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
It was the start of a very good eating weekend. Due to hectic schedules, moves and other craziness, we hadn’t seen some friends in a while. Our dinner for four on Saturday turned into dinner for seven, as they had house guests. My operating theory is usually the more, the merrier, and this was no exception. Continue reading It’s a Secret
A little bummed that we only had one bottle of this...
The easiest way to notice that things have started to return to some level of normal is by the food. When we start having people over for dinner again, all is (almost) right in our world. The other night, our friends came over for a low-key dinner. Continue reading Back to Normal
Key West Food and Wine Festival kick off party
Last night was the kick off of the Key West Food and Wine Festival, and there is no better place to do that than on the sand at the Southernmost Hotel on the Beach. Tables with wine and food are set up as guests mingle and the sun sets. Continue reading It Ends With Grease
We arrived in New York for a very short visit last Friday, and promptly had dinner with friends, my cousin and soon to be cousin-in-law (Is that even a thing? I think I’ll just keep him in the friend category) at our home on the Upper West Side. Naturally, by “our home” I mean “our friends’ home where I am in a constant state of sleeping on the air mattress and inviting people over for dinner.” They take the mi casa, su casa thing to the extreme and I reap the rewards. Continue reading Osteria Morini, New York City
Smoked salmon deviled eggs... one yummy, brunchy bite.
The difference between “dinner
” and a “wine dinner
” is often the company. When the wine geeks are around, even in small numbers, a plain old dinner suddenly becomes an event. We often have wine with dinner, but we always
of wine with the wine geeks. On Wednesday we had just such an occasion. Continue reading Dinner… and Wine
Jalapeno grits... good, but still grits
I had a hankering for the pain perdu at 2¢ for several weeks now, and for various reasons was not able to get there for brunch until last week. We were going to sit in the lovely outside garden, but the weather was bad, so we opted to sit at the bar. We perused the specials and, although they all looked good, I knew what I was ordering right away. Continue reading 2¢ Brunch: Please Don’t Stop Making My Favorite Dish
The exploding Champagne
We have wine friends everywhere, so when out of town wine geeks make it south, we always try to get together with them. Last week, a lovely couple from New York came down to Florida, so nine of us got together at Il Mercato in Hallandale for loads of wine, tons of food and a good time. Continue reading Mystery Wine… and Dinner at Il Mercato
The Seder Plate (after the charoset has been eaten)
I think this post should really be titled “Just Because We Aren’t Eating Bread Doesn’t Mean We Are Feeling Our Ancestors Pain“. The Passover Seders are probably the two meals a year that require the most preparation. The cleaning, the shopping, the cooking. It all sounds like a normal meal until you take into account that when it is all kosher it becomes infinitely more work, and more expensive. Fortunately, we go to family for these big meals, so I exert none of the effort, yet reap all of the benefits. Continue reading The Passover Seder