Sneak Peek: The New Trader Joe's Delray Beach Opens Friday, September 5 (Photos)

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All photos by Nicole Danna
Trader Joe's, the California-based specialty grocery chain with a fanatical following, will open the doors to its second Palm Beach County store on Friday, September 5, in Delray Beach. If you can't make it to the grand opening party, store captain Jeff Schall provided a special sneak peak at the new store so you can at least feel like you're a part of the festivities.

See also: Trader Joe's in Pembroke Pines Is Now Hiring

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Killer Pastrami Sandwiches at Blue Willy's Barbecue, But Only on Thursdays

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Nicole Danna
The brisket pastrami sandwich from Blue Willy's Barbecue in Pompano Beach.
Most Texans will tell you the secret to blue-ribbon brisket is hours and hours of slow, smoky, moist heat. It's what helps transform the meat's connective tissue (all that collagen) to a gelatinous, tender state. Most barbecue places take a hunk of flat cut beef to undergo the process; rarely do you see a place that takes the navel plate end of the brisket to make pastrami.

Lucky for us, Blue Willy's in Pompano Beach is one of them.

It's not every day you get to sample something so decadently delicious. Which is probably why owner Will Banks doesn't serve it every day.

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Starbucks Releases Pumpkin Spice Latte August 25, if You Have the Passcode

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Here in the land of endless summer, we need all the help we can get remembering that -- at least everywhere else in the country -- cold weather is on its way. For Floridians, there's no better harbinger for the change of seasons than the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, lovingly referred to as the PSL.

If you're equally fanatical about all things festive and fall, this time of year can't come soon enough. Luckily, the nationwide coffeehouse has bumped up the seasonal flavor's official release date -- along with the salted caramel mocha -- for customers wielding a special code on August 25.

See Also: Corona Beer 12-ounce Bottle Recalled

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Movie Filming at 3rd & 3rd in Delray Beach, Hosting a Grand Reopening September 1

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Delray Beach native and After Midnight actor Vance Vlasek with 3rd & 3rd owner John Paul Kline.
A full-length feature movie began filming in Delray Beach's historic Artists Alley district last week, and neighborhood bar and restaurant 3rd & 3rd has been in use as the main backdrop for the movie's story line.

For those of you who think you can act while, say, making a drink behind the bar, head over to Delray Beach and offer your services. The film crew is still looking for extras and will continue shooting through the end of the month.

See Also: First Look: Delray's New Hidden Gem 3rd & 3rd

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Doorstep Delivery Now Bringing Food to You in Fort Lauderdale

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Doorstep Delivery is now available in Fort Lauderdale.
Tired of getting your delivery pizza two hours after you place the order? Or have you tried the local food delivery service only to get food that arrived cold and unrecognizable?

Well, not if you try Doorstep Delivery. At least that's the goal, according to regional franchise owners and Florida natives Kyle Sorel and Jacqui Avello.

The duo were recently given the rights to operate a Doorstep Delivery service in Broward County, one of nearly 100 Doorstep Delivery models available nationwide.

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John the Baker Relocates Pizzeria, Celebrates Grand Opening Today

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John the Baker employee and the owner's son, Johnny Scinicariello, prepare the restaurant's new pizza ovens.
Longtime South Florida pizzeria and Italian restaurant John the Baker will celebrate its grand opening at a new location today. The restaurant, which was closed for a month, will reopen at 11 a.m., Monday, August 11.

Owner John Scincariello told Clean Plate Charlie the move from his 10-year-old Cooper City restaurant to its new location was a welcome one. When a neighboring business decided to expand, Scincariello agreed to end his lease early and relocate about ten miles away.

See also: Nick's New Haven-Style Pizzeria Celebrates Its Coral Springs Grand Opening

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American German Club Announces Miss Oktoberfest 2014 Finalists and Steinlifting Competition

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The finalists for the American German Club of the Palm Beach's 2014 Miss Oktoberfest competition have been selected, and Clean Plate Charlie has the details on how you can get involved in the upcoming pageant and official coronation dinner.

On Saturday, August 16 the Lake Worth all-volunteer, non-profit social club will host its second annual Miss Oktoberfest pageant, as well as the finals for the region's Masskrugstemmen championship -- or stein lifting competition.

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Stout Bar & Grill in Fort Lauderdale Revamps the Menu

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Shrimp and avocado ceviche at Stout Bar & Grill.
Driving past Stout Bar & Grill in Fort Lauderdale, it can be all too easy to assume the establishment is just another Irish pub. But step inside, and you'll realize you should never judge a restaurant by its name.

Sure, it has all the usual Irish pub requirements: Over 40 HDTV screens, booth and table seating for up to 200, and a beautiful hand-crafted copper bar offering about 100 different whiskeys, 50 beers, and more than two dozen wines. But it's the menu that proves this isn't your average bar -- and you won't be ordering the usual bar fare.

Stout Bar & Grill opened just over two years ago off Andrew's Blvd., a concept inspired by the Irish heritage of owner Simon Kearney. But while Irish dishes like shepherd's pie, bangers and mash, lamb stew and corned beef and cabbage have been mastered here, it's the specialty selections created by executive chef Charlie Miller that make Stout stand out from the bar crowd.

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Two-Day Lobster Mini-Season Begins at Midnight

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Florida lobster mini-season begins at midnight.
What will you be doing at midnight? Getting into bed -- or the ocean? If you're crazy about lobster, you just might be celebrating the start of the 2014 Florida mini-season, which takes place this Wednesday and Thursday.

While most of the 50,000 registered sport-season lobster hunters will be in the Keys, thousands of recreational divers and snorkelers will be on the hunt for spiny lobster right here in South Florida.

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El Bohio Offers a Mix of Cuban and American Cuisine in Lantana

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Seafood ceviche at El Bohio in Lantana.
In Palm Beach County, we know good Cuban food. From Jupiter to Boca Raton, there are literally dozens of establishments that specialize in peddling meat-filled empanadas, hand-pressed cuban sandwiches, homemade pulpeta (Cuban meatloaf), velvety flan and a colada.

Luckily, the area also boasts a wide range of Cuban concepts, everything from authentic upscale restaurants to small, family-style eateries. But it's the casual walk-up counter spots -- the cafe Cubanos open all hours of day and night -- that seem to present the most authentic experience. And that's exactly what you'll find at El Bohio, a long-time Cuban pit stop off Federal Highway in Lantana.

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