Author Leo Buscaglia used to say that when he was a kid and would sit down at the dinner table with the family, his father would always ask the same question: “What did you learn today?”

In honor of the annual holiday when we take a moment to commemorate the bedrock of family life 365 days a year, we at Islander News had the chance to learn a bit of what some island fathers like to enjoy at the dinner table while celebrating with loved ones…and a few special memories shared too.

A heart felt thank you to our contributors and a Happy Father’s Day to all!

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Dad’s Day Dinner: My Father’s Day meal wish – by Peter Evans

Appetizer – It has no name but is delish just the same. A brick of Philadelphia Cream Cheese. A can of crabmeat poured over it. Homemade cocktail sauce of ketchup and horseradish poured over that and served with Wheat Thins.

Main course – Slow cooked roast beef, the kind I grew up with. Just salt and pepper seasoning and roast until it has a deep, dark bark. Served with crispy-moist Yorkshire pudding that’s conjured up with milk, eggs and flour. Horse radish on the side, and home-made gravy from the drippings. For veggies – steamed parsnips, Brussels sprouts and best of all, roast potatoes-first parboiled, then roasted around the beef in its fat to develop a golden, crunchy crust.

Dessert – Hey, it’s mango season. What better than delicious fresh mango from my tree, sliced and served with Nestle’s table cream or vanilla ice cream.

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“Steamed lobster and steamed clams reminds me of my time at Tufts College in Boston. Steamed seafood is my favorite thing to eat. I have fond Father’s Day family memories of gatherings at Kelly’s Landing in Fort Lauderdale, known for their traditional New England cuisine and Red Sox fans. I also have cherished memories of spending Father’s Day there with my dad as well.”

Tony Camejo

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“My favorite thing to do on Father’s Day is go with Gloriosa and the boys, Felipe and Lucas, to a late lunch or early dinner at La Petite Maison where we love to share appetizers, which must include the Pasta Bolognese made with veal and escargots as well, then finish with a fish dish to share.”

Luis “Lucho” de la Cruz

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“My favorite dish that I love is Vaca Frita, give me that and I’m happy. Now if we go for Peruvian food… Maria makes an incredible Tuna Causa that I really enjoy, I also love ceviche…there is just so much to Peruvian food to like. To me, Father’s Day means relax, we grill, hang by the pool and be a family.”

Mayor Mike Davey

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“Well, my favorite place to eat is closed around Father’s Day: Joe’s Stone Crab, but I love barbecue and for at least the last 60-years, we’ve been celebrating with ribs and chicken. Even when Barbara caters in for a home Father’s Day meal, we get chicken and ribs. My other favorite is Ruth’s Chris; what’s better than a perfect steak, smothered in butter and sizzling when served?

One of my favorite Father’s Day memories is visiting Vancouver, where my son in law is from, for a family gathering and spending Sunday bike riding around the island; absolutely breathtaking.”

Stan Schwartz

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“I actually have two favorites. The Randazzo’s meatballs, reminds me of traditional family meals where we share love and time spent together, and they are delicious. I also love the whole red snapper they serve at Lighthouse Café and Boaters Grill, reminds me of how fortunate we are to live on this beautiful island, and to be able to have brought this life experience to my children.

As for family tradition, I’m lucky that both my children, Derek and Morgan, reside here and I get to see them every day.”

Robert Dozoglou

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“My favorite meal is the whole fried snapper served at Boaters Grill. I actually had never tasted anything like that until we moved here and now can’t get enough of it, so fresh.

We are an outdoorsy family and my favorite memories of being together are all around the great outdoors. My daughter is going to visit from Orlando this Father’s Day and I’m looking forward to spending the day at the park.”

Art Yerian

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I have very fond memories of raising my children on Key Biscayne. We live a short distance from the Community School and it was a pleasure walking to school with the children and seeing them walk on their own when they were little without worry.

I also coached my kids in the flag football leagues over the years and remember football games played on the Village Green and the field next to St. Agnes. Through all these years they have picked up friends in school and in the sports teams that still remain their friends today and I am sure will be their good friends for the rest of their lives. This is a wonderful consequence of living in a small community where the kids develop deep and long connections with their neighbors and friends.

I feel fortunate to have raised my family in this community.

As for my favorite Father’s Day dish: Chima Steak.

Nelson Slosbergas

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