Iberostar Grand Hotel, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Iberostar Grand Hotel, Montego Bay Jamaica

I book clients all the time at various all-inclusive resorts throughout the Caribbean and Mexico, but until last week, I had never stayed at any of them. I had visited several properties for the day, but never as a full-fledged guest. After going back and forth, we settled . . . → Read More: Iberostar Grand Hotel, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Kaya Island Eats, Florida Keys

Boom Shakalaka. The sauce alone is worth the drive.

I am spoiled by the number of good restaurants available to me within a fifteen minute walk from my front door. So it is not that often that I will drive somewhere to eat in the Keys. On this particular occasion, we had flown into . . . → Read More: Kaya Island Eats, Florida Keys

Incompetence, Carelessness and the Kindness of Strangers

Understand this: when you live, quite literally, at the end of the road, getting deliveries can sometimes be a challenge. Delivery companies generally come to a Key West once or twice a week, at best. So, when I ordered a large wine cooler from Costco, I expected the delivery to be headache inducing. Just not . . . → Read More: Incompetence, Carelessness and the Kindness of Strangers

Chima, Fort Lauderdale

I was recently invited to try Chima, a Brazilian Steakhouse where people stroll around with huge skewers of meat, and cut off pieces for customers as they go. Friends of ours love it there, so I thought we’d give it a shot. After my last experience with this type of place (which is now closed), . . . → Read More: Chima, Fort Lauderdale

Aquagrill, New York

For the record, the wine is mine, not the kid’s.

Well before we arrived in New York, my friend Sara sent me the following text message, complete with a message from her 9 year old son: We just discussed your upcoming visit with A. He said “yay”, and he can’t wait to see you. . . . → Read More: Aquagrill, New York

Buzzards Roost, Key Largo

The view from our table could not be beat.

On a recent drive, sans dogs, from Key West to the mainland, I was in search of someplace for lunch. I wanted to go somewhere new and interesting. New to me, anyway. I found Buzzards Roost, and decided that would be the choice. It was . . . → Read More: Buzzards Roost, Key Largo

Casellula, New York: Cheese Heaven

Yes, that is my giant nose threatening to take over the entire cheese plate.

While indulging in several glasses too many at Maloney and Porcelli, I asked my friend Tracey where to go the next day for happy hour, as we were meeting a college friend. Now, to me “happy hour” means “half price . . . → Read More: Casellula, New York: Cheese Heaven

Gimme A Burger, Pembroke Pines, FL

Steakhouse infused burger, as a salad.

I recently got an invitation to try Gimme A Burger in Pembroke Pines, and since it doesn’t take much convincing to get me to eat a burger, naturally I readily accepted. Now, I will say that I find the name a little off-putting, but I was intrigued by . . . → Read More: Gimme A Burger, Pembroke Pines, FL

Thanksgiving 2014: New Traditions

A whole lot of YUM.

Over the past several¬†years, I have hosted Thanksgiving dinner twelve¬†times. The two that I missed were when our house was under construction after some water damage, and when we were preparing to move. Other than that, it has been all turkey (and stuffing, and potatoes, and…) all the time. . . . → Read More: Thanksgiving 2014: New Traditions

Eating New York: Eataly, Osteria Morini and Grom

Wine. Rooftop. Sunshine. Good friends and food.

Gelato, pastries, a full grocery store with fresh fish and meats, as well as cheeses, and several different restaurants make up Eataly, where I swore I died and went to food heaven. Seriously, I could have wondered the crowded areas of Eataly for hours on end. But . . . → Read More: Eating New York: Eataly, Osteria Morini and Grom

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