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FAU grads Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulze are on a mission to help clean the world’s oceans.
30 PERENNIAL PASSION
When not flying planes, pilot Evan McCarthy helps save local honeybees.
In the 1980s, Tommy Thompson found a fortune at the bottom of the sea.
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74 SHAREABLE SWEETS
We’ve rounded up the most decadent desserts to split this Valentine’s Day.
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THE SAD SIDE OF LOVE BERNARD McCORMICK
his month’s issue is devoted to romance. This is because Valentine’s Day occurs in February, and like St. Patrick’s Day a month later, commercial forces have turned it into a season—a season in which all those tangibles associated with romance, including (but not limited to) jewelry, flowers, pretty frocks, cruises and Champagne, become displays of affection. Oops, we forgot candy, which is almost as routine as flowers, although Dorothy Parker put it in perspective: “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.” Obviously, this is a happy issue, filled with glamorous photos and tributes to that magical emotion we call love. But equally obviously, that is not entirely in step with real life, for part of love is often disappointment. Some of our great love stories did not fit the idyllic notion. “Gone with the Wind” was about more than war. It was also a poignant love story between Scarlett and Rhett, and it did not end with them living happily ever after. We have to remember that for every great love story, there is also a companion sad story. Beautiful women or men with movie star looks and boundless charm rarely spend a lifetime with the first person attracted to them, and they often leave behind a trail of heartbreak that some people never overcome. Few writers have captured that reality more poetically than F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose works are filled with lovely phrases describing the joy/sadness of romantic relationships. His classic work, “The Great Gatsby,” is a story of love unfulfilled. Fitzgerald scholars say it was inspired by Fitzgerald’s relationship with a beautiful girl when he was still a teenage college boy at Princeton. The problem was that she was wealthy and he was not. It was a decade before he translated those emotions into fiction, but he sure got it right. The same for his youthful friend Ernest Hemingway, whose popular “A Farewell to Arms” stemmed from a relationship a dozen years earlier with an older nurse who cared for him after he was wounded in Italy in World War I. Aviation was young at the time, so we didn’t have the phrase shot down. Hemingway quaintly wrote that the girl “gypped” him. So boys
and girls, the next time you get gypped, don’t get suicidal. Get literary. Fitzgerald, who made good money fast and spent it even faster, would appreciate Eric Barton’s piece on a treasure hunter on page 36. The man literally struck gold when he discovered a shipwreck off South Carolina. He had some bizarre legal obstacles, then disappeared for a time with his girlfriend, and now languishes in jail because he can’t explain what happened to all the money, and his backers are upset. But at least he got the girl. A memorable paragraph from “Gatsby” may apply to him. Poor Gatsby not only did not get the girl, he got murdered in the effort. And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night. *** Last month’s issue featured a beautiful fashion spread, but we did not include much info on the boat where it was shot. We thank Richard Ford, founder/ director of Horizon Power Catamarans, who hosted the event aboard a state-of-theart PC60 Series Catamaran.
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ORTHOPEDICS JONATHAN LEVY, M.D. Jonathan Levy, M.D. is a shoulder specialist at Holy Cross Orthopedic Institute in Fort Lauderdale and has been Chief of Orthopedic Surgery since 2010. He was the first South Florida Active member of the prestigious American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons society. Dr. Levy is one of the highest volume shoulder replacement surgeons in the country, performing over to 300 shoulder replacements each year. He has published over 80 articles in peerreviewed journals on shoulder surgery. He lectures at national and international meetings, routinely trains surgeons on shoulder surgery, and has helped to design several of the latest shoulder replacement implants.
My 68-year-old wife has been experiencing severe pain in her shoulder. Years ago, she had a rotator cuff tear, which improved with physical therapy and a cortisone injection. For the last several years, however, the pain has become unbearable, and she can no longer lift her arm without pain. What should she do?
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Your wife may be suffering from rotator cuff tear arthropathy, a shoulder problem which results from a long-standing rotator cuff tear. Over time, when the rotator cuff is torn, the shoulder begins to develop arthritis. The rotator cuff tear and shoulder arthritis often worsen together. Twenty years ago, there was no reliable way to relieve pain and restore function for this condition. With the recent invention of the Reverse Shoulder Replacement, patients with rotator cuff tear arthropathy can once again lift their arm without pain. The Reverse Shoulder Replacement has been considered the single greatest advancement in shoulder surgery in the past twenty years. Patients who undergo Reverse Shoulder show drastic improvements in their range of motion, ability to perform daily activities, pain relief, and, most importantly, return of their ability to take care of themselves. Recent reports show that 94 percent of Reverse Shoulder replacement patients are satisfied with their surgery. The Reverse Shoulder Replacement stabilizes the shoulder joint with greater conformity between the ball and socket. The ball and socket are reversed so the ball is attached to the socket (glenoid) and the socket is attached to where the ball once was (humerus). Shoulder function is restored using a healthy deltoid muscle. If you think your wife is suffering from rotator cuff tear arthropathy, I recommend that she be evaluated by an experienced shoulder surgeon who routinely performs a high volume of shoulder replacement surgeries. Studies show that experienced surgeons typically achieve 90 to 95 percent success with their patients and have better results than those who perform the occasional shoulder replacement. Most orthopedic surgeons perform between 5-10 shoulder replacements each year.
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What to do, see and lust over this season
Jay Leno will act as the headline entertainer and celebrity judge during the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance presented by MercedesBenz and AutoNation. Now in its 13th year, the three-day event (Feb. 22 to 24) features a duPont Registry Live Hangar Party at the Boca Raton Airport, a Grand Gala Dinner and an automobile and motorcycle exhibition at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, all benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. (Ticket prices vary; bocaratonconcours.com)
Head to Seminole Casino Coconut Creek for an antique show. Shop fine antiques, estate jewelry and old collectible cars during the three-day event taking place Feb. 1 to 3. (free; floridaantiqueshows.com)
Direct from Moscow, the Russian National Ballet Theatre will perform “Swan Lake” at Parker Playhouse on Feb. 24. View the troupe’s stunning rendition of the unforgettable fairytale story about a prince, a princess and the evil spell that threatens their happiness. (Tickets from $26.50; browardcenter.org)
LE DÎNER EN BLANC
The most sought-after secret event is headed to Fort Lauderdale Feb. 16. In essence, Le Dîner en Blanc is a culinary event that brings guests dressed in all white together for one massive picnic event in the city. Once guests register and are confirmed, they must bring picnic essentials—think table setting, Champagne, a picnic basket of fine foods—and will be transported to a surprise location upon arrival. ($50/couple; register.dinerenblanc.com/ fortlauderdale/en/register?)
SEAFOOD AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
Those who share a love of seafood and music will enjoy Boca Raton’s Seafood & Music Festival from Feb. 8 to 10. Held at Mizner Park, the event will offer a selection of foods, musical performances by local and regional musicians, and a marketplace of arts. ($5; seafoodfestivals.com)
BACK IN TIME
Quiet Waters Park will play host to knights, wizards, vikings and more during the Florida Renaissance Festival, returning for seven weekends beginning Feb. 9. Attendees will be transported back to 16th-century Europe while partaking in activities corresponding to themes such as “Game of Thrones,” “Vikings and Barbarians,” and more. (Ticket prices vary; ren-fest.com)
DELRAY BEACH OPEN
The best of the best in tennis will head to the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center for the 10-day Delray Beach Open by Vitacost.com, combining the ATP Champions Tour (Feb. 15 to 17) and ATP World Tour (Feb. 18 to 24). When not watching champions Fernando González or Frances Tiafoe, guests can enjoy entertainment and family-friendly activities. New this year is a wine and craft beer pairing event on Feb. 22 called “Game, Set, Pour.” (Tickets from $38; yellowtennisball.com)
The Broward Health Foundation Young President’s Council Invites You To The
7th Annual presented by KYLE C. BOOS WEALTH ADVISOR
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All proceeds benefit the Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital at Broward Health A fun-filled evening of music, dancing, delicious food and drinks on the private beach at Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
Friday, February 22, 2019 • 6-10pm Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa | Private Beach 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida $150 for Young President’s Council and President’s Council members and $175 for non-members.
For ticket and sponsorship information contact 954.462.4863 or mleonard@BrowardHealth.org
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Fort Lauderdale Oceanfront Restaurant DUNE Now Open If sipping the finest cocktails and indulging in tasty, upscale meals with stunning oceanfront views are a dining experience you seek, look no further than Dune. Auberge Beach Residences & Spa officially opened the indoor-outdoor restaurant and bar at its luxury North Ocean Boulevard resort in Fort Lauderdale. The dining venue offers three ocean view, private dining rooms for groups, and it features a wine tasting room that 16 guests can also enjoy dining in. Pours come from a glass-enclosed wine cellar with more than 600 upscale selections. Menu items include pan-roasted wild salmon with melted leek, braised Tuscan kale, apple soubise and pickled mustard seed, to grilled prime steak with haystack potatoes, chimichurri aioli and cipollini jus. Read more at fortlauderdaledaily.com.
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Virtual Reality Escape Rooms Xtreme Action Park, Florida’s largest family indoor entertainment venue, has added a new Virtual Reality Escape Room with four different scenarios for players. It’s the first facility to offer fully virtual reality Escape Rooms in Florida.
DESTRESS WITH SPA TREATMENTS Make February a month of focusing on some much-needed R&R.
Women of Vision The 30th annual Women of Vision Luncheon is back Feb. 13 at the Young At Art Museum. The event benefits YAA’s programs for underserved, at-risk youth and families in Broward and beyond.
We’ve compiled a list of seasonal spa treatments in South Florida to help you destress, unwind and fully rejuvenate. See all nine at fortlauderdaledaily.com.
Valentine’s Day Couples who spend Feb. 14 under the stars at Oceans 234 in Deerfield Beach will experience a picnic-style, fourcourse dinner on the beach. Make reservations in advance to receive a tote bag with a blanket and lantern, an appetizer, salad, dessert, bottled water and wine selection.
100 Las Olas Measuring in at 499 feet, Fort Lauderdale’s tallest building, Kolter Urban’s 100 Las Olas, topped off in December.
Parkland Bay The luxury resort-style community by Lennar recently opened in the heart of Parkland. The community boasts a 16,000-square-foot waterfront clubhouse with a pool and spa, fitness center, aerobics studio and more.
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Life in Color Meet Tanya Taylor, the youthful spirit designing clothes for the modern-day woman By Melissa Puppo
hile some kids grew up coloring in the lines of coloring books, you could say Tanya Taylor developed her out-of-the-box thinking while working on art projects with her mom. The most imaginative project given to Taylor was to repaint her basement however she wanted to. So, Taylor transformed its walls with hand-drawn sketches and splashes of color. She later pursued design after studying finance at McGill University in Montreal, Québec, following that degree by attending Parsons School of Design in New York City. The 32-year-old, Toronto-born designer strikes balance between business and creativity while running her eponymous clothing company, which she started nearly seven years ago, at her Soho design studio in New York City. Taylor’s collections are inspired by her travels and feature a colorful spectrum of fabrics. Color is often mixed with another favorite: bold prints, which first begin as a hand-painting done by Taylor’s team. Here, learn more about the youthful designer who was recently in town for an appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue at Town Center at Boca Raton.
You launched the Tanya Taylor brand in 2012. What has changed in fashion from then to now?
[It was] less about the customer. It’s important for any designer today to know who they are designing for and keep their customer at the core of everything they do. Tell us about the Pre-Spring 2019 collection.
Our collections always focus on color, print and easy styles that women can wear to feel their best each day. The collection is about mixing and effortlessness. Resort brings together envy green, purple and bright red. Prints are paired with plaids, and pops of leopard can be found throughout the collection. It feels wearable and fun.
You launched extended sizing in 2017, offering sizes 0 to 22. Why was this important for the brand?
We believe that two friends should be able to wear the same dress regardless of size. Women of all sizes want to wear our clothing, and it’s important to us that they can. What is one of your favorite pieces of clothing or accessories?
I love wearing our dresses with mini bags and chunky heels. What’s one piece of clothing every woman should own?
A dress that makes them feel confident.
What excited you most about traveling to South Florida for your in-store appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue in Boca Raton?
Seeing the collection there and meeting our customers. I love to see how different women wear us and make us their own.
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CALLING FORT LAUDERDALE FOODIES Yet again, impressive lists of events commence this month at Broward’s CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale. Meet four chefs who are the faces of some can’t-miss events. By KAYLA ZIADIE
he Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine and Food Festival (SOBEWFF) has brought hundreds of thousands of foodies and renowned chefs from across the country to South Florida since 2001. Its presence in Broward County began in 2016 with the Taste Fort Lauderdale Series, now the CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series. This year’s five-day festival will be bigger than ever, with events making debuts all the way up in Palm Beach County. From Feb. 20 to 24, 11 events will be held in Fort Lauderdale, featuring clambakes to Cajun cuisines. We spoke with big-time chefs hosting drool-worthy dinners you definitely don’t want to miss.
SAM AND CODY CARROLL
Cajun-Cooking Master Class & Lunch You’ll be hosting a Cajun cooking master class for CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale guests. What tips and tricks will you impart on students? Cajun cooking is all about using what you have and making it taste good. More than anything, we want our students to learn that you can pretty much use whatever resource you have available and turn it into something delicious for everyone to enjoy. It’s what us Cajuns are known for: resourcefulness. It’s all about using whatever ingredients you have available and turning them into a flavorful meal to enjoy with family and loved ones. While the majority of events take place on South Beach and in Miami, why host your event in Fort Lauderdale? We think Fort Lauderdale is just as good of a location to teach a Cajun class as any. Cody and I can teach a Cajun cooking class just about anywhere—in a farm, on the beach; you name it and we’re there cooking. We’re excited to bring this style of cuisine to South Florida and hope that the people are just as excited as we are. They can expect anything from making a roux to making hearty gumbo. What other events and chefs are you looking forward to at SOBEWFF? We’re really looking forward to the “Grand Tasting” on Sunday. A ton of great chefs under one roof with booze and good food—can you name a better event? I know a couple chefs from New Orleans will also be in town, like Nina Compton. Cody and I are great friends with her and her husband; so hopefully, we’ll run into them. We’re also looking forward to just meeting all the great talent and making new friends.
Bloody Mary Brunch, co-hosted with Geoffrey Zakarian With so many events taking place on South Beach and in Miami, why is The Bloody Mary Brunch a good fit for CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale farther up north? [The Diplomat Beach Resort] provides a perfect relaxed vibe for guests to enjoy a Sunday brunch. Once they arrive and taste our specialty bloody marys and featured dishes, they will certainly feel like they are on vacation. What’s the most exciting thing about SOBEWFF? It’s been a couple years for me, so I’m excited for all of it. For me, it’s about shaking hands, taking goofy selfies and connecting with the thousands that spend the time to come out to these awesome events. I love my chef friends, but I do it for the people, you know? What are you looking forward to doing while you’re in Florida? I’m looking forward to dipping my toes in the sand while sipping on a cold one and feasting on crab claws; all much needed after a long Chicago winter.
Clambake, co-hosted with Jorge Ramos You’re co-hosting the Clambake at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach. What draws you to Broward instead of South Beach? The greatest thing about the SOBEWFF is that all the money raised goes to such a great cause. (The festival benefits FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center.) If we can extend the festival’s range past South Beach and into Fort Lauderdale with fun event programming, why not do it? Plus, a clambake is super fun. What can attendees expect to see this year? Expect to see a wonderful mixture of different chefs collaborating in such a great part of the world, having lots of fun and mischief—and lots of seafood. It’s going to be awesome. What do you like most about Fort Lauderdale? My first impression of Fort Lauderdale was during spring break in college. Now that I have returned so many times as an adult, Florida has so much natural beauty. I like that it’s so mellow and also filled with so much energy at the same time. Buy tickets. See you there.
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to ear. With two theaters that hold about 500 people, this facility welcomes local and international performers. 8036 W. Sample Road, Margate; 954.344.7765; stagedoorfl.org Coral Springs Museum of Art The 30,000-square-foot center and art museum exhibits diverse Florida, national and international artists. The museum also features an International Peace Garden with sculptures and beautiful landscaping. 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Ste. A, Coral Springs; 954.340.5000; coralspringsmuseum.org Culture Room The Culture Room is a fun concert venue for Indie, punk, modern rock and heavy metal bands. 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954.564.1074; cultureroom.net FAT Village The Flagler Arts and Technology Village is an urban arts district that promotes creation, curation, education and exhibition. 521 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954.760.5900; fatvillage.com Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre Impacting more than 30,000 children and adults annually with its programming, the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre puts on five main stage productions and offers year-round classes in a range of arts and production classes. 2542B E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.763.6882; flct.org Hard Rock Live The 5,500-seat arena hosts plenty of musicians, comedians and sporting events for enthusiastic fans. 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954.797.5555; seminolehardrockhollywood.com/hard-rock-live.htm Hollywood Bandshell Home to 30 live bands, the Hollywood Bandshell features free local music to passersby. 200 Johnson St. & the Broadwalk, Hollywood; 954.921.3404; margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com/entertainment
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Lauderhill Performing Arts Center The 1,143-seat theater hosts diverse, quality performing arts programs. 3800 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill; 954.777.2055; lpacfl.com Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center With 498 seats, this auditorium enhances the academic experience at NSU and holds academic seminars and arts programming. 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Davie; 954.462.0222; nova.edu/miniaci/ NSU Museum of Art This hub of the South Florida art coast provides the community access to innovative exhibitions, a collection of more than 6,000 works and exceptional artistic expressions. 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.525.5500; nsuartmuseum.org
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THE OVERNIGHT NON-PROFIT Two FAU grads find themselves with millions of dollars and a novel plan to clean the world’s oceans.
By Eric Barton | Photography by C&I Studios
hat would you do if, almost overnight, you had nearly all the money you needed to solve one of the world’s problems? It’s a question that sounds hypothetical; a parlor game that could never happen in real life. Except that it did for two Florida Atlantic University grads, who, in a matter of months, found themselves with $40 million and an untested idea of how to spend it. It started back in 2015, when Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulze took a surfing trip to Bali, Indonesia. The trip was a bit of a celebration, having just finished at FAU. They imagined nothing more than days searching for the perfect wave. Cooper, 28, and Schulze, 27, found the beach littered with trash. They asked a lifeguard about it, and they learned that, with no real trash disposal service on the island, people just dump garbage in the rivers. Every day, plastic containers, and wrappers, and random flotsam washes up with the tide. They saw local fishermen nearby, most returning to shore with almost empty boats. “That’s when we had this crazy idea,” Schulze says. “We thought, ‘What if we hired these fishermen to pick up the trash?’” Their second crazy idea came later, when they were thinking about how to pay for an army of ocean trash collectors:
They decided to start selling bracelets. “We started telling our friends about it,” Cooper recalls, “and nobody thought it would work.” They designed a simple bracelet made out of bits of recycled plastic and glass, tied together with thread. And right away, when they started selling it in January 2017, people went nuts for the jewelry. With little marketing, they got thousands, then tens of thousands, then eventually hundreds of thousands of orders for the bracelets. “It took off almost immediately,” Cooper says of the company they named 4ocean. “It used to be that you have a good idea and maybe it takes off or not. Now with the internet, a good idea can have virality.” Raising $40 million in such a short time has its difficulties. Cooper and Schulze have had to rapidly scale up a company that didn’t exist two years ago. They now have 160 employees in Florida, with a headquarters near Clint Moore Road and Military Trail in Boca Raton. They have another 100 staffers in Haiti and 47 more in Bali. Hiring them all in a matter of months has taken far more work than they imagined for this project. “We’ve dedicated our lives to it; 14hour days, seven days a week,” Cooper says. Their efforts focus on two goals. First, they employ locals in developing nations to
clean trash from coastal waters and beaches. Then, they try to educate people to prevent the problem of trash getting dumped in rivers and drainage canals. After hiring the staff, logistics are the other major hurdle; Cooper and Schulze have had to negotiate trucks to pick up the trash and recycling centers to process it. They’ve worked now in 27 countries, in the Caribbean to Southeast Asia, and they hope someday to be in every corner of the globe, in every ocean. In total, they say they’ve collected 2 million tons of trash. That’s still just a dent in the problem: 8 million tons of plastic waste get dumped every year in the oceans. In November, 4ocean took a major step forward by spending $1 million to buy and outfit a new ship to help with ocean cleanup efforts. Ironically, the 135foot plastic-recovery vessel had a previous life working in the oil and gas industry in Louisiana. Now, it has been outfitted with an excavator, landing crafts and collection booms. After launching the ship in Fort Lauderdale in fall, they expected to set sail for Hispaniola to cruise the coast collecting trash that floats offshore every day. With a crew of 10, it can store 310,000 pounds of trash. From here, they plan to scale up, repeating their system in any country with offshore trash problems. “We’ve proven this works,” Cooper says. “Now we just have to repeat in country after country.”
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CAPTAIN OF THE BEES Evan McCarthy is an airline pilot who moonlights as a honeybee liberator.
By Eric Barton | Photography by C&I Studios
van McCarthy is in his front yard, loading up a trailer, and he’s talking about worstcase scenarios. “We just have to hope they’re not Africanized bees,” he says, dropping some protective gear in a wooden storage box. “They are nasty. They will chase you down the street. If we get there and they’re Africanized, we will know. We will know within minutes because we will be getting stung.” The Africanized bees, he explains, are a Frankenstein’s monster creation, a mix of Italian and African bees created to withstand the heat of Brazil. They are as aggressive as a drunk tank brawler. They are willing to kill themselves stinging someone for any reason, maybe just because they can. He double checks what he needs: bee suits, smoker, vacuum, hive boxes. He backs up his F-250, attaches the trailer, and he’s rolling. Evan, “The Bee Guy,” off to save one more hive; off to try to turn South Florida into a haven for the troubled honeybee. It’s not that McCarthy was always “The Bee Guy.” Actually, by day, he’s an airline pilot for Delta. But a few years ago, he was looking for a new hobby. So he tried out becoming an apiarist, a backyard beekeeper. He got obsessed and soon quite literally filled his home with equipment— nowadays with bee boxes and filters and coolers of honeycomb spread out everywhere. He started going to meet-up groups and delving into chatrooms, websites and YouTube videos. He discovered that the honeybee today is threatened by
pesticides and colony collapse disorder, some mysterious thing that makes whole hives just die. Since bees are responsible for pollinating fruits and vegetable plants, McCarthy thought this ought to be more of a big deal. As a pilot, McCarthy has a lot of downtime, working a schedule alternating between a few days on and then a few days off. He started using those downtimes to collect unwanted hives, sometimes from attic crawl spaces or maybe tucked into a rotted bit of fencing. He needed places to put them, so a friend posted on the app Nextdoor inquiring if people might want honeybee hives in their backyards. “Probably the most interesting thing about this was how many people were into it,” McCarthy says. Soon, he had six hives spread across Fort Lauderdale. Then it was closer to 20. Just from that one post, McCarthy started a waiting list of people who wanted hives, at last count totaling more than 25. He’s not looking to make money off it, so McCarthy created a non-profit. It’s called the Happy Bee Honey Club. He asks homeowners who get his hives to make a donation, maybe a couple hundred bucks, depending on what they can afford. It might cover the equipment he needs. McCarthy figures he’s donating the four-plus hours it takes him to move a hive. Like on this recent Thursday, when McCarthy drives a few blocks south from his home in the Citrus Isles neighborhood. He parks in front of a decrepit wood slat house that’s about to be demolished. There’s a beehive in a wall be-
tween a window and the main electrical box. The bees would have savaged the demolition team. The owner was planning to have an exterminator kill the hive until he heard about McCarthy. At first, McCarthy approaches the hive slowly, wearing just flip-flops, shorts and a T-shirt. “I don’t really care anymore about getting stung,” he says. “I’d rather get stung than roast in that suit.” There’s a credit-card-sized hole of wood rot about eye level, and the bees are using it as a landing pad. McCarthy explains that the goldenrod and Brazilian pepper plants are blooming, and so the bees are frantic to collect the pollen. He points to a worker bee that just landed, covered in a pumpkin-colored fuzz, the pollen that will soon become honey. Knowing the next step will anger the workers, McCarthy dons the full beekeeper suit. He uses a handsaw to cut into the side of the house. Removing the wood siding reveals a massive hive, four square feet at least. The honeycombs hang down in concentric rows, so full of honey it drips down the wood siding. Immediately, the bees start to attack. “Here they come!” McCarthy says, as the bees descend. They take potshots at McCarthy’s suit and divebomb his mesh facemask, but they’re unable to sting him through the fabric. They are not, thankfully, Africanized, so their attacks are fairly measured. Still, though, it’s unnerving to hear the buzzing, to see the bees swarm on the mesh less than an inch from his eyes, to have them crawl on the surface of his suit. McCarthy is largely used to it, but it’s an innately human reaction to freak
out just a little when a beehive attacks. He sprays the hive with a handheld smoker. The bees become frantic, passing quickly over the hive to collect as much honey as possible, like a person gathering his or her most valuable possessions from a burning home. “They think the hive is on fire, so they’re going to take as many resources as they can with them and try to set up the hive somewhere else,” McCarthy says. Before they can do that, McCarthy sets up a wood box beehive and attaches a vacuum to it. On the lowest setting as to not hurt the bees, he begins vacuuming them up into the box. The hive is years old, and there seems to be an endless supply of workers. Every time McCarthy passes the vacuum over a spot, a new swarm immediately replaces it. Sweating in the heavy cotton suit and
full Florida sun, it’s exhausting work, but within an hour he’s got a box full of bees. McCarthy uses a kitchen knife to cut the honeycomb out, removing it in sheets and placing it in rows of the hive box. The goal is to transport as much honey and larvae as he can, making sure the hive has resources to set up its new home. For five hours he’s there, removing and readying the bees for transport. McCarthy sets up the new hive a few blocks away in the backyard of a woman who contacted him from the Nextdoor posting. It’ll take a few months for the hive to reestablish itself, and McCarthy will have to come back multiple times to make sure it’s healthy. Eventually, the homeowner can harvest honey every couple weeks, perhaps gallons at a time.
From a sample McCarthy pulled out that day, the honey is a dark amber, not spicy like orange blossom honey, but thick and rich, tasting of caramel. After straining it through a mesh sieve using a potato masher, it’s unfiltered, so there’s bits of honeycomb and pollen, which McCarthy says makes it even healthier, a respite for allergy sufferers. McCarthy has big plans for where this could go. Maybe someday he has a team of beekeepers spread out across South Florida, or the entire country, or maybe the globe, all working for his non-profit to save honeybees. For now, though, he’s still working mostly in his neighborhood, just your average commercial airline pilot saving honeybees and creating new devotees to his Happy Bee Honey Club.
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Lighthouse Bridal & Letterpress Design A one-stop shop for bridal needs By Melissa Puppo
egan Mejia doesn’t come from a background in weddings, but that didn’t stop her from opening a shop dedicated to the modern bride. Just off Sunrise Boulevard at the Gateway Shopping Center is Lighthouse Bridal & Letterpress Design; what Megan refers to as her “no frills, easygoing bridal boutique.” “After having trouble finding a cool, laid-back bridal shop in Fort Lauderdale, I knew it was my destiny to open one in this community I was born and raised in,” she says recalling the time when engaged to her now husband, Sebastian Mejia. Megan handles the bridal side of the business; Sebastian handles the design, website and branding. There’s also a Chandler & Price letterpress in the back he uses for brides interested in designing custom, handmade paper goods, like invitations, for their weddings. Inside, natural light bounces off rows of white and ivory bridal gowns alongside hanging lights, greenery and bohemian decor. It’s an intimate space designed to focus on the bride-to-be.
A collection of gowns from 10 different indie designers across the world are featured inside, including Made with Love and Emmy Mae based in Australia. Megan travels twice a year to New York to meet with up-and-coming designers and to view runway shows to get a taste of the season’s trends. “I truly buy what I like and invest in designers that fit our shop aesthetic,” she says. Want to know what’s trending now? Megan says long sleeves. She carries several gowns that can be customized to include the addition of fabric. Brides can also shop a selection of accessories to complete their special-day look. The best part just might be how relaxed the gown appointments are when removing the overwhelming selection of dresses common at other shops. Soon-to-be brides must first book appointments (no walk-ins are accepted) to start the process of saying “yes” to a dream dress. “It’s a very personalized experience; we love to get to know the bride, her vision, her love story and what she wants in a bridal gown,” Megan says.
Lighthouse Bridal & Letterpress Design, 1958 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale / 954.903.3644 / lighthousebridal.com
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French Biking Bliss Cycling past chateaux in central France by G L O R I A S T U A R T
fter convincing girlfriends last year to bike with me in the Swiss Alps, I hesitated to make my next request. But who could resist France’s Loire Valley and a bike tour lead by the crème de la crème of biking outfitters, Butterfield and Robinson? Fortunately for me, a resounding, “yes,” was the hoped-for answer. Starting our trip in Paris was a must, and we chose a perfect location on the famous Left Bank, Madison Hôtel, which is located opposite the historic church of St-Germain-des-Prés, near legendary Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots. This chic boutique hotel specializes in personal service delivered through a friendly staff. Private tour to Monet’s Giverny? Musée d’Orsay? Dining reservations? Your wish is their command. Exploring this area fires up the imagination—famous intellectuals roamed along Rue Bonaparte, and
Jean-Paul Sartre and Ernest Hemingway were locals. After our Parisian jaunt, we spent a few short hours on a TGV speed train from the glamorous City of Lights to the Garden of France. B&R created an itinerary surpassing expectations for the Loire Valley, a serene countryside of rolling hills producing the sweet nectar of famous vineyards—Chinon, Sancerre, Vouvray, Pouilly-Fumé. The Loire Valley abides by the INAO, co-founded by Chateauneuf-du-Pape producer, Baron Le Roy. Our wine sommelier, Vincent Naudinet, explained that the organization is a bit like the wine police of France, instructing how to prune grapes, giving a certain date of when to start picking from vines. Amazingly, irrigation systems are forbidden. Fines are imposed for disobeying. Beyond the vines, the spectacular chateaux were designed and financed by the wealth of French kings. Landscapes were designed by Italian gardeners, architects and artisans who imported an Italian-renaissance style to France. Our first rendezvous with B&R was Domaine de Tortinière, a chateau that has been in the same family for generations with acres of grounds blanketed by lavender and white cyclamens, stunning trees and pathways to explore. Riding along the Touraine countryside was exceptional, as well as the Manse valley. Every possible detail imaginable was organized, from extraordinary culinary experiences, to refreshed water bottles prior to every ride (let’s not forget your preference of fresh lemons and limes), to musicians greeting us as we approached our last dinner together. B&R’s philosophy of “slowing down to see the world” brings the whole level of biking up to the highest standard.
- Love soufflés? One of the best in Paris is served at Astier, a local favorite since 1956 that’s considered one of the “fathers of Parisian bistro cuisine.” Also try an amazing cheese board; restaurantastier.com. - Must try Loire Valley dessert? The Tarte Tatin—a famous caramelized apple pie. Contact Gloria Stuart at gloria@gulfstreammediagroup. com or 954.683.5337
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Tommy Thompson holds a $50 pioneer gold piece retrieved earlier that year—1989—from the wreck of the SS Central America.
THE MODERN-DAY MISSING TREASURE MILLIONS OF GOLD COINS WENT MISSING IN 2010, RIGHT HERE, JUST WAITING FOR SOMEBODY TO COMB THE EVIDENCE FOR CLUES. By Eric Barton | Image by The Associated Press
ust like any treasure hunt, the details are sketchy, a modern-day version of a deserted island map, with an X marking the spot. But here’s what we know. Back in 2010, famed treasure hunter Tommy Thompson told his girlfriend to show up to a selfstorage facility in Fort Lauderdale. She had briefcases—they can’t recall how many—holding 150 pounds in gold coins. Five hundred coins, to be exact—worth at least a couple million. Thompson, now 66 and sitting indefinitely in federal prison, and his girlfriend say she passed the briefcases to someone Thompson found online, representing a company that was supposed to keep them safe. Maybe keep them in the storage facility. Maybe take them to Belize. And from there, who knows what happened with the gold? Perhaps Thompson and his girlfriend made up the story to keep the fortune for themselves. Possibly, the person who took the coins made off like a bandit. Or maybe, after continuing on with this story, by reading between the lines of Thompson’s tale, you’ll know exactly where to find the gold.
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efore you start putting Xs on a map, here is a bit of background on Thompson. It begins in the mid-’80s in Columbus, Ohio, a Rust Belt city suffering at the time from a string of major closures. Westinghouse and the Ohio Penitentiary were among the places where thousands got pink slips. Maybe after a string of bad luck, people in Columbus were ready for a get-rich-quick plan— which is what Thomas G. “Tommy” Thompson offered them. Thompson had worked as an oceanic engineer at Battelle Memorial Institute, a non-profit research group in Columbus that has developed everything from armor plating for World War II tanks to the fuel used in the first nuclear submarine. Having become obsessed with the idea of
(above) Captain Herndon went down with his ship after doing all he could for his passengers and crew aboard the SS Central America (left) A contemporary painting of the SS Central America
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AT THE TIME, THE PRESS PORTRAYED THOMPSON AS A SWASHBUCKLING TREASURE HUNTER WHO HAD COMBINED MODERN-DAY TECHNOLOGY WITH THE GUMPTION OF A PRIVATEER.
(above) “Garden of Gold” on the site of the SS Central America at a depth of 8,000 feet in 34 F water (left) In August 1991, Tommy Thompson, left, stands at the helm of the Arctic Explorer in Norfolk, Virginia.
finding sunken treasure, Thompson built an underwater robot he named “Nemo.” Showing it off to prospective investors from 1985 to 1986, Thompson convinced 161 people and companies to chip in $12.7 million to fund his plans. This wasn’t just friends and family—Thompson lured some of the city’s biggest companies at the time to invest, including the owners of the local newspaper, The Columbus Dispatch. Convincing the press to come on board would in part become his undoing. With the money, Thompson created Recovery Limited, an ocean exploration outfit. It would search for a lost fortune that others had spent more than a century trying to find. Thompson hired a crew, bought ships and headed out to deep water off South Carolina’s coast. Surprisingly quickly, they literally struck
gold. In 8,000 feet of water, Thompson discovered the wreck of the SS Central America. The ship had gone down in a hurricane in 1857. Four hundred and twenty-five people drowned. With them, 10 tons of gold that had originated in the hills outside San Francisco sunk to the ocean floor. In today’s dollars, the gold is worth $292 million. By 1989, Thompson and his crew had pulled up three tons of gold. They reported that they had spotted even more nearby, just waiting for them to return to the wreck. They had explored just five percent of the site and figured over the course of the next few years they could pull up tons more in gold. At the time, the press portrayed Thompson as a swashbuckling treasure hunter who had combined modern-day technology with the
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gumption of a privateer. Having invested in his compaInstead, Thompson ran. ny, his hometown newspaper portrayed Thompson as a hompson began his life on the run by renting a contemporary Robin Hood; someone who would spread mansion in Vero Beach, according to court papers. a fortune around Columbus. “This gold is part of the largHe brought along his former assistant-turned-girlest treasure trove in American history,” Thompson said in 1989. “But the history of the SS Central America is … a friend, Alison Antekeier. They lived like squatters, with celebration of American ideals: free enterprise and hard few pieces of furniture or clothing, they paid for everything with cash, and they hid their money in pipes buried work.” But, when he arrived back at the docks from one of in the ground. Marshals in Columbus learned in October 2012 where his trips to the wreck site, a lawsuit waited for him. Thirty-nine insurance companies that had paid out on a policy they were hiding. But Thompson and Antekeier fled days that insured the SS Central America claimed they were before they arrived. Inside the home, police found a dozowed the gold. The lawsuit became a morass of legal fil- en cell phones, a book on how to live off the grid and ings, appeals and reversed judgments. It would take a de- straps used to hold stacks of bills, stamped “$10,000.” Thompson and Antekeier then lived for a year at cade before the case was settled, with Thompson and his the Hilton Boca Raton investors awarded 92.2 Suites in Boca Raton, percent of the treasure. using a fake name for “It was a shame the registration and payinsurance companies ing in cash. When were allowed to sue marshals arrived, they him,” says Gary Kinder, found Thompson in a a Seattle author who Lincoln parked in front wrote a book about of the hotel. According Thompson. “It brought to an arrest report, he everything to a screechhad $6,500 in cash and ing halt.” four cell phones. Two years later, in Back in Ohio, a 2000, Thompson unPolice released photos of Tommy Thompson and girlfriend Alison federal judge ordered loaded his company’s Antekeier after they went on the run. Thompson to reveal gold to the California the source of the monGold Marketing Group for $52 million. Thompson has said the proceeds went ey he was using while on the run. Attorneys for his former to pay his expenses and legal fees, and some investors investors claimed he had pocketed the 500 missing gold would claim in court papers that they saw none of it. In coins. Thompson told the court the story about the self2005, The Columbus Dispatch owners and another investor sued Thompson, seeking a full accounting of his com- storage facility in Fort Lauderdale. He claimed he pany’s finances. Nine people who had worked to salvage didn’t remember many of the details. Where the gold the gold sued next, and in 2006 a federal judge ordered coins are now, that’s anybody’s guess, he said. “I wanted them to be safe,” Thompson said during Thompson to turn over a full inventory. Thompson’s company filed for bankruptcy in 2012, claiming there was no five hours of meandering testimony this past November. At one point, he claimed he didn’t know where they were money left for investors. In August 2012, Thompson was expected to show up located, but then under pressure from attorneys, he said to a court hearing in one of his many legal cases. He was he believed they were his compensation for the years he supposed to tell the judge what happened to 500 coins spent working to find the wreck. “I’m supposed to have the keys to my freedom by that were still unaccounted for; that never made it into telling where the coins are, but I don’t know where the the big sell-off of the treasure.
coins are,” he said. “I put them in an off-shore trust. The trustee can put them anywhere he wants.” In court, Antekeier said she moved the missing coins around over the course of four years, shipping them between California and Jacksonville. Antekeier testified that in 2010, Thompson told her to bring the coins to a self-storage business in Fort Lauderdale. She put the coins, weighing about 150 pounds, in four or five suitcases. She claims she handed them over to a stranger and simply walked out. In late November, a jury awarded Thompson’s investors $19.4 million in a civil case that claimed he had cheated them. Just how they will collect the money, however, isn’t clear. The federal judge in Thompson’s case, Algenon L. Marbley, has refused to believe Thompson’s claims that he doesn’t know where the missing coins went. “As long as you are content to be a master of misdirection and deceit to the court, I am content to let you sit,” Marbley said in court. The judge ordered Thompson be held in federal prison on contempt charges until he came clean about where the coins are located. In court papers, Marbley wrote that the case has a “tortured history” and “littered the dockets of so many courts, just as the Central America’s treasure once littered the floor of the Atlantic.” For every day Thompson sits in jail, the judge fines him $1,000. The daily tally is added to a $250,000 fine Thompson was already assessed for refusing to tell the court where the coins went. And that’s, at least upon this writing, where Thompson has remained. Thompson, inmate No. 07332-104, has called the low-security Federal Cor-
rectional Institution Milan in eastern Michigan home, and maybe he will for the rest of his days. If Thompson knows where the gold coins are located, the secret just might die with him. He left clues, though. The meeting in Fort Lauderdale. The reference to Belize. The briefcases.
Perhaps someone can scour his hundreds of hours of testimony and depositions for clues. Maybe there’s a witness out there to this secret 2010 meeting. A modern-day treasure hunter might just come up with this fortune. It just might be you.
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G OU RM A N D S Fort Lauderdale may not get the foodie attention of Portland or Austin, but for the locals, that means fewer lines at places that could contend anywhere.
ver since Louie Bossi moved from sister restaurant Big City Tavern to open a Las Olas restaurant that bears his name, Louie Bossi’s has been swamped. It’s true at the boozy brunches, the three-deep-at-the-bar happy hours, and a dinner scene that spreads out on the front patio and comfy back piazza. Also on Las Olas is El Camino Fort Lauderdale, a cavernous dining room that combines industrial chic with Mexican flair that always seems buzzing.
While hotel restaurants used to be tourists-only, you’ll find locals crowding beachfront spots including Geoffrey Zakarian’s Point Royal in the Diplomat in Hollywood, the Asian fusion of the Hard Rock casino’s Kuro, the foodmarket-meets-upscale Burlock Coast inside the Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, and the stunning ocean views from the patio of Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach’s Terra Mare. And did we mention Stephen Starr’s new Mexican place El Vez at the W Fort Lauderdale? Because you should definitely hit that one too.
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No Fort Lauderdale chef appears to be getting more attention these days than Food Network “Chopped” champion Adrienne Grenier, the locally bred head of Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa’s 3030 Ocean, where fresh fish and inventive menu items shine.
(top) Louie Bossi’s; (bottom left) Regina’s Farm; (bottom right) Terra Mare
These days the big national trend is chef-driven restaurants, and you’ll find just that at Hardy Park Bistro, where chef Philip Darmon and wife, Jessica Rossitto, teamed up to create a cozy spot with an ever-changing menu. For something entirely different, head to Regina’s Farm, where the Rodrigues family converts their Sailboat Bend backyard into a Brazilian feast every other Saturday. Plan in advance for this one: Regina’s now has a waiting list stretching out for months.
At Valentino Cucina Italiana, where artfully plated dishes are served at what may be the handsomest dining room in town situated along South Federal Highway, the restaurant attracted a more casual crowd with an adjoining sister small-plates concept, One Door East.
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with 24 stories of suite-only rooms, ranging from one to three bedrooms and spacious penthouses at the top. Guests get access to beach chairs and umbrellas for a visit to the sand, bike rentals and spa discounts. On the bottom floor, Terra Mare restaurant takes inspiration from the nearby sea.
When Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale took over the former St. Regis in 2013, it adopted a hotel that seemed more sleek and modern than the comfortable and relaxed-chic spaces found in most of the chain. That changed when the Ritz spent $9 million in 2015 to remake the lobby, which now is headlined by the frequently lauded and locally sourced Burlock Coast restaurant.
The W Fort Lauderdale also received a re-
vamp recently, topping out at $55 million to completely remake the lobby, entrances, bars, a new El Vez restaurant and all 517 guest rooms. Gone is the former industrial look, replaced with a more nautical, modern feel. The renovation at The Diplomat in Holly-
wood nearly doubled that total, with $100 million spent to give the spacious lobby and 988 guest rooms a beach-chic vibe. With 10 restaurants and bars, the place often feels like a party, especially when convention season brings in the masses.
If the kids are coming along on a staycation, head to The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort, where a lagoon-style pool creates a daylong playground, from its waterfalls to the happy-hour-ready cabanas.
Maybe the best reason to stay at the
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is that, because the building
is situated perpendicular to the shore, every room has a view of the ocean. But there’s also BalQony, a deck and recreation area that spreads out above the ocean, with 20,000 square feet of space. Downstairs there’s S3, the small plates concept from local dining experts The Restaurant People.
The giant flip-flop statue in the lobby sets the tone at the Margaritaville Beach Resort, where Jimmy Buffett’s lyrics can be spotted just about everywhere. While the bars and restaurants have a definite Hollywood beach laid-back vibe, the lobby and rooms feature a more upscale, ocean-inspired theme. In
case you have a frozen drink fix at all hours, blenders are available from room service. For a quieter weekend away, there’s the colonial-Caribbean charm at The Pillars Hotel, a boutique on the Intracoastal that feels plopped down from Bermuda. At night, the Secret Garden, open only to guests and members, serves up a menu dotted with Moroccan-inspired dishes in a romantic dining room that spreads out along the pool deck.
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(top) Broward Center for the Performing Arts; (bottom) Savor Cinema
THEAT ER & S H O W E N T H U S I A S T S For fans of theater and concerts, there’s a true range in greater Fort Lauderdale, from the tiny playhouses where locals can submit their own screenplays to cavernous venues hosting superstars.
t’s hard to imagine a better spot for the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, perched on a 5.5acre spot overlooking the New River. It opened in 1991 and bills itself as the artistic heart of the county, with an economic impact upwards of $90 million and offering everything from traveling Broadway shows to an arts education program that serves 150,000 students a year. Its young professionals arm, the Ghost Light Society, expects in the coming year to hit $1 million raised in just a decade.
The Broward Center’s sister facility, the Parker Playhouse, has stood for a half century. It opened in 1967 with “The Odd Couple” and has covered the gamut since, now with regular plays and concerts in its 1,191-seat space. With painted frescoes and mid-century modern decor, the place seems frozen in time, although a major renovation is in the works.
Since it opened in 2005, Hard Rock Live has been home to touring acts and shows, filling its 5,500-seat indoor arena with names you know, including B.B. King, Bon Jovi, The Killers and Tim McGraw. It also hosts comedy shows and sports events, including boxing, tennis and rodeos. For the big shows, though, you’ll be heading to the BB&T Center, which packs in as many as 25,000 for concerts. Home to the Florida Panthers hockey team, the BB&T received upgrades including a $2.9 million scoreboard and the upscale Club Red, which feels like a 12,000-square-foot nightclub landed at a hockey arena, with season tickets topping $16,000. The Vanguard may be far smaller, but the former 1939 church instead bills itself as a “sanctuary for the arts.” The black box performance space serves as the home base for the Thinking Cap Theatre, which every year pulls in lists of South Florida theater awards.
A former church on the south side of downtown also serves as the home of the quirky Savor Cinema, which shows alternative and second-run movies, and hosts the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. At Empire Stage on Flagler Drive, the mission is about taking risks, collaborating and creating an environment for playwrights and actors to try something new. The collective serves up shows that especially target diversity, including senior and LGBTQ populations. Always asking for collaborations, Empire Stage even takes screenplays from budding local writers.
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ART A N D C U LT U R E L O V E R S Fort Lauderdale remains one of the fastest-growing places in the country, and that’s also true for our art scene.
t the heart of it is the NSU
Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, which rose from
humble beginnings in a Las Olas storefront to a nationally recognized museum. The museum’s 83,000-square-foot building, designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, is itself a piece of art, and inside the permanent collection holds 6,000 works. The museum plucked Director and Chief Curator Bonnie Clearwater from Miami in 2013, and she has set the museum on a course of shows that get international attention, like this year’s expansive Frank Stella exhibit.
While Bonnet House receives far less attention, it remains a favorite of locals for everything from weddings to quiet afternoons spent getting lost in its beachfront 35-acre gardens. Chicago-bred artist Frederic Clay Bartlett
(top left) ArtServe; (top right) Museum of Discovery & Science; (right middle) Bonnet House; (right bottom) NSU Art Museum
built the house in 1920, and it still feels like the home of an eccentric painter, with quirky sitting rooms and studio space in stark contrast to the stuffy grand homes typically available to tour. The Museum of Discovery & Science plays host to many things, start-
ing foremost with largely interactive exhibits, like the permanent Everglades Airboat Adventure and the traveling show “Eureka! The Science of Archimedes.” It’s also a popular birthday party venue for kids, hosts one of the region’s biggest food and wine events, and boasts a 300-seat Imax theater.
For the emerging local art scene, there’s
ArtServe, which works to empower
creative spirit through exhibitions and events, from weekly open mics to shows.
With no art district to speak of just a decade ago, Fort Lauderdale now has two of them, spread out over several blocks in the north downtown neighborhoods of FATVillage and Flagler Village. A weekly art walk on the last Saturday of the month keeps galleries open late and attracts vendors and food trucks that serve thousands of visitors walking the streets.
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ONE LAST UNTAMED PLACE GUATEMALA REMAINS LARGELY UNTRAMPLED, FOR THOSE WILLING TO ADD ADVENTURE TO THEIR VACATION.
Words and opening photos by Eric Barton
ur water taxi, with an arrowhead hull the color of a cool morning sky and rows of matching plastic seats, pulls away from the dock at a crawl. The driver stands in the back, looking over the covering that makes us duck as we find a place in the shade. He cuts the engines and looks almost like he’s sniffing the wind. “We left too late,” says Paula, a local who has joined us for the trip. Here, on Lake Atitlán in the remote Guatemalan countryside, there’s a regular wind that the Mayas call Xocomil. If it comes from the south, up from the ocean, legend says it will
gently sweep the sin away from the towns that dot the shores. But if it comes from the north, cold and whipped off the mountain peaks, it carries the souls of the recently deceased. On those days, Xocomil shrieks through the valleys. The lake will become as churned as a crowded bath, waves crashing like hand claps, threatening to capsize the tippy flat-bottom boats favored by the locals. Like clockwork, Xocomil begins daily at 3 o’clock. It’s 10 after 3 p.m. Paula asks the driver if the winds are coming from the north today. He turns off to his left, then to his right. He seems to inspect the clouds, balls of cotton floating over volcanoes
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The hipster food hall La Esquina might seem out of Brooklyn, but it sits in the shadow of Antigua’s active volcano.
that rise like majestic pyramids. “The lake can be tranquil, like it is now, and then all of a sudden the Xocomil arrives,” the driver says, ominously. “But,” and he pauses, seeming to sniff at the air again, “not today.” With that, the driver floors the accelerator and our water taxi blasts from the shoreline, leaving the charming town of San Juan La Laguna and the mountains behind it, looking like a tropical version of Switzerland. We also leave behind the only worrying moment on our weeklong trip to Guatemala. With a bloody civil war years behind it now, this Central American country still maintains a reputation in the States as a place of unrest and unsafe streets. It’s largely not true. Instead, Guatemala is a place less traveled, less explored, full of treasures. Many of the foreigners we met were Europeans, with Americans still unaware of this place’s intense beauty, warm people and charming colonial towns.
It isn’t always easy to find your way in this country, but for those who shun cruise ship itineraries for vacations full of adventure, here’s where to find it. ANTIGUA On Sunday afternoons in Antigua, Guatemala’s most charming town, it seems every single person from the nearby countryside has come in for the day. For our group of four travelers, this is our first stop in the country and our inaugural look of the captivating traditional Mayan clothing: shirt, fabric belt, and pants or skirt, all sewn from differing and unmatched patterns and colors. It’s common to see one woman wearing a veritable rainbow: her blouse stitched with gold animal prints and a rich blue that symbolizes water; her belt dotted with silver sparkles and green for the forest-covered mountains; and her skirt dramatically striped and red, for the blood of her ancestors. It’s the outfit not just worn by
street vendors, who sell salted mango and the tart jocote fruit that tastes like someone combined an apple and an orange. You’ll find it on mothers with babies slung over their backs in fabric hammocks, on shopkeepers, and even sometimes on the drivers of two-seat taxis that are nothing more than a rickshaw hastily welded to a motorcycle. Antigua was once the colonial capital of Guatemala. But when the Spaniards moved it to Guatemala City in 1773, Antigua became a sleepy, almost forgotten village of streets with rough cobblestones, gaps between them sometimes as wide as a truck tire. That changed in the ’50s, when backpackers and hostel-bound tourists discovered the place’s charm, still full of aging and colorful colonial buildings in the shadow of active volcanoes that beckon hikers. Walking under the city’s famed street-wide arch and past the fountain in Plaza Mayor, it’s rare to make eye
Casa Palopó’s rooms look out on Lake Atitlán and a view that feels transported from a European fjord.
contact with a local who doesn’t offer a greeting and a wide smile. This is an unbelievably friendly country, and when asked about it, the locals will explain with pride that they want us to feel welcome, as if they’ve invited us in for the warm corn drinks they serve in the cool weather. And in much of the country, with altitudes at least as high as the city of Denver, it’s almost always chilly, which is why they call this place the Land of Eternal Spring. As we set out for dinner at the French restaurant Bistrot Cinq— with escargot to start, followed by the local trout almandine—the evening temperature has dropped into the 50s. The streets are quiet, now that the daytrippers have left for the countryside, and we can hear little more than the sound of dishes clanking from kitchen windows. We stay that night in Villa Las Pilas, which like other traditional Guatemalan homes, is set up like a little compound,
with walls along the street. Open-air common areas face into a central courtyard full of bougainvillea, a fountain and small patches of grass. A lap pool stretches out in front of the main suite, bigger than your average loft, and the living areas are full of comfy couches spread out in front of fireplaces. With its humming hostels and boutique hotels catering to adventurous travelers, Antigua also has a hipster vibe, most evident in the new food-hall-style spot La Esquina, with separate stations serving up trendy tacos and barbecued meats. You’ll see the clientele later at dusty expat dives and the juice bar with a VW bus crammed into a storefront and a hotel with an old prop plane in the courtyard. The next morning we head to the hills just outside town, where a helicopter swoops in to pick us up for our next destination. Antigua exudes charm, but next we will find a place that feels like Europe, reinvented by the Mayas.
L A K E AT I T L Á N As we fly north, the Guatemalan farm country splays out beneath us, like a patchwork quilt of vegetables and fruits and grains. Giant fissures where rivers flow beneath old growth trees cut through the countryside. On the horizon, hills and then volcanoes beyond, rise until clouds devour the peaks. Finally, between the razor edges of dormant volcanoes, we spot the water. We follow the view inward, tracing the line of a valley until Lake Atitlán spreads out below us. It formed before the start of time from a colossal volcanic eruption, which left behind a caldera that filled with spring water, now so deep nobody has reached the bottom. The Spanish named the towns along its banks for the 12 apostles, and it’s clear why they gave this place such spiritual names. Think Lake Como, with little towns looking as if they were transported from the Alps, pastel-painted cities clinging to mountainsides that fall into the water.
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Arriving from the helipad above Casa Palopรณ allows a view of the Missionstyle property and the lake waiting below.
Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel, Petén We land at the grass helipad above Casa Palopó, a hotel that every experienced traveler should add to their lifetime wish list, among those spots in the Maldives or Fiji that you’ve always wanted to visit. The Spanish-mission-style property spreads out among separate villas and private rooms, all with balconies that look out to the lake and a trio of volcanoes. The owner, Claudia Bosch, is part of a family that owns Pollo Campero, a Guatemalan fast-food fried chicken shop empire. She outfitted the place full of original artworks, colonial charm and a comfortable warmth that’ll immediately make you feel at home. Her chef, Eduardo González, is the country’s version of Emeril Lagasse or maybe Rachael Ray, with a cooking show dedicated to the country’s traditional cuisine. For dinner, he serves us pasta tossed with a nutty, creamy sauce named pepian, and he keeps bringing out plates full of traditional desserts, like a candied squash called chilacayote. At night, the lights from the villages along the lake fill the horizon with what looks like a Milky Way, twinkling along the calm waters reflecting a nearly full moon. The next morning, we take the water taxi across to San Juan, where the streets are well traveled by college kids and budget-wise Europeans who come for immersive Spanish schools. It’s also a village known for co-ops; inside Ixoq Ajkeem, a shack made of what appears to be found wood, 40 women have banded together to sell fabrics woven with tools invented millennia ago and dyed with insects, bark and flowers. We find our way down alley-wide streets of cobblestones to Cafe El Artesano, a restaurant that would seem at home in Basque country or Tuscany, full of mountain views and charming table setups in between potted flowers and under pergolas. The specialty—actually the only menu items—is boards of charcuterie, near countless cured meats and cheeses served with warm bread and carafes of wine. If they had hammocks to nap, we might never have left. Which is maybe why we were a tad late to catch the water taxi before the start of the afternoon winds. Luckily for us, though, the Xocomil came down relatively gently from the south that afternoon, whisking away the sins of the lake and giving us nothing more than an occasional whitecap on our way back to Casa Palopó. Another helicopter ride awaited us the next morning, and then we were off to our third Guatemalan adventure, this one even more a journey into the past. PETÉN The town of Flores, in the hot Yucatán Peninsula state of Petén, juts up from the country’s third-largest lake below us as we arrive by air, making a dramatic circle above it. When the Spanish arrived here in the 15th century, Flores was a spiritual Mayan city, with 13 temples built from ancient rock on the hilly island city, a place of prayer and perhaps human sacrifice. The Spanish demolished all of it, using the rock for cobblestone streets and constructing colonial-style buildings, some still standing today. But as we enter Flores that afternoon, the scorching sun reveals a shabby town that has suffered from a mysteriously rising lake, which has devoured the once-charming promenade that used to encircle the city. Left behind are honky-tonks, T-shirt shops and a hilltop church that offers a cool break from the devouring heat. Our true respite, though, comes that evening as we head to Las Lagunas, another boutique hotel that should also be added to everyone’s someday list. The property occupies what’s essentially a nature preserve, a natural swampland and wide lake full of egrets and cormorants and lazy
Head down a dirt road into a nature preserve to reach Las Lagunas, a series of cabins on stilts, sticking out into lush wetlands. From the balconies of the villas, flocks of birds and crocodiles can be spotted, and the eerie sound of howler monkeys will fill the silence at night. For sunset, relax on a boat cruise of the lake, highlighted with a trip to feed the monkeys that occupy two islands. Take dinner in the newly built main resort building, by poolside, or in a romantic boathouse filled with candles at the end of a dock. At night, rooms exude comfort, from plush beds to Jacuzzis on the deck; from $315, laslagunashotel.com
Casa Palopó, Lake Atitlán
The feel of this boutique hotel is decidedly Spanish mission, and the views from the balconies in the villas are downright stunning. Every room offers vistas of Lake Atitlán and the volcanoes beyond it. A short walk to the village of Santa Catarina Palopó allows for an up-close look at an art project to paint colorful Mayan symbols on homes and businesses. For dinner, the hotel’s executive chef, Eduardo González, combines classic Guatemalan flavors into modern dishes that would seem at home in Miami or Paris. The lake offers much to explore, but be sure to leave downtime at this boutique with elegant comforts; from $315 and $1,600 for a five-bedroom villa in season, casapalopo.com
Villa Las Pilas, Antigua
In the center of Antigua, next to one of its most popular parks, this villa feels like living as a Guatemalan for the night, in a traditional home spread across multiple common areas, with three bedrooms and a formal dining room. A rooftop lounge allows for views of the often-puffing volcano, and the cool courtyard is a calm respite from the bustling village; from $300, jacadatravel.com
La Esquina, Antigua
This food hall concept would fit perfectly in Wynwood or Brooklyn, full of chic design touches like mismatched tile floors and colorful piñatas hanging everywhere. Bars and food stalls sell fresh juices, barbecued meats and creative takes on tacos. Leave room for doughnuts with local flair, like the impossibly red hibiscus glazed; mercaditolaesquina.com
Bistrot Cinq, Antigua
Former Miami chef Robbin Haas has opened a pair of restaurants in the colonial city of Antigua, including this French bistro that shines with fresh ingredients and a deep wine list; bistrocinq.com
Cafe El Artesano, San Juan La Laguna
Chef and owner H. Dietrich Gantenbein cooked in restaurants around the globe until his daughter asked one day why he never cooked for her. So he moved his family to the remote city of San Juan La Laguna and opened a five-table spot only for those with reservations. Plates holding a couple dozen cheeses and meats cost about $20 each, but there’s no leaving before trying the daily desserts; cafeelartesano.com
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Surrounded by a nature preserve, the spa and luxurious cottages of Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel ought to be on everyone’s list of grand hotels to visit.
crocs that drift by just past the reeds. Islands in the center of the water hold wild monkeys that can be fed by hand for those who drift up on the hotel’s boat. You’ll see all that nature from cabins built on stilts above the water, with interiors full of comforts like plush beds and jet-lined showers and a hot tub on the porch. It’s all connected by wooden walkways to an open-air main building, with a resort-like fine dining restaurant and infinity pool covered by an old-grown oak. At night come the crickets, bullfrogs, and then, above it all, the howler monkeys, who let loose an imagination-churning growl louder than that of a lion. We will maybe never be deeper in a swamp and yet also so surrounded by comforts. The next morning we depart early, headed north to a place called Tikal. It was once the capital of the Mayas, the New York City of ancient Mesopotamia. Some have estimated its population was once larger than Fort Lauderdale, perhaps 120,000 people. It suffered from
overpopulation, and a severe drought forced them to largely abandon it in the 9th century. The jungle took over, and by the time it was rediscovered by German explorers in 1853, it sat under a dense forest full of primates, jaguars and toucans. We find a place still largely uncovered, the once grand plazas buried under feet of soil and banyan trees. Ancient pyramids hide under hills covered in brambles and undergrowth. We keep walking, though, and begin to see parts of the uncovered city. We walk first into a complex of ancient buildings, limestone bricks stacked up to make apartment buildings that now house bats and swarms of swallows that will blast out in unison as you begin to explore the depths. The path takes us further into the ancient city, and there above the trees we can make out the first signs of the pyramids. They rise up here and there, steep and foreboding, in varying states of jungle. We climb up their stone steps
as if on ladders, hand-over-hand, until we reach the tops, 20 stories high, which would put it among Boca Raton’s tallest buildings. As we rest, we realize the way down will be dizzying. On the top, there’s a commanding view. Not just over the treetops, where occasionally we can see the gray towers of the temples ascending. But we’re also high enough to ponder the breadth of it. We wonder how Spaniards failed to find this place, and what they would have done with it if they had. Somebody brings up why so few travelers from the States make this trip—we’ve met just one American, a Florida State student from Miami, in the entire park. We talk about Flores, getting swallowed by the lake, possibly because of overpopulation, maybe someday disappearing like Tikal once did, history repeating itself. And from up here, we also reach a vantage point over this place, Guatemala, spread out as an untamed jungle that meets rolling hills in the distance, a country still largely waiting to be explored.
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SHAREABLE DESSERTS This Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, end date night on a sweet note with delights meant for divvying from 12 local spots.
BY ALYSSA MORLACCI, MELISSA PUPPO AND KAYLA ZIADIE
DESSERT PLATTER AT ETARU Whether dining oceanside in Hallandale Beach or opting for the metropolitan feel inside Fort Lauderdale’s Icon Las Olas, ETARU is a can’t-miss culinary gem that serves contemporary Japanese cuisine. While the beautifully plated black kampachi sashimi is a must, our eyes are on the Dessert Platter. Almost too pretty to eat, the presentation includes a rainbow assortment of ETARU’s most decadent desserts. Split bites of guava mousse with grilled papaya, mango biscuit and passion fruit sorbet; smoked coconut with passion fruit parfait and raspberry; peanut, vanilla and chocolate sundae with sesame poki sticks; dark chocolate and green tea pudding, crunchy jivara and pear ice cream; and assorted fruits, mochi and ice creams; $14/person, etarurestaurant.us.
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TOWERING CARROT CAKE AT APEIRO KITCHEN & BAR Meant for two mouths or more, the Towering Carrot Cake at Apeiro in Delray Marketplace complements a Mediterranean meal. It’s made with cream cheese frosting, cinnamon, pecans and toasted coconut. But before splitting dessert, share small plates of lamb sliders or spicy mahi tacos and flatbreads topped with prosciutto sausage or forest mushroom. The menu is inspired by Italy to Greece to Portugal to Morocco, and post-dinner dishes are kept simple and fresh. After something sweet, try to knock down all 10 pins at the neighboring CineBowl and Grille; $15, delray.apeirorestaurants.com.
SMITH ISLAND CAKE AT LOCH BAR Not-your-average piece of cake, this dessert uses 17 layers of ganache and yellow cake to create a shareable slice for an ideal way to end a meal at Mizner Park’s Loch Bar. The official dessert of the state of Maryland pays homage to the restaurant’s original digs at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore. Owners Alex Smith and Eric Smith first brought their Ouzo Bay concept to Boca Raton more than a year ago. With its success, they decided to bring sister restaurant Loch Bar south in fall. The oyster bar and whiskey tavern sets the scene for dinner in a central location with live music. After sucking down fare from the sea, satisfy a sweet tooth by ordering the Smith Island Cake, Loch Bar’s signature dessert; $8, loch-
CUBAN PASTRIES, EMPANADAS AND CROQUETAS AT COLADA Few things are more satisfying than pairing a warm guava pastelito, flaky empanada or savory croqueta with a delicious cup of Cuban coffee. If the thought makes your mouth water, we have good news: Colada in Fort Lauderdale will continue selling its assorted fresh Cuban pastry boxes throughout 2019. When you fill them up with your pastries of choice, a box or two goes a long way. These treats are perfect to share with your sweetheart after indulging in a delicious, traditional Cuban meal; $15, coladahouse.com.
CHURROS AT BURLOCK COAST Enjoy not only the sea breeze but a plethora of sweets while dining at this Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale staple. Executive chef Paula DaSilva, runner-up on the fifth season of FOX’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” leads the culinary team, but Carlos Salazar takes credit for all things sugary as pastry chef. While the Avalanche Sunday and Florida Key Lime Pie are strong contenders for post-dinner delights, we suggest an order of the churros, coated in cinnamon sugar and ready for dunking in cajeta or chocolate fudge sauce, for a date night finale. Pair them with a glass of sparkling wine, or an espresso brewed using Panther Coffee beans; $12, ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/florida/fort-lauderdale.
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WARM BANANA BREAD AT DADA The Delray Beach staple restaurant’s most popular dessert has been on the menu for about 15 years. The banana bread is made daily and doused with homemade caramel sauce, local vanilla gelato and ripe caramelized bananas. Devour it while dining alfresco at the historic home built in 1924. And while most new restaurants draw all the crowds, Dada continues to be one of the busiest dining destinations in town, so be sure to make a reservation; $9, sub-culture.org/dada/. Photo by Boston Mouthful
PISTACHIO TARTUFO AT OLIVIA RESTAURANT & BAR Here’s a dish you and your sweetie will rave about the whole way home, or if you’re smart—the whole way up to the hotel room. Olivia Restaurant & Bar opened last year inside Hollywood’s CIRC Hotel. Book a staycation for the special occasion and make dinner reservations downstairs to indulge in innovative Italian dishes (we may be talking desserts, but the Gnocchi Quattro Formaggi is out of this world). Cleanse
your palate with the Pistachio Tartufo, the restaurant’s signature dessert that blends pistachios, vanilla bean ice cream, cherries and chocolate chips. But the night doesn’t end just yet—promote digestion with drinks at The Muse, a rooftop bar with sweeping views of Hollywood’s skyline and beyond; $9.90, oliviarestaurantandbar.com.
ICE CREAM COOKIE SUPER SUNDAE AT TAP 42 Decadence takes on a new meaning with Tap 42’s Ice Cream Cookie Super Sundae. Sure you’ve had one of the restaurant’s burgers piled high with the works, but now it’s time to indulge in different kinds of toppings. The over-the-top sundae is best enjoyed with two (or more) spoons digging into a goblet filled with vanilla bean ice cream, drizzled with chocolate and vanilla icing and hot fudge. A chocolate chip ice cream sandwich and a sprinkle-coated rim round out the detailed touches, making this dessert worth saving room for; $10, tap42.com.
THE GRANDE DOLCI AT LOUIE BOSSI’S Louis Bossi’s in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton is notorious for its outstanding Italian food and weekend brunch. Its decadent desserts, however, such as gelato, cannoli and tiramisu, deserve the spotlight this time around. If you can’t seem to decide on a menu item, look no further than the ultimate dessert platter: The Grande Dolci. This delectable display is an assortment of all of the desserts at Louie Bossi’s for you and your Valentine to share; $35, louiebossi.com.
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KEY LIME BAKED ALASKA AT SHOOTERS This smoked dessert is too delicious to be devoured alone. Given the combination of warm and cool layers, your taste buds will leave on vacation, as will your eyes as they take in a bounty of scenic waterside views. Make date night a romantic cruise along the Intracoastal that docks at Shooters’ outside patio for dinner and drinks—and dessert. The Baked Key Lime Alaska uses a Key lime curd set atop ladyfingers topped with a meringue mixing in a touch of beet juice that gives it a light rose hue. Poured on top and absorbed by the ladyfingers is a drizzle of coconut daiquiri. And finally, teardrops of macaroons complete the dessert; $12, shooterswaterfront.com.
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NUTELLA ESCALINATA AT THE LOCALE The recently opened The Locale in Boca Raton offers new American cuisine with a delicious Latin twist—a theme that carries into its desserts. The eatery has a plethora of ways to end your night on a sweet note, from coconut tres leches and Key lime pie, to crème brûlée and doughnut bites. But the real winner on the menu is the Nutella Escalinata. Made with Nutella, mascarpone, roasted almond and vanilla ice cream, we highly recommend splitting this wood-fired oven dessert with your favorite person; $14, localeboca.com.
Just when we thought Tanzy’s artisanal menu and dreamy interior couldn’t make for a better experience, it got that much tastier with the recent launch of its dessert cart. We suggest ending an evening with the Coffee and Doughnuts. The newest addition from pastry chef James Rosselle, the Italian-inspired dish is made from a dough called “pâte à choux.” The puffed pastries are fired and then dusted in a vanilla scented sugar, so light and crispy you can afford to eat more than one. They are paired with a parfait like mocha mousse, coffee caramel and coffee ice cream pearls. Rosselle says it best: “The two elements—hot and crispy plus cold and creamy—are a perfect match”; $12, tanzyrestaurant.com.
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A Culturally Inspired Soirée WEDDING DATE:
Nov. 11, 2018
Melissa Tamar Corcos, 31, is a speech-language pathologist at Ann Storck Center and St. Anthony’s Rehabilitation Hospital, and Joseph Manuel Cobo Jr., 30, is an associate attorney at Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A.
hile Melissa and Joseph attended the University of Central Florida and had mutual friends, they didn’t officially meet until five years ago in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Melissa knew Joseph was special the day they met. “I always wanted him around, and we did everything together,” she says. The moment Joseph knew Melissa was the “one” came casually while they were watching TV together. “All of a sudden, I started thinking about how lucky I was to have such a beautiful, intelligent and kind woman in my life, and just like that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Melissa.” Once engaged, they began the search for a wedding venue that was trendy and modern—something they felt described them. “When The Conrad opened it just felt like it was meant to be,” Melissa says. “It was exactly what we dreamed of.” She and Joseph wed at sunset during a ceremony overlooking the ocean. THE PROPOSAL: Melissa helped plan a Father’s Day brunch for her and Joseph’s families at her parents’ house. Little did she know, she was setting up her own surprise engagement party. “When we were all outside Joey said, ‘Oh, look,’ as he pointed to the sky, and there was a plane pulling a banner that said, ‘Melissa, the ❤ of my life will you marry me,’ she remembers. Family
and friends showed up after to celebrate. For Valentine’s Day, Joseph had the 7-foot heart from the proposal banner framed, and it now hangs in their home. THE DECOR: They chose white and neutral colors mixed with different flowers and greenery for the centerpieces, which varied in heights. Candles were placed all over to create a romantic feel. A greenery wall covered in a mix of flowers at the top was placed behind the sweetheart table as a backdrop. With the reception room’s layout, Melissa and Joseph decided to also include a lounge area filled with white tufted furniture, a bar and a photo booth to add a fun touch. THE DRESS: Melissa is Israeli and always dreamt of wearing
an Inbal Dror wedding dress—the more dramatic the better. “Whenever we used to go to Israel we would drive by her store in Tel Aviv,” she says. “The second I put my dress on I knew that was it.”
THE CAKE: The couple’s cake was designed to mimic their invi-
tations, which had laser-cut flowers. The six-tier cake also featured a piped floral lace detail with cascading white flowers that matched their centerpieces.
STRAYING FROM TRADITION: Melissa and Joseph opted to hold off on speeches at the reception, fearing they would halt the celebration. Instead, they took place at the rehearsal dinner, and at the reception, the couple honored Joseph’s Cuban heritage with an “Hora Loca,” or “crazy hour,” with dancers on stilts who performed after dinner. They also had a percussionist who played his drum on the dance floor. Guests enjoyed a Cuban coffee bar and a Cuban-themed late-night menu as well. ADVICE TO OTHER BRIDES: “I had so many
people tell me to enjoy every moment and to make sure to take a second to stop and look around and realize that everyone was in the room for you,” Melissa says. “I remember sitting at the sweetheart table with Joey next to me, looking around doing exactly what everyone told me to do. It was really special; I get teary-eyed thinking about that moment.”
L I TTL E B L ACK B OOK: VENUE: Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach GOWN DESIGNER: Inbal Dror EVENT PLANNER: Kelly Doss Events CAKE MAKER: Earth and Sugar MUSIC: Samba Entertainment, DJ EFI with a six-piece band PHOTOGRAPHER: Muñoz Photography VIDEOGRAPHER: Senderey Video Productions INVITATIONS: Peter the Printer Inc. FLOWERS: Dalsimer Atlas Floral and Event Decorators HAIR AND MAKEUP: VaVaVoom Artistry BARBER: His & Hers Parlour SPECIAL MENTION: Ashley Gorden, venue/event coordinator and catering director with The Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach
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A Day of Dreamy Nuptials WEDDING DATE:
March 17, 2018
THE COUPLE: Jaclyn
Lee Rich, 28, is a finance and acquisition director with Richbuilt Construction, and Harris Stephen Tuchman, 32, works in private wealth management at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.
aclyn and Harris met through work. And while Jaclyn eventually moved to a different company, that didn’t stop the pair from falling in love. “I think I always knew deep down, but I didn’t realize it until we both admitted to ourselves and each other that we were more than ‘best friends,’” Jaclyn says. Harris says he knew Jaclyn was his perfect match when he saw her beauty inside and out. “Jaclyn is tiny but carries a huge heart,” he says. “Her love for her family and close friends was just as attractive to me as her big beautiful eyes and cute button nose.” They wed at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in spring, complete with a professionally choreographed first dance to “My Kind of Girl” by Michael Bublé.
intimate, shocking way, he took my breath away.”
THE PROPOSAL: Harris came over after work, and Jaclyn was getting ready for dinner. Excited to show him the new eyeshadow she put on, she closed her eyes and to her surprise, she opened them to see Harris holding out a box. “He had a more elaborate plan for our proposal, but once he got the ring he couldn’t wait the full week to propose and had to propose that night,” Jaclyn says. “He had caught me completely by surprise. In the most
THE DRESS: Jaclyn wore a fitted satin dress with lace trim that
THE THEME: Jaclyn grew up in Boca Raton and always found the Boca Raton Resort & Club to be a place of wonder, beauty and historic elegance. She and Harris chose to wed at the serene Cloister Garden for an outside ceremony at dusk, and later moved into the Cathedral room for the reception. Their decor was done in whites with an assortment of calla lilies and Asian orchids for a pop of fuschia. An acrylic huppah had orchids cascading down the pillars, and the “simple and sweet” buttercream-tiered cake also incorporated the fresh flowers down its sides.
gathered into layers onto the side and had a sweetheart neckline. “My mom actually picked it out,” she says. After trying on more than 50 dresses, it was the last one in the fitting room. “I was exhausted and wanted to go home, but my mom insisted on this last dress that she had picked out,” she says. “I obliged and tried it on, and it was the dress.”
SPECIAL MOMENT: “There is just something about the speeches from my parents and our siblings (Harris has a brother and sister, and I have two brothers) that were so touching and loving,” Jaclyn says. It was also the perfect moment for Harris and Jaclyn to sit down, catch their breath and take in the reception. ADVICE TO OTHER BRIDES: Jaclyn’s advice comes from her mom. “At first it sounds absurd. But I promise it was the most valuable tip I had for my entire wedding: when walking down the aisle, pause,” she says. “Come to a complete stop in the middle of the aisle. Take it all in; look around. You will get chills. Take a mental snapshot of this moment. This way you can never forget it or feel that you rushed down the aisle in the midst of your nerves.”
L I TTL E B L ACK B OOK: VENUE: Boca Raton Resort & Club GOWN DESIGNER: Sophia Tolli EVENT PLANNER: Your Special Day By Joni FOOD AND CAKE: Boca Raton Resort & Club MUSIC: “Flavor” by Tropics Entertainment PHOTOGRAPHER: Adam Opris Photography VIDEOGRAPHER: Timeline Video Productions INVITATIONS: Creative Impressions FLOWERS: Boca By Design BRIDAL HAIR: Sandra Grace Hair Studio BRIDAL MAKEUP: Makeup Artistry by Nicole Greenhouse
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An Elegant Affair WEDDING DATE: Dec. THE COUPLE: Elizabeth
Tatiana Pipko, 23, is a model, athlete and writer, and Darren James Centinello, 28, is a political operative.
here was something about the way Darren cracked jokes to others that caught Elizabeth’s attention before they had ever spoken to one another. “His sense of humor and the way he was laughing reminded me of my dad and my brother, two of my favorite people, and I just knew,” she says. The two first crossed paths while they were working on the 2016 Trump Campaign in New York City. Once engaged, Elizabeth and Darren wanted to choose a venue that would sum up “the magical way” they met and decided the Mar-a-Lago Club would be the place to do so. For the reception, Waterstone Resort & Marina felt right to Elizabeth because it was the first place she and her family had lunch when they moved to Boca Raton nearly 10 years ago. “I knew that if I could incorporate it into the wedding somehow, it would be very special,” she says. They tied the knot in late December with an Orthodox Jewish ceremony then headed to Boca Raton for the reception.
THE PROPOSAL: Darren popped the question out of the blue in
finally got it, I couldn’t wait any longer and just wanted to propose to her as soon as I could and in a way where she wouldn’t expect it,” he recalls. THE DRESS: Soon after the engagement, Elizabeth went to a
bridal store in Buffalo, New York, for a little fun with her now sister-in-law and mother-in-law. The woman at the store showed the three of them a gown they agreed wouldn’t be right. “Somehow, the lady at the store convinced me to try it on, and all three of us knew right away it was the one,” Elizabeth says. “I also decided to try a veil on as well, and I looked over and saw my sister-in-law crying, and I knew it was perfect.”
THE CAKE: The couple hosted a small Champagne and cake
gathering immediately following the ceremony before heading to Boca Raton the reception. Elizabeth and Darren cut into a vanilla cake with strawberry buttercream inside. It was covered in tiny white pearls and decorated with delicate white orchids.
his apartment. “I spent months working on the ring, and when I
THE SPECIAL DETAILS: Elizabeth and Darren’s
ceremony featured a gorgeous cascading floral huppah. The ceremony was performed by the rabbi who married Elizabeth’s parents 28 years ago in New York City, along with the couple’s rabbi in Florida. While they didn’t have a “first look,” they did share a moment with the rabbis and their parents before the ceremony.
STAND OUT MOMENT: “The entire ceremony was extremely special to me, and something I will always remember,” Elizabeth says. But at the reception, Darren surprised her by grabbing a microphone and sang Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight.” “[It’s] something I’ll never ever forget.”
L I TTL E B L ACK B OOK: CEREMONY VENUE: Mar-a-Lago Club RECEPTION VENUE: Waterstone Resort & Marina GOWN DESIGNER: Casablanca Bridal FOOD: Shaike’s Kosher Catering CAKE MAKER: Earth and Sugar CEREMONY MUSIC: Velveteen Ensemble SINGER: Panda Ross DJ: DJ David Edry RABBIS: Harold Einsidler and Ruvi New PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER: Miami Wedding Center FLOWERS: New York Floral Design FEBRUARY 2019
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A New Year’s Day Celebration of Love WEDDING DATE:
Jan. 1, 2018
THE COUPLE: Sarah
Brooke Varda, 31, is the wedding and special events manager at The Addison, and Dean Edward Statler Jr., 28, is president and owner of Core Fitness Training.
arah and Dean met when they both worked at Equinox Fitness in Miami. Four years later, Sarah received a Facebook message from Dean asking if she wanted to meet up. The two agreed to grab drinks in Fort Lauderdale and have been inseparable since. “Dean is a true gentleman and would always open all doors for me, including the car door,” Sarah says. “For most guys, this wears off after a few weeks or months, but not with Dean.” She also adds, “We both had a very clear vision of the future on relationship, family and career.” For Dean, he found Sarah to be the kindest, most loving and strongest person he knew, and he loved her family. “I knew she was the one I wanted to spend my life with not only as my wife but as my best friend.” The two planned a New Year’s Day wedding at The Addison in Boca Raton, which Sarah says was an easy decision since she’s worked in the event industry for many years.
THE PROPOSAL: One evening after Sarah returned from work, Dean told her he wanted to take her out to dinner. The location was a surprise and the only clue he gave was for her to wear a nice dress. They drove south to Hollywood then east toward the beach. Dean told Sarah he needed to stop at the gym his company managed inside Hyde Resort & Residences in Hollywood
to make sure everything was in order for the next morning’s class. They made their way to the pool deck, outside the gym, where there was a bottle of wine and a dozen roses. “Instead of us just sitting down and starting to enjoy the wine, he asked me to stand in a certain spot and began to get down on one knee,” Sarah remembers. After saying “yes,” 30 of their closest family members and friends came out from their hiding place to congratulate them and spend the evening celebrating. THE DECOR: They wanted a rustic, elegant theme that incorporated their favorite colors of burgundy and navy. When Sarah first met with her flower designer, Benny Ofer from Daniel Events, he told her they had purchased lanterns from an old castle. “Once we saw them, we were in awe and decided all decor would be focused around these beautiful lanterns,” Sarah says. The lanterns were lined down the aisle during the ceremony and were later used at the reception as part of the table centerpieces. THE FIRST DANCE: Guests held sparklers as the couple danced
to their favorite song “Happy Birthday” by Kygo featuring John Legend, with one little tweak—their band changed the lyrics and sang, “Happy Wedding Day.”
THE CAKE: Sarah and Dean chose a naked style cake for the special day. It was a three-tier vanilla cake with Nutella mousse filling and vanilla buttercream. A beautiful drizzling of salted caramel topped it off. The couple also had a doughnut bar for guests to enjoy. STAND OUT MOMENTS: Sarah says the “first look” was one of the most memorable moments of her wedding day. She and Dean took time to exchange wedding day gifts and read personal vows to one another before the ceremony to avoid bursting into tears in front of everyone at the ceremony. “Not only being in complete shock at how beautiful Sarah was at our first look but seeing her when the doors opened for her to walk down the aisle was the most breathtaking, nerve-wracking experience of my life knowing that I get the privilege of marrying my best friend and calling her my wife,” Dean says.
L I TTL E B L ACK B OOK: VENUE/EVENT PLANNER: The Addison GOWN DESIGNER: Allure Bridals BRIDAL BOUQUET: Bellissima Bride CAKE MAKER: Earth and Sugar BAND: Bay Kings Band DJ: Custom DJs PHOTOGRAPHER: Muñoz Photography FLOWERS: Daniel Events JEWELER: Raymond Lee Jewelers TRANSPORTATION: Molly’s Trolleys
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Bar Rita Pair your happy hour with skyline views and authentic Mexican cuisine By Kayla Ziadie
ne iconic duo nobody has ever doubted? Tacos and tequila. Whether you’re looking to share with your friends, or needing to satisfy that Taco Tuesday craving, look no further than Fort Lauderdale’s newly opened Bar Rita. Created by the owners of its neighboring restaurant, Tap 42, this hot spot blends authentic Mexican cuisine and fresh flavors in a modern, funky ambiance. Stay at the bar downstairs for happy hour (Tuesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. to close), or make your way to the second floor through the artsy, neon blacklight staircase for views of the downtown skyline. Start with the Truffle Street Corn Guac, topped with a generous helping of truffle crema, cotija cheese and charred corn atop of fresh chile-lime guacamole. You can also opt for the Carne Asada Fiesta Fries topped with flame-grilled skirt steak, queso, guac sauce and chipotle ranch. Before diving into the main dishes, try a margarita tailored to your taste buds, like the refreshing Spicy Watermelon Margarita, a tangy Coco-Loco or a classic Rita’s Original, either frozen or on the rocks. We suggest kicking your main meal off with flavorful Pork Carnitas tacos, piled high with mojo
crema, pico de gallo and verde sauce, or the Crispy Fresh Fish tacos, complete with chipotle slaw, guac sauce and pico. The Baja Grilled Shrimp tacos are a crowd favorite, guaranteed to satisfy your palate with each juicy bite of grilled shrimp, Baja sauce, verde sauce and pico. Each order comes with two tacos, and you can choose to make it a platter with flavorful Mexican rice and beans. Aside from tacos, Bar Rita staples include Rita’s Fajitas, which are served on warm flour tortillas with fajita vegetables, lettuce, sour cream, guac, pico, cheese and lime. Stray from a traditional fajita dish with the Cauliflower “Al Pastor,” where sweet meets savory with pineapple, pink onions and cotija. You can also stick to tried-and-true fajita flavors with the slow-cooked and marinated “Mexico City” Mojo Chicken. End the night on a sweet note with crispychewy churro bites, dusted with cinnamon sugar and paired with chocolate sauce and caramel. Indulge in the scrumptious Key Lime Pie Margarita that can also double as dessert, made with Don Julio Blanco tequila, Key lime, fresh lime and agave with a half-graham cracker rim.
Bar Rita, 1401 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale / 954.990.6658 / barritaftl.com
Dining Guide 15th Street Fisheries & Dockside Cafe 1900 SE 15th St. Fort Lauderdale 954.763.2777 15StreetFisheries.com $$ L D H 15th Street Fisheries is a sea lover’s paradise located right on the Intracoastal.
5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill 1111 N. Ocean Drive Hollywood 954.874.4474 margaritavilleholly woodbeachresort.com $$ L D H This rustic indooroutdoor dockside bar located on the Intracoastal serves bar bites, drinks and live entertainment with breathtaking sunsets as an added bonus.
American Social 721 E. Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.764.7005 AmericanSocialBar.com $$ Br L D H American Social specializes in craft beers and All-American cuisine.
Aruba Beach Café 1 Commercial Blvd. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea 954.776.0001 ArubaBeachCafe.com $$ L D H With a view of the ocean and pier, Aruba Beach Café offers a mix of American and Caribbean cuisines with a side of live music.
Billy’s Stone Crab 400 N. Ocean Drive Hollywood 954.923.2300 Crabs.com $$$ L D H Enjoy lunch or a sunset dinner with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Intracoastal.
Blue Moon Fish Co. 4405 W. Tradewinds Ave. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea 954.267.9888 BlueMoonFishCo.com $$$ Br L D Enjoy the Intracoastal view outdoors or move indoors for a candlelit
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The Capital Grille 2430 E. Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.446.2000 TheCapitalGrille.com $$$ L D H
experience, underwater thematic decor and privacy.
The Capital Grille offers fabulous dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood and wine off of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence’s wine list.
The Galleria Mall 2432 E. Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.653.2583 BlueMartiniLounge.com $$ L D H
3049 Alhambra St. Fort Lauderdale 954.764.3500 CasablancaCafe Online.com $$$ L D H
Blue Martini invites you to enjoy live entertainment while enjoying the tapas food menu, the perfect complements to its fine wine and spirits selection.
A cozy restaurant with an Arabian Nights feel, Casablanca serves a variety of cuisines ranging from Moroccan to Japanese, Italian and Cuban.
1 Seminole Way Hollywood 954.327.7625 SeminoleHardRock Hollywood.com $$ Br D H Modern-American classic recipes and eclectic new twists on tried-and-true favorites hit a high note at Blue Plate Restaurant, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s 24/7 diner.
1555 SE 17th St. Fort Lauderdale 954.525.7400 Boatyard.Restaurant $$ L D H Enjoy the waterfront view of passing boats while feasting on fresh seafood at Boatyard restaurant (an upgraded, upscale-casual version of the former Bimini Boatyard Bar & Grill).
Caffé Europa Trattoria 910 E. Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.763.6600 CaffeEuropaLasOlas.com $$$ L D H Caffé Europa offers an Italian-inspired menu perfect for lunch or dinner.
California Pizza Kitchen 2301 N. Federal Hwy. Fort Lauderdale 954.565.1196 CPK.com $$ L D H California Pizza Kitchen offers innovative and authentic California-style cuisine at a casual environment.
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1201 N. Federal Hwy. Fort Lauderdale 954.564.1234 Casa-D-Angelo.com $$$ D H An award-winning fine dining restaurant owned and operated by Chef Angelo Elia, Casa D’Angelo has become one of South Florida’s staple Italian restaurants.
Ferdo’s Grill 4300 N. Federal Hwy. Fort Lauderdale 954.492.5552 ferdos-grill.jimdosite. com $$ L D H Ferdo’s Grill offers lamb, beef, chicken and vegetarian dishes with with belly-dancing performances happening every Saturday.
Fresh First 1637 SE 17th St. Fort Lauderdale 954.763.3344 FreshFirst.com $ B L Dine out 100% gluten free at this restaurant that doesn’t use corn, peanut oil or GMOs.
Funky Buddha Brewery Craft Food Counter & Kitchen 1201 NE 38th St. Oakland Park 954.440.0046 FunkyBuddha Brewery.com $ L D South Florida’s largest craft brewery now has its own in-house kitchen where it serves locally sourced, madefrom-scratch grub right inside the brewery’s busy tap room.
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Georgia Pig BBQ Restaurant 1285 S. State Road 7 Fort Lauderdale 954.587.4420 georgiapig.com $ B L D Celebrating more than 60 years of family run barbecue in South Florida, the Georgia Pig offers a genuine open pit barbecue and fresh daily specials.
Green Bar Kitchen 1075 SE 17th St. Fort Lauderdale 954.533.7507 GreenBarKitchen.com $$ L D Green Bar & Kitchen embodies the concept of vibrant, plant-based, wholesome eating.
Grille 66 & Bar 2301 SE 17th St. Fort Lauderdale 954.728.3500 Grille66AndBar.com $$$ D H Enjoy prime aged steaks, seasonal fish and seafood exquisitely prepared with superb presentation.
Hard Rock Cafe
1 Seminole Way Hollywood 954.315.9112 SeminoleHardRock Hollywood.com $$ L D H For fans of music, food and good times, Hard Rock is the go-to that delivers authentic American-diner inspired cuisine wrapped in a musical experience.
Indigo Restaurant 620 E. Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.467.0045 $$ B L D H Indigo Restaurant provides excellent service and affordable prices to match its impressive menu of deliciously fresh seafood, savory steaks, light bites and more.
J. Mark’s 1245 N. Federal Hwy. Fort Lauderdale 954.390.0770 JMarksRestaurant.com $$ L D H This restaurant has a casual décor and serves American cuisine like prime rib, burgers and special Maryland crab cakes.
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Sea Level Restaurant & Ocean Bar
Kuro at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is a new-style Japanese concept that features handcrafted dishes applying classic Japanese techniques to craft contemporary, artisanal creations using both locally sourced and imported ingredients.
3030 Holiday Drive Fort Lauderdale 954.765.3041 SeaLevelHarbor Beach.com $$ L D Sea Level offers a view of the beach, a serene setting and original seafood dishes.
Seasons 52 2428 E. Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.537.1052 Seasons52.com $$ L D H
Mai-Kai 3599 N. Federal Hwy. Fort Lauderdale 954.563.3272 MaiKai.com $$$ D H The Mai-Kai brings Polynesia to you, complete with tropical gardens, flaming torches, lush foliage, giant tikis and waterfalls.
Healthy but delicious, all seasonal meals at this grill and wine bar have less than 500 calories in portionappropriate sizes.
Shooters Waterfront 3033 NE 32nd Ave. Fort Lauderdale 954.566.2855 ShootersWaterfront.com $$ Br L D H
Redlands Grill by J. Alexander’s 2415 N. Federal Hwy. Fort Lauderdale 954.563.9077 JAlexanders.com $$ L D H
Shooters Waterfront delivers superb food, service and spectacular views of the Intracoastal.
J. Alexander’s offers a wide selection of American classics including prime rib of beef, steaks, fresh seafood, sandwiches and salads.
Shuck-N-Dive 650 N. Federal Hwy. Fort Lauderdale 954.462.0088 Shuck-N-Dive.com $$ Br L D
Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar
Experience a Mardi Gras atmosphere in this restaurant that serves great Cajun and Creole cuisine.
1313 E. Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.524.9550 RoccosTacos.com $$ Br L D Now with multiple Rocco’s Tacos opened in South Florida, the great flavors infused with the fun vibe make this no ordinary dinner or lunch outing.
Rosie’s Bar & Grill 2449 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors 954.563.0123 RosiesBng.com $$ L D H If you love pairing burgers with a chilled beer, this hip restaurant is for you.
Steak 954 W Hotel 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.414.8333 Starr-Restaurant.com/ steak954.com $$$ B Br L D Perhaps the only thing better than the succulent steak at Steak 954 is the décor, including a stunning fish tank filled with jellyfish along with a view of the ocean.
3358 NE 33rd Street Fort Lauderdale 954.652.1185 ScolapastaBistro.com $$ D
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.523.7873 S3Restaurant.com $$ B L D H
Farm to table Italian Bistro, using only organic vegetables, grassfed beef, free-range poultry, and heirloom
S3, where sun, surf and sand fuse with steak, seafood and sushi for a perfect combination of island atmosphere
and globally influenced, sea-inspired fare.
Thai Spice 1514 E. Commercial Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.771.4535 ThaiSpiceFla.com $$$ L D H Exotic Thai, fresh seafood, prime steaks. No tour of South Florida’s finest restaurants would be complete without experiencing the award-winning cuisine found at Thai Spice.
Timpano Italian Chophouse 450 E. Las Olas Blvd. Suite 110 Fort Lauderdale 954.462.9119
TimpanoChophouse.net $$$ L D H
You’ll find great steaks, chops and pastas at this fine Italian restaurant with a dimly lit lounge and Sinatra martini bar.
Truluck’s 2584 E. Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.396.5656 Trulucks.com $$$ D H The dining experience at Truluck’s matches the high-end atmosphere and sophisticated style.
Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille 620 E. Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.467.2555 WildSeaLasOlas.com $$ L D H Located in the nostalgic Riverside Hotel, Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille treats Fort Lauderdale locals and hotel guests to imaginative and exceptionally fresh cuisine every day.
Yolo 333 E. Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.523.1000 YOLOrestaurant.com $$ Br L D H YOLO is the ultimate triad in dining: a restaurant, lounge and outside patio area (accented with a fire pit courtyard).
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A L IC IA W E AV E R D E SIG N GRAND OPENING THE CAUSE: Friends, family and clients attended the grand opening of Alicia Weaver Design in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Guests shopped a curated collection of home accessories available for sale while enjoying a Champagne bar and passed hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres.
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1. Mike Facini and Erin Hudson 2. Alicia Weaver, Angela Amendola, Keri Feeney and Angelika Stuart 3. Jess Remillard, Felipe Martinez, Kelly Martinez and Rip Nance 4. Tracey Bartholomew and Aimee Dunn 5. Sarahnell Murphy and Angelika Stuart 6. Shin Donlan, Jessica Conness, Kristen Brown and Jen Ashlin 7. Keri Feeney, Angelika Stuart, Alicia Weaver and Alexandria and John Scherer 8. Raven Crowther, Courtney Gargiulo, Elle Rude and Anita Negron
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B R OWA R D C O L L E G E A M E R IC A N D R E A M SUM M I T THE CAUSE: The Broward College Foundation hosted a thank-you luncheon for Broward College donors and an afternoon professional development conference for students at its American Dream Summit. Photos by Downtown Photo 1
1. Nancy Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell Wilson, Diane Reeves, Sherlye Kinker and Lou and May Jean Wolfe 2. Helen and George Weave 3. Jean Seaver, Ginger Martin and Amy Engleberg 4. Eunice Hargett and Chaya Zwiebel 5. John Benz, Jamie Finizio Bascombe, Greg Haile and Marianne Finizio 6. Debra Van Horn and Chad Van Horn 7. Jarett Levan, Kelly Alvarez Vitale and Randall Vitale 8. Bacardi Jackson and Dev Motwani
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T H E C OM M U N I T Y F O U N DAT IO N O F B R OWA R D C OM M U N I T Y BU I L D E R C E L E B R AT IO N THE CAUSE: The organization’s Community Builder Celebration took place at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina and was the official launch of the foundation’s $500 million “Be Bold” leadership campaign. 1
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1. Keith Cobb and Don Medalie 2. Elaine Vasquez and Linda Carter 3. Beatriz and Albert Miniaci 4. Paige Hyatt, Ed Hashek and Peg Marker 5. Steve Hudson, Holly Bodenweber and Elaine and Jon Krupnick 6. Patricia Shub and Jack Braunstein 7. Judy and Paul Bonevac 8. Marie Hansen, Alice Jackson and Gail Butler
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FA SH IO N F O RWA R D F O R PAWS LU N C H E O N THE CAUSE: 3
The luncheon and runway fashion show, an annual fundraiser organized by PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving), took place at Neiman Marcus Fort Lauderdale at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale and raised more than $45,000 for the Humane Society of Broward County. Photos by Downtown Photo
1. Andrew and Tanya Heller 2. Jackie Udell, Christine Forman, Margaret Meldeau and Stacy DeBord 3. Susan Smith and Cheryl Easby-Smith 4. Leslie Johasky, Dawn Dellapina and Bibi Siegel 5. Melody Saleh, Judy Simkowitz and Leslie Fische 6. Julie Strauch, Lorraine Thomas, Christy Gumberg and Christopher Agostino 7. Ingrid Poulin, Ronni Ostrander and Sara Sears 8. Meisha Smith and Laurie Villa
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G HO ST L IG H T S O C I E T Y SOIRÉE THE CAUSE: The Secret Garden Soirée hosted by The Ghost Light Society, the young professionals group of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, raised $120,000. The event at Parker Playhouse also helped kick off the society’s 10th anniversary season.
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1. Jeremy Hayes and Carlin Jones 2. Andrew Schein, Tasha Yohan and Sarah and Ian Lis 3. Carly and Steve Emery 4. Ashley Boxer and Michael Lessne 5. Paige and Whitney Dutton 6. Heather Geronemus, George Taylor, Lauren Donlan and Max Dauerman 7. Matt and Shannon Korshoff with Heather and Alex Zatik 8. Catherine David and Max Rudolf
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3 0 T H I RT Y N O RT H O C E A N C O C K TA I L EV E N T THE CAUSE: Fort Lauderdale VIPs were invited to join special guest Jeremy Piven, known for his role as “Ari Gold,” talent agent on HBO’s hit series, “Entourage” during the event at 30 Thirty North Ocean. Photos by Michele Eve Sandberg 1
1. Kelly and Michael DeCespedes with Alex Tran 2. Terii Bazley and Kendra Erika 3. Anthony Cavo, Adam Adache and Jeremy Piven 4. Monica and Adam Adache 5. Nicole Lewis with Karen and Mickey Markoff 6. Lily Pardo and Steve Shapiro 7. Jeremy Piven and Katia Bates 8. Jennifer Afromsky, Nicholas St. Surin and Kim Breslow Kmentt
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NAT IO NA L P H I L A N T H R O P Y DAY AWA R D S THE CAUSE: More than 500 of South Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s philanthropists, community leaders, non-profit organizations and volunteers gathered on National Philanthropy Day to honor outstanding philanthropic leaders. Guests enjoyed lunch and a performance by the Shine Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School choir. Photos by Kara Starzyk Photography 1
1. Katie Masucci and Jessica Triana 2. Kathy and Ron Assaf 3. Joseph P. Cox, Meredith Feder, Regine Carisma, Hillary Wallace and Joe Majoros 4. Arlene Pecora with Rick and Rita Case 5. Lorraine Shim, Meredith Feder, Brian Jones, DeAnn Hazey, Traci Allyn Shur, Katie Masucci, Victor Biggs and Jessica G. Triana 6. Abbie Lipton, DurĂŠe Ross and Jenna Reed 7. Colin Brown, Steven J. Halmos, Juliet Roulhac and Howard Greenberg 8. Iris Wilder, Sabrina Maday, Joshua Williams and Lorraine Thomas
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United Way of Broward Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tocqueville Society held the event at First Baptist in Fort Lauderdale with society members and guests in attendance. Photos by Downtown Photo
1. Carin Porras and Alice Jackson 2. Sasha Moon, Lonnie Maier, Dannie Augustin, Sandy Tagliamonte and Carol Cutler 3. Andy and Allison Cagnetta 4. Scott Parker Jr. and Keith Cobb 5. Peter Berg, Elissa Mogilefsky and Len Weiselberg 6. Scott Parker, Paul Ingrassia, Mike Jackson and Kathleen Cannon 7. Ellyn Bogdanoff, Paul Daly, Nancy Daly and John Daly 8. Ginger Martin and Steve Hudson
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F U N D I N G A RT S B R O WA R D FA L L LU N C H E O N THE CAUSE: Held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Mary N. Porter Riverview Ballroom, the event welcomed 80 guests to enjoy a presentation by Randy Cohen, vice president of research and policy at Americans for the Arts, and performances from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Broadway and Beyondâ&#x20AC;? presented by the Dillard Performing Arts Center.
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1. Anne Orvieto, Jane Caragher and Susan Lochrie 2. Barbara Wells, Laura Dusek and Beverly Johnson 3. Drazia Simon, David Maurer and Sharon Hutchinson 4. John Tambasco, Joe Pallant and Kent McIntyre 5. Carolyn Lee and Randy Cohen 6. Susan McQuillen, Connie Folz, Tom Oliveri and Pat DuMont 7. Rene LaBonte, Barbara Karla Nickel and Lisa Kitei 8. Gail Auguston-Koppen and Harvey Shapiro
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New York-based developer KAR Properties celebrated the groundbreaking of Hallandale Beach’s 2000 Ocean, the first residential development in the U.S. to be furnished by Italian design brand Minotti. Photos by WorldRedEye
1. Ashley Miller and Jordan Trachtenberg 2. Edgardo Defortuna and Ana Cristina Defortuna with Libby Karmely and Shahab Karmely 3. Shahab Karmely and Jim Cohen 4. Joyce Larkin and Eli Eskenazi 5. Doug Koch and Andy Penev 6. Mark Pordes, Erika Muñoz, Jennie King and Jim Cohen 7. Shahab Karmely and Babak Hakakian
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Your guide to upcoming, must-attend philanthropy events. Feb. 1 Gilda’s Club South Florida Jet, Cruise en Rouge; 7 p.m.; Gold Aviation Services, Fort Lauderdale International Airport; $175; gildasclubsouthflorida.org Feb. 1 Delray Beach Public Library ‘Laugh with the Library’; 7:30 p.m.; Delray Beach Marriott; $225; delraylibary.org Feb. 2 Make-A-Wish Southern Florida Walk for Wishes; 8:30 a.m.; Markham Park; Tickets from $25; sfla. wish.org Feb. 2 HomeSafe The Classic Rock ‘n’ Roll Party; 6 p.m.; Hard Rock Event Center; $500, $5,000/table; helphomesafe.org Feb. 4 Parkinson’s Foundation South Palm Beach County Leo Geller Golf Tournament; 11 a.m.; Boca Rio Golf Club; $325, $1,250/ foursome; parkinson.org
1:15 p.m.; Broward Center for the Performing Arts; $100; bplfoundation.org Feb. 8 South Florida Institute on Aging SoFIA Celebrates; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; W Hotel; $90; thesofia.org Feb. 9 Symphony of the Americas Society Holland America Luncheon; 10:30 a.m.; Nieuw Amsterdam; $100; sota.org Feb. 9 to 10 Humane Society of Broward County Adopt A Sweetheart; 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Humane Society of Broward County; Prices vary; humanebroward.com Feb. 9 The Opera Society Florida Grand Opera Gala; 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Broward Center for the Performing Arts; $500; theoperasociety.org
Feb. 7 Junior League of Boca Raton ‘Flavors Food & Wine’; 6:30 p.m.; The Addison; Ticket prices vary; jlbr.org Feb. 8 Broward Public Library Foundation LitLUNCH!; 11 a.m. to
Feb. 13 Reflections of Hope Luncheon ‘Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness’; 11 a.m.; Boca West Country Club; Tickets from $136; ralesjfs.org Feb. 13 Young At Art Museum Women of Vision; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Young At Art Museum; $1,000; youngatartmuseum.org Feb. 13 FIDF Gala; 5:30 p.m.; Polo Club of Boca Raton; $250; fidf.org Feb. 14 4KIDS Galentine’s Day Brunch; 11 a.m.; Hilton Marriott Marina Fort Lauderdale; $35; 4kids.us Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day Under the Stars; 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Oceans 234; Prices vary; oceans234.com Feb. 16 Broward Education Foundation Innovative Teacher Idea Expo; 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Nova Southeastern University; $40; browardedfoundation.org
Feb. 6 Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Lion of Judah Luncheon; 10:15 a.m.; Polo Club of Boca Raton; $100; jewishboca.org Feb. 7 Take a Break Thursdays; 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale; free; galleriamall-fl.com
LifeNet4Families; 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Signature Grand; $50/adults, free/ages 12 and younger; andyspastadinner.com
Feb. 9 Åsa and Per-Olof Lööf during last year’s Boca Raton Museum of Art Gala, Dinner & Dance
Feb. 9 Boca Raton Museum of Art Gala, Dinner & Dance; 6:30 p.m.; Royal Palm Yacht Club; Tickets from $400; bocamuseum.org Feb. 10 Andy’s Family Pasta Dinner benefiting
Feb. 16 The Unicorn Ball: Get Down with Motown; 6 p.m.; The Polo Club of Boca Raton; Tickets from $300; unicornchildrensfoundation. org/gala Feb. 21 Bonnet House Museum & Gardens Concerts Under the Stars; 6:30 p.m.; Bonnet House Museum & Gardens; $45; bonnethouse.org
er Idea Expo; 8 a.m.; Nova Southeastern University; $50; browardeducationfoundation.org Feb. 22 2-1-1 Broward Community Care Plan Non-Profit Awards; 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Signature Grand; 211-broward.org Feb. 22 Broward Health Foundation ‘Barefoot on the Beach’; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Private Beach at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort; $175; browardhealthfoundation.org Feb. 22 Child Rescue Coalition ‘Eat, Drink and Be Giving!’; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Delray Beach Marriott; Tickets from $275; childrescuecoalition. org
Feb. 22 ‘Prism’ Gallery Opening; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; The Frank; Ticket prices vary; thefrankgallery.org Feb. 22 to 24 Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County Boca Raton ‘Concours d’Elegance’ Presented by Mercedes-Benz & AutoNation; Locations vary; Tickets from $125; bgcbc.org Feb. 27 Educator Appreciation Dinner; 6 p.m.; Boca Lago Country Club; Tickets from $50; fau.edu Feb. 28 Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse ‘Heart of a Woman’ Luncheon; 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Royal Palm Yacht Club; $175; avdaonline.org
Feb. 22 Innovative Teach-
Note: Dates and times may change. Please contact the individual organization for the most up-to-date information.
e made a New Year’s resolution to not waste this valuable space with anything as banal as critiquing sports uniforms. But that was last year’s resolution, which we proudly kept, and this is a brand new year and some of the 2018 violations of the uniforms code of duds have been so egregious that we must go on record. This is particularly motivated by the results of recent football bowl games, and the coaching shake ups of the last month, all of which relate to some awful uniform decisions by people that should know better. Please do not think this is an opaque subject. Check the internet. Sports uniforms rank second in hits only to President Trump’s sex life. Let us start with the bowl games. History will show that Notre Dame got blown out by Clemson on Dec. 29, but the truth is they lost that game on Nov. 17—the day they played Syracuse in Yankee Stadium. They won easily that day, 36-3, but in a larger sense, they lost. For that was the day they decided to honor the New York Yankees by wearing the football equivalent of the Yankees’ classic pinstripes. They may make great baseball suits, but they looked awful in football, especially to the 40 million New York Irish fans who turned out with their families to see the Irish in their traditional unadorned gold helmets and pants. Those fans were crushed, and so was God, who takes Notre Dame football personally. God was already upset a couple of years ago when Notre Dame came out in a bilious green, looking like praying mantises for a game against somebody or other. God was further annoyed earlier this season when ND wore their novelty green jerseys—except the green was not a vibrant Kelly green, but rather an insip-
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id avocado, made even uglier by dark numbers. God vowed to punish them, and it happened against Clemson. There was no Irish luck on replay calls that day. Had they not sinned in New York, they still might not have beaten a very good Clemson team, but at least they would have covered.
loser to home, the Dolphins fired their coach after several disastrous seasons of wearing teal, a very feminine color, as opposed to aqua green. Aqua might also be considered ladylike, except the original Dolphins studs went undefeated with that shade. The current Dolphins made it worse by wearing teal pants with white jerseys and helmets. No symmetry there. Dark pants (think Redskins, Chicago Bears) are only acceptable with dark helmets and white jerseys. Even worse was UM where coach Mark Richt, a classy young talent, had no choice but to resign after losing his mind and letting the Hurricanes wear black uniforms in 2017. One of the most visible logos in sports, the orange and green “U” on the team’s white helmets, was totally lost against the black helmets. The team never recovered from that diabolical uniform. Back in Howard Schnellenberger’s champion-
ship days at Miami, the Hurricanes had a great look. When he started a new program at Florida Atlantic, he patterned the uniforms after UM, and took the program big time in a hurry. Alas, in recent years FAU has changed its uniforms so many times you don’t even know what the school colors are. They dressed for mediocrity. There are numerous examples of teams with no sense of tradition, but let us replay to the positive. It was no accident that the four teams in the college playoffs all have a strong sense of their identity—at least on the football field. Alabama has almost never broken from its successful look, even with numbers on their helmets instead of a garish logo. Notre Dame, despite the aforementioned crimes, usually looks like it did back in the era of Johnny Lujack in the 1940s. We have not studied Clemson as much, but they seem to stick to a predictably orangy style, although we are not fond of solid orange uniforms, or all any color for that matter. Except white. Oklahoma looks very much like the uniforms it wore when we saw the Sooners play Texas in the Cotton Bowl in 1959. Speaking of Texas, they are an iconic pacesetter, either in all white, which looks great, or switching to burnt orange jerseys at home. Both with minimal stripes. They have always worn horny helmets. That elegant taste was rewarded as they handled Georgia, which also dresses quite well, in the Sugar Bowl. It was a case of good dressing losing to better. This is being written with the championship game a few days away. Based on history, we must pick Alabama, especially if they wear their crimson home jerseys. On the other hand, if Clemson wears orange jerseys and white britches, we respect their chances. Especially if they score more points.
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