Thursday, October 9, 2008
Miami, Coconut Grove and Key Largo
Just a few short weeks after visiting Florida for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Tradeshow, Linda and Mike were headed back to the Sunshine State, this time to Miami! Linda Duke was speaking at the Miami World Trade Center’s America’s Food and Beverage Show, a tradeshow focused on the international sector, hosted at the Miami Convention Center. We had a safe trip to Miami and were geared up for Linda to speak. Linda presented a speech on the Best Marketing Programs for Food Establishments, which drew over sixty international attendees. This was a great experience for Duke Marketing because we were able to promote Recipes for Restaurateurs beyond the scope of the United States.
Following the America’s Tradeshow, we decided to take a few days off to explore Florida and get some much-needed relaxation. We took the rental car and headed to Coconut Grove where we saw lizards, great old buildings and beautiful birds. After enjoying Coconut Grove’s building and cabanas, we headed to Key Largo. Yes the same Key Largo in the Beach Boys song Kokomo, “Aruba, Jamaica ooo I wanna take you Bermuda, bahama come on pretty mama Key largo, Montego baby why don’t we go…” There we saw endangered bald eagles and a cute little squirrel enjoying a meal of fish and chips on the warm overcast day. However, we realized that underneath the photo of the squirrel was a sign that read, Beware: attack squirrel. Guess they get pretty vicious from being used to humans feeding them all the time! Anyway, that made up crack up pretty hard. We visited The African Queen, the boat from the movie with Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. It was not much of a queen; in fact probably the only thing holding the boat together were the barnacles. We enjoyed seeing the site where the movie was shot and Mike took some photos with Mr. Bogart while sipping on a Land Shark Lager. Next, we visited Shell World, which was the best part of the adventure. The huge store had thousands of different varieties shells that can be used for your home or garden, as well as other great gifts. We spent a good amount of time there and had a great time checking out all the shells. After enjoying some delicious Key Lime Pie, we were satisfied to return to California!