporates vibration to loosen tight back muscles, as well as increase blood flow to injured areas. Sound advicE: “A lot [of back pain] is muscular tightness,” he says. “[We also] use myofascial release or trigger-point release, using foam rollers.” Foam rollers, Morales notes, loosen muscles that attach to the pelvis. conTacT: 561/208-5900; lifetimefitness.com may/june 2013


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dealing with back pain

It can be a dull, constant ache or a sudden, sharp pain. It can radiate down the legs and feet. Sometimes, it lasts for a few days or weeks. Sometimes, it lingers for years. So how do you treat the many faces of back pain? The following local experts offer tips for avoiding and easing back issues. [ 1 ] The power of

posTure:

Remember when Mom told you to stand up straight? She was on to something. Stephen Bregler of East Coast Physical Therapy (4814 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd., 561/998-0077) advises to always maintain your posture, whether sitting, standing, playing sports or working. Good posture helps prevent chronic back pain. By maintaining your low-back curve, the rest of your spine will be corrected. Try ThiS: When sitting, place a rolled towel or cushion just above your waist, between your back and the chair back. When standing, pull your shoulder blades back and down.

[ 2 ] GeT up already: Stress and associated painrelated conditions, like back problems, respond to healthy lifestyle changes. But not every change has to be dramatic. Start with something simple, says holly Green, founder of AcuSports Therapy Acupuncture in Boca (7601 N. Federal Highway, Suite 150-A, 561/706-0723). Don’t sit for long periods 40

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of time. Try ThiS: Green also suggests adding a light stretching routine to your day.

[ 3 ] sTay hydraTed: With acute back pain comes inflammation, which can dry out surrounding tendons, ligaments and tissues. When these are inflamed and dehydrated, it’s harder to get adequate blood flow. That slows healing, according to acupuncture specialist Kimberly Marrone of Integrative Acupuncture in Delray Beach (220 Congress Park Drive, Suite 230, 561/819-0530). Try ThiS: Drink half your body weight—but in ounces instead of pounds. Drink more if you exercise, if you’re in the sun or if you take dehydrating medications.

[ 4 ] a To b To ZZZZZZZ: Stay off your stomach when sleeping, says Connie Boczarski, director of chiropractic services at Back To Health in Boca (7601 N. Federal Highway, 561/330-9004). Sleeping on your stomach creates too much spine rotation, resulting in back spasms. Try ThiS: Switch to your side or back.

did you Know? According to information supplied by the American Chiropractic Association, onehalf of all working Americans claim to experience back pain in a given year.

[ 5 ] buyer beware: The business of back pain produces its share of companies trying to capitalize on your misery. Those advertisements on TV promising easy pain relief? They’re probably too good to be true. Try ThiS: Consult a well-respected physician or therapist who gives you options and helps you make an informed decision.

[ 6 ] TraininG alTernaTive: Those suffering from stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) can find prolonged standing or walking uncomfortable. But this doesn’t mean they need to go without aerobic exercise, according to orthopedic surgeon Edward Chung of the Spine Institute of South Florida (5210 Linton Blvd., Suite 103, Delray Beach, 561/381-4271). Try ThiS: Modify your exercise routine to include low-impact activities, such as stationary bicycling, using an elliptical trainer or swimming.

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Color Your World

Springtime in Florida doesn’t lend itself to somber shades or hushed hues. It demands colors as vibrant and energetic as the season itself. From tropical brights to fiesta bolds, lively colors deserve their moment in the sun. Turn the page for tips and techniques—as well as a few of our favorite high-octane hues—to get you started. follow the leader

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HigH Five Adding bold colors shouldn’t be complicated, costly

or permanent. These color-infused elements will give any room’s palette a simple, temporary pop.

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Pillows

Pillows are easy and affordable ways to give rooms a blast of color and pattern. For spring, think casual, comfortable and carefree. Stripes are a nobrainer—as are loose linens and raffia trims. If you have assorted patterned pillows, mix them with a couple of solid fabric-covered versions to ground the combination. Also, when mixing patterns, unify them with one or two common colors to avoid a hodgepodge look.

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Even in museums, art isn’t permanent, so why not switch out your muted landscape or subtle still life with something bold and daring? If you will be adding vibrant fabrics and accessories to the mix, remember this: Choose your art first, and let it inspire the color choices you make for the other pieces.

Painted Furniture

Small furniture pieces—stools, chairs, chests and benches—offer big opportunities to introduce hot hues into a space. Give them a new coat of colorful paint, and they’ll instantly energize your room. Don’t have the right piece to paint? Try a little treasure hunting at yard sales and secondhand stores. After all, you’ll be refinishing the find anyway, right?

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ColleCtibles

There is no end to the accessories and display objects that can create color statements. Have some fun. Display colorful glass marbles in a bowl or jar. Place tinted bottles or vases in front of a sunlit window. Even old books can be transformed with vibrant covers cut from wallpaper or wrapping paper. No matter the choices you make, keep this in mind: To make a strong impact, smaller items should be grouped together rather than scattered throughout the room.

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Colorful dinnerware—patterned or solid—provides a simple way to introduce your favorite hues. Because spring is all about easygoing style, feel free to mix and match, but just as you do with pillows and other patterned pieces, create a cohesive collection by featuring a common color throughout. And, of course, keep the dinnerware out and open on shelves and countertops where it can contribute to your seasonal statements of color. may/june 2013


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Working the room Simple strategies give this color-punched space a carefree, cohesive style.

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upholstery, provides the perfect canvas for colorful accessories and accents.

provides a bold anchor that doesn’t compete with the room’s mix of colorful pieces.

the room’S PrimArY CoLorS—orange and turquoise—are thoughtfully positioned across the space, creating strong focal points that keep the eye moving throughout the area.

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sunlight to flow through, thus adding a bit of sparkle to the space.

large pillows, creating an opportunity to change the look with a simple flip-over.

palette from which the room’s accent colors are drawn.

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Great Escapes

Did the crush of high-season activity leave you in need of a little R&R? Turn the page for the latest travel buzz—including local and statewide getaway specials.

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Plan your spring retreats around prime pampering, complimentary goodies and the ultimate golf experience. Eau what a fEEling Locals looking for a spring break that doesn’t involve MTV and beer pong should check out one of the stress-busting getaways at The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach (100 S. Ocean Blvd., 561/540-4960). As part of its “Beauty and the Beach” package (starting at $449), guests receive $200 per night worth of credits at Eau Spa, the resort’s award-winning pampering palace. We suggest applying those dollars toward the nearly four-hour “Splendor” treatment ($490), one of the popular Garden Villa options; guests receive either a Firming Elation or Slimming Silk Infusion, followed by Champagne and cheese, and then an Iridescent Pearl Manicure and Champagne Shimmer Pedicure.

hEalthy havEn For a different spin on the rejuvenation theme, head to the Art Deco district on Miami Beach and dial up the “New Year, New You” offer at Winter Haven (1400 Ocean Drive). The chic hideaway (only 71 rooms), which first opened its doors in 1939, is giving two passes to Crunch Fitness down the block as part of a package Renovations are in progress at Boca Raton Bridge Hotel.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach

that includes vouchers for four freshly pressed juices or smoothie drinks and a three-course “detox-friendly” dinner at the hotel restaurant. Call 800/228-9290 and mention promotional code F49.

EndlEss summEr Up the road in Palm Beach, The Breakers (1 South County Road, 888/273-2537) is proving once again that it can be a friend with benefits. The venerable resort is rolling out the welcome mat through Sept. 30 to couples and families with an “Endless Saving” special that features its share of complimentary sides. Guests can partake in everything from continental breakfast to unlimited tennis and fitness classes at no additional charge; in addition, children (ages 3 to 12) can enjoy complimentary day camp sessions and eat for free at any of The Breakers’ restaurants. Room rates begin at $339 (Sunday to Thursday; $419 Friday and Saturday) through May 31. As of June, the rates start at $299 and $379, respectively.

tEE it up The island green at TPC Sawgrass is beckoning, and spring is the perfect time for local golfers to pay homage to the famed 17th hole. As part of a two-day “Ultimate Experience” package ($1,185 per person), players receive one round on the legendary Stadium Course (forecaddie included), a two-hour private golf lesson with a Tour Academy instructor and three hours in the TaylorMade Performance Lab, where experts will use video swing analysis to custom-fit your driver, irons and putter. Players also have full access to the driving range and practice facility. As part of the package, guests stay at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra. Call 866/605-3544 for reservations.

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face-lifts in Boca belongs to a beauty anxious to return to the local spotlight. Work on the wraparound seawall and dock at Boca raton Bridge hotel (999 E. Camino Real, 866/539-0036), which started last fall, was the first phase in an estimated year-long project meant to return the destination to iconic status along the Intracoastal Waterway and Lake Boca. Recently, AWH Partners and The Lane Organization announced that Gensler, an internationally renowned design firm, would handle the aesthetic transformation—including muchneeded renovation of the boutique hotel’s 100-plus rooms (think hip, sophisticated coastal vibe). The Bridge will remain closed until the transformation is complete in late fall.

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Renda Writer descended on South Florida’s poetry scene with a rapper’s sensibility and a talent for witty and inspirational brevity. He’s one of five local poets who have opened their hearts and minds, in print and on stages, to readers and audiences.

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I’m feeling pensive. Extensive time has spent, bent at the angle of a swan’s neck. A half of a heart, wholeheartedly searching for another swan’s neck to connect. Symmetrical feather-covered flesh, representative of the love that I long to possess. Two long necks, curved arcs, even when apart, hearts start to mesh. —from “Half Hearted”


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Performance art and private therapy, haikus and tributes—poetry is all this and much more. Meet some of South Florida’s most devoted and talented poets, representing all ages and disciplines. Renda WRiteR

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His story: Writer (his real name remains top secret) began penning poetry in 1999 while he was living in New York City. In 2004, when he moved to South Florida, poetry became his identity, if never his full-time career. A great networker and an open-mic guru, he began hosting events at countless coffeehouses and bars in the area; Writer would go on to record two CDs and publish a book of his poems. He still performs at Dada’s monthly Tuesday open-mic night in Delray Beach, while pursuing a career in jewelry-making and visual-art projects that he calls “an extension of my poetry.” His style: Inspired by lyrical rappers like A Tribe Called Quest and KRS-One, Writer’s poems are catchy and succinct. His debut album, “Eclectic Poetic,” features 33 tracks, many of them under two minutes and most of them backed by musical tracks. His writing is heavy on wordplay and lifeaffirming adages, many of which he lives by. Website: facebook.com/rendawriter

His story: P. Scott Cunningham can’t remember when his interest in poetry began. “I was supposed to be wrapping up my Hall of Fame baseball career right now,” he says. Instead, Cunningham has gone from scribbling unrequited love poems in college to becoming Miami-Dade County’s chief poetry ambassador. His festival—O, Miami—launched in 2011 and returned this past April with the lofty goal of introducing a poem to every Miami resident. Aided by a Knight Foundation grant—and highlighted by live readings by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and this year’s presidential inauguration poet, Richard Blanco—the core of O, Miami involves integrating poetry into Miami’s infrastructure and cultural life. In 2011, for example, a local artist clandestinely sewed poetry snippets onto items in thrift stores. His style: Cunningham prefers his poems to be heard as well as read, and he says he’ll perform “anywhere. My performance style is all about clarity: clarity of speech, clarity of intention, clarity of emotion.” His works read the same way, vivid with everyday details, arresting analogies and surprising twists. Website: p-s-c.tumblr.com

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Two people, naked, in a gondola suspended over Mt. Blanc. Lightning strikes the tower, shorting the wires. Wind and snow shake the gondola. The two people are you and your infant daughter. You’re trying to think about your child but you keep thinking about yourself. Imagine you’re the child. Imagine you’re a gondola in a blizzard. Imagine the blizzard is inside the gondola. Let go of the wire. —from “Poems About Concentration for People Who Can’t Concentrate”

Patricia Whiting

PatRicia Whiting Her story: Whiting’s poetry dates back to 1975, when she was in her 30s, dealing with a disintegrating marriage and feasting on Thomas Hardy and Willa Cather. “The poem came to me, as if I had channeled the two writers,” she recalls. An active, award-winning member of Poets of the Palm Beaches, she has since been published in several poetry journals, including Slipstream and Thorny Locust. Her 2012 book, Diary Poems: and drawings, combines her writing with her eclectic paintings. Her style: Whiting began writing rhymed, metered verse inspired by Yeats. But in the 1980s, she discovered her love for free verse, where she’s remained ever since. She keeps things simple and essential, paring down her language and eschewing florid verbiage for an accessible, clear approach. Website: patriciawhiting.com

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Rachel Finley

I knew how to fly, to palm the air and rise above the ground.

Outside, I soared beyond the trees, carried by air currents— wanting to stay aloft, never touch ground ... But someone whispered you cannot fly and I believed. —“In Another Life”

John Vincent Palozzi His story: A retired social worker living in Lake Worth, Palozzi began writing poetry at age 13 on his eighth-grade graduation present: a state-of-the-art Smith-Corona electric typewriter. He had some poems printed in his high school literary magazine, enrolled in poetry classes in college, and went on to join Poets of the Palm Beaches, over which he presided for 17 years. Also a prolific artist working in photography, collage and digital media, Palozzi has published books on everything from vegetarian dining and yoga to Christmas party games and password-protection techniques. His style: Palozzi took home the secondand third-prize awards in the Long Form category at Poets of the Palm Beaches’ 2012 Adult Poetry Contest. But he writes in various styles, from sonnets to haikus. “I try to put some humor in my poetry, so there are many punch lines at the end of poems. I write about the human condition, inspirational poems, poems where I’m just having fun and playing with words.” Website: johnvincentpalozzi.com

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Rachel Finley Her story: Finley’s first poem was a love letter to her grandmother, penned at age 6. As a teenager, she says, her poems frequently rhymed and were filled with angst, but they’ve matured as she has, taking on wily new forms. Her work can be heard on “Clay and Concrete,” a compilation CD of the best slam poets in the Southeast. The Pompano Beach resident’s artistic talents extend beyond poetry; Finley has been a costume designer and set dresser on independent films, and she is working on her first full-length play, about a couple’s eternal struggle between art and commerce. Her style: An accomplished stage actress with a fine-arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Finley has no problem memorizing soliloquies—especially when they’re written in her own witty, forceful poetry. Under the moniker “Flow Diva,” she writes her poems to be performed; she’s taken them to slam competitions across the country, where they have won awards. She puts her entire body into her riveting performances, which can start calmly and build toward dramatic catharses. Website: facebook.com/ rachelflowdivafinley

John Vincent Palozzi

Oh beautiful girl, if only you could see yourself beyond yourself. Take the powder off your nose, place it in your shell, strike the primer and ignite Discover yourself within yourself. Your beauty does not reside on the lips of a false-hearted man. It emanates from a heart that creates love where none existed. When they call you a bitch, tell them that you remain Beautiful In The Company of Haters. And when they call you a slut tell them that you are Simply Loving Unrestrained by Traditions. You are a beautiful woman. Do not let them shame you out of your power. —from “Shells”

He lingers, almost catatonic in the blue shirt his mother gave him refusing to remove it, like a baby who won’t let go the finger but he must not stay too long locked in this time capsule —from “My Son’s Blue Shirt”

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the HOT list SunFeSt Where: Downtown West Palm Beach Details: South Florida’s most eclectic music festival returns for another Phillip Phillips unimpeachably solid lineup of bands traversing pop, rock, jazz May 1–5 and other acts spanning the past 40 years of music. Headliners include Top 40 hit-makers Train; the rejuvenated Smashing Pumpkins, fresh off shooting a New York concert in 3-D; last year’s “American Idol” winner, Phillip Phillips; reggae legend Jimmy Cliff; veteran blues rockers The Black Crowes; and classic rockers Cheap Trick. Visit the waterfront locale for fine arts and crafts from May 3–5, and stick around for closing night fireworks at 9 p.m. tickets: $30–$69 contact: 800/786-3378 or sunfest.com

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DawouD Bey: Picturing PeoPle

May 17– SePt. 8

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 N.E. 125th St., North Miami Details: Award-winning Chicagobased photographer Dawoud Bey launched his career in the mid-1970s as a project in family history: He wanted to explore Harlem, a city he had never lived in, but where his parents had met. The resulting exhibition, “Harlem U.S.A.,” captured the spirit of the iconic community and its inhabitants in candid street photographs. It put Bey on the art world’s map, and he later found inspiration in photographing adolescents in his “Class Pictures” series; his portraits of public and private school students from wildly differing backgrounds helped eliminate perceived differences between them. This rare exhibition offers an expansive survey of Bey’s career. tickets: $5 adults, $3 students and seniors contact: 305/893-6211 or mocanomi.org

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Steve Martin & the SteeP canyon rangerS

Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach Details: Comedian Steve Martin began playing the banjo at age 17. The instrument would later turn up in some of his manic standup routines, and he recalled to NPR a few years ago that “I always felt the audience sorta tolerated the serious musical parts while I was doing my comedy.” These days, though, Martin’s bluegrass banjo music has come to dominate his artistic output. With a Grammy award and even a national bluegrass prize named in his honor, Martin has proven he can pluck with the best of them. At this appearance, he will mix humor with bluegrass classics and songs from his latest album “Love Has Come For You.” tickets: Starting at $35 contact: 561/832-7469 or kravis.org

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Dancing at lughnasa

May 24– JunE 16

Where: Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach Details: The Tony Award winner for Best Play back in 1992, dramatist Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa” will close what has been another exceptional season for Palm Beach Dramaworks. This memory play is set in 1936 inside a cottage in a fictional Irish town, where three sisters have love in their hearts, holding on to summer’s harvest before an impending collapse threatens the family’s stability. Catholicism, paganism, dancing, folklore and economics color a timeless drama that has enjoyed many revivals over the past 20 years, including a film adaptation with Meryl Streep. tickets: $55 contact: 561/514-4042 or palmbeachdramaworks.org

Kurt Elling

JunE 8 Where: Miniaci Performing Arts Center at Nova Southeastern University, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Davie Details: For a while, Kurt Elling was the Susan Lucci of jazz vocalists, constantly receiving nominations for his industry’s top awards, but never winning them. But after seven nominations—one for each of his albums, most of them recorded for the legendary Blue Note label—Elling finally won the 1999 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for “Dedicated to You,” his tribute to the songs of John Coltrane and John Hartman. Notoriety has only grown for this versatile performer, who is as comfortable scatting improvised lines as he is reviving a Brill Building classic. tickets: $40 contact: 954/462-0222 or miniacipac.com

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he Bamboo room is, among many other things, a repository for russell hibbard’s cool stuff. The walls of this vintage venue, an entertainment anchor in downtown Lake worth since 1999, are covered with approximately 40 instruments, from priceless guitars to miniature banjos. Duplicate copies of some of hibbard’s extensive cache of 78 rpm records hang elsewhere; above the bar, under glass, reside more than half of his collection of 1,500 cocktail shakers. hibbard, a retired industrial designer, is a self-professed antiques freak whose other assemblages include vintage cars (everything he drives is pre-1972). In fact, he was visiting an antiques shop at 25 S. J Street in Lake worth when he happened to discover that the building had potential for great acoustics. Once known as the historic Paradise Building, the property wasn’t for sale, but hibbard made the owners an offer they couldn’t refuse. Soon enough, a space that had functioned as everything from a pool hall to an elk’s lodge became the Bamboo room, where it caters to a throng of devotees hungry for blues, roots and americana music. The room closed in the spring of 2008 amid a dour economy, but it reopened some two years later. “my wife and I wanted to do a place that we would feel comfortable in—a place with sit-down service, a fine cocktail, a good sound system, not a smoky room ... That was the impetus.”

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What is the aesthetic behind the Bamboo Room’s unique design? Part of it came from what the building was— an early 1920s Florida building, hollow tile with old Dade County pine. One of the reasons we were attracted to it was that it was built as a social club. It lent itself to this.

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How did you get the word out to touring musicians that this was a place they should play? It sounds crazy, but I just called up agents and artists that I knew. I told them I’ve got a place; we’re putting together a schedule. Once the word got out—we weren’t open yet—I started getting demo packages from a lot of artists.

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It’s funny: When I started, we called it Bamboo Room: Blues, Cocktails, Billiards. Within a year, we had [a reputation] for booking highly regarded acoustic blues acts. After that first year, I took the name “blues” off of all the collateral material, and called it “essential music.” Because from my perspective as a music fan, blues is a universal thing. It’s a

folk music form. A lot of people started thinking [we were] booking rock acts or folk acts, [but] they’re essentially all blues acts.

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When you shuttered the Bamboo Room in 2008, did you always believe you would reopen? I did. We got contacts all the time from people begging us to reopen—both patrons and musicians, because they had no place to go either. I’d teasingly e-mail back and say, well, bring a hundred friends! We

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The culinary art of savory, seafood-based stew is practiced in kitchens around the world, with creative spins based on the home culture. One local chef is perfecting the Spanish version—much to the delight of diners in Delray Beach. Turn the page to learn how to make this dish at home.

Chef Antonio Escobar’s zarzuela

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The secrets of seafood stew vary depending on the country. very culture has some method of inviting bits of fish and shellfish to play in a hearty, homey, stew-like broth. France has bouillabaisse. Italy has zuppa di pesce; Greece has kakavia; Portugal, caldeirada; Peru, parihuela. Immigrant fishermen created cioppino in California. And Spanish cooks have for hundreds of years prepared zarzuela. Said to have originated in Catalonia and been named after a popular type of operetta, zarzuela has much in common with

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its cousins: tomatoes, garlic, wine, vegetables, a mix of fish and shellfish. There are, of course, some regional differences. Saffron helps flavor the broth in bouillabaisse and zarzuela; annatto seed and aji panca do the same for parihuela. Portuguese cooks often add chorizo to their caldeirada. Italians serve their zuppa over coarse-textured bread. But one thing never varies: that happy, satisfied feeling when the last spoonful of broth—with that final piece of fresh, tender seafood—has made it from bowl to mouth.

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Courtesy of Antonio esCobAr exeCutive Chef, CevíChe tApAs bAr & restAurAnt 116 n.e. sixth Ave., DelrAy beACh; 561/894-8599

4 ounces olive oil 2 teaspoons julienne shallots 1 teaspoon chopped garlic 4 each 4- to 5-ounce cold-water lobster tails, shelled and halved lengthwise 20 shrimp, 31/40 count, peeled and deveined (or substitute larger shrimp) 4 3-ounce mahi-mahi fillets 4 3-ounce salmon fillets 8 fresh dry-packed sea scallops 12 ounces calamari, cleaned and cut into rings 5 ounces brandy and dry Spanish sherry, mixed 28 ounces tomato sauce 5 ounces fish bouillon 4 sprigs cilantro leaves 16 mussels, de-bearded if necessary 16 medium-sized clams 15 hairs Spanish saffron Note: Use a large, flat pan to accommodate all fish in a single layer. PreParatioN: Add olive oil to heated pan, then sauté shallots and garlic on medium heat until golden brown. Add all seafood except clams and mussels and sauté for 2 minutes. Turn heat off, add brandy-sherry mixture, turn heat back on low and flambé for 30 seconds. Remove all seafood from pan except lobster and set aside. Add tomato sauce and saffron to pan with lobster, bring to boil, then turn heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes. Add seafood back to pan, cover and simmer for 2 more minutes. Make sure you have enough sauce to cover all seafood. Uncover pan, add bouillon, clams and mussels. Simmer until clams and mussels open (discard any that don’t). Remove from heat and let rest 2 minutes. ServiNg: Divide contents of pan among 4 plates and garnish with sprig of cilantro.

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PISCO SOUR Courtesy of Warren fleWelling tapas restaurant & Wine Bar 210 e. oCean ave., lantana; 561/533-5580

3 ounces pisco 1 ounce lime juice 1 ounce simple syrup 1 egg white Few drops of bitters PreParation: Combine first four ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice and shake until blended and egg white foams. Pour into chilled martini glass and dot top with drops of bitters.

Pisco, a smooth, potent, grape-based brandy, is Peru’s (and Chile’s) answer to cognac. Those two countries have long battled over which gets birthplace bragging rights. Though Chile vastly outproduces Peru, Peru generally gets the nod as pisco’s true country of origin. There are other differences. The process for distilling Chilean pisco is similar to vodka; the Peruvian process more resembles cognac. Chilean pisco can be aged in oak barrels, giving it an amber color and faint vanilla flavor; Peruvian pisco must be “rested” only in neutral containers that change neither its color nor flavor. Chilean pisco can be diluted with water to reach its bottle strength; Peruvian pisco must be bottled at distillation strength. 74

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hat’s not to love about the beach? Sun, sand, waves, wind, tacos. Tacos? Well, yes. Fish tacos, to be exact, that near-magical amalgam of soft corn tortillas; fresh, flaky, mild-flavored fish; shredded cabbage; thin crema or mayonnaise; and tomato salsa. Oh, and a finishing squeeze of lime. Most food geeks agree that fish tacos were popularized in the 1960s or ’70s in either San Diego or the Baja California town of Ensenada. That original taco featured fish that was battered and fried, though, in the interest of health and less mess, the grilled fish taco has become just as prevalent. Since we here at the Boca Challenge love fish tacos almost as much as we love the beach, it seemed appropriate to celebrate the arrival of spring with a sampling of fish tacos from around the county. We didn’t want to get too picky about it, so the tacos here vary in substance and style. Judging is based on freshness and preparation of the fish, quality of the garnishes (i.e., “stuff,” typically cabbage, pico de gallo and crema), overall balance of flavors and textures, and value. Sun in your face, sand between your toes, waves rolling ashore, fish tacos in your belly ... it doesn’t get much better than that. —Bill Citara FISH

STUFF

BALANCE

VALUE

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THE BACkyArd

In a word: “underwhelming.” Each of the three tacos contained a scrawny piece of spice-rubbed, overcooked mahi and enough cabbage to start a sauerkraut business. $12.50/3.

THE MExICAN

Classic Baja-style fish tacos here, three to an order, mild-tasting fish under a crisp, greaseless fried jacket. Would have scored higher if not for the sweetish, punchless pico. $14/3.

MULLIgAN’S

These weren’t Baja-style fish tacos as claimed but better-quality American tacos—lots of fresh, tender mahi with lettuce, cheese and tomato. Bland but a decent value at $12.95/2.

UNCLE JULIO’S

Smoky salsa and thin, spicy taqueriastyle guacamole gave life to overcooked pieces of tilapia. Chopped tomato, and shredded red and green cabbage filled out the tacos. $15.29/3.

yArd HOUSE

These Baja-style tacos boasted crisply fried but still moist fish and lots of good garnishes—shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, guacamole and spicy aioli. The best of the tasting. $10.35/2.

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The Backyard, 511 N.E. Fourth St., Boynton Beach, 561/740-0399

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The Mexican, 133 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton, 561/300-5280

very good

Mulligan’s, 10 S. Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth, 561/588-4133

excellent

Uncle Julio’s, 449 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/300-3530

yard House, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/417-6124

may/june 2013


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32 East

Delray Beach Favorite Restaurant 2009, 2010 Best American Cuisine 2005, 2006, 2007

abE & LouiE's

Boca Raton Best Steak 2009, 2010, 2012 Best Business Lunch 2013

anthony's CoaL FirEd Pizza

Mulitple Locations Best Pizza 2009, 2010, 2011

arturo's

Boca Raton Best Italian Cuisine 2004, 2005, 2006

bEn's dELi

Boca Raton Best Kosher 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013

bogart's

Boca Raton Best Dining Entertainment 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013 Best Romantic 2011

brEwzzi

Boca Raton Best Microbrewery 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

brooks

Deerfield Beach Best Continental Cuisine 2006, 2007, 2010

Cabana EL rEy

Delray Beach Best Spanish/Latin 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013 Best Cuban Cuisine 2007, 2008

CaFFÉ Luna rosa

Delray Beach Best Outdoor Dining 2004, 2006, 2010 Best Italian Cuisine 2009, 2012, 2013 Best Oceanfront Dining 2005 Best Sunday Brunch 2012 Best Wine List 2012

ChoPs LobstEr bar Boca Raton Best Service 2009, 2012, 2013 Best Continental 2011 Best Wine List 2013

dada

Delray Beach Best Late Night 2010, 2013 Best Outdoor Dining 2013 Best People Watching 2011

dECk 84

Delray Beach Best Bar Food 2013 Favorite Restaurant 2011 Best Intracoastal Dining 2011, 2012 Best Oceanfront Dining 2011 Best Outdoor Dining 2012 Best Waterfront Dining 2013

griLLE on CongrEss Boca Raton Best Business Lunch 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012

hEnry's

Boca Raton Best American Cuisine 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 Favorite Restaurant 2012, 2013

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nEw york PrimE

Boca Raton Best Steak 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 Favorite Restaurant 2007

oLd CaLyPso

Delray Beach Best Caribbean 2007, 2008, 2012 Best Intracoastal Dining 2005, 2006, 2009

P.F. Chang's

Boca Raton Best Chinese Cuisine 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

PunJab

Boca Raton Best Indian Cuisine 2005, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013

sEasons 52

Delray Beach Best Thai Cuisine 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale Best Vegetarian Options 2009, 2012, 2013

Jb's on thE bEaCh

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La CigaLE

Delray Beach Best Romantic 2004, 2005, 2012, 2013 Best Sunday Brunch 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013 Best Spot for a Private Party 2013

LEgaL sEa Foods

Fort Lauderdale Best Vegetarian 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010

Deerfield Beach Best Oceanfront Dining 2006, 2007, 2009

Delray Beach Best Mediterranean Cuisine 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013 Boca Raton Best Seafood 2004, 2005, 2007

LEmongrass

Delray Beach Best Japanese 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 Best Thai 2010, 2012, 2013

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tavErna oPa

Hollywood Best Dining Entertainment 2010 Best Greek Cuisine 2004, 2006, 2007

truLuCk's

kathy's gazEbo CaFÉ

Multiple Locations Best Seafood 2009, 2013 Best Service 2010, 2011

max's griLLE

Multiple Locations Best Kosher/Kosher-style Cuisine 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012 Best Deli 2013

Boca Raton Best Continental Cuisine 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013 Best French Cuisine 2007

Boca Raton Best Outdoor Dining 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 Best Business Lunch 2011 Favorite Restaurant 2007 Best American Cuisine 2004 Best People Watching 2012, 2013

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tooJay's

unCLE tai's

Boca Raton Best Chinese 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Winners in all categories were voted by Boca Raton and Delray Beach magazine readers, the accompanying recipe and write-up has been paid for and supplied by individual restaurants.

Our Hall of Fame winners have been selected as a Readers' Choice winner three or more times in any category since voting began 10 years ago.


Winners in all categories were voted by Boca Raton and Delray Beach magazine readers, the accompanying recipe and write-up has been paid for and supplied by individual restaurants.

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Microbrewery

Italian outdoor dining 2004, 2006, 2010 sunday2012brunch wine2012list

2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Late Night Dining Silver Award 2006

brewzzi

CONGRAtuLAtiONS tO OuR vOtERS! We asked our readers to vote online, choosing their favorite restaurants in a number of categories. The following winners were selected in a random drawing from the entire pool of submitted Readers' Choice ballots. Each person listed below was awarded a $100 DiNiNG CERtifiCAtE to one of the award-winning restaurants. Congratulations to the winners! And thank you to everyone who voted; your recommendations make this annual special section possible.

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caffé luna rosa

Glades Plaza 2222 Glades Road • Boca Raton 561/392-BREW (2739) CityPlace 700 S. Rosemary Ave. • West Palm Beach 561/366-9753 facebook.com/brewzzi • brewzzi.com

ChuCk fARthiNG

34 S. Ocean Blvd. • Delray Beach 561/274-9404 • caffelunarosa.com

DEiRDRE ALLEN SARAh vALLELy BEth yORk fRANk fEiLER ROBERtO SANtiAGO GEORGE h. DERN ANN vELLONE JERRy LOvE LESLiE LiPkiN JEAN fiSChER

2009 & 2011 GReaT aMeRIcan BeeR FesTIVal WInneR Brewzzi is Florida's most awarded brewery. Always brewed on-site, our lagers and ales accent many of our recipes and complement all our fare. Our kitchen is renowned for enormous portions of quality favorites using the freshest ingredients brought in daily. While our core menu is based on Old World Italian and traditional American comfort food, our selections have expanded to include an eclectic mix of global cuisines. We at Brewzzi welcome you to an exceptional dining and microbrewery experience.

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The ITalIan ResTauRanT on The Beach Offering authentic Italian cuisine and impeccable tableside service, providing an unforgettable dining experience—from homemade pastas to delicate sauces, prime meats and fresh local seafood. Enjoy a full service bar with signature cocktails and a

Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. Open seven days, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, with open-air dining room or outside seating and live entertainment. Valet parking available.


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lemongrass

toojay's

Regency Court Plaza 3013 Yamato Road • 561/997-9911 Polo Shops 5030 Champion Blvd. • 561/241-5903 Glades Plaza Entrance on Butts Rd. • 561/392-4181 toojays.com 420 E. Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach 561/278-5050 lemongrassasianbistro.com

The restaurant's goal is to offer its patrons a fresh, new and inspiring experience through food. Our food is made daily with traditional recipes and ingredients and our menu is always changing and evolving to keep our customers on their toes with new tastes and experiences.

uncle tai's

The Shops at Boca Center 5250 Town Center Cir. • Boca Raton 561/368-8806 • uncletais.com

uncle tai's is still as hot as ever. when it comes to delis, tooJay’s rises to the top.

taking exotic asian cuisine to new innovative heights

chinese

Reminiscent of New York’s finest, TooJay’s is the winner of numerous “best of” awards. Specialties include signature overstuffed sandwiches, chicken noodle soup and all the traditional deli classics. Try the fresh Nova salmon, the classic Reuben sandwich, potato pancakes and cheese blintzes! And for dessert, indulge in the outrageously sinful selection of sweet treats. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dine in, take out, ask for delivery or enjoy our catering.

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Our gourmet creations have become the toast of the town. Howard Tai maintains the family philosophy on judging a good Oriental restaurant. “A meat dish should be prepared with at least 70 percent meat and 30 percent vegetable to be considered first-class.” Howard ensures that the quality and integrity of the food, as well as the presentation, will never be compromised. “We serve Oriental food of the highest quality and include many unique offerings. To those discerning people who know and recognize fine cuisine, we are a favorite choice for dining out.” Private dining room and gourmet catering. Takeout available.

Winners in all categories were voted by Boca Raton and Delray Beach magazine readers, the accompanying recipe and write-up has been paid for and supplied by individual restaurants.

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Best Dining entertainMent 561.544.3044

3200 Airport Road Boca Raton, FL 33431 On the Premier Level at Cinemark Palace 20 BogartsOfBoca.com

favOrite restaurant Best aMerican cuisine 561.638.1949

16850 Jog Road Delray Beach, FL 33446 In the Shoppes at Addison Place HenrysOfBocaraton.com

Best WaterfrOnt Dining Best Bar fOOD 561.665.8484

840 E. Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach, FL 33483 On the Intracoastal Delray Beach Deck84.com

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814 E. Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach, FL 33483 On Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach eandJssandwiches.com

9089 West Atlantic Ave. Suite 100 Delray Beach, FL 33446 In the Delray Marketplace BurtandMaxs.com rapoportsrg.com


Celebrating 10 Years!

iwinners q runners-up i AmericAn Henry's

JApAnese LemonGrass

southwestern rocco's tacos

RunneR-up: Max's GRille

RunneR-up: sushi Ray

RunneR-up: unCle julio's

BAkery Grandma's Bakery

kosher Ben's deLi

spAnish/LAtin caBana eL ray

RunneR-up: sequella

RunneR-up: toojay's

RunneR-up: paDRino's

BAr Food deck 84

LAte night dining dada

spot For A privAte pArty sundy House

RunneR-up: DublineR

RunneR up: Rebel house

RunneR-up: boGaRt's

Burger BurGer Fi

mediterrAneAn La ciGaLe

steAkhouse cHops LoBster Bar

RunneR-up: ChaRM City

RunneR-up: anatolia

RunneR-up: abe & louie's

Business Lunch aBe & Louie's

mexicAn rocco's tacos

sundAy Brunch sundy House

RunneR-up: henRy's

RunneR-up: baja CaFe

RunneR-up: DeCk 84

cAriBBeAn rock steady Jamaican Jerk caFÉ

microBrewery Brewzzi

thAi LemonGrass

RunneR-up: Cabana el Ray

RunneR-up: yaRD house

RunneR-up: house oF siaM

chinese uncLe tai's

new restAurAnt tanzy

vegetAriAn options seasons 52

RunneR-up: p.F. ChanG's

RunneR-up: kapow!

RunneR-up: DiG

continentAL katHy's GazeBo

outdoor dining dada

wAterFront dining deck 84

RunneR-up: henRy's

RunneR-up: Max's GRille

RunneR-up: CaFFÉ luna Rosa

deLi tooJay's

peopLe wAtching max's GriLLe

wine List cHops LoBster Bar

RunneR-up: ben's Deli

RunneR-up: CaFFÉ luna Rosa

RunneR-up: RustiC CellaR

dessert cHeesecake Factory

pizzA tucci's pizza

wine/tApAs rustic ceLLar

RunneR-up: tanzy

RunneR-up: anthony's Coal FiRe pizza

RunneR-up: CeviChe

dining entertAinment BoGart's

puB/gAstropuB duBLiner

RunneR-up: tanzy

RunneR-up: tRyst

French La ciGaLe

quick Bites BurGer Fi

RunneR-up: CaFÉ De FRanCe

RunneR-up: sequella CaFe

hAppy hour kapow! noodLe Bar

romAntic dining sundy House

RunneR-up: DeCk 84

RunneR-up: DaDa

Favorite restaurant

indiAn punJaB

seAFood truLuck's

runner-up: DaDa

RunneR-up: taj

RunneR-up: City Fish MaRket

itALiAn caFFÉ Luna rosa

service cHops LoBster Bar

RunneR-up: tRattoRia RoMana

RunneR-up: henRy's

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Henry's

Winners in all categories were voted by Boca Raton and Delray Beach magazine readers, the accompanying recipe and write-up has been paid for and supplied by individual restaurants.

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Winners in all categories were voted by Boca Raton and Delray Beach magazine readers, the accompanying recipe and write-up has been paid for and supplied by individual restaurants.

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dining entertainment bogart's 3200 Airport Road • Boca Raton 561/544-3044 • bogartsofboca.com Situated on the second level of the Cinemark Palace 20, guests can dine and drink (including liquor) at Bogart's with or without seeing a movie on the Premier Level or in general admission.

italian caffé luna rosa 34 S. Ocean Blvd. • Delray Beach 561/274-9404 • caffelunarosa.com The magnificent beach view sets the scene at Caffé Luna Rosa, featuring the freshest foods and dynamic ambience. Enjoy a full-service bar with signature cocktails and a Wine Spectator awardwinning wine list. Open seven days for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. VIP rewards program, live entertainment and valet parking.

KEY LIME MAHI

4 mAhi filetS, 7 Oz. 1½ cupS cOOkeD BASmAti Rice 2 cupS DiceD pineApple ½ DiceD ReD peppeR 1 chOppeD ScAlliOn 2 tBSp. chOppeD cilAntRO ½ lB. SpinAch ½ cup White Wine 3 tSp. lime juice 1 SpRig fReSh thyme 1 tSp. cReAm ½ lB. DiceD ButteR SAlt & peppeR

Marinate mahi. Caramelize pineapple and red peppers, add cilantro, scallion and basmati rice. In sauce pot, add thyme, peppercorns, wine and lime juice; reduce by half. Add heavy cream, cook 2 minutes. Whisk in butter, season with salt and pepper. Grill fish, sauté spinach, top with rice, fish and sauce.

waterfront dining & bar food deck 84 840 e. Atlantic Ave. • Delray Beach 561/665-8484 • deck84.com Delray Beach's favorite waterfront dining destination serves up the perfect atmosphere for Florida fun with delicious cuisine, quality wines and creatively crafted cocktails along with breathtaking views of the Intracoastal.

crab cakes

Marinade 1 cup eAch ORAnge & lime juice 1 tSp. gARlic ¼ tSp. cumin 2 tSp. SAlt ½ chOppeD OniOn ½ Bunch chOppeD cilAntRO

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Combine the following wet mix ingredients:

CACCIUCCO di MARE Serves 2 - 4

¾ cup mAyOnnAiSe 1 egg ¼ Oz. WORceSteRShiRe 2 tSp. lemOn juice 1 tBSp. DijOn muStARD 1 tBSp. OlD BAy SeASOning 1 tBSp. SAlt ½ tSp. BlAck peppeR pinch Of cAyenne peppeR

2 Oz. extRA viRgin Olive Oil 2 clOveS SliceD gARlic SeA SAlt & cRAckeD BlAck peppeR 8 cOlD WAteR littleneck clAmS (WASheD) 8 meDiteRRAneAn muSSelS (WASheD) 8 jumBO gulf ShRimp (peeleD & DevieneD) 2 Oz. eAch cut cAlAmARi, mAhi mAhi & SnAppeR filet 3 Oz. eAch DRy White Wine & clAm BROth 12 Oz. SAn mARzAnO tOmAtOeS ½ Oz. eAch chOppeD fReSh BASil & pARSley 10 Oz. linguini fini (pAR cOOkeD Al Dente)

2 cAnS jumBO lump cRAB Wet mix fROm ABOve ½ cup finely gROunD pAnkO BReADcRumBS, pluS A little extRA fOR DuSting 3 tBSp. chiveS, finely chOppeD 3 tBSp. itAliAn pARSley, finely chOppeD

In large sauté pan, brown garlic in olive oil. Add mussels and clams right away. Add remaining seafood, season with sea salt and cracked pepper, sauté for 2 minutes. Add white wine followed by clam broth and San Marzano tomatoes. Cover and stew until mussels and clams pop open. Stir in fresh herbs and cook for 1 minute. Toss in partially cooked pasta and cook for an additional 2 minutes, so pasta absorbs the sauce.

Combine the herbs, wet mixture and breadcrumbs, mix well to combine. Fold in crab, ensuring not to overwork mix. On clean work service, make 4-ounce balls, then with either hands or ring mold, form cakes. Dust each side with some of extra breadrcrumbs. Sauté using half canola oil and butter (½ ounce each) in nonstick pan until golden brown on both sides and heated through.

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french & Favorite Restaurant mediterranean & American henry's 16850 Jog Road • Delray Beach 561/638-1949 henrysofbocaraton.com Henry's is proud to be the Favorite Restaurant and Best American Restaurant two years in a row. Henry's serves top quality classic and contemporary American cuisine.

la cigale

Celebrating 10 Years!

people watching max's grille

a taste of the mediterranean

404 Plaza Real • Boca Raton 561/368-0080 • maxsgrille.com

253 S.E. Fifth Ave. • Delray Beach 561/265-0600 • lacigaledelray.com

Going strong after 22 years, Max's Grille still has what it takes to keep the dining room full and the bar buzzing! The menu is designed to elevate traditional American favorites to a new level of contemporary delicacy. Max’s uniquely fresh and artistic influence on the modern American bistro has resulted in culinary excellence at a reasonable price.

La Cigale is a trendy restaurant with a full menu of mouthwatering, Mediterranean cuisine coupled with impeccable service and an extensive wine list to complement your meal. La Cigale features a full bar with outstanding happy hour and tapas menus. Our separate dining rooms are the best in town!

Seafood Paella chicken Pot Pie 2 TBSP. BuTTER 1 SmAll YEllow onion, 1 CARRoT, 1 STAlk CElERY, 2 ClovES GARliC & 1 iDAho PoTATo (All DiCED) 2 TBSP. All-PuRPoSE FlouR 1 CuP ShERRY winE 2 CuPS ChiCkEn SToCk ½ CuP hEAvY CREAm 1 TBSP. ChiCkEn BASE (oPTionAl) 2 ChiCkEn BREASTS 2 PiECES PiE DouGh oR PuFF PASTRY 1 EGG

Season chicken breast with salt and pepper, roast at 350 degrees. Melt butter in small stock pot and add vegetables (not potato), stirring until onions are translucent. Sprinkle flour over vegetables and stir, cook for 3 minutes. Add sherry, bring to boil and reduce by half. Add chicken stock and heavy cream, bring to boil and simmer until desired thickness. Dice chicken and add to pot. Pour mixture into bowl and cover with pastry. Mix egg with some water, then brush over top. Bake at 350 degrees until top is golden and crispy.

Yield 5 Quarts Rice

Sesame-Seared Yellowfin Tuna

2¾ quARTS wATER 4 oz. BuTTER 36 oz. SPAniSh RiCE (lonG GRAin) PinCh oF SAFFRon 1 TBSP. PAPRikA 4 RED PEPPERS, JuliEnnED 2 GREEn PEPPERS, JuliEnnED 3 SmAll whiTE onionS, DiCED 8 oz. ChoRizo, ¼" ThiCk (REmovE CASinG) 2 oz. olivE oil 1 CuP whiTE winE 1 TBSP. SAlT ½ TSP. PEPPER 1 lB. u-10 ShRimP, PEElED & DEvEinED 1 lB. BAY SCAlloPS 2 lBS. muSSElS

12 oz. CEnTER-CuT YEllowFin TunA 4 oz. whiTE & BlACk SESAmE SEEDS, mixED 3 oz. DAikon RADiSh, PEElED & JuliEnnED 3 oz. CuCumBER, PEElED, SEEDED & JuliEnnED 3 oz. PiCklED DAikon, JuliEnnED 2 oz. Snow PEAS, BlAnChED & JuliEnnED 2 oz. CARRoTS, JuliEnnED 1½ CuPS Yuzu Ponzu SAuCE 1 oz. wASABi PowDER mixED wiTh 1 TBSP. wATER 4 oz. PiCklED GinGER vEGETABlE oil FoR SEARinG

Place oil in paella pan on low and add chorizo; let bleed until oil is reddish color, remove chorizo. Add onions, peppers and cook on medium heat until softened. Add rice and stir; add white wine, saffron, paprika, salt and pepper, butter and water. Add back chorizo and simmer for 10 minutes. Add seafood and cook for additional 10 minutes. Remove from pan and serve with lemon wedge.

Mix all vegetables with half of ponzu sauce. Heat heavy-bottomed skillet over mediumhigh heat. Season tuna lightly with salt and pepper; roll tuna pieces in sesame seeds. Add oil to skillet and allow to heat until almost smoking. Add tuna to skillet, sear each side quickly, just to toast the sesame seeds and lightly cook outside of tuna. Remove from pan and place on towel to absorb excess oil.

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Winners in all categories were voted by Boca Raton and Delray Beach magazine readers, the accompanying recipe and write-up has been paid for and supplied by individual restaurants.

2013 readers' choice awards E


Winners in all categories were voted by Boca Raton and Delray Beach magazine readers, the accompanying recipe and write-up has been paid for and supplied by individual restaurants.

2013 readers' choice awards E

wine/ tapas rustic cellar Fine Wine & Tapas

409 S.e. mizner Blvd. • Boca Raton 561/392-5237 • rusticcellar.com Borne of a passion for wine, the Rustic Cellar lives up to the belief that great wine should be offered by the glass. As proof, the Rustic Cellar offers an authentically authored wine list with more than 200 hand-selected vintages from across the globe.

romantic, brunch & private party sundy house HisToric inn & resTauranT

106 S. Swinton Ave. • Delray Beach 561/272-5678 • sundyhouse.com The Sundy House is set against an acre of lush, tropical gardens. With her slow food philosophy, Southern soulfulness and a dash of Mediterranean, Chef Lindsay Autry offers a sublime dining experience. Dine al fresco in the Taru Gardens or in one of three distinct dining rooms.

Crispy Brussel Sprouts & Hot Sauce Sundried Cherry, Brie & Caramelized onion Quesadilla 1 LARge (10-inch) ToRTiLLA 6 oz. FReSh BRie SunDRieD cheRRieS 1 viDALiA onion (cARAmeLizeD, BRowneD in BuTTeR) 2 oz. ShReDDeD PARmigiAno, ASiAgo oR miLD whiTe cheDDAR

Lightly spray organic olive oil in warm crêpe pan or shallow frying pan. Take tortilla shell and place on flat surface. Debrine brie and spread over half the tortilla. Sprinkle sundried cherries, vidalia onion and shredded cheese over brie. Fold other side of tortilla across and lightly smash it down. Place in pan and brown bottom; flip once. Entire cooking process should take less than 5 minutes. Place on wood serving board and slice into 4 pieces. Serve with sour cream or balsamic glaze.

Hot Sauce 2 TBSP. cAnoLA oiL 10 cLoveS gARLic 1 SmALL Piece choPPeD gingeR (ABouT 3") 2 choPPeD JALAPenoS (wiTh SeeDS) 4 oz. TomATo PASTe 1½ cuPS whiTe DiSTiLLeD vinegAR ½ cuP gRAnuLATeD SugAR 1 LB. QuARTeReD BRuSSeL SPRouTS cAnoLA oiL To FiLL SmALL DeeP FRyeR SALT To TASTe

In small pot, combine whole garlic and oil over medium heat. Gently stir garlic until toasted, add ginger and chopped jalapeño. Sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, cook for 3 minutes until well combined and tomato paste sticks to bottom. Carefully add vinegar and sugar. Return to a boil, then simmer. Reduce sauce by half. Cool and blend until smooth and set aside. Preheat deep fryer to 350 degrees. Fry quartered brussel sprouts until golden. Place in bowl, season with salt and toss with hot sauce.

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new restaurant tanzy Mizner Park 301 Plaza Real • Boca Raton 561/922-6699 • tanzyrestaurant.com Drawing inspiration from the Italian villas in Southern Italy, Tanzy invites guests to experience its unique culinary direction of artisanal Italian cuisine and imaginative and whimsical interiors, creating a memorable dining experience, day or night.

Pan-Seared Calamari 10 oz. cALAmARi FiLeT (noT RingS oR TenTAcLeS) 2 TBSP. SALTeD BuTTeR 1 TBSP. FineLy choPPeD gARLic 1 TBSP. cAPeRS ¼ cuP QuARTeReD ARTichoke heARTS 5 eAch QuARTeReD RomA TomAToeS 4 oz. whiTe wine 1 TBSP. Lemon Juice ¼ TSP. SALT Pinch gRounD BLAck PePPeR 1 TBSP. micRo gReenS 1 TBSP. chive oiL

Heat butter in sauté pan until slightly browned. Add calamari with chopped garlic, salt and pepper; cook over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add artichoke hearts and capers; cook for 1 minute. Deglaze pan with white wine and lemon juice; cook until liquid is reduced by half. Add tomatoes and continue to cook until all liquid has been evaporated. Place calamari mixture in center of a plate, neatly stack the items on top of each other, creating height. Top with a small ball of micro greens. Drizzle chive oil around base of calamari.


deli toojay's

seafood truluck's

Celebrating 10 Years!

wine/tapas ceviche

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Seafood, Steak & Crab HouSe

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Regency Court Plaza • 561/997-9911 Glades Plaza • 561/392-4181 Polo Shops • 561/241-5903 toojays.com

Mizner Park 351 Plaza Real • Boca Raton 561/391-0755 • trulucks.com

116 n.e. Sixth ave. • delray Beach 561/894-8599 • ceviche.com

For more than 30 years, TooJay’s has been delighting diners with a variety of eclectic and original dishes sure to please any palate. Specialties include signature overstuffed sandwiches, blintzes, potato pancakes, Matzo ball soup and a host of traditional deli favorites, served in a casual and lively atmosphere.

We invite you to escape to Truluck's— a getaway for the senses. Come savor the freshest crab, direct from our own fisheries. Delight in our fresh-catch seafood menu or select tender, juicy steaks prepared to perfection. Then complement it all with delicious wines by the glass and bottle.

The flare and flavors of Spain are carefully fused together to create a unique dining and entertainment experience. The menu consists of more than 75 tapas, or small plates, meant to share. Ceviche offers an award-winning wine list and pitchers of sangria are prepared tableside.

vegetarian dig

doing it green

reuben sandwich 5-8 oz. hot CoRned Beef (aCCoRdinG to SandwiCh Size PRefeRenCe) 3-4 oz. SaueRkRaut (aCCoRdinG to taSte PRefeRenCe) 2 SliCeS SwiSS CheeSe 2 SliCeS Rye BRead RuSSian dReSSinG (to taSte)

Lay hot corned beef slices lengthwise. Place sauerkraut length of meat and roll to achieve a spiral. Brush rye bread on one side with clarified margarine and grill open faced with Russian dressing and Swiss cheese on ungrilled side of each slice of bread. Place meat rolled with sauerkraut on top of cheese on one slice of grilled rye and cover with second slice. Cut sandwich in half, placing cut sides facing outer edge of plate, and garnish with ramekin of cole slaw and pickle.

777 e. atlantic ave. • delray Beach 561/279-1002 • digdelray.com

Miso-Glazed Sea bass MSC-CeRtified Sea BaSS Blond MiSo SaMBal BRown SuGaR SeSaMe oil fiSh SauCe

In mixing bowl, thoroughly mix blond miso, sambal, brown sugar, sesame oil and fish sauce until thick marinade is formed. Marinate trimmed, portioned sea bass for 48 hours. To cook, shake off excess marinade and roast in oven at 400 degrees for about 8 to 10 minutes, depending on size. Enjoy.

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Boca Raton’s choice for fresh seafood n Tender, juicy steaks prepared to perfection n Delicious wines by the glass and bottle n Succulent crab from around the globe n Live entertainment nightly in our piano bar lounge “Best Service” – Boca Raton Magazine Readers’ Choice Award, 2010-2011 “Best Dessert” – Boca Raton Magazine “Award of Excellence” – Wine Spectator Magazine

In Mizner Park at 351 Plaza Real 561 391 0755 Make your reservation today at www.trulucks.com


faces

a few minutes with the people who help define south florida

Boyd with co-anchor eric roby (peering over the television)

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Suzanne Boyd News aNchor, cBs 12

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n workdays, news anchor Suzanne Boyd wakes up around the time that much of America goes to sleep. She’s out of bed by 1:30 a.m., arrives at her job by 2:30 and is on the air, beaming into more than 794,000 homes in the West Palm Beach market, by 4:30 a.m., when the national news channels are airing reruns. Her on-camera shift ends at 7. Needless to say, she’s thankful for coffee. “My commute is awesome,” she says. “There’s no one on the road except for a couple of drunks.” Boyd, 39 and a mother of two, is one of the flagship anchors on WPEC-TV, Palm Beach County’s CBS affiliate. The graveyard shift is a relatively new one for her and longtime co-anchor Eric Roby. Over a 15-year career with the network, she’s worked weekends, 5 p.m. slots and 10 p.m. broadcasts. Boyd has covered three hurricanes, the 2000 election controversy, the anthrax scares and Sept. 11. On a lighter side, she’s done her share of weird Florida stories—from a high-flying department store Santa whose beard caught in a wire at Gardens Mall to a Stuart woman who weighed so much that a flatbed truck had to remove her from her couch. Along the way, Boyd has earned three Associated Press awards for her feature-story work, including one in which she tested local leaders, parents and teachers on the controversial FCAT (in reading comprehension, the students outperformed the adults). An anchorperson with the mind-set of an investigative journalist, she loves the pace of news, relishing the days when it breaks every minute. “That’s why I got into the busiWhat was on Boyd’s workstation ness,” she says. “I’m not someone on a recent visit to her office? There who can sit behind a desk and were piles of papers, of course, next have stuff piling up and have to a Louis Vuitton bag, a hardcover projects to work on months in adcopy of Hoda Kotb’s Ten Years vance. I like the fact that you come Later and not one but two Wonder in, it’s different from minute to Woman drinking vessels, the minute, and when it’s over it’s over. superhero being a self-professed There’s nothing hanging over your “obsession” for Boyd. head. And I’m a procrastinator. I

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wait until the last minute to do everything, so this is a perfect job for me.” Boyd’s on-camera experience dates back to her adolescence when, at 14, she was crowned queen at the annual Watermelon Festival in her hometown of Monticello, a small community outside of Tallahassee. “There were eight contestants, so it wasn’t that hard to win,” she recalls. Her royal title mandated an appearance on the local CBS affiliate. It was the first time this daughter of a farming family would see the inside of a television studio. “I was like, ‘That’s what I want to do.’ That’s what started my career path,” she says. “I was single-focused from that point on.” A broadcasting degree from the University of Florida led to a joint position writing newspaper articles and television news stories for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, which was starting its own TV station. But she really wanted to live in South Florida; in 1998, the position opened up at CBS 12. “I got the job because I sent the news director this,” she says, reaching for a small glass molding of the numeral “1” that sits on her computer monitor. “I put this in with my résumé tape and said that if you hire me, you will be No. 1. He was so impressed by that that he gave me an interview.” Though CBS 12 is not No. 1 in this market (the NBC affiliate, WPTV, is the area’s ratings powerhouse), Boyd is arguably the public face of her network, tweeting prolifically and posting playful flip-cam videos of life behind the scenes at the newsroom. She regularly emcees local events near her home in Delray Beach, including the Christmas tree lighting, the Laugh With the Library fundraiser and last year’s Savor the Avenue event (hosted by Boca Raton and Delray Beach magazines). She’s also on the board of Take Stock in Children, a nonprofit that provides college scholarships for low-income students. You can say that she’s doing everything she can—day, night and especially overnight—to get the word out. —JohN ThomasoN

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atthew Levin likens his job to that of NFL commissioner. As president/CEO of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, he deals with more than 30 team owners—in this case, various organizations requesting help for their benevolent pursuits. Also like the commissioner, he must consider the big picture. For Levin, that means health, security and happiness for the approximately 150,000 Jews residing in and around Boca Raton and Delray Beach—not to mention Israeli concerns and the international Jewish diaspora. Working out of a 110-acre campus in west Boca, Levin oversees

■ The old joke is that if you put five Jews in a room, you’ll get 20 opinions. I’ve learned that, within the Jewish community, leadership doesn’t mean making unilateral decisions. When you’re talking about issues related to Israel and the peace process, or whether you’re talking about allocations to agencies, you have to build a consensus.

■ The effort to slow down Iran’s nuclear program, that AIPAC was at the forefront of, continues to be a challenge. The fact is that the United States developed a nuclear bomb in five years, from 1941 to 1945, without computer modeling, the Internet or anything else. Iran is now over 20-plus years trying to develop a nuclear bomb, and they’ve yet to do it. I think the effort we did at AIPAC continues to be great.

■ I love being part of something as large and complex as this—but knowing, every single day, that the work we do matters to some other person. Not a day goes by where we can’t see the impact of the work we do.

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a federation that helps needy members of the Jewish community (from preschoolers to senior citizenry) through its specialty schools, HUD housing and the Jewish Association for Residential Care, which provides assistance for adults with disabilities. After 25 years with the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Levin started at the federation last August and has begun to shake things up by building a more civil and multilateral tone in the Jewish community. As his interview with Boca Raton shows, he’s not shy about sharing his aspirations and opinions. —John Thomason

■ We understand the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been brutal for this country, so I don’t want to get into a debate over the cost of American lives; there’s no price that you can put on American soldiers. [Still,] it’s a source of pride to see the overthrow of some of those who are Israel’s biggest enemies, like Saddam Hussein.

■ By and large, Israel doesn’t get the fairest media coverage. They create a David and Goliath story, with Israel being Goliath. You have to make people realize that Israel is surrounded by more than 22 Muslim nations, where you have this strong brand of radical Islam that’s developed over the last 10 years. The actions Israel takes in defense of itself have to be seen through the lens of a constant and ever-present extinction.

■ I believe that in a perfect world, there would be a Palestinian state that lives side by side with Israel. But I also believe that the Palestinians need to become a partner for peace. They have yet to find leadership that is willing to make the hard decisions to say, “We want to live with a fair and lasting peace.”

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ComiC-book illustrator; Digital meDia arts College instruCtor

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ark Sparacio knows a few people who are trying to save the universe from certain destruction: Solarra, a buxom warrior bombshell in a leather jumpsuit; a Fu Manchu-wearing doctor named Malice, who stands more than 7 feet tall; Gemma, a pilot with a lavender rhombus covering half her face; and Grinder, a techie nerd with very cool sunglasses. Julian is also part of the mix, but he’s gone bad, blue skin and all. These characters are stars in Sparacio’s graphic novel series, Omega Paradox, in which a team of larger-than-life space aliens is out to make sure the Eye of Ancev, an ancient artifact that actually can alter space, does not fall into the wrong hands. Dreaming up super space aliens isn’t much of a stretch for Sparacio, 51, a longtime comic book artist/illustrator and adjunct teacher at Boca’s Digital Media Arts College (DMAC) who’s been crafting the Omega series since 2011. His love affair with comic books started when he was 13 and confined to bed for six months with a case of Osgood-Schlatter disease (a painful swelling just below the knee, common in adolescents, related to overexercise during growth spurts). Told to lay low or have surgery, Sparacio opted for the former and spent his time reading

comic books—a convalescence that would end up shaping his life. At 17, he entered the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. “It was the number one school in the world for illustration and art because they hired professionals to teach there instead of professors, so I was learning from people in the industry,” he says. “The instructors were doing Time and Newsweek covers, record albums, movie posters. And Will Eisner was there.” Eisner, the late and iconic comic book artist and creator of The Spirit, became Sparacio’s mentor and helped him launch a career that ranged from painting United Artists movie posters and magazine work for Newsweek to Johnnie Walker advertising campaigns and toy packaging designs for G.I. Joe and the Karate Kid. Finally, in 2002, he started the work that was closest to his heart: designing covers for Marvel, DC and Dark Horse comic books—the ultimate escape hatch. “I think people love comics because of the fantasy element,” he says. “You don’t have to worry about anything that’s happening in your life. You can read the story of people who maybe have better lives than you—or they’re fighting just like you, trying to make their lives better.” Sparacio thinks his life got better when

he followed then-girlfriend Sue (after whom Solarra is fashioned, by the way) to Boca Raton in 2008, got married and eventually started teaching at DMAC, in addition to his other work. “Teaching is great,” he says. “It keeps me fresh, keeps me excited, and I’m giving back in the way Will Eisner gave back to me. I’m able to explain to students what I go through on a daily basis. They get to experience vicariously through me what I do with ad jobs, with people.” Still, Sparacio wants to be known for his Omega Paradox series, which he describes as “Star Wars” meets “Alien” meets “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” So will Solarra, Grinder, Malice and Gemma end up saving the universe by retrieving the Eye of Ancev? Only Sparacio knows—and he’s not telling. You can catch the next installment at your local bookstore or by contacting omegaparadox.net. —marie speeD

Mark’s top 3 Comic book heroes The hulk

IllustratIon by Mark sparacIo

DMAC at a Glance

5400 Broken Sound Blvd. N.W., Boca Raton, 561/391-1148 WhAt: A private, fully accredited college that opened in 2002 CAMpus: A modern “studio-like” facility featuring computer labs, render farm (high performing computer system designed to generate computer imagery for film and TV special effects), a dialogue and foley sound recording room, and a motion capture and art studio with a chroma key green wall. EnrollMEnt: 305 students, with a student/faculty ratio of 13:1. DEGrEEs offErED: Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees MAjors: Graphic design, advertising design, Web design, visual effects animation, computer animation and game art WEbsitE: dmac.edu

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the BOCA interview [ by john thomason ]

Chris Carrabba F

The Boca residenT and dashBoard confessional hearTThroB reTurns To his rooTs wiTh his laTesT efforT.

or Chris Carrabba, everything old is new again. The singer, guitarist and Boca Raton resident launched his career in Pompano Beach in 1998 when he joined the upstart rock quintet Further Seems Forever. Three years later, the band released the seminal album “The Moon is Down,” an independent record inspired by groups like Sunny Day Real Estate, which performed an emotionally naked mix of quiet melodicism and passionate hardcore music that its supporters, and later its detractors, labeled as “emo.” “The Moon is Down” would be Carrabba’s first and only album with Further Seems Forever—until 2012, that is, when he rejoined his former bandmates to record “Penny Black,” an LP that picked up exactly where “Moon” left off. The subsequent tour, which has yet to include a hometown show in South Florida, has played to packed houses of energetic fans who have waited more than a decade to see Carrabba, 37, once again front his first band. A lot happened in between Carrabba’s two stints with Further Seems Forever. In 2000, while still in Further, he formed Dashboard Confessional. Initially a solo project, it chafed against the grain of the punk and hardcore environment in which Carrabba grew up. Fans at his earliest shows, which would feature Carrabba and his acoustic guitar opening up for much heavier, faster bands, would watch in puzzlement, if not outright hostility, as Carrabba would exorcise his relationship demons on tracks such as “The Sharp Hint of New Tears.” The songs were so, well ... confessional that they made brash punks feel uncomfortable. But then people started relating to them, and Dashboard Confessional would ultimately get the last laugh. It wasn’t long before Carrabba was recruiting band members for a more muscular sound, signing to a major label, playing sold-out shows, opening arena gigs for Bon Jovi, writing songs for blockbuster movies and recording an “Unplugged” session for MTV. His songwriting and musicianship matured, and his audience ballooned. Few would predict that Carrabba’s next move would be to reunite Further Seems Forever, but he’s never been one for predictability, from playing unannounced “secret shows” in small South Florida clubs to raising $3,500 for victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti during a series of legendary concerts at Lynn University. He spoke with Boca Raton about his career—past and present. 94

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How did your life cHange after signing to a major label, performing on mtV, etc? Music changed my life. The career I built making music has enriched my life immeasurably, but by the time I’d signed to Interscope I had already been on MTV, won an MTV music award and toured the world. It’s hard to say if signing to a label made any change in my career, but I have to say working with Jimmy Iovine and his staff gave me stories I could tell for years. as i recall from many of your early sHows, your fans would often cry during seVeral of your songs. does tHis still Happen? as a performer, How do you react to tHat? I think that people who love music will always have a vital reaction of some kind to hearing that music performed live. I have seen everything from joyous smiles to joyous tears in the audience, and it makes me feel, as a performer, incredibly connected to the audience when I feel the current of the song pull us all into a new place. is tHere sometHing special about playing sHows in your Hometown? I can’t help but think of that show I did at Propaganda [a tiny bar in Lake Worth] a few years ago. Steve [Rullman, a local may/june 2013


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the BOCA interview promoter] announced it the night before the show, and the place was on fire. They went bananas. I find in South Florida, specifically, that fans enjoy a smaller show. And I’d rather do multiple small-room shows than one big-room show. South Florida haS been a hotbed For pop-punk, emo and alternative muSic, SceneS that you’ve been involved in. Why do you think thiS area haS birthed thiS kind oF angSt-y muSic? I don’t know if we do more of that than anywhere else, but I do know that bands don’t come here as often as we’d like them to. It’s just a little further out of the way for most bands, just because of the logistics of it—fuel prices, the distance to get down to South Florida when they can sweep in and possibly do Gainesville or Orlando. So I think that in the isolation we have here, we developed our own music that was pretty vibrant, and that’s a tradition that stands today.

“Further Seems Forever [pictured] is back with ‘Penny Black’ ... and all the anxiety and expectation that diehard fans have accumulated over the years melts away within seconds.”

Why did you decide to rejoin Further SeemS Forever, and What do you get out oF thiS project that you don’t get With daShboard? I decided to, because these are my good, close friends. We also live down here in South Florida and spend a lot of time together. And I’m really quite inspired by those guys. Their sensibility, when it comes to writing and creating music, is unusual and intriguing to me. I had to wait awhile to get a chance to play with those guys; it felt like I was infringing on the band they did have by suggesting that maybe we do music together. Once they finally broke up and had a year or two to decompress and have music be something they loved again, it was very natural that we ended up going from hanging out at a bar or playing cards to playing music instead. conSidering your laSt album With Further WaS releaSed in 2001, i imagine that For many FanS, thiS reunion and the ability to hear theSe SongS live haS been a long time coming.

It was a really long wait for me too. When the first record was made, I had already quit the band. I did not have a chance to play those songs in front of anybody myself. The shows we did out West, they were nuts. Kids were going crazy, and it brought a level of energy out of the band that I didn’t remember us having when we first formed. We haven’t done a home show for various reasons, so we’re still waiting to book something down here. can you Speak about your 2010 beneFit concertS For the lynn univerSity StudentS and Faculty loSt in the haiti earthquake? What did thoSe perFormanceS mean to you? It’s not easy to verbalize how I felt working with Lynn for that benefit. The community here was turned inside out after that earthquake. Many of my Haitian friends lost family, lost friends, lost their connection to what had been their home. My good friend Todd Bachman and I cooked up the idea of a benefit show, and he reached out to [president] Kevin Ross at Lynn University. Kevin and his staff continued on page 174

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ALENE TOO Alene Too, an upscale fashion boutique located in the heart of Boca Raton, offers a wide variety of designer apparel and accessories. With four locations, coast to coast, there is truly something for everyone. Our featured gift items are available in store and online and are some of our newest accessories for the season. Featured from “Jewels By Dunn” is a set of Hematite and Pyrite bracelets adorned with gray pave beads and a teardrop pave charm. It is ideal to go from day to night, and it retails for $195. In addition, the Tibetan Woven bracelets accented with African Volcanic Disc beads and pyrite has a price range of $44-$58. Each gift is perfect to give your favorite fashionista to enhance his or her summer look. 3013 Yamato Road, Boca Raton 561/394-0899 • alenetoo.com

VAN CLEEf ANd ArpELs VAL GrANT sTUdIO Val is a studio painter and works daily at her easel creating her Valstract paintings. She also has several photographic series printed as giclee’ in large format of unusual wave and foam images, rocks that resemble abstract paintings, and thought-provoking sand and cave images. 206 N.E. Second St., Suite 101, Delray Beach 864/561-4442 • valgrantstudio.com

Two Butterfly Between the Finger Ring: Two whimsical butterflies offer a striking contrast for this enchanting ring combining diamond-set white gold and pink sapphire-set pink gold. Two Butterfly Pendant: 34 pink sapphires and 1 marquise-cut diamond adorn the wings of this delicate butterfly pendant in a setting of pink gold. Mizner Park 308 N. Plaza Real, Boca Raton 561/955-8802 • vancleefarpels.com

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With Florida celebrating a landmark anniversary, What better time to re-discover some oF the legendary destinations that have helped put the sunshine state on the map. by kevin kaminski, marie speed and John thomason

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lorida has been in the getaway business since Juan Ponce de León first set foot on its east coast back in 1513. For every great escape that has changed over the past 500 years, some, it seems, have remained virtually the same. Yes, we’re the state where Northerners come to gain a winter tan—and where spring breakers come to lose all semblance of dignity. But we’re also the place where time stands still, where alligators roam the Everglades and where mermaids come to life. We’re Mickey and Shamu, fun and sun, surf and turf, kitsch and cool, all rolled into one. Join us on a tour of the state’s iconic destinations, and see for yourself why Florida always will have something for everyone.

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Wakulla Springs

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Where: Crawfordville, near Tallahassee What’s the allure: This freshwater spring and river on Florida’s “forgotten coast” offers a rare glimpse into Florida’s pristine natural world, replete with bald cypress and wading birds, alligators and manatees. Wakulla Springs State Park is a journey into another era and can be experienced through a meandering nature trail, kayaks, a three-mile river cruise or glass bottom boats that drift over the spring basin; 102

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the scenery is dramatic. A companion experience to the park’s natural wonders is a night or two at Wakulla Springs Lodge, built in 1937 by Edward Ball, one of Florida’s most eccentric power brokers. Ball founded the St. Joe Company, started Florida National Bank and owned the Florida East Coast Railroad, among other things. His influence was such, it’s said, that he was able to dictate a sharp western turn in the border line separating Central and Eastern time zones near the Panhandle so that his

city, Port St. Joe, could remain on EST. The Lodge, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is a classic Mediterranean Revival building with 27 guest rooms and period furnishings. ContaCt: 850/561-7276, floridastateparks.org/ wakullasprings; lodge, 850/926-0700

World golf Village

Where: St. Augustine What’s the allure: Florida’s claim as golf capital of the U.S. is not without may/june 2013


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Castillo de san MarCos

[ 2 ] The founTain of YouTh archaeological Park: Ponce de León was hunting for the fountain of youth in these parts; the park where he had hoped to find it is serene and scenic. (800/356-8222, fountainofyouthflorda.com)

Where: St. Augustine What’s the allure: Unlike our European counterparts, America falls short when it comes to castles, moats and ancient fortifications—just one reason why the imposing Castillo de San Marcos is such an iconic feature of Florida’s landscape. The sprawling fort is the most significant attraction in St. Augustine, dating from 1672, a century after the town was founded and when it was still under Spanish rule. Today, in addition to anchoring the entrance to the oldest city, it’s a window into the state’s mercurial past, which changed hands several times between England, Spain and the United States. It was retired as an active fortification in 1900, designated a national monument in 1924 and turned over to the National Park Service in 1933. The fort is made of native coquina, with high walls and a sweeping view of Matanzas Bay. The area that was once a moat is still visible; there are cannons, dreary dungeons, a bell tower, chapel and a shot furnace, which was used to heat cannon balls before they were propelled into the enemy’s wooden ships. It may be best known for its prisoners—among them mighty Seminole chief Osceola and various Indian warriors from western tribes like the Cheyenne and Apache nations. ContaCt: 904/8296506, nps.gov/casa.org

No trip to St. Augustine would be complete without visiting these five must-see destinations. [ 1 ] The hearT of old Town: St. George Street and adjacent streets across from the fort are walkable and feel authentic. Check out the Oldest House, The Old Jail and the Oldest Pharmacy.

[ 3 ] riPleY’s Believe iT or noT and PoTTer’s wax MuseuM: These cheesy, take-the-kids stops are full of oddities—and a little creepy—but offer a silly respite from historic sightseeing. (ripleys.com/staugustine; potterswax.com).

[ 4 ] The lighTner MuseuM: This historic building houses exhibits as well as individual antique shops. (904/824-2874, lightnermuseum.org)

[ 5 ] sT. augusTine alligaTor farM: This farm/zoological park is more than 100 years old; it features demonstrations, exhibits and the star of the show: the American alligator. Don’t miss the new “Crocodile Crossing” zip line. (904/824-3337, alligatorfarm.com)

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ample evidence; we have more courses—some 1,250 tracts (nearly 20 for every county)— than any state in the country. Several iconic destinations could represent the sport in this space, including our county’s own PGA National. But since it plays home to the World Golf Hall of Fame, we’ll go with the 6,300-acre spread at World Golf Village—a slice of golf heaven on Earth for serious players and weekend hackers alike. In addition to a state-ofthe-art PGA Tour Academy— with all sorts of Star Wars-like technology to help your

game—the Village sports a pair of perfectly manicured 18-hole masterpieces, including the King & Bear, the only course in the world co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. The 2013 Hall of Fame class will be inducted in early May. ContaCt: 904/940-4123, worldgolfhalloffame.org

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National Naval Aviation Museum

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Where: Florida Panhandle What’s the allure: Often regarded as the “other Florida,” Apalach, as the locals call it, is a historic seaport founded in 1831 (once the third largest on the Gulf) that is famous for its briny oysters and its marine culture. This corner of the state embodies a character defined by pristine waterways, Victorian houses, massive liveoak canopies and a distinct connection to the American South. Experience Apalach by staying downtown in a historic property (Coombs House Inn, Gibson Inn and The Consulate are all good) and exploring the quaint downtown shops and waterfront, the heart of a community with more than 900 historic homes. Seafood here is the big draw, and there are plenty of oyster and fish houses to sample (Boss Oyster is a classic). The Apalachicola Trail System was ranked one of the top 12 paddling destinations in the country by Paddle magazine, and Cape St. George State Reserve (with its historic light104

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Where: Pensacola What’s the allure: Pensacola has a rich history in naval aviation: From its strategic position on the Gulf of Mexico, it housed the nation’s first naval air station, completed in 1914. It’s only fitting that the Panhandle’s westernmost city would become the site of our nation’s foremost museum dedicated to air and space pursuits. Constructed in 1962 as the

brainchild of Magruder H. Tuttle, a Navy rear admiral, the museum has undergone three major expansions (including an IMAX Theatre), bringing its square footage to 291,000. Neil Armstrong, Jim Lovell and George H.W. Bush have all conducted symposia at the museum, which has some 20 permanent exhibitions on aviation, dozens of vintage viewable biplanes and interactive cockpit panoramas. Don’t miss the Blue Angel practice demonstrations, which soar through the sky on certain mornings from March through November. Did we mention that admission is free? ContaCt: 850/452-3604, navalaviationmuseum.org

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Mark Your Calendars

Small towns and major metropolises alike host events year-round in the Sunshine State. MOnth

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The Players Championship

Ponte Vedra Beach

The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, with its legendary 17th island green, is not one of golf’s four majors, but it might as well be. Its $9.5 million tournament prize is the highest in professional golf. (pgatour.com/theplayers)

June

Silver Spurs Rodeo

Kissimmee

Florida’s official state rodeo, not to mention the largest rodeo event east of the Mississippi, welcomes 83,000 fans for a three-day affair combining bull-riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, clown acts and much more. (silverspursrodeo.com)

July

Caladium Festival

Lake Placid

This three-day celebration of the titular plant features artist booths, live entertainment, a classic car show and an art competition—as well as some 40 varieties of caladiums. (lpfla.com/caladium)

august

Mythicon

Orlando

New this year: A three-day geek fest that brings together lovers of anime, video games and comic books with programming that includes costume contests and an appearance by the creator of “Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Abridged Series.” Among the rules: No tackle glomping allowed. (mythicconventions.com)

septeMber

DeLuna Festival

Pensacola Beach

Parking and ticketing pains have hampered the reputation of this three-year-old beachside music festival, but it remains the state’s premier rock-n-roll bonanza, with previous headliners like Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters justifying the hassle. (delunafest.com)

OctOber

Fantasy Fest

Key West

The streets of Key West are never filled with as much collective sin as they are during this nine-day bacchanal, where Duval Street becomes a playground of costumed partiers and their pets, elaborate parade floats, and a street fair whose bawdy antics have earned its distinction as Florida’s Mardi Gras. (fantasyfest.com)

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Florida vs. Florida State football game

Tallahassee or Gainesville

The yearly tussle between state rivals, which spans 57 meetings, gives fans of the two schools reason to break out their A-material. Sample: Why do (FSU or UF) receivers wear wristbands? To keep the handcuffs from chaffing. This year’s game is in Gainesville on Nov. 30.

DeceMber

Art Basel

Miami Beach

For a few days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Miami becomes the hottest cultural city in the world, with celebrities and international art dealers, collectors, and enthusiasts descending on the town to take the pulse of contemporary art, centered in the Miami Beach Convention Center. (artbasel.com)

January 2014

Gasparilla Pirate Festival

Tampa Bay

Talk, dress and eat like a pirate during the festival that attracts swashbucklers from across the state with a parade, street festival, film festival, a flotilla of boats and more. (gasparillapiratefest.com)

February 2014

Downtown Stuart Art Festival

Stuart

This prestigious gathering on historic Osceola Street in downtown Stuart is coming up on its 24th annual extravaganza, with painters, photographers, jewelers and crafters selling their art along a strip of more than 70 shops and restaurants. (artfestival.com)

March 2014

Florida Strawberry Festival

Plant City

What started 80 years ago as a way to promote Plant City’s strawberry crop has grown into a Central Florida tradition. National rock, pop and country acts join an 11-day party that includes a midway and beauty pageant. (flstrawberryfestival.com)

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Florida Film Festival

Maitland

The state’s most prestigious film festival, at the cherished Enzian Theater, offers more than 150 films and welcomes celebrities that, in the past, have included Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi and Oliver Stone. (floridafilmfestival.com)

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Weeki Wachee SpringS State park

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to fame: live mermaids. In 1946, Navy SEAL trainer Newton Perry bought the springs and had the wacky idea to invent an underwater breathing hose, recruit pretty girls he would train as “mermaids,” build a theater into the native limestone with a window to the springs, and entertain tourists with underwater synchronized swimming shows.

After ABC bought it in 1959, the attraction enjoyed a heyday throughout the mid-1960s; celebrities like Elvis Presley showed up, and movies were filmed there. The Weeki Wachee “world famous” mermaids became stars, putting the attraction on the Florida map. In the post-Disney days, Weeki Wachee fell by the wayside, may/june 2013


For Your Amusement Disney isn’t the only dynamo when it comes to amusement parks in Orlando.

• Universal OrlandO: Universal Studios brings movies and TV shows to life through experiences like Revenge of the Mummy, The Simpsons Ride and, later this summer, Transformers: The Ride 3-D; Islands of Adventure capitalizes on the Marvel Comics craze (like the recently updated Adventures of Spider-Man) and re-creates Hogwarts with the jaw-dropping Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Tourist tip: Don’t miss the butterbeer. (universalstudios.com) • sea WOrld: Join Shamu the killer whale and its deepsea friends at a park that offers as many animal-related activities (think dolphin shows, a penguin exhibit and shark encounter) as thrill-a-second rides (roller-coasters Kraken and Manta; Journey to Atlantis, a hybrid flume/coaster). From June 22 to Aug. 11, check out the special nighttime fare, including a “Shamu Rocks” rock-n-roll show and a fountain/fireworks spectacular. (seaworldparks.com)

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but it has rebounded in recent years. Today, it offers visitors the Buccaneer Bay water park and a riverboat ride, among other diversions, but the Weeki Wachee mermaids remain the foremost draw—and a reminder of Florida’s enduring whimsical appeal to tourists. ContaCt: 352/592-5656, ext. 11; weekiwachee.com follow the leader

Dalí MuseuM

Where: St. Petersburg What’s the allure: The new museum, which opened in January 2011 (replacing the original 1982 structure), is a mecca for those whose taste in art skew toward melting clocks and hallucinogenic toreadors. It’s equally spellbinding for those who aren’t familiar

with the eccentric master of surrealism, from an exterior comprised of 1,062 triangular glass panels (a modern homage to the geodesic dome at the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Spain) to a helical staircase that reflects Dalí’s fascination with DNA structure to the state’s largest museum store. Fans of the artist, who died

in 1989, will find some 1,500 works—including nearly 100 oil paintings and seven of Dalí’s 18 masterworks (more than any other museum). Popular monthly events, like “Breakfast with Dalí” and “Dillydally with Dalí,” give children an opportunity to discover this mind-bending world. ContaCt: 727/823-3767, thedali.org [ bocamag.com ]

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Walt Disney WorlD

Where: Orlando What’s the allure: In the 41 years since the Magic Kingdom opened its gates, the only thing longer than the shadow cast by Disney’s brand in Orlando might be Pinocchio’s nose were the puppet to do a guest spot on “Pretty Little Liars.” The ever-expanding empire now includes theme parks (Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom) and water parks (Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon), world-class golf and dining options, a downtown and BoardWalk—and enough hotels (23) to cover every property on a Monopoly board. In all, Walt Disney World Resort employs more than 62,000 people, making it the largest single-site employer in the United States. This year, however, Disney has returned to its roots with the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history—a re-imagining of Fantasyland that, by the time the final touches are added in 2014, will double its 108

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size. New areas already open include Journey of the Little Mermaid, Enchanted Tales with Belle, new restaurants and much more. Through June 3, Florida residents can take advantage of a three-day Discover Disney pass for just $119 (plus tax) that gives visitors access to one theme park per day (passes can be used on nonconsecutive days). ContaCt: 407/939-7211, disneyworld.disney.go.com

CassaDaga spiritualist Colony

Where: Unincorporated Volusia County What’s the allure: A local ghost hunter told Boca Raton last year that encountering a ghost in Cassadaga is “like shooting fish in a barrel.” Fifty-six cloistered acres of alleged supernatural phenomena, this quaint, historic community has come to be dubbed the “Psychic Capital of the World.” Its history dates to the 19th century in New York, when trance medium George Colby

was informed during a séance that he would have a significant role in founding a spiritualist colony in the South. As the story goes, Colby’s Native American spirit guide, “Seneca,” led him through the Central Florida wilderness in 1875, where he homesteaded the acreage that would become the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Meeting Association. These days, psychics populate single-story houses and shacks orbiting the colony’s central meeting places: the vintage Cassadaga Hotel and the Bookstore & Information Center, where orb tours, readings, raki and other spiritual activities commence daily. Paranormal enthusiasts the world over have visited Cassadaga, and the community has turned up in a Carl Hiaasen novel, an episode of “The Glades” and albums by Tom Petty and Bright Eyes. ContaCt: 386/228-3171, cassadaga.org

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Where: Sarasota What’s the allure: As may/june 2013


Florida Hits 500 the sunshine state reaches a milestone anniversary—prompting plenty of celebrations. By the time Florida was admitted to the union on March 3, 1845, 26 other territories had been granted U.S. statehood. But the history of the Sunshine State doesn’t begin on the last full day of John Tyler’s presidency.

the most famous brother of the circus dynasty that bears his name, John Ringling created an empire out of trapeze artists, unicyclers and lion tamers. But he wasn’t all about massmarket showmanship; he also was passionate about great art. The cache of Old Master paintings he accumulated would form the basis of this museum, established in 1927 as the legacy of John and Mable Ringling. The Ringling is now Florida’s official state art museum, and it’s reason enough to visit Sarasota. The permanent collection houses 14,000 art objects from Rubens to Duchamp, with ancients as well as contemporary artists represented on its gilded walls. The massive grounds also house Ca’ d’Zan, the Ringlings’ personal Venetian Gothic mansion, once the epicenter of Sarasota life. Special exhibitions, film screenings, concerts and theatrical performers ensure the continued relevance of this destination. Because Ringling never forgot how his bread was buttered, the site also features an ever-expanding circus museum, which houses the Ringlings’ private rail car, circa 1905. ContaCt: 941/359-5700, ringling.org follow the leader

Instead, it starts with the “first landing” of Juan Ponce de León on our east coast in 1513. The Spanish explorer, who made his discovery 107 years before Plymouth Rock, called the new land “La Florida.” As part of a Florida Department of State initiative— tagged “Viva Florida 500”—communities from the panhandle to the Keys are celebrating the anniversary of Ponce de León’s arrival. For a complete list of festivals, events, exhibits, tours—and much more— happening throughout the remainder of the year, visit vivaflorida.org.

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John PennekamP State Park

Where: Key Largo What’s the allure: Named after a former Miami Herald editor and coral reef preservation activist, John Pennekamp opened in 1963 as the nation’s first undersea park. More than a million visitors worldwide get their feet wet each year at this aquatic attraction, the most popular of Florida’s state parks, which offers snorkeling and scuba tours. If you dive down to the right place, you’re even likely to see Jesus. The iconic, 11-foot

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bronze sculpture, imported from Italy and titled Christ of the Deep, stands with arms outstretched on 20,000 pounds of concrete in the Key Largo Dry Rocks reef. The main attraction is the “Spirit of Pennekamp,” a 65-foot, glass-bottomed catamaran that provides boaters with intimate views of parrotfish, damselfish, wrasses, giant barracuda and plenty of spiky-skinned sea animals. The park also offers canoeing, kayaking, fishing and hiking, with 47 full-facility sites for tents and recreational vehicles. ContaCt: 305/451-6300, pennekamppark.com

the mai-kai Where: Fort Lauderdale What’s the allure: The legendary restaurant serves an authentic slice of the South Pacific unlike any other in the country. Those who come for the food (think panang curry shrimp, Polynesian chicken and Tahitian cheese tangs) end up staying for atmosphere. Part of a wave of Polynesian bars/restaurants to cash in on an island trend following World War II, the Mai-Kai opened in 1956 at a cost of $300,000; it earned more than $1 million in its first year alone. Fifty years later, the tiki trend has diminished from a may/june 2013


SawgraSS MillS

Where: Sunrise What’s the allure: Forget the beach. The state’s largest outlet retail/ entertainment destination is such an irresistible draw to out-of-country visitors that nearly 50 percent of the mall’s shopper base is made up of international tourists. It’s no wonder given the more than 350 stores—including outlet incarnations for the likes of Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, Michael Kors and Tommy Bahama, and St. John and Gucci. More than 40 of the outlets are unique to South Florida, from Burberry Factory Outlet to Salvatore Ferrgamo Company Store. The sprawling complex, which covers 2 millionplus square feet of terrain, recently added a Sawgrass shuttle ($25 round trip) to and from hotels along Fort Lauderdale Beach. Check the new website (below) for dining/shopping specials and discounts, as well as links to social media updates about the respective stores. ContaCt: sawgrassmills. com

national sensation to a niche market. There are few places left like the Mai-Kai, which makes it so special. Waitresses in bikini tops and wraparound sarongs serve imaginative rum libations, and hula dancers in grass skirts and scantily clad fire-eaters entertain guests during the Polynesian Islander Revue Floor show, an irresistible spin on the tired old term “dinner theater.” The Mai-Kai is fun all year round, but be sure to stop by between June 6 and 9 for Hukilau, the biggest Polynesian celebration on the East Coast. ContaCt: 954/563-3272, maikai.com follow the leader

SunSet at Mallory Square

Where: Key West What’s the allure: This free-for-all of street vendors, arts and crafts exhibitors, psychics, food carts and tourists occurs every night down at the docks, starting a couple of hours before the sun slips into the sea. The tradition started in the late 1960s when a group of hippies tripping on LSD would wander down to the docks to watch the clouds and the sunset. This “happening” morphed into

In Our Backyard Check out four other beloved spots unique to Palm Beach County. [ 1 ] MorikaMi MuseuM and Japanese Gardens: In addition to the small museum—the only U.S. museum devoted to Japanese culture—the west Delray-based Morikami has a spectacular series of authentic Japanese gardens. (561/4950233, morikami.org)

[ 2 ] Lion Country safari: The legendary animal park in Loxahatchee offers a vintage drive-through safari experience with several “habitats” featuring everything from antelopes and rhinos to lions and monkeys. (561/793-1084, lioncountrysafari.com) [ 3 ] peanut isLand: This island in the Lake Worth inlet has campsites, a beach, a snorkeling lagoon and the Palm Beach Maritime Museum, built in 1933. The most popular draw on the island is President John F. Kennedy’s private “bomb shelter” bunker, built during the Cuban Missile Crisis. (561/845-4445, pbcgov.com/parks/peanutisland)

[ 4 ] Worth avenue: The world-renowned shopping boulevard on the island is an excursion into high fashion and the mystique of Palm Beach culture. After shopping and lunch, slip over to the Flagler Museum. (561/659-6909, worth-avenue.com)

When In key West Here are three other spots that capture the town’s spirit. [ 1 ] southernMost point: This concrete buoy at the corner of South and Whitehead streets is not the southernmost point in the United States; that distinction belongs to an offlimits island south of Key West. But that does not stop anyone from having his or her picture taken here—in fact, there is usually a pretty long line.

[ 2 ] kino sandaL faCtory: This is another Key West required stop, like buying Baby’s Coffee or a beer at Sloppy Joe’s. Cuban immigrants Roberto and Margarita Lopez started this open-air Cuban-style sandal factory in 1966. The classic Kino is the Lilly ($13), but many styles have been added over the years. (305/294-5044, kinosandals.com)

[ 3 ] top of La ConCha: This bar/observation deck atop Crowne Plaza (which used to be La Concha Hotel back in the day) is the highest place on the island and offers spectacular panoramic views of Key West and the docks. (305/296-2991, laconchakeywest.com)

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south FLoRIDA a loosely conceived street fair and nightly gathering which, in turn, came under siege from other residents who thought the whole thing was getting out of hand. Some local free spirits— including Will Soto (a tightrope artist and juggler) and Marilyn Keller (aka The Cookie Lady)— joined forces and formed the Key West Cultural Preservation Society to protect the tradition and give it some oversight. Since then, the sunset tradition has flourished, a nightly ritual with everything from performing cats and fire eaters to bagpipers and fortune tellers. ContaCt: sunsetcelebration. org

Be on the lookout for this creature during an Everglades tour.

Loxahatchee evergLades tours

Where: Parkland What’s the allure: An airboat ride is the easiest way to get into the heart of Florida’s wilderness, the Everglades, pegged as one of the seven natural wonders of North America. It may not be as peaceful as a canoe or a kayak, but it’s the noisy, fun and fast alternative, an adventurous way to explore this eccentric

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Vintage MiaMi Miami’s past also comes alive in these five venerable destinations.

[ 1 ] Vizcaya: Industrialist James Deering built this grand 34room villa overlooking Biscayne Bay in 1916. Guided tours are available free of charge. (305/250-9133, vizcayamuseum.org)

[ 2 ] The coral casTle: This weird compound, built by hand by eccentric Latvian Edward Leedskalnin out of massive pieces of megalithic limestone, was dedicated to his exfiancée—who left him at the altar. To this day, nobody knows how he did it. (305/248-6345, coralcastle.com)

[ 3 ] Monkey Jungle: This animal park, “where humans are caged and monkeys run free,” dates from 1933; it’s a lush jungle compound with 30 species of primates and an “Amazonian rainforest.” (305/235-1611, monkeyjungle.com)

[ 4 ] Jungle island (formerly Parrot Jungle Island): It began in 1936 as a bird sanctuary with bird shows; its flamingos were later used in the opening credits of “Miami Vice.” Today, there are more than 300 birds, twin orangutans and other animals. (305/400-7000, jungleisland.com)

[ 5 ] calle ocho: This broad boulevard (aka, U.S. 41 and Southwest Eighth Street) is the heart of Miami’s original Little Havana and offers guests a taste of Latin culture through Cuban bakeries, the old Tower Theater, cigar shops and the famous Maximo Gomez (or Domino) Park. (calleocho.com)

and fragile ecosystem. The Everglades of the Loxahatchee Preserve is more than a remnant swamp just past our western suburbs; it is the northernmost tip of the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. It is, as Marjorie Stoneman Douglas said, a true “river of grass”—for which airboats are made. The airboat skims over marshland, startling slithery alligators, slicing through floating islands, flushing flocks of ibis and herons and roseate spoonbills out of the sawgrass. This is about as real a Florida experience as one can get. ContaCt: 800/683-5873, evergladesairboattours.com follow the leader

The FonTainebleau Where: Miami Beach What’s the allure: Morris Lapidus’ glamorous resort, opened in 1954, was the Florida hang for Frank and the Rat Pack, and the backdrop for movies like “Goldfinger.” After a steady decline, new ownership and a $1 billion transformation put it back on the map when it reopened in 2008. Signature restaurants like Scarpetta and Gotham Steak are known internationally, and Liv nightclub is arguably Miami’s hottest venue. ContaCt: 305/538-2000, fontainebleau.com

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Scarf, from Island Company, Worth Avenue, Palm Beach; Dannijo necklace, from Alene Too; Ivanka Trump sandals, from Stepping Out, Mizner Park, Boca Raton; Celine bag, and Altuzarra top and pants, from Saks Fifth Avenue

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t first, we were thinking of those TV shows, the ones with Botoxed™ women and high suburban drama and too many Chardonnay-fueled shopping days—until we realized that our town was better than that. Oh, we found some great-looking women, successful women, women who also had a soft spot for nice things. But they turned out to be much more than the privileged ladies of reality fame. They take care of themselves, as well as others, and they loved talking to us about what mattered to them. Introducing ...

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r e p u S THE HOUSEWIVES Story by Marie Speed Photography by Aaron Bristol Shot on location at One Thousand Ocean, Boca Raton

of Boca Raton

From left: Vanessa Sidi, Elise Berrin, Tammy Saltzman, Lisa LaPato and Lauri Katz-Parker

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From left: Lisa LaPato and Lauri Katz-Parker


Lisa LaPato

Short Story: This former financial consultant gave up her career to “invest” in her three children, all of whom she finds remarkable. LaPato, 49, has been married to Bill, first vice president/investments with Merrill Lynch, for 25 years. They’ve built a good life in Old Floresta—but she remembers when things weren’t so cushy, so they take nothing for granted. LaPato also is an accomplished cook, collects vintage jewelry, has a weakness for Old Gringo cowboy boots and works at Williams-Sonoma part-time for fun. She is not crazy for material things but loves active travel with her family, from ski trips to Chile and Colorado to visiting her native Chicago. how She giveS back: She believes deeply in service—from hosting fundraisers and donating time to organizations like In the Pines and Food For The Poor—and has been heavily involved in St. Jude Catholic Church for years. biggeSt Splurge: Lisa and Bill imported a custom-made Panconesi kitchen from Italy. how She StayS fit: Pilates three times a week; exercise DVDs at home with her husband favorite thing in her cloSet: Saturday morningS: Going to the Boca green market in the golf cart what matterS: “Connectivity. And gratitude. I am close to my parents; my husband is my best friend. We walk around saying how lucky we are. We both get it—life, each other, our friends and our children. We are grateful.”

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Lauri Katz-Parker

Short Story: She literally grew up in the store started by her mother, Barbara Katz, in 1959. Back then, it was inside the family house in Miami; the business would migrate to the garage and, later, into a building of its own here in Boca. Barbara Katz died 12 years ago; her daughter now runs the successful women’s fashion store, which has been in town for 36 years. Despite the continued popularity of the iconic business, Katz-Parker considers her proudest accomplishment her own daughter, 24, whom she reared alone after her divorce. The 58-year-old is ebullient, engaged, driven by work and breaks out in laughter often and easily. The store is the center of her life, and it’s her “hobby” too—despite the fact that she also is a painter and a sculptor. what’S in her cloSet: “My closet is overflowing for many reasons. One, I own a women’s clothing store; two, Barbara Katz’s clothes never go bad; and three, you have your oldies but goodies that you don’t want to get rid of.” wordS to live by: her favoriteS: Boots (she starts wearing them here in October), her Dianaira silk blouse, and anything from the Fabiana Filippi Italian line drama in her life: “I am not allowed to have any drama in my personal life because it’s all theirs ... my [36] employees—every day, every minute of every hour.” definition of SucceSS: “Waking up every day with a smile on your face, going to work and doing what you [love to] do. It’s not about how much money you have or how many things you own—they do not make you happy.”

“Always concentrate on how far you have come rather than how far you have to go.”

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Vanessa Sidi

Short Story: Sidi moved to Boca 15 years ago with her husband, an exhockey player with the Florida Panthers. She had a privileged upbringing—father in the oil business, school in Switzerland—but she is firmly grounded in the notion of giving back. Two of her favorite charities, Shuzz and In Jacob’s Shoes, provide shoes for disadvantaged people locally and in impoverished countries around the world. Sidi, 37, has worked as a real-estate agent, but she is excited about opening her new business in the next few months—Fabcapulous—a line of decorative shower caps that will be sold at Sephora, among other stores. She says she is following the advice of a successful friend who told her to do what she loved, have it be something she could do from anywhere, and “focus, focus, focus.” Down the road? She’d like to start her own charity to “help people lead better lives.” Why Shuzz? “We have a deal with Crocs in which we buy each pair for $4, and we actually go to the countries and hand them out at the orphanages.” What She collectS: Handbags, about 50 at last count. She admits, “I’m still a Chanel girl.” hoW She StayS in Shape: “I do WordS to live by: Orangetheory [a workout in intervals of cardiovascular and strength training, using a variety of equipment], which gets me in and out of the gym in an hour.” heroeS: Mother Teresa, Christiane Amanpour, George Soros

“Be happy, and treat people well.”

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Tammy Saltzman

Short Story: This “happily divorced” family law and residential real estate attorney also is a motivational speaker who says she could take her show on the road—and probably make big bucks. But with a 12-year-old son at home, she “doesn’t want to miss one breath he takes.” Saltzman’s life may be good these days, but she is clear about the year that wasn’t so good, 2007, when her mother died from melanoma and the title company she had owned and built for seven years went belly up in the real-estate meltdown, forcing her to fire 36 employees. “I took a year off to recover,” says Saltzman, 51. “It dropped me to my knees. But the heroines come back, they figure out a way to rebuild. I did. I came back to be stronger and better and more focused.” Today, she gives back by serving on the board of the American Association of Caregiving Youth, plus she’s interested, through her legal connections, in advocating for the rights of children of divorce. What She doeS for fun: Orchids, gardening and sailing are three “passions.” Why She’S good at motivating people: “I have learned the basic values that I rely upon in order to show up in the world. I am always looking for the classic ‘cup half full’ and for people around me to be successful and feel good. I use skills that I’ve learned from many years of self help and professional training in every area of my life, whether it be relationships or business or friendships. I walk my talk, and people know who I am.” WordS to live by: “It takes a lifetime to build a good reputation—and 15 seconds to destroy it.” definition of SucceSS: “Making a difference in the lives of other people. Leaving an imprint on the planet.”

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“I love to shop. I have a shoe fetish. I have at least 200 pairs of shoes—and it’s not enough.”

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Elise Berrin

Short Story: She moved to Boca two decades ago from New York and has been married for 21 years to Robert J. Berrin, a prominent financial adviser. Her interests have been centered on wellness and fitness as far back as junior high (and she looks it!); today she is a representative/distributor for Purium health products. Berrin, 54, participates in business groups like Women for Excellence and the Womwhat might en’s Executive SurpriSe people: Club—professional organizations that have launched solid friendships for her over the years. She’s active and evenkeeled—with a playful streak that flashes from time to time. She says she is more pragmatic than impulsive and is always seeking “balance.” how She unwindS: “I enjoy my two cats [Berrin is a supporter of the Tri-County Humane Society], and I go to movies. I am also trying to discover all the [local] hidden gems—like Pond Hawk Nature Trail.” defining accompliShment: “Single-handedly running the customer service department of Star magazine in New York City in 1980 when I was 21. It was boot camp for problem solving.” Vice: Ordering a frozen mudslide at the tiki bar at Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel motto: “Disarm through laughter and charm.”

“ That I love baseball. I even tried out for a part in the movie, ‘A League Of Their Own.’””

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rosso italia review the grove review salad spots nyy steak review cheap eats neighborhood pick discovery buzz bites

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Red Restaurant Group brings “the honest, true recipes” of Italy to Boca Raton. Check out food editor Bill Citara’s review (page 134) of this 220-seat restaurant next to Red, the Steakhouse.

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Red beet salad at Rosso Italia

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rosso itaLia

1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, 561/353-9139

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talian cars are sexy. Italian cities are sexy. Italian woman are drop-dead gorgeous sexy. Italian restaurants—or to be more precise, Italian restaurants in South Florida? Eh, not so much. Clunky faux-Tuscan decor, dull and turgid ambience, cook-by-number menus that give ubiquity a bad name; they’re about as sexy as eating crackers in bed. Rosso Italia, however, is sexy. The Italian sibling to nextdoor Red, the Steakhouse flaunts its sex appeal like Isabella Rossellini in a little black dress. The rosso-accented stark white decor is as contemporary as Versace’s latest collection. The ambience is lively; the young staff not only energetic but coolly professional. And the menu, while it doesn’t abandon all culinary ubiquities, does avoid being a hopeless cliché.

Even when dishes falter they don’t totally disappoint. A quartet of roasted shrimp given a gremolata-like garnish of basil, lemon and bread crumbs, were as perfectly cooked as they were perfectly fresh, though an extra pinch of salt and tablespoons of herb mix and olive oil would have raised them from merely good to exceptional. Neapolitan-style pizzas nail the authentic thin-blistered,

a twist on Gnocchi Rosso touts its spinach and ricotta gnocchi as “Not your average gnocchi,” and it’s true. This isn’t really gnocchi at all, at least not the classic dumplings of flour, egg and either potato or ricotta. These are clumps of spinach topped with cheese—not that there’s anything wrong with that in theory. However, we did feel a bit misled by this particular menu item. When we expressed our dismay, the restaurant did the right thing and took them off our bill, substituting the excellent pappardelle Bolognese. Well done, guys.

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crisp-chewy crust, topping it with just the right amount of sauce, cheese and condiments, like the coins of “spicy [no kidding!] salami” that grace the combustible Calabrese. Spinach and ricotta gnocchi are another story (see sidebar), but pappardelle Bolognese with house-made ricotta couldn’t have been better. Free-range veal chop is not particularly tender but makes up for it with big,

meaty flavor. Like all entrées, it comes with your choice of side, and I recommend the mushrooms with caramelized onions. Speaking of choices, the dessert trio is a good one, with a miniature flourless chocolate cake (decent), golden zeppole with lemon curd (better) and Nutella and mascarpone-filled cannoli. Think of that next time you’re eating crackers in bed. —Bill Citara

IF YOU GO PrIce ranGe: Entreés $14.75–$32 credIt cards: All major cards HOUrs: Sun.–Thurs. 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 7 a.m.–11 p.m.

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Dining Key $ Inexpensive: Under $17 $$ Moderate: $18–$35 $$$ Expensive: $36–$50 $$$$ Very Expensive: $50 +

palm beach county boca raton abe & louie’s —2200 W. Glades Road. Steaks. This outpost of the Boston steak house cooks up slabs of well-aged, USDA Prime beef like nobody’s business. Two of the best are the bone-in ribeye and New York sirloin. Start with a crab cocktail, but don’t neglect side dishes like steamed spinach and hash browns. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. Brunch Sun. 561/447-0024. $$$

specialty, and roasted duck is excellent too. • Dinner nightly. 561/368-2340. $$

bonefish grill—21069 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. 561/483-4949. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 1880 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, 561/732-9142; 9897 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, 561/965-2663; 11658 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach, 561/799-2965) $$ brio tuscan grille—5050 Town Center Circle. Italian. The Boca outpost of this national chain of 100-plus restaurants does what it set out to do—dish up big portions of well-made, easily accessible Italian-esque fare at a reasonable price. If you’re looking for bruschetta piled with fresh cheeses and vegetables, house-made fettuccine with tender shrimp and lobster in a spicy lobster butter sauce, and a creditable version of the classic tiramisu, you’ll be one happy diner. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/392-3777. $$

arturo’s ristorante —6750 N. Federal Highway. Italian. Arturo’s quiet, comfortable dining room; slightly formal, rigorously professional service; and carefully crafted Italian dishes never go out of style. You’ll be tempted to make a meal of the array of delectable antipasti from the antipasti cart, but try to leave room for main courses like giant shrimp with tomatoes, cannellini beans, rosemary and an exceptionally welldone risotto. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. 561/997-7373. $$$

the capital grille—6000 Glades Road.

biergarten—309 Via De Palmas. German/

caruso ristorante—187 S.E. Mizner Blvd.

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 an upscale burger featuring Florida Wagyu beef, knockwurst, cheddar cheese and more. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/395-7462. $

Italian. Former Chicago chef-restaurateurs Lillo and Gina Teodosi bring big-city dining to town. The ambience is welcoming, the service rigorously professional and the food is so lovingly prepared it makes even the most familiar dishes special. Among them: a farm-fresh caprese salad, giant truffle-perfumed veal chop and zabaglione that’s made to order. The light, feathery, delicate gnocchi are merely the best in South Florida. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. 561/367-7488. $$$

bistro provence —2399 N. Federal Highway. French. With the convivial ambience and hearty good food of an authentic Parisian bistro, this inviting, unpretentious restaurant deserves its local popularity. Mussels are a 136

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Steaks. This is one of more than three dozen restaurants in a national chain, but the Boca Grille treats you like a regular at your neighborhood restaurant. Steaks, dry-aged if not Prime, are flavorful and cooked with precision, while starters from Wagyu beef carpaccio to a lighter version of the hardy chopped salad are nicely done too. Parmesan truffle fries are crispy sticks of potato heaven; chocolate-espresso cake a study in shameless, and luscious, decadence. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. 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 fat prawns wrapped in pancetta and grilled. But pay attention to specials like pan-seared snapper and scallops in a spicy, garlicky cherry tomato sauce. • Dinner nightly. 561/338-1703. $$$

the cheesecake factory—5530 Glades Road. american. Oh, the choices! The chain even 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) $$

chops lobster bar—101 Plaza Real S., Royal Palm Place. Steak, seafood. Steaks are aged USDA Prime—tender, flavorful and perfectly cooked under a 1,700-degree broiler. There’s all manner of fish and shellfish, but you’re here for the lobster, whether giant Australian tails flashfried and served with drawn butter or sizable Maine specimens stuffed with crab. • Dinner nightly. 561/395-2675. $$$$ cuban café—3350 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd. cuban. Diners pack this traditional Cuban restaurant for lunch specials that start at $7.95, including slow-roasted pork served with white rice and black beans. Other highlights include the Cuban sandwich and (on the dinner menu only) lechón asado. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/750-8860. $ gary woo asian bistro—3400 N. Federal Highway. chinese. Everything about this popular restaurant is restrained—the ambience, the decor, the presentations. And the food can be that way, as well. Still, the ingredients and preparation are first-rate. Try the duck spring rolls to start, and then enjoy steak kew or Grand Marnier prawns. • Lunch Mon., Wed.–Fri. Dinner Wed.–Mon. 561/368-8803. $$

grand lux cafe —Town Center at Boca Raton. american. The Cheesecake Factory’s sister brand is an upscale take on the original formula, with an 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; breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. 561/392-2141. $$ may/june 2013


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THE GROVE

187 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561/266-3750

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emember when you went out to eat just for the food? Too often these days, it seems a restaurant isn’t a place that serves food, it’s a “concept” that dishes an “experience,” a three-ring circus in three courses, the culinary version of the Kardashian Klan, constantly shaking their liposuctioned, spraymemorable: complementary house-made tanned booty in our helpless faces. brioche rolls, pillowy puffs of irresistible deliThat’s one reason why The Grove is such ciousness adorned with dill and sea salt. sweet relief. There are no dogs, ponies, bears The pair’s menu changes biweekly and, or clowns. No DJs, light shows or flat-screen like the restaurant, lacks even a crumb of TVs. There is, however, excellent food, the pretension. An octopus appetizer is simply, kind that gives hope that our part of South “Octopus: sun-dried tomato tapenade, Florida can be a culinary destination on par parsley, chorizo.” No ruffles, no flourishes, with the best in the country. no place to hide if it isn’t perThere’s excellent service fect. But it is. The octopus IF YOU GO too, and an equally comis terrific, tender with just mendable wine list, one the right amount of chew, PrIce ranGe: that boasts by-the-glass braised and seared and dustEntreés $22–$29 selections actually worth ed with smoky pimentón. credIt cards: drinking. The tapenade and chorizo All major cards Credit partners Paul are pungent riffs on a saltyHOUrs: Tues.–Thurs. Strike and executive chef tangy-earthy theme. 6–10 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 6–11 Michael Haycook, as well An Italian classic—panp.m. Closed Sun. & Mon. as chef de cuisine Meghan zanella (aka, bread salad)—is O’Neal (see sidebar). Strike reconceived as a globe of inpresides over the dindulgent burrata surrounded ing room with amiable flair; by cherry tomatoes, half-moons Haycook and O’Neal work with focused, of cucumber and fat croutons given a verdant deliberate speed in the minuscule open sheen of basil pistou, a dish at once light and kitchen. Your first taste that their work will be luxurious.

A breakfast classic—steak-n-eggs—is presented as a dinner entrée, one that features thick slices of Creekstone Farms flank steak with a remarkably rich, buttery flavor crowned by a sunny-side-up egg that oozes golden lusciousness at the flick of a fork. Alongside are roasted fingerling potatoes that taste like sweet earth atop a smear of hesitantly garlicky aioli. Slices of gum-tender, sous vide-cooked duck grace tiny cauliflower florets a la gratin, set off by a dab of sweet-tart cranberry compote and the unexpected star of the show— nickel-sized shiitakes crisped somewhere between raw and dried that deliver a burst of concentrated mushroom flavor. Desserts don’t quite hit the same high notes. Pineapple braised in molasses-y muscovado sugar could have used some caramelization. Beignets were more dense than airy, though their accompanying cappuccino pot de crème was a giant bowl of creamy, caffeinated silk. As for the Kardashians and pony shows ... ah, who needs ’em? —Bill Citara

The trio behind The Grove has some serious bona fides. Chefpartner Michael Haycook is graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., and is an alum of such highly regarded Miami restaurants as Area 31 and Daniel Boulud’s DB Bistro Moderne. Partner Paul Strike is a 20-year vet of the restaurant biz, also late of Area 31. Chef de cuisine Meghan O’Neal is another CIA grad, one whose résumé includes stints in such esteemed kitchens as Thomas Keller’s Bouchon and Chicago culinary alchemist Grant Achatz’s Alinea. Michael Haycook and Paul Strike

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The Italian Restaurant on the Beach Proudly serving you for 20 years!

hall of fame boca raton magazine readers’ choice 2008 best ItalIan readers’ choice award 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 best wIne lIst boca raton magazine 2008, 2012 best seasIde breakfast spot boca raton magazine 2008 best outdoor dInIng 2010, readers’ choice award 2004, 2006 best brunch boca raton magazine 2006, 2012 best oceanfront dInIng readers’ choice award 2005, 2010 best brunch palm beach post best oceanfront ItalIan palm beach post wine spectator award of excellence 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 34 South Ocean Boulevard, Delray Beach • 561-274-9404 facebook.com/caffelunarosa caffelunarosa.com • Open 7 days, serving Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Weekend Brunch. Live Entertainment. Valet Parking.


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the grille on congress —5101 Congress Ave. American. Dishes range from tasty chicken dishes and main-plate salads to seafood options like pistachio-crusted snapper or simply grilled yellowfin tuna. • Lunch Mon.– Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/912-9800. $$

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houston’s—1900 N.W. Executive Center Circle. American. With rustic features like butcher-block tables and comfy padded leather booths, Houston’s has created a “nonchain” feel, although there are more than 40 nationwide. The menu is straightforward—big burgers on sweet egg buns, Caesar salad, roasted chicken, filet mignon—but it’s not lacking in ingenuity. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/998-0550. $$

Spring means great, fresh market salads. Here are some of the finest local purveyors. Salad CreationS 5250 Town Center Circle, Suite 129, Boca Raton; 561/338-7055 This chopped-salad chain vows “to make the world around it a better place.” At the very least, it’s making mall food courts healthier. Shoppers and power lunchers flock to the Town Center location for its interactive “Create Your Own” option. The combinations are endless, but if you prefer to leave it up to the chef, there are three levels of salad creations made to order— from the classics (Greek, Caesar, wedge) to more extravagant options (wild Alaskan salmon, Mexicali burrito).

the Salad Spot 690 Yamato Road, No. 6, Boca Raton; 561/997-0339 Located near the Tri-Rail and an L.A. Fitness, the Spot has become a hit with commuters and fitness buffs. It also has something of an ego, billing itself as “the largest and best salad bar in South Florida.” The menu is entirely make-your-own, and it’s hard to quarrel with the price: a $7.49/pound rate gets you all the ingredients you want, from lettuce and meats to spices and toppings. Highlights include gourmet albacore tuna, a Mediterranean olive mix and honey almond granola.

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nature’S Way Café 20 W. Atlantic Ave., Suite 103, Delray Beach; 561/272-6200 “Eat well, be well” is the slogan of this back-to-the-soil breakfast-and-lunch joint, one of nine locations within Palm Beach County. Nestled in that teal-colored house at the happenin’ intersection of Swinton and Atlantic, Nature’s Way offers fresh salads including Honey Curry Chicken, a taco salad and a refreshing fruit salad. Don’t miss the unique drink options, including nearly a dozen specialty shakes and smoothies. This local chain celebrates 35 years in 2013.

field of GreenS 460 Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; 561/820-2465 This small family-owned operation, which has spots in Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens dating back 10 years, opened its downtown West Palm Beach location in January. “Create Your Own” is the buzzterm here too, with customized options for smoothies and sandwiches as well as salads. The $7.95 “C.Y.O.” salads include garnishes you don’t see everywhere— zucchini, squash, garbanzo beans and edamame. The chef’s salads range from the Market salad (baby arugula, roasted beets, apples, goat cheese, honey drizzle, etc.) to the Tuscan (with Portobello mushrooms, walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, asparagus and more atop baby field greens). —John ThomASon

jake’s stone crab—514 Via de Palmas, Royal Palm Place. Seafood. Jake’s has made a name for itself with delicious claws and excellent service. Crusty hash browns and nutmegflavored creamed spinach are fine accompaniments. Lobster and filet mignon surf-n-turf comes generously adorned. • Dinner daily. 561/347-1055. $$$ josephine’s—5751 N. Federal Highway. Italian. Tradition trumps trendy, and comfort outweighs chic at this Boca favorite. The ambience is quiet and stately but not stuffy, and the menu is full of hearty dishes to soothe the savage appetite, like three-cheese eggplant rollatini and chicken scarpariello. • Dinner nightly, except Tues. 561/988-0668. $$

kapow noodle bar—431 Plaza Real. Pan-Asian. This wickedly stylish Asian-inspired gastropub delivers a delicious and inventive punch to the taste buds. Among the hardest hitters are green tea-cured salmon with micro and fried basil and longan berries stuffed with yuzu kosho gelee, and cheesecake springrolls with a nothing-exceeds-like-excess banana caramel dipping sauce. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/347-7322. $ kathy’s gazebo café —4199 N. Federal Highway. Continental. This local stalwart smoothly rolls along with its signature blend of French and Continental dishes. The ornate, formal dining room and equally formal service are anomalies these days but are comforting nonetheless. Classic dishes like creamy lobster bisque, house-made duck paté, broiled salmon with sauce béarnaise and dreamy chocolate mousse are as satisfying as ever. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.– Sat. 561/395-6033. $$$ may/june 2013


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kee grill—17940 N. Military Trail. American. The attraction here is carefully prepared food that is satisfying, flavorful and reasonably priced. The fist-sized crab cake is a good place to start, followed by sea bass with a soy-ginger-sesame glaze. • Dinner nightly. 561/995-5044. $$$

la rosa nautica—515 N.E. 20th St. Peruvian. Expect no ambience, no pretensions, low prices and food that satisfies on a very high level. Good starters include antichuchos, chunks of grilled beef heart, and causa, a terrine-like layering of mashed potatoes and chicken salad. Ceviche and the lomo saltado are among the best in South Florida. • Lunch daily. Dinner Tues.– Sun. 561/296-1413. $$ la tre—249 E. Palmetto Park Road. Vietnamese. For almost two decades, this elegant little spot has been celebrating the delicate, sophisticated flavors and textures of traditional and contemporary Vietnamese cuisine. A house signature, shrimp tossed with coriander curry pesto, is an inspired riff on Vietnamese classics. Service and wines match the refinement of the cuisine. • Dinner nightly. 561/392-4568. $$

Buzz Bites i three for the road: The Russians are coming! Actually, they’re already here. Or rather Russia House is. The former Andrews restaurant in Boca (99 S.E. Mizner Blvd., 561/361-8170) now has traditional Russian fare, from zakuski (appetizers) like smoked fish, marinated mushrooms and beef tongue to kebabs, beef stroganoff and chicken Kiev. ... Get your pasta, your way, at a pair of local newbies. In Boca, it’s dished up at Italio Kitchen (1658 N. Federal Highway, 561/392-7778), a stylish little “fast casual” joint that specializes in DIY noodles (also sammies and salads). You pick your pasta, protein, sauce and toppings, then slurp away. ... A bit more upscale but still wallet-friendly is Agliolio in Boynton Beach (2258 N. Congress Ave., 561/5096486). Building on the success of the original Wellington outpost, it boasts a dozen different kinds of house-made pasta, plus a variety of sauces, proteins and add-ons. You can do the same thing with pizza too. —BIll CItArA 142

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la villetta—4351 N. Federal Highway. Italian. This is a well-edited version of a traditional Italian menu, complete with homemade pastas. Try the signature whole yellowtail snapper encrusted in sea salt, deboned tableside. Shrimp diavolo is perfectly scrumptious. • Dinner nightly. (closed Mon. during summer). 561/362-8403. $$

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 daily. 561/392-0773. $$

legal sea foods—6000 Glades Road. Sea-

max’s grille—404 Plaza Real, Mizner Park. Contemporary American. Though its signature California-influenced cookery and “American bistro” ambience are no longer furiously trendy, this stylish restaurant is as popular as ever due to consistently tasty and well-prepared food. Dishes run haute to homey, from seared-raw tuna to meatloaf wrapped with bacon. And don’t miss the luscious crème brûlée pie for dessert. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/368-0080. $$

food. This faux-New England-ish seafooder in Town Center mall satisfies with a roster of fresh fish and shellfish, well prepared and competently served by an earnest young staff. The signature clam chowder is made in corporate kitchens but is still better than most, while crab cakes chock-full of sweet-tasting crab and hardly any binders have even fewer equals. There’s a selection of DIY fish and sauces too. And for dessert, what else but Boston cream pie? • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/447-2112. $$

le rivage—450 N.E. 20th St. French. Don’t overlook this small, unassuming bastion of traditional French cookery. That would be a mistake, because the dishes that virtually scream “creativity” can’t compare to the quiet pleasures served here—like cool, soothing vichyssoise, delicate fillet of sole with nutty brown butter sauce or perfectly executed crème brûlee. Good food presented without artifice at a fair price never goes out of fashion. • Lunch Tues.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/620-0033. $$

maggiano’s—21090 St. Andrews Blvd. Italian. It’s the neighborhood spot where families congregate for great food and a good time. Do as the Italians do and order family-style, sit back and watch the endless amounts of gorgeous foods grace your table. In this manner, you receive two appetizers, two salads, two pastas, two entrées, two vegetables and two desserts. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/361-8244. $$

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

matteo’s—233 S. Federal Highway. Italian. Matteo’s brand of hearty Italian and Italian-

morton’s the steakhouse—5050 Town Center Circle. Steak house. 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. The star of the beef show is the giant bone-in filet mignon, which trumps with unusually deep and meaty flavor. The side of Grand Marnier soufflé is a cloud of luscious, citrus-y beauty that says while beef may be what’s for dinner, I am what’s for dessert. • Dinner daily. 561/392-7724. $$$

new york prime—2350 N.W. Executive Center Drive. Steak house. This wildly popular Boca meatery packs them in with swift, professional service, classy supper club ambience and an extensive wine list. And, of course, the beef—all USDA Prime, cooked to tender and juicy lusciousness over ferocious heat. The bone-in rib-eye is especially succulent, but don’t neglect the New York strip or steak-house classics like oysters Rockefeller, garlicky spinach and crusty hash browns. • Dinner daily. 561/998-3881. $$$$ nick’s new haven-style pizzeria—2240 N.W. 19th St. 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 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. $ may/june 2013


ovenella—499 S. Federal Highway. Italian. Fernando Davila’s modestly stylish ristorante promises “a new take on Italian classics.” Pizzas from the oak-fired oven are a joy, and vegetarian lasagna is good enough to make the meat version obsolete. Don’t miss one of the inventive cocktails, like a sweet-smoky-salty bacon-maple old fashioned. • Lunch Mon.– Fri. Dinner daily. 561/395-1455. $$

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p.f. chang’s—1400 Glades Road. Chinese. There may have been no revolution if Mao had simply eaten at P.F. Chang’s—the portions are large enough to feed the masses—and the exquisite tastes in each dish could soothe any tyrant. We particularly like the steamed fish of the day, as well as the Szechuan-style asparagus. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/393-3722. (Other Palm Beach County location: 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/691-1610) $$

piñon grill—6000 Glades Road. Contemporary American. The menu seemingly lists every recent trendy dish to come out of modern American restaurant kitchens, but Piñon succeeds with spot-on execution, mammoth portions and reasonable prices. Try the grilled artichokes with a zippy Southwestern-style rémoulade, a pair of giant crab cakes with more of that good rémoulade or a chocolate-peanut butter pie that is the irresistible definition of lusciousness. • Lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/391-7770. $$

racks downtown eatery + tavern—402 Plaza Real. Contemporary American. Though the menu generally falls under the heading of modern American comfort food, that can mean anything from elegant presentations like the jaw-dropping lobster cobb salad to homier offerings like burgers and pizza, fiery Buffalo-style calamari, succulent chicken roasted in the wood-fired oven and an uptown version of everyone’s campfire favorite, s’mores. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/395-1662. $$

raffaele —508 Via De Palmas. Italian. The simplicity of true Italian cuisine is on display—from sea-sweet lump crab and earthy-tasting green beans lightly dressed with lemon juice and olive oil to squid-ink tagliolini with delicate tomato sauce and shellfish. Oven-roasted quail wrapped in pancetta and stuffed with sausage, pine nuts and raisins is exquisite. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/392-1110. $$ follow the leader

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red the steakhouse—1901 N. Military Trail. Steak house. While it does provide the level of comfort, luxury and beef-centric cuisine affluent carnivores demand, Red does so with a lighter, fresher and more casual touch. It also serves some of the best—and best cooked— steaks in town. Try the succulent, gum-tender steak tartare. Meat not on your menu? Gulf shrimp in a seductive white wine-garlic-Dijon butter sauce will have you lapping up every last drop. Do the giant donut holes for dessert. • Dinner daily. 561/353-9139. $$$

renzo’s of boca—5999 N. Federal Highway. Italian. The buzzword is fresh at Renzo’s. Fish is prepared daily oreganata or Livornese style, sautéed in white wine with lemon and capers or grilled. Homemade pasta is artfully seasoned, and Renzo’s tomato sauce is ethereal. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/994-3495. $$

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 Milan 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. $$

space that fairly purrs with big-city sophistication. Gallic specialties include perfect takes on salad Lyonnaise and bouillabaisse, as well as lustfully meaty and tender prime rib with fully loaded baked potato. Check out the innovative iPad wine list and sinful trio of crème brûlées for dessert. • Lunch Mon–Fri. Dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/893-8838. $$

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nese/Sushi. Impeccably fresh and exactingly prepared sushi and other Japanese specialties are on display. The Nobu-esque miso sea bass gives a taste of this modern classic at a fraction of the price of the original, while the chef’s sushi assortment offers a generous arrangement of nigiri and maki for a easonable $20. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. 561/394-9506. $$

metto Park Road. Tuscan. This little restaurant is making culinary magic. Here, a taste of Italy is brought to life with rabbit cacciatorá (Tuscany style), veal ossobuco, homemade pasta with wild boar sausage, and a tasty rack of venison. Homemade desserts, including tiramisu, panna cotta and zuppa ingles, will take your breath away. Service is out of this world. • Dinner nightly. Outdoor dining. 561/750-2333. $$$

rosario’s—145 S.E. Mizner Blvd. Italian. The

Buzz Bites ii Rack ‘em up: Rack up another sexy eatery with a smart concept for local restaurateur Gary Rack, who’s already nailed the designer pizza phenomenon (Table 42) and stillfuriously trendy gastropub (Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern). This one is Racks Fish House + Oyster Bar (5 S.E. Second Ave., 561/450-6718), which swam into the 1948-vintage VFW building in downtown Delray and turned it into a seafood house with flourishes from New England, South Florida and New York’s Grand Central Oyster Bar, the latter of which inspired the custommade steam kettles for oysters, clams and mussels. Other design touches (from Lauderdale’s Karen Hanlon) include hand-painted brick walls, a zinc-topped bar, and a “nouveau nautical” vibe. There are plenty of fish in Racks’ new sea, many channeling New England (fried Ipswich clams, lobster roll, clam chowder), New Orleans (oyster po’ boy, Creole-style calamari, gumbo) or points beyond (cioppino, trout almondine, Maryland crab cake). There are chicken and beef dishes too, for those of you who think the only place for fins is on the football field. —BIll CITArA

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quality of ingredients is as impressive as the skill that goes into each dish. Often fusty and rubbery clams casino is light and fresh-tasting. Perciatelli Amatriciana is hearty, meaty and finely crafted, while the signature chicken Rosario’s (with sausage, potatoes and peppers) is full of old-fashioned goodness. Effortlessly competent service and unpretentious ambience add to the experience. • Dinner daily. 561/393-0758. $$

ruth’s chris steak house—225 N.E. Mizner Blvd. Steaks. This is a refreshing departure from the ambience common to many steak houses; the room is comfortable, and conversation is possible. Naturally, we come here for the steak (they are sublime), but the lobster and fish are great. All your favorite sides are here, too. • Dinner nightly. 561/392-6746. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 661 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach, 561/863-0660; CityPlace, West Palm Beach, 561/514-3544) $$$

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) $$

stéphane’s—2006 NW Executive Center Circle. French. Stéphane Lang-Willar’s contemporary brasserie dishes both French and American classics in a stunningly beautiful

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table 42—399 S.E. Mizner Blvd. Italian. A contemporary Amer-Italian osteria with pizza describes Gary Rack’s reborn Coal Mine Pizza. The menu is compact but offers mix-and-match opportunities done with great attention to detail—like irresistible honey balsamic chicken wings with grilled onions and blue cheese; and linguine in deliriously rich and creamy pesto. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/826-2625. $$

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 ricotta-stuffed fried squash blossoms. Pan-seared branzino and massive bone-in veal chop are excellent, and the ethereal rosemary beignets with rosemaryolive oil gelato are luscious and cutting edge. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/922-6699. $$$

taverna kyma—6298 N. Federal Highway. Greek/Mediterranean. Few present Greek cuisine better. Expertly prepared dishes cover the spectrum of Mediterranean cuisine, from cold appetizers (dolmades; grape leaves stuffed with rice and herbs) to hot starters (spanakopita, baked phyllo with spinach and feta cheese) to mouthwatering entrées like lamb shank (slowcooked in a tomato sauce and served on a bed of orzo), massive stuffed peppers or kebobs. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/994-2828. $$ trattoria romana—499 E. Palmetto Park Road. Italian. This local mainstay does Italian classics and its own lengthy list of ambitious may/june 2013


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specials with unusual skill and aplomb. The cozy dining room is a welcome respite from the outside world, and service is at a level not always seen in local eateries. Pay attention to the daily specials, especially if it includes impeccably done langostini oreganata and the restaurant’s signature jumbo shrimp saltimbocca. • Dinner daily. 561/393-6715. $$$

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stylish and sophisticated Mizner Park restaurant applies the steak house formula of classy, clubby ambience, formal service and an extensive wine list to seafood from across the nation, generally with success. Crab is the specialty here and there are myriad versions—stone, Dungeness, Alaskan, soft-shell and more. Crispy soft-shells stuffed with crab and andouille are very good, if served without a drizzle of ketchup-y sauce on top. • Dinner nightly. 561/391-0755. $$$

uncle julio’s—449 Plaza Real, Mizner Park. Mexican. Taking Tex-Mex cuisine gently upscale with better-quality ingredients and more skillful preparation, this colorful eatery offers more than the usual suspects. You can get frog’s legs and quail, as well as beef and chicken fajitas, and one of the only palatable tamales around. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/300-3530. $ uncle tai’s—5250 Town Center Circle. Chinese. In an area with more cookie-cutter Chinese restaurants than cookies, Uncle Tai’s stands out for the elegance of its decor, the professionalism of its service and its careful preparation of familiar and less-familiar dishes. The “specialties” section of the menu has exciting dishes, like the Hunan vegetable pie, finely minced veggies sandwiched between sheets of crispy bean curd skin, and Hunan-style lamb, whose seared and succulent meat shows off the kitchen’s skill in the use of wok qi. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/368-8806. $$$ villagio italian eatery—344 Plaza Real. Italian. The classic Italian comfort food at this Mizner Park establishment is served with flair and great attention to detail. The reasonably priced menu—with generous portions—includes all your favorites (veal Parmesan, Caesar salad) and some outstanding seafood dishes (Maine lobster with shrimp, mussels and clams on linguine). There is a full wine list and ample people-watching given the prime outdoor seating. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561-447-2257. $$

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(all available by the glass) offers a multitude of choices, especially among Italian and California reds. The menu of “Italian tapas” includes tasty breaded and fried artichoke hearts, and ravishing ricotta and fig-stuffed

ravioli with prosciutto, balsamic syrup and brown butter. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/8690030. $

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Italian. On the heartier side of the menu is an appetizer of three giant meatballs in a wellmade San Marzano tomato sauce that could easily serve as an entrée. More delicate fare includes a brilliantly prepared salmon. Do the zabaglione with fresh berries for dessert. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561-750-2120. $$

west boca city fish market—7940 Glades Road. seafood. A multimillion-dollar remodel of the old Pete’s has turned it into an elegant seafood house with a lengthy seafood-friendly wine list, impeccably fresh fish and shellfish cooked with care and little artifice. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. 561/487-1600. $$ phuket thai restaurant —Palms Plaza, 22191 Powerline Road. thai. It’s nothing to look at—just another little restaurant in another west Boca strip shopping center. But appearances can be deceiving; this restaurant serves excellent and authentic Thai cuisine in a cozy and unpretentious atmosphere. • Lunch Mon.– Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/447-8863. $$

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his casual, off-the-beaten-path French café recently moved from its tiny location off southbound Federal Highway north of Atlantic Avenue. That’s a good thing; they are going to need as much room as they can handle. First of all, the location on a quiet street a few blocks north of Atlantic and a couple of blocks east of Pineapple Grove is a welcome respite for those of us who sometimes find the bustle of the Avenue a bit too much. There’s a large covered terrace and plenty of room for inside dining. No traffic, no sidewalk hordes, no stream of Harleys revving up at stoplights. The menu? Also a refreshing change. Breakfast includes omelets, croissants, home-brewed coffee, and breakfast crêpes (sweet and savory) with devilish add-ons like béchamel sauce, prosciutto and crème fraîche. Do not get us started. Lunch continues with a wide selection of crêpes, salads and sandwiches. By dinnertime, the café morphs into something called the Swig Wine Bar. This is when things get really interesting as the café ups its game to include a

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cheese-and-salumi board, and small plates ranging from $4 to $17. Menu selections here can be as humble as real pommes frites (french fries to you) and bruschetta to a bresaola carpaccio or a chicken Francese. Whether you are coming here for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can expect light, flavorful dishes with a deft touch and the slightest French accent. And quiet enough for a lunch meeting or a brunch with friends. No glitz, no buzz, just a great little spot to reconnect with a companion and while away a well-done meal. —MarIe speed

Our picks ■ Ham and four-blend cheese breakfast crêpe ■ The Stella Nutella crêpe ■ The Croque Monsieur sandwich (French ham and cheese on toasted country bread topped with a béchamel sauce) ■ Red snapper ceviche ■ Wild salmon carpaccio (thinly sliced fresh wild salmon, with extra virgin olive oil, aged balsamic vinegar, and served with potatoes)

tempura house —9858 Clint Moore Road, #C-112. Japanese, asian. Dark wood, rice paper and tiles fill the space. An appetizer portion of Age Natsu, fried eggplant, is a consummate Japanese delicacy. Don’t miss the ITET roll with shrimp tempura and avocado, topped with spicy mayo, tempura flakes and eel sauce. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/883-6088. $$ villa rosano—9858 Clint Moore Road. Italian. You can be forgiven for imagining yourself in some rustic Italian hill town as the smells of garlic and tomato sauce waft through the air. Start by sopping up the house olive oil with slices of crusty bread, then move on to a stellar version of clams Guazzetto and delicate fillets of sole done a la Francese. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner daily. 561/470-0112. $$

boynton beach bar louie —1500 Gateway Blvd. eclectic. Attempting to split the difference between happening bar and American café, Bar Louie mostly succeeds, offering burgers, pizzas, fish tacos and a variety of salads, all at moderate prices and in truly daunting portions. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/853-0090. $ china dumpling—1899-5 N. Congress Ave. chinese. The dim sum basket is an absolute may/june 2013


prime catch—700 E. Woolbright Road. Seafood. Simple pleasures soar—full-belly clams, fried sweet and crispy, or 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. $$

restaurants seem to be constantly shouting their own praises, Nick Morfogen and 32 East go quietly about their way of serving thoughtfully conceived, finely crafted dishes with a minimum of fuss and artifice. The menu changes daily, but recent examples of Morfogen’s culinary expertise include plump scallops given an elegant bouillabaisse treatment and fork-tender venison with a terrific Asiago-fig risotto. When the food is this good, you don’t need to shout. • Dinner daily. 561/276-7868. $$$

75 main—270 E. Atlantic Ave. contemporary american. After a rocky start, this Atlantic Avenue sibling of Zach Erdem’s celebrity magnet Southampton parent is the equal of any restaurant in town, thanks mostly to the work of chefturned-restaurant doctor Mark Militello. The food is less about breaking new culinary ground than being really delicious—whether grilled artichoke with frothy lemon beurre blanc, immaculately fresh tuna tartare, or salmon with a subtly tart-sweet balsamic-honey glaze. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/243-7975. $$$

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atlantic grille —1000 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood-contemporary american. This posh restaurant in the luxurious Seagate Hotel & Spa mines quality ingredients for maximum flavor. A light, chunky gazpacho with soothing cucumber cream is perfect warm-weather dining. It’s also hard to resist the gum-tender meat ringed by a silken potato purée. The butterscotch-white chocolate bread pudding with rum crème anglaise (an occasional special) is pure wickedness. • Lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/665-4900. $$

must-try. A choice of signature steamed dumplings are likewise spot on. The steak kew is delicious, and the clay pot casseroles are enticing. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/737-2782. $

Japanese. 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. $$

delray beach 32 east —32 E. Atlantic Ave. contemporary american. At a time when chefs and

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 duck confit egg rolls and well-executed potatocrusted grouper. The cinnamon-dusted beignets are puffs of amazingly delicate deep-fried air and should not under any circumstances be missed. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner daily. Brunch Sun. 561/278-3364. $$

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buddha sky bar—217 E. Atlantic Ave. pan Asian. Don’t miss a meal at this stylish Asiameets-industrial chic spot with a view of the Delray skyline. Chinese-influenced dim sum is inspired, while rock shrimp tempura and Wagyu tenderloin 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 daily. 561/450-7557. $$

cabana el rey—105 E. Atlantic Ave. Cuban tropical. Little Havana is alive and well in Delray Beach. The menu is a palette-pleasing travelogue. Mariquitas (fried banana chips) are a tasty way to start your meal. For dinner, seafood paella is a winner, with mussels, shrimp, conch, octopus, scallops and clams. And the churrasco is terrific. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/2749090. $$

caffé luna rosa—34 S. Ocean Blvd. Italian. This favorite is always lively, and alfresco dining is the preferred mode. Entrée choices

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are enticing, but we went with the penne alla vodka with pancetta, tomato and basil. Also delicious was the costoletta di vitello, a center-cut 14-ounce veal chop lightly breaded and served either Milanese or parmigiana. For dessert, you can’t go wrong with the cheesecake imported from the Carnegie Deli. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/2749404. $$

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Italian. A welcoming staff, familiar Italian dishes done right and moderate prices define this cozy spot with a spacious outdoor patio. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/279-7371. $$

Italian. Don’t go expecting the tired old “Italian” culinary clichés at Angelo Elia’s wickedly stylish trattoria. Instead, open your palate to more authentic and exciting Roman-style cuisine, like roasted veal bone marrow with brisk caper-parsley pesto, creamy-dreamy burrata with roasted fava beans and watercress salad, the classic tonnarelli cacio e pepe (“cheese and pepper”) and the best gelato this side of a real Roman trattoria. • Dinner daily. 561/330-1237. $$

city oyster—213 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. This stylish mainstay of Big Time Restaurant Group serves up reasonably priced seafood that never disappoints, such as crab-stuffed shrimp with jalapeño cheddar grits, bacon, shiitake mushrooms and warm vinaigrette. • Lunch Mon.–Sun. Dinner nightly. Outdoor dining. 561/272-0220. $$

Bike here or bring your boat (wellbehaved dogs are also welcome) for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but the café is closed on Tuesdays. (The Sunset Menu, Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., is a great value.) You can expect excellent fish tacos and burgers, but dinner items are way more ambitious, ranging from fresh mahi and chicken picatta to scallops, skirt steak and shrimp capellini. There are good wines by the glass and a nice beer selection. As many of us know, nothing in Lighthouse Point is that easy to find, with all those curvy canals and bridges, but the Nauti Dawg is worth a few wrong turns; it’s the very best thing we’ve found for a Florida Sunday kind of afternoon this side of Islamorada. You can thank us later. —MArIe Speed

Music Too The Nauti Dawg makes the mood even better with the following entertainment. Call ahead for exact times, as the schedule varies. Live music: Sun., Wed., Fri., 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. steeL band: Sat., 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Steak house. Hipper decor, a more casual vibe and an inventive take on steak-house 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 wetaged beef is appropriately tender and tasty. • Dinner daily. 561/272-9898. $$$

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 steallar flatbreads, the thick and juicy 10-ounce special blend burger or homey apple cobbler. And the waterfront location just seems to make everything taste better. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Brunch Sat.–Sun. Dinner daily. 561/665-8484. $

fifth avenue grill—821 S. Federal Highway. American. Since 1989, this upscale tavern has been a Delray favorite. The straightforward menu focuses on entrées, especially the famed Allen Brothers beef; choose from numerous cuts and preparations—and add a lobster tail for good measure. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/265-0122. $$ gol! the taste of brazil—411 E. Atlantic Ave. Steak house. The classic churrascaria formula—grilled meats, served until you can’t eat another bite—is done efficiently and quite satisfyingly. Start off at the well-provisioned salad bar, which offers more than three dozen preludes to meat eating, among them wellmade calamari and ham salads, and rich and delightfully old-fashioned four-cheese chicken. Meats with a bit of fat are the best choices, especially the garlicky sirloin, slices of mediumrare flank steak and hugely flavorful beef ribs. • Dinner daily. 561/272-6565. $$

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Greek. Flaky, overstuffed spanikopita and light and delicate beef meatballs should be at the top of your appetizer list, and though entrées don’t always reach those heights, both a long-braised lamb shank and grilled whole snapper are certainly satisfying. And the baklava is great. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/266-8976. $

henry’s—16850 Jog Road. American. This casual, unpretentious restaurant from Burt Rapoport in the west part of town never fails to delight diners. Expect attentive service and crisp execution of everything—from meat loaf, burgers and fried chicken to flatbreads and hefty composed salads. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/638-1949. $$

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

il girasole—1911 S. Federal Highway. Northern Italian. This South Florida classic is not trendy, but it offers a level of comfort and consistency that has been bringing people back for 30 years. The food is fine hearty Italian, with excellent service. Try the veal Kristy or the frogs legs. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/272-3566. $$ j&j seafood bar & grill—634 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. This local favorite on the Avenue—owned by John Hutchinson (also the chef) and wife Tina—serves up everything from burgers and wraps to a menu brimming with seafood options. Don’t forget to inquire about the stunning array of 10 specials—every night. • Lunch and dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/272-3390. $$ jimmy’s bistro—9 S. Swinton Ave. Eclectic. Best bets are a lovely salad of ripe tomatoes and fresh, milky house-made mozzarella; a rich, elegant version of lusty Cajun etouffee; and caramelized bananas in puff pastry with silken vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. • Dinner daily. 561/865-5774. $$ la cigale —253 S.E. Fifth Ave. Mediterranean. True professionals turn out gently updated and classically oriented dishes notable for the quality of their ingredients and careful preparation. Sweetbreads in chanterelle cream sauce are glorious; a barely grilled arti-

choke with mustardy remoulade is gloriously simple. Watching your server skillfully debone an impeccably fresh Dover sole is almost as satisfying as eating it. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/265-0600. $$

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). $

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max’s harvest—169 N.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. Dennis Max, instrumental in bringing the chef and ingredientdriven ethos of California cuisine to South Florida in the 1980s, is again at the forefront of the fresh, local, seasonal culinary movement. Max’s Harvest soars with dishes like plump Cedar Key clams with house-made tasso, savory bourbon-maple glazed pork belly, and crispyskinned wild sockeye salmon with yuzu-truffle vinaigrette. • Dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/381-9970. $$

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. $$

park tavern—9 S.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. The guys from Cut 432 have done it again with this hip, casual modern American tavern. The menu is tightly focused and tightly executed, whether Maryland crab cake featuring fat chunks of succulent crab or crisply sautéed pork belly with apricot mostarda. Don’t miss the behemoth slab of tender, juicy prime rib for a near-saintly $29. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/265-5093. $$

prime—110 E. Atlantic Ave. Steak/Seafood.

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especially plump, crabby Maryland-style crab cakes and indecently luscious chocolate bread pudding. Service is a strong suit too, so with a bit of work this good-looking restaurant will fully live up to its name. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/865-5845. $$$

sundy house—106 S. Swinton Ave. Contemporary American. “Top Chef” Lindsay Autry and pastry chef Sarah Sype have transformed the Sundy House menu into a “soulful” blend of Mediterranean flavors and Southern comfort food—served in arguably the most beautiful restaurant and gardens in Delray. Menus are seasonal and imaginative. Try the crispy whole branzini, the roasted bone marrow

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s Fuku good fortune or a dirty word? If you’re in the mood for a fun, stylish, moderately priced, contemporary pan-Asian restaurant that hits all the trendy culinary bases, it’s fortunate indeed. If you’re a state bureaucrat with sex on the brain, it’s naughty, naughty, naughty. For the record, this “fuku” means “good fortune” in Japanese. It’s a chic little space—long and narrow, with a giant Buddha at the entrance, sushi bar in back, liquor bar to one side, long communal table and distinctive zebrawood booths. The menu ranges all over Asia, from classic Chinese stirfries to wacky-maki sushi to various takes on Thai, Vietnamese and Indonesian dishes. Among the better efforts are a generous serving of tempura rock shrimp tossed with a mildly spicy mayonnaise-like sauce and a special of thin-sliced raw scallops that you dip in shoyu and then cook tableside on a sizzling-hot river rock. Skip the charred and tasteless “Saigon meatballs,” and try the Indonesian gado-gado salad, a mélange of crispy vegetables with a sweetish peanut sauce. And watch your language. —BILL CItArA

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or any of the fresh local fish dishes. • Lunch Tues.–Sat. Brunch Sun. Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/272-5678. $$

tramonti—119 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. With its roots in New York’s Angelo’s of Mulberry Street, this venue is always packed. Homemade stuffed manicotti is aromatic and glorious. Tramonti’s platter for two, containing fillet marsala, veal cutlet with prosciutto, fried zucchini and potato croquettes, is terrific. • Dinner daily. 561/272-1944. $$ tryst—4 E. Atlantic Ave. Eclectic. It’s tough to beat this hotspot with the lovely outdoor patio, well-chosen selection of artisan beers and not-the-usual-suspect wines, and an eclectic “gastropub” menu of small and large plates. Try the crisp-fried rock shrimp with chipotlemayonnaise sauce. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/921-0201. $$

paradiso ristorante—625 Lucerne Ave. Italian. A Tomasz Rut mural dominates the main dining room, and there is also a pasticceria and bar for gelato and espresso. Chef Angelo Romano offers a modern Italian menu. The Mediterranean sea bass branzino is definitely a must-try. Plus, the wine list is a veritable tome. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/547-2500. $$$

safire asian fusion—817 Lake Ave. PanAsian. This stylish little restaurant offers food that gently marries East and West, plus a roster of more traditional Thai dishes and inventive sushi rolls. Menu standouts include tempura-fried rock shrimp or calamari cloaked with a lushfiery “spicy cream sauce.” Expect neighborly service and reasonable prices. • Lunch Tues.–Fri. Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/588-7768. $

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union—8 E. Atlantic Ave. Pan-Asian. This purveyor of “Asian comfort food” has brought in wacky-maki expert Candyfish Gourmet Sushi as a restaurant-within-a-restaurant. Saltand-pepper calamari, pot stickers with panang curry sauce and “volcano” chicken wings are well-prepared. Candyfish’s sushi rolls blend all manner of fish and shellfish with cream cheese, fruits and veggies. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/330-4236. $$

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vic & angelo’s—290 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. God is in the details at this upscale trattoria, and He doesn’t miss much, including stellar service and an outstanding wine menu. Ingredients like Buffalo mozzarella, housemade pastas and San Marzano tomatoes are first-rate, and execution is spot on. Try the “Old School” meatball to start, the whole-wheat tagliatelle with garlic and chili-infused olive oil and the perfectly cooked veal chop. Portions are substantial. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/278-9570. $$$

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LAkE worth couco pazzo—915-917 Lake Ave. Italian. Despite the name, there’s nothing crazy about the cooking at this homey eatery. It’s the hearty, soul-satisfying Italian cuisine we’ve all come to know and love. Spaghetti Bolognese is a fine version of a Northern Italian classic; house-smoked mozzarella—breaded, fried and presented with a tangy tomato-basil fondue—is equally tasty. • Dinner nightly. (Tues.–Sun. during summer). 561/585-0320. $$

Seafood. If you’re hungry for Maine lobster, plucked live out of giant tanks and cooked to order, this modest replica of a 1920s train station is the place to go. Lobsters come in all sizes (up to 8 pounds) and are so reasonably priced that getting a taste of one without reservations is highly unlikely. • Dinner nightly. 561/547-9487. (Other location: 1544 S.E. Third Court, Deerfield Beach, 954/420-9314) $$$

bice—313 Worth Ave. Italian. Bice continues to hold the title of favorite spot on the island for the see-and-be-seen crowd. The venerable restaurant offers a marvelous array of risottos and fresh pastas and classic dishes like veal chop Milanese, sautéed chicken breast and stuffed 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). But they’re all good. Dinner daily. 561/833-3450. $$ café boulud—The Brazilian Court, 301 may/june 2013


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 (not available during summer), the elegant lounge or the sophisticated dining room. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/655-6060. $$$

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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. $$$

cha cha’s —150 Worth Ave. Latin/Tapas. A variety of small plates, from Mexican tacos and Argentine empanadas to Spanish potatoes make up the menu of this elegant yet casual pan-Latin eatery. The best dishes— crusty-creamy papas bravas, savory shrimp and scallion crêpe, buttery cauliflower and fennel gratin, and indecently luscious dulce de leche pot du crème—will make your taste buds do a happy dance. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/833-8800. $$

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cucina dell’ arte—257 Royal Poinciana Way. Italian. The wide range of items on the menu and the great quality of Cucina’s cuisine, combined with its fine service, ensures a fun place for a casual yet delectable meal—not to mention being a vantage point for spotting local celebs. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Outdoor dining. 561/655-0770. $$

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Mongolian beef tenderloin is perfection. Sake list is also tops. This offsite property of The Breakers is managed with the same flawlessness as the resort. • Dinner nightly (during season). 561/802-4222. $$$

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. The mille-crêpe cake is 20 layers of lacy, mango-sauced goodness. • Dinner daily. 561/833-5522. $$ leopard lounge and restaurant — The Chesterfield Palm Beach, 363 Cocoanut Row. American. The restaurant offers excellent food in a glamorous and intimate club-like atmosphere. In fact, it’s advisable to make early reservations if a quiet dinner is the objective; the place becomes a late-night cocktail spot after 9. The menu is equally decadent. • Breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner daily. 561/659-5800. $$

nick & johnnie’s—207 Royal Poinciana Way. Contemporary American. Expect flavorful, moderately priced California-esque cuisine in a casual setting with affordable wines and young, energetic servers. Try the short-rib or jerk chicken quesadillas as appetizers, and don’t miss the four-cheese tortellini as a main course. • Lunch and dinner Mon.–Sat. Breakfast Sun. 561/655-3319. $$

renato’s —87 Via Mizner. Italian with con-

tinental 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-honeyglazed salmon fillet with crab and corn flan. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/6559752. $$$

the restaurant — Four Seasons Resort, 2800 South Ocean Blvd. Contemporary American. With casual, yet refined ambience, this is the premier dining venue at Four Seasons Palm Beach. Savor fresh Atlantic seafood in a contemporary setting complemented by innovative cocktails. Don’t miss the mouthwatering dessert selections. Live entertainment on Saturday nights. • Dinner Mon.–Sun. 561/533-3750. $$$$

ta-boó —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. Maitre d’ Carla Minervini is your entrée to a warm experience, complemented by a stately but comfortable room and excellent food. We love the crispy fillet of herb-crusted sole in a rich, buttery sauce and the veal scallopini in a lemon caper Chardonnay sauce. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/833-3883. $$$

pAlm beACh gArdens cabo flats—11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave. mexican. Mexican cuisine often has more personas than Madonna. This highly stylized cantina adds another—that of California’s Chicano culture. All your favorite Mexican dishes are there, as well as enormous margaritas, but also niftier items like the terrific tuna ceviche in “tomatillo broth.” • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/624-0024. $ café chardonnay—4533 PGA Blvd. Contemporary American. This longtime stalwart never rests on its laurels. Instead, it continues to dish finely crafted American/Continental fare with enough inventiveness to keep things interesting. The popular herb-and-Dijon-mustard rack of lamb, regular menu items like duck with Grand Marnier sauce, and always superlative specials reveal a kitchen with solid grounding in culinary fundamentals. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. 561/627-2662. $$ WellIngTOn pangea bistro—10140 W. Forest Hill Blvd. Contemporary American. Add culinary influences from the tropics, Europe, Asia and Latin America to a trio of chefs from the Four Seasons Palm Beach, plus one Venezuelan designer-turned-restaurateur, and the result is this smartly modern bistro that’s bringing a real sense of gastronomic adventure to Wellington. Every dish sports an element that will tickle your taste buds, whether crunchy Asian slaw on ahi poke flatbread or beguiling lemongrass-kaffir lime vinaigrette with a slab of various blackened fish. • Lunch and dinner Mon.–Sat. (Dinner only during summer months) 561/793-9394. $$ WesT pAlm beACh

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b.b. king’s blues club—550 S. Rosemary

si CeviChe: Falcon House may have flown the coop, but the historic space a block up from East Atlantic Avenue in Delray is no empty nest. Now sitting pretty is Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant (116 N.E. Sixth Ave., 561/894-8599), the sixth Spanish restaurant in the Florida-based chain. With a menu longer than a Friday evening traffic jam on I-95, Ceviche covers just about every Spanish culinary base there is. Think more than 80 different tapas, from classics like tortilla Espanola, gambas al ajillo, pan con tomate and albondigas to more multicultural offerings like babaganoush, smoked salmon and seared-rare tuna salad. But wait, there’s more! Like six types of ceviche, four paellas, cazuela and zarzuela, and desserts like crema Catalana and chocolate mousse trio. —bIll CITArA

Ave. American. The restaurant at this club-dining spot won’t leave you singing the blues, but it will leave you wishing for more than a spoonful of the lusty flavors of its Southern/New Orleans cuisine. Punch up the flavors of pan-fried catfish and shrimp with jambalaya sauce and chickenfried chicken on a bed of mac ’n’ cheese, and you could let the good times roll. Buffalo wings, fried pickle chips and luscious banana bread pudding are good bets. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/420-8600. $

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flavors, this colorful restaurant is a treat for the palette and palate. Must-orders include mariquitas, thin, crispy plantain slices that are the irresistible Cuban answer to potato chips; cookbook-perfect ceviche of shrimp, octopus and calamari that shows how chili heat can be both fiery and subtle; and the signature “Coco Cabana,” a habanero and coconut milk-infused curry with a wealth of veggies, tubers and fat, succulent shrimp. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/833-4773. $$

café centro —2409 N. Dixie Highway. Italian. There are many things to like about this modest little osteria—the unpretentious ambience, piano nightly after 7 p.m., the fine service, the robust portions and relatively modest prices. And, of course, the simple, satisfying Italian cuisine. The kitchen breathes new life into hoary old fried calamari, gives fettucine con pollo a surprisingly delicate herbed cream sauce, gilds snowy fillets of grouper with a soulful Livornese. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner daily. 561/514-4070. $$

china beach bistro —409 Northwood Road. Chinese. South Florida may not be a hotbed of fine Chinese cuisine, but anyone who loves the incredibly diverse, sophisticated food of the Middle Kingdom should be fired up about this chic restaurant. From exquisite dim sum (like steamed chicken and mushroom dumplings perfumed with kaffir lime leaf) to a superb version of Peking duck with impossibly crisp skin, tender meat and house-made pancakes, the food here is a revelation. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/833-4242. $

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. Take your Turkish coffee to the patio for an arguileh (water pipe) experience. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sun. 561/659-7373. $$

marcello’s la sirena—6316 S. Dixie Highway. Italian. You’re in for a treat if the pasta of the day is prepared with what might be the best Bolognese sauce ever. Another top choice is the chicken breast, pounded thin and filled with fontina and prosciutto. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. (closed Memorial Day–Labor Day). 561/585-3128. $$ 156

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pistache—101 N. Clematis St. French. Pistache doesn’t just look like a French bistro, it cooks like one. The menu includes such bistro specialties as mussels mariniere, coq au vin and steak tartare. • Brunch Sat.–Sun. Lunch and dinner daily. 561/833-5090. $$ rhythm café—3800 S. Dixie Highway. Casual American. Once a diner, the interior is eclectic with plenty of kitsch. The crab cakes are famous here, and the tapas are equally delightful. Homemade ice cream and the chocolate chip cookies defy comparison. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/833-3406. $$

rocco’s tacos—224 Clematis St. Mexican. Big Time Restaurant Group has crafted a handsome spot that dishes Mexican favorites, as well as upscale variations on the theme and some 150 tequilas. Tacos feature house-made tortillas and a variety of proteins. Made-to-order guacamole is a good place to start, perhaps followed by a grilled yellowtail (an occasional special) with mango-pineapple salsa. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/650-1001. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, 561/416-2133; 5090 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/623-0127) $ top of the point—777 S. Flagler Drive. Contemporary American. The food is not only good but surprisingly adventurous, and the service is exceptional at this Intracoastal spot. Though there are plenty of steaks for the more conservative of palate and edgier offerings, like smoky grilled octopus with “Catalan salad.” • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/832-2424. $$$

browArd county CoCoNUT CrEEK nyy steak—Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 N.W. 40th St. Steak house. The second incarnation of this New York Yankeesthemed restaurant swings for the fences—and connects—with monstrous portions, chic decor and decadent desserts. The signature steaks, dry-aged for 21 days, are a meat lover’s dream; seafood specialties include sautéed sea bass, Maine lobster and Alaskan king crab. Don’t miss the NYY Steak 151 volcano for dessert. • Dinner Mon., Thurs.–Sun. 954/977-6700. $$$$

dEErFIEld bEACh brooks—500 S. Federal Highway. Continental. Brooks remains a reliable source for fine cuisine. Guests may choose from an à la carte menu or the more economical “complete menu,” which includes first course, entrée and dessert and a bottle of wine. There also are plenty of alternatives to seafood, including duck, rib-eye or rack of lamb. • Dinner Wed.– Sun. 954/427-9302. $$$

tamarind asian grill & sushi bar —949 S. Federal Highway. Asian. Quiet and soothing, this multicultural venue serves sushi, sashimi, yakitori and wide-ranging Japanese appetizers, but Tamarind also presents a full menu of Thai classics and a sake lounge. Try the complex masaman curry. Finish with the red bean or green tea ice cream. • Lunch and dinner daily. 954/428-8009. $$

ForT lAUdErdAlE 15th street fisheries—1900 S.E. 15th St. Seafood. Surrounded by views of the Intracoastal, this Old Florida-style restaurant features seafood and selections for land lovers. Entrées come with soup, salad, a sorbet course and fresh breads. We love the prime rib. • Lunch and dinner daily. 954/763-2777. $$

3030 ocean—Harbor Beach Marriott Resort, 3030 Holiday Drive. American. The menu is heavy on seafood and changes several times a week. We recommend the sautéed Florida red snapper or the indulgent butter-roasted Maine lobster. For dessert, try the popular roasted banana crème brûlée. • Dinner nightly. 954/765-3030. $$$

bistro 17—Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Hotel, 1617 S.E. 17th St. Contemporary American. This small, sophisticated restaurant continues to impress with competently presented food. The menu is surprisingly diverse, with everything from seafood chowder, burgers and pizza to cherry-glazed breast of duck. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 954/626-1701. $$

bistro mezzaluna—1821 S.E. 10th St. Italian. The bistro is all Euro-chic decor—mod lighting, abstract paintings. It also has good food, from pastas to steaks and chops and a wide range of fresh seasonal fish and seafood. Don’t forget the phenomenal wine list. • Lunch and dinner daily. 954/522-6620. $$ may/june 2013


bongusto ristorante —5640 N. Federal Highway. Italian. This is a well-kept secret, featuring dishes that will meet the standards of those who savor authentic Italian. Mussels with scallions, garlic and heavy cream sauce is an appetizer highlight. Involtini capricciosi—tender-rolled veal stuffed with spinach, prosciutto and fontina cheese—is equally satiating, while the yellowtail snapper oreganatta melts in your mouth. • Dinner Tues.– Sat. 954/771-9635. $$ by word of mouth—3200 N.E. 12th Ave. Eclectic. It’s not just the words from the mouths of satisfied customers that make this obscurely located restaurant so consistently popular; it’s the homey, satisfying food that goes into those mouths. The menu changes, but you can always count on home cooking with a gourmet spin, like pork tenderloin with raspberry jalapeno sauce, or coconut-crusted snapper. Go all out with any of a dozen or so unique and decadent desserts, cakes and pies. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Wed.–Sat. 954/564-3663. $$

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café martorano —3343 E. Oakland Park Blvd. Italian. Standouts include crispy calamari in marinara sauce, tender meatballs and sweet-buttery scampi with huge shrimp, followed by intensely flavorful veal osso buco. Our conclusion: explosive flavor, attention to all the details and fresh, high-quality ingredients. Waiters whisper the night’s specials as if they’re family secrets. • Dinner daily. 954/5612554. $$ café sharaku—2736 N. Federal Highway. Fusion. This Japanese-French restaurant features sophisticated offerings, from an ethereal bay scallop soufflé with an unctuous sauce Americaine to roasted duck breast with a divine port-foie gras sauce. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 954/563-2888. $$ canyon—1818 E. Sunrise Blvd. Southwestern. Billed as a Southwestern café, this twist on regional American cuisine offers great meat, poultry and fish dishes with distinctive mixes of lime, cactus and chili peppers in a subtle blend of spices. The adobe ambience is warm

and welcoming, with a candlelit glow. • Dinner nightly. 954/765-1950. $$

casablanca café—3049 Alhambra St. American, Mediterranean. The restaurant has an “Arabian Nights” feel, with strong Mediterranean influences. Try the peppercorn-dusted filet mignon with potato croquette, Gorgonzola sauce and roasted pepper and Granny Smith relish. • Lunch and dinner daily. Outdoor dining. 954/764-3500. $$ casa d’angelo —1201 N. Federal Highway. Italian. Many dishes are specials—gnocchi, risotto and scaloppine. The veal chop is grilled and blanketed in a thick layer of Gorgonzola. A delightful pasta entrée is the pappardelle con porcini: thick strips of fresh pasta coated in a light red sauce and bursting with slices of porcini mushrooms. • Dinner nightly. 954/564-1234. $$ see our complete tricounty dining guide at bocamag.com.

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OurTown celebrating people from all walks of life who make our community proud

Hear and nOw First-time children’s book author Wendy Kupfer is raising the self-esteem of deaf and hard-of-hearing youngsters through the pages of Let’s Hear It For Almigal—in much the same way that her own daughter, Ali, diagnosed at 10 months with severe hearing loss, always has inspired her mom and those around her.

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The 30-Minute Interview Wendy Kupfer

Here’s what we learned about Wendy Kupfer, children’s book author, during a half-hour conversation with Boca Raton. [ 1 ] Kupfer was 24 when her daughter, Ali, was born prematurely—and with complications. Among them: a virus that left her with severe hearing loss in both ears, a condition that wasn’t properly diagnosed (one doctor told Kupfer that her daughter was mentally challenged) until she was 10 months. “I know how it feels when a doctor gives you a diagnosis like that—it creates a lifelong challenge,” Kupfer says. “But, as a parent, you need to be that No. 1 advocate for your child.”

[ 2 ] Fast forward more than three decades. Kupfer had retired after a career in financial services when she received a call from Thomas Balkany, director of the University of Miami Ear Institute and a pioneer in the field of cochlear implants. Balkany, who performed Ali’s cochlear implants when she was 29, asked for Kupfer’s help with fundraising. She worked with him for about a year, but the experience of seeing so many toddlers with hearing loss sparked an idea.

[ 3 ] “There were all these wonderful children’s books that dealt with various issues, but not one featuring a child wearing a hearing aid [which Ali did in both ears prior to the cochlear implants],” Kupfer says.

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[ 4 ] Thus began the process that would culminate in the 2012 release of Let’s Hear It For Almigal, the story of a young girl with a hearing aid “who feels unlucky because she can’t hear everything she wants to hear”— but who ultimately discovers a solution. The lead character is not only based on Ali but pulls directly from her childhood—like the time she fell into a pool with her hearing aids and Kupfer frantically tried to salvage the devices with a hairdryer.

[ 5 ] In many ways, it’s also Kupfer’s tribute to a confident, driven daughter who thrived in both mainstream situations (Ali attended Spanish River High School in Boca) and in the deaf community. Ali, who works for the Jewish Social Service Agency in Rockville, Md., earned her master’s degree at Gallaudet University, a renowned liberal arts college in Washington, D.C., for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. “My daughter has always been the type of person who just happened to be hard of hearing,” says Kupfer, who plans to continue the Almigal series. “It never defined her.”

fitness without a fee PriCe: Free where: Sanborn Square (72 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561/393-7040) what’s the deal? Every Saturday in June, starting at 9 a.m., the city of Boca is hosting free fitness classes. Enjoy yoga at Sanborn Square—or break a sweat doing Zumba, at 10:30 a.m., at South Beach Pavilion (Palmetto Park Road and A1A).

sunday Movie Madness PriCe: $1 where: Sugar Sand Park Community Center (300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton, 561/347-3900) what’s the deal? On May 12, grab the kids, grandkids or significant other who acts like a kid, and enjoy “Kung Fu Panda.” The movie begins at 11 a.m. The pocket change price includes popcorn and drink. Seating is limited so please call in advance.

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Kupfer donates 5 percent of all sales from Let’s Hear It For Almigal to organizations involved with deaf children, including the Florida chapter of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. To purchase the book, visit almigal.com.

CoMMunity Cabaret PriCe: $5 where: Willow Theatre (300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton, 561/347-3948) what’s the deal? Twenty singers, dancers and comedians will have five minutes May 15 to perform on the Willow Theatre stage. Early registration, which began in April, is required. Tickets go on sale one week prior to the show.

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Next Generation

Trevor Wexner

An inventive senior at Saint Andrew’s takes his novel idea to the next level.

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hark Tank” isn’t part of the academic curriculum at Saint Andrew’s School. But that hasn’t stopped senior Trevor Wexner from borrowing a page from the ABC show for his own educational—and entrepreneurial—purposes. The son of Steven Wexner (a colorectal surgeon at Cleveland Clinic in Weston) and Pamela Rosen (a plastic surgeon based in Coral Springs) has filed six provisional patent applications over the past four years for innovative ideas in arenas ranging from engineering to airline travel. Provisional applications through The United States Patent and Trademark Office last one full year, giving an inventor time to further explore the legitimacy of an idea, seek funding and take the next (and more complex) steps in the patent process. Wexner, who says he was the type of child who “took my toys apart and tried to put them back together,” let his first five provisional efforts expire. However, his most recent concept may have staying power. At least one major company has expressed interest in an idea that came to the 18-year-old following a jammed finger he suffered playing baseball. “Once a problem pops in my head, I’ll try and solve it,” Wexner says. “In this case, I was trying to ice my injury and drive at the same time. So I started thinking about how to secure a small ice pack to a finger.” As he always does when such an idea consumes him, Wexner hit the Web to find out if a solution already existed. He then conceptualized an answer to his problem—an apparatus resembling

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a fabric knee brace, reduced to finger size, that contains a miniature frozen gel pack. “You’d think that such a small gel pack wouldn’t stay cold,” says Wexner, whose father has been involved in several medical patents. “But I remembered from my sophomore chemistry class that if you add a solute like magnesium chloride to the pack, you can lower the freezing point. If you do that, the gel stays cold longer.” Wexner tested his principle by creating a makeshift device using everything from an insulated water bottle to mesh from his school backpack to rock salt. It worked. “I thought right away that this was something that might be in high demand because of all the finger injuries [in sports].” As he plays the waiting game regarding his mini-pack, Wexner has much to which to look forward. He’s been accepted at the University of Pennsylvania, where he plans to study biomedical engineering or biophysics and business. But he hopes to have more on his freshman plate than the demands of an Ivy League school. “I’m very confident about this [patent],” he says.

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OurTown boca by the numbers

Here are some of the figures connected to stories in this issue of Boca Raton. (Go to the page in parentheses for more on this topic.)

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2,487

According to 2011 U.S. Census Bureau statistics, this is the population of Monticello, Fla.—some 27 miles east of Tallahassee and the hometown of Channel 12 news anchor Suzanne Boyd. (page 88)

According to Classic Poetry Aloud, the most downloaded poem between May 15, 2007 and March 21, 2008— thus making it the “world’s most popular poem”—was “She Walks in Beauty,” written in 1814 by Lord Byron. (page 63)

$162 milliOn

The director of SQAD, a media cost data provider, was quoted in 2012 as saying that “The Real Housewives” franchise generated between $35.6 million and $162 million in combined ad sales for Bravo during its 2010 and 2011 seasons. (page 124)

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The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County allocates funding for more than 25 local, regional, national and international programs/agencies that benefit the Jewish community— from Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service and the Shirley H. Gould House in Boca to Birthright Israel. (page 90)

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66 feet

This is the suggested distance from which to view one of the last largescale paintings by Salvador Dali, “Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea Which at Twenty Meters Becomes a Portrait of Abraham Lincoln.” The mind-bending double image, completed in 1976, hangs at the Dali museum in St. Petersburg; it’s considered the most reproduced of all of Dali’s masterworks. (page 107)

10 minutes This is the amount of time Boca resident Chris Carrabba says it took to write “Vindicated,” the 2004 Dashboard Confessional song used on the “Spider-Man 2” soundtrack. The hit single, which plays over the final credits in the movie, also appears on the band’s “Dusk and Summer” album. (page 94)

60 milliOn

According to statistics attributed to National Marine Fisheries Service, the United States’ East Coast scallop fleet snags some 60 million pounds of scallop meat—one of the ingredients in zarzuela—per year. (page 73)

1962

In May of that year, Marvel Comics debuted “The Incredible Hulk.” The alter ego of Bruce Banner— transformed after a close encounter with gamma radiation; and, thereafter, each time Banner grows too angry—was initially drawn with gray skin. In the second issue, creator Stan Lee changed the skin color to The Hulk’s signature green. (page 92)

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Behind the Business

Racks Fish House + Oyster Bar

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he menu at his third Palm Beach County restaurant may stand on its own in terms of unique fare, but Gary Rack couldn’t help but poach at least one tried-and-true recipe before opening the doors to his latest venture. In order to transform the old VFW building in Delray into Racks Fish House + Oyster Bar (5 S.E. Second Ave., 561/450-6718), Rack reassembled a powerhouse team short on Y chromosomes but long on expertise and creativity. As was the case during the development of his Downtown Eatery + Tavern at Mizner Park, Rack called on Karen Hanlon (owner of Karen Hanlon Design), Beverly Raphael (president of the general contracting firm RCC Associates) and Donna Robbins (construction project manager)—along with Rack’s wife and business partner, Videl—and pooled their collective talents. After a nearly two-year process, Rack opened the Fish House in late January to considerable buzz—not to mention a celebrity endorsement. Rack and his all-female super crew spoke to Boca Raton about their journey.

The Big PicTure Gary: We felt there was a void

on Atlantic Avenue for a true fish house/oyster bar. ... We specifically kept the sign off the exterior and covered everything [during construction]. Only a handful of people knew the concept. Beverly: Gary and Videl are unbelievable visionaries, and they communicate that to Karen. We take that vision and Karen’s designs and build it. That’s a true partnership.

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obstacles pushed back the opening by about seven months. Karen: We designed this so it looks like it’s been here for 100 years. We wanted it to be a neighborhood joint; it’s the place where you can hang your hat, a place that will create a loyal clientele—like “Cheers.” ... You almost feel like you’re in an urban, northern city. Gary: We’ve had customers— and other restaurateurs—from Boston and New York tell us that they feel at home here.

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building [more than 65 years old] was the biggest challenge; we put a lot of structural steel into the building that didn’t originally exist. Gary: We tore down about 90 percent of the building. Working through those

Gary: We cooked this menu for one year [at Racks in Mizner Park]; thousands and thousands of recipes. My wife and our executive chef went up and down the East Coast looking at

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different fish places. We learned a little bit from everybody. viDel: We added ingredients, we took ingredients away—it’s too thick, it’s too thin, it’s too green ... We took ideas and made them our own. Gary: We always have seven or eight local fishes on the menu. We purchased a wood-burning grill, and we feed it with pecan and cherry wood; it gives a tremendous flavor profile to all the different fishes. Karen: One of the challenges is lack of storage; everything has to be freshly delivered. There’s no additional space. Gary: We start prepping at 6 in the morning, and we prep through lunch. Prior to dinner,

From left: Donna Robbins, Gary and Videl Rack, Beverly Raphael and Karen Hanlon

we prep again for the evening run. We call it ocean to table.

The celeBriTy Donna: Gary makes the effort

to recognize people who’ve been here before. When they come in, they feel like they’re part of the operation. viDel: Kevin James came here twice in one week, and he told us this was the greatest place. At other restaurants, he said, people want pictures and autographs; but I was standing near his table watching so that no one bothered him. Gary: I want guests at any one of my restaurants to feel like we opened those doors specifically for them.

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What’s up with the use of rope at Rack’s restaurants? Check out the May/June “Web Extras” at BocamaG.com for the answer.

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Director of Catering, Boca Raton Resort & Club Has lived in BoCa raton

22 years Claim to fame

“I am someone you can trust; I deliver your expectations, I think people probably say about me. ”He’ll take care of it.’”

Words to live By

“Watch your thoughts because they can lead to your attitudes.”

Best reason to read Boca Raton magazine

“It lets me know what’s happening in the community —it really focuses on the local area—and it’s in-depth and more substantial than other publications. I really enjoy it.”

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Country Club Chef Showdown

where: Boca Raton About the event: Some of the area’s top culinary artists squared off at Boca West Country Club during the second installment of this Iron Chef-style showdown to benefit Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation. Boca Raton magazine was a proud sponsor of the event, during which competitors from area country clubs created a signature dish featuring a common ingredient: plantains. Chefs included Zach Bell of Addison Reserve Country Club, Joe Longo of Broken Sound Country Club, Stephen Viggiano of St. Andrews Country Club and Bart Messing of Woodfield Country Club. Bell, a four-time James Beard Award nominee, won for his piono de camarones creation. [ 1 ] Bart Messing, Stephen Viggiano, Zach Bell and Joe Longo

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[ 2 ] Norman Van Aken and Mary Coleman [ 3 ] John and Denise Marino [ 4 ] Stephanie Miskew, Lindsay Autry, Norman Van Aken, Virginia Philip and Marie Speed [ 5 ] Vicki Accardi, Connie Cammarano, Bryan Costanza, Antoinette Matos and Sue Costanza [ 6 ] Eileen Sands, Bob Friedman and Priscilla Polishook

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Where: Boca Raton About the event: The fourth edition of this juried event included world-renowned and top local artists in disciplines ranging from painting and glass to sculpture and mixed-media to jewelry and photography. Downtown Boca Raton presented $1,500 in professional artist awards based on technique/execution, originality and booth appearance.

[ 1 ] Andrew Swan [ 2 ] Russ Schmidt

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YouR Medical School

Where: Boca Raton About the event: Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine’s inaugural “Your Medical School” event was held at the Royal Palm Yacht Club. Honoring Barbara and Dick Schmidt, proceeds of the sold-out event benefited the new medical school’s “Compassionate Care Through Education” scholarship campaign.

[ 3 ] Bonnie and Jon Kaye, Mary Jane Saunders, David J. Bjorkman, Susan Whelchel, Michael T.B. Dennis, and Cynthia and Morton Levitt [ 4 ] Ira and June Gelb, Deanna and Chris Wheeler, Helen Babione and Mary Veccia [ 5 ] Cynthia and Morton Levitt with Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine students

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Where: Aventura About the event: The world-renowned luxury fashion brand opened its newest Maison store at Aventura mall. The two-story store offers Louis Vuitton’s leather goods, ready-to-wear for men and women, shoes, watches, jewelry and purses. Guests learned about the brand’s heritage through live demonstrations showcasing craftsmanship of the trunks and hand-painting techniques.

[ 1 ] Glenn Singer and Lisa Stein [ 2 ] Debra Scholl and Sarah Scholl [ 3 ] Vincent Pages, Joshua Phillips and Nelson Giacometto [ 4 ] Rubin and Leeat Benharrouch [ 5 ] Jackie Soffer, Craig Robins, Valérie Chapoulaud Floquet, Mathieu Le Bozec and Michael Burke

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Fashion on the Field

Where: Palm Beach About the event: International Polo Club Palm Beach paired polo with fashion for its “Fashion on the Field� contest. Judged by entrepreneur and fashion stylist Robin Fleming, women and men showcased their apparel for a chance to win a magnum of Veuve Clicquot.

[ 1 ] Bo Derek [ 2 ] Lauren Szczerbinski [ 3 ] Alicia Dahill, Summer Dauler, Jennifer DuBois, April Chambers and Kristin Wallace [ 4 ] Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Tommy Hutton and Sean Burnett [ 5 ] Adriana de Moura

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Caridad Gala

Where: Palm Beach About the event: Palm Beachers tied a red ribbon around their holiday gift giving at the 12th annual Caridad Center gala at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach. The event raised more than $252,000 in support of the center’s efforts to provide health services to workingpoor families of Palm Beach County.

[ 1 ] Andrew Michael Reid and Natalia Muratov [ 2 ] Richard and Susan Retamar, Judge David French and Dyana Kenny

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Where: Delray Beach About the event: Delray boutique Nina Raynor hosted an afternoon of fashion and fun to benefit Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Go Pink Challenge. English tea sandwiches and desserts were served, along with a selection of wines. Attendees also had an opportunity to see and shop a trunk show by Romona Keveza. The event raised money for breast cancer awareness and treatment.

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Where: Palm Beach About the event: The Palm Beach County Cultural Council’s “Culture and Cocktails” event, hosted at The Colony Hotel Pavilion, attracted more than 200 fashionable fans. The event showcased international designer Iris Apfel and included an interview about her family background, as well as her years as a color consultant to several first ladies.

[ 1 ] Charlotte Pelton, Iris Apfel, Rena Blades [ 2 ] Connie Rudy, Joannie Burner and Mary Anne Webber [ 3 ] Maxine Marks and Donald Ephraim [ 4 ] Deanna Stephanian and Chevelier Leonard DeMaio [ 5 ] Phyllis Verducci, Linda Wartow, Shirley Cown and Bobbi Horwich

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helped us to get to know the students who had survived the disaster. Those folks are remarkable to me. What Was it like playing your songs backed by the lynn philharmonia? I’ve played with orchestras before, and it is fantastic. But the real magic of playing with the orchestra at Lynn is that it is comprised of young men and women who had just lost professors and fellow students to the earthquake, and it was a chance for them to help in the relief effort. What have you been listening to lately? I listened to a lot of Steve Earle over the year. Grouplove was on heavy rotation for me. Bad Books—I’m super-into their last record. And a songwriter from Nashville who’s now in L.A. named Madi Diaz.

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speedbumps [ by marie speed ]

Food for Thought

A whole new bArrAge of diets pAves the wAy for the MeAn seAson.

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t is that time of year when the dark specter of a Macy’s dressing room mirror looms large. When the bathing suit department assumes a malevolent life of its own, a vast sea of leering color—spandex and straps and thongs, foam cups the size of salad bowls. It is beach season, the mean season, the time of year when everyone focuses on diet, to get healthy, to turn their lives inside out for a tankini one size smaller. And this year it’s all about the gluten. I know I should know what gluten is, and I should care about it. It’s all anyone talks about. Last year, I thought if I heard the phrase “fiscal cliff” one more time I was going to jump off it, but that was nothing compared to listening to people standing around at cocktail parties talking about how hard it is to find gluten-free food, how not eating gluten can create miracles, what a better place the world would be without it. In fact, gluten is closing in on sugar in terms of evil—and everyone knows sugar is nothing more than poison in a candy wrapper. We have become a nation of people who are systematically going on arcane diets and weaning themselves off entire food groups, and I simply cannot keep up. I am a Weight Watchers alum, and so what if it took me a year to lose 16 pounds? At least I wasn’t running scared from gluten. I cheated, I lied, I was the Betty Anderson of Weight Watchers, but I could eat a tub of Häagen-Dazs if I wanted to as long as the points worked out. These days, the diets are a whole other matter. You have the Dukan diet, which involves stuffing follow the leader

yourself with steak for two weeks. You have the Swedish Full Fat diet, The Zone, the DeTox diet, the Flat Belly diet, and on and on. A new favorite involves cutting seven things out of your diet for 21 days—things like the dreaded gluten, eggs, peanuts, soy, even corn. From there, you figure out what you are essentially allergic to, and then you do not eat it ever again. Along the way, you lose a thousand pounds and have better sex. I have heard people explain this in detail, and I can never get past the giving up corn part. Corn is about as close to being American as you can get; we’d give up the Second Amendment before we’d give up corn. That’s really where the whole diet thing just loses me; from one year to the next I have no idea what we are supposed to eat. First, we had to lose red meat, MSG, salt and coffee. There was a time whole wheat bread was good, but now it’s bad. Olive oil is not the answer we thought it was, and you can just forget cheese altogether. We are in chaos here; the only constant is that fluorescent light in the Macy’s dressing room, the one that illuminates every ounce of hard-earned cellulite we have. So here it is, bathing suit season, and people are once again facing down demons in their food. Not me, not this year. I know gluten is the new enemy, but I am not going there. So? Keep your tankini and your little string bikini bottoms; I am having a sandwich. With bread. The kind practically quivering with gluten. And I don’t care. One more year in a Miracle Suit is a small price to pay for a BLT now and then. [ bocamag.com ]

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From college question mark to nFl all-Pro, Blair Walsh knoWs aBout overcoming adversity—and his Parents do as Well.

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hen God created humanity he asked for individuals to lead by example, to nurture with unconditional love, to instill core values that would transcend generations. He asked us to have the courage to permit those we love to fail, to have the character to confront adversity and disappointment, to have the wisdom to tolerate eccentricity and to bring the family together under a bond of love and respect for all people. So God made a parent. Blair Walsh’s size-9 cleats are on their way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, a stunning achievement for the 23-yearold place-kicker from Boca Raton, who, just one year earlier, struggled through his most challenging season as a football player. Seeing the potential in his booming right leg, the Minnesota Vikings looked past Walsh’s on-field struggles during his senior year at the University of Georgia and selected him in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL draft. The former standout at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale rewarded the Vikings’ faith with a rookie season for the ages when it comes to kickers. Walsh set NFL records for most field goals of 50 yards or more in a season (connecting on all 10 of his attempts) and highest singleseason field-goal percentage by a rookie (35 of 38, 92.1 percent).* In the country’s richest and most popular sport, the hardworking, 5-foot-10, 190-pounder already has made a huge impact on a sport dominated by behemoths, a testament to the expression, “Good things come in small packages.” Achievers like Blair Walsh just don’t happen. These young men and women are the products of parents who understand their children. Blair’s parents, Joe and Karen Walsh, nurtured their son’s passion, putting it into perspective by patiently and subtly adjusting their child’s emotional gyroscope. They watched him achieve star power in his early college years, followed by a season that tested his mettle. Joe and Karen helped Blair learn then that strength can be gained from defeat. The Walshes are [ by john shuff ] parents of three children; Blair, older brother Ryan (a Harvard grad currently in law school at USC) and daughter Kailey, their youngest and a freshman at Georgia on a golf scholarship. Joe, who for years coached basketball and soccer in the Boca Raton Little Leagues, has been our family dentist for 33 years. Between his successful dental practice and coaching, he was the guy who held the ball for Blair’s practice kicks, and the guy who caddied for his daughter. He wasn’t just “involved” with his kids’ sports interests; he was consumed. He was their teacher, their cheerleader, their unflagging support. Joe Walsh must pinch himself when he reflects on the early

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success of his children, or when he watched Blair representing the NFC at this year’s Pro Bowl in Honolulu. But Joe is also a pragmatist; he knows there are bumps in the road. He vividly remembers how Blair entered his senior year at Georgia as the preseason favorite to win the Lou Groza Award as college football’s top kicker. “It was a year that no one in our family likes to remember, a nightmare,” he says. Blair would miss more field goals

The Walsh family: Blair, Ryan, Kailey, Karen and Joe

(14) in 2011 than during his first three years at Georgia combined (13). Among his misfires were two overtime attempts in a triple-overtime loss to Michigan State at the 2012 Outback Bowl, the culmination of a lousy season, one that could have cost him a shot at the NFL. “Many times we thought he might be over the moon about his success and fame,” Joe says. “But Blair’s senior year is a reminder of what failure and disappointment looks and feels like. Karen and I have always stressed to the kids that the most important things in life are faith, family and hard work. Despite his disappointing year, Blair kept plugging away.” With a smile on his face, this proud dad says, “The secret to success is to find something you love to do—then have the passion for it, and work as hard and as smart as you can. Good things happen. It’s all about hard work and dedication.” So God made a parent. Happy Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. * For more on Walsh’s statistical exploits as a kicker, visit bocamag.com.

may/june 2013


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