Cosmos Cafe and Pizzeria

Cosmos Cafe and Pizzeria Naples FloridaWhile Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect traveled the cosmos to The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Mr. Tess and I went down the street from our hotel to Cosmos Cafe & Pizzeria. We found nothing fundamentally wrong with the universe while enjoying a delicious Italian meal at an outdoor table, surrounded by Christmas lights, palm plants, and the parking lot. It was a pleasant place in the space-time continuum at the end of November.

Sweet Liberty Sailing in Naples, Florida

Sweet Liberty CatamaranMr. Tess wanted to go for a sail, so we took a cruise on Sweet Liberty, a 53’ sailing catamaran built by Gold Coast Yachts in St. Croix. Unforunately, the day we choose was almost windless. It was relaxing and we saw some very expensive houses, some pelicans, and a wedding on board.

Kelly’s Fish House Diningroom

Kelly's Fish House DiningroomKelly’s Fish House is fun and casual. The tables have glass tops which you can look inside to see pretty shells arranged on sand. The beams and columns are covered with shells. The window treatments are fish nets. There are some lamps made out of large shells. The bar area is open to the river.

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Corkscrew Swamp Naples Florida
The sanctuary was established to preserve a large stand of Bald Cypress which suffered extensive logging in the 1940’s and 50’s. The sanctuary is also an important breeding ground for wood storks, and part of the 2 1/2 mile boardwalk is closed off during breeding season.

Noodles Italian Cafe and Sushi Bar, Naples, Florida

Noodles Italian Cafe and Sushi BarService was slow. And so the few things we ordered meant that we were there for at least an hour. And the dining room was still almost empty. So what was up with them not being willing to change our reservation? It was quite pricey or we might have gone back another day. The little food we had was good.

Cilantro Tamale, Naples Florida

Cilantro Tamale Restaurant, Naples, Fl.It’s wonderful to eat al fresco at this time of year! Usually, on the evening before Thanksgiving, I’d be wrestling a turkey into submission. Last night, we ate some very good Mexican food. Outside. Under fairy lights.
Some very crispy tortillas and sauces kept us from starving while we ordered. Excellent!

Polenta, Peas, and Shrimp

Shrimp and Peas, Microwaved
The fridge had plugara butter, a lime, and lots of salty left-overs from restaurant meals. The room also has a small microwave, two square plastic food containers, plastic silverware, paper plates and napkins, styrofoam cups… Try not to think about the last time I was in Florida and wanted to make a cheese sandwich in the microwave. The whole fourth floor was ringing with fire-alarms, smoke, and people peeking out their doors to see what the fuss was. I did run the mess under water and put it outside. Not a very promising list of cooking tools; just remember, “It’s a poor craftsman who blames his tools!”

Florida Pictures

Fishing tern, Naples Pier, FloridaA visually impaired acquaintance uses a powerful monocular to “see” things he would not otherwise be able to: by putting together enlarged details in his mind, he can picture what things look like. My snapshots enable me to see a tern flying near the pier in Naples in a way that I was unable to while I watched him fly.

USS Nemo: a restaurant review

USS Nemo Restaurant Naples, Florida
Mr. Tess wanted to take me to a nice restaurant when I arrived in Naples, Florida. The USS Nemo (3745 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, Phone: 239-261-6366) was recommended by a woman at the front desk at our hotel: an excellent choice—wonderful food, an unusual mix of fresh Florida seafood, Japanese, and Indian cuisine, and interesting submarine/undersea decor.

Welcome to Florida!

Roses from my husbandMr. Tess has been working in Naples, Florida since before Halloween. The long separation provided an opportunity for me to have a vacation in the “Sunshine State” at the end of November when Michigan is cold, grey, and snowy.