The Verdict Is In :: What To Do In SoFL 7/8 – 7/11

Friday, July 8thSushi & Stroll at the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens (4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach) Stroll the beautiful gardens at your leisure while indulging in the delicious fare from the Cornell Café. Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; $7 adults, $5 children; 561-495-0233 or http://www.morikami.org
Restaurant SuggestionBlueFin Sushi and Thai Grill, 6694 Parkside Drive, Parkland or 861 Yamato Road, Boca Raton

Saturday, July 9th“Out of This World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television” at the Norton Museum (1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach) every week Tuesday through Sunday. Get up close and personal with costumes from popular movies like Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica. There will be special presentations every Thursday and film viewings on Saturday. Admission is free for museum members and children 12 and under, $5 for visitors age 13 to 21, and $12 for adults. Call 561-832-5196, or visit norton.org.
Restaurant SuggestionBuccan, 350 S. Country Road, Palm Beach

Saturday, July 9th – Sunday, July 10th -Celebrate Mangos of Hawaii at Fairchild’s 19th Annual International Mango Festival (10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy lectures, indulge in tropical smoothies and take part in the world’s only mango auction. Admission is free for Fairchild Members and children 5 and under. Non-member tickets are $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up and $12 for children ages 6-17. For more information call 305-667-1651.
Restaurant Suggestion: On Saturday only, Miami’s top restaurants, caterers and businesses alike will be sampling their best mango dishes and products. Arrive early for this free sampling as this is the festival’s most anticipated event.

Sunday, July 10thRiverhouse Ghost Tour at the Stranahan House (335 SE 6th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale) at 7:30 p.m. Tour the historic Stranahan House and hear tales of the life during the great depression. The tour starts in Frank Stranahan’s home and includes a river boat ride where you’ll hear even more unforgettable stories of Fort Lauderdale’s greatest ghosts, including one who haunts the Downtowner Saloon to this very day. You must reserve your spot in advance by calling 954-524-4736.
Restaurant SuggestionRocco’s Tacos, 1313 East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

Monday, July 11thFlying Yoga at the South Florida Circus School (15161 NE 21st Avenue; North Miami Beach) Fly through the air with the greatest of ease with the help of master-level circus performers. The aerial fitness classes cost $25 and are held daily at 9 a.m.
Restaurant SuggestionLime Fresh Mexican Grill, 14831 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami

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Can you handle it? 16 Handles Frozen Yogurt – Boca Raton

16 Handles, Boca Raton, FL

16 Handles, a New York based self-serve frozen yogurt shop, recently opened up in University Commons on Glades Road in Boca Raton. The modern shop offers customer’s 16 tempting flavors of frozen yogurt and over 40 sweet topping options.

The interior of the store is bright and cheery and there are LCD screens with animated flavor and nutrition facts above each self-serve yogurt machine. So, if you are concerned with diet restrictions you can research before you pull the handle.

A Peek Inside

What we Thought – Arriving to a place that boasts 16 yogurt flavors and over 40 toppings can be a daunting task, but we tackled the handles like born professionals and emerged with wonderfully tasty treats to enjoy on this beautiful day.

So what did we order? With so many options to choose from and two huge cups to fill, we opted for two different smorgasbords of yogurt.

Combination 1

Combination 1 (prepared by S)

Always indecisive, I couldn’t consider just one or two flavors, nope, I opted for two complete flavor profiles of the following:

Option 1: A classic combination as any: Chocolate & Peanut butter. I paired the Chocolate Eruption & Peanut Butter yogurt with mini peanut butter cups and both the chocolate & peanut butter drizzle on top for a wonderfully sweet, salty concoction.

Option 2: The Red Velvet & NY Cheesecake went together perfectly.  How can you have red velvet cake without the cream cheese icing, it’s sacrilegious! The coconut crunch on top gave added texture and sweetness along with the marshmallow drizzle, lightly applied as a crowning touch.

Combination 2

Combination 2 (prepared by T)

Arriving with an open mind and leaving with a clutter of frozen goodness. My cup was (partially) filled with a small sample of Vanilla Sky, Peanut Butter, Heath Bar Toffee and Red Velvet. Probably not paired together perfectly but definitely delicious either way.  I opted to top my creation with mini chocolate chips (my guilty pleasure), rainbow sprinkles (for color) and a drizzle of sweet caramel (just because).

Overall, we both agreed that the yogurt did not have the artificial aftertaste found at many “froyo” stores and the flavors were true to their descriptions. We enjoyed our experience and plan on stopping by again soon to see what other flavors they have on tap!

Note: You may have to act tactfully if you choose to place multiple yogurt options in a cup. The yogurt will melt and mix, so be sure to place complimentary flavors beside each other.

16 Handles
1400 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
561-672-7649

Hours
Mon-Thurs 12PM – 11:00PM
Fri & Sat 11AM – 11:30PM
Sun 12PM – 10PM

Meatless Monday – There’s An App(etizer) For That!

Today’s recipe comes from Chef Ursula of Divine Dining Florida.  With just six ingredients (most of which are kitchen staples) this hummus would make a perfect pre-dinner snack or a  great addition to any Meatless Monday meal.

Serve with fresh Naan bread, homemade pita chips, or your favorite fresh vegetables. Enjoy!

White Bean Hummus
{by Chef Ursula Rafer}
Ingredients:
1 can white beans(half drained)
1 1/2 tbsp cumin ground
2 cloves garlic
Half a lime squeezed for juice
1 1/2 tbsp black sesame seeds
Salt to taste

Directions:
Place all in processor pulse and serve with chips or pita.

 

Dining On The Avenue…Literally

Last week Foodies on the Fly had the opportunity to dine at Florida Longest Table in Delray Beach. (Click here for an aerial view of the set up) The feast was part of Savor the Avenue, an annual event that benefits The Office Depot Foundation, an organization that strives to make a positive impact on children, families and the community.  Many of the well-known local restaurants along Atlantic Avenue participated including 32 East, Cababa El Ray, Prime, and Vic & Angelo’s. (To see the other participants click here) FOTF reserved a seat to enjoy a four-course dinner at Boston’s On The Beach but since we arrived a few hours early we decided to try out another participating restaurant, The Office for lunch and of course had to have something sweet. (check out our reviews of Cupcake Couture here… The Office here)

If you haven’t attended Savor the Avenue, the experience is worth the ticket price, especially when the weather is gorgeous. The evening starts with a complimentary cocktail (we enjoyed a Xante pear margarita) and at promptly 6:30pm everyone raises their glasses for the grand toast and prepares for the epicurean event to begin!

With waiters delivering course after course in a timely manner and wine being passed around the table to compliment each dish the night was definitely a success and a great way to spend Thursday evening with friends. When dinner ended guests were invited to an after party, set up a few blocks away. Dancing off calories beats running on the treadmill any day!

So what did we eat?
Hors D’oeuvre
Maryland blue crab dip, prepared with citrus zest and coconut essence-This rich and savory dish was served with crispy chips and the portion was HUGE!
Wine: Paired with Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc

Appetizer
Crostini Trio—Boursin cheese with caramelized onions, white bean, roasted garlic, and warmed blue cheese, roma tomato, basil, balsamic drizzle, shaved Reggiano – The Crostini’s were softer than anticipated but all three were still delicious.  Our favorite was the roma tomato with basil, balsamic drizzle and shaved Reggiano, it was similar to a Caprese salad just a little sharper.
Wine: Paired with Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay

Main Entrée
Barrel cut beef tenderloin, 8-ounce aged fillet with lobster risotto- This tenderloin was A.maz.ing and the most memorable part of the dinner.  The meat was served and cooked perfectly, not too rare and not too well-down and practically melted in your mouth.
Wine: Paired with Predator Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi Appellation

Dessert
Mango crème brûlée – From the perfectly torched sugary topping to the creamy custard. This refreshing mango dessert was a great alternative to the normal vanilla and a delicious ending to a great night.
Wine: Paired with Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay

*Although the above menu is not listed on the Boston’s on the Beach website you can check out some of their other options here.

The Verdict:
Mark you calendars because you won’t want to miss Savor the Avenue next year. It is a great event for food enthusiasts and a fun experience to share with friends.

Boston’s On The Beach
40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, FL 33483
561-278-3364