Culinary Travels

Stories and recipes from our travels!

Can you really trust a skinny chef?

Keto and Paleo and garden-fresh common sense Personally, I have never been “skinny”. In fact, I have battled the muffin top and extra 30 pounds a food critic carries. I have however learned to balance using mostly a Paleo / South Beach kind of eating plan on those distinct days I am not in the …

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Fall Recipes

Welcome to our fall edition. With the air cooling and parts of the country mesmerized by the splendor of autumn colors, my kitchen turns to its own colorful display of braising pots, baking and roasting pans and bowls of apples, jars of apple butter and cranberries and. cinnamon sticks. My oven has already started the …

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Innisbrook Resort and Spa

By Judi Gallagher – Innisbrook Resort and Spa is a mere hour and fifteen minutes north of Sarasota and central to the Tampa Bay area, but feels like a hint of Virginia or North Carolina. The trees may not be in full autumn colors, but the greens on the golf course with a forest of …

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Palm Island Resort

By Judi Gallagher – ‘A hidden gem’: typically reluctant to use trite phrases as such, I am called upon now, however, to describe Palm Island as a precious personification of beauty surrounded by water.  Fear not, hidden, not really. More of a beach and tree-laden mecca, the island is a lovely and relaxing drive from …

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Beach retreat on the ninth floor

(Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa) Have you ever had one of those dream vacations? One where everything goes just right? It does happen, and lucky for me, it happened by chance. I really needed a long weekend away. Without a second thought, I went with a tried and true hotel brand, who …

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Roasted Duck Breast with Honey and Spices (La Bouteille d’Or)

For 2 persons Ingredients: 1 duck breast (360 g) 1 half-teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 star anise 1 cinnamon stick 1 pinch crushed pepper 3 tablespoons honey 15 cl meat broth Fine salt   Preparation: Heat the honey in a pan over high heat; add all the spices. Heat 2 to 3 min, the time that …

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Culinary travels with Chef Judi

Welcome to the flavors of culinary travels. Each month I will bring the destinations from my edible adventures back to the Suncoast. Explore some the most delectable experiences through vivid pictures, recipes and suggestions on where to go, what to eat and where to stay. This month, I take you away to one of my …

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You Say Martini, We Say Martinez!

BAR LOUIE HONORS MARTINI HISTORY THROUGHOUT JUNE IN CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL MARTINI DAY Renowned spirits expert and master mixologist, Dale DeGroff, is available for interviews to uncover the true history of the “King of Cocktails” and introduce modern adaptations on the classic martini   Thinking of martinis conjures images from James Bond to Mad Men, …

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Sirard’s Chocolates and Cafe

Sirard’s Chocolates and Cafe is heading into our 11th Easter this year and we are making chocolate Easter bunnies by the hundreds. Not only do we have chocolate Bunnies but our dipped items as well. Chocolate covered pretzels, oreos, grahams and chocolate covered popcorn all with Easter sprinkles and jelly beans. Looking for that perfect …

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