Double Baked Chocolate Brownie, caramelized bananas, Calicchia honey ice cream at Dante’s in Cleveland!

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This wonderful dessert at Dante’s in Cleveland, Ohio was perfect after a early evening dinner on crisp Spring day.

The coffee at Dante’s is also some of the best ever.

Here’s a photo of the Double Baked Chocolate Brownie, caramelized bananas, Calicchia honey ice cream.

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The polenta is amazing.

I don’t have any photos but I have to say that the polenta is creamy and perfect.

We had the wild mushroom and goat cheese polenta. So Delish!

Also, Sushi for happy hour is a must.

Dante Boccuzzi makes sushi like no one else in town!

I’ll have more on Dante soon. He is truly amazing and a true gem in Cleveland.

Dinner and Drinks at Sugarcane in Miami!

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“Spice of Love”, fresh jalape˝o, passion fruit syrup, mango essence, Svedka, Cointreau.

Sugarcane in Miami is simply beautiful!

The plantation style decor and the outdoor patio dining area are absolutely amazing.

But I have to say that the food was disappointing.

Items were undercooked, bland or simply less than interesting.

Or, even worse, the dishes were too fussy with too many ingredients.

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“Hibiscus Blossom”, citrus essence, native mint, hibiscus infused cachaša.

I do, however, have no complaints about the cocktails!

These lovely concoctions were fresh and tasty!

Mint, mango, cucumber and spices were perfectly combined to create delicious libations of heavenly proportions!

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“Eden”, japanese cucumber juice, fresh cilantro, Herradura Tequila, aromatic celery bitters.

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Roasted Peppers.

These peppers were actually quite good.

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Duck Confit with Waffle.

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Grilled Sweet potato with Maple and Soy.

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Grilled Octopus.

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Pan Seared Squid.

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Goat Cheese Croquettes.

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Broccoli Rab.

This was another favorite.

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Crudo with Papaya.

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Ricotta Cheesecake with Nutmeg Ice Cream.

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This ricotta cheese cake was, also, very good and I learned something.

This cake was smooth and creamy.

The cakes which I have made in the past were always a bit dry and lumpy.

This one was wonderful and I am going to try to make it myself!

Spinach Fettuccine with Mushrooms and Basil Pesto!

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Spinach fettuccine with sauteed baby portobello mushrooms, pesto and shaved parmesan makes a great meatless, filling and nutritious meal.


Along with this beautiful salad of fresh yellow peppers and avocados our vegetarian meal satisfies everyone.

Annie’s Green Goddess dressing makes this salad heaven!

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Boil spinach fettuccine, al dente.

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Sautee the mushrooms with olive oil and garlic slices.


And mix in your favorites. I love basil pesto which I make myself.

I make it vegan and fresh!

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Shaved parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil make this fantastic!

Lesley Stowe Raincoast Crisps and Beautiful Cheeses with Friends!

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What is better than cheese and crackers with friends on a sunny afternoon?

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Fruits and olives, beautiful cheeses and fresh whole grain bread and crackers take this afternoon snack to a whole new level!

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Fresh ripe papaya taste like honey and sunshine!

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These crackers are melt in your mouth fantastic. So much flavor in wholesome ingredients makes this guilt-free snacking at it’s best.

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Lesley Stowe, Raincoast Crisps are my new favorite cracker!

These are unique, delicisious and worth the trouble to find!

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These photos with the sun streaming in bring back memories of great conversation and joy with friends.

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Fine dining does not have to be complicated.

Some of my finest culinary moments have been born of the simplest ingredients!

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Don’t forget to put the love into it to get the most of your food and friends!

Grilled Ciabatta with Veggies, Avocado and Fresh Mozzarella Quite Possibly the Best Sandwich Ever!


It all starts with the bread.

With bread this amazing you really can’t make a bad sandwich.

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Ciabatta sliced in half and drizzeled with olive oil is placed under the broiler until golden.

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I opened up a bag of frozen veggies and sauteed until soft.


The secret sauce makes this fantastic!


We discovered this at our favorite restaurant in town and the waitress was gracious enough to share the recipe with us!

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And now we eat it on everything!


Avocado makes this creamy and delicious

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The ciabatta bread is mana from heaven!

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Toast it just right with lots of good olive oil.

Add some balsamic vinegar.

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I loaded this sandwich with fresh mozzarella….

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Lots of veggies…..


The secret sauce…..

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And lots of love!

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Dinner and Cocktails at Wish in South Beach Miami!

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WISH at The Hotel
801 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida

A recipient of the Mobil Travel Guide Four-Star Award 2001-2009, The Hotel’s romantic indoor/outdoor restaurant, Wish, also boasts a prestigious AAA Four Diamond rating.

Wish’s interior dÚcor by fashion designer Todd Oldham is both exotic and cozy, while the exterior boasts a magical, tropical garden setting that is without a doubt, one of the most romantic al fresco dining areas in South Florida. The “Inner Garden” also evokes the lush outdoors with lush, tropical plants surrounding a delightfully intimate indoor dining area.

The Spire Bar & Lounge is an exquisite Miami setting for pre- or after-dinner drinks. Hotel guests, as well as visitors to Wish are invited to this rooftop setting to take in the memorable ocean and city views, the perfect backdrop for a round of neon-colored electronic cocktails, Wish’s signature drink. Open Thursday – Sunday, the lounge also offers a special menu of Wish dishes.

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Glow in the dark menus are not only novel but completely practical!

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We wined and dined like royalty on a long weekend in Miami “Sex and the City” style!

The four of us gathered to celebrate Lizzette’s birthday…and we did so like rock stars!

The atmoshere is amazing and the meal was impeccable.

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Our favorite foodie ordered for us and did a superb job!

Dining under the stars was a treat beyond belief for winter weary Mid-Westerners!

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Our server was not only gorgeous but also knowledgable and complicit in our efforts to surprise Lizzette with champagne and desserts!

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Glow in the dark cocktails! Need I say more?!

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The birthday girl with her birthday cocktail!

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Black Bean and avocado spread.

233saladat Wish

Watercress, Mint, Fresno Chili, Garlic, Parmesan Cheese, Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Pickled Peppadew Peppers, Pineapple, Charred Scallions, Crispy Cardamom Couscous

237shrimp and mussels at Wish

Vannamei Shrimp, Mussels, Cockles, Calamari, White Corn Polenta, Tomato Salsa, Oregano

240salad at Wish

Endive, Radish, Cucumber, Cashews, Ginger-Lime Dressing

246lobster tails at wish

Locally Grown Pea Tendrils, Basil, Garlic, Ginger, Dried Finger Chilies, Lemon?Coriander Crema, Pineapple-Jicama Salsa

249fish and noodles at Wish

Napa Cabbage, Rice Noodles, Fresno Chile, Shitake Mushrooms, Cilantro, Scallions, Macerated Limes

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Edamame-Sweet Potato Hash

Wish lizzette dessert

A plate full of desserts…..ALL of them!

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