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Ceviche Tapas Bar – Great Seafood and Wine in Downtown Orlando

November 19th, 2012

Ancus De Rana

In 1997 the original Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant opened in Tampa. This restaurant has five distinctive buildings in five locations that offer very different dining experiences. The restaurant in Orlando is located at Historic Church Street Station in the heart of downtown. It has beautiful cathedral ceilings, a magnificent central tapas bar and a large, yet warm, lounge with live flamenco music.

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Tomoka State Park – Camping, Fishing and Paddling in Central Florida

November 7th, 2012

Tomoka State Park

Tomoka State Park is one of those special places near Daytona Beach that appeals to your sense of adventure. Activities like fishing, camping, hiking and canoeing are just a few options for fun to get you started. Wildlife viewing is popular with herons and other aquatic birds all along the Tomoka River. One unique thing you’ll want to see is the Legend of Tomokie statue which was sculpted by a local artist in 1955.

Kirby Collins camping at Tomoka State Park

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Rusty Anchor Sightseeing Cruise – See Lake Dora and the Dora Canal

September 17th, 2012

Baby Gator

Captain Dan pointed out a baby alligator as he slipped into a small creek off the Dora Canal which connects Lake Dora to Lake Eustis. Both lakes are part of the Harris Chain which are popular for bass fishing and recreational boating.

Green Heron

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Mount Dora – A Different Side of Central Florida

September 3rd, 2012

Blue Heron on the Dora Canal

I’ve known about the quaint little town of Mount Dora for years, it’s one of my parent’s favorite places to visit. Recently, however, some friends of ours, Rori Paul and Brian Young of WhatToDoInMtDora.com, invited us for an overnight visit to really get acquainted with all Mount Dora has to offer. In the coming weeks look for more detailed posts about our trip, but here’s a quick look what we did.

Wine Tasting at Maggie's Attic

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Dove Chick Survives Brush with Tropical Storm Isaac

August 28th, 2012

Yesterday when we were being buffeted by Tropical Storm Isaac, I walked outside to see a mourning dove chick, called a squab, lying in the parking lot of the condo I live in on Cocoa Beach. The squab had been blow out of the nest it was sharing with one other squab and a parent. Both the male and female mourning dove share the parental duties and I’ve seen both on the nest.

After contemplating whether or not I should intercede, I decided to move the dove squab with plastic bags on my hands to a somewhat sheltered area very close to its nest fearing it would be run over. Later in the afternoon the dove squab was gone, and I hoped for the best as I’ve seen squabs slightly larger than this fly. Early this morning all were missing, and I figured nature took its course.

Then right around noon today, I saw all three huddled under a nearby bush. So Cool! They are true survivors, I wish them all the best.


Café Tu Tu Tango – Tapas Food for the Starving Artist in All of Us

August 27th, 2012

Atrist Cafe Tu Tu Tango

If you have a group of friends and you’re looking for something different in the vast choices of places to eat in Orlando there is one that offers a truly unique experience, Café Tu Tu Tango. The whole place is set up like a ‘starving artists’ studio, sometimes they even have an artist there working on an original piece. The walls are covered with art that’s all for sale, even the bar and tables are colorful.

Shrimp and Kielbasa Skewers at Cafe Tu Tu Tango

If you interested in a different taste combination try the savory Shrimp and Kielbasa Skewers. They are marinated in pepper and serve with red beans and rice, a Cajun delight.

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Relive History – Photos of Fort Matanzas

July 12th, 2012

Cannon at Fort Matanzas

In 1745, A Spanish officer and around six soldiers would be sent to defend St. Augustine’s southernmost access nearly 15 miles south at Matanzas Inlet. They’d spend 30-day stints protecting Castillo de San Marcos from the British and pirate ships. These solders had to endure all that nature could throw at them, strong storms, extreme heat and swarms of mosquitoes. Their outpost was Fort Matanzas, it offered them shelter from the elements as well as protection from cannon fire.

Fort Matanzas Quarters

After being built by the Spanish from 1740-42, Florida and the fort were traded to the British in 1763 in exchange for Cuba. Fort Matanzas was then reoccupied by the Spanish and eventually the US and Union Army before being decommissioned in 1900 after the Spanish-American War.

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Experience Thrills, Honor and Chivalry at Updated Medieval Times Dinner Show

June 27th, 2012

The Princess welcomes her subjects at Medieval Times

By Beverly Martinez-Collins – PlacesAroundFlorida.com

The feast began with a greeting from the King and his princess then came the introduction of the knights, on their horses with all their colors and banners flying; our knight was the green knight and from there the pageantry began.

Kirby Collins and I were there to see the premier of the new show and weren’t disappointed it was an entertaining feast for the eyes not just the stomach.

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Florida Beach Safety Tips for Your Summer in the Sun

May 21st, 2012

Family makes a sand castle on New Smyrna Beach

By Myscha Theriault – Independent Travel Resources at Trekhound.com

Heading to Florida beaches for a fun summer getaway, but concerned about basic beach safety? Here’s how to stay safe while visiting the Sunshine State’s popular beaches.

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Wild Florida Places – Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area

May 19th, 2012

Barred Owl

By Kirby Collins – PlacesAroundFlorida.com

When Zach Cooney said, “Look, another red-tailed hawk” we were hoping for another shot at photographing one we’d seen earlier. But this time what landed just across the canal was a barred owl, he looked over at us, his eyes almost asking “who?”.

Alligator

We were at the Tosohatchee WMA, a 30k acre plus recreation area located on the St. Johns River. I had the opportunity to accompany Morgan & Zach Cooney and their father Mike, of Cooney Wildlife Adventures, on this environmentally sensitive piece of land between Orlando and Cape Canaveral.

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