Crazy Rich Asians

Mar 19

Crazy Rich Asians

I really wanted to like this book by Kevin Kwan. I have been on a pretty amazing reading streak lately. I was sick for a few weeks & caught up on some books in my pile. The streak stops here, apparently. New York gal Rachel falls in love with Nick. These two professors have been together for two years. Nick asks Rachel to come home with him to Singapore for the...

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Bailey’s Brunch – Carmel Kitchen & Wine Bar

Mar 14

Bailey’s Brunch – Carmel Kitchen & Wine Bar

I was lucky enough to be invited to a sneak preview of the upcoming brunch menu at Carmel Kitchen in South Tampa. Kim Bailey has created a unique and decidedly down-home menu for you to enjoy at your Sunday leisure. I have always been a fan of Carmel (their Chicken Salad sandwich is a favorite) so I was excited to try some farm-fresh breakfast items in the casually...

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Madame Butterfly

Mar 09

Madame Butterfly

I like to read a libretto before I go to the opera, so as to not be totally lost. Madame Butterfly is Giacomo Puccini’s opera based on a short story by John Luther Long. It is the heartbreaking tale of Cho Cho San (the beautiful Butterfly), a young gal in Nagasaki who wholeheartedly enters into an arranged marriage with Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton. (My poor...

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Give & Grub

Mar 06

Give & Grub

If you know me at all, you know that I love the sports. A lot. I am a big fan of the Tampa Bay Lightning. I fell in love with the team in 1996. I went to one home game and I was hooked. The speed! The skill! The guys! The fights! What’s not to love? When Give & Grub reached out to me to check out their “Gourmet Food Truck with a Purpose”, I was...

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