Palm Beach Gardens has grown quickly from a sleepy small neighborhood community to a thriving city of over 50,000 people. The Gardens was built on neighborhood affordable family living. One area within the Gardens that has kept the small town dream alive is Frenchman’s Cove.
Frenchman’s Cove Palm Beach Gardens homes are just 34 single family detached dwellings. The real estate in Frenchman’s Cove is valuable because of its location. Located off Prosperity Farms Road, North of PGA Boulevard and off of Flamingo Road, lies Coastal Circle.
These custom homes range from 1900 square feet to just over 3000 square feet under air. Most have swimming pools and lots of luxury features inside. The development started in the early 1980’s and now has lush mature tropical landscaping. Close by to just about everything including the Beaches, Palm Beach Gardens Mall, Palm Beach International Airport, public golf courses, schools, and an array of fine dining all under the warm year round weather of the South Florida sun.
This sophisticated Mediterranean 5-bedroom split floorplan with study is situated on a cul-de-sac with ½ acre of property. Breathtaking double fairway, lake & bridge views are enjoyed from the oasis of the private fenced yard, loggia, 36×18 pool, and over 50 tropical trees. A paver driveway takes you to the inviting French doors. Teak floors, crown molding & faux cast-stone columns highlight the dining room. The living room has volume beam ceilings. The gourmet kitchen has an enormous granite Island, Sub-Zero, and 6-burner Viking range along with plentiful storage, all overlooking the stone fireplace in the family room. The master suite is huge, with dressing area, 2 California walk-ins, and a marble, remodeled bath with a 2-showerhead atrium shower. New roof in 2005.
Being in real estate, I run into a lot of people. South Florida draws from the east coast and many people take some summer trips to Chicago. When they ask me where to go to eat, I always recommend my personal favorite, Ron of Japan. That is, of course, after I give them the hot dog and deep dish pizza scoops!
On a recent visit to my hometown of Chicago, we went to my Ron of Japan. I think I celebrated something like 25 birthdays at “Ron-O” starting from age 7. Ron of Japan is by far the best Japanese Steakhouse I’ve ever experienced. You must get the Crown dinner. The Crown is served with a chicken-based soup with small onion chives. Very tasty. Then comes a salad with absolutely the best dressing I’ve ever had. It’s kind of a combination of thick 1000 Island but not as acidic and heavier in texture. It’s delish. You must order two or hope your child doesn’t like salad so you can take theirs.
The highlight comes early. The oil is spread. The shrimp are placed down in a perfect circular crown (just like the Ron-O logo) and the yolk sauce is laid down on each individual prawn. According to our chef, the yolk sauce, or as we call it, “the cholesterol sauce”, is a combination of yolk and a boatload of oil. It’s bright yellow and thick in texture. It’s addictive and OH SO GOOD! Anyhow, the chef lights the fire and Wham! Kids go scurrying for cover and everyone’s heart drops as the shrimp are set ablaze. Our chef, who will remain nameless, put on a pyromaniacal show. This cook wasn’t going to do a lame volcano. No, this was the “Chicago Fire”. And he went on and on lighting fires. No need to go for an eyebrow wax if you sit too close. The shrimp just melts in your mouth. Dip the shrimp in the secret combination soy-teriyaki sauce. It just melts in your mouth, “like butter”. I recommend ordering an extra one. Perhaps with your meal to spread out the joy.
Next comes the Teppan Vegetables. Mixtures of onions, carrots, zucchini and mushrooms are grilled to perfection. Take some leftover yolk sauce and dunk it in the sauce. Mmm. Bean Sprouts follow and are a real sleeper.
Optional is the fried rice. You have to be nuts not to order it. Chopped up eggs, and all sorts of veggies and meat goodies are in there. Also, with a little fire. It’s served in a separate bowl. At this point you need to loosen the belt and slow down a bit. Your entre is coming. Get the Filet Mignon! I’ve tried the chicken, shrimp, sirloin, lobster, crab. Hey – they are all great, but the filet is out of this world and that’s what Ron of Japan does best. It’s great. Dip it in the sauce and savor it. It’s just a delight.
Desert finally comes. Choices of ice cream or pineapple. It it’s your birthday, everyone comes and sings to you while clapping their hands. I’ve heard the birthday song more in Japanese than in English. Still don’t know the words, but I’m so full and happy that I don’t care.
Your clothes will smell like Ron of Japan when you go. Yes, they have big exhausts, but it’s inevitable. You will also gain 3 pounds, but who cares. The experience is worth it. Choose from Northbrook at 633 Skokie Boulevard at (847) 564-5900 or downtown Chicago at 230 East Ontario Street. The phone number for Ron of Japan is (312) 644-6500.
That blob of low pressure about 300 miles east of Martinique is showing “some signs of improved organization” and it’s likely to become a tropical depression later today, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
Officially, forecasters give the system a 90 percent chance of forming a tropical depression or tropical storm in the next two days.
The system is moving west-northwest at about 15 mph. A hurricane hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the area this morning.
The eventual track of this system is unknown, computer model tracks of where it will be several days from now vary from east of the Bahamas to over Hispaniola and off the northeast coast of Cuba, the National Weather Service reports.
For 2011 PGA Women’s Cancer Awareness Day which raised $108,000!!
In Photo: (L-R) Elaine Solomon (co-chair), Jeff Lichtenstein, Sue McClay (Jeff’s assistant who helped with photos)
Women’s Cancer Awareness 2011 at PGA National
Hats off to Jeff Lichtenstein, Elaine Solomon, Marsha Boyes, Judy Furlotte, and everyone else who contributed so much to the 5th Annual PGA Women’s Cancer Awareness Day!
Besides golf, tennis, croquet, running, cards & luncheon, this year’s festivities featured a nighttime auction. Incredible trips and prizes and the community’s generosity raised $108,000 for the Ella Milbank Foshay Cancer Center at Jupiter Medical Center, specifically the Daniel C. Searle Clinical Trials Access Program. This important program helps provide access to more than 50 clinical trials for our community members who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Jeff’s Mom, Bette Lichtenstein, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer last fall. Laser radiation treatment & chemotherapy went on for 2 months following diagnosis. After a month’s rest and even playing in this event, Jeff’s Mom had her esophagus removed.
“Thankfully, all is well and my Mom is doing great. Mom is partaking in clinical trials to try to help others understand the cause so future generations won’t have to go through these terrible battles. I’m personally so grateful to everyone who participated and gave.”