New Sony α6400 Introduced

As many of you know I use various film cameras and my SonyA5000 as my main – and only – digital camera for this blog and my Instagram. Which of course you should really visit. I love my Sony camera and over the past few years, I have gotten to know it much better. I’m…

How To Make Eggplant Parmigiana

In Italian food there is no dish as famous as Eggplant Parmigiana — sometimes just referred to as Eggplant Parm. This hearty dish could run you upwards of $20 at any nice restaurant and maybe $12 or more at the takeout, or you could easily make it at home like I did for under $5 per…

Kelly’s Landing

One of the great ideological divides of our time is conservative vs. progressive, no, actually even greater is the divide between those who like Manhattan Clam Chowder and those who like New England Clam Chowdah’. Yes, I spelt it that way because that is the way it is properly pronounced. Chow-dah. Just maybe you feel…

Drinks at the Boatyard

One of the not-so-secret secrets of Fort Lauderdale is the Boatyard restaurant. Located right on the intercoastal, this is one of those see and be seen places. Well known for its half-price happy hour and ladies night specials, the Boatyard is a popular place for singles (and their friends) who are looking to meet other…

5 Questions to ask before you buy your first real camera

So, you’re loving your cell phone and when you use the phone camera, you no longer say I’m taking a picture, you say “I’m really into photography.” Selfies become “self-portraits” and you are looking on how to improve your Instagram game. It gets you to thinking… “If only I had a ‘real’ camera. Despite many…

Staycation in Tampa and Ybor City.

So finally 2019 has arrived, and happy New Year to everyone. To celebrate New Year we went on a short “staycation” trip to a little city called Tampa, which it turns out is not that little after all. Now I know what your thinking, Busch Gardens and other “amusement” parks. Yeah, no. At least this…

Mare Mio Restaurant

It’s the middle of one of the most massive tourist seasons here in South Florida, and we are on the parking lot better known as I-95 thinking about where to take our relatives from the UK. They mention Lincoln Road, which on many days is a wonderful place to go. With so many shops and…

Contax IIIa Zeiss Ikon

I was very fortunate to have been a recipient of the Contax IIIa. It’s a rangefinder type of camera and uses 35mm film. In the world of 35mm photography, there are few cameras as well received as the Contax. Legendary rangefinders such as Lecia are usually the first type of rangefinders that come to mind,…

Circ Hotel and Olivia Restaurant

As my wife would say, South Beach has finally come to Hollywood. The Circ Hotel is definitely bringing a high class ‘South Beach” vibe to the circle in downtown Hollywood Florida.  With a hotel, two amazing bars and a restaurant that I’ll talk about in just a minute, the Circ Hotel and Apartments is a…

Milwaukee Third Ward

A quick trip to Milwaukee Wisconsin brings us back to the Third Ward. If you view Milwaukee as a dried up post-industrial city you would be right, if you were around maybe 20 years ago.  These days the revival is more than complete and growing. The craft scene, returning industries and high-tech jobs make this…

Finally Shakshuka – Easy Recipie

So, I’ve finally made my own version of Shakshouka. The Israeli/Arab/Mediterranean dish is one of my favorites and I always wanted to create my own since first having one on Stirling Avenue in Hollywood Florida. My version is made with eggplant just to make it a bit more ‘meaty’. But do not worry my vegan…

Mazzi Cucina my new Italian Lover!

I found a new Italian Lover… and I want more and more! Recently while visiting a friend in close by North Miami Beach we discovered a small hole-in-the-wall Italian Restaurant. But it’s a hole-in-the-wall that is a portal into another culinary world rarely found in South Florida. The moment you step into Mazzi Cucina, that other world…