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Savvy September Traveling to MYKONOS


For most, September means back-to-school, back-to-work and back-to-reality which means its the perfect time for savvy  and travelers with discerning taste to pack up and go!   Europe saves its true charms for September, and Mykonos is no exception. More options on where to stay, easier to make last minute dining decisions without reservations and better deals available are just some of the perks. A devoted foodie, I particularly enjoyed  ‘An Eating diary from a perfect week in Mykonos‘ by my  trusted friend and true expert, Heather Warburton.  Below is a small representation of the article.   (To view complete article)

There are many reasons to go to Mykonos—the color of the water alone, the music, and the stunning villas—but undoubtedly, the food scene will convince you. If you intend to eat light and vegetarian, you’ll find no better place, and then again, if you’re more into feta cheese and baklava, you’ll be just fine too.

I recently spent five days in Mykonos in early July, and in addition to Katrin- family-run restaurant featured above these are some of my favorites:

Spilia

Spilia

Spilia

Built into a cove of Agia Anna, next to Kalafati beach, Spilia is one of the more elegant restaurants on island. The restaurant is multi-level, giving each seating area an intimacy occasionally lacking in Mykonos, and the soft blue water is truly at your feet (half our table took a dip between courses). Their lobster pasta is one of the signature dishes, and a waiter caught and opened sea urchins in plain site, ensuring total freshness. Can’t miss item? The fudge-like chocolate cake. Trust me, you want it.

Other top restaurants recommended are Interni for dinner; Scorpios for dining and partying; Kiki’s Tavern, the romantic Avra and the Belvedere.  images (1)

 

Click here to read more about the restaurant scene

If the restaurant scene alone has you craving Mykonos, check out the villa listings on Mykonos here or email SGoulart@wimco.com

 

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Collectors know Baltimore is the place to be in August

36th Annual Baltimore Art, Antique and Jewelry Show adds Juried Fine Craft Component

Acclaimed as the most anticipated event of the Summer Art Season, the iconic Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show is much more than your typical retail Art show.  With an extensive array of prominent estate jewelers, antiquarian book dealers, and exhibitors offering everything from majolica to contemporary art, there is truly something for everyone.   Now celebrating its 36th year, the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show makes its annual return to the Baltimore Convention Center August 25th through the 28th.  This year, the expansive show will present the spectacular collections of more than 400 international exhibitors, including a book fair section, and an exciting new Fine Craft section, featuring a juried exhibition of artists.

The Show historically attracts fine art, antique and jewelry aficionados from all corners of the globe to explore the show’s exquisite array of rare treasures from the last several thousand years, including furniture, American and European silver, major works of art, Asian antiquities, porcelain, rare manuscripts and books.  Americana, antique and estate jewelery, glass textiles and more.  With lots of unique items to review, guests enjoy shopping the Best of the Best as well as the convenience of full-service restaurants, coffee bars, and lounge areas on the show floor to offer a break while they treasure hunt.

Irina Grammatina hand painted silk scarf

Irina Grammatina hand painted silk scarf

 

This year’s addition of The Baltimore Fine Craft Show is yet another reason to visit the show. Jurors include Lloyd Herman, Founding Director, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museum of American Art; Jane Milosh, Director, Provenance Initiative and Michael Monroe, Director Emeritus, Bellevue Museum

 

The Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show will take place August 25-28, 2016 at the Baltimore Convention Center, One West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.

Please visit www.BaltimoreSummerShow.com for additional informtiton or to purchase tickets

The Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show is a Palm Beach Show Group Event.  www.Palm BeachShowGroup.com

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120% LINO on Worth Avenue turns down the heat with COOL SUMMER SALE

I received a call from my dear friend Susan, announcing her new position as manager of 120% Lino on Worth Avenue.  I wasn’t even aware my favorite  boutique had a location in Palm Beach!  I made it a point to stop by and was thrilled to discover the Worth Avenue store carried the easy to wear South of France stylish pieces with the quality cool natural breathable fabrics which only Italians know how to produce.

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After making a beeline for the sale section, I walked out feeling 10 degrees cooler and looking like I just got off a super-yacht in Capri:

The effortless yet stylish linen shift dress chicfully accessorized with necklace and a handbag that travel well from ship to shore.

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Glance at the look book

If you haven’t visited 120 Lino, there is no better time than the present as the 50% SALE has only just begun!

333 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, Florida 33480
tel. 561.833.0711

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brunching by the Sea at BENNYS ON THE BEACH

A summer weekend staple for me and my family,  is an extended gourmet surfside brunch at Bennys on the Beach.  Frankly it’s the only place offering quality dining in a casual environment with a fabulous view, and an actual breeze.   Chef Jeremy Hanlon is continuing adding delectable creations to the menu, so going with a big group is key if you want to do a serious tasting!  In addition to their Signature Pancakes and famous Beach Bread variations, some of the new breakfast favorites include Lake Worth Crab Cake (featured above); Chorizo Breakfast Tacos and Shrimp & Grits.

 

Ultimate Island Toast

Ultimate Island Toast

 

The freshness of the food and the exquisite preparation by internationally acclaimed American Celebrity Chef Jeremy Hanlon, formerly of New York’s Restaurant Daniel (as in Boulud) is what makes this charming oceanfront destination a formidable gourmet experience.

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Bakon Vodka Bloody Mary

 

 

 

 

 

Those of us who associate beach and al fresco with libations truly appreciate their extensive and creative cocktail menu.  I normally opt for their bottle of Rosé de Provence kept in a chilled bucket within reach,  but only after I’ve indulged in one of their formidable Bloody Mary variations– Bloody Maria with tequila was my favorite until I tried the Bakon Vodka Bloody!

Benny’s is open for surfside dining seven days a week  from 7am to 9pm.  To view complete menu or make reservation visit www.bennysonthebeach.com

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August 17th Sun Sentinel Article

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PAUL HOBBS- the Steve Jobs of Wine

Meat Market hosts exclusive wine pairing dinner with Paul Hobbs Winery

Those of you who share the passion for ‘making every bite count‘– like I do,  MUST come to the  PAUL HOBBS wine dinner.  Chef Sean Brasel has created an exquisite menu to complement the carefully selected wines by Paul Hobbs.   Jonathan Negrin, Meat Market’s wine sommelier  will be on hand to personally tend to the guests questions and needs.  Before embarking on a four-course sensual journey, guests will be welcomed with a Pulenta Estate Sauvignon paired with wood-grilled Tuna Tataki, roasted shrimp empanadas and watermelon gazpacho shots. The ‘gastronome‘ experience will include delicacies such as Duck Terrine and Braised Lamb Osso Bucco.  You have to click on the menu to find out what other surprises Chef Sean is cooking up!  I find the dessert particularly intriguing!

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The Steve Jobs of Wine is an apt metaphor to describe the ardent exactitude of winemaker and consultant Paul Hobbs.  He’s a quality fanatic”  —Forbes Magazine.  

 Click here to read complete article

Paul Hobbs is known for its meticulous vineyard management and minimally-invasive wine-making techniques, producing wines which express their vineyard origins with finesse, complexity and authenticity.

“We limit attendance to these special wine tastings as it’s important to ensure every guest has the opportunity to savor each wine with Chef Sean Brasel’s carefully planned accompaniment. It’s all about the experience,” says Andy Dugard, General Manager of Meat Market Palm Beach.

Paul Hobbs Winery selection served will include:

  • PH Pulenta Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • PH RRV Pinot Noir 2014
  • Bramare Malbec Uco Valley 2013
  • PH Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
  • Ice Wine Riesling from Stratus Vineyard in Canada 2013

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    Space is limited

  • Please call to reserve your spot 561 354 9800 or email jnegrin@meatmarket.net
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Sequin Shoppers Paws Support Palm Beach Island Cats

It was a Purrfect night in Palm Beach where the sandals and sundresses came out in full force to shop at Sequin Worth Avenue to support Palm Beach Island Cats.  Board Members Coco Schefmeyer, Kim and Paul Puffenbarger, George J. Palladino, and Florence Berney joined with Executive Director Leslie Moss to host a Meow-worthy evening of refreshments and shopping for the many Cool Cats who attended.

Particularly popular purchases were the feline-themed charm bracelets and necklaces.  Although the new Astrology-inspired Star Maps collection drew lots of attention along with Sequin’s new Color Karma line

 

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One of the leading organizations in the country conducting trap, neuter, and release programs for feral cats, Palm Beach Island Cats advocates responsible pet ownership.  Their efforts on behalf of the Island’s forgotten felines are not only humane, but also serve public health interests.  This local grass roots organization operates 365 days a year to prevent future generations of community cats.  They receive no government funding and operate 100% on donations.  These donated funds are utilized to pay for the day-to-day food, medical care, field crew, equipment and other operating expenses for this animal –friendly charity. 

Donations to this 501 (c) (3) organization are graciously accepted and tax deductible.  For more information or to make a contribution, please visit www.PBIslandCats.org

 

 

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