Category Archives: DINING

Beachfront Dining: It’s Why We Live in Florida, Right?

It has been awhile since I posted a kid-friendly dining review on Modern Boca Mom, so I have an authentic, South Florida beachy option for my fellow MBMoms this week: Beachfront dining in South Florida.

JB’s on the Beach in Deerfield Beach.

Between #dailybabyavery’s christening and 1st Birthday celebration this year and the unseasonably AWESOME May weather, we’ve had quite the number of visitors showing up from the Northeast.  We love it!  And, we especially love to take them to restaurants with an ocean view to give them a true SOFL experience.

There are limited options in Boca Raton aside from the Boca Raton Resort or the NEW Waterstone, so we usually head to Deerfield Beach to drink or dine.

JB’s on the Beach is a great option for our family because the restaurant is kid-friendly, the cocktails/drink options are original (and delicious) and the food is always solid…especially the coconut shrimp appetizer or dinner (to die for!!!).  We love the nautical atmosphere and how open the restaurant is as well.

Best of all, a meal there doesn’t cost a fortune (and valet is pretty cheap).  It’s reasonable for family dining, especially right on the beach. In Florida, these are always great spots to enjoy the indoor/outdoor dining with the whole family.  Especially if they dining location accommodates kids. Win win!


Check out my snaps from our most recent visit:

Beachfront dining in South Florida

Beachfront dining in South Florida

Beachfront dining in South Florida

Beachfront dining in South Florida


But is JB’s on the Beach truly Mommy AND child-friendly?
Here are your Modern Boca Mom stats:

Stroller Image

Stroller friendly: YES.  Inside and out. This way you can keep everything close by.

Changing Station

Family restroom: Changing table + large enough to bring a stroller inside. This is extremely helpful when you have all those extras that we need to cart around for the kiddos.

Kids Menu

Kids menu: YES.  Check it out HERE.

Enjoy the beachfront dining in South Florida!

Beachfront dining in South Florida

 


Have You Tasted Blue Apron?

Honesty time: I may be a Modern Boca Mom…but I am the furthest thing possible from a Modern Boca Chef. Why not Blue Apron at home cooking and delivery!

I don’t mind shopping or cleaning up (I’m quite good at both), but cooking absolutely stumps me.  NYC just enabled me even further the past few years by having the most amazing takeout and delivery options available (miss you so much Seamless!).  So, here we are in Boca-burbia having to find recipes and shop for 7 evening meals per week for our family of 2.5 people.

MBMoms, aren’t you tired?  I’m exhausted.

The last thing I want to do after working and taking care of #dailybabyavery all day is search through cookbooks and drive to Whole Foods or Publix.  That’s why I’m so glad a friend of mine introduced me (and #modernbocadad) to Blue Apron.

Blue Apron at home cooking and delivery is simply a better way to cook.  It’s a weekly recipe + ingredient delivery service that you subscribe to (yes, it’s national!  I thought it was just in NYC at first) for approximately $60 per week for two people ($9.99 per person per meal; quantities/prices go up from there).  They plan, shop, measure and deliver ingredients for 3 surprise recipes that get delivered to your door each Wednesday.

That means our delivery is arriving today- yay!  I love getting the menu emailed to me in advance of each week and looking forward to the unique dishes.

Each week is typically one beef, seafood and chicken dish-  FYI.  You can also get vegetarian meals if you like.  The reason I like it so much is because it takes the THINKING out of 3 dinners per week.  That’s a nice little break.  It also makes for a fun date night at home!

With Blue Apron, you receive:

Original Recipes from Blue Apron at home cooking and delivery

  • Complete meals with 500-700 calories per serving
  • 35 minutes to prepare on average
  • Pre-portioned ingredients to save time and reduce waste
  • Easy to follow beautifully printed recipe cards

Here are some photos of recent Blue Apron meals we [read: #modernbocadad] created!

Blue Apron at home cooking and delivery

A typical delivery box

Blue Apron at home cooking and delivery

Ingredient organization

Blue Apron at home cooking and delivery

Prep

Blue Apron at home cooking and delivery

Roasted Chicken with Jalapeno-Herb Salsa, Mixed Citrus & Cracked Wheat Berries- YUM!

Blue Apron at home cooking and delivery

3-Chile Beef Chili with Red Kidney Beans & Pepper Jack Cheese- SPICY & DELISH!

Blue Apron at home cooking and delivery

Chicken, Baby Artichoke & Spinach Casserole with Gouda Bechamel-

HEARTY WITH PLENTY OF LEFTOVERS

Everything is delivered fresh to your door and there is literally zero ingredient waste!  And, we’ve pretty much had extra portions with every meal which makes the price even more desirable.

Learn more about or sign up for Blue Apron HERE.

Bon appetit MBMoms!

NYY STEAK Coconut Creek Hits One Out of the Park

Yankee Stadium.  New York City.  Coconut Creek. What could these places possibly have in common? NYY Steak Restaurant Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, of course!

Apparently, one of the best steakhouses in South Florida is at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.  Who knew?  I dragged (read: he was willing) Mr. Red Sox fan a.k.a. #modernbocadad to the southernmost outpost of NYY STEAK on Saturday night.

Our date nights typically keep us in the Boca/Delray/Deerfield areas of SOFL (Ft. Lauderdale or Palm Beach if we’re feeling extra adventurous).

NYY Steak Restaurant Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

Around every corner, you’ll find signature Yankee touches like an autographed wall of past and present players. Even the memorabilia and baseball diamond-shaped dishes marked with retired Yankee numbers.  Even #modernbocadad had to admit they were clever…

NYY Steak Restaurant Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

(The delicious garlic mashed potatoes.)

The NYY Steak Coconut Creek ‘s award-winning, open kitchen (it’s made of glass– so is the butcher “shop” when you walk in), the finest dry aged USDA Prime steaks, seafood and desserts are presented to customers in top form.

NYY Steak Restaurant Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

NYY Steak Restaurant Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

We ordered a delicious bottle of Pinot Noir and Blue Point oysters (yum)! Not to mention the onion rings (which were as big as glazed donuts, I’m not kidding- see the photo below). The previously mentioned garlic mashed potatoes and split a 12 oz New York Strip (cooked medium rare and dry aged for 21 days).

However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to NYY STEAK Coconut Creek ‘s dinner menu which can be viewed HERE.

NYY Steak Restaurant Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

NYY Steak Restaurant Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

NYY Steak Restaurant Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

NYY Steak Restaurant Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

NYY Steak Restaurant Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

If you’re looking to dine al fresco, NYY STEAK also features an outdoor dining area and their indoor Legends Lounge offers a chic option to enjoy live entertainment and amazing drinks with friends if you’re not craving a huge meal.

NYY Steak Restaurant Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

MBMom’s experience at NYY STEAK Restaurant Seminole Casino Coconut Creek was overwhelmingly positive and definitely quelled some of the NYC homesickness #modernbocadad and I been having lately (now that warm weather has arrived in the city, of course).

The only negative I would HAVE to point out is the restroom location for the restaurant.  It’s located in the main casino, which is fine, but I didn’t love that I had to leave the restaurant to use it.  A small price to pay for a great dining experience and date night…even if your husband is a Red Sox fan!


You can make reservations for NYY STEAK directly on Seminole Casino Coconut Creek’s Facebook page OR on their website: http://www.nyysteak.com/coconut-creek/

Disclosure: MBMom was given a gift certificate to taste the restaurant cuisine.  As always, opinions and reviews are my own.

Le Macaron French Pastries Adds Yum to Mizner Park

Have you heard about Le Macaron Boca Raton? I’m not going to lie. I am a bit obsessed when it comes to macarons. I remember when I was 9 months pregnant with #dailybocaavery and I waddled all the way to the Upper East Side in Manhattan (from Hell’s Kitchen) to visit the first U.S.-based Ladurée shop (the macarons are actually flown in from Paris each day). Big mistake. I have been spending my hard earned dollars on those teeny, colorful, delectable pastries ever since!

I read that a Ladurée “house” opened recently in Miami (the second U.S. location since New York), but I thought because of the distance, it would be best saved for a special occasion. I don’t drive to Miami for just anything mamas.

Enter Le Macaron French Pastries in Mizner Park. I have been walking by the space (next to Sloan’s) for months now and it FINALLY opened! Little did I know there is one in Delray Beach as well.

Le Macaron Boca Raton

Le Macaron Boca Raton

And the wait was worth it.  Le Macaron Boca Raton definitely knows how to make its namesake and then some. I am normally a huge fan of the standard Vanilla macaron (Ladurée wins that bakery battle), but the Gingerbread flavor was unique and pretty darn delicious. Pair that with one of their handcrafted chocolates and you are in for a TREAT.

Mind you, a box of 6 costs $13.80 + tax, so it’s probably not going to turn into your daily family dessert, but for special occasions, parties or a beautiful Friday night walking the Mizner Park, I highly recommend.

Full Le Macaron Boca Raton menu below…enjoy!

Le Macaron Boca Raton

Le Macaron Boca Raton

Le Macaron Boca Raton