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Taste History Culinary Tour: Part One

The small group filed onto the air-conditioned coach bus in the heat of the summer. “Welcome to the Taste History Culinary Tour!” With that, Lori J. Durante, executive tour director and guide extraordinaire, is off on another of her popular culinary tours. The tours, which happen the first through…

The Sunglass Lowdown

Summer sun means one thing: sunglasses. It’s difficult for me to wander through a department store without somehow finding myself in the sunglass section. It’s impossible to ignore all of the fun shapes, colors, styles and designers. It’s time to say goodbye to your old, boring frames, and hello…
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Remembering the Countess, Chabad, and more on the Wildflower site

Sympathies Talk about karma. In 1992, the Boca Raton News ran a story alleging that one of Boca Raton’s most generous philanthropists—Henrietta de Hoernle, known throughout the community as Countess de Hoernle—basically had bought her title. Reaction was caustic at best and vile at worst. On…
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The Week Ahead: July 26 to Aug. 1

What: “African Art: Highlights of the Permanent Collection” Where: NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $5-$12 Contact: 954/525-5500, nsuartmuseum.org The art of sub-Saharan Africa is immeasurably rich, with unearthed objects dating…

Thanks for the Countess

For as long as I’ve lived here, Boca resident the Countess Henriettta de Hoernle has been a legendary philanthropist—with a decidedly down-to-earth demeanor despite the title. She lived relatively modestly, was not above shaming her peers into giving more, and lived by the motto: “Give while…

Upcoming Prix Fixe Dinners

It has been, and continues to be, an interesting summer of special, prix fixe meals. If you read this space, you’ve got a good list going already. It’s time to remind you about the July 28 four-course dinner, paired with Languedoc wines, at Café Boulud (301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060).…

Staff PIcks: Burgers and Rock

Shake Shack   Picked by Megan Kearney, editorial intern “It’s hard to resist a burger, fries and a shake every once in a while. Luckily, Shake Shack fills that craving immediately with its simple-yet-scrumptious burgers, crinkle cut fries and a multitude of frozen custard treats and shakes…

Dine and Donate

It’s time to eat, drink and contribute to some terrific causes. Here are two coming up: Oceans 234 (234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach, 954/428-2539) is hosting the 6th annual Clothes Off Our Backs fundraiser, to help combat domestic violence. On Aug. 3, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., pay just $20…

Fashion Forward: Versakini x House of Perna

LLScene is back from Miami Swim week with a full bikini wardrobe. We couldn’t be happier for our long time friends, Kelsey Duffy of Versakini and Amanda Perna of House of Perna for launching and showcasing Versakini x Amanda Perna. Versakini, with countless combinations and versatility, unveiled their…
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A Moment of Underwater Zen

On a recent visit to the Norton Museum of Art, five young people—say, 20 and under—were camped out on the sofas in the middle of the gallery of the museum’s lone summer exhibition, “Giverny: Journal of an Unseen Garden.” It was unclear whether they were dragged there, or visited through…

Review: Cabo Flats

Give this girl a margarita, lots of crispy, crunchy tortilla chips and a big bowl of fresh guacamole and she is very, very happy. There’s not much else you need. It’s the perfect combination for a girls night out or even a first date. While I’d be totally impressed if a guy took me to a fancy…
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This just in: Singer may challenge Haynie

Singer to challenge Haynie? Boca Raton City Councilman Scott Singer may challenge Mayor Susan Haynie in the March election. “I am considering it,” Singer told me on Tuesday, adding that he plans to decide by the end of the month. “I want to bring more responsible decisions on development…

Kids' Must-Have Travel Products

As a mom blogger, I get asked quite often about what products parents “need” when traveling with their kids. I personally think these needs change quite a bit depending on the mode of transportation that a family is planning on taking—but for the car? I have some homeruns. And, they are all available…

WPB Health and Wellness Expo

Learn about positive, healthy and sustainable living at the 7th annual e4 Life: Green, Health and Wellness Expo on July 23 at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (4801 Dreher Trail North) in West Palm Beach. The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium has teamed up with the West Palm…
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The Week Ahead: July 19 to 25

What: All Florida Invitational Where: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $10-$12 Contact: 561/392-2500, bocamuseum.org Art lovers who bemoaned the absence of the All Florida juried exhibition last year can rest assured knowing that the…

Kyboe watches at Miami Swim Week

Miami Swim Week was the place and Kyboe was the watch; the watch company held its first fashion show in the Funkshion tent last week. A raised platform in the tent was actually a conveyer belt—with mannequin hands wearing the watches “strutting” down the runway. The watches shone and…

Oysters and Happy Hours

New Social Hour menu, drinks at Nitrogen Just east of I-95 off Indiantown Road in Jupiter is Nitrogen Bar, Grill & Sushi, which says it all. This speakeasy-style venue, with brick, dark wood and funky, upscale décor, specializes in small bites to go with the gorgeous cocktails from…
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Ocean Breeze goes up for grabs & other news of note

Teeing off residents? Boca Teeca residents have a potential new ally in their fight against development of the former Ocean Breeze Golf Club in the large, north-end community. Mayor Susan Haynie had told me several weeks ago that she would like to get Boca Raton mostly out of the golf course business.…

Camilla Swim Week fashion

A sea of chic, flowing fabrics created from bright colors inspired by the vibes of Africa surrounded me as I entered the CAMILLA Beach House Private Pre-Sunset Cocktail Party at the Faena hotel during Miami Swim Week. Australian fashion designer Camilla Franks is known for her bold, individualistic…

Concert Review: The Flight of the Conchords in Mizner Park

[NOTE: The Week Ahead will run on Tuesday this week.] This past weekend, The Flight of the Conchords flew into Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton for a hilarious night of witty chitchat and acoustic guitar theatrics. The band, consisting of Bret McKenzie (jokester/musician) and Jemaine Clement…