Sue Quigley

Yankee Bean: where homemade soups reign supreme

February 01, 2017 - 19:46

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

January 26, 2017 - 14:22

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

January 20, 2017 - 17:40

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

January 20, 2017 - 16:51

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.

The Business of Staying Slim, Fit

January 11, 2017 - 19:35
As each New Year begins, the vow to lose weight, stay fit and eat healthy looms large.

The holiday season is officially over and thank goodness says your stomach.

Whether it’s losing weight, quitting smoking or improving our fitness routines, this is the time when people all around the world vow to stick to their New Year resolutions. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, those resolutions often fall flat within a few weeks because we tend to set the goals too high making them overwhelming and unattainable.

As our Top Five New Year Resolutions list shows, the focus is on staying fit, weight loss, and leading a healthier lifestyle.

Vintage Treasures

January 06, 2017 - 19:15

The Worn Door offers vintage home decor and re-inspired pieces of the past

Leslie Exterkamp, right, with Jessica Denmark, left, with in the main showroom of The Worn Door Vintage Market located in Winchester Plaza, off US19.

Leslie Exterkamp adores old furniture.

“The craftsmanship is superb,” she said “It is amazing to see the quality of work back then to what we see nowadays,” she explained.

Exterkamp “rehabilitates” furniture and — beginning Jan. 7 — is holding classes at her newly opened vintage market to teach the public the techniques she and her assistant Jessica Denmark use to revitalize those old, beautiful pieces of furniture.

Good food: Ringing in the New Year

December 30, 2016 - 14:44
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

December 29, 2016 - 19:23

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

December 24, 2016 - 14:51
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.

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