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SOLD OUT: Spoil Your Boca Mom at Mother’s Day Brunch at The Addison

You’ve got a little less than two weeks to get your plans together #modernbocadads. Time to get cracking! Why don’t you spoil the mama in your life by taking her to Boca’s number one brunch buffet on her special day? Boca Raton Mother’s Day Brunch at The Addison!

The Addison is opening its doors for their signature Mother’s Day brunch, which includes live music, kid’s activities, and unlimited mimosas and Bellinis. After Easter, I am eagerly anticipating the decadence…this time with my own mom and sister (a new mommy!).

Boca Raton Mother's Day brunch

Boca Raton Mother’s Day Brunch at The Addison

Check out the menu, just released last week!

Boca Raton Mother's Day brunch

DATE/TIME: Sunday, May 14, 2017; Reservations start at 10:00 AM

COST: Brunch is $89.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and children under 12 are half price.

Call (561) 372-0568 to book a reservations. And hopefully I’ll see all you Modern Boca Moms there!

Boca Raton Mother's Day brunch


Hosted: This post was hosted by The Addison Valentine’s Day. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the host.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was provided with complimentary signature event reservations, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Louie Bossi’s Boca Raton Now Open Downtown

Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar and Pizzeria is expanding to Boca from its flagship location on Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard. Louie Bossi’s Boca Raton will open for business…and dinner starting Monday, May 1.

The 300-seat restaurant is located in the newly opened Hyatt Place Hotel on the corner of Federal Highway and Palmetto Park Road.

Louie Bossi's Boca Raton

Louie Bossi’s Boca Raton features:
  • 8,000 square feet of indoor seating
  • 2,000 square foot patio
  • Regulation bocce ball court
  • Hand carved oak gas burning fireplace with the largest wood mantel in South Florida
  • World’s only Vespa with two sidecars, circa 1956.

Louie Bossi's Boca Raton

Louie Bossi’s Boca Raton features an outdoor bar and a large fire pit where guests can enjoy cocktails with a small dish of roasted, salted marcona almonds fireside. The Interior piazza features a fireplace and vintage wood ceiling, leather booths and banquettes. It also features antique copper tables and vintage lighting, furniture and accessories.

Louie Bossi's Boca Raton

What about the food?

Louie Bossi’s features a state of the art kitchen including a wood-burning pizza oven for Neapolitan style pizzas.  It is a high volume restaurant with a scratch kitchen, making 12 pastas in house. Louie Bossi’s cures its own salumi and dry ages steaks in-house. The restaurant features a full menu of handcrafted cocktails, including Italian classics, Negroni, Sgroppino  Alla Pera, Bicicletta and Rosso Toscano.

Louie Bossi's Boca Raton

Louie Bossi’s Boca Raton is one of the few restaurants with an in-house artisan bakery and charcuterie program. All breads and desserts, as well as gelatos, are made in house. The restaurant will also brew its own beer and make its own Limoncello.

Louie Bossi's Boca Raton

The restaurant will be open MondayThursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.  On  Fridays and Saturdays, a full dinner menu will be served until midnight and pizza will be served until 1:00 a.m.

The full menu can be found here. Bon appetit!

How to Savor Spring Evenings in Boca Raton with Your Family

Longer days and lighter evenings are here, which means it’s time to move those dinners outdoors!  With the recent ‘spring forward’, we gained an extra hour of daylight in the evenings…even though it was a brutal week getting used to that time change. Here are some ways to make the most of springtime with your family PLUS a great deal for MBM readers to help celebrate the minted 9 year Anniversary!

  1. Backyard BBQ’s

Spend less time in the kitchen and take the cooking out back! One of the things I love about grilling is that I can hand off dinner to my husband and let him handle the main course! Whether it be as simple as hot dog and hamburgers, or gourmet salmon with grilled veggies, the options are endless. Keep the kids entertained with easy backyard games like cornhole or kickball.

  1. Sundowners at the Beach

The beach isn’t just for mornings or afternoons. Head over there with your family before sunset for a “Sundowner”. The kids can run around and play in the ocean or sand, while mom and dad enjoy some time together outdoors. Invite other families and pack some Naked Wines and cheese to make an event out of it!

  1. Picnic at the Playground

Pack up your dinner and take it to the park! Choose foods that are easy to set out and fuss free to eat such as pasta salad or sandwiches. Your kids will love the extra play time, and you’ll love tiring them out before bed!

Sugar Sand Park Science Playground Opening

  1. Refresh Your Living Room Look | minted 9 Year Anniversary

2017 marks an important milestone for our friends at minted – their 9 year anniversary online! To celebrate, they are running a special art and wedding promotion for customers through April 3 (2017). The minted 9 year Anniversary Event has some amazing, fresh options for spring…and they’re all on sale!

Think about it– when was the last time you changed up the art in your living room? 

minted 9 Year Anniversary

Minted’s Anniversary Event is a great opportunity to get a deep discount on Minted Fine Art in particular, which they rarely offer at anything other than full price. This spring, refresh a creative space in your home or start building out that gallery wall! 

minted 9 Year Anniversary

Don’t wait until the summer heat pushes you back indoors – take advantage of every extra minute this beautiful spring time has to offer!


Contributor Leigh Botha only recently joined the “Mom Club” this past August (2016) when daughter Cora was born! A graduate from the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management, she has always had a passion for hospitality and entertaining. Leigh is currently a Special Events Designer for Boca By Design at the Boca Raton Resort & Club which she loves because it allows her to use her creativity to bring her clients’ visions to life. 

Juggling a career and a family can be difficult, but she tries to make time for other things that are important to her such as running (some) mornings at 5am with the Boca/Deerfield Chapter of MRRT (Moms RUN this Town) and planning the social events for her sorority’s local alumni chapter. Leigh is especially excited for all the new events she will get to host for her family and friends now that she is a mom and the memories they will all have to cherish thereafter! 

What Money Really Does to a Marriage | March Marriage Challenge

This post is part of the March Marriage Challenge series hosted by The Eyes of a Boy  #marchmarriagechallenge

Money. Some people love to talk about it. Other people think it’s taboo. In Boca Raton, money is everywhere. It’s in the big houses on the water, in the Bentleys valeting at Mizner Park.

Since I grew up down here, I learned early on that competing over ‘stuff’ wasn’t worth it. It doesn’t make you happy. And when I met my husband, I quickly learned he felt the same way.

March Marriage Challenge Modern Boca Mom
Andy’s and my first photo together…there were cocktails involved 😉

We lived in New York City while we were dating, through our engagement and for the first few years of our marriage. It was a charmed life. I worked at a boutique public relations agency and slowly worked my way up to a Director title and six figures. My husband, even though he wasn’t quite up to my salary level, had an exciting job in documentary film that he really enjoyed. We made the most of city life and never  had to seriously worry about money.

March Marriage Challenge Modern Boca Mom

Before I became pregnant with #dailybocaavery, we made the decision that we would relocate to South Florida near my family once we had a baby. NYC wasn’t really a viable option for us with no relatives or grandparents anywhere nearby. My husband would resign from his full time position and go freelance while he handled the bulk of the childcare. I would work remotely at my PR agency and commute to NYC as needed. We had a foolproof plan…or so I naively thought.

March Marriage Challenge Modern Boca Mom

Then came baby…

Babies change everything. Duh.

Sleepless nights, hormones, distractions…uprooting ourselves and moving across the country (at least in our case). Needless to say, it caused a lot of stress. I started to hate my job. But, since I was the primary breadwinner, I felt a lot of pressure to keep it to support my family.

And then, that job wasn’t an option anymore. I was let go. Via voicemail to boot. Lovely, after 6+ years at a company…

So there we were in Boca Raton. With a 10 month-old baby. In a house only half renovated. Two parents with no full time job between the two of them. Very little savings. No insurance. I had never been more scared or devastated in my life.

Any Type A person can relate to this– when something big happens to you…and not exactly on your terms, it’s hard, really hard, to accept.

But, that time period in our lives showed me how much stronger our marriage was than money.

We buckled down and limited our spending to the absolute necessities. I started this blog and hit the pavement, rallying to secure sponsors and supporters for ModernBocaMom.com. I even surprised myself and discovered that I like having my own business. My husband worked his contacts and took any odd job he could find until we figured out our next move.

We truly tried to look at this difficult financial time as an opportunity to nail down what to do next as these two new people: mom and dad. 

March Marriage Challenge Modern Boca Mom

No, we were no longer the same couple who had lived it up in NYC a few years back. We had new goals, new priorities…and that team mindset really strengthened our bond as man and wife.

I’m not going to say there weren’t tears (there were A LOT) or fights. I think the worst part of that time in our lives was having a constant knot in my stomach, wondering how we were going to pay our bills each month. I also felt like a personal failure. It was HARD.

But now I know that money (or the lack of) will never break us. We are motivated, hardworking parents who are lucky enough to have the unconditional love and support of our families and friends. We would move mountains for our daughter and for each other.

And that is priceless.

March Marriage Challenge Modern Boca Mom
March Marriage Challenge 2017

This post is part of the March Marriage Challenge series hosted by The Eyes of a Boy #marchmarriagechallenge


Check out the other posts in the March Marriage Challenge:

March Marriage Challenge 2017


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Revel in the St. Patrick’s Day Spirit with The Fresh Market

It’s that time of year again, to don the green attire and celebrate the luck of the Irish with a wee bit of tasty fun! To help its guests get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, The Fresh Market will offer samplings of Irish soda bread, Kerrygold Cheese, pretzels and more through March 17th!

For those looking to create a hearty Irish meal at home, The Fresh Market suggests its Irish Cottage Pie recipe. Traditionally topped with a thick layer of creamy mashed potatoes, the specialty grocer’s delicious recipe saves a few steps by topping the comforting casserole with thinly sliced potatoes and shredded cheese.

Fresh Market Irish Cottage Pie

Fresh Market Irish Cottage Pie

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:
1.5 lb. ground sirloin
3 tbsp. Kerrygold Unsalted Butter
1 tbsp. The Fresh Market Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 c. sweet onion, chopped (about ½ large onion)
2 celery ribs, chopped
2 c. carrots, peeled and diced (about 2 large carrots)
2 tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp. garlic, minced
1 tbsp. tomato paste
5 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 ½ c. The Fresh Market Beef Stock
1 c. Guinness
1 tsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
2 bay leaves
1 c. The Fresh Market Frozen Green Peas
1 ½ lbs. red potatoes
1 c. Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese, shredded

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Heat a Dutch oven or a large, wide skillet over medium high heat. Add beef and cook until crumbled and no longer pink. Drain beef of any excess grease and transfer to plate.

Add olive oil and butter to the same pan.  Once the butter melts, add onion, celery, carrots, salt and pepper and sauté until vegetables begin to soften and brown, about 7-10 minutes. Add garlic and tomato paste and cook until garlic is fragrant, about 3 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium and add flour, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Vegetable mixture will become very thick. Whisk in beef stock, beer, rosemary, thyme and bay leaves.  Use a wooden spoon to scrape any bits from the bottom of the pan.

Stir in beef and peas. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook 7-10 minutes. While mixture simmers and thickens, thinly slice red potatoes (the thinner the better).

Spoon mixture into a 10 x 13” or 10 inch round baking dish, both at least 2 inches deep. Top with sliced potatoes, heavily overlapping each. Sprinkle cheese evenly over potatoes. Cover dish loosely with aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, remove foil and return to oven for additional 30 minutes or until pie is bubbling and potatoes are nicely browned.

Remove from oven and allow to rest a minimum of 20 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

Publix Aprons Cooking School Baby Shower

You probably know Publix Aprons from their awesome cooking classes in the Polo Shoppes in Boca Raton. I hear some people take them every single weekend! However, I was introduced to them for the first time because we decided to give my sister a Publix Aprons Cooking School baby shower!

Publix Aprons Cooking School baby shower

No this is not an advertisement, LOL. I just LOVED the experience so much I had to write about it! By the way, my sister had her baby on March 3rd (2017)! A bouncing baby boy: Aden Thomas. My family, especially #dailybocaavery, is so excited!

But back to the Publix Aprons Cooking School Baby Shower…

One of the aspects I loved most when it came to planning my sister’s Publix Aprons Cooking School baby shower is that they pretty much handle EVERYTHING.

All I did in terms of decor was create centerpieces. For this party, I chose to display china plates of Sydney’s Sweet Soaps, one of our recently featured MOMpreneurs located in the Town Center Mall. They looked so real, a guest even accidentally bit into one! These also served as the party favors.

I also asked my best friend Rose, an awesome local art teacher, to create the invitations and a matching banner to display. She did a beautiful job and everything was one of a kind!

Add a few chefs hats and rubber ducks from Oriental Trading Company and you have yourself a cooking themed baby shower at Publix Aprons Cooking School!

To welcome our guests, we had a “social hour” filled with appetizers and champagne/sparkling cider. This is an extra charge- FYI.

If you have 15 guests or less, you can put on a full scale cooking class at your party. If you have more than 15 (up to 44), then Publix Aprons will put on an entertaining yet educational cooking demo according to your theme. You pay per person and can choose to have wine pairings…or not. We chose YES. 🙂

Our theme was BABY, of course! That meant our menu looked something like this:

Pre-Course: Mixed Baby Greens with Toasted Almond Slivers, Blueberries, Goat Cheese Crumbles, and Lemon Poppy seed Vinaigrette

Entrée: Charred Baby Vegetable Ramen with Glazed Pork Belly (Baby Bok Choy, Baby Carrots, Baby Corn)

Dessert: Baby Cream Cheese and Nutella Phyllo Cups


YUM! And that wasn’t the only dessert! We put together the design of our “Bébé” dessert table, but all of the sweet treats came from the Publix attached to the Cooking School, which you pay for a la carte. They just give you a grocery bill at the end and they even bring it over to the party room from the store- amazing!

All in all, it was a shower to remember– a theme and venue many of our guests had never even thought of!

For more information about planning your own Publix Aprons Cooking School Baby Shower:
Publix Aprons Event Planning Store #339
Rolene | Stephanie| Michelle
5050 Champion Blvd.
Boca Raton, Florida 33496

Direct: 561.994.4461


Heading to the Disney SMMC in the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SE

Being a blogger is filled with many ups and downs. For example, applying for a sponsored campaign with a big company and getting it: that’s an up! Thinking a brand or business would be an ideal client to work with…and then they don’t return your emails or calls: that’s a down. Getting invited to the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration and driving to Orlando in a brand new 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SE: that’s a BIG UP! It’s probably the biggest up for the Modern Boca Mom blog to date, honestly.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander
Thanks to American Tourister and the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, C3PO traveled with us in the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander
What is the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration?

It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. #DisneySMMC (for short) is an invitation-only conference put on by Disney where digital/social media influencers and bloggers like myself are asked to come together, collaborate and learn about their company as well as other likeminded brands. You have no idea you’re going to be invited until you receive “pixie dust” in your email box. It’s pretty exciting, especially if you love Disney like I do!

And this year, it was a “Land and Sea” conference, which meant 2 days at the Walt Disney World parks and 3 days on Disney Cruise ship, The Disney Wonder. I HAVE BEEN DYING TO GO ON A DISNEY CRUISE! So, this was pretty much the most amazing news ever…

How did we get there? By driving the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SE

My family (up to 3 additional people this year) was invited to join in on the #DisneySMMC fun, so we packed for Orlando using our awesome C3PO suitcase from American Tourister (as well as other bags- lots of them, ha ha) and hit the road!

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SE is a fantastic SUV.  We reviewed the 2015 Sport model last year and really loved that it offered dynamic styling and excellent value in the 5-passenger compact crossover segment.

However, the 2017 SE model that we test drove starts at $24,495 and offers seven passenger seating with its standard third row. It even has heated seats which can come in handy this time of year!

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SE features sophisticated upgrades like available heated front seats and steering wheel, front dual-zone automatic climate control and premium Rockford Fosgate® surround sound.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

Per usual, I also loved the Multi-View Camera System that allows you to see a 360 degree bird’s eye view of your vehicle as you back out of your driveway or a parking spot. I need as many eyes as possible!

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

We also loved the sunroof as our current family vehicle doesn’t have one. Car jealousy. Thanks DriveShop USA.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander
Nice view, eh?

You can learn all about the Mitsubishi Outlander SE on the Mitsubishi website. Also, be sure to connect with Mitsubishi on your favorite social media sites! Like them on Facebook and Follow Mitsubishi on Twitter to stay updated on all of their latest car trends and special offers!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: The Land Portion

Once we arrived at the conference, I literally hit the ground running. We checked into Port Orleans Riverside, which was gorgeous, and I sent #modernbocadad and #dailybocaavery off to the parks while I unpacked and sorted through the itinerary!

Then, conference attendees were invited to shop with the Hanes brand at a special suite at the hotel. I ended up LOVING their products! Who needs Victoria’s Secret when you can have a super soft bra from Hanes? I literally wear the t-shirt I won at the conference every night now. #happyinhanes

Later, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom…

That evening, conference attendees were shuttled to Animal Kingdom to a special cocktail party held at Festival of the Lion King. I love that show, so I couldn’t believe were having drinks in the middle of the auditorium. Surreal!

We were there because Disney had just announced the opening date of Pandora: The World of Avatar. We even got to peek at the model.

Pandora will transport guests to a mystical world of bioluminescent rainforests, floating mountains and soaring Banshees. Disney is bringing to life the fantasy world of Pandora, inspired by James Cameron’s epic film AVATAR. Pandora opens May 27, 2017!

#dailybocaavery and #minigolightly posing by the Pandora signage at dinner sponsored by GoGo squeeZ

I wrote about Pandora and the launch of what we saw next on BocaMag.com recently (did you know I contribute a column to the magazine 2x per month. It’s called “Boca Mom Talk”- check it out!).

Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

There’s a new show after dark at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, and we got to see a sneak preview! Now open, Rivers of Light is an elaborate theatrical production that takes guests on a breathtaking emotional journey—a visual mix of water, fire, nature and light all choreographed to an original music score.

It was so impressive! The new 15-minute show is the latest addition to the lineup of nighttime experiences at Animal Kingdom.

Celebrating the majesty of nature and the connection between animals and humans in the world, the performance combines live performers, beautiful floating lanterns, glistening fountains, special effects and authentic animal imagery projected on giant water screens. We even found out that all of the scenes projected are from past Disney Nature films! Rivers of Light will be performed on select nights. It’s a must-see, MBMoms.

The night wouldn’t be complete without viewing the light show at the Tree of Life! So beautiful!

And that was only #DisneySMMC DAY 1!!!

I started to cover a little of Day 2 in this post, but barely scratched the surface. I’ll be back with all of the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration details along with why I’ll never take a 3-Night Disney Cruise ever again later this month!


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Hosted: This Heading to the Disney SMMC in the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander post was hosted by DriveShop USA, the Walt Disney Company, American Tourister and Hanes. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own. They are not influenced in any way by the sponsor. Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been given exclusive experiences and branded merchandise for promotional consideration, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Boca Bacchanal 2017 Preview

The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum’s biggest fundraising event, the 15th Annual Boca Bacchanal 2017 Wine & Food Festival, is back this month! It’s Boca Raton’s premier wine & food festival and the signature community event for the Historical Society. There’s more wine, more food and later hours for all the night owls to make it a truly unforgettable weekend.

Boca Bacchanal’s two-day event begins with the exclusive Vintner Dinners on Friday, March 24th, 2017 with a never-before-held Spirits Dinner followed by Bacchanalia on Saturday, March 25th!

Boca Bacchanal 2017
2016 Boca Bacchanal Event
WHAT’S NEW AT BOCA BACCHANAL 2017?

Taste Your Favorite Wine (or Spirit) and Order it On Demand

This year, the exclusive vintner dinners will be held on Friday night with two of the six dinners taking place at historic sites in Boca Raton – The Boca Raton Resort & Club and The Addison. For the first time ever, they will have a Spirits Dinner held at The Addison! In addition to the wine and champagne served at this dinner, guests will also enjoy tastes of spirits and liquor cocktails made by a master mixologist. It’s the best dinner you won’t remember!

Find the dinner that matches your style. A Crown Wine & Spirits representative will be in attendance at each dinner so guests will be able to place an order for their favorite wine of the night.  Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton will also have an exclusive silent auction item at several dinners that guests will be able to bid on.

Boca Bacchanal 2017

Bacchanalia Goes Later than Ever

Everyone loves a good party and Bacchanalia never disappoints. With live entertainment and plenty of food and wine to go around, it’s hard to improve on perfection, but the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum has done it! This year Bacchanalia will be held at the Mizner Park Amphitheater and will go later than ever – until 11pm. In addition, the Hope family winery will be bringing a half of yacht to showcase at Bacchanalia. Unique selfie spots will be available throughout the event, including a selfie spot by founding sponsor Boca Magazine, as well as unique car displays and a fun BikeCruz experience at Bacchanalia!

Boca Bacchanal 2017

THE MAIN EVENTS

The Exclusive Event – The Vintner Dinners
These intimate dining experiences each feature a vintner and chef pairing their wine and cuisine together to create a magnificent 5-course meal. Guests attending the Vintner Dinners will also have the opportunity to meet their chef and vintner and learn more about the wine and food pairings of the evening. Tickets to the Vintner Dinners are $325 per person. 

Boca Bacchanal 2017
Boca Bacchanal 2016 with #modernbocadad

The Community’s Party – Bacchanalia
Bacchanalia is known as the longest running, must-attend community wine and food event combining incredible food from over 30 local restaurants with world-class vintners showcasing their wineries’ best – all for attendees to sample. DJ and electric violinist Timothy Lovelock will keep the party going until 11:00 p.m. by pairing his lively music with the wine and food offered. Guests will also enjoy a high-tech auction with unique wine & food experiences and much more! Tickets to Bacchanalia is $125 per person.

Boca Bacchanal 2017
My favorite wines from Boca Bacchanal 2016

ATTENDING BOCA BACCHANAL 2017 VINTNERS AND CHEFS 

Astonishing Vintners

  • Chris Silva: St. Francis Winery – Sonoma, CA
  • Miles MacDonnell: Round Pond Estate Winery – Napa, CA
  • Claudio Andreani: Ambrogio e Giovanni Folonari – Italy
  • Luciano Castiello: Banfi Vintners – Glen Head, NY
  • Cuvaison & Brandlin – Napa, CA
  • David Ortiz – Mixologist

Celebrated Chefs

  • Brian and Shanna O’Hea: The Kennebunk Inn – Kennebunk, ME
  • Jacob Cureton: Annunciation and Ryan Haigler: Grand Isle – New Orleans
  • John O’Leary: Naples Yacht Club – Naples, FL
  • Patrick Duffy: The Addison – Boca Raton, FL
  • Regina Charboneau: Twin Oaks – Natchez, MS
  • Annemarie Stenfors: Alma Nove – Hingham, MA
To purchase tickets and for more information about Boca Bacchanal 2017, visit www.bocabacchanal.com.

Boca Bacchanal 2017


Modern Boca Mom and several other amazing local bloggers are teaming up to give away 2 tickets to the 2017 event. Enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway rules:

  • 4 lucky followers will win 2 Tickets To Boca Bacchanalia on Saturday, March 25.
  • Void where Prohibited
  •  Winners will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter.com
  •  Giveaway ends Friday, March 10, 11:59pm
  • Winners will be notified via email.
  • Winner will be contacted by email and  will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
  • Boca Raton Historical Society is responsible for prize fulfillment.
  • Must be 21 years or older to enter.
  •  Entering means you agree to terms above.
  • Good Luck!

Hosted: This Boca Bacchanal 2017 post and giveaway is hosted by the Boca Raton Historical Society. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own. They are not influenced in any way by the sponsor. Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information and I have been given tickets to the upcoming event, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Seriously, What Did Boca Moms Do Before Apps?

2017 has been a doozy so far. With the flu and various other ailments hitting our house, work busier than ever, houseguests, travel and school, I am DESPERATE to simplify my life. I’ll be honest—I may have cried a few times over the past few weeks. My poor husband. As a result of the chaos that is my life, I wanted to share a few time saving tips I’ve picked up and how apps make life easier when the going gets BUSY in Boca…

How Apps Make Life Easier + Time Saving Tips

1. Always Know Where You’re Going

I loathe getting lost. If I don’t turn soon enough or miss an exit, I pretty much lose my mind in the car.

As you may have read, I love the LocaLynx app! One of my favorite features? In app directions to retailers, restaurants and businesses! They are simple and connect directly to your phone’s GPS system.

Still wondering how apps make life easier? Answer: This single feature. Download LocaLynx and try it out for yourself!

How apps make life easier

  1. Make Sure You Always Have The Latest Info

Ever head out to run errands and the very place you need is CLOSED? There are few things more annoying than that. Once you download LocaLynx, you’ll always have the latest information regarding operating hours for the local businesses you use plus links to websites for ordering online or purchasing tickets, etc.

You can also easily contact the business you need by tapping the phone icon at the bottom of their Micro App.  It couldn’t be easier!

  1. Stop Clipping Coupons

I love saving money when and wherever possible. However, trying to keep track of paper coupons, on top of my children, are the last thing on my mind.

LocaLynx has provided digital coupons to local businesses all around us. They are always in my phone and I can redeem with a simple click of a button!

How apps make life easier LocaLynx

Save money. Shop local. Simplify your life! Download the app for Boca moms >>> LocaLynx. Visit LocaLynx South Florida on Facebook for highlighted daily deals!

Sponsored: This how apps make life easier post is sponsored by LocaLynx. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor. Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider, but please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was compensated for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Why I Love Taking Houseguests to BRIO Boca Raton

Tis the season for house guests, MBMoms! Well, at least it is for us, having lived in NYC for ten years and with #modernbocadad’s family being from New England. We enjoy having everyone come down and it gives us a great excuse to go out to eat! One of our favorite places is BRIO, located in Boca Center (which is pretty ‘sceney’ and fun for locals and visitors) and quite delicious. The NEW BRIO Boca Raton menu is top notch!

BRIO Tuscan Grille is bringing new seasonal flavors to its guests with the “Flavorful Features” menu, available daily on the dinner menu. We experienced the WHOLE. DARN. THING. and it was worth it.  🙂

BRIO Boca Raton Menu Appetizers:
  • MBMOM TOP PICK- Burrata & Prosciutto Bruschetta: Red peppers, mayonnaise, sea salt, black pepper, extra virgin olive oil, and parsley ($11.95)

BRIO Boca Raton menu

BRIO Boca Raton Menu Entrees:
  • MBMOM TOP PICK- Chicken Saltimbocca Risotto: Provolone, crispy pancetta, fried sage, and butternut squash risotto ($16.95)

BRIO Boca Raton menu

  • Sea Scallops & Ratatouille Risotto: Seared sea scallops served over risotto with roasted eggplant, red peppers, zucchini, tomato compote, basil and Reggiano ($21.95)

BRIO Boca Raton menu

BRIO Boca Raton menu

  • Crab Stuffed Shrimp & Broiled Maine Lobster Tail: Orzo, farro, zucchini, red peppers, asparagus, and lemon butter sauce ($25.95)– my guests were from Maine and they approved of this dish!

BRIO Boca Raton menu

BRIO Boca Raton menu

BRIO Boca Raton Menu Dessert:
  • Butterscotch Budino: Italian for “pudding,” this dish features Marcona almonds, caramel, and vanilla whipped cream ($3.95)

Per the recommendation of our awesome waiter, we ended up trying most of the dessert “samplers” and favorites on the menu.  We couldn’t say no to chocolate and cheesecake!

BRIO Boca Raton menu

BRIO Boca Raton menu

BRIO Boca Raton menu

The perfect complements to the “Flavorful Features” are delicious wines and cocktails. These include:

  • MBMOM TOP PICK- Sketchbook Pinot Noir: A light, fruity and elegant red blend (Mendocino, California) ($9.95/glass)
  • Benzinger Family Wintery Chardonnay: A lush and silky wine (Sonoma, California) ($9.95/glass)

BRIO Boca Raton also has some great cocktails! We thoroughly enjoyed their take on a “Moscow Mule” and a margarita.

BRIO Boca Raton menu

BRIO Boca Raton menu

All in all, an amazing dinner with our January houseguests! I highly recommend trying the “Flavorful Features” menu while you can this season.

BRIO has a special Valentine’s Day promotion coming up! The restaurant is offering a two-course prix fixe menu Friday, Feb. 10 – Tuesday, Feb. 14.

The menu will feature soup or salad choices, plus one delicious entrée. The price of the two-course meal with the Chicken Saltimbocca entrée is $20.95 and the Scallop Risotto entrée is $26.95; with the Crab Stuffed Shrimp & Lobster Tail is $29.95 and with the Center-Cut Filet Mignon is $28.50.

Guests can now make reservations online for all BRIO restaurants by visiting www.BrioItalian.com and for a list of locations, please visit www.BrioItalian.com.

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