Which South Florida spot is one of the top homemade ice cream shops in America?

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The heat is driving people to find some source of refreshment such as a bowl of ice cream. So why not try the best? One South Florida ice cream parlor was named one of the best spots for homemade ice cream.

Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant in Dania Beach was listed among Thrillist‘s list of the Best Old-School, Homemade Ice Cream Shops in the U.S. The restaurant, which is located on S Federal Highway, is known for its “kitschy memorabilia” and is called “the kind of place where you eat you ice cream at a proper table.”

Related: Vote now – Best ice cream shop in Palm Beach County

According to Thrillist, checking out this ice cream spot is imperative for people in the South Florida area. “Up front, you’ll see a kitschy souvenir shop full of candy and Styrofoam barber shop hats, and the dining room’s done up with enough license plates and other bric-a-brac to make an old TGI Friday’s blush,” the site stated.

“The ice cream menu is full of sundaes that will make your teeth hurt just reading about them, but the king of them all is the Kitchen Sink (yes, it’s served in a sink), which is made from whatever the hell the people in the back feel like throwing in a sundae before charging $13.95 per person (minimum four people). You’ll need everyone.”

Jaxson’s was the only Florida spot on the list, but that doesn’t mean it is the only ice cream place worth checking out. The Post is currently seeing what readers think is the best ice cream shop in Palm Beach County while West Palm Beach’s Sloan’s was named one of the top destinations in a recent poll by USA Today.

Read more at Thrillist.

Andrea Doria sinking: Boca Raton man survived sinking, rescued children

Jerry Reinert stands next to the white shirt he wore in July 1956 while helping survivors of the Andrea Doria. (Post photo/Bruce Bennett)
Jerry Reinert stands next to the white shirt he wore in July 1956 while helping survivors of the Andrea Doria. (Post photo/Bruce Bennett)

Last night, July 25th, marked 60 years since the sinking of the Andrea Doria.

The fatally-injured Andrea Doria lies on her side, shortly before disappearing beneath the waves. (Post file photo)
The fatally-injured Andrea Doria lies on her side, shortly before disappearing beneath the waves. (Post file photo)

At age 21,  Jerry Reinert, who now lives in Boca Raton, nearly died in the sinking of the fabled Andrea Doria passenger ship, after it collided with

another liner off Nantucket at 11 p.m. the night of July 25, 1956.

Instead, he became an accidental hero that foggy night – and a changed man.

“The worst had already happened and I survived,” he says.

Read about how the events of that night on the cold dark waters of the Atlantic taught Reinert a lesson he’s never forgotten: “Boca Raton hero rescued children off sinking Andrea Doria 60 years ago”

Our interview with Boca Raton’s ‘Countess’ on her 100th birthday

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Countess Henrietta de Hoernle with the 2012 National Philanthropy Day Centenarian Lifetime Distinction Award. (Lauren Lieberman/LILA photo)

Henrietta de Hoernle, known as Rita to her bridge friends and ‘The Countess’ throughout Palm Beach County, died Friday in hospice care at a hospital in her adopted hometown of Boca Raton, the Glick Family Funeral home confirmed Sunday. Funeral arrangements are pending for the woman whose 100th birthday was feted by the city with “Countess Appreciation Day.”

When Hoernle turned 100 years old in 2012, she estimated she had donated more than $40 million to her chosen causes since she and her late husband, Adolph, moved to South Florida in 1981.

We recall our interview with The Countess when she turned 100. Here is an excerpt from the 2012 interview:

Palm Beach Post’s Barbara Marshall: “What do you hope people remember about you?”

Henrietta de Hoernle: That I was a generous person, that I loved people and that I was willing to help.

What really gets my goat is seeing people having yachts, big apartments, chauffeurs and limousines and all that. That money could have been spent more wisely on people who need it, especially now.

There is a feeling that’s indescribable when someone comes up to you and says, “you saved my daughter,” “you saved my son.” People stop me in the streets and say, “you do such wonderful work.”

Read the entire interview here: “The Countess at 100: ‘Give while you live so you know where it goes”

 

Bastille Day 2016: Best places to celebrate today in Palm Beach County

Bastille Day festivities. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Bastille Day festivities. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

Lovers of French history, culture and food, your holiday is here! It’s Bastille Day today!

Here are are some options on where to celebrate:

Pistache

Celebrate Bastille Day with special menus of French small plates, entrees and desserts and some revolutionary entertainment.

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Pistache’s terrace offers a great view of downtown’s waterfront. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)

The festivities are tonight from 5:30 to 9 p.m. 101 N. Clematis Street, West Palm Beach. $9-$34. Information: 561-833-5090.

Norton Museum of Art

All of tonight’s ‘Art After Dark’ activities including music, film, language lessons, food, drink and more are presented with a French twist.

The celebration is from 5 to 9 p.m. 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Free. Information: 561-832-5196.

Chez Marie

Enjoy a discounted special three-course French gourmet meal while listening to French vocalist and keyboard player, Thelerry Khalfa.

The event is tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. 5030 Champion Blvd, Boca Raton. $29.90 three-course meal. Must make reservations by phone, 561-997-0027 or by email: chezmariefrenchbistro@gmail.com.

La Bonne Bouche

Take delight in French food and entertainment. The Palm Beach Post’s Frank Cerabino plays French favorites on the accordion.

The party starts at 8 p.m. 516 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth. Reservations are required. Courses start at $39.50. Information: 561-533-0840.

What were band members of 5 Seconds of Summer doing in Delray Beach?

Michael Clifford (L) and Luke Hemmings of 5 Seconds of Summer perform onstage during 93.3 FLZ's Jingle Ball 2015 Presented by Capital One at Amalie Arena on December 19, 2015 in Tampa Bay, Fla. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Michael Clifford (L) and Luke Hemmings of 5 Seconds of Summer perform onstage during 93.3 FLZ’s Jingle Ball 2015 Presented by Capital One at Amalie Arena on December 19, 2015 in Tampa Bay, Fla. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

A few members of the mostly teenage Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer was spotted in Delray Beach today. Doing what? Well, getting their driver’s license at the Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s office, of course! According to tweet, Bassist Calum Hood and guitarist Michael Clifford passed the test on the first try!

 

4 best things to do this weekend in Palm Beach County

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Cyndi Lauper performs Saturday at Mizner Park in Boca Raton. (Getty Images)

Looking for some fun this weekend? Here are some of our favorite picks:

1. Cyndi Lauper just wants to have fun with guests of her concert June 11 at 8 p.m. at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. The Grammy, Emmy, and Tony-winning artist is celebrating more than 30 years in the business and global record sales of more than 50 million. Tickets start at $39 and can be purchased here.

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Pat Simmons and Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post)

2. Journey and the Doobie Brothers will be rocking out with the small town girls living in a lonely world on June 11 at 7 p.m. in the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater in Wellington. Journey rose to popularity in the 1970s with hit songs such as “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Faithfully.” Tickets start at $32 and can be purchased here.

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Beach Walk. (Contributed)

3. Beach Walk around Delray Beach on June 11 from 9 and 10 a.m. The event will feature a guided walk of the beach where participants will investigate plants, animals, and learn more about the ocean. The hour-long program costs $8 per person with more information here.

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The Lake Worth International Mango Festival hits the Cultural Plaza on Saturday.

4. The Lake Worth Mango Festival will take place on June 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Lake Worth. The event will feature programs along Lake Ave. with food from Eat Da Bone BBQ & Jerk and Sherri’s Breads from the Heart. Artists such as TombiFlow and Charles Pan Vibes will perform during the festival. For more information, visit the festival’s website.

Best 14 things to do in Palm Beach County in June

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Tito Puente Jr.

1) Tito Puente, Jr. will be rocking the Arts Garage in Delray Beach June 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. Puente and his Latin Jazz Ensemble have been called “a dazzling show filled with charisma, flair, and all the right dance moves.” Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.

2) Roar & Pour will take over the Palm Beach Zoo June 4 starting at 4:30 p.m. with food, drinks, and live music. The June event will feature San Francisco-infused food including grilled chicken on sour dough, chicken teriyaki, and burgers or hot dogs. The event will also feature a drink menu fueled by Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach with the band starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information, and tickets, visit the zoo’s website.

3) The Everglades Experience is coming to West Palm Beach at the Grassy Waters Preserve June 4 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The event will feature a guided tour along the land and is intended for children 10 and older. Tickets start at $15 for adults and $7 for children with more information here.

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4) Darius Rucker, Dan and Shay, and Michael Ray are jamming on the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater stage June 4 at 7 p.m. The Grammy-winning artist, Rucker, started with Hootie & the Blowfish in 1986, but has since gone solo with four albums, most recently “Southern Style” and “Home for the Holidays.” Tickets start at $33 and can be purchased here.

Related: Concerts you must see this summer in Palm Beach County 

5) “Weird Al” Yankovic is bringing his brand of music and comedy to West Palm Beach and the Kravis Center on June 4 at 8 p.m. The artists is currently in the middle of his “The Mandatory World Tour” and is known for hit parody songs such as “Eat It” and “Like a Surgeon.” He is also one of three people to have had top 40 singles in each of the last four decades, joining Michael Jackson and Madonna. Tickets start at $22 and can be purchased here.

6) Founder’s Day is back at the Flagler Museum with free admission at the gate on June 5 starting at noon and going until 5 p.m. Visitors are offered a self-guided tour of Whitehall through a museum that has been called “an absolute must-see.” For more information on what the museum will be offering, visit their website here.

7) Music in the Museum will be overtaking the Boca Raton Museum of Art on June 5 from 3 until 4 p.m. Performances include Antonio Rincón and David Block on piano and violin. Rincón was trained at the Peabody Conservatory of Music while Block studied at Florida Atlantic University. The concert is free with the cost of the museum’s admission. For more information, click here.

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8) Cyndi Lauper just wants to have fun with guests of her concert June 11 at 8 p.m. at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. The Grammy, Emmy, and Tony-winning artists is celebrating more than 30 years in the business and global record sales of more than 50 million. Tickets start at $39 and can be purchased here.

9) Journey and the Doobie Brothers will be rocking out with the small town girls living in a lonely world on June 11 at 7 p.m. in the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater in Wellington. Journey rose to popularity in the 1970s with hit songs such as “Don’t Stop Believin'” and “Faithfully” with the former hitting number one on iTunes in 2009, becoming the top-selling track on the site not from the 21st century. The Doobie Brothers started in the 1970s with a brief split in the later portion of that decade. Tickets start at $32 and can be purchased here.

10) Beach Walk around Delray Beach on June 11 from 9 a.m. from 10 a.m. The event will feature a guided walk of the beach where participants will investigate plants, animals, and learn more about the ocean. The hour-long program costs $8 per-person with more information here.

11) The Lake Worth Mango Festival will be taking place on June 11 from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. around the city. The event will feature programs along Lake Ave. with food from Eat Da Bone BBQ & Jerk and Sherri’s Breads from the Heart, which will feature mango-infused additions to the timeless favorites. Artists such as TombiFlow and Charles Pan Vibes will be performing d the festival with other street performers showing up. For more information, visit the festival’s website.

12) The Don Quixote Spring Concert will be taking over the Wellington High School Theatre on June 11 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on June 12 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. The concert promises to take audiences into the world of 19th century Spain “brought to life by beautiful costumes, exceptional acting, and vibrant dancing.” It will be performed by the Arts Dance Generation of Palm Beach County with guest artists Carlos Ignacio Galindez and Aaron Melendez, formerly with the National Ballet of Cuba, joining the group. Tickets start at $30, with a discounted price of $20 for students, and can be purchased here.

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13) Food Truck Safari will be at the Palm Beach Zoo on June 18, starting at 4:30 p.m. With the truck windows opening at 5 p.m., the ones set to appear include Caribbean Cowboy, The Minivan Food Truck, Woody’s Burgers,  World Fusion Cuisine, and Melted Madness. Barrel of Monks Brewing will be providing drinks with admission starting at $10 for nnon-adultmembers, $8 for adult members, $7 for child non-members, and $6 for children members. Those under three get in for free with more information here.

Related: Food truck guide of Palm Beach County

14) Maks and Val Live On Tour: Our Way will be at the Kravis Center on June 19 at 8 p.m. The dance tour includes Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, two of the stars of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and will have the brothers bringing to life some of their childhood moments and life stories. Val and I have pushed each other to be better dancers every day since we were kids, and this show will fulfill a lifetime dream to perform on the same stage together across the country,” said Maksim on the event. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.

Was this Boca Raton “dive bar” one of the first in the United States?

The Dive Bar as the last holdout in the old Boca Raton Mall (1989 file photo/Thomas Graves)
The Dive Bar as the last holdout in the old Boca Raton Mall (1989 file photo/Thomas Graves)

Should a neighborhood, chill-out bar be considered a “dive bar”? The premise of a new article on the website Thrillist suggests that letting any Cheers-like joint be labeled a dive bar is an insult to genuine dive bars. They aren’t the kind of places where everybody knows your name. They are dank, dark dumps where you don’t even use your real name.

As writer T.S. Flynn notes in his article: “Dives aren’t hip, and they aren’t the kind of place where listicle readers drink.”

Related: 7 best dive bars in the Florida Keys

We’ll drink to that. But here’s a funny factoid buried in the same article: Today’s noxious trend of non-dive dive bars may have started in, of all places, Boca Raton. As Flynn notes:

By the end of the ’80s, the term “dive” even began appearing in the names of new drinking establishments — a trend that, regrettably, continues to this day. One of the first, Christy’s Dive Bar in Boca Raton, FL, opened in a shopping mall in 1987. “I liked the idea of a casual, come-as-you-are, regular-guy place,” owner Allen Christy told the Boca Raton News. Of course, it took more than…a mall bar in Boca to turn “dive” into a wildly misapplied and overused appellation. 

The writer basically blames “dive bar” overuse on Guy Fieri’s popular Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives show and Mickey Rourke movies like “Barfly.” Anyway, we did a “deep dive” (in the parlance of modern, corporate-speak) and discovered that Christy’s had an interesting past.

The Dive Bar greets a lone lunch customer as the last tenant in the Boca Raton Mall. (1989 file photo/Thomas Graves)
The Dive Bar greets a lone lunch customer as the last tenant in the Boca Raton Mall. (1989 file photo/Thomas Graves)

Two years after it opened in the Boca Raton Mall, owner Allen Christy was the last holdout when a developer wanted to tear down the shopping plaza in 1989. Christy had a 10-year lease and didn’t want to go. He put up signs saying: “Stop The Rumors! The Dive Bar will be here for at least 8 1/2 more years!”

He also said the Dive Bar was “the busiest nightclub in South Florida,” and claimed that live music nights of reggae and post-punk made it a magnet for nearby Florida Atlantic University college students.

The Post’s Ron Kozlowski reported that the place had a certain desperado appeal:

    The Dive Bar name is illustrated by a huge mural that features a diver wearing a Capt. Nemo helmet on the ocean floor. The bar is long and narrow with a high ceiling covered by exposed pipes and air-conditioning equipment. A 130-foot bar runs along the right side, and a row of unpainted wooden booths hugs the opposite wall, which is decorated with hanging nautical ropes, a 14-foot-long Atlantic blue marlin and assorted bumper stickers. Most advertise the bar. Others identify radio stations or urge patrons to “party till you puke.” The floor is bare concrete speckled with splotches of flattened, dried chewing gum stuck to it…The beverage of choice is Budweiser, but dollar shots of liquor and mixed drinks are sold, too. 

So, maybe this Thrillist writer got it wrong. Maybe Christy’s Dive Bar really was a dive bar. After all, holding out against The Man to operate a nautical-themed, shots-and-beer speakeasy in the middle of a suburban mall in decline is kind of a dive bar-ish move. It could even be a Buffett song.

Allen Christy poses in front of The Dive Bar's mural. (1989 file photo/Thomas Graves)
Allen Christy poses in front of The Dive Bar’s mural. (1989 file photo/Thomas Graves)

In the end, the bar’s demise was relatively swift. After a lawsuit and counterclaims and disputed numbers about its financial value, an out-of-court settlement was reached. The dive bar took a dive. Nothing stops a wrecking ball in South Florida.

And why did that developer want to tear down the Boca mall in the first place?

To build Mizner Park, the pink, upscale behemoth where, to this day, you’ll never find anything approaching a dive bar, even in name.

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TRUE DIVE BAR IN PALM BEACH COUNTY?

Tell us in the comments section.

What Santaluces High graduate stars in new ‘X-Men’ movie?

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Actor Oscar Isaac. Alberto Martinez/American-Statesman

That would be 1997 alum Oscar Isaac, who plays the villain in the new “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which opens Friday.

Oscar Isaac at X-Men premiere. (Getty Images)
Oscar Isaac at X-Men premiere. (Getty Images)

Isaac is becoming one of Hollywood’s big names. He played Poe Dameron in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (and he’s signed up for the sequels, too), as well as showing off his acting chops in films such as the Coen Bros. “Inside Llewyn Davis” and Alex Garland’s sci-fi tale, “Ex Machina.”

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And, oh yeah, he’s on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine this week, with the headline: From ‘Star Wars’ hero to ‘X-Men’ heavy.

Isaac as "Apocalypse" in the new X-Men movie.
Isaac as “Apocalypse” in the new X-Men movie.

In the article, he doesn’t talk much about how he came to attend the school in suburban Lantana. He lived in Miami until his parents divorced and Hurricane Andrew destroyed their house, forcing him to move up here for his senior year.

But he does give one clue to what he was doing during his high school days:

Playing in a ska band, or as Rolling Stone’s Brian Hiatt puts it, “a promising, if already deeply out-of-fashion, Florida ska-punk band.” That musical background helped him play the ’60s folk singer in the Coen Bros. movie.

Other tidbits about his Florida upbringing from the article:

*He was “straight-edge” in high school, staying away from drugs and alcohol.

*His role as the bad, blue mutant Apocalypse was not a stretch: In his Florida school days, he was a collector of ‘X-Men’ comics and with a friend took part in a Marvel role-playing game.

*Isaac, whose real last name is Hernandez, is Guatemalan-born, with a Cuban father. But he didn’t want to be defined by his ethnicity, he told the magazine: “They define you — ‘Latino actor, we’ll just bring him in for Spanish commercials.’ I’m interested in telling stories about the human experience that are not necessarily just about my personal circumstances.”

Best things to do this weekend in Palm Beach County, includes disco and rap!

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Tone Loc will perform at Legends of the Old School II Concert. (Getty Images)

Need plans for the weekend? Here are our favorite picks:

Old school rap

The Legends of the Old School II Concert is tonight at 7 at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. Among those appearing are Bel Biv Devoe, Lisa Lisa, Tone Loc and 69 Boyz. Tickets $49.50. 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton.

Get you disco on

Boogie down at the Boca Raton Resort & Club with Jellybean Benitez and disco legends:  Tavares, a Sister Sledge, France Joli and Evelyn Champagne King. The event includes a one-night stay, two general admission tickets and an open bar. 501 East Camino Real
Boca Raton.