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TO DO LIST: Molly Hatchet to perform at South Florida Fair

TO DO LIST: Molly Hatchet to perform at South Florida Fair

1. TURN UP THE HEAT Clematis by Night Firefighter Chili Cookoff, West Palm Beach Waterfront Taste some of the county’s tastiest chili while enjoying the sounds of musical groups Dylan Scott and the Ocoee River Band. A portion of chili contest proceeds benefits the Children’s Home Society of Florida. The event is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. 100 Clematis St., West Pam Beach. Concert free, chili...
Burt Reynolds to auction replica 'Smokey and the Bandit' Trans-Am

Burt Reynolds to auction replica 'Smokey and the Bandit' Trans-Am

Remember the iconic muscle car driven by Burt Reynolds in the kitchy yet classic 1977 movie Smokey and the Bandit? Who wouldn't want to own a Trans-Am just like it? Bidders will get their chance Friday at an auction in Arizona, MSN Autos reports.  A listing for the Barrett-Jackson sale in Scottsdale shows a Pro-Touring Firebird owned by Reynolds and built by Restore a Muscle Car and...
TO DO LIST: Kenny Rogers at Kravis, Neal McCoy at fairgrounds

TO DO LIST: Kenny Rogers at Kravis, Neal McCoy at fairgrounds

1. TURN YOU AROUND Kenny Rogers: Final World Tour, Kravis Center, Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall If you’re looking for a legendary performer and amazing performance, this is a sure thing. Come hear the man, myth and legend. Featuring special guest Linda Davis. The show is 8 p.m. Wednesday. 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets start at $30. Information: www.kravis.org 2. LEARN...
South Florida Fair opens! 9 reasons you have to go

South Florida Fair opens! 9 reasons you have to go

The great thing about the new year isn’t just the “new you” that comes with it. It’s the South Florida Fair — in all its deep-fried, carnival-ride glory — from today, Jan. 13 to 29. Adult admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Children’s admission is $5 in advance, $8 at the gate. Seniors, 60 and older, can get in for $7 in advance, $9...
MLK Day 2017: Best events to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. in Palm Beach County

MLK Day 2017: Best events to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. in Palm Beach County

Monday, Jan. 16 is the day Americans celebrate the life and achievements of Martin Luther King, Jr. In Palm Beach County there are lots of MLK Day events to choose from, here are a few: Spectators at a Martin Luther King Jr.
This West Palm restaurant offers the best wine program in the county

This West Palm restaurant offers the best wine program in the county

Palm Beach Post Food Editor, Liz Balmaseda picked the best and brightest in dining for 2016 in the Critic’s Choice Awards. The selections are based on her 2016 dining experiences. Thanks to Marcello Fiorentino’s love of wine, his La Sirena restaurant is now considered a global wine destination. For the second consecutive year, the county’s premier Italian restaurant snagged a rare...
The largest touring food truck festival in the country will make a stop in West Palm

The largest touring food truck festival in the country will make a stop in West Palm

During the 2016 season, 12,000 foot-long hot dogs were sold in total at the country's largest touring food truck and craft beer festival, Food Truck Festivals of America (FTFA). That’s an almost 28-mile long hot dog road. This year, the festival kicks off in West Palm Beach on Saturday, February 25th at the Palm Beach Outlets. General Admission is $5 and VIP is $20, which includes...
This is one of the best lunch deals in Palm Beach County!

This is one of the best lunch deals in Palm Beach County!

Palm Beach Post Food Editor, Liz Balmaseda picked the best and brightest in dining for 2016 in the Critic’s Choice Awards. The selections are based on her 2016 dining experiences. Three words about this restaurant’s value power: the lunch buffet. Think of it as a Latin-style “meat and three” instead of an all-you-can-eat situation. On any given day, you might find freshly roasted...
TO DO LIST: Eddie Money to perform in Pompano Beach

TO DO LIST: Eddie Money to perform in Pompano Beach

1. DESTINATION: PARADISE Eddie Money and Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Pompano Beach Amphitheatre These two veteran groups will rock South Florida with hits including “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Think I’m in Love,” “Walk on Water” and more. The show is 8 p.m. Saturday. 1806 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach. Tickets start at $25. Information: www.theamppompano...
2017 Palm Beach County Fair photos

2017 Palm Beach County Fair photos

These restaurants in Lake Worth, West Palm Beach are now offering lunch

These restaurants in Lake Worth, West Palm Beach are now offering lunch

From fancy to funky, central county’s lunch options have expanded in recent days.  In West Palm Beach’s Dixie Dining Corridor, the stylish Table 26 kicked off its lunch service Wednesday. Owners Eddie Schmidt and Ozzie Medeiros are aiming to boost local “power lunch” options.  The menu is diverse, fairly extensive and tempting. It includes rare...
Did Riviera Beach pick right road to honor President Obama’s legacy?

Did Riviera Beach pick right road to honor President Obama’s legacy?

There’s not a lot going on along President Barack Obama Highway. “You think?” Gloria Cooper says wryly, leaning over the client sitting beneath her to carefully unroll a long swath of hair from a sea of brightly colored rollers. The Ritz Beauty Salon used to be on Old Dixie Highway here in Riviera Beach. But in late 2015, the city voted to change the name to honor the current president...
Which restaurant offers the best brunch in Palm Beach County?

Which restaurant offers the best brunch in Palm Beach County?

Palm Beach Post Food Editor, Liz Balmaseda picked the best and brightest in dining for 2016 in the Critic’s Choice Awards. The selections are based on her 2016 dining experiences. The best neighborhood trattoria around serves a delicious, chill Sunday brunch. I love the ultra-thin crepes known as “crespelle,” layered with fontina cheese, ham and béchamel sauce, then topped...
What Netflix show is watched the most in Florida?

What Netflix show is watched the most in Florida?

Binge-watch alert! The site highspeedinternet.com has put together a map of the Netflix show being streamed the most in every state. RELATED: HOW TO UNCOVER NETFLIX’S 76,000 SECRET CATEGORIES It should come as no surprise that Sunshine Staters are digging Bloodline, the Keys-based drama starring Kyle Chandler and Ben Mendelsohn, about a family harboring dark, dark secrets involving murder and...
I read 100 books in 2016. Why I did it and what I learned.

I read 100 books in 2016. Why I did it and what I learned.

I read more than 100 books in 2016. That might seem like a lot, a ridiculous number, just completely unrealistic. But to those who know me well, I’m sure this comes as no surprise. When I was in elementary school, I slayed reading challenges like knights slay dragons and like Beyonce slays everything. I tore through books at a pace that led one teacher to call my reading habits “suspect&rdquo...
Boynton Beach woman finds lost brothers, sisters through DNA testing

Boynton Beach woman finds lost brothers, sisters through DNA testing

For years, Amanda Miller peered into strangers’ faces. If they had a round nose like hers that tilted upward to a little crease, she wondered, “Are we related? Could you be one of my lost sisters?” As an infant, she’d been adopted by a Pensacola family with three biological sons. “It was a loving family, I had a wonderful upbringing,” said Miller, who lives in Boynton...
Eloping online: Why millennials are kissing costly weddings goodbye

Eloping online: Why millennials are kissing costly weddings goodbye

On Facebook, 210 friends “liked” the wedding announcement of Zita de Pooter and Jeremy Meek. Almost immediately, the good wishes began pouring in. Congratz! Good Looking couple! Wowowow! But offline, no one attended the ceremony. Unless you count the handful of customers getting their early morning caffeine fix at a Washington, D.C. Starbucks. “We picked up the papers from the courthouse...
How to get free Girl Scout cookies plus one S’more flavor

How to get free Girl Scout cookies plus one S’more flavor

Some good news: Girl Scout cookies, aka the cookies we wait for every year, go on sale Thursday, Jan. 19 through Sunday Feb. 12. at booths and on the mobile app. Some great news: There’s a one-day only promotion that gets you a FREE box.  On Friday, February 3rd, stop by any Duffy’s around town for Give a Box, Get a Box. The event supports Cookies for the Military...
The Sundance Film Festival is putting Pahokee on the moviemaking map

The Sundance Film Festival is putting Pahokee on the moviemaking map

After introducing Pahokee High School’s bling-filled, engine revving prom to the world’s elite film festivals last year, Patrick Bresnan and his wife Ivete Lucas were not quite ready to pack up their cameras. Sure, their short documentary film The Send-Off scored several impressive awards, but the couple were certain the rural town on the edge of Lake Okeechobee had more to reveal. They...
This restaurant is the best indie restaurant in Palm Beach County!

This restaurant is the best indie restaurant in Palm Beach County!

Palm Beach Post Food Editor, Liz Balmaseda picked the best and brightest in dining for 2016 in the Critic’s Choice Awards. The selections are based on her 2016 dining experiences.   Restaurant owner Julien Gremaud wears many hats at his small, much celebrated restaurant in downtown West Palm Beach. He’s the executive chef, the pastry chef, the mastermind of party brunches, the fine-tuner...
3 TO SEE: Palm Beach art show; modern dance class; poetry fest

3 TO SEE: Palm Beach art show; modern dance class; poetry fest

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. FREE Dancing in the library...
Swank Farm kicks off brunch series

Swank Farm kicks off brunch series

The local brunch bustle will get a new, rural dimension Sunday when Swank Farm hosts the first in a series of farm brunches. And like some of the more popular brunches, it will be a casual, a la carte affair. In this one, however, you purchase a ticket for the dish of your choice.  “You can have one item or you can have five items,” says farm co-owner Jodi Swank.  Food and drink...
Goodbye Grub: Burger & Beer Joint closes CityPlace location, hints at new concept

Goodbye Grub: Burger & Beer Joint closes CityPlace location, hints at new concept

With a touch of intrigue, Burger & Beer Joint has closed its doors at CityPlace. A plaza guard stationed outside the fully furnished and seemingly stocked restaurant and bar said it was closed.  An announcement on the door, signed by “BNB FAMILY,” reads: “This store will be relocated. A new exciting concept will be in this place very soon.”   However, the Boca...
Video: New taco spot boasts ‘handsome’ tacos in Palm Beach Gardens!

Video: New taco spot boasts ‘handsome’ tacos in Palm Beach Gardens!

New year, new diet? Best fast food salads to keep it going

Here are our favorite fast food salads because we’re human and have already slipped up on our ‘new year, new diet’ commitments. Let’s get back on track, together. Participate in our ‘One Week of Salad’ social media challenge. Five days, five different salads.  Calories: 497 Carbs: 44g Protein: 18g Calories: 570 Protein: 38g Calories: 660 Protein: 32g...
Trump’s Mar-a-Lago fundraiser: From no seat to the best seat in the

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago fundraiser: From no seat to the best seat in the "jail" house

It was my first time to Mar-a-Lago. The Mar-a-Lago. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago. Naturally, I didn’t know what to expect, not just of this first trip but of my first Policemen’s Ball. What I did know was that the event was a big deal for Palm Beach. The annual, black tie dinner raises money to support the Palm Beach Police Foundation. And my name was on the list. Plot twist...
Which restaurant has the best view in Palm Beach County?

Which restaurant has the best view in Palm Beach County?

Palm Beach Post Food Editor, Liz Balmaseda picked the best and brightest in dining for 2016 in the Critic’s Choice Awards. The selections are based on her 2016 dining experiences. You are closer to the ocean waves here than you are to the island traffic out front. And it’s a glorious view beneath Breeze’s bright yellow-striped umbrellas: the sea, the beautiful sea. Grab a cocktail...
Who is this Boca Raton woman with a hit song on the music charts?

Who is this Boca Raton woman with a hit song on the music charts?

For more than a year, Kendra Erika has sung on Thursday nights at Vino Wine Bar and Tapas in Boca Raton. She covers jazz standards, Frank and Ella and all the favorites, standing in the corner with a sultry sound that goes well with a nice red. But if you wait long enough, the mood segues into something more urgent, more current, pulsating with a beat that commands you to dance. “She starts...
West Palm woman recalls date with Donald Trump: He was “a gentleman”

West Palm woman recalls date with Donald Trump: He was “a gentleman”

They only went on one date, decades ago, but Patricia Reybold remembers distinctly that he was “a gentleman.” The conversation was easy and relaxed and their evening, at an exclusive Manhattan club, was enjoyable. At the end of the night, “I can’t remember if there was a kiss,” but she does remember that her date was sweet, respectful and not the least bit handsy...
Best guide: Best Bucket list ideas to do in Palm Beach County in 2017

Best guide: Best Bucket list ideas to do in Palm Beach County in 2017

Every beginning of a new year you plan a million resolutions with things you’ve always wanted to achieve. Stop that. Right now. Because let’s face it: It’s hard, it’s time consuming and it takes a lot of discipline to ignore that stupid, delicious, rich-looking brownie calling your names. Tired of new year’s resolutions? Try an annual bucket list instead. It might...
Dream Job: Royal Caribbean’s Instagram internship is everything

Dream Job: Royal Caribbean’s Instagram internship is everything

Looking to travel the world and post pictures on Instagram for a living? Look no further, my friend. Royal Caribbean UK & Ireland is looking for an intern to do just that.  But, before you start packing, let’s get this right off the bat: Only open to applicants from the UK and Ireland. Must be at least 21 years old. Carry a valid passport, no criminal record and no travel restrictions...
UPDATE: Burt & Max’s reopens after kitchen staff illnesses

UPDATE: Burt & Max’s reopens after kitchen staff illnesses

Burt & Max’s restaurant in the Delray Marketplace reopened at 5 p.m. Friday after being closed for more than a week due to mysterious air quality issues that caused rashes, breathing problems and irritated eyes and throats among the kitchen staff. Past coverage: Mystery at Burt & Max’s restaurant near Delray: What initial tests reveal  "We have addressed and re-mediated...
‘The Producers’ aims to offend everybody at Maltz Jupiter Theatre

‘The Producers’ aims to offend everybody at Maltz Jupiter Theatre

Sixteen years ago, funnyman Mel Brooks brought his outrageous brand of comedy to Broadway, adapting his Oscar-winning show business farce “The Producers” for the stage, turning it into a record-breaking musical. “There were no sacred cows, nothing you couldn’t make fun of, it was just bracing in 2001. It took no prisoners at a time when we needed to be able to laugh,&rdquo...
TO DO LIST: Smithereens to perform in West Palm Beach

TO DO LIST: Smithereens to perform in West Palm Beach

1. LAUGH OUT LOUD “The Producers,” Maltz Jupiter Theatre Find out what happens when Mel Brooks’ humor meets Broadway in this outrageously funny musical adventure. Winner of 12 Tony Awards, this phenomenon explodes with witty antics and over-the-top shenanigans. The show opens 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and runs through Jan. 29. 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Tickets start at $56. Information...
5 top things to do this weekend

5 top things to do this weekend

1. HE’S GOT IT Nestor Torres, The Wick Theatre The Grammy Award-winning Latin Jazz flautist’s talents will be featured with a four-piece ensemble and a lineup of Latin, classical, jazz and pop sounds. The show is 8 p.m. Saturday. 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Tickets start at $75. Information: www.thewick.org; 561-995-2333 2. PRESERVE THE MOMENT Photographing Nature Hike, Steven...
We said hello to these new restaurants in 2016, and goodbye to these

We said hello to these new restaurants in 2016, and goodbye to these

We welcomed a lot of great, diverse restaurants in 2016. And unfortunately had to say goodbye to others. Here are some of the highlights of the new foodie landscape in Palm Beach County! Donald Trump’s former chef debuted his Abacoa restaurant in Nov., 2016. Aaron Fuller is hoping the “farmhouse chic kind of feel” of Aaron’s Table will make diners feel welcome and comfortable...
Openings: Taco Chula boasts ‘handsome’ tacos in the Gardens

Openings: Taco Chula boasts ‘handsome’ tacos in the Gardens

You’d never guess Taquería Taco Chula just opened last week – many of the customers streaming into the charming taco shop Friday were greeted by name.
Why is Elton John’s songwriting partner coming to West Palm Beach?

Why is Elton John’s songwriting partner coming to West Palm Beach?

For about 50 years, Bernie Taupin has created indelible, undeniable art in the words of the songs he’s written with creative partner Elton John, from “Bennie and the Jets” to “Candle In The Wind” to “Your Song.” But in the past decade, the legendary 66-year-old lyricist has taken to expressing himself as an artist in the visual sense as well. “Visual...
Which is the best bar in Palm Beach County? The winner is...

Which is the best bar in Palm Beach County? The winner is...

Palm Beach Post Food Editor, Liz Balmaseda picked the best and brightest in dining for 2016 in the Critic’s Choice Awards. The selections are based on her 2016 dining experiences.  This is a true beer lover’s bar, a place where one shouldn’t get too attached to any one beer because brews are always on rotation. You must simply trust that there always will be a great...
Sneak peek at new Mediterranean restaurant coming to Palm Beach

Sneak peek at new Mediterranean restaurant coming to Palm Beach

Like a deep-blue wave from the Mediterranean Sea, Costa restaurant sweeps into Palm Beach sometime around midmonth with a promise of fresh, focused flavors and dishes that combine the exotic and the familiar. The modern-Med restaurant aims to breathe new life into an out-of-the-way space plagued by a series of closings and one near-opening (Cooklyn).

Here’s why you’ve already broken those New Year resolutions

Happy 2017! Let’s talk about some New Year’s resolutions, shall we? There’s a chance that you’re making a weird face at the newspaper, phone or however you’re reading this column, and thinking “But Leslie, you’re a week late. January 1 was last week, so if we were going to start the year making sweeping declarations of self-improvement, we’d have done...
An exercise bike for toddlers? Oh yes, Fisher-Price did

An exercise bike for toddlers? Oh yes, Fisher-Price did

Fisher-Price introduced an exercise bike for toddlers last night at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Yes, a bike like the ones adults dread getting on but have to because, well, calories.  The exercise bike connects to a TV or tablet making it, according to the toy company, a “guilt-free” way for kids to sit in front of a screen. It will be released in the...
Sexually abused as a child: A Post reporter's journey to finding hope

Sexually abused as a child: A Post reporter's journey to finding hope

I almost drowned early in life: a gift. Death doesn’t seem very big when you go there young, and that particular fear got crossed off my list before we were properly introduced. At four, every day is a bright present in ribbons to be unwrapped, and it is hard to tell one gift from another this day: a picnic with giggling cousins, the mossy green steps into a chill Texas lake. I grip the cold...
What the guys of Live Fresh PBC can teach us about life 

What the guys of Live Fresh PBC can teach us about life 

Chris Bentley and Carlos Miller are two thirty-somethings who are middle school friends turned business partners. They founded Live Fresh Palm Beach County, a non-profit organization responsible for the county’s first mobile shower and personal hygiene facility. In a mid-December conversation with Bentley, we asked him how things have been since the launch in March 2016. Humble, honest...
Which celebrities are coming to the Palm Beach Book Festival?

Which celebrities are coming to the Palm Beach Book Festival?

Did you love Robert Wagner in the movies and in “Hart to Hart” on TV? His latest book, “I Loved Her in the Movies” — about legendary actresses he knew and loved — will be honored as the “Hollywood memoir of the year” at this year’s Palm Beach Book Festival. Wagner will talk about the book with his co-writer and friend, former Palm Beach Post books...
UPDATE: The Redhead Project is a success after Post article

UPDATE: The Redhead Project is a success after Post article

Update: Thanks in part to Palm Beach Post readers, The Redhead Project casting calls in Stuart last week had an awesome turnout. Manager Kate Lorenz explained in an e-mail on January 9th:  Lorenz said she’s responding personally to every phone call and e-mail as quickly as they can.  Reminder: People who participated can expect to see their photos the first week of February. ...
As Clematis bar closes, downtown seeks to keep footing

As Clematis bar closes, downtown seeks to keep footing

If there’s one street that concentrates the personality of downtown West Palm, it’s Clematis, with its bars, restaurants, shops, playhouse and waterfront park, its year-round holiday lights and frequent public events. That doesn’t mean it’s easy to do business there. Local denizens of social media lit up at the closing of Bar Louie this week and others in the recent past...
Which resort has the best restaurant in Palm Beach County?

Which resort has the best restaurant in Palm Beach County?

Palm Beach Post Food Editor, Liz Balmaseda picked the best and brightest in dining for 2016 in the Critic’s Choice Awards. The selections are based on her 2016 dining experiences.   The oceanfront location alone is reason to come to this seafood restaurant in Highland Beach, tucked between two of the most bustling dining districts in South Florida (east Boca and Delray’s Atlantic...
South Florida Fair 2017: 9 ways to score cheap tickets 

South Florida Fair 2017: 9 ways to score cheap tickets 

 The South Florida Fair will run from January 13th - 29th, and with a new year comes a new theme. Get ready for a ‘New Orlinz’ adventure where there’s spicy cuisine, Mardi-Gras style drinks and a French, colonial vibe.  What’s new this year? A Bayou Ghost Tour inspired by an old captain who warned fishermen about going out on the water at night, but of...
His vs. Hers Guide to beer for 2017

His vs. Hers Guide to beer for 2017

Beer festivals are fun and tasty way to spend a weekend: live music, fair-food, games and beer. Lots and lots of beer. The Winter Beer Fest at the South Florida Fairgrounds was no exception. In fact, it inspired this 'his and hers beer guide' for 2017. Naturally, you can partake from the comfort of your own couch or you can get up, get out and enjoy our craft beer tour. May the hops be forever...