Category Archives: Restaurants

Luso Portuguese Grille Authentic Style Barbeque Restaurant

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

Whitestone Inn Above the Rest

News Release from Whitestone Inn

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 12 Days of Christmas and we are excited to announce our 12 Days of Christmas! Each special will run on the day listed from 9:00 am until midnight. You must call 865-376-0113 to take advantage of each special. If you would like to receive a reminder email each day for that special please click the link at the bottom. 

December 1- 10% off all Gift card orders.
December 2- One night stay good through March 2019 for $175 plus tax and Resort Fee. (includes Breakfast for 2) 
December 3- King size Comfy Sheet set for $135 plus tax and shipping or free pickup at Whitestone.December 4- Dinner for 2 and a horse drawn carriage ride for $115 plus tax and service fee.December 5- A private 3 hour cooking class with one of our fantastic chefs for $135 plus tax and service fee.December 6- Anniversary add on package for $75.00 (Reg price $100)December 7- 10% off all Gift card orders.December 8- Winter Weekend getaway, Book any 2 night weekend stay for $399 plus tax and resort fee. (Includes breakfast for 2 each morning)December 9- King size Comfy Sheet set for $135 plus tax and shipping or free pickup at Whitestone.December 10- $295 for a one person entry to a Living Waters Retreat (Reg price $395)December 11- Dinner for 2 and a horse drawn carriage ride for $115 plus tax and service fee.December 12- Bonus Bucks on all Gift Card orders…….
*Order $100 and get a $20 Bonus
* Order $250 and get a $50 Bonus
* Order $500 and get a $100 Bonus
* Order $1,000 or more and get a $200 Bonus


Yes, email me with each new special!

Explore Our Rooms & SuitesGordon Mote in Concert 

Come enjoy an intimate evening with Gordon Mote. Gordon is an award winning southern gospel artist and pianist. Blind since birth, Mote’s faith provides the foundation for his life and constantly fuels his creative spirit.You can read more about Gordon
 here. Join us for a special performance in The Chapel of The Good Shepherd on Tuesday December 18th at 7:45 pm. Call 865-376-0113 to purchase your tickets. You may also make dinner reservations at 6:30 before the concert. Prices are as follows…. 

Dinner and Concert $55 per person plus tax and service fee.Concert only $20 plus tax
“What a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the beautiful works of God! The entire experience was great. The food was amazing and the staff very helpful and kind! Love this place! “

B

Treasure Coast of FL. Hokkaido Japanese Steak & Seafood House

 

November 15th– Port St Lucie, FL.-Bob and Barb at Hokkaido Japanese Steak & Seafood House-a favorite for their luncheon Bento Boxes filled with California Roll, sticky rice, tempura veggies, scallops, steak, shrimp or my personal favorite salmon prepared grilled and no fishy taste perfect!
We just had an Hibachi experience that was unprecedented! Terrific fun at the counter as Subi the grill Cook/Chef did his magic with lobster, shrimp, beef and scallops (Barb and I had lobster and tender steak) from the mixed fresh veggies to the squirted Saki into the mouth by Subi and he flipping little hunks of veggies at peoples mouths ala throwing a fish to a seal, slapping the grill and flipping his spatula and knife everyone sat and enjoyed a spectacle of dining circus land. The filet mignon chunks were done medium just as I like it and we smiled as much as we chewed leaving an excellent dining experience for a change of pace dinner.
You can have lunch or regular dinner too. Its not just a Hibachi restaurant and the bar is stocked with everything you’d expect from a first-rate restaurant bar. I enjoy hot Saki rice wine and Barb enjoys a Zinfandel at least twice a week. We get this and so much more at Hokkaido!
Located 1960 N.W. Courtyard Circle in Port St Lucie, FL
Call for reservations and opening times— 772- 878-4188 or 772-878-9268

Holly House of Hamilton A very Fine Bed & Breakfast Inn

P1030603APtravelnews – October 15th-Hamilton, GA. When we pulled in to the Holly House in the small town of Hamilton, GA. (20-miles from Columbus) we entered this truly fine home between two giant  100-year old Holly bushes.  Close by the other side of the front steps stood a huge Magnolia Tree, almost ready to bust out in giant fragrant blooms.  The landscaping helped frame this 6000-square foot,  in the folk Victorian style home, perfectly!   Barb and I entered the front door and were met by Judy Archibald, our incredibly sweet and friendly owner/hostess.  Little did we know the treat that awaited us?  The home was decorated with a wonderful selection of antiques and vintage clocks and church organs, a player piano that Judy; quite professionally and beautifully sang to the tune of that 1910 song; “Let Me Call You Sweet Heart”; that to a person with a nostalgic bent, would bring tears to the eyes (it did mine, remembering all my departed loved ones) of anyone who remembered the sweet pastel views of their past happiness during their formative years with their families and friends, mostly now departed. The themed rooms all lent an air of relaxation and simple, quiet contemplation of the real meaning of life and all that it truly encompasses.

A bit like a fairytale, the Holly House B&B was so nostalgic!
A bit like a fairy tale, the Holly House B&B was so nostalgic!

We’ve visited dozens of B & B’ over the past 20-years, both privately and professionally as B&B reviewers and travel editorialists. Only a few of these are remembered with fondness.  The Holly House, with everything it engendered, by far has been the best overall experience of any of the past visits we’ve made all over the south and northern parts of the USA. Just meeting and hearing Judy sing would be enough for a visit!

P1030614In 1992 the ceilings were lowered and the home made a perfect, now two-story, 6 suite room B & B with a music parlor, the Salute to Liberty Room, the all important gorgeous dining room, two kitchens and is located near Callaway Gardens, and behind a very historic courthouse.

In 2011 Don & Judy Archibald from Manhattan Beach, CA. bought the 1880, totally remodeled in 1992, Holly House and love all that it means to them, their children ( their children and grown and do not live at the Holly House) and their guests. Each guest room is uniquely named and furnished such as the “Victorian Countryside room”, the “Holly’s Haven”, the “Inspired by nature” where we slept for a night, the “Walton Romance Room”, the “Journey Suite” and the “Holly Room. “There is a billiard room, a library and just behind the property a nature walking path meanders through the wood and glade. The location is 20-miles North of Columbus, and 85-miles South of Atlanta. Our breakfast, one of the very best ever, featured a giant peach cobbler made with peaches stuffed into Croissants. Eggs and pork chops, great coffee and  of the garden Rosemary, roasted potatoes-WOW!

The billiard room was the Military remembrance room too!
The billiard room was the Military remembrance room too!

And eggs too! Stuffed Croissants with delicious peaches, incredible pork chops, taters with out of the garden Rosemary.
And eggs too! Stuffed Croissants with delicious peaches, incredible pork chops, taters with out of the garden Rosemary.

No I'm not making it up. Judy had a voice like an angel!
No I’m not making it up. Judy had a voice like an angel!

The B & B address is 127 Barnes Mill Rd. Hamilton, GA.  And phone is 706-628-5634 See their website: hollyhouseofHamilton.com