The Grand Tasting is one of the signature events at the Key West Food and Wine Festival. This year it was held at the Sculpture Garden in front of the Waterfront Playhouse. The weather was typical for south Florida in January, meaning clear skies, cooler temps and the perfect weather to hang outdoors. Continue reading Key West Food and Wine Festival: The Grand Tasting
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
I know you have been waiting for these. As usual, it was a crazy time in Key West. Some of these are not for the faint of heart. You have been warned. Enjoy. Continue reading Fantasy Fest 2012: The Photos
Sporting our Venetian masks
I know you can’t wait until next week, so today I am bringing back some of the favorite photos of the last few years. In addition, if you haven’t yet planned out your whole week, here are a few choices for what to do. There is no shortage of drinking, costuming, body painting, etc.
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The onset of winter in most places brings dread, cold, dreariness and snow. Not so in Florida. The onset of winter is also the beginning of festivals, happenings and events for months to come.
You know how I love the Key West Food and Wine Festival, and there will be more on that in a couple of . . . → Read More: Coming Up: Boca Raton Food and Wine Festival
It is the time when locals love the Keys: fewer tourists, fewer events, a quiet and peaceful couple of months before the snowbirds and winter-hating tourists return. It is a time when restaurants offer discounts for locals to entice them out of their heat-induced stupor. Hotels try to lure tourists with lower rates. Fewer cruise ships are in port. At least that is how is used to be. Continue reading Summer is Here
This past week was Pride week, celebrated in cities across the country. In Key West it means parties, parties, more parties and a parade to cap it all off. The One Human Family philosophy comes together with floats, decorated cars and several people running for office showing their support. Babka was bummed out that it was too hot for her to go to the parade. She was even decked out in her Human Rights Campaign collar. Continue reading Pride
Brian Loring, trying unsuccessfully to hide behind a bottle of his own wine.
What is better than a glass of pinot noir in the middle of the afternoon? Sixteen of them. Every year, nearing the end of February, the South Beach Food and Wine Festival rolls around, and I avoid it like the plague. Why? Really? You have to ask? OK, then I will share: it is overcrowded, overpriced and full of annoying people (maybe it is just too many people, that is a real possibility.)
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The line up
It is no secret that The Flaming Buoy is one of my favorite restaurants. Just the other day, as we were sitting outside eating, a friend passed by, saw us and said, “Hmmm…. every time I eat here, I always see you.” That is because we eat there all the time. It’s great. So, when I was asked to get involved in coordinating the wine dinner for the Key West Food and Wine Festival, I gladly obliged. Continue reading Key West Food and Wine Festival: Wine Dinner at The Flaming Buoy
What could be better than a mile long wine tasting? A mile long wine tasting followed by an over the top wine dinner. More on the dinner on Monday. Today I will focus on Duval Uncorked, one of the main events during the annual Key West Food and Wine Festival. Continue reading Key West Food and Wine Festival: Duval Uncorked