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Memorial Day 2021 | 4 Affordable Outdoor Home Items For The Perfect BBQ

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Memorial Day is about one thing only: honoring the fallen veterans who gave their lives to secure & defend freedom. The Monday off, pool days, and barbeques with family are a testament to the space we've been afforded by the sacrifices of so many brave men & women. While much of the northeast is in the grips of a cold snap, Homeowners in Boca Raton are firing up their grills and putting on their swim gear. It's Memorial Day, and beyond the reference for our troops, it's time to spend a day outdoors with our loved ones. Here are four affordable outdoor accessories to make Memorial Day and every pool day a little better.

Citronella Candles

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Citronella candles are an absolute must for any backyard event without a tightly screened-in patio. Despite its citrusy-sounding name and scent, citronella oil is obtained from the leaves and stems of the Cymbopogon family of plants, whose most notable member is lemongrass. Citronella candles are abundant and affordable, and while they aren't built for the perfect fragrance, they keep mosquitos at bay. As the sun goes down, you'll want a few of these handy to keep the fun going!

Solar Lighting

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4 Must Have Home Office Accessories | Boca Home Office

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The home office took on a whole new meaning this past year. with so many of us forced to adapt our kitchen tables to workspaces, the ever-evolving complement of home office supplies and gadgets experienced a boom in innovation. However, it's often the simple solutions that go the furthest for us. Beyond expensive gizmos and new electronics, what are some of the affordable, game-changing accessories to add to our Boca Raton home offices? Check out our list below!

Multi-Angle Tablet Stand

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For those using their tablets as a display extension, digital multi-tool, or another top-of-desk purpose, the multi-angle tablet stand allows you to adapt to your eye level. This affordable, simply designed metal frame positions your tablet in a space-saving, efficiently accessible position.

second computer monitor

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You haven't experienced it til you've tried it. A second monitor is one of the greatest yet most obvious innovations to the modern office, ever. The second monitor is more a logical next-step in the evolution of the workspace, rather...

The Best Donuts In Boca | 4 Local Donut Shops to Visit

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Off the beaten path, lie a few places that contain some of the best food on this side of Palm Beach County. Here in Boca, the word "donut" is synonymous with Dunkin' Donuts or Starbucks. It's a given that anyone would suggest those global brands as the ideal place to grab some delicious, sweet treats or an afternoon snack, but did you know that there lie 4 donut places in Boca worthy of taking a gander? Truthfully, these places undeniably put America's best-known donut shops on the back burner, and for good reason; craft donuts have become an ever-increasing trend among the U.S. and more people are doing extensive research into finding the best donut around. If you're a Boca native, these best 4 places in our beloved city deserve a place in your heart (or stomach.)

Parlour Vegan Bakery

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Anyone who is familiar with this place knows its specialty in fine vegan foods. Parlour specializes in making vegan food DELICIOUS and it is. Ranging from a menu of their city-famous empanadas, chocolate chip cookie dough cookies, Jamaican "beef" patties, and an assortment of lattes and teas, this place also serves up some of the best donuts in Boca Raton. With their seasonal selection of flavors, Parlour makes sure never to skimp on flavor despite its lack of sinful components. The "Chocolate Glazed Donut" alone is worth coming for. Being a gluten-free...

New York Pizza in Boca Raton | Where To Get A Slice of New York Pizza in Boca

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As long as you are not from Chicago, chances are when someone says “pizza” you think of a beautiful thin crust, marinara, and mozzarella masterpiece. A big heavenly slice from a New York “pie,” as they are want to call them up north. South Florida, especially Boca Raton, is often referred to by New Yorkers as “the sixth borough” (for the uninitiated, it’s one after the five boroughs of New York City: Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island). We’re not saying that every Boca Raton pizzeria will have the most authentic slice, but you certainly stand a better chance of finding New York pizza in Boca than Dubuque! Below are our top picks for where the line between Boca Raton pizza and New York pizza begins to blur.

Manhattan Joe’s Pizzeria 

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  • 1901 NW 2nd Avenue
  • Boca Raton, FL 33432
  • (561) 931-2959

Serving three locations in Palm Beach County, Manhattan’s Joe’s East Boca location will be the closest for those in Boca proper. With slices with the right amount of oil, giant pizza ovens, and a happy clientele of former New Yorkers, you know you’re in the right spot for an authentic slice of New York pizza in Boca!

TOMASSO’S PIZZA & SUBS 

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The Best Ice Cream In Boca | Ice Cream Near Me

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The summers in Boca (and South Florida as a whole) are no doubt unbearably hot. Many locals here in the area retreat to the beaches to cool down when those temperatures rise. For those looking for a tasty escape from the humidity and sweltering heat, Boca Raton has some hidden treasures among its city limits that are undoubtedly worth checking out. When the beaches are not a viable option, or you're just not feeling up to sandy cheeks and sunburns, some of the best ice cream shops in Boca can be a sweet option for escaping the heat. It's no surprise that ice creameries are raising in popularity here in Boca Raton. And with the college community a doorstep away, the city has become home to some delicious local ice cream shops, crafted by determined locals.

  Whit's Frozen Custard

whits frozen custard in cupWith its bubbly signage and its family-owned name, Whit's has a tale worthy of admiration. Opening their first ice cream shop in Columbus, Ohio, ironically during the winter, the locals in Ohio wondered if it would last. Despite the doubt, they went on to prosper--becoming one of the most successful ice creameries in over 10 states in the U.S. Their passion is heavily noticeable, as they consistently churn their "Flavor of the Week", chocolate, and vanilla flavors all day long--allowing its customers to walk away with a freshly made, sweet treat for summer. In addition to their flavor of the week,...

5 Boca Based Nonprofits To Support | Boca Raton Nonprofits

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Nonprofit organizations are some of the best ways to support your local community. Here in Boca Raton, nonprofits certainly do not fall short. In fact, Boca is home to over 40+ non-profit organizations, giving the city a substantial foothold in the giving community. Supporting these organizations is a worthy cause and most people find that when they give, they get back. Boca Raton homeowners have been some of the kindest and most generous citizens anywhere, and our wide complement of nonprofits show it. These 5 Boca non-profits are some of the best organizations to give to, working tirelessly to help build a better community. Your donations, time, and effort don’t just benefit you, but they benefit others…and that’s what it’s all about.

Child Rescue Coalition

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Bagels In Boca | Where To Get The Best Bagels In Boca Raton

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Boca Bagel Bar & Deli

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The family-owned Boca Bagel Bar & Deli is one of the most known and visited bagel spots in Boca Raton. Their Jersey-style food offerings are brought to the fore by over 35 years of deli experience. They're serious about their commitment to quality, using only Boar's Head meats, and bagels baked in-house.

Flakowitz Bagel Inn

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The Boynton Beach location of this famous Jewish deli was featured on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives - for good reason. This traditional, old-school Jewish-style deli menu features classics like matzo ball soup, pastrami sandwiches, babka, and Mandel bread. For a taste of Brooklyn right here in Boca, don't take our word for it, take Chef Fieri's!

Lox N Bagel

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The Ultimate Guide To Museums and Art Galleries In Boca Raton

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Boca Raton may be better known for its beautiful beaches and luxury condos, but our curation of culture doesn't start with the sand and end with our nightlife and fine dining scene. While Florida may be one of the youngest states on the Eastern seaboard, bereft of our colonial and revolutionary history, there's still much to see and learn about our beautiful state and city. We've compiled an exhaustive list of many of the best museums and art galleries in Boca Raton, with the hope of encouraging more of you to spend a day enjoying the finer side of Boca from a different lens. 

Sports Immortals Museum

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This lauded sports memorabilia museum resides in an innocuous rectangular building on North U.S. 1 in Boca Raton. Founded and curated by real estate developer Joel Platt, the Sports Immortals Museum features an incredible array of collectibles on display from his private collection. These include pieces such as the history Honus Wagner T206 baseball card, game-used material from turn of the century sporting legend Jim Thorpe, and Satchel Paige's jersey from his days in the negro leagues of baseball. For Platt, this is as much a celebration of the connection between sports and the human spirit, as it is a showcase of truly valuable one-of-a-kind material.

Fogelman Sports Museum

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Taco Tuesday! | Where To Get The Best Tacos In Boca Raton

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South Florida may be better known for its the Caribbean and South American influences, but no flavor isn't covered by the Boca Raton lifestyle. Whether looking for provincial Mexican cuisine or the best taco and margarita special in town, see some of the very best tacos in Boca Raton with our list below!

Baja Cantinaplate of 3 steak tacos

Like its namesake, Baja Cantina specializes in the grab-and-go SoCal twist on Mexican cuisine. This casually decorated Boca Raton Mexican restaurant features affordably priced appetizers, margaritas, and a wide array of classic menu options. In addition to their delicious selection of tacos, Baja Cantina isn't shy about their burritos, enchiladas, and chimichangas.

Senor Burrito

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Senor Burrito has Delray Beach and Boca Raton locations, with a decently sized menu featuring unique favorites not found everywhere - like their Mole Verde Dinner and Puntas Passila. Aside from their delectable entrees, Senor Burrito makes its presence known with its many burrito options, featuring mole, ranchero, vegan friendly, and pasilla pepper sauces. Their use of smoke flavors, chorizo, and poblano (pasilla) peppers distinguishes...

4 Ways To Reduce Your Power Bill This Summer | Summer In Boca Raton

4 ways to reduce your power bill this summer

The Summer is in full swing here in Boca Raton. No matter how long you've lived in your Boca home, there's always something new to learn from the experts and your neighbors alike when it comes to saving on your power bill. People moving to Boca Raton should know that cooling occupies a massive part of our power bill, even in the fall and winter months. To save on your power bill this summer, try these quick and easy tactics that make a big difference. 

 Keep Air Flowing and Sunlight At Bay

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These are really two tips in one, but we're feeling generous. Airflow is crucial to keeping the heat off your cooling unit. Remember, your A/C/ has the responsibility to circulate cool air throughout the room until it detects the proper temperature has been reached. Ceiling, box and oscillating fans are among the most efficient appliances in your Boca Raton home, always providing more relief to your central A/C (and your family) than it could ever cost on your power bill.

You'd be surprised how much basic sunlight can heat a room, even when not shining directly through the glass. Part 2 of keeping your room cool is to maintain a healthy balance with sunlight. We're not suggesting turning your home into a dungeon, but simple solutions like temporary blackout curtains or removable window tint.

Get to Know Indoor Plants

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4 Beautiful Date Night Spots In Boca Raton | Date Night In Boca

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When you're a local living in Boca Raton, you know date night has a bit more luster than it may in most other places. Our beautiful city is unmatched by many in ocean access, natural splendor, luxury living, and accessibility. Whether it's a candlelit dinner on the waterfront or a night out with tapas & cocktails, Boca Raton offers a little bit of everything for you and your special someone to enjoy. With year-round sunshine and so much to do, here are a few of the best date night spots in Boca Raton, among many more. 

Tanzy

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Tanzy cites its inspiration as the coastal towns and rocky shoals that populate the shores of Italy. Tanzy adeptly meshes traditional and classic flavors with a modern flair, avoiding the pitfall of trying too hard to make something new. Located at Mizner Park, Tanzy pairs perfectly with iPic, located adjacently, with gift cards and perks applying to both locations. You won't find a better option for that classic dinner-and-a-movie date night in Boca Raton.

The Rebel House

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The Rebel House was recently purchased and taken over by Chef Eric Baker, who brought...

The Best Vegan And Vegetarian Food In Boca Raton

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South Florida has always been a health-centric area of the country. With so many people moving to Boca Raton - particularly near the waterfront, living and looking out is just another part of our routine. best Plant-based cuisine has seen a rapid rise worldwide in the last decade. While always an undercurrent of our culture, the powerful information available and an abundance of vegan restaurants have given plant-based living exponential growth. It's not just rabbit food and a hippie diet anymore, and this incredible vegan and vegetarian restaurant in Boca Raton will show you what you're missing!

Parlour Vegan Bakery

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Parlour Vegan Bakery is one of the earliest and most enduring names in the South Florida vegan scene. With locations in Plantation and our very own Royal Palm Place, they've seen a steady growth from their initial perception as a cupcake and doughnut hotspot. Parlour Vegan Bakery also features delicious lattes, sandwiches, empanadas, and more! Their countertop is loaded with delicious sweet treats and savory options to balance it all out - all served with their handmade sauces.

Raw Addiction

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Raw Addiction is a multiple franchise location owned by family man Saifur Rahman, who after deepening his responsibilities as a father and adult,...

5 Celebrities Who Call Boca Raton Home

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Boca Raton may not have the same celebrity luster as Miami Beach, but it's shimmering sands and elegant, winding neighborhoods make it a go-to destination for the rich, famous, and influential. Here are 5 of the most notable celebrities who call Boca Raton home.

JOZY ALTIDORE

Jozy Altidore is another local legend who's seen their reach extend from our beautiful Boca Raton neighborhoods to the global stage. Getting his feet wet (or grassy) during his childhood in our town. Born to a family of Haitian immigrants, Altidore's first professional goal came at age 16, well in advance of his high school diploma. Since then, Altidore has represented Boca Raton, South Florida, and our great nation in multiple FIFA World Cups.

Adam Sandler

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Adam Sandler had one of the greatest runs in comedy film of all time, beginning with his golden era films like The Waterboy, Happy Gilmore, and Billy Madison. Every 90's kid remembers the hyperactive, almost-surreal comedy romps that Sandler brought to the silver screen. For his hard work, he's made up residence in Boca Raton, counting himself among our large local Jewish population.

Ariana Grande

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Cinco de Mayo 2021 | Cinco de Mayo Events In Boca

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Cinco de Mayo is back! After losing our Spring and Summer to the tragic conditions of the pandemic, 2021 has left us with a yearning to spend more time together and celebrate life. May 5th, or as it's known to most of us, Cinco de Mayo in Boca Raton is a blast to enjoy. Here are some of the best Cinco de Mayo events in Boca Raton, specials, and places to party.

Cinco de Drinko

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Crazy Uncle Mike's is planning an all-day Cinco de Mayo festival beginning at 3 PM. Festivities include an all-day performance by DJ Gio Black, margarita specials, and an exclusive all you can drink and VIP passes.

Cinco de Mayo at Naked Taco

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Located at The Promenade of Coconut Creek, Naked Taco plans on opening an Uptown Boca location soon, but for now, is just a short ride away. Like most Cinco special events, this one includes margarita deals, taco specials, live entertainment, and special swag for each guest.

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Mother's Day In Boca Raton | What To Do For Mother's Day

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Our mothers brought us into the world, and serve as the bedrock of our community. Communities thrive when families are healthy, and it all begins with mom. Every day we're given an opportunity to honor our loved ones and show them our gratitude, but on Mother's Day, we truly slow down and give thanks. This Mother's Day in Boca Raton, check out the many Mother's Day events in store, starting with the few we've listed below.

Eat Better, Live Better 5K

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For health-conscious families looking for something exciting and energizing, check out the Eat Better, Live Better 5K taking place at South County Regional Park. After a year as difficult as 2020, We're all paying more attention to our daily health. For a fresh take on Mother's Day in Boca Raton, get a run on before Mother's Day brunch!

Mother's Day at The Capital Grille

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The Capital Grille is a renowned Boca Raton restaurant to visit any day. However, this Mother's Day might be the year you whisk mom away to the Capital Grille. The Capital Grille will open early on...

May Events In Boca Raton | What To Do In Boca This May

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May is the cusp of summer, and here in Boca, the community prides itself on summer fun. Beaches, bars, exotic wildlife, and luxury nightlife are some of the common elements found in the city; but for people looking to indulge in a more relaxed setting, these May events in Boca may be exactly what you are looking for. COVID may have disrupted our normalcy, but these local Boca Raton area events will be sure to sate the desire to escape, and what better way than right in your own city?

Music in the Museum

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The Boca Raton Museum of Art is a prestigious establishment in the heart of downtown. The Boca Raton community thrives on its eclectic choice of architecture—ranging from old-world Spanish flair, modern minimalism, along with the flagship pastel colors adorning the homes. Art is a big deal in South Florida, and Boca Raton is no stranger to its impervious charm. The Boca Museum of Art has been providing its locals with modern and worldwide art for over 70 years. The tasteful selections of art on display allow its visitors to decompress as they peruse its beautiful pieces; however, on May 23 from 3-4 pm, the museum will be holding its “Music in the Museum” showcase. This May event is a must-see; the Brio Quartet will be performing selections from Tchaikovsky to Beethoven. As you walk the corridors of the museum, you will be serenaded with the awesome talent of Marina Lenau, David Pedraza, and Aziz...