Monday, 29 June 2009

Citrus fresh Florida food

We all know that good cooking starts with good ingredients. In this Visit Florida video, watch as some of the best ingredients in the world - grown in Florida obviously - make some of the best dishes.
Experience recipes as diverse as grapefruit pie at Lang's in central Florida to orange fudge at Mixon's in Bradenton. Enjoy, and try not to slaver on your keyboard...

When you get to Florida, be sure to call in on Anna Maria Island, a little gem of a place off the Gulf Coast. Check out for the very best in vacation rentals on this paradise island.

Friday, 26 June 2009

Wine from paradise

Did you know that Florida produces wine? Watch this video about the Florida Winery and it seems it does.

Check out this from the Florida Winery website

Today we have expanded our selection of wines to include wines from the seven best wineries in Florida, that’s over 60 wines, which account for over 700 awards and medals. We have added walk in Humidors to all of our locations with the best selection of premium hand rolled smokes. Our gourmet foods range from the sweetest coconut candies to the hottest hot sauce. With everything from salsas and dressings, to spices and marinades, most of which are all made in Florida, you can find a way to spice up any meal. Of course you can’t have wine without a way to open it, display it, or drink it. We also carry all the wine accessories you could ever need or want.

They have outlets in St Pete and Madeira Beach, so why not pop over and try some free wine...

Monday, 22 June 2009

Italian for beginners...

Here's another great place to eat which is a little off the beaten track again (well, Bradenton) but here's another place well worth the trip in the motor: Carrabba's.
It's one of those places which has a simple philosophy to food - no doubt helped by the fact that the two founders, Johnny and Damien, enjoy their grub so much.
Carraba's serves fresh, flavorful Italian dishes prepared from the finest ingredients sourced from around the world. From fresh mussels rope grown in the icy cold waters off the coast of Prince Edward Island, to Borges extra virgin olive oil imported from Catelonia, Spain, to Garafolo pasta imported from a small town outside Pompeii.
Everything is made by hand in each of their restaurants every day from delicious soups and flavorful sauces to salad dressings and desserts. Even the roasted cinnamon rum pecans that top their John Cole dessert are made from scratch.
Check it out. The nearest one to Anna Maria is at 2106 Cortez West, Bradenton, FL 34205, call them on (941) 755-7712 or visit

Buono appetito!

Friday, 12 June 2009

Get yourself down under

Australia is a long way away from pretty much everywhere, but thanks to the Outback restaurants you can at least get a flavor of the place. The nearest one to Anna Maria Island is in Bradenton, and it's a good one.
Here's what Outback say about themselves: 'We start fresh every day to create the food you crave using the highest quality ingredients. Our soups, salad dressings and sauces are always made from scratch. We don't cut corners and we don't settle when it comes to authentic tastes, like our imported Danish Blue Cheese, our toasted hand-cut croutons or our homemade chocolate sauce. With every bite our big, bold flavors will delight your senses and inspire your tastebuds, all at prices that will inspire you to come back for more.'
And do you know what? It's hard to argue with any of that. For great steaks, seafood and big old portions, you really would be a drongo not to check in at The Outback.

Outback Bradenton (941) 792-18984402 W. Cortez Road, Bradenton FL
Opening times: Monday: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM, ,Tuesday: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Wednesday: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Thursday: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Friday: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Saturday: 3:30 PM - 11:00 PM, Sunday: 3:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Directions: On I-75 take Exit #42 ( State Road 64 West). It turns into Manatee Avenue. From Manatee Avenue, go South on 43rd Street. Located on the right before Cortez Road

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

We're losing our appetites...

A story in the Tampa Times food section caught my eye this week.
It says: A new study was recently released by Chicago-based consulting firm Technomic. It seems the recession is stalling appetizer sales. The study looks at consumer purchases in appetizers, soups and salads. According to the reports, heavy purchasers of salads dropped from 51 percent in 2007 to 33 percent in 2009. Similarly, heavy purchasers of appetizers fell from 40 percent in 2007 to 24 percent in 2009, and heavy purchasers of soups slipped from 25 percent to 15 percent in the same time period.
I hope this isn't true, the first part of a meal is almost the best one. Only the main course and dessert are ahead of it.

Come on people! Save our appetizers before they take them off the menu...