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Cafe Vico Twice and “Les Miserables”   Leave a comment

Cafe Vico Oct 8 and 10 2019

Though all weeks are good some good weeks are better than others and last week was just that! Before seeing “Les Miserables” we had dinner at Cafe Vico, needless to say one of my favorite restaurants! We had a groupon for $40 worth of food, with Rion having Portobello Mushrooms and Peppers ($16.95) and a glass of Miller LIte ($6) while I had Shrimp Scampi ($29.95) and we both had a dish of ice cream ($4.95 each) The check came to $24.39 plus tip. I must admit I had some sticker shock at the new prices but at least I had that groupon!
 
Another sticker shock was when we got to the parking garage. Allen and I usually valet park and we have gotten use to the $25 charge plus tip but the last time we parked at the garage it was $6 and now it was $15—but at least no tip involved!
 
On Thursday, having another groupon, this one for $50, Allen and I went to Cafe Vico for lunch and the prices were a little more reasonable. For an appetizer we shared an order of 4 meatballs in a very tasty sauce ($10.95). Allen had a ‘special’ flounder dish done in a light sauce ($14.95) while I had the Veal Francese on linguini ($14.95) and, yes, 2 dishes of vanilla ice cream ($9.90) a diet cola and a cup of coffee bringing our check to $3.95 plus tip!
 
In pictures 5 and 7 you can see the working owner Marco.
 
I can only wish you a week of seeing a good musical and eating out—twice–at your favorite restaurant!
 
 
 
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Posted October 16, 2019 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, MUSICAL THEATRE

Day birds and night blooms   1 comment

Birds after rain and blooms at night Oct 2019
It doesn’t happen all the time but after a very windy rain overnight the birds come out to have brunch! Maybe it is the wind that stirs up the worms and crabs but they come out in large numbers.
 
I have always been a night person as it is a whole different world than daytime and night people are a different breed of human being even when it comes to being old but that’s another discussion!
 
At night when I am sitting at my computer desk no matter where I look I see flowers blooming and they have a different look then when in daytime!
 
Someone asked–I don’t remember who–asked when I sleep and I answered, usually, 2 to 10 AM or 3-11AM but I don’t ‘wake’/ up until 1 PM when I consider my day starting! I am not a nice guy before then!!
 

Posted October 14, 2019 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, GARDENS, MOTHER NATURE

4 Seasons in Fort Lauderdale   Leave a comment

Autumn October 2019
The old joke goes that we have 4 seasons in South Florida: 1) early bird season (they go cheap, cheap) 2) snow bird season (the Yankees and French Canadians invade us)  3)hurricane/rainy season and 4) hot, humid summer!  The last one is true and lasts 6 months while we have 1-2 weeks of winter usually in January and/or February when temperatures can drop into the 60s and even, a night or two, into the 50s and Spring, with high temperatures in the upper 70s, generally from late March to early May and, last but not least, is Autumn, as you can see in the pictures above, when all the Queen Crepe Myrtle trees lose their leaves, lasting through October and early November!
 
No, I don’t miss the snow, ice, freezing temperatures of November to March nor the summers in New York city where the temps are usually higher than down here or the times I have to tell Chuck and Terry to come down here when we are cooler (lower 80s) than they are in Memphis (in the 90s)!
 
By the way I will take the ‘wet’ heat of the southeast versus the ‘dry’ heat of the southwest where you will burn your hand faster and deeper reaching the car door handle to open it!
 
Excuse me as I have to go out and help them rake the leaves—in the rain!

Posted October 12, 2019 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, MOTHER NATURE, SEASONS

No movie?? Okay, then Cabo Blanco & Dairy Queen!!   1 comment

Cabo Blanco and Diary Queen Oct 11 2019
“Gemimi”–no thank you! “Lucy In The Sky”–I am not a fan of Natalie Portman and word of mouth hasn’t been too good. “The Addams Family”? PUHLEEZE! “Jexi”? Sounds like a TV rom/com, maybe Tuesday. Okay, I have found out that if I don’t go to a movie on Friday the world doesn’t come to an end. Allen wasn’t in any particular mood to see a movie so I suggested–sometimes I am brilliant!–that we go have lunch at Cabo Blanco for which I had a groupon for and we hadn’t been there in awhile.
 
 Cabo Blanco is one of my favorite restaurants and the best of the dozen or so Peruvian restaurants that have opened in the past decade. When we first went I tried all 29 lunch specials they had (no, not at one time!!) and there wasn’t a bad one in the group but there was definitely a standout dish: Camarones Saltados, about 12 sauteed shrimp with onions and tomatoes on a pasta in a dark sauce, which I think is soy based but not sure. I do know it is delicious and the price, $11.99, ridiculously low for such a meticulous made dish plus they serve a freshly made chicken soup and a side of various sauces. They use to serve bread with the latter which they no longer do so I don’t know what the sauces are for because the shrimp sauce is great as is! I have had this dish about 20 times and LOVE it!
 
Afterwards I was moaning that they don’t have plain vanilla ice cream which is something I like to have after a slightly spicy meal and Allen came up with a brilliant idea of going to Dairy Queen in Wilton Manors for dessert! He had a chocolate and I had a vanilla Blizzard! Now that’s what friends are for!
 
Trust me, the lunch and dessert was better than any movie I could have seen!

“Les MIserables”–review of Broadway touring company   1 comment

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In 1862 Victor Hugo’s epic novel “Les Miserables” was published and though I never read it I did see a movie version in 1952 so the first time I saw the  musical stage version in 2000 I was familiar with the story. I didn’t expect to be so emotionally involved but here it is 19 years later and it still moves me. 

 
In addition to seeing the stage version I also saw the 2012 movie based on the musical a few times and can’t recall how many times I have listened to the 25th anniversary concert album and still the songs like “On My Own”, “Who Am I”, “I Dreamed A Dream”, “Bring Him Home”  and “Soliloquy”, among others, seem as fresh as the first time I heard them and still can bring tears to the eyes. 

 
Production values are very important to a story but in a show that is sung through such as “Les Miserables” the voices are more important than the costumes, lighting and/or set designs and this  show has all that but, more important, it has a cast that gives it their best and they are excellent. 

 
Briefly the story is about Jean Valjean, whom we meet just as he is being released from prison after serving 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread and trying to escape, who now starts a journey to redeem himself while being hounded by Inspector Javert  who he is paroled to but eventually eludes. 

Valjean makes the lives better of those he meets along the way and we become involved in all their stories just as we become involved  with the upcoming French Revolution and the young people caught up in it. 

Nick Cartell  as Jean Valjean gets sustained applause for his moving “Bring Him Home” and “Who Am I?” while Josh Davis     as Inspector Javert takes charge of the stage in both “Stars” and “Soliloquy”.  Matt Shinghledecker as Enjolras leads the company in the rousing first act curtain “One Day More” just as Marius, played by Joshua Grosso, gets across the sadness of “Empty Chairs, Empty Tables”. Paige Smallwood as Eponine stops the show singing the haunting “On My Own” and Mary Kate Moore   as Fantine makes “I Dreamed A Dream” sounds as fresh as if it was being sung for the first time by anyone. The ensemble makes the songs “Do You Hear The People Sing”, “The People’s Song” and the finale of “One Day More” the anthems of a revolution as strong and meaningful as they should be. 

The music by Claude Schonberg with a French language libretto by Alain Boublil translated into English with the lyrics of Herbert Kretzmer is moving, funny, soaring when it has to and becomes quiet sometimes at moments when you least expect it but the music at all times serves the story of “Les Miserables” as does the cast and the production. 

The cast numbering more than 30, including 5 children, earned the well-deserved ovation the audience gives them when they take their curtain calls. 

“Les Miserables” is  playing at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts until October 20 and whether you are seeing for the first time or the fifth time I suggest you get tickets now for this production! 

Act 1  1 hour and 30 minutes   20 minute intermission   Act 2 1 hour and 5 minutes  Total  2 hours and 55 minutes   Gun shots, strobe lights, smoke

 
 

Welcome to October!   1 comment

King Tides Oct 1 2019
I always wanted to live ON the water not IN it but with what is known as King Tides come in I sometimes get the feeling my third floor apartment will soon be a waterfront one!
 
With the 20-25 MPH winds we have been having these tides are 2 feet above normal high tides and they come in at 10 PM, 5 AM and 11 AM. This afternoon walking from the church parking lot—that’s another story–to my apartment building, at the entrance to Gateway, the water was up to my calves. Slowly the water went down but very shortly it will ‘invade’ again.
 
Luckily, though it is rainy season, we haven’t been having that much rain this week but, horror of horrors, the temperature went down into the 80s this first day of October!!
 
What’s coming?????
 

Fighting the tide

By the way these two were fighting the waves and the tide and just kept spinning around until they got near the railing and used that to get back to the place where they rented the canoes–ending September with a laugh!
 

Posted October 1, 2019 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, MOTHER NATURE

September 2019 Fort Laudedale Diary   Leave a comment

Posted September 30, 2019 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE

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