Brunch: My New Favorite Party

The bar setup is crucial to any good party.

The bar setup is crucial to any good party.

There is a lot to be said for a midday party. I can still get to bed at a normal time; cleanup can be done earlier; it can almost always be served as a buffet; everybody loves brunch food; and a Bloody Mary bar is pretty easy to pull off. All in all, a big win.  Continue reading Brunch: My New Favorite Party

Twice as Nice, or Double Trouble? Are Two Dogs Better Than One?

Latke is making herself right at home.

Latke is making herself right at home.

If you have read the blog before, you know that I am obsessed with my awesome rescue mutt, Babka. She is truly a wonderful, mostly well behaved and lovable dog. Well, a few months ago, the folks at Paws 2 Care Coalition (who saved Babka’s life), posted a photo of an adorable puppy online. I told FKGuy to swing by on his way home from work and pick her up.

He did not.  Continue reading Twice as Nice, or Double Trouble? Are Two Dogs Better Than One?

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

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

Easy Entertaining: The Tuna Appetizer

The response to the photo (on the left) that I posted on Instagram and Facebook was overwhelming. Everyone thought the dish looked delicious, which it was. Many folks wanted the recipe, which doesn’t really exist. But I will write it down for you. Understand that if you don’t cook, but still want to impress guests, this will work, too, as it mostly requires cutting things. So if you can use a knife, you can make this. If you are short on time, you can also make this.  Continue reading Easy Entertaining: The Tuna Appetizer

I Am A Wimp

Even dogs in Florida get a little wimpy.

You may have read about my half marathon training (decidedly un-wimpy) and even the long run in the cold. But the truth cannot be overstated here: I, along with many of my fellow Floridians, am a wimp when it comes to cold weather. Fortunately, it’s not all that often. But when it gets nippy, it is all anybody can talk about. Yes, we understand the rest of the country is colder, by a lot, but most of those people are what I affectionately refer to as “hearty northerners“. I am clearly not one of them. Continue reading I Am A Wimp

Fun, Fun and Fun (or… Life is Good)

Yep, that was a whole lot of Bloody Mary…

This past weekend was a good time from start to finish. It has left me completely exhausted and badly in need of another weekend. ASAP. It happens that we find ourselves sitting next to people in restaurants that leave me laughing – either at them, with them, or both – quite often, and Friday night was no exception.

We were seated on the porch of The Flaming Buoy, with Babka, ready to enjoy a yummy dinner (and half price bottles of wine) when next to us sits a father and a three and a half year old son. Their meal started with this exchange: Continue reading Fun, Fun and Fun (or… Life is Good)

Weekend Wrap Up

Red, white and blue drink. Well, more of a pink one.

Red, white and blue drink. Well, more of a pink one.

You know that this weekend is going to necessitate some recovery time when it starts on Thursday. Well, this past weekend kicked off Wednesday night with drinks at our friends’ house (two bottles of prosecco and some limoncello) followed by dinner  (and another three bottles of wine), followed by the arrival of our house guests (and another bottle of wine). So, yeah, we are going to need some recovery time. Continue reading Weekend Wrap Up

Happy Independence Day!

 

My festive 4th of July nails, complete with fireworks.

Happy (almost) Independence Day! Tomorrow, millions of people will be celebrating in the usual ways: grilling burgers and hot dogs, setting off fireworks (and subsequently ending up in the emergency room), and gathering with friends and family. The Key West Rotary always does a great job with the fireworks, . . . → Read More: Happy Independence Day!

New Additions and Great Meals

The Saturday evening lineup

We kicked off our Saturday evening with good friends, good food and some good wine. A casual meal on the deck of salads, grilled steaks and chocolate lava cakes was topped off by Champagne (Lanson, Black Label, NV), T-Vine Grenache (2011), Howell Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (2005) and Castelnau de Suduiraut  (2003). After conflicting schedules, moves, and life getting in the way, we finally managed to get to have dinner with these friends. And it was good. Continue reading New Additions and Great Meals

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