Flavors of St. Martin: An Island Food Tour

Over the course of several visits, we had yet to make it to the French side of St. Martin, the half-Dutch, half-French Caribbean island. I knew this was our moment of opportunity. When I saw the Flavors of St. Martin tour in the shore excursion list, I had found how I’d like to spend . . . → Read More: Flavors of St. Martin: An Island Food Tour

It’s Not Too Soon To Give Thanks (Or Eat Turkey)

Thanksgiving is not entirely about the turkey.

Thanksgiving is not just a day. It is a feeling of gratitude, a moment of celebrating the good in our lives and sharing those good feelings with others. It does not matter if that happens on the fourth Thursday of November, or some other time. In this . . . → Read More: It’s Not Too Soon To Give Thanks (Or Eat Turkey)

If Dogs Could Talk: Election Edition

Babka exercises her right to join us in voting.

I can’t speak for others, but I can tell you this: I have an election hangover, and I didn’t even have any wine that night. In retrospect, perhaps that was a poor choice. As the election events were unfolding, Babka started asking some questions. Here . . . → Read More: If Dogs Could Talk: Election Edition

Cheese Souffle: Then, Now, and Coming Soon

From the Le Gavroche website. What the souffle should look like.

Souffles are those delicious, fluffy, eggy dishes that, when made properly, are the best things ever. That is not hyperbole. It is a fact. Toss in some cheese and heavy cream? OMG. The cheese souffle I ate at Le Gavroche when I was . . . → Read More: Cheese Souffle: Then, Now, and Coming Soon

The Day We Only Ate Bagels

Nothing says the morning after a big event, like a wedding or bar mitzvah, quite like a bagel brunch. It’s a great way to gather friends and family before everyone heads out of town or just back to their daily routines. But it takes a special one of these events to turn into an . . . → Read More: The Day We Only Ate Bagels

Slovenian Wine + Florida Lobster = A Great Evening at The Flaming Buoy

A couple of weeks ago, while the dogs were taking me for a walk, my friend Fred (co-owner of The Flaming Buoy) came running out of the restaurant. He shouted from across the street “We’re having a winemaker dinner with the Edi Simcic people. Want to come?” Of course, I don’t need to be . . . → Read More: Slovenian Wine + Florida Lobster = A Great Evening at The Flaming Buoy

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar, Key West

Yes, there are tiny mermaids in my cocktail.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar is new on the Key West dining and bar scene, and it seems like it is here to stay. Housed in the former Finnegan’s Wake space, it was something else in between. (I can’t even recall the name of that short-lived place.) . . . → Read More: Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar, Key West

Life in Florida: Hurricane Season

Our view this week.

Hurricane Season is the price we pay for balmy winters and year-round sunshine. It is simply part of life in coastal Florida. Fortunately, we have not had a storm in eleven years and many people had become complacent.

This week Matthew showed up as an unwelcome guest. He is battering . . . → Read More: Life in Florida: Hurricane Season

Best. Challah. Ever. Recipe Included.

The traditional egg bread served on Friday nights and Jewish holidays has many variations. I’ve taken one for the team and spent months experimenting with challah recipes. I am happy to tell you that I have come up with a great one, so if you are looking for the best challah recipe . . . → Read More: Best. Challah. Ever. Recipe Included.

Happy New Year, It’s 5777

The schnecken always beckon.

This Sunday night begins Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. We welcome the year 5777 with gefilte fish and brisket.

In honor of Rosh Hashana, our family is all coming to Key West, where we will be joined by friends for many a festive meal. Gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, . . . → Read More: Happy New Year, It’s 5777

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