Monthly Archives: July 2013

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…)

Poblanos

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…)