Two Unintentional, Yet Deliciously Easy Appetizers

Don’t try to eat just one. These little things are addictive.

Friends were coming for dinner on Saturday night, leaving me scrambling to decide what to make a couple of days earlier. I settled on world’s easiest lamb shanks (recipe here), but had yet to come up with appetizers. I was tired and did . . . → Read More: Two Unintentional, Yet Deliciously Easy Appetizers

St. Augustine, FL Part 2: Eat, Drink and Be Merry

I got several compliments on the shirt while we were having brunch.

There’s nothing quite like waking up on a Sunday morning refreshed and ready for the day. Well, that, and having to fill in pieces of the night before for your friend who may have slept through the 80’s dance party in the . . . → Read More: St. Augustine, FL Part 2: Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Visiting Friends in St. Augustine, FL

The long and boring drive.

Key West is a transient town, with people coming and going all the time. So, it is inevitable that some of our friends would move away. This weekend, we ventured north to see friends that have recently left Key West in their new home in St. Augustine, and it . . . → Read More: Visiting Friends in St. Augustine, FL

Grille 401 Las Olas

Crafty, smoking cocktails available from the extensive bar menu.

Grille 401 Las Olas is a large restaurant, complete with two bars, a private dining room, and an upstairs entertaining space. Recently, they introduced a weekend brunch, including bottomless mimosas with a choice of Prosecco or Champagne. Animal lovers will love the Saturday morning Bark . . . → Read More: Grille 401 Las Olas

11 Truly Annoying Things

“Yes, thank you” or “No, thank you” are the appropriate responses when offered a tray of pastries.

Every once in a while, some annoying things get me to the point that I must get it off my chest. Now. Speaking of chests, one of the most irritating things of the last week is Serena . . . → Read More: 11 Truly Annoying Things

Start Using a Travel Agent Today

“But I can book online myself!” If I had a dollar for every time I heard that one… So in the age of instant gratification bookings (and sometimes immediate buyers remorse), information overload, and easy access, why should you use a travel agent? All those reasons and more.

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Goodbye, old frenemy.

The time has come to end a long-standing relationship. It has had its ups and downs, certainly, but in this case, the highs are not a good thing. The last straw came when I was out to dinner with friends, and the following sentence came out of my mouth . . . → Read More: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

A Whole Lotta Duck

The shredded duck empanadas.

Several months ago, on a whim, I sous vide some duck legs for my friends. They were outstanding, and I ordered more. My plan was to make duck legs over the 4th of July weekend. There was only one problem: I had six legs and seven dinner guests. I enlisted . . . → Read More: A Whole Lotta Duck

La Trattoria Oceanside, Key West

One of the new wine flights at La Trat.

After not having been for quite a while, friends wanted to meet at La Trattoria Oceanside earlier in the week. The downtown spot is a quick 15-minute walk from our house, but this one is much closer for our friends (and the parking is far . . . → Read More: La Trattoria Oceanside, Key West

Cooking Without Recipes: 5 Easy Restaurant Quality Meals

London broil and zucchini – a meal I make fequently after driving all day.

It is no secret that I like to eat. A lot. I also like cooking without recipes most often. Like everyone else, I am frequently pressed for time. Instead of picking up crappy takeout, I have a few go-to meals . . . → Read More: Cooking Without Recipes: 5 Easy Restaurant Quality Meals

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