GREATMARTIN's SparkPeople Blog GREATMARTIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Wilton Wings Restaurant---A review---for maintenance only <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I don't know how many times or for how many years I have passed this stand alone building and always giving it a quick thought as I love eating wings but haven't eaten them in a restaurant since I moved away from the west Davie Boulevard area. <BR> <BR> Last week I got a coupon in the mail from Wilton Wings advertising 10 wings and curly fries for $10 and there was a coupon for buy one get ... Tue, 23 May 2017 11:48:07 EST "Everything, Everything"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “The target audiences are teenage girls”, “A date movie”, “The young love audience will swoon”, “Was once called a woman’s movie or a tear jerker”---call “Everything, Everything” whatever you want but I really like young love stories, especially when there is an illness involved! <BR> <BR> Maddy Whittier, played by Amandla Stenberg, has SCID, severe combined immunodeficiency, which means sh... Mon, 22 May 2017 12:58:06 EST Rest In Peace R.P.G. Born December 16, 1930--Died May 16, 2017 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Without a doubt his greatest accomplishments included 63 years of marriage to his wife Carol and, with her help, raising David, Susan and Mitchell to be successful and have their own families. <BR> <BR> He will be missed. Sun, 21 May 2017 10:37:11 EST THE CLASSIC GATEWAY THEATRE IN FORT LAUDERDALE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I remember when I lived in Miami Beach in the 1950s and a group of us would go up to Fort Lauderdale to ‘spend a day in the country’. It wasn’t until the Spring Break started coming in mobs that the strip around A1A and Los Olas Boulevard became THE place, especially the Elbo Room where wet t-shirt contests became famous. <BR> <BR> We would spend time on the beach; get a bite to eat a... Wed, 17 May 2017 12:16:50 EST Spatch Grilled Peri-Peri Chicken restaurant--review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> After reading Michael Mayo's rave review in the Sun-Sentenial, and it being Thursday, when I always eat lunch out, we decided to give Spatch Grilled Peri-Peri Chicken Restaurant a try. <BR> <BR> Their menu is based on chicken whether in a sandwich, on a platter, part of a salad or even a side. I had 'The Spatch" chicken sandwich which was excellent, with a side of coleslaw, not ... Tue, 16 May 2017 13:18:33 EST Kitchen 420 Restaurant---a review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Kitchen 420 is an average restaurant in the sense that there is nothing really wrong but there is nothing right enough to make you come back. <BR> <BR> It is new, clean and a little quirky in decor and, in its favor, just one small TV! There was one server on the floor waiting on 5 parties and she could have used a hand but the cashier? manager? owner? was too busy talking to tw... Mon, 15 May 2017 10:33:00 EST "3 Generations"--A Movie Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “3 Generations” could have, would have and should have been a great movie if the director Gaby Dellal and Nikole Beckwith, who co-write the screenplay with Dellal, didn’t go off on a tangent instead of dealing with Elle Fanning’s character Ray, who was born Ramona, and has many obstacles with his transition. <BR> <BR> His single mother Maggie, played by Naomi Watts, and Ray, live with her m... Fri, 12 May 2017 18:34:45 EST "The King and I"--A Touring Company Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There is one word to describe the tour of “The King and I” that opened at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County last night and the word is perfect. <BR> <BR> From the opening scene on the deck of the Chow Phya arriving at the docks of Bankok and Anna (Laura Michelle Kelly) singing “I Whistle a Happy Tune” to Anna and the King (Jose Llana) singing “Shall We D... Wed, 10 May 2017 09:59:09 EST Tonight is THE night! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> At approximately 8 PM---more likely 8:05—the house lights at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami will come down, a brief announcement regarding cell phones and picture taking will be made and then the conductor will lift his baton and I will hear <BR> <BR><BR>ivk <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> https://www.yout... Tue, 9 May 2017 11:37:30 EST The King and I Part 3 Trivia <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It didn’t take long for the song “We Kiss in a Shadow” to become a Gay anthem in 1951. There wasn’t a bar in New York City that didn’t have the song on their jukebox, usually the Perry Como recording, or in a piano bar wasn’t requested from the piano player to play and sing it at least a dozen times. (Yes I was only 15 but back then the drinking age was 18 and not only did I look... Mon, 8 May 2017 12:33:33 EST Day 2 of the air show in Fort Lauderdale <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There was a lot going on in South Florida this weekend from thousands attending an all star rap/hip-hop 3 day concert on Miami Beach, a 5 day musical and art festival starring the Dirty Heads on the IntercoastalWaterway in West Palm Beach and the Fort Lauderdale Air show headlining the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. <BR> <BR> All 3 events couldn't have asked for better weather with a rarity of ... Sun, 7 May 2017 17:05:43 EST "The Dinner"--A Movie Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Actors and movies constantly amaze, amuse and befuddle me. I know actors have no say about when their movies will appear in theatres but in the past week two of Richard Gere’s latest movies appeared at The Gateway Theatre and shows why he has been a major star for over 40 years. In the first movie “Norman” (see my review Wednesday, May 3) he plays a New York City ‘fixer’, schemer while... Fri, 5 May 2017 17:53:46 EST The King of Siam, Anna and I in 1951 Part 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Jose Llana as the King and Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna <BR> <BR> Photo by Matthew Murphy <BR> <BR> The first time I saw the complete show was when I was invited to the Actors Fund performance which was held on a Sunday as most shows didn’t give performances and it gave the casts of those shows to see the ones they heard so much of and were anxious to see. <BR> <BR> The night was a star... Thu, 4 May 2017 10:24:40 EST "Norman"---A Movie Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer” is not a great film, not even a good film but definitely a smart film with a powerful performance by Richard Gere. This is not the Richard Gere who twice won the title of “Sexist Man Alive”. <BR> <BR> Gere plays Norman, a schemer, a scammer, a fraud, weasel, a loser, pushy, a liar, a wheeler and dealer who has never met a pers... Wed, 3 May 2017 18:16:24 EST The King of Siam, Anna and me in 1951 Part 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It was 66 years ago this month that I became a “2nd act-er”. I don’t know, with all the security these days, if there are people who still do it. Going to Christopher Columbus High School in the Bronx I would run out of my last class on Wednesday, get to my locker and take my sports coat and go to the IRT subway at Pelham Parkway and White Plains Road and take the train down to Times S... Tue, 2 May 2017 16:10:07 EST April (Springtime) 2017 Fort Lauderdale If a picture is worth a thousand words here are thousands!! <BR> <BR><BR>eCo <BR> <link><BR>idKieCo </link> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:43:31 EST "A Very Sordid Wedding"--A Movie Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Very seldom is a sequel to a movie better, let alone as good, as the original and “A Very Sordid Wedding” is not that seldom one. I remember being completely entertained and surprised by “Sordid Lives” even going so far as to buy the DVD. I am not someone who often laughs out loud watching a movie but I did, many times, each time I looked at that film. <BR> <BR> Some of the original charact... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:43:23 EST "Matilda"--A Broadway Musical Touring Company Rev iew <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To start with here is a high five to director Matthew Warchus and choreographer Peter Darling for blending a dozen or so adults with 8-9 kids making scenes appear as if it is a classroom of schoolchildren filling the stage. Also a nod to those 8 kids, plus Jamie Maclean who plays Matilda, for their aplomb on stage that many adults don't have. <BR> <BR> I wasn't familiar with the story of Ma... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:44:04 EST "Unforgettable"--A Movie Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes I want to go see a trashy movie that doesn’t make sense but makes you forget what is going on in your world. In other words spending 2 hours just having fun at what ludicrous situations you are seeing on the screen and after reading a few things about “Unforgettable” I decided that was the movie I was going to see. To my surprise it was a lot better than I expected. <B... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:46:03 EST Does 'being uniform' mean being boring? Being bland? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A little over a year ago a new company took over the Gateway Terrace Apartments property and almost immediately an axiom ‘uniform’ entered the lexicon of the community. <BR> <BR> With new owners there were changes to be expected and they started, it seems, the first day. Rules are rules and in many ways are good to have and live by but the rules being instituted seemed a ... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:50:57 EST A question for the community! Why do people 'hoard' points?? I see people with 200,000, 400,000, 59,000 points and I can't figure out why? Is there something I don't know? Do you get a free cookie when you hit 500,000. <BR> <BR> Seriously I am curious. I see my points add up pretty quickly and I will start giving points to anyone who comments on my posts and, unless I can get a good reason, as to not give out points I will just increase the amount of points I give people--why do I need 43, 887 points? <BR> <BR> What am ... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:51:32 EST "the Lost City of Z"--A Movie Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Twenty minutes into “The Lost City of Z” I was thinking of sneaking out and going into the auditorium next door to see “Colossal” but 30 minutes later you couldn’t pay me to give up my seat! Yes it is slow starting but eventually exactly what is happening and what can happen comes over you and peaks when the father and grown son look at each other and say “I love you,” which needed to be sai... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:01:45 EST "Their Finest"--A Movie Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sitting and watching “Their Finest” I wondered if it worth 120 minutes of your time to go behind the scenes to see how propaganda films were made in Britain during WW2? What about seeing a consummate performance by Bill Nighy as a previously lead actor now older and made to play supporting roles? What about a supporting cast of top rate British actors whose name you might not know or even p... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:15:28 EST April 16 2017 Welcome to my world <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In order for the property to look more ‘uniform’ sadly the owners are tearing out beautiful hibiscus plants, frangipani trees, flowers planted by residents, gardens, etc., but still Mother Nature offers a lot of beauty of her own. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>LQA& <BR> <BR> Drizzling and quiet at The Point! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:38:52 EST The Point April 15 2017 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> If I still had a bucket list I would probably have 'go to film school' on it as I have always been fascinated by movies but never having really studied how to take a good picture most of my life it has just been 'point and shoot'. <BR> <BR> And it has only been recently that I started 'playing' with making videos but I still haven't figured out how to narrate without the sound being m... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:31:22 EST "Gifted"---A Movie Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A man, Frank, goes to court against his mother Evelyn for custody of his 7 year old mathematical genius niece Mary who he has been taking care of her since his sister, her mother, also a mathematical genius, committed suicide six and a half years previously. He wants his niece to have a normal childhood unlike his sister who didn't have a choice except to live up to her mother's expectations... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 18:34:09 EST VOO LA VOO Cafe--a bit of France in Fort Lauderdale <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The ambiance--2 blocks from 2 major streets--takes you out of the city and puts you in a country atmosphere. It almost feels like you eating in a neighbor's garden outside of Paris. <BR> <BR> The food is excellent from the Ratatouille crepe ($11) with a crisp, crunchy crepe filled with eggplant, zucchini, red and green peppers in a tomato stew with basil and Swiss cheese and green salad on ... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:28:00 EST Want to read a magazine? How about 44 of them?? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Don’t know when it started but I do remember how. I received an email asking if I would be interested in receiving a free magazine for filling out a 2-3 minute survey and I just deleted it. Then it came again but this time it mentioned a magazine I was interested in so I decided to do it and before I knew it I was doing a quick survey a month and, obviously,... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:25:49 EST Question for motivational author Ricardo G. Williams & other items <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I received a copy of the new book by Ricardo G. Williams titled "Unchained Mind: Powerful life changing thoughts on peace, love and success" and am faced with a dilemma. Do I read it as I would normally read a book or do I approach it from other angles such as section by section or page by page. I am sort of leaning to the latter as I think reading one thought a day and incorporating it into... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 14:31:23 EST "GoinG In Style"--A Movie Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Before you walk into “Going In Style” you know what to expect: jokes about the aches and pains of old age, sex, wisecracks about slowing down, the old men ragging on each other, their wanting to pass their wisdom on to younger people who don’t want to hear it and so on. <BR> <BR> You will also experience sitting back and enjoying old ‘friends’ like Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Ark... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 18:16:41 EST Courtyard Cafe--A Restaurant Review (And no, you don't gain weight by READING restaurant reviews or cookbooks! LOL) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It has been four years since I wrote a review of this restaurant but basically it stays the same: pleasant surroundings (one unobtrusive TV behind the counter), good service by Douglas, good food not overpriced, with the feel of what it is, being a neighborhood restaurant. In the heart of Wilton... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 12:45:32 EST March Memories 2017 <img src=""> <BR> Eating out including still working my way through the 32 Cabo Blanco lunch specials! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Eating home--and maintained weight <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Movies <BR> <img src=" Tue, 4 Apr 2017 11:27:09 EST The First Annual Fort Lauderdale Pizza Festival <img src=""> <BR> (Trust me--you won't gain any weight going to this festival!) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Their publicity release <BR> "April 1, 2017 <BR> 12p.m. to 1p.m. VIP Kickoff <BR> 1p.m. to 6p.m. General Admission <BR> <BR> <BR> ​The Fort Lauderdale Pizza Festival is thrilled to announce the inaugural celebration of all things cheesy, set for April 1, 2017. Thousands of South Florida pizza love... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 10:57:43 EST "The Zookeeper's Wife"--A Movie Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You have seen "The Zookeeper's Wife" before and you will see it again and, unless you have no heart or feelings for other human beings, you will react to this film as to others of the same genre in the past and future. <BR> <BR> We are in Warsaw, Poland, on the eve of the invasion on the Nazis, their eventual takeover and starting on the road of exterminating the Jewish population. Yes, the... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 18:02:42 EST Doc B Fresh Kitchen Restaurant--A Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Before we even entered the restaurant the negatives started. They have a very small valet parking lot which we preferred not using and parked in the large Fresh Market lot. Before we even got into the restaurant the valet parker asked us if we had parked in the Fresh Market parking lot, knowing we did, and telling us we could be towed. I said,smiling, "You would get us if that w... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:49:34 EST "Personal Shopper"--A Movie Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I went to see “Personal Shopper” for one reason only and that was to catch up with the critics who have been raving about Kristen Stewart’s performances in her independent films. I believe I saw her in one of the “Twilight” movies and I was impressed with her performance in “Still Alice” but I had to go to Wikipedia to see what other movies she had been in and they listed 2 movies I ha... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:40:28 EST Everything old is new(er) again! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the new(er) Gateway! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>0 </link> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:49:56 EST "Beauty and the Beast"--A Movie Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This Walt Disney combination of live and animated action has to be one of the most overproduced productions ever but no matter how thousands of napkins, dishes and gowns swirl around on the screen the basic story that makes "Beauty and the Beast" a classic is still there. <BR> <BR> Whether speaking through an animated object or being seen on screen, even if very briefly, ... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:33:30 EST "The Last Word"--A Movie Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “The Last Word” is a movie for people who love/like Shirley MacLaine and I am one who does. It is also a movie for people who enjoyed her role as Ouiser in “Steel Magnolias” in 1989 because as Harriet in this movie she is even more of a curmudgeon along with being a control freak who, in her 81 years, has ‘lost’ her daughter, (Anne Heche) husband (Philip Baker Hall) and whatever friends she ... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:05:05 EST A Perfect Fun Evening in Fort Lauderdale <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Weather wise March 21, 2017, was a perfect day with sun, clear sky, around 80 degrees and as evening came with the sky still clear the stars and moon were visible with the temperatures in the mid to lower 70s. <BR> <BR> We had pre-theatre dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, the Quarterdeck, and I ordered Seafood pasta while Allen had Chicken Franchise and we ended up with a doub... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:41:35 EST "Something Rotten"--Broadway touring company review--a Must See <img src=""> <BR> Walk, run, drive, call a cab, uber, lyfte, go on the Internet ( or call (954-462-0222) and get tickets for “Something Rotten” playing at the Broward Center for Performing Arts before it is sold out, if it isn’t already! You have until April 2 to see it here and if you don’t live in South Florida find out when it is coming to your city and get those tickets. <BR> <BR> After seein... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:52:20 EST Off for fun at the BCPA! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This evening at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale at 8 PM I expect to spend 2-3 hours having fun laughing, humming (to myself) and doing what one is suppose to do in life, enjoying it! <BR> <BR> Can you sit still listening to this? <BR> <BR> “A Musical” <BR> <BR> At the Tony awards<BR>E <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <B... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:07:39 EST Whatever happened to the 2016-2017 winter in Ft. Lauderdale? <BR> <BR> <BR> Part 1 <BR> <link><BR>F5u1ZRk </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Part 2 <BR> <link><BR>U4EAxtg </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Be sure to see the last slide so you won’t hate me too much and did you spot the bluebird in the collage? He is exactly in the center of each picture. > Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:27:39 EST MY FRIEND HAD HIS FIRST BOOK PUBLISHED! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> FROM RICARDO: <BR> To my family and friends, my new book is out and available to everyone. You can click on the ink below to purchase. <BR> I want to thank you all for your love and support in this project. <BR> Some of your names are written in the thank you section of the book. <BR> My goal in this book was to explore solutions to achieve peace, love, and success. <BR> <BR> https://www.a... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 09:19:51 EST "The Sense of an Ending"--A Movie Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Like many English dramas “The Sense of an Ending” start off slow, takes it time getting to the pay-off while giving you time to get to the know the characters. Unfortunately there are too many characters in the past, the 20+ year olds of today’s 60+ year olds that look too much alike without enough emphasis on their names to keep them straight. This becomes very important when the denouement... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:18:57 EST "Life Story" <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In 1956 I bought a book of poems by Tennessee Williams called “In the Winter of Cities” and have had it with me now for 61 years. When I sold the over 500 books I had in my collection this one stayed with me. <BR> <BR> I was 30 years old when I bought that book and was on the edge of hitti... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:01:36 EST 2 Restaurant reviews: Giuliano's & Joe's Crab Shack Fort Lauderdale <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Giuliano's restaurant joins about 50 other restaurants in a square mile ranging a smorgasbord of many tastes including seafood, steaks, Thai, burgers, Chinese, Mexican, etc., while also ranging in prices from Denny's to Mezzaluna Bistro to Burger Fi, I Love Mac & Cheese, Panero's, Outback, Gilbert's, Tropical Smoothies, Chef's Palette, etc., plus at least 4 other Italian restaurants. <BR> ... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:51:26 EST Learning to use a cell phone <img src=""> <BR> (Yes I've been through 3 of them--so far!) <BR> <BR> By now it is no secret that I was off the Internet for 8 days and most people know I HATE the phone. I had to come into the 21st century and get a cell phone (and give up my landline) in order to get the uber app. <BR> <BR> I do not take the phone with me as I get annoyed with people who use them when not necessary like in movies where that ph... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:11:18 EST 2 Movie Reviews: "The Salesman" & "Year By The Sea" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The only reason I can come up for “The Salesman” winning the best foreign film Oscar was the Academy members voting for it because the director, ASghar Farhadi refused to come to the USA in protest of Trump’s immigration executive order! <BR> <BR> The two leads, Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti, play actors appearing in a stage show of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” and are show... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:55:34 EST If you are coming to South Florida!! This took a lot of time, research and work--I would really like some constructive feedback-Thanks <BR> Theatre March 21, 2017 to May 8, 2018 in Miami and Fort Lauderdale <BR> <BR><BR>bEc <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> March 21-April 2, 2017 Something Rotten Fort Lauderdale Photo by Joan Marcus <BR> <BR> April 4-9, 2017 Jersey Boys ... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 21:22:02 EST