Pesce & Pasta, Hollywood, FL

The few, sad, mediocre restaurants in downtown Hollywood are slowly being replaced by places that don’t suck. First Ends Meat came along, bringing casual and delicious food to a sorely lacking area. Now, Pesce & Pasta has opened in the former Face location, and it is a welcome addition to the (former) dining wasteland. . . . → Read More: Pesce & Pasta, Hollywood, FL

New York City In Winter: Beyond Smoked Fish

I came from unpacking; my cousin came from working. Clearly, he wins the best-dressed award.

One cannot live on smoked fish alone. Well, maybe some people can, but as much as I love the stuff, I need some variety. Plus, I had other people to see, and that meant checking out a couple of . . . → Read More: New York City In Winter: Beyond Smoked Fish

A Catamaran, A Dinghy, and a Very Long Swim: A Day in St. Thomas

I don’t swim. I mean, I can swim, but case in point: when we built our (tiny) pool, the pool guy said, “well, you won’t be able to do laps here.” My response? “It’s more of a margarita-drinking pool than a lap-swimming one.” I enjoy existing in a pool, or on the beach, preferably . . . → Read More: A Catamaran, A Dinghy, and a Very Long Swim: A Day in St. Thomas

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

Celebrity Cruises: The Suite Life

This was how we were first greeted in Luminae on Day 1.

Sometimes in life, you get what you pay for, and Celebrity Cruises Suite Class program is no exception. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel in Sky Suites (the entry-level suites aboard Celebrity) a couple of times. To date, we haven’t shelled out . . . → Read More: Celebrity Cruises: The Suite Life

Celebrity Silhouette Specialty Dining: The Porch

The Celebrity Solstice-class ships, including the Silhouette, all have an expansive lawn club. Real grass growing on the top deck of the ship, perfect for lounging, reading, relaxing, or in our case, dining. We chose The Porch for a lovely and relaxed lunch while docked in St. Thomas.

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Celebrity Silhouette Specialty Dining: Murano

Goat cheese souffle at Murano.

It may seem like all we did on our vacation was eat, but that is not true. We also drank. Celebrity Silhouette offers six specialty dining venues in addition to the main dining room, Luminae (the suite class dining room), Blu (Aqua Class dining room), and the Oceanview Cafe . . . → Read More: Celebrity Silhouette Specialty Dining: Murano

Celebrity Silhouette: Qsine

Disco shrimp, a house specialty.

I’ve cruised on one other Celebrity ship with Qsine restaurant before, but never tried it because it seemed, well, kitschy. And when I dine, I prefer good food over kitsch any day of the week. My friend Nikki, however, had enjoyed Qsine twice, and she has good taste. So . . . → Read More: Celebrity Silhouette: Qsine

Farmhouse Kitchen, Boca Raton

Farmhouse Kitchen is a lovely choice in Boca.

We recently met some friends for dinner, and in choosing a location it had to meet a stringent set of criteria. Somewhere between Delray Beach and Hollywood, preferably in Boca, vaguely child-friendly, good food and casual atmosphere. I also didn’t want to go someplace absurdly expensive. . . . → Read More: Farmhouse Kitchen, Boca Raton

Miami Spice: Il Mulino, Sunny Isles Beach

An array of bread choices at Il Mulino.

Miami Spice month-and-a-half is an excellent opportunity to try new restaurants, or old favorites, with a pre-set three-course menu for $39 per person. My parents seized the opportunity to take us to Il Mulino for our anniversary. When we lived in New York, we were one . . . → Read More: Miami Spice: Il Mulino, Sunny Isles Beach

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