Meals under $10 in St. Augustine

St Augustine Business Rant & Rave

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...]

Kids Eat Free in St Augustine!

Looking to enjoy dinner out with kids on a budget? Here's a list of places kids eat free in St. Augustine, Florida.

Eating in a vacation town can be pricey... add meals for your littles and the bill to eat out soars! We love dining out (as is evidenced by the massive number of St. Augustine restaurant reviews here) but have to live within a budget. As a family of 9, I've learned tips and tricks to eating out with kids. One of those tips? Visit your favorite restaurant on a night that kids eat free! Here's a round-up of restaurants with specials for younguns. I included chains in this post but local restaurants are in bold - support local as much as you … [Read more...]

La Cocina International Restaurant

La Cocina International Restaurant St Augustine Beach

Hubby and I slipped out for an evening together. It wasn't an anniversary dinner or any other special occasion; we just needed a few kid-free hours to talk... or not talk. You know how some weeks are so busy that even sitting quietly sounds like a blissful evening? Yeah, it was one of those. We dressed up a bit & made the trek over the Bridge to La Cocina International Restaurant in St. Augustine Beach. When our server, Jorge, brought over a bread basket with toasted and cheese topped bread with fresh marinara, I mentally raised the bar. This was going to be … [Read more...]

Obi’s Fillin’ Station at St. Augustine Beach

Obis St Augustine Beach Restaurant

The vintage garage theme is clear from the moment your tires roll over the "service bell" line in the parking lot alerting the kitchen to your arrival. Obi's Fillin' Station is a tribute to America's automobile era down to the smallest details- and dreaming it all up was half the fun for Eddie Obi Jr & Angelo Hernandez, the local owners with as much of a passion for burgers as they have for cars. Obi's is divided into two rooms- the waiting area, with an open kitchen and a tempting dessert case, and the dining room. The counter dividing the two boasts an old car … [Read more...]

Macaroni and Cheese Taste-off

st augustine macaroni and cheese taste off

A friend and I were kicking around ideas for dinner plans. Both of our husbands were away and we figured a night off from kitchen duty was in order. We decided to go to St. Augustine and track down the best Macaroni and Cheese... with our combined 10 children... who range from 7 months to twenty-something. That's normal, right? I dubbed our quest BO Mac-n-doto or, the inaugural event of the Brown Olsen Mac-n-Doodle Taste-Off. Because life is short and eating dinner should be fun. Want to join us? Read on... #whybenormal #bestmomever To formalize this BO Mac-n-doto … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to LOVE The Original Cafe Eleven Brunch

Cafe Eleven St Augustine Beach

Cafe Eleven generously offered a $25 gift card giveaway with this post. Amy won the random drawing. Subscribe for future giveaways! If you're looking for a weekend brunch, I've found where it's at!! Cafe Eleven stays busy all weekend long with their amazing brunch buffet. It's a St. Augustine Beach gem! Here are 5 reasons to love The Original Cafe Eleven's Brunch: 1. It's so chill. I love dressing up and enjoying fine dining... but Saturday mornings are for relaxing. Cafe Eleven serves a great brunch without the fuss. Go in your beach duds, go in your yoga pants, go in … [Read more...]

RECIPE: St. Augustine’s Best White Sangria

White Sangria Recipe

The quest for the perfect sangria has been a long and arduous hunt. I've sacrificed for you, dear readers, to find the best in town. I've sipped bad red wine with some fruit tossed in disguised as sangria and I've labored over which of the tasty ones was the bestest-best just for you. And now my search is over. I am quite confident I have found the best white sangria in town. It's at the Colonial Quarter's Taberna del Caballo. {You thought I was just going to tease you until later in the post, didn't you? Nope- straight to the good stuff!} They let me peek into their … [Read more...]

RECIPE: Healthy Juice Pops for Hot Florida Days!

Summer Popsicle Recipe

Time with cousins is the best! We road tripped down to Lake Wales for a summer visit with lots of great people: my kids great-grandma, their great-aunt & great-uncle, Aunt Jadi and some grrrrreat cousins! Lake Wales is nestled in central Florida- and boy is it hot! It's often 5-10 degrees warmer there than at our St. Augustine address! We cooled off one day at Legoland's water park but the rest of the time we hung out with family and tried to keep cool. The heat is good for citrus- Polk county is the top citrus producing county in the entire state! But it's bad for … [Read more...]