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33rd Annual Hemingway Days Celebration…

Quote for Today:  “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”  Ernest Hemingway  

Florida Keys

Florida Keys

The Florida Keys is the place to be for the 33rd Annual Hemingway Days Celebration July 16-21, 2013. Ernest Hemingway was a Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who left a powerful legacy in Key West and strong literary influence throughout the world.

Hemingway created many of his works at his Whitehead Street studio. His writings came to life through his myriad adventures, whether game fishing in local waters, witnessing the “Running of the Bulls,” in Pamplona, surviving plane crashes in Africa or hobnobbing with Castro in Cuba, Hemingway lived larger than life.

At home, Hemingway had a penchant for his polydactyl or six-toed cats. “Snowball” was a gift from a ship’s captain and became a beloved family pet whose descendants may be seen today when touring the Hemingway House.

Hemingway Penny - Key West

Hemingway Penny

While corresponding on the Spanish American War, the landscape of his Key West home was being altered. Ernest’s second wife, Pauline, had a pool built in his absence and it was grand. In fact, the bill for this one and only pool in Key West was over 20 Grand. When Hemingway accessed the damage to his bank account, he promptly went out to the still drying cement and embedded a penny at the North end of the pool.

As his wife approached him, he turned and said “Here, you might as well have my last red cent.” Needless to say, Pauline was not the last Mrs. Hemingway. A tour of his home will whet your appetite to learn more about the “The Old Man and the Sea.”

The island he called home during the 1930’s continues to honor its’ renowned resident’s achievements. Tuesday through Sunday, July 16-21, 2013, events are scheduled to commemorate the 114th anniversary of his July 21st birth and passions of his life. If you sport the “Papa Hemingway” look, you may want to enter the Annual Papa Look-Alike contest, July 18-20, 2013 at the infamous Sloppy Joe’s Bar.

Along with Hemingway, Key Lime Pie has made this island famous. Here is an alternative to the tangy pie in a graham cracker crust.

Key Lime Parfait

Key Lime Parfait

Key Lime Parfait


8 whole eggs

3 cups sugar

4 oz Key Lime Juice

8 oz butter cut 1 in. cubes

1 cup graham cracker crumbs

4 oz butter melted

1 tbsp sugar

Cool whip or whipped cream


In a large stainless steel bowl, mix together the eggs and three cups of sugar until smooth. Mix in Key Lime Juice, set the bowl over a large pot of boiling water, cook until thick, whisking every now and then. Remove from heat and slowly stir in cubed butter then let cool. In a small bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and tablespoon of sugar. In Irish coffee glasses or any other clear glass of your choice, layer in this order: crumb mixture, key lime custard, whipped cream, crumb mixture and key lime custard. Top with whipped cream, crumb mix, and lime or lemon slice. Enjoy! Chef TJ

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