Meet Katie Choy, Author of Family Secrets Cookbook

Katie and I have known each other for several years now. Her three children and my daughter swim on the same swim team. Over the last couple of years or so, I’ve learned more about her. Let me tell you something… Katie is amazing! Read on!!

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Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born and raised north of Pittsburgh in rural Western Pennsylvania. I moved to South Florida in 1994 to work as a travel nurse at the Jupiter Medical Center, where I met my husband Rogelio. In the short time I was here, he convinced me to marry him and make my home in Jupiter! We married in 1995, and in the next three years, had three beautiful babies. We have raised our children on the Loxahatchee River and have one cat, KitKat. Our oldest son has left the nest and made his home in the San Fransisco Bay Area as a computer programmer.

Why did you first decide to make a cookbook?
The idea to make the cookbook came about years ago. I loved my Mother-in-law’s food, and it was so different from what I had ever had. I used to watch her cook and write down the recipes. When the kids came along, I had no time, and it was put on hold. Once they were older, I started learning to cook from her again. I was collecting them purely for my own use, and one day my husband said, “You should publish this.” I sort of chuckled, but kept the idea in the back of my head.

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Presenting Christine Najac, director of South Florida Food and Wine, with her copy. She also gave an amazing review quote for back cover.

How did you get started on the book? How long did it take from start to finish?
I can’t tell you the exact date I started the book, since I had been collecting recipes for a long time. I hit a lot of roadblocks along the way, and I am very busy with my family, so it was a long process. I would safely say that from when I took it seriously, until the book was actually published, has been at least 5-6 years.

What do you find most challenging about making the book?
The most challenging part of the book for me was actually submitting the work. I tend to feel things aren’t “good enough” and have high expectations. Letting go, and realizing it will never be perfect was my obstacle to overcome.

Presenting Mike Moir, owner of Food Shack and Leftovers, his copy. He gave an awesome review quote for back cover.
Presenting Mike Moir, owner of Food Shack and Leftovers, his copy. He gave an awesome review quote for back cover.

 

What is the most rewarding thing about the final project?
The most rewarding part of the final project is knowing I am helping to contribute to the medical care for the underserved people of Peru. A portion of the proceeds goes directly to the Peruvian American Medical Society providing clinics and medical mission trips in the remote regions. Peru educated my husband, and I want to give back.

Do you have a favorite recipe from the book?
My favorite recipe…that is so hard, because most every recipe is my favorite. Well…..except the beef tongue (that is my husband’s favorite)!

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Do you plan on doing a book tour?
I have no tour scheduled yet, but I would love to do a book tour!

What does your family think about the book?
My family loves the book. They better, because they were all a part of it. My husband and daughter did the photography, my oldest son created the iBook version, my younger son helped with the writing and editing, and my cousin did the professional editing. It was truly a family affair.

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Where can we find out more about Family Secrets Peruvian-Chinese Cuisine?
You can learn more about Family Secrets at katiechoy.com. I am doing my own marketing and distribution and will ship anywhere in the U.S., or locals can contact me directly at katichoy@outlook.com. to get their signed copy.

Is there anything else you would like is to know?
I am fortunate enough to have wonderful friends who have hosted some book-signing parties in their home to help spread the word. I am planning on attending local events such as The Benjamin School’s Kid’s Corner holiday shopping and Harbourside’s Farmers market. After the holidays, I would like to start offering personalized cooking classes. I have an exciting event scheduled for April at the Oakland Park Culinary Art Showcase. I have a lot of ideas in the works. I have been asked to arrange culinary trips to Peru, and am in the process of working with a local travel agency to make this happen. We are scrambling to put the first one together for late February.

Thank you Katie, for sharing your story! Congratulations on this wonderful project!!

Thanks for reading the blog, friends! Please support our local business owners & entrepreneurs. They are a very important part of our little slice of South Florida.  Northern Palm Beach County has many small businesses that make living here great! I’m totally ordering a few (signed) copies of this gorgeous cookbook for the chefs in my life. What great holiday gifts!! – ❤️ Nicole

Fall Weekend Funtimes In Jupiter Florida

It’s that time of year again! As we get closer to the holidays (gulp!) and the weather gets cooler, we seem to have a lot more weekend activities to choose from. This weekend is no exception! Check out all the fun stuff there is to do!

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Saturday, October 24thBlueline Surf & Paddle Co. is having a Haunted Moon Paddle from 6:00PM. Subject to weather. You must RSVP for this event.

Saturday, October 24th – Downtown Abacoa is having their 1st Annual Barks & Beaches Event from 10am-4pm. Bring your pet for fun and enjoy great food, pumpkin decorating & children’s activities, along with music, a variety of arts and crafts, vendors, a dog wash station, complimentary bicycle helmets for kids, agility demonstrations, a Doggie Fun Zone, safety demonstrations, and much more. PLUS, a Doggie Halloween costume contest, and an Adoption Event! 

Saturday, October 24th – From 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s Turtleween 2015. A free, fun, family event! Costume Contest, Face Painting, Trick-or-Treating and more!

Saturday, October 24thHalloween Skate Contest5:00-9:00 PM | Jupiter Skate Park South. Entry Fee: $5 per participant. Age Groups: 11 & Under, 12-15 & 16 & up.

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Saturday, November 7thTequesta’s 5th Annual Chili Cook-off & Beer Tasting. The event raises funds for Southeast Florida Honor Flight, Inc., Operation 300, Renewal Coalition and the Village of Tequesta’s Friends of Public Safety.

What are your weekend plans? Know anything good going on that I missed? Let me know in the comments.

Got a  minute? Check out the views from our newest, seasonal rental on Jupiter Island! Click Here for more photos.

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Are you thinking of buying, selling or moving in the Northern Palm Beach County area? Interested in how much your current home is worth? Just let me know, I’m happy to help, just contact me! Myself and the rest of the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would LOVE to help you! As always, thanks for reading the blog friends. Have a lovely weekend! ❤️ Nicole

Date Night In Northern Palm Beach County

Living in South Florida has a lot of perks. One perk is being able to get out & about, all year long. So, let’s talk about what to do in Northern Palm Beach County when you’re in the mood for a date night. My husband and I like to get out and enjoy as much as we can. Here are a few of our favorite, local spots.

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It’s all about the romance when you stroll Jupiter, Florida’s approx 3.4 miles of gorgeous beaches. I recommend hitting up the Juno Beach Pier and any one of the beautiful beach access points along Beach Road. You can even bring Fido, if you stroll on the Dog Beach!

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Work up a thirst with all that beach strolling? No worries, you’ve got LOTS of options! One of our favorite spots to grab a beer and sit by the water is The Square Grouper. You can see the lighthouse and the inlet. You can’t beat that view! Across the street on the intracoastal side is Guanabanas. A tropical landscaped restaurant and watering hole. Sit back under the large banyan trees and watch the paddle boarders go by!

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New to the area is Harbourside Place. Located on Jupiter’s Riverwalk, Harbourside offers a variety of restaurants, shops, a farmer’s market and plenty of live music and events. No matter what the day, there’s plenty to do! Be sure to check out Tiger Woods’ new place The Woods (try the cotton candy, it’s on the dessert menu), and Calaveras Cantina, who offer the coldest beers I’ve ever had!

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Maybe the outdoors isn’t your thing every night. Then give the new Cinépolis Jupiter | Movie Theaters a try. They have comfy seats that you can snuggle with your honey, seat side service and a full menu! It’s a fabulous way to see that new blockbuster you’ve been looking forward to!

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If a beautiful hotel room is more your speed, Jupiter has two, gorgeous choices. Relax beach side at the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa. With a secluded beach and full service spa, Jupiter Beach Resort is the perfect place to unwind in paradise!

Just down the street, enjoy “laid-back luxury and modern elegance” on the bank of Jupiter’s Intracoastal Waterway, at the Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place.

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The perfect event for a great date night is coming up! Saturday October 10th, an exciting evening of food, wine and entertainment is Abacoa’s premier event of the Season: Abacoa Wines Around The World. You do need tickets for this event, so don’t miss out!

All these ideas are nice, but maybe just maybe, staying on the couch sounds perfect for you. That’s cool, pick out your favorite flick and call up the Chow Cab! Lucky us, Jupiter now has an awesome delivery service that hits up all the great restaurants we have around here! I suggest, Love Actually and food from Leftover’s Cafe!

Jupiter, Florida has so many more options that I didn’t mention. What are your favorite North Palm Beach County date night spots? No matter where you end up, enjoy your weekend, friends! ❤️ Nicole

Happy Friday

We’ll, it looks like us South Floridians may be in for a very wet and windy weekend. I was going to put together a list of local events for you guys, but let’s face it, Tropical Storm Erika will have most of us on the couch with Netflix, listening to the rain come down!

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There is one event I hope you all check out, before it gets stormy. Furry Friends Adoptions & Clinic is having their Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic this Saturday, from 8:00am – 2:30pm. The weather is going to be just fine and there will be doggies….on surfboards!! Plus, great food, vendors, music and more! This event will benefit Furry Friends Adoption & Clinic, a 501c3 not for profit animal rescue organization located in Jupiter. #DontShopAdopt

I do plan on getting out & about for a little while this weekend. My best friend will be in town and we love to hit up the awesome, local businesses in our area. Follow me on SnapChat (nikolina100), Periscope (nikolina100) & Instagram to see what we’re up to!

Stay safe out there friends. – Nicole

 

Local Weekend Events – August 21, 2015

Happy Friday peeps! Have you made plans for your weekend yet? If not, no worries. I’ve got a list of awesomely fun, local choices on the blog today.

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Friday, August 21: Catch the movie Grease on the waterfront at Harbourside Place. This free event runs from 6:00-10:00PM.

Saturday, August 22: Marinelife Day at The Gardens Mall – The free family event will be held on Saturday, August 22, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Grand Court of The Gardens Mall and will spotlight Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s (LMC) world-renowned sea turtle and ocean conservation programs.

Sunday, August 23: Furry Friends Adoption and Clinic‘s Adoption event at Another Broken Egg in Harbourside Place (Jupiter) from 9:30am to 11:00am. They have so many, really cute, very loving dogs & puppies that need forever homes. #DontShopAdopt

Sunday, August 23: Riverwalk Greenmarket from 10:00am-2:00pm. You’ll find a wide assortment of produce, specialty foods, baked goods, women’s accessories, home, health, crafts, and more!

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Save The Date: Beginning September 19th from 9 am-2 pm, El Sol’s Garden Market will open. All proceeds will return back to El Sol to fund and expand their current programs.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Be sure and check back in with the blog next week, I have some VERY exciting blog interviews coming up!! Cheers, Nicole

Wednesday’s Motivation

It’s Wednesday friends! We’re halfway to the weekend. Yay!! It’s been a hectic week already for me. The kiddos headed back to school and our summer life is officially over (sad face). However, with every new school year comes the reminder that Fall is right around the corner. Fall is my favorite Season! Pumpkins, sweaters (sorta, it is So. Fl. after all), and selling & listing houses in my favorite town! So chin up buttercups, it’s Wednesday!

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Did you check out my New Listing post from yesterday? It’s a great little house, right here in Jupiter, Florida. Contact me if you’d like more info on this home or any others in the Northern Palm Beach County area. – Nicole

Local Weekend Events – August 14th, 2015

Happy Friday, friends! It’s the last weekend of summer before our Palm Beach County students head back to class. I have mixed feelings about the school year starting. The pros, the kids stay busy, life has a defined schedule and of course that new school supply smell. The cons, the kids stay busy, life has a defined schedule and of course the lines at office supply stores! Haha! So I put together a list to help you squeeze the last bit of fun out of the summer. Enjoy!

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Friday, August 14th: Food Truck Invasion at Downtown Abacoa. Be sure and visit the Bite Gastrotruck, they’re my favorite!

Saturday, August 15th: Enjoy the Candyland Experience at PGA National from Noon – 4PM.

Saturday, August 15th: Catch a free concert down by the water at Harbourside Place. A family friendly event from 6:00-10:00PM.

Sunday, August 16th: The last day to cash in on the 2015 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday. Be sure and support some of my favorite local retailers like Maggie & Mae, BinkaGirl, Alexandra Gioia, and Unhinged Boutique.

There’s still time to sign up you and your pooch for the Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic, Saturday August 29th, brought to us by Furry Friends Adoption and Clinic. Get a 30 minute surf lesson with your dog!! Get your tickets here!

and for next month…

Saturday & Sunday, September 12th & 13th: Ocean Warrior Challenge – Music, Food & Vendors – Sponsored by a ton of your favorite local companies. Surf SUP Challenge & Open Ocean Challenges for the whole family!

Do you have an upcoming event you’d like me to share? Feel free to email me all the details. I just may use it on my next Local Events post.

Thanks for reading friends…have a wonderful weekend! – Nicole

Going To The Movies In Jupiter Just Got A Whole Lot Better

Growing up in Jupiter we always had the Jupiter Movie Theater as a place to go. It was where we first learned to have our Moms drop us off at the far side of the plaza, so we wouldn’t be seen getting out of her car. Mortifying!! Looking back though, of course our Moms were driving us, we were in middle school. Who did we think we were fooling?? Haha!

But I digress. Having a movie theater was totally awesome. However, over the years it slowly went downhill. Showing it’s age and never being updated. Your feet would definitely stick to the floor, every time. The chairs were gross and over all, it just wasn’t a fun theater to go to. Once the theater at Downtown at The Gardens was built, I never went back to the Jupiter Theater.

That has forever been changed! Guys!! We have a Cinépolis Theater, right here in Jupiter now, and It. Is. AWESOME.

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My husband and I went this past weekend to see Mission Impossible. The theater was really beautiful inside! I felt like we were walking into a really nice hotel lobby.

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IMG_8462Now, arriving early to the movie doesn’t mean you have to wait in an almost empty theater. Pull up a stool at the bar & enjoy a frosty beverage. They even have my favorite, local beer on tap. The Chancellor by TBC! Don’t have time to finish your beer before the show starts? No worries, just bring it in with you!

Cinépolis Jupiter offers two different ways to see a movie.

From their website: “The theater’s “Cinépolis Luxury Cinema” auditoriums offer guests a luxury movie-going experience with fully reclining leather seats and in-theater waiter service and dining with full bar, available at the touch of a button. Guests of the theater’s “Cinépolis” auditoriums can enjoy a premium theater experience with comfortable seating and access to the gourmet menu and full bar in the lobby area.”

We opted for the Luxury Cinema and loved it! Large comfortable chairs that allow you to put your feet up, seat side service and a full menu were features that made our visit very enjoyable.

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We enjoyed the chicken fingers & the Chocolate & Carmel Popcorn. They were both very tasty!

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We give this theater  Two Thumbs Up! Have you been? Did you like it? Tell me what your favorite thing about it is. If you haven’t been, go now!!

 

Local Weekend Events – August 7th, 2015

Happy Friday peeps! I’m always looking for fun ways to enjoy Northern Palm Beach County on the weekends. I thought you might like to do the same, so I rounded up some happenings…just for you!

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Friday, August 7th: Buy-One-Get-One Free Admission for Children ages 6-18, at the Jupiter Lighthouse for National Lighthouse Day. Hours: 10am-4pm (last tour leaves at 4pm.)

Friday, August 7th: Back to school shopping. Tax Free week starts Friday Aug 7th – Aug 16th. Be sure and support all our fabulous, local shops!

Friday, August 7th: Sunset Puppy Social – Pick up your boards at Blueline Surf & Paddle Co and head on up to Harbourside Place with your fur babies! RSVP is required.

Saturday, August 8th: The Craft Beer Bash at PGA National will focus on showcasing more than 120 brews from local breweries including Due South Brewing., Tequesta Brewing Co. and Funky Buddha Brewery, as well as Boulevard, Ommegang, Peak Organic and Founders Brewing Co. Tickets to the beer festival cost $35, and $50 for VIP passes which include a souvenir T-shirt, a tasting mug and early admission. Prices are $10 more at the door. Tickets can be purchased at https://pgacraftbeerbash.eventbrite.com or by calling 855-896-4762. Tickets to the beer pairing can be purchased at https://pgacraftbeerdinner.eventbrite.com.

Saturday, August 8th: Back To School Night at Roger Dean Stadium 4:30 – 9:00 PM – The first 500 kids 15 and under will receive a complimentary backpack as they walk through the gates. Plus, visit with several vendor booths along our concourse to fill those backpacks with much-needed school supplies.

Saturday, August 8th: Sailfish Marina and Resort is hosting its third year celebrating an event: Singer Island Spiny LobsterFest. 12-8PM – A pet and family friendly event!

All Day, Every Day: Relax and enjoy our gorgeous beaches. Kayak, snorkel, fish, boat, sunbath, etc. The choice is yours, anything goes!

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Also, you’ll probably want to clear next weekend’s schedule for these upcoming good times too!

Friday, August 14th: Food Truck Invasion at Downtown Abacoa. Be sure and visit the Bite Gastrotruck, they’re my favorite!

Saturday, August 15th: There’s still time to sign up you and your pooch for the Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic, brought to us by Furry Friends Adoption and Clinic. Get a 30 minute surf lesson with your dog!! Get your tickets here!

and for next month…

Saturday & Sunday, September 12th & 13th: Ocean Warrior Challenge – Music, Food & Vendors – Sponsored by a ton of your favorite local companies. Surf SUP Challenge & Open Ocean Challenges for the whole family!

Do you have an upcoming event you’d like me to share? Feel free to email me all the details. I just may use it on my next Local Events post.

Thanks for reading friends…have a wonderful weekend! – Nicole