December 2015

Found 16 blog entries for December 2015.

Here's A Look At The Bahia Mar Plan Just Approved By Fort Lauderdale's Planning And Zoning Board

 

Here's A Look At The Bahia Mar Plan Just Approved By Fort Lauderdale's Planning And Zoning Board

The Bahia Mar transformation and its Intracoastal promenade are one step closer to becoming reality. The city of Fort Lauderdale's Planning and Zoning Board approved redevelopment plans for the Bahia Mar resort and marina Thursday by a 6-2 vote. Next, the city commission will consider its lease with the Bahia Mar property's owners during a vote on Jan. 20.

Hoping to turn the area into a year-round waterfront destination, developers plan to put up two 39-story residential towers and build a public promenade on the Intracoastal Waterway. While some residents have expressed concerns about the height of the 400-foot towers, as the Sun

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Where To Eat, Drink, Party And Brunch For New Year's 2016 In Broward County

Where To Eat, Drink, Party And Brunch For New Year's 2016 In Broward County

2016 is so close we can taste it—or is that just the champagne talking?

On New Year's Eve, there are plenty of restaurants, bars and hotels hosting festive multi-course meals or parties where you can drink and dance the night away right here in Fort Lauderdale. Check out our picks, and get your plans set early, before these local spots run out of reservations. 

Here's where to eat, drink, party—and recover from it all with a big brunch the morning after—as you ring in the new year in Broward County.

 New Year's Eve Dinners

III Forks

The Hallandale steakhouse invites guests to say, "III Cheers to the New Year." Choose from the featured dinner

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Dinners, Spas And Staycations That'll Have You Spending Your Holiday The Right Way

The holiday season is upon us, folks. Here in South Florida, we might not be able to feel it in the air, but we sure do feel those vacation days coming.

And as cheery a time as Christmas can be, cooking up a festive meal can easily be a headache. The solution? Let a local restaurant do the cooking for you.

We've rounded up a list of Fort Lauderdale restaurants serving Christmas Eve and Christmas Day feasts. Plus, as an extra special Christmas gift, a few resorts and spas in the area are offering winter season staycation packages and holiday-themed treatments, too. (Anyone else down to join us for a peppermint candy cane massage?) 

 

Christmas Feasts

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Thursday's Fort Lauderdale Serves French Classics And American Eats At New Las Olas Spot

Thursday's Fort Lauderdale Serves French Classics And American Eats At New Las Olas Spot

A new French restaurant has popped up at the end of Las Olas Boulevard.

Thursday's Fort Lauderdale, a French bistro that also serves American staples, is only a few months old, but its history dates back to 1973. 

That's because father-daughter owners Bernard and Savannah Ragueneau modeled the new restaurant after their family-owned business back in Montreal, which opened that year.

The original Montreal location started out as a 15-seat bistro and has grown to a three-story restaurant, bar and club for over 1,000 guests, now run by the Ragueneau sons. Much of the Las Olas restaurant's decor comes straight from there.

"Chandeliers are the first

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5 Ugly Holiday Sweater Parties In Fort Lauderdale You Don't Want To Miss

5 Ugly Holiday Sweater Parties In Fort Lauderdale You Don't Want To Miss

Attention, Fort Lauderdale: You can whip out your ugly holiday sweater starting Thursday. Need a reason? We'll give you two. 

Reason No. 1: There's a cold front a-comin' this weekend, which makes it the perfect time to wear a warm and fuzzy sweater and get cozy with strangers. 

Reason No. 2: There are plenty of ugly holiday sweater parties at Fort Lauderdale area restaurants and bars that await. 

So now that we've established that, here are five holiday parties to wear that hideous seasonal sweater to.

American Social Las Olas

It's time to don that ugly Christmas sweater and party all night long to music by American Social's DJ. Enjoy $5 Tito's Vodka

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The holidays can be hectic, but nothing beats the warmth and cheer of Christmas lights twinkling during some of the darkest, coldest nights of the winter. The practice of lighting Christmas trees dates back to the 17th century, when ambitious holiday celebrants used candles to light their trees—which they could only do for a few minutes at a time before extinguishing the flames to keep their trees, and houses, from burning down. In 1880, Thomas Edison strung his newly invented incandescent lights around his laboratory during the Christmas season, a successful marketing ploy that started a long tradition of electric holiday lighting.

 Outdoor Christmas Lights

If you’re new to the Christmas-lighting game, you can use this guide to help you through the process of designing

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SuViche Las Olas Serves Up Peruvian-Japanese Fusion That’s Sure To Impress

 

SuViche Las Olas Serves Up Peruvian-Japanese Fusion That’s Sure To Impress

At SuViche, a Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant tucked away on a side street off Las Olas Boulevard, the seafood-centric menu reminds guests that “fish is good for your brain, so eat up, genius.” These wise words come from an eatery where its bread and butter are 20 sushi rolls—all offering playful twists on the Japanese staple—and a handful of ceviche bowls, as any good Peruvian restaurant should tout.

This marriage between cultures is a raw (or cured) fish lover's dream. If that sounds like you, opt for a ceviche favorite, like the Suvama, which cleverly blends a Japanese-spiced Peruvian sauce with aji amarillo paste, and delights with refreshing,

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A 22-Foot 'Magical Macaron Holiday Tree' Is On Display At The Diplomat Resort & Spa

 

A 22-Foot 'Magical Macaron Holiday Tree' Is On Display At The Diplomat Resort & Spa

What's better than a mound of French macarons? How about 12,500 of them carefully lining a 22-foot Christmas tree. That’s what you can expect to find at the Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood this holiday season.  Created by a team led by executive pastry chef Henry Martignago, the “Magical Macaron Holiday Tree”—billed as the world's largest—will be on display to the public in the hotel lobby through December.

If you thought your holiday dessert recipe required a lot of ingredients, consider this: It took 1,200 eggs, 200 pounds of powdered sugar, 165 pounds of almond flour, and 132 pounds of granulated sugar to assemble the gargantuan sweet

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Cibo Wine Bar Opens In Fort Lauderdale, Featuring Rustic Italian Cuisine, House-Cured Salumi…And Wine Angels

 

Cibo Wine Bar Opens In Fort Lauderdale, Featuring Rustic Italian Cuisine, House-Cured Salumi…And Wine Angels

Wine angels have descended upon Fort Lauderdale, and they have brought us Cibo Wine Bar.

The high-end eatery, which opened Nov. 20, serves rustic Italian cuisine using a traditional approach to both classics and modern dishes.

Cibo Wine Bar restaurants are certified by Italy's “Marchio Ospitalita Italiana," which recognizes restaurants outside of Italy that meet the highest standards of Italian authenticity. 

The Fort Lauderdale restaurant opened as a response to requests from guests traveling from Broward to dine at the two Miami-area locations, according to Nick Di Donato, president and CEO of Liberty

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Spectacular George Balanchine’s the Nutcracker™ Coming to the Broward Center In Fort Lauderdale - December 11-13, 2015

Miami City Ballet’s Annual Holiday Spectacular George Balanchine’s the Nutcracker™ Coming to the Broward Center In Fort Lauderdale - December 11-13, 2015

Miami City Ballet dancer Shimon Ito in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™. Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo © Gene Schiavone.

 

Miami City Ballet dancers in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™. Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo © Gene Schiavone.

 

Miami City Ballet dancers Tricia Albertson and Reyneris Reyes in Miami City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™. Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo © Gene Schiavone.

Miami City Ballet dancers in George Balanchine’s The

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