Joanie Griffin, owner of the historic Tamiami Trail restaurant, Joanie's Blue Crab, is all smiles with her daughter Terri Rementeria. The pair took first place in a recent guava coconut cake contest in Everglades City.
Lt. j.g. Kyle Salling stood on the bow of a 24-foot boat in Florida Bay, holding what looked like a large model airplane. With the propellers gently whirling, and the small red and green aviation lights on, Sims launched the 13-pound aircraft like he was throwing a javelin.
The remote-controlled Puma AE banked upward into the sky and began heading toward its target, a mangrove island called Pigeon Key about a quarter-mile away in the vast Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
It’s past sunset as 28-year old Captain Kelly Nichols Bourne and her crew return from a day of hauling lobsters traps. When she joined her father’s business a decade ago, she was the youngest female commercial captain in the Keys. She still is. Now she and her father drop about 7,600 lobster and 8,000 crab traps from the Gulf to the Atlantic.
At dusk during a hot Miami summer, when you’re outside getting chewed on by countless mosquitoes, it’s easy to wonder how anyone ever decided to settle in South Florida.
The mosquitoes, in fact, were so bad for some early South Floridians that they had rooms at the front of their frontier shacks called “losers,” which contained smudge pots and palmetto branches to literally “lose” all of the bugs from your body before entering.
Combine two hot-weather refreshments, beer and ice cream, and you get a beer milkshake. Depending on your perspective, this beverage may sound either intriguing or alarming, but two restaurants in the Keys pull of the mash-up successfully.
As a child I used to think that heaven was a Key Lime Pie.
Well-- not exactly. But by the time that I could completely grasp the concept of heaven, I knew that I had already caught a glimpse of it when I ate one for the first time at a Denny's Restaurant off I-95 during a family roadtrip.
Which means that I should have planned a trip south this Fourth of July, where what just might be the world's largest Key Lime Pie was baked for the Key Lime Festival.
Last year, June 20th was the official first day of summer, but it had felt like summer for weeks already. Many of us dread the humid days when we can barely walk to our cars without breaking a sweat. Writer Nancy Klingener has learned to appreciate summer and the off-season in Key West. Her full essay is below.
06/28/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Executive Director, Chris Cook, tells us how his not-for-profit, Cannonball, helps artists in so many important ways. Dan Hudak checks in with O Cinema’s co-founder, Kareem Tabsch, about their exciting improvements and upcoming shows. Jazz writer, Bob Weinberg, talks to Jazz musician and educator, Gary Lindsay, about the Miami Saxophone Quartet’s latest CD, Four Of A Kind. Chef Norman Van Aken dishes upA Word On Food and Andy Newman’s Florida Keys calendar suggests quite enticing events. Catch the conversation and information on South Florida Arts Beat every Friday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.
Naples resident Stephen Bogart is the son of film legends Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall and will be hosting the 1st Annual Humphrey Bogart Film Festival in, quite appropriately, Key Largo May 2 - 5. Caroline Breder-Watts sat down with Stephen to discuss the festival and his iconic parents. To learn more, visit bogartfilmfestival.com.
Perhaps you’ve seen the phrase “Live to Ride—Ride to Live” on a T-shirt or bumper sticker somewhere. It has been on my belt buckle for about 30 years. Motorcycling has been a passion of mine pretty much from the day I got my driver’s license. The activity of being in the wind, leaning into corners, the sight of a bike, and the very simplistic nature of the machine, all bring joy.