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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Ten! Nine! Eight!

Right before we officially welcome 2018, millions of people across the country will be chanting the last ten seconds of 2017 surrounded by friends and family. After reflecting on the highs and lows of the past year, excitement is in the air as we prepare to jump into a new year full of hope and promise. Whether you love all-day street festivals or prefer a classic midnight Champagne taste in an upscale hotel, my top ten list is of New Year’s Eve Parties has something for everyone who will be celebrating in Fort Lauderdale and surrounding commnities. I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year, here’s to an amazing 2018!

Remix Your Year at the W Fort Lauderdale

Photo courtesy of W Fort Lauderdale

The W Fort Lauderdale will be hosting a dinner buffet curated by chef Stephen Starr, three free cocktails, a balloon drop and a Champagne toast at midnight. Dancing begins at 8 p.m. and goes all night. Tickets ($170) must be purchased in advance.
401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.414.8200; wnye2017.eventbrite.com

Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown

Photo by Michael Laughlin for Sun Sentinel

Over 100,000 people are expected to attend this free street festival, making it one of the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in Florida! Festivities kick off at 3:30 p.m. with family activities like bounce houses, face painting, line dancing and free caricature drawings. At 7 p.m., kids can count down to the lighting of the 20-foot anchor, which will later drop 100 feet when the clock strikes midnight. Fun for everyone!
SW Second St. and SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954.828.7275; fortlauderdale.gov/departments/parks-recreation/special-events/downtown-countdown
NYE Gala at The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale
Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale

The epitome of classy: this dazzling celebration comes complete with a caviar display, a festive cocktail hour, live music and more. The property will host an all-night gala featuring a special menu, open bar and surprises throughout the evening. Tickets ($299 per adult and up to $199 per child, age-dependent) must be purchased in advance.
1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.465.2300; ritzcarlton.com

Lone Palm Pool Deck New Year’s Eve Soirée

Photo courtesy of Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

This family-friendly NYE party includes live music and dancing at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach. Attendees can reserve a cabana ($1,000) or daybed ($600) for perks like an open bar, a midnight Champagne toast, a charcuterie platter and party favors. General admission is $30. Reservations required.
1111 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood; 954.842.7907; margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com
Dance and Dine at the Diplomat Beach Resort

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The Diplomat Beach Resort ushers in the New Year with an all-white party and tropical tunes at Portico Beer & Wine Garden, live music at the elegant Hotel Bar, a prix-fixe menu at Diplomat Prime ($175-$225) or tasting menus ($60 and up) at the property’s other acclaimed restaurants. Perfect place to party and dine all night! Restaurant reservations required.
3555 S. Ocean Dr., Hollywood; 954.602.6000; diplomatresort.com
Fifth Annual Rock’n Noon Year’s Eve Party at the Young At Art Museum
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Those with young children will appreciate the festivities at the Young At Art Museum, where the fun take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At this party, complete with sparkling apple cider, live entertainment and themed crafts, the clock will count down to a balloon drop at noon.
751 SW 121 Ave., Davie; 954.424.0085; youngatartmuseum.org

New Year’s Eve Gala at the Goldcoast Ballroom

Photo courtesy of Elaine Fitzgerald

Put on your favorite dancing attire and head to the world-famous Goldcoast Ballroom. Tickets ($60) include a professional showcase by award-winning dancers plus Champagne, party favors, and a breakfast buffet at 11 p.m.
1415 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek; 954.979.0770; goldcoastballroom.com
NYE Oceanfront Rooftop Terrace Celebration at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa

Photo via Facebook/The Atlantic Hotel & Spa

Celebrate the New Year with the stars as your backdrop on this rooftop terrace party! Dueling-piano group Shake, Rattle & Roll will perform live as you sip on bottomless libations and enjoy a grand buffet dinner before toasting the arrival of 2018.
601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.567.8020; eventbrite.com/e/nye-oceanfront-rooftop-terrace-celebration-tickets-40192284204
NYE 2018 at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Photo courtesy of Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort offers a special menu ($69 and up) of seafood specialties and a delectable dessert bar. A VIP cabana at the Sunrise Terrace ($150 and up) offers Champagne, charcuterie and a DJ spinning tunes from 8:30 p.m. til the wee hours of the New Year. Kids can live it up with poolside apple cider, al fresco movies, games, treats and more.
505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale; 954.414.2222; www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hilton-fort-lauderdale-beach-resort-FLLFSHH/index.html
New Year’s Eve at Shooters Waterfront

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Ring in the new year with a bang! Shooters will have fire dancers, balloon drops and party favors! Enjoy a delicious four-course menu ($99) overlooking the Intracoastal plus fiery entertainment sure to liven up the night. Can arrive by water taxi. Tables must be reserved in advance.
3033 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954.566.2855; shooterswaterfront.com/event/new-years-eve

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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Friday, December 29, 2017

New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to reflect on wonderful memories of the past year, and make new resolutions as you look forward to the future. What better way to reminisce than surrounded by close friends as you enjoy amazing food and lively conversation? Fort Lauderdale has some excellent New Year’s Eve dining choices, with some restaurants even offering live music and dancing! Check out these options and see which ones make your taste buds want to celebrate!

Burlock Coast Seafare & Sprits, 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-302-6460:

This renowned restaurant located at the beachfront Ritz-Carlton showcases the food of Chef Paula DaSilva, offering a 3-course ($99 per person) or five-course tasting ($189) tasting menu, not including tax or tip. Dinner comes with a Champagne toast.

Louie Bossi, 1032 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-356-6699:

This popular Italian restaurant on the lively Las Olas corridor will showcase a special New Year's Eve menu of roasted cauliflower garlic and truffle oil, wood-grilled octopus salad ($16), duck yolk raviolo en brodo with shaved urbani white truffle ($18), 16 ounce wood-grilled veal chop with wild mushroom sauce and taleggio crostini ($48), house-made parpadella with duck ragu ($28), and warm panettone bread pudding topped with stratatella gelato ($8).

3030 Ocean at the Harbor Beach Marriott, 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale, 954-765-3030:

For those who really want a fine-dining experience, Chef Adrienne Grenier's five-course tasting menu is sure to impress! Costs $100 per person with optional wine pairing for an extra $50. Delicious options include cured salmon, green apple, smoked roe, crème fraiche; shaved porchetta, Florida citrus marmalade, hazelnuts, watercress, fennel; sunchoke and camembert ravioli, brown butter, parsley; roasted flounder in a wild mushroom broth, baby bok choy; Alaskan king crab with toasted brioche, avocado, and caviar; seared duck breast with roasted cauliflower, arugula, golden raisins, pine nuts; diver scallop with crunchy lentils in a carrot-cumin sauce; beef tenderloin with smoked potato purée, oven-roasted swank farm tomato, grilled onion; and decadent desserts. Seating is from 6 until 10 p.m.

Wild Sea Oyster Bar and Grille, 620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-467-2555:

This restaurant at the Riverside Hotel will offer a five-course tasting menu from 6 p.m. to midnight for $125 per person with an optional $50 wine pairing (plus tax and tip). The menu will feature Kumamoto oysters, salmon crudo, lavender-glazed quail, lamb chops with black garlic and more. Vegetarian options are available. The hotel is also hosting a masquerade party on its eighth-floor rooftop for $118 per person featuring live music and dancing.

TRP Taste/Rooftop Party, 1 W. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-523-1956

The Restaurant People (YOLO, S3, Boatyard) are throwing a dinner party at their new ground-floor popup restaurant and tasting kitchen, Taste, followed by drinks at Rooftop, the hot and hip rooftop bar in downtown Fort Lauderdale. At 8:30 p.m., chefs Chris Miracolo and Peter Boulukos will present a 10-course meal with wine pairings for $250. The optional Rooftop event, 11 p.m.-2 am., will cost an extra $50 and include open bar with premium drinks.

Here’s to delicious food in 2018! Happy New Year!

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Friday, December 22, 2017
Tags:   joann Edwards, Restaurants, fort lauderdale

The holiday season is a magical time of year, when we take a second to share precious moments with friends and family. We give thanks for all of the wonderful things we might usually take for granted, and celebrate long-standing traditions that only come once a year.

However, between putting up decorations, planning holiday vacations, and picking out the perfect gift, sometimes the season can get a bit stressful to say the least. Instead of worrying about preparing the perfect Christmas feast, why not leave it to the professionals and treat you and your family to a mouth-watering Christmas dinner at a celebrated Fort Lauderdale restaurant? Check out these fabulous restaurants and give your taste buds a special holiday treat!

Market 17

A three-course menu will be offered for $65 per person at Market 17. Choose from a selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Options include crispy skin duck confit, grilled grass-fed beef tenderloin, butter-poached Maine lobster and wild mushroom and fig risotto. Dessert includes chocolate layer or carrot cake. Enjoy libations such as house-made, colonial-style eggnog or a Miracle on 17th Street (rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, amaro and bitters).

1850 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954.835.5507; market17.net

3030 Ocean

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This restaurant is located in the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. 3030 Ocean is offering a Christmas four-course prix fixe menu for $70 per person. The regular a la carte menu will also be available. It features sea-themed dishes, including Florida lobster bisque shooter, ceviche, grilled swordfish with blue crab rice and fritto misto with crispy calamari, oysters and shrimp.

3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale; 954.765.3030; 3030ocean.com

Ocean 2000

The Pelican Grand Beach Resort’s waterfront restaurant, Ocean 2000, has a five-course menu for $75 per person, starting with creamy Maine lobster bisque and followed by a starter and salad. Main course options include roasted free-range turkey, 14 oz. rib eye, Chilean sea bass and porcini mushroom and tofu risotto. Finish off with dessert offerings of candy cane mousse or Grand Marnier crème brûlée.

2000 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.556.7667; pelicanbeach.com/ocean2000

Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille

Photo courtesy of Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille

Enjoy an exquisite buffet with a la carte specials at Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille at the Riverside Hotel for $69 per person and $35.50 for children 12 and under. The Christmas buffet will be available from noon to 9 p.m.

620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.467.2555; wildsealasolas.com

Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits

Photo courtesy of Burlock Coast

Located at the Ritz-Carlton, Burlock Coast will have a buffet-style Christmas feast starting at noon for $105 per adult and $49 for children. A selection of sweet or savory dishes will be served as well as items from the artisanal cheese and charcuterie display, salad station, raw bar station, carving stations and sushi and dim sum station. Desserts to complete the meal range from popcorn panna cotta to eggnog truffles and a chocolate molten lava cake station.

1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.302.6460; burlockcoast.com

I sincerely hope that one of these restaurants can make your Holiday culinary dreams come true! I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

One of my favorite Fort Lauderdale holiday traditions is the annual “Holiday Lights” cruises that take place during the Christmas season. A special treat for passengers of all ages, this cruise takes advantage of one of Fort Lauderdale’s most celebrated features: the gorgeous Intracoastal Waterway!

Being held every day until the 23rd, those interested can catch the tour twice daily, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The water taxi runs rain or shine, and promises to show passengers the beauty of the Intracoastal during the holiday season! Allow yourself to be captivated by the festive ways that gorgeous million dollar homes along the water have been decked out in hundreds of colorful glowing lights. Adults will love indulging in the delicious Christmas cocktails at the full cash bar, and kids will appreciate the fun holiday drinks made especially for them. The tour also includes on-board live entertainment!

The “Holiday Lights” cruises are wheelchair friendly and boarding begins 20 minutes prior to departure. Each cruise departs from the Hilton Marina under the 17th Causeway bridge. Tickets for adults are $25, and $15 for children under the age of 12.

Click here to purchase tickets for the cruise!

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Friday, December 15, 2017

If you desire resort-style living in booming Fort Lauderdale, then my Berkley South penthouse may be the perfect home for you!

Imagine waking up daily surrounded by fantastic water views! In sunny, south-facing Berkley South PH-10, magnificent unobstructed water views can be found in EVERY window, transforming this condo into a serene sanctuary of light. Hurricane-impact glass windows allow this natural light to showcase the spacious, open layout. Impress your visitors with great wine and breathtaking views as you sit on the roomy balcony and admire expansive, unobstructed long Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway views. Perhaps impressive mega yachts will be cruising down the Intracoastal, and your guests can enjoy their own private boat parade! Ready for a night out in one of the hottest cities in South Florida? The location of PH-10 is only minutes from a variety of fun activities, including the beach, upscale shopping, and delicious fine-dining establishments! Rounding out this penthouse in the sky are knockdown ceilings, updated bathrooms, large master bedroom with en suite bath, and 2 walk-in closets.

Berkley South is currently undergoing several building upgrades (Assessment PAID by Seller) that will only make this penthouse an even greater investment in the future! Renovations include new hallways, a new 2nd floor amenity deck with Infinity heated pool, BBQ grill pavilion area, green space, new tennis court, and redesigned clubroom. Fitness fanatics will appreciate the new jogging track around the building and the remodeled Fitness center with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the revamped pool deck. Berkley South also offers bike and kayak storage, a full-time manager on premises, 24-hour concierge, DIRECT beach access, and garage parking for your convenience. Berkley South is also PET FRIENDLY!

This Fort Lauderdale penthouse is a great deal that won’t last long! Contact me at realtor@joannedwards.com or 954-770-8525 and check out those wonderful water views for yourself!

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Monday, December 11, 2017
Tags:   berkley south, joann Edwards, fort lauderdale

As an expert and leader in Fort Lauderdale real estate, I know firsthand the rapid expansion currently taking place in this beautiful city. The Venice of America, as it is fondly named by yachting enthusiasts, is truly one of the most sought-after real estate cities in the country. That’s why it gives me great pleasure to have wonderful featured listings in the Fort Lauderdale community of Berkley South, which is currently undergoing a 5.5 million $ makeover project that will make these units an even better value in the future! Building renovations include new hallways, a new 2nd floor amenity deck with Infinity heated pool, BBQ grill pavilion area, green space, new tennis court, redesigned clubroom, and state-of-the-art fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the revamped pool deck. Even better, all of this luxury is only a couple blocks from the beach! Check out my fantastic Berkley South listings and contact me at 954-770-8525 or realtor@joannedwards.com to see them for yourself!

3015 N Ocean Blvd Unit 16H, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Price: $399,900

This condo boasts breathtaking Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway views upon entry! Completely remodeled 2 BR/2 BA unit with high quality upgrades that include Venetian plaster smooth ceilings, crown molding, accent walls, and Travertine floors. Especially noteworthy is the custom designed open kitchen with imported granite countertops, SS appliances, and wine bar. Frosted glass sliding door leads to guest bedroom with high-end Murphy bed. Hurricane impact windows and doors. Gorgeous water views from every room! Assessment paid in full!

3015 N OCEAN Unit 18K, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Price: $399,900

This sub-penthouse listing has a SE/SW exposure that features long water views from EVERY window! Enjoy breathtaking Ocean, Waterway, and city skyline views every day from the convenience of home! Also full of great renovations such as redesigned open kitchen with granite table top and stylish custom lighting. Other upgrades include Travertine floors, accent walls, smooth ceilings, a redesigned En suite master bath and a custom walk-in closet in the master bedroom, and a large cedar closet in the guest bedroom. Hurricane impact windows and doors! Assessment paid in full!

3015 N OCEAN BLVD Unit PH-10, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Price: $359,000

Fabulous Penthouse in the sky! You will be blown away by the expansive unobstructed long Ocean/ICW views in this updated sunny south facing 2 BR/2 BA Penthouse! There is no better location than this! Imagine hosting a wonderful evening with friends as you enjoy a refreshing Ocean breeze on the spacious balcony, taking in the BEST views the city has to offer. Hurricane impact glass on all openings. It doesn’t get much better than that!

3015 N Ocean Unit 7J, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Price: $249,900


A major price reduction makes Berkley South 7J a GREAT deal and the lowest priced unit for sale in the building! This pet-friendly condo shows off sunny south Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway, and city skyline views. Bright and spacious, it has an eat-in kitchen, walk-in closets, hurricane shutters, and extra storage. The assessment for this condo has been paid in full. Don’t let this incredible deal pass you by!

To see this listings or for any other inquiries on Fort Lauderdale real estate, please contact me anytime at 954-770-8525 or realtor@joannedwards.com!

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