Secrets to a Successful Dinner Party, Part V

Mini apple pies. Just like mom used to make, only smaller.

Mini apple pies. Just like mom used to make, only smaller.

Your guests have arrived, have eaten and drank and hopefully it has been a good time. If not, you need more interesting friends, but that is a topic for another day. Once you have finished dinner, you probably want to do some sort of dessert. Not only is it the right thing to do, and everyone – even people on a diet – loves some type of dessert, but you’re going to have to signal to your guests that the evening is coming to an end, and that they should think about leaving in the near future.  Continue reading Secrets to a Successful Dinner Party, Part V

Santiago’s Bodega, Key West: Lunch

Steve showing off bottle #1.

Steve showing off bottle #1.

Over the weekend we had lunch plans with some friends. After the inevitable back and forth discussing where we should go, we settled on Santiago’s Bodega. It had never occurred to me to go there for lunch, as we usually find ourselves there for dinner. The menu is the same, but the atmosphere is much more relaxed.  Continue reading Santiago’s Bodega, Key West: Lunch

Shake Shack, Boca Raton

Cheeseburger and fries at Shake Shack

Cheeseburger and fries at Shake Shack

Everyone I know goes on and on and on about the great Shake Shack. In fact, Shake Shack (the original one) is where my cousin ended her thirteen years of vegetarianism. So last week, after furniture moving and medical supply stores galore, my friend and I ventured over to the one in Boca Raton.  Continue reading Shake Shack, Boca Raton

Key West Food and Wine Festival, Part II: The Pied Piper

The day started with an afternoon of pinot noir.

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

Key West Food and Wine Festival 2014, Part I

Yummy wines kick off the festival.

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

Seabourn Sojourn: The Food

Fondue station at the Galley Lunch,

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

Ireland’s Steakhouse

Bread, glorious bread!

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

Eating (and drinking) Chicago, Part III

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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

Market 17, Fort Lauderdale

The wine lineup

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

Hot Tin Roof, Key West

2013-07-18_12-20-28_943Have 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

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