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Gasparilla Island, Fla. Feb. 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©

 

GENERATIONALS.     From the HBO Series Girls—–“Yours Forever.”

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Food trucks arrive. Channel District. Tampa, Florida. By Paul Goldfinger, 2012

Food trucks arrive. Channel District. Tampa, Florida. By Paul Goldfinger, 2012

CAMILLE.  A French singer of Parisian street songs recorded “Le Festin”  (tr: the feast) for the Disney film “Ratatouille”

Here is a partial translation:

“Dreams are to lovers as wine is to friends

Carried through lifetimes, (and) spilled now and then

I am driven by hunger, so saddened to be

Thieving in darkness; I know you’re not pleased

But nothing worth eating is free”

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Paul Goldfinger, editor@Blogfinger and Ernie Bergman, official Blooger. Sanibel Island, Florida. Jan. 2013.

Paul Goldfinger, editor@Blogfinger (L)  and Ernie Bergman, official Blooger. Sanibel Island, Florida. Jan. 2013. You can click the photo to read the lettering on our bucket hats.  Eileen Goldfinger photo.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor.  Re-post from 2013.

If you think a Great Blue Heron is a rare sighting, try to find someone wearing an official Blogfinger bucket hat, and it is almost unheard of to find two of  the species together in one place. Even in Ocean Grove, you will have trouble unless you bump into yours truly. Only a few people actually own one, and I am the only one who wears it regularly.  Carl Hoffman, a Blooger*  from Mt. Tabor Way sometimes wears his, and Charles/Mary/Eileen will put theirs on if they feel sorry for me being the only one to look ridiculous . My son Michael from Fla will occasionally put his on, but I challenge him to do so if he is out on a date.   Actually I prefer to consider this look as not being silly, but instead to resemble the hats worn by our brave soldiers around the world—i.e. a warriors hat.

Oh, a Blooger*  is somebody who regularly reads Blogfinger.

Anyhow, my first cousin Ernie is a Blooger who not only reads BF but sometimes comments under the name “Ernie.”  He is a retired assistant prosecutor from New Jersey, so if I am going to pose with someone in a funny hat, it’s good to be with a lawyer.

 

BEACH BOYS:

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he Great White Egret observes a standup paddleboarder gliding by. Gulf of Mexico, Florida. Paul Goldfinger. 2013. Left click for a bigger bird.

The Great White Egret observes a standup paddleboarder gliding by at the  Gulf of Mexico, Florida. Paul Goldfinger. 2013. © Left click for a bigger bird.

SOUNDTRACK:  Big Bird here has his eye on the young lady paddle boarder.  He thinks she’s another waterbird, but if he could sing, this is the song  he would choose:

U2    “Every Breaking Wave.”

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Fort Myers, Florida. By Paul Goldfinger. ©

Fort Myers, Florida. 2013.  By Paul Goldfinger. ©

From the off-Broadway show (1966) Dames at Sea:  “It’s Raining in my Heart.”  (live performance);  Last posted in 2017.

“Where’s my umbrella and where’s my guy?

” 
I need that fella to keep me dry

” 
It won’t help if the sunshine should start

“Cause it’s raining in my heart”

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Sanibel Island, Fla.. Fashions for the summer of 2017 in Ocean Grove.

Sanibel Island, Fla.. Fashion preview for winter in southwest Florida, 2017.   Paul Goldfinger photo. Feb., 2017. © Click for cheeky view.

MAX RAABE AND DAS PALAST ORCHESTER  ” Cheek to Cheek”  (Live at Carnegie Hall 2007)

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Restaurant BT:

Restaurant  BT: “Authentic, healthy and French.”          Tampa, Florida. PG photo  2013 and 2015 re-post.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net   (Don’t miss the comments—wonderful celebrity stories!)

Yesterday was a bit chilly by Tampa standards. About 60 degrees in the evening. The three of us were going to spend our last meal in Florida going to a trendy gourmet eatery.  Restaurant BT is in an artsy neighborhood. Michael, our youngest son, who lives in Tampa, parks his Jeep Wrangler in their private lot, next to a long BMW sedan—black and exquisitely shiny. Eileen tries to climb out of the back seat of his Jeep. It is a terrifying thing to watch, but we finally help extricate her. She regains her composure, and we sashay into the restaurant, a very fine French-Vietnamese place where sophisticated people go.

The crowd is in its 30’s and 40’s. Three young couples sit at one table, but the three women huddle together at one end, laughing and chattering. They all have straight long hair, and the blond wears black with a plunging neckline—plunging in the back. Many of the men wear jackets. Glasses are clinking all over the room, and the music is so subtle that all you can hear are the swishes of a snare drum.

I’m very sensitive to music in restaurants. This place wants to appeal to your subconscious. The decor is minimalist/elegant. The menu is exotic and complex. The chef, a tiny but beautiful Vietnamese woman, circulates around the room in her short white cook’s jacket.

The host, dressed in a suit, seats us in the corner, but it is a small place, and you get a good look at everyone. A couple walks in. They are dressed in black, head to toe, but he is wearing a T shirt and some cut-off pants with flip flops. He is a giant who could easily be an NFL lineman. She is stylish and she is all over him. “They should get a room,” whispers Eileen. “Why,” I said, “They’re just having fun.” Michael takes it all in. He says nothing but sees everything. It’s the nature of his work. We order—just ordering is a sensory experience because of the menu descriptions.

Kobe beef with hand made noodles. PG photo

Kobe beef with hand made noodles. PG photo

The food is marvelous—who cares about the price?—-gulp! This is a special night. But then, something happens that changes everything.

A group of 3 walks into the place and heads towards the bar while their table is readied. I look at them (I am an unrepentant people-watcher). The man in the middle, also all in black, is short but has a commanding presence. I study his face—BAM! It’s Emeril Lagasse. No doubt .

I grab Eileen’s arm. As he walks by our table, our eyes lock, and I know instantly that he knows that I know. The moment ends in a flash, and he sits at the bar, back to us. I look around the room. No one has noticed.

Then, as if someone has set off an alarm, the room comes alive as most everyone looks over at the bar. Emeril is very cool and seems oblivious, chatting with his friends. Evidently he has recently launched a TV show about Florida cuisine. He now lives in the Sunshine State.

Emeril Legasse (Internet photo)

Emeril Legasse (Internet photo)

Soon, as they lead him and his party towards the best table—the one near the door—the three sophisticated ladies jump up simultaneously and, like teenagers at an Elvis concert, they grab Emeril and insist that he pose for a photo with them. The heck with the men at the table—it’s Emeril and them. They shoot two photos and then he moves on. I noticed that as he posed, he did not stretch his arms around them. The ladies sat down and began to post on their Facebook pages.

Of course the staff catered to him, and rightly so. This was his second visit to BT, according to our waitperson who was taking care of us. As we left, I didn’t dare take his photo or even look his way. I wish I knew what he ordered, but no way. After all, we Grovers are also very sophisticated.

Editor’s note: Did you ever spot a celebrity in a restaurant ? Please comment below. –PG

EARL HINES plays “Sophisticated Lady” by Duke Ellington.

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Sanibel Island, Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. Early morning. 2006. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Sanibel Island, Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. Early morning. 2006. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Enlarge by clicking on the image.

THE PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND OF NEW ORLEANS  with “His Eye is on the Sparrow.”   This gospel hymn is often performed at African-American church services. It goes back over 100 years.

 

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“Sure you can take my picture.”   Ft.Myers Lakes Park Market. By Paul Goldfinger.  Jan 31, 2014.  © Click image to enlarge.

TRUE CONVERSATION AT A VEGETABLE STAND:

The best radishes. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

The best radishes ever.  $1.00 per bunch.   Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Customer:  (He picks up two bunches of bright red radishes)   “These are the best I’ve ever had.  I eat them with beer.”

Veggie man:  “Buy ‘em now, because next week I’ll be on the road to Morocco.”

Me:   “With beer?  Are they really the best?”

Veggie man:  “I don’t know—I don’t eat them.”

Eileen:  “Are you taking Lauren Bacall with you?”

Veggie man: “I’m taking her great great great grand daughter and she’ll be about 47.”

Eileen:  “I’ll take one bunch. A second would get soggy.”

DON AZPIAZU  and the Havana Casino Orchestra:  “Me Odias.”

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Boca Raton, Fla. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Lulu in Boca Raton, Fla. By Paul Goldfinger ©

 

 

FATS WALLER:

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