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Michele Chiarlo Barolo, It’s What’s For Lunch

IMG_20140314_115650It seems like it is all about wine these days on the blog, and that is a good thing. I received an email a couple of weeks ago, and after a quick scan (and seeing the words “Chiarlo“, “Barolo” and “Lunch” all in the same paragraph), I decided to read a little closer. Turns out, I was invited to lunch with Alberto Chiarlo, marketing guy for (and son of) Michele Chiarlo, one of the most well known wine producers in Piedmont.  Continue reading Michele Chiarlo Barolo, It’s What’s For Lunch

O P P (Yeah, you know me)

O.P.P. Other people's pasta.

O.P.P. Other people’s pasta.

Throughout my college years, it was difficult to go to a party and not hear Naught by Nature’s O.P.P. Now, it is  the sort of thing that is heard on occasion in a movie when referencing the ’90s, or, for instance, when discussing my diet with a friend. They were in from Utah, and we were talking a leisurely stroll to grab some dinner and avoid all real life drama for an hour. The conversation went like this: Continue reading O P P (Yeah, you know me)

Il Posto, Hollywood, Florida

Tuna tartar. Just say yes.

Tuna tartar. Just say yes.

Hollywood is not exactly a foodie Mecca. Sure there are some okay places, and there are the food trucks downtown on Mondays, but generally speaking, Hollywood restaurants leave a lot to be desired. So it was  of great interest to me when Il Posto opened recently at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and 46th Avenue.

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Deuce’s Off The Hook Grill, Key West

Clams scampi at Off the Hook

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 had ordered food for delivery a few times, this week was the first time we managed to get over there for dinner, and it won’t be the last. Continue reading Deuce’s Off The Hook Grill, Key West

Italy, 2009

Clearly none of the people in the water are Floridians.

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 enjoyed reliving was a trip to Florence, Bologna, Milan and the Cinque Terre.  Continue reading Italy, 2009

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

Galley Bay Resort, Antigua

The pristine beach at Galley Bay Resort

The pristine beach at Galley Bay Resort

The gorgeous Seabourn Sojourn pulled into St. Johns, Antigua on a perfectly gloomy day. I loved our last visit to the island, but we only saw it from the water. This time we were invited to spend the day at Galley Bay Resort. Continue reading Galley Bay Resort, Antigua

Dine Out Lauderdale: Spazio, Fort Lauderdale Beach

The neon sign belies the lovely, upscale interior.

The neon sign belies the lovely, upscale interior.

The folks at Dine Out Lauderdale invited me to dine at Spazio last night. Having never been there, I was excited to try it. (It also helped that the restaurant is on Fort Lauderdale Beach and the weather was just about perfect – warm, with an ocean breeze.) Once we conquered the parking situation (I really do need to get that app that you can pay with your phone…) we headed to the restaurant. Please excuse the red hue in all the photos – the neon sign was quite reflective.  Continue reading Dine Out Lauderdale: Spazio, Fort Lauderdale Beach

Solo American Bistro, Key West

Solo American Bistro

Solo American Bistro

Solo American Bistro is the latest incarnation in a spot that has housed numerous other establishments over the years. We finally decided to give it a try at the suggestion of friends, and with the promise that September is 50% off for locals. Continue reading Solo American Bistro, Key West

Cecconi’s, Miami Beach

Champagne cocktail. Must have more of these.

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