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The Epicurean: A Hotel Dedicated to “The Good Life” with a Little Bit of Whimsy

Walking into the Epicurean lobby one gets an immediate sense of the attention to detail that went into the development of this unique property that tickles the palate, literally and figuratively.

It’s not your average reception area — wine racks are desks and the ceiling and walls were made with crates from Bern’s Steak House’s legendary wine collection. Although, you could just as likely be met curbside by a wandering host who will welcome you and check you in with an iPad. Continue Reading

Food and Art are on the Menu in Wynwood: A New Miami Culinary Tour

Miamians know. Art Basel devotees know. Wynwood, a formerly downtrodden, low income, somewhat industrial and small neighborhood bordering Midtown and the Design District, went through a gentrification over the past decade. Years ago, people drove through this area with their windows up and doors locked. Today, they flock in and walk around. It’s a destination, a hot spot for foodies and lovers of art.

Enter Miami Culinary Tours. As you may recall, I’ve written about their Little Havana and South Beach tours, both of which are thoroughly enjoyable, so I was thrilled when they recently announced a new culinary tour of Wynwood. It’s a wonderful way for locals and visitors alike to become acquainted with the area and try a multitude of restaurants. Continue Reading

Mariscada en Salsa Verde (Mixed Seafood in Green Sauce) and Travel Talk

Spain and Portugal have been on my mind  a lot lately.

Let me ‘splain you.
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South Beach in Bites | A Culinary and Scenic Tour

South Beach is figuratively much larger than its size. In fact, it’s geographically small — occupying the southern most point of Miami Beach — but it’s huge in the diversity of its people, architecture, and culture! Continue Reading

NY: The Bronx is Up and the Battery is Down and There’s A Lot of Ground to Cover In Between.


I took a quickie trip to NY over the 4th of July holiday and had a grand time. To prove it, just between you and me, I gained 5 lbs. in 4 days (fortunately, now gone) — so you know that it was one never-ending party! Continue Reading

I ATE: Amsterdam, Lucerne and a Rhine River Cruise

As most readers know, I love to travel and I’ve had the good fortune to do so fairly extensively; however, northern Europe was never high on my travel bucket list. I seem to have preferred repeat visits to Mediterranean countries or warm weather climes … countries where the language was familiar to my ear, where I knew the food would tickle my palate and the wines would go down easy. But this trip changed my mind … forever. Continue Reading

Goodbye 2012 • Hello 2013

2012 was a very good year in the FOODalogue universe. Lots of everything I love — food, wine, travel and, most importantly, they were shared with family and friends. Yes, it was a very good year.

Visitors to FOODalogue trickled in all year, leaving comments and supporting my passion for which I am eternally grateful. It really means the world to me.

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Tis the Season: In the Trenches with the South Florida ‘Food + Wine Festival’ Scene

The past weekend South Florida was pulsing with multiple outdoor food and wine festivals, each having events that spanned several days. Chief among them was the Boca Raton Wine + Food Festival and the Flavors of Fort Lauderdale event. And, if that wasn’t enough, the same weekend there was a Delray Wine +Seafood Festival, Lake Park Seafood Festival and some Peruvian Culinary Festival in Miami.

What’s a gal to do? One can only eat and sip so much. Continue Reading

I ATE: New York (eats, streets and the World Trade Center Memorial)

Perhaps its because I lived most of my life in NYC, but when I visit now I seem to have a penchant for eating at restaurants that are either new, trendy, ethnic and/or funky-fun. Most of them seem to be in lower Manhattan which suits me well because that’s where I usually am. Continue Reading

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