Shockingly enough I was in Florida last week to visit my family. And no nothing bad happened – no Republicans chased me down the street and no hurricaines swept me away. It’s a little known fact that I was indeed born and raised in the sunshine state – I pretty much spent my entire life trying to escape Florida but, as I’ve gotten older, I seem to go back there at least twice a year to see family and to go the big art fair. Being from Florida I grew up in the land of sun, no seasons, driving, and beaches. It’s not all that different from southern California – in fact, I often call southern California the “livable Florida” meaning that there are similar qualities but we beat them out with an actual city (and all the fabulousness that goes along with it), no humidity, and a better location to get to the desert, the forest, or the mountains. Let it be said that we are lucky people to live here.
All that said, Florida is not without its merits. For instance, in the most unexpected town called Punta Gorda (yes the one that Hurricaine Charlie ripped through) has the best sushi restaurant I have ever been to. It’s called Amimoto’s and I’m telling you, it has the best avacodo rolls and a warm tofu roll. If you’ve ever been to Punta Gorda, you can imagine my surprise – it’s a constant, yet wonderful, surprise.
Another great thing about Florida, at least to me, is that it’s a little bit country. One of my favorite things to do when I’m there is visit my former horse trainer Gene Gage who recently launched her first website and, from my encouragement, a blog. Take note folks, this is probably the first horse-related blog plus website in existence.
So that’s that – Florida isn’t as bad as it used to be but that’s really just because I live in Los Angeles.