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Enjoy Global Flavors at Burt & Max’s Delray Marketplace

Burt & Max’s Delray Marketplace has added the flavors of the world to their menu by way of Chef Dan (a foodie rock star in my book). Originally born in Thailand and having traveled the world since, Chef Dan brought his expertise to our neck of the woods in Delray Beach. And, he took us all on a trip around the world!

Burt & Max’s Delray Marketplace NEW MENU

Burt & Max’s Delray Marketplace new menu debuted in late November and yours truly was there to try it all! With some of my favorite fellow bloggers of course.

Burt & Max's Delray Marketplace

My job is so rough y’all, seriously!

Burt & Max's Delray Marketplace

Burt & Max's Delray MarketplaceThese Burt & Max’s Delray Marketplace Chili Garlic Mussels are divine!

Burt & Max's Delray Marketplace

Burt & Max's Delray Marketplace

Crab Cake a` la Heaven!

The Burt & Max’s Delray Marketplace French Onion Soup Dumplings were to-die-for!

Burt & Max's Delray Marketplace

Burt & Max's Delray Marketplace

A light pancetta pizza is a perfect pre-movie bite!

What’s a night out without a fizzy drink? This Raspberry Ginger Collins from Burt & Max’s Delray Marketplace was light and refreshing– just what the doctor ordered.

Burt & Max's Delray Marketplace

Burt & Max's Delray Marketplace

Savory Ribs w/ Potato Wedges on a bed of crunchy Cole Slaw- yum!

Burt & Max's Delray Marketplace
I told you we were taking a trip around the world at Burt & Max’s Delray Marketplace!

Burt & Max's Delray Marketplace
You can’t take food bloggers anywhere!

Chef Dan ended the night for us with this decadent treat!
Burt & Max's Delray Marketplace

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, these babies showed up!
Burt & Max's Delray Marketplace

The perfect ending to any dining experience, a glass of milk with some warm fresh baked cookies.

We were some pretty happy food bloggers at Burt & Max’s Delray Marketplace!

Burt and Maxs Delray Marketplace
Oh hi April Golightly and Local Mom Scoop!

You can make reservations for Burt & Max’s at 561-638-6380. They are located at: 9089 W Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach.

Don’t forget to follow Burt & Max’s on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

Essentially yours,

Modern Boca Crunchy Mom


Erika is a Write-at-Home Mom of two boys. A self professed Bookworm and Advocate for Play. She created a blog called Essentially Erika that focuses on All Natural Parenting, Life, Nature and all things Organic. Follow her journey to getting back to basics and discovering what’s essential.  

The Boobies (Were) OUT in Boca for World Breastfeeding Week

From contributor: Modern Boca Crunchy Mom

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton

It’s World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton and Palm Beach County is participating in the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project in a big way! Each year photographers from across the world provide FREE photo sessions to breastfeeding moms everywhere. They spread these images online and on social media (#PBAP2015), in the hopes of bringing awareness to and normalizing breastfeeding in public.

This project was founded in 2013 by birth and breastfeeding photographer, Leilani Rogers of Austin, TX. Since then, it has gone viral on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Local newborn and maternity photographer, Connie Granja is representing Boca Raton for the second year in a row. One of her images of a “Modern Boca Mom” was featured on The Huffington Post, BabyCenter.com, Redbook.com, and The Stir/Cafe Mom, among others.

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton

In true Boca fashion, the theme for Granja’s project is “Breastfeeding is Glamorous!” Let’s face it, breastfeeding moms do not always feel glamorous or even tolerated in today’s society.

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least the first six months of life, and then along with foods for the first year. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding the first two years because of decreased risk for obesity, diabetes and more. However, despite the well known health benefits, the 2013 Breastfeeding Report Card by the CDC shows that in Florida only 29% of mothers are exclusively breastfeeding at three months of age. By six months it decreases to only 10%.

In Lansinoh’s 2012 breastfeeding study, 40% of mothers listed breastfeeding in public as their top worry about breastfeeding. The goal of the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project during World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton is to support breastfeeding mothers to change that.

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton

If you follow my personal blog Essentially Erika, then you know that breastfeeding is near and dear to my heart. I often credit breastfeeding for introducing me to a whole new way of thinking / parenting. My youngest was able to “self-wean” at the age of 2 1/2 years old, despite meeting constant opposition from well meaning family, friends, and even healthcare professionals. I was even lucky enough to participate in “The Big Latch On!” I couldn’t have done it without the help of incredible organizations like La Leche League who provide support for women in all stages of breastfeeding.

These stylish and fashionable breastfeeding moms in flowing dresses and heels are a wonderful example of a true Modern Boca Mom! Let’s face it, we all struggle with trying to “have it all.” Moms often feel torn between returning to work that is important to them and the strong urge to nurse their children as long as possible. The Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project during World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton hopes to encourage supporting women with these powerful images.

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton

So the next time you’re out and about in Boca and you see a mom breastfeeding in public, show your support. We’re all in this motherhood gang together and she’s making a choice to put her child first and take a stand against breastfeeding discrimination. Give her a wink and a smile!

Unless you’re a Modern Boca Dad... then that may just be creepy…

Essentially yours,

Modern Boca Crunchy Mom

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton


In honor of World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton, where are some of the public places you have had to breastfeed? Tell us all about it in the comments section below!

Erika is a Write-at-Home Mom of two boys. A self professed Bookworm and Advocate for Play. She created a blog called Essentially Erika that focuses on All Natural Parenting, Life, Nature and all things Organic. Follow her journey to getting back to basics and discovering what’s essential.  

You can follow Essentially Erika on FacebookInstagram & Twitter.

PBC Parks Roundup: Where to Go When School’s OUT!

From Contributor, Modern Boca Crunchy Mom…

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In college, school breaks meant freedom, party time, bathing in the sun and bar hopping with friends. As parents, school breaks have an entirely different meaning. Now it’s more like traffic, confusion about what to do with the kids, baking in the the sun while loading and unloading toddlers and park hopping.

My, how the mighty have fallen…

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t change it for the world. Okay, maybe the baking in the sun in OCTOBER part.

It’s no secret that #ModernBocaCrunchyMom is an advocate for unstructured outdoor play. If you follow me on Instagram, you are likely to be subject to any number of photos of all the park hopping we do. Classes and play dates are fun and we do enjoy them from time to time, but there’s a certain freedom of exploration and magic in spending the day at the park.

Some of my fondest memories growing up took place in our local parks while I enjoyed interacting with different people independent from my parents. I enjoy watching my sons’ eyes light up as they make new friends, and invent new games to play from one moment to the next. There is no shortage of learning going on, from spontaneous social interaction to working on their large movement / motor skills (this is KEY with boys especially). I get to meet new moms and catch up with some old friends, it’s a win/win!

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So if you’re wondering what to do with your kids this upcoming (extended) school break, I’ve got you covered! We’ve put together a list of some awesome PBC parks with natural playscapes that are fun for the entire family to enjoy.

Now, there are plenty of popular parks in the area with large themed playgrounds and intricate water features and splash pads. Don’t get me wrong, these are great (especially on hot days), but the kids most enjoy finding hidden gems that are sort of “off the beaten path”, with lots of natural opportunities for play and learning.


James A. Rutherford Park (East of Federal Highway in Boca Raton)

This is an awesome place for families to go enjoy a picnic with all the lush trees providing shade. There are pavilions with multiple BBQ grills, a wonderful playground area for the kids and no shortage of space to run freely.

The highlight of this park (which is attached to Lake Wyman Park) is the picturesque walk among the mangrove trees on their guided boardwalk path. Some lead to lookout points with a great view of the intracoastal waterway. We’ve taken the boys there plenty of times at sunset with dinner to-go and counted the boats as they floated by. This is a great place to just enjoy the breeze and unwind after a long day with the family. Not to mention answer what seems like 300 hundred questions about mangroves and boats. #BocaMomLife

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George Snow Park (Directly across the street from the FAU entrance)

This is an enclosed park which makes it ideal for #BocaMoms with multiple kids. There are two play structures that cater to either toddlers, or slightly older children (there’s even a cool rock wall).

Just outside the gates is an awesome path great for nature walks or bike rides. We usually like to take this walk in the cooler months and see what treasures we can find along the way! This is an ideal park for the spring / summer months as well, with bountiful trees and plenty of shade.

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This park is great if only for its proximity to the University Commons plaza just down the block! It’s great if you want to cool down with some fro-yo at 16 Handles, pick up some groceries on the way home at Whole Foods Market, or stop and shop at Nordstrom Rack. Either way, everyone’s happy!


University Woodlands Park (Heading out west a bit on St. Andrews Blvd in Boca Raton)

This park is a wide open space with one main pavilion providing shade. Attached to a ball field, this park is spacious and packed full of opportunity. It’s recently undergone a bit of a “face lift” with a new playground!

Offering options for older and younger babes to explore and test their limits. Woodlands offers lots of different options for all ages, there is plenty for kids to learn from each other at all different stages in life. Research and early childhood studies have discovered that mixed-aged spontaneous play is highly beneficial for children and fosters kindness, patience and compassion.

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We’ve enjoyed plenty of Meetups here over summer and winter breaks. The pathway surrounding the playground is great for riding bikes, the sand box is perfect for younger toddlers and the rock wall is fun for older kids.


That wraps up this PBC Parks roundup in Boca Raton, join us next time when we tackle parks in Boynton Beach and Delray!

Essentially Yours,

Modern Boca Crunchy Mom


What parks do you frequent? Tell us all about it in the comments section below!

Erika is a Write-at-Home Mom of two boys Evan & Nate. A self professed Bookworm and Advocate for Play. She created a blog called Essentially Erika that focuses on All Natural Parenting, Life, Nature and all things Organic. Follow her journey to getting back to basics and discovering what’s essential.  

You can follow Essentially Erika on FacebookInstagram & Twitter.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel is Perfect for Families

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

Come one, come all! The moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived. The highly anticipated LEGOLAND Florida Hotel is open for business! Just in time for summer, this incredibly creative and innovative theme park, located in Winter Haven, FL, has opened the doors to their one of a kind LEGO themed hotel, and we were there for the Grand Opening!

The five-story, 152-room LEGOLAND Florida Hotel immerses guests into a creative LEGO® world designed to bring children’s imaginations to life.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

A Quick History:

Ole Kirk Christiansen, founder of the Danish toy company ‘The LEGO Group’, once made a living as a wooden toy maker. An advocate for “Learning through Play,” he invented the beloved classic bricks that made their way into just about every childhood home. The LEGO Group has become a family business and evolved over the years to now include a total of six theme parks and hotels.

My love for “Open Ended Play” and for LEGOLAND is well documented, but this new venture takes it to a whole new level! Every aspect of this hotel / theme park experience is designed for families of children from 2-12 years old. EXTREMELY toddler and preschool friendly, they’ve thought of everything! Just come on down with your little ones and you are guaranteed to leave with a smile and some awesome memories!

Let’s take a second to admire the sheer genius that went into each and every nook and cranny of this hotel.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
Behind the reception desk in the lobby is an entire wall created out of more than 5,000 LEGO Minifigures.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

We are talking floor to ceiling LEGO’s here. It’s in the carpet, on the ceilings– you can even add bricks to the walls!

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel Toddler Bonus #1: 

There are LEGO “pools” with thousands of bricks just begging to be played with throughout the lobby, great for keeping the little ones busy while figuring out your next move.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
Pretty sure you’re not supposed to do that…

After check in, head on over to the elevators. This is where the real party is. Each interactive elevator features a full on disco party with pulsating lights, music, ‘lava tiles’, rotating mirror ball and sound effects that announce the arrival on each floor (dancing is necessary).

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

Each floor hosts a different Lego theme and guests can choose between four themed rooms: Pirate, Adventure, Kingdom or Friends. We nabbed the Pirate room, perfect for our little pirates!

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

It’s all about the details and they definitely have that covered! Upon check-in, all kids get to “sign” their name on the official documents and are greeted with instructions for their very own scavenger hunt! Once they figure out all of the clues, they gain access to a treasure chest. Inside each chest are treats and toys for the kids to build their very own masterpiece (I told you they thought of everything!)

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel Fun Fact:

More than 2 million LEGO bricks make up the more than 2,000 LEGO models throughout the Hotel.

There are at least eight LEGO models in every LEGOLAND Florida Hotel room; all children’s sleeping areas include a bunk bed with a trundle bed. Guests can choose between either Themed and Premium Themed rooms. Premium Themed rooms have additional LEGO models and themed wall décor.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
Florida’s Legoland Resort is the only Legoland Hotel currently featuring the Lego Friends Suites where little ones can enjoy the ultimate slumber party!

Can we just geek out for a moment about some of the rooms details that this Crunchy mom was excited about?

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
Each room features all natural Honest Company toiletries in the bathroom, along with organic kids pouches and toddler friendly toilet seats!

Bricks Family Restaurant stationed in the lobby of the LEGOLAND Florida Hotel includes a buffet station designed specifically at a height kids can reach featuring healthy food options.

Skyline Lounge features a LEGO skyline with more than 20 humorous scenes designed by the Park’s Master Model Builders.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
Restaurants and lounges are open to the public, based on availability.

I was so relieved to see they served an array of fresh fruits and veggies! The food was excellent and the service was fantastic! Even #ModernBocaCrunchyDad was excited to meet the characters!

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
Word on the street is – all of their produce is locally sourced. Chef James Boheim is working on plans for a garden and compost site on the premises!

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

The LEGO Club Room offers guests a Character Meet & Greet, building areas, LEGO Club Magazines, and videos.
LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

The Castle Play area is based on the LEGO Kingdom and Pirates lines and features a pirate ship and an interactive castle surrounded by a LEGO filled moat.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel Toddler Bonus #2

The lounge / skyline bar area was specifically designed for parents.
LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
The open concept layout and low lying walls allow for full view of your speedy little one at all times from all angles.

Speaking of Master Builders…

The Legoland Florida Resort is the first to have its own Master Model Builder Workshop. Guests can build exclusively with Model Builders daily! I was lucky enough to participate in one with the actual Master Builder!

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
I built this aircraft! Modern Boca Crunchy Builder has a nice ring to it!

With all this excitement and fun I was ready for some relaxation by the LEGOLAND Florida Hotel pool.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
Guests can relax at a family pool that looks out to the historic Lake Eloise.

This pool was AWESOME! We didn’t have to worry about arm floats, they provide life vests for all children unable to swim and full time lifeguards. The best part was the floating foam LEGO bricks everywhere, the boys were able to build castles in the water (hours o’ fun).

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

If you’ve read my previous post on our LEGOLAND experience, then you already know how impressed I am with the more than 58 million LEGO bricks combined to make more than 28,000 models within LEGOLAND Florida Resort. LEGOLAND Florida Resort focuses on interactivity, education, and fun, enabling kids to take control!

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
At any point in the day you may see staff or adults building and creating.
LEGOLAND Florida Hotel Toddler Bonus #3:

LEGOLAND Hotel is only 130 kid steps to the entrance of LEGOLAND. That’s right folks, no ferries or monorails. No long lines or three miles hikes. You can even stop for a mid afternoon nap back at the hotel if your little one needs one.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
LEGOLAND Water Park is a five acre water play experience featuring more than four million LEGO bricks.

This trip we were able to enjoy LEGOLAND Water Park as well as the theme park. An absolute must in this Florida heat! We enjoyed spending the day floating in the Lazy River, swimming in the Wave Pool and getting splashed in the Joker Soaker!

Fun Crunchy Fact

Everywhere we turned, there were new ways to implement sustainability into each area of the parks and hotel. LEGOLAND is finding ways to lead the industry in preventing waste and making use of everything in order to do their part and conserve as much as possible. You hear that? It’s my crunchy heart going pitter patter..

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

All in all, our experience at LEGOLAND was incredible and we cannot wait to go back. With their affordable season pass packages we are sure to return quickly! The masterminds behind LEGOLAND have dotted all the i’s and crossed all the t’s.

It’s a place where the whole family can have fun. The smiles were endless and the giggles electrifying.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

EVERYONE has fun at LEGOLAND! Ahem…
LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

Essentially yours,

Modern Boca Crunchy Mom


Reservations for the LEGOLAND Florida Hotel are available at LEGOLANDHotel.com or 877-LEGOLAND (534-6526).

Have you been to LEGOLAND yet? We’d love to hear about it in the comments section below!

Erika is a Write-at-Home Mom of two boys Evan & Nate. A self professed Bookworm and Advocate for Play. She created a blog called Essentially Erika that focuses on All Natural Parenting, Life, Nature and all things Organic. Follow her journey to getting back to basics and discovering what’s essential.  

You can follow Essentially Erika on FacebookInstagram & Twitter.


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