Category Archives: Food

Carmel Cafe and Wine Bar

Carmel Cafe and Wine Bar served us one of the best meals we’ve had so far in Florida. And with all the good food we’ve been finding, that’s saying something. The atmosphere is modern and relaxed, with colorful abstract art on the walls. Ordering can be done with your server, or you can use the provided iPad. The iPad system… (more…)


After we came home, I looked up reviews for Poblanos Mexican Grill. One of them said “you’re an idiot if you eat here.” Well, an idiot if you eat there more than once. I liked the pretty tile work all over the restaurant. I liked the waiter who looked a little like Peter Frampton. If we’d been served food, I… (more…)

Mami Carmen’s

\We found pupusas! This little shop is on 15th street in Bradenton, just south of SR70. We got hooked on Salvadoran food at La Guanacita back in Beaverton.  As a test dish, Bill decided to order the same thing he used to: pupusas queso con loroco. They were a bit bigger, and he liked both the pupusa and the curtido… (more…)

Bangkok Tokyo, Stonewood, swimming, and turtles

There’s a reason Molly Brown was unsinkable. Got myself out to the pool today, and had a blast doing laps and watching the anoles on the fence.  I found my back uncomfortably arched during my breast stroke because my ass is, well, extremely buoyant. I haven’t done any actual swimming in decades. Once I got going, I enjoyed it. And… (more…)

Tandoor, Sandhill Cranes

Last night we went to look at our first house. We will be renting for a year or so before we buy.  The space was amazing–open plan, tile floors, high ceilings. Basically everything we ever wanted in Portland, but couldn’t find. There were a few small problems, and there are a lot of places to look at yet, so we’re… (more…)

Rainy Sunday, Mi Pueblo, Verizon

We have been having a good old tropical rain storm all friggin’ day. Sunshine State my ass. At least it’s warm. Also, even though it’s pouring down rain, there still tends to be sunlight coming from somewhere, so it’s not really dark. Went phone shopping at the Verizon store, only to find that they were out of most of the… (more…)

Food in Sarasota

We’ve been eating out way too much. The food here is pretty damned good. Since is not quite upgraded enough to update, I’m going to summarize our food adventures so far, and transfer it over there later. No pictures, no notes. Gonna fix that, as our goal is to go to a new place every time we venture out.… (more…)

A Month of Holiday Cards: Day 6

  I’m really enjoying the understated cards. They make me feel all designer-y. I’ve been wanting to use this little Christmas tree stamp by Studio G (yep, the ones you get in the bargain bin for $1)  for a while, so that’s where my inspiration started. With this card, I actually had the whole thing in my head, pretty much… (more…)

Happy birthday to Elvis (belated)

Hurray for…cauliflower?