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

New York City, Part II: Veni, Vidi, Edi

Cheddar cheese fritters make any day better.

May in New York City should be sunny, crisp, and delightful. Instead, we woke up to a gray, cold, rain-soaked Manhattan, while still kind of in a meat coma. Fortunately, our friends had picked the perfect, indoor brunch spot. We made our way, via subway, to the . . . → Read More: New York City, Part II: Veni, Vidi, Edi

New York City, Part I: Veni, Vidi, Edi

I’ll save you the Googling: it means I came, I saw, I ate. After living in New York City for six years, admittedly a while ago, we don’t need to sightsee when we are there. We visit with friends, and that involves eating. A lot. This adventure was no exception.

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NCL Escape, Family Cruising Fun

Norwegian Escape pool deck.

Recently, I toured the NCL Escape, Norwegian’s newest ship to date. This mega-ship has enough eating and drinking venues to make your head spin, as well as an array of activities for the whole family. Water slides? Check. Sports complex and ropes course? Indeed. You can even walk the plank, . . . → Read More: NCL Escape, Family Cruising Fun

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