Palm Beach Marriott Builds a Gingerbread Surf Shack, and Lionfish is Coming to Atlantic Ave

Marriott Singer Island Beach Gingerbread House (10)

Gingerbread surf shack at Singer Island Marriott

Gingerbread houses are a lot cooler than dollhouses because you can eat them. And life-sized gingerbread houses are the best of all worlds – walk through them, then have a nibble!

With Dec. 12 marking National Gingerbread House Day (you knew there had to be one, right?), the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa has this one licked, so to speak.

Chef Kursten Restivo, who creates all the sweet treats at the venue, has built a surf shack out of gingerbread, pictured above. Complete with a giant palm tree and surfboards, this delicious domicile took more than 1,000 hours to complete and has 1,800 gumballs, 110 eggs and more than 34 pounds of sugar. 

The scrumptious surf shack is in the grand lobby, and while you’re there, think about dining at 3800 Ocean, the very good restaurant in the resort. 

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort, 3800 N. Ocean Dr., Singer Island; 561/340-1700;

Lionfish to open on Atlantic in Delray

Lionfish Butter Poached King Crab

A San Diego restaurant, Lionfish, will open a second location next to Johnnie Brown’s on Delray’s Atlantic Avenue next year, at 307 E. Atlantic Ave. 

Owned by Clique Hospitality, which is also opening the Ray hotel in Pineapple Grove (and planning restaurants at that location), Lionfish is known for its seafood dishes that focus on seasonal ingredients. Yes, it means including lionfish in appetizers and entrees. That will help lessen the ranks of the invasive fish species off our coast. 

Overseeing the kitchen operation is Executive Chef Jose Ruiz from the San Diego venue. He will have a local chef on-site, too. Clique has venues in Las Vegas and partners with hospitality corporations, including MGM Resorts International.