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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…
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…
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…
Spirits: Deja “new”

Spirits: Deja “new”

Friends bring new life to familiar corner hot spot in downtown Clermont. Photos: Nicole Hamel The Southern on 8th Kitchen & Bar created quite a buzz with its ‘Eat, Drink and Be Southern’ motto within a month of opening in…
In the Kitchen: Sweet success

In the Kitchen: Sweet success

Mom and daughter rolling in dough making ‘better than mum’s’ scones and special-blend teas.  Photos: Nicole Hamel Erika Shanoff and her mother Leila Shanoff are smart, creative businesswomen. The pair found success during the coronavirus pandemic by improvising day-to-day operations…
Spirits: Cheers!

Spirits: Cheers!

Bully Brewing offers dog treats made from Leesburg brewery’s grains for your pooch and tasty craft beers for their humans.  Beer and dog lovers, Bully Brewing is for you.  Leesburg’s newest family owned and operated microbrewery is a fun, dog-friendly…
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