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CONTENTS

DECEMBER 2020

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Holiday tablescape at the home of Jackie and Mitch Nathan

FEATURES 40 / BOHEMIAN FANTASY Let your imagination soar with fantastical fashions Photography by Navid

50 / HOLIDAYS FROM THE HEART A Davie family hosts a philanthropic fete to benefit No Kid Hungry By Linda Marx

58 / DESERT BLOOM

Fine jewelry sparkles against a backdrop of beautiful botanicals By Mary Murray

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64 / SCENTS OF PLACE

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Luxury Waterfront Senior Living on The Intracoastal

T H E V I E W LO O KS B E T T E R F R O M U P H E R E . The Meridian at Waterways is redefining senior living. We deliver a safe, distinctive daily experience for residents who enjoy living the good life and who can trust that their wellbeing is in the best interest of dedicated, compassionate staff. Have peace of mind knowing 24-hour nursing care is available, if needed. Embrace the Florida lifestyle with breathtaking waterfront views. In addition to Supportive Independent Living and Assisted Living, The Meridian at Waterways features our exclusive MONTESSORI MOMENTS IN TIME™ programming for personalized care based on preferences, abilities, and our residents’ life stories.

OPEN FOR TOURING Call today to schedule an in-person tour or private lunch (754) 200-2705 3001 East Oakland Park Blvd · Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306 www.themeridianatwaterways.com A MERIDIAN SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY | ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY LIC # 12940

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70 DEPARTMENTS 10 / FROM THE EDITOR 12 / LOG ON New on fortlauderdaleillustrated.com

24/SEVEN 15 / OPENINGS Floreana puts a sophisticated spin on clean beauty practices

16 / GIFT GUIDE Trendsetters offer gift-giving ideas that support area businesses

18 / NEW & NOW

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The Broward County Library works to digitize access to local Black history, plus retail updates for your shopping list

20 / Q&A We discuss the joys of conducting with the Symphony of the Americas’ new artistic and musical director

STYLE 23 / THE LOOK Shopping small, plus chic shapeshifting accessories

26 / THE GOODS Presents for the fashionable foodie

27 / BEAUTY ON THE COVER:

PHOTOGRAPHER: NAVID MODEL: SHANI ZIGRON STYLIST: KATHERINE LANDE LOCATION: TARPON COVE, PALM BEACH CLOTHING: DIOR DRESS JEWELRY: GOSHWARA NECKLACE, PEGGY STEPHAICH GUINNESS EARRINGS, SYLVIE CORBELIN RING; TURN TO PAGE 79 FOR BUYING INFORMATION.

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The soothing, healing benefits of aloe

28 / JEWEL BOX Delicate jewelry ideal for stockings

ESCAPE 31 / WANDERLUST Embark on amazing seasonal pursuits at The Lodge at Spruce Peak By Paul Rubio

35 / STAYCATIONS Experience the best of the Palm Beaches at The Seagate By Abigail Duffy

36 / HIGH ROAD Step inside the grandest grand tourer By Howard Walker

38 / HIGH SEAS Hinckley pairs power with refinement By Howard Walker

EAT + DRINK 69 / LIBATIONS

Seasonal cocktails at Burlock Coast

70 / LOCAL BITES

Global celebratory desserts and more from the local food scene

74 / OFF THE VINE

The basics of Port and its many styles By Mark Spivak

WEALTH 76 / HINDSIGHT IS 20/20

A review of the 2020 housing market

PARTING SHOT 80 / TWINKLE, TWINKLE Discover a Symphony of Lights

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MAKE IT A FIVE-STAR HOLIDAY Celebrate the season with Eau Palm Beach and receive the gift of resort credit.

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FROM THE EDITOR

Feeling MERRY

CAPEHART

After such a roller-coaster year, settling into the holidays with your tribe feels like wrapping yourself in cashmere on a blustery day: warm, comforting, familiar. This year more than any other in recent memory, celebrating the holidays is all about tradition, time-honored and new. In our house, we’re incorporating a little of both. We’ve always upheld the Greek custom of feasting with extended family on Christmas Eve, then exchanging presents on New Year’s Eve, which is the night Santa Claus (Saint Basil for us) visits. But since Florida is home and our 11-year-old twins were born here, we embrace American traditions equally. This, of course, means an entire month’s worth of gatherings and gift exchanges, movies and hot chocolate by the fireplace (yes, even in 80 degrees), and multiculti cookie baking—all of which makes us feel extra merry. Traditions extend to the workplace, too. Our Fort Lauderdale Illustrated family gathers on a December afternoon for a cookout and croquet at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, and it couldn’t be more perfect. Not all of us are champion players (ahem), but winning comes courtesy of the laughter and camaraderie we share. If you haven’t tried croquet, I recommend it heartily, during the holidays or otherwise. One of my favorite new traditions has to do with the magazine itself. For our first December issue, we decided to approach one family and ask them to host a holiday celebration at home—decorations, festive food, presents, the works—that we can feature in our pages. In order to make deadline, of course, this would have to happen sometime in September. For FLI, the “lucky” subjects were Jackie and Mitch Nathan, who invited close friends for a bash inspired by wholesome childhood memories. It’s heartwarming to see how this young couple, who’ve known each other since they were toddlers, add their own modern twist and forge new rituals. Join the celebration by turning to “Holidays from the Heart” on page 50. Enjoy the issue and cherish your holiday traditions, whatever they may be. Here’s to a bright 2021!

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SUPPORT LOCAL MAKERS Buying small and local is the right thing to do, and I’m loving the holiday gifting suggestions offered up by local personalities. Page 16.

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HEAD TO WIDE OPEN SPACES Vermont is one of my favorite places, summer or winter. This year it’s had the added benefit of being virtually virus-free. A trip to the Green Mountain State is long overdue for me. Page 31. 10

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Evenings at Bonnet House Bonnet House Museum and Gardens in Fort Lauderdale will pack on the whimsy this season and offer guests the opportunity to tour the home’s exhibit rooms decorated with festive trees, wreaths, and centerpieces to the tunes of beloved holiday music. The evening tours will take place December 16, 17, and 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.

“Bonnet House Museum & Garden ” Nicole Clash (@nicoleangela14)

TO GOOD HEALTH GET A JUMP START ON THOSE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS! THE ROTARY CLUB OF WESTON’S ROTARY RUN FOR TOMORROW AND FITNESS & FITNESS FESTIVAL WILL TAKE PLACE VIRTUALLY THIS YEAR. BETWEEN DECEMBER 5 AND 13, PARTICIPANTS CAN HIT THE ROAD FROM ANYWHERE TO RUN A 5K, 10K, HALF MARATHON, OR HALF MARATHON RELAY IN SUPPORT OF THE ROTARY CLUB’S MISSION TO SERVE LOCAL CHARITIES.

“Into thin air ” Orla Ananda (@orla_ananda )

WHERE THE BOYS ARE The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale and History Fort Lauderdale will partner to honor the sixtieth anniversary of the iconic film Where the Boys Are with an eponymous exhibition featuring 40 historical and never-before-seen images chronicling the film’s making and Fort Lauderdale premiere. Beginning December 3, visitors can stroll through the exhibition at The Galleria and admire a slice of local history.

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“The sun is alone too, but it still shines Stefanie Hill (@sunkissed.photos)

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CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH WINTERFEST SANTA SIGHTINGS

NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 12: Be a Part of all the excitement as Winterfest captures Santa on a vacation in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Santa at the Beach, on the Water and throughout the community. DECEMBER 5: Storytime with Santa “Twas the Night Before Christmas” Enjoy a virtual Santa Storytime Experience presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Santa will be reading to families all over the world via Zoom and Social Media Platforms from Stranahan House in Fort Lauderdale. The first 100 families that register will receive the book compliments of UBS Financial Services – The Garvin Financial Team

HOLIDAY CRUISES

DECEMBER: Enjoy the holiday lights on board the decorated Water Taxi to spread cheer. Special Santa Sailing on DECEMBER 12

WINTERFEST FLASHBACKS

NOW – DECEMBER 12: Follow Winterfest on Social Media and enjoy Friday Flashbacks brought to you by UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group)

CONTESTS

NOW – JANUARY: Let’s start decorating! Share the holiday cheer by uploading photos of your decorated homes, docks, balconies, rooms, boats, trees, pets, etc. Winners will receive gift cards and other great prizes. Special “Griswold” Award from the Broward, Palm Beaches & St. Lucie Realtors®

HOLIDAY SHOPPING

NOW – DECEMBER 5: Enjoy Shopping from the comfort of your cozy couch with the Winterfest Online Auction presented by Fidelity Investments– Over 250 deals. Register Today: winterfest.home.qtego.net

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To learn more about The Winterfest Foundation events Jr. Captain Contest powered by FPL and Student Art Contest, visit winterfestfoundation.org

WINTERFEST TELEVISION SPECIAL STARTING DECEMBER 19

Take a trip down Memory Lane as WSVN CHANNEL 7 airs a retrospective of 49 years.

SANTA TRACKING APP and MAILBOXES Look on our website or app for Santa locations.

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Say hello to an upgraded way of pampering with a visit to Floreana. Designed to be a home away from home, the nail salon offers clean beauty choices that are ethical, environmentally friendly, and safe. After returning to Fort Lauderdale following stints in New York and New Jersey, owner Valentina Lara sensed a void for such a concept in the area’s beauty market. “We don’t have to sacrifice health for beauty,” says the self-proclaimed “mompreneur” who often had an intolerance to breathing in standard nail salon chemicals, especially when pregnant. The salon is inspired by her roots in Ecuador—Floreana is the name of an island in the Galápagos—but also incorporates a South Florida feel visible in the decor’s use of blush tones, natural textures, and greenery. Future spa-goers can opt for luxe treatments that use 10-free nail polish, meaning polish that contains 10 or fewer toxins typically found in standard salons. Each station is also equipped with an independent exhaust system that purifies the air, ensuring a safe space for all. Floreana’s spa menu ranges from nontoxic standard manis and pedis that accompany minimalistic nail art to The Floreana, a signature treatment involving a rose Himalayan soak, an organic exfoliating scrub, and a detoxifying mud mask. (floreananails.com) —Melissa Puppo

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Club Space Miami merchandise (left) and vinyl records from Radioactive Records (below) make for memorable gifts.

GIFT GUIDE

The LIST J.R. Dunn necklace (left); Glam Balloon Money Bank Bunny from NSU Art Museum (below).

FRANKIE P On-air personality Y100 Miami (@itsfrankiep) Gift: NSU Art Museum membership Why: “A museum membership makes a great Christmas present as it’s a good way for family to have bonding time and enjoy art. You can enjoy the museum as many times as you wish all year long. You also gain access to member-only events.” (nsuartmuseum.org) Gift: Jewelry from J.R. Dunn Why: “You will find elegant unique jewelry at J.R. Dunn for your wife, fiancé, girlfriend, husband, mom, dad, or special friend. They should be your onestop-shop for your jewelry needs.” (jrdunn.com)

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DIANA VELASQUEZ LauderBabe founder (@lauderbabe) Gift: Small Wine Shop’s Wine Club membership Why: “Let Tim and Tracy point you in the right direction when it comes to the wine lover and closet foodie in your life. Located in Flagler Village, Small Wine Shop is 100 percent that stop for all your natural, organic, biodynamic, low-intervention wines. Shop their phenomenal selection of curated natty wines or take a day trip/give into your wanderlust with one of their sweet wine club memberships.” (smallwineshop.com) Gift: Club Space Miami merch Why: “This one’s for the rebels, free spirits, and #SpaceInvaders. Legendary Club

CARLEY SUMNER The Flamingo Flea founder (@flamingoflea) Gift: Custom cross-stitch wall art and ornaments from Real Talk Cross Stitch Why: “When in doubt, customize! The customized family cross-stitches bring me back to childhood memories of the clay family portrait ornaments—remember those? There is something so special about unwrapping holiday decor and ornaments and looking back at all the years of annual ornaments.” (etsy.com/ shop/realtalkcrossstitch) Gift: Local experience Why: “If 2020 taught us all a lesson, it’s really to cherish our loved ones. I am all about experiences over things. Dive a little deeper into Fort

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SHOP LOCAL WITH RECOMMENDATIONS FROM AREA INSIDERS

Space Miami has been keeping things groovy during its weekly Thursday evening livestreams and with a new line of branded merch that transports you back to sunrises on the terrace. Cop these designs before they run out.” (clubspace.com) Gift: Records from Radio-Active Records Why: “When you’re here, you’re fam, and you can never go wrong with the gift of music. I head to Radio-Active for tunes from The Talking Heads to Margo Price and anything in between. The staff is always there to lend a helping hand and tell you what’s on their radar.” (radio-active-records.com)

Give the gift of a pottery lesson at Sarah Glass Ceramics.

Lauderdale by treating your friend to a snorkeling trip with Spirit of Lauderdale or a ceramics class with Sarah Glass Ceramics.” (tropicalsailing.com; sarahglassceramics.com)

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Sandra Tagliamonte, Broker-Vice President

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Lot 61 North Point lot. Total sq. ft. 19,676 lot size. Build your dream home. 150+ feet to dock your yacht on the north side of the lot. Offered at $5,100,000.

41 COMPASS LANE

Exclusive Bay Colony, with 24-hour security. 4 bedroom and 5 1/2 bath. A great family home with high ceilings. Gourmet kitchen, summer kitchen & 2 gas fire places, with 140 ft. of water frontage. Pool, spa & beautiful landscaping. 3-car garage. Very quiet street. Close to Pinecrest. Offered at $3,549,000.

3301 NE 16TH ST.

Havana house located within 1 block to the ocean. Nicely updated. Great vacation rental property. This 5 bedroom and 6.1 bath home with private back yard is located on a serene lagoon. All the amenities, tiki hut, private pool. Spacious floor plan. This is a must see. Offered at $3,100,000.

Intracoastal point lot with 238 ft. of water frontage and wide water views. Step into this beautiful 5 bedroom and 6.2 bath home with 38 ft. coffer ceilings with spectacular detail, gourmet kitchen with only the finest finishes, gas fireplace, private gym, elevator and spectacular water views from almost every room. Offered at $5,495,000.

3322 NE 16TH PLACE

Custom Mediterranean beachfront home located only steps from the beach. Spacious rooms with high ceilings, bright and light. This large 4 bedroom and 4 bath home is great for entertaining. Oversized master, private office, pool view. Over 4,275 sq. ft. of living space, perfect inside and out. 2-car garage. For Sale at $2,575,000.

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2801 NE 21ST ST.

Beautiful Georgian estate built in 2004 with 5 bedrooms and 4.1 baths. All designer finishes, marble throughout. Gourmet kitchen, media room, all impact windows and doors. Generator. Covered screened area off kitchen. Large backyard with custom pool. East of Bayview. Located in the Bayview school district. Offered at $1,550,000.

1460 S OCEAN UNIT 1503

Over 3,500 sq. ft. with direct ocean views. 3 bedroom and 3.1 bath, lower penthouse apartment. If you love to cook, you will love this gourmet kitchen with gas cooktop, Miele appliances, Sub-Zero. Entertaining is fabulous with built-in bar with ice maker, wine cooler, refrigerator and keg. You will never want to leave this paradise. Offered at $1,399,900.

11 SUNSET LANE

Private street. Oversized lot, views of the canal and intracoastal. This 4 bedroom and 4 bath home has impact doors and windows. Large master suite, open floor plan, in law suite, private beach access to El Mar Beach Club, great vacation rental home as well. 70 feet on deep water. New sea wall and dock. Private pool area. Two car garage. This is a must see! Offered at $1,295,000.

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12 SUNSET LANE

This 3 bedroom and 2 bath home has a large back yard with some views of the Intracoastal. Oversized heated saltwater pool. Impact doors, updated kitchen with all custom cabinets. Updated bathrooms. Vaulted ceilings, tiled floors throughout. Den can be a 3rd bedroom. Private beach access to El Mar Beach Club. This is just a charming beach cottage. 70 feet on deep water. Newer sea wall. Offered at $945,000.

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5541 NE 26TH AVE

Completely updated! This 3 bedroom and 2 bath home has vaulted ceilings and sky lights. Updated kitchen. Beautiful open floor plan. All new floors throughout the living area and bedrooms. All new impact windows. This can be your own private oasis, beautiful heated pool and tropical landscaping. Backyard has a serene waterfall. 2-car garage. Property is totally gated. Offered at $850,00.

2648 MIDDLE RIVER DRIVE

Great duplex in the heart of coral ridge. High ceilings on both units. Each unit is a 2/2. This is owner occupied on one side, rental on the other side. It is separate electric meters, updated electric. Updated kitchen, pool and a 2 car garage. Offered at $849,000.

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PRESERVING ONLINE MOMENTS To help document and preserve digital Black culture and experiences, the Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded Broward County Library with a $150,000 National Leadership Grant. Titled “Archiving the Black Web: A National Forum to Map the Landscape, Define the Issues, and Plan a Strategy for Documenting the Black Experience Online,” the national initiative is helmed locally by project director Makiba J. Foster, who serves as the regional manager of the African American Research Library & Cultural Center. She says the grant is the first step in executing the creation of a future web archive, which would document lived experiences of the Black community, including things such as grassroots political/cause organizations, local businesses, smaller cultural heritage organizations, arts and culture creators, and websites and cultural moments that have historical significance. “By the end of the grant, we will have an

agreed-upon strategy and infrastructure to move forward with collaboratively archived web content related to Black experience,” she notes. The deliverable on this grant is to create a plan and set the path for those already doing this work with paper-based content. “As the world becomes increasingly digital with less emphasis on paper, it is imperative that libraries/archives find ways to document this content,” says Foster. “This content is reflective of the changes and evolution of the people and the communities that we serve. Also, scholars have been researching and publishing about Black people’s behaviors online for a while, and to support future research, libraries and archives must find ways to preserve some of this content.” Once plans are in place, the next phase will include applying for funding to create the web archive. The goal, Foster notes, is to present this archive to the public as a collection of content via a website/database that will be arranged by subject matter, topic, location, and more. (broward.org/library) —M.P.

Sweet Dreams Give the gift of a restful night of sleep with City Furniture’s Florida King mattress, part of its new holiday launch. The Florida-based company’s new opulent mattress measures 9 feet wide and over 6 feet in length—about three feet wider than a standard king bed— making it ideal for families, athletes, couples, and pet-lovers. The custom mattresses (which come in cushion firm, firm, ultra-plush, and plush) can be paired with sheets, duvets, duvet covers, and mattress covers. Catching up on Z’s just got a little bit easier. (cityfurni ture.com) —M.P.

Sweet THREADS SOUTH CAROLINA’S SOUTHERN TIDE HAS LANDED ON LAS OLAS BOULEVARD. AT THE STORE, THE BRAND’S FIRST STAND-ALONE LOCATION IN SOUTH FLORIDA, INTERIORS PAY HOMAGE TO FORT LAUDERDALE’S COASTAL ROOTS THROUGH NAUTICAL COORDINATES ON THE FLOOR’S TILING, A LARGE-SCALE MAP OF THE CITY COVERING AN ENTIRE WALL, AND A CUSTOM MIXED-MEDIA PAINTING BY LOCAL ARTIST LIZZY TABER. THE LINE IS KNOWN FOR ITS MEN’S, WOMEN’S, AND YOUTH APPAREL DESIGNED FOR THOSE WITH AN AFFINITY FOR THE WATER. (SOUTHERNTIDE.COM) —M.P. 18

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Bongiswa Ntobela, Funky Bull, 2006, glass beads sewn onto fabric.

ON DISPLAY NOVEMBER 14, 2020 THROUGH JANUARY 17, 2021 Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence View a new form of bead art, the ndwango (a painting in beads), developed by women from the Ubuhle artist community based in rural South Africa. Using skills handed down through generations, the women sew colored Czech glass beads into black cloth like a canvas to create abstract and figurative subjects. Ubuhle, which means “beauty� in the Xhosa and Zulu languages, describes the shimmering quality of light on the glass beads.

In God We Trust: Early Bible Printings and Founding Documents from the David M. Rubenstein Americana Collection Enjoy this extraordinary exhibition of historic American Bibles and religious texts, many of which have rarely been displayed. Featuring 18 books and five framed pieces from the collection of prominent American businessman and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, In God We Trust presents the stories of these objects and the ingenuity and diversity of the early Americans who made them. Tickets: $10. Hours: 10-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Tuesdays. Visit www.fourarts.org to reserve tickets and view our season policies and procedures.

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HOW MANY INSTRUMENTS CAN YOU PLAY? Just the piano. I am a professional pianist. There is a confusion that the conductor can play a lot of instruments; this is not true. We need to be trained in conducting. We need to know the instruments and how to play the instruments, but we don’t particularly have to know how to physically play the instruments.

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WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR THE ORCHESTRA? My vision is by 2030 I want to be the leading orchestra in the South Florida area. We need to grow on strategic alliances. We need to grow the administrative side, sponsorships, to be in the community, and to have more presence in Broward County, if not in the other two counties around Broward.

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WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT CONDUCTING? I love everything, really. I love to interact with people, so conducting is by far the best profession in classical music to interact with people because you don’t make the sound—you don’t produce the sound—but you are somehow leading the sound at the beginning and through the whole piece. This is an incredible opportunity because through your eyes and your hands, especially through your motions, you have to transmit with somebody. It’s like if we could communicate with no words, [but] just facing each other and understanding what [we] want to say. WHAT DO YOU FIND DIFFICULT ABOUT THIS ROLE? The most difficult part is that your message is taken by the people seriously. This is the challenge you have every day you walk to the podium: that the people trust you.

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WHAT INTERESTED YOU IN THE SYMPHONY OF THE AMERICAS? First of all, the area—I’ve known the area since 2005, and I’m convinced that there is room for the development of classical music and the relation with the community. South Florida has been growing and growing in culture and music, especially with the influence of Miami in the past 10 to 15 years. I love this. I have been following this. We want to extend all of the activities in the past to other areas of South Florida to transform this orchestra into a leading orchestra in the area and an image of South Florida to the United States and the world. I love challenges.

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As of press time, programming for the Symphony of the Americas was set to resume performances November 13. To view upcoming performances, visit the website for more information. (sota.org) —M.P.

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STYLE NOTES QUEEN OF HEARTS: Accessories in unexpected shapes instantly add personality. RIGHT ANGLE: Go modern by opting for geo prints and silhouettes with clean lines. COLOR BLOCK: Rich hues in contrasting combinations create a forward take on the trend.

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DINNER IS SERVED Engraved “Gucci” and “Love” silver-plated brass cloche with hare ($1,100), Gucci, Bal Harbour, gucci.com

GLASS OF SUNSHINE Dolce & Gabbana citrus juicer ($650), Smeg, Williams Sonoma, multiple locations, williams-sonoma.com

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PLEASE POSH PALATES WITH HAUTE COOKING ACCESSORIES AND TASTY TREATS By Katherine Lande

MORNING JOE Ralph’s coffee beverage server ($65), Ralph’s roast coffee ($17), Ralph Lauren, Sunrise, ralphlauren.com

TEA FOR TWO Bellocq custom looseleaf tea blend in a Tiffany Blue–labeled tin can ($150), Tiffany & Co., multiple locations, tiffany.com

SPICE IT UP Salt Trio with spicy salt, universal salt, and curry salt ($30), Jennifer Fisher, jenniferfisher.com

HAPPY HOUR SGU Vin de France 2019 natural orange wine ($32), Vivanterre, founded by Max and Rosie Assoulin, vivanterre.com LET’S EAT The Missoni Family Cookbook ($50), Assouline, Bal Harbour, assouline.com

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Beachgoers and outdoor devotees areFITNESS well TRACKERS ARE EVERYWHERE. HOWEVER, acquainted with aloe vera’s cooling powers on JAWBONE’S UP ACTIVITY sunburnt and stressed skin. The gel from the BANDS ARE SO SLIM THAT ubiquitous succulent takes on a new life as a THEIR UBIQUITY GOES LOOKING FOR A NEW WAY hydrating, plumping, and soothing mainstay in UNNOTICED. VIRTUALLY TO TAKE IN THE 2018 EQUESproducts meant to refresh and moisturize tresses THAT’S BECAUSE THEY’RE TRIAN SEASON? FOUNDED and enliven the complexion: D’IsolanaBARELY SkincareBIGGER THAN BY LOXAHATCHEE RESIDENT HAIR TIE AND JUST AS Aloe Calming Elixir with soothingAthermal LISA Vera EL-RAMEY, WELLINGTON STYLISH AS A DESIGNER water ($70, disolana.com); M-61 Hydraboost INSIDER TOURS PROVIDE BRACELET. JAWBONE A BEGINNER’S COURSE IN Serum 2.0 ($82, Bluemercury); Soleil Toujours HAS ANNOUNCED THREE HORSE SPORTS. OVER THREE Calming Mist Organic Aloe Antioxidant ($26, so NEW TRACKERS THAT DAYS, PARTICIPANTSAVegan LEARN Beauty Balance COMBINE leiltoujours.com); Toner MINIMALIST THE INS AND OUTS OF DRES- IT Cosmetics DESIGN WITH HIGH-TECH ($38, aveganbeauty.com); Your Skin FEATURES. MADE FROM SAGE, SHOW JUMPING, AND But Better Setting Spray with hydrating hyalANODIZED ALUMINIUM, POLO, INCLUDING MEETING uronic acid, coconut water, and aloe vera UP2extract IS THE SMALLEST WITH RIDERS AND PLAYERS ($28, Sephora); and Christophe RobinOPTION Hydrating AND MONITORS AS WELL AS ATTENDING A THE USER’S Melting ($37, Bluemercury). —Abigail Duffy ACTIVITY GAME ATMask THE INTERNATIONAL

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1. THREE OF A KIND Tamara Comolli Sparkle chain in 18-karat white gold, 18-karat rose gold, or 18-karat gold, $430-$460 each. Carrazza Jewelers, Fort Lauderdale (carrazzajewelers.com) 2. LOVE LANGUAGE Stephen Webster I Promise to Love You Neon Love ring in 18-karat gold, $600. (stephenwebster.com) 3. FOR KIDS Bulgari Save the Children ring with black ceramic and sterling silver, $560. Bulgari, Miami Design District, Bal Harbour (bulgari.com) 4. WONDERFUL WREATHS Pamela Love Multi Anemone hoops in sterling silver, $290. (pamelalove.com) 5. BLUSHING BEAUTY Nouvel Heritage ring with opals and 18-karat rose gold, $500. (nouvelheritage.com) 6. KEY TO MY HEART Gucci Marmont key chain bracelet in sterling silver, $270. Mayors locations (mayors.com) 7. WHITE CHRISTMAS Melissa Kaye Cristina earrings with white enamel and 18-karat gold, $850. The Webster, Miami Beach (thewebster.us) 8. HOLIDAY HUES Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti specialedition small bone cuff in green or red finish over copper, $475 each. Tiffany & Co. locations (tiffany.com) 9. WINTER IN PARADISE Roberto Coin Tiny Treasures Collection palm tree pendant in 18-karat gold, $440. Provident Jewelry locations (providentjewelry.com)

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ermont is on the tip of everyone’s tongue these days. True, natural splendor and minimal development have always been assets of the Green Mountain State. But the pandemic has cast a newfound spotlight on Vermont as America’s next great vacation and second-home destination. In a state where wilderness claims more than 76 percent of the land, the air is pure, the scenery is stunning, and the outdoor pursuits are endless. Nowhere is this more palpable than at The Lodge at Spruce Peak, a resort community underscored by a rusticchic, alpine lodge with simple rooms and suites, as well as more extravagant mountain

cabins, private homes, and the in-progress One Spruce Peak, an exclusive collection of modernist townhomes and residences. Nestled between the base of skyscraping Spruce Peak and Vermont’s highest summit, Mount Mansfield, the lodge and its excess of 2,000 protected acres are guided by the seasons, assuming new looks and personalities each quarter to showcase the best of Vermont’s ever-changing outdoors. In winter, snow-white Stowe glistens as “Ski Capital of the East,” where The Lodge at Spruce Peak offers direct ski-in, ski-out access—catering to all levels, from bunny slopes to black-diamond runs—and plenty of après-ski fun in the heated swimming pool and duo of hot tubs. A massive ice-skating rink anchors a retail and dining village, dominating the social scene for tykes, tweens, and teens. Other activities abound, from ascending snow-blanketed trails on horseback to

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cross-country skiing, dogsledding, ice climbing, and snowshoeing. In addition to the action-packed offerings, leisure is also most welcome. You may want to stay put and just take in the wintry sights from your cozy room or suite, most with stone-framed fireplaces and all with balconies or terraces framing mountain views. Or you might want to recharge in the worldclass, 18-treatment-room spa, especially after a morning on the slopes. Come spring and summer, lush greenery returns, and the lodge’s designated nature trails and mountainside, 18-hole, par-72 golf course come into focus. Stowe’s adventure course reopens (inclusive of hanging bridges and Spider-Man-style climbing nets) as does its adrenaline-inducing zip line course, which reaches speeds of up to 60 mph. Climbing, bouldering, canoeing, and kayaking become options for the daily agenda, as do mountain biking, cycling, hiking, and fishing. Fall excursions mirror those of summer yet the terrain explodes in the most dramatic colors—hedge your bets on the brightest of yellows, oranges, and reds come late September or early October. No matter the season, the vistas astound, and the lodge surfaces as a special destination for families creating lasting memories and unplugging from modern entrapments. When on property, your biggest worry becomes what fabulous dish to order at the

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Vermont isn’t the easiest destination for a short getaway, so those wanting to experience the seasons on a quick trip should look no further than Boston, New England’s easiest access point from South Florida. Just beyond the city limits (some 20 minutes) lies the history-rich, forested town of Lexington, a destination both distant and charming enough to foster escapism while keeping optional city jaunts within reach. Here, next to the Battle Green, site of the Revolutionary War’s first battle circa 1775, stands The Inn at Hastings Park, a darling Relais & Châteaux collection of 22 rooms over three thoughtfully restored historic buildings that thoroughly embrace Americana, inside and out. Though autumn is our favorite season in which to enjoy the inn in its full Technicolor splendor, there’s never a bad time for appreciating the historic, natural environs. This includes the 11-mile Minuteman Bikeway (maintained even in winter) and Walden Pond, the beauty of which served as muse for famed poet and philosopher Henry David Thoreau.

Seasons do, however, dictate the menu at the inn’s noteworthy Town Meeting Bistro restaurant. A highlight is the savory and crispy Judith Point hot calamari—trust us, it rivals the best in secret-recipe, fried-chicken excellence. There’s also the Whispering Angel Culinary Garden, a lovely outdoor dining space bedazzled in rosé bottles, floral arrangements, and Baccarat crystal. Bonfires and space heaters keep the garden toasty, allowing guests to delight in signature four-course, wine-paired meals for lunch or dinner. Further upholding the robust food and wine reputation of the Relais & Châteaux brand, inn owner and culinary educator Trisha Pérez Kennealy hosts cooking classes structured around subjects such as crafting the ultimate potato side dishes or the secrets of roasting chicken. Whether hunkering down in the lodge on a snowy morning or sipping rosé in the garden and exploring America’s past and the great outdoors on a sun-kissed afternoon, The Inn at Hastings Park delivers New England enchantment year-round. (innathastingspark.com) FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | DECEMBER 2020

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flagship restaurant Solstice. (Is that side of smoky-sweet brussels sprouts really necessary given the richness of the mushroomenrobed, homemade pappardelle? Um, yeah!) Even with its soaring crowned ceilings, the massive lobby begins to feel like your own living room. Soon, fellow guests are becoming new friends, as are the many dogs in residence; the lodge has such a cult following among pet lovers that happy hour often

channels Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show vibes. The kids are no longer glued to their phones or the TV, lest they miss a minute of the next outdoor outing. Given the lodge’s connection with nature and family, it’s no wonder everyone wants to move or, at least, vacation here. Life seems simpler and better at The Lodge at Spruce Peak. And indeed, it is. (sprucepeak.com; onespruce peak.com) «

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Clockwise from far left: The Seagate Beach Club; hotel lobby and pool; Parlor Suite; spa suite.

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SERENITY by the Sea Florida cool meets coastal elegance at THE SEAGATE Hotel & Spa By Abigail Duffy Even though it is nestled off bustling Atlantic Avenue, The Seagate Hotel & Spa in Delray Beach feels worlds away. The boutique property marries beachside sensibility with contemporary luxury, and it’s all just steps from one of the Palm Beaches’ most enchanting shores. The 7,000- and 2,500-gallon exotic fish and shark tanks personify The Seagate’s South Floridian magnetism as their marine inhabitants and ethereal indigo glow transfix guests who pass through the hotel’s common areas. The coastal influence carries across breezy Bahamian accents and creamy colors, an aesthetic sure to lull guests into the relaxed state of mind that a weekend at The Seagate elicits. The same Bahamian design elements are apparent in The Seagate’s plush, sanctuary-like rooms. The 500-square-foot deluxe king and queen rooms come with a choice of a walk-in

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shower or a bubble-jet tub (or both if you can’t decide), plus Egyptian cotton sheets (imagine slipping into those after a long day at the beach). For guests celebrating momentous occasions—such as that first post-pandemic staycation—The Seagate offers welcome amenities, like Champagne and wine to toast to the deserved getaway. They are best enjoyed on a private balcony overlooking Atlantic Avenue, with glimpses of the ocean in the distance. If a hedonistic day of pampering is in order, the 8,000-squarefoot Seagate Spa boasts a refreshing menu, including custom massages (the Rain Massage will melt away any hint of stress), potent rejuvenating facials, and invigorating body treatments.

Lounging poolside under a canopy of palm trees is the perfect follow-up activity. Guests who want to explore the neighborhood need only climb aboard The Seagate’s trolley that stands ready to whisk staycationers off to destinations within 3 miles, such as the Seagate Beach Club, Seagate Country Club, or anywhere along Atlantic Avenue. You can also opt to ride in one of The Seagate’s white Cadillac Escalades to and from the hotel. Epicurean travelers will meet their match at The Atlantic Grille, which specializes in seaside fare for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Guests can dine alfresco or alongside the resto’s famous moon jellyfish floating inside a 450gallon aquarium, all while indulging in modern preparations of classic dishes and South Florida’s freshest seafood. For those looking to fuel rounds of golf and afternoon swims with a quick bite, the hotel’s Etc. Café stocks pastries, sandwiches, organic coffee, and more. The Seagate Hotel & Spa achieves a resortmeets-retreat balance, complete with sumptuous accommodations, unforgettable dining, and fun-in-the-sun activities in a comfortable, personable environment. (theseagatehotel.com) « FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | DECEMBER 2020

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DELUXE DRIVE Bentley’s all-new FLYING SPUR combines grace with pace, and a whole lot of LUXURY By Howard Walker To drive or to be driven? That’s the dilemma. Do you slide behind the wheel to pilot the world’s fastest four-door sedan, clocking in at 207 mph flat out? Or luxuriate in the back, watching the world whoosh by, while massaging, reclining, heated-and-cooled seats do the pampering? Either way you’ll be overjoyed. This is the spectacular duality of Bentley’s latest Flying Spur, arguably the world’s grandest grand tourer. The third-generation Spur (the first debuted back in 2005) has the distinction of being new from the hubcaps up. It’s a tad longer than before, with 5 inches added to the wheelbase, giving it a sleeker, more elegant look. The headlights alone are worthy of accolades. These LED wonders feature a cut-crystal effect in a stunning saw-blade design that lets them sparkle, even when not lit. Now gaze in awe at that Flying B mascot standing proud atop the grille. The wings of the B illuminate at night and the whole thing can retreat into the bodywork at the touch of a button. 36

Sharing the same basic chassis as Porsche’s Panamera sedan, the new Spur features an all-aluminum body with more curves, haunches, and bulging muscles than an Olympic weight lifter. See it in profile and it looks achingly gorgeous, especially rolling on the optional 22-inch alloys. Head-on, the new supersized grille seems huge and imposing, especially in standard guise with its vertical chrome blades. Only the new rear-end lacks visual presence; it feels like something from Volkswagen. For the driver in you, this Flying Spur just might make you sprout a pair of horns. Under that mile-long hood sits Bentley’s 6.0-liter twinturbocharged 12-cylinder, the same one used in the latest Continental GT two-door. With a massive 626 horsepower on tap, it can catapult the Spur from standstill to 60 mph in a crazy-fast 3.7 seconds. This is one superb driver’s car, with handling sharpened and honed by standard active all-wheel drive, rear-wheel steering, and the world’s first 48-volt electric anti-roll system. Power it through the curves and

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PRICE: FROM $214,600 ENGINE: 6.0-LITER TWIN-TURBO W-12 POWER: 626 HP TORQUE: 664 LB-FT TRANSMISSION: 8-SPEED AUTOMATIC 0-60: 3.7 SECONDS TOP SPEED: 207 MPH LENGTH/ WIDTH: 209/78 INCHES WEIGHT: 5,370 POUNDS WHY WE LOVE IT: BECAUSE IT COMBINES THE HEIGHT OF LUXURY WITH THE ULTIMATE DRIVING PLEASURE. this 5,300-pound leviathan feels more like a sports coupe. Dial up Sport mode and the suspension firms, the throttle sharpens, and the transmission becomes even more eager to shift. And if you have to stop in a hurry, the car’s massive rotors (16.5 inches at the front, 15 at the rear) halt forward progress as effectively as throwing out an anchor. There are few more commanding, more cosseting driving positions than the pilot’s seat of this Spur. Power adjustments seem endless, and it boasts an array of massaging options that wouldn’t seem out of place in a spa. One true surprise-and-delight element is the three-sided fascia panel, which can morph from being a glass infotainment screen to displaying a trio of analog gauges to an elegant wood panel.

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But if you want to leave the driving to others, the Flying Spur’s rear seats are a sanctuary of silence and serenity. They offer 14 power adjustments and five massaging modes. And with soft, squishy, pillowed headrests, taking a nap is inevitable. The rear-facing glass screen on the center console is another treat. From here you can control everything, including the window shades, rear sunroof shade, temperature, and the optional 2,200-watt, 18-speaker Naim surround sound system. Add in amazing stretch-out legroom plus plentiful headroom and you may never want to leave. The price of all this luxury kicks off at $214,600, though start checking the options boxes—that Naim audio alone costs an eye-watering $8,800—and it’s easy to reach the $286,000 of our tester. As for having a car that makes you want to drive and be driven in equal measure? That’s priceless. «

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Hinckley’s stunning new 35 trades inboard power for a pair of outboards— just don’t call it a Picnic Boat By Howard Walker

Think of Hinckley’s iconic Picnic Boats—celebrating 25 years in build—and it’s hard to picture them without a pair of beefy diesels gushing out water, Hoover Dam–style, through Hamilton jet drives. But for the legendary Maine boatbuilder’s gorgeous new Hinckley 35 model debuting this summer, those twin diesels and water jets are being jettisoned in favor of twin outboards. It makes sense. Outboards are easier to maintain and are more efficient too. In the case of the supercharged, 300-horsepower Mercury Verado motors that’ll come standard, they’re also quieter and more refined. For speed demons, outboard power will get the new 35 to that out-ofthe-way beach quicker than diesel. With optional twin 350-hp Verados, 38

top speed should be around 42 knots, as opposed to 38 for the current Yanmar-powered 34 Picnic. Then there’s the small matter of cost. Compared to two big eight-cylinder inboard diesels and complex jet drives, outboard power should be less expensive. Right now, the base price of the new 35 comes in at $825,000. All in all, that’s a win-win-win situation. But don’t think of this 35 simply as a 34 Picnic with a couple of big outboards hanging off the transom. Hinckley called in designer Michael Peters—who has drawn all of its Picnic Boat hulls since 2008—to optimize the current 34 for outboard power. He’s included slightly wider chines (they’re the lower edges of the hull) and wider underwater strakes that run front to back. These changes will provide better lift and stability at higher speeds and offer superior control for the helmsperson. In Hinckley tradition, the hull is built using an inner layer of carbon fiber and outer layer of Kevlar infused with epoxy, then baked in a giant oven to deliver I-beam stiffness and rigidity. More instantly recognizable are the design changes to the stern. Instead of a cut-off, more upright look, the sides of the hull have been stretched and rounded. To our eyes, it’s even sleeker. Of course, there’s always a trade-off. Here it’s the lack of a full-width swim platform. Clambering back on the boat after a refreshing dip is going to be just a little more awkward. Everything else about this elegant 35-footer (overall length is actually closer to 39 feet) is pure down east Hinckley Picnic Boat. Buyers can expect the same acres of mirror-finished varnish, salty pilothouse and teak decks, and deep cockpit with comfy seating. The one big exterior update, however, that will make Hinckley aficionados instantly recognize the new look is the pilothouse windshield. In place of the traditional split screen, the 35 gets a one-piece version that debuted on the company’s Sport Boat 40x model last year. While the Picnic Boat’s split screen hardly compromised forward visibility, this full-width windshield gives CinemaScope-like forward vision. It makes

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everything from channel-marker huntPRICE: STARTING AT ing, to crab-pot avoidance, to pinch-tight $825,000 LENGTH: 38 FEET, docking a cinch. 8 INCHES BEAM: 11 FEET The cockpit layout is quintessential DRAFT: 2 FEET, 9 INCHES Picnic Boat, with lovely U-shaped seatPOWER: 2 X MERCURY ing under the pilothouse hardtop, rearVERADO 300 TOP SPEED: facing side seating, and a three-quarter42 KNOTS RANGE: 300PLUS MILES AT 35 MPH width transom bench in the cockpit. The WHY WE LOVE IT: BECAUSE one big bonus of outboard power is that WITH OUTBOARD POWER, the cockpit boxes that would normally TIMELESS DOWN EAST house honking diesels are now empty. STYLE MEETS MODERN Throw in a couple of mattresses and PERFORMANCE. they could double as kids’ quarters. Down below it’s business as usual, with a forward V-berth, spacious head to starboard, and a modestly equipped galley to port. Although far from cavernous, it’s plenty big enough for an overnighter or weekend away. Up at the helm, there’s that Hinckley-trademark, near-horizontal, varnished-wood wheel, as well as mirror-varnished timber, poweradjustable Stidd helm and co-pilot seats, and joystick control for the

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outboards for ease of docking. Yet, while the Picnic Boat connection is there for all to see, according to Scott Bryant, Hinckley’s vice president of sales and marketing, this new 35 is not a true Picnic Boat. “We’re reserving the Picnic Boat moniker for our jet boats,” he explains. We can’t imagine buyers being too happy about that. « FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | DECEMBER 2020

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Naeem Khan handembroidered gown and cape; Christian Louboutin macramĂŠ sandals; Silvia Furmanovich earrings; Betteridge amethyst ring. Opposite page: Fendi lace shirt, cashmere knit top, lace skirt; Gucci mid-heel pumps; Sylvie Corbelin turquoise earrings, multi-stone ring, double ring. For buying information, turn to page 79. Fashion editor: Katherine Lande Jewelry provided by Betteridge, betteridge.com

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Zimmermann tulle dress; Christian Louboutin flat sandals; Goshwara tassel necklace; Peggy Stephaich Guinness earrings; Sylvie Corbelin multi-stone ring. Opposite page: Akris strapless gown; Christian Louboutin macramĂŠ sandals; Silvia Furmanovich earrings; Betteridge black jade and diamond bangle, fire opal ring, estate diamond ring. For buying information, turn to page 79.

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Gucci Liberty print midi dress; Marina B estate earrings; Sylvie Corbelin sapphire ring. Dior chiffon dress, panties, sandals; Goshwara tassel necklace; Peggy Stephaich Guinness earrings; Sylvie Corbelin two-stone ring. For buying information, turn to page 79. Model: Shani Zigron, Elite Model Management, Miami Hair: Heather Blaine using Redkin, Creative Management, Miami Makeup: Gina Simone using Dior Beauty, Creative Management, Miami Photography assistant: Lucie Prsalova Fashion assistant: Roxy Rooney FLI extends a special thanks to Kevin Condon for providing the location. For additional information, please visit tarpon-cove.com

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Holidays

FROM THE HEART BY LINDA MARX PHOTOGRAPHY BY JERRY RABINOWITZ

Jackie and Mitch Nathan host a festive holiday soiree to benefit No Kid Hungry at their Davie home

Mitch and Jackie Nathan with son, Ryan, at their winter wonderland-themed gathering

Caring about family and friends—and helping those in need—can change our lives forever. For Jackie and Mitch Nathan, spending time with loved ones and giving to charity are what bring them the most holiday joy. The satisfaction they get from doing good helps make the season their favorite time of the year. “It’s our family and longtime friends that make the holidays so special,” says Jackie. “We love to spend time with them and make memories as well as help others in need.” Based in Davie, Jackie is sponsorship sales/business development director for the Food Network & Cooking

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WE ARE ALL FORTUNATE THAT WE CAN FEED OUR FAMILIES AND SHARE IN THESE CELEBRATIONS.” —JACKIE NATHAN

Above: Signature Champagne sparkler with rosemary and pomegranate Below: The tablescape executed by Events on the Loose and Richard Grille Events was inspired by a modern rustic, bohemian theme complete with a reclaimed wood table with dreamy toppers.

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Channel’s New York City Wine & Food Festival, and also an event/sponsor manager for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Mitch is an attorney and sports agent with a specialty in basketball for the Creative Artists Agency, handling on- and off-court projects for big-time basketball stars like former Miami Heat point and shooting guard Dwyane Wade and current NBA players from top teams like the Dallas Mavericks and Orlando Magic. Jackie and Mitch were just toddlers when they met— through their mothers who were living in the North Miami area. They later reconnected at Cooper City High School and began dating, continuing their relationship through college at University of Florida. “When we started dating, our parents also reconnected,” Jackie says. “Mitch’s mom even

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showed us ‘mommy and me’ photographs she had saved from back then. At that point, I knew that this relationship was meant to be.” In 2013, they married in Aventura. Both had demanding high-profile jobs that kept them moving around the country. Much of their work requires travel—Mitch has clocked 100,000 miles in a recent year; Jackie takes three to four annual trips—so their marriage can be hectic. “Some years we have been like ships passing in the night,” Jackie says. But their lives changed after becoming parents. Their son Ryan,18 months, is now their top priority, with both sets of supportive grandparents stepping in to help when travel or work interfere with parenting. “Our parents are amazing and super with Ryan,” Jackie says. “We are blessed.” When they are home, Jackie and Mitch manage to find time for entertaining, hosting at least 10 parties a year; every other weekend when possible. “Hosting guests is similar to how I ser

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vice and represent my basketball clients,” Mitch says. “I anticipate their needs and remain handson like we are in a fox hole.” Many of their close friends are also from as far back as elementary and high school. “We love that our friends have been the same for much of our lives,” Jackie explains. “Entertaining them is a passion whether it’s casual and small like a Saturday afternoon grill, or more formal and sophisticated for a dress-up at night. Our parties are full of life—never stuffy or boring.” For the holidays, the Nathans have continued the traditions that each learned while growing up in a home with parents who regularly entertained. Mitch says his parents often threw theme parties, and always December holiday bashes. “My mom and dad love and appreciate the setting for a party and took great pains to put the rooms together properly so the guests feel engaged and happy,” he says. “It was all about being inviting and comfortable.”

From top: A gorgeous artisan cheese plate with honeycomb, figs, and pomegranate arranged by chefs from Peacock’s Pantry; the Nathans have some fun with grandparents Stan and Shelley Nathan.

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Clockwise from right: Winter roasted beet salad; Shaina Bottfeld, Mike Weyrauch, Mitch Nathan, and Philip Bottfeld mingle; roasted rainbow carrots. Opposite page: warm farro, cherry, and walnut salad

For Jackie, the holiday parties in her parents’ home were filled with warmth, love, and connection. She remembers decorating her parents’ house using snowflakes and dreidels that she made in school, and gathering around a big table for everyone to dine together. Her mom made brisket and pecan pie, her grandmother baked Magic Bars (crumbles, coconut, and chocolate chips). To preserve the memories, they always took pictures in the backyard. “My parents’ home was a place where people liked to be invited to celebrate the holidays,” Jackie says. Adds her mother Denni Eisen: “Our most valuable moments were when we celebrated the holidays together in our home. This was always important and meaningful to us, and we love seeing the tradition continue with the next generation.” Now that they’re throwing parties of their own, Mitch and Jackie host events in their beautiful indoor/outdoor home separated by floor-to-ceiling glass doors leading to the patio and swimming pool. It’s a team effort: Jackie decorates, sets the table, and makes sure guests are comfortable, while Mitch serves at the table and always takes down everything at the end. “I like to keep my wife happy,” he laughs. “It is easy for us to entertain together because we grew up with the same values.” For their latest event, the couple invited a group of close friends to their outdoor “Winter Wonderland” theme. 54

The decorations, created by Kelly Murphy of Events on the Loose with help from Richard Grille Events, included silver inflatable holiday trees, modern snowflake collectibles, large white lanterns, romantic candles tinted with golds and blues, and an earthy Menorah. “We went for a beautiful holiday feel that was not over the top,” Murphy says. Various sitting vignettes and conversation pits—high top tables and chairs and wicker couches—were spread around the deck so friends could talk while remaining safely socially distanced. Each year during the holiday season, Jackie and Mitch’s party benefits No Kid Hungry, a national campaign run by Share Our Strength, a nonprofit designed to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the U.S. and around the world. This is a charity close to Jackie’s heart: It’s a beneficiary of some of her festival work, and a cause she believes in. She asks her guests to make a direct $50 donation through a social media charity page. “We are all fortunate that we can feed our families and share in these celebrations,” says Jackie. “It is a small way we are able to give back to people in need during the holidays. It makes us all feel good.” As guests surrounded the patio, Mitch ushered everyone to the bar for the evening’s signature Champagne sparkler with rosemary and pomegranate. “The Nathans are great hosts because they are so giving,” says Phil Bottfeld, CEO of a Florida real estate firm. “I have known them for a long time, and I can tell you that they are genuine.” Guests mingled and munched on a yummy appetizer of assorted cheeses including triple creme brie,

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Slow-roasted salmon fillet with fresh dill (above) adorned the dinner table, while bittersweet chocolate tartlets with crushed pistachio and Mediterranean sea salt (opposite page) ended the evening on a sweet note.

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gorgonzola, and manchego mixed with pomegranate, honeycomb, and figs arranged on an artisan cheese platter by chefs from Peacock’s Pantry. “We picked these cheeses because they work well with the Winter Wonderland theme,” says chef Danielle Peacock. For the dinner, Murphy’s romantic tablescape was reminiscent of a snowy scene from a rustically elegant cottage in the mountains of North Carolina. The coastal table made of reclaimed wood whitewashed to offbeat perfection was a perfect scene-setter with Napa whitewashed wood chairs. “Our idea was winter with a modern rustic bohemian theme,” says Murphy of the 15-foot table set for eight. “The table setting looks like silver but it’s actually modern porcelain.”

Combining the aesthetics of the wood with a blend of modern, earthy, and enchanting tabletop items, Murphy used a mix of organic silver and white dinnerware including Verona chargers, square and rectangular Kyoto plates, Trieste platinum salad plates, Dragon Fly flatware, and a mix of cleanlined Arianna wine stems with dramatic cornflower blue Debutante goblets. Four birchwood centerpieces with fir stems and eucalyptus added more of the natural winter forest look to the design. Mixed and matched with mosaic candle holders and lots of other candlelight, the scene combined romance with holiday charm. “It looks so elegant,” says guest Staci Abelow, a compliance business analyst. “I feel good tonight because we

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From above left: The Nathans mingle with guests by the pool; Jeff Weinstock, Staci Abelow, and Jackie toast to the holidays.

donate to this charity, and it is close to Jackie’s heart. Plus, this is the first time I have dressed up since February!” Guests gathered around the table for warm farro, cherry, and walnut salad, citrus fennel slow-roasted salmon filet with fresh dill, and winter-roasted beet salad. “We use fresh, local sources and chose the holiday menu for easy, outdoor entertaining,” says chef Peacock. The meal was served with a choice of three wines from Wade Cellars, a California vineyard owned by basketball star Dwyane Wade. While enjoying the dinner, guests talked about everything going on in their lives. One couple was preparing for a new baby, two other friends recently found new jobs, one shared a new promotion, and all told stories while skipping down memory lane. “Some of us realized that we were wearing dresses that we wore to each other’s weddings or rehearsal dinners,” Jackie says. “We had such a great evening.” Dessert was bite-sized bittersweet chocolate tartlets with crushed pistachio and Mediterranean salt served on delicate Marais platinum plates. Rich and indulgent, the guests raved. “I love this chocolate—I am a fanatic with a sweet tooth,” says Shaina Bottfeld, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker. “Jackie and Mitch never disappoint.” As the evening drew to a close, the mood remained festive and nostalgic. As old friends felt that they had lived many lives during this challenging year, they were thrilled to share their adventures during this holiday fete. “I have known Jackie since the second grade,” says Arielle Weyrauch, a CPA with the Bank of Montreal. “Everything about tonight was extra special, including the small details which Jackie made perfect.” As an unknown wise soul once said: “Make new friends, but don’t forget the old; one is silver, the other is gold. «

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Desert Bloom

Arid surroundings inspire fanciful florals and jewels By Mary Murray

No Regrets Fly by Night Crystal Haze grasshopper ring with quartz and hematite crystal haze and rubies set in 18-karat white gold, Stephen Webster, Ida and Harry, Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach; earrings with diamonds, pink tourmaline, and mother-of-pearl set in 18-karat rose gold, Ananya, ananya.com. Opposite page: Unica brooch with a pearl, rubies, and diamonds set in 18-karat gold and white gold, Buccellati, Bal Harbour; Tiny Hearts Collection tassel necklace with pearls and diamonds set in 18-karat gold, Gumuchian, Josef & Joseph, Fort Lauderdale.

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Queen bee brooch with a pearl, diamonds, rubies, and quartz set in platinum, Haume, Yafa Signed Jewels, vintagesignedjewels.com; Silhouette earrings with jade and rubies set in 18-karat gold, Seaman Schepps, seamanschepps.com; Bouton stackable rings with moonstones and a diamond set in 18-karat rose gold, Tamara Comolli, Carrazza Jewelers, Fort Lauderdale.

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Snake ring with malachite and white zirconia set in 18-karat gold-plated sterling silver, Ti Sento Milano, Matthew’s Jewelers, Plantation; earrings with diamonds set in platinum, J.R. Dunn Jewelers Private Label, J.R. Dunn, Lighthouse Point; snake necklace with diamonds and rubies set in 18-karat white gold, Picchiotti, Carrazza Jewelers, Fort Lauderdale; stud earrings with pink lotus garnets and diamonds set in 14-karat rose gold, P.J. Rossi Jewelers, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.

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Inspired by Twombly necklace with yellow and white diamonds set in gold and white gold, Graff, Bal Harbour; Savannah ring with multicolor and white diamonds set in 18-karat gold, Yvel, yvel.com; Python bracelet with brown diamonds and emeralds set in rose gold, Boucheron, Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour.

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Floral earrings with mixed-color diamonds and pink and white diamonds set in 18-karat white and rose gold, Lugano Diamonds, luganodiamonds.com; vintage snake bangle with diamonds and rubies set in 18-karat gold, Provident Jewelry, providentjewelry.com.

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Scents of Place

THE AGE OF COVID-19 HAS BECOME A TIME OF REMINISCING AND DAYDREAMING, OF CAPTURING MEMORIES THAT TRANSPORT AND SUSTAIN US. HOW CAN YOU GET AWAY FROM IT ALL WITH TRAVEL BANS IN PLACE? TRY BEING TRANSPORTED BY FRAGRANCE. By Michelle Payer 64 FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

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hese past months of COVID-19 restrictions have social South Floridians wistfully recalling travel, galas, and dinner parties as though they took place in another life. People are reviving— or initiating—cooking skills over dining out and scuttling long planned-for international trips in favor of sojourns closer to home. Faux passport stamps mark journeys to the kitchen, the living room, and the pool. Trips to Publix are considered an outing. Coping mechanisms are tested daily. Manifesting is a mantra. Simply put: We need an escape to our happy place. As overtaxed as our brains are right now, they are still capable of storing every scent (and its association) in an easily accessible memory recall box. It’s why Coppertone sunscreen takes you back to childhood and cinnamon awakens memories of the family kitchen—or the airport Cinnabon kiosk. It’s transformative. “People are searching for comfort and happy times,” says Bhavika Mistry, co-owner with partner Maurice Locke of Osme, a niche perfumery in Miami’s Wynwood district. “Travel through scent and through your memory,” recommends Mistry. “Use perfume as an escape alongside cooking and gardening. It is an avenue if you want to use it that way,” she says. Inside Osme’s perfumed oasis, customers can choose from 400 small-batch fragrances to spritz on the body, at home, and in the car; the possibilities are endless. Each product is made of between 18 and 34 percent essential oils and can last up to 18 hours on the skin. Locke says that typical designer fragrances have up to only 10 percent essential oils and quickly evaporate. Some niche fragrances are made by perfumers who, in love with travel themselves, create scents that evoke specific locales, experiences, and moods. “Clay Courts” transports the mind to summer tennis in the Hamptons; “You or Something Like You” is a mojito-laden beach getaway; “Baraonda” by Nasomatto is a finely aged scotch; “Birch”

To satisfy wanderlust, visit your favorite places through olfactory memories of perfume.

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Customers can choose from more than 400 niche, natural fragrances at Osme Perfumery in Wynwood; it also houses liquid art, scented decor, and skin care products.

by Icelandic perfumer Andrea Mack is a burning fire on the snow-covered tundra, while her “Coven” fragrance smells like… a potato patch. (If your father, like mine, had a prized organic garden, the scent will have you mentally digging in the dirt.) “If someone says, ‘I want a perfume that reminds me of Egypt,’ you think of ingredients like oud, incense, myrrh, the spice market,” Mistry says, spritzing a perfume blotter with Luxor Oud by Memo. Notes of cypriol, mandarin, oud,

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patchouli, red berries, rose, styrax, and tonka bean waft through the air, transporting the mind to Cairo’s Khan Al-Khalil Grand Bazaar. Aventura-based psychologist Dr. Jennifer Pechenik, explains why scent is so powerful: “The limbic system is one of the oldest systems in the human body and has been referred to as the ‘smell brain.’ When we smell something, the scent enters our nose and meets receptor neurons, sends messages to the olfactory bulb that processes the smell, then directly connects to the areas of the brain that are associated with emotions and memories,” she says. Because it’s compartmentalized in just one brain area, fragrances can trigger straightforward fulfillment. Consequently,

Pechenik says, “the use of scents can be very helpful to cope with the life changes we are experiencing.” Scents return us to places and times in our personal history, which is why the heady scent of night-blooming jasmine may transport you to romantic evening walks along Lisbon’s cobblestone streets. Because scent is so indelibly linked to our experiences, we can deliberately select new fragrances for sojourns— a travel perfume—to etch new memories the mind recalls when it registers the scent. “Even with travel restrictions, you can travel,” says Pechenik. “You may have purchased a cologne when you traveled to the Caribbean. When you put the scent on now, you are back on a balcony in your beachfront hotel looking at the royal-blue ocean,” says Pechenik about the technique she recommends. “Practice relaxation, close your eyes, and put on your favorite scent; visualize yourself wherever you want to travel; see yourself there and breathe in your scent. Your mind will take you there,” she says. Mistry agrees, echoing Pechenik’s suggestion to travel via scent while staying put in your home. “You build a fragrance library based on all the trips you take. Think about how you pack your suitcase for the climate you’re visiting; your

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outfits may be suited for the Swiss Alps or Bali, and your perfume can match that,” she says. “On the beach, you want something fresh and breezy; if you’re trekking the Alps, you’ll gravitate toward a scent that feels more powerful, woodsy, and earthy. A scent can transport you to different places without leaving.” Where does perfume fit into today’s new normal—when we see (and smell) far fewer people than we used to? “I think you are going to wear something that helps navigate how you want to feel or where you want to get to,” says Mistry. “Do I feel anxious and want to wear something that calms me, like lavender? Or do I want something that picks up my energy and makes me feel happy when I smell it?” she says. Regardless, what motivates someone to choose a scent is inexplicable and a mixture of

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memory recall and associations. “Right now, people are reinventing themselves,” says Mistry. “Perhaps they want to feel regal with a fragrance like Alexandria II that contains Laotian oud, spices, and touches of bergamot. You might want to capture people’s attention, build confidence, be flirty, or show you’re aggressive. Perfume can give you that power.” Pechenik recommends building your own library of scents. “Scents can be used to support our physical and emotional health,” she says. “You can choose your path. It is so important today to find ways to enhance your well-being.” Reminisce, daydream, recall childhood memories, embark on armchair travel, reinvent yourself, begin the next chapter. Because right now, we all need a happy place. «

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“The use of scents can be very helpful to cope with the life changes we are experiencing.” —Jennifer Pechenik

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EAT DRINK Burlock Coast’s holiday cocktail menu features creative riffs like the Hibiscus Senses.

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LIBATIONS

Nothing screams the holidays like festive flavors popping up in food and beverages. The holiday drink menu at Burlock Coast showcases an array of warm, wintry libations and fun, fruity tipples that bring the essence of the season to your taste buds. Sip on the classic BC Coquito, a coconut-based Christmas beverage that originated in Puerto Rico and incorporates Oak & Cane rum, coconut cream, condensed milk, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, and half and half. Or, warm up with a Hot Toddy, made by muddling dry hibiscus flower, lemon and orange wedges, clove, ginger, and honey with hot water and infusing it with rum. (ritzcarlton.com)

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GLOBAL Treats While our families may come from diverse cultures and backgrounds, we all share one thing: food. This season, incorporate passed-down favorites to your gathering via traditional desserts from around the world.

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WHAT: Rugelach

Yiddish for “little twists,” these beloved sweet, flaky Jewish desserts have become popular in South Florida, regardless of denomination. Rugelach are made in the form of a crescent by rolling a triangle of dough around a filling. Fresh rugelach can come in a variety of flavors such as cinnamon, chocolate, raisin, raspberry, apricot, and strawberry.

WHERE TO BUY: TooJay’s Deli locations “We sell 1.2 million pieces of our famous, handmade rugelach each year,” says Alan Nuckles, TooJay’s senior vice president. “Our rugelach is made from scratch daily, and our bakery team takes great pride in hand-mixing, rolling, and baking each flavor.” (toojays.com)

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WHAT: Struffoli Also known as honey balls, this Neapolitan dish is made of bite-sized, deep-fried balls of sweet dough that are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Once done frying, they are stacked atop one another to form a wreath shape and then drizzled with honey syrup. Final touches include holiday sprinkles, sliced almonds, and powdered sugar.

WHERE TO BUY: Doris Italian Market & Bakery locations “I come from a big Italian family, and our holiday gatherings are always filled with delicious traditional meals and desserts,” says John Alfano, president and CEO of Doris Italian Market & Bakery. “Struffoli is one of my favorite holiday desserts because it brings out the child in everyone with its colorful sprinkles and powdered sugar. I have fond memories of eating this with my family growing up, and I’m so glad we get to pass on this delicious tradition to our customers.” (dorismarket.com)

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WHAT: Flan Cheesecake Popular any time of the year, but especially on Nochebuena (Christmas Eve), flan takes the cake in must-have sweets post-celebration. This Latin American favorite is known for its creamy custard that’s topped with a layer of silky caramel sauce. Colada Cuban Café goes a step further by combining it with another seasonal favorite: cheesecake. While this dessert is available year-round, CEO and founder Alex Recio says orders more than double during the holidays.

WHERE TO BUY: Colada Cuban Café, Fort Lauderdale “In an undoubtedly similar storyline to many others, my Abuela would make this every year and eventually passed down her recipe to me so as to carry on this tradition to future generations,” says Recio. “While there are many other delicious contenders, the flan cheesecake serves as the familiar fan favorite that doesn’t seek to compete with the many other flavors of the evening and endlessly proves to be the perfect way to close out the night.” (coladacubancafe.com)

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For 5-o’clock-somewhere energy every day of the week, make your way to Lucky Fish in Pompano Beach. Complete with unobstructed ocean views, this tiki-style beach bar and grill is ideal for happy hour or a quick bite after a day in the sun. Simple eats are the name of the game here, with Florida smoked fish dip and killer conch fritters ideal for starters. For those with larger appetites, Lucky Fish offers an array of sandwiches, smash burgers, and salads. Enter a vacay state of mind while enjoying cocktails like the strawberry basil rum smash or a classic frozen orange creamsicle. (luckyfishpompano.com)

Clockwise from top left: enjoy a relaxed waterfront atmosphere at Lucky Fish; Triple threat burger; Island chopped salad

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 5 O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE BAR & GRILL This rustic indoor-outdoor dockside bar located on the Intracoastal serves bar bites and creative drinks with a side of live entertainment. 1111 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood (margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com) $$ BIG CITY TAVERN The aroma of house-made breads, pastas, and desserts, and rustic, tavern-style interiors evoke an inviting atmosphere in the sprawling dining room. 609 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (big citylasolas.com) $$ 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) $$ DUNE A stunning midcentury-modern dining room hosts imaginative nouveau coastal dishes, like Spanish Sole, Crispy Panisse, and a Beach Grill, featuring scallops, spiny lobster tail, a petite filet, and a rack of lamb to share. 2200 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (dunefl.com) $$$ FLORIDIAN RESTAURANT This classic Florida diner has served an extensive selection of breakfast, lunch, and dinner comfort food favorites since 1937. 1410 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (thefloridiandiner.com) $ THE FOXY BROWN Offering nouveau American cuisine at its finest, Foxy Brown has a neighborhood-like feel with a big city taste. 723 E. Broward Blvd., Fort

Lauderdale (myfoxybrown.com) $$ ROCK BAR This bustling space perfectly captures Fort Lauderdale beach’s vibrant nighttime social scene. 219 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (itsbetteronthebeach.com/rock-bar) $$ 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) $$ S3 Nouveau American cuisine is prepared with care in this inventive dining room that embraces the three pillars of Florida life: sun, surf, and sand. Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (s3restaurant.com) $$$ STEELPAN KITCHEN & BAR Steelpan strikes Caribbean-American fusion gold with the callaloo artichoke dip, jerk chicken and dumplings, grilled skirt steak, and pineapple rum cake. 999 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (steelpanftl.com) $$ TAP 42 Rotating daily drink specials, live music, and a diverse menu with everything from burgers to grilled salmon make this taproom-restaurant an ideal place for a gastronomical rendezvous. 1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale (tap42.com) $$ TOP ROUND SoCal flavor finds its home between two buns at this sandwich shop, where the meats are slow roasted for 10 hours and the custard is made fresh. 35 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (eat topround.com) $ FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | DECEMBER 2020

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Foodie Favorite Not sure what to gift the foodie in your life? Start with the finest ingredients hand-picked by chef Josh Wahler, who recently launched his latest venture, Wahler & Sons. Created after his professional life was upended last spring during the pandemic, the new fine food service promises quality meats, fish, and poultry all cut to specification, never frozen, and From top: hand-packaged and delivered to your doorstep. Customized gift boxes Wahler, who hails from prominent South Florida include fish kitchens such as Nobu, Fi’lia, and Spice Market, says and meats; chef Josh Wahler his idea to launch the business arose from noticing of Wahler & “a hunger in the market for foodies seeking amazing Sons. and affordable ingredients for their home-cooked creations.” Sampler boxes customized to your liking, à la carte items, and gift sets are available for delivery from South Miami to Boynton Beach. Options include “Grazer’s Paradise,” a selection of Angus and Wagyu beef, poultry, pork, lamb, and veal, and “Deep Dive,” featuring everything seafood, from fresh Florida white shrimp to American red snapper and Chilean sea bass, as well as chef Josh’s sesame and spice mix. (wahlerandsons.com)

ASIAN CASA SENSEI Sushi meets Asian-Latin fusion at this canal-side eatery 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) $$ CHRISTINA WAN’S MANDARIN HOUSE Christina Wan continues her family’s legacy of bringing traditional Chinese cuisine to south Florida, some with unorthodox flair. 664 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (christinawans.com) $$ 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) $$$ THAI SPICE No tour of South Florida’s culinary triumphs would be complete without a meal from this delightful Pan-Asian destination. 1514 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (thaispicefla.com) $$

CAFÉ / COFFEE 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) $$ 72

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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) $$

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) $$ CAFFÉ EUROPA A go-to spot for lunch or dinner on Las Olas, the Calabrian-inspired fare is perfect for sharing with friends and family. 910 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (caffeeuropalasolas.com) $$ CASA D’ANGELO 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 served at this Italian fine-dining institution. 1201 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (casa-d-angelo.com) $$$ PIZZA CRAFT The pizzeria’s “00” flour, imported charcuterie, and house-made mozzarella, and sizeable bar selection are the stars of the wood-fired show. 330 Himmarshee St., Fort Lauderdale (pizzacraft pizzeria.com) $$ SCOLAPASTA BISTRO Family is at the heart of this modern farm-to-table Italian bistro that puts a contemporary twist on its Old World heritage. Enjoy fresh-made

BAR RITA Nestled on Andrews Avenue, this eclectic Mexican and Latin spot is known for two floors of tasty taco and tequila tasting set against a splashy facade. 1401 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale (bar ritaftl.com) $$ LA BAMBA This multi-faceted eatery’s savory and filling dishes are a hit across South Florida. 4245 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 17 St. 1901 Cordova Rd., Fort Lauderdale; 5452 W Sample Rd., Margate; 10169 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation (labamba123.com) $$ ROCCO’S TACOS & TEQUILA BAR If the 400 tequila varieties aren’t enough to hook patrons, the delicious tacos de casa and fresh guacamole (mashed tableside) 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) $$ GREEK ISLANDS TAVERNA The spirit of the Aegean alive and well at this gem that serves traditional Greek dishes rooted in bright flavors and savory spice. 3300 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (greek islandstaverna.com) $$ 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) $$

SEAFOOD 15TH STREET FISHERIES & DOCKSIDE CAFE OldFlorida charm is alive and well 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) $$$ 3030 OCEAN Chef Adrienne Grenier’s intuitive and masterful approach to upscale sea fare shines in this

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sophisticated beachside dining room. Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale (3030ocean.com) $$$ BOATYARD Come for the “Hook to Table” seafood, locally sourced ingredients, and vegan-friendly selections, and stay for the photo-worthy lofted ceilings, oar chandelier, and boundless natural light. 1555 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale (boatyard.restaurant) $$$ BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO. Enjoy shrimp as Bubba intended and nods to Forrest Gump at this casual eatery serving everything from fresh fish to slowroasted ribs. 429 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (bubbagump.com) $$ BURLOCK COAST SEAFARE & SPIRITS Offering modern-coastal fare with a distinctly local undercurrent, Burlock Coast is an innovative restaurant-café-marketbar that channels the creativity of Prohibition era rum runners. The Ritz Carlton, 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (ritzcarlton.com) $$$ EVEN KEEL FISH & OYSTER The menu changes daily, but everything from the day’s selection of chilled oysters to pan-seared scallops are prepared to perfection. 4100 N Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (even keelfish.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) $$$ NAKED CRAB A picturesque beachside view sets the tone for all things surf and turf at the B Ocean Resort’s upscale jewel with an undercurrent of eclectic contemporary Mediterranean flair. 1140 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (nakedcrabfl.com) $$$ RIVERTAIL James Beard-nominated chef, José Mendín, demonstrates his renowned culinary prowess with the Rivertail raw platter and the day’s fresh catch. 305 S. Andrews Ave., Ste. 123, Fort Lauderdale (rivertailftl.com) $$$ WILD SEA OYSTER BAR & GRILLE A stellar raw bar and responsibly fished seafood are the mainstays at this luxe nostalgic Las Olas hotel dining room. Riverside Hotel, 620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (wildsealasolas.com) $$$

STEAK HOUSE THE CAPITAL GRILLE Renowned for dry-aged cuts, elevated steak house trimmings, and superb wines, the high-end chain’s dining rooms offer a luxurious experience. 2430 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (thecapitalgrille.com) $$$

CHIMA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE Brazilian rodízio finds its nook on Las Olas, with fountains and flamebearing lamps welcoming diners to this stylish place. 2400 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (chima steakhouse.com) $$$ COUNCIL OAK STEAKS & SEAFOOD A signature raw bar, a wine room boasting over 400 labels, and an open kitchen complement the Hard Rock favorite’s infamous USDA-certified cuts. 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood (seminolehardrockhollywood.com) $$$ 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) $$$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Delectable specialty cuts of Prime beef, an impressive wine portfolio, and New Orleans-inspired cocktails set a luxurious scene for any special occasion. 2525 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (ruthschris.com) $$$ STEAK 954 This uber-chic coastal alcove’s menu is studded with decadent dishes of prime meats and lively libations while the chich dining room features a hypnotizing jellyfish-inhabited tank. W Hotel, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (steak954.com) $$$

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Dating back to the 1750s, Warre’s Warrior is the world’s oldest Port brand.

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percent. The fortification process probably originated before refrigeration as a way of shipping the wine without spoiling it. There are two main types of Port: those aged in barrels and those matured in glass bottles. The major Port producers (such as Dow’s, Graham’s, Warre’s, Fonseca, Sandeman, and Quinta do Noval) all have distinctive house styles, and there are different ways to enjoy each. Here, we offer a quick guide to the major categories of Port. White: The only version produced from white grapes, white Port is made in a variety of styles, from dry to sweet, and primarily consumed as an aperitif. Basic white Ports can be served on the rocks or mixed into a cocktail, while aged versions are best served chilled and straight up. Ruby: This is the least expensive and most popular style. Ruby Port is matured in concrete or stainless-steel tanks and usually bottled anywhere between three to five years. It is bright, fresh, and fruity, a popular choice before a meal in France and elsewhere. Ruby Reserve Port: Formerly known as Vintage Character, this is a ruby aged between five and seven years and that represents a blend across vintage years. It can serve as a good introduction to a Port producer; examples are Fonseca Bin 27, Warre’s Warrior, Graham’s Six Grapes, and Sandeman Founder’s Reserve.

An introduction to Portugal’s signature FORTIFIED WINE and its many varieties By Mark Spivak

A glass of Port is a perfect ending to a holiday meal—not surprising, since it can bring almost any dining experience to a hedonistic conclusion. Despite its appeal, however, Port is widely misunderstood. The genuine article is sourced from grapes grown in Portugal’s Douro Valley and made near the city of Porto, in the suburb of Vila Nova de Gaia. Permitted grape varieties are mostly red and thick-skinned, yielding a fullbodied and tannic wine. Fermentation is halted by the addition of neutral grape spirits, resulting in a sweeter wine with an alcohol level of nearly 20 74

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Tawny: As opposed to ruby, tawnies are aged in barrels and take on more tannin through their contact with the wood; the longer they’re aged, the drier they become. When bottled without an age statement, they are generally about three years old, and older examples range from 10 to 40 years. A Colheita is a vintage-dated tawny. Late Bottled Vintage (LBV): Sometimes referred to as the poor man’s vintage Port, an LBV is left in cask longer than a vintage Port (four to six years). While lighter and less complex than the vintage version, it is ready to drink upon release. It has less sediment than vintage Port and is popular in restaurants as a result. Vintage Port: The most famous and expensive of them all, vintage Port is bottled after two to three years in cask and requires extended bottle aging to reach maturity. The grapes come from the best harvests, and producers typically declare only two or three vintages per decade.

Above: Port wine and dessert pairing overlooking Porto, Portugal left: Sandeman’s Quinta do Seixo wine center, in the heart of the Douro Valley

Single quinta Ports come from a specific estate. What about food pairings? If you subscribe to the theory that a dessert wine should be sweeter than the dessert it accompanies, Port is the perfect match for crème brûlée, pumpkin and pecan pie, and chocolate in all its forms. It also has an affinity for strong cheeses, particularly those that are aged or smoked. A Port wine reduction is a classic sauce for roasted red meats, poultry, and game. And if you can find an intensely sweet, miniature cantaloupe, cut it in half, hollow out the center, and fill it with ruby Port—it’s the next best thing to being in Provence. «

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A LOOK BACK at the factors that influenced the LOCAL REAL ESTATE market this year By Judy Martel The news about residential real estate in 2020 was both good and bad. First, the good news: Ultra-low mortgage rates brought buyers out in droves. The bad news? There wasn’t enough inventory to satisfy demand. “In general, the numbers in Florida are following the same trend across the entire country,” says Brad O’Connor, chief economist at Florida Realtors. “Except for a brief dip in March, when some owners took their homes off the market at the outbreak of the pandemic, we’ve seen an enormous demand largely because of record-low interest rates on 30-year mortgages.” Mid-year, 30-year fixed mortgage rates 76

dropped below 3 percent, marking the lowest level since Freddie Mac began keeping track in 1971. Factors working against homebuilders hampered new inventory. Ongoing trade difficulties with China coupled with Canadian lumber tariffs wreaked havoc on the supply and prices of building materials, O’Connor explains. “We definitely had some wild and crazy stuff going on. At one point, lumber prices were triple what they had been earlier in the year.” The skilled construction labor workforce is also lower than normal. Subsequently, developers have been building larger, more expensive homes that promise higher profits. That locks out first-time buyers and increases demand across the state—especially in Southwest and South Florida—for affordable housing. The pandemic played a role in housing’s performance, though not as major as analysts might have predicted at the outset. In what O’Connor notes is being called the “March phenomenon,” sellers who weren’t in a hurry to unload their homes pulled them off the market, increasing the dearth in inventory. In April, listings started trickling back and steadily rose each month, though still short of the supply needed. Across the state, single-family homes priced above $300,000 have been selling the fastest compared with last year, with those priced above $1 million enjoying the greatest increases. “It’s not unusual coming out of

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a recession, because the stock market is among the first major economic indices to recover, and it has rebounded pretty nicely since the drastic decline in March,” says O’Connor. The so-called “wealth effect” kicks in when investors see the gains in their stock portfolio and subsequently feel richer. Some wealthy people are also reassessing the distribution of their assets and putting more money in real estate, O’Connor adds. “We saw the same thing after the Great Recession in 2009.” Realtors across Florida have reported a pandemic-fueled demand in housing from Northerners seeking to escape congested cities and move into larger homes with home offices and plenty of separate space for kids.

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It makes sense, says O’Connor, who also points out that actual numbers to support buyer migration typically come from the IRS or Census data and lag by a year or two. Whether more people will have the ability to work from a home office depends somewhat on the progression of the pandemic, leaving some buyers with a wait-and-see attitude. “Lots of companies don’t have their post-COVID plans in place, so employees won’t know if they will continue to have the option to work from home.” The success of the coming year will be most strongly influenced by a continuation of the low-interest-rate environment and the post-pandemic economic situation, but O’Connor says the trend over the past few years of not building enough to meet demand likely won’t be reversed any time soon. “With increased demand, especially for single-family homes, and increasing population, we need more new listings than usual.” «

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