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Cirque Du Soleil - Amaluna

Running Dec 16 - Jan 25, 2015 at Sun Life Stadium. For event details and ticket inforamtion, CLICK HERE

Singer Island's, 3800 Ocean to Host Exclusive Truffle Dinner and Prunotto Tasting by Marchesi Antinori Wines Dec. 12

The reception, the dinner, the Truffles, Prunotto wine and the conversation at the table was fantastic. Roger Amidon (GM of the Marriott) along with his wife, hosted the table. Larry LaValley and his team along with Erik Saccomani did an excellent presentation of each course and wine education. His Italian accent was enjoyed as much as the wine and truffles were.
RIVIERIA BEACH, Fla. – It’s all about the truffle. 3800 Ocean’s Executive Chef Larry LaValley of the luxury all-suite Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa, will take diners on a culinary tour of the truffle via their taste buds at an exclusive Truffle and Prunotto Wine Pairing. The Dec. 12 event will feature a seven course menu utilizing the exotic ingredient, each of which will be paired with a Prunotto by Marchesi Antinori Wines. The oceanfront event will commence at 7 p.m. for an Hors d ’Oeuvres reception, followed by dinner from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The truffle tasting and wine pairing is $165 per person excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required: 561-340-1795.

Reception Hors d’ Oeuvres
Crispy Oysters, Truffle Crème Fraiche Truffle and Artichoke Arancini,
Arugula Pesto Mini Tartlets of Truffle Ricotta, Tomato Jam, Toffee Pistachio
Prunotto, Roero Arneis 2012

At the Table
Truffle Stuffed New England Day Boat Scallop
Parsnip and Lobster Butter
Prunotto, Roero Arneis 2012

Truffle Studded “Torchon” of Foie Gras
Chestnut- Fennel Compote, Saba, Grilled Country Bread, Fleur de Sel
Prunotto, Barbera d’Alba, Pian Romualdo 2011

Swank Farms Truffle Heirloom Tomato Salad and Chilled Soup
Peekytoe Crab, Wild Arugula, Guanciale “Croutons,”Bochetto al Tartuffo
Prunotto, Nebbiolo d'Alba, 'Occhetti' 2010

Pancetta Wrapped Roulade of Rabbit Loin and White Alba Truffle Risotto
Chanterelles, Robiolo, Swank Baby Escarole
Prunotto, Barbaresco 2011
Prunotto, Barbaresco, Bric Turot 2008

Truffle Roasted Rack and Braised Leg of Domestic Lamb
Anson Mills Polenta, Roasted Baby Carrots, Local Kale, Minted English Pea
Prunotto, Barolo 2009

Modern “Tartufo”
Prunotto Moscato d’Asti 2013

Palm Beach Crab Cake Cook-Off, 2014


Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival - 5th Annual

Plan on a spectacular weekend in Boca Raton at an amazing Culinary Affair on November 14, 15 and 16, 2014.


On Friday night join us for an exclusive VIP Dinner Under The Stars. It’s about atmosphere. It’s about food. It’s about wine. And now, these South Florida Chefs are bringing their culinary talents to your table. Friday evening will include a four-course dinner prepared to please your palate as you are introduced toperfectly paired wines by the Festival Sommelier. Guests will choose the region of their choice for the evening; American and Italian. After your culinary experience, you’ll make your way through The Vineyard, IKEA KItchen Alley, Sensory Garden, Organic Village, Spirits and Craft Beer Villages, Farmers Market, BBQ Village, and Retail Business Bazaar for shopping. Then, you'll head to the Main Entertainment Stage and IKEA Lounge for Dancing.

Visit www.bocaratonwineandfoodfestival.com for all the delectable details and tickets.

NEW this year is the Retail Wine Store to purchase your favorite wines! Sponsored by:

Wine Store

Lord Balfour, South Beach Review

Review of Lord Balfour Hotel South Beach

This is a newly refurbed boutique hotel on the south end of SoBe. It is within walking distance to Nikki Beach, Story Nightclub, Joe's Stone Crab and dozens of restaurants, bars and shopping and night life along Ocean Drive, perfect location! The famed South Beach 'beach' is across the street. Excellent place to stay! http://www.lordbalfourmiami.com located at 350 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139. Phone: (305) 673-0401
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Jupiter Beach Food & Wine Festival

On another picture perfect day in Jupiter Beach, The Jupiter Beach Wine & Food Festival returned to the Riverwalk Events Plaza for the 5th year in a row. This food and wine extravaganza brings together the best restaurants in the area with samplings of wine and spirits. Participating restaurants this year include: Bimini Bay, Carmelas Ristorante, Buccan, Cod Capers, Casa Mia, Coolinary Cafe, Tabica Grill, Food Shack, Leftovers, Ironwood, Schooners, Talay Thai, Whole Foods, Koon Manee, Cordon Bleu Catering, Too Bizaare, Aah Loi, Bonefish Grill, Pistache, Seasons 52 and many more.

Also included were a fine a variety of libations Premier Beverage, Leblon Natural Cane Cachaca, Oceana Coffee,Titos Handmade Vodka, Coppola, Carey Chen, Yellow Tail, Wine Hooch, Guanabanas and so many more...

The Friends of Jupiter Beach,along with C3 Consulting, Harbourside Place, Braman Motorcars, KOOL 105.5, Localdines, FPL, Juno Beach Animal Hospital and a host of additnioal sponsors, presented another successful sold out event under the Indian Town Bridge. The food samplings were tasty and pleniful as well as the fine wines and liquors.

100% of the proceeds support Friends of Jupiter Beach. Founded in 1994, Friends of Jupiter Beach (FJB) is a grassroots, volunteer-driven nonprofit community service organization that works to keep Jupiter Beach clean and dog-friendly. Since the group began recording garbage weight in 2006, it’s collected and saved more than 45,000 lbs. of garbage and recyclables from Jupiter Beach. For more information, including how to participate in our monthly beach cleanups, visit us at: www.friendsofjupiterbeach.com

Click HERE to see all of our pics from the festival. Follow the organization on Facebook or their web site. Look for this event to return next year, they'd love to have you.



Arenal, Costa Rica Review - Pura Vida


Downtown Orlando Food & Wine Fest Pictures

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, Dec 11-14, 2014


Busch Gardens, Tampa

Busch Gardens® Tampa is the ultimate family adventure, offering 297 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. A unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos with more than 12,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens Tampa provides unrivaled excitement for guests of every age.

NEW in 2014:

Falcon’s Fury™ and Pantopia™:

Busch Gardens® Tampa transport guests to an all-new reimagined land, Pantopia™, which boasts elaborately-jeweled theming and features thrilling rides and attractions, sensational new food and beverage options, exciting entertainment, shopping, a renovated indoor theater and more.
Located in the heart of Busch Gardens, the centerpiece of Pantopia™ will be Falcon’s Fury™, North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower. Anticipated to open in late Summer 2014, this one-of-a-kind ride stands at 335 feet and takes riders soaring straight down. Like its bird of prey namesake, at the ride’s highest point, riders will pivot 90 degrees in midair to a face-down dive position. An instant later they’ll plunge 60 mph straight down.

For more complete park inforamtion, specials and events - go to http://seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-tampa/


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BBQ OPENS IN DELRAY

SMOKE BBQ Showcases Two-Time American Royal Grand Champion Pitmaster, Bryan Tyrell Delray Beach, FL (September 15, 2014)—Smoke BBQ (eatbbqnow.com), formerly known as Union, has just opened at 8 East Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. The new concept will feature authentic Kansas City style, smokehouse BBQ -- low and slow smoked meats, including burnt ends.  They will also feature Carolina pulled pork, affordable entrée selections, a cool, casual ‘American backyard’ design, a large craft beer selection, exceptional Happy Hour promotions, and a Pitmaster whose BBQ credentials are world-renowned. SMOKE BBQ is owned by local restaurateurs, Stephen Chin and Scott Kennedy.

Executive Chef and Pitmaster Bryan Tyrell is formerly of the famed Oklahoma Joe's in Kansas City, Mo. (Anthony Bourdain named it “One of the 13 places to eat before you die”); and Bodean's BBQ in London. Tyrell is an original member of Kansas City’s Slaughterhouse Five, and is a member of the two-time American Royal Grand Champion team in the World Series of BBQ.
“Bryan Tyrell is not only the most experienced and successful competitive BBQ Pitmaster living in South Florida, but likely the entire state,” said Kennedy. “We’re thrilled he has brought his award-winning talents to Atlantic Avenue.”
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Taste Of Boynton - 2014


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Travel Reviews

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•  Lord Balfour Hotel - South Beach, FL
•  Hyatt Regency, Mid-town - Miami, FL
•  Staniel Cay Yacht Club - Bahamas
•  Avicii Hotel - South Beach, FL
•  Montage Resort/Spa - Laguna Beach, CA
•  Hilton Gaslamp - San Diego, CA

Legacy Place Food & Wine Festival


Stuart Airshow Pictorial


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Life In Color

Life In Color


Ultra Music Festival Takes Over Miami

New Years Eve at the New Wyndham Grand at Jupiter Preserve, Habourside Place

PALM BEACH FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL RETURNS TO COVETED ISLAND DESTINATION ON DEC. 11- 14 FOR AN INTIMATE FOUR-DAY CULINARY AFFAIR

Palm Beach, FL – The Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival will celebrate its eighth year as one of the country’s most prestigious and delectable culinary and wine programs from December 11-14, 2014. Held at the quintessential Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach and at select locations on the island of Palm Beach, the festival will showcase some of the world’s most renowned chefs and wine industry leaders through a collection of dinners, late-night parties, tastings and seminars.

The four-day festival kicks off Thursday, December 11, with two collaborative dinners held at Palm Beach’s most popular restaurants, Buccan and PB CATCH Seafood & Raw Bar. Over the following three days, guests can take part in an official kick off party at The Breakers Palm Beach and a bevy of fun tasting events: the annual Chillin’ N Grillin’, three industry panel discussions, Street Food competition featuring Palm Beach versus Miami chefs and two children's cooking demonstrations, all held throughout one of the most idyllic destination settings in the world. Talent highlighted throughout the festival includes: Daniel Boulud, Robert Irvine, Marc Murphy, Elizabeth Falkner, Jeff Mauro, Ken Oringer, Virginia Willis, Anita Lo and Gabrielle Hamilton, with local favorites Clay Conley, Darryl Moiles, Lindsay Autry, Aaron Black and many more.
This gourmet getaway is part of Four Seasons Hotels Food & Wine Festivals, a new collection in which Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts is working with community partners to spotlight annual food festivals that offer one-of-a-kind experiences for consumers to indulge their culinary fantasies, which also includes festivals in Hualalai and Bangkok.

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2014 event highlights include:

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Life In Color - Miami, Sun Life Stadium Dec 26 and Dec 27, 2014


The Butcher Block is a warm and friendly restaurant

located at 7000 W Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33433 - (561) 409-3035. The hostess, manager and wait-staff were pleasant, courteous and attentive. You can't help but enjoy that part of it. To start, the generous cocktails, martinis and wine list are priced nicely to go along with the great food.

John Savarese (formerly of the Flagler Steak House at the Breakers in Palm Beach) is the new head chef running the kitchen. We were offered a fine sampling of many of the new menu items. The Polenta & Crab Wonton with roasted red pepper truffle butter appetizer was delicious and flavorful. Then the Fried Green Tomatoes (arugula, radicchio, roasted red peppers,goat cheese and more) were perfectly prepared. Mom's Meatball and the Beef and Veal Bolognaise with whipped Ricotta was a meal in itself. But wait, there's more... Out comes the lemon spiked farro, shiitake mushroom Pan Roasted Salmon - mouth watering, seared and medium rare - perfect... After a short break to relax, out comes the Braised Short Rib in a cauliflower puree, braised fennel, roasted for 3.5 hours, in a chicken stock, lemon grass, garlic and other seasonings, it melted in our mouth.

I've been here before so I could not help but notice some very recent improvements around the bar area now with a new full cover awning canvas and improved lighting. So, they are clearly in the process of making some changes which will clearly add to the overall enjoyment of the dining experience. They also offer a great happy hour and lunch menu. Give them a try, I think you'll be pleased. Go to www.butcherblockgrill.com for menu and other details.

Butcher Block Grill - Boca Raton


NASCAR Ford Eco-Boost 400 - 2014 SFFP Photo Gallery

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Includes Jason Aldean concert, close up of drivers, fans and of course, the race itself. Homestead Miami Speedway on a picture perfect day.

Palm Beach Crab Cake Cook-Off Nov 2014

This mouth-watering premiere charitable event awards the Top Chef and Restaurant/Caterer judged to craft the finest crab cake in the Palm Beaches! Attracting a prestigious and fun crowd of foodies, you can’t miss this high-profile and popular cook-off, wine and beer tasting and CrabFabulous auction that is the most anticipated event of every fall season!

Your participation is Changing the Odds for Kids living with poverty, trauma, abuse, and neglect so they have their best shot at a healthy and successful life!Join in the Fun and Eat Crab for a Cause! 2014 Crab Cake Cook-Off Tickets include entry to the Crab Cake Cook-Off, Wine and Beer Tasting, Entertainment, Bling Bar and CrabFabulous Auction! Price - $55.00 per Ticket, Couple Tickets - $100 a pair

2014 VIP Crab Trap Package Ticket includes the Crabs and Crowns Cocktail Kickoff and Crab Cake Cook-Off, Wine and Beer Tasting, Entertainment, Bling Bar, CrabFabulous Auction, Entry to THE SANDY JAMES VIP Crab Trap, Early Entry to View Judging, and Your Name in the Pool for VIP Judge, Drawn at Kickoff. Price - $95.00 per Ticket
 Purchase your Tickets or VIP Crab Trap Package - Click Now!

NASCAR Ford 400 - 2014


EAT, DRINK AND VOTE on your favorite grill recipe. SEEK celebrity autographs & COMPETE in the corn hole competition.

Join 25 Dolphins legends as they team up with South Florida’s best chefs to vie for your vote to win the People’s Choice Award.  Eat, drink &  vote on your favorite grill recipe for the People’s Choice Award. You can listen & watch as celebrity legends & chefs pitch, prod & promote their recipes to a panel of celebrity judges for the Critic’s Choice Championship. You can also learn grilling tips & tricks as experts teach techniques in the Grilling Expo & Exhibits.

Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders are around for signings & giveaways. Stop by  our charity exhibits and bid on auction items to “Feed the Needs of Kids in Crisis” Join the competition and gamesmanship in the Cornhole Stadium.  The TOP 16 cornhole scores team-up with Dolphins legends for a Grill-Off Cornhole Playoff & Championship! See the Opening Ceremonies, Award Ceremonies & listen to live music at the Cornhole Stadium main stage.   MC radio personalities Finsider’s Jesse Agler and “Footy” from Y-100 fame add the play-by-play and color commentary & theatrics. to win the People’s Choice Award.

Watch our 2 huge jumbotron video screens for event highlights, updates, Grill-Off scores & current football games action.
See more at: http://gridirongriller.com/grand-grill-off/#sthash.RLwzVKDN.dpuf

Offerdahl's Gridiron Griller, Nov 8th


ATTEMPT AT WORLD’S LARGEST CANNOLO TO TAKE PLACE NOVEMBER 9 AT JUPITER’S FEAST OF LITTLE ITALY

Lactalis American Group, Inc. makers of Galbani Cheese, Golden Cannoli Shells Company and Feast of Little Italy Join Forces to Break Guinness World Record   

JUPITER, FL (October 23, 2014) – An official attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest cannolo ever made will take place on Sunday, November 9 at 2 p.m. at the annual Feast of Little Italy at the Abacoa Town Center in Jupiter, FL.    The current official Guinness database reflects a cannolo made in 2010 in Newburgh, NY that weighed in at 123 pounds.  However, in July of this year, a bakery in Ontario, Canada prepared a cannolo that weighed in at 211 pounds and is currently under consideration by the Guinness organization. For this attempt, to surpass both, the team will assemble a cannolo that weighs 300 pounds and will be 12 feet in length.

The record attempt will involve three organizations coordinating efforts across three states.  In addition to the team for Feast of Little Italy in Jupiter, Lactalis American Group, Inc. makers of  Galbani Cheese, headquartered in Buffalo, NY, will supply 500 pounds of ricotta cheese.  The Golden Cannoli Shells Company of Boston, MA  will supply 200 pounds of dough for the cannolo shell.  During the assembly, team members will be armed with over 100 bags of cannoli filling.   Prior to final assembly, the cannolo shell dough will be mixed and fried in and shipped from Boston.

Jessica Ruth, spokesperson for Lactalis American Group, Inc. makers of Galbani Cheese, a company that has sponsored Feast of Little Italy since it began 12 years ago,  said, “There’s a great deal of preparation involved with this and we’ve been working on it for the past five months.  It’s going to take a lot of manpower and an equal amount of care to be sure that we achieve the record.”

The tri-state cannolo assembly team consists of over 60 members that have helped prepare the ingredients in advance of the actual record attempt date.  On that day, however, there will be “Team Cannoli,” consisting of 20 people who will handle everything from prepping the pastry bags to handling and filling them and finally working together to weigh the ultimate product.

A Guinness representative will be onsite to certify the record.
Note: “Cannolo” in the Italian language is the singular form of “Cannoli.”

Stuart Air Show Returned To Witham Field Oct 31 to Nov 2

The  Stuart Air Show has become the largest event on the Treasure Coast.

With the nation’s top aviation performers featured, this highly anticipated annual event provides fun for the whole family.The Stuart Air Show proudly supports the community.  Benefiting non-profit organizations include: The Road to Victory Military Museum, Martin County Community Foundation, Special Olympics, ARC of Martin County, Experimental Aircraft Association, Civil Air Patrol, Boy Scouts of America, and many other deserving community charities.

EPCOT Wine and Food Festival - September 19 - November 10, 2014

Sail away from the ordinary on a tour through international tastes and domestic delicacies. During the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, you can bask in a bevy of appetizing stops as you travel through a cornucopia of cultures and cuisines. With menus inspired by specific regions of the world, along with refreshments crafted by brewers and master wine makers, you can rest assured that there’s an offering for every kind of foodie. Experience a shift in your palate’s perspective—discover more than 25 unique marketplaces, and be on the lookout for corresponding asterisks (*) placed next to our suggested food and beverage pairings! Admission to Epcot is required. Food and beverage samples from individual marketplaces require a separate purchase. Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 and older. Availability for some marketplace offerings may be limited. Marketplaces subject to closure at any time. All menu items are subject to change without notice.

Resorts World Bimini Fast Boat & Casino

RESORTS WORLD BIMINI

Resorts World Bimini is a 750 acre luxury Caribbean beachfront resort and casino, located on North Bimini Island, Bahamas. Home to turquoise waters, miles of white sand beaches and intimate historic towns, Bimini boasts some of the world’s best diving and fishing destinations. The resort features lavish accommodations, a wide variety of exclusive amenities and direct access to Bimini's array of world-­‐renowned vacation activities. In June 2013, the elegant Resorts World Bimini Casino opened its doors – the closest casino to Florida offering a full-­‐scale, live action gaming experience.

The Resorts World Bimini experience starts in Miami aboard Bimini SuperFast, a 32,000 ton entertainment and casino cruise ship that sails round-­‐trip between Miami and Bimini Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT

The Richmond - Miami Beach's Friendliest Hotel *** Directly on the Ocean in South Beach!

DIRECTLY ON THE OCEAN IN SOUTH BEACH The Richmond is a small Superior First Class Hotel located in the heart of Miami Beach's Art Deco District. It is directly on the Ocean in exciting South Beach with excellent facilities and service. It is the last of Miami Beach's family owned hotels to be operated by its original family. The hotel has been completely restored and is a very unique and special place to spend your visit in Miami Beach. We are just a short 20 minute drive from Miami International Airport (and just 35 minutes from Fort Lauderdale International Airport). Express Bus Service is available every half hour from the Airport via the “Airport Flyer” to our hotel at a cost of $2.35. Taxi service is also available at a flat rate of $32.00 We are situated on the palm tree-lined streets of South Beach with the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Jackie Gleason Fillmore Theatre, Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road restaurants and world class shopping, all within easy walking distance.

Richmond Hotel, South Beach, 1757 Collins Avenue, Directly on the Ocean, MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, 33139, USA
Richmond Hotel Web Site, Phone 305.538.2331 1.855.MBRESORT (1.855.627.3767)

Vero Beach Air Show - 2014

Blue Angels Air Show

Ellie Goulding - Outstanding Close To Sunfest

Ellie Goulding Sunfest 2014

Sunfest 2014 Fireworks Display



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