January 2016

Found 17 blog entries for January 2016.

New offerings from a Top Chef toque (Dale Talde) and celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli, New England–style clam shacks and opulent Pan-Asian boîtes are only some of the reasons to get excited about the newest trending eateries around town. Up next, the top 10 new spots where you should be eating right now in Miami.


Why It’s Hot: The Setai’s sleek new restaurant shines a spotlight on Asian cuisine with shareable dishes, five-star service and surprisingly moderate prices. Standing out among the recent slew of Pan-Asian openings, this South Beach gem also offers Indian specialties that come to life in a tandoor oven.

Must-Order: The standout Thali Platter (pictured) boasts seven small bowls of veggie and protein-centric Indian dishes,

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Alfiere's Mediterranean Bistro Inside The Westin Fort Lauderdale Introduces New Superfoods Menu


Alfiere's Mediterranean Bistro Inside The Westin Fort Lauderdale Introduces New Superfoods Menu

Here's a spot to take your health-conscious friend. Alfiere's Mediterranean Bistro's Executive Chef Alex Sanchez recently introduced menu items packed with nutrients and antioxidants. The restaurant, located inside The Westin Fort Lauderdale, now offers options like the sesame soy glazed ahi tuna salad tossed with spinach, edamame, tomatoes, potatoes and pomegranate ginger dressing. Sanchez also added healthy beverage options, like the kale, spinach, mango and cinnamon smoothie—delicious!

Alfiere's Mediterranean Bistro, 954.772.1331, westinfortlauderdalehotel.com

Not many restaurants make it to 25 years, or have the honor of

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  joseph kavana and a rendering of Metropica

Joseph Kavana and a rendering of Metropica

Metropica, a master-planned community in Sunrise, is the latest South Florida condominium to receive Fannie Mae approval, as developers try to lure domestic buyers.

Under the approval, buyers at Metropica can purchase qualifying residences with as little as a 5 percent down payment on primary residences, 10 percent for second homes and 20 percent for investors, the developers said. 

Lender New Penn Financial assisted Metropica through the process of obtaining Fannie Mae approval, and serves as the development’s preferred mortgage lender, Jeffrey Brown, manager of the Developer Services Division for New Penn Financial told The Real Deal. The loan program, backed by the federal

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Boatyard Launches 'Boats & Bubbles' Weekly Ladies Night Series With Free Champagne Cruises


Since Boatyard first opened this past fall, it has become a prime coastal dining destination with an upscale casual reputation. Now, the dock-and-dine restaurant is aiming to boost its standing in the yachting community by launching a new "Boats & Bubbles" Ladies Night series.

The weekly event, which kicks off Jan. 28 and will take place every Thursday, lets ladies drink free from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the indoor and outdoor bars as well as the outdoor fire pit. Plus, female patrons can take a ride aboard a Van Dutch yacht for a complimentary champagne cruise along the Intracoastal.

“The concept for Boatyard’s new Ladies Night was really a no-brainer given our prime waterfront location and partnership with VanDutch,” Tim Petrillo,

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Should I Buy Now Or Wait Until Next Year? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights:

  • The Cost of Waiting to Buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time.
  • Freddie Mac predicts interest rates to rise to 4.8% by next year.
  • CoreLogic predicts home prices to appreciate by 5.3% over the next 12 months.
  • If you are ready and willing to buy your dream home, find out if you are able to!
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AquaVue Las Olas Launches Sales: Renderings and Floor Plans

courtesy of Ocean Land Investments/AquaVue

AquaVue, an upcoming Las Olas waterfront residence with the catchy moniker, launched pre-construction sales last week for its eight loft-inspired, double-cornered residences. The Ocean Land Investments project is located at 133 Isle of Venice Drive, with three-bedroom and three-and-a-half-bathroom units starting at $1.475 million and 2,850 square feet. Each unit features oversized terraces, Intracoastal views, and a boat slip that can dock a vessel up to 50 feet. Amenities include a heated saltwater pool. Construction is set to begin in April.

· AquaVue Las Olas [ALO]

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Four big proposals in Broward city, including waterfront building by major New York developer

Pompano Beach officials will consider four big development proposals, including a multifamily building by major New York developer Chetrit Group and an oceanfront condominium.

The items are set for a hearing before the city’s Development Review Committee on Jan. 20. They would need a city council vote for final approval.


The Ocean Sapphire condo would have 29 units at 700 Briny Avenue in Pompano Beach.

The Ocean Sapphire condo would have 29 units at 700 Briny Avenue in Pompano Beach.


Led by Meyer Chetrit and Joseph Chetrit, the Chetrit Group is one of the largest property owners in New York City and it’s made headlines in Miami with a proposal for a huge mixed-use project along the

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Leasing has started at the 254-unit Amaray Las Olas, an ultra luxury apartment building within walking distance of Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.

The 30-story tower is under construction at Northeast Second Street and Eighth Avenue. Studio and one-, two- and three-bedroom units range from 768 to 2,450 square feet. Monthly rents are from about $2,000 to $5,800.

While Amaray Las Olas rents are pricey, more upscale renters are willing to pay top dollar, particularly those who want to be near downtown nightlife, said L. Keith White, president of the Reinhold P. Wolff Economic Research in Oakland Park.

"It's to be expected," White said. "It's not unusual anymore. "The project is being developed by The Rockefeller Group and a division of

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Think you’ve got the chops to sell your house on your own? Many people believe they’ll save money by listing their home as “for sale by owner” (FSBO), and sometimes they do. But selling a home is a lot more complicated than selling practically anything else, including a car — which is certainly no walk in the park.

Think about it: This isn’t an agent’s first rodeo, but it might be yours. A good real estate agent knows how to price your home for the area, isn’t emotional about the sale, understands the amount of paperwork involved, and so much more.

Here are eight costly mistakes FSBO sellers tend to make.

1. They price it wrong

If you consistently beat everyone when playing along to The Price Is Right, you’re either a natural, or

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The South Florida Fair Kicks Off This Weekend, And The Palm Beacher Will Be Part Of The Fun

The South Florida Fair Kicks Off This Weekend, And The Palm Beacher Will Be Part Of The Fun

The countdown is finally over: The South Florida Fair will officially kick off Friday, Jan. 15.

The festival, whose theme this year is “Discovering The Palm Beaches,” will run through Jan. 31 at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach. 

And if you’re headed out to enjoy the festivities, you’ll want to keep an eye out for posters showcasing our November issue’s “45 Facts You Didn’t Know About Palm Beach County.” 

The feature, which also appeared in our sister publication Jupiter Magazine, includes perfect-for-trivia-night factoids, such as the average winter temperature in the area (answer: a fabulous 74 degrees) and how many gallons of

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