She Said & He Said: Ice Plant

Paula Felici and Frank DiMasi are this post's fun contributors. I know you'll love reading a his & hers perspective as well as hearing from someone older and wiser than me. ;) Without further ado, I present She Said & He Said: Ice Plant Edition. What we love about living in the St. Augustine area is that on any given day, you can get up, head out and have yourself one wonderful day and feel as if you have been on vacation....no packing suitcases, no traveling to the airport, no canceling the mail.....easy breezy....get up, get dressed, get out and your on … [Read more...]

Cold Calf Local Ice Cream Truck

Tim and Robin didn't plan to own the ice cream scene on the First Coast... it just happened that way. Owners of Cold Calf local ice cream truck on Anastasia Island since August, 2015, they've already expanded to an additional trailer (Cold Calf 2), ice cream cakes, catering, and even weddings. Just a year into this biz, they're winning awards and expanding their reach. "We're kind of new to this whole thing but we killed it at Taste of St. Augustine with best dessert!" Robin excitedly told me at the cement tables in front of their iconic red trailer. "It validated … [Read more...]

Recipe: Catch 27’s Vinaigrette

When our family wants local food, we head to Catch 27. I love that they shop at farmers markets, source directly from growers, and get first dibs on fish each morning at the docks. Their seasonal menu changes regularly according to the produce coming in so every couple of visits I have a whole new menu to taste from! Today's post is with many thanks to Chef Josh. Enjoy today's Recipe: Catch 27's Vinaigrette! If you're ready to bring the fresh from Florida flavors of Catch 27 home, whip up Catch 27's Clams with Linguine and add today's dressing (below) on a fresh … [Read more...]

Catch 27 – Fresh Fish on Charlotte Street

Good things come in small packages. But in the case of Catch 27, expansion to a bigger space was a very good thing. Visitors and locals both fell in love with the former teeny-tiny Hypolita Street location. We loved eating outside beside the jasmine-covered arch. But when we went, our family took up the entire patio! When Catch 27 moved to Charlotte Street, it was a win-win. Their kitchen expanded. The patio is 5 or 6 times as big and the dining room is more spacious as well. Stephen and Lindsey worked with SPACECAMP Co to keep the local feel of Catch 27 - I love the … [Read more...]

Brunch in St Augustine – Costa Brava

Weekends are for relaxing. What better way to start a day off than with a leisurely brunch? Costa Brava's brunch is in line with the Casa Monica Hotel which houses it- classy, contemporary and five-star. It's the swankiest spot for brunch in St. Augustine. Adjacent to the lobby, you'll be drawn to Costa Brava's brunch spread whether you intend to be or not. If you're looking for an excuse to dress up, you can do it here. Gilded trim throughout the first floor, live music and servers in ties elevate the brunch to semi-formal status though many in this vacation town … [Read more...]

MBQue Smoke St Augustine Barbeque

MBQue Smoke Restaurant in St. Augustine

MBQue Smoke... it was long awaited. Well, at least it was by me. I'm a big M Shack Jacksonville fan and have delicious memories at Restaurant Medure in Ponte Vedra. To have a Medure restaurant in St. Augustine where I can get the Super Kale Salad, great burgers and some delicious, house-smoked BBQ makes me very happy, indeed! MBQue Smoke is the Medure brothers' latest iteration of good food done right. The menu includes some M Shack favorites but MBQue doesn't lean on past accomplishments. Their barbequed meats and Southern sides stand alone in a competitive BBQ … [Read more...]

Mi Casa Cafe for Music, Cold Beer, Sandwiches

In the heart of St. Augustine, Mi Casa Cafe serves up live music, cold beer and quality sandwiches. Way back before I started Simply St. Augustine, our friend Seth took us to Mi Casa for the music. He's a musician and insisted that some of the best live music in town is always at Mi Casa. He is right. Over the years, we've been back again and again for beer & sangrias on the patio but it's always been a stop on the way to dinner. Lauren and I ate at Mi Casa Cafe last week for the first time... wanna know how it was? Read on... Mi Casa Cafe for Lunch Our girls day … [Read more...]

Dolce Cafe for Sandwiches and Gluten Free Crepes

On busy St. Augustine days when crowds are thick and lines are long, we veer off the beaten path for meals. Dolce Cafe serves sandwiches, gluten free crepes, salads and coffee on the other end of St. George Street just steps from busy King Street. If you haven't been, follow me inside via photos from our last lunch there... Dolce Cafe Counter Service, Real Plates At Dolce Cafe, order & pay at the counter but receive food on real plates! I really hate {and I do mean hate} paper plates and plastic forks so this is a huge bonus in my book! The line moved slowly … [Read more...]