The Bone-In Ribeye at Donovan's meatery.

Restaurants ’21: What’s New, What’s On the Way

While the pandemic has proven to be devastating to many in the local restaurant scene, others have pushed forward. Here are some of the intrepid chefs and restaurateurs whose readiness to open new places is acting as a guiding light back to normalcy.  DONOVAN’S MEATERY The Datz Restaurant Group has opened two new restaurants in […]

Gracie Pasta & Provisions: A great place to graze! (Video)

Who’s Gracie? (Hint: She’s not a person.) What’s Gracie? A trove of delicacies worth talking about (and noshing on).

Spanish wines shine at Orlando’s Capa

When I read that Wine Enthusiast had named Capa one of the Top 100 wine restaurants in the U.S., I decided it was time to pick up my pal Michelle and head down I-4 to the Four Seasons Resort Orlando. That’s where we got to meet the woman in charge: the restaurant’s general manager and […]

Holiday Helpers: These private chefs can make your festivities delicious (w. recipe)

If there’s too much on your plate already this holiday season, consider inviting these expert chefs to take over the cooking.

As Seen On TV: Chef Jeff Philbin talks holiday feasts (w. recipe)

What exactly should you expect from a private chef? MasterChef’s Jeff Philbin has some tips.

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The Inn on 5th in downtown Naples: Reserve now for holiday deals

If you’re looking for a luxurious Florida getaway, it seems all roads lead to Naples. Not just to the Ritz- Carlton (see Cindy Cockburn’s story), but to an extraordinary 119-room boutique hotel in the heart of downtown: the Inn on 5th. This AAA Four Diamond, Forbes Four-Star hotel is located in two iconic buildings across […]

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Puttin’ on the Ritz(es): The Ritz-Carltons in Naples and Sarasota want to pamper you

Hello holidays and cheers to 2021! Time to pack the car, put the top down and head south for a stress-free COVID recovery getaway. Ritz-Carlton may have properties in 30 countries, but, lucky for us, two of their resorts are just a short drive away on Florida’s west coast.  First stop: Sarasota. Second stop: Naples. […]

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Trinity, 4, with September's Freak Shake. Photos courtesy Bake'n Babes.

People Helping People: Bake’n Babes’ Freak Shakes helped fight pediatric cancer

The Best of the Bay-winning bakery Bake’n Babes makes fantastical Freak Shakes with a different theme each month, with part of the proceeds from each $20 Shake going to a local non-profit. September’s beneficiary was the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, and the bakery’s Instagram account featured sweet photos of young survivors alongside the Shake, a […]

Teak's crab cake.

Tasting Tour: Rating the restaurants on the St. Pete Pier

I know, I know, the St. Pete Pier has its faults. That stretch of unshaded concrete leading up to the pierhead can make for a grueling trek. The mix of bikes and scooters, toddlers and terriers makes for some dicey near-misses. And while I love Janet Echelman’s Bending Arc, couldn’t it be raised up just […]

Meat Market Tampa sommelier Pablo Salinas with wines from the 100-Points Selection. All photos by Tracey Serebin.

Meat Market Tampa launches its exclusive 100-Points Wine Selection

When I dined recently at the Meat Market in Tampa’s Hyde Park Village, sommelier Pablo Salinas was a trusty guide, offering two very interesting red wines to try with my meal — a 2016 Golden Eye Pinot Noir with my appetizer of jumbo shrimp and Dragon’s Tooth from Trefethen with my NY strip. I knew […]