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Take a Bite Out of the Boca Resort

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I don’t know what it is about me writing these #MBMdining blog posts while I AM STARVING.  What am I thinking?

I’m looking back at the photos from my recent MBMom foodie experiences while dining at the Boca Resort last month and I’m pretty sure saliva is dripping from my mouth.  OK, that’s not a pretty picture…

But this is!

Dining at the Boca Resort

Dining at the Boca Resort

The ocean almost blends with the sky…

That was our view from the blue (and my fancy cocktail- muddled strawberries, YUM) at the top of the tower at the Boca Resort– the tallest point in our fair city with arguably the BEST views in Palm Beach County day or night.

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We were at the top!

But views do not a delicious dinner make for #modernbocadad and me.

the blue, launched in January 2014, is a fine dining yet family-friendly restaurant serving New American food and drink.  It’s sophisticated and contemporary with some unexpected flavors and modern takes on classic dishes.

Dining at the Boca Resort

Although #modernbocadad and I used this MBMom dinner as a little date night, the blue is family-friendly with a kid’s menu and high chairs (if needed).  The next table over from us, in fact, had a family of 4 enjoying dinner together.

After cocktails recommended by the fantastic sommelier, Roberto (he’s the star of our little “cocktail” photo shoot below), we moved on to the raw bar and appetizers.

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Oysters and snow crab legs

Dining at the Boca Resort

Deviled eggs to die for! Chorizo MADE the set on the left

Dining at the Boca Resort

Fried green tomato salad: We didn’t order this, but the Chef insisted…GOOD CALL!

After gorging on the starters, we moved on to wine and our main courses.

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Swordfish steak main course (#modernbocadad)

Dining at the Boca Resort

Grilled skirt steak main course (@modernbocamom)

So tasty!  And cooked to perfection.

The service was fantastic and the food and sunset views were to die for at the blue.  We felt…dare I say…taken care of, which is rare for us now that we’ve become parents and are caring for a tiny human 24/7.

You know what I’m talking about MBMoms!

Last but not least, DESSERT.  I have two words for you: Funnel. Cake.  Yes, it was as delish as it looks.  We inhaled it.

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the blue was breath of fresh air in Boca Raton where service can be iffy, especially in the summer season.  Sometimes I feel like that’s reason enough to take a stay-cation at a place where you know life will be easy and the service will be great…at least for a few blissful days!

We also had some fun with Roberto as he showed us the art of crafting after-dinner cocktails at the blue bar.  This particular drink had #modernbocadad written all over it with High West Whiskey and orange bitters…while #mbmom rocked the champagne.

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As always, I’m on my phone…life of a blogger!

Custom-crafted cocktails are a huge trend in NYC.  I’m glad to see that the blue takes their cocktailing seriously!

Dining at the Boca Resort

Dining at the Boca Resort

Dining at the Boca Resort

Voila!

And then, like Cinderella’s carriage turning into a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight, we were headed home to relieve our babysitter.  But, we certainly had a BALL!


Because this dining post would be incomplete without a little write-up on the Boca Resort’s cozy Tuscan restaurant, I was back on property the next evening with #modernbocaaunt to review Lucca.

Dining at the Boca Resort

With an open-arched kitchen, hand-blown Murano chandeliers and inventive Tuscan cuisine, Lucca is a family-oriented Mediterranean restaurant, overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.  

Dining at the Boca Resort

You can savor signature dishes, designed to highlight their fresh and carefully chosen ingredients – along with an award-winning wine list. 

Music to my ears!

Dining at the Boca Resort

Spoiler alert!  We ordered the fondue for dessert

Lucca was good.  The appetizers were solid and traditional.  I ordered the Caprese Salad and my sister ordered a Caesar.  We also requested an order of the Wood Fired Octopus which is one of the more popular dishes, I am told.

Dining at the Boca Resort

Dining at the Boca Resort

Dining at the Boca Resort

The mains that we ordered felt like comfort food!

Between the pasta and the wine, I was ready to curl up for a good night’s sleep at the end of our meal (or maybe that was because #dailybabyavery had been up at 4AM the night before)

Dining at the Boca Resort

Penne Bolognese

Dining at the Boca Resort

Caramelized spaghetti squash & three cheese polenta

Dining at the Boca Resort

Rock shrimp scampi 

But, we obviously couldn’t leave without sampling dessert!

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Fondue for 2…okay 4…

Sadly, the fondue was the end of yet another wonderful dining experience at the Boca Resort.  🙁

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Another door closes…

As this is my third and final post in the Modern Boca Resort Mom series, I will close with this:

I had no idea that there were so many fun, exclusive and family-friendly options for local residents by simply booking a hotel stay.  Especially during the summer when the crowds are way less intense and rates so reasonable (starting at $149 per night)!

No, we can’t all afford to be members of the Boca Resort, but getting a hotel room for a few nights for you and your family is your way to get past the velvet rope and enjoy a fantastic stay-cation in your own (fabulous) South Florida backyard.

There are still plenty of summer weekends left in the South Florida season!  Why not enjoy one here?

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Until our next stay-cation…Modern Boca Resort Mom is signing off!


Click below to book your own Boca Resort stay and enjoy dining at the Boca resort:

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Disclaimer: Services and compensation were provided for this review. As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

MOMpreneur Monday: Are You Kidding?

MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms! Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday on MBMom, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.

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Today’s featured MOMpreneur is the founder of a business her young son inspired, the children’s sock company Are You Kidding?  Meet Rachel Martinez! Children’s socks south florida!

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Like most MBMoms, you’ve probably spent a fair amount of time dreaming about what your child might become one day. A lawyer, an astronaut, President of the United States perhaps? I know I refused to name #dailybabyavery anything short of a “CEO power name” when I gave birth to her.

So, what if your child started to show his career promise at the age of 6? Would you support them? Would you quit your full-time job to become his or her MOMpreneur mentor?

Um…can I plead the fifth?

Well, that’s what makes this MOMpreneur Monday story so unique. Rachel Martinez took her young son Sebastian’s passion for designing socks and is building a thriving business around it.

Are You Kidding?  No, I’m not…read on…


You’re a brave mom to take such a big business risk! Call me impressed! Tell me about how this family entrepreneurial adventure got started.

I am a 35 year old mother of 2 boys (6 & 8 years old). For the past 13 years, I have worked in the media/advertising sales world.  12 of those were at Televisa Publishing and the past year I have been working from home representing Robb Report Mexico and Forbes Mexico. 

I left my full time job a year ago because I knew that my passion has always been to start my own company.  Being a mom changed my outlook on my career.

I wanted to make a career for myself instead of making a career for someone else. 

Most of all, I wanted to create something that my entire family could be involved in.

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So you decided to launch Are You Kidding?

I actually started Are You Kidding back in 2008 with a friend; only we started it in a different direction.  Working full time, our company pretty much got stuck. But, I always knew I had something that could be great with the name.

My 6-year old son, Sebastian, has always had an obsession with fun and crazy socks.  Last year it occurred to me to ask him if he would like to design his own socks.  He was so happy that he sat right down and started drawing.  After he drew his first sock he asked me to make a hole in it so that he could put it on (obviously that was not possible).

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After seeing his passion, I knew we had a great concept that we could work with.  I found a manufacturing company in Central America to produce our socks and out came the Are You Kidding? Socks by Sebastian Sock Line.

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Besides your young, fabulous designer, what makes your business unique?

What makes our business unique is that you have the passion of a 6-year old boy behind the brand.

Anyone can sell socks…but not anyone has a great story to tell about the socks.

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Sebastian loves talking to people abut his socks and you can really see how everything he says comes from his heart.

Why should my readers buy Are You Kidding? socks for their kids? 

First, our socks are excellent quality.  If they can take a beating from my kids, they will last a lifetime. 

Children's socks south florida

Children's socks south florida

Like I mentioned, there are tons of socks out there but with Are You Kidding? you are supporting a child who is expressing himself through his socks.

What do you envision for your family business going forward? 

Sebastian is constantly trying to come up with new sock ideas for the future collections!  

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Besides more sock designs, we are also working on a clothing collection to continue showing off our Are You Kidding? styles.  My 8 year old told me he wanted to design t-shirts so maybe we will have a t-shirt collection designed by him soon?

What do you love about living and working in South Florida?

I was born and raised in South Florida.  Many people are born here and leave and many people wind up living here from other states or countries.  I have always loved living here and wouldn’t change it for the world. 

Besides the great weather and the many activities it allows us to do with our kids, my family is here and Miami is who I am.

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MBMoms, meet the next sock mogul of South Florida!  And, what better time to update your kids’ sock fashion collection than now, back-to-school time!

Check out their website at: www.areyoukidding.net.

And LIKE them on Facebook!


Now tell us, how do you let your children express themselves?  Comment below!

At the Boca Resort, Sit Back & Say Spa-ahh…

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Remember all of the glorious free time you used to have BEFORE you became a Modern Boca Mom?

Ha- me neither!

And that’s why (when I do manage to schedule some valuable ‘me-time’) I try to maximize it accordingly.

Before motherhood, I rarely spent my free time doing things like “taking a day at the spa,” but by God if I haven’t earned that day (or precious few hours) by the time I’m able to nail it on the iPhone calendar now!

At that point, sometimes I feel like I’ve earned an actual vacation…or a day at the Boca Resort Spa!

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But that vacation, at least according to a recent survey on summer vacation travel conducted by American Express, will actually cost you on average (in the United States): $1,145 per person.

What?!  We live in Boca Raton, FL!  People come to US to take a vacation!

After I read that, I decided I’m going the stay-cation route for the foreseeable future and plan to schedule a “Mommy Escape” at the Boca Resort instead.

AT. THE. SPA.

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Waldorf Astoria Spa (formerly known as Spa Palazzo) at the Boca Resort


As a Modern Boca Resort Mom (#modernbocaresortmom), I like to be ‘in the know’ and from what I’ve heard, the renowned Spa Palazzo at Boca Raton Resort & Club was re-branded as a Waldorf Astoria Spa on July 1st, 2014.

Known for its grandeur and elegance, the award-winning spa is a masterpiece of architecture with water features, elaborate mosaics and grand arches.  

It recently won #1 Spa in the World in Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Poll 2014.

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Inspired by the legendary Alhambra Palace in Spain, the 50,000 sq. ft. spa at Boca Raton Resort is a symphony of palatial gardens, grand arches, carved stone, smooth marble, handcrafted tile, intricate mosaics and indigenous cypress woodwork. 

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Yep, that’s a hot tub.

An elegant sanctuary of health and rejuvenation, the spa features 44 treatment rooms, an eclectic menu of spa treatments, sunning terraces and 10,000 square feet of tranquil gardens featuring waterfall whirlpools and a private spa pool.  


I’ve always wanted to spend some time in the ‘pink spa castle,’ so when the Waldorf Astoria Spa invited me to come and try out one of their newest facial treatments, the HydraFacial MD®, I knew I’d be a crazy MBMom not to take advantage…

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Slipper Selfie

After registering up front, I was led to a beautiful changing area and given my locker key, robe and slippers.  I took a brief tour of the spa and made a mental note to hit THIS heated whirlpool after my facial:

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Hello.

Then I waited for my treatment in probably the fanciest area of the whole spa while enjoying cucumber water and devouring the latest issue of Glamour (it’s the little things).

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Chicest waiting room ever…

I had no idea what to expect when it came to this HydraFacial™, but after having one, I am dubbing it the “facial of a thousand vacuums.”  🙂  I call it a vacuum; the spa calls it the Vortex-Fusion® experience. Tomato, To-mah-to.

Essentially, the HydraFacial™ is an advanced medical-grade skin care treatment that targets fine lines and wrinkles; congested, oily and acne prone skin; rosacea and hyper-pigmentation.  It softens the appearance of large pores, improves skin texture and tone and helps repair existing sun damage with 1) Cleansing & Exfoliation, 2) an Acid Peel (it’s gentle!), 3) Extractions (hence the vacuums with vortex suction) and 4) Hydration.

It feels great AND they even give you a Daily Essentials™ kit to take home with you after!

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I love a goody bag…

But my Modern Boca Resort Mom Escape did not end there.  I did indeed hit the heated whirlpool above (as noted) and then I walked outside and treated my robed-self to lunch by the pool.

Boca Resort Spa

Boca Resort Spa

Boca Resort Spa

Do yourself a favor and order one of the tapas platters and the white sangria.  YUM-MY.

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Boca Resort Spa

Boca Resort Spa

After lunch, sadly my babysitter called me home, but had I been a hotel guest (with a slightly older child), I could have spent my whole day (with #modernbocadad…) at the Boca Resort spa.

Oh yes.  Now that’s a staycation!

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Thanks again to the Boca Resort Spa for having me…click below to book your own Modern Boca Resort Mom Escape at the Waldorf Astoria Spa this summer!  Rooms start at only $149 per night.

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Disclaimer: Services and compensation were provided for this review. As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

KIDS are the New VIP’s at the Boca Resort

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As if I didn’t hear it enough from #dailybabyavery’s doting grandparents, the Boca Raton Resort & Club officially confirmed the following last week:  

Kids are the NEW South Florida VIPs when it comes to Boca Raton Resort Activities.
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VIP Exhibit A: my Goddaughter Allison

Yes, it’s true.  And it’s one of the reasons why I am extremely excited to bring you the Modern Boca Resort Mom (#modernbocaresortmom) series during the coming weeks (this is only post 1 of 3!), giving you an inside look into the latest and greatest VIP activities and amenities for both kids AND parents at The Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort.  

I must admit that I’m a bit of a ‘fan girl’ when it comes to the Resort, as I imagine many Boca residents are.  The Resort anchors our town and has been here pretty much since the beginning.  Yes, it’s exclusive.  Yes, it’s impressive.  And, the good news is that I’m here to tell you that it’s also an amazing (and pretty reasonable) staycation option for you and your family this August & September!

Hotel rooms start at only $149 per night and the complimentary amenities available for the kids alone make this new family-friendly Boca Raton Resort and Club an ideal option for MBMoms and beyond.

In the #modernbocaresortmom posts to come, I’ll give you the inside scoop on all of the fab dining options at the Resort AND how to take advantage of your valuable MBMom relaxation time at the Waldorf Astoria Spa on property, formerly known as Spa Palazzo.

In the meantime, let’s go on a little tour of the Boca Beach Club, shall we?

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You are here.


My Modern Boca Resort Mom experience started out with a day spent at the Boca Beach Club.  Here, the Resort has launched Surf Boca (#surfboca) which offers private lessons, clinics and events for all ages and skill levels, which includes the kiddos!

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My Goddaughter Allison, 4,  lovingly agreed to be my MBMom reviewer for the day.  Her parents are both surfers, so I figured she’d be the ideal girl for the job!

There were small(ish) waves on the day we signed her up for a private lesson at Surf Boca, one of the Boca Raton Resort activities, with Colin, which actually worked out perfectly for showing Allison the ropes.

First, instructions on how to stand up on your surfboard.

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Boca Resort Activities

Boca Resort Activities

Next, getting in the water. Colin guided Allison into the perfect surfboard position, so she had the best chance of catching a wave and standing up.  I figured she’d get one or two.

No.  Not only did Allison catch a minimum of 10 waves (before exhaustion set in), she stood up on her FIRST TRY.

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Boy, was I was a proud Godmother!  I even thought ahead to bring our GoPro, so we got a great video of her as well:

Colin’s instruction was easy enough for a 4-year-old to “get” right away and older kids will love that he outwardly portrays a “cool surfer dude” image.

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And, as Allison’s Mom said: “I would have really liked him when I was a teenage girl.”  Take it or leave it MBMoms!  🙂

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Boca Raton Resort Activities: Surf School Schedule (weather permitting)
  • Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm.
  • Private lessons 7 days a week from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Clinics 7 days a week from 10 am to 11 am

The Surf School includes Billabong rash guard, customized video to view online, emailed photo and 1-hour rental use of a surfboard.  

For more information or surf school events and reservations, call 561-447-3385 (Beach Club Water Sports).


After the Surf Boca lesson, we were all starved.  So, we rinsed off and walked over to Beaches, the poolside restaurant at the Boca Beach Club.

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Because of the restaurant’s speedy and friendly service, Allison’s Mom and I immediately got what we wanted:

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And so did Allison!  Her lunch was served in an adorable beach pail with shovel.

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But, in typical South Florida summer fashion, the skies decided to open up after lunch, so we stuffed ourselves (hello Maine lobster and crab wrap) and had Allison take advantage of the Boca Beach Club’s INDOOR kids’ amenities during the afternoon.


Quest Clubhouse

Welcome to Quest Clubhouse, part of the Boca Resort’s Quest Club for Kids.

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Too cool for Q.

Part arcade, part library, part children’s entertainment mecca, the Quest Clubhouse has tons of fun, indoor activity options for kids of all ages.  

The Quest Clubhouse has token-based arcade games, an air hockey table– even games where you can win prizes!  Kids can play anytime between 10AM-5PM and you can leave them there (supervised) for a low, hourly rate.  

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I even hear that the Quest Clubhouse turns into Q, a teen nightclub (ages 10-17) every Saturday night from 6-10PM!  How cool!  

Boca Resort Activities

Boca Resort Activities

Boca Resort Activities

On the other side of the Clubhouse lives the Quest Club library and for lack of a better word, “room o’ toys.”  This area is targeted to younger kids, who might not be ready for neon lights and arcade games.

They even have a Build-a-Bear workshop in the space…trust me, I was tempted to make a monkey.

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Boca Raton Resort activities

Boca Raton Resort activities
We couldn’t leave without playing dress-up!

It was a great day.  I’m pretty sure Allison conked out in the car on the way home to Palm Beach. 🙂


The thing I noticed most about the kids’ amenities at the Boca Beach Club during our visit was OPTIONS.

And, I’m not necessarily talking about variety; I’m talking about the choice to either let your kids do their own thing (safely supervised) while you head to the pool or get a spa treatment with #modernbocadad or simply observe while they are happily occupied for a few hours.


The option and choice is yours as a Boca Resort guest this summer!  Check room availability HERE.

Disclaimer: Services and compensation were provided for this review. As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own.