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I don’t know about you, but with 2022 fully in the rearview mirror, I’m ready to take on a new year, new challenges, and new opportunities. That’s why this January/February double issue of FLI offers a lineup of stories with just what we all need to tackle these next two months with style and substance.
Does turning the calendar to January have you wondering what resolutions to make— and how to keep them? Then don’t miss Christiana Lilly’s roundup feature, “New Leaf.” Beginning on page 54, we explore 10 of the most popular start-of-year changes to make, with handy tips and tricks from local Laudy experts on how to get started with success and stay on track for the long haul.
A new year means new potential. Before you can welcome this promising energy, you may need to let go of baggage carried over from 2022 (and beyond)—and New Age practices can help. Check out Jess Swanson’s guide to reiki, energy clearing, and the power of crystals in “Crystal Clear” on page 28.
February will usher in the inaugural Pride of the Americas Festival in Fort Lauderdale, a weekend chock-full of inclusive celebrations up and down our beaches and waterways— including musical acts headlined by Boy George and culminating in a parade down scenic GAY1A (aka A1A). If you need a respite from the sun and sand while showing your pride, don’t miss this issue’s FLI Guide to Wilton Manors—everyone’s favorite gayborhood—beginning on page 24.
And with Valentine’s Day upon us, it’s time to shift back to gifting mode. But what do you buy someone when you want to say “be mine” via the perfect present? Turn to page 60 for Liza Grant’s Smith’s “Gifted Program” and scout the sweetest products for any personality.
There’s nothing like the roar of more than 20,000 hockey fans cheering for the Florida Panthers (or jeering the Cats’ opponent) inside FLA Live Arena on any given game night. But photographer Alexander Aguiar and I were lucky enough to experience the opposite—the quiet hush and empty seats as the Panthers took the ice for practice. What a thrill to spend the day with Matthew Tkachuk and Aleksander Barkov—two of the nicest, most talented, and most highly lauded players in the NHL. We’re lucky they’re on our team (and in this month’s pages of FLI).
Over in Sunrise, hockey is taking South Florida by storm. FLA Live Arena (home of the Florida Panthers) will host the 2023 NHL All-Star Game in February for the ﬁrst time in 20 years, giving local fans a chance to see the stars of the league showcasing their prodigious abilities. And then there’s the Florida Panthers themselves: Last year, after putting on a spectacular regular season and winning the NHL’s Presidents’ Trophy, they were eliminated in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. But this year, the team has a new weapon in winger Matthew Tkachuk, who joined the Panthers with an eight-year, $76-million contract last summer. Can his gritty style of play—combined with the leadership of veteran captain Aleksander Barkov and the Panthers’ other hotshot players—put the Cats in the hunt to hoist the Cup this year? Read my feature story, “Calling the Shots,” beginning on page 46, to ﬁnd out.
I hope this issue inspires you to ﬁnd your own way to make a fresh start here in the paradise that is Fort Lauderdale. Cheers to 2023!
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Step inside Tufting House and watch as balls of yarn transform into colorful creations. The concept is called tufting, a type of textile weaving used to make things like hats, gloves, coasters, and rugs. If you’re an avid TikToker, you might have spotted some tufting videos on your feed, which is how Tufting House owner Alex Antonio stumbled upon it during the height of the pandemic. Intrigued, she decided to take a class and fell in love. She opened her Fort Lauderdale
outpost in October with help from partners Amanda Antonio and Jorge Parrado. “Our mission is to provide the community with a creative outlet while providing a high-level experience,” she says.
Tufting House specializes in rugs. Before class, participants can choose from a gallery of provided designs or pick one online. A standard class runs for four hours (shorter options are also available) and includes a demo on how to use the tufting gun before getting to work on your rug, which is also glued and trimmed before you leave class. Don’t miss out on upcoming themed classes offering designs inspired by Harry Potter, sneakers, and Valentine’s Day. Head online for more info and the full schedule. (tufting house.com) Melissa Puppo
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Sistrunk now sits as a 42,000squarefoot complex in which patrons can shop, dine, work, and play.
As contaminants in public waters continue to threaten our community, one South Florida school has created a program to train the next generation of sustainability leaders to combat this crisis. It’s called Sea Lab, a 20-by-20-foot tidal pool that floods daily with the rising of tides in the Middle River waterway system. FLI caught up with Spencer Taintor, head of school at Saint Mark’s Episcopal School, to learn how young scientists are using the lab. (saintmarks.com) M.P.
Fans of Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery in Flagler Village can sing praise with the recent expansion dubbed Sistrunk Station. “Sistrunk Station is a new generation of office and workspace that gives entrepreneurs, artists, and businesses an opportunity to enhance their work life by creating a complex to work and play,” says Steven D’Apuzzo, founder of Society 8 Hospitality Group, Sistrunk Station, and Sistrunk Marketplace. Now doubled in size to 42,000 square feet, the complex offers something for everyone, from business lofts to a place to work out, plus incredible food experiences. Here are three things not to miss. (sistrunkstation.com)
1. ATMOS IMMERSIVE DINING EXPERIENCE
Fort Lauderdale’s most unique culinary experience is Atmos, a fine dining journey that will invigorate your senses. A combo of tech and gastronomy set the scene for an intimate dinner available in a range of travel themes such as “Passport Europe” and “Passport South America.” (atmosdining.com)
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This Laudy favorite has planted new roots inside Sistrunk Station. Drop in for a class or sign up to enjoy a range of programs from Crossfit to ToneFit to personal training. (flaglervillagecrossfit.com)
Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or buy someone else a gift, check out this co-op-style retail boutique featuring merchandise by local artisans and entrepreneurs. (kollectiveshop.com) —M.P.
box thinking in designing and testing in real tidal conditions economically sustainable seawalls that would help our neighbors and businesses protect their property and way of life here in Fort Lauderdale and possibly beyond.
Who can participate in Sea Lab?
The students here on campus using Sea Lab will be from ages 5 to 13. However, our partnership with local universities and other schools will mean our age group will be from 5 to adulthood. Students will be learning about how to engineer effective barriers to sea level rise and tidal flooding, water quality and how to measure it, identification of microplastics and their sources as well as forever chemicals, to name a few.
FLI: What’s the goal of the program?
Taintor: Sea Lab was born from the idea of inspiring students to be problem-solvers to local sustainability challenges. Back in 2019, the Greater Fort Lauderdale business community was waking up to the effects of sea level rise but was challenged by the current costly methods for seawall construction. We thought our kids could provide out-of-the-
How do you see this program expanding in the future?
We would love for this to be a model for other schools around the world to tackle their own local sustainability challenges. We have plans to invite science teachers and administrators to learn how to do this at their schools and help them launch their own efforts.
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Fort Lauderdale Art and Design Week
Launched in 2020, Fort Lauderdale Art and Design Week was created out of a desire to unite artists and the public. Since its inception, the event has offered selfguided tours, events, and a celebration of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s cultural scene. This year’s rendition (January 21-29) will bring a slew of new exhibitions to locales including the NSU Art Museum, Coral Springs Museum of Art, and Art & Culture Center/Hollywood,
Don’t miss Ignite’s kickoff January 25 at the Museum of Discovery and Science. (ftladw.com)
Pegasus World Cup
Brush off your boots and get your fascinators primed and ready! The high-purse, ultra-posh Pegasus World Cup returns to Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach January 28. This horse race is known to many as South Florida’s leading luxury sports and lifestyle event of the year, and this iteration will be no different. 1/ST is teaming up with Groot Hospitality’s LIV nightclub to bring an over-the-top Miami feel to thoroughbred horse racing’s hottest party, with a trackside takeover of Gulfstream Park’s Carousel Club. Enjoy curated guest experiences featuring top-tier entertainment, celebrities, VIP hospitality, eclectic programming, and post-race A-list performances. (pegasusworldcup.com)
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suggests checking out Ignite Broward, a family-friendly art experience featuring five days and nights of immersive light- and sound-based art created by top national and international artists and designers.
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Fort Lauderdale Art and Design Week provides an avenue for everyone in Broward County to explore art and culture via exhibitions and events.
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WILD FOR WILTON MANORS
OUR GET-OUT-THERE GUIDE TO SOUTH FLORIDA’S FAVORITE GAYBORHOOD, WHERE EVERYONE IS WELCOME
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There are few places in South Florida as colorful as Wilton Manors. Tucked 10 minutes north of Fort Lauderdale’s core, this city is home to more than 11,000 residents, but it exudes a smalltown feel. Its limits are marked by boat-filled canals (earning it the nickname of the Island City) while its main thoroughfare, Wilton Drive, is dotted with towering palms, vibrant nightlife, restaurants offering international cuisine, and shops that span from touristy to trendy. There are plenty of modern mansions and preserved abodes to gawk at in the residential areas, too. But the vibe binding it all together is visible inclusivity and LGBTQ+ pride. To make the most of a Wilton Manors adventure, pin these experiences to the top of your itinerary.
Now in its eleventh season, Island City Stage often infuses its productions with LGBTQ+ themes. Among its 2023 scheduled performances are the transgender comedy Rotterdam by Jon Brittain (January 19 to February 19) and Tracy Jones by Stephen Kaplan (May 18 to June 18), which focuses on a party that the title character is hosting in which every other woman on earth named Tracy Jones is invited. The intimate venue has six rows of stadium seating, so book your tickets in advance. (islandcitystage.org)
Yes, there are still plenty of places for a quiet retreat in South Florida—and Wilton Manors’ Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve is one of them. Among the tranquil settings to enjoy here are a river boardwalk and an observation pier on the Middle River. There are also kayak rentals and oodles of picnic nooks, making for a dreamy day in the park. For your next larger gathering in Wilton Manors (because let’s be real, you’ll want to tell your friends all about it) there are stately manors and carriage houses for rent, too. (wiltonmanors.gov)
Billed as Wilton Manors’ “all-in-one” market, To the Moon (tothe moonmarketplace.com) is a novelty and candy shop to the extreme Lovers of nostalgic candy, snarky greeting cards, and throwback figurines will get their fix at this community hub. With more than 90 types of dark chocolate bars and 100 types of black licorice, the question becomes: How much of a sugar high can you handle? For freshly baked goods—including strawberry rhubarb pie and a lemon white chocolate mousse tart—stop by Stork’s Bakery (storksbakery.com). Tucked well off Wilton Drive, this spot also offers a full café and coffee menu.
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The stories of ingenuity stemming from the pandemic are plentiful. Among them, Wilton Manors local Hunter Stephens and graphic artist Andrew Spina embarked on creating a map and guide to the town’s eclectic array of public art. The result is the In Plain Sight map, which identifies and details outdoor sculptures, murals, quirky architecture, art galleries,
and other Insta-worthy design highlights throughout the community. You can pick up a print copy at city hall or pull up an interactive version on your phone or computer. (inplainsightwm.com)
If a plain old cup of joe simply will not do, The Alchemist promises to dazzle. Anchoring a super bohemian and garden-infused complex, The Alchemist boasts an extensive menu. Highlights include a signature iced coffee (with a 24-hour cold brew, condensed milk, brown sugar, and whole milk), a syphon-prepared coffee, and a Bulletproof Brew with organic coconut oil and ghee. When hunger calls, the Chef’s Breakfast (an oversize waffle made of tater tots) is sure to do the trick. (thealchemist.cafe)
Boozing it up can go in many directions in Wilton Manors. For a sleek and intimate lounge ambience, Drynk (drynkftl.com) is a great communal destination. Its craft cocktail menu (espressotinis and old-fashioneds with smoked cedar bitters, anyone?) keeps the masses coming back. If you’re looking to get lit, don’t miss Lit Bar (litwilton.com). In addition to a large indoor bar setup with dartboards, Lit’s patio is equally as raucous, complete with cornhole and giant Jenga.
EXPLORE THE DINING SCENE
Have you spotted that massive teal and magenta building on the south end of Wilton Drive? It’s a thrift shop and it’s awesome. Ninety-six cents of every dollar made at Out of the Closet (outofthecloset.org) goes to HIV treatment and prevention with AIDS Healthcare Foundation—so don’t feel guilty for scooping up those vintage shirts, dresses, and tchotchkes. If you happen to be Wilton-ing it up on the first Saturday of the month between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., the Pride Center
at Equality Park Flea Market (pridecenterflorida.org) is the place to be. Bring cash and prepare for the rarest of eccentric finds.
Union Kitchen & Bar (unionkb.com) opened in 2021 and has South American–meets–Northern Italian fare down pat. Count on homemade pastas nightly, a perfectly stir-fried lomo saltado, and some apple and ricotta doughnuts to round things out. The spot has extensive patio spaces for outdoor dining, too. If you’re perusing possibilities on Wilton Drive, end your search at Apt. 9F (apt9f.com). At this “drinking den and social eatery,” the jalapeño corn muffins and turkey meatballs give home cooking a run for its money. On the weekend, go with the banana nut pancakes. They’re nuts—literally.
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From left: Sublime, Rob Lorenson; Pride, Claudia Castillo.
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Union Kitchen & Bar’s strawberry salad
It’s in the BAG
BY JESS SWANSON
For almost 90 years, celebrities, generations of haute New Yorkers, and even former First Lady Jackie Kennedy serviced their investment-worthy bags and fine leather goods at ArtBag, the iconic handbag-restoration boutique on Madison Avenue. But last summer, owner Chris Moore made the difficult decision to not renew the store’s lease. The New York Times eulogized ArtBag’s closing with the headline, “Who Will Repair Their Birkins Now?”
But there’s no need for a eulogy—like so many New York institutions, there hasn’t been a death but rather a reincarnation (with a southern shift). Moore and his team of artisans are still hard at work repairing silk linings, restitching well-worn leather, and replacing the handles and zippers on Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, and other high-end handbags. The only difference is when you dial ArtBag (with its 212 area code), it rings at a storefront 1,200 miles away on University Drive in Coral Springs.
“Thankfully, we even were able to get the same 212 telephone number,” says Moore. “The way The New York Times article was written led people to believe we were actually going out of business, and customers were coming in with three, four, five bags at a time!”
Before the pandemic crippled the merchandise sales and foot traffic at Moore’s Madison Avenue store—the only Black-owned business on that upscale stretch between 57th and 86th streets— roughly a third of ArtBag’s profits were already coming via mail
orders from customers as far away as Wisconsin, Idaho, and California. Considering the steep rise in rents on Madison Avenue since Moore took over ArtBag from his father, Donald Moore, in 1993, and how much Moore and his wife enjoyed vacationing in South Florida, they made the decision to shutter the New York store last July. On August 1, they opened in Coral Springs, positioning themselves to service clients in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach.
Some of ArtBag’s past clients are snowbirds familiar with the store’s legacy. Others come to them through word of mouth. Though Moore is noticing less foot traffic for repair work given the car-centric nature of South Florida, he says Instagram (where he regularly posts beforeand-after photos) has been a strong referral service.
“It’s been a blessing, and we couldn’t have hoped for anything better,” Moore says. “Whenever you provide a service like we do, which is rare, and you do it well, the word will get out.” (artbag. com) «
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EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN AT ARTBAG—INCLUDING ITS NEW BASE IN BROWARD
ArtBag owner Chris Moore (left) took over the iconic shop from his father, Donald Moore (right). ArtBag’s artisans use time-honored methods of refurbishing luxury leather goods of all kinds.
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LOOKING FOR WAYS TO MAKE ROOM FOR NEW ENERGY IN 2023? CRYSTAL VISION OFFERS ALTERNATIVE HEALING ARTS.
BY JESS SWANSON
On Friday nights at Crystal Vision, the vibes are ﬂowing. Watches are known to suddenly stand still. Patrons report feeling tingles or heat in their extremities. It’s all part of the reiki circle hosted at this lime-green Hollywood shop, where practitioners trained in this ancient Eastern healing modality reportedly exchange energy through precise
From opening a speciﬁc chakra to warding oﬀ negative vibes, each crystal is said to bring its own mystical properties. And there’s perhaps no better time to harness their powers than when setting resolutions and manifestations at the start of a new year. Here are ﬁve crystals Guzman says will help you kick oﬀ 2023 right.
touches and hand movements to promote well-being. But for second-generation shop owner Stephanie Guzman, it’s just another conﬁrmation that she made the right decision to quit her communications gig and help her grandmother run the family crystal shop and Loving Touch Center reiki school after her grandfather died in 2012.
“Everyone says that my grandparents were such pioneers because when they opened the store people thought it was very Woodstock and for hippies,” says Guzman, who took her ﬁrst reiki class at age 6. “Thank God that through scientiﬁc research we’ve really gotten to see the mental beneﬁts and the ways that meditation can affect your brain. Even hospitals are recognizing reiki, and a number of our clients and students are nurses and doctors from Memorial Hospital.”
In 1986, Guzman’s grandparents opened a watch store that also displayed a shelf of crystals. More than 35 years later, there’s not a single watch on display, and that sole crystal shelf has expanded to now ﬁll the entire
Loving “Use citrine for prosperity and abundance. It works with your solar and sacral chakras to remove that procrastination, that lack of motivation. It gives you self-conﬁdence and self-esteem.”
store, with stock that includes thousands of precious stones and gems.
Since 1990, more than 10,000 students have taken a class at the reiki school that operates on the premises, and scores of individuals attend the free reiki circle each week. Though her grandmother passed away two years ago, Guzman says she’s committed to continuing the family legacy. From tarot to astrology to reiki and even shamanic energy clearings,
“I like higher ascension stones [known to aid meditation and psychic protection] like apophyllite. It’s one of my favorite go-tos. It oﬀers this really beautiful white light element into the space.”
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the shop aims to connect folks with respected practitioners—regardless of where a client may fall on the skeptic/spiritual spectrum.
“Whether you’re the happiest person or the person who’s going through a lot, you always want to ﬁnd a safe, sacred space,” Guzman says. “For me, it’s as if my grandparents passed the honor of carrying on that tradition for the community.” (crystalvisionltc.com)
Consider reiki like seasonal energetic maintenance, a tune-up for the soul. Crystal Vision’s reiki master and shaman Vanessa Green— who studied with Q'ero shamans in the mountains of Peru and the Ashaninka tribe in the Amazon—says this healing method can address a person’s mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs.
Green: You’re carrying all this stuﬀ with you—the situations that happen, the people you meet, the moods you encounter—and I can see it in the aura as dust bunnies. If you don’t take care of it and clear it, it burrows more and more and can manifest into negative thought patterns. How does your training in the shamanic arts add to the practice?
With a traditional reiki session, you’re sticking by the book with speciﬁc hand positions in speciﬁc ways and with speciﬁc symbols to have your energy cleared, your chakras aligned and working, and for synchronizations to start happening in your life. When I’m incorporating more of the shamanism, I’m connecting with the person in that same exact way, but when I’m in this space I’m ﬁguring out what is happening, [either] seeing visuals or sometimes verbally ﬁnding these clues to ﬁgure out whatever it is that has to be released. What can people who are new to reiki expect to feel?
Clients often report feeling lighter, thinking clearer, and sleeping better. It’s very diﬀerent with every person, but for the most part, the commonality across the board is a sense of peace, and that inner turmoil is now calm.
“January 22 is the Chinese New Year, and it will be the year of the water rabbit. So we’re going to use more blue crystals, such as larimar for calm and peace, [and] sodalite and kyanite for communication and co-creating.”
“Selenite is a beautiful white light stone. It’s normally super, super clear, but when it does a lot of absorbing it almost looks crystallized.”
“Tourmaline is an ancient ceremonial protection stone. Green tourmaline attracts luck, success, abundance, and prosperity. It inspires creativity and may be used to project, create, and manifest one’s goal. It might also increase one’s opportunities to earn a second income by turning an interest or hobby into a business.”
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If you’re in search of a fresh start, try a reiki session, a Shamanic energy-clearing ritual, or harnessing the power of crystals to help usher in new energy at Crystal Vision in Hollywood.
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Teacup Puppies For Sale Full-Service Puppy Boutique Conveniently Located in Aventura AVENTURA’S MOST ADORABLE ELITE QUALITY TEACUP AND TOY PUPPIES Financing is Available | 305.934.7889 l www.tinypawsteacuppuppyboutique.com Please visit our puppies at the new Tiny Paws Boutique located at 18545 W. Dixie Hwy., Aventura, FL
BY KATHERINE LANDE
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NATURAL WONDERS GET A FRESH START BY DRESSING AND DECORATING WITH EARTH’S BEST ASSETS
CURATED FINDS, LUXE ACCESSORIES,
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1. Why Knot collar necklace with Sleeping Beauty turquoise beads and 18-karat gold ($64,800),
Fine Jewelry, mishﬁnejewelry.com
Amanda Lindroth miniature Flower Flash vase and ﬂoral arrangement ($300), Lewis Miller, lewismillerdesign.com
Haishi bead necklace with malachite, diamonds, shells, and 14-karat gold ($1,150), Yenden, yenden.com
Rattan wicker basket GM with calfskin detail ($9,500), Hermès, hermes.com
Lisa Henderson Textiles x SSB Wildﬂower woven palm sun hat with ribbon from Lisa Henderson’s textile collection ($200), Sarah Bray Bermuda, sarahbraybermuda.com
Moda Operandi x Memor one-of-a-kind large mosaic art vase with shells and stones ($575), Moda Operandi, modaoperandi.com
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SPANISH INFLUENCES SET THE MOOD FOR WEEKENDS IN THE COUNTRY
BY KATHERINE LANDE
Opt for romantic details like lace, tassels, and pearls.
READY TO RIDE: Saddle-style handbags are making a chic comeback.
LEG UP: Update your shoe game with a modern take on the loafer.
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natural straw hat with sateen black ribbon ($355), Gigi Burris, gigiburris.com
KNUCKLE DOWN Jeweled Hobo mini handbag ($2,590), Alexander McQueen, Bal Harbour, Miami, alexandermcqueen.com
HI HO SILVER Saddle bag ($7,400), Dior, Miami, dior.com
CHRISTIAN DIOR RESORT 2023 The traditions of southern Spain complement the feminine direction of this collection.
KICK IT Loafer boots ($2,500), Bottega Veneta, Bal Harbour, bottegaveneta.com
FLOAT ON Cruise 2023 handbag ($3,450), Chanel, multiple locations, chanel.com
WHIPLASH Black calf loop belt ($525), Michael Kors Collection, michaelkors.com
pearl drop earrings ($5,100), State Property, marissa collections.com
LITTLE LIFT Leather loafers with heel ($1,170), Miu Miu, Miami, miumiu.com
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LOOKING THROUGH YOU
TRANSPARENT JEWELRY IS A CLEAR-CUT FASHION STATEMENT
BY MARY MURRAY
1. SHEER GENIUS Baccarat par Marie-Hélène de Taillac ring with clear crystal set in gold, $600. Baccarat, Miami Design District (us.baccarat.com)
2. RAINBOW CONNECTION Robinson Pelham Mini Elixir of Energy pendant with ﬂoating diamonds in a glass vial set in a cap with pavé rainbow sapphires and tsavorites set in 18-karat gold, $6,750. (robinsonpelham.com)
3. BLUE JEAN BABY Emily P. Wheeler Audrey choker with aquamarine, crystal quartz, and diamonds set in 18-karat gold, price upon request. (emilypwheeler.com)
4. BEAD IT Bea Bongiasca B Square beaded necklace with gold, silver, custom-cut rock crystal beads, cherry chocolate and panna glass beads, and square-cut rock crystal set in enamel, $1,550. (beabongiasca.com)
5. FRAME OF MIND Walters Faith ring with rock crystal and diamonds set in 18-karat rose gold, $4,500. Saks Fifth Avenue locations (saksﬁfthavenue.com)
6. SEE CLEARLY NOW Ippolita Luce cascade earrings with white moonstone, mother-of-pearl, and rock crystal set in 18-karat gold, $5,350. Bloomingdale’s, Aventura (bloomingdales.com)
7. SCRATCH OFF Assael earrings with black tourmalinated quartz and Tahitian natural-color cultured pearls set in platinum, $6,600. Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour (neimanmarcus.com)
8. ROCK WITH YOU David Webb ring with carved rock crystal and diamonds set in platinum, $35,000. Fred Leighton, New York (fredleighton.com)
9. LOVE FOOL Guita M cuﬀ with rock crystal and tourmaline set in 18-karat gold, $14,000. (guitam-jewelry.com)
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Airwrap Multi-Styler Complete ($600), Dyson, dyson.com
A styling tool that creates ringlets, beachy waves, smooth ﬂips, and more using aerospace-inspired tech? Sign me up. Place the device near a section of hair and watch as it creates a mini vortex (that’s the Coanda Eﬀect for you styling scientists), automatically wrapping your tresses around the barrel. The heat causes the strands to curl— without the risk of frizzing or frying associated with metal tools. —Kristen Desmond LeFevre, editor in chief
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Moroccanoil Treatment Original ($48), Moroccanoil, moroccanoil.com I’m pretty low maintenance in the hair department, but there’s one product I never skimp on: Moroccanoil. I apply the signature argan oil (a little goes a long way) to the ends of my damp hair before blow-drying, and my locks are always left shiny, smooth, and smelling amazing. —Melissa Puppo, managing editor
SIX STYLING PRODUCTS AND ACCESSORIES
THE EDITORS ARE LOVING NOW
Fluidissime spray ($42), Kérastase, kerastase-usa.com
In the pantheon of products, this is the one hair-care essential I can’t be without—whether in the salon, at home, or traveling. Sprayed on wet hair before blow-drying and styling, Fluidissime’s anti-frizz and heat-protecting ingredients keep my hair straight, smooth, and shiny in every type of climate. —Allison Wolfe Reckson, contributing editor
Everdeen headband ($125), Deepa Gurnani, deepagurnani.com
As someone who has been rocking short hair for more than 15 years, I often opt for headbands to add a little pizzazz to a special occasion look. Deepa Gurnani has a range of artistic pieces—like this one with resin pearls, glass seed beads, and brass elements—that are handmade and aﬀordable. —Mary Murray, executive editor
SahaScalp Cooling Scalp Mud Mask ($34), Fable & Mane, sephora.com
Crafted with Ayurvedic powerhouses like neem to calm irritation, apricot oil to nourish and moisturize roots, and oxygen-rich sea silt to invigorate follicles, this hydrating scalp mask is a revitalizing step in any wash-day routine and an ode to centuries-old wisdom.
—Abigail Duﬀy, web editor
SHOW OF STRENGTH
Super Strength+ Everstrong Bonding Oil ($28), Fekkai, fekkai.com
When I read that Everstrong oil strengthens keratin bonds and repairs split ends after just one use, I was skeptical. But since I’d literally tried everything on the market for my damaged hair, I decided to give this a chance—and was shocked at the transformation. Everstrong delivers what it promises, and smells great, too. —Daphne Nikolopoulos, editorial director
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Get into the GROVE
Celebrate the New Year with a glowy, renewed complexion with the help of invigorating citrus- and vitamin C–infused formulas that gently exfoliate, brighten, and tone. As an antioxidant, vitamin C protects against new free radical damage and repairs the old, so squeeze these products into your 2023 beauty routine for a fresh face all year long: Borghese Roma Power-C Firming & Brightening Serum Capsules ($77 for 50 capsules, borghese.com); Aiona Alive E-Citrus Exfoliating Cleanser ($45, aionaalive.com); Dr. Dennis Gross Vitamin C + Lactic Dewy Deep Cream ($75) and Vitamin C + Lactic 15 Percent Vitamin C Firm & Bright Serum ($85, Sephora locations); Eve Lom Radiance Repair Retinol Serum ($185, Bloomingdale’s locations); and Noble Panacea The Exceptional Vitamin C Booster ($160 for 30-piece set, Saks Fifth Avenue locations).
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live & play exactly where you want to be RESIDENCES FROM THE $500 s TO $5 MILLION LOCATED IN THE HEART OF THE PALM BEACHES NEAR SHOPPING, ENTERTAINMENT, DINING, BEACHES AND PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. Contact our Membership Office to schedule a personal visit 561.775.4763 • BallenIsles.org 100 BallenIsles Circle • Palm Beach Gardens, Florida • 33418 Redesigned State-of-the-Art 115,000 sq. ft. Grand Clubhouse • 65,000 sq. ft. Sports Complex 3 Championship Golf Courses • World-Class 21-Court Tennis and 9-Court Pickleball Center 6 Distinctive Dining Venues • 7,000 sq. ft. Fitness Center • Dedicated Pilates and Spin Studios Extensive Card Rooms • Golf and Racquet Shops • Resort-Style Swimming Pool On-Site Physical Therapy • Social Events • Cosmo & Company Salon & Spa
YOUR PASSPORT TO THE MOST FASCINATING CORNERS OF THE GLOBE
The Great Cruise COMEBACK
Five years and more than a billion dollars in the making, the justlaunched Norwegian Prima marks the first in an entire Prima class of ships by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). The 143,535-ton, 20-deck, 1,646-stateroom megaship is packed with firsts—big and small—plus groundbreaking amenities catering to all ages and vacation types.
Recreation reaches new heights—literally—on the world’s only threelevel racetrack at sea, the Prima Speedway, which snakes around the ship’s upper decks. Below, discover a colossal outdoor game zone that features everything from a cozy dart bar to 3D Ping-Pong tables and the fastest (and scariest) slide in the industry, The Drop, a 10-story freefall from deck 18 to 8.
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AFTER A LENGTHY PANDEMIC PAUSE, BIG-SHIP CRUISING IS
WITH A VENGEANCE. WITH THIS GRAND RETURN COMES A SLEW OF EYE-CATCHING NEW SHIPS THAT SPEAK TO THE INDUSTRY’S EVOLUTION AND GROWING APPEAL. KITTED OUT IN MODERN DESIGNS, CUTTING-EDGE AMENITIES, ECLECTIC DINING SPACES, AND SINGULAR ENTERTAINMENT ZONES, THESE FRESHLY MINTED SHIPS ARE REWRITING THE CRUISE NARRATIVE. HERE, WE SPOTLIGHT TWO NEWCOMERS THAT EMBODY THE NEXT-LEVEL BIG-CRUISE EXPERIENCE.
BY PAUL RUBIO
Countering the white-knuckled thrills, serenity beckons in a multimillion-dollar sculpture garden (with installations by famed artist Alexander Krivosheiw) as well as at Infinity Beach, a resort-style expanse of infinity-edge pools and plush loungers. The Mandara Spa dazzles by design, underscored by an indoor waterfall that leads to a pair of relaxation pools, one cool, another warm.
A highlight of the ship’s 18 dining venues and 17 bars and lounges is Indulge, a verita-
ble food hall with eight globally inspired outposts. Another is Metropolitan, the cruise industry’s first sustainable cocktail bar, home to zero-waste libations crafted with commonly discarded ingredients (think: repurposed watermelon rind and surplus almond croissants made into orgeat syrup).
Yet, among all the exciting newness and achievements, what truly sets the Norwegian Prima apart is the fact that it has highest staffing levels and space ratio of any contemporary or premium cruise ship. She also carries the greatest variety of suite categories available at sea, including those in The Haven by Norwegian, a multistory enclave occupying prime real estate on the top decks.
The Haven comprises the ship’s best accommodations, from 368-square-foot penthouses to the 2,100-square-foot, three-bedroom Premier Owner’s Suite, plus a dedicated restaurant, library, bar, lounge, sundeck, and gravity-defying infinity pool. It promises the atmosphere and intimacy of a superlative small ship, and it’s here that the industry-leading staff-to-guest ratio and the luxury of space feel most palpable. A Haven-specific team, from butlers to concierges to maître d’s, ensures a five-star experience, while wide open spaces abound for the likes of sunbathing, lounging, or simply enjoying deep thoughts at sea. It’s
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Scenes from the Norwegian Prima, clockwise from top left: Vibe Beach Club bar; cabana-style seating at Indulge; balcony with a hot tub in The Haven; Prima Speedway; Ocean Boulevard, which wraps around the entire ship; Concourse sculpture garden.
no wonder that those who stay in The Haven rarely leave, even at ports of call.
While enhancements and additions are erasing previous megaship stereotypes, some elements remain—just bigger and better. Those include the presence of a sprawling buffet, which is polarizing, to say the least, but it does feature some amazing Indian cuisine and barbecue specialties. There’s also a Vegasesque casino and a theater for nightly entertainment that’s anything but the cheesy cruise ship performances of yore. In fact, a high point of a recent sailing was a Broadway-caliber rendition of Tony Award–nominated Summer: The Donna Summer Musical starring American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke.
With the new Norwegian Prima, NCL brings a futuristic, floating, five-star city to life, branding the ship itself as an oceanfront destination. With a suite in The Haven and a plethora of innovative amenities at one’s disposal, big-ship cruising has never looked so fabulous. (ncl.com/cruise-ship/prima)
The latest in Celebrity’s Edge class series, Celebrity Beyond made her American debut
in November at Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades, which she’ll call home half of the year. (The other half she docks in Rome.) Enhancing the original 3D-engineered Celebrity Edge blueprint, the 104,600-ton Beyond is longer and taller than her predecessors, with an additional deck (now totaling 17), 179 more staterooms and suites (for a total of 1,646), and even more wow-factor moments.
The ship’s design stuns thanks to an excess of panoramic glass combined with sleek, personality-heavy spaces that bring the outdoors in. The multilevel Sunset Bar, for example, is a hybrid of an Italian beach club and a sexy Miami rooftop bar, with floor-to-ceiling glass that envelops the main dining area, fostering endless ocean vistas. Nearby, a rooftop garden presents an idyllic expanse for quieter cruise moments, while two double-story, martini-shaped hot tubs flank a sculpture-strewn lap pool. The openair Magic Carpet lounge slides along the edge of the ship, positioned off a different deck daily. And across the staterooms, multi-award-
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Scenes from Celebrity Beyond , clockwise from left: Eden Restaurant; pool deck; Sunset Bar; tranquil spa lobby.
While on board, savor fine-dining dishes such as butter-poached lobster (above).
winning British designer Kelly Hoppen has crafted soothing, nautical-inspired interiors.
Other big names help Beyond live up to her name, too. Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud debuts his first restaurant at sea, Le Voyage, serving elevated French cuisine. As Celebrity Cruises’ well-being advisor,
actress and Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow contributes to the wellness programming and product lines found onboard. Finally, Captain Kate McCue, the first and only woman to be named captain of a mega cruise ship, has become a star attraction in her own right due to her recent television appearances and newly found Instagram fame.
The ship’s retail component also breaks barriers. Starboard Cruise Services, the leading cruise retailer and part of ultra-luxe LVMH company, has introduced a series of haute
boutiques across the ship. Shop for jewelry, watches, handbags, and accessories at a standalone outpost of Italian luxury brand Bulgari. Pick up handsome Louis Vuitton duffels and Montblanc writing instruments at the first men’s lifestyle boutique at sea, Mankind. Or check out new finds from Stella McCartney and Marni at Sense of Self and snag a vintage handbag at What Goes Around Comes Around.
In total, Celebrity Beyond ticks all the boxes of the next-gen cruise experience we’ve been searching for, inclusive of splashy design, pioneering amenities, stellar retail, and an incredible vibe. (celebritycruises.com/ cruise-ships/celebrity-beyond) «
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Celebrity Beyond accommodations, from far left: Edge villa; Iconic Suite.
A Weekend at the Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale
SOUTH FLORIDA’S NEW PINNACLE OF OCEANSIDE LEISURE DELIVERS HIGH DESIGN, GASTRONOMIC EXCELLENCE, AND FUN-IN-THE-SUN
BY PAUL RUBIO
Friday afternoon: Check into the 189-key oceanfront property, which was modeled after a luxury ocean liner. Glass-lined balconies give way to soothing interiors by famed London-based firm Tara Bernerd & Partners. The rooms themselves merge Fort Lauderdale’s yachting heritage with mid-century modern panache, underscored by pale linen walls, silver Roman travertine–finished floors, and walnut-trimmed furnishings.
Friday night: Indulge in a culinary adventure at signature restaurant Evelyn’s, where chef Brandon Salomon and his all-star team raise the bar on eastern Mediterranean cuisine. Enjoy classics perfected plus contemporary remixes in a seductive, Martin Brudnizki–designed space. Gastronomic highlights include the truffle hummus (laced with black winter truffle, organic mushrooms grown in Loxahatchee, and white truffle oil), the tangy pear and apple fattoush, and the wood-smoked, pomegranate-glazed Ora King salmon skewers.
Saturday morning: Rise and shine for yoga on the Ocean Sun Deck at 7:30 a.m. or try televised meditation through in-room wellness programming. Grab coffee and a fresh croissant at the lobby café, Honey Fitz.
Saturday afternoon: Lounge poolside at
the family or adults-only pool (depending on your company), cozy in a canopy daybed or an ocean-fronting lounger. Look forward to complimentary treats like frosé, mezze cups, and ice-cold, blueberry-scented face towels. Order a Portside Mojito (the traditional spiked with a touch of matcha) and a light lunch of poke bowls, fresh salads, or ceviche.
Saturday night: Dine again at Evelyn’s; as Fort Lauderdale’s hottest table, it’s highly worth a second go-round. However, if desire leads you off property, pop next door to Japanese-Korean restaurant Takato, or take a short walk to Lona Cocina & Tequileria, a concept by celebrated Mexican chef Pablo Salas.
Sunday morning: Relax, feet in the sand, at the dedicated Four Seasons beach area across from the hotel. Request a picnic basket of brunch or lunch items from Honey Fitz to be delivered straight to your beach chair or daybed.
Sunday early afternoon: Cap the weekend with a rejuvenating treatment at the spa. The Signature Ebb & Flow Massage combines sound bowl meditation and a massage of fluid, long-stroke technique mimicking the movement of water. After, linger in the Himalayan salt sauna and the aromatherapy essence steam room, followed by a reawakening in the Vichy shower. (fourseasons. com/fortlauderdale) «
Stop by the spa for the Signature Ebb & Flow Massage, a 90-minute service that includes sound bowl meditation.
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Clockwise from inset: Four Seasons’ private beach area; lounger-lined pool; ocean-view room; truffle hummus at Evelyn’s.
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BY HOWARD WALKER
Picture this: You’re Captain Nemo at the controls of your very own submarine, exploring the briny deep, communing with sea monsters, unearthing sunken treasure—and all for the price of a Ferrari.
This fantasy is possible when you get behind the controls of the remarkable new Nemo submersible from Holland’s U-Boat Worx. Offered as either a one- or two-seater, with a dive rating of 330 feet, it’s currently the only private, production-built sub in the world.
Launched, literally, in 2021, the first Nemos sold for more than a million bucks. But with production ramping up, the company has slashed the price of the one-person Nemo to $545,000, and the two-person to $590,000— roughly the cost of a new Ferrari SF90 Stradale with a few options.
“The beauty of the Nemo is that with a little training, anyone can drive one,” says Erik Hasselman, U-Boat Worx’s commercial director. “If you can handle a joystick, you can control it. It’s like scuba diving without getting wet.”
So, who’s buying a Nemo, or at least considering it? According to Hasselman, that would be superyacht owners, who can crane one into the water as they do a tender. But the Nemo also appeals to boatless mortals. In fact, U-Boat Worx has developed a heavy-duty trailer so you can tow your Nemo behind a Range Rover and launch it at any marina boat ramp.
Size wise, the sub is no Red October. It’s just 9 feet long, 7 and a half feet wide, and 5 feet tall. It takes up less space than a couple of Jet Skis. At around 4,600 pounds for the single-seat Nemo 1, U-Boat Worx claims it is the lightest manned submersible ever conceived.
The design is by the company’s in-house team in Breda, Holland, and was inspired by sports cars. Yes, there’s a little bit of new Corvette in there, especially in the side openings. That curvy bodywork (available in 10 col-
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ors) wraps around a 4-inch-thick acrylic sphere, with access through a top-mounted hatch. Inside, you sit in hip-hugging, diamond-quilted bucket seats that could have been pulled out of a Bentley.
Power comes from a bunch of joystick-controlled electric thrusters juiced by a bank of lithium-ion batteries. At full charge, they can power the Nemo for up to 8 hours at breakneck speeds of around 3 knots. Hey, you’re there for the view, not to water ski.
And for the water-wary, there’s no shortage of fail-safes. Go deeper than 330 feet and the sub will automatically rise to a safer level. Experience a sudden panic attack and there’s a panic button that rushes you back up to the surface.
Of course, there’s no way the builder will let anyone take the controls without some serious instruction. You’ll need to complete an intensive two-week course at the company’s Sub Center on the reef-ringed tropical island of Curaçao, just north of Venezuela. After 20 training dives and lots of lessons on safety, oxygen levels, and not getting wrapped up in seaweed or anchor chains, you’ll walk away with full certiﬁcation.
Even though that $545,000 sticker represents a major price cut, it’s still a lot of green. One arguably more appealing alternative is to buy a Nemo
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joint membership. A one-eighth share of a Nemo 2 (based out of Curaçao) will set you back around $80,000 for 41 days of use per year, with annual running costs of about $16,500; that covers all maintenance, insurance, an annual survey, launch and recovery, post-dive cleaning, and storage.
U-Boat Worx started back in 2005 and has so far built more than 60 submersibles of all sizes, with most of the earlier ones going to deepsea exploration organizations, cruise ship operators, and underwater ﬁlm production companies. Its aim is to have 1,000 subs in operation by 2030.
“There’s nothing more liberating or fun than diving into the underwater world in the safety and comfort of your own Nemo,” adds Hasselman.
And unlike with a Ferrari, you probably won’t get a speeding ticket. «
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IS A STANLEY CUP IN THE CATS’ CARDS? MATTHEW TKACHUK AND ALEKSANDER BARKOV ARE LEAVING IT ALL ON THE ICE TO BRING HOME HOCKEY’S BIGGEST PRIZE.
By KRISTEN DESMOND LEFEVRE Photography by ALEXANDER AGUIAR
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Inset: Florida Panthers’ center and team captain Aleksander “Sasha” Barkov and winger Matthew Tkachuk in their home jerseys.
Right: Barkov waits his turn during practice drills.
It’s 80 degrees and sunny outside FLA Live Arena. But inside, on the ice—where winger Matthew Tkachuk and center Aleksander “Sasha” Barkov are practicing with the rest of their Panthers teammates—it’s a downright frigid 25 degrees. They don’t seem to feel it under their pads, jerseys, helmets, and skates. Watching them run through drills, it’s hard to comprehend how guys so built, wearing such bulky gear, balanced on nearly razor-thin blades of metal are as graceful and nuanced as they are powerful and aggressive.
It can be tricky to tell the players apart in their unmarked practice jerseys (if you squint hard enough you can spot their numbers on the backs of their helmets), but after watching the action with your face pressed against the plexiglass barrier, you start to see the differences. Barkov is all about finesse. He’s what’s known as a “two-way player,” who can rock both the defensive and offensive sides of the game. “I’m always trying to be relied on in any situation we come across,” Barkov says. Tkachuk, on the other hand, is a passion player. “I play a very offensive-minded game,” he says. “I love having a puck. I love making plays. I’m around the net and I can score those gritty types of goals.”
This dynamic duo represents the Panthers’ two biggest superstars on a team that’s a veritable constellation unto itself—and that’s just what the team’s new head coach, Paul Maurice, was looking for in 2022.
Having recently stepped down from a nine-season coaching gig with the Winnipeg Jets, Maurice was taking a break on his sofa and watching some games on television. “At heart, I’m a hockey fan,” he says. “I was no
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I JUST REALLY WANT TO BE IN A PLACE THAT HAS THE BEST CHANCE TO WIN. AND FOR ME, THAT’S THIS PLACE.”
longer confined to watching my next opponent, so for the first time in a long time, I got to watch the teams that I thought were fun to watch.”
Maurice says he kept pausing his channel surfing whenever he spotted the Panthers on-screen. “There was lots of speed, lots of skill, lots of great personalities on the team,” he recalls. “It was just exciting as hell.”
When Maurice’s youngest son was accepted into law school at the University of Miami (a mere 40-or-so miles away from the rink in Sunrise), it seemed like a sign. And when Bill Zito, the Panthers’ general manager, invited Maurice to interview for the team’s head coaching position, the universe turned up the heat—literally—under the South Florida sun. “I wasn’t necessarily coming down to get the job,” he admits. “But a couple of hours into the first interview, I found myself thinking, ‘I want to work here. I want to work for this guy. I want to work for this group.’” Maurice accepted Zito’s job offer and was announced as the Panthers’ head coach in June 2022.
For Tkachuk, moving from the Calgary Flames (where he was drafted in 2016) to the Florida Panthers in July of last year wasn’t that same
type of kismet; instead, it was purpose-driven. “This team is so competitive and has been for the last few years,” he says. “I just wanted to be a part of that kind of winning team.”
And off the ice? “It’s pretty easy to tell that this is the greatest place to live and to play hockey,” Tkachuk says. “I bought a place in Fort Lauderdale on the water, like a day after I got traded.” (He has yet to purchase what seems to be the de facto status symbol for pro athletes—a high-end sports car—but he has acquired a pair of Jet Skis and what he calls “a mack daddy golf cart.”)
His burgeoning collection of South Florida–approved toys isn’t the only thing that bodes well for Tkachuk sticking around: His eight-year, $76-million contract with the Panthers means he’s here for the long haul. “I just really want to be in a place that has the best chance to win,” he says. “And for me, that’s this place.”
“There just aren’t men like [Tkachuk] left in the NHL,” Maurice says. “His skills are incredible, but he also plays with this edge, this kind of raw energy—with a passion and a sort of fire. A
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combination of those
Inset: Barkov considers his next move during practice. Opposite page: Snow covers the blade of Barkov’s hockey stick after a stick-handling drill; Barkov and Tkachuk at play off-ice.
two things—grit and skill—you just don’t see that very much anymore. We’re lucky to have him here.”
Tkachuk says that from the coaches to the trainers to the support staff and beyond, playing for the Panthers is like being a part of a big hockey family. It’s a familiar feeling: His own family tree is blooming with hockey talent, including his dad (NHL Hall-of-Famer Keith Tkachuk), his kid brother (Brady Tkachuk, who plays for the Ottawa Senators), and a handful of cousins and second cousins who have played or coached the sport professionally. Even his sister takes part, albeit via field hockey. (“Close enough, right?” Tkachuk jokes.)
“It was a hockey household,” he recalls. “I grew up around the game, going to the rink with my dad whenever I could. I knew at a really early age it was something I wanted to be a part of for my whole life.”
That family connection forged an early bond between Tkachuk and Barkov, himself a product of a hockey household; his father played professional hockey in Russia, Italy, and Finland. “My childhood was full of hockey, like Matthew’s” Barkov says.
Unlike Maurice and Tkachuk who joined the team this past summer, Barkov has been a Panther for nearly a decade now, having been selected as a 2013 first-round draft pick. He was named team captain in 2018—an honor that “is pretty much everything to me,” he says. In June 2021, he won the coveted Selke Trophy, which is presented to hockey’s best two-way player. In October 2021, the Panthers made
sure Barkov remains roster-ready for the foreseeable future with an eight-year, $80-million contract extension.
Despite the accolades, Maurice says Barkov remains incredibly humble. “There’s a term that some athletes ‘big league’ the game, meaning they see themselves as bigger than the game,” he explains. “But [Barkov] doesn’t think he’s bigger than anybody in any room. If you’ve got kids who are asking you to buy them a Panthers jersey, you’d be proud to have them wear one with the name Barkov on the back.”
And in terms of skills, Barkov has them in spades. “There isn’t anything on the ice that he won’t do or that he thinks he’s above,” Maurice says. “He’s going to block shots. He’s going to be the hardest working guy in practice. He’s going to be one of the most fit guys when it comes to camp. He doesn’t cheat the game. He doesn’t cheat his teammates or linemates.”
Speaking of linemates, Barkov and Tkachuk didn’t start out the season skating on the same line (that’s a hockey term for a group of forwards who play together during a game). “When you put your two stars on different lines, it forces the other team to spread their resources out,” Maurice says of his initial decision to play the duo separately.
But as the season progressed, plans changed. Barkov and Tkachuk took the ice together with teammate Carter Verhaeghe against the Ottawa Senators in October. “It was dynamic,” Maurice recalls. “They had something like 35 shot attacks. That’s what some teams get in a night.”
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Barkov (No. 16) and Tkachuk (No. 13) take in the action with their teammates during practice shooting drills.
WE’RE NOT THINKING TOO MUCH AHEAD. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, WE’RE BUILDING OUR GAME AND OUR IDENTITY TOWARD THAT BIG GOAL.”
As for whether the Barkov-Tkachuk line will hold throughout the season? Maurice exhorts fans to wait and see. “I might look at splitting them up on the road,” he says. “But at home, it can be a real advantage.”
But will it be enough of an advantage to win the ultimate hockey prize, Lord Stanley’s famous silver cup?
It seemed within reach last year: The Panthers won the 2022 Atlantic Division Championship and the Presidents’ Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL’s best regular season team. They were part of the postseason, too, winning their first playoff series since 1996, defeating the Washington Capitals in six games during the opening round. But the second round came with a sting, when they were swept out of the semifinals by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Barkov doesn’t focus on last year’s negatives. “It was a good start,” he says. “But that was just the beginning.”
So what’s it going to take this year, given Barkov’s returning talents and Tkachuk’s new weaponry?
Maurice says the old adage of “taking one game at a time” is a fine strategy—with a caveat. “Each game, you have to learn something to take into the next game. And when you get to the playoffs, you have built a
BY THE TIME WE HIT THE PLAYOFFS, WE ALL UNDERSTAND EXACTLY THE STYLE OF GAME THAT WE WANT TO PLAY.”
—CoaCh Paul MauriCe
cemented belief in who you are as a team and the way you’re going to play. That’s what the regular season is for. By the time we hit the playoffs, we all understand exactly the style of game that we want to play—and we’re playing it to the best of our abilities.”
Even with his superstar status, Tkachuk knows that nothing is a given. “It’s hard to make the playoffs in this sport,” he admits. “Half the teams do, and half the teams don’t. We’re trying to be in the half that does. Once we get there, we’ll see what happens.”
Barkov agrees. “We’re not thinking too much ahead. But at the same time, we’re building our game and identity toward that big goal.”
To Maurice’s way of thinking, Barkov is just the guy to lead the Panthers to that goal. “He simply wants to win hockey games,” Maurice says. “He’s one of those guys who might be more than happy if everybody else on the team got a point. He’ll just be happy that we win and that he feels he did the right thing on the ice. He’s the kind of guy who’s always looking to fill everyone’s cups.” «
This page, from above: Tkachuk takes the ice; Barkov in a moment of focus. Opposite page: Barkov awaits a pass from Tkachuk during practice.
10 RESOLUTIONS AND SOLUTIONS TO HELP YOU MAKE 2023 YOUR BEST YEAR YET
BY CHRISTIANA LILLY
he clock strikes midnight, the ball drops, the confetti falls—and somehow things are going to be different. We’ll lose that weight, stop drinking so much soda, spend less time on our phones, and be more productive at work.
For some reason, we’re more motivated come January 1. “It feels like we’re more likely to succeed with our new goals when they coincide with a fresh start of a new time period,” says Dr. Jamie Long, owner of the Psychology Group Fort Lauderdale (thepsychologygroup.com)
Long is a licensed clinical psychologist as well as a life coach. She says that just as gyms get an influx of new members around the start of the year, her practice has folks flocking in to affect change. While resolutions are great, Long explains that they’re certain to be short-lived if you don’t make actionable plans around them. For example, don’t just pledge to walk 30 minutes a day, but also resolve to go to sleep earlier or buy new sneakers to set yourself up for success. “We need to remember that the same obstacles and threats to our success exist at any point, and a new time period won’t magically solve those problems,” she points out.
Want to know how to make (and keep) 10 of the most common New Year’s resolutions? We caught up with pros and found products that are sure to help turn your 2023 goals into reality.
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1CUT BACK ON
After nonstop cocktails at holiday parties in December, it’s no wonder that some people practice Dry January, the act of eliminating alcohol for the ﬁrst month of the year. But even beyond the holiday festivities, about one in six adults binge alcohol, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Thankfully, it’s now easier than ever to dine out and still abstain from alcohol, thanks to the surplus of mocktails at area restaurants. At the Four Seasons Bar at Evelyn’s (fourseasons.com/fort lauderdale), try the Mediterranean Mindset, made with citrus shrub, pineapple, sumac, and tonic; and the Winter’s Garden, a refreshing mix of cucumber, ginger, lime, Angostura, rosemary, and aromatic tonic. Or visit Japanese-Korean fusion restaurant Takato (takatorestaurant.com) for its two standout mocktails: the Shiso Tropical (pineapple, ginger, shiso, and lemon) and the Takasan (watermelon, Thai basil, chili, and agave). Another favorite is the Agua Fresca at Lona Cocina & Tequileria (lonarestaurant.com), a mix of Seedlip Garden 108, hibiscus concentrate, and lime juice.
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THE GREAT RESIGNATION, THE BIG QUIT, THE GREAT RESHUFFLE—REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU CALL THIS CURRENT SHIFT IN THE WORKFORCE, IT’S APPARENT THAT PEOPLE ARE REPRIORITIZING HOW THEY WANT TO SPEND THEIR TIME. AND FINDING A BETTER JOB IS A BIG PART OF IT. IN FACT, IN 2021 MORE THAN 40 PERCENT OF GLOBAL WORKERS SAID THEY WERE THINKING ABOUT LEAVING THEIR JOB, ACCORDING TO THE WORKLAB STUDY BY MICROSOFT.
“IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE PANDEMIC, IT REALLY SHIFTED OUR PRIORITIES AND OUR PERSPECTIVES... PEOPLE CHANGING JOBS, WANTING TO SPEND MORE
QUALITY TIME WITH THEIR FAMILIES,” SAYS LONG. “I’VE SEEN A REALLY POSITIVE SHIFT IN PEOPLE REALIZING, ‘I NEED TO BE MORE INTENTIONAL ABOUT BUILDING A LIFE THAT’S CONGRUENT WITH MY VALUES, A LIFE I CAN BE PROUD OF.’” WHATEVER YOUR MOTIVATION—BE IT MONEY, BENEFITS, FLEXIBILITY, OR FULFILLMENT— START BY AMPING UP YOUR RÉSUMÉ WITH NEW SKILLS. LINKEDIN LEARNING OFFERS A SLEW OF ONLINE COURSES, FROM CREATING AN EXECUTIVE PRESENCE ON VIDEO CONFERENCE CALLS TO CRITICAL THINKING, WEB DESIGN, AND PROGRAMMING. (LEARNING. LINKEDIN.COM)
IN THE CARDS Paper business cards are so 2022. Impress new contacts at your next networking mixer with Popl. There’s no need for an app—by tapping on a single card, dot, or other Popl accessory connected to your phone, your future colleague will have all the information they need to take care of business. (popl.co)
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where they live, and what they’re hoping for in a partner. From there, Black Goldfarb goes through her network of eligible bachelors and bachelorettes.
“I don’t work on algorithms; I work a lot on my own gut,” she explains. “A lot of people come in—men and women—with a list a mile long, and what we try to do is focus on the most important values, issues, and what really is important.” The last ingredient to matchmaking that can only be added once the pair meets? Chemistry. But Gold Zimmer and Black Goldfarb’s matches seem to work—they have brought together couples in their 20s all the way up to their 80s, and the two are the authors of the book He Loves Me: The Matchmakers’ Guide to Dating Again and Attracting the Man of Your Dreams. (jelegantintroductions.com)
The New Year may be upon us, but we are still in the middle of cufﬁng season—or the time of year when we tend to seek out a partner during the holidays and colder months. While the way we date has changed (thanks, internet) our yearning for that special someone has not. That’s why the ladies of Elegant Introductions are sticking to their tried-and-true methods for helping people ﬁnd love: matchmaking. Nancy Gold Zimmer and Barbara Black Goldfarb founded their company 10 years ago and call their business “age-old matchmaking with a modern twist.” Clients come to the pair to talk about what they enjoy, their energy,
SHAKE IT UP NEW ON THE SCENE IS SHAKE, A DATING APP EXCLUSIVE TO SOUTH FLORIDA. USERS CAN SWIPE THROUGH VETTED PROFILES AS WELL AS DATE IDEAS CREATED BY OTHER SHAKE MEMBERS. PLUS, THE COMPANY SPONSORS WEEKLY PARTIES, COCKTAIL MIXERS, DINNERS, GROUP OUTINGS, AND OTHER ACTIVITIES TO HELP PEOPLE MEET IRL. (SHAKE.COM)
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There’s a movement to consume less meat (hello, Meatless Mondays!) and there’s science to back the beneﬁts. People who follow a plant-based diet tend to eat fewer calories and less fat, and they have a lower risk of heart disease, according to the Mayo Clinic. The Mayo Clinic also advises adults to get 10 to 35 percent of their daily calories from protein—and there are numerous plant protein sources to help you meet this quota, including lentils, beans, and whole grains such as quinoa and oats.
Eating a more plant-based diet does not have to be time-consuming. Enter Michael Martinez, who founded Eat Clean to Go in Fort Lauderdale in 2015. Martinez offers traditional, paleo, keto, and plant-based meals, inclusive of vegetarian and vegan options plus items with meat and animal byproducts so clients can mix and match their orders in a way that best suits their lifestyle. Some favorites include vegan Bolognese, almond ﬂour vegan donuts, Chilean sea bass, and barbecue-roasted chicken with whole-grain mac and cheese. (eatcleantogo.com)
Before you sign up for the ﬁrst gym that drops a coupon in your mailbox, look for a place that oﬀers a workout routine that you’re likely to sustain.
“If you enjoy it, if it doesn’t feel like work, then it doesn’t feel like an inconvenience,” says Wilton Manors Commissioner Chris Caputo. Caputo is not only a leader at city hall—he’s also the founder and co-owner of Peak Fitness in Wilton Manors. The gym features workouts using whole-body electrical muscle stimulation. The FDA-cleared bodysuit (known as a Peak Power Suit) emits painless electrical currents to stimulate the muscles, making them work harder in a shorter period of time.
WANT TO TRACK YOUR RESULTS WITHOUT TREKKING TO THE GYM OR DOCTOR’S OFFICE? BEING HEALTHY IS ABOUT MORE THAN WEIGHT. WITH THE QARDIOBASE 2 WI-FI SMART SCALE ($150), YOU CAN ALSO TRACK YOUR BMI AND CHANGES IN YOUR MUSCLE, FAT, WATER, AND BONE COMPOSITION—ALL FROM THE PRIVACY OF YOUR OWN HOME. (QARDIO.COM)
Caputo says clients are seeing results quicker and are more motivated to keep hitting the gym. “What’s been really awesome is the number of people who had sort of given up their hopes of being ﬁt and [hearing] their stories of rapid success,” he adds. “That is the part that deﬁnitely makes it worthwhile.” (reachpeakﬁtness.com)
VOLUNTEERS CAN GET STARTED WITH NONPROFITS’ MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY FESTIVITIES AND ACTIVATIONS.
THERE ARE ALSO PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES AT THE UNITED WAY OF BROWARD COUNTY (UNITED WAYBROWARD.ORG) . PRESIDENT AND CEO KATHLEEN CANNON CALLS VOLUNTEERS “THE BACKBONE OF NONPROFITS.”
CHARITIES ARE INUNDATED WITH VOLUNTEERS WANTING TO HELP DURING THE HOLIDAYS—BUT THEY NEED OUTREACH 365 DAYS A YEAR.
HANDS ON BROWARD (HANDS ONBROWARD.ORG) CONNECTS PEOPLE WITH CHARITIES FOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES, INCLUDING IN THE AREAS OF ANIMAL WELFARE, FAMILY NEEDS, LITERACY, AND HOMELESSNESS.
CEO DALE MANDELL NOTES THAT
VOLUNTEERS WITH THE UNITED WAY CAN READ TO CHILDREN, PACK MEALS FOR FOOD BANKS, CREATE SHOE BOXES WITH HYGIENE PRODUCTS FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS, PARTICIPATE IN BEACH CLEANUPS, ASSIST VETERANS WITH REACCLIMATION, AND MORE. “JUST START SOMEWHERE,” CANNON ADVISES. “IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE ENGAGE IN THEIR COMMUNITY AND HELP FOLKS WHO ARE STRUGGLING—AND THERE ARE A LOT OF STRUGGLES RIGHT NOW.”
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EAT CLEAN TO GO
When we’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious, stillness can feel impossible to attain. But one thing you should consider carving out time for is meditation.
No, you don’t need to don a robe, play a sound bowl, or devote an hour to stillness. Gen Kelsang Jindak, the resident teacher at the Kadampa Meditation Center in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, says a few minutes a day is all you need. “We can integrate our busy life with our practice,” the Buddhist nun explains. “It’s not like you need to spend hours in a cave somewhere.”
Gen Jindak says that students put too much pressure on themselves; they feel they’re too distracted or they’re not doing it right. It takes time to learn how to meditate, she notes, and the beauty of the practice is how practical it is. Take a few minutes in the parking lot, during a
7lunch break, or in between conference calls to focus on yourself and slow down your mind. Or visit the Kadampa Meditation Center and join a guided meditation. “We learn how to deal with distractions,” Gen Jindak says. “Regardless of belief, regardless of background or experience, anybody can beneﬁ t from meditation.”
Now, close your eyes and give yourself a minute to breathe. (meditateinfort lauderdale.org)
WHEN THE DOORDASH DELIVERY DRIVER HAS BASICALLY BECOME A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY, IT’S TIME TO UP YOUR GAME IN THE KITCHEN.
NOT ONLY IS FOOD DELIVERY COSTLY— FORBES SAYS IT’S FIVE TIMES CHEAPER TO COOK AT HOME—BUT COOKING AT HOME IS ALSO HEALTHIER, SINCE YOU CAN CONTROL YOUR INGREDIENTS AND PORTION SIZES.
Skip the cleanup after cooking. The PrepDeck Gen2 Plus ($179) consolidates the cooking process into a single dishwashersafe “deck,” with a cutting board, juicer, cheese grater, mandolin, ingredient containers, and a stand for your smart device so you can follow along with your favorite celebrity chef. (prepdeck.com)
SENSE OF SELF
WE DON’T HAVE TO TELL YOU TWICE HOW STRESSFUL LIFE CAN BE. THE SENSATE DEVICE ($300) USES SCIENCE TO COMBAT THE PHYSICAL SIGNS OF STRESS. LAY THE DEVICE ON YOUR CHEST, PAIR IT WITH THE APP, AND IT WILL SEND SOUND FREQUENCIES AND VIBRATIONS TO YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM, HELPING TO RELAX YOUR BODY. (GETSENSATE.COM)
BUT WHERE DO YOU START IF YOUR DEFAULT IS A CUP OF RAMEN NOODLES? TRY A COOKING CLASS AT LENORE NOLANRYAN CATERING AND COOKING SCHOOL IN FORT LAUDERDALE. SINCE 2000, THE CHEF HAS BEEN LEADING PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COOKING CLASSES THAT BOAST THEMES SUCH AS A THREE-COURSE MEAL, A TAPAS TASTING, OR AN IRON CHEF PARTY WITH A SECRET INGREDIENT.
NOLAN-RYAN SUGGESTS LEARNING A FEW BASIC RECIPES THAT YOU ENJOY AND ARE EASY TO MAKE. FOR HER, A GO-TO IS HER WILD RICE SALAD,
NOT ONLY IS IT SIMPLE, SHE SAYS, BUT SHE CAN USE IT TO STUFF BELL PEPPERS AND CHICKEN, SERVE IT HOT OR COLD, OR ADD FRUITS OR VEGETABLES TO IT.
“COOKING IS ABOUT DEGREES OF SUCCESS,” NOLAN-RYAN SAYS. “THAT YOU DID IT AND YOU ATTEMPTED IT, THAT’S SUCCESS NO. 1. THAT YOU LOVED IT, THAT’S SUCCESS NO. 2.” (LENORENOLAN RYAN.COM)
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A GREEN THUMB
Plants are like people—they each have different personalities and needs. For a novice gardener, it can be intimidating to learn how to best grow herbs and produce. But just like with learning how to cook, start simple and then expand.
Luckily, there are also local resources we can turn to. The Urban Farming Institute in Oakland Park (uﬁ.us.org) hosts classes on easy-to-grow produce like lettuce, basil, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, and microgreens. The institute also runs a community garden and sponsors a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program that allows members to purchase farmer-selected boxes of produce. Through the institute, you’re supporting locally grown food while also learning a few tips and tricks to make a garden of your own.
For other experts, there’s the Fort Lauderdale Garden Club (ﬂgc.org), which has been in existence for almost 100 years. The group meets twice a month and also hosts sales where the public can purchase plants to add to their collection. Don’t be shy: These experienced gardeners love to impart their knowledge to others.
From Marie Kondo to The Home Edit, it seems society is on an organization kick—but actually getting it all done can feel overwhelming.
KEEP IT TOGETHER
YOUR CLOSET ISN’T THE ONLY THING THAT COULD STAND SOME ORGANIZING. TIRED OF LUGGING AROUND NOTEBOOKS AND PLANNERS, BOYNTON BEACH’S PORTIA SMITHDEJEAN CREATED THE POSH PLANNER ($15), FEATURING MONTHLY, WEEKLY, AND DAILY BREAKDOWNS, AS WELL AS A BUDGET PLANNER, STICKERS, AND A PAGE ON WHICH TO MANIFEST YOUR GOALS.
When it comes to clothing, some organizers say if you haven’t worn an item in a year then it’s time to ditch it. Charitable organizations like local favorite Out of the Closet (outof thecloset.org) accept lightly used clothing as well as housewares, and it’s all for a good cause; Out of the Closet, for example, puts 96 cents from every dollar made toward HIV prevention and treatment services.
Looking to make some money back on those designer goods? Try consigning your name-brand bags, shoes, and accessories at Couture Upscale Consign (coutureupscale
consign.com) or your luxe clothing at Worth Repeating (worthrepeating consignments.com). If you want to get paid on the spot for stylish everyday brands, bring your items to Uptown Cheapskate (uptown cheapskate.com) and turn them into instant cash in your pocket. «
TAKE THE GUESSWORK OUT OF GARDENING WITH THE GARDYN HOME KIT ($29 PER MONTH AND UP FOR A MEMBERSHIP, OR $999 FOR A DO-IT-YOURSELF KIT). GARDYN’S SYSTEM USES GROW LIGHTS, CAMERAS, AND SENSORS TO TRACK WATER, HUMIDITY, AND TEMPERATURE. THE KIT INCLUDES 30 STARTER PLANTS IN A VERTICAL GROWING SYSTEM, PLANT FOOD AND ACCESSORIES, AND ACCESS TO THE APP. (MYGARDYN.COM)
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Couture Upscale Consignment Consignment stores oﬀer ways to declutter and recoup some cash. URBAN FARMING INSTITUTE
IN THE CLUTCH
Jewelry designer Coomi traveled the world to gain design inspiration for her unique pieces like this stunning pair of sterling silver opera disk earrings ($660). Coomi, Fort Lauderdale (coomi.com)
EARN AN ADVANCED DEGREE IN THE ART OF GIFT GIVING WITH OUR PICKS THAT ARE SURE TO PLEASE EVERY PERSONALITY
BY LIZA GRANT SMITH
Give them the gift of snazzy sunnies with Tom Ford’s geometric Fonda sunglasses ($520). Tom Ford, Miami (tomford.
The perfect size to ﬁt your going out essentials, Cult Gaia’s bead-framed Eos clutch ($328) is crafted from marbleized acrylic. Cult Gaia, Miami (cultgaia.com) com)
HITTING THE WEDGE
Capturing the elegant essence of summer, Jimmy Choo’s glamorous Diosa sandals ($695) oﬀer a 5-inch cork wedge heel with twisted gold straps. Jimmy Choo, Aventura, Coral Gables (jimmychoo.com)
The Fragrance Wardrobe for Her ($275) by Maison Francis Kurkdjian includes fragrances for day, night, and every mood in between. Bloomingdale’s, Aventura (bloomingdales.com)
This India print silk scarf ($525) is a revised ’90s pattern from the Ferragamo archives, with an elephant (a traditional symbol of divinity and royalty) serving as the foulard’s central element. Ferragamo, multiple locations (ferragamo.com)
PRETTY IN PINK
Made in Italy, this cotton and silk dress ($1,120) from Etro stuns with a mandarin collar and posh paisley and ﬂoral pattern against a pink background. Etro, Bal Harbour (etro.com)
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Celebrate the links with J.McLaughlin
Ashton belt ($88) embroidered with golf carts and clubﬁlled golf bags.
J.McLaughlin, Fort Lauderdale (jmclaughlin. com)
MADE IN THE SHADE
Perfect for fun-loving ocean addicts, the Floats lightweight, polarized sunglasses ($55) ﬂoat when dropped in the water. Floats Eyewear, Miami (ﬂoatseyewear. com)
swim trunks ($290) feature dynamic patterns with a tropical vibe. Vilebrequin, multiple locations (vilebrequin.com)
Nixon’s Ultratide watch ($300) uses Bluetooth technology and a partnership with Surﬂine to provide real-time surf conditions like tide, wave height, swell direction, and water temperature.
Surf World, Fort Lauderdale (surfworld.us)
Made in Spain, these logo espadrilles ($495) from Saint Laurent feature a camouﬂage cotton upper with a classic braided midsole. Saks Fifth Avenue, multiple locations (saksﬁfthavenue.com)
Deemed “the Oﬃcial Vodka of Paradise,” West Palm Beach–based Monkey in Paradise ($20 for 750 ml) starts with demineralized water and is seven times distilled and seven times carbon-ﬁltered to produce an ultra-pure and smooth vodka. Total Wine, multiple locations (totalwine.com)
KEEP IT COOL
Yeti’s ergonomic Hopper backpack cooler ($325) uses ultrastrong magnets to create a leak-resistant shield that keeps ice (and your beverages) cold for one to three days. Yeti, Fort Lauderdale (yeti.com)
Dinner for deux is made easy with the Phillips compact pasta maker for two ($180). The gadget can mix, knead, and extrude a pound of fresh pasta in 18 minutes. Williams Sonoma, Hallandale Beach, Miami (williams-sonoma.com)
SPICE IT UP
The Spice Lab’s gourmet salt sampler ($60) comes with 11 innovative varieties, like Ghost Pepper and Cyprus Lemon, displayed in corked test tube containers. The Spice Lab, Fort Lauderdale (spices.com)
Reduce the distance from farm to table with a Garden Maker kit for homegrown vegetables or herbs ($29) from Potting Shed Creations Urben Gifts & Gadgets, South Miami (shopurben.com)
A gorgeous vessel for cheese or charcuterie spreads, these trays by local artisan Alejandra Lorenzo ($65 each) have oceanevocative resin accents. ALF Crafts,
Let them exercise their grill-master chops with Mud Pie’s Sauce ceramic pitcher and Sauce-some brush partnered with a “Grill It” apron and spatula ($43 for pitcher; $25 for The-Sea (digsngifts.com)
Digs N Gifts, Lauderdale-By- apron).
’s set of four mini cocottes ($144) are go-anywhere (safe to use in the freezer, oven, microwave, and dishwasher) prep and serve wares with culinary Kitchen Universe, Miami (kitchen-universe.com)
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TAKE A TUMBLE
Thanks to copper-coated, double-wall construction, the swanky Swig tumbler ($44 for 22-ounce size) keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours.
Amy’s Hallmark Shop, Pem-
broke Pines (hallmark.com)
The Instax Wide 300 camera Fujiﬁlm provides instant satisfaction in the form of large-format ﬁlm that develops as soon as the photo op is captured. Urban Outﬁtters, multiple locations (urban outﬁtters.com)
SLEEP ON IT
Slip’s pure silk sleep mask ($50) and sleep mist with calming chamomile and lavender ($32) help ensure a peaceful slumber. Nordstrom, Aventura, Miami (nordstrom.com)
BE IN CHARGE
Nimble’s TSA-approved Champ compact portable charger ($50) is housed in 72.5 percent post-consumer plastic and oﬀers up to three days of power for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices—even charging two at once. Target, multiple locations (target.com)
The ideal shoe for sojourns, Tory Burch’s Minnie travel ballet ﬂats ($248) feature a ﬂexible, cushioned insole and can be easily folded and tucked into a carry-on.
Tory Burch, Aventura (toryburch.com)
GAME TO GO
Not-Another-Bill’s portable canvas and resin backgammon roll ($65) ensures they’ve got game wherever they go. Solid and Striped, Miami (solidandstripes.com)
The stylish Morgan Sahara neoprene weekender bag ($155) from Haute Shore has an interior pouch and pockets to stow travel accoutrements. Body and Soul Boutique, Lighthouse Point (shopbody.com)
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OUT OF THE BLUE
Lafayette 148 New York jacket
Opposite page: Chanel poplin jumpsuit, tweed jacket, necklace; Roger Vivier boots. For buying information, turn to page 91.
Fashion editor: Katherine Lande
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Dior denim jacket, blouse, jeans, choker; Jimmy Choo boots. Opposite page: Alexander McQueen denim jacket, jeans, boots, handbag; David Yurman necklace, bracelets, rings. For buying information, turn to page 91.
Versace buckle top, denim miniskirt, denim mini bag; David Yurman necklaces, earrings, bracelets.
Opposite page: Sportmax denim jacket, denim pants For buying information, turn to page 91.
Louis Vuitton denim jacket, denim skirt, boots Opposite page: Tory Burch shirt, skirt, belt; Roger Vivier boots. For buying information, turn to page 91.
Model: Zlata Semenko, One Management, NYC Hair and makeup: Colleen Stone, Creative Management, Miami Photography assistant: Tony Lai
FLI would like to extend a special thanks to David Welles with Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty and Team Welles for providing the horses.
Veronica Beard shirt, jacket, jeans; Jimmy Choo boots.
Opposite page: Lafayette 148 New York shell; Veronica Beard jeans; David Yurman bracelets, rings. For buying information, turn to page 91.
LIVE WHERE LEGENDS PLAYED
Legend and former Quail Ridge resident
BOLD FLAVORS, COOL COCKTAILS, AND LOCAL FAVORITES
OPENINGS REMIXED AND REMASTERED
Twenty-seven years strong, Canyon refuses to rest on its laurels. Under new ownership—Mike Laurel of Yot Bar & Kitchen and Jet Runway Café fame acquired the Fort Lauderdale mainstay in 2022—Canyon has nearly doubled its dining room footprint, added a tequila speakeasy, and thoughtfully reinvented its menu, commingling fresh, eclectic options with fan favorites.
Thankfully, the very items that garnered Canyon legendary status (prickly pear margaritas, smoked salmon tostadas, and berry-laced
chocolate bread pudding slabs among them) aren’t going anywhere. In addition, patrons can look forward to more seasonal Southwestern dishes with global influences. The cornmeal-crusted poblano pepper, barbecue-spiced “corn ribs,” and pan-roasted sea bass with sweet and spicy black beans are three standouts.
Expanding into the neighboring space, a bigger and better Canyon now accommodates twice that of years prior. Meanwhile Rio’s, a chic, clandestine bar, makes for an idyllic pre-dinner affair with a unique, tequila-heavy cocktail list and tapas-style bites. In total, it’s a new chapter centered around escaping the ordinary at the very Fort Lauderdale restaurant that wrote the book on innovative Southwestern fusion fare. (canyonfl.com) –Paul Rubio
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Clockwise from inset: beef tenderloin tacos and signature margaritas; Rio’s Tequila Bar; smoked salmon tostada.
WAGYU IS HAVING A MOMENT—AND WE’RE HERE FOR IT. THE TENDER, UMAMI-RICH BEEF HAS BECOME A STAPLE ON MANY MENUS THANKS TO ITS FAMOUS FLAVOR PROFILE. MEANING “JAPANESE COW,” WAGYU (PRONOUNCED WAH-GYOO) EARNS ITS CULINARY CLOUT FROM ITS IMPRESSIVE MARBLING AND TEXTURE THAT LITERALLY MELTS IN THE MOUTH. IF THIS SUPER BEEF HAS YOU READY TO INDULGE, CHECK OUT OUR ROUNDUP OF FORT LAUDERDALE’S BEST WAGYU BITES AROUND TOWN.
BY MELISSA PUPPO
Wagyu is even tastier when it’s interactive. At Fort Lauderdale’s Casa Sensei, guests can grill portions of authentic A5-grade Japanese Wagyu beef Fridays through Sundays. A smokeless Japanese grill is set at the table along with expert tools, custom silverware, and the Wagyu’s certificate of authenticity. While the meat cooks, season it with a trio of premium sea salts—Himalayan pink, coarse Mediterranean, and black Hawaiian—for an even tastier experience. Curated side dishes include bok choy and Casa fried rice. Guests can upgrade to a Japanese whisky pairing to round out their experience. (casasensei.com)
When it comes to steak, no one does it better than Steak 954, nestled inside the W Fort Lauderdale. This modern, oceanfront steak house has garnered a massive following for its menu of indulgences like locally caught fish, decadent side dishes, and dry-aged Prime and Wagyu beef. For a truly mesmerizing dish, opt for the 8-ounce Takamori “Drunken” Ribeye from Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. It gets its name from the cattle, which are said to be solely raised on a sake mash made using the leftover rice from the producers of one of Japan’s top sakes. Pair it with a side dish like truffle potato gratin or bacon mac and cheese. (steak954.com)
For a glamorous Wagyu moment, head to Evelyn’s at the new Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Fort Lauderdale. Known for coastal Florida cuisine enhanced by eastern Mediterranean flavors, this posh outpost makes a statement in every dish. Its Australian Wagyu rests on a grill surrounded by an aromatic cloud of orange blossom. A marinade of eastern Mediterranean spices enhances the meat’s perfectly tender texture. It’s served with a house-made date barbecue sauce and red chili schug that’s just as delightful in sight as it is in taste. (fourseasons.com/fortlauderdale)
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BEST OF THE FEST
EAT, DRINK, AND BE MERRY
Fort Lauderdale foodies, set your calendars for the Visit Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival taking place January 9-15. The weeklong festival offers culinary events for “everyone under the sun,” curated by coordinators Kate Reed and Philip Marro. Don’t miss out on a tantalizing schedule ranging from chef battles and culinary classes to master mixologist showdowns and an impressive lineup of talent at the Grand Tasting. Here, FLI shares three events not to miss. (vlfoodwine.com) —M.P.
Grand Tasting Broward County’s signature food and wine event, the Grand Tasting will feature unlimited food and beverage tastings from area restaurants, cooking demonstrations, live music, art installations, and more on January 14.
Culinary Class: Cake Decorating Head over to New River Café and Bakery in Fort Lauderdale January 11 as chef Sabrina Courtemanche (winner of Sugar Rush Christmas on Netflix) helps guests create a fan-favorite character using cake, decadent frosting, and a little culinary magic.
Smithfield Poolside BBQ Battle Here’s your chance to meet with some nationally renowned and local pitmasters as they compete for the title of “BBQ Champion.” Enjoy bites from La Traila, Big Green Eggs and Ron, Fat Boyz Barbecue, and more, plus tasty sips and live music, all at the downtown Hyatt Centric’s pool deck on January 13.
A selective guide to Broward County restaurants
The Broward County dining scene has something for everyone, from funky Fort Lauderdale gastropubs to iconic waterfront restaurants dotting the county coastline. Here, find a listing of area standouts, organized by cuisine type, with descriptions, contact information, and price details for each. What the icons mean:
$ Dinner entree under $10 $$ Most entrees $10-$25 $$$ Most entrees $25 or more
While not all-inclusive due to space limitations, our dining listings may vary every month and are constantly updated to showcase the culinary diversity of the area. Find more information on local dining options on fortlauderdaleillustrated.com.
NOTICE TO RESTAURATEURS: The establishments listed and their descriptions are printed at the discretion of the editors of Fort Lauderdale Illustrated. They are not a form of advertisement, nor do they serve as a restaurant review. For more information, email email@example.com
4 RIVERS SMOKEHOUSE A chain eatery featuring Texas-style barbecue, homestyle sides, and sweet treats. 2660 N. University Drive, Coral Springs (4rsmokehouse.com) $$
BATCH NEW SOUTHERN KITCHEN & TAP A casual dining restaurant and bar featuring scratch-cooked and locally sourced meals plus garden-to-glass cocktails. 525 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale (batchsouthernkitchen.com/ftl) $
BEACH HOUSE POMPANO This upscale surf-andturf restaurant offers a fresh menu you can enjoy with a view of the beach to complement the meal. 270 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., Pompano Beach (beach housepompano.com) $$
BIG CITY TAVERN The aroma of house-made breads, pastas, and desserts combined with rustic, tavernstyle interiors evoke an inviting atmosphere in the sprawling dining room. 609 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (bigcitylasolas.com) $$
BLUEPRINT COOKIES Inventive cookies made fresh daily by chef Max Santiago in flavors such as FunFruity, Churro Doodle, and more. (blueprint cookie.com) $
CANYON The bold flavors of Southwest, Asian, and Latin American cuisines blend in Canyon’s famous prickly pear margarita, shrimp tostada, tuna tartare, and white chocolate bread pudding. 620 S. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (canyonfl.com) $$$
COOPER’S HAWK WINERY & RESTAURANT The dishes on the menu are all crafted to pair perfectly with one of the 60 wines bottled for the restaurant. The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, 2568 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (chwinery.com) $$
DELICIOUS RAW KITCHEN & JUICE BAR This nutrition hub offers a variety of nourishing superfood bowls, juices smoothies, and other specialties designed with customers’ well-being in mind. 2276 S. University Dr., Davie (delraw.com) $$
DUNE BY LAURENT TOURONDEL A stunning waterfront restaurant that hosts imaginative dishes like crispy Parmesan souffle to grilled colossal prawns and grilled Australian lamb chops. 2200 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (dunefl.com) $$$
FIREMAN DEREK’S This Miami favorite offers an allstar lineup of cookies, layered cakes, and decadent pies. 1250 N Federal Hwy Suite 1, Fort Lauderdale (firemandereks.com) $$
THE FOXY BROWN Offering nouveau American cuisine at its finest, Foxy Brown has a neighborhood-like feel with big-city taste. Enjoy bites like a patty melt and milkshake 476 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (foxybrownftl.com) $$
FUNKY BUDDHA BREWERY CRAFT FOOD COUNTER & KITCHEN South Florida’s largest craft brewery features an in-house kitchen that specializes in made-from-scratch favorites like bratwurst and a roasted portabella stack sandwich. 1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park (funkybuddhabrewery.com) $$
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The CocktailCleansing Hour
CHEERS TO THE NEW YEAR WITH A LOW-PROOF SOUR BURSTING WITH VEGGIES
BY JULES ARON
With a long week (month?) of holiday indulgence behind you, it’s time to kick off 2023 with a celebratory sip you can feel good about. Whether you plan on partaking in Dry January or prefer a mindful ethos all year long, you’ll love this green drink for a cleansing cocktail hour, with or without spirits. The Smoky Stalker uses Lillet Blanc and mezcal as its base, with the complementary vegetal notes of fresh market greens for a synergistic ﬂ avor proﬁ le.
celery stalks, washed, trimmed, and cut into 1-inch pieces
small bunch cilantro, washed and chopped
Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until well blended. Strain into a glass with fresh ice and enjoy with extra lime wedges and an optional salt rim.
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The Smoky Stalker Ingredients (serves 2)
Persian cucumbers, peeled and cut into 1-inch slices 1 thin slice of serrano pepper, deseeded
1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz. Ilegal Mezcal
oz. Lillet Blanc
GYORGY PAPP EAT+DRINK
GREEN BAR & KITCHEN Plant-based sustainability is the focus of this modern eatery that embraces fresh, vibrant, and wholesome food. 1075 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale (greenbarkitchen.com) $$
HERE & NOW Located in Historic Downtown Fort Lauderdale, this tapas bar and restaurant offers flavors from around the world in a family-friendly environment. 433 NW 1st Ave., Fort Lauderdale (here andnowfl.com) $$
THE HISTORIC DOWNTOWNER An evening out along the waterfront is perfectly complemented by a casual meal at this New River–adjacent landmark. 10 S. New River Drive E., Fort Lauderdale (thehistoricdowntowner.com) $$
LUCKY FISH A casual tiki-centric outpost featuring a menu of tropical, handcrafted drinks and quick eats. 222 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., Pompano Beach (luckyfishpompano.com) $$
MITCH’S DOWNTOWN Inspired by a New York–style deli, this outpost serves up fresh bagels, stacked French toasts, piled-high sandwiches, sweet treats, and more. 540 N. Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale (mitchsdowntown.com) $$
PLANTA QUEEN Enjoy dining as an unguilty pleasure inside this 100-percent plant-based dining concept on Las Olas. 1201 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (plantarestaurants.com) $$
PURA VIDA This fast-casual concept believes in offering fresh, simple, and sustainable food to Lauderdale locals. 221 SW 1st Ave. Suite 3, Fort Lauderdale. (puravidamiami.com) $$
RIVERSIDE MARKET Fort Lauderdale’s official craft beer hangout. 608 SW 12th Ave., 3218 SE 6th Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 6900 Cypress Road, Plantation (theriversidemarket.com) $$
SHOOTERS WATERFRONT In step with the everevolving city since 1982, this dockside icon serves brunch, lunch, and dinner to legions of faithful patrons and epicurean travelers. 3033 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale (shooterswaterfront.com) $$
SPINNAKER POOL BAR & GRILL Refreshing cocktails, grilled kabobs, and crisp salads complement days spent poolside in a chaise lounge under the sun. Conrad Fort Lauderdale, 551 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (conradfort lauderdale.com) $$
TOP HAT DELICATESSEN This old-school deli offers everything from knishes, Reubens, and reinvented dishes alongside decadent desserts. 415 NE 3rd St., Fort Lauderdale (tophatftl.com) $$
TRP TASTE This 26-seat venue by The Restaurant People centers on a rotating, ever-evolving schedule of multicourse culinary experiences. 1 W. Las Olas Blvd., Suite 100, Fort Lauderdale, (trptaste.com) $$$
UNIT B EATERY + SPIRITS A chic speakeasy paired with New American small plates. 610 SW 145th Terrace, Pembroke Pines (unitbeateryandspirits.com) $$
YONUTZ Get your sweet fix on at Yonutz, home of the Smash Doughnut. In addition, enjoy ice cream, milkshakes, and other dreamy concoctions. 121 NW 136th Ave, Sunrise (yonutz.com) $
NEW IN TOWN
Chatter of thick-stacked cakes and rainbow sprinkle cookies can only mean one thing: Fireman Derek’s has officially made its debut in the 954. This bakeshop planted roots in Miami in 2013, helmed by former Miami firefighter and Division I football player Derek Kaplan, who is a “selftaught baker with a passion for pie.” One delish key lime pie and countless baked goods later, Fireman Derek’s is now a must-try dessert outpost. Enjoy favorites like the coconut and guava rum cake and the Nutella-infused cheesecake, plus a few new items rolling out this Valentine’s Day. Stop by the bakery today for a taste of what’s in store. (firemandereks.com) —M.P.
YOT BAR & KITCHEN A 360-degree view of the New River inspires the locale’s nautical interiors, fresh menu, and adventurous cocktails. 2015 SW 20th St., Fort Lauderdale (yotlmc.com) $$
CASA SENSEI Sushi meets Asian-Latin fusion in signature dishes like lobster guacamole, Korean steak chimichurri, and the Fish Burnt Roll. Enjoy dining with picturesque views outside. 1200 E. Las Olas Blvd. #101, Fort Lauderdale (casasensei.com) $$
KURO The Seminole Hard Rock’s nouveau Japanese darling serves up inventive dishes with ingredients imported from the Land of the Rising Sun and local offerings from the Sunshine State. 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood (seminolehardrockhollywood.com) $$$
POKE OG This customizable poke bowl joint has all the toppings and condiments you could dream of adding to your favorite Asian dish. 115 NW 6th, St., Fort Lauderdale (pokeog.com) $$
SUSHI GARAGE A casual neighborhood Japanese concept offering everything from dynamic sushi rolls to noodles to Koren dishes. 500 Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (sushigarage.com) $$
TAKATO The sleek, waterfront restaurant at The Conrad features a fusion menu of sushi, Korean-influenced appetizers, fresh fish, and meat. 551 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (takato restaurant.com) $$$
CAFÉ / COFFEE
THE ALCHEMIST Sit amongst lush foliage and enjoy an avocado slider paired with The Alchemist’s signature iced coffee made with condensed milk and coffee ice cubes. 2430 NE 13th Ave., Wilton Manors (thealchemist.cafe) $$
ANN’S FLORIST AND COFFEE BAR The unique combo of a florist, cocktail and coffee bar can host many high-class events while also keeping the casual vibe of a classic coffee shop. 1001 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (annsfloristlasolas.com) $$
CREMA GOURMET ESPRESSO BAR Indulge in breakfast all day plus fresh cups of coffee inside this South Florida favorite. 701 N. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach (cremagourmet.com) $$
LA BONNE CRÊPE This charming alcove serves the heavenly dish in savory and sweet renditions. 815 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (labonnecrepe.us) $$
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classics. 903 NE 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale (heritage ftl.com) $$
PATIO BAR AND PIZZA Stop by for brick-oven pizzas and creative cocktails in a trendy indoor-outdoor bar. 901 Progresso Drive Unit 114, Fort Lauderdale (patiobarpizza.com) $$
PIZZA CRAFT The pizzeria’s “00” flour, imported charcuterie, house-made mozzarella, and sizeable bar selection are the stars of the wood-fired show. 330 Himmarshee St., Fort Lauderdale (pizzacraft pizzeria.com) $$
LATIN AND MEXICAN
BAR RITA This eclectic Mexican and Latin spot is known for two floors of tasty tacos and tequilas set against a splashy facade. 1401 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale (barritaftl.com) $$
BODEGA TAQUERIA Y TEQUILA Enjoy fast-casual dining with atypical renditions of Mexican dishes. Stop by for Taco Tuesday or post up in the lounge for a spicy marg. 21 W Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (bodegataqueria.com) $$
is alive and well at this gem that serves traditional Greek dishes rooted in bright flavors and savory spices. 3300 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (greekislandstaverna.com) $$
THE HUMMUS HOUSE This Middle Eastern-Israeli counter doles out amazing vegan- and vegetarianfriendly fare. 900 NE 20th Ave., Fort Lauderdale (thehummushouseftl.com) $$
YA MAS Nestled along Las Olas, Ya Mas! transports guests to the Mediterranean through fresh, chefdriven dishes. 1103 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (yamastaverna.com) $$
15TH STREET FISHERIES & DOCKSIDE CAFE OldFlorida charm is palpable at this Lauderdale Marina favorite that features spiny lobster tail, seared diver scallops, and a host of delicious desserts. 1900 SE 15th St., Fort Lauderdale (15streetfisheries.com) $$$
THE MODERN ROSE The café offers locally roasted coffee and a menu that changes seasonally, giving customers something new to try year-round. 331 SE 15th Terrace, Deerfield Beach (auniquecafe.com) $$
OSOM CREPES This crepe-focused place offers a variety of sweet and savory crepes to fit every mood. 115 NW 6th St., Fort Lauderdale (osomcrepes.com) $
ANGELO ELIA PIZZA, BAR, & TAPAS Chef Angelo Elia’s eponymous eatery extends the Casa D’Angelo family, featuring small plates and Italian-style pizza that celebrate old-world technique. 4215 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (angeloeliapizza.com) $$
BLUE STEEL PIZZA CO. Detroit-style pizza and inventive cocktails in chic digs. 2460 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (bluesteelpizzaftl.com) $$
BISTRO MEZZALUNA This treasured establishment boasts an impressive wine selection and savory house favorites like lamb chops and bistro seafood pasta. 1821 SE 10th Ave., Fort Lauderdale (bistromezzaluna.com) $$$
CASA D’ANGELO At this Italian fine-dining institution, owner-chef Angelo Elia’s meticulous care for ingredients is evident down to the spices in the marinara and flour in the house-made bread. 1201 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (casa-d-angelo.com) $$$
FRANK PEPE PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA Hailing from up north, Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana offers New Haven–style pizza distinguished by its thin, chewy crust. 341 N. University Drive, Plantation (pepespizzeria.com) $$
HERITAGE Bringing a New York vibe to Fort Lauderdale, this restaurant puts upscale twists on old Italian
EL CAMINO Margaritas and Mexican soul food are a sure bet at this resto, where patrons can choose between two happy hours. 817 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (elcaminoftlauderdale.com) $$
EL VEZ This ocean-view space boasts Mexican fare and Baja-style cooking. 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (elvezftlauderdale.com) $$
ROCCO’S TACOS & TEQUILA BAR If the 400 tequila varieties aren’t enough to hook patrons, the delicious tacos de casa and fresh guacamole make this expansive cantina-style resto irresistible. 1313 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (roccostacos.com) $$
TACOCRAFT TAQUERIA & TEQUILA BAR This tacofocused Mexican joint offers fun bar seating and classic Mexican favorites. 510 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (tacocraft.com) $$
TIMPANO LAS OLAS The modern-classical menu features new riffs on Italian favorites, plus an impressive craft cocktail list and rare whiskey program. 450 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (timpanolasolas.com) $$$
TULIO’S TACOS & TEQUILA BAR The Wilton Manors bar and restaurant combination boasts a menu handcrafted by chef Tulio. 2150 Wilton Dr. Suite A 113, Wilton Manors (tuliostacos.com) $$
CASABLANCA CAFÉ A cozy dining room with an Arabian Nights feel, Casablanca serves a variety of cuisines ranging from Moroccan to Japanese to Cuban that will please any palate. 3049 Alhambra St., Fort Lauderdale (casablancacafeonline.com) $$
EVELYN’S Set inside the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Fort Lauderdale this swanky new restaurant offers coastal Florida cuisine intertwined with Eastern Mediterranean flavors. 525 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (fourseasons.com) $$$
GREEK ISLANDS TAVERNA The spirit of the Aegean
AND FISH KITCHEN + BAR This ocean-adjacent dining room embraces the town’s affinity for the beach, boating, and diving in its sea-inspired menu. Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, 1200 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach (marriott.com) $$
BOATYARD Come for the “Hook to Table” seafood and vegan-friendly selections, but stay for the photo-worthy lofted ceilings, oar chandelier, and natural light. This outpost also knows how to throw weekend brunch. 1555 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale (boatyard.restaurant) $$$
EVEN KEEL FISH & OYSTER The menu changes daily, but everything from the day’s selection of chilled oysters to pan-seared scallops are prepared to perfection. 112 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-By-TheSea (evenkeelfish.com) $$$
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LOBSTER BAR SEA GRILLE An artful concept from the inspired culinary creations to the ultra-chic coastal contemporary dining room, this luxe experience is one to remember. 450 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (buckheadrestaurants.com) $$$
MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB Finery comes naturally to this Intracoastal-hugging dining room, where guests can enjoy sea spoils among luxurious interiors or alfresco. 3000 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale (maestrosrestaurants.com) $$$
NAKED CRAB A picturesque beachside view sets the tone for all things surf and turf at the B Ocean Resort’s upscale jewel with an undercurrent of eclectic Mediterranean ﬂair. 1140 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (nakedcrabftl.com) $$$
PIRATE REPUBLIC SEAFOOD & GRILL Situated on the New River in Downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Historic District, Pirate Republic serves an incredible menu of original seafood dishes along with an array of tropical cocktails. 400 SW 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale (piraterepublicbar.com) $$
POINT BREAK POKE HOUSE Nestled inside No Man’s Land in the Victoria Park Shoppes, this fastcasual option boasts chef-driven poke bowls and buns. 666 N. Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale (thepoke house.com) $$
RIVERTAIL James Beard–nominated chef José Mendín demonstrates his renowned culinary prowess with the Rivertail raw platter, a perfectly spiced Brazilian seafood stews, and the day’s fresh catch. 305 S. Andrews Ave., Suite 123, Fort Lauderdale (rivertailftl.com) $$$
SEA WATCH ON THE OCEAN A nostalgic nod to Old Florida, this landmark eatery has been serving some of Broward County’s ﬁnest fruits de mer for more than 45 years. 6002 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (seawatchontheocean.com) $$
WILD SEA OYSTER BAR & GRILLE A stellar raw bar and responsibly sourced seafood are the mainstays at this luxe-meets-nostalgic dining room. Riverside Hotel, 620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (wild sealasolas.com) $$$
THE CAPITAL GRILLE Renowned for dry-aged cuts, elevated steak house trimmings, superb wines, and attentive staﬀ, this high-end chain oﬀers a luxurious dining experience. 2430 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (thecapitalgrille.com) $$$
CHIMA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE Brazilian rodízio ﬁnds its place on Las Olas, with fountains and ﬂame-
bearing lamps welcoming diners. 2400 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (chimasteakhouse.com) $$$
COUNCIL OAK STEAKS & SEAFOOD A signature raw bar, a wine room, and an open kitchen complement the Hard Rock favorite. 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood (seminolehardrockhollywood.com) $$$
DEL FRISCO’S GRILLE A sophisticated chophouse serving up bold renditions of steak and ﬁsh alongside modern cocktails. 501 E. Las Olas Blvd., Suite 150, Fort Lauderdale (delfriscosgrille.com) $$$
FOGO DE CHÃO Hailing from Brazil, this full-service churrascaria features an array of proteins and the famous caipirinha cocktail. 201 E. Las Olas Blvd. Suite 100, Fort Lauderdale (fogodechao.com) $$$
NYY STEAK NYY Steak presents ﬁve-star seafood and steak oﬀerings in an atmosphere that honors one of baseball’s ﬁnest teams, the New York Yankees. 5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek (nyysteak.com) $$$
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Specialty cuts of Prime beef and New Orleans–inspired cocktails set a luxurious scene for any occasion. 2525 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (ruthschris.com) $$$
STEAK 954 This coastal alcove features decadent dishes and a hypnotizing jellyﬁsh tank. W Hotel, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (steak954.com) $$$
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FROM CITY TO SHORE, THE FINE ART OF LAUDY LIVING
Although Fort Lauderdale may sometimes seem like the teardown capital of the world, the owners of this circa-1935 home in the Rio Vista neighborhood decided to double down on restoring the property’s original charm.
Enter Tracy Dunn of Tracy Dunn Design, who had worked with the client on other projects for more than a decade. She was inspired by the home’s existing architec-
ture and decided to highlight it while establishing a design aesthetic that is at once classic and timeless. “The bones of a historic home are typically unique, which allows for some great design opportunities,” she says.
In this project, flow was key. Dunn worked to make the spaces feel both comfortable and cohesive. “The foyer, living room, and dining room [have] a nice flow where you see all three,” she explains. “Designing the three rooms to complement each other was the goal.”
Forget the monotony of greiges and beiges—Dunn used bright colors, including
a cheerful turquoise in the dining room and a fresh green in a bathroom. “My client loves color like I do,” she notes. “The colors I incorporated were a takeoff from the foyer’s colors of turquoise, greens, whites, and a pop of coral, so we continued that palette throughout.”
Dunn also retained the home’s original hardwood floors in order to give the space a warm vibe. “[They] have a gorgeous patina,” Dunn says. “[That] made it easy to bring in color and patterns, and to work with [my client’s] antiques.” (tracydunndesign.com) –Kristen Desmond LeFevre
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PICK A COLOR SCHEME
IT’S ALWAYS BEST TO BEGIN WITH SELECTING THE COLOR SCHEME TO USE, AND I SUGGEST A LIGHT, NEUTRAL PAINT COLOR FOR THE WALLS. ANYTHING FROM WARM WHITE, TO GREIGE, AND EVEN SOFT BEIGE. THIS WAY, YOU CAN EASILY UPDATE THE SPACE OVER TIME AND JUST CHANGE OUT THE MAIN COLOR SCHEME WITH THE BEDDING, ART, AND ACCESSORIES. THEN, PICK AN ACCENT COLOR. GREEN HAS BEEN ONE OF THE HOTTEST CURRENT COLOR TRENDS— FROM SOFT SAGES TO MORE SATURATED HUES. BLUES ARE ALSO AN EVER-POPULAR AND TIMELESS CHOICE. IF YOU’RE STRUGGLING WITH SELECTING THE COLOR THEME FOR YOUR GUEST ROOM, TRY STARTING WITH A DUVET COVER, A WALLPAPER SAMPLE, OR AN ACCENT PILLOW THAT YOU LIKE. PULL COLORS FROM THERE TO CREATE A COHESIVE COLOR SCHEME.
TRY THESE SIMPLE BUT OH-SO-CHIC DESIGN TIPS TO CREATE A LUXE SPACE THAT WILL MAKE YOUR GUESTS FEEL AT HOME
BY ALENA CAPRA
Winter in South Florida is the best time of the year—and it usually means we need to start preparing for a steady stream of guests. This is definitely not our off-season, so it’s wise to get that guest room ready. Here are some of my favorite tips for things you can do to spruce up this space and evoke the feel of a luxury hotel room. (alenacapradesigns.com)
LAYER IN LUXURY
Adding those hotel-like touches in a guest room is something every guest will appreciate. If the room can handle a small desk, it’s a great furniture piece to have. It also gives you flexibility for the guest room to double as a home office when you need it. Set the desk with a small valet tray, a notepad and pen, and even a makeup mirror. Since we all need to stay connected, having the Wi-Fi code handy is a good idea too—you can even put it in a picture frame on the desk or a nightstand.
Add an ACCENT WALL
A great way to add a luxe touch to the room is with wallpaper. Adding that one accent wall behind a bed is the best way to do it. It’s also an opportunity to bring in some pattern, texture, or a pop of color. If you’re not ready to commit to wallpaper but want to try it, there are many removable wallpaper options that you can even easily install yourself. Wallpaper gives the biggest bang for the buck in any room, and the options are endless. To play it safe, subtle textured paper is a good way to go (think: grasscloth or soft, linear textures). To amp up the style, consider a pattern. A guest room is a place to do something a little different, since it is outside of the everyday spaces in your home.
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With a shape and rustic accents reminiscent of nineteenth-century bucolic France, Quorum International’s La Maison chandelier in Manchester Gray ($572) sings an enchanting country tune. Capitol Lighting, Fort Lauderdale (capitollighting.com)
WITH A FLOURISH
An ornate, textured frame and decorative ﬂourishes make Howard Elliott’s glossy white Veruca mirror ($420) anything but a wallﬂower. Beautiful Things Lighting & Accessories, Coral Springs (beautifulthingslighting.com)
EMBRACE THE JOIE DE VIVRE OF FRENCH COUNTRY LIVING WITH DECOR THAT EXUDES RUSTIC ELEGANCE
BY LIZA GRANT SMITH
FARM TO TABLE
Transport your senses to sundrenched Provence with Voluspa’s French cade and lavender candle ($32). Anthropologie locations (anthropologie.com)
Stylish yet practical, Hooker Furniture’s Madera bed bench ($1,317) features a scalloped apron and bronze nailhead trim. Baer’s Furniture locations (baers.com)
Cordelia de Castellane shares her inspirations and tips for graceful French living and yearround entertaining in Rizzoli’s Life in a French Country House: Entertaining for All Seasons ($55). Barnes & Noble locations (barnesand noble.com)
PIÈCE DE RÉSISTANCE
Platinum buds and branches add a reﬁned feel to the rural subject matter of the Limoges dinner plates ($98 each) from Bernardaud Violeta’s Home Design, Coral Gables, Miami (violetashomedesign.com)
Josh Fein and Jenny Zalkin of Fein Zalkin Interiors brought France to South Florida in this extravagant residence. “We took on the challenge of creating a French country look for this 17,000-square-foot home, done in collaboration with architect Jeﬀrey Dungan,” says Zalkin. “While most people interpret traditional with heavy fabrics and dark colors, we took a diﬀerent approach for the South Florida climate, using all natural ﬁbers and natural colors. The space features light French limestone with Venetian plaster texture, and the ﬁreplace is lined with Fireclay tile and features Jerry Pair ﬁreplace accessories.” Miami
COMFORT AND JOY Snuggle up under this heavy knit linen throw ($230) by Pom Pom at Home for just the right amount of warmth and serenity. Alicia Weaver Design, Fort Lauderdale (aliciaweaver design.com)
SHOW AND TELL
The nine adjustable and illuminated glass shelves in Hickory White’s display piece (begins at $15,885)
oﬀer abundant space, while the frame and details tell of a historical French style that continues to delight. Judith Norman, Hollywood (judithnorman.com)
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ARE A HOT TOPIC IN CONTEMPORARY HOME DESIGN
BY LIZA GRANT SMITH
Traditionally, saunas have been relegated to basements or unused corners of a home or backyard. Today’s custom saunas, however, are taking center stage. What’s changed? Just about everything.
“Saunas have now become not only a health and performance room but also a fashion statement,” says Peter Santolalla, project manager at Boca Raton–based Saunas & Steam Rooms by Design. “We normally convert cabana bathrooms, closets, tub areas, toilet rooms, etc. into beautiful rooms that change the look of the area into private spas.”
Santolalla credits some of the increase in sauna demand to technology that allows firms like his to cre ate 3D designs of a customized room and make any necessary changes before construction. Technology is also to thank for the popular trend of hybrid sauna rooms. Whereas people once had to choose between a traditional Finnish sauna (that harnesses the power of dry heat) and infrared saunas (that use infrared lamps to warm the body), today the two can be installed in the same room and used together or separately.
A wealth of cool options certainly helps with the allure of in-home saunas. While Santo lalla prefers the look and smell of cedar (traditional for Finnish saunas), he acknowledges that the variety of wood available to work with—including engineered wood, which is making a push to enter the market—has never been greater.
But the bells and whistles go far beyond material choice and basic design. In addition to infrared systems, saunas can be equipped with everything from aromatherapy to chromotherapy lights (that use color to stimulate natural healing) to Himalayan salt walls (that emit negative ions to reduce stress and anxiety and replenish minerals lost due to environmental pollution and stressful living).
As for his client’s favorite feature, Santolalla points to WiFi capabilities. “With this application, users can manage the sauna system from basically anywhere via WiFi,” he says. “The benefit is that they can turn on the sauna before arriving home and have the room ready to use at the desired temperature as soon as they get there.”
Above all, Santolalla notes that it’s important to determine a client’s goals early on. “Some clients prefer looks and want their sauna to be a visual masterpiece. On the other hand, some hardcore sauna users are willing to compromise looks for performance. These users want as
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Numerous options currently exist for custom in-home saunas, including outdoor structures or those embedded in bathrooms.
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little glass as possible and the room to be as compact as possible, so the heat doesn’t leave the room easily.
“The second preference factor is the actual size. We have done rooms for athletes who request enough room for training bikes and treadmills. Other people ask for enough room for stretching and to practice yoga. Still others want more bench space for multiple users at one time. We adapt to the client but always recommend what’s best for the performance of the room.” (saunasbydesign.com) «
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Key considerations for clients during the in-home sauna design process are aesthetics and performance.
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Cotton poplin jumpsuit ($4,600), Fantasy cotton tweed jacket ($7,700), necklace ($1,325), Chanel, Aventura Mall, Bal Harbour Shops, Miami Design District, chanel.com; Trés Vivier black and metal stretch boots in patent leather ($1,395), Roger Vivier, Bal Harbour Shops, rogervivier.com.
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Denim jacket ($395), denim pants ($375), Sportmax, sportmax.com
Denim polka dot jacket (price upon request), denim skirt (price upon request), Donna high boots ($2,490), Louis Vuitton, Aventura Mall, Miami Design District, Shops at Merrick Park, Coral Gables, us.louisvuitton.com
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Lloyd button-down shirt ($248), Delony jacket ($1,398), Joey straight-leg jeans ($278), Veronica Beard, Miami Design District, veronicabeard.com; soft calf leather black combat boots with crystal buckle ($1,295), Jimmy Choo, Aventura Mall, Shops at Merrick Park, Coral Gables, jimmychoo.com
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CANYON GRAND REVEAL
WHO: SFL Food Group WHAT: Grand Reveal Party WHERE: Canyon, Fort Lauderdale HIGHLIGHTS: SFL Food Group celebrated the reveal of its revamped Canyon and newest addition, Rio’s Tequila Bar. Following a ribbon cutting, guests enjoyed cocktails and bites from both concepts.
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BOBBY VELEZ, KELLY O’HARA, MIKE LINDER, KRISTEN PINARD, TAHIMI CARDONA, AARON PATTERSON
JULIE WIEGAND, LUISA COOK, HEATHER DAVIS
JEFF OSTROW, MARIYA WEEKES, KRISTI LINDER
KELLY O’HARA, AARON PATTERSON
JENNY DE BORJA, LORI SUAREZ, BEN SORENSEN, DAN LINBALDE, MIKE LINDER, PIA DAHLQUIST
BRIAN POLI-DIXON, RICKY FLEETWOOD, DAVID CARRERA
KRISTI PANNULLO, JAMES BONILLA, KRISTI AND MIKE LINDER
MEET & GREET
WHO: Las Olas River House Art Committee
WHAT: Ariel Ortega Meet & Greet
WHERE: Las Olas River House Galleries, Fort Lauderdale HIGHLIGHTS: Las Olas River House Art Committee hosted its inaugural art program featuring a meet and greet with artist Ariel Ortega.
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PAULINE DOUGLAS, DAVE ANDERSON
HOWARD KURZWEIL, RALPH LEVY
JEFF CHIRCUS, CHARLES GREEN, JOEL SCHNEIDER
PAULETTE VARGAS, DONNA LAMBERT
RAMI ABBADI, ELI AND MIMI HEINE
JUDITH AND ROBERT ZUCKER, STEVE D’APUZZO
ROXY CHIRCUS, MARVIN PICKHOLZ
BEACH BALL 2022 GALA
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STANDING: HARRIS KOUASSEU, SEAN MCCORMICK, RALUCA KOTOWKSI, DAVID AND DEBORAH ROSS; SEATED: ALEXIS JANE WRIGHT, ANGELIQUE MENESES, TYLER SHERAD
CALVIN HUGHES, TOM MCMAHON, GRACE MORALES, SHERYL WOODS
STEVE LIEFMAN, FRANK RODRIGUEZ, IDALBERT DE ARMAS, PAT MORRIS
RANDOLPH STRAUSS, STANLEY WEIDMAN, MARTHA RABBITT, BRENDAN ALOYSIUS BARRY, CRAIG KENEIPP
ASHTON AND CASON MILNER, DR. RHONDA AND DUSTY MILNER, SHERYL WOODS
AIMEE FRETWELL, ANA NGUYEN, LELSIE FELICIANO PHILIP AND BARBARA WONG, SHERYL WOODS, GABE OCHOA
STANDING: SUMIT GOPALANI, JEEA DESRANLEAU, CASSIE FERNANDEZ, JESSICA BUSQUET; SEATED: KELLIE HENSLEY, MELISSA CAMPBELL, JESSICA LEYVA, FATIMA GONZALEZ, SCOTT CARRIS
WHO: YMCA of South Florida WHAT: Beach Ball 2022 Gala WHERE: Intercontinental Miami HIGHLIGHTS: Guests from throughout South Florida gathered at Intercontinental Miami to raise funds for water-safety education and drowning-prevention programs.
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WHO: Guy Harvey WHAT: Riverwalk Power Mixer WHERE: Guy Harvey Gallery & Shop, Fort Lauderdale HIGHLIGHTS: Guy Harvey, a world-renowned artist, conservationist, scientist, and entrepreneur, hosted a power mixer at his new Guy Harvey Gallery & Shop on Las Olas Boulevard.
ADRIAN NOVELLO, ANTHONY SANTANA, JANE TEBBE-SHEMELYA
JOSEPH DISCEPOLA, TRISH WIDOWFIELD
TYLER SMILLIE, ALEX HARVEY
CASEY SCHMIDT, GUY HARVEY
LISA FOUNDS-KING, BRITT LANIER, ALYSSA COVITT, WILL WILLIAMSON, JACKIE SCOTT, BREWSTER KNOTT
PAULO ANDALAFT, JIM FARRICK, MIKE JOHNSTON
MARSHA FREEMAN, MARK BUDWIG
TOM AND MINDY JENNINGS
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Here’s an event you won’t want to miss: the inaugural Pride of the Americas Festival, taking place on Fort Lauderdale Beach February 10-12. The festivities will all occur along Fort Lauderdale’s miles of pristine beaches, culminating with a parade down A1A followed by a massive beach party with a slew of internationally recognized performers.
Noteworthy moments include Friday night’s Sip, Savor, and Sway; Saturday performances by the iconic singer-songwriter Boy George, DJ Manny Lehman, and DJ Paulo; and a Sunday set featuring DJ Deanne and DJ Alex Acosta. (pridefortlauderdale.org) —Melissa Puppo
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Boy George will perform as part of Pride of the Americas.
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25 5/8 x 21 ¼ in Oil on canvas Painted in May 1936
“Nature Morte Aux Citrons” by Pablo Picasso