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Summer Cocktails: Broward and Miami

Summertime and the sippin’ is sweet. We have mixologists (“bartender” is passé, people), and we have crafted cocktails that include locally grown herbs, toppings that are art for the eye as well as the palate, and concoctions mixing spirits with the spiritual. Here are some of the newer Broward/Dade…

Four Arts Announces 2017 Lecture Series

The Society of the Four Arts has announced its 2017 O’Keeffe Lecture Series, and it doesn’t disappoint. Award-winning TV journalists, magazine reporters, think tank commenters, art historians and even the butler from one of the most acclaimed television series of the 21st century will grace Palm…
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Delray's commision meeting turns ugly (again) and news on opioid abuse funding

More action at the Delray meeting It might have been the most fascinating moment I’ve seen in 30 years of watching local politics. It might also mark a helpful turning point for Delray Beach. Near the end of Tuesday night’s city commission meeting—after a collegial discussion of nominations…

Movie Review: "Ghostbusters"

Fans of the original “Ghostbusters” franchise have been prepared to despise its reboot since at least January 2015, with director Paul Feig’s tentative cast announcement. This happens with every sacred cinematic property, but not since “Star Wars: Episode 1” has the Pavlovian outrage turned…

Top 5 Budget-Friendly and Nutritious Foods

I am often asked to share tips for healthy eating on a very tight budget and in this blog I will share my top 5 very cheap foods that are actually healthy. 1. Bananas Perfect for: Breakfast What's a serving? 1-3 bananas Price per serving: 1 for 30 cents and 3 for $1 What’s in it for…

Orthopedic doc to talk about anterior hip replacement at free lecture

John Wang, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon who practices in Boynton Beach and Boca Raton, will present a free lecture on anterior hip replacement on July 26. The lecture, which is open to the public, is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Boynton Branch Library (9451 S. Jog Road, Boynton Beach). During…

Summer Libations and more

Heading into mid-summer calls for cool libations. I’ll be featuring some terrific summer cocktails in the next couple of weeks. If you have a favorite, email me and let me know. It’s thyme to sip at Chez l’Epicier Using fresh herbs, fruits and veggies in crisp cocktails means a bit o’…
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Brightline, city attorney and Garlic Fest updates

All Aboard coming aboard Residents of Boca Raton and Delray Beach now can see that Brightline is coming. Brightline is the passenger train service that is scheduled to begin operating in mid-2017 between Miami and West Palm Beach. Eventually, the company plans to expand service to Orlando. Thirty-two…
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The Week Ahead: July 12 to 18

What: Bastille Day celebration Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach When: 5 to 9 p.m. Cost: Free Contact: 561/832-5196, norton.org Our own July fireworks may have passed, but in France this week, revolutionary celebrations are just kicking into gear, with…

Summer Dining Deals

Cena Modern hosts both wine tasting, wine dinner Fairly new restaurant Cena Modern Italian (9 SE 7th Ave., Delray Beach; 561/330-1237) is hosting both a wine tasting and a wine dinner this month. The tasting is July 14, at 6 p.m., with tickets starting at $15, and reservations are required. Paired…

Staff Picks: Champagne Dinner and Contemporary Décor

Chops Lobster Bar   Picked by Gail Eagle, Special Projects Manager “I recently attended a wine dinner at Chops Lobster Bar featuring Darioush wines paired with yellowtail crudo, tiger shrimp and tilefish with a nectarine emulsion. I can't wait to go to the next dinner on July 13 for its…
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Burger Battle, French Fare and a Delray Debut

Get ready for the 5th Annual Boca Burger Battle Defending 2015 Boca Burger Battle champions M.E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom (980 N. Federal Highway; 561/419-2600) will return in the upcoming July 16 event, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Sanborn Square Park and along Federal Highway. Last year, there…

Theater Review: "Forever Plaid" at the Wick

“Forever Plaid” begins with an ominous narrator, who recounts the story of four singers suffering a deadly car crash before a concert. This is accompanied by a piercing sound effect and a flash of lightning. The four men, or the “Plaids,” walk onstage from the aisles carrying candles and looking…

Peter DeRosa Salon Debuts at Eleven Spa

Lindsey & Lilly of LLScene are back to let you know about one of the hottest parties of the summer, the grand opening of Peter DeRosa Salon at Eleven Spa! The collaboration brings the celebrity stylist into a completely redesigned salon at Eleven, which includes massage and esthetic services, fashion…
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Mini Review: Acai Bowl at 3 Natives

Just as soup is a key factor to surviving a winter up north, acai bowls are of the like to a Floridian’s summer — a necessity. And while all bowls appear very similar — a smoothie-like blend of antioxidant-rich acai topped with an assortment of fresh fruits — 3 Natives, which opened June 6 west…
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Review: Lynora's

Some of my favorite restaurants are those family-owned, mom and pop shops with original recipes dating back decades. That is exactly what I found when I visited Lynora’s in West Palm Beach. The Abbenante family continues its Italian legacy, which started back in 1974 when chef/owners Raffaele and…
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Anothger colorful Delray commission meeting and new plans for Boca's El Rio Park

The great street festival debate The Delray Beach City Commission’s seven-hour meeting Tuesday night/Wednesday morning ended with the commission close to collective agreement. That period of calm, however, was deceptive. Such sentiment did not match the tone of earlier discussions. The topic…

In The Magazine: Feel Good—Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra What happens when you take yoga to the next level, into a sort of a waking meditative sleep? You have yoga nidra, the latest craze in relaxation. Julie Murphy, a Gulf Stream resident and yoga instructor at Simply Yoga in Delray Beach, describes yoga nidra as “not quite meditation,…

Theater Review: "1776" at Dramaworks

Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production of the Founding Fathers musical “1776” opens not with erudite white men in jerkins and tri-corner hats but with … Rachel Maddow? Yes, there she is, projected onto the set, on our left. A moment later, her Fox News timeslot rival, Megyn Kelly, appears on our…

In The Magazine: Backstage Pass—Take 5

When the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival began in Jupiter’s Carlin Park 26 years ago, founder Kermit Christman repeated a particular buzzword so many times it became a mantra among the staff: accessible. This is understandable. As masterly as Shakespeare is, he can be anathema to some modern audiences.…