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Boca Raton Florida Mortgage | South Florida celebrates Harry Potter today

With lines thinning ever so slightly at the box office to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, everyone is prolonging their Harry Potter fever with a mix of celebration and sadness at the release of his final book Harry Potter and the Death Hallows.

All around South Florida, there will be “Harry Potter Parties” honoring the legend and the midnight book release.

Here is a partial list of local happenings.  Please feel free to leave other times and locations in the comments section.

Location Time
Borders Bookstores 9:30pm Friday
Barnes & Noble Booksellers as early as 7pm Friday
Books & Books
(Coral Gables, Florida)
9pm Friday
Books & Books
(Bal Harbour, Florida)
10am Saturday
Delray Beach Library 12-4pm Saturday
Nova Southeastern University 1pm Saturday
North Regional/BCC Library 2pm Saturday
Broward County Main Library 2pm Thursday
Northwest Regional Library 2:30pm Thursday
Palm Beach County Library
(West Boynton Branch)
call
Palm Beach County Library
(Jupiter Branch)
2pm Saturday
Palm Beach County Library
(Greenacres Branch)
2pm – Adult Party!

Remember… the FREE PUBLIC libraries will have plenty of copies of the book to Check Out if you’re not one of the lucky ones in line to buy what will likely be a huge hit!


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Boca Raton Florida Mortgage | Abe and Louie’s Steak and Seafood, perfect for date night

Boston as come to Boca Raton, Florida with the great steakhouse Abe and Louie’s.   “Best Steakhouse and Wine List 2005” by Boston Magazine and “The Best Cow in Boston” Zagat Survey 2002 now has a location near Town Center Mall in central Boca Raton, Florida.

On your date night, consider a delicious Bone-in Filet with a portabello demi-glace, grilled asparagus and an iceberg wedge with applewood smoked bacon and blue cheese dressing.  Sound good?  Maybe a 20oz Bone-in Ribeye?  A grilled Swordfish steak? Chocolate Souffle for dessert (order 20min in advance).

This is an old school mahogany and leather steak places just oozing with class.  A great wine list and some seasonal specials keep the menu fresh and sumptuous.  The casual-ness of the atmosphere beats the stuffy atmosphere at some of the bigger national names… jeans aren’t turned away at the valet stand!

Call ahead for reservations… especially during “season” when the snowbirds from Up East are plentiful and looking for a taste of back home.

Abe & Louie’s
2200 West Glades Rd
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Tel: (561) 447-0024
Fax: (561)447- 0063

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Boca Raton Florida Mortgage | It is getting really Così in Boca Raton!

 A new banner went up in the Del Mar Shopping Center at the Northwest Corner of Powerline and Palmetto.  Boca Raton, Florida will soon have the newest location of the Così franchise.

cosi map

Known for its warm atmosphere, great coffee and fresh baked breads, Così is a direct competitor to Panera Bread and Einstein Brothers.  Click here for a menu to see what they have to offer.

Così is known for its warm, custom surroundings and comfort foods.  From Warm Apple Cider to make your own S’mores to Sub sandwiches on fresh made artisan breads, Così has something for everyone.

There are already three of these new concepts located in South Florida Macy’s Stores in The Aventura Mall in Aventura, Florida, The Falls Mall in Miami, Florida, The Fashion Mall in Plantation, Florida, and Dadeland Mall in Miami, Florida

Così will add a new business lunch spot to Boca Raton in a much needed area.  With Free Wifi and plenty of space in the former Hollywood Video location, Così will definitely be a hit from day one. 

Look for another Così location to open in snowbird heavy Naples, Florida (Collection at Vanderbilt) in the near future.


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Boca Raton Florida Mortgage | Bloggerazzi & Sellsius SoBe – the new regime in Journalism

MSN Money, Marketwatch, Motley Fool, The Wall Street Journal, The National Enquirer… what do all these names have in common?

They’re good for my SEO rankings?? yes, but that’s not where I’m going… or is it?

During my interviews on the Blog Tour RV with the Sellsius Guys, the topic of conversation took a right turn when best selling author Gerald L Posner and his author/columnist wife Trisha Posner joined in on the fun.

In the middle of a very fruitful conversation for me – when I got a chance to listen to Rudy and Joe while running the cameras on Peter Santiago – our interview changed.

We had been discussing the merits of Blogging and other forms of creating an online presence and how our readers are affecting us. This about-face took us to how we are affecting the world of journalism.

We surmised that perhaps Bloggers are the revolutionaries in the world of Journalism.

Journalists have had such a long run reporting on what they SEE in the world around us. They have schools for people just to learn this craft. These enterprising souls are leaving top universities with laptop and camera in tow to find a job where they can tell the public about the news.

The problem with this model is that most of these people do not have any experience in the industries on which they report!

Bloggers are reporting on what we LIVE!

The hardest part of getting a first job is the lack of experience in that industry. To get hired as a Chef, it is required that you:

  • know how to cook
  • know your way around a professional kitchen
  • generally have the experience to complement the team that is already in place

…without some previous experience, you’re going to have to start at an Applebee’s if you ever want to work your way up to working directly for Tyler Florence, their new celebrity chef spokesperson! and then you’re still going to need some hard core training and/or formal training before Tyler will like your scrambled eggs (his favorite test for new hires).

Why is it that these trades are different than OUR trades?

Here’s a little bit of MY experience that supports my writings:

  • I grew up in my father’s office… he owns a Land Surveying business. He has been a homebuilder. His friends and colleagues are developers, agents, mortgage brokers, contractors, etc…
  • I learned to spot houses and walk off measurements with his licensed surveyor’s training at age 7.
  • I worked in his office answering phones and putting together research at age 12.
  • I ran deeds with him at the courthouse at age 13.
  • At age 15 I spent a summer as a super in one of his homebuilding ventures.
  • At age 16, I had a car so I could run out on my own and do things.
  • After my MBA, I got my Real Estate License. I sold and leased commercial real estate and then ventured into residential.
  • I moved to South Florida where I used my knack for numbers and MBA to move into the Mortgage Industry and haven’t looked back.

Most Journalists can NEVER say this about their lives regarding what they write.

Sure … Carrie Bradshaw’s column on Sex and the City was about her life dating… but that’s lifestyle. What about the Journalists writing about Real Estate or Mortgages?

Is the Blogosphere the new Uber-Media?

When Rudy_Sellsius is running around South Beach with a DVCam is he the epitome of the new Bloggerazzi???

Will the counter-culture of Bloggers eventually overtake the mainstream journalists and periodicals when it comes to reporting from the trenches of an industry?

All indications from the panel of experts on the BlogTour RV was that Authors in general are fine. Book Authors will always be there… but Journalists – Newpaper and Magazine journalists – are vulnerable to this technological coup d’etat.

Where does the best Celebrity Gossip come from? TMZ? Entertainment Tonight?…

No! the world turns to Perez Hilton now!

Even Headline News now has I-Report which has already turned into its own show News to Me!

The tip of the iceberg has been spotted.

The question now becomes if the Titanics of the news media are on the lookout or not.

After a preliminary search of local newspapers, there are one or two journalists blogging – but there are no links to outside bloggers. No bloggers have been brought out of the market to help provide live content. No freelancing by Agents and Brokers regarding the Insider perspective!

Sure – we get one or two liners in an article. We meet a journalist at a little league game and give a soundbite…

a soundbite…

Bloggers are headed for more than a soundbite…

I now have three blogs – ActiveRain, TheMortgageGoToGuy, and the newest is BocaRatonHomeLoan… and a couple more on the way!

I wonder if the local press will pick up on ME and want an insider on their team??


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Boca Raton Florida Mortgage | Day Trip to Miami’s South Beach for a Cafe Cubano

This past Sunday, I ventured out of the house earlier than my 17 month old son usually allows.  I headed down to Miami’s South Beach to meet the guys from Sellsius Real Estate that were in town on their Blog Bus Tour.  Being that living and working in Palm Beach County, Florida keeps me about 50-60 miles North of South Beach, I figured I would make a stop in “my” cuban cafe just off South Beach Florida’s famous Lincoln Road Pedestrian Mall.

David's Cafe I walked from Alton Road down Lincoln Rd and hung a left on Meridian.  Half a block down is where you will find David’s Cafe II.  For those who have never experienced a real Cuban Cafe before, this is definitely something you should not miss when you’re visiting South FloridaDavid’s Cafe has been in existence since 1977 so it has stood the test of time with the Cuban and American populations in South Beach Miami….and for good reason!

cuban coffee_regular Right on the street is an open window where they serve Cafe Cubano 24/7 along with other menu items like the Media Noche sandwich, the traditional Sandwich Cubano and Plantains – either the starchy, double fried Tostones or the sweet uber-caramelized Maduros (my fav).  You can also pick from an assortment of fresh baked Cuban Pastries.

 These fine menu items MUST be paired with one of the traditional Cafes Cubanos … Cuban Coffees.  There are four traditional forms of this wonderful elixir.

  • Cafecito… of Cafe Cubano.  In Italy, they claim this is simply an espresso… but where espresso is dark and bold, cafecito is sweet and sublime.  This is typically brewed right into a cup with cane sugar or cane syrup.  Delicious!  A real Cafe Cubano will have a beautiful espumita.  This is a sweet foam that derives from the mixing of the first drops of the coffee with the sugar.
  • Colada – colada is a BIG Cafe Cubano.  This is a social drink.  You’ll see one person order a Colada and come out with a paper cup full of cafecito.  They will also have what looks like a stack of shot glasses.  The Colada is poured to everyone in the party to share.  Quite communal and wonderful… Sante!
  • Cortadito –  This is a Cafecito with milk… like a cappucino.  Sweet and creamy.
  • Cafe con Leche – this is more of a morning drink.  This is similar to a Cafe au Lait, although some say it is like a Latte.  The Cafe au Lait model is closer because the milk is not typically foamed.  It is half and half hot milk to coffee.  Sometimes they are served separately for you to pour the coffee in yourself.

Cafe CubanoAnyway you like it, Cafe Cubano is a sublime and wonderful way to celebrate Cuban-American culture when you make a visit to South Beach Miami.  The Starbucks across the street doesn’t even put a dent in their business – especially late into the South Beach nights.


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Boca Raton Florida | Dining Magazine Debut

Boca Raton Florida has many great restaurants but just now got a boost from a new Magazine by the publishers of Boca Raton MagazineFlorida Table Magazine is dubbed as the magazine featuring  “South Florida‘s Best Dining and Nightlife”. 

The debut issue of this quarterly just came out and it shows a lot of promise for people visiting the area or residents who just want to read about great new places to go.

 One of my favorite stories in this issue is a quick bit on how to eat Stone Crab claws.  They are delicious and unfortunately very seasonal.  Currently in season, these delicacies are a must have for anyone who has never enjoyed them.


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South Florida Affordable Housing: Political Trade Offs….

South Florida Affordable Housing is a political mess because of tradeoffs that need to happen before anything real can happy in the marketplace.

Catching up on some news today, I saw some big issues being brought up in the ongoing Affordable Housing debates in Palm Beach County, Florida and Broward County, Florida.

I want to isolate a few interrelated issues to get the ball rolling as the sum total of Affordable Housing is just a big complicated mess. Hopefully this will inspire some people to start delving into some of the problems and open their eyes to the areas for improvement everywhere – not just Palm Beach County, Florida.

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