Photo of the Week 04: Photogenic Food in Ft. Lauderdale

Lobster Mac & Cheese at Sweet Nectar in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

I think I’ve finally figured out the secret for the perfect Instagram flat lay: just go to a restaurant that’s already done all the work for you. Case in point: the beautiful setup above at Sweet Nectar in Ft. Lauderdale, a cute open air restaurant serving up tapas on Las Olas Blvd in the heart of everything.

When I heard that my best friend Candace was going to be in Ft. Lauderdale¬†for a week, I immediately made plans to go visit for a weekend. Since she lives in Pennsylvania, we make a point to see each other anytime we’re within 4 hours of each other.

This trip was special for two reasons: 1) I’ve never driven further south than Jupiter and was ready for an adventure, and 2) Candace and I have always talked about doing some type of girls weekend but never got around to it. This was the perfect opportunity to spend some good quality time together. Continue reading “Photo of the Week 04: Photogenic Food in Ft. Lauderdale”

A Foodie Guide to Anna Maria Island

Nothing gets me excited about visiting a new place like the food. I love to eat and have a passion for trying new cuisines and sampling different variations of old favorites. This makes for a combination that excites my palate but also requires me to partake in weekly vigorous exercise. Ughhhhhh.

As a professional cheerleader for fish tacos and homemade ice cream (anybody hiring for this position?), the beach is one of my favorite places to do my research.

After several years visiting Anna Maria Island, and probably too many ice cream cones and slices of pie, I’ve put together a guide of my favorites on the island. Because my priorities in life are straight, we’ll start with dessert. Continue reading “A Foodie Guide to Anna Maria Island”

Shortcake or Biscuit? Foods to Love at the FL Strawberry Festival

Strawberry Shortcake Booth at the FL Strawberry Festival - a must visit if you're in Central Florida in March!

Shortcake or biscuit?

Visit the Florida Strawberry Festival and you’ll be asked this question at least once (twice or three times if you’re doing it right). Personally, I’m a shortcake kind of gal but I’m no biscuit hater.

The Florida Strawberry Festival takes place in Plant City every March, overwhelming the small town for a little over a week. Parking is difficult, traffic can be intense, but for the shortcake, I power through.

The festival is 90% fair and about 10% strawberry, but that 10% is tasty and worth driving for. Each year I load up on strawberry flavored goodies and, always up for a challenge, this year I was prepared to sample more than ever before. The post-festival strawberry food baby was, as always, completely worth it. The festival continues through the end of this weekend, so read up on my favorite treats and then sample for yourself. Continue reading “Shortcake or Biscuit? Foods to Love at the FL Strawberry Festival”