January 19, 2009

Greetings from Gita. Happy New Year to everyone and thanks for your
terrific support in 2008.

We had a dinner meeting this past Monday and our “downsizing” met with
enthusiastic support from all and many claimed it to be the best dinner
ever. The reduced crowd enabled dinner to be served with greater
efficiency and care.

We’ll be having a second dinner this month on Monday January 26 to
accommodate those unable to attend the earlier dinner and those wanting to
do it again. We’re expecting a moderate and intimate crowd. Hope you can
join us.

GITA DINNER MEETING on Monday, January 26, 2009

Our next dinner meeting will be on Monday, the 26th of January at 7 PM at
Primavera. Primavera is located at 830 E. Oakland Park Boulevard just east
of KMart. Cost is $25 payable at the door. There is currently space
available for this dinner. Hope to see you there.


We are now accepting reservations for parties of ANY SIZE up to tables of
12. When you make a reservation, please give me the names (both first and
last) of those in your party. ALL seats will be reserved. When you make a
reservation by email I ALWAYS respond. If you don’t get a response I
probably didn’t get your email.


The statistics are showing an upturn in real estate sales in the past
couple of months. That’s good news and may reinforce the thought of some
that we may be hitting the bottom of the real estate market. There are
many truly fabulous properties on the market at breathtaking prices.

If you have questions about short sales or foreclosures or what’s going on
in general, call me or any of our talented Gita member Realtors.


The Opera Group meets frequently to view operas. Some are live and others
are on film. The opera group will meet at a new location at 1300 East
Sunrise Blvd on Sunday, January 25th at 1pm. when a production of
Rossini’s opera La Cenorentola will be presented. A short presentation on
the background and plot of the opera will precede the viewing.

The new location is larger that the previous venue. We are grateful to the
Stonewall library for its support of this activity. To get more
information and to get your name on their email list you need to get in
touch with Dominic Bisignano at [email protected]


All of the gay bridge games in the city have combined forces to present a
professionally run duplicate game each Tuesday at the Fort Lauderdale
Bridge Club located at 700 NE 6th Terrace in Fort Lauderdale. Right off
Federal Highway just south of Sunrise Blvd. The game is run by our friend
Mike Donnelly who gives a short class before the 6:45 PM game. Just show
up early and they’ll find a partner for you. Price is $5.


Mah Jongg anyone? this ancient game from China combines skill and luck and
is played with tiles. If you like cards or board games and a challenge,
you will probably enjoy it. Beginners welcome. Contact Keith at


Since our last Newsletter we’ve read a number of good and bad books. A
quick review:

The Gate House by Nelson DeMille is the long awaited sequel to The Gold
Coast. It continues the saga and if you like the first one you’re sure to
like this one.

The Girl of His Dreams written by one of my favorites, Donna Leon, who
writes wonderful books about police Commissario Brunetti in Venice. Her
books are usually excellent with wonderful characters and a rich view of
everyday life in Venice. I don’t know what happened to this one but is
definitely her worst book and should be avoided as a waste of time.

Born to Run by James Grippando: Not bad political intrigue

Cross Country by James Patterson is a typical James Patterson and pretty
entertaining. Some interesting action in Nigeria.

Netherland by Joseph O’Neill is about Hans, from the Netherlands, who
while living in NYC hooks up with other Cricket players. A most
entertaining subculture and a most entertaining book. Very good.

Divine Justice by David Baldacci More Camel Club nonsense. Fair

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates excellent book. A surprisingly large
number of laughs in this pretty somber story. Very well written. Eagerly
anticipating the movie.

The Last Spymaster by Gayle Lynds Didn’t finish this one.

Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian Excellent book. In 1945 during
the waning months of WW2 a fascinating cast of characters attempt to cross
Germany to the West in advance of the oncoming Russian Army.

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink is a wonderful book. Also set in Germany
Michael Berg gets involved with and reads to Hanna, an older woman. Great
book and excellent movie.

The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark. A very amusing account of
Luciano, a street urchin in 15th century Venice, who is apprenticed to a
great chef in the palace of the doge. Lots of intrigue and mischief. If
you like food and cooking you’ll find it even more fun.

Have you read any good books lately?


Pictures from all previous dinners since 2003 can be found on the GITA
website. From the home page select “Photo Gallery” then select GITA-Dinners.
If you’d like prints, suitable for framing, of any of the photos on the
website, just let me know.


Chef Giacomo presents cooking classes frequently. Here are some of his
upcoming classes. For news on upcoming classes or to make reservations
call Primavera at 954-564-6363. Remember you need to tell them that you
are a Gita member to get the $10 discount. Giacomo is a most amusing and
entertaining teacher and really knows his stuff. Class is delicious.

WEDNESDAY January 29, 2009. STARTING AT 1 p.m.
FEATURED WINES: Vernaccia, Merlot
APPETIZER: Pasta &Fagioli (Bean Soup)
FIRST COURSE: Potato Gnocchi, with four cheeses sauce
SECOND COURSE: Chicken Scaloppine Sorrentina
DESSERT: Chocolate Bread Pudding

SUNDAY February 1, 2009. STARTING AT 1 p.m.
FEATURED WINES: Chianti, Viognier
APPETIZER: Beer Battered Artichokes
FIRST COURSE: Spaghetti Carbonara
SECOND COURSE: Salmon Wellington
DESSERT: Lemon Flan

WEDNESDAY February 18, 2009. STARTING AT 1 p.m.
FEATURED WINES: Sauvignon Blanc, Red Zinfandel
APPETIZER: Lobster, Crab &Tomato Bisque
FIRST COURSE: Peas and Potato Risotto
SECOND COURSE: Duck Breast Almondine, with Blueberry sauce
DESSERT: Crepes with Orange sauce


We are hoping to add more member’s business cards to our website. If you’d
like us to add your card you need to either send me a card or email me a
scan of your card. The more the merrier.


Each month at our dinners we have a raffle and give away modest prizes.
There is no charge to participate in the raffle. Again this month we will
be accepting modest raffle gifts from interested members who choose to
promote their business in this most entertaining way. Thanks to all of our

Thanks for your continued support. Hope to see you on the 26th.

Chuck Murabito

Real Estate and Title Insurance
both Residential and Commercial


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