Focus On Florida: Florida Seafood

Florida Stone Crabs About: Unlike the blue crab, you only eat the claws of Florida stone crabs, which are considered a delicacy. Fishermen take only the claws and return the crab back to the water where their claws regenerate the next time they molt. Best Time to Get Them: Stone crabs are only legal for Read More

Liquid Gold Returns to the Chesapeake Bay

If you like sweet rum and cokes, crisp martinis, or smooth bourbon on the rocks, you’ll love sipping your way around the bay this season. The Chesapeake watershed is overflowing with new distilleries, and they’re popping up so fast that it’s hard to keep track. At the start of this summer, Virginia is home to Read More

Chesapeake Bay’s Best Crab Decks

Around the Bay, images of the iconic red crustacean appear everywhere— from flags, hats and T-shirts to bumper stickers, menus and refrigerator magnets. Outsiders might wonder about a regional mascot with spindly little legs and oversized claws, but locals see this beloved aquatic creature as a symbol of summertime and a tasty reason for gathering Read More

Mastering Paella on the Coast of Maine

Paella. We’ve all heard of it, and we’ve all probably eaten it, perhaps in a fancy Spanish restaurant where the dishes are passable if watered-down versions of their original incarnations, and the ricey paella concoction arrives at the table slightly gloppy yet decently yummy after an interminably long wait. A few summers ago, I stumbled Read More

Hunting for Mangoes in South Florida

Humidity and heat are all relative in South Florida. Compared to February, a night in June is hotter than a pot of simmering conch chowder, but as opposed to August, it is like swimming in a bowl of gazpacho. There is that magical time of day, right before dusk, when the sun has dropped just Read More

Enjoying New Orleans Cuisine

“Howdy, folks. Welcome to New Orleans.” The wrinkles on the back of the man’s neck told a story of how long he had been greeting people. “What brings you to town?” Patrick and I spoke simultaneously: “Jazz Fest.” “The food.” The man laughed and slapped his knee. “Well, you’re both in for a treat.” He Read More

Red Snapper and Killer Bee’s in Nevis, Leeward Islands, West Indies

“Sca-a-a!” Sunshine, the imposing Rasta owner of Sunshine’s Beach Bar on Nevis puffed his chest and lunged at the green vervet monkey who did not move. “Get outta here.” The monkey tilted his head to one side and stared quizzically at Sunshine with a look that said, “Mister, we’ve been through this before. Do you Read More

Top Tito’s Summer Cocktail Recipes

Are you looking for a great summer drink? Look no further! Our list of top Tito’s Summer Cocktail Recipes are below! In 1995, Tito Beveridge had the idea of building his own microdistillery incorporating the boutique winery concept into the spirits industry. He acquired the first legal permit to distill in Texas, and has since Read More

Top 11 Chesapeake Bay Oyster Eateries – Maryland vs Virginia

Chesapeake summers ease you into such a laid-back state of mind that your big decision of the day can be choosing cold beer or crisp wine to accompany a dozen fresh oysters. That cool combo of bivalves washed down with a favorite drink is a beloved Bay ritual. The options were once simple: Natty Boh Read More

Chesapeake Bay Seafood – You Can’t Beat It

It all begins with a nibble on your line. A few strong tugs and your heart beats a bit faster anticipating that something delicious beneath the waves has taken the bait. Who knows what could land on the hook when you drop a line into Chesapeake waters? The Bay shelters about 350 fish species, which Read More