Unique Eats

Best mango recipes: Mango BBQ sauce, mango chutney, mango daiquiris, mango bread

Best mango recipes: Mango BBQ sauce, mango chutney, mango daiquiris, mango bread

Mangoes may be the reason I can never leave Florida. Here are favorite Florida mango recipes discovered or developed during my 30-plus years of worshiping these beautiful fruit.

Seafood Festival with pirates on the side in historic St. Augustine

Seafood Festival with pirates on the side in historic St. Augustine

St. Augustine comes alive this weekend with twin events — 36th Annual Lions Club Seafood Festival and the historic re-enactment of privateer Capt. Robert Searle’s 1668 attack on the oldest city.

Historic Florida restaurants: A meal with a story

Historic Florida restaurants: A meal with a story

My idea of a great choice for a place to eat on vacation is a restaurant with a story behind it. Here are seven historic restaurants that fit that criteria — from Prohibition rum-runners to 1980s drug-runners; from authentic 1920s grand hotel to an authentic 1950s diner.

An out-of-the-way tiki bar:

Three Florida Keys restaurants that are hard to find but worth it

Three of my favorite stops in the Keys are a little hard to find, and that’s part of their charm. They’re off the Overseas Highway in neighborhoods — and they’re worth discovering.

The honky-tonk sign out front proclaims the location as Downtown Card Sound

Alabama Jack’s: The best start to a Florida Keys roadtrip

Alabama Jack’s has been an outpost in the middle of water and mangroves for 50 years. It’s a well-weathered, open-air, waterfront spot known for conch fritters, fresh fish and pure Keys ambiance.

Stomp the grapes at this Florida winery Aug. 12, 2017

Stomp the grapes at this Florida winery Aug. 12, 2017

Join 1,000 barefoot people to stomp the grapes at this funky Florida winery. Henscratch Farms Vineyard and Winery makes a great stop on a weekend exploring the rural cow country of Central Florida.

Almost in the Keys!

Road food along the Overseas Highway

You won’t go hungry on your road trip through the Florida Keys. There are hundreds or roadside eateries serving fresh local fish and other home-made Cuban-influenced Keys favorites.

View from the dock.

Old Florida served at Southport Raw Bar

FORT LAUDERDALE — The Southport Raw Bar is a favorite of locals, and you’ll love it, too. The water view down a canal filled with sailboats is awesome, and the seafood is fresh and tasty. This well-known, yet hidden, eatery is filled exudes ‘Old Florida’ ambience. A great place to wile away an afternoon, or take a friend to dinner.

Key West Bed and Breakfast, 415 William Street, is a turn-of-the-century house decorated with original art, vibrant color and serving a spectacular breakfast .

On a budget? Key West on the cheap isn’t easy, but here are tips

It is possible to go to Key West on a budget. Here are some frugal tips on lodging, interesting budget restaurants and free places to go.

Memorial Day Weekend: Palatka Blue Crab Festival

Memorial Day Weekend: Palatka Blue Crab Festival

An authentic Florida seafood festival in an authentic Florida village on the St. John’s River near St. Augustine.