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In Bloom

Mounts Botanical Garden lends flower power to our annual fall fashion shoot. Photography By CHELSAE ANNE HORTON


Parking Lot Party

Just in time for football season, we talk tailgating and pigskin with the Miami Dolphins’ most “Finatical” fans. By ALLISON LEWIS


Mysteries of South Florida

Levitating rocks, undead gangsters and ghost pilots? Three tales of high strangeness keep Florida weird. By JOHN THOMASON


Back to School Special

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From anxiety to“affluenza” to finding the perfect daycare, school-year tension is high for students and parents alike. Our experts help defuse the drama. By JENNIFER BISHOP, MICHELLE OLSON-ROGERS and MARIE SPEED

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Departments 28 Editor’s Note

Just when the latest depressing headline makes the editor feel like “Falling Down,” a walk in a park lifts her spirits. By MARIE SPEED

31 The Local

Familiar personalities share favorite Halloween memories, a charter boat captain dispenses reel-world advice, and much more. 40: Dress Code: From ‘70s footwear to ‘90s-style chokers, fall’s hottest attire re-imagines nostalgia. 56: City Watch: What happens when the rubber of politics meets the road of governance?

67 The Biz

A numbers cruncher makes debtfree college a reality for hardworking students, a beloved Boynton Beach free clinic expands its reach, and an entrepreneur shines a lantern on Delray’s haunted history. By GARY GREENBERG and JOHN THOMASON

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The Anti-Gym offers an off-the-wall workout, and a modern apothecary bottles all-natural remedies. Plus, as 5K season sprints into high gear, a medical marathon man never runs out of advice.





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82 The Boca Interview

Boca magazine highlights its partners with a series of fun events.

63 Home

An interior designer dishes on splurge-worthy redesigns—but cautions us against furnishing faux pas. By JENNIFER KNOWLES

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Continuing his controversial legacy on the collegiate and NFL sidelines, head coach Lane Kiffin touches down at FAU, where he hopes to pivot the struggling football program. By ALLISON LEWIS

119 Backstage Pass

On the eve of his most ambitious event yet, the creative director of G-Star School’s X-Scream Halloween deconstructs the science and psychology behind a good fright night. By JOHN THOMASON

127 Dining Guide

Our review-driven guide to the finest dining in South Florida spotlights Ditmas, Temper Grille and Jimmy’s Bistro. Plus, Louie Bossi’s namesake chef retraces his culinary roots. Reviews by LYNN KALBER

161 The Scene

The members of Impact 100 celebrated a record-breaking year in style, a Dreamgirl raised more than $1 million for charity, and more. By SHAYNA TANEN

176 My Turn

With national student debt exceeding $1 trillion, it’s long past time to rethink higher education—and consider its helpful alternatives.

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Check out these bonus items unique to bocamag. com, stories in our September/October issue and events in our area this fall: CITY WATCH: Want to know what’s happening in your community? Randy Schultz provides the scoop about Boca and beyond. His columns run on the website Tuesdays and Thursdays under the “Community/City Watch” tab. YOUR WEEK AHEAD: Each Monday, veteran A&E writer John Thomason publishes a list of the best events from Miami to Palm Beach to ensure you never have a dull moment. Find his weekly picks at


MAKEOVER MAMMA: Beauty tutorials have invaded the internet, but they often neglect tips for older women. We teamed up with local makeup artist Daphney Antoine to teach you how to create beautiful contouring and highlighting for the mature face. To watch the process go to

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DECONSTRUCTING THE DISH: Watch how the Marriott Singer Island’s pastry chef, Kursten Restivo, decorates her Bloody Delicious Halloween layer cake so you can re-create it at home. Guaranteed to horrify your friends and neighbors. Visit to watch her scary skills.

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We gave many deserving Boca readers tickets to the Lotos Festival, which featured Boy George and lovable ‘80s bands. Lauren Campbell Falcone (left) took her friend Teresa Bovenzi Delgado for a memorable night of throwbacks. It’s good to be a #bocamagwinner.

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Boca Raton magazine is published nine times a year, with January, February, March, April, May/June, July/ August, September/October, November and December issues. If you have any questions or comments regarding our magazine, call us at 561/997-8683. We’d love to hear from you.


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Get Back in the Car Reasons not to despair in our corner of paradise By MARIE SPEED

ometimes there is such a thing as too much news, too much Facebook, too much arguing. When everything feels wrong and you feel like that moment in“Falling Down” when Michael Douglas, trapped in an epic traffic jam on an L.A. freeway, just opens the car door, gets out and starts walking. Just like that. He leaves the car. Leaves what used to be his life and walks into what will be his final day of reckoning. Ok, so not everyone has had a day that bad, but when things start piling up— from the national meltdown to local Boca name-calling and politics—it’s easy to feel pounded into the ground through no fault of your own. And that is exactly when things need to change. For me, this is the time. The summer is winding to a close, but it’s still here, hot, dreamy, a little calm before the storm. School has started, but we have a few last long days before life gets truly complicated again. It’s the time of year I am reminded that no matter how conflicted this country and our city gets, if you slow down and pay attention, you may find we are getting plenty right. Like the other day, when I went to Sugar Sand Park for the first time. The park is lush and sprawling, with ball fields and an old-fashioned carousel. I walked up a zigzag ramp next to a playground dominated by a jungle gym that looked like a mummy’s tomb. In the center of a spongy play yard, a dolphin spouted a continuous cloud of mist. Turbo-charged kids in wet bathing suits whipped by me, headed for the slide, all running as fast as possible for no apparent reason. There was lots of screaming, too, which is clearly the preferred mode of communication here. One building away, in the science center, several boys launched a rocket across the ceiling, another sent T-shirts up a pneumatic tube, and still others were clustered—or perhaps stuck—at the Heavy Magnet Station. The room was noisy and bright and had that warm familiar smell of sweaty kids and tater tots. It was wonderful. We never had playgrounds like that when I was a kid, parks with butterfly gardens and science experiments. Boca Raton has 42 parks—including one that is a coral reef. And a long expanse of ocean—with no condo canyons. You can get up early when there’s still a breeze and watch the sun come up at the beach.You can walk your dog along A1A.You can dine at great restaurants and go swimming in blue water and see movies in La-Z-Boys and send your children to A-rated schools. You can grow orchids and oranges in your backyard. Maybe the fantasy of leaving your car on a traffic-choked freeway and walking away feels liberating when the chips are down, but that’s not the whole picture. The whole picture is right here, just outside your front door. Sometimes it’s as easy as a walk in the park.

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JetSmarter Makes Charter Air Travel Easier For Core Medical Group and Other Businesses JetSmarter has is that whether you’re a high-net-worth individual or on you’re way to getting there, JetSmarter can save you time and money.” Founded in 2012, JetSmarter has quickly become the world’s largest private jet marketplace and has frequently been referred to as the “Uber for Private Jets.”


JetSmarter members, who pay $15,000 a year for a membership, have the option of reserving seats on one of 50 routes across three continents or creating their own ondemand private charter flights to anywhere in the world. There is also a share option

that allows members to find and book a seat on an existing charter. “JetSmarter is for anyone looking for luxury and great services,” says Jim Tornabene, the company’s senior membership executive. “Its concierge service is 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” With partnerships with about 800 carriers, JetSmarter has access to 3,000 private jets and 2,000 free empty legs per month. It offers flights on a variety of aircraft –from light jets to larger heavy jets and even helicopters. Because it is app based, JetSmarter is also convenient and easy to use. Members can find pricing for their flights in seconds and with a variety of options available, those using JetSmarter can discover a wide selection of conveniently scheduled flights. “In many cases, you can fly on a private jet for the price of first class,” Tornabene said. “JetSmarter is making private charters available to the masses.” A company that understands the importance of giving back to the community, JetSmarter supports many local non-profit organizations and participates in several charity events each year, including support of events for cancer research and children’s healthcare.

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Hurricanes Hurricane Matthew unleashed 13.6 trillion gallons of water on 10,406 Total number of power poles in Boca Raton Source: Florida Power & Light

the U.S. when it struck the Caribbean and U.S. with deadly force from late September to early October last year. We’re in peak hurricane season, folks, and we’ve got the numbers to prove it.




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Milestone Moments This Fall • WATCH THE FAU OWLS and new Head Coach Lane Kiffin play their season opener against Navy on Friday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. in Boca (and read our interview with Kiffin on page 82).

“[That] old September feeling . . . of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air . . . Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes and failures had been wiped clean by summer.”

• MALLETS UP! Stone crab season begins Oct. 15. • THE BRAZILIAN BEAT is back for its sixth year at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. This free event on Sept. 9, from 6 to 11 p.m., features live music, street dancing, Brazilian cuisine and cocktails—the perfect antidote to the dog days of an endless summer. • FRIGHT NIGHTS at the South Florida Fairgrounds (Oct. 6-28) have been your go-to horror fix this time of year for a decade, complete with a “scare zone” and a midway, in addition to five new “haunts.” Past themes have included: zombies, abandoned mines, creepy dollhouses and more. 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561/793-0333.

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What is your favorite Halloween memory? “Two years ago I went to Las Vegas with my dad and brother, and dressed as Alex from ‘A Clockwork Orange’ for a threeday series of parties and events culminating in an amazing Phish concert at the MGM Grand on Halloween day.” —STEPHEN CHRISANTHUS, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, DELRAY BEACH MARKETING COOPERATIVE

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“I was 7 and seriously obsessed with wanting to be Wonder Woman. However, I did not care for the store-bought costume, so I sneaked into the linen closet, took a set of white draperies, colored them with Magic Markers, then cut and sewed my own costume. I am sure it looked ridiculous, but I felt empowered.”

“I remember a Halloween party that we had, and we went crazy decorating the house, getting a fog machine over the pool and floating skeletons on plastic rafts. We had a blast.”





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Green Thumb Update Summer is on its way out, and those of us who take farmto-table seriously (or just like to putter in the yard) can start thinking about the bountiful (and beautiful) winter season ahead. Here are a few things you can do now: PLANTS: Herbs that tolerate the warm temperatures of early fall include Mexican tarragon, mint, rosemary and basil. A wide range of veggies can be started, including lima beans, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, onions and lettuce. LAWNS: Continue to monitor the lawn for signs of insect damage; chinch bugs and mole crickets are bad this time of year. CITRUS: Fertilize citrus with a balanced fertilizer in September or October.

FIVE THINGS TO BUY THIS FALL Summer Clothes: Yes, we do have four seasons, and this is especially true when it comes to fashion. Snap up those shorts and white pants now—they become “resort wear” in a month or two.

Lawn Furniture: Even in South Florida, you can score great deals on this season’s lawn furniture— which you can keep using all year long.

Property: Although real estate still sells in the wintertime, the competition is not as stiff—although that is becoming tougher to see in our South Florida bull market. Especially when it comes to affordable homes.

Automobiles: Seize the moment and explore what bargains you can find on used cars or on 2017 inventory that is already considered “last year’s models.”

Travel: SeptemberOctober can be a dead zone in South Florida, and a great time to travel locally, dine out, and score some travel packages (and cruises!) elsewhere.

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TRANSITION DRESSING It’s always a challenge to dress like fall in Boca, when the autumn temps hover around 90 degrees. But smart fashionistas know you can adapt the fall trends to a lighter-weight version without losing that seasonal feel. Here are some 2017 trends you can incorporate into a fall wardrobe—without buying a single sweater. • Darken up. Ditch the white pants and Lilly dresses for a richer palette. Power red, chocolate brown and plaids are huge this fall. • Wide belts • Vintage-inspired everything; think Victorian collars and vintage florals. • Mid-length skirts • Cowboy-inspired looks • The love affair with denim continues—and screams fall.

BOCA LOVES NEW YORK Debuting this month is the Boca Chamber’s Boca Restaurant Month—a monthlong promotion of Boca Raton’s incredible array of culinary experiences. This inaugural month is themed “Boca Loves New York,” and invites participating restaurants to offer three-course meals with at least one New York connection (maybe Manhattan clam chowder, Brooklyn pizza, New York cheesecake, etc.) at reduced prices. Lunches will range from $21 to $25, and dinners run from $36 to $40. September-October can be a quiet time for restaurants and tourism in South Florida, so this promotion is bound to keep things rolling—while providing a certain nostalgia opportunity for all our New Yorkers in this socalled sixth borough.


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An Evening With Kevin Smith WHERE: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm

WHERE: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach WHEN: Sept. 5Jan. 7 COST: Free CONTACT: 561/832-5196, Art and science share canvases in this collection of more than 30 environmentally alarming works by photographer Justin Brice Guariglia. The New York City artist flew over Greenland seven times during 2015 and 2016 as part of NASA’s Operation IceBridge, which surveys the impact of climate change on the country’s melting glaciers. The resulting exhibition, subtitled “Mapping the Anthropocene,” is both a striking collection of abstract photo-paintings and a clarion call about sea level rise. Printed with an acrylic process Guariglia himself invented, the impossible-to-replicate aerial close-ups of “Earth Works” are both placid and tempestuous, astral and arctic, forcing us to look anew at the geography we’re slowly losing.

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WHEN: 7: 30 p.m. Sept. 28 COST: $40 CONTACT: 561/833-1812,

For a filmmaker responsible for creating the tight-lipped character of Silent Bob in ‘90s touchstones like“Clerks”and “Chasing Amy,” Kevin Smith sure likes to talk. As his movie career has foundered in the Aughts, the garrulous director has enjoyed second, third and fourth careers as podcast host, comic-book maven and especially monologist. His eclectic tour stops, which feature standup comedy riffs and stories from his film career, can feel like filibusters, often stretching into the wee hours of the night—the longest such event, in 2005 in his home state of New Jersey, spanned seven hours. You likely won’t need a sleeping blanket at September’s Improv appearance, but do prepare a few thoughtful questions, and bring your favorite Smith memorabilia to be signed: Like a priest with his flock, the guest of honor is famously convivial with his fan base.

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WHERE: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami WHEN: Oct. 5-15 COST: $29-$145 CONTACT: 305/949-6722,

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WHERE: Mana Wynwood Convention Center, 318 N.W. 23rd St., Miami WHEN: Oct. 13-15 COST: $175-$295 CONTACT: This fifth-annual Miami confab is more than a music festival, bringing together national and local “thinkers, dreamers and doers”for a diverse program of lectures, tech talks, gallery showcases and more. But the headlining bands remain the top draw of III Points, which welcomes Gorillaz, the electro-pop side project of Blur’s Damon Albarn; English indie-pop sensations The xx; numerous EDM and hip-hop headliners; and even an “audio installation”by the legendary Brian Eno.


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Gloria and Emilio Estefan are the closest people Miami has to royalty. Cuban-born and Miami-bred, they personify the American dream: fleeing Communist oppression, forging a legacy in the city’s burgeoning Latin pop scene, and winning 26 Grammys between them. So it’s wholly appropriate that the city that hatched their fame will be the first national tour stop of “On Your Feet!,” the zesty and heartfelt musical based on their vertiginous life. The tunes the Estefans immortalized, including “Conga,”“The Rhythm is Gonna Get You”and “Get on Your Feet,”complement a narrative that addresses their uphill battle in an Anglo-centric music industry as well as the bus accident that nearly ended Gloria’s career. With the creators of “Kinky Boots,” “Jersey Boys” and“Birdman” behind the directing, choreography and writing, this power couple’s story is in good hands … er, feet.

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Entrepreneurialism is no headache for this 13-year-old inventor Written by SHAYNA TANEN

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tor, Fleming created a simple device that, when the head rests on it, creates pressure and relieves tension, helping alleviate headaches in minutes. He tested the product on himself first, of course, then on 15 others. It worked on every subject. Fleming is filing for complete patents on the product, and he intends for it to be on the market in October. A businessman—more like biz-kid—at his core, Fleming conducted a usability test on The Headache Reliever to ensure it is intuitive to use, and worked with design and manufacturing experts for months to perfect his product.

When he’s not working on his invention, he’s investing in the stock market—he’s been doing this with his brother for three years—where he’s made 5 percent gains. (Let it be known that the stock market is something this 23-yearold writer is still trying to understand.) Fleming won $1,525 from the panel of investors, which included Daniel Cane, CEO of Modernizing Medicine; Diane Heard, associate headmaster for development at Saint Andrew’s School; and Beth Johnston, VP of marketing operations for Bluegreen Corporation, among others. (“They’re nice enough not to take

equity,”Fleming says, gratefully.) The next step in the competition will bring him to Rochester, N.Y., where he will compete against 100 winners from other YEA! chapters. When Fleming won the competition, he wasn’t even thinking about the money.“I was just thrilled,”he recalls.“All the work paid off, and they could see [what I saw in] my business.”



hirteen-year-old David Fleming, determined to end the debilitating headaches that forced him to leave school after fifth grade, is the founder and CEO of The Headache Reliever. He’s the winner of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s annual Young Entrepreneurs Academy! (YEA!) Investor Panel Competition, where students from all over Boca compete for funding for their companies and products.“I created The Headache Reliever to help me and the tens of millions of other headache sufferers,”Fleming says. With some help from his chiroprac-

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EMBROIDERED BOOTS by Christian Dior, $1,350, PEONIA VELVET HEELS by Prada, $990, both from Saks Fifth Avenue, Boca Raton; PRINTED PUMP by B Brian Atwood, $180, from Lord & Taylor, Boca Raton; CLUTCH by Hammitt, $150, from Marmi, Boca Raton

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All Choked Up This ’90s classic is better than ever

FLORAL VELVET CHOKER by Elizabeth Cole, $209, from Intermix, Boca Raton; TASSEL CHOKER by Trina Turk, $158, from Lord & Taylor, Boca Raton; ROPE CHOKER by Ben-Amun, $345, GOLD CHOKER by Jose and Maria Barrera, $365, both from Barbara Katz, Boca Raton

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TAN BELT by Gerard Darel, $160, from Bloomingdale’s, Boca Raton; WHITE BELT, $64.99, and BLACK BELT, $238, both from Deborah James, Boca Raton; WHITE & GOLD BELT, $475, by Salvatore Ferragamo, BLACK SNAKE BELT by Gerard Darel, $180, both from Bloomingdale’s, Boca Raton

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Lighten Up Illuminate your face with this makeup technique Written by SHAYNA TANEN

or watched YouTube tutorials about how to pull off the technique (except “gelittering;” we made that one up). Maybe you’ve even tried to pull off these

looks yourself to varying degrees of success. The problem with mainsteam beauty videos, says Delray-based makeup artist Daphney Antoine, is that they’re

marketed toward teenagers and women in their 20s. She says she sees too many older women copying the same makeup techniques that look great

Highlighting and contouring products used: Chanel, Daphney Antoine and Shiseido.

STEPS: 1. Start with a clean face. Remember to use a daily moisturizer to minimize fine lines and prep your skin before makeup application.

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2. Highlight the areas of your face you want to spotlight. Good spots are above your eyebrows, under your eyes, around your temples and on the bridge of your nose. You can also use highlighter on the cheekbones depending on how prominent they are. Antoine says, “It’s all in the effort to create an oval-shaped face.”



ontouring. Highlighting. Strobing. Gelittering. You’ve probably read about these makeup terms in magazines

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on youthful skin, but just don’t work when replicated on more mature features. But that doesn’t mean women of a certain age can’t highlight or contour.

ABOUT DAPHNEY ANTOINE: Antoine has worked in the fashion and style industry around the globe. She is a photographer, brand image consultant, hair and makeup artist and has her own line of makeup products.

3. Contouring or shading is used on areas of your face that you want to look less prominent. Use it under the cheekbones so your face appears thinner and your cheeks stand out.

4. Antoine’s pro tip: Blending is the most important aspect of doing your makeup. She says you shouldn’t see where the makeup starts or ends. “It’s meant to accentuate your beauty,” she says. “It doesn’t become a mask—it becomes your face.” Blend the makeup into your hairline, and don’t miss the ridge around your nose, or the skin right underneath your lash line. To complete your look, add a light powder to your whole face, eye shadow, mascara and lip gloss or lipstick.

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restaurants throughout Palm Beach County. The monthlong event benefits the Palm Beach County Food Bank. Briana is a wife and mother to three “minis,” as she calls her kids. She loves to spend time with family and friends, and enjoys travel, reading and yoga. WHERE IT IS: Tanzy Restaurant, 301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/9226699,


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BEYOND LAS OLAS BOULEVARD Try these local favorites off Fort Lauderdale’s main street. WARSAW COFFEE COMPANY 815 N.E. 13th St., Fort Lauderdale 954/990-4189 This industrial, hipster coffee hangout is the perfect stop for a late morning pick-me-up. Pastries, breakfast and lunch options are available, too. RIVERSIDE MARKET 608 S.W. 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale 954/358-8333 In between the Sailboat Bend and Riverside Park neighborhoods, this family-owned restaurant is known for its behemoth craft beer lineup.

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Pelican Grand Beach Resort A seaside stay in Fort Lauderdale is a great alternative to Miami Written by ALLISON LEWIS


or many South Floridians and visitors, Miami has always been the go-to for a weekend getaway destination. The nightlife, culinary entrepreneurs and miles of breathtaking beaches attract everyone. But if Miami seems too “been there, done that,” Fort Lauderdale is the next best escape. Hear me out before raising those eyebrows. Directly on the ocean, the Pelican Grand Beach Resort offers guests the same amenities and luxuries as Miami, but without the crowds. Reserve an Oceanfront King Suite, which includes a fullsize bedroom, living room, bath and a private balcony—and take in the view. The Pelican Grand embraces that charming Old Florida vibe while maintaining a modern, elegant allure. Arrange dinner on the deck at Ocean2000, the resort’s onsite

restaurant. The limited menu caters to seafood, but there are a few land options. Start with the day boat ceviche: large chunks of shrimp and avocado with fresh cilantro, lime, red onion and fried plantains. Move on to my personal favorite, the creamy tomato burrata salad, paired with a chardonnay. Colorful, acidic marinated heirloom tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and basil balance smooth, buttery burrata cheese topped with pink Himalayan sea salt and microgreens. For dinner, I enjoyed a quarter of a giant New York strip with a chimichurri sauce and purple Peruvian potato mash. Wrap up the evening with a glass of cognac or port, and enjoy the sound of the waves lapping the shore. Don’t forget to book a treatment at Pure Spa on the 11th floor of the resort. There are three

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Agardy’s advice for the ultimate fishing experience: TIP: “When looking to book charters, talk to the captain of the boat, rather than a booking agent,” Agardy says. “Then you know exactly what you’re getting into.” TIP: Always sharpen your fishing hooks. TIP: The perfect knot is vital for a prime catch. Only the bimini twist is said to retain 100-percent line strength, which can make all the difference when hooking the next record fish.



One local fishing captain reels in his dream Written by ALLISON LEWIS


aptain Chris Agardy spends more time on the ocean than he does on land. He’s the captain and founder of Fish Envy Charters, a charter fishing service that takes clients out to catch snook, sailfish, mahi-mahi and more in Boca, Delray and Boynton Beach. He credits his dad for his love of water and fishing. “My father had a charter boat at The Cove [in Deerfield] when I was growing up,” Agardy says. “I was obsessed.” Agardy prepped the boat for charters, caught fish and enjoyed being out on the water. “The adrenaline rush of catching fish—I got addicted,” he says. Since 2003, Agardy has worked as a captain for large boats and as a private captain freelancing charters. That same

year, he took customer Eric White out on a charter trip in Jupiter, where White caught the largest snook ever recorded in Florida. “That put me on the map,” Agardy says. From that point, business was booming, especially online, where Agardy says he’s seen a big shift in booking services. Rather than relying on hotel concierges, Agardy says more people are choosing to book him directly. And Agardy’s website appears at the top of keyword searches. “I’ve always had a website for booking charters, and now it’s ranked No. 1 for fishing charters in Boca Raton,” he says. “I have Google to thank for that.” With a surge in bookings, Agardy decided to start his own

company, Fish Envy Charters, which is now two years old. “I was getting so many phone calls that I could do this fulltime,” Agardy says. “I bought a 20-foot boat so I can do inshore and offshore fishing.” Agardy’s goal is to make 275 trips per year, and he tries to captain two charters per day—one in the morning, and one in the afternoon or evening. “It’s as busy as I’ve ever seen it here,” he says. And the ocean has been cooperating. “Recently, [it’s] a lot of wahoo, sailfish, tuna,” Agardy says. “We have also started doing goliath grouper catch-and-release.” And tarpon has been popular this year. “It’s a dream come true,” Agardy says. “I get to fish every day.”

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Governance Over Politics Day-to-day oversight and shared vision is how city challenges will be met


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espite what some candidates and officeholders say, you can’t run government like a business. A business exists to make a profit. Government exists to provide services collectively for people who couldn’t provide them on their own—police and fire-rescue on the local level, a military on the national level. As became clear during Boca Raton’s goal-setting meeting in early May, however, the problems of running a business are also the problems of running a city. How do you hire and retain good employees? What could hurt your position in the market? Can you keep providing the product/ service at a price the customer will accept? Obviously, residents of a city can’t drop government as if it were a wireless provider, but they can move. Existing businesses can move. Entrepreneurs can decide to start their companies elsewhere. Tourists can choose other destinations. Maintaining a city’s allure thus depends on how that city runs its government and conducts its politics. Lyle Sumek has facilitated Boca Raton’s goal-setting meetings for years. He told the May gathering of city council members, top

administrators and department heads that politics is how one gets into office, but governance is what elected officials do with that power. Sumek didn’t say it, but the clear implication is that governance matters more. The governance challenges are complex. Boca Raton has roughly 1,500 full-time employees and about 400 part-timers, most of the latter working in summer programs. For perspective, only 0.3 percent of American companies have more than 500 employees. Those companies usually deal only in one main product or service. Boca Raton Regional Hospital, for example, offers many services, but they’re all health care services. Full-service cities like Boca Raton and Delray Beach, however, offer public safety, recreation and public works. They oversee planning and permitting. They have employees who recruit businesses, though the cities may get help from other agencies—the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce and the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority. Like a business, Boca Raton has employees who keep track of finances, information technology and human resources.



In addition to providing a range of services, cities these days deal with customers who may have unrealistic expectations. Demanding that service improve while taxes go down. Asking why government workers—except maybe police officers and firefighters—deserve raises. The increasing coarseness in society can permeate government. As Sumek put it,“People are mean today.” Boca Raton being Boca Raton, however, ambitions remain high. By 2031, the council and staff want the city to have “great neighborhoods” along with a“vibrant

downtown”and be a “global economic center.” Oh, and the city must remain“financially sound.” Not surprisingly, the issue of money overlaid much of the discussion in May. Boca Raton still has the richest tax base of any city in Palm Beach County—even the town of Palm Beach. Residents, however, have become used to the city’s low tax rate. It’s roughly half that of Delray Beach, even if that Boca Raton rate is deceptive. Residents pay an additional 25 percent, compared to the city rate, to the Greater Boca RaCONTINUED ON PAGE174

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ere at Boca magazine, we love Boca. We love being active in our community, and we love making positive contributions to it. Our events department gives us the opportunity to offer our partners innovative parties and celebrations designed to showcase their businesses and benefit our readers. Take a look at a few recent events below.

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What: A befitting title for this event, Luxury Pops entertained guests with elegant food and drinks while they explored the posh stores, boutiques and jewelers in Esplanade on Worth Avenue. Luxury PR Group hosted the event, and Boca Raton co-sponsored it with Costa Palm Beach, Oak & Cane American Craft Rum, and the Worth Avenue Association. Where: The Esplanade on Worth Avenue

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61 Music to Cocktails What: The restaurants of Boca Center were in perfect harmony with an eclectic soundtrack of local singers and composers at this music and food fusion event. As attendees ambled through the plaza, they encountered entertainers including an acoustic guitarist, a high school jazz combo, singer Chloe Dolandis and opera tenor Carlo de Antonis, while noshing on tasty bites and cocktails from Brio, Sushi Ray, Tap 42, Morton’s, Uncle Tai’s and other Boca Center restaurants.


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In 2016, four furnished luxury spec homes in Palm Beach County sold for $30 million or more, up from two the year before. A recent New York Times article describes the trend: “Developers are furnishing their properties to cater ... to wealthy families who desire premium furniture in their homes and the convenience of being able to move straight in after purchase. ... immediate gratification. ... The buyers don’t have to go through the pain of furnishing.”

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Details such as moldings give the bones of a house a finished look.

Home splurges that are worth it INTERIOR ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS: These constitute the“bone structure”of your rooms, the difference between a white box and a room that has character and interest. Think substantial moldings and ceiling details like beams, classic tongue and groove, stone or wood-clad walls and a reverse coffered ceiling for a more modern setting.

FABRICS: Exceptional colors and complicated patterns and textures are hard to do, but they elevate the impact of a room from ordinary to take-your-breath-away beautiful.You don’t have to swath the entire room in them, but big beautiful pillows (and always down blend—no polyfill please!) or throws in an elegant pattern—like a silk velvet—scream haute couture and luxury.

LIGHTING: Steer clear of overdone recessed lighting (high hats). Invest in the smaller-scale LED recessed lights, and take a conservative approach to placement. In task-oriented areas like the kitchen or bath, they’re necessary, but in a dining or living room, it’s preferable to invest in beautiful decorative fixtures for the ceiling, table lamps, and wall sconces which add ambience, warmth and functionality as well as architectural interest. Note: All lighting should be on dimmers. Period.

PLUMBING FIXTURES: Plumbing hardware can be sculptural. And with the myriad of finishes available, it becomes a shimmering, tactile architectural detail. High-end hardware also has the added benefit of longevity. PROFESSIONALS: Whether it’s the workers who install your marble flooring or an experienced interior designer, invest in true professionals. It’s worth it in the long run. — Jennifer Knowles

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65 10 home decor trends to avoid this year TRENDY: Anything that is too“trendy”is going to look dated before you’re ready to change it, or can afford to change it. Stick to the classics for major items or permanent finishes and fixtures (flooring, cabinetry, etc.), and if you want to experiment with the latest hot thing, do so in moderation through accessories or pillow fabrics.


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RESALE TUNNEL VISION: Forget worries about the resale value of your new house. Unless you plan on flipping the house, employ design that pleases you, not some future buyer. DIY: You don’t know what you don’t know. So hire someone who does—and who has serious credentials, from design to carpentry.


THE SHOWROOM EFFECT: Steer clear of re-creating what you just walked through in a furniture showroom or catalog; use some imagination and/ or allow a designer to help you find your look.

Great-looking plumbing fixtures complement this chic farm sink.

WORDS AS ART: “Eat” in the kitchen,“Relax”in the bath? No. More. Words. IKAT & CHEVRON PRINTS: Pass the overdone ikat and chevron by, and opt for something more classic, like a great ticking stripe or any of the other many linear or geometric prints out there.

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OVERLY INDUSTRIAL SPACES: Lose the aluminum, rivets and furniture made to look like something out of “The Aviator.”It’s been done, it’s contrived, and it’s just not comfortable or inviting. ANIMAL HEADS: Unless you live in a hunting lodge in Wyoming, leave them out.

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oney kept J. Jay Greene from going to the college of his choice, and now he strives every day to prevent other kids from suffering the same fate. “At age 16 and a half, I was accepted to the (University of Pennsylvania’s) Wharton School of Business,”recalls Greene. “But my parents were already putting my sister through Boston University and didn’t have the money to send me to an Ivy League school. So I ended up at the University of Buffalo, where I froze my tuchus off.” More than four decades later, Greene owns the Boca Raton franchise of Ducerus, a nationwide company that prepares teens and their parents for college.

The name derives from a Latin word meaning to“lead”and“guide.” It’s a comprehensive service that counsels families in how to optimize student performance for college admission, plan for college financially and wring as much money as possible out of the schools. “All the schools are vying for the best students, and they’re willing to pay to get them,”says Greene, 60.“One of my kids is paying $9,800 a year to go to Stanford. He’s getting $58,000 in grants from the school. That’s what sends chills up my neck. That’s why I’m in this business.” The Brooklyn-born adviser doesn’t have any children of his own, but he refers to his young clients as“my kids.”And he sounds like a proud parent as he rattles off their victories in the college admission game: a student attending MIT for under $5,000 a year, another attending Vanderbilt for less than $4,000, and so on. “One kid was awarded a $10,000 baseball scholarship at Duke, but I got him $43,000 in needbased money, so he gave the baseball scholarship back to use for another student,” recalls Greene. “His dad, a retired cop, now shows up at some of my workshops and

does a five-minute testimonial telling everyone what J. Jay did for him.” Greene offers free two-hour workshops at many of the local high schools and other community venues, but he’s selective about the kids he takes on as clients. The best prospects are stellar, self-motivated students who come from households with less than $70,000 in annual income. “I wish I could help everybody, but I can’t,”he says.“I always tell families when they come in,‘If I can help you, I will. If not, I’ll tell you what I would do if I were you.’” Ideally, Greene likes students to start their college planning with him when they are still in eighth grade. That way, he has time to help prepare them to excel on SATs and other standardized tests, participate in extracurricular activities, choose community service projects wisely, demonstrate leadership skills and do other things that“will jump off the page”of their college applications. Meanwhile, he helps parents plan how to afford their share of college costs, mostly through cash-flow management and debt consolidation. They also work together to target universities that fit the student’s career ››


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loan,” he says.“But by the time you graduate, you can end up owing as much as the mortgage on a house.” Greene’s“Brag Book” tells the story. The ringed binder is filled with photos of “his kids,” thank-you notes from them and their parents, and copies of the award letters detailing how

hug, and there are tears of joy,” he says.“It’s a feel-good business. I didn’t get into this to make money. I got into it because I didn’t get to go to my dream school and ended up where it was minus-80 with the wind chill factor and three feet of ice and snow on the ground.”

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ith the Caridad Center’s new addition completed last December, the free health clinic in Boynton Beach doubled in size and its capacity to help the impoverished. Yet it still can’t keep up with the demand. “We went from six to 12 exam rooms, from five to nine dental chairs, and now have the only free vision clinic in Palm Beach County,” says the center’s CEO, Laura Kallus.“We do 25 to 30 new patient registrations every day, but we still have to turn some away because we don’t have the capacity to see them.” Still, Caridad is the largest free medical clinic in Florida. The expanded 18,500-square-foot facility includes a new social services wing with a health education center, food pantry and

diaper bank. Along with health care, Caridad offers programs including after-school tutoring, an emergency assistance program, initiatives to provide food and gifts for the holidays as well as school supplies, college scholarships, and summer camp in conjunction with a local YMCA. The center has come a long way since its founding 25 years ago in a double-wide trailer by elementary schoolteacher Connie Berry and the late Caridad Asensio, a social worker and health educator who died at age 79 in 2011. “She was a force to be reckoned with,” says Kallus, about Asensio. “Unfortunately, I never had a chance to meet her. But everybody tells me she was just so charismatic and passionate about her mission that people couldn’t say no to her.”



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"A lot of the ghosts in Delray are here because they love the community.” — Marilyn Egan

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tanding across the street from the Blue Anchor Pub, Marilyn Egan’s voice rises with excitement as she shares what is arguably Delray Beach’s most famous ghost story. It starts in 19th-century Britain, at the original Blue Anchor Pub in Whitechapel, a favored watering hole for literary and political luminaries as well as Jack the Ripper. It was also the pub of choice for Bertha Starkey, a hard-partying gold-digger who married a sailor for his money but caroused with other men when he was away at sea. One night, her husband returned home early and found Bertha at the Blue Anchor, in the arms of another man—and promptly murdered her. Starkey reportedly continued to haunt her favorite dive from beyond the grave. And when Lee Harrison, the original owner of Delray’s Blue Anchor, purchased architectural details from the original pub at auction to establish his business on Atlantic Avenue, her spirit traveled 4,000 miles along with the oak paneling and stained-glass windows. One year, on the anniversary of her death, the quarter-inch thick glass behind the Blue Anchor’s bar suddenly shattered, along with the bottles lining it. This is one of a trove of stories Egan shares on her Wicked Delray Ghost Tour, the one-woman business she’s been operating since 2013. She recently made

her national TV debut on the Travel Channel’s“Booze Traveler,”in an episode dedicated to haunted Florida bars. Egan, a Delray resident whose day job is in real estate, is a longtime devotee of the paranormal. So when the subprime mortgage crisis cost her a lucrative position at Toll Brothers, she used the time to study Delray’s rich legacy of the unexplained and craft a walking tour of its haunted history. The tour begins at Veterans Park and continues along the marina and other spooky hot spots, including the railroad tracks and the Colony Hotel. Errol Flynn makes a cameo, along with nightlife visionary Michael Elwood Gochenour and the Arcade Tap Room.“A lot of the ghosts in Delray are here because they love the community,”she says. The tour costs $20 per person and can take about 90 minutes. Egan’s business, which attracts locals and tourists alike, ebbs with the seasons, but it always thrives around Oct. 31. Act now, and you just might be able to scare up a reservation for Halloween night.

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f you’re looking for a way to get fitness done in one place and in 45 minutes a shot, check out TAG: The Anti-Gym Workout in Boca Raton or its sister location in Fort Lauderdale. The materials are unconventional compared to what you might typically find in a gym. Described as a vertical workout, TAG uses a wall-mounted device that helps you stretch, climb, jump and use resistance bands to pull, push, lunge and more. Many of the exercises and stretches are done on the device, where users anchor themselves using their fingertips and toes. Part of the training is also done with more conventional exercises, such as variations of push-ups and planks, off the wall. All the while, you see your heart rate on a screen, as it climbs. Founder, owner and Boca Raton resident Jim Woolard says he thought Boca Raton and TAG would make a good fit. “I’ve been living here pretty much my entire adult life, and I knew that Boca Raton was a committed fitness market,” he says. Woolard describes TAG as a data-driven workout that emphasizes core, cardio, balance, stabilization and strength training in each 45-minute, fat-burning non-catabol-

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ic workout (meaning the workout isn’t structured to break down tissue). “We improve the movement and function of all 600 muscles in the body by triggering unique responses through our vertically based fitness protocols,”he says.“Simply put, we get way more done in way less time than any conventional fitness program, and provide the workout data to back it up.” Each workout burns

about 1,000 calories, according to the company’s website. “We only use your own body weight and bands for resistance, thus virtually eliminating the possibility of injury,” Woolard says.“Additionally, we monitor every client with a computer to gauge work effort and recovery.” The fitness approach focuses on spinal and joint decompression. Unlike running, which

makes joints absorb the shock, cardio jumping on the wall-mounted TAG unit distributes the forces, so that arms, shoulders and core help facilitate each movement. It’s a full-body workout. And instructors keep things moving, so that time doesn’t stand still. TAG offers classes and personal training. Anyone can try the workout for free for a week. Visit for more information.

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Activated Charcoal and Aloe Cleanser, $25 This popular cleanser uses charcoal to draw out impurities and aloe to heal skin and prevent breakouts. Zenbunni Floral Chocolates, $30 The patterned box includes rose, lavender and turmeric-flavored organic chocolates and a small crystal for calming. Walnut Wood Body Brush, $19 Dry brushing has many benefits, Claudia says. It improves skin tone, exfoliates and removes dead skin cells and cleanses pores.

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Four Winds Apothecary heals organically, from the inside out Written by ALLISON LEWIS


t Four Winds Apothecary in Royal Palm Place, serums, clay masks, soaps and cleansers line handmade wood and wrought iron shelves. Neatly typed labels explain product benefits, and the smell of calming eucalyptus soothes the soul—evoking Old World healing with a luxurious modern twist. Four Winds offers clients numerous products that restore the body, mind and spirit using only 100 percent natural ingredients. Many items are gluten-free, organic and sourced from around the globe. Additionally, a holistic pharmacist and two nutritionists are available for consultations, and there’s a spa behind the store. Owners Claudia and Kenneth Rhea, who met and lived in London for 20 years, moved to Boca in 2016 after visiting the area for summer vacations with their children. The apothecary concept originated with Kenneth’s mother, who, after losing a son to leukemia, decided to change her family’s lifestyle, Kenneth says. She started reading

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labels on every product and discovered it was difficult to find items that were made of 100 percent natural ingredients, sans chemicals or toxins. The Rheas envisioned a store in Boca that could provide the natural products they use at home to the Boca community, opening Four Winds this past spring. “We had to do a lot of label reading,”Kenneth says. Before a product ever reaches the shelves, the owners read the ingredient list. If they find any chemicals—or even a label that reads “98 percent natural”—they don’t put it in the store. Once the product passes this hurdle, Claudia and Kenneth test it out at home. The process is not easy, but the Rheas say it’s worthwhile. Four Winds, which opened in April, has several distinct sections: Bath and Body, Mom and Baby, Skin and Hair, Men’s, Personal Care, Snacks, Home, First Aid. The best-known section is the“Make Your Shake”area, which allows customers to select nutritious powders and mixers to add to their

morning coffees, teas or smoothies. There’s charcoal toothpaste, soy candles made with essential oils, sunscreen made with zinc, and wool dryer balls that are safe for laundry. “We have things no one else has,”Claudia says. She motions to the“Temptations” table, which holds jars of organic chocolate candies made with fruit coloring, safe for children and full of all-natural ingredients. “This business is more of a lifestyle,” Kenneth says. He sees the apothecary as a community center for families and couples and individuals—a place not only for healing and health but as a place to drop in for a quick purchase, a consult or spa treatment. Four Winds is restoring Boca, one label at a time.


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One of Boca’s orthopedic surgeons shares tips to prevent running injuries Written by ALLISON LEWIS

D Running helps prevent cancer, according to 170 disease-related studies in the Journal of Nutrition. It naturally treats depression by releasing mood-improving hormones. Running burns more calories than other exercises, which leads to weight loss. Source: articles/6-benefits-of-running

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r. Eric Lloyd knows his subject—from the ground up. The Boca-based orthopedic surgeon has run four half-marathons and completed the New York City Marathon twice. He specializes in foot and ankle injuries at Boca Raton Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, where he treats 100 patients in a week plus surgeries. Dr. Lloyd says that 80 to 90 percent of his patients have foot or ankle-related injuries, and range from pediatrics to geriatrics. “Runners are creatures of habit,” Dr. Lloyd says.“Many overuse, don’t cross-train or don’t rest. They have the same path, the same shoes, the same mileage.”When a runner, or any kind of athlete, overuses his or her muscles, it increases the chances of injury. For runners especially, constant pounding on pavement strains the foot, ankle and surrounding tendons, bones and ligaments. Dr. Lloyd sees a variety of what he calls“overuse”injuries: plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the ligament connecting the heel bone to the toes), shin splints, stress fractures. Some of his patients have more serious“traumatic”injuries: a broken foot, a broken ankle or turf toe, for example. Luckily, there are simple ways that runners (and other athletes) can prevent setbacks. If you’re considering any of the 10Ks, half-marathons and marathons hosted in South Florida from September to November, Dr. Lloyd recommends the following tips to prevent obstacles while training.


Lloyd says stretching is necessary, and so is the timing.“Cool stretching isn’t adequate,”he says. To get a really good stretch, warm up first. This increases blood flow, heats up muscles and prevents injury. Dr. Lloyd suggests the following regimen: warm up, stretch, run and then stretch again.


“I’m a big fan of cushioning in shoes,”Dr. Lloyd says. But a small bit of that cushion disappears each run. Over time, shoes lose their shock-absorbing capabilities. He recommends changing out shoes every 300 to 400 miles. Or, runners can rotate through a couple different pairs each week to help maintain that cushion a bit longer. Gel heel pad inserts and over-thecounter arch supports can help feet, too.


[want to] get back into something without conditioning, and our bodies aren’t the same,”Dr. Lloyd says. People who used to run in high school or college often think they can jump back into the same mileage they were doing at a younger age. With a slow, steady increase, athletes are less likely to injure themselves. Dr. Lloyd suggests following an online training guide to steadily boost mileage over time.

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alternating [running] with crosstraining, i.e., a low-impact activity such as swimming, that’s ideal,” he says. Don’t forget the core or hips, either. Planks, side planks, squats and bridges are a few exercises Dr. Lloyd advises to strengthen muscles that aren’t always used during a run.


“People see a day off as failing, and push themselves,” Dr. Lloyd says. “But there’s a difference between pushing and pain.” Don’t be afraid to take a day or two off if something hurts, he says. Ice anything that feels sore after a run or workout, and take anti-inflammation medication as needed.

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One of college football’s most controversial coaches gets a fresh start at FAU Written by ALLISON LEWIS


ane Kiffin has one of the most storied careers in American football history. He’s been hired and fired, loved and hated, by some of the best teams in the Pac-12, NFL and SEC. Late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis fired Kiffin, the NFL’s youngest head coach, in 2008 after a 4-12 season. USC did the same in 2013 after a 64-21 loss to Arizona State. His short stint at Tennessee left fans and students dismayed, then angry, when he started trolling them on Twitter. In January, University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who signed an eight-year extension with the organization, relieved Kiffin, his offensive coordinator, eight days before the Tide’s upsetting loss to Clemson for the 2017 national championship. Compare this to Florida Atlantic University,

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whose football program has seen similar ups and downs since its inaugural 2001 season. Legendary head coach Howard Schnellenberger led the Owls to a Sun Belt Conference championship title in 2007 and their first bowl invitation (New Orleans Bowl) the same year. Following his retirement in 2011, FAU hired Carl Pelini as Schnellenberger’s replacement in 2012. Pelini was fired after admitting to illegal drug use, and interim head coach Brian Wright finished the season with bowl eligibility in 2013. Charlie Partridge took over in 2014 and was fired in 2016 after three consecutive 3-9 seasons. FAU’s president, John Kelly, set out to find a replacement, sitting in on each candidate interview. “I wanted a coach who could take us to the top 25,”he says. By mid-December 2016, fate intervened. FAU needed a coach; Kiffin needed a job.

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“We wanted Lane Kiffin or a Lane Kiffin-type coach,”President Kelly says.“And we got what we wanted.” So did Kiffin. He’s now head coach of the FAU football program. Kiffin’s football legacy started early, as captured in a black-and-white photo displayed on the credenza in his office. Young Lane and his father, Monte Kiffin, are on the sidelines at North Carolina State University, where Monte held his only head coaching job from 1980 to 1982. The caption reads:“Dad and son clown around … NCSU head coach, Monte Kiffin, holds his 5-year-old son Lane atop his shoulders. ...”Lane points a finger, his mouth agape, as if hollering at someone. Today, Kiffin, 42, is a soft-spoken, sarcastic guy with sandy blond hair and brown eyes. He uses Twitter to invite Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West to Owls games, and shares questions like:“Is sand called ‘sand’ because it is between the sea and the land????”Someone close to him likened him, with affection, to“a diva.”

Sometimes, he works out at 5 a.m. with Wilson Love, FAU’s head strength coach. He’s always living and breathing football, a trait that remains constant, despite his regular rotation through NFL and college football teams. Plenty have offered skepticism about Kiffin’s recent appointment, for one reason or another: his questionable hiring of offensive coordinator Kendal Briles, a former Baylor University coach who is facing litigation for allegedly coercing football prospects with sex while at Baylor; a lawsuit filed against Kiffin by former Alabama wide receiver Antonio Carter, alleging the head coach misled him about a football job at FAU. Despite it all, Kiffin remains focused on his players and this year’s season, which started Sept. 1 with a match against the Navy Midshipmen. FAU is different from your time at Alabama in many ways. Why exactly did you take this job?

The president is really committed to a winning football program. … If you look at the track record of the schools over years and years and years, almost every Florida school at some point has won. There’s a reason for that, and the reason is there are great players here. And you get to live in Boca. What excites you about coaching FAU football? In the interview process, it was apparent they were excited about winning and doing things differently than they’ve done before. When you go to a place that hasn’t won for a while and you do [win], it’s actually more exciting than [when] you go to a place that’s already been winning and you just keep winning. I’m excited. What is FAU doing differently that they haven’t in the past? One of the things was, they increased the assistant coaches pool salary. They had almost doubled what they were paying before. That showed a lot about their commitment to [the football program].

And the president came from Clemson. They just won a national championship, so he saw what football did for the university there. They started to really win, so that helped too, knowing [FAU] had a top president who was a football guy who understood how important it was, and what it does for a university. I think they see this more as a national hire from a name recognition standpoint, which should help you in recruitment. Kids are familiar with me from other places that [I’ve] been, they’ve seen me on TV. Hopefully that helps us as well—we’re explaining to kids, ‘OK, you don’t need to go to these other schools, because we have coaches here from the SEC, from the Big 12, from the Pac-12. You don’t have to leave South Florida to go somewhere to get that type of coaching.’ Do you have plans to start recruiting more from area high schools? We do. As we move into the next class going forward, we want the

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majority of that class to be from Florida, especially from South Florida, because of the quality of players and the quality of coaching here. FAU has gone three seasons winning only three games. How imperative is it to change that record? That’s the No. 1 goal. That’s why you’re hired. First step was putting together a really good staff. Now we’ve got to keep working with our players, continuing to recruit and then, as we get closer to it, managing the game so that those close games we win in the fourth quarter. How do you prepare players to use tough situations to their advantage on the field? I’d like to say eventually they will be situational masters where that’s what we do all the time. In our practice, we don’t just run plays. We go through all the different situations again and again and again, so that when it happens at full speed, our coaches and our players know what to do.

Kendal Briles will be calling plays. What opportunity does that give you? It gives [me] more of an opportunity to manage the players, manage the game itself on game day. Because I’ve always called

It still is a team sport. It’s got 85 players on a roster. You get all kinds of variables. Injuries— more injuries probably than any other sport. All we do is try to work to be the best we can in that year, on that day.

meet as many people as we can. It’s unusual to be at a place where there are so many people that don’t know about the football program. We’re always trying to come up with ideas and do the best we can to change that.

“Sometimes you start to realize it’s more important to find a place where you really feel comfortable, you really like the people that are there and you really feel something special—and a place you want to live, too.” the plays wherever I’ve been, and I think when you do that, something has to suffer a little bit— either the management of the game, because you’re over with the offense while the game is going on, or the offense is suffering a little bit because you’re the one calling plays. What’s your vision or dream for this football team and your first season at FAU? We don’t really … say, ‘We’re aiming to have a championship in Year X,’ whenever that is, because there’s too many variables in football.

What drew you to South Florida besides football? My ex-wife [Layla] is from Tampa, and her family is down in Fort Lauderdale, so I’ve been recruiting down here. I had been in Florida a lot because of that, so it’s without question a no-brainer as far as where you want to live.Very few football programs are located in an area like this. How do you plan to get more involved with the Boca community? We talk about that weekly. We’re still trying to get out as much as we can and

Do you plan to stay in South Florida long-term? We don’t really look at things that way. I’m in a different stage of my life than I would have been had you asked that five to 10 years ago. As you’re younger you’re trying to find the bigger, better job or [higher] salary, or whatever. Sometimes you start to realize it’s more important to find a place where you really feel comfortable, you really like the people that are there and you really feel something special—and a place you want to live, too.

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Ania Zofia silk chiffon dress, $1,320, Ania Zofia silk chiffon poncho, $675, both from Barbara Katz; cashmere suede ankle boot, $1,250, from Jimmy Choo, Palm Beach; Valentino floral print leather handbag, $3,245, from Saks Fifth Avenue, Town Center at Boca Raton; bangles, $8,700, $14,700, $27,500, all from Mayors Jewelers, Town Center at Boca Raton

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ootball is unlike anything else in professional or collegiate sports. Truly committed pigskin fans support their teams through inclement weather, unforeseeable injuries and trades, a seemingly unending losing streak. The support and celebration isn’t limited to sitting in plastic seats at the stadium. It usually starts in the parking lot. Hosts of pop-up canopies, grills, portable tables and games take up a good portion of parking lots at NFL stadiums around the country during football season. Pregame, postgame, and heck, during the game, tailgating is a serious ritual. It requires planning, packing, cooking and eating (and drinking). In South Florida, the Finatics are the Miami Dolphins’ most iconic (and rabid!) tailgating fan club, keeping the tradition alive for more than 25 years in the stadium parking lot in Miami Gardens. In fact, the Finatics are the only Dolphins fan group that is officially part of the Tailgating Hall of Fame. Joe Cahn, the self-proclaimed Commissioner of Tailgating, has dropped by. They’re acknowledged by the Dolphins and get invited to training camps and events. So why do they keep tailgating, so many years later? And how do they do it? It’s simple, really. They’ve had years of practice.

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one of the core Finatics, recalls. When the domain name was not renewed one year, Buchler, DeFabia and four more superfans spent some time brainstorming a new name: Finatics. Now, is recognized by the Miami Dolphins as an official fan website—and it was the very first NFL fansite, according to DeFabia. “Now, the Dolphins call the fans ‘Finatics,’”Gino Vitale, another veteran Finatic, says. But the Finatics’ main focus is

”Sometimes a beer opens right when the car

engine goes off.” — Dave Buchler The Finatics started

back in the ‘90s, way before the internet craze. That’s when Dave Buchler and Jim DeFabia created their first fan website, The name came from the parking lot at Hard Rock Stadium—then Joe Robbie Stadium—where the duo tailgated with friends. “We would take a lot of pictures. We got the idea, ‘Hey, let’s make a website,’” DeFabia, still

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tailgating. With the amount of supplies, food, beverages and other equipment they bring, Buchler says it’s imperative to have everything ready the night before. Buchler, DeFabia and the rest of the Finatics, some of whom live hours or states away, pack up the usual provisions on Saturday evening.Volunteers take turns arriving at the stadium bright and early on Sunday morning.

“For a 1 p.m. game, we’re at the stadium at 9 a.m. when the gates open,”Buchler says. Although Buchler says it only takes the Boca group a half-hour to get to Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday morning, it takes longer for other Finatics. Alan Paternoster, another core member, drives all the way down from Melbourne, a nearly threehour commute. Jay Butler flies in from Atlanta on Sunday mornings. “[Jay is] not here every Sunday, but he’s here for at least seven out of 10 games per year,”Buchler says. “He’s pretty diehard.”

Once at the stadium, the Finatics set up their“spot”around section E23 or E24, which only takes 45 minutes. It’s a major feat considering the orange and teal paraphernalia, coolers, koozies, grill, food, libations and compact furniture that magically appear from vehicles, as if from a caravan of clown cars. “We have multiple canopies. [We’re] putting up barriers to save spots for our buddies. Sometimes we’re saving six to eight parking spots,”Buchler says.“We’re putting up the flagpole, our buffet table.” And that’s only the beginning.

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The flagpole is a case in point. First, it was specially designed by Buchler. DeFabia says at one point they combined 5-foot sections until the flagpole got so tall that they mounted a strobe light from an old school bus on top so it was visible at night. Currently, it stands 30 feet high, proudly waving three distinct flags: a teal and orange Dolphins flag, a smaller flag of the same colors with the Finatics logo and, most importantly, a royal blue flag with a yellow foaming beer mug, dubbed the“beer flag.” After the flagpole is up, there’s plenty left to do. The Bluetooth PA system and the grill need to be assembled and positioned. Buchler retrieves the grill, another invention of his own, from his truck. Although the Finatics started with a basic $150 grill from the Home Depot, Buchler says“necessity and convenience kicked in over the years.”Now, the Finatics have their own portable grill, inspired by a $4,000 model created by a company no longer in business. This same company offered a base with a scissor lift and wheels. He bought the base for about $300 and mounted the Home Depot grill on top.

DAVE BUCHLER: Dolphins season ticketholder; grill inventor.

GINO VITALE: Alternate grill master; known for his sausage and peppers. Travels for Dolphins games.

TRENT BUCK: Another tailgate participant during season.

GREG WHITAKER: Participates at tailgates throughout regular season.

JIM DEFABIA: One of the originals; known for his neon orange suit jacket and for attending all tailgates.

JOE NACHIO: “Joe is like KISS,” Buchler says. “He paints his face the same way every time.”

JAY BUTLER: Flies in from Atlanta on Sunday mornings; primary grill master. “Nobody’s allowed to be near the grill,” DeFabia says of Butler’s presence at games.

ALAN PATERNOSTER: Drives down from Melbourne every Sunday morning. He’s been part of the Finatics group for the last five years.

BOB FOREMAN: Technology guru; helps out with the Finatics’ website and social media.




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Clockwise from top: Trent Buck, Greg Whitaker, Gino Vitale, Dave Buchler and Joe Nachio

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Bay with fellow-Finatic Vitale, and DeFabia witnessed Dan Marino’s last game in Jacksonville with Bob Foreman, the Finatics’ website guy. This year, Buchler is going to London, again, for the Dolphins’ game across the pond on Oct. 1. Anywhere there’s a Dolphins game, it’s likely the Finatics will follow.

Once the “campsite” is complete, the gang starts

cooking. But this isn’t your typical tailgate spread. In fact, DeFabia says they don’t make hot dogs. Period. “What we’ve always done is try to have tailgate party food that isn’t tailgate party food,”DeFabia says. “We try to make it a little more gourmet.”

”[We] try to have tailgate party food that isn't tailgate party food. We try to make it a little more gourmet.” — Jim DeFabia

Buchler says, and DeFabia laughs. “This is what really happens at a tailgate,” Vitale says, beer in hand. “First thing in the morning.”


Unlike other tailgate devotees, the Finatics are a

kind of legend. “First and foremost, we’ve been Dolphin fans for a long time,”DeFabia says.“For me, it’s [been] since the perfect season in ’72 when I got tickets.”He’s been an on-and-off season ticketholder for several years, but he always makes it to Finatics tailgates. “I was 6 years old for the perfect season,”Buchler says.“That was the catalyst for me to become a Dolphins fan. They ended up winning the Super Bowl the next year, and I was hooked.”He’s been a season ticketholder since 1990.“I bought my first set of season tickets the week after I got my first real job.” Beyond home stand tailgates, the Finatics travel domestically and internationally for games. Buchler has seen the Dolphins in Green

“Gourmet”for this crowd includes Buchler’s signature surf ‘n’ turf on Opening Day, DeFabia’s paella and Vitale’s sausage and peppers. “One of our Opening Day traditions is filets with lobster tails,” Buchler says. But the fancy food doesn’t stop there. They’ve had clambakes, ribs, deep-fried Thanksgiving turkeys and buffalo burgers, and, most recently, a pizza, which Buchler and DeFabia agree turned out pretty well. In terms of beverages, there’s plenty of cold beer to go around. “We would consume one to two kegs between everybody,”Nachio says.“We had people coming over all the time. We were giving beers away.” There’s a plethora of rum, vodka, tequila and anything else they bring, all set up at the makeshift bar. Sometimes there are jello shots. Around the holidays, Buchler makes Mai Tais, and there’s photographic evidence of Champagne too.



Yield: 1 dozen; Prep: 4.5 hours; Tailgate: 10 minutes 4 pounds short ribs of beef 4 tablespoons Smokin' Rays® BBQ Rub 4 tablespoons bacon, diced 2 onions, chopped 2 carrots, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 3 tablespoons brown sugar 3 tablespoons cider vinegar 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1/2 cup tomato puree 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 1/2 cups beef broth Mini hamburger buns } Preheat oven to 250�. }Use cast iron or other heavy wide skillet or pan that is also ovenproof. } Remove any membranes (or silverskin) from short ribs. } Season ribs with BBQ Rub. } Sweat bacon until fat covers skillet. Add short ribs and brown on all sides. } Remove ribs and brown onions, carrots, then garlic. } When browned, pour off all but a small portion of drippings remaining in pan. } Add remaining ingredients and bring sauce to boil. Cover pan and transfer to preheated oven and bake for 3.5-4 hours, basting occasionally (internal temp 180 degrees). } Remove ribs from skillet and let rest. Boil liquid till thick and strain. } Place in refrigerator till game day. } At tailgate, slice in 2-oz. pieces and warm on grill, brushing with reduced sauce. Serve on small buns with BBQ sauce and melted cheese.


Yield: 10 servings; Time: 30 minutes 2 fresh corn on the cob, shucked 1/2 cup crushed pineapple 1 small cucumber, peeled and seeded 1 red bell pepper, roasted, coarsely chopped 1 yellow bell pepper, roasted, coarsely chopped 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (optional) 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 red onion, diced 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon Smokin' Rays® Herb Citrus Smokin' Rays® All Mixed Up (optional for spicier mix) Salt and pepper to taste } Roast corn in broiler and cool. } Mix all ingredients in bowl and chill in refrigerator.


“We can use it until it breaks, and then I just go to the Home Depot and put a new [grill] on top of [the base],”Buchler says. Between five and 10 people stop by each game to ask where they can buy Buchler’s transportable grill. During setup, Buchler is often on the phone directing other fans. “There’s usually somebody calling me saying,‘Hey, we’re on the way, do you have a parking spot saved? If not, can you save a spot for me?’ So it’s part setting up, part talking to people on the phone, getting people to the stadium.” By the time everything is set up, the Finatics are ready to crack a cold beer.“Sometimes a beer opens right when the car engine goes off,”

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Snapshots of the Finatics from various tailgates over the seasons

Everyone is responsible for bringing a contribution. On average, Buchler estimates that food and drinks cost between $100 and $200 per car, depending on the menu for a particular tailgate.

Depending on the game and how the Dolphins

are doing, the Finatics see six to 40 participants at their tailgates. DeFabia says it “ebbs and flows,” but in 2016, they had a steady crowd of 10 to 20 fans at tailgates. Aside from the core members, there’s usually extended family and friends and sometimes friends of friends. Other fans stop by too, after learning about the Finatics’ website or from a mutual friend or colleague. For Opening Day this year,

a couple from New Jersey is joining the Finatics with their new infant. “It’s always great when other people stop by that don’t usually come,”DeFabia says.“It’s great when somebody just shows up because they remember where we are and we haven’t seen them in 10 years.” DeFabia says that everyone tailgates until about 30 minutes before game time. If no one’s in a rush, they’ll take their time and go in later, since breakdown takes a mere 20 minutes. After the game, it’s back to the parking lot for postgame tailgating, but not everything gets set up a second time. “Typically if there’s a win, we will hang around and have a little after-show party,”Buchler says. “It’s hard to tailgate when

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it’s a Monday night game and it gets done at midnight and you have to go to work the next day,” DeFabia says. But the Finatics do it anyway, especially if it’s a close game. “Even on a Monday night, it’s gotten to the point where I’ll take off the next day, and most of the guys in the group will take off the next day,”Buchler says. If this year’s Dolphins season goes well, there might be a lot of late-night tailgate celebrations. “I’m really excited about the season, [because] we have four night games,” Buchler says.“That shows the NFL is giving the Dolphins respect, [because] they’re showing their games during prime time TV.” However, much depends on

the offensive line and head coach Adam Gase. Following a season-ending torn ACL in 2016, quarterback Ryan Tannehill felt ready to get back to football—until another ACL injury on the same knee sidelined him again in early August. Now, Miami is relying on formerly retired Jay Cutler to lead the team as starting quarterback. Cutler, who played for Gase in Chicago, reportedly convinced Cutler to postpone his retirement to play for the Dolphins. Matt Moore remains the backup quarterback. But a quarterback is not an entire football team. “We need to keep [Mike] Pouncey healthy, we need Laremy Tunsil, Ja’Wuan James, we need those guys to stay healthy,”

Buchler adds.

Tailgating, much like sports or music or art, brings

people together. And the best tailgates aren’t solely about the food or the camaraderie; they’re about the individuals. “The best tailgates are when we have a lot of participation, good food, good friends, cold beer,” Buchler says. “And good music,”DeFabia adds. If there’s a Dolphins win, that doesn’t hurt either. But even if they don’t, the memories of Finatics tailgating live on. Buchler says,“Even the years when the Dolphins were not doing well, we would look back and say,‘at least we had the tailgate.’”

”Even the years when the Dolphins were not doing well, we would look back and say, ‘at least we had the tailgate.’” — Dave Buchler

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105 These are a few of the phenomena keeping Florida weird.

Mysteries of South Florida By JOHN THOMASON

What does the construction of a limestone palace have in common with a tragic jetliner crash? And how does the murder of a notorious gangster factor in? All happened in Miami in the 20th century, and all have spawned otherworldly theories and supernatural testimonies that confound parapsychology buffs to this day. With the help of expert researchers, we revisit three of Weird Florida’s unexplained cases—the creation of the Coral Castle, the ghosts of Flight 401 and the haunting of the Biltmore Hotel—tales best enjoyed with the mind open and the lights off.

They Check In, But They Don’t Check Out …

Perhaps there’s something to be said for triskaidekaphobia, aka fear of the number 13. Coral Gables’ legendary Biltmore Hotel hosted its groundbreaking on Friday, March 13, 1925. Four years later, a mobster named Thomas “Fatty”Walsh was shot and killed in a gambling dispute—on the 13th floor of the Biltmore. The hotel, once the tallest skyscraper in Miami, had by then become a winter retreat for discretion-seeking celebrities like Bing Crosby and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, who enjoyed the glamorous fashion shows, Donald Ross golf course, polo fields and the largest swimming pool in the continental United States (where Johnny Weissmuller, the future Tarzan, was the swimming instructor). Many stayed on the 13th floor, part of a lavish two-story penthouse later christened the Al Capone Suite, where illegal gambling flourished. Walsh’s killer has never been found, and the crime was swept under the luxurious rug. This may be one reason why Walsh’s restive spirit has been said to haunt the Biltmore grounds.

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In a 1988 short film by University of Miami student Kathy Buldoc, paranormal researcher Richard Winer claims that, during a séance, his party heard the shaking of dice and the spinning of roulette wheels. Hotel workers found bloody knives, and have claimed to see the specter of Walsh. Like most mafiosi, Walsh was fond of smokes and women, and he would save his most harrowing pranks when in the company of ladies—controlling the elevator so that it only stopped on the 13th floor, flickering the lights for atmosphere, and enveloping the Capone Suite with cold spots and the scent of cigars. Beginning in 1994, Linda Spitzer, a professional storyteller, was hired by the Biltmore to share tales from its history as a guest activity. She knew about the Fatty Walsh stories but assumed the paranormal history ended there. During a decade of weekly storytelling sessions, Spitzer picked up more supernatural tales from Biltmore guests and staff eager to share their experiences. “The piano player told me she had seen ghosts. The waiters told me they had seen ghosts. The concierge told me they had seen ghosts,”recalls Spitzer, now 78.“Things were rolling around that shouldn’t have been rolling around. Things were falling in closets, and they’d put them back up, and they’d fall again. “I can’t explain some of the things people told me,” she adds.“I can’t explain that they’re hearing noise from a band upstairs, and they call the front desk and were told, ‘no one is staying upstairs.’ A couple was staying in a nice room, and suddenly they came back to the room, and somebody had turned all the light bulbs around so they couldn’t go on. The [bulbs] were high up, like sconces. So they got the hotel staff to tighten them. When the guests came back, they were unscrewed again.” One of the guests, a physician of sound mind, testified to Spitzer that a man in a dripping raincoat appeared at the foot of his bed.“What do you want?” the guest demanded. The figure disappeared, and the terrified doctor got out of bed to feel the carpet where the specter had stood. Sure enough, the floor was wet. Fatty Walsh may have jump-started the Biltmore’s paranormal portal, but the hotel’s transformation as a VA hospital, during World War II, seems to have widened it. Buldoc’s documentary describes the hospital as a “bleak and dismal institution”that, in the aftermath of the war, descended into“disrepair, neglect and abandonment.”

“Guests saw people in old Army uniforms,” Spitzer says.“When they had the reconstruction [in the mid1980s], the architect was looking over the plans, and he felt someone tapping him on the back. He turns around, and there’s a man in an old soldier uniform from World War II.” Today’s era is a far remove from Spitzer’s heyday as the Biltmore’s yarn-spinner. These days the hotel wants nothing to do with its occult reputation, and management declined to comment for this article. Chances are, your visit to the Biltmore will be a benign one. In my seven years covering its resident theatre company, GableStage, I’ve never felt or seen anything I couldn’t explain. Neither, for that matter, has Spitzer. “I never saw a ghost the whole 10 years,”she says.

A Star Performance

The Coral Castle has been called the Eighth Wonder of the World—a“fantasy garden and an engineering marvel,” in the words of Leonard Nimoy, who dedicated a 1981 episode of TV’s “In Search Of …” to the Castle. The megalithic garden in Homestead consists of 30 architectural structures cut from oolite limestone formed from coral. These include a functioning sundial, an obelisk, a telescope, a barbecue, a water well, a bathtub, a two-story tower and plenty of rocking chairs, many in the shape of celestial objects. All were built, somehow, by Edward Leedskalnin, a Latvian immigrant who arrived in South Florida, frail and tubercular, in 1918. He weighed 100 pounds, yet he constructed all 3 million pounds of his coral-cut Shangri-La by himself, with no advanced machinery—just winches and picks, ropes and pulleys—beginning in 1923. Just as amazingly, in 1936, Leedskalnin moved the entire Castle 10 miles from its original home in Florida City to its current location in Homestead, under the cover of darkness, during a three-year period. As the legend goes, Leedskalnin built the Castle for one Agnes Skuvst, his so-called“Sweet 16,” who left him a day before their wedding in his native Latvia. The mechanics of his feat have yet to be solved. “Even though we have had scientists, engineers and scholars from around the world, for decades, trying to figure out the answer to Ed’s secret, they haven’t been able to do that yet,” says Laura Maye, GM and curator at the Coral Castle Museum, where visitors from around the world tour Leedskalnin’s

Fatty Walsh may have jump-started the Biltmore’s paranormal portal, but its transformation as a VA hospital, during World War II, seems to have widened it.

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“When you consider the north wall of the Coral Castle, it weighs 60,000 pounds. Ed weighed less than 100 pounds. It was so impossible that somehow it must have been easy.” creations.“That’s why we’re compared to the pyramids in Egypt, and Stonehenge in England. “It’s a lot like peeling back an onion,”she adds. “The first layer would be the love story. Then you could peel it back and have other subjects independent of each other—levitation, architecture, magnetism, lay lines, telluric lines, symbolism. There’s so many theories that I don’t think there will be one individual who will come up with the answer.” This hasn’t stopped a contingent of Coral Castle researchers from trying to discover a kind of Grand Unified Theory—what R.L. Poole coins the “Leedskalnin codex.”In 2011, Poole launched a YouTube site devoted to cracking the code. He has concluded that Leedskalnin’s placement of structures in the Castle perfectly aligns with celestial bodies, and that this alignment, among other factors, allowed him to levitate the objects into place during a“perfect storm” of reverse magnetism.

“He was able to combine rudimentary physics with celestial alignments and move megalithic blocks of stone that could not be moved even by machines at the time,” Poole says.“When you consider the 30-ton stone, the north wall of the Coral Castle, it weighs 60,000 pounds. Ed weighed less than 100 pounds. It was so impossible that somehow it must have been easy.” Poole’s research, exhaustively documented on whiteboards, led to the discovery of a time period when the stars aligned—literally—with a full solar eclipse, allowing Leedskalnin to bend physics as we know it: a four-hour window beginning Sept. 10, 1923, at 6:09 p.m. “To talk about floating rocks is scary stuff,”Poole says.“But the prosaic explanation scares me even more. It scares me that people can actually believe a 100-pound man can move a 30-ton stone with three pieces of Florida pine, a 5-ton chain, and lots of grit.

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Feast on three more tales of high strangeness, in digestible chunks.


A coral cut on a brief stretch of Country Club Road on Palm Beach has spawned an evolving

series of urban legends. Prison-like bars cover a window on the south side of the cut, inspiring colorful narratives of a shrieking madwoman held captive behind the bars—or a witch who entraps the souls of children. We dare you to cruise the cut on Halloween night. You might hear a moan drifting across the palm trees.


This creeping hominid is our favorite local version of the famed Florida Skunk Ape, its legend dating to the 1930s here in Palm Beach County. It shares the dark, hairy coat of the traditional Sasquatch, carries the scent of animal corpses, and was said to troll makeout spots, blasting amorous young women with its rotting breath. Author

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Greg Jenkins recounts sightings through the early 90s, on Palm Beach island and lurking behind the nightclubs on Clematis.


We can wrap our heads around driverless cars—sort of—but cars that vanish into thin air? Plenty of baffled motorists have reported experiencing this phenomenon while traveling a specific stretch of Federal Highway in Islamorada. If you’re driving through the Keys and you encounter an antique automobile puttering way under the speed limit before shuddering and disappearing, you’ve encountered the Ghost Car of U.S. I—said to be the spirit of a driver who perished during the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935.

That’s the insane theory. I think I’m the most rational person in the discussion here—and I think he can levitate them!” There is precedent in Leedskalnin’s biography to support Poole’s conclusions. The Latvian was a voracious student of Egyptology, and while he spoke coyly of his methods, he famously claimed to know the secrets of the pyramids. He performed experiments on magnetism and published three pamphlets, available in the museum gift shop, titled “Magnetic Current.” Poole admits he doesn’t have all the answers.“I believe I have the celestial component figured out, and it’s on me to figure out the physics of it. I believe it had to do with electricity, magnetism, water, celestial alignment and radio waves. It’s a big, complicated thing. I do not believe I will ever figure this out in my lifetime.” He’s almost 100-percent certain of one thing: Leedskalnin didn’t create the Castle for Agnes Skuvst. Noting that Ed would, according to witnesses, gaze up at the stars while pining for his“Sweet 16,” Poole takes this to mean the 16 celestial alignments required to build the castle. “What I’ve discovered makes Ed even greater than some lovesick man,” Poole says.“He is the Tesla of our time. He did something amazing, and he was generous enough to leave the secret behind for some idiot like me to trip over.”

Fly the Ghostly Skies

It entered the history books as the second-deadliest single-aircraft disaster in the United States. And it happened on our own River of Grass. In December 1972, Eastern Airlines Flight 401, a routine flight from JFK to MIA on a Lockheed jetliner just four months old, plummeted into the Everglades. The accident killed 96 passengers, two flight attendants and all three pilots, leaving 75 survivors. There’s no mystery surrounding the cause of the crash: a burned-out light bulb in the landing gear indicator. Distracted by the outage, the pilots left their posts to inspect the landing gear, but they inadvertently disconnected the autopilot function. Less than 10 seconds after the pilots realized their error, the plane crash-landed into the Everglades at 227 mph. Flight 401 was a ghastly tragedy, but it’s the event’s ghostly residue that has continued to intrigue paranormal investigators. Just months after the accident, credible fliers began seeing its dead crewmembers, in the flesh, on other Eastern Airlines flights. The vice-president of Eastern claimed to have shared a first-class row with 401’s head pilot, Bob Loft, describing the late aviator’s stoic presentation and pale skin tone. No sooner had he identified the passenger as Loft than the spirit vanished into thin air. The stories persisted. Flight attendants reported Loft hovering over passengers or wandering the aisles—in one instance warning the passengers to

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“Pieces of the tragedy were literally haunting other flights.” exit the plane before takeoff. This spooked management enough to cancel the flight. Bob Loft wasn’t alone in returning to his old haunts. Flight 401 engineer Donald Repo was spotted fixing an oven in the galley of an Eastern plane, a sighting that baffled the one (living) engineer onboard. In another instance, Repo appeared in front of a flight attendant to warn her of possible fires on the plane. Halfway through the flight, an engine malfunction caused a fire, prompting an emergency landing. These supernatural reports were swiftly sensationalized in print (John Fuller’s nonfiction paperback Ghost of Flight 401) and on television (a 1978 TV movie of the same name). Eastern CEO Frank Borman dismissed the ghost stories as “garbage.”But the evidence, if only experiential, continues to entice serious paranormal researchers like Ryan Sprague, of the website and podcast Somewhere in the Skies. “I was curious if hauntings not only occurred on the ground but also in the skies,” Sprauge says.“After doing some digging, I came across the terrifying story behind Flight 401. “I can’t pretend to know what a ghost or spirit is thinking or how they can truly interact with space, time and matter around us, but I do have theories that seem most likely to me. The first is that the

overwhelming feeling of guilt and responsibility weighed so heavy on the crewmembers—mostly the pilots—for what happened that they felt they must redeem themselves by attempting to somehow communicate any impending danger on subsequent flights. “My second theory is known as the Stone Tape Theory. This is a speculative theory in which … the energy and emotions from an event can be somehow trapped into objects in the vicinity. The spirit is literally replaying the events over and over again.” A key revelation supports the theory that physical objects can harbor the energy of spirits: Almost all of the sightings of Loft and Repo occurred in planes constructed partially from wreckage salvaged from Flight 401.“Pieces of the tragedy were literally haunting other flights, and this all mixed, melded and exploded into full-bodied apparitions,”Sprague says. Asked to rank the Flight 401 ghosts on a believability scale of one to 10, Sprague concludes,“It teeters on a seven or above. The plethora of reports and credibility of those who made the reports is pretty high. When former airline employees are willing to come forward with their accounts, I see no reason that they would risk their careers and reputations if what they saw or experienced was not genuine.”

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Special Report:

Back to School


From changing family demographics and the prospect of finding the perfect day care to school-year anxieties and “affluenza,� being a kid has never been more complicated.

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In this special section, we take a look at a few issues facing kids and parents as school starts and a new year begins, including how to find a daycare option that works, and the obstacles many children face in the school setting. Things have changed in the decades since their grandparents showed up for school, learning their ABCs, practicing air raid drills, carrying metal“Sky King”lunch boxes filled with PB&J sandwiches and apples. Today, our schools routinely have metal detectors (even the“good” ones) and roving security. Drugs are rampant, and kids have access to more money. The family itself has changed radically from the 1950s and 1960s, in which 73 percent of all children were living in a family with two parents in their first marriage. Today that family is generally smaller, may have one parent instead of two, same-sex parents, blended siblings, working mothers, parents who are unmarried but living together—the permutations are endless.

The social context in which these families survive and thrive has also shifted. The internet has changed the social world, and connectivity has altered how kids relate to one another. Teens are having sex at a younger age, rampant bullying and body-image issues threaten their stability, and there is increasing pressure on them to succeed in any number of arenas, from academics to relationships. In short, it’s not easy out there. With the changing American family, sometimes the playing field is not only uneven—it’s in a different stadium. These differences cry out for greater tolerance and understanding— and offer a challenge to the community to be inclusive and engaged. They provide yet another reason for parents to listen to their children, to stay connected—and involved—in the lives of their families. So dust off the dinner hour, unplug the phone and start talking. It’s the most important conversation you’ll have all day.


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Today, four in 10 births occur to women who are single or living with a nonmarital partner.

By 1980, less than half of all children were living in a home with two parents in their first marriage.


A recent study over a three-year period showed that 31 percent of children younger than 6 had experienced a major change in their family or household structure through divorce, separation, marriage or death.


One quarter of all children under the age of 18 live with a single parent (up from 9 percent in 1960).


One in five people with no spouse or partner say they don’t have enough money to meet their basic expenses.


Children cost more than ever before; according to the Department of Agriculture, the average middle-class couple will spend $214,080 to raise a child to age 18—this can rise easily to $1 million when you factor in college and grad school.


The share of women who are primary breadwinners has risen from 11 percent in 1960 to 40 percent today.


There was a 33-percent increase in samesex marriages in the year since the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in 2015.


Even 17 years ago—in the 2000 Census— there were 600,000 same-sex partner households, and there were children living in approximately 27 percent of those households.


The percent of adolescents who are having sex at earlier ages has decreased since 1988, and contraceptive use has increased since the 1990s. Together these two factors have contributed to the U.S. reaching its lowest teen pregnancy and birth rates in years. Sources: Pew Research Center, 2015; “The Changing American Family,” New York Times, 2013; “Gay marriages up 33 percent in year since Supreme Court ruling,” USA Today, 2016; American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; Resource Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (ReCapp)


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Back-to-School Butterflies

The new school year can be fraught with challenges for many students Written by JENNIFER BISHOP


tarting a new school year is exciting for most children, but even kids who are usually even-tempered can get butterflies—and those who are prone to anxiety can get clingier and more worried than usual. Rachel Busman, clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute,

go home early. She had terrible worries, frequent nightmares and had stopped having fun during her favorite pastimes—dance, art, even trick-or-treating. She was afraid to be without her parents and cried often. She’s far from alone. The National Center for Educational Statistics states that one out of

The National Center for Educational Statistics states that one out of every four students reported feelings of anxiety during the school year.

says this is especially true for children and teens going back to school or for first-timers starting kindergarten. This transition can be stressful and disruptive to the entire family; leaving a crying child in a classroom is not fun, nor is trying to get a panicky child on the school bus. As the summer draws to an end, my phone is flooded with calls regarding concerns about back-to-school anxiety. For example, a 6-year-old girl started the school year productively, and then one day started crying and announced that she did not want to return to school. In fact, she was unable to make it through a full school day without having to

every four students reported feelings of anxiety during the school year.

Worries are Common Anxious children worry about many different school-related issues, such as academics, peer pressure, teachers, fitting in and being away from their parents. Some of the common worries include:

What if something bad happens to my mom/dad while I am at school? What if I don’t do well on my work? Who will my new teacher be? Will I look stupid? Who will I sit with at lunch? Will I fit in? What if I make a mistake? What if someone makes fun of me or bullies me? What if I don’t know what to do? Who will I play with at recess?

Somatic Symptoms. These entail complaining about feeling“sick” more than usual. Look for regular complaints of stomachaches or headaches with symptoms that resolve at home. Self and Social Issues. These include declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork or not wanting to go to school, sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations, feelings of helplessness or decreased self-esteem, and

Know the Signs Changes in Behavior. Common changes can include irritability or moodiness, withdrawal from favorite activities, frequently stating fears or concerns, crying, being excessively clingy to a parent or teacher, changes in sleeping or eating patterns, nail biting, hair twirling, skin picking, regressed behaviors (thumb sucking, bed wetting), fighting and aggressive behaviors.

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114 self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home.

Make a Successful Transition Here’s how to tackle anxiety head-on: Attendance! Attend school every day. Although major meltdowns may have you wondering if school is causing too much anxiety, avoiding school will only reinforce your child’s anxiety long-term, making it increasingly more difficult to attend.

Get back to the basics. No child copes well when hungry or tired. Anxious children often forget to eat, don’t feel hungry and don’t get enough sleep. Provide frequent and nutritious snacks. It is also important to build in regular, structured routines, including predictable habits for morning and bedtime as well as afternoon activities. Listen and acknowledge. When your child shares his or her worries and fears with you about starting a new school year, rather than saying “there is nothing to worry about,”acknowledge their

older children practice using their own alarm clock. Kids can help plan lunches and make a list of school supplies needed. A couple of days before school, practice going to the school several times. You can take a tour of the school, finding the classroom, cafeteria and bathrooms. This is a great time to select outfits for the first week as well. Know when to intervene. More often than not, back-to-school anxiety decreases as the child adjusts to the new school year. However, you can do all the right things and still have a worried child,

Don't reassure [your anxious child that] things will be OK; help them problem-solve! A great way to do this is by role-playing.

fears by validating their feelings. Tell them it’s normal to have concerns. Before and during the first few weeks of school, set up a regular time and place to talk. Remember: Don’t assure them things will be OK; help them problem-solve! A great way to do this is by role-playing. Give it a test run. A few weeks before school starts, you can schedule play dates with one or two of the students in your child’s class so they see a familiar face in the classroom, and a week before school, start the school-day routine: waking up, eating and going to bed at regular times.You can also let


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no matter the age. It may be time to seek professional help if your child’s anxiety is: More frequent and intense Preoccupies his or her mind most of the time Interferes with eating and sleeping Interferes with everyday functioning and activities Is out of proportion to the actual situation Is leading to depression Anxious feelings are normal and expected during times of change. By maintaining a steadying presence in their children’s lives, observant parents have plenty of tools at their disposal to navigate the inevitable.

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The Great Day Care Dilemma Written by MICHELLE OLSON-ROGERS


fter Jessica Black separated from her husband, day care seemed like the only viable option for her 2-year-old daughter, Chloe. Black had to go back to work, and quickly realized that on a single income, the “nicest” schools in Boca Raton didn’t exactly fit her budget. The fancy Montessoris and private preparatory preschool programs were miles out of reach for her family. “[Enrolling my child in day care at age 2] was way earlier than I had ever envisioned, and way before I was ready to let my daughter go,” says Black,

parent has the same type of day care dilemma. After I became a mother, for example, I realized pretty fast that I was eager to go back to work. Being a full-time stay-at-home mom didn’t fit my personality, and I was concerned that I might start to resent my new parental role. Talking to other moms, I quickly realized I wasn’t alone. Several working mothers I spoke to were fearful that taking too much time off would hurt their career progression or create unappealing gaps in their résumés. There were so many opposing factors (and feelings) at

Black visited some day care facilities that said they’d discipline children with timeouts. For her, that was non-negotiable.

whose name has been changed for privacy purposes. “As a new mom, I had great difficulty trusting anyone. And as a single mom, I had little money to spend.” Even though cost of care can be the deciding factor for most families, not every

play for my family and others. But no one ever said becoming a parent would be easy. So how do you find a “good” day care? For whatever reason you choose to enroll your child in a day care program or preschool, finding the best fit for your family requires

some legwork. Visiting each facility in person, taking a tour (preferably with your child, so you can see their reaction) and meeting with staff is key to make sure your values and expectations align. Every parent has his or her own set of priorities and deal-breakers when it comes to day care. When I was searching, my No. 1 priority, besides safety, was finding a tot time program that my daughter would actually look forward to attending. Her happiness was my first concern. Additionally, I wanted to feel confident in the facility and staff, and be able to focus on work without worry during the hours she was in their care. Black, on the other hand, visited some day care facilities that said they’d discipline children with timeouts. For her, that was non-negotiable. She also wanted a school that had a great security system in place, and was surprised to find that many had no such thing. After you choose a

DR. RUDNICK’S PRESCHOOL/DAY CARE TOUR QUESTION CHECKLIST What is the child-to-teacher ratio? What security system is in place? How are staff members/teachers background-checked? Is the staff CPR- and First Aid-certified and up-todate?  How clean is the facility? How often is the facility/classroom cleaned?  What is the sick policy?  Are there healthy snack options available?  Are the children washing their hands/taken to wash their hands after using the bathroom and before all meals?

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116 day care, it’s important to pay attention and trust your gut. “I had a bad feeling from day one [after choosing a local day care], but since I had no experience, I thought I was being paranoid,” Black recalls. “I started showing up to my daughter’s class unan-

Another time, the day care lost her lunch. The staff presumed I had forgotten to bring it, so they fed her another child’s extra food. That was it for me. I never returned, and lost my enrollment fee plus everything I had paid up that point.” To help prevent

Don’t count on five-star Facebook or Yelp reviews to be totally accurate representations of the day care or school.

WEB EXTRA: For a helpful list of Dos and Don’ts when it comes to parenting healthy children, visit BOCAMAG.COM.

nounced and found her crying without anyone to comfort her a few times. Another day she was soaking wet, and when I asked the staff why she hadn’t been changed, they said it was because it was ‘just water’.

negative surprises like these, be sure to conduct extensive research online. Poll local family Facebook groups and see what facilities parents are personally recommending. And don’t count on fivestar Facebook or Yelp

reviews to be totally accurate representations of the day care or school. “After I pulled my daughter out of our first day care, more research revealed that most of the school’s ‘great reviews’ online were from the owner’s friends and family,” Black says. Don’t be afraid to consult the experts. Your pediatrician can provide some valuable insight into the best day care or preschool option for your child. Dr. Chad Rudnick, pediatrician and CEO of Boca VIPediatrics, tells his patients, “The most important factor in selecting a preschool or day care should be the health and safety of the child. This often means asking important questions such as how teachers and staff are background-checked

and learning about the school’s sick policy. There should also be a big emphasis on cleanliness—how the facilities are cleaned (and how often). Toddlers and preschoolers are expected to be sick more times per year than their elementary school counterparts, and thus hand-washing and cleanliness should be paramount.” Once you find that day care or preschool fit, stick with it and spread the good word to other parents. After much searching, Black found a great school in east Boca that has the 3 C’s: caring, cleanliness and clear communication with parents. And the pricing is pretty reasonable. “Deals can be found if you look hard enough, even in Boca!” asserts Black.

5 DAY CARES & PRESCHOOLS WE LOVE… Advent Lutheran School 300 Yamato Road, 561/395-3631 Grandview Preparatory School 336 N.W. Spanish River Blvd., 561/416-9737 Rainbow of Love 1251 S.W. 15th Ave., 561/392-5483 Sunflower Creative Arts 227 Dixie Blvd., Delray Beach, 561/501-6615 Zale Early Childhood Learning at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center 9801 Donna Klein Blvd., 561/852-3286


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The Price of Affluence Growing up privileged has its own pitfalls Written by JENNIFER BISHOP


ou’ve seen the cars that many Boca kids drive, the houses they live in, the closets full of designer handbags and shoes. It’s easy to think these kids have it made, with every want fulfilled, and a lifetime of plenty just shimmering ahead of them. But that’s only part of the picture. Research shows that children of affluence may be more self-centered and more depressed than ever before. Dr. Suniya Luthar, professor of psychology at the University of Arizona, found that children brought up in homes with incomes of over $100,000 reported higher rates of depression, anxiety and substance abuse than any other socioeconomic group of young Americans today. When children lack the resilience to effectively adapt to a changing environment, clinical symptoms may

emerge. Young people begin to show signs of depression and anxiety such as sadness, worry, insecurity or sleeplessness. Parents may believe that their child’s problems are just temporary. Oftentimes, parents find themselves protecting their child from disappointments and challenges. Discipline often goes out the window. Conversely, at the same time that parents pressure their children to make good grades or excel in extracurricular activities, they often give them a hall pass when it comes to family responsibilities. This kind of imbalance in expectations results in kids

who routinely expect others to do things for them, rather than learning how to prioritize tasks or manage their time. Small setbacks can easily send them into a tailspin. An academically outstanding 14-year-old thinks about suicide when her test scores come back lower than she had expected. A 9-year-old boy who gets in trouble because he can’t concentrate in class has a meltdown, anticipating his parents’ disappointment over his behavior. When an adolescent lacks the secure internal structure that we call a sense of “self,” it leaves them with an overwhelming feeling of emptiness. Many well-meaning affluent

parents contribute to this problem by emphasizing all the external trappings of success or by being overly critical, emotionally unavailable or intrusive. Under these circumstances, it is difficult for children to become independent and to forge their own identities—and this is when psychological development goes askew. Early intervention is important. Recognize the signs of distress in children and let them know they can talk to you without fear of criticism or judgment. And if you’ve tried that and you see that your child has signs of depression, anxiety or substance use, call your health care provider for support.

[Affluent parents] tend to shower their children with material goods, hoping to buy compliance and distract the child from his or her unhappiness.

Jennifer Bishop is a licensed Mental Health Counselor in Boca Raton. Her specialty is working with children and their parents, providing a safe and nurturing environment that allows for healing to occur inside of relationships.

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Featuring the Lynn University Philharmonia Orchestra Presented by the Lynn University Friends of the Conservatory of Music Now in its 15th year of making the holidays merry and bright, our annual Gingerbread Holiday Concert attracts grandparents, parents and children of all ages to the Boca Raton Resort and Club to enjoy the musical classics of the season, performed by the Lynn University Philharmonia Orchestra, with Dean Jon Robertson conducting. This pops concert raises funds for scholarships for the talented student musicians attending the Lynn Conservatory. Your support makes it possible for many of our students to graduate to positions with renowned orchestras.

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George Colavecchio Creative director, X-Scream Halloween Written by JOHN THOMASON


here’s nothing frightening about George Colavecchio. In fact, he’s kind of a hippie. In a previous life as a professional singer/songwriter, he toured with Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, and recorded with MCA under the name George St. John. Before that, he toiled the same coffeehouse circuit as Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger. But these days, he strums scarier notes as creative director of G-Star School’s X-Scream Halloween, which bills itself as Florida’s third-largest haunted attraction. Built and performed by film students at the Palm Springs high school, this durable fundraiser has transformed G-Star’s benign soundstages into zombie apocalypses, Old West ghost towns, anarchic mental wards, demented circus shows and more, for intrepid visitors aged 8 to 80. It earned its haunt-industry bona fides in 2008, when the Travel Channel named it one of the 13 Scariest Haunted Attractions in America. Colavecchio’s 200 X-Scream students, who comprise about a quarter of the school’s student body, have expanded well beyond the October event, staging FBI and first-responder disaster drills, writing murder-mystery dinner theater productions, and even decorating the Palm Beach Zoo for Christmas. Colavecchio oversees it all, along with handling G-Star’s web and graphic design and most of its P.R. His job description is complicated. “If you ask the teachers what I do, they have no clue,” he says. “I found this niche for a very bizarre set of skills.” With X-Scream’s lucky 13th anniversary approaching in October, we asked Colavecchio to share insights from the spook trade.

“If I can get you to laugh, you’ve totally dropped your guard. You’re mine now.” Do you have a special affinity for horror films? No. The funny thing is that I don’t watch horror films. The only horror films I’ve ever seen are going back to Lon Chaney—the original “Dracula” and “Were-

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wolf.” Because you can scare people without all that [gore]. It’s more about the entertainment, and the fact that when doing a haunted event, you don’t have any boundaries. If you can think it, you can probably do it.

What’s the secret to a good scare? There is a psychology to scaring people. You can try to rationalize it all you want, but when you take all of the sophisticated ideas about how haunting works, basically it’s just ‘boo.’ The key to it is getting you to look over there, and getting something to bump or scream over here. It’s like doing a magic trick—it’s all about misdirection.

How important is it to have a story? There are two trains of thought in the haunt industry. There’s your standard, old-school vampire room, zombie room and clown room, that have no story—it’s just there to scare you. Then there’s a group of us who are referred to as themers, where you have a backstory. I’m a big-time themer for a couple of reasons. No. 1, I’m a writer, and I’ve got all these stories in my head. No. 2, everything we do is somewhere in time. We’ve done haunts that took place in the 1400s. We’ve done them in the 1920s. In order to do it right, the kids have to research what we’re doing. They’re actually learning a lot of history. You have to learn the correct history before you can twist it.

Your website lists the 2017 X-Scream as the most ambitious one yet. Why? We wanted to do something different with witches—not your stereotypical pointy hat and broomstick. The inside haunt is in the soundstage, and there are no walls: It’s a dark forest. A witch has cursed the forest and the creatures within it. It’s trolls and goblins and ogres and wood nymphs—all the stereotypical fantasy characters, with our twist on them. The outside haunt is a medieval village during a witch burning. The village has been hit by the Black Plague—and Black Plague victims are basically zombies with slightly different skin tones. This year I’m also adding a hayride that goes around the property, and there are scare zones built in along the way.

Why do people enjoy being frightened? It’s kind of like living on the edge. It’s safer than skydiving or bungee jumping. If your haunt is successful, when people come out that back door, I want them sweating bullets and smiling. You’ve scared them, but you’ve also made it fun.

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GREEN DAY at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 7 p.m.; $22-$81.50; 561/795-8883; livenation. com. The alternative rock

Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; $5-$12; 954/525-5500; “Cobra”

has nothing to do with slithery creatures: It’s an acronym for an avant-garde art movement that thrived in post-WWII Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam. The NSU Art Museum contains the largest Cobra collection in America, and this summer it showcases the artists’ creative use of animal imagery.

Museum, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach; $9-$15 museum admission; 561/495-0233; In honor of the

Morikami’s 40th anniversary, the museum will showcase an eclectic selection of paintings, prints, ceramics, textiles and lacquerware from longtime patron Mary Griggs Burke.

Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; $10-$12; 561/392-2500; A native

Texan and current Palm Beacher, collagist Nix has earned comparisons to Joseph Cornell on the strength of her surrealist, boldly colorful and strikingly constructed works, which reference tarot cards and other spiritualist iconography.

stalwarts, misfits and social critics return for a world tour of their 12th LP, “Revolution Radio,” a trenchant and timely punk-rock polemic that has been heralded as the group’s best album in years.

“Building a Legacy”

Green Day

Judy Gold


Zac Brown Band

Sept. 21-Oct. 8

Sept. 22-23

Sept. 23-24

Sept. 24

“OLEANNA” at Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; $20-$30; 561/447-8829; eveningstarproductions.

ZAC BROWN BAND at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 7 p.m.; $27.75-$77.75; 561/795-8883; The recording

JUDY GOLD at Boca Black Box, 8221 Glades Road, Suite 10, Boca Raton; 8 p.m.; $30-$40; 561/4839036;

2CELLOS at Mizner Park

com. An intellectual and sexual power struggle between a soon-to-be-tenured teacher and his female student forms the basis of David Mamet’s controversial two-character play, revived by Boca’s Evening Star Productions.

artist behind some of the most iconic country hits of the Aughts—“Chicken Fried,” “Toes,” “Colder Weather,”—returns with his seven-piece band to trumpet his fifth album “Welcome Home.”

A longtime road warrior in the standup scene, this prolific Emmy winner has guest-starred on more than 30 shows in 25 years, and created two solo plays: “25 Questions for a Jewish Mother” and “The Judy Show: My Life as a Sitcom.”

Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 7:30 p.m.; $33-$68.50; 888/929-7849, myboca. us. Former rivals in interna-

tional music competitions, cellists Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser combined their skills to form this dynamic string duo famous for reimagining rock songs by AC/DC, Nirvana, U2, the Rolling Stones and many others with—you guessed it—two cellos.

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Sept. 14-16

THE STING POLICE at Boca Black Box, 8221 Glades Road, Suite 10, Boca Raton; 8 p.m.; $30-$40; 561/483-9036; This high-energy


BRAZILIAN BEAT at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 6 p.m.; free; 561/3677070;

STEVE-O at Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; various show times; $22-$32; 561/833-1812;

um, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach; 5:308:30 p.m.; $6-$8 museum admission; 561/495-0233; Stroll tranquil

tribute band captures the many moods and textures of the Police’s five albums and Sting’s ongoing solo career, performing hits from “Roxanne” to “King of Pain,” and spanning genres from rock and punk to island music and reggae.

Japanese gardens, enjoy traditional Japanese food and listen to the Japanese drum music of Ronin Taiko in this monthly summer tradition.

Downtown Boca celebrates Brazil’s Independence Day with this five-hour bash, which includes a Rio-style parade, a Zumba showcase, a Capoeira circle, street dancing, Brazilian singers and samba drummers, authentic Brazilian cuisine and cocktails, and more.

Sept. 15

This English stunt performer flirted with danger on a weekly basis as a cast member of MTV’s “Jackass,” but these days the tattooed daredevil angles for laughs in a harsher environment: the unforgiving brick walls of standup comedy clubs.

BRAD PAISLEY at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 7 p.m.; $25-$54.75; 561/7958883;

Country chart-topper—and youngest-ever entrant into the Grand Ole Opry—Brad Paisley will perform selections from his 10 best-selling albums at this star-studded quadruple bill whose opening acts are worth the price of admission: Arrive early for Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell.

Brad Paisley

Steve-O The Sting Police Nestor Torres

Brazilian Beat

“Knights of the Air: Aviator Heroes of World War I”

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NESTOR TORRES at Boca Black Box, 8221 Glades Road, Suite 10; 8 p.m.; $40-$50; 561/483-9036, A Puer-



OKTOBERFEST at American German Club of the Palm Beaches, 5111 Lantana Road, Lake Worth; 561/967-6464;

at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; $45; 561/832-7469; kravis. org. A flamboyant drag

entertainer attempts to play it “straight,” to please his daughter-in-law’s bigoted father, in this classic musical. Expect big laughs, sociopolitical significance and poignant songs like “A Little More Mascara” and “Song on the Sand” in this regional revival by MNM Productions.

to Rican native who studied classical flute at Berklee College of Music, Torres has secured four Latin Grammy nominations and performed with a vast spectrum of talent, from Gloria Estefan to Herbie Hancock. His exuberant live performances showcase his crossover fusion of Latin, classical, pop and jazz sounds.

Museum, 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach; $3-$18; 561/655-2833, The representation

of the American pilot as an avatar of wartime propaganda and heroic pop-culture archetype is the subject of this historical exhibition, presented in conjunction with the centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I.

Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth; $29-$60; 561/586-6410;

Inspired by Elvis Presley’s 1957 draft notice, this musical sendup of ‘50s Americana imagines a heartthrob crooner offering a live-television goodbye kiss to a lucky viewer before he joins the Army.

Palm Beach County’s premier Oktoberfest event typically includes traditional German folk dancing and choral singing, vendor booths, an all-ages carnival and kids’ zone, imported beers and all the bratwurst and sauerkraut you can eat.


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Museum, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach; $9-$15 museum admission; 561/4950233;

Showcasing the long and cherished history of indigo dye in Japanese textiles, this exhibition includes examples of kimono, samurai jackets, festival robes, firemen’s coats and wrapping clothes that have been dyed the dark blue hue.


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QUEEN MACHINE at Old School Square Pavilion, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $25; 561/243-7922; Channel-

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 7 p.m.; $65-$78; 561/7958883; This


Box, 8221 Glades Road, Suite 10; $35-$45; 561/483-9036, Eve Ensler’s

enduring, Obie-winning one-woman show is a hilarious and heartbreaking whirlwind through contemporary feminist consciousness, featuring characters as diverse as a 6-year-old girl, a septuagenarian New Yorker and a Bosnian rape victim.

ing a young Freddie Mercury in appearance, voice and charisma, frontman Bjarke Baisner and his note-perfect backing musicians have been lauded as the best Queen cover band in Denmark.

Queen Machine

southern-bred duo, which made history when its 2012 single “Cruise” became the top-selling digital country song of all-time, returns for its “Dig Your Roots” tour. Hip-hop star Nelly, who appeared on “Cruise,” will open the show, along with pop-country crossover artist Chris Lane.

Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; $45-$85; 561/995-2333; In this inge-

nious, multiple Tony-winning sendup of 1920s musicals, an agoraphobic Broadway fanatic plays a cast recording of his favorite long-lost musical—which springs to life onstage, complete with inside jokes and meta interruptions.

“Looking Glass”

The New Orleans Suspects “Out of the Blue: Japanese Indigo Textiles”

Maria Bamford

Oct. 20 MARIA BAMFORD at Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; 7:30 p.m.; $30; 561/833-1812; One of the

most original voices in the recent standup scene, Bamford finds piercing humor in her history of depression and bipolar disorder, subjects bravely addressed in her semiautobiographical Netflix series “Lady Dynamite.”

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Oct. 27


CAROL LEIFER at Boca Black Box, 8221 Glades Road, Suite 10; 7 and 9 p.m.; $35-$45; 561/4839036, bocablackbox. com. The veteran standup

“MACBETH” at Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; various show times; $20-$30; 561/447-8829; Eve-


Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561/5144042; Recently revived

on Broadway, this epic 1939 play by Lillian Hellman is a classic tale of 20th century drama, detailing the ruthless business dealings and criminal power grabs among siblings in the Deep South, circa 1900.

comedian, Emmy-nominated comedy writer, and self-described “Jewish lesbian vegan” wrote some of the most iconic episodes of “Seinfeld” and penned the 2009 essay collection When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win.

ning Star Productions debuts its “Sol After Dark” series with a one-act production of Shakespeare’s masterpiece of power, paranoia and madness. Each performance includes a talkback and refreshments.

Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton; 9 p.m.; $20-$35; 561/395-2929, Formed

in New Orleans in 2009, this rollicking, funky Big Easy supergroup features former members of the Neville Brothers and Dirty Dozen Brass Band, touring to support their acclaimed fourth album, “Kaleidoscoped.”

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Oct. 20

“LOOKING GLASS” at Cornell Museum at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $5-$8; 561/243-7922; Re-


opening to the public after a months-long renovation, the Cornell presents this group exhibition of artists who deploy reflective surfaces in their work—a reference to the curator’s desire to “reflect” on the Cornell’s cultural contributions to Delray Beach.

Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton; 9 p.m.; $20-$40; 561/395-2929; A mae-

stro of the boogie-woogie blues and the recipient of a 2017 Blues Music Award for Piano Player of the Year, Wainwright returns to Funky Biscuit with his eclectic stew of blues, roots and soul, supplemented by the Victor Wainwright Horns.

Victor Wainwright & the Train Kings of Leon

Tommy Castro & the Painkillers

Oct. 27

Oct. 28

KINGS OF LEON at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 7 p.m.; $24.50-$81.50; 561/7958883; A


band of brothers like no other, the four Followill kin of Kings of Leon have blended southern rock, alternative and blues to the tune of four Grammy wins and 12 nominations. The “Use Somebody” hit-makers are known for their surprise-filled live shows and marathon set lists.

Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton; 8 p.m.; $20-$30; 561/395-2929, A guitar

prodigy since the age of 10, bluesman Castro’s music absorbs his palette of influences, from Eric Clapton to Otis Redding to James Brown. An indefatigable road warrior, he’s touring behind his 18th album, 2015’s raw and raucous “Method to My Madness.”

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Ditmas 21077 Powerline Road, Boca Raton, 561/826-8875 Written by LYNN KALBER

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Pan-seared salmon, top, and Tony Fries

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here’s plenty of New Yawk personality in the menu of this hot spot, named after a street in Brooklyn’s historic Ditmas neighborhood. A former “Top Chef” contestant and Ditmas Avenue transplant with credits at iconic restaurants in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, chef/owner Alex Reznik has created a contemporary American menu, but without dairy products. Oh, and did I mention it’s kosher? Ditmas’ menu tosses one-liners as if Jerry Seinfeld were sitting across the table. Entrées under the heading “Not Your Bubbies” include the Not Stolen (salmon with beet puree and cooked spinach) and The Butcher Is Dead (hangar steak with lentils and carrots). And if you order the Tony Fries, which arrive with a schmear of machaca chicken, pico, guacamole, sriracha, citrus aioli and togarashi, beware. These are like full-bore nachos, but the sweetness and heat and smooth guac atop the crispy fries make the dish more interesting and addictive. The same goes for the complimentary maple-glazed chickpeas and pickled veggies. Chef Aaron Goldberg, a Florida Culinary Institute grad, runs the Boca kitchen and changes ingredients based on what’s available locally. Both the salmon and the hangar steak arrived with different sides than were on the menu, but we had been forewarned. The tender steak was cooked as ordered, and the lentils and carrots were also just right, flavored with a bit of kick. The salmon piece proved a little large to be cooked evenly, so it went back for a bit more time in the oven. The bright red beet puree was a perfect, slightly sweet accompaniment.

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The smallish brick, wood, banquette-wrapped dining room sits aside a separate dining area that holds about 20 for parties. The Everly Brothers, the Ronettes and more great ‘60s music wafts from the speakers. The outdoor dining area is nicely landscaped and cozy, and seats almost as many as inside. Complementing the meal are an impressive beer and wine selection, specialty cocktails and one of the best sangrias I’ve tasted. Co-owner Larry Edelstein ages the sangria for two days after

he adds oranges, peaches, lemon, lime, watermelon and his secret ingredients (brown sugar and honey) to the red wine. Oh, boy. Did we miss the dairy? No, and that was even after our finale of a perfectly tart and sweet Key lime pie with a chocolate graham cracker crust, and chocolate mousse in a mason jar with caramel custard, toasted fluff and graham cracker, which tasted like a s’more. As Reznik likes to say, he’s created a good restaurant that just happens to be kosher.

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Jimmy’s Bistro 9 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, 561/865-5774 Written by LYNN KALBER


Pork schnitzel, top, and rigatoni Bolognese

I F YO U G O PARKING: On the street HOURS: Daily, 5 to 10 p.m. ENTREES: $24-$36

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immy’s Bistro makes me think about math. There are only 10 tables in this small, colorful restaurant, not counting the few bar seats. On the blackboard, the menu promises 11 entrées in rainbow chalk letters, with ravioli, short ribs, duck, étouffée, schnitzel, pasta, chicken fried chicken, and more. The 10 starters include soup, salad, ceviche, conch fritters, dumplings, empanadas and so on. According to my food calculator, diners at Jimmy’s can take culinary visits to at least 12 countries in under an hour. That’s world travel at warp speed, giving your gastronomic passport an above-average workout. Chef/co-owner James Mills opened this little foodie haven in 2009, and it’s packed, even out of season. The food brings ‘em back, along with the welcoming atmosphere and matching service. Mills opened Fries to Caviar Garden Bistro & Bar in 2016, a Boca venue three times as large as Jimmy’s,

with a name that encompasses its own myriad flavors. But that’s a different food trip for the bucket list. Visiting Jimmy’s Bistro is like fitting Ginger Rogers to Fred Astaire, or Simon to Garfunkel. You feel at home in the space—“It’s hanging out, not a scene,” said one of my guests—and the dishes add another layer of comfort. Turn south off Delray Beach’s busy Atlantic Avenue onto Swinton, and Jimmy’s Bistro is on the east side. Right there. Wait, stop, you’ve passed it. Start looking for a parking place now, because that’s the only irritation you’ll encounter. Get over that, and settle in for some good grub. Starting with the ShaoMai makes me long for more dim sum goodies. These are tender steamed dumplings, stuffed with pork and shrimp, and snuggled together in a traditional, circular dim sum dish. Enjoy them along with the conch fritters, even if they look a bit alien compared to the traditional orbs. That’s because

they’re bursting with large pieces of scallion, red pepper, onions and properly cooked—read: not chewy—conch, with a honey and ginger sauce for dipping. Pick the pork schnitzel and you’ll get a large, well-pounded, thin piece of tender pork, lightly breaded and pan-fried, with mushrooms in the delicate brown cream sauce and pillowy mashed potatoes underneath. The hanger steak is sliced tender and thin, served with a soy and ginger sauce and aromatic basmati rice. Rigatoni Bolognese is dusted with Parmesan and gently covered with well-seasoned Italian sauce that sprouts bits of tomato and basil and causes the al dente pasta to disappear quickly. Our world voyage ends with a Belgian chocolate pastry, the flaky shell sheltering glazed bananas, a rich dark fudge sauce and vanilla ice cream. The bananas counter the sweetness and give this dish a swoon factor. It’s deliciousness squared.

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Temper Grille Temper Noodles, top, and mini steak; far right, lamb pops

9858 Clint Moore Road, Boca Raton, 561/717-8081 Written by LYNN KALBER


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nger management never tasted so good. When a young, hot-tempered chef plays out his passion in the kitchen and doesn’t keep it in a pan, he can end up fired. Chalk up that learning experience to Sean Kelley, then executive chef at a Ruth’s Chris Steak House, who was forced out in 2009 after bringing a disagreement to work. Instead of staying mad about that life lesson, Kelley refocused his energies on teaching locals how to share tapas plates. He is founder and chef of the recently opened Temper Grille in west Boca Raton, whose name is a constant reminder of Kelley’s mercurial past. Despite its light-colored walls, the décor in Temper Grille is decidedly somber—dark wood tables, black leather banquettes and chairs. So it’s a good thing the food makes you sit up and take notice. Kelley and his co-founder/CEO Eric Guerra, who grew up in the

area, have brought good eating, and some surprises, to the western acres. The wine list begs attention, with glasses of good petite sirah from $8 to the most expensive bottle at $1,400. This wide-ranging list can be credited to the ministrations of Kelley, who loves his wine as well as sharing his collection. And beer. And a full bar. Knowing that, diving into some Temper Noodles, ordered half-spicy or full-on hot, means the spice of Korean teriyaki sauce can be tempered (forgive the pun) with a Riesling or a craft beer, which make for great taste bud partners. Those Yakisoba noodles with veggies are a signature dish, but the menu changes often, with a weekly specials list in addition to the regular menu. Ours had watermelon mango salad, pastrami smoked salmon, and grilled lobster tail and clam cioppino. The portions are larger than expected, and four dishes split

between two diners is more than enough food. I admit to consuming all four lamb pops myself, and I’d do it again. There was plenty of the lamb—blackened, topped with herbs, and served with a zesty Cajun mint cream sauce—to share. But I didn’t. Pan-seared shrimp bites with a remoulade sauce are bite-sized, slightly spicy bits of flavor, while the yellow rice underneath adds soft texture and good non-zesty yin to the shrimp’s yang. Mini steak chimmis, another signature dish, is served cold, and it works. Sliced steak, seasoned tomato strips, avocado slices and a chimichurri verde sauce are served with toast points. Toppings on the strawberry shortcake we had overwhelmed the light cake, but no point in sweating the small stuff here. I would say the entire experience left me in a, well, very good temper.

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Abe & Louie’s—2200 Glades Road. Steakhouse. All Americans are endowed with certain inalienable rights, among them the right to a thick, juicy, perfectly cooked steak. At this posh, comfortable (and expensive) meatery, the USDA Prime steaks are indeed thick, juicy and perfectly cooked, also massively flavorful and served in enormous portions. Don’t miss the New York sirloin or prime rib, paired in classic steakhouse fashion with buttery hash browns and uber-creamy creamed spinach. Chased with an ice-cold martini or glass of red wine from the truly impressive list, it’s happiness pursued and captured. • Lunch/brunch Sun.-Fri., dinner nightly. 561/447-0024. $$$$

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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 the veal shank served on a bed of risotto. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/997-7373. $$$ Biergarten—309 Via De Palmas, #90. German/

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Pub. Part vaguely German beer garden, part all-American sports bar, this rustic eatery offers menus that channel both, as well as an excellent selection of two-dozen beers on tap and the same number by the bottle. The food is basic and designed to go well with suds, like the giant pretzel with a trio of dipping sauces and the popular “Biergarten burger.” • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/395-7462. $$

Bluefin Sushi and Thai—861 N.W. 51st St., Suite 1. Sushi/Thai. Arrive early for a table at this Asian hot spot—it’s popular with no reservations for parties fewer than six. Don’t skip the tempura lobster bomb, big in both size and taste. The ginger snapper

will impress both Instagram and your stomach. Try the chicken satay and pad Thai. Bluefin offers a variety of dishes from multiple cultures, all well done. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/981-8986. $$

Boca Landing—999 E. Camino Real. Contemporary American. The Waterstone Resort & Marina’s signature restaurant, Boca Landing, offers the city’s only waterside dining and shows off its prime location and views. Heavy on small plates, the menu features tuna crudo, fried calamari and a killer cheese and charcuterie board. Probably the best dish, though, is the charred filet mignon with a red wine bone marrow reduction, with wickedly luscious house-made hazelnut gelato coming in a very close second. • Dinner nightly. 561/226-3022. $$$ Bonefish Grill—21065 Powerline Road. Seafood. Market-fresh seafood is the cornerstone, like Chilean sea bass prepared over a wood-burning grill and served with sweet Rhea’s topping (crabmeat, sautéed spinach and a signature lime, tomato and garlic sauce.) • Dinner nightly. Lunch on Saturdays. Brunch on Sundays. 561/483-4949. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 1880 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, 561/732-1310; 9897 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, 561/965-2663; 11658 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach, 561/799-2965) $$

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

Butcher Block Grill—7000 W. Camino Real. Steakhouse/Contemporary American. This casual steakhouse with a Mediterranean twist, an all-kosher menu, and a local, seasonal, sustainable ethos gives the stuffy old-fashioned meatery a swift kick in the sirloin. Beef here is all-natural and grass-fed, delivering big, rich,

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Chef Louie Bossi

A pizza virtuoso and recovery advocate opens his first Boca restaurant

N “Food has to be fun. It has to be unique. It has to be an experience.”

ot a lot of kids can say that playing video games and eating pizza led them to own two successful restaurants by the time they were 50. But Louie Bossi has always chosen the road less traveled. He goes his own way, and those who enjoy classic Italian cooking (with a 21st century twist) have followed him, scooping up Neapolitan pizza along the way. At age 11, the Queens native was living in New Jersey, where he passed the time playing arcade games in the local pizzeria. The owner noticed him and invited him to help in the kitchen.

Now Bossi works for Big Time Restaurant Group, his partner in two Louie Bossi Ristorantes in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton. His kitchen career began only after he survived a drug overdose and kicked an opiate and alcohol addiction. His tumultuous past is the catalyst for his charity, Taste of Recovery, which raises money to help recovering addicts. You’re a Master Pizza Maker, and in 2016 were awarded for your Neapolitan Style pizza at the International Pizza Expo. What’s the next award you really want to win? “I want to go to the James Beard competition. I have restaurant No. 3 in the works [Osteria Bossi in Delray Beach]. Hopefully after that, we’ll be on the way to [getting] a James Beard dinner.”

What’s your comfort food? “This year, I’ll turn 50, and I’m kind of on a health run right now. I’m a big chicken/meat/potatoes guy. I like good Chinese food on a Monday night.” Have any hobbies? “My charity means a lot to me to help those in recovery. And I play ice hockey, in a rink out on Lake Worth Road. You’re in hot, sunny Florida and can take a couple of hours and go into the cold.” Next goal in life? “I’d like to someday get out of the kitchen and oversee all the restaurants. My goal is to consult a little on the side, and do a lot more traveling. I haven’t been to Sicily yet. I’d like to go to Spain, all the great food places.”

LOUIE BOSSI’S RISTORANTE BAR PIZZERIA 100 E. Palmetto Park Road; Boca Raton 561/336-6699

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earthy flavor. Seafood, whether raw (tuna tartare) or simply grilled (wild-caught salmon), is palate-pleasing as well. Don’t miss the fresh mozzarella, made and assembled into a salad at your table. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/4093035. $$$

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

Casa D’Angelo —171 E. Palmetto Park Road. Italian. Angelo Elia’s impeccable Italian restaurant is a delight, from the stylish room to the suave service to the expansive wine list, not to mention food that’s by turn elegant, hearty, bold, subtle and always delicious. Dishes off the regular menu make excellent choices, like chargrilled jumbo prawns with artichoke, arugula, lemon and olive oil. But pay attention to specials like pan-seared snapper and scallops in a spicy, garlicky cherry tomato sauce. • Dinner nightly. 561/996-1234. $$$


The Cheesecake Factory —5530 Glades

A signature entree at Chez Marie French Bistro

Road. American. Oh, the choices! The chain has a Sunday brunch menu in addition to its main menu, which includes Chinese chicken salad and Cajun jambalaya. Don’t forget about the cheesecakes, from white chocolate and raspberry truffle offerings. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/393-0344. (Other Palm Beach County locations: CityPlace, West Palm Beach, 561/802-3838; Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/776-3711). $$

Chez Marie French Bistro—5030 Champion Blvd. French. Marie will greet you at the door of this nicely decorated, intimate, classic French restaurant tucked in the corner of a strip shopping area. From escargot encased in garlic butter, parsley and breadcrumbs to a tender duck a l’orange to an unforgettable crepe Suzette, you’ll be in Paris all evening. Voila! Also on the menu: panseared foie gras, homemade veal sausage, tasty onion soup, seabass Bouillabaisse, coq au vin, rack of lamb, salads and more desserts. • Dinner nightly. 561/997-0027. $$

Buzz Bites I Flavor Palm Beach is Here


eptember brings trips to the North to watch the leaves change while you’re escaping hurricanes. It brings a small(ish) promise of cooler weather, but no actual temps below 80. And it’s traditionally the toughest month for area restaurants. Enter Restaurant Month in Boca Raton, with a “Boca loves New York”theme. Participating restaurants are offering prix fixe three-course menus (lunch, $21-$25; dinner, $36-$40) with a decidedly Big Apple connection. (Think NY-inspired dishes like cheesecake, pizza, bagels and every other kind of connection we can conjure up!). In this inaugural year, restaurants such as Brio, Max’s Grille, Ocean 234, Uncle Tai’s and Morton’s are just a few of the participating restaurants. Flavor Palm Beach, a countywide, monthlong event celebrating its 10th anniversary, is also on tap this month. At least 50 area restaurants are offering a three-course lunch for $20, or threecourse dinners for $30-$45 per person. (Those don’t include beverages, taxes or gratuities.) Participating restaurants include Seasons 52, The Little Chalet, The Italian Restaurant at The Breakers, Temple Orange at Eau Palm Beach, Meat Market Palm Beach, Leopard Lounge at The Chesterfield, Jové Kitchen, Imoto, The Cooper and many, many more.

Chops Lobster Bar —101 Plaza Real S., Royal

Three’s Company

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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 Nova Scotian tails flash-fried and served with drawn butter or sizable Maine specimens stuffed with lobster. • Dinner nightly. 561/395-2675. $$$$

Cuban Café —3350 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd., Suite B-30. Cuban. Diners pack this traditional Cuban

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Conch Chowder W

e can live in South Florida and miss out on beach life for months at a time. Reality takes over, and we focus on work, paying bills and bingeing TV series. Here’s a quick fix for that: Head out for some conch chowder. Nothing reflects a sand-n-surf community more than spicy Bahamian conch chowder. It’s been a mainstay for “Conchs” in the Keys for generations, and is the souper-star of Florida recipes—easy to throw together, but with results that vary wildly. We’ve done the tough research for you, so throw on a bathing suit, hit the beach and then pad over to one of these true Florida hangouts. Get back to the salt life! —LYNN KALBER




TOTAL On Atlantic Avenue next to the train tracks, this joint still manages a beach hangout vibe. The house-made chowder has potatoes, celery, carrots, tomatoes, lots of conch, onion, and a good kick from cilantro, cayenne and jalapeños. Guaranteed to help a stuffy nose. Bowl: $5.25.


This is the ultimate conch chowder experience. Sit across from the beach in the small, Keys-evoking den, scooping zesty red chowder. The thick, rich soup made in-house has lots of conch, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, celery, onion and herbs with a just-right spice level. It means you’ll need another beer. Bowl: $6.49.

Johnnie Brown’s

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The Whale’s Rib

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The house-made soup uses aged sherry and chives, with large potato chunks, celery, onion and small conch pieces in almost every spoonful. Red pepper provides the slight kick. Sitting outside on colorful deck cushions next to the Intracoastal is a plus. Bowl: $8.



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Food & Wine Experience benefiting Food For The Poor

November 2, 2017 • Signature Flight Support Aviation Hangar • Boca Raton, Florida Event from 6 - 9 p.m. • For tickets visit visit Enjoy bites and sips while supporting sustainable agricultural projects to benefit the people of Olivier, Haiti.

Sustainable Farming Talks with Farmer Jay

Celebrity Chef Meet and Greets

Autographed Cookbooks

Jack Daniels VIP Lounge

Craft Beer

Wine Tasting

DJ Live

Culinary Competition


Farmer Jay

Farmer Jay Pure Organics

Chef Irie & Chef Jouvens Chef John Jean Chef Thia Thomas

Chef Ryan Leto

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Fresh Kitchen

Hosts of

“Taste The Islands”

“Cutthroat Kitchen” & “Chef Wanted”

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*As of Publication Date ______________________________

Guests 21 and older, please. The event encourages all adults to consume alcoholic products responsibly.

For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, call 888.404.4248 or visit #TasteofHopeBoca @FoodForThePoor

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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. $

DaVinci’s of Boca—6000 Glades Road. Italian. Expect carefully prepared Italian fare that will satisfy both traditionalists and the more adventurous. The former will like crisp, greaseless fried calamari and hearty lasagna made with fresh pasta. The latter will enjoy creamy burrata with prosciutto, bacon jam and arugula and a branzino served with spinach, clams and shrimp. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/362-8466. $$


Domus Italian Restaurant—187 S.E.


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

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

Farmer’s Table —1901 N. Military Trail. American. Fresh, natural, sustainable, organic and local is the mantra at this both tasty and health-conscious offering from Mitchell Robbins and Joey Giannuzzi. Menu highlights include flatbreads, slowbraised USDA Choice short rib and the popular Buddha Bowl, with veggies, udon noodles and shrimp. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/417-5836. $$

A Case of the Mondays?

Start the workweek on a high note with Wine Down Mondays at Farmhouse Kitchen, where all bottles of wine and Champagne are 50-percent off.


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new eating district broke ground this year in West Palm Beach— the first in 2017, but not the last. If you’ve been under an old bar stool for a while, poke your head up and take advantage of the solar-flare-bright culinary spotlight shining on mid-Palm Beach County. Although some refer to this area as “near Clematis,” it’s really not an easy walk to just-north-of-QuadrilleBoulevard, where The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill has taken hold. Just drive, park and eat house-made sausages and pretzels while sampling the large beer menu. Then grab some market specials to take home. Owned by father/son team Igor and Fred Niznik, it’s exactly what its name implies, a restaurant with a butcher shop and a German beer garden all in one. On top of the eating options, the beautifully restored 1920s former airplane factory will (hopefully) kick off a revitalization of the surrounding warehouse district. Since the April opening, a vegan menu has been added. Live music is de rigueur here, and the joint is jumping most weekends. This is a sister venue to the Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill in the Wynwood district of Miami. (Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill, 209 Sixth St., West Palm Beach; 561/812-2336)

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

Grand Lux Cafe —6000 Glades Road, inside Town Center at Boca Raton. American. The Cheesecake Factory’s sister brand is an upscale take on the original formula, with an atmosphere inspired by the great cafes of Europe. The menu offers a range of international flavors, and the specialty baked-to-order desserts are always a big hit. • Lunch and dinner daily; brunch on Saturday and Sunday. 561/392-2141. $$

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

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Bloody Good Chocolate Cake By Kursten Restivo, head pastry chef of the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa, 3800 N. Ocean Drive, Singer Island; 561/340-1738


here’s a bit of fire in Kursten Restivo. The soft-spoken 25-year-old is just five years out of pastry school, but she’s already the head pastry chef at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa—a title she earned in May. Her desserts are clean and sleek, but she embraces

whimsy and brings her playful spunk to treats like French macarons, which she might dye bright blue and artfully adorn with a splash of gold. Restivo is a self-proclaimed perfectionist (and really, what pastry chef wouldn’t be?), so when we asked her to devise a devilish dessert for Halloween,

she began testing recipes and concepts until she came up with her Bloody Good Chocolate Cake. “I really like drip cakes,” she says. “I thought of that immediately, and at the same time thought how awesome it would be if [the cake] bled.” — SHAYNA TANEN

1. The showstopper is when you slice open the cake, and strawberry curd “blood” oozes out. For added effect, use a very pointy, dangerous-looking knife. 2.“Drip cakes” are all the rage right now. Just search #dripcake on Instagram. Restivo creates this effect by dyeing and piping a simple white chocolate ganache around the cake and letting the drips fall where they may. 3.The easy-to-make chocolate cake batter is saturated with deep chocolatey flavor and has just enough texture to hold up to the layers of tangy strawberry curd. 4. Tombstone-esque shards are made from a melting candy and splattered with “blood,” a mixture of food dye and grain alcohol. Just dip your fingers in the mixture and flick them onto the shards. This is Restivo’s favorite part in the cake’s assembly. “I feel like I get my frustration out, and I usually make a huge mess,” she says. 5. Restivo likes the spiderweb, but it’s your adventure. Any creepy design will do.

WEB EXTRA: Get the recipe and watch the step-bystep video. Visit BOCAMAG.COM under “In the Magazine.”

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The Order of St. John Knights Hospitaller, Florida Commandery and Commander Isabelle Paul, DCJSJ, MMSJ Cordially invite you to the

KNIGHTS AND DAMES GALA Saturday, November 4, 2017 Honoring Christine E. Lynn Honorary Gala Chairs Annie and Lou Green X Debbie Lindstrom and Bob Sheetz Gala Chairs Chevalier Richard Cartledge, KSJ, MD and Dame Samantha Cartledge, DSJ, MD Royal Palm Yacht Club 2425 West Maya Palm Way X Boca Raton, FL 33432 6:00 PM Cocktails followed by Dinner, Dancing and Entertainment Featuring Music by Euphoria Black or White Tie with Decorations Proceeds from the Knights and Dames Gala will benefit local non-profit organizations serving the sick and poor. For more information about the Order of St. John Knights Hospitaller and the Knights and Dames Gala visit


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Houston’s—1900 N.W. Executive Center Circle. Contemporary American. Convenient location, stylish ambience and impeccable service are hallmarks of this local outpost of the Hillstone restaurant chain. There are plenty of reasons why this is one of the most popular business lunch spots in all of Boca, including menu items like Cajun trout, the mammoth salad offerings and the tasty baby back ribs. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/998-0550. $$$

Jimmy’s Fries to Caviar —6299 N. Federal Highway. Contemporary American. Going one better than soup to nuts is Jimmy Mills’ latest endeavor, an easygoing, affordable bistro in the old Darbster space that really does offer fries, caviar and more. Four varieties of fish eggs are shown off nicely crowning a quartet of deviled eggs, while the thick-cut fries complement a massively flavorful, almost fork-tender hanger steak in the classic steak frites. Lobster bisque is indecently rich and luxurious, ditto the Grand Marnier-infused chocolate mousse. • Dinner Tues.-Sun. 561/617-5965. $$


Josephine’s —5751 N. Federal Highway. Italian.

Jimmy’s Fries to Caviar

Tradition trumps trendy, and comfort outweighs chic at this Boca favorite. The ambience is quiet and stately but not stuffy, and the menu is full of hearty dishes to soothe the savage appetite, like three-cheese eggplant rollatini and chicken scarpariello. • Dinner nightly. 561/988-0668. $$

Junior’s—409 Plaza Real. Deli Restaurant/Bakery. A meal starts with a crunch of garlic-tangy pickles, with excellent coleslaw and pickled beets. That’s before you order. Try the corned beef (of course!), the potato pancakes and go from there. You must, however, not miss the “World’s Most Fabulous” cheesecake. Because it is. • Open daily from breakfast through dinner. 561/672-7301. $$ Kapow! Noodle Bar —431 Plaza Real. Pan-Asian. This Asian-inspired gastropub delivers an inventive punch to the taste buds. Among the hardest hitters is its angry shrimp dumplings and the char sui pork belly bao bun. The Saigon duck pho is yet one more reason to go. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/347-7322. $$

How the Sausage is Made

If you take a “Kitchen Counter” seat at Kathy’s Gazebo, you can interact with the chefs as they design your dish from the open kitchen.

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 Gazebo is classic and formal, with equally classic dishes like creamy lobster bisque, house-made duck paté, broiled salmon with sauce béarnaise and dreamy chocolate mousse are as satisfying as ever. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/395-6033. $$$ Ke’e Grill—17940 N. Military Trail, Suite 700. American. The attraction here is carefully prepared food that is satisfying, flavorful and reasonably priced.


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Buzz Bites III Set out Place Mats for New Boca Restaurants


ometimes restaurants open and close faster than you can finish your after-dinner espresso. That’s the case with Burt Rapoport’s Rappy’s, late of Boca Raton’s Park Place plaza, which lasted five months and then overnight (literally) became Park Place Deli. That concept quickly foundered as well, and the space’s newest incarnation is Prezzo, a re-imagining of Rapoport’s longstanding Italian restaurant of the same name, which used to be on Glades Road. Rapoport admits that his vision of a“high-end deli”may have been an idea before its time, but that classic Italian cuisine never goes out of style. Two other new spots to keep on your radar: Luff’s Fish House, 390 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton: This is the latest venue from restaurateur Arturo Gismondi, who also owns (and cooks at) Trattoria Romana, La Nouvelle Maison and Biergarten. This new venture is named for its location, the historic 1920s Luff House.“I’m gutting the whole thing, and it will be a Key West-style Florida fish house—very informal and casual, with about 100 seats outside and 50 inside,”Gismondi says. Burtons Grill & Bar, 5580 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton: The first Florida restaurant for this Northeast-based company is in the Park Place shopping center. The menu is known for its vegetarian, Paleo and gluten-free options, as well as a signature {B} Choosy kids menu, which uses the USDA guidelines allowing parents to choose ingredients and cooking methods for their child’s meal. The spacious spot includes 248 seats indoors and 86 outside around a water feature and bar. Try dishes like the tuna poke, short rib grilled cheese sandwich, crab cakes, Mediterranean chicken risotto, street tacos, General Tso’s cauliflower appetizer and more—all from the kitchen of Executive Chef Winston Guerrero, who graduated from Johnson & Wales and went on to cook all over the East Coast, including the four-star Morrison House in Alexandria, Va.

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The fist-sized crab cake is a good place to start, followed by sea bass with a soy-ginger-sesame glaze. • Dinner nightly. 561/995-5044. $$$

La Ferme —9101 Lakeridge Blvd. French/Mediterranean. Classic style and classically oriented French cuisine come together at this elegant yet comfortable restaurant in a west Boca shopping mall. Though there are a few Asian and Italian-inflected dishes on the menu, at its heart Le Ferme (“the farm”) is as French as the Eiffel Tower. Start with gougères, cheesy pastry puffs filled with béchamel; don’t miss the unconscionably savory cassoulet; and finish with pineapple upside-down cake. • Dinner nightly. 561/654-6600. $$$ La Nouvelle Maison—455 E. Palmetto Park Blvd. French. Elegant, sophisticated French cuisine, white-glove service and a trio of (differently) stylish dining rooms make Arturo Gismondi’s homage to Boca’s storied La Vieille Maison the home away from home to anyone who appreciates the finer points of elegant dining. The cuisine showcases both first-rate ingredients and precise execution, whether a generous slab of silken foie gras with plum gastrique, posh lobster salad, cookbook-perfect rendition of steak frites and an assortment of desserts that range from homey apple tart to bananas Foster with chocolate and Grand Marnier. • Dinner nightly. 561/338-3003. $$$

La Tre —249 E. Palmetto Park Road. Vietnamese. For almost two decades, this elegant little spot has been celebrating the delicate, sophisticated flavors and textures of traditional and contemporary Vietnamese cuisine. A house signature, shrimp tossed with coriander curry pesto, is an inspired riff on Vietnamese classics. Service and wines match the refinement of the cuisine. • Dinner nightly. 561/392-4568. $$

La Villetta—4351 N. Federal Highway. Italian. This is a well-edited version of a traditional Italian menu, complete with homemade pastas and other classic dishes. Try the signature whole yellowtail snapper encrusted in sea salt; it’s de-boned right at tableside. Shrimp diavolo is perfectly scrumptious. • Dinner nightly. (closed Mon. during summer). 561/362-8403. $$$ Le Rivage —450 N.E. 20th St., Suite 103. French. Don’t overlook this small, unassuming bastion of traditional French cookery. That would be a mistake, because the dishes that virtually scream “creativity” can’t compare to the quiet pleasures served here—like cool, soothing vichyssoise, delicate fillet of sole with nutty brown butter sauce or perfectly executed crème brûlee. Good food presented without artifice at a fair price never goes out of fashion. • Dinner nightly. 561/620-0033. $$

Our Seafood Menu Is Off The Hook. Discover Delray’s premier seafood restaurant, where bold flavors and fresh ingredients are only part of the lure. Our live entertainment and colossal aquariums will delight your senses, and our ocean-themed cocktails and newly expanded seafood menu will catch you by surprise!


For reservations, visit or call 561-790-8568. Gift cards are available at Located at The Seagate Hotel 1000 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach

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ple of the 1950s and ’60s: fondue. The latter offers a unique taste experience, especially if you go for the three-course prix fixe fondue dinner for two. It starts off with a choice of cheese fondues; we suggest trying the quattro formaggi. Entrée fondues feature beef and shrimp options cooked in a burbling consommé, to be dabbed with any of five different sauces. For dessert, dip into the hazelnut or cookies & cream. • Dinner nightly. 561/325-8000. $$$

end to diners’ love of huge slabs of high-quality aged beef, nor to the carnivores who pack the clubby-swanky dining room of this meatery. While the star of the beef show is the giant bone-in filet mignon, seasonally featured is the American Wagyu New York strip. Finish off your meal with the blueberry white chocolate bread pudding. • Dinner nightly. 561/392-7724. $$$$

Madison’s —2006 N.W. Executive Center Circle.

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

American. This location is something of a Bermuda Triangle for restaurants, with at least four eateries preceding this local outpost of a Canadian chain that styles itself a “New York grill and bar.” What Madison’s has going for it is an exceedingly handsome and capacious space, and service that is as professional as it is personable. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/9940808. $$$

Special Sauce

Nick’s New Haven-Style Pizzeria creates its pies with a house-made sauce refined for more than 20 years, cooked in coal ovens it called “Dragons.”

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

Nick’s New Haven-Style Pizzeria

Mario’s Osteria—1400 Glades Road, Suite 210. Italian. This popular spot is swanky, but the rustic Italian fare keeps with an osteria’s humbler pretensions. Signature dishes like the garlic rolls, lasagna and eggplant “pancakes” are on the new menu, as are butternut squash ravioli and thick, juicy rib-eye served “arrabiata” style. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/239-7000. $$

Ninja Spinning Sushi Bar —41 E. Palmet-

Matteo’s —233 S. Federal Highway, Suite 108.


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

Ninja Spinning Sushi Bar

Max’s Grille —404 Plaza Real. Contemporary American. After 24 years in Mizner Park, Dennis Max’s modern American bistro is a true local classic. The food and decor are both timeless and up to date, and the ambience is that of a smooth-running big-city bistro. Service is personable and proficient. The menu is composed of dishes you really want to eat, from duck spring rolls to the applewood bacon-wrapped meatloaf to the wickedly indulgent crème brûlèe pie. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Brunch Sat–Sun. Dinner nightly. 561/368-0080. $$ Morton’s The Steakhouse—5050 Town Center Circle, Suite 219. Steakhouse. There’s seemingly no


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

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

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

Piñon Grill —6000 Glades Road, Suite 1390. 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 steak Benedict, the chicken paillard or the chocolate and “cherried” waffle with ice cream, which is the definition of lusciousness. • Lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/391-7770. $$

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Rack’s 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 homey offerings like burgers and pizza, fiery Buffalo-style calamari, succulent chicken roasted in the wood-fired oven and an uptown version of everyone’s campfire favorite, s’mores. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/395-1662. $$

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

Roots Italian Kitchen —212 S. Federal Highway. Italian. No pretentiousness here, with truffled burrata cream on sliced Roma tomatoes. Or gnocchi, linguine vongole, or risotto. All done well. Sauces and desserts are made in-house. Speaking of the cheesecakes, there are many varieties, so save room. • Lunch Tues..–Sat. Dinner Tues..–Sun. 561/7576581. $$$ Ruth’s Chris —225 N.E. Mizner Blvd., Suite 100. Steakhouse. Not only does this steakhouse favorite emphasize its New Orleans roots, it also distinguishes itself from its competitors by just serving better food. The signature chopped salad has a list of ingredients as long as a hose but they all work together. And how can you not like a salad topped with crispy fried onion strings? Steaks are USDA Prime and immensely flavorful, like a perfectly seared New York strip. The white chocolate bread pudding is simply wicked. • Dinner nightly. 561/392-6746. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 651 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561/514-3544; 661 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach, 561/863-0660.) $$$$ Sapphire Indian Cuisine —500 Via de Palmas, Suite 79. Indian. Raju Brahmbhatt’s modern, sophisticated restaurant will smash any negative stereotypes of Indian cuisine or the restaurants that serve it. It’s sleek and stylish, with a well-chosen wine list and a staff


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that’s eager to please. The food is elegant and refined and alive with the complex blend of spices that makes Indian cuisine so intriguing. Try Bagarey Baigan, plush-textured, thumb-sized baby eggplants in a lush coconut-curry sauce. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/362-2299. $$

Seasons 52—2300 Executive Center Drive. Contemporary American. The food—seasonal ingredients, simply and healthfully prepared, accompanied by interesting wines—is first-rate, from salmon roasted on a cedar plank to desserts served in oversized shot glasses. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/998-9952. (Other Palm Beach County location: 11611 Ellison Wilson Road, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/625-5852.) $$

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Sushi Ray —5250 Town Center Circle, Suite 111. Japanese/Sushi. Impeccably fresh and exactingly prepared sushi and other Japanese specialties are on display. The Nobu-esque miso sea bass gives a taste of this modern classic at a fraction of the price of the original, while the chef’s sushi assortment offers a generous arrangement of nigiri and maki for a reasonable $22. • Lunch Mon.–Fri., dinner nightly. 561/394-9506. $$ Tanzy—301 Plaza Real. Italian. Part of the swanky iPic Theater complex (though it does not service the theater), this handsome spot relies on quality ingredients and careful preparation instead of culinary special effects and car chases. The Parma Bar, a sort of sushi bar for meat and cheese fanatics, also does terrific quattro formaggio fiocchi and spiced pear. The scarletta pepper steak and bone-in pork chops are excellent, as are the braised Angus beef short ribs with toasted pearl barley and collard greens. For dessert, try the red velvet bread pudding and your choice of a trio of sorbets. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/922-6699. $$ Tap 42—5050 Town Center Circle, Suite 247.

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Gastropub. This hugely popular nouveau-Industrial gastropub is not for the faint of eardrums when packed, but don’t let that discourage you. The kitchen here executes the hell out of a short, simple all-day menu. Grilled salmon chopped salad with tomatillo ranch dressing is delightful, as is guacamole studded with fat chunks of bacon and charred corn. Same goes for decadent shrimp mac-n-cheese. The wicked-good chocolate bread pudding with salted caramel sauce would be the envy of any Big Easy eatery. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Brunch Sat.–Sun. Dinner nightly. 561/235-5819. $

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 Mon.-Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/994-2828. $$


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Trattoria Romana —499 E. Palmetto Park Road. Italian. This local mainstay does Italian classics and its own lengthy list of ambitious specials with unusual skill and aplomb. The service is at a level not always seen in local eateries. Pay attention to the daily specials, especially if it includes impeccably done langostini oreganata and the restaurant’s signature jumbo shrimp saltimbocca. • Dinner nightly. 561/393-6715. $$$ Truluck’s—351 Plaza Real. Seafood. This stylish and sophisticated Mizner Park restaurant applies the steak house formula of classy, clubby ambience, formal service and an extensive wine list to seafood from across the nation, with great and consistent success. Crab is the specialty here and there are myriad versions—stone, Dungeness, Alaskan, soft-shell and more. Crispy softshells stuffed with crab and andouille are very good, if served without a drizzle of ketchup-y sauce on top. • Dinner nightly. 561/391-0755. $$$$

Twenty Twenty Grille—141 Via Naranjas, Suite 45. Contemporary American. You’ve probably licked postage stamps that are larger than Ron and Rhonda Weisheit’s tiny jewel box of a restaurant, but what it lacks in space it more than makes up for in charm, sophistication and imaginative, expertly crafted food. Virtually everything is made in-house, from the trio of breads that first grace your table to the pasta in a suave dish of tagliatelle with duck and chicken confit. Don’t miss the jerk pork belly and grilled veal strip loin. • Dinner nightly. 561/990-7969. $$$

Uncle Julio’s —449 Plaza Real, Mizner Park. Mexican. Taking Tex-Mex cuisine gently upscale with better-quality ingredients and more skillful preparation, this colorful restaurant offers more than the usual suspects. You can get honey chipotle chicken fajitas, as well as beef fajitas, and one of the only palatable tamales around. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/300-3530. $$

Uncle Tai’s —5250 Town Center Circle. Chinese. In an area with more cookie-cutter Chinese restaurants than cookies, Uncle Tai’s stands out for the elegance of 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 sliced duck with plum sauce and the Hunan-style lamb, whose seared and succulent meat shows off the kitchen’s skill in the use of wok qi. • Lunch Mon.-Sat. Dinner nightly. 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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impressive wine list of some 200 bottles (all available by the glass) offers a multitude of choices, especially among Italian and California reds. The menu of “Italian tapas” includes roasted red peppers with Provolone, as well as ricotta gnocchi with San Marzano tomatoes. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/869-0030. $$

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


Villa Rosano—9858 Clint Moore Road. Italian. You

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

Sybarite Pig —20642 State Road 7. Contemporary American. A labor of love, pork and beer, everything at the Pig but the coarse-grain mustard is made in-house, from the bread for sandwiches to the eclectic sauces to the variety of terrific sausages. Roasted bone marrow and wagyu duck fat burgers, along with subtly spicy “Hellswine,” are among the standouts. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. Brunch Sun. 561/883-3200. $

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

BOYNTON BEACH Bar Louie —1500 Gateway Blvd., #100. Eclectic. Attempting to split the difference between happening bar and American café, Bar Louie in the sprawling Renaissance Commons complex mostly succeeds, offering burgers, pizzas, fish tacos and a variety of salads, all at moderate prices and in truly daunting portions. In South Florida’s world of trendy

and expensive bistros, this is a welcome relief. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/853-0090. $

Josie’s Italian Ristorante—1602 S. Federal Highway. Italian. Famed chef and South Florida culinary godfather Mark Militello has been working his mouthwatering magic in the kitchen of this cozy, old-school Italian restaurant. His influence is mostly felt in the lengthy roster of daily specials, but old favorites like beefy short rib meatballs, an upmarket version of the classic San Francisco cioppino, and Josie’s signature veal Bersaglieri (veal medallions with artichokes, olives and roasted peppers in lemon-white wine sauce) don’t fail to satisfy either. • Lunch Mon.-Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/364-9601. $$

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

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

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

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32 East—32 E. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. There are trendier, flashier, more celebrated restaurants than this beacon of vibrant modern American cuisine in downtown Delray, but there are no better restaurants anywhere in South Florida. The menu changes daily, but still look for items like the sublime black truffle-Gruyère pizza and the venison-wild boar sausage duo, which is the stuff of carnivorous fantasies. For dessert, the chocolate-peanut butter semifreddo is truly wicked in its unabashed lusciousness. • Dinner daily. 561/276-7868. $$$

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


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

Apeiro Kitchen & Bar —14917 Lyons Road. Mediterranean. West Delray diners have another reason to stay in their neighborhood with this stylish, contemporary Mediterranean eatery. Apeiro’s menu spans the entire Mediterranean, with dishes like Moroccan-spiced lamb ribs, 14-ounce double-cut pork chops, and fluffy meatballs adorned with tomato sauce, ricotta


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and pesto. The apple crostata, baked in a wood-burning oven, is one of the best desserts in town. • Dinner nightly. 561/501-4443. $$

Atlantic Grille —1000 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood/ Contemporary American. This posh restaurant in the luxurious Seagate Hotel & Spa is home to a 450-gallon aquarium of tranquil moon jellyfish and a 2,500-gallon shark tank. Savor inventive cuisine that takes the contemporary to the extraordinary. Bold flavors, inspired techniques and the freshest ingredients make every meal a culinary adventure. • Lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/665-4900. $$

The Banyan—189 N.E. Second Ave. American. Snuggled under its namesake banyan tree in Pineapple Grove, this modern restaurant boasts a bright pink neon bar with bright cocktails, too. Try the purple Aviation gin cocktail paired with the Maryland crab bites or the Yum Yum Shrimp with spicy-sweet sriracha aioli. Sliders, tacos, mac trios and flatbreads do not disappoint. Order the crème brûlée cheesecake if it’s available. • 561/5638871. $$ Brulé Bistro —200 N.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. While the regular menu of this Pineapple Grove hipster hangout always has satisfying dishes (filet mignon carpaccio, seared tuna poke, seared diver scallops, slow-cooked lamb pappardelle), the nightly specials will amaze: beef Oscar, Tangier crusted yellowfin tuna. Oh, and the Meyer lemon tart? ‘Nuff said. Outside tables offer the best option for conversation. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/274-2046. $$

Buddha Sky Bar —217 E. Atlantic Ave. #3. Pan Asian. Don’t miss a meal at this stylish Asia-meets-industrial chic spot with a view of the Delray skyline. Chinese-influenced dim sum is inspired, while rock shrimp tempura and Tokyo beef skewers with twin chimichurri sauces touch the heart and the taste buds. Veggie fried rice is exemplary thanks to the kitchen’s application of wok chi. • Dinner nightly. 561/450-7557. $$

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

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Cabo Flats—Delray Marketplace, 14851 Lyons Road. Mexican. Mexican cuisine often has more personas than Madonna. This highly stylized cantina adds another—that of California’s Chicano culture. All your favorite Mexican dishes are there, as well as enormous margaritas, but also niftier items like the crispy tuna tacos. Try the restaurant’s famous avocado fries with garlic and cilantro, and finish off with Captain Crunch deep-fried ice cream. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/499-0378. $

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Caffe Luna Rosa—34 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. Italian. This multiple Delray Beach-award winning restaurant has sparkling service, comfort food taken to a higher level, and a setting just steps from the Atlantic. Open since 1993, and a success since then, they dish up big flavors in a tiny space, so call for reservations. Try the calamari fritto misto, then the rigatoni pomodoro and leave room for dessert. Or come back for breakfast. • Open daily from breakfast through dinner. 561-274-9404. $$

Cena—9 S.E. Seventh Ave. Italian. Like death and taxes, heat and humidity, Italian restaurants are a certainty in these parts. Most prize comfort and satisfaction over feats of culinary derring-do, as does this small but stylish restaurant in a space once occupied by one of Angelo Elia’s stable of eateries. Tender artichoke bottoms bathed in garlicky olive oil are a worthy starter, as is a salad of peppery arugula with figs and mild, creamy goat cheese. Sun-dried tomato-crusted halibut with Chianti sauce is a break from the familiar. Tiramisu, though as familiar as apple pie, is exceptionally well-done. • Dinner Tues.-Sat. 561/330-1237. $$ City Oyster —213 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. This

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Cut 432 —432 E. Atlantic Ave. Steakhouse. 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 wet-aged beef is appropriately tender and tasty. • Dinner nightly. 561/272-9898. $$$

Dada—52 N. Swinton Ave. Contemporary American. The same provocative, whimsical creativity that spawned Dada the art movement infuses Dada the restaurant, giving it a quirky charm all its own. The comfort food with a moustache menu has its quirky charms, too, like shake-n-bake pork chops with sweet-savory butterscotch onions, and a brownie-vanilla ice cream sundae with

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strips of five-spice powdered bacon. The wittily decorated 1920s-vintage house-turned-restaurant is, as they say, a trip. • Dinner nightly. 561/330-3232. $$

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

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

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

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

Fifth Avenue Grill—821 S. Federal Highway. American. Since 1989, this upscale tavern has been a Delray favorite. The straightforward menu focuses on entrées like lamb osso buco and tenderloin brochette teriyaki. Add a lobster tail for good measure. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/265-0122. $$ Wasabi-seared sashimi tuna from Deck 84

The Grove —187 N.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. Chef-partner Michael Haycook and chef Meghan O’Neal change their menu biweekly, turning out dishes exhilarating in their freshness, creativity and elegant simplicity. An appetizer of octopus with olive oil, crushed potato aioli and lemon is outstanding. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/266-3750. $$

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

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

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

La Cigale —253 S.E. Fifth Ave. Mediterranean. True culinary professionals turn out gently updated and classically oriented dishes notable for the quality of their ingredients and careful preparation. Sweetbreads in chanterelle cream sauce are glorious; a barely grilled artichoke with mustardy remoulade is gloriously simple. Watching your server skillfully debone an impeccably fresh Dover sole is almost as satisfying as eating it. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/265-0600. $$

Lemongrass Bistro—420 E. Atlantic Ave. PanAsian. 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). $

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

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

The Office —201 E. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary

Il Girasole —2275 S. Federal Highway. Northern

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Italian. This South Florida classic is not trendy, but it offers

a level of comfort and consistency that has been bringing people back for more than three decades. The food is fine hearty Italian, with excellent service. Try the veal Kristy or the calves brains. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/272-3566. $$

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

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155 is tightly focused and tightly executed, whether Maryland crab cakes featuring fat chunks of succulent crab or the behemoth slab of tender, juicy prime rib for a near-saintly $29. Don’t miss the decadent soft pretzel bites. • Dinner nightly. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/265-5093. $$

Prime—29 S.E Second Ave. Steak/Seafood. Prime is aptly named for its heart of the action location, classy neo-supper club decor, extensive wine list and roster of designer steaks. Starters and desserts fare better than entrées, especially plump, crabby Maryland-style crab cakes and 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. • Dinner nightly. 561/865-5845. $$$

Racks Fish House + Oyster Bar—5 S.E. Second Ave. Seafood. Gary Rack, who also has scored with his spot in Mizner Park, certainly seems to have the restaurant Midas touch, as evidenced by this updated throwback to classic fish houses. Design, ambience and service hit all the right notes. Oysters are terrific any way you get them; grilled fish and daily specials are excellent. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/450-6718. $$$ Smoke —8 E. Atlantic Ave. Barbecue. With famed pit master Bryan Tyrell manning the smoker,

this joint smokes every other barbecue spot in South Florida. Tyrell’s competition-style ribs are porkysmoky-spicy heaven, the Sistine Chapel of rib-dom. Crisp-greaseless house-made potato chips, meaty baked beans and plush-textured banana-coconut pudding are also excellent. The ambience is an inviting blend of Southern hospitality, urban chic and sports bar. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/330-4236. $$

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

Taverna Opa —270 E. Atlantic Ave. Greek. Yes, you can order a side of belly dancing and napkin tossing with your moussaka and baklava at this chain. But the moussaka and baklava are very good; so is the rest of the food at the downtown Delray outpost. Also worth your while (and appetite) are appetizers like melitzanosalata, whipped eggplant with orange zest and roasted red pepper, and tarama, a creamy emulsion of bread, olive oil and salmon roe. Whole grilled bronzino is finished with lemon and orange

juices for a citrusy flavor boost, while tongue-tying galaktoboureko goes baklava one better by adding vanilla-scented custard to golden, flaky phyllo. • Dinner nightly. 561/303-3602. $$

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

Tramonti —119 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. In a world where restaurants chase trends with the relentlessness of Casanova in full Viagra heat, Tramonti stands out as a classic outpost of authentic Italian cookery. Not trendy hardly means stodgy, however, as evidenced by expertly crafted, robustly flavorful dishes like the signature spiedini di mozzarella Romana, spaghetti al cartoccio and braciole Napoletana. Torta della nonna is a triumph of the highly refined simplicity that lies at the heart of true Italian cuisine. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/272-1944. $$$

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Vic & Angelo’s—290 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. Giving old-school Italian eateries a modest jolt of more contemporary cuisine and more youthful ambience has proved a winning formula for V&A. Best bets include succulent little baked clams, lusty and hugely portioned rigatoni with “Sunday gravy,” and lemon and caper-scented chicken cooked under a brick. Tiramisu is delicious, as is the Italian version of doughnut holes, zeppole. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Brunch Sat.–Sun. Dinner nightly. 844/842-2632. $$

LAKE WORTH Couco Pazzo—915-917 Lake Ave. Italian. Despite the name, there’s nothing crazy about the cooking at this homey eatery. It’s the hearty, soul-satisfying Italian cuisine we’ve all come to know and love. Spaghetti Bolognese is a fine version of a Northern Italian classic. • Dinner nightly. (Tues.–Sun. during summer). 561/585-0320. $$

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

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Chez Jean-Pierre’s namesake chef, his wife Nicole, and his sons Guillaume and David all work at this esteemed Northern French restaurant.

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

LANTANA The Station House —233 Lantana Road. 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 6 pounds) and are so reasonably priced that getting a taste of one without reservations is highly unlikely. • Dinner nightly. 561/547-9487. $$$


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Bice —313 Worth Ave. Italian. Bice continues to hold the title of favorite spot on the island. The venerable restaurant offers a marvelous array of risottos and fresh pastas and classic dishes like veal chop Milanese, pounded chicken breast and roasted rack of lamb. The wine list features great vintages. • Lunch and dinner daily. Outdoor dining. 561/835-1600. $$$ Buccan —350 S. County Road. Contemporary American. Casual elegance of Palm Beach meets modern culinary sensibilities of Miami at the first


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independent restaurant by chef Clay Conley. The design offers both intimate and energetic dining areas, while the menu is by turn familiar (wood-grilled burgers) and more adventurous (truffled steak tartare with crispy egg yolk, squid ink orrechiette). • Dinner nightly. 561/8333450. $$$

Café Boulud—The Brazilian Court, 301 Australian Ave. French with American flair. This hotel restaurant gives Palm Beach a taste of Daniel Boulud’s world-class cuisine inspired by his four muses. The chef oversees a menu encompassing classics, simple fare, seasonal offerings and dishes from around the world. Dining is in the courtyard (not available during summer), the elegant lounge or the sophisticated dining room. • Dinner nightly. 561/655-6060. $$$ Café L’Europe —331 S. County Road. Current international. A Palm Beach standard, the café has long been known for its peerless beauty, the piano player, the chilled martinis and the delicious Champagne and caviar bar. Try one of its sophisticated classics like Wiener schnitzel with herbed spaetzle, grilled veal chop and flavorful pastas. • Lunch Tues.–Fri. Dinner nightly (closed Mon. during summer). 561/655-4020. $$$ Chez Jean-Pierre —132 N. County Road. French. Sumptuous cuisine, attentive servers and a seeand-be-seen crowd are hallmarks of one of the island’s premier restaurants. Indulgences include scrambled eggs with caviar and the Dover sole meunière filleted tableside. When your waiter suggests profiterolles au chocolat or hazelnut soufflé, say, mais oui! • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/833-1171. $$$ Echo—230A Sunrise Ave. Asian. The cuisine reverberates with the tastes of China, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam. The Chinese hot and sour soup is unlike any other, and the sake list is tops. This offsite property of The Breakers is managed with the same flawlessness as the resort. • Dinner nightly (during season). 561/802-4222. $$$ HMF—1 S. County Road. Contemporary American. Beneath the staid, elegant setting of The Breakers, HMF is the Clark Kent of restaurants, dishing an extensive array of exciting, inventive, oh-so-contemporary small plates. Don’t depart without sampling the dreamy warm onion-Parmesan dip with house-made fingerling potato chips, the sexy wild boar empanaditas, chicken albondigas tacos and Korean-style short ribs. The wine list is encyclopedic. • Dinner nightly. 561/290-0104. $$ Imoto —350 S. County Road. Asian Fusion/Tapas. Clay Conley’s “little sister” (the translation of Imoto from Japanese) is next to his always-bustling Buccan. Imoto turns out Japanese-inspired small plates with big-city sophistication, like witty Peking duck tacos and decadent tuna and foie gras sliders. Sushi selection is limited but immaculately fresh. • Dinner nightly. 561/833-5522. $$

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Jové Kitchen & Bar—2800 S. Ocean Blvd. Contemporary Italian. Jové is named for the Italian god of the sky, and when the folks at the tony Four Seasons decided to remake their premier restaurant, they reached high to offer the kind of food, service and ambience that would appeal to both their affluent older clientele and a younger, hipper, foodie-oriented crowd. Mission accomplished with dishes like the inventive take on octopus marinated and grilled with baby fennel, red pepper sauce, artichoke and olives. Desserts sparkle too. • Dinner nightly. 561/533-3750. $$ Leopard Lounge and Restaurant—The Chesterfield Palm Beach, 363 Cocoanut Row. American. The restaurant offers excellent food in a glamorous and intimate club-like atmosphere. In fact, it’s advisable to make early reservations if a quiet dinner is the objective; the place becomes a late-night cocktail spot after 9. The menu is equally decadent. • Breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner daily. 561/659-5800. $$

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Meat Market—191 Bradley Place. Steakhouse. “Meat Market” may be an inelegant name for a very elegant and inventive steakhouse but there’s no dissonance in its food, service or ambience. Multiple cuts of designer beef from multiple sources can be gilded with a surprising array of sauces, butters and upscale add-ons. Whole roasted cauliflower is an intriguing starter, while a meaty Niman Ranch short rib atop lobster risotto takes surf-n-turf to a new level. Cast your diet to the winds and order the dessert sampler. • Dinner nightly. 561/354-9800. $$$$

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

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Renato’s —87 Via Mizner. Italian with continental flair. This most romantic hideaway is buzzing in season and quietly charming all year long with Italian classics and a Floridian twist—like the sautéed black grouper in a fresh tomato and pernod broth with fennel and black olives and the wildflower-honey-glazed salmon fillet with crab and corn flan. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/655-9752. $$$

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

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

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WEST PALM BEACH Banko Cantina—114 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Northern Mexican. Start with the Adelita cocktail and don’t look back. The bacon-wrapped shrimp, the Al Carbon steak tacos and the house guacamole add up to a full-flavor dinner. The west-facing rooftop bar is a nice sunset option, and the Pan de Elote (homemade sweet cornbread with vanilla ice cream and berries) is a delightful end to the evening. • Dinner daily. 561/355-1399. $$

Café Centro—2409 N. Dixie Highway. Italian. There are many things to like about this modest little osteria—the unpretentious ambiance, piano Thursday through Saturday during season, 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 nightly. 561/514-4070. $$

Grato —1901 S. Dixie Highway. Italian. “Grato” is Italian for “grateful,” and there is much to be grateful for about Clay Conley’s sophisticated yet unpretentious take on Italian cookery. Anyone would be grateful to find such delicate, crispy and greaseless fritto misto as Grato’s, ditto for lusty beef tartare piled onto a quartet of crostini. Spinach gnocchi in porcini mushroom sauce are a revelation, so light and airy they make other versions taste like green library paste. Don’t miss the porchetta either, or the silken panna cotta with coffee ice cream and crunchy hazelnut tuille. • Dinner nightly, Sunday brunch. 561/404-1334. $$ Leila—120 S. Dixie Highway. Mediterranean. Flowing drapes and industrial lighting complete the exotic decor in this Middle Eastern hit. Sensational hummus is a must-try. Lamb kebab with parsley, onion and spices makes up the delicious Lebanese lamb kefta. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sun. 561/659-7373. $$ 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. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. (closed Memorial Day– Labor Day). 561/585-3128. $$

Pistache—1010 N. Clematis St., #115. French. Pistache doesn’t just look like a French bistro, it cooks like one. The menu includes such bistro specialties as coq au vin and steak tartare. All that, plus guests dining al fresco have views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Centennial Park. • Brunch Sat.–Sun. Lunch and dinner daily. 561/833-5090. $$

The Regional Kitchen & Public House —651 Okeechobee Blvd. Southern with Mediterranean twist. Across from the PBC Convention Center and next to Kravis Center for the Performing Arts means it’s a shoe-in for an excellent


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pre-theater meal. Or a post-theater drink and nosh. Executive Chef/Co-owner Lindsay Autry’s version of pimento cheese (prepared tableside), fried chicken, pickled shrimp and tomato pie are dishes you thought you knew, until you try these. Memorable, delectable comfort food, and bartenders who know what they’re doing. • 561/557-6460. $$

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Rhythm Café —3800 S. Dixie Highway. Casual

Le Bistro—4626 N. Federal Highway. Modern French. The menu is modern and healthy—98 percent glutin-free, according to chef/owner Andy Trousdale. Check out the prix-fixe menu, which includes pan-roasted duck to beef Wellington. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 954/946-9240. $$$

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

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

Table 26°—1700 S. Dixie Highway. Contemporary American. Take a quarter-cup of Palm Beach, a tablespoon of Nantucket, a pinch of modern American cookery and a couple gallons of the owners’ savoir faire, and you have Eddie Schmidt’s and Ozzie Medeiros’s spot. The menu roams the culinary globe for modest contemporary tweaks on classically oriented dishes. Try the fried calamari “Pad Thai.” • Dinner nightly. 561/855-2660. $$$

Broward County DEERFIELD BEACH Chanson—45 N.E. 21st Ave. Contemporary American/French. A little bit of Palm Beach, a little bit of France come to Deerfield Beach in the form of this elegant, sophisticated restaurant in the oceanfront Royal Blues Hotel. Service is as stellar as the views from the cozy, modestly opulent dining room, notable for the 1,500-gallon aquarium embedded in the ceiling. Consistency can be an issue with the food, but when it is good it is very good. • Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tues.-Sat., brunch Sun. 954/857-2929. $$$

Oceans 234—234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach. Contemporary American. One of the only oceanfront (as in, on the beach) options in South Florida, this familiarwith-a-twist venue is fun to both visit and eat. Try the Infamous Lollipop Chicken Wings, a starter that could be an entrée. Seafood is definitely top-shelf, as are the desserts. A true Florida experience. • Lunch and dinner daily. 954/428-2539. $$

—949 S. Federal Highway. Asian. Quiet and soothing, this multicultural venue serves sushi, sashimi, yakitori and wide-ranging Japanese appetizers. • Lunch and dinner daily. 954/428-8009. $$


Seafood World—4602 N. Federal Highway. Seafood. This seafood market and restaurant offers some of the freshest seafood in the county. Its unpretentious atmosphere is the perfect setting for the superb king crab, Maine lobster, Florida lobster tails and much more. Tangy Key lime pie is a classic finish. • Lunch and dinner daily. 954/942-0740. $$$

POMPANO BEACH Calypso Restaurant—460 S. Cypress Road. Caribbean. This bright little dining room and bar (beer and wine only) has a Caribbean menu that is flavorful, imaginative—and much more. Calypso offers a spin on island food that includes sumptuous conch dishes, Stamp & Go Jamaican fish cakes and tasty rotis stuffed with curried chicken, lamb or seafood. • Lunch and dinner Mon.–Fri. 954/942-1633. $

Darrel & Oliver’s Café Maxx—2601 E. Atlantic Blvd. American. The longstanding institution from chef Oliver Saucy is as good now as when it opened in the mid-1980s. Main courses offer complex flavor profiles, such as the sweet-onion-crusted yellowtail snapper on Madeira sauce over mashed potatoes. Parts of the menu change daily. • Dinner nightly. Brunch Sunday. 954/782-0606. $$$

COCONUT CREEK NYY Steak —Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 N.W. 40th St. Steakhouse. The second incarnation of this New York Yankees-themed 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 Maine lobster and Alaskan king crab. Don’t miss the NYY Steak 151 volcano for dessert. • Dinner nightly. Brunch Sun. 954/977-6700. $$$$

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GRAND AWARDS CEREMONY WHAT: A record-breaking 562 members of Impact 100 Palm Beach County contributed to a donation pool totaling $562,000 (based on individual $1,000 donations per member). For its sixth-annual awards ceremony, Impact 100 awarded five $100,000 grants to five nonprofits: Boca Raton Children’s Museum, KidSafe Foundation, FAU’s Pine Jog Environmental Center, the Parent-Child Center and the Miracle League of Palm Beach County. The remaining $62,000 was donated to five additional organizations. WHERE: Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University

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FASHION DESIGNER DELIGHT WHAT: Fashion designer Adolfo Domínguez visited his newest United States storefront at Town Center and held a VIP reception to celebrate. Prosecco and tasty bites floated through the crowd, which included notable community members and Domínguez, who chatted with visitors and clients about his brand and inspirations. WHERE: Adolfo Domínguez store, Town Center

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ANNUAL TIKI DINNER WHAT: Colorful leis adorned donors and guests at the George Snow Scholarship Fund’s annual Tiki Dinner, which honors both donors and scholarship recipients. Three Snow scholars, all of whom attend Florida Atlantic University, spoke about how the scholarships are transforming their lives. The George Snow Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to deserving and underserved students in order to help them build a better life through higher education.

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WHAT: To honor the Board of Trustees chair and benefactor of Lynn University, Christine E. Lynn, the school hosted an extravagant black-and-white-themed birthday bonanza. Bubbly was popped, a contortionist entertained, and a martini bar ensured no one was thirsty. Lynn students paraded the party with 70 candlelit birthday cakes, and the icing was Lynn President Kevin Ross’ reveal of a billboard of Lynn displayed in Times Square. Even the goodie bags, stuffed with Chanel lipsticks and eye masks, were epic. WHERE: Lynn University

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JENNIFER HUDSON BENEFIT CONCERT WHAT: The Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer and actress—whose vocal talent was recognized on “American Idol” in 2004 and whose screen acting was discovered when she played Effie White in “Dreamgirls”— performed at this year’s Concert for the Children. Approximately 1,700 guests attended, and ticket sales from the concert and golf challenge raised $1.45 million for the Boca West Foundation, which supports 25 different charities. WHERE: Boca West Country Club


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Young Jewish professionals kicked off their summer on Saturday night, June 10 with more than 100 of their closest as well as newest friends at the Young Adult Division’s Comedy Night Live at a transformed Pavilion Grille in Boca Raton. With drinks and treats, dancing with a live DJ, and their uproarious headline comedian, Jon Fisch, they celebrated their year’s contribution to the Federation’s vital work locally, in Israel and around the world. Everyone’s welcome to check out YAD on Facebook at or contact Liana Konhauzer at 561.852.5015 or email so no one misses out on the #YADSQUAD!






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ton Beach and Park District. That number, though, has a separate line on the tax bill. As a growing city, Boca Raton usually gets more money each year from property taxes—the glaring exception being the years after the real estate bust. With growth, however, comes new demand for services. City Manager Leif Ahnell commented that many of the recent development approvals have been for condos and apartments, especially downtown and in the northwest. Property owners in Midtown would like to add 2,500 residential units, all of them apartments. Multi-family housing, Ahnell said,“is not pro-


ducing as much revenue as traditional development.” Yet the higher densities of such projects raise the need for services. Ahnell’s specialty is finance. His view of the trend lines was like a sudden shift in the wind. His forecast may not be totally accurate, but it hung in the air. Councilman Scott Singer said,“It will be harder to maintain [the same level of] services in five years.” Nevertheless, Singer and his colleagues—correctly— are pushing the staff for progress on major issues: the student district near Florida Atlantic University, the waterfront plan, a new downtown city campus. Those and other initiatives, such as reviving the Dixie Highway corridor, could raise property values.

To pull off all those projects, Boca Raton— like a for-profit company—will need talented, creative employees. Unlike for-profit companies, government hiring goes slowly. A position may go into the budget in June, but the city council doesn’t approve the budget until late September. Then the city must advertise and interview. The new employee may not start until January. In addition, a city spokesman said many city jobs require government-specific skills. With more cities and counties hiring, Boca Raton has had to raise salaries and benefits for some positions. And still, the spokeswoman said,“quality of applicants continues to be an issue.”

A new issue this year is that the city council has to begin thinking past Ahnell, who has been Boca Raton’s CEO since 1999. He has entered the state’s five-year retirement program. Other key department heads have entered the same program or are near the age to do so. Where will the new talent at the top come from? Sumek prepared a “leaders’ guide”for the May

session. The book is thick, but the message is simple: Much of the work within cities is boring—the daily grind. But that’s effective governance. When it takes priority over politics, good things happen. Example: Delray Beach, starting in about 1990. Things get businesslike, you might say. When politics becomes the priority, well, you get the U.S. Congress.

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The College Myth “Too much of what is called “education” is little more than an expensive isolation from reality.”

—Dr. Thomas Sowell

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School days, school days / Dear old Golden Rule days Readin’ and ‘riting and ‘rithmatic / Taught to the tune of a hick’ry stick —1907 Will Cobb/Gus Edwards


hat song used to dance in my head as fall rolled around. For many homes it still conjures up that backto-school routine and all the old memories. For many K-12 students it still means getting up when the alarm blasts off at 6 a.m. rather than the summer luxury of hibernating in bed till noon. It means mom returns to KP (Kitchen Patrol) duty preparing sandwiches like peanut butter and jelly or bologna, adding an apple or banana, maybe some celery or carrot sticks. To finish it off maybe she throws cookies or an energy

“For many, college is a myth that has been drilled into their heads since they were children.” bar into a lunch box or insulated bag. Back in the day, I remember those same meals, sitting around the cafeteria table comparing the contents of each other’s metal lunch boxes, sometimes trading food with one another. The years go by like a knife through butter, and suddenly you’re in cap and gown celebrating high school graduation. Now, with diploma in hand, what’s next? Where are you headed? Of course, most people assume they are off to college for the next four years. Then again, these days it’s not so

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easy, what with the escalating cost of tuition and the dismal prospect of a lifetime of crippling student loan debt. Countless young graduates are swamped in unpaid bills and have little disposable income. This year, Forbes reported 44 million people owe $1.4 trillion in student loans. If your child aspires to be a doctor, a lawyer—any highly credentialed profession—or if they excel in physics, science or technology, college may indeed be for them. But it may not be for everybody. Parents need to carefully listen to their youngsters’ thoughts and ambitions and follow their academic performance. Find out what really turns them on before you make the financial commitment to send them off for a four-year experience that may yield little return on the investment. Today, college is an economic decision— not a social one. My son David, who loves films and audiovisual production, went to Ohio Wesleyan, where he majored in journalism and minored in Japanese, niether which has advanced his career significantly. If I had been a better listener I would have investigated professional schools that offered curricula that dovetailed with his real interests. In retrospect, I don’t believe college was for him. I bowed to the conventional wisdom that

college was the next step after high school. David ultimately enrolled at Full Sail in Orlando, a school whose curriculum was dedicated to film production and sound, his real passion. There he acquired specific marketable skills in audio and video that he uses today. College is not for everyone. For many, it’s a myth that’s been drilled into their heads since they were children. There are alternatives. Casey Research suggests the catalogue at, where you can experience curricula from topnotch universities via the finest professors. There are suggestions of books to read and excellent lectures on YouTube. The Center For Interim Learning offers a program for kids who want a break from the classroom for a year or two to reassess their goals ( Bottom line: If your child wants an education, there are many ways to pursue one without the financial albatross that could be with him or her for many years. It is their debt, and it could haunt them for decades to come—and long after you’re gone.

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