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Tapas, a Soiree and a Contest

Tapas craze spawns new B Bar Tapas & Grill eatery Tapas are (still) the craze, and new restaurant B Bar Tapas & Grill (2995 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 798/657-2275) is answering that call. It features tapas influenced by flavors from all over the world, such as the grilled octopus…
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Pension reform, more on the Wildflower and other news of note

Police and Fire Pension Reform Delray Beach is about to complete one of the city’s most important changes in years. It’s the culmination of police and fire pension reform, which began with concessions in the new contracts that reduce the city’s long-term liability. City commissioners…
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Brad Paisley at Perfect Vodka

(Photo by Ron Elkman) [NOTE: The Week Ahead will run on Wednesday this week.] Cutoff jeans and cowboy boots were everywhere on Saturday, August 13 for Brad Paisley’s Life Amplified World Tour in West Palm Beach. The tour, which began in May, featured female duo Maddie & Tae, and Tyler…
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End-of-Summer Dessert

The mango tree outside is almost done with fruit for the year. It gives me mango chicken, salsa, bread, pizza, daiquiris and … you get the idea. But when I saw this recipe from Seaspice's Executive Pastry Chef Jill Montinola, it made me want to start baking all over again. She thinks “outside the…
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A Charitable Dinner and Home-Delivery Meal Prep

3 top chefs join forces to help No Kid Hungry When you put Avocado Grill’s Julien Gremaud, Max’s Harvest’s Eric Baker and Buccan/Grato’s Clay Conley (pictured) in the kitchen together, you get an amazing five-course meal that benefits Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. That…
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Movie Review: "Anthropoid"

You shouldn’t judge a movie by its title. “Anthropoid” sounds like something from science fiction—a life-supporting astral body in an exoplanetary system, perhaps, or a new type of robotic insect in a “Starship Troopers” sequel. The real Anthropoid, and the fictionalized movie it inspired,…
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Review: Tucker Duke's

Tucker Duke’s. Best known for their insane Tucker Duke’s burger with fried onion rings, american cheese, special “tucker” sauce, lettuce and tomato. It's so huge that you have to squish it down to fit it in your mouth. So loved, that Tucker Duke’s will never make any changes or substitutions…
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O'Rourke files for commission seat and the latest on Boca vs. the Park District

O’Rourke files for city commission seat Four months ago, BocaWatch Editor Andrea O’Rourke told me “on the record” that she would not run for a city council seat in March. Oops. O’Rourke told me Wednesday that has filed for Seat B. Incumbent Michael Mullaugh is term-limited in March.…
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Scream for Ice Cream

I will be the first one to admit this—I scream for ice cream. Indeed, ice cream is my favorite food group and because of it, summer doesn’t seem to be so brutal. You’re probably thinking that ice cream isn’t exactly a health food, right? Well, you may be correct, but being a Green Goddess, I’m…
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West Palm Beach Theatre Expands its Season

A venerable children’s theater company in West Palm Beach is expanding its demographics—offering, for the first time, a season for grown-ups, too. Kimberly Rommel-Enright, managing director of KWP Productions (for a good laugh, ask her what the acronym stands for), has been mounting lavish, mainstage…
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Boca Teen Wins CrossFit’s “Fittest Teen on Earth”

Boca Raton resident Kaela Stephano, 15, went to compete in the Reebok CrossFit Games in Carson, Calif., last month and came home as the “Fittest Teen on Earth” in her age group. Stephano, who works out at CrossFit HYPE in Boca Raton, was one of ten teenage girls her age in the world to make it…
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A Wine Dinner, a Beer Bash and a Food Fest

Spoto’s site of five-course wine-food pairing dinner Executive Chef Dan Bair, of Spoto’s Oyster Bar (4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/776-9448), is hosting a five-course meal on Aug. 18 that pairs wines with dishes to create those all-too-few perfect bites. He’s putting a Riesling…
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The Ocean Breeze issue, festival conflicts and other news of note

  More Ocean Breeze Here are some cold-eyed thoughts after Monday’s Boca Raton City Council discussion of the city’s western golf course and the Ocean Breeze course at Boca Teeca. First, it would be in the city’s best financial interest to simply get the best offer for the municipal course…
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The Week Ahead: Aug. 9 to 15

What: Opening reception for “Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks” Where: Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami When: 7 to 10 p.m. Cost: $16 adults, free for members Contact: 305/375-3000, pamm.org What was pioneering neo-expressionist Jean-Michel Basquiat thinking about…
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Ninth Annual Boca Ballroom Battle Coming Up Fast

This week three years ago I was counting down in my head the number of days (10) and hours (225) before the Big Night, the one where I’d find myself standing in front of 750 people in a ballroom the size of Rhode Island getting ready to dance to the fastest show tune ever composed by man. I recall…
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Fundraisers, Grand Openings and Anniversaries

Drink a ‘Ribbon-tini’ or enjoy fondue, and help cancer patients On Aug. 15, you can indulge your taste for fondue at the Melting Pot, and help patients in the Lynn Cancer Institute. Proceeds from this “FondueRaiser” will go toward the Patient Resource Fund for those needing help with life’s…
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Cocktail Contests and Chocolate on Wheels

Stir things up with Shaken’s 32-bartender mixology contest There are bartending contests, and then there’s Shaken. What’s called the “ultimate mixology contest” will start Aug. 29, with 32 South Florida bartenders competing in an 11-round single elimination contest—with mystery ingredients.…
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Movie Review: "Indignation"

When a movie bears a cumbersome title like “Indignation,” you shouldn’t expect a high-spirited romp. And this adaptation of the 2008 Philip Roth novel of the same name is indeed a burdensome viewing—a ploddingbildungsroman that only occasionally captures the lyrical sparks and soaring articulation…
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Voter fraud in Delray? And more on Atlantic Crossing

Wow. You go on vacation for just a week, and all sorts of news happens. Ballot fraud? Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher told me Wednesday that she has been speaking with law enforcement officials about potential absentee ballot fraud in Palm Beach County ahead of the Aug. 30 primary, especially…
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Shopping Local for Back-to-School

I recently read a blog post about parents preparing for back-to-school in the 1970’s versus today. The differences between the current parenting generation and the last are laugh-out-loud hilarious, especially the lunch preparation. Regardless, the new school year is upon us, so it’s up to us Boca…