(PRESS RELEASE)_Birds of feather dine together! Here are three tasty hotspots to tuck into National Chicken Wing Day, July 29, in Palm Beach County.
Barrio's eponymous wings are a culinary gem. Barrio Wings ($13) feature a secret rub loaded with smoky peppers, Spanish paprika, chili powder, adobo, garlic, oregano, and dry chilies. Roasted then lightly floured and fried at a high temp to get them really crispy. Finally, they're tossed in a saffron spiced honey butter and served with a chefmade blue cheese dipping sauce. "Our wings are inspired by Latin street fare and cooked with Spanish ingredients and a Floridian flare," says executive chef Rolando Anoceto. "They're one of my favorite menu items and taste great paired with one of Barrio's local draft beers."
Barrio is located at 700 S. Rosemary Avenue, West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 366-0071 or visit barriowpb.com.
Probably not the first choice for a blind date, but the chicken wings at Josie's Ristorante are impossible to pass up. The family-owned Italian hotspot serves up some of the juiciest Wings Diavolo (10 for $12) in central Palm Beach County. Choice of wing styles are dry, mild, hot, garlic, and bbq. Sauces include blue cheese, mild, hot, and garlic ($0.60 each). End your meal with a thick slice of heaven like Josie's seismic, sixteen layer chocolate cake. Go ahead and forget your diet for a day. We won’t tell.
Josie's is located at 1602 South Federal Hwy, Boynton Beach. For more information, call (561) 364-9601 or visit josiesristorante.com.
Satiate your comfort food fix in the comfort of your own home with finger-licking-good chicken wings from III Forks Prime Steakhouse. This past February, the celebrated steakhouse collaborated with Hashtag Wings, a specialty "ghost" kitchen, which features batches of 5 ($8) and 12 ($18) along with four styles: buffalo, garlic herb Parmesan, sweet Thai chili, and chipotle barbecue. Hash browns ($3) and dipping sauces (blue cheese and ranch, $.60 each) are also available. Delivery only.
III Forks Prime Steakhouse is located at 4645 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens. For more information, call (561) 630-3660 or visit 3forks.com.
(PRESS RELEASE)_North Palm Beach, FL - Seaglass Dental Care’s ‘First Annual Day of Giving’ will be providing local area veterans and active duty service members a free day of dental services on Saturday, August 28, 2021. Appointments will begin at 10AM and booked through the day until 3PM.
Appointments can be booked directly over the phone at 561-581-5001 or in person at the office itself. All active duty services members and veterans are encouraged to book a free consultation with the office. Seaglass Dental Care is located at 384 Northlake Blvd, North Palm Beach, FL 33408 in the Publix plaza at Northlake Blvd and US-1 in North Palm Beach.
Necessary treatment plans will be assessed and developed by Dr. Schmitt and the Seaglass Dental Care team. Treatments that will be provided include:
A limited number of appointments are available. Assessments will be provided prior to the event in order to maximize the number of possible patients that can be seen.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Olympic swimmer Cherelle Thompson, (representing Trinidad and Tabago) recently visited Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, along with members of Performance Aquatics swim team, before leaving for Japan in order to quarantine and compete. By spending time at the Morikami, she was able to get a taste of Japanese culture in advance of her trip. During her visit, Ms. Thompson paid her respects at the Tanabata tree. Traditionally in Japan, individuals write down their wishes on colorful paper and hang them on a Tanabata bamboo tree. We're pretty sure Cherelle wished for a GOLD medal.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. For more information, call 561-495-0233 or visit morikami.org.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Get ready to shout "Salud Saturday!" Here are five day-or-night drinking destinations to celebrate National Tequila Day, July 24, in Palm Beach County.
Barrio in West Palm Beach will be pouring salud-worthy sips like the Spicy Pineapple Margarita ($11), a boozy señorita brimming with jalapeño tequila, blue curaçao, pineapple purée, and fresh lime.
Barrio is located at 700 S. Rosemary Ave., Second Floor, West Palm Beach. For more information, visit barriowpb.com or call (561) 366-0071.
Barrio's sister restaurant, City Cellar will feature the sophisticated Golden Margarita ($14) and Flora Del Sol ($14.50), a sophisticated summer brew loaded with Casamigos Blanco Tequila, St-Germain liqueur, and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Enjoy daily happy hour from 4-7 p.m. featuring half priced drinks ($2 off), appetizers, and pizzas.
City Cellar is located at 700 S. Rosemary Ave., Second Floor, West Palm Beach. For more information, visit citycellarwpb.com or call (561) 366-0071.
Enjoy en plein air cocktails and a conga line of people watching at City Oyster in Delray Beach. The Atlantic Avenue hotspot will be serving its Tequila Basil Smash ($12.50), the perfect sip to enjoy during an afternoon of Olympic power shopping. Happy hour aficionados can toss back 2-for-1 cocktails along with beer and select wines daily from 4-7 p.m.
City Oyster is located at 213 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. For more information, visit cityoysterdelray.com or call (561) 272-0220.
Happy Hour is the perfect time to celebrate a national drink holiday with convivial sips at Josie's Ristorante in Boynton Beach. The family-owned Italian hotspot caters to a loyal craft cocktail crowd and the La Paloma ($8.50) is a popular, tequila-drenched favorite. Grab a seat at the bar and tuck into happy hour bites and drinks from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to Close daily.
Josie's Ristorante is located at 1602 S. Federal Hwy, Boynton Beach. For more information, visit josiesristorante.com or call (561) 364-9601.
Tucked in Palm Beach Gardens, the celebrated III Forks Prime Steakhouse will be pouring creative
tipples like the Spicy Strawberry Margarita ($13) with Casamigos Blanco Tequila, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, Strawberry Reál, and Monin jalapeño syrup. Or try the flirty Tangarita ($12), loaded with Herradura Reposado Tequila, Cointreau Orange Liqueur, Mango Reàl, fresh lime juice, and tamarind nectar.
III Forks is located at 4645 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens. For more information, visit 3forks.com or call (561) 630-3660.
(PRESS RELEASE)_National Cheesecake Day is July 30. Celebrate at Louie Bossi's and Elisabetta's with Louie's Nonna's Cheesecake made with cream cheese and ricotta ($9.50).
"It's New York cheesecake and Italian cheesecake married together. Cream cheese, ricotta and sour cream are all in it. People say that it's the best cheesecake they've ever had." Louie Bossi said.
Elisabetta's is located at 32 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach and 185 Banyan Boulevard, West Palm Beach. Louie Bossi's is located at 1032 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale and 100 East Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton. Visit Louiebossi.com and Elisabettas.com for more information.
(PRESS RELEASE)_In the prime summer days of the off season, Lola 41 continues to attract Palm Beach insiders and tourists alike with its lively atmosphere and summer offerings including a brand new Nightly Prix-Fixe Menu.
Executive Chef Brian Bottge has crafted a three-course menu ($45) that includes a mix of signature Lola favorites like the Lola Chopped salad and Roasted Half Chicken as well as new seasonal dishes including Cucumber Melon Gazpacho, Truffle Salmon Maki and Fusilli Primavera with summer vegetables.
The Lola 41 Nightly Prix-Fixe menu is available now from 5pm - 10pm. For more information, please visit www.lola41.com or call 561.599.5652.
NIGHTLY PRIX FIXE
Romaine Lettuce, Spiced Olives, Feta Cheese
Chickpeas, Hard Egg, Red Onion, Tomato, Cucumber Bell Peppers, Herb Vinaigrette
Cucumber Melon Gazpacho
Summer Vegetables, White Wine
Ricotta Cheese, Basil
Roasted Half Chicken
Roasted Cipollini Onion, Rainbow Carrots
Spring Peas, Pan Jus
Truffle Salmon Maki
Vanilla Custard, Caramel Sauce
Pretzel & Brownie Crumble, Caramel, Mascarpone
By Georgina Cruz
North Palm Beach Life Contributor
To say that the last year has been challenging to a travel aficionado is a colossal understatement.
My husband Humberto and I, accustomed to taking several cruises and land trips each year, were desperate for a change of scenery. This spring we found the perfect solution: we rented a Wilderness Cabin for four nights at the Fort Wilderness Campground in Disney World in Orlando. We found we were not alone –with lots of neighbors in the cabins surrounding ours.
In times of pandemic, the popularity of rustic cabins, cottages, bungalows and other detached lodgings is on the rise. And, of course, these detached lodgings with their own air conditioning, kitchen and bathroom are very attractive to many travelers as because of their relative isolation, they may be considered healthier and more private than lodgings in hotels and motels.
Our Wilderness Cabin in Fort Wilderness was a good option for us. The resort is in a 700-acre pine and cypress forest with a lake and canals for fishing and trails for hiking and horseback riding. The cabins, with attractive rustic décor, sleep up to six and have the comforts of home including two televisions, full eat-in kitchen, bathroom with tub/shower, living room, bedroom and patio with picnic table and grill. Fort Wilderness also offers sites for camping and hook ups for recreational vehicles. Golf carts are available for rental to take in the resort’s panoramas that have a storybook quality (any minute you expect you will bump into Winnie the Pooh) and to quickly access the property’s amenities.
“All the Disney Resorts allow guests to escape urban settings,” Wing Chao, a Disney Imagineer and executive once observed. And without a doubt, at Fort Wilderness one feels in touch with nature.
The resort has swimming pools (one with a slide), stores selling groceries (we stocked up on cereal, juice, milk and fruit for breakfasts in our cabin) and picked up souvenirs. There is a restaurant, Trail’s End, offering dinner skillets and P&J’s for take-out orders of delicious ribs, fried chicken, pulled pork, salads and more. Also available on-site are boat and bicycle rental, tennis and basketball courts and free Disney movies in an open-air theater (appearances by Chip and Dale during complimentary campfire programs were temporarily suspended during our stay due to the pandemic).
The stables where the horses that are used in the Magic Kingdom Park are kept are in Fort Wilderness so we dropped in to say hello and watch youngsters going on pony rides. Horseback rides on the resort’s trails are also available. And for a relaxing respite we liked to sit at one of the tables by sandy Clementine’s Beach on Disney’s Bay Lake. A free boat ride away is Disney’s Magic Kingdom and complimentary buses take to other Disney parks and attractions.
For information, visit www.disneyworld.com.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Georgina Cruz is a freelance travel writer based in Vero Beach. She has taken more than 200 cruises to all seven continents and visited more than100 countries. Her work appears in regional, national and international publications.
(PRESS RELEASE)_WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – July 13, 2021 – The Palm Beaches – comprised of 39 cities and towns from Jupiter and Tequesta to Delray Beach and Boca Raton– is pleased to announce the highly anticipated, first annual The Palm Beaches Restaurant Week from Monday, August 16 to Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Featuring over 70 participating restaurants, The Palm Beaches Restaurant Week offers visitors and local “foodies” the opportunity to indulge in the best of dining in The Palm Beaches. Over two weeks, participating restaurants will showcase multi-course, prix-fixe menus with prices starting at $25 for brunch and lunch, and $45 and/or $55 for dinner, while eateries offer additional dining deals. On the heels of a tumultuous year for the restaurant industry, The Palm Beaches Restaurant Week provides an ideal opportunity for diners to show their support for the county’s local culinary scene, while enjoying more for less.
“We could not be more excited to announce The Palm Beaches first annual restaurant week. As we begin to see the light at the end of the COVID tunnel – with vaccination rates and comfort levels climbing – The Palm Beaches team felt summer 2021 was the perfect time to launch, showing our continued support for our restaurant partners,” said Nick Parks, Vice President Marketing, Discover The Palm Beaches. “The Palm Beaches has taken major steps to expand its ever-evolving culinary landscape, and as a result of The Palm Beaches Restaurant Week, residents and visitors will be provided a tremendous, discounted opportunity to relish in the destination’s diverse and robust culinary offerings.”
Sponsored by Discover The Palm Beaches – the official tourism marketing organization for Palm Beach County – and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Palm Beach Chapter, The Palm Beaches Restaurant Week touts a variety of dining options from fine-dining establishments to neighborhood favorites. The two-week celebration is sure to engage the community, with delectable menus highlighting exquisite pairings, the best of the best from notable chefs, both new to The Palm Beaches culinary scene and renowned from years past, and themed, pop-up artwork across Palm Beach County.
To browse participating restaurants and menus visit PalmBeachesDining.com. Tickets are not necessary for the delicious weeks of discounted dining, but reservations are strongly encouraged, and diners can do so through the restaurant directly. Restaurant-goers are also encouraged to follow @PalmBeachesFL on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and @thepalmbeaches on TikTok and tag #PalmBeachesDining for possible features, information and giveaway opportunities.
(PRESS RELEASE)_(West Palm Beach, FL – July 14, 2021) Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden will be hosting 24 outstanding open-air events in August, including art classes, Dogs’ Day in the Garden, guided walks, nature treks, and more for people of all ages.
“Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest botanical garden is inviting garden enthusiasts, plant lovers, and proud ‘green-thumbers’ of all ages to come out and enjoy some of our many safe, healthy and happy horticultural activities in August, including our celebratory National Horticulture Day featuring our own Joel Crippen,” says Mounts Curator-Director Rochelle Wolberg.
August 3, 10, 17, 24
Sketchbook Journal Classes for Adults
Tuesdays, 9 am to 11 am
$20 for members; $25 for nonmembers / Includes full garden admission
Registration is required; class size is limited to 15 adults.
August 3, 10, 17, 24
Watercolor Journal Classes for Adults
Tuesdays, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
$20 for members; $25 for nonmembers / Includes full garden admission
Registration is required; class size is limited to 15 adults.
(One of a Series)_Here at North Palm Beach Life, we are always sitting around, thinking up schemes. Sometimes they even work, then again. Hence, Summer 2021, as we try and exit the unending pandemic, we decide to seek new-to-us restaurants to sample that also are located in strip malls.
Our first restaurant on the list was recommended by two friends we trust. Why? Because they have taste. So we head for lunch at Golden Pavilion, located in a strip center at 201 US Highway 1, in Jupiter. Here's our take:
PAM: Of course, Gerry and I arrived at what could be considered breakfast in some circles, 11:30. We had the place all to ourselves. More arrived as the clock pressed on, and several take-out orders zipped past our table.
GERRY: One thing we liked right away is the serene atmosphere and Zen-like vibe. You could feel your shoulders begin to lower.
PAM: The first thing to note is I am a slow eater. Slow Always have been, and the food came fast at the Golden Pavilion.
GERRY: It did come fast, and it should be noted we had good service throughout the meal. Our wait-person made sure we had plenty of tea and was attentive without being intrusive.
They offer a good selection of lunch specials in the $7-8 range, which includes soup and rice. While we looked at the menu, our server brought us a bowl of fried won-ton and two sauces, one sweet and one spicy. We started with an order of Steamed Pork Dumplings (delicious), iced tea, Won-Ton Soup, Honey Chicken with Steamed Rice (Pam), Sweet and Sour Chicken with Fried Rice (Gerry) and of course, fortune cookies.
Our overall impression:
ATMOSPHERE/DECOR: Pleasant, calm, inviting.
SERVICE: Prompt and efficient.
FOOD: Hot, delicious and lots of it.
VALUE: Four stars (our of 4).
PAM: Now, back to my eating like a land-turtle.: I could not finish one thing before another arrived.
The upside with lingering over my food? Dinner is all set for tonight. Love those take-out containers!
Watch this space for more Strip-Mall Dining reviews, coming soon!
Exploring what to see and do in North Palm Beach and the South Florida area. Your hosts are Pam and Gerry Barker.
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