Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
3:14 am
March 29, 2017

AROUND THE TABLE

Gator Bay Bar and Grill

Gator Bay Bar and Grill

Writer: James Combs Photo: Fred Lopez Fun, sun, and food well done. A cool breeze coming off the water blows softly on the back of my neck. Palm trees sway gently, while classic rock plays in the background. Gator Bay Bar and Grill, tucked away off County Road 44 near Haynes Creek, allows visitors to enjoy outdoor dining in a secret oasis. Accessible by automobile…
Cooking With Amy: ‘It’s All Good!’

Cooking With Amy: ‘It’s All Good!’

Story: Theresa Campbell Gustare la cucina—the Italian phrase for “enjoy cooking” heartily describes Amelia “Amy” Landi Lednak, a Villages grandmother who dreams about cooking and loves being in the kitchen. “Cooking is definitely my passion,” says Amy, 81. “It’s what I do. I cook from morning to night every day. I love making different things. Sometimes I don’t sleep thinking about it. I’m so excited…
Cedar River Seafood

Cedar River Seafood

Story: Leigh Neely Photo: Volkan Ulgen Cedar River Seafood on U.S. Highway 441 has long been a favorite of locals, and I freely admit, it’s one of my regular go-to places. The fried grouper is heavenly, the catfish is light and flaky, and the tilapia is wonderful. You can get any entrée broiled or fried, and the deliciousness is equal both ways. To make it…
Five Guys and a Burger

Five Guys and a Burger

Leesburg is getting a new hamburger joint! Five Guys, with its handcrafted burgers and mega servings of fries, is coming to the Lakefront City in the space where Bojangles was for a short time on U.S. Highway 441. If that doesn’t excite you, developer Hill Gray Seven is also going to put a Chipotle there along with space for a dental office. Guess that means…
Fine Dining in Fruitland Park

Fine Dining in Fruitland Park

The Rose Plantation is newly opened in Fruitland Park. The 100-year-old Pine Eden Estate is being renovated to be an upscale steakhouse. James Dwight built the home in 1917 for his wife, who hosted a variety of parties, galas, and balls as most women from prominent families did. In addition to the commercial kitchen, the restaurant now has central heat and air. However, the original…
Going for the Green

Going for the Green

St. Patrick’s Day means a good time around town, and, of course, eating the Irish favorite—corned beef and cabbage. The traditional meal came about when early Irish immigrants ate it to remind them of the homeland. According to most stories, many Irish don’t even eat it these days. However, it’s still a very popular American tradition, and you can eat it every day (sans the…
Something wonderful is brewing 

Something wonderful is brewing 

Mount Dora Brewing and Rocking Rabbit Brewery, 405 South Highland St., Mount Dora, recently expanded and continues to grow in popularity as a “go-to” place that serves beer brewed on site with organic ingredients. It’s also drawing crowds for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Among the breakfast offerings are special omelets including Hollandaise Shrimp Omelet filled with tender bay shrimp with tomato and mozzarella cheese topped…
Patience pays off

Patience pays off

A vertical wine tasting compares different vintages (harvest years) from the same winery and grape varietal. It’s also a fun way to learn what you like and what you don’t when it comes to wines. Story: Mary Ann Desantis, WSET Organizing an affordable wine vertical tasting takes a lot of patience and sleuthing. If you collect wines, you know how hard it is to keep…
That’s a Big-a Meat-a-ball!

That’s a Big-a Meat-a-ball!

March 9 is National Meatball Day, and you can now get Mama Mancini’s Meatballs at Publix! Whatever meat you prefer in your meatball—beef, turkey, chicken, pork—you can find them fully cooked and ready for your table. All you do is heat them up, maybe add some of Mama Mancini’s Slow Cooked Italian Sauce and your favorite pasta for meal the family or any single person…
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