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Dietary Needs

Stuffed mushrooms are one of my favorite apps to make  (and eat)

Stuffed mushrooms are one of my favorite apps to make (and eat)

I have said it before and I will say it again: I think it is important to accommodate the dietary needs of my dinner guests. Within reason. Since I am on some version of the Paleo diet and not eating any grains, beans, nightshade vegetables and am limiting my dairy, we are already pretty limited. Add to that the dairy-allergic and the vegetarian, and we have the makings for fun menu planning. We had other guests coming, too, but I somehow forgot to ask if they had any food issues and just hoped for the best. Continue reading Dietary Needs

Happy Passover

The gefilte fish always reminds me of the bundt cake from My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

The gefilte fish always reminds me of the bundt cake from My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

I know some of you may think I am a bit late with this post, but as it turns out, Passover is eight days, so there is plenty of time to still wish you a happy one. Plus, I have been very busy eating and eating at the Seders.  Continue reading Happy Passover

Santiago’s Bodega, Key West: Lunch

Steve showing off bottle #1.

Steve showing off bottle #1.

Over the weekend we had lunch plans with some friends. After the inevitable back and forth discussing where we should go, we settled on Santiago’s Bodega. It had never occurred to me to go there for lunch, as we usually find ourselves there for dinner. The menu is the same, but the atmosphere is much more relaxed.  Continue reading Santiago’s Bodega, Key West: Lunch

Grand Cercle Bordeaux Tasting, Miami

20140410_132138The Grand Cercle brings together the wines of both the left and right banks of Bordeaux, naturally separated by the Gironde river.When I was invited to the tasting, I immediately called a friend and made plans to go. After all, nearly 40 Bordeaux producers in one room for an afternoon tasting – what could be better? Continue reading Grand Cercle Bordeaux Tasting, Miami

Only In Key West

I play tennis frequently at Bayview Park, and have done so for the past five years. It is a fabulous set up where you show up and play doubles with whoever else is there. In the winter, there is generally a sign up list, and sometimes a wait for a court. Recently, a small (in my mind) issue seems to have taken on a life of its own and been blown entirely out of proportion. Only in Key West… Continue reading Only In Key West

Shake Shack, Boca Raton

Cheeseburger and fries at Shake Shack

Cheeseburger and fries at Shake Shack

Everyone I know goes on and on and on about the great Shake Shack. In fact, Shake Shack (the original one) is where my cousin ended her thirteen years of vegetarianism. So last week, after furniture moving and medical supply stores galore, my friend and I ventured over to the one in Boca Raton.  Continue reading Shake Shack, Boca Raton

Keep Laughing… No Matter What

I really should have gotten the camera out sooner.

I really should have gotten the camera out sooner.

In the spirit of “anything that can go wrong, will…” I began my visit to my friend’s mom in the hospital with a trip to a local florist. They had a total of 4 arrangements pre-made, two of them heavy with carnations. The third one had begun wilting. None was particularly interesting. “OK, I’ll take that one.”  “Are you sure?” “Well, it is the only choice, right? Aside from the carnations and the wilted one.” The good news, it is was a lovely arrangement, and it smelled good, too.  Continue reading Keep Laughing… No Matter What

Decision Overload

Have you ever had a time where you have made so many decisions, it seems that one more will make your head explode? I feel like I am in that position now (and it will probably get worse in the short term, before it gets better). I am on decision overload. You see, I have spent hours on end over the past several days on the phone with various retailers buying fixtures: shower fixtures, toilet paper holders, lights, etc.  Continue reading Decision Overload

Brunch at Hot Tin Roof, Key West

Everyone gives brunch a big thumbs up!

Everyone gives brunch a big thumbs up!

Hot Tin Roof, the restaurant in the Ocean Key Resort, started serving Sunday Brunch a couple months ago. We were early adapters and wanted to try it out. After all, a Bloody Mary Bar, unlimited mimosas and food for $39/person – what’s not to like? They were slammed instantly and had a less than smooth start. But it is such a good idea, we wanted to give them another chance. So we did. Continue reading Brunch at Hot Tin Roof, Key West

Orange Theory (Or: Why I Am Always Sore)

It occurred to me that I have written about all sorts of fitness attempts – some more successful than others – from Crossfit to a half marathon, but have yet to discuss Orange Theory. Why? Perhaps it is because I detailed every mile of the half marathon training and when that was done I had knee surgery. Or just the sheer madness that is Crossfit (Slinging sledgehammers? Rolling giant tires? That stuff is just not for me.) But Orange Theory is different. I actually like it.

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