Monthly Archives: November 2016

Florida-Grown Magnolias

Among the tall pines and waxy magnolias lining the quiet roads of Barberville sits a cluster of metal warehouses where door wreaths and mantle dressings have gained national attention. Situated at the corner of County Road 3 and State Road 40, a passerby would never guess the verdant works of art hand-assembled inside the sterile […]

Gasparilla Brunch

Each winter Tampa overflows with pirate-themed parades and revelers. Can’t get to The Big Guava this winter? We discovered a treasure-trove of Gasparilla social secrets from Andy Huse, a University of South Florida associate librarian and archivist. “The Tampa elite, around 1904, wanted a Mardi Gras, without the religion,” Huse explains. “They made up the […]

The Spread: Buccaneers’ Booty

Yo! Ho! Ho! And two bottles of rum, one blonde and one dark, to concoct these Gasparilla-themed drinks. Blow your hearties away with these jolly recipes featuring Papa’s Pilar—a fine spirit made in Florida and inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s sense of adventure. Winter in Florida Serves one 1 1/2 ounces Papa’s Pilar Blonde 1 ounce […]

Just Hatched: Debuts to Peruse

NORTH LUCKY GOAT COFFEE CO. TALLAHASSEE On June 1, Lucky Goat Coffee branched out with a second location in Tallahassee’s Midtown neighborhood. The company roasts 20 coffees, from a mild, almond-flavored brew to an espresso with a slightly acidic, black-pepper kick. “You won’t find a lot of syrups here,” says retail manager Lindsey Sheets. “Our […]

The Roost: Wide-Open Spaces

  ELKTON The property contains 30 acres of rural, forested land, though it’s just a stone’s throw away from the historic city of St. Augustine. The 3,396-square-foot home has three bedrooms, three baths, a gathering hearth and a screened lanai. The charming house overlooks a 3-acre lake and includes a small fishing dock. The property […]

Made In FLA: Road Warrior Anhaica Bags

Before it was home to Florida’s state government and the Florida State Seminoles, Tallahassee was Anhaica, capital of the Apalachee tribe. It’s here that Marina Mertz hand stitches bicycle bags hardy enough to endure long rides in the rain but with a refined enough look for off the trail. A DIY-er with a penchant for sewing, […]

Florida Author Brad Meltzer Tells us What to Read

With his mix of history and intrigue, Brad Meltzer knows how to thrill readers. In fact, two of his books have reached the No. 1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list (The Inner Circle and The Book of Fate). Several more of his books, thrillers and non-fiction works alike, have also landed on […]

Suite Cuba Love, a Personal Essay

In 1969, ten years after the first wave of Cuban refugees started hitting Florida’s shores, Crosby, Stills & Nash released a single called “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.” Stephen Stills, who wrote the song, said it was originally a poem about the singer-songwriter Judy Collins, known for her folksy vocals, social activism and piercing pool-blue eyes. Stills […]

Beauty and the Feast

From the moment Caroline Moran took her place at a long, rustic dinner table in Loxahatchee four years ago, she knew she had found culinary nirvana. “The bucolic atmosphere of being on the farm makes it special and different,” says Moran, a Wellington resident who has since become a regular patron of Swank Specialty Produce’s […]