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In the Kitchen: Now that’s Italian!

In the Kitchen: Now that’s Italian!

Passion and creativity are favorite ingredients of kitchen magician Roberto Manco.   Photos: Nicole Hamel Naples, Italy native Roberto Manco cherished learning to make cannoli, cakes, and pastries at the Bellavia bakery where his father worked, and he also savored…
Spirits: Going tropical

Spirits: Going tropical

Kalua Beach Bar provides ideal setting to chill and savor a Rum Runner, Tropical Tease, Blue Lagoon, and other drinks.  Photos: Nicole Hamel Kalua Beach Bar’s cool lakeside vibe offers the idyllic, picture-perfect ambiance to enjoy a cocktail or fruity…
Fork on the Road: To tapa things off

Fork on the Road: To tapa things off

Mount Dora eatery offers tasty introductions to exotic foods and faraway cultures. Photos: Nicole Hamel Rodrigo Morocho and Mario Penaherrera go back a long way. They were roommates more than 25 years ago, and today, not only are they still…
Spirits: Speak-teasy

Spirits: Speak-teasy

Handlebar Lounge is bringing a new type of atmosphere to Mount Dora.  Photos provided by Anna-Marie Williams. Walking up the dark stairwell into Handlebar Lounge, located above the Mount Dora Marketplace, the entrance opens up to a cozy bar with…
More than a meal

More than a meal

Olive Branch Mediterranean-Italian Grille & Bar offers an array of hearty dishes. Photos: Nicole Hamel  Dining at the Olive Branch Mediterranean-Italian Grille & Bar in downtown Mount Dora offers a chance to savor a variety of fresh dishes, everything from…
Fork on the Road: South for the mouth

Fork on the Road: South for the mouth

New Clermont restaurant serves scratch recipes for tasty Southern experience. Photos: Nicole Hamel After the pandemic closed the doors to Darren and Karen Johnson’s corporate events business, a window of opportunity opened wide when a newly vacated restaurant building in…
Spirits: Homegrown

Spirits: Homegrown

Dragon Flower Winery uses only the freshest local fruits to make tasty wine.  Photos: Nicole Hamel Opening their own winery was a long-time dream of Maggie Peacock and Dean Gunter that finally materialized April 28, 2018.  Dean familiarized himself with…
In the Kitchen: Raw deal

In the Kitchen: Raw deal

Local restaurant owner enjoys teaching the community about a different way of eating.  Photos: Nicole Hamel When it comes to preparing food, restaurateur Michelle Kristof has a few surprises up her sleeve.  That spaghetti Bolognese of hers—the one that looks…
In the Kitchen: Karen’s Creative Cuisines

In the Kitchen: Karen’s Creative Cuisines

Karen Ross offers cooking classes, dinner parties, and more.  Growing up with a love of cooking, Karen Ross had always hoped to be a caterer someday. When a friend of hers in Boston, informed her of Boston University’s program to…
Fork on the Road: Is this heaven?

Fork on the Road: Is this heaven?

Newly opened Tavares diner making a name for itself with biscuits. Photos: Nicole Hamel To all you “mamas” out there, consider this fair warning. A slap may be coming your way should your children eat at the Twisted Biscuit Diner…
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