La Montanara, Aventura, FL

Delicious antipasti plate.

Recently, my mom told me of an Italian place they had been a few times, and suggested we go with them and check it out. When I heard the whole wine list is half price on Wednesdays, it was easy to pick a day to go. La Montanara, in Aventura, is . . . → Read More: La Montanara, Aventura, FL

Top 10 Holiday Travel Tips

Picture yourself here, instead of at a busy airport.

I have had a number of clients in the past couple of weeks that all want to travel around Christmas and New Years. It is the single most expensive time of year to travel (Thanksgiving is pretty bad, too, but it is a much shorter time . . . → Read More: Top 10 Holiday Travel Tips

Hostess Gifts: Yes or No?

Just one of the awesome gifts I have received from a guest recently…

A friend’s status update on Facebook has sparked this post. Well, not so much the update, as one of the comments “Hostess gift? Is this 1953?” I am here to tell you that there a few very acceptable times when you do . . . → Read More: Hostess Gifts: Yes or No?

Dine Out Lauderdale is Back

The tuna tower at Morton’s

It is that time of year again… Miami Spice has ended, and Dine Out Lauderdale has begun. With $35, three course menus, there are some good deals to be had out there. From steaks to seafood to Asian cuisine, there are over 30 choices of restaurants with Dine Out . . . → Read More: Dine Out Lauderdale is Back

Ball and Chain, Miami

Picture yourself in 1950s-era Havana, cool cocktail in hand, air breezing through the bar, fans swirling overhead and a crowd mingling, awaiting live music. This is the feeling captured by the newly rebuilt Ball and Chain bar in Little Havana. 

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8 Reasons Why Two Dogs Are Better Than One

Babka and Latke play endlessly.

A couple of months ago I wrote about our decision to adopt another dog. (By “decision” of course I mean “saw her adorable photo and never looked back“) We had been wondering if two dogs are better than one, and I can say, at least in this instance, yes. If . . . → Read More: 8 Reasons Why Two Dogs Are Better Than One

101 Years

FKGuy with Grandma Annabelle at her 100th birthday party.

This weekend, we lost FKGuy’s grandmother, or as she was affectionately known to all of us, “Gram” or “Granny“. She was 101 years old, and got to enjoy meeting her first great-grandchild a few months ago. 

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It’s October… Almost Fantasy Fest

This is me and FKGuy. We are very fancy.

It is October. Hard to believe, but it’s a fact. That means a few things in Key West: It still feels like summer, only a more tolerable version; snowbirds start to flock back south this month; and, of course, it is nearly time for Fantasy . . . → Read More: It’s October… Almost Fantasy Fest

Rosh Hashana, Part II: The Recap

Chicken soup with kreplach. If you’ve never tried them, you should.

They came. They ate. We celebrated the new year. Rosh Hashana has come and gone, and all that is left is a food coma. Yes, five days later. As promised, here are some photos. No, I didn’t save you any. 

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Rosh Hashana: Happy New Year

This is my delicious, homemade gefilte fish. It ain’t your Grandma’s fish, and it bears no resemblance to that nasty, jellied stuff in a jar.

This evening marks the start of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. This week we celebrate (read: eat a lot) Next week we get to fast and . . . → Read More: Rosh Hashana: Happy New Year

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