Boca Raton Magazine the Leader.All about cocktails: series and a new establishment2016-02-09T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.9_max's_social_house.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Start a new habit: Wayback Wednesday at Max’s Social House</strong></p> <p>On Feb. 10, Max’s Social House <em>(116 NE 6<sup>th</sup> Ave., Delray Beach, 561/501-4332)</em> will start a Wayback Wednesday Party series. From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., DJ Fono will be on music duty, and the special retro cocktail that night will be a pineapple jalapeno margarita for $5. For this series opening night, the first 25 folks will receive a vintage T-shirt for the Falcon House (previous incarnation of Max’s building), from shirts that were discovered in the attic. </p> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.9_1001_mojito_toast.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Mix it up with a Mixology Bash: Bistro Ten Zero One</strong></p> <p>Speaking of series’ going on, also on Feb. 10, Bistro Ten Zero One <em>(1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561/833-1234) </em>continues its monthly fun zones, and this one’s all about cocktails. From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., mixologist Roberto Confresi will pair specialty cocktails with food by Chef Christian Quinones. For $73 per person, the all-inclusive ticket means cocktails and tapas in an informal setting that includes octopus anticuchos, razor clams with saffron aioli, pork belly bahn mi, short rib anticucho, house-made chocolate lollypops and more. </p> <p><strong>Opening in March: C.W.S. Craft Cocktails and Kitchen</strong></p> <p>A “casual, sophisticated establishment,” C.W.S. Craft Cocktails and Kitchen, will open in March where the Cottage used to be <em>(522 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth)</em>. This venue is from restaurateurs Jeff John and Brian Freed, who also have three other places in South Florida: Revolution Live, America’s Backyard and Stache 1920’s Drinking Den. From coffee and pastries in the morning to drinks after work, there will be food and a large assortment of spirits with an emphasis on bourbons, whiskeys and ryes.  </p>The Arts Garage issue deconstructed2016-02-09T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/alyonaushe.jpg" width="200"></h3> <h3>The Arts Garage matter </h3> <p>“This is not some kind of runaway insanity run by a crazy Russian.”</p> <p>       So says Alyona Aleksandra Ushe, president, CEO and self-proclaimed “czarina” of Arts Garage (above), defending the non-profit cultural organization that has become a creative success in Delray Beach using space in Pineapple Grove leased from the city. That lease expires March 15.</p> <p>       Nobody on the city commission wants to see Arts Garage depart, especially after the loss of Artists Alley. Mayor Cary Glickstein calls Arts Garage “a good fit.” According to the organization, more 75 percent of its patrons come from outside Delray, the largest percentage coming from Boca Raton. Those visitors help Delray Beach’s economy.</p> <p>       Arts Garage also is diversifying. The group is offering the play “Reborning” in a new, smaller venue separate from the larger main room, where patrons can eat and drink as they watch the performance. (The Puppetry Arts Center formerly used the space.) There’s a new gallery for local artists. Arts Garage’s performances have received increasing critical praise.</p> <p>       But there remains the lease issue. In 2013, the newly elected Glickstein and Commissioner Shelly Petrolia successfully pushed to lease the 10,000 square feet to Arts Garage rather than sell it to a law firm or divide it between Arts Garage and the firm. The commission, however, conditioned the lease on Arts Garage raising $2.5 million to buy the space. The law firm had offered that amount. Arts Garage pays just $800 per month for the space.</p> <p>       In fact, Arts Garage has raised no money. And there’s a new problem.</p> <p>       At its Jan. 28 meeting, the Community Redevelopment Agency, which reimburses the group for programming and arts education, withheld a $68,000 payment to Arts Garage for the final quarter of the 2015 fiscal year. The board held back the money because the group has not provided its latest financial report and missed a deadline to ask for an extension. Because of the delay, the CRA and Arts Garage have not agreed to a payment agreement for this year. The agency’s contribution for last year was nearly $300,000.</p> <p>       On Jan. 15, Creative City Collaborative (CCC)—the parent organization of Arts Garage and its counterpart in Pompano Beach—asked Delray Beach for a 10-year lease extension with a new option to buy. The letter predicted that 2016 would be “the best year yet for Arts Garage.” City Manager Don Cooper will “provide a report” at next Tuesday’s commission meeting. “Once the commission has that information,” Cooper said in an email, “they need to provide direction whether they want to negotiate a new lease with the CCC or some other course of action.”</p> <p>       At this point, Arts Garage and the city sound like a couple talking past each other. Arts Garage emphasizes its creative accomplishments and rapid rise. Ushe wants the city —“our partners”—to be “realistic.”</p> <p>       The commission and the CRA, however, want to talk money and management. The commission was unhappy that CCC expanded into Pompano without first asking the city. Ushe said the board approved the move after Pompano Beach asked groups to submit proposals. More recently, the commission was unhappy that CCC didn’t reach out before discussing a partnership with a tech start-up. The commission also believes that CCC should have given much earlier notice that the campaign to raise the $2.5 million would not succeed.</p> <p>       Last week, I spoke with Ushe and board vice chairman Brian Rosen. They argued that programming and equipment had been more urgent fund-raising priorities, and that delay in obtaining a contract from the city left just two years to raise the $2.5 million. “Very ambitious,” Rosen called it. CCC is “still trying to find the ‘whale’”— a large donor. Rosen said the board shifted its fund-raising focus and alerted commissioners that it wouldn’t have the money to buy the space.</p> <p>       Ushe and Rosen note that Arts Garage has increased its budget from roughly $300,000 to about $1.5 million. Expanding to Pompano Beach in 2014, Ushe said, “opens an enormous amount of doors.” She means programming contacts and donors. On the first, maybe, but it’s hard to see how an operation in Pompano Beach would make people in Delray more willing philanthropists.</p> <p>       Regarding the CRA, Rosen said the agency “kind of switched,” first asking to see Arts Garage’s first audit—for the 2013-14 fiscal year—and then the last financial report for  2015. Whatever the confusion, though, Rosen acknowledges that Arts Garage missed the deadline.</p> <p>       The CRA board, though, also focused on a management letter that accompanied the 2013-14 audit, the group’s first. Rosen said the letter identified 10 “weaknesses.” Ushe broke in to call them “challenges.” That distinction is telling.</p> <p>       Ushe wants the city to focus on how far Arts Garage has come. She wants the city still to treat the group as a plucky upstart. Ushe and Rosen stress that Arts Garage came out “clean” in the audit. Ushe said it showed no “co-mingling,” meaning that money from Delray Beach went to Delray, not to Pompano Beach. Arts Garage provided me a list of employees and their salaries, divided between work in Delray and work in Pompano.</p> <p>       The city and the CRA, though, want Arts Garage to act more like an established organization, one that Ushe acknowledges wouldn’t exist in its current state without that lease deal three years ago. As the city sees it, an established organization keeps up-to-date financial records and promptly fixes any “weaknesses.” Examples: the audit’s management letter found no evidence that Ushe had reviewed credit card purchases, and it also questioned documentation of expenses.</p> <p>       These dueling perspectives will be evident when the commission discusses Arts Garage’s future. Arts Garage is asking for a lot, even if Ushe contends that some non-profits lease city space for $1 a year. Several questions present themselves:</p> <p>       Given Arts Garage’s growth, should Ushe still should handle both creative and management responsibilities? Can Arts Garage show persuasively that it could raise the money in 10 years and not leave the city in the same place after another decade? How much should Arts Garage consult with Delray Beach on key decisions?</p> <p>       Still another question may involve the Arts Garage board. Ideally, board members should have no other business before the city. Yet the board chairman is Steve Michael, chairman of Hudson Holdings, which wants to build Swinton Commons. Ushe has publicly advocated for the project, which drew strong criticism last week from the Historic Preservation Board. Ushe’s advocacy risks linking Arts Garage with a potentially controversial project.</p> <p>       Ushe resists the idea that Arts Garage and Old School Square could merge. “We need our independence.” Ushe and Rosen offered no “course of action” beyond the lease extension. If nothing changes before the March commission meeting, Arts Garage may want to offer specifics about financial reporting and to show up with a new audit verifying that it has addressed those “weaknesses.”</p> <p>       CRA Director Jeff Costello said, “Hopefully, we get this resolved soon.” No one in the city wants to run off Arts Garage, yet public assets are at stake.</p> <p>       Petrolia said, “There are good points on both sides.” Arts Garage’s best selling point is its success. Ushe and Rosen are correct that stability would enhance that success. But since success depends on the city’s continued cooperation, Arts Garage must show that management, not just programming, will have a starring role.</p> <h3>Follow-up on 327 Royal Palm</h3> <p>As predicted, the Boca Raton City Council met quickly and effectively in its special meeting last Thursday as the Community Redevelopment Agency.</p> <p>       The council let City Manager Leif Ahnell know that he could belatedly issue a permit for 327 Royal Palm, the 25-unit downtown condo project. Ahnell said he would so, thus likely heading off a lawsuit by the developer. Also, the council told Ahnell that could issue any similar permits for projects that clearly meet downtown requirements for open space. Meanwhile, the city’s review of previous projects approved under Amendment 4035 continues.</p> <p>       I reported last week that council members Mike Mullaugh, Jeremy Rodgers and Robert Weinroth had called the meeting after Scott Singer—the CRA chairman—had declined to call it. The CRA had a regular meeting on Monday. In an emailed response, Singer said, “I asked for more information before the extraordinary step of a special meeting, and before it was received, I learned that three other members wanted to proceed.”</p> <p> </p>RIP Dr. Edgar Mitchell2016-02-08T16:19:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>Sadly, this past weekend, West Palm Beach lost an extraordinary man, Dr. Edgar Mitchell. Back in 2009, <em>Boca Mag </em>spoke with Mitchell about how it felt to go to the moon. Here's what he had to say:</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.8_edgar_mitchell.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>How does it feel to go to the moon?</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Dr. Edgar Mitchell </strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Apollo 14 astronaut and the sixth man to walk on the moon (February 1971)</strong></p> <p class="p1">We call Earth the blue and white marble, due to the clouds and atmosphere. From space, you see the darker land masses, the dark green forests, the sandy colors of deserts. You also see the little atmosphere that protects Earth from incoming particles and provides us air to breathe. It’s amazingly thin when you see it from outside—just a finger’s width, as it were.</p> <p class="p2">The surface of the moon is like exceptionally fine talcum powder, but dark gray—basalt rock that came from inside of the moon as lava flow and was broken up by billions of years of meteor impact and small particle impact. If you scuff it up, the particles shoot out in straight, little Newtonian trajectories.</p> <p class="p2">Walking on the moon is like walking on a trampoline—but with two snowsuits on because of the pressure suit that astronauts wear. You kind of bounce. You’re not heavy, because the gravitation is one-sixth of what it is on Earth, but it’s very hard to move your arms.</p> <p class="p1">We [astronauts Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa and Mitchell, 78, who is the only surviving member of the crew] were almost in the center of the moon as you look at it from Earth. So Earth was almost directly overhead. In order to see Earth, we had to hold on to part of the spacecraft and lean way back to look directly above.</p> <p class="p1">On the way home—after seeing the Earth, the moon, the sun, the solar system and the star system from this different perspective—I had an epiphany. From studying astronomy, I knew that our molecules were manufactured in some ancient generation of stars. And that provided a sense of oneness, of unity. And it was accompanied by ecstasy. I felt a bliss that was utterly unimaginable. I’d never had such an experience.</p> <p class="p1">People ask me if I think there is life on other planets. Absolutely. They have already found us. We have been visited. The so-called “Roswell incident” in 1947? Some of us know that it’s real. But it has been covered up by the powers that be. It’s slowly starting to open up after more than 61 years. </p> <p class="p1">Old-timers, who were around during the incident, wanted to tell me their stories before they passed on. I took their stories to the Pentagon and requested a briefing. Very high-level officers said, “You’re right.”</p> <p class="p1">That’s all I’ll say on that topic.</p> <p class="p1">We’ve got about 2 billion years before our sun burns out. So we have to be off of this planet if our species is going to survive. In due course, we will go to Mars, provided we don’t blow ourselves up with stupidities in the meantime. And when we go to Mars, and we look back at this tiny planet we call Earth, it’ll sound kind of foolish to say, “I came from the United States or Germany or Israel or Russia.”</p> <p class="p1">No. “I came from Earth.” And we’re hardly ready to do that yet. We have to get past our insanities. </p>The Week Ahead: Feb. 9 to 152016-02-08T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="262" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/41t-ziw8dul._ux250_.jpg" width="250"></p> <p><strong>What: Tim Dorsey</strong></p> <p>Where: Murder on the Beach, 273 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/279-7790, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Raised in Riviera Beach, the prolific Tampa-based author Tim Dorsey is one of the many spawns of the pioneering Florida crime novelist John D. MacDonald, having penned 20 books with such pulp-a-licious titles as “Hurricane Punch,” “Nuclear Jellyfish” and “Pineapple Grenade.” In addition to the lively writing, Dorsey’s books are distinguished by the ruthlessness of his certifiably insane anti-hero, Serge Storms, who can be just as violent as his enemies when justice needs serving. Dorsey is traveling all around the state in this exhaustive home-turf tour to support his latest Storms tome, “Coconut Cowboy,” in which his certifiably mad and cinephilic protagonist gets his motor running and attempts to finish the journey of the fictional “Easy Rider” radicals Captain America and Billy. If you can’t catch his Tuesday talk in Delray, Dorsey will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Barnes &amp; Noble Plantation, 591 S. University Drive.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="263" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/postsecret-the-show_web2-640x420.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “PostSecret: The Show”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Eleven years ago, a man named Frank Warren launched a community mail art project called PostSecret, whose rules were simple: Anyone with a secret they’ve never shared before can reveal it on one side of a postcard and mail it anonymously to Warren, who then posts 10 such submissions on his website,, every Sunday. The results have proven therapeautic, heartbreaking and comedic, with revelations that not even the writers’ counselors and confessors have heard. (Recent examples: “I texted my friend while having sex,” and “My wife committed suicide because of my transition.”) Within two years, the project received more than 2,500 artistic confessions, and after a decade, the ongoing project has earned more than a billion Web hits, inspired a top-selling app and spawned five best-selling books. “PostSecret: The Show” is the latest incarnation of this media behemoth. Supplemented by projected images and video, three actors will conceive a crowd-sourced narrative from PostSecret’s vast archive, prizing the venture’s healing properties in a production that has earned comparisons to “Rent” and “The Vagina Monologues.”</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><strong>What: Miami International Boat Show</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="282" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/img15338538.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>Where: Miami Marine Stadium Park &amp; Basin, 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20-$85, free for ages 15 and younger</p> <p>Contact: 954/441-3220,</p> <p>This year marks a historic milestone for this venerated marine showcase, as it celebrates 75 years of showcasing the best in luxury yachts, sport fishers, high-speed performance boats, family cruisers and runabouts, to name just a few. To mark the occasion, the Miami International Boat Show has improved its home base from the more difficult-to-navigate Miami Beach area to this downtown stadium park, which promises ample parking and free Water Taxi and shuttle bus service. Expect to ogle the usual array of stunning boats of all shapes and sizes as well as the newest boating technologies and accessories. And don't miss the "headliners" of this fair: Wheeler Shipyard's Pilar fishing boat, a replica of the boat that inspired Ernest Hemingway's <em>The Old Man and the Sea</em>; and Scarab, the speedboat from the original "Miami Vice" series. Festivities continue through Monday, Feb. 15.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="451" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/raimondi-study-for-billie.jpg" width="335"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “John Raimondi, Drawing to Sculpture”</strong></p> <p>Where: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10-$12</p> <p>Contact: 561/392-2500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For a Palm Beach Gardens sculptor who makes evocative but generally uncontroversial work, John Raimondi has been involved in two fairly high-profile lawsuits over the past year regarding his epic creations. In one, he alleges that the Palm Beach Opera, which received one of his 39-foot sculptures in 2004, destroyed the piece for scrap metal. In another lawsuit, resolved in his favor, he discovered that a Russian-born billionaire forged unauthorized copies of Raimondi’s work and installed them at his development sites. The latter case, at least, is a testament to the popularity and universality of Raimondi’s sculptures: towering, gleaming, semi-abstract landmarks that nonetheless suggest flora, fauna and figures reaching for the heavens. He has created more than 100 such sculptures for public, private and corporate collections, from series in “Figurative Abstraction” and “Environmental” to his more recent work inspired by Native American culture and symbols. But his works inevitably begin as ink-and-paper drawings—the 2D sparks that light the fuse of his 3-D monuments—and that will be the focus of this 45-year survey of Raimondi’s art, which runs through April 10.</p> <p><strong>What: Mixology: The Craft Spirits Event</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/c700x420.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 4 to 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $60</p> <p>Contact:</p> <p>Craft beer and craft wine are so last decade: The vanguard of gourmet alcohol is now the craft spirit movement, as exemplified by this showcase of 30 top providers of innovative, high-end adult beverages. For the $60 flat rate, you can savor bottomless libations from such brands as Farmer's Organic Gin, Barritt's Ginger Beer, The Bitter Truth, Maestro Tequila, Whistlepig Whiskey and many more. The event, sponsored by us here at <em>Boca Raton</em>, will pair these horizon-expanding liquors with light bites from some of the region's best restaurants—including Cabana, Kapow!, The Dubliner and TooJay's—and live music will provided by Remix. And don't miss the manhattan cocktail contest featuring Woodfield Reserve.</p> <p><img alt="" height="183" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/cs07388_bryans_celebratewin_delray_beach.jpeg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of Delray Beach Open</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $29-$150</p> <p>Contact: 561/330-6000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Love may be in the air this Valentine’s Day weekend, but so will plenty of bright yellow balls, served up some of the world’s top current and retired tennis players. Turning 18 this year, the Delray Beach Open ATP tour event is poised for its stiffest competition yet, thanks to a commitment from Milos Raonic. Ranked No. 9 in the world, this 24-year-old Canadian (by way of Montenegro), feared for his unreturnable 230-mph serves, will make history as the first Top 10 ranked player to compete in the Delray Beach Open. The tournament is also proud to welcome back the Bryan Brothers, winners of the previous two doubles titles in Delray. These identical twins, famous for their chest bumping, are “mirror twins,” meaning that Mike Bryan is right-handed and Bob Bryan is left-handed—giving them a natural advantage on the court that few racket-wielding duos can match. More luminaries will be announced closer to the date of the event, including the competitors in this year’s Champions Tour tournament (Taking place Friday through Sunday), featuring the world’s retired greats. Luncheons, tennis clinics, a Chamber of Commerce bash and a USTA Kidz’ Day complete the festivities.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="188" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/dough_02-520x245.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Dough”</strong></p> <p>Where: Regal Shadowood 16, 9889 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $9-$12</p> <p>Contact: 844/462-7342</p> <p>In this culture-clashing, coming-of-age entrepreneurial dramedy by director Jonathan Goldschmidt, a longtime Jewish baker (Jonathan Pryce) whose business is being threatened by an avaricious chain grocer finds common ground with a young African Muslim boy who apprentices in his bakery. Little does the proprietor know that his new hire also moonlights as a pot dealer to generate enough income to lift his single mother out of poverty—even when some of the boy’s product winds up in the baking mix and suddenly attracts a new demographic to the struggling kosher business. “Dough” suffers from a predictable narrative but is redeemed by its engagingly flawed characters. The movie examines the soft intolerance that comes from tribal separatism, and by transcending their characters' differences, "Dough" busts down cultural barriers while taking an admirably progressive stance on weed. It also opens Friday at Living Room Theaters at FAU, Movies of Delray and Movies of Lake Worth.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="309" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/l-nolan-haan-dna-cinder-block.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening reception for new exhibitions</strong></p> <p>Where: Art and Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood</p> <p>When: 6 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 954/921-3274, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Artist Nolan Haan has undoubtedly spent a wildly disproportionate amount of time staring at un-artistic, monochromatic, drably functional cinder blocks. Then he paints them, with remarkable detail, down to the shadows they cast and the grain embedded in every inch of cinder. These blocks have become obsessions for Haan after a good eight years of painting wildlife, an easily more saleable subject matter; as he writes on his website: “Although I look fairly normal, my family thinks I've gone completely insane.” But there is much value in paintings of concrete blocks, whose desire to be one thing while they’re locked in another form is a metaphor that extends beyond the gallery walls. That’s the concept behind Haan’s exhibition “The Futility of Envy,” opening Friday at Arts and Culture Center. As always, the exhibit is one of five openings throughout the bustling Center; others include the dynamic pseudo-architectural artist Kelly Johnson, text-based artist Maynard Monrow, and Miami print artist Rocky Grimes. They all run through March 27.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/team-shot.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Improvised Shakespeare Company</strong></p> <p>Where: Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Reduced Shakespeare Company has long held the most recognized position in Bard parody with its endlessly reproduced show “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Condensed.” Now, there’s a new game in town, and the Improvised Shakespeare Company takes a different approach: It makes up a “masterpiece” on the spot, each night, based on a title suggestion from the audience, and performs it with deadpan Shakespearean dialogue and themes. Performed by three men on a bare stage, every show is wildly different, with one recent performance, in Naples, integrating pickle juice and an undead Lionel Richie. This mix of Elizabethan drama and “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” has been hailed as “staggeringly brilliant” by TimeOut Chicago. Chances are, if comedic theater can do well in the home of The Second City, it can translate to anywhere in the country. Thou hast tickled thy funny bones.</p> <p><img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/matthias-pintscher-012.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Sounds of the Times: “A Modernist Explosion”</strong></p> <p>Where: New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$40</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-3330, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>“Modernist” is the right description of this program of three contemporary composers’ avant-garde-leaning masterpieces. World-renowned German composer-conductor Matthias Pintscher (pictured) will lead the New World Symphony through his own “Five Pieces for Orchestra,” a tribute to the Second Viennese School whose “Pieces” include such titles as “Openly, breathing” and “Suspended and very surreal, as if from a distance.” The program’s other dynamic compositions will be Pierre Boulez’s “… explosante-fixe …,” which marries natural acoustics with manipulated electronic sounds; and South Korean composer Unsuk Chin’s “Clarinet Concerto,” which weaves Asian folk tunes and jazz melodies into her dreamlike composition.</p>More Valentine&#39;s Day Dining Options2016-02-08T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.8_bogart_cocktail.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Cupid is Stupid: Bogart’s Bar &amp; Grille</strong></p> <p>Tired of all the red hearts already? Try an anti-Valentine’s event, Cupid is Stupid, on Feb. 11 at Bogart’s Bar &amp; Grille <em>(3200 Airport Road, 561/544-3044).</em> For $15 per person, you’ll get appetizers and one specialty cocktail or glass of wine. The Love-ito Mojito recipe is here for you to recreate at home:</p> <p> </p> <p>2 ounces DonQ Rum</p> <p>1 ounce Bols Pomegranate Liqueur</p> <p>Splash of soda</p> <p>½ ounce simple syrup</p> <p>Muddles mint and lime</p> <p> </p> <p>Muddle mint, simple syrup and lime in a glass. Add rum and pomegranate liqueur, and shake well. Fill glass with ice. Top with splash of soda.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>More Valentine’s Day dining options</strong></p> <p><strong>Bistro Ten Zero One </strong><em>(1001 Okeechobee Blvd. (inside West Palm Beach Marriott), West Palm Beach, 561/833-1234)</em></p> <p>For dinner Jan. 12 and Jan. 13, a $48 prix-fixe menu includes fig and blackberry salad, filet mignon or lobster risotto and white chocolate panna cotta. The regular menu is also available. On Feb. 14, a brunch for $45 per person will be served from noon to 4 p.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.8_tanzy_oyster_shooter.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Tanzy Restaurant</strong> <em>(301 Plaza Real (Mizner Park), 561/922-6699)</em></p> <p>A six-course “aphrodisiac experience” promises passion for $69 per person. Included are “amplified oyster shooter” (pictured), “sensuality artisanal cheeses and charcuterie” and “sea &amp; land romance grilled angus filet mignon and Gulf shrimp.” </p> <p><strong>EmKo</strong> <em>(2119 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, 561/227-3511)</em></p> <p>On Feb. 13 and 14, a Valentine’s Day prix-fixe four-course dinner is offered from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.  A brunch is offered on Feb. 14. Call for prices and reservations. </p> <p><strong>Da Tang Unique</strong> <em>(801 Brickell Bay Dr., Miami, 786/747-4686) </em></p> <p>This new Chinese restaurant offers three options on Feb. 14 for couples: $118, $158 and $188. All menus include a starter, entrée, rice and noodles, dessert and a complimentary glass of house champagne. Also included is a performance by Ms. Qiao Li, a Peking Opera Artist.</p> <p><strong>Villa Castelli </strong><em>(9472 Harding Ave., Miami, 305/763-8595)</em></p> <p>This Italian restaurant specializing in dishes from the Puglia region has a $75 per person prix-fixe four-course menu served both Feb. 13 and Feb. 14.</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Movie Review: &quot;Hail, Caesar!&quot;2016-02-05T14:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Anyone at least moderately versed in Hollywood cinema of the 1950s will find plenty of deadpan mirth in “Hail, Caesar!,” the Coen Brothers’ shambolic satire/homage to this tumultuous time in film history (opening today nationwide). As for the rest of the potential pool of moviegoers, particularly the under-30 set who haven’t seen a movie released before “Jaws?” Let’s just say there were a lot of walkouts at this week’s press screening.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/thumbnail_23310.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>“Hail, Caesar!” is the most esoteric Coen Brothers film since “Inside Llewyn Davis,” which was the most esoteric one since “A Serious Man,” and you can go down the line at least until 1991’s “Barton Fink”—a comedy cut from a similar insider’s cloth as this latest venture. The difference is that most of these movies were modestly budgeted indies that allowed for enormous profits on the strength of critical acclaim, whereas “Hail, Caesar!” is an eccentric niche picture masquerading as a mainstream, star-studded, $22 million big-tent comedy. For all its unorthodox charms, it is destined to flop like a salmon on a sailboat.</p> <p>The title refers to a movie within the movie: “Hail, Caesar!” is a swords-and-sandals epic released by the fictional Capitol Pictures in the 1950s, a fatuous prestige pic about a Roman leader meeting Jesus. The production is soon blighted, however, when its mercurial star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) disappears, leaving studio fixer Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) on damage control.</p> <p><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/46a976603c5685983dc8f605454a134c.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>This is just one of Eddie’s concerns over an eventful day on the job. DeeAnna Moran (a mouthy, moll-ish Scarlett Johansson), an Esther Williams-like starlet known for her mermaid fantasias, has become pregnant out of wedlock. Hobie Doyle (the hilarious Alden Ehrenreich), a wooden cowboy actor with a limited vocabulary, has been assigned an “image change,” landing him in the ensemble of a frothing British director’s (Ralph Fiennes) stillborn adaptation of a costume drama. And a pair of sniping sisters-turned-gossip columnists in outrageous headpieces (both played by Tilda Swinton channeling Hedda Hopper) are breathing down Eddie’s neck with threats to publish rumors of Baird’s disappearance and/or a sex scandal from the star’s past.</p> <p>Meanwhile, a representative from Lockheed Martin tempts Eddie, from the hellishly red confines as a Chinese restaurant, to abandon the film business and take a stress-free position at his company, which just detonated the first H-bomb at Bikini Atoll. Eddie picked the wrong time to try to quit smoking.</p> <p>Since it’s revealed so early in the film, it’s hardly a spoiler to mention the reason for Baird’s vanishing act: He was kidnapped by a pair of extras and shuttled to a remote island retreat populated by blacklisted screenwriters spouting Communist propaganda. While it’s refreshing to see a director tackle the blacklist with humor following the ponderous self-importance of “Trumbo,” these are the most misbegotten moments in “Hail, Caesar!” Pedantic, snoozy, and missing the Howard Hawksian finesse of the scenes back at the studio.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/hail-caesar05.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Forget the Communist-infiltration gobbledygook: The movie’s raison d’etre are its playful deconstructions of vintage Hollywood tropes, often marrying winking satire with genuine affection—as with song-and-dance-man Burt Gurney’s (Channing Tatum in a sailor costume) run-through of a classic MGM-style musical number in all its choreographic imagination. The Coens satirize the unadventurous genre product of the era—other movies-within-this-movie include the western “Lazy Ol’ Moon” and the musical “Merrily We Dance”—from a place of infectious love.</p> <p>If only “Hail, Caesar!” were a truly plotless procession of these sketch-like set pieces on studio lots. It would likely play to even more diminished audience than its present incarnation, but at last it would be pure manna for the movie-mad minority.</p>Staff Picks: Super Bowl 502016-02-05T12:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.5_staff_picks.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>"I'm picking Carolina to blow out Denver 30-13--because that's what I need to win my Super Bowl pool." <em>-Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <p>"I am picking Denver because the Broncos were my dad's team after he and mom retired in Colorado--and he loved John Elway. And I love, love, love Peyton Manning, even though he was once a stinking Vol."<em> -Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p><em>"</em>I'm picking the Carolina Panthers because they seem to be the "underdog," and I love cats!" <em>-Georgette Evans, Senior Account Manager</em></p> <p><em>"</em>My bet is on the Carolina Panthers. I get all my sports insight from my dad, and he thinks they're going to win." <em>-Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>"Broncos because my Aunt lives in Denver, so I will cheer along with her!"<em> -Valentine Fracassi, Production Coordinator</em></p> <p>"Carolina!! Cam is the man, unstoppable even in reverse."<em> <em>-John Shuff, Contributing Writer</em></em></p> <p><em><em>"I don't watch football. I didn't even know Super Bowl was this weekend....but I'll pick Denver since I like snow. Lol."<em> -Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></em></em></p> <p>"Panthers because my parents live in North Carolina, and they are a much better team by far."<em> -Logan Freedman, Social &amp; Digital Media Manager</em></p> <p>"Panthers for sure just because I know nothing about football, but I really like the CAT!" <em>-Rebecca Valenza, Director of Marketing &amp; Advertising</em></p>Valentine&#39;s Day in Miami and Broward2016-02-05T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="345" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.5_azul.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>The Mandarin Oriental</strong> hotel’s restaurants <em>(500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, 305/913-8332)</em> all have Valentine specials. At<strong> Azul</strong>, with a beautiful water view (pictured), a five-course Valentine’s Day menu will be served from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Feb. 12, 13 and 14, offered at $350 per couple, including a bottle of Piper-Heidsieck champagne, a box of handmade chocolates and a rose petal decorated table.  The menu is offered without champagne for $250 per couple, featuring dishes made with aphrodisiacs, such as yellowfin tuna with oyster, avocado, white Worcestershire, olive oil and shiso, or a dessert of raspberry macaron with caramelized white chocolate cream and lychee rose sorbet. Restaurant <strong>La Mar by Gastón Acurio</strong> will serve a trio of special dishes created in celebration of romance, also on Feb. 12, 13 and 14. And brunch is offered on Feb. 14 at La Mar for $85 per person.</p> <p><strong>Bazi</strong> <em>(</em><em>1200 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/695-0101)</em> is offering a five-course prix-fixe tasting menu for $75 per person on Valentine’s Day. The menu includes dressed oysters served with white ponzu, blood orange and cucumber, followed by sweet potato dumplings and shrimp and crab udon, miso marinated grouper or grass-fed New York strip steak. Dessert is a molten chocolate bowl prepared with passion fruit and Thai basil anglaise. The restaurant opens at 6 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Quattro Gastronomia Italiana</strong>  <em>(1014 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305/531-4833)</em> is offering dinner specials that include Carpaccio di tonno, which is a tuna Carpaccio with avocado sauce, lemon dressing, baby watercress and radish salad ($26). Others are polenta ai funghi con tartufo, which is a creamy truffle polenta with mixed mushrooms, truffle sauce and two grams of fresh black truffle shavings ($37); gnocchi pesto e gamberi, which is a white gnocchi with pesto, pine nuts and shrimp ($27); turbot con vongole e caviale, which is a pan fried turbot with manila clams, water cress fumet broth and three grams of Calvisius caviar ($47); and costate di agnello con salsa ai funghi, which is a rack of lamb with beech mushroom sauce ($49).</p> <p>At <strong>Meat Market</strong> <em>(</em><em>915 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach,</em><em> 305/532-0088),</em> women receive a rose as they walk through the door, and there are some romantic menu additions, such as “His &amp; Hers” specialty cocktails ($14) and Lanson Pink Rose Champagne ($75) to mark the occasion. Lunch ends at 3:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 6 p.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.5_michael_mina.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>On Valentine’s Day, <strong>Michael Mina 74</strong> <em>(Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/674-4636)</em> is opening at 6 p.m. (pictured). The restaurant will offer a special prix-fixe menu and wine pairings, and you can include a poolside cabana, too. A four course prix-fixe menu is $250 per couple. Add wine pairings for an additional $100 (*$350 per couple), and enjoy it in a romantic private cabana for $500 per couple or with exclusive wine pairings for *$600 per couple.</p> <p><strong>The Dutch</strong> (2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/938-3111) is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu for $85 per person. It comes with a complimentary glass of champagne and features a variety of creative dishes and desserts. Dish choices are varied and include items like yellowtail crudo, steak tartare, seared scallops, red snapper, a Manhattan steak and more, followed by dessert.</p> <p><strong>Lure Fishbar</strong> (1600 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/695-4550) is featuring a prix-fixe menu for $70 per person. An amuse-bouche is included, and you can choose an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Dishes include lobster bisque, grilled black grouper, seared swordfish and a whole daurade. The restaurant opens at 6 p.m.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Macchialina</strong> (820 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305/ 534-2124) has a five-course prix fixe menu for $75 per person. This Italian eatery opens at 6 p.m., and includes dishes such as dressed oysters with burrata and caviar; yellowfin tuna crudo topped with avocado, preserved lemon and truffle; truffle risotto with salsify and porcini; and veal cheek crepinette with prosciutto, sage and braised cabbage. For dessert, there’s molten chocolate cake topped with pistachio and cherry. </p> <p><img alt="" height="322" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.5_cantina_laredo.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Cantina Laredo</strong> <em>(</em><em>501 Silks Run, Hallandale, 954/457-7662)</em> is featuring a special menu for Valentine’s Day.  The Valentine’s Especialidad menu is available for $35 per person, and cocktail pairings are available for an additional $15. Dishes include the chuleta de cerdo, camarones con pasilla mango mole and more.</p> <p>At <strong>Burlock Coast</strong> <em>(</em><em>The Ritz-Carlton, </em><em>1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.,</em><em> Fort Lauderdale, 954/302-6460),</em> find a four-course prix-fixe menu for $135 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). The restaurant will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and serve dishes such as Kusshi oysters three ways, diver scallops, wild boar tenderloin, sea bass, filet mignon and more.</p> <p><strong>BLT Prime</strong> (4400 NW 87<sup>th</sup> Ave., Doral, 305/591-6606) at Trump National Doral Miami will serve a special three-course Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu for $65 (excluding tax and gratuity). In addition to the prix-fixe dinner offerings, couples will have the option of selecting the perfect match ($42), pairing each course with a choice of specialty cocktail or wine.</p> <p>For a full weekend of Valentine’s Day treats from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14,<strong> Wild Sea Oyster Bar &amp; Grille</strong> (620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/467-2555) is the place to be. Try the pork belly and scallops, lamb osso buco, seared duck breast or golden tilefish, and then on to dessert. The restaurant opens at 5 p.m.</p> <p>At <strong>Indigo</strong> (620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/467-0671), there’s something a little different. “Love Songs,” is a $100 prix-fixe menu for couples or individuals a la carte. In addition, guests will also receive the restaurant’s “Heart Shaped Box,” a complimentary trio of handcrafted chocolates for every couple who purchases the prix-fixe dinner.</p> <p><strong>Seminole Casino Coconut Creek’s</strong> <em>(5550 NW 40<sup>th</sup> Street, Coconut Creek, 954/977-6700)</em> lineup of restaurants includes a wide variety of Valentine’s Day options. There’s brunch at <strong>Fresh Harvest</strong> from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.—  $35 prix-fixe menu ($17 for children 10 and under) includes prime rib, leg of lamb, swordfish and a lot more, along with endless mimosas or sparkling wine. Also check out specials at <strong>NYY Steak, Sorrisi </strong>and<strong> First Street Deli.</strong></p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Fashion Forward: Resort Wear Fashion Show Recap2016-02-05T08:00:00+00:00LL Scene/blog/author/llscenegirls/<p class="normal">Resort Wear will be back before we know it, and we premiered some of our favorite looks last week at Bloomingdale’s during an LL Scene fashion presentation. You’ll notice that we have no problem embracing nudes and blush tones this season. </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="430" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.5_fashion_show_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">We understand how hard it is to make it to all of our events, so for those of you who missed it, here’s a recap of some of the looks from the show and their weblinks, so you can purchase everything yourself! </p> <p><img alt="" height="479" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.5_fashion_show_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="697" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.5_fashion_show_4.png" width="490"></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><a href=";CategoryID=2911#fn=spp%3D10%26ppp%3D180%26sp%3D1%26rid%3D%26spc%3D23%26cm_kws%3Dbcbg%20crop%20%26pn%3D1" target="_blank">BCBGMAXAZRIA Alisa Quilted Palm Print Crop Top</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="613" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.5_bcbg_crop.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><a href=";CategoryID=2911&amp;LinkType=#fn=PRODUCT_DEPARTMENT%3DJumpsuits%20&amp;%20Rompers%26spp%3D7%26ppp%3D180%26sp%3D1%26rid%3D%26spc%3D12%26cm_kws%3Dparker%20%26pn%3D1" target="_blank">Parker Silky Romper</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="613" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.5_parker_silky_romper.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><a href=";CategoryID=2911#fn=spp%3D14%26ppp%3D180%26sp%3D1%26rid%3D%26spc%3D28%26cm_kws%3Daqua%20jumpsuit%20%26pn%3D1" target="_blank">Neon Floral Deep V Aqua Jumpsuit</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="613" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.5_neon_floral_deep_v_aqua_jumpsuit.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><a href=";CategoryID=2911#fn=spp%3D3%26ppp%3D180%26sp%3D1%26rid%3D%26spc%3D10%26cm_kws%3Dolivaceous%20top%20%26pn%3D1" target="_blank">Olivaceous Crop Top</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="613" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.5_olivaceous_crop_top.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><a href=";CategoryID=2911#fn=spp%3D14%26ppp%3D180%26sp%3D1%26rid%3D%26spc%3D87%26cm_kws%3Dhalston%20dress%20%26pn%3D1" target="_blank">Halston Heritage Kaftan Dress</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="613" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.5_halston_heritage_kaftan_dress.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><a href=";CategoryID=2911#fn=spp%3D3%26ppp%3D180%26sp%3DNull%26rid%3DNull%26cm_kws%3Dmink%20pink%20maxi%20%26pn%3D1" target="_blank">Mink Pink Maxi</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="613" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.5_mink_pink_maxi.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><a href=";CategoryID=2911#fn=spp%3D4%26ppp%3D180%26sp%3D1%26rid%3D%26spc%3D13%26cm_kws%3Daqua%20skort%20%26pn%3D1" target="_blank">Aqua Skort</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="613" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.5_aqua_skort.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><a href=";CategoryID=2911#fn=spp%3D9%26ppp%3D180%26sp%3D1%26rid%3D%26spc%3D19%26cm_kws%3Dendless%20rose%20%20%26pn%3D1" target="_blank">Endless Rose Lace Dress</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="613" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.5_endless_rose_dress.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><a href=";CategoryID=2911#fn=spp%3D11%26ppp%3D180%26sp%3D1%26rid%3D%26spc%3D137%26cm_kws%3Dtweed%20%26pn%3D1" target="_blank">Joie Tweed Jacket</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="613" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.5_joie_tweed_jacket.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><a href=";CategoryID=2911#fn=spp%3D1%26ppp%3D180%26sp%3DNull%26rid%3DNull%26cm_kws%3Dadelyn%20race%20romper%20%26pn%3D1" target="_blank">Adelyn Rae Lace Romper</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="613" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.5_adelyn_rae_romper.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">Big thanks to all of the presenting partners who helped put this event on: Bloomingdale’s Boca Raton, Boca Mag, GloGirl Blowdry &amp; Makeup Bar, Atlas Rentals and Potions in Motion. </p> <p class="normal"><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>About Lindsey &amp; Lilly</strong></p> <p class="normal">Lindsey Swing &amp; Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of <a href="">LLScene</a>, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to "20-30 somethings" looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they're fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey &amp; Lilly will continue to enjoy being "dog moms" to Bentley &amp; Duke.   </p>What’s new at Oceans 234?2016-02-04T10:00:00+00:00Shaina Wizov/blog/author/Shaina/<p>It’s not everyday that a restaurant goes through a $1.8 million renovation, complete with revamps of its menu and wine program, in three short months. Locals have been anticipating the reopening of Oceans 234 in Deerfield Beach (234 N. Ocean Blvd., 954/428-2539), and the wait is finally over.</p> <p>Owner Danielle Rosse, chef Victor Franco and the team at Oceans 234 have created quite the wow factor with the redesign. My jaw practically fell open the moment I stepped through the doors; the restaurant is situated only footsteps away from the sand, with the most amazing ocean view you can easily see from just about anywhere in the restaurant. Now <em>this</em> is beachfront dining!</p> <p>As for the menu overhaul, you’ll still find the classic Oceans favorites, but 75 percent of the offerings are new. Fresh appetizers, entrées, sides, bar bites, desserts, cocktails and wine, as well as a new Sunday brunch menu <em>and</em> gluten-free selections.</p> <p>Among the standout dishes during a recent press gathering:</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.4_oceans_234_1.jpeg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>• Tuna Stack: </strong>Layers of fresh and tasty diced tuna and avocado with lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. The fun part? The crispy plantain chips served alongside. This small details are what this tuna stack a one-up on the others. Plantains are a nod to Floridian food culture, and, well, just really, really good.</p> <p>• <strong>Blackened Snapper Reuben: </strong>As a non-meat eater, I’ve never been able to enjoy a traditional Reuben sandwich—until now. This concept is perfect for a Florida restaurant where seafood is your main attraction. I loved the combination of flavors and textures—the crisp purple cabbage, the assertive Swiss cheese, the soft-yet-sturdy marble rye bread, and the creamy, tangy Thousand Island dressing. I’m not usually a sandwich-person, but this was hitting all the right spots!</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.4_oceans_234_2.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>• Cap’n Crunch, Banana and Nutella French Toast: </strong>I’m not a sweets eater when it comes to brunch, but as a treat to end the night? Oh <em>yes.</em> It’s the perfect bite—pillow-soft French toast coated in crunchy cereal, creamy Nutella and peanut butter spread, with banana to round it out. It may sound like breakfast food, but this is all dessert for me. This dish, unfortunately, is <em>not</em> offered on the dessert menu and is only available for Sunday brunch.</p> <p>Hitting the beach in Deerfield and looking for beachfront dining with a view? Oceans 234 is the spot!</p> <p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to read the full review.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Shaina was born and raised in South Jersey; she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in journalism and media studies. After moving to Boca, Shaina created her own food blog, which has only enhanced her passion for cooking, baking, sipping and savoring her way around South Florida. Shaina is involved in many of the region’s food and wine festivals and events. Follow Shaina’s foodie adventures every other Thursday at—and on her own blog, <a href="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</p>Open space debates in Boca, tensions run high at Delray commission meeting and other news of note2016-02-04T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<p><strong><img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/genism.rx-10201416_2.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>The open space issue rages on</strong></p> <p>The Great Manufactured Open Space Controversy threatens to paralyze government in Boca Raton, with potentially damaging results. Last August, the Boca Raton City Council approved 327 East, a luxury downtown condo project. The vote of the council, acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, was unanimous. Council members praised the developer for working with the city to improve the project, notably in how cars will enter and leave the nine-story-building at 327 East Royal Palm Road.</p> <p>At 4 p.m. today, however, the CRA will hold a special meeting “for the purpose of receiving a director’s report regarding issuance of a foundation permit” for the project, according to the city’s news release. The CRA director is City Manager Leif Ahnell.</p> <p>Didn’t the CRA/council sort this out six months ago? Didn’t Ignacio Diaz, co-owner of Boca-based Group P6, praise the collaboration between his company and city staff? What would be the problem now with a permit—and even a building permit? Why the special meeting, three days before a scheduled CRA meeting? Derek Vander Ploeg, the project’s architect, said, “It’s the first time this has happened.”</p> <p>From what I can tell, the meeting is happening so the city can avoid a potential lawsuit.</p> <p>To dig and prepare the foundation for 327 Royal Palm, Diaz told me, the company is using special equipment from overseas brought here through the Port of Miami. Diaz ordered the equipment based on the expected timetable for obtaining the permit. While the company waits for the permit, the equipment is idle. I heard that the equipment costs $3,000 per hour, a figure Diaz called “close.”</p> <p>Group P6 applied for the permit in “mid-November,” Diaz said. About that time, city staff reported their supposed discovery of a 2003 staff memo about how to interpret rules for open space at downtown projects. At the Dec. 7 CRA meeting, the usual council critics came out with pitchforks, accusing the city of a vast conspiracy to undermine Ordinance 4035, which sets guidelines for the appearance of downtown projects. In response, the city set a vaguely worded pause on all projects and undertook a review of approvals since 1988, when the city created the ordinance. Caught in this political gridlock was the permit for 327 Royal Palm.</p> <p>Ironically, the project itself is not controversial. The developer sought no variances. Susan Haynie noted that the 25 units on a half-acre zoned for multi-family residential is “low-density.” The company applied for the permit before the planning pause. The pause applies only to building permits, not foundation permits. Diaz said he has memos from the city affirming that 327 East Royal Palm exceeds the ground-to-sky open space requirement of Amendment 4035 “under whatever interpretation you apply.”</p> <p>Yet the foundation permit didn’t come. “We needed the city to respond,” Diaz said. “We were incurring expenses.” So attorney Bonnie Miskel sent a letter that all but threatened litigation from Group P6 if the city didn’t issue the permit yesterday. “We are trying to avoid legal action,” Diaz said, “but (the permit) should be really easy.”</p> <p>In normal times, sure. But not now, apparently. Councilman Robert Weinroth told me that CRA Chairman Scott Singer declined to schedule the special meeting. When that happened, Weinroth said, he, Mike Mullaugh and Jeremy Rodgers called the meeting. “It’s pretty ridiculous,” Weinroth said, “that we have to do this.” Indeed. For the moment, though, downtown permits are political. Weinroth believes that Ahnell will review the project and show it be in compliance with 4035 and ask the council for guidance. If that happens, the guidance should be for the city to issue the permit. Immediately. And to ignore anyone who shows up with a pitchfork.</p> <p>Vander Ploeg was diplomatic, saying the council probably was acting “out of an abundance of caution” and “just to confirm some facts.” The mere fact of the meeting, however, shows that Boca Raton needs to resolve this manufactured crisis before the paralysis worsens. That may take some political courage, but it beats being on the losing side of a needless lawsuit.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Tempers flare at Delray commission meeting</strong></p> <p>City attorney politics flared up during Tuesday night’s Delray Beach City Commission meeting.</p> <p>The flashpoint was the city’s hiring of outside attorney Jamie Cole to analyze Delray’s chances of withdrawing from the contract to operate and promote the annual pro tournament at the city’s tennis center. Commissioner Mitch Katz had told me previously that he couldn’t find any record showing a formal decision to hire Cole. Tuesday night, he raised it during commissioner comment. When Katz persisted in questioning City Attorney Noel Pfeffer, Mayor Cary Glickstein interjected to say that the decision predated Katz, who joined the commission last March. Glickstein said he found Katz’s focus on the issue “nauseating.”</p> <p>Shelly Petrolia defended Katz—the two often have similar views on issues—against what she called a personal attack, though she didn’t address the point of his question. During Pfeffer’s review last summer, Petrolia said she didn’t “have the confidence” in the city attorney. Katz offered milder criticism of Pfeffer—for not keeping commissioners sufficiently informed. Glickstein and Jordana Jarjura have been Pfeffer’s strongest supporters. The mayor explained his irritation by saying of Katz, “You’ve asked your question three times,” and advising him to “pick your battles.” Jarjura added, “Once you’ve lost. . .” Al Jacquet was absent.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Commission opens door for more development in Ag Reserve</strong></p> <p>When it comes to helping Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve Area, the county commission last week offered no help.</p> <p>Indeed, the commission did even more harm that advocates of the reserve had feared. In a 5-2 vote that included Steven Abrams, the commission approved land-use changes that would allow commercial development on three properties whose owners had complained that they couldn’t make enough money on their agricultural operations. Their case always has been more rhetoric than reality, but the commission majority bought it.</p> <p>Worse, the commission also waived for these properties —ranging from 11 acres to 15 acres—the requirement that developers preserve six acres for every four that are developed. The landowners had argued that their small properties made the rule unworkable.</p> <p>If this was the only damaging vote in the 17 years since voters taxed themselves $100 million for a bond program to preserve farming, it might not matter. But it’s just the most recent, and more votes loom. When will the commission keep faith with the public?</p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p><strong>Sober house legislation grinds on</strong></p> <p>The 2016 version of sober house legislation is moving in the Legislature, but it’s moving slowly.</p> <p>Senate Bill 1138 and House Bill 823 would prohibit the ridiculous come-on marketing practices of some sober houses—free rent for the first month—and prevent owners from paying kickbacks to marketers. SB 1138 has passed one committee unanimously, but a second hearing is not scheduled. HB 823 is not scheduled for its first hearing.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Web Xtra: Boca Talks Tinder2016-02-03T13:08:00+00:00Super Top SEcret/blog/author/admin/<p>The highly-rated dating app—Tinder—has grown to include<strong> </strong>a cool 30 million people who belong (emotionally, socially and electronically) to its network. The age group is unsurprising, with about 53 percent of its users between ages 18 and 24—still impressive considering that, in the early days of the app, it was reported that 90 percent of the users were in that age demographic.</p> <p><em>Boca</em> magazine asked local singles (all fell between ages 24 to 34; we refer to them by first name only) to weigh in on what the app actually does for users—and whether or not it’s a serious way to find love.</p> <p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/tinder.png" width="490"> </p> <p>• “I have very mixed feelings about it, “ says Victoria, from west Boca. “For serial daters or people who are looking for a one night stand, it’s kind of the end all be all of dating apps.”</p> <p>• “I’ve done some cruising on Tinder,” Andy says. “It’s a lot of lonely people who don’t know what they want or what to do with themselves. I’ve met a few friends on there. Hooked up with one person. It’s not recommended for ‘serious’ dating though.”</p> <p>• “Tinder is just straight up for hookups; they give you 255 characters and six photos to get a sense of someone’s personality,” says Ricky, a Boca native. “I feel that is completely unfair. Unless you are ridiculously good looking, it’s just a waste of time, even after you match, you have to be witty and funny, and it’s all about hookups and not strong connections.”</p> <p>• “Many, many guys I've chatted with only were interested in meeting for hooking up or sex,” says Liz. “Because it’s a free app, the caliber and quality of men is significantly lower than on sites you have to pay for.” </p> <p>• “When you think about it, you really just have to be lucky,” says Phil, from Delray. “You swipe to like someone or many people, hope they like you and then hope you have enough in common to keep the conversation going. Still, it’s much easier than meeting someone on Facebook, or in person.”</p>The Best Boca Baby Shower Venues2016-02-03T11:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p><em>Where’s a good place to throw a baby shower in Boca?</em> If you’re a mom, you probably get this question often, especially from your friends who don’t have kids yet. The good news is there are several amazing venues in our area to host one! And in all different budgets. I have a few of my recent favorites to share, ranging from the traditional to the crafty and creative baby shower.</p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.3_flowerbar.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Create a baby bouquet at a FlowerBar</strong></p> <p><a href=";pi=0DD14835-4BBD-4754-84D3-CA0DDFC94DE2&amp;t=http%3A%2F%2Ft%2Esidekickopen29%2Ecom%2Fe1t%2Fc%2F5%2Ff18dQhb0S7lC8dDMPbW2n0x6l2B9nMJW7t5XZs4Xy%2D2lN3LyXFTS9XdlVQJV2T56dyGGf1kFb6%2D02%3Fsi%3DX%2DSIG%2DAPPLE%2DNOKEY%26pi%3D282BF4A1%2D9CB9%2D4434%2D9201%2DDA50B10A1827%26t%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Ft%252Esidekickopen29%252Ecom%252Fe1t%252Fc%252F5%252Ff18dQhb0S7lC8dDMPbW2n0x6l2B9nMJW7t5XZs4Xy%252D2lN3LyXFTS9XdlVQJV2T56dyGGf1kFb6%252D02%253Ft%253Dhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww%252Efieldofflowers%252Ecom%25252F%2526si%253DX%252DSIG%252DAPPLE%252DNOKEY%2526pi%253D0fffd376%252D3346%252D454c%252Dfb5a%252D2b4df70375ce" target="_blank">Field of Flowers</a> Boca Raton <em>(West Boca Place, 8177 Glades Road, 800/963-7374)</em><em> </em>has taken curating beautiful blooms to the next level. They just launched a DIY <a href="" target="_blank">FlowerBar </a>as a chic new way to blend crafting fun with fresh flowers and friends—and fabulous refreshments. <em></em></p> <p>FlowerBar party guests are set-up with everything that’s required to craft your own arrangement, from floral shears, vases and flowers to specialty trimmings and a custom box to transport DIY floral creations home. The Martha Stewart-esque workstation setting enhances the cheerful interior of Field of Flowers Boca Raton, where pops of color from fresh flower displays and walk-in coolers punctuate the bright, light-flooded space.</p> <p>The FlowerBar is composed of oversized island workstations topped with striated marble countertops. Comfy stool-like seating accommodates small or large parties, up to 16 participants at a time. I’m a big fan of having an “activity” for shower attendees. And the fact that you can bring champagne (or sparkling water) and food (they also provide some in your party package) is a huge win in my book!</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.3_waterstone.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Sprinkle mom-to-be at The Waterstone </strong></p> <p>Baby showers tend to be rather large affairs when you’re having your first child, but your second calls for something a little more intimate—a sprinkle if you will! My favorite mini private dining room in Boca happens to be at the <a href=",default_viewItem_62-en.html" target="_blank">Waterstone Resort in Marina</a> <em>(999 W. Camino Real, 561/226-3107)</em>. <em></em></p> <p>Even though your guest of honor won’t be drinking it, the glass wine wall is beyond impressive and looks stunning in photos. And, the best part? Boca Landing handles all of the catering for your group of 20 or less.</p> <p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.3_tea_party.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Have an adult tea party</strong><strong></strong></p> <p>This venue will actually bring you up to Delray, but TeaLicious Tea Room <em>(4995 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/860-8325)</em> is worth the trek to host an adult tea party for your mom-to-be and her lady friends and family. Between the vintage cups and saucers and sweet décor, the private room is beyond charming.</p> <p>They also have a full bar, so guests can sip on champagne along with their Earl Grey. The TeaLicious menu offers a variety of teas (of course), sandwiches, crepes and a few signature items that are sure to be a hit at your next baby shower. Plus, you can ask all of your guests to wear hats or fascinators as part of your shower theme. Perfect for photos!</p> <p><strong>•••••••• </strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em><strong>, </strong></em><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly MOMpreneur spotlight! A MOMpreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>The Week Ahead: Feb. 3 to 82016-02-03T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/mood_indigo_cloud__medium.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Tournees Film Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: FAU’s Arts and Letters building, Room 189, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/297-0307,</p> <p>Calling all Francophiles and cinephiles alike: The French may be notoriously snobbish to American tourists, but they’ve made some of the best movies in film history since the formation of the medium. And French directors continue to elevate the international language of cinema, as this intermittent survey of notable films past and present reaffirms. Complete with introductions and post-film discussions with FAU Faculty, the series opens this Wednesday with “Mood Indigo” (pictured), the latest tragi-fantasy from renegade director Michel Gondry. It continues with the critically acclaimed French-African drama “Girlhood” (Feb. 8), Alain Resnais’ nonlinear art-house masterpiece “Hiroshima, Mon Amour” (Feb. 15), and the masterful, three-and-a-half-hour comic mystery “Li’l Quinquin” (Feb. 23). All films begin at 6:30, and the festival continues through Feb. 29.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/longdays.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $44-$79</p> <p>Contact: 561/514-4042, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Eugene O’Neill based this four-act magnum opus at least in part on his own family, presented here as a mother, father and two sons, whose demons are released over the course of one sweltering night in August. Apparently, when O’Neill was writing this granddaddy of all dysfunctional-family dramas, the actions scraped so close to the bone that his wife would find him weeping over the typewriter. They don’t make ‘em like this anymore, and with the exception of Dramaworks, nobody in South Florida stages ‘em, either. Experience this very long, very compelling descent into a nocturnal abyss with a stellar cast of familiar Dramaworks faces—Maureen Anderman, Dennis Creaghan, John Leonard Thompson—and lesser-known names (Michael Stewart Allen, Carey Urban). The production runs through March 5. </p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/turnstiles-new-8x10.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Turnstiles with Michaela Paige</strong></p> <p>Where: Bamboo Room, 25 South J Street, Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10 advance, $15-$20 at door</p> <p>Contact: 561/585-2583, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Any musician with the talent, sense of humor and chutzpah to form a Billy Joel tribute act has, at his piano-set fingertips, a trove of some of the most iconic American music of the past 40 years. As the <em>New Yorker</em> headlined its profile of Joel in 2014, he is a “33-hit wonder.” But Tony Monaco’s local Joel tribute act Turnstiles doesn’t cover just the hits. This lifelong Joel devotee delves deep into the Piano Man’s archives, with help from his peerless backing band. Close your eyes at a Turnstiles set, and you’ll believe you’re in a Billy Joel arena show. Monaco gigs quite a bit in our region, but this intimate set at the re-opened Bamboo Room promises to be a special one, because it features guest vocals from Michaela Paige, a Boca local and Season Three contestant on “The Voice,” where she brought rockin’ energy and her signature “faux-hawk” hairstyle to Team Blake.</p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/barrymanilow.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Barry Manilow</strong></p> <p>Where: BB&amp;T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $19.75-$179.75</p> <p>Contact: 954/835-8000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Barry Manilow has named his 2016 tour “One Last Time,” implying, well … finality. Are we supposed to believe that this ageless road warrior really is giving up touring after this jaunt, or is it a marketing ploy? The 72-year-old pop legend says it’s true. He may play a few one-off shows, but no more national tours, recently telling the <em>Tampa Tribune</em> that, “I’ve had 45 years of room service, and that’s enough.” So if you’ve never heard the crooner belt out “Copacabana,” “Daybreak,” “Could It Be Magic” and his other cultural touchstones in a live setting, this may actually be the last opportunity to do so. There’s also a local tie-in that makes this swan song extra special: 35 members of the Nova Singers of Nova Southeastern University will back Manilow up on many of his iconic songs. Smooth jazz saxophonist Dave Koz will open the show.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="220" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/penn-e-teller-entre-os-melhores-magicos-do-mundo55cde839095c2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Penn &amp; Teller</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20–$99</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Penn Jillette and his silent foil Teller have conquered the magic world. The duo has performed together for more than 40 years, since its bushy-tailed debut at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival in 1975. Ever since, the illusionists have swallowed (and then retrieved) strings of pins, been run over by tractor-trailers, caught bullets between their teeth, shot nails into their hands and escaped from helium-filled trash bags. Underpinning many of these tricks is a self-effacement that is almost exclusive among magicians: Rather than preserving the “integrity” of their magic, they prefer to expose it, in front of countless audiences, as the deception that it is. Penn &amp; Teller fans agree, however, that knowing how the sausage is made does little to diminish its taste, and the pair’s current tour includes inspired illusions using cell phones, knives, eggs and an American flag—routines supplemented as always by Jillette’s provocative sense of humor. By the way, if you don’t recognize the wiry Jillette at first, it’s probably because he lost 105 pounds. His magic solution? A vegan diet.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="396" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/still-moving.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Still/Moving”</strong></p> <p>Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5 students, $12 adults</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-5196, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Norton Museum is familiar with the idea of an art collector as an auteur, with certain themes and connections and through-lines that run through his or her corpus of acquisitions: Last year’s vibrant “The Triumph of Love” featured just such a collection, by longtime Norton supporter Beth Rudin DeWoody. This year, the museum and DeWoody return for a sequel of sorts, this time focusing on DeWoody’s extensive trove of photographs (the “Still” portion) and video art (the “Moving” part). While reflecting its collector’s personality and idiosyncrasies, “Still/Moving” offers a curated survey through more than a century of history in these dynamic art forms, from the celebrity portraiture that helped inspire the modern portrait to the architectural imagery best embodied by Ed Ruscha’s book <em>Every Building on the Sunset Strip</em> to the risk-taking video experimentalism of the 21st century. Running a gamut from Richard Avedon to Marco Brambilla, “Still/Moving” runs through May 15.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/sf-fort-lauderdale-synesthesia-pic-a.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Synesthesia</strong></p> <p>Where: Almond Avenue between Blondie’s and Rock Bar in downtown Fort Lauderdale, 226 Almond Ave.</p> <p>When: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5 advance, $10 at door</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>As a neurological phenomenon, synesthesia entails the mixing of cognitive pathways, resulting in such sensorial anomalies as “tasting” color and “seeing” music; about 1 percent of the population has it. As a nightlife event, <em>this</em> Synesthesia aims to literalize the etymology of the term: as a “union of the senses.” Premiering in January to record crowds, this first-Saturday-of-the-month celebration of South Florida’s most creative artists and artisans is calibrated to induce attendees’ senses in equal measure. Mystical landscapist Marene K. Downs, airbrush artist Johnny Del Rio and pop artist Diana Xiomara Escamilla will create art on-site, and an eclectic live-music lineup includes retro genre fusionists The Copper Tones, garage rockers Octo Gato, progressive rockers The Atlas Complex, and Anyothercolor, a trio that touts “all music was written by aliens, performed by animals, and listened to by humans.” At least 11 South Florida craft vendors will sell their original art, and this event also includes food trucks and a “Glow Yoga” session at Rock Bar. </p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/frost-nixon.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Frost/Nixon”</strong></p> <p>Where: Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $55–$65</p> <p>Contact: 561/575-2223, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Twenty-two years after his death, Richard Nixon still makes news. Every time a trove of cuss-filled recordings resurfaces from dusty archives, or Bob Woodward writes another exhaustive tome about Nixon’s corrupt cabal of a cabinet, Tricky Dick rivets us anew. So in this election year, it’s worth reconsidering Nixon’s legacy as the ultimate presidential zombie, the crook who won’t stay dead. Playwright Peter Morgan revived him in 2006 with “Frost/Nixon,” a compelling play based on the nearly 29 hours of interviews the former president granted to British TV journalist David Frost in 1977. Both men had little to lose and plenty to gain, and Morgan’s play acknowledges that the ratings-challenged host and the disgraced world leader are two sides of the same striving, power-hungry coin. Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s timely regional production will hope to capture what <em>The Guardian</em>’s theater critic once praised as “a study of two men in a camera combat.” It runs through Feb. 21.</p>Free fitness combine and an addiction event2016-02-03T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p><strong>Fit Life readers join fitness combine for free</strong></p> <p>Slash Fitness <em>(290 SE 6<sup>th</sup> Ave., Delray Beach)</em> is hosting a fitness combine event on Feb. 6 with the goal of letting people know where they are fitness-wise. It’s a way for those who are just beginning to get fit to have a sense of their baselines. For others, this could help gauge progress.</p> <p>Essentially, the event puts your fitness to the test. It’s free to unlimited Slash membership holders, and the $25 fee for non-members is waived for Fit Life readers. Just mention <em>Boca Raton</em> magazine!</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.3_slash_fitness.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The high intensity interval training (HIIT) gym’s combine event is like a modern-day field day for adults. It will be a combination of sport-specific conditioning drills used to determine individual skill level.</p> <p>“Broken into five different sections, guests will receive scores in the following categories: strength, power, endurance, balance and SAQ (speed, agility and quickness). Participants will also receive a body composition test by [Delray Beach-based Biostation] a chiropractic assessment, an exclusive nutritional manual and much more, at the health awareness event,” according to press information.</p> <p>The comprehensive assessment is a "platinum level" Fitbit.</p> <p>The combine starts at 8 a.m. Participants get a slot every 15 minutes and rotate through the stations. The last group starts at 11 a.m. </p> <p>To sign up, call 561/865-5716 or visit <a href=""></a>. </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Event focuses on local boomers, seniors suffering from addiction</strong></p> <p>Young people aren’t the only ones in our community that suffer from addiction. Baby boomers—even seniors—do, too. The upcoming SUD (Substance Use Disorder) Talks in Delray Beach on Feb. 11 will focus on the often-overlooked older addiction population.</p> <p>The inaugural event will take place from 6 p.m. 9 p.m. at the Delray Beach Center for the Art’s Crest Theater (51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach). While the members of the community are invited and the Delray Beach Drug Task Force was offering free tickets, there are no more seats available. There is, however, a waiting list. To register for that, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>The talks are an effort to tear down walls and unite local addiction professionals and community leaders in order to find long-term solutions for Delray Beach, which is known as the recovery capital of America, according to the SUDtalks website.</p> <p>The event mimics TED talk formatting and features a roster of expert speakers, including: Dr. Kevin Wandler, associate chief medical officer, Advanced Recovery System; Dr. D. John Dyben, interim clinical director at Hanley Center at Origins Behavioral Healthcare; Marc Woods, City of Delray Beach code enforcement officer; and Dr. Elaine Rotenberg, clinical director at the Alpert Jewish Family and Children’s Services. Dr. Carl Hammerschlag, an internationally recognized author, physician, speaker and healer, will deliver the keynote address, discussing, among other things, how a changed perspective is needed to gain ground in response to the swell of substance use disorder.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/">here</a>. </em></p> <p><strong><em>About Lisette</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href=""></a>.</em></p>Web Xtra: Deconstructing the Dish2016-02-02T13:27:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p class="Body"><strong>Baked Oysters with Seasoned Crab</strong></p> <p class="Body">Courtesy of John Hutchinson</p> <p class="Body">Chef/owner, J&amp;J Seafood Bar and Grill</p> <p class="Body"> </p> <p class="Body">It looks like Casanova really did know his science, after all.</p> <p class="Body">The famed 18th-century Italian lover was said to consume 50 oysters for breakfast every morning, the better to have sufficient lead in his ever-ready pencil. And he actually was on to something. A team of American and Italian researchers has reportedly found that oysters are brimming with rare amino acids that stimulate the production of sex hormones. So the plump little mollusks really are aphrodisiacs.</p> <p class="Body">It only makes sense, then, that with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we tip our caps to that famous old cad and deconstruct a dish based on his very own breakfast of champions.</p> <p class="Body">This one comes courtesy of John Hutchinson, chef-owner of J&amp;J Seafood Bar and Grill in Delray Beach (634 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/272-3390), who stirs a different set of senses with his rendition of baked oysters—served, in this case, with seasoned crab and lemon butter sauce.</p> <p align="right" class="Body"><strong>—Bill Citara</strong></p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="559" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/baked-oysters-1991.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="Body"><strong>BAKED OYSTERS WITH SEASONED CRAB AND LEMON BUTTER SAUCE</strong><strong></strong></p> <p class="Body"><em>For seasoned crab:</em><em></em></p> <p class="Body">1 pound lump crabmeat</p> <p class="Body">1 small red pepper, finely diced</p> <p class="Body">1 small onion, finely diced</p> <p class="Body">1 tablespoon lemon juice</p> <p class="Body">1 cup mayonnaise</p> <p class="Body">1 cup panko</p> <p class="Body">1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning</p> <p class="Body"><em>For lemon butter sauce:</em><em></em></p> <p class="Body">1 cup dry white wine</p> <p class="Body">1 shallot, diced</p> <p class="Body">1/2 cup heavy cream</p> <p class="Body">1 pound butter, very cold and cut into cubes</p> <p class="Body">Pinch of salt and pepper</p> <p class="Body">Juice of one lemon</p> <p class="Body">Blue Point oysters</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="383" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/baked-oysters-2080.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">Mix crabmeat and other 6 ingredients and reserve. In heavy-bottomed saucepan, reduce white wine with shallots to 2 tablespoons. Add heavy cream and reduce by half. Add butter, 1 cube at a time, whisking to incorporate. Finish with lemon juice, salt and pepper.</p> <p class="Body">Top each oyster with 2 tablespoons of seasoned crab mixture, then place under broiler until the surface is “GBD” (Golden Brown and Delicious) and oysters are just warmed through, about three to five minutes. Top each oyster with a spoonful of sauce, garnish with chopped parsley and lemon wedges and serve. </p>Valentine&#39;s Day in PBC2016-02-02T10:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.2_eau_pb_strawberry_kiss_martini.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Three specials at three venues are offered at <strong>Eau Palm Beach</strong> <em>(100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, 561/533-6000)</em>, from a four-course prix-fixe menu to a fire pit snuggle with the Strawberry Kiss Martini (pictured). At Angle restaurant from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., a four-course prix-fixe includes champagne, all for $94 per person. At Temple Orange Mediterranean Bistro, try the seafood dinner and chocolate salon from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The cost is $65 for adults and $16 for children ages 5-12. Later, stroll to the Stir Bar &amp; Terrace for “Stir Crazy Love,” which includes the martini, pink champagne and other cocktails and dessert by the outdoor fire pit.</p> <p>A full weekend dinner celebration runs at <strong>Brio </strong><em>(550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, 561/835-1511)</em> from Feb. 12 to 14, with a prix-fixe menu that includes an entrée with soup or salad. Choices are: cold water lobster tail with shrimp risotto ($23.50), sea scallops and ratatouille risotto ($23.50) and Brio surf and turf that consists of a 5-ounce filet and broiled lobster tail ($33.95).</p> <p>A Valentine’s themed menu is featured at <strong>Avocado Grill</strong> <em>(125 Datura St., West Palm Beach, 561/623-0822)</em> from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Sunday brunch. Then at 4:30 p.m., a dinner prix-fixe menu is $59 per person, served until 10 p.m., and includes a glass of champagne. Dishes include beet salad, lamb sliders, fish tacos, mahi, chicken paillard, salmon and vegan and vegetarian options.</p> <p><img alt="" height="700" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.2_cafe_boulud_seafood_tower.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The newly renovated <strong>Café Boulud</strong> <em>(301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060)</em> has a three-course prix-fixe menu, as well as a signature cocktail. The menu is $125 per person, with dishes such as truffle gougere, red pepper bavarois, and tuna tartare for starters, citrus cured snapper or foie gras presse, then roasted sea scallops or duo of beef, and a dessert selection.  The regular menu with items such as the seafood tower (pictured) is also available. Service is from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Renaissance Boca Raton</strong> <em>(2000 NW 19<sup>th</sup> St., 561/368-5252)</em> will feature a four-course prix-fixe meal with a complimentary bottle of champagne for $54 per person. At the Umbria Ristorante from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., dishes will include lobster bisque, seared Chilean sea bass, veal osso bucco with pine nut gremolata, amaretto cheesecake and more. </p> <p>Look for the weekend special at <strong>Boca Landing, Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina</strong> <em>(999 E. Camino Real, 561/368-9500)</em>, with a five-course prix-fixe meal. Available from Feb. 12 to 14, it’s $75 per person and includes dishes such as Kona lobster salad, jumbo sea scallops, pan-seared seabass, filet mignon and squid ink pasta. </p> <p><img alt="" height="238" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.2_prosecco_cafe.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A four-course “Cupid’s Duet” is on the menu at <strong>Prosecco Café </strong><em>(4580 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/622-3222)</em>, where main entrées include pomegranate 6-hour short ribs and salmon duet rigatoni, and desserts include white chocolate passion fruit cheesecake and flourless chocolate torte with drunken dark cherry sauce. Yum! The cost is $39.95 per person from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Spoto’s Oyster Bar</strong> <em>(4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/776-9448)</em> has three crustacean classics for romantic meal choices. Among the dishes: shrimp and lobster cakes ($29.75), 2-pound lobsters, chocolate-covered strawberry martinis and chocolate decadence as dessert. The regular menu is also available. Stop by between 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. </p> <p>A special Valentine’s Day menu at <strong>III Forks</strong> <em>(4645 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/630-3660)</em>  runs from Feb. 6 to 14. The “Sweetheart Menu” is $160 per couple and includes a salad or lobster bisque, two 6-ounce filet mignons, two 6-ounce cold water lobster tails with sides and a chocolate lovers’ dessert. Special sparkling is Chandon Brut  ($15/glass), Gruet Blanc de Noir ($12/glass) and Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc ($70/bottle). </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Hillstone news, New Mizner, Atlantic Crossing still dragging &amp; other news of note2016-02-02T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/eladnewimg_0557.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>New Hillstone proposal </h3> <p>Hillstone has sent Boca Raton a revised lease proposal for a restaurant on the Wildflower property. Not just the lease terms are new. So is the name of the restaurant.</p> <p>       Rather than a Houston’s, like those Hillstone operates near Town Center Mall and in Pompano Beach, Hillstone now would call the Wildflower restaurant Hillstone. Of the company’s 49 restaurants, 10 already have that eponymous label. One is in Coral Gables, and another is in Winter Park, the upscale Orlando suburb.</p> <p>       From the start, Boca Raton has wanted a 20-year lease on the property, which the city bought in 2009 for $7.5 million. The city proposed an initial lease payment of $500,000 a year with a 5 percent increase every five years and 5 percent of gross sales. Hillstone proposed a similar deal, but without specifying the percentage of sales. Boca Raton countered with an offer of $500,000 and a 2 percent increase every year. In November, Hillstone ended negotiations, though chief counsel Glenn Viers said the company remained willing to talk.</p> <p>       Hillstone now proposes fixed lease payments, rising from $600,000 during the first five years, then to $630,000, then to $661,500, and finally to $694,575 over the final five years. The company also would pay the city 5 percent of gross sales above the minimum rent. In addition, Hillstone proposes higher lease payments—from about $730,000 to nearly $900,000—over a 25-year period that would begin after the 20-year lease expires.</p> <p>       There are two other key points. The city would pay the restaurant’s property taxes, and the company would not build a dock for the restaurant.</p> <p>       The tax issue was a factor in Hillstone’s withdrawal from negotiations two months ago. Others have confirmed to me the company’s concern over not knowing what that assessment could be once the restaurant opens. Hillstone projected one figure, and then got a different one from City Manager Leif Ahnell. According to the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office, Hillstone paid about $51,000 in taxes on the Boca Houston’s site in 2015. That site is 1.3 acres. The Wildflower property is 2.3 acres.</p> <p>       Though Mayor Susan Haynie especially had wanted a dock—as part of Boca’s effort to make the waterfront more accessible—Hillstone said previously that its engineering consultants had advised against the structure because of difficult currents, and thus liability issues. The company says in the new proposal that it would not build the dock, so the company can “preserve water views.” The city could build one, if Hillstone agreed. Hillstone would provide a pedestrian path to the Intracoastal Waterway and six parking spaces for public access.</p> <p>       The city’s first lease proposal would have brought Boca Raton about $10.8 million over 20 years. The revised proposal that Hillstone rejected would have generated about $12.2 million in lease revenue. Hillstone’s new offer would mean nearly $13 million in lease payments over 20 years, though the city would have to pay the property tax. There is no way to estimate how much Boca might receive from gross sales above the lease payment.</p> <p>       Under any of those scenarios, Boca Raton would more than recoup the public’s investment in the property. The city also would get some of the sales tax revenue from the restaurant. What now is an eyesore would become yet another inviting destination.</p> <p>       Deputy City Manager George Brown has been Boca Raton’s lead negotiator on the lease. According to a city spokeswoman, Brown is “still reviewing” the new proposal. He is out of the office much of this week. Since the proposal adds 100 square feet to the restaurant, the staff must examine the effect of the increase.</p> <p>       “We’re committed to the deal,” Viers told me. “It’s a great location. There’s a confluence of a lot of good things happening now.” The name change, Viers said, would give the company “more flexibility” in what it offers on the Wildflower site. The Coral Gables Hillstone is the company’s top performer.</p> <p>       As for the added space, Viers said the company would resubmit plans with an updated review by the county’s traffic department. Viers said, however, that the company’s traffic engineer called the change “not material.”</p> <p>       The hope had been to get the lease on a city council agenda in January. March may be more likely. City staff has been distracted by the manufactured controversy over a 2003 memo about open space for downtown projects.</p> <p>       The delay is unfortunate, but there’s new reason to believe that the city and Hillstone soon can agree to a mutually beneficial deal.</p> <h3>New Mizner news</h3> <p>Nearly two years ago, Broward County-based Elad Properties proposed an oversized condo project called New Mizner on the Green for the edge of downtown Boca. The developer is back with something much smaller.</p> <p>       New Mizner envisioned four towers averaging more than 300 feet where rules limit development to 140 feet. Elad hired Daniel Libeskind, designer of the successor to New York’s World Trade Center. The project had a lot of glitz, but it never had a chance with the city council, despite mailers Elad sent to residents.</p> <p>       Elad calls the new version Mizner 200—a nine-story condo tower with 384 units (above). Mizner 200 would be applying under Ordinance 4035 and its 100-foot height limit. As before, the project would displace the 242 rental units of Mizner on the Green, which Elad also owns. The project would front Mizner Boulevard, north of Townsend Place and west of the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club golf course.</p> <p>       In a letter to the city, Elad attorney Bonnie Miskel said the design’s “gentle, undulating curves” would offer “rhythm and appropriate character” to the area. Though the project had its planning review from city staff two weeks ago, Mizner 200 still hasn’t been submitted officially. Staff members requested much more information, and suggested that the developer get a preliminary hearing before the Community Appearance Board before the required formal hearing with the panel.</p> <p>       There will be a technical issue with the projected size of Mizner 200. In 1988, Boca limited downtown development to 8 million square feet of “office-equivalent” space. Office development generates the most traffic. The traffic calculation for residential development is lower. So a larger project displacing a smaller one on the same site could be acceptable if the traffic calculations work.</p> <p>       Mizner on the Green is about 102,500 square feet. Mizner 200 would be about 161,000 square feet. City staff figure that the project is about 1,500 square feet over after the conversion from office—the most intense use for the property—to residential.</p> <p>       According to a statement from Elad’s CEO, the company anticipates submitting updated plans this month. “Based on the feedback” from staff, Amnon Safran said, “we are addressing all questions raised with further details/clarifications. We plan to soon meet with neighboring residents and businesses so that city staff, officials, residents and businesses and prospective buyers understand all of the benefits to be enjoyed by our pedestrian-friendly residences.”</p> <h3>Atlantic Crossing escapades                          </h3> <p>       Nothing is easy about Atlantic Crossing.</p> <p>       It seemed that there might be a compromise between Delray Beach and the developers. They added back to the site plan an access road from Sixth Avenue. But a city traffic consultant found that the road would make traffic worse, not better. The city’s planning staff recommended that the Site Plan Review and Appearance Board deny the plan with the road. Last week, the board did so.</p> <p>       An access road had been the city commission’s preferred response to public complaints that Atlantic Crossing is not compatible with the area west of Veterans Park. City-hired traffic engineers, however, now have said the original plan is better.</p> <p>       Like any site plan ruling, the one on Atlantic Crossing now goes to the commission. Anyone or any entity— including the commission—can appeal the ruling. Meanwhile, Atlantic Crossing’s lawsuit against the city continues. The two sides will be in court if there’s no settlement. The developers are seeking a lot of money.</p> <p>       Edwards Companies is Atlantic Crossing’s developer. In a statement, Vice President Don DeVere said, “We remain willing to execute either option—the already-approved plan with ingress and egress from Northeast Sixth Avenue direct to the garage, or the modified site plan we proposed, which adds a one-way surface drive from Northeast Seventh Avenue to Northeast Sixth Avenue.</p> <p>       “It has been more than two years since the city approved Atlantic Crossing without a single variance or waiver. The litigation we were forced to initiate to protect our property rights after many unwarranted delays seeks damages that could reach $40 million as determined by an expert analysis – a figure that has the potential to deplete city reserves and impact taxes.</p> <p>       “It’s our sincere desire to avoid that outcome. We just want to move forward with this great asset to the city.  We hope the city commission will work with us to reach an amicable settlement so we can finally get underway.</p> <h3>Duck weather news</h3> <p>       If you’re wondering just how wet it’s been, the South Florida Water Management District reported Monday that the district’s 16 counties got 9.18 inches of rain last month— more than three times the normal amount—making it the wettest January since record-keeping began in 1932.</p> <p>       In addition, Jan. 22-28 was the wettest week since Tropical Storm Isaac drenched the state in August 2012. The last three months also were the wettest November-January on record. This El Nino winter is one of the soggiest. Just remember that El Nino also helped to make 2015 a mild hurricane season.   </p> <h3>City Council salary news</h3> <p>       Scott Singer was the only member of the Boca Raton City Council to vote against placing on the August ballot a proposal that would raise salaries for the mayor and council members. I asked Singer if he would accept the raise, despite his vote, if voters approve it.</p> <p>       Singer’s emailed response: “Yes, I would accept the raise only because the residents would have voted directly to approve it. I would not accept an increase if the people couldn't have their say.” Under Boca’s charter, only the public can approve raises for the mayor and council.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Web Xtra: Boca&#39;s &quot;Love Biologist&quot;2016-02-01T16:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Our conversation with Boca’s “Love Biologist,” Dawn Maslar, extended beyond a discussion of her theory “How Your Brain Falls in Love,” which is covered in our February issue. The romance guru, who will speak at TEDx Feb. 19 at Mizner Park Amphitheater (for tickets and info, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>), shares extra insights regarding a pair of important studies about human sexual drive.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/dawnmaslar.jpg" width="490"> </p> <ul> <li>In a landmark 1989 study at Florida State University, [researchers Russell Clark and Elaine Hatfield] sent out people to ask the question, “Would you go out with me tonight?” They tallied the reports. Fifty percent of the women said yes; 50 percent of the men said yes. Next, they asked, “Would you have sex with me tonight?” Now, 100 percent of the women said no, but 75 percent of the men now said yes. More men would have sex with you if given the opportunity than would take you out on a date.</li> <li>Sex is not a big deal for a man. He can have sex and move on, and not think twice about it. The woman takes a bigger risk. There’s a biological imperative that says that the gender that takes the biggest risk will be more selective, and the sex that takes the least amount of risk will chase after or pursue the other sex. In most species, that means that males chase and females choose.</li> <li>There was a study in 2015 that decided to test oxytocin, the neurotransmitter of connection and bonding. They gave it to two sets of women. Both groups were women who had sexual dysfunction—a loss of libido, a loss of interest in their sex life. They’d been in a relationship for a long time, and their sex life was just not going well. So they decided to see if the oxytocin would help them. So they split it down the middle—half got the placebo. They ran the test for 22 weeks. At the end, they tallied what happened. They found that in the first group with the oxytocin, her sexual desire increased about 145 percent, and her lack of sexual desire decreased. In the other group, they saw the same results: The placebo group also had an increase.</li> <li>Part of the study required that the couples got together and talked about her sex life and what she wanted and her desires, and then charted it. It was the connection between the husband and wife that really caused the oxytocin to increase naturally, which helped her sexual dysfunction to decrease. It’s really the connection, the communication. When we get busy in our own lives with work and children and household chores, sometimes we lose that connection, and we don’t take that special time together, that date night, and doing activities together. When you lose that connection, that’s when you’re going to lose the libido and the desire to be with the other person.</li> </ul>Savor the Avenue 2016 menus2016-02-01T12:13:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><img alt="" height="141" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/bmw.png" width="489"></p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/32east.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>32 East</strong></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">32 E. Atlantic Ave. / 561/276-7868 / <a href="" target="_blank"> </a></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Chef Nick Morfogen changes his menu daily to accommodate only the freshest local and seasonal ingredients. 32 East has a neighborhood bistro ambience, offering a fine dining experience in a comfortable setting. There is a street-side terrace providing an outdoor dining option, along with our lively, full-service bar and lower and upper-level dining rooms. </p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">FEATURED MENU</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">$150/guest plus tax &amp; gratuity</p> <p><strong>Hors d’oeuvres</strong></p> <p>Assorted Antipasto</p> <p>Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Bruschetta</p> <p>Heirloom Tomato Jam | Local Arugula &amp; Olio Verde</p> <p>Wine: Zardetto, Prosecco NV Veneto, Italy</p> <p><strong>First</strong></p> <p>Rigatoncini in Fennel Braised Pork Ragú</p> <p>Fresno Chile | Rapini &amp; Pecorino </p> <p>Wine: Zenato, Valpolicella 2013</p> <p>Veneto, Italy</p> <p><strong>Second</strong></p> <p>Grilled NY Strip &amp; Asparagus</p> <p>Truffle-Fontina Twice Baked Potato | Barolo Reduction</p> <p>Wine: Zenato, Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2011</p> <p>Veneto, Italy</p> <p><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p>Valrhona Dark Chocolate Torta</p> <p>Pistachio Biscotti | Local Strawberries</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/50ocean.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>50 Ocean</strong></p> <p><em>50 S. Ocean Blvd. (A1A) / 561/278-3364 / <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Located above the iconic sports bar, Boston’s on the Beach, 50 Ocean features a sophisticated, Old Florida atmosphere, panoramic ocean views and exquisite cuisine with exciting local influences, presented by a knowledgeable and seasoned staff. Award-winning chef Blake Malatesta is a master talent at creating unique dishes, offsetting different textures and custom sauces in his signature dishes of seafood and meats.</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">FEATURED MENU</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">$125/guest plus tax &amp; gratuity</p> <p><strong>Hors d’oeuvres</strong></p> <p>Grilled Gulf Coast Oysters</p> <p>Butter | Garlic | Beer</p> <p>Pairing: La Marca Prosecco</p> <p><strong>First</strong></p> <p>Mini Boil</p> <p>Mudbugs | Redskins | Corn | Old Bay | Roasted Garlic Bread</p> <p>Pairing: Abita Wrought Iron IPA</p> <p><strong>Second</strong></p> <p>Legs n’ Eggs</p> <p>Crispy Frog Legs | Okra-Egg Salad | Tabasco</p> <p>Pairing: Casa Lapostolle “Grand Cuvee” Sauvignon Blanc</p> <p><strong>Third</strong></p> <p>Gator Sausage</p> <p>Pickled Onion Salad | Chickory Jam</p> <p>Bacardi “Hurricane”</p> <p><strong>Fourth</strong></p> <p>Pig “Picnic”</p> <p>Braised Pork | Grilled Ribs</p> <p>Crispy Belly | Cheddar Grits</p> <p>Collards | Abita BBQ</p> <p>Pairing: Abita Purple Haze</p> <p><strong>Or</strong></p> <p>Lobster Jambalaya</p> <p>Andouille | Local Shrimp</p> <p>Dirty Rice</p> <p>Pairing: La Crema Pinot Noir</p> <p><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p>Taste of N’awlins</p> <p>Beignets | King-Cake | Abita Root Beer Floats</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/cabana.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Cabana El Rey</strong></p> <p><em>105 E. Atlantic Ave. / 561/274-9090 / <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em> </p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">ZAGAT 2015: “Delicious” Nuevo Latin eats are the draw at this “colorful, vibrant” Delray Beach cantina well served by a “good” staff; festive drinks, including “authentic” mojitos and “thirst-quenching” sangria, “set the scene for a fun evening” including “people-watching” from the sidewalk seats.</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">FEATURED MENU</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">$99/guest including tax &amp; gratuity</p> <p><strong>Grand toast</strong></p> <p>Spanish Cava</p> <p><strong>Welcome drink</strong></p> <p>Caipirinha</p> <p><strong>First</strong></p> <p>Ceviche: Fresh Shrimp, Octopus, Scallops and Calamari Marinated in Aji Amarillo, Hot Rocoto Peppers, Garlic, Lime Juice, Cilantro, Viandas and Maiz Tosatado</p> <p>Paired with: Sauvignon Blanc</p> <p><strong>Second</strong></p> <p>Ensalada Cabana: Field Greens, Hearts of Palm, Queso Blanco, Tomatoes, Red Onions, Olives with a Black Bean Vinaigrette</p> <p>Paired with: Pinot Grigio</p> <p><strong>Third</strong></p> <p>Pernil: Latin American Style Braised Porkshank, Rioja Garlic Demi Glaze, Maduros and Arroz con Gandules</p> <p>Paired with: Malbec Blend</p> <p><strong>Fourth</strong></p> <p>Flan - Traditional Homemade Custard</p> <p>Paired with: Riesling</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/caffelunarosa.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Caffe Luna Rosa</strong></p> <p><em>34 S. Ocean Blvd. / 561/274-8898 Ext.1 / <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em><em> </em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Caffé Luna Rosa is <em>the</em> Italian restaurant on the beach and the oldest Italian restaurant in Delray. It was recently awarded the Delray Beach Restaurant of the Year award for both 2014 and 2015. Caffé Luna Rosa offers an oceanview dining experience where great food and a great environment come together.</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">FEATURED MENU</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">$115/guest plus tax &amp; gratuity</p> <p><strong>Grand toast</strong></p> <p>Pairing: Rose Zero di Stefani</p> <p><strong>Hors d’oeuvres</strong></p> <p>Maine Lobster Meat Ravioli</p> <p>Lobster Stuffed Inside a Tender Pasta Shell</p> <p>with Sweet Peas and Sherry Cream Sauce</p> <p>Pairing: Raeburn Chardonnay, Russian River Valley</p> <p><strong>Appetizer</strong></p> <p>Baby Mozzarella &amp; Arugula Salad</p> <p>with Chopped Plum Tomatoes and</p> <p>House-Made Balsamic Vinaigrette</p> <p>Pairing: Flint &amp; Steel Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley</p> <p><strong>Entrée</strong></p> <p>Slow Roasted Prime Filet of Beef</p> <p>Served with Truffled Potatoes and</p> <p>Exotic Mushroom Demi-Glaze</p> <p>Pairing: Cryptic Red Blend, California</p> <p><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p>Zuppa Inglese</p> <p>Home-Made Sponge Cake Soaked with Italian Liquors</p> <p>and Layered with Imported Marscapone Mousse</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/cityoyster.jpg" width="490"></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">City Oyster</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">213 E. Atlantic Ave. / 561/272-0220 / <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Featuring fresh seafood delivered and prepared daily, City Oyster has a full sushi bar and a rotating selection of fresh oysters from both coasts. House-made desserts, pies, bread, crackers and pasta are fresh from our bakery located above the restaurant. Our large selection of wines is recognized by Wine Spectator as one of the premier wine selections in the country.</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">FEATURED MENU</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">$130/guest plus tax &amp; gratuity</p> <p><strong>Grand toast</strong></p> <p>Pairing: Ruffino Prosecco</p> <p><strong>Hors d’oeuvres</strong></p> <p>Selected Signature Rolls</p> <p>from our Sushi Bar</p> <p>Pairing: Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc</p> <p><strong>Appetizer</strong></p> <p>Maine Lobster Roll Eggroll</p> <p>Asian Caramel Dipping Sauce | Micro Cilantro</p> <p>Pairing: Tom Gore Vineyards Chardonnay</p> <p><strong>Entrée</strong></p> <p>Wild Black Grouper Filet</p> <p>Confit  of  Shitake | Oyster, &amp; Beech Mushrooms | Sweet Corn Fondue</p> <p>Pairing: Meiomi Pinot Noir</p> <p><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p>Old Fashioned Creamy Key Lime Pie</p> <p>Whipped Crème Fresh &amp; Berries</p> <p>Pairing: Ruffino Moscato D’Asti</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/cut432jpg.jpg" width="490"></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Cut 432</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">432 E. Atlantic Ave. / 561/272-9898 / <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">CUT 432 continues to please. It’s been eight years since CUT 432 opened its glass doors and began to challenge the idea about what a steak house could and should be. It offers succulent cuts of beef, inventive dishes and a great wine list</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">FEATURED MENU</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">$135/guest plus tax &amp; 20% gratuity</p> <p><strong>Hors d’oeuvres</strong></p> <p>Tuna Poke</p> <p>Compressed Pineapple | Avocado | Charred Scallion | Yuzu Foam</p> <p>Wine: Prosecco, Piccini, Veneto, Italy, NV</p> <p><strong>Second</strong></p> <p>Scallops Saint Jacques</p> <p>Wine: Chenin Blanc, Badenhorst Secateurs, South Africa, 2014</p> <p><strong>Third</strong></p> <p>Pastrami Rubbed “Dry Aged” Delmonico</p> <p>Gruyere Potato Rosti | Melted Leeks</p> <p>Dijon Buerre Blanc</p> <p>Wine: JAX, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, 2012</p> <p><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p>Chocolate and Peanut Butter Warm Pudding Cake</p> <p>House Made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream</p> <p>Drink Pairing Choice of:</p> <p>Cocktail: Burnt Orange Negroni</p> <p>Or Dessert Wine:</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Torbreck “The Bothie” Muscat, Barossa Valley, 2005</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/lemongrass.jpg" width="490"></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Lemongrass Delray Beach</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">420 E. Atlantic Ave. / 561/278-5050 / <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Lemongrass Delray Beach has been the place to go for Thai, Japanese sushi and Vietnamese since opening. With all rolls and dishes made to order, the chefs can create just about anything to your liking. The notable wine and sake list provides the perfect pairing to any entrée. Zagat 2004–2008: “Excellent”; Sun-Sentinel: Top 10 Asian Restaurants in Florida; Florida Trend: Best New 20 Restaurants in South Florida.</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">FEATURED MENU</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">$65/guest plus tax &amp; gratuity</p> <p><strong>Appetizer</strong></p> <p>Vegetable Potstickers</p> <p>Pan Seared Handcraft Famous Vegetable Dumplings Served with a Spicy Reduction Sweet Soy Sauce</p> <p><strong>First</strong><br> Mixed Berry Salad</p> <p>Mixed Berries Tossed with Shallots, Cilantro, Cashew Nuts and Fresh Thai Lime Dressing</p> <p><strong>Entr<strong>é</strong>e</strong></p> <p>Choose one of the two options:</p> <p>Braised Short Ribs</p> <p>on Thai Masaman Curry Served w/ Spanish Onions, Sweet Potatoes Over Asian Coconut Rice</p> <p><strong>Or</strong></p> <p>Perfectly Grilled Organic Fed Salmon Over Pineapple Turmeric Fried Rice and Asian Mango Salsa</p> <p>Courses paired with Pinot Grigio Stellina de Notte</p> <p>and Cab BV Century</p> <p> <img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/racks.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>RACKS Fish House + Oyster Bar</strong></p> <p><em>5 SE 2nd Ave. / 561/450-6718 / <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">A New England seafood house featuring prohibition-style cocktails and a concept that serves the freshest, highest quality seafood. RACKS Fish House + Oyster Bar features a unique, nouveau-nautical décor to match the responsibly sourced ‘ocean-to-table’ menu that excites and inspires. Culinary Director Matthew Danaher, known for his straightforward style of cooking, has developed an innovative menu that incorporates beloved classics with the modern style and appetite of South Florida. Guests will discover ever-evolving recipes for oysters rack-a-feller, wood grilled octopus, seared scallops, po’ boys and a classic butcher’s cut filet mignon. As well as an extensive live raw bar featuring what’s fresh and in season.</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Racks Fish House is known for its buzz-worthy happy hour offered daily from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., 50% off select drinks, $1 oysters (chef’s choice) paired with a happy hour menu everyone enjoys! </p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">FEATURED MENU</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">$130/guest plus tax &amp; gratuity</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy"><strong>Hors d’oeuvres</strong></p> <p>Iced Island Creek Oysters</p> <p>Apple Mignonette | Classic Cocktail Sauce</p> <p>Pairing: LaMarca Prosecco</p> <p><strong>First</strong></p> <p>Lobster Poutine</p> <p>Chips | Cheddar Jack Gravy | Torn Herbs</p> <p>Pairing: Whitehaven Sav Blanc</p> <p><strong>Second</strong></p> <p>Seared Scallop</p> <p>Butternut Squash “Chowder”</p> <p>Pairing: William Hill Chard</p> <p><strong>Third</strong></p> <p>Wood Grilled Skirt Steak</p> <p>Cauliflower Gratin | Mushroom | Red Wine Jus</p> <p>Pairing: Louis Martini CA Cab Sauv</p> <p><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p>Dessert Surprise</p> <p>Worth The Wait</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Pairing: Noval 10yr Tawny</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/maxharvest.jpg" width="490"></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Max’s Harvest</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">169 NE 2nd Ave. / 561/381-9970 / <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Since its debut in 2011, Max’s Harvest has been a favorite destination for dinner and weekend brunch in Pineapple Grove. It’s heritage of fresh, local, natural ingredients and simple preparations has earned Max’s Harvest distinction among its guests and peers as a premier farm-to-table restaurant. Food tastes naturally delicious when grown with care, harvested at precisely the right moment and delivered to our kitchen directly from the source. Fresh ingredients are a delight to the senses and the essence of great cooking. We hope you enjoy the sheer pleasure of seasonal, locally-grown ingredients and the simple, sophisticated flavors that result when you let the land speak for itself.</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">FEATURED MENU</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">$125/guest plus tax &amp; gratuity</p> <p><strong>“Taste of” Cocktail</strong></p> <p>The Forest Fire</p> <p>Old Forester Bourbon | Ancho Reyes</p> <p>Local Honey + Cardamom</p> <p><strong>Snack</strong></p> <p>Falafel Bacaláo Croquetas</p> <p>Lemon + Tahini</p> <p><strong>First</strong></p> <p>Octopus Anticuchos</p> <p>Aji Panca | Chorizo | Peruvian Cassoulet</p> <p>Paired with Bonterra Viognier  </p> <p><strong>Second</strong></p> <p>Anson Mills Farro ‘Paella’</p> <p>Diver Scallops | Florida Shrimp | Escargot + Favas</p> <p>Paired with Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc</p> <p><strong>Third</strong></p> <p>DIY Short Rib Tacos</p> <p>Estella’s Tortillas | Mole Verde + Cotija Cheese</p> <p>Paired with Laetitia Pinot Noir</p> <p><strong>Sweet</strong></p> <p>Flavors of ‘Baklava’</p> <p>Orange Ginger Cake | White Chocolate Mousse</p> <p>Pistachio Cremeux + Phyllo Dough</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Paired with 1000 Stories Zinfandel</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy"><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/maxsosh.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Max’s SOHO</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">116 NE 6th Ave. / 561/501-4332 / <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Like our sister restaurant, Max’s Harvest, in Pineapple Grove, “SoHo” is off the Ave. The vintage 1925 cottage in historic Delray Beach once known as the “Falcon House” is Max’s newest concept. SoHo is a gathering spot for locals, foodies, in-the-biz folks and Delray’s many visitors. The Max heritage for quality food is evident throughout the menu, from small plate selections to salads and entrées, using seasonal ingredients and simple preparations. Friendly, knowledgeable bartenders serve-up a generous selection of craft beers and small batch spirits, every night until 2 a.m. At SoHo, meet your friends, make new ones and have a good time. Remember, all of our friends were strangers once!</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">(see Max's Harvest menu above)</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy"><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/racksfatrooster.jpg" width="490"></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Gary Rack’s Fat Rooster</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy"><em>204 E. Atlantic Ave. / 561/266-3642 / <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Gary Rack’s Fat Rooster, merges true iconic Southern dining with nostalgic-American tradition that guests can relate to. Offering comfort classics in a dining scene fit for an era of American building blocks, the Fat Rooster will bring you back in time to a simpler lifestyle. This feel-good atmosphere attracts all walks of life, marrying hearty appetites and serving platefuls of  “remember whens.”</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">FEATURED MENU</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">$90/guest plus tax &amp; gratuity</p> <p><strong>Hors d’oeuvres</strong></p> <p>Southern Spread</p> <p>Warm Cheddar Dip | Pickled Vegetables | Benne Seed Crackers</p> <p>Pairing: Ruffino Prosecco</p> <p><strong>First</strong></p> <p>Quail + Kale</p> <p>Southern Fried Carolina Quail | Kale | Carolina Gold</p> <p>Apples | Moonshine Dressing</p> <p>Pairing: Tom Gore Chardonnay</p> <p><strong>Second</strong></p> <p>BBQ Brisket Biscuit</p> <p>Rainbow Root Slaw + Spicy Pickles</p> <p>Pairing: Ravenswood Sonoma County Zinfandel</p> <p><strong>Third</strong></p> <p>Low Country Shrimp + Grits</p> <p>Smoked Ham | Vidalia Onion | Charred Tomato + Beer Gravy</p> <p>Pairing: Meiomi Pinot Noir</p> <p><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p>Dessert Surprise</p> <p>Worth The Wait</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Pairing: Watchdog Rock Riesling</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy"><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/roccostacos.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Rocco’s Tacos</strong></p> <p><em>110 E. Atlantic Ave. / 561/808-1100 / <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Rocco’s Tacos &amp; Tequila Bar offers an authentic taste of Mexico in a fun, casual environment where guests can sample over 400 varieties of tequila and enjoy guacamole made tableside.</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">FEATURED MENU</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">$90/guest plus tax &amp; gratuity </p> <p><strong>Hors d’oeuvres</strong></p> <p>Empanada Duo</p> <p>Plantain Masa: Black Beans | Kale Queso Fresco| Smoked Chile Aioli</p> <p>Cilantro Tinted Corn Masa: Oaxaca Cheese</p> <p>Winter Squash | Chile de Arbol Salsa</p> <p>Paired w/ the Black Diamond Margarita</p> <p><strong>First</strong></p> <p>Octopus al Carbon</p> <p>Corn Masa Sopes | Jalapeno Hummus</p> <p> Lobster Veracruzano | Micro Cilantro</p> <p>Paired w/ Casamigos Silver</p> <p><strong>Second</strong><strong></strong></p> <p>Short Rib Birria</p> <p>Ancho Braised Short Rib | Roasted Winter Vegetables | Corn Masa Dumplings | Pickled Cabbage</p> <p>Paired w/ Milagro Barrel Select Reposado</p> <p><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p>Mexican Flourless Chocolate Cake</p> <p>Patron XO Chocolate Mouse | Black Cherry Mole</p> <p>Paired w/ Milagro Barrel Select Anejo </p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/salt7.jpg" width="490"></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Salt 7</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">32 SE 2nd Ave. / 561/274-7258 / <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Our concept presents prime steaks, award-winning sushi and premium cocktails in a trendy upscale atmosphere. We pay attention to every detail to ensure your experience is remarkable from the moment you step into the restaurant. The ownership group has more than 15 years of experience in upscale dining and nightlife. They have traveled the world, having visited the hottest spots in the top destinations across the country and overseas.</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">FEATURED MENU</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">$150/guest plus tax &amp; gratuity</p> <p><strong>Hors d’oeuvres</strong></p> <p>Seaweed Salad</p> <p><strong>First</strong></p> <p>Tuna Poke</p> <p>Avocado, Toasted Sesame Oil, Citrus Ponzu,</p> <p>Scallion, Red Onion inside of Crispy Wonton Shells</p> <p><strong>Second</strong></p> <p>Prime 12oz Filet &amp; Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops</p> <p>served with Grilled Asparagus</p> <p><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p>7-Layer Chocolate Cake</p> <p>Wine &amp; Drink Pairings to accompany each course</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/solitamastino.jpg" width="490"></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Solita &amp; Mastino</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">25 NE 2nd Ave. / 561/899-0888 / <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Enjoy the tastes of SoLita, “South of Little Italy,” where our Italian-American recipes have been passed down for generations. We splurge on the freshest and finest hand-picked ingredients, and our tasty, made-to-order dishes will take you to an experience you can only get at our “home.”</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">FEATURED MENU</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">$110/guest plus tax &amp; gratuity</p> <p><strong>Hors d’oeuvres</strong></p> <p>Old School Meatball</p> <p>San Marzano Tomato Basil Gravy</p> <p>Ricotta Cheese | Crostini Bread</p> <p>Accompaniment: Solita Sexy Grapes Cocktail</p> <p><strong>First</strong></p> <p>Shrimp SoLita</p> <p>Crispy Shrimp, Roasted Pepper,</p> <p>Garlic Verde Drizzle, Tarter dip </p> <p>Accompaniment: Esperrto Pinot Grigio</p> <p><strong>Second</strong></p> <p>Main Plate Duo:</p> <p>Lobster Francese &amp; Piccolo Ossobuco</p> <p>1/2 Lobster Tail Francese, Lemon, Butter</p> <p>Braised Veal Ossobuco, Roasted Vegetables</p> <p>Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Bed of Spinach</p> <p>Accompaniment: Ferrari Carano Sienna Meritage</p> <p><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p>Warm Italian Bread Pudding</p> <p>Whiskey Walnut Sauce</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Accompaniment: Ruffino Moscato</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy"><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/tavernaopa.jpg" width="490"></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Taverna Opa</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">270 E. Atlantic Ave. / 561/303-3602 / <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Taverna Opa is the embodiment of the Greek spirit of Opa--a gathering place for guests to celebrate the basic elements of life: food, drinks and music enjoyed with family and friends. Come experience a different approach to dining that energizes, where previous dining norms are broken and spirits are lifted with every single napkin in the air.</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">FEATURED MENU</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">$80/guest plus tax &amp; gratuity</p> <p><strong>Hors d’oeuvres</strong></p> <p>Cold Piiikia</p> <p>Tzatziki, Melitzanosalata, Tarama, Kafteri,</p> <p> Dolmades, &amp;Olives, Greek Salad</p> <p>Accompaniment: Moschofilero White Wine, Boutari 2012</p> <p><strong>First</strong></p> <p>Mini Thalasino</p> <p>Lamb Ribs, Keftedes, Spanakopita</p> <p>Accompaniment: Pavlou, Kilma</p> <p><strong>Second</strong></p> <p>Lamb Chops, Roast Lamb, Prawn</p> <p>Served with Potatoes</p> <p>Accompaniment: Megapanos, Old Cellar Red</p> <p><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p>Baklava &amp; Galakotoboureko</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Accompaniment: Samos Wine</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy"><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/theoffice.jpg" width="490"></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">The Office</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">201 E. Atlantic Ave. / 561/276-3600 / <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Feast on delicious, gourmet comfort food at this outstanding American gastropub, where the food is as important as the creative cocktails, the selection of craft beer and the noteworthy wine list. This wonderful, four-course meal will showcase gifted executive sous chef Brian Cantrell’s innovative cuisine, including refreshing salads, sublime small plates, award-winning burgers, enticing chicken, steak and fish dishes and delectable desserts.</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">FEATURED MENU</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">$125/guest plus tax &amp; gratuity</p> <p><strong>Reception</strong></p> <p>Glass of Champagne</p> <p>Hors d’oeuvres</p> <p>Shrimp Cocktail | Mini Mac &amp; Cheese Balls</p> <p><strong>Appetizer</strong></p> <p>Slow Braised Short Rib &amp; Pan Seared Divers Scallop</p> <p>Maine Lobster Aricini | Chipotle Carrot &amp; Truffled English Pea Sauces</p> <p>Paired with Rose Wine</p> <p><strong>Entr<strong><strong>é</strong></strong>es / Choice of:</strong></p> <p>Sautéed Striped Bass</p> <p>Whipped Yukon Mash | Asparagus | Rock Shrimp Hollandaise</p> <p><strong>Or</strong></p> <p>Crisp Skin Murrays Chicken Breast</p> <p>Smoked Cauliflower Puree | Baby Spinach</p> <p>Porcini Ragout | Marsala Demi</p> <p><strong>Or</strong></p> <p>28 Day Dry Aged New York Strip Steak</p> <p>Potato-Parsnip Galette | Crisp Brussels sprouts</p> <p>Port Wine Reduction and Roquefort Blue Cheese</p> <p>Each Entree Option Paired with White or Red Wine</p> <p><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p>Nutella Swirl Panna Cotta</p> <p>Strawberry Habanero Soup | Lemon Beignets</p> <p>Valrhona Chocolate Crunch | Coffee Semifredo</p> <p>Vanilla Bean Anglaize | Raspberry Chambord Coulis | Family style</p> <p>Paired with Prosecco</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/tryst.jpg" width="490"></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Tryst</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">4 E. Atlantic Ave. / 561/921-0201 / <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Tryst is a local restaurant with a neighborhood pub feeling. We offer happy hour, dinner and weekend brunch. The menu is inspired by the rich bar culture of Europe, with an emphasis on seasonal, mostly local, farm-fresh ingredients.</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">FEATURED MENU</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">$90/guest plus tax &amp; gratuity</p> <p><strong>Amuse</strong></p> <p>Short Rib “Tartare”<br> Horseradish Cream | Pickled Mustard Seed</p> <p>Micro Beet Greens | Crostini</p> <p>Paired with Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc</p> <p><strong>First</strong></p> <p>Bell  &amp; Evans Chicken Pot Pie</p> <p>Peas &amp; Carrots | Smoked Sea Salt</p> <p>Watercress | Heirloom Tomatoes</p> <p>Paired with Carmel Road “Unoaked” Chardonnay</p> <p><strong>Main Course</strong></p> <p>Braised Berkshire Pork Shank | Cheddar Grits Brussels Sprouts | Pickled Fresno Chilies</p> <p>Paired with La Crema Willamette Valley Pinot Noir</p> <p><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p>Warm Chocolate Brownie</p> <p>Stout Ice Cream | Bourbon Caramel</p> <p>Paired with Silver Palm Cabernet Sauvignon</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/vic&amp;angelos.jpg" width="490"></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Vic &amp; Angelo's</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">290 E. Atlantic Ave. / 561/278-9570 / <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Dine on mouthwatering, rustic Italian cuisine created by talented executive chef Erick Miranda. The expansive menu truly pays homage to the fine culinary traditions of Italy. This enticing, four-course meal will showcase the restaurant’s superb salads, house-made pasta, fresh fish and seafood, scrumptious veal and chicken entrées and decadent desserts. The full bar features inventive cocktails, as well as an impressive selection of wine and beer.</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">FEATURED MENU</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">$120/guest plus tax &amp; gratuity</p> <p><strong>Hors d’oeuvres</strong></p> <p>V&amp;A Ravioli</p> <p>Paired with</p> <p>Vic and Angelo’s Signature Toscana</p> <p><strong>Antipasti</strong></p> <p>John’s Mom’s Meatball</p> <p>Cuterfranca Rosso, Lo Sparviere</p> <p>Paired with Vini Artico Pinot Grigio</p> <p><strong>Entrée</strong></p> <p>Lobster Risotto</p> <p>Main Lobster Meat, Pea, Pecorino</p> <p>Cheese, White Truffle Oil</p> <p>Paired with</p> <p>Vini Artico Pinot Grigio</p> <p><strong>Dolce</strong></p> <p>Cannoli</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantCopy">Paired with Treviso Prosecco</p>Spirits and Super Bowl Specials2016-02-01T09:25:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="382" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.1_mixology.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Cocktails, craft spirits, music and food: Mixology</strong></p> <p>Do you have your own concoction for a special Manhattan recipe cocktail? If so, and you can use Woodford Reserve (Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey), you’ll want to know about Mixology, the craft spirits event on Feb 13. Along with a cocktail contest, you can try bites from local restaurants and craft spirits from more than 30 top brands, enjoy live music by Remix and just have a good time. Tickets to the Mizner Park Amphitheater event are $60 and are available on You must be 21+ to attend.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/2.1_grease_sliders.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Super Bowl special: sliders, wings, ribs, snapper and pizza</strong></p> <p>Get the gang together, and head to one of these fun places to watch the Super Bowl on Feb. 7. Along with big-screen TVs, you’ll find great food specials and special drink pours to suit all tastes.</p> <p><strong>Grease Burger Bar</strong> <em>(213 Clematis St., West Palm Beach)</em>: The food specials include $2.50 sliders (pictured), 75-cent wings and a Super Bowl shuffle platter with wings, sliders and ribs for $13.95. And don’t forget the burgers, of course, and the 130 beers, with 110 whiskeys and bourbons available. All during game time.</p> <p><strong>Deck 84</strong> <em>(840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach)</em>: Inside and outside dining include views of the TVs, and starting at 5 p.m., there will be Perfect Vodka Punch Buckets for $10 and half-price draft beers. Food specials include 75-cent wings, dips and chips and a pan-fried Key West snapper sandwich or fried chicken sliders.</p> <p><strong>Burt &amp; Max’s </strong><em>(9089 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach)</em>: TV viewing at both inside and outside dining here, with food specials including turkey chili, buffalo chicken sliders and buffalo chicken pizza. Half price on beer, wines by glass and liquor with happy hour specials until 6:30 p.m.</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Concert Review: Def Leppard &amp; Styx2016-02-01T08:07:00+00:00Kevin Kaminski/blog/author/kevin/<p class="Body"><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/defleppard.jpg" width="400"></p> <p class="Body">Joe Elliott wasn't left stranded at sea during Def Leppard’s inaugural fan cruise experience in late January, but the same couldn’t be said for his voice.</p> <p class="Body">Elliott contracted a severe case of laryngitis during Def Leppard’s ill-fated “Hysteria on the High Seas” event—a four-night voyage-from-hell aboard the MSC Divina that redefined Murphy’s law (Def Leppard cancelled its performance; the ship encountered horrible weather throughout its Miami-to-Bahamas itinerary; and a member of one of the other bands performing on the cruise, former Rainbow and Dio bassist Jimmy Bain, was found dead in his cabin).</p> <p class="Body">The band cancelled its Jan. 27 appearance with Styx and Tesla in Greensboro, N.C., to give Elliott’s voice time to recover. But even with two days rest, the singer was in no condition to take the stage during Friday’s triple bill of classic rock at the <a href="">BB&amp;T Center</a> in Sunrise.</p> <p class="Body">As much as possible, Elliott relied on his bandmates’ backing vocals and an enthusiastic crowd—one that seemed to be willing Def Leppard through its 15-song set—to handle the power notes in songs like “Love Bites” and “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak.” When he did try and carry a verse or two, the 56-year-old had to sing in a lower octave; there wasn’t a number in the set that didn’t somehow feel off because of it.</p> <p class="Body">That said, give Def Leppard credit for taking the stage at all. Elliott knew going in that his typically powerhouse voice—as integral to the band’s sound as Phil Collen’s gritty guitar or one-armed drummer Rick Allen’s astounding percussion work—had betrayed him. But he tried to tough it out; musically, the rest of the band tore through one hit after another intent on giving the half-capacity crowd its money’s worth.</p> <p class="Body">“Yes, my voice is f—-ed up, it’s gone,” Elliott said early in the show. “But we don’t cancel. We [perspire].” The next night in Orlando, Def Leppard did indeed cancel its show.</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="280" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202016/styx.jpg" width="400"></p> <p class="Body">As for the undercard, Styx turned in the performance of the night, led by charismatic keyboard player and vocalist Lawrence Gowan. Just like another classic ’70s/’80s band, Journey, which hired a Steve Perry doppelgänger in lead singer Arnel Pineda, Styx found the perfect replacement for founding member Dennis DeYoung in Gowan, who joined the band in 1999. Gowan takes the stage like he won the rock lottery—one minute, he faces the audience while playing keyboard behind his back; the next, he channels the spirit of a Broadway performer, strutting about and striking dramatic poses. Most importantly, he owns the DeYoung songs on his plate—like the soaring “Suite Madame Blue,” which, dare I say, sounded better than the original.</p> <p class="Body">The core members of Styx, guitarists James Young and Tommy Shaw, seem to be having a late-career blast on stage. The band, which has toured nonstop the past decade with other acts from its era, knows what its audience wants—trotting out a selection of greatest hits, from “Fooling Yourself” and “Blue Collar Man” to the set-closing “Renegade”—but it also takes stage with the enthusiasm and energy of a group just starting out.</p> <p class="Body">Prior to his pitch-perfect renditions of “Lady” and “Come Sail Away,” Gowan paid homage to the late David Bowie with acoustic keyboard versions of “Starman,” “Life on Mars,” and “Changes.” It was a not-so-subtle reminder to appreciate our legends of rock while we still can.</p> <p class="Body"><span>Def Leppard</span></p> <p class="Body">Let’s Go<br>Animal<br>Dangerous<br>Foolin’<br>Love Bites<br>Armageddon It<br>Rock On<br>Rocket<br>Bringin’ on the Heartbreak<br>Switch 625<br>Hysteria<br>Let’s Get Rocked<br>Pour Some Sugar on Me<br>Rock of Ages<br>Photograph</p> <p class="Body"><span>Styx</span></p> <p class="Body">The Grand Illusion<br>Too Much Time on My Hands<br>Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)<br>Light Up<br>Starman<br>Lady<br>Miss America<br>Suite Madame Blue<br>Blue Collar Man<br>Life on Mars/Changes<br>Come Sail Away<br>Rockin’ the Paradise<br>Renegade</p> <p class="Body"> </p>Natural Beauty, Pointed Commentary Infuse &#39;Wild&#39;2016-01-29T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/7652de_048565950ac04f62acce88c729f39a92.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In my favorite sculpture in the Cornell Museum’s recently opened “Wild” exhibition, a giant stuffed bear the color of Sesame Street yellow emerges from an ironically cheerful box. On each of the box’s four sides, a road sign-style image represents a different threat to his habitat: housing, hunting, cars and forest fires. Painted yellow arrows leading from each side suggest that no matter where the bear turns, extermination awaits.</p> <p>And it’s wearing Mickey Mouse ears, which is no cute filigree: The piece, by artist Diane Arrieta (who creates art under the pseudonym Birds Are Nice), is titled “My Kingdom Ain’t So Magic,” and is a response to news that Disney World’s perpetual expansion comes at the cost of black-bear dwellings.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/sf-delray-beach-wild-nature-cornell-museum-art-004.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Arieta’s work represents the essence of “Wild,” another of the museum’s eclectic, winning group shows of paintings, sculptures, installations and mixed-media art gathered around a particular subject: in this case, the natural world. It all started with New Orleans-based artist and activist Alex Beard, the nephew of the pioneering nature photographer Peter Beard and a formidable progenitor of a painting style he calls “abstract naturalism.” His swirling, dripping, mathematically precise art, as well as his preservationist nonprofit the Watering Hole Foundation, inspired Cornell curator Melanie Johanson to organize this exhibition, and he’s the ostensible main draw of the show: His large-scale paintings are the first things you see when you enter either side of the Cornell.</p> <p>But once she discovered other powerful artists who fit the theme, the exhibit flourished. Like an octopus, its many tentacles encompass numerous mediums, moods and levels of outrage. There is room, under the wide net of “Wild,” for Jonathan Stein’s meticulous, kaleidoscopic “Sunrise/Sunset” photomontages, a departure from the artist’s often-campy aesthetic; Jessica E. Moore’s ghostly charcoal-on-paper drawings; Caitlin McCormack’s animal scenes made from crocheted cotton string; and Chad Steve’s lighthearted ceramic sculptures of animals sitting on unorthodox objects.</p> <p><img alt="" height="284" src="/site_media/uploads/kunde.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Ernesto Kunde’s trippy, excitingly manipulated South Florida mangrove landscapes represent a vanguard in modernist subjectivity, while on the other side of the realism curve, Carin Wagner’s paintings of plant life are breathtakingly photorealistic. She expresses a mastery of light, shadow and form in “When Flowers Turn Their Backs II,” and her “Tree Within a Leaf” looks like the kind of high-definition still that would sell televisions. Somewhere in the middle of this spectrum reside Palm Beach County’s plein air artists, whose sun-dappled take on county landmarks line the walls in the inner galleries, localizing this celebration of the untamed outdoors.</p> <p><img alt="" height="258" src="/site_media/uploads/ejordan_lawsofmagic2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>But the most memorable pieces are the ones, like Arieta’s, that most overtly take a stand. The poaching of rabbits, and the capture of other animals for their meat and hides, is central to Elizabeth Jordan’s disturbing sculptures. Using earthen materials like wood, leather, burlap, twine and claystone, Jordan’s “Laws of Magic” is a sculptural triptych of rabbits covered and blinded in wire and mesh, its title perhaps alluding to the exploitation of bunnies in magic shows. Her “Sisters” is more haunting still; a pig and a lamb are tied or chained to slabs of bark, each presumably awaiting its doom.</p> <p>In his elaborate and deceptive installations, Carlton Scott Sturgill creates “natural” settings from consumerist material. The titular pale-yellow flowers covering the top of a fence in his “Branded Rose Bushwick” are transparently fake, but they go beyond that: They are made from Ralph Lauren shirts, with some of the roses even displaying the brand’s tags—a comment on the loss of plant habitats at the hands of the twin threats of suburbia and capitalism.</p> <p><img alt="" height="233" src="/site_media/uploads/4837967_orig.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Likewise, Karla Walter’s “Adaptation” is a piece you won’t soon forget. It’s a bird’s nest bound up in a tangle of wire coat hangers, the sculpture’s title a sad reminder of the changes thrust upon our mammalian kin by the inevitability of progress. You don’t have to be an animal lover for your heart to weep just a little bit.</p> <p><em>“Wild” runs through April 17 at Cornell Museum of Art at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Admission is a $5 suggested donation. For information, call 561/243-7922 or visit</em></p>Staff Picks: bright smiles and tan skin2016-01-29T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>Zoom whitening with Dr. Nicole Berger</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/1.29_zoom_whitening.jpg" width="490"> </strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“I think we can all agree that the dentist’s office is not our favorite place, but Dr. Nicole Berger’s practice doesn’t feel like the typical dentist’s office. I recently visited Dr. Berger for Zoom whitening, and I had the most pleasant experience. The office is inviting. Dr. Berger decorated it herself—picking out custom waiting room furniture and making sure beautiful artwork lines the walls. She aims to make you as comfortable as possible with her friendly demeanor. She even has a TV in each room, so patients can watch their favorite shows while having their procedures done. I watched Law &amp; Order while she enhanced my smile.”</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a> // 572 E. McNab Road #102, Pompano Beach // 954/785-1100)</p> <p><strong> </strong><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Perfect Glow Sunless Gradual Tanner</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/1.29_self__tanner.png" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>“I have recently been trying the new Perfect Glow Sunless gradual tanner by Melissa Weinberg Tanning &amp; Beauty. I absolutely love it! 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Alex and Ani has bracelets adorning logos of all 32 NFL teams, and they’re available <a href="" target="_blank">online</a> and in stores.</p> <p><img alt="" height="619" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.29_peace_love_world_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Foodie fashion</strong></p> <p>Peace Love World is going green with its new “Good Food Good Mood” 100% certified organic cotton collection. The clothing line, which includes tees, tanks, zip-up hoodies and pants (ranging in price from $38-48 each), will be available at Whole Foods in Boca starting on Feb. 1. Grab these adorable items, and unleash your inner foodie with designs that include messages like: Good Food. Good Mood., I Am Grapeful, I Really Kale About You, I Love You A Latte, I Love You Berry Much, Nuts About You, I Am A Foodie, Kiwi Be Friends and Lettuce Go To Whole Foods.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Fashion Scoop sale</strong></p> <p>We've got the scoop! Don't miss out on this storewide sale at Fashion Scoop Boutique <em>(9212 Glades Road, 561/674-0031). </em>The sale only lasts until tomorrow, so make sure to stop by to enjoy 25 percent off or more.</p>A cookbook for a cause2016-01-29T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>It might have been a dreary day on the links yesterday, but 200-plus women braved the rain at Lost Tree Club in North Palm Beach to celebrate both a new cookbook and wonderful pediatric care. </p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/1.29_nan_o'leary_and_barbara_nicklaus.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Barbara Nicklaus and daughter Nan O’Leary (pictured, Jim Mandeville/The Nicklaus Companies) published “Well Done! Life, Love &amp; Food,” full of easy and yummy recipes from the Nicklaus family. The inaugural Golden Heart luncheon benefitted the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, and it was also an opportunity to hear from Barbara and Nan about their families and their love of cooking.</p> <p>“We gathered all the recipes, and it took a while, and when we were finished, we put them all on a floppy disk!” said Nan, introducing the book with her mother. “That’s how long ago we started this project.”</p> <p>“I’m glad they finished it in this century,” said her father, Jack, who showed up briefly to say hello to the crowd. “But I thought they were going to finish it in the last century,” he said as laughter swept the room.</p> <p>“We had four boys who eat a lot,” said Barbara, “and a daughter who didn’t eat so much, so I cooked a lot.” “When we were first married,” said Jack, “she couldn’t boil water.” </p> <p>The recipes are interspersed with family photos, and they start with Barbara’s mother’s Recipe for Living. This explains why hers could be regarded as the First Family of Golf. Friendly words, understanding and warm personality are some of the recipe ingredients, and they’re every bit as important as the salt, sugar and flour in others. </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/1.29_nicklaus_chicken_salad.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The menu included whole-wheat muffins (our table asked for seconds), curried pumpkin soup (a Nicklaus Thanksgiving staple, said Nan), chicken salad with bean sprouts and asparagus bundle marinated with sweet and sour dressing (pictured, Lynn Kalber) and a glorified brownie sundae with Jack Nicklaus homemade vanilla ice cream for dessert. The wine served was Jack Nicklaus house red (cabernet sauvignon) and house white (chardonnay). Both were nice wines, and the chardonnay went beautifully with the chicken salad.  </p> <p>You can buy the cookbook on the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation <a href="" target="_blank">website</a> for $44.95 or at <a href="">The Back Porch</a> in North Palm Beach. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Delray Open contract woes, city council salaries &amp; other items of note2016-01-28T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/facility_placeholder.jpg" width="750"></h3> <h3>Tennis anyone? </h3> <p>     The Delray Beach Open starts on Feb. 12, but the most important match of this year’s pro tennis tournament may take place next Wednesday.</p> <p>       City Attorney Noel Pfeffer will meet with Mark Baron. He’s president of Match Point, Inc., which operates the Association of Tennis Professionals tournament and the concurrent ATP Champions Tour event under a contract with the city. Unless Pfeffer hears what he said in an interview are “new and different facts,” the city likely will go to court seeking to void the contract.</p> <p>       If this seems like Waste Management all over again—that’s because it mostly is. Delray successfully challenged the city commission’s vote in 2012 to extend Waste Management’s trash-hauling contract without competitive bidding. After the city sought bids, the new contract—which Waste Management since has acquired from another company—saved residents millions.</p> <p>       The decision at issue in the tennis case is the commission’s approval in 2005 of a 25-year contract with Match Point to operate and promote these tournaments. Under the agreement, which has been amended five times, the city paid the company roughly $920,000 the first year, but the deal contains annual increases. Baron told me that the payment would be roughly $1.5 million this year.</p> <p>       Nothing in the available record indicates that the city put out the contract for bidding. City rules call for bids on any contract exceeding $15,000 per year, with certain exemptions that do not apply to the tennis contract.</p> <p>       Delray Beach asked for an analysis from Jamie Cole, the lawyer who recommended in 2013 that the city challenge the trash contract. “Applicable Florida case law,” Cole wrote in his 11-page memo, “suggests that there is a considerable chance that a court would declare the Agreement, as amended, void.”</p> <p>       Baron said he would tell Pfeffer that the 2005 contract was not new: “We already had a contract.” He also will argue that “no other ATP event could come” to Delray Beach if his company wasn’t promoting it. “We have exclusivity.”</p> <p>       Indeed, Baron’s involvement with pro tennis promotion in Delray dates to 1999. Based on the Waste Management case, however, that may not matter. It didn’t matter that the trash contract was an extension, not a new deal. Approval of any contract in Delray Beach worth more than $15,000, Cole said, requires competitive bidding.</p> <p>       Cole also concluded that Baron would have trouble arguing that the city was going back on its word by trying to end the contract. “MatchPoint,” Cole wrote, “was responsible to determine the authority of a municipality, and of its officers, to enter into the contemplated contract. Thus, MatchPoint was on notice that the City did not have the power to enter into the Agreement.”</p> <p>       For the city commission, which directed Pfeffer to litigate if he doesn’t find those “new and different facts,” the question is whether Delray Beach is getting its money’s worth. In an interview, Mayor Cary Glickstein said, “I think the city got sold a bill of goods” in 2005. Baron said studies show that the tournaments bring significant economic benefits to Delray Beach.</p> <p>       Commissioner Shelly Petrolia questions the annual rate of increase, which would make this roughly a $40 million contract by 2030. She also points out that Match Point got permission from the city in 2013 to reduce the required number of players in the Champions event from eight players to six players. That change applies for the duration of the contract.</p> <p>       Petrolia and Glickstein were part of that unanimous vote. In its report for the meeting agenda, staff noted the commission’s “concerns” about whether the reduction would hurt the tournament. The staff concluded that attendance for both events had dropped in 2013, decreasing the economic benefit by nearly 15 percent. Staff, however, attributed the decline mostly to rain and competition from the current Honda Classic golf tournament.</p> <p>       Each of those five amendments got unanimous approval. Commission sentiment clearly has shifted. If the city can void the contract, don’t be surprised if the commission is content to lose the tournament and spend the money on something else.</p> <h3>Voters will decide on council salaries</h3> <p>Now that the Boca Raton City Council has voted to let voters decide on what would be a big raise, let’s be clear about what is involved.</p> <p>       First, despite comments by residents and council members, this is not about a higher salary attracting more people to run for office. If voters reject the increase, as they have twice before in the last decade-plus, the job would be no less appealing. Anyone who wants to run solely because of the salary would not be a good mayor or council member. Those who have day jobs or run businesses yet truly want to serve still would make that financial sacrifice.</p> <p>       Second, some speakers at Tuesday night’s council meeting contended that Boca should hold the vote not during this year’s August statewide primary but next March during city elections. That makes no sense. An issue like this deserves the highest possible turnout. By far, that would be during the November general election in a presidential year. Second-highest is the statewide primary during a presidential year. Turnout for city elections is the lowest, even in “big” years.</p> <p>       In fact, this is about whether Boca Raton residents want to raise salaries that have stayed the same for 32 years and make them commensurate with the work of the city’s elected officials. As Mayor Susan Haynie noted, she and  her colleagues also serve on other boards that deal with issues affecting the city, such as the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization, which sets the county’s transportation priorities. Neighborhood groups want council members at their events.</p> <p>       Done right, the job justifies much more than the current $9,000 for the mayor and $7,200 for council members, along with car allowances and health insurance. State legislators, who also are considered part-time employees, receive similar benefits.</p> <p>       Scott Singer was the only one to vote against putting the proposal on the ballot. He made the fanciful argument that the proposal should reach the ballot through a citizen petition drive. One resident, whom the council has displeased with votes on development, said current members should get the raise only after standing again for election. That would apply only if council members were voting on the raise itself.</p> <p>       For those who suspect that council members might campaign for their raise, they can’t. The city only can provide information about the proposal.</p> <h3>City council and airport board      </h3> <p>       With relations seemingly improved between the Boca council and the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the council soon will appoint a supermajority of the airport board.</p> <p>       The council gets five of the seven board appointments. The county commission gets the other two. According to the city attorney’s office, a re-reading of the legislation that created the authority shows that board members’ two-year terms are not staggered as previously thought. The council must make all its appointments in even-numbered years; the county commission must make its appointments in odd-numbered years. Terms for the five council appointees expire at the end of May.</p> <p>       One issue is who can serve. Last year, after a possible conflict arose involving one board member, the city attorney’s office asked the Florida Ethics Commission for an opinion about board qualifications, to help guide the council. Example: Would employment at Boomer’s or Cinemark or any other company that leases airport land disqualify someone. What about pilots who use the airport? During Tuesday’s meeting, City Attorney Diana Grub Frieser told council members that the commission doesn’t intend to provide that guidance.</p> <p>       Councilman Robert Weinroth wanted the city to seek a legal opinion from another source, but his colleagues rejected that idea. Mayor Haynie said the council would deal with any complaints if they come, as one did when the council named Weinroth and Deputy City Manager George Brown to the board last year.</p> <p>       Those appointments came amid council complaints about lack of communication from the airport authority. Weinroth, who resigned from the airport board this month, told me Wednesday that two good things have happened. Airport Director Clara Bennett “has made a concerted effort” to inform the council about developments. The airport board also eliminated from its bylaws language that Bennett said “might have made people think they couldn’t exchange information because of some obscure rule.” Bennett also acknowledged that she was “relatively new” to the job last summer.</p> <p>       One measure of progress will be whether the council reappoints Brown to the board. His and Weinroth’s appointments started speculation that the council was seeking to take over the airport. Based on recent developments, though, tension is down. Cooperation is up.</p> <h3>New customs facility update</h3> <p>       Bennett also said that while the authority endured a slight delay in preparations to issue the construction contract, she expects the airport’s new customs facility to be completed by April of next year.</p> <h3>Gladiator girl</h3> <p>       Not many 15-year-olds get raves during a governor’s State of the State Address. Rachel Zeitz is not your average 15-year-old.</p> <p>       Gov. Rick Scott cited the Boca Raton teenager this month when he opened the legislative session. He talked about her company, Gladiator Lacrosse. He didn’t mention— and probably didn’t need to—that Rachel comes from entrepreneurial stock. Her father is Sam Zeitz, founder and CEO of TouchSuite, the Boca-based financial tech firm.</p> <p>       Sam Zeitz told me that as a seventh-grader his daughter enrolled in the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s program for aspiring entrepreneurs. The program was three hours a week for 33 weeks. “It’s like a crash MBA class,” Sam Zeitz said. Rachel, a sophomore who plays on the Pine Crest School lacrosse team, started her company out of frustration with the quality of backyard lacrosse equipment. She worked on specs for higher-quality products, got investment capital and sold $1 million worth of gear. Her line now includes nine products.</p> <p>       Sam Zeitz is justifiably proud of his daughter’s success, and also sees the practical side. “Not every 15-year-old,” he said, “can pay her own way at home.”</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>The Week Ahead: Jan. 27 to Feb. 12016-01-27T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="398" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/ymikvyncgeg67yebu7jg.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Warhol on Vinyl”</strong></p> <p>Where: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10-$12, free for students with ID</p> <p>Contact: 561/392-2500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Andy Warhol’s most famous album cover—the vivid yellow banana on a white backdrop, adorning the Velvet Underground &amp; Nico’s essential debut—barely scratches the surface of the Pop artist’s nearly four-decade relationship with record art. “Warhol on Vinyl” unpeels more than 100 signature selections spanning 1949 to 1987, from classical and jazz to soul and avant-rock, including designs for John Lennon, the Rolling Stones and Diana Ross—and a handful that have never been exhibited. The exhibition is just one of three shows constituting a virtually museum-wide celebration of all things Warholia: Jan. 26 also marks the opening of “Bob Colacello: In and Out with Andy,” featuring the work of the primary photographer of Warhol’s nihilistic Factory scene; and “Warhol Prints From the Collection of Marc Bell,” showcasing complete silkscreen suites of Warhol’s most iconic series, including the Campbell’s Soup cans, “Flowers,” Marilyn Monroe and Mao. All of the exhibitions run through May 1.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="308" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/njideka-the-beautyful-ones-are-not-yet-born-800x616.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “RAW: Njideka Akunyili Crosby”</strong></p> <p>Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $12 adults, $5 children</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-5196, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The subject of Nigerian-American artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s mixed-media artwork is usually Crosby herself, completing domestic functions alongside her immediate family: sleeping, dancing, eating dinner, conversing in a café. It’s the context and choice of materials that lend the pieces thematic heft. She repurposes images from family albums and Nigerian lifestyle magazines, combining them with charcoal, pastel, pencil and acrylic to symbolize the duality between her native country and her adopted home. The Norton exhibition, part of the museum’s “Recognition of Art by Women (RAW)” series, is her first solo museum showcase, and it runs through April 25.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/colin-hay-72dpi_0.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Colin Hay</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $27.50-$47.50</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Australia’s Men at Work emerged at the right place and the right time, capturing the ‘80s pop zeitgeist through decade-defining megahits like “Who Can it Be Now?” and “Land Down Under.” But it wasn’t until the group disbanded, in 1986, that Hay would begin to compose his most personal songs, as a solo artist nudged into a career reinvention. The bright, hooky pop simplicity of Men at Work merges well with the acoustic neo-folk of his vibrant solo career, which has spanned more than 25 under-the-radar years. Hay performs a smattering of Men at Work hits at his live shows, but it’s no nostalgia act: Expect to hear mostly cuts from his own records, particularly 2015’s “Next Year People.” There are tunes on the album about topics ranging from farmers in the Great Depression to a dark portrait of a fictional protagonist he invented to his memories of growing up in a music shop in Scotland.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="258" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/takingbacksunday-sept2013creditmichaeldubin.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Delray Beach Garlic Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $10-$30</p> <p>Contact: 561/279-0907, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s not just for rolls anymore, if it ever was. Now entering its 17<sup>th</sup> year, this celebration of all things garlic will make downtown Delray Beach’s central square a little more aromatic than usual for three nights of innovative garlic-infused dishes, more than 180 unique vendors, a wine garden, full liquor bars and music from local and national acts. The lineup includes Friday night’s headliner Iration, the California sextet that performs a pleasing blend of sunshine reggae combining rock instrumentation and dub grooves; and Saturday’s headliner, the alt-rockers Taking Back Sunday (pictured). The Garlic Fest has also become a culinary throw-down for local chefs, who pit their garlic entrees against their fellow toques’ creations at the Garlic Chef Competition, a four-round grudge match judged by expert foodies and witnessed by festival attendees. This year’s entrants will try to unseat Dada’s Bruce Feingold, who vies for his fourth consecutive Garlic Chef title. It’s all in good fun as well as funds; last year, the fest topped $560,000 in charity contributions for 16 nonprofits.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="299" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/mcbprog2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Miami City Ballet: Program II</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $20–$99</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For 25 years, Danish danseur/choreographer Peter Martins has helmed the standard-bearing programming at New York City Ballet, but none of his own works have been produced by Miami City Ballet—until now. His “Barber Violin Concerto,” set to the weeping, sweeping composition by Samuel Barber, will juxtapose classical ballet against the angular movements of modern dance. This program also features the triumphant return of “In the Upper Room,” celebrating Twyla Tharp’s 50th anniversary as a choreographer. In one of her most demanding and iconic works, set to an equally iconic and hypnotic Philip Glass score, shifting costumes, fog and lighting changes usher in a dance vocabulary that includes ballet, tap dance, boxing, yoga and sprinting. Finally, the program will continue to explore the endless George Balanchine oeuvre with “La Source,” a classical work inspired by 19th-century French ballet elegance.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="175" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/rebornsquare.jpg" width="281"></p> <p><strong>What: “Reborning”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$45</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you’re of the belief that the more lifelike a doll looks, the creepier it is, then you’re probably unfamiliar with the concept of reborning. To “reborn” is to commission a doll, at great expense, to resemble a real infant. People—usually parents in mourning—actually do this, as discovered by playwright Zayd Dohrn, who scripted his darkly comic thriller “Reborning” on this disturbing fad. His main character, Kelly, is a 20-something sculptor specializing in these hyper-realistic boutique dolls. Her latest client Emily, a successful woman in her 40s, orders a precise replica of her dead baby, which it turns out is no ordinary request. It contains details all too personal for Kelly, sending her teetering toward madness as a twisty mystery unfurls. Described as a comedy that “takes an unsettling look at work, latex and the power of creation,” “Reborning” is the second show in director Keith Garsson’s re-launched Theatre at Arts Garage, and it certainly fulfills his intention to produce “oddities along the lines of the old Ripley’s Believe it or Not.”</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/savage-grace_5_l.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Screening of “Savage Grace”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cosford Cinema at University of Miami, 5030 Brunson Drive, Miami</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5</p> <p>Contact: 305/284-4627, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Eddie Redmayne’s acclaimed performances in “The Danish Girl” and “The Theory of Everything” have brought international attention to the English thespian, but even at 24, he had an astonishing screen presence, as this retro screening of the 2007 fact-based feature “Savage Grace” indicates. He plays Tony, the schizophrenic son of polar-opposite parents in a dysfunctional marriage: Stephen Dillane’s cold father Brooke Baekeland, heir to the Bakelist plastics fortune, and Julianne Moore’s (overly) warm mother, Barbara Daly. Director Tom Kalin explores this trio’s twisted dynamic, complete with implications of incest, across the globe and through three tumultuous decades. The one-time only screening, on the film’s original 35mm format, is part of an extensive, every-weekend festival of the work of producer Christine Vachon, which continues into February.</p>Exercise, champagne (and a cupcake?)2016-01-27T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Eau Spa, at Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa <em>(100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan)</em>, is launching its EAUsoFit class on Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. The evening begins with a workout and ends with some “you” time in the resort’s Self-Centered Spa Garden.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.27_eau_spa.jpeg" width="490"> </p> <p>Attending the event costs $50 per person. From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., guests will take part in a fusion fitness class taught by fitness experts Ivy and Andy Larson. Fusion fitness combines yoga, cardio and strength training for a full body, functional and transformational workout. The fat burning, toning and stretching session will be followed by the Larsons’ discussion of the tenets of their anti-inflammatory <a href="" target="_blank">Clean Cuisine</a> nutrition program and their number one tip for slowing aging and fighting disease.</p> <p>Ivy Larson is a nutrition, fitness and wellness expert who created “Full Fitness Fusion: The 30 Minute Solution<em>” </em>workout DVD, as well as Clean Cuisine. She has written five nutrition books, including the bestselling “Gold Coast Cure, and Clean Cuisine: An 8-Week Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition Program that Will Change the Way You Age, Look &amp; Feel.”</p> <p>Dr. Andy Larson is a board-certified general, laparoscopic and bariatric surgeon.</p> <p>At the end of the lecture, it’s time to wind down in Eau Spa’s Self-Centered Spa Garden (open until 10:15 p.m.) with a glass of champagne and couture cupcakes.</p> <p>Reservations are required, and space is limited. To secure your spot, call 561/540-4960.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Review: Efes Bistro2016-01-27T06:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>As much as I love Mediterranean food, most restaurants seem to have the same vegetarian options—falafels, hummus, babaganoush and salads.  And then I came across <a href="" target="_blank">Efes Bistro</a> <em>(8903 Glades Road, 561/488-8883)</em>—a cozy, little eatery that specializes in authentic Turkish and Mediterranean food and is located at the Somerset Shopping Center. While it has lots meat and seafood items, there are plenty of plant-based options as well.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.27_efes_bistro_1.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>What I liked right away about this café was the décor. The dining area consists of about 15 booths that are situated under an indoor tile roof, accented with brick and decorated with small Turkish wall rugs. For an even more authentic experience, Efes offers live music and has belly-dancing shows every Saturday night.</p> <p>As for the food, I was pleasantly surprised with the menu. Besides the traditional (and delicious) hummus, falafels, grape leaves and babaganoush, Efes offers other vegan and vegetarian options. Best of all, everything they serve, including bread, is made in-house.</p> <p><img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.27_efes_bistro_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>I began my meal with the red lentil soup and couldn’t put the spoon down. It was so rich and satisfying, yet very healthy. I loved the zucchini pancakes even though they were pan-fried. And because I believe in moderation, and I do have wheat once in a while, I tried the homemade spinach pies. It was definitely worth the splurge. The flaky crust melts in your mouth, and the perfect combination of spinach and cheese makes this a decadent treat.</p> <p>Other vegetarian options include sautéed eggplant platter, shepherd salad, tabbouli, veggie sandwich and Turkish pizza. If you eat seafood and/or are sticking to the paleo diet, check out their grilled branzino with a side of cooked veggies.</p> <p> </p>Last Call for Chinese New Year Swank Farm dinner!2016-01-26T15:18:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="749" src="/site_media/uploads/12493596_1050167151672518_4852755247123744384_o.png" width="750">Last call for Swank Farm’s “The Year of The Monkey” farm dinner this Sunday, January 31, celebrating the Chinese New Year and benefitting Slow Food Miami. The yummy Asian-inspired menu features Chef Aaron Brooks of Edge Steak &amp; Bar, Miami, Chef Adonay Tafur of The Dutch, Miami Beach, Chef Alex Chang of Vagabond, Miami and pastry chef Max Santiago of The Salty Donut, Miami. Melanie Robertson–Ober of Cordon Bleu Catering in West Palm will be the sommelier, and Lauren Shandelman, bar manager at The Edge, will be mixing up cocktails. Music will be by the popular Killbillies.</p> <p>Reserve your seats NOW (there are only a few left!) at this special farm dinner; Call 561/202-5648</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Saddle up for the Cowboy Ball!2016-01-26T14:43:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="231" src="/site_media/uploads/ccb_2015_logo_sml_med.jpg" width="250"></p> <p>It’s countdown time now to the big rodeo, that big little dogies round-up on the Intracoastal, the hoedown showdown—one and only Caribbean Cowboy Ball this Saturday night, January 30 at Red Reef Park. This party has become a Boca favorite—no tuxes, no tiaras, no Spanx (well, maybe some Spanx), no formal stuffy banquet with hours of speeches and bad white wine.</p> <p>Nope, this party is different—with guests encouraged to wear wild West togs (cowboy hats and boots encouraged) or something Caribbean, whatever that means. The cocktail hour and silent auction is under a big tent, there are hors d’oeuvres and fireworks and a great buffet dinner and ice cream bar. There’s music, dancing, hay bales and the whole town shows up.</p> <p>Which is why you should rustle up a couple of tickets now.</p> <p>The 23<sup>rd</sup> Annual Caribbean Cowboy Ball benefits the George Snow Scholarship Fund, which has raised more than $7.3 million in the past 34 years in educational grants to deserving underserved students; last year, the George Snow Scholarship Fund awarded more than $615 to 67 scholars.</p> <p>Get you tickets now ($175 each) by calling 561/347-6799 or online at</p>Big Ag Reserve vote imminent and other news of note2016-01-26T12:26:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3> </h3> <h3><img alt="" height="288" src="/site_media/uploads/agbirds.jpg" width="256"></h3> <h3>Important Ag Reserve vote imminent     </h3> <p>On Wednesday, the Palm Beach County Commission gets another chance to do what is best for the Agricultural Reserve Area: nothing.</p> <p>       In 1999, voters taxed themselves $100 million for a plan to make the reserve’s 22,000 acres more farm-friendly. Part of the approach involved buying land for preservation. Part of the approach involved buying farmland and then leasing it back to the former owners to be farmed. Part of the approach involved setting aside just two parcels for commercial development, to keep non-agriculture businesses from encroaching onto farmland.</p> <p>       Yet three landowners want the county to change their land use from agricultural to commercial, so they could make more money by selling for development. They could make millions under the current system, but they want to make more millions. Another proposal would increase development rights for some small landowners.</p> <p>       Conservation groups correctly argue that there is no need for more commercial development in the Agricultural Reserve. In addition, some of the proposals would put that development west of State Road 7, beyond which all land is in farming or preservation. Another proposal initially would have threatened the reserve with more development, supposedly to increase the supply of affordable housing.</p> <p>       The landowners who seek this favor want to have it both ways. For years, they have paid low property taxes because the land is zoned for agricultural use. Now, they want to sell the land for a much higher use without having to repay any of that tax revenue.</p> <p>       Some landowners try to argue that this is a property rights issue. Lisa Interlandi, a staff attorney with the Everglades Law Center, responds that no owner is entitled to a land-use change. Those voters who taxed themselves, however, are entitled to consideration from the commission. The commission should be promoting and encouraging agriculture in the agricultural reserve.</p> <h3>iPic Review</h3> <p>       Delray Beach’s review of the iPic project last week got down into the weeds and the trees.</p> <p>       Specifically, the city’s site plan review and appearance board wondered why the landscaping proposed for the project looks like that for so many other developments. One board member referred to a certain planting as “the cheapest thing you can get at Home Depot.” And why date palms. Why not foxtail palms? How would iPic irrigate the “green wall” landscaping feature? Without enough water, one board member said, Delray Beach would be more likely to get a “brown wall.”</p> <p>       Such comments might seem picky. Of course, iPic touts this as a signature project for downtown Delray, with a design that some—including Mayor Cary Glickstein—have praised as exciting and unique. The point about the trees was that you can’t advertise something as iconic and then make it pedestrian.</p> <p>       Still, the board approved the site plan, with some nominal conditions. The plan will go to the city commission for final review. The vote was 5-2, the dissenters being Chairman Jose Aquila and Andrew Youngross. Aguila, a Delray Beach architect, is a Glickstein appointee. When the commission last summer approved conditional uses for iPic, Glickstein was the most vocal in asking for a smaller, more compatible project.</p> <p>       Aquila said the project is “a little better, but not enough. It’s too dense.” In addition to the eight-screen theater, Fourth and Fifth Delray would have nearly 8,000 square feet of retail space and 42,400 square feet of office space. Andrew Youngross, whom former commissioner Adam Frankel appointed to the site plan board, called the project simply “too big” for the roughly 1.5 acres once home to the city library and chamber of commerce.</p> <p>       We did learn at the meeting that iPic’s corporate offices would take up roughly 30 percent of that office space. IPic attorney Bonnie Miskell said the company “absolutely, unequivocally” would move from Boca Raton if Delray approved the project.</p> <p>       Another interesting aspect of the meeting was the near-absence of public comment, especially in opposition. Robert George, who formerly owned the block on East Atlantic Avenue in front of where the project would go, did not attend to make the case against approval even after he obtained legal standing to do so. Perhaps the opponents have surrendered. More likely, they are waiting until iPic gets to the commission.</p> <p>       Aquila was “not buying” the idea that a security guard could prevent drop-offs of people onto Fifth Avenue, which could cause traffic problems. Of the project, Aquila said, “It just doesn’t work” for the site. At this point, however, iPic only must persuade three commissioners that it does. The decision should come next month.</p> <h3>More traffic study</h3> <p>       Having studied for months one of the city’s most congested intersections for months, Boca Raton will continue to study it.</p> <p>       The city reported Monday that even though the consultant has lots of information about the intersection of Northeast Fifth Avenue and Palmetto Park Road, the consultant would collect data in February “to verify that the existing data is appropriate and representative. . .” After analyzing that information, the consultant will offer suggestions for easing that congestion.</p> <p>        You can assume that the call for more study came from residents of the Golden Triangle who live north and west of the intersection. They have urged against Boca allowing a restaurant on the Wildflower property near the northeast corner of that intersection. With luck, discussion of what the city should do at Fifth and Palmetto Park will involve the restaurant as a reality, not a possibility.</p> <h3>Atlantic Crossing cease-fire</h3> <p>       Atlantic Crossing’s developers have called a 60-day pause in their lawsuit against Delray Beach, City Attorney Noel Pfeffer told me on Monday. That break could offer a chance to resolve the lawsuit, but now there’s another potential problem.</p> <p>       The developers contend that the city has deliberately delayed final approvals of the mixed-use project. On Wednesday, a new Atlantic Crossing site plan goes before the site plan review and appearance board. It includes an access road into the west side of the project from Northeast Sixth Avenue that the commission, based on comments from residents, has asked the developers to include as a way to relieve traffic congestion.</p> <p>       This one isn’t the commission’s choice, because the commission hasn’t taken a vote. A traffic engineering firm recommended this option—a one-way driveway connecting Northeast Seventh Avenue and Northeast Sixth Avenue.</p> <p>       City planners, however, want the site plan review and appearance board to deny the new plan at Wednesday’s meeting. A different consultant, which the city hired, concluded that the one-way driveway is not the best option. The staff report says the road would cause “too much internal conflict” on the main entrance at Seventh Avenue.</p> <p>        After the site plan board reviews the project, the commission will have a chance. It’s been six months since the commission had any formal discussion of Atlantic Crossing. During that time, the lawyers have been talking. That has made for a lot of billable hours but not much progress toward a resolution. A trial date is set for May in federal court. The pause would push back that date.</p> <p>       Critics of Atlantic Crossing will not be pleased to hear that the city’s consultant believes that the existing intersections can handle new traffic from the development. The commission brought some of this problem on itself by ducking a decision on the road last summer. Now city staff is opposing what might have been a solution.</p> <p>       If the site plan remains stalled, Atlantic Crossing and the city would go to trial. The pause would push the date back roughly two months from May. It’s time for the commission to re-engage.</p> <h3>Boca salary increases</h3> <p>       At tonight’s meeting, the Boca Raton City Council will debate the new proposal for raising the mayor’s and council members’ salaries, which have not increased in three decades.</p> <p>       Under the new proposed ordinance, the mayor would get about $38,000, up from $9,000. The council would get nearly $29,000. Those figures are 40 percent and 30 percent, respectively, of a Palm Beach County commissioner’s salary. Voters would have to approve the raises in an August referendum.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Chinese New Year dining2016-01-26T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>Celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Monkey in style with visits to a few upscale Chinese restaurants, and start this New Year off the right way!</p> <p><img alt="" height="382" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.27_mandarin_oriental.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Three venues with exotic dishes: Mandarin Oriental restaurants</strong></p> <p>The Azul, La Mar by Gaston Acurio and the MO Bar + Lounge will have separate Chinese New Year menus on Feb. 9 to welcome the Year of the Fire Monkey. The Azul menu will include dishes like shrimp dumplings, duck spring rolls and branzino with Chinese eggplant, sesame and green papaya. The La Mar menu features Peruvian-Chinese specialties such as Cebiche Chifa (salmon, peanuts, ginger, wonton and sesame leche de tigre), Chinese-style lobster and white chocolate banana spring rolls. The MO Bar + Lounge plans a dim sum happy hour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with special cocktails and dishes like pork sui mei, shrimp har gau dumplings and vegetable spring rolls. A lion dance performance will link all three restaurants at the Mandarin Oriental <em>(500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, 305/913-8358). </em></p> <p><em><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.27_hakkasan.jpg" width="490"></strong></em></p> <p><strong>Joy, luck and prosperity in limited-edition menu at Hakkasan</strong></p> <p>At Hakkasan at Fontainebleau Miami Beach <em>(4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786/276-1388)</em>, International Executive Chef Ho Chee Boon created a special limited-edition menu to help bring joy, luck and prosperity in 2016. Served from Feb. 5 to 14, the dishes include double-boiled fresh ginseng and chicken soup, diced Wagyu beef and pine nut golden cup, dim sum platter, wok-fry lobster in spicy truffle sauce, grilled Chilean sea bass in honey and more. The dessert and cocktail are also inspired by the Year of the Monkey: the Golden Halo dessert is a banana and peanut cake and a five-spice infused cream, caramel, chocolate and peanut topped with gold leaf. The 9 Hou cocktail has nine components representing the monkey’s ninth position on the zodiac. The cost is $138.88 per person for parties of two or more. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Concert Review: Madonna2016-01-25T10:46:00+00:00Kevin Studer/blog/author/kevinstuder/<p><em>(Editor's note: The Week Ahead will run on Wednesday this week.)</em></p> <p><em><br></em></p> <p>While most of the eastern coast of the U.S. was suffering the cold of Winter Storm Jonas this weekend, Miami was feeling the heat of Madonna at the American Airlines Arena for her “Rebel Heart Tour.”</p> <p>The 57-year-old singer proved that time has no effect on her as she put on a show that ran circles around performers 30 years younger. And yes, she puts on a show, not a concert: With four acts, huge set pieces and intricate costumes, Madonna’s two-and-a-half-hour performance was nothing less than a spectacle.</p> <p>To a video introduction resembling the opening credits of an “American Horror Story” episode and featuring Mike Tyson, Madonna’s crew of dancers took the stage as knights. Shortly after, the queen of the night descended from the rafters in a cage and went straight into “Iconic.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="261" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.25_madonna_1.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>In her first set, which featured both Joan of Arc and Samurai elements, Madonna exhibited her musical skills by breaking out the electric guitar on “Burning Up.” She ripped it up on the instrument and was down on her knees right in front of the audience—which, rightly so, couldn’t get enough. Shortly after, scantily clad nuns took the stage for “Holy Water,” then started pole dancing. Toward the end of the number, Madonna climbed on top of one of the nuns and swung around the pole herself.</p> <p><img alt="" height="526" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.25_madonna_3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The stage literally turned into a “Body Shop,” complete with a front half of a car, miscellaneous auto parts and buff mechanics at the beginning of the second act. Madonna then got sentimental about Miami, saying that she loves the heat and sunshine and does not know why she doesn’t live there anymore. The singer then showed her instrumental skills again with an acoustic take of “True Blue” on her ukulele. </p> <p>Straying from her pretty consistent set list, Madonna changed it up in the third act, performing a medley of “Dress You Up,” “Into the Groove” and “Lucky Star.” Then, she took an emotional turn and sang a powerful rendition of “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” from the movie that won her a Golden Globe, “Evita.” She said it was the first time she’s done that song on this tour and that she’s been waiting for the right city in which to perform it.</p> <p>Madonna talked about her experience working with Andrew Lloyd Webber and the cast of “Evita,” as it was a crucial time in her life. That was when she first got pregnant, and taking on the role of Eva Perón really empowered her. She then proclaimed Perón a “Rebel Heart” and said that, like Perón, she’s not afraid to make a change and fight for what she believes in. The performance of “Rebel Heart” then commenced with the screens showing various images of Madonna throughout her provocative and daring career.</p> <p>The final act of the night took the audience back to the 1920s as Madonna hit the stage as a flapper in a nightclub and one dancer came out as Charlie Chaplin’s character, The Little Tramp. Madonna covered both Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose” and Marilyn Monroe’s “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend”—in which DJ Khalid made a guest appearance and brought her diamonds—as stripped-down versions before ending the show with “Unapologetic Bitch.”</p> <p>At the end of the number, she exclaimed that she needed a “new bitch” and brought her daughter Mercy James onstage. James was celebrating her 10th birthday, and her mom made the entire audience sing her “Happy Birthday” before smashing a cupcake in her face. Madonna encored in a full-out rendition of “Holiday” with all of her backup dancers onstage and donning a patriotic outfit. The singer left the show by via wires, and flew up and out.</p> <p><img alt="" height="542" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.25_madonna_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Throughout the night, Madonna kept playing to her fans. At one point, she asked why Miami was being so calm and told people to take off their clothes and throw them onstage. Unsurprisingly, the audience complied, and many men lost their shirts. She also threw a bouquet into the audience because she was a queen looking to marry a “queen.” Surprisingly for her, a woman caught it instead of a man, but she was happy because the woman could drive and cook for her.</p> <p>People do not go to see Madonna to simply be entertained; people go to Madonna for an experience. And an experience is what she provided. This is the 10th tour in Madonna’s career, and I do not think it’s an exaggeration to say she is better than she’s ever been.</p> <p> </p> <p><span>Set List</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Joan of Arc/Samurai:</strong></p> <p>Revolution (video introduction)</p> <p>Iconic</p> <p>Bitch I’m Madonna</p> <p>Holy Water (with Vogue sample)</p> <p>Devil Pray</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Rockabilly Meets Tokyo</strong></p> <p>Messiah (video introduction)</p> <p>Body Shop</p> <p>True Blue (acoustic)</p> <p>Deeper and Deeper</p> <p>HeartBreakCity (with Love Don’t Live Here Anymore sample)</p> <p>Like A Virgin (with Heartbeat sample)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Latin/Gypsy</strong></p> <p>S.E.X. (video introduction)</p> <p>Living For Love</p> <p>La Isla Bonia</p> <p>Dress You Up/Into the Groove/Lucky Star</p> <p>Who’s That Girl?</p> <p>Don’t Cry For Me Argentina</p> <p>Rebel Heart</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Party/Flapper</strong></p> <p>Illuminati (video introduction)</p> <p>Music (with Give It 2 Me sample)</p> <p>Candy Shop</p> <p>Material Girl</p> <p>La Vie En Rose (Edith Piaf cover)</p> <p>Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend (Marilyn Monroe cover)</p> <p>Unapologetic Bitch</p> <p>Happy Birthday</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Encore</strong></p> <p>Holiday</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Photos by: Ron Elkman (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p> <p><em>For more photos from Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour, click <a href="/concert-galleries/madonna/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p>Perfect pairings and some a la carte items2016-01-25T09:13:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="127" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.25_funky_buddha.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Funky Buddha brews pair with Salute dishes</strong></p> <p>On Jan. 27, Salute Market <em>(</em><em>5530 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens)</em>, now focusing on the restaurant and bar, will offer a Funky Buddha Key Takeover, meaning four craft beers will be paired with bar dishes. Funky Buddha’s Brian Torres joined forces with Salute’s Executive Chef Mario Santo-Domingo, and here are the results: Pineapple Blonde Ale with Salmon Crudo; Floridian Hefeweizen with Kale/Farro Salad; Hop Gun IA with Moroccan Spiced Chicken Sausage, Nikolai Vorlauf Imperial Stout with Flourless Chocolate Cake. All of this is $24 for the flights and bites. </p> <p><img alt="" height="162" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.25_slow_food.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Slow Food Miami and Swank Farm join for memorable meal</strong></p> <p>Put some Slow Food Miami peeps with Swank Farms dishes, and you’ve got yourself a road trip to a heck of a meal. On Jan. 31, slow foodies will board a bus at 2 p.m. at The Wynwood Yard (<em>56 NW 29<sup>th</sup> St., Miami)</em> to truck to Swank Farm heaven in Loxahatchee. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., they will celebrate the Chinese New Year with “The Year of the Monkey Dinner,” which features lemongrass beef with Thai sausage and precious jade Swank greens, floating moon yellowtail snapper, dragon thunder pork short ribs and more. The chefs are Aaron Brooks (EDGE Steak &amp; Bar), Alex Chang (Vagabond Restaurant &amp; Bar), Adonay Tafur (The Dutch) and Max Santiago (The Salty Donut).  Cost is $160 for the dinner, plus $25 for the charter bus, but the meal will be priceless, and proceeds benefit Slow Food Miami. Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to buy tickets. Space is limited.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.25_morocco.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>A la carte:</strong> On Jan. 28, <strong>Bistro Ten Zero One</strong> <em>(in the Marriott, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach)</em> will serve a “Moroccan Dinner in the Garden.” Live music, food and drinks around the Moroccan theme will be served from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. for $50 per person. This is part of a continuing monthly garden party series</p> <p><strong>A la carte: </strong>Enjoy green eggs and ham dining at <strong>Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island</strong> on Jan. 30 and 31<sup>st</sup>, with a Dr. Seuss-inspired brunch each day. This is to kick off Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s storybook series. The cast members from the musical “Seussical” will be there, too. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Artistic Mega Yacht Docks in West Palm2016-01-22T10:15:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="193" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/megayacht.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><em>(Submitted photo)</em></p> <p>Call it the warm before the cold front. Last night in West Palm Beach, ideal weather fostered a cozy evening on the SeaFair, the 228-foot mega yacht owned by art-fair magnates David and Lee Ann Lester. On board, invited guests sipped Champagne, noshed on generous appetizers such as Buffalo spring rolls and fig ‘n’ rosemary bites, and listened to a classical guitarist from Florida Atlantic University. Partiers divided their time between Deck 3, with its modern-art-bedecked walls, and the top deck, with stunning views of the Palm Beach skyline.</p> <p>The boat’s home is normally Miami, but it docked at the waterfront at Clematis and Flagler yesterday to serve dual functions: as a special treat for patrons of Art Palm Beach, which celebrates its 19<sup>th</sup> year through Sunday at the nearby Palm Beach County Convention Center, and as an introduction to Art Boca Raton, the inaugural fair the Lesters are launching in our neck of the woods in March.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/seafair.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><em>(Last night on the yacht)</em></p> <p>Boca’s future art-fair visitors hobnobbed with Palm Beach’s current ones; I spotted Irvin Lippman, director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, and Heather Coltman, dean of FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, among the attendees. This is a appropriate, as both of these institutions will play a critical role in the success of Art Boca Raton. The fair will take place at the university’s Research Park March 18-21, at a special facility designed specifically for the fair. The Boca Museum, meanwhile, will host the Vernissage night March 17 as well as special lectures throughout the fair.</p> <p>For more on the community-encompassing formation of Art Boca Raton, don’t miss our preview in the March issue of <em>Boca Raton</em>, complete with insights from the Lesters. And this weekend, Art Palm Beach continues with a lineup chockfull of rare film screenings, presentations and conversations with art-world luminaries. For the full schedule, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Staff Picks: food and art2016-01-22T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>iDeck</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="244" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.22_ideck.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Lori Pierino, Senior Art Director</em></p> <p>“I have always been a fan of alfresco dining, especially this time of year when there is no better place to be than outdoors in South Florida. So, I was very happy to learn about a new option right in my own backyard. iDECK is an extension of Ironwood Steak &amp; Seafood at the PGA Resort &amp; Spa. Located off the lobby and just outside iBAR, the iDECK terrace has a very cozy atmosphere with heat lamps and fire pits—and the atmosphere is not the only reason to go. The food at Ironwood is amazing as well. My favorites are the applewood smoked diver scallops, the 8-ounce tenderloin and the "skinless" twice baked potato. iDECK is also home to my new favorite cocktail: the PGA garden bloom. It’s served with a Szechuan button, which creates a tingling sensation in the mouth and enhances the flavors in the drink. Don't skip the Mortal Sin (aka warm brownie) dessert either!”<br> <br> (<a href="" target="_blank"></a> // 400 Ave. of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Corner Bakery Cafe</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.22_corner_bakery.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“I’ve been wanting to try Corner Bakery for the longest time, and I’m so happy I finally did. If you’re looking for a fresh and delicious meal, look no further. I got a Corner Combo with mom’s chicken noodle soup and the uptown turkey sandwich—YUM! And don’t even think about walking out of there without trying the famous cinnamon creme cake. Corner bakery has something for everyone. I can’t wait to go back!”</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a> // 2240 NW 19<sup>th</sup> St. // 561/417-6060)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Boca Raton Fine Art Festival/local art event at Carre d'Artistes</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.22_boca_fine_art_festival.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Managing Editor</em></p> <p>"This weekend is a bonanza for Boca art lovers. Saturday and Sunday mark the return of the seventh-annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show, in which up to 175 artists—most from Florida, but some hailing from the Midwest, West Coast and even Belgium—will offer works in acrylic and oil, sculpture, clay, glass, fiber, wood, jewelry, photography and more. The juried festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days this weekend in downtown Boca. On Saturday, while you're in the area, it's worth a stop to Carre D'Artistes, Mizner Park's newest and most inventive art gallery. Local artist Yafi Yair will sell her handmade "healing crystal trees" (pictured) and jewelry, at prices to fit any budget. The event runs from 2 until 8 p.m. Saturday, and complimentary wine will be offered." </p> <p>(Fine art show: 72 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; Art and Healing Crystals event, 430 Plaza Real, Boca Raton)</p>Fashion Forward: chic clothing and new nail polish2016-01-22T06:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.22_johnny_was_2.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Bohemia at the Gardens Mall</strong></p> <p>All you trendy, Bohemian style lovers will be thrilled to know that Johnny Was opened its first Florida store in the Gardens Mall last month. There you’ll find vibrant prints, lightweight materials and intricate embroidered items. Get your shop on!</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.22_deborah_lippman.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Spring on your fingertips</strong></p> <p>These beautifully warm shades from Deborah Lippmann’s Spring 2016 collection are created with a gel lab pro formula. The polish not only lasts longer—it also nourishes your nails while giving you the appearance of a gel manicure. You can’t go wrong with Dirty Little Secret, Peaches &amp; Cream, The Pleasure Principle or Get Lucky (items listed in order as they appear above), The collection is already available <a href="" target="_blank">online</a>, and will be in stores like Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora beginning on Feb. 1.</p> <p> </p> <address><em><strong>Give back with Kendra Scott: </strong>Head over to Kendra Scott (411 Plaza Real) on Jan. 28 between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Shop until you drop because 20 percent of the proceeds will benefit Gemma's Angels Foundation, which hopes to one day end domestic violence.</em></address>Paninis and late-night dining2016-01-22T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1._22_corner_bakery_boca_triple.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>A student BOGO special: Corner Bakery Cafe</strong></p> <p>College classes are on again, so that means late nights and tight budgets. The Corner Bakery Cafe in Boca Raton <em>(</em><em>2240 NW 19<sup>th</sup> St., 561/417-6060)</em> is trying to help the latter on Wednesdays, with a BOGO offer for its Paninis or Panini combos. Starting at 3 p.m. every Wednesday, students with a college ID who buy a Panini or Corner Panini combo will receive another for free. That special joins Corner Bakery Cafe’s other news about two new sandwiches: The Boca Triple and The Boss. The Boca Triple (pictured) is a triple meat overstuffed sandwich with corned beef, roast beef, turkey and Swiss cheese rolled with Cole slaw and Russian dressing and served on toasted sourdough bread. The Boss is a hot pastrami sandwich with thin slices of cucumbers on a French roll with Dijon dill mayo mustard spread. Both are $9.99. </p> <p><strong>More new restaurants opening</strong> </p> <p>As a local said, “Finally, a place in Boca open past 10 p.m.,” and because sometimes it seems those are scarce, it’s good to know about this place. Here is Boca Resto Lounge <em>(3360 N. Federal Highway 561/430-5639)</em> to the rescue. Along with a full dinner menu from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., there’s a late-night menu until 2 a.m. Expect a house DJ or live music nightly from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., and happy hour daily from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with discounts on all food and drinks at inside or outside bars. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Famous mental health advocate to lecture in Boca Friday night 2016-01-21T14:05:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="194" src="/site_media/uploads/hakeem-suit-300x194.png" width="300"></p> <p>Boca Raton’s Promise (BRP), a nonprofit dedicated to awareness and education for mental health issues, will host mental health advocate Hakeem Rahim, Ed.M., M.A. (above) at the Boca Regional Hospital tomorrow night (Friday, January 22) for a talk on mental health. Rahim arrives in Boca one day after his testimony as part of an expert panel before the U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for “Improving the Federal Response to Challenges in Mental Health Care in America” hearing.  </p> <p>The stats of mental illness in America are in themselves shocking: 1 in 4 adults have mental illness—it outnumbers cancer and heart attacks combined; half of all mental illness begins by age 14. In a 2011 survey in Palm Beach County, 22 percent of middle school students reported considering suicide. </p> <p>Rahim’ talk is entitled “Let’s Talk Mental Illness”™ and will share his own personal story as someone with a long history of bipolar disorder—and how he has coped. The talk, which is free and open to the public,  is from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. in the Dawson Theater at Boca Regional Hospital.</p>Tensions diminish between Boca and the Greater Boca Beach and Park District and other news of note2016-01-21T09:15:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/south-beach-park-boca-raton-fl-004.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Boca Raton and the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District make amends</strong></p> <p>There is progress in the family dispute between Boca Raton and the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District.</p> <p>       The two bodies have been a relationship in search of counseling for the last few months, stemming from what appears to have been a disagreement over using grass or turf at athletic fields. As with the Boca Raton Airport, city officials have expressed their desire to clarify the relationship with the district. As with the airport, the problem has been poor communication.</p> <p>       At its meeting Tuesday night, the district board decided that Chairman Rob Rollins would speak at a city council workshop. That will happen soon, District Director Arthur Koski told me on Wednesday.</p> <p>       “The consensus,” Koski said, “was a desire to continue the relationship (with the city) along the lines of what has been successful for a long period of time. We want the city to continue to be our operator of parks, and we want to cooperate on capital projects.”</p> <p>       Koski is correct that the relationship has been mutually beneficial since the Legislature – at the city’s request – created the district in 1974. The added tax revenue from West Boca residents helped to preserve Boca’s enviable beachfront, which features four parks. Those residents get the same low-cost access to the beach. Though Boca residents also pay the district tax rate of roughly $1 per every $1,000 of assessed value – and though some of the money goes to city parks -- city council members can brag about Boca’s very low tax rate.</p> <p>       Eighty percent of district taxpayers also are Boca taxpayers. That overlap shows itself in how the two agencies collaborate.</p> <p>       The district owns Patch Reef Park, Sugar Sand Park and the Swim &amp; Racquet Center, but the city maintains them, for which the district reimburses the city. The city owns and maintains Red Reef Park and the Red Reef golf course, Gumbo Limbo, the Spanish River Athletic Complex and Mizner Bark, the dog park. The district built the fields at Estridge Middle School, but the city maintains them and handles after-school scheduling. The district reimburses the city. The district built Florida Atlantic University’s soccer fields, but FAU maintains them and the city does the scheduling. The city owns and operates Spanish River Park and South Beach Park. Palm Beach County owns South Inlet Park.</p> <p>       As Mayor Susan Haynie says of the beach and park district, “I think they’re part of us.” In many ways, “There’s really no difference.” So one might wonder why the two don’t just combine.</p> <p>       For that to happen, Boca Raton would want to annex that 20 percent of district residents who live outside the city – mostly in Boca Del Mar, Boca Pointe and Boca West. They became part of the district because in the 1970s the state wanted to reduce or eliminate all unincorporated areas within counties, which didn’t happen. Those residents live in the area that was envisioned as part of Boca Raton. It’s known as “the reserve.”</p> <p>       At the moment, however, the city is not interested in annexing the reserve. Therefore, the desired outcome is for the agencies to work things out. “We’re all trying to get the same things done,” Koski said.</p> <p>       Resolving the disagreement is timely; projects like the new work at Spanish River Park and beach renourishment require effective collaboration. The council also would like the district’s help in acquiring undeveloped beachfront. The issue arose after the council granted a waiver that would allow construction of a home on an undersized beach lot. Koski said “work has begun” on that study.</p> <p>       “The lines of communication” between the city and the district “seemed to break down” when longtime district director Robert Langford retired in 2012, Haynie said. Koski was the district’s attorney and has been serving as director. The great Grass vs. Turf Battle started shortly after Langford left.</p> <p>       Since then, the city and the district have been trying to work out an agreement defining their respective roles. Haynie said “the lines have become blurred,” while Koski stresses the district’s legal obligations under the legislation that created the district.</p> <p>       It can be hard to schedule a meeting of 10 people – five council members, five district board members. But if Rollins is ready to start a new dialogue with the council on behalf of the district, the council should hear from him as soon as possible.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>More on the mystery memo</strong> </p> <p>       As Boca Raton continues to review the 2003 memo about open space for downtown projects, Mayor Haynie makes an important point.</p> <p>       Haynie noted that the subject is “open” space, not “public” space. When the council – meeting as the community redevelopment agency – discussed the memo this month, some residents implied that any incorrect interpretation of the open space rule would have taken space from the public. In fact, the rule is designed to make downtown projects appealing to pedestrians, not necessarily give them access to the project. That distinction will matter when the staff presents its report.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Fire Union favors</strong></p> <p>       Just when Boca Raton and Delray Beach got pension savings in their new firefighter contracts, along comes the Legislature with another potential favor for the fire union.</p> <p>       The legislation would presume that any firefighter or paramedic diagnosed with cancer contracted the disease as a result of his or her work. Not only could it set up full-service cities such as Boca and Delray for higher disability claims, the cost of insurance would rise dramatically.</p> <p>       The Senate version has had one successful committee vote. The House version has not had a committee hearing. Not surprisingly, the Florida League of Cities along with elected officials in Boca and Delray are opposed.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>A possible new election bill</strong></p> <p>       Speaking of the Legislature, a strange bill concerning cities is working its way through the Florida House.</p> <p>       HB 7059 would forbid cities from setting their own election dates. Instead, cities would have two options: 1) they could hold elections every other November, during statewide elections; or 2) they could set a date other than November if all cities in a county – 38 in Palm Beach – and the supervisor of elections agree on the date.</p> <p>       Boca and Delray hold elections in March. So do many other – but not all – cities. Terms for those offices depend on that schedule. One wonders why the Legislature, which can’t get to nearly all of the state’s problems, is worried about local elections.</p> <p>       The bill has passed one committee. There is no Senate version.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Glickstein and Katz on the development approval process</strong> </p> <p>       When I wrote Tuesday about Delray Beach’s attempt to streamline the development approval process, I included comments from commissioners Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia. I have now reached Mayor Glickstein and Commissioner Mitch Katz.</p> <p>       Glickstein calls the review “a healthy exercise, since we clearly have a dysfunctional process.” He considers the possible combination of the site plan review and planning and zoning board to be “less important than that whoever they are sees the totality of the project and can assess the collateral impact.”</p> <p>       Delray had to push back this review, Glickstein said, “because of other crises du jour.” He traces the origin to Delray Place, the commercial project at Linton Boulevard and U.S. 1. “Everybody was confused.” Now that the city has updated its downtown development regulations, Glickstein wants the regulations to have a “symbiotic relationship” with the approval review.</p> <p>       Katz cites Atlantic Crossing as his example of a problematic system. “They got their conditional uses approved under one site plan,” he said, “and then came back for site plan review with another plan.” Though he doesn’t fault the city for delays related to Atlantic Crossing and the iPic project, Katz acknowledges that the system has “a lot of disconnected parts.”</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Bedner's downtown Delray store</strong></p> <p>       Marie Bedner understands those “disconnected parts.” She and the others who run Bedner’s Fresh Farm Market had hoped to open their downtown Delray Beach store in time for the holidays. The new target, she told me Wednesday, is mid-to-late February.</p> <p>       Why? “So many people (in the city) have to sign off on everything. There are a lot of hoops to jump through.” And this is just for one comparatively small project.</p> <p>       Bedner said things improved when the company met with city officials to explain that theirs isn’t a traditional restaurant. Bedner’s had planted extra produce at its farm west of Boynton Beach, anticipating that December opening. After the meeting, things moved more quickly. The company has all its approvals.</p> <p>       This week, Bedner’s had a job fair that attracted “a lot of really good people, mostly local people.” Bedner said, “We may have to add a bike rack. Everyone wants to ride their bike to work.” How Delray.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Movie Review: &quot;The Lady in the Van&quot;2016-01-20T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>“The Lady in the Van,” which opens Friday in South Florida, is a Maggie Smith vehicle in the most accurate sense of the word. She plays Mary Shepherd, a cantankerous, untamed shrew living out of a battered van in 1970s and ‘80s in the neighborhood of Camden, in London. Outfitted in earthen bag-lady couture and exuding an obstinate self-determination familiar to ladies of a certain age, Mary’s presence among the denizens of the upscale borough in which she plants her mobile home suggests a mix of local pariah and charity case. For one resident, playwright Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings), she becomes a permanent fixture of his life.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/328589movie.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Billed as “a mostly true story”—which is what all fact-based movies are, though few are honest enough to admit it up front—“The Lady in the Van” is based on Bennett’s slim memoir and 1999 play of the same name, which in turn was inspired by his correspondence with Shepherd, who lived in the driveway of Bennett’s walkup for 15 years.</p> <p>This sort of domestic arrangement is intrinsically interesting, but for a visual and storytelling medium like cinema, there isn’t much there there. Director Nicholas Hytner, who filmed Bennett’s “The History Boys” in 2006, tries to inject periodic suspense into the tale, in the form of a mysterious drifter who occasional makes nocturnal visits to Shepherd’s van to collect money. There’s also the matter of Shepherd’s backstory as a nun and her stymied talent as a concert pianist, which has resulted in a Pavlovian rejection of live or recorded music.</p> <p>But the relationship between Alan and Mary is fundamentally opaque and, with one notable exception, literally hands-off. He refuses the role of caregiver, as most people would, living his life and leaving the movie without an emotional propeller. It’s a story better read than seen, because that’s where Bennett’s literary gifts flourish: describing the mélange of rotten smells that a Mary Shepherd cameo leaves behind, or finding the perfect metaphor to convey the absurdity of their daily encounters. As a screenwriter, Bennett relies too much on voice-over narration, and his pen faults him into overexplaining what the visual medium already reveals—like the irony of his mother’s assertion that Miss Shepherd is bound for the nursing home when she herself is on the verge of senility, or that his gentrified neighbors tolerate Shepherd less out of kindness than liberal guilt.</p> <p><img alt="" height="226" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/526x297-gat.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>For visual variety and narrative quirk, Bennett the screenwriter imagines Bennett the character as a personality split into two—the writer and the liver—and in the interior scenes, they argue with each other, unspooling insecurities about work in the metaphysical manner of a ‘70s Woody Allen comedy. It’s cute, but it’s also a crutch.</p> <p>Smith is the jewel of the movie, as expected. She played the role onstage and wears it now like so many of Shepherd’s tattered brown coats. As she ages, plausibly and without frills, into twilight and beyond, she ensures that we like her even when Mary Shepherd supplies us with little to appreciate.</p>Trail running through Palm Beach’s natural habitats2016-01-20T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Palm Beach County is hosting monthly, guided trail runs through the county’s most scenic natural areas. The public is invited, and each of the runs is free for participants.</p> <p>Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management recently launched the Running Wild-Trail Running Club to inspire the public to explore more than 31,000 acres of untouched habitat. The series of trail runs, taking participants through the pines, cypress and wetlands featuring some of Florida’s most fascinating wildlife, ranges from three- to 10-mile runs.</p> <p>The series goes from January to June. Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to find a trail near you.  </p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.20_trail.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Here’s a list of those runs with times. Runners should meet the day of the event in the park parking lot.</p> <p>Jan. 9 at 7 a.m.: 3-mile trail run through Cypress Creek Natural Area <em>(10035 Indiantown Road, Jupiter)</em></p> <p>Feb. 6 at 7 a.m.: 4.5-mile trail run through Frenchman’s Forest Natural Area <em>(12201 Prosperity Farms Road, Palm Beach Gardens)</em></p> <p>March 5 at 7 a.m.: 3-mile trail run through Yamato Scrub Natural Area <em>(701 Clint Moore Road, Boca Raton)</em></p> <p>April 6 at 6 p.m.: 3.5-mile trail run through Jupiter Ridge Natural Area <em>(1800 S. U.S. Highway 1, Jupiter)</em></p> <p>May 4 at 6 p.m.: 3-mile trail run through Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area (To be determined)</p> <p>June 4 at 7 a.m.: 10-mile trail run (To be determined)</p> <p><img alt="" height="343" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.20_turtle.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If you’d rather take pictures than run, or better yet, do both, the County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management is also hosting a “Wild Lands are Wonderlands” Instagram Photo Contest during January highlighting Palm Beach County’s natural areas.</p> <p>According to a Palm Beach County Government press release, the winning photographer and four guests will receive a guided tour of a natural area of their choice.</p> <p>All you have to do is explore and photograph your favorite Palm Beach County natural area, follow @pbcerm on Instagram, upload your photos to Instagram using #ermnatareas in your post and tag @pbcerm. Be sure to include the name of the Palm Beach County natural area where the photo was taken. The deadline for photo submissions is Jan. 31.</p> <p>For more information, contact Jacey Biery (561-233-2461, or click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Mommy &amp; Me Massage: It&#39;s a thing now2016-01-20T06:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p>You’ve signed your 3 month-old up for <a href="" target="_blank">Musikgarten classes</a>. You’ve dabbled in <a href="" target="_blank">dancing</a> while baby wearing. So just when you thought you were running out of fun options for things to do with baby by your side, a new “Mommy &amp; Me” option has popped up in east Boca Raton.</p> <p>Massage.</p> <p>And not that fingertip baby massage stuff you might have caught on YouTube—but the opportunity to drop by a spa and get your feet rubbed (and your baby’s—why not?) by a pro any Monday morning between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. It is Boca, after all!</p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.20_mommy_and_me_massage_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Where is this spa you ask? <a href="" target="_blank">Four Elements Reflexology Spa &amp; Wellness</a> right in Downtown Boca Raton. And it’s owned by a local mom. I think my favorite part of the Boca Raton Holiday Parade this year was passing the spa on Federal Highway and seeing residents get chair massages right on the sidewalk. Where else, but in Boca?</p> <p>Owner Vanessa Lvovsky wanted to offer mommies the opportunity to pamper themselves a little without having to get childcare. And her novel idea is gaining popularity!</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.20_mommy_and_me_massage_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>“Mommy &amp; Me Massage” is certainly not for everyone. I wouldn’t recommend going for the service with a squirming toddler in tow, but for a baby who’s not walking yet? It’s the perfect combo. Mom gets rubbed while her baby feeds or snuggles on her lap.</p> <p>A perfect mommy morning in my book.</p> <p><em>64 S. Federal Hwy, Boca Raton // 561/757-6211</em><strong><em></em></strong></p> <p><strong>•••••••• </strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em><strong>, </strong></em><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly MOMpreneur spotlight! A MOMpreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Cheeses and cocktails2016-01-19T09:49:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.19_city_cellar_cheese.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Cheese Lovers Day gets a nod with City Cellar special</strong></p> <p>A favorite bite any time is a cheese plate, paired with a nice wine in a relaxing atmosphere. If that’s your idea of a nice night, then National Cheese Lover’s Day on Jan. 20 is your lucky day. City Cellar in CityPlace <em>(700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, 561/366-0071) </em>is celebrating with a $30 offer that includes five cheeses paired with either five wines or five beers. Add some charcuterie such as organic prosciutto, sopressata, salame al tarfufo, etc., and you’re headed into the weekend on a good note. </p> <p><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.19_ren_boca_raton_chill.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Two new cocktails jump into rotation at Renaissance Boca Raton </strong></p> <p>While all-day Mojito Mondays offer assorted flavors of that enticing drink for $5 at the Renaissance Boca <em>Raton (2000 NW 19<sup>th</sup> St., Boca Raton, 561/368-5252),</em> there are two new cocktails joining the bar crowd. The Renaissance Chill (pictured) and the Hibiscus Petal are colorful and more reasons to join the Monday through Friday happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Here are the recipes for the newcomers:</p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p><strong>Hibiscus Petal</strong></p> <p>½ ounce fresh orange juice combined with ½ ounce fresh lime juice</p> <p>Muddle (5) small Thai basil leaves plus 1 sprig</p> <p>½ ounce simple syrup</p> <p>2 ounces of hibiscus vodka</p> <p>Pour over a rocks glass with ice </p> <p>Garnish with 1 wedge of lime and 1 wedge of orange</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Renaissance Chill</strong> </p> <p>Combine 1 ounce white "Rhum" and 1 ounce dark rum </p> <p>Pour rum over 2 ice cubs and add crushed ice </p> <p>Add ¾ ounce raspberry balsamic gastrique</p> <p>Shake well </p> <p>Strain into a chilled martini glass </p> <p>Garnish with (4) Raspberries  </p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>New iPic plan imminent and dust-up over Delray&#39;s approval process2016-01-19T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="227" src="/site_media/uploads/seats.jpg" width="341"></h3> <h3>Revised iPic   </h3> <p>By midnight Wednesday, the iPic project could be on its way back to the Delray Beach City Commission.</p> <p>       The city’s Site Plan Advisory Review Board will consider the revised plan for Fourth and Fifth Delray—the project’s official name—one week after cancelling its meeting. Fourth and Fifth Delray is the only item on the board’s agenda.</p> <p>       Senior Planner Scott Pape, who is supervising the iPic project, said it is “unusual, not unheard of” for the board to meet one week after a scheduled meeting, rather than on the customary twice-a-month schedule. “We add meeting dates on occasion,” Pape said in an email, “to accommodate months when we have numerous projects and/or projects that we anticipate will have a large community turnout.”</p> <p>       IPic has generated that sort of community interest and probably will again for Wednesday’s meeting. The staff recommendation is for the board to approve the new site plan, still with conditions. In December, the board approved three waivers related to setback and other issues yet asked for other changes. According to the staff report, the developer and the city have worked out those changes.</p> <p>       One concern was a loading zone for the mixed-use project. The developer has eliminated some parallel parking spots on the Martini property and turned the space into a loading zone. This change alone shows that if iPic had not been able to acquire that 0.14-acre Martini site, the project likely would have died.</p> <p>       The property is south of the 1.59 acres iPic would purchase from the Community Redevelopment Agency. Compatibility has been the issue all along, and the Marini land may be just enough to make the project compatible.</p> <p>       Another issue was providing a five-foot sidewalk on the north alley within the project. According to the staff report, the developer has put this into the plan. The developer also has addressed issues involving the turning radius inside the shared parking garage and access for emergency vehicles.</p> <p>       Most of the conditions that the staff recommends the board attach to approval were in the first evaluation from December. IPic would have to submit its parking management plan to the CRA. During construction, iPic would have to ensure access through the north-south alley for deliveries to businesses in the 400 block of East Atlantic Avenue. IPic would have to ensure public access to the project’s third-floor terrace and garden. IPic would have to evaluate the valet and parking garage operations within six months and make recommendations to correct any problems. IPic would have to conduct a traffic study of the Fourth Avenue and Fifth Avenue intersections at Atlantic Avenue if the city asks for the study during the first two years of operation.</p> <p>       The city did modify one condition. IPic would have to provide a security guard between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. to keep cars from stopping to drop people on Fifth Avenue. The main entrance is on Fourth Avenue. The city had given IPic the option of asking to remove the guard if there were no problems. The guard now would be permanent.</p> <p>       If the board approves Fourth and Fifth Delray on Wednesday, the project might not make the Feb. 2 city commission meeting for hearing any appeals of the site plan approval. The next commission meeting is Feb. 16. If the commission approves the site plan, the city must give 30 days for any appeals of that approval. The developer hopes to get a building permit by Dec. 31.</p> <h3>Convoluted approval process?</h3> <p>       It may be causal or coincidental that Delray Beach’s review of its development approval process comes as the city finally nears a decision on the iPic project.</p> <p>       An iPic representative complained at one point that Delray’s process is convoluted, with separate review boards considering only some aspects of a project. That confusion extends to the commission. Last summer, the commission approved only certain changes for iPic: allowing a movie theater downtown and increasing the height limit. The plan itself then began a separate path through the city.</p> <p>       Last week at its workshop meeting, the commission heard recommendations from the Planning and Zoning Department. Director Tim Stilling wrote that the recommendations are designed to “improve the development approval process, establish greater process predictability and consistency and better manage the process and related expectations.”</p> <p>       Despite the timing, City Commissioner Shelly Petrolia said iPic did not prompt the review. Having spoken with some developers, however, Petrolia believes that Delray Beach’s system is “antiquated.”</p> <p>       The most significant recommendation is to combine the site plan review and planning and zoning boards. Another recommendation would reduce from five to four the categories of site plan classes. Still another would streamline the site approval process, while another would speed up consideration of larger, more complex projects that require multiple approvals.</p> <p>       Petrolia is a “little less inclined” at this point to merge the two main advisory boards. “It hasn’t been proven that they make it cumbersome, and it cuts out a level of citizen participation.” Yet she agrees that the current setup makes for “piecemeal” review that can burden a developer without providing much benefit for the city.</p> <p>       Commissioner Jordana Jarjura notes that the December site plan review of iPic was “very similar” to discussions before the planning and zoning board on the conditional uses the commission approved five months ago. At that time and under the current system, Jarjura said, the overlap was “appropriate.”</p> <p>       However, a review board that considered just architecture, Jarjura said, would leave for the planning and zoning board “comprehensive plan amendments, rezonings, site plan approvals, parking reductions, conditional use approvals—the actual meat and functionality of the project. Certainly, the board charged with reviewing and amending the city’s land development regulations and comprehensive plan should be the board enforcing those same regulations.”</p> <p>       Petrolia has heard that the city’s process is cumbersome in other ways: “It can take four months just to submit something for a permit. Then it can take the staff three or four weeks to write up the approval.” She wonders if the system can allow for one presentation at which the city addresses all issues. “We need to fix those things first before we start eliminating things.”</p> <p>       Jarjura said Delray Beach has “64 different development applications with zero rationale as to who hears what and when.” She argues that the commission doesn’t need to vote on small projects, such as “minor renovations” that meet code and sign rules. Everyone from commissioners to developers to residents, Jarjura said, “should be able to easily understand the process and participate in it.”</p> <p>       Boca Raton started a similar evaluation of its Development Services Department after hiring a new director, Ty Harris. The city had become known for annoying everyone from major developers to home repairers. Both cities seek to balance necessary review with the needs of developers who could lose money with each unnecessary delay. Petrolia has a good description of the cities’ mutual goal: “efficiency.”</p> <h3>Reading together</h3> <p>In recent years, cities and counties have sought to build a sense of community by encouraging residents to read and discuss one book. Boca Raton is the latest, and the city’s library staff has started small.</p> <p>       I mean in length. The choice is <em>Very Good Lives</em>, an illustrated version of the 2008 commencement address that J.K. Rowling delivered at Harvard University. The author of the Harry Potter series and other works subtitled her address “The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination.”</p> <p>       Rowling certainly knows about failure. Before her writing made her a billionaire, she was a welfare mother in Britain cranking out the first Potter book in cafes while her daughter slept in a stroller. Many publishers rejected the book, but Rowling pressed on.</p> <p>       Boca will hold panel discussions about the book and its message. Perhaps residents can look beyond the city by relaying that message to members of Congress. There’s so much failure to learn from, due to the combination of polarization and incompetence, and constituents only can imagine a country with a functioning Congress.</p> <h3>More Ag Reserve shenanigans</h3> <p>       As many had expected – me included – there is a new attempt to overturn the will of Palm Beach County voters who in 1999 taxed themselves to keep as much farming as possible in the Agricultural Reserve Area.</p> <p>       On Friday, the county’s planning commission debated a change that would make parcels—of 15.3 acres, 13.4 acres and 11.3 acres—more attractive for commercial development. The owners want the change. The reserve’s master plan envisioned just two large commercial developments. Allowing smaller ones could make the reserve more suburban and less agricultural.</p> <p>       The commission gave the owners some, but not all of what they wanted. Still, the county commission will have the final say in eight days. I will have more on this subject next Tuesday.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>The Week Ahead: Jan. 19 to 252016-01-18T14:05:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/re2_0313.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$65</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The display of Vulcan peace signs will join traditional audience applause at this one-of-a-kind combination of orchestral performance and Trekkie confab. A live symphony will perform iconic music from the “Star Trek” canon—from “The Original Series” to “Voyager” and the recent JJ Abrams reboots—while video clips spanning five decades of sci-fi innovation will beam from a 40-foot-wide screen. These include entire uncut scenes—like the famous Kirk Vs. Spock battle—as well as curated montages. With the 2015 passing of Leonard Nimoy still fresh in fans’ minds, there likely won’t be a dry eye in the house during the portion of the concert celebrating his long and prosperous life.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="196" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/vince_canning_stiletto_race-2013-300x196.png" width="300"></p> <p><strong>What: Delray Stiletto Race</strong></p> <p>Where: Downtown Delray Beach, at Southeast Fourth Avenue and Atlantic Avenue</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25</p> <p>Contact: 561/266-0003, ext. 16</p> <p>Stilettos add height and glamour to the runway, but can you actually run in them? Fashionable women in Delray Beach have been answering with a resounding “yes!” for the past three years at this charity race sponsored by Vince Canning Shoes. Stiletto-wearing entrants are invited to, per the event’s website, “sprint, strut or sashay their way to the finish line” in six categories, from the women’s 75-Meter Dash to the 65-and-up “Silver Sneaker” race to “Runaway Bride,” in which runners are expected to arrive in full bridal regalia. A prize will also be given for “Most Creative Shoe.” For the brave carriers of a <em>y</em> chromosome, there is even a Men’s 75-Meter Dash: Guys can pick up free Stilettos at Vince Canning. It’s in a good fun for a great cause, with the $25 entry fee benefiting the Achievement Centers for Children and Families. Registration opens at 6 p.m., and the race begins at 8.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/synchronicity_large_500_281_81_s_c1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Synchronicity”</strong></p> <p>Where: Lake Worth Playhouse’s Stonzek Theater, 709 Lake Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $6-$9</p> <p>Contact: 561/296-9382, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>“The future of the universe is in your hands,” asserts a character in this science-fiction indie film, but ah, isn’t it always? Director Jacob Gentry conjures noirish sci-fi touchstones of decades past—cult classics like “Blade Runner,” “Gattaca” and “Dark City”—in a spiraling narrative about a physicist dedicated to proving time travel through his wormhole experiments. Unfortunately for him, and the aforementioned universe, he receives his funding from an unscrupulous financier played by ‘80s action-movie icon Michael Ironside, and then compounds this mistake by romancing Ironside’s mistress, who knows more than she should about the mechanics of his quest. Plunging full tilt into the quantum-theory frontiers of time-travel dreamers, complete with infinite probabilities, and characters encountering alternate versions of themselves, “Synchronicity” is a retro-futuristic head trip buttressed by a vintage Moog score.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="356" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/3810334e-d4aa-417c-a8d6-79d49997047f.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “DIRT”</strong></p> <p>Where: Ritter Art Gallery at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.<br> Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/297-2661, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>A good artist often doesn’t know exactly when inspiration will strike, but he’s ready to catch the lightning in a bottle—and then display the bottle. For longtime South Florida artist and curator Onajide Shabaka, it was a 1999 trip to the iron ore-mine capital of Ely, Minnesota that spawned an artistic appreciation for a most ubiquitous—and, for most of us, un-artistic—material: dirt. Drawn to the area’s red oxide dirt, Shabaka discovered a connection to elements of the West African Yoruba religion, and voila! All these years later, he has curated an exhibition at FAU in which dirt is the medium or subject of choice for more than a dozen artists, who collectively examine its physical, spiritual and symbolic properties. Rod Faulds, FAU’s director of University Galleries, said in a release that, “Investigating how diverse cultures interpret this fundamental substance aligns with our mission here at the University Galleries, where we seek to understand differing points of view through art.” “DIRT” runs through March 5.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="271" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/rectangle.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Temptations and The Four Tops</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $29.50-$79.50</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>See them while you still can. The Temptations have been performing music, in some lineup or another, for 55 years, and the Four Tops have been touring for 53. Collectively, along with a handful of other vocal groups, they helped define the Motown Records sound, bringing traditionally black music to audiences of all races around the world. Today, 74-year-old Otis Williams, the only living original Temptation, still performs with the group, and the octogenarian Abdul Fakir still plays with the Four Tops—both captains leading trios or quartets of pitch-perfect acolytes. Expect set lists chockfull of generation-defining tunes: “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “I Can’t Help Myself,” “Baby, I Need Your Loving,” “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” and the list really does go on and on.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/norma.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Norma”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $21–$225</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Composer Vincenzo Bellini died at 33, but he still managed to make most of us look like slugabeds: He completed 10 operas before his early demise, and he was not averse to playing favorites among them, famously asserting that, “If I were shipwrecked at sea, I would leave all the rest of my operas and try to save ‘Norma.’” The title role, of a Druid priestess in ancient Gaul who falls tragically in love with a flighty official of the Roman occupation, requires some of the most challenging examples of <em>bel canto</em>—or “beautiful singing”—in the operatic canon. Maria Callas sang it more than 90 times. In Florida Grand Opera’s second production of its season, Russian soprano Mlada Khudoly will summit the vocal heights and express the emotional seesaws of this alternately vulnerable and dangerous woman, who holds a knife with aplomb and warns her unfaithful lover that, “My burning fury will engulf you like the wind and the waves.” Hell hath no fury, indeed. The opera, with its lavish historical sets and its literally fiery ending, will be produced by FGO for the first time in 26 years. It runs through Jan. 30.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="317" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/ioap_-_image_3b.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “It’s Only a Play”</strong></p> <p>Where: GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $57-$60 ($42 and up for future performances)</p> <p>Contact: 305/445-1119, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>With four Tony awards to his name and show credits dating to 1964, Terrence McNally knows a thing or two, or three, about theater. And he throws all of them into his manic comedy “It’s Only a Play,” which premiered in the 1980s and was rewritten in 2015 to channel the 21st century zeitgeist. It’s set in the townhome of a Broadway producer just after the opening-night performance of her new show. While a gaggle of theater luminaries party downstairs, the principle creatives—including an earnest playwright, a drug-addicted diva and a kleptomaniac director—nervously await the first reviews, which can seal the production’s fate. Along the way, they trade barbs and bon mots in a rapid-fire script chockablock with inside-theater references; artistic director Joseph Adler calls it the funniest script he’s read since “early Neil Simon.” The all-star cast includes Michael McKeever, Amy McKenna, Antonio Amadeo and Lourlene Snedeker, and the show runs through Feb. 21.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="128" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/delray_crowd.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Delray Beach Festival of the Arts</strong></p> <p>Where: 1111 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/746-6615, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Emerging and established artists alike will sell their masterpieces at this venerated, 27<sup>th</sup>-annual art fair. The juried festival offers handcrafted glass, photography, painting, mixed media, fiber, jewelry and more. The festival, which was ranked as one of the top fine art fests in the country by <em>Sunshine Artist</em> magazine, typically accommodates patrons of all price points. The longtime organizers, Howard Alan Events, will close down one mile of Atlantic Avenue to vehicular traffic. The festival begins at US1 East, passes over the Intracoastal, and extends to A1A along the Atlantic Ocean. Arrive before 10 for the best parking.</p>Rise of the Allianz2016-01-18T11:25:00+00:00Kevin Kaminski/blog/author/kevin/<p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/allianz1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>When Allianz moved its PGA Tour Champions event from Iowa to Boca a decade ago, the tournament had roughly six months to prepare for its inaugural turn at the Old Course at Broken Sound. The challenge proved par for the course for an event trying to make community inroads during the worst financial crisis in recent U.S. history.</p> <p>Ten years later, thanks to the perseverance and leadership of tournament director Ryan Dillon and his talented team, the Allianz has much to celebrate during this anniversary year in Boca. The 2015 tournament generated more than $600,000 in local nonprofit donations, including $402,000 to host charity Boca Raton Regional Hospital, a 40-percent increase from the previous year—just one of the reasons why the Allianz earned “Most Improved Event” honors from the Champions tour.</p> <p>“Those first years were tight, but we have grown into a strong community and corporate supported tournament,” says Dillon of a tournament week that, according to estimates, will create an economic impact of some $20 million on the region.</p> <p>“It’s a testament to Allianz and all involved in the championship that the event has grown significantly over this past decade into one of the most stable and attractive tournaments on the tour,” says PGA Tour Champions president Greg McLaughlin.</p> <p>This year’s Allianz kicks off Monday, Feb. 1 with a Broken Sound member pro-am and women’s day event hosted by LPGA Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam. The players will enjoy a practice round on Tuesday, followed by pro-am events on Feb. 3 and 4. Tournament play begins Feb. 5 at 10 a.m.—with the final round scheduled to start earlier to accommodate Super Bowl Sunday plans.</p> <p>********</p> <p><em>Boca Raton</em> is a proud sponsor of the highly anticipated foodie component at this year’s Allianz—<strong>Savor the Green</strong> (Feb. 3, starting at 6 p.m.). Guests can reserve a seat at a table overlooking the 18th fairway and enjoy an outdoor gourmet feast prepared by Vic &amp; Angelo’s, Max’s Grille, Ruth’s Chris, Truluck’s or Broken Sound Country Club. Click <a href="/blog/2015/12/24/savor-the-green">here</a> to see the menus provided by each restaurant. Call the restaurant of your choice to book your reservation.</p> <p><img alt="" height="224" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/trulucks.jpg" width="400"></p>Buccan celebrates a five-year milestone on Palm Beach2016-01-18T09:15:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.18_shortrib_empanada.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>When a restaurant team works well together, and ends up creating a space with fab food, drinks, ambiance and service, it’s something to recognize. That’s happened with James Beard Award-nominated Chef Clay Conley and his partners Piper Quinn and Sam Slattery with Buccan, the “new kid on the block” go-to place on Palm Beach for the past five years. With a big thanks to its faithful customers, Buccan is holding an anniversary bash on Jan. 22. It will include bringing back some favorite dishes as well as current delights. Try grilled Florida corn with aioli, cotija cheese, Mexican chilies and lime; a Colorado lamb “Scottadito” with harissa and raita; the warm Brussels sprouts Caesar; the short rib empanada (pictured) and a lot more. On the drinks side, the Buccan T (basil, unsweetened ice tea, cranberry, citrus and agave nectar) will be $5 all night, and DJ Rey will be supplying the music. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.18_buccan_partners.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Q&amp;A: &quot;Mustang&quot; Director Deniz Gamze Erguven2016-01-15T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="226" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/news_en-mustang-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The Oscar-nominated film “Mustang” opens with a scene straight out of any American teen comedy from the ‘80s, ‘90s or today: On a coastal town in Turkey, school has just let out for the summer, and five sisters enjoy some innocent, seaside horseplay with local boys, including riding on their shoulders.</p> <p>But when a nosy neighbor catches them and reports their allegedly lascivious actions to their fascistic grandmother, a summer of degradation and confinement is set in motion: One by one, the girls of varying ages and temperaments—Selma (Tuğba Sunguroğlu), Sonay (İlayda Akdoğan), Ece (Elit İşcan), Nur (Doğa Doğuşlu) and Lale (Güneş Şensoy)—are deprived of any “corrupting” possessions like phones and computers, are prohibited from leaving their home, whose borders are reinforced with prison-like bars, and are forced into taking virginity tests and, ultimately, arranged marriages.</p> <p>“Mustang,” a movie financed and filmed by French talent, brims with feminist rage about the inequities of the modern woman under patriarchal dictatorships both macro and micro. Yet it’s far from the doom and gloom its plot synopsis might suggest. First-time director Deniz Gamze Erguven appreciates the absurdity of these backward social customs in a 21st century setting, inviting us to laugh at the characters’ situations even as we wince at their oppression. The infectious, lightning-in-a-bottle chemistry between the five actresses playing the girls—many of them nonprofessionals—is the life-giving glue that binds this acclaimed film, one that strikes a perfect art-cinema balance between the adventurous and the accessible. <em>Boca Raton</em> spoke to Erguven (pictured below) via phone about her remarkable achievement, which opens in South Florida theaters today.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/f3ebfcf563b935646218583c786d81343b774e35.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What was the spark the inspired this story?</strong></p> <p>I wanted to say, with a sense of urgency, what it was to be a woman in Turkey. The film is anchored in the social reality of Turkey today. But in a way, the characters and the story transcend that social reality. The first scene in the film, where the girls sit on the shoulders of the boys playing that innocent game in the sea and are accused of having done something disgusting, is a scene that I have lived almost exactly, with the girls in my family. But our reaction was to be completely ashamed and not to do anything and look at our shoes and be mortified for years. The characters start off by reacting to the absurd logic they’re being attacked with by bringing the chairs into the house and saying, “These chairs touches our assholes, isn’t that disgusting?” So the characters, in situations that were very familiar to me, react like absolute superheroes, and very far from the ways I had reacted.</p> <p><strong>Most western audiences will look at a reaction like the grandmother’s and find it mystifying.</strong></p> <p>There’s a kind of echo that women feel, not only necessarily in the Turkish culture. Of course, we’re in societies that are very mixed, and we know each other, and European culture is very intertwined with other cultures. So it’s not completely foreign, actually. There are scenes which are anchored in many societies. Lately, I’ve shown the film in a prison in France. There were women from Africa, a woman from Eastern Europe, who have lived, quite exactly, some scenes in the film, like the virginity testing, being taken to the hospital—so it’s not just a local issue.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="198" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/ob_5fbdad_mustang.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Have you encountered any reaction from the Turkish authorities or the Turkish film industry as to how their country is represented in the film?</strong></p> <p>Everywhere else the film has been embraced with a lot of warmth, but the reactions in Turkey were very polarized. The country right now is very polarized. A good half really adores the film, and there’s another half that is extremely aggressive with the film. We are so far into taboo territory, that I guess those reactions were completely normal and expected. For me, the point of view of these girls and the life of these girls were very exotic, not only to audiences which are not from Turkey but to the male counterparts of these girls. So I would have hoped that the story of these girls would have delivered more perspective to people in Turkey.</p> <p>Also, it’s a territory where you have very few films coming out. There was one film made about Turkey, a very sad precedent, called “Midnight Express.” It was extremely damaging for the image of the country. Most of the world associated an entire country with a libidinous, hairy, sweaty rapist prison guard. So Turkish people are extremely susceptible to the way the country is represented, and since it’s a territory with few films that go abroad and circulate and represent the country, they watch carefully how we speak about the country. And of course we tackle problems in the Turkish society. We don’t show the best and most beautiful parts of Istanbul. We’re looking into dark places of the human experience. There’s a bit of suspicion of that as well. </p> <p><strong>Many reviews of “Mustang” have rightly pointed out the astonishing intimacy and familiarity that these actresses showed in their scenes together. What did you do to create and foster this environment?</strong></p> <p>The question of directing actors is for me the most important one in the film, and the most important resource is the actors. I had prepared a lot; four of the girls had never acted before, so we were inviting them into the game. They all had shown great qualities of acting—like the propensity to dive into the story, a great imagination, great listening. Then we had to welcome them and create a safe haven where they could take risks and try things. It had to be extremely playful. It had to spark things in them. And we did boot camps; we did a lot of games and exercises to generate physical intimacy and generate discussions, and become intimate in every way possible.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/maxresdefault.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>So do you think it worked in your favor that the actors were blank slates, and didn’t have any formal training?</strong></p> <p>I was completely indifferent to whether they had acted. I never asked it in the audition, and I didn’t want to know. I was looking for very specific qualities, and whether they had been trained or not was fine for me. It so happened that four of them had never been trained, but I didn’t know it at the time. I knew the qualities I needed to be able to direct them; for example, I never said an actor was good or bad; I said I can direct her or can’t direct her.</p> <p><strong>I admire the ending of the film so much, because it leaves so much open, and I didn’t know what to feel. I was moved to tears, but I didn’t know if they were happy or sad tears. Do you see the conclusion as hopeful?</strong></p> <p>I always looked up to the characters. I thought they were extremely courageous, and I didn’t want to hit them on the head while they shown the courage I had never shown. Very early in the writing, it was a glorious and jubilant and victorious ending, even if it was completely impossible. [Ultimately], it’s a happy ending shaded by the feeling of everything that has been lost along the way.</p> <p>The girls are really one character with five heads. In terms of the drama, I thought about it that way. I thought, if a creature with five heads was attacked and loses an arm and a leg all the way down the story, each time it recomposes and strikes back. At the end of the story, yes, our character with five heads survives, but she’s very diminished. The sense of melancholy is of course very strong.</p> <p><strong>You had filmed a couple of short films before this. Can you speak about the transition from shooting a feature versus a short? Did you run into unforeseen crises that many first-time filmmakers have experienced?</strong></p> <p>Yes, it was nine years between the day I exited film school and the day “Mustang” premiered in Cannes. I was in a film school in Paris where you do films, one after the other, and when you’re out, you’re ready for your first feature film. My first feature film project was quite a heavy production to get made, so I changed my strategy and started working on “Mustang,” which was probably closer to me, easier to produce. But it has been a real battle. I had no doubt it would eventually happen, but it took so much time. There was a lot of drama, but it’s part of the job.</p> <p><em>“Mustang” opens today at Regal Shadowood and Living Room Theaters in Boca Raton, Movies of Delray, the Lake Worth Playhouse’s Stonzek Theater, Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood, the Tower Theater in Miami, the Miami Beach Cinematheque and the Cosford Cinema in Coral Gables.</em></p>Staff Picks: Green Markets and Sushi2016-01-15T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>Green Markets</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.15_green_market.jpg" width="490"></p> <div><em>From Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></div> <div> </div> <div>"Like furry marmots emerging from their winter burrows, husbands will soon awake from the haze of football season, shave off that fall scruff, and once again join their wives on weekend adventures that don't involve finding a sports bar by noon. To get back in the swing of things, kick off your Saturday at one of the area's sprawling green markets. The Boca edition -- featuring everything from locally-grown produce and fresh seafood to baked goods, pastas, spices, soaps and doggie treats -- runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Royal Palm Place. Up the road a few miles, the West Palm Beach market (set up at the far east end of Clematis Street) goes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lots of gourmet goods at this site as well -- but save room for the Cider Doughnuts!"</div> <div> </div> <div> <p>Rise Modern Asian Cuisine &amp; Sushi</p> <p><img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.15_rise_sushi.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“I never get tired of Asian food—I could eat at Rise every day. The menu is among the most extensive I’ve seen, but of course, I have my favorite rolls.  The deluxe spicy tuna roll and the tuna wrap top the charts for me, but if you aren’t a tuna lover, there’s plenty of other options. Rise may be a small restaurant, but it is almost always packed with avid sushi fans.”</p> <p>(6063 SW 18<sup>th</sup> St. #108 // 561/392-8808)</p> </div>Fashion Forward: Bloomingdale&#39;s Resort Wear Fashion Presentation2016-01-15T06:00:00+00:00LL Scene/blog/author/llscenegirls/<p class="normal">Fashion evolves right before our very eyes day in and day out, so it can be difficult to keep up with the latest and greatest styles as the seasons progress. That’s what we’re here for! That being said, we are excited to announce that LLScene and Boca Mag will be hosting a Resort Wear Fashion Presentation at Bloomingdale’s at Town Center at Boca Raton on Jan. 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="537" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.15_fashion_forward_2.png" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">It’s easy to get into a fashion rut when transitioning from winter to spring style, so we thought it was important to get everyone informed as soon as possible. Enjoy light bites and refreshments by Potions in Motion as we preview our favorite resort wear looks of 2016. In addition to spring resort wear, GloGirl Blowdry &amp; Makeup Bar will be there to spotlight spring hair trends you’ll want to replicate this season.</p> <p class="normal">Expect a glamorous, yet informative fashion-filled night at Bloomingdale’s. For more information, reach out to us directly, or RSVP at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>About Lindsey &amp; Lilly</strong></p> <p class="normal">Lindsey Swing &amp; Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of <a href="">LLScene</a>, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to "20-30 somethings" looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they're fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey &amp; Lilly will continue to enjoy being "dog moms" to Bentley &amp; Duke.   </p>Crafty Cuisine in South Florida2016-01-15T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="655" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.15_kuro_chef_becker.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Dinner with award-winning chefs: Kuro in Hollywood</strong> </p> <p>Here’s a chance to sit in Kuro <em>(1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954/327-7625)</em>, a new-style Japanese restaurant, and eat wonderful food created by Kuro Chef Alex Becker (pictured), along with James Beard Foundation award-winning chefs Norman Van Aken, Allen Susser and Christopher Lee, with the evening steered by Food Network star chef Robert Irvine. It’s the Friends of James Beard Benefit dinner on Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. The restaurant is part of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &amp; Casino lineup, and “The Chef’s Palate” evening includes a silent auction. Tickets are $250 per person through Ticketmaster.</p> <p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.15_mignonette_dish.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Seafood goes with Gamay at Miami’s Mignonette</strong></p> <p>Go for the Tangy Gamay wine with the swordfish dish that includes melty duck confit, wild mushroom fricassee and marsala pan sauce. Do we have your attention? It’s the new, innovative, delicious and “funky” pairings at Mignonette <em>(210 NE 18<sup>th</sup> St., Miami, 305/374-4635),</em> where General Manager Matt Dinkel put together a new menu and new wine pairings. It’s always a good idea to try new things, and Chef/Owner Daniel Serfer has a neighborhood oyster bar and seafood place that deserves a reservation.</p> <p><img alt="" height="510" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.15_blt_prime2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Craft beer pairs with delish dishes at BLT Prime Miami</strong></p> <p>There are five courses to the beer-food event at BLT Prime Miami <em>(4400 NW 87<sup>th</sup> Ave., Miami, 305/591-6066) </em>on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m., and the second course reached out and tapped me on the shoulder: foie gras, black cherry pop rocks and Marcona almond granola (pictured) paired with the MIA Caramel Chameleon, a dark and rich old ale caramelized in kettle for 18 hours. Yes, please. There are four other similarly mouthwatering courses—all for $75 per person. Chef de Cuisine Dustin Ward chose the brews made by local brewery M.I.A. Brewing, and then he created the menu to be served at BLT Prime Miami overlooking the Blue Monster golf course.</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>&quot;South Pacific&quot; at the Wick: a don&#39;t-miss production2016-01-14T15:36:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="422" src="/site_media/uploads/750x422-1.jpg" width="750"></p> <p>Everyone loves Broadway, but then there’s that golden age of Broadway—the era of Rogers &amp; Hammerstein, “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel” and of course, “South Pacific,” my favorite since childhood.</p> <p>My parents saw Mary Martin and Rossanno Brazzi in “South Pacific” in New York on their honeymoon; I grew up with the film version with Mitzi Gaynor. I wanted my own Bali Hai (and later, my own French planter!) from the start, so I was nervous about seeing this classic live at the Wick.</p> <p>And I was not disappointed.</p> <p>Wow. Not only were the actors great and the voices magnificent, but the message about prejudice still resonated, decades later.  (It always seems to.) Nat Chandler as Emile De Beque was thankfully trés manly and handsome, and he brought the house down with my favorite song, “This Nearly Was Mine.” Adrianne Hick sparkled as Nellie Forbush, with a great voice and a solid range of emotions from her early giddy romantic swoons to the later real fear of losing her Frenchman on his dangerous mission to the island of Marie-Louise. Amy Jo Phillips was a brilliant Bloody Mary and Marc Koek was a swoon-worthy Lt. Cable with the voice of an angel. Michael Iannucci was the perfect Luther Billis foil to all this dreamy longing—down to the ship tattooed across his paunch. The entire ensemble was a delight—start to finish</p> <p>“South Pacific” is such a great show it’s easy to wonder how anyone could screw it up—but I think that because we have such high expectations, there is that danger.  That’s way this production was such a delight—and so worthy of praise. I know it would have been one million times better with a live orchestra—that’s what everyone wants—but even with its limited staging and newsreel-like transitions, it was a beautiful and magical production. The Wick has a done it up right.</p>Camejo&#39;s thoughts on the mystery memo, developments in the University Park murder and other news of note2016-01-14T14:26:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<p><strong><img alt="" height="473" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.14_jorge_camejo.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>More on the mystery memo  </strong></p> <p>Regarding Boca Raton’s Case of the Mysterious Memo, Jorge Camejo said there is no mystery. Or at least there shouldn’t be issue of whether the 2003 memo correctly defined open space in the rules for downtown development projects.</p> <p>       City Manager Camejo was speaking of the memo that provoked so many shrill comments at Monday’s meeting of the city council acting as the community redevelopment agency. In November and December, city staff had raised the Leif Ahnell and City Attorney Diana Grub Frieser claimed not to have seen the memo until it turned up during the city’s review of downtown guidelines.</p> <p>       On Wednesday, Camejo told me that he finds Ahnell’s and Frieser’s comments surprising. “It was not a secret memo,” he said.</p> <p>       Indeed, the memo—written on July 28, 2003—went to all members of the city’s planning and zoning staff. The late Robert George, who then was in charge of all projects under the 1988 Downtown Development of Regional Impact order, wrote the memo. The CRA boundaries include the downtown. The memo went through Camejo, who then was CRA director and ran the development services department. It includes planning and zoning.</p> <p>       Camejo said the memo was meant to “memorialize the determinations” that the department had been making with regard to downtown open space. Bigger projects were lining up—Townsend Place, Palmetto Place, 200 East—and Camejo said he thought it would be helpful to provide “documentation” to newer staff members.</p> <p>       Sure enough, the memo notes the definition of open space in the 1988 order and the change of definition under Ordinance 4035, which voters passed in 1993 to update the rules for downtown development. The new language defined open space as “open from the land to the sky prominently designed for and paved with bricks, pavers or other similar material for pedestrian use, or an area where no structures or buildings other than landscape features, fountains, benches, arcades and objects of art are located.” The intent, the memo said, was to “enhance the pedestrian orientation of downtown. . .”</p> <p>       Correctly interpreting the rule, Camejo said, means appreciating that “you’re talking about an urban area, not Broken Sound. It’s more like a European piazza than a softball field.” A bank drive-through does not count as open space. Nor does a rooftop pool deck. But Townsend Place, Camejo said, created a pool area basically at street level that opened up the southeast side of the project as you walk by on Mizner Boulevard. So that pool area counts as open space.</p> <p>       Curiously, Camejo said no one from the city has called to ask about the memo. Ahnell said Monday that the staff would report to the council on the origin of the memo and how staff interpreted it. Camejo left he called Councilman Scott Singer—who chairs the CRA—to “give him some clarity,” but hasn’t heard back. He also called Deputy City Manager George Brown. The two spoke briefly.</p> <p>       One complication may be how Camejo left the city. Ahnell took over the CRA directorship in 2005. Camejo resigned in 2009, after 28 years with Boca Raton. He now is director of the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency, but he still owns a house in Boca. If the city wants him to speak about the memo before the council or at a public workshop, Camejo said, he would do so.</p> <p>       More may come out, but at this point the memo doesn’t come close to justifying Monday’s hysteria. And if the city needs to know more about the memo, the city should speak with the man whose name is on it.</p> <p><strong>University Park murder</strong></p> <p>       Boca Raton police made a second arrest Tuesday in the Dec. 29 shooting death at the University Park apartment complex. The questions for the city go beyond the investigation into the murder.</p> <p>       Florida Atlantic University administrators and Boca elected officials have made clear for nearly two years their desire to create a student district along 20<sup>th</sup> Street, the eastern entrance to the campus. It could attract not just FAU students but also those at Lynn University who are living off-campus. It’s a fairly easy trip up Fifth Avenue to Spanish River Boulevard and over to Lynn.</p> <p>       More recently, the city agreed to consider a new, student housing category. The owner of eight acres on Fifth Avenue just north of University Park wants to build a complex of more than 600 apartments.</p> <p>       Mayor Susan Haynie said she would want FAU to patrol this student district. She worries about a new demand on the city’s department. As the murder of Nicholas Acosta shows, however, new clusters of student housing could require more than just patrols.</p> <p>       Police Chief Dan Alexander told me this week that the department has been “evaluating” calls from University Park, “the first of its character.” True enough. Though FAU and Lynn students are scattered throughout the city, University Park is the first complex to target students. It opened this year, and Alexander said “one semester is not enough for a good basis” on which to judge the effect.</p> <p>       According to the department, University Park generated 64 calls over roughly the last five months. They ranged from possession of alcohol or drugs to that homicide call. A department spokesman could not say how that number compared with calls from complexes with older residents and/or families.</p> <p>       University Park provides private security service. Obviously, though, private guards can’t deal with too much beyond nuisance calls. Alexander said the department “intends to provide estimates” of the potential demand for police services as Boca studies how to best accommodate the rising demand for student-only living.</p> <p><strong>Gromann off board</strong></p> <p>It came as a mild surprise Monday night when the Boca council didn’t reappoint Glenn Gromann to the Downtown Advisory Board.</p> <p>       Except in unusual circumstances, the council normally lets board members continue. Some members of the fire and police pension board, for example, have served for decades even during controversy about the board’s investment decisions.</p> <p>       But 17 people had applied for the 12 positions. After one round of voting, the council had chosen 10 members. Things were complicated because Mike Mullaugh was absent. After another round, it was down to Gromann and one other applicant for the last spot. Gromann lost. He does remain on the key planning and zoning board.</p> <p><strong>Salary talks on tap</strong></p> <p>Let the debate about salaries for Boca’s mayor and council begin. The council introduced the ordinance Monday night.</p> <p><strong>Wildflower talk</strong></p> <p>At the end of Monday night’s meeting, the subject arose again about use of the Wildflower property. Jeremy Rodgers and Scott Signer asked about a 2011 online survey the city conducted. Those who don’t want a restaurant have tried to claim that the city rigged the results in favor of active use and against a park.</p> <p>       Mayor Haynie and Deputy City Manager Brown reminded everyone that the decision to seek a restaurant was based not just on that survey but also on many other meetings. Let’s also remember that Boca would not have spent $7.5 million to buy land for a tiny pocket park. There is no conspiracy here. The city is trying to get the best return on its investment for all residents.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Savor the Avenue 20162016-01-14T10:33:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><img alt="" height="757" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.14_savor_the_avenue_info.jpg" width="490"></p>Theater Review: &quot;#Unhappy Hour&quot; at Coral Springs Center2016-01-13T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Here, finally, is a new spin on an increasing—and increasingly uniform—theater trend: the collection of 10-minute(ish) shorts written by different playwrights. You’ve seen this before, if you’ve ever attended City Theatre’s “Summer Shorts,” or Island City Stage and City Theatre’s “Shorts Gone Wild,” or The Naked Stage’s “24-Hour Theater Project,” but you’ve never seen it quite like this.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/unhappyhour1.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p>Instead of a succession of clearly attributed shorts following each other in a linear fashion, “#Unhappy Hour” is structured like a continuous two-act play set in a South Florida dive bar. The individual plays mingle with each other like guests at a cocktail party, disappearing into the whole. They are never identified except in the playbill, and if you didn’t already know that the project was conceived by five playwrights, you’d never guess. It’s a truly egalitarian way to conceive an omnibus play, and Mark Della Ventura and Gabriel Hammad, who developed the idea, should be applauded for re-imagining the familiar. Whether it works is another story.</p> <p>Staged in the redesigned, cabaret-style second-floor black box at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, the plays in “#Unhappy Hour” are contextualized through the perspective of bartenders and best friends Charlie (Hammad) and Claire (Raquel Montesino) as they dance around their obvious attraction to each other over the course of a memorable night at the watering hole. Della Ventura and Hammad scripted these exchanges, which seem to encompass almost half the play; generally, the rest of show, focusing on the oddballs, loonies, mopers, drunks, deviants and extraterrestrials who frequent the bar’s tables, was a joint effort by Della Ventura, Hammad, David Sirois, Gladys Ramirez and Meera Paul. The structure is not unlike a Florida-centric “Clerks,” in which the ostensibly normal people behind the counter endure a revolving door of uncouth customers and quirky outcasts—most of them defined by the trademark sense of Millennial angst that Sirois and Della Ventura have infused previous award-winning works.</p> <p>Unfortunately, the imaginative structure is a double-edged sword. By subsuming the individual plays into one seamless entity, “#Unhappy Hour” squelches distinction and structural cogency in favor of anonymity and fluidity. Without beginnings, middles and ends, scenes tend to flounder, as concepts only partially realized. These include a pair of would-be criminals planning a heist at a sperm bank (Devin Iovelli and Persi Caputo), a pair of bro-tastic nihilists with women problems (Iovelli and Vincent Baierlein), and a stoic Man in Black in search of a renegade government agent (Alexander Ellwood and Kurtis Huntsinger, respectively). The one play that seems most fleshed-out, Hammad’s “A Bad Night for Brad Knight,” is a sour exercise in masochistic futility, as Huntsinger’s title character suffers a humorless procession of indignities.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/unhappyhour2.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p>Other characters are cut from cloths too broad for the playwrights’ usual command of nuance, such as Persi’s fiery Latina stereotype; Baierlein’s overacted performance as Claire’s drunken douchebag of a boyfriend; and Roxanne Lamendola’s bimbo bar server, dopily mystified by the concept of “blackened dolphin fingers.” (The character is usually played by Ananga Pigna, who was in hospital for the opening weekend).</p> <p>There are more unlikable characters in “#Unhappy Hour” than likeable ones, and the actors, many of them still green and bushy-tailed, don’t manage to humanize them enough in their minimal stage time. Montesino and Hammad share the most realistic chemistry, but even their interactions tend to feel rushed; they anticipate their partner’s lines rather than react to them naturally. More tightly calibrated direction from Della Ventura and Hammad (and, surely, more rehearsals) would have improved the pacing.</p> <p>Nice touches around the plays’ edges include a fairly realistic bar design (though a few scuffs on the pristine walls would have added character), a live stream of ambient music from South Florida’s alternative-rock station The Shark (which often seems to supply the perfect song for the perfect emotional moment in the show), and a number of well-timed, site-specific barbs at the den of depravity that is the Sunshine State.</p> <p>Yet, as youthful and mold-breaking and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny as it is, “#Unhappy Hour” shares a problem with plenty of more conventional plays—a disparity of people to care about and root for. Without them, we’re like so many disaffected barflies, awaiting our next half-priced Bud Lite Lime.</p> <p><em>“#Unhappy Hour” runs through Jan. 24 at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. Tickets cost $39.22. Call 954-344-5990 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. </em></p>Walk/run to help fund bone marrow transplants2016-01-13T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>An international bone marrow registry based in Boca Raton, the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, will hold its annual Boca Raton Run/Walk for Life on Jan. 17. The Gift of Life 5K (3.1-mile) run/walk to raise money for bone marrow transplants starts at Florida Atlantic University at 9 a.m. Kids can compete in the event’s Kids Superhero Sprint, which starts at 8:45a.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="232" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.13_gift_of_life.jpg.crdownload.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>An awards celebration will follow. But just before the run/walk, at 8:30 a.m., in what promises to be an emotional first meeting, a three-year-old boy will meet the 22-year-old stranger who saved his life with a bone marrow transplant. Emcee, Boca Raton City Council member and chairman of the Community Redevelopment Agency Scott Singer, has personal ties to the cause. Singer’s mother-in-law, a bone marrow recipient, found her donor through Gift of Life.</p> <p>This is the only South Florida event dedicated to raising awareness for bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants for patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other blood-related diseases. Money raised from the <a href=";fr_id=1230" target="_blank">Gift of Life</a> 5K will help add new donors to the registry. The local nonprofit organization has a registry with more than 240,000 donors and has facilitated more than 2,900 transplants, according to an event press release. </p> <p>The cost to walk or run is $30 but goes up to $35 the day of the event. There is no charge for children ages six years and younger.</p> <p>Registration begins at 8 am at the Palm Beach Plaza, in front of FAU’s administration building. For directions and information, including how to donate to the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, go to <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a>.  </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Proven Ways to Feel Better Now2016-01-13T06:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>As the New Year begins, so do the New Year’s resolutions, and one of the most popular ones is weight loss. Unfortunately, the odds are not in our favor when it comes to resolutions, as most people give up in the first few weeks.</p> <p>If that sounds familiar, then this year I want to suggest a new way of approaching wellness. Instead of making big goals and setting yourself up for challenges that you just want to quit, I suggest making a simple commitment to loving yourself. When you feel loved, you feel happy! And aren’t love and happiness the real reasons behind the resolution to lose weight? Best of all, you won’t want to quit – who wants to quit feeling happy and loved?</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.13_happiness.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Here are my top tips: </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>1. FALL IN LOVE WITH YOURSELF</strong><br> It may sound strange, but most people I know don’t fully love themselves. You can go on and on about why you love your partner or your friends, but do you have a list of why you are so amazing yourself?</p> <p>This year I invite you to make a list of qualities and features that you love about you. For example, how about loving your witty sense of humor or your depth of character? How about that beautiful smile and those strong fingernails? <br> <br> Make a list and re-read it every morning when you wake up and every night before going to bed. Then just watch your life change!</p> <p>If you need support or suggestions, check out #100DaySelfLoveAffair on social media.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>2. FIND FOODS THAT YOU LOVE AND THAT LOVE YOU BACK</strong></p> <p>The best way to make a lifelong dietary change is to focus on win-win. Instead of making a list of what you can't eat and items that you have to avoid, make the following two love lists:</p> <p>1. Foods that you LOVE to eat</p> <p>2. Foods that LOVE you &amp; make you feel good after you eat them
 </p> <p>After you write these two lists, see which items appear on both of them, and focus on those foods!</p> <p>For example, I love berries and bananas, and I feel good when I eat them. Instead of feeling deprived that I can't have too much dairy ice cream, I try to skip dairy altogether and have an Acai bowl instead. In the end, I feel good during my meal <em><span>and</span></em> after it as well. Why settle for less than a win-win? Check out my <a href="/blog/2015/07/29/best-acai-bowls-in-boca-and-beyond/" target="_blank">blog</a> on the best Acai Bowls in Boca. </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>3. DO RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS EVERY WEEK</strong></p> <p>Even though I would love for each one of us to do random acts of kindness every day, I think it is hard to follow through with that kind of commitment. So, instead of setting yourself up failure, set yourself up for success, and do random acts of kindness every week.</p> <p>For example, make Monday random acts of kindness day, and start every week by doing something nice for someone. Maybe buy coffee for your co-worker, make your friend feel loved with a big hug or offer to run an errand for someone who you know is overwhelmed.</p> <p>As a result, you will boost your own serotonin (feel-good hormone), the serotonin of the recipient of your gesture and the serotonin of someone who may be observing or hearing about your act of kindness. How about that for a win-win-win?</p> <p><br> I believe that when we truly love ourselves, we can truly love others, and by doing both, we can create a happier world for everyone. So, let’s make 2016 a fabulous year!</p>Table 26 a big hit2016-01-12T13:45:00+00:00Super Top SEcret/blog/author/admin/<p><img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/static1.squarespace.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>We always get asked about great places for first dates, anniversary dinners, brunch—and we’ve got a winner for you in Table 26° just two blocks south of the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach. The ‘26°’ refers to its latitude, and the décor is thematically correct (nautical)—and the food is sublime. In fact, this may be up there in our top new picks.</p> <p>Executive chef Joe Ferro started us off with classic shrimp and grits followed by smoked salmon benedict, the salmon and egg perched atop a delicious homemade potato latke (apparently from a family recipe)! The Scotch egg we tried was wrapped in prosciutto and the seafood salad was spanking fresh. If you're a steak-and-eggs type of person, the Allen Brothers steak and eggs is a must try, with filet medallions that melt in your mouth! Then—drumroll—the crispy French toast coated in corn flakes and deep fried served with fresh strawberries, whipped cream and maple syrup.</p> <p>Brunch was superb, imaginative, accompanied by adult beverages and concluded with dessert. Serious dessert. Table 26° offers S'mores fudge sundaes and warm bread pudding served with dulce de leche ice cream, among other sinful selections.</p> <p>So next time you are casting around for that perfect place to while away a long Sunday brunch, point it north and prepare to be dazzled. We cannot imagine how great it is for dinner—let us know! Table 26° is on the right latitude, and squarely on our radar now.</p> <p> </p> <p>Table 26</p> <p>1700 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach</p> <p>561/855-2600</p> <p> </p>Year of the Monkey is a must-do!2016-01-12T12:22:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.13_chinese_new_year.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Swank Farms’ sold-out  “Farm Market” Sunday dinner last weekend was a smash—with fresh inspired food and a slew of vendors as an added bonus selling fresh eggs,  olive oils, caviar and more. The music by Sosos was perfect,  a cool front was blowing in, and it was simply South Florida dining at its best. On a farm. Sigh.</p> <p>The happy news is that we do not have to wait another month for the next one—which is slated for January 31!  “The Year of The Monkey” celebrating the Chinese New Year and benefitting Slow Food Miami, will feature an Asian-inspired menu by Chef Aaron Brooks of Edge Steak &amp; Bar, Miami, Chef Adonay Tafur of The Dutch, Miami Beach, Chef Alex Chang of Vagabond, Miami and pastry chef Max Santiago of The Salty Donut, Miami. Melanie Robertson–Ober of Cordon Bleu Catering in West Palm will be the sommelier, and Lauren Shandelman, bar manager at The Edge, will be mixing up cocktails. Music will be by the popular Killbillies.</p> <p>The farm dinners are unique, delicious  and drive home the farm-to-table message about as directly as you can—with fresh veggies and greens right from the farm. The company is convivial, the wine flows and the stars come out.</p> <p>We say make your plans now before you miss another one.</p> <p>Call 561/202-5648</p> <p> </p>Cheers to new drink menus2016-01-12T09:28:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="736" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.12_village_tavern_key_lime_martini.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>New cocktails shake it up at Village Tavern</strong></p> <p>Sometimes, you just want a gorgeous cocktail in terrific surroundings. Village Tavern <em>(1880 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, 561/853-0280)</em> announced a new specialty cocktail menu at a fun-to-drink-at bar, and we know the surroundings are half the fun! Try the Key Lime martini (pictured, <em><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a></em>), the Old Fashioned or Pineapple Upside Down martini. They also have 50 wines by the glass (note the half-price wines by the glass on Wednesdays), and have been recognized by Wine Spectator for their wine list. Happy Hour is every day from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The other South Florida location is in Pembroke Pines.</p> <p><em><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.12_anthonys_bocce_ball.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><strong>Turning up the drink heat at Anthony’s Coal-Fired Pizza</strong></p> <p>Known for the pizza cooked in 800-degree ovens, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza <em>(115 NE 6<sup>th</sup> Ave., Delray Beach, 561/278-7911)</em> just turned up the heat on its signature drink menu. They’ve created the Pizzatini (vodka, Campari, fresh lemon and basil), the Bocce Ball (pictured), the Limoncello spritz and the Nutty Italian (Frangelico, vodka, amaretto, filthy cherries), among others. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p> <p><em><br></em></p>The mystery memo on open space and other news of note2016-01-12T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="563" src="/site_media/uploads/42361-29abd8f45653d21a0014dad7453de421.jpg" width="750"></h3> <h3>Smoking memo     </h3> <p>We have a mystery in Boca Raton. And the pitchforks are out.</p> <p>       The mystery is a 2003 memo from then-Community Redevelopment Agency Director Jorge Camejo about how the city should interpret rules under Ordinance 4035 for open space at downtown developments. The ordinance dates to 1988, as part of the downtown redevelopment plan. Forty percent of projects must be open, public space.</p> <p>       Under that 2003 memo, however, the city might have wrongly considered certain areas as open space. If that happened, a developer might have received more density while setting aside less public space. Or the open space might have been badly located. One of the city’s priorities has been to make downtown as pedestrian-friendly as possible. Strategic open space can make that happen.</p> <p>       The memo arose during Boca’s review of the Mark at Cityscape (above), the first project under a new downtown ordinance—5052—that grants 40 extra feet in height in return for adhering to city-approved architectural guidelines. There was general unhappiness about the Mark’s appearance, including its features at ground level. The review, which has been going on since last spring, drew attention to the memo.</p> <p>       Essentially, the memo expanded the definition of open space to include areas that are above ground level and not accessible to pedestrians, such as “areas under exposed balconies.” City staff now believes that such a definition does not enhance “the public realm” as Ordinance 4035 intended and proposes changing the language.</p> <p>       Obviously, however, there’s much more to this mystery. Why did Camejo write the memo? He left the city in 2008, basically forced out by City Manager Leif Ahnell, who then added the CRA director’s job to his portfolio. Camejo is now director of the Hollywood CRA.</p> <p>       During Monday’s meeting of the city council acting as the CRA board, Ahnell said he hadn’t known of the memo. He said no meeting agenda or minutes from that time mentions the memo. Dave Freudenberg, the former city council member who was CRA chairman in 2003, also said he never saw the memo. Mayor Susan Haynie, who was on the council in 2003, said the same thing.</p> <p>       Apparently, however, the city was using this policy memo for a dozen years to interpret rules on open space. A public vote created Ordinance 4035. At worst, the memo could have led the city to violate the will of the people and possibly the law.</p> <p>       Not surprisingly, many people who spoke at Monday’s meeting have reached that worst conclusion. They tossed around words like “malfeasance,” “scandal,” “chicanery,” “robbed” and “reprehensible.” Much time was spent rehashing the debate about growth in Boca, with one woman wailing that the council had “ruined” the city.</p> <p>       In fact, it is too early to reach any conclusion. Staff will review all downtown projects approved after the memo and how much open space they provided. The city also will review all projects approved between 1988 and July 2003, when Camejo issued the memo. Boca Raton will tell any applicants for new projects that open space approvals are subject to the review of Ordinance 4035.</p> <p>       The critics’ one valid point is the issue of accountability. When the city’s review is complete, Boca Raton residents should know why Camejo wrote the memo, whether any harm resulted from it and, if so, what the city intends to do about it. The council delayed a public workshop until that investigation is complete. There isn’t much to talk about productively until the city knows what  happened—and why.</p> <h3>Cutting taxes in Delray</h3> <p>Delray Beach commissioners and city administrators spent an hour last week in what sounded at times like a counseling session about Delray’s finances.</p> <p>       Chief Financial Officer Jack Warner outlined the 2016-17 budget. Though he was seeking early direction from the commission, Warner also presented a goal of reducing the city’s property tax rate by one mill—one dollar of every $1,000 in assessed value—over 10 years, by cutting 0.1 mills each year, amounting to a cut of $800,000 in tax revenue each year from the operating budget.</p> <p>       Warner likely was responding to gripes that while the tax rate of $7.06 is a slight decrease from two years ago, residents would like it to be still lower. Delray Beach does remain comparatively far from the state limit of $10, but businesses choosing between Delray and Boca can see that the Boca’s rate is roughly 50 percent lower.</p> <p>       Cutting taxes, however, would require raising more revenue or reducing expenses. Administrators mentioned a goal of reducing expenses two percent. But 62 percent of Delray’s operating budget—it doesn’t include utilities and sanitation—goes for police and fire. Warner noted that new contracts, which the commission approved, award 4 percent raises. Reaching that two percent reduction goal, Mayor Cary Glickstein calculated correctly, would have to mean cutting the other 38 percent of city government by eight percent. Oh, and the city used $3.5 million in reserves to balance this year’s budget. That can’t keep happening.</p> <p>       Yet the city commission again gave $1.5 million from the operating budget to non-profits—charities. On that point, Warner said, “I surrender.” He is anticipating the same amount, even though it may be past time for those organizations to raise money on their own. The Delray Beach Library is independent, but it receives $5 million from the city and the community redevelopment agency. Warner asked if Delray Beach needs two public golf courses and two tennis centers.</p> <p>       As for more revenue, Warner mentioned parking. The city collects $2 million annually in parking revenue, but most of the city-owned parking is surface lots. What about more garages? What about higher rates for non-residents? “I want money from people I don’t know,” Warner said. Perhaps higher rates could double that $2 million.</p> <p>       Delray Beach owns some vacant lots and could sell them, but there aren’t many. Also, any money would be for one-time use, since it wouldn’t be recurring. The city could assess residents a fee for fire-rescue services, as Boca Raton does. The argument for a fee is that those homeowners who don’t pay property taxes—because they have homesteads worth less than the tax exemption limit of $50,000—would help pay for a key service. Warner said of the fee, however, “I’ve dropped it” because of public opposition. The commissioners didn’t ask him to pick it up.</p> <p>       Instead, they asked Warner why they had not received a department-by-department evaluation of staffing and spending. It was a fair point, but then Mitch Katz implied that the staff had done almost no review. To which Warner replied, “I know you’re not intentionally insulting us.” Katz later backed off a bit. That review is proceeding.</p> <p>       When I spoke on Monday with Glickstein, he tried to strike a balance. Administrators need to “better explain that each department is running efficiently” while he and the commissioners must acknowledge that “we will have to make some hard choices.”</p> <p>       Glickstein considered talk of a tax cut “premature.” The commission’s goal-setting meeting had focused on maximizing service levels in three areas: public safety, public works and parks/recreation and planning. Those departments must be “staffed adequately for the task at hand, and that changes.” Financial projections also can change. Warner based his on a 4 percent increase in property values and a 4.2 increase in other revenue. Both will depend on the economy.</p> <p>       City Manager Don Cooper said administrators will take the commission’s somewhat uncertain direction and be back on Aug. 12 with a proposed budget. The fiscal year ends on Sept. 30. “I think we’ll get there,” Glickstein said of the effort to align the commission’s wishes with the staff’s budget realities. Not without more counseling between now and August.</p> <h3>And the CRA again…</h3> <p>              Within that budget discussion you could hear again the issue of money from downtown development in Delray Beach going not to the overall city but to the community redevelopment agency.</p> <p>       Warner spoke of possibly “redeploying” some of the $3.5 million in CRA spending. He noted that the property tax base within the CRA is increasing faster than the tax base elsewhere in Delray. The commission and the CRA board have agreed on minor changes, but the city won’t get its finances straight without major changes, which may require a round of commission-CRA counseling.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>RIP: Jean-Marc Casanave2016-01-11T11:22:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><img alt="" height="435" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/jeanmarc.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The Boca community continues to grieve the death of Jean-Marc Casanave, co-owner of Fred Astaire Dance Studio with wife Pam. Local tributes have been pouring in on the Facebook page “The Man, the Myth, the Legend.” We asked Tim Snow, who worked so closely with Jean-Marc staging the popular Boca’s Ballroom Battle fundraiser, for permission to re-print his touching post. Here’s what the president of the George Snow Scholarship Fund had to say about the loss of his friend:</p> <p>“This weekend I lost a great friend in Jean-Marc Casanave. His passing has left a huge void in my heart and the hearts of so many. I was drawn to Jean-Marc for many reasons; it was easy to be drawn to him. His sense of humor was always on and in play, he saw the comedy in everyday life that so many of us miss, seeing the world through his eyes made time with him a joy. Jean-Marc had a huge and thoughtful heart. The thing that I admired most about Jean-Marc was his love of the Lord.</p> <p>“One memory of Jean-Marc that I will always cherish was a time just before I was to be admitted into the hospital for a procedure, he stopped by my office unannounced. He asked if he could sit and pray for me. Our time that day was filled with peace and the warm feeling that is hard to describe. When he left I knew that everything was going to be fine and that I had a true friend by my side. Jean-Marc would go to the hospital and pray with people he did not know. He had a knowledge of scripture and [an] ability to recall just the right passage at just the right time. He amazed me that way. Those of us who danced in the Ballroom Battle will remember his pre-show prayer, where everyone would gather around him backstage and hold hands. He would, in the most sensitive way and always mindful that others might not share his faith, speak a prayer of encouragement and love. I will miss so much about him: his bear hugs, his laugh, his smile.</p> <p>“One thing I do know is that I am a better person because of my time with him. For that I am grateful. I get comfort only through the knowledge that he is with the Lord and that God is getting that same bear hug I am going to miss so dearly. Rest in Peace my friend.”</p>Burgers, BBQ and Bolay2016-01-11T09:13:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.11_boca_best_bbq.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>New Boca BBQ dining brings North Carolina smoking to the table</strong></p> <p>Pulled pork, pulled BBQ chicken, fried catfish and more North Carolina-style smoked barbecue dishes are on the menu at the new Boca’s Best BBQ &amp; Smokehouse, which opens Jan. 18. Brothers Scott and Nathan Gibson (of Gibson Smokehouse) and Chef Dwayne “Dewey” Hooper (of Sweet Dewey’s BBQ) have joined to double the seating space of the former Dewey’s restaurant<em> (9181 W. Glade Road, 561/488-9688)</em> and will serve lots of barbecue, along with Kosher-style corned beef pastrami, fried chicken, beef jerky, wings and ribs. Breakfast is also served. The restaurant will be open Tuesday-Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. </p> <p><img alt="" height="428" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.11_habit_burger.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Habit Burger Grill opens third Florida location in Royal Palm Beach</strong> </p> <p>Habit Burger Grill is opening its third Florida restaurant in Royal Palm Beach on Jan. 20. Before that, get a taste on “Free Burger Day” on Jan. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and again on Jan. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for the first 250 customers. Of course, there’s the signature Charburger, but also tuna steak and chicken sandwiches, salads and the Santa Barbara sandwich (pictured), among others. The new restaurant is at 280 S. State Road 7, Royal Palm Beach. The other two locations are in Delray Beach and Miami.</p> <p><img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.11_bolay_tim_gannon.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Bolay with “build a bowl” to open in Wellington from Outback co-founder</strong></p> <p>Restaurateur Tim Gannon had a hit when he co-founded Outback restaurant. Now he’s back with another innovative idea—Bolay in Wellington—slated to open in February. Tim (pictured) and son Chris Gannon describe Bolay as “taking a fast, casual approach to fresh, flavorful food” by having customers “build bowls packed with nutrient-rich super foods and tasty proteins.” Chef Martin Oswald, former Wolfgang Puck protégé, helped with the menu. There are gluten-free options, too. Stay tuned for a specific opening date, at 250 S. State Road 7, in the new Buckingham Plaza.</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>The Week Ahead: Jan. 12 to 182016-01-11T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/hal-linden.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Hal Linden</strong></p> <p>Where: Parliament Hall at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $100</p> <p>Contact: 561/297-2337,</p> <p>Hal Linden began his career as a big band musician in the 1950s, but it wasn’t until he was a septuagenarian than he released his debut album, a pop-and-jazz standards LP appropriately titled “It’s Never Too Late.” In the middle, the mustachioed personality established a verdant acting career on the stage and screen, winning a Tony Award for his role in 1970’s “The Rothschilds,” and earning seven Emmy nominations for his performance as the title character in the comedy series “Barney Miller.” At this appearance at FAU’s new Theatre Lab stage, Linden will share stories and recollections from his 65 diverse years in the entertainment biz. Business attire is required. Arrive early, at 6 p.m., for a reception with live music by the Jazz Roots. All proceeds from this event will benefit FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="226" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/mo-rocca_0.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Mo Rocca</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50.85</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you don’t know who Mo Rocca is, you must not watch much television. He arrived on the radars of many when Jon Stewart inherited “The Daily Show” in 1998; as one of Stewart’s favored correspondents, Rocca was the white, liberal, bespectacled Catholic wiseacre who <em>wasn’t</em> Stephen Colbert. Few networks have turned down Rocca’s invitations since; the brainy humorist has quipped about pop-culture nostalgia for VHI’s “I Love the ‘80s,” provided levity on “Countdown With Keith Olbermann,” created the homespun culinary series “My Grandmother’s Ravioli” on The Cooking Channel, and like everybody with an IMDb page to their credit, appeared on a couple of “Law &amp; Order” spinoffs. His most surprising TV appearance arrived last year, when he delivered the first reading at Pope Francis’ Mass at Madison Square Garden—in perfect Spanish! For an openly gay man, it was quite a statement. At this appearance, sponsored by Broward College, Rocca will combine comedy, commentary and biography, discussing his unique experiences as a media personality and journalist.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/thumb_beardturtlesawnose-turtle-and-the-saw-nose-edition.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Wild”</strong></p> <p>Where: Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5 suggested donation</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Conservation, art and politics have been in painter Alex Beard’s bloodline for as long as he remembers. His uncle, after all, is Peter Beard, the famed nature photographer, filmmaker and diarist, and his father staffed for Robert F. Kennedy. People like Andy Warhol, Truman Capote and Jacqueline Onassis used to hang around his house. Now living in New Orleans with his wife and children, Alex supports the animal welfare causes his uncle championed through his Watering Hole Foundation, while painting semi-abstract paeans to nature in a style he calls “abstract naturalism.” The work is imaginative but grounded in the “golden ratio” geometrics of math, which has earned his paintings comparisons to M.C. Escher. But it’s Beard’s passion for protecting endangered wildlife that attracted Cornell Museum Curator Melanie Johanson to center her winter exhibition, “Wild,” around him. “His foundation directly affected elephants being saved from poachers,” Johanson says. “He’s taking money from himself to help with conservation and protection efforts. I wanted to support his foundation and show the beauty and wonder of the natural world.” The show’s other artists, including surrealist animal sculptor Ellen Jewitt, string artist Caitlin T. McCormack and Miami landscapist Ernesto Kunde, present their own contributions to nature-centric art, and each has agreed to donate a portion of sales from “Wild” to Beard’s foundation. The show runs through April 17.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/will-rogers.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Will Rogers Follies”</strong></p> <p>Where: Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $55-$65</p> <p>Contact: 561/575-2223, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>I must admit that I’m unfamiliar with “The Will Rogers Follies,” which opened on Broadway in 1991. But that’s a good thing: It means Maltz Jupiter Theatre Artistic Director Kato is continuing to dig the Broadway archives for shows rarely performed in the region. This musical revue dramatizes the life and career of cowboy humorist Rogers—the actor who lassoed every medium from newspapers to stage and screen in the early 20<sup>th</sup> century—against the backdrop of a show he frequently hosted, the Ziegfeld Follies. Songs he popularized will connect to his larger-than-life biography, and Rogers even performs rope tricks and delivers homespun insights between numbers. Of all of this season’s Maltz productions, “Will Rogers Follies” will likely bring the most razzle-dazzle, with Carbonell winner Matt Loehr—star of Maltz’s unforgettable productions of “The Music Man” and “Hello, Dolly!”—performing the title role. It runs through Jan. 31.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/golemofhavana0021.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Golem of Havana”</strong></p> <p>Where: Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35-$65</p> <p>Contact: 305/674-1040, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you haven’t heard of Miami New Drama yet, chances are you will when reviews for “The Golem of Havana” start pouring in. The brand-new company, co-founded by Michel Hausmann and Moises Kaufman (the latter famous for bringing the world “The Laramie Project,” as part of his Tectonic Theater Project) aims to create stage experiences that better represent Miami’s cultural demographics. It starts with this dynamic, Brechtian musical set in Havana set in the twilight of the Batista regime, centering on a family of Hungarian Jewish expats that includes a tailor awaiting his big break, a matriarch haunted by memories of the Holocaust, and a teenage protagonist who escapes into realms of fantasy and folklore. Faith, community, irony and the human condition will be explored in this alternately funny and dramatic award-winner, in which all 12 actors remain onstage the entire time and provide sound effects when necessary. The music, meanwhile, is a distinctive stew of Cuban and Jewish influences. “The Golem of Havana” runs through Feb. 7.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/57115a.jpg" width="305"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of South Florida Fair</strong></p> <p>Where: South Florida Fairgrounds, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: Opening ceremonies begin at 11:30 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: $6-$15</p> <p>Contact: 561/793-0333, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>An institution for more than 100 years, the South Florida Fair is expected to attract upwards of half a million visitors to its 17 eclectic days of live music, midway rides, interactive exhibits and theatrical performances—that’s a lot of funnel cake. National acts slated to perform include Tenth Avenue North (Jan. 17), Hoobastank (pictured, Jan. 19), Emerson Drive (Jan. 20), The Guess Who (Jan. 21), Brothers Osborne (Jan. 27) and Starship with Mickey Thomas (Jan. 28). Other scheduled entertainment includes Vocal Trash, the environmentally conscious drummers, musicians and break-dancers who perform innovative covers on instruments made from repurposed scrap items; Kachunga, an alligator tamer whose appendages know their way around the 80-toothed Florida natives; stage hypnotist and comedian Tyzen; and the Rosstyn Ice Show, featuring world-renowned skaters. In addition, the fair is going hyperlocal this year, with a “Discover the Palm Beaches” themed exposition; Palm Beach County resident artists will showcase work designed from sand, flip-flops and palm fronds. It runs through Jan. 31.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/ani-2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Ani DiFranco</strong></p> <p>Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25</p> <p>Contact: 954/564-1074, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For anyone still bemoaning the forced homogenization and major-label stranglehold of the music industry, Ani DiFranco is a perennial reminder that if you the talent, you should quit your bitchin’, start a label and make a record. That’s just what DiFranco did back in 1990, at age 19, releasing her self-titled debut on her own Righteous Babe Records after years of busking on street corners and honing her chops in coffee shops. She’s remained fiercely independent ever since, releasing 17 more albums on Righteous Babe, including her latest, 2014’s “Allergic to Water.” As an outspoken activist and entrepreneur, the folk and feminist icon is a singular presence in the world of popular music: a dogged outsider who is also a household name, and someone who has never needed radio play to cement her legacy, let alone provide a steady paycheck. She’ll likely sell out the Culture Room for this intimate acoustic set with bass and drum accompaniment and, if recent concerts are a clue, a different and eclectic set list every night.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/img143453900199-185-100-207.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Sunshine Music Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 11 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: $49.99–$189.99</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>One of our region’s most popular boutique musical festivals no longer has the blues—at least in its moniker. The former Sunshine Music &amp; Blues Festival has dropped the genre signifier for its fourth annual performance at the Mizner Amphitheater, a smart move considering this year’s lineup is its most diverse yet. Headlined as always by founders Tedeschi Trucks Band—the 12-piece rock-n-soul powerhouse fronted by onetime solo artists Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks—the daylong shindig also features The Indigo Girls, the Atlanta folk-rock duo that met in elementary school and released its 14th album in 2015; the eclectic New Orleans brass virtuoso Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue; The Hardworking Americans, a cover-song supergroup fronted by rabble-rousing folksinger Todd Snider; Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, a beloved jam band fronted by a jazz saxophonist; and more. Expect a generous selection of wine, craft beer and food trucks. </p>From unique portraits to purgatorial boat rides2016-01-08T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="244" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/surel1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The lyrical trumps the prosaic and the abstract trumps the literal in Miami-based artist Nina Surel’s “Sailing to Byzantium,” which runs for a few more weeks at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. If the title of the exhibition sounds familiar—especially if you’re an English Lit major—it’s because it’s also the name of a famous W.B. Yeats poem about the spiritual transition from this earthly plane to the next. Surel’s exhibit, too, begins with a similarly evocative poem, co-written with Christina Rossetti, but its copious stanzas can’t help but pale next to Yeats’ more succinct original; pasting that onto the wall instead would have communicated Surel’s vision just as easily.</p> <p>The work itself though, is hypnotic, beguiling and uniquely beautiful, if bordering on the pretentious: The reflective Mylar foil in Plexiglass boxes, and the empty, crinkled white canvases look only tangentially like art. But for the number of pieces in “Sailing to Byzantium” that don’t resonate, just as many do, offering a feminist response to Yeats’ manly poem through media ranging from photography to sculpture to video. The title photograph features four identical angelic beings drifting on a wooden boat in a monochrome sea: One oars, another gazes into the water curiously and the others lie somewhere between rest and the eternal slumber. Their boat is painted in golf leaf, mirroring Yeats’ “such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make/of hammered gold and gold enameling,” and they look like beautiful water nymphs in transition, or explorers of a purgatorial oblivion.</p> <p>The boat itself hangs impressively from the gallery ceiling, an object as spiritually anchored as Noah’s Ark. And behind the boat, a projected video shows the four travelers, in bleached-out non-color, navigating a Green-screen sea, perpetually rowing their vessel but getting nowhere, as if in a Sisyphean loop.</p> <p>The sensation seems to suggest a way station between worlds, but beyond that, it poses more questions than it answers. Other images are striking but strain for a connection to the “Byzantium” theme. There’s a heavy “necklace” fastened to a wall with mariner’s rope, and around the corner a video displaying its use: In the minute-long clip, presented mostly in close-up, Surel wears the heavy wooden necklace like a life vest, hanging under her an unadorned face. In a procession of rapid edits, jewelry, leaves, headpieces, makeup and eventually cling-wrap covers her face, smothering her. It’s a powerful video, conveying the feminist wail that exists under the watery surface of the other works.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/wasow2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Two of the smaller galleries in the Art and Culture Center are also worth perusing before all of these exhibits close, on Jan. 24. My favorite show currently running is Santiago Rubino’s “Light Out of Darkness,” a series of mostly graphite (with some charcoal) drawings in shades of gray or sepia. Rubino draws characters suggestive of darkly whimsical fairy tales, with echoes of the Grimm Brothers, Hans Christian Anderson and Japanese animation. But by juxtaposing them in antique, ostentatious frames, they adopt the patina of historical portraiture.</p> <p>Drawn with lots of sharp points, serpentine twists and parabolic forms, Rubino’s creations hug the border between mythology, science and metaphysics, like the sword-carrying shepherdess overseeing a field studded with laboratory contraptions, or the children standing in a Holodeck-like space next to a fleet of microscopes aimed at winged insects. Many of the characters themselves have wings, tails and royal headgear, often nude with their naughty bits cheekily covered by butterflies, starfish and seashells, seemingly awaiting a cerebral graphic novel yet to be written.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/rubino.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Finally, Oliver Wasow’s “Studio Portraits” explores the artifice of portrait photography. His subjects are everyday people in commonplace clothing: a teenager sprawled on a sofa, a grizzled middle-aged man with a downcast gaze, a finger-sucking baby, a pair of children staring vacantly into the camera. Wasow places them in front of Green-screen images of classical landscape paintings, countering the banal and modern with the grandeur and the historic.</p> <p>This approach can feel a bit on the nose, but Wasow is a witty image-maker. And with subjects encompassing a wide swath of contemporary demographics, “Studio Portraits” contains just enough sociopolitical subtext about the relation between beauty’s perceptions and its reality to not overstay its welcome.</p> <p><em>"Nina Surel: Sailing to Byzantium," "Santiago Rubino: Light Out of Darkness" and "Oliver Wasow: Studio Portraits" run through Jan. 24 at Art and Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood. Admission costs $4-$7. Call 954-921-3274 or visit</em></p>Staff Picks: Juice and Jasper&#39;s and Wendi Blum2016-01-08T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>Raw Juce</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/1.8_raw_juce_black_magic.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>“I finally made it to the NEW location of Raw Juce, one of my favorite local places for organic, cold-pressed juices, smoothies and acai bowls! They now have Power House Bowls on the menu, which are like acai bowls but with vegan protein added. I decided to try the Black Magic (called so because it has activated charcoal mixed in, which is good for you since it removes toxins). It was absolutely delish, with bananas, chia seeds, coconut flakes, plump blueberries and raw honey. Of course, I couldn't leave without grabbing some of my favorite juices to go. Everything Raw Juce offers is healthy, good and good for you! They offer free juice samples to try before you buy, so what are you waiting for?! Go get some, and give your body some goodness!”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a> // 197 S. Federal Highway // 561/609-2871)</p> <p>  </p> <p>Jasper’s on 18th</p> <p><img alt="" height="357" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/1.8_jaspers.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Rebecca Valenza, Director of Marketing &amp; Advertising</em></p> <p>“Best flavors in Boca! It was by chance that I found Jasper's on 18th after a long day at the Town Center. Jasper's had just opened, and on this lucky day, we met Mogen Moller, the owner of this fabulous soon-to-be hotspot. What a lovely gentleman he is, and what a cook too. We enjoyed the Maytag Blue Truffle Chips (because it's the holidays, so why not?) with a lovely glass of Cabernet; then the California Spinach Salad, and on to the most delicious pan-roasted Filet Mignon on the planet. Jasper's is small, casual, very comfortable and delicious.”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a> // 6063 SW 18<sup>th</sup> St. // 561/756-9025)</p> <div> </div> <div>Create Your Best Life, Jan. 16-17</div> <div><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/wendiblum.jpg" width="490"></div> <div> </div> <div><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></div> <div><em><br></em></div> <div>"Kick off the new year by unleashing your potential with Wendi Blum -- the local author, speaker and life-shift coach known as "The Queen of Reinvention" -- for two days of empowering conversation at the annual Create Your Best Life event at Cendyn Spaces. The weekend affair -- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday -- touches on topics ranging from entrepreneurship and relationships to beauty, fashion, nutrition and meditation. Call <a target="_blank">954/214-5649</a> for registration details."</div> <div> </div> <div>(980 N. Federal Highway, Boca)</div>Fashion Forward: Delray Fashion Week2016-01-08T06:00:00+00:00LL Scene/blog/author/llscenegirls/<p class="normal">South Florida fashionistas: You’re going to love today’s post because we’re dishing exclusive details about Delray Fashion Week. You know how much fun we had last year, and you can join us this year!</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.8_llscene_local_mom_scoop.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">We’re pretty impressed with the style evolution of Delray Beach. You can’t walk down Atlantic Ave. without noticing a trendy new boutique with a line out the door, which is one of reasons we love Delray Fashion Week. It gives us the opportunity to learn about all the new boutiques taking over the avenue. There will be one runway show after the next, showcasing spectacular fashion, local designers and unique boutiques!  </p> <p class="normal">Join us in Downtown Delray Beach from Jan. 16-23 for a week of fashion shows, runway events, a designer showcase, beauty clinics, a hair show and shopping—lots and lots of shopping. Events will take place throughout the week both in-store and on the runway.  Many of the events are free to the public, but runway seating will be at a ticketed price, which is a donation to our local charities like Achievement Centers for Children and Families and Rapunzel Project, so it’s well worth it.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.8_loverich_boutique.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal">Fashion Week is an opportunity for our local businesses to showcase their merchandise and designs and to create in-store events. The committee includes: Jule Guaglardi, Owner, Roxy Lulu; Jelena Loverich, Owner LoveRich Boutique, Margaret Dorrer, Owner, Margaux Riviera; Mary Ann Brown, Master Stylist, In the Grove Hair Salon; and Glavidia Alexis, Owner, Glavidia’s Hair Studio.</p> <p class="normal">Here’s the schedule &amp; information on how you can attend Delray Fashion Week with us! </p> <p class="normal"> </p> <p class="normal"><strong>Saturday, Jan. 16- Delray Beach Fashion Week 2016 Opening Night</strong></p> <p class="normal">"Havannah Nights"</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Featuring</strong>: Resort Wear Show (men, women and children)</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Where</strong>: In front of the historic Colony Hotel</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Time</strong>: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Event Details</strong>: Runway show begins at 7:30 p.m.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Tickets</strong>: $20 per seat and includes swag bag and chance for a grand prize (seats limited)</p> <p class="normal"><em>Proceeds benefit the Achievement Center for Children and Families</em></p> <p class="normal">Tickets can be purchased at <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/12298/" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p class="normal"> </p> <p class="normal"><strong>Monday, Jan. 18- Delray Beach “Evening with Great Gatsby” Fashion Show</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Featuring</strong>: Fashion from Delray-based designers based and evening wear</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Where</strong>:  Delray Beach Marriott Hotel</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Time</strong>: 7 p.m.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Event Details</strong>: Reception, silent auction and runway fashion show</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Tickets</strong>:  $35, includes drink tickets, light bites, swag bag, reserved seat</p> <p class="normal"><em>Proceeds benefit Achievement Centers for Children &amp; Families. </em></p> <p class="normal">Tickets can be purchased at <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/12298/" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p class="normal"> </p> <p class="normal"><strong>Tuesday, Jan. 19- Timeless Fashion Show &amp; Luncheon</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Featuring</strong>: Fashions- men and women</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Where</strong>: Atlantic Plaza, 777 E. Atlantic Ave. – NE corner of Atlantic Ave. and NE 7<sup>th</sup> Ave.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Time</strong>:  11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Event Details: </strong>11:30 a.m. luncheon and 12:30 p.m. fashion show</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Tickets</strong>: $30, includes lunch and runway seat, raffle ticket</p> <p class="normal"><em>Proceeds benefit Achievement Centers for Children &amp; Families</em></p> <p class="normal">Tickets can be purchased at <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/12298/" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p class="normal"> </p> <p class="normal"><strong>Thursday, Jan. 21- Delray Beach Fashion Night &amp; Day Out</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Event Details: </strong>Fashion fun, style and and shopping throughout downtown. Many fashion boutiques, hair salons and art galleries will host open house events in their stores, including “Sip &amp; Shops.”</p> <p class="normal"> </p> <p class="normal"><strong>Thursday, Jan. 21- Seasons for a Reason Hair Show  </strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Featuring</strong>: Downtown Delray Beach Salons and Stylists</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Where</strong>: The Field House at Old School Square</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Time</strong>: 8 p.m.</p> <p class="normal"> </p> <p class="normal"><strong>Friday, Jan. 22- 4<sup>th</sup> Annual Vince Canning Stiletto Race</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Where: </strong>SE 4<sup>th</sup> Ave. and Atlantic Ave.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Event Detail</strong>s: A fab and funky race for a cause benefiting the Achievement Centers for Children and Families. Entrants will sprint, strut or sashay their way to the finish line for the chance to win prizes and trophies.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Time</strong>: 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.            </p> <p class="normal"><strong>Registration</strong>: <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/12298/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p class="normal"> </p> <p class="normal"><strong>Saturday, Jan. 23- Delray Beach Surf &amp; Swim Show</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Where</strong>: Worthing Park Corner of East Atlantic Ave. and SE 2<sup>nd</sup> Ave.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Time</strong>:  7 p.m.-9 p.m.  * Show begins at 7:45 p.m. and is free to attend</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Event Details</strong>: DBFW finale event Beachside Glamour featuring men and women’s swimwear from over 25 fashion retailers within Downtown. There will be an after party at Salt 7 following the show.</p> <p class="normal"> </p> <p class="normal">Let us know which shows you all plan on attending. We would love to see you there! For a complete schedule of events, please visit <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/12298/" target="_blank"></a>, <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/12298/" target="_blank"></a>, #delrayfashion, #delraybeachfashionweek, #DBFashionWeek or phone: 561/243-1077.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>About Lindsey &amp; Lilly</strong></p> <p class="normal">Lindsey Swing &amp; Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of <a href="">LLScene</a>, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to "20-30 somethings" looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they're fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey &amp; Lilly will continue to enjoy being "dog moms" to Bentley &amp; Duke.   </p>Dine on the beach2016-01-08T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>Start the New Year off on the right foot by dining on the ocean in South Florida. What a concept. The problem is that there aren’t a lot of places to do that.</p> <p>I’ve found one for you.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.8_oceans_234_outside.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Oceans 234 in Deerfield Beach is right on the beach, next to a boardwalk and a pier, and was just beautifully renovated.  To top it off, it also has delicious food and drinks. I was lucky enough to attend a bloggers’ dinner with multiple courses paired with house cocktails.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.8_chef_victor_franco.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Server Josh was an enthusiastic ambassador for the restaurant and the food. “We like to do things our way. We don’t like to do anything anyone has done before,” he said. And it was proved with inventive food/drink pairings from Chef Victor Franco (pictured) that had everyone ooh-ing as we tasted.</p> <p>Our menu showcased dishes from all parts of the regular menu: a tuna stack with avocado; the Oceans Breeze cocktail (Boodles gin, lime juice, watermelon, cucumber slices); the lobster potato skins (understandably a customer favorite) with spinach, bacon and truffle salt, served with a Fournier Pere &amp; Fils Sancerre 2014; blackened snapper Reuben with Oceans Margarita; surf and turf sushi roll with TY-KU sake; the grilled skirt steak with Tito’s Wild Sparkling Spritzer; and the Cap’N Crunch, banana and Nutella French toast to end the tasting on a sweet note.</p> <p>The food was spot on, as were the cocktails, and the presentation was mouthwatering, too.</p> <p>Restaurateur, entrepreneur and Oceans 234 owner Danielle Rosse offers what she refers to as “the total restaurant package,” with the setting, food, drinks and customer service. She listens to her customers; an example included putting the lollipop chicken wings back on the menu after taking them off a couple of years ago. “They are very labor-intensive and expensive,” she said, “but our customers’ No. 1 complaint was, ‘Bring the wings back.’ So we did.”</p> <p>About cocktails: “I want 12 really good drinks on our cocktail menu. Ones I would order again and again. And I think we’ve done that.”</p> <p>There’s a whole gluten-free menu with the kitchen separated into sections for preparation of this menu specifically.</p> <p>“I’m in the people business,” says Rosse, and she’s proving that with Oceans 234.</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Update on the Tracy firing and other news of note in and around Boca-Delray2016-01-07T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/wptv-james-tracy_1450353443161_28545386_ver1.0_320_240.jpg" width="320"></h3> <h3>The Nutty Professor     </h3> <p>Florida Atlantic University has fired James Tracy, but not for the reason that would seem obvious.</p> <p>       Tracy, an associate professor in FAU’s School of Communications and Multimedia Studies, has claimed repeatedly on Internet websites that the 2012 massacre of 20 students and six faculty members at Sandy Hook School didn’t happen. He has expressed similar doubts about the Boston Marathon bombing and other mass murders.</p> <p>       Last month, the parents of a Sandy Hook victim claimed in a letter to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that Tracy had harassed them. Veronique and Lenny Pozner said Tracy called them the “alleged parents” of their son, Noah, and demanded proof that Noah had lived. The 6-year-old was shot 11 times, according to the medical examiner who autopsied his body. A <em>Toronto Star</em> columnist wrote that Veronique Pozner insisted on an open coffin so people could see what gun violence does.</p> <p>       On Dec. 16, FAU notified Tracy in a letter that the university was moving to fire him. On Tuesday, FAU made the firing official, effective Friday, though not because of Tracy’s oddball conspiracy theories or his communications with the Pozners. Vice Provost Diane Alperin told Tracy that he is losing his job for failing to fill out Report of Outside Employment or Professional Activity Forms for the last three academic years.</p> <p>       Alperin said the university had notified Tracy of this failure on Nov. 10, and had asked him to submit the forms within 48 hours. According to Alperin’s letter, Tracy refused. Instead, Alperin wrote, Tracy responded on Nov. 22 with “arguments as to why you should not have to submit Activity Forms.” FAU then gave Tracy until Dec. 14 to submit the forms. He didn’t.</p> <p>       Let’s pause to note that FAU cited procedural grounds for firing Tracy, apparently avoiding issues related to free speech or academic freedom. As far as we know, Tracy has not raised his conspiracy theories while teaching at FAU, only on websites with no connection to the university. FAU, though, essentially is claiming that Tracy’s outside activities jeopardize his commitment to teaching. The letter also suggests that Tracy used FAU resources for his outside activities without telling the university.</p> <p>       Alperin’s letter—which lawyers surely wrote or reviewed—focuses on this point while touching indirectly on the issue of Tracy’s online comments and FAU’s credibility. “You publicly engage in external personal activity that requires your time and effort, “Alperin said. “Disclosure and management of your outside activity is necessary and reasonable. It is for the administration to decide, with your input, if a conflict exists, and how to manage a conflict where necessary.”</p> <p>       Instead, Tracy has “repeatedly and willfully failed to provide the administration the information it needs to discharge its responsibilities. Other faculty engage in outside activity without issue, or have managed conflicts, by complying with the clear reporting rules.”</p> <p>       Ideally, FAU would be able to dump Tracy because his online comments damage his credibility to teach at a public university—and certainly to teach courses in communications. Tracy, though, is tenured. To fire Tracy, FAU must show that he violated the collective bargaining agreement between the faculty and the trustees. Alperin’s letter cites Tracy’s alleged violations.</p> <p>       The agreement, however, also allows Tracy to contest the firing. He intends to do so, using a lawyer provided by the union United Faculty of Florida.</p> <p>        If Tracy’s firing stands—as it should—FAU will have artfully dumped a faculty member who had become an embarrassment. Because FAU couldn’t, or chose not to fire Tracy for denying reality, though, there may be a new debate on tenure just as the next Senate president, Joe Negron, proposes new money for the universities.</p> <p>       And if Tracy’s firing doesn’t stand? The debate in Tallahassee might center on getting rid of tenure.</p> <p>New doctoral program</p> <p>       In better news for FAU, the Board of Governors in November approved the university’s request to start a doctoral program in social work. It will start in the fall, and will be the first such program at a state university.</p> <h3>Mega Meeting Day</h3> <p>       It will be a rare triple-header on Monday for the Boca Raton City Council.</p> <p>       Roughly twice a month, the council has back-to-back Monday afternoon meetings, first as the Community Redevelopment Agency board—dealing with downtown issues—and then as the council, for a workshop meeting. The regular council meeting comes on Tuesday night.</p> <p>       Next week, though, council members want to attend Palm Beach County Day in Tallahassee. That’s on Wednesday. So the council will hold all meetings on Monday, leaving Tuesday for the long travel day from South Florida to Tallahassee. The three agendas are comparatively light, but at its regular meeting the council will discuss a new proposal that would raise salaries for the mayor and council members.</p> <p>       It would boost the mayor’s salary from $9,000 to roughly $38,000 and the council’s salary from $7,200 to nearly $29,000. Those figures amount to 40 percent and 30 percent, respectively, of a Palm Beach County commissioner’s salary. The statewide primary is in August. Voters would decide whether to grant the raises in a referendum on that day.</p> <p>       Councilman Mike Mullaugh, who leaves office in March 2017, first proposed salaries tied to those for state legislators. Like the mayor and council members, legislators are considered part-time officials, though the good ones put in what amounts to full-time work.</p> <p>       That comparison made more sense. County commissioners are considered full-time employees. In this version, the raises would be slightly smaller at first. The ordinance, though, does not specifically address whether Boca salaries would increase automatically with commissioners’ salaries. Under state law, they rise in proportion to a county’s rise in population.</p> <p>       And as previously noted, history shows that turnout would be much higher if the ordinance went on the general election ballot in November. In principle, I favor raising salaries that have stayed the same since 1966. The numbers in this ordinance, however, are random—why did the council choose 40 percent and 30 percent?—and a vote in August would not sufficiently represent community sentiment.</p> <h3>Getting the look right</h3> <p>       In the city’s continuing effort to get the look and feel of downtown right, Boca Raton has scheduled for Jan. 27 a community meeting to discuss regulations for open space and for what City Manager Leif Ahnell calls “improving the public realm at the ground level.”</p> <p>       The issue arose during a Community Redevelopment Agency meeting in November. It’s back before the CRA board—meaning the city council—on Monday. It comes as Boca tries to finalize rules on design of downtown projects.</p> <p>       Out of that meeting and staff research could come recommendations for changes. Ahnell said the city will seek input from, among others, “architects, urban design professionals, planners, developers, citizens, etc.” The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Boca Raton Community Center just west of City Hall.</p> <h3>Still picking over iPIc</h3> <p>       All those questions about the iPic project from members of the Delray Beach Site Plan Review Advisory Board obviously have not been resolved.</p> <p>       The questions arose at the board’s meeting last month. The hope was to get a revised plan back before the board at its meeting on Tuesday. The meeting agenda, however, does not include Fourth and Fifth Delray. The board meets next on Jan. 27.</p> <p>       A two-week delay might seem minimal, assuming that iPic representatives and city staffers can agree by then on questions about traffic and parking. A prolonged delay, though, would push back the project’s return visit to the city commission and the timetable for appeals if the commission gives final approval. IPic has been hoping to obtain a building permit this year.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>2016&#39;s Music Cruise Roundup2016-01-06T06:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>So this blog was intended to be our annual rundown of the plethora of music cruises—or “festivals at sea,” in the favored parlance—sailing from Miami and Fort Lauderdale over the next couple of months. Only this time, the festivals have sold out quicker than in any recent year.</p> <p>From the Rock Boat to the Outlaw Country Cruise, from the Def Leppard Cruise, Soul Cruise and Jam Cruise to Parahoy! and Kid Rock’s Chillin’ the Most Cruise, all cabins have been spoken for, even the ones that cost an arm, a leg and your firstborn. But if you’re late to the party and still want to say “bon voyage” during the winter and spring cruising seasons, there are a few specialty boats still taking reservations, from a Patriots’ party boat to an inaugural ‘80s-music sojourn to a floating comedy festival.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/lamp.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Impractical Jokers Cruise</strong></p> <p>When: Jan. 11-15</p> <p>Where: Miami to Cozumel</p> <p>Cost: $500-$2,500</p> <p>About: Stand-up comics who perform on cruise ships usually aren’t A-level acts—except on this laugh-heavy excursion hosted by the Tenderloins, the comedy troupe responsible for TruTV’s inspired hidden-camera series “Impractical Jokers.” Activities include a Lip-Sync Battle, a Q&amp;A with the Tenderloins, a screening of “The Naked Gun,” and something called “Bacon and Bingo,” plus a few live bands, magicians and multiple sets from the standup luminaries listed below.</p> <p>Lineup: Lisa Lampanelli (pictured), Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Ian Black, Dom Irrera, Steve Byrne, Owen Benjamin, Big Jay Oakerson and more.</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> <img alt="" height="213" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/markus-schulz620-619x330.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>The Groove Cruise</strong></p> <p>When: Jan. 22-26</p> <p>Where: Miami to Ocho Rios, Jamaica</p> <p>Cost: $1,049 to $1,869</p> <p>About: Promising 72-96 hours of nonstop dancing, this electrifying jaunt bills itself as the world’s largest floating dance music festival—a kind of aquatic appetizer for the landlocked Ultra Music Festival two months later. The 12<sup>th</sup> annual event will be partying in Jamaica for the first time, and 40 artists and DJs will perform on the 14-story Norwegian Pearl. The price includes an inclusive beach and waterfall party. Swing by a day early, on Jan. 21, for a pre-party on South Beach.</p> <p>Lineup: Markus Schulz (pictured), Sander Van Doorn, Dean Mason, Sebjak, Dada Life, Project 46, DSK CHK, Darude, Dash Berlin, Kristina Sky and more</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> <img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/flo-rida.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Gronk’s Party Ship</strong></p> <p>When: Feb. 19-22</p> <p>Where: Miami to “Gronk’s Island” and Nassau</p> <p>Cost: $900-$1,500</p> <p>About: New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is the unlikely host of this three-night bender on the Norwegian Pearl, which fosters a party atmosphere reminiscent of spring breaks of yore. Expect plenty of debauched festivities and booty-shaking music on six stages, plus a special party Feb. 20 at “Gronk’s” private island on Great Stirrup Cay.</p> <p>Lineup: Flo Rida (pictured), Redfoo, 3LAU, Waka Flocka Flame, Sammy Adams, Brooke Evers, Dante, Costa, Brazzabelle and more</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> <img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/11107893-standard.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>The ‘80s Cruise</strong></p> <p>When: Feb. 28-March 6</p> <p>Where: Fort Lauderdale to Turks &amp; Caicos, San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay</p> <p>Cost: $925-$2,875</p> <p>About: Flash back to the time of copious synthesizers and questionable wardrobes at this inaugural voyage that celebrates all things ‘80s. Pioneering MTV VJs Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman and Alan Hunter will host this SiriusXM-sponsored jaunt on the Holland America line, where some of the decade’s best pop acts will perform alongside curated ‘80s activities—including a vintage video game arcade, screenings of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Pretty in Pink,” and gatherings ranging from a neon beach party and an ‘80s movie costume party to a vintage prom.</p> <p>Lineup: Huey Lewis &amp; the News (pictured), Richard Marx, Starship, Kool &amp; the Gang, A Flock of Seagulls, Modern English, Naked Eyes, Tiffany, Wang Chung and more</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>Healthy Competition: Boca Mom Style2016-01-06T06:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p>Boca moms are fierce competitors. Now, I’m not talking about the competition between mothers to throw the best children’s birthday party or seek out the latest Lululemon outfit to wear to school pickup. I’m talking about stepping and the tracking of said steps on <a href="" target="_blank">Fitbit</a>.</p> <p>Not familiar with Fitbit? Picture a pedometer on steroids. Typically a <a href=";linkID=PXOYZ4RRMAPE5ARG&amp;;ref_=assoc_res_sw_us_dka_cra_c_result_2&amp;tag=modbocmom-20" target="_blank">bracelet</a> or <a href=";linkID=PXOYZ4RRMAPE5ARG&amp;;ref_=assoc_res_sw_us_dka_cra_c_result_1&amp;tag=modbocmom-20" target="_blank">clip-on</a> device, you can track activity (steps), exercise, food/water intake, weight, sleep and heartrate and get real-time information about your day and night. The device syncs with a handy app on your smartphone and that’s where the competitive fun begins. </p> <p><img alt="" height="846" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.6_fitbit_3.png" width="490"></p> <p>Once you sign up on the app and sync your email or social media accounts, essentially anyone can send you a friend request. If accepted, you can then invite those friends to join you in Fitbit step competitions with clever monikers such as the <em>Workweek Hustle</em> (getting the most steps in a 5-day work week) or <em>Goal Day</em> (doing everything you can to reach your daily step goal). You can also earn achievement badges along the way. The default step goal is 10,000, and let me tell you something—Until you’re actively monitoring your movement, you have no idea how much of a challenge that goal actually is. Especially if you have a desk job.</p> <p><img alt="" height="841" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.6_fitbit_1.png" width="490"></p> <p>I am invited to at least one intense Fitbit competition per week and the participants range from a fitness instructor (not fair) to a public relations pro to a mom of two active little boys. I have never won!</p> <p>Somehow, these moms are able to get anywhere from 80-100,000 steps in a 5-day time period. It’s unbelievable—and why I keep going back for more is beyond me. I guess the competition can get a little addictive. I am even reluctant to take my Fitbit off in the shower for fear that I will miss out on steps.</p> <p><img alt="" height="846" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.6_fitbit_2.png" width="490"></p> <p>I am resolved to win at least one week’s competition in 2016, even if I have to walk around my house until I meet my goal. It’s the time of year to get fit after all, and I don’t plan to navigate a crowded gym to do it!<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>•••••••• </strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em><strong>, </strong></em><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Web Xtra: Deconstructing the Dish2016-01-05T11:57:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p class="Body">A chicken in every pot is a quintessentially American promise. A chicken in every pot with lots of red wine, vegetables, bacon, herbs and seasonings. . . Well, that’s as purely French as Brigitte Bardot.</p> <p class="Body">Coq au vin is a classic of the French kitchen. Originally a peasant dish developed to tenderize a tough old rooster, it can be tweaked, streamlined, modernized, given a modest sheen of elegance (as chef Isaac Cherny of Pistache does here). But it’s lusty, soulful, comforting character is virtually impossible to hide, perhaps the reason it has endured—in one form or another—for hundreds of years.</p> <p class="Body"><strong><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.5_deconstructing_the_dish_1.jpg" width="490"> </strong><strong> </strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong>COQ AU VIN</strong><strong></strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong>Chef Isaac Cherny, Pistache</strong></p> <p class="Body">4 large chicken leg quarters</p> <p class="Body">1 tablespoon duck fat</p> <p class="Body">1 quart Burgundy wine</p> <p class="Body">1 pint Red Port</p> <p class="Body">1 pint chicken stock</p> <p class="Body">1 pint veal stock or high-quality beef stock</p> <p class="Body">1/2 white onion (medium dice)</p> <p class="Body">1 each carrot (medium dice)</p> <p class="Body">1 each celery (medium dice)</p> <p class="Body">2 garlic cloves (crushed)</p> <p class="Body">1/4 pound button mushrooms (washed)</p> <p class="Body"> </p> <p class="Body">Bouquet garni</p> <p class="Body">1/2 cinnamon stick</p> <p class="Body">1 teaspoon cloves, whole</p> <p class="Body">1-1/2 tablespoon peppercorns</p> <p class="Body">2 teaspoons Allspice berries</p> <p class="Body">2 bay leaves</p> <p class="Body">2 sprigs thyme</p> <p class="Body">1 sprig rosemary</p> <p class="Body"> </p> <p class="Body">For vegetables</p> <p class="Body">8 each baby carrots</p> <p class="Body">2 each pearl onions (peeled)</p> <p class="Body">1/2 pound button mushrooms</p> <p class="Body">8 each strips of bacon (thick cut)</p> <p class="Body">8 each small redskin potatoes (quartered)</p> <p class="Body">4 tablespoons butter</p> <p class="Body">2 sprigs thyme</p> <p class="Body">1 shallot, split in half</p> <p class="Body">2 cloves garlic, crushed</p> <p class="Body">Canola oil</p> <p class="Body">Chopped parsley</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/1.5_deconstructing_the_dish_2.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="Body">For marinade: Warm the red wine, red port, and bouquet garni in saucepan. Separate chicken legs and thighs. In large saucepan or Dutch oven, sear chicken pieces in duck fat until golden, then remove and place in non-reactive container. Pour wine mixture over chicken and refrigerate overnight.</p> <p class="Body">For chicken: Remove chicken from wine and reserve. Combine wine mixture with chicken and veal stocks and bring to boil. In another large pan, sear vegetables until golden. Place chicken on top of vegetables, add wine and stock mixture, bring to a simmer, then cook in 350-degree oven until tender, about one hour. Remove from oven and let chicken cool in liquid. When cooled, remove chicken and strain out vegetables. Skim off fat and reduce by one-half.</p> <p class="Body">For vegetables: Cut the bacon into quarter-inch pieces and slowly render the fat in a large sauté pan. Remove bacon from pan and place on high heat. Add pearl onions and saute until golden, stirring occasionally. When onions are done, remove and add mushrooms, adding a tablespoon of canola oil if necessary. When mushrooms are done, remove from pan and reserve with onions and bacon.</p> <p class="Body">In separate skillet, add 2 tablespoons of canola oil and saute carrots over high heat until golden, then turn heat to low and add butter, thyme, shallot and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and cook until tender.</p> <p class="Body">To serve: In large pot, reheat chicken pieces and reduced braising liquid. Add bacon, onions and mushrooms. In separate pan add 2 tablespoons of butter and saute until golden. Place chicken pieces and vegetables on large platter or individual plates, pour remaining sauce over them (if using platter) or divide sauce by four for each person. Place carrots and potatoes on top of chicken and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve with crusty baguette.</p>Sober House bill in the works and other news of note2016-01-05T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<p><img alt="" height="220" src="/site_media/uploads/pills.jpg" width="200"> </p> <h3>Sobering news</h3> <p>       During the session that starts next week, the Legislature will consider another bill that could help cities plagued by badly run sober houses. One worry, however, is that the bill came too late. Another is that the Legislature may not want to deal with the issue two years in a row.</p> <p>       Senate Bill 1138 and House Bill 823 are not identical, but both seek to crack down on marketing that advertises sober houses as more like Caribbean resorts than places where those leaving drug and/or alcohol treatment live as they try to re-enter society. Hager’s House district includes Boca Raton and Delray Beach, which in different ways have tried and failed to deal with the proliferation of sober houses. Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein has said some neighborhoods in his city are “under siege.”</p> <p>       For the first time last year, the Legislature passed a bill that went after operators of sober homes that prey on recovering addicts and cause collateral damage to neighborhoods. Starting in July, state-licensed drug treatment centers can refer patients only to sober homes that have registered with the state. Self-described recovery residences are an unregulated industry, so registration remains voluntary. The hope is that the rule will compel all sober house owners to raise standards or risk losing money.</p> <p>       The theory behind the new legislation is that bad operators market most aggressively, promising free rent and other perks to potential residents and offering kickbacks for referrals. Some operators use call centers.</p> <p>       Behind the shady marketing pitches is the potential windfall from urine testing of residents. Bad operators test far more than necessary, and then submit the bills to insurers for reimbursement. Cluster enough residents, and the fraudulent payoff can be huge. <em>The Palm Beach Post</em> reported how one man turned a West Palm Beach condo complex into a sober home complex.</p> <p>  The legislation actually is consumer-based. Bad operators don’t help recovering addicts; they prey on them. Clemens and Hager note that this is a “vulnerable” portion of the population, subject to manipulation. Those who have come from the Northeast or Midwest for treatment may be far from family members or another support group. Some sober houses wring out all the money possible before dumping a tenant on the street.</p> <p>       But bad sober houses also damage the neighborhoods in which they operate. At bad houses, visitors came and go at all hours, and the living isn’t clean and sober. Single-family neighborhoods are supposed to be business-free.</p> <p>       Clemens and Hager are acting for Boca and Delray because the cities have no legal means to respond. Each has lost a lawsuit that stemmed from an attempt to regulate where sober houses may operate. In 1999, the Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development stated that the Americans With Disabilities Act prohibits restrictions on where recovering addicts can live. That well-intentioned finding did not anticipate the level of chicanery that has followed.</p> <p>       Glickstein said of the legislation, “I haven't seen the details, but we did discuss it, and I think it would be helpful. It also forces people to do more due diligence that may push them to understand the difference between registered and unregistered sober homes.”</p> <p>       Unfortunately, the legislative session starts in a week. The bill has had no committee hearings. So it will begin at a standing start. Other bills already are moving.</p> <p>       More communities in Florida, however, are dealing with what Boca and Delray have faced for more than a decade. Clemens is a Democrat and Hager is a Republican, but this issue might be the most bipartisan in Florida. Passing this legislation would help the cities while they wait for the ultimate help from the federal government.</p> <h3>And more on the drug crisis</h3> <p>       Statistics released last month by the White House underscore the depth of the nation’s drug problem and thus the benefits possible for businesses that treat the addicted.</p> <p>       According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, drug overdoses kill more Americans annually than traffic accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Addiction report “continued sharp increases in heroin-involved deaths. . .” That finding will surprise no one in Delray Beach and Boca Raton who deals with the opioid problem. The prescription painkiller addicts of the last decade are the heroin addicts of this decade.</p> <p>       Here’s another number: In 2012, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioids such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, and methadone. The White House says 80 percent of heroin users first got hooked by misusing opioids for pain.</p> <p>       The White House announced a series of “community forums” on the opioid problem, which South Florida exported to the Midwest before law enforcement in Palm Beach and Broward counties began shutting down pill mills. Delray Beach or Boca Raton would be a great setting for one of those events.</p> <h3>U.S.-Israel</h3> <p>According to the program, the United States’ most experienced Middle East diplomat—Dennis Ross—is the featured speaker Wednesday night at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s event for major donors. According to the news, the first speaker is more topical.</p> <p>       That would be Alan Gross, the American aid worker whom the Cuban government imprisoned from 2009 until 2014. Gross’ freedom was part of the deal that reopened diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba.</p> <p>       Sadly, there is no movement on a deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Ross will speak to that as he discusses his new book “Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.- Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama.” But there is plenty of debate about the opening to Cuba.</p> <p>       The two countries have reopened embassies for the first time in more than half a century. South Florida is both the center of opposition to that reopening and the center of opportunity. Carnival wants to start cruises from Miami in May. JetBlue is offering service from Fort Lauderdale and Tampa. The stakes are higher in the Middle East, but the momentum for now is toward Cuba.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p> <p> </p>The Week Ahead: Jan. 5 to 112016-01-04T14:33:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>THURSDAY TO SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="230" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/jay-pharoah.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Jay Pharoah</strong></p> <p>Where: Fort Lauderdale Improv, 5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday</p> <p>Cost: $22, plus a two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: 954/981-5653, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Comedian Jay Pharoah is in storied company: In 2010, at 24, he became the second-youngest black cast member to debut on “Saturday Night Live,” after Eddie Murphy. Two years later, he unveiled his Barack Obama impersonation, admirably replacing Fred Armisen. And in 2015, after just five years on “SNL,” he was ranked the 55<sup>th</sup> greatest cast member in the show’s history by the esteemed critics of <em>Rolling Stone</em>. Pharoah’s Obama has become his signature accomplishment, but it’s only one of countless celebrities lying dormant in his vocal arsenal. Close your eyes while listening to his Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Jay-Z, and you’ll think you’re hearing the Real McCoy. His deep vault of impressions even encompasses Christopher Walken and Gollum. Expect to hear plenty of these when the man of many voices tours the Fort Lauderdale Improv.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="512" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/south-pacific.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “South Pacific”</strong></p> <p>Where: The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $75-$80</p> <p>Contact: 561/995-2333, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Rodgers and Hammerstein’s lavish musical, set on a South Pacific island during World War II, has been the Wick Theatre’s most-requested show pretty much since day one, and we expect the company’s production to be one of its most spectacular efforts to date. Bolstered by such transcendent numbers as “Some Enchanted Evening” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Guy Right Outta My Hair,” “South Pacific” manages to entertain while delivering a potent message about prejudice—a mix of brains and beauty that has led to its designation as one of the greatest musicals of the 20th century. Norm Joerder, who helmed such Wick masterpieces as “42nd Street” and “Oklahoma!,” will direct a first-rate cast, including Broadway veteran Nat Chandler and Adrianne Hick, who played Fantine in a national tour of “Les Miserables.” The show runs through Feb. 14.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="297" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/hitchcock_truffaut.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Hitchcock/Truffaut”</strong></p> <p>Where: Lake Worth Playhouse’s Stonzek Theater, 709 Lake Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $6-$9</p> <p>Contact: 561/296-9382, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut were fundamentally different filmmakers: One crafted immaculate, star-studded pop thrillers with the backing of the Hollywood studio system; the other set proverbial fire to the established order and became an art-cinema darling in his native France. Yet both, in one way or another, displayed their neuroses onscreen and transformed their cameras into extensions of their personalities. The two filmmakers, divergent in style but simpatico in intellect, remained colleagues until their deaths: In fact, it was Truffaut’s championing of Hitchcock’s subtle artistry, through his seminal book of interviews titled <em>Hitchcock/Truffaut</em>, that helped to advance the notion that Hitchcock was more than a mere entertainer. In this documentary, respected film critic Kent Jones spelunks the book and revisits many of the insights of its two namesakes, especially Hitchcock. And he has help from plenty of his friends: Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader, Richard Linklater and Wes Anderson are among the Hitchcock acolytes who discuss the master’s legacy. I’m not sure how much cinematic nutrition mass audiences will glean from Jones’ doc, but for film lovers, “Hitchcock/Truffaut” is absolute nirvana. It also opens Friday at Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="172" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/iconsquareunhappyhour-778x445.jpeg" width="300"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “#Unhappy Hour”</strong></p> <p>Where: Coral Springs Museum of Art black box theater, 2855 Coral Springs Drive</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $39.22</p> <p>Contact: 954/344-5990, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The line “a guy walks into a bar” has probably launched as many jokes as “once upon a time” has hatched fairy tales, but it’s what follows the cliché that counts. Bars are more than just watering holes—they are places to philosophize, meet the love of your life, commune with friends, de-stress after a long day at work, drown your sorrows. The creative possibilities inherent in the setting are endless, and the writers behind “#Unhappy Hour” will explore at least four of them. Award-winning local playwrights David Sirois and Mark Della Ventura, along with South Florida writers Gabe Hammad, Meera Paul and Gladys Ramirez, have each penned a short play set over one evening in a neighborhood bar—and Della Ventura and Hammad have scripted ancillary material, centering on the bar staff, that will be woven around the plays. “Drinking, South Florida and loneliness were our three broad-stroke ideas,” says Hammad, of the inspiration for this world premiere. “We’re having a karaoke bar onstage; we’ll make it fun. Even when we approach serious topics, we’ll take them on through the veil of humor.” The show runs through Jan. 24.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="173" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/spotlight.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Music and Times of Louis Armstrong and Kurt Weill”</strong></p> <p>Where: Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 4 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$50</p> <p>Contact: 561/237-9000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>As part of Lynn’s American Songbook Series, Marshall Turkin and his Classic Jazz Ensemble will celebrate the music and influence of two 20th century greats, born oceans apart and thriving in different genres: Kurt Weill, the socially conscious German composer and future art-rock influencer; and Satchmo, the scat singer and innovative trumpeter who famously adapted Weill’s “Mack the Knife.”</p> <p>MONDAY, JAN. 11</p> <p><img alt="" height="344" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/meltzer.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Goldberg Variations” staged reading</strong></p> <p>Where: Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 561/237-9000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Stuart Meltzer (pictured), artistic director of Zoetic Stage, is widely known for his acclaimed directing achievements in Miami and Key West. But he’s also a formidable playwright whose latest work, “The Goldberg Variations,” will bow next week as part of Jan McArt’s cherished New Play Reading Series at Lynn University. Meltzer has been long obsessed with Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” the composer’s delicate, lilting harpsichord aria, in which 30 variations spin off the main theme. Meltzer’s experimental play takes a similar approach to narrative, envisioning a family named the Goldbergs, adding a few personal touches, and shooting the story off into a multiplicity of “variations” which will encompass numerous theatrical styles. The whimsical work will feature professional actors Alex Alvarez, Katherine Amadeo, Patti Gardner, Silas Hoover, Bill Schwartz and Mike Westrich, under the direction of award-winning Margaret M. Ledford.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="228" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202016/performance-shot-ii-photo-credit-david-swanson-web-795x454.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: New World Symphony</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35 and up</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Boca Ratonians who want to see a world-class symphony don’t have to travel too far: The New World Symphony plays all year long in its glittering New World Center, accessible through a brisk (OK, not always so brisk) 45-minute drive to Miami Beach. Next Monday, however, the Symphony is making it even easier for Palm Beach County locals to hear its exquisite interpretations on the classics, thanks to a one-night-only engagement at the Kravis. Cristian Macelaru, the award-winning conductor-in-residence at the Philadelphia Orchestra, will bring his cerebral yet energetic style to the Kravis to conduct the New World Symphony through a pair of ambitious masterpieces: Tchaikovsky’s demanding Violin Concerto in D major and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F major, his pastoral follow-up to his fiery Fifth.</p>Farm to Table (really!) This Sunday2016-01-04T11:57:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="971" src="/site_media/uploads/1522822_10208437709329119_2169748971457219248_o.jpg" width="750"></p> <p>It’s a Happy New Year out at the farm! This Sunday, January 10, Swank Farm will hold its second dinner of the season. The theme is “Farm to Market” and will showcase specialty producers on the premises (see above) as well as Tony Martindale from The Four Seasons Resort, Palm Beach, Michael Reidt of Pilgrim, Miami, and Nicole Gonzales of Dirt in Miami. </p> <p>In addition to great chefs, this dinner featuring local vendors brings the idea of local food to new levels of well, <em>local</em>, all in the setting of the Darrin and Jodi Swank’s bucolic Loxahatchee farm. There will be mixologist Chris Walton from Avocado Grill crafting a welcome cocktail, Glamorous Gourmet and sommelier  Stephanie Miskew, pastry chef Arielle Curasi from Jereve at EMKO  and music by SOSOS—all that and a multi-course dinner served under a soaring pole barn at communal tables that foster a sense of community as well as good times. The event is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., adults only, rain or shine and this one benefits “A Season To Share,” the <em>Palm Beach Post’s</em> round-up of individual and families with special needs, nominated by local area charities.</p> <p>Tickets are $160 each—and sell out fast. Click <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/12180/">here</a> to reserve your seats—and we’ll see you there!</p> <p> </p>New Year, New Places2016-01-04T09:24:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>With 2016, we’re heralding restaurants from famous names, with celeb chefs, winning dishes and unique presentations. Look for these just-opened and opening-soons, and reserve a table for tasting!</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/1.4_grato.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>West Palm Beach: Grato joins Dixie Highway foodie section</strong></p> <p>We will be grateful that the farseeing owners of Palm Beach’s Buccan are opening their newest venture, Grato, on Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach—word is it will open this week! With Grato anchoring a main stretch of Dixie, along with Table 26, the corridor north of Belvedere Road is starting to look positively delicious.</p> <p>Thanks go to James Beard Award-nominated Chef Clay Conley and his partners in the Buccan Group for this Italian trattoria-like restaurant at 1901 S. Dixie Highway. The sign went up over the door last week, the chandeliers are lit and Open Table is booking reservations already. Call 561/404-1334 or <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><strong>West Palm Beach: Swedish meals and a cup of Johan’s Joe</strong></p> <p>Swedish coffee house and café, Johan’s Joe, opened recently at 401 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. It’s an open, sparkling restaurant that has great coffee, and it’s earning accolades for the food, too. Try the Swedish pancakes (these are the only kind we will eat now!) or the Swedish meatballs, salads and more. The pastries are amazing. Swedish owners Bernt and Nicklas Thuden offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hours are Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/1.4_miami_supercar_lobster_lunch.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Miami: Cars, food, music the stars at Miami Supercar Rooms</strong></p> <p>Eating while driving can be tricky and messy. But eating while surrounded by some sleek, shiny, sophisticated, classic and unique cars is our idea of a great night out! And from Britain comes Elo, founder of Miami Supercar Rooms and the London Motor Museum, with a unique idea of his own. Slated to open in February at 2022 NW 1<sup>st</sup> Court, Miami, the combo of cars, food and music will be a draw to the Wynwood Arts District. For more info, call 305/363-2020.</p> <p><strong>Coconut Grove: Local sourcing and chef are stars at Glass &amp; Vine</strong></p> <p>Glass &amp; Vine, a “garden oasis by the Bay,” is slated to open in Coconut Grove this month with a menu from Chef Giorgio Rapiacavoli. If his name sounds familiar, that may be because he was the winner of season one on Food Network’s “Chopped” series. The Miami maestro’s menu has Garden, Sea and Land categories, with shared communal plates or individual dishes. Expect local fish tartare, Florida stracciatella, grilled sweetbreads and a house pasta with sea urchin butter, citrus and rock shrimp. It’s set to open this month at 2820 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove. Visit <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a> for more information.</p> <p><strong>Lessons and great bites: Taste History Culinary Tours</strong></p> <p>Reserve your spot for one of these delicious Taste History Culinary Tours, specializing in tastes of Floribbean and New Fusion dishes. They are four hours long and include bus rides as well as walking. Combine food, art and history! Call 561/243-2662 or 561/638-8277:</p> <p>2016 dates:</p> <p>Saturday, Jan. 9 - Lake Worth/Lantana</p> <p>Saturday, Jan. 16 - Delray Beach/Boynton Beach</p> <p>Jan. 23 tour is Sold Out</p> <p>Saturday, Feb. 6  - West Palm Beach/Lake Worth</p> <p>Saturday, Feb. 13 - Lake Worth/Lantana</p> <p>Saturday, Feb. 20 - Delray Beach/Boynton Beach </p> <p>Saturday, Feb. 27 - Delray Beach/Boynton Beach</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Top 10 Movies of 20152015-12-30T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Contrary to the perception of many, I found 2015 to be an awfully weak year for Hollywood and studio movies, from the visually lovely but otherwise weak tea of “Carol,” “The Danish Girl” and “Brooklyn” to the entertaining but empty-caloric “Martian” to the virtuosic but content-deprived “Mad Max.” But delving deep into 2015’s most formally daring and thought-provoking movies still uncovered plenty of boldness and provocation, if you were willing to search around the edges.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/3-001ab.jpg" width="400"> </strong></p> <p><strong>10. About Elly</strong></p> <p>Like Michelangelo Antonioni’s classic “L’Avventura,” The narrative of this<em> </em>Iranian drama pivots on a twist. The title character vanishes 30 minutes into the movie, on the shore of the Caspian Sea, where three middle-class Iranian couples, their children, and two eligible singles have gathered for a holiday. But unlike “L’Avventura,” director Ashgar Farhadi is not interested in chronicling the callousness of the idle and the entitled. The central enigma of “About Elly” is never discarded; it is exhaustibly considered from every possible angle, shuffled and reshuffled like a Rubik’s Cube of possibilities, few of them landing on colors that line up. Old cultural norms of patriarchy and misogyny creep out of the movie’s woodwork as expediency and responsibility vie for ethical dominance, and where seemingly incidental lies provide crucial clues to its mystery. It’s a brilliant and assured work of art-house nirvana.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/blunt.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>9. Sicario</strong></p> <p>Denis Villeneuve’s meditation on the U.S.-Mexican drug war is deeply unsettling in a way that few films are. A grisly crime thriller where most of the violence occurs just off-camera, it’s driven more by atmosphere than story, and its tone is implacable and hypnotic. It’s a two-hour dreamfilm — nay, a nightmare film — where logic is irrelevant, where everyone but the main character is sociopathic, where death’s scythe lingers over every encounter. All of it is shot through with the orchestral poetry of Scorsese at his “Taxi Driver” peak, painting a vision of a covert apocalypse submerged in moral decay. Villeneuve shows familiar terrain like it’s an alien land — vast, arid, usually depopulated, a spatial morass of off-the-grid lawlessness. And Emily Blunt’s breakthrough performance, as an idealistic FBI agent caught in the crosshairs, is a master class in often-wordless engagement.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/rachel-mcadams-mark-ruffalo-brian-dg-arcy-michael-keaton-and-john-slattery-in-spotlight-cred-kerry-hayes-open-road-films_wide-a9ace4a3a9d3d271a45d19c7c220201b7656c7eb-s900-c85.jpg" width="400"> </strong></p> <p><strong>8. Spotlight</strong></p> <p>In this deeply engrossing, fact-based feature about a quartet of <em>Boston Globe</em> investigative reporters’ efforts to uncover child abuse among Massachusetts priests, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Brian d’Arcy James inhabit the intrepid journos with such conviction you can practically feel the newsprint on their hands and shoe leather on the feet. With his subtle directorial choices, Thomas McCarthy seems to discover the movie’s wider meaning along with his protagonists. The story’s tentacles extend to numerous once-trusted, now-suspect corners of American life, from the corrupt Catholic Church to a venal legal system to a supine media. It’s ultimately an indispensable reminder about the purpose of the fourth estate, and it earns a place on the upper tier of great journalism dramas.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/quinquin.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>7. Li’l Quinquin</strong></p> <p>This three-and-a-half-hour French epic directed by Bruno Dumont is a macabre murder mystery in a quaint seaside town whose central character, Quinquin (Alane Delhaye), is a resourceful, defiant, troublemaking child with intense eyes, the sneer of a pint-sized James Cagney and, most surprisingly, an adult’s capacity for empathy. He’s a frequent thorn in the side of Commandant Van der Weyden (Bernard Pruvost), the shambolic and twitchy sheriff assigned to the bizarre case, which begins with an airlifted cow stuffed with human remains. The film’s milieu — perverse crimes rattle a small town — links it to hilarious whodunits like “Twin Peaks” and the black comedies of the Coen Brothers, and while there is much comedy in the characters’ interactions, Dumont’s observance of this town also reveals a festering culture of xenophobia directed at its Arab minority. The humor of “Li’l Quinquin” is persistent, but so is the dread that slowly gathers around the movie’s fringes, disarming us.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/tangerine-02.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>6. Tangerine</strong></p> <p>Reportedly shot on an iPhone 5, for a mere $100,000, on the sun-bleached streets of Santa Monica, Sean Baker’s “Tangerine” is a loud, caterwauling, unflinchingly honest triumph of outsider art. This roiling movie is populated entirely by characters living on life’s margins, the sort cautiously ignored by Hollywood — most prominently a pair of transgender prostitutes. Baker’s cinematography has the rough-and-tumble rawness of a ‘90s rap video, often aided but a spastic soundtrack of crunching EDM. Against this bedraggled backdrop, laws and hearts are broken, insecurities are exposed, unconventional alliances are struck and families are possibly torn asunder. Yet, as Baker found out in the process of telling his nonjudgmental story, trans prostitutes use humor as a coping mechanism to transcend hardship, so this is the prevailing emotion of this scorching docu-comedy — that rare American movie that is like nothing else before it.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/screen-shot-2015-11-03-at-10-59-49-am.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>5. Chi-Raq</strong></p> <p>An offbeat remake of Aristophanes’ prescient “Lysistrata,” Spike Lee’s hilarious and pointed collage about gun violence in Chicago (and America) is a picture of pure, unfettered agitprop. A fascinating, messy paradox of a movie, “Chi-Raq” is a timeless parable wrenched from recent history—a fanciful feature film that still carries the urgency of a ripped-from-the-headlines documentary. This madcap satire bursts with uncomfortable truths—many of them delivered in the film’s stirring centerpiece, in which John Cusack, brilliantly and incongruously cast as Chicago’s most zealous reverend, sermonizes on the issues that keep the city’s African-Americans relegated to second-class citizenship: mass unemployment, lack of upward mobility, politicians bought and owned by the NRA. As a call to action, there may be no 2015 film more important than this one.</p> <p><img alt="" height="218" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/clouds-of-sils-maria-3-credit_ifc_films.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>4. Clouds of Sils Maria</strong></p> <p>This metaphysical English-language drama by the French auteur Olivier Assayas says everything “Birdman” did about the struggles of artistic creation, the pitfalls of celebrity and the relationship between the two—but in a form that is both haunting and self-reflexive, with so many relationships mirrored, and so many lines blurred between actors and roles, both in this film itself and the play-within-the-film, that it becomes a profound meditation on the extent to which art consumes, and then mimics, life. The interplay between Juliette Binoche, as an actress revisiting a traumatic play from her youth but from a different angle; Kristen Stewart, as her dedicated, complicated assistant; and Chloe Grace Moretz as a troubled starlet hoping to rebrand her image, lend indelible humanity to this uniquely cerebral feature.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/anomalisa_07_1609_imgr-m.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>3. Anomalisa</strong></p> <p>Charlie Kaufman’s stop-motion animation fable continues this groundbreaking writer’s career-long exploration into the science fiction of the everyday. Centering on a world of uniform AI drones and the one—and, for a brief night, two— humanoid figures who have become self-aware, “Anomalisa” is an extraordinary study of angst, loneliness and conformity coalescing in a vision that is not far from Orwell’s dystopias. Like any potent science-fiction film, this frightening comedy’s most pressing messages reflect the current atmosphere of American malaise more than any future concerns—and leave it up to an animated film to present the most realistic sex scene in recent memory. You’ll never hear Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” the same way again. <em>(Note: “Anomalisa” opens Jan. 15 in South Florida).</em></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/26df9370-68f3-4bb5-8e03-86657d3bebc9-620x372.jpeg" width="400"> </strong></p> <p><strong>2. The Look of Silence</strong></p> <p>Joshua Oppenheimer’s companion piece to his extraordinary 2012 documentary “An Act of Killing” continues that film’s investigation of the Indonesian military genocide of 1965-66, this time with from the point of view of a victim’s brother, who boldly confronts his kin’s murderers under the auspices of a free eye exam. The result is just as shattering as its predecessor. It’s an expose of collective brainwashing and mass delusion, as a group of killers—and the shameful nation they represent, which still treats them as heroes—still refuse, after 50 years, to offer any regret or even culpability for their actions. A vital argument for re-opening old wounds, “The Look of Silence” is equal parts personal history and fearless journalism, peppered with unexpected moments of grace and humor. Quite simply, it’s the reason movies exist.</p> <p><img alt="" height="217" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/timbuktu02.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>1. Timbuktu</strong></p> <p>The jihadist group Ansar Dine’s occupation of the titular Malian city inspired the devastating indictment of Islamic fundamentalism from Mauritania’s Abderrahmane Sissako. Wearing flak jackets inscribed with the words “Police Islamique,” the terrorists patrol the streets for indications of secular pleasures — music, sports, women’s uncovered hands and ankles — and screech sharia law through tacky bullhorns. Even with their guns, these true believers are ridiculous crusaders: raving tin-pot tyrants who are not taken seriously by most of the locals, at least until the lashings and stonings commence. Innocent protagonists will soon confront the harsh reality of sharia justice, but Sissako casts his thematic net wide, exploring the impact of the occupation on the entire village, from forced marriages and the invasions of homes, mosques and soccer fields to the occupiers’ pathetic attempts to sway public opinion in their favor. Timely, dangerous and courageous, and tempered by stone-faced absurdism, “Timbuktu” views the Ansar Dine occupation for what it was: an attempt to turn back time in the guise of religious piety.</p> <p>Honorable mentions: “Room,” “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” “It Follows,” “Experimenter,” “Mistress America”</p>Staff Picks: Chanson and Champagne2015-12-30T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>Chanson at the Royal Blue in Deerfield Beach</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.29_chanson.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Margaret Shuff, Publisher</em></p> <p>“The holiday display on the beach at Deerfield Beach is a must-see. We were gaga over the sight. Do not miss it. Not to digress…the oysters were delicious as was the ahi tuna, but the ambiance is more like a classy boutique hotel tucked away in Paris. It was a totally wonderful surprise for Deerfield Beach.”</p> <p>(45 NE 21<sup>st</sup> Ave., Deerfield Beach // 954/857-2929)</p> <p> </p> <p>Clicquot Rich</p> <p><img alt="" height="393" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.29_clicquot_rich.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <p>“The makers of Veuve Clicquot have launched a new Champagne that already feels destined to become a South Florida favorite. Clicquot Rich, an ode to the sweeter Champagnes produced by Madame Clicquot during her reign as the Grand Dame of Champagne in the 1800s, can be served over ice and mixed with fresh fruits (roasted pineapple), veggies (cucumber), herbs (pepper and basil) and even teas, which enhance the floral notes of Clicquot Rich. Here's to the Rich!”</p> <p>(Available at Crown Wine &amp; Spirits in Boca and Delray)</p>Holiday Stress Relief2015-12-30T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>The holidays are joyful and stressful. Luckily, relief from that stress might be a free yoga class away.</p> <p><img alt="" height="289" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.30_yoga.png" width="490"> </p> <p>Sanborn Square <em>(72 N. Federal Highway)</em> in Boca is the site of free yoga classes, starting at 9 a.m. every Saturday. If you’d rather get your stress out with some Brazilian martial arts, you can take the free Capoeria classes with Cia do Axe, starting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays.</p> <p>It’s all outside in the beauty of Downtown.</p> <p>There isn’t great contact information for this one, but I <a href="" target="_blank">verified</a> that the classes are still going on. So, take a leap of faith and just show up to get a good dose of relaxation and fun after the holidays. </p> <p><em><br></em></p> <p><em>In other news…</em> </p> <p>The Florida Department of Health sent a press release recently about the state’s website for consumers who want to check on their doctors’ credentials and more. </p> <p>Go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, and search under the health practitioner’s name (this includes physicians, osteopathic doctors and chiropractors), and you can verify the health provider’s license, view a practice profile, see discipline and administrative actions and more.  </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>A Little Naughty, But Mostly Nice Holiday Drinks2015-12-30T06:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>One of the things I often hear from clients is that they don’t want to give up their wine or other alcoholic beverages. I am a big believer in balance, and sometimes that may mean having a drink, especially when you’re celebrating the holidays with your family and friends. To get the most value out of your alcoholic beverages, take a look at my tips and recipes for healthier versions of classic favorites.</p> <p><img alt="" height="307" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.30_wine.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Best drinks at the party:</strong></p> <p><strong>Organic Red Wine</strong> – red wine has the highest level of antioxidants and resveratrol, which has shown to have some heart-healthy benefits. One 5-ounce glass contains only 100 calories. Try <a href="" target="_blank">Avignonesi</a> brand—the owner that created this organic winery is committed to only using sustainable and biodynamic practices. These wines are available at Total Wine and More. </p> <p><strong>Organic White Wine</strong>– One 5-ounce glass contains 120 calories. I like <a href="" target="_blank">Frey Vineyard Organic Wines</a>. Their winemaking techniques actually avoid the use of sulfites, which can cause headaches and allergic reactions for some people. </p> <p><strong>Champagne/Sparking Wine/Prosecco </strong>– Each glass is usually 4 ounces and has 80-90 calories. Try <a href="" target="_blank">Bisol Jeio Prosecco Brut</a>—it’s 11% alcohol and has about 2 grams of sugar per glass. </p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="431" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.30_champagne.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Z-Tips: </strong></p> <ul> <li>Drink flavored Italian Sparkling Water from champagne flutes in between alcoholic beverages to reduce alcohol consumption and stay hydrated. Try raspberry/lemon or the strawberry flavors.</li> <li>Avoid martinis, and instead, have your drink on ice. As ice melts, it will dilute alcohol and make your drink less concentrated, so it’ll be easier for your body to process it.</li> <li>Substitute dairy milk and cream for almond milk and coconut cream. Plant-based milks are cholesterol free, and they offer additional benefits like vitamin E and good-for-you fats.</li> </ul> <p><strong><img alt="" height="595" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.30_eggnog.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Recipes:</strong></p> <p><strong><span style="">Pineapple Vodka Cocktail</span></strong></p> <p>Craving a mixed Vodka drink? Combine healthy green juices with vodka for a balanced mixed drink.</p> <p> </p> <p>Ingredients:</p> <p>3 ounces Pina KaleLotta from</p> <p>1 ounce vodka</p> <p>Fresh wedges of pineapple</p> <p> </p> <p>Mix ingredients in a glass with ice. Decorate with a wedge of pineapple.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong><span style="">Vegan Eggnog</span></strong><strong> </strong></p> <p>When you’re in the mood for old-fashioned eggnog, try this cholesterol-free recipe that will give you all the flavor, as well as extra protein and fiber that a traditional drink won’t.</p> <p> </p> <p>Ingredients:</p> <p>2 cups Califia Farms Eggnog Flavored Almond Milk</p> <p>1 cup cold water</p> <p>10 ounces extra-firm sprouted tofu</p> <p>1/2 cup coconut nectar</p> <p>1 ½ tablespoons pure vanilla extract</p> <p>¼ teaspoon salt</p> <p>1 cup rum or brandy (optional)</p> <p> </p> <p>Blend all ingredients until smooth in a high-speed blender. Enjoy!</p>Boca-Delray Year in Review2015-12-29T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="563" src="/site_media/uploads/year-in-review-1.jpg" width="750"></h3> <h3>Year in Review     </h3> <p>The best thing about choosing the big stories of 2015 for Boca Raton and Delray Beach is that there are a lot of stories to choose from. Not everyone would agree on whether the stories were accomplishments or mistakes, but cities need a certain dynamic to prosper. This year, Boca and Delray had that dynamic.</p> <p>       Much of that dynamic, of course, concerns development. When comparing Boca and Delray, we tend to think first of population; Boca has about 25,000 more people. But Boca also is almost twice as large. In 2015, we saw how almost all Delray Beach development issues relate to downtown while in Boca they are citywide.</p> <p>       The Boca Raton City Council approved, to varying degrees, several downtown projects: the Hyatt Place hotel; Via Mizner; Tower 155 and 327 Royal Palm. Whatever their relative size, they are part of Boca’s effort to create a downtown like Delray Beach’s, where more people live, not just visit. It will be years before we know if the city can realize this vision, but those approvals are less about individual projects than as part of a wider effort.</p> <p>       In addition, however, the council approved University Village for the largest remaining open site in Boca. It’s just north of Florida Atlantic University, and is designed to take advantage of the new Interstate 95 interchange at Spanish River Boulevard. If that interchange were set to open next year, it would be one of the 2016 stories to watch. But the opening won’t come until 2017.</p> <p>        Finally, the council also approved three projects in the northwest neighborhood anchored by the Park at Broken Sound. One, Fairway Commons, is to be a Planned Mobility Development.</p> <p>       Consider that four of the five Boca council members—Mayor Susan Haynie is the exception—live west of I-95. It’s the reverse in Delray Beach. Only City Commissioner Mitch Katz is from west of the interstate. The city’s list of development projects east of I-95 includes the usual suspects—Atlantic Crossing, Fourth and Fifth Delray, Uptown Atlantic and others. There is just one project listed for west of I-95—a Dunkin Donuts. For now, Delray’s development debate is all about the east side.</p> <h3>And opinions</h3> <p>I asked elected officials for their thoughts on the cities’ accomplishments of 2015 and the challenges of 2016. Here is a sampling of the majority—not always universal—opinion.</p> <p>       Boca Raton accomplishments:</p> <p>       -- Fire and police pension reform that started the city toward achieving a financially sustainable program;</p> <p>       -- Creation of a comprehensive waterfront plan designed to offer more public access;</p> <p>       -- Cutting the amount of time to issue building permits.</p> <p>       -- Adding 40 employees, with a focus on public safety and community appearance. The budget includes five new police officers, two code enforcement workers and three employees to remove exotic plants. The additions bring the staff near the level it was at before the recession.</p> <p>       -- The aforementioned developments.</p> <p>       Delray Beach accomplishments:</p> <p>       -- Approval of new Central Business District Land Development Regulations. Mayor Cary Glickstein summed up the city’s attitude: “We have codified prescribed conditions that, if you want to build here, you will honor the pedestrian scale we value, and your building will be authentic, with the hope that it will be both relevant and memorable. And if that doesn’t work for you, please look elsewhere.”</p> <p>       -- Fire and police pension reform on a scale similar to that achieved in Boca Raton. Delray also gained more control over the fire and police pension funds.</p> <p>       -- Bidding out the trash-hauling contract, which hadn’t happened since 2001 and saved residents millions.</p> <p>       -- Continuing overhaul of the management structure, as City Manager Don Cooper completed his first year.</p> <p>       -- The pending sale of the Auburn Trace housing project for $11.3 million. Commissioner Jordana Jarjura said the sale would recoup all of the city’s expenses, “remove a neglectful operator” to be replaced by one that will make renovations and repay about $4 million in grant money “that can be used for another affordable housing project in the city.”</p> <p>       Boca Raton’s challenges:</p> <p>       -- Making progress on that waterfront plan. That would include finalizing a deal for a Houston’s restaurant on the Wildflower property. Councilman Scott Singer cited the need to upgrade existing facilities, such as Lake Wyman Park. Another idea is a water taxi.</p> <p>       -- Finalizing, after many years, the Interim Design Guidelines (IDG) for downtown. The city’s longtime consultant, Urban Design Associates, is leaving. The city might hire an architect. Much will depend on how the city likes the Hyatt and Via Mizner, which are being built under the guidelines. Councilman Robert Weinroth says, “It’s time to remove the ‘I’ from IDG.”</p> <p>       -- Creation of a student district anchored by 20<sup>th</sup> Street east of Florida Atlantic University. Boca is getting help from the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council. This will require more cooperation from the FAU trustees.</p> <p>       -- Forming a better relationship with the Greater Boca Raton Beach Taxing District. The city and the district have similar needs, but haven’t been getting along. Mayor Susan Haynie especially wants to engage more with other agencies and institutions. That started this year when the council put Deputy City Manager George Brown and Weinroth on the Boca Raton Airport board. Weinroth said he expects to come off this month.</p> <p>       -- Taking inventory of Boca’s “campus”—all city-owned buildings—to see if it still meets the city’s needs. Councilman Mike Mullaugh said that even if the review doesn’t conclude that Boca needs a new city hall, there at least could be “major renovations.”</p> <p>       Delray Beach’s challenges:</p> <p>       -- Working out a new relationship between the city commission and the Community Redevelopment Agency. “That issue will be big,” Glickstein told me. The commission might seek to change the CRA’s boundaries, to focus more on Congress Avenue, not downtown. Commission scrutiny of the agency has grown, and will continue to grow.</p> <p>       -- Protecting residential neighborhoods. The ongoing problem will be sober houses, but Jarjura went beyond that to say that the commission should make it a priority to keep single-family neighborhoods “commercial-free.” </p> <p>       -- Continuing to improve the level of service. Glickstein said Delray has “affected a meaningful shift among all new department heads and staff from a ‘That’s how we always did it’ approach to a ‘best practices’ way of conducting the business of running our city.” Measures of that progress will come with Delray’s upgrading of fire-rescue services and facilities, now that the city has decided to keep its department and not contract with the county.</p> <p>       -- The iPic project and Atlantic Crossing. Ipic comes back to the Site Plan Review Advisory Board next month. Atlantic Crossing is being simultaneously reviewed and litigated.</p> <p>       -- Congress Avenue. The city has formed a task force to recommend ways to redevelop the corridor. It has suffered since Office Depot moved to Boca in 2008.</p> <p>       Other issues will carry over. All those big Boca projects, for example, will be in various stages of approvals. Singer mentioned General Growth Properties’ “planned exercise of its option to purchase Mizner Park.” In Delray, the three-year window for Arts Garage to buy its city-owned space closes in March. Both cities will keep trying to recruit jobs. Boca Raton anxiously will follow developments related to mergers involving Office Depot and Jarden, the city’s other Fortune 500 company. In each case, an outside company is the buyer. Both cities will keep working on better downtown parking programs.</p> <p>       And both cities will take on these issues with the same political cast. No council member or commissioner is up for election in 2016. Haynie will be on the ballot in 2017. Any potential challengers will make their intentions known this year.</p> <p>       My next post will be for Tuesday. Happy New Year to everyone in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and beyond.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Fashion Forward: New Year&#39;s Eve2015-12-29T06:00:00+00:00LL Scene/blog/author/llscenegirls/<p class="normal">Whether you’re the entertainer or party goer this New Year's Eve, we want to make sure that you’re prepared to be #OnTheScene. It’s no secret that the majority of Americans aren’t huge fans of New Year's Eve. There’s so much pressure to have #SceneWorthy plans, the perfect outfit with the right amount of accessories and, of course, the ideal midnight kiss.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="346" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.29_new_years_fashion.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal">Bringing something a little different today, we wanted to feature an all-around New Years look for you and for your home, at an affordable price. As you know, black and gold can do no wrong in our eyes, so we play it up as much as we can.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="346" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.29_new_years.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal">There is such a love/hate relationship associated with New Year's Eve. When we have fabulous plans, we love it! Less than amusing plans, or God forbid, no plans at all, can make it a little bit of a downer. Wishing you all the New Year's Eve of your dreams—complete with a good party, stylish outfit, killer dance moves and that much-anticipated midnight kiss! Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! </p> <p class="normal"><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>About Lindsey &amp; Lilly</strong></p> <p class="normal">Lindsey Swing &amp; Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of <a href="">LLScene</a>, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to "20-30 somethings" looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they're fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey &amp; Lilly will continue to enjoy being "dog moms" to Bentley &amp; Duke.   </p>Last Minute New Year&#39;s Eve Plans2015-12-28T12:24:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="373" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/avocadogrillinterior.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If you haven’t tried the amazing Avocado Grill (pictured) in West Palm Beach, New Year’s Eve could be your chance. They will have two seatings. The first will last from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will include a three-course meal for $47 per person. The second seating is from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and consists of a prix-fixe menu for $119 per person, including a glass of Veuve-Clicquot and a vegetarian/vegan option.</p> <p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/tonyds_filet.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>When headed to Fort Lauderdale to ring in 2016, remember the new Tony D’s restaurant <em>(3300 NE 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale, 954/440-2151) </em>that just opened in November is having a bubbly celebration. On New Year’s Eve, Tony D’s will give each table of diners a complimentary bottle of sparkling vino, along with a Champagne toast at midnight. The dishes are Italian-American, including pastas, pizzas, steaks (pictured) and seafood.</p> <p>3030 Ocean <em>(3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale, 954/765-3030)</em> will offer a four-course prix-fixe dinner on New Year’s Eve, for $115 per person, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity.</p> <p>A little farther south, the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel <em>(4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/695-2414)</em> is throwing a New Year’s Eve bash at its restaurants: Michael Mina 74, StripSteak by Michael Mina, Scarpetta, Hakkasan, Vida and Blade. Your choices include prix-fixe meals at StripSteak (where a vegetarian menu is also offered), Scarpetta, Michael Mina 74 and Hakkasan. Vida has a dinner buffet.</p> <p>Seagrape, with Chef Michelle Bernstein, has two seatings for New Year’s Eve, in this restaurant at the Thompson Miami Beach hotel (4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/397-8309). At 6:30 p.m., there will be a four-course meal for $125 per person, and at 9 p.m., a five-course meal for $150 per person. The other restaurant there, TALDE Miami Beach, will have a five-course New Year’s Eve dinner with two seatings at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., for $125 per person.</p> <p><em><strong><br></strong></em></p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Top 10 Concerts of 20152015-12-28T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>This year, the <em>Boca</em> staff attended more concerts than any other calendar year, providing our staff plenty of stiff competition from which to choose. Here are 10 performances that stuck with us the most.</p> <p><img alt="" height="259" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/drugstealy.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>10. The War on Drugs at Fillmore Miami Beach</strong></p> <p>The dream-folk project led by frontman Adam Granduciel brought a genuine production to Miami: Diffuse beams of light sliced through an atmospheric haze, while a series of identical abstract panels spread out behind the band like concave dominoes, shifting colors when appropriate. Yet the group betrayed its humble, lower-fi origins in its workmanlike performance, which eschewed rock-star bombast. “Under the Pressure” was a visceral knockout, a song that meandered toward a hypnotic void before jolting us back to consciousness, like a lion woken from slumber.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="171" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/tmg.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>9. The Mountain Goats at Culture Room</strong></p> <p>Flanked by the grizzly and gifted multi-instrumentalist Matthew Douglas and longtime bassist Peter Hughes, with drummer Jon Wurster at his perch in the back, Mountain Goats singer-songwriter John Darnielle was characteristically loquacious and in great spirits, despite a few technical hiccups during the show. We were repaid with a satisfyingly eclectic set that showcased rock ‘n’ roll barnburners, spartan piano ballads and even a front-porch jamboree-style cover of Little Feat’s “Willin’.” “Stabbed to Death Outside San Juan” was as intensely performed as any Mountain Goats song I’ve ever heard live, a harrowing amalgam of spoken-word narrative, pounding drums, and Douglas’ complex saxophone chords, played like a guitar.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="208" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/feat_worldtour.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>8. Idina Menzel at Mizner Park Amphitheater</strong></p> <p>The star of stage and screen musicals from “Rent” and “Wicked” to “Frozen” has maintained a consistent vigor as a live performer. With her big voice and bold stage presence, Menzel knows how to captivate an audience—and that is just what she did when she took the stage in Boca. A 15-piece orchestra backed Menzel, led by pianist Cliff Carter, and from the first song, you could tell that the beautiful orchestrations would easily enhance her voice. From theater classics like Cole Porter’s “Love For Sale” and a medley of Ethel Merman songs to Radiohead’s “Creep,” Joni Mitchell’s “River” and The Police’s “Roxanne,” nothing was off limits; “Creep” let her express how she feels on days when she doesn’t want to get out of bed, and she even performed part of it lying flat on the stage, earning her a standing ovation.</p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/vf_2013_2.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>7. The Violent Femmes at Sunset Cove Amphitheater</strong></p> <p>For such a short set (opening for Barenaked Ladies), the Femmes unveiled a deep trove of instrumental color, not limited to mandolin, harmonica, xylophone and even the giant contrabass sax, and punctuated “Black Girls” with a mini, dueling-percussion symphony. Drawing largely from the band’s first two seminal LPs, the classics kept coming, at a dancier clip than their album versions. The Femmes closed, as always, with “Add It Up,” the audience chanting along to the a cappella opening like inspired congregants at the Church of Gano. The energy at the amphitheater was electric and, frankly, unforgettable during this all-too-brief performance, and the crowd offered plenty of motivation for the Femmes to return for a future headlining tour.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/knopfweb_1813041c.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>6. Mark Knopfler at Broward Center</strong></p> <p>The former Dire Straits guitar god and his exceptional seven-piece band delivered an evening of exquisite musical storytelling that visited different eras without overstaying the welcome. The backing band, which included former Dire Straits keyboardist and longtime Knopfler collaborator Guy Fletcher, was a show unto itself, incorporating everything from the cittern to the uilleann pipes. But Knopfler drew more than enough mesmerizing sounds from his Stratocaster to remind us why he’s considered one of the great finger-pickers in rock history. Though clearly hoping to hear more of their favorite Dire Straits songs, the wildly enthusiastic Halloween night audience had Knopfler’s back all night long.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="270" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/biog3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>5. The Jesus and Mary Chain at Olympia Theatre</strong></p> <p>It took about a minute into The Jesus &amp; Mary Chain’s set at the Olympia Theater for the legendary venue’s opulent, filigreed interiors to disappear: This wasn’t a dignified concert in an historic opera house; it was a rock show in a dim dive in an underground club in New York or London or Glasgow circa 1985. Touring to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band’s noise-pop benchmark “Psychocandy,” the group played expertly, capturing all the discordant nuance and eardrum-busting fire of the legendary album to the appreciation of a largely older, dancy crowd unburdened by hipster affect. The sound mix possessed all of the honeyed texture, metal-on-metal clangor, and partially buried vocals of J&amp;MC’s recorded music, only with a more tactile urgency.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="234" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/taylor-swift_0.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>4. Taylor Swift at AmericanAirlines Arena</strong></p> <p>Swift’s concert was far more than a recounting of her biggest hits—it was a carefully calculated and theatrically thoughtful experience that was well worth the two hours of bumper-to-bumper traffic and parking garage havoc we endured on the way there. Intermittent video episodes of Taylor’s repertoire of impressively famous best friends speaking candidly about the pop star allowed just enough time for her to change from one glittery two-piece outfit to the next. And when Selena Gomez, Lena Dunham, Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne weren’t mentioning their thoughts about love or Swift’s cat obsession, backup dancers were keeping the crowd alive with routines including LED-lit umbrellas, doors on wheels and scaffold-like structures. But perhaps the vinyl LED bracelets each audience member found attached to their seats were the most engaging element of last night’s production. They lit up stadium-wide to set a mood that coincided with whatever song Taylor was performing.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="270" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/my-morning-jacket-trabalhará-em-novo-álbum-em-outubro.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>3. My Morning Jacket at Fillmore Miami Beach</strong></p> <p>Starting with the rousing and rollicking blast-off of “Circuital,” My Morning Jacket sank its hooks and riffs into the crowd and took them on a mid-summer rock ride that easily qualifies as one of the best concerts of the year. Supporting its first album in four years, the exceptional “The Waterfall,” the band took the stage just before 10 p.m. and held the Fillmore in its grasp until 10 past midnight, with several of the evening’s 21 songs bleeding into the next. Jim James’ five-piece band delivered a rich, borderline-spiritual musical journey filled with lush harmonies, ethereal guitar work, pulse-pounding power jams and, on songs like “Victory Dance” and “Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Part II,” James’ haunting, uplifting howls. When James and company finally shut it down after a roof-raising version of "Gideon" that capped a relentless two-hour, 15-minute performance, the electrified crowd was still buzzing.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="257" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/wilco.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>2. SunFest</strong></p> <p>This year featured the best SunFest lineup of any year in recent memory, from Fall Out Boy and Lenny Kravitz to Matisyahu and Lindsey Stirling. Co-headliner Hozier carried an audience of thousands, packed as the far as the eye could see, through nearly every track on his self-titled debut and then some; The Pixies captured everyone’s mid-afternoon attention with a blistering 75-minute, 23-song set that included a string of vintage hits in rapid succession as well as a selection of ear-bleeding deeper cuts; and Wilco exceeded its allotted set time, taking us all the way to two hours and more than 25 songs generously plucked from its eight studio albums and its three-volume Woody Guthrie project, along with a smattering of obscure cuts and, most surprisingly, a gem from Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy’s legendary pre-Wilco band.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/kraftwerk-noticias-sticketin.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>1. Kraftwerk at Olympia Theatre</strong></p> <p>The perennially relevant electronic pioneers brought the first 3D concert I’ve ever seen to this historic Miami venue. While today’s 3D is used mainly for depth-of-field realism, Kraftwerk rediscovered the in-your-face novelty that made the technology so awe-inspiring in the first place. The animation changed with each career-spanning song, running the gamut from abstract lines and color spectrums to literal representations of the lyrics. The minimalist highway anthem “Autobahn” was simply entrancing, an elegant epic that integrated everything from videogame graphics from a driver’s point of view to images of lane dividers swishing past in a blur to musical notes floating from the car’s speakers like balloons. Through it all, Ralf Hutter, Fritz Hilpert, Henning Schmitz and Falk Grieffenhagen stood like sentinels at lighted podiums, uniformly dressed like futuristic convicts, pushing buttons and turning knobs on their synthesizers with Teutonic precision. The seeming simplicity of their performance belied the care and effort that went into producing such an extraordinary audiovisual marriage.</p>Savor the Green 20162015-12-24T12:42:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<div><strong>Wednesday, Feb 3 | 6-9 PM </strong></div> <div> <p><strong><em>The Old Course at Broken Sound</em></strong></p> </div> <p><strong>Enjoy upscale dining from one of </strong><strong>Boca and Delray’s top restaurants— </strong><strong>seated on the fairway near the 18th hole </strong><strong>during the Allianz Championship.</strong></p> <p><strong>See below the featured menus for the event and call the restaurant of your choice to make your reservation!</strong></p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Vic &amp; Angelo's</a></strong>, 561/278-9570 </p> <p><img alt="" height="351" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/vicandangelos.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Aperitif</strong></p> <p>Lobster Cocktail: Fresh Shucked Lobster Tail and Claw with Ginger Cocktail Sauce</p> <p><strong>First Course</strong></p> <p>Organic Greens with Toasted Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, Grape Tomatoes, Crumbled Mytag Cheese and Balsamic Dressing</p> <p><strong>Second Course</strong></p> <p>807 Prime Filet Mignon, Grilled Fingerling Potatoes, Shitake Mushrooms, Roasted Corn, Green Beans, Caramelized Pearl Onions with Truffled Demi Sauce</p> <p><strong>Third Course</strong></p> <p>Macadamia Nut Crusted Sea Bass, Sweet Potatoes, Mango Salsa, Lemongrass and Puerre Blanc</p> <p><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p>Tiramisu: Ladyfingers, Espresso, Myer’s Dark Rum,  Mascarpone and Cocla </p> <p><em>Each Course Paired with Amici Wines</em></p> <p><em>Featured Menu Price: $120 plus tax and gratuity</em></p> <p> </p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Broken Sound Country Club</a></strong>, 561/241-6877 </p> <p><img alt="" height="246" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/brokensound.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Broken Sound Blueberry - Basil Drop</em></p> <p><strong>First Course</strong></p> <p>OMG Jumbo Shrimp and Grits: Anson Mills Heirloom Grits, Fire Roasted Pear Tomatoes, Charred Corn, Candied Nueske’s Bacon, Kale Cajun “Beer Blanc”, Garlic - Chile Popcorn</p> <p><strong>Second Course</strong></p> <p>Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass, Artichoke Hearts, Capers, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, White Wine, Spinach Pesto, Pearl Pasta</p> <p><strong>Third Course</strong></p> <p>My Big Fat Ribeye: Char Grilled with Roasted Pepper Chimichurri, Short Rib Demi-GlazeHouse Made Onion Rings, Blue Cheese Spicy Charred Brussel Sprouts, Horseradish Duchess Potato</p> <p><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p>Sweet Roasted Pineapple and Mango Torte with Toasted Meringue White Chocolate Palm Tree</p> <p><em>Wines Poured with Courses</em></p> <p><em>Featured Menu: $200</em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Max’s Grille</a></strong>, 561/368-0080</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/max'sgrille.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Amuse Bouche </strong></p> <p>Poached Maine Lobster, Silver Dollar Scallion Pancake, Meyer Lemon Crème Fraiche, American Caviar</p> <p><strong>First Course </strong></p> <p>Crisp Apple &amp; Endive Salad – Sliced Apples, Braised Endive, Radicchio, Escarole, Crispy Prosciutto, Candied Pistachio, Warm Brown Butter Dressing</p> <p><em>Sauvignon Blanc, Decoy by Duckhorn, Sonoma County, 2014</em></p> <p><strong>Second Course</strong></p> <p>Cedar Plank Organic King Salmon, Roasted Winter Squash, Swiss Chard, Salsa Verde</p> <p><em>Pinot Noir, Migration by Duckhorn, Russian River Valley, 2013</em></p> <p><strong>Third Course </strong></p> <p>Akaushi Short Rib, Root Vegetable Farro, Horseradish Crema, Micro Mix</p> <p><em>Merlot by Duckhorn, Napa Valley, 2012</em></p> <p><em>Cabernet Sauvignon by Duckhorn, Napa Valley, 2012</em> </p> <p><strong>Dessert </strong></p> <p>Strawberry Shortcake: Macerated Florida Strawberries, Lemon Scone, Chantilly Cream, Candied Orange</p> <p><em>Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Duckhorn, Knights Valley, 2012</em></p> <p><em>Featured Menu: $90 including tax and gratuity</em></p> <p> </p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Ruth’s Chris</a></strong>, 561/620-2192 </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/ruth'schris.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Wine Service</strong></p> <p><em>Paired perfectly with wines from our award winning wine list</em></p> <p><strong>First Course</strong></p> <p>Aleppo Crusted Tuna</p> <p><strong>Second Course</strong></p> <p>Apple Kale Salad</p> <p><strong>Third Course</strong></p> <p>6 oz. filet with Spicy Crab topping. Brussel Sprouts with Bacon</p> <p><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p>Espresso Torte with Fresh Berries and Cream</p> <p><em>Featured Menu: $200</em></p> <p> </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Truluck's</strong></a>, 561/391-0755</p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/trulucks.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Jewels of the Sea</strong></p> <p>Florida Stone Crab Claws, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Boutique Oysters, Classic Crab Cocktail and Domestic Caviar</p> <p><em>Paired with Charles Heidsieck, Blanc des Millenaires, </em></p> <p><em>Champagne, France, 1995</em></p> <p><strong>Surf and Turf</strong></p> <p>Miso Glazed Seabass and Foie Gras Butter Filet with Crab Mashed Potatoes</p> <p><em>Paired with Chateau Pichon Lalande, Pauillac, 2006</em></p> <p><strong>Dynamic Duo</strong></p> <p>Tasting of our award winning Carrot Cake and Chocolate Malt Cake</p> <p><em>Paired with Tawny Port and a Ruby Port</em></p> <p><em>Featured Menu: $200</em></p>Seasonal Finds: Boozy Eggnog2015-12-24T09:12:00+00:00Amanda Jane/blog/author/amandajane/<p>As the year winds down and I begin to reminisce about the events, accomplishments and happy moments over 2015 I can’t help but notice: food and drinks were at the center of all of these collective experiences.</p> <p>Food and drinks can create traditions, recall memories and most importantly, help create an experience. Drinking eggnog at Christmas time, for example, is a classic symbol of the holiday season. When I was young, every December my mom had store-bought eggnog in the refrigerator, and I just loved it. Now that I’m older, I like to make it myself—and spike it with whiskey.</p> <p>Boozy Eggnog with Cinnamon Spiced Whip is a classic recipe made with organic ingredients bought from Whole Foods Boca Raton. The cinnamon whipped cream complements the traditional nutmeg topping of eggnog. This is so easy to make, and it really impresses guests at a holiday party!</p> <p>Cheers to the final days of the holiday season and 2015. See you all next year!</p> <p><img alt="" height="358" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.24_boozy_eggnog.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Boozy Eggnog with Cinnamon Spiced Whip</strong></p> <p><em>Makes one pitcher</em></p> <p><em><br></em></p> <p><strong>Eggnog Ingredients:</strong></p> <p>6 eggs separated</p> <p>¾ cup sugar</p> <p>1 pint milk</p> <p>1 quart cream</p> <p>12 ounces whiskey</p> <p>1 teaspoon cinnamon</p> <p>Nutmeg or garnish</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Cinnamon Whip Ingredients:</strong><br> 1 cup heavy cream<br> 1 tablespoon white sugar<br> 1 teaspoon cinnamon</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Directions:</strong></p> <p>In a large mixing bowl, beat egg yolks and ½ cup sugar to combine. Add milk, cream, liquor and cinnamon, and beat until cream is smooth.</p> <p>In a separate bowl, beat egg whites and remaining sugar until peaks form.</p> <p>Gently fold the whites into the cream mixture.</p> <p><em>Make the whip:</em> in a deep mixing bowl, beat heavy cream and sugar until soft peaks form. Sprinkle cinnamon over cream, and beat until combined.</p> <p>Serve eggnog, and garnish with whip and fresh nutmeg.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Amanda Jane</strong></p> <p><em>Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog <a href="" target="_blank">Seasonally Jane</a>, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.</em></p>The war grinds on with Atlantic Crossing and other news of note2015-12-24T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="344" src="/site_media/uploads/home_two.jpg" width="750"></h3> <h3>The curious case of Atlantic Crossing   </h3> <p>The strange interplay continues between Delray Beach and Atlantic Crossing.</p> <p>       On one level, the two sides are in court. Atlantic Crossing has sued the city, claiming due process violations because Delray has not given final approval to the mixed-used project on the two blocks west of Veterans Park.</p> <p>       On another level, it’s business as usual for a major project going through city review. On Nov. 23, Atlantic Crossing submitted a modified site plan. The Technical Advisory Committee is reviewing itZ—no report yet—after which it will go to the Site Plan Review Advisory Board.</p> <p>       All this over a road, and timing.</p> <p>       Only Al Jacquet remains from the city commission that approved Atlantic Crossing in December 2012 amid criticism that the project was too big for the site—343 apartments and 160,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and office space on 8.5 acres—and that it was being rushed to a vote ahead of city elections in three months. Jacquet voted against it. Approval also came under a former city manager and city attorney.</p> <p>       The developers—The Edwards Companies of Columbus, Ohio and Carl DeSantis—claim in their lawsuit that despite the approval Delray Beach “under a new administration, is now attempting to improperly undo the approval of Atlantic Crossing by, among other things, improperly delaying review of a final plat for the property. . .refusing to follow its Land Development Regulations as to certification of the site plan for the property, reinterpreting its previous actions relative to the property and the existing approvals and improperly claiming title to certain lands that the city has abandoned.”</p> <p>       Why would Atlantic Crossing be litigating as it seeks approval? Through a representative, Edward Vice President Don DeVere issued this comment:</p> <p>       “We are continuing the legal process until our property rights are secure, while still working to further a reasonable settlement with the city. Toward that end, we’ve submitted an application for a site plan modification that would include a roadway connecting Northeast Seventh Avenue and (Federal Highway) and are working with the city to confirm a timetable to complete that process. If we can obtain approval of this application, we could then settle all of the issues in the lawsuit with the city.”</p> <p>       Regarding the amended lawsuit Atlantic Crossing filed in late September, DeVere said:</p> <p>       “The city in its motion to dismiss suggested that the improper actions at issue were merely those of staff without involvement of the city commission. As a result, we were forced to provide additional details to show that this isn’t an issue of errant staff but a policy direction of the new city commission majority.”</p> <p>       That reference to the commission is important. The landmark case in Florida as to whether a local government wrongly denied a property owner development rights involves Pompano Beach’s 31-year fight with two brothers who wanted to build an 18-story project called the Yardarm at the Hillsboro Inlet.</p> <p>       Though the trial judge ruled for the brothers, the 4<sup>th</sup> District Court of Appeal overturned the $20 million award. In its opinion, the court noted that Yardarm “failed to establish that the acts for which it claimed damages were legislative, rather than executive acts. The evidence shows that these acts were done by various city employees and administrators applying existing rules and ordinances specifically to Yardarm, not by the commission as a body enacting legislation and policy decisions affecting the general public.” In other words, Pompano’s elected officials were not out to stop the project.</p> <p>       That case was litigated in state court. The Atlantic Crossing case is in federal court before U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks. If Middlebrooks doesn’t grant Delray Beach’s motion for dismissal, the trial date is May 31. Atlantic Crossing seeks $25 million.</p> <p>       At one point last summer, it appeared that the developers and the city were close to settling. The commission wanted Atlantic Crossing to restore that access road from Federal Highway, to relieve traffic. The main entrance would be at Seventh Avenue and Atlantic. The road was on the original site plan, but was not on the modified plan the commission approved in 2014.</p> <p>       At a commission meeting, a traffic consultant presented two options for the road. But the meeting ended inconclusively. Atlantic Crossing is correct that the access road in the latest site plan is the consultant’s choice. We don’t know, though, whether it’s the commission’s choice.</p> <p>       So Atlantic Crossing and Delray Beach will begin 2016 amiable on one level and adversarial on the other. The best road still leads to compromise.</p> <h3>Pay raise note</h3> <p>       When the Boca Raton City Council takes up the issue of salaries again next month, consider the picture from Tuesday night of the semi-drenched council presenting the University of Toledo with the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl trophy. Rain chased many spectators home early, but the council stayed to give Boca its moment on ESPN.</p> <p>       Done right, council service these days can be a 40-hour-per week job. The salaries still date to 1966.</p> <p>Staples &amp; Office Depot update</p> <p>       Staples and Office Depot this week lost their first appeal of the Federal Trade Commission’s decision to block the merger of the two companies. The $6.3 billion deal would place the headquarters of the combined office-supply retailer in Framingham, Mass. Office Depot is headquartered in Boca Raton.</p> <p>       On Monday, Staples issued a statement saying the company will continue negotiations with the FTC, which filed a lawsuit to stop the transaction. Regulators believe that a merger of the largest and second-largest brick-and-mortar office supply firms would reduce competition and raise prices for business customers.</p> <p>       According to antitrust analysts, Staples may be able to address regulators’ concerns by selling off assets, which could make the combined company less dominant. The FTC will seek an injunction against the merger. A trial would start in May, but a lawyer for Office Depot told The <em>Boston Globe</em> that the deal would be dead at that point.</p> <p>       As for the 2,000 Office Depot employees in Boca, Staples projects operational savings of $1 billion if the FTA approves the merger. There’s no telling what would happen to those employees, no matter how the FTC rules.</p> <h3>iPic vs. festivals</h3> <p>       Add another element to the debate about the iPic project in Delray Beach.</p> <p>       The project would be between Southeast Fourth Avenue and Southeast Fifth Avenue, from just south of Atlantic Avenue to Southeast First Street. The entrance would be from Southeast Fourth Avenue.</p> <p>       This Saturday and Sunday, the two blocks of Southeast Fourth Avenue on either side of Atlantic will be closed for the Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival. If iPic was open now, the city couldn’t consider such a closure. It’s another reminder that as Delray adds more stuff downtown, it has to start subtracting festivals.</p> <h3>Ho Ho Ho</h3> <p>       Every December, certain commentators shriek that there is a “war on Christmas” in America. According to the Pew Research Center, 92 percent of all Americans will celebrate Christmas this year. Celebrating along with 96 percent of all Christians will be 81 percent of non-Christians. Pew also found that hearing “Happy Holidays” in stores isn’t that controversial.</p> <p>       So Merry Christmas. And Happy Holidays.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Movie Review: &quot;Carol&quot;2015-12-23T06:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/carol-cate-blanchett.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Todd Haynes’ long-anticipated “Carol,” which opens Christmas Day, may be based on a famed novel by Patricia Highsmith. But for this most infrequent and particular of directors, it feels like a personal companion piece to his masterful 2002 feature, “Far From Heaven.” In that movie, a forthright homage to the florid 1950s melodramas of Douglas Sirk, Julianne Moore’s housewife, upon learning that her husband is a closeted homosexual, begins an affair with her African-American gardener—one societally inappropriate transgression compounds another.</p> <p>Thirteen years later, Haynes remains enmeshed in Sirkian tangles and straying wives, though they’re muted this time around, in more ways than one. In “Carol,” we’re still in the economic boom and sexual repression of the ‘50s, but there’s no artificially vivid flora to juxtapose the characters’ “deviance.” Haynes shot the movie on Super 16mm, which, when transferred to digital projection, looks distinctly murky, drab and futureless. It captures the world inhabited by Carol (Cate Blanchett), the unhappy, soon-to-be ex-wife of a neglectful, square-jawed New York businessman (Kyle Chandler) and mother to a young girl she’s at risk of losing in a custody battle.</p> <p>But this is a Cate Blanchett character, so for a while, she keeps up appearances. Haynes dresses and films her like a sculpted Hitchcockian blonde, breathy and seductive but unraveling on the inside. She materializes as nothing short of a goddess to Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara, the Audrey Hepburn to Blanchett’s Kim Novak), an aspiring photographer and humble shopgirl at a department store, whose eyes meet Carol’s across the holiday muzak and whirring model-train noises of the pre-Christmas shopping crush.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/thumbnail_23104.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Carol is there to buy a doll for her daughter. They’re sold out, Therese replies. They chat about toys, their eyes unable to look away from each other, and Carol leaves without her gloves—accidentally on purpose—which prompts a phone call, a lunch invitation and eventually a clandestine road trip through the American heartland away from prying husbands and suitors, neither party deigning to overtly acknowledge what’s happening.</p> <p>The truth is, in gradual contrast to the Sirk melodramas that influenced Haynes, not much happens in “Carol,” at least on the surface. This is such an interiorized movie that when Carol finally pulls out a gun and finds someone to point it at, we feel like we’ve just been jolted awake from a dim, uneventful trance.</p> <p>“Carol” is a better movie for what it isn’t than what it is: There are no didactic LGBT mission statements a la “Freeheld,” 2015’s other age-defying lesbian romance. As a foremost graduate of the original Queer Cinema movement, Haynes is not interested in sanctimony. Neither Carol nor Therese is a mouthpiece for a movement; they are two people realizing there’s more to the Kinsey scale than the limited spectrum they’d previously explored, and for the pros playing them, there’s never a false note uttered or an inappropriate gaze sustained.</p> <p>That said, when their protracted moment of intimacy finally arrives, it feels all too saleable to a straight male audience—a titillating if conventional overture from an openly gay director who had previously shunned such mass-audience concessions. The language and film grammar of “Carol” indeed makes for Haynes’ most mainstream feature, and it never reaches the quixotic risks and ludic experiments of his earlier work, from “Safe” to “I’m Not There.”</p> <p>Perhaps “Carol” suffers from the fact that Haynes has already made the perfect ‘50s Hollywood homage. By fully embracing the Technicolor lavishness in “Far From Heaven,” he struck gold. “Carol” is more of a dull bronze.</p>Fashion Forward: Nicole Miller Trunk Show2015-12-23T06:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p>Nicole Miller is having a trunk show just in time for New Year's Eve. Head over to Mario Pucci in Boca on Dec. 29 to shop this season's holiday styles and enter a raffle. Spend over $300, and you'll leave with a special gift, too.</p> <p><img alt="" height="674" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.23_nicole_miller_trunk_show.jpg" width="490"></p>New Year&#39;s Resolutions for Boca Moms2015-12-23T06:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p>Here we are at the end of 2015! Another year of motherhood is in the books. And NEWS FLASH: Being a mom does not get easier over time. Of course we recognize our children are a blessing, but what I wouldn’t give to have a 24-hour break from the constant planning and anticipating of my little one’s wants and needs.</p> <p>I’m exhausted, and I know I’m not alone here. Lately, I’ve been searching for ways to make my life slightly easier—to get back some of the “me time” I used to take for granted pre-mommyhood. That’s my 2016 New Year’s mission.</p> <p>And here are the resolutions I’m going to follow to make sure it happens:</p> <p>1. I resolve to work out regularly to stay healthy and sane—with the promise of a glass of wine afterward. (Good thing there’s a <a href="" target="_blank">“Pound &amp; Pour” class at Organic Movements</a> every Wednesday night!)</p> <p>2. I resolve to finally clean my child’s disgusting car seat. It’s time Boca moms. Lord knows what kind of germy buildup that thing has on it. (Book a car seat or stroller <a href="" target="_blank">cleaning session with Shiny Hiney</a>. You’ll thank me.)</p> <p>3. I resolve to take all of the iPhone videos/photos I’ve been collecting this year and have them edited into a celebration slideshow the whole family can enjoy. (Who has the time to do this themselves? Outsource your project to the pros at <a href="" target="_blank">12welve 0 5ive Productions</a>.)</p> <p><img alt="" height="439" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.23_little_toes_on_the_go.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>4. I resolve to stop packing a diaper bag. Yep, you heard me correctly. Did you know you can buy all of your baby supplies for daily use, travel or the beach/pool pre-packed now? <a href="" target="_blank">Products on the Go</a> <em>(founded by a Boca mom!)</em> offers timesaving care packages that keeps all the necessities in one easy-to-grab pack. Done and done.</p> <p>5. I resolve to throw in the towel when I don’t understand my child’s homework for the umpteenth time. Save your sanity (and your relationship with your child) by bringing in a tutor. (We love the variety of educated experts at <a href="" target="_blank">Cender Scholars!</a>)</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.23_foot_massage.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>6. I resolve to pamper myself. Did you know that downtown Boca reflexology spa <a href="" target="_blank">Four Elements</a> has “Mommy Mondays”? Getting your feet rubbed while your baby is playing or eating on your lap is the ultimate in mommy multitasking.</p> <p>7. I resolve to book a babysitter more often. Sometimes you just need a few hours to yourself to relax or simply get things done. </p> <p>However you are able to carve out more time for yourself in the New Year, just make sure it’s a priority. Because remember, you can’t take care of others without caring for yourself first. Have a happy and healthy New Year Boca moms!</p> <p><strong>•••••••• </strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em><strong>, </strong></em><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>New Year&#39;s Brunch2015-12-22T09:17:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>After staying up past midnight and eating and drinking for a few hours, the best solution for the next morning is … brunch! Here are some places in Palm Beach County to start the New Year.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.22_apeiro.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Head out to the western Delray Marketplace, for <strong>Apeiro Kitchen &amp; Bar’s</strong> <em>(14917</em> <em>Lyons Road, Delray Beach, 561/501-4443) </em>New Year’s Day brunch. Start with a Gazpacho Bloody Mary or sangria, then caramelized waffles (pictured) or steak and eggs, eggs benedict, curry chicken pita, a burrata and a lot more at this Mediterranean dish-inspired restaurant. </p> <p>Recover from a big night with a French twist by heading to a New Year’s Day Brunch at <strong>Pistache</strong> <em>(101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561/833-5090).</em> From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., enjoy the a la carte brunch menu that has everything from pain au chocolat to provencale quiche, to eggs benedict, escargots, mahi mahi, filet au poivre and more. Then there are the cocktail specials; with a carafe of the St. Germain Cocktail for $30. Oh la la! </p> <p>If you’re looking for endless mimosas and Bloody Marys ($12), try one of these restaurants below, plus Rocco’s Tacos is offering unlimited Margaritas for New Year’s Day only. And the brunch menus are extensive, too.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.22_city_cellar.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>City Cellar Wine Bar and Grill</strong> <em>(700 S Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, 561/366-0071)</em> – The lobster eggs Florentine (pictured) here will perk you up.</p> <p><strong>City Oyster and Sushi Bar</strong> <em>(231 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/272-0220)</em> – The lobster and asparagus omelet pops out.</p> <p><strong>Rocco’s Tacos &amp; Tequila Bars</strong> (all locations) – The wet burrito con huevos tops the list. <em>(5250 Town Center Circle, 561/416-2131; 110 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/416-2131; 224 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, 561/-650-1001; 5090 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/623-0127)</em></p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p> <p><em><br></em></p>Bowl-ing in Boca, more on iPic and FAU&#39;s wackydoodle professor2015-12-22T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/6b9ce908-89a8-4ab9-b51f-e8d5a1dbf365_42701_custom.jpg" width="305"></h3> <h3>Correction     </h3> <p>Before getting to new business, I must start with a correction.</p> <p>       Like other South Florida reporters, I wrote last week that one of the weapons used in the Paris terrorist attacks came from Century Arms, whose headquarters is in Delray Beach. We were responding to an Associated Press story that relied on an interview with a Serbian arms dealer. The weapon in question is an M92 semi-automatic pistol.</p> <p>       After the story appeared, the Department of Justice said the weapon did not come through Century Arms. AP then issued a correction.</p> <h3>Bowl us over!</h3> <p>       Assuming that the weather is good, there will be tangible ways to measure tonight’s Marmot Boca Raton Bowl against the inaugural game last year.</p> <p>       One is number of seats occupied. Technically, all 30,000 tickets for the game at Florida Atlantic University Stadium are “sold.” The teams—Toledo and Temple—get allotments, and rest are available to the organizers—ESPN, the city and Palm Beach County—for distribution.</p> <p>       Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Director Troy McLellan said there has been more effort to get tickets out to young people through the Spirit of Giving Network and the county school district. Ticket revenue isn’t key to the bowl’s future. ESPN committed the network for six years. Still, a full or nearly full house would give the game more credibility.</p> <p>       Another gauge will be the number of corporate sponsors. McLellan said he has heard that sponsorships are up. “People last year saw the economic potential,” he said. After the game, I will get reaction from ESPN’s Doug Mosley, who acts as the bowl’s executive director.</p> <h3>iPic Plan</h3> <p>Last week, the production that is the iPic project went to the cutting room of the Delray Beach Site Plan Review Advisory Committee. The ending was predictable, even if the discussion at times got weird.</p> <p>       Board members voted to approve three waivers for the project, but they raised many questions about the overall plan. Most were about the movement of traffic within the mixed-use projects and on Southeast Fourth and Fifth avenues. In proposing an approval schedule, iPic attorney Bonnie Miskel had presumed that the project would come back to the board next month with revisions. Indeed, the board voted to table a final decision until January.</p> <p>       Whether that decision comes at the Jan. 13 meeting or two weeks later will depend on how quickly iPic and city planners can deal with the board’s questions. You can assume that those also would be the city commission’s questions. Commissioners appoint the board members.</p> <p>       As with the commission, the sentiment among most board members is support for the project. Chairman Jose Aguila urged a quick turn to “show that this can work” so the city can “get it passed.” Ipic would like to obtain a building permit by the end of 2016. Construction would take between 12 months and 18 months.</p> <p>       Discussion ranged from the serious—How would the loading area for the project work? Could a security guard really discourage drop-offs along Fifth Avenue? Would the valet line be, as Aguila described the area in its current design, “an accident waiting to happen?”—to the bizarre. Two speakers urged the board to reject the project because streaming will make movie theaters obsolete. Perhaps they’ve never tried to book a seat at the iPic in Boca. Another speaker said the project “looks like a mosque.” IPic CEO Hamid Hashemi was born in Iran. Perhaps the speaker is a Donald Trump fan.</p> <p>       Then there was the strange moment at the end when the board voted to table the iPic project but then voted to move ahead on the neighboring Martini property, which iPic would buy to make the main project work. “Could that be more silly?” Aguila asked, rhetorically. “Come on, guys.” Miskel asked that the two projects remain linked. A second vote did so.</p> <p>       Four months after the commission gave the project preliminary approval, the main issue remains compatibility —making the project work on that site. No remaining issue is huge. Collectively, though, they amount to a great deal of work to find what Miskel called “solutions.”</p> <p>       “They’ve got a lot to do,” city planner Scott Pape said of iPic. Aguila responded, “So do you.”</p> <h3>Hillstone back in the hunt</h3> <p>       It looks likely that a proposed lease for the Wildflower property will go before the Boca Raton City Council early next year. There has been a lot of activity on the issue in the last month.</p> <p>       On Nov. 24, Hillstone Restaurant Group sent a counter proposal. It came four weeks after Vice President and General Counsel Glenn Viers had written the city to say that Hillstone was withdrawing from negotiations to build a Houston’s. The draft lease had proposed a $500,000 annual payment with a five percent increase every five years. City staff had asked for a two percent increase every year, or double over five years what the two sides had discussed.</p> <p>       The city’s officer surprised Mayor Susan Haynie and city council members. The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce offered to mediate and help restart negotiations. In that Nov. 24 letter, Viers offered to pay five percent of gross sales or $600,000, whichever is greater. The lease payment would increase five percent every five years, but the city would pay the property tax on the 2.3-acre site.</p> <p>       Regarding the issue of a restaurant dock, which Haynie had made a priority, Viers said Hillstone does not plan to build one. The company, though, would be fine with the city building and maintaining one south of the site on the Intracoastal Waterway. Silver Palm Park is on the south side of Palmetto Park Road from the property.</p> <p>       On Dec. 3, chamber director Troy McLellan sent an email asking the members to contact Haynie and the council in support of the project. Much of the comment at council meetings has come from neighbors who oppose the restaurant. Some want the city to make the property, which Boca bought in 2009 for $7.5 million, a park.</p> <p>       The council, though, never envisioned a park. And City Manager Leif Ahnell reported that it would cost about $300,000 just to open the site temporarily. Fortunately, the council had no interest in wasting that money.</p> <p>       Striking a deal with Hillstone, however, remains a council priority. With the mayor and council having stayed out of negotiations for many months, it’s time for them to get involved. Soon.</p> <h3>The Tracy issue</h3> <p>       Florida Atlantic University finally is seeking to get rid of a bad professor.</p> <p>       That would be James Tracy, who teaches in the communications department. He has embarrassed FAU since 2013, when he questioned on his private blog whether the Sandy Hook School massacre happened. The victims were 20 children and six adults. FAU only reprimanded Tracy, and that was for not making clear that he was speaking for himself, not FAU.</p> <p>       The distinction should not have mattered. Tracy might promote crackpot conspiracy theories on his own time, but he promotes them on a public forum. Tracy can’t separate his FAU position from his blog any more than a supposedly objective reporter for a newspaper could separate that work from a private blog that bashes the people he or she is covering. Tracy does not list his FAU affiliation on his blog, but he does call himself “a media scholar, educator and political analyst located in South Florida.”</p> <p>       By questioning every mass shooting since Sandy Hook —and the Boston Marathon bombing—Tracy damages not just his own academic credibility but FAU’s. The university never would tolerate a faculty member who denied the Holocaust or otherwise questioned events that clearly happened.</p> <p>       Recently, the parents of a Sandy Hook victim accused Tracy of harassing them. They went public in an oped for the <em>South Florida Sun-Sentinel</em>. Last week, FAU notified Tracy that the university would seek to fire him.</p> <p>       Tracy is tenured, and under the collective bargaining agreement he has 10 days to respond. After Thursday, FAU is closed until Jan. 4. An FAU spokeswoman said no more information would be available until then.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p> <p> </p>The Weeks Ahead: Dec. 22 to Jan. 32015-12-21T09:19:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><em>[Editor's Note: This column covers the next two-plus weeks of events, to accommodate for a holiday break. Other blogs, including our Top 10 Concerts and Top 10 Films of 2015, will continue through the end of the year.]</em></p> <p>THURSDAY, DEC. 24</p> <p><img alt="" height="113" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/1416259622_10425094_10152369019786625_5565287627890100845_n.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: MatzoBall</strong></p> <p>Where: Il Bacio, 29 S.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach; and Honey, 16 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30</p> <p>Contact: 212/389-9922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you’re of the Jewish faith and Dec. 24 and 25 roll around, it’s easy to feel neglected, not to mention bored: Nothing is open but movie theaters and gas stations, and, in many cases—like this year for instance—your own holiday has long passed. But for 29 years, around the time bleary-eyed parents are huddling under trees to assist Santa Claus, Jewish locals have been congregating, partying and networking at the MatzoBall, an event launched by Boca resident Andrew Rudnick that has been billed as the nation’s largest Jewish singles event; there are now 16 MatzoBalls nationwide. This year, singles age 21-35 are welcome to attend the bash at Il Baccio, with the hope that it will generate friendships, business opportunities and romance. To accommodate demand, singles ages 25-55 can mingle at Honey. To increase your chances, purchase a $50 combo pack to allow entrance into both nightclubs.</p> <p>FRIDAY, DEC. 25</p> <p><img alt="" height="232" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/147-4-a-only_-sub_-01cc.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Joy”</strong></p> <p>Where: Most movie theaters across South Florida</p> <p>When: Show times and prices vary</p> <p>A movie that truly lives up to its title, David O. Russell’s “Joy” is the most emotionally satisfying film opening among the Christmas Day embarrassment of riches that includes “Carol,” “The Hateful Eight” and “Youth.” Jennifer Lawrence excels as Joy Mangano, a real-life divorced mother of two who shares a complicated abode with her vain ex-husband (Edgar Ramirez) and her soap opera-addicted mother (Virginia Madsen). The setting is the 1980s, and Joy’s future is bleak, save for the invention she engineers from her bedroom: the Miracle Mop. “Joy” follows the title character’s ascent toward QVC celebrity, a nearly insurmountable journey marked by crushing setbacks, offbeat comedy and unexpectedly touching triumphs, handled with virtuosic control by a writer-director unafraid to merge archness and naturalism, comedy and sentiment. In a holiday season when “It’s a Wonderful Life” once again fills the TV screens of thousands, “Joy” feels like a direct descendent of Frank Capra’s rags-to-riches populism.</p> <p>SATURDAY, DEC. 26</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/bradross-unbelievable3_web.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Brad Ross: “Unbelievable”</strong></p> <p>Where: Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If he’s good enough to impress Mickey Mouse, he ought to impress us humble South Florida folks. For the past six years, Brad Ross has been the timeless mouse’s magician of choice, touring with Mickey and his cast of characters on the Disney Live! world tours. Along the way, Ross has performed in 25 countries on five continents, earned praise from Rosie O’Donnell and received a Merlin Award for his eclectic and interactive performances. Not bad for a kid from Scotch Plains, N.J., who took up magic at age 6 on a whim, at a class at his Jewish Community Center. Now he’s a member of four magicians’ societies and the founder of Get Well Magic, a nonprofit that uses magic as a form of rehabilitation for hospitalized children. “Unbelievable,” a collection of new tricks and illusions Ross has been touring since 2014, offers a broad survey of his talents, from large-scale illusions involving disappearances, fire, levitation and swordplay to close-up tricks with pint-sized audience volunteers.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/kevin-hart--e1412257846293.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Kevin Hart</strong></p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $70-$150</p> <p>Contact: 800/937-0010, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Comedian Kevin Hart is proof that perseverance pays off. Weaker-willed standups wouldn’t have lasted beyond Hart’s inauspicious entry into the field, back in the ‘90s. Performing under the stage name Lil Kev in his native Philadelphia, he was booed off the stage on multiple occasions; once, an audience member threw a chicken bone at him. He—and his millions of fans—have enjoyed the last laugh, as he’s risen to become the first comedian to sell out a major football arena. His material borrows liberally from his troubled childhood as well as his personal dramas as an adult, in a style that finds a welcome common ground between Chris Rock’s ratatat, cuss-filled delivery and Bill Cosby’s self-effacing universality. The comic, whose Hollywood cachet continues to increase (he starred in the $100 million smash “Ride Along”), will bring his “What Now?” tour to Hollywood, in a performance sponsored by Rally Health; expect Hart to preach a gentle gospel of healthy eating and an active lifestyle among his rapid-fire jokes.</p> <p>FRIDAY, JAN. 1-SATURDAY, JAN. 2</p> <p><img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/52e69a82a216e.preview-620.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Lennon Sisters</strong></p> <p>Where: The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 3 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday</p> <p>Cost: $85</p> <p>Contact: 561/995-2333, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The three siblings currently touring as the Lennon sisters—Mimi, Janet and Kathy Lennon—represent just a fraction of their busy and talented family of 11 children, born to a milkman and a homemaker who wed in 1939. If they were born in this century, their lives would probably be a reality show; growing up in the ‘40s, they enjoyed the freedom to pursue faith and music, two elements that ran—and skipped, and galloped—in the family. In their more than 50 years of singing, some of which have included retired Lennons Peggy and DeeDee, the Lennon Sisters have released just one album, but they’ve continued to ply their lush vocal harmonies at live appearances, especially around Christmastime. These veterans of “The Lawrence Welk Show” and Vocal Group Hall of Fame members will perform many of their storied hits (such as “Sad Movies” and “Twilight Time”) at this rare Boca concert. Tickets are also available to see the Lennon Sisters New Year’s Eve at the Wick, which includes a gala dinner, for $225.</p> <p>SATURDAY, JAN. 2</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/audra-mcdonald.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Audra McDonald</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $51.50-$126.50</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Audra McDonald made history in 2014, when she won her sixth Tony Award—more than any other actress—for her uncanny, shattering embodiment of Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.” Off-script and in concert, this versatile star of stage and screen is likewise the total package: Witty, charming and lovely to look at, McDonald brings effortless panache to her frequent cabaret-style performances, with a repertoire as eclectic as it is unconventional. Her Jan. 2 appearance in Fort Lauderdale is particularly special, because she’ll be joined by her husband Will Swenson, a formidable Broadway talent in his own right whose credits include “Les Miserables” and “Hair.” This convivial, conversational concert will be hosted by SiriusXM host and pianist Seth Rudetsky.</p> <p>SUNDAY, JAN. 3</p> <p><img alt="" height="203" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/24fd0f965e135911edb33162579e114e.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Delray String Quartet’s Program III</strong></p> <p>Where: Colony Hotel, 525 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 4 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35</p> <p>Contact: 561/213-4138, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In a landmark performance from this virtuoso foursome, the Delray String Quartet will present the live Palm Beach County premiere of American composer Richard Danielpour’s Quartet No. 7, a work commissioned specifically for the DSQ. This contemporary piece joins a program of classics: romantic composer Anton Arensky’s “Quartet No. 2” and contrapuntal selections from Bach’s “Art of the Fugue.”</p>NYE in Broward and Miami-Dade2015-12-21T09:18:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><strong>Broward County</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.21_oceans_234.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Oceans 234</strong> <em>(234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach, 954/428-2539) </em>has an oceanside (literally! pictured) New Year’s Eve celebration starting at 6 p.m., with live music and special holiday dishes. The regular menu is also available, and there’s a champagne toast at midnight. </p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.21_burlock_coast.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>On New Year’s Eve, <strong>Burlock Coast</strong>  <em>(The Ritz-Carlton, 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/302-6460)</em><strong> </strong>has a Farmers Feast Tasting Menu from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $125 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. This offering includes a champagne toast and access to the after party in the Astor Lounge. The regular kids menu will also be available.</p> <p><strong>Beauty &amp; The Feast</strong> <em>(601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/567-8070)</em> will have two seatings for New Year’s Eve—from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to midnight. The first seating includes a three-course feast-style dinner with a selection of Beauty &amp; the Feast’s Pig Roast and a selection of delicious small plates all for $59 per person. The second seating includes a four-course feast-style dinner and entertainment including a DJ, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight all for $119 per person (excludes beverages, tax, gratuity).</p> <p>Start 2016 with a New Year’s Eve Gala Under the Stars at <strong>The Atlantic Hotel &amp; Spa</strong> <em>(601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/567-8020)</em>. Seating begins at 8:30 p.m., and the cost is $129 per person (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity). Enjoy a celebration overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from the fifth floor Oceanfront Terrace with a four-course prix-fixe dinner including live entertainment, party favors and a midnight celebration. Semi-formal attire is recommended.</p> <p><strong>The Rusty Hook Tavern </strong>at the Sands Harbor Resort and Marina on the Intracoastal Waterway <em>(125 N. Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach, 954/941-2499)</em>, will celebrate New Year’s Eve with two seatings for dinner. The first seating is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and the second is from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Live music starts at 9 p.m., and there’s a complimentary midnight champagne toast.</p> <p><strong>McCoy’s Oceanfront</strong> <em>(Marriott Pompano Beach Resort &amp; Spa, 1200 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach, 954/782-0100)</em> will ring in New Year’s Eve with a prix-fixe, four-course menu. The cost is $75 per person, and reservations are available for 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., with jazz entertainment lasting until 12:30 a.m. Wine pairings and kid’s menus will also be available. </p> <p><strong><em>Kuro </em></strong><em>(</em><em>Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &amp; Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800/937-0010)</em>, a Japanese craft kitchen, will be serving a preset menu for New Year’s Eve. Reservations will be available from 5:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. The seven-course meal is $180 per person and will be served family style. Live DJ music will accompany the meal.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Miami-Dade County</strong></p> <p><strong>Bazi</strong> <em>(1200 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/695-0101)</em><strong> </strong>offers a New Year’s Eve prix-fixe, four-course dinner menu along with bubbly specials from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., following regular dinner service. Guests can enjoy live music while toasting with champagne specials by the bottle. The cost is $120 per person and includes a champagne toast at midnight.</p> <p><img alt="" height="296" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.21_macchialina.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Ring in New Year’s Eve<strong> </strong>with an Italian flavor at<strong> Macchialina </strong><em>(820 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305/534-2124), </em>with holiday menu highlights including whole fish, osso bucco and a complimentary prosecco toast at midnight. Dinner service starts at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Live DJ music and three different dining packages are the New Year’s Eve stars at<strong> Meat Market </strong><em>(915 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305/532-0088)</em><em>.</em> Choose the Early Package, with reservations between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. with a four-course dinner menu for $150 per person; or the Second Package, with reservations available from 9 p.m. until close, with a four-course dinner menu, champagne toast and party favors at midnight to ring in the New Year for $250 per person; or the Champagne Bar Package, with bottomless champagne by the glass at the bar from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. for $50 per person. Additional food and beverages are not included, and a 20 percent gratuity will be added to all checks.</p> <div class="post-content"> <div class="editable-original"> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p> </div> </div>New Year&#39;s Eve 2016: Where to Go, What to Do2015-12-18T09:59:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>New Year’s Eve is less than two weeks away. Do you have plans yet? Here is our annual countdown of the 10 most interesting events, mostly limited to Broward and Palm Beach counties.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/9_capitol_steps_lied_center_ne_0.jpg.crop_display.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>10. The Capitol Steps</strong> at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter, 5 and 8 p.m., $60, 561/575-2223</p> <p>This longtime troupe of political humorists makes its annual New Year’s Eve pilgrimage to Jupiter, playing a pair of early shows that leave half the night open for fireworks, late dinners, or Anderson Cooper. The Steps are promising all-new material, and with Donald Trump dominating the headlines, they won’t have to work too hard. </p> <p><strong>9. Midnight Masquerade</strong> at Stache, 109 S.W. Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 9 p.m., $75, 954/449-1044, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Fort Lauderdale’s favorite speakeasy-style “drinking den” celebrates the New Year with a vintage-style masquerade ball. Dress to impress while enjoying tunes from DJs Yanik Coen and Ryan Nathan, a burlesque show, and fire performers. With many NYE parties costing attendees a small fortune, this $75 ticket is comparatively reasonable, considering it includes an open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight and a gourmet dinner buffet. Email for table reservations.</p> <p><strong>8. J Street Block Party</strong> at Propaganda, 6 South J Street, Lake Worth, 7 p.m., $5-$10</p> <p>It might not feel like winter yet in South Florida, but organizers of this fourth-annual Lake Worth NYE bash are promising a “100 percent chance of snow.” The requested attire is all-white clothing, which will blend nicely with a midnight “Snow Fight.” But don’t wait until the wee hours to show up: Live music by top local bands begins at 7 p.m. on three stages (inside Propaganda, inside Common Grounds, and on the outdoor main stage), including acts such as Everymen, Raggy Monster, Lavola and Myles Patrick, of Mylo Ranger.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="321" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/cpmv-nqvaaakoas.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>7. The Marshall Tucker Band</strong> at Mardi Gras Casino, 831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, $40-$100, 954/924-3200, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Many of its band members have retired or died, but the Marshall Tucker Band has soldiered on. For 44 years, the group has continued to tour, with original frontman Doug Gray keeping its legacy alive as a genre-bending Southern music staple as comfortable in the worlds of jazz and blues as it is rock, country and gospel: “No matter how old we get, we can still rock your socks off,” promises Gray. Expect to hear hits like “Fire on the Mountain” and “Heard it in a Love Song” at this celebration, which includes fireworks and a Champagne toast.</p> <p><strong>6. Moulin Rouge Party</strong> at the Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina, 999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 9 p.m., $75-$200, 561/271-8210</p> <p>Entertainment and dining at this premier waterfront locale includes a live DJ, party favors, an open bar all night including bloody marys and mimosas, a midnight Champagne toast, and a cheese and charcuterie board. Starting at 11 p.m., the dining options increase thanks to a “Recovery Buffet” offering fruit, bagels, Spanish-style eggs, tortillas, home-fried potatoes, bacon, pastries and coffee.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="559" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/producers.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>5. “The Producers”</strong> at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 8 p.m., $35-$125; 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>A one-night-only engagement of the hit Mel Brooks musical, which secured 12 Tony Awards in its 2001 Broadway debut. Based effortlessly on the hit 1968 film, the musical—about a scheming producer and his squirrely accountant, whose plan to finance the worst musical ever fails when the show becomes an unexpected hit—is filled with theater in-jokes and pungent satire.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12345555_10153621678126609_4679589550845370505_n.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>4. “Back Through the Future”</strong> at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 10 p.m., no cover, 561/832-9999, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Here’s a brilliant concept: South Florida indie bands perform covers from a different decade of music every hour, from the ‘60s onward, until, one assumes, we get to the Aughts. Astari Night and Sweet Bronco, two of our region’s best bands—each of them specializing in a pleasingly retro sound—will perform these special all-cover sets, promising danceable tracks by the likes of 13<sup>th</sup> Floor Elevators, The Zombies, Television, Talking Heads, Guided by Voices and many more.</p> <p><strong>3. First Night</strong> in downtown Delray Beach, 5 p.m. to midnight, $10-$15, 561/278-0424, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This annual, family-friendly NYE bonanza is still, arguably, the most eclectic celebration in the tri-country area, with games and entertainment scheduled at nine downtown locations, including the Tennis Center, the 100-Foot Christmas Tree Site, Old School Square Park and the Community Center. DJ Al Johnson provides the tunes for a dance party from 5 to 9 p.m., movies will screen in the Tennis Center Stadium, and activities ranging from a Video Game Truck to a Climbing Wall to a Cornhole and Jenga Game Station to food trucks and a food court are open continuously until midnight. Visit the website for a complete schedule.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="248" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/drake.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>2. Drake</strong> at E11Even, 29 N.E. 11<sup>th</sup> St., Miami, 9 p.m., $350, 305/829-2911, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Miami’s 24-7 nightclub, which welcomed Usher to its intimate stage last New Year’s Eve, once again does not disappoint. Drake, the Grammy-winning Canadian hip-hop star, set a record for the most No. 1 singles on the Billboard Rap chart, and his 2015 smash “Hotline Bling” has been unquestionably the year’s most covered and parodied hit. Tickets are expected to increase even more as the event gets closer, but they include passed hors d’oeuvres from 9 to 11 p.m., an open bar, and a Champagne toast at midnight. DJ Irie, who deejays for the Miami Heat, will keep the party going into the morning hours.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/desktop-1409123213.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>1. Billy Joel</strong> at BB&amp;T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise, 9:30 p.m., $49.50-$159.50, 954/835-8000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Considering the Piano Man recently sold out his 30th show at Madison Square Garden, I wouldn’t hesitate much longer to buy tickets to his NYE bash in Sunrise, arguably the night’s top attraction across the tri-county area. At 66, Joel continues to, if not innovate, than at least surprise his legion of die-hards: Every set list on his recent jaunt has been markedly different, with covers of rock ‘n’ roll standards joining deep-cut obscurities and a diverse smattering of hits, on shows that often exceed 30 songs.</p>NYE in PBC2015-12-18T09:28:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="691" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.18_tommy_tune.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Glam it up and celebrate with a celeb: The Colony</strong></p> <p>Entertainer and Tony Award winner Tommy Tune rings in the New Year at the plush <strong>Colony Hotel</strong> on Palm Beach <em>(155 Hammon Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-5430),</em> with a four-course dinner and a show. The cost is $500 per person, which includes cocktails, dinner and entertainment by Jill and Rich Switzer, then Tommy’s show, dancing and a champagne toast. In the newly minted, Carlton Varney-decorated Colony Hotel, this is the ultimate New Year’s Eve excitement.</p> <p><strong>Some more highlights for Palm Beach County New Year’s Eve</strong></p> <p>Try a French twist to your New Year’s Eve, with <strong>Pistache</strong> <em>(101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561/833-5090)</em>, which has two seatings—early seating: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 3-course prix-fixe menu for $85 per person; late seating: starting at 9 p.m., five-course prix-fixe menu for $175 per person. The late seating includes bottle of champagne per couple, party favors and fireworks, and there’s a vegetarian option for the menu.</p> <p>Head to the <strong>Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina</strong> <em>(999 E. Camino Real, 561/368-9500)</em> on Dec. 31 for a dine-and-dance event. Boca Landing has dinner seatings from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m., featuring a five-course prix-fixe menu at $195 per adult and $99 per child. It includes two complimentary cocktails and a bottle of Champagne per couple. An “after party” will happen from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Moulin Rouge in the Atlantic Ballroom (separate cost for that). </p> <p>A special a la carte menu is promised at <strong>Apeiro Kitchen &amp; Bar Delray Beach </strong><em>(14917 Lyons Road, Delray Beach, 561/501-4443)</em> on New Year’s Eve with half-priced drink specials at the bar with any entrée purchase. </p> <p>Music and celebrating are on the menu, along with special tasting dishes, at <strong>EmKo</strong> <em>(2119 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, 561/227-3511)</em> on New Year’s Eve.The doors open at normal hours and will stay open until 1 a.m., with a midnight champagne toast. Outdoors, enjoy a DJ and dancing, or listen to jazz in the dining room. </p> <p>Enjoy live music in the lounge and a complimentary champagne toast at <strong>Café Boulud </strong><em>(301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060)</em>. Also offered is a pre-gala four-course prix-fixe menu for $95 per person on New Year’s Eve, as well as the gala seating menu, which is five courses and costs $350 per person. The pre-gala dinner is served from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and the gala seating is from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.</p> <p>Try for something a bit different on New Year’s Eve that still includes food—a movie and dinner at <strong>Bogart’s Bar &amp; Grille</strong> <em>(Palace Centre, 3200 Airport Road, 561/544-3044)</em>. There will be a special menu that includes a lump crab cake, braised short rib and pan-seared sea bass—all in addition to the regular menu. </p> <p><img alt="" height="459" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.18_passionate_kiss_eau_palm_beach.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>There’s a New Year’s Eve party just for kids at <strong>Eau Palm Beach</strong> <em>(100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, 561/533-6000)</em>, and one for adults, too. The Kids’ Carnival with bounce houses, a Velcro wall, snow cones and a buffet goes from 8 p.m. to midnight and costs $80 per child. Then start the adult evening at Stir Bar with a special “Passionate Kiss” cocktail (pictured). Followed by dinner at Angle, five courses for $90 at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  The cost for the 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. seatings is $175 per person (wine pairings, party favors and Champagne toast included). Or you can have dinner at Temple Orange with a midnight buffet from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. at $20.16 per person.</p> <p><strong>Henry’s</strong> <em>(16850 Jog Road, Delray Beach, 561/638-1949) </em>will have special dishes for New Year’s Eve that include a veal chop, sea bass, osso bucco, a filet, lobster ravioli and grilled swordfish.</p> <p>A waterfront New Year’s Eve is the special at <strong>Deck 84</strong> <em>(840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-665-8484)</em>, along with a holiday menu featuring dishes such as lobster bisque, blue crab-crusted black grouper, scallops and more.</p> <p>An herb-garlic prime rib or Moroccan braised lamb shanks will head the New Year’s Eve menu at <strong>Burt &amp; Max’s</strong> <em>(9089 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/638-6380)</em>. This is in addition to the regular menu, plus half-price drinks at the bar all night with an entrée purchase. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Staff Picks: luncheon and bar bites2015-12-18T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>Save the Date: Heart of a Woman Luncheon</p> <p><img alt="" height="296" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.18_heart_of_a_woman.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <p>“The annual Heart of a Woman luncheon, which benefits the inspired work done by Delray-based Aid for Victims of Domestic Abuse, is still a month away—but it's not too early to book your ticket or table for what promises to be a memorable affair (Jan. 20 at Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club). That's because AVDA is celebrating its 30th anniversary by honoring 30 individuals connected to the cause—"The Survivors, the Champions and Those Who Serve and Protect." Tickets are $150, with sponsorship levels ranging from $1,500 to $30,000.”</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a> // 561/265-3797) </p> <p> </p> <p>Cafe Boulud</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.18_cafe_boulud.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em> </p> <p>“The “new” Cafe Boulud at the Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach has shifted the bar to center stage—and the whole experience to one that is more approachable. So now we get great bar bites from some star chefs at a cool bar? Loving that idea. Palm Beach for the rest of us!”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a> // 301 Australian Avenue, Palm Beach // 561/655-6060)</p>Fashion Forward: Hello Kitty and KYBOE!2015-12-18T06:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.18_hello_kitty_opi.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Hello Kitty by OPI</strong></p> <p>OPI has teamed up with every girl’s favorite Sanrio feline for its newest collection set to launch in January. Hello Kitty by OPI will feature 12 nail lacquers and matching GelColors in shades varying from pinks to yellow to black. Each polish will sell for $9.50 at Ulta, <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a> and Dillard’s.</p> <p><img alt="" height="469" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.18_kyboe.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>KYBOE! trunk show</strong></p> <p>The Dutch brand KYBOE! is coming to America. Stop by the first floor of Saks at Town Center at Boca Raton on Dec. 19 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to enjoy some champagne while you peruse KYBOE! men’s and women’s watches.</p>Light up your bike for the holidays2015-12-17T10:06:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Pedals up and holiday lights on! It’s time for the Second Annual Holiday Lights Ride through Delray. Hosted by the <a href="" target="_blank">Doghouse Multisport Training Center</a>, the festive bike riding event takes you around the streets of Delray’s neighborhoods for a 45-minute easy, fun spin, followed by some social holiday cheer at Hudson’s <em>(900 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach)</em>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.17_bikes.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Doghouse owner Rick Slifkin encourages riders to decorate their bikes with sparkly lights and tinsel—anything that screams the holiday spirit. At the very least, have enough lights on your bike to be seen in the dark (this is an evening ride).</p> <p>“Bike decorating is highly encouraged, and there will be a prize for the most ‘blinged-out’ ride,” according to the Doghouse Facebook invite.</p> <p>Here’s the cheery plan: Meet at Doghouse <em>(851 SE 6th Ave., Suite 106, Delray Beach)</em> at 6 p.m. on Dec. 21, so you’re ready to roll by 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Don’t forget to RSVP by calling 561/245-5307 or emailing <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Behind all the corporate news—and more trouble for the Ag Reserve?2015-12-17T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<p><img alt="" height="270" src="/site_media/uploads/default_8280c791e2ee8551db03cb4e.jpg" width="270">      </p> <p>There has been a flurry of news about Boca Raton and its effort to be the Corporate City. Let’s take the events of the last few days one by one.</p> <h3>KRS                                   </h3> <p>       On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott announced that KRS Global Biotechnology plans to expand its Boca operation. The company repackages drugs and intends to start making medical devices. It has 57 employees in the Park at Broken Sound and said it would add 160 over four years.</p> <p>       To encourage that expansion, the state, Palm Beach County and Boca Raton offered a $1.5 million incentive package. KRS will get the money if it adds the promised jobs at the promised average salary of $58,000.</p> <p>       The announcement aligns nicely with the governor’s proposal to eliminate the state corporate tax for manufacturing companies and extend the sales tax exemption for manufacturing equipment. If KRS hits those goals, it will bolster Boca’s reputation as an incubator city for small companies that hope to make it big.</p> <h3>Office Depot         </h3> <p>       One day, Boca Raton may thank the Federal Trade Commission.</p> <p>       Ten days ago, the FTC blocked the merger of Boca-based Office Depot and Staples, which is headquartered in Framingham, Mass. The unanimous conclusion by the four commissioners was that the merger would reduce competition and thus raise prices for business customers of the two companies.</p> <p>       Last February’s announcement of the merger put groups like the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce and the Palm Beach County Business Development Board in a tough spot. For years, they and other civic groups have tried to please Office Depot. They urged support for an incentive package that kept the company in this area at its current complex on Military Trail north of Yamato Road. When Office Depot merged with Naperville, Ill.-based Office Max in late 2013, the chamber and the board lobbied to keep the new company here.</p> <p>       But if Staples bought Office Depot, the headquarters would shift to Framingham. Some jobs might remain in Boca, but the buildings on North Military Trail also could be left empty—and could stay empty for a long time. The buildings on Congress Avenue in Delray Beach that once housed Office Depot remain empty seven years after the company moved to Boca.</p> <p>       So now the chamber, the BDB and Boca’s elected officials must hope that Office Depot doesn’t get what it wants. They obviously can’t be too public about their feelings, but according to Boca Raton’s 2014 financial report Office Depot is the third-largest employer in the city after Florida Atlantic University and Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Office Depot’s 2,000 workers make up about two percent of the city’s employment base.</p> <p>       Indeed, Boca Raton should be hoping that the FTC succeeds in blocking the merger. Rajiv Lal, a professor at Harvard Business School, told The Boston Globe that the FTC rarely loses such cases.</p> <p>       Office Depot and Staples likely will base much of their argument on the fact that two years ago the FTC approved the Office Depot-Office Max merger. The commission cited the growth of online competition for brick-and-mortar “office supply superstores” and said the market had changed dramatically since the FTC blocked a proposed Office Depot-Staples merger in 1997.</p> <p>       This time, Office and Depot and Staples again claim that a merger is necessary to deal with growing competition. Amazon is the leading office supply retailer, followed by Apple and Wal-Mart.</p> <p>       The FTC, however, said in its ruling that a Staples-Office Depot giant would shrink competition when it comes to large business customers. “Other office supplies vendors” including Amazon, the commission said, “cannot meaningfully constrain a post-merger Staples. As a result, Staples could charge higher prices and would have a diminished incentive to maintain or improve quality for large (business to business) customers. . .”</p> <p>       The commission distinguished between individual customers and businesses. Internet sites “cannot provide the level of pricing or service” that Office Depot and Staples offer business customers. Only these companies can offer supplies nationwide. Smaller competitors offer just regional service. Office Depot and Staples “cannot show cognizable efficiencies that would offset the likely and substantial competitive harm from the merger.”</p> <p>       A trial before a federal administrative law judge is set for May, unless Staples pulls out of the merger or the companies reach a settlement with the commission. If there were a trial, the loser almost certainly would appeal, which could prolong the litigation for years.</p> <p>       Studies have shown that many big mergers benefit mostly a few insiders. That could be true with the Office Depot-Staples merger.</p> <p>       As analysts have noted, the push for the merger is coming from Starboard Capital Partners. The Connecticut-based private equity firm owns roughly eight percent of Office Depot stock, making it the largest institutional holder. It also had accumulated stock in Staples. Talk of the merger lifted Office Depot stock. In a letter last March, Starboard said the merger could push Staples’ stock to between $32 and $37 a share. It trades now at roughly $10.</p> <p>       The merger certainly would be good for Office Depot CEO Roland Smith. According to company filings and news reports, he would have been due $39 million in compensation, based on figures when the merger was announced. He had begun seeking a merger with Staples while the company was negotiating with Boca Raton and Palm Beach County on incentives for Office Depot after it bought Office Max.</p> <p>       Rather than fight the Federal Trade Commission, Smith ($5 million in annual salary) and Staples CEO Ronald Sargent ($4 million) could spend that time and money figuring out how to restructure their companies. Staples would not have to take on billions of debt from the merger – so much that analysts said the company’s credit rating would be at junk-bond levels. Analysts cited Best Buy as another traditional big-box retailer that is having at least some success adapting to online competition.</p> <p>       Perhaps that restructuring might save only some of Office Depot’s jobs in Boca Raton. But with a merger the city would face the potential loss of every job. Employees who moved from Naperville surely worry about having uprooted themselves for nothing. The uncertainty of restructuring seems better than the certainty of a merger.</p> <h3>Jarden and Newell Rubbermaid</h3> <p>       At this point, three Fortune 500 headquarters have their headquarters in Palm Beach County, and two of them are in Boca Raton. Office Depot is 194<sup>th</sup> on the 2015 list. NextEra Energy, parent company of Florida Power &amp; Light, is based in Juno Beach and ranks 183<sup>rd</sup>.</p> <p>       At 348 is Jarden Corp., a consumer conglomerate that owns everything from Mr. Coffee to Crock-Pot to K2 skis to Yankee Candle and many more. The company recently bought Josten’s, which makes all those high school yearbooks and class rings. Jarden is south of Office Depot on Military Trail, having moved from Westchester County, N.Y., two years ago. Some employees stayed in New York.</p> <p>       This week came news that another conglomerate, Newell Rubbermaid, wants to buy Jarden for $13 billion. In addition to its namesake Rubbermaid products, the company owns, among many other things, Sharpie pens and Graco baby strollers.</p> <p>       Newell Rubbermaid is based in Atlanta. A spokeswoman said Monday that Jarden does not disclose how many employees are in Boca Raton. Rubbermaid’s CEO expects the merger to result in annual operational savings of $500 million as the new company seeks to gain “efficiency and clout.” The spokeswoman said, “We expect no major changes in 2016. After the transaction closes, we will build detailed integration plans appropriate to the opportunity. Many of the synergies we expect are non-people related.”</p> <p>       The Rubbermaid-Jarden merger should have a better chance with federal regulators. Despite all the companies own, there doesn’t appear to be major overlap.</p> <p>       But the news brings more uncertainty for a city that touts its reputation as a home to corporations. One of Jarden’s brands is Marmot, the outdoor wear company that this year became name sponsor of the Boca Raton Bowl. That commitment seems safe.</p> <h3>The South Florida link (again)</h3> <p>       Once again, it seems that so many big stories – no matter where they happen—involve Palm Beach County.</p> <p>       The latest is the terrorist attacks in Paris. The Associated Press reported that one of the guns came from a Delray Beach-beach dealer, Century International Arms. The company is on Congress Avenue, across from the county-state government complex.</p> <p>       Investigators told the AP they don’t yet know how the weapon got from Delray to Paris. The Serbian-made M92 semi-automatic pistol uses a 30-round clip and looks like a miniaturized assault rifle.</p> <p>       The pistol was an exported terrorism tool. Many 9/11 hijackers came to the county to plan their attacks, using tourist or business visas. Between seven and nine lived in Delray. Three others lived in Boynton Beach.</p> <p>       In the current movie “Spotlight,” one of The Boston Globe reporters investigating sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the Boston archdiocese interrupts that project to work on a story about the hijackers. His editor calls to ask, “How’s South Beach?” The reporter answers: “Boynton Beach. Not the same thing.”</p> <h3>Yet another Ag Reserve threat</h3> <p>       I have written recently about the repeated small changes that could lead to big, unwelcome changes in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve Area. Now, a big, very bad potential change could come.</p> <p>       The county and the South Florida Water Management District own a roughly 570-acre tract that they lease to Pero Farms. The county bought the land with $23 million from the 1999 bond issue that voters approved to keep as much farming in the reserve as possible.</p> <p>       The water district, following a policy direction from Gov. Rick Scott, is looking to classify unwanted land as “surplus,” and sell it. The governor tried this in 2011, but his people botched the effort, and it was abandoned.</p> <p>       Developers would love to secure the property. The more large tracts in agriculture, the harder it is to build. The county commission would have to approve a sale. Some have suggested that the county could agree, if the district designated the land as surplus, but attach a deed restriction preventing development.</p> <p>       In fact, any future commission could rescind that restriction, just as any future commission could approve yet more changes after the current commission approved some in October. The property is being used just as the voters intended 16 years ago. If the water management district proposes a sale, the county should refuse.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Max&#39;s Social House shows off seasonal menu2015-12-16T16:39:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.17_rainbow_trout.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Max’s Social House—or SoHo as I like to call it—is our catcher’s mitt when the Avenue is just too crowded, or we’re in the mood for a cool (and imaginative) bite rather than a full-blown dinner. And what is extra special is that it changes up the menu and the cocktails regularly, so nothing really gets even a little bit tired.</p> <p>The most recent iteration was “unveiled” the other night, and I couldn’t go because sometimes my life is all about doing things I have to do rather than what I want to do (And no one wants to miss a media tasting at SoHo.)</p> <p>But fear not—I got a full report from Nancy Kumpulainen, the closet foodie in the office, who never misses anything—and is pretty much on the money when it comes to what’s what in the world of cool restaurants with great chefs. Here’s her quick take on what not to miss at SoHo—and why we need to go, like, <em>tonight</em>:</p> <p>• New outstanding cocktails for this season that will warm you right up: the bourbon Soda Popinski’s Soda Fury and a Star Fox tequila drink</p> <p>• Ap you want to make a dinner of: the falafel bacalo croquetas</p> <p>• Sandwich that went to culinary college: the monkfish pastrami “Reuben”</p> <p>• Dishes of the night: the rainbow trout “Meunière” (pictured) and the Peking duck confit por deux</p> <p>Naturally all of the classics are still holding down the fort, including the bahn mi dog, the burger, the pimento cheese dip, the bone marrow and oxtail marmalade with latkes—and we could go on. The point is that SoHo continues to give us its best shot with innovative high-flavor menu items, first-rate food, and an atmosphere that is easy, fun and welcoming.</p> <p>It’s fresh, it’s real, and I for one am lining up with Nancy for the next menu tasting.</p> <p><em>Max's Social House, 116 N.E. 6th Ave., Delray Beach, 561/501-4332</em></p>Movie Review: &quot;Star Wars: The Force Awakens&quot;2015-12-16T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>J.J. Abrams’ job as co-writer and director of a new Star Wars trilogy is, to understate the facts, a daunting one. It’s like curating a Bruce Springsteen set list: You need enough new material to keep the brand modern, enough old classics to satisfy the casual fans, and enough obscurities to pacify the cultists. To this casual fan’s eyes—It’s been a good 15 years since I’ve seen the original trilogy, and I declined to subject my cerebrum to Episodes II and III—Abrams has done more than a yeoman’s job at reviving the brand. “The Force Awakens,” which is expected to shatter worldwide box office records, is up against virtually unattainable expectations, but Abrams’ ability to situate his series as both a reboot and homage is an admirable feat of many-tentacled dexterity.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/star-wars-force-awakens.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>I must admit that at yesterday’s press screening, as soon as the iconic John Williams theme music started up, and the yellow text scrolled upward from the bottom of the screen toward the cosmic abyss, I felt a Pavlovian pang: The story hadn’t even started yet, but it was already apparent we were in faithful hands.</p> <p>The text informs us that, 30 years after the events of “Return of the Jedi,” Luke Skywalker has been missing in action, during which time Princess Leia has been searching the galaxy for his whereabouts. The First Order, a dark, dictatorial force spreading its powerful influence across the cosmos, also seeks the missing Jedi. The rest of the galaxy is governed by the benign Republic, which has inspired a militant subsect, known as the Resistance, which aims to topple the First Order.</p> <p>Abrams wastes no time plunging us into an environment that feels simultaneously new and familiar. Resistance pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) is dispatched by Leia to collect what appears to be a map leading to Luke’s location. He receives the information, which arrives in the size of a zip drive by a nomadic-looking Max Von Sydow, and he stores it inside BB-8, his adorable pet droid. He’s promptly captured by the First Order’s Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)—the film’s Darth Vader-like masked marauder—and is rescued thanks to Finn (John Boyega), a rogue Stormtrooper who has defected from the dark side.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/star-wars-trailer-stormtrooper.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>They soon join forces with Rey (Daisy Ridley), the humble but hardy scavenger on the desert planet Jakku who discovers BB-8, and the battle lines are drawn: Each side has part of the Luke map and needs information from the other to complete it, but only one contingent is stocked with thermo-solar weapons that make our original nuclear bombs look like firecrackers. Domhnall Gleeson, whose character leads the primary base of the First Order, commands his army with Nazi-like tyranny, and from the organization’s logo to the Stormtroopers’ hand gestures, it’s clear that the First Order is meant to trigger associations with the Third Reich.</p> <p>These are lot of new characters to absorb quickly, but Abrams’ breezy delivery as a storyteller keeps it digestible, thanks in part to the comfortable ambience. The dialogue, the settings and the general cinematic texture conjure the organic original series far more than the sleek, digital emptiness of the more recent prequels. The lyrics may be different, but the song remains the same.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/1436385956230.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>I won’t spoil the ecstasy that surrounds the first appearances of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, but know that, contrary to some speculation, they’re not ancillary characters included in cameos to satiate sci-fi geeks; at least one of them is in “The Force Awakens” for most of the picture. But it’s also fair to say that Abrams is indeed passing the torch of Star Wars heroism to a new generation of characters. To Finn and Rey, Luke and Han Solo are the stuff of myth—legends whom they thought existed only in folktales. It’s a neat way to subtextually characterize George Lucas’ pioneering creations, which have established a rather mythic status in our collective cultural consciousness.</p> <p>If any fault lies with this solid crowd-pleaser, it’s that, as the pieces of this busy galactic chessboard align, Abrams succumbs to plot devices and genre mechanics that border on the creaky. Like many a Marvel movie, its lead-up—and the jokey interludes between the explosions—are more interesting than the special-effects phantasmagorias that ensue. Every bit of the film’s $200 million budget is on display, being detonated and blown up and light-sabered, our eardrums be damned.</p> <p>We’re in an ADD-addled time, when the directors of big-tent blockbusters think they have no choice but to overwhelm us with special effects. In that sense, there may never be another Star Wars that truly matches the lo-fi charms of the pre-CGI originals. But as long as Abrams continues to lead us to a galaxy far, far away, I’ll follow.</p>Spa for the holidays2015-12-16T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>The holidays can be full of fun, love and stress. To ease the burden, the <a href="" target="_blank">Seagate Hotel &amp; Spa</a> <em>(1000 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/665-4950) </em>is among the local spas that are offering holiday-themed pampering packages.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.16_seagate_spa.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Through December, the Seagate Spa will be offering a December Holiday Celebrations Package, including a peppermint body polish, peppermint Swedish massage, express facial, peppermint manicure and pedicure and a complimentary peppermint twist martini. Clients 21 years and older can enjoy this yummy luxury for $304.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Spa at PGA National</a> <em>(400 Ave. of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens, 800/843-7725)</em> is yet another South Florida resort offering holiday spa specials. Try a Spiked Plum Pudding Manicure/Pedicure for $89. This 75 minutes is sure to be a sweet treat, complete with a plum chiffon melt massaged into your skin. Or try a Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Facial for $109. You’ll feel like celebrating after an aromatic and vitamin-infused pumpkin peel and hydrating mask that leave you with that holiday glow. PGA National’s holiday Toasty Marshmallow Melt (50-minute) Massage is a mere $99. And there’s more, but the resort’s Holiday Spa Traditions menu expires Dec. 31, so hurry and claim your treatment or gift.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>7 Sinless Gifts from $18.99 to $130,0002015-12-16T06:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="700" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.16_made_from_earth_lotion.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Gift of Smooth Skin - <a href="" target="_blank">Made From Earth Lotions</a>, $18.99</strong> </p> <p>Did you know that skin is your biggest organ, and that it absorbs everything you put on it, moving it to your bloodstream? This is why I only use all-natural and organic products. I want to introduce you to a fabulous new brand – Made From Earth. I instantly fell in love with the Lavender Calm Body Lotion. Not only does it smell amazing and help you sleep better, it also feels like your skin is instantly turning into silk due to the moisturizing benefits of Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Nut and Witch Hazel. </p> <p><img alt="" height="431" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.16_kaeng_raeng_cleansing_clay_mask.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Gift of Glowing Complexion - <a href="" target="_blank">Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Clay Mask</a>, $25</strong></p> <p>They used to say that if you were bad, you would get coal in your Christmas stocking. This year, give something made out of charcoal to someone who was good! Check out the Cleansing Clay Facial Mask by Kaeng Raeng that features activated charcoal and other natural clays, which are capable of absorbing 200 times their weight in dirt, grime and toxins. I loved how it made my face visibly smoother, and I felt truly nourished by the powerful botanical properties and the refreshing scent. This mask is truly a must-try. </p> <p><img alt="" height="460" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.16_electric_picks_harmony_bracelet.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Gift of Good Vibes - <a href="" target="_blank">Electric Picks Harmony Bracelet</a>, $64</strong></p> <p>Who doesn’t want a little harmony in their life? If you have someone on your list who is looking for peace, then check out the Harmony Bracelet made with Black Onyx by Boca’s Electric Picks. Not only is black onyx great for grounding elevated energy and reducing the intensity of emotions, the “Good Vibes Only” Guitar Pick on the bracelet will remind you to keep up with the good mood and share it with others. </p> <p><img alt="" height="432" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.16_omega_8006_juicer.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Gift of On-Going Health - <a href="" target="_blank">Omega 8006 Juicer</a>, $299.99 (Save 20% with a coupon in Bed, Bath &amp; Beyond.)</strong></p> <p>If you’re looking for a gift that will keep on giving the joy of vibrant health for years to come, then check out Omega 8006 Nutritional Center. What I like about this particular model is that it can juice greens, wheatgrass and fruits without much waste. Pulp comes out pretty dry, meaning that all the liquid was squeezed out. But, Omega 8006 is also so much more than just a juicer. You can also make sorbets, nut butters or even your own pasta. Talking about versatile! This company is local, and the juicer has a 10-year warrantee. </p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.16_dlrevamp_food_detox_clense.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Gift of Rejuvenation – <a href="" target="_blank">DLrevAMP Food Detox Cleanse</a>, $375 for a 3-day cleanse (Use coupon Code AlinaZ for a $50 discount.)</strong></p> <p>For those who want to reboot their bodies after the holidays and drop a few unwanted pounds without going hungry, check out a food detox that is delivered right to your loved one’s door. DLrevAmp has been named the best diet for 2015 by Harper’s Bazaar magazine for its quality organic ingredients, variety of dishes and the results it delivers. Most importantly, you get to chew and learn new eating habits that can help you even after you finish the cleanse.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="293" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.16_personal_training.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Gift of Inner and Outer Strength - <a href="" target="_blank">Vincent Dove Personal Training</a>, $1000 for 10 sessions (This also includes a FREE private session for you if you’re getting personal training as a gift for someone else.)</strong></p> <p>While a gym membership may not sound like a fun present to give or receive, working with a personal coach and cheerleader can be one of the best gifts. If you’ve tried working out on your own but found yourself going back to old unhealthy habits, then I invite you to check out Vincent Dove health coaching and personal training services. What sets him apart is his inspiration and motivation as he teaches his techniques in fitness, mindfulness and focus.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.16_lexus_hybrid.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Gift of Speed and Luxury - <a href="" target="_blank">Lexus Hybrid</a>, $31,200 - $130,000</strong></p> <p>For those who are looking for a new car and want to combine luxury with eco-friendly properties, I recommend checking out Lexus hybrid line-up. Not only will you stay fabulous on the road and help protect our environment by using less gas, but you will also be able to get to your destinations faster. That’s because you get to use HOV lanes any time of the day, even when driving alone! Ask for a non-leather interior, and you’ll make an additional contribution to the wellbeing of our planet.</p>From more iPic details to Bowl buzz and Boca Center2015-12-15T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="585" src="/site_media/uploads/ipic.jpg" width="900"></h3> <h3>iPic milestones</h3> <p>       Four months after receiving preliminary approval from the Delray Beach City Commission, the iPic project faces three milestones in just a few days.</p> <p>       Today, the Community Redevelopment Agency votes on whether to amend for the fourth time the agreement under which iPic would buy land from the CRA for what is formally known as the Fourth and Fifth Delray project. The site—between Southeast Fourth Avenue and Southeast Fifth Avenue—is the former home of the city library and the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce. The amendment would extend the purchase approval date to April 29, 2016 and the termination date to Dec. 31, 2016.</p> <p>       The dates are based on a schedule that iPic’s lawyer sent to the CRA in late September. It presumes the last commission approval on March 1, after which there would be 30 days for anyone with standing to appeal. If that forecast holds up and there are no successful challenges, iPic would obtain a building permit by Dec. 30. The company is asking for the extra time based on what Bonnie Miskel calls “the levels of concerns, comments and opposition that we endured. . .”</p> <p>       Expect the CRA board to approve the amended agreement. The CRA has supported the project through all the controversy about traffic and iPic’s impact on that portion of East Atlantic Avenue, which the nearby Atlantic Crossing project also will affect.</p> <p>       To ensure that the city gets what it expects, the agreement would state that the theater would be an iPic. The agreement, though, would not require iPic to move its headquarters from Boca Raton to Delray Beach. A CRA board member asked that the condition be included, but it isn’t in the proposal. CRA Director Jeff Costello said Monday that the agency is having “continuing conversations” with the company, whose president said during commission debate that the headquarters would shift if Delray approved the project.</p> <p>       After the CRA stop, review of the project’s preliminary plat goes before the planning and zoning board on Monday. IPic’s biggest date, however, is Wednesday before the Site Plan Review Advisory Board.</p> <p>       Though the commission in August allowed the eight-screen theater and almost 12 feet of extra height, and abandoned part of an alley, the commission asked for changes to reduce the impact. Those changes must be in the site plan. The board will review not just the plan for the nearly 1.6 acres iPic would buy from the CRA but the 0.14-acre Martini property to the south that iPic would buy to make the traffic plan work. The commission made purchase of the property a condition for abandoning part of the alley.</p> <p>       The Martini issue will prompt few, if any questions from the board. City staff recommends approval in just a few paragraphs. The staff also recommends approval of the iPic project, but with many conditions, the most important of which concern traffic.</p> <p>       As the commission requested, iPic has made the project slightly smaller. The eight-screen theater would have 31 fewer seats. The retail space is down to 7,487 square feet and the office space to 42,446 square feet. On the third floor would be a roughly 5,000-square foot terrace to which the public would have access. The plan has new details about sidewalks, lighting and landscaping. The east-west alley behind stores fronting on Atlantic Avenue would be 24 feet wide, for maximum access.</p> <p>       Cars would arrive through the main entrance on Southeast Fourth Avenue. There would be a pedestrian entrance from Fifth Avenue. The obvious point of concern is the block on Fourth Avenue between First Street and Atlantic Avenue. IPic argues that the project’s traffic circulation wouldn’t create a chokepoint on Fourth Avenue, even with a valet operation.</p> <p>       The main traffic conditions proposed by staff are:</p> <p>       -- That iPic coordinate with the city during construction to make sure that the north-south alley within the project provides adequate access from Fourth Avenue.</p> <p>       -- That the city determine within two years of the project opening whether a traffic light is needed at Fourth Avenue and Southeast First Street. If one were needed, iPic would pay part of the cost.</p> <p>       -- That the city could ask iPic within the first two years to conduct a traffic study of the two intersections at Atlantic Avenue to determine if the timing of the lights needed to be changed.</p> <p>       -- That iPic address Palm Beach County’s review of the project’s revised traffic analysis.</p> <p>       -- That iPic station a security guard on Fifth Avenue to prevent drop-offs at the pedestrian entrance that could cause backups on the one-way, southbound road.</p> <p>       -- That iPic review valet and parking garage operations after six months and help with “commercial reasonable modifications,” if needed.</p> <p>       Related to traffic is parking. The garage would have 315 shared spaces, 90 of which would be open to the public. The project would displace 98 public parking spots. Those public spots would be in front of the security gate. The staff report says the city, CRA and iPic would have to approve an agreement to make sure that the spots remained available to the public and weren’t being used by employees or customers. Some Atlantic Avenue merchants argue that 90 public spaces are too few.</p> <p>       I would expect the site plan review board to propose other conditions. Indeed, Miskel’s schedule proposes resubmittal of the site plan in two weeks to address comments from board members, followed by a second appearance before the board on Jan. 13. There will be no rest over the holidays for those associated with this project.</p> <h3>Pay raises timetable</h3> <p>       With the Boca Raton City Council set to discuss next month a date for when voters might get to decide whether the mayor and council members get a raise, here are some numbers from previous elections.</p> <p>       Three 2016 dates are possible: the city election in March; the state primary in August and the general election in November. No council member is up for election, but Boca could hold a vote in March on the raises.</p> <p>       If the priority is to get the highest turnout, the decision is easy: November. Some council members wondered if voters might skip the issue, coming as it would at the end of a long ballot. History doesn’t support that argument.</p> <p>       In 2004, when voters rejected an earlier raise proposal, turnout was almost 36,000. That was a general election during a presidential year, which we have in 2016. In 2002, a general election in a non-presidential year, turnout was 24,400 for the vote on bonds to build new fire stations.       But for the March 2014 mayoral election, which got a lot of publicity, turnout was just 11,037.</p> <p>       Jeremy Rodgers favors an August vote, so the raises could start in the budget year that begins in October. For the widest, most reliable measure of whether to raise salaries, however, the vote should take place in November.</p> <h3>Note from Mr. Rodgers                                     </h3> <p>Speaking of Jeremy Rodgers, he emailed after my item last week on the Boca council’s decision to overturn the zoning board’s denial of a variance that would allow a single-family home on an undersized oceanfront lot.</p> <p>       I wrote: “As the staff made clear, however, rejecting the variance would have led to a lawsuit, and the city’s position would have been weak.” Rodgers said readers could have inferred that the staff made this statement in its memo recommending that the council overturn the board.</p> <p>       To clarify, that was my opinion, based on my reading of the staff report. Given the staff’s thoroughness, I think the city would have lost if the council had rejected the variance and the landowner had sued.</p> <p>       Rodgers, who voted against the variance, disagreed. The issue was the width of the lot—85 feet, below the standard buildable width of 100 feet. That happened long before the current owner bought the property in 2011. But with that knowledge, Rodgers said, the buyer “should have had no expectations of being granted the variance. . .” The staff report concluded that because the lot size was not the owner’s fault, the owner should get the variance.</p> <h3>Trash Talk (again)</h3> <p>       Last spring, the Delray Beach City Commission dumped Waste Management as the city’s trash hauler in favor of Southern Waste Systems. Waste Management had served Delray for 12 years, keeping the contract without having to bid on the extension.</p> <p>       The trash contract became an issue in the 2013 election that made Cary Glickstein mayor and put Shelly Petrolia on the commission. The commission successfully challenged the contract extension, and chose Southern Waste Systems, which came in much cheaper.</p> <p>       The transition went smoothly. Now Waste Management is buying Southern Waste Systems. So the company’s name will be back on the trucks in Delray, but the new, lower price will remain.</p> <h3>Boca Bowl</h3> <p>       Not just an ESPN reporter believes that next week’s Boca Raton Bowl is one of the best matchups.</p> <p>       In the current <em>Sports Illustrated</em>, media critic Richard Deitsch calls the game one of the best after the top-tier bowls set for New Year’s Day. The Boca Bowl at Florida Atlantic University stadium features Toledo and Temple.</p> <p>       Ten conferences are in the Football Bowl Subdivision, which the NCAA once called Division I. Five are the so-called power conferences—Atlantic Coastal, Big 10, Big 12, Pacific 12 and Southeastern. Deitsch calls the Boca Bowl the best matchup of teams from the other conferences. Temple is in the American Athletic Conference. Toledo in the Mid-American.</p> <p>       After the first game kicked off with many seats empty, ESPN—which operates the game—FAU and local organizers made it their goal to fill the 30,000-seat stadium. They’re getting the sort of hype they didn’t get last year.</p> <h3>Boca Center still on</h3> <p>       A few weeks ago, I wrote about the big changes Crocker Partners plans for Boca Center. No plans have gone to the city, but the changes are starting.</p> <p>       Boca Center just sent out a mailer notifying residents that Crocker has moved the valet parking from the old spot facing Military Trail. The mailer says the move will free up more self-parking and make valet parking better.</p> <p>       Crocker’s Angelo Bianco also told me that the makeover will make Boca Center food-centric. In saying that “good things are happening,” the mailer lists the project’s restaurants, along with Joseph’s Market and Total Wine. Expect 2016 to be a pivotal year for Boca Center.</p> <p> </p>PBC Christmas Dining Options2015-12-15T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>Have a merry, merry, and dine out with your friends and family on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Here are ideas in Palm Beach County for brunch, lunch or dinner.</p> <p>The newly redone <strong>Café Boulud</strong> at the Brazilian Court Hotel <em>(301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060)</em> is chic and always a great place to eat. Try the Christmas Eve prix-fixe ($125 per adult, $45 for children) from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Then there’s brunch on Christmas Day ($65 per adult) from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and dinner on Christmas Day ($105 per adult, $45 for children). </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.15_pistache.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Oh-la-la! The elegant-yet-comfy French bistro, <strong>Pistache</strong> (pictured) in downtown West Palm Beach <em>(</em><em>101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561/833-5090)</em> will have a three-course, prix-fixe menu on Christmas Day. The menu will include choices such as moules “mariniere,” scallops, filet au poivre and dessert. The cost is $59 per person, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. </p> <p>Try breakfast on Christmas day at the <strong>Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina </strong><em>(</em><em>999 E Camino Real</em><em>, 561/368-9500) </em>from 7 a.m. until 12 p.m. The cost is $25 per adult and $12.50 for children. More holiday dining continues with a prix-fixe menu at Boca Landing, for $65 per adult and $20 per child from 1 p.m to 9 p.m. The menu includes “coastal flavors with a seasonal twist,” such as squid and octopus salad and wild-crusted Dover sole, and you'll get a wine pairing for an additional $20 per person. </p> <p><img alt="" height="632" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.15_tanzy_christmas_prime_rib.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Prime rib (pictured) is one of the centerpieces at <strong>Tanzy Boca Raton</strong> <em>(301 Plaza Real, 561/922-6699) </em>on Christmas Day on the prix-fixe menu with winter squash soup and dessert. The three-course meal is $49 for adults and $22 for children 12 and younger.</p> <p>Want to eat by the water? Then <strong>Hudson Delray</strong> <em>(900 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/303-1343)</em> fits that bill with its three-course prix-fixe meal on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The menu includes gnocchi, blue crab bisque, mahi mahi, duck breast and more. The cost is $40 per adult, and a children’s menu is available. Christmas Eve hours: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Christmas Day hours: Noon to 8 p.m.</p> <p>Go for a four-course prix-fixe meal on Christmas Eve at <strong>The Little Chalet</strong> <em>(485 S. Federal Highway, 561/325-8000)</em> with a cheese fondue, then a filet mignon or chicken, ham or salmon, and finally, the dessert fondue. Open at 5 p.m.</p> <p>A Christmas Day buffet will be the star at <strong>Ironwood Steak &amp; Seafood </strong><em>(400 Ave. of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/627-4852),</em> with duck breast, pork loin, prime rib, turkey, shrimp, oysters, salmon and more. The cost is $78 per adult and $30 for children 6-12.<strong> </strong></p> <p>A la carte: Start the Christmas noshing early at <strong>Bistro Ten Zero One</strong> <em>(1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 305/929-3463)</em> with a “Meet the Chef” introducing Executive Chef Christian Quinones, on Dec. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $45 per person and includes drinks, salad, soup, main entrée, sides and dessert. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>The Week Ahead: Dec. 15 to 212015-12-14T15:08:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="218" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12196363_10153789171652962_6482013237334044589_n.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Barrel Aged and Rare Beer Holiday Extravaganza</strong></p> <p>Where: Funky Buddha Lounge and Brewery, 2621 N. Federal Highway</p> <p>When: 4 p.m. to close</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/368-4643, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Like certain Disney DVD releases—or, in previous eras, the McRib—many of the best craft beers are available for a limited time only. Funky Buddha has a habit of releasing some of its most delectable libations for short seasonal runs, building up anticipation during the other three-quarters of the year. And some brews, like the drafts offered at this holiday party, might only be available for a day. So consider this Barrel Aged and Rare Beer Extravaganza the Funky Buddha’s Christmas present to its Boca imbibers, offering craft enthusiasts the opportunity to try such Buddha imprints as the barrel-aged rye whiskies Morning Wood and Snowed in; barrel-aged wheat wine; Coconut Rum Oak Aged Pineapple 7 Minutes in Kevin; and the ever-elusive Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Guest drafts available for the evening include Bourbon County Stout 2015, Prairie Christmas Bomb, Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza and many more. A “Stout Pack” and “Sour Pack” will be raffled to lucky winners, and the Florida reggae/funk act El Dub will perform after the festivities. </p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/20150909110644398888.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “A Ballerina’s Tale”</strong></p> <p>Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $6.50-$9.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/549-2600, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If the rarefied, somewhat elite world of classic ballet has a bona fide pop-culture superstar, it’s Misty Copeland, the extraordinary ballerina with the unusual body, who only began dancing at age 13 and just this year became the first African-American woman ever to be named principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre. Along the way, she has expanded her cultural footprint to include celebrity spokesperson, inspirational public speaker and Broadway dancer—to say nothing of touring alongside Prince. She narrates her life story in “A Ballerina’s Tale,” a documentary directed by one of our nation’s experts on African-American artists of all genres, Nelson George. Funded by more then $54 thousand in Kickstarter donations, the film begins with archival footage of Copeland learning the ropes at a ballet studio, on through her difficult ascension in a largely Caucasian field and her wondrous recovery from a potentially debilitating leg fracture.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="226" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/tim.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Y100 Jingle Ball</strong></p> <p>Where: BB&amp;T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $51-$251</p> <p>Contact: 954/835-8000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For pop music fans, the holiday season is eternally associated with this gathering of the year’s brightest chart-topping luminaries, and this winter’s Jingle Ball festival is especially eclectic, celebrating what <em>Rolling Stone</em> recently called “pop’s strange 2015.” After all, the headliner, The Weeknd (pictured), is a Canadian solo R&amp;B powerhouse born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, who writes dark and throbbing songs about sex and experiments with samples from the punk and indie music worlds. He’ll make for a jarring contrast with some of the other acts on this five-hour extravaganza, including teen pop sensation Demi Lovato, Jonas brothers alumni Nick Jonas and DNCE, pop-punk upstarts 5 Seconds of Summer, Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo, and Shawn Mendes, who established his knack for inventive covers on six-second Vine videos. As the breadth of this Grammy-nominated talent attests, it’s certainly not the worst time in the world to listen to pop music.</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/artistpage_wellstrungchristmas.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “A Well-Strung Christmas”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35-$75</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Don’t objectify them based on their bods: The four buff hunks in the cheekily named Well-Strung could easily be Abercrombie models or extras from “Magic Mike XXL,” but there’s musical virtuosity behind the pecs and dreamy eyes. They comprise an accomplished string quartet which, in its efforts to merge the high and low arts, combine classical music standards with today’s pop songs. Their tunes ran the gamut from Bach to Adele, with some of the men taking vocal duties. The catcalling ladies in the audience should know that the men in Well-Strung happen to be gay, a fact that they often discuss during their shows, giving their concerts a cabaret-vaudeville vibe. Perhaps their current tour will be a bit more buttoned-down, given that it’s a Christmas concert. But then again, can a group called Well-Strung ever <em>really</em> be buttoned-down? Expect the group’s sense of humor to shine through “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” George Michael’s “This Christmas,” “Silent Night” and much more.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/pink-talking-fish-652x367.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Pink Talking Fish</strong></p> <p>Where: Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $29</p> <p>Contact: 954/449-1025, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It sounds like the name of a lost Dr. Seuss book, but Pink Talking Fish is actually a hybridized tribute band honoring the music of three iconic acts: Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish. On paper, it makes little sense. Trey Anastasio’s goofy jam-band noodling, David Byrne’s ironic post-punk precision and Roger Waters’ transcendent classic-rock bombast don’t seem to share the same musical playgrounds, let alone sandboxes. But great live music doesn’t exist on paper, and this impeccably tight quartet is rising on the strength of its surprisingly effective mash-ups, whether it’s sandwiching Talking Heads’ “Making Flippy Floppy” and Phish’s “Piper” in between the intro and outro of Pink Floyd’s “Run Like Hell” or discovering unlikely 20-minute medleys like the “Time/Ghost/Psycho Killer” performance at this year’s Wanee festival. Open-minded listeners will appreciate the band’s imaginative concoctions.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="263" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/lighted_boat_parade_photo.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Boca Raton Boat Parade</strong></p> <p>Where: Intracoastal Waterway, from the C15 Canal south to the Hillsboro Bridge</p> <p>When: 6:30 to 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/367-7073, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Be one of the thousands of spectators expected to attend this 39th annual holiday tradition sponsored by the City of Boca Raton. Personal sailboats and megayachts alike—ranging from 10 feet to 100 feet—will be decked in lights and decorated with floats to celebrate the season. The bridges at Spanish River, Palmetto Park and Camino Real will be lifted and held up for 30 minutes to accommodate the tricked-out vessels, and you can check out ceremonial fireworks at special viewing areas in Red Reef Park and Silver Palm Park.</p>Broward and Miami-Dade Christmas Dining Options2015-12-14T09:21:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>After hectic Christmas Eve or Christmas Day events, step out for a good meal and take time to enjoy some conversation with friends and family. Here are some suggestions in Broward County and Miami-Dade County.</p> <p><strong>Broward County Christmas offers</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.14_beauty_and_feast_christmast.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>On Dec. 24, <strong>Beauty &amp; the Feast at The Atlantic Hotel &amp; Spa</strong> <em>(601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/567-8070)</em> celebrates the Italian Christmas Eve tradition, Feast of the Seven Fishes. There’s a special menu, with more than a dozen seafood dishes, and the regular menu is also available. Seating starts at 5 p.m.</p> <p>Then on Christmas Day, the restaurant offers a prix-fixe menu ($49.95 for adults, $12.95 for children 12 and under) with a feast-style meal including carving stations, appetizers and desserts from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. </p> <p><strong>3030Ocean </strong><em>(3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale, 954/765-3030)</em>, has a special prix-fixe Christmas Day menu at $65 per person (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity). The three-course<strong> </strong>meal includes Executive Chef Adrienne Grenier’s slow-cooked prime rib.<strong> </strong> Diners can add wine pairings with their dinner for an additional $20 per person. An à la carte menu will also be available, as well as the regular dinner menu. </p> <p><strong>Miami-Dade County Christmas offers</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.14_dutch_terrace.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>The Dutch </strong><em>(Inside <a href="" target="_blank">W South Beach Hotel</a></em><em>, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/938-3111)</em> offers special menus for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Dinner costs $45 and is available on Christmas Eve<strong> </strong>from<strong> </strong>1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Christmas Day from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.</p> <p><strong>BLT Prime Miami </strong><em>(Trump National Doral Miami</em><em>, 4400 NW 87<sup>th</sup> Ave., Miami, 305/591-6066)</em> offers a special Christmas Blackboard menu with à la carte dishes or a three-course prix-fixe meal. Including one appetizer, main course, side and dessert, the prix-fixe menu, created by chef de cuisine Dustin Ward, costs $65 per person.</p> <p><strong>Apeiro Kitchen &amp; Bar </strong>(3252 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, 786/800-5389) offers a “progressive Mediterranean” menu with a prix-fixe four-course meal for $45 per person on Christmas Eve. The meal includes tuna and Hamachi escabecher or spaghetti nero; chanterelle risotto or adobo spice duroc pork loin, and then there’s dessert.</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>The new Cafe Boulud 2015-12-14T06:00:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p>It doesn’t matter how long I live here—a zip up to Palm Beach, especially in season, is just a little bit more magic than most places in the known universe. Last Thursday was no exception, at a party designed to celebrate the reopening of Café Boulud at the Brazilian Court hotel after a significant renovation—or as they say on The Island—a <em>refreshing.</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="309" src="/site_media/uploads/cafe_boulud_bar.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>First of all the bar (above photo by Nicholas Fecks) has moved to center stage and is all chic and sleek with pecky Cypress wood-paneled ceilings, limestone tile on the floor, a glow-y bar made of something like quartz—all very California-New York-Barcelona, as opposed to old Palm Beach. And the bar is important (DUH) not only as a social gathering spot but because it introduces a less fussy component to the restaurant in its all-day dining bar food—not exactly what you might associated with Chef Daniel Boulud in the past.  Think soups, salads and sandwiches, including a Maine lobster roll and a killer Cuban sandwich.</p> <p>This more “approachable” motif is also reflected in the new menu designed by Boulud and Executive Chef Rick Mace, which balances light local dishes like Florida stone crabs and rock shrimp ceviche with Boulud signature dishes like bistro style steak tartare, soupe à l'oignon gratinée, pheasant pâté en croûte.</p> <p>The Courtyard Terrace is still the same (yes!) and it was filled with all kinds of well wishers and chefs and hospitality types and foodie writers—in short, the most fun crowd you ever get in Palm Beach. The great man himself, Daniel Boulud, was there with his usual self-effacing charm as was Lauren Hastings, Senior Designer of LSI Designs, a division of Copperline Partners, who redesigned the space.</p> <p>"Our goal was to create a contemporary, harmonious design for this classic French restaurant, that retains its trademark elegance, while providing a refreshing and totally accessible modern look that is comfortable and current," she said.</p> <p>It’s a new season now and it’s certainly a new vibe at Cafe Boulud: More fun, more accessible, more welcoming—but just as delicious.</p>&#39;Streetwise Revisited&#39; Makes its Mark2015-12-11T12:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>When Mary Ellen Mark passed away at age 75 earlier this year, she left behind a legacy as one of the great humanistic photographers of our time. Mark, whose work settled uneasily on the nexus of art and journalism, shot for <em>Life, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker</em> and more, winning major career accolades from the likes of the George Eastman House and the World Photography Organisation. She focused her lens on the marginalized and disenfranchised among us—the “folks for whom attention has not been paid,” according to Tim Wride, the Norton Museum’s director of photography. And perhaps most importantly, she gave the world Tiny.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/d6642e504ee32a3a5c4b35c22dddcc1c.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In an effort to explore the underbelly of Seattle in 1983—after the city had earned the designation as the United States’ most livable city—Mark discovered Erin Blackwell, a 13-year-old prostitute hooking under the street name Tiny. Little did Mark know that meeting this sullen teenager with champagne dreams would provide a grounding force for her photography for the rest of her life.</p> <p>Long after she released “Streetwise,” her iconic 1988 book about the hustlers, pimps and drug dealers of the Seattle underground, Mark continued to shadow Tiny, her mother Pat, and Tiny’s increasing clan of children, all of them bearing names far more exotic than their depressingly familiar milieu. Though Mark didn’t live to see it, the resulting exhibition of her career-long connection with Tiny, titled “Streetwise Revisited,” world-premiered at our own Norton Museum this week, and it packs quite a wallop. At his press tour yesterday, Wride acknowledged that “Streetwise Revisited” is a “tough show”—an understatement—and that the photographs are “almost embarrassingly intimate,” the result of “an intimacy that only comes with time.”</p> <p>He’s right about that: Mark’s exquisitely framed and lighted black-and-white snapshots of Tiny’s perennially trailer-bound life are so voyeuristic you’ll want to look away. The sense of innocence lost permeates even the earliest images in the exhibition, like 1983’s “Tiny, Halloween, Seattle,” in which her costume is a veil and black dress, her lips curled in a frown. A holiday that for most children is a time of ludic celebration is, for Tiny, a veritable funeral.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/47782d8b2cd7c15d8162810062a89b4c.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Smiles are few and far between in Mark’s curation of Tiny’s life. In “Tiny on Pike Street,” she stares blankly into Mark’s camera, resembling a glum Joan Jett—the closest image we have of Erin Blackwell enjoying a night on the town. She’s far from alone in her despair and squalor; the Seattle that Mark depicts in these early ‘80s images is decidedly unlivable. In one shot, a street urchin hides a gun in his jacket while walking in front of a ledge covered in garbage; in “Tiny on a Bench,” she sits in the melancholy foreground, while a homeless men stretches on the bench behind her. Few images in the exhibition are quite as heartbreaking as “Tiny in Juvie,” in which she stares out a window at the freedom that has thus far eluded her, a single tear trickling down her cheek.</p> <p><img alt="" height="288" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/hero_mary_ellen_mark_streetwise1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Tiny’s life in the 1980s may be familiar even to those who haven’t seen Mark’s work, since her husband, filmmaker Martin Bell, adapted “Streetwise” into an Academy Award-winning documentary film. As part of “Streetwise Revisited,” the Norton is showing the 91-minute feature, also titled “Streetwise,” on a loop. It’s almost surreal to see Tiny and Pat’s interactions in full color, because she has seemingly lived such a monochrome, rudderless life. In a 1989 image, Tiny, posing with one of the earliest of her 10 children, couldn’t have been more than 19 years old, but she looks <em>amazingly</em> old, and more like her mother with every passing year.</p> <p>And so it continues, into the 1990s and 2000s. As Tiny’s family multiplies, her squalid living quarters remain the same, and her unhealthy habits and addictions etch themselves into Mark’s frames. In one image, Tiny vacuums her carpet while wearing a look that can only be described as abject misery. In another, Mark catches Tiny and Pat in mid-argument, with the elder Blackwell raising her fist in anger. “Tiny Crying and Smoking” is a matter-of-fact title for Mark’s fearless close-up of her subject in anguish, and in one of the final images from their collaboration, circa 2014, an obese Tiny sits on a couch, crying and slumped over a table cluttered with her vices—pills, cigarettes, a Papa John’s plate.</p> <p>So yes, “Streetwise Revisited” is, as Wride stated, a tough show. There are times when you’ll want to weep for its subject, tsk-tsk in judgment from your comparable comfort, or open a vein. Wride joked about “setting up a bar in the final gallery,” so that visitors might drown their sorrows.</p> <p>But he insists that, unexpectedly, “Streetwise Revisited” is a not a “dead-end story. She’s allowed her kids to be kids, through all the hardships. It’s not without an optimistic ending.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/409o-065-010.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>You might want to hold on most to the shots that confirm Wride’s admittedly Pollyannaish take, which resonates most in a 2003 shot of Tiny smiling as her son Rayshon embraces her in the bathroom. If hope transcends the family’s circumstances, it’s through the children, and it’s their presence that dominates the closing gallery of this exhibition.</p> <p>Even here, it’s mightily disturbing to see an image of daughter LaShawdrea in close-up, with a black eye, because we’re left with no choice but to ponder its provenance. But in most of the images, the children appear, if not happy, then comforted and cared-for. Kayteonna gazes at Mark from her perch on a hobby horse; J’Lasa dances like a ballerina and performs a handstand at the head of a staircase, looking like a liberated rag doll.</p> <p>Tiny is in some of these photographs too, like a 2004 bedroom shot with son Ranaja. There’s a glazed-over look in her eyes that suggests that she’s probably high, but she’s <em>almost </em>smiling. In this profound, compassionate examination of what real poverty looks like, we’ll take every “almost” we can get.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>“Streetwise Revisited” runs through March 20, 2016, at the Norton, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Admission costs $5-$12. Call 561/832-5196 or visit</em></p>Kitchen and a brewery2015-12-11T09:23:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><em><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.11_kitchen.jpg" width="490"></strong></em></p> <p><strong>Serving up seasonal style in year No. 2: Kitchen, West Palm Beach</strong></p> <p>Going to the Kitchen has never been so yummy. We’re talking, of course, about the popular 2-year-old West Palm Beach restaurant that’s celebrating its second year with an expansion. With the small Kitchen dining room <em>(319 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, 561/249-2281)</em>, opening The Den at Kitchen next door increases seating while staying all comfy and cozy. And did we mention delicious? </p> <p>The contemporary space is the brainchild of Chef Matthew Byrne and his wife, Aliza, and came to fruition after they worked privately for several years for Tiger Woods. Trying to build a restaurant that mirrored an intimate, home-like setting with fresh ingredients and foodie-worthy dishes resulted in the you’d-better-book-ahead Kitchen.</p> <p>The menu includes frequently changing selections, but also has some favorites that don’t disappear (except when they’re served), such as the Kitchen Salad, the burger, chicken schnitzel (pictured) and coconut cake. They’re open nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. </p> <p><em><strong><img alt="" height="489" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.11_saltwater_brewery.jpg" width="490"></strong></em></p> <p><strong>Craft beers pouring all day: Saltwater Brewery celebrates second anniversary</strong></p> <p>Speaking of second anniversaries, Delray Beach’s Saltwater Brewery (1701 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/865-5373) is throwing a big party on Dec. 19 to celebrate that event. From noon to 11 p.m. that day, there will be a block party at where you can taste all kinds of brews. Examples: all-day pours include Wheat Wave and Sea Cow, among many others. Starting at 1 p.m., find Monkmosa and Tequila Sunrise and more; at 3 p.m., Hey Brah and Upside Down Cake are poured, plus brewed friends, and you get the idea. There will be live music, multiple food trucks and some holiday shopping with beer-themed gift baskets. As is the Brewery’s usual way, some of the proceeds will go to ocean-based charities. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Staff Picks: eating and stress releasing2015-12-11T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>P.F. Chang's China Bistro</p> <p><em><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.11_pf_changs.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></em></p> <p><em>"</em>P.F. Chang's is definitely my favorite Asian restaurant in South Florida. I recently went with my family for my birthday, and I was delighted as usual. The Mongolian beef and ginger chicken are must-try dishes, and the chicken lettuce wraps are the perfect appetizer. Also, the double pan-fried noodles are no longer on the menu, but the kitchen will still prepare them if you ask--and ask, you should!"</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a> // 1400 Glades Road // 561/393-3722)</p> <p> </p> <p>Yoga Nidra</p> <p><em><img alt="" height="354" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/yoga-nidra.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></em></p> <p>"For those of us who think a downward dog is just too much work, sign up for Julie Murphy's Yoga Nidra class the first Sunday of every month at Simply Yoga. Some call it guided meditation, but I call this drifty place between consciousness and sleep a perfectly delicious way to erase stress."</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a> // 2275 S. Federal Highway, Suite 150, Delray Beach // 561/735-7172) </p>Fashion Forward: Holiday Style Look Book2015-12-11T06:00:00+00:00LL Scene/blog/author/llscenegirls/<p class="normal"><strong><img alt="" height="346" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.11_holiday_look_book.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Sweater Weather</strong></p> <p class="normal">Sweater weather is in full effect, and there are plenty of ways to implement this look into your everyday personal style. Here are some looks to keep you warm, cozy and fashionable:</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="515" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.11_sweater_weather_1.jpg" width="532"></p> <p>Simply Be Brave Soul Long Sweater paired with Sperry Knee Highs, Louis Vuitton Tote and Tory Burch Junction Riding Boots</p> <p><img alt="" height="482" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.11_sweater_weather_2.jpg" width="490"><br>Velvet by Graham Spencer Berdine Faux Leather Legging paired with Just Female Carla Wool Poncho Sweater and Jocelyn Fox Triangle Scarf in Black</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.11_sweater_weather_3.jpg" width="490"><br> All Together Now Olive Green Sweater paired with High Waisted Palazzo Pants and Christian Louboutin Black So-Kate Shoe</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Party Host</strong></p> <p class="normal">It’s not easy being the party host, but somebody has to do it—and it’s important that it’s done with style and grace. Here are some looks to make you the host with the most:</p> <p><img alt="" height="493" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.11_party_host_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Karina Grimaldi Vero Beaded Skirt paired with Karen Millen Draped High Neck Blouse, Jennie Fringe Heels and L.K. Bennett Nina Cabochon Clutch</p> <p><img alt="" height="515" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.11_party_host_2.jpg" width="490"><br>Sass &amp; Bide Short Shorts paired with Sass &amp; Bide Tell Me More Top, Jimmy Choo Caged Sandal Heels and Bebe Leather Moto Jacket</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.11_party_host_3.jpg" width="490"><br>Emilia Wickstead Raised wool-blend midi dress paired with GUESS Olivia Silver-Tone Textured Necklace, Schutz Cadey-Lee Leather Heel and Vintage Styler Ember Embellished Clutch Bag</p> <p><img alt="" height="542" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.11_party_host_4.jpg" width="490"><br>Acne Studios Lavern Leather Dress paired with Christian Louboutin Banjo Black Leather Shoe, Saint Laurent Black Suede Tassel Monogram Clutch and Sole Society Armor Bracelet</p> <p class="normal"><strong>Black-Tie</strong></p> <p class="normal">Bring on the glitz and glamour! There wouldn’t be a holiday social season without a formal party in the works. Here are some looks to get you black-tie ready, whether they'e black or not:</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="498" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.11_black_tie_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p> Rest is Unwritten Forest Green Halter Maxi Dress paired with BB Dakota Melton Duster Coat, Kate Spade Gold Glitter Emanuelle Clutch and Tom Ford Leather Sandal Heels</p> <p><img alt="" height="460" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.11_black_tie_2.jpg" width="490"><br>Bariano Right as Reign Beige and Black Lace Maxi Dress paired with Stella McCartney Nyla embroidered faux fur coat, Anna Sheffield Black Spinel, Champagne Diamond Rosette Stud Earrings and Neiman Marcus Quilted Stud Clutch Bag</p> <p><img alt="" height="511" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.11_black_tie_3.jpg" width="490"><br>Garden Tulle Navy Blue Maxi Dress paired with Classic Monogram Saint Laurent Clutch in Gold Metallic Leather, Christian Louboutin Lady Peep Patent Red Sole Pump and Kate Spade Glass Stone Bow Stud Earrings in gold</p> <p><img alt="" height="486" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.11_black_tie_4.jpg" width="490"><br>Rent the Runway Yigal Azrouël Royal Court Gown paired with Valentino Pink Rockstud Cage Heels, Fremada 14k Yellow Gold Fashionable Highway Ring and Kate Spade Square Cut Crystal Earrings </p> <p class="normal"><strong>Office Party</strong></p> <p class="normal">Office parties can be a tough look to pull off fashionably. A lot of companies plan their office parties right after work, so you’ll need something that can easily transition from day to night. Here are some looks that will impress your coworkers out of the office:</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="530" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.11_office_party_1.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p> Connect the Dots Black Long Sleeve Dress paired with Chanel Shopper Tote Black, Blackfive Drawstring Waist Seamed Slim Faux Fur Gilet and Alexander White Alys Heels</p> <p><img alt="" height="515" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.11_office_party_2.jpg" width="490"><br>MaxMara Pleat Neck Wide Leg MaxMara Pleat Neck Wide Leg Jumpsuit or Rent the Runway Nicole Miller Diane Tux Romper, both paired with Chanel Oversize Leather, Pearl Earrings and Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Tote</p> <p><img alt="" height="501" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.11_office_party_3.jpg" width="490"><br>Erin Kleinberg She Knows How to Use Em Skirt paired with Erin Kleinberg The Jacksons Top, Smith/Grey Silver Ella Ring and Dee Keller Scheffy Strap Heels</p> <p><strong>Dinner Party</strong></p> <p>Holiday dinner parties are the perfect opportunity for creativity and fashion-forward thinking. Whether you’re a host or a guest, you can get away with some great casual chic looks. Here are some looks you'll want to wear whether you're dining in or out:</p> <p><img alt="" height="515" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.11_dinner_party_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Joseph Stretch Leather Leggings paired with Elie Tahari Ava Ivory Silk Blouse, H&amp;M Faux fur waistcoat and Tory Burch Junction Booties</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.11_dinner_party_2.jpg" width="490"><br>Black Cut Out Cross Sleeveless Skater Dress paired with Burgundy Marl 80 Denier Opaque Tights, Chanel Caviar Leather Black Clutch and Karen Kane Aurora Dangle Earrings</p> <p><img alt="" height="515" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.11_dinner_party_3.jpg" width="490"><br>​Dena Sequined Leggings​ paired with Karen Millen Draped High Neck Blouse, Vince Camuto Luv Clutch and Rachel Zoe Via High Heels</p> <p><img alt="" height="458" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.11_dinner_party_4.jpg" width="490"><br>Burgundy Bodycon Cape Dress paired with Christian Louboutin Lady Peep Patent Red Sole Pump, Alexis Bittar Golden Crystal Spike Bib Necklace and Nars Lipstick</p> <p class="normal"><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>About Lindsey &amp; Lilly</strong></p> <p class="normal">Lindsey Swing &amp; Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of <a href="">LLScene</a>, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to "20-30 somethings" looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they're fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey &amp; Lilly will continue to enjoy being "dog moms" to Bentley &amp; Duke.   </p>The Wick stages a dance-a-thon with DWTS celebs and more!2015-12-10T15:44:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="675" src="/site_media/uploads/jonathanroberts.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>What can I say? Once you are a Boca Ballroom Battle alumni, you can talk the talk. You’ve done your time on the boards, learned how to rock a spray tan, felt the roar of the crowd, and the agony of defeat.  You have danced like no one is watching even with 800 people watching—and you become a star, just like on TV. At least I was sure that’s what “Dancing With The Stars” pro Jonathan Roberts would think when he met me, after I managed to let him know within the first 15 seconds that I was in Season 8, only in Boca. At the Resort.</p> <p>He was very nice, this Mr. Handsome, 41, who started dancing at the ripe old age of 19, inspired by Al Pacino doing a tango in “The Scent of A Woman.” Starting tonight and through the first weekend, he will be lead dancer in the Wick’s “Ballroom with a Twist-Mas,” which features entertainers from “Dancing with the Stars,” “American Idol,” and “So You Think You Can Dance. “ In addition to Handsome, revolving pros from “Dancing With The Stars” include Tristan MacManus, Chelsie Hightower, Lacey Schwimmer and Gleb Savchenko.</p> <p>But more about Handsome, who agreed to spin me around the room, perhaps since I was so far beyond a first lesson. I asked him what the most common mistake was that beginning dancers made, and he said it was looking at their feet, where I happened to be looking at exactly that moment. But he also said, staring straight at me, that with enough practice, people could learn rhythm, even if it seemed they had none. As he whirled me around all I could think of was that it was an ordinary Thursday morning and there I was in the lobby of the Wick Theater dancing with the world Champion Ballroom Dancer of 2008. Sigh. You can go see him on stage—but I got to dance with him.</p> <p>No doubt it was professional courtesy, of course.</p> <p>Ballroom With A Twist-Mas runs from December 10-December 27, Wednesday-Sunday, with matinees at 2 p.m. and evening performances at 7:30 p.m. For children under 16, tickets are $45. Adult tickets start at $85 at <a href=""></a> or call 561/955-2333. </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Concert Review: JoJo2015-12-10T15:32:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p>It was my first visit to the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale, and standing on the indoor balcony just a few arms’ distance from a revived pop star was certainly not what I had envisioned as I waited outside in a line that nearly reached Oakland Park Blvd.</p> <p>An hour of millennial throwbacks sent my head bopping from side to side in a fit of nostalgia that made me anxious for the once 12-year-old girl who had graced us with her Billboard chart topping “Leave (Get Out)” before disappearing from the limelight due to restrictive record label complications.</p> <p><img alt="" height="303" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.9_jojo.png" width="490"></p> <p>JoJo took the stage, and suddenly 2003 was staring me in the face with crimped hair and a crop top. But her first note snapped me back into reality, to 2015 and to the mature young woman that stood there on that stage in the perfectly intimate setting for a comeback.</p> <p>She joked about her claim to fame—the love songs she wrote over a decade ago—because how could a preteen possibly know the ins and outs of real love? She deemed CDs ancient but was thrilled to learn that fans still held onto her first two albums.</p> <p>The whole evening was filled with her humility—that kind of genuine appreciation that made you forget this wasn’t her first time taking the stage.</p> <p>Now 24, JoJo realizes she’s one of the lucky ones. “I found what I want to do for the rest of my life,” she said before performing “When Love Hurts” from her new tringle. Her passion for music oozed out of her with each heartfelt note, and her free spirit danced across the stage with some hip shaking and an effervescent smile.</p> <p>After 60 minutes of vocal splendor, the singer left the room but was summoned back for an encore performance with the crowd’s riveting repetition of her name.</p> <p>JoJo is set to release her third album in early 2016, and with a vocal range wide enough to send Gwen, Adam, Blake and Pharrell’s chairs spiraling off their tracks, it’s clear that the music industry has plenty of room for JoJo to take a permanent residence in its spotlight.</p> <p> </p> <p>Set List:</p> <p>Baby It’s You</p> <p>Breezy</p> <p>The Happy Song</p> <p>Leave (Get Out)</p> <p>Anything</p> <p>Good Ol’</p> <p>Like That</p> <p>Too Little Too Late</p> <p>Boy Without A Heart</p> <p>Marvin’s Room (Can’t Do Better)- remixed Drake cover</p> <p>Demonstrate</p> <p>Planes- Jeremih cover</p> <p>When Love Hurts</p> <p>Save My Soul</p> <p>Say Love</p> <p> </p> <p>Encore:</p> <p>I Am</p>Seasonal Finds: Beef Tenderloin2015-12-10T09:52:00+00:00Amanda Jane/blog/author/amandajane/<p><strong>T</strong>he holiday season is here, and I’m in full-on spirit mode! With all the decorating, shopping, parties, gift exchanges and cooking—there is so much excitement in the air. If you haven’t had time to plan a holiday dinner, I’ve got just the thing: <strong><em>Rosemary-Rubbed Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Reduction</em></strong><em> </em></p> <p>I choose to work with rosemary because it’s in season, and it’s a fantastic compliment to beef tenderloin. Rosemary is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves. In this recipe, I infused the herb along with fresh garlic and olive oil to create a flavorful rub that is seared into the steak before roasting.</p> <p>To give the meat a heightened flavor and make it extra fancy for the holidays, add this red wine reduction over top of the finished meat. The recipe simply suggests a dry red, as there are so many wines that taste great with beef. Try choosing from powerful Cabernets, Zinfandels, Barolos and Super-Tuscan red wines from Italy, or lighter reds, such as Merlot and Pinot Noir. Get creative, or use whatever you have on hand!</p> <p>Enjoy, and happy holidays!</p> <p><img alt="" height="386" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/dsc_0012.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Rosemary-Rubbed Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Reduction</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Tenderloin Ingredients:</strong></p> <p>1 center-cut beef tenderloin, about 3 lb., trimmed and tied<br> 4 tablespoons olive oil<br> 3 garlic cloves, minced<br> 1 sprig fresh rosemary, minced<br> Sea salt &amp; pepper to taste</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Red wine reduction ingredients:</strong></p> <p>2 cups chicken stock<br> 1 cup dry red wine<br> 1/3 cup finely chopped shallots<br> 1 thyme sprig<br> 1 rosemary sprig, minced<br> 3 tablespoons butter<br> Sea salt &amp; pepper to taste<br> 1 teaspoon flour, optional for thickening</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Directions:</strong></p> <p>Preheat the oven to 400°F, and line a baking sheet with tinfoil.</p> <p>In a small bowl, mix together 3 tablespoons of olive oil, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper. Rub the mixture all over the beef tenderloin. </p> <p>In a large fry pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Sear the tenderloin on all sides until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Reserve liquids, and transfer the tenderloin to the baking sheet. Place into the oven and roast for medium rare, 28-30 minutes.</p> <p><strong><em><span>While the tenderloin roasts, make the red wine reduction:</span></em></strong><strong><em></em></strong></p> <p>1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine juices and brown bits from the fry pan with chicken stock. Bring to a simmer.</p> <p>2. Stir in red wine, shallots, thyme and rosemary. Cook until reduced to about ¾ cup, 10 minutes. Stir in butter, stirring until butter melts. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, and then remove from heat.</p> <p>3. Strain mixture over a bowl, and set solids aside. Keep reduction warm until ready to serve.</p> <p>Optional: if you like a thick reduction, add a pinch of flour, up to 1 teaspoon, to thicken the consistency.</p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em>Tenderloin continued…</em></p> <p>Remove from the oven and transfer to a cutting board. Cover with tinfoil and allow it to rest for 20 minutes. </p> <p>Just before serving, slice the meat into 1/4 inch thick slices, and arrange on a platter. Pour the red wine reduction over top, and serve.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Amanda Jane</strong></p> <p><em>Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog <a href="" target="_blank">Seasonally Jane</a>, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.</em></p>City Council pay raises, a beach variance and other hot items2015-12-10T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="259" src="/site_media/uploads/12321292_10208410968295854_4800162573135908210_n.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Pay raises for the council      </h3> <p>The Boca Raton City Council nearly tied itself in knots Tuesday night discussing salaries for the mayor and council.</p> <p>       Though Boca has about 90,000 residents, the mayor makes just $9,000. Council members make $7,200. Those are among the lowest salaries for city officials in Palm Beach County.</p> <p>       Councilman Mike Mullaugh had proposed an ordinance that would tie the mayor’s salary to that of the Florida Senate president—about $41,000—and the council members’ pay to that for other state legislators—about $30,000. Those also are officially part-time jobs that can demand 40 hours and more a week. The issue would go to voters in November 2016. Straightforward.</p> <p>       Other council members, however, differed on the date. What about next March, when the city holds an election but no council members will be on the ballot? Florida holds its presidential primary on that date. What about next August, the statewide primary? What about March 2017?</p> <p>       Then there was that link to the Legislature. Would that make sense to Boca residents? Maybe the comparison should be to the county commission, closer to home.</p> <p>       Let’s be clear about a couple of things.</p> <p>       First, elected officials understandably are wary when discussing a raise for themselves. In the last decade or so, two referendums to raise salaries failed. But salaries in Boca are ridiculously low. They were set in 1966. Adjusted for inflation, the mayor’s salary would be about $66,000 and council members should make about $53,000. Both numbers are well above the levels in Mullaugh’s proposal.</p> <p>       Second, this is not about getting better candidates. Jeremy Rodgers noted that he had loaned himself money for his campaign this year, and based on his salary still had not repaid himself. The raise, he said, might draw more self-funded candidates who didn’t have to seek campaign contributions from developers.</p> <p>       I remember when salaries for county commissioners went up, and they were declared full-time employees. One argument was that more money would attract better candidates. In fact, the quality hasn’t changed much in either direction.</p> <p>       Most people don’t run for local office to make money. At least the good ones don’t. The city council in Riviera Beach just avoided a public vote and engineered a big raise by adding another meeting on what normally is perfunctory business. It was outrageous, but Riviera Beach is to good government what norovirus is to a cruise ship.</p> <p>       The council postponed a decision on the salary proposal until January. The consensus seems to be for an August vote. The biggest turnout—and thus the best consensus—would be in November, even if the proposal comes at the end of the ballot. </p> <p>Also, using county commission salaries as a standard could be problematic. Under state law, those salaries<strong>—</strong>currently about $96,000—are tied to a county’s population. The larger, the higher. What if the countywide increase differs from the increase in Boca?</p> <p>       Mullaugh offered a simple proposal that would not affect him. He didn’t want the raises to start until he had been term-limited. His approach may not survive the council’s discussion in January, but it’s still the best.</p> <h3>Variance approval at beach</h3> <p> “Grudgingly” as Scott Singer described it, but also correctly, the Boca Raton City Council on Tuesday approved a variance that would allow the building of a single-family home on the beach.</p> <p>       The vote was 4-1, with Jeremy Rodgers dissenting. None of the others, though, was happy about reversing the Zoning Board of Adjustment. As the staff made clear, however, rejecting the variance would have led to a lawsuit, and the city’s position would have been weak.</p> <p>       Residents of condos across A1A from the property at 2500 North Ocean Boulevard (above) opposed the variance. One argued that approval would open a “Pandora’s box” that could allow those residents to build on the ocean. Deputy City Manager George Brown rebutted that argument, noting that any such development would require density changes that the council could, and certainly would, deny. The standard for granting a variance is different.</p> <p>       As to concerns about the effects of the four-story home on sea turtle nests, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection would have to review the application and would attach conditions to make sure that lighting didn’t confuse the turtles. I know of a four-story condo on the ocean in Delray Beach, and that stretch of beachfront has been home to dozens of nests.</p> <p>       For Susan Haynie, Robert Weinroth, Mike Mullaugh and Singer, the vote was unpleasant. Responsible votes often are.</p> <p>Mega project tax revenues</p> <p>On Tuesday, I reported that Phases 2 and 3 of the Via Mizner project could generate $1.7 million annually in property tax revenue for Boca Raton. The city council approved the project on Monday.</p> <p>       University Village, which the city council approved two weeks ago, would generate an estimated $1.1 million at buildout. That could take seven to 10 years.</p> <p>       Obviously, cities should not approve development just for the sake of tax revenue. But Boca Raton residents, whether they like development or not, appreciate good services and low taxes. A city can’t keep offering both without new money. That’s why the potential $3 million a year from Via Mizner and University Village matters.</p> <h3>Federal Highway makeover</h3> <p>       Last month, Delray Beach celebrated completion of the Federal Highway makeover. The work took years, cost $14 million and comes with many hopes.</p> <p>       The first is that the stretch in question—from George Bush Boulevard to Southeast 10<sup>th</sup> Street, where the road splits to become one-way in both directions—will be safer and friendlier. U.S. 1 once was the main north-south route through Southeast Florida. Then it became Interstate 95, but drivers still treated Federal Highway as a way to get through Delray Beach quickly, not to look and linger.</p> <p>       Just as West Palm Beach did two decades ago, Delray Beach decided to turn a main road into a scenic road to help its downtown. Three lanes in each direction became two. The city installed new light poles and widened sidewalks along the two blocks north and south of Atlantic Avenue. The road now has bicycle lanes.</p> <p>       The project made sense. Still, the results are uncertain. So I asked Delray’s elected officials what they hope to see from the makeover.</p> <p>       Mayor Cary Glickstein: “Prior to the lane reductions, this section of U.S. 1 exceeded the statewide average crash rate by over 70 percent. Since the lane reductions, we have reduced vehicular and pedestrian crashes by nearly 80 percent, reduced the average speeds from 41 mph to the posted 35 mph, so folks are no longer speeding through our downtown—with an increase of only 6 percent in traffic, as measured by cycle times at different signals.</p> <p>       “On a less scientific bases, there are new development signs in what were blighted areas. The wider sidewalks, bike lanes and better lighting should add more pedestrians, bicyclists, stores and offices to what was an unsafe, high-speed sea of asphalt, and it provides a real sense of place as you arrive in the city. That, and people love it.</p> <p>       Commissioner Jordana Jarjura: “We turned a six-lane, divided highway into a more attractive, safe and pedestrian-focused street. Of course, a project of this magnitude was disruptive during the construction, and it was not without mistakes. I am pushing for a uniform infrastructure plan so we can save money on design, consolidated signage and crease a sense of place with our streetscape.</p> <p>       “What resulted is a more walkable downtown that reflects the character of our community. I hope the private development that comes forward continues the streetscape improvements beyond what was done.”</p> <p>       Commissioner Mitch Katz: “I believe that the beautification project's result will be what was the originally intended results of expanding the downtown north and south for Atlantic Avenue across that corridor. We are already seeing a tremendous amount of development south of Atlantic that seems to be a result of this project. I travel U.S. 1 often, and while there is traffic, it is not as bad as many had envisioned.</p> <p>       “With all that being said, we could have done a little better job in planning. Rather than palms lining the streets, shade trees would have made much more sense, as we are trying to create a pedestrian street. In addition, more detail should have been paid to the particulars, like tree, bench and utilities placement to ensure maximum benefits to the sidewalks and to ensure walkability and disability access.”</p> <p>       Commissioner Shelly Petrolia: “The beautification, increased pedestrian safety and controlled traffic speeds have all been achieved. But the true success of this project will be its ability to shuttle all forms of transportation through our city efficiently, so as not to cause commuters to seek alternative routes on roads less able to handle redirected traffic.</p> <p>       “From my observation, a lot of traffic has shifted to auxiliary roads unequipped to handle all the cars looking for a quicker way to move north to south, tying up single-lane roads for blocks. It now takes two to three light changes to make it through the Lake Ida/Swinton intersection heading south. At peak times, the traffic can back up to George Bush Boulevard.</p> <p>       “The jury is still out on claiming the narrowing of ‘the Federals’ as a full success. We hit it out of the park with beautification, safety and traffic calming, but let’s see what happens with the influx of seasonal residents and all the traffic from new construction. It still may require some tweaking with additional turn lanes and such to have it operating efficiently.”</p> <h3>Boca Raton Bowl                               </h3> <p>       The second Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 22 will match the University of Toledo and Temple University. At least one college football analyst believes that the Rockets and Owls will play an entertaining game.</p> <p>       In his ranking this week of the 40 bowl games, Mark Schlabach of ESPN ranked what is now the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl 20<sup>th</sup>—not bad, when you consider that the top two spots go to the College Football Playoff semifinal games, which this year go are the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and the Orange Bowl in Miami. Boca folks will be happy to see that Schlabach ranked the game two places higher than the Miami Beach Bowl, which will take place a day earlier at Marlins Park—in Miami, not Miami Beach.</p> <p>       ESPN runs the Boca Raton Bowl, so one might accuse Schlabach of touting his company’s productions. But he ranked other ESPN-run bowls lower.</p> <p>       Apparently, very few Temple fans traveled to Texas for the Owls’ conference-championship game loss to Houston. Boca Raton officials no doubt are hoping that Schlabach is right when he speculates that those Temple fans “were saving their money to purchase bowl tickets.”</p> <p>      </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Q&amp;A: JoJo2015-12-09T06:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p>JoJo made her mark on the music industry in 2004 with the release of her hit song "Leave (Get Out)" when she was just 13 years old. Now, she's back with three new songs, and she's ready to show the world how she's grown as an artist. Boca Mag caught up with JoJo before she her performance at the Culture Room <em>(3045 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale)</em> tonight as part of her "I Am JoJo" tour.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.9_jojo_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>You made a name for yourself when you were so young. Do you remember what it was like when you found out your song was number one on the Billboard charts?</em></p> <p>It was absolutely surreal. I was in London with my mom, and she tried not to make it that big of a deal because she didn’t want my head to get big. We ordered a pizza to the hotel room, and we ate it all. It was kind of a blur because I was so young. I didn’t realize what an accomplishment it was until a few years later. </p> <p><em>You had some issues with your old label, and it’s been awhile since you’ve released new music. Did you continue writing during that time? How did you keep your love of music from fading away?</em></p> <p>My love of music was never something that was in question. I wanted to continue on in the industry, but the contract I was in was so binding that I wondered if I would ever be able to take ownership of my voice again. My love of music definitely did grow, even during that time, and it’s something that remains consistent. Writing was a great outlet for me and a way for me to dive into something creative.</p> <p><em>How did you get involved with acting? What do you like about it?</em></p> <p>I’ve actually been acting since I was a little kid—since I was six. I did theater and commercials and a couple of independent movies. After I had some success in music, I had the opportunity to do acting again, and I jumped at the opportunity because it was something that I always wanted to do. I really like it. I’d like to get back into it, but music is definitely my number one focus and passion—It’s an extension of me.</p> <p><em>Now you’re back with three new songs, and you’re about to release your third album. How is the process of creating this album different from when you were younger?</em></p> <p>I’m a lot more present and thoughtful in the choices that I make. I’m now a 24-year-old young woman with experiences under my belt. I pull from those real-life experiences and allow that to dictate what I want to sing about—that’s where I get inspiration for the content. With this go-around, being signed to a new label and with this new energy and opportunity, I wanted to leave any darkness that I felt in the past, really step into the light and not dwell on the strife—but really step into the next chapter with love.</p> <p><em>What do you hope that people take away from your new music and your comeback in general?</em></p> <p>We all have to work through our own adversities, so my story is really no different from anybody else’s. I just had different things to jump over—different hurdles. I just hope that people feel that they can have victory—that if you stay focused and you really never question what it is you love and why you do it, if you stay true to your intentions, and you surround yourself with good people, nothing is impossible. I hope that people also learn not to compare their journey to someone else’s because there’s no one way to get to the destination that we want to get to. I hope that people feel that anything is possible—because it is.</p> <p><em>Are you excited to come to South Florida? Have you ever had a concert or vacation down here?</em></p> <p>Yes! I’ve played in Fort Lauderdale before, and I’m very excited to come back to Florida. It’s beautiful, and it’ll be a nice departure from some of the colder places we’re playing. And I have some family who lives near Fort Lauderdale.</p> <p><em>What does the future look like for you? Where do you hope to be in five years, 10 years after this album comes out?</em></p> <p>My ultimate goal is to be happy. I’m really trying to live in the moment and find what it is that makes me happy. I’m not really big on thinking of where I’ll be in five or 10 years because, had you asked me that five years ago, I wouldn’t have thought that I would have been in a lawsuit. We can’t really predict the future, but I know that I’m going to try to be my best self. In five years, I’ll be 29, and I still want to be touring the world. I want to put out a few albums in the next few years, and I want to maybe start my own record label, where I can be instrumental in starting the careers of other young artists and help them avoid some of the struggles that I went through.</p>5 Tips for Optimal Fitness2015-12-09T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>This is the time of year when many of us start to think about how we’ll start 2016 on a fitness kick. So, when registered dietician and Miami resident Lisa Dorfman told me about her new book, “Legally Lean Sports: Nutrition Strategies for Optimal Health and Performance,” I asked her to provide Fit Life readers with her top five Legally Lean nutrition principles for optimal fitness.</p> <p><img alt="" height="692" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.9_lisa_dorfman.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>“Achieving the optimal physique is the culmination of proper training, adequate nutrition, hydration and rest,” Dorfman says. “My Legally Lean philosophy is based on a foundation of five principles for improving energy levels and endurance for health, sport and life.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.9_legally_lean.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The big five are:</p> <p><strong><em>Principle 1. Go hard 3; easy 1</em></strong></p> <p>Whether your diet is centered on paleo, vegetarian, calorie counting or otherwise, emerging research suggests intermittent dieting intensity is good for weight, mind and physique. Legally Lean means three days on and one day easy. Disciplined dieting with a break day allows for better body composition, recovery and long-term peace of mind for the dedicated, disciplined and fitness-focused man or woman.</p> <p><strong><em>Principle 2. Detoxification: Out with the old; in with the new!</em></strong></p> <p>Which foods, beverages, environmental and social toxins can negatively impact your efforts to function at your best? Everybody’s different. Learn which foods and beverages, lifestyle and sleep habits hold you back from your personal best. Temporarily or permanently removing those can enhance energy, brain function and overall physical performance for sport and life.</p> <p><strong><em>Principle 3. Breaking a sweat in more ways than one</em></strong></p> <p>While experts agree that at least 30 minutes a day and/or a 300-calorie burn is all it takes to keep your body healthy, newbies or athletes who are creatures of habit need to break up their routines. Taking it to the next level means integrating a few more intense, longer or just completely different workouts than you are accustomed to. Keep it safe. For example, infuse a Pilates, yoga or high-intensity interval training (HIIT) class if you’re an avid cyclist or runner to challenge the body to a new routine. </p> <p><strong><em>Principle 4. Connecting consciously: Enjoying food more with mindful eating</em></strong></p> <p>Needless to say, enjoying the delicious cuisine South Florida has to offer at restaurants or at home is just as important as what you consume. The pace, position and ambiance of your meal can improve digestion and metabolism (the rate at which you use calories). Take a seat vs. standing, and take a breath between bites instead of inhaling your meal.</p> <p><strong><em>Principle 5. Get lean; get rest!</em></strong></p> <p>Getting a good night’s sleep—even an afternoon catnap—has profound implications on your hunger, hormones, physique and overall health. With a few Vitamin D rays by the pool, you may even improve your bone strength and manage achy joints!</p> <p><em>Dorfman, known as The Running Nutritionist, has a long list of credentials. Among them, she’s a board certified specialist in sports dietetics and is a USA Triathlon (USAT) certified triathlon coach. She’s a competitive runner and triathlete, who has been featured on 20/20, Dateline, FOX News, CNN, ESPN and in print publications such as Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Men’s Health and Runner’s World.</em></p> <p>For more about her new book, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>How to take the perfect family holiday photo2015-12-09T06:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p>Okay Boca moms. It’s your chance—your opportunity to take that one professional photo that will represent your family’s image for the next 365 days. No pressure.</p> <p>We have several tips and tricks to help you take that picture-perfect Boca family holiday photo!</p> <p><strong>1. Theme: </strong>Yes, you need a theme. Your photo is adorning a holiday card after all, and potentially, a canvas on your living room wall—minimum, your Facebook page. </p> <p>Are you a beachy family? Does your family have a sense of humor? Is Santa (or Santa hats) a pre-requisite for the shot? Whether you decide to don all red and green or Canadian tuxedos for that matter, decide on your theme and go all out with your family’s clothing choices and photo setting.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.9_lilly_pulitzer_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>(You’ll never guess which theme </em><a href=""><strong><em>Modern Boca Mom’s</em></strong></a><em> family chose this year… It’s a Lilly Christmas Boca Raton! The photo was taken at Royal Palm Place.)</em></p> <p><em></em><strong>2. Photographer:</strong> Who’s going to take your family photo? Selfies or pictures taken on your iPhone are not acceptable for a formal holiday card. They won’t garner many “likes” on Facebook either. Our recommendation? Ask your friends whom they use (if you’ve liked their photos in past years, of course), and book your shoot date before them. Continue the holiday tradition year after year.</p> <p><strong>3. Children:</strong> If you’re reading this column, chances are you have a kid or two.  And yes, you have to include them in the family holiday photo. ‘Tis the season!</p> <p>Whatever you do, don’t put them into their picture clothes until RIGHT BEFORE THE CAMERA STARTS ROLLING. Murphy’s Law dictates that they will poop, pee or puke onto their gorgeous outfits from <em>Elegant Child</em> prior to taking your holiday photo. Give them their best chance to shine!</p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.9_santa_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>4. Motivation:</strong> Guess what Boca moms? Threats and/or bribes are perfectly acceptable to get the perfect shot of your children this time of year. They can also be applicable to cranky Boca dads who are missing out on football.</p> <p><strong>5. Results:</strong> Hopefully after all of this advice, you end up with a frame-able photographic masterpiece of your Boca family. If not, take a big sip of red wine and post your family’s photo disaster on social media with a clever, humorous or ironic caption. Hope for a better shot next year! </p> <p>Because in the end, at least you spent some quality time with your family. Happy Holidays!</p> <p><strong>•••••••• </strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em><strong>, </strong></em><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>John Barrett in Boca2015-12-08T08:24:00+00:00Kevin Kaminski/blog/author/kevin/<p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/johnbarrett.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In 1996, an iconic department store reached out to John Barrett and extended, arguably, the most exclusive and career-altering opportunity in hairdressing history—the chance to open the first salon at Bergdorf Goodman in New York.</p> <p>Twenty years later, with history set to repeat itself starting right here in Boca, his new partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue is less a game-changer for Barrett and more a match made in luxury heaven. Barrett eventually will operate 15 in-store salons across the U.S. and Canada, the first of which has opened at the Saks inside Town Center at Boca Raton.</p> <p>During his recent visit to the Town Center salon, Barrett took time to sit down with <em>Boca Raton</em> and discuss the Saks relationship, what his customers can expect moving forward and what the number 20 means.</p> <p><em><strong>Why was the Boca Saks the first salon to open?</strong></em></p> <p>I was approached by Saks about 18 months ago to operate in-store salons. We’ll completely redesign [the existing salon space], but what we wanted to do in Boca was just start the relationship—we wanted to get used to the store and the environment. We’ll stay open until about May, and then we’ll remodel the space and have a grand opening for next season.</p> <p>The relationship [with Saks] is a win-win. In my current location (at Bergdorf Goodman) we see about 70,000 people per year—and those customers populate the store. So it’s a great customer base. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the retail metric, but it suggests that if 100 people come into your store, 20 will spend. Our metric is different; 100 percent of the people who come in have an intention of spending money.</p> <p><em><strong>Is it difficult to open something that doesn’t look the way you know it will look down the road?</strong></em></p> <p>It’s very tough for me. But I’m happy to work here this season. When you work in an environment, there are things you find out. That will be useful for me—finding out what’s good, what’s not good. It’s a time to do troubleshooting. It’s also about getting to know this client base.</p> <p>We have a training program called JB Care that teaches everyone how to interact with the clients. The consistency is an important [part of the John Barrett brand], from the hairdressers to the people at the front desk.</p> <p><em><strong>Is there anything in your mind about the blueprint of this store that will distinguish it?</strong></em></p> <p><strong></strong>As you walk around Saks, every boutique is simply beautiful. So our space needs to be extremely beautiful in its own way; when you walk inside, it needs to be an elevated experience, a feast for the eyes.</p> <p><em><strong>The salon industry has become more and more specialized in recent years. Do you react to that or is your brand so unique that it stands on its own?</strong></em></p> <p><strong></strong>We’re not reacting; we’re taking a leadership position. Which is scary, but I guess the brave survive. We [already have] a unique beauty experience. But we’re trying to reinvent the idea of the salon. Part of it is total integration; in our Bond Street location in New York, you’ll see beautiful vintage Rolex watches. You walk into our Palm Beach store, and you’ll find lovely jewelry pieces. There are all these wonderful things to catch your eye; I want to do things that are curated and not readily available. We want to enhance the experience for Saks as well as for ourselves.</p> <p><em><strong>This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Bergdorf salon. What does that number mean to you?</strong></em></p> <p><strong></strong>It’s shocking. What happens in business is that there’s more looking forward than reflection—and not always looking forward in a great way. It’s like, “Let me cope with this situation, let me put this fire out,” rather than looking back and saying, “Wow.”</p> <p>So many extraordinary things have happened over the years. Maybe at the time I didn’t appreciate them as such, but, really … who else has sat with Princess Diana and read the silly letters that people sent her when she arrived in the city. So 20 years is a big deal—especially to stay, consistently, at such a high level in the most competitive city in the world. </p>Mandarin Oriental gets the thumbs up and other Boca and Delray news2015-12-08T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/mandarin-oriental-boca-raton-rendering.jpg" width="650"></h3> <h3>Mandarin gets nod </h3> <p>Boca Raton is one step closer to having a Mandarin Oriental hotel.</p> <p>       Acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, the city council on Monday approved plans for Phases 2 and 3 of the Via Mizner project on South Federal Highway. Phase 2 would be the 164-room hotel. Phase 3 would be a 104-unit luxury condo, residents of which would have hotel privileges. Phase 1 is the apartment building going up at Federal Highway and Camino Real. The project is allowed extra height because the developer agreed to observe the city’s downtown design guidelines.</p> <p>       As expected, council members praised that design. The architect spoke of wanting not to wall off Federal Highway, Camino Real or the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club golf course to the east. Instead, a series of promenades will make the project blend in. The lesson learned is how parking garages wall off Mizner Park to the north.</p> <p>       The sticking point for the council, as it was for the planning and zoning board, was parking. The project depends on sharing space in all three garages. When the project went to the board, there was no plan for valet parking, which everyone knew was absurd. Mandarin Oriental fans are not fans of parking their cars.</p> <p>       Now that the developer, Penn Florida, has a signed agreement with Mandarin Oriental, everyone agrees that there will be valet parking. The question is how it will work, since there is no plan for designated valet spots. Doug Hess, Boca’s traffic engineer, wondered about backups as valets drove to distant spots to drop off cars or ran to pick up cars. City Attorney Diana Grub Frieser correctly called the traffic plan “vague.”</p> <p>       Council members went back and forth with Frieser on proposed amendments, one of which would have stated that valet parking could not “dominate.” Eventually, however, the council approved the project without valet parking—the original version—but with language stating that city staff had not had time to review a proposal. That will allow staff the developer to work out something specific and come back to the council.</p> <p>       As things were winding down, Councilman Scott Singer wondered if the city should require a “five-star hotel.” Others noted drily that the $262 million project wouldn’t work with a Days Inn. Penn Florida attorney Mitch Kirschner bristled that such language would amount to a “taking.” Councilman Robert Weinroth told Kirschner, “You aren’t helping your case.”</p> <p>       Then everyone relaxed, rightly so. Assuming the parking issues can be worked out, Via Mizner should bring much more to Boca Raton than just the estimated $1.1 million in property taxes. Done right, it could be a signature project that lives up to the label.</p> <h3>ADL statement</h3> <p>       The Boca Raton-based Florida region of the Anti-Defamation League issued a statement Sunday condemning last weekend’s vandalism at the Islamic Center of Palm Beach. The ADL thus continues its tradition of calling out “hateful ideology,” no matter which religion is the target.</p> <h3>Delray ballot suggestion</h3> <p>       Though no member of the Delray Beach City Commission will be on the ballot next year, the commission could decide tonight to hold an election.</p> <p>       One ballot question would ask voters to update Delray’s antiquated civil service rules. That change first would require legislative approval. A local bill has been filed. The other proposal would allow the commission to hire an internal auditor who would report to the commission, not to the city manager.</p> <h3>City Council variance headache</h3> <p>       At its last meeting of the year tonight, the Boca Raton City Council will make a decision that council members had hoped to avoid.</p> <p>       On its face, the issue is simple. The owner of a vacant lot wants to build a house. Go a little deeper, however, and the issue touches on those ever-sensitive Boca issues of property rights and development.</p> <p>       Natural Lands LLC owns the beachfront lot at 2500 North Ocean Boulevard, otherwise known as A1A. Gavriel Naim, of Miami, is the principal of Natural Lands. He wants to build a four-story house on the property, which Natural Lands bought in July 2011 for $950,000.</p> <p>       The property, though, is just 88.5 feet wide. City code calls for a minimum of 100 feet. The setback from the road would be just 14.7 feet. Under the code, the house would have to be at least 25 feet from A1A.</p> <p>       Naim submitted requests for two variances. In August, the Zoning Board of Adjustment voted 3-2 in support, but there was a problem. One ZBOA member had recused himself. Another position was vacant. Four votes are necessary to grant the variance.</p> <p>       So Naim lost. He then appealed to the council, which heard the appeal in September and clearly wanted it to go away, sending it back to the board of adjustment. No luck. The board rejected both variances. Naim appealed. The council can’t duck the issue any longer.</p> <p>       In his memo, City Manager Leif Ahnell recommends that the council reverse the zoning board’s decision and grant the variances. At that September hearing, however, many residents inveighed against the variances. They argued that approval would amount to the council selling out and failing to preserve the beachfront. The speakers were noisy enough at least to make the council flinch.</p> <p>       Council members, however, have no higher priority than protecting the city from potentially expensive litigation. Highland Beach spent years in a losing legal fight over the height of a condo. Boynton Beach paid an $8 million settlement after the city commission approved, then rescinded, a development approval. If a property owner has rights under city rules, or meets the condition for a variance, the city has to side with the owner. And the city staff makes a well-researched, conclusive case that the council should reverse the zoning board.</p> <p>       For an application to receive a variance, it must meet six criteria. The staff report addresses each one.</p> <p>       1) The case presents “special and unique conditions.”</p> <p>       The lot is one the few undeveloped properties in the multi-family R-3-F zoning district. Others also are less than 100 feet wide, but they are part of a Planned Unit Development, which means that they are considered collectively. The report points out that the city has allowed construction of single-family homes on other “nonconforming” lots.</p> <p>       Regarding the setback, the report notes that the house must be built farther west toward A1A to avoid harming the dune line. The home thus would be no closer to the ocean than the two-family residence to the south. The staff calls the setback issue “atypical.”</p> <p>       2) The applicant did not create the “special and unique conditions.”</p> <p>       The lots in this area were assembled haphazardly many decades before Natural Lands bought the property. In addition, the owner could not have purchased adjacent property to the north or south—thus solving the width problem—because those properties are what the applicant calls “amenities” for condos on the west side of A1A. Some of those condo owners spoke against the variances. Nor is the owner responsible for the dune being where it is.</p> <p>       3) “Literal interpretation” of the code would deprive the owner of property rights.</p> <p>       The staff found that owners of lots less than 100 foot wide on the west side of A1A had received variances. More important, the owner of the lot at 2330 North Ocean Boulevard received improvements for a “nonconforming” property. The fact that the city granted some of those variances a long time ago doesn’t matter.</p> <p>       4) The variance is the minimum the city could grant.</p> <p>       If Naim desired, he could build a multi-family residence. Instead, he wants to build a single-family home, and the setback, according to the staff review, is the “minimum necessary for the structure that is proposed.”</p> <p>       5) The project is “not detrimental to the public welfare” and does no harm to property in the area.</p> <p>       As noted, the variances would set no precedent. The staff concludes that the home would be “the least intense residential use permitted in this zoning district” and thus would do no harm.</p> <p>       6) The variance should not be “contrary to the objectives” of the city’s comprehensive plan.</p> <p>       Having explained the other criteria in detail, the staff takes just one sentence to state that there is no conflict with the comprehensive plan.</p> <p>       Expect some emotion tonight about this issue. In Boca Raton, the beachfront is precious, justifiably so. To vote against the variances with that staff report on the record, however, would be to invite a lawsuit. There’s no need to make Christmas come early for some lawyers.</p> <p>      </p> <p>        </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p>Celebrate anniversaries and new menu items2015-12-08T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.8_henrys.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Stop in to celebrate 15 years at Henry’s</strong></p> <p>From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. today, Dec. 8, Henry’s restaurant <em>(16850 Jog Road, Delray Beach, 561/638-1949)</em> will celebrate its 15<sup>th</sup> anniversary with a cocktail reception. That’s a milestone in any business, but for a restaurant, it’s a big one! There will be drink specials, hors d’oeuvres and live music to show appreciation for patrons’ loyalty. Henry’s is named after the beloved dog of Rapoport’s president, Burt Rapoport, and the menu is known for its traditional American classic dishes.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.8_josies_burger.jpg" width="490">(Photo courtesy of <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>Lunch gets a boost: Josie’s Ristorante</strong> </p> <p>‘Tis the season to meet friends, and to find new dishes to love in local restaurants. One of the additions to your list should be Josie’s Ristorante <em>(1602 S. Federal Hwy., Boynton Beach, 561/364-9601)</em>. There’s a new lunch menu with plates of chicken scaloppini, a triple prime burger (pictured), a garda panini (meatballs, mozzarella, provolone and more), pici Toscana pasta (grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli, pine nuts, pumpkin ravioli brown butter) and that’s just a taste. All of this comes from Chef Mark Militello of the famed South Florida Mango Gang and Chef Gregorio. Dinner and happy hour (at 4 p.m.) are also on the menu Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to close and Sunday from 4 p.m. to close. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Sunday Funday at Yoga Nidra2015-12-07T15:38:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="202" src="/site_media/uploads/julieis-1.jpg" width="304"></p> <p>So I have this pal Julie Murphy from South Africa who used to be a corporate big wig but is now this great yoga teacher who runs around India for fun and is always talking about things like “alignment” as opposed to shoe sales. For some reason she still likes to hang out with me now and then despite the fact that I long ago replaced my downward dog with a sideways slug-on-the-couch variation. So here we are walking the other day and she tells me about this new practice she has launched called Yoga Nidra which Wikipedia likes to call “yogic sleep”—an hour of lying down on a yoga mat listening to woo-woo music and Julie telling you how to be happy.</p> <p>Sign me up, I said, wanting to be supportive, and there I was last Sunday, my yoga mat neatly rolled out, looking at a sea of other people hunkering down for a state of consciousness described somewhere between waking and sleeping which is pretty much how I operate anyway. </p> <p>At first I was sort of alarmed; the prospect of drifting around in a semi-conscious state with a bunch of strangers seemed a little too intimate, somehow—we were packed in like chubby sardines in the long dimly lit room, all ages and body types, everyone waiting for Julie to start the drill.</p> <p>Basically, the drill was a little light stretching, then reclining in a comfy position and listening to Julie and her South African accent guide you into a state of deep relaxation, layered with a virtual down comforter of positive affirmation. At first it reminded me of being in one of those MRI machines when they tell you not to move and all you want to do is move. Or what it feels like to try to focus on a meditation and begin dreaming up your dinner menu instead. (Which I did). Then I started noticing little snores from around the room, emitted by the bad kids of yoga, the ones in the back row who had dared to fall asleep instead of hovering in that place known as light <em><a href="" title="Pratyahara">pratyahara</a></em>, which is Indian for drooling.</p> <p>I played along, imagining my fingers relaxing, my heart place expanding, relaxing the soles of my feet.  There was music and those teensy bells and I came up with a happy thing to tell myself, and I saw the golden light wrapping around all the things I liked best—Judy and Billy, my sister Missy, the meatball sub at V&amp;S Deli.</p> <p>And then it was over.  Like that.</p> <p>As we were very (very) slowly starting to sit up, I asked Julie how long we had been in Yoga Nidra—was it really just five minutes?</p> <p>“It was 40 minutes,” she said, as my mouth dropped open.</p> <p>I had been gone longer than I thought. Like Jody Foster in “Contact,” or Rip Van Winkle. And I felt really, really good. And calm. That night I slept like a five year old.</p> <p>So. That’s it. I think I may have found my new Happy Hour. Julie Murphy only does this the first Sunday of every month but I think I am reserving my spot now.</p> <p>To sign up for Julie’s Yoga Nidra class, visit for the schedule. She has produced a CD of her class, which can be downloaded at</p> <p>You are welcome.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><em> </em></p> <p> </p>The Week Ahead: Dec. 8 to 142015-12-07T10:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="238" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/images-logo-blue-man.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of the Blue Man Group</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $32-$86</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Forget little green men: The Blue Man Group is an alien invasion with genuine rhythm and soul. Conceived in Manhattan in 1987 by a trio of eccentric performance artists, The Blue Man Group has become cross-cultural icons, mounting productions off Broadway and on cruise ships, in Vegas and at Universal Studios Orlando, at opera houses and on “The Tonight Show.” Wherever they land, the basic formula remains the same: Three guys painted a bright cobalt and wearing bald caps, combining wordless comedy, percussive music and technological wizardry into a stage show with more moving parts than a mad scientist’s mousetrap. This brief West Palm Beach engagement continues the Group’s first national tour, a collection of newly conceived stunts and favorite numbers from its archive. Expect to see neon light shows, massive inflatables and drums that shoot sparks. The Blue Man Group performs through Sunday, Dec. 13.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/147.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Loudon Wainwright III</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.<br> Cost: $39</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s hard to imagine now, but when he was a young man, future folk legend Loudon Wainwright III sold his guitar to pay for—wait for it—yoga lessons in San Francisco. We’re pleased he ultimately decided to value arpeggios over downward dogs, because he’s enjoyed a 40-plus-year career in music that has lost none of its vibrancy. Seeing Bob Dylan at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival solidified his career change, and for a spell, he was one of the countless folksingers to earn the sobriquet “the new Dylan.” Indeed, he’s managed to channel the self-effacing humor and social commentary of the early Dylan recordings—his biggest hit is still the 1972 novelty hit “Dead Skunk”—with an autobiographical poignancy all his own. On the heels of his 70th birthday, the singer-songwriter and father of accomplished composer Rufus Wainwright and folk rocker Martha Wainwright will visit West Palm Beach to support his 23rd album, the critically acclaimed “Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet).”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="271" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/sf-west-palm-norton-museum-mary-ellen-mark-20151202.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Streetwise Revisited”</strong></p> <p>Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5–$12</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-5196, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>“Tiny” Erin Charles, the teenager depicted in Mary Ellen Mark’s 1983 photograph “Tiny, Halloween, Seattle, 1983” cuts a sullen portrait, her costume a black dress with gloves, a veil and a funereal frown. Tiny had few reasons to be happy at the time. She was a 13-year-old prostitute hooking for a better life: diamonds, furs, a horse farm, a baby of her own. She was one of the most enduring subjects to emerge from Mark’s “Streetwise” exhibition, which shed a rugged light on the panhandlers, pimps, drug dealers and other forgotten figures living on the fringes of the Pacific Northwest. Mark kept in touch with Tiny ever since, documenting her evolution through photographs, as the wayward teen became a mother of 10, five of whom were fathered by her husband, Will. Powered by Mark and Tiny’s decades of intimacy, “Streetwise Revisited” offers a powerful glimpse into intergenerational poverty, a topic whose branches encompass such issues as health care, mental health and child welfare. The exhibition doubles as a tribute to Mark, who passed away this May at age 75. It runs through March 20.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="322" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/355_5_songs_for_a_new_world_logo.gif" width="355"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Songs for a New World”</strong></p> <p>Where: Next Level Black Box Studio Space, 7533 N. State Road 7, Parkland</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $28</p> <p>Contact: 954/464-8249, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Accomplished composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown is most known for the musicals he developed in the late ‘90s and into this century: The reverse-chronological breakup autopsy “The Last Five Years;” the riveting study of 20th century anti-Semitism, “Parade;” and his award-winning Broadway adaptation of “The Bridges of Madison County.” Fans looking to experience the genesis of his creativity, however, should flock to “Songs for a New World,” his first produced work, which debuted off-Broadway when he was just 25. Described by Brown as “neither a musical play nor revue” but instead a “very theatrical song cycle,” “Songs for a New World” features a cast of four actors playing a multitude of characters connected by a thematic thread: the “one moment” that can upend and disrupt a life. The nearly 20 songs—some bearing a Christmastime theme—are spread across two acts, with piano dominating the minimalistic but genre-hopping arrangements. Marquee Theatre Company, South Florida’s newest professional company, will produce this stripped-down show in its intimate Parkland black box, as the second show in its debut season. It runs through Dec. 20.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="209" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/cti8smpxaaagtpc.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: No Snow Ball</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$100</p> <p>Contact: 888/929-7849, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Back in the late ‘90s, the five singles off Third Eye Blind’s self-titled debut album were everywhere—pop stations, rock stations, restaurants, supermarkets, the repertories of cover bands nationwide, and probably your CD collection, with no song more ubiquitous than the infectious “Semi-Charmed Life.” But in the Aughts, Third Eye Blind dropped off the pop-music map, losing original members and releasing a pair of solid, mature but largely unheard albums. Attention has begun to return back to 3EB with this year’s release of its fifth—and apparently final—album, “Dopamine.” Expect to hear songs from this and plenty of back-catalog hits as 3EB performs at this annual concert organized by local pop station WRMF. Adam Lambert, the best-selling “American Idol” finalist and official Freddie Mercury protégé, will co-headline, and local acts Meresha, Chemradery and The Value Meal Killah &amp; the Snack Park will round out the eclectic undercard.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="316" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/06f8b0_783c74c6fd264b38b3013bcadb46c38a.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Ugly Holiday Sweater Crawl</strong></p> <p>Where: Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 2 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30</p> <p>Contact: 561/837-8066, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you enjoyed the outrageous new Christmas movie “The Night Before,” here’s your chance to relive at least one element of the over-the-top buddy flick: a barhopping jaunt dressed in the worst Christmas sweater you can find. Attendees of this inaugural event are asked to don the ugliest sweater they can extract from the mothballed corners of their closets—Santa suits and elf couture are acceptable too—and show up at the corner of Clematis Street and South Dixie Highway between 2 and 6 p.m. on Saturday. There, for the $30 admission fee (and a new, unwrapped toy, which will be donated to Toys for Tots), they’ll receive tickets for four free drinks, which can be picked up at the 11 participating bars, from Longboard’s and Grease Burger Bar to O’Shea’s and Duffy’s. Admission also includes special drink tastings and some “holiday swag.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/amy-schummer.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Amy Schumer</strong></p> <p>Where: BB&amp;T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $29.50-$150</p> <p>Contact: 954/835-8000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Year of Amy Schumer continues. In 2015, the Manhattan comedian has already enjoyed the following accolades: Her excoriating, relentlessly edgy Comedy Central series, “Inside Amy Schumer,” won the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. Her first leading role in a movie, “Trainwreck,” was a runaway hit. She was photographed in the flesh by none other than Annie Liebovitz, and she pleasured an android on the cover of <em>GQ</em>. She debuted a comedy special on HBO, described as “Amy Schumer does an hour of stand-up about getting drunk and having sex,” and she co-headlined a nationally touring comedy festival over the summer. Lately, this raucous personification of the modern female id has even used her power to influence policy by appearing with her cousin, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, to rally against gun violence in the wake of last week’s mass shooting in California. <em>Time</em> should quite honestly consider Schumer its Person of the Year. Did we mention she’s just a really good comic? See her in her purest element this weekend.</p> <p>MONDAY, DEC. 14</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/573.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “A John Waters Christmas”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45-$65</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For cult filmmaker John Waters, sobriquets like the Pope of Trash and the Prince of Puke are not insults. They are compliments he’s earned over a 51-year career of cultural transgression. His filmography is a dirty laundry list of subversive themes and sundry characters. In notorious 1970s titles like “Mondo Trasho,” “Pink Flamingos” and “Desperate Living,” sexual hedonists, foot festishists, lesbian wrestlers and deviant cannibals engage in all manner of unprintable behavior, all shot in his hometown of Baltimore. These days Waters is an elder statesman of trash, a 69-year-old provocateur whose career has shifted away from movies and toward other pursuits, like painting, writing and especially performing one-man shows. For years, this unlikely spokesman for yuletide cheer has been touring his live Christmas special—promising to “put the X in X-mas”—and it’s finally coming to South Florida next week. Topics will include his love of yuletide disaster stories, his evangelical worship of Santa Claus, and his twisted urge to remake his trashy films into seasonal classics.</p>Champagne Dinners2015-12-07T09:11:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>It’s the Champagne time of the year, and here are two pairing dinners to prove it—one in Palm Beach and one in Fort Lauderdale.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/12.7_cafe_boulud.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Grower Champagne dinner: Café Boulud, Palm Beach</strong></p> <p>Centering on terroir-focused wineries that grow the grapes for their own Champagne, Café Boulud on Palm Beach <em>(301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060)</em> is hosting a Grower Champagne Dinner on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. The artisanal Champagnes featured include: Champagne Pehu-Simonnet, Mark Hebrart, Vilmart &amp; Cie and Geoffroy. Special guest Sunny Brown of Michael Skurnik Wines will present the Champagnes during the four-course dinner from Chef Rick Mace. The cost is $95 per person, not including tax and gratuity. </p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="369" src="/site_media/uploads/12.7_steak_954.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Champagne dinner pairing: Steak 954, Fort Lauderdale</strong></p> <p>At Steak 954 <em>(401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/414-8333) </em>on Dec. 9, food-friendly Champagnes will be served with appetizers and a four-course meal. The menu by Chef Nicolay Adinaguev includes oysters, veal carpaccio, a trio of beef filet and more. Champagnes include Moet &amp; Chandon Imperial Brut, Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004, Krug Grande Cuvee, among others. The cost is $125, and reservations are required. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Television&#39;s Subversive Artistic Past2015-12-04T11:04:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>In its blissfully noisy way, the NSU Art Museum’s exhibition “Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of Television” makes a statement that feels like a revelation: that rather than being diametrically opposed, mass-marketed television programming and highbrow modern art movements enjoyed a symbiotic relationship.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/sf-lauderdale-revolution-eye-television-nsu-ar-006.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>After walking this amusing, nostalgic and surreal exhibit, I would go one step further: the pioneers of TV’s Golden Age went so far as to democratize avant-garde art, which suddenly looked not so exotic and dangerous when it filled the comforting squares in millions of living rooms. Conversely, knowing where the influences for everything from “The Ed Sullivan Show” to “Laugh-In” lay, it’s hard to marginalize early TV with pejoratives like “the idiot box” or “the boob tube.”</p> <p>It was not always thus. The first pieces in “Revolution of the Eye” reveal a paranoid skepticism of television, from the <em>New Yorker</em> magazine covers of brainwashed Americans transfixed by scrambled screens to Lee Friedlander’s photos of TV actors staring creepily back into living rooms—as if to suggest that even after the rapture, cathode rays will still beam fantasies to vacant interiors.</p> <p>But such negative views of television’s ascendency are limited to one wall. Mostly, “Revolution of the Eye” is a celebration of a cultural marriage between high and low, a trove of progressive YouTube miscellany divided into bite-sized chunks and presented on screen after screen after screen.</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/g9.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Divided into eight semi-chronological segments snaking through the first-floor gallery, “Revolution of the Eye” thrives on the connections linking its niche <em>A</em> to its populist <em>B</em>: From Dali and the Dadaists, we have “The Twilight Zone,” whose famous title credits showed clocks and doorways floating in space and a spinning vortex that paid incontrovertible homage to Duchamp’s “Retroreliefs.” From the experimental art cinema of Luis Bunuel and Fernand Leger we have the prime-time mania of Ernie Kovacs, a television pioneer in techniques such as rear-screen projection.</p> <p><img alt="" height="256" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/tjm_656-revofeye_f26-cbssignofgoodtelevision-1030x660.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>From Roy Lichtenstein’s motley Pop Art compositions, we have the cartoon camp of the “Batman” series, with its similar deployment of onomatopoeia. Man Ray’s avant-garde close-ups of eyes spawned CBS’s iconic ocular logo, a hypnotic brand that has woven itself into our collective consciousness. A showcase of “The Ed Sullivan Show” is especially revealing. In most clips of the variety show, we’re so accustomed to staring at the stars in front of the microphones that we don’t notice the sets, which borrowed from avant-gardists and were constructed anew for every program—from a series of staircases leading nowhere to a backdrop of colorful Seussian squiggles to a canvas of open umbrellas.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/o-ed-900.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The exhibition’s narrative arc suggests that television executives, producers and entertainers gradually evolved from absorbing modern artists’ ideas and aesthetics—futurism, expressionism, surrealism and semi-abstraction regularly sold the medium’s visuals, from its commercials to its graphics—to providing a platform for the artists themselves. John Cage, Dali, Duchamp, Ray Eames, Willem de Kooning—all of them appeared on television programs in the late ‘60s and ‘70s, as compiled in a video montage late in the exhibition. This is fairly astonishing, considering televisions only broadcast a handful of stations. In 2015, good luck finding one of the nation’s most respected modern artists on any of Comcast’s hundreds of channels.</p> <p>The exhibit concludes, aptly enough, with Andy Warhol, who cemented modern art’s invasion of television—which became, in the late ‘70s and ‘80s, no longer an insidious subtext of TV but its very subject. We see a handful of clips of Warhol’s television ubiquity, from commercials to local news interviews to “Saturday Night Live”—recalling the old Gore Vidal maxim that one should “never pass up the opportunity to have sex or appear on television.”</p> <p>Television’s heyday has passed. More and more viewers are unplugging from cable packages and migrating to the Internet, consuming their entertainment free from the shackles of networks and airtimes. Television shows are shot like movies now, and while commercials have increased their snark, they’ve abandoned the weirdness of the early days. We may have more channels to surf, but they’re all part of the same tepid wave. “Revolution of the Eye” reminds us that even with six networks, and before the advent of Technicolor, primitive television overflowed with subversive artistry. <em>That</em> was truly Must-See TV.</p> <p><em>"Revolution of the Eye" runs through Jan. 10 at NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Admission costs $5 to $12. Call 954/525-5500 or visit</em></p>Staff Picks: Alternative Rock and Apeiro2015-12-04T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>Atlas Genius, Banners and the Crush</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.4_the_shark.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Managing Editor</em></p> <p>"We in the Boca Mag office are big fans of The Shark 104.3, South Florida's long-overdue alternative rock station. And we're happy to report that the station is already promoting events with cutting-edge bands that wouldn't otherwise grace our shores. This Saturday night at the Broward Center, the Shark is sponsoring a concert with Atlas Genius, a synth-driven alt-dance act hailing all the way from South Australia. The groovy duo, which is celebrating its new sophomore album "Inanimate Objects," will be joined by Banners, a rising U.K. band that has cornered the market on Coldplay-style plaintive pop ballads; and South Florida's own dance-rockers, the Crush. Tickets cost $37.50-$60, and the venue is located at 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call <a>954/462-0222</a>, or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>."</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p>Apeiro</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.4_apiero_1.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>“I absolutely loved my recent dining experience at Apeiro located at Delray Marketplace! The popular Apeiro Spreads that includes hummus, eggplant caponata and pistachio yogurt is all so yummy served with their warm and puffy freshly baked pita. The Tuna Tartare was extremely fresh and tasty and the Grilled Spanish Octopus is one of the best octopus dishes I've ever had! The Roasted Branzino was cooked to perfection and the creative specialty cocktails will keep you infinitely blissful. I'm excited to return to try their weekend brunch, which includes 10 items for only $10, plus other brunch specialties! If you love fresh Mediterranean food, you will fall in love with Apeiro."</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a> // 14917 Lyons Road, Delray Beach // 561/501-4443)</p>Truffle and Avocado: A Foodie Paradise2015-12-04T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.4_3800_ocean.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>A truffle above: 3800 Ocean’s dinner pairing</strong></p> <p>We love wine and food-pairing dinners, so we didn’t imagine much could be better, but this may be: a truffle and wine pairing dinner! Oh yes.</p> <p>Executive Chef Larry LaValley at 3800 Ocean <em>(Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort &amp; Spa, 3800 N. Ocean Drive, Singer Island; 561/340-1795)</em> will put together a seven-course meal with truffles, each paired with wine. Some taste teasing for you: white Alba truffle with stone crab and foie gras “Au Sec” for the salad, truffle butter-poached Maine lobster, potato gnocchi and white truffle… Okay, we’ll stop now—you get the idea.  And the oceanfront setting is beautiful. Set for Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. (hors d’oeuvres) and then dinner from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $195 per person, including tax and gratuity, as well as complimentary valet service. Reservations required.</p> <p><em><strong><img alt="" height="581" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.4_avocado_grill_scallops.jpg" width="490"></strong></em></p> <p><strong>Golden Spoon award: Avocado Grill, West Palm Beach</strong></p> <p>If you haven’t had a chance to stop by this oh-so-yummy restaurant tucked away in downtown West Palm Beach, this should be your reason to do that: The Avocado Grill <em>(125 Datura St., West Palm Beach, 561/623-0822)</em> won the “Best New Restaurant” Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine.</p> <p>Executive Chef/owner Julien Gremaud has put together a menu that always surprises with creativity and taste. Florida Trend says Avocado Grill has a “global, smart vegetarian focus,” but the dishes go way beyond that. Check out the scallop dish (pictured)! This isn’t the first award for the restaurant, and we’re sure it won’t be the last.</p> <p><strong>A la carte:</strong> New owners of Renzo’s of Boca <em>(5999 N. Federal Highway, 561/994-3495) </em>plan to infuse new life and new dishes into their new venture. Executive chef/managing partner Angelo Romano (you may recognize his name from his other restaurant, Paradiso Ristorante in Lake Worth), has brought in Marco Turano from Milan, Italy, to join this new venture. Open for lunch and dinner. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Fashion Forward: Top December Trends2015-12-04T06:00:00+00:00Dana Ross/blog/author/danaross/<p>Since December is all about holiday shopping and parties, I’m sharing what I’m lusting for this holiday season and what I’m gifting to others. Wishing you all a healthy, happy holiday and new year. Thank you for checking out my fashion, beauty and accessory picks each month and for shopping at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>!</p> <p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.4_studs.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>I have been on the hunt for a pair of classic studs that I can wear daily. This holiday season, I spotted two pairs that I love—the <strong><em><a href="" target="_blank">Kate Spade Small Square Studs</a>,</em></strong> which are certainly a steal, and the <strong><em><a href="" target="_blank">David Yurman 'Albion' Petite Earrings with Semiprecious Stones &amp; Diamonds</a>,</em></strong> which are certainly an investment, but a weakness of mine.  At the end of the day, either pair are perfect for every day wear! The Kate Spade studs are available at Nordstrom at Town Center at Boca Raton and both are available online at Lilly List.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="382" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.4_purse.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p>I am so used to the traditional Longchamp Le Pliage Tote that I was immediately drawn to this <em><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Longchamp Le Pliage Large Heritage Shoulder Bag</strong></a>, </em>which is a Bloomingdale’s exclusive and is currently on sale. The combination of navy and Bordeaux makes this bag a winter wardrobe must! This bag is available at Bloomingdale’s at Town Center at Boca Raton and online at Lilly List.</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.4_dress.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In need of a new, fun party dress for your holiday gathering? I searched high and low for my pick for the holiday season and found this <strong><em><a href="" target="_blank">Elizabeth and James Serena Ostrich Feather Dress</a>. </em></strong>I have a “thing” for long-sleeve dresses, and feathers are on trend for the season, so it’s a perfect combination.  I would categorize this dress as simple with a pop of unexpected fun! You can find it at Saks Fifth Avenue and online at Lilly List.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="505" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.4_heel.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Okay, so you bought the dress, and now you’re wondering what shoes to wear. How about these magical <a href="" target="_blank"><strong><em>Sophia Webster Evangeline white leather sandals</em></strong></a> finished with rose gold straps and laser cut angel wing detail?—the perfect compliment to a LBD.  Exclusively online, shop these shoes at Lilly List.</p> <p><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.4_eye_contour_kit.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If you keep up with beauty trends, you will know that it’s all about contouring! I decided to step into the contour world with this <a href="" target="_blank"><strong><em>Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes Eye Contour Kit </em></strong></a>that I spotted and bought from the Benefit Truck at the Palm Beach Airport (yes, impulse airport buy!).  But don’t fret—you don’t have to deal with airport security to snag this product, which is available at Ulta at Westwinds of Boca and online at Lilly List.</p> <p><img alt="" height="424" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.4_ring.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Finally, I just had to share an accessory that has been on my wish list since last December. I’m all about interesting, unique pieces, and I fell in love when I spotted this <strong><em><a href="" target="_blank">Stella 2 Open Stone Ring</a>.  </em></strong>I’m obsessed with this ring style and the combination of a crystal stone and pearls.  Maybe I will get lucky this year! J Exclusively online, shop this ring at Lilly List.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Dana</strong></p> <div>Dana Ross, a South Floridian by way of New York City, founded <a href="" target="_blank"></a> on the premise that women are inspired daily by what they read about and see in magazines. She is the quintessential magazine reader and shopper, and she is mom to a 1-year-old budding fashionista, Lilly, who inspired her to launch the site during the trials of new motherhood when she just didn’t have the time to read all her beloved magazines.</div>Where To Donate2015-12-03T15:14:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p class="p1">Palm Beach County Food Bank</p> <p class="p2"><strong>What: </strong>This locally operated food bank partners with more than 100 hunger relief agencies to help people in our community. Every dollar donated translates to $6 worth of food. </p> <p class="p2"><strong>How to help: </strong>Visit the website to make a donation.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Contact: </strong>561/670-2518, <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Spirit of Giving Network </p> <p class="p2"><strong>What: </strong>Some 35 Palm Beach County nonprofit organizations participate in an effort to assist children and families in our area. Each winter, the network partners with the Junior League of Boca Raton for a holiday gift drive, providing presents for more than 4,500 children within the various organizations.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>How to help: </strong>Hang tags—with gift wishes from children connected to nonprofits in the area—will be distributed at participating banks, hospitals, restaurants, schools and supermarkets in Boca Raton. Select one, and purchase the gift for that child. Cash and gift donations also are accepted; bring your gift to one of the many drop-off locations by Dec. 7.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Contact:</strong> 561/385-0144, or visit <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a> for drop-off locations</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">The Giving Tree</p> <p class="p2"><strong>What: </strong>The Giving Tree of Temple Beth El provides needy families, senior citizens and kids aging out of foster care with necessities throughout the year. During the holidays, the Giving Tree delivers specific need-based items, as well as toys and gifts, to some 2,000 children and seniors.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>How to help: </strong>Donate clothing, furniture, toys and food.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Contact:</strong> 561/391-8900, or e-mail</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Family Promise</p> <p class="p2"><strong>What: </strong>This interfaith charity organization provides shelter, food and life skills for homeless families in our area. Its unique program keeps struggling families together, while teaching them strategies to become self-sufficient.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>How to help: </strong>Donate basic necessities (toothbrushes, clothing, shoes, Tylenol), as well as furniture, toys and Publix gift cards.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Contact: </strong>561/265-3370, <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Boca Helping Hands</p> <p class="p2"><strong>What: </strong>Boca Helping Hands provides hot meals and groceries to families, the elderly and anyone in need. The organization collects items year-round for meals, its pantry program and homeless kits.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>How to help: </strong>Donate nonperishable food items to the Food Center at 1500 N.W. First Court.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Contact: </strong>561/417-0913, or visit <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Caridad Center</p> <p class="p2"><strong>What: </strong>The center offers free health services to the uninsured, working poor families of Palm Beach County. Through education and outreach programs, the center delivers homework assistance, college scholarships and emergency services year-round to those in financial crisis.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>How to help: </strong>Give cash, checks, stocks or make an online donation; also, inquire about the Adopt-A-Family program.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Contact: </strong>561/737-6636, <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">The American Association Of Caregiving Youth</p> <p class="p2"><strong>What: </strong>This national, locally headquartered nonprofit strives to provide support services for more than 1.4 million children and young adults in the U.S. who care for injured, ill, elderly or disabled family members.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>How to help: </strong>Monetary donations help young caregivers with school supplies, Internet access, respite services and in-home tutoring sessions.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Contact: </strong>561/391-7401, <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">The Salvation Army</p> <p class="p1"><strong>What: </strong>This international movement aims to feed, clothe, comfort and care for people battling addiction, hunger and poverty. Every year, the Red Kettle Campaign begins right before Thanksgiving and lasts until Christmas Eve. Volunteers and paid workers throughout the county collect donations; 82 cents of every dollar goes to help the homeless, and families and senior citizens in need.<br> <strong></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>How to help: </strong>Donate to a red kettle, or become a volunteer.<br> <strong></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Contact: </strong>561/391-1344, <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1">Toys For Tots</p> <p class="p2"><strong>What:</strong> This national U.S. Marine Corps Reserve program collects gifts for underprivileged children. New, unwrapped toys collected during October, November and December will be distributed during Christmas to children throughout the community.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>How to help: </strong>Bring an unwrapped toy (suggested price is around $10) to one of the drop-off locations throughout Palm Beach and Broward counties.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Contact: </strong>For local drop sites and information, visit <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Emil and Dariel Liakhovetski2015-12-03T14:42:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p class="p1">With artists like Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson scoring record deals thanks to the videos-gone-viral they posted as no-names on their YouTube pages, the Internet has become much more than a place to Google for the post-Millennial generation. </p> <p class="p3">For aspiring performers like Emil and Dariel Liakhovetski, it’s the world’s biggest audition stage. So when the Boca Raton brothers drew YouTube attention in the summer of 2013 for their classical-meets-classic rock versions of songs like Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” the dueling cello players hoped to hear from a record producer. </p> <p class="p3">Instead, Emil and Dariel received an unexpected reality check.</p> <p class="p3"><img alt="" height="732" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/emil-dariel1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p3">Fast forward to 2014 and Season 9 of “America’s Got Talent.” Captivating a summer TV audience hungry for a reprieve from reruns, the two teenage musicians became overnight sensations with their brand of head-banging cello playing.</p> <p class="p3"> “It’s an interesting thing, because we didn’t think of it from the perspective that there was a camera, and on the other side of the camera there are 15 million people watching,” says Dariel, 15. “We kind of forgot about that while we were on TV; only after we got off the show did we realize how many people know us.”</p> <p class="p3">“We were stopped in airports nonstop,” says Emil, now 17. “We couldn’t make it through the security line.”</p> <p class="p3">Performing at Radio City Music Hall on national television every week will have that effect. After winning their way to the finals on AGT, the brothers were the only act to not make the top six but still score an invitation to perform in Las Vegas as part of the live AGT shows.</p> <p class="p3">Building on the momentum of the reality show, Emil and Dariel have continued playing gigs across the U.S., as well as recording and releasing their debut album, “Rock Cellos.” Comprised of classic rock anthems dating back to the 1970s, the album (released this past June) includes three tracks that feature the original vocalists, including Rick Derringer, who spent time at a Hallandale Beach studio with the cellists. </p> <p class="p3">When asked whether recording near their home influenced the album, the answer is unanimous. “Being at home, in our neck of the woods,” Dariel says, “we really felt more inspired and more creative.”</p> <p class="p1">The brothers speak as fast as they play, finishing each other’s sentences, their voices often indiscernible from one another. Growing up only two years apart, attending home school together, and practicing cello for hours every day has produced a bond that is evident in everything they do. </p> <p class="p1">“Give us 10 years,” Emil jokes. “Maybe that will change.”</p> <p class="p1">It’s not likely, given the importance of family to Emil and Dariel, who were classically trained under the watchful eye of their grandfather, Leonid, himself a principal cellist. When the brothers filmed their debut music video—a cover of Paul McCartney and Wings’ “Live and Let Die”—they paid homage to their grandfather, casting him as the lone actor.</p> <p class="p1">Although the judges on AGT, not to mention the American viewing audience, embraced their talent, Emil and Dariel are not without detractors. The brothers have received criticism from musicians in the classical community who feel they’re “selling out” or doing “cheap music.” </p> <p class="p1">“At some point, we really didn’t care what the classical world thought of us, and that really helped us in our success because people see what we do as revolutionary and unique,” Emil says. “I think that we’re part of this bigger movement that’s changing string instruments and the perception that kids and people in general have of instruments. </p> <p class="p1">“A lot of kids feel that by learning a classical instrument that it’s … an ‘old thing’ to do; they’d rather play guitar. What many of them don’t realize is that guitar was at one point a very classical instrument. It was with Jimi Hendrix and that movement that guitar became a rock-and-roll instrument. We feel that cellos and violins can all be part of that same movement. What we’re doing is really very basic. We’re just playing the music that we like on the instruments that we use.”</p> <p class="p1">Armed with an audience that is hooked on the brothers’ classical interpretation of rock, Emil and Dariel are taking on their next challenge—writing original music together. </p> <p class="p1">“The process is entirely different,” Emil says, “but it’s a lot of fun for us, because we get to experiment and try new things.” </p>Web Xtra: UFO Part II2015-12-03T14:03:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>UFO sightings tend to be reported and disseminated with the discrimination of a Hoover: Everything is vacuumed up and absorbed into the anarchy of the Internet. But sometimes perfectly rational explanations emerge, as these recent Florida UFO events confirm.</p> <p><img alt="" height="331" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/ufo_2.png" width="490"> </p> <ul> <li>Eager South Florida UFO enthusiasts flooded the Internet around dawn on Sept. 1, 2015, with reports of fireballs, lasers, plasma force fields and “crazy-looking clouds.” What was poised to be one of the most significant mass sightings in state history turned out to have a perfectly explicable, if still pretty cool, cause: the launch of NASA’s Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral.</li> <li>Another mass sighting, this time of orange spheres, around Apalachicola led to a series of reports to local news and MUFON. It turns out that sometimes a little terrestrial policework goes a long way. A Carrabelle Beach deputy decided to investigate the Feb. 9, 2013 sightings, only to discover that the lights were part of an oceanside memorial service. He added on Facebook, “They were people at the beach lighting Paper Hot Air things with candles! They lifted right into the sky and burned out after several minutes.”</li> <li>Passengers on a Carnival Cruise ship reportedly received an entertaining diversion that wasn’t on their daily planners. While off the coast of Fort Lauderdale on Oct. 10, 2014, a woman snapped a short video of an unidentified craft moving slowly, ominously and silently above the ocean liner. While there hasn’t been a definitive, official explanation of this event, the organization Speedebunking makes a compelling argument that the entire video was faked, citing several factors including evidence of CGI manipulation and the lack of corroborating video from any other passengers.</li> <li>Take extra care next time you scream “Fore!,” because you might just hit an alien craft. Or so it seemed to at least one viewer of the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach this past May. The television viewer reported an unknown object over the links to MUFON, which assigned its chief video analyst to the case. His expert opinion? It was a bird in mid-flight. As the Huffington Post’s paranormal writer Lee Speigel quipped in his article on the sighting, “At the very least, we know for sure there was one birdie shot that day.”</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p><em>To read the full story, pick up the December issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>Web Xtra: UFO Part I2015-12-03T13:46:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Florida’s large population and rich history of high strangeness has led to its distinction as the state with the second-most UFO sightings in the nation. Here are a few of our favorites from the 1990s and 2000s, as compiled by Greg Jenkins in his book <em>Chronicles of the Strange and Uncanny in Florida</em>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="283" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/ufo_1.png" width="490"> </p> <p><strong><em>Nov. 17, 1991:</em></strong> At least 20 beachgoers, a park ranger and a policeman witnessed an object hovering over Boca’s South Beach Pavilion—a craft they described as comparable to the moon in size. The same night, an apparently separate craft sprinkled Boca beachgoers with what they described as “hot rain.” The liquid was never tested, and the case remains unexplained.</p> <p><em><strong>Oct. 20, 1995:</strong></em> A witness in Miami-Dade County captured, with his camcorder, a brightly lit, disc-shaped object cruising above his neighborhood. He followed the craft in his car as it continued its path toward Miami International Airport, and his footage includes two examples of the UFO dematerializing and rematerializing, ending with a shot of two helicopters rendezvousing with the craft over the airport’s furthest runway lights. Though some insist the video is a forgery, the footage has been broadcast on TLC and Syfy. </p> <p><em><strong>June 24, 2001:</strong></em> As he walked to his car shortly after midnight, a Deerfield Beach man noticed that the clouds were illuminated by an object other than the moon. It turned out to be an iridescent sphere flying eastward toward the beaches. He told the National UFO Reporting Center that the object weaved in and out of the clouds in a manner he described as “playful,” alternating between accelerations and decelerations as it zigzagged the night sky for approximately half an hour. It then disappeared, but not before a big finish, dousing the man’s field of vision with a spurt of bright light.</p> <p><em><strong>Feb. 12, 2005:</strong></em> A local skeptic captured compelling video of an unknown craft at 11:35 this February morning, leaving him rattled and convinced of the phenomenon’s existence. A Coconut Creek man and his girlfriend, shooting with a Mini DV camcorder, captured a silver disc-shaped object “about the diameter of two mid-sized cars” hovering over his house. The craft appeared to be soundless, windowless and seamless in design. Three other witnesses corroborated his account, and his video was deemed authentic by an expert in image analysis.</p> <p><em><strong>Jan. 3, 2009:</strong></em> While most claims of “red fireballs” in the sky can be explained by the popularity of Chinese lanterns, this Davie sighting remains a mystery for UFO researchers. Witnesses spotted three dark objects they described as “flaming fireballs” moving in a consistent triangular pattern, not drifting apart from each other as is often the case with paper lanterns. The witnesses trailed the objects as they traveled toward Weston. Around the same time, the radio tower of a private airport in Hollywood captured three unidentified blips in the Davie area.</p> <p><em>To read the full story, pick up the December issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>Web Xtra: How Does It Feel...To Turn Heads?2015-12-03T09:42:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>My husband jokes that he likes to walk behind me to see the reactions. People stare at me all the time because I look different. I’m almost 6 feet tall, and I wear heels. So I’m a girlie girl; I’m probably one of the more girlie firefighters you’ll ever see.</p> <p>But I’ve also been working out since I was young. I’m not like a huge body builder, but I am super fit. People come up and ask to touch my arms. They’ve actually asked to see my abs. It’s weird. I don’t know if it’s a motivating factor for them, or what. I’ve had women say, “Oh, you’ve never had a C-section.” And I tell them, “I’ve had two!” I’m very proud of the fact that I’m almost 40 and I look 20.</p> <p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/sarah_murphy-8515.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The male firefighters don’t ask me to open jars for them or anything. It’s not like that. But people are confident in my ability. My (female firefighter) friends, for example, they’ll say, “Sarah, I would choose you over most men to come save me.” I have to work much harder to do the same job (as a male firefighter), and I do.</p> <p>It’s not easy. I eat different than most people. I’m of the 85/15 mentality. Fifteen percent of the time I like drinking wine, eating pizza and having sweets. Eighty-five percent of the time I’m eating clean. I don’t eat a lot of carbs. I don’t eat processed food. My kids (she and her husband have a combined four children) will be like, “Mom, are you going to eat a cupcake any time soon?” (At the Delray Beach fire station), I used to get razzed more, but people know now that I take it very seriously. They think of me when they plan their meals, so that’s nice.</p> <p>People think you get to a certain age, and you can’t be what you were before, but that’s not true. I played volleyball in college, beach volleyball for years after that—and, later, placed third at the World Firefighter Combat Challenge. I still had that burning desire to compete, which led to me the World Beauty Fitness and Fashion stage.</p> <p>I recently competed in my first professional WBFF event in Las Vegas; I was on stage with 60 of the top fitness models in the world. These are the models you see on every fitness magazine cover. It was pretty daunting, but it also was amazing. I walked around in full makeup and 5-inch heels for five days straight. People were coming up to me and taking pictures.</p> <p>I feel beautiful. And very confident. My husband says that when I walk into a room, I own it. I feel like I’m a shining example of what you can be, as long as you work at it.</p>Singer takes on University Village, and updates on sober houses, dog beaches and other items of note2015-12-03T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/4gyazlyvhz3b0t1ay8v8.jpg" width="480"></h3> <h3>Scott Singer   </h3> <p>What is Scott Singer running for?</p> <p>       That was the reaction I got from people who watched or heard about the Boca Raton City Council member’s 10-minute-plus speech last week about why he opposed the University Village project. They had reason to wonder.</p> <p>       Council members routinely explain their reasons for supporting or opposing controversial proposals. No council member in recent memory has explained himself at such length and at such a decibel level.</p> <p>       Approving the nearly 80-acre project, Singer said, could create “a sovereign nation” in the middle of the city. He called the proposal “outlandish,” and full of “gaping holes.” The developer would be able to make “tens of millions” more because of what Singer characterized as extra development rights. Approval would break the public’s “trust in their elected officials.” To any objective viewer, Singer was trying to publicly shame any colleagues who disagreed with him.</p> <p>       Singer was the only vote against University Village, which the council approved after adding conditions to address issues that other council members and residents who live near the site on Spanish River Boulevard had raised. So Singer’s tirades—like most tirades—didn’t persuade anyone, although it did get him loud applause from those opposed to the project.</p> <p>       “He was trying to posture. I won’t say grandstand,” said Mayor Susan Haynie. “He expressed his position early. We went on to address every concern.” Singer actually voted to approve the changes, but then voted against the project. “He had nowhere to go,” Haynie said.</p> <p>       Singer objected to what he considered uncertainly that the project would be built as advertised—with a certain look and a certain mix of uses. University Village would be a Planned Mobility Development, built in phases. At one point, Singer and attorney Charles Siemon, who represents University Village, had an exchange on this point.</p> <p>       Singer asked whether the developer could seek to build, say, fewer apartments and more offices. They generate more traffic.</p> <p>       Yes, Siemon said, but the developer would need council approval for such a change, because it would change to the project’s master plan. Siemon’s response undermined Singer’s claim that University Village could become a “sovereign nation” setting its own rules by taking advantage of what he called “malleable zoning.” The new conditions also firmed up the city’s oversight. Council and staff review of University Village will go on for years.</p> <p>       Haynie was on the council in 2010 when the city set rules for Planned Mobility Developments, which emphasize transit and other options to reduce car traffic—a goal of the city’s comprehensive plan. Haynie said Singer “might not have a clear understanding” of such developments, which must adhere to a set concept but can have flexibility. Haynie also said she had been “remiss” in not explaining for the audience that Singer’s additional half-million square feet of development was not really anything extra. The city had anticipated it, and the developer met traffic requirements for it.</p> <p>       I called Haynie because of speculation that Singer’s comments were a sign that he will challenge her in March 2017, when their respective terms are up. Another option if Singer is looking for another office would be the Florida House seat of Bill Hager, who is term-limited in 2018, or a run next year for the state Senate.</p> <p>       Yet Singer told me: “It wasn’t a speech. I had been writing things down as I went during the meeting.” He justified his “lengthy remarks” by calling University Village “a significant departure” from normal zoning.</p> <p>       In our interview, Singer said he had spent “dozens of hours” reviewing the project. “I know the quantity of time I put in, and I felt it was necessary to draw a line.” Singer complained that the city based traffic projections on a study from two years ago.</p> <p>        Regarding the length of his comment, Singer acknowledged that it had been “an outlier, but it was an outlier proposal. I felt (the comment) was necessary. My tendency may be to speak a little much.”</p> <p>       Still, Singer said he had not been campaigning. “I regret it if anyone perceived it that way.” Some did.</p> <p>Sober house dismayAdd Santa Claus to the list of those who dislike sober houses in single-family neighborhoods of Delray Beach.</p> <p>       At Tuesday night’s city commission meeting, residents of Lakeview and Sherwood Park west of Interstate 95 complained about recent home sales to private sober house operators. Though residences for people coming out of substance abuse treatment have sprouted all over Delray Beach, none are in these neighborhoods.</p> <p>       Speakers echoed the fears and frustrations of those in Delray and Boca Raton who have fought the proliferation of this unregulated industry. One speaker incorrectly referred to a sober house as a “rehab center.” Treatment centers are licensed and regulated. Another characterized sober house residents as “drug addicts of low moral character” who are part of an “invasion.” One resident came dressed as Santa Claus, making all the predictable comments about naughty and nice.</p> <p>       As Mayor Cary Glickstein told the speakers, he and the commissioners are just as frustrated. Under federal law, those in recovery are a protected class. Local governments can’t create exclusionary housing laws. Boca Raton tried, and lost in court. That federal position, however, didn’t anticipate how many fraudsters would operate sober houses or that the homes could become such as industry.</p> <p>       Commissioner Mitch Katz represents Lakeview and Sherwood Park. He had met with the residents before the meeting, and will meet today with city staff, City Attorney Noel Pfeffer and Police Chief Jeffrey Goldman. Katz told me that while he understands the legal limitations on the city’s power and that Congress must provide the ultimate solution, “I heard some potentially creative ideas” from the residents. Katz wonders, for example, if the city could assign more code officers to monitor sober houses.</p> <p>        That might work if the city knew the location of all sober houses, but none have had to register, so no one in Delray is sure. Still, these residents seem to know the location in their neighborhood.</p> <p>       Some sober houses, of course, are well run and don’t harm neighborhoods. Those operators would have nothing to fear from regulation. Unfortunately, at this point the bad operators also have little to fear.</p> <h3>Delray dog beach</h3> <p>       Far less important—but nearly as emotional—an issue than sober houses in Delray Beach is a beach dog park.</p> <p>       Delray, like Boca Raton, has a landlocked dog park. Unlike Boca, Delray doesn’t allow dogs on the public beach, though Mayor Cary Glickstein acknowledged that “it happens all the time. There’s sort of a wink-and-nod approach” to issuing citations.</p> <p>        On Tuesday, the commission took another step in the city’s evaluation of a dog-friendly beachfront. One stretch could be at the north end, past the sailboat rental concession. Another could be at Anchor Park, on the south end of the public beach.</p> <p>       The south location, Glickstein said, is “more controllable.” Those living farther north, though, wouldn’t want to walk that far. At either or both locations, he said, the city likely would restrict dog access to between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. “The afternoon would be more problematic,” because the beach is more crowded.</p> <p>       Dog owners would have to buy licenses. In Boca Raton, residents pay $30 per dog and non-residents pay $165. Weekend passes are $10. The dog beach is at the north end of Spanish River Park.</p> <p>       The fee is necessary because the city must pay for rangers to enforce the rules—lifeguards shouldn’t do it— and not just during dog-friendly hours. “That means citations,” Glickstein said. “It would have to pay for itself.” Bringing a dog to the beach “is a privilege.”</p> <p>       Some speakers Tuesday night, however, claimed that it’s a right. Delray Beach has a long way to go on this issue. Expect to hear a lot of barking on both sides.</p> <h3>Weather</h3> <p>       November was unusually warm. Fortunately, it also was unusually wet.</p> <p>       According to the South Florida Water Management District, the region got almost 40 percent more rain last month than normal. The forecast was for a wetter winter, and anything extra reduces the chance of drought next year.</p> <h3>New districts approved</h3> <p>It’s all but official. The Florida Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the maps of local congressional districts will change for 2016.</p> <p>       Lois Frankel’s District 22 still will include Boca Raton and Highland Beach, but 85 percent of it will be in Broward County. It currently includes coastal areas north to Palm Beach.</p> <p>       Ted Deutch’s District 21, which includes a portion of northwest Broward along with West Boca and West Delray, will pick up much of Frankel’s old district and will be 100 percent within Palm Beach County.</p> <p>       The changes arose from a lawsuit contending that the Legislature violated the Fair Districts Amendments when it drew the congressional map in 2012. Some incumbents who don’t like the new map may sue in federal court, but every other such challenge to the amendments—which voters passed in 2010—has failed.</p> <p>      </p> <p> </p> <p>      </p> <p> </p> <p>        </p> <p> </p> <p>      </p>Web Xtra: Deconstructing the Dish2015-12-02T16:16:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p>Tacos, burritos, nachos, enchiladas, fajitas. Those ubiquitous Mexican (or Mexican­-esque) dishes are probably as familiar to even the least food­-conscious American as hamburgers, hot dogs, apple pie and lemonade.</p> <p>Churros? Eh, not so much.</p> <p>Too bad, because churros roll the best of doughnuts and beignets into one crisp, airy, ­sweet and ­irresistible package. Make that one fluted, golden, cinnamon and sugar­-dusted, chocolate-­dipped log.</p> <p>Victor Meneses, chef at Delray’s Mexican­-with-­a-modern-­American­-twist restaurant, El Camino (15 N.E. Second Ave., 561/865-5350), has made these classic South-of-the-Border sweet treats a signature of his eclectic menu. And now it’s a signature you can put your own name to.</p> <p class="Body"><strong> <img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/el_camino_207.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong>CHURROS WITH CHOCOLATE DIPPING SAUCE</strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong>Batter</strong><strong></strong></p> <p class="Body">4 cups water</p> <p class="Body">4 cups all­-purpose flour</p> <p class="Body">8 eggs</p> <p class="Body">1/2 pound butter</p> <p class="Body">1/4 cup baking powder</p> <p class="Body">1 teaspoon salt</p> <p class="Body"> </p> <p class="Body"><strong>Cinnamon sugar</strong><strong></strong></p> <p class="Body">1 cup sugar</p> <p class="Body">3 tablespoon cinnamon</p> <p class="Body"> </p> <p class="Body"><strong>Chocolate dipping sauce</strong><strong></strong></p> <p class="Body">1/4 cup half and half</p> <p class="Body">3 ounces sugar</p> <p class="Body">3 cups Mexican bittersweet chocolate</p> <p class="Body">1/2 tablespoon vanilla paste</p> <p class="Body">2 ounces coffee­-infused tequila</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/el_camino_179.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body"><strong>For batter</strong>:<em> </em>Mix flour and baking powder and set aside. Bring water, butter and salt to boil in pot. Add flour-­baking powder mixture and cook over medium heat for two minutes, stirring constantly. (Dough should have the consistency of thick paste.)</p> <p class="Body">Take pot off heat and add dough to mixer. Beat at medium speed for one minute to get steam out of the dough, then with mixer running add eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated. Remove dough from mixer and chill until thoroughly cold.</p> <p class="Body"><strong><br></strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong>For cinnamon sugar</strong>: Mix cinnamon and sugar together. Set aside.</p> <p class="Body"><strong><br></strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong>For dipping sauce</strong>: Add all ingredients but tequila to a pot and cook over low heat, whisking constantly. When sauce comes together, remove from heat and add tequila. Pour into bowls to serve.</p> <p class="Body">When ready to cook churros, heat neutral-­tasting oil in fryer or pot to 350 degrees. Place dough in pastry bag with fluted tip and pipe lengths into hot oil, frying for approximately two minutes per side or until golden. Remove churros from oil, place on paper towels and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.</p>Movie Review: &quot;Chi-Raq&quot;2015-12-02T09:30:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Composed with a bleeding heart and a rhyming dictionary, Spike Lee’s latest “joint,” “Chi-Raq,” preaches its message with all the subtlety of a 48-point headline. But what a message it is.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/chi-raq.png" width="400"></p> <p>A picture of pure, unfettered agitprop, “Chi-Raq” is a fascinating, messy paradox of a movie. It’s a timeless parable wrenched from recent history—a fanciful feature film that still carries the urgency of a ripped-from-the-headlines documentary. And it’s unlike anything else I’ve seen.</p> <p>It takes its name from a morbid portmanteau: It stands for “Chicago” plus “Iraq,” the implication being that Chicago’s brutal South Side is like a war zone. It’s worse, in fact, if you compare the numbers; since 9-11, there have been more gun deaths in Chicago than American casualties in Afghanistan, our longest conflict in history.</p> <p>It’s in this setting, where characters speak forcefully and pungently about events as recent as the mass shooting in South Carolina’s A.M.E. church, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the unlikely ascendency of presidential candidate Ben Carson, that Lee has managed to remake “Lysistrata.” In Aristophanes’ prescient 411 BCE comedy, the title character persuades the women of Greece to withhold sex from their husbands in order to end the Peloponnesian War. In “Chi-Raq,” following the accidental gun death of a young girl, Lee’s Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris) rallies the women on both of Chicago’s gang war—in another nod to ancient Greece, they’re called the Spartans and Trojans—to likewise vow chastity until the city’s gun violence ceases. (Lee and co-screenwriter Kevin Willmott ensured that nearly all of their lines rhyme, even when some of the results are silly, thus linking the poetry of Aristophanes’ time to contemporary hip-hop cadence.)</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/chi-raq_7_large.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The rest of the film proceeds as a madcap satire bursting with uncomfortable truths—many of them delivered in the film’s stirring centerpiece, in which John Cusack, brilliantly and incongruously cast as Chicago’s most zealous reverend, sermonizes on the issues that keep the city’s African-Americans relegated to second-class citizenship: mass unemployment, lack of upward mobility, politicians bought and owned by the NRA. “Mass incarceration is the new Jim Crow!” he preaches. “Guns have become part of America’s wardrobe. Sirens and gunshots are our soundtrack.” It’s enough to make you jump out of your seat and scream, “Amen!”</p> <p>Scenes like this throb with a consistent, driving pulse that “Chi-Raq” is missing in its unwieldy totality. The film is more sketchy collage than straightforward narrative, with a shapelessness that suggests that perhaps Lee, granted full autonomy as director, producer and writer, needed to be a reined in a scoche.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/screen-shot-2015-11-03-at-10-59-49-am.png" width="400"></p> <p>But there’s no denying the unconventional wallop of this hilarious and powerful site-specific satire. Lee’s cinema hasn’t felt this inspirationally cast and formally liberated in decades. And as a call to action, there may be no 2015 film more important than this one, if it’s seen by the right people. “Chi-Raq” is unabashedly preachy, but it’s exactly the kind of confrontational approach to a problem that this country, and its cinemas, need.</p> <p>Gun violence in Chicago doesn’t make news, save for the occasional white-on-black police shooting. It’s become too routine, too much an everyday reality. We need Spike Lee, the cinema’s foremost chronicler of the African-American experience for the past 25 years, to remind us that it shouldn’t be.</p> <p><em>“Chi-Raq” opens Friday, Dec. 4, at AMC Aventura 24 and AMC Sunset Place 24 in South Miami. Other theaters to come.</em></p>Time for the Boca PAL Holiday Mile 2015-12-02T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>The 14th Annual <a href="" target="_blank">Boca Raton PAL Holiday Mile</a> is Dec. 2—the same night of the Boca Raton Holiday Parade.</p> <p>Starting at 7:15 p.m., the mile-long event goes down Federal Highway, along the parade route and the city’s holiday decorations. It starts at 777 S. Federal Highway and ends at the north end of Mizner Park.</p> <p><img alt="" height="765" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.2_boca_holiday_mile.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Chances are you’ll see plenty of spectators along the straight course, given the parade starts following the race. Runners who hang out can watch the parade!</p> <p>Race sponsors, the Runner’s Edge and Boca Raton Athletic League, will provide timing and awards. Money raised will benefit the Boca Raton Police Athletic League and the Runner’s Edge Foundation.</p> <p>Runners should preregister before Dec. 1 for this event because there is no registration at the race. The cost to enter is $20 per person, which includes a t-shirt, post-race pizza and drinks.</p> <p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to sign up. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p> <p> </p>JugoFresh Opens in Boca’s Whole Foods2015-12-02T06:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Being a Green Goddess in Boca is getting easier and easier as new organic stores pop up everywhere. Just earlier this month, we welcomed <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank">JugoFresh</a>, an organic juice and raw food shop, in its new location inside Whole Foods Market on Glades Road.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.2_jugofresh.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Boca’s JugoFresh is offering over 40 juices, eight smoothies and three acai bowls, as well as raw oatmeal, granola and energy bars. All of the juices are organic and cold-pressed, but that may not be a novelty to you, as there are several juice cafes in the area. What makes JugoFresh’s assortment different are the following fab four menu items:</p> <p><strong><em>Protein oatmeal</em></strong> – If you are craving carbohydrates and don’t want to settle for anything less than awesome, reach for JugoFresh protein oatmeal. It is packed with superfoods such as lucama, hemp and mesquite that help release energy over time without causing sugar highs.</p> <p><strong><em>Homemade probiotic coconut yogurt add-on</em></strong> – Loaded with probiotic cultures that are very healing to the gut, coconut yogurt is also great for improving your immune system. I like to add it to my oatmeal and smoothies for an extra nutritional boost.</p> <p><em><strong>Medicinal mushroom add-on</strong></em> – Among my favorite superfoods are medicinal mushrooms like reishi and cordyceps because they help boost the immune system and support adrenals in times of stress. If you feel run down and overloaded with things to do this holiday season, then definitely add them to your smoothie.</p> <p><em><strong>Kale-cacao granola</strong></em> – It may sound like an oxymoron to mix kale and chocolate, but believe me, this is one delicious concoction. Nutrient-dense sprouted buckwheat granola is loaded with energy-boosting nutrients and is mixed with cacao, coconut nectar, almonds and kale. It is so sweet and crunchy that you won’t even taste kale. This is definitely great for those picky eaters!</p>Delray&#39;s climate change and other items of note2015-12-01T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="233" src="/site_media/uploads/flooded.jpg" width="341"></h3> <h3>Climate change—locally</h3> <p>From Paris to Delray Beach, it’s a big week for discussing the response to climate change.</p> <p>       In the French capital, representatives of 200 countries are meeting through Dec. 11, with the goal of working out at least a preliminary plan for collectively reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse” gases that have caused the Earth to warm. Those higher temperatures have caused ice caps to melt and seas to rise.</p> <p>       One day before the COP21 conference opened, Bill Gates and other billionaires announced that they would finance the Breakthrough Energy Coalition. It will seek to develop new sources of clean energy that don’t emit greenhouses gases and don’t produce the dangerous waste of emission-free nuclear energy. As with the effort in Paris, the Breakthrough Energy Coalition has participation from many countries—even Saudi Arabia.</p> <p>       If their focus is on the cause of climate change, Delray Beach is dealing with the effects. This fall’s King Tide events caused the city to close the Veterans Park docks because of damage. Water covered the docks, and wave action created what the city’s sustainability officer, John Morgan, called a “piano keys” effect – planks popping up and down from wave action. Pilings were damaged. The city also closed a stretch of Marine Way near the park.</p> <p>       Morgan will discuss Delray’s response to that problem and the wider challenge of rising seas this week at the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit in Key West. Morgan will present the city’s Resilient Redesign 2 concepts for dealing with the effects of rising seas not just in the near term but over the next century. That’s the necessary horizon for coastal cities.</p> <p>       In an interview, Morgan explained that the main problem in Delray Beach will be the Intracoastal Waterway, which is rising as more water comes in through the Boynton Inlet to the north and the Boca Raton Inlet to the south. “Already,” Morgan said, “water comes over the seawall. It’s going to be higher, and it’s going to be higher on a more frequent basis.”</p> <p>       Delray is upgrading pumps around the city’s marina. Backflow preventers in low areas can “buy us some time,” Morgan said. Among the other, long-range ideas are elevated roadways and underground storage for storm water, which later is pumped out. The city will have to consider changes in seawall heights.</p> <p>       Fortunately, Delray Beach is thinking and planning now. Morgan said the city considers climate change when crafting budgets for public works projects. Ideally, the city will incorporate rising sea plans into regular upgrades; the cost just may be a little higher. There will be expenses for private property owners, not just the city. “Twenty years ago,” Morgan said, “we didn’t have to think about climate change. Now we do.”</p> <p>       In January or February, the Rising Waters Task Force will present to the city commission its recommendations. Chairman Ana Puszkin-Chevlin told me that the group wants to stress the many benefits of a fast, effective response, not to promote a “doomsday scenario.”</p> <p>       Communities that stress sustainability, Puszkin-Chevlin argues, will be more attractive than those that don’t and thus in a stronger position economically. Delray Beach also has built-in advantages. The city has no septic tanks, which can be susceptible to saltwater intrusion. Delray preserved the beach dune line, which can reduce the power of storm surges.</p> <p>       Puszkin-Chevlin called the task force “a slow, simmering fire” on climate change. She expects the recommendations to align with the city’s program. The first recommendation will be for a consultant—preferably from Florida—to compile a citywide assessment of Delray Beach’s vulnerability.</p> <p>       Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale have been leaders on this issue. Elevations are lower south of Boca Raton, so cities to the south have had to respond faster. Delray Beach can’t control what happens in Paris, but the city can control the local response to the problem. The sooner the response, the cheaper and more effective it will be.</p> <h3>El Rio update</h3> <p>Boca Raton has mostly settled on a plan for the second phase of Hillsboro/El Rio Park.</p> <p>       At last week’s workshop, the city council agreed that the park would have nature trails, a place on the El Rio Canal to launch boats that don’t have motors, a playground, picnic pavilions and restrooms. Unlike the athletic fields in the section of the park north of Southwest 18<sup>th</sup> Street, the south portion of the park would close at dusk.</p> <p>       It will take roughly $4 million to make between eight acres and 10 acres suitable for development. The land once served as the city’s landfill. Boca will need to obtain permits from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Building the facilities will cost between $500,000 and $1 million.</p> <p>       The city will seek more public comment early next year. The part could open by the summer of 2019.</p> <p>       A related issue is the homeless people who live on the property, which is about 30 acres. Mayor Susan Haynie told me that they live south of the area to be developed and come in from that direction. Park rangers, Haynie said, will patrol during the day.</p> <h3>Barak talk</h3> <p>       Wednesday night’s appearance by one of Israel’s best-known public figures underscores the area’s international clout when it comes to the Middle East.</p> <p>       Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak will speak at St. Andrews Country Club in West Boca, addressing high-level donors to the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. According to a federation news release, Barak will speak for 30 minutes, and then will take questions.</p> <p>       Though he has not held political office for two years, Barak is hardly out of politics and public life. In an interview last summer, Barak said that during his time as defense minister—from 2007 until 2013—Israel nearly bombed Iran’s nuclear facilities. In the interview, Barak portrayed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as indecisive. The comment prompted speculation that Barak, at 73, was considering one last political campaign. He led the Labor Party as prime minister.</p> <p>       Barak—the most decorated soldier in his country’s history—arrives at a tumultuous time for Israel. Netanyahu’s attempt to defeat the Iran nuclear deal split American Jews. In recent weeks, knifings by Palestinians has divided the Knesset and military and security officials on how to respond. Before that came attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinians. European countries are labeling products from the West Bank.</p> <p>       In Palm Beach County, the Middle East is local news. It will be interesting to see whether Barak, in speaking to his audience here, also is speaking to his audience in Israel.</p> <h3>Real estate recovery news</h3> <p>       The Corcoran Group offers new numbers to show the South Florida real estate market’s continued recovery.</p> <p>       According to the company’s latest report, homes for the third quarter of the year were up 4 percent from the same period in 2014. Houses also were on the market an average of 14 percent less time. The median sale price countywide was $259,000.</p> <p>       In Boca Raton alone, there were 1,201 closings between July and September—up 5 percent. Houses were on the market an average of 81 days, and the median price was $312,000. There were 493 sales in Delray Beach, with homes on the market for an average of 80 days and a median sale price of $283,000, a slight increase.</p> <p>      </p> <p>       </p>Wine, dine and listen to opera2015-12-01T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><em><strong><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.1_city_cellar_kevin_darr.jpg" width="490"></strong></em></p> <p><strong>A Pop-Up Opera with your meal: City Cellar Wine Bar &amp; Grill</strong> </p> <p>You’ve heard of singing for your supper—now you can have singing with your meal, and not just any old tunes.</p> <p>Palm Beach Opera’s Benenson Young Artists will make dining even more delicious when they give complimentary aria performances at City Cellar Wine Bar &amp; Grill in City Place <em>(700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, 561/366-0071)</em> on Dec. 4 and Dec. 16. From 6:30 p.m. on, the Pop-Up Opera will include sneak peek performances of the coming opera season while you enjoy Chef Kevin Darr’s (pictured) dining crescendos. Reservations are suggested. </p> <p><em><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202015/12.1_eau_michael_mcneill.jpg" width="490"></strong></em></p> <p><strong>Fine wine and food pairing in Angle Uncorked series</strong></p> <p>A series of four wine dinners at Eau Palm Beach Resort <em>(100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan; 561/540-4924) </em>features top-name wineries pairing their pours with Executive Chef Josh Thomsen’s five-course meals. The first wine dinner is Dec. 9 and features Hanzell Vineyard with the winery’s Burgundian-style chardonnays and pinot noirs. Winemaker Michael McNeill (pictured) will discuss the winery’s philosophy and approach to creating the vino. The cost is $195, not including tax and gratuity. The reception starts at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. The rest of the series includes: Jan. 14, with Tres Sabores and winemaker/owner Julie Johnson ($195); Feb. 4, with Cakebread Cellars, and winemaker/owner Dennis Cakebread ($165); and March 16, with Silver Oak winery and winemaker Nate Weis ($205). </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Correction: Organic Movements2015-11-30T17:01:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>Bang the Drum</strong></p> <p>Our apologies for including an incorrect phone number in the November issue; here’s the correct contact for a fitness craze that has Boca residents keeping a frenzied beat.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/rock_pounding-6136.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The Pound Rockout classes taught at Organic Movements in Boca <em>(2400 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd., Suite 12, <strong>561/395-6111</strong>)</em> may not be the fitness version of the movie “Whiplash.” But the popular full-body workouts that combine light resistance training and simulated drumming are guaranteed to have you rushing and dragging.</p> <p>For the better part of 45 minutes, participants maintain an up-tempo rhythm—and constant upper-body work—using a pair of “Ripstix.” The fusion of cardio, Pilates, isometric movements, plyometrics and constant drumming burns several hundred calories per class.</p> <p>“In one Pound class, you will complete 15,000 reps, perform more than 30 extended aerobic interval peaks and perform some 70 different techniques without even realizing it,” says Connie Mullen, who is certified in Pound and teaches at Organic Movements.</p> <p>Single classes are only $15. Student discounts, as well as reduced rates for purchasing multiple classes, are available. For more about Organic Movements, go to <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/12222/" target="_blank"></a>; for more about Pound, go to <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/12222/" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Symphonia Connoisseur series this weekend!2015-11-30T14:00:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p align="center"> </p> <p><img alt="" height="228" src="/site_media/uploads/orchestra.jpg" width="341"></p> <p>South Florida’s world class chamber orchestra, The Symphonia, will continue the celebration of its 10<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Year with four stellar Connoisseur Concert Series performances in Boca Raton as well as two performances in Palm Beach Gardens. Here are details on the one coming up this weekend:  </p> <p>Friday, December 4: Have a box lunch with The Symphonia, and listen to part of The Symphonia’s rehearsal. $35 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at <a href=""></a> or by calling <a>866/687-4201</a>. </p> <p>Saturday, December 5: Meet the Orchestra</p> <p>This live dress rehearsal is one day before the Connoisseur Concert, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.. at the Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School, 3900 Jog Road in Boca Raton. Adults are $5 and children/non-profits are free. Children can learn about and hold instruments.  Reservations are required and can be made at <a>866/687-3848</a>or by emailing <a href=""></a> or at <a href=""></a></p> <p>Sunday, December 6 : The 3 p.m. Connoisseur Concert will feature Alastair Willis, Guest Conductor, and Charles Wetherbee, Violin Soloist, performing a ‘Gypsy Airs’ Program feature Kodaly, Mozart and Beethoven. The concert will be held at the Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School, 3900 Jog Road in Boca Raton. </p> <p><em>Season subscription tickets range between $150 and $250, depending on seat selection. Single and series tickets are available now at <a href=""></a> or by calling </em><em><span><a href="mailto:866/687-1201">866/687-1201</a></span></em><em> or emailing <a href=""></a>. Single ticket purchases will be available online starting Sept. 2.  Single tickets range between $45 and $75, depending on seat selection.</em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p> </p>The Week Ahead: Dec. 1 to 72015-11-30T13:20:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/metropolitan02.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Metropolitan” screening and Q&amp;A</strong></p> <p>Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $7-$11.50</p> <p>Contact: 786/385-9689, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Film director Whit Stillman writes witty, sophisticated, effortlessly brilliant fantasies about upper-class WASPs facing romantic peril and changing times. Though his infrequent work has enlarged its scope over the past 25 years, his first feature, 1990’s sensational “Metropolitan,” is arguably his finest film. This “Gatsby”-like narrative about a middle-class Princeton student who falls in with a clutch of urbane debutantes during holiday ball season, presented Old World New York in all its sparkling incandescence, both honoring and implicitly critiquing its endangered characters and rarefied milieu. Stillman, a part-time South Florida resident who want on to direct movies such as “The Last Days of Disco” and “Damsels in Distress,” will appear at this screening to answer questions about “Metropolitan” on the eve of its quarter-century anniversary.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="520" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/nd3d0irksuo-1p8jyinm8jzwz2zwmvu_zikgweijtxe,1zhhxyjn6jandfli0k5ezd0bm1rrm0ek9ezmgawkhcm.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Billy Elliot: The Musical”</strong></p> <p>Where: Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $55 and up</p> <p>Contact: 561/575-2223, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you’re among the minority of audiences who missed the inspiring 2000 British film “Billy Elliot,” you have a chance to experience its long-running stage adaptation, which secured 10 Tony Awards in 2009. The story follows a motherless child who eschews boxing for ballet, breaking with tradition while coal miners in Northeastern England likewise challenge the status quo by striking in County Durham. A heartwarming story and a socially conscious pulse will hopefully carry the South Florida regional theater premiere of this much-anticipated musical, with music composed by none other than Elton John. A cast of more than 30 will perform in Maltz’s lavish take, which runs through Dec. 20.</p> <p><img alt="" height="285" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/tim_matheson-vancouver_opera_11_.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Barber of Seville”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $21-$200</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Florida Grand Opera opens its landmark 75th anniversary season with a bona fide classic of the operatic repertoire—only this wasn’t always the case. When Gioachino Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” premiered in Rome in 1816, he was the fourth composer to adapt an opera from the same source material: the 1775 French comedic play “Le Barbier de Seville,” one of a trilogy of adventures revolving around the iconic trickster Figaro. It bombed on opening night. Audiences hissed, booed and disrupted the production, thanks to an effective protest mounted by a previous adapter of the source material, Giovanni Paisello—the Salieri to Rossini’s Mozart. Needless to say, Rossini has enjoyed the last laugh, as his opera has emerged as the definitive interpretation of “The Barber of Seville,” which NPR lauded as “maybe the perfect comic opera.” Rossini’s sprightly score, full of earworms that burrow as infectiously as today’s pop songs, propels a farcical story about a count, his beloved, her grumpy keeper and the clever barber who orchestrates their madcap rendezvous. The performance also runs Saturday, Dec. 5.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/1417468121203.jpg.thumb.140.250.margin.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Art Basel Miami Beach</strong></p> <p>Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive</p> <p>When: 3 to 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$47 for one-day tickets</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you place your cheek on the tarmacs of Miami-Dade County’s airports, you can already hear the rumble of private jets descending on our fair metropolis, in preparation for what Tom Wolfe famously coined the “running of the billionaires.” Yes, Art Basel Miami Beach is far more than an art fair. It’s a cultural bonanza and an incalculable tourism boon, where celebrities and the businesspeople that fund them rub shoulders with the hoi polloi—at least those of us willing to brave the traffic. But it’s also, still, an art fair, and this year’s installment features 267 galleries in its main Convention Center sector, with satellite fairs like Positions, Nova, ArtSpot, NADA and Kabinett offering cutting-edge new work. But you can pretty much walk any street in Miami over the next five days and find creative people making, selling and/or showcasing art; there’s a reason the designator “Miami Art Week” is used just as often as “Basel Week” these days. Let the party begin!</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/140429081537-craig-ferguson-party-2014-horizontal-gallery.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Craig Ferguson</strong></p> <p>Where: Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave.</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35-$59.50</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7300, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Late-night television is a bit like the Supreme Court: Once you’re in, you’re in for good. Lifetime commitments are standard in the industry, which is why Craig Ferguson’s early retirement from CBS’s “Late Late Show” came as such a surprise in 2014. But as Ferguson later revealed in interviews, he was never fully comfortable in the constricting format of late night—despite expressing the kind of honesty and humility in his direct monologues that earned him awards and a pioneer’s cachet. He was relieved to abandon his post for the freedom to engage in large-scale comedy tours like this one, which bears the politically charged and resurrectionist title “The New Deal.” Frequently profane and offensive but delivered with the Scottish humorist’s trademark congeniality, Ferguson’s idiosyncratic act is not to be missed (but if you go, give yourself extra time to accommodate Basel traffic).</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="230" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/af69a42c-722e-4f30-a086-b287bbc08b62.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Mad Cat Live: “The Point!”</strong></p> <p>Where: Mad Cat Main Stage at Miami Theater Center, 9806 N.E. Second Ave., Miami Shores</p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday</p> <p>Cost: $20</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Harry Nilsson didn’t mince words when describing his inspiration for “The Point!,” his colorful concept album from 1971: “I was on acid, and I looked at the trees and I realized that they all came to points, and the little branches came to points, and the houses came to point. I thought, ‘Oh! Everything has a point, and if it doesn’t, then there’s a point to it.’” Nilsson’s psychedelic rumination spawned this potent parable about xenophobia, which he manifested into an iconic 14-track LP, an animated film and a stage musical—all about Oblio, a round-headed boy in a community of pointy-headed peers, whose condition sees him banished to the Pointless Forest with his beloved dog Arrow. The singer-songwriter’s rich fantasy, communicated in a baroque-pop style that has influenced indie bands for decades, will be performed for three shows only in this concert staging by Mad Cat Theatre Company. Mad Cat Artistic Director Paul Tei will perform the music and narration alongside his dedicated company of actor-musicians: Erik Fabregat, Darren Bruck, Steph Taylor, Matt Corey and Jessica Farr.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="315" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/hiphopnutlg.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Hip-Hop Nutcracker”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $45</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In a holiday season where productions of “The Nutcracker” are produced by regional dance companies every weekend, audiences usually have their pick between traditional-opulent and traditional-budget productions. This is something else entirely—Tchaikovsky with two turntables, a microphone and a backbeat—so purists beware. Reportedly conceived by hip-hop impresario Mike Fitelson at his parents’ kitchen alongside a bottle of scotch, “The Hip-Hop Nutcracker” reimagines the pine forest, the Land of Sweets and the iconic pas de deux with rap choreography, 12 professional dancers, an onstage DJ and a electric violinist performing “hip-hop hoedowns,” per the <em>New York Times</em>. Fitelson and choreographer Jennifer Weber take liberties with the source material—their Drosselmeyer is a telekinetic magician, and “Myron the Nutcracker” sells nuts from a grocery cart in present-day New York City—but its magical holiday spirit remains intact. The evening-length hip-hop ballet includes a live performance by pioneering rapper Kurtis Blow, who is credited with creating the first successful hip-hop single with 1980’s “The Breaks.”</p>Swank Table First Dinner This Sunday!2015-11-30T10:42:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="503" src="/site_media/uploads/hamptons-entertaining-book.jpg" width="342"></p> <p>Swank Table Sunday!</p> <p>The first Swank Farm dinner is upon us—this Sunday, Dec. 6,  from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. out at Swank Farm in Loxahatchee. These dinners are wonderful culinary experiences on a working hydroponic farm, and easily the most sought-after dining events of the season.This kick off dinner will be “Annie Falk and Team Max Bring Hamptons’ Entertaining To The Farm.”  </p> <p>This interpretation of Hamptons style is based on Falk’s book, <em>Hamptons Entertaining</em>, and features Chef Dean Max of DJM Restaurants Inc., Chef Paula Da Silva; Chef Adrienne Grenier and executive pastry chef Huma Naji of 3030 Ocean in Fort Lauderdale; Lauren DeShields from Market 17, Fort Lauderdale; sommelier Richard Paladino; mixologist Bret Hart from Hullabaloo and music by Uproot Hootenanny.</p> <p>Guests are asked to bring a lantern for their table—and an appetite for a great afternoon. Swank Table events are adults only, rain or shine and each benefits a charity. Tickets are $160 each—and sell out fast. Click <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/12180/">here</a> to reserve your seats—and bon appetit!</p>Miami Monday2015-11-30T09:23:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.30_pisco_ceviche.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Dine in Peru, but stay in Kendall: Pisco y Nazca opens</strong></p> <p>From the Bulla Gastrobar folks in Coral Gables comes a new place to dine: Pisco y Nazca at The Palms at Town &amp; Country in Kendall <em>(8405 Mills Dr., Miami, 305/630-3844)</em>. With a separate menu of multiple ceviches (pictured), small plates and large plates, you should find the Peruvian passion for food to be extensive and creative. Executive Chef Miguel Fernandez, formerly of Gaston Acurio’s La Mar in San Francisco, heads the culinary team at the ceviche gastrobar. </p> <p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.30_klima_roast_beef.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Want lunch in Barcelona? Luckily, KLIMA helps with that</strong></p> <p>The Catalonian-style, Western Mediterranean menu known at KLIMA <em>(210 23<sup>rd</sup> St., Miami Beach, 786/453-2779)</em> is the star of a daily $30 prix-fixe menu now. Just opened for this service from noon until 3:30 p.m., Executive Chef David Rustarazo and his Josper Oven turn out beautiful plates like the roast beef dish (pictured). The prix-fixe menu includes alternative selections that feature gluten-free and vegetarian options. </p> <p><img alt="" height="736" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.30_db_bistro_oysters.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>For oyster lovers, a true happy hour: db Bistro Moderne</strong></p> <p>When we find a good restaurant with a great happy hour special, and it includes $1 oysters, well, count us in! Daniel Boulud’s de Bistro Moderne Miami <em>(255 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305/421-8800) </em>is on that list. Every day (yes, all seven!) from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., the restaurant features a rotating selection of farmed oysters for $1 each. Pair that with your favorite wine or discounted cocktail, and you’re good to go until… dinner. Did we mention there are other happy hour bites, too, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.?</p> <p><strong>Noshing during Art Basel? Try eats in Wynwood or MIMO</strong></p> <p>With Art Basel arriving this week (Dec. 3-6) on Miami Beach, here are two suggestions after art-gazing for eats in Midtown Miami: Beaker &amp; Gray just opened in Wynwood <em>(2637 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305/699-2637)</em> from chef/owner Brian Nasajon and bar manager/owner Ben Potts. It promises an inventive, playful menu and a hopping after-hours bar. Or, you might want to try Blue Collar in the MIMO district <em>(6730 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305/756-0366)</em>, with exec chef/owner Daniel Serfer offering comfort food (Cuban sandwiches, hanger steaks) as well as eclectic dishes. There’s a “Veg Chalkboard” with vegetarian specials, which is always a draw.</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Staff Picks: Sweet Treats2015-11-27T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>Popbar in Delray Beach</p> <p><img alt="" height="311" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.27_popbar.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em> </p> <p>“A fresh, frozen concept that started five years ago in the West Village of NYC has made its way to our backyard, and it's a godsend for those of us looking for dessert that doesn't come in a Fro-Yo cup. Popbars—all-natural gelato, sorbet and yogurt pops on a stick—are made on-site in small batches of 26, and they're absolutely delicious. Think gelato flavors like coffee, hazelnut and the wildly popular pistachio; think sorbet flavors like apricot and mango; think vanilla and chocolate yogurt. Now, think about dressings like almonds, sprinkles and white chocolate dipping. Better still, everything is Kosher certified, gluten and preservative free and vegan friendly. Enjoy!!” </p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a> // 411 E. Atlantic Ave. Suite B., Delray Beach // 561/450-5124)</p> <p> </p> <p>Sloan’s</p> <p><img alt="" height="523" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.27_sloans.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“I’ve always loved the atmosphere of Sloan’s, and the ice cream too, of course. For the holidays, Sloan’s has created two holiday treats that are as delicious as they are adorable. The first, “Winter Wonderland,” is vanilla ice cream covered in coconut shavings, and the second, “Rudolph,” is chocolate ice cream decorated with pretzels, mini marshmallows and a red M&amp;M to look like the iconic reindeer. The seasonal specials will be available until Dec. 31!”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a> // 329 Plaza Real, Mizner Park // 561/338-9887)</p>University Village gets a green light and other items of interest2015-11-27T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="422" src="/site_media/uploads/750x422_copy.jpg" width="750"></h3> <h3>University Village debate      </h3> <p>“It’s getting to be the funny time,” Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie said early Wednesday morning. No kidding.</p> <p>       The city council meeting had rolled on past 11 p.m., and then midnight and then 1 a.m. as the council debated University Village. Based on concerns from council members and residents about the 77-acre, mixed-use project —some of the concerns legitimate, many not—City Attorney Diana Grub Frieser was making changes on the fly to the ordinance. Everyone was very tired.</p> <p>       Eventually, however, the council approved University Village, 4-1, Scott Singer dissenting. The added conditions seek to ensure that the appearance of the project matches as closely as possible the attractive renderings the council got from Penn Florida. The conditions also address the project’s compatibility with single-family neighborhoods to the east. Example: the buffer will be wider—100 feet—and will not have a pathway into University Village.</p> <p>       You can understand the council’s wish to scrutinize the project. The property is three times larger than Mizner Park. It’s the city’s largest undeveloped parcel. It’s a Planned Mobility Development, promising to limit the traffic impact from perhaps 1,500 residents and nearly 400,000 square feet of commercial development, including a hotel. The new Spanish River Boulevard interchange at Interstate 95 could both get new traffic out of the area quickly and bring more traffic.</p> <p>       As with most controversial projects, many speakers made bogus arguments. Some claimed that approving University Village would mean six-laning Spanish River Boulevard. Haynie asked the city’s traffic engineer to restate the city’s plan to keep the road at four lanes. Other speakers claimed that the apartments would draw Florida Atlantic University students, who would cause trouble.</p> <p>       In fact, the developer’s target markets are working millennials, retired Baby Boomers and FAU faculty and staff. None of those groups would want to share a neighborhood with undergraduates, who can live in other projects farther south that are closer to campus. Still, a condition restates the city’s rule about no more than three unrelated adults sharing a unit.</p> <p>       Then there was the issue of University Village being in the Boca Raton Airport flight path. What about safety? What about potential complaints about noise?</p> <p>       Regarding safety, many buildings—including Town Center Mall—already are under the flight path to the southwest. As Frieser pointed out, the developer—not the city—assumes the risk from any lawsuit resulting from a crash. The city is responsible only for land regulations. Regarding noise, it has been an issue for years. The bigger issue may be whether the developer can sell people on the idea of living there, given the noise.</p> <p>       Attorney Charles Siemon, who represents Penn Florida, told me Wednesday that he couldn’t recall another project to which so many changes were made at a council meeting. “I think the council did a good job,” he said.</p> <p>       Siemon said work on University Village could start in the spring. He’s biased, of course, but Siemon believes that the project “will be well-received when it starts to come out of the ground.” That’s hardly the sentiment today. “I just think it’s going to be horrible,” one speaker said. The indicator of change will be if the neighbors one day ask for that pathway into the project.</p> <h3>Boca Helping Hands clinic</h3> <p>Boca Helping Hands has helped to do one more favor for the community.</p> <p>       On Tuesday, a health clinic for what organizers call the “medically underserved” will open near downtown. It is a partnership between Boca Helping Hands and Boynton Beach-based Genesis Community Health.</p> <p>       Genesis obtained the roughly $1 million grant through the Affordable Care Act that will finance the clinic’s operations for two years. Genesis CEO DeAnna Warren said that if the clinic meets U.S. Health and Human Services guidelines, the grant could be extended.</p> <p>       Warren told me that organizers are targeting “everyone. Those on Medicaid, those without coverage, especially those who don’t have a primary care physician.” One will be available five days a week to start, with later hours on Tuesdays. The clinic will be on Southeast Sixth Street, between Dixie Highway and Federal Highway.</p> <p>       The main role for Boca Helping Hands will be getting people to the clinic. Director James Gavrilos said the organization sees 3,000 families each month who need food. “That’s maybe 5,000 or 6,000 people. If just 10 percent of them need access to health care, and if they use the clinic, that’s a lot of people.”</p> <p>       Gavrilos said his organization and Genesis have worked together for many years. Boca Helping Hands opened what Gavrilos called “a medical room,” and had dreamed of providing full-service care.</p> <p>       Warren said Genesis identified nearly 35,000 low-income potential patients within the city, using federal data broken down by ZIP code. Eventually, Boca Helping Hands would like to offer dental care, too. The clinic’s opening shows the strength of Boca Raton’s social fabric.</p> <h3>Tax credits</h3> <p>       The need for a low-income health clinic in Boca Raton reminds us that for all the galas and fancy homes, the city has its share of residents trying just to get by. Fortunately, they also have organizations like Boca Helping Hands, Genesis and many others.</p> <p>       They also have the federal government. There is general bipartisan agreement that one of the country’s most successful anti-poverty programs has been the Earned Income Tax Credit, which Congress created 40 years ago an incentive for low-income Americans to work, rather than go on welfare.</p> <p>       Those who qualify received tax credits based on family size and income. The highest income level for eligibility is $53,267 for a married couple with three or more children. If the credits exceed the amount of taxes owed, the amount comes to the individual or couple as a refund. Almost 27 million Americans got benefits in 2014. One study estimated that the tax credit lowered the overall poverty rate by three percentage points and the rate among children by six-plus percentage points. The program especially helps single parents.</p> <p>       The Brookings Institution has compiled a database that breaks down Earned Income Tax Credit filing by, among other things, congressional district. The numbers for this area are interesting.</p> <p>       In District 22, which includes Boca Raton, Delray Beach and coastal cities from Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale, about 77,000 Earned Income Tax filings went to the IRS in 2013—the most recent year available. That was roughly 23 percent of all returns filed.</p> <p>       From District 21, which includes areas west of Boca, Delray and Boynton Beach, the IRS got about 61,000 Earned Income Tax Credit filings. That was about 20 percent of the total.</p> <p>       Those numbers weren’t the highest from Florida. District 20, which includes some of Palm Beach and Broward County’s poorest areas, had 113,000 filers—36 percent of the total. But the numbers show that even in Boca Raton and Delray Beach the working poor make up a sizeable slice of the population. That’s worth keeping in mind over the holidays.</p>Holiday Survival Guide2015-11-27T06:00:00+00:00LL Scene/blog/author/llscenegirls/<p class="normal">November is slowly coming to a close, and as much as we anticipate the excitement and fuzzy feelings associated with the holiday season, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the pressure of it all. This year, we have decided to plan early and fight the stress, so we can enjoy this time with our family and friends. Here is an LLScene-approved holiday survival guide that will have you feeling fit, fabulous and stress-free as you tackle the 2015 holiday season. </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="634" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.27_brittany_rose.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Fashion</strong></p> <p class="normal">We plan on creating a lasting impression this holiday season with <a href="" target="_blank">Brittany Rose Collections</a>. Inspired by femininity, simplicity and grace, founder, Brittany Foreman created these innovative holiday looks. Whether you’re looking for an extra flare for a casual outing, or you have a fabulous black tie affair, Brittany Rose Collections provides everything you need to remain fashionable and fabulous this holiday season. </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="332" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.27_deelishables.png" width="490"></p> <p class="normal"><strong>The Perfect Gift</strong></p> <p class="normal">Surprise your holiday host with something other than wine and chocolate this year. <a href="" target="_blank">Deelishables</a> is a local edible favor company that can successfully translate any picture, image or logo onto a cupcake or cookie. You will be the talk of the party when you show up with your hosts face on one of Deelishables’ photo cookies! </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.27_luxe.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Luxe Entertaining</strong></p> <p class="normal">Looking to one up your holiday festivities this season? Kick off your holiday celebrations with breathtaking interior inspiration <a href="" target="_blank">Luxe Report Designs</a>. Founded by Christin Carron and Lauren Kukkamaa, Luxe Report’s design philosophy is about embracing old Palm Beach glamour while maintaining a current sophistication with a bold but simple color palette. Hire Luxe Report Designs for your next holiday affair. </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.27_flybarre.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Fit</strong></p> <p class="normal">No one wants to spend all day in the gym, especially in the weeks leading up to the holidays. <a href="" target="_blank">Flywheel Sports</a> is an indoor stadium cycling studio, which is also home to Flybarre, a total body-sculpting workout. Each Flywheel class is a 45- or 60-minute experience that allows you to burn over 600-800 calories. Lets face it—a spin class is all about the instructors and the music, and the playlists at Flywheel are created from a collection of music carefully directed by an in-house DJ. Your legs receive a much-deserved break halfway through the class during Flywheel’s arm series when you work your arms with weighted bars. </p> <p class="normal">Why we love Flywheel? It’s a short class, and you can go at your own pace—and you won’t feel guilty about all of the Deelishable cookies you ate at your holiday party. This amazing escape will challenge your body while relaxing your mind during the most hectic time of year. Flywheel has two locations in Florida (Boca Raton and Miami Beach), and your first class is free. Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> for more information or to reserve your class.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>About Lindsey &amp; Lilly</strong></p> <p class="normal">Lindsey Swing &amp; Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of <a href="">LLScene</a>, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to "20-30 somethings" looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they're fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey &amp; Lilly will continue to enjoy being "dog moms" to Bentley &amp; Duke.   </p>Seasonal FInds: Brussels Sprouts2015-11-26T06:00:00+00:00Amanda Jane/blog/author/amandajane/<p>I love the look of a single perfect Brussels sprout: bright green, compact, leafy and firm to the touch. They look like mini cabbages! They’re adorable—yes, food can be adorable.</p> <p>This Brussels sprout with apple and pancetta recipe can be made any time, and it’s a great dish for Thanksgiving, too. The savory Brussels sprouts are tender and lightly charred; the sweet apples are firm and crisp; and the salty pancetta adds a chewy texture to this dish. I recommend adding extra apple, dried cranberries and nuts to dress this recipe up even more!</p> <p><img alt="" height="403" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.26_brussels.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Method:</strong> The way to prepare Brussels sprouts for cooking begins with cutting the buds off the stalk. Cut away any surplus stem, and peel and discard any loose surface leaves. Sprouts should generally all be of a similar size to ensure they are evenly cooked. I have heard that some like to make a single cut or a cross in the center of the stem for cooking, but in this recipe, I find the method of boiling them, halving them and finishing them on the sauté pan makes a tender and delicious sprout.</p> <p><strong><em>Tip:</em></strong><em> Be careful not to over-season this dish with salt, as pancetta has a strong salty taste on it’s own.</em></p> <p><strong>Brussels sprouts with pancetta and apples</strong></p> <p><strong>Ingredients:</strong><br> 2 pounds Brussels sprouts<br> 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil<br> 5 shallots, minced<br> 3 ounces thickly sliced pancetta, cut into 1/4-inch pieces<br> 3 apples, peeled and diced into cubes<br> Sea salt</p> <p><strong>Directions</strong><br> In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the Brussels sprouts until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain, and pat dry. Slice the Brussels sprouts in half lengthwise.</p> <p>In a small skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the shallots and pancetta, and cook, stirring until lightly browned, 4-5 minutes. Scrape into a bowl.</p> <p>Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the Brussels sprouts, cut side down. Season with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally until the sprouts are slightly charred and tender, about 8 minutes. Add in the apples, shallots and pancetta, mixing to allow the flavors to meld. Transfer to a bowl, and serve immediately.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Amanda Jane</strong></p> <p><em>Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog <a href="" target="_blank">Seasonally Jane</a>, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.</em></p>Queen for a day at Sawgrass Mills2015-11-25T10:19:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p>Most days I’m the Web Editor for Boca Mag, but on Monday, I was the queen of Sawgrass Mills.</p> <p>Well, how else do you describe having a private tour of the Colonnade Outlets including its expansion, lunch at Zinburger and a personal shopping experience?</p> <p><img alt="" height="209" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.25_colonnade_expansion.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This is the third renovation to the luxury shopping section, and it’s one that has me thankful I only live 15 short minutes away from this high-end fashion lover’s paradise. With 80,000 additional square feet and 24 new stores including Alexis Bittar, Ted Baker London, Vince and CH Carolina Herrera, the Colonnade is about to become your new shopping hotspot, if it isn’t already.</p> <p>I have to admit, I’m most excited about Rag &amp; Bone—my favorite brand of jeans. The store opened on Monday just as I was making my rounds from one Colonnade treasure to the next. Call it a coincidence, or maybe some really good karma. Either way, I was a kid in a candy store.</p> <p>All of that retail therapy had me salivating, and Zinburger, one of five Colonnade restaurants, had just what I needed to reboot—a fresh and tasty Chinese chicken salad.</p> <p>Did I mention that the expansion will also include two restaurants to satiate your hunger for designer shoes and luxury handbags? Matchbox, a pizza bistro, will open early next year, and the other restaurant remains a mystery. You’ll just have to frequent the Colonnade to find out once the restaurant name is revealed.</p> <p>With all of these new stores popping up, undoubtedly more eager shoppers will too, but Sawgrass Mills is always thinking one step ahead. A parking garage is in the works for summer 2016, and it will feature 1,700 parking spots to accommodate the influx of style gurus and fashion lovers alike.</p> <p>Happy shopping!</p>Festival of the Arts Boca Celebrates 10th Landmark Year2015-11-25T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>A rollicking revisit with Indiana Jones, a cerebral sit-down with a multicultural CNN anchor, and an English translation of a Mozart opera are among the highlights of Festival of the Arts Boca’s 10th anniversary event, which promises to be the most eclectic one yet.</p> <p>Festival organizers Charlie Siemon and Wendy Larsen unveiled the (almost) full lineup earlier this month at an intimate shindig at Mizner Park Studio Theatre, offering gathered guests and city dignitaries a mouthwatering peek at next year’s special guests, who will descend on Mizner Park March 4-16, 2016. <a href="" target="_blank">Tickets are available now</a> for festival, including these headlining events and speakers.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/raiders-of-the-lost-ark-di.gif" width="400"></p> <p><strong>March 4, 7:30 p.m.: “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with live orchestra</strong></p> <p>It’s hard to believe, but Steven Spielberg’s action-adventure landmark turns 35 in 2016. Re-experience the rolling boulder, airstrip fistfight and vortex of flame on the spectacular big screen where they belong, while Constantine Kitsopoulos conducts the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra through a performance of John Williams’ iconic score.</p> <p><strong>March 5, 7:30 p.m.: Mozart’s “Magic Flute”</strong></p> <p>“The Magic Flute” is currently the fourth-most-performed opera in the world, but chances are you’ve never seen a version quite like this one. The Festival’s very first foray into live opera honors Mozart’s wishes for the opera to be performed in the local language of the people, with Kitsopoulous penning this 90-minute English translation. International vocal superstars and local students alike will dramatize the composer’s operatic swan song about a smitten prince’s journey to rescue the Queen of the Night’s daughter.</p> <p><img alt="" height="280" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/herbalpert-lanihall.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>March 6, 7 p.m.: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall</strong></p> <p>Speaking of royalty, Albert is one of the reigning kings of 20th century jazz. An abstract painter, philanthropist and record-industry executive, this generous polymath is a trumpet virtuoso responsible for nine Grammy Awards, 14 platinum albums and five No. 1 albums on the <em>Billboard</em> charts. At 80 years old, he is celebrating his 59th year in the music business in 2016. Lani Hall, Albert’s wife and an emotionally charged Latin vocalist in her own right, will join her husband and their three-piece band for a jazz set studded with Brazilian melodies and classics from the American songbook.</p> <p><strong>March 7, 7 p.m.: Fareed Zakaria</strong></p> <p>As the host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” this trusted news analyst has been forecasting the world’s directions since at least 1992, when he became the managing editor of <em>Foreign Affairs</em>. He has since been published by the most respected news outlets in the country, from <em>The New York Times</em> and <em>Newsweek</em> to <em>Time</em> and <em>The Washington Post</em>; his best-selling books, meanwhile, have touched on subjects such as American imperialism and liberal education. A “radical centrist” in an ideologically divided media, Zakaria will speak about “Global Trends &amp; Hot Spots: The Next Security Crisis.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="290" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/robert_sapolsky.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>March 8, 7 p.m.: Robert Sapolsky</strong></p> <p>When it came to learning about human behavior, this wild-haired biologist and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow decided to embed himself with our closest neighbors: primates. At 21, Sapolsky flew to Africa to join a troop of baboons, methodically charting their everyday behaviors. He returned every summer for the next 25 years to study the same baboons, and his resulting book, <em>A Primate’s Memoir</em>, combines humor with profound observations about the human (and ape) condition. This connection to the animal kingdom resounds through his other books as well, from <em>Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers</em> to <em>Monkeyluv</em>, and will likely factor into his Festival discussion: “The Biology of Good and Evil.”</p> <p><strong>March 11, 7:30 p.m.: Joey Alexander</strong></p> <p>At 12 years old, this Indonesian jazz prodigy has already enjoyed a career of which most aspiring musicians can only dream: performing in front of Bill Clinton and Herbie Hancock, beating out more than 200 jazz professionals in an international improvisation contest in Ukraine, playing star-studded galas at Lincoln Center and the Apollo. Born with an intuitive ability that’s impossible to teach, Alexander has been tinkling the ivories since age 6, when he managed to perfect Thelonious Monk’s “Well You Needn’t” by ear, from listening to his father’s jazz records. Alexander will support his debut album “My Favorite Things,” with a little help from the Symphonia Boca Raton.</p> <p><img alt="" height="278" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/cirque-de-la-symphonie-houston-symphony-labor-day.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>March 12, 7:30 p.m.: Cirque de la Symphonie</strong></p> <p>Back by popular demand, this combination of cirque spectacular and bravura orchestral performance dazzled Festival audiences in 2014. Kitsopoulus will guide the Symphonia Boca Raton through rousing favorites from the classical and popular repertoires while aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen will supply the Mizner Park Amphitheater with gravity-defying derring-do, extraordinary feats of strength, physical comedy and more.</p> <p><strong>March 16, 7 p.m.: Joshua Bell and “The Four Seasons”</strong></p> <p>Unusually, the Festival will close on a Wednesday—as opposed to a Sunday—this year, to accommodate the busy schedule of its final headliner, violin superstar Joshua Bell. One of the very first virtuosi to take a chance on the Festival in its early years, Bell is a fitting closer for its 10th anniversary fest. With more than 40 CDs and countless television appearances to his credit, this “musician’s musician” is well poised to tackle Vivaldi’s epochal masterwork. This once-in-a-lifetime performance of “The Four Seasons” will also feature Jan McArt, the “First Lady of South Florida Theatre,” who will recite the composition’s accompanying poems, which explain what the music is intended to invoke.</p>Local kayaker crosses Gulf Stream in record time2015-11-25T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Boca Raton resident Bruce Gipson achieved a kayaking milestone on Nov. 1 when he and Lee McGregor, who lives in South Africa and part of the year on his sailboat in South Florida, kayaked 54 miles from the Bahamas to Hallandale Beach. Their time: A record-shattering 8 hours and 7 minutes. That’s quite an accomplishment for two people of any age, but it’s especially impressive given these guys are in their 60s.</p> <p>I asked Gipson to share glimpses of his adventure with Fit Life readers.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.25_kayak_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Fit Life: What was the most memorable part of your journey?</em></p> <p>Gipson: The most memorable part was seeing the South Florida skyline come into view after many hours of just seeing the water and sky on the horizon.</p> <p><em>Fit Life: Was this your longest kayaking trip? And is this any kind of record? </em></p> <p>Gipson: I set the record 31 years ago, at age 30, for the fastest crossing of the Gulf Stream (Bahamas to Florida) in 11 hours and 46 minutes. Lee and I broke that record doing the same course in 8 hours and 7 minutes. We averaged 7 mph and covered 54 miles. </p> <p><em>Fit Life: How did you prepare? Was there ever a time during the journey that you wanted to give up? Tell me about it and what you did to keep going.</em></p> <p>Gipson: We both had been training for months for this. I was training daily from Boca to Delray and back, and Lee trained in South Africa, where he still coaches. He is the former Olympic kayak coach. His son Hank is a six-time world champion in marathon (long distance) kayaking. Lee and I won gold medals last year at the Masters World Cup in the double kayak (12 miles). After that, I asked him if he would paddle the double surf ski to attempt a new record from Bimini to South Florida. The key to this was just focusing on the predetermined pace we needed to maintain for our goal. We started at 5 a.m. and reached Hallandale at 1:07 p.m. The heat that day was about 90 degrees—the biggest detriment. But we pretty much hammered the whole way. The last 3.5 miles were the toughest.</p> <p><em><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.25_kayak_3.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Fit Life: What were the weather conditions like?</em></p> <p>Gipson: The weather was sunny; light 10 mph, SE breeze; seas 1-2 feet. We had a support boat to hand off liquid when we depleted our supply. We ate nothing; just drank fluids.</p> <p><em>Fit Life: What was your biggest challenge?</em></p> <p>Gipson: The biggest challenge was waiting for the right day for optimum weather. The prior two weeks we waited [because] we had … stormy weather and high winds.</p> <p><em>Fit Life: What satisfies you most about your accomplishment? </em></p> <p>Gipson: There was a feeling of accomplishment knowing we were successful at what we set out to do. Lee is 64, and I am 61, so we hope we inspire people to keep healthy and fit. We also raised a few thousand dollars for Wounded Warriors of South Florida. I presented a check to them a few days after coming back. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Holiday To-Do List and Events2015-11-25T06:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p>This holiday season, Santa’s not the only one who’s making a list and checking it twice! Enter: the busy Boca mom.</p> <p><strong><span>The Boca Mom’s Holiday To-Do List:</span></strong></p> <p>1. Book holiday family photo shoot (Location: beach, Mizner Park, Boca Resort?)<br>2. Visit Santa (Town Center Mall)<br>3. Go Christmas gift shopping<br>4. Go Hanukkah gift shopping<br>5. Order and mail holiday cards<br>6. Post holiday family photo on Facebook. “LIKE” all comments on photo.<br>7. Decorate house (artificial tree vs. real tree?!) and boat<br>8. Wear Ugg Boots at least twice<br>9. Browse Pinterest for festive cocktail recipes<br>10. Stock up on holiday spirits (for self) </p> <p>What, did you think the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Holderness Family</strong></a> were the only ones sipping their <em>chardo-nae-nae</em> this season?</p> <p>But, in between our own celebrations, there is plenty to do in our area to ease us into the holiday spirit—even without the holiday spirits. Boca’s biggest even starts tonight!</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="251" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.25_light_up_boca.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Light Up Downtown Boca</strong></a><strong> </strong><em></em></p> <p><em>Light Up Downtown Boca</em>, a series of winter holiday festivities including parades, concerts and more, kicks off tonight at Mizner Park Amphitheater from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with a <strong>FREE Holiday Festival</strong> culminating in the city’s and Mizner Park’s annual tree lighting ceremony.</p> <p>Fun for the whole family, the event will include carnival rides, a mountain of snow, carolers, children’s crafts and live entertainment. The highlight of the evening will obviously be the ceremonial lighting of the city’s tree led by Mayor Susan Haynie that will illuminate simultaneously with Mizner Park’s 47-foot animated tree at the south end of the center near <em>Lord &amp; Taylor.</em></p> <p><em>(</em><em>327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton // 561/</em><em>362-0606)</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.25_hoffmans_lights.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><a href=""><strong>25<sup>th</sup> Annual Winter Wonderland at Hoffman’s Chocolates</strong></a><strong> </strong></p> <p>From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night from Nov. 21 through Dec. 30, Hoffman’s Chocolates in Greenacres offers guests the opportunity to walk through their gardens and explore enchanting and animated holiday displays of brilliant, colorful lights and trees with festive ornaments. Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet visitors and pose for photos with your family while holiday bell ringers, magicians and musicians perform throughout the holiday season.</p> <p>The best part? Hoffman’s Factory Shoppe &amp; Ice Cream Parlour will be serving scrumptious seasonal ice cream flavors, hot cocoa and Hoffman’s Chocolates own seasonal milkshakes!</p> <p><em>(</em><em>5190 Lake Worth Road, Greenacres // 561/967-2213)</em> </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.25_santa.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>25<sup>th</sup> Annual Santa Toy Delivery in Boca Raton</strong></a></p> <p>Each holiday season, the Firefighters &amp; Paramedics of Boca Raton, supported by special volunteers, organize a Santa Toy Delivery for Boca residents. One Dec. 19 or 20, Santa Claus will arrive at your home in jolly spirits riding upon a fire engine complete with lights and sirens, supported by a cast of holiday characters. This wonderful program generates funds to send Holiday Care Packages to our troops overseas, as well as provide college scholarships for eligible students within the community.</p> <p><strong>Here’s how it works:</strong> On your assigned delivery date, Santa will personally deliver a pre-wrapped gift to your child and pose for pictures before moving on to spread cheer to more boys and girls in the Boca Raton Area. </p> <p>Drop off your pre-wrapped gift<strong><em> </em></strong>on<strong> </strong>Dec. 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.<em> </em>to Boca Raton Fire Station #5 <em>(233 W. Glades Road).</em></p> <p>$20 donation per gift</p> <p>Maximum size: 12x12x12”</p> <p>Max weight: 3 pounds</p> <p>*The delivery address must be within the <a href="" target="_blank">City Limits of Boca Raton</a>.<strong></strong></p> <p>Cheers to you, Boca moms! Enjoy this beautiful holiday season with your families.</p> <p><strong>•••••••• </strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of </em><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em><strong>, </strong></em><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p> <p><em><br></em></p> <p><em><br></em></p>Council pay raise question, more on the Mandarin &amp; other items of note2015-11-24T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="332" src="/site_media/uploads/6a00d8345175a969e2015391ae8cbf970b-pi.jpg" width="216"></h3> <h3>City Council to get a raise?   </h3> <p>Few local government issues can get more emotional than salaries of local government officials. Tonight, Boca Raton will begin deciding whether to ask taxpayers to give the mayor and council members a big raise.</p> <p>       Currently, the mayor’s position pays $9,000 a year. Council members get $7,200. There’s also a small car allowance. Those officials set policy for a city of 90,000 residents. Technically, they are part-timers, paid to attend three meetings roughly every two weeks.</p> <p>       Doing the job thoroughly, however, means reading all the backup material for each meeting. It means taking calls from constituents. It means meeting with the city manager and city attorney, who report to the mayor and council. It means attending meetings of other agencies. It means attending public events. There’s enough work to make it a 40-hour-per week job. At least.</p> <p>       At the request of Mike Mullaugh, the council tonight will consider whether to introduce an ordinance that would allow for a referendum in November 2016 on raising mayor and council salaries. Mullaugh is the ideal person to raise the issue, because he wouldn’t benefit from it.</p> <p>       If the referendum were held, and if the voters approved, the mayor’s salary would increase to $41,181. Council members would make $29,967. Why those figures? The first is what the Florida Senate president and Florida House speaker are paid. The second is what state senators and representatives make.</p> <p>       Like the mayor and council members, legislators are considered part-time employees. Realistically, they are much more. In addition to the 60-day regular session, there are committee meetings once a month. There are calls from constituents. There are meetings with the public. Legislators are part-time in name only.</p> <p>       Mullaugh brought up the idea because a speaker at one recent meeting said the council should be paid more. The raises would not take effect until April 1, 2017, just as Mullaugh is term-limited. Putting it on the presidential election ballot also would ensure a large turnout and thus a good sense of public sentiment, assuming voters get down the ballot that far.</p> <p>       Correctly, the charter change would make salaries less of a political issue by fixing them to what state legislators make. If Tallahassee salaries rise, so would those in Boca. Salaries for county commissioners are tied to the population of the county.</p> <p>       Proportionally, the raises would be huge—about 350 percent for the mayor and roughly 300 percent for the council members. The budget hit, however, would be only about $125,000. I hope this issue gets on the ballot. Higher salaries won’t necessarily attract better candidates; the opposite might happen. But the pay for those whose set policy in the county’s second-largest city is absurdly low.</p> <h3>Via Mizner design a hit, parking an issue</h3> <p>Almost every member of Boca Raton’s planning and zoning board last week praised the design for Phases 2 and 3 of Via Mizner. One called it “a little bit of Santa Barbara (California) and Mizner.”</p> <p>       Then they began talking about parking. There was less praise.</p> <p>       The project would add a 164-room Mandarin Oriental (Phase 2) and a 104-unit condo (Phase 3) to the 366-unit apartment building at Camino Real and South Federal Highway, backing up to the golf course of the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club. Representatives of the developer, Penn Florida, did a good job explaining how cars would move within the project and on Federal Highway. The questions centered on what would happen when cars stopped moving.</p> <p>       The project relies on shared parking among garages at all three buildings. The plan envisions no valet parking for the hotel. The plan envisions no designated parking for the condo units. Some board members were skeptical that guests at a luxury hotel—rates start at $400 per night for the Mandarin Oriental in Miami—would be willing to park their own cars. They were skeptical that owners of what surely will be luxury condos—with hotel privileges—would accept potentially having to park on another floor, much less in a different building.</p> <p>       Without those shaky assumptions, board member Larry Cellon said, the shared parking plan “falls apart.”</p> <p>       As Development Services Director Ty Harris explained, however, the staff only can review the plan as presented. Based on the application, the parking meets city regulations. The questions, though, are legitimate.</p> <p>       A Penn Florida representative said the company reached an agreement with Mandarin Oriental just two weeks ago and is having an “ongoing conversation” with the hotelier about development details. The 164-room total is low for a Mandarin Oriental; the one in Miami has 326 rooms. Penn Florida officials acknowledged that their investors raised the same issue. Apparently, the hotel would be less designed to attract conferences—and thus would be less likely to compete with the resort. The hotel would host small weddings, not lavish one. The room rate could be higher than usual, to make the numbers work.</p> <p>       But the costlier the hotel, the more likely guests would be to demand valet parking. Penn Florida said signs in the garages would tell people where to park. If drivers ignored the signs, however, city code enforcement officials would have to enforce the rules. That could be a big problem.</p> <p>       By a vote of just 4-3, the board recommended that the city council approve the project. Cellon, Kerry Koen and Janice Rustin voted no. They worry that the developer will ask for parking changes after construction, not before. That would amount to what Harris called “asking for forgiveness, not permission.”</p> <p>       Having to deal with that shared parking issue could mean a smaller hotel, a smaller condo, or both. Perhaps the restaurant space would have to be smaller. This issue surely will arise when the project goes before the council. That “ongoing conversation” will need to include the city.</p> <h3>University Village</h3> <p>Also on tonight’s Boca Raton City Council agenda is the second of two hearings on University Village, the 77-acre mixed-use project proposed for north of Spanish River Boulevard and Florida Atlantic University. The site is the largest undeveloped property in the city.</p> <p>       University Village, which would be a Planned Mobility Development, generated little debate at the first hearing. There will be more tonight, focusing on how much Penn Florida wants to build—829 residential units, a hotel, retail/office space—and how much traffic that development would generate. The developer will tout potential tax revenue, but also another angle.</p> <p>       “Boca presents badly to Interstate 95,” said Charlie Siemon, the lawyer who represents Penn Florida. University Village would offer something more attractive, near the new I-95 interchange. Siemon said the “urban feel” would be new to Boca. To get that, you have to check out Delray. University Village, Siemon said, would be “better than Delray.” When is the last time you heard that argument for a project in Boca?</p> <h3>That Syrian question</h3> <p>Congratulations to this area’s members of Congress—Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel and Alcee Hastings—for not pandering to fear after the terrorist attacks in Paris.</p> <p>       All three Democrats last week voted against legislation that would toughen the process under which the United States allows Syrian refugees to enter the country. Forty-seven Democrats joined with almost all Republicans to support the measure. The Senate has not acted. President Obama has threatened to veto the bill.</p> <p>       As <em>The New York Times</em> reported, Syrians applying for refugee status must go through a 20-step process that takes at least two years. Applicants can’t even come here until they successfully complete the process. They must pass background checks by the departments of State and Homeland Security. The House bill, among other things, would add an FBI background check. The FBI is a domestic law enforcement agency. The refugees would be coming from abroad.</p> <p>       The easy vote would have been the pandering vote. The easy vote, though, is often not the right vote. Credit Deutch, Frankel and Hastings for helping the fight against Islamic terrorism by holding to American values.</p>New beginnings: Two new businesses and a retirement2015-11-24T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.24_cravy_cooper.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Stay at home with upscale takeout: Cravy comes to Boca</strong> </p> <p>If you live in or near Boca Raton, and you’re hankering for barbecue or upscale tacos and other restaurant meals, but you don’t want to leave your dining room, now you can call Cravy. It’s a West Palm Beach-based food technology company, meaning it brings the meals to you from some good restaurants.</p> <p>Service to the Boca Raton area just started, and restaurant partners include Racks, Farm House, Rocco’s Tacos, Cheesecake Factory, Stir Crazy Fresh Asian Grill, Hooters and Zingers Deli. New restaurants will continue to be added. Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to see menu options and place your order. </p> <p> <img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.24_roccos_margaritas.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Celebrate with the staff at Rocco’s Tacos Boca Raton</strong></p> <p>There will be a bigger party than normal on Nov. 29 at Rocco’s Tacos Boca Raton <em>(5250 Town Center Circle, 561/416-2131)</em>, where the director of bar operations, Richie Panella, will celebrate his retirement. Actually, the entire restaurant staff is celebrating, and that means Rocco Mangel will be there pouring free tequila. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., there will be complimentary appetizers, a cash bar (including the famous margaritas, pictured) and entertainment. The party benefits the Demalteris Family, in memory of their father and Rocco’s friend, Vito. </p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.24_grato.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>In December: Grato to open in West Palm Beach</strong></p> <p>The Belvedere Road to Okeechobee Boulevard section of Dixie Highway has been undergoing a serious renovation in the past year or so. It’s continuing with the addition of Grato, a restaurant slated to open in December at 1901 S. Dixie Highway, from Chef Clay Conley and his partners in Buccan Group. Known for popular Buccan on Palm Beach, Grato (means “grateful” in Italian) will bring the James Beard Award-nominated chef’s delicious Italian dishes to West Palm Beach, such as the Bucatini Carbonara (pictured). Enjoy the tastes inside a comfortable, modern trattoria-inspired surrounding. Word is the restaurant will seat 150 and will serve dinner seven nights a week, eventually including lunch and weekend brunch. Visit the <a href="" target="_blank">website</a> for more info. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>The Week Ahead: Nov. 24 to 302015-11-23T11:57:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/the_wonders_2-620x413.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Wonders”</strong></p> <p>Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $6.50-$9.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/549-2600, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>What happens when big-city reality television encroaches on a family of secluded beekeepers in the Tuscan countryside? That’s one of the questions posed by “The Wonders,” the second feature by Italian writer-director Alice Rorhwacher. No stranger to coming-of-age narratives, Rohrwacher’s first film, “Corpo Celeste,” found her 13-year-old protagonist resettling in Southern Italy and struggling to integrate into the region’s morally questionable Catholic institutions. In the “The Wonders,” whose tone lands somewhere between fable and autobiography, Rohrwacher’s main character is also a young girl, the eldest daughter of an overcrowded farming family, who takes an interest in both the arrival of a reality show intent on broadcasting her family to the Italian public, and the mysterious new farmhand her father has hired. The film conveys adolescent wonder with effortless naturalism. If you can’t catch it in Boca, it also opens Friday at Lake Worth Playhouse.</p> <p><img alt="" height="229" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/a-very-kosher-christmas-778x445.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “A Very Kosher Christmas”</strong></p> <p>Where: Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $39.22</p> <p>Contact: 954/344-5990, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Good news for enthusiasts of homegrown theater: The second-floor, cabaret-style Black Box Studio at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts complex has become an incubator for brand-new theatrical productions as of this season. The series began in October with the zombie musical “The Rocking Dead,” and it continues with this holiday-themed musical comedy featuring tunes by Coral Springs native Barrett Shuler. “A Very Kosher Christmas” centers on a pair of siblings, Kody and Kara, who are anxious to return home for Christmas after spending a week with their eccentric Jewish aunt. But when inclement weather forces a cancelation of their flight, they’re forced to celebrate the season with their strange relatives, bad airport food, and a drunken Santa impersonator. The show, described as ideal for all ages, runs through Dec. 13.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="287" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/momix-botanica.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Botanica”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday</p> <p>Cost: $39.50-$49.50</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Celebrating its 25th anniversary next year, this acrobatic, spectacle-rich dance company founded by Moses Pendleton has simulated thematic tableaux ranging from baseball fields and arid deserts to the craters of the moon. For this tour, MOMIX will perform its acclaimed piece “Botanica,” which represents the dancers’ immersion into an ever-changing world of nature. Expect copious animal costumes, snakelike appendages and duets with dinosaur skeletons, as the performers transform into a myriad of flora and fauna. Along the way, a soundtrack ranging from birdsong to Vivaldi will usher in movements grounded in the changing of the seasons. MOMIX isn’t for everyone, but it remains the best modern dance company ever named after a milk supplement for veal calves.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/001nutcracker.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Nutcracker”</strong></p> <p>Where: Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater, 20101 Lyons Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $35</p> <p>Contact: 561/995-0709, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Adding a new flavor to the familiar taste of one of the most iconic and frequently produced ballets of all time is a tough nut to crack, but choreographer Dan Guin will attempt his own reimagining of "The Nutcracker" for his beloved company Boca Ballet Theatre. More than 100 dancers will bring to life Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Nutcracker Prince and all the colorful supporting characters of the Tchaikovsky-scored classic, complete with dazzling costumes and elaborate sets—and with a special assist from two guest dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, Cassandra Trenary and Gray Davis.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="260" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/danielshusband.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Daniel’s Husband”</strong></p> <p>Where: Levis JCC Sandler Center, 21050 95th Ave. S., Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$40</p> <p>Contact: 561/852-3241, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you didn’t catch Michael McKeever’s world-premiere play “Daniel’s Husband” during its extended, sold-out run this past May at Fort Lauderdale’s Island City Stage, you missed one of the year’s finest shows. But regret not, because there is hope for you yet: Island City is re-mounting the production for four weekends with a little help from its friends at West Boca Theatre Company. This prescient play, one of the first (if not <em>the</em> first) to assess LGBT life in a post-marriage-equality world, follows Mitchell and Daniel, a longtime gay couple whose diametrically opposed views on marriage are put to the test when an unforeseen tragedy strikes. A dramedy about life, love and the legal system, “Daniel’s Husband” is arguably McKeever’s finest work to date, presenting a trenchant argument that is as personal as it is political, with all the humor and pathos we’ve come to expect from his deft pen. Most of the original cast returns for this encore production, with John Manzelli replacing the former lead actor, Antonio Amadeo. It runs through Dec. 20.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/mccartney.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “The McCartney Years”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15-$85</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>No matter what music trends come and go over the next handful of generations, chances are that rock ‘n’ roll lovers will still be debating which Beatle, John Lennon or Paul McCartney, contributed most to the band, the music world and the culture at large. In this three-hour tribute concert, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Yuri Pool certainly makes an argument for the latter, honoring McCartney in this note-for-note re-creation of the frontman’s 1976 Wings Over America live tour. His four-piece band will play the roles of Linda McCartney, Denny Laine, Jimmy McCullough and Joe English, as they plow through an exhaustive set list that is sure to contain a generous amount of Wings hits and McCarthy-penned Fab Four classics from “Yesterday” and “Blackbird” to “Lady Madonna” and “The Long and Winding Road.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/eddieizzard_1509403c.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Eddie Izzard</strong></p> <p>Where: Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $46.50-$87.25</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7300, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>“Where should we start the show tonight … human sacrifice!” That’s how Eddie Izzard, the flamboyant, fabulously dressed British comedian, began his 2013 comedy special “Force Majeure,” his 10th televised concert in 20 years. The material, as dark as anything George Carlin riffed about but delivered with the stream-of-conscious energy of Robin Williams, was typical of Izzard’s unconventional subject matter. Then, the show went in even stranger directions: The signing of the Magna Carta and the execution of King Charles I aren’t exactly universal topics of humor, but Izzard made them appear so, studding his material with surrealist flourishes and self-effacing pantomime. As known for his public tranvestism as much as his singular comedy, Izzard calls himself a “male lesbian,” while John Cleese once referred to him as “the lost Python”—high praise indeed. His “Force Majeure” tour continues with this South Beach appearance, where his eccentricities will feel right at home.</p>Thanksgiving in Broward and Miami2015-11-23T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>Looking for places in Broward or Miami-Dade to celebrate Thanksgiving? Here’s your list:</p> <p><strong>BROWARD</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.23_3030_ocean_.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>3030 Ocean</strong> <em>(Harbor Beach Marriott Resort &amp; Spa, 3030 Holiday Dr., Fort Lauderdale, 954/765-3030) </em>has just opened after a remodeling (pictured), with a new chef and new menu. Executive Chef Adrienne Grenier offers a prix-fixe three-course meal at $50 per person. An a la carte menu is also available from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Steak 954</strong> <em>(401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Ft Lauderdale, 954/414-8333) </em>has an a la carte holiday meal on the menu in addition to the regular menu (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner).</p> <p><strong>McCoy’s Oceanfront,</strong> beachfront restaurant at the Marriott Pompano Beach <em>(1200 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach, 954/782-0100),</em> will serve a four-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is $52 for adults and $16 for kids 12 and under. </p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p><strong>MIAMI</strong></p> <p><strong>Quattro Gastronomia Italiana</strong> <em>(1014 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305/531-4833) </em>has a holiday menu in addition to regular lunch and dinner menus—all with an Italian flair, of course. Dine between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.23_db_bistro.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Daniel Boulud’s <strong>db Bistro Moderne</strong> <em>(JW Marriott Marquis, 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305/421-8800) </em>has a three-course, prix-fixe meal from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $65 for adults and $35 for kids 12 and younger—and you’ll get leftovers! You’ll leave with a complimentary turkey sandwich (pictured). </p> <p><strong>The Traymore Restaurant and Bar</strong> at the Metropolitan hotel <em>(2445 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/695-3600) </em>is serving a three-course prix-fixe meal on Thanksgiving from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The cost is $80 per person.</p> <p>Four Fontainebleau <em>(4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 877/326-7412 for all)</em> restaurants: <strong>Michael Mina 74, StripSteak, Scarpetta and Vida,</strong> will offer Thanksgiving specials. StripSteak has a prix-fixe for $75 per person from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Scarpetta has a three-course prix-fixe for $75 per person from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Michael Mina 74 offers a regular lunch menu from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and dinner holiday specials from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Vida has a Thanksgiving buffet from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. for $59 per adult and $29.50 for kids. </p> <p><strong>Bazi </strong>celebrates Thanksgiving with a prix-fixe menu for $55 per person. The Asian-inspired dishes include turkey wonton soup, gyoza, Peking turkey and more. From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., inside The Marlin Hotel <em>(1200 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/695-0101)</em>.</p> <p><strong>Meat Market Miami Beach </strong><em>(915 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305/532-0088)</em> will have a la carte holiday dinner specials. Call for hours. Find specials at the <strong>Meat Market Palm Beach</strong> <em>(191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach, 561/354-9800)</em> location, too.</p> <p><strong>The Dutch</strong> <em>(W South Beach Hotel, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/938-3111) </em>has a home-style Thanksgiving menu planned from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a prix-fixe for $55 per person. </p> <p><strong>BLT Prime</strong> <em>(4400 NW 87<sup>th</sup> Ave., Doral, 305/591-6606) </em>offers a Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu at $75 per adult and $40 for kids under 12. Dine any time between 3 p.m. and close.<em></em></p> <p>New restaurant <strong>Talde Miami Beach</strong> is offering a special for $25: Thanksgiving ramen for two. These are not your regular ramen dishes, for sure. Also in the Thompson Miami Beach Hotel <em>(4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786/605-4041)</em> is the <strong>Seagrape</strong> restaurant, serving a holiday prix-fixe meal for $65 per person.</p> <p><strong>Lure Fishbar</strong> <em>(1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/695-4550) </em>has a prix-fixe menu from 6 p.m. to midnight for $45 per person that includes four courses of yummy.</p> <p><strong>Quality Meats</strong> restaurant <em>(1501 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/340-3333)</em> is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and it’s offering the regular menu plus a holiday dish with turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Chloe Shoots for the Stars2015-11-20T14:09:00+00:00Casey Farmer/blog/author/caseyfarmer/<p>When it comes to 8-year-old golf prodigy Chloe Kovelesky, it’s hard to tell what’s more impressive: her playing ability or her attitude toward the game. Golf is an inherently frustrating sport, as much a mental game as a physical one. Yet, as she demonstrated last year on a reality showed called “The Short Game,” the Boca resident approaches golf with a poise beyond her years.</p> <p><img alt="" height="394" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.20_chloe.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>“[The show] asked her first, ‘What’s it like for the other kids that are always trying to beat you?’ and she says, ‘I don’t think about them,’” father Rich Kovelesky recalled, “And then they asked, ‘What happens when you hit a bad golf shot?’ and she says, ‘I go to the next one and …’”</p> <p>“Hit a great shot!” Chloe says, finishing her dad’s sentence.</p> <p>Rich goes on to say how impressed he and his wife, Tina, were sitting behind the camera listening to their daughter talk about golf with maturity that belies her youth. However, viewers of “The Short Game” never heard those comments by Chloe; they were left on the cutting room floor, Rich says.</p> <p>“The Short Game,” not to be confused with the Netflix documentary of the same name, was a reality television show that aired on the Esquire Network featuring some of the top young junior golfers in the nation. The Koveleskys agreed to be a part of the show because they believed it would help “grow the game.”</p> <p>Once the show aired, they didn’t feel the same way. Footage and storylines deemed “not dramatic enough” never made it on the show.   </p> <p>Rich explains that the focus of the show shifted from promoting junior golf to exposing the intense and crazy parents on the course. Since Chloe and Rich aren’t ones to have spats in the middle of a round, or really ever, Chloe’s short moments on the show seemed to only be included because she was winning the tournaments.</p> <p>Chloe stopped watching “The Short Game” after its pilot episode; Rich says it just wasn’t their cup of tea.</p> <p>Rich and Chloe have a parent-child relationship that is unique in the realm of elite junior golf. While the rather extreme parents regularly featured on “The Short Game” aren’t the norm, ultra-relaxed parents like Rich also are rare. Even though Chloe spends multiple hours practicing nearly everyday, it’s not because Rich is dragging her out there; it’s because she’s self-driven. Chloe’s the one waking him up before school wanting to practice, and Rich is the one saying, “go back to bed.”</p> <p>Rich also plays the part of Chloe’s caddy, although she’s reaching the level where she would rather compete without a caddy, which he encourages. He is truly a far cry from the overbearing daddy-caddie.</p> <p>Both of their attitudes and Chloe’s love for the game are refreshing, and probably a large contribution to her early success. She has already won three world championships.</p> <p>Rich said Chloe has a motto: “You got to be a great person before you can be a great champion.” At only 8, Chloe is already both. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Casey</strong></p> <p>Casey Farmer is a sophomore at Lehigh University studying journalism and business, who is interned at Boca Magazine this past summer. Casey spends most of her time on the golf course, both recreationally and as a member of Lehigh’s team. Aside from golf, she loves iced coffee, Zumba and dogs. You can reach Casey at <a href=""></a>. </p>Staff Picks: video games and self love projects2015-11-20T10:06:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>Star Wars: Battlefront</p> <p><iframe height="350" src="" width="425"></iframe></p> <p><em>Picked by David Shuff, Web Department</em></p> <p>“One of the most anticipated video game releases of 2015, Star Wars: Battlefront could put a serious dent in your wallet. For Star Wars fans however, it's cheap at any price. I picked up the Deluxe Edition and the Season Pass, setting me back $120--the most I've ever paid for a video game. The basic version of the game is $60 and is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and for PCs. Everything you see in the trailer above was created on the computer."</p> <p>100 Day Self Love Affair</p> <p><img alt="" height="621" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.20_alina_z_self_love_affair.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <p>“Our Green Goddess, Alina Z, started the 100 Day Self Love Affair project to help her practice self love and inspire others to do the same. She’s posting videos on her <a href="" target="_blank">blog</a> each day to share her experience with us.”</p>Thanksgiving around town2015-11-20T09:28:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>Making reservations for Thanksgiving dinner this year but don’t know where to dine? Look no further—here’s the list you need. </p> <p>There are a lot of prix fixe options, and some menus are a la carte. Since there are so many, we’ve included the basics and the way to reserve a seat. Here are Palm Beach County restaurants:</p> <p><strong>Farmer’s Table</strong> <em>(1901 N. Military Trail, 561/417-5836)</em> offers breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and then a Thanksgiving feast from noon to 8 p.m.—a prix fixe that’s $45 for adults and $22.50 for kids under 10.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina</strong> <em>(999 E. Camino Real, 561/368-9500) </em>is offering a Thanksgiving breakfast meal from 7 a.m. to noon and a prix fixe meal at the Bar &amp; Grill from noon until 9 p.m.—$25 per adult and $12.50 per child. At the Boca Landing restaurant there, a four-course prix fixe menu is $60 per person from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. </p> <p><em><strong><img alt="" height="427" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.20_tanzy_pumpkin_pie.jpg" width="490"></strong></em></p> <p><strong>Tanzy Restaurant</strong><em> (301 Plaza Real, 561/922-6699) </em>will serve a three-course Thanksgiving meal (pumpkin pie pictured) from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The cost is $45 for adults and $20 for kids 12 and younger.</p> <p><strong>Bogart’s Bar &amp; Grille </strong><em>(3200 Airport Road, 561/544-3044) </em>will be open regular hours and will serve a three-course meal for $25 per person. The regular menu will also be available. <em></em></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.20_vic_&amp;_angelo's.jpg" width="490"> </strong></p> <p><strong>Vic &amp; Angelo’s</strong> two locations in Delray Beach <em>(290 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach)</em> and Palm Beach Gardens <em>(4520 PGA Blvd. #100, Palm Beach Gardens) </em>are offering prix fixe dinners. In Delray Beach (pictured), a three-course meal is $22.85 from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. In Palm Beach Gardens, a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is $27.95 from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Phone for both: 844/842-2632.</p> <p><strong>Deck 84 </strong><em>(840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/655-8484) </em>on the waterfront will be open from noon to 7 p.m. with both traditional-style and Floribbean-style dishes.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Burt &amp; Max’s </strong><em>(9089 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/638-6380) </em>and <strong>Apeiro </strong><em>(14917 Lyons Road, Delray Beach, 561/501-4443) </em>restaurants will serve a la carte traditional Thanksgiving dinners from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. </p> <p><strong>Hudson Delray</strong> <em>(900 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/303-134) </em>on the waterfront is serving a three-course Thanksgiving meal from noon to 8 p.m. for $40 per person. A kids’ menu is also available.</p> <p><strong>The Office</strong> <em>(201 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/276-3600)</em> is serving a Thanksgiving buffet for $40 per person from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Café Boulud</strong> <em>(</em><em>Brazilian Court Hotel,</em><em> 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060) </em>offers dining inside or in the garden from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.—a prix fixe three-course meal costs $89 per adult and $45 per child 10 and under.   </p> <p><strong>Bistro Ten Zero One </strong><em>(1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561/209-3353) </em>is serving a Thanksgiving buffet from noon to 5 p.m. for $50 per person. </p> <p>Both <strong>III Forks </strong>locations in Palm Beach Gardens <em>(4645 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/630-3660)</em> and Hallandale <em>(501 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach</em><em>, 954/457-3920)</em> will offer a four-course Thanksgiving dinner from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $47 per adult and $17 for kids under 12. </p> <p><strong>Spoto’s </strong><em> (4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/776-9448)</em> is serving Thanksgiving from noon to 7 p.m., with a menu featuring items from traditional turkey to New Orleans crab cakes and more.</p> <p><strong>3800 Ocean </strong>at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort &amp; Spa <em>(3800 N. Ocean Drive, Singer Island, 561/340-1795)</em> will offer a Thanksgiving breakfast buffet from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ($28 for adults and $14 for kids under 12), a brunch buffet from noon to 3 p.m. ($65 for adults and $18 for kids under 12) and a prix fixe dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.($65 for adults, $18 for kids under 12).</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Movie Review: &quot;By the Sea&quot;2015-11-20T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni, who died in 2007, left behind one of the most influential corpuses in film history: 16 features that all bore his signature of existential malaise, that questioned art and music and technology and industrialization and sexuality and bourgeois society without necessarily arriving at answers about any of these things. The search <em>was</em> the destination.</p> <p><img alt="" height="248" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/by-the-sea_612x380_0.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Angelina Jolie, in her third feature as director, reveals herself to be an Antonioni acolyte, though only in the shallowest sense. “By the Sea,” written and directed by Jolie and starring herself and Brad Pitt, is not so much an homage to Antonioni as it is a poor reproduction by an artist unable to replicate or even understand the intent of the original creator.</p> <p>“By the Sea,” which opens in theaters today, is set in a French chateau in the 1970s, but it may as well be Antonioni’s soulless Italy, where pretty landscapes collide with emotional decay. Pitt and Jolie play Roland and Vanessa, a married couple of 14 years whose relationship has atrophied into a loveless husk of its former self.</p> <p>Roland is a durable stereotype, a former star novelist receding into alcoholic oblivion. Vanessa is his eternally bored, chronically depressed wife, a trophy who has lost her luster. From the hair to the mannerisms to the language, Jolie plays her like the exhumed corpse of Monica Vitti, Antonioni’s vacant-faced muse. She’s more of a talking mannequin—one that advertises designer sunglasses and sun hats—than a flesh-and-blood person.</p> <p><img alt="" height="171" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/5709_fpt_00196ar_crop_resize.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>They’re visiting the French seaside to clear Roland’s head and restart his writing career, but they mostly wile away their days alone, drowning in booze and ennui. Every time they look at one another, their eyes reveal pools of icy, calculated judgment. By this time, the only remaining fascination with this self-absorbed slog is its blatant Antonioni thievery; audiences unfamiliar with the old master’s work will find this entire enterprise pointless and want to abandon ship after 20 minutes.</p> <p>Those who do stick with it will find themselves interminably thrust into a plodding soft-porn psychodrama that provides ample fodder for celebrity mongers to speculate about their makers’ own sex life. Jolie revives an old film-theory chestnut about movies-as-voyeurism by providing her paranoid shut-in with a peephole, which she uses to observe the sexual dalliances of the newlywed couple next door (Melanie Laurent and Melvil Poupaud), who just happen to be engaging in coitus every time Vanessa lowers her gaze. When Roland catches her in the act, he suggests they watch together, and then it kinda becomes their thing. “By the Sea” begins to adopt the tacky salaciousness of an episode of “Red Shoe Diaries.”</p> <p>In ultimately providing a simple and underwhelming psychological answer for Vanessa’s condition, Jolie exposes a fundamental misunderstanding of the very art-house tradition she’s attempting to replicate. She captures Antonioni’s languorous pacing without his underlying opacity, not realizing that the power of his films lay in their very insolubility. A work that initially seems like an interesting example of cinephilic reappropriation becomes a monumental exercise in vain self-indulgence. Frankly, it’s the most egregious waste of time and talent that has graced a movie screen all year.</p>Fashion Forward: new stores and celebrity beauty products2015-11-20T06:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.20_bunulu.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Bunulu</strong><strong> </strong></p> <p>Today, <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank">Bunulu</a> opens its doors to its third location <em>(3101 PGA Blvd. B127, Palm Beach Gardens)</em> in the Gardens Mall with refreshments, live entertainment and yoga demonstrations beginning at 10 a.m. The 4,000-square foot retail space carries men’s and women’s apparel, footwear and accessories from brands that cater to individuals living a coastal lifestyle, like Patagonia, Prana, L*Space, Trina Turk and GoPro. Bunulu will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="364" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.20_gwen_stefani_eye_shadow.jpg" width="490"> </strong></p> <p><strong>Gwen Stefani Eye Shadow Palette</strong></p> <p>We all know Gwen Stefani has a beautiful voice, and now she has makeup that’s equally as stunning. Stefani teamed up with Urban Decay to create a 15-color eye shadow palette spanning the spectrum from neutral to jewel tones. Now, you can look as fierce as Gwen. The $58 palette will be available online starting Nov. 22 at <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a>, and in December on <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a>, <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a>, <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a> and <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a>. It will also hit stores such as Sephora, Ulta and select Macy’s in December.</p> <p><img alt="" height="422" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.20_empire_nail_polish.png" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Empire Nails</strong></p> <p>Deborah Lippmann is a celebrity manicurist, and now she’s created vibrant shades just for you. Inspired by FOX’s hit show Empire, the three-color set includes “Hustle Hard” (fuchsia), “Power of the Empire” (glittered gold) and “War of the Roses” (red). The collection is is now available for $24 on <a href="" target="_blank"></a> and will soon hit <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a> and <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a>.</p>A Mandarin Oriental for Boca, iPic submits a new plan and other news of note2015-11-19T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/650x366-1.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Boca’s own Mandarin Oriental     </h3> <p>Will Boca Raton be a fan of Mandarin Oriental?</p> <p>       We will start to learn tonight. The planning and zoning board holds its hearing on Phases 2 and 3 of Via Mizner (above), proposed for Federal Highway just north of Camino Real. Phase 2 would be a 164-room Mandarin Oriental hotel. Phase 3 would be a 104-unit condo connected to the hotel. Phase 1 is the 366-unit rental complex under construction on the northeast corner of Federal and Camino.</p> <p>       The hotel would be the second Mandarin Oriental in Florida—there’s one in Miami—and just the seventh in the United States. The others are in New York City, Las Vegas, Boston, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. The hotel and condo would be 11 stories tall, each with a rooftop pool. The apartment building also will be 11 stories.</p> <p>       Looking east across Federal Highway, the hotel would be on the right and the condo on the left, with a common entrance. There also would be a combined 40,000-plus square feet of restaurant and retail space, most of it to serve guests and owners. The apartment building will have some public office and retail space.</p> <p>       I didn’t hear back from the developer, Penn-Florida, but the condos probably would have hotel privileges; the two buildings would be connected. They would back up to the golf course of the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club, with which the hotel might compete.</p> <p>       The developer is asking for some code deviations related to driveways, but the key aspect of Via Mizner is that the city council—acting as the community redevelopment agency—approved Phase 1 under the Interim Design Guidelines. They allow 40 extra feet of height in exchange for adherence to the downtown architecture guidelines. The project is at the southern end of the downtown boundary. Without that extra height, the buildings couldn’t be 11 stories.</p> <p>       When the council first approved Phase 1 in January 2012, then-CRA Chairman Constance Scott praised the architectural plan. The architect is not the one who designed the Mark at Cityscape, which the council also approved under the guidelines and which the current council doesn’t find attractive.</p> <p>       To my very untrained eye, the in-progress Phase 1 Via Mizner building seems much more variegated than the Mark, meaning that there are many different features, to avoid making the structure look plain and institutional. The drawings for Phases 2 and 3 look similarly attractive. The hotel and condos also would displace some of the most unattractive office buildings in the city.</p> <p>       In addition to putting Boca Raton on the very short list of Mandarin Oriental cities, the project would continue development of new downtown neighborhood. Across Federal Highway are Publix and Trader Joe’s. Five blocks north is the new Camden rental project. Another is nearing completion north of Trader Joe’s.</p> <p>       When the council approved Phase 1, the issue was not controversial. Even Anthony Majhess, the most anti-development member of the council, voted yes. When Phases 2 and 3 reach the council, there may be more questions about the design, given the buyer’s regret over the Mark. Mayor Susan Haynie said she also would want the Community Appearance Board to “scrutinize” the site plan when the developer applied for permits.</p> <p>       There also may be questions about changes to the project. A June 2013 memo to the council from City Manager Leif Ahnell referenced a 118-room hotel and 84 condo units.</p> <p>       Approval from the planning and zoning board could get the project to the council by the end of the year, but there is only one meeting in December.</p> <h3>Camino Real bridge</h3> <p>       Phases 2 and 3 of Mizner Park could mean more traffic for the Camino Real Bridge. The bridge also has figured in discussions about traffic at the intersection of Palmetto Park Road and Northeast Fifth Avenue. On Monday, the city held a workshop about the intersection.</p> <p>       Palm Beach County owns the low, narrow bridge, and intends to widen it and move the control center. That will require closing the bridge, which will add to traffic problems. A staffer in the county engineer’s office told me that the work probably would begin in early 2017. There is no estimate yet for how long the bridge will be closed.</p> <h3>Hillstone and Boca are talking again</h3> <p>       I had been hearing that negotiations were back on between Boca Raton and Hillstone Restaurant Group about putting a Houston’s on the Wildflower property. Mayor Susan Haynie confirmed Wednesday that the two sides at least are talking again.</p> <p>       Last month, Hillstone surprised the city by ending talks to bring the restaurant to the city-owned site. Haynie said company representatives and city staff members are going back over the main issues—the lease payments and a possible dock—“to see where the differences are.” Since a fair deal would benefit the city and Hillstone, you hope that they move quickly from talking to negotiating.</p> <h3>iPic’s new plan</h3> <p>In August, the Delray Beach Commission approved Fourth and Fifth Delray, which would include an iPic theater and the company’s headquarters. But the commission asked for a new site plan that would make the project smaller.</p> <p>       Last month, iPic submitted that new plan. It calls for a combined 31 fewer seats in the eight theaters. It also reduces the retail space by roughly 500 square feet and increases the office space by 1,220 square feet. Ninety spaces in the parking garage would be available for public use. The changes allow the new plan to meet a key commission demand by widening to 24 feet the east-west alley on the north side of the project that businesses on Atlantic Avenue use to receive deliveries.</p> <p>       But all the issues remain far from resolved. Two weeks ago, city planner Scott Pape wrote to iPic’s lawyer. In the letter, Pape said that while the new plan was “adequate to start the review process,” the staff had “identified several deficiencies, a number of which will require revision of the plans.”</p> <p>       The most important of the 21 items is the first. “Based on the direction of the city commission,” Pape wrote, “the scale of the project has not been significantly reduced.” Pape also said iPic needs to provide 98 public parking spaces, not 90.</p> <p>       In addition to mass, the commission’s other issue was traffic. Could the project work without causing backups? Pape also finds the plan lacking in this area. The company’s traffic study “needs to be revised to better describe the impact on the traffic movements on the adjacent roads and intersection of S.E. 4<sup>th</sup> Avenue and Atlantic Avenue and suggest improvements that can be made as part of the proposed development.” Pape wants the traffic analysis revised “to address the current development proposal. The exiting peak traffic distribution numbers don’t appear to add up to the total peak hour number.”</p> <p>       The letter also states that one year after obtaining a certificate of occupancy, iPic would have to conduct a study “to determine the degree of conflicts” posed by the dropping off of movie patrons on Southeast Fifth Avenue, along the east side of the project.</p> <p>       In an interview Wednesday, Pape said he gave the company until Friday to reply.</p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p> </p>Q&amp;A: Psychic and healer Echo Bodine2015-11-18T09:02:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="504" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/echo-bodine.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Minneapolis-based psychic and healer Echo Bodine is celebrating a landmark year in 2015—her 50<sup>th</sup> year as a New Age practitioner. The author of eight nonfiction books on topics ranging from ghostbusting to psychic development to wellness, Bodine channels her half-century of experience communicating with souls into her latest release, <em>What Happens When We Die</em>.</p> <p>Bodine will be at the West Palm Beach Marriott on Saturday evening to discuss her latest work and help convey an understanding—and indeed, a genuine architecture—of the afterlife. But it’s not a traditional lecture and book signing: She’ll be joined by none other than Thomas John, the acclaimed Manhattan medium whom we’ve featured <a href="" target="_blank">several times</a> on In an interview with Boca Raton, Bodine has nothing but superlatives for John: “I’ve never seen anyone like him. I’ve been to James Van Praagh and John Edward and Sylvia Browne, and he is by far the best. He’s such a sweetheart, too.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/4a25190fad2e5dafbed0bf67519a4772_400x400.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p>John will support his debut memoir <em>Never Argue With a Dead Person</em>, but more importantly he’ll provide readings for many of the attendees. Given that the waiting list for a personal Thomas John reading now exceeds a year and a half in advance, this will be your best opportunity in the near future to connect with a loved one on the other side.</p> <p>Bodine discussed the afterlife with me, as well as what to expect from this Saturday’s program. Here are some excerpts from our conversation.</p> <p><strong>How did this collaboration with Thomas John come to be?</strong></p> <p>In my work, I have come to be able to see and communicate with people’s souls. So a lot of families have called me and asked me to sit with them while their loves ones are dying. It’s the souls that have taught me about the dying process, and letting go of the body, and moving on to the light, and have taught me about heaven and what goes on over there.</p> <p>So when I went and saw John Edward a few years ago, there were 3,000 people in the audience. And he did about 12 readings, and then he was finished. I felt so bad for all the other people that didn’t get anything. At the time I thought, gosh, I wish I could work with someone like this: I could go in, give a talk on what I’ve learned from souls about the dying process and life after death, and then a medium could come in and give readings. This has been a dream of mine for about 10 years, and along comes Thomas. He originally came to me for a reading, and I saw that he needed to write a book. I said, “When you’re ready to write the book, I’ll put you in touch with my publisher.”</p> <p>And they published Thomas’s book, and then Thomas just emailed one day, and said, “What would you think if I came to Minneapolis and did a gallery reading?” I had never seen him work before. We sold out; we had 50 people there, and he blew everyone away, including me. I thought, I have to talk to this young man about working together.</p> <p>So in this program, I go out for 90 minutes and talk about the dying process and life after death, and then he comes out and gives readings for the audience. That way, everybody gets something. We both feel really excited about it.</p> <p><strong>So I suppose the central question for you is, what <em>does</em> happen when we die?</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>Everybody has their own way of dying. But what happens is that about six months before we actually pass, the soul starts its journey of wrapping things up on this side, and getting things ready on the other side. The soul leaves the body a lot, going back and forth between the other side and this side. The soul is getting ready, and it will send thoughts to the conscious mind of, ‘say goodbye to my loved ones, get papers in order.’ Depending on how much the person is listening, if they’re really paying attention to their inner knowing, they will do what the soul is asking them to do. Some people don’t pay attention to it.</p> <p>And then, usually two to three days before they actually let go, deceased loved ones from the other side will be here with us, helping the soul, reassuring the soul that everything will be fine, it’s part of the plan, you’ve been preparing for this. I asked a mortician friend of mine, “is there any one story you hear the most from families?” He said, “Yes, people say to me all the time, ‘I sat by his side every day for days, and I always made sure someone was with him. And the minute we all had to go someplace—run to the bathroom, go get a Coca-Cola—he died.’”</p> <p>I checked in and asked the souls about this, and they told me, it’s so much easier for us to take that last breath and leave the body when our family isn’t sitting around us crying, praying for a miracle, pulling on our hand and saying, “please don’t go.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="619" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/maxresdefault.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What do you know about the phenomenon of dying patients receiving phone calls from the other side shortly before they pass?</strong></p> <p>I remember our psychic teacher telling us, “you’re going to receive phone calls from your deceased loved ones.” I said, <em>what</em>? This was back in 1965, so there weren’t cell phones back then. She said, “The phone will ring, and it’ll be completely dead on the other end, but that’s just your loved one trying to call you.” </p> <p><strong>From your experience, is there such a place as Hell?</strong></p> <p>What I’ve been told by different angels I work with is that there is not a Hell, because God would not create such a place. But they’ve also told me that on the other side, there is a place that is similar to Hell but that God did not create that —we have created that, because so many people believe that they’re going to go to Hell that our consciousness created this place. So some people go this community on the other side that is similar to what their religion has taught them about Hell, but nobody is condemning them to that place except for their own beliefs. People will go there, but they won’t stay there for very long.</p> <p><strong>This relates to my next question: Does a person’s spiritual beliefs, or lack thereof, have any impact on their afterlife experience?</strong></p> <p>Definitely. There are different levels to heaven—seven levels. Levels one to four are on the same level. There’s lots of communities. If you’re Native American, and you believe that when you go to heaven, it’s going to be all about being Native American, you’d go to that community when you pass. The community we go to reflects our belief. As we grow in spirituality, then we go to the higher levels, where we can see everything from a higher perspective.</p> <p>So yes, it has to do with our beliefs, and the more open we are, the more we’re able to go to the higher levels, and the more we recognize our oneness with God; that’s when we get to the highest levels. That’s really nirvana. It’s what we’re all striving for, to have a total understanding of everything.</p> <p>I’ve seen lots of pictures of the other side, and there are obvious communities. One of my students asked me, “where do movie stars go?” There’s actually a community for celebrities. But there’s a point where they need to let go of being that celebrity and move on and grow more. So that’s when they come out of those communities. When we’re on the other side, it’s like here—we’re learning, and we want to have more experiences.</p> <p><strong>How certain are you of an afterlife? For me, there is always that 1 percent of me that thinks, I cannot be 100 percent sure until I die.</strong></p> <p>I can say the same thing. As much as I’ve seen of the other side, as many souls as I have crossed over to the other side, as many souls as I’ve been with in their dying process and I’ve seen make it through the light and reunite with their family and friends, there’s still that little nagging part in the back of my brain that says, am I making this stuff up? Is this for real? Most of the time it is now my reality, but there is that human side that says, I just wish there was a 100 percent guarantee. And yet when I talk to people, I do feel 100 percent sure. It’s when I get away from that that the human brain starts thinking, what if I make all this up because it sounds nice? But the stuff I’ve learned … I never would have thought about there being different communities on the other side. I never thought about there being different levels to heaven. I have learned a lot from the deceased.</p> <p><strong>What do you hope attendees take away from your presentation?</strong></p> <p>I want people to take away a calmness about death, that they don’t need to be afraid of it. And that we really do live on after death, and that we are really about our souls. We all think the physical body is in charge, and that’s where it’s all at, but it’s really all about the soul. So I want to give people peace of mind about dying and about the fact that they’ll see their loved ones again.</p> <p><strong>Finally, has the field that you’re in become less controversial than when you started?</strong></p> <p>When I got into this in ‘65, you had to know somebody who knew somebody who had been to a psychic in order to go to a psychic. It was really a secretive profession back then. I remember in 1980, I started to teach psychic development classes. There were six people in my class. I thought that was a big deal. I’m currently teaching that class, and 58 people have signed up. It’s changed so much over the years.</p> <p>The thing now is that people are not taking these classes necessarily to be psychics. You’ve got Realtors who want to match the perfect house up with their clients, you’ve got nurses using it in their work, doctors taking the classes, therapists taking it to develop psychic abilities so they could really cut through a lot of stuff and help their clients faster and more effectively. It’s very different now than it was 30 or 40 years ago—and the acceptance of it has changed so much.</p> <p><em>"What Happens When We Die," with Echo Bodine and Thomas John, runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 21 at Marriott West Palm Beach, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $60 in advance and $75 at the door. Call 347-637-8592 or visit <a href="" target="_blank">this link</a>.</em></p>Holiday 5Ks2015-11-18T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Tis the season to run 5Ks!</p> <p>If you’re ambitious, you can lace up for three well-known local 5K run/walks. You’ll get exercise, have lots of fun and help give to those in need.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.18_holiday_5k.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>First on tap: the <a href="" target="_blank">29<sup>th</sup> Annual Delray Beach Turkey Trot</a> on Nov. 21. The 5K (3.1-mile) run/walk starts at 7:30 a.m. at Anchor Park <em>(340 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach)</em>. Registration is $30 for adults, and all proceeds go to the Keith Straghn Feed the Hungry Thanksgiving Drive for families in need in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach. Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to sign up.  </p> <p>Then, there’s the River Run, Run for a Reason 5K run/walk, on Dec. 12 at 7:30 a.m. at the Spanish River Church <em>(2400 Yamato Road)</em>. Spanish River Church, which has hosted the River Run for seven years, has announced these charities will benefit from the proceeds of the 2015 event: Place of Hope at the Leighan and David Rinker Campus in Boca Raton, a faith-based, state-licensed child welfare organization; 4KIDS of South Florida, a nonprofit that provides homes for children in crisis; and City House Delray, which serves single mothers, with children younger than five years, who want to provide better futures for their children. The cost for adults is $25. For more information and to sign up, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p>Finally, you can’t miss the Delray Beach Jingle Bell Jog 5K on Dec. 19. The run/walk starts at Anchor Park <em>(340 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach)</em> at 7:30 a.m. The cost to run (for adults) is $40, but if you sign up <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> for both the Delray Beach Turkey Trot and the Jingle Bell Jog, you’ll pay a combined $55. During this signature South Florida event, runners get into the spirit. According to the signup <a href="" target="_blank">website</a> for the race, all participants receive a Santa suit, complete with a hat, beard, jacket, pants, belt and jingle bells. Runners and walkers take over A1A jingling all the way, and they get candy-cane themed medals at the end. The after-race party at Anchor Park includes free egg nog, holiday cookies and fruit.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>A Green Goddess Thanksgiving2015-11-18T06:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Thanksgiving is just a week away, and to many people, that means over-indulging and consequently feeling stuffed, lethargic and tired. Luckily, not all traditions need to be repeated, so I’m answering the top three questions that will help you stay away from the famous food-induced coma. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.18_pies_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>1. How do you prevent over-eating at Thanksgiving Dinner?</strong> </p> <p>I often see people over-indulging at Thanksgiving because they deprive themselves in the days leading up to the holidays. To avoid overeating in one big meal, allow yourself small treats throughout the week. For example, try a guiltless dessert such as my good-for-you pumpkin pie mousse (video recipe link below). When you indulge a little bit during the week, you may be less likely to over-indulge in a traditional pumpkin pie after the big dinner. </p> <p><strong>2. What do I do if I am going to someone’s house, and they don’t serve anything healthy? </strong></p> <p><strong></strong>Buy or make your favorite healthy dish and bring lots of it to the gathering to share with the family. If they push their food on you, you will now have the arsenal to do the same, and as a bonus, you will introduce your family to a healthy dish that you discovered. For example, check out fabulous Thanksgiving pies from <a href="" target="_blank">JugoFresh</a> ( at Boca’s Whole Foods Market. They are absolutely delicious, and they’re good for you. Definitely something to be thankful for!</p> <p><strong>3. How can I avoid overeating after Thanksgiving when I have all of those fabulous leftovers?</strong> </p> <p>I believe that Thanksgiving is about two main things—gratitude and giving. I believe in expressing gratitude for what we already have and in sharing our abundance with others. Why not pack your leftovers and take them to the nearest homeless shelter or share them with someone you know is in need? I once gave out all of my holiday leftovers to a group of people sleeping next to a church, and it felt better to give out that food than to receive holiday gifts! They were so grateful that they weren’t forgotten.</p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p><strong>Easy recipes:</strong></p> <p>This year, try my recipes for <a href="" target="_blank">savory veggies</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">pumpkin mousse</a>!</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Stuffed Portobello mushrooms</strong></p> <p>10 Portobello mushroom caps</p> <p>2 cups walnuts, soaked for 12 hours and drained</p> <p>½ cup Brazilian nuts</p> <p>½ almonds, soaked for 12 hours and drained</p> <p>2 tablespoons fresh sage</p> <p>2 tablespoons fresh rosemary</p> <p>2 tablespoons fresh thyme</p> <p>2 cloves garlic</p> <p>2 teaspoons sea salt</p> <p>Red pepper for garnish</p> <p> </p> <p>Remove stems from mushrooms, and marinate in 5 teaspoons of sea salt and ½ cup of lemon juice for two hours (or overnight). You can also add some olive oil if you'd like, but that's not necessary. (I like it for the taste.)</p> <p>Place garlic in food processor or blender, and chop well. Add nuts, salt, thyme, sage and rosemary, processing well to make a nut pate. </p> <p>Drain mushrooms, and place them cap-side down on paper towels. Place filling inside mushrooms. Garnish with fresh herbs and red pepper, and serve.</p> <p> </p> <p>Happy Thanksgiving!</p> <p> </p>West Atlantic survey and beach plans for Delray—and notes on Boca&#39;s building boom2015-11-17T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="406" src="/site_media/uploads/216192_10151175943981916_492025242_n.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>West Atlantic Avenue    </h3> <p>In 1988, the then-director of the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency told residents of West Atlantic Avenue that the agency planned to bulldoze large portions of their mostly African-American neighborhoods and start over. For their own good.</p> <p>       Fortunately, that never happened. Bill Finley and the plan have been gone for many years, but resentment over the city’s lordly attitude lingered, even as progress from East Atlantic spread west.</p> <p>       Over time, however, communication and priorities improved. The mid-1990s saw the creation of the West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition. There was community support for the Uptown Atlantic mixed-use project on the three blocks of West Atlantic between Sixth Avenue and Ninth Avenue. Last summer, the coalition held an event at the Old School Square gym to start the process of “rebranding” West Atlantic.</p> <p>       The next phase is here. Organizers will conduct an online survey to determine how people view West Atlantic and what they would like it to become. Anyone can take the survey at <a href=""></a>. By next spring, the coalition hopes to present ways to market the area.</p> <p>       WARC Director Kristyn Cox-Goodwin told me Monday that the goal is not to make West Atlantic distinct from East Atlantic but to create an identity for the area, as has happened in Pineapple Grove, Artists Alley and the beach district. “We want find that target audience and figure out the missing piece.” The survey area, she said, will run from West Palm Beach to Pompano Beach.</p> <p>       Cox-Goodwin acknowledged the coalition’s intent to include residents. “This is totally community driven. We want to come up with a brand that they believe in.” City Commissioner Shelly Petrolia said West Atlantic residents historically had been “disenfranchised. They had no input.” She hopes that the effort can promote the area without causing massive regentrification that harms such historic black neighborhoods as West Settlers and Frog Alley.</p> <p>       Petrolia’s concern is on point. Delray Beach’s popularity continues to grow, and there is only so much land close to downtown. For some property owners, this could be a time to cash in. Cox-Goodwin and her colleagues want West Atlantic to grow in a way that helps residents and doesn’t drive them out.</p> <h3>University Housing</h3> <p>       In September, the owners of eight acres near Florida Atlantic University asked the Boca Raton City Council to create a land-use designation under the city’s master plan called “University Housing.” It would apply to properties of at least eight acres that are within 200 feet of FAU.</p> <p>       In other words, the designation would be strictly for the owners of the property at 2600 Northwest Fifth Avenue. The designation would allow a maximum of 80 beds per acre. As land-use lawyer Charles Siemon acknowledged, that aligns with what the developers want to build.</p> <p>       Most council members were wary. They worried that the project might conflict with the work between FAU and the city to create a student-centric district six blocks south on 20<sup>th</sup> Street. They worried about police calls to another complex of college students. They did not ask the staff to take up the project. Afterward, Siemon said he would provide more information and seek more support.</p> <p>       Last week, he got that support. At their workshop meeting, council members heard that the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council—which is helping the city with the 20<sup>th</sup> Street study—said the project would not pose a conflict. FAU said the added housing could help meet demand that the university can’t meet on campus. The applicant, Chicago-based CA Ventures, has built lots of student housing complexes around the country. Siemon said the rate of police calls at those projects is 57 percent lower than for calls at student complexes near FAU.</p> <p>       CA Ventures bought the property last January for $6 million—$2 million more than it had sold for 18 months earlier. Siemon said the company would quickly refile its application. The hope is to be open for FAU students in the fall of 2017, Siemon said, “but that will be close.”</p> <p>Delray firefighter contract     </p> <p>There are more details about the firefighter contract that the Delray Beach City Commission will approve tonight. As with Delray’s new police contract and new police and firefighter contracts in Boca Raton, the pension savings are mostly back loaded.</p> <p>       The contract covers four tiers of employees. Tier 1 is retirees and firefighters who have at least 20 years on the job. For them, pension benefits won’t change. Tier 2 is firefighters with at least 10 years but fewer than 20. The “multiplier” used to calculate their benefits will decrease from 3.5 percent to 3 percent. A firefighter who works for 20 years thus will collect a pension benefit of 60 times his or her annual salary.</p> <p>       Tier 3 is employees with fewer than 10 years, meaning that they are not vested. Their multiplier also will drop to 3 percent. Tier 4 is new hires. Their multiplier will be 2.75 percent. They also will have the largest reduction in benefit levels and won’t have the option of early retirement.</p> <p>       So the city will get pension savings, but most will be in later years. Unions care first about protecting current members, and they lose the least under this deal. Retirees lose nothing. Some Northeast and Midwest cities facing much deeper pension holes have cut retirees as well.</p> <p>       Even with the union’s concession, the contract remains generous. Retirees still will get at least a one percent annual cost-of-living adjustment. Over time, however, Delray Beach hopes to raise salaries and make the system more focused on compensating firefighters when they are working, not when they aren’t.</p> <h3>Delray’s beach master plan</h3> <p>       Also on tonight’s Delray city commission agenda is Phase 1 of the beach master plan. This phase involves the park/walkway between A1A and the dunes and the entrances to the beach, some of which look dowdy.</p> <p>       The city wants to complete the work by Oct. 31 of next year, in time for high season. The timetable is tight. If the commission approves the concept tonight, the staff wants to pick a contractor by early January and have work begin by April 1.</p> <p>       It’s hard to imagine the commission not approving the approach. It calls for attractive new pavilions, parking meters and pet watering stations. The money is in the budget. The plan grew out of community meetings. Call it a new setting for a Delray diamond.</p> <h3>The Mark is sold</h3> <p>       For all the unhappiness in Boca Raton over the look of the Mark at Cityscape, the market seems very happy.</p> <p>       Last week, the city council followed up on a daylong discussion last April of the building’s appearance. The mixed-use Mark is the first project approved under the city’s Interim Design Guidelines. Most council members aren’t happy with the result.</p> <p>        Yet in September, Palm Beach Gardens-based Ram Realty sold the Mark to Monogram Residential Trust of Texas, which also owns The Franklin apartment complex in Delray Beach. The price was nearly $82 million, in large part because of the Mark’s high occupancy and rental rates. The Mark has 208 apartments, 18,000 square feet of retail space and a nearly 700-space parking garage, which has been the source of most of the heartburn about appearance.</p> <p>       Despite the controversy, Ram made out well. Monogram expects big things, noting how the Mark has been “amenitized”—a trending development term—to justify the rental rates. Boca at least should be happy that the Mark’s financial success reflects well on the city.</p> <p>     </p>Renovations, anniversaries and holiday celebrations2015-11-17T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.17_oceans_234.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Redesigned beachfront Oceans 234 opens in Deerfield Beach</strong></p> <p>How many places in South Florida can you actually eat at with a view of the ocean and the sand a few feet away? Not many! Not enough! </p> <p>Well, after three months of renovations, the beachfront Oceans <em>234 (234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach, 954/428-2539)</em> has re-opened, with 75 percent of the menu items all brand-new. Chef Victor Franco has spent a year creating new dishes, including a separate gluten-free menu. Add new signature cocktails and a new wine program, and that means some promising pairings to be tried in a true sea environment.</p> <p>The $1.8 million remodeling included the inside and outside of the restaurant, under the direction of owner/operator Danielle Rosse. The restaurant seats 220 and focuses on featuring the oceanfront view, along with a private dining area available for parties up to 50 people. Check out the remodeling timelapse video <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. The result is a beautiful, sea-inspired colorful space with new food and drinks to match. </p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.17_deck_84_outside.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Ahoy! Deck 84 in Delray Beach celebrates 5<sup>th</sup> anniversary</strong></p> <p>Five years ago, Deck 84 <em>(840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/665-8484)</em> opened on the waterfront in Delray Beach, and it’s a city staple now—which calls for a celebration, of course. So walk, drive or sail to the restaurant on Nov. 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for food and drink specials, live entertainment and a look at the historical charter boat, Mizner’s Dream. If you’re one of the first 50 to check in at Deck 84 on Facebook and bring a proof with you, you’ll get a commemorative T-shirt. All that, plus a Jack Daniels Fire ice luge and adult snow cones (that means much alcohol added!). </p> <p><img alt="" height="311" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.17_hoffman's_winter_wonderland_entrance.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Chocolates and bright lights: Hoffman’s 25<sup>th</sup> Annual Winter Wonderland</strong></p> <p>The big kids as well as the little kids get excited about the annual Hoffman’s Chocolates display at the Gardens in Greenacres <em>(5190 Lake Worth Road, 561/967-2213)</em>, starting this year on Nov. 22. It’s the 25<sup>th</sup> Annual Winter Wonderland, and the lights, displays, live entertainment and yummy treats and drinks promise to be bigger and better than ever. It will certainly kick off your holiday season in a positive way. Don’t miss the photo ops with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Admission is free.</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>The Week Ahead: Nov. 17 to 232015-11-16T11:24:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/natureconnects.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Nature Connects”</strong></p> <p>Where: Mounts Botanical Garden, 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: free for members, $5 donation for nonmembers</p> <p>Contact: 561/233-1757, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Vibrant, supersized animals began to dot the grounds of the Mounts Botanical Garden this past Saturday—and the best part is that nobody needs to feed them. The giant peacock, dragonfly, monarch butterfly and family of deer are part of “Nature Connects,” the largest exhibition in the Garden’s 30-year history. These sculptures by creator Sean Kenney are made entirely from LEGO bricks, the young-at-heart artist’s medium of choice—nearly half a million colorful rectangles in all. A Bonsai tree, a girl with a watering can, a wheelbarrow add ambience to the animal kingdom, with the total number of displays reaching a baker’s dozen. Or should we say a bricklayer’s dozen? “Nature Connects” is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and it runs through mid-February.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="259" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/chefs-tailgate.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Great Chefs Tailgate and College Football Spirit Night</strong></p> <p>Where: Via Mizner Golf and Country Club, 6200 Boca Del Mar Drive, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40</p> <p>Contact: 561/385-0144, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>We’re still over a month away from the second-annual Boca Raton Bowl, which promises to be an economic boon for the city when teams from the Mid-American and American Athletic conferences square off at FAU Stadium Dec. 22. To build anticipation for the event—and to provide another outlet for the region’s imaginative toques to compete with each other in their own friendly gridiron rivalry—the Spirit of Giving network is hosting this inaugural tailgating party and College Football Spirit Night. Show your alumni colors at this foodie extravaganza, which will feature chef’s selections from 11 area restaurants, country clubs and resorts, including M.E.A.T., the Tilted Kilt, Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club and Rebel House. The $40 ticket provides food tastings and two cocktails, with all proceeds benefiting the Spirit of Giving’s 2015 holiday gift drive.</p> <p><img alt="" height="264" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/724925-tom_brokaw_01.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: An Evening With Tom Brokaw</strong></p> <p>Where: Chapman Conference Center, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15</p> <p>Contact: 305/237-3258, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>You might want to have handkerchiefs handy for this appearance by the NBC News titan—or maybe not. Brokaw was never much of a sentimentalist on the air, so perhaps his appearance at the Miami Book Fair won’t be an occasion for collective weeping. Either way, expect Brokaw’s talk to get personal. The former “NBC Nightly News” anchor usually avoids memoiristic writing in his best-selling cultural histories about the WWII generation and the ‘60s, but his latest book, <em>A Lucky Life Interrupted</em>, is a reflection on his 2013 diagnosis of multiple myeloma. With a prognosis of eight years max—barring the discovery of a miracle treatment—Brokaw is living in the midst of what he calls “the Mortality Zone.” Sadly, any South Florida appearance by the veteran newsman may be his last; certainly, if the content of his book is any indication, it’ll be his most emotionally naked discussion yet.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/i-hate-hamlet-preview-night-77.jpeg" width="250"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “I Hate Hamlet”</strong></p> <p>Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $29–$35</p> <p>Contact: 561/586-6410, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The iconic part of Shakespeare’s troubled prince of Denmark has attracted everyone from Constantin Stanislavski and Laurence Olivier to Mel Gibson and Kevin Kline. For many actors, playing the title role in what has been described as “the world’s most filmed story after ‘Cinderella’” is a rite of passage. But as humorist and playwright Paul Rudnick reminds us, not everybody is cut out to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. His 1991 comedy “I Hate Hamlet” follows one such actor, a Shakespeare-phobic TV star named Andrew Rally, who, in a lull between screen projects, is offered a role as Hamlet in a stage production. At least he has some supernatural help in his corner: Thanks his new loft—a gothic-style brownstone once home to a seminal Hamlet, John Barrymore—Andrew is able to summon the late actor in a séance. Barrymore’s spirit turns out to be as demanding and abrasive as his flesh-and-blood form, debating the young actor about women, art, success, duty and television, and even engaging in a swashbuckling swordfight. By the end, it will answer a fundamental question: To be or not to be Hamlet? The show runs through Dec. 6.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/1009bet-straight.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Straight No Chaser</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$95</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This 10-member a cappella chorus originated the way most a cappella choruses do: on a college campus, in this case Indiana University in 1996. Two years later, the group released a music video for its innovative cover of “The 12 Days of Christmas,” which integrated samples of “I Have a Little Dreidel” and Toto’s “Africa.” Hardly anyone noticed at the time, but when it was rediscovered in 2006, it rocketed across the Web, earning some 18 million YouTube hits and leading to an Atlantic Records deal in 2008. These days, Straight no Chaser, with its cheeky alcohol/bar-themed album titles, is arguably the nation’s most well-known a cappella group, having performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall and Wrigley Field to “The Today Show.” Christmas melodies are a specialty of this impeccably skilled chorus, but for this tour, the group is supporting its latest album “The New Old Fashioned,” whose reimagined covers include cuts by Pharrell, Hozier, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Otis Redding and more. </p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/chris_evert.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 W. Atlantic Ave., and Boca Raton Resort and Club, 501 E. Camino Real</p> <p>When: Event times vary</p> <p>Cost: $20-$2,500</p> <p>Contact: 561/394-2400, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Obscure reference alert! If you happen to be sitting in the bleachers of the Delray Beach Tennis Center for this month’s annual Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic, and an esoteric quip about Spiro Agnew or “Ishtar” or Marshall McLuhan wafts through the speakers, that’s because comedian Dennis Miller is on the court, serving up more than aces. The former “SNL” fake-news anchor will compete in the charity event for the first time alongside returning raqueteers Alan Thicke, Timothy Olyphant, Maeve Quinlan, singer-songwriter David Cook, Tennis Hall of Famer Pam Shriver and more. Off-the-court activities continue at the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club, which will host the event’s Classic Cocktail Reception and Charity Gala. Evert is hoping to top last year’s $700,000 raised to combat drug abuse and child neglect.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/71388d5c1ab52b1d424a34c386e1ba2cd4f373e5.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Martin Barre</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Guitarist Martin Barre’s live show is a self-described combination of “blues, rock and Tull.” That’s because, for 45 years, until its dissolution in 2014, Barre was a staple in Jethro Tull, the innovative English prog-rock band. His guitar playing, adopted prodigiously and without lessons—he studied architecture in college, not music, but quickly left the profession because he found it “boring”—was a major factor in Jethro’s amalgam of hard rock, blues and British folk music. Barre is known for composing melodies in his elaborate solos, as opposed to just riffing, and his work on the Tull smash “Aqualung” is regularly cited as one of the 25 best rock solos of all-time. Barre’s sixth solo album, 2014’s “Order of Play,” features 14 Jethro Tull classics, rerecorded with Barre’s four-piece band, and he’ll be playing many of them at this rare tour appearance. It arrives on the heels of his performances on Yes’ Cruise to the Edge, which returns to Miami Thusday, so welcome him back to dry land along with vocalist Dan Crisp, drummer George Lindsay, saxophonist/clarinetist Richard Beesley and bassist Alan Thompson.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="248" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/jesse-eisenberg_612x380_0.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Jesse Eisenberg and Kunal Nayyar</strong></p> <p>Where: Chapman Conference Center, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 12:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 305/237-3258, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Since emerging onto the art-house movie circuit with the 2002 cult comedy “Roger Dodger,” Jesse Eisenberg has been the favored casting for socially awkward, preternaturally brilliant brainiacs like Mark Zuckerberg (“The Social Network”) and <em>Rolling Stone</em> writer David Lipsky (“The End of the Tour”). But the Oscar-nominated actor is also a deft writer of short comic fiction, and his appearance at this fall’s Miami Book Fair will support his debut collection <em>Bream Gives Me Hiccups</em>. This compilation of sly, comedic short stories includes everything from contemporary dorm-room crises to historically reimagined scenes from ancient Pompeii and the time of Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone. He’ll be joined onstage by another voice of authentic humor in the entertainment world: Kunal Nayyar, aka Raj on “The Big Bang Theory,” who will support his autobiographical story collection <em>Yes, My Accent is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You</em>.</p>Derek Lam at Neiman Marcus2015-11-16T06:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p>On Nov. 13, Derek Lam hosted a fashion show in the CUSP department of Neiman Marcus in Town Center to display his Spring 2016 collection. The store is the lucky first recipient of Lam's complete new collection, so Boca Mag sat down with Lam to get the inside scoop.</p> <p><img alt="" height="411" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.16_derek_lam_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>When/how did your love for fashion start?</strong></p> <p>I think my love for fashion started when I was in school studying fashion at Parsons. I first studied art, and then I kind of got into the idea of going into fashion. It was maybe my second to last year that I felt like I really had a knack for it. When things start to work out, that’s when you feel like you’re really developing and growing. I became more and more enthusiastic.</p> <p><strong>At what moment in your life did you have that “I made it” moment? </strong></p> <p>Now that it’s been 12 years, it feels like I am here, and I’m doing the work and obviously have an amazing business. Partnering with Neiman Marcus, such a wonderful company, to represent both collections—Derek Lam and 10 Crosby—it’s very satisfying.</p> <p><strong>What is the vision behind your clothing? What is your inspiration?</strong></p> <p>It’s rooted in American style. I’m always trying to be on the edge of American style—I want to do something that has a modern sensibility. I also love the ideas of thoughtful simplicity and purposefulness and real attention to details, all wrapped up in something that’s luxury and fun.</p> <p><strong>What is your favorite thing to design?</strong></p> <p>I love designing pants because a lot of women have difficulty finding great-fitting trousers. I understand the point of view is that you can never have long enough legs, so why don’t we make a pant that gives you that flattering look? I love designing coats because they’re such statement pieces. I think I’m not so much a fashion designer as I am a lifestyle designer. That means that I’m looking at all the different categories—shoes, bags, accessories—because it’s really more about building a style than just one fashion statement. It’s a wardrobe, a personality, a lifestyle.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.16_derek_lam_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What can we expect from you in the upcoming season?</strong></p> <p>Well, we’re continuing our collaboration with Athleta, which is wonderful; that’s going through the whole year. We launched 10 Crosby eyewear and bags. We will be launching our new shoe collection next season. We’re making products that work around the idea of ready-to-wear clothing that fulfills a lifestyle.</p> <p><strong>What do you like most about fashion?</strong></p> <p>I love that it changes, and I love that it reflects very immediately what’s happening in culture. Sometimes, when you’re constantly looking for that inspiration, it can be chaotic because things change so quickly. </p> <p><strong>What advice would you give an aspiring designer or someone who is experimenting with fashion?</strong></p> <p>I think a real foundation in art is wonderful because it really gives you a broad view of the possibilities. You may initially think you want to go into fashion, but then you decide you want to go into fine arts or curating or interior design. Within fashion, you can even discover that you want to be a journalist for fashion or a buyer. Give yourself that broad overview of the possibilities.</p>Thanksgiving To-Go2015-11-16T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>For those of us who love to eat with friends and family for Thanksgiving dinner but don’t love to cook, the options are takeout, or eat out. Both are wonderful holiday choices, and if you haven’t tried either—be careful. You just might be hooked once you do.</p> <p>Today, we focus on the amazing to-go meals available. But you need to order soon because these are in high demand.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.13_thanksgiving_to_go.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Feed small or large dinner party: Bogart’s Bar &amp; Grille</strong></p> <p>This is the third year for Thanksgiving To Go from Rapoport’s Restaurant Group. It’s a popular home-style, multi-course meal.</p> <p>For the first course, choose one starter: baby spinach salad, chopped salad, butternut squash bisque or split pea soup. Slow-roasted turkey is the main course, with all the trimmings—including green beans, glazed carrots, mashed sweet potatoes, whipped potatoes, herb stuffing, sage gravy and cranberry relish. For dessert, choose from apple pie, pecan pie or pumpkin pie.</p> <p>The dinner is available in two sizes: one feeds 4-6 people and costs $149.95; the other for up to 12 people costs $264.95. A la carte add-ons are also available.</p> <p>All orders must be placed by Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. Pickup will be at Bogart’s Bar &amp; Grille at the Cinemark Palace 20 <em>(3200 Airport Road)</em> on Nov. 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To place your order, call 561/826-1791.</p> <p><strong>Organic turkey dinner and trimmings: Whole Foods Market</strong> </p> <p>The list of available Thanksgiving dishes to-go from Whole Foods Market is too long to print, but suffice to say it includes everything from a roasted turkey breast dinner for four ($69.99) to an organic turkey dinner package ($149.99) that serves 4-8 to the deluxe dinner package that serves the extended family ($229.99).  Order <a href="" target="_blank">online</a> or in-store through Nov. 22 for these meals, which must be picked up by Nov. 26. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Staff Picks: diamonds and Deck 842015-11-13T12:47:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>Mayors</p> <p><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.13_mayors.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Rebecca Valenza, National Accounts Manager</em></p> <p>“This week, I decided to get a jump on my holiday shopping, and I have a special anniversary this year, so I thought I would pop into Mayors at Town Center to see what 'sparkled' me. What a beautiful experience. The staff is so respectful and polished, and the jewelry is so brilliantly showcased. The store carries brands like Aaron Basha, Bulgari, Gucci, Roberto Coin and Kwiat. There are also Chanel and Panerai timepieces—I was impressed.  I left a happy girl with a little, ribbon-wrapped box. “</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a> // 6000 Glades Road #1119 // 561/368-6022)</p> <p>Deck 84</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.13_deck_84.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>“I was recently reminded how wonderful it is to live in Florida while sitting outside at Deck 84 during brunch on a