I have been in Florida since December 31st and there are some huge differences between Montreal and Miami other than the weather. People in Florida are very friendly and pleasant which is something that I am not used to in Montreal. I could walk through a grocery store in Montreal and not one employee or customer will say hello. It’s the exact opposite in Florida. I walked into a Publix grocery store the other day and within 5 minutes every one of the employees in the store said good morning how are you today. I was shocked because this never happens in Montreal.
The opulence of Palm Beach is apparent in the cars and the multi million dollar homes. We drove by Mar a Lago but as it is a private club, the general public cannot enter. And business is booming with high end restaurants which are packed as well as luxury car dealships including Bentley. And once you get out of Palm Beach and into Lauderdale there is a proliferation of pawn shops with one on almost every corner.
The food is decent especially if you are a fan of fish and seafood. There are many down home restaurants that will serve seafood platters like the one pictured above. It includes oysters, shrimp, clams, crab and lobster. And if you can find one on the water, you lucked out. I use Yelp and Trip Advisor as a guide to the best places and avoid the chains like Applebee’s or Chili’s.
My favourite spot is the Hard Rock Seminole Casino. I like to play poker but there is so much more including glass enclosed displays of the clothes of the biggest rock stars. And the variety of restaurants is incredible. And of course the guitar shaped hotel pops out of the landscape as you approach. The upcoming entertainment includes Jerry Seinfeld, Trevor Noah, Steve Martin and the Goo Goo Dolls.
And one celebrity selfie with Emmanuel Lewis. Emmanuel Darnell Lewis (born March 9, 1971) is an American actor and comedian, best known for playing the title character in the 1980s television sitcom.
Mango Publicity was also open for business. A branch of Mango Communications in Montreal with my partner Richard McCrory who I worked with in the radio and professional sports fields.
Enjoy the day.