St. Pete Beach, Part 3: Champagne and Street Walking

Blue Slide Ridge is always one of my favorites.

Two days before our arrival in St. Pete, I contacted some friends that live in the Tampa Bay area (not actually close to where we were, but whatever…) Imagine my delight when I found out they were free for dinner our first night in town. . . . → Read More: St. Pete Beach, Part 3: Champagne and Street Walking

St. Pete Beach, Part 2: Inn On The Beach

Sunset view from our balcony.

Old Florida. Quiet. Charming. Slow-paced. Carefree. Inn on the Beach is all of these things. Located in the sleepy and beautiful Pass-A-Grille, the inn is an unassuming building at the end of a small street, located directly across the street from the beach. It is the exact opposite of . . . → Read More: St. Pete Beach, Part 2: Inn On The Beach

St. Pete Beach, Part 1: Lunch and Art

Saganaki and a burger combined into one glorious dish

The extent of my west coast of Florida travel has largely revolved around trips to Bern’s in Tampa, or to visit friends, with some outlet shopping thrown in for good measure. So, when I was offered a complimentary stay at the Inn on the Beach . . . → Read More: St. Pete Beach, Part 1: Lunch and Art

2016

It’s 2016. A new year, new resolutions, right? No. Goals, yes. Resolutions, not so much. Now that the holidays are in our rear view mirror, and the moments of cheese souffles (of course I made them) and tipsy chocolate cherry cake are behind us, it is time to hunker down. Here are a few of . . . → Read More: 2016

It’s That Time of Year Again… The Birthday, Christmas and Nearly New Years

It’s that time of year. Again. when people hear it is my birthday, then tell me how sorry they are. Clearly I must have suffered having my birthday on Christmas Eve. I assure you, I did not. Not in the least.

Overall, it was a great year. As usual, we have had many out of . . . → Read More: It’s That Time of Year Again… The Birthday, Christmas and Nearly New Years

Canine House Guests VS Human House Guests

One of our recent house guests, Czonka, making himself right at home at the dinner table.

The past several months have brought us both human and canine house guests. Sometimes the dogs come with their human servants, and sometimes by themselves. I’ve realized that the same basic rules apply to either the four-legged, or . . . → Read More: Canine House Guests VS Human House Guests

Burdines Waterfront ChikiTiki, Marathon, FL

Lunch with a view.

A couple of weeks ago, we stopped at Burdines Waterfront ChikiTiki Bar for lunch, en route to Key West. It is a little challenging to find, and you need to really pay attention to where you are turning, or you will miss it. Once you’ve made it off the Overseas . . . → Read More: Burdines Waterfront ChikiTiki, Marathon, FL

Happy Hanukkah (and the Best Ever Potato Latke Recipe)

Homemade jelly donuts.

Hanukkah is now over, and it was a delightful holiday. We started the week by celebrating the first-ever city sponsored menorah in Bayview Park, with many other members of the Jewish Community, and quite a few city officials. Babka and Latke even came to join the fun. This past weekend we . . . → Read More: Happy Hanukkah (and the Best Ever Potato Latke Recipe)

Celebrity Reflection Thanksgiving Cruise Review: Part 4, The Wrap Up

Sky Suite, photo from Celebrity Cruises.

This is the final installment of the Celebrity Reflection Thanksgiving cruise review. It was a fantastic cruise, overall, starting with our suite. I reserved a category S1 Sky Suite, and chose the aft corner of the ship, much like we had on the Solstice in Alaska.

. . . → Read More: Celebrity Reflection Thanksgiving Cruise Review: Part 4, The Wrap Up

Celebrity Reflection Thanksgiving Cruise: Part 3, Specialty Dining

“Flatbread” at Lawn Club Grill.

Our Celebrity Reflection Thanksgiving cruise had a total of eleven dining venues. Well, ten plus Cafe Al Bacio, where there are complimentary pastries and the Gelateria, for delicious gelato for a charge. As for the others, four are available at no additional fee, but with a caveat. Blu is . . . → Read More: Celebrity Reflection Thanksgiving Cruise: Part 3, Specialty Dining

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