Jaybirds Restaurant

Jaybirds Gorgonzola Burger

I've driven by dozens of times... maybe hundreds. From the road, Jaybirds wasn't quite convincing enough for me to stop. But when friends raved about the fresh lunch they enjoyed there, Georgia Anne & I decided to try it out on a "girls night out". {Thanks, John & Michelle!} After grubbing potatoes at a Blue Sky Farms event earlier in the day, we were hot & thirsty and ready for an early dinner. Our server Chris {who happened to be the friendly & super helpful bartender} helped me come up with a light & fruity cocktail. Jaybirds stocks several … [Read more...]

Writing & Photography Contest: Be Featured on Simply St. Augustine!

Summer Writing Contest

It's summertime and some kids are ecstatic they don't have to pick up a pen for a few months! This post is not for them. Here, read this one instead or maybe this one. Or just work your way through all these fun  St. Augustine #staycation ideas! Now, to the students who like to write... who think in creative sentences and dream up leads or new characters as you're drifting off to sleep, this one is for you. A little backstory first. Years before I saw my first piece printed in a travel magazine, before the parenting columns or my own blog, someone gave me a chance. … [Read more...]

Nao Victoria

El Galeon and Nao Victoria St Augustine

If you've arrived here from the 31 Days of Summer in St Augustine page, you may be curious why I'm including ships as #7 and #10. Let me clear that up right away... first, they're that cool, IMO. Second, they're only here until July {El Galeón} and August {Nao Victoria} so you need to sense urgency. Third, this post is quick and the one about El Galeón is lovely and descriptive and you need to read it. Anyways, we recently hopped aboard Nao Victoria... quite literally:   The very, very, very first thing you need to know is that the Nao Victoria is a … [Read more...]

Georgie’s Diner

Georgies Diner St Augustine

St. Augustine has a diner that all the locals know but only some tourists stumble upon. Georgie's Diner is instantly recognizable as you drive down Malaga Street and just like diners across the nation, they serve breakfast all day plus a hodgepodge of American classics. The bonus at Georgie's? They offer Greek specialties as well- but you have to know which ones to order. We've been enjoying Georgie's for years. My favorite dish is the Greek Omelet at breakfast (mmm... I love all that feta!). On our last visit, most of us ordered from the dinner menu. We started … [Read more...]

Creative Juices Natural Cafe

Creative Juices Cafe

If you enjoy fresh food, if you enjoy healthy food, if you enjoy veggie food or gluten-free food or whole food, if you have ever had a juice you love or have never had a juice you love... you need to go to Creative Juices Natural Cafe on Anastasia Boulevard. Creative Juices' menu boasts locally sourced veggies and something for everyone. When I went, I ordered the Tempeh Reuben on GF bread and savored every bite as only a GF newbie can do. Man I missed sandwiches... I hope I don't have to be GF forever. But if I do, I'm going to find out what kind of bread this was … [Read more...]

Catch 27 Restaurant

Catch 27 Shrimp and Grits

Since I wrote this post, Catch has grown up a lot! They moved a block away into a much larger space- from Hypolita Street to Charlotte Street. Read my updated post about Catch 27 <-there. I can not believe it's taken me this long to talk about Catch 27!!!  Believe me, my negligence has nothing to do with the quality of this amazing restaurant... I've recommended Catch 27 as serving the best local fish in St. Augustine countless times on facebook and twitter... now it's time for me to sing their praises on the blog. Catch 27 is my favorite destination for fresh, locally … [Read more...]

The Chocolate Turtle

St Augustine Dessert Restaurant Chocolate Turtle

The Chocolate Turtle closed. In its place, you'll find Hot Shot Bakery with delish, house-baked sweet treats as well as a breakfast and lunch menu (served most of the day). The owners of Chocolate Turtle have opened a place at the foot of the Vilano Bridge near Kingfish Grill called Dessert First Bistro. Definitely check them out! These ladies rock desserts!! In the heart of historic St. Augustine, a quaint historic home is filled with chocolatey goodness. Cakes, tortes, cheesecakes and other decadent desserts fill the case and beckon passersby to stop & sit a spell in … [Read more...]