Apr 142017
 

Novel Destinations

 

Hosted @ Freda’s Voice

William Sydney Porter was accused of embezzling money from an Austin bank where he worked as a teller, went on the lam to Honduras, and returned to face charges after receiving the news that his young wife was dying. Convicted of the crime, Porter spent three years in an Ohio prison, where he occupied his time writing and adopted the pseudonym O. Henry.

Hosted @ Coffee Addicted Writer

This week’s question is: When you feature a book in your posts, do you include a book cover? Yes, I always include a book cover for every book I post about, and I add a link to the book, usually GoodReads.

 

Hosted @ Rose City Reader

What conditions are necessary for the creation of works of art?” Virginia Woolf pondered in A Room Of One’s Own. For Henry David Thoreau, it was the primitive surroundings of a one room cabin stripped of all but the necessities.

Feb 182017
 

Last Sunday I went to the Straz Center to see the play Wicked with my daughter in law Susie and her mom Joan. It was so so so good, and very hilarious, which surprised me.

Before we went to see the play, we went to a new to me and Joan restaurant called Datz. For an appetizer Susie ordered the Berrychetta, which is toasted batard topped with goat cheese and Florida Strawberries, arugula and cherry balsamic drizzle. Oh my goodness. It was fantastic!

Everything on the menu sounded amazing, but I ended up ordering the Pepping Tom which is Oven roasted turkey, Swiss cheese, avocado spread, lettuce, tomato and mayo, served on a ciabatta roll. I asked for regular bread instead of the roll (don’t ask me why, it was just a spur of the moment thing)  and the sandwich was amazing. It was one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had. Yum E!

All the sandwiches are served with house-made sweet-n-salty chips with creamy blue cheese drizzle and green onions. We all thought they were yummy!

 

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Berrychetta

Peeping Tom

Pepping Tom &  Sweet-n-Salty Chips

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Joan ordered the Roger’s Rockin’ Reuben: Sy Ginsberg’s corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing. Served on rye bread. She loved it.

Susie ordered the The Happy Cow: House-made black beans, fresh corn veggie burger. Topped with Sriracha aioli and shredded lettuce. Served on a sweet sourdough bun.  And yes, she loved it.

The restaurant had a great atmosphere and I would recommend it 100%. I hope to go back soon. Sadly, the only locations at this time are in Tampa.

We had some spare time between the restaurant and the play so we decided to walk around Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. I love the park and enjoy it every time I go. That day they were having Yoga In The Park and I was surprised at how many people were yoga-ing. I also love watching all the dogs that people bring to the park to walk. Someone even brought their pet pig.

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Piggy

Of course my favorite part is walking beside the water. I am a water lover. Pond, river, canal, ocean, puddle. I love em all.

Anyway, if you are ever in the downtown Tampa area and are hungry, I suggest you visit Datz. They have other items on the menu besides sandwiches. Everything we ate was really good.

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Hosted @ Beth Fish Reads

Feb 062017
 

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Yes, I’m late to the party. I’ve been trying to decide on my “One Word” since I saw Sheila @ Book Journey, post about it. I’ve finally decided that my one word will be:

Serenity
se·ren·i·ty
səˈrenədē/
noun
the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled.

I also wish this for all my family members and friends.