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If the mess of carving a jack-o’-lantern doesn’t really appeal to you, but having some fall fun does, try one of these alternatives to your traditional Halloween decoration.

  1. Nail polish pumpkins. Don’t have a fully stocked craft cabinet? No problem! Nail polish pumpkins make use of beauty supplies you have stowed in the bathroom. Use your favorite shades to paint swirls on your pumpkin.

  2. Studded pumpkins. You might need to make a trip to the craft store for this one, but it will be well worth it. Pick up a package of silver or gold studs and use a hot glue gun to arrange them in vertical stripes along the ridges of your pumpkin.

  3. Succulent planter pumpkins. Want to add some greenery with your pumpkin project? Hollow out a few small pumpkins and replace the gooey innards with tiny succulents. They make for the perfect windowsill ornament or table centerpiece.

  4. Paint-streaked pumpkins. If you have kids helping out, this is the perfect messy craft. After laying down some newspaper or a plastic tablecloth, place your pumpkins in the middle and arrange an array of different paints nearby. Then use small Dixie cups to slowly drizzle paint down and around the sides of the pumpkins.

75 Bootiful No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas to Add Fun to Your Halloween Decor [Good Housekeeping]

80 Best Pumpkin Decorations for an Easy, No-Carve Halloween Display [The Pioneer Woman]

Easy No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids [Parents]

Clever No-Carve Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin

This family-owned and operated farm offers so many fun autumn family experiences, from petting barn animals to picking sunflowers to hayrides and pony rides. There is plenty of outdoor space for children to run and play. You can also enjoy Curv’s incredible farm-to-table meals and their Saturday night bonfire gatherings at 5:30 p.m., with live music, barbecue, and marshmallow roasting. This family farm is also the perfect spot for birthday parties and summer camping trips.

Curv also provides a producer-only market with products from local makers, crafters, and artisans that help sustain the local environment and economy. You can feel great about supporting local businesses when you buy food and other products from this wonderful family farm. Curv’s fresh and local food is available on a seasonal basis. For example, in the summer, you can expect to find delicious grilled corn and Icees, while in the winter, you can find wood fire oven roasted pizza, including meat lovers’ pizza. The farm provides pre-ordered Farm Fresh Boxes to supply families with fresh and organic vegetables and fruit all year round. 

Family Farm

Who doesn’t love a quaint little cafe full of fresh bakery items, brewed coffee, and a great place for conversation, which is exactly what you’ll find if you visit Grampa’s Bagel Bakery Deli Cafe in St. Dania Beach, Florida. What started out as a small family-owned Italian bakery has emerged into a full-fledged cafe and a rather popular hot spot for locals. 

Choose from the many fan favorites such as the hot pastrami sandwich, the eggs benedict, Ruglach & freshly baked bagels. You’ll also want to be sure to ask what the bagels of the day are as they offer a revolving cycle of tasty flavors each day. Also for breakfast indulge yourself with one of their tasty omelets, like the western style, the greek, or the farm-fresh omelet, or try one of their signature Nova Platters, which is a fresh Nova Scotia Salmon fillet combined with multiple other tasty breakfast sides. 

If it's lunch fare you prefer, stop in for a quick bite to eat and try one of their famous lunch entrees such as the wedge salad, homemade tuna salad sandwich, and the variety of different wraps, burgers, melts, and grills. You can then wash it all down with a tasty coffee drink that’s not only delicious but also a nice jolt of energy for the afternoon.

Grampa’s Bagel Bakery Deli Cafe

With its shorter days and dipping temperature, the fall season reinvigorates our desire for cozy, welcoming spaces. Here are a few tips to help you bring autumn into your apartment—in the snuggliest, comfiest way possible.

  1. Toss up some twinkle lights. Twinkle lights instantly create a cozy vibe within your home, transforming a simple space into something almost magical. String up a strand above your bed or your favorite reading chair to illuminate the area in a warm, ambient glow.

  2. Let it glow. Nothing evokes a cozy feeling quite like the flicker of candlelight.Luckily for apartment dwellers, there are many realisticbattery-powered candles that recreate the flicker of flame while still being safe to use in an apartment. Arrange them throughout your space (alongside some mini pumpkins and dried flowers) for instant autumn vibes.

  3. Switch up your textiles. The autumn season calls for touchable textiles that encourage maximum snuggling. When switching out your pillow covers, throw blankets, and bedroom comforter, opt for heavier-knit fabrics in extra-soft finishes—think velvet, faux fur, and nubby fleece.

  4. Create a “get cozy” station. Keep all of your cozy essentials close at hand by giving them a dedicated space within your apartment. Fold one or more blankets and place them in a floor basket beside your couch, along with your favorite robe and slippers. 

The Ultimate Fall Decorating Guide: 30 Ideas to Try This Weekend [Apartment Therapy]

8 Fall DIY Decor Ideas [Noelle’s Favorite Things]

DIY Fall Home Decor We're Dreaming About [Southern Living]

How to Make Your Apartment Extra Cozy for Autumn

When Jezebel made its grand debut in the ‘80s, it went by a different name (Stock Exchange) and stuck strictly to vintage clothing. In the decades since, the shop has evolved into something more. Although it still dedicates a small portion of its space to high-quality vintage apparel, Jezebel’s collection now includes a huge variety of offbeat gifts you won’t find anywhere else.

According to its owner, the inventory includes thousands of different options—and fans of the store corroborate this claim with their rave reviews about the selection. They say that regardless of the occasion you have coming up, you’ll be able to find the perfect present at Jezebel. Looking for a gift for a new baby? Pick up a cotton swaddle with a sweet porcupine print or a sleeper featuring spring flowers. Need a fun gift for a friend? Grab a few quirky drink glasses or treat them to a sweet-smelling candle. Unique toys, cozy sweaters, seasonal decor—you name it, Jezebel probably has it in stock. So whether you’re looking for something specific or just want to browse, check out Jezebel’s.

Jezebel Stocks Vintage Apparel and Unique Gifts Near Curv

When you think of a thrift store, what images come to mind? You probably envision a maze of messy clothing racks and mismatched, dingy home goods. Couture Upscale Consign is the exact opposite. True to its name, this upscale consignment shop keeps it classic with an impeccably organized store stocked with a painstakingly curated collection of handbags, shoes, and accessories.

Husband-wife duo Tomas and Sandra go to great lengths to ensure that everything in the store is authenticated before it earns a place on the shelves. Since they have decades of experience in the luxury fashion industry, it’s pretty easy for them to spot a knock-off—so you’ll never find one at Couture Upscale Consign. Only genuine handbags from the likes of Louis Vuitton and Chanel fill the store. They’re arranged stylishly alongside pumps from Prada and Valentino, wearable works of fashion-forward art from Hermes, and other pieces from Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Fendi, and other renowned design houses. Some of them are brand new, others are gently used but still in top-notch condition. The secondhand nature of the merchandise means you’ll score a great deal without sacrificing quality at Couture Upscale Design.

Shop Designer Apparel at a Discount at Couture Upscale Consign

Planning a camping trip this summer? Getting outdoors is a fun and safe option for a couples’ or a family vacation, but you’ll fare better if you’re prepared! Here are a few tips for newbies.

  1. Know your options. You don’t have to dive right into tent camping if you’re a novice! Many campsites offer alternatives like car camping or RV camping. You can even rent a cabin and try a bit of glamping instead.

  2. Practice pitching your tent. Never pitched a tent before? Do yourself a favor and practice at home. Having a trial run will better prepare you for the real deal, so you can spend more time roasting s’mores and less time wrestling with complicated instructions and uncooperative stakes.

  3. Use a garbage bag to avoid damp clothes. If you plan to hike to your camping destination, it’s important that you’re prepared for summer showers. Make sure your spare clothes stay dry by lining your backpack with a garbage bag and sealing it tight.

  4. Do some food prep at home. If you’re planning to do most of your cooking over a campfire, getting the ingredients ready at home can make the experience quicker and more enjoyable. For instance, chop up some veggies and toss them in a cooler so you have kabobs practically ready to go. Don’t forget to bring your favorite coffee!

  5. Game on. Make the most out of your time in the great outdoors and swap your usual screens for the entertainment of the wireless variety—think board games, card games, and books. Bring smaller, more compact games that won’t take up a lot of space in your backpack or the trunk of your car. 

10 Tips for Tent Camping [KOA]
22 Camping Hacks from REI Experts [REI]
58 Insanely Useful Camping Tips for Beginners [Well Planned Journey]

Need-to-Know Info for a Fun (and Safe) Camping Trip

Most of the boba teas served at Tiger Sugar’s new Hollywood outpost are more like dessert than tea. Case in point, this chocolate malt milk tea. The barista begins with layers of black sugar boba and tapioca pearls, topped off with chocolaty milk and a layer of cream mousse. For the final flourish? A dusting of cocoa powder caps it all off.

It’s decadent beverages like these that have local patrons flocking to Tiger Sugar for their morning jolt, whether it be from chocolate or coffee! One java-infused beverage does stand out from the others in terms of popularity, and that’s the Tiger Meets Coffee. It combines iced coffee with milk and ample amounts of black sugar boba for a beverage that’s both energizing and subtly sweet. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try the signature drink with cheese foam on top. It’s more akin to cream cheese than cheddar, so it offers a surprisingly delicious balance of salty and sweet. One pro tip: shake your drink well until it’s fully mixed (the staff always recommends 15 times). This will help you to avoid a mouthful of boba.

Have You Tried the Chocolate Malt Milk Tea at Tiger Sugar?

If you notice that Archibald’s Village Bakery evokes a quaint English cafe, that’s by design. Its well-traveled co-owners opened the spot recently in an effort to bring delicious beverages and light fare to the community, inspired by small European restaurants. From the umbrella-flecked patio to the bright white interior, accented with earth and water tones, every aspect of its design has been carefully calculated. 

You could say the same for the menu. While the coffee and pastries are the main event, the coffee shop also offers some savory bites reminiscent of bistro cuisine. Begin your day with a cup of coffee or an iced oat milk latte and a slice of the Morning Glory bread, which is punctuated with dry fruit and nuts, or sink your teeth into a vegan peach muffin. If you’re in the mood for something savory, you can’t go wrong with a slice of quiche and a side salad drizzled with house-made vinaigrette. A gooey parfait infused with honey and capped with granola; scones speckled with blueberries; cookies loaded with chocolate chips or white chocolate—they’re all on the menu at Archibald’s Village Bakery.

Enjoy a Taste of Europe at Archibald’s Village Bakery

Summer has finally arrived after what probably felt like a very long season of cold and rain. To celebrate, add some spice to your space! Here are a few ideas to make your abode feel super summery.

  • When in doubt, go with white hues. Whether you’re picking a new tablecloth, duvet, or gauzy curtains for summer, clean and crisp white is always a safe bet. Opt for natural materials such as cotton or linen, and feel free to intersperse the neutral pieces with some bold patterns, too!

  • Turn to texture. Materials like jute, raffia, and rattan are having a moment right now thanks to their earthy look and touchable textures. From placemats to throw pillows, these materials introduce a layered look to your tablescapes, bedroom, and even your couch.

  • Focus on natural elements. Harness the summer season through accessories that bring the outdoors in. A few vases full of fresh flowers can brighten your apartment (and your mood!), while a bowlful of summer fruits and veggies proves that produce can be as beautiful as it is delicious.

  • Spruce up unexpected places. Don’t just decorate the living room and dining room! Freshen up your bathroom with a floral shower curtain or a new houseplant to tie together your summertime space.

35 Simple Summer Decorating Ideas For a Stylish Staycation [House Beautiful]
10 Easy Summer Decorating Ideas [MyMove]
Our Best Summer Decorating Ideas [Martha Stewart]

Your Guide to Decorating Your Apartment for Summer

The staff at Elektrik Boutique aren’t merely there to work the register. They’re all locals with an eye for fashion, and they’re happy to help style you for whatever occasion you have coming up. Whether you need an outfit for a fancy black-tie affair or a new bathing suit for a seaside gathering, Elektrik definitely has something that will work for you.

The boutique’s buyers carefully curate their inventory so that it accurately reflects the eccentric nature of South Florida’s fashion scene. So while their items range from everyday wear to haute couture, the quality of each and every piece is top-notch, and they all fit nicely into the local vibe. Stop in and peruse the collection with a glass of champagne in hand, and feel free to ask a stylist for some insight as you browse.

Elektrik Boutique: A Must-Stop Shop Near Curv in Fort Lauderdale

Botanic at the Goodland evokes a swanky poolside bar of Old Hollywood, but it’s actually located only a stone’s throw from your apartment. It debuted at the beginning of May at The Kimpton Goodland Hotel in Fort Lauderdale with stunning views of the pool from every seat, as well as a variety of indoor and outdoor seating options.

If you just want to grab a drink, pick it up at the bar and then lounge on one of the sleek sofas inside or out on the patio. You can also pull a barstool up to the underlit bar, featuring vertical slats of natural wood. However, based on early reviews, you’re probably going to want to sit down for a full meal—which means grabbing a table in the dining room. Enjoy freshly rolled gnocchi, share a pizza loaded with sausage and pepper, or dig into a fresh arugula and watermelon salad at Botanic at the Goodland.

Sip a Poolside Cocktail at Botanic at the Goodland

They say the easiest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so it’s only fitting that a day devoted to dad would be full of delicious things to eat. And when the food surprises his taste buds with unique flavor combinations and unexpected ingredients? Even better! This Father’s Day, treat Dad to a delicious brunch spread centered around out-of-the-ordinary recipes like the ones below!

Sunny Mary: Even the most diehard enthusiast of the Bloody Mary is unlikely to have tried this unique cocktail, which gets its golden hue from pureed and strained yellow tomatoes. The tomatoes are combined with one cup chilled vodka, lemon juice, and, for a tart twist, the pickling juice from jarred pepperoncini peppers.

Loco Moco: This unique twist on a traditional Hawaiian dish results in a one-plate meal that’s perfect for starting Father’s Day on a savory note. Beef patties are nestled atop a bed of hot, steamed basmati rice, then finished with a few spoonfuls of fresh mushroom gravy and a fried egg.

Chicken and Corn Bread Pancakes with Spicy Syrup: We bet you’ve never had pancakes quite like these! Made moist with the addition of buttermilk, these cornmeal-centric flapjacks pair perfectly with crispy fried chicken and a drizzle of Tabasco maple syrup.

Sunny's Easy Bacon 'n' Egg Breakfast Pizza: Perfect for sharing, this recipe tops pizza dough with marinara sauce, sambal, maple syrup, and bacon. Shredded cheese is sprinkled over top, then joined by two eggs and popped into the oven until the eggs are set.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread: For the dad with the (not so) sweet tooth, this pumpkin chocolate chip bread strikes the perfect balance between chocolaty and earthy. Pair each slice with a cup of Dad’s favorite coffee.

Unconventional Brunch Recipes to Whip Up This Father’s Day

It’s called Booze Garden... What else do you need to know?! Take advantage of the Florida weather at this outdoor bar for anything but your typical night out. From the fun lawn games, to the awesome lighting and décor, Booze Garden is a one-of-a-kind experience. You’ll feel like you’re in someone’s backyard (albeit a very cool backyard) for drinks with pals and some friendly competition. 

Grab a craft beer or custom cocktail (the fruity Rockstar Smash and signature mojito are popular choices)  and challenge your buddies to a few rounds with the giant Jenga, Connect 4 board, or on the Ms. Pac-Man arcade game. Plus, being that Booze Garden is an outdoor venue, you can feel good about the open-air setting as we all navigate the pandemic. 

You’ve probably been dying to get back together with friends and enjoy a night out. Booze Garden is definitely the place to hit this weekend. Doors open nightly at 8 p.m., and stay open until last call just before 4 a.m.

Booze Garden: A Must-Visit Outdoor Bar Near Curv

Anna’s Coffee Shop should seriously consider changing their name. Sure, they have an exceptional cup of joe or craft latte, but it’s the baked goods that are going to have you coming back to this cute café. From freshly baked baguettes and boules, to the pastries of your dreams, Anna’s Coffee Shop is as close to an authentic French bakery as you’re going to get in Fort Lauderdale. Indulge in buttery scones bursting with blueberries, picture perfect tartes and macarons, and likely the flakiest croissants you’ll ever have. Anna’s Coffee Shop also does lunch, with lovely European-style charcuterie boards, gourmet sandwiches, and traditional quiche. Complement your meal with a glass of wine, and be sure to shop the display case of fine French cheeses, jarred condiments, and libations for your pantry. 

Anna’s Coffee Shop has so much more than your daily caffeine fix. Find the café on Seminole Drive with daily operating hours starting at 7 a.m.

There’s More Than Just Java at Anna’s Coffee Shop

The pandemic may have kept us apart from our loved ones for the past year, but it’s going to take more than a virus to undermine the bond between a mother and child! This Mother’s Day, show Mom how much you care with these clever tips and gift ideas—even if you can’t be together on Sunday, May 9.

Set up a video call. If you’ll be celebrating Mother’s Day from afar, be sure to pencil in some face time with Mom, albeit virtually. This might entail some advance planning if your favorite mother needs help installing or getting acquainted with a video-conferencing app or software. Take a moment to get her up and running in advance so that your time together won’t be interrupted by technical difficulties.

Say it with flowers. A bouquet of fresh blooms is the quintessential Mother’s Day gift. And while there’s nothing necessarily “original” about gifting her flowers, it’s the thought that counts, particularly if you request that the vase or bouquet includes her favorite stems. Don’t skip a meaningful note! If Mom’s just not into flowers, consider sending her takeout from her favorite restaurant instead!

Send a photo gift. Texts are great and all, but a picture speaks a thousand words. Why not gift Mom with a custom-made photo album of some of your favorite memories together? Alternatively, a digital photo frame is a perfect way to instantly share photos with your mom. You can send the photos to her frame at the touch of a button, so she can connect with you via your most recent photo-worthy moments.

Can’t-Fail Ways to Make Mom Feel Special This Mother’s Day

Fries as a side? No more! New restaurant Twice Removed has given the humble French fry a rightful place on their menu: front and center smothered with tons of different entrée-worthy options. 

Choose from good old Russets with white truffle oil or chili salt, or iterations of the classic made with yucca, zucchini, or sweet potato. There’s also the all-important poutine, and Twice Removed has mushroom, duck, curry, and hot honey chicken options, each with a complimentary gravy and form of cheese. There’s other food too, like burgers, roast chicken, and small plates, but those are all just precursors to the main crispy-fried event. And because everything tastes a little better with a lively libation from the bar, Twice Removed has modern cocktails and speakeasy-style drinks for yet another reason to make a visit. 

Find this new spot on NE 33rd Street, just a block behind North Ocean Boulevard. They are open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner and/or late evening service.

Bring a Love of French Fries to Twice Removed

When Yelp reviewers use this many exclamation points and all-capital letters to describe a thrift shop, you know it’s got to be a good one. Most refer to Oddballs Nifty Thrift as a true gem, and the best second-hand shop in Fort Lauderdale. The space is simply massive, with both indoor and outdoor shopping of everything under the sun. 

You’ll find housewares, art, clothing, accessories, furniture, and the list goes on. Whether you love to fill your home with one-of-a-kind finds, or you want to upcycle an already-loved piece into something new, Oddballs Nifty Thrift is the place to find your treasures. All of this vintage fun, and they sell beer and wine? Sounds like an afternoon’s worth of fun with friends, hunting for cool new things and toasting to the bargains. 

Find Oddballs Nifty Thrift right on NE 13th Street. The shop seems small from the outside, but don’t be deceived. This is the thrift store of your dreams.

What Treasures Will You Discover at Oddballs Nifty Thrift?

Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to start enjoying warmer temperatures, longer days, and the rewarding feeling that comes along with a spic-and-span apartment. Before you pull on those rubber gloves and break out the spray bottles, check out these tips to help you streamline your spring-cleaning checklist.

Overhaul your cleaning supplies. There’s nothing worse than starting a cleaning project only to realize you don’t have the necessary supplies. Take stock of your cleaning inventory to ensure that you have everything you need to complete the tasks at hand, including bleach, sponges, rags, paper towels, and all-purpose cleaners. Now is also a good time to toss out any expired products.

Start small. Don’t overwhelm yourself by attempting to complete your entire spring-cleaning checklist in a single day or weekend. Instead, break the job down into smaller, more manageable tasks. For example, you could clean one room at a time, or focus on single chores such as decluttering, dusting, and disinfecting.

Enlist your friends and family. Spring cleaning should be a group effort! Split up the tasks so that they’re distributed evenly between you, your family, and/or your roommates. If you need extra reinforcements, see if your friends can help pitch in! Pay them with some takeout pizza and drinks.

Spring Cleaning Tips for a Spic-and-Span Space

GreenWise Market is new to Las Olas, and marries the best of upscale prepared food and low-priced pantry staples in one modern shopping experience. They’ve got all the basics that you would expect, and prices that compare to a Publix or similar store. But GreenWise Market also features a hot food bar and specialty items that you’d only expect to see in a higher end grocery store like Whole Foods. It’s the best of both worlds! 

GreenWise Market could be your go-to spot for everything you normally shop for, plus the premium items that make your life a bit easier. On your first visit, be sure to try the fresh soups, prepped produce (yes…they will dice it for you!), and grab a burrito bowl or sub sandwich for lunch. 

You’ll be sure to find Greenwise Market meticulously clean and easy to navigate thanks to its high ceilings and new interior. Greenwise Market is easy to access from Curv, only about a mile north via Third Avenue.

GreenWise Market Debuts in Fort Lauderdale

Bright, colorful, and lively are words that perfectly describe the Yeasty Brews Taproom, both in their array of vivid and intense beers and rainbow-colored bar area. Soak in the good vibes of lively pop art, glowing murals, and neon furniture while you sip the day away with a flight of artisanal beer. 

The daily rotating selection at this taproom in Lauderhill includes everything from creamy milk stouts and refreshing blonde ales to citrus-spiked IPAs and fruity Hefeweizen. A flight is your best bet to try a few, and four five-ouncers is just $10. This leaves you with plenty of cash left over for vegan empanadas, barbecue flatbread, or housemade garlic hummus. Yeasty Brews also serves the community with weekly events like open-mic night, live music, and specialty tastings. 

Find the tap room on 19th Street in Lauderhill, with operating hours Thursday through Sunday until 10 p.m.

Order a Beer Flight at Yeasty Brews

Thinking about welcoming a new addition to your household—one with roots and leaves? Plant parenthood can certainly be rewarding, especially when you’re staying home most of the time. If you’re just getting started, here are a few plants that can thrive in your apartment.

Jade. This simple succulent with scarlet-tinged leaves barely needs to be watered, which is a big plus, and can weather direct sunlight. So, if you have a sunny spot in your home and the time to water them once every two weeks, chances are you’ll be able to keep a jade plant happy.

Spider plant. Named for the branches that web out like the legs of a spider, this variegated plant is easy to hang. That’s why apartment-dwellers tend to love it—in addition to the fact that it doesn’t require frequent watering, and it grows well in low light. And one more bonus: it also cleans the air!

Bird’s nest fern. Whereas most ferns can only thrive in high levels of humidity, the bird’s nest fern is different. It’s happy in an average amount of humidity and very little light, so it’s much easier to grow in an apartment than some of its counterparts.

Best Indoor Plants for the Smallest of Spaces [Apartment Therapy]

The 30 Best Indoor Plants for Apartments to Buy Online [Elle Decor]

The 11 Best Houseplants for Apartments [The Spruce]


Add These Apartment-Friendly Houseplants to Your Must-Grow List

Now more than ever, it’s so important to support local shops and businesses. Treat yourself to a shopping spree at Briny Boutique, and feel good about your shopping! This cute little women’s boutique in Fort Lauderdale stocks designer clothes, jewelry, and gifts. 

The shop stocks a little bit of everything, in many styles. For those who are working from home and have mastered the art of athleisure, grab a few of their fun joggers and a cutout sweatshirt so you can work in style, comfortably. If you prefer to dress it up, the maxi dress selection is extensive. Whether you want a sleek black look or flirty floral, there’s a print for everyone! Be sure to grab some jewelry to complete your ensemble. You can shop in-store or shop online. If you subscribe to their newsletter on their website, you can snag 10% off your first order!

Update Your Look for Spring at Briny Boutique

If you’re a pizza lover, you’re in luck because there is another delightful pizza spot open in town: The Pizza Spot! This cozy little pizza shack is reminiscent of an old-school snack bar, with an outdoor window to order and a cozy patio to the side to enjoy your eats!

Here, you can expect New Haven–style pizza, fashioned after the famous Connecticut pizzeria Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana. These are thin-crust, wood-fired pies, finished with your choice of toppings. Select a small or large pie and add your own toppings—the creativity is in your hands.If you want suggestions, definitely ask—the owners are super helpful and will take your flavor preferences into consideration. Many are calling this the best thin-crust pizza they’ve tried in the area, so don’t miss it!

The Pizza Spot Serves New Haven–Style Pies Near Curv

A lot has changed in the past year. For one thing, staying home became the new going out. That theme is going to hold through this month, at least, which is why you should start planning for an at-home Valentine’s Day. Begin with these creative ideas.

  • Plan a picnic in the living room. It may be too cold to head outside for a picnic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the romantic experience indoors. Lay out your picnic blanket on the living room floor, light a few candles, and serve up a beautiful charcuterie platter and some other simple finger foods.
  • Make a meal together. In the mood for something more gourmet? Make the date about the process of cooking instead of just enjoying the meal. Pick a new recipe, gather the ingredients, and set up your cook station with everything you need to get going (and maybe a glass of wine or two).
  • Have a movie marathon. Do you and your significant other love romcoms? Pick your faves and set up the living room for a romantic movie marathon! Make sure you have plenty of cozy throw pillows and blankets, your favorite snacks and drinks, and your top films all queued up and ready to go.
  • Set up a spa night. One way to show that you care is by pampering that special someone. If you’re not comfortable going to the spa for a couples’ massage, bring the spa to you! Diffuse a calming scent, like lavender, and dote on your significant other with a neck or foot massage.

16 Stay-at-Home Valentine’s Day Date Ideas [The Spruce]
Celebrate Valentine’s Day With a Stay-at-home Date Night [HGTV]
Stay-at-Home Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day [Organized Mom]

How to Have a Romantic Valentine’s Day at Home

With techniques and flavors coming all the way from Brazil, brigadeiros are a unique version of truffles, using condensed milk to create bite-size treats in classic flavors like chocolate, coffee, and coconut. Fort Lauderdale might not be Brazil, but it offers brigadeiros to rival their home country thanks to The Brigadeiro Company

Making the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day or any time of year, brigadeiros just might become your new favorite sweets. Treat yourself or your loved ones to a dozen brigadeiros in milk or dark chocolate, walnut, cookies and cream, or other flavors. You’ll truly fulfill their expectations by falling in love at first bite—and you just might get that special someone to love you a little extra for introducing them to this delicious treat. 

For even more options, The Brigadeiro Company also creates its signature brigadeiro-filled chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, brownie cakes topped with brigadeiro icing and individual brigadeiros, or brownie bites, to enjoy their brownie cake in miniature. Each of these, too, offers that uniquely Brazilian chocolate flavor and will undoubtedly bring a smile to any chocolate lover’s face—assuming they can stop eating the chocolaty treats for long enough to start smiling!

Sweeten Your Valentine’s Day at The Brigadeiro Company in Fort Lauderdale

Your search for the ultimate coffee experience can come to an end. BREW Urban Café in Fort Lauderdale has one of the widest varieties of coffee processes in the area, and the cool, modern café for you to enjoy your perfect cup. Keep it simple and straightforward with a cappuccino, Americano, or latte, or up your game with one of BREW Urban Café’s unique press methods. They are one of the only coffee shops that offers V60 pour over, chemex, and aeropress all in one location. 

BREW Urban Café is part of the Next Door at C&I collaboration, one central complex for arts and entertainment. It’s an all-around cool place to visit, whether it be to sit with your laptop and enjoy the best cold brew you’ve ever had, or you also want to pop next door to listen to live music or take in some art at a nearby gallery. BREW Urban Café is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and should be part of your weekly ritual for great drinks and supporting the local small businesses of Next Door at C&I.

Sip Your Morning Pick-Me-Up at BREW Urban Cafe

Getting into the holiday spirit in your home? Perhaps your annual traditions include baking! Before you whip up the first batch of cookies, you might want to rearrange the kitchen to make the process a bit easier. These expert tips can help.

  1. Stow spices on a turntable. Turntable, Lazy Susan, whatever you call it, these contraptions make it simple to quickly locate the spice you’re looking for! You can also use them for go-to baking supplies like flour and sugar. A mini turntable should fit neatly and easily into any spare cabinet.
  2. Quickly boost your storage space. There’s probably some spare space in your cabinets that you don’t even realize is there! That’s the dead air above your canned goods and spices. Double your storage space instantly by adding wire shelving, which sits right on top of your permanent shelves. Similarly, small drawers under the sink or in other underused spots can work wonders.
  3. Stash your cookie sheets differently. Instead of keeping your cookie sheets in a haphazard pile, use tension rods to get them in order. Line up tension rods from one side of a cabinet to the other and store your cookie sheets vertically.
  4. Use the back of your kitchen cabinets. Did you know that parchment paper tubes are super easy to hack? Stick a wooden dowel through the hole in the center of the tube, and you can hang it instead of trying to stuff it in a drawer alongside cling wrap and aluminum foil. Just affix two temporary hooks to the back of a cabinet door, thread the dowel through them, and voila! Parchment paper at your fingertips.

The 52 Best Kitchen Cabinet Organization Ideas of All Time [Apartment Therapy]
The 35 Most Brilliant Organizing Ideas of All Time [The Kitchn]
22 Smart Storage Tricks for a Small Kitchen [Good Housekeeping]


Set Yourself Up for Holiday Cookie Success With These Kitchen Organizing Tips

Getting out of your apartment and enjoying some fresh air is a great way to relax and reset. One spot where you can do that today is the Anne Kolb Nature Center. Although the nature center and its art gallery remains closed for the time being, the beautiful boardwalks are ready and waiting for you.

The nature center has a large parking lot, so you should have no trouble finding a spot. Then hit one of the boardwalks that winds throughout the surrounding mangrove forests. Eventually, you’ll come upon the beach—grab a seat at the gazebo and let the ocean waves lull you to a place of zen. Then head back to your starting point, keeping an eye out for the resident wildlife. Visitors say they’ve spotted various types of birds and lizards—including iguanas! Be careful to social-distance from other guests, and bring a mask in case you have to pass anyone on the boardwalk.

Stroll Along the Boardwalk at Anne Kolb Nature Center

You’re already headed to Gulfstream Park for shopping, dining, and entertainment this holiday season. This lively area has everything from bowling and karaoke, to kid-friendly attractions, the casino, and much more. When you are considering when to visit this time of year, don’t forget the Symphony in Lights at Gulfstream Park

This 15-minute light and sound extravaganza happens at the top of the hour from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. each night. In addition to over 250,000 dazzling lights, the Symphony in Lights includes a soundtrack courtesy of holiday favorites like Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Visitors of all ages will be in wide-eyed wonderment by the syncopated audio/visual exhibit, and looking forward to making Symphony in Lights a tradition for years to come. Make a full night of it with dining at Basil’s or Alma Grill, a viewing of the light show, and then a little holiday shopping. And then another show! If you plan your night right, you can see Symphony in Lights at least twice. 

Find the show right in the heart of The Village at Gulfstream Park. You can’t miss it!  

Symphony in Lights at Gulfstream Park: A Must-See Holiday Display Near Curv

In these unusual times, the caring staff at Essentials Boutique is still finding ways to take care of its customers—even from afar. One out-of-town patron notes that her annual trip to Fort Lauderdale, which always included a stop at the boutique, was canceled due to COVID-19. Rather than miss out on the fashion, she hopped on Facebook to watch the live fashion shows and pick a few of her fave pieces. Then a staff member packaged them up and shipped them right to her door—but not before first trying them on herself so that the customer could envision how they might look.

Going the extra mile is nothing new for the staff at Essentials Boutique. They’ve been doing it for years, which is why they have such a loyal following. Their collection of fashion-forward apparel, jewelry, and accessories includes something for everyone. Currently, you can shop online, check out the regular virtual fashion shows on Facebook, or make a personal shopping appointment, grab a mask, and come into the store to browse.

Refresh Your Fall Wardrobe at Essentials Boutique

The new Whole Foods Market in Poinciana Park hasn’t even been open for a month, but it’s already earning glowing reviews from the customers who’ve had time to check it out. Time and time again, they come back to a few of the best aspects of this new location: its large, clean space and impressive produce section.

The latter boasts fruits and veggies you won’t find at your typical grocery store. Ever heard of bitter melon or burdock root? If you haven’t, head to Whole Foods to learn more. They’re both in stock, along with standards like apples and bananas—and organic options always abound. In addition to the fresh food, Whole Foods also promises a high-quality assortment of shelf-stable goods, ranging from seltzer water to snacks. And its own 365 brand is never in short supply, which makes grabbing top-notch groceries more affordable. Don’t forget to check out the extensive bakery and prepared foods section, too! Whole Foods requires guests and staff to wear masks and socially distance when in the store.

Shop for Thanksgiving Staples at the Newly Opened Whole Foods in Poinciana Park

Sweet potato, pumpkin, apple—these are a few of the ingredients that flourish in the fall, so it makes sense they’d also play a starring role in your baked goods. If you’re looking for some sweet autumn treats to make this month that are a little more creative than pumpkin muffins and apple pie, try these recipes.

Gingery Sweet Potato Pie [Country Living]
The distinct addition of ginger lends a rich, complex flavor to this otherwise traditional sweet potato pie. You can make your own pie crust or buy one pre-made to cut back on prep time. Then bake about four small sweet potatoes and mash them with milk, eggs, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and, of course, sugar. Fill the pie crust with the sweet mixture, bake it, and top with homemade (or storebought) whipped cream.

Pumpkin Crisp [Delish]
Sure, pumpkin pie is delicious, but pumpkin crisp in a cast-iron skillet? You really can’t beat that. This recipe guides you in mixing together pumpkin puree, eggs pumpkin pie spice, heavy cream, and vanilla with ample amounts of sugar. Next, you’ll craft a crumbly topping using flour, brown sugar, salt, butter, and pecans. Pour the creamy mixture into a greased cast-iron skillet, sprinkle the buttery crumbs on top, and bake for about 45 minutes—then enjoy a slice a la mode.

Apple Dumpling Bake [Taste of Home]
This recipe is much easier than apple pie, and it features one unexpected ingredient: Mountain Dew. Apple slices wrapped in crescent rolls simmer in the sweet, bubbly beverage with sugar, butter, and cinnamon for about 35 minutes. The result? Flaky, golden-brown rolls bearing the perfect balance of tart Granny Smith apples and buttery pastry.

Fall Treats to Bake in November