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Newfound restaurant displays Brazilian culture

BY ISABELLA GROGAN

Remembr, a new and innovative Brazilian restaurant, brings a never before seen style of cuisine to Weston. This restaurant has a variety of items on their menu as well as groceries customers can purchase and is located in the Indian Trace shopping center, in the Lakes Plaza. The offerings at Remembr are different from any other style of food, allowing for a memorable and intriguing meal.

Remembr’s menu has many Brazilian snacks and appetizers as well as lunch and dinner items. In the sandwich category, the most popular offering is the Linguica, which comes with sausage, muenster cheese, mustard, farofa and vinaigrette sauce. The combination of the sausage with cheese and mustard may appear to be a strange combination, but the flavors compliment each other very nicely, allowing for a satisfying and enjoyable dish. Remembr also offers various types of tapioca, a traditional Brazilian snack that can include meat, cheese and other fillings.

Each day of the week, an item changes, which keeps the menu from ever becoming boring. On Saturdays, Remembr offers a dish called feijoada which contains beans with parts of pork inside and they serve it with rice, farofa, collard greens and orange slices. On Wednesday, they offer a dish called stroganoff, a chicken dish with a creamy sauce that tastes similar to alfredo sauce.

The stroganoff has a very distinctive, yet enjoyable taste.

Several items remain on the menu regardless of the special offerings. These plates include rice, beans, farofa, french fries and a choice of meat between steak and sausage. With traditional Brazilian offerings, Remembr can maintain their distinct style, making the restaurant so different from any other Hispanic cuisine.

The restaurant also offers many dessert options. Cakes and mini dessert items such as brigadeiro, a tiny chocolate ball covered in sprinkles are all available in store or to go. Another dessert on the menu is acai, which is very similar to ice cream.

The snacks sold vary in price range from around $3 to $10. Their dinners and lunches range from $20 to $40. The dishes that change every day are on the expensive side, but worth the elevated cost considering their exquisite taste. The feijoada costs $40 for two people to share, which is a little more expensive but it is a big dish so it’s worth the price. The cheaper items on the menu include snack items such as tapioca or salgados. The tapiocas range in cost from $2 to $5, which is an amazing price because they fill you up and are relatively big portions. The prices of the snacks are cheap, but the quality of the food is good.

Remembr also features a pantry-style grocery element of the restaurant. Customers can take frozen meals to go, or choose from freshly cooked dishes, rather than just being able to exclusively eat at the restaurant. This is a good resource for native Brazilians or others who enjoy this style of cuisine to purchase the foods that embodies the culture.

Remembr has a modern style in the interior of the store. The decor is a mix between modern and rustic. To uphold the Brazlilian theme, the decorations have a Copacabana print on them, which gives a Brazilian vibe.

Remembr is overall a quaint yet delicious restaurant. The convenient prices coupled with the modern storefront and delicious food allow for a memorable restaurant experience.

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Chorus club overcomes obstacles

BY GABBY SONKIN

ONLINE ARTS & ENT. EDITOR

The Bay’s Chorus Club performed their first concert in the auditorium on Oct. 9 with a theme of folk songs and spirituals. Senior Shelby Segarra said members of chorus were required to learn folk songs because the choral directors want them to feel comfortable with different types of music.

“Although I never sang folk songs, it was important to experience different sounds and rhymes,” Segarra said. “Because I am a senior, I want to grasp all different kinds of styles before I leave high school.”

Senior and co-president of Chorus, Jonas Perkins, oversees the equipment and all of the technical relations with the Head of Equipment. Since it was the first concert, Perkins said this was a test to see if everything will run smoothly for the rest of the year.

“I was very nervous, but everyone worked very hard to make sure it went well,” Perkins said. “We all worked diligently to learn the songs and when we finally were able to perform, it was exactly how I hoped for it to be.”

All four chorus classes took part in this concert including Men’s Choir, Beginning Women, Intermediate Women and Advanced Women as well as after school rehearsal groups. These groups contain Barbershop, Show and Chamber Choir. During concerts, all groups collaborated and performed as one large chorus.

“I have been in chorus for all four years of my high school career and it has really been a fully open and accepting environment,” Segarra said. “I really love that chorus gives me the chance to work with all different groups because we have all become a family since I joined.”

Working for the Bay for eight years, Chorus Teacher Bradley Franks said he believes the most important part of his job is preparing his students to be the best they can be for every concert and event.

“I have learned from being a teacher for countless amount of years that students need a place to belong and call home,” Franks said. “No matter what their interest is, it is important for students to feel safe and accepted with others like themselves.”

Because there are only a number of concerts each year, the members of chorus said they prepare on their own as well as during class. During class time, students are required to rehearse and learn music theory and sight singing.

“We always strive to be better tomorrow than we were today, which is something my students really take into account,” Franks said. “I can see their dedication in and outside of the classroom during rehearsals and academic lessons.

Perkins said because everyone is able to work together as one, it is easy to learn from others and improve any shortcomings. Perkins said everyone is open to helping out, which makes the club so special.

“Chorus has given me a chance to meet amazing people and improve my social and musical skills,” Perkins said. “Our first concert allowed me to explore my strengths and weaknesses early on.”

At the end of their first concert, the members of chorus dedicated a song in memory of a previous singer in their group named Lexi Stafford, who suffered a tragic and sudden death.

“It really makes me appreciate all of the members in chorus when they come together and plan such a beautiful moment with a song and speech about Lexi,” Franks said. “It was a lovely tribute and moved many of our students and their parents to tears as they honored her memory.”

 

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Substantial subs excite customers

BY RACHEL ALEXANDER

Jersey Mike’s Subs opened its first Davie location in May of 2018 offering delicious and fresh meals. The restaurant offers a variety of subs and wraps in the perfect portions for a broad range of potential customer needs. The restaurant chain was founded in 1996 in New Jersey and now has approximately 1300 locations across the United States.

Along with traditional cold cubs, Jersey Mike’s provides numerous specialty subs such as Jersey Shore’s Favorite which includes provolone, ham and cappacuolo. The cold sub has a perfect combination of meats and condiments which makes this sandwich an outstanding choice on the menu. Jersey Mike’s is famous for their Philly Cheese Steak which is full of flavor and is an excellent combination of steak, grilled onions, peppers and melted white American cheese. The steak is extremely tender and the toppings add to the unique flavor of the sandwich. The bread has a fresh taste in addition to the warm cheese melted in every bite. An abundance of other hot subs are available at the shop such as the Grilled Pastrami Reuben, Meatball and Buffalo Chicken Cheese Steak. These are all amazing choices that allow customers to have a variation when choosing a sub. The restaurant chain also offers healthier options including the Chicken Caesar Wrap; the grilled chicken is sliced to perfection and it has the ideal amount of dressing in every bite.

Bags of chips are available for purchase as sides with meals, along with fresh baked cookies and gooey chocolate chip brownies. The chocolate chip brownies are served at just the right temperature with an ideal amount of chocolate chips. When ordering the fresh baked cookies, the perfect amount of cookie is placed into each serving size to enjoy a treat right after a meal.

Fountain drinks, bottled Pepsi products and juice are available as options for beverages. Jersey Mike’s offers combos including the regular Combo which give customers the opportunity to receive a 22oz. fountain drink and chips, to save money.

Jersey Mike’s broad menu opens opportunities for a variety of customers; vegetarian options and kid’s meals are available to fit every customer’s needs. Subs by the box, bagged and personal boxed lunches are available for catering in numerous sizes. Having these options makes it more convenient for customers to enjoy Jersey Mike’s at the time they choose.

Jersey Mike’s uses a red wine vinegar and an olive oil blend in their products to ensure an extra special taste. According to Jersey Mike’s tagline claim, posted on their website and in the restaurant, their produce is grown and shipped locally to ensure the highest level of freshness in all aspects of the shop’s offerings. Additionally, Jersey Mike’s trims and cooks their beef in the restaurant which adds to the authentic experience while visiting; they choose the leanest cuts of meat to satisfy customers. Through all of the aspects of the restaurant, it is apparent Jersey Mike’s pays special attention to the quality of the food that is being served to customers.

Employees have a huge smile when they are working at Jersey Mike’s. Employees also run the restaurant in a fast manner to guarantee satisfaction in all aspects of the shop. The positive and friendly environment makes Jersey Mike’s an enjoyable location.

Overall, Jersey Mike’s Subs is an excellent new addition to the Davie restaurant scene. The unique menu, opportunities to please every customer and the great atmosphere all show that Jersey Mike’s is an exceptional choice when choosing a restaurant.

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Novel inspires with story about the authenticity of romance

BY SABRINA BLANDON

“Once and for All” by Sarah Dessen is an uplifting and hopeful book that follows Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner, Natalie Barrett. Louna has seen every type of wedding imaginable, from beach weddings to weddings hosted at historical mansions. She’s been living in a world where crises are routine. Even though she’s seen all these happy couples, Louna doesn’t believe in happily ever afters, that is until she meets Ambrose, who tempts her into a love that she is not sure she can embark on.

Dessen has written a novel with an intense atmosphere. Although she wrote this novel with the themes of young love, the book has some tragedy. While introducing these themes, this book also includes messages ranging from hard work to having fun. She writes about the beauty and wonders of young love and how carefree it truly is. She also writes about tragedy and sadness and promotes the idea that love isn’t all about going on dates. Dessen writes about the positives and negatives of love and has delivered a realistic story of the hardships of life and love. The book not only revolves around the love story, but also the importance of family. Dessen has woven a love story into a family centered plot with lessons to learn from. The characters’ relationships evolve realistically in this novel.

Much like everything, this novel did have its downsides. At times the book becomes slow and dull, but then Dessen writes an incredible twist to pick the pace back up again. Sadly, when the book loses its pace, the plot development loses its spark.

While Louna is a hardworking and driven person, Ambrose is the total opposite. He is cheerful and optimistic, although, he still has his flaws which gives a balance to this book. Ambrose is a reckless person, but he’s so honest when he does something wrong. Dessen’s characters are realistic and believable which makereaders further relate to the story. Dessen’s creative characterization of the protagonists suggest that opposites can attract.

“Once and for All” is an inspirational book when it comes to summer romance. Dessen’s characters go through an incredible character development throughout the novel. This novel is eye-opening. It contains the lessons of the imperfections of people and how they are a part of life. She creates well-developed, but flawed characters to promote the idea that nobody is perfect. Dessen gives an inspirational outlook on life and love.

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Rock band pays tribute to Parkland tragedy

BY ANNABELLE DANIELS-ROSENBERG

Dead & Company lit up the stage on Feb. 26 at the BB&T center in Sunrise. The band is the current form of The Grateful Dead which lost their lead guitarist and singer, Jerry Garcia, in 1995. Consisting of mostly original members besides Garcia, artist John Mayer took over his role.

With no opening acts, the band began with their song “Shakedown Street” to get the show started. The upbeat song displayed all the talents of the band and got the crowd singing.

With a fresh voice, Mayer did an exceptional job singing as well as playing the guitar alongside the older members. He fit in with the band and the way they improvise throughout songs. Each song was played for several minutes, some even lasting over 15 minutes. The band would start the song and, in the middle, used only their instruments to communicate and play off each other.  Although long, the songs were never dull as they were all different and continued to change. It was neat to see the band members interact with each other and play what they felt. It brought out the true talents of these players and kept the show alive. Each song led into the next with no breaks in between.  At times songs would change and transition back allowing for fulfillment of each.

The concert had an atypical setlist with songs geared to lift the audience up after the Stoneman Douglas shooting tragedy. The band changed the setlist several times to choose songs with meaning even if it meant no time to play their most famous songs.  The chosen songs like “The Weight”, a cover of The Band, “Eyes of the World” and the encore; “Touch of Grey” each sent a positive message of hope and prayers. At the end of the encore, audience members continued to chant “We will get by,” a repeated lyric in the song.  Displayed on the screen was the school mascot of the eagle and even some of the band members wore Douglas Strong t-shirts. This meaningful tribute sent a message of hope and left an impact.

The show was four hours long with a brief intermission halfway through.  Although long in time, the concert seemed to end faster than it began with such intense and fun vibe.

The show was originally supposed to take place in December, however, Mayer had appendicitis and had to postpone.  Even with the rescheduling, the stadium was packed from start to finish.

Being a band from the 60’s, the songs were older, and the vibe of the whole concert seemed to time travel back to the hippie era.  It was cool to see fans from all over come to see Dead & Company, some even following the band around the country.  In the parking lot, people set up tents selling all types of paraphernalia, playing music, and preparing for the concert.

The show displayed the true talents and character Dead & Company holds and will hopefully continue to spread for generations. This concert was emotional and moving and will be remembered for years to come.

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Fortnite gains popularity amongst video game fanatics

BY AUSTIN DUNN

GRAPHICS EDITOR

“Fortnite,” a third-person shooter game developed by Epic Games, has just reported an astounding number of concurrent players in the amount of 3.2 million. “Fortnite” is incredibly well done, allowing for 60 frames per second, which creates smooth gameplay. Also, multiple skins and cosmetic unlocks are available as a way to switch up the gaming experience. Within the game are two separate modes: Save The World and Battle Royale. This adds a little variety in players’ choices of gaming. Battle Royale, the more popular game mode, is currently in Beta mode, meaning it is out on early release and free to download. In contrast, Save the World currently costs money, but will be free to play sometime this year according to game developers. Battle Royale functions by immersing players in a “The Hunger Games”-type brawl.

One hundred players are placed in a digital lobby, after which they are put on a flying bus called the “Battle Bus.” This bus passes through the map at a randomly generated angle. Players then eject from the bus at their chosen time with the ability to look at a map of where they are in order to plan where they will be landing. Upon hitting the ground players must loot for weaponry and the battle ensues. A circle then gets smaller and smaller, pulling all players into a finite space on the map, forcing them to interact, where the last player standing wins.

“Fortnite” has established an idea that games can be successful even if they are free, which will hopefully affect how games are distributed in the future. “Fortnite” has seen a unique influx of new players, surpassing a game called “Player Unknown Battlegrounds,” which has very similar gameplay. This might be due to its strong social media presence that has given the game an immense audience across ages 10-18. “Fortnite” developers have created this fan base by creating a cutting edge, dynamic game that will perpetually stay ahead of its competition.

“Fortnite” makes use of an interesting subscription service in which users buy a “Battle Pass” to unlock objectives. Completing these objectives allows players to climb the ranks, which gives them cosmetic rewards such as experience points, outfits, loading screens and dance moves. With this ingenious combination of new and sustainable gaming, “Fortnite” will certainly continue to expand its’ fan base.

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Exclusive interview with author Becky Albertalli of “Love, Simon”

Coming-of-age film “Love, Simon” follows a closeted teenager, Simon (Nick Robinson), as he learns to accept his sexuality and, through anonymous emails with a fellow student, falls in love for the first time. The movie is based on author Becky Albertalli’s novel, “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda,” and will be released in theaters nationwide on March 16. On March 10, Editor-in-Chief Rachel Schonberger was one of three people who participated in a round table interview with Albertalli.

 

“I was the last person to realize it was going to become a film,” Albertalli said. “It had been drilled into me that it’s more common for a book to be optioned for film than it is for a book to actually be made into a film, and most projects die in development.”

Albertalli wrote the novel in 2013, and five years later she said she still has not registered that it is being released as a motion picture.

“Once the producers were interested and it was optioned, I was like, ‘This is so cool. What a fun thing to daydream about. Obviously it’s not going to become a movie,’” Albertalli said. “Even as [director] Greg Berlanti came on board, I read the script, they start casting it, I didn’t want to get my hopes up. There was never one moment when I realized it was real, and because of that, it hasn’t sunk in yet.”

Albertalli said she was excited for director Greg Berlanti, who also produces the CW’s “The Flash,” “Riverdale” and “Arrow,” to put his own voice into the story, as he adopted this as a passion project. Quoting her friend and fellow author Angie Thomas, Albertalli referred to the book and movie as “fraternal twins.”

“Having seen the film five times, the changes work so well and the film really stands on its own,” she said. “It really feels like the book and most of the major points are the same. I see it as a very faithful adaptation.”

After working as a clinical psychologist and learning the struggles of many LGBT kids, Albertalli said she wanted their community to be represented.

“Simon is not based on any of my clients, that would be a horrific breach of confidentiality,” Albertalli said. “I do think that experience gave me a richer awareness of some of the issues that kids in the community were grappling with when I wrote it.”

When she started working on the book, Albertalli was also involved in author Ellen Oh’s organization, We Need Diverse Books.

“Some of these conversations in the book community about diversity were certainly taking place and it continued to evolve,” Albertalli said. “I want to do everything I can to make sure this is not ‘the’ gay rom-com. This should be one of many.”

Since writing her first book, Albertalli said she realized Simon’s story may not be hers to tell; however, she hopes this opens the door to more mainstream representation of gay characters.

“Let’s broaden the communities that we tell these stories about. Simon is one experience; he doesn’t represent his entire community, he doesn’t come close to it,” Albertalli said. “I hope that Simon can get his foot in the door and the floodgates will open.”

Author Becky Albertalli most recently wrote “Leah on the Offbeat,” which will be released on April 24. The sequel follows the story of Simon’s best friend Leah, played by Katherine Langford in “Love, Simon,” during her senior year as she explores her own love story.

 

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Annual festival provides space for clubs to educate attendees

BY JOSEPH WALSH

The Weston Arts Council has spread the arts in Weston, through film screenings and art showcases for years. On Jan. 21 the council hosted the Celebrate the Arts Day festival at Weston Town Center, which gave residents of Weston the opportunity to express themselves and showcase their artistic talents.

Booths set up at the Celebrate the Arts Day festival gave attendees the chance to participate in projects, to help them learn and become more interested in the booths’ topics. Senior Naomi Lopez, president of the Photography Club, utilized the event as a means of advocating for her club, as curious attendees took part in club-sponsored recreations.

“We have a lot of different types of photography, since most people only know ‘take a picture and you’re done,’” said Lopez.

The Photo Club took the opportunity to benefit themselves through various means, including handing out pamphlets, letting people participate in activities, and earning a profit. However, Lopez herself made it clear that she enjoys attending the festival for more reasons than just those which benefit the club.

“I personally love coming here every year. It’s nice seeing everyone so excited about the arts, looking at people’s pictures, looking at their creations,” Lopez said. “I just love it when people appreciate the effort which artists put into their work.”

Numerous clubs hosted booths at the event, where they showed off their work, allowed people to participate in certain activities and spread awareness of the clubs and what they do. Thus, both clubs and attendees were able to enjoy the festivities of the event.

Some students, including junior Adriana Gutic, volunteered during the festival in collaboration with the Arts Council, to make sure that it ran smoothly.

“We’re volunteering at the Arts Council booth, helping to make sure the festival is a success,” said Gutic. “It’s really fun, and [the clubs] are offering a lot of cool activities for people.”

Photography and arts teacher Elizabeth Jenkins worked with the Arts Council board while she was in attendance at the Celebrate the Arts Day festival, as her Photo Club and National Art Honor Society ran booths at the festival.

“The Photo Club had lots of hands-on ventures, and the Art Honor [society] people let attendees try out all types of art, including thumbprint art and origami,” Mrs. Jenkins said. “It’s a good community exposure, and really helps people see the value of the arts.”

The council has gained exposure through the Bay, where some of the art teachers are either on the council itself, or they support the organization. Mrs. Jenkins was one of the original board members who helped found the council, and she still stays active with the council and its activities.

“The Arts Council is amazing,” said Mrs. Jenkins. “They have really brought so many art and culture events to Weston, with symphonies and international movies and art events. It’s really a wonderful organization.”

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AMT classes perform to celebrate the arts at annual festival

BY RACHEL LEVITZ

The Arts Council of Greater Weston’s annual Celebration of the Arts festival took place at Weston Town Center on Sunday, Jan. 21. from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., where various forms of art ranging from visual to musical and theatre production, were displayed.

All three American Musical Theater (AMT) classes at the Bay took part in the celebration. The AMT I, II and III classes debuted three songs each from their shows, “The Little Mermaid,” “Camp Rock” and “Rent,” respectively.

Stage crew manager Alex Tawid said her job comes with many responsibilities, but seeing the cast put on a show makes the stress worth her dedication.

“Being somewhat in charge of all three shows can be stressful sometimes,” Tawid said. “A lot of work goes into being a part of the backstage crew because we’re trying to make the performance as amazing as it can be, but at the end of the day, I love my job in the AMT class as it gives me an opportunity to bond with the cast members.”

Sophomore Hadley Malbec, who is in the ensemble, performed in the “Rent” musical numbers alongside her castmates. Malbec said she loved being a part of the annual festival because the event gave the program the opportunity to advertise for their shows as well as spend time together.

“We participated to promote our shows to the general public,” Malbec said. “It was an amazing experience and it was so incredible to see all these different kinds of artists come together and experience what we all love together, which is art.”

AMT II student Morganne Land said appearing in the event was a memorable and entertaining experience she will not forget.

“Celebration of the Arts was so fun because I got to perform and see all my friends at the same time,” Land said. “I was a little nervous as it was our first time showcasing the songs in front of an actual audience, but everything turned out great and every musical theater class did awesome.”

AMT teacher Cynthia Lutwin said the effort her students put in is very apparent and is only a glimpse of the success they will strive for in the upcoming shows.

“The kids have been preparing for their performances for months now,” says Lutwin. “I see how hard they work every day and how much effort they have put into making the shows as perfect as possible. We have already started holding practices after school for the fast-approaching shows. The kids take time out of their lives to dedicate their time to the love of theater and I think it really shows how much they care.”

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Fresh perspective on dystopian genre revealed in “Everless”

BY HAYLEY PRINCZ
FEATURES PHOTO EDITOR

“Everless” by Sarah Holland brings an entirely unique perspective to the dystopian genre. The novel follows protagonist Jules Ember through her life under the rule of the blood-coin society Sempera. In Sempera, wealth is linked directly with time; people have their blood drawn to make iron-infused time coins, most of which go to the wealthiest families to allow them to live several decades longer than they should. Jules and her father served under one of the wealthy noble families, the Gerlings, at their home Everless, until a nearly fatal accident occurred with her best friend Roan Gerling and his older brother Liam. As a result of the incident, Jules and her father were expelled from Everless and chased through Sempera by Liam, creating their deep-seated hatred for the Gerlings. Ten years after their expulsion, Jules’s father appears to be nearly out of time, his blood running thin through years of giving for blood-coins. This inspires Jules to give up everything she is familiar with to save him; she returns to Everless to act as a servant. During her time there, Jules begins to discover centuries-old secrets about herself and her unique blood, making her a firm believer that not everything is as it appears.

Though it starts off slow, “Everless” is suspenseful and easy for readers to follow. The novel flows easily for reader comprehension, but it is not boring either, as the mystery of Jules herself slowly begins to unravel until the entire puzzle is put together at the very end. Jules, unlike some characters found in dystopian novels, has her flaws and accepts them. One of these flaws is her childhood love for Roan, which she can’t seem to shake off. While still susceptible to mistakes, Jules is intelligent, and her actions are never too brash as she tries to do what she thinks is best for those about whom she cares. She gives up everything to get more money, more blood, to save her father.

“Everless” differentiates itself from classical dystopian novels because it is not romance-driven. There are a few moments of romance throughout the novel, but the story focuses solely on Jules and her journey of finding out who she really is. This allows Jules’s character to be built upon and understood in depth without confusing feelings of love. The entire basis of “Everless” is completely original. The novel is centered around the idea that time is literally money, which ties back into the basic human belief that we must work to make more profit.

 

 

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