Delightfully Doughy Delicacies at Johnson’s Bakery, Perry, FL

Yes, many of our larger communities have Publix Supermarkets with excellent bakeries (Gainesville has at least 10!) but I’ve never heard anyone claim that they’re better than Johnson’s Bakery in downtown Perry, Florida.  Downtown Perry, the county seat of Taylor County, is undergoing a growth spurt and remodeling, and the heart of the action and …

Try Kayak Fishing in the Wakulla Backwaters

Last weekend I left my flats skiff behind in Steinhatchee and joined a couple of other outdoor writers in Wakulla County for a kayak-fishing adventure. Of course, over the years, I’ve made numerous trips out of St. Marks, Panacea and Spring Creek, but never had much chance to fish the shallow, close-in flats and inshore …

Fresh Local Fare at Tupelo’s in Monticello

Locavores will delight in the menu at Tupelo’s Bakery and Cafe in Monticello’s charming downtown. The blackboard announcing the daily specials encourages diners to “slow down, talk with friends and eat well,” which is exactly what you’ll want to do when you sit down in front of a plate of Tupelo’s goodies. Fresh-baked bread and …

Gainesville’s “Top” Restaurant: The Top in Downtown Gainesville

If you’re looking for a great meal in downtown Gainesville, The Top is one of the best places to go.  The menu has plenty of options for anyone.  The menu has something for everyone, including a great selection for vegans and vegetarians.  The ingredients are sourced locally whenever possible, and the sweet potato fries dipped …

Boiled Peanuts at Maria’s Dixie Nut House in Oldtown

Located at the intersection of US 19 and 55A, the owners of Maria’s Dixie Nut house have been serving up boiled peanuts for 34 years.  They started at a roadside stand and eventually moved into the building you see today.  They have green peanuts from May-October, and they get them from local sources whenever possible.  The Jumbo peanuts …

Day 4, the last day of the Visit Natural North Florida Press Tour–Leon County

After wrangling all the writers into the van at the Governor’s Inn in Tallahassee, we headed over to Another Broken Egg, a breakfast joint over on Capital Circle, east of town.  While part of a chain of ‘eggy’ restaurants, the food was excellent and the portions huge.  Just what we needed after 3 solid days …

“Ti Amo” Loves Fresh Local Ingredients: Dinner and a Show!

One of the highest rated places on the restaurant scene in Gainesville, Ti Amo is located downtown about a block away from the Hippodrome Theater.  The restaurant specializes in fine dining, and the menu has a decided mediterranean twist.  Ti Amo is a somewhat pricey restaurant, with full size entrees averaging about $20.  However, for smaller …