Chef Michael’s Islamorada Hogfish Recipe

Perfectly cooked fish at Chef Michael’s. Photo courtesy of Key West Food and Wine Festival.

My friend Mark’s favorite restaurant in Islamorada is Chef Michael’s. The fresh fish and attentive service make him go back again and again. One of these days, I will get there. Until then, I have a hogfish . . . → Read More: Chef Michael’s Islamorada Hogfish Recipe

The Top 5 Tips For Easy Gift Buying While Traveling

Wine makes a great gift!

I am in a constant struggle to buy new and exciting gifts for friends and family (especially the friends that watch Babka and Latke, so that we can travel). Having been on close to a zillion cruises to the Caribbean (only a slight exaggeration), I can tell you that . . . → Read More: The Top 5 Tips For Easy Gift Buying While Traveling

Malaga, Spain: Eating Our Way Around Town

I am always making FKGuy pose for photos.

After a 9+ mile trek in Gibraltar, I was hell-bent on wearing sandals. There was no way I was shoving my feet in running shoes again for the day in Malaga. Big mistake. A dress and open-toed shoes are not appropriate rainy weather attire, especially in . . . → Read More: Malaga, Spain: Eating Our Way Around Town

Clemente’s Trolley Pizzeria, Key West

Mushroom pizza… my favorite.

A few months ago, as I was lamenting the downhill slide of a local pizza shop, a new game rolled into town. Clemente’s Trolley Pizzeria is a beautifully restored trolley car, outfitted with a 900-degree wood-burning pizza oven. Last fall, they arrived and permanently set up shop at 629 Angela Street . . . → Read More: Clemente’s Trolley Pizzeria, Key West

Sozo Sushi, Wilton Manors, Florida

In the middle of Winton Drive, in the heart of Wilton Manors, lies a tiny sushi restaurant. Sozo Sushi is small, with just five stools at the counter, four in the window and two minuscule tables for two. Our party of three sat outside, as that is where there were enough chairs for us . . . → Read More: Sozo Sushi, Wilton Manors, Florida

Gibraltar: The Rock and The Monkeys

Look! Off in the distance! It’s the coast of Africa. We didn’t stop in for a visit.

At the southern tip of Spain lies the tiny peninsula of Gibraltar, that is actually a British territory. They drive on the right side of the street, speak several different languages and have an airport that is . . . → Read More: Gibraltar: The Rock and The Monkeys

Key West Songwriter’s Festival

To most people, May means Mother’s Day, Memorial day (the first day off since February! Woohoo!) and the beginning of summer weather. In Key West, however, it means something entirely different: the snowbirds begin their trek back up north, and the Key West Songwriter’s Festival comes to town. Oh, and the weather turns steamier . . . → Read More: Key West Songwriter’s Festival

Flying Through The Air: A Pole Vault Competition

He made it look easy.

A friend of mine pole vaulted in high school and has recently started competing again. This sport has taken him to competitions and meets all over the place, most recently in South Florida. I went to watch, and possibly learn a thing or two about the pole vault.

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Osteria Acqua e Farina, Fort Lauderdale Italian Restaurant

The pizza is simply divine!

“I have a competition on Monday, so I’ll be carbo-loading on Sunday. let’s get Italian food!” This request came via email from a friend, and really, who am I to pass up a good excuse to eat pasta? We looked for a good Italian restaurant in Broward county, and . . . → Read More: Osteria Acqua e Farina, Fort Lauderdale Italian Restaurant

Funchal, Madeira: The Market, The Wine and The Flowers

Espada fish at the market in Funchal.

After nine glorious days at sea, daily rounds of taken-way-too-seriously trivia, eating, drinking and merriment, it was time for a port stop in Funchal, Madeira. Some were delighted by the idea of getting off the ship (“finally!”), but I was ambivalent. On the one hand, it certainly . . . → Read More: Funchal, Madeira: The Market, The Wine and The Flowers

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