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What Causes Menopause?

The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:

Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.

Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.

Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.

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Depression

If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.

Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:

  • Mood Swings
  • Inappropriate Guilt
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Too Much or Too Little Sleep
  • Lack of Interest in Life
  • Overwhelming Feelings

Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.

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Hot Flashes

Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.

Symptoms of hot flashes include:

  • Sudden, Overwhelming Feeling of Heat
  • Anxiety
  • High Heart Rate
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.

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Mood Swings

Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.

The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.

Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in West Palm Beach, FL for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.

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Weight Gain

Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?

  • Estrogen: During menopause, estrogen levels are depleted. As such, the body must search for other sources of estrogen. Because estrogen is stored in fat, your body believes it should increase fat production during menopause. Estrogen also plays a big part in insulin resistance, which can make it even harder to lose weight and keep it off.
  • Progesterone: Progesterone levels are also depleted during menopause. Progesterone depletion causes bloating and water retention, while loss of testosterone limits the body's ability to burn calories.
  • Ongoing Stress: Stress makes our bodies think that food is hard to come by, putting our bodies in "survival mode". When this happens, cortisol production is altered. When cortisol timing changes, the energy in the bloodstream is diverted toward making fat. With chronic stress, this process repeatedly happens, causing extensive weight gain during menopause.
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Low Libido

Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments West Palm Beach, FL can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?

The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.

Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.

Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.

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Vaginal Dryness

Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.

Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.

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Fibroids

Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.

Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.

Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.

Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.

Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.

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What is Sermorelin?

Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.

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Benefits of Sermorelin

Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.

  • Benefits of Sermorelin include:
  • Better Immune Function
  • Improved Physical Performance
  • More Growth Hormone Production
  • Less Body Fat
  • Build More Lean Muscle
  • Better Sleep
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What is Ipamorelin?

Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.

Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.

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Benefits of Ipamorelin

One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.

When there is an increased concentration of growth hormone by the pituitary gland, there are positive benefits to the body. Some benefits include:

  • Powerful Anti-Aging Properties
  • More Muscle Mass
  • Less Unsightly Body Fat
  • Deep, Restful Sleep
  • Increased Athletic Performance
  • More Energy
  • Less Recovery Time for Training Sessions and Injuries
  • Enhanced Overall Wellness and Health
  • No Significant Increase in Cortisol

Your New, Youthful Lease on Life with HRT for Women

Whether you are considering our HRT and anti-aging treatments for women in West Palm Beach, FL, we are here to help. The first step to reclaiming your life begins by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation. Our friendly, knowledgeable HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!

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Five incredible things happening in West Palm Beach's south end, or SoSo, community

West Palm Beach has experienced some rapid changes since the pandemic with more people and more financial institutions moving to what is now dubbed "Wall Street South." With that has come ...

West Palm Beach has experienced some rapid changes since the pandemic with more people and more financial institutions moving to what is now dubbed "Wall Street South."

With that has come plans that will transform the city's south end, or SoSo community, with a revamped golf course, an updated plaza with residential units, an added grocery store and new townhomes.

Also in the mix are new home designs that are replacing the old 1950s-era ranch-style houses. Not everyone is happy with the new look or size.

Nora developers buy land for new townhomes south of Southern Blvd.

The guys that are bringing the much anticipated Nora entertainment district to downtown West Palm Beach have also purchased lots for new townhomes on an overlooked street just south of Southern Boulevard.

The location technically puts it in the SoSo community but it's west of Dixie Highway, which hasn't always matched the affluence of the eastern reaches along the Intracoastal Waterway. Realtors say SoSo is getting so popular, it's oozing west.

Palm Coast Plaza gets new owners that could add housing to aging strip mall

The 63-year-old Palm Coast Plaza has seen better days. Many of its storefronts are empty, its parking lot is full of potholes, and its style is faded and outdated.

Johnstone Capital Partners bought the plaza in March for $24.7 million. It is adding new tenants and also considering building residential units on the property just east of the Florida East Coast Railroad tracks.

PGA of America is revamping West Palm Beach municipal golf course

West Palm Beach's municipal golf course is getting a makeover by PGA of America after years of neglect.

The 179-acre golf course will feature a Gil Hanse-designed 18-hole course, a nine-hole short course similar to his “Cradle” course at Pinehurst in North Carolina, a full short game area, two putting greens, a practice range, clubhouse and facilities.

Retail, residential and new grocery store slated for old IHOP site

A key gateway to West Palm Beach from the south has been a scrubby piece of vacant land for years, but plans are underway to build a multi-use development with apartments, restaurants, retail and a grocery store.

Flagler Realty & Development is finishing negotiations with the city to buy the land that once housed an International House of Pancakes.

'Big white boxes' ruffle feathers in old SoSo but it's what newbies want

Because the community south of Southern Boulevard isn't historic, it's ripe for developers to buy old homes, knock them down, and build new ones.

But what are fresh, modern and spacious homes to new people in the community, are "big white boxes," "mausoleums" and "housequariums" to others.

In SoSo, builders can go bigger and taller than in Palm Beach, where stricter property line setbacks and height-restriction rules limit construction.

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Ballooning costs, inability to find operator hamper West Palm Beach's efforts to revive historic Sunset Lounge

Construction for the publicly-funded renovation now tops $16.4 millionWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The city of West Palm Beach and its community redevelopment agency are creating a new African American cultural tourism destination.The publicly-funded redevelopment of the Sunset Lounge in the city's historic Northwest neighborhood hopes to "pay homage to the rich jazz and Black history of the area.""This was the entertainment hub," Robbie Littles said. "It was the only place the good top-shelf Bl...

Construction for the publicly-funded renovation now tops $16.4 million

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The city of West Palm Beach and its community redevelopment agency are creating a new African American cultural tourism destination.

The publicly-funded redevelopment of the Sunset Lounge in the city's historic Northwest neighborhood hopes to "pay homage to the rich jazz and Black history of the area."

"This was the entertainment hub," Robbie Littles said. "It was the only place the good top-shelf Black entertainers could perform."

Littles recalls musical memories he made at the Sunset Lounge as a young man.

"We sat out on a hood of cars at night when the big entertainers were here and listened to it," he said. "At that point in time, for Black folks, this was the only place for us to go."

Entertainers like Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong graced the Sunset Lounge dating back to the 1940s and 1950s, making it a "premier African American entertainment" venue at a time of racial segregation.

Now, the city of West Palm Beach through its Community Redevelopment Agency is hoping to revive the Sunset Lounge's legacy.

The CRA purchased the venue and surrounding properties in 2016 for $2.4 million.

The CRA's former director, Jon Ward, told commissioners back in 2019 that construction would cost around $10.5 million.

Construction for the publicly-funded renovation now tops $16.4 million.

The CRA also budgeted another $2 million for furniture, fixtures and equipment for the venue and $500,000 to find an operator.

Mayor Keith James and CRA Director Christopher Roog declined multiple requests for an interview to answer WPTV's questions about the project, including the cost.

Instead, a spokesperson told Contact 5 that "the renovation of historic structures can face unexpected challenges." They also cited architectural and mechanical work for the multi-million-dollar increase.

Local business owner Rodney Mayo told Contact 5 that he recently toured the Sunset Lounge.

"I was concerned where all the money went but once you walk in, you're like, 'This is where it all went,'" Mayo said. "They really didn't skimp on anything. It's really all first-class finishing."

The city wouldn't allow our cameras inside the renovated venue to see how the dollars were spent, despite multiple requests.

When pressed why and a spokesperson told Contact 5 that the city is planning an "open house for the community" once they receive a certificate of completion from the building department.

Finding someone to operate the Sunset Lounge has been contentious, controversial and now it's in court.

As previously reported by WPTV and Contact 5, the CRA canceled its efforts — at the moment — to hire an operator to manage the historic venue and disqualified both of its only bidders over alleged lobbying violations, which both groups deny.

Mayo said he considered applying to operate the Sunset Lounge but doesn't think it's viable.

"Dinner theaters are kind of done. They don't exist anymore for a reason because it's a bygone era," Mayo said. "You cannot bring back the past or recreate the glory, sometimes you have to adapt to what the current market is and the current market is not what they are building."

There are also questions about parking for visitors to the historic venue. We counted roughly 35 spots in the parking lot and 19 on the street around the building for a venue that can hold up to 644 people.

Plans also call for valet parking and when we asked the city about the parking, a spokesperson told Contact 5 the "CRA plans on using existing parking assets around the site."

Mayo believes for the Sunset Lounge to shine, the CRA should go back to the drawing board and develop a new plan.

"The Sunset should be more of a community center for that area that can still be focused on the arts but involve everybody that's in that neighborhood, so it doesn't get too gentrified and everybody has to leave," Mayo said.

That has people like Lia Gaines concerned about what it could mean for the future of the historic Northwest neighborhood as cranes pierce the horizon and development creeps closer.

"They have no place else to expand to, so they have to come north," Gaines said.

"It's still the area closest to downtown," Littles added. "It's still the area closest to the water."

And as Littles looks on to the future, he's hopeful for new musical memories at the Sunset Lounge and the historic Northwest neighborhood he knows so well.

"I'd like to see more single-family homes that attract young Black folks going off to school, going off to work and coming back to the neighborhood," Littles said.

The CRA recently estimated operating costs for the Sunset Lounge at around $26,000 a month to maintain the building.

A spokesperson told Contact 5 that the city is expected to issue a new solicitation for the operation of the Sunset Lounge in the near future.

Undefeated Seminole Ridge football pounds still-scoreless Palm Beach Lakes

Special to The PostLOXAHATCHEE — Seminole Ridge football blanked Palm Beach Lakes 30-0 on Friday night to remain undefeated.Led by a run-first offense that wore down its opponent and a defense that dominated the trenches, the Hawks (4-0) continued to show why their brand of gritty, b...

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LOXAHATCHEE — Seminole Ridge football blanked Palm Beach Lakes 30-0 on Friday night to remain undefeated.

Led by a run-first offense that wore down its opponent and a defense that dominated the trenches, the Hawks (4-0) continued to show why their brand of gritty, bruising football works.

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It’s a testament to scheme and team chemistry, as the unified play of the Hawks has not only confounded their opposition but also belies their widespread youth.

An offense full of underclassmen — albeit led by senior Ruben Tirado at signal-caller — has averaged 21 points per contest, while the defense has allowed fewer than six points per game.

That deadly combination continued in Friday’s shutout, while Palm Beach Lakes (0-4) is still searching for traction amid a host of changes within the program under first-year head coach Cedric Jones.

Here are three takeaways from Friday night.

As headlines go, offenses normally get more than their fair share.

And sometimes deservedly so, as the Hawks’ young squad has found a level of success many would not have expected.

But the defense, says head coach Chad Chieffalo, is the center of the team.

“Our defense is kind of the strength of our team right now,” he said. “That’s where we have the most starters returning. They’ve kind of kept us in every game. Our defense is — I can’t say enough about them. They’re our backbone right now.”

Even when the offense is sputtering, or in games like Friday’s slow first half, the defense is there to anchor the proverbial ship — and sometimes, to provide a spark.

In the waning minutes of the first half, defender Kevin Coggins jumped a route against Palm Beach Lakes, securing an interception and taking it to the house.

It was a play that marked a turning point in the game.

Even though the Hawks were already leading, it was a momentum-shifting play that charged the team heading into the halftime locker room, setting the stage for a big second half.

“I saw him turn right at me and I knew it was ‘go’ time,” Coggins said. “My coach called it. He had the game plan right, so I took it back for six.”

For Palm Beach Lakes, the only way to go is up.

It’s been a tough four-game stretch to start the season for the Rams, who have not yet gotten on the scoreboard in 2022.

But patience is a virtue, as Jones reminds us — especially when the first-year coach is dealing with instilling a culture change on top of massive roster turnover.

"I'm dealing with culture,” he said. “I'm dealing with turnover, I'm dealing with people not trusting me, let's be honest. I'm slowly bringing them in. We're coming. People have to understand that programs don't just come out of thin air.”

Fans have jumped to early conclusions, calling for the coach to be firmly placed in the hot seat after just four games played.

But after losing more than 30 players to transfer and graduation, Jones knows that while solutions may take time to develop, it’s a process that is well underway.

“I'm dealing with ninth- and 10th-graders,” he said. “I'm dealing with some 11th- and 12th-graders that have never played ball before. There's a lot of stuff going on, but I'm a problem-solver.”

Seminole Ridge’s offense works — telegraphed or not

The Hawks are going to run the ball.

They know it. Their opponent knows it. But in the end, it really doesn’t matter.

“Really, our mentality is that, we can tell you what we're going to do, that we're going to run straight at you, and we're going to do it,” said running back Thomas Karbowski, who tallied a successful two-point conversion run in the second half of the Hawks’ win.

Seminole Ridge’s run-first identity is well-known to opposing defenses, but with exceptional blocking and runners who can find the gaps, the Hawks are finding success anyway.

And they’re young — really young.

“We lost some guys to graduation,” Chieffalo said. “We lost a bunch of guys to the transfer portal. But a lot of guys are just stepping up. We’ve got a young team. I don’t think people understand how young we are and what we’re doing with the inexperience that we have up front.”

From a casual fan perspective, it’s an offense that may appear to lack fireworks. And to some extent, that’s true.

This is not an offense that will light up the scoreboard with 40-yard touchdown passes very often — although that was exactly what happened in the first quarter on Friday night when Tirado found Gavin Kolesar for an electrifying play.

Rather, theirs is a brand of offense that will grind down its opposition and impose its will as the game wears on.

The Hawks nursed an 8-0 lead for much of the game but blew open the contest in the second half, with two different runners finding paydirt.

Luiz Gonzalez scored first, and then Mark Delgado sealed the deal in the fourth quarter.

“In the first half, we started a little bit slow,” Karbowski said. “But toward the second half, the blocks were there from both the running backs and the linemen. On my two-point conversion, I know I could have pretty much walked in. I had a big guy in front of me. He got me there.”

Seminole Ridge will look to continue their winning ways next week when they travel to Inlet Grove with a 5-0 title on the line.

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Postmodern Jukebox On Sale At Kravis Center

The performance is on April 13 at 8 p.m.The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Arts celebrates 30 years this season with a musical act that transforms today's hits into the sounds from 100 years go with Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: Life in the Past Lane Tour. The viral-sensation-turned-global-phenomenon takes the Kravis Center stage April 13, 2023. Presented by the Kravis Center and AEG Presents, tickets are on sale September ...

The performance is on April 13 at 8 p.m.

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Arts celebrates 30 years this season with a musical act that transforms today's hits into the sounds from 100 years go with Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: Life in the Past Lane Tour. The viral-sensation-turned-global-phenomenon takes the Kravis Center stage April 13, 2023. Presented by the Kravis Center and AEG Presents, tickets are on sale September 16 at 10 am.

Pop-jazz marvel Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: Life in the Past Lane, promises audiences "the most sensational '20s party this side of The Great Gatsby." The time-twisting musical collective known for putting "pop music in a time machine," are set to make the '20s roar again with the Life in the Past Lane Tour, performing some of modern music's biggest hits in the classic styles of bygone eras.

As always with PMJ's dazzling live shows, the Life in the Past Lane Tour will feature an ensemble of multi-talented singers and musicians bringing Bradlee's generation-spanning arrangements alive night after night. The core ensemble is often joined by surprise guests to make each concert unique and unpredictable - creating one of the most thrilling live music experiences of this and any other time period.

Over the past decade, Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox has grown from a viral phenomenon into a worldwide juggernaut, amassing more than five million subscribers on their YouTube channel, growing from Bradlee's tiny apartment in Astoria, Queens, to a Los Angeles studio befitting the bandleader's increasingly ambitious vision. Whether you're a vinyl aficionado or a TikTok fashionista, catch a ride with Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox for an unforgettable trip through 100 years of timeless music.

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: Life in the Past Lane Tour takes place Thursday, April 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $34.50 and may be purchased at the official Kravis Center website kravis.org and at the Kravis Center Box Office by calling 561.832.7469. Kravis box office hours are Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Limited VIP packages are available at $135.

Pig Beach BBQ Offers Miamians Destination Dining in West Palm Beach

When Pig Beach cofounder Rob Shawger was brainstorming names for his barbecue restaurant located along the banks of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, he couldn’t help but conjure images of the notorious swine known to bask in the crystal blue waters of the Exumas.“We had found this location along one of the world’s dirtiest waterways — basically a parking lot full of junk and abandoned cars — and I remember standing there trying to envision a more beautiful view,” Shawger tells New Times....

When Pig Beach cofounder Rob Shawger was brainstorming names for his barbecue restaurant located along the banks of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, he couldn’t help but conjure images of the notorious swine known to bask in the crystal blue waters of the Exumas.

“We had found this location along one of the world’s dirtiest waterways — basically a parking lot full of junk and abandoned cars — and I remember standing there trying to envision a more beautiful view,” Shawger tells New Times.

Several months later, the longtime investor at some of New York’s most lauded fine-dining restaurants — Carbone among them — saw his vision come to life. That summer, Pig Beach BBQ drew crowds from across the five boroughs, foodies eager for a taste of two well-known New York City chefs’ take on traditional barbecue.

What began as a 2015 popup quickly became a seasonal establishment and bar that transformed that neglected parking lot into one of the city’s most popular outdoor eateries. It’s since grown into a critically acclaimed permanent fixture beloved by the area's barbecue enthusiasts, best known for the brisket, pulled pork, beef ribs and — unlike most barbecue joints — its strong drinks.

After just one season, Shawger and his pitmaster partners — chefs Matt Abdoo and Shane McBride — took the leap of faith. Despite posts at the helm of some of Manhattan’s most prestigious kitchens, the two-chef team risked it all to pursue smoked-meat mastery.

“I remember thinking, ‘I’m leaving a $14 million kitchen to do this.’ But it was just something I had to do,” says McBride, who held long tenures as executive chef at Tom Colicchio's Craftsteak and Keith McNally’s famed Soho brasserie Balthazar.

For Abdoo, who left Del Posto as chef de cuisine, a competitive barbecue team win alongside Shawger was enough to stoke the fires of inspiration. After their 2015 Memphis in May World Championship first place poultry and second place whole hog titles, he was hooked.

Luckily, it wasn’t a bad move. These days, Pig Beach is in expansion mode following a second location in Queens, a third in South Florida, and the fourth set for Louisville, Kentucky by the end of the year.

Both Shawger and Abdoo are Palm Beach County residents, making their expansion south an easy choice. For Miamians, the Florida outpost is easily accessible — less than ten minutes from the heart of downtown West Palm Beach and the city’s Brightline station — delivering the same wildly popular meat-centric Pig signatures served up with a beach twist.

The three say they chose West Palm Beach’s up-and-coming restaurant row over Miami, converting a mechanics shop at the edge of the city’s NoRa District into a custom-designed 4,000 square foot space that boasts an open concept kitchen offering guests a glimpse at the meat-smokin’ action.

Two full bars — one outside and one inside — supply a steady flow of good beer, decent wine, and quickly made cocktails served in plastic cups. Strollers, parents, and toddlers are everywhere.

The location is also home to two massive Ole Hickory Pits outdoor smokers that smoke the chefs’ signature meats — up to 120 racks of ribs — over cherry, hickory, oak, and pecan woods.

On a recent dine, New Times experienced Pig Beach's barbecue spread that, for Abdoo, is more about the nuance of technique, and less about being regionally true to style.

“Texas has brisket. Memphis has ribs. In Kansas City it’s burnt ends. And in Carolina it's all about the mop sauce and pulled pork,” says Abdoo. “But, no matter where you go, it all tastes unique. That’s what is fascinating to me about barbecue. There are so many ways of doing the same thing within the parameters of salt, pepper, heat, and smoke."

Take the pork shoulder, smoked over hickory and cherry after a salt pepper dry brine. From there, it's generously seasoned with Pig Beach BBQ seasoning, garlic, and onion before utilizing a technique the chef calls "redneck sous vide" — the whole ordeal is shrink-wrapped in plastic and aluminum foil to lock in moisture. The process produces the most tender and flavorful pulled pork you'll find this far south, served in heaping fat-riddled clumps. The Carolina mustard could be said to detract from the experience.

The ribs go in the same way but are smoked exclusively on cherrywood. Halfway through, a glaze is slapped across both sides for a two-hour cook, while an apple cider vinegar and water spritz is misted onto each slab every 15 minutes, infusing smoky flavor along the way.

A platter of brisket begins as a marbled cut that's lightly trimmed to remove the wedge of fat between the point and the flap. The top fat cap remains, basting as it cooks low and slow for 15 hours. A smear of yellow mustard acts as the glue for the salt and pepper, producing that crisp cake that locks in moisture.

It emerges only to be wrapped in butcher paper before it goes back to the smoker, where it rests for up to two hours. It's the most important step, shares Abdoo, rendering a red-rimmed brisket that is equal parts crust, fat, juice, and meat for the perfect bite.

And don’t miss the South Beach Wine & Food Festival Burger Bash championship double smash burger. It’s one of Pig Beach's sleeper menu items, a decadent heap of char-grilled meat and American cheese topped with griddled onions, dill pickles, and the house secret sauce.

Additional menu highlights include Florida favorites like the house-smoked fish dip; a fried chicken sandwich; and a tropical-inspired smoked jalapeño and pineapple coleslaw. Traditional sides include tender collard greens, addictive house-made quick pickles, fat slabs of cornbread, and tropical desserts like homemade key lime pie.

For Shawger, it's all these dishes and more that make Pig Beach the perfect way to spend your day. Indulge in some really good grub; day drink with a potent cocktail or two; or watch a game with a cold beer and a burger, he says. In this space, you can easily do one — or all three — almost any day of the week.

“This area really lacked what our concept is all about — a barbecue restaurant-meets-sports-bar-meets-hang-out spot,” sums up Shawger. "We're excited to finally be here."

Pig Beach BBQ. 2400 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach; 561-803-0333; pigbeachnyc.com.

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