July 4th: Lesson Learned

Latke happily enjoying her marrow bone.

Three years ago, on our first July 4th with Babka, we left her safely at home with some treats and the TV on while we went out to dinner and to see the fireworks. We went out. We came home. Babka was happy to see us, and she was . . . → Read More: July 4th: Lesson Learned

5 Reasons Why Two Dogs Are Better Than One

They enjoy conversations, and hanging out in the park together.

I will admit that I was a little hesitant to get a second dog (for about five seconds, until Latke climbed into my lap, then I was smitten.)  After all, having one (high maintenance) dog is quite a bit of work, so I naturally . . . → Read More: 5 Reasons Why Two Dogs Are Better Than One

Travel Planning Tips: Book Early or Book Late?

Book early for best cabin selection.

The universally asked question by clients planning vacations is “When should I book my trip to get the best prices? Should I book early or wait until the last minute?” My father likes to answer any question, particularly those related to his accounting practice, with “it depends,” but the . . . → Read More: Travel Planning Tips: Book Early or Book Late?

Cero Bodega at The Marker Resort

Just go ahead and get a pitcher of the sangria. You’re welcome.

Finding Cero Bodega is half the battle. This lovely pool bar/restaurant is located within the new Marker Resort, at the back of the pool area. It is a gorgeous and serene, and can turn an ordinary lunch into a vacation day. Because . . . → Read More: Cero Bodega at The Marker Resort

The Sous Vide Experiment

The touch screen makes this easy to use.

My friend Lori was telling me about a kitchen gadget that she just loves: It is a sous vide immersion stick that goes into a pot or tub of water and turns it into a sous vide machine. It sounded fascinating, but when she told me . . . → Read More: The Sous Vide Experiment

Onlywood, Key West

Yes, it is half eaten. I could not resist. The photo had to wait.

I have been in Key West long enough that it is time to start adding some restaurant and activity updates. We’ve been to Onlywood several times, including once this week. I was sick with a bad cold, but did not . . . → Read More: Onlywood, Key West

Brio Tuscan Grille, Hallandale, FL

The Art of Grilling, a great value menu.

I hadn’t been to Gulfstream in a while, and now I’ve been twice in two weeks. We were invited to try out Brio Tuscan Grille’s new summer menu, The Art of Grilling, a 3 course menu for $26.95/person. I’ll admit I was skeptical. I don’t frequent large chain . . . → Read More: Brio Tuscan Grille, Hallandale, FL

Key West Botanical Gardens

A Cuban Palm at the Botanical Garden

Somehow in the past six years I have not made it to the Key West Botanical Gardens. Why? No idea. It just hasn’t happened. So, last week, I noticed in the newspaper that the first Sunday of every month is free for locals. Well, you can’t beat . . . → Read More: Key West Botanical Gardens

Frankey’s Sports Bar, Gulfstream Park

Amazingly fresh tomato and avocado salad.

Often times, I am invited to try a restaurant and even the idea of a free meal doesn’t get me excited. But, when I had to miss a media tasting at Frankey’s Sports Bar because I was sick, I was bummed. Fortunately for me, I was invited back. 

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Celebrity Solstice: Skagway, Alsaska

Amazing views lurk around every corner in Alaska.

We have reached the final installment of the Celebrity Solstice cruise recap. Today’s feature is Skagway, Alaska, a tiny town with only 800 permanent residents. There are a few restaurants that mainly cater to cruise ship passengers, and there is a small school, but if you . . . → Read More: Celebrity Solstice: Skagway, Alsaska

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