Category Archives: Food & Drink

Planning a Foodie Vacation

I love having my vacation come up during the winter time. It gives me the perfect excuse to head for warmer climes with beaches and cabana boys. Okay – maybe not the cabana boys, but seriously, who doesn’t like to look at least?

This year my trip is to the Florida Keys. I made my decision to go there after watching a food network show on cable TV called “Drive ins, Diners and Dives.” The host of the show goes from place to place, finding the best food to be had and showcasing the house specialties.

The places he found from Miami to Key West looked amazing, so I am basing my vacation on a tour of awesome food and beaches. There is a restaurant in Miami I HAVE to try, so that is where I will start.

I am going to rent a car and then drive from Miami to Key West. Sampling food, cocktails and beaches along the way. No I won’t drink and drive, I plan to stop a motels and just travel leisurely down there even though it is only a four hour drive. I just might go deep sea fishing while I am there, as well. We shall see!

Shopping trip with the girls

Saturday we had a shopping trip for my group of friends that I haven’t had time for in so very long. With life as crazy as it has been over the holidays, now that the new year is here it is time for us to get together, and some of us had Christmas gift cards that were burning a hole in our wallets. So, we decided to meet at the mall at ten a.m. so we could get in some shopping before lunch.

We hit Macy’s and a few of the big names before we decided to go to some of the smaller stores, including Victoria’s Secret. All women’s favorite for those unmentionables. I splurged on a new leather jacket at Wilson’s, and I bought a couple of new outfits for myself at Macy’s. We had a lot of fun shopping together.

We decided on lunch at a regular restaurant rather than the food court and The Cheesecake Factory won out of course. It was a great lunch with lots of laughs and plenty of gossip. Not wanting our outing to end already, we decided to take in a matinee, but unfortunately we couldn’t decide on a movie since they were all action or kids movies – with the exception of one that no one was interested in. We ended up calling it a day, but still had a blast none the less.

Raisinets

Funny how I was typing about chocolates and just had to find some before going to bed. I found a new bag of Raisinets which have been a favorite of mine for many years. The Nestle company has recently started selling Raisinets with dark chocolate in order to jump on the band wagon that has been getting stronger each year. I haven’t even tried it myself, I’ve very happy with the milk chocolate ones, so why mess with perfection, right?

The Up Dating of Maps

The way that they are constantly changing the names of countries it would be hard to keep up with the job of being a mapmaker these days. But I guess that it would be good job security though. I am pretty familiar with the globe and what is where, and who belongs to who, but sometimes I’m really thrown for a loop about some places.

This time stemming from a conversation at work with a buddy who is planning a unique vacation for his family this summer vacation season. He has had enough of Disney World and the typical family style get-a-ways that they have fallen into the routine of, so he has gone online and has spent a good amount of time researching to come up with The Great British Holiday at Butlins Minehead.

Memories of Christmas and The Family Music Celebration

Each Christmas brings back a flood of memories of many of the holidays during my childhood. The one thing that I miss the most is the family music that was always made and played at my great aunt and uncle’s house. Coming from an extremely musical family it only made sense to celebrate with music. Just about everyone played at least one musical instrument and if they didn’t they surely had a great singing voice. If by chance you couldn’t do either you were kept busy in the kitchen and the dining room making sure that there was a steady flow of food and drink ready during the entire celebration. Since I can’t play any instrument or carry a tune, I can only thank goodness I was a kid and didn’t have to partake in that. I was too busy running around the house, the yard and digging the music being played in the living room.

Uncle Earl was my favorite (for a variety of reasons) I can still see him playing one of his many beautiful gently used saxophones that he was so proud of. I could never understand how a person could play one of these saxophones. It requires so much breath, surely one could possibly pass out from the lack of oxygen being passed through the body. Actually most of the windwind and basswind instruments require such a talent, a talent that just leaves this person breathless.

baritone sax

StandardYamaha Saxophone