(Dec 2016) – With the holidays coming fast and furious, many of our readers will enjoy the company of out-of-town visitors as well as local friends, family and business colleagues… And Las Olas is definitely Holiday Central! What better way to entertain than dining at one of the dozens of fantastic “Taste of the World” Restaurants & Bistros on Las Olas! Whether its breakfast, lunch, Happy Hour, dinner or late night drinks or dessert, Las Olas is the place to take them… And gifts… well, more gift ideas than you can shake a credit card at. Art Galleries abound which are a delight to discover and art makes a great gift! Here’s a sampling of what you can experience on Las Olas.
The Royal Pig Pub and Restaurant, at 350 East Las Olas – is serving up Chef Prepared Pub Fare with a Louisiana Flair by way of Texas. They are open Christmas day from 4:00 p.m. to midnight with a special Holiday Menu! Their “After 5:00 p.m. Pub Special” is a Braised Pork Shoulder “Porchetta” – Pork Belly Wrapped, Braised Vegetables, Idaho & Sweet Potato Mash, Pork Cracklins, Horseradish Creme Fraiche, and St Germaine Pork Jus. Also, their Happy Hour runs from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with $2.00 off Crafts, Cocktails, Wine and Appetizers. Call (954) 617-7447 or visit www.royalpigpub.com.
For more than a quarter of a century, locals and visitors have found a treasure trove of cards for all occasions at Grand Central Stationery, and with the holidays fast approaching, you would be remiss if you didn’t head over there. The store is at 1227 East Las Olas.
Rod Andreychuk, the store’s owner for the past six years, said that “…we have an outstanding selection of Holiday cards! We also have some great gift items for the library – picture frames, coral, gecko, alligator handled magnifying glasses and letter openers from L’Objet and exquisite lacquered vide poche from J. Fleet.. We also have some beautiful table game sets such as dominos, tic tac toe, playing cards and dice from L’objet new this season.”
Rod has focused on offering the finest stationery and greeting cards from across the country, for every price point. Some of the lines you’ll find are Bernard Maisner and Dempsey and Carroll from New York, the Printery from Long Island and Thornwillow. Crane, William Arthur, Vera Wang and Constance Kay hand crafted greeting cards are some of the other well known lines. In addition to paper, Grand Central represents Faber-Castell, makers of fine quality writing implements.
At Luigi’s Tuscan Grill, at 1105 East Las Olas, you will find a taste of Naples, Italy and Tuscan fare in Fort Lauderdale. It is well known that customers that enter magically feel at home “… as it is as much theirs as it is ours,” according to Luigi Di Meo, Corporate Chef and Co-Owner. And talk about a great gift idea, you can purchase $100.00 gift cards for $75.00 through December 31st. Call (954) 766-8700.
Hoffman’s Chocolates, at 920 ELO, is a gourmet chocolatier offering more than 70 varieties of confections and ice cream. They have an extensive selection of gift ideas… like their Bronze Collection Gift Basket, featuring Milk & Dark Chocolate Marshmallows, Coconut Cashew Crunch, Pretzel Bites, Honey Roasted Peanuts, Dark Chocolate Bar and Snoodle priced at $49.95. Call (954) 368-4320. Visit www.hoffmans.com.
Blue Gallery Offers A Cornucopia Of Art For Holiday Gift Giving
Mixing sophisticated flare with contemporary art, Blue Gallery – at 807 East Las Olas – is a gathering place where art collectors and enthusiasts can embrace the energy and panache of Las Olas Blvd. The alluring open loft-style gallery features landscapes, abstracts, semi-realistic, and figurative styles by many internationally acclaimed contemporary artists and sculptors; also featuring a new collection of photography on Aluminum. Blue Gallery is known for its exclusive collection of Israeli art as well as many other renowned artists, including Will Grant.
Grant studied ceramics in high school and then furthered his education while attending College of the Desert in Palm Springs, California. In 1990 he accepted an invitation to work in a small village in Taiwan making furniture. He was introduced to the art of making furniture out of acrylic and fell in love with the material. Grant eventually became a partner in the company and moved the manufacturing back to Palm Springs, CA were he designed unique furniture pieces and created them out of acrylic. Over the ensuing years, he opened a company in Sarasota, Florida and while still making furniture, he soon discovered that he could take remnants of acrylic and create art forms in sculpture. In 2005, he was introduced to his first artwork by famed Israeli artist, Yaacov Agam and he was instantly inspired by the movement of his pieces.
Since then, Grant has primarily spent his time creating art sculpture forms. He recently started incorporating glass, metal and wood into his acrylic sculptures. “I am constantly inspired by what is around me and I rush to my studio every morning to see what new techniques I can discover,” Grant explained. “My imagination creates endless goals and challenges and the biggest reward is hearing, ‘I just love your work, I have never seen anything like it!’”
A featured Gift Item for the holidays is this Acrylic Rainbow Colors Menorah by artist Will Grant. The cost is $550.00.
J.McLaughlin, at 808 East Las Olas, was started in 1977 by two brothers, Jay and Kevin. Their mission was to create a new American sportswear brand that offered two key components: classic clothes with current relevance and a retail environment that had a neighborhood feel. Obviously they have accomplished what they set out to do, as you’ll see when you stop by to see their extensive selection of clothing. And if you’re looking for a special holiday gift for that man in your life, how about these Silk Twill Ties made of Italian silk in assorted motifs and colors priced at $95.00. For information, call (954) 530-9710 or visit www.jmclaughlin.com.
Wyland Galleries of Fort Lauderdale, at 822 East Las Olas; showcases Fine Ocean and environmental art and contemporary works by World renowned artists. Stephen Harlan, hyper realistic digital illustrator brings new detailed life to his works. Russian master Michael Cheval and his “absurdity” art is an inverted side or reality, a reverse side of logic. It does not emerge from the dreams of surrealists, or the work of sub consciousness.
“As the World’s most collected marine life artist, Wyland changed the way people think about our environment when he started painting life-size whales on the sides of buildings in the 1980s,” said Erin Carr, Gallery Captain at the gallery. Wyland always thought big and he never stopped. Today, the Wyland name has become synonymous with the new generation of awareness about environmental conservation. Through his unique marine life paintings, sculptures, and photography, Wyland has inspired a generation about the importance of marine life conservation. Wyland’s own pieces are highlighted in original oils and watercolors, magnificent bronzes, acrylic sculptures, a wide range of Lucite sculptures, limited-edition giclees, and unique art gift items.
Originally a Sicilian tradition, the Feast of Seven Fishes celebrates “La Vigilia” or Christmas Eve with a culinary experience as magical as the season. This year, Lobster Bar Sea Grille, at 450 East Las Olas; proudly continues this beloved Italian tradition with a dazzling 5-course prix fixe menu and wine pairing offered December 19th thru December 24th. Executive Chef Jeff Pfeiffer will prepare an inspired menu featuring hamachi, Nantucket scallops, Branzino and, of course, Nova Scotia hard shell lobster. Wine Director Bobby Asare will expertly pair each course with a beloved selection from the LBSG cellar. Make your reservations now for their Feast of the Seven Fishes, priced at $125.00 plus tax & gratuity. Call (954) 772-2675.
Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, a Brazilian Churrascaria at 2400 East Las Olas, is actually named after chimarrao, a traditional drink of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, that symbolizes hospitality and friendship-certainly lives up to its name.
“We have a pre fixe menu called the “Rodizio” dinner which includes a table side meat service with unlimited helpings of 16 different cuts of rotisserie meat served by our Gaucho Chefs,” said Melissa Stamolis, Chima’s Sales & Events Manager. Dinner includes a gourmet salad bar as well as appetizers and side dishes which are also unlimited.
And talk about charm and ambiance… Gauchos roam the dining room continuously offering exquisite churrasco of over 16 rotisserie meats including top sirloin, filet, ribs, lamb, pork, chicken, sausage and fish. Chima’s sumptuous salad bar blends Brazilian and American favorites from salads, cold cuts, cheeses, soup and traditional Brazilian hot dishes.
Chima would like to help you start your holiday shopping early this year with a gift card promotion for your perfect gift. Receive a $25 dinner card for every $100 gift card you purchase from now until December 31st, 2016. Call (954)867-7200.
After 30 years in business, Deborah James boutiques with locations in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, are synonymous with emerging designers and innovative designs in apparel, shoes and accessories from Europe and the United States. Their Las Olas store is at 623 ELO.
Deborah James travels to Europe and around the US using her acute sense of style to select from fashion’s newest designers and discover the season’s key trends. “Good fashion is ageless. At Deborah James, we appeal to all ages. It’s really about having current, fashion right merchandise- apparel, shoes, and accessories,” Deborah noted. Deborah has also developed her own Private Label to fill voids she feels are missing in the market.
You’ll find an exciting selection of gifts that any woman would be thrilled with… One example is their Ling Wu Exotic Phython Handbag priced at $1,098.00. For information, call (954) 524-2585, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.deborahjames.com.