I’m Proud of Florida (for now)

My home state is usually the breeding ground for stupidity, weird news stories and more. I could go on and on about some of them, but chances are, if you read the news – or Facebook, or any other website – you already know many of them. But today, I am proud of my home state. Continue reading I’m Proud of Florida (for now)

Bourbon Steak Miami, Miami Spice Menu

The private dining room at Bourbon Steak Miami

The private dining room at Bourbon Steak Miami

I was invited to a preview tasting of the Miami Spice menu at Bourbon Steak Miami earlier this week. Miami Spice runs from August 1 through September and offers a $39 three course set menu. At places like Bourbon Steak it also represents a great value. Continue reading Bourbon Steak Miami, Miami Spice Menu

Twice as Nice, or Double Trouble? Are Two Dogs Better Than One?

Latke is making herself right at home.

Latke is making herself right at home.

If you have read the blog before, you know that I am obsessed with my awesome rescue mutt, Babka. She is truly a wonderful, mostly well behaved and lovable dog. Well, a few months ago, the folks at Paws 2 Care Coalition (who saved Babka’s life), posted a photo of an adorable puppy online. I told FKGuy to swing by on his way home from work and pick her up.

He did not.  Continue reading Twice as Nice, or Double Trouble? Are Two Dogs Better Than One?

Wine-O at La Concha Key West

20140712_185531Downstairs in the La Concha hotel, facing Duval Street, sits Wine-O, a new wine bar/retail shop. I was invited to check it out, and since I never turn down wine, off we went. I am always eager to check out new places, especially if there is food and wine involved.  Continue reading Wine-O at La Concha Key West

Secrets to a Successful Dinner Party, Part V

Mini apple pies. Just like mom used to make, only smaller.

Mini apple pies. Just like mom used to make, only smaller.

Your guests have arrived, have eaten and drank and hopefully it has been a good time. If not, you need more interesting friends, but that is a topic for another day. Once you have finished dinner, you probably want to do some sort of dessert. Not only is it the right thing to do, and everyone – even people on a diet – loves some type of dessert, but you’re going to have to signal to your guests that the evening is coming to an end, and that they should think about leaving in the near future.  Continue reading Secrets to a Successful Dinner Party, Part V

Avant, By Kendall-Jackson

Yes, I did have to “borrow” this image from the Kendall-Jackson folks, I was enjoying too much to photograph.

What is better than wine? Wine that arrives on your doorstep. The folks at Kendall-Jackson sent me a bottle of each of the wines from their new line, Avant. There are a few cool things about this new line. One thing that struck me is that all Avant wines are bottled using 100% wind energy. After seeing wind turbines installed on the roof of the Fort Lauderdale Hilton recently, I can tell you: this is good stuff. Continue reading Avant, By Kendall-Jackson

Sunday Brunch at The Westin, Key West

The first of many mimosas.

The first of many mimosas.

Somehow, we had never made it to Sunday Brunch at The Westin before this past weekend. How is that possible? I have no idea. I am, generally, a creature of habit and have had many brunches of late at Hot Tin Roof, 2 Cents, Azur and Blackfin. But we needed to try something new (and I was sick of seeing other people’s Facebook photos and never experiencing it for myself), so, off we went.  Continue reading Sunday Brunch at The Westin, Key West

Potty Mouth

Last week I updated my Facebook status as follows: I’m glad auto correct has finally figured out that I NEVER want to type “ducking“. Thanks, phone! Combined with being on the verge of moving into a new house, it reminded me of the first house we ever bought. Continue reading Potty Mouth

Secrets to a Successful Dinner Party, Part IV

The lineup (well, most of it), from a recent dinner party where attendees all brought a bottle,

The lineup (well, most of it), from a recent dinner party where attendees all brought a bottle,

By now the super successful dinner party is in full force. Appetizers, welcome drinks, and dinner. But what to drink? I generally serve water and wine. Simple enough, right? Seriously, it is not that bad, don’t worry. Continue reading Secrets to a Successful Dinner Party, Part IV

Secrets of a Successful Dinner Party, Part III

The roast vegetable platter I made for a recent party. Simple, delicious, and mostly gone at the end of the night.

The roast vegetable platter I made for a recent party. Simple, delicious, and mostly gone at the end of the night.

By now, you have invited guests and planned out a welcome drink (and by “planned out“, I mean “purchased a couple of bottles of bubbly.“) It seems like it is time to move on to the “dinner” part of the fabulous and successful dinner party. A few things to consider: Do you want to serve family style, on platters that everyone can pass? Do you want to do a buffet? A full plated meal? I’m going to suggest you go with option 1 or 2, at least in the beginning. I only do full plated, multi-course meals for New Years Eve, or other special occasions.  Continue reading Secrets of a Successful Dinner Party, Part III

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