Appetizer Tray at Disney's Polynesian Resort
Chronological / Destinations / Florida / United States

A Disney Dining Delight: The Spirit of Aloha Show

If you do Disney World (and let’s face it, sometime you must), take a break from Mickey, Minnie and the other characters and head out to a tropical oasis at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.  Dining at the Spirit of Aloha Show includes bounteous portions of fine food, island dancing, humorous entertainment […]

A rainy day on Anna Maria Island, Florida
Chronological / Destinations / Florida / Hotels & Resorts / United States

A Beachy Keen Hideaway on Florida’s Gulf Coast

The cottages at the Bungalow Beach Resort on Anna Maria Island on the west coast of  Florida are special for several reasons. Here’s what we found one rainy day on the fabulous Gulf Coast. Seeking Old Florida It was raining when we made a left turn off Highway 64 in […]

A celebration of the senses during the Royal Street Stroll as part of the New Orleans Food & Wine Experience, New Orleans, Louisiana
Chronological / Destinations / Florida / Food / Georgia / Louisiana / North Carolina / South Carolina / United States / Wines & Spirits

Ten Southern Festivals You Need to Taste

Food and wine festivals in the Southeast are hotter than a cast iron skillet full of corn bread. “We are witnessing a proliferation of festivals in the South and across the nation,” says John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance in Oxford, Mississippi. Of southern-specific festivals, white-hot Atlanta […]

Crazy For You features Erin Dowling as ‘Polly Baker’ with Ensemble
Chronological / Destinations / Florida / United States

The Alhambra Theatre & Dining: I’m Crazy for You!

To a New York theater junkie and actress like me, having the Alhambra Theatre & Dining in Jacksonville is Nirvana. Our cherished professional theater isn’t just a local venue to see shows and pair it with dinner. The Alhambra (Theatre & Dining) is an American icon that has been continuously […]

Courtyard at the Ritz-Carlton ~ Amelia Island
Chronological / Destinations / Florida / Food / Hotels & Resorts / United States

LUSH LIFE — At the Ritz-Carlton

My heart has always belonged to the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island. A hotel that rivals the finest iconic resorts in refinement and stunning coastline, it has boasted world-class chefs, dining, service and comfort, not with a shout but a demure whisper! The island, as you motor along the tree-canopied drive, […]

Relaxing in Luxury on Exotic Little Palm Island
Chefs of Distinction / Chronological / Florida / Food / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Relaxing in Luxury on Exotic Little Palm Island

Tired of run-of-the-mill luxury vacation destinations? Looking for something extraordinary and exotic for that very special occasion? We have found a world-class tropical resort – in the United States – that will have you talking about your getaway for years to come. Here’s the story of Little Palm Island in […]

Chronological / Florida / Food / United States

The Surprising Delights of Sarasota Florida

Sarasota Florida is known for its sunny weather and sandy beaches, but there’s more to it than just that. Sarasota is full of surprises, starting with a particularly colorful history, thanks to two of its early developers, a couple of the famous Ringling brothers, who were extremely wealthy at the […]

Mike from Chili Pepper Madness Holding a Sheep at the King Family Farm
Destinations / Florida / United States

A Table to Farm Experience

The salty beach town of Anna Maria Island, Florida, might not immediately come to mind when the conversation turns to chili peppers, but you can find anything if you put your mind to it. Being a chili pepper fanatic, I ferreted them out during a visit to this gorgeous place. […]

Chef Daniel and Mariela Groshell
Chronological / Destinations / Florida / Food / United States

Cultured Beach Cuisine: Ocean 60

CULTURED BEACH CUISINE Lucky us! There is a marvelous restaurant in Atlantic Beach that has been treating patrons to dinner and special parties for many years. Ocean 60 entered the scene in 2001 ~ Where the familiar and the unexpected make delicious partners ~ Where the daily buzz includes a […]

Debi Lander and astronaut Charlie Walker
Chronological / Florida / United States

Kennedy Space Center: Lunch with an Astronaut

As a travel writer I’ve met my share of million-mile airline members and platinum-level frequent flyers, but I recently dined with a man who undoubtedly has flown more miles than anyone I’ve ever met. Charlie Walker, veteran of three space missions, and I were introduced before he spoke at the […]