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Restaurants in New Orleans

Restaurants in New Orleans

Compère Lapin: New Orleans Warehouse District’s newest restaurant offers up simplicity with the power of pure flavors. Compère Lapin’s philosophy is to make dishes that remind one of home while transporting one to somewhere new. Executing the restaurant’s beverage program are award-winning mixologist, Ricky Gomez, formerly of Cure and Abigail Gullo of Sobou and Eater NOLA’s “Bartender of the Year 2014.” The talented duo’s well-rounded knowledge of cocktail making and Chef Nina Compton’s St. Lucian background play a major influence with […]

by · June 29, 2015 · Food
2009 Freedom Swim in Punta Gorda, (Photo courtesy Sun Herald)

2015 Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim: Cool 4th of July ‘happening’

By Bonnie Gross,, Special to, June 29, 2015 – PUNTA GORDA — It started small and spontaneous. Twenty four years ago, Punta Gorda attorney Michael Haymans and some friends decided to celebrate the Fourth of July by swimming the 1.5 mile distance across the Peace River. They weren’t athletes in training; they had heard stories about how in the 1940s, swimming across the river was a rite of passage for teens. They had a good time, they told their friends, and […]

Photographers love the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. (Photo Snowmanradio via Wikipedia.)

St. Augustine Alligator Farm: Superb bird rookery at historic attraction

By Bonnie Gross,, Special to,June 24, 2015 – For years, I’ve seen stunning photographs of birds taken at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm rookery. Meanwhile, my love of things Old Florida means I am always intrigued by surviving vintage roadside attractions. So when I visited St. Augustine this June, I needed to check out the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. I wasn’t sure what to expect. The historic marker out front confirmed the St. Augustine Alligator Farm is […]

St. Sebastian River (Photo by Kyle Gabriel)

Roughing it: St. Sebastian River Preserve

By Bob Rountree,, Special to, June 18, 2015 – There are no fancy entrance gates, nor is there a groomed campground within the preserve. To get there, you travel on unpaved roads that require deft handling. Other than a buffer road along the C-54 canal, which divides the park, motorized vehicles are prohibited. But you can hike here.  You can hike until you drop — on 60 miles of trails through 22,000 acres of wilderness, trails that are also open to mountain bikes […]

Chill at a Florida spring: This is Rock Spring Run at Kelly Park

Six cool outings for hot Florida weekend getaways

By Bonnie Gross,, Special to, June 17, 2015 – It’s hot, but that doesn’t mean you have to seal yourself in air conditioning for the next five months. You can enjoy the natural and authentic Florida, even in the summer. Here are six weekend outings that are perfect for a hot, sunny summer weekend: 1. Bicycling. Try Jupiter Island. Why is it cool? The tree-shaded road on Jupiter Island gets ocean breezes. As long as you keep peddling, you stay […]

Avast ye lubbers! Pirate Festivals invade Florida

Avast ye lubbers! Pirate Festivals invade Florida

By Bob Rountree,, Special to, June 16, 2015 – Florida was strategically important for the protection of Spanish galleons that plied their way home with precious metals plundered from South America and the Caribbean. Heavily-laden vessels called the plate fleets sailed up the Gulf Stream through the straits that parallel Florida’s Keys, and pirates would prey on the fleets from their hidden sanctuaries in the Keys and along the Florida coast. Hurricanes created additional hazards, sometimes wrecking the ships on the […]

Restaurants to take dad on Fathers Day

Restaurants to take dad on Fathers Day

        Bistro Cassis: In honor of Father’s Day, on Sunday, June 21st, Bistro Cassis – Midtown’s dining destination for authentic French cuisine – will be offering dad a choice of three juicy sirloin burgers, along with fries and unlimited beer for $19. Families can dine al fresco or inside the cozy café, and enjoy gourmet burger options piled high with their choice of caramelized onions, melted brie cheese and crispy bacon; tomato jam, Roquefort cheese and crispy […]

by · June 14, 2015 · Events, Food
Taste Of The Nation Event to Feature New “Chefs on a Half Shell” After Party

Taste Of The Nation Event to Feature New “Chefs on a Half Shell” After Party

(Miami, FL) – Now in its 27th year, Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® South Florida, is gearing up for another banner event. This year, the region’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to ending childhood hunger, will showcase close to 50 of the hottest restaurants from both Dade and Broward counties, top chefs, sommeliers, mixologists and brewers. The South Beach Chic – Food, Wine & Art-themed benefit will also feature silent and live auctions, an interactive art display showcasing local […]

by · June 14, 2015 · Events, Food, Fund raiser
Flamingos have returned to a remote site in Palm Beach County for nine years. (Photo courtesy South Florida Water Management District.)

Flamingos in Florida: Back for good? Birders can see them in spring

By Bonnie Gross,, Special to, June 8, 2015 – For years, the only flamingos in Florida were at zoos, Hialeah Race Track or decorated people’s lawns. Today, however, the Audubon Society says flamingos are back, and maybe for good. Instead of random sightings, Audubon reports a flock of migrating flamingos has returned to the same spot in Florida for nine springs now. In 2014, 147 were counted. In 2015, there were eight. Still, says Mark Cook, lead scientist of Everglades […]

Father’s Day Brunch at Brasserie Central

Father’s Day Brunch at Brasserie Central

Father’s Day may not receive the same attention as Mother’s Day, but Chef/Owner Pascal Oudin of Pascal’s on Ponce and executive chef Fabien Micard of Brasserie Central are changing that on Sunday, June 21 from 11am–6pm with a festive boozy bistro brunch at Brasserie Central at The Village of Merrick Park that even includes a future free meal for the man of the hour. In honor of hungry dads everywhere, Oudin and Micard have created a scrumptious three-course prix fixe brunch featuring […]

by · June 7, 2015 · Food
Best mango recipes: Mango BBQ sauce,  chutney, daiquiris, & bread

Best mango recipes: Mango BBQ sauce, chutney, daiquiris, & bread

By Bonnie Gross,, Special to, June 1, 2015 – Dozens are heaped on my counters. My freezer is full of mango chutney and jars of mango jelly. I gave away 50 or 60 yesterday by handing a bag of mangoes to every member of my book club as they left. My book club menu included chicken breasts in a mango chutney sauce, a fruit salad starring mangoes, mango bread baked as muffins and ended with a new recipe I […]

Celebrate National Burger Day Thursday

Celebrate National Burger Day Thursday

The Local Craft Food & Drink, Coral Gables poppin’ American Gastropub that just celebrated its fourth anniversary by launching an exciting menu revamp from recently appointed Executive Chef Phil Bryant, formerly of Swine Table & Bar, is celebrating National Burger Day by offering a Burger Day Happy Hour on Thursday, May 28, 2015, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Dishing out a specially priced version of the burger served at this month’s Burger Brawl, the annual burger extravaganza and contest […]

by · May 27, 2015 · Events, Food, Miami-Dade County