Category Archives: Outdoor Florida Magazine

The Diamond Tea Room & Bistro

American Press Travel News- November 8th,–Its not often we are pleasantly surprised when visiting a new food emporium. This time we were, big time!

First off, the way to enter into, and leave the Tea Room & Bistro is through Diamonds By Terry Jewelry Store. After passing all the handmade, one- of- kind, gold and silver pieces crafted by Terry, you step into a beautifully appointed and decorated restaurant. Real themed table ware and cloths, teapots, and super comfy chairs, and get ready for a surprise. The surprise is their foods. Barb and I tried spectacular squash and broccoli soups, lobster cakes (lobster flown in from Maine, weekly) and a chicken Picatta. Fresh fruited sangria and peach tea. Of all the restaurants we dine out in (60-at last count in PSL, Ft. Pierce and Stuart) this amazing restaurant “took and gave the cake.” From the soups, salads, Tuscany bread, and the terrific personality of Terry, the owner, and Jewelry Manager Dea, we could not have been more pleased and happy! For dessert we had home made hot carrot cake and I slid my spoon into homemade Spumoni chock full of pistachio and cherries. On a 1-10 this tea room was a 20!

www.diamondsbyterry,com Call 772-781-1133.
See all pictures at www.AmericanPressTravelNews.com Bob and Barb- “On the Road Again.”

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!

Images of the Week!

A facsimile of Davy Crockett’s flint-lock rifle.
On the roaders, travel on our stomachs. This pineapple steak was a hit!!!
Barb loves fireplaces as I do too!
Japanese Hibachi Restaurant; Hokaido in Port St Lucie does lobster very well!!
Curt Gowdy and President Bush out fishing with Bob Epstein (Credit Bob T. Epstein for image) I miss these two fabulous anglers!!
Hi John, the best realtor in the Keys!! We all ate fresh snapper on this trip with the best charter captain in the Keys or probably Florida! Skip Bradeen rules the seas!!!