Sue Quigley

Acupuncture: The crown jewel of alternative healing

A form of natural therapy, acupuncture is a respected, powerful alternative method of healthcare

Attitudes about acupuncture have changed dramatically. It wasn’t that long ago when the very thought of treating a condition with acupuncture, or perhaps hypnosis, would raise an eyebrow or two within the medical mainstream. But not any more.

Chefs of Napoli

Chefs of Napoli turns out an impressive menu; the marinara is just perfect and the seafood is not only fresh but cooked perfectly thanks to the culinary skills of Chefs Antonio Cacace and Luigi Barile who grew up in Italy in the coastal town of Pozzuoli close to Naples.

I started with Carpaccio — an Italian term for raw beef filet. Yes, raw but so delicious. The beef is chilled and then sliced paper-thin and served with shaved Parmesan, capers, salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon juice. It's a classic.

Giving a Helping Hand

Facebook neighborhood group highlights the many helping hands in our county.

Dianna Seijas, left, and Eileen Katrick display the very first crochet mat made by volunteers at Mats for a Mission in Brooksville. The goal for 2017 is 500 mats.

Meet Dianna Alonzo, Yael Chenard and Anna Peterson — administrators of Spring Hill, FL Neighbors, a Facebook publication covering all things about news, business, art and life in Spring Hill. The group is 8,236 members strong.

More than administrators of the group, they are longtime friends who also want to give back to their community and lend a helping hand to neighbors in time of need.

The Color of Love

The Flower House poised for St. Valentine’s Day with floral arrangements that declare passion, affection and devotion.

Saint Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It’s the day of romance when, each year, people exchange cards, gifts or flowers with someone dear to them.

It’s the day when cupids and hearts and flowers become the iconic gifts to give.

It’s also the day when flower shop owners have to get all their blooms ready for their busiest day of the year.

Albert Tavolaro, owner of the Flower House, at Forest Oaks Boulevard and Commercial Way, said he starts planning for Valentine Day right after Christmas.

Yankee Bean: where homemade soups reign supreme

Don’t blink or you might miss this gem of a restaurant tucked just off Alt. 19 in Tarpon Springs. Opened in October 2006, it’s a wonderful little place owned by wonderful people. Just 30 minutes drive from Hernando County, it’s well worth a visit.

The owners, Jeanne and Manuel Tsongranis, were raised in traditional Greek and Italian homes, and rely on their family tradition of fresh ingredients and good taste. They make trips to the market everyday and handpick only the freshest seasonal ingredients to make their menu items the tastiest you’ll come across in Florida.

At the Car Wash

Weeki Washee Car Wash - "Your car will never want to leave"

Stephen Gillespie finishes cleaning the interior of Michael Smith’s Mercedes at the Weeki Washee Car Wash.

They take very good care of cars here,” said Michael Smith of CTSGraphics, a regular at the Weeki Washee Car Wash on Cortez Boulevard.

He proudly pointed over to his vehicle being towel dried by car wash staff — a large black Mercedes SUV, gleaming as brightly in the sun as the day it left the factory.

Sam’s Beach Bar: A fresh air dining experience

If you enjoy a fresh-air, outdoor dining experience, then Sam’s Beach Bar and Restaurant in Hudson is the place to go for a casual dining experience.

Located right on the waterfront, Sam’s Beach Bar & Restaurant serves up wonderful food with a stellar view.

The horseshoe-shaped bar is inviting with its brightly colored bar stools and wood paneling and is fully stocked for every kind of cocktail at Happy Hour or an after-dinner drink. It’s popular with the locals to enjoy a convivial conversation or an evening meal with friends.

High Tea Ritual, a unique and uplifting experience

Not only has the herbal blend become a popular daily beverage associated with hospitality, sipped leisurely and shared with convivial company, it is said to bring on warm and serene feelings.

The Tilted Teacup Tea Room uses only china cups, saucers and teapots for their Afternoon Tea sittings.

It’s been several centuries since the English first began the tradition of serving tea as a welcome for visitors or for celebrating important occasions. Nowadays, demand for the herbal beverage is a fast-growing trend in the US — even though it’s more for the iced variety rather than hot tea.

That is changing though as more and more Americans are beginning to appreciate the “ritual” of Afternoon Tea.

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