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Real Service... Real Results                                             April 2009 
  102A Palm Point
Laura Cole & Tana Gaskill
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 776-4429    776-4444
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Restaurant Review
This month we feature a superb review of a new restaurant by the very articulate gourmand,  Vicki Slotnick.  It seems as fast as we lose a local restaurant, a new one arrives to take its place! 
We also include the latest information on the recent upsurge in the Real Estate market.  It seems things are certainly not nearly as dismal as one might expect from the headlines!  
We wish to take a moment to say good bye to many of our friends and neighbors who are preparing to go North.  Have a lovely Summer!
Best regards,
Laura & Tana
2-4 PM
37 St George Place
127 Emerlad Key Lane
BallenIsles Sales
 102A Palm Point
Things finally began looking up in BallenIsles during the month of March.  Showing activity has continued to be active.  There were 2 properties that went under contract (pending) and 2 more properties where the contracts closed (sold).
ADDRESS                                            BR              BA       SALE PRICE
144 Isle Drive                                       3               3           410,000
209 Grand Pointe                                  4               4.2       1,640,000
*This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by the Realtors Association of the PalmBeaches or its Multiple Listing Services thru 04/02/09.  
To learn more about current Real Estate trends in BallenIsles, click on the links below.

118 Victoria Bay Court 
     102A Palm Point                  
Stunning water views from this very special 3 bedroom plus library, 3 full bath home.  Features include separate golf cart garage, Saturnia marble floors, California walk-in closets, wood cabinetry, granite countertops, breakfast bar large pool and spa.  Enjoy lovely grounds surrounding the patio and screened  dining area.  Beautifully maintained and priced to sell.
Ouzo Blue, a Greek taverna
Yet another Greek/middle-eastern restaurant in northern Palm Beach County!  Where are they all coming from? I have tried most of them, and my vote is now for this one.  We were seated outside where there seemed to be less noise.  Turns out that the place is so jumping with good vibes, TGIF-ers and music, that it would not have mattered where we sat...we would not have escaped the "party". 
Right off the bat, we received the menus and were served wonderful pita, warm and very fresh and right off the grill, with a lemony, not garlic-y hummus. I had a "Perfect Pear" martini.  It was a mix of Grey Goose pear vodka, Amaretto di Saronna, fresh lemon juice, and a splash of pineapple juice.  It was a perfect balance of sweet and tart and was just the right amount for us.  Ouzo has a wonderful selection of specialty drinks that should please all.
Paul had fried smelts which he declared as fresh, crispy, and good.  Carole and I shared a saganaki appetizer which was sublime.  It was a large wedge of kefalotiri cheese flamed in brandy at the table served bubbling and semi melted. Wish I could explain it better, but, alas, you have to try it to appreciate it.  Carole and I shared a Greek salad that, bar none, was the best Greek salad that I have ever had.  Even the 4 of us easily shared it.  It was chock full of very large chunks of fresh, ripe tomatoes, crunchy cucumber, green pepper, sliced red onions, calamata olives (we had to ask for a few more), and with a 3" by 6" slab of feta on top.  The feta was topped with dried herbs and olive oil.  The dressing was made from olive oil, herbs, fresh ground pepper, and had a wonderful fresh lemony kick to it...just a simple, but excellent version of Greek salad.
We all chose entrees that we were not thrilled with, but we all agreed that we probably made some bad choices and should have stuck with the Greek specialties.  
At some point in time, out came a bevy of belly dancers doing their thing to some really good middle-eastern music, provided by a D.J.  One of the dancers did her thing outside, so that we didn't have to peer through the windows to catch the show.  Some of the staff danced on a table, and some of the patrons were up and dancing, not at all concerned about not looking quite as good as the belly dancers!
All in all, the happy atmosphere was great, service was prompt and cheerful, and some of the food was quite good, some just okay.  I would return and probably just order drinks appetizers and dessert. I hope this one lasts.  Try it!    
5090 PGA Blvd. (PGA Commons)
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418   561-776-3188 (they do take reservations)