Recently I did not feel like a big dinner (I know – it shocked me, too), so I thought happy hour would do the trick. We went out to the best happy hour in Key West, Alonzo’s Oyster Bar. From 4-6:30 every day all drinks and appetizers are half off. For about $60, including a hefty tip, we each had three drinks and shared three appetizers. It was delightful. Continue reading Key West Happy Hours
I don’t sing in public. Wait. Let me rephrase that. I don’t sing in public with a microphone. I will, however, gladly sing along to a piano player, or muzak, or whatever at the top of my lungs if I have a few cocktails. But I certainly don’t do karaoke. Why? Because my singing voice sucks. I know it, and I do not need to announce it to the whole free world. Continue reading Karaoke (or, More Only In Key West…)
Only in Key West… We are fortunate to have some very good friends all over the world. Many of them lead a very lovely 2.5-kids-and-a-white-picket-fence kind of life. In Key West, however, we have an inordinate number of friends who either have grown children, or have opted out of the kid thing entirely (much like we have). They do, however, still have white picket fences. Continue reading A Dog’s Day
Abigail, hard at work in her new shop.
Just in time for your holiday shopping, Abigail Houff has opened up shop. Gilded Peach is a lovely boutique filled with unique jewelry and gift items. Continue reading Gilded Peach, Key West
As I am still comfortably settled in with my food coma, I thought this would be a good time to recap all of the great food last night. Family, friends and a yummy dinner made it all fabulous. Any good dinner party starts with the wine, and last night’s was an all American lineup.
Hors d’oerves included . . . → Read More: Thanksgiving 2013 (a/k/a Thanksgivukkah)
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a time to reflect, to gather with family and to eat. It also marks the first day of Hanukkah, which begins this evening at sundown. This year, like every year, we have a lot to be thankful for, including the successful end to a long surgery for a good friend yesterday, the ability . . . → Read More: Happy Thanksgivukkah
Clearly none of the people in the water are Floridians.
I find it therapeutic to immediately begin planning my next vacation as soon as I get back. So I’ve been looking at cruise itineraries for next year. I have also been going back through some photo albums of vacations past. One that I particularly enjoyed reliving was a trip to Florence, Bologna, Milan and the Cinque Terre. Continue reading Italy, 2009
Fondue station at the Galley Lunch,
Sadly, this is the last installment of the post-cruise recap. Next week we are back to more local adventures. Meanwhile… It is no secret that I had been dreaming of the almond croissants aboard Seabourn ships from the minute we booked. The food is one of the reasons this cruise was so appealing. After all, we did basically the same cruise ten months ago, so the itinerary was not the draw here, it was the ship and the eats. Continue reading Seabourn Sojourn: The Food
The galley of a ship is an impressive feat of organization, and the Seabourn Sojourn is no different. This is where much of the food is produced for the entire ship. Homemade ice creams, breads, those decadent almond croissants… they all come out of this galley. Is it really possible to go through 100 pounds of . . . → Read More: Behind the Scenes on the Seabourn Sojourn: Part IV, The Chef
I have visited San Juan a few times, each one by ship. I would love to go spend a week there. About a five minute walk from the cruise ship terminals is Old San Juan, a historic town that exudes charm. We had no real plans that day, but I did have a mission: Mofongo. Continue reading San Juan, Puerto Rico