A Florida Everglades Lunch at Joanie’s Blue Crab Cafe
Nov11

A Florida Everglades Lunch at Joanie’s Blue Crab Cafe

Wrangling snakes requires mental alertness and nourishment. Before learning the proper ways to round up pythons last month, I fed my body a Florida Everglades lunch at Joanie’s Blue Crab Cafe.

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When Traveling to Lisbon, Portugal, Taste the Ginjinha
Aug23

When Traveling to Lisbon, Portugal, Taste the Ginjinha

When traveling to Lisbon, Portugal, be sure to stop and sip the ginjinha (or ginja). If you have the option, sip it from an edible, chocolate cup for that chocolate covered cherry flavor. As part of the Viking River Cruises Portugal’s River of Gold itinerary, I had time to explore Lisbon (Lisboa) for a couple of days before boarding the ship and sailing the Douro River. One of the things that makes Viking Cruises awesome is that...

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Travel to a Blue Zone in Greece to Discover Keys to Longevity
Jul14

Travel to a Blue Zone in Greece to Discover Keys to Longevity

Looking for an October getaway and the secrets to living longer? Travel to a Blue Zone in Greece to discover keys to longevity. Blue Zones recently launched Adventure Travel Tours and will be offering two, 7-day trips to Ikaria, one of the five Blue Zones discovered by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic fellow.

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Eating in Thailand: Beetles, Crickets and Grasshoppers. Yum!
Mar30

Eating in Thailand: Beetles, Crickets and Grasshoppers. Yum!

“Mmm. It’s kind of nutty and creamy,” I said after chomping down a roasted silk worm cocoon in Chiang Khan in the Loei province.

As the group I was traveling with walked to dinner, we admired the street vendors roasting a variety of food. Over dancing flames I saw skewers of octopi, legs of chickens, and little balls of meat in which I assume was pork.

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Travel to Thailand: How Sweet it Is. Maphrao Kaew Made in Loei
Mar27

Travel to Thailand: How Sweet it Is. Maphrao Kaew Made in Loei

  “We like sweet things,” my guide said as the group stopped at a small maphrao kaew factory in Chiang Khan located in Thailand’s northeast province of Loei, “Because coconut is not sweet enough,” she added while laughing. Maphroe kaew is coconut strips cooked in melted sugar to create a deliciously sweet treat. Lined up on a table were plastic bags filled with sugared coconut strips in hues of...

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My 48-Hour Love Affair With Pittsburgh During a Winter Freeze
Mar17

My 48-Hour Love Affair With Pittsburgh During a Winter Freeze

It just took 48 hours to fall in love with Pittsburgh. Sure, one of those mornings it was 3 degrees, but during my quick visit I found so many things to love about the Steel City.

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Ramp Picking Weekend at The Arnold House in the Catskills, April 18 – 20, 2015
Mar12

Ramp Picking Weekend at The Arnold House in the Catskills, April 18 – 20, 2015

Oh, boy. Sure wish I could participate in the Inaugural Ramp Picking Weekend at The Arnold House in the Catskills, April 18 – 20, 2015. Ramps are new in my culinary world and I consider them one of those trendy veggies for the hipster crowd. Have you tasted ramps?

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Visiting Pittsburgh? Grab Lunch at Penn Avenue Fish Company
Feb27

Visiting Pittsburgh? Grab Lunch at Penn Avenue Fish Company

Visiting Pittsburgh? If seafood is your thing, grab lunch at Penn Avenue Fish Company in the Strip District. While there, be sure to say “hello” to the head fishmonger, Timmy Reynolds. My coworkers gave me a funny look when I volunteered to travel from sunny Florida to Pittsburgh in February for business. The Steel City has been on my radar of late, especially since the last time I visited was more than 10 years ago. ...

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Recipe: Fiery Party in Your Mouth Potato Chip Cookies
Feb19

Recipe: Fiery Party in Your Mouth Potato Chip Cookies

Making recipes prepared by loved ones in my past is a way I travel back in time and reconnect with cherished memories. One of my favorite sweet treats my Grandma Huber baked when I was a kid were Potato Chip Cookies. Ingredients are pretty simple yet the cookie is thick with a buttery, savory and simply sweet flavor and crunchy texture.

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Entangled at the Bacon Bar During Clearwater Beach Uncorked
Feb09

Entangled at the Bacon Bar During Clearwater Beach Uncorked

I learned something over the weekend which should have been pretty obvious. Women earn some serious street cred with the guys when they can do this: scoop up a dripping piece of greasy bacon and gobble it up without shame.

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Bring the Taste of the Sunshine State into Your Kitchen with Old Florida Spice Company
Jan13

Bring the Taste of the Sunshine State into Your Kitchen with Old Florida Spice Company

Cooking is one of my hobbies. It’s relaxing and allows me to use my creativity. It also allows me to revisit favorite destinations either by recreating dishes or cooking with ingredients picked up during my travels. If Florida is one of your favorite travel destinations – add a little sunshine to your meals with spices and rubs called Old Florida Spice Company by The Spice Lab.

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Attention Florida Foodies: Clearwater Beach Uncorked 2015 is Feb. 7 & 8
Jan07

Attention Florida Foodies: Clearwater Beach Uncorked 2015 is Feb. 7 & 8

My taste buds have been screaming for a delicious food festival! I’m so excited to be attending the 4th annual Clearwater Beach Uncorked  being held Feb. 7 & 8, 2015, beneath the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa. I enjoy attending food festivals solo because I can take my time to savor the flavors, chat with the chefs and sponsors, and bypass what doesn’t look appealing, which usually isn’t much. It’s also an...

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A Wicked, Awesome Breakfast at Sand on the Beach in Melbourne, Florida
Dec30

A Wicked, Awesome Breakfast at Sand on the Beach in Melbourne, Florida

Some girls like it hot and I’m no exception. Spicy food is a restaurant’s aphrodisiac used to lure me as a loyal diner and its biggest cheerleader. One of the best breakfasts I enjoyed this year was the Shrimp & Crab Wicked Breakfast Waffle at a low-key, casual place called Sand on the Beach in Melbourne, Florida on the Space Coast.

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Recipe: Smoky Gingersnap Cookies
Dec07

Recipe: Smoky Gingersnap Cookies

‘Tis the cookie baking season and if you like sweet and savory flavors, you’ll enjoy this Smoky Gingersnap Cookies recipe using fresh ginger and The Spice Lab’s Hickory Smoked Sea Salt from The Spice Lab. These two key ingredients give the gingersnaps a nice spicy bite.

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Thanksgiving Omelet from John Ski’s House of Breakfast & Lunch, Punta Gorda, Fla.
Nov26

Thanksgiving Omelet from John Ski’s House of Breakfast & Lunch, Punta Gorda, Fla.

Gobble, gobble! Turkey Day is around the corner and when I saw a Thanksgiving Omelet on the menu at John Ski’s House of Breakfast and Lunch, I KNEW it needed to get in my belly. And so it did. It’s no secret I enjoy good food whether from a five star restaurant or local greasy spoon and when I needed to choose a meeting spot for a business lunch in Punta Gorda, Fla., John Ski’s seemed perfect for its location, being...

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