Category Archives: Accommodations and Restaurants

Grilled Romaine Lettuce with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

Don’t you love when you find a dish that is a surprise? I would have never thought to grill Romaine lettuce however I was served this as the prelude to a delicious meal at the Venice Café and immediately had to figure out a way to duplicate it. Continue reading

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The American Dream is Alive and Well in Sarasota

Delicious, authenic Italian food in Sarasota, Florida. Come enjoy the food and help this hard working couple achieve their piece of the American Dream! Continue reading

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Everyday Cinco de Mayo in Downtown Sarasota

Downtown Sarasota was one of the reasons we chose to move to this area. It’s an approachable, walkable downtown where tourists and residents can safely stroll enjoying the multitude of opportunities to shop in the small stores, to dine in an ethnic restaurant, or to listen to music in a nightclub. There are special events, festivals, and parades all year round and each Saturday morning there is a Farmers’ Market. It’s a vital hub for this city of approximately 50,000 residents. Continue reading

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Christa’s Amazing Timberframe Cottage in Stonington

Bob and I had a delightful lunch with our friend (and realtor) Christa Boyajian. When she first visited our home on Deer Isle Christa remarked that she too had purchased land on the island and had a house built. She mentioned then that there were some similarities between the two homes and she’s absolutely right. It has the same cathedral ceiling, the huge picture windows, the use of Atrium white walls and wood framing and floors. It’s a smaller cottage than ours and is perfect for a romantic couple’s getaway. Some of my readers have privately requested information about vacation rentals on Deer Isle and this one is incredible! It’s perched right on the water’s edge with unobstructed views that will knock your socks off. Continue reading

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Fireworks, Lobster, and Furnishings

It was the summer of 2005 and we were almost ready to open our house on the artists mecca of Deer Isle, an island that had once been the home of such notables as John Steinbeck and Dan Fogelberg. We had decided prior to even building our house that it made economic sense to rent it out from June through September to weekly vacation renters. Continue reading

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February is the Longest Month – have a lemon-lime bar

I know what the calendar says but ever since I moved to the northeast from California I’ve been convinced that February is the longest month.
This weekend we have two events that we are looking forward to. Lily’s Cafe in Stonington is having a Valentine’s Day bash complete with all you can eat tapas, live music, and beer and wines. We also have a long awaited event – the opening of The Seasons of Stonington Restaurant. Continue reading

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Wining, Dining, and Sleeping in Stonington, Maine

Between 2002 when we were first introduced to Deer Isle and 2005 when our house was finished, we stayed in three of the island’s accommodations and ate at many of the restaurants. Several of my readers have asked for more information on a few of our favorites and I’m happy to oblige by telling you about two of each. Continue reading

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