Tag Archives: trends

Miami Spice is Back!

I usually don’t need any encouragement to try a new restaurant, especially in these quieter days of summer when the restaurants are less crowded, specials abound, and I think service is better. I also don’t need much encouragement to spend a couple of days visiting restaurants in Miami, one of the country’s greatest restaurant cities. But during August and September ...

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Summer Fun at Barbatella

I’ve always loved to paint but I’m not very good. I’ve always loved to eat and I can do that pretty well. So when Barbatella restaurant invited me to their Art Experience night last week I thought okay maybe the Italian food and wine might loosen up my inner Picasso. Barbatella is the fun and casual Italian restaurant on Third ...

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How 17 Fathom Travelers Changed the Life of One Family in One Day

I just spent three days in the Dominican Republic with Carnival Corporation’s new cruise line Fathom, which offers a unique social impact travel experience.  After a day on the ship sailing towards Puerto Plata, we arrived in Amber Cove where we could choose to participate in a variety of impact activities, more traditional touring of the area, or a range of ...

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The Broken Shaker

The Broken Shaker is a little bar that will remind you of Havana. Located in the Freehand Hotel off Indian Creek in South Beach, it’s the epicenter for mixology in Miami Beach.  Mixology is the art of creating a cocktail to suit you and is responsible for reviving the prohibition cocktail and the use of gin. Broken Shaker makes you feel like ...

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Chef Vincenzo Betulia

After years at Campiello, Chef Vincenzo Betulia and his wife Anna struck out on their own and opened Osteria Tulia on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples.  The restaurant has been one of the biggest success stories ever and has changed traffic patterns on this popular street, moving more people to the quieter west end.  Within a year of opening, Vinnie ...

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Bonsai Village tour outside Tokyo

About 45 minutes outside downtown Tokyo is a suburb known as Bonsai Village.  The homes here sit amongst the most beautiful bonsai gardens, both personal and retail greenhouses.   Walking the streets of Bonsai Village is an adventure.  If the garden gates of a home are open, it means visitors are welcome to stop in and look around.  Many of the ...

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Ramen – Not Your College Dinner

I’m sure that many of you, like me, spent a number of years eating ramen noodles as a regular part of your diet. Some people I’ve talked to said it was a sure-fire hangover cure while they were in college. I found it just a quick and easy, inexpensive meal when I was young, had no time and even less ...

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La Sandwicherie

Worked hard last week visiting lots of Miami restaurants for my next edition.  Just to prove that a restaurant doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive to be in my book, here’s one of my favorite casual places– La Sandwicherie.

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In Naples It’s Easy to Buy Local

Oakes Farms calls it the “Seed to Table” movement. Not only do they grow a variety of crops from seed on more than 400 acres in Collier County, they then sell the produce in their Oakes Farms Market on Davis Boulevard in East Naples just before it gets to your table. It’s a great example of the “buy local” movement ...

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