Key West

Recreation
8:00 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Key West Lobsterfest Is More Than Just Stuffing Your Face

Key West’s 18th Annual Lobsterfest wasn't just about stuffing your face with lobster tail.

Lobster newcomers and lobster veterans paraded down Duval Street at the lobster street fair, some wearing lobster hats collected over years.

Among the 200 booths, there were several lobster gear vendors.

Don Burge owns Mullet Wear Outfitters, which he describes as “a spoof and a goof on all the big fishing outfits.” He sells his wears at seafood festivals throughout Florida.

At Lobsterfest, he presented his new lobster design:

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Miami Dish
8:33 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Head To The Florida Keys for Beer Milkshakes

A beer milkshake made with Nutella ice cream and Wells Banana Bread beer at M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom.
Credit David Samayoa

Combine two hot-weather refreshments, beer and ice cream, and you get a beer milkshake. Depending on your perspective, this beverage may sound either intriguing or alarming, but two restaurants in the Keys pull of the mash-up successfully.

M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom, 88005 Overseas Hwy (at MM 88), Islamorada; 305-852-3833

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The Two-Way
7:32 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Book News: Hemingway Look-Alike Competition To Crown New 'Papa'

American writer Ernest Hemingway.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 7:13 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Summertime
6:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Letter From Key West: Appreciating The Off-Season

Nancy Klingener

 

Last year, June 20th was the official first day of summer, but it had felt like summer for weeks already.  Many of us dread the humid days when we can barely walk to our cars without breaking a sweat.  Writer Nancy Klingener has learned to appreciate summer and the off-season in Key West. Her full essay is below.

Nancy Klingener describes herself as “a recovering journalist, aspiring librarian and addicted reader” living in Key West, Florida. She’s also the writer behind the The Bone Island Book Blog.

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Food
6:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Look: The Biggest Key Lime Pie You Have Ever Laid Eyes On

What could be the world's largest Key Lime Pie, measuring 8 feet in diameter.
Credit Fla-Keys.com

As a child I used to think that heaven was a Key Lime Pie.

Well-- not exactly.  But by the time that I could completely grasp the concept of heaven, I knew that I had already caught a glimpse of it when I ate one for the first time at a Denny's Restaurant off I-95 during a family roadtrip.

Which means that I should have planned a trip south this Fourth of July, where what just might be the world's largest Key Lime Pie was baked for the Key Lime Festival.

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Arts
12:01 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Dry Tortugas Dispatch: Fortification, Visitation, and Bliss

Walking on the moat in the Dry Tortugas.
Nathaniel Sandler

This is the second dispatch in a two-part exploration of Dry Tortugas National Park. The first post can be found here.

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Community Contributor
9:00 am
Wed February 6, 2013

When A Juice Fast Turns Into A Week Without Food, Then 21 Days Without A Meal

Alex de Carvalho on July 17, 2011, and Sept. 18, 2011.

I could hardly believe what I was looking at. There it was, star­ing right at me. I could no longer ignore, deny, or post-rationalize what I already knew as the dig­i­tal evi­dence stared me down and waved its mer­ci­less accusatory fin­ger at me. This marked the end of the line for me, three months ago to the day.

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Literary Cocktails
11:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Key West Literary Seminar: How To Drink Like A Writer

Sean Hoard’s Whisky Priest combines Scotch, soda, and Brooklyn Hemispherical apple cider bitters.
Credit kwls.org

All this week, we're bringing you stories from the Key West Literary Seminar which runs through this weekend. Shayne Benowitz originally posted this piece on the KWLS blog.

Reading Pico Iyer’s The Man Within My Head is one way to get under the influence of Graham Greene. Another is by sampling the cocktails at this year’s seminar.

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Key West Literary Seminar
1:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Key West Literary Seminar: Real Portraits, Invented Biographies

All this week, we're bringing you stories from the Key West Literary Seminar which runs through this weekend. Shayne Benowitz originally posted this piece on the KWLS blog.

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Key West Literary Seminar
11:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

At The Key West Literary Seminar: Hemingway On A Boat

Credit kwls.org

All this week, we're bringing you stories from the Key West Literary Seminar which runs through this weekend. Shayne Benowitz originally posted this piece on the KWLS blog.

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Twitter Story
12:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Tweet Us A Story: You Can Co-Author A Story With Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer gave us the first line, now you get to finish it.
Marzena Pogorzaly geoffdyer.com

Welcome to the Key West Literary Seminar edition of Tweet Us A Story

Starting at 5:00, we'll be writing a story with KWLS author Geoff Dyer.

Dyer has graciously given us the first line of a tale. It's up to you to help us finish it.

You can join in on the storytelling in the space below. Check out the rules at the bottom of the page.

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Literature
12:29 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

Key West Literary Seminar: On Those Same Steps: Iyer on Greene

Pico Iyer at “Writers on Writers.”
Nick Doll

This post is featured thanks to our friends at the Key West Literary Seminar. Read more of their material here.

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Key West Literary Seminar
9:30 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Can’t Make It To The Key West Literary Seminar? Meet Us There On Twitter

Curt Richter pairs real portraits with fictional biographies.
Credit kwls.org

Just because you can’t drive down for the 31st annual Key West Literary Seminar, doesn’t mean you can’t take part.

WLRN is teaming up with the KWLS folks to bring the conversations online.

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Preserving Florida's Past
6:30 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Troubled Bridge Over Water: Why A Key Part Of Keys' History Is In Danger

People from Marathon and around the world go to the Old Seven Mile Bridge to exercise or enjoy the sunset.
Arianna Prothero

The Old Seven bridge may crumble without support.

When the Old Seven Mile Bridge was built, it was an engineering wonder of the early 1900s. Part of Henry Flagler’s famous railway to Key West, it ran across nearly seven miles of open water to connect Marathon to the Lower Keys.

Today, the bridge is still a popular spot with both locals and tourists, but it’s slowly falling apart. Salt water and storms are eroding the bridge faster than the state can afford to repair it. Much of it is now closed. Historians and activists are desperately searching for a way to preserve what's left: a 2.2 mile section of the Old Seven Bridge that is still open to pedestrians and cyclists.

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Federal Cat Regulation
12:09 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Feds To Monitor Safety Of Hemingway Cats

GIMME SIX: Friendly kitten is part of the contingent of six-toed cats that live at the Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West. They are now under federal protection.

The multitoed cats that have lived for decades in comfort and ease at Key West's Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum may continue to do so, a court has ruled.

But those cats will be protected and regulated by the U. S Department of Agriculture from here on out, just like any animals that are exhibited for a profit.

That's the puzzling upshot of a decision that has the famously independent city in an uproar and wondering if the decision can be appealed to the U. S. Supreme Court.

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