Wordless Wednesday: Food, Glorious Food from Recent Florida Travels

Hungry? Maybe after this post you will be. Following are a few snapshots from some tasty restaurants I’ve visited in the past month. Each restaurant deserves their own post with elaboration and in due time, they will. For now, enjoy these culinary snapshots from some of my recent journeys. If planning a culinary vacation in Florida, my article on what Florida foods you should enjoy may be of interest. 

Closer to the Vine, Wine Bar & Coffee House in Punta Gorda, Fla.
www.closertothevine.com

This tasty little place opened in February 2011 and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. One recent Saturday I enjoyed a lovely turkey, brie and raspberry sauce sandwich with a rockin’ coleslaw and mimosa. I sat outside and enjoyed the lovely Florida breeze. Oh yeah, life is good.

Lunch at Closer to the Vine, Punta Gorda, Fla.
Lunch at Closer to the Vine, Punta Gorda, Fla.
Closer to the Vine, Wine Bar & Coffee House, Punta Gorda, Fla.
Closer to the Vine, Wine Bar & Coffee House, Punta Gorda, Fla.

Donut Hole Bakery Cafe in Destin, Fla.
www.yelp.com/biz/donut-hole-bakery-cafe-destin
Red velvet donut with cream cheese frosting. Do I really need to say more? Yeah, I do but you’ll need to be patient. But if visiting Florida’s Panhandle, make the Donut Hole Bakery Cafe a stop. You’ll probably wait in line but it’s worth it. Pictured is an apple fritter, glazed chocolate, glazed blueberry and red velvet.

Donuts from the Donut Hole, Destin, Fla.
Donuts from the Donut Hole, Destin, Fla.

Michael’s On East in Sarasota, Fla.
www.www.michaelsoneast.com
I typically wouldn’t dine at Michael’s On East because it’s above my budget but I had a gift certificate from Sarasota-Manatee Originals given as a gift for Christmas (thanks Mom!) so it eased the budget. A friend and I dropped by following a Sarasota Film Festival screening. In addition to simply delicious meals, a “hello” from THE Michael (he put the Michael in Michael’s on East) makes dining here extra nice.

Salmon from Michael's on East, Sarasota, Fla.
Salmon from Michael's on East, Sarasota, Fla.
Fried Oyster Salad, Michael's on East, Sarasota, Fla.
Fried Oyster Salad, Michael's on East, Sarasota, Fla.
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Jenn

Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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