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Friday, February 22, 2013

Harlem Shake: Lyons Family Eye Care Style!

Harlem Shake: Lyons Family Eye Care Style

We are serious about providing the highest quality eye and vision care. We are also serious about having fun! Come dance with us!!

Can you identify the dancers? BTY the fellow being fit with glasses was just walking by on Lincoln Ave, saw what we were doing and asked to join in! All are welcome to join in the eye and vision care and FUN at any time. Go to for more information.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Box cloud storage giving away 25GB of online space

Box cloud storage giving away 25GB of online space

Free "in the cloud" storage!

ICO Does it Again!






Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago 

Public Schools Awarded Illinois

Children’s Healthcare Foundation 


CHICAGO—The Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) has awarded a $249,000 grant to the  Illinois College of Optometry and Chicago Public Schools, in support of the Illinois Eye Institute, the clinical division of the College based in Princeton, Ill. 

The Illinois Eye Institute (IEI), established by the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) and Chicago Public Schools (CPA), provides eyecare services and access to corrective eyewear to underserved youth in the Chicago area. According to ICO and CPS, the IEI has served over 11,000 students, 75 percent of whom received eyeglasses, and is the largest school-based eye clinic in the nation. 

"We are very pleased the ILCHF has awarded us this significant grant and recognizes the essential services our school-based eye clinic provides," said ICO president Dr. Arol Augsburger. "This grant will go a long way in supporting our efforts to address the unmet need of vision care for children within the city of Chicago." 

The ILCHF grant will aid in enhancing the capacity, equipment and diagnostic testing at the Institute, as well as provide support for an additional staff member. The foundation, which was created to ensure children’s health, has funded 32 programs with a total of $5.9 million in support of organizations that improve access to pediatric health care. 

"The mission of the foundation is to create opportunities for and lead in the development of initiatives that improve the health of all children," said ILCHF senior program officer Bob Egan. "By partnering with ICO and CPS, children will have the opportunity to succeed in school and be ready to learn by receiving the proper eyecare they need to grow up healthy."

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Columbia Restaurant: St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, FL

What Works/What Doesn’t

Columbia Restaurant: St. Armands Circle,  Sarasota, FL


Outstanding food. Many items on the menu.
We ate Cuban Black Bean Soup Frijoles Negros prepared exactly like our grandmother, Carmen Hernandez, did. Served over a bed of white rice and topped with diced raw Spanish onions. 100% vegetarian. Excellent! 

Black Bean Soup
The Original Cuban Sandwich. A Tampa treasure! The “Mixto,” as it was known in the beginning, was created in the 1890’s for the cigar workers as they walked to and from work…. Very, very good (had to ask for an extra slice of tomato for this large sandwich though. See picture)

Grouper “Jimmy” A boneless fillet of Gulf of Mexico Red Grouper, seasoned, grilled and topped with fresh lump blue crabmeat, drizzled with lemon butter sauce. Served with “Good Rice” and Asparagus. The fish was done just right and the crab was wonderful. The good rice was very good indeed. Two of the 3 Asparagus stalks were done perfectly. Great mix of flavors.

Mahi Mahi “Varadero” Grilled boneless fillet of Mahi Mahi crusted with  ground crispy green plantain chips, topped with a citrus butter sauce and fresh lump blue crab meat. Served with yellow rice and vegetables. Melted in your mouth! The plantains were sweet.

Cuban Sandwich
Dessert: Flan We think our Flan is the best we have ever tasted. One taste and we think you will agree. The recipe dates back to 1935 when the Columbia opened Tampa’s first “Conditioned Air” dining room, the Don Quixote. Our grandmother and great grandmother, Carmen Hernandez, helped the Columbia gain national fame with her great recipes, especially her Flan. Spanish caramel egg custard,prepared the old-fashioned way….  Awesome. Sweet. Melted on your tongue.

Drinks: Mojito Since the Columbia opened its doors, people have enjoyed this flavorful and refreshing beverage made tableside by the pitcher with Don Casimiro Classic Silver Rum,hierbabuena (mint) and fresh lime juice. “One sip takes us back to Havana in 1958 when we tasted our first mojito.” Well made. Great taste. One of the best Mojito’s I’ve ever had.

I had the Chacho Manhattan (see comments below) but was unfamiliar with the bourbon used. The waiter did not know anything about the bourbon, but did ask the bartender to pour a small sample for me to try neat.

Cafe con Leche Espresso Cuban coffee with steamed milk. Excellent. Hot. Unfortunately they served this in a regular coffee cup instead of an espresso cup. Don’t know why. Spoiled the experience a bit.

Flan and Cubano esspresso
Service: The first time we were there for lunch we were seated right away. Very attentive. We had to wait 20 minutes to  be seated for dinner. It was not an excessive wait considering how  busy they were.

Good location. Lots of great shops in the area.


Service: When we went for dinner the waiter did not know food or drinks menu very well. He was not a good ambassador for the restaurant.

Drinks: Chacho Manhattan: The Classic Manhattan with a twist. Small batch Chacho Bourbon, a dash of guava syrup, sweet vermouth and bitters. Stirred and poured over ice, garnished with lemon and orange zest. NO flavor. Did not mix guava syrup well.

Bottomline?  This restaurant was excellent overall. A few minor cons that could be easily fixed. I would definitely go back there again and recommend my friends to go there as well.

Maino ratings: 4+ out of 5 Ms   MMMM’s

Saturday, February 9, 2013

What Works/What Doesn't: Hilton Resort: Longboat Key

What Works and What Doesn't
is a place for me to review various persons, places and things.
Hilton Resort: Longboat Key, Florida

Good location
Large room with great view of Gulf
Very good food in restaurant. Generous portions. Appropriately priced.
Room service prompt. Food arrived hot.
Nice Beach/Nice Pool/Hot Tub
Free shuttle to St. Armands Circle and parts of Anna Marie Island
Housekeeping: worked with our schedule
Maintenance: Very quick to come to room when needed

Peeling wall paper
Cost: Even with my AARP discount it was way over priced for what you got. (AARP saved me $12/night which mostly paid the taxes on our stay and/or foot the bill for one dinner).
The room was in very poor condition. The bathroom needs special attention (see pictures of the bottom of the bathroom door, caulking needed, counter top looks stained). The closet door came off it rails not once but twice and the bathroom light switch was broken. Wall paper was peeling away from wall. Water spots on ceiling.
Carts blocking hallway
 I would have asked for a new room, except the hotel was full and the view from the room was very good!
Service very variable. Infrequently the front desk acted as if they could care less. Although most shuttle drivers were good or very good, one or more again gave the attitude that they could care less. Wait staff in restaurant mostly very good….other times not so much. The bartender did not know his stock well. He did poor a good drink neat.
Maids left carts blocking hallway
No shuttle from airport to hotel

Door off rail....twice!
Bottom-line? For the most part this did not work. I doubt I will stay here again. I will not recommend it to my friends.
Maino Rating: 2 out of 5 M's  MMs
Bathroom door needs attention

Needs cauking

Counter top stained

Water leak