Bubble-shaped lights emit a blue glow over 80 seats and 15 bar stools, causing diners to feel they’ve traveled below sea level. But, in the submerged setting, flames defy physics by dancing on plate tops. “We really like fire here,” says Thomas Op’t Holt, chef de cuisine at the Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place’s newest addition, Deep Blu.
Meet the chef
Chef Op’t Holt decided he’d likely be a chef at 7 years old. “The first memory I have of cooking was I made my mom scrambled eggs when she was sick and she was like, ‘Hey, you’re kind of good at this,’” he says. So, he enrolled in cooking classes throughout middle and high school. During his senior year, a recruiter from the Culinary Institute of America visited his high school, and after taking a year off of school to save up, he attended in 2005.
Making a Name
Just an hour before closing time, 13 boxes of new product shipments that arrived that morning are finally being sorted. Instead of folding and hanging spring polos and pants, Golfino Store Manager Debora Rodi spent the early hours this Thursday at Par 3 Golf Course sponsoring the “Golfino Italian Open,” which was followed by paninis in-store for participants. With only a few months under its belt, the Palm Beach Golfino location continues to make an effort to let the community know it’s arrived. But the well-respected brand won’t have to try too hard, considering its prime location on Worth Avenue and its notable clothing already sought after by the pros.
Start summer early this year at Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival. SunFest returns on April 29 with some of the world’s best chart-topping artists set to preform. Guests of all ages can enjoy live music, fabulous food and incredible art (Tickets from $32, sunfest.com).
I have four bars in my house – a wet bar in my kitchen, a vintage Hollywood Regency bar for my patio, a gorgeous brass bar cart from Society Social and a thrift store find that was too cheap to pass up and complements my vintage vibe. Yes, I realize that seems excessive for the average household, but bars, and especially bar carts, are like TVs – you need one in almost every room.
The Tabuleh Café
Located inside the gluten-free and organic grocery store Planet Ozone, the Tabuleh Café serves natural and nutritious food from all around the world. The all-vegan Veggie Platter, which includes hummus, falafel, stuffed grape leaves, tabuleh and baba ghannouj, is its best-seller – made-to-order and served fresh daily by Head Chef Muhammad Hussein; 1601 SE Federal Highway, Stuart; 772.403.2199
Ernest Hemingway once said, “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
The journey to Key West provides a perfect example, with 100 shades of turquoise and emerald green water surrounding each side of the highway. A deep sense of relaxation washes over you and breathless adoration of our Floridian treasure begins – not the gold bar kind found on sunken ships, but the priceless one. After a sigh and revelation, your brain signals start to fire: Slow down, let go, deep breath, no stress allowed – this is Jimmy Buffet land!
The new John Barrett salon, which sits on the corner of Peruvian and Hibiscus avenues, boasts a complete beauty and retail experience. “It is going to be the jewel box of Palm Beach,” Barrett says of the 3,200-square-foot property. “There will be no competition as far as beauty is concerned.” At press time, the salon was scheduled to celebrate its official grand opening in late January.
Here’s what you need to know before scheduling your first appointment:
On the owner/founder: