The day started with an afternoon of pinot noir.
Saturday afternoon of Key West Food and Wine Festival always brings a lot of fun, usually in the form of Duval Uncorked. This year, we started our afternoon at the Santa Barbara Pinot Noir seminar, put on by the folks at Flying Goat Cellars and Riverbench. We smelled dirt. (Yes, actual dirt from the vineyard schlepped here in little tiny jars from California.) We tasted barrel samples and wines from 2010 – 2012. It was perfect for my (not-so) inner wine geek. Continue reading Key West Food and Wine Festival, Part II: The Pied Piper
Yummy wines kick off the festival.
One of my favorite events of the entire year happens each January, the Key West Food and Wine Festival, and this year was no exception. I spent a good deal of time at the Hospitality Suite selling tickets, meeting the festival goers, and of course, drinking wine. (It’s a rough job, I know.) Continue reading Key West Food and Wine Festival 2014, Part I
Fondue station at the Galley Lunch,
Sadly, this is the last installment of the post-cruise recap. Next week we are back to more local adventures. Meanwhile… It is no secret that I had been dreaming of the almond croissants aboard Seabourn ships from the minute we booked. The food is one of the reasons this cruise was so appealing. After all, we did basically the same cruise ten months ago, so the itinerary was not the draw here, it was the ship and the eats. Continue reading Seabourn Sojourn: The Food
Bread, glorious bread!
We were recently invited to dine at Ireland’s Steakhouse in the Bonaventure Resort, as part of the Dine Out Fort Lauderdale program. I had never been to Ireland’s and have not been to the Bonaventure Resort in several years, so I was curious. Continue reading Ireland’s Steakhouse
Plum and lavender donut.
I will say, for the record, I was content just having some deep dish pizza for lunch and skipping over breakfast entirely. My new cousin-in-law, not so much. (“OK, so we are going for pizza in the afternoon, but what are we doing for breakfast?“) This was on the heels of Blackbird and Piccolo Sogno Due, not to mention Aviary… Continue reading Eating (and drinking) Chicago, Part III
The wine lineup
When our group of wine geek friends decided to get together for a dinner at Market 17, it was something I was looking forward to. The combination of farm-to-table concept, utilizing organic and pesticide-free ingredients, as well as the wine friendly atmosphere was intriguing. Continue reading Market 17, Fort Lauderdale
Have you ever gone to a restaurant, looked at the menu and said to yourself “Hmmmm… this looks so good, I’ll have one of everything” ? Well, that is kind of what happened last week when I was invited to a blogger lunch at Hot Tin Roof, at the Ocean Key Resort in Key West. In celebration of the new lunch menu, we were served miniature portions of nearly everything on the menu. Continue reading Hot Tin Roof, Key West
Champagne cocktail. Must have more of these.
I will admit that I did not think it was going to go well as we exited the car and were told “That will be $22 on your way out.” Fortunately, our dinner at Cecconi’s was all uphill from there. I could go on about my hatred for valet parking, especially when there is no other option, but I will spare you. Instead, let’s focus on the important stuff: the food, and the service, and the decor. Continue reading Cecconi’s, Miami Beach
It is hard not to be happy in that beautiful setting.
When I saw that I would be dining at Sun-Sun for their Toes in the Sand dinner, I could not help but start singing that Zac Brown song, Toes in the Water. (To myself, of course, as I know that nobody wants to hear me sing.) This led me to referring to the restaurant and menu by the wrong name for a week. Oops.
Continue reading Toes in the Sand: Dinner at the Casa Marina
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