Happy Birthday to Me, and Happy Everything to YOU!

It’s that time of year… 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. But as I am another year older (gasp!) and another year wiser (in theory, anyway), . . . → Read More: Happy Birthday to Me, and Happy Everything to YOU!

Iberostar Grand Hotel, Montego Bay, Jamaica: The Food, Service and Activities

It would be hard not to enjoy yourself here.

Settling in for a few days of relaxation is pretty easy, especially in beautiful surroundings, with drink service. The Iberostar Grand Hotel did not disappoint. Service throughout the property was friendly and for the most part, very good. Drink service around the pool could be . . . → Read More: Iberostar Grand Hotel, Montego Bay, Jamaica: The Food, Service and Activities

Iberostar Grand Hotel, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Iberostar Grand Hotel, Montego Bay Jamaica

I book clients all the time at various all-inclusive resorts throughout the Caribbean and Mexico, but until last week, I had never stayed at any of them. I had visited several properties for the day, but never as a full-fledged guest. After going back and forth, we settled . . . → Read More: Iberostar Grand Hotel, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Kaya Island Eats, Florida Keys

Boom Shakalaka. The sauce alone is worth the drive.

I am spoiled by the number of good restaurants available to me within a fifteen minute walk from my front door. So it is not that often that I will drive somewhere to eat in the Keys. On this particular occasion, we had flown into . . . → Read More: Kaya Island Eats, Florida Keys

Incompetence, Carelessness and the Kindness of Strangers

Understand this: when you live, quite literally, at the end of the road, getting deliveries can sometimes be a challenge. Delivery companies generally come to a Key West once or twice a week, at best. So, when I ordered a large wine cooler from Costco, I expected the delivery to be headache inducing. Just not . . . → Read More: Incompetence, Carelessness and the Kindness of Strangers

Chima, Fort Lauderdale

I was recently invited to try Chima, a Brazilian Steakhouse where people stroll around with huge skewers of meat, and cut off pieces for customers as they go. Friends of ours love it there, so I thought we’d give it a shot. After my last experience with this type of place (which is now closed), . . . → Read More: Chima, Fort Lauderdale

Aquagrill, New York

For the record, the wine is mine, not the kid’s.

Well before we arrived in New York, my friend Sara sent me the following text message, complete with a message from her 9 year old son: We just discussed your upcoming visit with A. He said “yay”, and he can’t wait to see you. . . . → Read More: Aquagrill, New York

Buzzards Roost, Key Largo

The view from our table could not be beat.

On a recent drive, sans dogs, from Key West to the mainland, I was in search of someplace for lunch. I wanted to go somewhere new and interesting. New to me, anyway. I found Buzzards Roost, and decided that would be the choice. It was . . . → Read More: Buzzards Roost, Key Largo

Casellula, New York: Cheese Heaven

Yes, that is my giant nose threatening to take over the entire cheese plate.

While indulging in several glasses too many at Maloney and Porcelli, I asked my friend Tracey where to go the next day for happy hour, as we were meeting a college friend. Now, to me “happy hour” means “half price . . . → Read More: Casellula, New York: Cheese Heaven

Gimme A Burger, Pembroke Pines, FL

Steakhouse infused burger, as a salad.

I recently got an invitation to try Gimme A Burger in Pembroke Pines, and since it doesn’t take much convincing to get me to eat a burger, naturally I readily accepted. Now, I will say that I find the name a little off-putting, but I was intrigued by . . . → Read More: Gimme A Burger, Pembroke Pines, FL

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