Florida’s Tropical Fruit – Taste the Tropical Side of Life

It’s hard to miss Robert Moehling, the six-foot tall, Santa-bearded, affable owner of the Robert Is Here fruit stand. Located in Homestead, FL, Moehling has manned this stand for 60 years come November 2, ever since age six when his father stationed him under a hurricane shutter hand-painted with the words “Robert Is Here” in Read More

American Rum Tour – Weekend Getaway

The first person to shout, “I need a rumrunner!” was not a vacationer basking in the sun on a tropical island in need of a frothy frozen drink. Rum is an inspiration rooted in a long history in America. From the colonists and settlers, to the pirates and sailors, to prohibition’s illegal rumrunners and now Read More

Good Shucking Fun!

I was six years old when I saw my first oyster. My uncle Brett, who lived in San Diego, wanted to share his love of nature with my brother and me. He got us up at 5:00 a.m. to watch Southern California’s tangerine sunrises and taught us how to climb rocks with only ropes. One day, he Read More

Crustacean Cooking: Maine Lobsters vs. South Carolina Shrimp

TO CRACK OR TO PEEL? THAT IS THE QUESTION. TWO AQUATIC DELICACIES FACE OFF FOR THE TITLE OF MOST DELICIOUS CRUSTACEAN Maine Lobsters  Whether boiled or steamed, you can’t go wrong serving this shellfish. Try a famous lobster roll with claw meat, mayo, celery and parsley in a hot dog-style bun. Or get down and dirty Read More

To Beat ‘Em, Eat ‘Em: Invasive Species Recipes

Snakeheads on the menu? Sounds like a meal straight out of Hollywood. In reality, it’s how Chad Wells, Maryland-based chef and restaurant consultant, hopes to put a dent in the population of this invasive yet edible fish – the snakehead is a tasty invasive species! Aggressive African and Asian native species traveled to the United Read More

Crab Happy on the Bay: New Dock & Dines

When summer shuffles into the Chesapeake Bay, everybody wants to get crab happy. This culinary bliss comes when you park yourself at a waterfront dock bar and receive a platter piled high with red, hot-steamed crabs. To initiate the ritual, raise a wooden mallet toward the heavens, take a slow sip of a cold brewski Read More

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