My boyfriend treated me to a weekend getaway in Miami Beach this past weekend (20-23 Jan 2017) for my birthday, so we naturally had to do brunch at Balans. The day was perfect, sunny and a bit breezy- perfect for outdoor dining. We chose a table for two near the entrance. From the moment we sat down to the moment we departed, the service was phenomenal.

Andy ordered the jumbo breakfast, which came with two eggs, bacon, potatoes, pancakes, and fruit. Wow! I enjoyed huevos rancheros prepared with Crispy tortillas, avocado puree, black bean tapenade, potatoes, spicy chorizo, salsa fresca, cilantro, sour cream, jalapeños, a spicy salsa roja topped with two sunny up eggs. To die for. If you like your breakfast to awaken your tastebuds, this is the way to go. I chose to pair my breakfast with a latte, but Balans has a number of specialty cocktails to make brunch pass pleasantly. There are only two places in the world you can experience Balans, one is London, the other is Miami Beach. Treat yourself. You’ll be happy you did.


Welcome to my website! I created to showcase my writing (excerpts from my novels, selected short stories, and poetry). The site will also include theater, restaurant, and hotel reviews and blog posts that document my writing experiences, including my journey to become a published author, as well as blogs on other subjects of interest to me. I won’t commit to any sort of schedule at this point as I must work a 9 to 5 in order to pay the bills, but I will attempt to update the blog regularly, perhaps weekly. I may also  invite guest bloggers to contribute from time to time. This site is a work in progress. My original website was, due to unfortunate circumstances, irretrievably lost and must be recreated. I’m remarkably unremarkable when it comes to website building and design, but with help from my very talented friend, Peter, I have high hopes that this site will become a place that you’ll want to visit often. Enjoy!

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, but do you recall Gustav the Green-Nosed Rain Goat? You don’t? Well, maybe that’s because you haven’t seen Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some). If you haven’t, you’re in luck. Chapel Street Players in Newark, Delaware is serving up this Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez holiday treat this holiday season.
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