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In the Kitchen: Spreading good vibes

In the Kitchen: Spreading good vibes

Mother-daughter duo whip up nutritious beverages at Pure, their Clermont café.  Photos: Nicole Hamel Moving from Arizona to Clermont and starting a new business during the coronavirus pandemic may seem crazy, but it has been “a great adventure” for Stacey…
In the Kitchen: ‘Slice of Americana’

In the Kitchen: ‘Slice of Americana’

Leesburg Watermelon Festival was popular summertime attraction for three decades. Savoring refreshing, chilled slices of juicy watermelon is a great way to stay hydrated and cool on a hot summer day, and it’s no wonder in tropical regions around the…
Fork on the Road: For hearty appetites

Fork on the Road: For hearty appetites

When eating at Tillie’s, prepare to go big or stay home.  Photos: Nicole Hamel Chefs have the reputation of being picky eaters. Take them to a restaurant and their attitude becomes as salty and bitter as the food they’re complaining…
Spirits: What’s on tap?

Spirits: What’s on tap?

Nothing little about Mermaid Juice’s sea of craft beer offerings. Photos: Nicole Hamel Daneaux Narrow and his wife considered opening a collectibles and antique store until his newly-acquired interest in homebrewing led them to open Mermaid Juice, a combination brewery/antique…
In the Kitchen: Just take it outside

In the Kitchen: Just take it outside

Luxury picnic planners and local chef share tips on creating a picnic to remember. Photos: Nicole Hamel Nothing says fun summer get-together quite as perfectly as a picnic, and whether the venue you choose is one of Lake or Sumter’s…
Fork on the Road: Good sports

Fork on the Road: Good sports

Gators of Umatilla scores lots of points on delicious food. Photos: Anthony Rao At Gators of Umatilla, the infamous Boobie’s Burger tastes as good as it sounds.  OK, get your mind out of the gutter. This isn’t what you think. …
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…
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