Month: February 2012

Florida Fun Snapshots

Wordless Wednesday: Baby Snakebirds at Shark Valley in Everglades National Park

It’s nearly spring in the Everglades meaning baby animals are abundant. In addition to seeing young alligators we spotted juvenile Anhinga during the weekend visit to Shark Valley in Everglades National Park, Florida. Anhinga are also called Snakebird and I wouldn’t say the pink, bald baby birds we saw were cute but will say they Read More »

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Adventures with the Parents Florida Fun

Sweet on Harold P. Curtis Honey Co. in LaBelle, Florida

Spotting jars of local, golden honey I’m like a…well. Like a fly on honey. I initially noticed the Harold P. Curtis Honey Co. when driving along Florida SR 29 through LaBelle sometime last year. I saw the “Honey” sign and jars of honey in the window of a stand-alone building that looked as though it Read More »

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Florida Fun

Punta Gorda Farmer’s Market is Simply Fresh in Southwest Florida

Some days I can’t find myself out of a paper bag but last week my navigation disability ended up being serendipitous. After leaving a meeting in Punta Gorda, I took a wrong turn down Taylor Road and saw signs promoting fresh produce and farmer’s market. Following the signs, I ended up at the corner of Read More »

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Adventures with the Parents Florida Fun

Slice of Florida Life at the LaBelle Swamp Cabbage Festival, Armadillo Races

Eating the state tree seems as savage as the idea of eating the state bird. No, we don’t eat mockingbirds here in Florida but we do enjoy swamp cabbage (also called hearts of palm) which is the young bud of a Sabal Palm, or cabbage tree.

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Cool Stuff Others are Doing Florida Fun

Fort Myers to Host Tattoo and Music Festival, March 2 – 4, 2012

To tattoo or not to tattoo? That’s the question I’ve pondered for a long time. As in 10 years. I know they stay with you forever and I’ve seen some really stupid tats on people, especially when I was in college. I’ve also seen some really amazing tattoos on folks.

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Contests

Winner: February’s $10 Ben & Jerry’s Gift Card

Thanks to everyone who entered my contest to win a $10 Ben & Jerry’s Scoops Shop gift card earlier this month. Congratulations to Livivua C.! Stay tuned for more contests throughout the year!

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Florida Fun Snapshots

Wordless Wednesday: Backstage at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota, Fla.

Last month I had the honor of hearing Harvard Economist Professor Roland Fryer speak at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall (NOT pronounced like “van weasel”) in Sarasota. His presentation on economics and race was fascinating and what made the evening more interesting was was watching him speak as I sat backstage of the Van Read More »

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Florida Fun

Tampa Bay Rays’ Joe Maddon: I Dig His Style

Donning what some called auburn-colored hair at today’s pre-spring training press conference at the Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla., there’s no doubt Tampa Bay Rays’ Manager Joe Maddon has some serious style.

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Florida Fun

My First Rays Fan Fest at Tropicana Field

Saturday was Rays Fan Fest, a time for Tampa Bay’s beloved Major League Baseball team to interact with fans and get them pumped up for the upcoming season. Yes, it may be February but the boys of summer are already looking forward to baseball season, which swings into action in early April.

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Florida Fun Travel News Travel Resources

First Trader Joe’s in Florida Now Open in Naples

Sitting on my sofa sipping a glass of Two-Buck Chuck cabernet sauvignon tonight, I’m recalling last Saturday’s trip to the first Trader Joe’s in Florida. Located in North Naples, there’s only one word to summarize the scene. Craziness! I have never visited a Trader Joe’s but after hearing friends brag about the eclectic specialty grocery Read More »

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