Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT West Palm Beach, FL, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in West Palm Beach, FL, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
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.
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:
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.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.”
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.
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 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.
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.