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The Case of the Plastic Container

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To return… or not?

We don’t really live in an era of bringing casseroles to potlucks anymore (at least not in my world). Even if we did, I am a bit militant about quality control (that, and I keep kosher), so I usually decline guests offers of bringing food to a party. So I tend to cook. A lot. Continue reading The Case of the Plastic Container

Wine on Tap at Lush Bar, Key West

Beer on tap is not news, but wine? Well, that is something entirely different…  South Florida’s first wine on tap can be found at Lush Bar in Key West. Not only is it cool because it is new, but wine stays fresh, and the product is environmentally friendly. I spoke with proprietor, Mark Certonio and took . . . → Read More: Wine on Tap at Lush Bar, Key West

On The Road Again: Moultrie, Georgia, Part II

The not-quite-finished, not-quite assembled house

The not-quite-finished, not-quite assembled house

Having overindulged in mediocre pizza, we were in need of exercise Monday morning. FKGuy and I even brought cold weather running clothes with us. The pouring rain had continued through the night, but fortunately the Holiday Inn Express has a gym. Well, they have two treadmills, a stair climber and a bike all in the same room referred to as the “Fitness Center“.  Continue reading On The Road Again: Moultrie, Georgia, Part II

On the Road to Moultrie, Georgia: A 36 Hour Road Trip

FKGuy, with the Chevy Cruze.

FKGuy, with the Chevy Cruze.

When friends heard we were taking a road trip, everyone was interested to hear where we were going. Once I told them, I was met with a mixture of quizzical stares, and the inevitable “Why?” or “Well, have some good BBQ!” (we didn’t) and even more “Why???” We are building a new house, and that house is modular, and being built in a factory in, you guessed it, Moultrie, Georgia. So we went to see our house.  Continue reading On the Road to Moultrie, Georgia: A 36 Hour Road Trip

Michele Chiarlo Barolo, It’s What’s For Lunch

IMG_20140314_115650It seems like it is all about wine these days on the blog, and that is a good thing. I received an email a couple of weeks ago, and after a quick scan (and seeing the words “Chiarlo“, “Barolo” and “Lunch” all in the same paragraph), I decided to read a little closer. Turns out, I was invited to lunch with Alberto Chiarlo, marketing guy for (and son of) Michele Chiarlo, one of the most well known wine producers in Piedmont.  Continue reading Michele Chiarlo Barolo, It’s What’s For Lunch

Wine Dinner: New Friends, Old Friends and a Lot of Wine

The lineup (Well, most of it)

The lineup (Well, most of it)

It doesn’t take much to inspire me to throw a dinner party. When friends we had never met in person before, announced they were coming to Florida for a vacation, I rallied the wine geeks for a mid-week, wine and food gathering. With one exception, these are all friends that we have met online – some over ten years ago.  Continue reading Wine Dinner: New Friends, Old Friends and a Lot of Wine

When Things Go Right

That is quite a hunk of meat.

That is quite a hunk of meat.

Several months ago, I had a near-panic attack when contemplating the preparation of a holiday meal. As it turned out, the gefilte fish was terrific. The brisket was delicious, too. It was a three ingredient recipe, and tasted exactly like my mother-in-law’s, so I considered it a big win. Apparently I did a good job, since they are all coming back this year. I’d better up my game. Continue reading When Things Go Right

A Man’s World? Nah.

There is currently a thread over on the Wine Spectator Forums about why there are fewer women that post than men, by a lot. To be honest, before reading this, I hadn’t spent too much time thinking about it. I have been posting on the bulletin boards over at Wine Spectator for over 10 years, and have both learned a lot and made many new friends.  Continue reading A Man’s World? Nah.

Creature of Habit

It is hard to believe that anyone could resist these delicious brownies!

It is hard to believe that anyone could resist these delicious brownies!

Each one of us is, to a degree, a creature of habit. We order the same thing again and again at our favorite restaurants, we go to the same places for gas and groceries. It is comforting. This past weekend, I realized just how much we like to keep things the same. Continue reading Creature of Habit

Escaping the Winter

This is what everyone thinks of when they think of visiting us.

This is what everyone thinks of when they think of visiting us.

When FKGuy and I left the cold northeast of Manhattan to head south for Florida, the influx of visitors was amazing. We had the guest room booked months out, especially in the wintertime. At first it was a novelty, and they came in droves (“Let’s go to the beach!” or “Let’s go to South Beach!“) Eventually, our regulars got used to just visiting us, with the occasional jaunt to the beach. Continue reading Escaping the Winter