Monday, June 25, 2012

Life from ICU 18....

Mama sleeping... And our view for a week

It's been a while since I've written a blog post, so much for the structure aspect - Sometimes life throws you a curveball.

I always write here about the fun goings on in life - Life is one big celebration (at least that's how I like to think of it) I've learned though when it gets rough is when you learn the biggest lessons.

For those that aren't aware, my mom had a pretty bad accident on Monday morning. She was out walking the dogs by their house on Sunrise Blvd when a jogger passed by too close to her and the dog, protecting her, lunged forward which she wasn't expecting and she fell and hit her head on the sidewalk.

There were quite a few good samaritans that must have pulled over (for those who are familiar with the area she fell close to Best Buy) When she fell, she let go of the leash and the dog ran home. One of those amazing good samaritans followed the dog home which is the way my dad found out she fell.

She went by ambulance to Westside Regional and we've been here since. She had to have emergency surgery to remove a blood clot the size of your hand. The surgery was a success and she's expected to make a full recovery, it will just take time.

This whole experience has made me realize a lot of things. Most of all the enormous support system we have around us. Thank you so much for all of you contacting us to check how she's doing. Feeling the support is really getting us through this.

*** An Update, I originally wrote the above on Saturday morning and lost track of time to publish, but I am SO happy to report that she has made the most amazing turnaround in the last 48 hours or so. We've moved up to a regular room and she's feeling more herself and is making strides... We couldn't be happier!

Thank you again, we couldn't make it through this without all the love. Love you all!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Mangia Monday - Bru's Room Coconut Creek

This past Saturday night we made the trek up to Coconut Creek and enjoyed the Miami Heat Game at Bru's Room.

There are 50 million tvs (slight exaggeration) and plenty of space for you and 500 of your closest friends in this multi-room mega-plex. Bru's has several locations, but this one is definitely the largest.

Heat Win!

While we did have to get there almost 3 hours early to secure the best seat in the house (a booth with plenty of room in the corner), it was definitely worth it once the crowd started rolling in. We feasted on wings, beers, drinks and 4th quarter cheeseburgers! Best of all - The Heat won!

You can check out the full selection on Bru's menu here or check out my Yelp on Bru's here.

Happy Monday - School's out for summer and we're going to Buffalo this weekend! Woohoo!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Indie Craft Bazaar (and GCD flowers!) on Local 10...

Just a quick little post to show you a segment that the amazing Channel 10 news reporter Constance Jones did on Indie Craft Bazaar! Can you spot the GCD flowers in the video? We're famous!

Unfortunately there was no way to embed the video, so please click the link:

Local 10 Video on the Handmade Movement


Monday, June 4, 2012

Mangia Monday.... Hard Rock Edition!

Yay Structure! Mangia Mondays... Where to and not to eat in South Florida!

For those who are not familiar with my lingo Italiano, Mangia is to eat!

This past weekend we celebrated my husband Andy's birthday at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL. A staple in the South FL night life scene, we have been coming here for a good time for years. Years I tell ya!

Happy Bday Andy - At Center Bar

Soooooo to break tradition from our usual Tatu birthday celebrations, this time we decided to try the semi-newly opened Cafe Martorano.  This is another location and more of a cafe than the original Martoranos that's in Fort Lauderdale. Can you say YUM!? Apparently this Martoranos has two separate seating areas, inside or out. While we would normally automatically opt for the under AC choice, we were greeted with the option of a 2 and a half hour wait for indoors or immediate seating outdoors. Break out the pony tail, lets sit outside!

I wish I would have taken a picture of the food, but I was too busy shoveling it all in my face. That's right... face! Thanks Louis CK! We ordered 4 menu choices which we all shared family style. We split a meatball. That's right, one meatball - 4 people. At $18 for a meatball, I think it was well worth it to feed 4. Then moved on to linguini with white clam sauce, a cheesesteak AND a pizza. At Martoranos you can also order the house Martorano wine, which is delish! A bottle of Pinot Grigio and a bottle of Chianti please! I'm so ready to go back again.... Would even wait 2 and a half hours if I had to - Delish! You can see the awesome menu for Martoranos here.

Now comes the irritating part.... Bongos. While we had all previously been huge fans of the upstairs bar (including me wanting to have my 30th birthday celebration there) that all went downhill. We wanted a bottle of champagne and a seat. They were out of champagne... Now, it's Saturday night at 8:00pm and you are out of champagne?? Isn't there Happy Pappy's across the street? Couldn't you send someone to Publix? We were so confused! SO CONFUSED!!! Now we can see why Bongo's is all over Groupon and Travelzoo. It's terrible!!! They can't give away their food and drinks! Also, I should mention that Andy said the bathrooms were worse than a NYC subway. After that lovely tidbit, we didn't even attempt to brave the women's ones.

Bongos upstairs... Super cool. If only they could get it together!

Though Bongos was terrible, I do have to thank them for being SO stupid that we ended back at our favorite hangout - Tatu! Tatu - a well prepared, delicious, gourmet Japanese fusion style restaurant, was NOT out of champagne. Smart! I knew I loved them for a reason....


You can check out my Yelp's on Tatu, Martoranos and Bongos by clicking the links!

What's your favorite Hard Rock restaurant?