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Hidden Gardens at Victoria Park

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The Hidden Gardens Blog

Trader Joe's comes to Fort Lauderdale

Posted on February 1, 2016 at 7:45 PM

...And it is really close!! Even closer to Hidden Gardens than Whole Foods Market, Victoria Park locals are thrilled to welcome Trader Joe's to the neighborhood.

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the Foxy Brown

Posted on January 4, 2016 at 6:05 PM

This is a dynamite little place and one of the closest restaurants to Hidden Gardens. the Foxy Brown is a great place to unwind, have a nice glass of wine and grab a bite to eat. Make sure to walk over early though, the secret is out...

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Chima Brazilian Steakhouse

Posted on November 29, 2015 at 8:10 PM

 I just went to Chima for the first time a few weeks ago. I'd heard about it, but the opportunity arose, with some friends who were game, so we went. First I have to say, Chima is a restaurant experience, not merely a place to eat. Having said that, it is also one of the most beautiful an...

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Luigi's Coal Fired Pizza

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 7:50 AM

 So I've written about Pizza before, but I'm revisiting the subject as I've come to love Luigi's as 'the' place to get a Pizza. I didn't include Luigi's originally because they don't deliver, however, the problem has been solved by

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The Tiny Little Tea Leaf

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 3:05 PM

 Yes, we have 24hr. Walgreens and 7-11's close by, but the very closest place (just two blocks away) to get that last minute item is 'The Tiny Little Tea Leaf'. This is a real 'Mom and Pop' convenience store, just round the corner, owned and operated by Ruth and John. Great if you want to pop-out quickly for a bottle of wine, beer or soda. Not only that, they ...

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Fresh Market vs Publix... or Whole Foods?

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 10:35 AM

 The Fresh Market is a newer supermarket to Fort Lauderdale and I have to say, I find myself going there more and more. It's very clean and well organized, but what really sets it apart is the excellent selection of prepared meals. Always 10 different freshly made salads ready to go, fresh sushi...

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Sushi Rock - Las Olas

Posted on June 8, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Sushi has come a long way since a slice of raw fish was draped over a bit of wasabi and a ball of sticky rice. If you love Sushi like me and want to be completely blown away by the imagination of a sushi chef,

Sushi Rock is for you.

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Got Room Service? yep...Delivery Dudes

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM

I love delivery. If I'm exhausted and get to sit down to a 5 star meal, while flicking through the TV channels, and not hashing out a meal in the kitchen... I feel I've cheated the system somehow and won. It is a guilty pleasure for sure. Delivery Dudes have picked up on this sentiment, so now I can eat out just about anywhere and never le...

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Good Morning... now where is Starbucks?

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Ok, ok, we have two Starbucks within close proximity, so don't panic. One to the northeast across the street from the Galleria Mall on East Sunrise Blvd and the other is to the southwest, on the corner of Federal Hwy and Broward Blvd. I'd go to the one up on E Sunrise because there's lots of parking up there and not much at the Broward/Federal shop. Ok, all better now? phew.

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Kilwins Confectionary and Ice Cream

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 1:15 PM

  Nothing accompanies the Florida sun like an ice cream cone and Kilwins has got you covered. Take a stroll from Hidden Gardens down to Las Olas Blvd, be convinced you've earned a special treat, and walk into this amazing chocolate shop. If you're anything like me, you won't be able to leave empty hand...

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Sublime... Transcendence

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 7:25 AM

  I am NOT a vegetarian. I tried it once, but, well, I missed a juicy steak. I went to Sublime, begrudgingly, for a birthday party dinner. It's not that I'm against healthy eating, it just seems so much 'health food' out there decidedly chooses nutrition over taste. I've a...

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Don't miss -Cafe Vico

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Dining-out for a newcomer to Fort Lauderdale can be tough. With so many choices and our beach style strip malls, sometimes it can be difficult to identify a good restaurant merely by sight. This is where the advice of a local comes in handy. Cafe Vico is just such a spot. You might drive by it...

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Sage French Cafe and Wine - superbe!

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 7:05 PM

I think Sage is best described as a 'Country French Restaurant'. It has that French cafe feeling, they hold wine tastings every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month and the service is classic French- superbe. The fare is comfort food at its best. I'd have nearly anything on the menu, but If you need...

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Christina Wan's Fine Chinese Cuisine

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Christina Wan's has been around for a long time, and any restaurant in this town with that much staying power, has got to have something special. Loved by locals and tourists alike, Christina Wan's is sure to please from outstanding service to exceptional cuisine. Many thanks to our fo...

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the BEST Pizza... Delivered

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 7:55 AM

I did the legwork and after extensive testing, I've narrowed the choices down to one. The best place to get a pizza delivered to Hidden Gardens is... Giogio's Brick Oven Pizza.


Glad to say these guys do it right, so I've popped a

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Cheap Eats at Tijuana Flats

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Tijuana Flats is a funky, Tex-Mex burrito and taco restaurant.  The food takes about the same amount of time to arrive as the Arbys or Burger King just down the street, costs about the same, but it's probably healthier for you and definitely tastes better.

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Restaurants at the Galleria Mall

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Some of Fort Lauderdale's best rated restaurants are up at the Galleria Mall! Now that might not normally sound appetizing, but believe me, once you arrive and the valet parks your car, any preconceptions of dining at the Mall -vanishes. 


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15th Street Fisheries

Posted on November 26, 2013 at 7:45 AM

Aside from a gorgeous view and great seafood, you can feed the giant tarpon! Between 5 and 6pm at the 15th Street Fisheries dockside restaurant, you can feed these big guys and see them up close.


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The Jungle Queen

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 7:55 AM

The Jungle Queen is Fort Lauderdales' oldest and most recognizable riverboat on the Intracoastal waterways. Available for daytime sightseeing cruises and evening dinner cruises, this local institution is a 'must board' for anyone passin' through town.

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Croissan'Time -not just bread

Posted on November 16, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Being a local, you get to know a few places. Croissan'Time has been my favorite cafe-bakery, very close to Hidden Gardens, for a very, very long time. Showcasing international foods, gourmet-pastries, fresh bread and the best croissants anywhere bar none, this place can make a Sunday morning breakfast feel like a special treat.

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