Secrets to a Successful Dinner Party, Part IV

The lineup (well, most of it), from a recent dinner party where attendees all brought a bottle,

The lineup (well, most of it), from a recent dinner party where attendees all brought a bottle,

By now the super successful dinner party is in full force. Appetizers, welcome drinks, and dinner. But what to drink? I generally serve water and wine. Simple enough, right? Seriously, it is not that bad, don’t worry. Continue reading Secrets to a Successful Dinner Party, Part IV

Secrets of a Successful Dinner Party, Part III

The roast vegetable platter I made for a recent party. Simple, delicious, and mostly gone at the end of the night.

The roast vegetable platter I made for a recent party. Simple, delicious, and mostly gone at the end of the night.

By now, you have invited guests and planned out a welcome drink (and by “planned out“, I mean “purchased a couple of bottles of bubbly.“) It seems like it is time to move on to the “dinner” part of the fabulous and successful dinner party. A few things to consider: Do you want to serve family style, on platters that everyone can pass? Do you want to do a buffet? A full plated meal? I’m going to suggest you go with option 1 or 2, at least in the beginning. I only do full plated, multi-course meals for New Years Eve, or other special occasions.  Continue reading Secrets of a Successful Dinner Party, Part III

(Moving) Again

As I am driving a load of stuff from IKEA, Costco and Target down to Key West (and vacillate between thinking our lack of shopping is charming or downright absurd), I am once again reminded of how much moving sucks. It just does. Of course, moving into a house you have built, makes it a lot more palatable. Continue reading (Moving) Again

The Square Grouper, Cudjoe Key, FL

20140611_135104_resizedFor several years people have been telling me how good The Square Grouper is, but I have yet to make it there. Why? Well, generally speaking, once I am in Key West I see no good reason to drive another 22 miles north for a meal. I would stop on a drive south, but they are not dog friendly, so that does not work for Babka. But last week, I drove from Broward to Key West with my mom, and without my dog, so we stopped in for lunch.  Continue reading The Square Grouper, Cudjoe Key, FL

Secrets of a Successful Dinner Party, Part II

The seared tuna appetizer only looks difficult.

This is part 2, in a multi-part series. If you missed part 1, you can find it here. By now you have figured out how many people you can seat, and therefore, how many people you can invite to your super awesome successful dinner party. You are ready to send invitations, when panic strikes: Now that these people are coming over, what am I going to serve? Continue reading Secrets of a Successful Dinner Party, Part II

Back and Forth, and Back Again in the Chevy Suburban

The Chevy Suburban makes a trip to IKEA a breeze.

There are many people (like my mother) who routinely say things like “Ugh. I can’t believe how often you drive between the mainland and Key West. How can you stand it? Isn’t it boring?” I normally shrug off such comments and go about my business. The truth is, it is a pretty long drive – somewhere between 3.5 and 4 hours. And we do it often. Continue reading Back and Forth, and Back Again in the Chevy Suburban

The Great Food Truck Race in Key West

You know I am bad at keeping secrets, right? This is a spoiler alert: If you do not want to know which trucks make it to the finale of the next Great Food Truck Race on the Food Network, you should probably stop reading and come back on Wednesday when there will be a new story. . . . → Read More: The Great Food Truck Race in Key West

Secrets of a Successful Dinner Party, Part I

Beautiful, and fairly easy to make, desserts for a crowd.

It usually works like this: I try to make plans with friends for dinner, we all look at our calendars, and dinner is scheduled for a month or two out. Well, since it is so far out, I should invite some other people, right? Might as well make it a full on dinner party.  Continue reading Secrets of a Successful Dinner Party, Part I

It’s (Not) Soup Weather

It is always the right time for French onion soup.

Sometimes we just crave certain things. Like, for example, if it is raining with no hope of seeing the sun, and I suddenly feel like I am coming down with a cold, I crave soup. It really doesn’t matter if it is 93 degrees outside. I want soup, and soup I shall have.  (It is helpful that FKGuy is always in a soup mood, too.)  Continue reading It’s (Not) Soup Weather

Funky Buddha Brewery, Oakland Park, FL

Last week, Hype South Florida threw a blog launch party at the Funky Buddha Brewery, in Oakland Park. We enjoyed a tour of the brewery, sniffed some hops, sampled some crazy beers, and had a blast. I was particularly curious about the beer in wine barrels, so after the tour, I cornered Adrian, our tour guide, for a . . . → Read More: Funky Buddha Brewery, Oakland Park, FL

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