Louie’s Backyard, Key West, Florida

I’ve mentioned Louie’s Backyard before.  On our first trip to visit Key West with Liza, Michael, and Ella, and with David and Sue Boyd, our co-grandparents, we all went there to celebrate Michael’s birthday  (December 21.  I can send you a list of his sizes.  And mine, if you’re interested and promise not to tell.)  It was terrific, but much too nice for me to … Continue reading Louie’s Backyard, Key West, Florida

Salute! on the Beach, Key West, Florida

What a great place!  I mentioned it a couple of years ago in passing here, where I sang there praises of there yellowtail snapper, and I can’t imagine a trip to Key West without going to Salute.  (It’s an Italian restaurant, so Salute! (cheers!) is pronounced in three syllables.)  So off we all went, Nancy and I, David and Sue (Boyd, our co-grandparents), and Liza … Continue reading Salute! on the Beach, Key West, Florida

Half Shell Raw Bar, Key West, Florida

While we were in Key West, we all (except David, who had a cold) took a sunset cruise aboard the Schooner America 2.0, a sailboat pattered after the Schooner America that won the first America’s Cup back in 1851.  It’s a lovely boat, with plenty of room for us (here, Liza holding Lily and Michael holding his tongue rather than complain about  another #?*! picture, … Continue reading Half Shell Raw Bar, Key West, Florida

Blackfin Bistro, Key West, Florida

While we were in Key West, Nancy and I went out with our friends and co-grandparents, David and Sue Boyd, for an early evening dinner before Sue and David took over babysitting so that Michael and Liza could have an evening out without children.  Meanwhile, Nancy and I went back to our excellent hotel. We started at the Gardens Hotel for a drink and live … Continue reading Blackfin Bistro, Key West, Florida

B.O.’s Fish Wagon, Key West, Florida

Nancy and I flew into Key West on Decenber 27, a day later than Liza and Michael and Ella and Lily.  We checked into our hotel, the surprisingly good Sheraton Suites, reviewed here, and unpacked.  We then headed over to see our co-grandparents, David and Sue Boyd, and Liza, Michael, and the kids.  David and Sue, as shown here, are outstanding in their fields. So … Continue reading B.O.’s Fish Wagon, Key West, Florida

2020, The Year of the Sausage: Episode II

God bless our men and women in uniform!  Especially my nephew, Murray “Cuatro” Johnston.  Cuatro’s current uniform is that of a West Point cadet, but this spring it will be that of an Army lieutenant headed off to Fort Benning to prepare to lead an Infantry platoon.  You met Cuatro as the Founder and First President of a Barbecue Club at St. Anselm’s Abbey School for Really … Continue reading 2020, The Year of the Sausage: Episode II

Moist Brisket in the Washington Area!

Sloppy Mama’s in Arlington sells moist brisket as well as lean! I here confess error and hope for your forgiveness. In my otherwise glowing review of Sloppy Mama’s, I groused that, like other Washington area barbecue places, they served only lean brisket.  Hard as it may be to believe, I was wrong.  Flat wrong.  I was extrapolating from the general state of brisket in the Washington area. … Continue reading Moist Brisket in the Washington Area!

The Sheraton Suites Resort, Key West, Florida

The Blog has been focusing on food, of course, but it occurs to our large professional staff that you might be interested in great places to stay, as well.  That revelation came because in our after-Christmas trip to Key West, we stayed in a really nice place —  so nice that it inspired me to start writing up hotels when Nancy and I stay at … Continue reading The Sheraton Suites Resort, Key West, Florida