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Day 2 of the air show   Leave a comment

The Point Airshow Collage

There was a lot going on in South Florida this weekend from thousands attending an all star rap/hip-hop 3 day concert on Miami Beach, a 5 day musical and art festival starring the Dirty Heads on the IntercoastalWaterway in West Palm Beach and the Fort Lauderdale Air show headlining the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

All 3 events couldn’t have asked for better weather with a rarity of a cloudless sky. The high temperature was 82 degrees and a mild breeze.

I could watch most of the show–well at least see the planes flying overhead–while a group of Gateway residents went down to The Point to watch it from there. I went down around 4 PM and just watched the boats coming along with the paddlers and kayaks. Besides the pictures above–saw the birds on my walk back!–I made a short video.

What a perfect day! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWmx12-IhsA

Posted May 7, 2017 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE

April 16 2017 Welcome to my world   Leave a comment

In order for the property to look more ‘uniform’ sadly the owners are tearing out beautiful hibiscus plants, frangipani trees, flowers planted by residents, gardens, etc., but still Mother Nature offers a lot of beauty of her own.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEAkFAspLQA&feature=youtu.be

Drizzling and quiet at The Point!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d72YVMmd_0c&feature=youtu.be

Looking North up at my apartment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APlYkA7RhAI&feature=youtu.be

Looking south from the walkway right outside my door

Posted April 18, 2017 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE, Uncategorized

The Point April 15 2017   Leave a comment

If I still had a bucket list I would probably have ‘go to film school’ on it as I have always been fascinated by movies but never having really studied how to take a good picture most of my life it has just been ‘point and shoot’.

And it has only been recently that I started ‘playing’ with making videos but I still haven’t figured out how to narrate without the sound being muffled by the wind!

This is just a beautiful place to be and live.

 This video was made with my digital camera.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiEskMD1OtA&feature=youtu.be

 

First video using my camera phone (A lot quieter than the one above!)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIpwzSp0mXM&feature=youtu.be

Posted April 17, 2017 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE, Uncategorized

Courtyard Cafe–A Restaurant Review   Leave a comment

 Courtyard Cafe collage March 30 2017

It has been four years since I wrote a review of this restaurant but basically it stays the same: pleasant surroundings (one unobtrusive TV behind the counter), good service by Douglas, good food not overpriced, with the feel of what it is, being a neighborhood restaurant. In the heart of Wilton Manors, the city island,the Courtyard Cafe has been a mainstay of the community for years.

I had the cheeseburger ($8.75) with potato salad, just one of the side dishes offered. It was cooked the way I asked, served on a fresh bun, and the potato salad was tasty. With it I had a cup of fresh coffee ($2.50) and no problem getting a refill.

Allen had a hamsteak, eggs, toast, potatoes for $6.80.

Our check, for two, with tax and tip came to $24.13

As always a pleasant afternoon lunch at the dependable Courtyard Cafe without hassles though the parking system has changed.

It has a wide ranging selection of foods on its menu with various special items. While it is starting to get too warm to eat outside their courtyard dining is always comfortable and fun.

(Being a creature of habit it is Thursday which is my cheeseburger day but, I promise, my next meal will be something else.)

 

For the complete menu, and a free meal on your birthday, go to: wwwWiltonManorsCourtyard…

The First Annual Pizza Festival   Leave a comment

 

 

April 1, 2017
12p.m. to 1p.m. VIP Kickoff
1p.m. to 6p.m. General Admission

The Fort Lauderdale Pizza Festival is thrilled to announce the inaugural celebration of all things cheesy, set for April 1, 2017. Thousands of South Florida pizza lovers will unite to savor some of the area’s most delectable pizzas, refresh their palettes with crisp craft beers and wines, enjoy live music, lawn games, and cooking demos, bring the children to enjoy the kid zone, and sample all things cheesy from numerous vendors showcasing their best at this can’t-miss event. A portion of the proceeds from the Fort Lauderdale Pizza Festival will be donated to Feeding South Florida, 2017’s official nonprofit beneficiary. For every $1 per ticket sale that is donated, 6 meals will be provided to the men, women and children in need of food assistance throughout South Florida.

 

My mother always told me if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything (I didn’t always follow her advice LOL) so I will not say anything about the First Annual Pizza Festival. Granted it is the first but I can’t see any of the companies serving the 3/4″ slices of cold pizza getting any business from this.

Doc B Fresh Kitchen–A Restaurant Review   Leave a comment

 

Before we even entered the restaurant the negatives started. They have a very small valet parking lot which we preferred not using and parked in the large Fresh Market lot. Before we even got into the restaurant the valet parkerasked us if we had parked in the Fresh Market parking lot, knowing we did, and telling us we could be towed. I said,smiling, “You would get us if that was starting to happen?” and he gave a definite “No!” Aside from valet parking there is very little choice though, I believe, they will have a garage in the building being built behind the restaurant which I am sure there will be a charge.

Next spent a minute of two trying to figure out how to get into the place! When you walk in get ready to be blasted by music and people in the tables near you shouting to be heard. Oh, yes, let’s not forget the TV screens.

For some reason my immediate reaction was that I had stepped into the Tilted Kilt which just recently closed except the staff here were fully dressed!

Up front let me say the best and only good thing about this restaurant were the working crew, not the 3 ‘managers’ , 2 men and 1 woman, in the hour or so we were there never went to any  tables to see how things were doing.

Our server Emma (who was training another server) was excellent from beginning to end and, which is so rare, seemed to like her job.

Is it a corporate rule that drinks that ‘sweat’ like water, diet Coke, Iced tea, etc., don’t have a coaster put under them so the table gets wet or did they just run out of them?

As far as the food goes there was nothing special about the $14 traditional burger and the fries certainly didn’t seem as if they were made in a ‘fresh kitchen’. The Number 6, a fried breaded chicken sandwich, came unadorned with lifeless fried sweet potatoes.

I can see no reason to come back here, especially since this area is becoming a ‘restaurant row’ with many choices.

To end on a positive note, thanks Emma for your service.Doc B collage March 23 2017 Image

Whatever happened to the winter of 2016-2017 in Ft. Lauderdale?   Leave a comment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU5FF5u1ZRk

Part 1

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tizaU4EAxtg

Part 2

 

Be sure to see the last slide so you won’t hate me too much and did you spot the bluebird in the collage? He is exactly in the center of each picture.

Posted March 20, 2017 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, Uncategorized, WEATHER

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