Jess Swanson

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Ten Best Suburban Restaurants in Broward

    Cities tend to get all the cred when it comes to dining. It's usually the downtown areas and restaurant strips that host all the trendy bars and eateries -- hey, that's just the way it is. For the most part, if you're looking for chef-driven fare, emerging concepts, great cocktails, or craft beer, ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    Ten Reasons FAT Village's Art Walk Is Better Than Wynwood's

    Every second Saturday of the month, hordes of people make the trek down to Wynwood in Miami for its art walk. It's hip, urban, and usually overshadows FAT Village's ArtWalk in downtown Fort Lauderdale. But it shouldn't. Since Wynwood's art walk is on the second Saturday and FAT Village's is on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    Ten Best Romantic Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

    Love: it's supposed to be in the air right now. Soon enough, it will be time to pull out the red, the pink, and the heart shapes to celebrate the international holiday of adoration. Whether you're ready for it or not, it's supposed to be the day you demonstrate your deep sentimental feelings. Sur ... More >>

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    November 4, 2013

    Five Mind-Altering Beverages That Won't Land You a DUI

    Alcoholic or not, you shouldn't get behind the wheel if you're not in your right mind. But sometimes the designated driver wants to have fun too and not worry about getting baited at a DUI checkpoint. While the rest of your friends are doing tequila shots at the bar, stick to these drinks and you ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    At Mustard Seed Bistro, Mother of Four Bakes Flavorful Cupcakes

    When the Boyds opened their quaint, French-inspired eatery Mustard Seed Bistro, they underestimated the potential of Lara's baking because it was her husband, Tim, who was at the culinary helm whipping up bison tenderloins or tomato risottos with mushrooms. But within the first year, Lara began to e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop: Charitable Drinking Leads to Looney Mayhem On Saturday

    The CDC defines binge drinking as a man consuming more than five drinks, and a woman four, in a span of two hours. Well, this past Saturday at Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop's third event of the year, some attendees boasted eight drinks in that time. But don't worry, the proceeds went to charity. This is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Try The Inebriating Elixir At Mystic Water Kava Bar Before It's Banned

    Intricately intertwined in the folklore of the South Pacific, islanders from this remote pocket of the globe would drink this intoxicating pepper root, kava, for its relaxing, blissful properties. It took almost 3,000 years for this potent plant to reach our shores. But now that it's here at the Mys ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    21-Year Old Launches Vegan Cupcake Business in Fort Lauderdale

    Manning her vegan cupcakes at a booth all by herself at the Yellow Green Farmer's Market, 21-year-old Ariel Silvers has been awake since before dawn and has already frosted seven-dozen cupcakes. She baked them all the night before. With her apron tied tightly around her waist and a shy smile, you'd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Intimate Italian Eatery Pomodoro's in Oakland Park Reopens After Four Years

    Usually when a restaurant closes, we're left twiddling our thumbs looking for something to fill the void of our rumbling stomachs. For the most part, internet research will lead you to an eatery reminiscent of the one you used to love, but restaurants are like snow flakes, no two will satiate patron ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Inebriated Runners Wearing TSA Costumes Near Airport Swarmed by Police

    Dubbing themselves "a drinking club with a running problem," Fort Lauderdale's Hash House Harriers went on their usual Monday night run last week. Runners never know in advance the exact route their leader has planned, but they sometimes get a hint. This week, they knew that the run would be TSA-the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Broward's 11-Year-Old Food Blogger Says the Darndest Things (VIDEO)

    As most kids spend their summers wheeling around Hot Wheels and idly watching Nickelodeon on the tube, 11-year-old Wyatt prefers to dine at Broward's restaurants with his family, and then dutifully-announce his thoughts on his self-published food blog, Wyatt Tastes Good. We had lunch with him and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Behind the Scenes of Yelp's Coveted Elite Event

    In this day in age, when a strand of anonymous hair is found in one's food, there is a knee-jerk reaction to report it on Yelp. But since the Broward-Palm Beach Yelp launched last March, the user-generated review site can be more than a catharsis to restaurant debacles, in fact nowadays it's just li ... More >>