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Beer Brunch with Fat Point Brewing and OPUS Restaurant in Punta Gorda, Fla.

You read the headline right. I recently attended a beer brunch featuring craft beer from Fat Point Brewing at OPUS restaurant in downtown Punta Gorda, Fla. I’ve attended wine dinners where wine is paired with an entrée and I’ve attended my share of wine tastings but attending a beer brunch was a first. I have to say, it was pretty marvelous and I’m hoping more beer brunches are in my future.

Adventures in Dining at The River and Rail in Roanoke, Virginia

There’s nothing I enjoy more than when a meal ends up being a dining adventure. I savored one of those foodie experiences last month in Virginia at The River and Rail, a southern Bistro in the historic South Roanoke neighborhood. It was one of those standout experiences where I witnessed the marrying of flavors and textures I didn’t know possible as they playfully danced on my taste buds.

Farm-to-Table Dining at Local Roots Restaurant in Roanoke, Virginia

“These are beer-battered ramps,” the Local Roots restaurant server said while placing a platter down on the table. Lightly golden brown straws ranging from half an inch to an inch in length sat in front of me. Some were single tubes while others had small branches, looking like miniature barren trees. Underneath the deep-fried coating I knew something dark green was underneath yet had no idea what it was. For all I knew, it could be deep fried caterpillars.

Did I Score Big on Concert Tickets From ScoreBig.com?

Did I score big on concert tickets from ScoreBig.com? Summertime means outdoor concerts and earlier this month, for one night I felt like a giddy teenager again (except for the beer in my hand). On a steamy Florida night I was dancing like a fool and singing at the top of my lungs as Def Leppard and KISS rocked the stage of the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, thanks to ScoreBig.com.

Beer Brunch with Fat Point Brewing and OPUS Restaurant in Punta Gorda, Fla.

You read the headline right. I recently attended a beer brunch featuring craft beer from Fat Point Brewing at OPUS restaurant in downtown Punta Gorda, Fla. I’ve attended wine dinners where wine is paired with an entrée and I’ve attended my share of wine tastings but attending a beer brunch was a first. I have to say, it was pretty marvelous and I’m hoping more beer brunches are in my future.

Memorial Day at the Sarasota National Cemetery

As I drove to Orlando, I thought it was appropriate to mark Memorial Day with a stop at the Sarasota National Cemetery.

Travel to Virginia: Staunton is Cute as a Button

Heat from the donut radiated through the to-go container and warmed my...

Travel to Ireland: Feeling Small at the Cliffs of Moher

Spend any amount of time in Ireland and you’ll discover the Irish are brilliant storytellers. Folklore and true tales have been passed through generations and if you have an open ear, hear these tales from your taxi driver, new pub mates, random folks on the street, and of course, your tour guide. I explored Southwest Ireland with Paddywagon Tours and discovered how they serve up a heaping bowl of fun storytelling to complement the Emerald Isle’s stunning scenery.

Travel to France: Walking in the Paths of Romans and Artists in Arles

Walking through the dark cryptoporticus of Arles, France, I couldn’t help think how cool this was, both literally and figuratively.

Will Sending My Elected Officials Postcards from State & National Parks Make a Differnce?

Is it a crazy idea to send my elected officials postcards from state and national parks during my summer travels?

What Have You Damaged in a Hotel Room?

What have you damaged in a hotel room?? If it hasn’t happened to you already, someday it will. Oh, trust me.

Travel to the Domincan Republic: My Trip to Samana in Instagram Photos

Ah, beautiful Samaná. An ecotourism paradise with gorgeous, uncrowded beaches, turquoises-blue water, hypnotizing waterfalls, sweet fruit, and warm, welcoming smiles. Enjoy my February 2014 journey through my Instagram images tagged with #EcoSamana.

Book Review: Only in Spain by Nellie Bennett

Thank you, Nellie Bennett. Because of you I’m now dreaming of grabbing a floor-length skirt layered with ruffles and heading off to Spain to learn flamenco. Before reading “Only in Spain: A Foot-Stomping, Firecracker of a Memoir about Food, Flamenco, and Falling in Love” the idea never crossed my mind but because you so eloquently shared your sacrifices to follow your passion to learn authentic flamenco, I want to run away with gypsies, too.

Finding Old School Treasures and Pop Culture at Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke, Virginia

Given the choice of thrifting at a flea market or visiting a shopping mall, I’ll always choose the former. I was in my element browsing the aisles and piles of Black Dog Salvage during my spring visit to Roanoke, Va., seeking a treasure with personality to add to my home.

Putting My Hot Air to Work With Glassblowing in Staunton, Va.

I huffed and puffed yet didn’t inhale while putting my hot air to work during a glassblowing session at Sunspots Studios in Staunton, Va. Receiving a consultation with a glassblower was like having a consultation with my hairstylist.

Did I Score Big on Concert Tickets From ScoreBig.com?

Did I score big on concert tickets from ScoreBig.com? Summertime means outdoor concerts and earlier this month, for one night I felt like a giddy teenager again (except for the beer in my hand). On a steamy Florida night I was dancing like a fool and singing at the top of my lungs as Def Leppard and KISS rocked the stage of the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, thanks to ScoreBig.com.

Travel Gear Review: ChargerGenie, the World’s First Charging Tote Bag

Last year I shared with you information about ChargerGenie, the world’s first charging tote bag, being funded through the crowd funding site Indiegogo. I’m thrilled to share I’ve received one – in Pink and Black Cheetah Print, no less – to review and it’s pretty nifty.

TV Show Casting to Give Missed Travel Connections a Second Chance at Love

If you’ve ever connected with someone during your travels, felt a spark, then lost touch and down the road wondered “what if,” listen up. A major cable network series is NOW casting for a TV show to give missed travel connections a second chance at love.

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Change Can Be Heavy But It’s Good

Change can be heavy but it’s good. “You’re in the beginning of your seventh year. Of course everything will be okay,” the medium at Florida’s Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp told me after I asked, “Will I find a place to live in Tallahassee?”

Did I Score Big on Concert Tickets From ScoreBig.com?

Did I score big on concert tickets from ScoreBig.com? Summertime means outdoor concerts and earlier this month, for one night I felt like a giddy teenager again (except for the beer in my hand). On a steamy Florida night I was dancing like a fool and singing at the top of my lungs as Def Leppard and KISS rocked the stage of the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, thanks to ScoreBig.com.

Pack These Cat Eye Bifocal Reading Sunglasses from ICU Eyewear for Your Summer Vacation

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Free Museum Admission Sept. 27, 2014 for Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live!

The date is set for one of my favorite days to soak up culture, Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! is Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Marking its 10th anniversary, more than 1,000 museums across the U.S. will offer free admission with a pre-ordered ticket.

Beer Brunch with Fat Point Brewing and OPUS Restaurant in Punta Gorda, Fla.

You read the headline right. I recently attended a beer brunch featuring craft beer from Fat Point Brewing at OPUS restaurant in downtown Punta Gorda, Fla. I’ve attended wine dinners where wine is paired with an entrée and I’ve attended my share of wine tastings but attending a beer brunch was a first. I have to say, it was pretty marvelous and I’m hoping more beer brunches are in my future.