The roast vegetable platter I made for a recent party. Simple, delicious, and mostly gone at the end of the night.
By now, you have invited guests and planned out a welcome drink (and by “planned out“, I mean “purchased a couple of bottles of bubbly.“) It seems like it is time to move on to the “dinner” part of the fabulous and successful dinner party. A few things to consider: Do you want to serve family style, on platters that everyone can pass? Do you want to do a buffet? A full plated meal? I’m going to suggest you go with option 1 or 2, at least in the beginning. I only do full plated, multi-course meals for New Years Eve, or other special occasions. Continue reading Secrets of a Successful Dinner Party, Part III
It is hard to believe that anyone could resist these delicious brownies!
Each one of us is, to a degree, a creature of habit. We order the same thing again and again at our favorite restaurants, we go to the same places for gas and groceries. It is comforting. This past weekend, I realized just how much we like to keep things the same. Continue reading Creature of Habit
Dos Caminos, Fort Lauderdale
This is likely the last in the three part Dine Out Lauderdale series. The people at Dine Out Lauderdale invited us to Dos Caminos to sample their three course, $35 menu. It started off a bit rocky, to say the least. Continue reading Dos Caminos, Fort Lauderdale
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
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
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
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
Have 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
It is summer, and you know what that means: the snowbirds have gone, the sun is (supposed to be) shining and it is time for summer specials to start popping up at restaurants. Nine one five has half off wines all summer (I’ll be reviewing soon!), Cafe Marquesa has two courses for $22 and, most recently, The Flaming Buoy announced a new small plate menu. Continue reading The Flaming Buoy, Key West, New Summer Menu
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 all of the stuff still in the kitchen. Continue reading End of Season