Bath Junkie Building Coming Down

construction downtown st augustine

Construction downtown is intended to beautify the city and local businesses are dealing with temporarily slower traffic due to construction. But one local business is suffering in a major way- Bath Junkie's building has partially collapsed and although architects have been consulted to see if the 1804 building can be salvaged, the outlook is bleak. No decisions have been officially made as to the future of the building.  UPDATE: The building will come down 9/25 after 6 pm. "I'm just glad nobody got hurt," neighbor Colleen of Spice and Tea Exchange said. First … [Read more...]

Who’s writing this blog?!

Simply St. Augustine

I'm really glad you've discovered Simply St. Augustine! Simply is a blog about our family's life in America's oldest city. Simply is a website covering attractions like the Pirate Museum & all the delish restaurants in St. Augustine & parks in St. Augustine you may not know about. Simply is also a place for locals {and those who wish they were!} to chat via facebook & twitter. And for those with wanderlust, Simply is a launching pad for road trips. Now that you know what Simply St. Augustine is, I'll share who Simply St. Augustine is... I'm Allie O! I'm a … [Read more...]

Hot Shot Bakery’s Sweet & Sassy Meatball Contest

cooking contest st augustine

Y'all know I love to try new things. November 15, I get to try lots of new recipes because I'll be judging Hot Shot Bakery's Sweet and Sassy Datil Meatball Competition! Sherry Stoppelbein has been whipping up creative combinations at Hot Shot Bakery and winning cooking contests for years. Now, she's giving local chefs the opportunity to show off their best datil meatballs and win a getaway at the historic St. Francis Inn in St. Augustine. Winner also takes home a collection of Hot Shot Bakery’s datil sauces, jams, mustards and jellies. That's one hot … [Read more...]

Panelist at the FPRA Jacksonville Media Summit

PR North Florida, PR Jacksonville, FPRA meetings

The Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) - Jacksonville Chapter- is hosting their annual Media Summit and power networking event in September. I'm honored to be on the panel of media experts as a blogger and freelance journalist. From their site, "Three panels of working news editors, writers and reporters plus bloggers, digital media and online news editors discuss the state of media in the market, analyze ethics issues and offer tips on best practices in media relations." If you're in the industry, please join us! When: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 3:30 … [Read more...]

St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum

Saint Augustine Lighthouse

St. Augustine attractions range from historic to must-see-cheesy. When visiting for just a few days, it can be hard to decide what to do in St. Augustine! Although not walkable from downtown, The St. Augustine Lighthouse is an easy choice for those interested in history, 360* views of St. Augustine and a whole lot more! Here's what you'll want to know before you go: Height to Climb: We've been to the Lighthouse grounds many times but our littles had never been in the lighthouse- children must be 44" before they conquer the climb. In the past, they'd have to play in full … [Read more...]

Burger Buckets Restaurant

Burger Buckets Restaurant St Augustine

Local funny guy, Kelly, joked, "I noticed Fudge Buckets went into the {old} LoveBerry on St. George Street. Soon, ALL restaurants in St Augustine will be FB." He's not too far off. What started as a "sweet" idea for creatively packaging homemade fudge has developed into 3 locations in 3 historic St. Augustine blocks. The two Fudge Buckets are sweet shops - featuring ice cream, fudge and Pop-n-Off Popcorn - and the 3rd is Burger Buckets, a three-meals-a-day restaurant. The kiddos and I hit Burger Buckets for a late lunch on a recent rainy day. Our friendly server … [Read more...]

Hot Shot Bakery

Hot Shot Bakery St Augustine

I met Sherry Stoppelbein at a Women's Food Alliance event when her meatloaf beat mine in a cook-off. Now that I've eaten in her restaurant and seen shelves lined with awards and honors for best chowder, best Datil Pepper sauce, best... best... best... I see I stood no chance. Fortunately, you can enjoy her art -which is making any meal amazing- at local Hot Shot Bakery which faces Lightner Museum's plaza. Here's a virtual visit to hold you over... When you first walk in, you'll meet Sherry and some of her team: … [Read more...]

Namaste Restaurant

Baba Ghannouj St Augustine Mediterranean Restaurant

I refer to the restaurant throughout this piece as the Mediterranean Shish-Kebab Restaurant. They have renamed their restaurant to Namaste. Same place! It took a bit of convincing to get the kiddos in the door at St. Augustine's Mediterranean Shish-Kebab Restaurant. They really wanted burgers but I was too tired to drive to GAS and, honestly, it was late and I wanted our food 10 minutes ago. I remembered tales of a Mediterranean Restaurant with an Indian buffet (buffet = no waiting!) ... two minutes later we were pulling in. Four more minutes later I'd convinced everyone … [Read more...]