Take a Bite Out of the Boca Resort

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I don’t know what it is about me writing these #MBMdining blog posts while I AM STARVING.  What am I thinking?

I’m looking back at the photos from my recent MBMom foodie experiences at the Boca Resort last month and I’m pretty sure saliva is dripping from my mouth.  OK, that’s not a pretty picture…

But this is!

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The ocean almost blends with the sky…

That was our view from the blue (and my fancy cocktail- muddled strawberries, YUM) at the top of the tower at the Boca Resort– the tallest point in our fair city with arguably the BEST views in Palm Beach County day or night.

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We were at the top!

But views do not a delicious dinner make for #modernbocadad and me.

the blue, launched in January 2014, is a fine dining yet family-friendly restaurant serving New American food and drink.  It’s sophisticated and contemporary with some unexpected flavors and modern takes on classic dishes.

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Although #modernbocadad and I used this MBMom dinner as a little date night, the blue is family-friendly with a kid’s menu and high chairs (if needed).  The next table over from us, in fact, had a family of 4 enjoying dinner together.

After cocktails recommended by the fantastic sommelier, Roberto (he’s the star of our little “cocktail” photo shoot below), we moved on to the raw bar and appetizers.

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Oysters and snow crab legs

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Deviled eggs to die for! Chorizo MADE the set on the left

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Fried green tomato salad: We didn’t order this, but the Chef insisted…GOOD CALL!

After gorging on the starters, we moved on to wine and our main courses.

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Swordfish steak main course (#modernbocadad)

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Grilled skirt steak main course (@modernbocamom)

So tasty!  And cooked to perfection.

The service was fantastic and the food and sunset views were to die for at the blue.  We felt…dare I say…taken care of, which is rare for us now that we’ve become parents and are caring for a tiny human 24/7.

You know what I’m talking about MBMoms!

Last but not least, DESSERT.  I have two words for you: Funnel. Cake.  Yes, it was as delish as it looks.  We inhaled it.

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the blue was breath of fresh air in Boca Raton where service can be iffy, especially in the summer season.  Sometimes I feel like that’s reason enough to take a stay-cation at a place where you know life will be easy and the service will be great…at least for a few blissful days!

We also had some fun with Roberto as he showed us the art of crafting after-dinner cocktails at the blue bar.  This particular drink had #modernbocadad written all over it with High West Whiskey and orange bitters…while #mbmom rocked the champagne.

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As always, I’m on my phone…life of a blogger!

Custom-crafted cocktails are a huge trend in NYC.  I’m glad to see that the blue takes their cocktailing seriously!

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Voila!

And then, like Cinderella’s carriage turning into a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight, we were headed home to relieve our babysitter.  But, we certainly had a BALL!


Because this dining post would be incomplete without a little write-up on the Boca Resort’s cozy Tuscan restaurant, I was back on property the next evening with #modernbocaaunt to review Lucca.

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With an open-arched kitchen, hand-blown Murano chandeliers and inventive Tuscan cuisine, Lucca is a family-oriented Mediterranean restaurant, overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.  

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You can savor signature dishes, designed to highlight their fresh and carefully chosen ingredients – along with an award-winning wine list. 

Music to my ears!

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Spoiler alert!  We ordered the fondue for dessert

Lucca was good.  The appetizers were solid and traditional.  I ordered the Caprese Salad and my sister ordered a Caesar.  We also requested an order of the Wood Fired Octopus which is one of the more popular dishes, I am told.

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The mains that we ordered felt like comfort food!

Between the pasta and the wine, I was ready to curl up for a good night’s sleep at the end of our meal (or maybe that was because #dailybabyavery had been up at 4AM the night before)

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Penne Bolognese

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Caramelized spaghetti squash & three cheese polenta

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Rock shrimp scampi 

But, we obviously couldn’t leave without sampling dessert!

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Fondue for 2…okay 4…

Sadly, the fondue was the end of yet another wonderful dining experience at the Boca Resort.  🙁

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Another door closes…

As this is my third and final post in the Modern Boca Resort Mom series, I will close with this:

I had no idea that there were so many fun, exclusive and family-friendly options for local residents by simply booking a hotel stay.  Especially during the summer when the crowds are way less intense and rates so reasonable (starting at $149 per night)!

No, we can’t all afford to be members of the Boca Resort, but getting a hotel room for a few nights for you and your family is your way to get past the velvet rope and enjoy a fantastic stay-cation in your own (fabulous) South Florida backyard.

There are still plenty of summer weekends left in the South Florida season!  Why not enjoy one here?

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Until our next stay-cation…Modern Boca Resort Mom is signing off!


Click below to book your own Boca Resort stay:

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Disclaimer: Services and compensation were provided for this review. As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

MOMpreneur Monday: Are You Kidding?

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

Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms! Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday on MBMom, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.

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Today’s featured MOMpreneur is the founder of a business her young son inspired, the children’s sock company Are You Kidding?  Meet Rachel Martinez!

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Like most MBMoms, you’ve probably spent a fair amount of time dreaming about what your child might become one day. A lawyer, an astronaut, President of the United States perhaps? I know I refused to name #dailybabyavery anything short of a “CEO power name” when I gave birth to her.

So, what if your child started to show his career promise at the age of 6? Would you support them? Would you quit your full-time job to become his or her MOMpreneur mentor?

Um…can I plead the fifth?

Well, that’s what makes this MOMpreneur Monday story so unique. Rachel Martinez took her young son Sebastian’s passion for designing socks and is building a thriving business around it.

Are You Kidding?  No, I’m not…read on…


You’re a brave mom to take such a big business risk! Call me impressed! Tell me about how this family entrepreneurial adventure got started.

I am a 35 year old mother of 2 boys (6 & 8 years old). For the past 13 years, I have worked in the media/advertising sales world.  12 of those were at Televisa Publishing and the past year I have been working from home representing Robb Report Mexico and Forbes Mexico. 

I left my full time job a year ago because I knew that my passion has always been to start my own company.  Being a mom changed my outlook on my career.

I wanted to make a career for myself instead of making a career for someone else. 

Most of all, I wanted to create something that my entire family could be involved in.

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So you decided to launch Are You Kidding?

I actually started Are You Kidding back in 2008 with a friend; only we started it in a different direction.  Working full time, our company pretty much got stuck. But, I always knew I had something that could be great with the name.

My 6-year old son, Sebastian, has always had an obsession with fun and crazy socks.  Last year it occurred to me to ask him if he would like to design his own socks.  He was so happy that he sat right down and started drawing.  After he drew his first sock he asked me to make a hole in it so that he could put it on (obviously that was not possible).

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After seeing his passion, I knew we had a great concept that we could work with.  I found a manufacturing company in Central America to produce our socks and out came the Are You Kidding? Socks by Sebastian Sock Line.

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Besides your young, fabulous designer, what makes your business unique?

What makes our business unique is that you have the passion of a 6-year old boy behind the brand.

Anyone can sell socks…but not anyone has a great story to tell about the socks.

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Sebastian loves talking to people abut his socks and you can really see how everything he says comes from his heart.

Why should my readers buy Are You Kidding? socks for their kids? 

First, our socks are excellent quality.  If they can take a beating from my kids, they will last a lifetime. 

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Like I mentioned, there are tons of socks out there but with Are You Kidding? you are supporting a child who is expressing himself through his socks.

What do you envision for your family business going forward? 

Sebastian is constantly trying to come up with new sock ideas for the future collections!  

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Besides more sock designs, we are also working on a clothing collection to continue showing off our Are You Kidding? styles.  My 8 year old told me he wanted to design t-shirts so maybe we will have a t-shirt collection designed by him soon?

What do you love about living and working in South Florida?

I was born and raised in South Florida.  Many people are born here and leave and many people wind up living here from other states or countries.  I have always loved living here and wouldn’t change it for the world. 

Besides the great weather and the many activities it allows us to do with our kids, my family is here and Miami is who I am.

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MBMoms, meet the next sock mogul of South Florida!  And, what better time to update your kids’ sock fashion collection than now, back-to-school time!

Check out their website at: www.areyoukidding.net.

And LIKE them on Facebook!


Now tell us, how do you let your children express themselves?  Comment below!

Power in She and Ivivva: The Perfect Boca Pair

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As a stylish and modern Boca mom, there are a few things that most of us have in common:

(1) we need like to drink coffee, and we do so often.

(2) we like to have fresh polish on our fingers and toes, although it doesn’t always happen.

(3) we all own at least 1 piece of Lululemon clothing, even if it’s just a cute $12 headband!!

Guilty…

Lululemon has become a South Florida symbol for quality, comfort, style and class. What MBMom doesn’t love their comfy, stylish activewear?

If they only had a store in the area for the adorable, young girl in your life…

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Hold onto your seats MBMoms because your wish has come true. ivivva Boca Raton is here!

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ivivva, created by Lululemon, is a sportswear brand for the active girl, ages 4-14.

ivivva Boca Raton opened its doors recently (located in Town Center at Boca Raton by the Food Court) and now every South Florida little girl can dress “as cool as mommy.”

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And with that, you know they’re getting comfort, quality and fit from the awesome brand, ivivva Boca Raton, that you already know and love!


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Now that you’ve shopped together and dressed the part, perhaps you’re up for doing something active, something where you can bond with your daughter, something good for your mind, body and soul.

How about a little mother/daughter yoga with Power in She?

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Michelle Houser, a yoga teacher and health coach, started the Power in She program to empower girls to grow up to become confident women.  The program elevates self-esteem through yoga, awareness of the obstacles that young girls face and introducing tools such as journaling and goal setting.

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Classes are targeted to mothers and daughters, ages 8-13.  Each class is 90 minutes long. No previous yoga experience is required!  

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For more information and to find a class in your area visit their Facebook page.

Namaste! (and happy shopping!)


Modern Boca Mom contributor Samara is a stay-at-home mom with a passion for health, fitness, and social media. In her “downtime” from mommy-ing two boys, she is an account executive for a boutique social media firm and the founder of healthy living blog, Peace, Love and Ice Cream!


Images courtesy of ivivva & Power in SheDisclaimer: Compensation was provided by Power in She to promote this post. As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

At the Boca Resort, Sit Back & Say Spa-ahh…

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Remember all of the glorious free time you used to have BEFORE you became a Modern Boca Mom?

Ha- me neither!

And that’s why (when I do manage to schedule some valuable ‘me-time’) I try to maximize it accordingly.

Before motherhood, I rarely spent my free time doing things like “taking a day at the spa,” but by God if I haven’t earned that day (or precious few hours) by the time I’m able to nail it on the iPhone calendar now!

At that point, sometimes I feel like I’ve earned an actual vacation…

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But that vacation, at least according to a recent survey on summer vacation travel conducted by American Express, will actually cost you on average (in the United States): $1,145 per person.

What?!  We live in Boca Raton, FL!  People come to US to take a vacation!

After I read that, I decided I’m going the stay-cation route for the foreseeable future and plan to schedule a “Mommy Escape” at the Boca Resort instead.

AT. THE. SPA.

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Waldorf Astoria Spa (formerly known as Spa Palazzo) at the Boca Resort


As a Modern Boca Resort Mom (#modernbocaresortmom), I like to be ‘in the know’ and from what I’ve heard, the renowned Spa Palazzo at Boca Raton Resort & Club was re-branded as a Waldorf Astoria Spa on July 1st, 2014.

Known for its grandeur and elegance, the award-winning spa is a masterpiece of architecture with water features, elaborate mosaics and grand arches.  

It recently won #1 Spa in the World in Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Poll 2014.

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Inspired by the legendary Alhambra Palace in Spain, the 50,000 sq. ft. spa at Boca Raton Resort is a symphony of palatial gardens, grand arches, carved stone, smooth marble, handcrafted tile, intricate mosaics and indigenous cypress woodwork. 

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Yep, that’s a hot tub.

An elegant sanctuary of health and rejuvenation, the spa features 44 treatment rooms, an eclectic menu of spa treatments, sunning terraces and 10,000 square feet of tranquil gardens featuring waterfall whirlpools and a private spa pool.  


I’ve always wanted to spend some time in the ‘pink spa castle,’ so when the Waldorf Astoria Spa invited me to come and try out one of their newest facial treatments, the HydraFacial MD®, I knew I’d be a crazy MBMom not to take advantage…

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Slipper Selfie

After registering up front, I was led to a beautiful changing area and given my locker key, robe and slippers.  I took a brief tour of the spa and made a mental note to hit THIS heated whirlpool after my facial:

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Hello.

Then I waited for my treatment in probably the fanciest area of the whole spa while enjoying cucumber water and devouring the latest issue of Glamour (it’s the little things).

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Chicest waiting room ever…

I had no idea what to expect when it came to this HydraFacial™, but after having one, I am dubbing it the “facial of a thousand vacuums.”  🙂  I call it a vacuum; the spa calls it the Vortex-Fusion® experience. Tomato, To-mah-to.

Essentially, the HydraFacial™ is an advanced medical-grade skin care treatment that targets fine lines and wrinkles; congested, oily and acne prone skin; rosacea and hyper-pigmentation.  It softens the appearance of large pores, improves skin texture and tone and helps repair existing sun damage with 1) Cleansing & Exfoliation, 2) an Acid Peel (it’s gentle!), 3) Extractions (hence the vacuums with vortex suction) and 4) Hydration.

It feels great AND they even give you a Daily Essentials™ kit to take home with you after!

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I love a goody bag…

But my Modern Boca Resort Mom Escape did not end there.  I did indeed hit the heated whirlpool above (as noted) and then I walked outside and treated my robed-self to lunch by the pool.

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Do yourself a favor and order one of the tapas platters and the white sangria.  YUM-MY.

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After lunch, sadly my babysitter called me home, but had I been a hotel guest (with a slightly older child), I could have spent my whole day (with #modernbocadad…) at the spa.

Oh yes.  Now that’s a staycation!

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Thanks again to the Boca Resort for having me…click below to book your own Modern Boca Resort Mom Escape at the Waldorf Astoria Spa this summer!  Rooms start at only $149 per night.

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Disclaimer: Services and compensation were provided for this review. As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

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