Only Order a Drink Here… {where not to eat}

Beer Specials St Augustine

I don't write bad reviews.  I know awful experiences are funny to read about but I teach my kids "If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all!" and I'm choosing to do likewise. Bad reviews are often funny but carelessly slandering a business could hurt another local family when I just caught them on an off day. That being said, in some instances an honest review can help you avoid salmonella or other awful stomach-twisting nights on the... err... throne.  So below, I offer a list of restaurants locals "only order drinks" from.  If you choose to eat … [Read more...]

Spanish Military Hospital Museum


Our Spanish Military Hospital Museum guided tour started with a trip to the morgue.  Did you know a couple of hundred years ago when someone was dying, the hospital would ring a bell to summon family on the alert at home?  That's where the saying, "for whom the bell tolls" comes from!  True story!  I learned a lot at this St. Augustine Museum... like this stop isn't for people with weak stomachs! Back to the morgue- that's it below- it wasn't just for dead people.  No, it wasn't a cold storage place but a quiet, private room for people to visit with their beloved soldier … [Read more...]

The Tasting Tours ~ Nights of Lights Carriage Ride

St. Augustine Wine Tour

This blog is from Nights of Lights 2013. Please call The Tasting Tours (number at end) for current prices. The Tasting Tours of St. Augustine took a brilliant idea (foodie tours like one I took with City Walk) and combined it with the oldest mode of transportation in St. Augustine (horse-drawn carriage rides) to offer several unique tours of St. Augustine.  We joined them on our last date night for their Holiday Wine & Carriage Tour as a relaxing way to take in Nights of Lights. Our van squealed in to the parking garage on two wheels.  By the time my hubby was home … [Read more...]

St Augustine Nights of Lights selected Top 10 by Travel Writers

st augustine in the news

 As all the locals know, St. Augustine is a great place to live. In this part of my site, I share news articles from around the nation where our fair city has been featured. In this one, the Society of American Travel Writers names our lights in top 10! Travel writers place St. Augustine on Top 10 lights list {excerpt} St. Augustine’s annual Nights of Lights celebration has caught the eye of a national travel group. The Society of American Travel Writers recently named St. Augustine’s light display as a member of its “top 10 holiday lights sites you may not … [Read more...]

Recipe: Mrs. Black’s Sugar Cookies

Christmas with Friends

Jenna, a St. Augustine nutritionist, is sharing some of her favorite Christmas Cookie recipes this week! She shared with me, "I got this recipe from one of my college roommates. Her grandmother would make them and send to us every month. They are my favorite kind of sugar cookies – soft on the inside with a little crunch on the outside. I make them extra thick. :) " Simply St. Augustine posts contain affiliate links. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:4] … [Read more...]

Recipe: Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

Christmas with Friends

Today's recipe will help you put a little spice on Santa's Cookie Plate!  Jenna, a local nutritionist, says, "These cookies give you a little hot surprise when you bite in. They’re perfect for a more adult Christmas gathering or for your heat-loving kiddos." Simply St. Augustine posts contain affiliate links. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:1] … [Read more...]