10 Tips for a Better Vacation

Travel tip (and random picture of the Duomo in Florence. Go visit. It is better in person.)

Americans are the worst. We are terrible at using up all of our vacation time, and then some people are not too good at maximizing the time they have taken off. SAD! As a travel professional, I . . . → Read More: 10 Tips for a Better Vacation

Saturday Afternoon Wine Tasting at Isle Cook, Key West

Eden Brown Co-Owner of Isle Cook, Key West, and one of the only people I know who can successfully pull off that lipstick.

I have been trying to get to one of the fantastic wine and food tastings held weekly at Isle Cook. For one reason (I had too many mimosas at brunch!) or . . . → Read More: Saturday Afternoon Wine Tasting at Isle Cook, Key West

Little Pearl, Key West

The envy-inducing tuna brulée.

The tiny, sometimes frenetic, lovely space that formerly housed Seven Fish is now Little Pearl. Although the decor has changed somewhat, and the menu is new, the place still has that familiar vibe I have always loved.

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New York City, Part III: We Ate

The parting gift from brunch, a great next-day breakfast.

Mother’s Day Brunch takes brunching to a whole new level. There are annoying people to contend with, family drama, and hard-to-get reservations. Fortunately, we encountered none of that. Our sunny, chilly morning started off at a baseball game starring my favorite 12-year-old. (He hit a . . . → Read More: New York City, Part III: We Ate

New York City, Part II: Veni, Vidi, Edi

Cheddar cheese fritters make any day better.

May in New York City should be sunny, crisp, and delightful. Instead, we woke up to a gray, cold, rain-soaked Manhattan, while still kind of in a meat coma. Fortunately, our friends had picked the perfect, indoor brunch spot. We made our way, via subway, to the . . . → Read More: New York City, Part II: Veni, Vidi, Edi

New York City, Part I: Veni, Vidi, Edi

I’ll save you the Googling: it means I came, I saw, I ate. After living in New York City for six years, admittedly a while ago, we don’t need to sightsee when we are there. We visit with friends, and that involves eating. A lot. This adventure was no exception.

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Fish Waterfront Restaurant, Saddlebunch Keys

It’s a gorgeous view, especially now that it stays light later.

In the building that formerly housed Kaya Island Eats, now stands Fish waterfront restaurant. Our friends wanted to go recently, and since they offered to drive, I thought it was a fine idea. (You will never catch me wanting to drive to dinner . . . → Read More: Fish Waterfront Restaurant, Saddlebunch Keys

The Saint Hotel, Key West: Sleeping, Dining, Drinking

One of the newer hotels in Key West, The Saint Hotel, a Marriott Autograph Collection property, offers a lovely bar serving craft cocktails and tasty food. Though they had a rough start getting a liquor license when they first opened, now things are running smoothly. We stopped in for a quick dinner about a . . . → Read More: The Saint Hotel, Key West: Sleeping, Dining, Drinking

Observation From A Bar Stool: I’ve Become My Grandmother

My grandparents, circa 1974, enjoying a laugh.

My grandmother was the type of person that people talked to about everything. Standing in line at the bank or grocery store, perfect strangers felt the need to share their life stories. I couldn’t pinpoint a reason why. Maybe it was her dimples, or perhaps her five-foot-half-an-inch . . . → Read More: Observation From A Bar Stool: I’ve Become My Grandmother

Cruising the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal

The day after boarding the beautiful Windstar Star Breeze in Colon, we were cruising the Panama Canal. Completed in 1914, this marvel of engineering continues to amaze over a hundred years later. The Panama Canal is about fifty miles long, and transiting the canal is an all day affair.

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