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Winter? Summer? December 2021   1 comment


This coming Tuesday, December 21, 2021, my calendar states “First Day of Winter” but I think someone didn’t get the message! I just came back from sitting and reading on The Point while watching people swimming and water skiing in Karen Bay.This is what the temperature is now at 5 PM:  81 degrees with some light–very light–rains coming in on the ocean breeze! We know winter is coming Tuesday because the temperatures will be a high of 80 degrees with a low of 73 degrees at night or so our local weather people say on the maps above and they wouldn’t lie, would they??

PS Ignore my crying for mittens, earmuffs and heavy sweaters when we go below 70, maybe even below 60!– for a couple of nights in January and/or February because by the time they get here it will be warm again!

Posted December 18, 2021 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

December 4, 2021 week   Leave a comment

We have had perfect weather in Fort Lauderdale this week from cool–50s and 60s overnight with high 70s and low 80s during the day–daytime provides a bird overlooking The Point as if he owns it and the sunsets every night are really breathtaking and leave an orange glow over the city as it gets dark.In the center of the collage you will see the Rainbow Bridge which is a symbol of Wilton Manors–next time I will get closer and get a better picture but meanwhile these two web sights will show you pictures and tell you more about the area:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/rainbow-bright-streets-and-bridges-show-off-pride-colors/ar-AAKUI7nhttps://www.garylanhamgroup.com/real-estate-blog/wilton-manors-florida-the-epicenter-of-gay-life/

You may have noticed the the 4 food pictures—hey, I’ve been sick and I need substance to get strong! (Mmm–that’s a new excuse for getting fatter!

Cabo Blanco is one of my favorite restaurants and they have a shrimp dish over linguini that I could eat 7 days a week! Talking about shrimp and linguini we went to Divalle’s and after looking over their menu I asked the server if their chef could make me a shrimp scampi as I was really looking for a good one and had been disappointed in the last 3 restaurant’s versions. This chef made a great one!
Yesterday we went to J Mark’s and I wanted something different than steak which I usually have there and I ordered a New Orleans seafood dish thinking it would be along a jambalaya–WRONG! Besides it wasn’t good–back to steak next time I go there! Last, but not least, we discovered a little gem of a place called Ferdo’s specializing in kabobs which we have been going to often for lunch and last week I had the steak kabob which was very good.

Good food, good weather, coconuts on palm trees and lets not forget my 2 December dogs plus rainbow bridges–who wouldn’t want to live here?!?!? Oh yes, my holiday cactus is getting ready for Christmas!

Posted December 4, 2021 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE

LAST DAY OF NOVEMBER 2021   1 comment


Who says we don’t have winter in Fort Lauderdale-went all the way down to 54 degrees this morning (or so I heard) which means I might get a chance to wear my winter sweatshirt before the year is over!

Michael’s mother gave me the shirt 20 years ago and I do get a chance to wear it 4-5 times a year.Too late to wear it today as it is now in the high 70s–still shorts and short sleeved shirt weather. As soon as I hear (or see) about the frozen iguanas—no, they don’t die–which usually happens when the temperatures get below 50 degrees.Meanwhile there are the Birds of Paradise outside, the Cuban blooms inside and iguanas walking about while squirrels climb trees.

I LOVE Mother Nature!



Posted November 30, 2021 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

This, that and other things   1 comment


It may say 75 degrees on the thermometer but with the bright sun out and the cloudless sky it feels like a typical South Florida beach day!

Got the November dogs out which reminds me that I have to get a 2022 calendar out as it is just around the corner.

2) All the ‘baby’ holiday cactus plants are blooming

3) Went to Jalisco’s restaurant on Thursday and I had their Cuban platter: chicken, pork, beef, rice, black beans, onions and plantains–plus they serve a cup of chicken soup along with their chips and salsa as you wait–even I leave filled up

!5) Right across the street from the restaurant are just 6 of the new buildings that are going up all over Fort Lauderdale–the city claims they now have 80, 000 new apartments–who they are going to rent them to plus who could afford them (!) is another story!!!  https://www.zumper.com/rent-research/fort-lauderdale-fl  but then homes are scarce and most people can’t afford the down payment!!

4) Many people have told me not to bother with an air fryer and I should have listened to them! There is basically nothing wrong with them, (the fryer–not my friends!) except learning how to get the ‘fried’ taste plus if you have a indoor grill, a microwave oven and a crock-pot, as I have, the fryer just takes up space. Granted the 2 quart fryer I got takes up very little space and is convenient for 1 person but it is still a waste of money and time as most items will cook faster in the microwave or on the grill.Macy’s has it on “Black Friday” sale for $24.99 which is really a good price if you have time and patience—I have time but not patience when waiting to eat!

Posted November 7, 2021 by greatmartin in FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE

OKAY, OKAY, SO IT ISN’T SNOWING BUT….   1 comment

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Adding insult to injury not only do we lose evening light on Saturday because of Daylight Savings Time and we have to turn the clocks back but today we had 2-3 inches of rain causing a lot of flooding along with stalled cars all over the city BUT look at the second picture!!! 59 DEGREES!! This is SOUTH Florida! This is FORT LAUDERDALE! We had 4 inches of rain!

Add that we are having ‘King Tides’  https://www.fortlauderdale.gov/government/departments-a-h/city-manager-s-office/strategic-communications/king-tides    (Anticipated 2021 King Tides  November 3-9)  that lead to flooded driveways, entrances, water above ankles, very wet clothes and people.  
 

The only saving factor is that the rain brings the beautiful birds and more beautiful birds and, oh yes, more beautiful birds.There is also a positive to the cold weather as it brings us many laughs seeing people from Michigan, Wisconsin and Buffalo, New York, all bundled up in sweaters, gloves, complaining how their blood has thinned and they are freezing–NO FOLKS! YOU ARE OLD AND YOUR SKIN HAS THINNED AND YOU ARE COLD WHEN THE WEATHER GOES BELOW 85 DEGREES!

No, I am not comforted to hear it is snowing, freezing, hail dropping, sleet all around, ice on windshields—this is SOUTH Florida! this is FORT LAUDERDALE! We don’t need/want 58 degrees!!

Posted November 5, 2021 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, SEASONS, WEATHER

Di Valles Cucina Italiana & Wine Bar Fort Lauderdale   1 comment


After discovering the 22 year old gem Ferdo’s I figured that would be it for the year but within a month we found another gem called Di Valle’s. On the small side it looked romantic even in the afternoon light!

I have been looking for a good, old fashioned Shrimp Scampi for awhile now and after 4 different restaurants I had given up. One place breaded the shrimp, another put it in a heavy sauce and I still haven’t figured out how the other place made it.

As Keyrl, the server, put the bread and bruschetta down in front of us—which by the way was perfect with the outside of the the bread crunchy and the inside soft–I told her I was sort of hoping I would find Scampi on the menu and without hesitation said the chef could make it. He did and it was excellent with a very good garlic and oil sauce and 6 large shrimp on a bed of linguini that melted in my mouth as I took bite after bite!

Allen ordered the Stuffed Spinach Ravioli which they didn’t have and the chef offered the Stuffed Lobster Ravioli instead, at the same price. Allen’s complaint wasn’t about the ravioli but that there weren’t enough of them so he made it up by eating more of the bread!

We had a groupon so the check came out to about $20 each with tax and tip, which is average for lunch in COVID days!

The service and food was excellent, the surroundings pleasant and now that Nabu has closed the huge parking lot is more than adequate.

Posted October 15, 2021 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, RESTAURANT REVIEWS

Food!   Leave a comment


I hope ‘they’ are wrong but I just read that Marchi’s, my favorite restaurant in the whole world, which is in New York City, has closed after 91 years in business!!

In any case while the last post was about restaurants this one is more about food! When I want a certain food or I have guests from out of town that request something special there are restaurants I recommend.  In the last post I said, “There are a few restaurants I go to for specific items such as the Quarterdeck for Jambalaya, the IHOP for a cheese omelet with a short stack, the Outback or Gilbert’s for cheeseburgers, not to forget Subways for a turkey hero and, yes, the Cheesecake Factory for cheesecake, especially their Godiva’s chocolate cheesecake.

The list goes on from there such as Catfish Dewey’s for all you can eat Fried catfish every day, in addition shrimp on Monday and Tuesday and, believe it or not on Wednesday the best beef ribs! For higher scale fish dinners the 15th Street Fisheries on the water where they have all kinds of fresh fish plus the best bread or the Sea Watch on the beach.

As far as Italian restaurants we have many but, in my opinion, the best are: for upper scale home made Italian food tops is Cafe Vico while for your neighborhood restaurant and the best pizza it is Big Louie’s. For Mexican food there is Tequila Sunrise for fajitas, Jalisco for their Macho Combo and The Tipico Cafe for stir fry. The Chima Brazilian steakhouse with their every item buffet is going strong

A restaurant I love, and tried all of their 20+ lunch specials, is the Peruvian Cabo Blanco with a shrimp and noodle dish that melts in your mouth. Honestly I haven’t been there since COVID-19 closed most places as their second store is a bit away and the first one we went to was shut a couple of years ago but I am ready.

There are two excellent delis one being called the NY Deli and the other Pomperdale’s but—and don’t laugh—when I want a corned beef sandwich I will go to Arby’s!!

I recently discovered, after passing it by for 22 years, a gem called Ferdo’s known for kebobs and haven’t had a bad kebob yet!

It has been years since I have found a restaurant serving good Prime Ribs on the bone since 2 I used to go to have closed, the last turned into a seafood restaurant!  Their are over 30 barbecue rib restaurants in the Fort Lauderdale area but not any that I can’t do without though I keep on looking. We do have old fashioned diners such as Lester’s and Peter Pan along with chains such as Denny’s, Morton’s, Ruth Chris’s, Shake Shack, of all kinds.

We have restaurants from every country in Broward county and I haven’t gotten into German, French, Chinese—just to name a few countries represented here–but if you have a special type of food you like such as sushi we have it here. I believe the last figure I saw was that there are 2,000 restaurants in this area so I have a few more to try to eventually book for my 22nd Leap Year birthday party on Thursday, February 29, 2024!!

Posted October 10, 2021 by greatmartin in FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE

Dogs, a baby, weather & Mother nature October 2021   Leave a comment


1) Dark clouds are the warning we will be getting our daily rain–for 10 minutes or, maybe, longer!

2) My October Calendar dogs

3) Gateway’s latest charmer–Payton’s baby brother

4) Bette Davis changes her outfits as much as Mother nature changes the weather—and both are right!

5) Jeff, who is legally blind. is in the process of having his guide dog trained–she is a beauty but, I think, a little too big for a studio apartment–hopefully he will be able to move to  a larger bedroom though it might be easier for him to handle a smaller space–right now she is too friendly with all the neighbors so I guess that will be part of her training–it is an interesting process to observe.

6) The purple and white orchids are really a standout on the tree–hope no one picks!October is starting off beautifully and hope it continues that way but until ‘hurricane’ season is over we don’t know.

Posted October 4, 2021 by greatmartin in animals, FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, GATEWAY, MOTHER NATURE

It is Still Summer!!!   1 comment

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#1 I got up this morning to find my Christmas cactus loaded with buds and a few blooms but it is only September!! Okay people are already talking about Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas and wishing their life away but not me. I don’t celebrate the end of summer until it is the end of summer! So we only had a high of 91–that doesn’t mean it is winter!!

#2 Can’t pick on the Cuban flower because that blooms all year round–this plant is on the edge of my desk–all I have to do is break off a piece from the original plant and I have a bloom in a few days.

#3 Allen has had a pizza ‘thing’ so we go to Big Louie’s a few times a month–best in town!

#4 The first one is an reflection of me in the water at The Point while the others are what I am surrounded by—love it!

#5 The orchid in the tree outside my window–getting a darker purple every week

#6 Don’t tell me summer is over!! :O)

#7 Back to where we were summer 2020

Posted September 13, 2021 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE, WEATHER

Last Week of August 2021   Leave a comment

We have been lucky so far as far as storms go as we have had 11 around or near by but except at late nights/early mornings we have escaped all storms, have light rain showers, which right now is not good for us.
Looking at the first picture the second half shows that we normally have 5.66 inches of rain in August but have had only 2.84 inches. We are going to need rain soon but I hope it doesn’t come in the form of a tropical storm or hurricane! As the other pictures with number 1 they show we are having hot, hazy and dusty (from Africa) days, temperatures in the  90s which usually ‘feel like’ is around 100 degrees though without rain the humidity does stay down—a bit!

\#2 pictures–Fort Lauderdale doesn’t have a ‘thing’ for history–if something is old that just means tear it down and/or remodel it! Right now they are putting the finishing touches on the Parker Playhouse, one of my favorite theatres anywhere and I am hoping they aren’t ruining it. The Parker (as it is now being called—playhouse being old-fashioned!) is in Holiday Park and was built in 1967. Also at Holiday Park the War Memorial,  erected in 1950 as a tribute to members of the military, the city is now redoing it as a skating rink for the Panthers hockey team and also to be made available to the public. I am hoping they will leave the Memorial Wall honoring members of the Coast Guard.

#3 In the past few years the city has been painting the many water and electric power tanks around the city reflecting the areas of the city they are in such as this one is near the performing arts center.

#4 And, as always, Mother Nature has her job to do. In our backyard, a few years ago, Irene who lives on the ground floor planted an orchid in the tree outside my window and every year it blooms! The picture next to it had me a little concerned because these egrets usually only show when it has rained but, of course, by the time I get up in the morning the rain is gone and they are looking for their worms and crabs!  In the last picture we have a bluebird (I didn’t get close enough to show its color) keeping an eye on the parking lot–hey, everyone has  a job here, including birds!August 2021 has been a good month!

Posted August 29, 2021 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE

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