City of Hollywood Florida – St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

UPDATE! (see original story below)The City of Hollywood held a successful parade with excellent weather and large crowds.  Marching bands from Hallandale, South Broward, and many other schools were featured along with the Shriners, various dance groups, military vehicles, civilian jeeps, fire departments, police departments and so much more. Here are a few photos from…

Stratford’s Closing

About 81 years ago when Hollywood, Florida was a sleepy frontier style town, Stratford’s opened. Sadly this amazing historical bar will soon be closed to make way for a pot shop. I would think with the many vacant storefronts available in Hollywood a pot shop could go anywhere. But here we are. While I think it’s…

Pizza Rustica Hollywood

As the Polar vortex is slowly exiting the northern parts of our nation, we are experiencing 70-degree temperatures. So all is well in paradise but in some ways, it is “too-well”. Especially in the case for our animals, specifically cats. Because of our year-round warm temperatures, feral cats are free to reproduce all year long. And…

El Paso II

Driving down US 1 in Hollywood you get to see gems from the heyday of interstate motoring of years gone by and some others like the Circ Hotel which is brand new. Along the way there are also many fine eateries that often don’t get a second glance; because they are almost hidden in plain…

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…

Paolo’s Three’s Company 

  Rather quickly it seems South Florida is recovering from Hurricane Irma. We are thankful that we fared far better than our friends on the West Coast, including Naples and Tampa and were spared the utter devastation of the Florida Keys. I’m hoping I can return to the Keys sometime soon. In the meantime FPL is doing…

Hurricane French Toast

We’re in the middle of a Hurricane Irma (HurricaneIrma) and with mother nature throwing her worst at Florida and Cuba, we’ve become refugees as we flee to higher ground. During a hurricane you can expect the power to go out, thus routine cooking becomes impossible unless you have a gas stove and the refrigerator will no…

Sake Thai & Sushi Bar

Close to the neighborhood of Emerald Hills in Hollywood, Florida on Sheridan Street, you’ll find the Sake Thai & Sushi Bar. With great appetizers and even better entrees, this restaurant is the one to go to when you and your dinner companions are unsure if you want sushi or Thai food, or better yet – Both! With…

Hemingway Bistro

Hemmingway’s Bistro is one of the most undervalued and underappreciated fine dining restaurants in the Hollywood — Dania Beach Area. I think the patrons actually want to keep it a secret. Inside, you are reminded of a small Italian village. You know, the one you’ve always wanted to visit but somehow never got around to it….

La Huaca Peruvian 

It was just another Wednesday evening and we thought we deserved sushi because you know – Sushi! But our plans were changed when we saw La Huaca on Harrison Street in downtown Hollywood Florida. Perhaps because it is more frequented by tourists, Hollywood boulevard is always busy. Surprisingly many restaurants come and go even with…

Whiskey Tango

Outside of Whiskey Tango Just to the left of I-95, there is a wonderful, if not underutilized street called Hollywood boulevard. It’s a fantastic place to live (I hope), or just walk around and people watch.  There are so many bars and restaurants in the area it would be impossible for me to talk about…

Family Night at DiSalvo’s

Located at Emerald Woods Plaza, DiSalvo’s is a mix of the simple and ordinary that makes for a ‘just right’ experience. They are the classic neighborhood Italian style restaurant. And they indeed are ‘just right’ for this neighborhood.  Going with my ‘family’, which includes my fiancé and our neighbor, our night is to consist of…

Miller’s Ale House

It’s sort of a mystery to me exactly what the Miller’s Ale House (formally known as the Hollywood Ale House) is supposed to be. I would think an “ale house” would feature and promote a wide variety of unique or at least craft beers. Sort of like Tap 42 located in Fort Lauderdale does so very well. But Miller’s…

A night of serenading

A random Saturday evening finds me and my wife to be at Patron Azteca Mexican Restaurant in Hollywood Florida for a romantic dinner for two. Though I often find Mexican food to be a bit heavy, it’s something I can’t resist, and apparently neither can she.  Patron is located at 5181 Sheridan St. Hollywood, FL…