HO HO HO and Happy Holidays! Lets get this Season started!
#SoooBoca’s Five in the Hive +++ list for fun events around beautiful Boca Raton this holiday season!
For those of you “new” to Boca, after the tree lighting at Mizner Park, the annual street parade is a great kick off to holiday season festivities!
The 47th Annual Holiday Street Parade in Downtown Boca is fun for all ages! It is truly a community gathering and a great time to see friends you have not seen all year! The theme this year is“Light Up Boca,”and is on Wednesday, December 6 from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The parade will move from SE 5th Street to North Mizner Park Boulevard with grandstand viewing at Sanborn Square. Definitely take advantage of Round the Town to pick you up and drop you off!
The 41st Annual Intracoastal Boca Raton Boat Parade is on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 6:30 -8:00. This is a city sponsored event that starts at the C-15 canal which is on the Boca/Delray border. Boats, dinghies and yachts travel south towards the Hillsboro Bridge and then turn around and come back. It is a winter wonderland of lights, laughter and very unique to our South Florida holiday traditions.
If you want to enter the parade it is FREE so click on the link and check out when the captains meeting is. By the way…did you know there is $10,000.00 is cash and prizes to be won in a variety of different categories? So get your kayak ready to go peeps! Let the decorating begin!
There are three designated viewing areas at Red Reef Park, Silver Palm Park and The Wildflower Property and The City of Boca Raton will also be collecting new, unwrapped toys to benefit Toys for Tots at these areas.
The following Intracoastal bridges will be closed to vehicle traffic for approximately 45 minutes each as follows:
Although the main factory is in Lake Worth, Hoffmans Chocolates is an “old Boca” fan fave so here is something for all the chocoholics out there and of course the amazing Hoffmans Chocolates has their 27th Annual Winter Wonderland happening now until December 30th and Chanukah Menorah Lighting on December 12th. All of which is FREE to the public. Plus if you love ice skating check out Panthers in Palm Beach in the parking lot at Hoffmans (there is a fee). Fun fact…Hoffmans has been a chocolate lovers staple in our area since 1975.
Holiday Fun-Tacular hits the town December 22 – January 6th at Sugar Sand Park so check out all the activities that will be happening during school break! Classes, shows, art plus the Explorium Winter Break Blast to keep the kids entertained and parents can keep their sanity:)
Don’t work yourself up about slaving away for this years Thanksgiving dinner because #SoooBoca has some great suggestions for you! Have you thought about shaking up your traditions a bit and dining out in Downtown Boca? Or at a historic venue? Or just something completely different? Lets face it we love our holiday traditions but even we like to shake up the otherwise generic family ritual!
You (and your kitchen) are not the only ones serving up turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes this holiday season. Try a twist on the classic tradition with this weeks “Five in the Hive” and then some for a yummy foodie faves for your Thanksgiving Day meal! Make your reservations now, no clean up required.
Enjoy Thanksgiving like a true local and dine out on the water at the Boca Landing Restaurant under the watchful eye of Chef Mixon at the Waterstone Resort & Marina. The Three Course Prix Fixe menu will be offered from 3pm until 9pm — it’ll be the first time in years that your uncle isn’t picking at the turkey before its ready. The views of Lake Boca will put you in the holiday spirit…that is until you see the dessert course which looks spectacular!
Looking for a wholesome meal in central Boca to share with the family on Thursday, make your reso’s at The Farmers Table! No need to worry about over indulging at the Farmers Table everything is made from the highest quality and proper portion size, don’t count on a food coma with this meal! From farm to table including dining in or pick up…but get your orders in by Friday November 17th!
Looking for a fabulous kosher option this year…then head to Thanksgiving dinner at Ditmas. Their Prix Fixe menu will have seatings available at 4:30, 6:00 and 7:30pm. A perfect family spot that serves up gourmet food (no dairy, no shellfish and no pork) that will leave you craving these fabulous dishes when you wake up to go shopping on Black Friday!
Be surrounded by Boca’s infamous pink buildings and dine in at Max’s Grille for their homemade Thanksgiving dinner. Max’s Grille is open on this prolific Thursday for the first time in twenty-six years. Show this long time Boca favorite some love and try out their heavenly holiday menu — then please retreat to your regularly scheduled programming and a glass of champagne!
If you still want to eat at home but cooking is stressing you out — take out may be on your horizon. Oceans 234 has it taken care of — feed up to eight people with a five pound turkey, three sides and a dessert — but don’t let that stop you add on even more options if you’d like to glam it up a bit! Burn a little garlic on the stovetop before your guests arrive and voila smells like you’ve been slaving away all day! PS…see our #SoooBoca review from this summer!
#SoooBoca Bonus! Dine among the 100 year old banyan trees at the Thanksgiving Feast at the historic Addison of Boca Raton right off of Camino in east Boca. There is something for everyone from adults to the kids including an amazing Five Star Diamond Award winning catered buffet. Make your reservations now at this popular venue!
From our home to yours no matter where you decide to eat, entertain and have a thankful day off the #SoooBoca squad wishes you a wonderfully warm and relaxing Thanksgiving Day holiday and long weekend.
PS…here is a parting thought you might be thankful for too…get a basket or an ice bucket and throw your cell phones in it for the duration of your dinner. You can thank us later!
Please note you must confirm details, time and items available for pick up and any reservation information as info in this post is reliable but not guaranteed.
As we roll into the autumn months and Halloween we pray that the summer humidity will begin to dissipate, it’s the perfect time to start ticking off all the seasonal activities from your checklist! Pumpkin patches, costume parties and of course fall flavored everything. Sit back relax and enjoy the hard cider because we have done all the hard work for you! Check out our top picks for this weeks five in the hive!
You can’t properly celebrate the month of October without picking out the perfect pumpkin. Check out Benders Farm Fresh Market, Saint Ambrose, First United Methodist Church or one of the many other pumpkin providers this October season! Try your hand at the corn maze, take a festive hayride and pig out on holiday treats all right here in our favorite city! Don’t worry if you can’t make it to a patch during the weekend — most pumpkin patches in boca will be operating all week long, you’ll have plenty of time to get your sweet fall fix!
Try to go unnoticed while creeping your way through Enigma Haunt. This scarier than life haunted house will have chills running down your spine, as you dodge through all three of their haunted house adventures! Grab your pals and try not to scream — see how fast you can make it out before the creepy crawlies come for you!
Round the troops and head to Sugar Sand Park for their 13th Annual Shriek Week! A perfect event for the entire family, with a little thrill and a lot of chill! Get a sneak peak at the spooky film festival, take a stroll down the trick or treat trail, pop into the not so haunted house and see how long you can tame a boa constrictor. Shriek Week will have you and your family cracking up all night long!
Artists and paintings will be overflowing the room on Hallows Eve at Tanzy’s Halloween Happy Hour. Dress up as your favorite piece of art and dive head first into a fun evening of costumes and cocktails. Door prizes will be available for the best solo and group costumes and proceeds will benefit the Museum’s Field Trip Fund for schools that are underserved! A great cause and a cultural night — you may just learn a little more history than you bargained for!
Get spooktacular during Halloween at the Addison — this lavish party will be alive and well all night long! Delve in delicious halloween themed cocktails and tasty bites but not before you experience the haunted rooms throughout the Addison. Don’t be fooled thought, this trick certainly comes with a big treat — benefits will go directly to Slow Burn Theatre Co. a not for profit theatre company right here in South Florida!
#SoooBoca is simply filled with fabulous events around town for you to get your “shriek” or decorate your home with pumpkins! Happy Halloween everyone!
As summer in Boca Raton slowly comes to a close it doesn’t mean you have to pack up your backpack and hide away your swimsuits! There are a ton of cool things to do around town to wrap up your summer break in style! Here are #SoooBoca’s Top Summer Picks for staying cool in August!
Take a step into time and check out one of Boca’s oldest landmarks — the original City Hall where you can find the Boca Raton Historical Society. Built in 1927 this long standing building has seen #SoooBoca grow into one of South Florida’s largest and most popular travel destinations. Between the hours of 10am and 4pm you can catch a guided tour around the hall or you can explore on your own. Curious about the history of not only Boca but IBM…the rooms are full of fun facts and history changing items for you to learn from and see. This sweet piece of history is a prize possession among locals. By the way…if you love wine and food the Boca Bacchanal is one of the Historical Society’s signature events!
Weekends in Mizner Park are always a blast thanks especially with the variety of events always happenin’ in this popular downtown hot spot! Grab a drink with your posse around the park or bring the family down for a night that all can enjoy. This family friendly atmosphere is a great way to shake up the usual summer routine!
Keeping it within the Downtown Boca family make sure to stop by the Boca Raton Museum — with a beautiful mix of visual and fine arts you can stroll these gallery’s all day, while finding something new at every corner! Lose yourself in the art and sculpture while visiting this gem — daily tours are available so get your Picasso on! And don’t forget about the Boca Childrens Museum the states first kids museum with tons of classes and events throughout the year!
If you prefer to spend a bit of time in nature be sure to check out Boca Raton’s most impressive nature trails and rehabilitation center for sea turtle. Gumbo Limbo has been a proud resident of Boca Raton for over three decades and is an important part of the community! Get up close and personal with many plants and marine life — you can even take a night tour to try and sneak a peek at the mama turtles leaving their nests in hopes of plentiful hatchlings. Feeling like you want to adopt a turtle? Well have it with the Adopt a Sea Turtle program!
You don’t have to take the treacherous hike up to mouse town in order to get a little water park thrills out of your system! Right up the road Coconut Cove Waterpark is the perfect spot to splash around and get a few butterflies in your tummy. This park offers a full interactive water playground, lazy river and four giant water slides. Plus a full concession and meeting rooms!
A stop by the newly renovated Sugar Sand Park should be high up on your list of summer to-do’s, this one of a kind program not only is a ton of fun for the kids but it is full of education, sporting areas and rent-able pavilions. The carousel is a fun spot for a photo shoot and see if you can out run a cheetah on the playground! Make your summer complete and invite all of your friends to the park for an end of the summer Hooray!
Travel to a different country right before your eyes by visiting a local favorite — Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Take a stroll among the Roji-en and admire the beautiful gardens, grab a bite to eat or gawk at the lovely galleries and spend your day immersed in a culture that is truly connected to South Florida! Don’t forget the amazing events like Sushi and Stroll and the Lantern Festival during the year.
For a fun and different cinema experience iPic is a great way to enjoy the newest flicks in style! Grab a tub of popcorn and a glass of wine or upgrade to the full service experience and relax in style! Big cushy recliners are the perfect way to make you feel right at home while you are waited on hand and foot! Not taking in a movie but the kids are…or maybe you just want to meet friends for brunch…check out Tanzy for a full out fabulous dining experience. Something for everyone!
For a more adult concert extravaganza you can pop on over to the Funky Biscuit! This cool bar/venue has been jamming out around Boca for years and is always a fun spot to meet your friends! Grab a drink, unwind and listen to the songs of the evening. The “biscuit” has the traditional to the eclectic in its repertoire of revolving talent whether at happy hour or a full out concert experience this is truly a “gem” in Downtown Boca at Royal Palm Plaza.
And when it is just too hot to be outside run on over to Town Center mall grab a few new items and relax in Boca Raton’s true Allison in Wonderland playground! World class shopping, restaurants not to mention some epic people watching. From the big boys like Nordstrom and Bloomies to the fan faves like Lilly Pulitzer and Urban Outfitters there truly is something for everyone at “the mall”.
The end of summer doesn’t have to be a drag — as you might have guessed already, Boca Raton is our favorite city and we think you should explore as much of it as you can! Pop over to your favorite local spots and enjoy the dog days of summer in our beautiful city! Do you have a must go to spot in Boca? Send us a message on our SoooBoca page! We’d love to hear where and what your your favorite end of summer activities are in #SoooBoca! Leave us a line below!
If there is one thing you need to know about the #SoooBoca girls (Alle, Kylie and Michele Bee) — it is that we are serious about our food. We are the queens of dining out and being that there are three of us we split everything! We recently had the pleasure of being invited to experience a private chef tasting at one of our favorite restaurants, Oceans 234 for their delicious summer menu and to take a peak at what their newest executive chef William Middleton was up to in the kitchen! And believe us…it is all very, very good!
Now, we know Oceans 234 isn’t technically in the Boca city limits, but honey it might as well be. The proximity between Boca Raton and Oceans 234 is a stones throw away and in our opinion one of the best places to dine beach side locally.
From the moment we stepped into the restaurant it felt like home — the presentation and atmosphere are always appreciated and familiar, yet provokes surprise and delight due to the fabulous decor and of course the ocean views. The hostess was expecting our arrival, and shortly after greeting us the always gracious and lovely Danielle Rosse, owner, came by to give us the down low on their newest summer time items! A mix of fresh and savory choices decorated their summer menu — we opted to try dishes from both menus — because well duh why not!
Sooo let’s be real here, we just had to start the afternoon off right with a succulent round of brightly colored sangria — we decided we just had to try all three so white, pink and red it was! Each glass was refreshing and light and was accompanied by a fragrant flower which was a lovely touch and the perfect compliment to the summer heat, while we were perusing the menus trying to decide which items to order.
If the sangria wasn’t enough to cool us down, Oceans 234 Beverage Coordinator Juan Chacon stopped by to drop off their signature Froze to the table (Frozen Rosè — we mean really?!? Could the day get any better). If you haven’t tried Froze yet you need to literally drop everything your doing and run there — physically sprint because it is the best thing we have ever had…not to mention apparently they were the first restaurant in the area to be serving up this little frozen slice of heaven!
So while we were clinking our glasses and passing around the four signature vino classics we put in a order of Blue Crab Claws — melted in butter with red chili flakes and garlic served with dipping bread … HELLO… how sexy is that.
We also chose the Mezze Platter a trio of hummus, charred baba ganoush and a bright cucumber salad — mostly to set off the amount of butter we were about to consume but also because it was the perfect trio — similar to us 😉 The mezze platter is a modern twist on your tradition greek dips. The baba ganoush was clearly charred to perfection and melted as soon as it hit your lips. We called this one fork to mouth — no pita needed — seriously it was that good.
Last minute we decided to dive into something from the raw bar, with a great recommendation from our server Joe and we ended up trying the Tuna Poke which was totally delicious and aesthetically pleasing. The best part about the poke was the South Florida twist on the Hawaiian classic — instead of serving the poke al a carte or with rice this dish was served up nicely with plantain chips. If you want to know the way to the #SoooBoca girls hearts give us any type of chip for dipping and you’ve got our full attention.
As we munched, talked and sipped, Chef William, Oceans 234 executive chef came out to greet us and answer any questions we had. William is a Florida native, growing up just around the corner from Oceans 234 in Lighthouse Point. He has been in the food scene for over 18 years, he enjoys curating new recipes and is relishing the development of Oceans 234 current menu. As a meat and potatoes guy he suggested we try out their seasonal steak the Cajun’d Ribeye and the Pesto & Tomato Roasted Snapper with zoodles. We were wowed!
The rib-eye was seasoned perfectly and cooked to a warm medium-rare, while the snapper was dotted perfectly with sauce and laid delicately atop the zoodle mountain. Both dishes were hearty yet gentle and extremely elevated. We threw some grilled cauliflower and crispy brussel sprouts in the mix to get our daily dose of vegetables, and trust us when we say this was a delectable choice.
As our meals and cocktails came to a close, it is safe to say we would be waddling out of the restaurant — but just as we were about to pack up our belongings and our full tummys, Joe brought over the dessert menu. Whelp … As you can imagine we did not have enough will power to say no — so two coffees and a blood orange creme brulë later we were in fact, waddling out of Oceans 234, leaving the beautiful beach scene, amazing hospitality and chic restaurant behind us.
What can we say except dining at Oceans 234 was #soooboca delightful — it really is one of our favorite spots to buzz by for lunch, dinner, dessert or just a happy hour with friends. The food is always fresh and excellent, the service is impeccable and the atmosphere on the water is just what the heart desires. Thank you to Danielle Rosse, William Middleton, Juan Chacon, Shanine Dorta, our amazing server Joe and the entire Oceans 234 team for making our day oh sooo very special!
Live, Love and Bee 🐝🐝🐝
The #SoooBoca Girls! xo
This favorite local destination restaurant is located right on the the Atlantic ocean in Deerfield Beach. Minutes from #SoooBoca by the way! Open for lunch, dinner and the happiest of hours. Kitchen closes at 11 pm on Friday and Saturday.
Don't forget to check out Oceans 234 Beach Club membership!
Danielle and her team are community minded and host events throughout the year so check click on the Events tab here to see how you can give back too at one of their seasational events.
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Oceans 234 hosted #SoooBoca for the tasting and our meal was free of charge.
(This shot is from a Boca Beach cam…you can check in, watch the waves and take a break from work from afar at http://video-monitoring.com/beachcams/boca/)
Summer time, summer time, sum sum summertime is here baby! It is time to breath a bit and hit the beaches and boy do we have amazing beaches in #bocaraton. I grew up hanging out at Red Rocks (now Red Reef) and still am amazed at the beauty of our local Boca beaches.
From Spanish River Park to Red Reef to the Palmetto Pavilion and county run (yup) South Beach Inlet at Camino Real there are many choices for diving, snorkeling, fishing, boating and of course simply relaxing and building your dream home ie. the sandcastle. There is even a dog friendly beach up at Spanish River Park!
Hey…I am a local real estate agent who grew up in Boca Raton and am passionate about living, working and yes…playing and promoting all things #SoooBoca! From small businesess to events…you never know when I might “buzz” by and do a Facebook Live moment an Instagram Story or posts on both…you may even see something on Snapchat and YouTube! And yes…I am on Snapchat so to hell with that 35 year old demographic LOL!
I have a degree in Advertising from the University of Florida and have enjoyed successful careers in the consumer health product sector as well as the pharmaceutical world. Licensed since 2003 I work with with both sellers and buyers. I am also a speaker, social media marketer, community leader, mom and wife. By the way…did you know…I am also the creator of #SoooBoca... a place to showcase many of Boca Raton’s fabulous events and businesses.
Video is my thing, so you will probably catch me whipping out my Iphone 6 and taking snippets of my listings, my real estate life and the life that unfolds around me. PS…yes I do have a selfie stick…so there you have it!
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