Mexican Moniker – To Match a Tropical State of Mind

It had been 12 years since Patrick had been on a boat in Isla Mujeres and 20 since I’d frolicked in Mexican time — too long between fiestas. “Jacqui,” my husband called to me from his hammock suspended over white sand. Before the lime of my first margarita had even puckered my throat, Patrick decided Read More

Take a Caribbean Cocktail Cruise

Where Rum Is the Main Attraction Whether you enjoy the delicate taste of silver rum mixed with tropical juices in a smiling tiki glass or prefer the robust flavors of aged rum sipped neat in a tumbler, the islands deliver whatever your lips desire. As the birthplace of this divine elixir, the Caribbean is a Read More

A Home In the Islands – St. Thomas, USVI

It was Easter and I was attending a Baptist church service in St. Thomas. We had been in the Virgin Islands for a month. Each morning, Marilyn, a local woman with skin the color of melted chocolate, dressed in oversized T-shirts and black spandex tights, would sing out “Good morning to you” as I came Read More

Fish On

Fish on, fish on!” Jack the first mate cried over the rumble of the powerful engine. Dumbstruck, I watched as my line began to run. “Reel in, reel in!” he shouted at me as if I were a child. I looked down at the spinning reel.  I began winding the handle. “No, no, let it Read More

Five Star Chefs

Florida’s culinary scene is sizzling hot right now, and it’s not due to steamy temps in the Sunshine State. Master chefs are migrating to coastal towns challenging food traditions and creating a wave of dishes unique to their region. They’re tapping into centuries-old ethnic influences from the Caribbean, Cuba, Central America, Asia and beyond to Read More

Newcomers to the Chesapeake Bay Dock & Dine Scene

When warm weather rolls into the Bay, everybody eagerly anticipates the arrival of new restaurants in the Chesapeake Bay to pick crabs and savor local seafood. Change inevitably comes with the new season. Some restaurants don’t survive the winter hibernation, and beloved watering holes occasionally disappear from the shores. But before long, hopeful new owners Read More

Searching for Salmon in British Columbia

On our way to British Columbia I had visions of watching grizzlies swat passing salmon out of the river for their dinner. The salmon runs are legendary and the stuff of National Geographic specials. I have seen enough documentaries to think it would be easy to hike up and pluck one out of the racing Read More

Mud-Buggin’ for a Crawfish Boil Done Right

The flat-bottomed aluminum boat glided through Bayou Savage, parting the sea of emerald green and leaving a trail of muddy brown behind us. Overhead, sprays of Spanish moss hung like tinsel from the Cyprus and tupelo trees of the bayou. The zit-zit-zit sound of thousands of dragonfly wings flittered through the thick, muggy air. We’d Read More

Anegada Lobster Tacos with Coleslaw and Mango Salsa

“It’s a unicorn.” Patrick shook his head. “Like Atlantis or El Dorado, it doesn’t exist.” My husband has a flare for the dramatic. I was pretty sure Anegada was a real place, we’d just never been there. It wasn’t like we hadn’t tried. For the past 17 years of bouncing around the Caribbean on boats, Read More

Island Cowboy

I’d never thought of islands as homes for cowboys but just off the coast of Georgia, twenty miles south of Savannah, I met the quintessential island cowboy. Ossabaw is Georgia’s second-largest barrier island. Twice the size of Bermuda, it has eleven-thousand acres of highland forests and fourteen-thousand acres of marshland, and is full of sturdy Read More