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Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards’ 8th Annual Wine & Seafood Festival

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards isn't in a popular part of Florida. It's only 26 miles from Orlando, but it seems worlds away from Disney World and Universal Studios. Lakeridge is in Lake County, a part of Florida known for its rolling hills and lakes—Lake County has over 1000 lakes and rivers. It was these lakes

Images of St. Patrick’s Day

If you read my March 6th post, you already know I had several great options for St. Patrick's Day food and fun here in North Pinellas, Florida Illustrated's home base.  In addition to the area's more long-standing traditions at Flanagan's, Peggy O's, O'Keefe's, and The Lucky Dill, several relatively new drinking establishments were offering specialty

Craft Street Kitchen Takes Their Desserts to the Next Level!

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Craft Street Kitchen’s slogan, “seriously fun food,” has never disappointed their customers. Menu items such as The Belgium Clucker, Buffalo Cauliflower, and Lobster Mac and Cheese are crowd-pleasing fan-favorites that keep their customers coming back. In typical Craft Street Kitchen “uncommon hospitality” fashion, owner Jon Rehm and Operating Partner, Danielle

A Day at Florida’s favorite agricultural fair, The Florida Strawberry Festival

Although Plant City may be unknown to most tourists, Floridians know it as the state's primary producer of strawberries.  The Florida strawberry has a more tart flavor compared to the milder, sweet California strawberry.  You may prefer California strawberries on your cereal, but when it comes to strawberry shortcake, Florida strawberries are

Fish & Chips, Lenten Fridays, Corned Beef, and St. Patrick’s Day – North Pinellas


This started out as a post about fish & chips.  It was a Friday during lent, and I didn't feel like cooking, so fish & chips came to mind.  Then I realized that most of the places with fish & chips on the menu are Irish/English pubs gearing up for their St. Patrick's Day

It was a beautiful day for The Dunedin House of Beer’s 6th Annual Craft Beer Fest

On your marks, get set, drink!  It's Tampa Bay Beer Week, and you'd better start drinking if you want to fully experience Tampa Bay's ever expanding craft beer scene. You've got a lot of breweries to visit.  In Tampa, there is Cigar City Brewing, Tampa Bay Brewing Co., Coppertail, Six Ten Brewing,