Category Archives: DINING

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! 

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

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


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.


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

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 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


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

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!

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Giveaway rules:

  • 4 lucky followers will win 2 Tickets To Boca Bacchanalia on Saturday, March 25.
  • Void where Prohibited
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  •  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.

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 and for a list of locations, please visit

Hosted: This post was hosted by BRIO and 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 a complimentary dinner for 4, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Bacchus Beckons: Did You Get Your First Taste of Boca Bacchanal 2017?

The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum is gearing up for its 15th Annual Boca Bacchanal and kicking off the festivities with Bacchus Beckons, the official launch party at Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton. It will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Guests will enjoy live entertainment, wine from the Boca Bacchanal vintners, delicious hors d’oeuvres and get a unique look at new collections from Saks.

Bacchus Beckons

As one of the most highly sought after society events in town, tickets for The Vintner Dinners of Boca Bacchanal sell out quickly! At Bacchus Beckons, attendees will learn the pairings of each chef and vintner as well as the hosts of each Vintner Dinner. Guests will also have an opportunity to sample wine and champagne from each vintner.

Bacchus Beckons

This is also your FIRST chance to purchase tickets for the vintner dinner of your choice before they sell out!

For those who have not attended in years past, The Vintner Dinners are exclusive, intimate dining experiences and take place during Boca Bacchanal weekend. Each dinner features a vintner and chef that pair their wine and cuisine to create a sumptuous 5-6 course meal.

Bacchus Beckons

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton
Town Center at Boca Raton
5800 Glades Rd.
Boca Raton, FL 33431

$50 per person and all proceeds benefit the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum.

Purchase tickets online HERE or by calling 561-395.6766

The One New Year’s Resolution Boca Moms Can Keep

It’s already mid-January. How are YOU doing with your New Year’s resolutions, Boca mamas? I can tell you the one area I’m definitely rocking in 2017 so far: saving money.

We’ve been cooking more at home. I’m making better use of existing pieces in my wardrobe and we canceled our cable. Who knew how easy it would be to put a digital antennae in our attic for network stations and simply use Hulu and Netflix to catch our favorite shows?

I’m also taking full advantage of all the new deals on my LocaLynx app. Have you downloaded it yet?! It’s the easiest New Year’s resolution for Boca mamas to keep, EVER. And the best part? The app focuses on local businesses.

Boca Mamas LocaLynx

The One New Year’s Resolution Boca Mamas Can Keep

The app is separated into 12 handy categories with the top being: Dining & Drinks, Shopping & Retail and Health & Beauty. Those are also my favorite categories.

Boca Mamas LocaLynx

Getting great, local deals is a big part of my 2017 money saving strategy! And I have some inside info–the newest January deals for you to snag on the LocaLynx app include 1 free week of classes at Ashley Sica Fitness, $10 off at Fixit Phone20% off any service Bardot Salon and BOGO free entree Rotelli’s!

I love that all of these local deals are always inside my phone. All you do is show your coupon at checkout, click the green ‘Use Coupon’ button and that’s it! LocaLynx has made it so easy to support the local businesses around me.

Boca Mamas LocaLynx

What are you waiting for? Make at least one of your New Year’s resolutions super successful this year and save some cash with LocaLynx!

Save money. Shop local. Download the app for Boca mamas >>> LocaLynxVisit LocaLynx South Florida on Facebook for highlighted daily deals too!

Sponsored: This Boca moms post is sponsored by LocaLynx 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, 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.

Fall in Love Again on Valentine’s Day at The Addison

Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is only a little over a month away! And, I’ve found the most romantic and uniquely Boca dining experience for you and your partner: The Addison Valentine’s Day sit-down dinner.

#modernbocadad and I have already booked our reservation and I hear they are filling up fast! Here’s what you can expect + the AMAZING menu for the evening…

The Addison Valentine’s Day Sit-Down Dinner Signature Event

Location is everything when it comes to Boca romance! Celebrate love with your love at the most romantic venue in South Florida. The Addison Valentine’s Day sit-down dinner welcomes guests to celebrate the romantic sentiment under their majestic banyan trees.

The luxurious evening out includes live music, unlimited champagne and wine, and a special sweetheart gift. I can’t wait!

Addison Valentine's Day Menu

DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, February 14, 2017; Reservations start at 5:30 PM

COST: Dinner is $149 per person (plus tax and gratuity).

Addison Valentine's Day

Call (561) 372-0568 to book your reservation for the Addison Valentine’s Day. Make it your best one yet!

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.

Jingle All The Way To Brio Tuscan Grille for their New Menu

Over the holidays, I had the pleasure of dining at Brio Tuscan Grille and experiencing their holiday promotion.

Being someone who considers herself quite the foodie, I was excited to experience and enjoy this restaurant. Italian food is one of my favorites and I hadn’t yet had the pleasure of trying Brio Tuscan Grille cuisine!

Brio Tuscan Grille Dining Experience

When I walked in after being greeted by the kind valet, I was swept into a charming atmosphere. With dim lighting and soft sounds of conversation, I was more than impressed.

Led quickly to a cloth draped table framed with small plates, I was greeted by a wonderful server. He was hands-down one of the best servers I have ever had in my extensive dining experiences. He was incredibly attentive, very kind and met and exceeded our needs and expectations. The manager also came over several times to make sure we were enjoying our dine to the fullest. It was such a welcoming environment!

New Menu Features

We first ordered the Roasted Garlic, Spinach and Artichoke dip and it was DIVINE. Creamy, smooth and paired with the perfect crunchy chips it seriously rivaled any other appetizer I have ever gotten. The only real downfall is that I had to share!

I also ordered the Pasta Pesto and I am very picky with my pasta, so I was wary. But when it was delivered, I was pleasantly surprised. The chicken was perfectly cooked with explosive flavor and was paired flawlessly with a deliciously light pesto sauce.

My dining companion had the Grilled Salmon Salad and couldn’t rave enough about how light and succulent the salmon was. Even though I don’t love seafood or shellfish, I still tried it and it was mouth watering!

Finishing the night with a creamy and divine latte, I was content.

Following this exquisite meal, I can confidently say that this #foodie who loves everything from crabs by the ocean to burgers at a stand loved and will return to the impeccable cuisine and service at Brio Tuscan Grille.


The Sweet Hot Mess Reviews Brio Tuscan Grille

My name is Shelby and I am the Founder of The Sweet Hot Mess, a blog and beauty brand inspired by my life being such a sweet and beautiful one, even though (despite my best efforts) I am almost always a hot mess. I have such a passion for beauty, positivity, fashion and making things around me beautiful.

Hosted: This post was hosted by Brio Tuscan Grille and 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 invited on a complimentary dine for consideration in this review, but that does not impact my views or opinions.