Archive for the ‘FLORIDA’ Category

Welcome to my world!   1 comment

Inline imageBeauty in Gateway November 10 2018
Look at these pictures and ask me if I miss the 4 seasons and I will tell you NO WAY!!

Oh, we are going to dip into the 60s this weekend for a few minutes and I can deal with that because it will go up to the high 70s or low 80s in the afternoon!

Okay so we have summer 9-10 months out of the year with maybe a total of 7 days of ‘winter’ but we also have a Fall with leaves changing colors and Spring is any day when the humidity is low BUT no snow, sleet, freezing, ice on windshields, slipping and sliding on the ground, etc.

I’ll take the heat, humidity and tourists any time!!

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Posted November 12, 2018 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE, WEATHER

Restaurants October 2018 Fort Lauderdale   Leave a comment

It’s no secret I love eating out just as it is no secret that I can’t afford to eat out as much as I want.

I can eat out because I had to give up my car in 2004 so between insurance, repairs (it was a 1974 Chevrolet Caprice convertible), gas, oil, license tags, registration fees, I was saving enough money to eat out is spite of prices of food, let alone restaurant prices, going higher and higher.

One way I can afford to eat out is buying/using coupons from groupon, localflavor, Sunday papers, mailers, in most cases being 2-4-1 or 50% off.

In October things were really looking up as I got to eat in 3 of my favorite restaurants including Bistro MezzaLuna where so far it has been impossible to get a bad Italian dish plus Quarterdeck which has 5 star Jambalaya among other items plus, yes, a fast food place, Subways which have great breads and sandwiches.

We did discover a new restaurant which I thought was a franchise but is just a concept put to work by Joe who owns Press&Grind. There is no doubt that he, and everyone he has trained to work for him, knows the customer is important and takes care of them.

Last, but not least, we discovered Burgerstop and their above average cheeseburgers that run a little high in price, though they are worth it, so it will be a once in a while go to place, definitely looking forward to going!

Posted October 30, 2018 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, RESTAURANTS, Uncategorized

October 2018 Movies and Broadway Season   Leave a comment

The big theatre news is that the Broadway Across America has arrived for the 2018-2019 season starting with the 5th visit by “Phantom of the Opera” and will follow by “The King and I” in Fort Lauderdale and “Fiddler on the Roof” in Miami November 20 and, oh yes, some little show called “Hamilton”!

I am flabbergasted that an important, new, excellent movie “The Hate U Give” is not doing smash business. Come on, it is being beaten by “Venom”!!  “The Hate U Give” and the performance by Amanda Stenberg is a MUST SEE!

While “A Star Is Born” is not quite as good and entertaining as the Judy Garland version, which is considered a classic, Lady Gaga acquits herself in both the singing and acting  while Bradly Cooper makes a good directing debut.

And don’t forget the entertaining “Tea With The Dames” which is like spending time with 4 friends who tell it like it is whether talking about each others, themselves or other people in their lives!

A year ago on this date–Hurricane Irma   1 comment

Notes from my diary
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September 10 2017 Sunday  Hurricane Irma landed—electricity went off at Noon—it is 11:30 PM now—no a/c—don’t know if I will get any sleep—took a walk—winds still heavy—I have ‘floods’ in 3 places—2 panes were blown out of east window—water leaking in from air conditioning and defrosting fridge is leaving water all over kitchen floor—I think Irma is over—now we wait to get electricity back

September 11 2017  Monday  Hurricane Irma gone as is my roof—the only Gateway building to lose one (It would take 10 months to get it repaired!) A lot of trees down.

September 12 2017 Tuesday  Still no electricity—hot day—at 10:30 PM I called 911—thought I was having a heatstroke (long story)—medics came—no room at the hospital—they gave me a few ice packs!!

September 18 2017 Monday  Jackie’s car totaled— 8 th day without electricity—finally came back on at 6:30 PM

Looking over my notes for that week I see: John loaned me his fan—Mac gave me a table light—Shirley brought me 2 slices of pizza—Winn Dixie closed—movie theatres closed for a few days—window panes replaced the next day—temperatures were in the 86 and higher range the whole week.

Video I made of Hurricane Irma

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4TgO465JFg

Posted September 10, 2018 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE, LIFE EVENTS, Uncategorized

Green Bar & Garden Restaurant–review of vegetarian restaurant   Leave a comment


Okay vegetarians and vegans don’t get your knives out yet! In my defense, I probably eat more vegetables every day, 7 days a week than you do. With dinner I always eat a head of lettuce (all kinds) always with tomatoes and onions. I, easily, eat up to a pound of mixed vegetables, all varieties, except for oyster plant, in or with my supper.

I have been to 2-3 vegetarian/vegan restaurants and still don’t forgive Sublime for naming what they serve as carrot cake!

A veggie patty is NOT a BURGER!

I really do love veggies but I need/want beef/poultry/fish as a main course.

All right go ahead slice and dice me if you must. LOL

April Diary Pictures and notes Part 2   Leave a comment


Posted May 1, 2018 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE, Uncategorized

Spring in Fort Lauderdale 2018   Leave a comment





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