Category Archives: Restaurants

Manatee County: The Beaches Between

I used to live in Bradenton and it always bothered me that when I went up North I had to always say “it’s between Sarasota and Saint Petersburg.  I would also be asked in there were any beaches there for … Continue reading

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Florida’s AIA Winning Structures Have Been Incredibly Diverse and Unique

Every year the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects (1912) celebrates the outstanding contributions in architecture and design in Florida and Puerto Rico.  This year’s convention will be next month in Naples and a panel of non-Florida architects … Continue reading

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Fish With A View: My Best Seaside Seafood Restaurants In Florida

Vacationers in Florida are shocked that some areas of Florida are thin on quality seafood restaurants and even disturbed when people start recommending chain restaurants available back home.  Despite a coastline of 1300 miles, seafood is not inexpensive in Florida. … Continue reading

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Small Town Weekend Trips: Dade City

I spent last weekend on a little trip from my home in Tampa to do some antique shopping in Dade City and eat at the famous Lunch at Limoges luncheon at the 1908 Williams Department store.  You are missing the … Continue reading

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The Annual Walt Disney World Food Challenge

Every year restaurants are added and some vanish at the resorts, four parks, and Disney Springs complex at Walt Disney World.  As an annual member and nearby Florida resident since WDW opened in 1971, I sometimes feel like a Disney … Continue reading

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The Best “Old” Resorts and Hotels In Florida

In Europe a hotel is not old until it passes its 200th birthday, but here in Florida old means the building was constructed before World War II. As a historian, I enjoy the sometimes laid-back atmosphere and sheer personality of … Continue reading

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Christmas In Florida Is Snow-Less, But Not Show-Less

Growing up outside Boston as a child meant dreaming of a white Christmas.  As often or not we had frigid weather, icy roads, and no snow. Floridians don’t have to worry about the white stuff in December.  We still celebrate … Continue reading

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