We made it through Hurricane Irma

It’s been a rough week down here in Clearwater, located on the west side of Florida.

After just watching Hurricane Harvey, the devastation and horrific flooding and terrifying evacuations, Mother Nature decided to visit us in Florida as well. Floridians were woke! The news was bad and kept getting worse; especially seeing that Hurricane Irma was three times the size of Hurricane Andrew.

Lily in life jacket and boots. The boots didn’t last long.

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Fruit trees and forts mark the passing of another summer

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It’s almost the end of mango season here in Central Florida. I’ve been carefully watching the blooms on my tree for several months, waiting for when the fruit is large enough to pick. The mangoes haven’t reached their yellow or orange stage yet, so I want them to stay on my tree for a few more weeks. It’s hurricane season here, and even if there are no hurricanes, there are tropical storms or at least very windy storms that knock the fruit off the tree.

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A peek into Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Although my main passion is tablescapes and entertaining, I also like to share my travels to hotels and restaurants, and share elegant surroundings.

Recently I visited Orlando, which is only two hours away from Tampa Bay , and stayed at the Hilton Bonnet Creek resort. The hotel is connected by the conference venue to the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. They each have their own pools and restaurants, but guests are free to use any of them.

I’m so glad I took the time to wander over to the Waldorf, which I had never stayed in. After strolling the long marble hallways, we turned to find a lovely tuxedoed waiter  in tails and a large silver platter of champagne flutes.
  Ahhhh, heaven.

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Farmtable Kitchen at Locale Market impressive in both fare and decor

Farm Table Kitchen, located inside Locale Market at SunDial in St. Petersburg, FL.

I went for a business lunch recently and my  associate  suggested Farmtable Kitchen at Locale Market. I had heard about the market but I must have been sleeping under a rock for two years,  because I didn’t know about Farmtable Kitchen.

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It’s Officially Summer as Tropical Smoothie Cafe Celebrates National Flip Flop Day June 16

Since I started working with marketing for the local Tampa Bay Tropical Smoothie Cafe team, one of my favorite times of year is mid-June.

That’s because  everyone gets rewarded for wearing flip flops! And in Florida, that’s a no-brainer.

Some flip flop gals in the St. Petersburg cafe in 2016.

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Cupcakes come and go, but some you remember forever

I’ve made a lot of cupcakes in my life. Especially when my girls were little. Girl scouts, birthday parties, school events or just rainy days.

At the recent Sunday Supper Food and Wine Conference we were presented with a variety of lovely colorful cupcakes from Gigi’s baker in Orlando.

What makes these stand out? Not just that they are from a lovely bakery,   but because we chose different flavors and toppings.

 

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Winning cocktail in Food and Wine Conference by Sunday Supper Movement

This weekend I attended the Food and Wine Sunday Supper Movement Conference, held at the luxurious Rosen Shingle Creek.

Three days of sampling recipes, taking photos, meeting other bloggers, exchanging cookbooks, classes on social media and photography and meeting a lot of very talented bloggers.

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Cabot Cheese at Epicurean Hotel kitchen Pair for Sunday Supper Movement Event

So excited to be with the  Sunday Supper Movement for this event at the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa!

It was a great day with hours of recipes, fun and surprises by Cabot Creamery. We were treated to a beautiful Cabot yogurt bar with fresh fruit and chocolate, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Travel into the past with luxurious Disney Yacht Club Resort

As a native Floridian, I must have visited Disney parks more than 200 times in the past 25+ years. But every time I return I seem to forget how pretty they can be. They are known for perfection, attention to detail, creativity and strangely enough – cleanliness. All of that combined makes life quite perfect when you are visiting.

Of the many hotels I’ve stayed at over the years, I had never stayed at Disney Yacht Club Resort, but I’m so glad I had the chance to.

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