Monthly Archives: January 2011

Little Treasures

This winter break I tried to get a reunion together for my high school student government class.  It sounds lame but they really were like a family to me.  When I was either thrown out or ran away from home, I usually stayed the first night away with the SG advisor.  Fate, however, decided that the reunion was just not going to happen.

To make up for the two cancellations, my other-mother (the advisor from the student government) took me to a local treasure that I am thrilled to have found.  During breakfast and lunch hours, Della’s Delectables serves up great food for the residents of Brandon in a small business district just south of Highway 60.  Thursday – Saturday nights, Della’s transforms into an American bistro.

When we pulled into the parking lot, I was concerned.  Della’s is located in a strip mall that I used to get my haircut in.  It isn’t a low-class area but is by no means high-class either.  I was skeptical to say the least.  But we entered and the staff was VERY friendly and welcomed the group with great enthusiasm.  We were seated with a waiter who has served the family before, so he knew the drink orders they wanted.  It is the dedication of remembering to ask about their daughters and other happenings in life that really made the staff above par.  The salad and bread came to the table on cue and was fresh.  I had the sausage and peppers in a red sauce over pasta.  The portions are spot on and can I just TELL you about the TASTE!  oh. my. gosh.  Hands down it was in the top ten best versions I have had of sausage and peppers.  All of the desserts cost the same price so I would suggest getting one of the two samplers.  We split the chocolate sampler with fresh mouse, home-made ice cream and I think a tart.

This restaurant is a true gem.  While it can stand alone on its cuisine alone, they also offer live jazz music during the evening hours.  If you are in Brandon you should make it a point of going.

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A quote

You’re a witness. You’re always standing around watching what’s happening, scribbling in your book what other people do. You have to get in the middle of it. You have to take sides. Make a contribution to the fight. Any fight. The one you believe in.

Arnold Epstein in Biloxi Blues

This quote speaks to a few different areas in my life.  The activist side of me obviously loves this.  But the traveler side also can take note.  When I travel, I don’t want to be a tourist.  I want to experience the culture, I want to live a part of the life that is the place I’m visiting.  I want to get in the middle of it, to take the side of the local.

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Melbourne for New Years

I am currently in Melbourne, Florida.  Melbourne is on the East coast close to Orlando.  I’m staying with my friends Lisa, Joe, Josh and MK.  I met Lisa and the kids while we lobbied in Tallahassee a few years back for Safe Schools legislation (since passed! yay!)  I try to come here every other New Years.

Fun fact:   Melbourne is named after the city of the same name in Australia because this town’s first post master spent much of his life in Melbourne, Australia.

What I enjoyed most:  Well obviously, hanging out with my friends.  But, they roasted an 80 pound pig.  Like, it was a whole pig, cut in half and placed in a roasting box.  I helped flip him (or her?) half way through.  Have you ever seen a whole pig roasted?  It reminded me of the one the tribe gave us in Papua New Guinea.  But we didn’t have a ceremony here and the pig was dead when we started cooking it here.

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