I had the privilege of attending the Opening Preview of Florida’s very first Eddie V’s restaurant last month. This was an invite-only event to preview the dishes and desserts of the latest culinary offering from the Darden Restaurants Group. I’m not singing praises only because my friend Steven Hickey is the managing partner there, but Eddie V’s completely knocked my socks off and wowed me. My table split the Kung Pao Calamari and Jumbo Lump Crab, shared the Bananas Foster dessert, and I managed to inhale a lil’ bit of everything around me: Aimee’s Pacific Ahi Tuna, Jess’s Roasted Double Breast of Chicken and Shane’s Crab Fried Rice with Scallions & Mushrooms. My Chilean Sea Bass dish managed to rival that of SideBern’s, my most favorite restaurant in Tampa. The entire evening was a fantastic time spent with fabulous friends, and I salivate at the thought of my next Eddie V’s dining experience. THANK YOU Steve for having us as your guests.
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After dinner that same evening, I high-tailed over to my good friend Niely‘s pinup / greaser-themed birthday party at The Dog’s Bollocks Pub. Every year, Niely throws some colorfully-themed bday party for herself. Two years ago, her festivities coincided with Square One‘s Man On The Moon art extravaganza, requiring guests to dress in black and white (not exactly colorful now that I think about it.) However last year’s Nicki Minaj-themed bash featured a Look-a-Like costume contest and a plea for guests to
butcher perform a Nicki Minaj song on the karaoke stage. (Fun Fact: Before believing you can do Nicki’s “Moment 4 Life” karaoke justice, don’t.)
I concluded the evening still feeling dazzled from dinner and still feeling relieved that I stopped myself last year from subjecting my karaoke rendition of “Moment 4 Life” to living and breathing human beings with iPhone and Android video recording capabilities. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Niely!
“I Was A Fool” by Tegan and Sara:
“I Was A Fool” by Tegan and Sara:I never paid much attention to Tegan and Sara until recently. They’ve become one of those artists who lure me in with their new single, and then provoke me to start backtracking, listening and falling in love with all of their previous albums, wondering why the hell I never paid any attention to them ever back then.