Luso Portuguese Grille Authentic Style Barbeque Restaurant

www. American press travel news-December 20th, Bob and Barb “On the Road Again” this time to Luso Portuguese Grille—-This restaurant was a treat for us!

We sat down to a feast of steam sautéed mussels in abouillabaisse garlic, of bacon and tomato broth (so good to soak up with little fresh rolls) a salmon dish of memorable creation, topped with crab, and grilled shrimp, plated into a sauce that was frankly, unforgettable. The rice was special and spectacular too. We began our meal with Caldo Verde soup, and a freshly made chicken and rice soup-terrific, promise!

 A Half-grilled chicken was brought to the table with home-made,and very different French, or should I say Portuguese sliced potatoes, best taters ever! The sauces and marinades make their offerings uniquely Portuguese, exotic. From their Flambee European sausage grilled at the table, to the Pasteis De Tentugala- sort of Cannoli ala Portugal style, filled with an almond paste, this comfortable eat-in, or al fresco restaurant (also caters) located in the old Tin Fish Restaurant, across from Tradition- Publics, is a “10”, but this is not a pricey eatery!

Barb and I love to head out from our Tuscany home to visit true mom & pop restaurants, especially if there is an ethnic component aspart of that restaurants background. Portugal is a beautiful country, and as being a world travel writer, one of my favorite meals was on the Island of Madeira-the wine Island of Portugal. Well, as I want my fellow Kings Isle residents to also have a chance at the exotic, Barb and I went over to Tradition Center to meet Sandro Raizler, owner and restauranteur of his new Luso Portuguese Grille. We weren’t disappointed, you would have to go to Portugal to find the seafoods and other items prepared in the old-world style. Freshly sourced items, Europeans enjoy.

Go: www.lusogrille.com

Go Fish Education Center in Perry, GA.

Barb lips the biggest largemouth in the world.

Visiting a black bear at the center.

Free catch and release pond with gear included!

Barb hitting the pheasant lights on the simulator.

American Press Travel News-October 9th, 2019-Perry, GA. – Bob and Barb “On The Road Again” this time in GA. While in Perry, GA. on the way home from Florida to our Goose Holler’ Farm in TN., we stopped in a area of GA. that has several interesting Go To places for locals, travelers and general visitors. There is a huge convention center, a marvelous outdoor venue for equestrian and RV convention events, as well as a monster Georgia National Fair, and carnival functions, year-around. A huge project now open for over a decade is the Go Fish Education Center. This center features over 200,000 gallons of aquariums/exhibits. The exhibits showcase fish and habitats from all areas of Georgia. We tried out fishing and hunting simulators. These were a real treat for us and the various families including children that tried these simulators out. We were introduced at the incoming desk of Go Fish to Michael Fulghum, the aquarium manager. Fulghum said that the tradition of fishing was passed on to him from his grandfather and father. “Working at the Go Fishing Education Center has allowed me to share that tradition with others. From school children to senior citizens , the staff at the Go Fish Center teaches the skills and techniques needed to enjoy fishing. We have the great pleasure of sharing some of life’s little moments with our guests, whether watching a child land their first fish, or helping a family catch their limit, the Go Fish Education Center is here to secure the tradition of fishing for years to come”, concluded Fulghum. We agree, this is a terrific venue for keeping the healthy and happy sport of fishing, top-of-the -mind for everyone. Visit their state-of-the-art hatchery, and catch and release, with bait and tackle is free at their fishing pond that’s stocked with several warm water fresh water species. Go to their website: www.gofisheducationcenter.com for more information.

Enrico’s Pizza, A Whole Lot More Than Pie

American Press Travel News-Sept 28th, Islamorada, FL Keys–Bob n Barb “On the Road Again” Enrico’s New York Style Pizzeria. Growing up in Brooklyn, many of my memories I recall today were the great Kosher Pickles, corned beef sandwiches, hot dogs and sauerkraut, and great garlic pizza dripping with olive oil and chewy, gooey mozzarella. With a Root beer float, I always was delighted and happiest in my Williamsburg apartment near the Brooklyn Bridge. So fast forward several decades later, here I am in Islamorada, and up pops Enrico’s Pizza at MM 88.8. After meeting and getting to know Laurenzo (Larry) Calvano, owner/operator and Master Pizziolo of Enrico’s, and Dominic Congeni, Chef, I felt right at home and knew Italian fare here was going to be great. I/we were not disappointed. My son Dave, Director of Emergency Management at Homestead Air Force Base decided to join us. He now can tell his associates where they can get a good meal down in the Keys near his home in Islamorada.  Out came the pizza, out came the clams oreganato with linguine, the shrimp risotto too! I asked Larry about his experiences so far, since Enrico’s just opened in the past two week. Larry told me that “we wanted to be that neighborhood place and feel, and we are being slammed as a Keys great local Pizzeria. The whole vibe is fabulous, and its all about family, Italian food is all about family mangia, together with love and happiness.” We felt it! We’ll be back! Give a call, say hello, and be prepared to be very happy at Enrico’s New York Style Pizzeria with Italian dish specialties, everyone loves if they are authentic. This place is authentic!! Give a call or just stop in. 305-852-2200 

Florida Keys Sojourne

David Epstein and his mom, Barbara at Whale Harbor in Islamorada.

So we all enjoyed barbeque Florida Lobster Tails. Dave & Captain Key Largo, his brother Brian know where they live!!

Enjoying the Red Bone Gallery in Islamorada.

Giving back. The giant aviary that is also a part of the Keys natural region!

Since today, a million more divers and fishing boats with anchors descend on the only living reefs in the USA, its become a priority to protect these reefs more than ever for their future.

The Keys waters have been invaded by many new species and one of them is the destructive Lion Fish. They are here, they taste good and are being harvested for control issues.

The new Holiday Isle Tiki Bar. Today it’s owned by the Postcard Inn. Millions are spent on colored sugar-water, ice and a bit of rum: The Rum Runner!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Press Travel News–September 17th,-Islamorada, Florida Keys–Bob and Barb Epstein at home with David and lovin’ every minute!  The Florida Keys is the true American Caribbean with out needing access by boat and plane. The drive alone through a section of the Everglades is worth the adventure drive from anywhere, USA.  What is particularly special about the Keys is so many islands drivable over 43-different bridges with the direct Atlantic Ocean being on your left side and Florida Bay, the beginning of the Gulf of Mexico on your right. Hundreds of varieties of fish, shellfish and crustaceans’ are the main inhabitants and from shore to the deep fishing and diving is the primary reason for attending natures academy of Mother’s apron of life. Our family moved to the Keys in the 1970’s. My sons went to Upper Keys schools, fished the waters with friends and their dad and mom and snorkeled for Florida Lobster. The Keys got in the blood of our boys David Epstein, now the Director of Emergency Management for the Homestead Air Force Base and Brian is today a licensed Captain. He is known as “Captain Key Largo” and can be chartered for all manner of boating experiences in the Fabulous Florida Keys!

Columbia TN. A Real City, With a Smalltown, More Cozy Vibe. Part 1: Blythewood Inn Our Host B & B

American Press Travel News–July 19th–Columbia, TN.–Bob and Barb-“On the Road Again”–“Stopping to Smell the Roses” at the Blythewood Inn Historic Bed & Breakfast. Probably in all our visitations and stayovers (more than 150 at last count) none were more historic and relaxing than the Blythewood Inn. This was truly an antebellum mansion, upgraded to modernity, but decorated and outfitted in furnishings and decor of a period now viewed in pastel colors and thoughts. Another time period when things were so much less complicated and stressful.  Barb and I love visiting all manner of new areas in America, and this time our choice was a visit to Columbia, TN. The Innkeeper, Dinah Vire moved to Columbia, TN. in 1989 with her family. She and her husband Gordon purchased the house in 1994 to be used as a medical office. Gordon Vires practice was in the house until 2007, when Gordon became ill. After his passing, Dinah and the family decided to transform the building back to a home, and open Blythewood Inn Bed & Breakfast.  Go: www.BlythewoodinnBB.com      This is part 1 of 2 parts—- just wait until you see the amazing dishes you can enjoy in the great restaurants of Columbia!!

Barb entering the magnificent Blythewood Inn Historic Bed & Breakfast.

Innkeeper,Dinah Vire was an amazing lady. She loves the history of her Inn and is truly a lady that goes all out for her guests who come as customers and leave as welcomed friends.

Spoiler alert! Our room during our stay at the Blythewood Inn. It was like living in the lap of luxury, surrounded by the flavor of the past!

Probably the most spectacular B&B dining room ever!! Old world charm, with AC too!!

Barb admiring a display of James K. Polk, reproduction White House China dishes.

Stairway to our suite!! Feels great stepping back and up in time from those antebellum days of the south.