The Newland Smith Team interviews Real Housewives of New York star Jules Wainstein about her life in East Boca.
Why do you love where you live?
I had no idea that Boca was this cool until we moved out East and mind you we moved literally right before the pandemic so we have yet to really enjoy the area to its fullest. But I have to say the feeling of living by the water, the ocean breeze, seeing the boats go by, the beauty of all the different architecture, the parks, the beaches, the restaurants and boutiques around this part of town makes East Boca have a kind of energy that’s very exciting.
Life on the water in East Boca.
What is your favorite neighborhood restaurant?
M&M Thai Cafe–it tastes just like Thailand. This tiny little gem has great charm and ambience and if you like spice this is the spot. The owner and chef May will usually come out, greet you, and tell you the specials. This is how unique this place is: my friend had a cold and she made her a special soup just to make her feel better–she called it her “feel good” soup. The authentic flavors and experience are worth it and I just want take May home with me. Ugh, the nerve of this restaurant for being so excellent!
Panang Curry from M&M Thai Cafe.
Favorite place to meet friends?
Well that’s an easy question to answer. The street where I live–it’s really the place to be. We have been so lucky to have moved to the most amazing block. This pandemic has been a blessing in disguise–in the past my children would usually be on their iPads after school and now every evening around 5pm all the kids In our neighborhood come out on their bikes and scooters and play together. It has been so wonderful, fun, and healthy to be outside–it reminds me of my childhood. I feel so lucky to have such amazing, supportive neighbors–quarantine could have been very tough as a single mom alone. My kids are extremely happy here and so am I.
East Boca neighborhood life.
Where is your number one spot to grab coffee?
The Seed! Hands down the best latte that I have ever had and the decor makes you want to move in (or at least ask the owner to decorate your next home). Very chic.
The Seed in East Boca.
Favorite specialty store?
Chocolates by Mr. Roberts. No words–if you don’t know, then you must go. My favs: chocolate covered toffee and the peanut butter balls (Buckeyes). If you ask my daughter she will tell you everything in the store is her favorite. My wonderful neighbors got us a box of these unbelievable chocolates and I have officially been converted to a chocolate girl. LIFE CHANGING. Run–don’t walk.
Goodies from Chocolates by Mr. Roberts.
What is your favorite East Boca hidden gem?
The Pilates Preserve! Michele Cutler is the pilates KWEEEEEN. If you have gained “The Covid 19” (pounds) like most of us, she will 100% whip you back into shape. Everyone is obsessed with her out here and I am getting on the band wagon with the rest of the women. It’s a intimate studio so it’s COVID safe and you get tons of focused attention.
Pilates Preserve’s Michele Cutler.
You know you’re a local if…
Well I learned the hard way, but I KNEW I was a local when….I went to open up my six week old BBQ grill and HORRIFYINGLY discovered that the saltwater air had turned it into a Mater (from the Cars movies) doppelganger. Rust is the new black.
The East Boca elements are not kind to outdoor grills.