How to get ‘happy’ during election day in Palm Beach County

By Julio Poletti – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

This has been the longest presidential battle in history. Not literally, but it sure feels like it. Whether you’re pumped for the election or sick and tired of the gossip and Facebook arguments, one thing is for sure: People will be glued to their TVs today, Nov. 8, to see who becomes the next President of the United States.

» RELATED: Live reports from Palm Beach County polls on Election Day

If you’re not into watching the election results alone, drinking alone or both, we’ve put together a list of places in Palm Beach County where the happy hours are too sweet to be beat. Check ’em out:


Harbourside, Jupiter

The Woods

The bar area at The Woods Jupiter at Harbourside in Jupiter Monday, August 10, 2015. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
The bar area at The Woods Jupiter at Harbourside in Jupiter Monday, August 10, 2015. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

Happy Hour: 4 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close | $8 Appetizers and cocktails | $7 Wines 

Two Words: Tiger Woods. This waterfront steakhouse/sports bar is top notch when it comes to quality and service, just like its owner. The relaxed, sports bar vibe totally works and is ideal watching the election feeds. Our food editor Liz Balsameda recommends the bone-in pork chop and prime burger.

The burger patty flavored with bacon and onions, has to be good.

» RELATED: Dining Guide to Harbourside

Address: 129 Soundings Ave, Jupiter, FL 33477
Contact: 561-320-9627

Calaveras Cantina

Calaveras Cantina at Harbourside Place in Jupiter on September 20, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Calaveras Cantina at Harbourside Place in Jupiter on September 20, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Happy Hour: 4 to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close | $2 Tacos! | $8+ Appetizers

Love it or hate it, Mexican food is here to stay. This vibrant, Hipster spin on Mexican cuisine has one of the best taco specials in the county and serves freshly made churros with cajeta (Mexican caramel). Viva Mexico!

» RELATED: “Eat the Boulevard: The PGA Dining Guide”

Address: 125 Dockside Circle, Jupiter, FL 33477
Contact: 561-320-9661


Palm Beach Gardens

The Cooper

The Cooper Bar (Thecooperrestaurant.com/ Gallery)
The Cooper Bar (thecooperrestaurant.com/ Gallery)

Happy Hour: Bar and high-tops both inside and outside between 3 p.m. and 6:00 p.m & 9 p.m. to close | $6 Cocktails | $5 Wine by the glass

For Election day only: Triple the points on lunch and dinner for Cooper club members.

Talk about sophistication. Every plate’s picture looks ridiculously stunning and delicious. This American brasserie promises to make you love in fall with the place as soon as you look at the menu. From charcuterie to cheese boards, yummy bar snacks, dining, cocktails and brunch, you’ll want to try it all.

Address: 4610 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
Contact:  561-622-0032

Spoto’s Oyster Bar

Blue Point oysters are served at Spoto's Oyster Bar in Palm Beach Gardens. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Blue Point oysters are served at Spoto’s Oyster Bar in Palm Beach Gardens. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

Happy Hour: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. | $3.50 House Wine | $4 Cocktails | $5 > Appetizers

Enjoy seafood classics such as oysters, shrimp cocktails, clam chowder and lobster risottos all in one place. This seafood heaven also offers a wide variety of appetizers all under $5. Our Food Editor’s pick is the Key Lime Pie.

Address: 4560 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
Contact: 561-776-9448


Clematis & CityPlace, West Palm Beach

Maurice and Rachel Costigan enjoy a couple of pints of their new 20th Anniversary Stout at O'Shea's in downtown West Palm Beach on September 17, 2014. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)
Maurice and Rachel Costigan enjoy a couple of pints of their new 20th Anniversary Stout at O’Shea’s in downtown West Palm Beach on September 17, 2014. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

O’Shea’s Pub

Happy Hour: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. drink specials and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. food specials | $5 Captain Morgan
$3 Domestic beer | $4 Imports | $4 All appetizers 

O’Shea’s Pub could pretty much be West Palm’s landmark. This Irish restaurant has been serving the community for the past 21 years. It claims to have only the best traditions and recipes from Ireland.

Address: 531 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Contact: 561-833-3865

Copper Blues

The main bar and tap lines at Copper Blues inside Cityplace in West Palm Beach on July 25, 2014. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
The main bar and tap lines at Copper Blues inside Cityplace in West Palm Beach. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Happy Hour: 3 to 7 p.m. | $30% off most liquor and food | $4 house wine

Executive Chef Chris McKinley prepares all the meals daily, from bar food to his own unique creations. Just ask him what you want, and expect nothing but the best.

Duffy’s Sports Grill

Jets fan Jamie Frye (R) of West Palm Beach celebrates after the Jets deny the Dolphins a fourth quarter touchdown during an early game in London Sunday morning, October 4, 2015, while Dolphins fan Jason Young (L) and his mother Lisa (C) of West Palm Beach show frustration inside Duffy's Sports Grill on Okeechobee Blvd. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)
Frustration inside Duffy’s Sports Grill on Okeechobee Blvd. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

Happy Hour: All day | All Drinks: 2 for 1.

You can’t go wrong with Duffy’s. If you haven’t been here before, get ready. This place gets crowded, loud and filled with fanatics. If you like fun places, this is it. But if you’re actually trying to listen to election updates on TV as they come, this might not be the place for you. Then again, it is on a Tuesday night so it might not be as busy. Your call.

Address: 225 Clematis St. West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Contact: (561) 249-1682

City Tap House

A view of the outdoor bar at City Tap House at CityPlace in West Palm Beach. (Contributed by City Tap)
A view of the outdoor bar at City Tap House at CityPlace in West Palm Beach. (Contributed by City Tap)

Happy hour: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. | $1 Oysters | $3 Domestic Drafts | $4 Select Craft Drafts | $7+ Small plates

This place looks great on the inside and the outside. As you can see, they have many items on happy hour on Tuesday, November 8th. $1 Oysters, seriously? This American restaurant offers anything from bar food to seafood, salads and a wide variety of gluten-free options. Check out our review: City Tap House brings eclectic beers and eats to CityPlace

Address: 700 S Rosemary Ave West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (City Place)
Contact: 561508.8525

Downtown Lake Worth

Dave’s Last Resort on Lake

112611 (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) - LAKE WORTH -Visitors to downtown Lake Worth sit on the sidewalk at Dave's Last Resort on Small Business Saturday.
LAKE WORTH -Visitors to downtown Lake Worth sit on the sidewalk at Dave’s Last Resort (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) –

Happy Hour: 2 to 7 p.m. – $3 Domestic beers, house wine & well drinks. | $0.99 Oysters/each, one-dozen minimum order  |  $0.89 wings/each, 10 wings minimum order

If you like options, this is the place for you. Their menu is immense with all kinds of foods, desserts, beverages and cocktails. Their deals? ridiculous —a must visit.

Address: 632 Lake Ave. Lake Worth, Fl. 33460
Contact: 561-588-5208

 Rhum Shak

Patrons enjoy the bar at the Rhum Shak on April 3, 2014. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Patrons enjoy the bar at the Rhum Shak on April 3, 2014. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Happy Hour: Drinks 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Food 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. | $1.00 off import bottles and craft beers | $2.50 wells, domestic bottles and drafts | $2.00 of all other alcohols and specialty drinks | $10.95 Dinner Special: 2 lbs full rack baby back with side.

This friendly sports bar has so many TV screens that at least one of them is bound to broadcast the elections. If you’d rather watch something else, you can do that too. Facebook reviews gives it a a 4.6/5 stars on Facebook.

Address: 802 Lake Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460
Contact: (561) 755-7486

Atlantic Avenue, Delray

Salt Water Brewery

Co-owner Peter Agardy, left, stands with brewmaster Bill Taylor inside the SaltWater Brewery in Delray Beach on July 29, 2014. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Co-owner Peter Agardy, left, stands with brewmaster Bill Taylor inside the SaltWater Brewery in Delray Beach on July 29, 2014. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Happy Hour: 12 to 6 p.m. | $4 Drinks (excluding special releases) | 25% Off growlers’ beer refills

There’s a certain vibe when you go to a brewery. Nothing is more refreshing than sipping on some good beer and talking smack with your buddies. Breweries are a lifestyle — a lot different than going to a sports bar. You can either buy your growler or bring your own; they’ll still refill you with 25% off.

Related: Delray brewery crates eco-friendly, edible six pack beer rings

Address: 1701 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, Florida
Contact: 561-865-5373

Brule Bistro

Jason Binder, 30, chef de Cuisine at Brule Bistro, Tuesday Oct. 27, 2015, in Delray Beach. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)
Jason Binder, 30, chef de Cuisine at Brule Bistro, Tuesday Oct. 27, 2015, in Delray Beach. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

Happy Hour: 3 to 6 p.m. | $4 Spirits and Wine | $3.50 Draft | $5 Fried pork cheek pizza and other appetizers under $10

This French-American restaurant has a very industrial yet classic feel. It’s not too dark, not too bright. The bartenders are friendly, and the Moscow mule is so strong, you’ll be done after one. The food is good, from small European-style tapas to more Americanized dishes. There’s also the chef’s local market menu.

Address: 200 NE 2nd Ave Delray Beach, FL 33444
Contact: 561-274-2046

4 restaurants you must try in downtown Lake Worth

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La Bonne Bouche in downtown Lake Worth, makes a variety of desserts including a fruit tart. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

La Bonne Bouche

This charming café is a popular spot for a leisurely, light brunch, a pastry and café au lait or an afternoon snack. The French chef puts his own refined spin on French classics, making good use of local and regional ingredients. Dinner offerings change nightly, but there’s always something delicious cooking in the kitchen.

La Bonne Bouche: 516 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth; 561-533-0840.

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The Beggars Purse at Suri Tapas Bar in Lake Worth. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Suri Tapas Bar and Restaurant

This small-plates eatery offers a lively atmosphere. A small-plate hit off the ‘Just Me’ menu: The Crispy Duck Confit Cigars with caramelized onions in phyllo, with tarragon and horseradish cream foam. Also, Suri has one of the best happy hours around, which offers half off on the entire bar except bottles of wine, with some select discount tapas and specialty drinks.

Suri Tapas Bar and Restaurant: 707 Lake Ave., LakeWorth; 561-249-7436.

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Chestnut and Fig Risotto is served at Paradiso restaurant in Lake Worth. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)

Paradiso Restaurant

This high-end Italian restaurant offers tasty, high-quality food, including homemade pasta. The entrees are quite good, but the appetizers are off the chart! The Insalata de Bietola, with golden beets, strips of apple, blue cheese and macadamia nuts, is amazing.

Paradiso Restaurant: 625 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth; 561-547-2500.

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The Gator Salad. (Kristina Webb/The Palm Beach Post)

Dave’s Last Resort

This landmark restaurant, with a sports bar feel, serves an array of seafood, steak, sandwiches, burgers, salads, chicken wings and wraps. A stand-out menu item: The gator salad is excellent, with perfectly seasoned fried gator bites, served with a homemade parmesan peppercorn dressing.

Dave’s Last Resort: 632 Lake Ave., Lake Worth; 561-588-5208.

Related: 8 must-try restaurants in West Palm Beach’s Northwood district 

Related: 3 new restaurants you must try in Royal Palm Beach

 

 

 

 

 

These Palm Beach County restaurants have closed in 2016

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The River House in Palm Beach Gardens has been sold to an investor. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

River House – Palm Beach Gardens 

The 11,000-square-foot, Key West-style restaurant which was a longtime favorite with diners who enjoyed its water views closed its doors April 27. Last fall, Frank Callander struck a deal to sell the River House, after operating the upscale steak and seafood restaurant since 1984.

The eatery will continue to live on as a dining destination: BrickTop’s, an upscale, casual chain, will lease the property, BrickTop’s founder Joe Ledbetter confirmed last month.

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Hudson at East Waterway in Delray Beach closed its doors April 10.

Hudson at Waterway East – Delray Beach

The waterfront restaurant, Hudson, which opened in December 2014, was in business for less than two years. Hudson dubbed itself as a “speakeasy,” a gastropub-type lounge with high-top seating, a restaurant and outside bar. The limited menu featured seafood, meats and “comfort food,” such as crab mac ‘n cheese.

Broward County-based Blue Moon Fish Co. thought it had hooked a deal to take over the shuttered Hudson, but the deal fell through this week.

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Taco Vida closed its doors in April 2016.

Taco Vida – West Palm Beach

Taco Vida, located off Village Boulevard in West Palm Beach, closed its doors this month. The restaurant opened in CityPlace in 2010, but moved the Village Commons shopping center West Palm Beach two years later. In their Facebook post, restaurant officials said recent construction at the shopping center hurt business.

Francesca's Pizza.
Francesca’s Pizza.

Francesca’s Pizza – Royal Palm Beach

According to Yelp, the neighborhood pizzeria, Francesca’s in Royal Palm Beach has closed. A 2014 Palm Beach Post dining review had this to say ‘pizza with a perfect crust.  It’s lighter and more crispy, topped with a trio of cheeses and your choice of veggies and meats.

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The Dispensary was located inside the Center City Pharmacy.

The Dispensary – West Palm Beach

The daylight eatery and soda fountain, The Dispensary, which opened in 2015 on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach has closed its doors, according to Yelp. The retro-hip spot was located inside the Center City Pharmacy.

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The Stir Crazy restaurant in the Town Center mall closed. (Photo by Samantha Frank)

Stir Crazy – Boca Raton

The popular Stir Crazy restaurant at the Town Center mall in Boca Raton abruptly shut down last month, three days after the mall was granted the right to seize the restaurant space following a nasty lease dispute. For 15 years, the Asian-style eatery drew customers ranging from couples to families who enjoyed selecting vegetables and meats, and then watching chefs stir fry their meal in front of them.

Related: Goodbye grub – Closed restaurants in Palm Beach County

 

 

 

Which Palm Beach County city is one of ’15 Best’ food cities in the country?

Buzzy Buccan: Palm Beach's hottest bistro, shown here in full effect, is where Chef Clay Conley creates inspired small plates and raw seafood specialties, while elevating dinner classics. (LILA PHOTO) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Buzzy Buccan: Chef Clay Conley's festival dinner at Buccan bistro, shown here during the 2013 Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, is always a hot ticket. (Contributed by LILA Photo)
Buccan in full effect: inspired small plates, crudos and plenty of buzz factor. (LILA PHOTO)

Conde Nast Traveler just unveiled its readers’ choice list of the “15 Best Food Cities in the U.S.,” and guess what?

Palm Beach skates in as No. 15.

To which Buccan bistro fans everywhere say with an eye roll: “Obviously.”

Panache on PGA: The Cooper's dining room. (LibbyVision.com)
Panache on PGA: The Cooper’s dining room. (LibbyVision.com)

By “Palm Beach,” the magazine means the county at large. One of the three restaurants named in the “15 Best” blurb is The Cooper, which is located at the PGA Commons in Palm Beach Gardens.

Also mentioned was Bistro Chez Jean Pierre (Palm Beach), hailed by Traveler for its “impeccable classics” and extensive wine collection.

Warm baguettes at Chez Jean-Pierre, Palm Beach. (Meghan McCarthy/ Palm Beach Daily News)
Warm baguettes at Chez Jean-Pierre, Palm Beach. (Meghan McCarthy/ Palm Beach Daily News)

And, yes, there’s Buccan, the buzzy bistro where Chef Clay Conley and his partners transformed the dining scene in Palm Beach five years ago.

One other Florida city makes the Traveler list: Sarasota, where the farm-inspired eatery Indigenous and the sidewalk café C’est La Vie are mentioned.

Those dining aficionados stung by the recent James Beard Awards snub of Florida chefs on its list of finalists might find a measure of solace in Traveler’s tidy readers’ choice lineup. It excludes Miami, Tampa, Winter Park and other culinary hot spots.

But it loves Palm Beach.

Obviously!

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3 new restaurants you must try in Royal Palm Beach, Wellington

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Bolay bowl. (Contributed by Alissa Dragun/Southmoon Photography)

Do you live out in the western communities? If so, there are a few new restaurant options you must try:

Bolay

This new fast-casual eatery, which opened Feb. 26 in a new Royal Palm Beach plaza, is a spot that enshrines bowl cuisine, and it is doing this by filling oval bowls with fresh veggies, interesting grains and well-seasoned meats. The concept is already attracting fitness-minded folks to the new spot – not to mention fitness-minded celebs, like polo star Nic Roldan and champion equestrian show jumper Jessica Springsteen (Bruce’s daughter). — Liz Balmaseda, Palm Beach Post Food Editor

Bolay: 250 S. State Rd. 7, Royal Palm Beach; 561-899-0111

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Habit Burger’s Double CharBurger (Contributed)

Habit Burger

The burger spot opened its second Palm Beach County location Jan. 20. The company is based in California and its third Florida location is in Miami. Other than char-grilled burgers, the eatery offers sandwiches, salads, shakes and malts.

Habit Burger: 280 S. State Rd. 7, Royal Palm Beach; 561-784-4011

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The assembly line at one of Blaze Pizza’s national locations. (Contributed by Blaze Pizza)

Blaze Pizza

The NBA All-Star, LeBron James, is part of the Levy Family Partners group behind this California pizza chain’s expansion into South Florida. The restaurant offers build-your-own pizzas. The pizzas take about three minutes to cook in an open-flame oven. Other Blaze specialties include fresh salads, blood orange lemonade and s’more pies, according to the release.

Blaze Pizza: 250 S. State Rd. 7, Royal Palm Beach; 561-513-6454

Related: 20 best restaurants in Palm Beach County right now

 

 

 

Which restaurant in Lake Park got an A rating for food, service?

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Mom Howe’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake from The Pelican Cafe in Lake Park. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Every detail carries a message at the Pelican Café in Lake Park: Yes, somebody’s home.

It’s as subtle as the string of tiny lights that illuminate the historic house where the cafe has operated since 2008. It reinforces the feeling that this is a “special occasion” spot, one that’s not necessarily fancy but one that is fine, with fine service, excellent food and a vintage setting that wraps you in its arms.

Chef Mark Frangione, who co-owns the cafe with wife, Karen Howe, takes inspiration from his Italian root, in delectable dishes from Mom Frangione’s Sunday Pasta to Shrimp Scampi.

If you go: Pelican Café: 612 U.S. 1, Lake Park; 561-842-7272

2014 review rating: FOOD: A, SERVICE: A

Related: Our full dining review – Pelican Café- A dining experience for special occasions

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Owners Karen Howe and Mark Frangione stand inside The Pelican Cafe. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

 

Honda Classic 2016: Our favorite restaurants in The Gardens Mall

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The Counter offers a daunting range of burger options, including this bacon barbecue burger, shown here with crispy shoestring fries. (Contributed)

Looking for a place to eat after or before the Honda Classic? Check out our favorite offerings at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens.

An excerpt from our PGA Dining Guide:

The Gardens Mall:

Yes, there’s a food court and a couple of Starbucks at this upmarket mall, but the dining options don’t end there. Eateries include Figs by Todd English (inside Macy’s), The Bistro at Nordstrom and PF Chang’s China Bistro.

Our picks: the buzzy Brio Tuscan Grille for Italian bites and wines, and The Counter Custom Built Burgers for design-your-own burgers, shoestring fries and grown-up shakes (entrance between Bloomingdale’s and Sears).

If you go: The Gardens Mall, 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-622-2115

Critic’s Choice: Which bar is the best in Palm Beach County?

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A view before the rush: The bar at Brule Bistro, in Delray Beach’s Pineapple Grove district, is an intimate spot that’s popular with locals. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

An excerpt from our Food Editor’s 2015 Critic’s Choice Awards:

Best bar in Palm Beach County: Brule Bistro in Delray Beach:

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View of Braised Beef short Rib, creamy mascarpone polenta, sauteed spinach, natural red wine reduction at Brule Bistro in Delray Beach. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

Belly up to the intimate bar at this Delray Beach bistro, or grab a seat at the adjacent long high-top table and enjoy the charms – and delicious bar bites – of Brule. You won’t find a staggeringly long cocktail list, but some notable, locally inspired updates on classics, a respectable menu of

wines and a small but well-curated list of craft beers.

Related: Full review – Brule Bistro in Delray is lively in both atmosphere, food

But you will find it quite easy to segue from happy hour (3 to 6:30 p.m.) to dinner service here, as regulars populate the indoor and outdoor tables and raise the volume to lively levels. Blocks removed from Atlantic Avenue and its traffic, this Pineapple Grove bar/bistro has established itself as a local favorite.

Brule Bistro: 200 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach; 561-274-2046;BruleBistro.com

Related: Our full list of the 2015’s best restaurants, food in Palm Beach County

National Chocolate Cake Day: James Patterson’s ‘killer’ chocolate cake

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James Patterson’s Grandma’s Killer Chocolate Cake. (Photo by Steve Legato)

Today is National Chocolate Cake Day. We thought the best way to celebrate was to re-introduce James Patterson’s recipe for his Grandma’s Killer Chocolate Cake.

Enjoy!

James Patterson reveals recipe for ‘killer ‘ chocolate cake.