First off, maybe you should eat some. Seriously. Pumpkin is super good for you. It’s full of fiber, and fiber is good for you heart. That’s a win. It’s also good for your eyes, thanks to all the Vitamin A. But there’s more: Pumpkin also promotes weight loss and can help you sleep better.
Oh, but before you go gettin’ all Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte crazy, know this: All that high-calorie, high sugar processed pumpkin is not where the good stuff is at. It’s best you roast, steam or even mash the veggie to reap the benefits.
Speaking of pumpkin decorating, have you seen any teal pumpkins around town? Wondering what’s the deal with that? It’s part of the Teal Pumpkin Project. Because food allergies shouldn’t keep a kid out of the trick-or-treating spirit.
Mark your house with a teal pumpkin this weekend and then go one step further: Put a pin in it on this rad interactive map so other local moms know that their kid won’t get a candy-let-down at your door. It’s simple. Just click on the plus sign in the right corner of the map to add deets about your non-food treats.
It’s your chance to be creative, scare some kids and win some cash! Once again, it’s time for the Annual Scarecrow Festival & Contest in downtown West Palm Beach which is Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. You’re welcome.
This spooky and interactive festival, presented by the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, brings large crowds of local businesses, schools, families and community groups. So far, the Facebook event has 2.1k people interested in attending, and 200 confirmed for attending. And why wouldn’t you go? The cash prizes include the People’s Choice $300 prize, 1st place $200 prize, and 2nd place $100 prize.
In addition to the scarecrow competition, this event will have plenty of family fall favorites like pumpkin decorating, a haystack hunt, museum tours, face painting, and plenty of music and food.
If you attend events primarily for the food and drinks, this one is no exception. According to the event, this year’s agriculture booths will be better than ever, with a lot more organic foods to choose from. And, for those with a sweet tooth, bring some extra cash to buy all kinds of baked goodies. Did I mention there’s also a pie eating contest?
Important: The deadline to enter the scarecrow contest is Thursday, Oct. 19, 2016. Entry forms are available online at hspbc.org or http://bit.ly/2auwgcJ.
When: 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.
Where: The Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum. 300 N. Dixie Highway. West Palm Beach, Fl. 33401. Free event parking on 4th street
Note: Meet at the museum 10 minutes prior to start time, the class is weather dependent, please check the website for updates and future start times.
LIGHTHOUSE SUNSET TOUR
This tower reaches a height of 105 feet above the water, and you get to climb as you learn its history. Once you’ve made it to the top, you’ll reward yourself with beautiful sunsets from this amazing landmark. Bring your camera!
Opens: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, beginning with an inside look at the nuts & bolts of a working lighthouse watch room. The tours are 75 minutes long.
When: Oct. 19, Nov. 2 & 30, and Dec. 14 & 28. 6 to – 7:15 pm.
Note: Children must be at least 48” tall to climb the tower.
LIGHTHOUSE STORY TIME & CRAFTS FOR KIDS
Hey parents: It’s picnic time for you and the little ones! This 45-minute program includes craft activities and story time about the Lighthouse Keepers, Florida history, people, local plants and animals. Bring your sandwiches, floor mat and juice boxes to start your day under the Lighthouse Seminole Chickee Hut. Oh, and don’t forget your kids.
Put on your hiking gear, pack lots of water and splash some sunscreen. Get on your best Indiana Jones attitude and get ready to discover the topography and natural history of Jupiter’s 120-acre conservation lands. This two-mile excursion passes through several historic points around the lighthouse.
When: Nov 5, Dec 3. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Where: 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter. The hike departs from the flag pole at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum.
Cost: Admission is free but space is limited; rsvp required.
Note: The minimum age for children is 5. Ages 13 & under must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years old.
LIGHTHOUSE MOONRISE TOUR
Sunrises and sunsets always get the credit, yet moonrises are just as amazing. We’re lucky to live by the east coast because we can see the moon rising from the Atlantic! Sometimes the moon puts on a bright silver costume but when she’s feeling frisky, she turns bright red.
Note: Children must be at least 48” tall to climb the tower.
Lighthouse River Rendezvous
This is the Cadillac of all of these events. A must-attend social gathering that celebrates the history of the iconic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and its photographers who have captured the landmark at its very best.
Enjoy a live music, hors d’oeuvres from Jupiter’s top restaurants, choose among fine beers and wines and participate in the magical silent auction. You’ll take home a limited edition 2017 Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Calendar and meet and greet the photographers of social media who made it possible.
Don’t let Hurricane Matthew ruin the fun this week. If you and your friends don’t have plans yet, why not stay together and go throwback to elementary school with a sleepover? Not really kidding, but there’s more.
Here are my top picks to keep calm and have an awesome get-together slash hurricane party (if that’s how you and your fam get down).
1. Make all kinds of Pizza! #MamaMia
I’m talking meat lovers, veggie and even dessert. This is an activity that takes some time, is creative and interactive.
Pillsbury Pizza Crust. Pop it, place it in oven, enjoy a fresh crust. (Or spice up your pizza life by using garlic naan instead!)
Sauces: Tomato sauce, Alfredo and Pesto.
Veggies: Tomatoes, Mushrooms and green peppers.
Meats: Pepperoni, sausage and ham.
Dessert Pizzas: Nutella, Reese’s creamy peanut butter and Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter (my favorite). Bananas, Strawberries and whip cream.
2. Do it Yourself!
Just this past weekend, my friend and I were able to transform a crappy thrift shop coffee table into a stylish piece of art (or so we think). Take a look around your home, see what chandeliers, tables, stools or lamps you don’t like.
If you need some inspiration, then see your way to Pinterest. Just key in what items you’ve got and watch your phone screen fill up with awesome DIY magic.
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.”
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.”
10. KFC. Their fries are thick and greasy, but maybe a little too greasy.
9. PDQ. We love the chicken tenders and fresh approach to food, but the fries are a little squishy.
8. Burger King. You go here for the burgers. They don’t call it “Home of The French Fry.” Though we really liked the Satisfries, while they lasted.
7. Checkers. A greasy, guilty, late-night-when-no-one-is-looking pleasure, if that’s not redundant.
6. McDonald’s. Their fries are always thin, crispy and hot. The saltier, the better.
5. Wendy’s. Their natural cut fries are thick and tasty. Secret ingredient: A sprinkling of sea salt.
4. BurgerFi. They win for best fry-related name — the Cry and Fry, thick fries paired with onion rings and special sauce. A meal in itself. (You can get free fries today with the purchase of The CEO Burger.)
3. Jon Smith Subs. Thin and crispy. They almost make you forget about the subs. Almost.
2. Chik-Fil-A. Two words: Waffle fries! (Try them with a little packet of hot sauce.)
And the winner is…
1. Five Guys. First off, they’re good, hot, and crispy. Second, they give you a MOUNTAIN of fries. Even if you get the small bag, they throw in an extra scoop. You want to make a meal out of French fries today? This is the place to go. (Don’t skip the side cup of malt vinegar, which adds to the carb high.)
What is your favorite fast-food French fry? Take our poll.
It is so hot outside that stopping for a quick scoop of ice cream is imperative. So what better place to visit than the most popular ice cream stop in the state of Florida?
Broward County’s own Wilton Creamery in Wilton Manors was listed as the most popular ice cream shop in Florida by BuzzFeed this week. The creamery features season and rotating flavors such as Pecan Praline Dulce, Sea Salt Caramel, Sweet Cinnamon, Strong Coffee, Triple Rum Raisin, Snickers Adjacent, Christopher Loves Chocolate, and “He’s Not Worth It,” which the store’s website labels as one of their favorites.
According to BuzzFeed, the ice cream stop features a number of flavors perfect for a hot summer day. “I recently had a cup of the Sweet Cinnamon topped with a scoop of the Christopher Loves Chocolate, which was fantastic — very creamy and flavorful,” Yelp user, Jeff B., posted. “Yesterday, I tried the Passion Fruit Sorbet, which was perfect for a hot humid day in Florida. There are also lots of choices for those who want or need something dairy-free or sugar-free, and they have a variety of toppings — as well as flavored whipped cream choices, too.”
It is even a hit with dogs. “They have ice cream for dogs, which my dog LOVED. They keep it super frozen, so it takes them a while to lick dry — which is nice because it gives you time to eat your ice cream,” Yelp user, Christian R., said.
Residents of West Palm Beach are set to partake in some of the best food and wine in the county as the fifth annual “Pairings” event takes place on Thursday.
The event, which is hosted by the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority in partnership with SunFestand LocalDines.com, will feature more than 25 local restaurant participants. The list includes a pomegranate martini from Leila Restaurant, Cruzan rum cake, key lime tarts, and passion fruit juice from Ganache Bakery Café.
C Street Café will be serving flat bread pizzas, salads, desserts and iced coffees with Clematis staples Longboards and O’Shea’s Irish Pub offering whole roasted locally caught fish served with chardonnay and mini beef and chicken shepherd’s pie paired with wine respectively.
Other participating restaurants and cafés include Bar Louie, The Bee, Duffy’s Sports Grill, E.R. Bradley’s Saloon, Hookah Inn Lounge, Hullabaloo, Les Rendez-vous, Oh My Chocolates, Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar, Starbucks Coffee and Tin Fish.
The event, which will donate the proceeds to Families First of Palm Beach County, is set to bring back its offering of special deals and offers with Palm Beach Dramaworks offering 50 percent off tickets to any of their events prior to June 30 and free segway tour demos from Palm Beach Segway Tours. Other deals include cupcakes and 10 percent off purchases at Library Bookstore and an array of samples and gift certificates from The Sanctuary Salon and Spa.
If you feel like you may have indulged a little too much along the way, Ultima Fitness Downtown is looking to aid with your fitness goals and is offering free trial passes to help with working off all of that food and wine.
Street performers, such as the acoustic piano trio, Screaming J’s, will be showing up along the way with the violinist and DJ, Timothee Lovelock, and blues master, Mister Trombone, bringing their brand of music to the streets of downtown West Palm Beach.
The list includes 14 festivals devoted to an only-in-the Sunshine-State mix of fare that includes Fellesmere’s Frog Leg Festival, Niceville’s Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival, the Kumquat Fest in Dade City and Labelle’s Swamp Cabbage Festival.
Most are held in the winter, but there’s still time to take in two this spring and summer: The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will be held April 29-May 1 in Fernandina Beach near Jacksonville and Key West’s Lobsterfest is August 11 – 14.