Kim’s Kuban | Review

The chicken soup as served at Kim's Kuban.

The chicken soup as served at Kim’s Kuban.

After a busy morning in the office, we were starving. Delivery to Stock Island is limited, and tired of the same old, we decided to try something different. Having never eaten at Kim’s Cuban, we gave them a call and placed out order.  Lila ordered the chicken soup and a cheese toast and I ordered a chicken burrito and a homemade rice pudding. It seemed like forever before they showed up with the food, but that was probably be because we were famished! Answering phones and emails is hard work!

Unpacking the meal, the chicken soup was a really nice sized portion and the burrito was enormous. But the rice pudding was missing. We gave them a call and about 15 minutes later they were back with another bag containing the rice pudding; more on that later!

Kim's Kuban chicken burrito.

Kim’s Kuban chicken burrito.

Lila said that her chicken soup was very good, and liked the addition of cilantro to it. I personally love cilantro, so I am sure that I would have love that soup! And you cannot go wrong with Cuban bread with butter and cheese; this was delicious. Try adding jalapeños if you like spicy!!

My burrito tasted fine and was very filling. I only ate about a quarter of it, it was so large. But I was disappointed with this choice. It was basically a rice burrito with a very little bit of beans and chicken mixed in.

Now, for the rice pudding… I opened the bag and the homemade rice pudding was not homemade at all. I was kind of upset so I didn’t even end up eating it. Lila ate it two days later and she said that it tasted good but it had the consistency of clay and that it gave her a stomach ache. I guess I dodged a bullet there.

Homemade rice pudding???

Homemade rice pudding???

For the amount of food that you get for the price it is a pretty good deal for breakfast or lunch.

Before deciding where you are going to eat while visiting Key West or the rest of the Florida Keys, be sure to read my other restaurant reviews; check out our restaurant review section of this blog.

And to see what is happening on Key West during your visit, check out our Key West Events Calendar to see other upcoming special events. For more information about the fun side of Key West… things to do and see in our island city, go to our Key West Web Site.

Feel free to Email Me if you have any questions about Key West!!

Island Genn
Key West Concierge

The Key West Maltese

Indiana Bones climbing a rock at Destroyer Key for a bathroom break on one of our boat outings.

Indiana Bones climbing a rock at Destroyer Key for a bathroom break on one of our boat outings.

Indiana Bones posing with a shark at a festival benefitting Mote Marine.

Indiana Bones posing with a shark at a festival benefitting Mote Marine.

Everyone who is a dog person has a favorite breed, and mine happens to be the Maltese. They are small yet sturdy and strikingly cute with snow white hair contrasting with alert black eyes and nose. When we got our Maltese seven years ago we named him Indiana Bones. He happens to accompany me almost everywhere now. He is compact enough to carry around if I need to and he is also not intimidating like some bigger dog breeds can be. Plus, he does not drool or shed, so no mess! And he is far better behaved than most children that I see out with their families nowadays.

Some of Indiana’s favorite places to join me are dog friendly restaurants like Hogfish Bar and Grill, Croissants de France and La Creperie. He can sit outside at the table with me and enjoy his own plate of bacon that I order just for him. And the staff are so friendly towards him.

He also loves it when we make a bank run. Not only does he get a ton of attention, but he typically gets a treat too that he looks forward to as soon as he realizes where we are.

Walking down the White Street Pier and at the dog park there is also fun for my little guy. Here he can get his exercise while attracting lots of admiring attention which he lives for.

howard livingston, Island Genn, Indiana Bones, Boat Parade, Key West

Howard Livingston of the Mile Marker 24 Band poses for a picture with Island Genn and Indiana Bones at the 2012 Superboat World Championship Boat Parade in Key West

Indiana Bones posing with a sea turtle that Capt. Steven Lamp with Dream Catcher Charters rescued while underway on a charter.

Indiana Bones posing with a sea turtle that Capt. Steven Lamp with Dream Catcher Charters rescued while underway on a charter.

Some dogs love to swim, but my little guy does not. Maybe it is because the Maltese’s long hair just makes it uncomfortably difficult. But Indiana Bones does love playing around on the beach and running through the surf. And boating is a fun time for him too, as long as we allow him a pit stop on longer days.

Special events are also fun for him. Indie has accompanied us to parades and festivals galore. Luckily for me, Indie is not in the least bit frightened by loud noises, so taking him with me to noisy events like parades presents no issues for us.

And of course he goes to work with me every day. He is the official greeter at Dream Catcher Charters and my companion while everyone is working in their office, the beautiful waters of Key West.

Key West is a very dog tolerant destination, and I highly recommend taking your dog with you if you are traveling here. Many of our island accommodations are pet friendly, and with so many places to enjoy with your pet, why leave him or her behind?

It may seem a bit silly to some people that I bring him nearly everyplace with me, but little dogs like Indiana Bones were specially bred to be companions and always around people. Separation anxiety can be all but eliminated in a pet friendly place like Key West. Plus he is so friendly and easy to travel with, why would I not take him everywhere I am able to? And people love him; many times I hear greetings of “Hey Indie!” without even being addressed myself. He is like a little rock star.

See what is happening on the island during your visit by checking out our Key West Events Calendar, and for other things to do and see in our island city, go to our Key West Web Site.

Before making your restaurant reservations while in Key West check out our restaurant reviews!

Feel free to Email Me if you have any questions about Key West!!
Island Genn
Key West Concierge

Key West Houses of Worship

This is the inside of St. Mary Star of the Sea Basilica.

This is the inside of St. Mary Star of the Sea Basilica.

Religion may not be what one thinks of when they think Key West, but the island is home to many houses of worship including a Catholic Basilica, St. Mary’s Star of the Sea.  But just because the island is so colorful and full of visitors, that does not mean that people have no religion. Even people that are on vacation do not always shrug their religious devotion. This point was made again to me the other day when a regular client of mine said that she and her husband purposely did not schedule anything to do on Sunday morning while visiting Key West so that they could attend mass.

I did some research before writing this post and I was surprised by what I found. According to statistics, 56% of the population of the Florida Keys, including yours truly is Catholic, yet there is a disproportionate number of houses of worship of other faiths. Key West has only one Catholic Church while there are four Methodist Churches and only 7% of the population are of this faith. Does that mean that Catholics are that bad at attending mass? Who knows. I just thought that it was an interesting fact.

Anyway, if you are going to be in Key West and don’t want to miss your religious service while here, below is a list (hopefully exhaustive) of the different places of worship on the island. I ordered them in terms of faith to be easier for those interested. Even if you are not the religious type, you can still enjoy the architectural beauty of many of these buildings. And some of the different churches such as Church of God and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church even hold special events such as concerts and art exhibits, especially during the holiday season.

Baptist
  • Big Coppitt Baptist Church * 200 Avenue F * 305-294-4118
  • Faith Baptist Church * 1212 Glynn Archer Junior Drive * 305-296-3648
  • Fifth Street Baptist Church * 1311 5th Street * 305-294-5522
  • Iglesia Bautista White Street * 305-292-9503
  • Key West Baptist Temple * 5727 2nd Avenue * 305-294-3411
  • La Premiere Eglise Evangelique Baptiste Haitienne * 311 US Highway 1 * 305-292-9503
  • Saint James First Missionary Baptist * 312 Olivia Street * 305-296-0807
  • Saint James First Missionary Baptist * 2007 Staples Avenue * 305-292-5401
  • White Street Baptist Church * 1328 White Street * 305-292-9503
Buddhist
  • Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism * (305) 292-0435
  • Key West Mindfulness Center * 909 Flagler Avenue * 305-296-3346
  • Tibetan Buddhist * 305-293-6283
The beautiful basilica, Saint Mary Star of the Sea.

The beautiful basilica, Saint Mary Star of the Sea.

Catholic
Charismatic
  • Eagle’s Rest Christian Center * Poinciana School Auditorium, 1400 14th Street * 305-522-3693
Christian Science
  • First Church of Christ Scientist * 327 Elizabeth Street
Episcopal
  • Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church * 401 Duval Street * 305-296-5142
  • Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church * 800 Center Street * 305-296-2346
Jehovah’s Witness
  • Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses * 1117 White Street * 305-294-0482
Jewish
  • B’Nai Zion Synagogue * 750 United Street * 305-294-3437
  • Chabad Jewish Center & Mikvah * 800 Eisenhower Drive * 305-295-0013
  • Keys Jewish Community Center * (305) 852-5235
  • Key West Hebrew School * 800 Eisenhower Drive * 305-295-0206
Latter Day Saints
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints * 3424 Northside Drive * 305-294-9400
Lutheran
  • Grace Lutheran Church * 2713 Flagler Avenue * 305-296-5161
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church * 2424 North Roosevelt Boulevard * 305-294-1305
Methodist
  • Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church * 223 Truman Avenue * 305-294-9951
  • Key West Methodist Church * 600 Eaton Street * 305-296-2392
  • Newman United Methodist Church * 410 Truman Avenue * 305-414-8611
  • Trinity Wesleyan Methodist – 619 Petronia Street * 305-296-7598
Non-Denominational
  • Church of Christ * 1700 Von Phister Street * 305-296-3331
  • Covenant Word Church * 5580 MacDonald Avenue * 305-292-1119
  • Gospel Chapel * 720 Southard Street * 305-294-4351
  • Holiness Wesleyan Church * 1011 Virginia Street
  • Impact Community Church * 1316 5th Street * 305-296-4673
  • Keys Evangelistic Ministries * 1000 Coppitt Road * 305-296-2366
  • Metropolitan Community Church * 1215 Petronia Street * 305-294-8912
  • Revelation House * 2100 Flagler Avenue, Band Room, Key West High School
  • Key West Bible Class * 925 Whitehead Street * 305-296-2029
Pentecostal
  • Church of God / Moments in Bible Prophecy * 1419 White Street * 877-242-5308
  • Southernmost Church of God in Christ in Prayer Room / Pentecostal Holiness * 729 Fleming Street * 305-292-6416
  • Winds of the Spirit Ministry * 1213 Glynn Archer Junior Drive * 305-292-6479
Presbyterian
  • Peace Covenant Presbyterian * 2610 Flagler Avenue * 305-294-1223
Seventh Day Adventists
  • Southernmost Seventh Day Adventist Church * 1006 Thomas Street * 305-294-4077
Spirit-Filled
  • Glad Tidings Tabernacle * 1209 United Street * 305-296-5773
Wesleyan
  • Keys Community Church * 3317 Riviera Drive * 305-294-8837
Other
  • Baha’i Faith * 104 Duval Street * 305-294-2060

To see what is happening on the island during your visit, check out our Key West Events Calendar. Maybe you will even catch a concert at one of the above houses of worship!

And for more information about the fun side of Key West… things to do and see in our island city, go to our Key West Web Site.

Before deciding where you are going to eat while visiting Key West or any of the Florida Keys, be sure to read my  restaurant reviews; check out our restaurant review section of this blog.

Feel free to Email Me if you have any questions about Key West!!

Island Genn – Your Key West Concierge

 

Easter in Key West 2014

Island Genn and her sister Amy having Easter Day Brunch.

Island Genn and her sister Amy having Easter Day Brunch.

Easter Sunday which falls on April 20this this year will be here before we know it. And if you are spending this Easter Holiday in Key West you need to know of all of the goings on in honor of this holy day. There are many other actives and events happening at this time not related to the holiday as well, so make sure to check out our calendar of events as well to see what else is happening during your Spring stay!

 I will be updating this post as more information comes in about other special holiday events and restaurant specials. Make sure to make reservations for your Easter brunch or dinner!!

Events

  • April 5th, Migration Mania includes the Great Egg Hunt and Wild Bird Show! From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., this family-friendly educational event creates awareness and appreciation for the birds that visit the Garden. Enjoy educational activities, egg hunts, arts and crafts, games, live bird presentations and much more. Admission is $5 per person, Botanical Garden members are admitted free.
  • On April 12th the Key West Library will be showing “Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo” starting at 1:00 for family movie hour. If you have little ones or you are just the biggest Winnie the Pooh fan you should check it out. The address is 700 Fleming Street.
  • On April 13th, the Sheriff’s Animal Farm is holding their annual Easter at the Farm from 1 – 3 p.m. The Sheriff’s Animal Farm invites you to bring the family and visit the animals at the farm, including horses, a cow, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, a Kinkajou, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. It is free of charge  but donations are welcome. The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters complex.
  • In honor of the Easter Season, artist Juan Ego is displaying his religious artworks at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church located at 401 Duval Street. The exhibit opens Sunday with a meet and greet with the artist following the 10am service. Some paintings will be available for purchase.
  • Sunset Watersports is having a special Easter Sunday Do It All water sports package. For $109 plus tax you can really do it all! Kayak, paddle board, kneeboard, windsurf, waterski, ride wave runners, and more! Call us at 888-362-3474 to make your reservations, but hurry because space is limited!

Restaurants 

  • Rooftop Cafe at 308 Front Street is open during all major holidays, including Easter. Our full dinner menu will be offered along with holiday specials.  Reservations on all major holidays are recommended.
  • Tavern N Town at the Marriott Beachside  is holding an amazing Easter Brunch from 11am to 2pm for $45.95. Items include salads, breads and cheeses, seafood, lamb, prime rib, poultry, fruit, breakfast choices, desserts, and champagne. Make sure to make your reservations today while there is still availability!
  • Shor at the Hyatt Resort on Front Street is offering an Easter Brunch from 11am to 2pm for $45. And the fare sounds amazing! Lobster Benedict, Easter Ham, fruits, vegetables, breads, and more! Make sure to book your reservations soon!!
  • Croissants de France is also offering an Easter Sunday Brunch with a few specials for the holiday.

Before deciding where you are going to eat while visiting Key West or any of the Florida Keys, be sure to read my  restaurant reviews; check out our restaurant review section of this blog.

Feel free to Email Me if you have any questions about Key West!!

Island Genn – Your Key West Concierge