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The travelers

Sunday, November 16, 2014      12 comments

Wow, at this point my trip blog has had 957 hits from readers in 6 countries, including the Netherlands, France, US, Indonesia, Thailand, and the UK. If you want to catch up with it, it's at atravelings.blogspot.com ... Read more

Travel blog

Saturday, October 25, 2014      9 comments

If you'd like to read a few fun entries from my trip blog, they're at: atravelings.blogspot.com ... Read more

Beauty and the beer

Wednesday, September 17, 2014      10 comments

Okay, now I'm bombarding you with stories, as I will be doing for the newspaper. I have a whole cache of them prepared for when we're gone, so here you go with the next one ____________________________
________________ How does one... Read more

Sometimes a cigar is more than a cigar

Wednesday, September 17, 2014      5 comments

What favorite place might you leave not smelling as good as you feel? If you’re a cigar aficionado--a cigar bar. Pity the poor cigar smoker. Venues for smoking are few,... Read more

Home is at Royal Thai

Wednesday, September 17, 2014      10 comments

“Where you going, Kayoon?” “To the market! I need more candy!” Was this the whine of a chubby kid, giddy with a little extra allowance? Hardly. It was the excited cry of a 12-year-old Bangkok entrepreneur. Kayoon (June) had ... Read more

There's always a way

Wednesday, September 03, 2014      9 comments

Reclusive local personality Snook the Cat, of the new Snook’s Bayside Bar & Grill at Englewood’s Royal Palm Marina, has granted a rare interview to Sue. Sue: Now that the “Zeke’s” name has gone to Zeke’s Uptown on Dearborn Street, what’s it... Read more

What bird is dumber than a chicken?

Wednesday, September 03, 2014      6 comments

Okay, so chickens have pecking order. And they're smart enough to run about even after decapitation. So, it's EASY for another bird to be dumber than that. And that bird is ... (drum roll!) ... the mourning dove! These creatures are the ... Read more

GramCracker Cafe

Wednesday, August 27, 2014      10 comments

The GramCracker Café didn’t get its name from Nabisco. A couple who are themselves a gramma and a Florida cracker concocted it. The prerequisites for being a gramma are pretty easily met—just have a kid who has a kid, maybe even bake pies ... Read more

A Hurricane Charley remembrance

Wednesday, August 27, 2014      4 comments

Over time, it occurs to you that your neighborhood seems like Restaurateur Row. You smell aromatic Thai spices wafting over the back fence, notice an eatery’s logo on a car parked up the street, are suavely greeted at the entrance to his family’... Read more

I have been remiss ... it's more than a game!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014      3 comments

Some of my friends were missing these little stories. It’s nearly 7:00 Wednesday night at Chubbyz in Port Charlotte. All eyes are riveted on the back of the dining room, where bartender Clare Donaldson wields the microphone to launch Big... Read more

Yo ho ho and a tankard of soup

Thursday, August 07, 2014      8 comments

No matter how you look at it, 20 years in the restaurant business is a long time. When a whole family persists at it for more than half a century, it’s a saga. The Arbuckles of Venice and Nokomis are, variously, creative, eccentric, dogged,... Read more

Always worth the journey

Sunday, August 03, 2014      7 comments

“Well it’s a little far out, but it’s always worth the journey. A little spot up the river where the real adventure begins.” --Jim Morris, “Nav-a-Gator Afternoon” Any cool place in Florida is a little far out (pun intended). Key W... Read more

Calling Bobby Flay

Sunday, August 03, 2014      8 comments

Male forays into cuisine once took place only grillside, spatula and fireproof mitt in hand, in a “Stand Back, Dad’s Cooking” apron, flipping burgers and franks to BF Goodrich consistency. Today you’re just as likely to hear one ask, “What do y... Read more

My new media home

Wednesday, July 09, 2014      10 comments

I've got a little more room to stretch out in the local paper's daily "things to do" supplement, plus the luxury of photos. It's kinda like moving from an army cot to a king-size--with a view. scc.eed.sunnewspapers.ne
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Pirates of the Caribbean

Friday, July 04, 2014      12 comments

UPSTATE NY, CIRCA 1968: You tell the in-laws you‘re moving to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, and you might as well announce you’re leaving for the moon. Barbara Farlow’s mom inquires, “You’re going WHERE?!” The late Dave Farlow’s son Keit... Read more


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