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    Halloween Happenings in Boca Raton

    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!

    1. 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!
    2. 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!
    3. 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!
    4. 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!
    5. 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!

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    How to Choose Your Ride in Boca Raton

    Planes, trains and automobiles and yes limousines — getting to and from Boca Raton should be the least of your worries. When planning your trip to one of South Florida’s most exclusive destinations a little guidance is in order. Traveling by air can always be a tad stressful, but with three major airports surrounding the Boca area, your options are much greater and easier to navigate. The toughest part of a travel day is the transportation to the airport but with the info below, your travel day should be as easy as 1..2..3..

     

     

    Boca Raton has a plethora of private car and limousine services available all around town. Arrive in style or make a casual get away with the many choices that are available in the city. Avanti Limousine Service, Boca Lux Limo, Black Pearl Limousine and A1A Limo are some of the excellent local companies — just to name a few— bringing you to and from any of the major airports, Miami, West Palm or pretty much anywhere else you’d like to go. You can set up your service by calling or emailing the agency of your choice, a quick google search will give you even more to choose from. Have your flight info ready if you need an airport pick up or your destination available for an immediate price quote when you arrange your ride.

    Another great option is Lyft or Uber — not too much needs to be said about these on demand services. A convenient, affordable option to a private car service. All you need is a smartphone and about a three minute notice before scheduling a car on one of these awesome apps. Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach international airports all have designated pick up locations for both Lyft and Uber available — making it a super simple way to get to and from the tarmac at the ease of your fingertips.

    If you are more of a traditional soul, taxi services are also available in #SoooBoca on demand. Not as reliable as the aforementioned, but still an option nonetheless. If big yellow cars do it for you, 1-800-TaxiCab are the digits you will want to dial.

    And of course with your good looks and great personality you may even be able to score a ride around Boca Raton from a good friend or family member. But remember please be sure to tip and say please and thank you!

    The #SoooBoca Squad

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    Florida Keys Hurricane Irma Benefit Concert

     

    Hurricane Irma devastated the Florida Keys leaving tens of thousands without shelter, water, fuel, food and basic toiletries.

    #SoooBoca is part of the team putting this fundraising event together as we have enjoyed the Florida Keys for many years. Our hearts go out to our friends there and we are here to help in any way that we can.

    25% of all homes are now uninhabitable, 60% damaged, hundreds of businesses destroyed. Our friends in the Florida Keys are going to be without power, water, employment for an extended period of time.

    As Floridians always do, we band together to help our own.

    On Thursday, September 28th, Lisa Walsh, owner of Tim Finnegan’s in Delray Beach along with an dedicated committee of local leaders and volunteers will be hosting the “Benefit Concert For The Florida Keys”, benefiting victims of Hurricane Irma.

    During the event, starting 6pm through 10pm attendees donating $20.00 will receive 1 free well drink ( Or domestic beer and wine ), discounted food, an amazing gourmet dessert bar filled with exotic treats from South Florida’s top restaurants and caterers, and a live concert featuring one of Florida’s favorite bands, 33 Years along with our headliner, legendary Florida band and recording artists “The Joe Cotton Band”.

    There will be guest celebrity Emcee’s, comics and some really fun surprises during the course of the event!

    In addition we ask that your bring one of the following to donate: paper plates, toilet paper, plastic utensils, garbage bags, toilet paper, batteries, flashlights, diapers, neosporin, bandaids, bug spray.

    100% of the funds raised will go direct to aiding Florida Keys victims of Hurricane Irma as our hurricane relief committee is working direct with law enforcement and civic groups in the Keys to get aid directly where it is most impactful and most needed.

    Our community needs us now more than ever, and you can make a difference by joining us for this benefit concert!

    Ticket Purchase

    Can’t attend but still want to donate to help Florida Keys residents affected by Irma? Please donate to our GoFundMe campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/florida-keys-hurricane-relief-fund

    For more information on the event or to learn about sponsorship opportunities email: benefitforthekeys@gmail.com

    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,

    Lisa Walsh
    Michele Bellisari
    Linda Somers
    Bob Wieder
    Gregg Weiss
    Steve Martel
    Paula Tolly

     

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    #SoooBoca Women in Biz

    Time For Motivation, Inspiration and Some Girl Talk – WEX Women Empower Expo 2017

    #SoooBoca has partnered with the Women Empower Expo (@WomenEmpowerX) this year as an influencer and we will be attending their annual event #WEXFTL on Saturday, Oct. 7th and we want to invite you to join! We were there last year and it was simply fantastic! 

    Women supporting women is a beautiful thing and will create waves of change! Change is a good thing and something we can always count on in life.

    As women in business together as a family and also as solopreneurs we understand the need to have a trusted group of savvy and smart women that we can be a part of.  Here is the best part…if you would like to go grab your ticket and and use the code we have for your to get 10% off!

    Here is the 4-1-1 for the day:

    WEX is a one-day event from 10am to 5pm filled with workshops, panels, breakout sessions, a pitch competition, networking lounge, woman-owned marketplace, author book signing, yoga classes and much more. The mission for all of their events is to empower, educate and equip women entrepreneurs with the knowledge, tools and community to create and grow successful businesses. 

    We are very excited to have the founder of the event Alexa Carlin to be a guest on an upcoming vlog and podcast so stay “tuned” for where to listen “Live” and the date and time of that airing! 

    Grab your ticket at bit.ly/wexftl
    Use code: WEXInfluencer for 10% off! 

    If you are starting your own business or growing your current business there is no better place to be in October then in Ft. Lauderdale at the WEXFTL event on October 7th. If you see us (we will have our #SoooBoca gear on) please say hello so we can do a #SoooBocaSelfie with you! We hope to see you there! 

    xo The #SoooBoca Squad

     

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    Hurricane Irma Tips & Preparation

    Boca Raton City Residents 

    Don’t forget to be neighborly folks… everyone is under stress. Check on the neighbors on each side of you before and after the storm. If there are any senior citizens in your neighborhood please check on them to make sure they are okay. Who is the point person or persons in your community? This is a great time to join www.Nextdoor.com to stay in touch with and get updates in your neighbors.

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    Public Safety Alerts: Opt In & Sign Up Before the Next Named Storm

    CodeRED sign up Newsflash

    In the event of a hurricane or serious emergency, the City’s communication team will keep you updated with public safety alerts. Messaging may include information about city services, available resources and evacuations.

    When Hurricane Matthew threatened South Florida last September, the City sent a Code Red alert message to subscribed Boca Raton residents letting them know when the Emergency Operations Center was activated. Once activated, the City and the Police Department worked together to provide updates on Twitter, Facebook and Nixle. The Citizens Information Center (CIC) opened and began taking calls from residents and providing support and assistance. Boca Raton’s CIC is staffed with volunteers who are available to answer calls before, during and after the storm.

    This year, residents have an additional opportunity for communication and information through AlertPBC. AlertPBC is a Palm Beach County Emergency Notification system that provides all County updates, in addition to City updates. AlertPBC may be especially beneficial for those who live in Boca Raton and work elsewhere in the County, or vice versa.

    Getting the right information to the right people at the right time allows individuals to make informed decisions for themselves, their families and their businesses. To stay connected before, during and after a storm, be sure to sign up and opt in to receive public safety alerts.

    1. Text your zip code to 888777 to receive Nixle public safety alerts from the Boca Raton Police Department.
    2. Sign up for Code Red to receive emergency alerts for City residents from the City of Boca Raton.
    3. Sign up for AlertPBC to receive Palm Beach County alerts that include Boca Raton alerts and other cities you choose.
    4. Follow the City of Boca Raton on Facebook & Twitter.

    Visit our Hurricane Information page for Hurricane Planning Guide, videos and other resources.

    Courtesy: City of Boca Raton Website

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    Plan and prepare for the storm and receive important emergency information.

    Check out PBC DART, the free Palm Beach County Emergency app for Android and iOS.

    App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pbc-dart/id526473189?mt=8

    Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th with the peak period from early August through the end of October. Although
    the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting a below-normal hurricane season this year,
    they also caution that coastal areas may not have it all that easy. According to a comment made by the Federal Emergency Management
    Agency’s (FEMA’s) Deputy Administrator, Joseph Nimmich, “It only takes one hurricane or tropical storm making landfall in your community
    to significantly disrupt your life!” As part of our Hurricane Preparedness Kit, here are several tips that homeowners and renters can take before a hurricane strikes:

    1. Have a basic emergency kit, which includes battery-powered radios, flashlights,
    water, non-perishable food, a first-aid kit and prescription medications.

    2. Keep a written list in a plastic bag of important phone numbers. This can include numbers of family members
    in other states, local emergency management and shelters, hospitals, your homeowner’s insurance rep. or for renters,
    the landlord or property manager.

    3. From very early on, homeowners should verify their property insurance to see how much coverage they have,
    and if necessary, increase coverage especially for personal property. Renters should obtain renters insurance on their
    personal belongings.

    4. Know your evacuation route, have alternative living arrangements and keep your car fueled should an evacuation
    be necessary. Storing extra cans of gasoline in a safe place is also a plus.

    5. Homeowners should make sure that there are storm shutters to cover all windows and sliding glass doors. If
    you cannot install them, make sure you have someone lined up early who can complete the installation.

    6. Renters should review their lease to verify who is responsible for installing storm shutters. If you are responsible
    for the installation of the shutters, make sure you know where they are located and verify that there are sufficient
    shutters to cover all glass windows and doors.

    7. Have surge protectors on all major appliances, televisions, computers and other major electronic equipment.
    Also, generators are excellent for diminishing the damage that can result from abrupt power outages.

    8. Secure or remove potential windborne objects around the home such as garbage cans, barbecue grills, yard furniture
    and kids’ outdoor toys.

    9. Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.

    10. Determine how and where to secure your boat, RV, and additional vehicles. There are also a number of online resources you can
    visit, including the National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.govFEMA , and Palm Beach County Emergency Management

    PAGE INFO PROVIDED BY TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS IN SUPPORT OF THE REALTORS OF ST. LUCIE COUNTY 2016

    This is for information purposes only. Please rely on city, county, state and federal information on official websites for any hurricane related updates.

  • #SoooBoca, BUZZ AROUND TOWN, BUZZ IN DOWNTOWN BOCA

    Boca Raton’s Top Ten Dog Days of Summer Must Do’s!

    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!

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    Dine in Deerfield Beach – It’s As Easy as Oceans 234

    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.

    Oceans 234

    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

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    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.
    OCEANS 234

    234 North Ocean Boulevard,

    Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

    Phone. 954-428-2539

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    Who We Are:

    Michele Bee – www.thebellisarigroup.com   Instagram

    An award winning Realtor with RE/Max based in Boca Raton, servicing South Florida buyers and sellers including seniors moving, probate property sales and divorce transitions. I am social media maven and love to show real estate agents and business owners how to make their business “buzz” via Facebook and Instagram posts and videos (especially if they are on a shoe string budget) to market and brand their biz.  Graduate of the University of Florida, College of Journalism with a degree in Advertising.

    Kylie B –  www.ohmyitskye.com   Instagram

    I’m Kye a 20-something year old blogger who has been flying the friendly skies for the last three years and backpacking to cover as much of this beautiful earth as possible. I am up to 27 countries by independent travel and close to 15 more through my job as a flight attendant! I’m an adventure seeker and love getting the nitty gritty of a city. I’m happiest when I’m on the road eating and learning about the places I visit! Follow me along my journey and ask questions along the way! If you like what you’re reading be sure to leave a  comment or drop in on my contact page to send me a private message! I’m happy to answer any traveling questions you may have! Graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, Hospitality.

    Alle – www.hallealessia.com   Instagram 

    I am Halle Bellisari – owner and creator of Halle Alessia Photography. I am a natural light portrait, wedding, and lifestyle photographer based in Southeast and Southwest Florida. Photography has allowed me to focus on captivating the life we live through the soul of my subjects. I adore helping folks free their mind and express themselves through my photos as I capture the true art of observation. Always inspired by life and the ever-changing disposition that comes with each day, my excitement continues to flourish. I am enchanted to grow this bright, bold, and blooming passion of mine. I hope, with me, you are able to explore the light and love of my photo journey! Lets Chat! Graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, Public Relations.

     

    Oceans 234 hosted #SoooBoca for the tasting and our meal was free of charge.