Fort Lauderdale

  • Sanctuary Church Officials Aim for Shops, Affordable Housing

    In an effort to “grow” their community, leaders of Sanctuary Church in Fort Lauderdale announced plans to redevelop their church site.

  • Scandals to Close Sunday After 13 Years

    Line dance fans will soon have to find somewhere else to do-si-do. After 13 years, Scandals Saloon is closing. Owner Ken Kelley announced the closure of the bar, located on Northeast 6 Avenue, on Facebook Monday.

  • Second Sex Offender Worked At Pride Center

    Robert Bryant came to work as a maintenance employee at the Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors on August 27, 2013, two years before the playground for children opened up there. He was terminated involuntarily on September 12, 2016, one year after it opened.

  • SFGNites: Opera, Wicked and More

  • Should Fort Lauderdale Pass a Non-Discrimination Ordinance?

    Activist Michael Rajner is accusing Fort Lauderdale mayoral candidates Vice Mayor Bruce Roberts and Commissioner Dean Trantalis of not supporting a non-discrimination ordinance to protect LGBT residents.

  • Stretch of Busy Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale Scheduled to be Closed until Friday Evening

    (SS) Closures and construction this week:

  • Study Names Fort Lauderdale Least Safe City in U.S.

    Fort Lauderdale may be a sunny place to visit, but one study says it’s one of the least safe cities to live in.

  • Sunrise Beach Wedding To Celebrate Marriage Equality in FL

    The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched a "Love is Love" initiative to marry both LGBT and straight couples from across the nation in an historic collective wedding ceremony.

  • Super Bowls: A Local Look at the Latest Food Fad Sweeping the Country

    Bowlicious

    1823 E. Commercial, Fort Lauderdale

    954-328-2695

    eatbowlicious.com

    The fastest growing trend in fast casual dining is the bowl-based meal, featuring a choice of grains or green for a base, various veggies and a protein. The latest entry into the super bowl competition is the best yet. Thoughtful consideration of the fine details is what sets Bowlicious apart. Paying attention to the small details, such as using gluten-free soy sauce, having a chef-driven menu featuring locally sourced fresh-pressed juices and organic sodas, as well as well-trained folks working the line makes all the difference.

    What sets Bowlicious apart from places with similar concepts? Let’s start from the bottom up. The base, both the regular $7.99 and large $10.99, includes a choice of two. While the mixed greens are your basic blend, the kale-spinach salad gets a pop of brightness from sliced strawberries. The quinoa is enlivened with notes of citrus and champagne and a Peruvian favorite, cilantro basmati rice adds a nice freshness. Only the sweet potato noodles disappoint, adding neither the spice expected or a nice chewiness. I suspect our batch was a bit undercooked. 

    Veggie options include several vegan-friendly selections such as; crispy pieces of cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes, glazed mushrooms, rosemary garlic broccoli, spicy Asian green beans, balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts and one non-vegan option, Moroccan cauliflower, lightly coated in yogurt before being roasted for a rich, deep flavor. The proteins available are all top notch. Peruvian grilled chicken is by far the star dish, followed closely behind by Carolina-style pulled pork, grilled sirloin (as good as you’ll get at a steak house) and ahi tuna poke (the last two of which will add a couple of bucks to your tab). Ginger chicken and Szechuan tofu round out the delicious toppers for those looking for a little more kick to their dish. Sauce selections range from a spicy three pepper blend to sweet ginger or creamy basil-spinach pesto.

    There are a few add-ons including beet salad, a yummy pineapple-infused slaw, marinated grape tomatoes and sliced avocado. While they are all delicious, none are really necessary to complete your dish. To accompany your meal there are a few beverage options, all prepared from organic products. There are bottled cold-pressed juices as well as fountain-dispensed organic carbonated sodas, made from cane sugar, with the expected flavors (cola, root beer and ginger beer) as well as more exotic offerings (cucumber, coconut and blood orange).

    Beehive Kitchen

    6312 North Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale

    954-541-8787

    200 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

    954-607-2836

    beehive-kitchen.com

    Since I last reported on Beehive Kitchen, it has opened a second location in the heart of downtown. The format remains the same; build a bowl, starting with a base of rice, grains or greens (or a combination of any two) adding veggies, a protein and a sauce. The small bowl, priced at $7.95 offers a choice of one veggie and one protein, while the larger bowl, priced at $9.95, offers two veggies and two proteins to the base, with steak and tuna poke adding a couple bucks to the total bill. Beehive gets points for its innovative protein options, including sesame-citrus tofu, almond crusted chicken and numerous gluten-free options.

    Diced

    4 Locations in Miami area

    dicedfood.com

    Diced follows a format similar to Beehive Kitchen and Bowlicious, but also offers the option of having your meal as a wrap. The base is a choice of a combo of rice and beans or over greens as a salad. The protein options are rather limited (chicken, steak, tuna) and the veggies are fairly plain, meaning not augmented with sauces or spices, which may be an enticement for more finicky eaters. There is only one size option, priced at $7.49 for chicken or tuna, a buck more for steak, quinoa is also a buck extra. A heavy hand with the numerous sauce and cheese options makes it easy to veer away from the healthy aspect of the menu. Diced also offers several smoothie choices.

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    Recently Restaurant News listed its “Next Gen” of restaurant chains. These are places that are either new entries and/or feature a fast-growing market. If you haven’t seen these brands yet, you will be soon. The top 10 restaurants range from snack providers and fast casual dining to sports bars and mid-level sit-down establishments. They are: Wetzel's Pretzels, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, Golden Chick, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, Duffy's Sports Grill(locally based in Palm Beach County), True Food Kitchen, BurgerFi, 54th Street Grill & Bar, Del Frisco's Grille and Eddie V's Prime Seafood.

    Football season is here, and The Balcony, 1309 E Las Olas Blvd., has specials for the season – so get your pom poms ready! Since nothing goes with football quite like ice-cold beer, they’re offering beer bucket specials (each with five chilled bottles) including; Bud Light Buckets for $16 and either Heineken/Heineken Light or Corona/Corona Light for $25. Fans will also be able to enjoy wings (8), flatbreads and sliders (3) for $10. The specials are available Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Games will be played on the TVs on both levels.

    Rather than spending the High Holidays in the kitchen, celebrate Rosh Hashanah dinner and the Yom Kippur breakfast with family and friends and let TooJay’s, with 28 restaurants throughout Florida, do the cooking.Multiple dine-in seatings are offered for Rosh Hashanah, which begins Sunday evening, September 9 (reservations are required). Pick-up orders may be placed in advance for Rosh Hashanah dinner and Yom Kippur breakfast, which is Wednesday evening, September 19. The Rosh Hashanah menu includes baked cod with potato stuffing and emerald sauce; grilled London broil; lean and tender brisket; and herb roasted chicken. All dine-in entrees include a glass of kosher wine, made-from-scratch matzo ball soup, gefilte fish or chopped liver, carrot tsimmes, mini potato pancakes, coffee or tea and a holiday dessert. For the classic Yom Kippur breakfast, TooJay’s offers platters of sliced Nova, smoked whitefish, baked salmon, whitefish salad, bagels and accompaniments. Blintzes and other holiday favorites are also available. 

  • Superheroes and Celebrities Swarm SoFlo

    Queer superhero Super Gay donned her rainbow headpiece and cape, waving her light-up wand at Supercon attendees while decreeing: “Be queer. Arise. Be fabulous.”

  • Take That Jack Seiler

    LGBT activists left a very public message for Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler outside of City Hall last night.

  • Task Force Hosts Intimate Fort Lauderdale Party

    On an exclusive isle off Las Olas Boulevard, members of the National LGBTQ Task Force gathered to raise money.

  • The 25th Annual Southern Comfort Conference Comes to Broward

    When walking into the Southern Comfort Conference, one was greeted with a sense of calm.

  • The Southern Comfort Trans Conference Returns to Fort Lauderdale Sept. 14-16

    The name and location have changed, but the tradition remains the same.

  • TheFitExpo Takes Over Fort Lauderdale Convention Center

    Thousands of fitness enthusiasts gathered at Fort Lauderdale Convention Center over the weekend to share their passion for working out.

  • This Unique Fort Lauderdale Art ‘Event’ Reserved Strictly for the Guys

    If the impending spring months have got you itching to try something new, consider gathering up those art supplies for a different kind of Sunday experience.

  • To Market, To Market…

    Just because there aren’t large ethnic neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale doesn’t mean you can’t find ethnic markets. Name any international cuisine and you can find a store carrying just what you need to whip up some traditional dishes at home. Whether you are looking for comfort food from your childhood or trying out a new dish that may be exotic to you, you’re certain to find it in one of these places. Many of them also have small cafes, so even if the only thing you know how to make is reservations, you can still sample the delicacies of the world.

  • Tony & Gloria: That’s Entertainment

    A mainstay of Wilton Manors and Fort Lauderdale, Tony and Gloria began their musical careers on 52nd Street in Manhattan, and have played up and down the East Coast, from New York to Key West for years.

  • Trans Activist Attacked in Her Home

    Yesterday, Dec. 20, Arianna Lint, transgender activist and founder of TransLatina Coalition, was attacked in her Fort Lauderdale home by an unknown assailant.

  • Trans Conference Arrives in Fort Lauderdale

    Southern Comfort Conference is in South Florida for the first time