We’ve ridden at Bennett’s Riding Stable before. Usually a slow-paced ride through scenic woods and mountains. This time was different. On friendly, well-behaved horses, ten of us were led up an hour-long, narrow winding mountain trail. When we arrived at the top, the Chef had grilled shrimp and bacon-wrapped scallops waiting for us as an appetizer. All food and cooking equipment was brought up by horse and ATV. The dinner tables overlooked Adirondack valleys and lakes. When we made our dinner reservations we also made our orders – chicken, salmon or steak. Everything was done perfectly. After dessert we rode back down through the twilight lit woods. It was an experience that we won’t forget.
We just spent a lazy week and a half at the Marriot on Hollywood Beach. The hotel is on the beach, only separated by the Broadwalk, a 2.5 mile long, 30 foot wide pavement open only to pedestrians and bikes. I say lazy because except for a lunch in Little Havana and a dinner in South Beach we never left Hollywood. We spent most of our time on the beach and were able to walk to plenty of very good restaurants, either right on the Broadwalk or the Intercoastal.
Capones Flicker Lite – Chicago-style deep dish pizza – MENU
We recently spent a long weekend in Hot Springs, Arkansas. It’s been a resort for a long time thanks to the mineral water spring and spas. Until about the time Las Vegas came of age in the 1950s, Hot Springs was also a gambling mecca attracting Hollywood celebrities and gangsters. They even have a gangster museum.
I’ve always appreciated Southern cuisine and Hot Springs has some great restaurants. We started every morning with grits and eggs (and donuts) at our hotel restaurant (The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa). Grits aren’t too common in NYC so I look forward to them whenever I’m in the South.
We had a great dinner at KJs Grill– chicken fried steak, French fries and local draft beer surrounded by paintings and photos of Marilyn.
It wasn’t all Southern American food, there was some Southern Italian too. We had a terrific meal at Luna Bellathat included arancini as good as any that I’ve ever had in New York. The same owners as KJ’s and more pictures of Marilyn.