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Sunday, May 15, 2016


    We spent this beautiful day in Venice, Italy (or something close to it). 
      You know about
Viscaya Museum and Gardens, Coconut Grove's Italian villa on Biscayne Bay.

You may not know that they now have "Sangria Summer", a delightful weekend brunch event.

A delectable lunch is served in their Garden Cafe, on the east side of the mansion. 


   Joy Wallace, our local catering legend, runs the show with her helpful, talented staff.  I'm still savoring the Torte Espanola and the Truffled White Bean Soup.  And the sangria? Mm-mm, white or red with touch of Triple Sec and a spritz of mango champagne.
    The weekend deliciousness is available from 11:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday for the next four months. The cafe is open year-round.

    After the fig & almond torte, we slowly rose to tour the gardens and house. In sixty years of visits I'm still discovering new things. It's the villa's 100th birthday y'know.
     Be a part of this year's celebration by visiting Viscaya soon.  Become a member ($75 a year) and you can almost live there and get a 10% discount at the cafe. More information is available at  

   That said, Miami's heat is much more bearable if you're having a sangria summer.

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