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After Their First Rebuilding Season Under Coach Partridge by Steven Gonzalez Photos: JC Ridley The Florida Atlantic Owls enter Head Coach Charlie Partridge’s second season following a tumultuous, and somewhat unexpected 3-9 initial campaign. What looked to be a promising season and a squad ripe for bowl eligibility turned into a mess of mismanaged play-calling …

Photo: Ben Hicks Freesurfer and Owner of Living Water Surf School The struggle is real growing up surfing in South Florida. What was your experience like? Well, obviously here you have to surf every time there’s waves, even when it’s like knee high. What I’ve found is, if you can get good in the stuff …

Street Style Mexican, Minus The Street Photos: Kelly Coulson Walk into El Jefe Luchador, and one of the first thing’s you’ll notice is the Mexican wrestling masks hanging on the wall. As you approach the counter, your eyes will probably wander to the old school posters tiled as wallpaper. The theme is evident, but once …

By Doug Fairall Photos: Ben Hicks It all started with Europe. The country of Belgium, to be precise. Almost ten years ago, Bill McFee, his wife Maria, and friend Keith DeLoach found themselves 4,600 miles away from home in a world where dozens of beer styles were common, including those brewed by Catholic monks. This was …

Photo: Aurelius Ordway When it comes down to it, there are numerous forms of art. From scholarly Monet-esque painting to graffiti murals, this form of entertainment ranges from technique, colors used, and even preference. One can look at tattooing the same way. A more permanent form of art, it requires intense concentration, unique style and, most importantly, …

Photos: Jack Bates If you have been to Leftovers, you’ve probably been to Food Shack, Mike Moir’s first establish-ment. Mike had no problem rattling off the exact date of Food Shack’s opening, January 24, 2002. About five years later, it was time for Leftovers. A chef first, Mike said “It was a dream, and I …

Photo: Jack Bates Guanabanas is in a league of its own when it comes to South Florida restaurants. It’s one thing to serve 100% locally sourced seafood, but it’s a whole other ballgame when serving a restaurant that can seat approximately 300 people and is six tenths of an acre in size. Top that off …

Photography by Ben Hicks Papa’s Raw Bar is a local spot through and through. Their motto, “Eat, Drink, and Be Local” says it all. And if you don’t want to do all three of those things, you’re probably in the wrong spot. They just hit their one year anniversary, and things are booming. Being under …

By Cash W. Lambert Photography by Ben Hicks There’s a 20-acre plot in Boca Raton where nature’s happenings aren’t stopped by man. And because of that, its name and its creatures are guaranteed to bring you back to your childhood. Experience is quickly reminding me that you only have two options when you smell a skunk in …

ARTIKaL Sound System Comes Full Circle In Its Latest Release, Inversion By Alex Rendon Photo: Alex Markow “Our band is a culmination of the epic scene we have in South Florida” In Jamaican Patois the word “artikal” is defined as “top notch;” one must command an understanding of this Jamaican slang word to grasp what …

By Alex Rendon Photos: Kelly Coulson Six years ago, the thought of placing an Asian noodle spot right in the thick of Boca Raton’s opulent Mizner Park may have seemed like a ludicrous idea.  But with the do-no-wrong team of local club owners and restaurateurs  known as Sub-Culture Group spearheading the project, this far-fetched concept …

Surf History Museum

(Interview With Tom Warnke Palm Beach County Surfing History Project) TAC:  Tom, how did the organization get started, and just as important, why was it started? Tom:  In 2008 there were 2-3 of us in Palm Beach County taking pictures and collecting old stuff related to surfing —we all started surfing in the mid 60’s …

We hope you enjoy our feature on Amber in our latest edition of The Atlantic Current, which was released on May 1.  To pick up your copy see the list of distribution locations on our website.  Following is the full interview with Amber, edited only for clarity and brevity…..   TAC:  We downloaded your new …

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So Simple, And That’s A Good Thing By Natalya Jones Photos: Jack Bates “Modern Juice Co. was started by a small group of friends who were looking for a lifestyle change and simply started making customized juices from home,” said Jon Sullivan. As with all good startups, the humble beginning expanded into a more solid business plan, with larger equipment, more …

  By Cash W. Lambert Photos by Nathan Hamler Be careful which path you choose, because if you choose the one less traveled, not only will trees hide your figure. Tiny thorns will pierce you repeatedly as you crawl through the brush and searching for direction will be a daily task. Yes, Pedro Delfino knew …

By Natalya Jones Originally opened in 2004 as a sandwich shop by surfers, Jupiter’s Guanabanas restaurant has grown to be far more than its original intention. Currently, the restaurant “boasts a menu full of Floribbean/island favorites with a focus on Florida fresh seafood that includes Sanibel Island clams, Cape Canaveral shrimp, local snapper and many other Florida caught fish,” according …

Photos: Kallima Photography Coffee is coffee, right? Wrong. If you don’t care about how your coffee tastes and end up loading it with cream and sugar, then stop by that one place that’s probably within a mile radius at any given time. But if you care for the finer things in life, including great coffee, …

By John Englander Miami Beach recently installed $15 million dollars of pumps to keep the streets from flooding on peak high tide days. Miami Beach Mayor Phil Levine says it’s just the first phase of a $300 million dollar plan to keep that tourist mecca a viable community. Periodic flooding every 28 days occurs from the Florida Keys, to the Las Olas Isles in …

By Natalya Jones Photo: Ben Hicks When I asked Rebel House’s Head Bartender Bill Binder what cocktail he wanted profiled, it was only a nano second before he replied “Glide in Your Stride”, because “it’s made with very interesting house made ingredients”. Now before you assume that your taste buds may be allergic to these …

About the Photographer: South Florida based photographer Ben Hicks has journeyed across the Americas and ventured to exotic locales spanning the globe to compose a profoundly diverse collection of fine-art photography that truly captures the majestic beauty of the natural world. This self-proclaimed “adventure-boy” not only strives to portray the familiar in extraordinarily original ways, …

     Barrel of Monks kicked things off with a bang this past weekend with tons of great beer, live bands, several food trucks, a silent disco and more. The craft beer community came out in full force, of course, to show their support for South Florida’s newest microbrewery. We started out the afternoon with the …

Curating Contrast By Cash W. Lambert Photos: Ben Hicks Our art scene is crowded. Which is a good thing, because competition brings out the best, and it certainly has put Amanda Valdes and her spooky female characters in the spotlight. Acting out a childhood dream, Valdes simply paints situations near and dear to her heart, …

By Natalya Jones Photos: Ben Hicks There’s authentic BBQ, and then there’s “authentic” BBQ. Fortunately, Smoke BBQ in Delray Beach is the former of the two and the only authentic Kansas City BBQ joint in South Florida, according to owner Scott Kennedy. So what makes Smoke BBQ stand out? Kennedy explains that only the “finest, …

Thanks to Mora Surf Boutique and Delivery Dudes for sponsoring our latest issue release at 2 Georges!

By Cash W. Lambert While the majority of South Floridians purchase dinner at a grocery store, there are some that clothe themselves with thick camouflage and, with an underwater gun in hand, jump into the oceanic abyss off our coast. Sometimes 60 feet down, and sometimes coming face to face with wild, biting animals, the …

UFC Welterweight 4-0 in the UFC 11-0 as a professional What did you train growing up?  I was wrestling since I was about five. I played lacrosse too, but wrestling was my thing.  What was your job before MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)? I had a couple jobs, but I was working full time as an …

Experience dining the all American way By Natalya Jones Photo: Aaron Lurie Best grouper in town”. “One of the best meals I’ve ever had in my life!” “You guys have a good thing going over there.” “Thank you for always serving us a delicious meal and wonderful service. Chef Anthony Fiorini is awesome!” These are …