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Okay, now I'm bombarding you with stories, as I will be doing for the newspaper. I have a whole cache of them prepared for when we're gone, so here you go with the next one
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“Where you going, Kayoon?”
“To the market! I need more candy!”
Was this the whine of a chubby kid, giddy with a little extra allowance? Hardly. It was the excited cry of a 12-year-old Bangkok entrepreneur.
Kayoon (June) had ... Read more
Reclusive local personality Snook the Cat, of the new Snook’s Bayside Bar & Grill at Englewood’s Royal Palm Marina, has granted a rare interview to Sue.
Sue: Now that the “Zeke’s” name has gone to Zeke’s Uptown on Dearborn Street, what’s it... Read more
Okay, so chickens have pecking order. And they're smart enough to run about even after decapitation. So, it's EASY for another bird to be dumber than that. And that bird is ... (drum roll!) ... the mourning dove!
These creatures are the ... Read more
The GramCracker Café didn’t get its name from Nabisco. A couple who are themselves a gramma and a Florida cracker concocted it.
The prerequisites for being a gramma are pretty easily met—just have a kid who has a kid, maybe even bake pies ... Read more
Over time, it occurs to you that your neighborhood seems like Restaurateur Row. You smell aromatic Thai spices wafting over the back fence, notice an eatery’s logo on a car parked up the street, are suavely greeted at the entrance to his family’... Read more
Some of my friends were missing these little stories.
It’s nearly 7:00 Wednesday night at Chubbyz in Port Charlotte. All eyes are riveted on the back of the dining room, where bartender Clare Donaldson wields the microphone to launch Big... Read more
No matter how you look at it, 20 years in the restaurant business is a long time. When a whole family persists at it for more than half a century, it’s a saga.
The Arbuckles of Venice and Nokomis are, variously, creative, eccentric, dogged,... Read more
“Well it’s a little far out, but it’s always worth the journey.
A little spot up the river where the real adventure begins.”
--Jim Morris, “Nav-a-Gator Afternoon”
Any cool place in Florida is a little far out (pun intended). Key W... Read more
Male forays into cuisine once took place only grillside, spatula and fireproof mitt in hand, in a “Stand Back, Dad’s Cooking” apron, flipping burgers and franks to BF Goodrich consistency. Today you’re just as likely to hear one ask, “What do y... Read more
I've got a little more room to stretch out in the local paper's daily "things to do" supplement, plus the luxury of photos. It's kinda like moving from an army cot to a king-size--with a view.
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UPSTATE NY, CIRCA 1968: You tell the in-laws you‘re moving to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, and you might as well announce you’re leaving for the moon. Barbara Farlow’s mom inquires, “You’re going WHERE?!”
The late Dave Farlow’s son Keit... Read more