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Fort Lauderdale: Places to Eat

Situated north of Miami at about half an hour’s drive, Fort Lauderdale is the seat of Broward County in the state of Florida. One of the most desirable places to reside in the Miami metropolitan area, the city is abound with miles and miles of resplendent coastline and an alluring sun beaming throughout the year. Fort Lauderdale is widely known as an all-out travel haven with plenty of rejuvenating patches of greens, classy yet sumptuous dining, with a thrilling bonanza of scintillating experiences and lastly for making wonderful memories.

Places to Eat As per user ratings & reviews.

Mai-Kai Restaurant and Polynesian Show – The restaurant features an exotic decor and has been serving authentic traditional Cantonese and American dishes for almost half a century. Mai-Kai is often referred to as a “historical gem” showcasing the Tiki culture of the 50s, the ‘little hokey’ Polynesian dinner show in Oakland Park an absolute must-do for first timers here. Featuring thatched roof, statues, tiki torches, the entire ambience and decor of the place is reminiscent of a Polynesian village. The extravagant eatery is popular for its grilled steak, and Peking duck amongst other Cantonese seafood. Situated just north of Oakland Park Boulevard on the Federal Highway, should be easy to find!

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Rustic Inn Crabhouse – The aura emanating from this joint despite its impressive size, is that of an authentic crab shack stacked with weathered wood, a sublime nautical decor with the mesmerising water views. Rustic Inn scores incredibly well on its ‘heavy-hitting’ seafood ‘obsessed’ menu, from the jumbo fried fresh shrimp (local favorite) to the Alaskan queen crab legs, complemented amazingly by the crusty buttery potatoes and a wooden mallet. If you happen to get a table on the outside, top it with ice-cold craft beer and the best garlic crabs in town, accompanied with the gorgeous views of the canal.

Southport Raw Bar : A jewel best hidden away, secretly, the Southport Raw Bar beats all other seafood joints ‘hands-down’ in the town. Notable as a family friendly eatery serving just beer and wine, Southport has been around since 1973 and is a definite favourite amongst the locals for its bitter-sweet ‘Old Florida’ feel. Interestingly, a great alternative to this place is Kelly’s Landing, just a half-block south on Cordova Road with its New England seafood and the fried belly (Ipswich) clams. Some great options from Southport’s menu is the smoked fish dip, the Key Lime pie for dessert, the gorgeous cheesesteak and roast pork hoagies as well as the roast pork served on garlic bread with duck sauce.


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Upcoming Events in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

 

Tortuga Music Festival 2017

Tortuga Music Festival 2017, Rock out on the beach in 2017!

1.) APR 7,     Tortuga Music Festival 2017,      Fri 22:30 · Fort Lauderdale Beach Park

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tortuga, Stoopid performs on Sunday April 9th

2.) APR 9,    Slightly Stoopid at Tortuga Music Festival,        Sun 21:30 · Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

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3.) APR 29,             The Color Run 5k Ft. Lauderdale,       Sat 17:00 · Huizenga Plaza

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Color run, Invite your friends and family for the ultimate post-race party!


Las Olas Boulevard: Christmas Celebrations

Attractions in Fort Lauderdale

Miles of gorgeous coastline with the alluring sun beaming throughout the year, Fort Lauderdale is an all-out travel haven with classy yet sumptuous dining options, parks, a range of stuff to explore and do and also as a place for sharing thrilling experiences.

General Attractions

Minutes away from the beach in downtown area, The promenade Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District houses fancy shops and restaurants. Make sure to explore the Broward Center for the Performing Arts situated along the brick-lined Riverwalk, The Florida Grand Opera, Museum of Art, Stranahan House, Fort Lauderdale Historical Center, and also the Museum of Discovery and Science. If you’re eager for avenues of water infotainment, visit the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex and the Coral Springs Aquatic Center located in Greater Fort Lauderdale. And for sightseeing aficionados, you’re in for a treat with the Intracoastal Waterway cruise, with opulence and the jaw-dropping mansions along the Millionaire’s Row, and also the more popular cruises such as Riverfront and Jungle Queen Riverboat. Alternatively, kayak tours and Water taxies can be availed for an up close and personal experience of the flora and fauna of Greater Fort Lauderdale.

Gastronomical Delights

A hub of ritzy restaurants and classic eateries, Fort Lauderdale has innumerable gastronomical options. Featuring a happening bar and an outdoor lounge with a hearty fire, You Only Live Once (YOLO) is a snazzy destination serving New American Menu. Another upscale gastropub, American Social highlights a whammy self-serve beer station. A minglers dream in Plano, The Blue Martini Lounge is a stylish location at the Galleria with a global tapas menu that keeps you wanting for more. Dont miss out on the live music and the locally favourite daily specials.

Blue Martini Lounge

Blue Martini Lounge

Blue Martini Lounge

For those in search for a rather cosy and romantic eatery, Fort Lauderdale is stacked with places such as Serafina Italian Restaurant & Waterfront Bistro. The riverfront terrace serves from a well-curated and refined Italian cuisine in casual environs alongwith with superb cocktails. Another place serving amazing cocktails is the Casa D’Angelo Ristorante. A swanky strip-mall Italian eatery serving from a range of nourishing homemade pastas and an impressive wine selection. Also, there’s Casablanca, a Piano Bar with resplendent ocean views and a savoury  Mediterranean-American menu. And last but not the least in terms of Fort Lauderdale, La Dolce Vita features relishing meat dishes with Northern Italian pastas amidst a mesmerizing interior decor of stills from Fellini classics. Their splendid wine cellar and fabulous desserts are surely to be devoured.

 

Burn that Free Time: Shop-n-Hop

Take leisure strolls along the famous Hollywood Broadwalk located near the beach. Or, Meditate and focus essentially in the early wee hours during the sunrise in Deerfield Beach. Snorkeling is great way to explore the underwater beauty and discover unimaginable beauty hiding beneath the water level, via the three-tiered reef system known as Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Explore the interactive fishing exhibits at the Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum, or maybe relish the exclusive full country club experience with the innumerable  locations offering golf. For a ‘shopping workout’ visit the world’s largest entertainment and discount mall, the Sawgrass Mills. Another well-known shopping avenue, visit the Festival Flea Market which is also a shopper’s paradise and one of the largest markets in South Florida.

Festival Flea Market: South Florida’s Largest Car Show

Festival Flea Market: South Florida’s Largest Car Show

Festival Flea Market: South Florida’s Largest Car Show

Dont miss the ‘style-mile’ of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas Boulevard lined with impressive boutiques, featuring lively lounges, sidewalk seating cafes and also a famed restaurant row with acclaimed chefs

Pompano Beach

Situated at about 11 miles from Fort Lauderdale, Pompano beach is one of the hottest lidos in South Florida with promenade-style sidewalks, beautiful landscaping, on-street parking,  exercise equipment, a playground and a catchy water fountain.

The region last year inaugurated its first ever Parking garage featuring a beautiful decor of undersea murals and sailboat walls, located adjacent to the Pompano Fishing Village. Some other intriguing stuff about Pompano is its live beach feed, the Cultural Centre, eateries such as Madison’s steakhouse and The Foundry and many more.


Belize

The Paradise That’s Belize: A Travel Hot Pot of Culture, Adventure, Beauty and Mystery!!!

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From the resplendent and alluring jungles to the majestic super chill azure-blue lidos, Belize is a small tropical country Central America that has something to offer for everyone. Get your heart racing with the fast paced zipline, or explore the mysterious ancient sites like Indiana Jones, or perhaps visit the inland adventure spots such as Cayo. Belize, that ‘affordable paradise’ packs a punch in for all kinds of travel attraction. Here’s a tad-bit about everything that’s worth a visit least, so drop everything right now and give it a go!

Belize is raving bonkers!

An ode to that stereo cliché of ‘good things come in small packages,’ it just goes too perfectly with Belize. Having a smaller area size than Israel or New Hampshire or Israel, the region proudly considers itself something in between the Latin America and the Caribbean! Belize is thoroughly traveler-friendly, though it tends to get endearingly rough around the edges at times! Straight-away, I fell in love with its seamless mix of cultures – Belizean, Mestizo, Creole, Garifuna, Maya and even expatriates, and especially the humility if its people. The travel itinerary is striking!, with hiking in the jungle on one day and snorkeling the barrier reef the very next.

Cultural Diversity

Historically, Belize was settled by the British settlers in the mid-1800s, and it went by the name of ‘British Honduras’ till the 1950’s. Fascinating cultural implications, sorta ‘leftovers of colonial rule’ are many, from the official language being English, to the large Protestant population in the country. Apart from the native language of Garifuna, a mixed form of Spanish and Kriol (Belizean Creole) is spoken, and the Maya descendants have Mennonites as their language. Places such as Lebeha Drumming Center, acclaimed for its ethnic, traditional form of dancing and drumming is a good place for soaking up some local cultures.

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The History

The country is home to the largest number of surviving Mayan ruins of the ancient Meso-American culture in Central America. The most powerful of ‘urban’ Mayan settlements, Caracol has a radius of 55 square-mile and it features the tallest constructed pyramid of 140 feet known as Caana amongst its ruins. Appreciate the historical remains of these great civilizations at centres such as Nim Li Punit in the south to Altun Ha, that’s the closest to Belize City, and Lamanai in the northern part of Belize.

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Action and Adventure

The place has some thrilling yet scintillating adventure sports. The blue hole is famed for its scuba diving shores, or you could rappelling down waterfalls, maybe you like to crawl through the ancient cave networks or try ziplining the jungle canopy instead. Phew! Belize is blessed in natural diversity as well, and its fabulous list of national parks is admired by all nature enthusiasts. Places such Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Mayflower Bocawina National Park, and also Shipstern Nature Reserve and Río Bravo are worth a visit.

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There’s an up-and-coming culinary scene

Gastronomics score for Belize has been given a boost by recent establishments such as pop-up restaurant at Itz’ana, the ‘Limilita’ and also the ‘Victoria House’ in San Pedro. SAvoury delights such as cucumber and watermelon granite with oven-roasted Cayo chicken leg and wild Belize shrimp, all credit to the work of chef Mara Jernigan from Vancouver. The Maya Beach Bistro in Placencia serves delicious Belizean staples such as fry jacks and conch with a leek flan. Classy eateries with a pronounced traditional tinge are ‘Omar’s Creole Grub’ in Placencia, also try Estel’s Dine by the Sea in San Pedro on Ambergis Caye for a breakfast of burritos and Mayan eggs with beans and fry jacks. Every Meal fresh and hearty!

Top Places in Belize

  • Belize Zoo
  • Hol Chan Marine Reserve
  • Altun Ha
  • Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Bacab Adventure & Eco Park
  • Xunantunich
  • The Cayes
  • Caracol
  • Actun Tunichil Muknal
  • The Barrier Reef  
  • Nature walks
  • St. John’s Cathedral
  • Visit Orange Walk
  • Explore Placencia

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The Floridian Venice: Trip to Fort Lauderdale

A city that’s made perfectly for the nature lovers and beach goers, Fort Lauderdale is located 23 miles north of Miami, on the Atlantic Coast. A predominantly residential city with resplendent resorts, Fort Lauderdale features an impressive network of waterways and canals that instantly reminds one of striking beauty of Venetian architecture. Fort Lauderdale has its humble beginnings as a 19th century fort under the command of Major William Lauderdale. And its significant tourist reputation was only the advent of investments and real estate infrastructure by the East Coast Railway in the early 20th century. Downtown Fort Lauderdale is charming enough to match the glamour of its rock-and-rolling neighbors in Florida. Take a look at our pic of some of the top tourist spots at Fort Lauderdale –

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The beautiful lido is situated at the heart of the tourist locations, and be wary of the Spring break madness that fills the beach with thousands of college students yearning for the sun. The simmering beach is backed by a pedestrian walk, numerous restaurants and hotels, fancy shops lining the streets alongside the beach.

Bonnet House

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A designated a Ft. Lauderdale landmark and a registered historic place by the National Register, the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is a perfect concoction of art, history, architecture, and ecology. Spread over 36 acres and built in the 1920, the house was designed by Frederic Clay Bartlett. Over the years, the place has survived remarkable authenticity that is reflective of the Old South Floridian creative lifestyle, as it displays curations of personal and art treasures.  

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

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The park was a very special gift for the residents of Florida, from its namesake and previous owner Hugh Taylor Birch. The resplendent natural beauty middle of the city is like that shimmering oasis under the scorching sun in an Arabian Desert. Taylor’s 180 acre former estate included picnic areas with two nature trails, the awe-inspiring Birch House Museum, alongwith beach access, freshwater lagoons,  canoe rental shops and refreshing cycling paths.

Stranahan House   

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Constructed by Frank Stranahan, a trader and businessman from Ohio back in the year 1901 at the particular site wherein the barge ferry business was operated from. Although it was intentionally constructed to serve as a trading post, the Stranahan House also served as a community center, a post office as well as the town hall. Expanded multiple over the previous century, the house today features bay windows with wide verandahs, a Victorian parlor and tropical gardens. Exquisite furniture and decor items from the ‘Victorian’ period are also on display throughout the house.

Antique Car Museum

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Founded by Arthur Stone, once the CEO of Buning the Florist Inc, for his extreme passion for vehicles. The Antique Car Museum in Fort Lauderdale was initiated back in the 1940s as Arthur began collecting pieces for this venture along with his wife Shirley. The museum has an exclusive focus on the Packard Motor Company and its history. The interior decor features a replicated feel of the car showrooms that reminiscent of the Packard sale areas, and it also features pre-war Packard automobiles. Further memorabilia includes Individual car pieces (hood ornaments, gear shifters) that reflect upon the transformed car industry, and a gallery that’s dedicated to the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Everglades Holiday Park

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A very famous alligator spot for watching these meat grinders in action, Everglades Holiday Park hosted Episodes of “Gator Boys,” an informative production by Animal Planet was filmed here. The park is also widely noted for the opportunity to absorb the majestic views of the natural beauty by gliding over the everglades on an airboat.

Museum of Art

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Located at the One East Los Olas Boulevard, The Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale is a uniquely modern concept, housing a very diverse range of curated artistic collections. The renowned museum features exhibitions of global renowned artists, apart from offering highly educational programs for budding artists.


Snorkeling in Fort Lauderdale

Snorkeling in Fort Lauderdale

I would say that trying to snorkel in Fort Lauderdale is a must for anyone capable of doing it. If you haven’t snorkeled much in your life, it might not be so easy and enjoyable. However, if you are somewhat comfortable with freediving 10-20 feet, I would say it is a must. On several occasions, I have walked out from the beach and snorkeled to the first reef. This is no heroic act by any stretch, but it does sometimes feel dicey to the inexperienced. If you snorkel out by yourself, you would positively need a dive flag. DO NOT go out snorkeling without a dive flag. And DO NOT go out if you are not a strong swimmer. The first reef is quite a ways out there. It is very doable, but proceed with caution if you try and don’t take along weak swimmers. You’ll also need fins. Trying to swim all the way out there and dive without fins would be very, very hard.

Having said that, I have seen lots of very interesting animals on my way to, and at the reef. One time, before I reached the reef, I found a sea turtle sleeping in the sand. I have seen small nurse sharks, octopus, tons of fish I could never name, caught lobster, and spear fished.

There are plenty of dive trips in the area. I would highly recommend trying any of them out and letting them take you to the good spots and watch after your safety as well!


A Island of Wilderness in the Big City: Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

We usually go here once a year and rent the canoes and go the whole way to the end of the pond and back. The kids love it and you get to see lots of fish, turtles, birds, and other animals. If you go on a windy day, be prepared to exercise some patience and your muscles!

Website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Hugh-Taylor-Birch


Our Favorite Restaurants

Hi Guests and Visitors of Our Website! We wanted to put together a post to help your dining in the area. Here is a list of our favorite spots to eat and, typically, what we order.

  1. Blue Moon: http://www.bluemoonfishco.com/

What we order: Blackened Mahi Mahi.

2. Chimas: https://www.chimasteakhouse.com/

What we order: You have a choice of any meat you can get on the menu all night and an open salad bar. Before you take one bite of anything on the salad bar or try and of the meats, I recommend trying the ribeye and the lamb chops. You might not eat anything else the rest of the night. I could eat just the ribeye and lamb chops and skip everything else.

3. Calvary Chapel Grill: https://www.calvaryftl.org/Grill

What we order: Hard to narrow it down. This place is so great and the prices are pretty good for the quality. The Bacon Cheeseburger, if they get the temperature right, is the best burger I have had in Fort Lauderdale. If you stress them to get the temp right, they usually will. The french fries with some ranch dressing to dip them in are delicious. The brussel sprouts are crazy good. We have very rarely tried something and it wasn’t good. This particular Calvary Chapel is one of the largest churches in America. They have a nightly service on Saturday night at 6PM that is great. They also have quite a few other services as well throughout the weekend and one on Wednesday night.

4. Houston’s (Pompano Beach Location): http://www.hillstone.com/houstons/

What we order: Prime Rib. Crazy good. The french fries aren’t so great, though. Go with the baked potato instead. Their shrimp cocktail is pretty great too.

5. Lemon Grass: https://www.lemongrassasianbistro.com/#cover-page

What we order: Great Sushi. The basil fried rice is probably the best fried rice I have ever had on the planet.

6. Manna: Korean BBQ Spot: Address: University Shoppes, 4966 North University Drive, University Shoppes, Lauderhill, FL 33351. Phone:(954) 748-6088.

What we order: Daeji Bulgogi with a couple fried eggs on the side. I used to live in Korea and fell in love with the food. This little spot, for us, is worth the drive.

Hope this helps!!!!


Here’s to our brave leader visiting Shark Valley in the Everglades

Gator Shark Valley
Florida is filled with fun things to do, like visiting Shark Valley in the everglades.
This is an amazing place to visit If you enjoy the outdoors. If you are looking for a little adventure and would prefer not to get too close to these cute guys, you can take a walk on the “Bobcat Boardwalk” for a self guided tour.  For more information please view here: https://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/svdirections.htm