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The Center works with everyone from athletes to the elderly, and handles extremely complex cases. For some patients, an initial assessment is followed by imaging studies — an MRI or CT scan, for example — that reveal problems such as a narrowing of the spinal column, a bone spur pressing on a nerve, bulging discs or arthritis. Nerve conduction studies are performed on-site. The good news is that medical advances have made it possible for most patients to avoid surgery. “We have a whole armamentarium of noninvasive and holistic treatments available today,” Dr. Tolchin said. The Spine Center team may recommend stretching and physical therapy, anti-inflammatory and injectable medications, weight loss with an anti-inflammatory diet and safe exercise.

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16 / PET-FRIENDLY Four ways to spend summer with your furry best friend

18 / AROUND TOWN Test your knowledge on all things Greater Fort Lauderdale and beyond

20 / KID-FRIENDLY FUN Three culture-focused outings

STYLE 23 / THE LOOK Fabulous finds for your canine companion

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When vaccines first became available, the first thing I did was reschedule last summer’s canceled trips—and add a few new ones to the mix. As a result, it’s going to be a busy summer, but nothing feels as good as booking international travel again. If you agree, you’re going to love this issue. We have curated a thoughtful mix of summer adventures that offer insight both on far-flung locales and destinations closer to home. If you love a good road trip (and you also love to experience local cuisine), turn to page 34 for our “Foodie Road Trip.” In this fun, informative package, you’ll discover our state’s hottest culinary stops and learn where to get the best key lime pie, find neighborhood favorites, dine with a view of the sunset, and even sign up for hands-on cooking experiences. For the food-inclined, this editor-tested and -approved resource is a must. For our fashion feature this month, we decamped to Islamorada to the Frisbie family’s new resort, The Islands of Islamorada. Our crew stayed for a couple of days to shoot the story— and they didn’t want to leave. Check out “A Place in the Sun” on page 44, and you’ll see why. One of the travel trends that grew in popularity during the pandemic (and it’s still going strong) is travel via RV. And why not? Luxury RVs are like homes on wheels, with every creature comfort and then some. For big families (pets included!) in particular, it’s the only way to go. In “Happy Campers,” on page 54, we highlight some of our favorite destinations for outdoor adventures statewide. It affords all the fun of camping without, you know, actual camping. Whatever excursions are on your horizon this summer, we’ve got you covered. Happy trails!

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Clockwise from top left: The Easton’s pool deck will set the scene for local and national talent; savor bites like avocado toast at the rooftop bar.

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Move over, Miami: A new rooftop venue in Fort Lauderdale is stealing all the attention. It’s called The Easton, and it’s the spot to be this summer to catch some rays and enjoy an epic pool party. The new 12,000-square-foot pool deck holds court atop the Courtyard Marriot in Flagler Village. Unlike similar venues that charge pricey covers, The Easton is free, with a “come as you are” attitude, says Marina Poupart, Knallhart Management Group’s director of marketing and creative design. Fort Lauderdale nightlife guru and restaurateur David Cardaci—of Rhythm & Vine and the Wilder fame—is behind the new venture. He says he set out to create a space that complemented both beach and downtown clientele: “The Easton serves as your favorite place to relax on a sun-dripped day or where you feel most alive on the dance floor after the sun has set,” he explains. Enter through a private guest elevator before zipping up to the ninth floor, where snacks and Let’s Flamingle poolside punch abound. A more sophisticated dining menu featuring small plates like lamb lollipops and seared jumbo scallops is available inside the 3,000-square-foot lounge. Aside from weekend “Splash Sessions,” programming ranges from daily “Golden Happy Hour” to “Vino with a View” Wednesdays to “Rooftop Unplugged” Thursdays. As for the high-energy party vibes South Floridians love so much? The Easton delivers with big-name DJs (Diplo performed in May) in addition to local talent. (theeastonftl.com)

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You might be tempted to roll over on a trip to Casa Sensei, Fort Lauderdale’s culturally immersive Pan-Asian Latin fusion restaurant, which also happens to be known for its “doggie sushi”—hand-rolled bites of either chicken and rice or veggies and rice. Humans can order delish dishes like pork belly bao buns, Korean barbecue beef, and kimchi fried rice, or take a cue from their canine and devour specialty rolls like the Komodo Lobster. Cap off a perfect night on the outdoor dock with serene views that overlook the Himmarshee Canal. (casasensei.com)

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CANINE CUISINE Enjoying a meal with views of the Intracoastal is always a joy, but when you get to share the experience with your dog, it’s even better. For a treat for two, head to Shooters Waterfront and check out the Doggy Menu featuring a range of veterinary-approved meals like Bahia Beef. While you sample the restaurant’s famous weekend brunch buffet, your pooch can savor ground beef, whole-wheat macaroni, butternut squash, organic carrots, apples, and more to keep tails wagging. (shooterswaterfront.com)

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Arguably one of Fort Lauderdale’s most pet-friendly open-air spaces, The Wharf is a hot spot along the New River and an ideal locale for planning a play-date with your furry friend’s bestie. There’s plenty of free space to run around, as well as weekly programming. Once you’ve fetched an appetite, sample the lineup of food trucks featuring local faves like The Piefather and Mrs. Balloo. For those looking to welcome a new four-legged family member, The Wharf hosts monthly dog adoptions with poochperfect vendors. Head online to see when the next iteration takes place. (wharfftl.com)

STAYCATION SPOILS Indulge yourself and your four-legged friend with a trip to W Fort Lauderdale and reap the rewards of its oh-so-fancy “Dogs Are a Girl’s Best Friend” package when you book Spectacular and Mega rooms. Kick things off by popping off a bottle of prosecco for yourself and Pet Winery’s dog-friendly Dög Pawrignon Champagne or rosé for your cute canine. A Sweet Treat Swag Bag—with goodies like gummy bears and chocolate-covered pretzels for you, plus Barking Bacon dog ice cream for your pup—takes the spoiling a step further. Don’t forget to enjoy countless soaks at the fifth-floor WET Deck pool, which boasts a full bar, daybeds, and more, and a quick-fix treatment at the Away Spa. (wfortlauderdale.com)

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This ice cream shop known for over-the-top concoctions is part-owned by a Grammynominated rapper. Be sure to stop by in July in honor of National Ice Cream Month.

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This laid-back city is known as Florida’s beach-diving capital thanks to a living coral reef just 100 yards offshore. If you go, visit the SS Copenhagen, a British steamship that wrecked here in 1900 and is now considered an Underwater Archaeological Preserve.

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Cultural OUTINGS School may be out, but there are plenty of ways for kids to EXPLORE culture around town

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Help your children expand their interest in visual arts by offering them a chance to get hands-on at the Gasper Arts Center, South Florida’s new collaborative and creative working environment. The Dania Beach–based center is open to an array of professional and amateur local artists and includes state-of-the-art kilns, pottery wheels, teaching spaces, and more for those who benefit from creative camaraderie. Kids can try basic ceramics, painting/drawing, and mosaics classes to find where their artistic passions lie. (gasperarts.com)

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WALKING TOUR Venture out for some alfresco fun with the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project. On the third Saturday of each month, join a free walking tour to scout out murals by local, national, and international artists along a nine-block area that extends past Arts Park at Young Circle. Keep your eyes peeled for a pink-haired mermaid, an intricate rendition of Salvador Dalí and Frida Kahlo, and gradient-infused art that enhances Hollywood’s many galleries, shops, and restaurants. (hollywoodcra.org)

ON DISPLAY Gather little ones with interest in mythical fire-breathing creatures for the Museum of Discovery and Science’s latest exhibition, “Here Be Dragons.” Running now through September, this traveling exhibit offers an exploration of three “Dragon Realms,” including medieval dragons, Asian dragons, and dragons in paleontology; the chance to view 10 species of live lizards, including a plumed basilisk and a Chinese water dragon; a look at Dino Dana: The Movie and the Dinosaurs of Antarctica documentary film at the AutoNation IMAX Theater; and more. (mods.org)

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GAME ON Métiers d’Art 2021 checkers ($6,200), Chanel, Aventura, chanel.com

LOVE MEANS NOTHING Wilson checked tennis racket ($770), tennis balls ($105 for set of 3), Saint Laurent, Aventura, ysl.com

BOARD SPORT Dioriviera skateboard ($2,650), Dior, Design District, dior.com

PRETTY PADDLES Everyday Objects leather and walnut table-tennis paddles ($700 for set of two), Tiffany & Co., Aventura, tiffany.com

TORY SPORT FALL 2021 Tory Sport printed halfzip anorak ($298), printed compression chevron 7/8 leggings ($168), Tory sneaker ($228), Tory Burch, Aventura, toryburch.com

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KICK PRINT Barocco soccer ball ($250), Versace, Boca Raton, versace.com

CASE IN POINT Yoga mat with harness carrier ($1,990), Prada, Aventura, prada.com

PEDAL PUSHER Bike GM closed frame in Jacquard Since 1854 monogram ($28,900), Louis Vuitton, Aventura, louisvuitton.com

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ABRAHAM WAGNER, DPM, ABPM There’s a reason people flock from far-flung locales to Dr. Abraham Wagner’s Hollywood podiatry practice—because he pioneers new procedures and gently changes one life at a time using minimally invasive surgical techniques. Dr. Wagner is the founder of JAWS Podiatry and the MIFAS (Minimally Invasive & Aesthetic Foot and Ankle Surgery) Institute. As one of the global pioneers of the MIFAS movement, Dr. Wagner sees an increasing trend of personal importance placed on foot beauty. “People are becoming more mindful of the appearance of their feet, just like any body part,” he

says. “Individuals from all around the world, from all walks of life, come to us so we can change their lives...and it’s instant.” Dr. Wagner performs every procedure under local anesthesia. Patients leave the office with less pain and have quicker recovery times. Dr. Wagner holds a Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Barry University and completed his surgical residency at South Miami’s Baptist Hospital, renowned for its case volume and diversity. He is also board-certified with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM).

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1. COME SAIL AWAY Arman Sarkisyan sailboat hoops with diamonds and 22-karat gold, $12,540. (armansarkisyan.com) 2. SEE THE SIGHTS Nouvel Heritage Eiffel Tower necklace with diamonds and sapphires set in 18-karat rose gold, $14,500. (nouvel heritage.com) 3. SHELL GAME Tessa Packard London Thousand Island earrings with 18-karat gold, brass, resin, shell, and smoky quartz, $7,200. (tessapackard.com) 4. LOVE LOCKED A.Jaffe heart map necklace with diamonds set in rose gold, $1,295. Diamonds Direct, Boca Raton (diamondsdirect. com/boca-raton) 5. TAKE OFF Fanci Me airplane earring studs in 18-karat solid gold, $120. (fanci.me) 6. LUXE LUGGAGE Hermès Birkin Amulette small model bracelet with diamonds set in rose gold, $10,100. Hermès, Miami (hermes.com) 7. JETTISON JET LAG Carl F. Bucherer Patravi TravelTec watch with a display showcasing three time zones, $10,900. Provident Jewelry locations (providentjewelry.com) 8. COMPASS COUTURE David Yurman Maritime Compass signet ring with sterling silver and a diamond set in 18-karat gold, $1,350. David Yurman, Bal Harbour, Aventura (davidyurman.com) 9. CITY OF LIGHT Lydia Courteille Paris Skyline tiara with black diamonds and rubies set in 18-karat gold, price upon request. (lydia courteille.com)

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Take a little time to smell the roses with these blooming picks: So Supple Organics Dewy ultra-hydrating serum with rose water and rosehip seed ($29, sosuppleorganics.com); Soaps by Jah Rose Grapefruit Himalayan salt scrub ($22 for 6 oz.) and Rose Clay soap bar ($9.50, soapsbyjah. us); Sea Witch Botanicals soothing facial toner with rose water and lavender ($14 for 4 oz.) and Roses of Highgarden shampoo and conditioner bar ($20, seawitchbotanicals.com); Tammy Fender Celestial Rose Crème ($145, tammyfender.com); Deborah Koepper Rose Glow facial oil ($100, deborahkoepper.com); and Hayo’u rose quartz precision gua sha tool ($29, hayoumethod.com). —Abigail Duffy

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SOUTHERN EXPOSURE Ready to jump back into international travel? ICELAND offers the chance to satisfy your taste for adventure in safety

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ith a complement of waterfalls, ice caves, black sand beaches, and glacial volcanoes, Iceland offers an otherworldly escape for Americans who have completed their COVID-19 vaccinations. While a visit to the capital city of Reykjavik is a must-do, a two-hour drive to Iceland’s South Coast gives travelers access to some of the island’s most awe-inspiring attractions. Southern Iceland’s wide-open spaces offer plenty of room to socially distance. While the Fagradalsfjall volcano—which began erupting near Reykjavik in March—remains untamed, Iceland has kept the COVID-19

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Clockwise from above: Gljúfrabúi Waterfall; Reynisfjara Beach, South Iceland’s most famous; Thingvellir National Park, which sits in a rift caused by the separation of two tectonic plates; Secret Lagoon; Hikers in South Iceland; Geysir geothermal area; Basalt Sea Stacks at Reynisfjara Beach.

pandemic under control by meticulously tracking cases. Today, U.S. citizens can visit if they’re fully vaccinated or can provide documentation of a prior infection. Upon arrival, visitors must take a PCR test and shelter in place until negative test results are received (typically within 6 to 24 hours). After that, you’re free to roam.

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The South Coast offers epic waterfalls, including Gljúfrabúi: Concealed by a cliff, it often sits unnoticed next to the tourist-favored, 200foot Seljalandsfoss waterfall. To get there you’ll wade through a shallow stream into a mossy cave, where gushing water theatrically cascades into a small pool lit as if by a spotlight. Or visit the mighty Gullfoss falls—unique in that you can take in their glory from above instead of below. But Iceland offers more than just waterfalls. For bubbling mud pots and boiling hot springs, make your way to the Geysir geothermal area or try Thingvellir National Park (thingvellir.is/en), a UNESCO World Heritage Site that marks the place where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet and drift apart. If you skipped the Blue Lagoon, stop at the nearby Secret Lagoon (secretlagoon.is) to dip in a lesscrowded, man-made pool fed by hot springs.

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You’ll feel the power of Mother Nature on the volcanic black-sand beaches of Reynisfjara, where towering sea stacks jut from the Atlantic Ocean and powerful waves thunder ashore. The jagged basalt cliffs (a backdrop for cinematic works like Game of Thrones and Star Wars) are a perfect spot to snap Instagram-worthy pictures—but beware of sneaker waves, which have swept away unsuspecting visitors. To see the landscape at a slower pace, opt for a tour via native Icelandic horses by making reservations at Skeidðvellir (skeidvellir.is), a horse-breeding farm. Guided tours take riders through scenic meadows in the shadows of volcanoes and glaciers. If you visit southern Iceland during winter, explore the area’s ethereal ice caves with a guide from Southcoast Adventure (it’s dangerous to explore ice caves on your own) (southadventure.is). Inside a glacier atop the Katla volcano are wind-carved walls of curved ice in brilliant hues of blue. You’ll walk, crawl, and sometimes slide on your belly through mysterious passageways. Turn off your flashlight and the ice will twinkle like a star-filled sky.

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In Iceland, a glacier cave tour should be accompanied by a guide. A stay at Hotel Rangá is the perfect way to recharge in luxury after a long day spent exploring icy landscapes.

ICELANDIC HOSPITALITY

To spend days exploring, refueling is key. Don’t miss lunch at Friðdheimar (fridheimar.is), a beautiful greenhouse where you’ll dine on delicious tomato-inspired dishes and sip drinks among colorful crops. Or stop in at family-run Efstidalur Farm (efstidalur.is), where they turn their cows’ milk into organic ice cream in a

range of flavors every day. When it’s time to recharge, opt for a stay at Hotel Rangá (hotelranga.is), a luxury hotel perched along the East Rangá River. The countryside retreat recalls an elegant log cabin, with rooms boasting soaking tubs, balconies, and heated bathroom floors (welcome luxuries after outdoor explorations). Be sure to try the hotel’s

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geothermally heated hot tubs, where you can watch the wind ripple across the river as you soak alfresco. In the evenings, the hotel is aglow with flickering candles as guests sip cocktails in the lounge and feast on Nordic cuisine like crispy arctic char, reindeer carpaccio, and puffin. From September through April, the hotel makes peeping the northern lights a priority. If the lights begin dancing across the skies

during dinner, restaurant guests are summoned to the hotel’s observatory to watch through telescopes. Schedule a wake-up call so you don’t miss the show in case the lights appear after your bedtime. From the lights in the sky to the land itself, Iceland’s surreal and untamed beauty provides an ideal escape from the heat of summer—and from the unnaturally hectic pace of everyday life. (visiticeland.com) «

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Whether you long for adventure, cultural discovery, or fabulous food, these destinations close to home will surprise and delight

FLORIDA KEYS BY THE BITE

From 100-year-old hidden gems to sunset staples to fresh fish dishes that put all others to shame, these Keys must-stops invite you to immerse yourself in the island chain’s Floribbean flavors By Skye Sherman

Take it Home

Don’t drink and drive: Grab a can of any of 60 brews (or swag) from the source of craft beer in the Keys: Islamorada Beer Company (islamoradabeerco.com). Its range of beers includes the well known Sandbar Sunday and even a coconut-key lime ale. The brewery and tasting room now features an onsite distillery, too.

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WITH AN UNBEATABLE VIEW OF THE FAMOUS SEVEN MILE BRIDGE AND THE BRILLIANT COLORS OF THE SINKING SUN COME SUNSET, MARATHON’S SUNSET GRILLE & RAW BAR (SUNSETGRILLE7MILEBRIDGE.COM) IS APTLY NAMED—AND A LONGTIME GO-TO FOR WINDING DOWN WITH A TROPICAL TIPPLE AT THE END OF ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE.

Locals’ Favorite

As fresh as catching it yourself but with no deep-sea fishing charter required, the Fish House (fishhouse.com) in Key Largo is a family-owned spot that’s been open (and adored) since 1982. It’s one of the few remaining establishments that purchases only from local commercial fishermen and fillets everything on the premises. Order the fresh catch prepared in their signature Matecumbe style—featured on the Food Network—and prepare to be blown away by this unassuming eatery beloved by locals and visitors alike. 34

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STOPPING FOR A FRESH FRUIT MILKSHAKE FROM ROBERT IS HERE (ROBERTISHERE.COM) IN HOMESTEAD—ALL GROWN UP FROM ITS HUMBLE 1959 BEGINNINGS AS A SIX-YEAROLD BOY’S ROADSIDE FRUIT STAND—IS INTEGRAL TO THE KEYS EXPERIENCE. STILL OPERATED BY ROBERT HIMSELF, ROBERT IS HERE SELLS EVERY KIND OF FRUIT YOU’VE EVER HEARD OF (AND MANY YOU HAVEN’T) AS WELL AS LOCALLY MADE SAUCES, SPICES, AND JAMS. GRAB A SHAKE OR FRESHLY CUT FRUIT TO MAKE THE TRIP SWEETER AS YOU BID THE MAINLAND GOODBYE AND HIT THE OVERSEAS HIGHWAY.

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Conch fritters with dipping sauce

Iconic Bites

WHERE TO STAY The variety of accommodation types at the five-hotel collection that is the Kimpton Key West (kimptonkeywest.com)—from original Bahamian-style “conch cottages” to elegant guesthouses—isn’t the only draw of the digs. Foodies will find lots to love, too: Book a Hemingway Affair for an intimate dining experience for two to 14 people in the two-story Hemingway Suite, during which a personal chef will prepare a multi-course meal suited to guests’ tastes; for a more casual culinary detour, kick back at poolside bars with a can of Cayo Hueso, the hotel’s own brew crafted by local Waterfront Brewery and exclusively available at Kimpton Key West.

Don’t leave the Keys without pleasing your palate with these must-try regional classics: Conch fritters: Doughy and flavorful, they’re the islands in one flash-fried bite. Fresh fish: Yellowtail snapper, grouper, mahi, wahoo, and hogfish are the usual local catches; in the crustacean family, order Florida lobster or stone crab in season. Cuban coffee: The Southernmost Point marks 90 miles to Cuba—so close you can taste it, especially with a cortadito from nearby Cuban Coffee Queen (cubancoffeequeen.com), a counter-serve spot with personality. Tip: The iconic “Greetings from Key West” mural graces the side of the stand, so snap a pic as you sip. Kermit’s frozen key lime pie on a stick

Hidden Gem

“A nice place if you can find it” is the slogan of Big Pine Key’s No Name Pub (nonamepub.com), which is indeed off the beaten path—down a maze of residential streets and tucked away in an otherwise unremarkable neighborhood. Few places can trace nearly 100 years of history and still fly under the radar, but No Name Pub does exactly that.

No Name Pub

Hot Spot

Perhaps every visitor to Key West since 1933—when the institution, ahem, conveniently opened the very day Prohibition was repealed—has darkened the doorway of Sloppy Joe’s (sloppyjoes.com); it’s a non-negotiable stop on any Keys itinerary worth its salt. To order? The Original Sloppy Joe Sandwich, of course: ground beef with onions, peppers, and spices.

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Sweet Treats

Talking top key lime pies renders controversy: Tart or sweet? Whipped cream or meringue? Pastry or graham cracker crust? It’s all a matter of taste; try these in the name of research: Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen (mrsmacskitchen.com) has two Key Largo locations where you can sample a slice that may change your life. Creamy and ice-cold, its tangy zip is cut by the understated sweetness of a homemade graham-cracker crust and a hefty dollop of a Cool Whip-like topping. What’s better than a slice of key lime pie? A slice of key lime pie dipped in Belgian chocolate, frozen, and plunked on a stick. Indulge at Kermit’s (keylimeshop.com) in Key West. FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | JULY/AUGUST 2021

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Impressive dishes abound at Soseki, where classically trained chef Mike Collantes joined forces with Tadateru Tokudaiji and Kevin Abanilla to present luxe omakases.

OUT AND ABOUT IN ORLANDO

MIKE GLUCKMAN

Orlando’s sprawl has given rise to an amalgam of distinct neighborhoods, each adding its own stamp to the city’s passport of culinary destinations— including Winter Park, which some of the area’s most lauded restaurants call home By Faiyaz Kara

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Beer garden at The Ravenous Pig

Mike Collantes, the classically trained chef who’s worked with such A-listers as Wolfgang Puck, Joël Robuchon, Eric Ripert, and Masa Takayama, turned heads at his Filipino-American eatery Taglish at the Lotte Plaza Market. But at Soseki (sosekifl.com), he’s joined forces with talented journeyman chef Tadateru Tokudaiji and Kevin Abanilla to present luxe, globally inspired omakases.

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When it opened in 2007, The Ravenous Pig (theravenouspig.com) heralded the city’s arrival as a serious food destination. Nearly 15 years later, owners James and Julie Petrakis continue to grow their gastropub into one of the best restaurants in the South. The addition of former Dovecote chef-owner Clay Miller as chef de cuisine only solidified the Pig’s rep as the place to indulge in elevated pub fare with a Southern twang (mulard duck ham, lamb saddle, or pork burnt ends, anyone?). On tap are small-batch craft beers produced by the Ravenous Pig Brewing Co., which is situated next to the restaurant’s newly constructed family-friendly beer garden.

The stunning artistry of the seasonally driven dishes is worth the price tag ($150 for a 15-course omakase and $185 for the 20-course), be it lobster nigiri with brown butter miso or a decadent ending of “mat-cho” featuring a delicate masterwork of matcha, chocolate, and burnt marshmallow. There are only eight seats in this cozy Winter Park locale, so book early and prepare your taste buds for a memorable adventure.

DRIVE PAST THE AARDVARK (THEAARDVARKFL.COM), A NEIGHBORHOOD HAUNT THAT’S BEEN SERVING ORLANDO’S SODO DISTRICT SINCE THE 1980S. IT STARTED OFF AS A BOTTLE SHOP, BUT NEW OWNERS EMMIE OLIVECRONA AND MARK SOLLI RECENTLY BROUGHT CHEF HUGH HOLLAND ON BOARD TO ELEVATE AARDVARK’S CULINARY OFFERINGS, AND THEY’RE CLEARLY AIMING HIGH. HOLLAND’S GULF-TO-GRILL AND GROVE-TO-STOVE APPROACH HAS YIELDED SOME OF THE FINEST PUB GRUB IN THE CITY: YOU WON’T FIND CRAWFISH GNOCCHI, WHITE TRUFFLE RISOTTO, OR A GROUPER “OLD FASHIONED” WITH ORANGE BITTERS COUSCOUS AND BROKEN CHERRY GLAZE AT ANY OL’ NEIGHBORHOOD TAVERN. IT’S ABOUT AS UNIQUE AN EATERY AS THERE IS IN TOWN.

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Kevin and Maria Ruiz have garnered a loyal, almost obsessive following for presenting upmarket takes on classic Peruvian fare at their pop-ups. When they finally opened Papa Llama (papallamaorl.com), a brick-and-mortar operation in Orlando’s Curry Ford West district, they were greeted with a buzz. The bright, modern space reflects the dishes Kevin fires up in the sizeable kitchen, like chicharrón de calamar with herbaceous wakatay salsa, and a snappy arroz chicken chaufa with smoky ají panca, Peruvian choclo, and bok choy. The focused selection of natural wines purposefully veers into the esoteric.

WHERE TO STAY In the heart of downtown Winter Park sits The Alfond Inn at Rollins College (thealfondinn.com). This Spanish-Mediterranean Revival-style gem recalls the look of the historic bungalows it’s nestled amongst. Staying at The Alfond is more than a getaway—proceeds from the hotel support Rollins College’s premier scholarship fund, offering up to 10 full scholarships each year to first-year students. And don’t overlook the hotel’s prestigious art collection donated by Rollins College alumni Barbara and Ted Alfond. Designed as an imaginative extension of the college’s Cornell Fine Arts Museum, more than 300 pieces by established and emerging artists are displayed on rotation throughout the hotel’s public areas.

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The buzz surrounding the opening of Deli Desires (delidesires.com) is hardly surprising given the credentials owners Hannah Jaffe and Nathan Sloan bring to their Colonialtown breakfast-and-lunch spot. Jaffe cooked alongside L.A. notables Jessica Koslow and Michael Voltaggio, while Sloan worked under James Beard winners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo at seafood joint Son of a Gun. But it’s the bialy—the non-boiled, malt-free bagel counterpart with a caramelized onion or smoked jalapeño and muenster center—that stars at their hip takeaway joint. Get one filled with gravlax, labneh, or even scrapple (this is not a kosher deli), or opt for the corned beef “big mac” served on a Martin’s sesame seed bun. It’s one of the hottest sandwiches in town.

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Experiences

Since opening in Orlando’s College Park neighborhood in 2017, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden operated by Edible Education Experience (edibleed.org) has provided a hands-on cooking experience to Orlando Junior Academy students. But the first-floor lounge and welcome center, as well as the lush garden, hosts numerous events throughout the year, from the interactive “Chef’s Night” staged by notable culinarians to special gatherings like chef Kevin Fonzo’s “La Tavola” series of pop-up dinners celebrating Italian culture and cuisine. Monthly how-to classes called “Culinary Curiosities” feature topic experts, light bites, and take-home goodies. FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | JULY/AUGUST 2021

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For views of the New Smyrna Beach Inlet and colorful yachts in the marina while chowing down on fresh blackened fish sandwiches with homemade remoulade, try Outriggers Tiki Bar and Grille (outriggersnsb.com). If you order the Zombie Cocktail—a tropical blend of liquors, fruit juice, citrus, and bitters—be sure someone else is driving! Drinks with a view

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Chefs Jaime and Jeanette Quintana bring a wealth of fine-dining experience to their Baker’s Table (thebakerstablensb. com) restaurant, offering everything from foie gras to warm goat cheese tart, plus a killer ceviche and a vegan-friendly cauliflower and chickpea curry. At Third Wave Cafe & Wine Bar (thirdwavensb. com), an active member of the James Beard Foundation, executive chef David Moscoso mixes Mediterranean and Southern coastal cuisine to prepare specialties like house-smoked candied salmon and Cajun redfish. Request a table on the patio for a romantic experience, complete with a fire and shading trees.

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WHERE TO STAY Sophisticated and service-oriented, the familyowned Black Dolphin Inn (blackdolphininn. com) features 14 lovely guest rooms and suites with balconies overlooking the Indian River and spa-like bathrooms. The lobby has a mid-century modern vibe with lounge, open-air exhibition kitchen, and breakfast room.

Situated amongst a latticework of canals, lagoons, streams, rivers, and lakes (and punctuated by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean), New Smyrna Beach is the second-oldest city in Florida. But don’t let its age fool you: the local foodie scene is bursting with places to grab a bite or a libation. By Linda Marx

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BAR SCENE FOR THREE DIFFERENT VIBES IN ONE SPOT, FLAGLER TAVERN (FLAGLERTAVERN.COM) OFFERS A BUSTLING MAIN BAR DOWNSTAIRS; THE BOUNTY, AN UPSTAIRS SPEAKEASY DESIGNED WITH A HEADY MIX OF EARLY-1900S FLAIR MIXED WITH A NOD TO ALL THINGS NAUTICAL; AND THE MOODY BLUE PILAR BAR, WHICH SERVES AN ARRAY OF RUM DRINKS IN A CHARMING PAPA HEMINGWAY–INSPIRED SETTING.

Locals’ Favorite

Start the day with breakfast at The Beacon (beaconrestaurantnsb.com), a family-owned beach eatery. From stacks of pancakes made with cream to fluffy Greek or Spanish omelets, this is comfort food at its finest.

JB’S FISH CAMP (JBSFISHCAMP.COM) AT CANAVERAL NATIONAL SEASHORE IS A CONSISTENTLY GREAT CHOICE FOR SOUTHERN-STYLE SEAFOOD SOURCED FROM LOCAL WATERS. AS YOU STOCK UP ON YAUPON TEA—A HEALTHY, NATUSOAK IN A HEALTHY DOSE RALLY CAFFEINATED TEA MADE FROM NATIVE YAUPON HOLLY—FROM YAUPON OF OLD-FLORIDA VIBES, BROTHERS AMERICAN TEA (YAUPONBROTHERS.COM) IN EDGEWATER. THEY TRY TO SPOT A MANATEE HARVEST THE LEAVES LOCALLY FROM THEIR ORGANICALLY CERTIFIED PROPERTY. OR TWO SWIMMING OFF OF THE DOCK.

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Given Tampa’s youthful population (bolstered by two universities), there’s no shortage of hip brunch spots. Two of the best are Oxford Exchange (oxfordexchange.com)—an Instagramfamous boutique/resto with playful bites like poppy seed pancakes and whipped feta with toasted pistachios—and Steelbach (steelbach.com), a haven for Southern delicacies in the überpopular Armature Works food hall (armatureworks.com).

EXUBERANT YBOR

This National Historic Landmark District brings the flavors of Cuba, Spain, and Italy to Tampa Bay By Mary Murray

AMY PEZZICARA

WHERE TO STAY

The boutique Hotel Haya (hotelhaya.com) embodies the best of new and old Ybor. The boutique property, opened last fall, spans two historic buildings: one that formerly housed Tampa’s oldest restaurant and another believed to have been a haunt of Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders. Tampa-based Alfonso Architects is responsible for the mid-century-meetsglobal-casita decor. Throughout, you’ll spot creations by local makers, including cigars by J.C. Newman Cigars (a nod to Ybor’s tobacco-steeped past) and glass works by artists from the Morean Art Center, the most impressive of which is a chandelier in flagship restaurant Flor Fina. Helmed by executive chef Douglas

Rodriguez—lauded as the godfather of Nuevo Latino cuisine—Flor Fina is the heart of Hotel Haya. A Top Chef Masters alum, Rodriguez marries Gulf Coast bounty with influences from Latin America, the Mediterranean, and Cuba. Ceviche is a top draw, so sample creative concoctions like the Amarillo Mixto with octopus, shrimp, calamari, passion fruit pulp, and blue sweet potato; desserts like the quatro leches (sponge cake, dulce de leche, and toffee brittle) tell the sweeter side of Ybor’s culinary story.

GRAB ’N’ GO START YOUR DAY AT HOTEL HAYA’S CAFÉ QUIQUIRIQUI. PAIR A CUP OF MADE COFFEE (SMALL-BATCH ROASTERS WITH A HOME BASE IN CLEARWATER) WITH A BREAKFAST EMPANADA OR FRESHLY BAKED GUAVA PASTELITO.

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For a taste of Italian home cooking, head to Casa Santo Stefano (casasan tostefano.com), where family portraits line the walls and the menu brims with comforting Sicilian classics. Although it only debuted last year, Casa Santo Stefano has already earned a devoted following. Make a reservation to savor dishes like Insalata d’Arance (layered with divine blood oranges) or Bucatini COURTESY SANTO STEFANO

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Skyline of waterfront Sarasota (left); Sarasota Art Museum at the Ringling College Museum Campus (right); Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub (below).

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Walk through downtown to historic Burns Court— where 1920s bungalows dot the landscape—to Owen’s Fish Camp (owensfishcamp.com). Ask for a table under the light-strung banyan tree, a gift from Thomas Edison to the restaurant’s original owner. While you wait (they don’t take reservations), snap an Insta-worthy selfie on the nearby tire swing. Menuwise, don’t miss the local Cedar Key clams bathed in a chorizo and saffron-scented broth or the Creole fish gumbo with crawfish tails. Shrimp and grits and the Low-Country boil are staples here, but the oysters (grilled or raw) are the main attraction. Save room for the fried black cherry pie à la mode; it’s semi-legendary for a reason.

On Longboat Key, Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub (marvistadining.com) invites you to relax under a tangle of buttonwood trees laden with bistro lights and staghorn ferns. The patio gives way to a sandy beach and the quiet waters of Sarasota Bay. Come by car or by boat—there are 14 slips to welcome dock-anddiners—and order the Bud & Old Bay Bowl, composed of Gulf shrimp sautéed in Budweiser, Old Bay seasoning, and garlic butter. The shrimp are served with their heads on, but that’s a sure sign of just how fresh they are. It’s the perfect dish to share with a cocktail in hand while taking in soothing water views alongside a roaring firepit.

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Indigenous (indigenous sarasota.com) is home to the hardest-to-score table in town, so make your reservations early. The buzz is all thanks to chef-owner Steve Phelps, a two-time James Beard Award nominee for Best Chef, South. You’ll lick the plate clean if you order his green curry fish dip served with sea-salted nori crackers and seasonal veggies. For a main course, try the cobia served over coconut jasmine rice and grilled cabbage and finished with a fish sauce aioli. Take in some culture at the Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College and grab a bite to eat at SAM Bistro (sarasotaartmuseum.org/ bistro). Executive chef Kaytlin Dangaran offers a menu that elevates the museum-going experience. The griddled cheese sandwich—a blend of fontina mornay, sharp white cheddar, pullman, and tomato jam—is the grown-up answer to the grilled cheese you craved as a kid. For a lunch worth lingering over, go vegetarian with the farro salad topped with roasted heirloom carrots, watercress, toasted pistachios, and a house-made smoked blue cheese dressing.

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Lunch at SAM Bistro (left); The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota (above); Indigenous chef-owner Steve Phelps (below).

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Situated on Sarasota Bay but conveniently located within walking distance of downtown, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota (ritzcarlton.com/sarasota) provides an easy escape marked by unparalleled service. Pop into maritime-themed resto Jack Dusty, which overlooks a picturesque marina—the popular spot specializes in small plates like blistered shishito peppers topped with bottarga sourced from nearby Anna Maria Island and a crab and fried green tomato remoulade—ideal complements to the signature Smoking Jacket cocktail made using the restaurant’s own Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon blended with demerara, angostura bitters, and mineral saline served in a smoked tumbler. Still hungry? Try the Sarasota Cioppino for a mix of the Gulf’s freshest seafood and shellfish, or finish things off with the best key lime pie on this side of the state. Looking for laid-back over luxury lodging? Visit Casa Limonada (casalimonada.com), a boutique motel on Lido Key where mid-century modern meets totally tropical. Just steps from the area’s white-sand beaches or a short walk to St. Armand’s Circle, rooms and cottages come complete with GRAB ’N’ GO STROLLING AROUND ST. ARMAND’S CIRCLE TO SHOP a beach cart filled AND PEOPLE-WATCH IS A SARASOTA TRADITION. WHY NOT ENJOY IT WITH with chairs, towels, an SOMETHING SWEET FROM SETTIMI’S GELATO (SETTIMISGELATO.COM)? EACH OF THE umbrella, and even DAZZLING ARRAY OF FLAVORS—FROM BANANA SPLIT TO ALMOND CHOCOLATE TO sand toys if you have (MY FAVORITE) CHERRY AMARENA—IS HOMEMADE FROM FRESH INGREDIENTS DAILY. little ones in tow. FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | JULY/AUGUST 2021

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Expect fresh Gulf seafood and drinks with a view in Florida’s Panhandle, especially in the town of South Walton, where the culinary scene ranges from upscale to breezy, toes-in-the-sand spots.

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Discover sublime southern Gulf cuisine across the beach towns of South Walton (visitsouthwalton.com) and Destin By Paul Rubio

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The Florida Panhandle solidifies its status as a foodie destination with the opening of Ovide (hoteleffie. com), the latest plot point by multiple James Beard Award-winning chef Hugh Acheson. At his chic Sandestin restaurant, the acclaimed chef, author, and TV personality wows with eclectic preparations of local seafood and produce, including dishes like snapper crudo in ponzu with charred scallions, pan roasted red snapper in Thai chili emulsion, and wild mushroom bucatini with smoked breadcrumbs. Expect perfection in every bite. Chef Jim Shirley is another

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household name thanks to an impressive nine restaurants, the latest of which is the toes-in-thesand North Beach Social (north beach.social) in Santa Rosa Beach. Order oysters, fried crab claws, and a slice of pecan pie-stuffed cheesecake (yep!) from the counter and eat the day away planted on a beachfront bench. For something slightly more formal, head across the street to The Bay (baysouthwalton.com), also on the water but with sit-down service, artisan cocktails, and an even greater selection of Shirley’s southern Gulf Coast dishes, including his famous grouper-and-pestotopped goat cheese ravioli (an unlikely combo that proves epic).

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In the heart of Alys Beach, a pictureperfect beach town defined by its striking all-white layout, lies the hottest table in the Panhandle: The Citizen (citizen alys.com). This design-forward coastal tavern specializes in The Citizen at Alys Beach flavorful preparations of Gulf-totable riches with an Instagramworthy cocktail menu to match. Order the Andiamo!! (a tableside-prepared, TAKE IT HOME FAMILY-RUN DISTILLERY 98 (DISTILLERY98.COM) vodka-spiked Aperol spritz over Japanese IN SANTA ROSA BEACH PRODUCES THE REGION’S FAVORITE LOCAVORE SPIRIT: DUNE shaved ice), and feast on a Thai-style Gulf tuna LAKER VODKA. IT’S MADE IN SMALL BATCHES FROM LOCALLY GROWN CORN, FILTERED poke, spicy and citrusy Gulf shrimp, potato THROUGH OYSTER SHELLS, HAND-BOTTLED ON SITE, AND HITS THE PALATE REMARKABLY SOFT AND SMOOTH. YOU CAN PICK UP THE GRAIN-TO-GLASS GREATNESS CURBagnolotti with kale pecan pesto, and local SIDE AT THE DISTILLERY OR AT MOST NON-CHAIN LIQUOR STORES IN THE PANHANDLE. roasted grouper prepared in a savory lemonthyme sauce with tomato, capers, and bacon. 42

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FOOW (foow30a.com), short for Fish Out of Water, is a regional institution in the blink-and-you-might-miss-it town of Watercolor. Ogle the white sands and emerald hues of the Gulf shore while enjoying buckets of Gulf shrimp (blackened, grilled, or fried), Wagyu beef-blend burgers, or surf and turf with your choice of fixings. Still, ask anyone across South Walton their favorite spot in town and you’ll get the same answer: The Red Bar (theredbar.com), a legendary restaurant, bar, and live music venue in Grayton Beach. Come for the jazz band and the strong drinks; stay for the all-welcoming vibe, kitschy decor, colorful barflies, and delicious jumbo crab cakes. VISIT SOUTH WALTON

Eclectic and funky, The Red Bar (left) is a hot spot for drinks and live music. the Red Bar Jazz Band plays almost nightly.

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BAR SCENE IN ALYS BEACH, BEGIN OR CAP THE EVENING AT COCKTAIL LOUNGE NEAT (ALYSBEACH.COM/NEAT), WHICH DEBUTS NEW SPECIALTY COCKTAILS MONTHLY. A HIGHLIGHT FROM APRIL’S MENU INCLUDED THE “CRIME OF PASSION,” AN ENTICING BLEND OF DARK RUM, AMARO, BITTERS, LIME JUICE, AND PASSION FRUIT JUICE.

For a special occasion— or a treat-yourself moment—book the Chef’s Table at Primrose in Destin (henderson beachresort.com). Watch the magic unfold inside the kitchen as celebrated chef Gary Palm prepares Dinner at Primrose a multi-course dinner that showcases both his talent and the region’s finest ingredients. A recent meal to remember included wine-paired presentations of driftwood smoked salmon, lobster in citrus paste and butter, and scallops atop root vegetables followed by a decadent chocolate-blackberry dome dessert.

THE HENDERSON

Opened in February 2021, Hotel Effie (hoteleffie.com) is a modern 250-room hotel within Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, a 2,400acre destination resort that includes four championship golf courses, a 123-slip marina and a sprawling pedestrian village brimming with retailers and restaurants. The new property is home to the aforementioned Ovide restaurant and the only rooftop pool on Florida’s Emerald Coast. Slightly further east in Destin, The Henderson (hendersonbeachresort.com) captures the essence of old Florida with a design that recalls stately seaside manors of yore. For fun in the sun, the 178-key property offers immediate access to the pristine white-sand beaches of Henderson State Park plus a duo of swimming pools—one for adults only, and one geared to families (complete with a lazy river). Book a Gulf-view room to maximize sunset views or head up to the rooftop bar to watch the sun’s stunning descent.

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2020 provided enough drama to last a few lifetimes. Still uncomfortable with air travel and three-hour airport waits for international flights? Consider a jaunt into nature with friends, family, or a significant other to help restore inner balance. Rent an RV and roam the open roads to one of Florida’s 191 state parks for a nostalgic return to childhood camping trips. We’ve selected our top six getaways that are accessible in roughly the same amount of time as an early airport arrival. For reservations and availability, consult floridastateparks.org or reserveamerica.com. Go forth and venture, happy campers!

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See the 1991 film City Slickers before visiting this state park, an 1876 cow camp where cowboy heritage remains alive and kicking. Perhaps the most entertaining aspect is the living history reenactment each weekend, which transports visitors to a time when a “cow hunter’s” life was spent herding cattle between Florida’s cow camps and downtime was spent on hard ground beside a campfire. Payment in Spanish gold doubloons was a decent enough incentive, say the actor cowboys, but probably few of us city slickers would last a day. Boat, canoe, fish, stargaze, or hike more than 13 miles of verdant pathways—keep your eyes peeled for white-tailed deer and bald eagles—or venture out on horseback through well groomed trails. (floridastateparks.org/ parks-and-trails/lake-kissimmeestate-park)

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Hundreds of manatees call this large St. Johns River spring home, and although swimming with them isn’t permitted, it’s nearly impossible not to encounter one of these gentle sea cows: the cheeky fellas take great delight in swimming alongside humans and partaking in aquatic adventure. Snorkel through crystal-clear waters, float with an inner tube (rentals available) down Blue Spring boil’s natural lazy river, or launch a kayak for a zen-like wander through lush woodland areas surrounding the spring. Possibly as famous as the manatees are the cavern and cave diving opportunities—restricted to certified cave divers—and scuba diving, which is allowed only with a buddy. Visitors say the hidden and mysterious underwater holes lead to otherworldly places and swear it is one of the best places in Florida to scuba dive. Don’t miss a visit to the Thursby house, the well preserved nineteenth-century home of European settler Louis Thursby, who hoped to strike it rich with an orange grove and a steamship pier. (floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/blue-spring-state-park)

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The largest uninhabited piece of land between Key Largo and Big Pine Key engulfs visitors in the pristine beauty of wild, undeveloped mangrove swamps, rockland hammocks, and seagrass beds. Get wild on a Saturday night and join the local astronomy group for some memorable stargazing or strike out on your own and search for wildlife within the 1,000-acre sanctuary, which is a centuriesold migration route. Visitors can also kiteboard or paddleboard on the Atlantic, kayak through Curry Hammock’s picturesque waterways, hike through miles of nature trails, and fish for tarpon, snook, redfish, and mangrove snapper on the shoreline. A state fishing license is required but can be readily obtained online. (floridastateparks.org/parks-andtrails/curry-hammock-state-park)

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A picturesque drive south toward Key West will yield what is arguably one of Florida’s most famous snorkel spots—John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo. Adjacent to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the country’s first undersea park, it’s considered an underwater Grand Canyon, offering a rare glimpse into colorful coral formations. The outside world is left behind when exploring delicate ecosystems via glass-bottom boat, kayak, canoe, or scuba diving here. Thick mangroves provide shelter for inexperienced snorkelers, and these quiet respites sometimes yield close encounters with curious manatees, sea turtles, and dolphins. A short hike through the park exposes an ancient artesian well hidden within mangrove swamps, while walking trails through tropical hammocks lead to picnicking, bird-watching, and fishing spots. Thirty-nine RV sites are available, all dog-friendly with electric hookups and a long list of amenities, from barbecue grills to interpretive programs and handicap accessibility. (floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/ john-pennekamp-coral-reef-state-park)

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One of the country’s most famous national parks is at Florida’s southern end, where a million and a half acres of swamps, subtropical jungles, and sawgrass marshes beckon visitors to commune with nature. Fourteen endangered species reside here, meaning you’re immersed in untamed beauty. Yet the adventures are easily and comfortably navigable with plenty of modern conveniences. Choose relaxation or adventure with hiking and biking trails, kayak and canoe rentals, exotic wildlife and bird-watching perches, and world-class fishing. Several campgrounds abound, yet the Flamingo Campground is quickly rising to visitor “favorite” status for its seemingly infinite Florida Bay views, refreshing year-round breeze, and camping options. The newest—and only “glamping” alternative on the list—is Flamingo’s safari-style Eco Tents. Slightly elevated off the ground, these fully furnished tents have electricity plus a dresser, bookshelf, queen or two full-sized beds, sheets, removable bug-protection screen, and private outdoor patio seating area. Showers, a community grill, and a marina store are nearby for all the essentials. RV camping is just next door with 65 spots, many with electrical hookups. Don’t feel landlocked, though. Boat options are abundant with single and double kayaks and canoes for rent, as well as motorized skiffs and pontoons. For another adventurous overnight option, a limited number of Flamingo Adventures Houseboats are available–complete with A/C while docked. Outfitted with two bedrooms, a living room, bathroom, galley, gas oven/range, and fully stocked kitchen, these floating homes sleep up to four adults and two kids, the ideal family getaway or romantic retreat. (flamingoeverglades.com/camping)

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With its charmingly restored buildings amidst resplendent Victorian gardens, Koreshan is named for a late-1800s pioneer who established his new religion, Koreshanity, on the banks of the Estero River. Step back in time into 11 homes and buildings preserved on the National Register of Historic Places. Every Sunday, a farmer’s market engulfs the historic settlement with fresh and locally produced goods, from vegetables and honey to soap and artisan breads. Embark on natural adventures throughout the 135-acre park, including hiking and bird-watching through a pine flatwoods habitat and along bamboo trails. Kayak and canoe rentals are available to paddle through Estero River’s brackish tidal waterway out to Estero Bay. Beyond the abundant redfish, snook and mullet in its waters, the area is famed for freshwater bass fishing during hot summer months and saltwater fishing nearby. Return to childhood hide-and-seek with the park’s self-guided “Geo-seeking” adventure to unearth hidden trinkets, treasures, and information hidden by Geocachers. A special website—geocaching.com/play— provides clues. (floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/koreshan-state-park)

CRUISE AMERICA: This national chain has several local South Florida locations from which to rent three types of RVs that range in size to accommodate three to seven people. Even the smallest motorhome has all the comforts of home, from toilet and shower to refrigerator, air conditioning, cooktop, and microwave. With optional kitchen and bath/sleep rental kits available, little is needed to hit the road. (cruiseamerica.com) CITY RV RENTALS: If the rockstar tour bus always held secret appeal, then the Class A motorhome fulfills a fantasy. Sleeping from two to six people, it has a proper bedroom, foldout living room couches, two slide-outs for additional space, A/C, a kitchen, a shower (often a tub, too), closets, and even an entertainment center. It’s just not big on fuel economy. (cityrvs.com)

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Summertime is peak season for Florida key limes. This particular species of tiny spherical citrus is more aromatic and tart than its sister fruit, ideal for baking up tasty confections like the ever-popular key lime pie. But Takato on Fort Lauderdale Beach redefines these citrus norms with its latest dessert debut: Key Lime Bingsu. “Every hot summer day deserves a cool treat,” says chef Taek “Taka” Lee. “Mixing our Asian heritage with our Florida setting, we created a new, refreshing dessert that takes full advantage of the state’s bounty of key limes.” Enjoy the beautifully plated indulgence of vanilla shaved ice, key lime cheese foam, and graham cracker cookie crumbles while soaking in views of the Atlantic all summer long. (takatorestaurant.com)

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Sophisticated Sampling Eddie V’s Prime Seafood is a match made in surf-and-turf HEAVEN

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Travel north for a hidden gem specializing in Japanese cuisine. Newly opened at the Marriott Residence Inn Pompano Beach, Sushi By Bou is the brainchild of Boca Raton native and sushi master David Bouhadana. His concept is ideal for diners who want to experience an omakase-style dinner, which means “I’ll leave it up to you” in Japanese. Guests who book the hourlong, chef-curated meal get a front-row seat at the intimate 10-seat bar as chefs prepare a dozen types of nigiri, ranging from scallop to surf-and-turf to bluefin tuna. For those who prefer traditional sushi, there’s an izakaya and small plates menu (order the cheese rangoon and chicken and waffles!) that’s best enjoyed on the property’s outdoor patio, where live music soothes the soul. (sushibybou.com)

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Above: The Butler Did It right: 901 exudes style reminscent of the ’20s

There’s a lot to love about downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Hyatt Centric, but the best surprise yet is its 1920s-inspired guestroomturned-speakeasy, 901, which has been sold out since its spring launch. If you can snag a reservation, you’ll receive a password upon arrival, travel to the hotel’s ninth floor, and knock twice before entering a dark, intimate space decked out in Prohibition-era decor including velvet furniture, a record player, and a bookshelf filled with antiques and artwork. The menu offers a selection of flavorful bites including mini lobster rolls, duck fat-fried potatoes with truffle crème fraiche, and roasted bone marrow with spicy pickled veggies. Imaginative libations like the Late CheckOut and The Butler Did It taste even better accompa-

nied by the speakeasy’s soundtrack of smooth jazz. Adding to the allure, the speakeasy’s bartenderin-residence program invites some of the country’s best bars and bartenders to host private popups. Past participants have included everyone from Nashville and Atlanta’s Red Phone Booth to LA’s Adults Only. The experience accommodates up to six guests and can be reserved in time slots of one or two hours. (roomnine01.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 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) $$ THE FOXY BROWN Offering nouveau American cuisine at its finest, Foxy Brown has a neighborhood-like feel with big-city taste. 723 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (myfoxybrown.com) $$ THE ROYAL PIG PUB & KITCHEN This gastropub tantalizes patrons with elevated American classics for lunch and dinner, as well as a weekend brunch featuring bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys. 350 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (royalpigpub.com) $$ S3 Nouveau American cuisine is prepared with care in this inventive resto that embraces the three pillars of Florida life: sun, surf, and sand. Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (s3restaurant.com) $$$ 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) $$

ASIAN ASIA BAY SUSHI & THAI This elegant, riverfront dining destination offers Japanese and Thai dishes

with creative sushi rolls. 1111 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (asiabayrestaurants.com) BOMBAY DARBAR Intoxicating spices perfume the air and rich Indian masalas, curries, and kormas beset the tables at this Las Olas jewel. 1521 E Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (bombaydarbar.com) $$ CASA SENSEI Sushi meets Asian-Latin fusion in signature dishes like the lobster guacamole, Korean steak chimichurri, and the Fish Burnt Roll. 1200 E. Las Olas Blvd. #101, Fort Lauderdale (casasensei.com) $$ 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) $$ THAI SPICE No tour of South Florida’s culinary triumphs would be complete without a meal from this delightful Pan-Asian destination. 1514 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (thaispicefla.com) $$

CAFÉ / COFFEE

THE ALCHEMIST Enjoy a 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) $$ LA BONNE CRÊPE Modeled after the crêperies of Brittany, this charming alcove serves the heavenly dish in savory and sweet renditions—perfect for any time of day. 815 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (labonnecrepe.us) $$ FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | JULY/AUGUST 2021

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EAT DRINK STORK’S CAFÉ & BAKERY This Wilton Manors coffeehouse satiates patrons’ espresso, homemade pastry, and sandwich kicks until late. 2505 NE 15th Ave., Wilton Manors (storksbakery.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) $$

ITALIAN

MEDITERRANEAN

CASA D’ANGELO 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) $$$ SCOLAPASTA BISTRO Family is at the heart of this farm-to-table Italian bistro that puts a contemporary twist on its old-world heritage. 3358 NE 33rd St., Fort Lauderdale (scolapastabistro.com) $$ SETTE BELLO RISTORANTE Settle into a seat at chef Franco’s fine-dining locale, where delectable Italian fare makes patrons feel right at home. 6241 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (settebellofla.com) $$

GREEK ISLANDS TAVERNA The spirit of the Aegean 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) $$ ILIOS Panoramic ocean views and seasonally inspired Mediterranean dishes are on the menu at this sixthfloor dining room. Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (hilton.com) $$

LATIN AND MEXICAN

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) $$$ BILLY’S STONE CRAB Stone crab is king at Billy’s, but

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) $$

SEAFOOD

guests can also enjoy lunch or dinner featuring the day’s fresh and locally caught Florida sea fare. 400 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood (crabs.com) $$$ LOBSTER BAR SEA GRILLE An artful concept from the inspired culinary creations to the ultra-chic coastal contemporary dining room, this luxe experience is one to remember. 450 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (buckheadrestaurants.com) $$$ 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) $$$

STEAK HOUSE CHIMA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE Brazilian rodízio finds its place on Las Olas, with fountains and flame-bearing lamps welcoming diners for a delectable feast. 2400 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (chimasteakhouse.com) $$$ COUNCIL OAK STEAKS & SEAFOOD A signature raw bar, a wine room boasting more than 400 labels, and an open kitchen complement the Hard Rock favorite’s famous USDA-certified cuts. 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood (seminolehardrockhollywood.com) $$$

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THE MINDFUL MIXOLOGIST

Pimm’s Cup Ingredients (serves 1) 2 oz. Pimm’s No. 1 1/2 oz. lemon juice 1/4 oz. simple syrup  Lemon lime soda to top In a Collins glass, add the Pimm’s, lemon juice, and simple syrup and stir. Add ice. Top with the lemon lime soda and stir gently to mix. Try adding a few dashes of bitters or substituting with ginger beer to add a little kick and complexity to the mix.

A SC CE FRAN

Pimm’s Pop Ingredients (makes 10 pops) 1 cup lemon juice 1 cup ginger tea, brewed and cooled 1 cup hibiscus and pink peppercorn syrup 1 1/4 cup Pimm’s No. 1 1 cucumber, thinly sliced 5 strawberries, hulled and quartered Fresh mint leaves

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This month we celebrate our country and our culture. No matter how you’re commemorating, toast the season with this cooling “poptail.” The Pimm’s Cup is a quintessential summer libation. Here, I’ve outlined the recipe for the original Pimm’s Cup, followed by the poptail version from my new cocktail book, Low-Proof Happy Hour (Countryman Press, 2021). With the traditional base of Pimm’s, lemon, and ginger flavors, this frozen sip gets an additional kick from the unexpected crimson peppercorn syrup. —Jules Aron

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PATRIOTIC POP

Hibiscus and Pink Peppercorn Syrup (makes 2 cups)  Combine the lemon juice, tea, syrup, and Pimm’s. Add a mixture of sliced cucumbers, strawberries, and fresh mint into each ice pop mold and top with the Pimm’s mixture. Insert wooden sticks into the molds and freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight.

STAY CONNECTED!

1 cup water 1 cup coconut sugar 1/4 cup hibiscus tea or dried flowers 4 tsp. pink peppercorn Combine the ingredients in a medium pot and bring to a boil. Once the sugar

has dissolved, remove from the heat. Let steep for 20 minutes, until the mixture has cooled to room temperature. Strain into a sealable glass container. The syrup can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

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