Ican’t go to sleep at night without checking to make sure my door is locked. Ever. I’m an overly paranoid, light sleeper who gets stirred by the slightest noise.
That changed last month. I traveled to Parrot Cay, a private island in the Turks & Caicos. For the first time ever, I felt safe and comfortable enough in my surroundings to go to sleep without locking the doors.
Some are calling it the new Costa Rica.
I’ve never been to Costa Rica, but from what I’ve seen and heard, Panama definitely rivals it – in beauty, history and adventure.
Visitors and residents can sense that the country is on the cusp of something great. And after four days of exploring Panama, so could I.
The country celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the famed Panama Canal in August and is in the middle of a massive project to expand the locks to accommodate heavier, larger ships.
ABOUT THE DRINK
Midnight in Nantucket with muddled watermelon: Fresh basil
1 1/2 ounces Tito’s Handmade Vodka
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce fresh agave
Shake over ice; strain into rocks glass. Garnish with basil.
WHO: Record producer, recording engineer and Power Station Studios founder Tony Bongiovi
December represents more than holiday parties and New Year’s festivities; it signifies that we are knee-deep in peak season, preparing for the myriad of social occasions that the Palm Beaches are so well known for. The typical season has me running from client parties to charitable receptions and galas, fashion shows at The Gardens Mall, Downtown at the Gardens, Worth Avenue, theaters and art exhibits, Sunday Polo and local sporting events – in addition to being a full-time baseball mom. On any given day, I may change outfits three times and have about 10 minutes to complete each look.
Good news for parents and children who hate needles and flu shots: Starting this year, health officials recommend that healthy kids ages 2 to 8 get the nasal spray flu vaccine instead of flu shots. Officials say that the nasal spray vaccine works better, and that using the spray instead of the needle may result in more kids getting the flu vaccine.
Treat your ears to popular and traditional Christmas and Hanukkah songs played by a full band, Palm Beach Gardens Concert Band, on Dec. 22 at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Plus, enjoy surprise performances by vocal and instrumental soloists (tickets from $15 to $25, jupitertheatre.org)
ABOUT THE DRINK
Brownie Brittle MarTito’s Cocktail
2 ounces Tito’s Handmade Vodka
1 ounce Kahlua
1 ounce espresso
Shaken on fresh ice, strained into crushed Brownie Brittle coated rim martini glass
WHO: CEO and creator of “Sheila G.’s Brownie Brittle” Sheila G. Mains
WHAT: The Brownie Brittle MarTito Cocktail, paired with watermelon and feta salad with basil, mint and jalapeño vinegar; Moroccan chicken wings with yogurt dip; warm chickpeas with hummus; and charred eggplant dip