How to Host a Great Brunch in 5 Easy Steps

Stacking sweets adds visual interest, and makes it easy to grab a yummy muffin.

Stacking sweets adds visual interest, and makes it easy to grab a yummy muffin.

My last brunch post left a lot of readers drooling. It was met with very good feedback, and a number of “oh my, I could never pull that off…” comments. I am here to tell you that you can, and it is pretty easy. Here are my top 5 tips to host a great brunch. Continue reading How to Host a Great Brunch in 5 Easy Steps

Brunch: My New Favorite Party

The bar setup is crucial to any good party.

The bar setup is crucial to any good party.

There is a lot to be said for a midday party. I can still get to bed at a normal time; cleanup can be done earlier; it can almost always be served as a buffet; everybody loves brunch food; and a Bloody Mary bar is pretty easy to pull off. All in all, a big win.  Continue reading Brunch: My New Favorite Party

Confessions of a Six Year Old Foodie

Yes, I started young.

Yes, I started young.

I admit it. I was destined to be a foodie. I have always loved to eat, though as a child I didn’t eat nearly enough to satisfy my parents. As an adult, I don’t have that problem. I eat plenty. But just because I didn’t eat a lot, I was still picky about what I was eating. Continue reading Confessions of a Six Year Old Foodie

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

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