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Artist defends Moonfest Trump poster: ‘It wasn’t a play to stir the pot’

Artist defends Moonfest Trump poster: ‘It wasn’t a play to stir the pot’

Controversy arose on social media this week over this year’s Moonfest’s poster—which depicted President Donald Trump in a haunting form. But the artist behind the picture defends his work for the annual West Palm Beach Halloween festival. Craig McInnis, a freelance artist, said the idea of Trump on the poster came up when he and other Moonfest events workers were brainstorming ideas...
A skeptical dad and his daughter go ghost-busting through the South

A skeptical dad and his daughter go ghost-busting through the South

Eight ghost tours over 10 days in three of America’s most haunted cities. Surely, the apparitional odds would be in our favor, my teen-aged daughter and I assumed when planning our July road trip to St. Augustine, Savannah and Charleston. On foot, bus and horse-drawn carriage, we roamed by night through graveyards lined with crumbling tombstones, musty houses full of tragic histories and streets...
This Florida restaurant was named one of the best in the U.S.

This Florida restaurant was named one of the best in the U.S.

This may be worth a road trip! You really don’t need to travel far to enjoy some of the best food in the United States. Victoria & Albert’s, located in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, was voted as the second best restaurant in America among Trip Advisor’s 2017 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in their Traveler’s Choice Awards.  The fine-dining restaurant...
Have you shopped Taco Bell’s clothing line with Forever 21? Check it out.

Have you shopped Taco Bell’s clothing line with Forever 21? Check it out.

It’s only been a week since Taco Bell released its limited edition clothing-line collab with Forever 21, and believe it or not, it’s already selling-out.  The line consists of bodysuits, t-shirts and jackets for men, women and girls. And just like Taco Bell’s food, the price range of $12.90 to $29.90 won’t break the bank either. People were spazzing out on twitter...
Remember this: Halloween safety tips for trick-or-treating

Remember this: Halloween safety tips for trick-or-treating

Everyone looks forward to Halloween night, but Halloween safety involves planning ahead. There are practices that can be put into place before heading out for an evening of trick-or-treating, as well as do’s and don’ts throughout the actual night of knocking on doors, enjoying lots of treats and showing off those spooky and creative costumes.   Safety tips begin while...
Photos: Remember when CityPlace area was ‘war zone’ of crime, crack?

Photos: Remember when CityPlace area was ‘war zone’ of crime, crack?

Crammed with high-rise condos and office towers, a hotel, performing arts mecca, convention center and retail complex, Okeechobee Boulevard is more than West Palm Beach’s gleaming, gateway entrance. It’s a visual statement of a city’s ambition. But 30 years ago, it was a road to nowhere. Shoppers now gamboling through the Mediterranean-themed byways of CityPlace or seeing...
UberEATS didn’t forget about West Palm... or Delray, Boynton and Riviera

UberEATS didn’t forget about West Palm... or Delray, Boynton and Riviera

Miso soup as an appetizer, Gyudion (Japanese Beef Bowl) as an entree and fried cheesecake for dessert. That’s not a semi-bougie date at Fresh Element on Village Boulevard in West Palm. Nope. It's what’s coming to your condo in an Uber.  Download the UberEATS app for one of those “let’s do takeout” days because the food delivery service has officially expanded to...
Recipe of the week: Dwyane Wade’s ultimate guilty pleasure dessert

Recipe of the week: Dwyane Wade’s ultimate guilty pleasure dessert

As a new Miami Heat season kicks off this week, I still long for the days when Dwyane Wade proclaimed himself a “Heat lifer.” Truth be told, it wasn’t easy to watch him don a Chicago jersey, so the thought that he’ll be playing in full Cavaliers regalia this season is enough to send me on a chocolate chip cookie binge. Or a red velvet waffles spree. Or milk chocolate ice cream...
Norton Museum partners with schools in hopes of reaching Hispanic audience

Norton Museum partners with schools in hopes of reaching Hispanic audience

While expanding its campus, the Norton Museum is also adding programs to include the ever-growing Latino population in the Palm Beach County.  “As a cultural resource, we want to share as much as we can with the community,” Norton’s Associate Curator of Education For School Programs Brigitte Austin said. Apart from adding an audio guide in Spanish, bilingual family...
Local Girl Scouts leader: Will Boy Scouts be ‘girl-centric’ enough?

Local Girl Scouts leader: Will Boy Scouts be ‘girl-centric’ enough?

Angela Frankland always looked forward to Cub Scout camping. But she wasn’t a Cub Scout. “I used to love camping with (my brother) when he was in Cubs,” says Angela, 11, who lives in West Palm Beach. “Since he crossed over into Boy Scouts, I haven’t been able. And I miss it.” Now, in the wake of the announcement that Boy Scouts of America will admit girls...
Get ready for some spooky fun! Popular Halloween event opens this weekend in West Palm Beach

Get ready for some spooky fun! Popular Halloween event opens this weekend in West Palm Beach

Get the kiddies ready for a spooky good time! The Halloween family event, Spookyville, is opening this weekend in the Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds. The attraction is intended for children 12 and under and offers a full array of safe trick or treats, scarecrow making, kiddie rides, games, and arts & crafts. It’s a throwback to the traditional days of family Halloweens in...
In local beer news, waffles and chainsaws

In local beer news, waffles and chainsaws

This week in local beer news, resident craft brew heads have waffles and chainsaws on the brain. Let me explain:  If you’ve ever had a waffle griddled by Coolinary Café chef Tim Lipman, you may be able to vouch for their addictive qualities. And the craft beer experts at Civil Society Brewing would have to agree.  In fact, the Abacoa-based brewery has created a special waffle-infused...
Chef’s journal: Avocado Grill owner throws 3-day bash amid new debut plans

Chef’s journal: Avocado Grill owner throws 3-day bash amid new debut plans

Avocado Grill will be in full party mode this weekend as the popular downtown restaurant celebrates its third anniversary with a three-day bash. And you can expect the happiest among the revelers will be chef/owner Julien Gremaud.  In fact, by the end of the weekend it’s likely the chef who built a loyal following among local foodies with his fresh, creative dishes will be wearing a crazy...
NEW: 5 great things about green markets in Wellington, Royal Palm

NEW: 5 great things about green markets in Wellington, Royal Palm

It’s finally fall in Florida. And although we have yet to experience a shift in temperature that those in the northern U.S. are privy to, we definitely get a shift in atmosphere. My favorite thing about fall in Palm Beach County is the opening of our green markets. In the western communities, we’re blessed with two: Saturdays in Wellington and Sundays in Royal Palm Beach. The Green...
LIST: Halloween and fall events in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach

LIST: Halloween and fall events in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach

Here are some of the fun fall events coming up in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach: Movie night and food trucks: 5 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, with the movie beginning at 7 p.m. at Commons Park, 11600 Poinciana Blvd. Check out more than 15 food trucks and a special showing of the delightfully creepy “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” Information: 561-753-1232 or www.royalpalmbeach...
5 exciting ways to celebrate National Pasta Day today in Palm Beach County

5 exciting ways to celebrate National Pasta Day today in Palm Beach County

Today is National Pasta Day. Wondering how to celebrate? We have deals, classes and suggestions for some of the most delicious pasta around. Check these out. The Italian eatery is celebrating by offering a sampler of their popular pasta dishes: Four cheese pear tortellini, rigatoni bolognese, spaghetti and mini Nonna’s meatball ($21). The eatery, located in the Town Center Mall in Boca Raton...
Private chef realizing his lifelong dream in new Jupiter cheese shop

Private chef realizing his lifelong dream in new Jupiter cheese shop

For Chris Marshall, the love affair with cheese dates back 20 years. He was working at Formaggio Kitchen, a cheese-focused market in Cambridge, Mass., where the owners were obsessed with finding specialty products from Italy. Every morning, they’d conduct tastings for their staff, opening Marshall’s eyes to obscure delicacies. “Everything was just so amazing, and the customers who...
Palm Beach Gardens Publix bagger inspired, made shopping a pleasure

Palm Beach Gardens Publix bagger inspired, made shopping a pleasure

For 15 years, Fred Glenn has packed up groceries. But he’s sent people home with much more: Spiritual advice, home remedies and, always, a big smile. If you only want groceries, you can buy them at any old supermarket. But if you are afflicted, heartsick, in need of some spiritual uplifting - or just a kind word spoken in a gentle North Florida accent - you visit Publix No. 212 at the corner...
Hurricane relief fundraiser wants you at Bamboo Room in Lake Worth

Hurricane relief fundraiser wants you at Bamboo Room in Lake Worth

Local businesses in Lake Worth have partnered to throw a big Halloween party to help those who suffered through recent hurricanes. Revelry and Bamboo Room are hosting “Guitars & Ghouls,” a Halloween Hurricane Relief Party at The Bamboo Room in downtown Lake Worth on Oct. 31. Put on your best Halloween get-up because Island Company Rum and Common Grounds Coffee have donated prizes...
Meet the chef who turned Dwyane Wade into a veggie fan 

Meet the chef who turned Dwyane Wade into a veggie fan 

When Chef Richard Ingraham talks about NBA star Dwyane Wade’s progress, he’s not referring to the former Miami Heat shooting guard’s dunks. He’s referring to broccoli. Wade loved his food fried and/or smothered. His idea of a side dish was gravy. And he loved his lemonade as sweet as possible.  Ingraham, who has worked as the Wade family’s personal chef for the past...
Be afraid, be very afraid: The most haunted places in Palm Beach County 

Be afraid, be very afraid: The most haunted places in Palm Beach County 

Do you ever get an eerie feeling while visiting certain places in our county? You are not alone. As ghouls and goblins come out for Halloween, we explore the many haunts around Palm Beach County. Nicknamed the “Wildman of Loxahatchee,” Vince “Trapper” Nelson is the identity of the ghost said to roam Jonathan Dickinson State Park. After moving to the area in the 1930s,...
21 easy Halloween costumes when you're out of time and money

21 easy Halloween costumes when you're out of time and money

It happens to someone every year. You find yourself in the costume section a week before Halloween and all that’s left is face paint, pieces of a Dorothy costume and dusty leftover villain accessories. Your only other option is to get creative and that can either be a big win or an epic fail. One thing is for sure, though. If you’re short on cash, you can always use clothes and accessories...
Openings: Comfort food and trains meet at new eatery in West Palm

Openings: Comfort food and trains meet at new eatery in West Palm

There’s a new restaurant at the 118 South Clematis Street historic building in Downtown West Palm Beach.  You know the spot: where Tin Fish used to be before closing last December. Rails Craft Brews & Eatery officially opened its doors on Sunday, October 8. This is one of the newest spots to open this year in Palm Beach County.  The owner of Rails is exploring a fusion...
Don’t miss: 10 great bites from restaurants in Palm Beach County

Don’t miss: 10 great bites from restaurants in Palm Beach County

In a county filled with outstanding restaurants and stellar chefs, it’s nearly impossible to issue superlatives. There is no best bite. But there are many delectable plates that have passed through our lives — forkfuls and stolen grabs and dishes that linger in memory long after we scrape the plate clean. These are dishes that lead us to return to the same restaurant time and time again...
Horror stories from the graves at Woodlawn Cemetery in West Palm Beach

Horror stories from the graves at Woodlawn Cemetery in West Palm Beach

There was no moon the night we went searching for the graves of murderers and the murdered. We knew the damp earth of Woodlawn Cemetery in West Palm Beach hid century-old secrets. Photographer Lannis Waters and I were hoping to find them. Here among the gnarled roots of brooding banyan trees lie the final resting places of some of Palm Beach County's oldest and most tragic stories.
National Dictionary Day: A language lover’s 235 favorite odd words

National Dictionary Day: A language lover’s 235 favorite odd words

No one armed with words is ever helpless. As Winston Churchill observed in an 1897 essay, “The Scaffolding of Rhetoric”: “Of all the talents bestowed upon men, none is so precious as the gift of oratory. He who enjoys it wields a power more durable than that of a great king. He is an independent force in the world. Abandoned by his party, betrayed by his friends, stripped of his...
Readers react fiercely to story on why people leave Palm Beach County

Readers react fiercely to story on why people leave Palm Beach County

Our recent story about why people choose to move away from Palm Beach County proved one thing: Whether they love it or left it, readers are incredibly passionate about the area. READ THE ORIGINAL STORY: Why some people just can’t cut it in Palm Beach County “I’m a native Floridian. I lived in 7 different states but ultimately moved back home,” wrote reader Valerie Lacey Edwards...
Puerto Rico relief: Local restaurants, chefs plan various fundraisers

Puerto Rico relief: Local restaurants, chefs plan various fundraisers

With a heap of good will and good grub, local chefs and restaurants are hosting fundraisers for the storm-stricken people of Puerto Rico.  As the island attempts to rebuild amid a widespread power outage and poor access to drinking water, some here are building bridges of compassion. Here’s a roundup of local efforts:  Clematis Street’s favorite French bistro is hosting...
Dining review: A Guatemalan spot where you can eat like a president and still pay your rent

Dining review: A Guatemalan spot where you can eat like a president and still pay your rent

Everyone I know in South Florida loves Spanish, Mexican, and especially Cuban dishes, but I’m not sure many people appreciate the differences that define each Latin cuisine.  Take Guatemalan cuisine. What makes it distinct?  For those who love Cuban, you’re really getting the best of African, Caribbean, and Spanish influences, while Guatemalan cuisine is primarily drawn from...
Sabor y Vino Latin Food & Wine Festival is back in Palm Beach Gardens

Sabor y Vino Latin Food & Wine Festival is back in Palm Beach Gardens

Nom, nom nom! It’s happening again, and we’re so excited. The Sabor y Vino Latin Food and Wine Festival is bringing together nearly two dozen of Palm Beach County’s favorite Latin restaurants. One ticket gets you unlimited food and drinks samples. ¡Buen provecho! The celebration kicks off Thursday, October 19 at Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens, with...
Some people just can’t stand living in Palm Beach County. Here’s why.

Some people just can’t stand living in Palm Beach County. Here’s why.

When Gina Guadagnino moved from New York City to Palm Beach Gardens in 2010, she wanted her son to be raised around family there. “Also, when you have to lug a stroller up subway steps, everyone on the subway looks at you and you can tell they hate you.” Just two years later, Guadagnino, 35, husband Aaron and son Finnegan were back in Manhattan, annoyed subway riders notwithstanding. &ldquo...
Recipe of the week: a Gulf Coast gumbo with serious star power

Recipe of the week: a Gulf Coast gumbo with serious star power

Lucy “LuLu” Buffett describes the act of making gumbo as a kind of ritual that spirits her memories, hopes and intentions into the deep simmer. Gumbo takes its time. The Gulf Coast restaurant owner, cookbook author and “rebel” sister of superstar Jimmy Buffett knows this well. Gumbo is her signature dish.   One does not toss together gumbo. One nurtures it, says Lucy...
Venezuelans seek asylum in U.S. for a better life

Venezuelans seek asylum in U.S. for a better life

She fled Venezuela with only one bag... and it was filled with shoes. In 2003, Elena Carné and her husband moved from Venezuela to the United States in search of a better life. A few days after arriving they filed for political asylum. “Everything is crazy and nothing works,” Carné said about Venezuela. “People are starving and collecting food from the garbage...
The Sloppy Joe’s of Lake Worth — Harry’s Banana Farm celebrates its anniversary this week

The Sloppy Joe’s of Lake Worth — Harry’s Banana Farm celebrates its anniversary this week

Lou Destout first walked into this “shot-and-a-beer” bar on Dixie Highway in Lake Worth in the early ’80s. But that still doesn’t make him an old-timer at Harry’s Banana Farm. “I know some regulars who have been coming for 40 years,” said Destout. Judy Fischer figures that over the 32 years she’s worked there, she’s poured beer for four generations...
Local city is named one of the best small cities to move to right now

Local city is named one of the best small cities to move to right now

Thrillist dropped another list, and this time, our county is among some very cool places in the country.  In search for ‘America’s best small cities to move to before they get too popular,’ Thrillist set eyes on “underappreciated gems.” Places where you’d be proud to host your college buddies for a weekend. Towns where Saturday is only boring if you...
What South Florida buildings made list of America’s coolest structures?

What South Florida buildings made list of America’s coolest structures?

A parking garage is America’s coolest building? Well, it’s not just any parking garage. Not when it’s in architecturally trendy Miami Beach. The Lincoln Road parking garage, as well as Miami Beach’s Raleigh Hotel, made Thrillist’s new list of America’s coolest buildings that you don’t know. First on the list was the Lincoln Road garage, which anchors...
3 to See: free exhibition on sunken ships, ‘Snow White and Other Works’

3 to See: free exhibition on sunken ships, ‘Snow White and Other Works’

It’s almost the weekend – time for the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County to share with you the best of what our community has to offer. Each week, you get three ideas – one that’s free, one that’s affordable and one that’s a splurge. Your “3 to See” cultural curator is Rena Blades, president and CEO of the Cultural Council. Grab your mates for a...
Boo! Best Halloween events in Palm Beach County

Boo! Best Halloween events in Palm Beach County

Are you ready to be scared? Or just want to celebrate the fall season? Halloween is the time to do both. Here are the best spooktacular Halloween things to do for families and adults in Palm Beach County. This is the area’s freakiest, creepiest haunted house experience. There are four haunted houses, carnival rides, live music and food. Opens: Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from Oct...
McDonald’s releasing more ‘Rick and Morty’ sauce after weekend chaos

McDonald’s releasing more ‘Rick and Morty’ sauce after weekend chaos

Fans of Adult Swim sitcom “Rick and Morty” can expect more of an advertised special sauce, featured in an episode of the show, at area McDonald’s after chaos plagued several restaurants last weekend. Several of the cartoon’s fans lined up at McDonald’s restaurants throughout the county, including dozens of fans at a location in Wellington that prompted police...
What Allman Brothers Band wife was in rehab in West Palm Beach?

What Allman Brothers Band wife was in rehab in West Palm Beach?

The wife of a founding member of the legendary Allman Brothers Band is currently serving 30 days in jail after doing rehab in West Palm Beach, according to a report in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Donna Betts, 62, the wife of guitarist Dickey Betts, went to jail on Oct. 3 after an incident in March in which she aimed a rifle at members of a Sarasota rowing team. According to the...
7 Latin-fusion restaurants you’ll love in Palm Beach County

7 Latin-fusion restaurants you’ll love in Palm Beach County

It’s one thing loving Latin American food, and but it’s another thing trying changed-up Latin dishes or international plates with Latin influences. Don’t be expecting authenticity with this list. Here, we’re embracing diversity, variety and the exchanging of flavors across the globe. So keep an open mind and try something new this year. Here are 7 local favorite Latin-fusion...
Palm Beach season preview: 13 fall festivals you don’t want to miss

Palm Beach season preview: 13 fall festivals you don’t want to miss

The weather is getting slightly cooler, ya’ll. Green markets are starting back. Holiday cheer is in full effect. And between now and the new year, there’s at least one festival taking place around town that fits your personal taste. Scroll down to read about the ones you don’t want to miss.  Thursday, Oct. 19 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach...
Palm Beach season preview: 12 theater shows you can’t miss this season

Palm Beach season preview: 12 theater shows you can’t miss this season

The Little Foxes: “At the turn of the century in the Deep South, the ruthless, moneyed Hubbard clan poison everything they touch.” Buy tickets here. 10/18 to 11/12. Billy and Me: “Tennessee Williams and William Inge; Two great American playwrights, one turbulent friendship.” Buy tickets here. 12/06 to 12/31. On Golden Pond: “A retired...
PHOTOS: Happy birthday, Delray Beach! How Atlantic Avenue used to look

PHOTOS: Happy birthday, Delray Beach! How Atlantic Avenue used to look

Happy 106th birthday to Delray Beach, the Motown of Palm Beach County! Huh? A little explanation is needed: Today, Oct. 9, marks the date that the Delray settlement area, previously known as Linton, was incorporated as the Town of Delray. If you want to be a stickler about when it was incorporated as the Town of Delray Beach, it’s still the same birthday, but that happened...
Palm Beach season preview: Must-see classical music, dance shows

Palm Beach season preview: Must-see classical music, dance shows

As we leave summer behind, it’s time to enjoy live classical music and dance shows in South Florida. Here are several options for you and your family: Palm Beach Atlantic University Presents Dance Ensemble Fall Dance Concert: The PBA Dance Ensemble presents mixed choreography by dance choreographers, PBA faculty and students. Buy tickets here. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Kravis Center...
NEW: Customers get saucy, police called to Wellington McDonald’s

NEW: Customers get saucy, police called to Wellington McDonald’s

Fans of Adult Swim sitcom “Rick and Morty” lined for hours outside a McDonald’s in Wellington today for an advertised special that never came. The angry crowd scattered when Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies arrived. McDonald’s advertised on its website that the restaurant would offer its 1998 Szechuan sauce, featured in the season 3 premiere of popular comedy series...
Best green markets in Palm Beach County

Best green markets in Palm Beach County

What’s not to love about green market season? The markets provide fresh produce from area farms, artisanal goods, local plants, baked goods, gourmet foods and much more. Plus it’s a great time to just get outside and enjoy South Florida’s fall season. Here is information on each one as they open for the season. Opens: Oct. 7, 2017 through April 24, 2018Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m...
Check out the hottest new taco restaurants in Palm Beach County

Check out the hottest new taco restaurants in Palm Beach County

Who doesn’t love a good taco? Whether you crave yours filled with chicken, veggies, steak or pork, there’s a taco joint for you somewhere in Palm Beach County. And we are lucky, new taco restaurants have popped up all over the county this year.  Here’s some of the newer taco spots on the block. Chef Clay Carnes ventured east from a spacious Wellington restaurant to open...
What celebrity’s flashy stage costumes are at Boca Raton museum?

What celebrity’s flashy stage costumes are at Boca Raton museum?

As unbelievable as it sounds, there was a moment in the career of Liberace when the fabulously over-the-top piano virtuoso didn’t look like the human embodiment of a sequin. At the behest of television producers, he “changed out of the elaborate costumes into Brooks Brothers suits, calm sedate looks,” says Jonathan Warren, of the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative...
Fright Nights 2017: What scares the man behind the haunted houses

Fright Nights 2017: What scares the man behind the haunted houses

Craig McInnis’ obsession with scary things started back in the 1980s when McInnis, 45, was a kid living in “quiet and dark” Connecticut as he called it. But, not obsessed as in he enjoyed it. Quite the opposite. He admits to being a serious scaredy-cat. McInnis, the creative director of Fright Nights in West Palm, recalls his biggest fears growing up. “It...
Palm Beach season preview: 7 hot concerts not to miss

Palm Beach season preview: 7 hot concerts not to miss

There are some really big names coming in concert this Palm Beach season. Whether you like pop, rock or Latin music, you’re in luck.  The Weeknd performs his Starboy: Legend of the Fall World Tour at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami this month. In 2015, The Weeknd won the Grammy Award for “Best Urban Contemporary Album” and “Best R&B Performance” for...
Gloria Estefan: life lessons I learned in ‘Abuela’s’ magical kitchen

Gloria Estefan: life lessons I learned in ‘Abuela’s’ magical kitchen

Long before Instagram plate shots, pop-up restaurants and hipster food trucks, there was Consuelo, pork-sandwich goddess of Northwest Miami. Gloria Estefan called her “Abuela.”  To hear the superstar tell the story, Grandma was a spitfire.   “She was this four-foot-six, little lady. She was an amazing business woman and an amazing cook,” Gloria tells me by phone...
Party hard! 2017 Oktoberfest of The Palm Beaches is here

Party hard! 2017 Oktoberfest of The Palm Beaches is here

“Prost!” That’s “cheers!” in German, and the only German word you need to know at this year’s 44th annual Oktoberfest  at the American-German Club in Lake Worth starting Friday,  Oct. 13. Submerge yourself in the German culture by enjoying two weekends of family fun, with authentic German meals...
Cuban travel restrictions may hurt island’s emerging entrepreneurs

Cuban travel restrictions may hurt island’s emerging entrepreneurs

I’ve been thinking about how anxious Yolanda, Juan Carlos and Ana must be in the face of the latest Cold War-style tensions between the U.S. and Cuba. The three young Cuban entrepreneurs (I’ve changed their names to avoid any possible repercussions) were some of a dozen or so my husband and I met during an August trip to Havana. RELATED: US to ask Cuba to ...
Recipe of the week: an Indian-style vegan chili with sprouted beans

Recipe of the week: an Indian-style vegan chili with sprouted beans

Chef Pushkar Marathe marries the flavors of his childhood in Maharashtra state in India and the local, seasonal bounty to create dishes that are fresh, modern and brilliant in hue.  His sprouted bean usal, a Maharashtrian vegan curry dish, boasts layers of textures, flavors and color. Its roots may be Old Country, but the ingredients are right-here, right-now. The result is modern and fresh. ...
National Taco Day: Where to get free tacos in Palm Beach County

National Taco Day: Where to get free tacos in Palm Beach County

Celebrate National Taco Day today with these yummy taco deals. Here’s a round up of some of the best in Palm Beach County. The downtown West Palm Beach hot spot will have $5 tacos at the bar tonight and will feature a special short rib taco. Craft taco choices include crispy fish with fruit salsa; spicy pork with fruit salsa; grilled steak with chipotle cream and zucchini tempura with baby...
Where to get McDonald’s limited edition Szechuan sauce this Saturday

Where to get McDonald’s limited edition Szechuan sauce this Saturday

Thanks to the adult animated cartoon Rick and Morty, McDonald’s has decided to bring back their Szechuan dipping sauce for one day only. The chicken nugget dipping sauce was part of McDonald’s celebration of Disney movie Mulan released in 1998. After that, the Szechuan sauce was discontinued but remained in people’s minds. The popular cartoon character, mad scientist...
Grieving fans remember Tom Petty’s final show in Palm Beach County

Grieving fans remember Tom Petty’s final show in Palm Beach County

“Everybody’s goin’ to see ol’ Tom!” It was a Thursday afternoon in downtown Gainesville in 2006, and it did, indeed, feel like everyone in town, from the bagel place to the local museum and even the lobby of this Holiday Inn was in town to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on the nearby University of Florida campus. The hotel maintenance guy wasn’t wrong...
Library life: Halloween, fall themes on tap

Library life: Halloween, fall themes on tap

With temperatures in the 80s and 90s, the start of fall seems like just a date on the calendar. No one is inspired to get out the fuzzy sweaters, leather boots or corduroys. But programs at area libraries this month can help bring autumn alive, even in South Florida. Most of these activities require preregistration — so check with your local branch. Celebrate fall by making 3-D pumpkins out...
What celebrity comic superstar is performing at Boca’s Mizner Park?

What celebrity comic superstar is performing at Boca’s Mizner Park?

To paraphrase “Caddyshack“‘s Carl Spackler, coming this spring, a former “Ghostbuster,” now, about to become a Master of Ceremonies. It’s true: Comedy legend, avid golfer and bonafide pop cultural treasure Bill Murray is just one of the luminaries on the schedule for the 11th annual Festival of the Arts Boca, set for Feb. 23-March 4. Others featured include...
Tom Petty, RIP: His Florida roots in Gainesville

Tom Petty, RIP: His Florida roots in Gainesville

There is no Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers wing at the Matheson Museum in Gainesville, maintained by the Alachua County Historic Trust in a cozy downtown building. There is no music video retrospective, or even that freaky-big Mad Hatter hat Petty wore in the Don’t Come Around Here No More video. But if you make your way past the intricately recreated general store and the exhibit about the...
Vegas shooting: Greenacres woman’s cousin saw friends shot at concert

Vegas shooting: Greenacres woman’s cousin saw friends shot at concert

Like the rest of the world, Amber Wescott awoke early Monday to news of a horrific mass shooting at a Jason Aldean concert in Las Vegas. But for Wescott, 30, of Greenacres, the panic was personal. Her cousin was there. “She’s physically OK, but she’s emotionally distraught,” said Wescott of cousin Amanda Whitnum, 26, of Las Vegas, who was at the show where three of...
Ariana Grande says “my heart is breaking” for Las Vegas victims

Ariana Grande says “my heart is breaking” for Las Vegas victims

When terrorists attacked her Manchester, England concert in May, Ariana Grande reached out to her hurting fans via Twitter, to let them know she shared their pain. And in the wake of the death of at least 58 people in Sunday night’s mass shooting during Jason Aldean’s set at a Las Vegas music festival, the Boca Raton native again went to social media to both comfort and to make a strong...
10 best pumpkin patches to visit in Palm Beach County

10 best pumpkin patches to visit in Palm Beach County

I guess you can say it marks the beginning of fall in South Florida when fields of orange start showing up everywhere! Picking out the perfect pumpkin for carving or for your favorite Halloween decoration can be lots of fun. Here in Palm Beach County we have many pumpkin patches for you and the kiddies to stroll through to find the perfect one.  Here are some of our favorites: Bedner&rsquo...
‘The Witch of Wellington’ is being honored as style icon in Los Angeles

‘The Witch of Wellington’ is being honored as style icon in Los Angeles

In Los Angeles, she was an iconic celebrity. In Wellington, they called her the Witch of Wellington. For more than a decade, Suzan Strauss glided mysteriously around Wellington on towering platform boots, dressed in head-to-toe black even during a suffocating South Florida summer, prompting the insensitive to call her the “Witch of Wellington.” RELATED: The “Witch” of Wellington...
World Vegetarian Day: Where to get your veggie deals

World Vegetarian Day: Where to get your veggie deals

Everyday is a good day to eat your veggies. But Sunday is the perfect day, it’s World Vegetarian Day! This day was created by the North American Vegetarian Society to help bring awareness of the health benefits of living a vegetarian lifestyle. And here is a restaurant that wants to help with that goal. All BurgerFi locations will offer $5 VegeFi Burgers and Beyond Burgers on World Vegetarian...
New restaurant opening in West Palm: Le Rendez-vous brothers plan casual spot

New restaurant opening in West Palm: Le Rendez-vous brothers plan casual spot

Missing the boho charms of Le Rendez-vous in downtown West Palm Beach? Here’s something to look forward to:  More than three months after they closed their Datura Street restaurant and bar, brothers Olivier and Edouard Delrieu are working on a spinoff of sorts – a casual spot inspired by their childhood summers in the South of France.  The Paris natives picked a Northwood...
Where to get free coffee today in Palm Beach County

Where to get free coffee today in Palm Beach County

For all you coffee lovers out there, here are some hot java deals and discounts for National Coffee Day today. Havana Restaurant deal: buy one, get one free on all coffees. Havana is located at 6801 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach; 561-547-9799 Oceana Coffee deal: all coffee bulk purchases is buy one get one free. This is not valid with a single purchase. Oceana Coffee is located at 150 N US Highway...
Clown murder shattered Wellington’s innocence: ‘My friends were fearful’

Clown murder shattered Wellington’s innocence: ‘My friends were fearful’

Violent, brutal crimes were not supposed to happen here. By 1990, 20,000 newly-arrived residents had moved into this sprawling suburb’s freshly-built homes. They came to send their children to Wellington’s sparkling, modern schools and to play in the pristine parks, amid safety and security. For families who could afford the tile-roofed houses with lofty ceilings and a whisper of...
National Coffee Day: 8 best coffee shops in Palm Beach County

National Coffee Day: 8 best coffee shops in Palm Beach County

Today is National Coffee Day. Which means, it’s a good time to grab some joe! Here are some of our favorite coffee shops in Palm Beach County. This unique Swedish coffee shop, in downtown West Palm Beach, is a spot to sit and enjoy your hot brewed coffee in a proper ceramic cup, in a plush, deep-violet, Alice-In-Wonderland-like chair. You don't come here for a high-octane, Sharpie-on-paper-cup...
‘Cheers’: Readers’ favorite local bars where everybody knows your name

‘Cheers’: Readers’ favorite local bars where everybody knows your name

“Hey, Mike! You order already?” Jason Geary leans from behind the bar at City Cellar, on the upper level of CityPlace, and shakes Mike Petit’s hand. It’s a ritual repeated “at least three times a week,” figures Petit, who lives in a nearby condo building with partner Leena Tenhunen. After work, it’s not uncommon to find the two, along with some friends...
Grab a coffee and get stuff done at this new spot in Delray Beach 

Grab a coffee and get stuff done at this new spot in Delray Beach 

Did you take my advice and stop by Capital One Cafe at CityPlace yet? It’s the inconspicuous coffee shop and co-working space powered by Capital One that looks like a bank from the outside, but obviously isn’t a bank at all.  If you haven’t, you’re missing out on another cool space to get stuff done and socialize. Kind of like Kafe Hub — only without the...
The most endangered sea turtle in the world pens a letter from Mexico

The most endangered sea turtle in the world pens a letter from Mexico

September, 2017 Tamaulipas, Mexico Dear Humans,  My name is Julieta and I’m writing this letter to you because my family’s life is in danger. As we approach the end of our nesting season this month, I can’t help but think of what will happen to us next year if humans don’t change their habits.  I’m an old Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, native...
Lake Worth’s oldest living Playboy Playmate: Hefner made nudes beautiful

Lake Worth’s oldest living Playboy Playmate: Hefner made nudes beautiful

To the world, Hugh Hefner was a bon vivant in a velvet bathrobe who created the “Playboy” lifestyle, full of beautiful women and tastefully hedonistic pleasures. To Neva Gilbert, the Lake Worth retiree who at age 88 is the oldest living Playmate centerfold, he was the man who kickstarted her career. “He never made the girls look terrible,” recalled Gilbert. &ldquo...

New in Palm Beach Gardens: It’s like Chipotle, but Greek

New in Palm Beach Gardens: It’s like Chipotle, but Greek

Some call it “the Chipotle of Mediterranean food,” but this new restaurant in Palm Beach Gardens is in its own lane. I Love You, oops, I mean Olive U Mediterranean Grill opened this month.  What does it have in common with Chipotle anyway? It’s fast. It serves quality ingredients. And it’s reasonably priced. It’s the ingredients that make this build-your-own-entree...
Recipe of the Week: Apple Cider Doughnuts

Recipe of the Week: Apple Cider Doughnuts

It may be tough to find an apple tree in South Florida, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the fruit’s autumnal potential. After all, what is more emblematic of fall in Palm Beach County than a batch of hot, fresh apple cider doughnuts at the green market?  When the first market of the season opens in Palm Beach Gardens this Sunday, there’s no doubt the line will be...
Why Jane Fonda snapped at Megyn Kelly’s plastic surgery question

Why Jane Fonda snapped at Megyn Kelly’s plastic surgery question

It might have been the most captivating moment on the first week of Megyn Kelly’s new morning show. On Wednesday, after Kelly asked Jane Fonda about her plastic surgery, Fonda rolled her eyes. “We really want to talk about that right now?” Fonda asked, aghast. What Fonda wanted to talk about is her new Netflix movie co-starring Robert Redford, “Our Souls at Night.” Redford...
What were the last words Billie Jean King said to Bobby Riggs?

What were the last words Billie Jean King said to Bobby Riggs?

It’s not surprising that Bobby Riggs used to live in Palm Beach County. After all, it’s the place where great hucksters come to dwell. And Riggs was one of the most colorful in modern sports. The late Wimbledon tennis champion and unrepentant “male chauvinist pig” is being rediscovered this month through “Battle of the Sexes,” a movie about his famous...
After Hurricane Irma: The Morikami is back open and free through Oct. 1

After Hurricane Irma: The Morikami is back open and free through Oct. 1

As you stroll down Antique Row in West Palm, you may still see signs knocked down and frames without awnings due to the strength of Hurricane Irma. In Delray, some establishments were beat up pretty bad, too. The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens sustained considerable damage from the storm. So much so, that they’ve been closed since Irma rolled through town. No worries,though. ...
Florida Man on cover of ‘Abbey Road’ with Beatles said they were ‘kooks’

Florida Man on cover of ‘Abbey Road’ with Beatles said they were ‘kooks’

As Paul Cole tells it, he never intended to be a part of history. The retired Florida salesman was standing on a London street some 35 summers ago, minding his time in the midst of a European holiday, when four strange-looking gents walked in front of him, lined up in perfect formation. “They went across like a row of ducks,” he recalls. The “kooks,” as Cole calls them, were...
PHOTOS: Happy birthday, Boynton Beach! It used to look like this

PHOTOS: Happy birthday, Boynton Beach! It used to look like this

Happy 119th birthday to Nate’s town! Otherwise known as Boynton Beach, named after Civil War major and hotelier Nathan Boynton. The “Town of Boynton,” which later came to be known as Boynton Beach, was created on Sept. 26, 1898. To celebrate, we decided to pore through our photo archives and see how many of you Boyntonians and other longtime Palm Beach County residents...
Comfort food for the win: There’s a new doughnut shop in Boca

Comfort food for the win: There’s a new doughnut shop in Boca

You may have stopped by the doughnut shop near Boca’s Mizner Park for fried dough and coffee in the past month, and of course, you had a tasty time. But did you learn about the shop’s history?  H&H Donuts, Biscuits & Coffee is now a franchise, but the restaurant is still just as much a destination for comfort food as it was in 1902 when it first opened. Steve Cohen, owner and...
New restaurant opens this week in Delray Beach’s Pineapple Grove

New restaurant opens this week in Delray Beach’s Pineapple Grove

Do you love strolling along Delray Beach’s Pineapple Grove district? If so, you’ll have a new restaurant to enjoy this week. Avant, which opens Friday, is located in the previous space that housed Solita and Mastino restaurant. The eatery will put its love of art on display, showcasing works inspired by New York’s guerrilla art movement of the early 1980s. Delray artists&rsquo...
Hispanic Heritage Month: 10 Latino restaurants we love

Hispanic Heritage Month: 10 Latino restaurants we love

It will take more than a taco bowl and a Diet Coke to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month – which runs through October 15 – in its full range of flavors. Those of us who commemorate Latino cultures daily can attest to the fact that capturing the full range of our food gifts can be an ambitious undertaking.  After all, the cultural sweep includes Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain...
Rick Shaw, first South Florida DJ to play the Beatles, dies at 78

Rick Shaw, first South Florida DJ to play the Beatles, dies at 78

Rick Shaw, a radio veteran of more than 50 years and the first disc jockey in South Florida to play the Beatles, has died at age 78. Shaw, a Cooper City resident who spent 46 years as a DJ in Miami, passed away on Friday, the Miami Herald reported. Shaw began his DJ career in 1956 in St. Louis, coming to Miami in 1960. While working for WQAM in 1964, Shaw was the first radio DJ in South Florida...
Irma left many with that same empty feeling

Irma left many with that same empty feeling

Hurricanes force us to do a lot of things we ordinarily wouldn’t do. For example, I spent a hot, steamy night in a tent in the Keys with a man who’s not my husband. Covering Hurricane Irma’s march across the Lower Keys, photographer Lannis Waters and I had no place to stay in the storm’s powerless, waterless aftermath, so we ended up pitching a tent in an Islamorada park where...
Florida Keys: Local rum maker needs your help cleaning up paradise after Irma

Florida Keys: Local rum maker needs your help cleaning up paradise after Irma

Many of us think of Key West as a small piece of paradise. The second we see that blue wall of water, a weight is lifted from our shoulders. But for Ben Etheridge, who was born and raised in Royal Palm Beach and now owns Black Coral Rum distillery, the sight was different. In fact, it was the exact opposite because his most recent trip to “paradise” came after...
Review: Buccan specializes in complex tapas-size offerings to share

Review: Buccan specializes in complex tapas-size offerings to share

There's a current of cool that sweeps throughout Bûccan, the delightful bistro that has been the buzz of Palm Beach since opening earlier this year.   The aromas of an open kitchen stream out into the bustling dining room and bar, where most seats are filled well before 8 p.m. Getting a table here in season is a feat, which is why we wound up sitting at the long, high-top communal...
Goodbye Grub: This restaurant has closed in Jupiter Farms

Goodbye Grub: This restaurant has closed in Jupiter Farms

Tabica Grill, a north county institution for two decades, closed its doors earlier this week. The restaurant, popular for its beer and wine dinners, had relocated to Jupiter Farms last spring from its 20-year location some five miles east on Indiantown Road.   The move proved difficult. The recent storm delivered the final blow, according to the announcement posted on the restaurant&rsquo...
Micheladas: What they are and why you need one right now

Micheladas: What they are and why you need one right now

So I walk into a bar a few weeks ago in downtown West Palm Beach. I order a Michelada (mee-che-LAH-dah). I wait. I hadn’t indulged in the Mexican Bloody Mary in more than a year. The waiter comes with a tray in hand, only to deliver an enchilada to my table instead. He had no idea what I was talking about.   With Hispanic Heritage Month having started on September 15, I just can&rsquo...
The Thing to Have: BBQ brisket at Stuart’s Fish & Pig in Stuart

The Thing to Have: BBQ brisket at Stuart’s Fish & Pig in Stuart

The place: Stuart's Fish & Pig, across the street from Martin County Courthouse Why you're there: You’ve decided to experience Martin County’s annual main attraction: The Stuart Airshow. And what’s an air show without some of the best barbecue in South Florida? The thing to have is: A barbecue plate. Opt for the Texas Style Beef Brisket ($14), which is considered their...
Respectable Street’s 30th Anniversary Party: How club transformed West Palm

Respectable Street’s 30th Anniversary Party: How club transformed West Palm

When Rodney Mayo, then 24, returned to West Palm Beach from California’s Occidental College, he brought back with him a new love for the alternative music he discovered in Los Angeles. Finding nowhere locally to experience that sound, he decided that Salvation Army building, bordered by other closed buildings and a corner store, would be the perfect place for the club and cafe he wanted to open...
It’s almost autumn. Can you tell in South Florida?

It’s almost autumn. Can you tell in South Florida?

Every year, there’s one day in mid-September when Florida’s fall arrives. Officially, that day is Friday, Sept. 22, but I noticed it early one morning last week. Stepping outside at about 6:30, it felt, well, not cool but slightly less oppressive. There was a breeze and the low that morning had dropped to an almost glacial 77. It felt like hope. When I left work that evening, it was...
Celebrity history: F. Scott Fitzgerald stayed in Palm Beach in 1938

Celebrity history: F. Scott Fitzgerald stayed in Palm Beach in 1938

In January 1938, F. Scott Fitzgerald sat down with a reporter from The Palm Beach Post and explained his dilemma: Should he spend his last day of Florida vacation relaxing at The Breakers? Or should he fly down to Key West to see his old friend Ernest Hemingway?
After Irma: What Florida Keys bars, hotels, landmarks survived storm?

After Irma: What Florida Keys bars, hotels, landmarks survived storm?

While reporting on Irma’s aftermath in the Florida Keys, we noticed something odd. Irma smashed trailers, boats and docks, but most of those giant statues outside tourist attractions stood tall against the winds and the storm surge. Not even an antenna was bent on that gigantic spiny lobster statue outside the Rain Barrel Village in Islamorada. Two giant conch statues, at Shell World in...
Reporter’s pick: Top 7 Airbnb rentals in West Palm Beach 

Reporter’s pick: Top 7 Airbnb rentals in West Palm Beach 

Cooler weather and awesome events are just around the corner. And in West Palm Beach, there will be plenty of things to do this fall, such as Dinner en Blanc and the GreenMarket. If you have friends and family in town looking for a staycation — you know, to kick it at the beach under the Florida sun, to drink cocktails in a pool and to party till the break of dawn &mdash...
Finding my past: How a DNA test uncovered my family’s roots

Finding my past: How a DNA test uncovered my family’s roots

My most important Father’s Day gifts are ones I appreciate every single day – two wonderful children whose relatively smooth transition to adulthood has been a joy to behold. But that doesn’t mean a man can’t enjoy a little Daddy swag. So my Father’s Day kicked off this year with one of my daughter Ashley’s omelette specials and a couple other gifts that were...
Did you know these 33 celebrities lived in the Wellington area?

Did you know these 33 celebrities lived in the Wellington area?

It makes sense that Wellington, the winter playground of equestrians and the horses who love them, would attract the celebs. After all, those well-fitted riding outfits and well-appointed barns aren’t cheap, and that kind of fabulousity attracts fabulous people. The Western communities have seen their share of the rich and famous taking up residence, like the following folks: Vanilla Ice...
Recipe of the week: Genius Ginger Fried Rice

Recipe of the week: Genius Ginger Fried Rice

I could live on rice. It may seem an unnecessary declaration coming from a woman of Cuban roots – my people are rice-obsessed, as you may know. But my rice cravings stray well beyond the white, long-grain variety that’s de rigueur on Cuban tables.  Granted, few dishes are more perfect than a fluffy mound of white rice that’s drizzled with a touch of good Spanish olive oil. And...
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