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Dean's South of the Border in Punta Gorda, Fla.
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Punta Gorda’s Dean’s South of the Border is Turning 25!

If you have dined or sipped an adult beverage or two at Dean’s South of the Border, then you know it is a Punta Gorda institution. And hard to believe, the eatery is celebrating its 25th anniversary November 6, 2017, with six days of throwback fun.

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Bernhard Weidinger, Owner of Tina's Cafe & Bakery Vienna During A Taste of Vienna Wine Tasting in Punta Gorda, Fla., May 2016.
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A Taste of Austria at Tina’s Cafe & Bakery Vienna in Punta Gorda, Fla.

On a recent Friday night, I sat in a cozy Punta Gorda cafe with about a dozen others and all of us had at least one thing in common, an interest in wine. Together, we journeyed to Austria with Bernhard Weidinger as our guide but passports were not needed. All what was required was a thirst for adventure.

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Thanksgiving Omelet from John Ski's House of Breakfast & Lunch in Punta Gorda, Fla. Oh. Freakin' Yeah.
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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.

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Beer Brunch Menu at OPUS Restaurant with Fat Point Brewing, June 29, 2014
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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.

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A Puntalicious Day in Punta Gorda, Fla.

Yesterday was absolutely Puntalicious! My travel writer friend Lucy Tobias and I had a delicious time in Southwest Florida’s City of Punta Gorda. (Hence, I’m calling it Puntalicious!)

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Celebrating a Decade of Blue Crabs at Peace River Seafood in Punta Gorda, Florida

How fresh are the blue crabs at Peace River Seafood in Punta Gorda, Fla.? I’ve seen boats pulled by trailers roll in and unload bucket loads of crabs which are quickly taken into the kitchen. Now that’s fresh! Housed in an old Florida cracker house, Peace River Seafood is a wholesale and retail seafood operation Read More »

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Feel Good Friday: Video of Two Dogs Dining

Happy Friday! What do you have planned for the weekend? I’m heading home to Buffalo to attend a wedding in Amish Country (Pennsylvania). I’ll be there for less than 48 hours but will make the most of it. For today’s Feel Good Friday post, thought I’d brighten your day with this funny video called “Two Read More »

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I’m Officially a Groupon Groupie

I didn’t “get” the Groupon craze until I made my first purchase a couple of weeks ago and my first redemption today. It’s my understanding Groupon works this way: a set number of people need to buy into a “deal.” Deals range in value between 50 and 90 percent off. This is where the name Read More »

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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 Read More »

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