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Wine on the water makes this mama thankful for The Grateful Palate


The Grateful Palate in Fort Lauderdale is a hidden dining gem for both locals and tourists alike. I was recently invited by a friend to the restaurant’s Passport Wine Series on May 27. The event was set up with food and wine stations offering wines from Washington State and California.

Event goers were able to sample five courses which included roasted quail legs, scallops, grilled wild salmon, elk chops and lemon verbena panna cotta for dessert.

Joel Gott Willamette Valley Pinot Fris, Erath Estate Oregon Pinot Gris, Eroica Columbia Valley Riesling, Chateau St. Michelle Cold Creek Riesling, Erath Willamette Valley Estate Pinot Noir, Joel Gott Willamette Valley Estate Pinot Noir, Chateau S. Michelle Canoe Ridge Merlot, Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot, Watchdog Rock Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Hogue Genesis Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon were among the wines up for grabs.

Several distributors from Southern Wine and Spirits of Florida were on hand to answer questions about the various wines and pairings.

“We have this wine pairing event the last Friday of every month,” said Director of Operations for Grateful Palate and Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale Peter Lopez. “This month, we thought it would be great to pair off wines from Oregon and Washington State. It’s a really great event and it’s a nice way to meet other people who are interested in wine. We also have the wine available for sale at excellent prices to take home by the bottle.”

With tapas and drinks right on the Intracoastal, you seriously cannot beat the vibe or the view.  It’s the perfect idea for a date night, a girls’ night out or a great place to take friends or family who come to town looking for that Fort Lauderdale ocean view usually found on postcards.

The Napa vs. Sonoma wine pairing event is happening June 24 at The Grateful Palate in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $75 per person. Visit to get tickets. Grateful Palate is located at 3033 N.E. 32nd Ave., in Fort Lauderdale.




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Thomas’ Pumpkin Spice English Muffins…it’s what’s for breakfast

IMG_0399It’s no secret pumpkin spice-flavored products dominate the fall season. I recently wrote an article for my Life In The Fab Lane column about it. I’m constantly searching for new breakfast foods and I was excited to try Thomas’ Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice English Muffins. The breakfast treats, which are made with real pumpkin, make my South Florida kitchen smell like a perfect autumn day while toasting in my toaster oven. A six pack costs $2.48 and is sold at stores such as Target, Walmart and Publix. There is also a Thomas’ Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Bagel pack available now through November 2015. My guilty pleasure is topping the Thomas’ Pumpkin Spice English Muffin with Einstein Bros. Bagels Pumpkin Shmear Cream Cheese.

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Summertime and the living is easy with these seasonal treats


IMG_8025Starbucks Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake is my most favorite loaf cake in the entire world. I first discovered it roughly a decade ago at a Starbucks on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. It’s the perfect summer cake with sweet raspberries and vanilla icing. I had my first piece of 2015 last night at a Target Starbucks before hosting the 2015 High School Journalism Awards. This cake always sells out and is just sweet enough to satisfy sugary cravings without completely sabotaging my diet.




Being a mother to a 7-month-old now, I truly look forward to my morning cup of coffee. Sometimes that cup happens at 4 a.m. and if I’m lucky, around 7 or 8 a.m. Each day, I stumble over to my Keurig machine and wait for the elixir to collect in my cup that will make me a functioning human being again. And I also admit, I’m a sucker for a seasonal item. We don’t have have seasons in South Florida. It’s either hot and raining or just hot. I have lived in South Florida for the majority of my life and I’ve simulated seasons through scents at Yankee Candle and seasonal foods and coffees. I always dreamed of being wealthy enough to escape to a Lake house where I’d be surrounded by Pottery Barn furniture and accessories and drink a freshly brewed cup of coffee in a pristine white mug. I can fuel my fantasy with Green Mountain Coffee’s Summer Sunrise Blend. This limited edition medium roast coffee is a bright blend of light floral and citrus notes. It’s Fair Trade Certified and after just a few sips, I feel instantly transported to my lake house where I will sip coffee and work on my novel all day in peace.facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather