Gulf Coast Beach Bars: From Funky to Fancy

We combed the bays and bayous of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to find 14 beach bars that give new meaning to the phrase “drinking in the view.” The Gulf of Mexico’s shoreline between the Louisiana/Mississippi border and the southwestern tip of Florida presents an amazing array of coastal features — barrier islands, bays, mangrove swamps, wetlands, Read More

Southern Cocktails – A History

IN AUTUMN THE South truly shines. Temperatures wane. Action on the gridiron heats up. And before you know it, here come the holidays. As this issue of Marinalife looks southward, I thought it apropos to serve up stories and recipes about iconic southern cocktails indigenous to Southern shores. Two come from the great drinking city of New Read More

Take a Seat at Nicole’s Table

WITH THE ENTIRE house now sparkling clean, Nicole steps away from Caribbean foods in the kitchen and moves outside on the veranda to cool off amid the potted plants and dark wood patio furniture. A gentle breeze greets her, as she looks down at the pink and purple flowers blooming on the foliage in her Read More

Cajun vs. TexMex – This or That

A culinary competition between the South’s beloved comfort foods and spicy regional cuisines. From Humble Roots to Global Cuisine Cajun In the early 1600s, the Acadians left France and settled in what is Canada today. In 1755, about 14,000 of them were deported, as they refused to pledge allegiance to the British king. Many migrated Read More

Chesapeake Farmers’ Markets

ON A HOT DAY in July, sweat beads up on your forehead as you reach for a juicy, ripe peach and take a big bite — there is nothing more replenishing or refreshing. The first taste of the season brings the sweetest flavor to the soul and lingers on your tongue all summer long. Eastern Read More

Garden State Sampler on a Summer Cruise

ONE OF MY FONDEST memories of summers cruising along the Garden State shore actually happened about an hour inland. We were on Route 70, an ages-old highway connecting Philadelphia to the state’s seaside communities, where six lanes dwindled to two past the town of Medford. There we would stop at one of the two, back-to-back Read More

Crabs to Go!

CHESAPEAKE BAY SUMMERS are almost unimaginable without picking a mountain of steamed crabs along the water. You can eat them on your boat or set up a seafood celebration at destinations that have picnic tables and outdoor areas with stellar seaside views. Be sure to pack wooden mallets for your hungry crew, paper towels and Read More

New England Clambake – Top 10 Places to Feast

New England Clambake is a custom that dates back well before our forefathers landed on Plymouth Rock. Early Native Americans puzzled out how to cook the region’s abundant seafood, such as clams and lobsters, by digging a pit in beach sand, using hot rocks for heat and creating steam via wet seaweed. Along the way, Read More

Whidbey & Camano Islands, Washington

At the tip of the Pacific Northwest, the largest contiguous islands in the United States encompass Washington’s mountainous waterfront. Just below the Canadian border, 18 wondrous miles of the Saratoga Passage separate the beautiful Whidbey & Camano Islands. Rich with lush forests and scenic state parks, Whidbey & Camano Islands stretch only 8.89 NM apart Read More

Provincetown Pilgrimage

The Pilgrims arrived on a sandy land spit in the New World on a wintry day 400 years ago. Contrary to popular legend, that Mayflower voyage from Plymouth, England, did not first arrive at Plymouth, MA, but where we now call Provincetown. The new settlers stayed for five weeks before pointing sails across Cape Cod Read More