JIMMY'S Kitchen in Kowloon celebrated its 25th anniversary last month by handing out the original menus from 1969, with the 1969 prices! We toasted founder Aaron Landau and his son Leo with our $4 glasses of wine as we polished off the last of our legendary Satellite dessert. The dessert - a tennis-ball-sized scoop of vanilla ice-cream covered in sponge, dipped in batter, quickly deep-fried to a crusty, golden brown, tinged with brandy, set alight and brought to the table in all its flaming glory - cost $4 back then, $44 today, and it's still worth every cent. WHEN your travels take you down south to America's perennial holiday state of Florida, you must stay in the world's only living tribute to art deco, Miami's South Beach. Pick any one of the outdoor cafe restaurants facing the ocean and you can't go wrong. But our favourite is the award-winning Bistro restaurant at the impeccably refurbished Colony Hotel, stunningly decorated in zebra-print fabrics, towering palm trees and lots of vivid blue neon. It's at 736 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, (305) 673-0088 or 673-6776. Drive on another 255 kilometres or so and you'll be in, literally, the last resort: Key West. And you'll kick yourself if you return without having experienced this soporific sojourn into culinary excellence on the edge of the Atlantic. So make a note to reserve an outdoor terrace table at Louie's Backyard. Steeped in history, oozing with charm in its old many-levelled private house, Louie's is the last bastion of understated, elegant, Southern chic and well worth the hefty bill. All the seafood is fresh and cooked to succulent perfection. Even a drink at the popular waterside bar will provide you with a lovely lasting memory. THERE'S a marvellous, atmospheric bar in the century-old American Hotel in the town of Sag Harbour in the fabled Hamptons of New York's Long Island. The likes of Carl Bernstein, John Irving, Joseph Heller and Billy Joel have been seen chatting up the bartender of an evening. Some say the very best 'sour' can be drunk here in the fading light of the sun. If you'd like to do it like they do it in this chic beach community, then grab your shaker and let's go. First you need 15 ml Calvados, 40 ml Poire William, 30 ml fresh lemon juice, one teaspoon sugar and a slice of pear or apple. Combine all ingredients (but the fruit), pour into a chilled glass and garnish with the slice. No Pear William? Try Armagnac, or even cognac. And enjoy. You've made an American Hotel Sour. YOU still have time to take advantage of the American food promotion at the Charterhouse hotel in Wan Chai. From now until September 24 every group of four diners (lunch or dinner) at its Gazebo restaurant will be given a free bottle of Domaine St George Cabernet or Chardonnay to enjoy with their meal. If you've never been, it's a good reason to start now. The Charterhouse is at 209 Wan Chai Road, tel: 833-5566.