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Oyster Farming: Alabama’s Newest Seafood Revolution

I attended the 2016 World Food Championships Blogger Summit in Orange Beach, Ala., and learned about Alabama seafood and specifically, oyster farming in a world post-BP oil spill world. I also toured a working oyster farm!

How I Became a Certified Food Judge

Have you heard how I became a card-carrying, certified E.A.T. food judge? Yes, it’s a real and delicious thing and this is how I became a certified food judge…

Where Are the Best Fish Tacos in Southwest Florida? 2017 Winner Announced!

Where are the best fish tacos in Southwest Florida? Friends know I am obsessed with fish tacos. When I heard Coastal Locals and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Southwest Florida Chapter were holding a competition to find the best fish tacos in the area, I volunteered my certified food judging skills to participate.

Best Subscription Box for Those Who Love to Travel

A subscription box, by Wikipedia’s definition, “is a recurring delivery of niche products.” There’s a slew on the market and my first box was for Birchbox, where I received makeup and beauty samples. Over the years, I have tried some of the best subscription boxes, ranging from health and fitness to healthy eating to fly fishing  and now, I have tried one for those who love to travel.

Gatlinburg Attractions: Sipping Shine with Sugarlands Distilling Co.

A clue you’re in for a good time is when the guy pouring shots is named O’Damnit. Recently, I traveled to Eastern Tennessee to experience a popular Gatlinburg Attraction, Sugarlands Distilling Co. And, O’Damnit with Sugarlands was one of many who ensured I left with a better understanding and appreciation of moonshine.

Where Are the Best Fish Tacos in Southwest Florida? 2017 Winner Announced!

Where are the best fish tacos in Southwest Florida? Friends know I am obsessed with fish tacos. When I heard Coastal Locals and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Southwest Florida Chapter were holding a competition to find the best fish tacos in the area, I volunteered my certified food judging skills to participate.

Travel in Florida: All About Elephants at Two Tails Ranch

Located about 90 minutes northwest of Orlando and between Ocala and Gainesville in Williston, Fla., is Two Tails Ranch, a privately-owned, one-of-a-kind elephant ranch where eight pachyderms are permanent residents. It’s not an elephant sanctuary, although I’m aware of at least one in Florida, and since its inception in 1984, about 300 other elephants have passed through its gates. Think of the 80-acre ranch as a hotel for these endangered gentle giants.

#FishTacoCompetition: Nauti Parrot Dock Bar, Fort Myers Beach

Where can you find the best fish tacos in Southwest Florida? I’m one of the judges on the quest to find them and my first stop in the competition was at Nauti Parrot Dock Bar in Fort Myers Beach where I tried THREE of their tacos each with a different seafood protein.

Where Are the Best Fish Tacos in Southwest Florida?

I’m excited to be joining other judges in finding the best fish tacos in Southwest Florida. I am putting my certified food judging skills to work by participating in the First Annual Fish Taco Frenzy Competition and eating my way through Southwest Florida sampling this pescetarian fave. 

I Met a Rocket Man at Heroes and Legends at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

“One of my heroes was John Glenn. My mother let me play hooky from school to watch his mission. And the drama and the class with which he performed that mission was really neat,“ rocket man Jerry L. Ross told me when I asked the hero who his hero was.

Traveling Solo in Gatlinburg: Mountains to Moonshine

Forget about a Rocky Mountain high, how about a Smoky Mountains shine? Exploring and traveling on my own is my identity and my trip to Eastern Tennessee was no different. Traveling solo in Gatlinburg I inhaled the Smokies’ fresh mountain air, learned about some of the moonshine culture, explored caverns and almost got myself in trouble with the federal government!

Where to See Manatees in Florida’s Gulf Coast

Cooler weather means the lovable sea cows are congregating in warmer waters. Planning a vacation to the Sunshine State’s Gulf Coast? From Homasassa Springs to Fort Myers, here are some of my favorite places on where to see manatees in Florida’s Gulf Coast, both in their native habitat and in captivity.

Florida Travel: What to Do in Punta Gorda & Englewood Beach in 2017

Happy 2017! ‘Tis the time of year for my annual month-by-month listing of things you must try in the Punta Gorda & Englewood Beach, Florida area during the New Year. Of course, you can enjoy many of these activities throughout the year.

Solo Travel Girl’s Adventures Near & Far: Ep. 2

During Episode 2 of Solo Travel Girl’s Adventures Near & Far on WKDW Radio, 97.5 FM, I spoke with the Florida International Air Show (Oct. 21 – 23) and Kelley Higney, founder of the Bug Bite Thing,.

Pet-Friendly Glamping Rentals Website Launches

Dog packs around the world are yapping in glee over the news a pet-friendly glamping rentals website launched. Called Glamping Hub for Pets, the new site, which is part of Glamping Hub, is a community of pet owners offering a resource for booking pet-friendly outdoor lodging, trip planning and pet travel tips.

Traveling Solo in Gatlinburg: Mountains to Moonshine

Forget about a Rocky Mountain high, how about a Smoky Mountains shine? Exploring and traveling on my own is my identity and my trip to Eastern Tennessee was no different. Traveling solo in Gatlinburg I inhaled the Smokies’ fresh mountain air, learned about some of the moonshine culture, explored caverns and almost got myself in trouble with the federal government!

Quirky Gatlinburg Attractions: Kitchen-Kitsch and Homage to the Dukes of Hazzard

Find kitchen-kitsch at the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum and a country cousins shrine to The Dukes of Hazzard in two quirky Gatlinburg, Tennessee, museums.

The Manhattan Project: Visiting Tennessee’s Secret City. Kind Of.

“Ma’am, I will just run your license through the system to see if you’re one of the people allowed in,” the federal officer with the Department of Energy told me. I was at the entrance to the Manhattan Project in Tennessee’s Secret City.

A Truck, A Cat and a Single Woman’s Drive to Retire in Mexico

I’ve been told many times I’m brave but really, I’m not. But, you want to know who in my life was brave? My friend Barb who packed up her truck and cat to retire in Mexico. She was a strong, brave woman and although I am not going to share her challenges and triumphs, I will share with you her journey south to retire in Mexico.

There’s No Crying on a Harley-Davidson, But I Did Anyway

Just as there is no crying in baseball, there is no crying on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Yeah, well, I’m here to confess I did just that. Straddling 500-some pounds of hot metal between my legs on a cool December evening, I sat bawling because I accepted reality – I am not coordinated enough to drive a motorcycle.

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Oyster Farming: Alabama’s Newest Seafood Revolution

I attended the 2016 World Food Championships Blogger Summit in Orange Beach, Ala., and learned about Alabama seafood and specifically, oyster farming in a world post-BP oil spill world. I also toured a working oyster farm!

How I Became a Certified Food Judge

Have you heard how I became a card-carrying, certified E.A.T. food judge? Yes, it’s a real and delicious thing and this is how I became a certified food judge…

Where Are the Best Fish Tacos in Southwest Florida? 2017 Winner Announced!

Where are the best fish tacos in Southwest Florida? Friends know I am obsessed with fish tacos. When I heard Coastal Locals and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Southwest Florida Chapter were holding a competition to find the best fish tacos in the area, I volunteered my certified food judging skills to participate.

Best Subscription Box for Those Who Love to Travel

A subscription box, by Wikipedia’s definition, “is a recurring delivery of niche products.” There’s a slew on the market and my first box was for Birchbox, where I received makeup and beauty samples. Over the years, I have tried some of the best subscription boxes, ranging from health and fitness to healthy eating to fly fishing  and now, I have tried one for those who love to travel.

Traveling Solo in Gatlinburg: Mountains to Moonshine

Forget about a Rocky Mountain high, how about a Smoky Mountains shine? Exploring and traveling on my own is my identity and my trip to Eastern Tennessee was no different. Traveling solo in Gatlinburg I inhaled the Smokies’ fresh mountain air, learned about some of the moonshine culture, explored caverns and almost got myself in trouble with the federal government!