Deuce’s Off The Hook Grill, Key West

Clams scampi at Off the Hook

Deuce’s Off the Hook is a newcomer on the Key West dining scene and is already making a big splash. Housed in a tiny space on Simonton Street, Off the Hook seats a mere 22 people, 16 at tables and another half dozen at the bar. Although we . . . → Read More: Deuce’s Off The Hook Grill, Key West

Italy, 2009

Clearly none of the people in the water are Floridians.

I find it therapeutic to immediately begin planning my next vacation as soon as I get back. So I’ve been looking at cruise itineraries for next year. I have also been going back through some photo albums of vacations past. One that I particularly . . . → Read More: Italy, 2009

Cecconi’s, Miami Beach

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 . . . → Read More: Cecconi’s, Miami Beach

dba/cafe, Fort Lauderdale

A good start.

We had plans to go out to dinner with friends in November, which became December. Finally, the third week in January, we got to see them and made our way to dba/cafe in Fort Lauderdale. We knew about dba because it was opened by one of the former owners of Il . . . → Read More: dba/cafe, Fort Lauderdale

End of Season

Just a small sampling of the humongous buffet

Sunday night brought one of the most loved parties of the year in Key West: Azur’s annual End Of Season Closing Party. They will only be closed until the beginning of October, but that is no reason not to have a party. Plus, they need to use . . . → Read More: End of Season

New Friends

I get a lot of mail from readers of my blog, and I love it. Everything from questions like “Where is the closest crossfit gym?” (Miami) to “I’m planning a wedding and need a caterer” (Call Kristin at Pear Affairs. She is the best wedding planner around.) But when I got the following question “Have . . . → Read More: New Friends

Emilio’s Trattoria, Bal Harbour, FL


Emilio’s Trattoria is the newest restaurant from the folks that opened Cafe Ragazzi in Surfside many years ago. The interior is clean, modern and beautiful. Of course, I have the same pendant lights in my house, so it is definitely my taste. The thing I loved most about Cafe Ragazzi were the pastas. . . . → Read More: Emilio’s Trattoria, Bal Harbour, FL

Blowout Birthday Bash

The start of a really good night.

This weekend we were invited to our friend’s house for his birthday. As he is a wine geek, too, there were bound to be some good selections. Of course we RSVP’d that we would be coming, and as they live an hour away, we would also be . . . → Read More: Blowout Birthday Bash

Restaurant Recap

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After almost two years of writing this blog I have reviewed 57 restaurants in the Florida Keys, 44 of which are (or, in some cases, were) in Key West. During this time, I have revisited many of the places already reviewed. In most instances, the food and service have been . . . → Read More: Restaurant Recap

Wine Drinkers Cometh (or, You’re bringing port? I’ll be there!)

We had some wine drinking friends in town, but the only day we had that we could go out and enjoy a nice meal with some good wines was last night. Why? Passover. Or as I like to call it, The almost carb-less holiday that seems to drag on forever. That is what happens to . . . → Read More: Wine Drinkers Cometh (or, You’re bringing port? I’ll be there!)