Don’t Miss the Brunch at Temple Orange

As I’ve said before, I’ll go anywhere and do almost anything for a good brunch. Brunch is one of my favorite meals. I love a good mimosa, a bloody Mary bar, some eggs Benedict….

But I digress.

We recently brunched at the Temple Orange restaurant in Lantana, and I loved it. It lived up to the hype. Temple Orange is the signature restaurant of the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa, a five-star hotel located just south of Palm Beach herself. At one time, the Ritz owned the property, but now it’s a part of a small line of boutique resorts.

Temple Orange turns into a delightful spot for Sunday brunch. A flat rate gets guests access to a plentiful buffet full of smoked salmon, pastries, humus, breakfast favorites, fresh fruit, omelets, and more. A small additional fee allows guests to experience a champagne and blood Mar bar–and I must say, that should be passed up by anyone. It’s too good.

Topping it all off, however is the view from Temple Orange. The restaurant lies in the middle of the resort, and gives guests a perfect view of the main pool, resort grounds, hotel rooms, and the ocean. It’s magical.

Put Temple Orange on your list. You won’t be disappointed.

A Piece of Camelot on Peanut Island

It’s well-known that JFK and the rest of his family loved Palm Beach. The Kennedys had a home there for many years, and members of the family often visited. A few of the most iconic images from the Kennedy administration were taken on the island.

A little less well-known are how many steps the secret service put in place so that JFK and his family could enjoy life in South Florida at the height of the cold war. Among those things: the government nuclear fallout shelter built just for the Kennedys on a small island just across water from Palm Beach herself. Today, the shelter is a tourist attraction on Peanut Island which is a county park where people can spend the day sunbathing, picnicking, hiking, and more.

We visited the bunker on our last visit to Palm Beach. It’s the crown jewel of the Palm Beach Maritime Museum. After a short tour of the old coast guard station on the western edge of this manmade island, a tour guide led us to a small hill and then underground to the shelter that government officials hoped would keep Kennedy and his family safe should a nuclear attack occur on Washington (or another high value target) while the president spent time at his family’s South Florida retreat.

The shelter isn’t very big, and spartan at best.  We’re talking about one large room a few feet underground, along with a few beds, storage for non perishable food, room for a desk, and not much more. The shelter could house people for up to 30 days in case of a nuclear fallout, but our tour guide said most agents expected it to only be used about four days.

Still, its fascinating–and a great example of a time long gone, a time when this kind of event seemed imminent, and preparation was prudent. Add to that the fact that Kennedy presided over the Cuban Missile Crises, and it’s enough to send chills down your spine.

So, if you have a chance–check it out. History is important, and this shelter is certainly a part of that. It’s worth seeing, and a side of Camelot people don’t normally remember.

PGA National Resort and Spa: A Floridian Gem

Next week, a number of golf’s greatest players will gather in South Florida for The Honda Classic, a fun tournament that also raises money for Children’s Healthcare Charity, Inc.

Now, I’m no golfer, but I do know an awesome spot when I see it. PGA National Resort and Spa is one. No doubt.

A series of unfortunate events last month led us to the resort while we spent time in Palm Beach, and honestly our day there became a highlight of the week. The resort sits on hundreds of acres of fine real estate in Palm Beach Gardens, and a luxury neighborhood surrounds it–one that gives new meaning to the word “retired”.

My husband and I enjoyed lunch with a view of the pool, and I tasted some of the best conch fritters I’ve ever had (I’m a bit of a connoisseur). We also got a glimpse of a plush accommodations the property features, and took a short walk around the grounds. Most fun of all–we caught the setting up the grandstand for the tournament itself.

I’ll admit–it made me want to watch some golf next week! I also put it on my list of places I’d like to return to one day!

 

The Palm Beach Grill Serves Up Top Notch Smoked Salmon

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I love a good salmon. Especially a smoked one.

There’s just something about the savory and salty flavors that always draws me to it. I can’t resist. If I’m at a restaurant and it is on the menu, chances are–I’ll order it.

And recently, I had a smoked salmon that put all the others to shame.

The Palm Beach Grill is known as a ubiquitous gathering spot in Palm Beach, and it has served the community for the last few decades. A spot at the bar is tough to get on a Friday or Saturday night, and a reservation is even harder. Not only is this a fun place to people watch and socialize, it’s also a great spot for some delightful food.

And the smoked salmon here just might be the best I’ve ever tasted. I loved it so much, I had to take a photo of it. I had to write a blog post about it. I’ve spent the last few days dreaming about it.

In short, if you’re ever at this restaurant–order it!

Kyle Richards’s Boutique Spices Up Palm Beach

Palm Beach is known for its fabulous shopping. It’s a cornerstone of any trip to the island, and there’s hardly anything a person desires that they won’t find here. And last year, Kyle Richards of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fame, opened up a Palm Beach arm of her celebrated boutique, Kyle by Alene Too.

I had a chance to visit it for the first time this week.

Located on Royal Poinciana Way, the store is well-positioned to capitalize on the Palm Beach crowd, as well as daily visitors from West Palm Beach and beyond. I found the store delightful, and the selection a reflection of Kyle’s own colorful and trendy style. Many of the clothes work well in Palm Beach, but could easily fit in Beverly Hills, too. I saw a sweatshirt I simply had to have, and I’ve got my eye on a few other items. The boutique also maintains a selection of purses, small gift items, and accessories.

In other words, there is something in the store for everyone.

So what’s the verdict? I’ll be back. For sure.

The Circle Brunch Really IS That Good

It’s a long-standing fact: I love brunch.

It’s one of my favorite weekend traditions, and I’m always down for a bottomless mimosa, some eggs Benedict, waffles, and a Bloody Mary. I stay on the lookout for epic brunch spots in whatever city I visit.

One that I’ve always heard about is The Circle Brunch at The Breakers in Palm Beach. Now, we’ve vacationed on the island since 2011, but we’ve never made the leap and brunched at The Circle.

Why? Well, it is expensive. It comes with a price tag that is not for the faint of heart. We’ve talked it over a few times, and categorized it as something we’d do on a special occasion. Happily, that time came recently. Two friends came to visit us in Palm Beach, and we capped off the weekend with brunch for four.

And yes, The Circle really does put on the best brunch buffet I’ve ever tasted. You want it? It’s there. Sushi, caviar, waffles, a Bloody Mary bar, more deserts than you can shake a stick at, salmon, Nutella crepes, salads, fresh fruit, bottomless mimosas, and more. It’s a fantasy for the foodie. Really, I don’t know why I expected anything less. The Breakers does everything right. Even brunch.

If you’re ever in Palm Beach, don’t miss it!

My Palm Beach Essentials

Ahhh, winter.

I don’t like it. It’s not the snow that bothers me, or the cold… it’s the endless days of both. When show first falls, I love it, but once it hangs around for more than 48 hours. I’m over it. I need a break to somewhere warm, sunny, and beachy.

For the last five years, that place has been Palm Beach, FL. We started going in 2011 (ironically the island’s centennial) and fell in love. My husband and I begged each other to go back as often as we could, and I’m thankful we’ve been able fulfill that wish.

A short (or long) escape to Palm Beach comes with its own tips and tricks. It truly is a different world there–a beach town that’s never really buttoned down, but a place that is also what full-time resident James Patterson calls “Disneyland for adults.”

Over the last few years, I’ve cultivated essentials for a trip there–a few things I can throw in a bag and use to get by no matter what we get into on that island.

Today, I’m sharing that list with you. Hopefully, it will also give you some ideas for your next beach vacation, wherever that might be. Without further ado, here’s my list of Five Palm Bach Must-Haves:

 1. A Lilly Pulitzer Scarf. It’s practically a sin to step foot on Palm Beach without some Lilly in your bag, and a light-weight, versatile scarf does the job beautifully.

2. Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. Has there ever been a better lipstick invented in the history of man-kind? This shade looks fantastic on everyone, and goes from day-to-night in a snap.

3. A classic pair of Palm Beach Sandals. Jackie Kennedy loved them, and she started a timeless trend that keeps going strong even today. These sandals aren’t just comfortable, they are easy to dress up or down. Your feet will also look and feel great, which is the number one rule.

4. An oversized straw hat. Skin cancer is real, folks, and apart from lathering on the SPF (which you should do every day no matter where you live), a large straw hat can give you an extra boost of protection and a dash of fashion right along with it. You can never go wrong with one!

5. A simple tote. You’ve gotta have something to take around the island as you shop for finds and stop by the beach. I love a simple, crisp tote that goes from beach to lunch. Can’t leave home without one!