Thursday, September 30, 2010

Villas de Tuscany Luxury Condominiums, A Fantastic Find Near Weston


This is a fantastic find! Whether you are looking to rent or purchase a unit, Villas de Tuscany located on the border of Sunrise, Davie and Weston offers the best of both worlds. The development is located within the very desirable Country Isles Elementary School district (Weston A rated school). The construction is top notch concrete block. The units are spacious. Some units have attached garages. The grounds are meticulously maintained and the pool, clubhouse, gym and spa areas are fantastic. Two tot lots and lake views make this a heavenly neighborhood to call home. The Villas of Tuscany community has an on-site manager, maintenance and security guard. This community is conveniently located near to I595, I75 and
the Sawgrass Expressway making commuting just about anywhere a breeze. There are many restaurants, groceries, hospitals, and malls within a short drive. The closest local mall is the Sawgrass Mills mall located in Sunrise (one of the largest outlet malls in the US). The closest grocery store is Publix (2 within 1 mile of your new home). There is a fairly new Ikea within 2 miles also in Sunrise. There are 4 or more major banking centers within 2 miles of Villas de Tuscany. Twenty minutes driving will get you to Fort Lauderdale international airport or the beautiful beaches of Fort Lauderdale and Holllywood, Florida. What more could you want or need? This is truly paradise!

Winter Gardening in South Florida


One of the many joys of living in South Florida is the ability to grow your own veggies most of the year. Last year, my husband and I built a raised bed garden behind our garage.
The raised beds make tending the garden a pleasure. A nurseryman recommended a book to me called the Square Foot Garden. It is a fairly simple concept. The beds raised ten inches or so are easier to weed and take care of. The ideal width of the raised box is anywhere from 2-4 feet, depending if you have access to the whole perimeter. If you do have access four feet is great. If not two feet is the way to go. The logic being that your arms can generally only reach comfortably about 2 feet into the garden. Our garden gets morning sun and afternoon shade which is ideal. We have had great luck with many herbs and some veggies. Green beans, collards, arugula, sugar snap peas, beets, red leaf and green leaf lettuce, parsley, cilantro, oregano, garlic chives, rosemary, basil and lemon grass do very well in our garden. The Collards and arugula produce year round. The arugula will even grow wild in the yard if left alone. The rosemary, lemon grass, garlic chives, basil and oregano also produce year round. Our new favorite beverage is lemon grass tea..very refreshing. I hope you will experiment with your own raised bed garden. There are many benefits. It is a healthier, less expensive alternative to store bought food. It is great physical activity that the whole family can enjoy. It brings you joy to see the fruits of your labor. You will be getting the freshest food without the added pesticides or irradiation that a great deal of our food is exposed to. Happy gardening!

Learning Spanish a must in South Florida

Rosetta Stone V3: Spanish (Latin America) Level 1 with Audio Companion [OLD VERSION]Take it from me, a native New Englander with 4 years of high school spanish under my belt. You need Spanish to communicate effectively down here. Especially, if you dare venture into Miami. It is another world. I like diversity. This is not the problem. I just wish I had a better grip on this language. Rosetta Stone is coming to my rescue. Rosetta Stone has a great software program that can help you learn the Spanish language quickly and easily in the privacy of your own home..Fantastico!

Go to : http://www.rosettastone.com/learn-spanish to learn more.

Technology makes some things so much easier..now I must venture to the mall to hablo espanol. Adios!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

IMAX at Museum of Discovery and Science Fort Lauderdale

Avatar (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray]Want an exciting night of family fun?

Take the whole gang to the IMAX and check out one of there awe inspiring 5 story films with fantastic 15,000 watt, 6 channel, 42 speaker digital  surround sound.  From Nature documentaries to Avatar 3 D animation, to Shrek..the Final Chapter.... you really cannot go wrong.  Check out the current shows here.  To make it a fantastic night, go to one of the many restaurants on Las Olas Boulevard or SW 2nd Street before or after the show for lunch or dinner.  Tarpon Bend is a local favorite; as is the Himmarshee Grill...both withing walking distance to the IMAX theatre.

Enjoy!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Free Fun in the Sun at Hollywood Beach


Looking for something to do this Weekend?

Hands down the very best free fun activity you can enjoy with your family is a quick trip to Hollywood Beach. My family and friends have been going for years and it only gets better with time. The kids can never get bored of digging in the sand, making sand castles, body surfing, skim boarding, boogie boarding, snorkeling, shell collecting. We all love to play football, paddleball and catch on the sand. There is nothing quite like it. The North Beach section of Hollywood Beach is our favorite. Generally less crowded, arrive early and you can easily find a one dollar per hour meter on one of the many side streets leading down to the beach and enjoy the room to spread out, picnic and play games. If you do not have luck with the meter, there is a very large beach parking lot at Sheridan and A1A which at press time is $7 for all day parking $5 after 3pm til dusk. At the south end of that lot, by the observation tower, there is a little restaurant called the Turtle Cafe and decently clean public bathrooms.

We live in a place where accessing a resort quality beach is easy year round. Hollywood beach has won the prestigious Blue Wave award by the non-profit Clean Beaches Council.
According to the Clean Beaches website:



Rent Cabanas or Chairs in front of the Hollywood Beach Marriot "Hollywood Beach is rated as the Best Boardwalk Beach, Hollywood Beach is home to a 27-foot wide "Broadwalk" thatextends for two and a half miles and is populated with multitudes of walkers, joggers, roller bladders, bicyclists, unicyclists, jugglers, and skateboarders. Hollywood Beach, which has been a very popular spot for beachlovers for yea

rs, is also one of Greater Fort Lauderdale's five "Blue Wave Beaches," as certified by the Clean Beaches Council, designating it as one of the cleanest, safest and environmentally friendly beaches in the country. The long stretch of wide sandy beach includes the quieter North Beach, the bustling Central Beach and the residential South Beach."

Enjoy a Snack on Hollywood Beach Broadwalk
People spend thousands of dollars to come enjoy for a week what we have year round. For the price of a gallon of gas and a few dollars to park at a meter (less than $10) you can have a memorable mini-vacation! Splurge and enjoy an ice cream or a pizza on beautifully bricked Hollywood Beach Broadwalk (that's right broad-walk not board walk..no wood here--bricks!) Bring your rollerblades or bicycle and get a nice long workout. The Hollywood Beach Broadwalk has been named one of America's top ten nostalgic promenades by USA Today. The Hollywood Beach Broadwalk is more than 2 miles long, featuring a pavered car-free pedestrian promenade that combines breath-taking coastal views of award-winning Blue Wave beaches with the nostalgic feel of a cafe lined small town thoroughfare.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Myung Ga Tofu & Barbecue - 3 stars for Korean Restaurant in Weston, Florida

TANDOORI MASALAWe've been dying to try Myung Ga Tofu & Barbecue all we hear from friends is how absolutely fabulous it is.  This weekend we will see for ourselves. It is located right in town at
1944 Weston Road, Weston FL 33326, phone is 954-349-7337.

A friend brought over some Kim chee for us to try a couple of weeks ago and we loved the unique texture and spiciness of it.

I have a feeling I will love Myung Ga Tofu & Barbecue  because I love authentic international food, especially the varied seasonings.  Exotic spices are  something everyone should try..mix it up a bit..get out of your comfort zone.  In my humble opinion, it makes for a more interesting life experience.  After all, you know what they say: "Variety is the Spice of Life."

I have recently read that the Doral location of this restaurant has closed.  I hope the Weston location stays around for a while.

We finally went last weekend.  First impression, the place was pretty busy with mostly Korean customers... a good sign when seeking  authentic cuisine.  The restaurant was nicely decorated  and the waitstaff wore traditional Korean clothing.  At first, I felt a little intimidated by the menu because I've never experienced Korean food before.  Our waiter wasn't overly anxious to help us out with any kind of brief introduction to the cuisine (an introduction would have been greatly appreciated and probably would have made for a 4 star experience).  I attributed this to our waiter's limited English which was a little difficult to understand.
My 12 year old daughter enjoyed a big bowl of dumpling soup. For appetizers, we tried a Kim-chee pancake, pumpkin soup; both were delicious.  For entrees, we enjoyed the fabulous short ribs and a squid dish (that was a little too spicy- I think we said medium..next time I will say low spice) The entrees came with many small sides: rice,  ice burg lettuce salad, seaweed salad, beansprouts, cucumber salad and potato salad.  Overall, Myung ga Tofu and Barbecue was a nice diversion from the ordinary.  3/4 stars.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sheinberg Family YMCA in Weston, Florida is a fantastic family friendly fitness find!


The kids were volunteering at a family event at the Sheinberg Family YMCA in Weston.

While picking up the kids, we decided to tour the facility. It is impressive. All very modern, clean, light and bright. The family center is fabulous. They have 2 full size basketball courts, teen center with fusball table and video games, family room with rock climbing wall, cycling room, aerobics studio. The gymnasium is very well equipped with modern treadmills, eliptical machines, bicycles, freeweights, and Nautilus equipment circuit. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly.

We joined on the spot. The registration fee was waived that day. Very often they have this promotion or one like it...so if a special is not going on, ask for it or wait for a deal.

You can go on line and get a free 7 day pass if you would like to try out the club. I don't think it will disappoint. In my opinion, it is much cleaner and more modern than many fitness centers in the area. The facility offers an aquatics area that has an Olympic Size competition pool, a family recreation area and a zero depth entry family plunge pool. The Weston Y offers swim classes, water fitness classes, CPR training, first aid training, and have competitive aquatics (including water polo and several swim teams).

The Y has many classes and teams you or your family can join. The opportunities are endless. For more information please go to:

http://www.ymcabroward.org/Locations/Sheinberg/ scroll to the bottom of the page and download the programs guide.

My teenage children love it. They ask to go every other day. I'm happy that we have found a family activity that bonds us and makes us stronger both physically and as a family.

Ask anyone who belongs what they think of the Sheinberg Family YMCA..I'm sure you will here more positive reviews.




One of the Best Restaurants in Florida

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of dining with friends at Edwardo de San Angel in Fort Lauderdale.  Wow!  The food, service and atmosphere was nothing short of amazing.

The restaurant is on the expensive side, but as we found, worth every penny.  Extraordinary service, spectacular cuisine, and an ambiance  that takes you on a quick jaunt to an authentic gourmet restaurante en Mexico (no small feat, considering it is located in a strip mall on East Commercial Blvd.) not far from the beach. The waitstaff is top notch(especially Rafael) and super professional (something very difficult to find in South Florida).

We started with two appetizers  a Herb oil grilled Cactus paddle bocadillo filled with an achiote marinated  pork medalion accented with guajillo chile sauce  and a Roasted Poblano pepper stuffed with Fresh  Florida Bluecrab pickled jalapeno peppers, green olives, tomatoes and sweet roasted onions.  The appetizers alone would have been a satisfying meal.  We teamed that with our Rafael's recommended 16 yr old Don Jacobo Gran Reserva Wine- which was one of the most smooth and satisfying reds I've ever had the pleasure of sipping.  Definitely a special occasion type of dinner.

My entree was the Pan Seared beef tenderloin filet mignon stuffed with stewed roasted poblano peppers and sweet onions and goat and monterey jack cheese. Served with a sauce of smoked chipotle chiles spiked with puebla style mole.  A memorable meal..

Almost forgot to mention the Cilantro soup which was divine.  Except for overeating that night...I wouldn't change a thing...It's difficult to just have a little-it's soooo good..but probably we could afford to go more often if we did.

I am not alone in my opinion, on the way out we all admired the wall of awards the restaurant has been honored with.

Reservations are recommended..it is an intimate place with a total of about 10 tables in 3 rooms.

To see the outstanding menu click here:  http://www.eduardodesanangel.com/menu.htm


Monday, April 12, 2010

Best time to buy in Weston

If you are thinking about buying a property. Think no longer. The market is the lowest it has been in years. Interest rates are still low and you have the opportunity to cash in on a federal tax credit if you can close before the end of this month. Properties haven't been at these price levels in 5 years!
Searching for a 4 bedroom home in Weston? Go to Realtor.com and find more than a dozen on sale! Unheard of a couple of years ago, you were lucky if you were able to purchase a 1/1 condo for that! Get out there and buy! There is no better time than the present!