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42 / HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? Our guide to starting a home garden in South Florida By Skye Sherman


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A unique approach to wellness, tips for getting started with solar power, and an update on the 2021 Pegasus World Cup

18 / SPOTLIGHT Creative director Maxence Doytier has made a profession out of supporting and promoting the arts in South Florida

20 / CULTURE The lowdown on Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week



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33 / STAYCATIONS The Hilton West Palm Beach offers the best of the city By Mary Murray

34 / HIGH ROAD Land Rover’s Defender 110 is the ultimate marriage of form and function By Howard Walker


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The sustainability conversation is not new, but this year it’s taken on increased urgency. Some of that, no doubt, is due to the pandemic-induced awareness of the world around us, but there’s also a wholesale reevaluation of our practices, on both the personal and business fronts. If you look for it, you’ll find this heightened consciousness everywhere, as more and more industries recognize that green practices are safer for humans and for the planet. Nowhere has this change been more needed than in fashion. It’s no revelation that fashion, particularly the fast variety, is one of the world’s biggest polluters. This year brought about the so-called “fashion pact,” in which a couple dozen houses and retailers pledged to do their part to combat the climate and ocean crises. Some—like Maison de Mode—took it a step further and built entire businesses on the notion of ethical and informed choices. Impressed by Maison de Mode’s business model, we asked co-founder Amanda Hearst to curate our fashion edit using brands that fit the company’s sustainability standards, including organic, BIPOC- and women-owned, recycled, traditionally crafted, and USA-made. Amanda, the scion of one of America’s most storied families, has an eye for luxury and a vision for change. Her selects, seen in “Agent of Change” beginning on page 48, prove that you don’t have to give up one to have the other. The epitome of living green, of course, is tending to the land. We’ve talked to three families that have embraced the farming lifestyle, not only to sustain themselves but also to offer the gift of nutritious, homegrown food to the community. Get to know the Harpkes, the Freys, and the Marandos in “Down on the Farm” on page 36. And for those who appreciate an exhilarating ride, good news: Electric cars are more powerful and gorgeous than ever. Check out “Plug & Play” on page 58 for automotive editor Howard Walker’s top 10 zero-emission vehicles, including a new Lucid Air that will make your head spin. Yes, Virginia, there is four-digit horsepower. Here’s to a safe, healthy, and mindful 2021!


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UPCYCLED Adornments As a former oyster farmer and professional sailor from Duxbury, Massachusetts, Addy White’s life has always centered around the water. Her connection to the ocean brought peace—and a sense of concern when she’d come across debris floating about. She’d recycle her findings, but the microplastics tell another story. “The problem with microplastics is that you have many types of plastics that are so small you can’t separate them,” she explains. Even if thrown away or recycled, they’re too tiny and end up harming the biodiversity of the waterways. Upon moving to Fort Lauderdale in 2019, White began collecting jars of the colored microplastics she’d find during her walks along the beach. With enough gathered, she eventually thought of an innovative way to tackle the environmental threat—through upcycled jewelry. “The colors are beautiful,” says White. “I really enjoyed the colors and wanted to make something out of it.” She eventually launched Ocean Plastics, a business venture that combines her love of the ocean with her passion for self-expression. The line features a colorful assortment of one-of-a-kind microplastic earrings, rings, bracelets, and purses. Many pieces are goldfilled or made with sterling silver and are available online. White also sells locally at flea markets and pop-up shops throughout the year. She donates a portion of every sale to the Surfrider Foundation, an environmental organization that works to protect and preserve the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches. (ocean plastics.store) —Melissa Puppo

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DRIP by DRIP The start of a new year brings about thoughts on how to improve your life, including your overall health. You might look for an exciting workout class to try or decide to cut back on those glasses of wine after work, but it could also be time to look inward. “Our philosophy is to work on the inside first, and then the outside will follow,” says Dr. Tom Macek, medical director of Method Health in Oakland Park. Method Health offers a new type of personalized care that focuses on the why and what behind a medical issue. Areas of focus include bio-identical hormone replacement, weight management, disease prevention and treatment, and therapies to reverse symptoms of aging. New patients can start their journey by getting a bloodwork analysis to discover any hormone imbalances or metabolic deficiencies. For those who want a little boost, IV drips are available and take as little as half an hour to administer, depending on the concentration. Supercharge your immune system with the Immune Boost IV infusion or enhance your appearance with the Age Method Signature. “Once our clients feel better on the inside, they want to look better on the outside,” Macek says of Method Health’s aesthetic treatments like facials and Botox. The group also offers Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections and stem cell treatments, which Macek says are “the most exciting thing currently happening in pain management.” These treatments are also useful for hair rejuvenation, skin tightening, and more. (methodhealth.com) —M.P.


• According to EnergySage, the average solar installation in Fort Lauderdale costs between $11,000 and $16,000, with a 11.87-year payback period (the time it takes to recoup the investment). • State and local incentives for going solar include a 22 percent Federal Investment Tax Credit. Over time panels pay for themselves in energy bill savings. • Each month, a one-kilowatt solar panel saves 105 gallons of water, 300 pounds of carbon dioxide, and 170 pounds of burning coal. • Certified solar installers in the region include

Sprightful Solar, Goldin Solar, and Solar Advantage. • Roof unsuitable for solar? Don’t own your home? See if a community solar co-op is available in your area or enroll in FPL SolarTogether, which is the largest community solar program in the nation. —Skye Sherman

HIGH STAKES South Florida’s biggest day of racing is headed to Gulfstream Park for the fourth consecutive year. The Pegasus World Cup, one of the premier events on the thoroughbred racing calendar, will again make its mark with a $4 million purse and top-class racing on January 23. This year’s iteration will include socially distanced ticket offerings from the grandstand to the luxury of the Flamingo Room, a VIP suite with a bird’s-eye view of the track. Music and entertainment round out the day’s programming, which has captured the attention of celebrities, the racing industry, and fans from around the world. (pegasusworldcup.com) —Juliana Accioly 16


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From left: Maxence Doytier admires street art by Dream Of Desire; Art, Food, and Emotion Art Show held at One Door East.


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By Melissa Puppo If you follow Fort Lauderdale’s flourishing arts and culture scene, chances are you’ve heard of Maxence Doytier. At 30 years old with a signature head of blonde dreads, the down-to-earth Doytier is the creative director of Twenty6North Productions, a three-tier production company working with South Florida’s up-and-coming creatives. The brand’s name is a nod to Fort Lauderdale’s 26 degrees north latitude coordinate. His passion for the arts stems from a creative upbringing, which began in Cannes, France. At age 4, he moved stateside with his parents, whom he credits for instilling in him an appreciation for the arts. Doytier’s mom taught art for 20 years and is now an instructional art facilitator for Broward County Schools; his father is an art director in Wynwood and has witnessed the transformation of the art-centric Miami neighborhood awash in urban graffiti. “I’m following in his footsteps to keep the arts alive in Fort Lauderdale and support it as best as I can,” Doytier says. Before launching Twenty6North Productions in 2018, Doytier gained experience in the entertainment industry by working alongside the teams behind the Rolling Loud hip-hop festival and the MultiRace triathlons. Today, his agency works with a collective of multidisciplinary artists; offers real estate companies, commercial builders, and residential complexes an opportunity to support the arts and promote their brands creatively; and acts as an event production company that provides artis18



tic direction for avant-garde pop-ups and exhibitions. Doytier’s projects have involved everything from coordinating the largest school mural to debut in Broward County at Virginia Shuman Young Elementary School to organizing beach cleanups every second Saturday of the month in partnership with B Ocean Resort. The collected trash was upcycled into a traveling piece of artwork that will be displayed around town beginning this month. One stop on the tour is Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery, which Society 8 Hospitality Group opened last year. Doytier is the creative director at Society 8, and he notes that he has a good relationship with the hospitality industry. “They know what I do as a curator and as an art facilitator,” he says. Doytier’s future is bright—and bustling. In November he received confirmation that his agency would be working on several activations for December’s Miami Art Week, including an event at Loews Miami Beach and a virtual Wynwood Mural Festival. “We are grateful to expand our roots from Fort Lauderdale into Miami with hopes of continuously supporting the local art community and beyond,” he says. He also partnered with Broward College’s UP program to commission artists to paint six murals in six zip codes in Broward County that “need attention and love.” The goal is to “create a strong message that if you support the arts, you are supporting the community at large, and you’re really creating an impact,” says Doytier. The first mural is at HANDY, a nonprofit organization working with abused, neglected, and disadvantaged youth in Oakland Park. “A mural is something that someone put their blood, sweat, tears, time, and energy to create. It creates a sense of community.” His latest project is one that will reap international impact. It’s inspired by Red Regatta, a public art installation that debuted at the 2019 Venice Biennale and showcased red-hued sailboats to remind attendees of environmental threats to the city’s waterways. “Considering [Fort Lauderdale] is the Venice of the Americas, we wanted to do something similar,” Doytier explains. “We are doing it with purple, which is a healing color.” As of press time, Doytier says the opening the activation was set to launch this words for the Virginia Shuman Young Mural Project. month. (twenty6north.com)


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Art Abounds Discover this year’s Art & Design Week By Melissa Puppo



PANEL DISCUSSION Join moderator Leon Cases, president of AIA Fort Lauderdale, on January 20 as he investigates how art influences neighborhood development, the urban fabric, design, and planning strategies. He will be joined by panelists Tim Petrillo, CEO and co-founder of The Restaurant People; Margi Nothard, president of Glavovic Studio; Andrew Martineau, co-founder of the Art Fort Lauderdale Festival and Fort


ARTDISCOURSE SPEAKER SERIES This free programming will feature discussions with several artists, curators, and professionals across the week. On January 18, artist Brad Smith will present “The Fine Line between Unified Style and Variety,” touching upon the intersection of style and the exploration of techniques and compositions. Also on January 18, Lori Pratico will share how she turned her art into activism and began her nonprofit, Girl Noticed, which is documented in a new book she co-authored entitled The Nonprofit Legacy.


It may seem as if every large-scale gathering has been put on pause since the onset of the pandemic, but two locals are ensuring the show goes on for Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week. Initially launched in 2019, the programming is designed to unite and celebrate Lauderdale’s artists and cultural institutions. Evan Snow and Andrew Martineau are the brains behind the event, which Martineau says was created to encourage residents and international visitors to engage in conversations about the arts, architecture, cinema, dance, music, and theater by participating in talks, events, and workshops throughout the week. While this year’s iteration—taking place January 16-24—will forgo the popular Art Fort Lauderdale “The Art Fair on the Water” event, attendees can still expect a diverse lineup of programming. There will also be a self-guided tour highlighting the culture of the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. “The artists you can meet and discover are local members of the community whom you can befriend and form lifelong, life-changing relationships with,” says Snow. Below we break down a few events from the 2021 Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week. All dates, times, and venues were being finalized as of press time, so visit the website for the latest details. (ftladw.com)

Clockwise from top: Discover Fort Lauderdale’s architecture by bike; Guests tour a featured home during Art Fort Lauderdale 2020; KX2’s series of HX2 hexagons; Evan Snow (left) and Andrew Martineau. Below left: Martineau converses with exhibiting art sisters Dana & Ruth of KX2.

Lauderdale Art & Design Week; and Phillip Dunlap, director of the Broward County Cultural Division. ARCHITECTURAL TOUR Traverse the city by bike during the Architectural Bicycle Tour of Fort Lauderdale. The January 23 experience will allow attendees to learn more about architecturally significant and historic buildings, including the Colee Hammock, downtown Fort Lauderdale, and the Arts and Museum District/ Himmarshee District.


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COLOR STORY: Chambray, faded, and indigo shades look fresh this season. ICE, ICE, BABY: Denim and diamonds make the perfect pairing for day or night. CLASSICAL NOTES: Opt for accessories that have timeless shapes and styles.

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1. GUIDING LIGHT Seaman Schepps Nantucket Lightship bead necklaces in 18-karat gold, $15,475 each. (seamanschepps.com) 2. ORANGE CRUSH Assael Beyond Rare Melo Melo natural saltwater pearl set in a detachable cage pendant with diamonds on a platinum chain, $480,000. Saks Fifth Avenue locations (saksfifthavenue.com) 3. UNDER THE SEA Yvel earrings with gold and brown South Sea pearls and cognac diamonds set in 18-karat gold, $7,313. Yvel, Boca Raton (yvel.com) 4. SOLID GOLD Bondeye Jewelry ring in 14-karat gold, $895. Neiman Marcus, Coral Gables, Bal Harbour (neimanmarcus.com) 5. DESERT ROSE Cartier Cactus de Cartier ring with spinels and diamonds set in 18-karat rose gold, $19,400. Cartier, Aventura, Miami Design District (cartier.com) 6. PAINT IT BLACK Lagos Black Caviar bracelet with black ceramic caviar beading and diamonds set in sterling silver, $1,450. Bloomingdale’s, Aventura (bloomingdales.com) 7. THINK PINK Lugano Diamonds pink ball drop earrings with fancy pink and white diamonds set in 18-karat white and rose gold, price upon request. (luganodiamonds.com) 8. PARTY OF FIVE Kwiat bangle with diamonds and 18-karat gold and white gold, $4,650. (kwiat.com)


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Bahamian Rhapsody

With extraordinary beauty and a pedigree to match, The Ocean Club on Paradise Island returns to its aristocratic roots under the auspices of the Four Seasons

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Clockwise from top right: Yoga on the waterfront; the Cloisters; an oceanfront suite comes with a private terrace or balcony; the Hartford Courtyard; sip the preferred libations of famous previous guests at the Martini Bar.

n a baby grand piano in The Ocean Club’s swank Martini Bar sits a black and white photo of The Beatles frolicking in the surf. Let your gaze wander past a lush lawn to an alfresco terrace and down a gentle slope to the beach, and you can see the precise swathe of turquoise in which they were standing. The year was 1964, and the Fab Four were visiting the property’s owner, industrialist and society bastion Huntington Hartford. Hartford, the heir of grocery chain A&P, had famously bought the island in 1960 and changed its name from Hog to Paradise. It wasn’t just that Paradise was easier on the ears. Hartford had big ambitions for the island and its centerpiece, a 35-acre estate with magnificent tiered gardens inspired by the Palace of Versailles. With the help of Palm Beach architect John Volk, he transformed the estate into The Ocean Club, a 52-room resort with amenities to capture the fancy of the international elite. Perhaps the most audacious feature, which today makes everyone who passes do a double take, was the installation of the Cloisters, a series of arcades from a twelfth-century Augustinian monastery, originally purchased, but never used, by William Randolph Hearst for his eponymous California castle. The glitterati took notice. Aside from The Beatles, Hartford welcomed—with ample Champagne, no doubt—


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luminaries like Benny Goodman, Elvis Presley, Burl Ives, and Sean Connery, who famously filmed Thunderball on the island. (Long after the Hartford years, the 2006 Bond film Casino Royale was also filmed on property.) It’s impossible to visit The Ocean Club— now a Four Seasons Resort—today and not hear the echoes of those heady years. The original rooms, designed by Volk, are still known as the Hartford Wing and retain much of their 1960s character. The Martini Bar is filled with photos of famous guests and serves their martinis of choice. And the four-bedroom Beachfront Villa Residence, immortalized in film, is synonymous with James Bond’s amorous escapades. The resort’s glamorous legacy is felt most intensely in the Versailles Gardens. From the Hartford Wing, a path leads to the terraced gardens that epitomize the word “palatial.” The quarter-mile walk meanders through hedges, foliage, and a slew of imported fountains and sculptures, including Cupid and Psyche, circa 1897, by Italian sculptor Aristide Petrilli. Stone steps ascend to the edge of the property and its crown, the aforementioned Cloisters overlooking Nassau Harbor. There is no better spot than this for a picnic. As part of its private-dining program, the resort offers a classic alfresco spread, with a customized menu and free-flowing Champagne, on the Versailles lawn. Blankets, pillows, and umbrellas make for a casual, cozy gathering ideal for couples or families, while the grandeur of the location elevates it to unforgettable status. For those who prefer a view of blue to green, private dining is also available on the shoreline. For an epicurean experience curated by Jean-Georges

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Clockwise from above: Balcony in the Hartford Wing; the terrace at Dune; indulge in a private dinner on the beach; Versailles Gardens is a quarter-mile walk through foliage and sculpture.



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ESCAPE The resort’s infinity-edge pool overlooks the ocean. Dune by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten sits in the distance and offers creative takes on Caribbean standards.

Vongerichten, Dune reigns on a bluff above the ocean’s edge. Vongerichten’s signature French-Asian cuisine is localized with Caribbean flavors like coconut, tamarind, and passion fruit, and articulated in such dishes as Bahamian conch salad, local lobster with ginger-steamed bok choy, and roasted grouper with Malaysian chili sauce and basil oil. For a real local treat, opt for a breakfast of Bahamian boiled fish with johnny cakes and grits. In the hands of executive chef Curtis Smithen, the humble staple becomes a culinary wonder. After dinner, the place to be is the colonial-style Martini Bar and Lounge. Order a Vesper martini and channel Daniel Craig, whose famous Casino Royale poker scene was filmed within the bar’s confines. With Champagne and martinis flowing into the night, the atmosphere is as effervescent as it was in the resort’s heyday. History repeats itself, and that’s a very good thing. (fourseasons. com/oceanclub) «

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Clockwise from left: Galley patio; pool deck; interior of Galley; standard king room with a city view.


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Combining an ideal location with great amenities, the Hilton unleashes the best of West Palm Beach By Mary Murray If West Palm Beach is the gateway to the Palm Beaches, then the Hilton West Palm Beach is your key to it all. Since opening in 2016, the Hilton has gained a reputation as a hot spot for visitors and locals alike. Although connected to the Palm Beach County Convention Center via a convenient covered walkway, it breaks the “convention center hotel” mold through a commitment to welcoming public spaces, interiors and art inspired by the city’s coastal vibe, and a food and beverage program anchored by a stellar grill house. Nestled in downtown West Palm Beach, the Hilton is within walking distance to many restaurants and activities, such as the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the Rosemary Square retail and entertainment complex, and the city’s vibrant waterfront, which comes alive on Saturday mornings with a world-class green market. Nearby dining highlights include RH Rooftop, a chandelier-bedecked atrium with grand skyline views, and The Regional, chef Lindsay Autry’s love letter to Mediterranean cuisine infused with her Southern heritage. To explore it all and venture even farther, rent a complimentary bicycle at the Hilton’s front desk.

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Back on property, one of the best ways to enjoy a lazy afternoon is at the hotel’s expansive pool deck. For the ultimate in chic social distancing, reserve a private cabana and indulge in a bottle of Champagne—or two— while you kick back in shaded comfort. Each cabana includes a television and access to a full menu of cocktails and bites. The pool itself is massive, making it easy to carve out your own splash section should you need a refresh. The ultimate end to the perfect day at the Hilton is with dinner at Galley. Executive chef Guillermo Eleicegui channels his Argentinian upbringing into a menu that showcases inter-

national delicacies, the majority of which are prepared on a wood-burning grill or in a pizza oven. Start with some luscious roasted zucchini over harissa yogurt and pistachio dukkah or the shrimp pintxo, a grilled kabob of shrimp tossed in a sweet soy sauce. The mains range from mushroom and truffle pizza, to numerous steak and seafood options, to a braised Wagyu short rib served with truffle potato and salsa criolla. And, since you’re on vacation, you simply can’t skimp on dessert. An absolute must is the oven-baked cookie topped with sea salt, vanilla ice cream, and a divine caramel sauce. Amid these uncertain times, the Hilton has done its part to uphold strict safety precautions. All guests are required to wear face masks in public spaces, and the Hilton brand has partnered with Lysol and the Mayo Clinic to establish new “CleanStay” procedures for cleanliness and disinfecting. These steps, combined with the hotel’s inherent cool factor, make for a carefree staycation you can feel good about. (hiltonwestpalmbeach.com) « FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | JANUARY 2021


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Land Rover’s long-awaited DEFENDER 110 can take the rough with the smooth By Howard Walker Ever wanted to go giraffe spotting? Or gaze upward at some snowy mountain peak? Or watch a rocket lift off from Cape Canaveral? You can. Just climb into the back seat of Land Rover’s Defender SUV and look up. Yes, you’ll get a pretty unlimited skyward view through the panoramic glass roof. But the icing on the celestial-vista cake is the Rover’s socalled safari windows. These long, slender strips of glass—one on each side—are set in the curvy roof just above the rear doors. No big deal, right? They’re just windows. But with today’s exhaustive safety requirements and strict roll-over protection rules, they’re a nightmare to create. So why did the engineers at Land Rover design, develop, and include them in this new Defender? One word: authenticity. They’re there because the original Defender came with them. From Virginia McKenna’s rugged ride in the film Born Free, to the Queen of England’s pristine example she uses to bounce around her royal estates, pretty much every Defender since 1962 has had them. Despite the old Defender developing an almost cult-like following around the globe, Land Rover decided—thankfully—not to do 34

a cut-and-paste version when it came to a replacement. If you’ve ever driven in such a car, you’ll know that it’s one of the most uncomfortable, jiggly-riding, drafty, gutless machines ever to roll on four wheels. Instead, Land Rover gave it the authenticity of the old model by building in the kind of technology that will let it crawl up the side of Everest, cross the Sahara, and wade through Amazonian rainforest goop. It truly is the new off-roading benchmark, the ultimate go-anywhere-and-everywhere vehicle. Which is something you’ll no doubt take comfort in as you drive off that muddy Little League parking lot. The four-door, long-wheelbase Defender 110 is best seen in profile, with its sliced-off rear-end, square-edged side windows, high waistline, and brawny shoulders. In addition to those iconic safari windows you’ll notice other authentic design cues, such as diamond-tread plates on the hood, semi-circular LED lights up front, and a spare wheel hanging on the back door. At first glance of the interior, however, you might not be as impressed. It all feels very basic, spartan even, with acres of dark plastic. But look carefully to discover more of that classic


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Defender style—door panels with hexagon screw heads, chunky grab handles, and neoprene-like rubber. Plus, there’s a ton of space, especially in the back where kneeroom is positively limo-like. There’s a third row available, but don’t bother; no human should ever be asked to sit there. Here in the U.S., we get to choose from two engines: a 2.0-liter 296-hp turbo-four that you won’t want and a 3.0-liter turbo inline-six packing close to 400 hp that you will. With the big six, the Defender leaps off the line with power and strength. Unlike the original Defender’s engine, this

is whisper-quiet, refined, and silky-smooth at speed. On the road, steering is precise and nicely weighted, and handling is surprisingly nimble. Pricewise, a base four-cylinder Defender 110 will set you back $50,500, though start piling on the options and you can climb to more than $90,000. Look out too for the upcoming, short-wheelbase, two-door Defender 90, which is like a Jeep Wrangler on steroids. Prices are from $46,100. Yes, this new Defender has been a long time coming. But the wait has definitely been worth it. Think of it as the coolest four-by-four by far— with the coolest windows. «


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Down on The FARM FARMING RUNS IN THE FAMILY FOR THIS TRIO OF BROWARD-BASED FARMS By Michelle Havich Families come in all shapes and sizes. In Florida, so do family farms—from traditional growing to urban farming to a nationwide company that calls the state a second home. All of them tout the importance of fresh, seasonal, American-grown fruits and vegetables—and, of course, family.



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Harpke Family Farm 2781 SW 36th St. Dania Beach harpkefamilyfarm.com Tamer and Claire Harpke started their eponymous family farm in 2013 to supply the hospitality industry with local, seasonal produce. “When we were in the wine business, we spent a lot of time traveling in the Southeast, and we saw a disconnect between restaurants and local farms,” says Claire. “For example, restaurants weren’t sourcing seasonally. This disconnect was an opportunity right in our backyard that inspired us to start growing.” The Harpke Family Farm is a single-acre urban farm in Dania Beach that grows microgreens, edible flowers, gem lettuces, and specialty items including sorrel, hoja santa, and petite greens. “During peak season when temperatures cool down in South Florida—November through March— we also grow select root vegetables, peppers, and tomatoes,” Tamer adds. Devoting 75 percent of the farm to growing, they use methods including hydroponic, grow bags, and hoop houses. “Grow bags are great for our hot and wet climate because they can breathe and drain instead of the flooding we would encounter with in-ground farming,” says Tamir. “Hoop houses help protect our delicate microgreens and herbs from the heavy rain. Our deep-water culture hydroponic system is very versatile and productive, allowing us to produce year-round.” With a focus on sustainability, the Harpkes eschew synthetic or toxic chemicals on the farm, and they have eliminated single-use plastic in all of their packaging. The grow bags use drip irrigation to conserve water,

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Claire and Tamer Harpke with their daughter, Penelope, at their eponymous Dania Beach farm.

and the closed, deep-water culture hydroponics system uses up to 90 percent less water than soil applications. COVID has put a dent in their business, but the Harpkes turned wilted lettuce into fresh greens by branching out to residents. As Claire explains, “Before COVID, we focused primarily on restaurant, yacht, and private chefs, and we had a very small CSA program for local

customers. When COVID hit, that hospitality business evaporated overnight, but we quickly recognized that there was a much higher demand from local customers for fresh food that didn’t require a trip to the grocery store. We spun up an online store to allow local families to order our products with contactless pickup at the farm. We’ve continued to expand our offerings by partnering with other local businesses we’re excited about like Frice Cream, Lake Meadows Naturals, and MEP Juice.” The farm’s CSA program is on hold for now, as are the tasting dinners that were held on the property, but the Harpkes are looking to the future. The online store is a success, and Tamer reports, “We are also expanding to another 10-acre property in Davie where we are building a new greenhouse and plan to expand our offerings with fruit trees.” FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | JANUARY 2021


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Marando Farms & Ranch 5151 SW 64th Ave. Davie 954-945-5744 marandoranch.com Chelsea Marando and her husband, Fred, didn’t set out to be farmers. They had both lost their jobs in the 2007 recession, and while Fred was doing landscaping and upkeep projects for Bank of America, Chelsea decided to get her hands dirty, too. “I did some hydroplanting and some soil-based planting, and I was teaching gardening to people,” she says. The couple also started a farmers market to supplement their income. “We had a few customers, and the SunSentinel and the Miami Herald did stories on us. Within a couple years, we had a million-dollar business,” Chelsea says. “It was supposed to hold us over until I found a job. We became farmers by accident.” Today, they operate Marando Farms & Ranch, a 10-acre farm just 8 miles west of downtown Fort Lauderdale, where they grow a variety of fruits and vegetables. “Tomatoes

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are our thing,” says Chelsea. Other crops include carrots, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, watermelon, cucamelons, sugar snap peas, and green beans. Fruit trees produce mangos, avocados, oranges, and peaches. The farm is open to the public six days a week (closed Wednesdays) and features a farmers market and the farm-to-fork Twisted Tomato Café. The farmers market supports 20-25 area farmers and helps the Marandos move their produce. “COVID forced people to stay home, and they were scared to go out,” says Chelsea. “But people are cooking again, and we’re getting lots of new customers at the market. I hope people can be mindful of what is really important—families.” Due to COVID, this family affair farm only has hired help on Wednesdays, so Chelsea and Fred are doing the work along with their children, Samantha, 9, and Max, 14, and Fred’s adult daughter, Lea. They tend to the gardens and feed all of the animals twice a day. Fred and Chelsea run the kitchen at the café on Saturdays and Sundays. And, while the pandemic caused the cancellation of their annual summer ranch camp, Marando can be booked for weddings and other events in the farm’s 5,000-square-foot pole barn.



“It’s rare that we leave the farm. We live, eat, and breathe farming, but it’s lovely and wonderful, and we wake up and there are baby goats,” Chelsea says, referring to the fact that two baby goats were born on the farm the same morning FLI was set to interview the family. “Farm life is everchanging and exciting. You never know what you’re going to wake up to.” Those new baby goats will join a menagerie of 75 rescue animals, from donkeys, horses, and mini horses to emus, pigs, and, of course, goats, as stars of the petting zoo. There also are chickens that are raised for eggs and meat. Marando also has a CSA program, which people can register for on their website. “It’s for 20 weeks, and every week you get a half bushel or a full bushel, all picked within the last 24 hours,” Chelsea says. “I love the beginning of every season, and I love the end of every season,” she says. “It’s the hardest job, but it is the most rewarding.”



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MAKING UGLY FRUIT BEAUTIFUL Frey Farms (Not open to the public) freyfarms.com Sarah Frey grew up on her family farm in Southern Illinois, growing and selling melons and other produce when she was just 15. When she was 17, she took over the farm, eventually buying it as she grew her business. “I made the decision to stay because of my family,” she says. “I wanted to build something that would allow my [four] brothers to come home and a business that they could join me in.” Today, Frey Farms has growing operations in seven states—Illinois, Indiana, Arkansas, Missouri, West Virginia, Georgia, and Florida— and is the leading producer of pumpkins in the nation. In the Sunshine State, Frey has farms in LaBelle, Parrish, and Newberry, growing melons, tomatoes, sweet corn, hard squash, pep-

pers, and citrus fruits. Even as the business is spread out, at the heart of it is still family. “Ultimately, family is at the foundation of everything that we do,” says Frey, who has written about her life in her book, The Growing Season: How I Built a New Life—and Saved an American Farm. She adds, “As we’ve grown our business, we haven’t lost sight of the reason that we’ve grown our business. And so, although we have farms now and work with growers in different states, it’s still a very family-centric company. At the core of everything that we do is families—our family, our grower/partner families, and really, consumers and their families. Our mission is to provide healthy food and beverages that we would want to give our own families.” In addition to fruits and vegetables that are sold through grocery retailers, the company also offers Tsamma Juice, which is made in Florida using the “ugly” watermelons grown there. More “ugly” fruits are made into Aqua Fresca juice drinks, teas, and lemonades


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Frey Farms operates in seven states and also offers Florida-made Tsamma Juice (above), using fruits that are “visually imperfect.”

under the Sarah’s Homegrown brand. “Not everything is perfect, and you have some really tough growing seasons,” Frey says. “You have to ask yourself, what do we do with [the ugly] fruit? Do you find its greater purpose? We make ingredients out of the visually imperfect fruits and vegetables, then those ingredients end up in really incredible, clean, healthy, simple, delicious food products… That was the inspiration for launching Sarah’s Homegrown with Publix: to use more of what we grow, waste less, and make products that are clean, simple, delicious, and fresh off the farm.” Empty grocery shelves during the early months of the COVID pandemic gave Frey a moment of reflection on the state of American farmers and our food supply. “Every human being on the planet has agrarian roots,” she says. “I think that 2020 has provided an opportunity for more people to reconnect with the land and their food and also who is growing their food.” Pointing out that more

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than 50 percent of America’s fruits and vegetables are imported from other countries, she hopes that this crisis and the food shortages that happened in grocery stores nationwide will make people more aware of their food supply chain and be encouraged to buy

more American-grown products. She adds, “If you try to see the good in the ugly fruit of 2020, it’s that average, everyday consumers are more aware of who, where, and how their food gets to those grocery store shelves.” « FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | JANUARY 2021


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When Ponce de Leon named Florida “land of the flowers” in his native Spanish, he couldn’t have imagined the gorgeous gardens future Floridians would plant. Need some inspo to make your own outdoor area a veritable land of flowers (or veggies, for that matter)? We’ve got you covered.

We catch up with two lauded local landscape architects—Jorge Sanchez, principal designer at SMI Landscape Architecture, and Keith Williams, lead designer at Nievera Williams—for insight into their botanical mastery

Design by Nievera Williams


PBI: Describe your landscape architecture philosophy in a sentence. Sanchez: Know your client. Williams: Landscape design creates an environment that people can use and enjoy, preserves the land and its history, and emphasizes the purpose of outdoor spaces. What is landscape architecture 101? Sanchez: Landscape architecture can take many forms: an imitation of nature, a domina-

tion of nature, or an expression of oneself. It should vary depending on the situation. Williams: As soon as you step outside your front door, we as designers are responsible for everything: irrigation, lighting, roads, walls, pools, planting, etc. What is the first step or series of steps in your design process? Sanchez: In order for a garden to be successful for one’s client, the process is a very simple


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Clockwise from above: Landscape design by Nievera Williams; spa garden by SMI Landscape Architecture; landscape by SMI at Palm Beach’s Via Parigi.

one. Analyze the site with all its advantages and disadvantages; design with the architecture and never ignore it; get into the head of the client and interpret how they live. Williams: I find that the initial design concept comes from the very first meeting with the client. Getting to know our clients—their needs and how they function as a family—has a lot to do with our designs. The land and how it contributes to the site, as well as the architectural style, weighs heavily on our design intent. Is there any particular design feature that’s distinct to your style? Sanchez: If I had to pick one design idea our firm is very faithful to, it would be “respect the voids.” Clutter is bad for the soul. Williams: I lean toward more clean, sustainable design. I’m always looking to repurpose existing materials on a site, whether that’s a tree, structures, walls, etc. I’m a big believer in greenand-white gardens; however, I do like playing with varying shades of green in all-green gardens and creating compositions with textures. What are some of the elements in an interactive, high-end landscape? Sanchez: In most cases, a garden should never be completely symmetrical; it is more a mark of

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inexperience, I think. Even in stone surrounding, and grass are all at one level, the most symmetrical of gar- but the method only works with Zoysia grass for dens, the surroundings are a seamless transition. asymmetric, giving the mind What’s one local project you’re particularly more peaceful space. proud of? Williams: Land provides Sanchez: Pan’s Garden, a public garden we decontext between buildings signed for the Preservation Foundation of Palm and architecture and creates Beach. I have been a part of it since we came harmony, balance, light, and a up with the concept over 25 years ago. To my sense of direction. knowledge, it remains the only designed-fromHow do you incorporate respect for the scratch native garden in the state. It was designed environment into your designs? when very few had any interest in natives. Sanchez: The environment is our canvas and, Williams: The Royal Poinciana Plaza was deif you don’t respect it, it eventually castigates signed by architect John Volk in the late 1950s, you. Take a basic example: any plant. Unless it but over time it became run down and underis planted with the correct amount of sunlight utilized. In 2016, Up Markets out of Boston took and in the correct mix of soil, the plant will de- over, and we were fortunate to join in helping cline. It becomes a nightmare of fertilization revitalize the plaza, bringing back the gardens and chemical sprays. and creating interaction between the outdoor Williams: Maintaining the history of the site in spaces and the people using them. It was a joy the overall design intent is very important to me. to preserve an area with major historical signifiAre there any design elements in high cance in Palm Beach. demand in Palm Beach? Sanchez: There are palms in South Florida, as there is taxus up north, but most design ideas have near equal value all over. Privacy and hedges are one. Privacy does influence any garden, large or small. Williams: In South Florida we have two types of grass: crab grass or a hybrid called Zoysia. Zoysia is my preferred lawn—when it’s installed and maintained perfectly, it looks like a carpet and allows us to create interesting transitions. I love a zero edge in Zero edge pool and garden concept by Nievera Williams a pool, where the water of the pool, FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM PALMBEACHILLUSTRATED.COM | JANUARY 2021


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Edible gardens serve a triple purpose: beauty, function, and sustainability. Luckily, learning how to grow your own produce doesn’t have to be a chore. “Getting started is as easy as buying a bell pepper, saving the seeds, and throwing them in the ground,” says Anuella Alexandre, founder of A Green Community and Green Goddess Diary. On a mission to eradicate food deserts and nature-deficit disorder, the horticulturist assists people on botanical endeavors, whether that’s starting a school garden or growing food at home. Growing food comes with sundry benefits: stress relief, increased mindfulness, physical exercise, family bonding time, experiences in nature, and

VEGGIE TIME Though many crops thrive year-round in the Sunshine State, timing is everything. Below, Alexandre recommends vegetables to grow in South Florida by season. Spring: tomatoes, squash, corn, beans, cucumbers Summer: okra, sweet potato, black-eyed peas, jicama, pigeon peas, pole beans, lima beans, collard greens Fall: eggplant, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, bush beans, leek, kohlrabi, turnips, carrots, beets, garlic, parsnips, shallots, peppers Winter: cabbage, broccoli, onions, potatoes, celery, lettuce, Swiss chard, endive

improved diet. “Gaining whole-foods knowledge leads to making better nutritional choices,” Alexandre notes. Though getting started can seem like a daunting task, “gardening is pretty easy once you get the hang of it,” says Alexandre. “All you really need to know are the basics; everything else can be learned on the journey.” Factors to consider include location, soil health, plant types, watering method and schedule, and pest control. Alexandre recommends finding a sunny spot and contacting a local agent of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences to test your soil so you can amend what’s lacking. Start with just one crop—something the whole family will enjoy—and grow from there.

GETTING STARTED The Vegepod, a contained, raised gardening bed ($199 small; $289 medium) is the simplest solution to home growing. “It’s a well-designed planter box for growing high-quality food at home, complete with a self-watering reservoir, hookup for automatic mist irrigation, and a cover to keep pests out,” says Mike Kane, founder of the Garden Shoppe in West Palm Beach. “You can even add a stand and trolley for more height and mobility so you don’t have to bend down.” (vegepod.com)

South Floridian Jason McCobb—better known as Farmer Jay—specializes in designing, building, and installing organic gardens at homes and restaurants as part of his mission to create a local food system. An expert in sustainable agriculture and urban gardening, McCobb also developed a children’s program, Junior Sprouts, to inspire kids to grow their own vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

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Blend in with the blooms wearing Anthropologie’s nylon and nitrile weeder gloves ($16) in a cheery floral print. Though the pattern is delicate, the apparel is tough enough to protect hands and clothes from garden perils. Anthropologie locations (anthropologie.com)

REAP WHAT YOU SOW WITH THESE CHIC GARDENING TOOLS This Modern Sprout garden-tool organizer with detachable apron ($60), made of a breezy hemp and cotton blend, has 11 pockets to keep equipment in order and comes with two bamboo garden markers and two seed packets. West Elm locations (westelm.com)

The slender base of this Pottery Barn brass watering can ($103.50) means it fits neatly on a windowsill or shelf. Pottery Barn locations (potterybarn.com)

Haul your harvest with a garden cart (contact for price) from Authentic Provence. It has the appearance of woven rattan cane but is made from materials that are rustproof, waterproof, and rot-proof. Plus, the basket is detachable so you can use it with or without the cart. West Palm Beach (authentic provence.com)

Set your plants on autopilot using a Muurla bulb set ($29-$39 for set of two). The glass watering bulb feeds thirsty plants through a narrow stem that sits in the soil. Urban Outfitters locations (urbanoutfitters.com)

Hunter’s garden waterproof clogs ($95) deftly handle the elements thanks to a grippy sole and neoprene sock lining. Plus, the shoe’s natural latex rubber sweats a protective wax film in Florida’s hot, humid weather, so clean-up takes just a swipe. Nordstrom locations (nordstrom.com)

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Up your cottagecore game with Sophie Conran’s line of gardening tools. Equip yourself for garden chores with precision secateurs ($50), a hand rake ($35), a garden fork ($28), and a trowel ($30). Hive Home, Gift & Garden, West Palm Beach (hivepalm beach.com)

After a stroll through the grounds, shop the store at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens and pick up one of these Japanese herb seed kits ($12) with potting mix, seeds, and instructions. Delray Beach (morikami.org)



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No green thumb? No problem. These houseplants pretty much grow themselves.

Bloom Bring the outside in. Houseplants may have been Instagram’s domestic darling in recent years—there’s more than 5 million posts tagged #houseplants—but the value of having living plants indoors is nothing new. “People have been growing plants indoors for thousands of years,” says Alexandre. “I think this behavior is indicative of our close relationship with nature throughout time. A houseplant is an air filter, mood booster, decoration, spectator, and teacher all in one.” Susan Lewis, in-house floral designer at Hive Palm Beach, agrees. “Indoor plants enhance the overall appearance of a space,” she says. “They are the finishing touches to interior decor and add life to a sterile space. Plus, they help clean the air by absorbing toxins, increasing humidity, and producing oxygen. They boost

your mood and reduce stress.” The ancient Chinese grew plants indoors for ornamental purposes and as symbols of wealth as early as 1000 BC. Today houseplants are more staple than status symbol but still require devotion of time and attention to thrive— and some species are pickier than others. From fiddle-leaf figs to monsteras, different plants survive best in different spaces, with variance in preferred type of light, temperature, and level of humidity and soil moisture. Is the extra work worth it when you could just step outside for a dose of green? In this era of clean-air awareness, it’s reassuring to know that indoor plants work for our benefit, replenishing our oxygen. In fact, a NASA experiment on houseplants found that a simple Gerber daisy removed 67.7 percent of benzene from a sealed air chamber over a 24-hour period.


ZZ Plant is native to semi-arid Eastern Africa, so it doesn’t require much water or attention, yet produces attractive green leaves to brighten up any space.

Pothos don’t mind a little neglect. And since they can tolerate low lighting conditions and a vast range of environments, they make for ideal home or office companions.

Peace Lily can survive without much water or light and produce a white leafy flower to add a touch of elegance to your home.

3 Snake Plant is sturdy, tolerant of low light, and prefers to remain on the drier side—in other words, foolproof.


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Succulents require minimal attention. Water sparingly a couple times a month, place in a sunny windowsill, and enjoy.


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Color your world with flowering South Florida–loving flora One of Florida’s showiest natives, these ornate blossoms are lightly fragranced and often play host to the “the magnificent zebra longwing butterfly,” says Kim Frisbie, a member of the Garden Club of Palm Beach. “If you have passionflowers, you are guaranteed to have zebra longwings, and they will delight you anytime they flutter by.” Purple passionflowers grow aggressively, thriving on a fence or arbor, up a tree trunk, or in hanging baskets.

One of the most common orchids in South Florida, the Phalaenopsis requires little maintenance. “Flower spikes start to form during the fall months, usually triggered by the cooler temperatures, and blooms can last anywhere from two to six months,” says Matthew Boyson, horticulture supervisor at Mounts Botanical Garden. Water once per week—overwatering can cause root rot—and place in filtered light, such as a tree canopy or curtained window.

The showy clouds of yellow flowers that erupt from tabebuia trees are one of the most spectacular signs of spring in South Florida. “Tabebuias grow at a moderate rate, reaching heights of 20 to 30 feet with a canopy expanding out 20 feet,” explains Boyson. As a deciduous tree, tabebuias lose their leaves during winter.

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Tropical sage blossoms in red hues from scarlet to blush pink-white. “Hummingbirds and butterflies love the flowers; finches, painted buntings, and indigo buntings come for the seeds,” says Frisbie. Boyson adds that the flowers also attract bees and other pollinators. Sun-loving and drought-resistant, this perennial native maxes out at 4 feet and thrives in a variety of light conditions.

This perennial native can grow up to 8 feet tall. “Inconspicuous blue, white, and pink flowers bloom from spring to summer, and purple clusters of berries start to form on the woody stems in August or September,” says Boyson. Bonus: birds and other wildlife feed on the berries, and crushed beautyberry leaves repel mosquitos and other bitey bugs.

It’s easy to see why the sunny yellow blossoms of the Coreopsis genus were declared Florida’s state wildflower and planted extensively in highway-beautification programs; they resemble mini sunflowers and nourish essential pollinators. “Coreopsis makes a great border plant but will thrive in a container, reaching a maximum height of 3 feet on airy stems that bloom throughout the year,” says Frisbie. « FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM PALMBEACHILLUSTRATED.COM | JANUARY 2021


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CHANGE Guest curator Amanda Hearst, co-founder of Maison de Mode, demonstrates the versatility and timeless beauty of sustainable fashion



Above, on Amanda Hearst: Envelope1976 dress, Maison de Mode, maison-de-mode.com Opposite page: Amur Lucinda print bustier ($328), Annalise print skirt ($498); Aera Sally heels in silver mirror ($375); Marlo Laz Porte Bonheur enamel earrings ($6,400); Maison de Mode, maison-de-mode.com. Fashion editor: Katherine Lande

Amanda Hearst believes that one does not need to sacrifice style for sustainability. “It is my personal and professional mission to prove that luxury, fashion, and sustainability can be seamlessly blended,” says Hearst. She co-founded Maison de Mode (maisonde-mode.com) in 2015 to give customers a convenient marketplace that brings together more than 70 ethical and eco-friendly fashion brands, with the goal of encouraging a shift toward a more sustainable future. The garments sold on the Maison de Mode site adhere to certain standards of sustainability and are clearly labeled with icons that denote distinctions such as recycled, eco-packaging, cruelty-free, and organic. Maison de Mode also supports and features brands created by Black/Indigenous People of Color, as well as womenowned businesses. In the spirit of sustainability, FLI invited Hearst to guest curate our January fashion story featuring designs available through Maison de Mode. “This curation was inspired by the iconic bold and loud element historically associated with high fashion married with the modern ethos of sustainable fashion,

which emphasizes versatility, timelessness, and comfort over seasonal and temporary trends,” Hearst explains. She adds that this edit “is made up of pieces that can easily be worn for a casual day around town just as they can be dressed up for a night out.” The backdrop for this fashion shoot is also a model of sustainability—this time, as it applies to architecture. Located on Palm Beach and designed by Daniel Kahan of Smith and Moore Architects, the home of Jim Held and Kenn Karakul demonstrates that sustainability can work in concert with timeless architecture and style. In 2019, the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach honored the home with its annual Schuler Award for excellence in new architecture. The home’s most impressive feat of renewable energy is actually only visible from above. Atop the roof, surrounded by low parapet walls, are 230 solar panels, all made in the United States. More often than not, the panels generate all the energy the house uses, between 350 and 400 kilowatts per day. Other notable features include builtin water-collection, water-purification, and fresh air–ventilation systems. —Mary Murray


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Amur Constance print romper ($398); Marlo Laz large Porte Bonheur enamel necklace ($4,880), Porte Bonheur enamel earrings ($6,400); Maison de Mode, maison-de-mode.com. Opposite page: Amur Allegra floral print gown ($698); Marlo Laz five-coin necklace ($20,880); Maison de Mode, maison-de-mode.com.

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niLuu Monroe kimono ($920); Nayla Josefina slides in black fish scale ($275); KBH leaf ear climbers ($1,280), Maison de Mode, maison-de-mode.com. Opposite page: Amur Miray top in white ($248); Marlo Laz heart pinky yellow gold ring ($1,495); Shashi Dakota necklace ($60), ring set ($65); KBH square bling ring in white gold ($6,995); Maison de Mode, maison-de-mode.com.

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Michelle Waugh Joann double-breasted blazer ($995); Amur Apollo white shorts ($268); Aera Audrey flats in black patent effect ($345); Shashi Dakota necklace ($60), ring set ($65); Maison de Mode, maison-de-mode.com. Opposite page: Amur Jerre print blouse ($348), Ally print skirt ($348); Aera Sally heels in gold mirror ($375); KBH square bling ring in white gold ($6,995); Maison de Mode, maison-de-mode.com. Model: Anastasia Bondarenko, Elite Model Management, Miami Hair and makeup: Heather Blaine, Creative Management, Miami Digital tech: Javier Sanchez Fashion assistant: Roxy Rooney, Honey Communications FLI extends a special thanks to Kevin Condon for providing the location.

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THE PONY EXPRESS FORD MUSTANG MACH-E An electric Mustang SUV? You heard right. Ford’s all-new, all-electric crossover is a Mustang with a plug, able to gallop for up to 300 miles on a single charge. Targeted at Tesla’s Model Y, the five-seat, super-roomy Mach-E is offered with rear- and four-wheel drive, along with standard (75 kWh) or extended range (99 kWh) batteries. First deliveries start at the end of the year. While prices kick off at $43,895 for the base Select model, it’s the $61,600 GT you’ll want. With its twin electric motors delivering 459 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque, the electric pony’s performance will be up there with the most potent Mustang V-8s. We’re talking zero-to-60 mph sprinting in 3.5 seconds. While it’s a sport-ute instead of a sports car, there are plenty of cool Mustang design cues here. We love the mile-long, curvy hood, those cat-eye headlights, and that Mustang-influenced rear-end. This is one Mustang that Sally will definitely want to ride.

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2 BLADE RUNNER TESLA CYBERTRUCK Love it, loathe it, wouldn’t be caught dead in it? Whatever you think of the polarizing lines of Tesla’s Blade Runner–style Cybertruck electric pickup, remember that so far more than 750,000 fans have pre-ordered one. Okay, the deposit might only be $100, but plenty of people love Tesla’s wild child, expected to be in production by late this year. That’s if Elon Musk can find somewhere to build it. Austin, Texas, is the current front-runner.

This beast will have armored glass and a stainless-steel exoskeleton chassis. Three versions will be on offer: a single-motor rear-drive version with a 250-mile range, a dual-motor all-wheel drive model capable of 300 miles, and a tri-motor car with insane acceleration and juice for 500 miles. What we love the most are the fun accessories already being talked about—from a camper version, to one with solar panels in the roof, to an all-electric ATV quad bike that fits in the back.

THE DISRUPTER RIVIAN R1S What’s not to love about an all-electric, Range Rover-like SUV with a range of up to 400 miles, zero-to-60 acceleration in 3 seconds, and quad motors for ultimate off-roading? This is (or, at least, will be) the Rivian R1S SUV when it goes into production, along with its R1T pickup sibling, early this year. With more than $5 billion in backing from the likes of Amazon, Ford, and Cox Automotive, Michigan-based Rivian is emerging as a major


player in the fast-growing electric vehicle market. And the R1S sport-ute is sure to give Tesla’s falcon-doored, minivan-like Model X its first serious challenge, providing luxury SUV owners with an alluring reason to switch to electric. Top versions of the R1S will come with 754 hp, air suspension giving ground clearance from 8 to 15.5 inches, and a truly luxe, leatherand-wood interior with three rows and seating for seven.



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4 HOT CONCEPT MERCEDES-BENZ EQS The "S" in EQS says it all. When it goes on sale in early 2022, this will be Mercedes’ flagship, super-luxury, S-Class-sized electric sedan. Unveiled last year as a concept model, the Vision EQS hints at the jaw-dropping styling of this groundbreaking, four-door, swoopy-roofed model. With a brand new “skateboard” battery pack mounted low between the axles, the EQS should offer true limo-like interior space. And to add to the car’s practicality, it will have a liftback tailgate, plus a front trunk—frunk, maybe?—where the engine would normally live.

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EQ is Mercedes’ all-electric sub-brand, with plans to launch a total of 10 EQ-branded electric vehicles by 2025. There’s talk of an EQS 550 4Matic having a 470-hp/100-kWh battery pack that offers 430 miles of range. Performance fans will love the rumored AMG version packing more than 600 hp. Don’t expect the production version of the EQS to have the concept’s stunning, superyacht-inspired cabin with a roof-liner developed from recycled ocean plastic. But it’s nice to dream about the entire surface of an interior being capable of displaying digital content.

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KIDNEY PUNCH BMW I4 BMW certainly seems to have been dragging its feet in its quest to become an electric player. Since its pioneering efforts with the quirky i3 minicar and gorgeous i8 sports hybrid, there’s been nothing much in the way of a serious follow-up. That should change with the arrival later this year of the bold i4 four-door and five-door i4 Gran Coupe to challenge Tesla’s seemingly invincible Model 3. Shown recently as the i4 Concept, the production i4 is expected to share the polarizing, bucktoothed, swollenkidney front end that just debuted with the 2021 BMW 4


Series coupe. The better news is that it should also have a 530-hp electric motor juiced by an 80-kWh battery pack that would give a driving range of around 375 miles. Also on the docket is a dual-motor version that will offer all-wheel drive. Hopefully the production i4 will share at least a few elements of the concept car’s stunning interior, with that rosegold trim, white leather, light wood, and huge glass roof. But because this new i4 is based on the current 3-series, we’re not holding our breath.



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You could be looking at the future of the super-luxe, highperformance, all-electric sedan. The one that could easily have owners of gas-powered rivals, like BMW’s 7 Series, Mercedes’ S-Class, Porsche’s Panamera, and Audi’s A8 checking their car’s trade-in value. Here is the 2021 Lucid Air, the creation of Newark, California–based Lucid Motors, the company best-known (until now) for making batteries for Formula E race cars. Gorgeous to look at, with its sweeping lines, stunning glass canopy, and ultra-spacious cabin, the Air is said to have been inspired by executive jets—and have the performance to match.

Full details will come soon, but for now, the CliffsNotes talk about the flagship Air having a 130-kWh battery pack delivering up to 1,000 horsepower. That means zero-to-60-mph sprinting in less than 2.5 seconds, a top speed of more than 200 mph, and 400-plus miles of driving range. Of course, there will be lesser-juiced models with 100-kWh batteries and rear-drive to qualify for the proposed, though seemingly low, $60,000 starting price. The model you’ll want will probably cost twice that. Or more.



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BACK TO THE FUTURE AUDI E-TRON SPORTBACK Looking for a little more style in your all-electric crossover? Audi has followed up its e-tron SUV with the coupe-bodied, four-door e-tron Sportback. Choice is a good thing, right? The cool part here is that despite the ski-slope rear end, Audi says that rear-seat headroom is only down 0.79 inches, with just a 5 percent reduction in trunk size. Like the e-tron crossover, the Sportback uses a 95-kWh battery, with electric motors front and rear to give quattro all-wheel drive.

The front motor produces 184 hp, while the rear makes 224 hp for a combined 355, though Audi claims more than 400 hp for short bursts. Less stellar is the Sportback’s range of 218 miles, though it is up from the SUV’s EPA-rated 204 miles, thanks to the car’s more slippery shape. Rapid chargers can add 58 miles of range in as little as 10 minutes. Prices start at $77,400, with the fancier Edition One models costing $88,495. But don’t forget those federal tax credits of up to $7,500.



There are hip-high, red-blooded, testosterone-infused supercars that aren’t this quick. Off the line, Porsche’s all-electric Taycan Turbo S can unleash its monstrous 750 horsepower—let me repeat: 750 horsepower—and catapult to 60 mph in a mere 2.6 seconds. That’s insane. Adding the word “Turbo” to the title is plain silly; there’s no turbocharger bolted to the Taycan’s electric motor. But it conjures up the kind of neck-snapping performance you get with Porsche’s gas-powered turbo offerings.


Beautifully proportioned and exquisitely built, the Taycan is a true Porsche from nose to tail. And like the Panamera, there’s seating for four and plenty of luggage space. Sure, the 192-mile range is weak, but the way it drives isn’t. While the flagship Turbo S will set you back $185,000, there’s a straight Turbo with 670 hp for $150,900, or a 4S with 522 hp from $103,800. Either way, this car is simply electrifying.



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Putting to the side those early glitches with bad paint, wide panel gaps, and spotty interior quality, the Model Y probably occupies a top spot on every electric vehicle lover’s wish list. While you may think of it as little more than a tall-roofed, high-waisted, not-quite-an-SUV version of Tesla’s best-selling Model 3 sedan, the Model Y has terrific showroom appeal for crossover fans. One look at that huge glass roof, the optional (though teeny) third row, the 15-inch screen on the dash, and the trunk in the front, and it’s an EV that’s

ONE SWEDE RIDE POLESTAR 2 Just don’t call it a Volvo. Even though the Swedish automaker owns Polestar, this is Volvo’s standalone performance-cum-electric brand and they want to keep it special. Following in the tire treads of the stunning looking but ultimately flawed Polestar 1 gas-electric hybrid coupe, the full-electric Polestar 2 is a more focused effort. That said, we’re still not sure what it’s trying to be. While it looks like a four-door sedan, it has a rear hatch. And that elevated ride height gives it the look of a crossover.

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hard to resist. Then you drive the thing. With its 75-kWh battery bank, the potent Performance model can hit 60 mph from standstill in under 3.5 seconds—that’s crazy fast—and run 315 miles on a charge. With prices starting at $49,900 (the must-have Performance stickers at $59,990) the Model Y is set to become Tesla’s top draw. True, the ride is pretty firm, and the styling is an acquired taste; but with all its cool tech (hello, Autopilot!), you may find yourself asking, “Y not?”


What’s key, however, is its impressive all-electric drivetrain featuring two electric motors resulting in a combined 408-hp output and all-wheel drive traction. Polestar claims a 275-mile range and zero-to-62 acceleration in 4.7 seconds. Good, but still no match for Tesla’s Model 3 Performance. But inside, it’s all lovely Volvo-esque Swedish design, with swathes of eco-friendly vegan fabric—Nappa leather is an option—and open-pore wood. «



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Raving for RAMEN

Fort Lauderdale’s hottest ramen goes MOBILE

While ramen is becoming trendier in South Florida, chef Takeshi Kamioka says he grew up eating this Japanese staple daily. His fascination with the dish and cooking began when he was a teenager; his family moved to the states from Japan and opened up three Japanese restaurants in Broward County. “I learned traditional Japanese cooking methods and recipes, but as I got older, I began to think outside of the box and add my own modern twist to things,” he recalls. Kamioka was also part of the team that brought the upscale Nobu to South Beach. But after working for his family and the buzzy outpost, he went on to open his own restaurants: Shizen on Las Olas, followed by Gaysha New World Sushi Bar in Wilton Manors. At the latter, he started to incorporate some cooked items onto his menu, most notably ramen, which steadily became a sought-after soup. In addition, he hosted ramen pop-ups at Laser Wolf as part of the monthly FatVillage Art Walk. In 2017, Kamioka sold Gaysha and teamed up with partner Melody Navarrete to launch Kaminari Ramen, which means “lightning” in Japanese. “Melody and I took some time off, traveled locally, and spent some time in Japan,” says Kamioka. “We had both been to Japan before, but this time we had a new purpose: to learn even more about ramen.”

Ramen enthusiasts can now find Kamioka and Navarrete at local hot spots such as LauderAle Brewery, Laser Wolf, and Broski Ciderworks, working out of their trailer, which they bought during the pandemic, to deliver hot, fresh ramen as well as other hand-held items and gyoza. (They previously worked out of a tent for two and a half years.) Their best seller is the Tonkotsu ramen, a slow-cooked pork ramen broth loaded with fresh egg noodles and topped with braised pork belly, softboiled marinated egg, boiled bean sprouts, hand-cut scallions, pickled ginger, naruto (cured fish cake), and sesame seeds. There’s also miso Tantan and vegetarian broths. Another must-try is Yakisoba, which translates to “fried noodles.” “What makes me happiest about serving food is providing the type of food that I love to eat as well as showcasing some traditional Japanese foods I grew up eating,” says Kamioka. “Some foods are made with a fusion twist, but what I take the most pride in is the traditional items.” Check out Kaminari Ramen’s social media channels to find where they will be headed next. (facebook.com/kaminariramenpopupshop)

The Anatomy of Ramen FOLLOW ALONG ON HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN RAMEN BOWL TOPPINGS Add in some color via toppings such as raw or cooked bean sprouts, chopped green onions, sesame seeds, seaweed, and naruto. BOILED EGG Prepare soft-boiled eggs so that the center is custardlike and the shell easily peels off. Before cutting in half, soak the peeled egg in soy sauce and mirin for a minimum of two hours.


NOODLES Endless noodle options exist, but the most common are thin and straight or thick and wavy.

FLAVORED PORK Pork belly is the favored option, but marinated, sliced pork loin is also an alternative.

BROTH Find a broth recipe most appealing to you. Base options include soy sauce, salt, soybean paste, or pork bone.


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Fresh Start This new year, kick-start healthy eating habits with the help of chef Jackie Kelis of Wild Fork Foods in Fort Lauderdale. Below, she shares a flavorful recipe for her Mediterranean diet–inspired branzino with fattoush salad. “This low-fat yet high-protein white fish is great grilled or pan-seared and is done in less than 10 minutes,” says Kelis. “The Lebanese fattoush salad has easy-to-find, colorful ingredients with a zesty lemon and olive oil dressing that will easily transport you to any coastal village on the sunny Mediterranean.” (wildforkfoods.com)

Grilled Branzino with Fattoush Salad Serves 4

l INGREDIENTS 4 6-oz., skin-on branzino fillets Coarse sea salt, to taste Freshly ground black peppercorns, to taste 1 tbsp. fresh oregano FATTOUSH SALAD 1 romaine heart, chopped 1 cucumber, Persian or English, thinly sliced 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half 1 watermelon radish, thinly sliced 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced 2 cups pita chips, broken up 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves 1/2 cup feta, crumbled

LEMON-PEPPER VINAIGRETTE 1 garlic clove, crushed 2 tbsp. lemon juice 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 tsp. Wild Fork Foods lemonpepper seasoning 1 tsp. fresh lemon zest 1 tbsp. honey Coarse sea salt, to taste

l DIRECTIONS Preheat an outdoor grill or pan over medium-high heat. Pat fish dry. Using a sharp knife, cut three slits into the skin side of the fish. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and oregano. Place fish skin side down on the grill and cover with foil. Cook for 5 minutes or until opaque. Whisk all of the vinaigrette ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Place all of the ingredients for the salad into a large bowl and toss with the vinaigrette. Remove fish from grill and serve with salad on the side.

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 SOCIAL A cool atmosphere and elevated comfort food classics are the hallmarks of this hotspot at the heart of Las Olas. 721 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (americansocialbar.com) $$ DUNE A stunning midcentury-modern dining room hosts imaginative nouveau coastal dishes, like Spanish Sole, Crispy Panisse, and a Beach Grill, featuring scallops, spiny lobster tail, a petite filet, and a rack of lamb to share. 2200 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (dunefl.com) $$$ 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) $$$ SHOOTERS WATERFRONT In step with the everevolving city since 1982, this dockside icon serves brunch, lunch, and dinner to legions of faithful patrons and epicurean travelers. 3033 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale (shooterswaterfront.com) $$ 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) $$ YOLO Fun and American delicacies are on the menu at this restaurant-bar-lounge trio. 333 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (yolorestaurant.com) $$$

BOMBAY DARBAR Intoxicating spices perfume the air and rich Indian masalas, curries, and kormas beset the tables at this Las Olas jewel. 1521 E Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (bombaydarbar.com) $$ CASA SENSEI Sushi meets Asian-Latin fusion at this canal-side eatery in signature dishes like Korean Steak Chimichurri and the Fish Burnt Roll. 1200 E. Las Olas Blvd. #101, Fort Lauderdale (casasensei.com) $$ CHRISTINA WAN’S MANDARIN HOUSE Christina Wan continues her family’s legacy of bringing traditional Chinese cuisine to South Florida. 664 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (christinawans.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 BOULEVARD KITCHEN & JUICE BAR This rustickitchen prepares breakfast and lunch, while the juice bar pours wellness shots and blends up colorful concoctions. 701 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (blvd-kitchen.com) $$ LA BONNE CRÊPE Modeled after the crêperies of Brittany, this charming alcove serves the heavenly dish in savory and sweet renditions. 815 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (labonnecrepe.us) $$ FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | JANUARY 2021


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YOLO Bubble in Hibiscus and Clementine

Brunch on the New River in style with a visit to Rivertail. The seafood-centric eatery boasts indoor and outdoor bars, expansive lounge areas, and breakfast favorites including Maine lobster Benedict dressed in yuzu hollandaise and yellowtail ceviche taquitos adorned with ginger, soy, jalapeño, and miso. Of course, the raw bar featuring east and west coast oysters, king crab legs, and stone crab claws won’t disappoint—and neither will the flavor-forward Bloody Marys and Micheladas. (rivertailftl.com)






While YOLO is a neighborhood institution for a delectable lunch or dinner, there are a few new menu items to keep things fresh. Take, for example, the new Yolo Bubble, a hypnotic libation available in both Hibiscus (gin, hibiscus tea, lemon juice, mint syrup, and fresh rosemary) and Clementine (clementine vodka, orange and lemon juice, and cinnamon). The Instagram finish arrives in the form of an aromatic bubble placed on top of the cocktail that once popped reveals a cloud of smoke. (yolorestaurant.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) $$ BISTRO MEZZALUNA This treasured establishment boasts an impressive wine selection and savory house favorites like lamb chops and bistro seafood pasta. 1821 SE 10th Ave., Fort Lauderdale (bistro mezzaluna.com) $$$ CAFÉ VICO Owner Marco Vico Rodrigues knows how to welcome his guests, and there’s no better way than with his kind smile and to-die-for pasta. 1125 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (cafevicorestaurant.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) $$$ SCOLAPASTA BISTRO Family is at the heart of this modern farm-to-table Italian bistro that puts a contemporary twist on its old-world heritage. 3358 NE 33rd St., Fort Lauderdale (scolapastabistro.com) $$ SERAFINA TRATTORIA ITALIANA Candlelit views 68

of the Middle River, toothsome pasta dishes, and a spectacular vino selection promise a romantic evening at this Victoria Park nook. 926 NE 20th Ave., Fort Lauderdale (serabythewater.com) $$

LATIN AND MEXICAN 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 (barritaftl.com) $$ CARLOS & PEPE’S Colorful motifs and authentic Mexican-American fare have earned this eatery a personality of its own since 1979. South Harbor Plaza, 1302 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale (carlosandpepesfl.com) $$ EL CAMINO Margaritas and Mexican soul food are a sure bet at this resto, where patrons can choose between two happy hours. 817 E Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (elcaminoftlauderdale.com) $$ ROCCO’S TACOS & TEQUILA BAR If the 400 tequila varieties aren’t enough to hook patrons, the delicious tacos de casa and fresh guacamole (mashed tableside) make this expansive cantina-style resto irresistible. 1313 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (roccostacos.com) $$

MEDITERRANEAN CASABLANCA CAFÉ A cozy dining room with an Arabian Nights feel, Casablanca serves a variety of cui-

Maine Lobster Benedict

sines ranging from Moroccan to Japanese to Cuban that will please any palate. 3049 Alhambra St., Fort Lauderdale (casablancacafeonline.com) $$ FERDOS GRILL Authentic Mediterranean fare meets local Florida ingredients at this neighborhood favorite, featuring staples like gyros, shish kabob, and “everyone’s favorite” hummus. 4300 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (ferdos-grill.jimdosite.com) $$ GREEK ISLANDS TAVERNA The spirit of the Aegean is alive and well at this gem that serves traditional Greek dishes rooted in bright flavors and savory spices. 3300 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (greek islandstaverna.com) $$ THE HUMMUS HOUSE This Middle Eastern-Israeli counter doles out amazing vegan- and vegetarianfriendly fare to eager patrons. 900 NE 20 Ave., Fort Lauderdale (thehummushouseftl.com) $ ILIOS Panoramic ocean views and seasonally inspired Mediterranean dishes are on the menu at this sixthfloor dining room. Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (Hilton.com) $$

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) $$$


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3030 OCEAN Chef Adrienne Grenier’s intuitive and masterful approach to upscale sea fare shines in this sophisticated beachside dining room. Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale (3030ocean.com) $$$ BLUE MOON FISH CO. Louisiana-inspired interpretations of locally caught seafood are served at this upscale dining room along the Intracoastal. 4405 W. Tradewinds Ave., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea (bluemoon fishco.com) $$$ 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) $$$ BURLOCK COAST Offering modern-coastal fare with a distinctly local undercurrent, Burlock Coast is an innovative restaurant-café-market-bar that channels the creativity of Prohibition-era rum runners. The Ritz Carlton, 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (ritzcarlton.com) $$$ 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) $$$

MAESTRO’S OCEAN CLUB Finery comes naturally to this Intracoastal-hugging dining room, where guests can enjoy sea spoils among luxurious interiors or al fresco. 3000 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale (maestrosrestaurants.com) $$$ NAKED CRAB A picturesque beachside view sets the tone for all things surf and turf at the B Ocean Resort’s upscale jewel with an undercurrent of eclectic contemporary Mediterranean flair. 1140 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (nakedcrabfl.com) $$$ OCEAN 2000 This elegant dining room devotes itself to celebrating superb regional cuisine with a hint of Latin influences. Pelican Grand Beach Resort, 2000 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (pelicanbeach.com) $$$ RIVERTAIL James Beard-nominated chef José Mendín demonstrates his renowned culinary prowess with the Rivertail raw platter, a perfectly spiced Brazilian seafood stews, and the day’s fresh catch. 305 S. Andrews Ave., Ste. 123, Fort Lauderdale (rivertailftl.com) $$$

STEAK HOUSE THE CAPITAL GRILLE Renowned for dry-aged cuts, elevated steak house trimmings, superb wines, and attentive staff, the high-end chain’s dining rooms offer

a luxurious experience. 2430 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (thecapitalgrille.com) $$$ CHIMA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE Brazilian rodízio finds its nook on Las Olas, with fountains and flamebearing lamps. 2400 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (chimasteakhouse.com) $$$ 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) $$$ STEAK 954 This uber-chic coastal alcove’s menu is studded with decadent dishes, while the dining room features a hypnotizing jellyfish-inhabited tank. W Hotel, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (steak954.com) $$$




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With ample talent on the North Fork, Long Island winemaking is coming into its own

Macari Vineyards on Long Island’s North Fork

Bedell Cellars’ Musée and Taste Red

The Long Island wine industry has come a remarkably long way in a very short time. Louisa and Alex Hargrave planted the first vines on the South Fork in 1973; their winery is still there, although it was sold in 1999 and is now known as Castello di Borghese. The North Fork is where the action is, with 40 wineries and 3,000 acres of vineyards. In the beginning, it’s safe to say that few people took Long Island wine seriously; the bottles were mostly placed on local restaurant wine lists and consumed by summer residents of the Hamptons. Over time, experts began to realize that the maritime climate was perfect for Bordeaux grape varieties, and today the region is the third largest producer of wine grapes in the U.S. (after California and Washington State). In the era of internet sales, the wines are readily available to almost everyone. Here, we offer a quick guide to some Long Island wineries worthy of attention.


By Mark Spivak

Macari Vineyards: The Macari family has been farming on the North Fork since the 1960s, establishing their winery in 1995. While they are renowned for Cabernet Franc and Merlot, they also produce Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and a rosé made from Merlot and Malbec. They have 180 acres of grapevines planted on their 500-acre estate. (macariwines.com) Bedell Cellars: Susan and Kip (aka “Mr. Merlot”) Bedell established Bedell Cellars in 1980 and sold the winery in 2000 to the Lynne family. The brand’s winemaker, Richard Olsen-Harbich, wrote the successful application for the North Fork of Long Island AVA in 1986. Bedell’s benchmark wine, a Bordeauxstyle blend labeled Bedell Musée, has been called “a grand vin of New York” by Wine Spectator magazine. (bedellcellars.com) Paumanok Vineyards: In 1983, Charles Massoud bought a potato farm near the Hargraves and


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Channing Daughters wines

began planting grapevines on the weekend. His hobby spiraled out of control, and in 1992 he left his job at IBM to become a full-time vintner. While Paumanok bottles Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and red wine blends, it is best known for whites, particularly an awardwinning Chenin Blanc. The Massouds also own Palmer Vineyards in Riverhead. (paumanok.com) Lenz Winery: The Lenz family founded their namesake winery in 1978 and sold it to Peter and Deborah Carroll in 1994. Lenz specializes in Merlot. Some of his wines have beaten many Bordeaux Right Bank thoroughbreds in blind tastings. Lenz also makes a full range of white, rosé, sparkling, and dessert wines. (lenzwine.com) Pindar Vineyards: Operated by the Damianos family since the 1980s, Pindar is the largest Long Island winery, with a production of 70,000 cases. It hosts groups, weddings, kids, pets, and self-catered picnics. Take a tour and sample one of the 20 varieties made on the premises. (pindar.net) Shinn Estate: At the other end of the production scale (6,000 cases), Shinn is the domain of winemaker Barbara Shinn and her husband, chef David Page, who operated a Greenwich Village restaurant for more than a decade. Shinn Estate, which Randy Frankel purchased in 2017, offers a sparkling Chardonnay called Ultra Brut, several white blends, and an outstanding Reserve Merlot. (shinnestatevineyards.com)

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Channing Daughters: One of three wineries on the South Fork, Channing Daughters began with an acre of vines that Walter Channing planted in 1982. Another small-production gem, it is best known for the Heart Artists Series and bottlings of exotic varieties such as Ribolla Gialla and Blaufränkisch. (channingdaughters.com) Roanoke Vineyards: Richard Pisacano, the former vineyard manager at Wölffer Estate, created Roanoke Vineyards, which is a membership-based winery centered around a wine club. It focuses on small-production, site-specific renditions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. (roanokevineyards.net) «



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Start your new year strong by delving into an activity that brings calm, joy, and mental clarity while surrounded by mother nature. Try a Chance of Rays Yoga class led by yogis Maddie Camp and Carlin Jones. The Fort Lauderdale duo hosts pop-up vinyasa flows from sunrise to sunset all over town at spots like the beach, backyards, breweries, and local parks. “Not only do we love yoga and planning parties, but we create unique and intimate environments for people to practice yoga and also to be a part of a community where they feel comfortable to practice. And most importantly to have fun,” says Camp. All levels are welcome; visit their Instagram page (@chanceof raysyoga) to find out where they are headed this month. —Melissa Puppo



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Lesley’s endowed charitable Funds provide the critical support Broward needs, during times of crisis and beyond: LESLEY MITCHELL JONES FUND FOR THE AGING AND ELDERLY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION of BROWARD



Lesley Mitchell Jones Community Foundation of Broward Legacy Society Member

“I locked in my legacy” “I needed a partner to help me make the most of my charitable giving – both today and through my will, so I can continue making a difference after I’m gone. The Community Foundation’s expert team helped me do it by creating three endowed charitable Funds, in my name. Now I can have an impact on my community right away. And when I’m gone, my remaining assets will pour into my endowed Funds to change lives in this community I love. Now I have peace of mind knowing that the Community Foundation will ‘mind the store’ on my behalf to ensure the organizations and issues I care about are supported forever. I can’t imagine a smarter, more impactful way to create a brighter future for Broward. It feels good to BE BOLD!” Read more about Lesley’s Legacy at cfbroward.link/LesleysLegacy

To lock in your legacy today, contact Jennifer Powers, Philanthropic Services Manager, at 954-761-9503 x113 or email jpowers@cfbroward.org

154 Legacy Society members $288 million in estate gift promises 479 named charitable Funds 36 years of bold community impact

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