Travel 201: When Things Go Wrong (and How to Fix Them)

Champagne is always a good way to start a vacation.

Forrest Gump may have said it best: sh*t happens. Don’t let a small (or large) mishap ruin your vacation. Things happen. That is simply a fact of travel (and life), but it is how you respond to those things that can be the difference . . . → Read More: Travel 201: When Things Go Wrong (and How to Fix Them)

10 Tips for a Better Vacation

Travel tip (and random picture of the Duomo in Florence. Go visit. It is better in person.)

Americans are the worst. We are terrible at using up all of our vacation time, and then some people are not too good at maximizing the time they have taken off. SAD! As a travel professional, I . . . → Read More: 10 Tips for a Better Vacation

Hoss and Mary’s Grub Shack, Key West

Mary’s friendly smile greets customers at Hoss and Mary’s.

“There’s a new food truck in town and I’ve heard they have great burgers. Want to go?” I am certain my friend Steve already knew the answer when he asked that question, as I love a good burger. Hoss and Mary’s Grub Shack rolled into . . . → Read More: Hoss and Mary’s Grub Shack, Key West

Saturday Afternoon Wine Tasting at Isle Cook, Key West

Eden Brown Co-Owner of Isle Cook, Key West, and one of the only people I know who can successfully pull off that lipstick.

I have been trying to get to one of the fantastic wine and food tastings held weekly at Isle Cook. For one reason (I had too many mimosas at brunch!) or . . . → Read More: Saturday Afternoon Wine Tasting at Isle Cook, Key West

American English Kitchen and Bar, Hollywood, FL

American English Kitchen and Bar – we brought the Martinelli.

While searching for a restaurant recently, I saw several reviews of American English Kitchen and Bar in Hollywood. The menu looked intriguing, the prices seemed reasonable, and they take reservations via Open Table. Of course, we had to try it out.

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Papa’s Pilar Rum: Distilled In Key West

Papa’s Pilar Distillery, Key West

Local distilleries are popping up everywhere, it seems. We now have three rum distilleries on our tiny island. The latest addition is Papa’s Pilar. When Hemingway Rum Company launched the Papa’s Pilar brand several years ago, I went to launch party expecting, well, rum. I was not expecting to . . . → Read More: Papa’s Pilar Rum: Distilled In Key West

Oceania Regatta: Cruise Elegance and Outrageous Food

Oceania Regatta

Oceania Regatta is a beautiful ship. She started life as R-Two, a Renaissance Cruises cruise ship. When Renaissance went out of business in 2001, she was transferred to Cruiseinvest, and finally to Oceania in 2006. The Regatta is an intimate ship, holding just 684 guests, but offers an impressive crew-to-passenger . . . → Read More: Oceania Regatta: Cruise Elegance and Outrageous Food

Little Pearl, Key West

The envy-inducing tuna brulée.

The tiny, sometimes frenetic, lovely space that formerly housed Seven Fish is now Little Pearl. Although the decor has changed somewhat, and the menu is new, the place still has that familiar vibe I have always loved.

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One Duval at The Pier House

Stunning view from the deck.

The first time FKGuy and I visited Key West, in 1996, we stayed at The Pier House. Perched at the end of Duval Street, overlooking the water, with lush gardens and a beautiful pool, we loved it. Alas, we never went back. Recently, we enjoyed dinner at One Duval. . . . → Read More: One Duval at The Pier House

New York City, Part III: We Ate

The parting gift from brunch, a great next-day breakfast.

Mother’s Day Brunch takes brunching to a whole new level. There are annoying people to contend with, family drama, and hard-to-get reservations. Fortunately, we encountered none of that. Our sunny, chilly morning started off at a baseball game starring my favorite 12-year-old. (He hit a . . . → Read More: New York City, Part III: We Ate

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