If you follow me online you have no doubt seen my posts about my adventures on the Moke. The question that everyone (including one of WPB’s Finest who stopped me to ask about it) wants answered:
What is a Moke?
What began as a military invention for the British army in the late 1950s became a cultural touch point with celebrity fans like Brigitte Bardot, Princess Margaret, Emperor Rosko and the Beach Boys. Created by the British Motor Company and Alec Issigonis, the father of the original Austin Mini, the Moke was designed to be combat ready, a car that could be parachuted from the skies. While its life as a military vehicle didn’t last too long, the open-air car became beloved by stars, surfers and Caribbean travelers. Moke became synonymous with easy breezy island chic. See more history here.
My Moke was the electric version. It had a top speed of 25 mph with a range of 40 miles on a full charge. More than enough to tear up West Palm Beach.
You can get a Moke for your own at Palm Beach Garage. I borrowed one for the weekend, and this is what I did:
I’m up at 5am every day. With Sunrise hitting at just after 6am I have more than enough time to cruise up to Palm Beach and watch the sunrise from the iconic Clock Tower at Worth Avenue.
Each year from October to April, on Saturday mornings the waterfront is taken over the West Palm Beach Green Market. Get breakfast, your veggies, mushrooms, pickles, dog treats, crab cakes, acai bowls, freshly pressed sugarcane juice, whatever you want you got it. It’s the kind of place that you’d expect to find Martha Stewart shopping, who as a matter of fact stops in every season.
This week was special as it was the last week that “Flagler Shore” was going to be open, so it made sense to take the Moke down for a spin. I utilized my special privilege as aGuyonClematis and grabbed a free parking spot on Flagler Shore.
That evening we took the Moke down to the Flagler Drive in the South End and got some epic drone footage of us driving around Flagler. Along the way we bumped into friends and gave free rides on the Moke.
Sunday we cruised on down to the brand new Grandview Public Market, the amazing new spot in the Warehouse District. It was easy parking for the Moke as we headed in to get some of that amazing Rabbit Cold Brew Coffee which we nursed for the next couple hours as we continued our tour of West Palm Beach.
You know that you’re living in a cosmopolitan town, when on a Wednesday evening, you can walk into the stunning Hilton West Palm and join 40+ local foodies and wine lovers on Chef Miguel Santiago’s “Tour of the Mediterranean”.
The dinner started with a reception by the pool, wine was served with delicious pass-around hors d’oeuvres. The weather was perfect, but the threat of rain moved the event from the poolside lawn inside.
The wine dinner featured a chef-driven, four-course pairing menu which included lobster thermidor, Catalonian beef-stuffed potatoes, and sinful espresso panna cotta topped with kataifi, marcona almonds, and shaved chocolate.
It was fantastic.
Each course is accompanied by fine wines from Private Cask Imports, like Arnaud Baillot, Cave de Hunawhir, Château Labastide Orliac, and Château Fargueirol.
The dinner started with the Wild Mushroom Bisque which was buttery smooth with white winter truffle essence and delicious steamed Maitake. Cauliflower is trendy again, and the second course brought us a blend of cauliflower textures. Crispy, mousseline, pickled and crumbs. The combination was fascinating, it was paired with a Gewürztraminer “Cave de Hunawihr” a fruit-forward wine which was a bold choice for a second wine, but worked well.
The final course was the lobster thermidor and beef filet which was paired with Labastide Orliac “Le prince” Bordeaux Blend.
Chef Miguel Santiago and his team did a fantastic job on this, stay tuned for upcoming events. The plan is to have one wine dinner a month. Don’t miss the next one.
It’s game time and you know what that means?! Roxy’s Pub Annual Block Party! Come watch the game on a HUGE LCD screen with FULL dynamic sound! Tons of giveaways, games, entertainment, music by DJ JayR, and more!!
2. Super Bowl LII at Grease Burger, Beer and Whiskey Bar
Join Grease Burger for Super Bowl LII with THE MOST TVs in Downtown West Palm, Game Sound ON and $.75 Wings, $2.50 Sliders, Beer Bucket Specials and $5 Monkey in Paradise Cocktails. Grease is located at 213 Clematis St. For more information, visit www.greasewpb.com.
Are you a TOP CHEF hiding behind the facade of a salty sailor? Then wait no longer to wow us with your best chili recipe!
NFL Superbowl LII Kickoff is @ 6:30PM. Come watch the game and enjoy the best chili around with your PBSC family.
4. Super Bowl at the Galley
BOOM! Foodies and football fans have something super to cheer
for while watching their favorite teams rally on Sunday, February 4 at the newly redesigned Galley at Hilton West Palm Beach. The modern charmer has just unveiled its ultimate Big Game bar menu, featuring fully loaded nachos, gourmet cheesesteaks, juicy lobster roll sliders, and more.
“We take pride in offering a great dining experience for our guests and football fans,” said John Parkinson, general manager of Hilton West Palm Beach. “We’re continually sourcing new and creative ways to enhance the game-day experience, from all-American chicken wings to designing the most tender cheeseburger you’ve ever tasted.”
West Palm Brewery is having a ticketed party for The Big Game on Feb. 4th. Come watch the Patriots vs the Eagles at our brewery!
To attend, you must purchase a ticket for $40. One ticket per person. Ticket includes 4 drinks of select beers and wines. After 4 included drinks, you are welcome to purchase more.
The ticket also includes a variety of food, buffet style, by Chef Andrew: Pizzas, Wings and Sandwiches!
Tickets will go on sale online Friday, Jan 26th through Eventbrite, and the link will be posted here. Tickets are limited, so make sure to buy one when they go on sale. Once the tickets are sold, we will not allow any extra guests.
We will not be open to the public the day of The Big Game, except for those who have purchased tickets, from 4-11pm. We hope to see you there!
7. Patriots vs. Eagles Super Bowl Watch Party at Dorrian’s Red Hand
Head to Dorrian’s Red Hand for Super Bowl Sunday starting at 5:30 p.m. Dorrian’s Red Hand is located at 215 Clematis St. For more information, visit www.dorrians-wpb.com.
8. 🏈🏈 Super Bowl Sunday @ Banko Cantina 🏈🏈
This Sunday @ Banko Cantina come watch the NFLs two best teams face off live! Watch the big game on all the Tv’s with sound (1st floor & Rooftop) $200 Beer Pong Tournament
Joe DeRosa firing up food on the grill durring the game!
The “Palm Beach County Fair” started in March 1912. It was a four-day event under a single tent on the grounds of the old Palm Beach County Courthouse. The county, split from Dade only three years earlier, wanted a forum to show off its winter crops, livestock and booming real estate.
The county’s godfather, Henry Flagler, sweetened the pot by offering cash prizes for farmers and others who displayed their wares. The fair moved the following year to a site just to the north, near the railroad depot.
The article continues through the early years and explains that the name was changed to the South Florida Fair in 1980 when they moved to their permanent location at the South Florida Fairgrounds.
This year South Florida Fair is making history with its inclusion of the United States’ largest travelling Ferris Wheel, the “Midway Sky Eye”. It’s massive and impossible to miss, especially when the lights come on. If anyone shows you their pictures of the fair, I’d venture to say that it is the centerpiece of many, if not most, of the pictures taken.
The massive wheel reaches a peak height of 155 feet and is comprised of more than 500 pieces. It reaches so high that it requires FAA clearance, which has already been obtained. The Ferriswheel is equipped with more than 524,000 individual LED red, green, blue, yellow, orange and purple lights, making it the brightest spectacle at the fair, and requires more than six miles of electrical wiring. The 36 gondolas hold six riders each, who can see for miles from the top.
We went to the Fair this last Sunday and enjoyed the Ferris Wheel in the evening. While the view of the fair was stunning, at 155ft a day time trip around will give you a great view of miles of the surrounding Palm Beach County. Also pro-tip, wear a sweather / hat / scarf, because it is COLD on the top. A ride on the Midway Sky Eye is not covered by a ride wristband or tickets. The cost is $5/ride.
I enjoyed Lady Houdini’s show a lot. Come early for this one, because you’ll want to have a good seat and every show was packed.
Lady Houdini, the name given to Kristen Johnson by an Inside Edition producer at CBS Studios in New York has definitely stuck. Especially since she broke immortal Harry Houdini’s record for the most Water Torture Cell escapes ever performed, which historians and magic aficionados worldwide estimate to be just over one thousand. She broke Houdini’s record in 2012 as she successfully performed her 1,001st public escape during the Georgia State Fair at the Atlanta Speedway. She is currently at over 1,950 attempts and counting.
We missed Lady Houdini last year when she was booked to perform at the Fair but the day before she was going to open, she and her husband were involved in a terrible car accident & had to cancel their show. The accident was devastating to the team and involved multiple surgeries and months in the hospital and physical therapy. The driver that hit them was texting so a very clear message against distracted driving has been woven into the show.
Kevin Ridgeway on stage with the seat from their car from the accident
You may have seen Kazual on America’s Got Talent or the Maury Show, but we saw this family group of 3 brothers and a cousin at the fair. They mix the sounds of R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop, some Country & pop together to create an experience they call “the Kazual experience”.
They perform at 12, 2 and 6pm at the Community Stage
The Ice Parades Skating Show
We always end our trip with the ice show. This year the theme was “parades around the world”, so each choreographed ice dance was themed to a different parade. From Carnival to OktoberFest, to the Day of the Dead (which featured “Thriller”) it was all there. Tons of energy and a great way to end the day at the fair.
On Friday night I was visiting Vincent Toscano at the “speakeasy” on Clematis Street (If you don’t know where that is, then you’ll have to find it for yourself). I watched him pour a Monkey in Paradise drink, and I realized that I had a bunch of questions from my interview with, Monkey in Paradise creator, Alex Kowtun which I didn’t have space for in the printed column, but had never published independently.
In the article that was published by Palms West Monthly, I ask Alex: What is Monkey in Paradise, where Monkey In Paradise Vodka is made, what his favorite part of South Florida, where his favorite places in WPB are, and what the best party of the season will be.
So before you continue, read the original article and get the answer to these questions.
aGuyonClematis: How did you come up with Monkey in Paradise?
About a two years ago, Cofounders, Frank Gomez, Seth Goldberg and I thought that fun, monkey drink markers might “break the ice” & help people talk to each other in social situations–instead staring at their mobile devices. It worked. The Monkey In Paradise monkey cocktail markers became popular as people took them to events, traveled with them and took cool pictures in fun places. This gave birth to the Monkey In Paradise Instagram account. The Instagram account grew to over 20,000 followers before there was even an idea for products. At this time we realized that Monkey In Paradise was a strong social media marketing platform and it was time to do more with it. We researched the liquor industry and found that the industry as a whole was behind on social media marketing. That’s when we decided to launch, Monkey In Paradise Vodka. The vodka went to market one year ago and has been extremely successful in the Palm Beach county market.
aGuyonClematis: What is the age group that Monkey in Paradise focuses on. Is it just a young people’s thing or do you attract an older crowd.
Our age focus is males and females ages 21-35, and believe it or not females over 40. Our brand is identified with a small plastic MIP cocktail marker. These monkeys are served on drinks at bars and restaurants when any type of Monkey In Paradise vodka cocktail is ordered. Due to the popularity of the cocktail maker, our target demographic takes photos of it, shares on social media, and most importantly, breaks the ice and has a better social experience meeting new people.
aGuyonClematis: Why is Monkey In Paradise marketed with fancy cars and beautiful girls?
Growing up, attractive women and rare cars were part of my personal definition of paradise. It is true that the MIP Monkey icebreaker is often photographed with exotic cars, jets, and beautiful people having fun. However, MIP is about making everyone feel like a VIP with MIP– making socializing and networking easier, and making every day more fun for all. Regardless of how YOU define your paradise, MIP is there to help you find or make the most of it
Cars & Coffee Palm Beach is Florida’s largest and most prestigious monthly auto event, with 1500-3500 display vehicles and up to 22,000 spectators each month. Being a sponsor and part of the events has brought us tremendous brand awareness and opened up doors to many new opportunities. Thanks to a variety of news outlets, social media, and the event’s media partner duPont Registry, Cars & Coffee Palm Beach and its sponsors like MIP enjoy a monthly global audience of many millions, and the chance to showcase all that the event, its vendors, the venue, & South Florida have to offer. In addition to tens of thousands of locals, the event attracts thousands of tourists from all over the state, country, and even world who travel to West Palm Beach throughout the year specifically to enjoy the show as spectators, special guests, and/or showcased vendors. That is great for the local economy and all it has to offer.
Which monkey in Paradise drinks would you recommend for our readers to order next time they go out?
Our best selling drink now is the Moscow Monkey. The drink consists of ginger beer, Monkey In Paradise Vodka, mint, and a lime. The Moscow Monkey is even featured on the cocktail menu at Grease, on Clematis street. Grease also features $5 Monkey In Paradise cocktails all day Thursday and Sunday for NFL football.
What are your plans for the future of the monkey in Paradise brand will you have additional Signature Events coming up.
Monkey In Paradise is currently in a tremendous growth phase. Two months ago, we recruited a seasoned CEO, Controller, and Director of sales. We have been adding on new restaurants and bars daily and now will be sold at ABC liquor in Florida. Additionally, Monkey In Paradise is going in to distribution in the state of Georgia in mid-November. We have weekly events all over south Florida, and with season approaching, you can expect even more. Please visit our our facebook page to keep up with the events!
What is your vision for the future of Monkey In Paradise.
First and foremost, Life is difficult, but there is no reason it can’t be FUN. Regardless of whether you drink vodka or not, MIP is about bringing people together to make life easier and more enjoyable. With that being said, I would like to see Monkey In Paradise to continue to grow and have a national presence by becoming the vodka of choice for people ages 21-35 and females over 40!
Driving through downtown and seeing the massive tent that is currently set up at the “Tent Site” is a good indication that Palm Beach Art Week is coming.
For more information about Palm Beach Art Week go to the Art Synergy website which has links to all the events from Boca to Northwood in West Palm Beach.
There is a LOT going on, if you want to you can have multiple art events every day till the end of the month. But here are some highlights you won’t want to miss.
1. Art Palm Beach
Palm Beach Convention Center 17-21 January 2018
ArtPalmBeach is South Florida’s longest running mid-winter fair dedicated to contemporary, emerging, and modern masterworks of the art of the 20th and 21st centuries. The internationally renowned premiere contemporary art fair at the Palm Beach County Convention Center will be celebrating its 21st edition.
During ArtPalmBeach 2018 visitors will take part in an immersive art experience as they gain access to crucial information about art and collecting in a comprehensive manner that reflects today’s modern market. ArtPalmBeach will offer visitors an unprecedented in-depth experience of all the art world has to offer.
Marzia Ellero Ransom is a Renaissance artist. Her work spans from painting and photography, to sculpture and video installations. Marzia also teaches several disciplines at the University of West Florida and Pensacola State College in Pensacola, FL.
Ransom, who was born in Italy, earned her first degree in graphic design and photography then received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art from UWF. After earning a master’s degree in painting and photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she moved back to Pensacola and is now an instructor in the CFPA. Her resume grew even more when she was chosen to be the resident artist this year
Ars Musae, which is “muses of the arts” in Latin.
3. Urban Stories Festival
WPB Waterfront & Clematis Street January 27 – 28, 2018
The Urban Stories Festival is a two-day storytelling event celebrating West Palm Beach, Florida—what was, what is, what could be.
The goals are to engage the West Palm Beach Community. To share experiences, celebrate diversity, find common ground and support literacy.
Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Clematis Street January 23-27, 2018
The 23rd Annual International Festival of Photography and Digital Imaging. “Where Creativity and Technology Fuse.” Produced by the Palm Beach Photographic Centre more information can be found at: FOTOfusion.org
To see what this event is like, watch this video from 2012
The week will be packed with events and will culminate with the FOTOvision event on the Great Lawn on Friday, Jan 26th.
FOTOvision on the Great Lawn, Downtown West Palm Beach
Palm Beach Photographic Centre’s Annual Night of Pictures! Join our show Producer Scott Mc Kiernan, for this FREE evening event and experience photography from across the globe.
Featuring: World Premieres of 365: a Visual Review of 2017, ‘The Year of Mother Nature’. and ‘Island of Hope: Puerto Rico Aftermath’ thru the eyes of all-time Pulitzer winner photojournalist, Carol Guzy and Back-Stories featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers, their editors and their actual subjects.
As well as, witness amazing work by internationally acclaimed 2018 FOTOfusion faculty.
FOTOvision will be held at the Lakeside Pavilion located at 101 S. Flagler Drive in Downtown West Palm Beach.
Sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority and The Arts and Entertainment District.
6. Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary
Tent Site: 825 S Dixie Hwy January 11th – 15th, 2018
Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary (PBM+C), presented by Art Miami and sponsored by the City of West Palm Beach will return for its second edition in West Palm Beach City’s Tent Site (825 S Dixie Hwy & Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach) located directly behind the new Restoration Hardware on Thursday, January 11th, 2018.
The fair will open on Thursday evening with an exclusive VIP Preview at 5:00pm benefiting The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, The Joe Namath Neurological Research Center and the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. The Fair is sponsored by Christie’s International Real Estate, “The Official Luxury Real Estate sponsor of Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary,” and together with its international affiliates, will host an elegant booth at the main entrance of the fair, showcasing luxury residential property offerings from around the world.
Tickets are $15 for a single day and $55 for a multiple days.