Culinary Travels

Stories and recipes from our travels!

Eating dinner at the bar alone… Is It Worth It?

By Lori Rodgers – David’s Club Omni Resort at ChampionsGate Dinner at the bar.  Not a big reach.  I was hungry, and this is a very nice resort.  The bar at David’s Club looked like a fairly tame scene. As I walked in, I spotted a group of empty seats towards the end. Perfect. I …

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The Gourmet Highway – A Delicious Journey

“Travel as much as possible. Meet new people and enjoy new places.” The best advice I ever received came from my father. Leaving home for college several hundred miles from home was initially uncomfortable. It was the beginning of a new life. With no car, little money, I was a stranger in a strange land,. …

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The Gourmet Highway – Henry Flagler’s Southbound Train

Although we never met, I owe much to Henry Flagler, the oil and railroad magnate who literally opened up Florida’s east coast. My earliest memories are enriched by the sights, sounds and flavors of Palm Beach, the magnificent product of Flagler’s luxury Island legacy. Before I was old enough to legally buy a cocktail, I …

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Recipes from the Heart

Thanks to Kathy Witt, the award-winning travel and lifestyle writer for these delicious contributions. In a world gone topsy-turvy by a pandemic, comfort food comes to the rescue, calming nerves and nourishing the soul. This week, we welcome signature recipes from the Bluegrass State. Georgetown, Kentucky’s Local Feed is a popular restaurant and their acclaimed …

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The Gourmet Highway – A New Journey: Back to the Future

We are not alone on an island. With deference to poet John Donne, whenever someone suffers or is afraid, it affects each of us. We are one, always have been, always will be. Through this spirit of unity, no crisis can defeat us. While we will not be doing any traveling for a while, that …

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Recipes from the Heart: Georgia Brunswick Stew- A Deep South Original

There is a mystique about Brunswick Stew: Did it originate in Georgia or Virginia? Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in her classic book, Cross Creek Cookery concluded that it’s German in origin. We’ll settle everything by proclaiming it to be very American with a Southern accent. The most authentic recipe I have came from Atlanta’s Jim Sanders, …

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Recipes From The Heart

Our own Doc Lawrence shares his favorite recipes.  “Every recipe has a story. Many are priceless memories. They connect us like music and great literature.” Recipes From The Heart From the Doc Lawrence Collection Joshua Butler served as executive chef for three Florida governors, movie mogul Tyler Perry and the Zac Brown Band. A Florida …

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The Gourmet Highway: Spirits of the South-A Whiskey River Adventure

Distilled spirits came to early America much like the arrival of wine. Europeans were deeply steeped in alcoholic beverages from producing them to personal enjoyment. Wines arrived in Florida with the early Spanish Conquistadors and the monks who brought in wines to St. Augustine. The Scots, Irish, Welsh, English and Dutch had mastered the art …

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The Gourmet Highway: Too Much of A Good Thing: It’s Wonderful!

I read Mark Twain’s “The Innocents Abroad,” long before I had a driver’s license. I was hooked on travel. So much adventure seemed to be waiting and somehow, someway, I was going to find a  higher life. A promise made was a promise kept. Travel is a reward, a gift to the body and soul …

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