I first wrote about Mangia Mangia in 2009, and have had many good meals there since, so I thought it was time for an update. Nothing has changed. There you have it. Really, we had a couple of bad service experiences and so had not been there in a while. Last night I had a hankering for their smoked salmon pasta, and off we went. Continue reading Oldie but Goodie, Mangia Mangia, Key West
A good start to the meal.
Although I tend to frequent independently owned restaurants, as Key West has plenty of them, once in a while a chain serves a purpose. You know what you are going to get. This weekend, before the big hundredth birthday bash, we went to McCormick and Schmick’s for dinner with my in-laws.
Continue reading McCormick and Schmick’s, Reston, VA
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
I have been to the Village Gourmet a bunch of times, usually just for a quick coffee and maybe a pastry for the road. Last week we had the opportunity for an actual meal there. Continue reading Village Gourmet, Islamorada
More tortellini on one plate than is socially acceptable (yet still quite tasty).
I have walked by New York Pasta Garden
a bunch of times. It is next to Origami in Duval Square, between Simonton and Duval Streets, yet somehow I had not eaten there. They are on the Woman’s Club Card, so since we had a buy-one-get-one-free, I thought we’d give it a shot. Plus, sometimes you just need a big plate of pasta. (OK, I need
that all the time!) Continue reading New York Pasta Garden, Key West
Cupcakes are always a good time... and you can serve the same ones on day 2.
I always like having friends over for dinner. The relaxed atmosphere, good food and wine and the ability to linger are all appealing to me. Last week brought two such occasions, back to back. It required some creative menu planning, but ended up being a lot of fun. Continue reading A Few Good Meals
- The large, on the wall version of the tiny menu
Kojin Noodle Bar occupies a tiny space on Southard Street. Formerly, for about five minutes, it was a wing place, which I never had the chance to try. Oh well. Fortunately something good has moved in, and it is the neighbor everyone wants: low key and good food. I was excited to hear that a noodle bar had opened, virtually at the same time as 2¢. Could it be? Two new, good places at once? Indeed. Continue reading Kojin Noodle Bar, Key West
Vito’s is on White Street, across from Sandy’s Cafe, and off the normal tourist path. Housed in a location that has seen several different incarnations in recent years, Vito’s is the newest Italian pizza joint on the scene. I wanted to try it the minute I saw they were open. I knew from past inhabitants of that space that they have a wonderful garden, so if the food is decent, it would be a handy place to have nearby. Continue reading Vito’s Piazza, Key West
Once we decided that the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon just was not happening for us last weekend, I thought that the least I could do is get a good lunch out of the deal. I had to go to South Beach that day to check on a hotel for a client, so we picked up our race t-shirts (which are very nice, by the way), took a stroll through the less-than-exciting expo, and made our way to have lunch at Fratelli La Bufala. Continue reading Fratelli La Bufala, Miami Beach