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Taking Care of Business

Six prominent (and fashionably attired) executives in and around Boca share the back stories and guiding principles that have led to their successes. by kevin kaminski / photography by jason nuttle


Home sCHooling

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Get ready for the 2013-14 cultural schedule with a breakdown of the top 10 high-season events. Also, we visit with Gordon Wright of the Harid Conservatory.

by john thomason

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Don’t leave home without it—our comprehensive guide to the best restaurants in South Florida, including new reviews of Burt & Max’s in Delray and Bäd Ragaz in Boynton Beach—and much more.

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Readers comment on recent issues of Boca Raton.


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Editor’s lEttEr

The more things change at Boca Raton, the more they stay the same—at least when it comes to our statewide standing.

by kevin kaminski



Celebrate the people who give our community its identity—including a woman bringing family to the foster-care world, a local dog whisperer and someone who adds sparkle to Mizner Park. by kevin kaminski, marie speed, bridget sweet and john thomason

61sHop talk

Learn why animal prints are making a statement, check out the latest grooming products for men, and pick up some cocktailattire tips from a local fashionista. by brenna fisher

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69 FEEl good

Take it to the limit with high-intensity fitness events, and meet an expert on men’s health issues.

by lisette hilton

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You might just see some familiar faces in our snapshots from talked-about social events in and around Boca Raton. by kevin kaminski

199spEEd BuMps

Put a gourmet spin on your Thanksgiving sides, find out what makes a mouthwatering shrimp dish sing, and learn how to pour the perfect martini.

A summer spin on the dance floor leaves the author grateful in more ways than one.

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by marie speed

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Meet a renowned concert violinist, a thoughtful woman making educational bus stops and the longtime TV announcer for the Miami Heat. by kevin kaminski and john thomason


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Thanksgiving is a time to put life in perspective and take nothing for granted. by john shuff

Richard Blanco—the first immigrant, first openly gay man and youngest person to serve as inaugural poet—goes through the pages of his life with Boca Raton. by marie speed

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Delray Beach: Marie Speed reports every Thursday on news and events in the Delray world.

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I wanted to send gratitude. I just received Boca Raton in the mail; the article [“Can You Read My Mind?” in the September/October issue] was so entertaining. [Author John Thomason] is truly a talented writer. —Jolie DeMarco Boca Raton

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I’ve been traveling between Boca and Nashville for work the past two years, so I’m a bit out of the loop on new dining adventures. [But] I’m disappointed to see that one place I find to be one of the best is not in [the Dining Guide]. Saquella Caffé in Royal Palm Place now has a full menu; it has the style and taste of all that is European. Oh, and did I mention the gelato and blueberry pie? —Dina Branham Delray Beach Editor’s note: Dina, you’ll be happy to know that Saquella is the subject of our “What’s Cooking?” section on page 56 of this issue.

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CorreCtions On the opening photo of the Dining Guide in the September/October issue, chef Eric Korchmaros of Ceviche Tapas Bar in Delray Beach was misidentified. Also in that issue, a sidebar that complements our psychic feature (“Can You Read My Mind?”) notes that Fort Lauderdale-based psychic Rose Marks and her family had pled guilty to a $25 million fraud charge alleged by federal prosecutors. Several members of Marks’ family have indeed pled guilty, but Rose Marks pled not guilty and was in trial at press time. Boca Raton regrets the errors.

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KEEP MEMORIES ALIVE WALK When: Nov. 3 Where: Town Center at Boca Raton What: Participants will walk the mall to support the programs of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center at Florida Atlantic University. Last year’s event raised more than $300,000. For more information: 561/297-4066

WOMAN VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR When: Nov. 8 Where: Boca West Country Club What: One of the city’s largest and most prestigious events benefits the programs of the Junior League of Boca Raton. The luncheon/ fashion show recognizes leading female volunteers in the community. For more information: 561/620-2553

HOPE BASH BOCA When: Nov. 8 Where: Boca Raton Resort & Club What: Expect live entertainment, a silent and live auction, and much more at “Jeans & Jewels,” a gala to benefit the foster children at Place of Hope at the Haven campus. Raymond Lee Jewelers, jewelry sponsor at the event, will have an on-site store. Tickets: $250 per person For more information: 561/483-0962,

WOMEN OF GRACE LUNCHEON When: Nov. 13 Where: The Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach What: Bethesda Hospital Foundation celebrates its 14th year of honoring women volunteers in the community. The luncheon has helped to raise more than $1 million for Bethesda’s Center for Women and Children. For more information:

CHRIS EVERT PRO-CELEBRITY TENNIS CLASSIC When: Nov. 15-17 Where: Delray Beach Tennis Center, Boca Raton Resort & Club What: For the 24th year, the tennis legend hosts a celebrity-studded tennis tournament and charity gala that benefits Chris Evert Charities. Celebrities include Kristin Chenoweth, Hoda Kotb and David Cook. Tickets: $20–$90 (tournament); $750 (gala) For more information: follow the leader



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editor’s letter

[ by kevin kaminski ]

Eleven and Counting


hen it comes to numbers, 11 is a mixed bag. The 11th hour typically spells trouble. Too much sodium (atomic number: 11) is bad news for your blood pressure. And Isiah Thomas, who wore 11 with the Detroit Pistons, is just plain bad. Basketball fans and Florida International alums will understand that one. On the flip side, Apollo 11 produced the first moon landing, a yo-11 roll in craps pays right around 15:1, and an amplifier that goes to 11 instead of 10 gives bands like Spinal Tap that extra push over the cliff because, of course, it’s “one louder.” But attach it to a consecutive streak involving annual accomplishments, and 11 begins to carry some serious weight. As well it should. Reaching a place of honor in your profession every single year for more than decade is one for the record books. Consider: Only one artist has charted a No. 1 single in 11 straight years (Mariah Carey). Only one NFL running back has gained 1,000 or more rushing yards in 11 consecutive seasons (Emmitt Smith). Two of the all-time greatest teams in professional sports—the NBA’s Boston Celtics (1957-66) and the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens (1951-60)—reached their respective championship finals in a record 10 straight seasons before falling short in year 11. “American Idol” holds the mark for most consecutive years finishing No. 1 in the Nielsen ratings at eight, three short of 11. And that guy who out-scarfs the competition each summer at Nathan’s hot dog eating contest? Joey Chestnut has won the last seven straight events—and consumed 446 hot dogs along the way. So 11 remains a possibility, assuming that his heart doesn’t explode in mid-bite. Either way, 11 doesn’t come easy. That’s why Boca Raton couldn’t be prouder of its accomplishments at the Florida Magazine Association’s 2013 Charlie Award ceremony. For the 11th consecutive year, Boca Raton was a finalist in its circulation bracket (20,000 to 50,000) in the “Best Overall” magazine category. After claiming FMA’s highest honor (the Charlie) four of the previous five years in the “Best Overall” category, our magazine this year earned the Silver Award.


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As consecutive streaks go in our industry, 11 straight nods as one of the top publications in Florida has no equal. It’s an unprecedented run that speaks not only to the level of excellence established by our publishers but the commitment to that excellence by our teams in editorial, art, production and sales. It also wasn’t the only cause for celebration. Boca Raton brought home top honors in two categories, earning Charlie Awards for our arts-and-entertainment coverage (now called “Backstage Pass”) in the “Best Department” category, as well as for our digital prowess in the prestigious “Best Overall Online Presence” category, which recognized everything from the unique daily content on to our posts on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. In addition, Boca Raton claimed the Silver Award in the “Best Column” category for the “Editor’s Letter,” and a Bronze Award in the category of “Best Online Video” for our coverage of the South Beach Food & Wine Festival. Celebrations in our industry, of course, are shortlived; the next deadline always looms. Even as we were savoring the FMA accolades, our teams were busy working on the November issue you’re holding right now. Whether this issue helps to push our streak to 12 remains to be seen. We certainly believe it’s up to our lofty standards, with insights into our community’s top businessmen (page 114) and an expanded A&E season preview (page 143), among other stories. In the meantime, we’re at 11 and counting. Enjoy the issue—and thank you for supporting our award-winning publication.

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Safe Haven

Foster children can look forward to a Place of HoPe here in Boca.

—Marie Speed

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AAron Bristol


hen The Haven, the venerable Boca Raton charity for neglected and abandoned boys, closed in January 2013, all hope, it turns out, was not lost. A new center—The Place of Hope at The Haven, modeled after the successful Villages of Hope in Palm Beach Gardens—barely missed a beat as it assumed the former organization’s grounds and campus, launching a capital campaign to accelerate the opening of five cottages (including an emergency shelter) that will serve as family-style foster homes for displaced, abused or at-risk children. “Our goal is to preserve and advance the legacy of The Haven,” says Lisa McDuLin, Place of Hope’s special projects manager. “The biggest difference with the Place of Hope is our unique family-style model of care. We have an actual set of house parents who we screen and interview—who live in the homes with the children. It gives the kids who reside in that home the stability that they so desperately need. “The parents take care of all of their needs, but they also teach them responsibility. They take them to sports practices, they do their homework with them, whatever they need.” The children who will live here will need plenty. Most are neglected, some are abandoned, some will have been victims of sex or labor trafficking. All are part of an estimated 1,000 children in Palm Beach County either in foster care or who need foster care. “When we open, without a doubt the beds will be full,” McDulin says. In the meantime, McDulin is hard at work raising money and waiting for the day the kids will arrive. “I really have a heart for those who don’t have what I had or what my children have. I believe that God puts us on this Earth to use our talent, our resources and our abilities to help others who are less fortunate, and this is a way that I can make a difference,” she says. If you are interested in volunteering, becoming a foster parent or making a donation, contact Lisa McDulin at 561/483-0962.

home town [ Boca By the NumBers ] What’s happening in our

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community this month? The numbers below tell part of the story.



The renowned thrift shop at the Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center (141 N.W. 20th St.) is celebrating a silver anniversary. In honor of the store’s recent renovations, the thrift shop will host a “grand reopening” event Nov. 14 that includes food and beverages—and a raffle. Call 561/368-3665 for more information.


The countdown to Christmas receives a ceremonial launch Nov. 27 at Mizner Park Amphitheater in downtown Boca with the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony.

Expect that many attendees at Boca West Country Club on Nov. 8 for the Junior League of Boca Raton’s signature Woman Volunteer of the Year luncheon. Honorary chair for the 26th annual event is Lynn Holcomb. Debbie Abrams earned the 2012 honor for her longtime involvement with the Boca Raton Historical Society.




In 2012, Boca Helping Hands collected a record 1,427,976 pounds of food. This year, the nonprofit is on track to reach 2 million pounds, part of its ongoing efforts to provide food and resources for those in need. Call 561/417-0913 to inquire about holiday volunteering opportunities.

That’s the number of Grand Slam singles titles won during the Hall of Fame career of Chris Evert, who hosts her annual Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic Nov. 15-17 at Delray Beach Tennis Center and the Boca Raton Resort & Club.


The men’s basketball team at Florida Atlantic University, coming off an 18-loss season, kicks off the 2013-14 campaign at home Nov. 8

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against Ave Maria. The schedule picks up considerable steam one week later, when the Owls travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium for a Nov. 15 date at Duke.


Fans of the Boca Raton GreenMarket at Royal Palm Place have five Saturdays in November to stock up on everything from locally grown fruits and vegetables to fresh-cut flowers, baked goods, oils and vinegars—and much more. november 2013


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Dogs’ Best Friend


AAron Bristol

eff fostoff was not born a dog person. For most of his life, pit bulls, Rottweilers and German Shepherds were creatures to be feared—not studied, trained and loved. All of that changed circa 2004, when the first season of “The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan” appeared on Nat Geo Wild. “I got fascinated by it,” recalls the Boca Raton resident, who was then a full-time computer repairman. “I watched each episode like a hundred times. ... and he did over 150 episodes, so that’s thousands and thousands of hours I put into it. I’d watch them in slow motion, step by step, frame by frame. And I copied him.” Fostoff began volunteering at local shelters and kennels to practice the techniques, and he found that he had a knack for dog whispering. He’s rehabilitated and saved more than 30 seemingly vicious dogs from being put down, and a YouTube video shows him transforming a kennel of 15 caged dogs from barking to docile in minutes. His fees rose alongside his abilities, and these days he charges a flat rate of $350 for a daylong session (typically about six hours). He also offers a money-back guarantee if he can’t cure the pooch’s ailment. In the decade he’s been training dogs, he’s never had to return a fee. “Some things are fixed in five minutes,” he says. “It is actually that fast, in most cases. People are harder to train than dogs. “Dogs live in the now. They don’t rationalize; they just do it.” Visit for more info.

—John Thomason

Whisperer Wisdom

Dog walking: “You get 90 percent of your trust and respect by walking the dog,” Fostoff says. “It’s the first thing I do when [hired for a job], no matter how crazy [the dog] is.”


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RetRactable leashes: “It’s an affectionate leash; get rid of it. It’s OK in the backyard. But on a walk, you want a regular 4-foot leash. You can’t hold the retractables; they’re made out of thin metal or string, and you have no control.”

being bit: “It’s an occupational hazard. The ones that usually bite me are the 5- to 10-pound small ones— the Chihuahuas from hell. The big dogs don’t bite as much, because the owners don’t spoil them as much.”

easiest to tRain: “Labs. They’re so gentle; they never bite. They’re very hyper, but they’re very playful dogs.”

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Breakfast for Dinner


—bridget Sweet

AAron Bristol

CheCk out boCamag.Com for avi Sekerel’S Croquemadame reCipe.

arly risers aren’t the only ones feasting on the breakfast specialties served inside Saquella Caffé at Royal Palm Place (410 Via De Palmas, 561/338-8840). avi Sekerel, owner of the popular European-style restaurant, has mastered the art of sunny-side up after sundown, as well as other specialties—just ask Adam Sandler (a regular). Sekerel, trained in Switzerland and Florida, traces his interest in evening breakfasts to late-night bites in college. He and his friends frequented a local spot that made a towering sandwich with eggs, hash browns, bacon and cheese. Saquella features a “Big Daddy” spin on this creation from time to time, even adding waffles to the mix. However, that’s a departure from the healthy values that Sekerel typically promotes—indeed, he calls his kitchen is a “no-fry zone.” “People who are keeping a healthy lifestyle are changing their whole approach to dinner,” he says. His evening menu reflects that, with options that range from fresh fish and stir-fry dishes to garden salads topped with salmon, chicken breasts and more. As for the p.m. breakfast crowd, Sekerel features items like croque-madame ($14) and frittata ($13), an egg white-based dish similar to quiche. Sekerel describes the lavish croquemadame as “a [croque-monsieur] sandwich wearing a [lady’s] hat” because of the egg on top. Baked with Béchamel sauce, this ham-and-Swiss panini satisfies both day and night. He recommends pairing it with a glass of Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine and the name of Saquella’s sister restaurant in Palm Beach Gardens). After all, caffeine might be best left to the morning—even if Saquella’s baristas are exceptional at making iced cappuccinos.


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Shaheer Hosh Owner, CristinO Fine Jewelry


fter graduating college in Egypt with a degree in civil engineering, Shaheer Hosh moved to New York City in 1986—the first member of his immediate family to come to the United States—with a clear plan. He would find work for six months, enough time to sift through the red tape involved in securing his engineering license here in America. Three days after his U.S. arrival, that plan went out the window. “I went to an employment agency, and they suggested that I visit this fine jewelry store in Manhattan, across from the Empire State Building,” says Hosh, who was born in Tanta, some 60 miles north of Cairo. “The owner tells me to wear a nice shirt and tie, and to come to work the next day as a salesperson. ... Six months later, I was the manager. “I loved it from the beginning.” Talk to patrons of Cristino Fine Jewelry at Mizner Park (, and it’s clear that the feeling is mutual. Since launching the business in 2009, Hosh has endeared himself to customers with his genuine and affable spirit—along with a jaw-dropping array of men’s and women’s jewelry from a host of name designers. Chief among those worldclass designers is the owner himself, who creates upward of 150 pieces each year. Hosh, who named his business after the two sons (Constantine and Chris) he has with wife Gloria, shares a few pearls of wisdom from his nearly three decades in the industry. —Kevin KaminsKi

■ I love Egypt, but it wasn’t where I wanted to live. Growing

up there, you know that you’ll get to a certain point where you can no longer advance. I wanted a better life. So I came here in search of the American Dream.

■ After I started working at the store in New York, I remember

calling my family in Egypt. It came up in conversation that both my grandfather and great-grandfather were jewelers. No one had ever told me that. Maybe it is in my blood.

■ Jewelry is a happy business. No customer walks out of my

store upset.

■ It makes me even happier when I’ve created the piece—when I sit with the customer and interpret their vision. To bring that to life ... that’s one of the most rewarding parts of this business. ■ As a jeweler and designer, you have to read the customer’s

mind; somehow that comes naturally to me.

■ It’s hard for me to delegate. I always think that it will not be

done right unless my hands are on it. Even when I delegate, I still look everything over. ... That’s just me. we work even harder to achieve what we want.

■ Gloria and I will be married 21 years this January. It’s not

such a tough thing living with a jeweler. If I do something wrong, I bring home a piece of jewelry. It’s all good.


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■ One thing about my heritage: When we’re under pressure,

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High-season cocktail dresses don’t always require bold colors or intricate prints to make a style statement. As we learned from this month’s local fashion inspiration, classic pieces with a bit of an edge—like this tom & linda Platt matte crepe poncho dress ($1,155) from Barbara katz in Boca Raton—also can turn plenty of heads. To find out which local inspired us with her understated yet eye-catching cocktail attire, turn to page 66.

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It’s no surprise that animal prints are back this fall; what may surprise are the countless ways to incorporate the look into your wardrobe.



1. Lightweight fabric makes this muted leopard-print blouse more subtle. ($295, Indi Chic, Royal Palm Place, Boca Raton) 2. Paired with a subdued solid top, the less-obvious leopard dots on the skirt of this Diane von Furstenberg dress give it the right amount of eye-catching fun. (check with Bloomingdale’s, Town Center at Boca Raton, for availability) 3. Want more attention? These Carrera by Jimmy Choo sunglasses do the trick. ($299, Jimmy Choo, Palm Beach) 4. The stone on this Las Penélope python cuff bracelet elevates it to a more elegant accessory without calling too much attention to itself. ($145, Barbara Katz, Glades Plaza, Boca) 5. Leopard-printed calf hair gets a welcome pop of color from the indigo side panels on this Marc by Marc Jacobs Madame Hilli tote. ($798, Neiman Marcus, Town Center) 6. Heavy animal print can work well in accessories like this jaguar-printed leather belt ($640, Gucci, Palm Beach).


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Animal prints can be fun to wear, but they’re also easy to overdo. How do you strike the right balance? We turned to Lauren Frantz, a retail merchandiser at Indi-Chic in Royal Palm Place, for tips. 1. Easy doEs it: “You can get away with animal prints easily when you lighten the fabric or choose a different color,” Frantz says. Shoot for a color that isn’t indicative of animal print, and it’ll be understated. 2. MatErial gains: Pay attention to the thickness of the material. The thicker it is, the more impact it has. Traditional animal prints have a heavy feel. “You feel like you’re going to be seen across the street.” 3. lovE thE scarf: “Take the scarf and pair it with something simple, and you have a whole outfit. You won’t need other accessories like jewelry.”


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At press time, sawgrass Mills in Sunrise announced a major addition to its already stellar lineup. The only Florida outlet for Jimmy choo is slated to debut this fall at The Colonnade Outlets. In addition, the Michael Kors outlet at The Colonnade will be doubling in size.

outlet heaven

We don’t really need another place to shop, but we’ll take it anyway. The newly developed Palm Beach outlets in West Palm Beach (1801 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.), slated to open in February 2014, features 500,000 square feet of retail therapy. We feel better already. november 2013

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Grooming for Guys

Having some semblance of fashion sense only gets men so far. When it’s time to get up close and personal, it’s all about the time invested before the clothes went on. Here are a few products bound to help local men jazz up their grooming routine.

C.O. BigelOw Mentha exfOliating SOap, $7.50, Bath & Body Works, Town Center at Boca Raton what it does: Cleanses and exfoliates the whole body with a nice lather that rinses clean and doesn’t dry the skin why it’s cool: An infusion of refreshing peppermint oil wakes up the senses, while crushed walnut shells within the bar do the heavy lifting to remove dead skin cells.

triuMph & DiSaSter rOCk & rOll SuiCiDe faCe SCruB, $34, what it does: Cleanses and exfoliates the face to reveal fresher, younger-looking skin why it’s cool: The star ingredients are volcanic ash, a natural exfoliator, and three different clays (kaolin, green and black), which draw out impurities and oil in the skin to reduce shine and blackheads.

MenSCienCe aDvanCeD DeODOrant, $19, what it does: Controls underarm odor without fragrances, aluminum or alcohol why it’s cool: Its lack of aluminum means that your undershirts and light-colored tees have a much better chance of staying free of the dreaded yellow stain. Go ahead. Wear white again.

aveenO aCtive naturalS Shave gel, $4, Target, Boca Raton what it does: Reduces potential nicks and cuts with soothing aloe that helps blades glide smooth on contact why it’s cool: It’s easy to rinse off the razor—and it’s fragrance free, perfect for men who don’t want shaving products to interfere with their cologne of choice.

Seagate to the ReScue If the aforementioned suggestions are giving you a headache, then leave the grooming details to the experts at The Seagate Hotel & Spa in Delray Beach. The spa offers manly treatments designed to super-groom your mug into tip-top shape. Opt for the Men’s Skin IQ Facial or the Men’s Urban Cleanse Facial. Both are 50 minutes, and both cost $125.


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CellMen faCe ultra, $325 (1.7 ounces), Saks Fifth Avenue, Town Center what it does: Formulated for the needs of manly skin, this concentrated nongreasy cream improves the look and feel of facial skin. why it’s cool: It has hyaluronic acid, which is a well-documented moisturizer, and marine and algae extracts to nourish and revitalize skin.

heaDBlaDe atx, $15, Walgreens stores what it does: As the name implies, HeadBlade makes razors specifically designed to shave the head. The new ATX also can be used on the face and body. why it’s cool: For starters, it looks like an off-road vehicle at the X Games; even better, it has a comfortable handgrip that gives users more control.

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Raymond Lee Jewelers is celebrating 30 years in South Florida (and 25 in Boca) with an online giveaway in November. Visit for details. Guys, while you’re on the site, check out the store’s stunning selection of pre-owned luxury watches—like this 18-karat-gold Rolex Submariner, which is priced at $18,995.

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shop talk [ InspIratIon ] GET THE LOOK:

Cocktail Attire

STYLE: Elegant with an edge HIGHLIGHTS: statement dress, versatile clutch, unique jewelry

Shauna Slavin, a jewelry designer as well as a store manager at Intermix in Boca, brings a discerning fashion eye to her event-season selections.

Everything about fall and the holidays is so exciting that you’re going to want it all, but it’s about editing that assortment down so that you can make the most out of what works for you.


Parker dress, $398, Intermix, Town Center at Boca Raton

BCBG color block dress, $248, BCBGMAxAzRIA, CityPlace, West Palm Beach

with Shauna

Long or short dress? “I like to find something short and a little fitted—not anything overtly sexy but sexy in an understated way.”

Ramona suede clutch, $250,

Satin debutante clutch, $150, Henri Bendel, Town Center

Strappy or solid shoes? “I am definitely more of a pointy-toe pump person.” How do you incorporate jewelry? “Masonharlie [a line she co-created] is my go-to. … It works with any outfit I put on.” Favorite dress colors? “I love nudes, olives, and I’m really into color blocking. But I always judge based on how things fit me.” AAron Bristol

How long does it take you to get ready? “40 minutes. With two kids, I have it down to a science.”


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18-karat rose gold ring with pink stone, $1,900, Salvatore Ferragamo, Worth Avenue, Palm Beach

18-karat, vermeil-plated Anya necklace, $230,

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The new face of fitness is intense with a capital I—and a few exclamation points for good measure. Look no further than the highimpact (and, in some cases, potentially dangerous) classes and events drawing interest throughout South Florida. Turn the page for more on this over-the-top trend in fitness.

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Exercise to the Extreme Superhero Scramble


Obstacle course races are all the rage. The goal? To get from point to point. But that’s easier said than done when the road to victory includes everything from a “Leap of Faith” to “X-treme Rock Walls” to a “Super Slime Slide.” Welcome to Superhero Scramble, the brainchild of CEO and Boca native Sean “Ace” O’Connor, whose popular events force participants to leap, climb, crawl, roll and often stagger their way to the finish line. O’Connor’s company hosts Superhero Scrambles all over the country (2014 events are scheduled everywhere from Southern California to New England). The first event of the new year is in our neck of the woods, Jan. 11 at Quiet Waters Park (401 S. Powerline Road) in Deerfield Beach. The race, in Scramble terms, is classified as an “Intimidator,” which means competitors face an 8-plus-mile course with more than 25 obstacles. Races labeled “Villain” and “Super Villain” are, indeed, downright diabolical at 13 miles/30-plus obstacles and 26 miles/60-plus obstacles, respectively. Entry fee for the Jan. 11 event, depending on when you sign up, ranges from $79 to $139. For more info, visit

The name fits. Insanity is a cardio-based, total-body-conditioning program based on Shaun T’s “Insanity” DVDs and taught by certified instructors at Life Time clubs. The program at health clubs is based on principles of MAX Interval Training, which allows a person to beat the “stress adaptation response” that occurs when the body becomes used to exercising at one level of exertion, according to Kim Pace, head of group fitness at Life Time Athletic Club in Boca (1499 Yamato Road, 561/208-5900). A sample workout includes series of blocks and power drills. Blocks consist of four exercise movements performed for 30 seconds each for a total of two minutes of intensity, followed by a 30-second rest period. Each block is repeated three times. Power drill exercises are performed for one minute, followed by a 30-second rest period. Benefits include improved heart health, weight (not muscle) loss, revved metabolism and fat burning during and after class. FYI: You have to be a member of Life Time to take the Insanity class, but sometimes special promotions are offered.

Obstacle Course Essentials

sean “ace” o’Connor, CEO of the popular Superhero Scramble events, recommends the following injury-reducing tips for obstacle course participants: [ 1 ] Start hydrating days before the race; drink lots of water and electrolytes. [ 2 ] Warm up by jogging for 10 minutes prior to the race. [ 3 ] Do light stretching after you’ve warmed up. [ 4 ] Wear shoes that provide support and traction. [ 5 ] Carry an energy gel, and use it every 30 minutes. [ 6 ] If you feel any sort of pain, stop immediately; know your limits.

TabaTa on The Rise

Synergy Fitness Boca owner Mark Van bougondien says the next big workout is Tabata, a movement launched by a Japanese exercise scientist that tests your cardio with high intensity, while sculpting your body.


• After a warm-up that

• “For those just starting out,

works all major muscle groups, trainers select nine exercises that can be completed at high intensity.

exercises are done for 20 seconds, with 10 seconds of rest for a total of six cycles (three minutes),” he says.

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“Exercises [in advanced classes] can be performed for a total of eight cycles or the equivalent of four minutes.”

• Classes are $15 each (packages are available). Synergy Fitness is at 221 E. Palmetto Park Road; call 561/289-3383 for info.

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Boca Raton primary care physician Carlos Ballestas (1001 N.W. 13th St., Suite 201, 561/955-5742) explains why men need to take responsibility for their health sooner rather than later.

Weighty issUes: Weight loss is a challenge for both sexes. For men, the biggest problem is getting rid of belly fat (women tend to carry the bulge around the hips), which places an added burden on the heart. Men can fix that problem with a combination of weight and cardiovascular exercises. For the first six months or so, men have an advantage over women when it comes to weight loss. “They pack more muscle than women, so they get results a lot quicker than women do,” Ballestas says.

in the BedrooM: Sexual health for men speaks directly to testosterone production, which varies from person to person and throughout life, according to Ballestas.

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prostate CheCks: The cancer that affects men most involves the prostate. Ballestas recommends that men keep up with prostate and PSA checks, as well as rectal exams, starting at age 50. raise a glass: Drinking one or two glasses of wine a day helps promote healthy cardiovascular health. More than that does the opposite, according to Ballestas. “Excessive drinking or saving it for the weekend is not going to help your heart,” he says.

• More than a third of men, ages 20 and older, are obese. (Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) • Nearly a third of men, ages 20 and older, have high blood  pressure. (CDC) • Heart disease causes one in every four male deaths; it’s the  leading cause of death for men in the United States. (CDC)

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“Testosterone is [increased] by muscle,” he says. “So, weight-bearing exercises and cardiovascular exercises are going to boost your testosterone production.” Monitoring testosterone production is one more reason to go for an annual physical. If you opt to take a testosterone supplement for low levels, you’ll want a doctor to evaluate how your body is processing it. Why? Revving up your testosterone production with supplements (prescribed or not) can enlarge your prostate and increase risk of heart disease. Low testosterone can cause a lot of undesirable symptoms beyond sexual issues, including fatigue and trouble recovering from sports. If it takes four days to recover from a basketball game at your gym, you might have low testosterone.

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Man Up: Men aren’t nearly as diligent as women about scheduling regular checkups— and that can lead to trouble. “[Men hit] 60, and they’ll have problems,” Ballestas says. “That’s when they go [to the doctor].” Guys, don’t wait. Get your annual physical. Start in your 30s, before health problems start. Know your cholesterol. Know your blood sugar. Know your kidney and liver function. The list goes on. The point is that men can prevent their top health challenges—heart disease and cancer—if they screen for warning signs early on.

• Half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease  have no previous symptoms. (CDC) • Cancer is the second leading cause of fatalities in men. Lung  cancer, testicular cancer and colon cancer pose the biggest risks.  (Source: Mayo Clinic) • About 4 percent of men in their 50s, nearly 17 percent in their  60s, and 47 percent older than 75 experience a total inability to  achieve an erection. (Source: National Institutes of Health)

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When we gather with friends, family and weird old Uncle Harry around the Thanksgiving table, turkey almost always is the centerpiece. Side dishes, however, often end up stealing the show. Jazz up your turkey-day table with a few favorite holiday sides from Rey De La Osa of Publix Aprons Cooking School in Boca.

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Rey De La Osa is a graduate of the culinary program at Johnson & Wales, the renowned university that has produced star chefs such as Emeril lagasse and Michelle Bernstein, who earned her degree from the north Miami campus.

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Thanksgiving Day Loaf Courtesy, rey de la osa resident Chef, Publix aProns Cooking sChool

the backdroP: Whether you fry it, smoke it, roast it, brine it or glaze it, the turkey is ... well, just a turkey. Side dishes are where the cook gets to play, to introduce bold flavors and textures and exciting combinations of ingredients, playing off the essential blandness of the holiday bird. Take the savory, yet meatless, Thanksgiving loaf—one of De Le Osa’s favorite star side dishes. This creation can complement or even replace the T-day turkey. the chef says: “It’s like a cross between bread pudding and stuffing. There’s no meat in it, but it’s got all the flavors of Thanksgiving. Serve it as a side dish or without the bird at all. And you can make it up to three days ahead; it just keeps getting better.”

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Rey De La Osa tweaks two holiday classics and gives them a modern punch. Green Bean CaSSerole

MaShed PotatoeS

De La Osa brings this relic of 1950s dining into the 21st century by substituting thinly sliced Brussels sprouts for the green beans, and sliced and sautéed mushrooms in reduced cream for the cream of mushroom soup. Oh, and he adds bacon too; everything goes better with bacon. You still can top it with canned fried onions, “but the texture is just amazing. The Brussels sprouts don’t get soggy.” Plus, you can make the whole thing ahead of time; just bake it before dinner.

Thin, tasteless, watery spuds, often from a box, are banished in De La Osa’s “Famous Tri-County Mashed Potatoes.” Bake Yukon gold potatoes with their skins on to cook out any excess moisture, then roast a head of garlic and caramelize a thin-sliced onion until sweet and golden. Squeeze the soft, creamy garlic into the potatoes, add the onions, butter and cream and mash. “It’s pretty delicious,” he says.

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Recipe IngredIents Serves 8 1/2 loaf Challah bread (or any preferred bread, about 3 to 4 cups) 1 cornbread muffin 3 tablespoons butter 1 leek, rinsed and sliced thin (white part only) 1/2 onion, minced 1 carrot, diced small 1 stalk celery, diced small 4 cloves roasted garlic 1 tablespoon fresh sage, minced 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, minced 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced (picked from stems) 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced (picked from stems) 2 cups heavy cream 1 cup milk 4 eggs, separated Salt and fresh-cracked black pepper PreParatIon 1. Melt butter and add leeks, onion, carrots and celery in medium saucepot over medium heat. Sauté until softened and then add roasted garlic, crushing it up in bottom of pot. Add fresh minced herbs and build flavors into butter. 2. Add cream and milk, and bring to boil. Lower to simmer and allow flavors to steep for a few minutes. Whisk in salt and pepper and remove from burner. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 3. Whisk egg yolks in bowl and slowly temper hot cream mixture into yolks to start to develop a custard. Whisk egg whites in separate bowl to soft peaks and set aside. 4. Cut up bread into cubes, put into large bowl. Add cream and yolk mixture. Mix to coat bread and let soak for about 5 minutes. Fold in whipped egg whites. 5. Grease a 9-inch-by-5-inch loaf pan and pour bread mixture into pan. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes. Pudding will puff up slightly. When browned, remove pudding/loaf from oven, let cool slightly and serve.

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Deconstructing the Dish Shrimp Étouffée Jimmy millS, chef/owner of Jimmy’s Bistro in Delray Beach (9 S. Swinton Ave., 561/865-5774), sheds light on this menu favorite—a classic, spicy shrimp and veggie stew served over rice.


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1. Stock: “Stock is the key, it holds all the flavor. Take your time to make it. You need quite a lot of shrimp shells. If you don’t have enough shrimp shells you can use clam base or shrimp base. You can also use lobster bodies; they work well.”

2. Shrimp: “Gulf shrimp are the best, or Key West pink shrimp. It’s worth your while to find them. Get a fresh local product. Go to a local fish market, don’t buy from the supermarket.”

3. Cooking shrimp: “You want a really hot pan. You just want to sear the shrimp; you don’t want to overcook them. Shrimp cook in seconds, not minutes.”

4. Roux: “Equal parts butter and flour. Stir over medium heat. You don’t want it to burn, but you want it to get a little color—a light amber. It can take time, but if you keep the heat low enough and stir, it won’t burn.

5. Rice: “I use basmati. It’s a long-grain rice; it’s very forgiving. You can use jasmine, any long-grain rice. I add a couple tablespoons of butter.”

6. Cookware: “[Use] heavyduty stainless steel or aluminum. That light stuff isn’t good for anything.”

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Making the Perfect

Martini If you’re a cocktail purist, the crimes committed against the martini are difficult to swallow. Fruit juices, sweet liqueurs, wacky garnishes, spirits flavored with everything under (and over) the sun are now shamelessly combined and called a “martini.” But to any selfrespecting cocktailian, a martini is gin (and nowadays, grudgingly, vodka) blended with a bit of dry vermouth and garnished with a lemon twist or olive. To get some perspective— and tips—on this classic cocktail, we spoke with Joe D’Agostino, bartender at Prime in Delray Beach (110 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/865-5845).

Take IT From a Pro

Martini tips from Joe D’Agostino of Prime in Delray • There’s no variations regarding the proportions of gin or vodka to vermouth. It’s always 2 to 1. • Use a jigger to measure amounts. Don’t try to eyeball it.

CLASSIC GIN (OR VODKA) MARTINI 2 ounces gin or vodka 1 ounce dry vermouth Lemon twist or olive To serve: Add gin or vodka and vermouth to glass filled with ice. Stir to blend. Strain into chilled martini glass and garnish with twist or olive. (FYI: Despite the fact that 75 percent of his customers prefer vodka, D’Agostino takes his martini the oldfashioned way, with gin and a twist.)

• Chill both your mixing glass and martini glass. “No one wants to drink a room-temperature cocktail,” D’Agostino says. • Don’t forget the vermouth. Without vermouth, “it’s not really a martini at all.” • Despite what James Bond says, a martini is best stirred, not shaken. “Shaking just releases more water into the alcohol.”


• If you like your martini on the rocks, get an ice-cube tray that makes big rocks. They won’t melt as fast and dilute your drink.


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hen Mei Mei Luo plays the violin, she plays with her entire body. In a guest appearance at the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival this summer for a performance of Ernst von Dohnányi’s “Quintet No. 1 in c minor,” Luo’s fingers danced gracefully around the neck of her instrument as she swayed back and forth in her chair. Her feet hovered above the air, as if uncontained by gravity. While the rest of the quintet remained grounded in studious concentration, Luo pulsed with the energy of a rock star—feeling every note, whether intense or plaintive, and seeming to channel the original passion immortalized on sheet music by the long-dead composer. “I think when you perform, you want to not only play the music as written; you want to help the composer re-create it,” says Luo, 55. “That’s the best musician’s job—to not just read the notes. If you have a passion, if you have a great interpretation, you should bring the music out even more than the composer tells you on paper.” This is one of the reasons Luo has become such a ubiquitous figure in South Florida’s classical music community. Former assistant concertmaster for the beloved, defunct Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, the Davie resident has graduated to concertmaster of the Boca Raton Symphonia, Miami City Ballet Orchestra and the South Florida Symphony


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Orchestra. In addition to her Palm Beach Chamber Music gigs, she’s also a member of the acclaimed Delray String Quartet. Luo even has shared concert bills with Andrea Bocelli and Luciano Pavarotti, experiences that humbled her. “You feel almost famous, because you’re on the same stage,” she says. “You feel very honored.” Pioneering researcher and FAU professor Charles Hennekens, a close friend of Luo’s and a benefactor of the Delray String Quartet, likens her fellow musicians to “good basketball players, but she’s LeBron James. She’s bringing the best out in them, and when she’s doing her solo, she’s doing the slam dunk.” Luo’s dedication to music stems, like so many virtuosi, from a prodigious childhood. Both of her parents were music professors in Shenyang, China, and she began taking up the piano at age 5. Three years later, her mother convinced her to switch to violin because her hands were better suited for string instruments, and the rest is history. She graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory, the mainland’s best school for string players, and then accepted a graduate study program in San Diego that offered her room, board, food and a full scholarship. She arrived in the United States in 1986 with two suitcases and her violin—and without an English vocabulary. “It was very difficult, but it was partially my fault, because I never thought I would go to another country,” Luo says. “But when the opportunity comes and the conditions are so

good, and you don’t have to spend anything, you need to go for it.” She expected to stay in the States only for the tenure of the San Diego job, but another opportunity arose in Philadelphia, where she studied performing arts for two years before moving to the Sunshine State to audition for the Florida Philharmonic. She stayed on at the University of Miami, earning a master’s degree in music and cementing her place in the South Florida classical music community. It seems that everything in Luo’s life reverts to music. In the 25-plus years since emigrating to the States, Luo has visited her parents in China some 30 times (her father passed away in 2012, after which she convinced her mother to move in with her in Davie). But other than that, the only foreign cities she’s ever visited are Cremona, Italy, to visit the home and birthplace of Antonio Stradivari; and Leipzig, Germany, to see the organ played by Bach. Even Luo’s free time is spent refining her knowledge and abilities, and her typical workday is 14 hours. “She has a quiet self-confidence,” Hennekens says. “It’ll be intermission, and the other members of the quartet will be having punch and a cookie, and I’ll ask, ‘Where’s Mei Mei?’ She’s in the back, practicing the next composition.” “I prefer to prepare the minute before you go on,” Luo says. “A lot of people don’t do that, but [as a soloist] I have the hardest part. I need to care more than anybody else. “That’s just my job.” november 2013

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stella Pyfrom has a problem staying retired—a problem that is benefiting thousands of schoolchildren across our county. Pyfrom, who spent 48 years with the School District of Palm Beach County, mostly as a guidance counselor, retired in 2004. Two years later, she was

have to either stop working or forget about this project. “I didn’t want to forget about it.” So Pyfrom went all in, investing some $900,000, mostly from her pension and Social Security allotments, into a 37-foot bus built from scratch, customized to her needs, and incorporated as a nonprofit. The words “Estella’s Brilliant Bus” are emblazoned along the side in teal cursive, next to her mission’s slogan: “Have knowledge will travel.” “Most of my teaching profession was with underserved children in Title 1 schools,” she says. “I wanted to continue to help them because I knew there was a need. I figured out the only way I could do it was to take the services to the neighborhoods. If I could get a bus, I could serve more people than I could with a van or SUV.”


back on the job as a guidance counselor for an elementary school in South Bay. But that position didn’t satisfy Pyfrom’s passion to assist underserved children, from pre-K to collegeage. So the West Palm Beach resident left the formal education system for good and created an all-encompassing mobile teaching unit: Estella’s Brilliant Bus, for short. “I had the idea before I stopped working, but I couldn’t develop it because I was so busy at my job,” Pyfrom, 77, recalls. “I knew that eventually, based on my age, I would


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Mail checks for any amount to: Estella’s Brilliant Bus, 6645 Traveler Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33411. Schedule a one-time or monthly donation through Paypal at Pyfrom’s website, donate. Inside the immaculate air-conditioned vehicle are 17 Internet-accessible, headphoneequipped computers where, on any given day, a college student may be researching a term paper next to a third-grader working on basic arithmetic. Following a prearranged schedule, the bus will plant itself at a school, park or community center—Estella usually will be the

one driving it—where the learning stations will be individualized to a given student’s or teacher’s needs. At one school, for instance, the students’ weakest area was science, so Pyfrom focused her visit exclusively on that subject. As a result, she says, the school nearly doubled its science scores. It didn’t take long for Pyfrom’s selflessness to be noticed, first by the local press and then nationally by NBC Nightly News, which covered her story last January, leading to a flood of donations. Comcast, Dell and Microsoft have become supporters and partners, and CNN named Pyfrom one of its 2013 “Heroes: Everyday people changing the world.” Pyfrom may be too humble to think of herself as a world-changer, but she has national, if not global, ambitions. A second, 30-seat South Florida bus is already in the works, and she envisions a fleet of Brilliant Buses across the United States. What drives a woman to invest so much time, money and effort into the well-being of strangers? Pyfrom couldn’t see it any other way. The daughter of migrant workers in Belle Glade, who harvested produce during Florida’s long, hot summers, her parents set an example she’s followed ever since. Neither had more than a fourth-grade education, but they knew how to give. “Sometimes [my siblings and I] would go visit our parents from college, and they’d have strange people sitting in their house—people off the street,” Pyfrom recalls. “Anyone who wanted to come by, my mother would feed them. All they had to do was knock on the door. One time, somebody came up to me, years later, and said, ‘The first time I ever had a bath in a bathtub was in your house.’ “I worked several jobs to provide extra income for my family, but I’ve always been willing to share, and [I] have shared, with other people. ... If you can help somebody, then your troubles will not be in vain.” november 2013

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hen Eric Reid welcomes television viewers on Sun Sports to “another Miami Heat NBA adventure,” he’s not shilling for the organization that has employed him since it joined the league in 1988. No one understands the potential for court drama quite like the Boca resident, entering his 26th season behind the microphone for Miami (23 of them as the team’s TV play-by-play man). Reid has witnessed virtually every minute of Heat history—from the franchise’s record run of futility in its inaugural season to Miami’s three NBA championships, including titles the last two years with the rock-star trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. But after broadcasting more than 1,800 regular-season Heat games, he also knows that not every adventure occurs with time winding down on the shot clock. Once, prior to going on the air, Reid and color analyst Tony Fiorentino noticed a young boy in the row behind them with ice cream in one hand and a chocolate chip cookie in the other; they joked about the potential for sugar overload. “So now we’re doing the telecast, and Dwyane Wade suffers a sprained ankle,” Reid says. “Just as we’re coming back from commercial, this same kid projectile vomits all over the back of Tony’s coat. ... I [tried, but I] couldn’t control my laughter on the air. “The story came out later, but that night I had a number of Heat executives wondering what I thought was so funny about Dwyane spraining his ankle.” As a high school junior in Massapequa, N.Y., Reid certainly saw no humor in being cut from the varsity basketball team. The sport was in his blood, thanks in no small part to his father, a New York Knicks season-ticket holder who took his son to Madison Square Garden dur-


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ing the franchise’s heyday—including the epic Game 7 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1970 Finals, the Knicks’ first NBA title. So Reid sought another path to remain close to the action. “My senior year, I sat in the bleachers with two buddies and a tape recorder, and we’d announce the games,” says Reid, 55. “At parties after the games, all anyone wanted to do was listen to the tapes of our broadcast. ... They were awful; I had a really thick Long Island accent. But despite the bad dialect, there was a glimmer of promise.” Enough promise to eventually earn him a primo radio internship while attending Ithaca College—doing color basketball commentary for Cornell University (also in Ithaca, N.Y.). In 1978, with the regular play-by-play man tending to his expectant wife, Reid drove five hours through a blinding winter storm to broadcast Cornell’s opening game at Syracuse. “I realized right then that I wanted to do [play-by-play],” he says. Reid would go on to become the radio voice for Cornell football and basketball, Brown University football and, during the team’s successful run with Rick Pitino at the helm, Providence College basketball. After sixth-seed Providence defeated No. 1 Georgetown in the Southeast Region to reach the 1987 Final Four, Reid called his father, who by then had been diagnosed with colon cancer. “He said, ‘Eric, after watching that game, I truly believe that anything is possible.’ The game was so [inspiring to him] that he felt like he could beat cancer,” Reid says. “That was March. He died May 1, 1987. He was 60. “It was a great lesson for me about how uplifting sports can be.” A year later, an NBA expansion franchise in Miami pitched Reid—who had broken into television with New England Sports Network—on doing color commentary for

its simulcasts. The deal also would give Reid play-by-play work at the University of South Florida (basketball) and the University of Miami (football). “I would have gone anywhere in the country to work in the NBA,” he says. “To go to an expansion team? What a treasure that was. ... We actually did our first broadcast in Boca Raton— an exhibition game [at FAU] against Seattle.” Miami would drop a record 17 consecutive games to start the 1988 season, but life not only would improve for the franchise, which captured its first NBA title in 2006, but also for Reid, who took over play-by-play duties three years into his Heat tenure. The past decade, especially, has been a blessing. He’s not only celebrated three Heat championships, but he’s found a soul mate in wife Sonide, who Reid credits with being the light at the end of a painfully dark tunnel. In his previous marriage, Reid and his then-wife had lost two children in a span of 18 months—one a stillbirth, another born premature that lived an hour. “I held two dead baby boys in my arms,” he says. “That was rock bottom for me.” Post-divorce, Reid took solace in little more than work until meeting Sonide and her two children, Phyllisia (a talented singer/songwriter) and Andrew (an accomplished artist). Less than two years after exchanging vows, the couple welcomed their own daughter, Dariel, into the world in February 2006. Dariel, with cotton balls in her infant ears to muffle the noise, would be in the stands that June as the Heat beat Dallas in six games for its first NBA title. “I already felt completed just by having my step-children in my life; they’re extraordinary,” Reid says. “But this is the greatest gift of love that I could ever receive. ... I’m somebody who’s lived for work most of my life. Now, I have this beautiful balance of a career that I love—and a family that I love even more.” november 2013


ThE MiaMi hEaT play-by-play Man RidEs a wavE of succEss and saTisfacTion—on and off ThE couRT.

Eric Reid and wife Sonide with the Miami Heat’s three NBA championship trophies

Inside the Heat On LeBrOn: “What’s made this union of superstars work is that all three are unselfish. LeBron, especially. He could average a lot more points. But he plays the total game. ... His devotion to his teammates—that adds to what makes him special.” On a pOssIBLe Heat tHree-peat: “We may never see another team quite like this. This has the chance to be a historic campaign—and one that can live on forever.”

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Keeping It Real Poet RIchaRd Blanco sPeaks candidly about his art, his journey, his sexuality—and life after his historic reading at the 2013 inauguration.


ichard Blanco started his literary career searching for home. Home was the Miami exile community where he grew up, or his birthplace in Madrid, or the America of 1970s sitcoms. Or maybe it was in the wistful dreams of Cuba. It was a quest that persisted––and one that was answered last year, when he was named the inaugural poet for President Barack Obama’s 2013 swearing-in ceremony. When he was chosen, Blanco—who earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering from Florida International University and, later, a master’s in creative writing from FIU—was hailed in the press as the first immigrant, the first Hispanic and the first “openly gay” inaugural poet. These were all attributes that dovetailed with the inclusiveness emphasized by Obama, but they also overshadowed the brilliance of the work—a quality not often associated with commemorative “occasional” poems. “One Today” was called “Whitmanesque” in its “sweep of the American landscape.” It also was current, alluding to the Newtown massacre in “the empty desks of 20 children marked absent today, and forever.” William Wright, editor of The Southern Poetry Anthology, described the poem as “successful, art meant to orient, to reconfirm collective identity in a time of recent tragedy.” Jahan Ramazani, an editor of The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, said, “We are often reminded at such public ceremonies of the hardship of previous generations, but Blanco found a way to make it real.” We caught up with the man who made it real in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, 2013. Here’s what this Miami boy, now 45 and living in Maine, had to say about life after his own 15 minutes of fame, a story he has chronicled in a memoir published this month entitled For All of Us Today—An Inaugural Poet’s Journey.


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When did you knoW you Were a poet—and hoW does this central part of you square With being a civil engineer? I was always one of those left-brained, rightbrained kids—an A or B student in every subject. I just enjoyed anything that was knowledge. I always had a creative spirit and a very analytical mind. Growing up as a Latino immigrant child, we were a working-class family, so the idea of a career in the arts wasn’t really in the realm of possibility. When it came time to decide a major, I went with something that was a little safer. And I was also encouraged by my parents to try to help us have a better life than we did. I still am a practicing civil engineer. I love the challenge of it. It was through engineering that I came to poetry in a weird way, because I didn’t realize how much writing was involved in engineering. Soon after I graduated, I started working in a consulting firm, and I was writing reports and proposals, paying close attention to language and realizing that language was something that was engineered as well. I was falling in love with the idea that words can craft things. After that, I went into that dormant creative little Ricky that was inside of me and started fooling around with poetry; just for fun at first, and then I got more and more serious. Eventually I went to FIU and got a master’s in creative writing. november 2013

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theBOCAinterview ing to find its own identity. It still is. Every time I come home, I see it. I feel very proud to be part of what happened in Florida emotionally. That same question keeps evolving in my head. There is no one definition of home— that’s why we write about it. If there were a final answer, why would I write poetry about it?

Blanco with President Obama

Your book Directions to the Beach of the DeaD resonated with themes of home and place. what feels like home the most to You—and what does that mean? In the community of exiles home is someplace else. Miami was a culturally insulated place. It is a place so different from anyplace else in the United States. As a working class kid I really thought America was what I would see in reruns of “The Brady Bunch” or “Leave it to Beaver.” Miami was a waiting ground, sort of a cultural purgatory between the real Cuba we were supposedly going back to and the real America–– which started somewhere up in the Broward County area or the Palm Beach County line. So I always lived between those two worlds, navigating them, exploring them and trying to understand what the real America was, what the real story was behind my parents’ Cuban story. South Florida has changed so much, but it is also always inventing itself, navigating itself, try-

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another thread in Your work involves coming to terms with Your sexualitY. You describe it in Your book of poetrY, Looking for the guLf MoteL, as “trYing to understand how i fit between negotiating the world, between being mainstream gaY and being cuban gaY.” how has that struggle helped to shape You as an artist? One of the odd things throughout my first two books was that I never really came out in poetry, and it kind of bugged me because I wasn’t sure exactly why. But I also felt I needed to explore that question of cultural identity a little bit further. I had not come out because I hadn’t quite found the story I wanted to tell about being gay. So you’re gay. So big whoop. You and a bunch of other people. So it finally clicked on this idea of a “cultural sexuality,” which is a term I use. Growing up a Cuban American gay kid in Westchester, Miami, is certainly a different story from growing up an Asian-American gay kid behind a Laundromat in Kansas City. And that [story] evolved in terms of the cultural issues germane to machismo and Latino culture. So I found the story to tell was in the context of my larger story and that made all the difference. We try to compartmentalize our lives: “This is the gay thing, this is the cultural thing, this is the engineer thing,” but at this point in my life it all sort of mixed in together, and I understand visit to read “one todaY,” blanco’s inaugural poem.

InspIratIon as a poet: “Elizabeth Bishop, whom I love, and my mentor from FIU, Campbell McGrath.” thIngs you mIss about south FlorIda: “That beach; that South Florida is always reinventing itself; the coffee windows and the pastries.” last book read: Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey person you’d lIke to have dInner wIth (lIvIng or dead): Carl Sagan FavorIte weekend dIversIons: “I fluctuate between intense periods of writing and decorating. Don’t get me into a Bed, Bath & Beyond.” verse oF a poem that haunts you: “Should we have stayed at home and thought of here?” (from “Questions of Travel” by Elizabeth Bishop)

those interesting connections that happen while we are navigating our identity. They are all braided together—my sexual identity, my cultural identity and the identity of an artist.

“The idea of bringing poetry to our cultural conversation is important to me.” critics often dismiss inaugural poems as mediocre. what is the challenge in crafting a poem in which You can take pride—but also that can speak to a nation? My work is profoundly based on autobiographical moments, but what was universal about it? I have always searched for how to tell your story and transcend your story [at the same time]. I felt I had been writing about America in a roundabout way because I had been questioning who I was and what did it mean to be an American. Am I American? Am I Cuban? Am I neither? So I was already in that realm of trying to discover and think about America. The temptation was to write a much more politically charged or poignant poem about immigration or about marriage equality, but at the end of the day I reached back into my community and what I remembered. One of things I love about America is the spirit of its people, and the trigger point of that was Sandy Hook, which is why it was mentioned specifically in the poem. There is unfortunately always some kind of tragedy that shows how we are all there for each other. ... Whether we realize it or not, we are all really a nation community––each and every one of us makes this country work, not only from a spiritual and emotional sort of Zen-ish way but also in a very practical way. Think of how many people it takes to get that gallon of milk to a convenience store at night—it takes hundreds of people to work, and synchronicity and spirit to come together. The emotional center of the poem for me was about the people. What we see every day—the rich, the poor, the lawyers, waiters, everybody. We are all really a nation village. I wish we would recognize that for a moment. continued on page 198


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The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce created the Successful Women in Business (SWIB) program in January 2003 to provide growth-minded professional women with the essential tools to be successful in the business environment. 80-100 business women from all professional levels and backgrounds come together to share ideas and learn about relevant topics. These busi-

ness women include women in top management positions, women who make key contributions to their companies and women entrepreneurs who successfully run their own businesses. Each month women have the opportunity to network with one another and to hear from dynamic speakers. Topics range from women’s health to balancing work and

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home life. Each presentation is followed up by an in-depth question and answer session to maximize the benefits of the topic. These lunch meetings regularly have 80-100 women in attendance. “The SWIB program is the unified voice of South Florida’s Women in Business,” says Sarah Pearson, Vice-President of Business Development at the Boca Chamber. “SWIB is the one-stop resource for women seeking new ideas, strengthening relationships and learning how to help their businesses succeed. The la-



“These business women include women in top management positions, women who make key contributions to their companies and women entrepreneurs who successfully run their own businesses.” dies walk away from the luncheon each month with amazing new tools and connections.” In addition, women members of the Boca Chamber have the opportunity to enjoy the monthly Smart Talk for Women events. The small-group dynamic cultivates an atmosphere where women feel free to share their business challenges and work with other business leaders to formulate creative ideas which will enable their businesses to grow and flourish. With a professional facilitator running each meeting, participants walk away inspired, empowered and full of new tools and resources. The Boca Chamber’s SWIB and Smart Talk luncheons promote and empower women business leaders to achieve their personal and professional goals which advance commerce for the entire business community.

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Boca Nursing Services is a licensed, bonded and insured home health agency that has been providing specialized care throughout Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Broward counties for more than 19 years. Services include care management, hourly shifts, around-the-clock care, live-in care, nurse visits and medication management, and patients can customize their care according to their needs. Furthermore, clients have the option to retain Boca Nursing Services for a short-term or long-term basis, whether they are living in a

“Our commitment to the highest standards of patient care is delivered through our dedicated, highly skilled healthcare professionals.”

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The fact that Rose Glamoclija, R.N. operates Boca Nursing Services with her sons Michael and Alex underscores the fact that the home health agency treats all of its patients like family. “Our commitment to the highest standards of patient care is delivered through our dedicated, highly skilled healthcare professionals,” states Glamoclija, who personally screens and

selects staff for each client. The Boca Nursing Services team comprises experienced care managers, RNs, LPNs, CNAs, aides and therapists. Glamoclija says her devotion to quality care comes from her upbringing, where kindness and serving others was modeled and expected: “It may sound old-fashioned, but that is how I’ve defined success all these years.”

private home, staying at a hospital or facility, or living in an assisted-living facility. Rose and her staff are reachable 24/7, including holidays, for admissions and care coordination. After all, “it’s the personal touch that makes the difference,” says Glamoclija.

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changed, Callihan’s favorite part of the job remains the same. “What I’ve always loved is working with people, whether it’s clients or teammates,” she says. “I’m focused on trying to help clients find solutions to financial opportunities and helping teammates grow and develop.”

“We are very passionate about helping our clients achieve financial well-being, and we realize this means something different to everyone.”

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Although Margaret Callihan is new to South Florida—having assumed the position of chairman, president and CEO of SunTrust, South Florida, in January—she is no stranger to the role. She has held similar positions in both Sarasota and Chattanooga, Tenn. A 35-year SunTrust veteran, Callihan was the company’s first female region president, and along the way, the re-

gions and teams she has overseen have continued to grow in size. Now, her South Florida territory runs from Vero Beach to Miami. “I love it,” Callihan says. “The markets are quite different, up and down the coast; each one has its own uniqueness, and I’m enjoying it very much.” While the scenery may have

When it comes to helping clients, Callihan explains that SunTrust doesn’t take the traditional productbased approach. “SunTrust is a purpose-driven company, and that means we are striving to make a difference in the world, and we can do that one client at a time,” she says. “We are very passionate about helping our clients achieve financial well-being, and we realize this means something different to everyone.”

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Those who are familiar with the Sugar Plum Fairy in Mizner Park know the children’s apparel boutique for its excellent customer service, quality clothing and overall shopping experience. Now, loyal patrons and new customers alike can avail themselves of a crop of new changes at the 5-year-old store. “We have so many exciting things happening,” says owner Debbie Gonzalez, who runs the store with daughter Jennifer. First, Sugar Plum—as it’s known to regulars—is relocating to a larger location in Royal Palm Plaza to accommodate its increased in-store and online sales. Plus, the company is going to be expanding its website, offering more lines and even producing its own collection. “I count my blessings every day because we have a great store, we love our customers and we have an amazing staff,” Gonzalez says. She credits that staff and Sugar Plum’s top-notch customer service for its loyal, nationwide customer following, which includes celebrity clientele. Gonzalez and her team accommodate special shipping requests and a variety of sizes— newborn to size 14 in girls and boys including layettes. “The key is customer satisfaction and service—we go above and beyond,” Gonzalez says. “Any request, we try to deliver for them.”

When was the last time you texted your veterinarian? For clients of Boca Veterinary Clinic, such communication is routine. Dr. Lesley Hack, who has 25-plus years in the field, encourages clients to be pro-active in pets’ care, and the clinic is open seven days a week for better accessibility. “We want happy and healthy four-legged children,” Hack says. “We relate well to clients who are highly interactive.” The clinic offers everything from daycare and grooming to preventive care, routine and advanced surgeries, and complex disease management, and Hack believes that—with the proper care—most animals can live out their years with a high quality of life (her 9-year-old mastiff, Goliath, is a case in point). A patient once remarked that Hack cares about “both ends of the leash and cat carrier,” in that she considers the pet and the owner in the wellness equation. True to form, Hack and her clinic are highly involved in the community and regularly support local charities. It seems that Hack truly has struck a chord: Staff has quadrupled since the clinic opened three years ago, and formerly skittish pets now greet Hack with wagging tails. “I have the best job in the world,” she says. “It’s not easy, but it’s intensely rewarding.”

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communications tenure at HBO®. So, when developing and launching initiatives for new, established, revitalized and emerging brands, you will find Kaye right at the “think tank” table with the C-Suite, entrepreneurs, business owners and nonprofit leadership. She loves storytelling: the authentic, candid kind that helps consumer and B2B audiences understand clients’ distinctive features, advantages and benefits. She has done so for the likes of California Pizza Kitchen, Boston Market, Promise Healthcare, City of Boca Raton, Broken Sound Club, Boca Raton Resort & Club, Town Center at Boca Raton and many more.

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Bonnie Kaye has been called plenty of names throughout her career, and she’ll tell you she is proud to continue to live up to each one of them: master communications strategist, gamechanger, brand driver, savvy storyteller, messaging expert, media relations pro, e-marketing innovator, crisis diffuser and community connecteur℠, just to name a few.

She and her business partner (and husband), Jon Kaye, were presented the 2013 PR STAR Award for Excellence by their peers. “Strategy—empowered by competitive business intelligence—is embedded in my DNA,” she says, adding that she has delivered more than three decades of successes in PR/marketing agency activation plus a corporate

Kaye won’t publicly tout about all her successes, however. “To be effective, excellent PR must be bold while at the same time natural and invisible,” she says. “Especially when averting or managing a communications crisis.” Always “paying it forward,” both of the Kayes serve on boards and as event chairs, in addition to initiating effective public/private partnership “matches” for hundreds of companies and nonprofits.

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M. Cecilia Lacayo, M.D. believes in the body’s ability to heal given the right environment. “We must attack the root cause of health problems,” says Dr. Lacayo, an advanced fellow of the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (A4M), founder and medical director of Boca Raton Weight & Wellness Institute. While enduring a very difficult period of weight gain and menopausal symptoms, Dr. Lacayo’s attempt s to achieve wellness through traditional medicine proved futile. “I intensively studied Functional Medicine and discovered it complemented my traditional medical training. These synergistic modalities enabled me to regain balance in my life.” Dr. Lacayo was determined to share this new-found approach with others, and establish the Institute where she provides personalized medical care in a friendly and welcoming environment. Using advanced scientifically proven medical technologies, Dr. Lacayo looks at the patient’s individual biochemistry to reveal specific deficiencies or imbalances that can affect key functions of the body. She addresses these findings to repair, replenish, and regenerate the body. “My goal is to help our clients restore vitality and optimal health in all stages of life.”

Out of approximately 96,000 lawyers in the state of Florida, about 6 percent have earned board certification—the Florida Bar’s only “expert” designation. And, of those, only 276 are board certified in marital and family law.            Tina L. Lewert, Esq., is one of those attorneys. “Being board certified sets an attorney apart and tells the client that there’s an extra level of knowledge, skill and experience,” she says. “Usually when you think of a lawsuit, you think of numbers or contracts,” she says. “But family law is much more; it’s about people, their children, and important aspects of their personal lives and their future. It means more to me than any other area of the law.” After working at a firm for several years, Lewert decided to open her own family law practice. That was 10 years ago. Recently, Lewert was chosen for the 2013 Super Lawyers list of The Top Attorneys in Florida, and she has earned the reputation of a true client advocate. “Family law clients need to understand their case, including our legal strategies and what the law is surrounding their goals,” she says. “I want my clients to be aware of those things as we go through the process, and this is key in our representation.”

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and Sharon joined the center in 2009. She brings experience as a certified customer-service consultant and her training in women’s healthcare is an asset to Boca Fertility. “We offer hope, compassion and medical expertise to our patients,” she says. “We want the public to know we offer a variety of fertility services,” Peress says. Some of the successful treatments performed at Boca Fertility include IVF with ICSI, donor egg IVF, donor sperm cycles, gestational surrogacy, genetic testing and PGD (genetic testing of the embryo). Also, egg

“ We want every patient to know they are receiving world class fertility treatment when they come to Boca Fertility and we’re going to do everything in our power to help them have a baby”

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You know that sense of comfort and calm that you feel when you step inside a spa? Sharon Peress wants patients to feel the same way when they arrive at Boca Fertility, which has been operating in Boca for more than 30 years. A testament to their success, Boca Fertility has helped create thousands of babies, says practice manager Sharon Peress.

“We want every patient to know they are receiving world-class fertility treatment when they come to Boca Fertility, and we’re going to do everything in our power to help them have a baby,” says Peress, whose husband, fertility specialist and reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Moshe R. Peress, is the founder and medical director. Boca Fertility was established in 1982

freezing is now available for women who are not ready to have a baby but want to preserve their fertility. “There’s no need to travel far away to receive world-class fertility care—we have the best fertility center right here in Boca Raton,” Peress says.

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Although Vera Cerny prepares multi-course meals for clients—ranging from singles to families—she provides them with more than food. She gives them time. “I want people to have time to come together and enjoy the dining experience,” she says. Through her personal chef service, Vera’s Home Kitchen, Cerny creates menus, shops, prepares meals at the client’s home, packages a week’s worth or more of food—and all she leaves behind is the aroma of home cooking and a spotless kitchen. She prepares fresh, gourmet dinners and can cater to preferences like organic and gluten free. “Everything is customized to the client’s needs,” she says. Cerny is from the Czech Republic and previously was a chef-owner at a sports club in her home country. Since then, she has dabbled in different industries, but she has always had a passion for cooking. After moving to Florida from Connecticut a few years ago, she returned to that passion and launched Vera’s Home Kitchen in the spring. Cerny draws on her European heritage and worldwide travels for cooking inspiration. The self-taught chef, also a wine expert, loves cooking her signature paella because it’s such a crowd pleaser. She also accommodates in-home parties and romantic dinners. “I like to make people happy with my food,” she says.

The heart of the award-winning Eau Spa is a lush, aqueous courtyard known as the Self-Centered Garden. And the name couldn’t be more appropriate. “This is a gathering place for indulgence, decadence and ultimate fun,” says spa director Catherine Warren. Encouraged to “Pause, Play and Perfect,” guests of the 42,000-square-foot facility nibble on cupcakes and sip champagne before enjoying a variety of treatments, ranging from massages, body treatments and skin care. Other highlights include the DIY Scrub Bar and the Bath Lounge. “We want guests to be blown away by the Five-Star, FiveDiamond service and facilities,” Warren says. Warren, who has experience at spas nationwide, says it’s the details that set Eau Spa apart. From the attendants in diaphanous skirts to opulent furnishings to the candles that guests place in a pool to make wishes, thoughtful touches elevate the entire experience. “Every square inch offers a delicious delight and a unique surprise,” Warren says.

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only do general dermatology and aesthetic medicine, but we also have a big division that does research. Being involved in research with the pharmaceutical industry allows our patients to become familiar with many new treatments and technologies. Dr. Rendon has been involved in clinical trials of new products for acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and cosmetics and is an international physician trainer who instructs other dermatologists on the latest techniques. If you want ultimate skin health, come visit the teacher, not the student.

“We take pride in our results, whether it’s medical or aesthetic. We are honest with our patients and tailor the best treatment program for them to ensure that their end result is the best result.”

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It’s not difficult to find dermatologists in Boca Raton. It is difficult to find dermatologists with the knowledge, experience and accomplishments of Dr. Marta I. Rendon and her colleagues, Dr. Chere Lucas Anthony and Dr. Andrea Chen. Dr. Rendon, who founded the Rendon Center for Dermatology & Aesthetic Medicine in 1999, is a double

board-certified physician who not only handles all of the dermatologic needs of her patients (including the treatment of hair and nail disorders) but also brings cutting-edge care to Boca Raton. “We have a very unique practice,” says Dr. Rendon, who has been on the forefront of cosmetic dermatology for more than 25 years. “We not

-Dr. Marta I. Rendon Dr. Rendon’s experience is complimented by the care her colleagues provide. Dr. Lucas Anthony is a general dermatologist specializing in skin cancer and acne. Dr Andrea Chen is a Mohs Surgeon, who specializes in skin cancer removal. She also treats all types of general dermatology problems.

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hospice of palm beach county, chief clinical officer 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach 561/848-5200 •

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The more than 70,000 families who have relied on Hospice of Palm Beach County and Hospice of Broward County (HPBC/HOBC) have experienced first-hand the high- quality care and support services for which the organization is known. Jackie Lopez-Devine is the guiding force behind those efforts. She is the role model HPBC/HOBC nursing teams look to. “Providing high-quality care to patients and families requires a complex structure with many moving parts, all of which must integrate seamlessly,” says Lopez-Devine. “My job is to ensure that structure works every day for our teams.” To manage her responsibilities, she draws on her experience in nursing administration, healthcare policy and clinical research. “Our caregiving teams encompass about 30 physicians and 600 nurses, plus chaplains to address multi-denominational spiritual needs and social workers for the psychosocial and financial components,” Lopez-Devine says. Furthermore, Hospice of Palm Beach County/Hospice of Broward County is the only hospice in the region that provides complex case management, which means that “we can do things here that are outside the Medicare benefit, at our own cost,” Lopez-Devine says, including advanced palliative treatments. “We help patients live every day of their lives to the fullest,” she says.

Nobody should feel alone. That’s the compassion behind THERE4U, a provider of medical companions who offer support and services for clients. The idea came to Scarlett Barsky when she was living in Philadelphia and needed a medical procedure. Because it required anesthesia, she couldn’t drive herself home, and the law forbade her from taking a taxi. New to the area, she didn’t have anyone to help. “I felt so alone,” she recalls. That’s why she founded THERE4U, which just expanded to Florida. Scarlett selects medical companions who are kindhearted, trustworthy and sophisticated. She then carefully matches companion and client. “Companions are best friend or family member surrogates,” she says. “They bond with patients.” Medical companions, many of whom are nurses, provide services such as transportation to and from surgical procedures or physician visits; taking appointment notes; post-op care; communicating with loved ones; and more. THERE4U is available from Fort Lauderdale to Palm Beach, and Scarlett hopes to expand statewide. “I’d like to cover as large of an area as possible and make sure everybody has somebody when they need it,” she says.

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the areas which we know the other person has better talents and skills,” Dr. Topper says. “We make decisions separately but never finalize changes without the other’s approval.” Their goal is to provide individualized treatment for each patient— whether 2 years old or 100—by demonstrating respect, compassion and the ability to listen. “We listen to each other, the staff and the patients,” Dr. Fiedler says. “Everyone is heard. Everyone’s visits are personalized. This is not cookie-cutter dermatology.”


“Everyone is heard. Everyone’s visits are personalized. This is not cookie-cutter dermatology.”

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The timing was perfect: After years of caring for their young children and working at the same practice, dermatologists Jodi Fiedler and Shari Topper recognized they were both ready for something more. “We had a very similar vision for our future and decided to venture out on our own,” Dr. Fiedler says. “Being busine-

women in control of our own practice is rewarding and fun.” They launched DermPartners earlier this year and draw on 30-plus years of combined professional experience for their new practice. The duo admits that each woman has her strengths , which they leverage as part of their dynamic partnership. “So we happily give up control in

DermPartners is in the process of building a 6,000-square-foot, state-ofthe-art facility in Boca Raton to meet all patients’ cosmetic and medical dermatology needs. “Our goal is to be recognized as the premier dermatology practice in Boca,” Dr. Topper says. “Our combined years of experience and our caring personalities will help achieve this goal.”

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industry experience when she embarked on a new health and fitness track. Along with a degree in international business, she combined her restaurant with her new healthy lifestyle, and Fit Foodz was born. “We offer all your favorite comfort foods but prepared in a healthy way,” she says. “I enjoy providing people with more options to fit into their healthy diets.” In addition to her thriving business, Klein has touched the community of South Florida with her philanthropy. She has donated both food and money to many charities and organizations and also participates in local events to show her support. “Giving back to my community is of the utmost importance,” she says. “If we thrive as a community, we can also thrive as individuals.”

“Giving back to my community is of the utmost importance. If we thrive as a community, we can also thrive as individuals.”

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The testimonials on the website for Fit Foodz Café speak volumes. Men and women of all ages sing the praises of the healthy, flavorful meals created by owner Susan Klein. These loyal patrons credit Klein and her team for losing weight and getting in the best shape of their lives. And that’s exactly what Klein had in mind when she opened the restaurant

in 2011. Fit Foodz Cafe offers breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a vast catering menu. Also offered are the popular individually portioned meals that change weekly in order to avoid a boring and repetitive meal plan. “I want to let people know that healthy food can still be delicious and satisfying,” she says. Klein had over 20 years of restaurant

In the meantime, Fit Foodz Cafe has taken Boca Raton by storm. With patience and a true understanding for the business, Klein has only begun to set the tone for her lifelong dream. “I always wanted to own my own restaurant,” she says. “It’s in my heart.”

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Taking Care of Business Six prominent—and stylishly attired—male executives with Boca connections share the secrets of their success. By Kevin KaminsKi Photography by Jason nuttle

Michael Yormark

President and COO, Sunrise Sports & Entertainment JOb dESCriPtiOn: The hardest-working man in the sports and entertainment industry oversees operations that include the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers and the BB&T Center, the Sunrise-based arena that hosts more than 200 events each year. His never-ending quest for innovative business partnerships, revenue-generating opportunities and enhanced customer experiences has been the hallmark of his much-lauded tenure. “You can be passionate for a few days here and there, but can you do it every day, every month, every year?” says Yormark, 47. “That says something about the culture of a company.” LESSOnS LEarnEd: After graduating from Ohio University with a master’s in sports administration—and having completed several internships in the industry—Yormark thought employers would be beating down his door. “I felt I had the golden ticket. Instead, I sent 350 résumés and did not get one bite,” says the Boca resident. “In order to survive, I had to work retail during the day, and I was a janitor at night. It was humbling, and it taught me a great lesson: You have to battle, you have to fight, you have to be lucky, and you have to put yourself in the right position.” X-faCtOr: “Today, as I sit here as the president of a professional sports team, I could easily say that I’ve made it. This was my goal. But I also know there are a lot of people who want my job. ... That’s what motivates me. I’m up by 3:15 every single morning. ... No one is going to outwork me.” GuidinG PrinCiPLES: “Three things drive me and drive the individuals in our company: Dream big and dare to fail. Anything is possible. And passion and energy equals success.”

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Eddie Sordo Account Executive at Fidelity Investments

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Job dEscrIptIon: The Spanish River High School alum, who earned a double major in finance and management at Jacksonville University, handles “big-picture planning” for upward of 200 clients at Fidelity’s Boca office. LEssons LEArnEd: The right-hander showed enough promise on the mound that the Los Angeles Dodgers invested a late-round draft pick on Sordo in 1996. But during his first summer of minor league play in Montana, he suffered a labrum tear that ended his pitching career. Fortunately, Sordo never considered putting all his eggs in a major league basket. “I remember this scout from the Seattle Mariners once telling me I was stupid for going to college instead of turning pro,” says the native of San Juan. “I asked him if he could guarantee that the Mariners would take care of me if I didn’t make it. Of course, he said no. ‘That’s why I’m going to college,’ I told him.” X-FActor: Before turning to wealth management, Sordo spent several years working for Bank of America—a background, he feels, that gives him an advantage with his current clients. “Not all advisers have the lending or the debt-management experience,” says Sordo, 39, who serves on the board of trustees for the George Snow Scholarship Fund. “You can be good at earning someone profits on their investments—but if you’re not managing their liabilities, it [defeats the purpose]. I have a strategic understanding of both sides.” GuIdInG prIncIpLEs: “I try and put myself in the client’s seat. What would I want to hear? What would I expect from that executive? I constantly remind myself of that. It helps me to stay consistent and stay open-minded about what the client wants.”

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Bugatchi dress shirt, $155; Corneliani pants, $395; John Hardy leather bracelets, $395 each; and Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection belt, $148

Steve Bonner

President, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek Job deSCriPtion: Good luck finding anyone who has a better time running his enterprise than Bonner, who has put Coconut Creek on the map with business-savvy moves and mind-blowing promotions. During his 11 years at the helm, the property has dramatically increased personnel (200 to 1,700) and gambling machines (600 to 2,400). A recent $150 million renovation included the addition of NYY Steak to the restaurant rotation. LeSSonS Learned: Bonner is proof that you don’t necessarily have to be looking for a career path to find one. In 1991, he took a night job installing slot machines at a soon-to-open Colorado casino, that way he could look for a “real job” during the day. “Within two months, they had me managing teams of people,” says Bonner, 47, who grew up in a farm town outside of Waco, Texas. “They never took away the keys. Soon, I was running the place. And it was a blast. The casino industry gets into follow the leader

your blood and becomes a part of who you are very quickly.” X-faCtor: Bonner’s over-the-top marketing ploys are legendary. The casino has hosted everything from Dinners in the Sky—with customers enjoying $500-a-plate meals while suspended 180 feet in the air—to giveaways including a trip to outer space (the winner took the $110,000 cash prize instead). “The drive to do something different is inherent,” Bonner says. “I love to push the envelope. You can only give away so many cars. But heads turn when you give away a trip to space. Casinos all over the world give away gas cards; we gave away a working oil well. Taking it to the next level is not only good for the business, it’s also fun.” GuidinG PrinCiPLeS: “You spend a giant portion of your life working at your career. Let’s keep the goal in mind—we’re here for a reason. But as far as how we get there, we might as well enjoy it.” [ ]


Eric Glasband

Managing Director/Wealth Management, Glasband Stempel & Associates, Merrill Lynch Job DeScription: The concierge-level service delivered by the University of Arizona graduate and his Boca-based Merrill Lynch team continues to catch the eye of Barron’s, which ranked Glasband No. 25 on its list of top financial advisers in Florida for 2013—the second consecutive year he’s cracked the top 35 in the state. LeSSonS LeArneD: A scratch golfer and coach of the gold medal-winning U.S. golf team at the 2007 Pan American Maccabi Games (a competition for Jewish athletes) in Buenos Aires, Glasband believes the sport has been a bridge-builder for him when it comes to business. “When you’re younger and trying to establish yourself, you need a way to develop a relationship with someone who’s 75,” says Glasband, who sits on the board of the Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. “After spending four hours on the golf course, you develop a little synergy. It’s helped my career tremendously.” X-fActor: Glasband’s investment in his clients doesn’t end with wealth management advice. His team has been known to handle everything for clients from pretravel needs to computer issues to setting up apps on their iPads. “My business isn’t focused on just business. It’s a personal relationship; I’m part of their life, they’re part of mine. They know my [nearly 2-yearold] son; I know their grandkids. ... I love my clients, and that comes across.” GuiDinG principLeS: “You’re being judged every minute of the day in [this business]. Realize that and conduct yourself the way you want people to see you.”

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Richard Weissman

CEO, The Learning Experience

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JOb dEsCripTiOn: The second chapter of Weissman’s pioneering career in the early childhood development industry continues to defy conventional business wisdom. The nation’s fastest-growing preschool business, which Weissman launched in 2002 and is based in Boca, includes more than 125 cutting-edge facilities in some 20 states—with another 80-plus in the works (including expansion into England). LEssOns LEarnEd: After selling his interests in 1999 in the successful branded preschool franchise (Tutor Time) that he developed with his father, Weissman took a brief detour onto Wall Street. On Sept. 11, 2001, he was set to discuss starting his own hedge fund with potential investors, but the appointment was cancelled. The meeting was scheduled for inside the World Trade Center. “It was a life-changing experience,” says Weissman, 50. “I was living in a hotel in New Jersey and looking out my window at the smoke billowing from the towers—where I was supposed to be that morning. ... After 9-11, I went back to my roots. I didn’t know what the world was going to look like in six months or six years. I needed to go back to what I knew—and what I was good at.” X-faCTOr: “Anyone can start a business when the economy is booming,” says Weissman, whose company has grown 450 percent since the recession hit in 2008. “But what happens when the economy is slammed or Wall Street gets hit? You build a business to survive; you put in systems and you watch pennies. If you do that during bad times, you’ll be even more successful in the best of times.” GuidinG prinCipLEs: “The truth shall set you free. Don’t waste time trying to get around negatives. Confront them head on. We’re going to tell you exactly what the issues are from day one. And then, together, we’ll work through them.”

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Saks men’s Store Event

WHEn: Thursday, Nov. 21 WHErE: Saks Fifth Avenue, Town Center at Boca Raton WHat: This special invitation-only event, which benefits the Florida Panthers Foundation, celebrates the grand opening of the newly renovated Men’s Store at Saks. In addition, guests can meet the men spotlighted in Boca Raton’s “Taking Care of Business” feature. tHE mEn’S StOrE: Expect new vendor shops (Hugo Boss, Armani and Ralph Lauren Black Label, among others), an expanded shoe department, increased men’s accessories—and much more. COntaCt: Call Saks at 561/620-1206 for information about the event.

Hugo Boss leather jacket, $695; Vince sports shirt, $185; Rag & Bone jeans, $190; Prada suede sneakers, $450; and Movado watch, $395

Jeff Rubin Founder/CEO, It’Sugar

JOb dESCrIptIOn: On paper, it made about as much sense as baiting a fishhook with gummy worms. Who would launch a business steeped in sweets at the onset of a health and fitness explosion? Apparently, a smart and savvy entrepreneur would. Seven years after debuting It’Sugar in Atlantic City, Rubin is well on his way to reaching his goal of being “the largest specialty retailer of candy and gifts in the world”—with 60-plus stores in cities ranging from Dubai and Las Vegas to Palm Beach Gardens and Delray Beach, and another 40 shops slated to open before the end of 2014. LESSOnS LEarnEd: Instead of catering to children or invoking an old-fashioned, retro vibe that appealed to parents and grandparents, Rubin created a hip, wildly entertaining brand that went right after 20-somethings, especially young women. Moreover, he played up society’s love-hate relationship with sugar. “I’ve never met anyone who says, ‘I really don’t like the way candy tastes.’ Why hide from that?” says Rubin of his locally based company. “We poke fun at all the myths and of society’s rules regarding sugar. For example, our best-selling chocolate bar is the 100-percent Pure Gluten Chocolate Bar. ... [The strategy] was very bold and very risky. But it seemed to resonate.” X-FaCtOr: The It’Sugar brand has become a celebrity magnet, including a partnership with the Marilyn Monroe estate. Expect those connections to explode with the investment in the company of a private equity group that is tied to Creative Artists Agency, one of the top talent agencies in Hollywood. “It started with [tennis player] Maria Sharapova; we approached her about partnering on a line we called ‘Sugarpova.’ How ‘It’Sugar-esque’ to approach a world-famous female athlete and try to produce a line of pure sugar treats. ... Maria loved it. Within hours of winning the 2012 French Open, she was at the gummy factory analyzing the new shapes of her candy.” GuIdInG prInCIpLES: “As an entrepreneur, you don’t always have to invent something. You can just create a way to sell [more of] it. We didn’t invent the sale of Swedish Fish. We just market it in a better way.”

Inside Club red

Membership has its privileges when it comes to the most exclusive club inside the BB&T Center. In addition to prime seating in the arena’s lower level, members of Club Red have access to a private entrance, VIP valet parking, concierge services, adult beverages and five-star cuisine inside a 12,000-square-foot lounge that forever changes the way you hope to experience a concert or hockey game. “We challenged ourselves to come up with a super-premium club for the customer who wants a completely different type of experience,” says Michael Yormark, president of Sunrise Sports & Entertainment. “Club Red is, by far, the premier entertainment experience in the South Florida marketplace. ... At every touch point, you feel very special. The Club spoils you. I think we nailed it—and then some.” Call 954/835-7277 for membership information.

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By Brad Mee

[ 1 ] Magic with Mirrors: Nothing visually expands

[ 4 ] FraMe the shot: Framing the opening to a room

space or brightens dark areas better than mirrors. In this striking dining room, uniquely framed and “fractured” mirrors wrap the walls, amplifying their space-altering, reflective power.

with bold molding and contrasting color creates instant drama. This dark, overscaled doorframe outlines the view into the dining room, placing the focus on its dynamic style.

[ 2 ] treat Your Backs: Too frequently, we ignore the

[ 5 ] the tiMe For Bold: Love patterned wall coverings

back of a chair when it’s often the most visible element. By upholstering these chair backs with lively fabric, the designers dressed the table—and the room—with eye-catching color and pattern.

but don’t know where to use them? Consider low-traffic areas like the hallway, foyer or powder room; they’re the perfect spots for over-the-top wall treatments and big, bold patterns.

[ 3 ] approach the Bench: Built-in banquettes not only look ultrachic, they also save floor space needed by chairs that pull in and out; ideal for small dining rooms.


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[ 6 ] Bring on the Bling: Every space can benefit from a bit of pizzazz, from sparkling crystal to shiny brass. Emphasis on “a bit.” Bling overkill is deadly to interior design. This chandelier, for example, dazzles the dark and moody dining room with a single, shimmering statement. november 2013

Barry GrossmaN, GrossmaN PhoToGraPhy

ake a look around your residence. Are your rooms making the grade when it comes to interior style? If not, it’s time to go back to school. Boca Raton has studied several spectacular South Florida spaces to determine what puts them on the dean’s list of dynamic design. The talented Florida designers responsible for these rooms loaded them with livable, engaging style—providing 36 interior lessons along the way that can apply in your home. Get your notebooks ready. Class is in session.

Design by Brett Sugerman and Giselle Loor, b+g design inc.

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[ 7 ] Put it in neutral: Neutral colors provide an ideal backdrop for a timeless, easy-to-decorate space. Here, the creamy walls, sectional, rug and built-in cabinets set the stage for pops of color introduced by accessories and paper-backed shelves. To change things up, the homeowners can switch out the accessories to create a new look.

[ 9 ] go Big: Large rooms demand large-scale furnishings. A broad sectional, big cocktail table and generously sized chairs fill the expanse of this inviting space. Even the pillows are appropriately large to suit the room’s dimensions.

[ 10 ] outside in: Looking for a unique accent table? Pull

[ 8 ] layer lighting: Well-designed lighting strongly

from your patio. Garden stools are all the rage, serving as chairside tables in chic rooms.

affects the ambience and the aesthetic of a room. Layer multiple sources of light—ambient, task and accent—for best results. Here, general light from windows and overhead cans fills the space, well-positioned reading lamps serve their purpose, and recessed niche lights set a cozy mood.

[ 11 ] set Boundaries: Area rugs anchor furniture groupings within rooms and establish borders. This large rug unites the furnishings while its neutral shades and subtle pattern prevent it from overwhelming the space.


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Design by Marc Thee, Marc-Michaels Interior Design, Inc.

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Design by Jody Smith, ASID, Brown’s Interior Design

[ 12 ] Go orGanic: If you love modern design but hate cold, sterile style, add organic elements including wood, leather and woven wicker to your material palette. These soften the hard edge of stone and metal. Here, a hair-on hide rug and leather seating enrich the space with texture and warmth. [ 13 ] Show Some LeG: Instead of heavy, to-the-floor furnishings, choose open-framed pieces to make a space appear roomier. These chrome-framed chairs and the simply styled cocktail table keep the seating area airy and bright. follow the leader

[ 14 ] heavy accent: The stronger your accent color, the less of it you need to finish a space. Two art pieces by Robert Bery and Eric Telchin are all that’s required to give this room a powerful punch.

[ 15 ] repeat after me: Recurring materials, colors and treatments create continuity, making a room’s design feel more cohesive. Chrome repeats in this room’s chair frames, chandelier and tabletop sculpture.

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[ 16 ] 3-D EffEct: Designers transformed this room’s broad wall with a threedimensional gallery segmented by molding, dressed in grass cloth and filled with keenly curated artifacts. The result is a memorable display that adds depth while visually stretching the space with its mix of horizontal and vertical lines.

[ 17 ] ADD thE UnExpEctED: Everybody loves a surprise. Throw your space a curve or two to add instant character. This unique chandelier does exactly that for this room. A word of warning: Too many unexpected elements create clutter and confusion. [ 18 ] think clEArly: If you’re short on room, incorporate glass furnishings. The area behind this dining table may be tight, but the glass table functions as a sizable console without consuming visual space. The sitting area’s glass cocktail table performs similarly.

[ 19 ] SAvE thE viEw: When you have million-dollar views, the last thing you want to do is block them with tall furniture. This sitting area’s high-back sofa is positioned against the wall leaving the “view corridor” virtually unobstructed by low-profile furnishings. [ 20 ] StylE thE cEiling: The often-forgotten fifth wall offers big design opportunities. Ceiling options—from color and coffers to beams and barreling— are endless. To help unite and define the living and dining areas of this open floor plan, designers flowed this unique wall treatment onto the ceiling, adding a dynamic overhead feature. [ 21 ] think tExtUrE: Dislike bold patterns? Layers of textured elements— like the grass-cloth wall coverings, plush velvet pillows, nubby wool rug, woven cane chair and rusted-iron table base in this room—can add interest and warmth to patternless decors.

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Bye-bye brights. Gray-tinted colors enrich many of south Florida’s most stylish spaces.

Design by Brett Sugerman and Giselle Loor, b+g design inc.

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[22 ] Create arChiteCture: stately or stylized, decorative molding adds instant architecture to a room. Walls, ceilings and built-in features can all benefit from bold millwork. this room’s Moroccan-inspired moldings transform simple shelves into an oasis of style.

[ 23 ] Color threads: choose a primary accent color and use it multiple times to move the eye throughout the space. Here, a terra-cotta orange originates with the tiled floor and recurs inside the shelves, on the metal mirror and with a pair of ginger jars.

[ 24 ] Break it up: Matched dining sets are so over. Today’s approach incorporates a mix of styles and finishes that

create a fresh, personalized look. In this case, two cane host chairs partner with slipcovered side chairs and a light-washed wood table.

[ 25 ] BaCk Your shelves: dress the inside of your shelves with a strong color using paint or wallpaper. Heighten the visual impact by adding simply displayed collectibles of a contrasting hue.

[ 26 ] heighten the effeCt: Want to increase the scale and visual impact of an accessory? Place it on a stand. acrylic blocks or boxes, like those propping this table’s ginger jars, give objets d’art a lift without calling attention to themselves.

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Design by Marc Thee, Marc-Michaels Interior Design, Inc.


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Design by Jody Smith, ASID, Brown’s Interior Design

[ 27 ] Get Focused: Competing focal points create

[ 29 ] soFten With shape: all straight lines and

chaos. If your eye can’t settle on a single feature, you’ve prioritized too many. Instead, determine the most important visual statement in the room and make all else secondary to it. In this space, art by harak Rubio rules. the keenly edited furnishings, fixtures and color palette complement rather than compete with these works provided by Catalyst art.

squared corners can make a space feel harsh. add a little curve to soften the style. here, a drum-shaded chandelier by Mooi not only adds sparkle but also tempers the room’s angular tension with its round shape.

[ 28 ] Work With White: nothing sets the stage like a backdrop of white. Here, light floors and warm, white walls let the art and furnishings take center stage while the shell of the room plays a supporting role.

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[ 30 ] hip to Be square: Forget the rectangular dining table with host chairs. Square tables are a great equalizer, making every seat of equal status while adding style and modern shape to a dining area.

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Design by Jody Smith, ASID, Brown’s Interior Design

[ 31 ] Line it Up: Modern design often relies on horizontal lines to give it an edge. From a broad upholstered headboard and wide nightstands to the fireplace’s squat form and its linear tile, long and low dominates this room’s contemporary style. [ 32 ] Master MonochroMatic: Decorating with a single color is no simple task, but pros know that using varied shades and tones adds depth and interest to a monochromatic room. Include a mix of materials, and the impact doubles. This warm white decor boasts a broad palette of hues that calms the space and enhances the ocean views. The cowhide Le Corbusier Chaise adds a surprising form and finish.

Special ThankS To:

Brown’s Interior Design 4501 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton 561/368-2703 Marc-Michaels Interior Design 850 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton 561/362-7037


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Design by Marc Thee, MarcMichaels Interior Design, Inc.

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b+g design inc. 410 N.W. First Ave., Suite 301, Fort Lauderdale 954/929-6949

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Design by Brett Sugerman and Giselle Loor, b+g design inc.

[ 35 ] go wide: Individual headboards and nightstands can get [ 33 ] Style with Symmetry: If calm and comforting is your decorating mantra, then symmetrical design is for you. Balancing elements in a room creates a sense of peace and order. Here, each side of the master bathroom mirrors the other. To prevent boring predictability, every detail doesn’t match.

[ 34 ] lighten Up: Choose soft colors and mirrored finishes to make a space lighter and brighter. Both elements reflect light, illuminate a room and make it feel more spacious. Mirrored door fronts disguise the bulk of these large painted vanities while a palette of cream marble, ivory wallpaper and shimmering white floor tile enhances the room. follow the leader

lost in big bedrooms. By uniting and expanding them with broad wall treatments, they can form the scale required in a large room. Here, a creative use of mirror connects the bed with its side tables while reflecting views that wow the room.

[ 36 ] VolUme Control: Large rooms benefit from furnishings that fill open space. In bedrooms, canopy beds accomplish this feat. Adding an element of surprise, designers attached a modern bed frame directly to this room’s wall.

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men’s (opposite page, from left): Guess jeans, $128, from Lord & Taylor, Mizner Park; dark blue jeans, $198, from Robert Graham, Town Center at Boca Raton. women’s (this page, from left): light jeans, $250, from Deborah James, Royal Palm Place; camouflage jeans, $187, from Alene Too, Regency Court; and blue jeans, $204, from Deborah James follow the leader

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men’s (belts and jeans from top to bottom): Simonnot-Godard belt, $235, Gucci belt, $355, and Bally belt, $250, all from Neiman Marcus, Town Center. Fidelity jeans, $195, and Adriano Goldschmied jeans, $178, from Neiman Marcus; Lucky Brand jeans, $99, from Lord & Taylor; True Religion jeans, $218, and Robin’s Jean, $450, from Neiman Marcus; and jeans, $198, from Robert Graham

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style Women’s: Chloe boots, $995, and Valentino bag, $1,995, from Neiman Marcus; and pashmina scarf, $60, from Encore Plus

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Where to Buy neiMan Marcus: Town Center at Boca Raton, 5860 Glades Road, 561/417-5151 Lord & tayLor: Mizner Park, 200 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, roBert GrahaM: Town Center, 6000 Glades Road, 561/367-8970 deBorah JaMes: Royal Palm Place, 402 Via de Palmas, 561/367-9600 aLene too: Regency Court, 3013 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, 561/394-0899 encore PLus: 281 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, 561/391-381

Men’s: Shirts, $128 each, from Robert Graham; Gucci shoes, $495, from Neiman Marcus

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Opposite page: An aerial view of the Kurá Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club in Curaçao. Right: Cliff-side dining at Christoffel Terrace at the Lodge & Beach Club. Inset: Jacob Dekker

The Curious Case of Curaçao Visitors are rediscovering all that this Caribbean gem has to offer—thanks, in large part, to the work of a Renaissance man straight out of a beer commercial. By Kevin Kaminski


he most interesting man in the world is holding afternoon court at an outdoor restaurant overlooking a postcard-perfect turquoise stretch of Caribbean Sea. In the span of 15 minutes, he will speak eloquently about everything from historic preservation and the merits of nuclear energy to government corruption and his favorite menu items. If he seems right at home—even with water in hand instead of beer with “XX” on its label— that’s because he is. The Sandton Kurá Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club, a lush 74-suite retreat on the northern tip of Curaçao, is one of two properties on the island funded by the Jade Foundation and co-creator Jacob Gelt Dekker, whose real-life background makes the fictional Dos Equis spokesman look like an assembly line worker at a paper clip factory. The Netherlands native with rugged,

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Redford-esque looks maintains residences at both the Beach Club and its sister property, the Kurá Hulanda Hotel & Spa—an eightblock village in the capital city of Willemstad—along with home bases in Key West, New York and Amsterdam. The official bio on Dekker, 65, suggests that he has “circumnavigated the world more than 50 times,” but it’s this tropical outpost just 40 miles north of the Venezuelan coast that has captured the entrepreneur’s fancy. By his own estimates, Dekker has contributed some $65 million toward the restoration and revitalization of areas of Curaçao that, two decades ago, couldn’t have been less appealing to locals, let alone tourists. Today, those connected to the industry credit Dekker with almost single-handedly recasting the island as the Caribbean’s best-kept secret— although, given the steady growth of recent tourism, the word apparently is out. [ ]


If You Go flights: Dutch Antilles Express ( offers direct flights to Curaçao from Miami. Lodging: For more info on Sandton Kurá Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club or the Hulanda Hotel & Spa, visit Dining: In addition to the delicious fare at the resorts, check out two off-the-beatenpath culinary options. equus, open only on Friday nights, is the ultimate eat-with-yourhands experience, set right in the owner’s backyard. Guests pluck grilled chicken and beef cubes from skewers that hang from beams over the outdoor picnic tables. At Landhuis Misje, another quaint backyard setting, a more in-depth menu includes traditional Caribbean comfort foods, as well as beef and fish specials. Visit for dining and general information.

Though the relationship between Curaçao and the most interesting man in the world has been tempestuous at times, the two, in many ways, are meant for each other. Each has a fascinating and complex history, neither invites easy comparison—and both leave you wanting to know more.

Country of Many faCes It’s not that Curaçao never gained its footing as one of the ABC islands (along with Aruba and Bonaire), but with so many boots on its ground—from so many different countries— its identity was destined to be a mixed bag of influences. The Dutch planted their flag in 1634, but Curaçao would be targeted in subsequent years by the likes of Spain, France, England, Germany and various bands of pirates—and for good reason. The famed St. Anna Bay in Willemstad could accommodate even the largest of transport ships, making Curaçao one of the Caribbean’s key port destinations and, sadly, one of the largest depots at the height of trans-Atlantic slave trade. By the early 20th century, curiosity in Curaçao ramped up due to the discovery of oil off the Venezuelan coast and construction of a refinery on the island by Royal Dutch Shell. (Today, oil continues to represent nearly 10 percent of the country’s GDP; the refinery,

now leased to a Venezuelan state oil company, produces more than 300,000 barrels per day—and considerable controversy due to pollution issues.) Unlike other Caribbean islands that offered sun, sand and little else, Curaçao had all that plus industry, shipping and an economy that, by the 1930s, was drawing immigrants from all over the world. That melting pot is reflected in a truly international cuisine that incorporates some 50 cultures, as well as a blend of languages that includes Dutch (the official language), Spanish, English, West Indian and Papiamentu, a local Creole dialect. By the mid-1990s, the main hub of Willemstad had become a tale of two districts. On one side of the harbor, the Punda section was thriving. Its colorful architecture, upscale dutyfree shops (think Chopard, Hublot, Tous and more) and historic designations (in 1997, the city center was selected as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) never failed to attract pedestrian and cruise-ship traffic. On the other side of the waterway, the Otrobanda section of Willemstad was a crimeriddled, dilapidated mess. The once-proud community had dissolved into a grid of crumbling buildings that had become home to the island’s castaways and lost souls. Naturally, when Jacob Dekker decided to invest in Curaçao, he bought a mansion ... in the heart of Otrobanda.

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Jacob’s Ladder By 1998, Dekker’s story already was the stuff of entrepreneurial legend. According to an April 2004 article in American Way magazine, his parents gave him no quarter in more ways than one, even forcing him to work after school for four years to pay off an emergency appendectomy—at age 12. Career-wise, Dekker spent his first decade as a dentist before a battle with thyroid cancer prompted him to move to California for treatment. It was there that he came upon a shop doing one-hour photo development. Dekker would return to Europe and open a similar concept in Amsterdam; 160 stores later, he sold the business to Kodak. That turned out to be a mere warm-up venture. In 1981, he bought European Budget Rent-A-Car from a bankrupt company for $20,000; 15 years later, he sold it for $600 million. His investment in Curaçao, ultimately, would mean business for the rest of the country. But for Dekker, it was personal. He felt a kinship with the Dutch-Caribbean island and wanted it cast in the best possible light. It wouldn’t be easy. Though the local government gave him permission to begin acquiring and restoring buildings, squatters and lowlifes didn’t want to lose their rundown nooks and crannies. According to Dekker, he was shot at on multiple occasions. But the man whose philanthropic efforts rival his business prowess would not be de-

nied. The Kurá Hulanda Hotel & Spa—a charming village straight out of 18th-century Curaçao, with revamped Dutch Colonial Caribbean buildings and cobblestone walkways—opened in November 2001. The complex—which includes three restaurants, a pool, a conference center and spa, and an anthropological museum that houses the largest collection of African artifacts in the Caribbean—not only attracted visitors to Otrobanda, it kick-started a community-wide renaissance. Before long, both sides of the harbor were flush with foot traffic. Dekker, meanwhile, was just getting started.

Paradise, curaçao-styLe Of the three ABC islands, Curaçao traditionally had been the afterthought with the luxury R&R crowd—but that all changed with the opening of Kurá Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club in 2005. Phase two of Dekker’s vision took him to the northern reaches of the country, where he purchased some 150 acres in the Westpunt region. The Lodge & Beach Club, making jawdropping use of that prime real estate, is set just off the cliffs that overlook the calm side of the Caribbean Sea. It’s that side of the ocean—with its crystalclear water, mysterious coves and caves, shipwrecks and vibrant coral reefs—that led read-

ers of Scuba Diving magazine last year to rank Curaçao as one of the top three underwater destinations in the world. The resort works with Go West Diving, whose experts lead snorkeling and scuba expeditions at more than 60 dive sites. The other side of the island’s northern tip is equally compelling—and perfect for some four-wheel action at Shete Boka Park with Eric’s ATV Adventures, another partner of the resort. Only minutes from the beachfront calm, this breathtaking six-mile stretch of the coast is the polar opposite, a mix of desertlike backcountry (complete with wild goats) and limestone bluffs (with killer underground caverns) that are dealt one dramatic blow after another by the raging surf. Back at the resort, guests wind down with cocktails at the aptly named Sunset Lounge and cliff-side dining at Christoffel Terrace. The idyllic setting at the Lodge & Beach Club provided the backdrop for the final episodes of Season Eight of ABC’s “The Bachelorette.” Before Dekker bids farewell, he discusses a few of the pro-Curaçao projects for which he’s pushing. The country, autonomous within the Kingdom of the Netherlands since 2010, has a new cabinet and a prime minister—and there is much work, he feels, yet to be done. Despite its recent strides, he notes, Curaçao can’t rest on its laurels. No one understands that better than the most interesting man in the world.

Opposite page: Crashing surf at Shete Boka Park; the aptly named Sunset Lounge at the Lodge & Beach Club. Left and above: The café, shops and village square at Kurá Hulanda Hotel & Spa, featuring Dutch Colonial architecture.

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Mark Your Calendars South Florida audiences, and Boca residents in particular, may have more cultural options this season than they’ve had in years. Turn the page for our list of the top A&E events coming to an arts center, museum or amphitheater near you.

The Book of MorMon When: Nov. 26–Dec. 22 Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale What’s the buzz: A Biblical allusion seems appropriate when describing this Tony-winning musical from “South Park” infant terribles Trey Parker and Matt Stone: It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the average person to snag a ticket to “Mormon.” The hilariously blasphemous satire has been the hottest ticket for Broadway and its touring venues since the spring of 2011, with scalpers charging up to $1,000 apiece. The show even inspired a follow the leader

rash of counterfeiters peddling fake tickets. Co-created with Robert Lopez, the composer behind “Avenue Q,” “The Book of Mormon” is set in a remote Ugandan village, where two Mormon missionaries from Utah are having trouble selling their religion in an environment beset with poverty, famine, war and an oppressive dictator. Everyone knew the musical would be successful on Broadway, but even some Mormons themselves have embraced the humor of this crossover cultural landmark. Don’t wait to buy tickets—this is sure to be one of the hottest shows of the South Florida cultural season. Cost: $52.51–$182.31 ContaCt: 954/462-0222, [ ]


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The choices may seem endless, but here’s our list of the top events for the upcoming A&E season (including “The Book of Mormon” on the previous page)—from ballet and lectures to dance-rock, art openings and musical theater. Mark your calendar now, before it fills up.

From left: Dancers from “Tap: The Show”; The Joy Formidable from the Coastline Festival


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When: Jan. 4–5, 2014 Where: Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton What’s the buzz: Tap is as much a dance genre as Westerns are a movie genre; just as you can have comedies, action and romance vehicles, and even noirs set in the old West, tap dancing can be used to express countless dance styles, as this tour sets out to convey. Backed by an orchestral score and clothed in dazzling costumes, a talented tap troupe will perform musical-theater chestnuts danced by Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in tap’s golden age, before expanding the method’s horizons into flamenco, tribal, Irish step and rockn-roll dance. The performers are eclectic in their tap specialties, so you’re sure to see plenty of shuffles, flap heels, cramp rolls, buffaloes, Maxi Fords, pullbacks, paddle rolls, heel clicks, double toe punches and my favorite tap move: the shim sham shimmy. Cost: $45–$65 ContaCt: 561/237-9000,

When: Nov. 10 Where: Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach What’s the buzz: It’s not Lollapalooza or Coachella (at least not yet), but Palm Beach County finally has its own festival of hip, relevant alternative and indie bands to rival its massive, big-city brethren. The 11 bands performing at the inaugural Coastline festival constitute a powerful dance-rock pantheon, including the smart, arena-filling synthpop act Passion Pit; thunderous Welsh rockers The Joy Formidable; the Brooklyn couple/duo Matt & Kim; and chart-topping Irish rockers Two Door Cinema Club, along with West Palm Beach’s own indie-rock breakthrough, Surfer Blood. The festival bills itself as a “Musiculinary experience” that includes a variety of food trucks, a Craft Beer Cove with more than 25 selections, and an Isle of Art featuring the work of Florida artists. Cost: $20–$55 ContaCt:


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MiAMi CiTy BAlleT’S DOn QuixOTe

When: March 28–30, 2014 Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach What’s the buzz: Miami City Ballet’s most ambitious long-form ballet of the season, “Don Quixote” is, of course, based on Miguel de Cervantes’ timeless novel, which gave us the adjective “quixotic,” the tilting-at-windmills idiom, and more than one star-crossed movie adaptation that never reached our screens. But it’s in ballet form that the iconic story has had its strongest shelf life, with esteemed companies mounting versions of it for more than a century. Choreographers Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky plumbed most of the material for their four-act ballet from just two chapters of Cervantes’ text, but it includes all the sensual gypsies, macho toreadors, donkeys and equines the story is most known for—to say nothing of the gnomes, fairies, gigantic spiders and other supernatural elements the beleaguered characters will experience on their journey. Cost: $20–$175 ContaCt: 561/832-7469 or

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Expect more than 350 authors at this month’s Miami Book Fair International (Nov. 17-24, along Northeast Second Avenue in downtown Miami), which is celebrating its 30th year. Here are five of the fair’s marquee guests. (Visit miamibookfair. com for appearance dates and times). Images from “Don Quixote,” which will be staged by Miami City Ballet next spring

GeorGe Packer: The writer who gave us one of the most informative books about the Iraq War (Assassin’s Gate) may well be on his way to a Pulitzer with his acclaimed new nonfiction tome, The Unwinding. The book is a spectrumspanning account of America’s financial mechanisms from 1978 to the present, from extensive long-form profiles to short riffs on figures as varied as Newt Gingrich, Raymond Carver and Jay-Z. chris matthews: MSNBC’s loudest bloviator follows up his best-seller Jack Kennedy with another historical political study. Tip & the Gipper charts the relationship between frenemies from opposite political parties—President Reagan and House Speaker Tip O’Neill (under whom Matthews worked)—who were able to put aside partisanship when it really mattered.

AssAssins When: Jan. 30–Feb. 23, 2014 Where: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami What’s the buzz: “Sweeney Todd” may be the darkest musical in Stephen Sondheim’s oeuvre, but it has a worthy competitor in 1990’s “Assassins,” a revue of songs sung by, and about, the handful of individuals who have attempted (or succeeded) to kill American presidents. A cast of up to 13 has performed this show in the past, through numerous Broadway and regional adaptations, and characters include Presidents Garfield and Ford, John Hinckley, Lee Harvey Oswald and John Wilkes Booth. The first musical to be produced by the award-winning Zoetic Stage, this insightful and comic foray into political history through the crosshairs of its outcasts looks like a potent play to revisit in a time of polarizing gun-control debate. Cost: $45 ContaCt: 305/949-6722,

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To JAne, Love Andy: WArhoL’s FirsT supersTAr When: Feb. 2–May 27, 2014 Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach What’s the buzz: With her penchant for glamorously outlandish attire, Baby Jane Holzer dressed like the Lady Gaga of her day—chiefly the 1960s before they officially became The Sixties. From 1962–65, she was one of Andy Warhol’s Factory girls, acting as a muse for the laconic artist during his vanguard. A model and aspiring actress at the time, she appeared in a number of Warhol’s films—including “Couch” and “Ciao! Manhattan”—while inspiring the artist with her keen fashion sense. She was later immortalized in a song by Roxy Music and in a chapter in a Tom Wolfe book. This exhibition focuses on her pairing with Pop Art’s most iconic figure. Cost: $12 adults, $5 students, free for children 12 and younger ContaCt: 561/832-5196,

Diane LaDD: The three-time Oscar nominee has enjoyed some 120 roles in film, television and the theater, but she’s also been writing since her teen years. Ladd’s first published foray into fiction, A Bad Afternoon for a Piece of Cake, is a collection of 10 short stories. mark haLPerin anD John heiLemann: It’s refreshing to know that books can still break news that flummoxes the political establishment. Such was the case with Halperin and Heilemann’s revelatory, if gossipy, best-seller Game Change, a take-no-prisoners account of 2008’s major presidential players. Expect similar juicy revelations in the sequel Double Down, about the 2012 campaign.

anJeLica huston: Anjelica may be cinematic royalty (her father was director John Huston), but she comes across onscreen as a humble, warm and inviting master of her craft. Her first memoir, A Story Lately Told, is a coming-of-age journey littered with celebrity cameos, tragedies, love affairs and the birth of rock-n-roll.

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From left: Perez Art Museum in Miami, scheduled to open in December; Mia Farrow; Elizabeth Smart; and Pat Metheny

Perez Art MuseuM oPening When: Dec. 4 Where: 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami What’s the buzz: Simply put, this is the most important arts-and-culture advancement Miami has made since the opening of the New World Center in 2011. Years in the making, the Perez Art Museum will transplant the former Miami Art Museum from its more-modest former home in the Central Business District to a lavish, 200,000-squarefoot edifice in the newly constructed Museum Park in downtown Miami. Designed by Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, the masters behind London’s seminal Tate Modern, the building’s renderings have drawn raves from architecture critics, who note its science-fiction-like ability to seemingly levitate (from a distance), earning it comparisons to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA. The exhibitions opening in December, too, are a notch above typical Miami fare, and number at least a dozen, including new work by controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, a showcase of “Americana” art, a Caribbean art survey and an installation of hanging ship replicas by Britain’s Hew Locke. Who needs Basel? Cost: $6–$12, or free for members, children and students ContaCt: 305/375-3000


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When: Feb. 25, 2014 Where: Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach What’s the buzz: You can’t blame the former Mrs. Woody Allen if the relationship with her creatively brilliant, personally reprehensible ex-husband is the last thing she wants to talk about in a lecture tour. As juicy as the gossip might be about her personal life—before Allen, she had tied knots with Frank Sinatra and Andre Previn—expect Farrow to focus on her own distinguished career, which has included roles ranging from Peter Pan to Daisy Buchanan. In addition to the string of classics she made with Allen, Farrow has worked with directors such as Roman Polanski, Robert Altman, Claude Chabrol and Michel Gondry, and her willowy, fragile and unassumingly comic on-screen persona helped establish a Hollywood archetype. Outside of the screen, Farrow is admired for her humanitarian activism in African apartheid states, winning an international award for her service in 2009. Cost: Free for members, $15–$35 for nonmembers ContaCt: 561/655-7226,

When: Feb. 13, 2014 Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach What’s the buzz: As a 14-year-old girl, Elizabeth Smart became a most unwitting public figure. Abducted from her Salt Lake City bedroom and held in horrific, abusive captivity for nine months in the early 2000s, Smart’s case riveted the nation—acting as sad red meat for the tabloid media. But in the number of years since her rescue, Smart has emerged as a model advocate for childabduction cases, speaking in Washington, D.C., after the signing of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act and eventually forming a nonprofit dedicated to educating children about violent and sexual crimes. Now, she’s ready to share everything from her ordeal and recovery; her speaking tour arrives months after the publication of her autobiography, My Story. Cost: $40–$45 ContaCt: 561/243-7922,

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The company premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s breakthrough contemporary work, P oly p honi a , along with two entrancing Balanchine ballets, S e re nade , his first masterpiece created in America, and B al lo de l l a Re gi na , hailed by The New York Times as a “bounding test of technique and endurance.”

The PaT MeTheny UniTy GroUP When: Feb. 7, 2014 Where: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami What’s the buzz: The last time jazzman Pat Metheny swung by Miami, in 2010, it was for a solo show unlike any other. He performed his solo set surrounded by his towering Orchestrion, a musical playground of electronic pianos, basses, guitarbots, marimbas, vibraphones and percussion, all of which responded to Metheny’s organic guitar lines. Having proven he doesn’t need a band to electrify an audience, the now 20time Grammy winner is reverting back to basics with his Unity Group, bringing along four (flesh-and-blood) musicians, including legendary sax player Chris Potter. The band will play selections from a forthcoming 2014 release as well as audience favorites from Metheny’s 40-year career. One thing’s for sure: This tour will be a lot easier on the roadies. Cost: $25–$130 ContaCt: 305/949-6722,

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Gordon Wright

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quarter-century ago, Boca businessman Fred Lieberman established a performing-arts conservatory on a 5-acre tract of land neighboring what was then the college of Boca raton (now Lynn University). named in honor of Fred’s parents, Harry and ida, the Harid conservatory rose quickly to its stature as one of the world’s top professional dance conservatories, while functioning as a full-scale high school. in its second year, Harid student Pollyana ribeiro, from Brazil, won a gold medal in an international ballet competition in Helsinki and would go on to become a principal dancer with the Boston Ballet. even though financial matters prompted the conservatory’s acclaimed music program to migrate to nearby Lynn University


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in 1999, success stories like ribeiro’s are legion in Harid’s history as a ballet incubator. Graduates of the conservatory have excelled in positions with more than 80 professional companies across four continents, a testament to its difficult, three-pronged protocol for acceptance. aspiring dance students attend initial auditions in roughly 20 cities throughout the country; if they do well enough, they’re invited to a four-week summer intensive at the Harid. only the best of these will be invited to attend the school, which whittles some 400 applicants down to around 45 cherished slots. alumni tend to remain in contact with faculty long after they graduate. “the wonderful thing about this job is that you’re seeing hundreds of young people grow up and become adults, and you watch their success professionally and artistically,” says Gordon Wright, director at the Harid for the past 21 years. “i know that sounds a little schmaltzy, but it’s absolutely true.” november 2013

CoMIng Soon WHat: Harid’s 2013 winter performance will feature a selection of classical ballets and modern and character dances, plus the conservatory’s holiday tradition, “Divertissements,” from “The Nutcracker.”

WHeRe: Countess de Hoernle Theatre, 5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton WHen: 3 p.m., Dec. 14–15 tICketS: $22–$28 ContaCt: 561/998-8038 or


When the Conservatory of Music broke off from the Harid to join Lynn University, how was that viewed here? It was a difficult situation for us at the time. It was kind of like breaking up a family. But it was fortunate in the sense that it allowed us to feel secure about future funding, and it was great for Lynn, because they suddenly had a worldrenowned arts program under their umbrella.

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What do you think makes Harid stand out from other dance conservatories? Lieberman made the commitment to make the school tuition-free for the fine arts training. He felt talent should be the sole criterion for admission. By making it tuition-free, he leveled the playing field for all students, regardless of their financial situation. Also, I’m fairly certain the admission standards are the strictest or most stringent of any school of this type in the country.


Is it a big deal for Boca Raton, which is not a large metropolitan city, to have a conservatory like this? It could be my failure that the school isn’t better known and highly regarded within its own community. Honestly, we do our work quietly here. I’m a follow the leader

believer in letting the results speak for themselves. The only things we market are the two series of performances we offer each year, because they are open to the community.


I noticed the Harid teaches a course on nutrition. What’s the takeaway in terms of a dancer’s diet? I’m not a big fad guy, in terms of meals. I think everything is OK in moderation. Dance is not highly aerobic. They don’t need a lot of complex carbohydrates, but you need good oils and a little bit of fat in your diet, and you need protein.


Dance has become pop culture on television over the past 10 years or so. Has the Harid adapted to reflect this surge in popularity? It’s a great question, and the answer is no, because it’s a totally different genre. There are certain standards I believe in, in terms of what ballet is and what it should be. The closest we come to that is we have jazz classes in our curriculum, and we also emphasize modern dance and contemporary movement. Commercial dance is wonderful, and it provides access to a lot of people who maybe don’t have the physical capabilities for classical ballet. Everybody should be able to be involved with and enjoy dance, but classical ballet takes a special type of individual. wicktheater_brm1113.indd [ 1b o c a m a g . c o m ]


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Like the food, the decor at Burt & Max’s at Delray Marketplace is more about comfort and familiarity than high style. If the dark, woodsy interior seems more clubby New York than breezy tropics, it certainly seems to appeal to the restaurant’s clientele. There are some hip design touches: the open kitchen with its red-tiled pizza oven behind glass panels; the large wood-plank table in front of the kitchen where servers perform in unison with chefs; the abundance of cozy, spacious leather-upholstered booths; the wraparound outdoor patio that boasts both fountain and fire pit; and the whimsical floor at the entrance, inlaid with precisely 79,500 pennies. Ka-ching! (See Bill Citara’s full review on page 152.)

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review burt & max’s

Wild mushroom pizza

9089 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/638-6380


he key to business success, so they say, is location, location, location. In the restaurant business, add: food, food, food. Burt & Max’s has both nailed. With a prime spot in the sprawling Delray Marketplace complex in the nether reaches of vastly underserved West Delray, Burt Rapoport’s and Dennis Max’s eatery has the kind of gold-plated, fur-lined location that’s the equivalent of holding the lone ice cream franchise in the middle of the Gobi Desert. With executive chef Adam Brown running the kitchen, Rapoport and Max have someone on his way to making some serious culinary bones, a chef who can execute the modestly inventive, contemporary comfort food menu so well that the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. As with the decor (see sidebar on previous page), the idea isn’t so much to knock your socks off as to make your feet warm, comfortable and happy. So you have a handful of dishes reprising their popularity at Max’s other restaurant, Max’s Grille. There’s the chopped salad, a mélange of crunchy romaine bulked up with cheese, chickpeas and veggies in just the right amount of a tangy red wine vinaigrette. There’s the sesameseared yellowfin tuna, bacon-wrapped meatloaf and a wild mushroom pizza so tasty at least half The open kitchen at Burt & Max’s

the pizzerias in Palm Beach County ought to give up and shut their doors. Brown and crew also have a little fun with their food. Like onion soup dumplings, plump pastry pouches stuffed with Gruyère and onion that float in a savory, brandy-tinged veal broth, a nod toward everyone’s favorite French soup. Or thin, crispy potato and taro root chips with a mildly piquant ranch-style dip. But if you order one thing at B&M’s, it ought to be that wild mushroom pizza. A quick trip through the oak-fired oven turns the thin crust cracker-brittle with just a hint of chew, its edges puffy and lightly charred, a perfect delivery system for woodsy roasted fungi, leeks cooked down to onion-y satin, molten Gruyère and manchego cheeses, a frizzy halo of julienned fried leeks and enough truffle oil to trail an

exotic perfume from oven to table. Main courses don’t take chances but don’t disappoint either. Fried chicken-n-waffle is a classic Southern combo that puts a crunchy, succulent shine on fat, carbs Chef Adam Brown and cholesterol. Skirt steak gets a pungent mojo marinade before being grilled and accented by sautéed spinach, mashed potatoes and chunky-sweet heirloom tomato salsa. Twin fillets of milky-mild branzino simply could not be any better. The crisp, golden-brown skin hiding buttery flesh that flakes at the mere sight of a fork is complemented by tomato emulsion—a glistening crimson sheen—that tastes of tomatoes distilled down to their IF YOU GO sweet-tart essence. Dessert brings out another Max’s PrIce ranGe: standby, crème brûlée pie. But then Entrées $11-$42 there’s the Mississippi mud pie, laycredIt cards: ers of achingly luscious flourless All major cards chocolate cake and bracing coffee ice HOUrs: Sun.-Thurs. 5–10 cream, with Heath Bar crunch and p.m., Fri.–Sat. 5–11 p.m. whipped cream thrown in for ... well, Brunch Sat. 11:30 a.m.–3 just because. It appears Burt Rapop.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. port and Dennis Max have struck gold, gold, gold. —Bill Citara


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“I F YOU M A K E GR E AT FOOD T H E Y W I L L COM E ” Walking distance from the Boca Resort Dinner nightly 5:30 - 10 p.m. Sunday - Thursday • 5:30 - 11 p.m. Friday - Saturday Private Rooms Available for Parties of 6 - 45 499 East Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton • 561-393-6715

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

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

arturo’s ristorante —6750 N. Federal Highway. Italian. Arturo’s quiet, comfortable dining room; slightly formal, rigorously professional service; and carefully crafted Italian dishes never go out of style. You’ll be tempted to make a meal of the array of delectable antipasti from the antipasti cart, but try to leave room for main courses like giant shrimp with tomatoes, cannellini beans, rosemary and an exceptionally well-done risotto. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. 561/997-7373. $$$ biergarten —309 Via De Palmas. German/pub. Part vaguely German beer garden, part all-American sports bar, this rustic eatery offers menus that channel both, as well as an excellent selection of two-dozen beers on tap and the same number by the bottle. The food is basic and designed to go well with suds, like the giant pretzel with a trio of dipping sauces and an upscale burger featuring Florida Wagyu beef, knockwurst, cheddar cheese and more. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/395-7462. $ bistro provence —2399 N. Federal Highway. French. With the convivial ambience and hearty good food of an authentic Parisian bistro, this inviting, unpretentious restaurant deserves its local popularity. Mussels are a specialty, and roasted duck is excellent too. • Dinner nightly. 561/368-2340. $$

bonefish grill—21069 Powerline Road. Seafood. Market-fresh seafood is the cornerstone—like Chilean sea bass prepared over a wood-burning grill and served with sweet Rhea’s topping (crabmeat, sautéed spinach and a signature lime, tomato and garlic sauce.) • Dinner nightly. 561/483-4949. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 1880 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, 561/732-9142; 9897 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, 561/965-2663; 11658 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach, 561/799-2965) $$


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brio tuscan grille —5050 Town Center Circle. Italian. The Boca outpost of this national chain of 100-plus restaurants does what it set out to do—dish up big portions of well-made, easily accessible Italianesque fare at a reasonable price. If you’re looking for bruschetta piled with fresh cheeses and vegetables, house-made fettuccine with tender shrimp and lobster in a spicy lobster butter sauce, and a creditable version of the classic tiramisu, you’ll be one happy diner. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. Brunch Sat.– Sun. 561/392-3777. $$

the capital grille —6000 Glades Road. Steaks. This is one of more than three dozen restaurants in a national chain, but the Boca Grille treats you like a regular at your neighborhood restaurant. Steaks, dry-aged if not Prime, are flavorful and cooked with precision, while starters from Wagyu beef carpaccio to a lighter version of the hardy chopped salad are nicely done too. Parmesan truffle fries are crispy sticks of potato heaven; chocolate-espresso cake a study in shameless, and luscious, decadence. • Lunch Mon.– Fri. Dinner daily. 561/368-1077. $$$ casa d’angelo —171 E. Palmetto Park Road. Italian. Angelo Elia’s impeccable Italian restaurant is a delight, from the stylish room to the suave service to

the expansive wine list, not to mention food that’s by turn elegant, hearty, bold, subtle and always delicious. Dishes off the regular menu make excellent choices, like fat prawns wrapped in pancetta and grilled. But pay attention to specials like pan-seared snapper and scallops in a spicy, garlicky cherry tomato sauce. • Dinner nightly. 561/338-1703. $$$

the cheesecake factory—5530 Glades Road. american. Oh, the choices! The chain even has a Sunday brunch menu in addition to its main menu, which includes Chinese chicken salad and Cajun jambalaya. Don’t forget about the cheesecakes—from white chocolate and raspberry truffle offerings. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/393-0344. (Other Palm Beach County locations: CityPlace, West Palm Beach, 561/802-3838; Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/776-3711) $$ chops lobster bar—101 Plaza Real S., Royal Palm Place. Steak, seafood. Steaks are aged USDA Prime—tender, flavorful and perfectly cooked under a 1,700-degree broiler. There’s all manner of fish and shellfish, but you’re here for the lobster, whether giant Australian tails flash-fried and served with drawn butter or sizable Maine specimens stuffed with crab. • Dinner nightly. 561/395-2675. $$$$ november 2013

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dining guide Rigatoni tubes with smoked pancetta. Below: Bier cocktail

review bäd ragaz

1417 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, 561/336-3297


ad Ragaz in Switzerland is a municipality known for the healing properties of the thermal waters that bubble up from beneath its mountains. Bäd Ragaz Hall & Biergarten in Boynton Beach is a restaurant known for the healing properties of another, rather more adult, liquid. Beer. Our local Bäd Ragaz is the creation of chef-restaurateur Alessandro Silvestri, who’s created a smashingly gorgeous biergarten done in cool, contemporary blues, grays and whites. There are vaguely Moorish arches, a huge bar in the center of the dining room and gleaming exotic wood tables. However, perhaps most relevant are the comfy booths complete with a trio of taps that allow you to pour your own of the evening’s three featured brews, chosen from a few dozen on tap. (There’s another 50 or so by the bottle.)


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Of course, any self-respecting biergarten must have a pretzel, in this case a twisted skein of bronze dough as big around as a baby’s arm. It soaks up beer and is a good excuse to consume carbs, mustard and house-made pickles, if you’re into that sort of thing. Less filling and more rewarding are fat, meaty mushroom caps stuffed with Black Forest ham and presented with a beefy-tasting tomato sauce. Equally rewarding is the exceedingly generous smoked trout salad. The trout is a little on the dry side, but it comes with so

IF YOU GO PrIce ranGe: Entrées $12-$28 credIt cards: All major cards HOUrs: Tues.-Sun. 5–11 p.m.

much other good stuff—mild, creamy goat cheese, dried cranberries, avocado, toasted walnuts—that there’s no need to cry in your beer. It’s the suds-centric entrées where the kitchen really shines. Eight different sausages can be had, served with mustards (good), fries (not so much) and sauerkraut (terrific). The smoked bratwurst was hearty and juicy, full of smokyporky goodness; the boudin liegeois, a rich, velvety veal sausage, was subtle and elegant. Vienna schnitzel reminds you just how tasty a simple, thin-pounded medallion of veal crusted with crunchy, golden breadcrumbs and tweaked with a squeeze of

lemon can be. It’s a welcome bite of nostalgia. As for another classic Viennese dish, apple strudel, let’s just say the flavor was as good as the pastry was thick and soggy. Still, if you want to cry in your beer, there’s no better place to do it than Bäd Ragaz. —Bill Citara

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dining guide cuban café —3350 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd. Cuban. Diners pack this traditional Cuban restaurant for lunch specials that start at $7.95, including slow-roasted pork served with white rice and black beans. Other highlights include the Cuban sandwich and (on the dinner menu only) lechón asado. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/750-8860. $ grand lux cafe —Town Center at Boca Raton. American. The Cheesecake Factory’s sister brand is an upscale take on the original formula, with an atmosphere inspired by the great cafes of Europe. The menu offers a range of international flavors, and the specialty baked-to-order desserts are always a big hit. • Lunch and dinner daily; breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. 561/392-2141. $$ the grille on congress —5101 Congress Ave. American. Dishes range from tasty chicken dishes and main-plate salads to seafood options like pistachiocrusted snapper or simply grilled yellowfin tuna. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/912-9800. $$ houston’s —1900 N.W. Executive Center Circle. American. With rustic features like butcher-block tables and comfy padded leather booths, Houston’s

Buzz Bites i soul stirring: Hoping to

do with Mexican food what they’ve done with the steak house and gastropub are the trio behind downtown Delray’s wildly successful Cut 432 and Park Tavern. That would be Brian Albe, Brandon Belluscio and Anthony Pizzo, who’ve taken over a 1939-vintage garage just a few steps off Atlantic Avenue and turned it into El Camino Mexican Soul Food & Tequila Bar (15 N.E. Second Ave., 561/265-5093). The industrial-rustic space boasts the building’s original 28-foot barrel ceiling crisscrossed with iron trusses and concrete floor, with whitewashed brick walls, a bar faced with reclaimed lumber, an open kitchen and “graffiti” art. Pizzo’s menu stays true to the spirit of Mexican cuisine while adding a contemporary spin and utilizing as many local and organic ingredients as possible, so you may see everything from Koreanstyle short rib tacos to spit-roasted duck quesadillas to go along with more traditional south-of-the-border dishes. If all that’s making you thirsty, there are more than 200 different tequilas with a focus on artisan producers, plus an array of Mexican and local craft beers, mescals and, of course, margaritas. Can I get an “Olé!”? —BIll CItArA


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has created a “nonchain” feel, although there are more than 40 nationwide. The menu is straightforward—big burgers on sweet egg buns, Caesar salad, roasted chicken, filet mignon—but it’s not lacking in ingenuity. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/998-0550. $$

josephine’s —5751 N. Federal Highway. Italian. Tradition trumps trendy, and comfort outweighs chic at this Boca favorite. The ambience is quiet and stately but not stuffy, and the menu is full of hearty dishes to soothe the savage appetite, like three-cheese eggplant rollatini and chicken scarpariello. • Dinner nightly. 561/988-0668. $$ kapow noodle bar—431 Plaza Real. Pan-Asian. This wickedly stylish Asian-inspired gastropub delivers a delicious and inventive punch to the taste buds. Among the hardest hitters are green tea-cured salmon with micro and fried basil and longan berries stuffed with yuzu kosho gelee, and cheesecake springrolls with a nothing-exceeds-like-excess banana caramel dipping sauce. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/3477322. $ kathy’s gazebo café —4199 N. Federal Highway. Continental. This local stalwart smoothly rolls along with its signature blend of French and Continental dishes. The ornate, formal dining room and equally formal service are anomalies these days but are comforting nonetheless. Classic dishes like creamy lobster bisque, house-made duck paté, broiled salmon with sauce béarnaise and dreamy chocolate mousse are as satisfying as ever. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/395-6033. $$$ kee grill—17940 N. Military Trail. American. The attraction here is carefully prepared food that is satisfying, flavorful and reasonably priced. The fistsized crab cake is a good place to start, followed by sea bass with a soy-ginger-sesame glaze. • Dinner nightly. 561/995-5044. $$$ la rosa nautica —515 N.E. 20th St. Peruvian. Expect no ambience, no pretensions, low prices and food that satisfies on a very high level. Good starters include antichuchos, chunks of grilled beef heart, and causa, a terrine-like layering of mashed potatoes and chicken salad. Ceviche and the lomo saltado are among the best in South Florida. • Lunch daily. Dinner Tues.– Sun. 561/296-1413. $$

la tre —249 E. Palmetto Park Road. Vietnamese. For almost two decades, this elegant little spot has been celebrating the delicate, sophisticated flavors and textures of traditional and contemporary Vietnamese cuisine. A house signature, shrimp tossed with coriander curry pesto, is an inspired riff on Vietnamese classics. Service and wines match the refinement of the cuisine. • Dinner nightly. 561/392-4568. $$ la villetta —4351 N. Federal Highway. Italian.

young staff. The signature clam chowder is made in corporate kitchens but is still better than most, while crab cakes chock-full of sweet-tasting crab and hardly any binders have even fewer equals. There’s a selection of DIY fish and sauces too. And for dessert, what else but Boston cream pie? • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/447-2112. $$

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

maggiano’s —21090 St. Andrews Blvd. Italian. It’s the neighborhood spot where families congregate for great food and a good time. Do as the Italians do and order family-style, sit back and watch the endless amounts of gorgeous foods grace your table. In this manner, you receive two appetizers, two salads, two pastas, two entrées, two vegetables and two desserts. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/361-8244. $$ mario’s osteria —1400 Glades Road. Italian. This popular spot is swanky in its reincarnation, but the rustic Italian and Italian-American fare keeps with an osteria’s humbler pretensions. Signature dishes like the garlic rolls, lasagna and eggplant “pancakes”—basically deconstructed eggplant Parm—are on the new menu, as are posh veal osso buco ravioli in truffle cream sauce and thick, juicy rib-eye served “arrabiata” style. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/239-7000. $$

matteo’s —233 S. Federal Highway. Italian. Matteo’s brand of hearty Italian and Italian-American food, served in giant “family style” portions, needs no reinventing. Though there is no shortage of local restaurants cooking in that genre, it’s the details of preparation and service that make Matteo’s stand out. Baked clams are a good place to start, as is the reliable chopped salad. Linguini frutti di mare is one of the best in town. • Dinner daily. 561/392-0773. $$ max’s grille —404 Plaza Real, Mizner Park. Contemporary American. Though its signature California-influenced cookery and “American bistro” ambience are no longer furiously trendy, this stylish restaurant is as popular as ever due to consistently tasty and well-prepared food. Dishes run haute to homey, from seared-raw tuna to meatloaf wrapped with bacon. And don’t miss the luscious crème brûlée pie for dessert. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/368-0080. $$ morton’s the steakhouse —5050 Town Center

legal sea foods —6000 Glades Road. Seafood.

Circle. Steak house. There’s seemingly no end to diners’ love of huge slabs of high-quality aged beef, nor to the carnivores who pack the clubby-swanky dining room of this meatery. The star of the beef show is the giant bone-in filet mignon, which trumps with unusually deep and meaty flavor. The side of Grand Marnier soufflé is a cloud of luscious, citrus-y beauty that says while beef may be what’s for dinner, I am what’s for dessert. • Dinner daily. 561/392-7724. $$$

This faux-New England-ish seafooder in Town Center mall satisfies with a roster of fresh fish and shellfish, well prepared and competently served by an earnest

new york prime —2350 N.W. Executive Center Drive. Steak house. This wildly popular Boca

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

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dining guide green grub On the go, but don’t want to settle for toxic fast-food burgers? Enjoy these healthy alternatives in and around Boca. Juice and Java 21316 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton Green grub: A 100-percent natural dining experience with no artificial anything, this greenon-the-go eatery is perfect for a quick, nutritious lunch and one of its famously healthy (and tasty) juices or smoothies. Yin-yang yum: Try a Green Life or Mish Mash juice paired with pomegranate glazed salmon. Delish. Good karma: Join Juice and Java’s meal plan, and receive 10 prepared, calorie-portioned meals a week for $75. Like its Facebook page for more deals. Contact: 561/852-2230,

Juiceateria 179 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton Green grub: With every juice made fresh to order, Juiceateria meets the needs of its healthconscious clientele. This plant food-based juice bar offers a variety of green juices, including some that are perfect for those interested in a detox/cleanse program. Yin-yang yum: The Immune Builder is the signature juice loaded with fruits, vegetables and herbs. Also popular is the Simply Green juice and Tropical Cooler smoothie. Good karma: Try a Juice Cleanse, which ranges from three to five days and can help you lose weight and feel better about your body. Contact: 561/362-1661,


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chipotle 2301 Glades Road, Boca Raton Green grub: Chipotle has become a lunch staple in South Florida, known for its alternative healthy selections that satisfy midday Mexican food cravings. Its protein supply comes from animals that are naturally and humanely raised, and 40 percent of its beans are organically grown. Yin-yang yum: The chicken burrito bowl, the most popular item on the menu, features cilantro lime rice and seasoned chicken—a great way to spice up your afternoon lunch. Good karma: Order online and save time when picking up office lunches. Contact: 561/443-5540,

Maoz vegetarian Town Center at Boca Raton, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton Green grub: Everyone loves a good falafel, but this Mediterranean spot at the food court offers nourishing vegetarian dishes that meet even the strictest dietary needs. At only 50 calories per piece, these yummy, crispy, flash-fried

chickpea balls can be tucked into a pita or topped on a salad for a lunch option packed with loads of protein and fiber. Yin-yang yum: The ever-popular falafel pita sandwich is a classic served with a choice of side dishes and sauces. Or enjoy a falafel salad for only 250 calories a dish. Good karma: Check Groupon for regular coupons and receive 10 percent off salads on Mondays. See website for details. Contact: 561/393-6269, locations/boca

the green gourMet 16950 Jog Road, Delray Beach Green grub: “From earth to the table,” the Green Gourmet boasts an eclectic array of wholesome green meal options for its shoppers. From homemade soups, breads and pastries to full lunches and dinners, green truly becomes gourmet for guests. Yin-yang yum: South Florida’s most talented chefs prepare to-go foods from scratch such as chicken meatballs, vegetable lasagna (vegan and gluten-free), turkey meatloaf sage gravy (the owner’s mom’s recipe from

childhood), fresh juices and smoothies and fresh wheatgrass. The store also offers organic wine and microbrewed beer. Good karma: For $15, you can pick any three items off the bottom shelf for a green-on-thego meal. Contact: 561/455-2466,

4th generation organic Market 75 S.E. Third St., Boca Raton Green grub: Indulge all you want in the deli section’s vast selection, with all organic and natural prepared foods. Ask for samples as you make your way around the market. Yin-yang yum: The tuna melt is a best-seller, featuring organic, farm-raised tuna and veganaise (vegan mayonnaise). Also try the raw kale salad mixed with raw cabbage and agave dressing, Memphis veggie loaf with homemade barbecue sauce, and the apple crumb pie for dessert. Good karma: Five dollars off a $50 purchase; see website for details. Contact: 561/338-9920, —Brittany ackerman

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The names will bring you in… but the food will bring you back!

Vic & Angelo’s serves up delectable, rustic Italian cuisine, including soul-satisfying house-made pastas, crispy, thin-crust pizzas, refreshing salads, fresh fish and seafood, and enticing veal and chicken dishes, in a warm and welcoming setting.

The Office is a modern American gastropub that serves delicious, gourmet comfort food, in a setting reminiscent of a luxurious home office. Menu favorites include an array of juicy burgers, inventive salads, swell sandwiches, wonderful appetizers and mouthwatering seafood, chicken and beef entrees.

• Lunch & Dinner Served Daily • • Early & Late Happy Hour at Indoor & Outdoor Bars • • Brunch Served Saturday & Sunday • • Indoor and Outdoor Dining •

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290 E. Atlantic Ave. • Delray Beach • 561-278-9570 4520 PGA Blvd. • Palm Beach Gardens • 561-630-9899

201 E. Atlantic Ave. • Delray Beach • 561-276-3600

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

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nick’s new haven-style pizzeria —2240 N.W. 19th St. Italian. Cross Naples (thin, blistered crust, judicious toppings) with Connecticut (fresh clams and no tomato sauce), and you’ve got a pretty good idea of the pies coming out Nick Laudano’s custom-made ovens. The “white clam” pizza with garlic and bacon is killer-good; Caesar salad and tiramisu are much better than the usual pizzeria fare. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/368-2900. $ pellegrino’s —3360 N. Federal Highway. Italian. The bold, brash flavors of New York-style ItalianAmerican cuisine are as in your face as a Manhattan cabbie at this low-key favorite of chef-owner Bobby Pellegrino, nephew to the clan that owns the legendary Rao’s in East Harlem. Pungent smells of garlic, anchovies, tomatoes and peppers fill the air; dishes like the rarely seen spiedini alla Romana, chicken Scarpariello and seafood spaghetti in Fra Diavolo sauce fill your belly and tantalize your taste buds. Don’t miss the house-made desserts. Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/3685520. $$$ p.f. chang’s —1400 Glades Road. Chinese. There may have been no revolution if Mao had simply eaten at P.F. Chang’s—the portions are large enough to feed the masses—and the exquisite tastes in each dish could soothe any tyrant. We particularly like the steamed fish of the day, as well as the Szechuan-style asparagus. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/393-3722. (Other Palm Beach County location: 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/691-1610) $$

piñon grill—6000 Glades Road. Contemporary

red the steakhouse —1901 N. Military Trail.

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

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

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

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


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

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renzo’s of boca —5999 N. Federal Highway. Italian. The buzzword is fresh at Renzo’s. Fish is prepared daily oreganata or Livornese style, sautéed in white wine with lemon and capers or grilled. Homemade pasta is artfully seasoned, and Renzo’s tomato sauce is ethereal. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/9943495. $$

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

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Palm Place. Italian. Sapori features fresh fish, veal and chicken dishes imbued with subtle flavors. The grilled Italian branzino, the veal chop Milan and the zuppa di pesce served over linguine are especially tasty, and the pasta (all 17 kinds!) is available in full and half orders, with your choice of 15 zesty sauces. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/367-9779. $$

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

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

tanzy—301 Plaza Real. Italian. Part of the swanky iPic Theater complex (though it does not service the theater), this handsome spot relies on quality ingredients and careful preparation instead of culinary special effects and car chases. The Parma Bar, a sort of sushi bar for meat and cheese fanatics, also does terrific ricottastuffed fried squash blossoms. Pan-seared branzino and massive bone-in veal chop are excellent, and the ethereal rosemary beignets with rosemary-olive oil gelato are luscious and cutting edge. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/922-6699. $$$ taverna kyma —6298 N. Federal Highway. Greek/ Mediterranean. Few present Greek cuisine better.

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

uncle julio’s —449 Plaza Real, Mizner Park. Mexican. Taking Tex-Mex cuisine gently upscale with better-quality ingredients and more skillful preparation, this colorful eatery offers more than the usual suspects. You can get frog’s legs and quail, as well as beef and chicken fajitas, and one of the only palatable tamales around. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/3003530. $

trattoria romana —499 E. Palmetto Park Road.

uncle tai’s—5250 Town Center Circle. Chinese. In an area with more cookie-cutter Chinese restaurants than cookies, Uncle Tai’s stands out for the elegance of its decor, the professionalism of its service and its careful preparation of familiar and less-familiar dishes. The “specialties” section of the menu has exciting dishes, like the Hunan vegetable pie, finely minced veggies sandwiched between sheets of crispy bean curd skin, and Hunan-style lamb, whose seared and succulent meat shows off the kitchen’s skill in the use of wok qi. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/368-8806. $$$

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

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

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 peoplewatching given the prime outdoor seating. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561-447-2257. $$

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dining guide vino —114 N.E. Second St. Wine Bar/Italian. An impressive wine list of some 250 bottles (all available by the glass) offers a multitude of choices, especially among Italian and California reds. The menu of “Italian tapas” includes breaded and fried artichoke hearts, and ravishing ricotta and fig-stuffed ravioli with prosciutto, balsamic syrup and brown butter. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/869-0030. $

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

phuket thai restaurant —Palms Plaza, 22191  Powerline Road. thai. It’s nothing to look at—just another little restaurant in another west Boca strip shopping center. But appearances can be deceiving; this restaurant serves excellent and authentic Thai cuisine in a cozy and unpretentious atmosphere. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/447-8863. $$ 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 inhouse, from the bread for sandwiches to the eclectic sauces to the variety of terrific sausages. Creamy cotechino, savory duck and subtly spicy “Hellswine” are among the standouts. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. Brunch  Sun. 561/883-3200. $

tempura house —9858 Clint Moore Road, #C112. Japanese/asian. Dark wood, rice paper and tiles  fill the space. An appetizer portion of Age Natsu, fried eggplant, is a consummate Japanese delicacy. Don’t  miss the ITET roll with shrimp tempura and avocado, topped with spicy mayo, tempura flakes and eel sauce. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/883-6088. $$ villa rosano —9858 Clint Moore Road. Italian. You can be forgiven for imagining yourself in some rustic Italian hill town as the smells of garlic and tomato sauce waft through the air. Start by sopping up the house olive oil with slices of crusty bread, then move on to a stellar version of clams Guazzetto and delicate  fillets of sole done a la Francese. • Lunch Mon.–Sat.  Dinner daily. 561/470-0112. $$

Boynton Beach bar louie —1500 Gateway Blvd. eclectic. Attempting to split the difference between happening bar and American café, Bar Louie mostly succeeds, offering  burgers, pizzas, fish tacos and a variety of salads, all at moderate prices and in truly daunting portions. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/853-0090. $

china dumpling—1899-5 N. Congress Ave.  chinese. The dim sum basket is an absolute must-try. A choice of signature steamed dumplings are likewise spot on. The steak kew is delicious, and the clay pot casseroles are enticing. • Lunch and dinner daily.  561/737-2782. $

prime catch —700 E. Woolbright Road. seafood. Simple pleasures soar—full-belly clams, fried sweet


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and crispy, or a perfectly grilled piece of mahi or bouillabaisse overflowing with tender fish. Don’t miss  one of the best Key lime pies around. • Lunch and dinner daily, Sunday brunch. 561/737-8822. $$

sushi simon —1614 S. Federal Highway. Japanese. Local sushi-philes jam the narrow dining room for  such impeccable nigirizushi as hamachi and uni (Thursdays), as well as more elaborate dishes like snapper Morimoto and tuna tartare. Creative, elaborate rolls are a specialty. • Lunch and dinner daily.  561/731-1819. $$

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Dinner daily. Brunch Sun. 561/278-3364. $$

75 main —270 E. Atlantic Ave. contemporary american. After a rocky start, this Atlantic Avenue sibling of Zach Erdem’s celebrity magnet Southampton parent is the equal of any restaurant in town, thanks  mostly to the work of chef-turned-restaurant doctor Mark Militello. The food is less about breaking new culinary ground than being really delicious—whether grilled artichoke with frothy lemon beurre blanc, immaculately fresh tuna tartare, or salmon with a subtly tart-sweet balsamic-honey glaze. • Lunch and dinner  daily. 561/243-7975. $$$ atlantic grille —1000 E. Atlantic Ave. seafood/

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

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  duck confit egg rolls and well-executed potato-crusted grouper. The cinnamon-dusted beignets are puffs of amazingly delicate deep-fried air and should not under any circumstances be missed. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. 

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contemporary american. This posh restaurant in the luxurious Seagate Hotel & Spa mines quality ingredients for maximum flavor. Don’t miss the summer  menu, which is available through Sept. 30. Among  the popular entrées—pan-seared sea scallops, grilled shrimp with soba noodles and pan-roasted hanger steak. The peaches and cream Belgian waffle is pure wickedness. • Lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Sat.– Sun. 561/665-4900. $$

buddha sky bar—217 E. Atlantic Ave. Pan asian. Don’t miss a meal at this stylish Asia-meets-industrial  chic spot with a view of the Delray skyline. Chineseinfluenced dim sum is inspired, while rock shrimp tempura and Wagyu tenderloin skewers with twin chimichurri sauces touch the heart and the taste buds. Veggie fried rice is exemplary thanks to the kitchen’s application of wok chi. • Dinner daily. 561/450-7557. $$

cabana el rey—105 E. Atlantic Ave. cuban tropical. Little Havana is alive and well in Delray Beach.  The menu is a palette-pleasing travelogue. Mariquitas  (fried banana chips) are a tasty way to start your meal. For dinner, seafood paella is a winner, with mussels,  shrimp, conch, octopus, scallops and clams. And the churrasco is terrific. • Lunch and dinner daily.  561/274-9090. $$ caffé luna rosa —34 S. Ocean Blvd. Italian. This

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seems to be busting out all over our little corner of paradise. As in Trader Joe’s, the California-based chain of specialty markets, known for its eclectic range of products, extensive selection of house brands, “gourmet” frozen foods, inexpensive wines (Joe’s was a prime retailer of the hugely popular “Two-Buck Chuck”) and affordable prices. Joe’s will be opening three stores in Palm Beach County sometime in 2014. Coming to Boca is a Joe’s on South Federal Highway just down the road from Royal Palm Place. Delray will see its own Joe’s in the new Delray Place shopping center at Federal Highway and Linton Boulevard; an October debut is planned. And PGA Plaza in Palm Beach Gardens is getting a Joe’s too, at the corner of Prosperity Farms Road and PGA Boulevard. Get ready to shop ’til you drop. —BIll cItara

favorite is always lively, and alfresco dining is the preferred mode. Entrée choices are enticing, but we went with the penne alla vodka with pancetta, tomato and basil. Also delicious was the costoletta di vitello, a center-cut 14-ounce veal chop lightly breaded and served either Milanese or parmigiana. For dessert, you  can’t go wrong with the cheesecake imported from the Carnegie Deli. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.  561/274-9404. $$

casa di pepe —189 N.E. Second Ave. Italian. A welcoming staff, familiar Italian dishes done right and moderate prices define this cozy spot with a spacious outdoor patio. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/279-7371. $$ ceviche tapas bar & restaurant —116 N.E.  Sixth Ave. spanish/tapas. With more than 100 different tapas, plus paellas and entrées, this cozy, bustling eatery in the old Falcon House location has all the small  plates-grazing bases covered. There’s also an equally  expansive wine list. Among the best dishes to pique  your palate are the well-made house ceviche and cooling gazpacho. The towering tres leches cake is merely divine. • Dinner daily. 561/894-8599. $$ city oyster—213 E. Atlantic Ave. seafood. This stylish mainstay of Big Time Restaurant Group serves  up reasonably priced seafood that never disappoints,

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such as crab-stuffed shrimp with jalapeño cheddar grits, bacon, shiitake mushrooms and warm vinaigrette. • Lunch Mon.–Sun. Dinner nightly. Outdoor dining. 561/272-0220. $$

homey apple cobbler. And the waterfront location just seems to make everything taste better. • Lunch Mon.– Fri. Brunch Sat.–Sun. Dinner daily. 561/665-8484. $

cut 432 —432 E. Atlantic Ave. Steak house. Hipper

This organic-healthy-sustainable eatery is all about “Doing It Green” with dishes like plump pan-seared diver scallops with pineapple-mango salsa. The different greens mixes at the salad bar are crisp and pristinely fresh. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner daily. 561/279-1002. $$

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 daily. 561/272-9898. $$$

d’angelo trattoria —9 S.E. Seventh Ave. Italian. Don’t go expecting the tired old “Italian” culinary clichés at Angelo Elia’s wickedly stylish trattoria. Instead, open your palate to more authentic and exciting Roman-style cuisine, like roasted veal bone marrow with brisk caper-parsley pesto, creamy-dreamy burrata with roasted fava beans and watercress salad, the classic tonnarelli cacio e pepe (“cheese and pepper”) and the best gelato this side of a real Roman trattoria. • Dinner daily. 561/330-1237. $$

deck 84 —840 E. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. Burt Rapoport’s ode to laid-back tropical dining is like a day at the beach without getting sand between your toes. Though the restaurant is casual, the kitchen takes its food seriously, whether the steallar flatbreads, the thick and juicy 10-ounce special blend burger or

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fifth avenue grill—821 S. Federal Highway. American. Since 1989, this upscale tavern has been a Delray favorite. The straightforward menu focuses on entrées, especially the famed Allen Brothers beef; choose from numerous cuts and preparations—and add a lobster tail for good measure. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/265-0122. $$

greek bistro —1832 S. Federal Highway. Greek. Flaky, overstuffed spanikopita and light and delicate beef meatballs should be at the top of your appetizer list, and though entrées don’t always reach those heights, both a long-braised lamb shank and grilled whole snapper are certainly satisfying. And the baklava is great. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/266-8976. $

the grove —187 N.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. Chef-partner Michael Haycook and chef Meghan O’Neal change their menu biweekly, turning

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out dishes exhilarating in their freshness, creativity and elegant simplicity. An appetizer of octopus with sun-dried tomato tapenade is merely terrific, as are rosy slices of gum-tender duck with cauliflower gratin and nickel-sized coins of crisp-chewy shiitake mushroom. • 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. $$ house of siam —25 N.E. Second Ave. Thai. The normally riotous flavors of Thai cuisine are muted at this family-friendly downtown spot, but that seems to suit diners just fine. Dishes, well-prepared and generously portioned, include steamed chicken and shrimp dumplings with sweet soy dipping sauce and crispfried duck breast in a very mild red curry sauce. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. 561/330-9191. $$ il girasole —1911 S. Federal Highway. Northern Italian. This South Florida classic is not trendy, but it offers a level of comfort and consistency that has been bringing people back for 30 years. The food is fine hearty Italian, with excellent service. Try the veal Kristy or the frogs legs. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/2723566. $$

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dining guide j&j seafood bar & grill —634 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. This local favorite on Atlantic Avenue— owned by John Hutchinson (who is also the chef ) and wife Tina—serves up everything from burgers and wraps to a menu brimming with seafood options. Don’t forget to inquire about the stunning array of 10 specials—every night. • Lunch and dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/272-3390. $$ jimmy’s bistro —9 S. Swinton Ave. Eclectic. Best

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

la cigale —253 S.E. Fifth Ave. Mediterranean. True culinary professionals turn out gently updated and classically oriented dishes notable for the quality of their ingredients and careful preparation.

Sweetbreads in chanterelle cream sauce are glorious; a barely grilled artichoke with mustardy remoulade is gloriously simple. Watching your server skillfully debone an impeccably fresh Dover sole is almost as satisfying as eating it. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/2650600. $$

lemongrass bistro —420 E. Atlantic Ave. Pan-Asian. Casually hip ambience, friendly service, moderate prices and a blend of sushi and nouveau pan-Asian fare make this a popular destination. The quality of its seafood and care in its preparation are what gives Lemongrass its edge. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/278-5050. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 101 Plaza Real S., Boca Raton, 561/544-8181; 1880 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, 561/7331344). $

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 plump Cedar Key clams with house-made tasso, savory bourbon-maple glazed pork belly, and crispy-skinned wild sockeye salmon with yuzutruffle vinaigrette. • Dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/381-9970. $$ the office —201 E. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. Your office is nothing like this eclectic gastropub, unless your office sports more than two dozen craft beers on tap and a menu that flits from burgers and fries to mussels. Don’t miss the restaurant’s winning take on the thick, juicy Prime beef burger and simply wicked maple-frosted donuts with bacon bits and two dipping sauces. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/276-3600. $$

UP yoUr alley Believe it not, local bowling lanes are delivering strikes when it comes to delicious bites and interesting fare. StrikeS at Boca Address: 21046 Commercial Trail, Boca Raton, 561/368-2177 The menu: Along with bowling alley classics like pizza and chicken tenders, Strikes’ Café offers eight gourmet flatbreads, as well as healthy alternatives such as the turkey club and tuna salad sandwich. Perfect game: The Tuscan flatbread: chicken, spinach/artichoke sauce, roasted peppers and cheese

cineBowl & Grille Address: 14775 Lyons Road, Delray Beach, 561/454-8002 The Menu: CineBowl’s Red Brick Grille at Delray Marketplace has a full-service menu beyond anything seen at a typical bowling alley, including killer barbecue dishes, specialty sandwiches and gourmet pizza.


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Perfect game: Lobster pasta and cheese: orecchiette, Maine lobster, mascarpone, spicy lobster bisque

Palm Beach Strike Zone Address: 6591 S. Military Trail, Lake Worth, 561/968-7000 The menu: Check out the surprising amount of healthy fare, including frozen bananas and almonds, salads, wraps and the grilled chicken sandwich. For those hitting the lanes early, the Strike Zone has a breakfast menu. Perfect game: BLT wrap

amF Boynton Beach laneS Address: 1190 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach, 561/734-1500 The Menu: Laneside Grill at AMF offers all your favorite finger foods, from jalapeño poppers and supreme nachos to wraps, hot dogs and more. Platters and pizzas are ideal for large groups and families. Perfect game: Philly cheesesteak: seared steak or chicken, fire-roasted peppers, onions and melted cheese

park tavern —9 S.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. The guys from Cut 432 have done it again with this hip, casual modern American tavern. The menu is tightly focused and tightly executed, whether Maryland crab cake featuring fat chunks of succulent crab or crisply sautéed pork belly with apricot mostarda. Don’t miss the behemoth slab of tender, juicy prime rib for a near-saintly $29—or the decadent soft pretzel bites, perfect for the cocktail hour munchies. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/2655093. $$

prime —110 E. Atlantic 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. • Lunch and dinner daily. 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. $$$ november 2013

sundy house —106 S. Swinton Ave. Contemporary American. “Top Chef” Lindsay Autry and pastry chef Sarah Sype have transformed the Sundy House menu into a “soulful” blend of Mediterranean flavors and Southern comfort food—served in arguably the most beautiful restaurant and gardens in Delray. Menus are seasonal and imaginative. Try the crispy whole branzini, the roasted bone marrow or any of the fresh local fish dishes. • Lunch Tues.–Sat. Brunch Sun. Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/272-5678. $$ tramonti—119 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. With its roots in New York’s Angelo’s of Mulberry Street, this venue is always packed. Homemade stuffed manicotti is aromatic and glorious. Tramonti’s platter for two, containing fillet marsala, veal cutlet with prosciutto, fried zucchini and potato croquettes, is terrific. • Dinner daily. 561/272-1944. $$

tryst —4 E. Atlantic Ave. Eclectic. It’s tough to beat this hotspot with the lovely outdoor patio, wellchosen selection of artisan beers and not-the-usualsuspect wines, and an eclectic “gastropub” menu of small and large plates. Try the crisp-fried rock shrimp with chipotle-mayonnaise sauce. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/921-0201. $$

union —8 E. Atlantic Ave. Pan-Asian. This purveyor of “Asian comfort food” has brought in wacky-maki expert Candyfish Gourmet Sushi as a restaurantwithin-a-restaurant. Salt-and-pepper calamari, pot stickers with panang curry sauce and “volcano” chicken wings are well-prepared. Candyfish’s sushi rolls blend all manner of fish and shellfish with cream cheese, fruits and veggies. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/330-4236. $$ vic & angelo’s —290 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. God is in the details at this upscale trattoria, and He doesn’t miss much, including stellar service and an outstanding wine menu. Ingredients like Buffalo mozzarella, house-made pastas and San Marzano tomatoes are first-rate, and execution is spot on. Try the “Old School” meatball to start, the wholewheat tagliatelle with garlic and chili-infused olive oil and the perfectly cooked veal chop. Portions are substantial, so expect leftovers. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/278-9570. $$$

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RECIPE GRILLED POTATO “SALAD” WITH CHORIZO AND TOMATO Courtesy of Sundy House in Delray Serves 4 2 pounds small creamer potatoes or fingerling potatoes, washed and dried 2 links Argentine-style chorizo or any type of preferred sausage 1 over-ripe beefsteak tomato 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 bunch scallions; greens sliced thin

PrEPArAtIon: Place potatoes in large pot, cover with water and season generously with salt. Bring water to boil for 3 minutes. Turn off heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Potatoes should be fork tender, but not falling apart. Remove potatoes from water and place on tray or large platter until ready to grill. Preheat grill to medium; if using charcoal, once coals have turned gray, spread out evenly and heat rack. Place chorizo or other sausage links on grill and cook, turning occasionally until cooked through. Remove from heat and cut into 1-inch slices. Set aside. Toss cooked potatoes with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and place on hot grill. Turn potatoes every couple of minutes until charred and crispy. Place grilled potatoes and sliced sausage in medium bowl. Cut tomato in half horizontally, exposing seeds. Place box grater in mixing bowl and carefully grate tomato until left with just skin in your hand. Discard skin. Add salt, pepper, vinegar and remaining olive oil to grated tomato, stirring to combine. Pour tomato vinaigrette over potatoes and sausage, gently toss to combine, and place in small bowl for serving. Garnish with sliced scallions.

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

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

outs include tempura-fried rock shrimp or calamari cloaked with a lush-fiery “spicy cream sauce.” Expect neighborly service and reasonable prices. • Lunch Tues.–Fri. Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/588-7768. $

safire asian fusion —817 Lake Ave. Pan-asian.

the station house —233 Lantana Road. Seafood.

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 stand-

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


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

discovery NINJA spINNINg sushI bAr 41 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, 561/361-8688

“Whatever floats your boat”

IF YOU GO PrIce ranGe: Sushi $5-$19 credIt cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express HOUrs: Lunch Mon.–Sat. noon to 3 p.m. Dinner daily 4:30 p.m.–1:30 a.m.

is no idle phrase at this hipster sushi bar in a Palmetto Park Road strip mall. Your sushi really does float on a boat—many little boats, each bearing a different raw fish preparation, all bouncing along a water-filled channel cut into the top of the large square sushi bar that dominates the cramped dining room. You simply pluck out what you like, and when you’re done you’re charged according to the number of color-coded plates in front of you. The lengthy menu lists all the usual sushi suspects, which are on par with those served at most local purveyors of raw fish, though much of the focus is on the insatiably popular wacky-maki rolls. I liked the crunchy-creamy Mexican roll (tempura shrimp, avocado, romaine lettuce, jalapeños, spicy mayo and eel sauce) better than the bland hamachi-jalapeño, though the jalapeño-laced tuna tartare crowned with black-dyed tobiko delivered a hot chili tingle that nicely set off the plush-textured fish. If sushi doesn’t float your boat, there’s a variety of Japanese and Asian-esque small bites, from gingery pork-filled gyoza to crisp-fried “Bang Bang” shrimp with a squirt of heat-seeking mayo, both of which should satisfy the landlubber in you. —Bill Citara


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café boulud —The Brazilian Court, 301 Australian Ave. French with American flair. This hotel restaurant gives Palm Beach a taste of Daniel Boulud’s worldclass cuisine inspired by his four muses. The chef oversees a menu encompassing classics, simple fare, seasonal offerings and dishes from around the world. Dining is in the courtyard (not available during summer), the elegant lounge or the sophisticated dining room. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/6556060. $$$ café l’europe —331 S. County Road. Current international. A Palm Beach standard, the café has long been known for its peerless beauty, the piano player, the chilled martinis and the delicious Champagne and caviar bar. Try one of its sophisticated classics like Wiener schnitzel with herbed spaetzle, grilled veal chop and flavorful pastas. • Lunch Tues.– Fri. Dinner nightly (closed Mon. during summer). 561/655-4020. $$$

chez jean-pierre —132 N. County Road. French. Sumptuous cuisine, attentive servers and a see-andbe-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. $$$ cucina dell’ arte —257 Royal Poinciana Way. italian. The wide range of items on the menu and the great quality of Cucina’s cuisine, combined with its

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rarely a dull moment at CityPlace, where the restaurant scene never seems to settle down. Newcomers of late include Tequila Cowboy Bar & Grill (550 Rosemary Ave., 561/249-2749), a country-themed bar-restaurant-music-entertainment venue, and the Brass Tap (550 Rosemary Ave., 561/3669226), a cozy, clubby beer-centric bar. The Cowboy features—you guessed it—lots of tequilas (more than 100) to go with a menu that runs from Mexican and barbecue to flatbreads and burgers. So you can snag nachos and chipotle barbecue meatballs, tacos, pulled-pork sammies, burgers with all kinds of trimmings and wild mushroom with goat cheese flatbread. In addition to three bars, a mechanical bull and a “flaming electric guitar centerpiece,” there is a stage for weekly live music, not to mention a karaoke bar called—appropriately enough—Wanna B’s. At the Brass Tap, it’s more about adult libations, starting with a roster of some 40 brews on tap and another 300 in the bottle. There’s a small wine list and a larger menu of cigars, along with a limited menu of munchies, like giant pretzels and hummus, a handful of pizzas on a pretzel dough crust, and a half-dozen or so sandwiches and panini. —Bill CiTArA

fine service, ensures a fun place for a casual yet delectable meal—not to mention being a vantage point for spotting local celebs. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Outdoor dining. 561/655-0770. $$

echo —230A Sunrise Ave. Asian. The cuisine reverberates with the tastes of China, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam. Crispy jumbo shrimp with soybean plum sauce is delectable, the Chinese hot and sour soup is unlike any other, and the Mongolian beef tenderloin is perfection. Sake list is also tops. This offsite property of The Breakers is managed with the same flawlessness as the resort. • Dinner nightly (during season). 561/802-4222. $$$ hmf—1 S. County Road. Contemporary American. Beneath the staid, elegant setting of The Breakers, HMF is the Clark Kent of restaurants, dishing an extensive array of exciting, inventive, oh-so-contemporary small plates. Don’t depart without sampling the dreamy warm onion-Parmesan dip with house-made fingerling potato chips, the sexy wild boar empanaditas, chicken albondigas tacos, Korean-style short ribs and terrific butterscotch panna cotta. The wine list is encyclopedic. Dinner daily. 561/290-0104. $$ imoto —350 S. County Road. Asian Fusion/Tapas. follow the leader

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Clay Conley’s “little sister” (the translation of Imoto from Japanese) is next to his always-bustling Buccan. Imoto turns out Japanese-inspired small plates with big-city sophistication, like witty Peking duck tacos and decadent tuna and foie gras sliders. Sushi selection is limited but immaculately fresh. The mille-crêpe cake is 20 layers of lacy, mango-sauced goodness. • Dinner daily. 561/833-5522. $$

leopard lounge and restaurant —The Chesterfield Palm Beach, 363 Cocoanut Row. American. The restaurant offers excellent food in a glamorous and intimate club-like atmosphere. In fact, it’s advisable to make early reservations if a quiet dinner is the objective; the place becomes a late-night cocktail spot after 9. The menu is equally decadent. • Breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner daily. 561/659-5800. $$ nick & johnnie’s —207 Royal Poinciana Way. Contemporary American. Expect flavorful, moderately priced California-esque cuisine in a casual setting with affordable wines and young, energetic servers. Try the short-rib or jerk chicken quesadillas as appetizers, and don’t miss the four-cheese tortellini as a main course. • Lunch and dinner Mon.–Sat. Breakfast Sun. 561/655-3319. $$

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here are some things you shouldn’t discuss if you want to keep the peace with friends and family, politics and religion chief among them. That axiom also extends to culinary issues, where barbecue and pizza have been known to cause food fights. Add chili to that list. Likely developed in the 1800s by Texas cowboys looking for a cheap, filling meal, chili since has been adopted by the rest of the country, with variations as modest as Cincinnati-style (thin, seasoned with cinnamon and other sweet spices, and served over pasta topped with onions, cheese and beans) or as hoity as L.A.’s old Chasen’s restaurant, which fed its secretrecipe chili to Hollywood celebrities for decades. Upscale or down-market, the basics remain the same: tomatoes, onions, chilies of some sort, beef, spices and (maybe) kidney beans. Since November is fall bumping up against winter, even in our balmy neck of the woods, what better time to taste our way through a few bowls to see which chili could pass the Challenge. Judging was as basic as chili itself. Taste (beef, balance and spicing of sauce, veggies), texture (thick, thin or watery), heart-warming potential (would we want to snuggle up to it on a cold fall or winter night) and value. As for keeping the peace, we’ll let you be the judge. —bill Citara taste






Maybe a half-dozen tiny cubes of beef and not many more beans could be dredged up from the ocean of thin, lifeless tomato sauce that only the most optimistic could call “chili.” $5.29.

englisH tap & beer garden

This was a pretty creditable effort, the only chili that delivered a tongue-tingling chili bite. Good thick texture, not too tomato-y, good ration of meat and beans to sauce. $5.99.


This was the best of the tasting. Thick enough to stand a fork in, it was loaded with tender beef, big chunks of onion and green pepper and the right amount of beans. The priciest at $8, but it’s a complete meal in a bowl.




Chili’s: 21078 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton, 561/391-2300


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English Tap & Beer Garden: The Shops at Boca Center, 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, 561/544-8000


Granger’s Grille: 215 N.E. Sixth Ave., Delray Beach, 561/276-7881

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

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

trevini ristorante —290 Sunset Ave. Italian. Maitre d’ Carla Minervini is your entrée to a warm experience, complemented by a stately but comfortable room and excellent food. We love the crispy fillet of herb-crusted sole in a rich, buttery sauce and the veal scallopini in a lemon caper Chardonnay sauce. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/833-3883. $$$

pAlm beACh gArdens cabo flats —11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave. mexican. Mexican cuisine often has more personas than Madonna. This highly stylized cantina adds another—that of California’s Chicano culture. All your favorite Mexican dishes are there, as well as enormous margaritas, but also niftier items like the terrific tuna ceviche in “tomatillo broth.” • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/624-0024. $ café chardonnay—4533 PGA Blvd. Contemporary American. This longtime stalwart never rests on its laurels. Instead, it continues to dish finely crafted American/Continental fare with enough inventiveness to keep things interesting. The popular herb-andDijon-mustard rack of lamb, regular menu items like duck with Grand Marnier sauce, and always superlative specials reveal a kitchen with solid grounding in culinary fundamentals. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. 561/627-2662. $$

west pAlm beACh b.b. king’s blues club —550 S. Rosemary Ave. American. The restaurant at this club-dining spot won’t leave you singing the blues, but it will leave you wishing for more than a spoonful of the lusty flavors of its Southern/New Orleans cuisine. Punch up the flavors of pan-fried catfish and shrimp with jambalaya sauce and chicken-fried chicken on a bed of mac ’n’ cheese, and you could let the good times roll. Buffalo wings, fried pickle chips and luscious banana bread pudding are good bets. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/420-8600. $

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cabana las palmas —533 Clematis St. nuevo latino. With its bold, vibrant decor and flavors, this colorful restaurant is a treat for the palette and palate. Must-orders include mariquitas, thin, crispy plantain slices that are the irresistible Cuban answer to potato chips; cookbook-perfect ceviche of shrimp, octopus and calamari that shows how chili heat can be both fiery and subtle; and the signature “Coco Cabana,” a habanero and coconut milk-infused curry with a wealth of veggies, tubers and fat, succulent shrimp. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/833-4773. $$

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

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

fuku —215 Clematis St. pan-Asian. In Japanese, the name means “good fortune”; the most fortunate among you will sample a special of thin-sliced raw scallop that you cook at your table on a hot river stone after first dunking the fish in shoyu. There’s also a commendable version of rock shrimp tempura and a pretty presentation of gado-gado, an Indonesian mixed-veggie salad with a sweetish peanut sauce for dipping. • Lunch and dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/659-3858. $$

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leila —120 S. Dixie Highway. mediterranean. Flowing drapes and industrial lighting complete the exotic decor in this Middle Eastern hit. Sensational hummus is a must-try. Lamb kebab with parsley, onion and spices makes up the delicious Lebanese lamb kefta. Take your Turkish coffee to the patio for an arguileh (water pipe) experience. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sun. 561/659-7373. $$ marcello’s la sirena —6316 S. Dixie Highway. Italian. You’re in for a treat if the pasta of the day is prepared with what might be the best Bolognese sauce ever. Another top choice is the chicken breast, pounded thin and filled with fontina and prosciutto. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. (closed Memorial Day–Labor Day). 561/585-3128. $$

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


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quaint it nice: Café society is alive and well in Lantana and Lake Worth. In Lantana’s The Moorings condo complex is the cute little Cheese & Wine Café (802 N. Dixie Highway, 561/5850123), the first restaurant effort of New York transplant Judy Hidalgo. It’s a small, simple space—white marble tables on wrought-iron bases, a counter with a growing selection of artisan cheese, a few shelves of “gourmet” food products, and a roster of salads, sandwiches and rice bowls. You’ll also find some good wines and beers.

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” or the fist-sized pair of Maryland crab cakes with irresistibly crispy sweet potato fries. • Dinner daily. 561/855-2660. $$$ top of the point —777 S. Flagler Drive. Contemporary American. The food is not only good but surprisingly adventurous, and the service is exceptional at this Intracoastal spot. Though there are plenty of steaks for the more conservative of palate and edgier offerings, like smoky grilled octopus with “Catalan salad.” • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/832-2424. $$$

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Another group of first-time restaurateurs—Natalie Boccara and daughters Ella and Audrey—has taken over the star-crossed Lake Worth location at the corner of Lake Avenue and Dixie Highway for The French House (821 Lake Ave., 561/345-2559). The cheery blue and white room channels Lake Worth’s artsy vibe, while Ella and Audrey turn out French-inspired fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, everything from pastries, sandwiches and quiche to cheese and charcuterie plates.

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nyy steak—Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 N.W. 40th St. Steak house. 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 sautéed sea bass, Maine lobster and Alaskan king crab. Don’t miss the NYY Steak 151 volcano for dessert. • Dinner Mon., Thurs.– Sun. 954/977-6700. $$$$

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

tamarind asian grill & sushi bar the tapas are equally delightful. Homemade ice cream and the chocolate chip cookies defy comparison. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/833-3406. $$

rocco’s tacos —224 Clematis St. Mexican. Big Time Restaurant Group has crafted a handsome spot that dishes Mexican favorites, as well as upscale variations on the theme and some 150 tequilas. Tacos feature house-made tortillas and a variety of proteins. Made-to-order guacamole is a good place to start, perhaps followed by a grilled yellowtail (an occasional special) with mango-pineapple salsa. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/650-1001. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, 561/416-2133; 5090 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/623-0127) $

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

forT lAUdErdAlE 15th street fisheries —1900 S.E. 15th St. Seafood. Surrounded by views of the Intracoastal, this Old Florida-style restaurant features seafood and selections for land lovers. Entrées come with soup, salad, a sorbet course and fresh breads. We love the prime rib. • Lunch and dinner daily. 954/763-2777. $$ november 2013

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

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

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

bongusto ristorante —5640 N. Federal Highway. Italian. This is a well-kept secret, featuring dishes that will meet the standards of those who savor authentic Italian. Mussels with scallions, garlic and heavy cream sauce is an appetizer highlight. Involtini capricciosi—tender-rolled veal stuffed with spinach, prosciutto and fontina cheese—is equally satiating, while the yellowtail snapper oreganatta melts in your mouth. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 954/7719635. $$ by word of mouth —3200 N.E. 12th Ave. Eclectic. It’s not just the words from the mouths of satisfied customers that make this obscurely located restaurant so consistently popular; it’s the homey, satisfying food that goes into those mouths. The menu changes, but you can always count on home cooking with a gourmet spin, like pork tenderloin with raspberry jalapeno sauce, or coconut-crusted snapper. Go all out with any of a dozen or so unique and decadent desserts, cakes and pies. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Wed.–Sat. 954/564-3663. $$

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café martorano —3343 E. Oakland Park Blvd. Italian. Standouts include crispy calamari in marinara sauce, tender meatballs and sweet-buttery scampi with huge shrimp, followed by intensely flavorful veal osso buco. Our conclusion: explosive flavor, attention to all the details and fresh, high-quality ingredients. Waiters whisper the night’s specials as if they’re family secrets. • Dinner daily. 954/561-2554. $$

café sharaku—2736 N. Federal Highway. Fusion. This Japanese-French restaurant features sophisticated offerings, from an ethereal bay scallop soufflé with an unctuous sauce Americaine to roasted duck breast with a divine port-foie gras sauce. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 954/563-2888. $$ canyon —1818 E. Sunrise Blvd. Southwestern. Billed as a Southwestern café, this twist on regional American cuisine offers great meat, poultry and fish dishes with distinctive mixes of lime, cactus and chili peppers in a subtle blend of spices. The adobe ambience is warm and welcoming, with a candlelit glow. • Dinner nightly. 954/765-1950. $$

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casa d’angelo —1201 N. Federal Highway. Italian. Many dishes are specials—gnocchi, risotto and scaloppine. The veal chop is grilled and blanketed in a thick layer of Gorgonzola. A delightful pasta entrée is the pappardelle con porcini: thick strips of fresh pasta coated in a light red sauce and bursting with slices of porcini mushrooms. • Dinner nightly. 954/564-1234. $$ chima —2400 E. Las Olas Blvd. Steaks. The Latin American rodizio-churrascaria concept—all the meat you can eat, brought to your table—is done with high style, fine wines and excellent service. The prime rib, sausages, filet mignon, pork ribs and lamb chops are very good. • Dinner daily. 954/712-0581. $$$

china grill—1881 S.E. 17th St. Pan-Asian. “Less is more” is not the mantra of this huge edition of Jeff Chodorow’s iconic nouveau pan-Asian eatery. The food, too, is all about more—more of it, more flavor and more satisfaction with dishes like plum and sesame-glazed lamb spareribs and deeply savory Korean-style kalbi beef. • Breakfast and dinner daily. 954/759-9950. $$$

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cial Blvd. Mexican. Try master chef Eduardo Pria’s pan-sautéed Florida blue crab and yellow corn cakes. As far as soups go, there’s the pasilla-chile-flavored chicken broth with fresh “epazote” (fried corn tortilla strips, sliced avocado, sour cream and homemade cheese). The pan-seared beef tenderloin filet mignon is sublime. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 954/772-4731. $$$

emunah café —3558 N. Ocean Blvd. Kosher, organic. Don’t let the New Age “spirituality” of this renovated restaurant throw you off. Instead, focus on the fresh, organic ingredients that are incorporated into inventive sushi, soups and salads and (mostly) Asianinfluenced entrées. • Lunch and dinner Sun.–Thurs. Sat. late evening hours. Closed Fri. 954/561-6411. $ il mulino —1800 E. Sunrise Blvd. Italian. This modest, unpretentious Italian restaurant doesn’t attempt to reinvent the culinary wheel. Instead, it dishes up big portions of simple, hearty, flavorful food at extremely reasonable prices. Zuppa de pesce is a wealth of perfectly cooked seafood over linguini in a light tomato-based sauce. • Lunch and dinner daily. 954/524-1800. $

indigo —Riverside Hotel, 620 E. Las Olas Blvd. Seafood. Enjoy delightful alfresco dining while sampling fresh seafood and exotic specialties. Dependable choices like ahi tuna is joined by more intriguing dishes like sea bass and salmon, and landlubbers will enjoy a selection of steaks and chops. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 954/467-0045. $$ johnny v—625 E. Las Olas Blvd. American. Johnny Vinczencz made his mark at Boca’s Maxaluna and Max’s Grille and (the former) De La Tierra at Delray’s Sundy House. Now in his own restaurant on Las Olas Boulevard, Vinczencz has evolved. As for the impressive wine list, Johnny V has more than 600 selections. • Lunch and dinner daily. Outdoor dining. 954/761-7920. $$ massagedevie_brm0913.indd 1 174 [


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shula’s on the beach —Sheraton Yankee Trader, 321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Steaks. This steak house on the beach provides what could be the best ocean view in two counties. Meat is the focus, with a compact menu of all your faves, as well as your new favorite steak, Mary Anne: two mouthwatering 5-ounce filets in a creamy cognac and shallot sauce. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 954/355-4000. $$ sublime —1431 N. Federal Highway. Vegetarian. Not only does the menu offer an alternative to animal agriculture, the company’s profits support animal welfare. The haute vegetarian cuisine delivers with dishes like mushroom ravioli and the Tuscan quiche. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 954/539-9000. $

sunfish grill—2775 E. Oakland Park Blvd. Seafood. Think inventive, sophisticated food, the kind that made the original Pompano Beach restaurant a major destination. Its take on tuna tartare is still the gold standard, and you can’t go wrong with entrées like onion-crusted salmon or the grilled Atlantic swordfish. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 954/561-2004. $$ timpano italian chophouse —450 E. Las Olas Blvd., #110. Italian. Sink yourself into oversized booths with elegant white tablecloths and prepare to dive into excellent signature bone-in steaks. The menu includes chops and a diverse array of fresh fish and pasta dishes. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. 954/4629119. $$

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dining guide American. Chef-owner Michael Wagner reinvigorates quintessentially American dishes with exacting technique and inventive flavor combos. Short ribs braised in Coca-Cola come with thick-cut onion rings and indecently rich, tarragon-laced creamed corn. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 954/927-9851. $$

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LIGHTHOUSE POINT le bistro —4626 N. Federal Highway. Global. This eclectic menu has French, Moroccan and Indian influences. Michelin-trained chef/owner Andy Trousdale prepares everything to order. We love beef Wellington (for two) and the yummy napoleon. • Dinner Tues.– Sun. 954/946-9240. $$$

seafood world —4602 N. Federal Highway. Seafood. This seafood market and restaurant, more suited to a pier, 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 Tues.–Sun. 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. The peppered sea scallops appetizer is a must, as is Café Maxx’s cheese plate. Main courses offer complex flavor profiles, such as the sweet-onioncrusted yellowtail snapper on Madeira sauce over mashed potatoes. Parts of the menu change daily. • Dinner nightly. 954/782-0606. $$$

romantico ristorante —1903 E. Atlantic Blvd. Italian. This is the perfect setting for good conversation, a glass of wine and delicious food. Fettuccine alla Romantico is hot homemade fettuccine poured into lamirage_brm1112.indd 1 176 [


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Bal harBour la goulue —Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave. French. La Goulue means “the glutton,” and this stylish brasserie offers many excuses for gluttony. Luscious foie gras presented in a green apple for one, opulent lobster risotto under shaved black truffles for a third. • Lunch and dinner daily. 305/865-2181. $$$ the palm — 9650 E. Bay Harbor Drive. steaks. The portions are giant, but you’ll surely clear your plate of 3- to 7-pound jumbo Nova Scotia lobster or a tender filet mignon. S&S cheesecake shipped from the Bronx is pure heaven. • Dinner nightly. 305/868-7256. $$$

coconut grove bizcaya grill—Ritz-Carlton, 3300 S.W. 27th Ave. european-american. The versatile menu features “simply grilled” items. The boldly flavored menu also offers “house specialties,” contemporary takes on bistro fare. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 305/644-4670. $$

coral gaBles caffe abbracci —318 Aragon Ave. italian. The dining room is handsome and understated, a fitting ambience for Miami’s movers and shakers. That’s just part of the draw of Abbracci, though the regional Italian fare has achieved its own status as some of the best in the Gables. You can’t go wrong with the porcini risotto or the pounded veal chop “tricolore.” • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 305/441-0700. $$ follow the leader

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dining guide la palme d’or—The Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave. French. Chef Philippe Ruiz emphasizes modern French fare from the southern regions of France, doing so with classic technique and light-handed manner. The portions are relatively small, encouraging five courses, and guests may design their own custom tastings, with a wide variation in price. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 305/445-1926, ext. 2400. $$$$

ortanique on the mile—278 Miracle Mile. Caribbean. Menu highlights include tropical mango salad, spicy fried calamari salad, Caribbean ahi tuna with wasabi potatoes and jerk-spiced Cornish game hen. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 305/446-7710. $$$

pascal’s on ponce—2611 Ponce de Leon Blvd. French. When Pascal Oudin ran the kitchen at the Grand Bay Grand Café, his tropical take on French cuisine earned him national acclaim. Now, he offers a more streamlined, but still contemporary, French menu. We definitely suggest the sea scallops, which are topped with short ribs and served with truffle sauce. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.– Sat. 305/444-2024. $$$$

miami azul—500 Brickell Key Drive. Contemporary american. The kitcheon tricks out its luxurious Asian-EuropeanContemporary American menu with flashes of “molecular gastronomy.” Look for dishes like brioche-crusted

yellowtail snapper with cuttlefish, chorizo brandade and squid ink “charcoal.” While looking out over the stunning expanse of Biscayne Bay from the chic, elegant dining room, look over the equally stunning wine list, which reads like an encyclopedia of the world’s great vintners. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 305/913-8288. $$$$

michael’s genuine food & drink—130 N.E. 40th St. american. At James Beard award-winning chef Michael Schwartz’s unpretentious restaurant, you’ll get plenty of genuine satisfaction from genuinely delicious food, exactingly prepared and simply presented. Wood-roasted double yolk farm egg and crispy pork belly are divine. Surprisingly, all the desserts from rock star pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith aren’t rock-star quality, but dining here is such a genuine pleasure it almost doesn’t matter. • Lunch Mon.– Sat. Dinner nightly. Brunch Sun. 305/573-5550. $$ michy’s—6927 Biscayne Blvd. Contemporary american. There’s a lot to like about Michy’s. Dishes like creamy truffled polenta with poached egg and bacon are lovely. The wine list is exciting and exceptionally well-chosen, and service is on a level rarely seen in South Florida restaurants. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. Entrées 305/759-2001. $$$

a good wine list. • Lunch Tues.–Fri. Dinner Tues.–Sun. Prix fixe six-course menus. 305/859-2228. $$$$

versailles restaurant & bakery—3555 S.W. Eighth St. Cuban. Versailles has been one of Calle Ocho’s most popular restaurants since 1971. This is good-to-thelast-black-bean Cuban with a menu the size of the Old Testament. It’s also one of the better people-watching spots in town. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 305/444-0240. $

miami beaCh barton g. the restaurant—1427 West Ave. Contemporary american. Barton G., an event impresario with a flair for serious theatrics, has fashioned his unique restaurant with fun and interesting fare. Choices include popcorn shrimp—served with real popcorn in a movietheater container. Desserts look like props from “Pee Wee’s Playhouse.”• Dinner nightly. 305/672-8881. $$$

romeo’s café—2257 S.W. Coral Way. Northern italian.

casa tua—1700 James Ave. Northern italian. This 1925 Mediterranean Revival property with an oft-changing menu showcases simple, sophisticated ingredients that typify the best of Italian cooking. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. Outdoor dining. 305/673-1010. $$$$

There is no menu per se. After ascertaining your food allergies and preferences, Romeo will dazzle you with six courses. We loved the lightly breaded sea bass with lima beans, the risotto with scallops and cilantro, and the penne with capers and porcini mushrooms. Excellent service and

escopazzo—1311 Washington Ave. italian. Escopazzo is consistently cited as the best Italian restaurant on South Beach—and bills itself as organic, with a raw foods component on the menu. Pasta is the star here, hand-rolled






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and tossed with far more alluring partners than meatballs or clams—as in pumpkin ravioli with white-truffle cream sauce and pappardelle with buffalo-meat ragoût. • Dinner nightly. 305/674-9450. $$

joe’s stone crab—11 Washington Ave. Seafood. You’re likely to wait a few hours for the privilege of getting a taste of old Florida (not to mention the best stone crabs on the planet). But it’s worth it. Fried oysters, lyonnaise potatoes, creamed spinach and Key lime pie are other specialties. • Lunch Tues.–Sat. Dinner nightly in season. Dinner Wed.–Sun., mid-May–July (Closed Aug., Sept. and half of Oct.). 305/673-0365. $$$

ola at sanctuary—1745 James Ave. Nuevo Latino. Creative ceviches are a signature of chef Douglas Rodriguez, none better than a mix of shellfish with octopus “salami.” Foie gras and fig-stuffed empanadas turn the humble into haute, as does the sublime pork with blacktrumpet mojo. • Dinner nightly. 305/695-9125. $$$$ osteria del teatro—1443 Washington Ave. Italian. The exceptional Northern Italian cuisine at this restaurant has been consistently ranked among the best in Miami Beach. • Dinner nightly. 305/538-7850. $$$

sardinia—1801 Purdy Ave. Italian. The food is exactingly prepared, extraordinarily fresh and always delicious. Whether a selection of high-quality salumi, tube-like macaronis with veal meatballs in a lusty tomato sauce, or superb salt-baked branzino, dishes deliver the kind of

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dining guide soulful satisfaction all the “fusion cuisine” in the world can’t match. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 305/5312228. $$$

smith & wollensky—1 Washington Ave. Steaks. Cruise ships pass by large picture windows, while a stream of waiters carry thick, juicy, dry-aged steak—filet mignon, prime rib, N.Y. sirloin and rib-eye. Creamed spinach and onion rings are textbook sides. • Lunch and dinner daily. 305/673-2800. $$$$

sushisamba dromo—600 Lincoln Road. Eclectic. Blend the influence of Japanese immigrants on Peruvian and Brazilian cuisines, add a dollop of Caribbean and a dash of South Florida, and you’ve got exciting and satisfying food. Sushi doesn’t get any more glamorous than when combining ahi with shiso leaf and a slab of foie gras. • Lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 305/673-5337. $$$

yuca—501 Lincoln Road. Cuban. Young Cuban Yuca still packs them in—mostly because it remains one of the only places on Miami Beach to partake of upscale Cuban cuisine. There are plenty of old favorites from which to choose—like guava-glazed, barbecued baby-back ribs—and they still delight. • Lunch and dinner daily. 305/532-9822. $$

MiaMi LakES shula’s steak house —7601 Miami Lakes Drive. Steaks. The coach with the most wins in National Football League history has a very straightforward game plan when it comes to food—large steaks and tasty sides. Classic cuts include a 32-ounce prime rib served on the bone, a 24- or 48-ounce porterhouse and a 16-ounce New York sirloin. 305/8208102. (Other location: Alexander Hotel, 5225 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/341-6565.) $$$

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South MiaMi two chefs —8287 S. Dixie Highway. Continental american. Owner/chef Jan Jorgensen is Florida’s answer to Wolfgang Puck, putting out exquisite California-style cuisine. The menu changes seasonally. Don’t miss the chocolate and Grand Marnier soufflé. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sat. 305/663-2100. $$$

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Sunny iSLES timó —17624 Collins Ave. italian. This stylish spot offers great twists on classic and not-so-classic Italian fare. Favorites include thin-crust pizzas from a woodburning oven and crispy oysters with pancetta and white beans. A tasting menu is available (wine extra), and desserts feature Italian themes with tropical notes, such as the macadamia nut brittle with gelato, caramelized bananas, pineapple and toasted coconut. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 305/936-1008. $$

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Where: Boca Raton About the event: More than 100 attendees joined Angela Lutin for the launch of her Essentially Haute Capsule Collection of clothing. The event was held at Salvatore Principe’s art gallery, where guests enjoyed food catered by Potions in Motion and live entertainment by DJ Ross Bielejeski.

[ 1 ] Denise Zimmerman and Angela Lutin [ 2 ] Ryan Lieber, Dave Aizer, Marissa Bagg and Ashleigh Walters [2]




south Florida science center and aquarium

Where: West Palm Beach About the event: Thousands of people gathered for the grand opening of the expanded South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. City officials, supporters and patrons attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony and “Free Community Day” to mark SFSCA’s first major renovation since 1969. The building, which increased in size by 75 percent, now includes a 4,000-square-foot aquarium, new exhibits and upgraded amenities. photo credit: Lucien Capehart Photography

[ 3 ] Kiera Vanna and Shelly Vanna [ 4 ] Matthew Lorentzen and Lew Crampton [ 5 ] Lois Frankel and Shelly Albright

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Honor for THe Addison

Where: Boca Raton About the event: The American Academy of Hospitality Services (AAHS) honored The Addison with its prestigious Five Star Diamond Award, making it the first special event and catering venue in South Florida to earn that accolade. Local dignitaries and the president of AAHS, Joe Cinque, were on hand to celebrate at The Addison’s famed dining room and banyan-covered courtyard.

[ 1 ] Alex Cossio, Susan Whelchel and Nicole Vega [ 2 ] Jennifer Smith, Irv Slosberg, Constance Scott and Susan Haynie [ 3 ] Patrick Duffy and Joe Cinque





MAn & WoMAn of THe YeAr

Where: Boca Raton About the event: The Palm Beach Area chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society honored the participants in its annual fundraising campaign with an event attended by more than 230 people at Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club. Jesse Stoll of AEG Live raised $40,000 to claim South County Man of the Year honors; Kristina Olsen of Merrill Lynch, who raised more than $48,000, earned recognition as Woman of the Year. All told, the 10 participants raised some $282,000 for LLS.

[ 4 ] Isabel Nagy and Bruce Steinberg [ 5 ] Jesse Stoll and Kristina Olsen


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Saint Andrew’s School was honored to host the annual Round Square International Conference on our campus, October 6-12, 2013. The Round Square association of schools focuses on IDEALS – International Mindedness, Democracy, Environmental Awareness, Adventure, Leadership, and Service. The scope of this international conference reached around the globe bringing together nearly 1000 students and school leaders from nearly 100 schools on 6 continents. The conference theme, Waves of Change, challenged young people to enact positive change in their communities and around the world. During their seven days in Boca Raton, the delegates were inspired by keynote speakers and panels and participated in dynamic collaborative activities on campus and in the greater South Florida community. We thank our conference sponsors for their generous support.

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Charitable Foundation

thank you to the greater BoCa raton ChamBer of CommerCe for their suPPort and assistanCe

out&about Charmed by Charity


Where: Palm Beach About the event: Alex & Ani on Worth Avenue played host to the inaugural fundraising effort for Place of Hope at the Haven. More than 60 people attended “Charmed by Charity,” a mixer that featured steel-drum music, appetizers from Cha Chas and a silent auction. Alex & Ani donated 15 percent of all sales to Place of Hope, which provides family-style foster care, family outreach and intervention, transitional housing and much more for abused, abandoned and neglected children.

[ 1 ] Daniella Gibson and Mallory McDulin [ 2 ] Layne Reynolds, Laura Begnoche, Tami Rowe, Lisa McDulin and Stephanie Koch [ 3 ] Alvaro Daniel Alberttis, Donna Missing and Douglas McPherson





Container Store Preview Where: Town Center at Boca Raton About the event: The nation’s leading retailer of storage and organization products opened its 61st store with a private preview party. Some 1,500 guests browsed the 21,000-square-foot space, enjoying Champagne and hors d’oevres from Puff-n-Stuff Catering. The Container Store contributed $13,000 from its opening-weekend sales to the Junior League of Boca Raton.

[ 4 ] Garrett Boone, Crystal McMillin, Carrie Lorey and Melissa Collins [ 5 ] Custodia Olivieri, Erica Reuter, Kelly Martin and Wendy Viau


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How were you cHosen for tHe inauguration? and How Has your life cHanged as a result? It’s still a little bit of a mystery. I prefer to follow my romantic musings that the president and the first lady would lie in bed reading my books or something like that. I was always attracted to his life story and books, and I can’t help but think that the president was attracted to my work in the same way. He’s had the same questions of home and cultural identity that I had. I think that’s part of it, I would dare say. No other moment in poetry is as powerful as connecting America with poetry, to people who would ordinarily never listen to a poem or haven’t read a poem since high school. It’s just been amazing; I feel so blessed. I haven’t stopped. I’ve racked up over 100 readings now. I’ve been getting commissions to write more occasional poems [including one for Boston Strong]. ... I’m trying to get a view on the greater good out of this, how we can revamp how poetry is taught in terms of

was tHere a moment during tHe inauguration tHat stood out from tHe rest—one tHat made you want to pincH yourself?

being swept away in the emotion of the ceremony, which was really powerful. That was something I was not expecting. The American idea was so palpable. And the question of home: I felt then that I had been home all along. That’s why I read the poem so strongly. When I stepped to the podium and the vice president shook my hand, it was almost like he was welcoming me to my country, saying to me in my head, “This is your country, this is your story.”

There was one very quiet moment. On inauguration day, you have to be ready at 8 in the morning. I went downstairs to the little terrace off the lobby to look over the poem one last time. As I am reading over it, the sun had just started to peek above the skyline. The sun was glaring into my face and on the page, and I was reading the first line, “One sun rose on us today.” And I’m not too much of a mystic, but this was pretty much a sign that this is how it was meant to be in this world. I tucked the poem away and said, “We’re good.” The other moment was on the platform––

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november 2013

speedbumps [ by marie speed ]

Dance Lessons

One silly summer cOntest had much mOre tO teach than the Quickstep.


[ 1 ] Donations. Money. And from people I care deeply about. Every week I would look at the list of people who sent money or bought seats in my name to the George Snow Foundation event and it was like a list of people I loved, and who loved me back. Sure, they recognized the great work this organization does, but they also recognized the fact that I was going out on a (very big) limb. These were people from as far back as college and junior high, my best friends here and now, and from all over the country. They were new friends, office colleagues, friends I didn’t know I even had. It moved me more than they know. I still can’t believe it.

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[ 2 ] The other dancers. It was weird how quickly I became attached to a group of people I had barely known before. As the weeks wore on, we were there for each other. I will never forget Tony’s unflagging encouragement, Chris’ steady affection, Dorothy and I getting spray tanned before dinner, Marie blinging up my costume and offering advice, Robyn sending me heartfelt good wishes, Mark gathering us for happy hour and Gary’s hard work and support. These people will always be very special to me. They were a gift.

Lacey Lin PhotograPhy

can’t remember a Thanksgiving James when someone didn’t ask everyone Brann and the author around the table what they were cutting a rug thankful for. One year someone said he was thankful that the FloridaGeorgia game was only four quarters long. Another year it was not being audited by the IRS. For me this year it’s easy. It was spending my summer getting ready to do something I was terrified to do—and then doing it. The Boca Ballroom Battle already seems like ancient history, but as the months go by, I am beginning to understand why something as superficial as a ballroom dancing contest mattered so much. I’m not talking about winning or losing; anyone who agonizes over that shouldn’t be dancing for a charity in the first place. I am talking about bigger stuff. All the things that come with facing fear and misgivings and self-doubt—and then overcoming them. These are just a few of the gifts that I received this summer when I dressed up like a burlesque queen of a certain age with way too much makeup and spanxed to the max. Here’s what I got:

[ 3 ] My office. I have already told them they were the reason my legs did not buckle when I walked onto the dance floor. When I saw them all there waving signs with my face on them, hollering, David Brooks smiling ear to ear, I knew there were people literally in my corner. There was no way I was going to miss a step.

And there is so much more. My handsome and patient dance partner and teacher, James Brann; Fotis Papamichael, who tried valiantly to whip me into shape; generous women like Yvonne Boice and Wendy Larson who went above and beyond; John Shuff and Kelly Husak, who were the two people who cinched the deal—the list is endless. It is Tim Snow who did not give up on me and all the people who believed I could do something so far beyond my range that I did it. People who did not see that I was clearly too old or too chubby or too clumsy; they saw someone else, and they helped her step out on a dance floor— leaving the fear behind her for a change. This is what I am most grateful for, and it is the thing I cannot articulate. This year at Thanksgiving I will be thinking of all the ways one summer became a reason to be grateful, and to celebrate all the people I love. This is, after all, what really matters. That and a few magical spins around a dance floor. [ ]


my turn

[ by john shuff ]

GIVING THANKS, 2013 Being grateful for life’s little lessons.

“When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” G.K. Chesterton


was a moody kid, a contrarian, prone to venting my frustrations on my dad. He didn’t let me get away with all that complaining, fixing his steely blue eyes on me and saying time and time again, “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.” It is a sentiment that has resonated with me for a lifetime, especially this time of year—16 words that always manage to remind me what I am grateful for. They put my life into perspective and have helped to define who I am. In the winter of 1988, I made up my mind to learn how to ski. Unable to walk, I joined a program at Park City Handicapped Sports (known today as The National Ability Center). My instructor was a Vietnam vet whose right leg had been blown off by a land mine. After strapping me into my “sit ski,” he tethered himself to the rear of it and off we went. The run down the mountain’s trails was thrilling and exhilarating. At age 48, it was an experience that I would never trade for anything. However, what defined the experience was not the run down the mountain; it’s what happened in the locker room afterward. This crowded space was not filled with your typical après-ski crowd. There was a young woman with slurred speech and jerky movements, the result of a head injury; a youngster with cerebral palsy; a smiling teenage blind girl who was being assisted by one of the volunteers. I remember how my instructor exchanged his heavy ski prosthesis for his regular one. The stump left by the surgeons was red and irritated, but he never complained about his discomfort as he methodically placed his swollen stump into his prosthesis, his lifeline to walking. I’ll never forget that day. Parents hugged their kids as they came into the room from the slopes. Everyone acted as if they had just climbed Mount Everest, the sense of accomplishment radiating from their wind-blown faces. That day was my epiphany, when I really understood what my


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the author (right), with help from instructor Peter Badewitz, participates in the ski program at since-renamed Park City Handicapped sports.

dad was telling me with his 16-word admonition. It was the day that I realized that I had made it down that mountain—made it down the slope of adversity—with children and young adults who would never enjoy the experiences that I had before being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It was the day I saw how each of us coped with our handicaps, scuttling feelings of self-pity and concentrating on selfesteem. This Thanksgiving and every day you live, thank God you can see the sunlight when you awaken, as there are many who are blind. When you sit down to a meal give thanks, for there are many who are hungry. Give thanks for your family and your friends, for many are alone. Give thanks for your job and co-workers, for there are many with no job. Thank God for his most precious gift, your life. Treasure it each day, and take nothing for granted. Find your way down the mountain no matter how difficult. And cherish the journey.

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