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The Week Ahead: Dec. 20 to Jan. 1

A Jewish singles mixer turns 30, the Piano Man rocks New Year’s Eve, and a free yoga event kicks off 2017. Plus, The Reverend Horton Heat, “The Nutcracker,” “Hidden Figures” and more in the weeks ahead.   SATURDAY, DEC. 24 What: Matzo Ball Where: Il Bacio, 29 S.E. Second Ave.,…
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Christmas Dinner Options in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties

3030 Ocean (pictured), 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale; 954/765-3129: has a special prix-fixe Christmas Day menu at $65 per person (excluding beverages, tax, and gratuity). The three-course meal includes Executive Chef Adrienne Grenier’s slow-cooked prime rib, and dessert is white chocolate…
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Mayor Susan Hayne Unopposed for Re-Election, Arts Garage Trouble and more

Two of three candidates for the open Seat B on the Boca Raton City Council have loaned themselves a combined $55,500 for a job that pays $28,000 even with the voter-approved raises. Emily Gentile has loaned her campaign $30,500. Andrea O’Rourke has loaned herself $25,000. For now, Andy Thomson…
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Christmas Dinners in Palm Beach County

Give yourself a gift and make reservations for a scrumptious Christmas dinner. Let someone else do the prep and the cleanup, while you just take care of working through appetizer, entrée and dessert. With a spot of wine. Here are some suggestions:   Palm Beach County Waterstone Resort &…
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A Quest to Save Manatees: A Trip to Manatee Lagoon

Ninety-eight manatees have been killed in 2016 to date. This is notable since the US Fish and Wildlife Service wants to take them off the Endangered Species List and down-list them to Threatened, and Governor Rick Scott has eased boat speed restrictions in some Florida counties. Keep in mind that…
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LLScene Holiday Gift Guide

You didn’t think we would forget our famous holiday gift guide post did you? In all seriousness, we know that we have been lacking on the blogging side of things, but sometimes building an empire requires some prioritizing here and there! Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean the blog is going ANYWHERE. Okay,…
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Two New Restaurants and Some Dinner Specials

The Habit Restaurants are opening the fifth Florida Habit Burger Grill in Boca on Dec. 21. Four of those locations are in Palm Beach County, so it appears they’ve found their peeps. Habit Burger is one of the fast-casual chains and prepares made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches, along with…
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Analyzing Lane Kiffin and FAU, Delray Beach City Commission Controversy and more

The holiday break comes at a perfect time for the Delray Beach City Commission, even if the break will mean no low political theater for a while. Tuesday night featured the latest squall over filling the seat of Commissioner Al Jacquet, who resigned last month and now has a seat in the Florida House.…
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West Palm Beach Restaurants: City Tap

Philadelphia sports fans will be thrilled to hear we have a new Philly bar in town! The original location is in University City, there’s another location in Washington, D.C., and now we have one here in Downtown West Palm Beach! City Tap has taken over the incredibly large space previously housed…
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Healthy Drinking Options for the Holidays

Holidays are here and that means parties, which usually means drinking. If you don’t want to give up alcohol but would like to learn about the healthiest options to enjoy, then in this blog is for you. Best alcoholic drinks at the party: Organic or Bio-Dynamic Red Wine without sulfites added Red…
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New Ultimate Frisbee League in Deerfield Beach

CLUBWAKA South Florida announced that registration is open for Thursday night coed ultimate Frisbee. Started in 1998 as the World Adult Kickball Association (WAKA), today’s CLUBWAKA is a U.S. social club providing adult sports leagues, social activities and events. Ultimate Frisbee is new to…
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Palm Beach Food & Wine Fest: Daniel and Friends

When Chef Daniel Boulud calls his friends together to toss out some dishes, you end up with a meal of many colors. That’s what happened Sunday at the Brazilian Court setting for this walk-around tasting and Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival event. There’s the gray, pearl and seaweed hues…
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The Week Ahead: Dec. 13-19

A solo theater piece re-creates “It’s a Wonderful Life” in 75 minutes, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra resurrects Christmas spirits, and Bret Baier keynotes the YMCA’s Prayer Breakfast. Plus, The Beach Boys, The Jingle Ball, “Avenue Q” and more in your week ahead.   WEDNESDAY What:…
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Uptown Atlantic is Dead, Arts Garage in Trouble, and more

Uptown Atlantic is dead. Is the hope for redeveloping West Atlantic Avenue still alive? Last Thursday, the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency voted 6-0 – board member Daniel Rose was absent – to terminate the agreement under which Equity Delray was to purchase roughly six acres of land…
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Palm Beach Food & Wine Fest: Southern Revival Charm

It was billed as a Southern Revival lunch, and it revived even the weariest, hardest-working folks on Friday when Chefs Lindsay Autry, Michelle Bernstein, Stephen Stryjewski and Virginia Willis took over at The Regional Kitchen & Public House in West Palm Beach. One of the events of the Palm…
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A Trip to Panther Ridge Conservation Center

It’s excruciating to obey the low speed limit on the long road to Panther Ridge Conservation Center. At the same time, it is rather serene gazing at the lush grounds where horses walk, trot and learn how to master their game. It is most definitely horse country out there. Just when you think you’ve…
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Buccan Receives Rave Reviews at Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival

As a first timer experiencing the annual Palm Beach Food & Wine Fest, I can honestly say the bar for next year has been set extremely high. On Thursday evening, the festival kicked off in a few locations around Palm Beach. I found myself at Buccan. There was a bustling crowd, music blaring and…
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Kuro Chef Prepares Amazing Dishes, Recently Opened "Olla" is Worth the Visit

A seven-course, prix-fixe tasting menu will change nightly at Kuro, a new-style Japanese restaurant at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Executive Chef Alex Q. Becker will start with cold/sashimi dishes, then hot/tempura/robata dishes, then sushi, then dessert. I love leaving the food choice…
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Update on Congress Avenue Corridor, More Fake News from BocaWatch and more

Delray Beach’s attempt to redevelop the Congress Avenue Corridor is showing signs of success – part of it at Boca Raton’s expense. That coup is the move from Boca to Delray of Kaufman Lynn Construction. In an interview, CEO Michael Kaufman said the company, which has 125 employees, has outgrown…
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There's No Holiday Like a Disney Holiday

As a blogger, I occasionally get invited to do some cool things. One of these things recently was being invited on my first ever Walt Disney World media trip to preview all things holiday at the parks. The No. 1 thing I learned? No one does a holiday like Disney. Holiday cheer is everywhere at…