It’s that time of year. During season, we get incredibly busy in and out of work. That means I end up having so much I could blog about, that when I sit down to actually do it I get overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. I have a lot individual restaurant, boutique and travel posts (I still have to share the rest of my Europe photos) that I’m hoping to catch up during the month of December, but in the meantime, these are some of the best things I’ve done lately.
1. Researching the “Best of South Florida” issue for Gold Coast and Boca Life
It’s always fun to do our “Best Of” issue. I love local businesses and it’s great to get a chance to scope out the best ones. I learned about a lot of great new spots this year, from a cafe that serves creme brulee French toast (Hibiscus Cafe) to tourist trip that’s worth venturing to for its amazing Key lime pie (Bob Roth’s New River Groves) to a shop with more than 50 types of freshly made donuts (Dandee Donuts). Managing Editor Nila and I were the photographers on this one, which meant we got to meet a lot of the shop owners and gain an even better appreciation for their businesses. Here are some of my shots for the piece. Read the full “Best Of” on our website.
2. The Walking with Anthony Foundation’s “Movement for Change: It’s Time to Soar” Red Carpet Event
I couldn’t be more grateful to my friend Aimee for inviting me to this amazing event. I originally posted about it here, but actually experiencing the event was an entirely different story. The transformation of the hangar at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport was stunning. The room glowed in red and white (the organization’s signature colors) and I was so impressed at how cool the event was, with 300 attendees and an atmosphere that felt more like a chic lounge or nightclub than a charity event. I’ve never seen so many people dancing at this type of event. Not only that, but the event raised more than $150,000 for a great cause. Listening to the speakers and watching the event videos gave me chills – it made me realize how quickly and how easily lives can change, and how grateful I am for my health. I was in a bad car accident almost five years ago and broke my back, and listening to the speakers at this event reminded me how lucky I am that day wasn’t much worse.
3. Various media dinners and events
Like I mentioned before, I hope to have lots of restaurant posts coming your way in December! In the meantime, here are some great events I attended in the last few months.