When we heard there was a new Happy Hour in town, we put on our reporter hats, packed up the computer and headed out. As they say, it's a tough job, but someone has to do it.
The objective was Prosecco Cafe at 4580 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens. Opened in 2011, it is already well known for its European vibe and healthy menu options. Happy Hour is their latest addition.
Tending bar was Adam, who got us off on the right start with his friendly and welcoming demeanor. As lovers of all things martini, we kicked it off with one of their specialties -- a berry martini, garnished with a strawberry. Verdict? Delicious!
For food, you can choose from seven different selections, all $5 each.
We started with the Mini Chicken Wurst with Mango Chutney. The chutney and wurst together made a great flavor combination. Two thumbs up. Next up, the Aranchini, a perfectly prepared rice ball served with pasta sauce. Yummy!
But the real star of the menu is the Goat Cheese Croquette. Served with fig preserves, and toasted just right, it literally melts in your mouth. Fantastico!
Prosecco Cafe Happy Hour is served daily from 3-6:30 pm. We'll be back for sure. Just look for two people sitting at the bar with hats they say "Press."
We have probably driven by Pirate's Well Restaurant and Bar on A1A in Lake Park dozens of times, but had not tried it until our friends Dave and Marge invited us to join them there recently.
We are so glad they did.
At first glance, you might think it's your typical neighborhood bar, albeit a popular one. The parking lot is most times overflowing. Yes, it is a bar, but a lot more.
The theme of course is everything pirate. Pirate flags, pirate statuary, pirate emblems, pirate sayings, pirate paraphernalia of every kind. Not fancy for sure, but fanciful. Walk in and you can imagine the Pirates of the Caribbean at a sports bar.
As they explain on the menu, it's named for an actual place on Mayaguana Island -- the most easterly island in the Bahamas that around 300 people call home.
Speaking of the menu, it's quite extensive, featuring a wide range of appetizers, sandwiches and entrees, everything from "Conch Cannon Balls" to "Capt. Sparrow's Jerk Chicken."
It also prides itself on friendly service and a family atmosphere. Right on both counts. Youy'll feel at home almost immediately.
Just about every day features a food or drink special, and Tuesday is $1 Taco Night starting at 7 pm. Best deal in town. Choose from beef or chicken. The ingredients are fresh, and oh so tasty. Match it with a Corona Light with a slice of lime and you're all set. One night of the week you can even try your hand at Corn Hole. Check the Pirate's Well website for more info on their special events.
"X" marks the spot at 9477 Alternate A1A. Good times and good food await, me hearties!
To get you in the "pirate mood," join in and sing the theme from Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride, "A Pirate's Life for Me.":
In the wake of Tuesday afternoon's storms, the sky over North Palm Marina was ablaze with golds and pinks. Photos: North Palm Beach Life.
Next time you crave Italian, you should try Allora, the recently-opened eatery in North Palm Beach. Located in the Shoppes at Village Square at 420 US Highway 1, it features a variety of pizza and pasta choices -- all good, we might add.
Along with traditional favorites like spaghetti, lasagna and ravioli, they offer thin crust, New York-style pizza, calzone and stromboli, burgers and subs and a wide range of desserts, including cannoli, cheesecake and two of our favorites -- baked Alaska and bananas foster.
Beware of their garlic knot rolls -- they are killer good, hot from the oven with olive oil. Trust us -- you can't stop eating them.
You can dine in or grab a table on the adjacent patio and enjoy your meal al fresco by the palm trees. That's usually where we land. Also, see if they are featuring their lunch special: Two very large slices of pizza, a drink and a salad for $7.99. Hard to beat!
Allora is open daily 11 am-10 pm and offers dine in, delivery or take out. It's Italian done right.
A full moon casts its spell over the Palm Beaches. Does it get any better?
Photo: Pamela Barker, North Palm Beach Life.
Put that nickel in the jukebox and let's listen to The Capris sing about it:
The space vacated by K Mart on Northlake has a new tenant -- Rooms to Go Outlet. The sign out front says "Coming Soon." Welcome to the neighborhood!
The lobby of the Hilton Singer Island now features a live view of the beach and ocean on monitors above the front desk. Suggestion: To really boost visitors, they should beam that live view to the lobbies of their hotels in colder climes. Greetings from Florida -- you wish you were here! (Photo: North Palm Beach Life).
Summer is almost upon us, and as we on the Eastern Seaboard of South Florida seek excitement, rest and relaxation on the sugary-sands of our glorious beaches, sometimes finding refuge in the quiet, cool indoors is good for the senses.
So, when you are looking around for something interesting, intellectually stimulating or just plain fun in the cool, check out the area library locations.
For example, take a quick look at the the calendar of the Lake Park Public Library and you will see many fascinating upcoming events.
One such event is a speaking engagement by, Frank Cerabino, columnist at The Palm Beach Post.
Mr. Cerabino willl speak at the Lake Park Public Library on June 8 at 7 pm on "How Reading Leads to Writing."
A couple of dedicated Friends of the Library, board members Muriel and Irv Seidman, tell us they will even be serving light refreshments at the event. Sounds good!
So, get some sun, sand, and surf this summer, but don't forget to add a splash of culture, courtesy of the Lake Park Public Library, located at 529 Park Avenue in Lake Park (561-881-3330).
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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