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 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 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 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: 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 is an intimate place with a total of about 10 tables in 3 rooms.

To see the outstanding menu click here: