Monday, January 2, 2012
My First Blog
This is my first blog posting, actually my first is title New Years 2011, but I figure I should do a little introduction of myself if I am going to pontificate on the web.
I was born in Connecticut but moved to Florida, Hollywood in particular, when I was 2 and I haven't left, I am 35 now. I have seen this city change a lot, and I have seen it stay exactly the same in a lot of ways. My wife, of almost 12 years, Carole and I go out to dinner a lot, and we also cook a lot. Cooking is one of my passions, second only to eating. These two get jumbled up frequently so first or second are actually different any day of the week. I have a masters degree in Hospitality Management so I should have some idea of what I am talking about when I say what restaurants/hotels/bars/etc do well or not so well. Hence the name, Educated Foodie, get it?
I don't travel as much as I like, but when we do, we eat at all sorts of places from expensive and chic to roadside stops along the highways. Carole and I hate the chain restaurants, we will do it occasionally in a pinch, but we love the one offs. The restaurants that someone had to struggle to make the menu and really care about what they are doing. When I go to a chain, I won't tell you about it, unless it was surprisingly good, or unsurprisingly bad. When I am going to a new place, give me a day and I will tell about my experience. This is not going to be a restaurant review blog, there are enough of those out there, and the newspapers do a much better job then I can.
I hope to tell my experiences and hope that people care, even just a little. If you like my suggestions, go to the places that I recommend, if you don't that is fine too. Most of the places I eat on a regular basis are in my backyard, Hollywood, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale. I get to the Keys, Palm Beaches, and the West Coast of Florida occasionally and this blog should give me a reason to experiment more, but South East Florida is home so that is what I will normally talk about. If I make something really out of this world for dinner I might post the recipe, I am making Vietnamese Pho tonight for dinner, Carole is sick and it sounded good.
I hope I stick with this, New Years resolutions and all are sometimes hard when January is over and plates become filled with life. Enjoy what I have to say.