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Friday, October 10, 2014

Lunch at Miramare Ristorante

Miramare (to gaze at the sea in Italian) Ristorante,

is an Italian-themed restaurant in Naples, FL. It is located in The Village on Venetian Bay,

a collection of shops and restaurants.

When entering the restaurant there is a small bar,

and one can dine inside

or weather permitting, outside with a beautiful view.

Miramare has a daily two-course Prix Fixe lunch special from 11:30 A.M.-3P.M.

That day, my dining companion (DC) and I decided to try the lunch special.

Some very good bread was brought to the table to start the meal (by request only).

DC ordered the Hero Sandwich with meat balls, tomato sauce and Mozzarella cheese. This came with a small Caesar Salad.

The sandwich was great, the salad, so-so. By the way, the above link to Caesar Salad is the best Caesar dressing I have ever had. It's 1/2 olive oil-1/2 peanut oil and really works!

I ordered the chicken Cacciatore served over Saffron Risotto, which came with a house salad.

This was really, really good.

The lunch special is a great value being only $12.95 per person. The view from the outside dining area is worth that alone. I would come back without hesitation.

Miramare Ristorante
4236 Gulf Shore Blvd. N.
Naples, FL 34103

MiraMare Ristorante on Urbanspoon

Dinner at Kabab Village

is a restaurant in Fort Myers, FL serving Middle Eastern Cuisine.

One can dine inside

or out.

You can even settle in with a Hookah

and some Turkish coffee if you like.

My dining companion (DC) and I opted for the food. One of the owners has a sister restaurant in Tel Aviv, his food being exemplary of that served in Palestine.

An order of Pita Bread seasoned with Thyme and Sumac  was brought to the table

for the vegetarian deluxe plate DC ordered.

Hummus topped with walnuts and almonds, Baba Ghanoush topped with almonds and olives, Falafel, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Tabbouleh and Labna, a kind of Yogurt cheese. Everything on this plate was good and some of the best Middle Eastern food I have had.

I ordered the mixed grill kabab.

Pieces of grilled beef, chicken and Lamb Kufta, a lamb meatloaf grilled on a skewer, were served with cucumber and tomato salad and aromatic rice. Another really good dish.

DC finished up with something sweet, Halva.

This halva was Tahini-based and was mixed with walnuts and Pistachios. Deadly!

The food here was really good and for the most part prepared in-house. I would come back when in the mood for more Mediterranean food.

It's a wrap for another review on forks.

Kabab Village
4805 S. Cleveland Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33907

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Regional International Blues Challenge at Ter-Tini's.

Ter-Tini's is an event venue in Fort Myers, FL.

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That day they hosted The Regional International Blues Challenge hosted by The Southwest Florida Blues Society. The winner of this show advanced to The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN to be held in 2015.

They were serving, aptly, Memphis-Style barbecue.

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Chicken, ribs, beans, corn and slaw. Sure looked good.

Now for the music. The competition was divided into solo and band categories.

The Pitbull of Blues opened the show.

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This was followed by 3 solo acts. William Frey,

an extremely talented one man band. Gator was the winner of the solo competition.

While the crowd waited for more music

the band portion of the competition began.

The RJ Howson Band was the lucky one that will go to Memphis.

To close the show The Mark Telesca Band made a special appearance.

Just about everyone of these performers were great and a bargain for $10.00. I look forward to more Southwest Florida Blues Society events.

I have had my camera for a couple of years and had never used it for video until now. I have decided to include a couple of video clips from the show. For those in the "know" these videos are in MP4 format so they may or may not play on your mobile device.

Pitbull of Blues


RJ Howson Band


7050 Crystal Dr.
Fort Myers, FL 33907

Ter-Tini's on Urbanspoon

Thursday, October 2, 2014

aMUSEd at Alliance for the Arts

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is the state-designated arts agency for Lee County, FL.

Recently they had a fundraising event, aMUSEd. A play on words, this event provided amusement through culinary, performance and visual art. There was also a Silent Auction.

A bubbly muse greeted attendees at the door pouring champagne,

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and if one wished, they could have their 15 Minutes of Fame (here really 60 seconds) of video shot in a Andy Warhol-inspired studio.

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There was a musician serenading a painter.

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He must have been quite an inspiration as the finished piece was great.

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The silent auction featured a variety of items.  From comedy and art,

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to travel

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to Fort Myers-related fashion and events among others.

As attendees enjoyed more of the visual arts and libations,

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bidding on the silent auction began.

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In between all of this were the "muses". Here was one,

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and another,

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as well as one that was modeled after the Greek Muse, Terpsichore, but had her Lyre on her head instead of holding it.

What was really cool was the aerialist who showed up in a Catsuit

and did her aerialist thing.

There was even a muse in the washroom.

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Performance art followed,

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and more music. The FGCU kazoo band played All You Need Is Love.

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A number of culinary artists also contributed to the event. The Nauti Mermaid at the
Westin at Cape Coral  made tea-smoked scallops with Serrano pepper, Star Fruit and a corn chowder topping.

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Cafe Toscano served Crostini topped with Soprasetta and Stracciata cheese,

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in addition to an interesting take on spaghetti and meatballs.

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The Pawnbroker made a pan-seared salmon fillet with cinammon pecan-brown sugar butter.

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Cafe Napoli made a really good skewered tenderloin wrapped with bacon, served with a pineapple/cilantro slaw and finished with a red Tomatillo sauce. Really really good.

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made a lobster, scallop and mushroom Terrine that was quite good.

To finish this all off world-class Chocolatier Norman Love provided chocolates for the event.

Not ready to call it a night, David C. Johnson was playing at Stillwater Grille down the road and I decided to check it out.

It was really cool as for a time, Rickie Howard played with him for a few songs.

A great night at the Alliance for the Arts and at Stillwater Grille.

Alliance for the Arts
10091 Mcgregor Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919

Stillwater Grille
13451 McGregor Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919