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Celebrate Summer 2012


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contents [ july/august/september 2012 ]

[ your town - your magazine ]

editor’s letter [ 10] Summer heats up and we get our town back. By Marie Speed

on the avenue [ 11]

Running aground on a sandbar with drinks, family-friendly summer fare, cool biking gear, the Park Tavern boys and much, much more! By Bill Citara, ChelSea Greenwood, CaSSie Morien and John thoMaSon

style [ 23 ] 23

Neon brights light up summer fashion and accessories. photoGraphy By aaron BriStol

dine [ 26 ]

Dennis Max is the ultimate comeback kid—with three new hit restaurants. By Bill Citara

play [ 30 ]

Rediscover the classic—and challenging—Delray Beach Public Golf Course. By Kevin KaMinSKi

up close [ 32 ]

Meet an artist who never stops and a woman with a wild and wonderful job. By John thoMaSon


florida summer fun guide [ 46 ]

It’s the best time of the year! Kick off your shoes and dive into South Florida summer, from nearby getaways to luxury resorts to everyday vacation diversions. By ChelSea Greenwood, riCh pollaCK, Marie Speed and John thoMaSon

out & about [ 60 ]

The season wraps up with parties and tastings and innovative fundraisers.

dining guide [ 73 ]

Savor Delray’s review-driven guide to great local dining.

my turn [ 80 ]


The writer weighs in on his own love story. By John Shuff

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Where to go, what to do and see in Delray Beach. Please submit information regarding fundraisers, art openings, plays, readings, concerts, dance or other performances to editor Marie Speed ( Deadline for entries in an upcoming calendar section is three months before publication (e.g., to list an event in July/ August, submit info by April 20).

[ dining guide ]

Our independent reviews of restaurants in Delray Beach. A fine, reliable resource for residents and tourists. For more information, contact Marie Speed.

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And everyone’s favorite summertime party is the fifth annual BoCa’s Ballroom BaTTle, a competition modeled after TV’s “Dancing With The Stars” that showcases community leaders shaking a leg for charity—in this case, the George Snow Scholarship Fund. This year’s dancers are: Bob Gittlin, President, JKG Group; Beth Osborne, Community Volunteer; Kristin Calder, Public Relations Director, Bethesda Hospital Foundation; Richard Pollock, CEO/ President, YMCA South Palm Beach County; Fernando X. Rodriguez, VP, Premier Relationship Manager, HSBC Bank; Lisa Pechter, philanthropist; Peter Baronoff, Chairman/CEO, Promise Healthcare; Robin Rubin, community volunteer and instructor at the FAU School of Social Work DaTe: May 17 Time: 6 p.m. priCe: $150 Call: 561/347-6799; typically a soldout event so call now; a few sponsorships are still available.


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[ editor’s letter ]

By Marie Speed

summertime Full moons and fun


admit feeling a little abandoned at first when all the snowbirds leave. It doesn’t matter that I do not know any of them, and that I have no desire to pack up and ride the auto train to Indiana or New Jersey or Ohio—it’s just that empty feeling you get, like you’re the last person at the party, or that your invitation got lost in the mail. All that pretty well disappears, however, once we get past that post-Easter exodus into real summer. And real Florida people love summer. In this issue, we provide you with a pretty comprehensive primer on how you, too, can love summer here—if you don’t already. Where else can you have drinks with a mermaid? Fly a kite that looks like a Guernsey cow? Dive a wreck—or get wrecked in a dive? South Florida is made for summer—between all the water sports, the long days, the drop in traffic and crowds, the short drive to a whole galaxy of different planets, from Miami to Mount Dora. Not to mention four full moons: the Buck Moon (July), Sturgeon Moon and Corn Moon (August) and the Harvest moon in September. That many full moons pack enough madness for anyone to have a good time this summer. Between our “where to go” and “what to do” guide to summer fun, and the fact that we get to live in Delray instead of, say, Branson, Mo., it is clear that you have all the tools you need to have yourself a memorable summer. We will see you around town, and we hope you enjoy your summer issue of Delray Beach magazine.

5 (MORE) things i lOvE abOut DElRay bEach: 1. Watching the boats go by when I’m sitting at Deck 84 2. The Thai wrap at Marianne Gourmet Shop 3. The Hemingway pictures at 50 Ocean 4. Stories from Dottie Patterson at the Delray Beach Historical Society 5. The Trouser Shop



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hot summer deals & drinks

Summertime iS when we kick it back a notch— unless you live in Delray, which kicks it UP a notch. We’ve got some cool new watering holes— and more on the way. Tuesday night is now doowop night at the Seagate, Putt’n Around has some summer specials and what about that groovy new Sand Bar? The heat is on—so dive into summer!

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the heat is on It’s summertime, and the livin’ is easy— don’t miss a minute of it! By chelsea greenwood


Looking for a place to chill this summer? Try BurgerFi. Although this oceanfront spot is known for its burgers, hot dogs and craft beers, we like to stop by for its frozen custard, a dense, creamy treat that will especially appeal to the Midwestern transplants among you. Made fresh every two hours with simple ingredients—cream, sugarcane, eggs, natural flavors— the custard is served up in shakes, malts, floats, cows, cups, cones and sundaes. We prefer the “concretes,” in which the custard is blended with mix-ins. Design your own or opt for choices like Key lime (which contains an entire slice of said pie) or the Beach Blast, with chocolate truffle cookie dough and peanut butter. Or order one off the “secret menu”—if you can find it. (6 S. Ocean Blvd., 561/278-9590,


School’s out for summer and Putt’n Around is ready. Summer specials include the “Golf’n for Grades” program, a goodgrade incentive program that rewards children for their As and Bs with either free golf or a discounted round of golf for $5.30. Also, check out the field trips that include freezer pops and activity coloring sheets, and, for those hot summer days, a weekday morning special from 10 a.m. to noon featuring 36 holes for the price of 18. Finally, there is a frequent putter program with a card that gets stamped with each purchased round of golf— leading to an eventual free round. Check the website for other specials. (350 N.E. Fifth Ave., 561/450-6162,


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Who says Tuesday night is for leftovers and bad TV? A whole lot of people have discovered something much more interesting down at the Atlantic Grille at the Seagate, where an oldies doo-wop band is taking over the night. Joey Dale, a well-known former bandleader from Brooklyn, moved to South Florida in 1995 after he retired, but started this group about five years ago. Today, Dale, Peter Cannata, Ralph Rati and Michael White make up Joey Dale & the Gigolos—a Tuesday night phenomenon in Delray. The group plays all oldies, including a signature song from the Duprees, “You Belong To Me, ” which never fails to get everyone on their feet. If you aren’t there by 6:30, it’s likely you won’t get a seat; by 8 p.m., the crowd is all the way to the sidewalk. Why the frenzy? “We play all the right songs,” Dale says. “They reminisce. They are songs people love.” Joey Dale & the Gigolos will be at the Seagate (1000 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/665-4800) all summer on Tuesday nights starting at 8 p.m. Joey Dale (in hat) & the Gigolos


Beat the heat at one of the coolest new spots on the Avenue, Union, an “Asian fusion gastrolounge.” While the cool South Beach-style decor and modern Asian fare are a draw, we like the inventive cocktail menu. At both the indoor and outdoor bars, Union offers up a selection of house-infused vodkas (such as marshmallow and yellow Skittles) and liquid desserts like the s’mores martini. For an extra touch of kitsch, you may find a vodka-infused gummi bear or a cloud of cotton candy topping off your drink. If you prefer a fruity concoction, we recommend The Kiwi, a light and refreshing cocktail that’s perfect for calorie counters (it checks in at only 208). Enjoy it on the lanternlit patio while catching a retro movie on the projector screen. (8 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/330-4236,


While we don’t want to ruin the cachet of our favorite new neighborhood hangout, we just had to share. Chef-restaurateur Chrissy Benoit, former owner of the much beloved Havana Hideout in Lake Worth, recently opened The Little House in a 1940s-vintage Ruth Jones cottage that was transplanted by the Boynton Beach CRA to downtown as part of its preservation program. The focus is on boutique beers (and meads!) as well as eclectic small plates under $10. With preserved Dade County pine, copper lighting and a huge stone fireplace, the interior is rustic and cozy. But this unassuming venue has an innovative twist: “You [can] play the jukebox, order drinks and pay your tab without ever leaving your seat,” Benoit says about the restaurant’s mobile technology. “It’s my signature style—fun, relaxed, good service and food—in a communal setting,” she says. “We have games, live music, movie nights, brew-offs, smokin’ Sundays—cool stuff to have fun together as a community.” (Southwest Fourth Street and Ocean Avenue, Boynton Beach)


The Kiwi 1/4 ounce lemon juice 1/5 ounce simple syrup 3 slices kiwi, peeled 3/4 ounce nigori sake 1.5 ounces Ultimat vodka Muddle lemon juice, simple syrup and kiwi. Add sake and vodka. Add ice, shake and pour into 14-ounce glass.

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Just in time for summer, those forward-thinking Ocean Properties folks have opened the The Sand Bar adjacent to Boston’s where the old Bermuda Inn once stood. Inspired in part by the smash hit and super tropical Guanabanas in Jupiter, The Sand Bar is an openair bar and restaurant (Kerry Morrissey of Ocean Properties calls it an “adult playground”) complete with a weathered “fishing village” façade, an old-time “distillery” and lots of stranded-on-a-desert-island charm, complete with sand between your toes. It’s across from the beach, and offers the kind of seaside hang-out this town has never had before. The Sand Bar specializes in rum concoctions and vintage cocktails, drinks with names like Mango Tango Slush or Key Lime Koolada, or the Surf Side Zombie (three kinds of Bacardi with OJ, pineapple juice, apricot brandy simple syrup and lime squeeze). You can even build your own mojito. The menu is succinct but covers all the bases, from Caesar salads and conch fritters to burgers, peel-and-eat shrimp, and an excellent mahi sandwich. The food is a step above, the service excellent, and the breezes off the ocean just what we need. Welcome to our new summer place—we’ll see you there.


From left: Anne Henderson and Joanne Luckman


Two Palm Beach County moms have just launched an Internet food business—customizable gift baskets—with some of the proceeds aimed at benefiting the American Cancer Society. Say It With Soups founders Joanne Luckman from Boynton Beach and Anne Henderson from Delray announced the launch of their company this spring. “It was important for us to find a way to give back with this company,” says Luckman, a Boynton Beach resident. “As a cancer survivor, I know how much it meant to receive thoughtful meals postsurgery. It nourished my recovery and my family, and it meant so much to me that someone had taken the time to share their concern for me.” Basket options, which range from Get Well or Away at School to New Baby or Sympathy, offer such add-ons as locally baked goods, vintage soup spoons, bath salts and candles, and baby items like bibs and bath mitts. With a spotlight on wholesome ingredients and tailored, ecofriendly packaging, the new company will ship two 32-ounce jars of their six varieties of soup, along with other specialty items, from their Boynton Beach kitchen. “Our delicious soups say that you are thinking of them in a special way—with fresh tastes of home, delivered right to their door,” says Henderson. “It’s like sending a hug in a bowl.” To order Say it With Soups, visit the company’s website at or call 561/729-7687.

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Four Family-Friendly events you won’t want to miss! CiTy of Delray BeaCh July 4Th CeleBraTion What: Join the city in celebrating our country’s birthday with fireworks, food and more. Where: downtown Delray Beach When: July 4, 2–10 p.m. info: Delray yaChT CruiSeS’ fourTh of July CruiSe What: Enjoy a stellar view of the Delray fireworks as you cruise the Intracoastal. Also on board: live entertainment, a cash bar and dinner. Where: departing from Veteran’s Park, 801 E. Atlantic Ave. When: July 4, 7 p.m. info: 561/243-0686, BookS, BeaCh anD BarBeCue What: Join in the fun of the Delray Beach Public Library’s Centennial Celebration with a barbecue and bar poolside, as well as a provolleyball player demo on the beach. Where: Delray Beach Club When: Aug. 18, 4–8 p.m. info: 561/266-0775 TaSTemakerS of Delray BeaCh What: This popular restaurant crawl, sponsored by Boca Raton and Delray Beach magazines, gives foodies a taste of Delray’s top spots—all for $30! Where: downtown Delray Beach When: Aug. 9–10, 7–10 p.m. info:


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Enjoy family fun activities fit for pirates and princesses over this swashbuckling weekend. Pirates & PJs will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and Pirate/Princess Funday runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The cost is $10 for adults; kids are admitted free with adult paid admission. Presented in partnership with Blue Bell Ice Cream. Cornell Museum of Art & American Culture at Old School Square 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach 561/243-7922



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The Cut 432 team crafts a classic— but hip—neighborhood tavern. By Bill Citar a

Cut 432 is not your granddaddy’s steak house. And Park Tavern is not your granddaddy’s tavern. Not much surprise there, as the trio of smart young restaurateurs who gave the clubby old steak house a hip transfusion could certainly be expected to do the same thing to the neighborhood watering hole. And that’s exactly what Brian Albe, Brandon Belluscio and Anthony Pizzo did. The trio has been pretty much golden ever since leaving the long-defunct Pranzo in Mizner Park (where Pizzo was the chef and Albe and Belluscio were tending bar) in 2005. A year later they opened Vertical 114, a wine bar with a coolly urban vibe, that has since been sold. In 2008 they opened Cut, which immediately attracted a big slice of local carnivores, so much so that 18 months ago they expanded into the next-door storefront. But they wanted something more ... and a little bit less. What they wanted was a “neighborhood restaurant that focused on local ingredients, small-production wines, craft beers,” Albe says, one with lower prices and a more casual 16

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atmosphere, with a roster of nifty mixological cocktails that have become Albe’s specialty, and with the kind of broad appeal that could lend itself to multiple outlets. So when the short-lived Carlos & Pepe’s on Southeast Second Avenue became available, the partners snapped it up, took the building down to the studs (“the only thing left was the [kitchen] hood,” Albe says), spent four months creating a space that ever-so-carefully reimagined the classic American tavern and began welcoming customers in January. And a welcoming space it is, from the brick-paved patio under a retro red neon sign fronting Atlantic Avenue to the interior with its indoor-outdoor bar, walls of reclaimed Chicago brick and wood planks from old pallets, trendy industrial light fixtures with old-fashioned Edison bulbs, and a giant rustic American flag painted by bartender Matty O’Connell. The Tavern’s beverages, however, are thoroughly modern, with Albe’s creative, elaborately crafted mixological cocktails—like the nouveau Bloody Mary with Hendrick’s gin, cucumber water, house-made Bloody Mary

mix, lemon juice, cucumber slices and blue cheese-stuffed olives—a staple of the bar. Juices are all fresh-squeezed, and infusions, syrups and bitters are all made in-house. Albe is picky enough about details to keep those juices in recycled wine bottles, as he feels the usual plastic bar bottles can impart off flavors. More than 50 wines by the glass are offered, most from small boutique American producers, including such lesser-known and distinctive wines as the 2008 Scholium Project “Choepheroi” and 2007 Donum Pinot Noir. There’s a selection of more than two dozen beers on tap too, with as many Florida labels as Albe can find. But no bottles. Pizzo’s menu is short and to the point. A couple of burgers, some soups and salads, a handful of entrées from wood-grilled swordfish to slow-roasted prime rib. The menu fun really begins, though, with the “Snacks” and appetizers, where deep-fried deviled eggs and house-made warm pretzels compete for attention with organic salmon tartare, crispy veal cheek Milanese and maple-glazed pork belly with Swank Farm greens. It’s a whole new world, granddaddy. july/august/september

Prohibition Punch Co-owner Brian Albe

Five Don’t-Miss Park Tavern Faves

2 ounces death’s door gin 1 ounce pomegranate syrup 1 ounce grapefruit juice combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker and shake to blend. pour over ice.

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july/aug./sept. events EvEnt


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c o n ta c t

“Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey”

through Sept. 12

This traveling exhibition amasses 180 objects from the storied career of illustrator and author Gorey, who famously mixed the macabre and the mirthful.

Norton Museum of Art


School of Art & Photography Group Exhibition

through Oct. 7.

Dynamic works in a variety of media by adult and youth students enrolled in the School of Art & Photography at Old School Square.

Cornell Museum of Art


“Ahoy Maitz! Pirates and Treasures”

through Oct. 28

This exhibition celebrates pirates, myths and legends through the remarkable and imaginative paintings of celebrated artist Don Maitz, an award-winning painter, who created the original Captain Morgan Spiced Rum character.

Cornell Museum of Art


Independence Day celebration

July 3-4

Fireworks, food, contests and live blues music on outdoor stages highlight this annual holiday event.

Atlantic Avenue and A1A

561/279-1380, ext. 17


July 5-29

The hit musical about a plus-sized heroine battling racism in 1960s Baltimore while trying to land an appearance on her favorite television show.

Lake Worth Playhouse


311 & Slightly Stoopid

July 17

Best-selling alternative rockers 311 will join Slightly Stoopid in the Unity Tour 2012, billed as “the ultimate party-concert of the summer.”

Cruzan Amphitheatre


Last Summer on Earth Tour

July 18

Four of the most prominent pop-rock and alternative acts of the 1990s and beyond – Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & the Monsters and Cracker – will perform their greatest hits.

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Dave Matthews Band

July 20

The 20th anniversary tour of this enormously popular rock band continues, promising a creative live show that is sure to please fans.

Cruzan Amphitheatre


KISS and Motley Crue

July 27

Two legendary classic-rock acts join forces in a 40-date North American summer jaunt simply titled “The Tour.”

Cruzan Amphitheatre


Vans Warped Tour

July 28

Annual, daylong celebration of punk and alternative music features New Found Glory, The Used, Streetlight Manifesto, Yellowcard, Taking Back Sunday, Anti-Flag and many more.

Cruzan Amphitheatre


Tastemakers of Delray Beach

Aug. 9 and 10

More than 20 restaurants are expected to participate in a celebration offering food from cuisines throughout the world.

Participating restaurants in downtown Delray Beach


Il Volo

Sept. 18

Coming off its acclaimed live TV special, “Il Volo Takes Flight,” this trio of teenage tenors from Italy has become an international sensation.

Kravis Center


Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson

Sept. 19

Four decades after Jethro Tull released its groundbreaking concept album “Thick as Brick,” flautist and composer Anderson revisits the album and the characters whose story it told.

Kravis Center


Extreme Volleyball Professionals

Sept. 22 and 23

The 2012 National Championships of the EVP features top volleyball stars competing alongside social events and meet-andgreet opportunities.

Beach volleyball courts near the Seagate Club

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Bold flavors, inspired techniques and the freshest ingredients make every meal a culinary adventure. Enjoy signature seafood, steaks, pasta and salads. See and be seen at the lively bar and lounge, featuring live entertainment Tuesday to Saturday. Lunch (offered seasonally): 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Brunch: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dinner: 5:30 p.m 1000 E. Atlantic Ave. 561/665-4900

max’S harveSt: Farm-FreSh in deLray Max’s Harvest is a farm-to-fork concept featuring simple, sustainable, local fare in Delray Beach’s Pineapple Grove arts district. Be our guest and help us celebrate the Harvest. 169 N.E. Second Ave. 561/381-9970

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Neon skinny jeans, $68, neon orange and green camisoles, $22, studded bracelet, $174, leaf necklace, $38, firefly necklaces, $26 each, all from Love Shack; Taccetti neon pink bowling shoe, $385, from Rinaldi Shoes

Styled by: Lori Pierino, KathLeen ross july/august/september

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[ dine ]

By Bill Citar a

dennis max South Florida’s original New American cuisine guru is back with a fresh take on dining.


here are no second acts in American lives,” F. Scott Fitzgerald once said. But there are second acts in the restaurant business—and Dennis Max is living proof. During the 1970s and 1980s, with then-partner Burt Rapoport, Max was as responsible as anyone for introducing South Florida diners to a new and different type of restaurant, a restaurant that celebrated its multi-culti-yet-thoroughlyAmerican roots, nurtured and exported throughout the country from California. At the duo’s peak in the 1990s, their 17 restaurants were some of the hottest dining spots around. Then it all fell apart, for reasons that

Max’s Harvest

169 N.E. 2nd Ave. Delray Beach 561/381-9970

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have been extensively chronicled elsewhere, and by the end of the 1990s Rapoport was off doing his own thing and Max was ... well, trying to figure out what he wanted to be doing. Although the Boca Raton Max’s Grille had been a consistently strong performer, restaurants in Palm Beach Gardens and Coral Gables opened and closed faster than a bad novel, and Max admits, “My heart wasn’t in it at all.” For almost a decade he pondered whether his own second act would include staying in 26

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CHeF MirACOlO’S TipS On HOw TO eAT FreSH: Find LocaL Markets Most fruits and vegetables sold at local green markets were likely harvested within the past few days and within 50 miles of the market. (I can go to the Delray Beach Green Market on Saturday morning and buy eggs that were laid on Friday!) The seafood markets will have fresh fish caught in local waters a day ago—not caught in the South Pacific last month.

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the restaurant business, an industry in which he’s spent close to 50 of his 67 years working. Then a little over a year ago—call it “the flow of energy” or “good karma” or whatever—Max got the chance to do the right restaurant at the right time in the right location with the right people. “All of a sudden,” he recalls, “I was ready.” When Max’s Harvest opened a couple blocks off Atlantic Avenue in June 2011, with former protégé Chris Miracolo running the kitchen, local diners were ready too. They packed the place from virtually opening day on, crowds that have yet to subside. Dennis Max was back. His second act was under way. “Restaurant as theater” is a relatively new concept, but one that Max was schooled in early on. Born and reared in Los Angeles, a town that knows a thing or two about showmanship, he went to work at 14, washing dishes and busing tables in the restaurant his mother managed at the Warner Bros. studio. A couple years later he graduated to driving meals from the studio commissary to the studio’s sound stages, where he helped feed the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. He went to college at UC Berkeley at the height of the 1960s Free Speech Movement, then to business school at USC and the army during the Vietnam War. After getting out of the service, he did the “logical thing” and took a job on Wall Street. The world of finance “didn’t fit my personality,” he says, one that tempered 1950s conformity with 1960s counterculture. july/august/september

I can understand buying a month’s supply of paper towels and trash bags—but not food. Most produce sold in these megastores is imported and very possibly contains pesticides and petroleum-based coatings to maximize the harvest and extend shelf life. Most seafood is also imported and treated with solutions to protect it throughout the freezing process. Smaller trips to local markets keep fresher food on your shelves at home.

read LaBeLs Take the time to know what you are putting in your body, and the fewer ingredients the better. Be sure to purchase natural products that clearly state that they never use antibiotics, hormones, genetically modified products, etc.

Join a csa (coMMunity supported agricuLture) prograM

Opposite page: Dennis Max. Top: A salad made with locally sourced Swank Farms petite heirloom tomatoes. Above: The dining room at Max’s Harvest

When visiting the local green markets many of the farmers can tell you how to subscribe to their farm programs, allowing you to have farm fresh produce delivered to your door once a week. You can visit for a list a farmers in your area.

invest in storage Good airtight food storage makes a big difference in protecting the flavor and freshness of your product. Learning how to can is also a good idea.

pLant a garden What’s fresher than your own backyard?

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[ dine ] And there’s more Despite the runaway success of Max’s Harvest, Dennis Max isn’t letting any arugula grow under his feet. In January he opened Frank & Dino’s in Deerfield Beach, an homage to the Rat Pack era of the 1950s and the unpretentious Italian-American restaurants that were popular at the time. Channeling the spirit (and music and memorabilia) of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, the design, by Miami-based Adolpho Galvez, melds Mulberry Street with South Florida, featuring lots of brick, dark wood, leather banquettes, checkered bar stools and the like. The food, by former Neapolitan chef Tonino Orsino, is “back to basics” ItalianAmerican, from clams oreganata and pasta e fagioli to spaghetti ‘n’ meatballs and veal parmigiana. But wait, there’s more. In February Max mixed retro with contemporary in Assaggio del Forno (“Taste of the Oven”), a stylish café/pizzeria in Boca Raton. Artisanal pizzas from a woodfired oven, Italian cheeses and salumi, moderately priced pastas and updated takes on traditional dishes from regions throughout Italy make up the menu here, which draws on a blend of seasonal local and imported Italian products. The Galvez design also mixes old and new, with reclaimed Chicago brick barback and recycled oak bar top, stained concrete floors, raspberry leather booths and a sunny mustard-and-white color palette. And there really is arugula, in a salad of roasted beets, gorgonzola, pistachios and mint. Assaggio del Forno


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max’s wild salmon

Then one day in the early 1970s he called a fledgling chain of California steak houses called Victoria Station about their coming IPO, and after finding out they needed managers as much as money, said, “I can do that.” So he left New York, moved to San Francisco, enrolled in the company’s management training program and met a native New Yorker whose fortunes would almost immediately become intertwined with his for many of the next 30 years. Max and Burt Rapoport “had totally parallel careers—started the same week in the same management class, got promoted exactly the same, wound up as regional vice presidents.” And when they got a chance to open their own restaurant in South Florida, they made parallel moves, resigning and relocating to the land of perpetual sunshine. That restaurant didn’t work out, but the pair was still determined to open their own restaurant, inspired by what they’d learned at Victoria Station. That restaurant was Raffles, a fern barish place that in 1979 was perhaps the first to bring elements of what was coming to be called “California cuisine” to South Florida. The rest was a 20-year whirlwind—various Max’s; a casual Italian chain called Prezzo; lat-

er-to-become-famous chefs like Mark Militello, Kerry Simon, Oliver Saucy, Johnny Vinczencz; restaurants sold; in 1999 a final breakup of the partnership between Max and Rapoport; and then a long period of “self-evaluation.” During that period, which he describes as “a midlife crisis that lasted 15 years,” he “prayed to recapture the desire to make the commitment” to return to the restaurant game. Those prayers were answered when he was offered the chance to open a restaurant that was the culmination of the fresh, innovative, sustainable culinary concept that so enthralled him decades earlier in Northern California. The chance to open Max’s Harvest “was magical,” he says. “It was like somebody put me in the middle of Paris and said, ‘Here’s the paintbrush, here’s the canvas, paint your picture.’” It’s a visual metaphor not surprising for someone who grew up in L.A., rubbing forks and knives with movie stars. It’s a metaphor that guides and has guided Max through both acts of his lengthy career. Creating a restaurant, he says, “is like making a movie. We’re not just building [anything]. We’re building a dream, we’re telling a story. We’re really doing this from our hearts, creating something that’s very special to us.” july/august/september

Congratulations to Our 1st Place Table Decor Contest Winner, 32 East Special thanks to table designer, Jackie Bressler Events and Creations Production.



[ play ]

By Kevin KaminsKi

Tips from The pro

Bill Kriews enjoys swinging the big stick as much as the next golfer, but the place to shave strokes, he says, is on the practice green. “I tell students that if they hit balls for an hour on the driving range, they need to spend two hours on the putting green,” he says. “A 300-yard drive and a 3-foot putt are each one stroke.” He suggests the following practice drill: Take three golf balls starting at 3 feet from the cup, and try to knock all three in. If you miss one, start over. Then move back to 4 feet, 5 feet, etc., and repeat the drill.

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back in the swing

The venerable public course in Delray is the perfect summer spot for recreational golfers to dust off winter rust.


f Bill Kriews has seen it once, he’s seen it a thousand times. Recreational golfers, anxious to break out the clubs after the snowbirds head home, make a beeline for the driving range at Delray Beach Golf Club—and do nothing but swing the big stick. “Too many weekend golfers, coming off a long layoff, go out and start ripping the driver,” says Kriews, director of golf at Delray’s legendary public course for the past eight years. “So what happens? They pull a muscle. “If you haven’t played much since winter, the idea is to slowly work your way back into shape. Don’t rush out and start hitting nothing but drivers. Hit some short-iron shots; chipping and putting are the first things to go when you don’t play for a while.” Thousands of golfers will spend this summer trying to shave strokes at Delray Golf Club, which continues to hold its own at age 86—as evidenced by the more than 75,000 rounds played there each year. Its history dates back to 1923, when the city purchased land for a nine-hole course designed by famed golf architect Donald Ross. The visionary behind such iconic courses as Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina and Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, put the finishing touches on Delray Beach Golf Club in 1926, when it opened to the public. A second nine would debut in 1950, and, for a time, the course featured a third nine. Back in the day, the course became a popular pit stop for touring professionals on their way


to tournaments in Fort Lauderdale or Miami. It didn’t hurt that the Golf Club featured such teaching pros as Tommy Armour and Betty Jameson, the latter a longtime Delray resident and one of the founders of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. Today, as it’s been for decades, the course is a challenging par 72 and more than 6,900 yards from the back tees. “Everyone who knows golf understands that, as a Donald Ross, this is a premier course design,” says Kriews, who was head pro for 15 years at Metedeconk National Golf Club in Jackson, N.J., prior to joining Delray Beach Golf Club in 2004. “There are a lot of false fronts out there, so when you’re looking at the hole it seems shorter than it really is. The greens are good-sized. You have some subtleties in the fairways where you actually have to hit it toward trouble in order to have a better shot coming in to the green. “The condition of the course, the service, the affordability—it all [contributes to] the allure of playing here.” Summer golfers will find plenty of fun events and special deals over the next several months, including $20 Mondays, where golfers can play all day and as many holes as possible; and Nine and Dine, a Friday favorite that includes golf, dinner and prizes for only $25.

Delray Beach Golf Club Address: 2200 Highland Ave., Delray Beach Pro shoP: 561/243-7380 AdvAnce stArting times: 561/243-7381 summer rAtes: Visit jcdsportsgroup. com/delray-beach-golf-club for official summer rates. Last summer, rates for Delray residents started at $27 for 18 holes, dropping to $20 after 2:30 p.m. FeAtured hole At delrAy gc hole: No. 15, par 5 distAnce: 508 yards from the championship tees, 490 yards from the blues, 467 yards from the greens, 412 from the whites the lowdown: “You have two bunkers on the left of the driving area, one on the right along with some gumbo limbos, and you have a false front. A good drive leaves you an option to go for the green in two—but watch out for the hazard on the left and out of bounds on the right. The green is tricky; it’s deceivingly long and slopes from front to middle before flattening out. You look at a back-pin placement from the fairway thinking it’s not that deep, and then you hit the shot and leave it short. It’s a great par 5.”—Bill Kriews, director of golf did you know: Here’s one of the reasons why this is Kriews’ favorite hole: He made the only double eagle of his career at No. 15.

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[ up close ]


by John Thomason

william debilzan This artist has been drawing his life for 20 years, one stick man at a time.


ou probably recognize the style, even if you can’t identify the artist. Humanoid figures stand in front of bright, colorful backgrounds. Their legs are surreally extended like stilts, tiny heads with expressionless faces sit on their angular bodies like Christmas tree toppers. Sometimes, palm trees or houses will appear in the background, slanting this way and that, usually disproportionate to the tall figures. Other times, one figure will rest his or her head on another. Still other times, the figures will be alone.The artist, Delray resident William DeBilzan, says his body of work is “my life story of times when I’m alone, times when I had romance, times when I had a family, and then being divorced. The series represents the stages of life that I’ve been through and that most of us go through.” This sense of universality helped launch DeBilzan into a lucrative career as a fine artist. In his two galleries—in downtown Delray Beach and Laguna Beach, Calif.—as well as countless gallery shows nationwide, DeBilzan sells paintings of all sizes, plus sculptures, mugs, luggage, wallets, totes, satchels, purses and laptop sleeves, made in collaboration with top South American designer Mario Hernandez. His work has been seen in restaurants, the Arts Garage and a fourpiece installation in Worthing Park as of this writing. All of DeBilzan’s creations bear his trademark sticklike, small-headed people, a signature style that has since been copied by opportunistic mimics. He is a brand and industry unto himself, and his client list includes Adam Sandler, Aaron Eckhart, Dyan Cannon and Shaquille O’Neal. “Lots of people see different things,” DeBilzan says. “What they recognize and pull from the paintings can be entirely different than what my intention was. There’s a childlike simplicity to them, but I hear often how complex they can be.” DeBilzan has lived in several pockets of the United States, and his travels have shaped his work. He has called California, Santa Fe, N.M., and the Florida Keys home at various times in his life, and he dreams of living and working in the Caribbean. None of this was in his mind as a child, growing up in the small farming


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town of Grass Lake, Mich. “There wasn’t really any culture in my childhood,” he says. “I never went to galleries or museums. I’ve never studied under anyone or took a class. I just started painting and learned from experimenting around.” His painting career started as a side industry, after 18 years in the construction business. He sold his earliest, more abstract works for $700 to $1,200 before finding his defining style in the long-legged figures. He’s been painting variations on this theme for more than 20 years, and these days his work runs from $7,500 to $20,000. It was a decade ago that DeBilzan started coming to Florida. “At the time, I was showing in 20 different galleries around the country,” he says. “A dealer invited me to come and meet him in Delray Beach, and we were going to drive up and down the coast and look for a space. [But] I fell in love with the town and decided to do it here.” DeBilzan is asked often about the meaning behind his distinctive-looking figures, and he has yet to come up with a solid answer. “When I first started painting this figure, that’s what it was,” he says. “That’s what it still remains today. It’s never changed.”


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William DeBilzan in his studio. Inset: “Talk of the Town� july/august/september

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by John Thomason

[ up close ]

carli segelson A walk on the wild side assumes a whole new


meaning for this Florida spokeswoman.


he story hit local news late last year, and it was a doozy worthy of the Weird Florida case files. A dead panther was found preserved in the freezer of a Loxahatchee septuagenarian. The cougar was buried amid a pile of mangoes, and a pair of frozen birds lay atop it like garnish on a steak. The owner apparently wanted to turn his exotic pet into a rug. The Palm Beach Post, Sun-Sentinel and WPTV NewsChannel 5 ran with the story, which soon rippled across the Internet quicker than celebrity gossip. Newspapers from across the country picked up the Tweeted and re-Tweeted story, and today a search for “frozen panther” and “Loxahatchee” yields more than 1,800 hits. And who did the media call to learn more about this story? That would be Carli Segelson, the newly appointed public information officer for the south region of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). It was a quite a bombshell for the 35-year-old Segelson—and on the very week she moved from St. Petersburg to Palm Beach County to replace

outgoing officer Gabriella Ferraro. “Because the picture [of the panther] was so striking, it became a really hot topic,” Segelson recalls, from her Palm Beach Gardens office. “That first week or two I was here, I got more phone calls at 5 o’clock in the morning and midnight than I have in the few months since. And getting calls at all hours of the day and night can be a little overwhelming when you’re just starting a new job.” The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was established in 1999, the result of an amendment to the Florida Constitution. The organization manages and regulates the state’s fisheries and wildlife, hosts classes on safe boating and hunting, and educates the public on conservation efforts. Through its 76 field offices across the state, this watchdog group protects more than 575 species of wildlife and more than 700 species of fish, and it makes sure the state’s 239,000 hunters are following legal guidelines. As the public liaison for the FWC’s South Region—which covers St. Lucie County all the way to the Florida Keys—Segelson is the point person for all fish and wildlife manners in our neck of

Florida’s Frenemies Alligators are an essential part of our region’s ecosystem, but they also are among the most dangerous. Over the past 10 years, the FWC has received an average of more than 16,000 alligator-related complaints per year. Since 1948, 22 deaths from unprovoked gator attacks have been reported. Here are some of the tips the FWC offers to stay safe around our leathery companions. [ ] Do not swim outside of posted swimming areas. [ ]  Alligators are most active between dusk and dawn, so swim only during daylight hours. [ ]  Never feed or entice alligators; it is dangerous and illegal to do so. [ ]  Never remove an alligator from its natural habitat or accept one as a pet. To report nuisance alligators, call the FWC at 866/392-4286.


the woods. She handles media requests, obtains content for the FWC’s social media sites and writes press releases from her Northlake Boulevard office, across the street from Grassy Waters Park. Visitors to the South Region building will be greeted on either side of the door by snarling bears—two of the many taxidermy creatures that share office space with a book and video archive. The FWC protects animals from owls and pelicans to turtles and alligators; lately, Segelson has fielded a lot of calls about pythons. “Most of the people who work here do so because we’re really passionate about what we do,” Segelson says. “We want to serve the citizens of Florida, and we want to protect our natural resources. When you’re doing something that is so positive like that, it’s easy to be happy about your job and be happy to help people.” For Segelson, the care of wildlife has always been a passion, from the time she grew up in a woodsy area in Pennsylvania and developed an interest in the snakes, reptiles and fish that dwelled there. She loves to be outside, enjoying her favorite hobbies: kayaking, jogging and especially snorkeling. Segelson came to Florida a few months after her graduation from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa.. She worked in radio and TV for a while in Tampa/St. Pete before she joined the FWC. When the public information job came open, she went for it. These days, she sees it as more of a calling. “I’ve found a solace in being outdoors and wanting to preserve that for my children, when I have them, or for future generations,” she says. “It’s important to me to do something that I feel good about doing. I want to go to a job every day where I can feel like I’m making a difference, I’m helping people and I’m hopefully moving toward conservation.” delray beach magazine


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{Plus, get 3 months of exclusive dining deals! } You’ve heard of a pub crawl … how ‘bout a restaurant crawl? Visit 21 restaurants in downtown Delray Beach and sample delicious fare paired with wine, beer or a cocktail. A portion of all passport sales will benefit the Delray Beach Public Library Centennial Celebration!

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Q&a Q: How do I take part In tHIs event? a: Buy a passport Purchase a passport for $30 cash at any of the participating restaurants listed in this section, while supplies last! A portion of all passport sales will benefit the Delray Beach Public Library Centennial Celebration.

Q: wHat do I receIve? a: 21 tastes and 3 montHs of dInIng promotIons Your passport entitles you to complimentary tastings and wine, beer or cocktails during the Tastemakers of Delray event Thursday, August 9 and Friday, August 10 plus, fabulous foodie promotions at participating restaurants starting July 1 and running through September 30.

Q: wHere can I park? a: parkIng garages

The city’s biggest parking garage is in Pineapple Grove, at the corner of Northeast 2nd Avenue and Northeast 1st Street. Parking will be $5. There are many other free parking lots and valet spots throughout downtown. Check out for details and maps.

Q: How do I get around? a: sHuttLe servIce or waLk

Downtown Delray Beach is a walkable town, and all the restaurants are located within 14 blocks. There is also free shuttle service on Atlantic Avenue from First Avenue to the beach with seven convenient stops from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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50 Ocean

Breathtaking ocean views await you at Delray Beach’s only second-floor restaurant and bar overlooking the beach. Ignite your culinary imagination with island-inspired creations presented by a knowledgeable four-star staff.


Sunrise Shrimp

stuffed with crabmeat, wrapped in maple-glazed bacon, with Key lime mustard, papaya fruit slaw

pairing Bajan Mojito Bacardi oakheart, lime, pineapple juice, orange juice, fresh mint, fresh nutmeg

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with purchase of 2 lunches and 2 Beverages (limit 1 per taBle) Use your Tastemakers Passport as often as you would like for the offer above July 1 – September 30, 2012.

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75 Main Delray

Atlantique Café

75 Main Delray, owned by dynamic restaurateur Zach Erdem (he also owns 75 Main in Southampton, N.Y.), serves up daily (and delicious) contemporary American cuisine with Mediterranean accents for brunch, happy hour and dinner.

Atlantique Café serves breakfast seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. until closing. Dine al fresco under the stars in our peaceful courtyard setting with fountains in a very quiet atmosphere.


tasting Mini Cajun Tuna Slider

served with lemon-ginger aioli and vegetable slaw on a potato brioche

toasted baguette with montrachet goat cheese and pear, warmed and topped with fresh tomatoes, garlic, cilantro and red onion



Hawaiian Punch

Warsteiner wheat beer from germany with a light and refreshing hint of honey

Blue curaçao, vanilla vodka, pineapple juice and peach schnapps

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270 E. Atlantic Ave. 561/243-7975 •

Pear and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

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777 E. Atlantic Ave. 561/272-1170 •

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Boheme Bistro

Cabana El Rey

Caffé Luna Rosa

For nearly two decades, Boheme Bistro has been a favorite among locals. With its wordly menu, including authentic Mediterranean cuisine, Boheme Bistro blends the tradition of family, friends and good times.

Cabana opened its doors in 1994, serving Nuevo Latino fare in our hometown of Forest Hills, Queens. A meal at Cabana transports diners to an island vacation.

Caffé Luna Rosa is the oldest Italian restaurant in Delray Beach. Luna Rosa offers an ocean-view dining experience where great food and a great environment come together.


Chicken Boheme grilled chicken with exotic garlic mideast sauce

pairing The Dreaming Tree, Chardonnay, Central Coast the dreaming tree chardonnay captures the distinct citrus notes of the central coast of california. it has big fruit and loads of spice.


Anticuchos marinated skirt steak skewers topped with a rocoto and red onion salsa

Cedilla Açai Caipirinha


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1118 E. Atlantic Ave.

561/278-4899 •

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105 E. Atlantic Ave. 561/274-9090 •

Florida Lobster and Crab Bisque

homemade bisque with fresh lump crab and florida lobster tail meat finished with cream and sherry

the caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil, is made here with leblon run and the first true acai liqueur, cedilla—an all-natural product made with 100-percent organic berries from the amazon rainforest.

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pairing Urban Riesling this medium-bodied riesling has a nice lingering fruit flavor that makes it a spot-on choice for lobster and crab dishes—food-friendly wine.

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34 South Ocean Blvd. 561/274-9404 •

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Cut 432

Deck 84


Cut 432 is Delray’s steak house, offering a modern, high-energy restaurant and bar with an intense focus on prime beef, inventive side dishes, abundant raw bar and uniquely prepared seafood, not to mention it’s chic decor and awardwinning wine list.

Deck 84 was voted Boca Raton magazine’s Best Intracoastal and Best Outdoor Dining destination two years in a row. Deck 84 is Delray Beach’s favorite waterfront dining destination.

Lemongrass Delray Beach has been the place to go for Thai, Japanese sushi and Vietnamese since opening. The eclectic expansive menu will have you coming back multiple times to see how one little kitchen can put out so much. With all rolls and dishes made to order, the chefs can create just about anything to your liking. The notable wine and sake list provides the perfect pairing to any entrée. Zagat 2004–2008: Excellent; Sun-Sentinel: Top 10 Asian Restaurants in Florida; Florida Trend: Best New 20 Restaurants in South Florida.


Steakhouse Taco with avocado, shaved cabbage and queso-fresco


Watermelon Sangria seedless watermelon, dry white wine, vodka, cointreau and citrus syrup


Crab Cake with chipotle remoulade and roasted corn salsa

pairing Burto’s Lemonade


Spicy Tuna Tartare

svedka raspberry vodka, fresh berry puree and fresh-squeezed lemonade

with crispy rice



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432 E. Atlantic Ave. 561/272-9898 •

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840 E. Atlantic Ave. 561/665-8484 •

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420 E. Atlantic Ave. 561/278-5050 •

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Max’s Harvest

Off the Ave

Farm to fork; simple, sustainable, local fare.

Off the Ave Food & Spirits is Delray Beach’s newest local hangout, located just “Off the Ave” and South Federal Highway. Our pizza and sandwiches are the best in town. We provide a great local atmosphere suitable for people of all ages, whether on the way to the beach or a night out on the town.


Roasted Green Cay Beet Salad

cress, arugula, orange supreme, pickled red onion, honey-balsamic vinaigrette, oregon blue cheese, candied pecans


Backyard Watermelon Martini fresh watermelon juice, charbay, micro-distilled, fresh-fruit vodka, fresh lemon juice, micro-spearmint, shaken and strained over watermelon ice

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Authentic New York-Style Pizza

made with the freshest all-natural ingredients and imported cheeses

The Office

The Office on Atlantic Avenue in Delray pairs your favorite comfort foods with unique modifications, keeping your taste buds wanting more. Offering a huge selection of delicious food and tasty beverages, The Office, a hot-spot gastro-pub, sets the perfect vintage-meets-chic atmosphere for any kind of gathering.

tasting Prime CEO Burger sweet onion & tomato confit, gorgonzola, gruyère, arugula, bacon

pairing Shock Top a wheat beer, with a crisp hop bitterness, smooth and unique to most iPa’s ... very smooth!

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50% off 2nD entrée

$49.95 DInner for two

of equal or lesser value

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169 N.E. Second Ave. 561/381-9970 •

19 S.E. Fifth Ave. 561/450-6768

201 E. Atlantic Ave. 561/276-3600 •

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Park Tavern

Orange Leaf is a self-serve, choose-your-own-toppings frozen yogurt shop where customers are the master of their own dessert. We’ve got more than 16 flavors to choose from and plenty of outdoor seating for those warm summer nights. Come by today and see why we’re America’s Frozen Yogurt.

Park Tavern is a neighborhood restaurant offering seasonally inspired, farm-fresh comfort food with an intense focus on craft beers, seasonal cocktails, and small-production wines.

America’s Frozen Yogurt

A rare gem set apart from mainstream Atlantic Avenue, Olio provides romantic ambience, a wine selection parallel to none and a worldclass menu for any food connoisseur.


Orange Leaf

Penne Pomodoro

peas, tomatoes, garlic and basil olive oil tossed with penne


tasting pairing

pairing Samuel Adams Boston Lager®

Frozen Yogurt

Ruffino, Chianti Superiore, Tuscany


smoked Kurobuta pork, new york state cheddar, sesame seed brioche

the best example of the fundamental characteristics of a great beer, offering a full, rich flavor that is both balanced and complex. it is brewed using a decoction mash, a time-consuming, traditional fourvessel brewing process discarded by many contemporary brewers. this process brings forth a rich sweetness from the malt that makes it well worth the effort.

this wine shows traditional sangiovese characteristics with notes of cherries and violets, followed by hints of clove and pepper. the palate is dominated by ripe fruit flavors and well-balanced structure, with an elegant finish.

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42 S.E. Second Ave. 561/278-6633 •

of a cuP of yogurt. may not Be comBined with other offers. Use your Tastemakers Passport as often as you would like for the offer above July 1 – September 30, 2012.

418 E. Atlantic Ave. 561/894-8230 •

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32 S.E. Second Ave. 561/265-5093 •

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SALT7 is an upscale, high-energy restaurant and late-night experience. The menu features U.S.D.A. Prime steaks, signature sushi rolls and sashimi, and raw bar selections.

Overlooking the beach, the recently opened Sandbar features unique specialty cocktails, crafted beers, and menu selections with a flair for local flavor. Sun, sand, bar, and music ... it’s all here at the Sandbar. Paradise just got better!


U.S.D.A. Prime 17 oz. Bone-in Filet

grilled to perfection with our salt7 rub and served with our salt7 signature sauce


Italian Restaurant and The Parlor Lounge

SoLita Italian restaurant offers delectable Italian specialties, exotic culinary cocktails, and a sizzling latenight atmosphere. From happy hour to after dark, it’s the perfect place for an intimate date, dining with friends or hosting a fabulous dinner party.


tasting Smoked Fish Dip

pairing William Hill Cabernet, Central Coast, 2009 flavors and aromas of dark cherry, ripe plum, and blueberry are complemented by sweet vanilla and brown spice notes. with rich, dark berry jam flavors, the wine has a complex and layered finish - which pairs perfectly with our Prime steak selection.

caramelized onions, capers, JJ flatbread

SoLita Signature House Made Meatball

served with san marzano tomato sauce, fresh basil and ricotta cheese



Housemade Italian Sangria

Rum Runner Bacardi 151, blackberry brandy, banana liqueur, lime juice and grenadine, topped with Bacardi select

made with a delicious variety of selected red wines, fresh seasonal fruit including strawberries, oranges, pineapple and blueberries mixed with a variety of flavorful fruit liqueurs.

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sunday-thursday. may not Be comBined with any other offers or Promotions.

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32 S.E. Second Ave. 561/274-7258 •

40 S. Ocean Blvd. • 561/278-3364

25 N.E. Second Ave. 561/899-0888 •

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Sundy House

Vic & Angelo’s

The renowned Sundy House restaurant features globally inspired fare and an extensive wine list, to be savored indoors or al fresco.

Want to know what classic Italian tastes like? Vic & Angelo’s is the answer. Using our coal oven that heats to 1,200 degrees, Vic & Angelo’s offers delicious menu items such as the infamous giant Kobe beef meatballs, handmade fresh mozzarella, cold antipasto plate and a variety of handmade pastas.

Scallop and Shrimp Ceviche



Ziree Thai & Sushi is the place to experience the art of eating well. Quality food and service in an elegant Zen atmosphere creates the finest dining experience.

tasting Chicken Salad

served with mango salad and banana chips


pairing 2008 Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay

roasted chicken mixed with lime juice, chili paste, cucumber, scallions, red onions and tomatoes

Four Cheese Pear Tortelloni with truffle cream sauce


with aromas of sweet vanilla, mango and pineapple fruit against a creamy, toasty background. in the mouth it shows intense apple, vibrant citrus, honeydew and pear notes through the creamy, subtly toasty finish.

Saketini strawberry flavored sake.

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106 S. Swinton Ave. 561/272-5678 •

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290 E. Atlantic Ave. 561/278-9570 •

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DaY TriPS Drive arounD Lake o

What’s the draW: Admit it—you’ve always wanted to. Because of the massive dike around the lake built after the hurricane floods of 1928, there are very few places you can get a clear view of the Big Water. But it’s worth a slow loop around Lake Okeechobee to give you a sense of Old Florida that is about as far removed from Delray as you can get. There are places like the Pahokee Marina or Port Mayaka or John Stretch Park where you can get a full view of the massive shimmering lake, and you’ll go through sugar fields, farm towns and past Indian reservations and cattle country. You can spend the night at the Clewiston Inn if you want to make a day of it, or go native at J&S Fish Camp or Roland Marina if you’re the adventurous type. july/august/september

don’t Miss: The mural in the lounge at Clewiston Inn; fried catfish at Lightsey’s Seafood; a cold beer at Uncle Joe’s Fish Camp. Time your drive to end at brunch on Sunday (sweet tea, fried chicken, mashed potatoes and cobbler should get you in the right frame of mind) at the iconic Seminole Inn in Indiantown. Where: Start at Belle Glade (go west on State Route 98) and work your way around the lake in either direction, depending on where you want to end up. A clockwise trip will take you past Clewiston and Moore Haven (Uncle Joe’s is at 2005 Griffin Road S.E., Moore Haven, 863/983-9421); you’ll make it to Lightsey’s (10435 W. Highway 78, 863/763-4276), which is on the Kissimmee River near Okeechobee, by lunchtime. J&S Fish Camp is past Okeechobee at 9500 S.W. Conners Highway (772/597-4455), and the Seminole Inn is at 15885 S.W. Warfield Blvd. in Indiantown (772/597-3777). delray beach magazine


Left: Postcard Inn Below: fishing in Islamorada

daY trIps Islamorada

What’s the draW: In 2.5 hours door-todoor you are in the Keys—turquoise water, flip-flops, margaritas and more—without all that Duval Street nastiness. You can swim with dolphins, go fishing, drink rum runners or do absolutely nothing but stare at that tiny point on the horizon where the sun is about to slip into the bay. This is really getting away, and it’s near enough to get you into the Keys without spending a whole day in the car. Plus, it’s less honky-tonked (and expensive) than Key West. don’t Miss: The Postcard Inn is a great place to stay; it’s the old Holiday Isle retooled into a casual/chic but affordable resort, complete with two pools, water sports, a fullservice marina, several bars and a great Shula Burger on property. Go to Mangrove Mike’s Café or the Green Turtle for breakfast; visit the Lorelei for sunset (look for the big mermaid); stop at Ziggy and Mad Dog’s for fine dining; call ahead to Bud n’ Mary’s to charter a fishing boat (we are partial to the Catch 22). 48

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Where: Postcard Inn at Holiday Isle, 84001 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, 305/664-2321; Mangrove Mike’s, M.M. 82.2, 305/664-8022; Lorelei, M.M. 82; Ziggy & Mad Dog’s, 8300 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, 305/664-3391; Bud n’ Mary’s Marina, 79851 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, 305/664-2461


What’s the draW: In Jupiter, just a little north of us, the landscape seems to open up, with wider water views, greener trees and a decidedly more laid-back attitude—especially the little fun zone across from the Jupiter lighthouse. The first stop might be the Square Grouper Tiki Bar and Castaways Marina, now famous as the site for the music video “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” with Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet. The Square Grouper, “Jupiter’s original watering hole,” is this great sip-a-beer-and-watch-the-boats-roll-by kind of place, and although it’s gotten a lot more gussied up and tiki-ed out since the video was shot, you still can’t beat the view—or the vibe. Practically next door is the hyper-tropical

Guanabana’s, more touristy and more of a restaurant, but a great destination if you’ve got company, with an ambience that feels like the South Pacific. And next door to that might be the best idea—Jupiter Outdoor Center— which is where Guanabana’s started in the first place, as a little sandwich shop. Today, the Jupiter Outdoor Center rents kayaks and paddleboards and offers manatee and moonlight tours, among other adventures. don’t Miss: We say learn how to paddleboard or rent a kayak for a few hours from Jupiter Outdoor Center, drift around the magical waterworld up there, and then complete your day with drinks and lunch at Guanabana’s and/or Square Grouper. Where: Take I-95 north to PGA Boulevard; exit east and head to A1A /U.S. 1. Head north and veer right at Ocean Drive. Square Grouper, 1111 Love St., 561/575-0252; Guanabanas, 960 N. Highway A1A, 561/747-8878; Jupiter Outdoor Center, 1000 N. Highway A1A, 561/747-0063 july/august/september

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Don’t-Miss suMMer Dining

Our take on summer dining is casual, preferably on or near the water (tiki hut optional) and plenty of fresh local seafood. Here are a few places that fit the bill.

Whale’s rib: 2031 N.E. Second St., Deer-

field Beach, 954/421-8880. This seafood classic has a great bar across from the beach and consistently affordable (and quality) seafood and sandwiches.

offers several outdoor dining areas, a tiki bar and even seating on the dock.

Don’t Miss: Grouper sandwich, conch chowder

Don’t Miss: Rock shrimp, whale fries.

Boston’s on the Beach: 40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, 561/278-3364. This lovely re-do of a Delray landmark overlooks the ocean and has the new Sand Bar, an elaborate new tiki bar compound.

New England lobster roll at Boston’s

Don’t Miss: Lobster, Maine or Florida

don’t Miss: We think it’s all about the marine life here—and the water fun. There are more than 20 swimming areas starting with the Aquaventure water park, which includes elaborate aquatic thrill rides, from highspeed water slides to a mile-long river ride with rolling rapids and wave surges to a kids’ water-play fort. Over at the Mayan Temple Slides, guests can “walk with the sharks” on the bottom of the Shark Exhibit wearing clear helmets. And you can swim with the dolphins at Dolphin Cay. For people who want a more natural Bahamas marine experience, the resort offers scuba, snorkeling, fishing and just about anything else you may want to do.

Deck 84: 840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray

Beach, 561/665-8484. This Intracoastal bar and restaurant has great tapas, reggae on weekends and a dock for boats.

Don’t Miss: Fish tacos, build-your-own Bloody Marys aaron bristol

AtlAntis, the BAhAmAs

What’s the draW: This big flamboyant international resort has it all, from a gorgeous casino to a “walk with the sharks.” Imagine the beaches and blue water of the Bahamas combined with a massive luxury resort— Vegas in the Caribbean—with activities for everyone. It’s expensive but it’s over-the-top fun, too, and only a short plane ride from West Palm Beach. If you opt for a real summer splurge, this may be your ticket.

old Key Lime House: 300 E. Ocean Ave., Lantana, 561/582-1889. This historic house (“Florida’s oldest waterfront restaurant”)

Swimming with the dolphins at Atlantis

Where: Atlantis is on Paradise Island, adjacent to Nassau, less than an hour by plane from South Florida. Book your trip to Nassau International through your local airline, and get more information (including any summer deals) at july/august/september

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Left: Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter Below: Coral Castle

day tRiPS SunSet Key GueSt CottaGeS, a WeStin ReSoRt

What’s the draW: Sunset Key is a short boat ride from bustling Key West to a small private island and a luxurious and welcome break from the honky-tonk-ization of Old Town. Throw in sumptuous guest cottages, a private beach and what is arguably the best restaurant in Key West (Latitudes), and this is a summer splurge you will not regret. don’t miss: Perched waterfront on a quiet corner of beach at Sunset Key, the thatchedroof, tiki hut-style Spa Cabana opened this month and offers guests an opportunity to experience a true sense of place (and the sensory elements of sand, sea and sky) through a wide range of spa services. The Sunset Romance package is offered once each evening in the Spa Cabana and indulges couples in a supremely romantic experience that culminates with a private dinner on the beach to be savored just as the sun goes down over Sunset Key. Where: 245 Front St., Key West, Florida, 305/292-5300 50

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univeRSal’S iSlandS of adventuRe

What’s the draW: For the past two years, the website has rated Islands of Adventure as not only the best amusement park in the country, but the best one in the entire world. It’s easy to see why when you enter The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a towering achievement that replicates the village of Hogsmeade, culminating in a visit inside Hogwarts castle and the jawdropping technology of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. In the park’s Marvel Comics section, don’t miss The Incredible Hulk coaster, which opens with 0-to-40 mph pulsepounding launch and never takes its foot off the accelerator. There are a couple of excellent flume/water rides, including the Jurassic Park River Adventure that ultimately brings guests face-to-face with a T-Rex—before the craft takes an 85-foot plunge in the dark. Families with youngsters will find an entire section of the park devoted to tamer rides; check out the height restrictions on the park’s website to determine exactly which rides your children can and cannot enjoy before dropping big bucks

on a ticket (single-park admission is $85 for adults, $79 for children). don’t miss: Just in time for the reboot of the movie series, Islands of Adventure has updated its wildly popular Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride with new special effects, improved high-definition animation and state-of-the-art 3-D glasses. Can Spidey save the day—and save you from a 400-foot virtual freefall? Where: 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando; it’s a three-hour drive from Delray (take the Turnpike to I-4 East (exit 75A); visit universal and go to the drop-down menu for theme parks for more information.

CoRal CaStle

What’s the draW: The closest thing South Florida has to its own pyramids, the Coral Castle in Homestead is a stunning accomplishment in heavy lifting that baffles experts to this day. Edward Leedskalnin, a diminutive Latvian man, began what became Coral Castle in Florida City around 1923, designing a selfjuly/august/september

Summer Fro-Yo

Our favorite summer cold front is comprised of the frozen yogurt stores popping up everywhere—offering an ice cream-like treat with fewer calories. Or so they say. Most shops use the “weigh and pay” (by the ounce) system, and offer a variety of fruit, candy and even breakfast cereal toppings. Here are three favorites in and around Delray:

Airboat ride in the Everglades; a native son of the swamp


Yogurt emporium, 6060 S.W.

18th St., Boca Raton, 561/347-1140 Owner Marty Martin’s frozen yogurt store, one of the first to open (some 15 years ago), offers 16 flavors (including marshmallow) and has nofat, no-sugar and low-carb selections.

orange Leaf, 418 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/894-8230 This shop offers more than 30 flavors of frosty yogurt. The rotation (depending on the time of year) includes green tea, honeydew, Dole pineapple, white chocolate and green apple.

Go Yo!, 1000 N.

Congress Ave., Suite 120, Boynton Beach, 561/732-5558 Go Yo! speaks to your inner 5-year-old with toppings that include gummi butterflies, Twizzlers, Nutella spread, frosted animal crackers and even something called strawberry butter cream sauce.

sufficient community made out of megalithic limestone and dedicating it to his ex-fiancée, who left him the day before their wedding. The furniture pieces include an accurate sundial, a telescope, an obelisk, a water well, a tower, 25 rocking chairs, a conference table, a podium, a throne, a bathtub and several beds, all averaging 15 short tons apiece. He built them and spent three years moving them—by himself—10 miles north to Homestead, and continued working on his rocky paradise until his 1951 death. Nobody knows for certain how he did it, but it probably had something to do with magnetic current. Don’t miss: Knowledgeable tour guides will tell you everything you want to know about the eccentric Leedskalnin and his wonder of the world. But for the most extensive journalistic investigation into the man, his methods and his limestone, check out Rusty McClure and Jack Heffron’s 250-page book Coral Castle, which sifts through all the theories. Where: 28655 S. Dixie Highway, Homestead, 305/248-6345,


AirboAt rides

What’s the DraW: They are noisy, disruptive to wildlife and probably politically incorrect, but they are among the only ways to really get into the Everglades. They also are not for those who can’t handle windswept hair—airboats are fast, furious and fun. They flush birds into the sky, gators into the sawgrass, and skim over the marshes like magic. An airboat ride is a rite of passage for anyone visiting (or living in) South Florida.

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Loxahatchee evergLaDes tours, 15490 Loxahatchee Road, Parkland, 800/6835873: Close and convenient evergLaDes hoLiDay Park, 21940 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, 954/434-8111: May involve some alligator wrestling BuffaLo tiger’s airBoat riDes, 25 miles west of the Turnpike on Tamiami Trail, 305/382-0719: The former chief of the Miccosukee tribe offers a true Everglades adventure—deep in the swamp. delray beach magazine


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What’s the draW: While tumbleweeds may wisp across many arts institutions during the sometimes-culturally dead summer months, West Palm Beach’s Norton Museum of Art stays open all year, offering an array of touring exhibitions and access to its impressive private collections. The best time to appreciate the Norton’s 45,000 square feet of art is Thursday night, when the museum stays open until 9 for Art After Dark. The weekly program features live music, film screenings, gallery tours and conversations with curators. don’t miss: Running through Sept. 12, the museum is presenting “Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey,” a selection of 180 works, some of them two-dimensional, from the great mixologist of the mirthful and the macabre. The exhibition is curated locally by Tim Wride, the Norton’s newly appointed curator of photography. “The show here will be a lovely cross-section of his drawings,” he says. “It will examine the push-pull that Gorey is able to produce in all of us, that on one hand can be creepy but on the other you just want to keep looking at the work.” Where: 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, 561/832-5196,

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What’s the draW: The South Florida Science Museum in West Palm Beach has 10 permanent exhibitions covering everything from twisters to ancient Egypt to ham radio. But summer is an especially fruitful time to visit the museum thanks to the traveling exhibition “Backyard Monsters.” After checking out images of the creepy, crawly creatures at the Norton’s Edward Gorey exhibition, you can buzz on over to the huge, robotic, threedimensional versions of the same at the Science Museum: a 20-foot butterfly, a 13-foot praying mantis and a 10-foot dragonfly, all anatomically accurate per the American Entomological Society. If your skin is crawling too much after 52

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this, wander to the planetarium, look at the stars and listen to a laser concert from Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin on the second Saturday of each month. don’t miss: Weekends are key to experience the most that SFSM has to offer. On the last Friday of each month, the museum stays open until 10 p.m. for a Night at the Museum, featuring special themed programming. The theme on July 27 is Under the Sea, focusing on the museum’s aquarium, and the night includes ocean experiments and nurse shark pettings. Aug. 31 is “Gems Rock” night, showcasing minerals and gems. Where: 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach, 561/832-1988,

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What’s the draW: Every Monday and Wednesday night, table tennis players can bring their paddles to Olympic Heights Community High School for fun, exercise and in-

struction in this rapidly growing sport, courtesy of the Palm Beach Table Tennis Club. Beginners and novices participate from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in a program that includes coaching hints; experts play from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. “It is a sport almost free of injuries, and it can be practiced by people of all ages,” says Jose Gonzalez-Posada, a coach at the club. “The use of folding tables allows the sport to share space and room with other activities. We still use some tables that we put together almost 20 years ago!” The fee is $90 for 21 sessions. don’t miss: The Palm Beach Table Tennis Club isn’t the only place to ping your pong this summer. Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton opens two tables from 7:30 to 10 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays; nonresidents of Boca can pay $5 for unlimited play during these hours. Moviegoers at Cinemark Palace in Boca Raton also can participate in Slam Table Tennis Social Club at Bogart’s Bar & Grille on the second floor of the theater. It costs $5 to $10 per half-hour, and players have access to july/august/september

reasons to bowl at brunswick Zone in Margate

Bowling is a great summer activity for the whole family. It fosters friendly competition and generates indoor exercise without breaking a sweat. The Brunswick Zone in Margate (the only South Florida location for this chain, 2020 N. State Road 7, 954/972-4400, offers top-quality service at remarkably affordable prices. 1.The price specials are out of this world. From 9 p.m. to midnight on Monday nights, you can purchase a game of bowling, a hot dog and a soft drink for $1 each; on the same time Thursday night, for a $5 cover charge, you can bowl for a quarter per game and receive a discount on shoe rental. tableside food and beverages, before or after a movie.

2. Brunswick Zone is a cosmic bowling site, featuring glow-inthe-dark lanes, pins and balls and dancing lights on Wednesday and Saturday nights. The Wednesday special is only $1.49 per game.

north. Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, a half-hour drive away, offers more than 160 stores and restaurants. The Mall at Wellington is relatively new and features more reasonable price tags.

Where:, 561/488-4330;, 561/544-3044; sugarsandpark. org, 561/347-3900

don’t miss: Check Town Center’s website for its frequent store openings. Highlights of the Gardens Mall include the only David Yurman and H&M locations in South Florida. A full calendar of its events, both in stores and the mall itself, is on its website. The Mall at Wellington’s user-friendly site includes a listing of current sales and promotions.

Mall Rats

What’s the draW: Shopping malls are perennially popular, and we have three stellar examples here in Palm Beach County that we probably take for granted. Delray residents won’t do better than Town Center at Boca Raton, or the two glittering shopping enclaves up

Where:, 561/368-6000;, 561/6222115;, 561/227-6900

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Making a (Cine)MaRk

What’s the draW: Don’t get us started. No kids. No sticky seats. No having to sit in the front row because you got there too late. No bad choices between Milk Duds and nachos, Coke or Sprite. The Premier Club@Cinemark Theaters has eliminated any and all things that once made moviegoing not worth the trouble—and has added a full bar along the way. In addtion, there is a great Burt Rapoport restaurant, Bogart’s. For around $20, a ticket at the Premier Club (21 and older) gets you a long ride up a shiny escalator into Grown Up Movie World, a reserved seat on a cushy couch, free valet parking and free popcorn.

3. Come hungry, because Brunswick has more chow options, at better prices, than competing alleys. For large parties, we recommend the Zone Combo Platter, with chicken tenders, French onion rings, pretzels, mozzarella sticks, chips and dip for $11.99.

food is good—but we always gravitate to the Black Angus sliders. Where: 3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton, 561/395-4695

PalM BeaCh iCe Zone

What’s the draW: You can cool off, learn to figure skate, play youth and adult ice hockey, or street hockey, lacrosse and flag football, dependng on the day. don’t miss: The Gold Coast Derby Grrls are the area’s contribution to the cult sport of roller derby. The ever-expanding team, which is ranked in the top 10 in the South Central region of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, returns to the Ice Zone in August for a three-day skating extravaganza. Where: 8125 Lake Worth Road, 561/9635900,

Bogart’s black Angus sliders

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Dolphin Research Center

get wet Swimming with DolphinS

What’s the draW: It may take a few hours to get to the Dolphin Research Center, but the opportunity to swim with dolphins as part of the center’s Dolphin Encounter program is well worth the trip. A nonprofit organization that is a leader in dolphin cognition research, the center is home to 22 dolphins grouped in several lagoons by their social relationships. Visitors in small groups of five or six have a chance to join them in their natural setting and will learn how to communicate with dolphins using hand signals to ask for specific behaviors. A highlight—and big thrill—of the 25-minute session is the dorsal pull, where a swimmer is pulled through the water by holding onto two dolphins by their dorsal fins. Reservations for the Dolphin Encounter are always a good idea. don’t Miss: Throughout the day there are several educational presentations going on at different lagoons, where guests have a chance to learn more about dolphins and their behavior.

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Where: Dolphin Research Center, 58901 Overseas Highway, Marathon, 305/289-1121,

water SportS rentalS anD inStruction

What’s the draW: Delray Beach Watersports is little more than a shack at the south end of Delray’s beach, but it’s the place to rent just about anything you need to enjoy the ocean. For those interested in sailing, Delray Watersports offers Hobie Cat rentals for a half-day or a full day. Kayaks are also available, as are surfboards and paddleboards. Delray Beach Water Sports also rents snorkeling gear and provides lessons for a variety of sports, including windsurfing. Make sure to check the weather, especially the wind, before heading down to the beach, because rough seas can keep you landlocked.

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What’s the draW: Old Florida still exists at The Colony Cabana Club, a throwback to the days before glass-encased clubhouses and luxurious locker rooms replaced outdoor pavilions and small cabanas. Part of the historic Colony Hotel, the Cabana Club is open year-round but offers summer memberships at reduced rates for those who want to enjoy 250 feet of beachfront, a heated swimming pool and an outdoor restaurant that serves lunch every day, weather permitting. Open until 10 p.m., the tropical setting often hosts gatherings in the evening, with members and their guests bringing food and beverages. It’s especially popular as a spot to watch Fourth of July fireworks. Summer memberships are good from May 1 through Oct. 31.

don’t Miss: Stand-up paddleboarding is a relatively new sport that’s easy to learn, gives you a great workout and offers a great vantage point from which to scan the waves. Equipment and lessons are available.

don’t Miss: The monthly full-moon parties, when members gather to watch the moon rise out of the ocean, complete with live music, sometimes Caribbean-style. (Guests bring their own food and drink.) The parties can draw as many as 150 people.

Where: Delray Beach Watersports, 401 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, 561/279-0008,

Where: The Colony Cabana Club, 525 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/276-4123, july/august/september


Colony Cabana Clu

What’s the draW: Everyone likes a day at the beach, but who wants to drag chairs, coolers and beach toys for blocks in the hot sun? Oceanside Beach Service has you covered with lounge chair, umbrella and cabana rentals. It operates in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Deerfield Beach, Singer Island and Jensen Beach. In addition to daily and hourly rates, the service also offers packages including a $400 annual membership, which can be used as many times as you wish on any of the beaches served. Hourly rates for a double lounge with umbrella or a cabana are $10 per hour or $30 per day. When you sit down in a cabana or a lounge chair, an attendant comes by and collects money, and people with annual memberships just present a card. (Ask an attendant for applications for annual memberships.) don’t Miss: If you are beaching it in Delray, you’ll want to take a lunch and/or longneck break at one of the nearby restaurants, such as Boston’s on the Beach or BurgerFi, which are an easy walk up Atlantic Avenue and State Road A1A. If you find yourself soaking up the sun in Deerfield, we have two words for you: Whale’s Rib. Where: Oceanside Beach Service, 561/8403373,

charTer a FiShiNg BoaT iN The KeyS

What’s the draW: There are plenty of places to go deep-sea fishing in South Florida, but few can top Islamorada, known as the Sports Fishing Capital of the World. For more than half a century, Bud n’ Mary’s Fishing Marina has been a well-known institution in the area. Today it is july/august/september

Are you the only mermAid At the Wreck BAr, or Are there others? I train a pod, I call them, because we’re mammals. I started by myself, then I had two girls who were foolish enough to listen to anything I said. They were quite good at swimming, and eventually it grew to three or four, and now I continually teach people. did it tAke some time to mAster hoW to sWim inside the fin? I’ve been a free diver since age 3, so it came very naturally to me. I always used double fins as a kid, and the monofin wasn’t much different when I started using it. Some of my students do have a hard time with it at first, but I don’t train them with fins for at least six months. I want to make sure they are extremely comfortable and can maneuver in the water. Once they can without the aid of the fin, then the fin is just another accessory. It offers propulsion, but it doesn’t do much else. It’s up to the person and the way that they handle themselves in the water that makes the performance engaging.

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do the performers plAy different mermAid chArActers, With their oWn personAlities? I encourage that; otherwise it would be very monotonous. I want people to branch out and do what they do best. I’ll have one that’s a little bit giddy, and she’ll seem coquettish, and another one who seems very sensual, and she’ll look at the audience with a look that says, “I know I look good,” which is really cute. Some of them are just spunky. I definitely encourage variety. I don’t want it to be a choreographed, synchronized kind of a presentation, especially in that scenario. WhAt is the historicAl AppeAl of the mermAid? I think it’s because it leaves so much to the imagination. Everyone can make it their own and connect to it in their own way. That’s why she’s appealing to not just children, but to the mothers, who wish they could have the long, flowing hair, or move so fluidly in the water. Or the men could look at the sensual aspects of it—and also wish they could swim in that manner. It’s nice to be able to tap into everybody’s imagination. Some people say [we] don’t look like mermaids at all. Well, we’re women. There are people who wear fish tails that look like they came straight out of a sushi bar. I wanted it to have an old-school feel. In the ‘50s, you wouldn’t see a woman that looked like a fish. You’d see her in a dress. I’ll wear opera gloves often, and diamonds, to look like the cocktail mermaid and not the science-fiction type.

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The No-SchleppiNg Beach experieNce

Swimming with dolphins is one thing, but swimming next to gorgeous mermaids is quite another. Visitors to Fort Lauderdale’s Sheraton Wreck Bar (1140 Seabreeze Blvd., 954/524-5551) are welcome to do so at 6:30 p.m. every Friday as part of the historic lounge’s retro mermaid show, a fun and unique way to cool off in the heat. Or, like most, you can just watch. The popular event, which often draws standing-room-only crowds, was launched by Mai-Kai performer Wendy Anderson —AKA Marina the Fire-Eating Mermaid (—in 2006. A historian of the dying art of aquatic performance, she has performed throughout the country and the Caribbean. This local legend with long dark hair and a fin for legs spoke to us about her craft.

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home to more than 45 fishing boats, including the Catch 22, the 54-foot flagship of the Bud n’ Mary’s fleet. Because of its location—sandwiched between the ocean and Florida Bay and close to the Gulf Stream—Islamorada offers a diversity of sports fish, including the Catch 22’s specialty, swordfish. Fast and comfortable, the Catch 22 can easily access the deeper water where swordfish are found and can hold six people comfortably. Full day charters are $1,400, while swordfish charters are $2,000. Don’t Miss: Lazy Days restaurant next door to Bud n’ Mary’s offers a stellar view, a back porch vibe and an extensive seafood menu. Plus, they will also cook and serve your catch. Where: Bud n’ Mary’s Fishing Marina, 79851 Overseas Highway, Mile Marker 79.8., Islamorada, 305/664-2461,

Scuba Diving anD Snorkeling

What’s the DraW: A diving trip to the reefs off southern Palm Beach County is almost guaranteed to provide an up-close-and-personal view of marine life ranging from small reef fish such as sergeant majors and angel fish to rays and an occasional barracuda. About three quarters of a mile offshore, the reefs are quickly accessible by dive boats, which often offer drift dives that take advantage of the currents and give divers an opportunity see more of the natural habitat. (Naturally, all scuba divers must be certified; call The Scuba Center for more 56

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Andy HurdmAn is CAtCHin’ Air

When he’s not wakeboarding past whales in Alaska while starring in the Discovery Channel’s “Catchin’ Air” series, Delray Beach’s Andy Hurdman is likely to be taking it easy or giving water sports lessons at the south end of Delray’s public beach. Known by many as Florida’s “Kite Beach,” the area is a favorite spot for local kite boarders, as well as surfers, windsurfers and stand-up paddle boarders. It’s a draw for surfers and kite boarders from all over the state and has been known to attract a celebrity or two. “It’s open, and there aren’t a lot of people around,” says Hurdman, a professional kiteboarder, who has given up competing to focus on teaching and coaching. Stop by on any weekend, and you’re likely to find a gathering of regulars willing to drop what they’re doing at a moment’s notice if the wind happens to be kicking up. “It’s like a little family,” Hurdman says. To get the most out of water sports—whether surfing, kite surfing or paddleboarding —and to remain safe, Hurdman offers these three tips: ❚ Know what you’re doing before you get in the water. ❚ Understand and respect weather conditions. ❚ Don’t go it alone; you never know what could happen.

information on becoming a certified diver.) For those who prefer beach dives or snorkeling, there’s plenty to see from public beaches, including Red Reef Park in Boca Raton and Gulfstream Park in Gulf Stream. Summer is a great time to go snorkeling/diving because of warmer and clearer water, but it’s always best to get out early, because afternoon summer squalls are common and can hinder visibility. Whether snorkeling or scuba diving, a diving flag is es-

sential. Orientation dives are recommended for those swimming in an unfamiliar area. Don’t Miss: The “Delray Wreck,” just 150 yards off the south end of Delray’s public beach, is actually the remains of the S.S. Inchulva, which sank in a 1903 hurricane. Easily accessible, the wreck provides a welcoming habitat for an abundance of marine life and is popular with both scuba divers and snorkelers. july/august/september


To discover one of the most popular new additions to the Boca Beach Club, just look up. You’ll see a host of colorful, 30-foot show kites dancing in the briny breeze, courtesy of kite concierge Randy Lowe (randythekiteman. com). Each weekend, kids and kids at heart enjoy flying characters such as Garfield the Cat and Sammy the Sea Turtle, the Beach Club’s mascot. Lowe, a retired math teacher from the Boston Public School District, discovered his love for kites on a beach in New England. He has since invested around $100,000 in the hobby, purchasing impressive pieces from New Zealand, home to kite-flyer extraordinaire Peter Lynn. Now living in Delray Beach, Lowe loves sharing his passion with hotel guests and members. “I enjoy putting on a kite show and watching them looking up with amazement at the different variety and sizes of my kites,” Lowe says. “I enjoy showing members how to fly them, and I try to show their kids the enjoyment of doing something outside. They realize, as I do, the pleasure and satisfaction one gets out of putting on a kite show.”

Barefoot waterskiing

Where: The Scuba Center, 885 S.E. Sixth Ave., Delray Beach, 561/278-7020,

WaterSkiing on Lake ida

What’s the draW: Lake Ida is a best-kept secret for water-skiers; the water is calm, and the lake is connected to several canals. Those who have never skied before find that Lake Ida is a great place to learn, with instruction offered by champion skier Mike Frankenbush, who runs the Walkin on Water Ski School. Specializing in teaching barefoot water skiing, the school also offers instruction on several other styles of skiing for all levels of skiers. For those who don’t need instruction, Frankenbush provides the boat and all necessary equipment. The school, which serves children as young as 5 or 6 and adults of all ages, offers inner-tube pulls for those who just want to enjoy being in the water.

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don’t Miss: The wide drainage canals throughout the area are great for skiers who want calm water and less boat traffic than on the area’s lakes. Where: Walkin on Water Ski School, Lake Ida, Delray Beach, 561/762-0955,

Water ParkS

What’s the draW: South Florida is home

to popular water parks, the largest of which is Rapids in West Palm Beach (smaller parks include Calypso Bay in Royal Palm Beach and Coconut Cove Waterpark in Boca Raton). But for little ones, there’s a hidden gem: the Splash Park at the Catherine Strong Center in Delray Beach. With a flat surface and zero depth, the splash park is perfect for moms and tots to cool off and for youngsters to get acquainted with having fun in the water. There is also enough to hold the attention of slightly older children who enjoy getting soaked on a hot summer day. The park features dragons and dogs and cats that shoot water as well as buckets that drop water intermittently. The splash park is open from 8 a.m. to dusk Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends. Go early in the day during summer, when the park is popular with summer camps. The city of Delray Beach also operates two swimming pools open to the public at Pompey Park and at the Delray Swim and Tennis Club. don’t Miss: Have a picnic in the park at the pavilion adjacent to the splash park. A playground geared to younger children is nearby. Where: Splash Parks and Pools, Catherine Strong Park, 1500 S.W. Sixth St., Delray Beach, 561/243-7194 (visit mydelraybeach. com for info on Pompey Park and Delray Swim and Tennis Club) delray beach magazine


Q: Why is Delray Beach so great in the summertime?




What’s the draW: One of the newest properties in town, this luxury boutique hotel is perfectly situated between the beach and downtown, and it has a beach club. don’t miss: The Delray Summer Getaway features room rates starting at $159. The Weekday Breakaway Package includes a $50 resort credit, a welcome amenity and two complimentary fitness classes when guests book a deluxe room with a minimum twonight stay between Sunday and Thursday. Where: 1000 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/665-4800,


the Uniquely Boca Summer Package features rates starting at $239 and includes free breakfast, parking and late checkout, as well as a waived resort fee. It also includes discounted activities for guests of every age and interest— from golf green fees to spa services. Where: 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 888/543-1277,


What’s the draW: The only thing that rivals the storied history of this sprawling oceanfront resort—built by Henry Flagler—is its standard of luxury. On 140 perfectly manicured acres, this Palm Beach institution is a world unto itself, with a grand spa, golf, croquet, fine dining, a private beach and several pools. don’t miss: Summer rates, good through September, start at $289, which represents up to 45 percent savings versus peak season.

What’s the draW: This historic property boasts tons of amenities, a range of accommodations and first-class dining (we’re partial to Cielo on the Tower’s 27th floor).

Where: 1 S. County Road, Palm Beach, 888/273-2537,

don’t miss: Available through September,

What’s the draW: This intimate oasis has a


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“Delray Beach is a great place to escape in the summer. There are a number of festivals and seasonal events, whether it’s the annual Fourth of July parade on Atlantic Avenue that ends in fireworks over the Atlantic Ocean or the popular Bon Festival at the Morikami Museum—a threeday event with cultural performances.” —William Sander general manager, Seagate Hotel and Spa

laid-back, tropical vibe, complete with live music and an in-the-know scene at its Tiki Bar. don’t miss: The Summer Mangoes & Margarita Package starts at $169 for a BeachHouse room and at $199 for a suite. It includes two fresh mangoes, two margaritas, a fresh baked rum cake—and “no worries.” Where: 82 Gleason St., Delray Beach, 561/278-1700,


What’s the draW: The British Colonial hotel is steps from Worth Avenue and just had an extensive renovation. Its Royal Room Cabaret is an island treasure. don’t miss: For $300, the Royal Room Summer Package comprises one night of deluxe hotel accommodations (available through Sept. 1), a Royal Room Cabaret show for two and a full English breakfast for two each morning. Other packages include Girls Want to Have Fun ($495) and the Florida Resident Special ($175). Where: 155 Hammon Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-5430 july/august/september

Mandarin Oriental


Choose from a variety of activities and services at The Breakers—there’s a little something for everybody. [1] Get a moonliGht massaGe. Available through the end of the year, The Spa at The Breakers offers this treatment only when there’s a full moon. The 90-minute massage is performed at sunset in the oceanfront sanctuary. [2] Putt like a Pro. The John Webster Golf Academy offers instruction at state-of-the-art learning centers at both the Ocean Course and the Rees Jones Course, both of which are suitable for all skill levels.

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What’s the draW: The spa is stellar, Azul is one of Miami’s best restaurants and all the guest rooms were recently redesigned.

don’t miss: The Insider Offer, with rates from $219, includes daily breakfast, valet parking and special offers at the spa and boutique (good through September). Where: 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, 305/913-8288,

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What’s the draW: “Barefoot elegance” is the theme at this oceanfront favorite, where the nightly Resort Turndown transforms the property into a dreamy landscape. don’t miss: With rates starting at $684, the Treat You Package offers a fourth night free after three nights on the Club Level. The Ritz also offers summer camps, including Surf Camp, Tech Camp, Model Camp and Camp Coast. Where: 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, 561/533-6000, Palm Beach

histOriC hartMan hOuse

What’s the draW: This little gem of a B&B is a historic landmark that recalls “an easier, gentler time,” while offering modern amenities like Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. don’t miss: If you stay two nights, you’ll receive half off the third night. Plus, all guests july/august/september

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get $5 off on Delray Yacht Cruises as well as special deals at many local restaurants. Where: 302 N.E. Seventh Ave., Delray Beach, 866/787-2302, delraybeachbedandbreakfast. com

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What’s the draW: Right across A1A from the beach, this seaside hotel features the excellent Seacrest Grill and nightly entertainment in O’Grady’s Lounge. don’t miss: The Spoil Yourself Spa Package, starting at $309, comprises a partial ocean-view room and two spa services. Starting at $379, the Summer Romance Package includes a partial ocean-view suite, breakfast for two daily, a $75 resort credit and a bottle of bubbly. Packages valid through September. Where: 10 N. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, 561/274-3200, Please note: Restrictions apply and rates vary by dates of travel. Check online or call property directly for details.

[3] have a family niGht. Dine on home-style fare with the whole crew at the kid-friendly Italian Restaurant, and then hit up some games at the resort’s entertainment center (skee ball, anyone?). [4] lounGe in a beach bunGalow. Twenty-five spacious bungalows feature private patios, refrigerators, flat-screen TVs, full bathrooms and concierge service — just steps from the ocean. [5] order crab cakes at The Seafood Bar. The appetizer is one of the most popular dishes at this iconic venue, with gorgeous views of the Atlantic and its signature aquarium bar. Up to 15 types of fresh fish are flown in daily.

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savor the avenue

More than 1,000 guests gathered at Florida’s longest table for the fourth annual Savor the Avenue, presented by Boca Raton and Delray Beach magazines, and the Downtown Development Authority of Delray Beach. Guests, sitting at a 1,300-foot-long table that ran down the middle of Atlantic Avenue, enjoyed delicious courses from 18 top Delray Beach restaurants. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]

Debbie Arena, Peggy Morn Doepper and Becky Matthews Darien Arden and Marjorie Ferrer Elissa Masler, Karin Capezzali, Suzanne Bower and Robin deLisser Robert Smela, Marianne Spagna, Ellie Smela and Dick Spagna The table at Savor ran several blocks down Atlantic Aveune. Suzanne Boyd and Ellen Stueck A dish from 32 East





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special thanks

We salute the following restaurants, sponsors and participants for helping to make Savor the Avenue possible: 32 East, Cabana El Rey, Café de France, Caffé Luna Rosa, City Oyster, Cut 432, Gol! The Taste of Brazil, La Cigale, Lemongrass Asian Bistro, Max’s Harvest, Prime, SpoonFed, Sundy House, The Office, Tramonti Italian Ristorante, Tryst, Union and Vic & Angelo’s; the teams at Rutherford WineCompany and Xanté; JM Lexus; Delray Garden Center; the Downtown Development Authority; Charles Andrews of Blue Coast Real Estate and Development Group; and Suzanne Boyd, our mistress of ceremonies. A portion of the event proceeds benefited the Office Depot Foundation.


let the library celebration begin

The Delray Beach Public Library recently celebrated its 99th birthday and the start of its centennial year with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and debut of two, new banners. More than 75 local residents and dignitaries enjoyed a cocktail reception, live music, and light bites courtesy of Sundy House. Delray Beach magazine is part of the centennial sponsorship. The library was founded in 1913 by the Ladies Improvement Association. [ 8 ] John Burke, Joann Haros and Dorothy MacDiarmid [ 9 ] Residents and guests at the celebration


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rainbow connection

The Museum of Lifestyle and Fashion History’s seventh annual Children and Parent’s Day celebrated National Find-A-Rainbow Day in Boynton Beach. The day’s activities revolved around the colorful theme, including gardening activities, storybook reading, arts and crafts, and glitter tattoos. The festive program aims to provide a fun-filled day of arts, crafts and history education activities for families. [ 1 ] Carmen Sanchéz, Lori J. Durante and Cheryl Moffett


are you ready for some football?

NFL Network analyst and Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk was spotted on the green at Addison Reserve Country Club in Delray Beach. The former All-Pro running back was preparing for a charity golf tournament benefiting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County. [ 2 ] Ehroll Miller, Marshall Faulk and Michael Buckstein


discover your heritage

More than 250 guests gathered in a private Palm Beach home for the 13th annual Center for Creative Education’s spring luncheon. Attendees were led through a “living museum,” which the students spent more than two months creating. During the evening, guests were able to see how the CCE’s programming is used to improve learning potential and academic performance through the arts. [ 3 ] Talbott Maxey, Steve Myers and Kit Pannill [ 4 ] Michael and Barbara Crimi [ 5 ] Hidden Oaks students Rachel Dippolito, Mya Robinson and Ashlee Williams greet Rod Montgomery




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a miracle masquerade

The Milagro Center’s “2012 Miracle Masquerade” fundraising event was a smash success at Mercedes-Benz of Delray. The masked evening included cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and music and dance performances by the Milagro children. Guests were able to bid on big-ticket items, including an African safari excursion, Schnorkie puppy and a 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-series two-year lease. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

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“Savor the Summer” with The Glamorous Gourmet and Max’s Harvest! The series will feature six courses of innovative and delicious cuisine designed by Executive Chef Chris Miracolo and paired with exceptional wines from our featured producers selected by Sommelier Stephanie Miskew.

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hen it comes to dining out in our little corner of paradise, the good old days are right now. Clay Conley dishes up big city cuisine at his casually sophisticated Buccan in Palm Beach. Dennis Max tapped into the big city “farm-to-table” movement with Max’s Harvest in Delray. Shaun and Sharon Aloisio brought true Neapolitan pizza to Delray with Scuola Vecchia. And now Angelo Elia, whose Casa D’Angelos in Boca and Fort Lauderdale have already done much to raise the local Italian dining bar, has opened a wickedly stylish interpretation of an authentic Roman trattoria, serving self-described “rustic” fare marked by impeccable raw materials and precise kitchen execution. Don’t let the rustic thing fool you. This isn’t another dandified red-sauce joint. At D’Angelo Trattoria, Elia is putting his menu where his mouth is: deep-fried artichokes, roasted veal bone marrow, braised tripe, wild boar ragout, squid ink risotto, oven-roasted piglet. These dishes may not stir a taste bud in New York or San Francisco, but here they are as refreshing as a late-July thunderstorm. Speaking of refreshing, you can’t start without mentioning the restaurant’s stellar burrata with roasted fava beans and watercress salad, which sets milky, indecently creamy burrata against nutty and earthy favas, sweet roasted tomatoes and peppery watercress. Fried calamari—big, gum-tender hoops given a gossamerlight flouring and quick, greaseless frying—is plated with just as carefully fried baby artichokes and pickled hot peppers. Pastas are as elemental as tonnarelli cacio e pepe, squared-off Roman-style spaghetti tossed with pungent pecorino Romano and plenty of black pepper, and as elaborate as pappardelle casarecce, fat


if You Go Price ranGe: Entrées $14–$29 creDit carDs: All major cards hours: Sun.–Thurs. 5–10:30 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 5–11 p.m. pasta ribbons in a lusty tomato ragout with sausage and miniature meatballs, crowned with a dollop of sweet-tangy buffalo milk ricotta. The menu lists only a handful of main courses, with a seafood special that is often branzino, a mild-flavored Mediterranean sea bass which at one visit arrived lightly kissed with lemon and dill and accompanied by grilled eggplant and silken, truffle-blessed mashed potatoes. Four thick, rosy and immensely savory lamb chops showed off a pleasant char from the wood-fired oven and a gilding of crisp-fried polenta and garlicky mushrooms. Desserts are simple, not too sweet and very Italian. Like baba rum, a rich brioche-like cake graced with vanilla custard, caramel sauce and fresh fruit, or house-made gelato, some of the best I’ve ever tasted. Like I said, the good old dining days are right now, and as close as dinner at D’Angelo Trattoria. —Bill Citara


D’Angelo Trattoria’s food may be “rustic Italian,” but its design is just the opposite. Done by Broward architect Angelo Leon, the 1920s-era cottage was completely gutted to create a smartly contemporary yet thoroughly comfortable restaurant. A fetching outdoor patio leads to a dining room that celebrates natural materials and plays dark against light. Think espresso-stained hardwood floors against Frank Lloyd Wright-ish bands of rough-finished limestone blocks, and black granite counters against the copper-faced woodfired oven and custom-made light sconces.

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[ dining guide ] Dining Key $ Inexpensive: under $17

when you can’t decide where to go. • Lunch and dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/274-2046. $$

cabana el rey—105 E. Atlantic Ave. cuban

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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. $$

32 east—32 E. Atlantic Ave. contemporary

caffé luna rosa—34 S. Ocean Blvd. Italian. This

american. The chef plans a new menu nightly— creative food, prepared with passion, based on the ingredients available during each particular season. The oak-roasted black mission figs wrapped in prosciutto with sweet Gorgonzola and frisée is just one example of the exquisite offerings at this award-winning restaurant. • Dinner Mon.–Sun. Outdoor dining. 561/276-7868. $$$

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 16-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. $$

$$ Moderate: $18 to $35 $$$ Expensive: $36 to $50 $$$$ Very expensive: $50+

brulé bistro—200 N.E. Second Ave., Suite 109. american. This cozy Pineapple Grove restaurant has small tables as well as less formal seating, a market counter and a wall of very good wines. It has the ambience of an intimate neighborhood bistro (you can take out gourmet meals as well) with the culinary IQ of a very fine restaurant. It is local Delray at its best, with entrées like Snake River Kobe flank au poivre to Maine lobster bisque with fennel pollen to veal scalloppini. This may be your catcher’s mitt for great downtown dining

Pappardelle casarecce with sausage and baby meatballs from D’Angelo Trattoria

city oyster—213 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. This stylish mainstay of Big Time Restaurant Group serves up reasonably priced seafood that never seems to disappoint, such as Chilean sea bass in a saffron bouillabaisse sauce and crab-stuffed shrimp in white-wine butter sauce. The menu also includes some turf. • Lunch Mon.–Sun. Dinner nightly. Outdoor dining. 561/272-0220. $$ cucina mio—16950 Jog Road. Italian. There are

many Italian restaurants in our culinary universe, most mining familiar culinary territory. This popular restaurant does so, too, offering sturdy renditions of Italian favorites in enormous portions at correspondingly modest prices. The menu highlight is perhaps tiramisu, rarely made as well as it is here. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner daily. 561/499-9419. $$

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

deck 84 —840 E. Atlantic Ave. contemporary american. Burt Rapoport’s ode to laid-back tropical dining is like a day at the beach without getting sand between your toes. Though the restaurant is casual, the kitchen takes its food seriously, whether the remarkably light yet beefy meatball topped with ricotta and tomato sauce, thick and juicy 10-ounce special blend burger or homey apple cobbler. And the waterfront location just seems to make everything taste better. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Brunch Sat.–Sun. Dinner daily. 561/665-8484. $

dig—5199 W. Atlantic Ave. contemporary american. Proprietor Robert Greenfield has put his green where his green is, turning the former Greenfield’s restaurant into organic-healthy-sustainable DIG (“Doing It Green”). Luckily, diners don’t have to suffer in pursuit of gastronomic rectitude with dishes like plump pan-seared diver scallops with anchovy-olive dressing and luscious chocolate mousse cake. Don’t turn up your nose at the salad bar here; the four different greens mixes are crisp and pristinely fresh. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner daily. 561/638-0500. $$ fifth avenue grill—821 S. Federal Highway. american. Since 1989, this upscale tavern has been a place where locals know they’ll get consistently good steaks and seafood. The straightforward menu focuses on entrées, especially the famed Allen Brothers beef; choose from numerous cuts and preparations— and add a lobster tail for good measure. • Lunch and dinner daily. Entrées 561/265-0122. $$

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gol! the taste of brazil—411 E. Atlantic Ave. Steak house. The classic churrascaria formula— grilled meats, served until you can’t eat another bite— is done efficiently and quite satisfyingly. Start off at the well-provisioned salad bar, which offers more than three dozen preludes to meat eating, among them well-made calamari and ham salads, rounds of smoky eggplant, and rich, old-fashioned four-cheese 74

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chicken. Meats with a bit of fat are the best choices, especially the garlicky sirloin, slices of medium-rare flank steak and hugely flavorful beef ribs. • Dinner daily. 561/272-6565. $$

greek bistro—1832 S. Federal Highway. Greek. If you care more about well-prepared, generously portioned and fairly priced food than Opa!-shouting waiters and belly dancers shaking their falafel in your tzatziki, you’ll love this modest little restaurant off the beaten Delray path. Flaky, overstuffed spanikopita and miraculously light and delicate beef meatballs should be at the top of your appetizer list, and though entrees don’t always reach those heights, both a longbraised lamb shank and grilled whole snapper are certainly satisfying. And the baklava is great. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/266-8976. $

henry’s—16850 Jog Road. American. This casual, unpretentious restaurant 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 charming, family-friendly downtown spot, but that seems to suit diners just fine. Dishes, generally well-prepared and generously portioned, include steamed chicken and shrimp dumplings with sweet soy dipping sauce and crisp-fried duck breast in a very mild red curry sauce. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. 561/330-9191. $$

il girasole—1911 S. Federal Highway. Northern Italian. Il Girasole is one of those oldies but goodies, which is no small thing when it comes to South Florida. It’s 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 frog legs. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/272-3566. $$

j&j seafood bar & grill—634 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. This local favorite on the Avenue—owned by John Hutchinson (also the chef) and wife Tina— serves up everything from burgers and wraps to entrées like fruits of the sea, pistachio-crusted snapper and jerked pork—a diversity that is unusual in a place

this size. 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. Look up “cozy” and “charming” in the dictionary, and you’ll see a picture of Jimmy Mills’ tiny restaurant. Jimmy’s cheerily unpretentious atmosphere applies to the eclectic menu, which flits from China to Italy to New Orleans at will. 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. • Lunch and dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/865-5774. $$

la cigale—253 S.E. Fifth Ave. Mediterranean. There is great satisfaction in watching professionals at work, and the staff at La Cigale is indeed a pleasure to watch. That professionalism extends to the kitchen, which turns out gently updated and classically oriented dishes notable for the quality of their ingredients and careful preparation. Sweetbreads in chanterelle cream sauce are simply glorious; a barely grilled artichoke with mustardy

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[ dining guide ] One of the many inventive Pan-Asian dishes at Lemongrass

Linguine carbonara from Buccan

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. $$$

scuola vecchia—522 E. Atlantic Ave. Neopolitan pizza. They like to say they make the “best pizza under the sun” and, well, we just have to agree. This bright new pizza and wine place makes a certified and serious Neopolitan pizza—according to standards set forth by The Associazone Pizzaliola Napolentani (APN). That means light flavorful dough, spanking fresh imported ingredients—and about as far away as you can get from the American smeary cheesy greasy version. Try the Kesté pizza: imported fresh bufula mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, proscuitto di Parma, rucala, shaved gran cru, extra virgin olive oil and basil. Pair that with a nice vino and you are transported to a pizzeria in Naples. In short: This is a don’t-miss Delray dining experence. Go now. • Lunch and dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/865-5923. $

remoulade is gloriously simple. And watching your server skillfully debone a whole (and impeccably fresh) Dover sole is almost as satisfying as eating it. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/265-0600. $$

lemongrass bistro —420 E. Atlantic Ave. Pan-Asian. Casually hip ambience, friendly service, moderate prices and a blend of sushi and nouveau pan-Asian fare make this original Lemongrass and its younger siblings some of the most popular eateries in Palm Beach County. The quality of its seafood and care in its preparation are what gives Lemongrass its edge, as evidenced by impeccably fresh salmon, tuna and yellowtail sushi. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/278-5050. $

max’s harvest—169 N.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. Restaurateur 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 local fresh, local, seasonal culinary movement. Max’s Harvest soars with dishes like plump Cedar Key clams with house-made tasso, ridiculously savory bourbon-maple glazed pork belly, and crispy skinned wild salmon with yuzutruffle vinaigrette. The made-to-order donuts are


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pure decadence and not to be missed. • Dinner daily. 561/381-9970. $$

the office—201 E. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. It’s a safe bet that your office is nothing like David Manero’s eclectic gastropub, unless your office sports red leather and cowhide chairs, more than two dozen craft beers on tap, and a menu that flits from burgers and fries to Maine sea scallops wrapped in Serrano ham. 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. $$ old calypso—900 E. Atlantic Ave. Island. The restaurant is airy and wide-open, but the draw is the Intracoastal view. A popular happy hour takes place at the center bar, and during Sunday brunch, music is added. The food is reliable and consistent, from a rich roasted-corn and crabmeat chowder to real fried green tomatoes to crispy fried lobster tails. • Brunch Sun. Lunch and dinner daily. Outdoor dining. 561/279-2300. $$ prime—110 E. Atlantic Ave. Steak/Seafood. Prime is aptly named for its heart-of-the-action

sundy house—106 S. Swinton Ave. Contemporary American. The first thing everyone mentions about this Delray Beach fixture is its spectacular garden, home to hundreds of species of exotic plants, waterfalls, gazebos and more. But the comfortingcontemporary food deserves notice too, realized in such dishes as expertly fried calamari with zesty Moroccan-style aioli, savory rack of lamb crusted with herbs, mustard and horseradish, and seared salmon with rich coarse-grain mustard sauce. Portions are enormous, so bring your appetite. • Lunch Tues.–Sat. Brunch Sun. Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/272-5678. $$ tramonti—119 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. With its roots in New York’s Angelo’s of Mulberry Street, this venue is always packed. Homemade stuffed manicotti is aromatic and glorious. Tramonti’s platter for two, containing fillet Marsala, veal cutlet with prosciutto, fried zucchini and potato croquettes, is terrific. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. Entrées Outdoor dining. 561/272-1944. $$ 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. The dining experience has stepped up to the plate, so to speak. Try the crispfried rock shrimp with Thai-style dipping sauce and the fat wedge of iceberg lettuce with bacon bits and tomatoes in a tangy ranch dressing. • Lunch Mon.– Fri. 561/921-0201. $$ july/august/september

vic & angelo’s—290 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. God is in the details at the second outpost of this hugely popular upscale trattoria, and He doesn’t miss much. Wine service, table service—even the design of the restaurant—leave nothing to chance and no loose ends hanging. As for the food, ingredients like Buffalo mozzarella, house-made pastas and San Marzano tomatoes are first-rate; execution is typically spot on. Try the signature “Old School” meatball to start, the whole-wheat tagliatelle with garlic and chili-infused olive oil and the perfectly cooked veal chop. Portions are substantial. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/2789570. $$$

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ing to split the difference between happening bar and American café, Bar Louie mostly succeeds, offering a variety of old and new favorites, from burgers and pizzas to fish tacos and a variety of salads, all at moderate prices and in truly daunting portions. Don’t miss the carrot cake bites dessertini. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/853-0090. $

china dumpling—1899-5 N. Congress Ave. chinese. This is a nice neighborhood restaurant where the food is the star. 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 mighty enticing. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/737-2782. $ prime catch—700 E. Woolbright Road. Seafood. Fresh seafood, prepared simply and with care, is at the heart of this popular restaurant with a pleasant view of the Intracoastal. There are contemporary dishes as well, but it’s tough to get past the simple pleasures of full-belly clams, fried sweet and crispy, or a perfectly grilled piece of mahi or first-rate bouillabaisse overflowing with tender fish and shellfish. Don’t miss the Key lime pie; it’s one of the best around. • Lunch and dinner daily, Sunday brunch. 561/737-8822. $$

sushi simon—1614 S. Federal Highway. Japanese/sushi. Simon says this small, modest sushi bar in a nothing-much strip mall serves some of freshest and finest raw fish around. It’s already been discovered by local sushi-philes, who gladly jam the long, narrow dining room for a taste of such impeccable nigirizushi as hamachi, tilefish and uni (only available in season), as well as more elaborate dishes like the sublime snowy grouper Morimoto and opulent tuna tartare. Creative and even more elaborate rolls are a specialty, and while some can be an overwhelming mélange of tastes and textures, others—like the elegant South Beach Roll—are more balanced. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/731-1819. $$ july/august/september

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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 restaurant. 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. (Mon.–Sat. May to Oct.). 561/585-0320. $$

fiorentina—707 Lake Ave. Italian. Though it may seem like the last thing we need is one more Italian restaurant, this cozy, casual eatery fills a niche that will make you glad it’s around. It’s a niche marked by modest prices, a menu with more than just the most familiar Italian culinary suspects and an easy-going ambience that’s more like that of a familiar neighborhood bar. Burrata imported from Puglia is a luscious part of Caprese salad. Giant shrimp with white beans is a fine rendition of a Tuscan classic. Chicken cooked under a brick and the signature rigatoni alla Bucaiola are worthy contenders , as is the airy ricotta cheesecake. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/588-9707. $$

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 wild striped sea bass is definitely a must-try. Plus, the wine list is a veritable tome. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/5472500. $$$ safire asian fusion—817 Lake Ave. Panasian. This stylish little restaurant offers food that gently marries East and West, plus a roster of more traditional Thai dishes and inventive sushi rolls. Menu standouts include tempura-fried rock shrimp or calamari cloaked with a lush-fiery “spicy cream sauce.” Expect neighborly service and reasonable prices. • Lunch Tues.–Fri. Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/588-7768. $

LaNtaNa the station house—233 Lantana Road. Seafood. If you’re hungry for Maine lobster, plucked live out of giant tanks and cooked to order, this modest replica of a 1920s train station is the place to go. Lobsters come in almost every size imaginable (up to 8 pounds) and are so reasonably priced

Linguine carbonara from Buccan

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 for the see-and-be-seen crowd. The venerable restaurant offers a marvelous array of risottos and fresh pastas and classic dishes like veal chop Milanese, sautéed chicken breast and stuffed rack of lamb. The wine list features great vintages. • Lunch and dinner daily. Outdoor dining. 561/835-1600. $$$

buccan—350 S. County Road. contemporary american. The elegance of Palm Beach meets the modern culinary sensibilities of Miami at the first independent restaurant by chef Clay Conley (formerly of Azul at the Mandarin Oriental). The restaurant has something for just about everybody, from a design that offers both intimate and energetic dining areas to a menu that is by turn familiar (Caesar salad, fried calamari) and more adventurous (sweetbread and mushroom spring roll). • Dinner daily, Sunday brunch. 561/833-3450. $$

café boulud—The Brazilian Court, 301 Australian Ave. French with american flair. This hotel restaurant gives Palm Beach a taste of Daniel Boulud’s world-class cuisine inspired by his four muses. The chef oversees a menu encompassing classics, simple fare, seasonal offerings and dishes from around the world. Dining is in the courtyard, the elegant lounge or the sophisticated dining room. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/655-6060. $$$ café l’europe—331 S. County Road. current international. A Palm Beach standard, the café has long been known for its peerless beauty, the piano player, the chilled martinis and the delicious Champagne and caviar bar. Try one of its sophisticated classics like Wiener schnitzel with herbed spaetzle, grilled veal chop and flavorful pastas. • Lunch Tues.–Fri. Dinner nightly (closed Mon. during summer). 561/655-4020. $$$ chez jean-pierre—132 N. County Road. French. Sumptuous cuisine, attentive servers and a see-and-be-seen crowd are hallmarks of one of the island’s premier restaurants. Indulgences include scrambled eggs with caviar and the Dover sole meunière filleted tableside. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/833-1171. $$$

cucina dell’ arte—257 Royal Poinciana Way. Italian. The wide range of items on the menu in-


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cludes a sausage and fennel pizzette for one and Barolo-braised short ribs with white polenta. The great quality of Cucina’s cuisine, combined with its fine service, ensures a fun place for a casual yet delectable meal—not to mention being a vantage point for spotting local celebs. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/6550770. $$

echo—230A Sunrise Ave. Asian. The cuisine here reverberates with the tastes of China, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam and is spec-ta-cular. 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. • Dinner nightly (during season). 561/802-4222. $$

nick & johnnie’s—207 Royal Poinciana Way. Contemporary American. Expect flavorful, well-prepared, moderately priced Californiaesque cuisine in a casual setting with affordable wines and young, energetic servers who make everyone feel like a local. Check out the ahi tuna tacos or short-rib sliders for appetizers, and try the four-cheese tortellini as a main course. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/655-3319. $$

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renato’s—87 Via Mizner. Italian with continental flair. This most romantic hideaway is comfortably 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 a casual, yet refined ambience, The Restaurant is the premier dining venue at the Four Seasons Palm Beach. Savor fresh Atlantic seafood in a contemporary setting complemented by innovative cocktails. Live entertainment on Saturday night. • 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 posh-casual refuge for the see-and-be-seen crowd in and around Palm Beach. The eclectic menu offers everything from spicy shrimp-crab cakes and roasted duck with orange blossom honey-ginger sauce to dry-aged steaks and an assortment of pizzas. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/835-3500. $$ july/august/september

Summer 2012 Schedule June 21 (6:00-9:00pm) Centennial Dine Out for a Cause 50 Ocean with Celebrity Chef Kerry Morrissey July 20 (6:00-11:00pm) Delray Beach Bus Loop July 26 (6:00-9:00pm) Centennial Dine Out for a Cause Sundy House with Celebrity Chef Michael Malone August 9-10 (5:00-10:00pm) Delray Beach Tastemakers 2012 August 18 (4:00-8:00pm) Beach, Barbeque & Books The Delray Beach Club August 23 (6:00-9:00pm) Centennial Dine Out for a Cause 75 Main featuring The Dockerty Family as Celebrity Chefs

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[ my turn]

By John Shuff

love story It wasn’t always pretty, but it’s lasted almost 50 years. Love is the only game that is not called on account of darkness.

—M. Hirchfield


don’t mean to use this column as a pulpit; I’d rather use the space to write about the experiences that have made my life special. So I thought that since this August my wife, Margaret Mary, and I will celebrate our 49th wedding anniversary, I’d talk about love—the good, the bad and the ugly. Three months into our marriage Margaret Mary threw a plate of food at me. I had made a smart-ass comment about my young bride’s cooking and she, after rushing home from her teaching job to prepare our dinner, retaliated by dumping a whole plate of meatloaf and mashed potatoes—plus the gravy—into my lap. Any food that failed to hit the target landed on the wall. Never again did I make unwarranted critiques of her culinary skills. Undaunted, it took me another 20 years to get back into her no-fly zone. This time I was complaining about some work that had been done in our home, which Margaret Mary had supervised. After hearing me go on a good 20 minutes or so, my small but motivated wife did the unthinkable: she got behind my wheelchair and launched me into our swimming pool—clothes and all. I haven’t had very much to say since that day, as I have no idea what evil thoughts might lurk in her mind if I step too far out of line. (Suffice it to say, I would never question her judgment if we were anywhere near the edge of the Grand Canyon.)


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Delray Beach magazine owners John & Margaret Mary Shuff

Still, despite our sometimes more dramatic moments, the past five decades have taught me that arguments don’t define a relationship; they only help to establish its boundaries. And I’ve also come to understand that enduring love is non-negotiable. The late writer William Somerset Maugham said it best when he wrote: “We are not the same person this year or last, nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.” Think about it: We must be ready to accept, unconditionally, the person we love no matter the circumstances. As we grow older we are going to encounter situations that will strain our love. For example, being diagnosed 38 years ago with multiple sclerosis and living with it has strained the relationship between Margaret Mary and me. I’m not the same guy she married physically or emotionally. But over the years we’ve adjusted to this reality and have worked to keep the spark alive. Spouses always have the option of walking out the door, and about half do these days. The other half has their reasons for staying in the relationship, and commitment to their spouses emerges as the principal one. Today we laugh about the plate of food in my lap, or that night I landed in the pool with my clothes on. We know we’ve survived those moments—and we’ve learned that they are overshadowed by what Corinthians says are the “three things that last forever—faith, hope and love— and that the greatest of all of them is love.” This summer, make every day special by expressing love in all that you say and do. It will have a profound impact on your relationships, and it will keep you focused on what is really important.


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Delray Beach magazine, July 2012.

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