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CONTENTS

APRIL 2021

FEATURES 42 / OUTSIDE GUIDE Enjoy the great outdoors with our roundup of local alfresco activities By Juliana Accioly

48 / WATER NYMPH Usher in swimsuit season with dazzling attire and jewelry Photography by Danny Cardozo

54 / OUTDOOR OASES By Melissa Puppo

60 / STILL WATERS

A homegrown photographer takes us inside the Everglades Photography by Paul Marcellini

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DEPARTMENTS 12 / FROM THE EDITOR 14 / LOG ON BRICE FERRE STUDIO

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24/SEVEN 17 / LOCAL GUIDE The lowdown on the area’s coolest markets and more

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The benefits of float therapy, and the hip offerings at a new salon

21 / CULTURE Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week’s new artist-in-residence program

22 / Q&A A chat with poet Campbell McGrath

24 / LIVING WITH IVEY

COURTESY BUTTERFLY WORLD

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38 / HIGH ROAD McLaren’s GT is an everyday supercar By Howard Walker

40 / HIGH SEAS Setting sail on the newest Sundancer By Howard Walker

EAT + DRINK 79 / OPENINGS Savor la dolce vita at Riviera by Fabio Viviani inside the Hotel Maren

80 / LOCAL BITES Simple recipes for a delicious Easter dinner, two libations to try now, and an eco-friendly cocktail in honor of Earth Month

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The country’s top Black-owned wineries By Mark Spivak

SEEN 86 / SOCIAL SNAPSHOTS Amazing festivities at the Pegasus World Cup, plus Jypsea Local’s chic grand opening

PARTING SHOT 88 / SPRING AWAKENING

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Take it OUTSIDE

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In the past year, we’ve all developed an appreciation for the outdoors. Not only have the expansive spaces and fresh air made us feel safe, but we’ve also felt healthier—and worked off some stress—by embracing nature-centric activities. This month’s issue is devoted to the great outdoors and the numerous benefits it bestows upon us. To inspire you to take on a new alfresco adventure, we present “The Outside Guide,” a compendium of must-dos in the sunshine and sea breezes. From exhilarating water-based activities to calming pursuits like paddleboarding and yoga, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy nature. I personally recommend a hike through Flamingo Gardens, where you’ll spy more than 3,000 species of flora, or Secret Woods Nature Center, with its otherworldly network of mangroves and native hammocks. Such outings have helped keep many of us sane during the challenging COVID months. Turn to page 42 and start planning your own excursions. If you prefer to view nature from an armchair, check out “Still Waters,” a visual essay of expansive Everglades imagery by Paul Marcellini. Through Paul’s lens, the simple beauty of a freshwater prairie or a star-embroidered night sky takes on a haunting dimension. See for yourself on page 60. Entertaining outside has become huge during the pandemic, as it allows us to connect with others in a safe environment. On page 54, you will find local interior designers’ favorite “Outdoor Oases,” ranging from manicured pool decks to secret garden spots to summer kitchens made for gathering. Perhaps it will inspire you to rethink your own exterior design or host an open-air Easter lunch with a few close friends. Enjoy the issue!

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One of the beauties of living in South Florida is that outdoor gatherings abound year-round. And in Fort Lauderdale, that means weekends are booked with some of the best communityforward farmers and artisan markets. Whether you’re on the lookout for fresh fruits and veggies, in search of an eye-catching accessory, or want to add a piece of artwork to your abode, options are plentiful. Start with the Garage Sale, hosted at the popular beer garden Rhythm & Vine. Its newly expanded yard—inclusive of a cargo container bar—is home

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to the pop-up (hosted every second Sunday of the month), featuring a curated selection of 30 local vendors selling everything from trendy bathing suits to vinyl records to dog bandanas. “In ever-growing South Florida, small and local businesses are easily overlooked,” says founder Marina Poupart. “This event shines a light on the ‘support small and support local’ movement.” After shopping, stay for live acoustic music, bottomless cocktails, and rotating food trucks. Flip the page for the scoop on where else to spend the weekend. (instagram.com/the_garage_sale_ftl)

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Makers & Markets CONT. Night Market at Dania Pointe Newer on the scene is the Night Market at Dania Pointe, taking place biweekly at the up-and-coming shopping plaza. This sundown edition (5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every second and fourth Friday of the month) specializes in produce in addition to handmade, homemade, and remade items from more than two dozen local artisans and farmers. Bring your yoga mat for a complimentary sunset flow and stick around for local bands and musicians. (nightmarketatdaniapointe.com)

Mark your calendars for the Sunnyside Up Market, held the second Sunday of every month. Created by Bettina Benizri, Genesis Prada, and Nicole White, this open-air market spans the entirety of the MASS District and is ideal for those eager to become a plant parent (check out Plant Good Thought) or peruse contemporary art (like Ace Ace Movement). Foodies can expect libations a plenty courtesy of Bubbly Mobile as well as an array of food trucks and bakers. While the normal market hosts nearly 80 vendors, a “mini” market takes place bimonthly at Township Fort Lauderdale. Be on the lookout for Sunnyside Up’s themed pop-ups. (sunnysideupmarket.com)

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HUNGER BUSTER What screams picnic food more than a deckedout sandwich? Stop by Henry’s Sandwich Station in FATVillage and grab one of the many delicious offerings—like Henry’s BLT—to satisfy your cravings. (henryssandwich.com)

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CHILL OUT Enjoy your wine in the wild with Yeti’s rambler tumbler ($24.99) that’s sure to keep beverages cold. (yeti.com)

PINK SIP A bit of bubbly is the perfect picnic drink, so opt for this sparkling rosé ($30) from Santa Margherita. (wine.com)

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Transformative EXPERIENCE

Between work, life’s stresses, and constant connectivity, our brains could use a little quiet time. Destiny Beck and her husband, Matt, found the solution several years ago with floatation therapy, which Destiny calls a “powerful stress-relief and wellness tool.” The idea is to float in silence and darkness in a tank filled with more than 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt. When dispersed in skin-temperature water (94 degrees Fahrenheit), the salt creates a weightless environment that encourages a deeply relaxing state of mind. In 2017, the Becks opened their first Float8

location in Deerfield Beach. This past fall, they introduced a second outpost in Fort Lauderdale. “Floating helped us feel more focused and productive, so we decided to switch gears in our professional lives and open a float center in order to make floating more accessible for our community,” Destiny says. For people trying to manage anxiety or chronic pain, Destiny recommends floating

FLOAT ON Want to learn more about the benefits of floating? We highlight a few here: l Magnesium. Many of us are deficient in magnesium. Given the amount of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) in the water, the element is easily absorbed in the skin. “Magnesium is involved with many of our bodily functions, including detoxification, and is crucial to more than 300 enzyme-driven biochemical reactions occurring in the body,” explains Destiny. It may also “prevent cardiovascular disease

once a week for six to eight weeks. “Just like going to the gym or a yoga studio, floating has a cumulative effect and may require a few visits to fully let go,” she says. “We have members that float almost every day and others that float once per month.” (float8ion.com)

and osteoporosis, and relieve menopause and PMS symptoms,” she says. l Deep relaxation. During a float, the parasympathetic nervous system is activated, which slows the heart rate, helping us to relax. This therapy lowers blood pressure and the stress-causing hormone cortisol. l Mood booster. “A one-hour session can cause a significant reduction in anxiety and an improvement in mood in individuals with stress- or anxiety-related illnesses,” notes Destiny, citing the increase in our “happy hormones” of dopamine and serotonin.

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Take your trip to the salon to the next level with a visit to Peacock’s BarberSalon & Drinks. Now open at the trendy Society Las Olas in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the full-service hair and nail salon features women’s cuts, color, styles, and blowouts, as well as men’s cuts and shaves. Services also include teeth whitening and brow shaping and tinting. The experience is elevated with the addition of a built-in coffee shop and bar serving beer and wine.

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THREE ARTISTS KICK OFF THE FIRST ARTCATION RESIDENCY PROGRAM In search of new ways to showcase how the arts are intertwined into the fabric of life in Greater Fort Lauderdale, Andrew Martineau, co-founder of Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week, partnered with Visit Lauderdale to brainstorm a new innovative idea: Artcation. “[This] concept came to life as a way to help artists be inspired by immersing themselves in our local lifestyle, and it was a way to bring positive attention to the small, boutique hotels in the region that had a very tough year due to the pandemic,” notes Martineau. In January, three artists participated in eight-day residencies, with the goal of using their experiences to inspire and guide them in creating one or more works, says Martineau. Their creations will now stay at the locations where they were hosted, including Manhattan Tower in Fort Lauderdale, Cottages by the Sea in Pompano Beach, and The Desoto Oceanview Inn in Hollywood. Artcation’s inaugural artists were Suzanne Redmond from Royal Palm Beach, MiamiRedmond’s artwork inspired by her hotel’s gardens

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based Marco Caridad, and Renda Writer who prefers the “van life” in South Florida. They were chosen through an artist database—and for their strong social media presence—and Martineau says word spread rapidly about the residency. “We received over 30 artist inquiries from around the country and from international locations including Venezuela and Italy. Most said they wouldn’t be able to participate this year but would be interested in coming next year.” Redmond, who stayed at The Desoto Oceanview Inn, loves to travel and really began to feel the itch to explore amid the pandemic. “I’ve been keeping my eye out for artist residencies, where artists are invited to a location to create for a short period of time because those are great, safe ways to travel and do your art,” she says. “I am from Palm Beach County, so I knew this would be easy and safe for me to do, and it would give me a week to concentrate on my painting away from my usual home life.”

During her stay, Redmond took inspiration from the property’s gardens (complete with three chicken huts) and set up in that space daily. She finished a 24-foot-by-30-foot painting in addition to two smaller works. The Desoto’s various cacti and ixora are depicted as well as other flowers she dreamt up. For next year’s Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week, the organization plans to evaluate artists who would be interested in providing scheduled workshop experiences for guests during their residency, which will help the hotels attract those interested in creating art themselves as well as seeing the many exhibits taking place that week. “The ability to interact daily with an artist-in-residence at one of our small, charming boutique properties is a fun way for visitors to immerse themselves in Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week,” says Stacy Ritter, president and CEO of Visit Lauderdale. “It’s a unique experience they won’t find anywhere else.” (ftladw.com)

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Writer Campbell McGrath dishes on the POWER of poetry By Kristen Desmond LeFevre

FLI: Can you give us a peek into your writing process? Campbell McGrath: A lot of my colleagues believe that to be a real writer, you’ve got to write every day, and that’s a good goal. I’m trying to be alive to the wounds in the world every day, but that doesn’t always mean I write them down daily. I try to write in my notebook, if not every day, then at least a lot. I’m writing down ideas, images, things I’m thinking about, things that might be useful. And then it takes time to go back to that material and really explore it and say, “What do I have here?” and, “How will I turn these into a poem?” How would you describe your voice? When people say, “Oh, that’s typical Campbell McGrath,” it’s probably because the poem is about America and culture. It probably has a sense of ironic, humorous, fun-poking darkness that explores the tragic comedy of American culture. You know, the kinds of things you’d cry about if you didn’t laugh at them. I’m a big fan of American culture. I’m very attuned to its bizarreness and senselessness. So that tends to be the thing I write about, and where my style lands. Was poetry always the goal? I’ve always loved books in a very particular way. I love reading, but when it came time to write something, I liked writing poems. But did I think 22

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Since April is National Poetry Month, we caught up with poet, Pulitzer-prize finalist, and FIU distinguished professor Campbell McGrath. He’s authored 15 books of poetry—most recently, Nouns & Verbs: New and Selected Poems. He’s a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, and The New Yorker. Those bona fides aside, McGrath says poetry is for everyone. All you need to do, he says, is give it a chance.

back then that writing poetry was a thing you could do with your life? No, I sure did not. Can you teach a person how to be a poet, or is it a talent a person is just born with? No one would ever say, “Can you teach someone to play basketball?” You can’t teach them to be Michael Jordan, but you can teach them to play the game to their best potential. Poetry is a craft in the same way a sport is: Anybody can learn it. You can learn to play basketball by yourself in your driveway. But if you have a coach (or in the case of poetry, a professor or a teacher) who works with you, you bring the learning curve down. I’m still learning all the time—and I feel like I’ve literally written like 5 million poems. But if I wasn’t still learning, I would be bored of it. Are the days of the starving poet over? You know, starving is not a very good strategy for a poet. You starve and then you die and then you don’t write anything. I haven’t had a student in a long time who had that kind of starving poet vision. They know it isn’t about starving; it’s about getting the poems written and finding a way to erect a scaffolding to make a sensible life that enables them to write poems.

You’re pretty prolific. What keeps you writing and getting published? I feel like part of your task as an artist is to squeeze all the juice from the lemon. Whatever amount of talent or inspiration I have, I feel I’m beholden to try to put it out in the world. Now, the world may throw it in the dustbin and say, “This was terrible. We don’t even want it!” But when I started winning prizes and stuff, I really began to feel the need to do this as seriously as possible. When you’re lucky enough to be enabled like that, I think there’s an obligation to be prolific. That said, some of our best poets are not prolific. Poetry, in particular, is really about density and condensation. One drop of it can be enough sometimes. But I’m just trying to get as many drops out there as I can. I don’t want to leave anything unsaid that I might’ve said. If I can say it well enough.

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FOOD LABELS: What do they all mean? By Ivey Leidy Photography by Kent Anderson In the United States, the government regulates every food we eat to ensure its safety. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversees meat, poultry, and eggs, while the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for dairy, seafood, produce, processed foods, and drugs. In the U.S., the government issues financial benefits in the form of subsidies to farmers, mainly those producing corn, wheat, soy, dairy, meat, and sugar. Essentially, our government pays farmers to grow what the government wants them to grow, in the manner in which the government wants them to grow it and at what efficiency. Unfortunately, as a means of making as much income as possible in the shortest amount of time, many farms use methods to expedite and capitalize upon this process. Antibiotics, growth hormones, pesticides, 24

and GMOs all help maximize output, while degrading our food quality. GMOs are genetically modified, living organisms, whose genetic makeup has been altered in a lab to make them resistant to disease, increasing crop yields. The end result? Our food has morphed into a distant relative of food, difficult for our bodies to recognize and harmful to our health. Here, I delve into what the labels mean, which ones to look for, and which to ignore.

MEAT AND DAIRY When it comes to beef, opt for cuts from local farms as opposed to factories, if you can find it. If not, the best choices are grassfed, AGA (American Grassfed Association) certified, or certified grass-fed by AWA (Animal Welfare Approved). Grass-fed means that the animals are only fed grass from the day they wean from their mother’s milk until the end of their life. They are also raised in open grass pastures, free to graze, and always antibiotic-free. The second-best choice is USDA-certified organic. This means the cattle are fed 100-percent organic feed consisting of corn, grain, and grass, and no antibiotics are administered. Avoid processed meats as these have chemicals, fillers, additives, and even high-fructose corn syrup.

FISH For fish, you have two options: wild or farmed. Farm-raised fish has higher fat, less protein, and fewer nutrients than wild. Farmed fish are often fed cornmeal, soy, and even canola oil. They’re also commonly given antibiotics due to their crowded conditions and risk of infection, as well as growth hormones. In addition to being lower in saturated fat and calories, wild fish is higher in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. The best label to look for is MSC (the Marine Stewardship Council).

PRODUCE For produce, there’s either organic or conventional. Organic produce is grown on soil that has not been treated with substances like pesticides and fertilizer. All organic produce is non-GMO. Conventional produce is often subsidized, and its farming practices involve pesticides, usually GMOs, synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics, and hormones. These have been shown to cause hormonal imbalances, chronic inflammation, and chronic disease.

POULTRY AND EGGS The best choice for poultry is certified humane (see definition in sidebar). The second-best choice is certified organic. This signifies that the animals were raised on a 100-percent organic, non-GMO diet that did not contain animal by-product or antibiotics.

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Whole Roasted Chicken CRISPY-SKIN WHOLE CHICKEN COOKED IN A CAST-IRON SKILLET WITH ROASTED CARROTS, MUSHROOMS, SHALLOTS, APPLE, AND FENNEL INGREDIENTS 3-5 lb. certified humane, certified organic chicken 1 lemon, sliced with seeds removed 3 sprigs of thyme 3 sprigs of rosemary 4 cloves of garlic, divided into 2 chopped and 2 crushed 4 large carrots, peeled and chopped 2 cups of sliced shitake mushrooms 3 shallots, peeled and chopped 1 fennel bulb, stems trimmed and bulb cut into quarters or wedges 1 apple (Honeycrisp or Fuji is best), cored and diced 3 tbsp. olive oil, divided

Preheat oven to 400. Combine chopped vegetables and apple in a bowl and toss with 2 chopped garlic cloves and 1 tbsp. of olive oil and set aside. Pat chicken dry, removing any giblets in the cavity and untying the legs. Stuff cavity with thyme, rosemary, lemon slices, and 2 crushed garlic cloves. Rub outer skin with 1 tbsp. olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. Lay chicken breast side down onto an unheated cast-iron skillet. Turn burner to medium-high heat and cook chicken for 8 minutes. (I’ve found heating from a cold cast iron yields the crispiest skin.) After 8 minutes, turn heat off, carefully flip your chicken breast side up, and retie the legs. Add in your chopped vegetables, tucking them around the chicken. Drizzle with remaining 1 tbsp. olive oil. Transfer to oven and roast for 45 minutes to an hour. Remove from oven when chicken’s internal temperature reaches 160. Let rest for 5 minutes. Transfer to a platter, arranging roasted vegetables around the chicken. Salt and pepper to taste.

COMMON LABELS DEFINED CAGE-FREE: Cattle are required to have outdoor space. Chicken and other poultry are raised in pens in “houses” and given access to 1 to 1 1/2 feet of floor space. This could be grass, gravel, or concrete. FREE-RANGE: Animals are given access to 2 feet of outdoor space.

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CERTIFIED ORGANIC: Animals are fed a 100percent organic diet, free of hormones and antibiotics. All organic chicken is free-range. CERTIFIED HUMANE: Animals are never kept in pens, crates, or cages; are given plenty of outdoor access; and are not fed growth hormones or antibiotics. GRASS-FED: Animals are given only grass after

weaning off milk.

NATURAL OR ALL NATURAL: This term isn’t regu-

lated, so it holds no weight. Initially, it referred to food that didn’t contain artificial ingredients, but it’s meaningless when used to describe meat or poultry. FRESH: The meat or fish has never been frozen. NON-GMO: A law was passed in 2016 requiring manufacturers to disclose GMO ingredients. Look for this stamp when buying anything.

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Revel in Costa Rica’s stunning natural heritage at Nayara Tented Camp and the boutique Cayuga Collection By Paul Rubio

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Properties such as Nayara Tented Camp (inset) and Cayuga Collection’s Arenas Del Mar (below) exemplify Costa Rica’s ecotourism elite.

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hen ecotourism solidified as a concept in the 1990s, Costa Rica emerged at its forefront. Spearheading a movement of environmentally conscious travel, the petite Central American country became the promised land for soft adventures in biodiversity. As the archetype evolved, it began incorporating elements of style and sophistication, proving that nature and luxury could successfully coexist. Today Costa Rica’s top eco-minded properties span the full spectrum of luxe—from casual to ultra—and showcase the best of the country’s wildlife-rich jungles and forest-fringed coastlines. Here, we present some of our favorites, from the dreamy Nayara Tented Camp near Arenal Volcano to a trio of Cayuga Collection hotels positioned in Costa Rica’s most coveted coastal destinations.

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Nayara Tented Camp boasts safari-chic accommodations with large terraces inclusive of infinity pools and views of Arenal Volcano. Spend your day in one of the thermal hot spring pools or embark on a sloth-spotting expedition.

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NAYARA TENTED CAMP Draped in lush cloud forest and punctuated by skyscraping volcanoes, Costa Rica’s mountainous interior is synonymous with dramatic natural beauty. Nowhere is this more visible than in the area around Arenal Volcano: a 5,400-foottall marvel flanked by mist-shrouded wilderness, waterfalls, and hot springs aplenty—as well as a sumptuous, safari-style lodge immersed therein. True to its name, Nayara Tented Camp delivers canvas-topped glamping within Arenal Volcano National Park. In its Central American debut, design firm Luxury Frontiers, renowned for ultraposh camps across Africa, combined safari glamour and a Costa Rican sense of place to create a 21-tent hillside retreat in direct view of Arenal. Design details abound in each of the 1,700-squarefoot clifftop tents, with tailor-made furnishings that blend vintage exploration with jungle chic. High points include a textured mural depicting rainforest flora along the back wall of a four-poster king bed, a foldable leather campaign chair, and a trunk-esque minibar. Step outside to swoon over a spacious terrace enveloped in foliage. Appointed

with a sleek dining table, hammock, day bed, and a hot spring–fed infinity pool, these accommodations are what eco-luxury dreams are made of. In such an extraordinary setting, it’s tempting to follow the plan: relax, room service, repeat. But this area is meant for exploring, even if kept just to the immediate grounds. Nayara Tented Camp lies in a collective reserve alongside two casita-dotted sibling properties, Nayara Springs and Nayara Gardens, lending to a multitude of shared amenities and experiences over vast acreage. Among the can’t-miss are the short hiking trails, famed for excellent sloth sightings. There are also seven thermal hot spring pools tiered throughout the forest, each bubbling at a different temperature (with bar service available), and an open-air yoga pavilion, where daily complimentary classes are held. Recognizing that adrenaline-seeking guests may also want to discover more of Arenal Volcano National Park—it is Costa Rica’s adventure capital, after all—Nayara offers numerous group tours and private excursions anchored by activities like zip lining, kayaking, canyoning, spelunking, monkey spotting, and white-water rafting. Across three personality-driven restaurants, Nayara’s gastronomy ranges from hyper-local to Latin-Asian fusion to pure Italian excellence. Fuel up on a traditional casado (black beans, plantains, salad, tortillas, plus a protein) and ensalada palmito (hearts of palm salad) at Amor Loco. Salivate over plantain-wrapped sushi rolls at Asia Luna and get excited for the house-made pastas at Mis Amores. And even if you aren’t a breakfast person or an early riser, we suggest you become one while at Nayara Tented Camp. Indulging in a gorgeous morning spread on your terrace as hummingbirds zip by, toucans sing, and the sun rises over Arenal is the most satisfying food for the soul. (nayaratentedcamp.com)

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CAYUGA COLLECTION Nestled between the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica boasts an impressive 800-plus miles of coastline, the best of which can be savored in style thanks to Cayuga Collection, a small but diverse portfolio of light-onearth boutique hotels across Central America. The collection’s three oceanside Costa Rican properties offer distinct experiences of rainforest-meets-ocean splendor, starting with the crown jewel of Cayuga, Kura Costa Rica. This eight-suite, adults-only spot hones in on the picturesque marriage of land and sea through design and location. Perched high in the forest atop the Pacific coastal town of Uvita, Kura is an exercise in tropical minimalism, defined by breathtaking panoramas and open-air spaces where nature is always present. Also on the central Pacific coast is Arenas Del Mar, an eco-conscious resort in the popular surf town of Manuel Antonio. It spans both mountain and beach, with suites at higher elevation to maximize views of the palm-laced coastline and

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amenities at sea level to optimize waterfront pursuits (which include highly Instagrammable tree swings). Though public, the beach here feels private thanks to cliffs and boulders that demarcate a generous swath. While topography helps to keep other humans out, Arenas Del Mar is trying to let more wildlife in. The resort has reforested the land above to create an 11-acre biological corridor with neighboring Manuel Antonio National Park, providing extended habitat for the white-faced monkeys, scarlet macaws, and sloths that call this land home. Get your steps in with daily rainforest hikes on trails within Arenas and the national park. Or, counter languid afternoons on your balcony or at the full-service beach club with morning runs on Manuel Antonio’s miles-long main beach stretch. Over at Puerto Viejo on the southern coast, Hotel Aguas Claras captures the essence of the region’s infectious Caribbean feel. At this adorable collection of 12 bungalows and suites, the bold, colorful aesthetic skews classic Victorian-Caribbean, while the vibe slants toward

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Hotel Aguas Claras exudes a more Caribbean aura, with Caribbean-Victorian architectural flourishes and an open-air yoga pavilion.

tranquility and wellness. Keeping true to its sustainability ethos and the local flavor, each unit is adorned in eclectic upcycled materials, repurposed furniture, and found objects. A small walking trail leads to the coastline of Playa Chiquita, one of the country’s most famed beaches (thanks to crystalline waters and a virgin appearance). Here, Aguas Claras houses a small toes-in-thesand beach club featuring regional delicacies (hello: watermelon mojitos and tostones). Back

on property, a sprawling yoga pavilion sets the tone, while house bikes allow guests to venture out and fully embrace the charming beach shacks, indie boutiques, and laid-back lifestyle that define this Caribbean coast. Though Costa Rica may appear small on Google Maps, a short distance can take a long time thanks to rugged, single-lane highways (often packed with trucks), current limitations on internal flights, and requisite connections through the capital city of San José. Basically, one or more overnights in the capital is all but inevitable. Thankfully, Cayuga’s Hotel Grano

de Oro makes the layover in this otherwise unappealing city pleasurable. An adaptive reuse of a turn-of-the-century Victorian mansion, Grano de Oro upholds Costa Rica’s cultural heritage and presents an ideal base for seeing the city’s key attractions, such as the Jade Museum, National Theater, and Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. You may not be waking up to the sights and soundtrack of the rainforest, but you will dabble in Costa Rica’s history and culture—a fine complement to rewarding exploits at the country’s trailblazing eco-luxury resorts. (cayugacollection.com) «

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4TH GENERATION | COSTIKYAN FAMILY Since 1886 the Costikyan family has been hand cleaning valuable Persian, Oriental, and European rugs, carpets and fine tapestries throughout the United States. We are one of the only families continuing these time honored cleaning methods in the same manner that was employed some 130 years ago when the cleaning and restoration of valuable fabrics was considered an art.

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McLaren’s stunning new GT is the EVERYDAY SUPERCAR that can deliver you to the golf links at 203 mph By Howard Walker I love McLarens—with a passion. I love the rock-out-of-a-catapult acceleration, the spooked-squirrel handling, the mind-reading steering that can almost predict your intentions before you even nudge the wheel. For me, these British-built projectiles are the very definition of the mystical term “supercar.” To drive one, to feel that 600-plus twin-turbo horsepower, is like downing a quadruple espresso after a lifetime of decaf. But, they do come with the odd compromise or two. The endless drone from those monster tires at each corner is like driving with a leaf blower in the passenger seat. Hitting any kind of lump or bump is like colliding with a Florida sinkhole. As for carrying personal items aboard, if they won’t fit into a squashy gym bag, you’re going to need to call FedEx. However, the new McLaren GT is a kinder, gentler McLaren with more refinement, comfort, and civility. Oh, and did I mention there’s 38

space in the back for a golf bag? Thank McLaren for listening to its customers—or its dealers, who likely moaned about losing another sale to more accommodating rivals, such as Bentley’s grand touring Continental GT or Aston Martin’s DB11. What we have here is the first McLaren hatchback. One tap of the key fob and the huge rear tailgate pops open to reveal a long, wide luggage area. And although it is rather oddly shaped, it works. According to McLaren, it can accommodate 14.8 cubic feet of “stuff.” That total climbs to 20.8 when you factor in the small forward trunk. While this new feature does transform the versatility of the GT, it too is not without its compromises—like having a heat-blasting 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 sitting beneath it. McLaren engineers had to develop a thermal heat shield to reduce temps from 900 degrees Fahrenheit around the engine to a still toasty 100. Stow that box of Godiva back there at your peril. More worrisome is the fact that the luggage area is open to the cockpit. Yes, there are numerous tie-down rings, but that loose jar of Petrossian beluga caviar could become a high-speed projectile under heavy braking. And as with all McLarens, this GT can stop with the same immediacy as hitting a brick wall. In keeping with the slightly more mellow image of this new GT, the design has also been softened. Unlike the angry-bird McLaren 720S on which it’s based, the GT sheds the track-focused rear wing, huge wheel-arch

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PRICE: $213,195/$263,265 AS TESTED ENGINE: 4.0-LITER TWIN-TURBO V-8 POWER: 612 HP TORQUE: 465 LB-FT TRANSMISSION: 7-SPEED AUTOMATIC 0-60: 3.1 SECONDS TOP SPEED: 203 MPH LENGTH/ WIDTH: 184/81 INCHES WEIGHT: 3,384 POUNDS WHY WE LOVE IT: BECAUSE IT ADDS ELEGANCE AND VERSATILITY WITHOUT LOSING THAT WILD-CHILD MCLAREN CHARACTER.

vents, and air-gulping rear intakes. I think it’s the best-looking McLaren in the lineup. It’s just sleeker and more stylish, enhanced by lovely forged alloys at each corner, the biggest ever fitted to a McLaren. Open the high-lifting scissor-like doors and inside, McLaren’s typical wafer-thin, butt-numbing seats have been replaced with wider, comfier, thicker-padded versions that are a delight. The cabin is now a sea of handbag-quality leather befitting the grand tourer the GT is. And boy, does this car tour grandly. There’s less snap, crackle, and pop from the exhaust compared to, say, the 720S. Less volume, too. And the suspension has been tuned to deliver a ride that is a tad smoother,

less brittle, more forgiving, and has less tire roar. But don’t for one second think McLaren has gone soft on performance. The GT’s 4.0-liter V-8 packs a 612-hp punch that can slingshot the car to 60 mph in a retina-blurring 3.1 seconds. This beast won’t call it quits until the speedo shows 203 mph. Hustle the GT along a curvy two-laner and its race-bred heritage, along with perfect poise and balance, is there to thrill. Although it was developed for the track, on ordinary roads it goes precisely where you point it. Its handling is nothing less than stellar. Pricing starts at around $213,000, though with a few options—the $6,000 electrochromic glass roof is a must-have, as is the $15,400 fourpiece set of custom luggage—reckon on closer to $260,000. But for me, all that McLaren magic more than justifies the price tag. «

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Sea Ray brings back its iconic FAMILY CRUISER in the bold shape of the new 370 Outboard By Howard Walker Ever wondered how Sea Ray got its name? Maybe it’s a play on stingray or manta ray. Or, perhaps, a reference to a ray of sunshine on the sea. Good guesses—but wrong. It all goes back to Cornelius Nathaniel “Connie” Ray III. In 1959, the native Detroiter founded Ray Industries, cranking out zippy runabouts. By putting a spin on the “C” for Cornelius and looking to his last name, it was an easy evolution to Sea Ray. By 1986, when Connie had sold his company to the Brunswick Corporation powerhouse, Sea Ray had taken its place among the world’s biggest boatbuilders. One of Connie’s many strokes of genius was seeing a gap in the market for a family-focused

express cruiser. Forty-five years ago, he built the first Sea Ray Sundancer and the rest, as they say, is history. Despite a rocky few years over the past decade, during which time Brunswick even pondered selling off the Sea Ray brand, the Sundancer is now back—with a vengeance. The 370 Outboard not only marks the introduction of a next-gen Sundancer family, but also heralds the reinvention of Sea Ray itself. New from the keel up, the 370 Outboard is a masterpiece from any angle. While the hull profile has styling cues from Sundancers past, it’s that towering, glass-filled hardtop and huge windshield that are guaranteed to spin heads. Before its global unveiling earlier this year, I got to spend a fun-filled morning putting the 370 through its paces across Sarasota Bay. I came away thoroughly impressed at what it manages to pack into 37 feet. While we all remember Sundancers of old, with gas-guzzling V-8s powering through sterndrives, the 370’s designers wisely opted for outboards. They’re quieter, smoother, easier to maintain, and way more space-efficient.

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The first boats to come out of Sea Ray’s Merritt Island facility will feature triple 300-hp Mercury Verados, with the option down the road of 250 Mercs. With three 300s, top speed is close to 50 mph, with easy-peasy cruising in the mid-30s. Step onto the wide swim platform and into the cockpit, and the feeling of space is terrific, with seating for eight on the U-shaped sofas. Rather than having the galley down below, there’s an electric grill, sink, fridge, and freezer right there. Cross through the port-side windshield door and into the bow. The beauty here is the height of the walkway sides, which give a great sense of safety and security. The mile-high hardtop is a true feat of design ingenuity. The sheer amount of glass is astonishing, giving superb all-around visibility from the helm. Nice touches include the power-sliding sunroof, air conditioning, and a rear sunshade that glides out of the hardtop. Up at the helm there are twin seats on either side, while the control panel could easily have come out of a fancy Mercedes. Twin 16-inch

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PRICE: FROM $650,000 LENGTH: 37 FEET BEAM: 12 FEET DRY WEIGHT: 18,100 POUNDS POWER: 3 X 300-HP MERCURY VERADOS TOP SPEED: 50 MPH WHY WE LOVE IT: BECAUSE IT ROLLS AN EXPRESS CRUISER, BOWRIDER, AND GLASSY HARDTOP COUPE ALL INTO ONE. Simrad displays integrate pretty much all of the boat’s major functions. Down below, the cabin is flooded with light courtesy of huge hull windows. Up in the bow there’s an L-shaped sofa that, at the touch of a button, creates a queen bed. Midship, beneath the cockpit, there’s another “L” that becomes a double. And the quality of materials is exceptional, with white onyx Corian countertops, lovely wood, and upscale fabrics. Out on Sarasota Bay, this new Sundancer leapt onto the plane and punched to 45-plus mph with ease. While there wasn’t much in

the way of wave action that day, the Sea Ray still sliced through other boats’ wake, with any rock and roll quelled by the optional Seakeeper3 gyro stabilizer. Joystick control made docking a breeze, even in a breeze. You’ll pay around $650,000 for a 370 with triple Mercury 250s, though with the triple 300s and plenty of must-have options, reckon on closer to $900K. But with this new 370 Outboard, Sea Ray definitely builds on the Sundancer legacy with a boat that’s sleek, sexy, and a lot of fun. Connie Ray would have been proud. «

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Hiking is not only great exercise; Broward’s trails also give you a dose of still-wild Florida nature to keep you happy and grounded. Imagine strolling down zig-zagging boardwalks and footpaths through jungle-growth treetops on your way to a colorful plant garden filled with hundreds of fluttering butterflies. Or roaming under an oak canopy and spotting a burrowing gopher tortoise as you pass. It sounds like a dream, but it’s possible to experience with a visit to Tree Tops Park (broward.org) in Davie, which gives you access to more than 7 miles of designated trails. Nearby at Flamingo Gardens (flamingogardens. org), stroll through more than 3,000 species of rare, tropical, subtropical, and native plants and trees (including the largest tree in Florida) at the 60-acre botanical garden and wildlife sanctuary. For an all-day hike, pack your essentials and head to the Atlantic trail entrance of Conservation Levee Greenway (mtbproject.com) in Tamarac, a 48.4mile greenway running from Parkland to Miramar, where you will be greeted by a variety of wildlife, including sun-seeking gators and trees full of parrots. Fern Forest Nature Center showcases more than 30 fern species as you roam along marked trails, ranging from a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk that winds through a tropical hardwood forest to a dirt footpath surrounded by natural wetlands. A pet-friendly outing to Miramar Pineland offers a beautiful concrete walking path through the pines, shaded by a combination of scrubby flatwoods, as well as views of restored wetlands. At Dania Beach’s Secret Woods Nature Center, navigating the wilderness of wetlands, hammocks, and mangroves will give you new insight into the unique ecology of South Florida’s forests. (broward.org) FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | APRIL 2021

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Yoga allows you to slow down and to journey inward, giving you a chance to fully connect to the peacefulness of the outdoors. Broward offers a few different outdoor yoga options; one of the best is The Nest’s restorative group hatha yoga sessions, held at a place of your choosing or public areas such as Robbins Lodge. Options include pregnancy, postpartum, and “Mommy and Me” classes. (theyoganestfl.com)

Above and inset: Enjoy paddling with Mr. Beaches during a Sup Pup Paddleboarding excursion in Fort Lauderdale.

SUP PUP in Fort Lauderdale hosts morning tours that let you lose yourself physically, concentrate utterly, and find that coveted mental peace. But this isn’t any ordinary paddle excursion; you’ll be accompanied by Fort Lauderdale’s famous Mr. Beaches, a super-cute Welsh corgi who comes along for the ride with tour guide Natasha Baker Williams. Have fun executing downward dogs and sun salutations on a paddleboard—an hour-and-a-half energizing workout that begins with a paddle to Victoria Park, followed by breath and core work, balancing, and vinyasa-style flow. You’ll also get the chance to take pics with the pint-sized pup. Or, practice on your own: If you make your way south down the canal, pass Las Olas Boulevard bridge, and paddle about 15 minutes out to the New River, you will find ample zen-like secluded areas to explore. (suppupftl.com) 44 FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

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There’s nothing better than zipping across waterways with the wind in your face. KC Jet Ski & Watersports (kcjetskiing. com) in Pompano Beach gives you license to set out on an exhilarating two-hour guided jet ski outing so you can safely spin your way across the Intracoastal down to Fort Lauderdale. You can also combine your ride with snorkeling (when the tide permits) or take your motorized water scooter through the back canals. The silky waters, eye-popping homes, and manatee and dolphin sightings will remind you that you live in the middle of a wild Floridian paradise. For high-adventure thrills, Doctor Jet Ski & Water Sports Rental’s location at the Ocean Sky Resort (doctorjetskirentals.com) in Fort Lauderdale offers easy access to the beach’s free-riding zone. Have fun revving your engines and tearing up the waters as fast as you can—as long as you keep away from the shoreline and swim zone.

Kayaking is not only great aerobic exercise but also a wonderful way to interact with South Florida’s unique sceneries. If unpredictable is your thing, a Broward trail worth discovering is the “mangrove maze” in Hollywood. Rent your equipment at Waterway Adventures (waterwayadventures.com) and paddle north to find yourself among diverse mangrove-lined canals and cypress routes that serve as peaceful homes to birds, iguanas, and marine life of all kinds. If you prefer convenience, Easton Watersports (eastonwatersports. com) delivers your kayak to Sullivan Park in Deerfield Beach, where you can explore 3-acres of the Intracoastal just northwest of the Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge and catch glimpses of mangroves and wildlife. Venture north into Royal Palm’s canals, and you will be rewarded with an impressive view of multimillion dollar homes.

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tour of Lake Ida, one of the largest and clearest brackish lakes in South Florida. If you are a proficient paddler and expert swimmer, the team will guide you through the open waters about 500 feet off the south end of Delray Beach’s public beach to view two parts of a 1900s wreckage: the actual body of the S.S. Inchulva (a British steamship that was transporting cargo from Texas to Virginia) and the ship’s smokestack, which now houses diverse marine life. Another route to check out runs along the Seven Isles in Fort Lauderdale. Rent your board from Blue Moon Outdoor Adventures (bluemoonkayak.com), launch your vessel at George English Park, and paddle south toward the isles. You’ll be greeted with a breathtaking combination of mangroves, birds, marine life, and stunning mansions along the shoreline.

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Gorgeous greens and year-round balmy weather make Broward golf courses ideal for a fantastic day on the links. With beautiful holes located on a nature preserve and a country club atmosphere to boot, Plantation Preserve Golf Course & Club (plantation.org) is a

perfect public destination for tee time lovers. A picturesque trail with various birds and the occasional alligator sunning on the banks of the water hazards adds to your experience across the 18-hole course; each one constructed with five sets of tee boxes so players can choose their desired level of difficulty. If you’re in the mood for a challenge, the Club at Emerald Hills in Hollywood (theclubatemeraldhills.com) is another great bet. It’s the longest course in Florida and features excellent views of The Guitar Hotel. Not far away is Hollywood Beach Golf Club (hollywoodbeachgolf.com), home to a challenging 18-hole course that’s great for golfers of all levels and designed by renowned architect Donald Ross. «

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OUTDOOR OASES These days, relishing the comforts of home is the ultimate luxury. These alfresco rooms showcase just how well you can extend your living areas for optimal enjoyment. Take a design cue from the following pages to kickstart your outdoor makeover.

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Creating a private sanctuary was paramount for the family who resides in this Southwest Ranches gated property. Alene Workman (of Alene Workman Interior Design Inc. in Fort Lauderdale) was tasked with designing a space to fit the homeowners’ relaxed lifestyle. “Home entertaining was an important consideration with small groups being invited into their world, often with other close family or high-profile guests,” she says. She placed contemporary twin, double-wide chaises on discreet casters with 12-foot umbrellas for shade to “infuse a practical yet romantic element at each side of the open pool deck.” Colorful flowerpots at the end of the pool turn into round fire pits when the weather cools off. The outdoor space also features additional nooks including a covered kitchen (completed by the builder). Workman accessorized with bar stools and a teak dining table and chairs for the ultimate grilling station. (awidesign.com) 54

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Since 2005, Alicia Weaver and her eponymous Fort Lauderdale-based design group have churned out high-end residential interiors and commercial designs. For this Pelican Isle home, Weaver says the homeowner wanted a garden oasis paired with the feel of an Italian bistro. “In Florida, we are outside year-round, so it is important to create an extended living space,” she says. “We like to create a private oasis that is functional but fits the style of the home.” She removed the existing stone pavers and hot tub to create an outdoor sitting area, and brought in gumbo limbo trees strung with bistro lights to achieve the feel the homeowners sought. New stone pavers with faux grass created a more colorful space and helped reduce dirt and bugs, allowing for a cleaner, low-maintenance eating area. The grass extends around the firepit to soften the hard stone, creating a focal point that brings the spaces together. (aliciaweaverdesign.com) 56

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southeast exposure to the ocean offers scenic views at every angle.

The inspiration behind this southeast point lot off of Las Olas Isles in Fort Lauderdale was a resort-style outdoor space that allows for large-scale entertaining. In fact, the area behind the pool isn’t a usual jacuzzi; it’s an entertainment platform that can hold a band or a DJ, says Katia Bates of Innovative Creations, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale. With exposure to the ocean and scenic views from every corner, this property has several design highlights, including unfinished travertine, anti-slip flooring around the pool and the surrounding decks, and Jerusalem pavers. The pool is clad in royal blue custom tiles, while the furniture is custom powder-coated in flat black and features cushions in antique gold fabrics made for the outdoors. “On the best view corner, there is a gas fireplace to sit around during the chilly winter nights and enjoy the boats passing by on the New River,” says Bates. A round gazebo structure with a roof matching the main house in the backyard is complete with a barbecue and bar that function as an outdoor kitchen. (innovativecreationsusa.com)

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A swimming pool with waterfront views and in-water lounge seating is the perfect place to recharge.

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Though not designers by trade, David Milus and his wife, Jenniffer dreamed up a design for their waterfront point lot in Lighthouse Point with proximity to the Hillsboro Inlet. They tore down the existing home to build something “truly unique and architecturally significant,” says David, who was senior vice president for Starwood Hotels & Resorts before retiring from a 32-year career in hospitality, and led groups that focused on operations, development, architecture, construction, and design management. “We wanted to build something different—both unique and timeless—with a contemporary and modern edge,” he says. “We didn’t want to do anything cookie-cutter or follow the coastal or Mediterranean themes typical of South Florida architecture.” So, they developed an airy retreat that connects the inside with the outdoors. The 800-square-foot space is complete with self-watering planters, a gas barbecue, a two-burner stovetop, a unique ocean blue stone feature wall, a swimming pool with in-water lounge seating, an outdoor living area that seats up to 10 people, and a summer kitchen featuring porcelain countertops. Natural decor touches outdoors complement the home’s interior design.

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Known as “the multicultural designer,” Perla Lichi is the founder and CEO of her namesake design firm in Pompano Beach. “Your home is a personal sanctuary, and with today’s new way of living, the outdoor spaces provide a way to have peace and quiet, and sometimes make you feel like you’re transported into another place,” says the residential designer. Her work is on display at this West Broward County residence, which fused the home’s interior to the outdoors to keep the style consistent. To achieve this, she brought in elements of gazebos and hanging chairs that look like they’re “growing out of the ground.” Architectural elements such as columns and lighting also play a part in this design. “I prefer to work with earth tones, so it ties into all the natural outdoor elements,” says Lichi. “This way, it looks like it naturally belongs there, such as the natural stone flooring and matte finishes.” (perlalichi.com) «

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orn and raised just 20 miles from Everglades National Park, Florida, landscape and nature photographer Paul Marcellini says he’s visited the subtropical wetland spanning nearly 2 million acres close to 1,000 times since he was a child. Always attracted to the outdoors, he naturally began photographing the land when he picked up a camera in 2005. He’s since won multiple international awards for his photography of Biscayne National Park, Miami International Airport, South Florida museums, and more. And in 2016, one of his Everglades images was used for a USPS stamp, celebrating 100 years of U.S. National Parks. “I am not a photographer just to be a photographer,” says Marcellini. “I love getting into unspoiled locations and then being able to show those to others.” A self-taught naturalist, Marcellini says he’s constantly finding ways to raise awareness for our delicate ecosystems. “I am most familiar with the ecosystems that are near me, as they are where I spend the most time,” he shares. “I hate to see them diminished, and through my images I hope to inspire people to take an interest and care. If they don’t even know, they will never care, and an attractive image is a good first step in catching their eye.” Flip through for a mesmerizing sampling of Marcellini’s work uncovering the beauty of the Everglades. —Melissa Puppo

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Fort Lauderdale Illustrated presents the faces behind some of the most successful organizations in our region

67 // Beautiful Smiles

73 // Home Staging and Design

68 // Steven G., Here There and Everywhere

74 // Luxury and Exotic Vechiles

70 // Greater Fort Lauderdale

75 // Superior Local and International Interior Design

71 // Hair Restoration and Transplant Surgery 72 // High-Stakes Litigation

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BEAUTIFUL SMILES

ANDREW FORREST, DMD, MS — 1500 DENTAL A third-generation dentist, Andrew Forrest, DMD, MS, has distinguished himself time and again as an industry leader in dentistry. Throughout his 20 years of experience, Dr. Forrest discovered that the ultimate patient experience necessitates employing a “team approach” to dental care, utilizing the expertise of a team of 30 that includes seven dentists and specialists. His team transforms lives by restoring hope, health, and smiles—one patient at a time. Dr. Forrest completed his clinical research at the University of Miami in the interdisciplinary management of cancer treatment, irradiation therapy, and implantology. He completed periodontics externships at New York University and Harvard University. Dr. Forrest also completed three-year specialty training in periodontics and implant surgery at the University of Florida-Shands Hospital, earning his master’s degree with a focus on oral immunology. Dr. Forrest has performed more than 20,000 dental implants. He lectures nationwide but his true passion is creating beautiful smiles throughout South Florida. 1500 N. FEDERAL HIGHWAY, FORT LAUDERDALE 954-715-1000 | 1500DENTAL.COM SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL SECTION

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STEVEN G, HERE THERE AND EVERYWHERE STEVEN G, — INTERIORS BY STEVEN G

Interiors by Steven G—one of Florida’s most prominent interior design firms—is the region’s most versatile fullservice interior design firm. Interiors by Steven G has been designing for Fortune 500 companies, prominent real estate firms and developers, and residential homeowners throughout the country for more than 40 years. Steven G’s team understands that we are living through uncertain times due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest. Many homeowners are relocating, seeking a second

residence, or remodeling their “safe haven.” Interiors by Steven G is currently renovating a Palm Beach island residence from the ground-up, and is redoing condominium lobbies and public areas, as well as furnishing spec homes for developers. Steven G leads a team of more than 85 professionals based in a 110,000-square-foot showroom. Projects range from private residential homes, condominium units, hospitality, restaurants, hotels, and commercial offices.

2818 CENTER PORT CIRCLE, POMPANO BEACH, FL | 954-735-8223 | INTERIORSBYSTEVENG.COM

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GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE STACY RITTER — VISIT LAUDERDALE

Stacy Ritter is a driving force behind Greater Fort Lauderdale’s evolution. As president and CEO of Visit Lauderdale, she has not only succeeded in facilitating leisure travel and group sales, but also in championing multicultural tourism and LGBT+ advocacy, while creating a culture of inclusion. A licensed attorney, she previously served for eight years in the Florida House of Representatives, nearly 10 years on the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, and one year as mayor. Ritter’s commitment to growth and evolution is enduring. At Visit Lauderdale, she ensures diversity, equality, and inclusion take center stage and the message that “Everyone Under the Sun” is welcome rings clear. Ritter’s leadership will undoubtedly continue to impact all who live in and visit Greater Fort Lauderdale, serving as a shining example of how to open doors and ensure all feel welcome. 101 N.E. THIRD AVE., STE. 100, FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 954-765-4466 | VISITLAUDERDALE.COM SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL SECTION

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HAIR RESTORATION AND TRANSPLANT SURGERY ALAN J. BAUMAN, MD, ABHRS, IAHRS — BAUMAN MEDICAL

Dr. Alan Bauman is a full-time, board-certified hair restoration physician who has treated over 30,000 patients and performed nearly 10,000 hair transplant procedures since starting his medical hair loss practice in 1997. He is one of approximately only 200 physicians worldwide to achieve the certification from the esteemed American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS). Dr. Bauman has pioneered numerous technologies and therapies in the field of hair restoration, including minimally invasive FUE Follicular Unit Extraction, No-shave VIP|FUE, Low-Level Laser Therapy, PRP Platelet Rich Plasma, and PDOgro, a “lunchtime” procedure performed under painless local anesthesia. Dr. Bauman was recently voted “#1 Top Hair Restoration Physician” by Aesthetic Everything for the 4th consecutive year and he was named by Forbes as one of “10 CEOs Transforming Healthcare in America.” Don’t fret over hair loss. Schedule a consultation at Bauman’s 12,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art “Hair Hospital” located in downtown Boca Raton on South Dixie Highway or virtually from the privacy of your home. 1450 S DIXIE HIGHWAY, BOCA RATON, FL 561-462-8838 | BAUMANMEDICAL.COM SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL SECTION

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HIGH-STAKES LITIGATION WILLIAM R. SCHERER — CONRAD & SCHERER, LLP

Founded in 1974 by managing partner William R. Scherer, Conrad & Scherer is a preeminent litigation law firm with a national and international reach handling high-stakes, complex litigation. The firm maintains offices in Fort Lauderdale, New York, Brevard, North Carlina, and Quito, Ecuador, providing clients a wide range of legal services. Scherer and his team of trial attorneys have handled several high-profile cases that have made headlines including the water main break that closed businesses in downtown Fort Lauderdale, a class action lawsuit on behalf of 26 Florida hospitals impacted by the opioid crisis, recovery of more than $100 million for victims of the Scott Rothstein Ponzi scheme, and representation of well-known individuals and businesses, such as Marino, Huizenga, Maroone, Bush (43), the Seminole Tribe of Florida, FPL, and Broward Health, to name a few. The firm is currently working on several billion dollars of legal claims they cannot publicly disclose due to confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. 633 S. FEDERAL HIGHWAY, EIGHTH FLOOR, FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 954-462-5500 | CONRADSCHERER.COM SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL SECTION

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HOME STAGING AND DESIGN SANDRA HOLMES, LYN SPAETH — LUXE HOME STAGING AND DESIGN

Luxe Home Staging and Design is a nationally recognized and multi-award-winning home staging company servicing clients from Miami to the Palm Beaches for 16 years in South Florida. Business partners Sandra Holmes and Lyn Spaeth and their professional team are committed to outstanding service, beautiful spaces, and most importantly, maximizing the return on their clients’ real estate investment. What sets Luxe apart is its attention to details! Their impressive portfolio of work is on-trend and reflects the lifestyle of today’s buyers. Staging is sellers’ and Realtors’ No. 1 marketing tool in maximizing the perceived value of a property so it will sell for top dollar, even in today’s hot market. Luxe works with home sellers, investors, home builders, and Realtors to stage residential properties. They also decorate clients’ homes, so they love where they live! 954-304-7355 | SANDRA@LUXEHOMESTAGINGANDDESIGN.COM 781-771-9675 | LYN@LUXEHOMESTAGINANDDESIGN.COM LUXEHOMESTAGINGANDDESIGN.COM SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL SECTION

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LUXURY AND EXOTIC VEHICLES SCOTT ZANKL — EXCELL AUTO GROUP

The leader in the luxury and exotic car industry is getting ready to open the doors to its new location in Fort Lauderdale. Excell Auto Group, a family-owned business founded more than 20 years ago by Scott and Kristen Zankl, continues to expand, now to the Broward area. Excell Auto welcomes Karma Automotive, the Californiabased manufacturer of luxury electric vehicles, to the Excell Auto family with two new franchises, Karma Palm Beach and Karma Broward, coming this spring. The Karma Revero GT was named the 2020 Luxury Green Car of the Year, so get ready to welcome the finest preowned luxury and exotic vehicles in the market to Broward County. Enjoy the perks every Excell Auto family member has, including concierge services, complimentary flatbed pick-up and drop-off, invitations to exclusive private events, and much more. “Our customers—family as we like to call them here at Excell Auto—have always been, and will always be, my top priority,” says Scott Zankl. 1717 S.E. 17TH ST., FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 561-998-5557 | EXCELLAUTO.COM SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL SECTION

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SUPERIOR LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL INTERIOR DESIGN DAWN ELISE HAMILTON, ASID — DAWNELISE INTERIORS INTERNATIONAL

DawnElise Interiors International, Inc. is an award-winning, full-service design firm working in both luxury commercial and high-end residential design. Dawn Elise Hamilton, ASID, is the president of the company and the firm’s principal designer. She easily applies her knowledge and experience in art history, fine food and hospitality, and entertaining to home, office, condo, and restaurant design. Hamilton and her team make it their mission to help clients understand their unique style and how to express it while customizing and beautifying their surroundings. Since the firm was established in 2006, DawnElise International has conducted business with integrity and honesty and works hard to deliver superior results. Hamilton’s sophisticated, vibrant interiors are featured in design publications and found throughout Florida, New York, Colorado, and Latin America. From inspiration to implementation, DawnElise Interiors can manage it all! @DAWNELISEINTERIORSINTL 954-609-7113 | DAWNELISEINTERIORS.COM SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL SECTION

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PHILANTHROPY

JONATHAN ALLEN, JAMES AND CATHY DONNELLY, ANDREW WURTELE — COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF BROWARD Jonathan Allen, James and Cathy Donnelly, and Andrew Wurtele turn their love of Broward into BOLD IMPACT through their endowed charitable funds at the Community Foundation of Broward. As Broward’s needs grow, they see the advantage of partnering with the Community Foundation to help them navigate their personal giving and create BOLD IMPACT in the community. With the Foundation’s philanthropic experts at their side, these philanthropists have peace of mind knowing their generosity fuels real-world solutions for issues they care about most—that every dollar they give makes life better for people in Broward. Jonathan, James, Cathy and Andrew know the Foundation will always be there to ensure their endowed charitable funds shape and improve the community they love. Their legacy of impact will last for generations to come. BE BOLD and establish your personalized charitable fund today! Contact Community Foundation of Broward Vice President of Philanthropic Services Nancy Thies at nthies@ cfbroward.org or 954-761-9503. 910 E LAS OLAS BLVD., STE. 200, FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 954-761-9503 | CFBROWARD.ORG SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL SECTION

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OPENINGS

Coastal CHARM Steps away from Fort Lauderdale’s salt-spritzing Atlantic lies Hotel Maren’s Riviera by Fabio Viviani. Inspired by Italy’s coastlines, this new 200-seat restaurant blends the country’s seafood-inspired dishes with an innovative beverage program. Florence-born chef Fabio Viviani (of Top Chef fame) guarantees all ingredients are made fresh inhouse or purchased within a 100mile radius. “We are targeting an Italian palate with an international flair,” says Viviani. “Our food is meant to be eaten, and it also makes for a pretty picture.” Of note are specialties such as the charred octopus with crispy potatoes and the tuna poke with toasted sesame, avocado crème, and sriracha. Heartier options arrive in the form of braised lamb shanks with whipped feta, topped with charred grapes and a fregola and pistachio gremolata. Then there’s the not-to-be-missed squid ink lumache: Shell-shaped pasta mingles with frutti di mare (mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari) in a light broth of heirloom tomatoes, garlic, parsley, and polpa di ricci (sea urchin roe). You’ll want to save room for the decadent, three-layer pistachio cake complete with meringue and a white chocolate crunch. (riviera byfabioviviani.com)

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In the Kitchen

Plan EASTER DINNER with inspo from area hot spots RACK OF LAMB STEAK 954, FORT LAUDERDALE (STEAK954.COM) Ingredients (serves 4) 2 racks of lamb 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 bay leaf 1 sprig of rosemary 2 sprigs of thyme 5 garlic cloves, smashed 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper 1 tbsp. thyme, picked and chopped 1 tbsp. rosemary, picked and chopped 1 tsp. salt 1 tbsp. fennel, lightly toasted, then coarsely ground 1 tbsp. whole coriander, lightly toasted, then coarsely ground 1 tbsp. cumin seeds, lightly toasted, then coarsely ground

l To make the marinade, combine olive oil, bay leaf, rosemary, thyme, and garlic cloves and bring to a simmer. Allow to cool and then leave overnight before straining and adding the remaining ingredients (other than the lamb). Marinate the lamb rack in a good amount of the mixture overnight. In a hot pan, sear all sides of the lamb, then place it on a roasting rack and cook in the oven until you reach the desired doneness (for medium-rare pull out of oven at 120 degrees Fahrenheit and let it rest until it reaches 125 degrees Fahrenheit). You can use a meat thermometer to measure the temperature as you are cooking. Pull the lamb out of the oven and let it rest for 7-10 minutes before carving.

ROASTED VEGETABLES COOPER’S HAWK, MULTIPLE LOCATIONS (CHWINERY.COM) Ingredients (serves 6-8) 1 medium zucchini, 1/2-inch diced 1 medium red pepper, 1/2-inch diced 1 medium red onion, 1/2-inch diced 2 medium parsnips, 1/2-inch diced 2 large carrots, 1/2-inch diced 7 oz. cremini mushrooms, cut in half

8 oz. brussels sprouts, cut in quarters cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. black pepper 3 tbsp. butter 2 tbsp. garlic, freshly chopped 1/3

Directions Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Gather and transfer all of the vegetables into a large bowl and add the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mix well so that all vegetables are coated evenly. Spread the vegetables out onto a sheet pan in a single layer. Roast for approximately 10-15 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through cooking until vegetables begin to brown nicely. If the vegetables are very cold when putting into the oven, they may need additional cooking time. When the vegetables are nicely caramelized, remove from the oven. Add butter, garlic, and herbs. Mix well and place back in the oven for about 2 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with cheese.

2 tsp. parsley, finely chopped 1 tsp. basil, finely chopped 1 tsp. green onion, finely chopped 1/2 tsp. thyme 2 tbsp. balsamic glaze 3 tsp. grated Parmesan

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Shady Distillery has officially opened adjacent to Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery in Fort Lauderdale. In addition to its signature Shady vodka, which is gluten- and carb-free, Shady Distillery offers a 12 Mile rum in both dark and white varieties. The distillery is currently hosting tasting tours, during which you’ll learn about distillation, observe the bottling process, sample cocktails, and more. (shadydistillery.com)

One of Fort Lauderdale’s most-loved breweries, Funky Buddha recently launched its premium hard seltzer in tropical flavors. Brewed from cane sugar and blue agave syrup, this hard seltzer has a crisp, clean taste and contains only 90 calories (with zero grams of sugar). It comes in Exotic Passion Fruit Dragon Fruit, Smooth Pineapple Coconut, Tangy Kiwi Tangerine, and Bright Starfruit. (funky buddhabrewery.com)

A selective guide to Broward County restaurants THE LISTINGS 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 advertisment, nor do they serve as a restaurant review. For more information, email editorial@palmbeachmedia.com

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AMERICAN AMERICAN SOCIAL A cool atmosphere and elevated comfort food classics (think Nashville Hot Chicken and maple bourbon meatballs) are the hallmarks of this Las Olas hot spot. 721 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (americansocialbar.com) $$ COOPER’S HAWK WINERY & RESTAURANT The dishes on the menu are all crafted to pair perfectly with one of the 60 wines bottled for the restaurant. The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, 2568 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (chwinery.com) $$ S3 Nouveau American cuisine is prepared with care in this inventive resto that embraces the three pillars of Florida life: sun, surf, and sand. Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (s3restaurant.com) $$$ TOP HAT DELICATESSEN This old-school deli offers everything from knishes, Reubens, and reinvented dishes alongside decadent desserts. 415 NE 3rd St., Fort Lauderdale (tophatftl.com) $$

ASIAN CASA SENSEI Sushi meets Asian-Latin fusion in signature dishes like the lobster guacamole, Korean steak chimichurri, and the Fish Burnt Roll. 1200 E. Las Olas Blvd. #101, Fort Lauderdale (casasensei.com) $$ CHRISTINA WAN’S MANDARIN HOUSE Christina Wan continues her family’s legacy of bringing tradi-

tional Chinese cuisine to South Florida, some with unorthodox flair. 664 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (christinawans.com) $$ KURO The Seminole Hard Rock’s nouveau Japanese darling serves up inventive dishes with ingredients imported from the Land of the Rising Sun and local offerings from the Sunshine State. 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood (seminolehardrockhollywood.com) $$$

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) $$ BOULEVARD KITCHEN & JUICE BAR This rustic-chic café’s organic kitchen prepares delicious, nutrientrich breakfast and lunch dishes, while the juice bar pours wellness shots and blends up colorful concoctions. 701 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (blvd kitchen.com) $$

ITALIAN 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) $$ FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | APRIL 2021

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EAT DRINK CAFFÉ EUROPA The Calabrian-inspired fare is perfect for sharing. 910 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (caffeeuropalasolas.com) $$ CASA D’ANGELO At this Italian fine-dining institution, owner-chef Angelo Elia’s meticulous care for ingredients is evident down to the spices in the marinara and flour in the house-made bread. 1201 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (casa-d-angelo.com) $$$ 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 (pizzacraftpizzeria. 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) $$ EL CAMINO Margaritas and Mexican soul food are a sure bet at this resto, where patrons can choose between two happy hours. 817 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (elcaminoftlauderdale.com) $$ ROCCO’S TACOS & TEQUILA BAR If the 400 tequila varieties aren’t enough to hook patrons, the deli-

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cious tacos de casa and fresh guacamole make this expansive cantina-style resto irresistible. 1313 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (roccostacos.com) $$

MEDITERRANEAN 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) $$ THE HUMMUS HOUSE This Middle Eastern-Israeli counter doles out amazing vegan- and vegetarianfriendly fare. 900 NE 20th Ave., Fort Lauderdale (thehummushouseftl.com) $$

SEAFOOD BOATYARD Come for the “Hook to Table” seafood, locally sourced ingredients, and vegan-friendly selections, and stay for the photo-worthy lofted ceilings, oar chandelier, and abundant natural light. 1555 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale (boatyard.restaurant) $$$ N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (pelicanbeach.com) $$$ 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) $$$

STEAK HOUSE CHIMA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE Brazilian rodízio finds its place on Las Olas, with fountains and flamebearing lamps welcoming diners. 2400 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (chimasteakhouse.com) $$$ NYY STEAK Located in Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, NYY Steak presents five-star seafood and steak offerings in an atmosphere that honors one of baseball’s finest teams, the New York Yankees. 5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek (nyysteak.com) $$$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Specialty cuts of Prime beef, an impressive wine portfolio, and New Orleans–inspired cocktails set a luxurious scene for any special occasion. 2525 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (ruthschris.com) $$$ STEAK 954 This uber-chic coastal alcove’s menu is studded with decadent dishes, while the dining room features a hypnotizing jellyfish tank. W Hotel, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (steak954.com) $$$

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DRAGON’S RESOLVE Made with local-to-Florida dragon fruit and passion fruit, this tropical drink makes every attempt at mindful conservation

As we head into Earth Month and look forward to Earth Day on April 22, I was inspired to honor the occasion with a cocktail that highlights both notions of sustainability and energy conservation. But first, I wanted to bring into focus a few earth-friendly considerations to ponder while you sip your next cocktail.

Ingredients (makes 1 drink) 1 1/2 oz. gin 2 1/2 oz. dragon fruit puree 1 1/2 oz. passion fruit shrub (recipe below) 1/2 oz. simple syrup (optional)

• Think local and seasonal: By choosing local and seasonal produce, we avoid costly packaging and transport. • Avoid plastic: Say goodbye to plastic straws. Consider a reusable metal, glass, or bamboo straw instead. • Repurpose ingredients: In this recipe, the dragon fruit is used as the puree for the cocktail and the shell for the drinking vessel. The passion fruit was also used whole to create the shrub. The best way to show our appreciation for the earth is by being mindful of creating less waste and reducing our environmental impact, even when it comes to cocktails. Cheers to this beautiful earth of ours! —Jules Aron

Add all of the ingredients to a blender and mix without ice. Pour the mixture into the dragon fruit shell and top with crushed ice. Garnish with pineapple leaves and edible flower petals. Passion Fruit Shrub Ingredients 1 cup passion fruit 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 cup apple cider vinegar

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THE MINDFUL

In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine the passion fruit, sugar, and water and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Bring the mixture to a low simmer. Stir in the vinegar and bring the mixture just to a simmer. Strain and pour the shrub into a sealed glass jar. Keep refrigerated for up to a month.

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Clockwise from inset: La Fête du Rosé; Theopolis vineyards; McBride Sisters’ She Can wines.

OFF THE VINE

DIVERSE Vintners

More and more Black-owned WINERIES are beginning to appear across America By Mark Spivak

Over many centuries, the wine business has acquired a reputation as an old boys’ club—unofficially, an old white boys’ club. While more and more women are breaking the glass ceiling of America’s wineries, the same hasn’t been true for people of color. According to the Association of African American Vintners (AAAV), fewer than 100 of the nearly 11,000 U.S. wineries are Black-owned, amounting to less than 1 percent. However, things are beginning to change. There are 35 members in AAAV’s “Vintner/Grower” category and additional Black-owned

wineries are springing up all the time. Here, we highlight some of the most exciting. Vision Cellars: Mac McDonald, the son of an East Texas moonshiner, decided to become a winemaker after tasting his first Burgundy at age 12. After purchasing land in Sonoma County, he released his inaugural Pinot Noir in 1997 and became one of the industry’s pioneers in diversity. Pinot Noir remains his first love, although he also produces both white and red blends. (visioncellars.com) McBride Sisters: It’s a fairy-tale story: After growing up separately across the world in California and New Zealand, sisters Robin and Andréa McBride reunited to build the largest Black-owned wine company in the U.S. Their She Can and Black Girl Magic collections are currently shipped to 33 states. (mcbridesisters.com) Indigené Cellars: Raymond Smith established his winery in California’s upper Carmel Valley, making distinctive wines from both estate vineyards and purchased fruit. His range includes everything from Moscato and Grenache Blanc to Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir, and a Tuscan-style Sangiovese blend. (indigenecellars.com)

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Longevity Wines: Phil Long started making wine in his garage in 2006 and founded his Livermore facility several years later. While he yields sparkling wine, Pinot Blanc, and Muscat Canelli, he’s partial to full-bodied reds such as Zinfandel and his signature deb-ru-vée, a Rhône-style blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre. (longevitywines.com) Maison Noir Wines: Sommelier André Hueston Mack traded the dining rooms of Per Se and The French Laundry for life as an Oregon winemaker. Originally called Mouton Noir (“black sheep”), he changed the winery name after a trademark dispute with Château Mouton Rothschild. His labels include Knock on Wood Chardonnay, Love Drunk Rosé, and Other People’s Pinot Noir. (maisonnoirwines.com) Theopolis Vineyards: Trial lawyer Theodora Lee founded her small-lot estate in the Yorkville Highlands appellation of Anderson Valley and released her first vintage to critical acclaim in 2006. In addition to award-winning Pinot Noir and Petite Sirah, she produces a zesty rosé and a tropical white blend. (theopolisvineyards.com) Brown Estate: Siblings Deneen, David, and Coral Brown came together in 1995 to establish the first Black-owned winery in Napa, making wine from grapes their parents had been selling since 1980. They are best known for estate-grown Zinfandel from the Chiles Valley. (brownestate.com)

Longevity Wines is best known for reds like its 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wachira Wines: Dr. Christine Wachira, the first Kenyan-born California winemaker, fell in love with wine while working her way through college and graduate school. Her releases include The Buffalo (Chardonnay), The Rhino (Cabernet Sauvignon), The Elephant (Zinfandel), The Leopard (Muscat), and The Lion (sparkling). (wachirawines.com) La Fête du Rosé: Donae Burston, a 20-year veteran of the wine and spirits industry, launched this brand in 2019 from Domaine Bertaud Belieu, which was founded in 1340 and is committed to sustainable agriculture. He makes Provençal rosé from Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah with the goal of reaching multicultural drinkers. (lafeterose.com) «

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