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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

As the South Beach Wine and Food Festival takes over Miami, Fort Lauderdale welcomes its own celebration of all things delicious with the 3rd Annual CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series, taking place February 21-25. Featuring an impressive list of A-list celebrity chefs, including Emeril Lagasse, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Andrew Simmern, this festival promises to delight foodies from all over South Florida!

This year, the CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series has incorporated a number of the signature elements seen at SOBEWFF, including seated wine seminars, official white beach tents, and the fan-favorite Lucky Chopsticks event, hosted by Andrew Zimmern Friday, February 23rd at the W Fort Lauderdale. In regards to the event, Zimmern is quoted as saying, “I hope it’s received well-I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t be. The event is fun, and the food is awesome.”

CRAVE has continued to see growth over the years. Since its inaugural year in 2016, where Taste Fort Lauderdale consisted of eight local events and drew around 1,500 attendees, CRAVE now features 11 events and a crowd of more than 2,200. Show organizer Lee Shrager observed , ”We knew there was demand because we knew we had a lot of people attending the South Beach festival from Broward and even further north.”

Get your taste buds ready and see one of the events for yourself! Check Out the 11 events taking over Fort Lauderdale through Sunday:

2018 CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series

BBQ Dinner hosted by Chris Lilly and Jorge Ramos- Feb. 21, 7 p.m.

Clambake hosted by Emeril Lagasse and Jorge Ramos- Feb.22, 7 p.m.

Women of Syria Dinner hosted by Alon Shaya and Ingrid Hoffmann- Feb.23, 7 p.m.

Lucky Chopsticks hosted by Andrew Zimmern- Feb.23, 8 p.m.

The Champagne of Victors: G.H. Mumm and a History of Innovation- Feb.24, 11 a.m.

An Insider’s Tour of Six Pascal Jolivet Sancerres: Exploring Various Soil Types that Define Differences and Similarities- Feb.24, 12:30 p.m.

Rooftop Rosé Happy Hour hosted by Kristin Cavallari- Feb.24, 5:30 p.m.

The Ritz-Carlton Dinner: A Culinary Adventure- Feb.24, 7 p.m.

Grand Bloody Mary Brunch hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian and Aarón Sánchez- Feb.25, 11:30 a.m.

Dinner hosted by Dario Cecchini and Angelo Elia- Feb.22, 7 p.m.

Dinner hosted by Michael Schulson and Chris Cosentino- Feb.22, 7 p.m.

For more information on the events at CRAVE Fort Lauderdale and to buy tickets, click here.

Hope everyone has a great time!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Imagine waking up every day, sitting on your private balcony, taking in gorgeous eye level views of the sparkling blue Ocean. As you enjoy a cup of coffee and take in the view, a relaxing breeze prepares you for another day full of promise and excitement.

Fountains on Ocean Boulevard 725 can turn this dream into a reality for the buyer seeking luxury at every turn. This boutique 7 story condo offers an incredible amount of privacy, as only 2 units occupy the top floor. The perfect combination of design and high-end upgrades, this 3 BR/3.5 BA showcases the best that South Florida living has to offer. Stunning marble floors, designer lighting throughout, and foyer art niche welcome you upon entry, showcasing a spacious floorplan full of modern sophistication. The quality upgrades are endless. A new Lennox high-efficiency HVAC system 4 ton 16 SEER system has been installed. Concealed roll down solar shades and cornices have been inserted on all glass openings, and the entire condo has wired central audio and volume controls in each room. The kitchen is full of quality craftsmanship, including gourmet custom granite counters, stainless steel appliances, soft close drawers/doors, and wine cooler. Host dinner parties and entertain in style while your guests enjoy libations at the wine bar!

One of the most exceptional features of this listing are the amazing water views that can be enjoyed from TWO balconies. Relax on the roomy East balcony off of the living and family room, and enjoy spectacular direct Ocean views. Unit 725 offers dual split plan master suites, meaning that both you and your guests can rest in total comfort with a high-level of privacy. Both master bedrooms boast beautiful upgraded En suite bathrooms with dual vanities and custom fitted walk-in closets. All 3 bedrooms have real hardwood floors. Perfect move in condition for the most particular buyer.

Fountains on Ocean Boulevard offers a Rooftop pool and Fitness Center, 2 pets any size, and 2 PRIME upper level assigned garage parking spaces for unit 725. Located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, steps from the beach, close to fine dining, shopping, golf courses, and exciting nightlife!. To view this fabulous property, contact me 954-770-8525 or realtor@joannedwards.com!

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

One of Fort Lauderdale’s biggest events marches back into Fort Lauderdale Beach to celebrate themes of love, equality, and acceptance. Pride Fort Lauderdale takes place Sunday, February 11 from noon to 8 pm. Taking place right before Valentine’s Day, the very fitting theme for the 41st anniversary of the festival is “Love Pride.”

Full of fun, food, and entertainment, this high-energy event is not to be missed! This year’s attendance is expected to be record-breaking, with over 60,000 attendees projected to attend. They’ll be able to enjoy offerings from over 150 vendors, a food court, water slide, kid’s arts and crafts area, and a special area for seniors and the transgender community. And of course, outstanding performances from world-renowned performers Estelle and Charo, who will rock the crowd with their greatest hits! Of performing at Pride Fort Lauderdale this year, Charo has said, ““I am extremely, extremely excited. I’m very happy to go to Pride and make some great friends.”

Admission to the main event is FREE and proceeds will fund scholarships for LGBT+ youth and grants to local community organizers. Organizers have taken great strides to find effective parking and transportation solutions. According to Pride Fort Lauderdale President Miik Martorell, ““We have almost four times the amount of free shuttles, sponsored by Sprint. Last year, there were three. This year, there are 10.”

The number of parking lots has also increased. This year’s free parking lots are Hagen Park, 2020 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors; Galleria Mall, 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; E. Clay Shaw parking lot, 2150 SE 17 St., Fort Lauderdale. Parking is also available in the lot at the event but is not free. The shuttles run from the free lots to Pride from 12 to 6 p.m. The last shuttle leaves Pride at 8:30 p.m. Adding to the fun will be local drag queens hanging out with festival attendees on the shuttles for the first three hours of service!

Grab your best group of friends and get ready to have a great time! Be safe and have a wonderful time at an event that celebrates love and benefits a great cause!

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Get ready sports fans! It’s that time of year when the entire country gets ready for a day full of impressive athleticism, spending time with friends, and of course…delicious game day grub! Regardless of what team you are rooting for during Super Bowl 52, everyone can agree that good food is a must during the big game. Not in the mood to cook (or clean up the aftermath)? Then these Fort Lauderdale Super Bowl parties are a great place to watch the game, make new friends, and eat some of the best food in town!

B Ocean Resort

The Florida Bar, B Ocean Resort’s lobby bar, and the resort's Wreck Bar will be teaming up to offer guests a place to eat and watch the game. Take in all of the action on 10, 75-inch TV screens. Bottomless stadium-inspired food offered for $45, as well as $10 cocktails and $5 draft beer specials. Guests can also catch a live underwater mermaid show at Wreck Bar during halftime and post-game. Now that’s a new twist on Super Bowl Sunday!

1140 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.564.1000; bhotelsandresorts.com/b-ocean

Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill

Bokampers is the perfect spot for football lovers who actually want their Super Bowl Sunday to revolve around one thing…football! With TV’s on every wall, every seat is the best seat in the house. Additionally, for $99 per person, guests will have access to a full premium open bar, a buffet and giveaways and prizes throughout the night.

3115 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954.900.5584; bokampers.com/fort-lauderdale

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Watch the game South Florida style, with the sound of ocean waves crashing in the background! Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort will be hosting a sunrise terrace watch party. VIP bottle service is available in exclusive lounges and a large projection screen will air the Super Bowl. Food specials, all priced at $12, will feature wings, nachos, flatbreads and pork belly sliders. Drink and beer specials will be available as well.

505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.414.2222; hilton.com

American Social Las Olas

Super Bowl Heaven! With plenty of large TVs, a large variety of craft beers on tap, and a menu full of comfort food, American Social is a fantastic choice for football viewing if you’re looking to watch the game somewhere on iconic Las Olas Boulevard. The restaurant will offer $20 domestic beer bucket specials, $25 imported beer buckets, $7 Captain Morgan, $8 Crown Royal and $5 Jack Fire. Bottle specials priced at $150 are available with couch reservations. American Social’s happy hour food menu will also be available for the first half of the game.

721 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.764.7005; americansocialbar.com/las-olas

Duffy’s Sports Grill

A Fort Lauderdale classic! More than 80 TVs will showcase the action at Duffy’s Sports Grill, which will be offering double points all day to its MVP members, along with a $10 MVP reward after spending $25 or more. Guests can indulge in Duffy’s party platter menu with boneless chicken wings, mini cheeseburger sliders, Tex-Mex chicken egg rolls and more.

1804 Cordova Road, Fort Lauderdale; 954.713.6363; duffysmvp.com

I hope everyone has a great time watching Super Bowl 52 with friends and family, and perhaps you’ll make some great new friends as well! Be safe and have fun! Let the games begin!

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

If you dream of gorgeous water views combined with modern sophistication then you are sure to love Berkley South sub-penthouse 18K. Take note of the bright, airy atmosphere made possible through a plethora of high impact glass windows, all featuring long water views thanks to the sunny SE/SW exposure of this listing. Enjoy these views from the privacy of the spacious balcony, where visions of the Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway, and city skyline surround you. What better place to indulge in some relaxing personal time, where you can feel an Ocean breeze, relax to soothing water views, and enjoy a breathtaking sunset at the end of a long day.

A variety of quality upgrades elevate 18K to the next level of luxury. Chic Travertine floors flow throughout this sub-penthouse, as well as accent walls and smooth ceilings. The redesigned open kitchen is especially eye-catching, boasting gorgeous granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and modern custom lighting. The kitchen island with seating is the perfect place for guests to enjoy a glass of wine as you prepare fabulous meals. Two spacious bedrooms complete this listing, with the master bedroom showcasing a redesigned en suite bath and custom walk-in closet. The guest bedroom includes a large cedar closet. Between the stunning water views and numerous upgrades, Berkley South sub-penthouse 18K is one of the best deals in Fort Lauderdale.

Berkley South is currently undergoing several building upgrades (Assessment PAID in full) that make 18K the perfect investment! This makeover includes 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 love 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. This is also a very financially sound building.

Stunning sub-penthouse 18K could be your future dream home! Contact me at 954-770-8525 or realtor@joannedwards.com and schedule a private viewing!

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