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JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2017 • ISSUE 26

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FARMER JAY CELIS PRODUCE VALENTINES DINING

#GROWSOMETHING Coastal Culture

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CONTENTS

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18 #GROWSOMETHING With Farmer Jay

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Taking our food back starts in our own backyard

24 Lobster Mac & Cheese Recipe

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Chef Joey of Seafood World gives you pro tips for homemade goodness

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Celis Produce

Locally grown and delivered right to your door

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Valentines Day Dining

A few local spots to eat your heart out on V-day

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CURRENTS 37

Laura Milone

42 Review of Gravel Kings’ new album Lure 44 Behind The Piece With Rachel DeJohn

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Mora Surf Boutique

50 Snaps


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COMMUNITYNEWS JAN/FEB 2017

COPS FLYING DRONES? O

k, so you’re hanging out with your buds around the fire pit, maybe doing something you’re not supposed to be doing. That buzz you think is in your head is actually emanating from a drone hovering overhead. Uh oh, you’re busted dude. Not to worry. It’s against the law for government agencies to use drones for surveillance work. But the important thing is that our first responders from both the police and fire department are now giving drone technology entirely new and very interesting applications. And they’re not gonna spy on you, at least for now. Drones will be buzzing the skies around Palm Beach County helping to locate missing kids and adults, track criminals, as-

CANCER FIGHTING SEA SPONGES AT FAU

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ortunately, the brainiacs at FAU are at it again, and they’re turning up some major discoveries in the never-ending quest to fight various forms of cancer. All types of marine natural products are being found and analyzed in hopes that the active agents found in them can be used against disease. While this initiative may just now be getting some attention, the efforts have been in progress for decades with researchers the world over going down as much as 3000 feet to collect samples. The latest discovery here at FAU involves the active agents found in sea sponges, and they are attempting to create a biosynthetic version of that compound that is extremely active against certain cancer cells. You can keep up with the amazing research happening right in our own backyard by bookmarking www.fau.edu/newsdesk/research.

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THAT BUZZ YOU THINK IS IN YOUR HEAD IS ACTUALLY EMANATING FROM A DRONE HOVERING OVERHEAD. UH OH, YOU’RE BUSTED DUDE.

sess storm damage, perform search and rescue and human trafficking surveillance in our waters, and tracking and report on traffic congestion. And it’s a lot cheaper than putting a helicopter in the air. Interesting how this whole drone thing got started. The gang at Pompano Beach Ocean Rescue were conducting a training exercise last summer flying drones to get a life preserver or floatation device to someone in distress in the ocean. Faster than a lifeguard can swim out, right? This got some people at Palm Beach County thinking about how to best use drones for the public good, and not only has the number of applications expanded, we as citizens can benefit from this very useful tool.

TOURISM TIME

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ur winter friends are back and possibly in the biggest numbers ever. That’s according to the folks at Discover The Palm Beaches who say that in January-September of 2016 total visitors to our area were up 5.5% vs the same period of 2015, the highest tourist count ever recorded! That’s great news for our area businesses. Cha Ching. Brett Laiken, Senior Director of Integrated Marketing, says “WE ARE USING their new visually focused website will help ensure visitors to USER GENERATED our area will continue to increase. “We are using user generated CONTENT TO HELP content to help website visitors visually see what is sometimes WEBSITE VISITORS hard to verbally describe, and aggregating that from our various VISUALLY SEE WHAT social media platforms and bringing that to our website. On our IS SOMETIMES home page you’ll see a collage of photos that people have taken, HARD TO VERBALLY not us. So, on various landing pages, like “weddings” you see DESCRIBE…” people attending and having fun at weddings; likewise, on the restaurant landing page you’ll find friends enjoying food and drinks. Additionally, we’re launching a new social media campaign in January called Friends Trust Friends Not Ads and that will focus on friends taking pictures of themselves with friends around the Palm Beaches, memorializing their trips here”. Keep those visitors coming and those cash registers ringing.


EVENTS

JANUARY

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BACK ALLEY ART FESTIVAL AND UNVEILING OF THE 700 BLOCK MURALS

@ Lake Park Arts District The visionaries at Brewhouse Gallery and the iconic Kelsey Theater have ushered in a new era with the inception and launch of the Lake Park Arts District. They’re celebrating on January 28 from 1pm-11pm with the unveiling of the 700 block mural, all painted by local artists and crowdfunded through indiegogo. This is an amazing collaboration project and this event celebrates the birth of a new local arts district in the Lake Park community. Be there!

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Dumpstahunk @ Guanabanas — Jupiter

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Dolphins vs Patriots

Damien Louviere

SuperCar Week

@ Hard Rock Stadium

@ Brewhouse Gallery — Lake Park

—Various events throughout Palm Beach County (supercarweek.com)

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@ Culture Room — Ft. Lauderdale

@ Old School Square Park (every Saturday)

Livingston Taylor in Concert

The String Assassins

Donna The Buffalo @ Funky Biscuit — Boca

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Heavy Pets @ Guanabanas — Jupiter

4-7 80th Annual Silver Sailfish Derby

@ Kelsey Theater — Lake Park

The String Assassins

Jah Steve and the Counteract Crew @ Deck 84 — Delray Beach

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@ Guanabanas — Jupiter

Spred The Dub

@ Sailfish Marina — Singer Island

The People Upstairs

@ Monday Night Reggae @ ER Bradleys — Clematis

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Silent Disco

29th Annual Los Olas Art Fair

@ The Fieldhouse At Old School Square — Delray

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@ Propaganda — Lake Worth

— Ft. Lauderdale

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11 Joe Marcinek w/ Jason Hann of String Cheese and Tony Hall of

Dweezil Zappa —50 Years of Frank

@ Old School Square — Delray

Henry Rollins @ Kelsey Theater — Lake Park

Green Market @ FAU Stadium (Every Thursday)

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Showcase @ Kelsey Theater —

Lake Park

Bryce Allyn Band @ Guanabanas — Jupiter

Delray Beach Green Market

@ Brewhouse Gallery — Lake Park

Riff Raff @ Kelsey Theater — Lake Park

14-15 30th Annual Boca Fest (Art Fest) @ The Shops at Boca Center on Military Trail


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Sunshine Music Festival @ Mizner Park Amphitheater — Boca

Uproot Hootenanny

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SloFunk Pump

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Phil Vassar

@ Brewhouse Gallery — Lake Park

The Dead Kennedys

@ Funky Biscuit — Boca

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@ Deck 84 — Delray

22nd Annual Fotofusion

Sevendust

@ Palm Beach Photographic Center

@ Culture Room — Ft. Lauderdale

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Fletchers Grove

Redlyte @ Guanabanas — Jupiter

Tab Benoit @ Funky Biscuit — Boca

19-22 Art Palm Beach

@ Old School Square — Delray Beach

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@ Kelsey Theater — Lake Park

Brews ‘n Tunes Vol. 7 w/ Ballast Point

Summer Gill

@ Papa’s Raw Bar — Lighthouse Point

@ Brewhouse Gallery — Lake Park

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Unlimited Devotion

(Every Saturday) @ Old Orange Bridge

Blue Friends Beach Cleanup @ Loggerhead Marinelife Center — Juno Beach

Trench Day 2017 @ Due South Brewing — Boynton Beach

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Grigor Dimitrov

(Every Wednesday) @ Entrance to Jupiter Medical Center

Guavatron

Lake Worth Farmer’s Market

@ ER Bradley’s — Clematis

Jupiter Green Market

Al Stewart in Concert

@ Guanabanas — Jupiter

Bamboo Taxi

@ Hard Rock Live

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Grass Is Dead

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Spred The Dub—Monday Night Reggae

Don Henley w/ JD and the Straight Shot

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!Mayday!

@ Deck 84 — Delray Beach

@ Kelsey Theater — Lake Park

@ Guanabanas — Jupiter

@ Palm Beach Convention Center

@ Guanabanas — Jupiter

Bron Burbank & The County Line

@ Papa’s Raw Bar — Lighthouse Point

@ Guanabanas — Jupiter

Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s 10th Annual Lights Out Gala Uproot Hootenanny @ Bonfire on the Beach — Lake Worth

28 The Back Alley Art Festival— Kelsey Theater— Unveiling of the 700 Block Murals @ Lake Park Arts District

Dub Assassins & Oogee Wawa @ Guanabanas — Jupiter

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FEBRUARY

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DELRAY BEACH TENNIS OPEN

The world’s only 10 day tennis event consisting of an ATP Champion Tour event and an ATP World Tour event. Even if you aren’t a tennis fan, there’s nothing like seeing professional tennis live and up close. Lots of ticket options so visit yellowtennisball.com for the total scoop.

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TreeHouse!

Uproot Hootenanny

Mickey Avalon

@ Guanabanas — Jupiter

Jupiter Green Market

@ ER Bradley’s — WPB

@ Kelsey Theater — Lake Park

(Every Wednesday) @ Entrance to Jupiter Medical Center

Talking Dreads @ Funky Biscuit — Boca

Grouplove—The Big Mess Tour

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@ Culture Room — Ft. Lauderdale

Boz Scaggs and Robert Cray Band

Avett Brothers

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@ Au Rene Theater — Ft. Lauderdale

Ken Block and Drew Copeland (of Sister Hazel) @ Funky Photo: Robert Biscuit Clark — Boca

@ Pompano Beach Amphitheater

5 Bruja @ Deck 84 — Delray Beach

Sumilan @ Guanabanas — Jupiter

The Doo Wop Project @ Old School Square — Delray Beach

Photo: Peter Staples

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EVENTS 23 Bangin’ Banjo Beer Dinner @ Papa’s Raw Bar — Lighthouse Park

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Photo: Craig Houdeshell

Brews and Tunes Vol. 8 w/ Bangin’ Banjo Brewing

Artwork by Nate Baranowski

25 9 All Arts Open Mic (Every Thursday)

LAKE WORTH STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL (23RD ANNIVERSARY) @ Downtown Lake Worth

This incredible art fest delivers the most amazing street art you’ve ever witnessed, as it’s literally done on the street. More than 600 artists use chalk as their brush and pavement as their canvas. Admission is FREE. Music on the mainstage, food, and plenty of libations. The event benefits scholarships and community projects associated with the Arts. Streetpaintingfestivalinc.org.

Loud (re-creation of MTV Show)

Dashboard Confessional

@ Kelsey Theater — Lake Park

@ Revolution Live — Ft. Lauderdale

Everglades Day Festival

Green Market

@ Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge — Boynton Beach

Yonder Mountain String Band @ Culture Room — Ft. Lauderdale

Honey Island Swamp Band @ Funky Biscuit — Boca

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18 Delray Beach Green Market

@ Funky Biscuit — Boca

Tequesta Green Market

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@ Culture Room — Ft. Lauderdale

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(3rd Saturday of the month) @ Constitution Park

JJ Grey and Mofro

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@ BB&T Center

@ Revolution Live — Ft. Lauderdale

Harper

@ Culture Room — Ft. Lauderdale

18-20 ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival @ Abacoa Town Center — Jupiter

@ Guanabanas — Jupiter

@ Pompano Beach Amphitheater

Uproot Hootenanny @ ER Bradley’s — WPB

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Vibe and Direct

Delray Beach Tennis Open

Sailfish Challenge— 3rd Leg of “Quest for the Crest”

@ Guanabanas — Jupiter

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—Lake and Lucerne Avenues —downtown Lake Worth

@ Filmore — Miami

Bon Jovi Yes

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival

@ Kelsey Theater — Lake Park

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7 Below—A Tribute to Phish (Mystery Album Every Night)

The Record Company and Jamestown Revival

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Smells Like Teen Grunge (Nirvana Tribute): Live and

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Sting 2017 “57th & 9th” Tour

Gaelic Storm

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@ Parker Playhouse — Ft. Lauderdale

Full Throttle Wrestling Presents Fight Club

@ South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center

@ John Prince Park — Lake Worth

Lucinda Williams

@ Old School Square — Delray Beach

Lynyrd Skynyrd

South Florida Garlic Fest

@ Hard Rock Live

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Jerry Seinfeld

@ Old School Square (Every Saturday)

Rocket Man—A Tribute to Elton John

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@ Brewhouse Gallery — Lake Park @ FAU (Every Thursday) @ FAU Stadium

@ Papa’s Raw Bar — Lighthouse Point

— Ft. Lauderdale

West Palm Beach Green Market @ Flagler Drive (Every Saturday)

26 Less Than Jake w/ Pepper @ Revolution Live Outdoors

Uproot Hootenanny @ St Vincent Ferrer Annual Parish Festival — Delray Beach

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#GROWSOMETHING A LOOK INTO FARMER JAY’S PURSUIT FOR GROWTH BY SAVANNAH SHEEHAN

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elcome to the 21st Century. Food is accessible at any hour of the day and a meal can be found for as little as one dollar, but the content of this readily available cuisine is often debilitating to our health. With this mediocre sustenance that is provided at such a low price, men, women, and children still go to bed hungry every night in the US. This growing food issue is not a new concern, but we have let it continue to strengthen. One local man has taken it upon himself to “change our relationship with food.” Jason McCobb, a resident of Lake Worth, made it his mission to teach the masses how to grow sustainably and what that means to the community, the human race, and the planet. Honing his experience in Sonoma, California, Jason McCobb — more widely known as Farmer Jay — worked under Bob Cannard, a farmer for over 30 years who has consistently supplied produce to

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“Palm Beach County is the largest agricultural community east of the Mississippi and top 10 in the country. It is unacceptable to me that we have 365 growing days in our climate and we have children going hungry.”

Alice Water’s renowned restaurant in Berkeley, California dubbed Chez Pannise. A decade ago, Farmer Jay made farming his profession; however, his time outdoors soon increased exponentially when he decided to start helping the community develop their own gardens. The evolution of ideas began in 2010 with a small plot of land in West Delray and a new garden center that had just opened up in Boca Raton called Ellenville Garden Center. Farmer Jay tried on his carpentry skills and began fabricating raised bed gardens. Jay is knowledgeable in numerous forms of gardening including but not limited to conventional, organic, and biodynamic farming. Fortunately, Jay utilizes his years of experience and lays it out in layman’s terms so that everyone can “localize their food.” Post Ellenville, Jay has built gardens for Palm Beach County Schools, Farmer’s Table, Federation of Gardens and many, many more.

Jay’s mission transitioned into one much larger than implementing gardens where none existed. Initially teaching The Girl Scouts of Boca Raton how to grow food, Jay segued his focus onto creating a program called Jr. Sprouts. In this program, children from grades pre-kindergarten to fifth grade learn the “lost art of sustainable agriculture.” This is done through a series of 8 classes which incorporate lectures, examples, and time in the field. Jay has reached over 4,000 kids in Palm Beach and Broward County. His wave of influence has yet to cease.

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Farmer Jay’s newest quest involves taking on local hunger issues. “Palm Beach County is the largest agricultural community east of the Mississippi and top 10 in the country,” states Jay. Regrettably, we are ranked as 47 for local food and according to

Farmer Jay, over 200,000 people go to sleep hungry. “It is unacceptable to me that we have 365 growing days in our climate and we have children going hungry.” Eyes set on change, Jay’s 501c3 Non-Profit organization aims to ensure no


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adult or child will go a day in need of food and will get the staples they need whilst learning how to grow it themselves. The plan of action is to create a community space to grow food, build school and community gardens, and teach the next generation the importance of sustainable gardening. By growing their own food, they decrease their chances of hunger. A diet of organic vegetables will greatly improve our developing children’s health and people of all ages will benefit. In addition to the surge of health

benefits, local agriculture will likewise reform and potentially recover from the years of decline. All of which stems from a single seed of thought and a call to action from the community to nurture it as it develops. The aspirations Farmer Jay has for the commonwealth of his fellow citizens could not come to fruition without the open mindedness of the community themselves. This intricate web of people, passion, and nature is immensely fragile,

but can grow stronger by spreading awareness. Farmer Jay firmly believes “everybody should do their own part and grow something. The food system begins in our backyards.” With one seed and one person at time the possibility to create permanent change can become a reality.

To learn more and support Farmer Jay’s Jr Sprouts, visit www.myfarmerjay.com

“Everybody should do their own part and grow something. The food system begins in our backyards.”

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Lobster

Mac & Cheese WITH CHEF JOEY OF SEAFOOD WORLD What You Need: 1 cup cream 1 cup beer (Weihenstephaner) 1 Pint pasta 1 Pint cheese (cheddar, jack, and mozzarella) 6oz lobster Lobster sauce Panko bread crumbs Parsley (optional)

Photos by Ben Hicks

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Do This: Cook pasta, set aside Sautee lobster Add beer and reduce by 1⁄4 Add Cream Bring to boil Add lobster sauce Add cheese until melted and stir consistently Add pasta Toss (if you’re a skilled tosser) Put in dish (one you can bake) Top with panko bread crumbs Bake at 350˚ until lightly browned Garnish with Parsley (optional)

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CELIS PRODUCE

BY STELLA ALVES

FRESH LOCAL PRODUCE, RIGHT TO YOUR DOOR “People go into the store and know what they want, but what’s interesting about Celis is that we deliver locally grown products with a variety in those veggies and fruits.” – Alex Celis

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ith a more health conscious society worried about the quality of the foods we put in our bodies, it’s no wonder that new markets have opened with those needs in mind. One of those marketplaces is Celis Produce, owned and operated by Alex Celis and his brothers in West Palm Beach. What makes Celis unique? They deliver top quality and organic produce right to your door! Growing up in the produce business, watching his father deliver fruits and

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vegetables to various restaurants in the county, it was natural for food to be a passion for Alex. Looking for a way to tie the produce grown locally into something catchy and edgy, the idea for delivering produce came to Alex on an ad for a business that delivered to areas in Miami and saw he the opportunity to do the same in Palm Beach. Wanting to promote healthy living without the hassle of leaving the house, the Celis delivery system was created. As a local mom and pop shop, Alex describes it as “laid back and comfortable – commu-

nity driven” where everyone that comes in are “real and honest people.” “People go into the store and know what they want, but what’s interesting about Celis is that we deliver locally grown products including a wide variety in those veggies and fruits.” To start receiving your fresh and organic produce, choose from the prebundled share sizes, and delivery frequency that best fits your lifestyle and family size, made easy and convenient


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– not to mention affordable – through their website. For a family of 2-3, they suggest a medium size share, delivered weekly or every other week. They have options of shares with varying fruits and vegetables, like oranges, watermelons, broccoli, cucumbers, etc., or a combination of both. You can even add specific items to your bundle a la carte. With their ripening standard, fruit is delivered at the beginning stages of ripeness to make sure that everyone is satisfied – some like it firm, while others prefer it soft. The final step: A nice little bundle is then delivered to your door step with a weeks’ worth of produce. Delivering to Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens twice a week and Boca Raton once a week, they strive to make everyone happy with their deliveries. For those living within a 5-mile radius of the market, daily delivery options are available. Most of their produce is purchased from locally and regionally grown, family-owned farms, where all their

Owner, Alex Celis

products are natural and without preservatives. Certain produce is brought in from states like North Carolina and Georgia, like potatoes, which Florida does not grow year-round. With the environment in mind, when bringing in products from out of state, Alex looks for options that leave a small carbon footprint, minimizing human carbon emission on the environment. They have made expanding their delivery radius and the opening of other markets a long term goal of Celis Produce, but for now, Alex says that he’s focused on “being a neighborhood market.” In the future, they would like to add dairy and meat products for delivery that are sold by local farms, which are natural, free-range, and grass fed. His main focus for the moment is “putting the customer

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first and always having a positive outlook…everything else follows.” Where their top priority is customer satisfaction, Alex and his team look forward to people having a great experience when they come in. Having a personal relationship with most of their frequent customers, Alex wants every person to leave with a smile on their face, feeling as though they are a part of the Celis family.

Celis Produce located at 2814 S Dixie Hwy #D West Palm Beach, FL 33405 For more information, visit celis-produce.com or call (561) 410-5735


EAT YOUR HEART OUT BY DARIEN ARDEN

VALENTINE’S DAY: where dreams come true, depending on how good you played your dinner card. If you don’t have access to Boyz II Men and a romantic gondola ride, you’ll need to really wow your significant other with witty conversation and a delicious meal. The latter is covered for you (you’re welcome) so hopefully it goes well and you earned the ROI you were dreaming about.

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MEAT Market

MEAT MARKET

13 AMERICAN TABLE

WHEN: February 14, 5 to 10 p.m.

WHEN: February 14, 5 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: 191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach, FL 33480. Call (561) 3549800 or visit www.meatmarket.net for reservations.

WHERE: 451 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486. Call (561) 409-2061 or visit www.13americantable.com for reservations.

A Refined Mouth Party

Feel Good Fare

COST: Seductively lavish and COST: Deliciously, down-home casual.

WHAT: The red silk lingerie version of a steakhouse. The dimly-lighted ambiance invites close conversations, indulgent food and an extra cocktail, with a hint of naughty. The only downside is that you’ll be drooling over more than just your date.

WHAT: Casual environment with

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MENU: Asian BBQ lamb ribs;

prime roasted bone marrow; roasted escargot; grilled kale Caesar salad; mango wedge salad; octopus carpaccio; beer poached shrimp cocktail; white truffle “American style Kobe” tartare; 30 oz. wagyu beef tomahawk ribeye; 7 oz. AA5 filet mignon; buffalo tenderloin; umami duck half;

Photo by Michael Pisarri

exactly what you want.

MEAT Market

a delightful and healthy menu that will make sure you’re not too stuffed for post-dinner action. Order several dishes to share so you can enjoy more of the menu, and bonus points if you are same side sitters and look cute while feeding each other. MENU: Seared foie gras; cobia poke;

prime short rib and lobster risotto; “American style Kobe” meatloaf; salt crusted baked potato; truffle cream corn; gouda tater-tots; wood-grilled broccolini; gratinee of mac and cheese; and rich steak butters and sauces that you can’t live without.

avocado toast; grilled broccolini; roasted carrots; corn off the cob; seared scallops; red curry bowl; crispy pork belly; grilled octopus; grilled pork chop; butcher’s cut; the braise (what’s in the oven); 8 oz. burger; and cinnamon apple quinoa.

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STEAK 954

THE BLUE

WHEN: February 14, 5:30 to 10 p.m.

WHEN: February 14, bar opens at 5 p.m., dining room from 6 to 10 p.m.

Sexy Steakhouse

Deluxe American

WHERE: W Fort Lauderdale, 401 N

Lauderdale Florida, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Call (954) 414-8333 or visit http://www.starr-restaurant. com/steak954.com for reservations.

WHERE: Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432. Call (561) 4473000 or visit www.bocaresort.com for reservations.

COST: Pricey, but worth it. WHAT: A sophisticated steakhouse

with an a la carte menu set up for success. There’s also outside seating with a view of the beach, which makes for a perfect location for a post-dinner stroll.

The Blue

COST: Moderate with regal flair.

MENU: Seafood platter for two;

WHAT: A cozy menu but still meets all wants. The Resort will wow your date and really hit the “luxury” button sans the gold-plated lion statues and diamond-studded doorknobs.

Alaskan king crab; yellowfin tuna tartare; lobster bisque; Caesar salad; pan seared scallops; beef tartare; 32 oz. prime 40-day dry aged porterhouse for two; 12 oz. filet mignon; 12 oz. American wagyu skirt steak; 22 oz. prime 40 day dry aged bone-in ribeye; butter-poached lobster; 954 cheesesteak; truffle potato gratin; smoked cauliflower and kale; mushrooms and onions; chocolate layer cake; and freshly baked cookies to go (wink).

MENU: Grilled octopus; mussels; pork belly; The Blue Caesar; Asian pear salad; fried, grilled, baked or Rockefeller oysters; The Claw Bar with king claw, shrimp, and chef’s seafood tower; grilled Maine lobster; homemade squid ink tagliatelle; tenderloin filet; NY strip; cider bone-in pork chop; creamed spinach; crispy cauliflower; and chocolate espresso cake.

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LAURA MILONE FUELED BY FAMILY

Photos by Ben Hicks

BY SEAN GORGON

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aura Milone is a 20-year-old professional stand up jet ski racer who lives in Delray Beach. Although she didn’t start racing until she was 13, the sport has been a part of her life for much longer. Laura’s father, who is a skilled mechanic, has been building

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“there’s not a lot of girls in the sport so you got to throw out the hot pink to be like ‘yeah, we do this too’”

race cars and jet skis for years. Her mother is a former professional jet ski racer and according to Laura, her mother and father actually met through the sport. With roots so deep into the world of jet ski racing it’s no surprise to see Laura’s passion for the sport shine so brightly. When asked about her family’s involvement in the sport Laura responded “It’s great, my little sister races too and my mom and I actually raced at the same time for a while.” With the Milone’s, racing is definitely a family affair. The International Jet Sports Boating Association (IJSBA) Tour just wrapped up with the 2016 Quakysense World Finals in Lake Havasu, Arizona in October of this year. Laura competed in both the Novice Ski Limited Open division and the Novice Women Ski Limited division. Laura

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isn’t afraid to get out there and race against the boys as she normally competes in the open division because she enjoys the bigger, more challenging races. Laura stands out from the rest of the crowd on the water with her statement making pink helmet and jet ski. “There’s not a lot of girls in the sport so you got to throw out the hot pink to be like ‘yeah, we do this too’”. When asked about the feeling she gets during a race Laura said “It’s an adrenaline rush, you sit on the starting line, look to your left or right and there’s like 10 other people on either side of you. It’s crazy”. Laura also recently competed in the 2016 Pro Watercross World Championship in Naples, FL in late September where she really put her talents on display. Laura was dominant. She took home 1st


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“It’s an adrenaline rush, you sit on the starting line, look to your left or right and there’s like 10 other people on either side of you. It’s crazy.”

place in both the Novice Women’s Ski Limited Division and the Novice Ski Limited Open Division where she competed against a field of male and female racers and came out victorious. Laura’s little sister Jessica also had an impressive showing in Naples competing in the Sport Stock division. Despite having a number of top finishes over her career including her recent sweep in Naples, Laura has one accolade that she is especially proud of. Earlier this year she became the first American woman to ever race a stand-up jet ski in China. Quite the resumé for such a young competitor, as plenty of racers have won tournaments but very few have become pioneers in their sport. Laura has done both. At only 20 years old, Laura has a bright future ahead of her in the racing world. However, gold medals aren’t the only goal she’s chasing. She’s currently studying to become a teacher at Florida Atlantic University. Over the years Laura has also learned to build jet skis under the tutelage of her father. The duo now manufacture pro level skis and have sold them to racers both locally and as far away as Argentina. The talented racer has plenty of opportunities to pursue professionally, but has no intentions of walking away from the sport. When asked about her future in professional racing Laura said “I’m just so addicted to it. I’m going to keep trying to find a way to do it forever.”

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ALBUM REVIEW

BY DANNY WRIGHT

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GRAVEL KINGS’ SECOND STUDIO ALBUM, LURE

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ravel Kings are no stranger to our local music scene, hailing from Fort Pierce with their fresh brand of Americana. The strength of their sound means they haven’t gotten lost in the SoFlo reggae/tropical/roots scene that seems to dominate our ears, and their long awaited EP “Lure.” is certain to please. The EP kicks off with “You Were Loved’, and the first thing you’ll imagine is cruising down Ocean Boulevard with the top down on a Saturday afternoon with the volume cranked up. This tune is both melodic and immediately memorable and could easily find

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its way on country or top 40 radio (yes, top 40). The band then shifts into a more Americana sound with “When You’re Gone” as Joey Johnson’s banjo and slide guitar take center stage. The song ends with a nice 30 second time change reminiscent of something The Beatles might do. Next up is “Bones”, fueled by Zach’s thoughtful lyrics over a simple, but very unique sound. You’ll want to listen to this one a second time to make sure you caught all the messages being sent. “Dead Men” follows and is highlighted with some very tasty background harmonies.

“Lure.” Concludes with “Livin”, a feel good finale’ with thoughtprovoking lines like “I can’t remember the last 3 years yeah I’m livin’”. Sound familiar?

For true Americana aficionados “Lure.” might at first seem like a departure for the Gravel Kings, but as you listen the band always comes back to their sound, their foundation. Producer James Paul Wisner (Dashboard Confessional producer) was on the sound board for this effort, and the result is a clean, slick, not over-produced recording.

Listen to the entire EP on the Gravel Kings website, www.gravelkings.com. Also available on iTunes and Google Play @gravelkings


ART

BEHIND THE PIECE

WITH RACHEL DEJOHN ree house, free house, by the sea house.. this is a painting that was painted with a case of wanderlust. It is what I dream about, a place to call home that is surrounded by nature, simple living, with fun waves to play on all day long. This painting features a treehouse built in a forest with a hammock to rest in and a clothes line in the palm trees to dry your clothes in the sunshine. Not much is needed when living in paradise, a few surfboards and a place to rest after long days of adventuring. This painting is a dream place, but I get inspiration from places I have traveled to like Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. I find inspiration from where I live in Florida as well. Sometimes it isn’t as easy to find, but you have to continue to find your paradise and make paradise with whatever you have around you. I like to paint with acrylic paint and on recycled or scrap materials, often wood. I like the natural look that it gives when painting on wood. I enjoy using bright colors and often mix in bright colors reflecting on the sea inspired by the magic hours of sunrises and sunsets. My art is meant to inspire adventure, a love for nature and the sea and the beauty that surrounds it. I have a big love for the 60s and the days of flower power, love and peace. This is often carried into my paintings and also my way of life.” @surfybirdy

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Sisters Claudia Moline (left) and Romina Tavola (right)

MORA SURF BOUTIQUE DOWN TO EARTH FASHION

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ummer days are meant to be spent on the beach, catching a tan and relaxing. When not on the sand, you can still be sporting fashionable beach wear in style and comfort. Dynamic duo sisters, Romi and Claudia, have reinvented beach fashion to be both cozy and chic. Their shop, Mora Surf Boutique, is located in none other than Deerfield Beach, the scene for passionate surfers and beach goers to come together and enjoy the hot Florida weather.

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BY STELLA ALVES

Originally from Mar del Plata, Argentina, the sisters have had experience in the world of fashion, creating a line of workout clothes and beach wear called Bodyshape. Uprooting themselves to move to America and leaving the line in the hands of two trusted friends, they took with them their passion for clothes and sewing that they had learned from their mother. The two separated for a brief period, with one in Florida and the other in New York, but they soon found their way back to each other on the sandy shores of Deerfield.

Making clothes came naturally to the pair, as they frequently found themselves in consignment stores, choosing pieces that spoke to them, and recycling the material to make their own creations. They paraded their works of art around and friends demanded more. Soon, they began to sell their bikinis right on the beach and little by little, as demand grew, so did the company, and Mora was born. This marks the 15th year of Mora’s journey, when Romi and Claudia began to sell their


LOCAL BIZ clothing wholesale to retail stores across South Florida like Surf World in Dania, Earth Tones in Stuart, and Sea Glass Boutique in Vero Beach. Since then, they have also distributed to seasonal stores in North Carolina and New York, like McKevlin’s Surf Shop in Folly Beach, Flair House in Fire Island, and Natures Shapes in Sayville. The sisters were surprised at the thought of starting another clothing line and never thought they would open their own store, but have exceeded their expectations by opening their first storefront nearly 6 years ago. Romi admits that they have thought of opening other boutiques on the East and West Coasts, especially in California, but refuse to franchise the name. The sisters value their freedom and time with family, saying that they feel like their clothing will lose its life and uniqueness if they franchise. When asked about this, Romi said that she feels like “life is to be lived,” but that they are quite happy with where they have taken Mora so far and will move at their own pace.

Together, Romi and Claudia work on all the individual pieces, focusing on technique, fabric, and colors for every design. Using fabrics that are soft to the touch, mainly cotton blends, they still keep in touch with their roots by importing Argentinian and Italian fabric. Each design is hand drawn and created to leave a unique imprint of Mora in every piece. Their website is fully equipped with all your beach fashion needs – from stone and beaded jewelry, swimwear, knit tops, hoodies and cardigans, and even goods for the home. Recently, they have started a Mini Mora line for young girls, with the same stylish designs and cool fabrics. If you’re thinking of having a beach wedding, there’s something for you, too. Their Bridal by Mora collection can leave any bride feeling amazing, featuring beautiful lace dresses and veils. The entire Mora family prides themselves in not being like other companies. Whereas other clothing stores create seasonal catalogues, which

can cause pieces to look the same, Mora starts with a concept for the season, adding new pieces as inspiration and ideas catch their eyes. Quite frequently, Romi says, they will add several new pieces mid-season, which is refreshing to customers. Proud of being unconventional, the girls make clothes where people feel effortless, cute, and sexy – where the essence of Mora lives. They work hard not to follow any trend and make you feel unique when wearing a Mora brand item. The company motto embraces just that: “Be your own kind of beautiful.” Just like Mora is an Argentinian berry, similar to the blueberry, that grows wild and sweet, Romi and Claudia expect their clothing to make you to feel nothing less. With the sun on their logo, they hope that their clothing will pull you closer to the beach, where you can relax and look amazing. Visit the shop at 1626 SE 3rd Court, Deerfield Beach, Florida 33441 moragirls.com @moragirls

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