Bistro de Leon’s Pineapple Carpaccio with Tarragon Syrup

Although Bistro de Leon is now closed, you can still enjoy a taste of Chef Poinard's brilliance via this recipe! From perfectly prepared filet to flaky fresh fish to sides of whipped potatoes that I wished were bottomless, each dish I ate at Bistro de Leon left no doubt that Chef Poinard knows how to cook! This passion for food is "in his blood"; Chef Jean-Stephane Poinard is a 5th generation chef. After a satisfying meal, a light dessert is the perfect way to end the evening. Prepare this tarragon-infused pineapple ahead of time then top with ice cream for a quick but … [Read more...]

Columbia Restaurant’s Sangria Recipe

Columbia's Sangria

I was invited to Channel 4's Saturday Morning Show to share about the Hypolita Street businesses that are open during the heavy construction. We did a giveaway for Columbia's Sangria, which is now closed. But the recipe below is so tasty... read on! Columbia's sangria pitcher & long-handled spoon is classic. A glimpse of their hand-painted pottery instantly transports me to dinner with family - I have memories there with my grandparents as far back as I can remember! Columbia generously shared their recipe for red sangria and would love to mix you a pitcher next time … [Read more...]

Spice & Tea Exchange Giveaway

I was invited to Channel 4′s Saturday Morning Show to share about the Hypolita Street businesses that are open during the heavy construction. Watch the clip & hear about other businesses by clicking through the link above! Colleen, owner of the Spice & Tea Exchange, has taken jars off the walls of her Hypolita Street shop. Huge construction trucks rumbling by outside her doors make everything jostle & they're safer on the floor. Even with the chaos of construction, her spirit is undaunted. She juggles 2 shops, gives back to our community in 1,000 ways and … [Read more...]

Enjoy Catch 27 at Home!

Catch 27 Recipe

Catch 27 is my favorite seafood restaurant in St. Augustine. Fresh fish local fishermen caught the night before are what you'll find featured at dinner that night... unless you don't like seafood, in which case you should try the meatloaf which I hear is amazing. If you're craving Catch 27 but can't find a parking spot downtown, try this recipe at home: [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:11]   Recipe provided by Stephen Hutson, owner of Catch 27. Catch is located at 40 Charlotte Street. Read my blog about Catch 27 here. Call ahead for reservations: (904) 217-3542. … [Read more...]