Sue Quigley

Good food: Ringing in the New Year

new years

For most of us, the traditional way to welcome in the New Year is a toast of Champagne and a kiss for a loved one.

But for millions of revelers around the world, New Year’s Eve is a time to eat symbolic treats in the hopes of bringing luck, good health and prosperity in future times. The foods vary from culture to culture but all are said to bring good fortune and help let go of the old year.

Pesky Critters

Meet Johnny Loose, an experienced professional in the removal, exclusion of nuisance wildlife

The noises started about 6 weeks after I moved in to my new house,” said Susan Malcolmson of Spring Hill. There was scrabbling in the walls and lots of thumping high up in the vaulted ceiling. Trouble was, she had no idea what kind of critter was up there.

“I was dreading it could be rats nesting,” she said.

So she called in Advanced Wildlife Services of Brooksville to investigate. The owner of Advanced Wildlife Services is Johnny Loose, 57, a pest control technician as they are called these days.

Christmas Foods Around the World

Also known as The Vigil, the Feast of the Seven Fishes is a Southern Italian custom in which a meal of at least seven different kinds of seafood is served on Christmas Eve after Midnight Mass.

Around the world, Christmas Day is a time when people chomp their way through all sorts of weird and wonderful festive fare and each country has its own particular “must-have” for every table. Here’s a small selection.

In a few European countries, the main Christmas meal is celebrated on Christmas Eve - Dec. 24, and ne’er a slice of turkey can be found. This “meatless” custom dates back from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstinence.

The Perfect Fit

Tailor, Emilio Moncada, pins the sleeves on Robert Sullivan’s dinner jacket to the correct length.

What man or woman hasn’t rummaged in the closet for something to wear only to find an alarming number of rarely — or never worn clothes, and some still with the price tags on?

What do we do with them? Stuff them in a bin bag and take them to the thrift store or perhaps sell them on eBay? Not an option when those ill-fitting fashion faux pas have cost us a pretty penny.

Funny Business

Welcome to the wild and wacky world of corny the clown.

Corny the Clown, aka Sandra Sells, 68, of Brooksville along with fellow clown Bongo, smile for the camera at a recent charity event in Pasco County.

Corny the Clown has deep rosy circles of makeup on each cheek; her nose is a pert, red circle dusted with gold and silver glitter and her hair is a halo of golden spirals. Bright red lips accentuate a huge smile and her hat is perched precariously atop her head.

She is instantly funny and friendly, attractive and alluring all at once.

Meet Sandra Sells aka Corny the Clown. She loves making people laugh and sharing her laughter with others.

Let the fun begin

DOGS, CATS LOVE LIVING IT UP AT THE PANACEA PET RESORT IN BROOKSVILLE

Bulldogs staying at Panacea Pet Resort

Family and friends in York, England thought the Owen family was losing its mind when they announced they were leaving the UK to buy a business in the U.S. It had always been husband and wife Roger and Barbara Owen’s plan to buy a boarding kennel in the UK but when their daughter Claire found land and kennels for sale in the U.S., they immediately jumped on the possibility.

Dining Out: Nouvelle Cuisine

Belgian – French Fine Dining

Lamb entree, Nouvelle Cuisine in Spring Hill

Way back in 1999, a couple came to Spring Hill and opened a restaurant. That restaurant is called Nouvelle Cuisine.

Housed in a quiet, unassuming stretch of shops set off Spring Hill Drive, its unassuming exterior belies what delights are inside.

Owners, Chef Jan Kinds and his wife, Isabelle Roos, hail from Bruges in Belgium. Kinds learned his craft growing up in the family restaurant in his native Belgian town of Bruges and specializes in delicious Belgian and French cooking like Coquille St. Jacques, Dover Sole and Steak topped with traditional Belgian sauces.

Kitchen 'Stuff' with Attitude

From vitamins, oils, spices and herbs to whisks, trivets and pots and pans, THE GO-TO PLACE IS NEWLY OPENED Good4U

Owner of Good4U healthy marketplace Vickie Galanti points out an item called ‘Cover Blubber’ - a new super stretchy food protector.

Without much ado or fanfare, a new store has quietly emerged on our scene. It’s located on County Line Road in Spring Hill and a wholesaler and leading distributor, importer of equipment that promotes the production and preparation of nutritional foods and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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