Category Archives: DINING

Keeping Dining Locale in Boca Raton

Sometimes you just gotta keep things local…or Locale in Boca Raton in the case of this blog post. 😉 One my my BFF’s from NYC came down for a visit and I couldn’t wait to have her try out this new dinner and happy hour spot with me. It’s located in the former space of The Little Chalet.

Locale in Boca Raton

The Locale in Boca Raton presents guests with a Latin-inspired menu of American classics in a “collision of quality ingredients and unbridled culinary passion accompanied by a mixologist-curated cocktail menu, craft beers and wines.”

Exhibit A: one of their most popular cocktails, THE BOTANIST featuring Gin-Mezcal, lemon juice, prosecco syrup, aquafaba and oregano garnish. Tasty.

Locale in Boca Raton
The Botanist

After glancing at the menu, I initially thought it was a little all over the place. The Locale in Boca Raton has a pizza oven…but Latin cuisine as well? Shouldn’t they pick a theme?

It turns out they really don’t have to. The Locale’s Chef Joshua Miranda and team deploy flavorful creations (regardless of theme) to be shared and enjoyed.

Beef Empanada with shredded short ribs and tomato jam; Croqueta fried dough filled with ham and cheese; and Shrimp Ajillo garlic shrimp served with white rice and broccoli bring a taste of South America to the table. They serve an impressive meat-free Portobello Burger with tamarind glaze, manchego, crispy kale, aioli on a brioche bun; not to mention flavorful signature entrées like Short Rib over manchego polenta; Faroe Island Salmon with wild rice, asparagus, yogurt crema; and Bucatini with yellow chili sauce, onions and tomatoes and choice of sautéed filet or chicken.

Locale in Boca Raton
Bucatini with yellow chili sauce, onions and tomatoes and choice of sautéed filet or chicken

The appetizers were my favorite course. We enjoyed the Meatballs, Tostadas and Crab Cake (pictured in order below). Total yum.

Locale in Boca Raton

Locale in Boca Raton

Locale in Boca Raton

I also really dug the decor. It’s polished, yet casual…and they have an awesome Downtown Boca patio.

Locale in Boca Raton

At the newly-expanded patio, The Locale’s outdoor bar is happy to shake up craft cocktails in addition to pouring South Florida’s coldest brew at an impressive 28°F from their special imported below-freezing brewery tap. Say what?! With over 35 beers from 6 countries, the perfect sip is always within reach.

Locale in Boca Raton

The Locale’s Happy Hour is served every day from 4-7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. – close, where guests can enjoy even more brews, beats and bespoke cocktails from anywhere in the restaurant! I’m definitely headed back soon!

But if you’re too tired to go out and more interested in cooking at home, then check out our friends at the Village Bakery.

The Locale in Boca Raton
499 S Federal Hwy.
Boca Raton, FL 33432
For more information or to make a reservation, call (561) 325-8000 or visit www.localeboca.com.

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You’ll Still Feel Good After Stuffing Yourself at True Food Kitchen Boca

#modernbocadad and I have kind of stopped eating out. It’s not because we’re cracking down on our budget (okay, maybe we are a little), but because we always feel so darn awful afterwards. Stuffed. Full. Whatever you want to call it. Ugh. But, I’ve finally found a local restaurant that feeds you well without you feeling so…unwell. Welcome to our town True Food Kitchen Boca Raton!

True Food Kitchen Boca

True Food Kitchen Boca
We celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary at True Food Kitchen Boca Raton!

Co-founded by integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil and nine-time James Beard Award nominee for Restaurateur of the Year Sam Fox, True Food Kitchen Boca caters to foodie palates and preferences. It features a variety of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan offerings for brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails. The first True Food Kitchen opened in Phoenix in 2008. Now, the restaurant has 22 locations (including True Food Kitchen Boca Raton). 

True Food Kitchen Boca Raton’s philosophy is simple:

Food should make you feel better—not worse—and you shouldn’t have to sacrifice taste to live a healthier lifestyle. Every meal served up at TFK is prepared to that standard. And, it’s delicious. The standouts from the our evening?

Edamame Dumplings (VEG)
dashi, white truffle oil, asian herbs

Edamame Dumplings (VEG) dashi, white truffle oil, asian herbs

Charred Cauliflower (V GF)
harissa tahini, medjool date, dill, mint, pistachio

Charred Cauliflower (V GF) harissa tahini, medjool date, dill, mint, pistachio

Moroccan Chicken (GF)
mission fig, heirloom carrot, chickpea, olive, spinach, chermoula, greek yogurt

Moroccan Chicken (GF) mission fig, heirloom carrot, chickpea, olive, spinach, chermoula, greek yogurt

Chia Seed Pudding (V GF)
banana, toasted coconut

Chia Seed Pudding (V GF) banana, toasted coconut

Honorable mention goes to the Flourless Chocolate Cake because of the Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream. You’d never know you weren’t eating the real thing!

Flourless Chocolate Cake (VEG GF) caramel, vanilla ice cream, cocoa nibs
As for design…

Each True Food Kitchen is designed to reflect the local character of the region in an upscale and sustainable environment. Indoors, natural woods and vibrant, locally-inspired artwork add a contemporary touch to the earthy color scheme, natural elements and greenery, including indoor/outdoor garden basins filled with fresh herbs and spices.

Eco-friendly materials are utilized throughout the restaurant, such as the hardwood floors, which are made of reclaimed wood, and dining chairs made of recycled soda bottles. Cool right?

And did I mention the cocktails? Our favorites were the Citrus Skinny Margarita and Pomegranate Mule. Delicious and oh so fresh!

Thank you so much to True Food Kitchen for hosting us for dinner to facilitate this review! You can find them right in front of Town Center at Boca Raton (where valet is) the next time you’d like to indulge…but feel great afterwards!

True Food Kitchen Boca Raton
561.419.8105
6000 Glades Rd, Unit 1015A | Boca Raton, FL 33431

The 3 Types of Moms I Avoid at Jamba Juice Boca Raton

I love food. That’s probably rather evident looking at the ten extra pounds I’ve gained since having #dailybocaavery. But it’s true! Food, wine and coffee are my jam…or JAMBA in this case. Jamba Juice Boca Raton invited me and my family to try out some of their new menu items and I was ready to eat all the things as I drove to Boca’s University Commons.

Jamba Juice Boca Raton

As I sat at a table with my sister, nephew and daughter noshing on the NEW Wake Up, Whirl’d breakfast blends and sandwiches (spoiler alert: they were YUM!), I naturally partook in one of my favorite Boca pastimes: people watching. And the conclusions I came to?

There are 3 types of moms I will work to avoid at Jamba Juice Boca Raton at all costs. In no particular order…
1. The Boca mom who doesn’t drink coffee

I’d like to meet the Boca mom who happily gets through her day of hardcore parenting smiling and with tons of energy without fueling up with a cup o’ joe. The good news is that for coffee lovers like this mom, Jamba Juice now has several new caffeinated options on their menu!

Jamba Juice Boca Raton
Jamba’s La Vida Mocha

Take a break from Starbucks and instead order a NEW Jamba Cold Brew Coffee Blend. My favorite? Jamba’s La Vida Mocha, an icy sweet coffee blend with hints of chocolate and 220mg of caffeine. That’s equivalent to 2 cups of coffee! There is also Jamba’s Lotta Horchata which was more #modernbocadad’s taste. That coffee blend features flavors of cinnamon and vanilla and contains 150mg of caffeine, equivalent to about 1.5 cups of coffee.

Jamba Juice Boca Raton
Jamba’s Lotta Horchata

Jamba’s Cold Brew Coffee Blends are crafted using real whole ingredients and naturally sweetened with honey and/or nonfat frozen yogurt. Jamba is committed to using NO artificial flavors, NO artificial preservatives, NO High Fructose Corn Syrup, NO pumps, NO added purees and NO turbinado. Hooray!

Jamba Juice Boca Raton

Additionally, Jamba’s Cold Brew Coffee blends are lower in calories, fat and sugar than similar products, while offering more flavor and caffeine. Sign me up!

2. The Boca mom who skips breakfast

I get it. Mornings can be hectic and sometimes a mom can forget to grab something to eat. But the mom who willingly skips breakfast to maintain her figure or claims they’re never hungry? I’m never dining out with you because there’s no way I’d ever pass up a hot, healthy breakfast sandwich, especially if it’s quick and convenient.

Jamba launched three new egg white breakfast sandwich flavors to make breakfasts on-the-go easier for busy moms! While each sandwich comes with its own unique set of benefits, all Jamba Juice Boca Raton breakfast sandwiches are made with real ingredients and contain: less than 300 calories per sandwich, at least 11 grams of protein to keep you feeling full longer, calcium for bone health and iron for blood health

And they are tasty…especially my favorite, the turkey sausage and Gouda combo!

  • Roasted Tomato, Spinach & Feta – Savor the brightness of roasted tomatoes and spinach followed by the creaminess of feta cheese.

  • Bacon, Roasted Tomato & Spinach – Same as above…just add bacon!

  • Turkey Sausage, Roasted Red Pepper & Gouda – Turkey sausage may have a milder flavor than regular sausage, but the roasted red pepper spread shines through along with Gouda cheese in this sandwich.

The Boca mom whose kid doesn’t like smoothies

I may be the mother of the one weird kid on the planet who doesn’t like ice cream, but smoothies? Those are a win at every age. Plus, they’re so healthy! My daughter enjoyed a Blueberry Strawberry Blast Off at Jamba Juice Boca Raton.

And, my nephew had his first smoothie ever! He enjoyed the Strawberries Gone Bananas, a strawberry, banana and apple-strawberry juice blend. I may or may not have finished it off myself.

Be sure to check out the new Jamba Juice menu at a store located near you!

Jamba Juice Boca Raton (University Commons)

1400 Glades Rd.
Boca Raton, FL 33431

561.620.8895


Sponsored: This post was sponsored by Jamba Juice via Bloggin Mamas and 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, so please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was compensated and received a complimentary dining experience in consideration for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

MOMpreneur Monday: Chick-fil-A Delray Beach

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

Welcome to our latest installment of MOMpreneur Monday, highlighting businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas!


Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is Susan Leffert, operator of Chick-fil-A Delray Beach!

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