Casa Monica

Casa Monica Hotel Premium King Room

Casa Monica isn't just a hotel... it's an experience! {Experience via video review at the end of this post...} It's valet parking and a uniformed doorman upon arrival.  It's triple-sheeted beds, bohemian decór and tufted velvet headboards with nailhead trim.  Casa Monica is cabanas by the pool, an abundance of fresh towels and ordering lunch poolside. It's a gourmet restaurant and lounge with live music on the weekends and a cafe with freshly baked pastries and Starbucks coffee. Four stars.  Understated elegance. The Casa Monica Hotel embodies the luxe of St. … [Read more...]

Ann O’Malley’s Deli & Irish Pub

Ann O'Malley's St. Augustine

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: Ann O'Malley's is OPEN even with the crazy construction on Orange Street. Park in the garage and head on over! Remember Cheers?  You know, the bar where "everybody knows your name"?  We found it's Irish cousin in St. Augustine, Florida.  Ann O'Malley's Deli and Irish Pub has been where the locals go for 20 years... I guarantee you're welcome, too! I've heard over the years that people who don't grow up in church feel akward when they visit.  The same applies to me in bars.  I'm usually more of a Rhett's Piano Bar kind of gal than a "belly … [Read more...]

St. Augustine Food Tour

Athena Restaurant St Augustine

Opa!!  Everyone on the St. Augustine food tour joined our server in calling out the traditional Greek cheer as a flaming Saganaki appetizer arrived.  What a beginning to my tour of St. Augustine's restaurants!  That afternoon, I tasted the cultural flavor of St. Augustine. I met Mia on a humid summer afternoon.  We'd emailed back and forth so I felt like I was greeting an old friend instead of meeting my tour guide.  She easily introduced me to the other guests and offered cold water as we waited for everyone to arrive.  She hinted that we'd be dining in 4 … [Read more...]

Paws-itively Romantic {dog friendly restaurants in St Augustine}

Romantic St. Augustine

Love is around every corner in St. Augustine... and one way locals show it is by being pet friendly! We compiled a list of dog friendly restaurants in St Augustine below. Enjoy! Hubby & I met this couple outside Harry's in St. Augustine.  They live 45 minutes away but enjoy quick trips {mini vacations!} to dog friendly restaurants in St Augustine for afternoons in paradise with their pooch. We don't have a dog so we turned to our friends on our St. Augustine facebook page for help. They shared these pet-friendly restaurants: Barley Republic Beachcomber … [Read more...]

III Forks Jacksonville

I was excited about dinner but didn't care that each course was paired with wine... until I learned from IIIForks Sommelier Jeremy Vass that proper pairing of wine with great food is a beautiful thing.  Jacksonville's III Forks is a test location- so executive chef Dylan Hauge gets to have fun in the kitchen.  I experienced his creativity first hand when local media influencers & I sampled our way through the new IIIForks Bar Bites menu.  It is a fun, creative menu with all the flavor of III Forks full menu but admittedly less stuffy {read: fun, delish and … [Read more...]

Romantic Restaurants – Collage

Collage at night in St Augustine

We love live music and great views.  But some nights call for a more intimate setting.  When we want a long, quiet, special-occasion dinner we go to Collage.  Read a full-length review of Collage St. Augustine here - reviews from the locals point of view are what this St. Augustine travel blog is all about- but I also posted a YouTube Video about this romantic restaurant if you want to see more photos than I could fit in 1 blog: Attentive service that is unobtrusive... Layered flavors that, together, offer a taste of perfection... Two reasons we like Collage. Call … [Read more...]

Get Results! Peace Love Boot Camp

If you've been reading for a while, you know I started working out.  I go to Peace Love Boot Camp 3 mornings a week and do whatever Sonya tells me to. {This is Sonya- headed into a set of single-leg, inverted pushups.  No biggie.  Just a casual early morning workout.} I promised a followup post back when I did Post 1 about Boot Camp where I would share my stats after sticking with it a while.  After 5 months of boot camp, here's my progress: {drum roll, please.....} 3.25 inches lost from my waist 3.25 inches lost from my hips 3.9% bodyfat lost {I'm in the … [Read more...]