By Marta Rose-Thorpe It was Saturday night and Señor Frog’s was alive! The loud eighties rock (which would continue for the duration of our visit) welcomed us, and the place was vibrant with activity. Jen, the manager, greeted us and took us to our outside table overlooking the Gulf while...
By Jack Smith When my father passed away he left me his box at the Kentucky Derby and for the past twenty years, we have dedicated the first weekend of May to his memory. Talk about a party! I have a photo of myself sitting on the roof of a...
Christo’s Sports Bar and Grill in Panama City Beach, Florida is a hidden gem that, along with the Christo name and family, has been a part of the community since the 1950s. This family-owned and operated authentic treasure has a sports bar atmosphere and boasts 25 flat-screen TVs, bar...
By Jack Smith The daiquiri’s origin goes back to an actual cocktail recipe card signed by a “Jennings Cox” in 1896. This original recipe underwent an important transformation in the 1920s and 1930s when, with shaved ice and an electric blender, Constantino “Constante” Ribalaigua Vert, bartender and owner of a...
By Brittany Kirke We’ve all heard the saying “great minds think alike.” And when there’s a room full of great minds, good hearts, and even better food, the American experience is defined. Two of our favorite restaurant owners came together to form something classic and comfortable, and we know you’re...
By Jack Smith Man fished before written history using birds’ beaks and bones for hooks, with plant fiber for lines. Piles of cast-off shells - shell middens - have been found in caves in most of the world, including the United States, and date back thousands of years as well....
By Jack Smith Hamburgers may well be considered America’s favorite food, but the origins of the hamburger are fuzzy at best. The Germans claim it started in Hamburg (hence the name, hamburger), influenced in turn by the 12th century Mongolians’ steak tartare. In the 19th century, beef from German Hamburg cows...
The word dessert comes from the French word desservir, which translates to “to clear the table.” Sweets were fed to the gods in ancient Mesopotamia, ancient India and other ancient civilizations. Dried fruit and honey were likely the first sweeteners used in most of the world. It was the spread...
By Jack Smith Southern cooking has some international roots showing. Fried chicken, rice and gravy, sweet potatoes, collard greens, and spoon bread - all good, old fashioned, down home Southern foods, right? Wrong. The fried chicken and collard greens are African and the rice is from Madagascar. Southern cooking, as...
By Marta Rose-Thorpe Dining at The Grand Marlin always feels like a celebration. A trifecta of delicious food, great service, and a cozy, alluring atmosphere bustling with neighbors and friends abounds. On a recent Friday night, my husband and I enjoyed a multi-course dinner served by Hunter, a soft-spoken, very...

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