New Friends Became Old Friends

That’s me in the lavender dress, at my friend’s bat mitzvah in 1986. Next weekend, I’ll be at her son’s bar mitzvah.

March 2004: FKGuy and I are budding wine geeks, and have joined the world of internet forums. Bulletin boards dedicated to people discussing (for the most part) one topic. In this case, . . . → Read More: New Friends Became Old Friends

Kojin Noodle Bar, Key West

OMG Chicken dumplings.

It is entirely possible to pass the tiny take-out window without a second glance. Kojin Noodle Bar, just off Duval Street in Key West, is easy to miss. This small eatery churns out fabulous Asian comfort food.

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7 Reasons Why I Hate To Shop

Yes, I ran a half-marathon. It was a while ago. I wore closed-toe shoes.

I hate to shop. There. I said it. I understand that there are these mythical creatures that actually enjoy it, but I can tell you one thing for sure: I am not one of them. There are so many reasons . . . → Read More: 7 Reasons Why I Hate To Shop

Leave It To A Pro When You Are Traveling

Alaskan Inside Passage

My friend John, who is a bright, warm and engaging person, likes to say “Professional athletes, at the top of their games, all have coaches. If they can still benefit from coaching, certainly you and your business can as well.” He is a business coach, and he makes an excellent point . . . → Read More: Leave It To A Pro When You Are Traveling

Why I Reload The Dishwasher (and other absurdities)

I take comfort in an efficiently loaded dishwasher.

Like most people, I like things the way I like them, and I cannot stand inefficiency, real or perceived. For example, I want to get the dishes done in as few loads as possible, with a minimal amount of hand washing involved. Sometimes that means I . . . → Read More: Why I Reload The Dishwasher (and other absurdities)

Thai Spice, Fort Lauderdale

That is a lot of garlic.

Thai Spice opened in Fort Lauderdale in 1995, and we have been dining there since moving to Florida in 1999. It is wonderful. We don’t go there often, but when I saw a Groupon pop up for $50 worth of food (with a coupon I paid $15) it . . . → Read More: Thai Spice, Fort Lauderdale

It’s OK To Go Solo

Yes, we usually go places together. Sometimes schedules don’t work out.

As a single person, only your schedule matters. So, when making plans, it is easy enough to look at your calendar and say “Yes! I’m free!” or “Nope. Let’s make it another time.” However, when you are part of a couple, there are . . . → Read More: It’s OK To Go Solo

Iron Fork, The Miami Spice Kickoff Event

Mom and I ready to eat!

Miami Spice is a two-month long dining extravaganza, featuring three-course lunch and dinner menus at hundreds of restaurants throughout Miami-Dade County. The kickoff for the event, Iron Fork, was at the American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami last week. It featured loads of food, drinks, a cooking competition, . . . → Read More: Iron Fork, The Miami Spice Kickoff Event

Juniper on the Water, Hallandale Beach, FL

View from the deck.

Recently, we were invited to check out Juniper on the Water in Hallandale Beach. Not one to pass up a free meal, I gladly accepted. It is a bit challenging to find the restaurant, as the location inside The Hemispheres condo complex is odd. But that is where the weirdness . . . → Read More: Juniper on the Water, Hallandale Beach, FL

The Flaming Buoy Bites

What’s more fun than a flight of wine? Two flights.

Summer specials abound in Key West, and the folks at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. have joined the fray with their new Bites and Flights menu. Available every evening, the new menu features flights of four wines, as well as small portions of some . . . → Read More: The Flaming Buoy Bites

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