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...]

Double Duty Recipes for Breakfast and Dinner

Today, all my #SimplyBloggers friends are sharing Back to School tips. We have a collective 4 bajillion kids & a lot of get-it-done gumption so if you're looking for fresh ideas, encouragement or click through the links at the end of this post!! I cannot believe I'm typing out a Back to School post. First of all, it's July. Second of all, I'M NOT READY!!! AHHHHHHHH!!! Wednesday, August 10 is the first day of class in St. Johns County and although our family has flexibility as homeschoolers, we're starting back in August as well... mostly because it's too hot to enjoy … [Read more...]

Meet the Chef: Chason Spencer, Hoptinger Executive Chef

  I met Chef Chason while planning our Hoptinger St. Augustine Foodie Adventure. He's creative, ambitious and loves the industry he's becoming an influencer in. I'll let him speak for himself... me: So when did you know you wanted to be a chef? Chef Chason: I grew up cooking w/my dad in the kitchen- he literally built the house around the kitchen. I always knew that's what I wanted to do. The high school I chose to go to was starting an academy of hospitality... I went straight from there to culinary school & I have a bachelors in both culinary … [Read more...]

Outback Crab Shack

There are waterfront restaurants and then there are waterfront restaurants. Outback Crab Shack is so on the water, they had to build a retaining wall to keep the water out of the restaurant! They also have the longest boat dock on the river- 1,500 feet long, to be exact- and fresh seafood, fried gator, a smoker full of BBQ and ice cold beer. If you're a boater, a biker, a good-ole-boy or just hungry for great service and Southern food, this place is for you. First, you must understand that Outback Crab Shack is in the middle of nowhere. Well, it used to be. … [Read more...]

St Augustine Foodie Adventures

When visitors ask what to do in St. Augustine, I often send them on a Foodie Tour. They want to get to know the city and where to eat- St. Augustine Historic Walking Tours does a great history-based foodie tour where you explore the town and munch along the way. But for the locals who want some next level dining experiences... well, St. Augustine didn't have a foodie experience to graduate to... until now. St. Augustine Foodie Adventures plans monthly meetups at local restaurants to showcase independent restauranteurs and to give them a chance to wow foodies. The … [Read more...]

Refreshing Noble Juice Smoothie {Disney Dole Whip Copycat Recipe}

This post is sponsored by Noble Juice. We have smoothies a few times a week. I vary them a little- sometimes I add tropical fruit, other times it's strawberry coconut- but for the most part they're predictable. I stocked up when Publix had Noble Juice BOGO and decided to play around with new smoothie flavors. When I tried out this copycat Dole Whip Smoothie Recipe on my kids, they were over the moon! Dessert for breakfast?! Yes, please! This is a spin-off from the famous Disney Dole Whip, a dairy free pineapple soft serve ice cream. We have a Dole Whip Stand in St … [Read more...]

recipe: Citrus Cake with Tangerine Balsamic Glaze

This is a sponsored post by Noble 100% Florida Tangerine Juice. Lauren, our amazing 14 year old daughter, loves to bake. She bakes sugar cookies, she bakes cupcakes with from-scratch cream cheese icing, she bakes chocolate chip cookies and brownies and cherry cordial cookies and pies... this girl has a serious sweet tooth and some serious skills in the kitchen. This is a problem when: a) Mamma is trying to lose those last 5, 10, 15, ahem... few pounds since baby Wesley joined our family. b) It's winter and colds are passing around like crazy and we're all trying to … [Read more...]

Meals under $10 in St. Augustine

There are a lot of reasons to love living in a tourist town. St. Augustine has some uh-ma-zing restaurants and all of our visitors sustain these local businesses! Hubby and I love exploring downtown on date nights. If you're a foodie, you'll definitely want to check out my post of can't miss foodie experiences in St. Augustine and the post about dining through St. Augustine's history. Day in and day out, though, most of us can't afford $40 lunches and $75 dinners. St. Augustine needs a list of affordable meals and I knew where to find all the local favorites... the … [Read more...]